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Sounds Like San Diego: May 25

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Stephanie Bassos, Courtesy Cobra Camanda
    Margot and the Nuclear So and So's

    Have you looked through this weekend's concerts and things to do? I mean, this is one pretty fantastic Memorial Day weekend ahead, even if it's kicking off with some light rain.

    On Friday, one of my favorite touring bands returns to the Casbah. Though Margot & the Nuclear So and So's have gone through some lineup changes, backbone/primary songwriter Richard Edwards is writing some of the best music of his career, as evidenced by this year's spectacular album, Rot Gut, Domestic. With Dinosaur Feathers and Whispertown opening, this is a solid Friday night lineup.

    Still, we hope for clear skies all around San Diego, because the Beach Boys and Foster the People take over Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Chula Vista. If you saw the two bands perform at the Grammys, you know you're in for a nostalgic treat.

    At Winston's in Ocean Beach, locals the Heavy Guilt and the Blackout Party duke it out for local supremacy with alternating sets throughout the night, and over at the Propagandist, Cuckoo Chaos leads a hefty lineup that is sure to draw the hipsters on a downtown invasion. There are really great options tonight and throughout the weekend, so enjoy all of those happy hours and barbecues, but remember to save your energy for some great live music. 

    Friday, May 25, 2012:

    • Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Dinosaur Feathers, Whispertown @ Casbah
    • Beach Boys, Foster the People @ Cricket Wireless
    • The Heavy Guilt vs. the Blackout Party @ Winston's
    • Cuckoo Chaos, Golden Boots, Ohioan @ The Propagandist
    • The Cult, Against Me!, the Icarus Line @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
    • Monsters From Mars, Rachel Fannan, Just Another Snake Cults, Kids @ Soda Bar
    • Do Lab presents Lighting in a Bottle Festival (May 24-28) @ Silverado, CA
    • The Expendables, Unwritten Law, Josh Fischel, DJ Unite @ Belly Up
    • Bonkers EDM Dance Party with Junior and Vaughn @ Bar Pink
    • FTN, SLPWLKRS, Memory Lounge, Gabe Vega & Adam Salter @ Kitty Diamond (formerly the Flame)
    • The Bourbon Saints, Revenge Death Ball, Slut Machine & Purple Church @ The Shakedown
    • Tectonic Fundraiser with the Lyon Crowns, Shiva Trash, Pilots, Wild Wild Wets @ Tin Can
    • Taboo @ Til-Two Club
    • Bearracuda Dance Party with DJ Sherwood @ Ruby Room
    • DJ TNA @ Eleven (Early Show)
    • 7 Horns 7 Eyes, Stealing Axion, Eukaryst, @ Eleven (late show)
    • The Untouchables, Shocks of Mighty, 2000 Tons of TNT @ The Griffin
    • Blood On the Saddle @ Tower Bar
    • DJ Ayla Simone and Jorge Luna on drums, DJ Lady Sha, DJ Qence @ U-31
    • Stranger, Tribe of Kings @ House of Blues 5th Avenue Stage
    • Tainted Love @ House of Blues
    • Bosen and Suede, Kenny Eng, Kristi Krause @ Lestat's
    • Sulo King presents Elite Elvis Presley Tribute, James Kruk/J.M.H. (Hendrix Tribute @ Brick By Brick
    • Chasing Claymores, Straight Trippin, Jacks Last Bullet, Dead On the Dancefloor, So Far Gone @ 710 Beach Club
    • Hip Hop Night: Rande Mona, Lost Adlsnts, More TBA @ Epicentre
    • To Each His Own, City In the Sea, Deadbeat Nightlife, Eyes Like the Sea, Shores, “Cool Story, Bro” @ Soma
    • InAeona, Moosejaw, Downburst, Cash Crop @ Che Cafe
    • Dizzy’s presents ESP Quintet featuring Mitch Manker, Bob Campbell, Lynn Willard, Dave Curtis and Gary Nieves @ McCrea Music Company
    • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge
    • Hardfall Hearts @ Flying Elephant
    • Blue Agave presents Don Omar, Luis Enrique @ 4th & B
    • John Patitucci Trio featuring Jon Cowherd & Adam Cruz @ Anthology (early show 7:30 p.m.)
    • The Drinking Cowboy Band, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's
    • The Mad Fresh @ Porters Pub
    • Bill Mage @ Marble Room
    • LED presents Otto Knows, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
    • Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
    • Dibiase, Charlie Rock, Grandmasta Rats @ El Dorado
    • New Dimensions presents Lost Episodes featuring Kenneth Thomas @ Spin
    • Scott Disick’s Birthday Celebration @ Fluxx
    • Super Bailazo @ Harrah’s Rincon Casino Pavillion

    Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.