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The XX Marks the Spot

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim of The XX perform live on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire to support the release of their second album, Coexist, on September 10, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Some people spend their lives stressing out about work or finances or real life dilemmas. I'm sorry to trivialize all of that when I suggest that Thursday has been stressing me out, because there are just too many great shows.

The Casbah has been working really hard to bring outside shows all over town and Thursday there are four of them: Sean Hayes at the Casbah, the Raveonettes at the Belly Up, the sold-out Grimes show at Porter's Pub and the sold-out show featuring the XX at Soma. Wow.

Add to that Howlin Rain over at the Griffin, locals Lord Howler over at Soda Bar and Soda Bar presenting an all-ages show with Bad Books at the Irenic, and this night is so packed with awesome that I wish I had a place to facilitate an after-party where all of those bands show up just to hang out after hours to spread their amazing talent all around.

So individually, each show is worthy. Collectively, you'll have to make decisions. The good news is that you can probably hit one of the all-ages shows (like the Irenic or Soma) and follow it up with the aforementioned 21+ shows. Still, there are no easy choices tonight, but aren't we lucky to live in a place where having too many great shows is a problem?

Thursday, Oct. 11:

  • Casbah presents the XX, John Talabot Live @ Soma (SOLD OUT)
  • Soda Bar presents Bad Books, the Drowning Men, Harrison Hudson @ The Irenic
  • Howlin Rain, Tea Leaf Green, David Dondero @ The Griffin
  • Sean Hayes, Birds of Chicago @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, Myth @ Porter's Pub (SOLD OUT)
  • Casbah presents the Raveonettes, Melody's Echo Chamber, the Howls @ Belly Up
  • Ezra Furman, Trouble In the Wind, Krill @ Eleven
  • Lord Howler, Joy, Kodiak @ Soda Bar
  • The Touchies, Duping the Public, the Pheasants @ Tin Can
  • Less Than Jake, the Mad Caddies, Flatfoot 56, Mrs. Skannotto @ House of Blues
  • Cathryn Beeks Homegrown featuring Wendy Bailey, Draza Jansky, Eddie Lenhart @ The Go Lounge
  • Gaelic Storm @ Anthology
  • Dead Winter Carpenters @ Winston's
  • Happy Little Trees: Silent Art Auction @ El Dorado
  • Los Loaded Saints @ Bar Pink
  • Novel Concept, the Shook Twins @ Lestat's
  • Chris Minh Doky's Nomads @ The Loft
  • Tom Rush @ AMSD Concerts
  • Thursday Night Tributes featuring Viva Halen, Full Moon Fever, Livin' On A Prayer, Dive Bomber, Vaseline @ 4th & B
  • The Devil's Due @ Riviera Supper Club
  • SoulJazz @ Croce's
  • Le Spank with DJ Girth @ The Office
  • Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Croce's
  • Charlie Rae, Lovebirds, Sister Speak, Jennie Buss @ Ruby Room
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • L.E.D. presents Porter Robinson, Zedd, Nick Thayer @ Voyeur
  • Progressive EDM with Cowboy Mike, Luke Skyy, ROHR, Johnny Rayburn, Innovade & Intraphonic @ Fluxx
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Phil Dilorio @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Sinizen @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Little Italy Comedy Show @ 98 Bottles
  • Dave Booda Experience @ Tiki House
  • Shelle Blue Band @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • G.F.I., Civil Satans, Corrosive @ Boar Cross'n
  • Warren LaPlante @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Harmony Road @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • King Legend @ RT's Longboard Grill

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.

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