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Sounds Like San Diego: October 19

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Perhaps it does no good to plug a show that's already sold out, but the story of Foster the People is pretty fascinating. In January, the band performed at the Soda Bar for a handful of people with just a $5 cover charge. A couple months later, they were featured at SxSW and played to some industry types at the Austin convention center. They toured heavily, hitting San Diego shortly after Austin, with a sold-out show at the Belly Up, then repeated a sellout at the House of Blues in July. The band's hit,"Pumped Up Kicks" is everywhere, playing across all radio formats, landing the guys a spot on SNL and is so ubiquitous that my 4-year-old niece corrects me on the lyrics to match the censored version. Some might argue that this has more to do with their agency and management, but I think those things can only take you so far. Their sound is fresh and fun, and they execute well. So, yes, their show tonight at Soma is sold out, but it's hard to say they haven't earned it. 

    Wednesday, Oct. 19:

    • Casbah presents Foster the People, Cults, Reptar @ Soma (sold out)
    • In the Red, Archons, the Lumps, Coda Reactor @ Casbah
    • Brian Vander Ark @ Lestat's
    • Beautiful View, Useless Keys @ Bar Pink
    • Warring States of Mind, Dead Animal Mod, Bangladesh @ Soda Bar
    • Julieta Venegas @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
    • Adrian Belew Power Trio, Stick Men, featuring Tony Levin & Pat Mastellotto @ Belly Up
    • House of Blues and Transparent Productions present Lecrae, Trip Lee and theBREAX @ House of Blues
    • Judas Priest, Black Label Society, Thin Lizzy @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
    • Fort Wilson Riot, Gone Baby Gone, SXO @ Tin Can
    • Just Like Jenna @ Brick By Brick
    • The Mesa College Big Band @ Dizzy's
    • Noche De Salsa, with Gene Perry & His Original 12 Piece Band, featuring Quino @ Anthology
    • El Monte Slim @ Riviera Supper Club
    • Ghost Come Back, Corduroy, Interrobang, the Illustrative Violet @ Ruby Room
    • All Things Rad, with Brit Pop Invasion, DJ Profile, Saul Q @ El Dorado
    • The Martini Jazz Show @ House of Blues Delta Room
    • Todo Mundo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
    • Frankie Dee and the Funk Natra Band @ The Kraken
    • Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
    • Flashback Night, featuring Rocks Off (Rolling Stones tribute) @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage
    • Mark One Mark @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
    • Pixel Memory @ The Griffin
    • Wreck Shop Wednesdays, with Random Radio, Full Strength Funk, '90s Vow @ The Office
    • Fuzzy @ Croce's
    • Club Kingston presents the Sure Shot Rockers @ Winston's
    • Gilbert Castellanos with the New Latin Jazz Quintet @ El Camino
    • Wednesday Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
    • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
    • Evolution @ Club Kadan
    • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ Gallagher's
    • Bad Neighborz @ Typhoon Saloon
    • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
    • Ben Powell @ Davina's Cabo Grill
    • Now.Here.This! @ Whistle Stop
    • More Bad Luck @ Second Wind Navajo
    • Ron's Trio @ McP's Irish Pub

    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.