Each month I try and highlight some of my favorite shows, so this is a far-from-complete list of what is happening around town -- just some of my favorites. Some you would expect, some maybe you wouldn't, I like to surprise people. These days the choices are endless and it can even get a bit overwhelming, so take a deep breath, get in your car and drive to any one of our fine music venues or concert halls, like these below:
Fans of the Twilight saga may recognize this artist, although I hear he doesn't perform the song people want to hear.
Rock & roll!, Loud, hard, fast and dirty!
New Jack Swinger and later member of New Edition.
Celtic punk band on their 9th Annual Green 17 Tour!
Alternative, indie and hip-hop all rolled into one.
Musician and comedian who is pretty darn funny.
Punk rockers who believe in what they say!
UK black metal so don't be scared.
Indie alternative artist with interesting hair..
The Mi Punk Rock Revue with local rockers the Schitzophonics backing up the one and only Mexican Elvis.
A fun night of rock & roll will be had.
Scottish alt-rock band with a touch of folk.
This girl is on fire!
Bluegrass band from Kalamazoo, Mich. Enough said.
Gaslamp Quarter St. Patrick's Day party.
Two alt-rockers that own the radio airwaves right now.
Singer/songwriter on Brushfire Records.
Welsh alternative rock band that also owns the radio airwaves right now.
Dissolved his old band Girls and is now just himself.
Indie pop rock bands share the bill.
Pop folk country artist who once dated Sandra Bullock.
The King of Smooth Jazz!
Pennywise returns with all original members celebrating 25 years as a band.
Garage Punk rockers play two nights at the Casbah and it will be beer-soaked.
Folk rock legend. Folk yeah!
The Metal Alliance Tour with the thrash metal kings.
Neutral Milk Hotel frontman returns from the shadows.
Psychobilly rock band.
DJ and Producer on the Ninja Tune label.
Rock, soul and blues band from NYC.
Actress and R&B singer.
Melodies that are pretty from this indie pop outfit.
Hip-hopper and former member of Living Legends.
25th anniversary tour to celebrate the release of the album that broke the band, VIVID.
Rap and hip-hop.
Alternative indie rock band that is featured on the radio quite frequently these days.
Indie Pop Rock band from the U.K.
R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop artist.
Post-punk rock band from Denmark that will pummel your ears.
That 's all she wrote, or all I wrote anyway. It's just a synopsis, a tiny snapshot of what is going on. I kid about a few of the listings, since I doubt you will see me at Kenny G, but I might go see Gordon Lightfoot, so we will see. Recently somebody came up and introduced themselves to me at a show all because I put that request out on the airwaves and it made my night. So with that being said, I want to throw that out to any readers of this: I would love to meet you, so please come up and say hello if you see me at a show. Good night and good rocking!
Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music who hosts The Local 94/9 via FM94/9 every Sunday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House Of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here firstname.lastname@example.org