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Tim Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyles shares his concert picks for March

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March to the Beat

Imagine Dragons are with Atlas Genius on March 18.

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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:

  • March 4:  Marcus Foster @ Casbah

Fans of the Twilight saga may recognize this artist, although I hear he doesn't perform the song people want to hear.

  • March 6:  The Stone Foxes @ Casbah

Rock & roll!, Loud, hard, fast and dirty!

  • March 7:  Johnny Gill @ Sycuan Live & Up Close

New Jack Swinger and later member of New Edition.

  • March 7:  Flogging Molly @ House of Blues

Celtic punk band on their 9th Annual Green 17 Tour!

  • March 8:  Why? @ The Irenic

Alternative, indie and hip-hop all rolled into one.

  • March 8:  Stephen Lynch @ House of Blues

Musician and comedian who is pretty darn funny.

  • March 9:  Bad Religion and Against Me! @ SOMA

Punk rockers who believe in what they say!

  • March 9:  Cradle of Filth @ House of Blues

UK black metal so don't be scared.

  • March 9:  Darwin Deez @ Casbah

Indie alternative artist with interesting hair..

  • March 9:  El Vez Punk Rock Revue @ Casbah

The Mi Punk Rock Revue with local rockers the Schitzophonics backing up the one and only Mexican Elvis.

  • March 9:  Soft White Sixties and Nervous Wreckords @ The Griffin

A fun night of rock & roll will be had.

Scottish alt-rock band with a touch of folk.

  • March 13:  Alicia Keys @ Valley View Casino Center

This girl is on fire!

  • March 17:  Greensky Bluegrass @ Porter's Pub (UCSD)

Bluegrass band from Kalamazoo, Mich. Enough said.

  • March 17:  Shamrock Festival with the Young Dubliners and more @ Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter St. Patrick's Day party.

  • March 18:  Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius @ House of Blues

Two alt-rockers that own the radio airwaves right now.

  • March 19:  Matt Costa @ Casbah

Singer/songwriter on Brushfire Records.

Welsh alternative rock band that also owns the radio airwaves right now.

  • March 21:  Boy King and Deadly Birds sponsored by 619 Vodka @ Maryjane's Underground inside Hard Rock Hotel

RSVP here.

  • March 21:  Christopher Owens formerly of Girls @ The Irenic

Dissolved his old band Girls and is now just himself.

The Gambler!

  • March 21:  Schematic and Asker @ The Griffin

Indie pop rock bands share the bill.

Pop folk country artist who once dated Sandra Bullock.

  • March 22 & 23:  Kenny G @ Copley Symphony Hall

The King of Smooth Jazz!

  • March 22-23:  Pennywise and Anti-Flag @ House of Blues

Pennywise returns with all original members celebrating 25 years as a band.

  • March 23-24:  The Black Lips @ Casbah

Garage Punk rockers play two nights at the Casbah and it will be beer-soaked.

Folk rock legend.  Folk yeah!

  • March 25:  Anthrax and Exodus @ House of Blues

The Metal Alliance Tour with the thrash metal kings.

  • March 26:  Jeff Mangum @ Spreckels Theater

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman returns from the shadows.

  • March 28:  SoundDiego LIVE sponsored by Jack Daniels with Family Wagon and Crash & The Burns @ El Dorado

RSVP here.

  • March 28:  Tiger Army @ House of Blues

Psychobilly rock band.

  • March 28:  Daedelus @ Casbah

DJ and Producer on the Ninja Tune label.

  • March 28:  Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ The Griffin

Rock, soul and blues band from NYC.

  • March 28:  Brandy @ Sycuan Live & Up Close

Actress and R&B singer.

  • March 29:  Caveman @ Casbah

Melodies that are pretty from this indie pop outfit.

  • March 29:  MURS @ Porter's Pub (UCSD)

Hip-hopper and former member of Living Legends.

25th anniversary tour to celebrate the release of the album that broke the band, VIVID.

  • March 29:  Tech N9ne @ House of Blues

Rap and hip-hop.

  • March 30-31: The Airborne Toxic Event @ House of Blues

Alternative indie rock band that is featured on the radio quite frequently these days.

  • March 30:  Veronica Falls @ Casbah

Indie Pop Rock band from the U.K.

  • March 30:  Ryan Leslie @ Porter's Pub (UCSD)

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 and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here

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