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July's Musical Fireworks

Tim Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyles shares his top picks for July

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    Portugal. The Man return to San Diego for a show at the House of Blues.

    I can't go out every night -- sometimes it actually seems like that -- but I'm on the radio Saturday and Sunday evenings entertaining you on FM 94/9 as you gad about town. So in a "if I were you" kind of spirit, I've got some highlights for the month of July. These are highlights, mind you -- if I've taught you anything, you've been digging deeper and deeper into the musical entertainment you have to choose from. Try sddialedin.com or pollstar.com and get with the program of what SD has to offer.

    July 1: "Weird Al" Yankovic at the San Diego County Fair. I used to record him off the radio when he first appeared on Dr. Demento.

    July 3: Royal Teeth at the Casbah. Check out the video for their great song "Wild"

    July 5: Fleetwood Mac at Viejas Arena. Anybody got an extra pair of tickets?

    July 6: The Oblivians at the Casbah. Back after a long hiatus, "live" and with a new record, Desperation

    July 8: - Deniz Tek & the Bad Men at the Casbah. Deniz is the frontman for legendary Aussie rockers Radio Birdman.

    July 10: Palms at the Belly Up. Chino from Deftones and three members of ISIS.

    July 10: Portugal. The Man at House of Blues. The new album, Evil Friends, was produced by Danger Mouse.

    July 11: Nico Vega at the Griffin. Nico is not the singer; her name is Aja Volkman.

    July 12: Dessa at the Casbah. Rapper from Minnesota and part of the Doomtree family.

    July 15: Black Flag at SOMA. One of two versions playing Black Flag songs (the other is called Flag), but both feature former members of the legendary punk band.

    July 17: Adam Ant at the Balboa Theater. Still classic after all these years: Antmusic!

    July 18-21: Comic-Con!!!!! I will be at Comic-Con every day...

    July 20: Heroes Brew Fest, with Safety Orange and Finger Bang at Embarcadero Park North. A beerfest with superheroes and music.

    July 21: The Postal Service at the Open Air Amphitheater. They played the Casbah once; were you in the house?

    July 22: Papa at Casbah. Might be your new favorite band.

    July 23: The Uncluded at the Irenic. Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson are the Uncluded. Debut album Hokey Fright out now on Rhymesayers

    July 25: The Cult at House Of Blues. The Electric 13 Tour, playing their seminal album Electric

    July 25: Maryjane's Underground with Alien Monster and the Morning After sponsored by 619 Vodka. RSVP here.

    July 26: The 1975 at the Casbah. Great band from Manchester, UK, and their first time in SD.

    July 27: Shakey Graves at the Soda Bar. One of Austin's finest singer/songwriters; plays a suitcase as a drum ...

    July 28: Peter Murphy at the Belly Up. He sang for Bauhaus; what more do you need to know?

    July 29: Rancid and Transplants at the House of Blues. Great double bill with Tim Armstrong in both bands.

    July 30: Bad Rabbits at the Casbah. Kind of like James Brown and Prince in a funky cocktail.

    Now take your pick or blaze your own path -- it's all about discovery, but it can't be discovered if you don't try to find it! Music soothes my soul; what does it do for you? I remind you: San Diego has many things to offer all the time, so pick up the free local papers and magazines to see what's going on. I also remind you to say hello if you see me out at a show -- there's a good chance I will be at a few of the one's I listed above. Stay thirsty, my friends.

    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 pyleste@yahoo.com