Did we actually have our typical May Gray month? I don't think we did. Blame global warming or all the incredibly hot shows coming our way -- stuff you don't want to miss. These are some of my personal picks for the upcoming month, so take a gander and maybe check out one or two. Thanks for reading!
June 3: is a big one, since Mumford & Sons return to San Diego, playing the Sleep
Train Amphitheater with Mystery Jets and Michael Kiwanuka. Last time the Sons were here, they played the Belly Up. Or you could check out Ceremony, who will be at the Che Cafe supporting their amazing record Zoo. Former San Diegan Jewel is in town, with Steve Poltz opening at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay. And finally, you could join me at Anti-Monday League going down at the the Casbah with the Steelwells, who are doing a residency at the club.
June 4: Scott Weiland -- formerly of Stone Temple Pilots -- is doing the Purple at the Core tour which highlights music from the Stone Temple Pilots catalog at the House Of Blues.
June 5: The indie rock duo Generationals are playing the Casbah
June 7: Psychobilly legends the Nekromantix play the Casbah. Elsewhere, punks the Dwarves play the Soda Bar.
June 8: The sold-out Sandy Parts Festival, aka SPF, is being put on by FM94/9, with Matt and Kim, the Mowgli's, Family of the Year, Youngblood Hawke, the Palace Ballroom and Soda Pants at the Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheater in Oceanside. The beach is pretty open near the venue, and you can hear the music ... just saying.
June 9: Legendary garage rockers the Fleshtones will be playing the Casbah.
June 10: The Steelwells continue their residency at the Casbah for Anti-Monday League.
June 11: The indie rockers Bad Veins at the Casbah.
June 12: Pick from fun girl Cyndi Lauper at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay; the Parson Red Heads, who I assume love Graham Parsons, at the Casbah; or former teen star David Cassidy at the San Diego County Fair. You've got to love the Partridge Family.
June 13: Lo-fi rockers the Thermals play the Casbah. Or you could join me at Maryjane's Underground inside the Hard Rock Hotel for Oh Spirit and Okapi Sun. This is a free event, with free adult beverages -- if you RSVP -- courtesy of 619 Vodka.
June 14: '80s legends Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel play Brick By Brick. It's locals Switchfoot at the San Diego County Fair. Also: acid-jazz godfathers the Greyboy Allstars at the Casbah.
June 15: The Greyboy Allstars return to the Casbah or go see the Steve Miller Band at the San Diego County Fair.
June 16: You could go see the always fun They Might Be Giants at the Belly Up, if you wanted to.
June 17: Hmm ... I think the Steelwells are at the Casbah again for Anti-Monday League -- and it's free.
June 18: Go check out country artist Junior Brown at the Belly Up or Rhett Miller of The Old 97's at the Casbah.
June 19: Join the '80s band Big Country at the Belly Up or the Van's Warped Tour at Sleep Train Amphitheater with loads of bands.
June 20: Indie folksters Sea Wolf plays the Belly Up.
June 21: She & Him -- who are Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward -- play the Open Air Amphitheater.
June 22: Whatever you do, don't go see Justin Bieber at the Valley View Casino Center.
June 24: It's the Anti-Monday League at the Casbah, with Bosnian Rainbows, which features members of the Mars Volta, Les Bucherettes and At the Drive-In.
June 25: When it comes to reggae, for me, I like the Marley family, so go see Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley at the Belly Up.
June 26: If you missed Damian, he plays the Belly Up again.
June 28: Big Business drops some stoner metal sludge rock at the Soda Bar; Bob Log III, the one man band, at the Casbah; former locals the Soft Pack at the Irenic; or hip-hop with Kendrick Lamar at the San Diego County Fair.
June 29: AM & Shawn Lee bring their electric soul to the Griffin.
June 30: Zavalaz play the Casbah; the new project is led by Cedric of the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In.
I think that's all I got. As it is I go to quite a few shows, it's no guarantee I'll make it to all of the events listed above, but I do my best. I hope to see you out at a show sometime, and if I do, come up and say hello!
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