Vampire Weekend will play the Sleep Train Amphitheatre this month.
Most of us live in San Diego for the weather, but, man, this weather is hot! Trust me, it feels better to go out -- most places have AC, but those that don't: Well, it's better than sitting at home. Plus, this is when we get our city back -- no offense to you, Arizona, but this is my favorite time of the year in SD, 'cause fall is coming. You see, I like to wear long pants, but, man, it's a difficult task here. Don't get me wrong: I live in shorts -- goes back to my OP days -- but it's so easy to be lazy here. I can't stand seeing flip-flops at shows -- just saying. And what am I talking about, nothing? Go see a show -- I picked one for each night of the month, but there are more. Look at my picks, and thanks for reading.
Sept. 4 at the Casbah: Dancing Strangers from TJ, Clear Black and Phantom Ratio bring a night of dark rock.
Sept. 5 at the Soda Bar: It's Barbarian, who are going out on tour with Bat for Lashes soon.
Sept. 6 at Valley View Casino Center: It's Kid Cudi and Tyler, the Creator of Odd Future. Anybody got a ticket for me?
Sept. 7 at the Griffin: it's the Darlings, who are a little bit Social D and a little bit Murder City Devils.
Sept. 8 at the Casbah: It's Tobacco, Zackey Force Funk, Mystery Cave and Kill Quanti DJs, with electronic sounds to trip you out.
Sept. 9 at the Casbah: It's Reignwolf, who will bring rock & blues to melt your mind.
Sept. 10 at the Casbah: It's Broncho -- they rock, and it's pronounced Bron-cho, not Bron-co.
Sept. 11 at the Belly Up: It's Minus the Bear, who bring the alt-rock indie sounds to your auditory senses.
Sept. 12 at Maryjane's Underground (Hard Rock Hotel): It's Duping the Public and Luke Andrew Johnson -- RSVP here for the free party and complementary cocktail hour courtesy of 619 Vodka
Sept. 13 all around town: It's the San Diego Music Thing.
Sept. 14 all around town: It's the San Diego Music Thing
Sept. 15 at Petco Park: The Mad Decent Block Party goes down with Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Samo Sound Boy, Sasha Go Hard and the Smalltown DJs -- an eclectic mix of electronic music that's sure to be a party. Drink water!
Sept. 16 at the House of Blues: It's Bastille from the UK. It says they are indie-tronica on Wikipedia, and I believe them.
Sept. 17 at Soda Bar: It's SubPop artists Rose Windows. Go if you like Led Zeppelin.
Sept. 18: I can't decide between legendary ska band the Toasters at Brick By Brick or denim demons Valient Thorr at the Casbah. Decisions decisions.
Sept. 19: Request "Freebird" from the band, 'cause Lynyrd Skynyrd is at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay.
Sept. 20: I can't decide between the Orb at Porter's Pub or Diarrhea Planet at Soda Bar. What should I do?
Sept. 21: it's FM 94/9's Independence Jam at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.
Sept. 22: Depeche Mode and Crystal Castles at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre should be epic! Last time DM was scheduled to play SD, they canceled cause Dave Gahan was sick. Don't miss this chance to see '80s legends who continue to be legendary!
Sept. 23: Anti Monday League presents Lonesome Heroes, the Easy Leaves, John Meeks at the Casbah for you alt-country needs.
Sept. 24: Go see Hanson at the House of Blues, if that's your kind of thing. I will admit I met them once and they were nice ...
Sept. 25: The Naked and Famous (at the House of Blues) who you might have heard on the radio and love ...
Sept. 26 at the Griffin: SoundDiego LIVE with the Nervous Wreckords and Saint Diego. You can RSVP here.
Sept. 27 at the Casbah: Islands, who bring indie pop art sounds -- check out their latest LP, Ski Mask.
Sept. 28: Adams Avenue Street Fair, featuring the Standells with Johnny Echols, the Creepy Creeps, Blackout Party, Black Hondo, the Palace Ballroom, Barbarian, Phantoms and more!
Sept. 29: Adams Avenue Street Fair, featuring Big Black Delta, the Donkeys, Wild Wild Wets, Okapi Sun, the Frights and more!
Sept. 30: AM & Shawn Lee at the Griffin or Vampire Weekend at the SDSU Open Air Theatre? One up close and personal or one at the amphitheater? Both should be good.
Thanks for reading; hopefully I tickled your fancy on something. I understand it's hard to go to as many as shows as I do, but you can try. That being said, if you do go and you see me, come up and say hello, cause that would be rad!
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