Need to get your mind off the current state of affairs in our world? Live music can do that for you and I've handpicked a show on 27 out of the 28 nights in February. It's looking pretty good and I hope a few interest you. Now, let's get to it!
Feb. 1: Mike Doughty and Wheatus at the Belly Up. "Super Bon Bon" and "Teenage Dirtbag," what more do you need?
Feb. 2: Lotus and El Ten Eleven at the Belly Up. If the Grateful Dead went electronic.
Feb. 3: Dashboard Confessional at House of Blues. Still packing them in after more than a decade, Chris Carrabba is an emo poster boy.
Feb. 4: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek at Brick 15. Check him out at this new venue and pick up Sean's new album "What to Fear."
Feb. 5: Down By Law at Soda Bar. Former All frontman reunites his other old punk band.
Feb. 6: Lilys and Dead Heavens at Soda Bar. Late '80s shoegaze dream-pop band is back (read the SoundDiego interview with Lilys here)
Feb. 7: The Revivalists at Soda Bar. Seven-piece band from New Orleans.
Feb. 8: Austra and the Range at the Casbah. Electronic pop sounds from Canada.
Feb. 9: The Lemon Twigs and Savoy Motel at the Casbah. Your new favorite pop rock band!
Feb. 10: The Molochs, the Loons and the Kabbs at Soda Bar. My new favorite band is the Molochs who mix everything I love about the '60s.
Feb. 11: The Chain Gang Of 1974 at the Hideout. One word: Indietronica.
Feb. 12: The Griswolds at the Casbah. Indie rock from down under.
Feb. 13: Oh, Spirit; Listening to Rocks with Veronica May; and the To Do List at the Casbah. Happy Anniversary to Roger and Sara, who were married at the club.
Feb. 14: Big Jesus at the Casbah. A new band with a '90s sound.
Feb. 15: Lucero at the Belly Up. Some have called it country punk.
Feb. 16: Galactic and the Bright Light Social Hour at the Belly Up. Two great bands, one low price.
Feb. 17: Crocodiles at the Hideout. Do you remember the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower?
Feb. 18: You Are Going to Hate This Fest at SOMA. The Frights, Tijuana Panthers, the Garden, Antwon, No Parents, the Buttertones, Culture Abuse, the Regrettes, the Soaks, Death, Lens, Grove, the Thens and it's all hosted by Zac Carper of FIDLAR.
Feb. 19: Blanks 77 at the Soda Bar. Street punk from New Jersey.
Feb. 20: AFI doing three nights at the Observatory North Park. Get their latest record "The Blood Album."
Feb. 21: Adia Victoria at the Casbah. Gothic blues.
Feb. 22: Tennis and Hoops at the Irenic. Husband-and-wife indie duo.
Feb. 23: Pinback at the Belly Up and the 25th at the Irenic. Hometown favorites!
Feb. 24: Moose Blood at the Irenic. English emo band.
Feb. 25: The Greyboy Allstars at the Music Box. Acid jazz kings!
Feb. 26: Loudspeaker LIVE at the Casbah with Electrik Voodoo, Creature Canyon and Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters for free courtesy of Karl Strauss and 91X Loudspeaker. For free, RSVP at 91X.com
Feb. 27: Susy Sun at Soda Bar. Singer-songwriter on the rise...
Feb. 28: It's not a leap year, so feel bad for the kids born on Feb. 29.
End of transmission. Out of everything you do when choosing how to spend your hard-earned dollars, make sure some of it goes to local artists. Thanks and goodnight!
Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and hosts Loudspeaker via 91x every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, Loudspeaker LIVE events, and books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the Hard Rock Hotel. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here firstname.lastname@example.org