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Pyles' January Picks

FM 94/9's Tim Pyles picks out the top shows of the month around San Diego



    Well, so much for the Mayans, but on a brighter note, we get to see what 2013 holds for all of us. 

    San Diego continues to grow up and is becoming the city she was destined to be, a true world-class destination with music, art, culture and nightlife.  Now if we could just get the public transportation system to operate 24 hours a day.  A new year means a new start or a fresh start for some. My suggestion when making New Year's resolutions is to decide to support more local musicians. Just saying. Let's take a look at the best shows January has to offer, shall we?

    Jan. 3-5: Social Distortion @ House of Blues
    Southern California punk rock legends, and all shows sold out

    Jan. 4: Pato Banton @ Belly Up
    Reggae artist and toaster

    Jan. 5:  Third Annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny, featuring the Farmers @ Belly Up

    An annual party honoring SD legends the Beat Farmers, with very special guests Mojo Nixon, Dave Alvin, Steven Berlin and Nancarrow, plus Joey Harris & the Mentals

    Jan. 8: Sum 41 @ House of Blues
    Pop punk band from Canada that may owe their career to Blink 182

    Jan. 9: Lucinda Williams @ Belly Up
    Country, folk, blues and Americana

    Jan. 9: Matthewdavid @ Soda Bar
    Beatmaking sound-collage artist

    Jan. 10: Red Wanting Blue @ Griffin

    Rock band from Ohio

    Jan. 11-12: English Beat @ Belly Up
    1980's UK Two-Tone ska legends featuring Dave Wakeling, who lives in Southern California

    Jan. 13: Keane & Youngblood Hawke @ House of Blues
    English alt-rock balladeers with a crooner for a frontman with a hot new LA indie rock band opening

    Jan. 13:  Steve Earle @ Belly Up

    Singer/songwriter, record producer, author and actor who has lived a hard life, which inspires his songwriting

    Jan. 15: Social Distortion @ House of Blues
    Still tickets for this Social D show

    Jan. 17: Femi Kuti @ Belly Up Tavern

    Eldest son of Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti

    Jan. 17: He's My Brother, She's My Sister @ Casbah
    Folk rockers!

    Jan. 18: TheBreax @ House of Blues
    Hometown positive hip-hop

    Jan. 19:  Cadillac Tramps @ Casbah
    Orange County '80s punk band.

    Jan. 19: Tumbleweed Wanderers @ The Griffin
    Oakland-based band playing dark, chaotic banjo rock, and other styles, but that stood out

    Jan. 20: Gemini Club @ The Griffin
    Indie-electronic dance band doing on the fly re-mixing of their songs during the set.

    Jan. 21: Muse @ Valley View Casino Center
    One of the biggest music groups in the world right now

    Jan. 21: FM94/9 Holiday Hootenanny, with Beware of Darkness and Hit Dog Hollar @ The Griffin
    Rock, soul and blues, with an emphasis on rock!

    Jan. 24: SoundDiego LIVE @ Casbah

    Shake Before Us and SocialClub, and whoever wins the Garage 2 Glory competition. These are always a good time and free -- thanks, Jack Daniel's. I will be your host and you need to RSVP.  If you RSVP, you get some beverages and might win a sick Jack Daniel's guitar.

    Jan. 24: Designer Drugs @ Fluxx
    Electro-industrial dance punk

    Jan. 25: Fidlar @ Che Cafe Collective
    They rock, and the name stand for F--- It Dog, Life's a Risk.

    Jan. 25:  Midge Ure (the voice of Ultravox) @ Brick By Brick
    Did you know he co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?"?

    Jan. 25-26: Ozomatli @ Belly Up
    Big band mixing their brand of latin, soul, hip-hop and rock

    Jan. 26: El Ten Eleven @ The Loft UCSD
    Experimental instrumental rock and soundscapes.

    Jan. 27: Ben Folds Five @ House of Blues
    The '90s piano rockers!

    Jan. 29:  Niki & The Dove @ Casbah
    Indie electronic band from Sweden.

    Jan. 30:  Geographer @ Casbah
    Spacy soul music

    Jan. 31: The Parlotones & Irontom @ The Griffin
    One of the biggest bands in South Africa.

    Jan. 31:  Nashville Pussy @ Casbah

    Rock & Roll buzz saw!

    Time to get out and support the touring bands and local bands! Come see me at the Casbah for the next SoundDiego LIVE, and please come say hello. And if you ever see me at a show, do the same.  I'm very friendly and I don't bite ...

    Happy New Year!

    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