Happy New Year and welcome to 2016, with January featuring sold-out shows from Muse and Tool (times two) -- so this list comprises everything but those shows. It's sort of a slow month overall, with loads of great local bills, but local is good. Full disclosure: Keep in mind when reviewing my list, that some of these shows are bills that I have booked. Now get off the couch, see a show and take a friend!
Jan. 1: Happy New Year!
Jan. 2: The Young Wild, the Verigolds, Western Scene and Great White Buffalo at the Music Box. Have you been to the Music Box yet? This is a great show to check out, awesome bands and it's low dough.
Jan. 3: Whiskey Shivers at the Soda Bar. Old-timey tunes from Austin, Texas.
Jan. 4: The Gloomies at Soda Bar. Local buzz band plays a residency every Monday in January.
Jan. 5: Bandalier, Just Like Jenna, the Sinclairs at Casbah. All-local bill, Loudspeaker Presents!
Jan. 6: Omega Three, Sundrop Electric and Velvet Club at Casbah. All-local bill, Loudspeaker Presents!
Jan. 7: Heidecker & Wood and the Yellow River Boys plus JP Inc. at Casbah. It's Tim Heidecker of Adult Swim, "Tim and Eric" fame.
Jan. 8: Maryjane's Underground at the Hard Rock Hotel with Spooky Cigarette and Big Bloom. New local bands you must see -- show is free!
Jan. 9: The Redwoods Revue featuring Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, Birdy Bardot, the Midnight Pine and Dani Bell & the Tarantist at the Casbah. The Redwoods Review is a collective of local musicians working together.
Jan. 10: No Bunny, Stalins Of Sound and Kids In Heat at Soda Bar. No Bunny is always a good time, join the party.
Jan. 11: Super Buffet, Pumphouse and Captain Viejo at Casbah. All-local bill, Loudspeaker Presents!
Jan. 12: Langhorne Slim & the Law and Jonny Fritz at the Belly Up. Alt-rock Americana from Slim and his band.
Jan. 13: Ty Segall & the Muggers at the Belly Up. Call the hotline 1-800-281-2968
Jan. 14: Earthless, Sacri Monti, Loom and Operation Mindblow Light Show at the Casbah. World-traveling local psych-rock band plays two nights.
Jan. 15: Soft Lions, Mint Field and Gloomsday at Soda Bar. Support local music!
Jan. 16: Sweet and Tender Hooligans at the Casbah. The Smiths like you've never seen.
Jan. 17: Christian Death at Soda Bar. Scaring parents since the early '80s.
Jan. 18: Car Seat Headrest, Octagrape and the Cardielles at the Casbah. Buzzband from Seattle via Leesburg, Virginia.
Jan. 19: Martin Courtney (of Real Estate) and Matt Kivel at the Casbah. Have you heard Real Estate? Then you will probably like this show.
Jan. 20: Half Moon Run at the Casbah. Buzzband from Montreal.
Jan. 21: Chuck Ragan accompanied by Todd Beene on pedal steel at the Casbah. Hot Water Music!
Jan. 22: SoundDiego LIVE with Botanica Chango, the Palace Ballroom, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, and Mayfield at the Casbah. RSVP for the free party, hosted by yours truly!
Jan. 23: All Them Witches, L.A. Witch and Dani Bell & the Tarantist at the Casbah. For those about to rock, we salute you!
Jan. 24: Vanessa Carlton at the Casbah. Not the pop star you once knew...
Jan. 25: Little Heroine, the Natives and Bad Kids at Casbah. All-local bill, Loudspeaker Presents!
Jan. 26: Killing Joke at the Belly Up. Post-punk legends and I don't use that term lightly.
Jan. 27: Mustard Plug, Dan Potthast and Duping the Public at the Casbah. Third Wave Ska!
Jan. 28: Wanda Jackson, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones and Recommended Dosage DJs at the Casbah. Rockabilly legend!
Jan. 29: The New Kinetics, the Nervous Wreckords and Jessika Von Rabbit at Soda Bar. Oh, what a night of goodness on this almost-all-local bill. Local is good!
Jan. 30: The Silent Comedy, Creature & the Woods, Robert Jon & the Wreck and the Liquorsmiths at the Casbah. Local boys and road dogs the Silent Comedy are back!
Jan. 31: Donny Osmond at the Balboa Theater. Where's Marie?
Thanks for reading and have a nice day!
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, 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