Summertime in SD means... Nothing new, 'cause it's just like winter, spring and fall. We have shows indoors and outdoors year-round -- we are a lucky bunch. Don't you feel lucky? Read on to see how lucky you are. Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg because you actually have a lot more to choose from, and with new venues like Platform 1888 and the Music Box soon to be in the mix, it's gonna get weird. Below you will find a list of shows that I may very well be at. These are my highlights for the month of June!
June 2: Sufjan Stevens at Copley Symphony Hall. Some call his style baroque pop.
June 3: Active Child, Low Roar at the Irenic. An evening of ambient pop.
June 4: The Rentals at the Irenic. The band features former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp.
June 5: Mrs. Magician at Soda Bar. They're working on an album with Swami John Reis of Rocket From the Crypt.
June 6: X-Fest Warm Up Show with Unwritten Law, Ten Foot Pole, Moon Hooch, the Snykes at House of Blues. Get ready for the big day with some great bands and the 91x Lucky Break winner, the Snykes!
June 7: X-Fest with Atlas Genius, Cold War Kids, Death From Above 1979, Meg Myers, Modest Mouse, Moon Hooch, Palma Violets, Pennywise, Public Enemy, Robert Delong, Shady Francos, the Cult, the Orwells, Yelawolf at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. That's a lot of bang for your buck!
June 8: Zella Day, Nicky Venus, Hot Sands at Casbah. Zella has Lorde-like qualities.
June 9: The Kooks at House of Blues. The UK band returns to SD to play some infectious indie rock.
June 10: Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick at San Diego County Fair. Frampton comes alive in-person with one of the greatest rock & roll bands ever. Hello there, ladies and gentleman. Are you ready to rock? Are you ready or not?
June 11: In the Whale at Brick by Brick. Two-piece rock & roll eargasm!
June 12: Chica Diabla, Killer Party at Maryjane's Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel. Free Maryjane's Underground show, now on Fridays!
June 13: Ceremony at Legend Records. Their new album, "The L-Shaped Man," out now on Matador Records, was produced by our very own Swami John Reis.
June 14: DMA's at Casbah. From Sydney, they just might be your new favorite band!
June 15: Motopony at Casbah. Melodic rockers with punch.
June 16: Jonathan Richman at Belly Up. He was in the Modern Lovers, and he is legendary!
June 17: Iron Butterfly at San Diego County Fair. Hear "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" live and in person!
June 18: The Slackers at Observatory North Park. Rocksteady ska from NYC.
June 19: SoundDiego LIVE with Hills Like Elephants, the Verigolds, Diamond Lakes at Gallagher's Irish Pub. RSVP here for the FREE party at the beach! I will be your host for the evening.
June 20: Surfer Blood at the Irenic. The guitarist has cancer and needs your help -- come to the show and donate. Plus, they are awesome!
June 21: World Party at Belly Up. Karl Wallinger is World Party, and the band has been around since 1986.
June 22: Jungle at Observatory North Park. Cool electronic-dance-rock-groove, and I can't wait!
June 23: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers at Casbah. Indie-soul band doing a residency.
June 24: A.A. Bondy at Casbah. American folk music from the former frontman of Verbena.
June 25: Vetiver, the Donkeys at the Irenic. Vetiver is one man, but the people who back him are legendary, and the bill has our very own friends the Donkeys.
June 26: Best Coast, Bully at Observatory North Park. Great fuzzy, reverb-drenched pop-rock.
June 27: John Doe at Casbah. Legend in the band X and on his own, it's John Doe!
June 28: Mono at Casbah. Japanese instrumental-rock band.
June 29: Big Business at Casbah. Metal with a heart of gold.
June 30: Take a night off; you deserve it!
Thanks for reading and for your support! Please take a friend to one of our fine venues and expose them to our amazing music scene. We have the venues, but not enough music fans. If you love the TV show, go out and live it!
Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and hosts the Loudspeaker show via 91x every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, where he hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, and books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the Hard Rock Hotel. Follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle or reach him directly here firstname.lastname@example.org.