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SoundDiego SoundCheck's Scott McDonald checks in with what sounds good around San Diego, including a new film from the Postal Service and local lineup changes



    SoundDiego SoundCheck is in the Halloween spirit. The weather has cooled down a bit, and almost all of the tourists have left town. And while we've run out of tricks, we've got plenty of music-news treats for you this month.

    • I'm not exactly sure how concert films go these days. The last one I saw was Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" -- and that was in a theater that was bulldozed and is now a pet supply superstore. So while I can't promise that people won't inconsiderately yap through most of the film, there is a good one coming to town. The Postal Service's "Everything Will Change" is coming to the AMC Mission Valley Theatre. Shot at Berkeley's Greek Theater during the band's 2013 reunion tour, it features Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello playing with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis for this very special performance.
    • In recent "what the heck?" news, Dallas Okapi (Gabriela Sanchez) has left local electro-pop duo Okapi Sun to join an organic farm in Napa Valley. Leo Okapi (Maren Parusel) had this to say on the band's Facebook page: “I wish her the best in her new adventure and she will always be a part of The Okapi Sun Tribe, but I want everyone to know the Okapi Sun Tribe lives on and we will continue to deliver fun shows." And they've done just that. After playing to a massive audience in Tijuana, the band played a sold-out show at the Loft @ UCSD. Upcoming San Diego performances include 10/25 at the Belly Up Tavern and 11/2 at the Tin Roof.
    • Another San Diego Music Awards is in the books. But one of the more curious announcements of the evening was when San Diego Music Foundation president Kevin Hellman was introduced as the "outgoing" president of the foundation. As next year will mark the 25th year of honoring the best our music scene has to offer, Hellman has vowed to helm the event through its significant milestone. But he also made it clear that he hopes the foundation will find a replacement for him by awards show number 26. Say it ain't so, Mr. Hellman! Please lobby him or give him New Orleans Saints swag the next time you see him, and perhaps we can persuade him to stay on board.
    • Local beat maker Gabe Lehner is about to drop a new album. Lehner's band, 9 Theory, will release their debut on Dec. 9. It's called "Against the Odds of Entropy," and if you've been following this dude since his days in Jack the Original (I have), this album promises to be a great listen. Check it out and donate to the cause here.
    • Speaking of Halloween, the SoundDiego LIVE Halloween party is eerily close. So don your favorite luchador mask, get all mysterious and join us at the Office for the howling tunes of Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker and Zombie Surf Camp! I know, I know -- it's going to be awesome. Just make sure to RSVP for the Oct. 31 event, and you can thank us then.
    Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of