Sounds Like San Diego: Feb. 2

The Icelandic artist brings his dense textures to Observatory North Park on Saturday

I recently watched an online performance of Olafur Arnalds, and he explained that he'd been in an auto accident and couldn't play music for an extended period of time. Then, while on tour, he found some self-playing pianos and bought a couple that he's learned to program to create the incredibly dense instrumental textures that we hear in his music. Tonight, you can see the Icelandic artist at the Observatory, and I expect that it will be nothing short of amazing.
Casbah and Soda Bar are both sold out, but if you missed the chance to see Mineral last night at the Casbah, you can catch them tonight at the Che Cafe with Tancred, or you can head to Bar Pink to see Parker Gispert of the Whigs. It's going to be a great night of music before nearly the whole city comes to a standstill for the big game tomorrow, so catch your music fix while you can.
Saturday, Feb. 2:
  • Vinyl Junkies Record Swap @ Casbah
  • Olafur Arnalds @ Observatory North Park
  • Drama, Claire George @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Mineral, Tancred @ Che Cafe Collective
  • Magic City Hippies, Future Generations @ Soda Bar (sold out)
  • Parker Gispert (of the Whigs), Coretracks, Jonny Giles @ Bar Pink (8 p.m.)
  • Happy Traum "Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival” @ Museum of Making Music 
  • Ypsitucky @ Blind Lady 10th Anniversary!
  • Hearts & Roses: MC Magic & Lil Rob @ Balboa Theatre 
  • DJs Dunekat and RT @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.)
  • Vaud & the Villains, Trouble in the Wind @ Belly Up  
  • Vibraphonist Ian Harland and his quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Yale Strom: Pie in the Sky When You Die @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Free Family Music Festival @ MiraCosta College Concert Hall (10 a.m.)
  • Staump Music School @ Lestat's
  • Blonde 54 Disco & Decadence @ Blonde
  • Madeintyo, Thutmose, Rossi Rock, 12 Honcho, Fresh Breakfast Muk Dipped in Butt @ Music Box
  • Surfer Joe, Jason Lee & the R.I.P.Tides @ Pour House  
  • Natural Disaster, Foxtide, Alex Lievanos, We Are One, the Industry @ Soma 
  • Clinton Ross Davis @ Black Cat Bar
  • Bootleg Sunshine @ Seven Grand
  • Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show: Wheel of Burlesque @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Sophia Alone @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Undead (featuring Bobby Steele of the Misfits), the Strikers, Frequency Within, Sam Hell @ Tower Bar
  • The Rhythmaddix, the Tones @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • The Great Electric Quest, Gygax, Glitter Wizard @ San Diego Content Partners
  • Waterloo Revival @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Dead Winter Carpenters, Shakedown String Band @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Pinkeye, Closest Relative, Daybreaker @ Til-Two Club
  • Defy the Tyrants, Finding Thetis, Pyrotechnica, Legions @ Brick by Brick
  • Bear Night San Diego @ The Merrow
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Sonic Moonshine, Copy Cat Killers @ 710 Beach Club
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Fuzzy Rankins @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Edx @ Bang Bang 
  • AC Slater: LED Presents @ Spin
  • The New Normal @ Navajo Live 
  • Ascension: DJs Robin Roth, Kaerie, Baron @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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