It's Coachella month and being that we are so close, we benefit with some of the bands doing outside shows right here in our own backyard -- bonus! Lots of goodies to pick from down below so go ahead and peruse. Some might be sold out, but don't let that stop you. Many nights, I hear of people being able to buy face-value tickets right in front of the venue on show nights, so go for it!
Reminder: On Sunday nights, listen to Loudspeaker -- the all-local music program on 91X hosted by yours truly. The show runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., tune in and check out new music on the FTW New Music Show -- thanks! That's 91.1 on the FM dial...
April 1: Mathew Logan Vasquez at the Casbah supporting his new solo album. He is the frontman for Delta Spirit, giving it a go solo and it's great!
April 2: Geographer and the Crookes at the Irenic. Great bill with two bands that go well together, but are different.
April 3: Into It. Over It., The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, the Sidekicks and Pinegrove at the Irenic. Emotional indie rock from real bands.
April 4: Girls Guns and Glory at the Casbah. American-roots music from Boston.
April 5: The Wild Feathers and the Shelters at the Belly Up. Two bands on the rise that offer real music played by real musicians.
April 6: Basement, Turnstile, Defeater and Colleen Green at the Irenic. This show was moved from the LampPost Warehouse.
April 7: Elvis Costello and Larkin Poe at Balboa Theater. Larkin Poe opens and then backs Elvis Costello, the legend!
April 8: The Shrine and Joy at the Music Box. A night of loud and greasy rock & roll!
April 9: Lindi Ortega and the Walcotts at the Casbah. Rock, roots, soul and old timey goodness.
April 10: The Darkness at House Of Blues. UK hair metal revivalists are back!
April 11: Peelander Z at the Casbah. You like rock & roll? Then witness the color pallete that this band provides.
April 12: Fat White Family at the Casbah. UK post-punk act that confronts, irritates and entertains you!
April 13: Chvrches at the Observatory North Park. Great electro-pop band that does things their own way, especially spelling.
April 14: NOFX at House Of Blues. Three Heebs and a Bean want to party with you punks.
April 15: Beach House at the Observatory. Playing Coachella!
April 16: Crystal Fighters at Belly Up. Playing Coachella!
April 17: Foals at the Observatory. Playing Coachella!
April 18: The Front Bottoms at the Observatory. Playing Coachella!
April 19: The Damned at the Belly Up. Arguably, the first punk band ever and playing Coachella!
April 20: The Arcs at the Observatory or the Big Pink at Soda Bar. Dan Auerbach's, of the Black Keys, other band and playing Coachella.
April 21: Deafheaven at the Casbah. Playing Coachella!
April 22: Natalie Emmons and Bakkuda at Maryjane's Underground inside the Hard Rock Hotel. A night of electro-pop! Natalie is big in Japan, as a J-Pop artist, but this is not that necessarily.
April 23: Dilated Peoples at the Observatory. Legendary conscious hip-hop from the '90s.
April 24: Holy Holy at Music Box. Psychedelic alt-rock from Melbourne -- that's Down Under.
April 25: Magic Wands and Drinking Flowers at Soda Bar. Dream-pop, post-punk sounds.
April 26: Black Mountain at the Casbah. Space-age rock & roll.
April 27: Har Mar Superstar and White Fang at the Casbah. Har Mar looks like Ron Jeremy and sings like Stevie Wonder.
April 28: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at the Belly Up. I can't get the song "Nobody Dies" out of my head.
April 29: Immortal Technique at the Observatory. Hip-hop with a message.
April 30: Buckfast Superbee, Furious IV, Diamond Lakes and Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver's 3 Iron at Casbah. Buckfast Superbee and Furious IV dominated the local scene in the late-'90s -- witness their return.
Another April in the books and one for many memories to be had. Some of my best are from shows, like the first Lollapalooza at Southwestern College to the Struts the other night. My name is Tim Pyles and I'll see you at a show!
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