Sounds Like San Diego: March 29

For Pavement fans, Saturday is extra special, as the frontman has, over the past decade, stepped out as Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. The band returns to the Casbah for a sold out show, but what is even more spectacular about the night is the opening act, Speedy Ortiz. With their latest EP, Real Hair, a follow-up to full length Major Arcana, the band has solidified itself as indie-darlings, complete with a band of wordsmiths who've all but given up their respective academic careers to be on the road. This is the band's second time passing through San Diego, but we hope it isn't the last as it took a little time for San Diegans to realize the magic that is Speedy Ortiz. If you didn't grab a ticket, check out the Experimental Guitar lineup at Soda Bar or any of a number of other great shows. And just in case you hadn't heard, San Diego's smooth yacht-rock cover band, Yacht Party, has changed their name to Smooth Harbor Yacht Club and are slated to perform at House of Blues.

Saturday, March 29:

  • Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Speedy Ortiz @ Casbah (sold out) -- read our Speedy Ortiz preview here
  • Dead Feather Moon Crowd Fundraiser @ Blind Lady Alehouse
  • SD Experimental Guitar Show, featuring Glen Galloway, Vabianna Santos, Clint McCallum, David Lipson, T Putnam Hill, Santino Romeri @ Soda Bar
  • Todo Mundo, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Gayle Skidmore, Gina Chavez, Johanna Chase @ Lestat's
  • Dropjoy, Sinflood, Alex and Alison of My Elysian Acoustic, Simon and Hunter Acoustic @ The Merrow
  • The Midnight Pine @ Riviera
  • Kenny Metcalf as Elton with Smooth Harbor Yacht Club @ House of Blues
  • Diamonds in the Back, DJ Dimitri & Co. @ Whistle Stop Bar
  • The Whiskey Circle, Kenneth Brian Band, the Flowerthief @ Tin Can
  • Stevie & the Hi-Stax @ Bar Pink
  • San Diego Beatles Fair 2014 @ Queen Bee's
  • Strung Out, the Creepy Creeps @ Belly Up
  • Souvenirs, Sea Lions, Sustains, Pizza Time, Dictator @ Che Cafe
  • Gio Trio +1 @ Croce's Park West
  • The Plague, Good As New, Was/Am/Was, No Coast, Nightstands, Cuddle Weather @ Epicentre
  • Subdvsn, featuring Kevin Anderson @ Kava Lounge
  • Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Groove International presents Spring Kickoff Party @ House of Blues
  • Lotus the Band (5 p.m), PopRx (9 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Bastard Suns, Broken Stems, the One & Only's, Eve of Destruction @ 710 Beach Club
  • Roman Watchdogs, Swirl, Robin Hill @ The Shakedown
  • Obnox, Sleeping Ghost, Badabing @ Tower Bar
  • Lil "A" & the Allnighters @ Tio Leo's
  • Junior the Discopunk @ U31
  • The Lucky Lonely and Garrett Lee Robinson (6 p.m.), Toubab Krewe with Spafford and Mark Sexton @ Winston's

Rosemary Bystrak 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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