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Sounds Like San Diego: October 18

Arcade Fire head up an exciting Wednesday night of live music in San Diego

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of big shows. I don't like arenas, I don't like 'sheds,' I don't like stadiums. But when you love a band and you missed their only ever Casbah show more than a decade earlier, you have to see them where they play. Over time that has been Spreckels, Hollywood Bowl, and the amphitheatre in Chula Vista. So am I thrilled Arcade Fire is playing in a basketball arena? Not really. But I'm going to go, and I'm going to love it, and I'm going to ignore all of the people who bitch and moan about the sound or the band or their attitudes or whatever. Let me enjoy this show. And if not, then go see the Allah-Las at Music Box or the Strypes at Casbah, or the awesome Said the Whale at Space. But if you don't have anything nice to say about Arcade Fire at Viejas Arena, don't say anything at all. At least not to me.

Wednesday, Oct. 18:

  • Arcade Fire, Angel Olsen @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, SDSU
  • Café Tacvba, Flor de Toloache @ The Observatory
  • Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (read the SoundDiego interview with Steven Van Zandt here)
  • Said the Whale @ Space
  • The Strypes, the Bassics @ Casbah
  • Kalashnikov My Wife, the Killer Hz, Micelves @ Soda Bar
  • One, Two, Three with DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Songhoy Blues, Elektric Voodoo @ Belly Up
  • Kitty Plague, the Touchies, Starcrossed, Mark Kramer, DJ Dyno @ The Merrow
  • Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones Tribute @ Bar Pink
  • Zex, Slaughter Boys @ Til-Two Club
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • King Taylor Project, Kevin Begin @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Dubbest, The Orchard, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Varla Jean Merman in "Bad Heroine" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • U31 10 Year Anniversary @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Allah-Las, Entrance, Mapache @ Music Box
  • The Emergency Exit @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek & Cros 1 @ El Dorado
  • Karaoke with Kristen @ Navajo Live 
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Reaching Out for the Hand of Love III @ Kava Lounge
  • LED presents YEHME, 2NuKid @ Spin Nightclub

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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