Sounds Like San Diego: October 21

There's a melancholic quality to Wes Miles' voice that makes me a little sad, even when the subject matter of the songs could be completely uplifting. The vocalist of Ra Ra Riot and the rest of the band sound great on their recorded material, but it's their high energy during live performances that make them the band to see tonight. I'm partial to indie bands with strings, and Ra Ra Riot delivers with violin and cello to round out their sound. I've seen the band on a tiny stage, and I've seen them on festival stages, and they do well in either setting, but I imagine the Belly Up's stage is exactly the perfect size.

Thursday, Oct. 21:

  • Ra Ra Riot, Villagers, Givers @ Belly Up
  • Taming the Fox @ West Coast Tavern
  • Interpol, White Rabbits @ Soma (sold out) -- read's show preview here
  • Azure Ray, Tim Fite @ The Loft
  • Echo Revolution, Wendy Bailey and True Stories, Eclipse 79 @ Soda Bar
  • Corey Feldman's Lost Boys, featuring Truth Movement @ House of Blues (Postponed)
  • Russian Circles, Keelhaul, Call Me Lightning @ Casbah
  • The Last Years, the Accroutrements @ Eleven
  • Luna Is Honey, Conceptus, DJs Tropical Popsicle and JR @ Tin Can
  • Third Thursdays with Brawley @ Bar Pink
  • Jessica Bell, the Carter Twins @ Lestat's
  • Greensky Bluegrass @ Winston's
  • Stanley Clarke and Hiromi @ Anthology
  • Aaron Swanton, Mr. Loveless @ Til Two Club
  • Jazz West @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The Rescues @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Mad Traffic, the Bloodflowers @ Ruby Room
  • Local Showcase: Subliminal Trip, Stone Senses, Sandollar @ Sound Wave
  • Matt Markin, Habitat, Cardiac Kidz, J Grace, OverCast Encore, TES., ACME Rhythm and Blues Revue, the Frighteners, Chris Carpenter @ Brick By Brick
  • Taj Mahal, Vieux Farka Toure @ Dreamcatcher Viejas
  • Scott Carter and New Breed @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Croce's
  • Summerset, the Barret Trap, Comma Tom, Not Machines @ Dreamstreet Live

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at or submit your music listings.

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