Sounds Like San Diego: Sept. 23

The xx sell out Observatory, so consider Hundred Waters or Frankie Rose

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So the hottest ticket in town tonight is the xx, but I mean, who really needs to see a stage shrouded in hazers and fog machines, feel the pulse of the music, press against hundreds of music-starved fans? Actually, I can't make it sound dreadful, I'm just really, really jealous that I wasn't able to score a ticket this time around. It's cool, though. As always, the backup plans are pretty great, too, like Ben Folds at House of Blues, Frankie Rose at Soda Bar and super-buzzy Hundred Waters at the Casbah. If you feel like a night of kayaks or canoes, the Beach Boys play a double-header at Humphreys -- just don't get caught at high tide or you can't squeeze under the bridge.

Saturday, Sept. 23:
  • Hoppy Beer, Happy Life Festival featuring Imagery Machine, Jesse Nova, Mimi Zulu @ Memorial Park, Chula Vista (1-5 p.m.)
  • The xx, Niia @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Ben Folds, Tall Heights @ House of Blues
  • Frankie Rose, Suburban Living @ Soda Bar
  • Hundred Waters, Banoffee @ Casbah 
  • Natalia Lafourcade @ SOMA
  • The Beach Boys @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (5:30 & 8:30)
  • Siavash Ghomayshi @ Balboa Theatre
  • Zoo, Food and Wine Festival @ San Diego Zoo
  • Grown Folk Music with the Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • The Toadies, Local H @ Belly Up  
  • Citizens & Saints, the Sing Team, the Eagle and Child @ Irenic
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Renegades of Rage, Pearl Jammed @ Music Box 
  • Derek Gripper & Debashish Bhattacharya @ Museum of Making Music
  • Soul Works @ Blonde
  • Tramps Like Us, Yellow Claw, Seven Lions, Joyryde, TJR, Cesqeaux, Angelz, Sikdope, Bear Grillz @ Valley View Casino Center (SOLD OUT)
  • Club Sabbat @ The Merrow
  • DJ Claire's Unwind Yourself  @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Dead Sea Horse, Alvino & the Dwells @ Lestat's
  • Decker, Noble War, the Honky's @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • The Benedetti Trio present the Summer of Love 1967 @ Dizzy's
  • Nirvanish, DJ OMZ @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Hot Shot Drifters, Steel City Jug Slammers @ Black Cat Bar 
  • SD Cajun Playboys @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • The Jesse Cantlay Band @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Sending Signals, Punchcard, 20CMS, Tricountry Terror @ Tower Bar (3 p.m. matinee)
  • Rebel Rebel, Squirrelly Arts, Hyperactive Slackers, Horsefly @ Tower Bar
  • Deborah Liv Johnson & Peter Sprague @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Falling Doves, Spice Pistols @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Fools Brew @ Bancroft Bar
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Ryan Griffin @ Moonshine Flats 
  • The Travel Agents @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Garnish That & Hinano Present, PIFA After Party with Jordan T. and Swells Music hosted by the BBQ show @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • SD City Soul Club presents Women of Reggae @ Til-Two Club
  • Tye Fall Kickoff: Ritual Potion, Coast Red, DiVad, Nights Like Thieves, Roman Watchdogs, the Ocean Natives, Beyond My Afterlife, Smarter Than Robots, Hardly Human @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Electric Mud, Max Fite, Electric Church @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Kearny High Class of 1987 @ Tio Leo's
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Julz, Kev Mighty @ El Dorado
  • Wiwek @ Bassmnt
  • Brett Bodley @ FLUXX
  • Soul Work presents Eden, Deep Jesus @ Spin (3 p.m.)
  • TJR, Cesqeaux, Curbi presented by LED @ Spin (10 p.m.)
  • Pat Lok @ Bang Bang
  • Jayceeoh @ Omnia
  • Fluid in Motion, DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Caliber @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Dragon Lounge Presents Monarch Camp Fundraiser @ Kava Lounge

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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