Sealed With a Kiss: Tim Pyles' Top February Shows

From Kiss to Sharon Van Etten and everything in between -- February's got a lot of great shows in store

It is the shortest month of the year, the most romantic with Valentine's Day, and Black History Month -- so let's celebrate our similarities more than our differences. I like music, you like music, it is truly the one thing that brings us all together and bridges gaps, so get off the couch and let's hang out! I can be found at the Casbah most Mondays and every Tuesday at the Merrow, hosting local, national and international talent. Come out and discover your new favorite band.

The first show I ever attended, that I was a fan of at age 11, was Kiss and Cheap Trick at the San Diego Sports Arena and I have had the bug ever since. Some great shows below (including several I booked at the Casbah, full disclaimer) but I think I have pretty good taste and I do it for you, San Diego. And don't forget to RSVP right here for SoundDiego LIVE at the Casbah on Feb. 21, I will be your host! See below for your future plans.

Feb. 1: Okilly Dokilly at Soda Bar. Metalcore band from Arizona that plays a subgenre of metal called "Nedal," in homage to Ned Flanders, a character on "The Simpsons."

Feb. 2: Mineral and Tancred at the Che Cafe. Austin-based emo band Tancred features former Now, Now guitarist Jess Abbott.

Feb. 3: Big Game Sunday Funday! The National Chicken Council reports that Americans will consume 1.38 billion chicken wings during this particular weekend and now you know...

Feb. 4: The Toasters at the Casbah. Legendary ska band from NYC; pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!

Feb. 5: Gang of Four, Cruz Radical and Scary Pierre at the Casbah. Post-punk forefathers bring it to San Diego.

Feb. 6: Braggers, OhCult and Mezzoa at the Casbah. Support local music! It will be heavy and loud!

Feb. 7: Kiss at Viejas Arena. You wanted the best, you got the best -- the hottest band in the land, Kiss!

Feb. 8: Atmosphere at the Observatory North Park. Hip-hop from Minnesota and part of the famed Rhymesayers collective.

Feb. 9: The Woggles, the Schizophonics and the Two Tens at Casbah. A rock & roll explosion that will involve some dancing.

Feb. 10: Danko Jones, Nashville Pussy and Primma Donna at the Observatory North Park. Cheap show at $5 bucks and it will be loud! Danko is king in Canada and around the world, but America is still discovering him.

Feb. 11: Free Paintings, Lefties and Beverage at the Casbah. How do you feel about supporting local music? Do it! This is local!

Feb. 12: Imagery Machine, the Havnauts and Super Buffet at the Casbah. Same as above: Support local music!

Feb. 13: Dreamgirl at Soda Bar. Dreamy pop music...

Feb. 14: Date night! A show isn't the best idea for a romantic evening, but I guess it all just really depends on the couple. Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb. 15: Mike Krol at Soda Bar, part of "Awesome Fest: Cancelled," which is confusing, I know. Krol is a garage-rock artist and art designer.

Feb. 16: Louis XIV, the Slashes and Demasiado at the Casbah. Louis XIV also play the night before, but it's sold out; one of San Diego's great success stories in local music.

Feb. 17: Ron Gallo and Post Animal at the Casbah. Garage-punk that knows how to entertain.

Feb. 18: Cherry Road, Flower Animals and Sweet Myths at the Casbah. Supporting local music is like butter, it makes everything better.

Feb. 19: The Paragraphs, the Gift Machine and the Oxen at the Casbah. These local bills keep getting better and better, as do the bands.

Feb. 20: Smoking Popes and Direct Hit! at Soda Bar. Pop-punk legends with one of the newer kids on the block.

Feb. 21: SoundDiego LIVE at the Casbah with Kolars, Alex Lilly and Sea Base, with yours truly as your host. RSVP here!

Feb. 22: King Tuff at Casbah (two nights)! Neo-garage rocker that ranges from punk to psych-rock.

Feb. 23: Thumpasaurus at House of Blues Voodoo Room. Sounds like epic party rock to me!

Feb. 24: MDRN HSTRY, Belladon and the Lucy Ring at the Casbah. Local, local, local!

Feb. 25: Graveyard Witch, Supra Summus and Deathboys at the Casbah. This is some heavy s--- going down at the Casbah, bring earplugs, all local!

Feb. 26: Come see me at the Merrow, I am the host every Tuesday and on this particualr night, I've got Rebecca Darling, the March Divide, Roger and more onboard.

Feb. 27: Nights Like Thieves, Avenue Army and Justin Linn & the Rotation at the Casbah. Have I told you I help book shows at the Casbah? Here's one...

Feb. 28: Sharon Van Etten at the Observatory North Park or Bob Mould at the Casbah. Pick one, you can't do both!

Did you know that in 2020 we get 29 days in February? Imagine being born on Feb. 29! Thanks for checking out the calendar and maybe I will see you at one of the shows listed above; if so, come on up and introduce yourself. I always enjoy that and I better see you at the SoundDiego LIVE party at the Casbah. Bye for now and I'll see you at a show! Support local music and listen to Loudspeaker Sunday nights at 7 p.m. on 91x.

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, Public Square Coffee and the Merrow. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him directly at

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