Pyles' Positive Picks for the New Year

91x's Tim Pyles picks the best must-see shows of January

You wanted the best, you got the best -- a month full of shows handpicked for you! The first few days are kind of slow, but then we get back into the swing of it, so take a look and plan accordingly. Happy 2017!

Jan. 1: Happy new year!

Jan. 2: Stick to your resolutions!

Jan. 3: Are you sticking to those resolutions? Tomorrow we get back to normalcy ...

Jan. 4: The Devil Makes Three at Observatory North Park. Everything that makes Americana great!

Jan. 5: Voodoo Glow Skulls, Buck-O-Nine and the Porkers at the Casbah. A night of Ska ...

Jan. 6: TV Girl, Lanterns and Poppet at Soda Bar. A couple of former San Diegan's return to their former stomping ground.

Jan. 7: Fu Manchu at the Casbah. Stoner rock -- it's legal now.

Jan. 8: David Bowie Birthday Celebration with Bowiephonics, Ariel Levine performing Black Star, DJs Claire, Mr Mazee and Little Robert at the Casbah. Celebrate a legend!

Jan. 9: Creature Canyon, Modern Me and Almost Monday at Casbah. Support local music, and yes, I booked it!

Jan. 10: Dawes at Belly Up. An evening with Dawes.

Jan. 11: Dorothy and the Georgia Flood at the Casbah. A rock band on the Roc Nation label? Seems strangely appropriate.

Jan. 12: Luke Wade at the Casbah. He was on The Voice as a contestant.

Jan. 13: The Little Richards, Alice Bag Band and the Widows at the Casbah. Seems like the place to be on Friday the 13th. Jason is going ...

Jan. 14: Midge Ure Band and Warsaw at the Casbah. Visage, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox and Band Aid are just a few of his associations. This man is an icon.

Jan. 15: Lucinda Williams at the Belly Up. Real American rock, folk and blues.

Jan. 16: Captain Auzmo, Garden Echo and Cochinas Locas at the Casbah. Support local music, and yes, I booked this one as well.

Jan. 17: Jovi and the Issues, Hocus and Kitty Plague at the Casbah. Same comment as above ...

Jan. 18: Tower of Power at the Belly Up. Creating their own brand of R&B, funk and soul since 1968.

Jan. 19: Zakk Sabbath and the Shrine at Brick by Brick. Metal legend Zakk Wylde comes to town.

Jan. 20: SoundDiego LIVE at the Casbah with Schizophonics plus Dani Bell & the Tarantist. I am your host, so RSVP here.

Jan. 21: The Raveonettes and Gateway Drugs at the Music Box. Danish indie rock band returns to SD as requested by a certain San Diegan for the last several years, and you can buy tickets this time.

Jan. 22: The Toasters and Unsteady at the Casbah. Another night of Ska in our town!

Jan. 23: Jesse Malin and Schizophonics at the Casbah. D Generation frontman gone solo.

Jan. 24: Neutral Milk Hotel Tribute. Live tribute hosted by Jeremiah BZ of the Silent Comedy at Blonde Bar. Local musicians playing Neutral Milk Hotel -- yes please.

Jan. 25: Seratones at the Casbah. Rock 'n' Roll from Louisiana on Fat Possum Records.

Jan. 26: Orgy, Powerman 5000, Death Valley High and Knee High Fox at Brick by Brick. A step back into the late '90s ...

Jan. 27: Ty Segall at the Belly Up. This dude is prolific, so don't miss it!

Jan. 28: July Talk and Mona at Soda Bar. A night of rock with a band from Toronto and one based in Nashville. What's high in the middle and round on the ends?

Jan. 29: 91x Loudspeaker and Karl Strauss present Well Well Well, AJ Froman and Boostive at the Casbah. A new concert series from the people behind 91x Loudspeaker and Karl Strauss.

Jan. 30: Run the Jewels at Observatory North Park.  You can download the group's latest album for FREE.

Jan. 31: Communist Daughter, Cardinal Moon and the Lulls at Soda Bar. A band from Minnesota that takes their name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song and some amazing locals. 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year to you all! Looking forward to seeing some of you at these shows, so please don't hesitate to come up and introduce yourself. 2017 is gonna be great ... Here's to the power of positive thinking ...

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, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here

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