Cutting the Chord

Which band will go from Garage 2 Glory and play the opening slot at SoundDiego LIVE?

The Filthy Violets are a four-piece rock band. “We feature filthy, grungy rhythms with sweet, strong melodies carried by a four-on-the-floor beat,” says guitarist Jesse Lafica. Mad Traffic’s sound is alt- rock. “It has always been about friendship,” says Blaise Guld (vocals/ acoustic guitar). “We’re five brothers who push the envelope in music and life.”

These two local groups are facing off in Garage2Glory, a digital battle of the bands. To compete, each band posts a music video on SoundDiego's Facebook page in early August in hopes of garnering the most votes from fans (go here to see the clips and vote). On Aug. 24, both bands will appear on SoundDiego's TV show on NBC 7 after Saturday Night Live to drum up support before online voting ends Aug. 27.

The glory? The victor gets to open for the Devastators and Deadly Birds, who will perform at the TV show's monthly music showcase, SoundDiego LIVE, which will be held Aug, 29 at Winstons in O.B. Entrance to the concert is free — go here to get on the guest list for the VIP happy hour goodies.

Go to Pacific Magazine to learn more about the Filthy Violets and Mad Traffic.

Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music who hosts The Local 94/9 via FM94/9 every Sunday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.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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