March-ing Bands

Tim Pyles of FM 94/9 weighs in -- albeit a little late -- with his musical picks for the month of March

The rain has cleaned the gutters and cleared the air, and people are back to driving on dry roads and your sanity has been restored after San Diego Storm Watch 2014.

We get a few days of rain and freak out, while the rest of the country deals with real weather. I love San Diego! We got things to do and places to go, and weather is hardly ever part of the equation.  So now that we're back to sunny and 70, we should go see some shows -- here are my top picks for March!

March 5: Legendary future rocker Gary Numan plays the Belly Up.

March 6: If you're up for it, go see punk band Retox in TJ at El Tigre Bar.

March 7: It's the return of the Dum Dum Girls to the Casbah, but it's sold out! The new album Too True is their best.

March 8: Hills Like Elephants, Wild Wild Wets, Boy King and Jimmy Ruelas at the Casbah -- support local music!

March 9: Gardens & Villa at U-31. They're from Santa Barbara, and they call their musical genre "Galactic fever."

March 10: Ghetto Blaster, Ape Machine, Lord Howler and Young Rapscallions at the Casbah.  Ghetto Blaster frontman is Ryan Foxe, who was in the legendary local band Fishwife.

March 11: Rufus du Sol at Bang Bang. The indie dance band is known as Rufus in Australia.

March 12: I'm taking a night off ...

March 13: Maryjane's Underground with Badabing and Gloomsday at the Hard Rock Hotel. The show is free and a complimentary cocktail hour runs from 8-9 p.m., but you must RSVP.

March 14: Larry & His Flask, plus Scott H. Biram at Casbah. This will be a good ol' honky tonk of a show!

March 15: Grampadrew's Flim Flam Review at the Casbah with Gary Hankins, Matt Strachota and Matt Molarius -- an alt-country hoedown!

March 16: Tool at Valley View Casino Center, and it's sold out!

March 17: Sam Roberts Band at the Casbah -- a Juno-award-winning rock singer/songwriter from Canada.

March 18: Tourist at Bang Bang -- indie electronic dance music from London.

March 19: St. Vincent at House of Blues -- she's worked with David Byrne.

March 20: Lydia Loveless at Seven Grand -- an alt-country singer/songwriter from Ohio.

March 21: Total Chaos at Soda Bar -- the street punkers from Pomona have been at it since 1989.

March 22: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at the House of Blues -- funk and soul review!

March 23: Tijuana Panthers at Soda Bar -- indie surf rock.

March 24: Kool Keith and Grammatical B at the Casbah. The headliner is a founding member of the rap group the Ultramagnetic MC's and the most unusual rapper in the game, although local Grammatical B will give him a run for his money on this night!

March 25: The Sounds at the House of Blues -- a Swedish indie-rock band.

March 26: Reverend Horton Heat at the Casbah. The rockabilly legend is doing three nights.

March 27: The Kin at the Soda Bar -- U2 to Jeff Buckley.

March 28: Transfer, Okapi Sun, Hong Kong Fuzz and Little White Teeth -- an epic, all-local bill at the Casbah.

March 29: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at the Casbah. It's the dude from Pavement!

March 30: Listen to the Local 94/9 on FM94/9 from 9 p.m. to midnight, which airs every Sunday.

March 31: The Appleseed Cast at the Casbah -- indie emo post-rock from this Kansas band that started in 1997.

Thanks for reading!  I love San Diego and feel lucky to live here -- thanks, Mom and Dad. They lived their lives in Minnesota but brought me to California at age 4 months. It was my destiny! 

I'll see you at a show!

Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and 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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