Sounds Like San Diego: January 7

The Pharcyde
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I'm not exactly known for being well-versed in the world of hip-hop, but there are certain groups that had a huge impact on my life back in the day. The Pharcyde were one of those groups. Their debut record, Bizarre Ride To, was on constant rotation at home, in the car and at every party. The sound was unique and was a step away from the prevailing gangsta rap of the time. I've had the opportunity to see them perform, as well as some solo shows with various members, and tonight the group will be onstage with a live band, proving that they're still crossing boundaries. 

If hip-hop isn't your thing, perhaps some hardcore over at the Casbah, some punk over at Brick By Brick, and plenty of other great options among Soda Bar, Whistle Stop, Tin Can and beyond.

Friday, Jan. 7:

  • The Pharcyde (with live band) @ 4th & B -- read Scott McDonald's preview here
  • The Long and Short of It, Retox, Grand Tarantula, Scales, Drug Wars @ Casbah
  • Casbah Presents TSOL, Youth Brigade, Rats Eyes @ Brick By Brick
  • Foster the People, Long Live Logos, the Steelwells, DJ Church Hustler @ Soda Bar
  • Man vs Man, Nuclear Tomorrow, Vietnam Hardcore, Some Kind of Nightmare @ The Shakedown
  • FMLY Tour, featuring Birthdays, Truman Peyote, Emily Reo, Jeans Wilder, Kevin Costner Saves the World, Phillip Seymour Hoffman @ Tin Can
  • Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels @ The Marble Room
  • The Fairmounts, DJ SK @ Whistle Stop
  • Syndicate, Roswell That Ends Well @ Til Two Club
  • Heavy Glow, Armada, Space Nature @ Eleven
  • 40 Oz to Freedom, Tommy Dubs, Irieside @ Belly Up
  • Unwynd, Stage Kids, Save Amos, Misc Ailments @ Ruby Room
  • The Western Set @ Riviera
  • No Age, Protect Me, Rene Hell, Heavy Hawaii @ Che Cafe
  • Mike Hood Band, the Merry Way @ Lestat's
  • Agua Dulce, Cumbia Mechin @ Winston's
  • Stick Figure, Fayuca @ 710 Beach Club
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy hour 5:30 p.m.)
  • January Lights, THELADYthetiger, Oversoul, Make It Last Kid, Chuck and the Mimes, Scarlett Avenue @ Epicentre
  • In Every Breath, Under the Stone (CD release), Daemos, Despite the Wolves, One Theory @ Soma
  • In Motion Trio +2, Zongo Junction, Turkuaz @ Dizzy's (Culy Warehouse, 338 7th Ave.)
  • Hip Replacements @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (5-7 p.m.)
  • Coco Montoya @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9 p.m.)
  • The Sidekicks Duo @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Fish and the Seaweeds @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths (9 p.m.)
  • Tower of Power @ Viejas Dreamcatcher
  • 923/Stage re-grand opening @ Stage Saloon
  • Zone 4 @ El Cajon Grand
  • Richard Vission @ Voyeur
  • Hickies and Dry Humps, featuring Buba Cortez, Kid Wonder, Jay Dread, Jeremiah (Turbo Teen) @ El Dorado
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ El Camino
  • Grand Opening Party. featuring Erick Diaz @ The Lincoln Room
  • Winter Sound, featuring Lucky J, Impera, Nomad and Bala @ Kava Lounge
  • Moonshake, featuring Mark E Quark, Monchi Machino @ Kadan
  • Beatnik and Mr. Mention @ The Office
  • Craig Smoove @ Fluxx
  • The Rock Bastards, BulletBoys @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Ax Plays Mozart @ Copley Symphony Hall

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at or submit your music listings.

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