Sounds Like San Diego: June 5

Put a light on for the New Orleans duo coming Wednesday to the Casbah

Ever since I discovered a cassette mix of the Smiths (in my then junior-high brother's room),my mom would criticize my music as depressing. "When I grew up, songs had meaning," she'd say. Just because my music didn't speak to her didn't mean it lacked meaning. The indie-rock I gravitate to uses complex lyrics, and, sure, I prefer the melancholy over "happy" music but, every once in a while, there's a band that breaks me from that. For example, the Generationals -- they maintain lyrical complexity with catchy melodies and solid hooks. Their third full-length, Heza, uses the familiar '60s jangly tunes that make you bounce your head without losing your cool as a cucumber sneer. The Generationals return Wednesday to the Casbah for what is certain to be a great show with Young Empires. Maybe I'll even bring my mom ...

Wednesday, June 5:

  • Generationals, Young Empires @ Casbah
  • 91X presents the Unlikely Candidates, Carousel, the Sinclairs @ Soda Bar
  • Walter Trout, Blitz Bros @ Belly Up
  • Trails & Ways, Bad Suns, Marco Polo @ the Griffin
  • Suburban Campers, El Toro de la Muerte, the Paper Thins @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Godwana, El Dulce Lobo @ House of Blues
  • Cut Hands, Black Rain @ the Void
  • Dan Gindling, Jimmy Lunsford @ Lestat's
  • Swimm @ the Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Full of Hell, My Iron Lung, Globe & Beast, Haruka @ Ché Café
  • The Tighten Ups @ El Dorado
  • BLUSD presents Jammingout the House of Blues @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage
  • SoMo, Nick Luebke @ Porter's Pub
  • Kice Simko & Friends @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's
  • DJ Grandmasta Rats @ Bar Pink
  • Future Wednesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Club M.A.W. @ Henry's Pub
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Christopher Dale, Robin Henkel @ Handlery Hotel
  • New Best Thing @ Whistle Stop
  • Blue Rockit Band @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Ron's Trio @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Wild Nite @ Coyote Bar & Grill

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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