Sounds Like San Diego: May 25

It's such a great weekend in San Diego! We have so much going for us in this town for the holiday weekend that it's a great opportunity to make your own music crawl. The Gaslamp is hosting a free all-day music festival at bars and venues all over the area by day, and by night all of the EDM kids can go nuts at the My Life Every Day two-night experience at Valley View Casino Center. The Casbah hosts the second night of the Ugly Things 30th anniversary, and the Belly Up has a sold-out show with Cold War Kids. Personally, I'm looking forward to fun times at Bar Pink with River City and Boy King to go with the always cheap drinks, though Soda Bar and the Void are pretty tempting, too. If you're feeling especially adventurous, head south of the border to see bands like the Beautiful View and Black Hondo as they perform at Black Box, a really amazing spot in Tijuana on Sixth and Revolucion. I must say, it is an all around great day to be a San Diegan.

Saturday, May 25:

  • Gaslamp Music and Arts Festival @ Gaslamp Quarter (11 a.m. to 9 p.m., free)
  • Casbah presents Cold War Kids, Superhumanoids @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • River City, Boy King @ Bar Pink
  • MY Life Every Day USa, featuring A-Trak, Baauer, the Presets, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Digitalism, Congorock, Just Blaza, Feed Me @ Valley View Casino Center (18+, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
  • 30 Years of Ugly Things: Love Revisited with Johnny Echols  and Ebbot Lundberg (Soundtrack of Our Lives), the Sloths (original '60s garage band reunited), the Rosalyns (Girls in the Garage, with members of Loons, Schitzophonics, New Kinetics, Chinese Rocks, G @ Casbah
  • TV Girl, Jeans Wilder, Monster Rally, Dudes @ Soda Bar
  • Gumbo Matinee, with Uniform Victor, Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch @ The Void (5 p.m.)
  • The Beets, Pangea. Teenage Burritos @ The Void
  • Brothers Gow, the Jefferson Jay Band @ The Griffin
  • The Beautiful View, Black Hondo @ BlackBox Tijuana (6th & Revolucion)
  • Kodiak, Coda Reactor, Bat Lords @ Tin Can
  • Marsupials, Sleep Lady, Dead Animal Mod @ Tower Bar
  • Todo Mundo @ Gallaghers
  • Internities: Chris Dyer (solo show) @ ArtLab
  • Memorial Day Intervention, featuring Afrojack @ Hard Rock Hotel 
  • One Drop Redemption @ 710 Beach Club
  • Big Krit, Smoke DZA @ Porter's Pub
  • Dave's Garage: Dive Bomber, Uncle Junkie, Low Volts @ Brick by Brick
  • The Coldsons, Swim Lessons, Carlos the Dwarf @ Che Cafe
  • Brian Levy, Peter Sprague, Mikan Zlotkovich @ San Diego Jet Ski Rentals
  • No Bragging Rights, Being As an Ocean, Legion, Verah Falls @ Epicentre
  • Lotus the Band, Poprx @ Humphreys Backstage
  • Billy Shaddox, Shawn Rohlf @ Lestats
  • Whitney Shay @ Marble Room
  • SD Bass Session presents Supreme, Fonkah, Elijah Divine, Bastik Legion, Kid Twist, Adia Break @ Ruby Room
  • A Truth Betrayed, Always the Understudy, Nautilus, Seconds Ago, Out to Sea @ Soma
  • Tierra, Malo & Thee Midniters @ Sycuan
  • Funeral Dress, PSO, Hogboss @ Shakedown Bar
  • Full Strength Funk band @ Tio Leos
  • Off the Cuff @ V Lounge
  • Rising Star @ Viejas
  • Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
  • Omega Squad, MK Ultra, Arkon, Urbn Lgnd @ Winstons

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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