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Watcha Looking For: November Show Preview

11/5 “Live at the Belly Up” KPBS taping with Dead Feather Moon, The Tilt and The Styletones at The Belly Up. $5. 

Recently announced, this show looks like a kick ass way to spend a Monday night. KPBS is filming a new series called “Live at The Belly Up” (read more about that here at SDRockNRoll.com). And they picked some awesome groups to appear for this one:

The Styletones bring a mixture of funk, soul, and good ol’ partying to the stage. Singer Stevie Harris has ample charisma to match his vocal talents, not to mention awesome dance moves. Their larger-than-life performances feature awesome musicians including an amazing horn section who somehow make sounding and looking that good look easy. Drummer Jake Najor especially looks effortless always making faces while beating the hell out of his drums – watch for his solos, so much fun.

Dead Feather Moon put their own kinda party out there with straight up rock ‘n’ roll tunes that are sometimes tender other times wailing. This band is no stranger to Belly Up and will surely put on a great set for new and old fans. Plus this whole thing is only $5 and might just get you your 15 mins of fame on TV. 😛

11/7 The Paragraphs CD Release Show featuring Tori Rogg and Western Scene at The Belly  Up. $9

I’ve had The Paragraphs‘ debut disc “+/-” playing heavily lately- the retro-rock infused with pop and just a little grit has me simultaneously dancing and deciphering. Smart lyrics and relevant themes are always a plus with music that sounds good and makes me wiggle. “Trash Talk” offers a grungy side of singer Jesse Lee Hofbauer’s vocals while he just as easily croons on “Tongues.” This night at the Belly Up Tavern should be extra fun as it celebrates the release of “+/-” and all the hard work they’ve put into it. These boys are hitting the live circuit hard in support of this record so check out their site for other chances to catch them.

11/16 The Watson Twins, John Meeks & Joanie Mendenhall, and Shane Alexander at The Griffin. $8 adv/$10 at the door.

Haven’t seen John Meeks perform in quite some time and I’m especially excited to see a set with Joanie Mendenhall at a venue as good as The Griffin. Meeks’ voice is absolutely mesmerizing and he’s always backed by incredible musicians. Mendenhall’s vocals are equally intriguing and the delicious EP by the two “From My Grave” is steeped in ol’ somber country goodness. I’m just getting started exploring The Watson Twins and Shane Alexander but all in all this looks like a fantastic Friday night show.

11/24 The Styletones and The Lucky Lonely at Winstons. $8.

The hard-working men of The Styletones will be at it again at this Saturday show at Winston’s. Make sure you’re ready to dance to these upbeat dudes. This time they’ll be joined by The Lucky Lonely – a trio based out of Costa Mesa. The band’s self-titled EP is heavy on keys and offers great harmonies. Reminds me a bit of Keane. Stoked for this show.

11/30 The Yes Team, The Paragraphs, and Old Tiger at Ruby Room. Price TBD.

Doing a double happy dance for another show by The Paragraphs this month. Plus they’re playing with one of my personal favorites – Old Tiger. OT will kick things off with their retro vibe that presents both upbeat pop-tinged tunes and mellow crooning melodies. Their new album, Love Have Mercy, keeps finding its way back into my speakers and you should treat your ear holes to it as well (you can thank me later.) The Paragraphs will bring their own vintage-influenced music to the middle set at Ruby Room. And lastly The Yes Team will play in celebration of releasing their EP. Triple-fun.

11/6 and 12/4 Crash and The Burns and Stephen Rey and The Sextrash at El Dorado. Free.

Stephen Rey and The Sextrash are a unique treat with their stripped down brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Stephen Rey brings his charisma to center stage and is backed by the talents of Tim Lowman of Low Volts and Nathan Beale of Dirty Sweet. Also heralding an old school vibe, Crash and The Burns offer flavors of 50’s pop rock with the incredible vocals of Ryan Koontz guiding the way. The band is like a local super-group with musicians from several other awesome bands. They play regularly at El Dorado and on Tuesday nights (like this one) Moscow Mules are only $5 all night… and I can vouch for their deliciousness.


About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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