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A Long December: Shows To Rock Your Face Off Until 2013 Gets Here.

12/14 Boy King and River City at The Whistle Stop Bar. FREE.: To put it simply, Boy King is rad. Singer Megan Liscomb always brings her bad ass charisma and vocal chops to the stage (or lack there of in the case of The Whistle Stop).  Guitarist Dustin Lothspeich shreds on guitar showing distinct versatility from his work as crooning front man for Old Tiger. And drummer Adam Eidson holds his own with precision behind the kit. I am excited to finally have a chance to see River City. I’ve heard their sound lies somewhere around Americana and folk- both of which I love. Plus this shit is free on a Friday night in a cool neighborhood. Need I say more?

12/18 Vamonos at El Dorado. FREE: Hand-crafted cocktails for your taste buds and the grooving sounds of Vamonos for your ear drums- this is gonna be a bitchen event. No cover for the Winter Menu Release at El D and their delicious drinks will be $5 all night. Vamonos will be providing the auditory awesomeness. The three piece band plays jazzy instrumentals and features my favorite drummer in town, Jake Najor (Najor also plays with The Styletones, Lord Howler, The Soulfires and about 10 other projects at any given time). Enjoying some melodic tunes with a yummy drink in the snazzy ambiance of a cool bar- yes please, this will help me survive the upcoming holidays.

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And the poster is cool.

12/21 Dead Feather Moon, The Heavy Guilt, and Trouble in the Wind at Belly Up Tavern. $12 adv / $14 day of.: I get excited to see Dead Feather Moon OR The Heavy Guilt on any given bill, so when they play together … man, oh man. Both of these bands have played a lot this year so this should be a kick ass way to celebrate all the work they’ve put in. THG is hard at work on their third album, which promises to be even more fantastic than the others. Perhaps good ol’ DFM will follow suit? The three bands are putting together some teaser videos of songs to promote this one – an idea I adore. The first one features a song from Trouble In The Wind with musicians from all 3 bands. Dig it here. [Oh and if this really is the end of days – might as well go out with some bad ass rock ‘n’ roll.]

12/27 Louis XIV, The Howls, and Boy King at The Casbah. $15: Since I’m the new kid to SD music I’ve never had the chance to see Louis XIV live. Their catchy songs are a unique blend of pop and alternative rock. I love me some Brian Karscig (The Nervous Wreckords) and am stoked to get the rare opportunity to see him with this band. The Howls always put on a spirited performance through both mellow and rocking tunes. And remember, Boy King is rad.

12/31 Little Hurricane, Get Back Loretta, Blackout Party, Shake Before Us, The Creepy Creeps and a bunch more bands at The Lafayette Hotel. Ticket prices vary and will increase as show gets closer! I don’t even know where to start with this one. I was happy to have plans at The Casbah with Get Back Loretta and Blackout Party on the bill. Then it got even more bad ass… The Lafayette Hotel is so incredible – the historic architecture, the awesome pool area, and a place to crash at the end of NYE mayhem. Hell yes. I’m especially stoked for Little Hurricane and Get Back Loretta. And, of course, I can’t wait to ring in the new year with the things that 2012 so amazing for me – my friends and my music. [Note: the ticket prices will increase as the date gets closer so get on it and don’t miss out!]

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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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