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What else will keep you warm this winter? San Diego show preview – Decemberish 2013

1465290_700155866661810_101769855_n11/30 The Hollerin, Brothers Weiss, and Love and The Skull at Soda Bar. With a well-crafted cohesive rock ‘n’ roll sound Brothers Weiss are the highlight of this one for me. The band is band surely one to watch (and listen) for in the months to come. Their energetic live performances have garnered them an expanding following and they (finally!) have an EP on the horizon (mark your calendar for their release show: 1/10 at Soda Bar with Strange Vine).  Check out their recent single “Light Bulb” for a taste. 8:30 p.m. | $7


12/6 Soft Lions EP Release with Idyll Wild and Spaceships at Soda Bar. Soft Lions is the new project of Boy King frontwoman Megan Liscomb along with Jon Bonser (The New Kinetics) and Lex Pratt (Marco Polo). The songs get a wild-eyed power from Liscomb’s vocals with Pratt laying down haunting undertones. So far they’ve released one tune, “No Peace” which showcases a slightly harder side of the band and will whet your appetite for more. The upcoming EP also conveys a softer side – I personally fell for “This Life” upon first listen.  A limited run of ‘zines will be available at the show with digital download codes (wide release: 12/10) so make sure you’re in attendance so you don’t miss out.  8:30 p.m | $8


12/7 Vinyl Junkies Record Swap Meet with guest DJs. Not exactly a show, but still of interest for all the music-lovers out there. Whether you wanna expand your own collection or pick up some unique holiday gifts this event is a great excuse to peruse a wide array of vinyl. There will be drinks (duh), food, and guest DJs to keep you entertained as well. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | $3 at door 

1476556_10152066861448377_167754629_n12/13 Transfer, The Paragraphs, The Drowning Men at Belly Up Tavern. The Paragraphs are one of my favorite bands in SD. I’d travel to the ends of the earth to see them live. Or, ya know, Solana Beach. Their year-old album +/- is brimming with rock, alt-country, surf-pop and everything in between, but I also dig some older tracks and have had them on heavy rotation as of late. Check out “Rabbit’s Tooth” for a 90s-style rock-stravaganza  and “Steady Light” for a tender turn. 9 p.m. | $15 adv / $17 day of

1461515_10152062826736257_1848153120_n12/28 Get Back Loretta, The Heavy Guilt, The Palace Ballroom, and Chess Wars at Casbah. I LOVE Get Back Loretta– and since they only play on occasion I will NOT be missing this. I’m mildly obsessed with “Girlface” so if they play that someone should tether me to the bar so I don’t float away. The Heavy Guilt are, of course, another of my favorites. Their songs have changed a little since the departure of guitarist Sean Martin, but it seems to have opened up room for keyboardist Josh Rice to shine brighter- which I personally love. Martin is definitely missed, but this tight-knit group is pushing forward with their always addictive live shows. And if all that weren’t fantastic enough Chess Wars will bring their dynamic tuneage to the Atari Lounge between main stage acts. Their sets blend rockin’ songs from their debut album, courageous covers (see: “I Would Die 4 U”), and newly-crafted tunes. I’m a big fan of the new ones but my favorite from the album remains “Do Better.” Make sure you grab a spot in the back to see what these dudes can do. 9 p.m. | $10 adv/$12 day of show

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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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