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February is for Music Lovers: Show Previews in San Diego

Some people are excited for Valentine’s Day (why?), others are just really stoked that my birthday month is finally here (ok, that’s just me), but February has lots to offer for us music lovers too! Check out a few I’m recommending and let me know what’s on your show-going agenda!


Feb. 1 Ash and Dead Havana at The Casbah. $15. Doors at 8:30 p.m.Not too often do I get a band’s super fan asking to promote a show. But I was sent a description of this show by Nick Cullen and thought “why the hell not?” – he sure does give some good selling points:

“Mark your calendars. Ireland’s own Ash make their triumphant return to San Diego at the Casbah, their first show here in over nine years! Do not be fooled by how they are described in other lazy write-ups about this week’s “buzz” shows: Ash is not your run-of-the-mill wimpy,morose indie band. Ash is a monolithic freaking flaming flying-V guitar! Ash is the purest and catchiest melodies you’ll ever hear surfing atop monumental incendiary riffs. Imagine a heavier Undertones or a less-neurotic Weezer. These guys had hit records in their teens! Over 20 years in the game, Tim Wheeler continues to hone and perfect his singular brand of sophisticated pop-punk that incorporates influences as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Joy Division, and The Beach Boys. Expect moshing, pogoing, an all out celebration of immortal youth. An Ash show is a glorious experience that is not to be missed.”

Feb 4. Elle Belle and Late Night Racket at Tin Can Alehouse. $5. 9 p.m.  Surf rock band Elle Belle from L.A. is hitting our fine city in promotion of their upcoming debut EP. The tunes are laced with vintage keys and solid guitar riffs- along the lines of our own Shake Before Us and Venice Beach’s Terraplane Sun. Get a taste with their single, “You Better Mean It.” The lineup seems sonically matched as Late Night Racket’s online offerings are straight rock ‘n’ roll with a lot of drums and a bit of cowbell. Accurately self-described as “two guys just making some noise.”

Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25: Mother Falcon at Soda Bar $10. Doors at 8 p.m. We’ll have an in-depth preview of this residency soon but for now here are my thoughts: I really want to see a 17 piece rock-orchestra fit on (around?) the Soda Bar stage. Also they kicked some pretty major ass on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert segment found here. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info.

Feb. 5 The Nformals, The Lower 48 and Tan Sister Radio at Tin Can. $5. 9 p.m. The Nformals are always fun to watch with their energetic performances and garage post-punk sound. The Lower 48 from Portland have a quirky pop rock sound with tasty vocal harmonies. Tan Sister Radio have been on my to-see list for awhile so I’m stoked that they’re on this bill as well. Also blending a bit of pop and rock, they seem to fit right in on this one. So make sure you come for all the bands, ya hear?!

Feb. 6 Super Buffet, The Touchies, and Listening to Rocks at The Merrow. $7. 9.m.  Say it ain’t so, Wendy Bailey! One of the first performers I wrote about on SiSD is leaving town. 😦 This should be a rocktastic send off with her band Super Buffet opening the night. Powerful punk rock trio The Touchies and rockers Listening to Rocks will be there to further entice well-wishers at The Merrow to dance their sadness out.

Feb. 21 River City, John Meeks, and Manuok at Soda Bar. $5. 9 p.m. Manuok opens this one up with their indie rock style that runs the gamut from garage rock to softer psychedelic sounds. John Meeks  is one of my favorites in town – his pure vocals and folk sounds are a great match. His songs have provided the soundtrack for many wounded hearts (my own included). And finally bluegrass rockers River City will be finishing up the night with a bit of twang and a lot of heart.

For more of my picks of shows from Feb 15 through Feb 27 you’ll have to mosey over to Uptown News where I have my first go at 5over2. It’ll be up here on Feb 14.


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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