3/12 Concert Calendar

3/31: Henry Rollins
San Diego Woman’s Club

Henry Rollins is a punk rock icon (and spoken-word artist and actor) who does everything with intensity, including fronting punk band Black Flag and the less punk Rollins Band. An opinionated man who likes to talk, he’s been known to keep audiences at attention for hours on end with his spoken-word performances. Two bits of trivia-before joining Black Flag, Rollins managed a Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop in Washington, D.C. Also mostly unknown is the fact that he produced an acoustic album with Charles Manson that has never been released-not yet, anyway. Hear what the man has to say in person when “Henry Rollins: The Long March Tour” arrives at the San Diego Woman’s Club (near Balboa Park) March 31. —Tim Pyles

3/22: DJ Jazzy Jeff
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

You might remember him only as the quirky dude that was always getting thrown out of the Fresh Prince’s house, but DJ Jazzy Jeff is actually a highly respected hip-hop producer and turntablist. Aside from the 10 million records he’s sold, Jazzy Jeff’s found time to win three Grammy awards and build a huge recording studio in West Philly, where he produces rap and soul records and compiles pretty dope hip-hop mixtapes. Suck on that, Uncle Phil. — Ryan Hume

3/16:DJ Colleen Shannon

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

“The World’s Sexiest DJ” and Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Playmate, Colleen Shannon, performs at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego March 16, which means she’ll be spinning records and being sexy. Here’s a little background info: she’s a Playmate and she’s toured the world as a DJ. That would be enough for me, but there’s more: she’s shared the stage with The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Donald Glaude, Funk Master Flex, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Bad Boy Bill, some of the biggest names in the DJ game. And outside of DJing and modeling, she has acted in films including Chasing Ghosts (in which she plays a DJ) and has appeared on television in “How I Met Your Mother.” Model, actress, DJ-it’s the whole package. (Bring your camera.) —Tim Pyles

3/22: Howler
Soda Bar

The young Minneapolis band Howler has made quite the splash in the United Kingdom, but they’ve yet to conquer the U.S. However, given the name of their just-released debut album (“America Give Up”), it seems they’re now focused on conquering the domestic market. And I think they’ll succeed. Howler’s garage-y surf rock sound has been compared to that of The Vines, The Strokes, The Beach Boys and The Vaccines. That’s a mix that excites me. Hear it for yourself (with me) at the Soda Bar for just eight bucks on March 22. In the meantime, download the track “Back Of your Neck” for free via the band’s website, — Tim Pyles

3/28-29: Benny Benassi

If you dance, you’ve danced to Benny Benassi. Probably best known for his 2002 summer club hit “Satisfaction,” the Grammy Award-winning Italian DJ and producer of electro house music has remixed OutKast, Goldfrapp, Felix da Housecat and Fischerspooner. Cuts from his latest release (2011) and fourth album, “Electroman,” will electrify two nights at FLUXX in the Gaslamp-March 28 (ages 18 and up) and 29. Think dance party, bottle service and sparklers. — Tim Pyles

3/9: DJ Sasha

Best recognized for working with superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold, Welsh DJ Sasha is a legend in his own right. His career began in the late ‘80s (as part of the acid house scene at the famous Hacienda in Manchester, England), and he’s still one of the world’s top DJs today. That’s nearly 25 years of making a living as a DJ, meaning a lot of his current fans hadn’t been born yet when he started spinning. Sasha has remixed everyone from Madonna to the Chemical Brothers and has been voted among the top ten DJs in the world by readers of DJMag every year since 1997, placing first in 2000. If you like dance music, then go see him “live” at Voyeur March 9. He’ll be spinning house, electro house and maybe some acid house. Did I mention house? —Tim Pyles

3/6: Flogging Molly
House of Blues

What’s most interesting about Floggy Molly is that, if you stripped away the banjo, fiddle and accordion (played by Carlsbad native Matt Hensley), they’d be just another run-of-the-mill punk band. Conversely, if you subtracted the guitars, bass and drums, they’d be a traditional Irish folk band. But when you combine these opposite-side-of the-spectrum elements, you get a Celtic punk concoction that’s pretty kick-ass to see live. Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin-born singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave King thrashed metal tunes with bands like Motorhead. But it wasn’t until the seven-piece collective got together at a bar that he knew it was serendipitous. “There was an energy in the room that I’d never experienced in any other band I’d ever been in,” says King. “We started playing in a bar and just played and played and played. We’re a live band. We’ll always have that.” Likely to be fueled by Jameson and Guiness, Flogging Molly’s House of Blues show promises to be a romping Irish hoedown. — Tim Donnelly

3/21: Cults
Belly Up

The music blogosphere is full of hype-fests and dream-kills. Case in point: Cults. Brian Oblivion and Adeline Follin relocated from San Diego to NYC to make films, not music. When Oblivion played Follin some tunes he’d been working on (some of the first he’d ever written), she began to sing-in a tweenish sounding voice that is inexplicably cute and creepy in the same breath. The two sent their collaboration (a hyper-catchy, doo-wop inspired ditty called “Go Outside”) to some friends, requesting they not share it. Fortunately, their friends didn’t listen, and a few months later, Cults were signed to behemoth label, Columbia Records. But that’s not to say they didn’t deserve their turbo rise to fame. They just didn’t expect it. Through a mutual appreciation for Wu Tang, Phil Spector and The Supremes, the darling duo dreams up lulling pop-gems that are soaked in out-of-focus synths, tactful beat sampling, inescapable retro-melodies and brooding lyrical themes. Become a member and worship Cults at The Belly Up March 21. — Tim Donnelly

3/23: MartyParty

Marty Party’s “Six Shots Tour” stops at Winston’s March 23, rattling the streets of Ocean Beach with heavy-ass bass. An electronic music producer and performer, MartyParty blends hip-hop and dubstep to create a new sound he calls “Purple Music.” Prepare for the show by downloading a free mixtape at his website (, then turn it up, stick your head in the bass bins and just start nodding. —Tim Pyles

Tim Pyles was born in Minnesota, grew up in La Jolla and is now San Diego’s unofficial Mayor of Local Music. He hosts FM94/9’s FTP show (Sundays at 7 p.m.), a weekly radio broadcast dedicated to new music and the latest releases. He also hosts The Local 94/9 (Sundays at 8 p.m.), showcasing of some of San Diego’s finest musical talent. Pyles is a blogger/host for NBC’s SoundDiego music blog, books shows for the Casbah, hosts the monthly Maryjane’s Underground (Hard Rock Hotel San Diego) and writes about music for PacificSD. Cool
dude, indeed.