7/12: Willie Nelson at Belly Up
By Tim Pyles
3780 Park Blvd., Hillcrest
As Hillcrest’s The Flame (one of the city’s longest-running lesbian bars) has finally burned out, a new beauty now sparkles in its prime location on Park Boulevard: Kitty Diamond, a live music venue designed by celebrated firm Bells & Whistles. Erica Jessup (Beauty Bar, U-31, Voyeur) is overseeing the project, which also includes a new dive bar called 40th Door.
835 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
Billed as “A Town Hall,” The Propagandist recently opened in a clean and inviting subterranean space on Fifth Avenue, Downtown. Owner Brian Divine created the venue to host live concerts and art events, offering seating in pews and sleek black booths. Wednesday is movie night; happy hour is Friday 5 to 9 p.m.
Now Ear This
New releases from San Diego artists
By Tim Pyles
By Mrs. Magician
Mrs. Magician’s “Strange Heaven” arrived in May and sounds like a darker Beach Boys, mixed with a little punk. Let’s call it “beach goth.” This band sounds perfect while driving down the 101 and should appeal to anyone who loves jangly ‘60s surf rock. Thirteen songs total, and any one of them could be your favorite song of the summer.
By Maren Parusel?
Loaded with feel-good pop rock tracks, Maren Parusel’s second album, “Tightrope Walker,” takes a slightly different turn from her last effort (partially due to all of the band’s gear being stolen in New York City last year), relying less on guitar-driven licks and more on electronics and synths. Originally from Germany, Parusel has been a staple on the local scene since her “Artifical Gardens” won Best Pop Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards.
Just For Show
7/1: Beach House @ House of Blues
This show is sold out, but don’t let that stop you. If there’s a will, there’s always a way. This dream pop duo just released their new record, “Bloom,” on SubPop Records.
7/1: The Crystal Method @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Born in Las Vegas in the ‘90s, The Crystal Method has been forging electronica for nearly two decades. Their album “Vegas” went platinum in ’07.
7/2: Marcy Playground @ 4th & B
One hit wonders, with their track “Sex And Candy.”
7/6: Mates of State @ House of Blues
Husband and wife team that put out great indie dance pop-and seven albums so far.
7/8: Blind Pilot @ Belly Up Tavern
Indie folk rockers who once staged a “Bicycle Tour,” riding and playing from Washington State to San Diego.
7/8: Reverend Horton Heat @ House Of Blues
The man and the band will slay you with their mix of rock, country and blues. It will be a “Psychobilly Freakout.”
7/8: Manufactured Superstars @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Progressive house music duo from Colorado stops in San Diego to play Intervention Sundays.
7/11: The Bouncing Souls @ House Of Blues
New Jersey-based punk band that has been at it since the late ‘80s.
7/12: Willie Nelson @ Belly Up Tavern
The “Red Headed Stranger” plays an intimate show.
7/13: Vivian Girls @ Casbah
All-girl band from Brooklyn, New York, playing a nice mix of dreamy pop and indie rock, with a little lo-fi mixed in for good measure.
7/14: Howard Jones @ Sycuan
This ‘80s New Wave legend keeps has continued to put out new music over the decades.
7/14: The Aquabats Super Show @ House Of Blues
These guys are behind the children’s TV show “Yo Gabba Gabba,” a Comic-Con mainstay.
7/15: EC Twins @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
This British DJ duo’s remix of Adele’s “Someone Like You” was a chart-topper. Catch their electronic poolside at Intervention Sundays.
7/18: The Meteors @ Brick By Brick
Formed in the UK in 1980, this is the first band to utilize the “Psychobilly” moniker and is cited as the genre’s creators.
7/20: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band @ Humphrey’s by the Bay
The former Beatle brings some of his friends to town for his annual tour.
7/20: Swingin’ Utters @ Casbah
Late ‘80s California punk band.
7/20: Sydney Blu/Tatiana Fontes @ Voyeur
Tag-team DJ action from two sexy ladies spinning house beats.
7/21: The Jacksons @ Harrah’s Rincon
The Jackson Four-fingers crossed for a Michael hologram.
7/21: Young Dubliners @ Belly Up Tavern
Rocking their own brand of “Celtic Rock” since 1988.
7/22: Alberta Cross and Everest @ Casbah
Dual bill, featuring two amazing bands that meld
Americana and Southern Rock.
7/22: Bob Sinclar @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
France’s proprietor of “peace, love and house music” plays disco-laced beats at Intervention Sundays.
7/22: Ray Davies @ House Of Blues
The last record from The Kinks was 1993’s “Phobia,” but front man Davies has never stopped performing or putting out new music.
7/26: The Stafford Brothers @ FLUXX
Brother DJs from Australia who have a reality show back home.
7/26: Reel Big Fish @ House Of Blues
Third Wave American Ska band from Huntington Beach, best known for their 1997 hit “Sell Out.”
7/26: Sheryl Crow @ Humphrey’s by the Bay
Despite her recent diagnosis of having a benign brain tumor, Sheryl Crow is bringing her brand of pop country rock to the San Diego waterfront.
7/27: Dan Sartain @ Soda Bar
Throwback rocker who mixes rockabilly with blues.
7/27: Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill and Pepper @ Cricket Wireless
This show pretty much sums up Southern California in one fell swoop!
7/29: Earth, Wind & Fire @ Humphrey’s by the Bay
Hard to believe that this band has been mixing Funk, R&B, Disco, Soul, Jazz and Rock since 1969.
7/29: Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and Big Head Todd @ Harrah’s Rincon
The 1990s are calling...on a land line.
7/29: Tenacious D @ Open Air Amphitheater
The comedic saviors of Rock ‘n’ Roll, fronted by Jack Black.