We have been watching the protests at Standing Rock unfold with baited breath and are pleased with the most recent update–the permit for the DAPL to go under the Missouri River has been rejected. The Protect the Sacred Benefit at Blonde Bar featuring local bands will still go along as planned. In days leading up to the event, event planners will be researching the best way to use money raised from the benefit and announcing it here.

Monday, December 5

Imagery Machine, Sweet Myths, Sights and Sages – Casbah
Imagery Machine from San Diego is comprised of James Howard, Tyler Shimkus, Daechelle Hernandez, and Jennie Lynn Grunstad. If you liked jam bands of the past, you’ll appreciate Imagery Machine’s modern take on the genre. More info.

Monday, December 5

Miike Snow, Waterstrider – Observatory North Park
This Swedish band has been playing catchy indie pop music since 2007. Their new album iii came out in March. More info.

Wednesday, December 7

91X December to Remember: CRX, Dead Heavens, Streets of Laredo – Casbah
If you like power pop, heavy metal and The Strokes, you’ll like CRX. Nick Valensi of The Strokes leads this Los Angeles outfit. Their debut album New Skin dropped in October. More info.

Wednesday, December 7

Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Subtropics – Whistle Stop Bar
Psychedelic rock group Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a four piece from Indiana that have recently relocated to sunny Los Angeles. They play with San Diego’s Subtropics. More info.

Wednesday, December 7

Muuy Biien, Los Shadows, Of Ennui – Soda Bar
Punk band Muuy Biien is based in Athens, Georgia. So far they have a few releases under their belt that we HIGHLY recommend checking out including: D.Y.I and Age of Uncertainty. More info.

Wednesday, December 7

91X Loudspeaker presents: Big Bloom, Inspired and the Sleep, Spero, Creature Canyon – The Merrow
These four local bands will be competing against each other at this show for a chance to open up for famous San Diegans, Pierce the Veil at 91X’s Wreck the Halls show. Free with your RSVP! If you forget to RSVP, it’s just $5 at the door. More info.

Thursday, December 8

Random Rab, Stoik, Liefhaus – Music Box San Diego
Random Rab is the musical project from producer, instrumentalist, and singer Rab Clinton. Stoik and Liefhaus will open. More info.

Friday, December 9

The Album Leaf, Rituals of Mine – Irenic
San Diego based Jimmy LaValle started The Album Leaf in 1999 originally as a solo endeavor but it eventually evolved into a full band. Their music is a mix of electronic, ambient and rock–check out their newest release A Chorus Of Storytellers to see. More info.

Friday, December 9

Barrington Levy – Observatory North Park
This Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist has been active in the music industry since the 70s. He’s released tons of albums during his prolific career, the most recent being Acousticalevy (2015). More info.

Friday, December 9

Tijuana Panthers, Sixes, Polish – Soda Bar
From sunny Long Beach, California, Tijuana Panthers play music with surf-punk influences. Their latest releases on Innovative Leisure are fiiiiire! More info.

Saturday, December 10

Toys for Tots Festravaganza – The Che Cafe
Featuring an all star lineup for a good cause! See Inspired and the Sleep, Fake Tides, Cameron Royce, Spooky Cigarette, Lightning Cola, Bad Kids, Glasgow Grin, Buddha Trixie and Coast Red with the donation of a new toy $10 in value or $12 in cash without toy donation. All donations benefit Toys For Tots! More info.

Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11

91x Wrex the Halls: Beck, Bands of Horses, Local Natives, Glass Animals, Pierce the Veil, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Kaleo – Viejas Arena
Beck is going to be, like, WOW! Also looking forward to Band of Horses, Local Natives and more–91X sure outdid themselves this year! More info.

Sunday, December 11

Protect the Sacred Benefit – Blonde Bar
Stand with those at Standing Rock who are protesting the DAPL being built through Sioux tribe land. Local bands Natula, Fake Tides, Los Shadows, Big Bloom, Dirty Dragon and Star Jungle will be performing. 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit Standing Rock. More info.

Sunday, December 11

Sorority Noise, Souvenirs, Never Young – The Che Cafe
From Hartford, CT, Sorority Noise has been playing emo music since their inception in 2013. They released a new album last year and new EP, It Kindly Stopped for Me, in 2016. More info.