Memorial Day is behind us. You've already read our Summer Guide cover to cover. Summer is basically here—June 21 be damned. And when summer comes, you need a good soundtrack. For me, a good summer jam is bright and catchy and captures that intangible feeling of being totally free for three months. For your enjoyment, I've assembled eight songs by San Diego artists past and present to keep you grooving all summer:

"Fuzzy" by The Incredible Moses Leroy: A pretty big hit in 2001, and for good reason. Ron Fountenberry's warm, crackly pop delight, built around a bubbly sunshine-pop sample, is just too charming not to love.

"Mr. Wilson" by Optiganally Yours: Rob Crow and Pea Hicks recorded two albums entirely using '70s-era optical organ the optigan, and this is one of their best tunes, in which Crow yelps to the title character, "Let's talk about peace and love!" 

"City Heights" by The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: I like my summers to get a little funky and soulful, and few bands bring deeper funk than Sure Fire. Plus, the song's named after my neighborhood!

"Jail La La" by Dum Dum Girls: This catchy little tune about getting thrown in jail is as fun as committing crimes gets. Don't even bring up Jane's Addiction right now. Just don't.

"Answer to Yourself" by The Soft Pack: Some Soft Pack to go with your Dum Dum Girls? Another surf-inspired, garage-rock gem, this one's pretty much nothing but hooks—as it should be.

"When You Walk Into My Dreams" by Gary Wilson: A smooth synth-funk jam with a weird and jittery frontman—just what your summer shindig needs. It's danceable and just ever so slightly off.

"Round and Round" by Ratt: Maybe it's just nostalgia for the video with Milton Berle in it, but this song's definitely a highlight of the hair-rock era—no joke.

"Monkeys Attack" by The Stalins of Sound: Sure, it's noisy and disturbing, but it's also a danceable tune about a monkey attack. Win-win!


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  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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