Sept. 9 2014 06:08 PM

Earth, Retox, Liars and more acts worth checking out

Swamp Dogg
Swamp Dogg

This year's San Diego Music Thing has another solid lineup of local and international bands, and figuring out a plan of action for the weekend will be a little challenging. To guide you in the right direction, however, here's an itinerary of must-see acts, with no overlapping set times. Some venues will fill up early, however, so check out the full schedule at in case you need a backup.

Friday, Sept. 12

Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact: There's not a huge R&B scene in San Diego, but this group of local funk and soul all-stars are a must for those looking to get their groove on good and early. (5:30 p.m. at Bar Pink)

The Midnight Pine:
The Midnight Pine are one of my favorite local bands of the moment, thanks to their haunting gothic country style. Check out their sundown set for some gorgeous ballads. (7:30 p.m. at The Irenic)

Liars: Check out last week's cover story on the event headliners to learn more about how this L.A. art-rock group has evolved into a powerful force of musical innovation. Then go watch them. (9:30 p.m. at North Park Theatre)

Earth: Earth is one of the heaviest bands on the planet, but they're not really metal—more like the most colossal drone / ambient act you've ever heard, and they'll be causing a rumble on El Cajon Boulevard. (midnight at The Hideout)

Saturday, Sept. 13

Mystery Cave: San Diego's beat scene has grown considerably in the last decade, and Mystery Cave is one of the most prominent artists, known for crafting psychedelic synth-driven jams. (7 p.m. at The Merrow)

Emerald Rats: Another beat-driven act, Emerald Rats is the solo project of Wild Wild Wets' Mike Turi, and it's similarly trippy, with just a shade of darkness. (9 p.m. at Soda Bar)

Retox: But you'll also need something loud and intense, and local hardcore heroes Retox should scratch that itch nicely with their raucous punk anthems. (10:15 p.m. at The Irenic)

Swamp Dogg: Virginia's Swamp Dogg is a character, from album covers depicting him riding a mouse to his sometimes-profane Southern soul-funk. He's an absolute blast to listen to, as well, so I can think of no better way to end the weekend. (11 p.m. at The Casbah)

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