The week of Comic-Con brings all kinds of festivities throughout the city that cater to fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy and horror, and these themed events also spill over into live music. From nerdy happenings in bars and clubs on up to blockbuster symphony performances, with some comedy in between, there's lots happening for those seeking out a Comic-Con serenade.
On July 9, masked ska superheroes The Aquabats will perform their annual show at House of Blues, which is also hosting Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque the same night, should the positive pop-punk of The Aquabats prove a little too wholesome.
The San Diego Symphony is orchestrating more sounds of video game scores this year, with a performance of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses on July 11 at Copley Symphony Hall. And the same night, at Embarcadero Marina Park South, the symphony's summer pops will perform the score to Star Trek Into Darkness, with a costume contest for those who show up early.
What's the rock 'n' roll equivalent of cosplay? Cover bands, of course. And on Wednesday, July 8, Hey! Ho! Let's Go! will don their leather jackets and take on the celebrated punk rock catalog of The Ramones. But if there's one genre that seems to be synonymous with fantasy and horror, it's metal, and Brick by Brick is hosting a record release show from death metal goregrind icons Cattle Decapitation, who share the stage with Author & Punisher, whose own drone machines look like something straight out of a sci-fi flick.
If you prefer stand-up comics to those with colored ink-and-paint panels, then camp out at The Observatory North Park, which will host Comedy Bang! Bang! on Thursday, July 9, Tim Heidecker and Neil Hamburger on Friday, July 10, and Hannibal Burress and Eric Andre on Saturday, July 11.
But if you're simply looking for a special series of shows not too far from downtown, then head up to The Hideout in City Heights for a sure-to-be-packed show by cholo-goth duo Prayers on Friday, July 10, and a DJ set by Los Angeles funkster Dam-Funk on Saturday, July 11.