This weekend is San Diego Music Thing, a three-day, multi-venue festival showcasing a diverse array of local and touring bands, and the lineup this year is pretty strong. Since you can buy a weekend badge or a single-day pass, there’s ample opportunity to see as many of those bands as possible. Now, you won’t be able to see everyone, but I have seven rock solid recommendations for bands you should make some room for on your schedule.

Soul Side: Short-lived D.C. post-hardcore band Soul Side made a raw, energetic ruckus in the late ’80s before its members went on to form bands such as Girls Against Boys and Circus Lupus. They’re turning up again for a short time, so get yourself in the pit. (Thursday, Nov. 12; The Casbah)

Yo La Tengo: Our cover stars Yo La Tengo have been making music for more than 30 years, and most of it is pretty fantastic. Any of their albums from 1993’s Painful up to the present should already be in your collection, but if you’re still new to their music, this show should be a good introduction. (Thursday, Nov. 12; Observatory North Park)

Generik & Aneken: Generik & Aneken are sometimes known as LeftinCompany, and they caught our attention earlier this year with a submission to our demo review that we dubbed ExtraSpecialGood. They’re one of the best hip-hop acts in San Diego right now, and deserve a space on your itinerary. (Thursday, Nov. 12; The Merrow)

Bakkuda: I discovered Bakkuda’s music last year without any expectations and ended up discovering a new favorite. Bakkuda, whose real name is Alex Capella, is a one-woman electronic soul machine. Great stuff. (Friday, Nov. 13; The Casbah)

Beach Slang: CityBeat web editor Ryan Bradford is a big fan of this Philadelphia band, which hits the sweet spot between The Replacements and Archers of Loaf. It’s scruffy college rock like they made well before I went to college. (Friday, Nov. 13; The Hideout)

Birdy Bardot: Redwoods Music is hosting their own label showcase, which features this artist who’s responsible for one of my favorite San Diego albums of the year. There will be a limited number of vinyl copies of Bardot’s debut available for sale at the show, so bring a little cash. (Saturday, Nov. 14; Soda Bar)

Chicano Batman: Chicano Batman is one of my favorite band names, but even better than their name is their funky, psychedelic Latin sound. Groovy. (Saturday, Nov. 14; Observatory parking lot)


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