by Hilary Chambers

Sept. 12, 2015 at 3 p.m.
FM 94/9 Independence Jam
Oceanside Pier Amphitheater

No shame in my game: I’m picking FM 94/9’s Indie Jam as my first “don’t miss” show of September not only because I work there, but because it’s going to be awesome; Indie Jams always are. The venue itself is pure San Diego, with its beachfront (like, it’s ON the beach) location, laid-back vibe and beautiful views that seem to put everyone in a better mood. Even the bands who play our shows there always comment on how awesome it is for them to get to play on the beach. One year, Peter from Peter Bjorn and John dove into the ocean right after their set and spent the rest of the show walking around with bare, sandy feet and a huge grin on his face. And this year’s lineup is super rad! Silversun Pickups will headline; they slayed at Street Scene a few years ago and have a new album due out on Sept. 25, so you know they’ll bust out some new music for us. Metric, who killed it at Indie Jam in 2009, are coming back and are going to blow minds with their radness. And Houndmouth (whose song “Sedona” has been stuck in my head all summer) are playing, along with Meg Myers, Civil Twilight, Bully and The New Regime, a band that features San Diegan (and Nine Inch Nails drummer) Ilan Rubin. Two stages, great music, beer, food and spending an afternoon at the beach without getting any sand in your buns? That’s my kind of party.

Sept. 22-23, 2015 at 8 p.m. / 9 p.m.
Future Islands
Observatory North Park

I’ll admit it: It took me a while to get into Future Islands. At the station we talk about “first listens,” as in, whether or not a song is good enough that you really like it after the first time you listen to it, and Future Islands was definitely NOT that band for me. But someone I love kept playing them for me and I’m so grateful for that, because now- I LOVE Future Islands. Sam Herring has the kind of compelling stage presence that feels pretty rare these days, and you can hear his passion in his voice in a way that feels simultaneously fragile and vigorous and thrilling. Sometimes their songs remind me of my favorite new wave bands from the `80s and sometimes they sound so modern and dynamic it makes my head spin. The 21+ show on the 23rd sold out quickly, but at press time there were still tickets available for the all-ages show on the 22nd: Get `em while you still can.

Sept. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Royal Blood
House of Blues

Does the name Kyuss ring a bell? They were one of my favorite bands in the early `90s, and I loved them so hard. I loved all of that super thick, fuzzed out, heavy stuff, and while I liked the Melvins and thought Fu Manchu were pretty great, it was Kyuss that held the top spot in my heart. When they dissolved I was crushed, but every once in awhile another band will come along that satisfies my craving for the super heaviness and right now, Royal Blood is that band. They’re the kind of heavy that you can feel in your chest, and there’s only two of them! Their songs are melodic even when they’re chugging along in the deepest depths, which rules. Eardrums will rupture at this show, so be prepared. Pretty sure the entire FM 94/9 air staff is going to this one: We all love them that much. Horns up!

Sept. 20, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
El Camino Real & Mountain Vista Drive

Join FM 94/9 at the 20th Annual Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest! This event is completely FREE and fun for the entire family! The food and refreshment tent will be serving authentic German grub, plus beers from national and local breweries. There will be a family fun zone with children’s games, family-oriented activities and much more!

Sept. 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Knowledge is it’s own reward… but winning stuff is cool too. Join UCSD as they host FM 94/9 for the 2015 College Invasion Tour! We’ll be hitting campuses all around town with chances to win tickets, prizes, and hang out with the FM 94/9 Big Box Storage Street Team, all thanks to season epmr iere, Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm on San Diego 6-The CW.

Sept. 26, 2015 from 3 – 7 p.m.
Harrah’s Resort SoCal The Events Center, Valley Center

Back by popular demand, Harrah’s Resort SoCal presents our 2nd Annual Craft Beer and Reggae Festival: Hop Heads and Dreads. Join us to taste some of the region’s finest craft beer, while jamming to live performances by The Expendables, Mike Love and more!

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