This month’s not-to-miss live music events9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12: Dead Feather Moon, Ocelot and The Paragraphs at the Belly Up, Solana Beach. $12 – $21.
This rock ‘n’ rolling night will celebrate the release of local band Dead Feather Moon’s long-awaited second full-length album “///// The Finder.” While the band’s signature alt-folk rock style is still intact, it has ushered in more pop and synth elements to its sound with this record. The funk-laced single “Shameless Child” recently got much-deserved radio play as 91X’s “local break” for the month of July. DFM will be joined by fellow North County bands Ocelot and The Paragraphs for this album-release show. BellyUp.com
Saturday, Aug. 13: 311 and Matisyahu at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free with admission to the races before the final race posts, or $20.
Rock meets reggae with both acts on this double-headlined concert after the races. The band 311 has released more than 10 albums since forming in the late 1980s. It is known for its high-energy live shows and music that incorporates rap, alt-rock, funk, reggae and more. Vocalist Matisyahu also borrows from an eclectic mix of genres and is best known for his 2005 single “King Without a Crown.” DMTC.com
9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18: Adult Films, Spooky Cigarette and The Monsoon at Pour House, Oceanside. Free.
Over the last several months, Pour House has done a phenomenal job of hosting killer live-music lineups — all for free! This show is no exception. Adult Films is a pop rock duo whose debut single “No Rules, No Plan” is a fun, toe-tapping romp that will leave listeners thirsting for more from the band. Synth-pop outfit Spooky Cigarette has been making noise with its debut EP “As Loud As I Can.” Check out the video for “Oh Well” for an upbeat and dreamy number with intoxicating carnival imagery to match. PourHouseOceanside.com
2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28: Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet at the Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad. $12.
You can’t talk about jazz or trumpeters in San Diego without the name Gilbert Castellanos coming up. The impresario has assembled a fine assortment of players for this concert, including Irving Flores on piano, Omar Lopez on bass, Tomm Aros on congos and Ryan Shaw on drums. Their Latin jazz stylings are intricate and impressive with the technicality of their playing and their intriguing improvisation. Also, the museum itself is a can’t-miss spot in Carlsbad. MuseumOfMakingMusic.org
Out of the Woods Pick of the Month:
5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17: Green Flash Concert Series: Phases and Oh, Spirit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla. $35.95 general admission, $30.95 for members and $41.95 day of.
Los Angeles indie-pop group Phases will headline this one. The band’s slick sound is full of 1980s nostalgia, with synthesizers and quick beats. Songstress Z Berg even gives off a bit of a Debbie Harry vibe. Opening the show will be San Diego’s own Oh, Spirit. One of my personal favorites, these guys combine classic rock ‘n’ roll in the vein of The Beatles with modern-day alt-folk like Wilco and Ryan Adams. Aquarium.UCSD.edu