Lady Dottie & the Diamonds: Friday, Feb. 4, 10 p.m. at RT’s Longboard, 1466 Garnet Ave. 21 and up.. www.longboardgrill.com
Divided by Design may fall under the modern tag “indie,” but its explosive sound predates that genre by several decades. Mixing bluesy rock with post punk ambience, and deep reverb, the quartet’s tunes are the perfect soundtrack to a Saturday night.
Divided by Design: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9:30 p.m. at the 710
Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up. Cover TBD. www.myspace.com/dividedbydesign
Not to be confused with J Boog, the dancer/actor, this
J Boog, who appears at the Wave House on Feb. 5, blends the music of his native Hawaii with Jamaican sounds. The result is songs not too far removed from Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz, though with a wildly infectious reggae beat to match J Boog’s sweet vocals.
J Boog: Saturday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m. at the Wave House, 3125 Oceanfront Walk. $23. 21 and up. www.myspace.com/jboog_music
World music aficionados and fans of alternate instrumentation won’t want to miss Hollywood Steel, performing at the Pacific Beach Library on Feb. 9. Comprised of Tom Gates on steel drums and Preacher Patterson on various percussion instruments, the duo performs Caribbean-flavored music using authentic instruments from countries of that region. Notably, Gates has recorded with the Beach Boys, earning a gold record for his work on the song “Island Girl.”
Hollywood Steel: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. at Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass St.
All Ages. No Cover. www.pblibraryfriends.org/concert.htm
Based around the acoustic guitars and songs of Samantha Cathcart and Sherri-Anne, Sister Speak, which appears at PB Bar & Grill on Feb. 9, has been creating a major buzz the oldfashioned way: relentless touring. The San Diego-based band recently showcased at the annual NAMM music industry convention, with TV appearances in Canada and the U.S. to their credit. Definitely a group to watch.
Sister Speak: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. at PB Bar & Grill, 860 Garnet Ave. 21 and up. No Cover. www.pbbarandgrill.com