We’ve gotten the scoop on the San Diego native’s favorite beach hangs, places to eat, drink and hear music. Next up, Matty McLoughlin of The Soft Pack picks his favorite local bands – check them out in So Cal and beyond!

Devon Williams

Singer-songwriter Williams writes pop songs so catchy his music might as well be called bobble-rock – your head can’t help but jauntily move from side to side.  The San Diego scenester cut his teeth in beloved pop punk band Osker, and played guitar in Lavender Diamond. 


San Diego trio have all you’re looking for in a jangle-pop band: effect-laden vocals, an early rock rhythm section, and some spooky atmospherics for good measure. Proof that more than dirty dishes can be generated by three roommates.

Ale Mania

Genre-hopping wizards Ale Mania feature quite the indie pedigree: drummer Andrew Montoya of the Beaters started writing and singing, and now makes music under the Mania moniker with bandmate Jeremy Rojas. Truth in advertising: the band’s debut promises “13 songs, 40 minutes of raw eargasms.”