<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:57:16 -0700Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:57:16 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[MTV VMA Red Carpet Looks]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:55:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/vma-red-carpet-6.jpg Take a peek at stars strutting their stuff on the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Returns to North Park]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:32:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Strat-and-Mouse.jpg

Aaaaand, we're back! You may have been wondering: "Why haven't I heard about any FREE SoundDiego LIVE parties lately?" Well, that's because we've been busy hosting our SoundDiego Summer Splash concert series at Harrah's Resort SoCal for the past four months with bands like Bully, La Luz, the Mowgli's and the Boxer Rebellion (still time to buy tix to Bully on 8/20). With summer winding down and our concert series wrapping up on Aug. 20, we're keeping busy with our next big shindig: SoundDiego LIVE at U-31 next month!

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on Sept. 16 at U-31!

You may remember the last time we took over the joint: It was November 2014, and the place was literally packed wall-to-wall for Mariachi El Bronx, Pounded by the Surf and the Shady Francos. This time we're trading mariachi suits for dancing shoes.

On Sept. 16, you're cordially invited to join us at the North Park hot spot. We've tapped 91x local music guru Tim Pyles as our emcee, and Belching Beaver Brewery will be on pouring it on as our craft-beer sponsor.

We've got some special guests booked for this one, including the locals from Strat & Mouse who don't play locally very much. 

"Here's your chance to witness the mesmerizing vocals and moves of Mouse with Strat manning the melody machines," Pyles said. "The band has toured with Jane's Addiction, and Mouse has been compared to a female Jim Morrison -- untamed and sexy."

"Strat," of course, is the musical mastermind Bryan Stratman, who runs downtown's Capricorn Studios and is one-half of one of our favorite SoundDiego LIVE acts ever, the electronic-infused Hyena who blew the roof off of Firehouse in Pacific Beach five years back.

U-31 partygoers will also be there en masse to soak up the dance-music party vibes of the 120-BPM addicts Bang Pow.

"'Daft Punk Is Playing My House' is a song by LCD Soundsystem, and Bang Pow reminds me of them," Pyles added. "I don't think they use as much cowbell, but if you want to dance to a 'live' band in the vein of the abovementioned band, then you'll be happy!"

Wait, there's more music, with San Diego DJ Ayla Simone breaking beats after the bands!

"Ayla's the resident DJ at Omnia downtown," said Pyles, referring to the Gaslamp's version of Vegas West. "Ayla began DJing at 16 and never looked back. Not only is she a resident DJ locally, she's in demand all over the world for her unique style and skills."

The party starts at 7 p.m., so be sure to show up early for some suds and great food from U-31, and be preparted to dance your butt off! Of course, a SoundDiego LIVE party wouldn't be complete without dishing out some happy hour freebies to folks that RSVP -- so get on it!

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on Sept. 16 at U-31!

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<![CDATA[Going Def]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:14:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/deftones2.jpeg

Around SoundDiego headquarters, there are a few bands that we can all agree on when it comes to our super fandom of music, and the Deftones are surely one of those bands. They never fail to deliver an amazing show, and tonight they appear at SDSU's Open Air Theatre. Meanwhile, the Casbah has a pretty super-duper show with Jagwar Ma, who sold out their last show but haven't been back in a couple of years to relive the glory. If you're really just looking to hang out, look no further than the CCR Under Cover at the Office. "I see a bad moon rising," and it feels so good.

Monday, Aug. 29:

  • Deftones, Yelawolf, Sister Crayon @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Jagwar Ma, Kirin J. Callinan @ Casbah
  • Jackson Browne @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (sold out)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival Under Cover @ The Office Bar
  • He Whose Ox Is Gored, Bosswitch @ Soda Bar
  • Mars Red Sky, Family, Nebula Drag @ Brick by Brick
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Fernet-Branca Coin Design Competition for San Diego @ Blonde
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Pining for Better Folk]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:00:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/midnightpinepressphoto.jpg

I am not a fan of indie-folk -- at least, not the way it’s popularly done. The big folksters all follow the same trope: lots of woahs, ohs, heys, recycled melodies and trite lyricism. Compare, for example, the chorus melody of the Lumineers’ “Ophelia” with the chorus melody of the same band’s previous mega-hit “Ho Hey.” Smh.

Meanwhile, thoughtful, lyrical songstresses like Jessica Pratt are labeled “freak-folk” and pushed to the margins of a rich tradition that they should rightfully inherit.

The folk well has become rather tainted as of late, which is why I am so grateful that a band like the Midnight Pine exists in San Diego, reminding me that all is not lost in the genre.

On Oct. 7, the Midnight Pine release their new self-titled album via Redwoods Music, following up their critically-acclaimed 2014 album, “Buried.” Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that the album includes just as much attention to emotive storytelling and just as much of Shelbi Bennett’s atmospheric boom-crooning but with the added benefit of occasional horns and -- dare I say -- a danceable groove.

When you do get the album, I guarantee you "Vice" will be one of your favorite tracks.

The Midnight Pine’s record release party takes place at Moniker Warehouse on Sept. 9, and if you go to any record release show this year, it should be this one. Music like this deserves not just an audience’s undivided attention, but an audience’s active attention. Don’t go just for the band; go because this is what popular folk should be today -- not an ouroboros of woah-hey-hos and mind-numbing platitudes.

Rutger Rosenborg was a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Midnight Pine]]>
<![CDATA[The Lulls: Hello and Goodbye]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:35:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LullsSoundDiego.png The Lulls bring the lolz on this week's Spotlight. Catch them at Soda Bar with Mild High Club and Heavy Hawaii on Wednesday, Aug. 31, before they leave for a national tour!]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Aug. 28-Sept. 3]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:31:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/deftones.jpeg Live Nation helps us highlight the best upcoming shows throughout the next week including Deftones, Journey, Needtobreathe and more!

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Not Your Average Joe]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:23:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black+Joe+Lewis.jpeg

It's been a great weekend in San Diego, but if you haven't had your fill of lively music, head to the Casbah to see Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. The Austin-based band has been around for a decade, and in that time they have played just about every festival around, bringing their unique blend of soul, funk and rock to the masses. If that's not enough motivation, Vaud & the Villians return to the Belly Up, rapper Pouya is at the Observatory and the Atomic Bitchwax play Soda Bar. If you're in the mood to kick it lounge-style at sunset, catch a free show at Loews with Creepxotica for Tiki by the Bay.

Sunday, Aug. 28:

  • Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Blank Range @ Casbah
  • DoSD & Casbah present Tiki by the Bay with Creepxotica & DJ Tony Bongos @ Loews Coronado Bay Resort
  • Vaud and the Villains, Sophia Alone @ Belly Up
  • Pouya, Germ, Ramirez, Shakewell @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Atomic Bitchwax, Dirty Streets, Brian Ellis Group @ Soda Bar
  • Carlsbad Music Festival @ Downtown Carlsbad 
  • Leucadia Artwalk @ Leucadia
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Compton Tribute with Greyboy & DJ Dimitri @ Blonde Bar
  • Dave Koz/David Sanborn: Side by Side @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • San Diego Cannabis Music Festival feat. PapazPotionz, ManKindCoOp, the Honey Flower Collective @ Location TBA
  • Islander, the Funeral Portrait, Jesse Smith & the Holy Ghost, Wolfwaker @ Brick by Brick
  • Electric Mud @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fighting Able, Flight 42, Bob Fossil @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Daryl Williams @ Humphreys Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • PSILO (Psytrance/Psybreaks/Techno) @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Charley Gallay / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Escovedo Dynasty]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:27:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SheilaPrince.jpg

“We were really young when we first met … It’s very personal,” Sheila E. said about her relationship with former fiance, Prince, who died in April of an apparent accidental drug overdose.

Besides being Prince’s former fiancee, Sheila E. was also his drummer and musical director. To get a taste of just how important she is to pop and rock music, it’s worth mentioning her membership in Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, her performance on a Beyonce song and her Academy Awards performance with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. But it’s her close connection to the San Diego music scene that makes her appearance at Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook on Sept. 17 that much more exciting.

In the words of Sheila E., “We’re gonna have a blast.”

Sheila E.’s entire family is music royalty -- and San Diego music royalty to boot. Her father, Pete Escovedo, played with Santana, and her uncles, Mario and Javier Escovedo, started the seminal bands the Dragons and the Zeros, respectively (the latter of which just happens to be playing tonight at Til-Two Club).

If those last two band names sound familiar, it’s because they are both part of San Diego’s own rock ‘n’ roll history -- Chula Vista’s the Zeros pioneered punk rock on the West Coast, while the Dragons channeled the New York Dolls during the ‘90s.

While Sheila E. has more of a latin-funk flavor, in a phone interview earlier this week she told me she grew up watching her uncles practice their raucous rock in the living room. Although her immediate family was living in Oakland, she also remembers visiting San Diego a lot to see her uncles perform live in their hometown. And now maybe they can see her here too.

Her upcoming Fallbrook performance will be her first local appearance since her former fiance and musical collaborator, Prince, died earlier this year. Sheila E. had been working on a fun dance record for some time, but she pulled the record as soon as she received the news of Prince’s death. A couple of weeks later, she released the single, “Girl Meets Boy.”

According to Sheila E., her upcoming double album (to be released in the fall) will also be called “Girl Meets Boy”: “The girl part will be dance songs [from the record that was pulled] and the boy part [written largely after Prince’s passing] will be funk and R&B and will deal more with Prince.”

When it comes to her performances, Sheila E. is spontaneous and versatile, and her goal is to “share different genres from latin to funk to R&B to jazz.”

Her goal, after such a tough few months, is to have a blast.

Sheila E. will be joined by David Maldonaldo at Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Buy tickets here.

Rutger Rosenborg was a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Vince Bucci / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Melissa Etheridge]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:14:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Melissa+Etheridge+Connie+Bolger+8.23.16+%2812%29.jpg Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge brought the heartland to SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Aug. 23.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[For the Record]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:39:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blackout+Party+Rebecca+Joelson.jpg

It's a raging Saturday night in San Diego and there are so many amazing things to do tonight. For starters, Blackout Party have a big record release party at the Casbah, and since frontman Brian Holwerda moved to Nashville, it's been awhile since the group has played together. Meanwhile, Face to Face have been in the game for two and a half decades, and tonight they'll bring all of that stored up energy to the Observatory North Park. 91x has a day party at Liberty Station with their Beer X event, and Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa share the stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. For a special treat, South Bay's punk legends the Zeros play a special show tonight at Til-Two Club.

Saturday, Aug. 27:

  • Blackout Party (Record Release), the New Kinetics, the Slashes, Mrs. Henry @ Casbah
  • Face to Face, the Dwarves @ Observatory North Park
  • Beer X feat. Zebrahead, Blink180True, Green ToDay, Rifftide Band, Dead Feather Moon @ Liberty Station (7 p.m.)
  • Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies, DJ Drama @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • The Zeros, Cruz Radical, the Bassics @ Til-Two Club
  • Pingerton (A Weezer Tribute) @ Ken Club (11:30 p.m.)
  • Treasure Chest Fest @ Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Ages and Ages, Chris Pureka @ Soda Bar
  • Summer Jam Sesh: Stone + Modern Times Collaboration Release feat. Le Chateau, the Flocculators @ Quartyard (3 p.m.)
  • Sculpins, Sideshow, Systematic Abuse @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink
  • Hirie, Scarlett & the Fever @ Winston's
  • The PettyBreakers, Easy Wind @ Belly Up
  • Carlsbad Music Festival @ Downtown Carlsbad 
  • Stranger, E.N Young, Thrive @ Music Box
  • Unwind Yourself with DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Smokin' Mule 2016 Summer Tour: Gov't Mule, Blackberry Smoke @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Through Being Cool Emo Night @ Blonde 
  • Amaya Lights, A New Challenger Approaches, Ascensions, Don Vedda, Awake Me, Daylight, From Chaos and Heaven @ Soma
  • Controlled Demise, Beheading the King, the Bastard Saints, Solbarren @ Tower Bar
  • Stone Horse (Album Release Party) @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • City Heights Hayride @ Black Cat Bar
  • Bernadette Peters @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Damage, Inc., Cowgirls From Hell @ Brick by Brick
  • Sean McConnell, Andy Davis @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Eutopia @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Bridgetown DIY Benefit Show @ Che Cafe
  • Skyterra, Eridia, WestCope, Electric Church @ The Merrow
  • Steven Roth Band @ 710 Beach Club
  • Liquid Blue @ The Park, Viejas Outlets
  • Billy Bacon (CD Release Party) @ Tio Leo's
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo Julz @ El Dorado
  • Taylor Gang Takeover @ Fluxx
  • Johnny Fiasco @ Spin
  • Sleepy Tom @ Bang Bang
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Rebecca Joelson]]>
<![CDATA[One for the Ages and Ages]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:26:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ages+and+Ages+Press+Photo+by+Alicia+Rose.jpg

Sometimes we just need to be uplifted. When the doldrums of the work-week hustle n' bustle, the stresses of endless job tedium and the increasingly dire state of the world begins to wear us down -- sometimes just a little hope is in order.

There's a reason why a band like, say, Arcade Fire took off in such a meteoric rise in 2004: They were mightily cathartic. Listeners found release and comfort in their communal push to overcome.

It's also the reason why Portland band Ages and Ages resonate so heartily with their fans: They're masters of uplift.

The Northwest five-piece (that plays Soda Bar on Saturday, Aug. 27) craft rollicking indie-folk/pop with stomping, propulsive rhythms and group singalong vocals led by guitarist/singer (and founding member) Tim Perry.

Like Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" more than a decade ago, there's something irrestible about Ages and Ages' music. Maybe it's the sense of triumph that enlightens their music, or the sheer feel-good-ness of their choral-pop tunes -- but whatever you're going through, you'll feel a bit better after popping on their new album "Something to Ruin" [listen/buy it here] or watching the brilliant video for "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)."

Heck, even President Barack Obama (a guy that know a thing or two about "hope"), tapped the band's "No Nostalgia" for inclusion on his official 2012 Spotify playlist. While Perry and didn't exactly sound thrilled when he found out their song had been co-opted by the president ("I kept searching for all the ways I was mistaken," Perry told Rolling Stone back in 2012, "but it just kept being true"), can you really blame Obama for being a fan?

After all, sometimes we just need to be uplifted -- even the Commander-in-Chief.

Ages and Ages headline Soda Bar on Saturday, Aug. 27, with Chris Pureka opening. Tickets are available here.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[LIVE: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:22:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pat+Benatar+Connie+Bolger+8.23.16++%2831%29.jpg Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo hit SDSU's Open Air Theatre with their best shot on Aug. 23.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Dogg Days of Summer]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:56:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/Snopp_Dogg_1.png

Friday, Hot Chip and Marcus Marr are at the Observatory North Park; Z-Trip and Teeko (live) take over the Belly Up; Dave Matthews Band hit Sleep Train Amphitheatre; Tower of Power with Average White Band are at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay; Pepper play at the Del Mar Racetrack as part of the Del Mar Concert Series; Sea Base, Creature and the Woods, Creature Canyon and Takahashi are at the Casbah; Hills Like Elephants and Botanica Chango play at the Whistle Stop; Cumbia Machin, Sonidero Travesura, Angel Peralta Project and DJ Vieja Lowbo are at the Merrow; The New Addiction, Misc. Ailments, One I Red and Nothing Sacred play at Soda Bar; Jet West (CD release), Krooked Treez, Broken Stems and Casey Turner are at Music Box; Unsteady, the Downs Family, the Lexicons and San Diego City Soul Club take over the Ken Club; the Gargoyles, the Phantoms and the Bum Deals hit the Black Cat; and Hirie and Gonzo play at Winston's. Get your dance on with Subdvsn Presents Mark Starr/Dirtybird and Hotfire/Nightbass at Spin; Infected Mushroom at Bassmnt; Louisahhh at Bang Bang; Dash Berlin at Omnia; or ‘80s & ‘90s at Bar Pink.

Saturday, Face To Face and the Dwarves take over the Observatory North Park; Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama hit Sleep Train Amphitheatre; Blackout Party (record release), the New Kinetics, the Slashes and Mrs. Henry are at the Casbah; Beer X featuring Zebrahead, Blink 180 True, Green Today, Rifftide and Dead Feather Moon takes over Liberty Station; The Zeros, Cruz Radical and the Bassics are at Til-Two; Pingerton (a Weezer tribute) is at the Ken Club; Ages and Ages, and Chris Pureka are at Soda Bar; Hirie with Scarlett & the Fever play at Winston's; The PettyBreakers and Easy Wind are at the Belly Up; and Stranger, E.N Young and Thrive play at Music Box.  Dance options include Club Sabbat with yours truly at Numb3rs; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Sleepy Tom at Bang Bang; and DJ Mike Delgado at Bar Pink.

Sunday, Tiki by the Bay with Creepxotica and DJ Tony Bongos takes over Loews Coronado Resort; Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and Blank Range are at the Casbah; and Vaud and the Villains with Sophia Alone take over the Belly Up.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.



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<![CDATA[Hot Chip Time Machine]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:52:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/SAM_5128.JPG

I am really looking forward to this weekend and there is no short supply of awesome music to keep you entertained. First of all, Hot Chip returns to the Observatory, after appearing there for their first time almost exactly a year ago. The band is so lively and know how to fill the stage as well as making the crowd move their feet. At the Belly Up, the DJ master Z-Trip will certainly have the crowd moving in their flip-flops as well. And of course, Chula Vista will be jam packed with the return of Dave Matthews Band, who have been making the annual trek out there for about as long the venue has existed. Around town, Hills Like Elephants play their final show at the Whistle Stop (read the SoundDiego interview with the band), Cumbia Machin is at the Merrow, and Pepper is this week's performer after the races. 

Friday, Aug. 26:

  • Hot Chip, Marcus Marr @ The Observatory North Park
  • Sea Base, Creature and the Woods, Creature Canyon @ Casbah
  • Z-Trip, Teeko (live) @ Belly Up
  • Dave Matthews Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Hills Like Elephants, Botanica Chango @ Whistle Stop
  • Late Night Special @ Blonde
  • Carlsbad Music Festival @ Various Locations (read our Carlsbad Music Festival preview here
  • Cumbia Machin, Sonidero Travesura, Angel Peralta Project, DJ Vieja Lowbo @ The Merrow
  • Pepper @ Del Mar Racetrack Summer Concert Series
  • Tower of Power with special guest Average White Band @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Blood Sweat and Tears ft. Bo Bice @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Late Night Special @ Blonde 
  • The New Addiction, Misc Ailments, One I Red, Nothing Sacred @ Soda Bar
  • Bujwah presents Gonjasufi, the Kleenrz, Skrapez @ Til-Two Club
  • '80s & '90s @ Bar Pink 
  • Jet West (CD Release), Krooked Treez, Broken Stems, Casey Turner @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove 8th Annual Back to School Special @ Belly Up (happy hour, 5 p.m.)
  • Unsteady, Downs Family, the Lexicons, San Diego city Soul Club DJs @ Ken Club
  • The Gargoyles, the Phantoms, the Bum Deals @ Black Cat Bar
  • Hirie, Gonzo @ Winston's
  • San Diego Magazine Best of Party @ Liberty Station
  • Subdvsn Presents Mark Starr/Dirtybird and Hotfire/Nightbass @ Spin 
  • Dan Frechette @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Sempra Sol, the Crash Recovery, Lads Holiday, End Thought, Samer Bakri, Dragon Dragon Jazz Jam Sessions @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Longriver, Travis Champ, Dusty Santamaria @ Lestat's
  • Lee Coulter, Evan Bethany @ Java Joe's
  • Groove International @ House of Blues
  • BJ Jezbera, Drecat @ The Bancroft
  • Bernadette Peters @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Zen Robbi, Na'an Stop, Mango Habanero @ 710 Beach Club
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Mo Animo @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Fremonts CD Release Party @ Tio Leo's
  • Shawshank Redeemed, Voidlines, Set Your Anchor, Mandala Lords & Wolves @ Che Cafe
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Rixe, Ausencia, Age of Collapse, Crime Desire, Slaughter Boys @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Kicks @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • DJ Jam @ Fluxx
  • Beat Kitchen with QSTN, Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Infected Mushroom @ Bassmnt
  • Louisahhh @ Bang Bang
  • Dash Berlin @ Omnia
  • Tiffany Jane, The Kicks @ 98 Bottles
  • Progress: Deep progressive techno @ Kava Lounge
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Groupo Fuerza De Tijuana @ Ramona Mainstage

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Glass Spells Album Premiere]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Glass+Spells+Press+Photo+by+Kriss+Soto.jpg

In 2014, Glass Spells -- a blood-pumping dance/punk quartet based out of San Diego/Calexico -- released their debut single “I Feel It” and all at once, hearts were a-flutter. The band turned heads with a sublime marriage of noisy punk-fueled energy set to four-on-the-floor beats and synth riffs -- and it was damn near impossible not to fall in love with them (so I did, and subsequently wrote about for the SoundDiego Record Club).

Back in May, the band returned to grimy dance floors with a new singer, Suz Gonzalez (the rest of the band’s lineup currently consists of bassist/keyboardist Anthony Ramirez, drummer Mallory Garcia and keyboardist Michael Rascon), and an infectious leadoff single (“Away From Space”) from their new self-titled album.

Now, we’re proud to offer up an exclusive SoundDiego premiere of that new record in all of its bubbly, bouncy, post-punk-y (do I hear some Prayers-esque influence in there too?) attitude. Fans of LCD Soundsystem, Crystal Castles and Moving Units, eat your hearts out.

Also, be sure to go see Glass Spells in all their pumped-up record release glory (which they've approriately dubbed "Disco Goth") on Sept. 30 at the Hideout with Soft Lions, Dancing Strangers, Dream Joints and more.

For information and tickets, go here.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[The House of Todd]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:54:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/ToddTerje_PhotoBy_ChristianBelgaux.jpg

The guys at LED and the people behind CRSSD Fest generally have the market cornered when it comes to EDM and electronic music coming to town, but that doesn't mean you have to wait months between festivals to get your fix. Tonight, Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje makes his debut appearance at the Observatory and for those of you who start your weekend off early, this is definitely the spot to let loose. Around town, take your pick of some of San Diego's best local bands with Oh, Spirit! at the Casbah; Gone Baby Gone at Bar Pink; Daniel Crawford at Sycamore Den; and the All Access Fest featuring 10 local bands at the Music Box.

Thursday, Aug. 25:

  • Oh, Spirit!; Ignant Benches; Young Wants @ Casbah
  • Todd Terje & the Olsens @ The Observatory North Park
  • Gone Baby Gone, Moon @ Bar Pink
  • Soft Lions, Cerulean Veins, Los Shadows @ Soda Bar
  • Eukaryst, Sentinel, Damned Age, Old Man Wizard @ The Merrow
  • Daniel Crawford & the Unkind Tavens, Hot Damn Sextet @ Sycamore Den
  • The Redwoods Social @ Blonde
  • All Access Fest feat. Sahara Grim Quartet, Julia May & the Penguin Players, Sven Erik Seaholm w/ band, Mango Habanero, the Jackstones, Lady Rogo, Jon Campos, the Secret Things, the Filthy Violets, XIV @ Music Box
  • Imagery Machine, Arms Akimbo @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Levitation Room, Amerikan Bear @ The Hideout
  • A Storm of Light, 16, Sorxe, Cave Bastard @ Brick By Brick
  • Blake Morgan, Janita @ Lestat's
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Cuca, Maskatesta, Riesgo de Contagio @ House of Blues
  • The Bougies, the Mice, the One Two's @ The Bancroft
  • Bayou Brothers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • OB Hip Hop Social, Boom League, the Beatjackers, Atlantis Rizing, Stew Optics @ Winston's
  • Abrams, Fantasy Arcade, Cryptic Languages @ Til-Two Club
  • Nosaj Thing @ Bang Bang
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Flick on the Brick: To Catch A Thief @ La Jolla Atenaeum (SOLD OUT)
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • The Loosen Up @ El Dorado
  • VAMP @ Whistle Stop
  • Magik Toads & Open Roads Tour @ Kava Lounge
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Windish]]>
<![CDATA[Adventure Time at Carlsbad Music Festival]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:09:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Inspired+and+the+Sleep+Press+Photo+2016.jpg

If there’s one thing North County continually gets right, it’s their community music festivals. Fresh off the heels of the annual Summer Fun on the 101 and Village Music Walk (both of which boasted impressive lineups), the Carlsbad Music Festival -- now in its 13th year -- returns to the coastal city on Aug. 26-28.

The yearly Friday-through-Sunday event offers a truly eclectic lineup of more than 40 acts spanning a gamut of musical styles and genres ranging from electronic and indie-rock to classical, chamber orchestral and world music to avant-garde jazz, folk, blues and pop. Naturally, there will also be a beer garden, food trucks and an artisan market for patrons on the lookout for more than just musical treats.

Each day features both a bevy of free shows at a few different locations around Carlsbad Village (St. Michael’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, the parking lot at State Street and Grand Avenue, Giacoletti Music, and Magee Park Heritage Park), and ticketed performances on the main stage held at St. Michael’s by Matt McBane (the festival’s founder and artistic director) and wild Up on Friday; Pascal Le Bouef, LA Percussion Quartet, wild Up (again) and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on Saturday; and Hocket, Richard Valitutto, Justin Aronson, gnarwhallaby and Namad Trio on Sunday.

Not to be outdone, the free shows that run all day long have tapped some of the best and brightest bands that San Diego and North County have to offer -- including Inspired and the Sleep, Taken By Canadians, the Lulls (who should be signed by now), Trouble in the Wind (who've released one of the best albums of the year), the Dapper Bandits, Paper Days, the Gift Machine, the Red Fox Tails, and G Burns Jug Band (among many others).

Max Greenhalgh, vocalist/bassist in Inspired and the Sleep (who’ve performed at CMF for the last four years), explained why the multi-day shindig is so fun.

“Well, we grew up here and it's been a local highlight for some time. It’s very family-friendly and accepting to all sorts of genres. We also get paired up with a lot of our friends’ bands -- Taken By Canadians are playing right before us this year and they're super homies. Pretty pumped that I was able to recommend the Lulls and get them on there as well!”

For a festival that bills itself as “adventurous music by the beach,” it caters to more than just the casual music fan. Diehard jazz fans and experimental-leaning orchestral enthusiasts get their fair share too. Bringing all of it together is what makes it so special.

“Honestly, I'd say it's always been like that,” Greenhalgh told me. “When we first played there, I thought our music would be a little ‘out there’ compared to everything else -- but I think everyone's very accepting. We'll have grandparents watching and the little kids dance the most.”

When asked if it’s a good opportunity for a local band to possibly showcase their music to a new crowd and gain more fans, Greenhalgh agreed and emphasized the communal nature of the acts involved -- especially since a lot of them are homegrown in the area.

“I'd say it's a great way to gather or maintain a good local following. I mean, North County does have a bit of a scene despite the lack of venues. For instance, Trouble in the Wind: They're great friends of ours and I'd consider them the Carlsbad band and they headline the fest every year. So when you go to see them at CMF, it's always a great gathering of friends and family.”

Inspired and the Sleep -- who play Friday (Aug. 26) at 9 p.m. at the State and Grand parking lot -- are also stoked on another thing: They actually get paid. Unsurprisingly (if you’ve been following music trends over the last 20 years), there are several outdoor festivals in town that neglect to pay the performing artists. It’s an issue that the festival's organizers do their best to remedy.

According to their mission statement, the festival is organized by a nonprofit organization “that aims to engage and inspire local, national, and international communities of composers, performers, creators, and concert-goers through world-class performances of adventurous music.” And while CMF receives funding from the City of Carlsbad, the County of San Diego and private foundations, public donations are still their biggest source of funding -- and a way for them to pay the artists involved. So they’ve started up a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 to help pay for expenses. If you’re inclined to help out, go here.

Either way, it’s just another example of why the festival has become such a community institution. Year after year, it brings folks together around incredible music performances in gorgeous settings -- that’s hard to beat.

Greenhalgh summed it up best: “If you’ve never been to Carlsbad Village, I'd say it's a wonderful opportunity explore a beautiful area, take in a whole lot of tunes, and make some new friends.”

For the full lineup, more information and tickets, visit the official Carlsbad Music Festival website.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Inspired and the Sleep]]>
<![CDATA[Pearl Jam Stops Mid-Song, Ejects Fan at Wrigley Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:10:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-490195308.jpg

Perhaps he seemed to "recognize his face," as the song goes.  

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder stopped mid-song during Monday night’s Wrigley Field concert to teach an apparently unruly fan a lesson in minding his manners.

"Hey, hey, mister!" Vedder shouted into the audience, in a moment captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. "Hey, get your finger out of that woman’s face!"

The crowd reacted with sporadic applause, cheers and chatter as Vedder, an Evanston, Illinois, native, let the unidentified audience member know "all the fingers are pointing at you."

"Come on, clear out, mister," Vedder chided to growing applause.

He then appeared to address the woman who allegedly had the finger stuck in her face, asking if she was okay to claps and whistles from fans. He admired how she handled herself then launched back into the interrupted tune "Lukin," and then into "Mind Your Manners."

A few commenters appear to be supportive of Vedder’s actions.

“He definitely is one of a kind! Absolutely what I love about him,” commenter Michelle Hall posted. “Glad Eddie kick(ed) that man out of the concert and that was so sweet of Eddie to ask the woman if she was okay! Love what he said after it was all over with. You gotta take care of ur woman.”

Another commenter endorsed Vedder’s intervention and had a few words for the man in question.

“Another reason for me to love him,” user RebeccaCrum posted. “This was an awesome moment last night. Mind your manners, dude and take your crazy out of our show.”



Photo Credit: Getty Images for Global Citizen
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<![CDATA[The Culture Club Tumble]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cultureclubhero.jpg

Some really big things happened to my life around 1983-1984. First, a band called Culture Club released a record called "Colour By Numbers." Second, a store called Target was expanding around Southern California after acquiring former GEMCO locations, and opened a store on Palomar and Broadway in Chula Vista. I was very young, in elementary school, so after saving allowance for weeks, my sister and I bravely went to our new Target store and split the $5.99 sale price of "Colour By Numbers" on vinyl. Luckily, while most people were buying cassettes or even CDs, we were late adopters in my household and had a couple record players around the house, where I could sing and dance and beg my mom to braid my hair with ribbons like Boy George did on the cover. That I get to see the band all these years later is amazing to me, and I can't wait to bop along to all my favorite jams, just like I did then. If you're going to the show, get there early to catch Groves, from Groves, Texas. Their synth-infused indie-rock has a cool dance vibe and sweet, catchy melodies that will be a great start to a night at Humphreys by the Bay. Around town, the Black Heart Procession at the Casbah is sold out, Stylust Beats are at Belly Up, and D Generation play Soda Bar (note: tonight's Irenic show with Melissa Brooks & the Aquadolls has been postponed to Oct. 30). And in case you're wondering, I still have the vinyl.

Wednesday, Aug. 24:

  • Culture Club featuring Boy George, Groves @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • The Black Heart Procession, Systems Officer, Nylon Apartments @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • D Generation, Dead On the Wire, the Phantoms @ Soda Bar
  • Stylust Beats, Trevor Kelly, Shlump, Galangsta @ Belly Up
  • Helen Money, John Haughm (Agalloch), Bleak Skies, Monochromacy @ The Merrow
  • Melissa Brooks & the Aquadolls, Sizzy Rocket, Caroline, Be All End All @ The Irenic (This show has been postponed to Oct. 30 at the same venue -- tickets for tonight's show will be honored)
  • Oh My Snare, Freya Wilcox and the Howl, Freya Wilcox @ Tower Bar
  • Wednesday Night Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Charles Owens, Bob Boss @ Dizzy's
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Is This It? with DJ Rees Withrow @ The Office
  • Billy Bacon & the Forbidden Pigs, Grampadrew Trio, DJ Strahota @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston Presents: Southtown Generals with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Rotten Sound, D.I.S., Condemned, Poison Headache, Lurid Memory @ Brick By Brick
  • Conor Coughlan, Courtney Preis, Shannon McEhelhaney @ Lestat's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Orbitrons @ 710 Beach Club
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Da Mac @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Family Beatdown @ Kava Lounge
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Ride the Mule @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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<![CDATA[Kaaboo's Hometown Haul]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:21:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Verigolds+Press+Photo+2016.jpg

When it comes to local stages, few have brighter lights than the ones at Kaaboo Del Mar. The mega three-day music/arts festival, now in its second year, offers vast crowds and even bigger bands -- and it's a place where a select few San Diego acts have been handpicked to join in on the action. Some might call it the chance of a lifetime. Ocean Beach psych-pop band the Verigolds, who recently won a battle of the bands contest to perform at the fest, agree.

"Oh definitely," the band's singer/keyboardist Jenna Cotton told me over the phone. "We all get three-day artist passes, so we get to go behind the scenes the whole time and that's huge for us. There's so many people there, as well as industry people, and we're really excited about that. We're at that stage in our career where we're looking for that support, pushing things to the next level and trying to get outside of San Diego."

Kaaboo has made a habit of booking several local bands at each its two iterations thus far. Last year, Switchfoot, Tribal Seeds, Slightly Stoopid, the Burning of Rome, the Midnight Pine and more were tapped. For 2016, they've hit up Steve Poltz, Steeviewild, Barley, Almost Monday, and Nancarrow -- as well as seven other locals yet to be announced.

In addition to all that, the fest hosts the "Discovery Tour" each year, which are battle of the bands-esque shows hosted in conjunction with the music networking app GigTown [check out our profile on GigTown here] at various venues in town with local acts -- all of them vying for a spot on the massive three-day lineup. This year's winners include Aquile, Bang Pow, and of course, the Verigolds.

"GigTown gave us that awesome opportunity to be involved and really made that whole thing happen," Cotton told me. "Andy [Altman, co-founder] from GigTown, he's the one who really put it together for us and he's helped us get some really epic shows."

Not only will local bands get to rub elbows with their some huge marquee music names (and their management teams), being able to put "played Kaaboo Del Mar" on an electronic press kit, or in a band biography could do wonders for booking tours, getting blog/publication coverage, and spreading the good word about their music. In other words, it's an impressive tidbit to drop and a certain conversation starter. After all, how many local bands can say they've played San Diego's biggest music festival with Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy or Cold War Kids? As we talked about it, Cotton gushed about seeing her teenage idol Gwen Stefani and No Doubt perform at 2015's Kaaboo.

"Last year, the highlight for me was seeing No Doubt. [Stefani] was mind-blowing, just totally amazing. I grew up listening to her. Her songs seem way deeper to me now, and her energy is so inspiring ... She was an animal. She was crawling up into the rafters and the security guards were freaking out."

And this year? Who is she looking forward to seeing after her band (which also includes guitarist/vocalist Eliot Ross, drummer Craig Schreiber, and keyboardist Ben Smedley) is finished playing on Saturday, Sept. 17?

"Lenny Kravitz for sure," she said. "Oh, and the Shelters. They're one of our favorite LA bands. Me and Ben went to see them at the Hideout a while ago and met those guys. Tom Petty produced their album, and they're totally blowing up now! It's so exciting."

Unsurprisingly, Cotton and her bandmates don't seem like they'll be too phased by the festival's bright lights.

"We like the bigger stages," she said. "It all depends on the vibe of the show. We are striving to play festivals. That’s our goal."

As much as I could wax poetic about how eclectic and psychedelically infectious their music is, Cotton explained why they're the perfect fit for Kaaboo's grand expanse, outdoor revelry and sunny disposition.

"I think [people will appreciate] the fusion of our music. It’s kind of got a nice blend of different things. You know, the boys grew up on '70s rock so we have that vibe going on, and I bring my inner '80s child to it and that comes out and we bring it all together for that electronic, more synthy rock vibe. That fusion makes people want to dance and have fun."

The 2016 Kaaboo Del Mar music/art festival takes place on Sept. 16-18 with a multitude of bands, artists, comedians and more. For lineup information, schedule and tickets, visit their website.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Photo by Strangers in a Fire]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Marilyn Manson]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:27:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Marilyn+Manson+AM+%2810+of+33%29.jpg Marilyn Manson brought the "Dope Show" to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Come to Our Window]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:02:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/etheridge2.jpg

San Diego has some big shows tonight, including a totes sold-out Ben Harper show at Humphreys, so load up your kayaks and canoes if you would like to hear that musical feast (or just go picnic in the grassy area across the street. But if you're looking for another great show, the lovely Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benetar perform at SDSU's Open Air Theatre. Around town, you've got your pick of solid lineups at Casbah with Midnight Clergy, Broke In Stereo at Soda Bar, or Imagery Machine at the Merrow. You can always make it a great Tuesday just by supporting live music with friends. 

Tuesday, Aug. 23:

  • Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, the Jack Moves @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Midnight Clergy, Beatie Wolfe, Garden Echo @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Broke In Stereo, Silas Fermoy, the Wind Playing Tricks @ Soda Bar
  • Imagery Machine, L1ght Ra1l, End Thought @ The Merrow
  • The Brass Cats, Chill Clinton, EL Monte Ray & MC Infinite and Repugnantz @ Winston's
  • O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor @ Belly Up
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Synrgy - Tuesday Night Live! @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Erica Camille]]>
<![CDATA[Welcome to the Steel Jungle]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:08:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-523659920.jpg We bring you an exclusive look into the insane preparation that's going into Monday night's epic Guns N' Roses show at Qualcomm Stadium.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Racing Announces Fall Lineup]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:16:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/BenHarper.jpeg

Move over, summer, there’s a new season in town -- the Bing Crosby Season, that is.

On Monday, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced the first two shows of its annual fall concert series, affectionately titled the Bing Crosby Season. Come November, San Diegans have at least two very big reasons to hit the place where the turf meets the surf: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals headline Nov. 12 with their beloved jam/soul/blues/rock, and Santa Barbara roots-reggae superstars Iration head up Nov. 19.

So weird -- here we are at the peak of summer, and we're already talking about November! After all, the track's summer concert series hasn't even wrapped up yet; they've still got the Wailers and Chromeo on the way! But when something this good hits your lap, sometimes you can't help but talk about it.

And honestly, there’s just no excuse to miss Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. If Harper’s latest album, "Call It What It Is," is any indication, we’re in store for some wickedly mind-blowing blues/soul rock jams. Dude can shred, amirite? You can count us in for that Nov. 12 show.

The good times will definitely continue with Iration. We’re lucky enough to be a regular stop on the band’s never-ending tour schedule. The last time we saw them, they had Sleep Train Amphitheatre lit up and rocking from side to side with their reggae/dub/rock sway. It was truly a beautiful sight to behold, and if you miss 'em on Nov. 19, that's on you.

And as if your whistle hadn’t been wet enough, there are more Bing Crosby Season shows on the way too. Much more. But we can’t say what they are just yet! We know, we know -- waiting is the hardest part. Details on future shows will be announced soon though, and as always, we’ll be sure you’re up to speed on all the racetrack happenings. In other words, stay tuned.

As always, entry to the shows are free with paid admission to the track. Check out Del Mar Racing's official website for more details and information.

Del Mar Racetrack's 2016 Bing Crosby Season (initial lineup):

  • Nov. 12: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
  • Nov. 19: Iration

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[America's Finest Paradise City]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:35:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522043954.jpg

There are a lot of people who are really excited about Guns N' Roses being in San Diego tonight. After years of silence, members of the band reunited earlier for Coachella and subsequently announced a tour. Tonight they appear at Qualcomm stadium, and you can be sure that it will have people talking. The rest of us still have other options tonight, like Nina Diaz, lead vocalist of Girl in a Coma, who is performing at Soda Bar. At the Casbah, DJ Artistic brings back his Battle Bot contest, which has been really turning up the heat, You can also catch some '90s jams at Sycuan with En Vogue, Naughty by Nature and more. Plenty of good things to catch tonight, even if you're not "in the jungle, baby." 

Monday, Aug. 22:

  • Guns N' Roses, the Cult @ Qualcomm Stadium
  • Nina Diaz, Prettiest Eyes @ Soda Bar
  • Burt Bacharach @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • DJ Artistic's Hip Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah
  • San Diego '90s Jam with En Vogue, Naughty by Nature, Coolio, All-4-One @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • The Westerlies, Riley Mulherkar @ Dizzy's
  • I Prevail, the White Noise, My Enemies & I @ House of Blues
  • Damn Son, Where'd You Find This @ Blonde
  • Voight, French Kettle Station @ Bancroft Bar (7 p.m.)
  • 1969! A Night of Garage Rock with Diana Death & Heather Hardcore @ The Office
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Los Lobos Headline SD Blues Fest]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:25:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LosLobos.jpg

Grammy Award-winning blues acts, raising money for charity and a VIP party -- does it get any better? The AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival is back on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 8 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park North! The festival will feature Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos in addition to Nikki Hill, Bobby Rush and more. Thanks to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, proceeds from the festival will help support the battle against hunger.

Festival headliner Los Lobos have not only won four Grammy Awards, but last year they were also nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To add to the festival’s prestige, performer Bobby Rush has been nominated for two Grammys and in 2006 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

The San Diego Blues Festival doesn’t end with that star-studded lineup, either. This year, the VIP party on Friday, Sept. 9 will be open to the public, and it will feature a special performance by Watermelon Slim at 6 p.m. Get tickets for the intimate House of Blues performance quick!

Remember: the festival comes with even more perks. Since the festival was founded in 2011, sponsors and festival goers have helped contribute over $435,000 and 20 tons of food. These contributions have helped the food bank feed almost 400,000 people a month in San Diego County, and last year, this amounted to 22 million pounds of food.

What better way to spend the weekend than supporting blues music and ending hunger one great performance at a time?

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Rutger Rosenborg was a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Los Lobos]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Epic Summer Splash Grand Finale]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:00:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HarrahsBully1.jpg Our 2016 Summer Splash concert series at Harrah's Resort SoCal comes to an end with epic performances by Bully and the Donkeys.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[How Loews Can You Go?]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:23:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dani+Bell.jpeg

Who doesn't love a free show? Tonight, head to Loews Coronado Bay Resort for a special Redwoods Revue. The collective is gaining steam, and four of the current projects under the Redwoods umbrella will perform, including the Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, Dani Bell & the Tarantist and Cardinal Moon. If that doesn't suit your musical desires, the Mondegreens are at the Irenic, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus play Soda Bar, and the Gipsy Kings are at Humphreys.
Sunday, Aug. 21:
  • DoSD.com & Casbah Present Bayside Sessions with the Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Cardinal Moon @ Loews Coronado Bay Resort (FREE with RSVP)
  • The Mondegreens @ The Irenic
  • Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Wolfwalker, Cardio Kazan, Minor Rockstar @ Soda Bar
  • The Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, Galen Weston Band @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Summergrass Bluegrass Festival @ Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Inc., Vista
  • Backyard Beatles Brunch @ Quartyard (12 p.m.)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Karla Bonoff @ AMSD Concerts, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Burt Bacharach @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Platenito Sin Censura @ Music Box 
  • The Big Fellas @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Pala Vibes 2016 with Common Kings, Josh Heinrichs, Tribal Theory, Hirie, Animo @ Pala Casino
  • Appice Brothers: Drum Wars, Nightshadow, Battlefront @ Brick by Brick
  • An Evening with the Shane Hall Trio @ Sycamore Den
  • Amanda Adams, Masashi @ Lestat's
  • Sweet Myths, Vella Blue, Hyper Active Slackers @ The Merrow
  • Hello, I'm Sorry, Edison Moth, Soap Detergent, Oak Palace @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Sun Bather, Nerve Control @ Whistle Stop
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Cerissa McQueen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Live Bands @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dani Bell & the Tarantist]]>
<![CDATA[Join the Mild High Club]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:59:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mild+High+Club+press+photo+by+Isaac+Sterling.jpg

With a name like Mild High Club, you better bust out some infinitely listenable musical transcendence on the reg -- and luckily, Alexander Brettin (who writes/records under the MHC moniker and tours with a full band) delivers just that.

Wading through an Olympic-sized pool of head-spinning psychedelia, anything-goes experimental-pop and bong-resin-crusted synth odes, Brettin (who released his debut album “Timeline” via famed hip-hop label Stones Throw Records in 2015) returns on Aug. 26 with “Skiptracing,” an even stronger and arguably more cohesive effort that can easily occupy record collection shelf space next to the Beatles, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and maybe even Steely Dan.

It’s a toss-up, honestly. Mild High Club do so many things so well that it’s not hard to put the tunes in a genre-twisting playlist. On the impressive new album, there’s a soulful groove to several tracks, plenty of hazy synths, a bit of arty jazz, loads of Brettin’s slow-drip vocals, manic fuzz-bomb guitar solos and songs that just effortlessly float through time and space.

It’s also invariably smooth, which is why that Steely Dan reference up there isn’t all that out of place. The weirdness, though, starts to make perfect sense when you realize that Brettin’s played live or onstage with acts like Wire, Mac DeMarco, Mikal Cronin and Ariel Pink. When Brettin talked to Renko Heuer during an interview for Lodown Magazine last year, he explained his influences.

“The first album I got from my parents was ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ and for the longest time I thought it was a children's album, so there's that. I also heard a fair amount of Steely Dan as a child, Pink Floyd, Sade, which at the time I wasn't into but now she's dope.”

I love being right. So there you have it: Mild High Club puffs up psych-pop with enough voltage to keep the party moving along -- but never too quickly and never too jarring. It’s a smooth ride, but still just a tad wild enough to keep things interesting.

Mild High Club headline Soda Bar on Aug. 31, with the Lulls and Heavy Hawaii opening. Tickets are available online here.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Isaac Sterling]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Slipknot]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:50:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Slipknot+%281+of+52%29.jpg Headbangers of horror Slipknot ravaged Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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<![CDATA[End of Summer Splash Bash]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:03:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bully+Singer.jpeg

We have had so much fun spending our summer nights at Harrah's Resort Southern California, and tonight we wrap our SoundDiego Summer Splash with the double-doozy of Bully and the Donkeys. So I guess I have to eat my words a little when I said they hardly ever play in town. While that mostly remains true, they not only played the Casbah last week, but they're also playing our party, which is extra special to us. And what can we say about Bully? They're awesome, they totally rock and anyone who uses gender modifiers to describe them isn't trying hard enough. This is gonna be one for the books. If you can't make it to Valley Center, David Bazan plays the Casbah, the Used play their second night at the Observatory and Turnover play the Irenic.

Saturday, Aug. 20:

  • SoundDiego Summer Splash: Bully with the Donkeys @ Harrah's Resort SoCal
  • David Bazan, Michael Nau @ Casbah
  • Digable Planets, Camp Lo @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The Used, New Language @ Observatory North Park
  • Tiki Oasis @ Crowne Plaza Hotel 
  • Sip 'n' Ship Craft Beer Festival @ Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Turnover, Angel Dust, Triathlon @ The Irenic
  • Chula Vista Harborfest @ J Street Marina
  • Pears, Direct Hit!, DFMK, Pissed Regardless @ Soda Bar
  • Blonde Bar Grand Opening Party @ Blonde Bar (formerly Bar Dynamite)
  • Summergrass Bluegrass Festival @ Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Inc., Vista
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Noble War, Wild Wild Wets, Spero, Some Kind of Lizard, the Art Dealers @ Avo Playhouse, Vista
  • Tainted Love, DJ Steve West @ Music Box
  • Shawn Rohlf & the Buskers @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega and Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Russell Peters @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • National Lemonade Day @ Quartyard
  • Green Today, These Killers, White Elephant @ House of Blues
  • CJS Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Body of Light, Jock Club, the Victoriana, DJ Jon Blaj @ The Hideout
  • Amy Grant @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, the Dumps, Cochinas Locas @ Tower Bar
  • Rock the Art OB with the Simpkin Project, Piracy Conspiracy, City Reef, Dubbest, SoCal Vibes, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's (3 p.m.)
  • DJ Unite, Viejo Lobo @ Til-Two Club
  • Fanny & the Atta Boys @ Black Cat Bar
  • Electromagnetic, Ninos de la Tierra @ The Bancroft
  • Hulu Summer Roadtrip feat. the Broken Stems @ Ruocco Park 
  • Aghori, Contortion, Big Goat, BeeKeeper @ Brick by Brick
  • Eutopia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Son of a Deez, the Father, the Brothers Burn, Uncle Leo @ Lestat's
  • Ash Jetson, Hidden Kings, Kaya, Dork the Ghost, F.I.L.T.H.Y., Sly Disciple @ Soma
  • Popvinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Liquid Blue @ The Park, Viejas Casino
  • The Buttertones, Buddha Trixie, Wild Wing, Drench Fries @ Che Cafe
  • Ruines Ov Abaddon, Ashen Earth, Mythraeum, Mortar @ The Merrow
  • Tunnel Vision, Resinated, Perro Bravo @ 710 Beach Club
  • Gods of Thunder (Kiss Tribute) @ Tio Leo's
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Chachi @ Fluxx
  • Danny Avila @ Bassmnt
  • Viscous @ Atomic
  • Hobo @ Bang Bang
  • Egadz, Skrapez @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

  • Chula Vista Harborfest @ J Street Marina



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bully]]>
<![CDATA[Aruan Ortiz Live at Bread & Salt]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:40:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/209*120/Bon1024.jpg

Cuban born, Brooklyn-based pianist Aruan Ortiz made his San Diego debut on Sunday night, performing a bracing solo set for concert promoter Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound series before a large gathering at Bread & Salt, the Logan Heights multi-arts complex on Julian Avenue.

Before he began, Ortiz stood before the crowd and announced in a very soft voice that his music drew upon a myriad of elements, much like a “caldosa” or Cuban stew.

He then began teasing notes from the farthest reach of his left-hand at the house piano, very quietly organizing a sonic structure one brick at a time, forcing the listener to lean forward as he auditioned the resonance of the space, activating choice overtones that rang in the rafters of the high ceilinged industrial warehouse. These details were only discernable because of the pindrop quiet of the room and the rapt attention of the audience who seemed to wholly embrace Ortiz’s tension-filled single-mindedness.

His second improvisation widened the dynamic and harmonic landscape, shifting suddenly into jagged flurries in the right-hand with ponderous thunder in the left as he stabbed, jostled and caressed the instrument with sweeping flourishes and stuttered arpeggios, eventually climaxing with rolling fist clusters and selective basso profondo which seemed to indicate that trouble was just around the corner. Shifting scenes again, Ortiz reached inside the instrument to pluck groups of strings while keeping his foot on the sustain pedal -- creating wafting clouds of reverberant textures that strained against the thud of a single hammered tone. Ortiz released a series of effusive notes that practically cascaded from his fingertips and at one point, he might have been channeling late-period Jarrett as his disassociative left hand clanged atonally against a melodically ebullient right.

For the next piece, Ortiz chose “Arabesques of a Geometical Rose,” from his latest record “Hidden Voices.” Again he began with inside-the-piano sustain pedal textures against a loping bass line, continuing with muted pizzicato and tapping the frame of the instrument like a conga. He kept a pervasive sense of mystery at the heart of his exploration as each motif inched forward bathed in space.

For the finale, the pianist returned to a wholly improvised context, carefully adjusting very dissonant clusters in a sequence that initially seemed to suggest a flirtation with Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan.” Throughout the evening, Ortiz demonstrated a very keen sense of structure, even in the most ostensibly “free” sections, yet he also avoided the temptation to allay tensions with convenient resolutions like the plague. There were definite cinematic implications all through this last piece, suggesting perhaps, the eternal struggle between order and anarchy.

Another fabulous evening of thought-provoking music brought to San Diego by Bonnie Wright.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.



Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[Summer's Last Splash]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:55:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Donkeys+SD+2.jpg

Friday, Thievery Corporation play the Del Mar Racetrack as part of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series; Parquet Courts and Girl Band are at the Irenic; The Used 15 Year Anniversary Tour hits the Observatory North Park, where they’ll be playing their self-titled album in its entirety; Pato Banton headlines at Music Box; Futurebirds, the Liquorsmiths and Ben Allen play at Soda Bar; Chica Diabla's record release show with the Touchies, Mittens and Chamber Sixx hits the Casbah; and Diane Coffee, Waterstrider and Big Bloom take over the Hideout. Get your dance on with F---ing In the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Cosmos Midnight at Bang Bang; Borgeous at Omnia; Crizzly at Bassmnt; and Mike Delgado at El Dorado.

Saturday, join me for SoundDiego Summer Splash featuring Bully and the Donkeys at Harrah’s Resort SoCal; Chula Vista Harborfest takes over the J Street Marina; Digable Planets and Camp Lo play at the Belly Up; night two of the Used playing their album ‘In Love and Death’ in its entirety is at the Observatory North Park; Body of Light, Jock Club, the Victoriana and DJ Jon Blaj take over the Hideout; Pears, Direct Hit!, DFMK and Pissed Regardless play at Soda Bar; and David Bazan and Michael Nau are at the Casbah. Dance options include the Grand Opening Party of Blonde Bar; '80s vs. '90s at the Whistle Stop; Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Hobo at Bang Bang; Danny Avila at Bassmnt; Adam Salter at El Dorado; and Chachi at Fluxx.

Sunday funday includes the last day of Tiki Oasis; the Bayside Sessions at Loews Coronado Bay Resort feature the Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, Dani Bell & the Tarantist and Cardinal Moon; Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ 10th Anniversary tour hits Soda Bar, where they’ll be playing "Don’t You Fake It" front to back; and the Mondegreens take over the Irenic

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:24:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452191806.jpg San Diego stages are getting some major surprises, including indie-pop darlings the 1975 at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Oct. 15.

Photo Credit: Getty Images and MTV Europe]]>
<![CDATA[Parquet Courts Are in Session]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:45:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/parquet+courts.jpg

I have been waiting for Friday since Sunday. Honestly, some weeks are better than others, amiright? But it isn't only because the work week killed me, but because there are so many amazing shows tonight. Gregory Alan Isakov at the Belly Up is already sold out, but with Parquet Courts at the Irenic, Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show at Open Air Theatre, and Futurebirds at Soda Bar, tonight is going to be one of those amazing nights with a nearly full moon to inspire your night. I have to give a wholehearted and deeply felt shout out, however, to Chica Diabla, who are both releasing a record and retiring as a band. In the ultimate act of bravery, vocalist Elizabeth Borg, suffering stage 4 brain cancer, will perform among family, friends, and as an inspiration for anyone with cancer or touched by cancer to fight with everything you have until the end.

Friday, Aug. 19:

  • Gregory Alan Isakov,  Jolie Holland @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Parquet Courts, Girl Band @ The Irenic 
  • Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Futurebirds, the Liquorsmiths, Ben Allen @ Soda Bar
  • Thievery Corporation @ Del Mar Race Track
  • Chica Diabla (Record Release), the Touchies, Mittens, Chamber Sixx @ Casbah
  • Elvis Depressedly, Teen Suicide, Nicole Dollanganger @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Pechanga Resort & Casino 
  • Summergrass Bluegrass Festival @ Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Inc., Vista
  • Juan Gabriel @ Valley View Casino Center
  • The Used, New Language @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Moon w/ DJ @Large @ Bar Pink
  • Pato Banton, Southtown Generals @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove Bad Mom’s Nite Out @ Belly Up (happy hour, 5 p.m.)
  • Wild Mick Brown, Deeper Purple, Monsters of Rock, RDG @ Brick By Brick
  • Diane Coffee, Waterstrider, Big Bloom @ The Hideout
  • F---ing in the Bushes with Dan Sant and Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Jazz Jam Sessions @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Lion Bold Records @ Lestat's
  • The Zicas @ Java Joe's
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ House of Blues
  • Castle, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Caustic Casanova, Bosswitch @ The Merrow
  • Paleons (OR), Plant Tribe, Bloody Mary Bastards, Nebula Drag @ The Bancroft
  • Reina Mystique @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Split Finger, Seedheads @ 710 Beach Club
  • With Age, Aure, the Montell Jordans, Refuse, Taliband, Ignant Benches @ SOMA
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Audacity, VHS, Teach Me, Cheeks @ Ché Café 
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Nekro Drunkz, Sakrificer, Seraphic Disgust, Leprous, Tideless @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • The Maykers featuring Shirley Starks and Cheryl Rucker of JGB and the Terpischords @ Winston's
  • Low and Be Told, Doc Hammer @ Til-Two Club
  • 4B @ Fluxx
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Freddie Jackson @ Sycuan
  • Crizzly @ Bassmnt
  • Cosmos Midnight @ Bang Bang
  • Borgeous @ Omnia
  • Popvinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • David Allan Coe, Sickstring Outlaws, Malaki @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Purps and Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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<![CDATA[Fab Collab: Steez76D and Karma]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:43:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Steez76D+and+Karma.jpg

Musical collaborations are interesting, with artists teaming up to blend different styles together in hopes that they complement one another. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. And much of that success hinges on a single attribute -- chemistry -- as those different moving parts have to operate in unison to make the magic happen.

Fortunately, that's the space Oceanside rappers Steez76D and Karma occupy on their latest self-titled collaborative album. [Listen/buy it here] They're in sync, tackling a little bit of everything: money, drones, and even social media, all while zoned out over hypnotic beats.

They stargaze, watching out for UFOs on "In the Sky": "I know, they know, we know, that, they, got clones drones and UFOs / But they, just want to take control, but hey, I know, they know, we know." And they riff about the drug trade as a metaphor for "dope" music atop the see-saw motion of "Cocaine In Cancun."

Even though they cover a lot of ground, zig-zagging from topic to topic, their plan of attack works. So it doesn't matter if "In the Sky" is built from anxiety and paranoia or that "Cocaine In Cancun" is an extended exercise in analogy, there's an organic feel to their ideas -- they mesh.

Karma splits duties, not only rapping and holding down the lion's share of production -- but he also showcases his voice, crooning on a few of the hooks via a pitch-perfect sing-song approach.

They tell stories, narrating trips through the streets of North County on "I'll Take You There" and navigate the hand-clap snares of "Get the Money."

"My PayPal sees more transfers than universities / Busy stacking currency / I'm counting cash currently," raps Steez76D before Karma makes known his place of residence and daily activities: "I'm on the westside living / On the West Coast getting / Counting money all day / Yeah, I'm really 'bout my dividends."

Whether it's chasing lights in the night sky or running down their next payday, these two display that hard to find "it" factor -- they click. As a result, the pair deliver a well-rounded effort that doesn't just sound good but one that's also congruent.

J. Smith, aka 1019, is a San Diego native, rap fan and one half of the rap duo Parker & the Numberman. You can follow him on Instagram at 1019_the_numberman or on Twitter.



Photo Credit: Photo by Justinair]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:56:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Demi+Lovato+Fatima+Kelley+8.14.16+%2813%29.jpg Cool for the summer: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas straight-up rocked Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Sunday, Aug. 14. Mike Posner and Chord Overstreet opened.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Hello Beware of Darkness, My Old Friend]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:23:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Beware+of+Darkness.png

As we inch toward the weekend, there are plenty of musical treats on tonight's menu. Beware of Darkness and Pleasure Fix bring a unique back-to-back brand of rock to the Casbah, while the indie-folk music of Globelamp permeates the Che Cafe. At Soda Bar, you can catch Detroit's punk/funk outfit Downtown Brown and Australia's the Living End, also in the punk game, are at House of Blues. I have to say that "The Last Waltz" is one of my favorite concert films of all time, so the Belly Up is probably going to be amazing with tonight's show with the Weight, featuring members of the Band and members of the Levon Helm band. After everything's said and done, sneak over to Blonde's soft opening with a DJ set from Globelamp.

Thursday, Aug. 18:

  • Beware of Darkness, Pleasure Fix @ Casbah
  • Globelamp, Tashaki Miyaki, Holling @ Che Cafe
  • Downtown Brown, Pinky Doodle Poodle, Second Hand @ Soda Bar
  • Globelamp (DJ set) @ Blonde (formerly Bar Dynamite -- read our expose on Blonde here)
  • The Living End, Wild Roses, the Rocketz @ House of Blues
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • The Weight: Members of the Band, and the Levon Helm Band playing music of the Band @ Belly Up
  • Brian Ellis, Astrojump with Kill Quanti DJs 3 Year Anniversary @ Whistle Stop
  • Riff Raff, Trill Sammy, Dice Soho, Dollabillgat @ Music Box
  • Rio Peligroso @ The Kraken
  • Levi Dean & the Americats, Noelle Pederson & Gonzalo Harmonica @ Sycamore Den
  • The Daniel Green Show @ Lestat's
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • The Bad Vibes, The Redlight District, AJ Froman @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • Kimberly Jackson @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Authentic Sellout, One in the Chamber, Fake No More, Sideshow @ Winston's
  • Cemetary, Crime Desire, They Feed At Night, DJ KRO @ Til-Two Club
  • Jauz @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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<![CDATA[Olympian Shaun White Facing Lawsuit By Former Bandmate]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:03:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shaun-White-Band.jpg

Professional snowboarder, skateboarder and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White is facing sexual harassment allegations in San Diego.

The allegations come as part of a breach of contract lawsuit brought by the former drummer of his band, Bad Things.

When the original 22-page complaint was filed in San Diego Superior Court back in May 2016, there was one line that mentioned inappropriate text messages in the breach of contract lawsuit.

The plaintiff, Lena Zawaideh, is now amending her complaint to include much more explicit details on the content of those messages.

In new court documents, Zawaideh describes how she met San Diegan and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White when she was 17-years-old.

Both of their homes had been evacuated during the 2007 wildfires. They were introduced by a mutual friend and killed time playing music, according to the complaint.

White and Zawaideh later formed a band, which toured through 2014.

In August 2014, the band Bad Things terminated their relationship with Zawaideh, according to the complaint.

“The most egregious allegation in this complaint against Mr. White is that he was treating her almost like this thing that the band had, like an object,” said Zawaideh’s attorney, Lawrance A. Bohm.

White released the following statement about the allegations:

“Many years ago, I exchanged texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit. There is absolutely no coincidence to the timing of her claims and we will defend them vigorously in court.”

White is currently in Rio promoting the Summer Olympics.

Employment Attorney Dan Gilleon says the sexual harassment allegations could be slightly suspicious because they were not included in the original complain.

“When I first look at this, I go, ‘OK, this is a breach-of-contract case,’ ” Gilleon explained. “This is their way of saying: ‘You should have settled with this because now we’re going to embarrass you.’ ”

The sexual harassment complaint also says White became angry that Zawaideh would not cut her hair or wear more revealing clothes while performing.

Zawaideh says in court records that she never planned on making a career out of music but instead had her heart set on going to Harvard Medical School.



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<![CDATA[Hills Like Elephants' Last Hurrah]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:42:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/198*120/Hills+Like+Elephants+Press+Photo+2016.jpg

"It's heartbreaking, it really is."

Over coffee at Waypoint Public, Hills Like Elephants frontman Sean Davenport is explaining to me why, after five years, the local indie-pop band is calling it quits.

"It's a hard decision to make," he continues. "Our end game out here was always 'keep making albums,' always put out new music every year, do as much as we can, play the coolest shows we can, and it's been great. For the past few years, I've had no qualms about what we've done. We've made good music, which is all I wanted."

Like San Diego musicians are seemingly wont to do these days, Davenport (who also plays in Botanica Chango) has decided to relocate (back) to New York City. In a way, it's a full circle move, considering the vocalist/keyboardist actually left the Big Apple seven years ago for San Diego (where he grew up before attending Boston's Berklee College of Music).

Turns out, along with his fiancee, his fellow Hills Like Elephants/Botanica Chango bandmate Michael "Mikey" Hams will be going with him. For those that have witnessed the North Park band's evolution from the soul-pop of 2010's "The Endless Charade" debut to 2013's more unpredictable "Feral Flocks," up to the raw urgency of last year's post-punk-channeling "Tell Tales" EP -- the thought of San Diego sans Hills just feels ... wrong.

And it begs the question: Why?

"From the sane point of view, theres's no real reason to be doing any of this," Davenport says, shrugging. "I'm comfortable out here. I like being here, and I like what I've got. I've got a really nice apartment that I love in a great part of town, a lot of great friends and a beautiful fiancee. But from the productive side of me, it's like, well if you don't try, you'll continue to wonder about this. There's no real room for us to tour right now, which I want to do. There's no real room for you to get any bigger opportunities unless you tour or unless you have some kind of connection with a label or inside the industry. The only way to do stuff is by putting out new music, backed by touring."

Which is, as the frontman explains, an unlikely prospect for the group (which aside from Davenport and Hams, is composed of multi-instrumentalist Greg Thielmann, bassist Robert Garrity, and guitarist Andrew Armerding). Over the last few years, they've had children, moved into bigger and better places, become business owners -- you know, gotten older ("We're all in our 30s now, and we just can't afford to come back from tour and be homeless," he says laughing). For Davenport, even though he treasures his fellow bandmates, he just feels the need to pursue his dreams while he's still young enough to do it -- and that quest will now take him to the East Coast.

"The idea really isn't too different than what I did with Hills. I'm going to make an album, or EP at least, and then book shows and put an ensemble together. And we'll see if people are going to be core members like Mikey and I, or if we'll have a rotating band, at least in the initial phase. I still have a lot of musician friends out there, and a lot of them have gone on to really great things, and it makes me think that it's a possibility that I could do this ... I just want certain opportunities that New York provides. It's such a different ballgame out there. It'll present more challenges, of course, as we go along. I just want to make something sound good and we'll see where it goes. It'll take a while to get things going. You don't realize how much work goes into something until you start something new again."

In one last hurrah, Hills Like Elephants will officially release their final album, "Tacet," at their last show ("I'm not saying we'll never play ever again. If there was an opportunity that arose for Hills and it'd be crazy not to do it, I'd call everyone. Here's to hoping," a smiling Davenport says) on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Whistle Stop in South Park. In a SoundDiego exclusive, listen to the premiere of the record's first single, "Murmurations" -- co-written by Alfred Howard and featuring guest vocals by Dani Bell (of Boychick and Dani Bell & the Tarantist).

The album's a nine song mash-up of five songs recorded up at Chaos Recorders in Escondido with producer Christopher Hoffee, and songs they largely recorded themselves at Hams' Controls for the Sun studio in Linda Vista. Originally meant for two separate EPs, Davenport explains that they had already started the recording process before he made the decision to move to New York. When he did, the band felt it best to combine the efforts.

"Mikey floated the idea, 'what if we just finished this, put 'em all together, complete a package, play a last show and end it beautifully in the most productive way we possibly can.' When Hoffee got back from his European tour with White Buffalo, we asked him to mix the songs and he did that in a couple days -- and that's the album we have now."

It's also a fitting way for Hills Like Elephants to go out. A slight return to the soul-groove style that started it all on "The Endless Charade," it also pushes forward with a fearless energy and above all, an incredulous knack for catchy pop melodies. "Tacet" is Hills Like Elephants at their best -- a culmination of everything we've grown to love about them and a proper send-off for a band we saw effortlessly turn stagnant crowds into buoyant dance parties at show after show.

"I want people to know that it's hard justifying leaving San Diego," Davenport admits. "It's a beautiful place, and there's a support system in the musical community instead of a competitiveness. It's a tight-knit community and it allows you to have opportunities. You have people like Tim Mays [Casbah owner/talent buyer] and Cory Stier [Soda Bar talent buyer] that'll put you on bills with cool bands. A lot of other places aren't like that. That's huge. The last five years, the support we got made it so that we wanted to do it. If it weren't for people taking the time to listen and come out to the shows, we wouldn't have had any incentive to keep going. San Diego's music foundations have been so kind to put us on festivals, and give us awards, and keep us in rotation and advocate for us regularly -- anyone that really just said nice things about us and encouraged people to listen to us -- all of it means the world."

The slight-of-frame, tattoed singer wistfully looks out the window onto a busy 30th Street and adds: "We're definitely gonna miss everyone."

Hills Like Elephants play the Whistle Stop on Friday, Aug. 26 for their record release show with Botanica Chango opening. The show is free.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Joshua White Trio Explores Billy Strayhorn]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:03:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ARW1024.jpg

San Diego piano master Joshua White continued his monthly residency at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach with a nod toward the music of composer Billy Strayhorn, locking in tight with a trio comprised of drum veteran Duncan Moore and double-bass man Dean Hulett.

Moore began “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,” by lightly striking the surface of his kit with his bare hands as Hulett crafted a meaty ostinato in support of White’s lush keyboard harmonies and rhythmically dense motifs -- all three aspects converging into a unified whole.

A slow four pulsed in quarter notes on the ride cymbal to set up a feeling of tension on “Passion Flower,” as the bass sang its own song and the piano careened from insistent hammered single-tones to orchestral slabs of swirling harmony.

Especially impressive was “Upper Manhattan Medical Group,” which White began a cappella in a dizzying display of rapturous voice-leading ricocheting into dark clusters and significant time ruminating on a single chord. Hulett remained resolute in the center, holding his ground with clear, memorable lines while Moore issued a long, explosive and architecturally sound solo, receding quietly into a pensive pianissimo.

“Chelsea Bridge” bristled with kinetic energy from the very first bar, as White tossed brutal alacrity into a cauldron balanced by the deep strokes of Hulett’s arco and the waves of mallet-driven alchemy from Moore.

It all came to a delicious swing-fest climax on “Take the A Train,” driven by Moore’s irresistible Jack DeJohnette-ish ride cymbal pings which suggested multiple gradients of tempo -- upon which White layered everything from broken stride implications to Pentacostal testimony to unfettered swing -- all in the course of one joyous solo anchored by the unwavering commitment of Hulett, standing tall against the storm.

Another superb evening from Chuck Perrin, the one-man show behind Dizzy’s, where quality music is always the first imperative.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.



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<![CDATA[The Joshua James Gang]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:49:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/uDSC07921.JPG

It's hard to believe that it's just a regular August night in San Diego when there are so many incredible shows to catch. Down the line from Guided By Voices and Broncho at Belly Up, James Supercave at the Hideout, Chastity Belt at the Casbah, Us the Duo at House of Blues and even Marilyn Manson and Slipknot at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, there are a lot of shows available for the picking -- but there's one that has me super excited. Joshua James is one of my personal favorites. I remember seeing him for the first time at the Casbah -- his intensity, his voice, his way of going from really quiet moments to loud that make your whole body feel his songs -- and it's breathtaking, really. His music was picked up by "Sons of Anarchy" and used in their promo reels as well as on their soundtrack. This tour is also pretty special as he and his buddy Timmy the Teeth have bikes in tow as they play a series of house shows, studios, and non-traditional spaces. The two appear at Moniker Warehouse for an all-ages show. It's suggested you bring some cushions to sit on and enjoy the show. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Wednesday, Aug. 17:

  • Joshua James, Timmy the Teeth @ Moniker Warehouse
  • Guided By Voices, Broncho @ Belly Up
  • James Supercave, Bad Kids, Pueblo @ The Hideout
  • Chastity Belt, So Pitted, Teach Me @ Casbah
  • Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Courtney Marie Andrews, Jonathan Rice, Saba @ Soda Bar
  • Us the Duo, Gardiner Sisters @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Tribute to Tupac and Nate Dogg feat. Monuments and DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Geneva Bedlam (CD release), the Hype, littlecoaldove @ The Merrow
  • Modern Profession presents Film Punch on "The Notebook" (MST3K style) @ Whistle Stop
  • The Smashup with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Knockout Kid, Settle Your Scores, With Friends Like These, Hard to Hit plus guests @ SOMA
  • Belphegor, Origin, Shining, Abigail Williams, Dizaster Inc, Gravespell @ Brick By Brick
  • Old Order, Cher’s Missing @ Lestat's
  • Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Woking Class Wednesday @ Tower Bar
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • RoQy Tyraid live plus special guests @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club (7-10 p.m.)
  • Young Vinyl @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • Ride the Mule @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



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<![CDATA[Birds of a Weatherbox]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:19:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Weatherbox+SD.jpg

There are some real winners when it comes to live music tonight. Rodrigo y Gabriela are back for their second sold-out night at the Belly Up. Our friends in Weatherbox appear at the Che Cafe for what sounds like a farewell show, which means you should probably try to grab a ticket in advance or arrive early enough in case of a sell out. Lincoln Durham, who apparently writes his own Wiki page ("Lincoln Durham is an American alternative rock, southern gothic, revival punk, psycho blues, Americana singer, songwriter and one-man-band musician"), appears at the Casbah, and his music isn't nearly as pretentious as that description. Around town, Alvino & the Dwells appear at Tiki Tuesday at Bar Pink, Children of Pop are at Soda Bar, and LA Witch returns to town with a show at the Hideout. 

Tuesday, Aug. 16:

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Sheridan @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Weatherbox (last show), Alaska, Crime Lab, Neutral Shirt @ Che Cafe
  • Lincoln Durham, G Burns Jug Band, Toothless George & His One Man Band @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Children of Pop, Cellars, Walkie Talkie, Memory Lounge @ Soda Bar
  • Karima Walker, Nothingful, Aaron Bowen @ Normal Records
  • LA Witch, Loom, Subtropics @ The Hideout
  • The Gorgeous Boyscouts, Bossfight, Strange Creature @ The Merrow
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Eliminate, Hatchet, Unblessed Domain @ Brick By Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Andrew Barrack, The Landing @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Beira, Cryptic Languages @ Winston's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Terrans @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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<![CDATA[Barack 'n' Roll]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:07:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/obama-fiesta-cumple.jpg

I’m not sure whether to raise a glass or an eyebrow to you, Mr. President. Maybe both?

As has become a summertime routine, the White House recently published President Barack Obama’s summer playlist, and it’s all over the place, to say the least. Question is: How much of this music does he actually like and how much is just politics as usual?

With a daytime playlist that includes everything from jazz legend Charles Mingus to Sara Bareilles (“I’m not gonna write you a love song”) and a nighttime playlist that runs the gamut from Brazil’s Caetano Veloso to Chance the Rapper, all that’s missing is some Beethoven, Mongolian throat singing and a little Bieber.

The playlist sort of has the hallmarks of some good ol’ fashioned pandering, which means there’s something here for everyone: millenials, centennials and everything in between.

Highlights:

“Elevator Operator,” by Courtney Barnett: Let’s not forget that Obama is 55 years old. The fact that he -- or his staffers -- can appreciate deadpan grunge from an Australian twentysomething is pretty admirable.

“Criminal,” by Fiona Apple: Eh, Mr. President? I won’t tell Michelle.

Lowlights:

“Home,” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: Really? Of all of the Edward Sharpe songs? Their other material is so much better.

“Lady,” by D’Angelo: Not because the song is necessarily bad, but because, c’mon, how could you not feature a track from “Black Messiah”?

But back to Sara Bareilles. If we’re talking guilty pleasure singer/songwriters, how about a little Jason Mraz, Jewel or Tristan Prettyman? San Diego tends to pump those out. Speaking of San Diego and guilty pleasures, why not mix it up and make our little slice of paradise a guilty pleasure? I mean, America’s Finest City is America’s No. 1 travel destination, and I’m sure going to Martha’s Vineyard every year could get to be such a drag!

But I digress, if the goal was to be inclusive of all genders, social classes and age groups (did I mention Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" made the cut?), then, mission accomplished. I can raise a glass to that.

Just one question, Mr. President: No Kendrick, huh?

Rutger Rosenborg was a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Stop and Rodrigo]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:23:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Rodrigo+y+Gabriela.jpeg

Sometimes it can be such a bummer when you see the night's events and have to wonder how you totally blew it. Like how did you not know that guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela were playing two nights, and both are already sold out? Tonight, some very lucky fans will get to enjoy the pair, but if you didn't grab tickets, it will just feel like a usual Monday. You can head to the Office for Skeleton Hands, Soda Bar for Era Troika or the Casbah for Anti-Monday League with Ala Fringe. An advisory note: the Rich the Kid show at the Observatory has been moved to Music Box and is now an 18+ show. Happy Monday!

Monday, August 15:

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Sheridan @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Skeleton Hands, Blood Ponies @ The Office
  • Ala Fringe, Melvus, the Fresh Brunettes @ Casbah
  • Rich the Kid, Famous Dex @ Music Box
  • Era Troika, the Bandits, Pushing Daisies, SBSTNCE @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Grace Potter, Con Brio @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Roselit Bone @ The Bancroft (7 p.m.)
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.



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