<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 30 May 2016 09:27:36 -0700Mon, 30 May 2016 09:27:36 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Refusing the Workweek]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 09:02:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/227*120/Refused_MegaImage_eMHfSW1.jpg.928x0_q90.jpg

I lived it up this weekend and hopefully you did too, but it's a holiday Monday, and if you're feeling the itch for music, you can still get out for some good times. The Observatory has a $5 show with GZA, and Refused rock out at the Belly Up, while Soda Bar takes a walk on the goth/industrial vibe with Go Dark and Metal Mother. Of course, the scene will be especially hot at the Office for another Under Cover. Monday's show features music by the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed, and all of your favorite local music regulars will be there, many taking rotating spots on stage. Tuesday will come soon enough, but for now, enjoy a most excellent Monday night.

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day):

  • GZA @ Observatory North Park ($5 Show)
  • Refused, the Coathangers, Plague Vendor @ Belly Up
  • Go Dark, Metal Mother, Sound Lupus @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed Under Cover @ The Office
  • Baile do Victinho com Oriente featuring Qualy Haikass @ Spin
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Real Live Monday's with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • 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
  • Industry and local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 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 of Epitaph Records]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/132569751620918894893724216488054n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

Photo Credit: divesocal/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[The Mowgli's Make a SoundDiego Summer Splash]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 10:07:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Mowglis+Press+Photo.jpg

The Mowgli's and Grizzly Business head up the second installment of our SoundDiego Summer Splash concert series at Harrah's Resort Southern California!

It's time to jump back into the main pool, swim-up bar, a 400-foot lazy river, 21 cabanas and eight hot tubs on site at 7 p.m. on June. 18!

Get tickets to SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort Southern California!

Beloved 91x radio host and SoundDiego blogger Robin Roth -- who is emceeing the party in September -- gushed about the Mowgli's, an LA alt-rock band behind the huge hit "San Francisco" and a new single, "Freakin' Me Out."

"I’m all about the Mowgli's message of positivity and love," Rotth said. "We all need more of that in our lives! As their lead singer Katie Jayne Earl says, 'We just want people to feel good. If someone leaves a show feeling great, maybe they pay it forward. If we can contribute a little bit of joy, companionship, and happiness, we’re doing our part to make the world a little brighter.' "

And who did we tap to open the show? None other than one of our local indie-rock favorites, Grizzly Business!

"Grizzly Business are no stranger to SoundDiego LIVE events," Roth said. "So, it will be great to have them be part of our Summer Splash series!"

It's true -- Grizz, we just can't quit you. We hosted the band at our SoundDiego LIVE show at Music Box in March, and before that at Bar Pink in 2015. And when we started thinking about pairing local bands with the water-centric party atmosphere of Harrah's, our minds kept wandering back to GB. Hey, they're upbeat, fun, and play killer rock tunes. It was a no-brainer -- in fact, bassist Brian Vilven even showed up to our May 18 bash and made it into the pool.

With tickets at $30, you get to see two incredible bands in one of California’s premier music venues with full access to their pool complex -- and in a summer setting that simply can’t be beat.

Better yet, use the promo code SOUNDDIEGO when you’re purchasing your tickets and they’re only $20! Pretty rad, eh? The show starts at 7 p.m. on June 18 and includes all the summer fun you can handle.

Pro tip: We've also partnered with Harrah's Resort SoCal to give a special online-only hotel room package for SoundDiego Summer Splash attendees! If you book a room at Harrah's online with the code SOUND, you'll get your choice of room accommodations and $50 in resort credit to use anywhere you choose! Rooms start at just $99 and there's no minimum of the number of days you have to stay, so head to harrahsresortsoutherncalifornia.com to make your reservations now because the offer might not last long!

Oh, and by the way, we'll also have a FREE roundtrip party bus picking up showgoers at the Pacific Beach Staples at 6 p.m. on June 18 to get y'all to the show and back! Talk about a win-win.

Splash it up!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Mowgli's]]>
<![CDATA[Belly Up to Dennen]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:47:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Brett+Dennen+2323.JPG

Let's just agree that for Memorial Day weekend, we'll make Monday our day of rest. There's so much fun stuff going on that you're not going to want to miss it. If you're looking for pool parties, the Lafayette Hotel, Andaz, and Hotel Solamar all have good options for you. By nightfall, LED is sold out again at Valley View Casino Center but if that's your thing, Bang Bang, Omnia and Bassmnt have what you're looking for. On the music side of things, Brett Dennen is at the Belly Up, Giuda is at Soda Bar, and Mellowdrone's bassist returns to the Casbah with his project, Big Black Delta.

Sunday, May 29:

  • The CWB's Bowie Tribute Concert @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (2 p.m., FREE)
  • Big Black Delta, James Supercave, Natalie Emmons @ Casbah
  • Brett Dennen, Firekid @ Belly Up
  • Nas @ FLUXX
  • T.I. @ Parq
  • Giuda, Residuels, Santa Ana Knights @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The Bright Side Pool Party Memorial Day Weekend @ Lafayette Hotel (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Fortune's Memorial Day Pool Party with Giaca & Flores, Myron Eugen, J-Sin, Chris Liosi, Caliparis, Chrysocolla, J-Wu @ Club Flamingo, JSix (noon-8 p.m.)
  • No Sucker Sunday Memorial Day Weekend @ Bluefoot (2-8 p.m.)
  • My Life Every Day USA with Aryay, Bixel Boys, Brazzabelle, Ghastly, Lost Kings, LOUDPVCK, Rezz, Tigerlily, Tritonal, TroyBoi @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Oingo Boingo Dance Party feat. DJ Steve West @ Music Box
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, San Diego Symphony, and Jahja Ling, Conductor @ Jacobs Music Center
  • Donald Glaude @ Inspiration Hornblower
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • California's Bellow, Logan Hone, Neutral Shirt, Nate Pop @ Che Cafe
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Security Project: Music Of Peter Gabriel, Alex Machacek, Agent 22, Points North @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Daniel Crawford & the Unkind Ravens, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels @ Sycamore Den
  • Jane Lui, Melissa Polinar, Ryan Dilmore @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Late Romantic Vocal Masterpieces: Kindra Scharich and the Alexander String Quartet @ LJ Athenaeum (2 p.m.)
  • Tardeadas with Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Soccer Babes (OR), Sound Lupus, Causers @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday Carribean Carnival @ Spin
  • Carlsbad Dacne Center GROOVE Dance Party 2016 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Fantasy '90s R&B with DJ Mario Orduno @ The Whistle Stop
  • Memorial Day Jazz Fest with DJ John Phillips, B.I.G, Reggie Smith, Cerissa McQueen, Sam Hampton @ Humphreys Backstage Live (6 p.m.)
  • Psychic Vacuum @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Memorial Day Party with DJ Havoc @ Henry's Pub
  • Flux Pavilion @ Bassmnt
  • MATOMA @ Omnia
  • Jack Beats @ Bang Bang
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday 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: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Jewel]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 10:57:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Jewel+Alex+Matthews+Humphreys%281+of+19%29.jpg On May 21, Jewel returned to San Diego (where she was discovered in 1993) for an intimate show at the scenic Humphreys By the Bay.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Joshua White and Jeff Kaiser at Dizzy's]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 11:04:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/245*120/dantevicino722.jpg

San Diego musician Joshua White’s monthly concert residency at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach continued on May 21 with a special duet consisting of White on piano and digital music maverick Jeff Kaiser on laptop and electronics in an evening of glorious give and take that demanded and rewarded close attention from the large crowd.

White actually demonstrated his own personal distillation of the “prepared-piano” concept, in which various objects (in this case, bells, magnets and gaffers tape) are placed inside the instrument to alter the timbre.

The concert began with soft distorted clangs in a manner suggesting Balinese Gamelan as White teased around the edges of muted vs. unmuted areas of the instrument creating an intoxicating blend of the two as Kaiser began sampling chunks of White’s output and feeding discrete portions of that output back into the mix courtesy of five large loudspeakers placed strategically around the room. Kaiser used a Macintosh laptop running MAX software and a 64-button Ableton Push 2 keypad in addition to two volume/expression pedals to process those sounds into a variety of white and pink noise and sputtering, distorted mayhem.

White cranked up the intensity with booming, rumbling left-hand strikes while Kaiser pressed on the two volume pedals like accelerators -- occasionally pecking at the keypad like a stenographer with A.D.D. -- weaving in and out of the acoustic atmosphere with phasing, distortion and needle-scratching effects.

There were moments of exhilarating quietude and micro-gesturing dialog that toggled against raging, atonal squalls yielding again to pastoral, Keith Jarrett-like rolling arpeggios. One final surge of kinetic energy found Kaiser doubling down on the spatial distortions with wicked violence rocketing from speaker to speaker as White gently pressed against the keyboard, fading incrementally into the cool night air.

Exhilarating and completely out of the box, this concert revealed new facets of White’s improvisational acumen as well as serving as an appropriate send-off to the wildly creative Kaiser, who leaves San Diego this month to take a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Central Missouri Center for Music Technology. Bon voyage, Dr. Kaiser. You will be missed.  

 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: Dante Vicino]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:48:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-523932668.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- for example, Sia, seen here performing this year at Coachella, will play at Viejas Arena.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Into the Wild Wild Wets]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:38:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20160415_233816.jpg

It's Memorial Day weekend and no doubt there are a thousand ways to spend your Saturday, including dozens of great shows -- but personally, I like the off-the-beaten-path-type events. So while LED is sold out at Valley View Casino Center and Dillinger Four is sold out at the Casbah, perhaps you should head to Shaper Studios in North Park for an early evening music extravaganza that benefits charity. With Wild Wild Wets, Shady Francos and Garden Echo all performing, this should be a fun show (and since it's a studio, you can probably get away with bringing the kids or BYOB if ya know what I mean.) After that, just walk up the street to catch Le Chateau and others at Bar Pink. Of course, there's stuff all over so check the listings and make tonight a great one.

Saturday, May 28:

  • A fundraiser for Give & Surf feat. Wild Wild Wets, Shady Francos, Garden Echo @ Shaper Studios (4225 30th, 7 p.m.)
  • Dillinger Four, Off With Their Heads, Toys That Kill, Night Birds @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Le Chateau, Wages, @quarium @ Bar Pink
  • Barrington Levy @ The Observatory North Park
  • US Girls, Fiver, Chill Pill @ Soda Bar
  • Upsilon Acrux, Ahleuchatistas, Innerds @ The Hideout
  • Berkley Hart @ AMSD
  • The Broken Stems @ Lafayette Hotel
  • My Life Every Day USA with Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Bassjackers, Cash Cash, Jack Beats, Mat Zo @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, San Diego Symphony, and Jahja Ling, Conductor @ Jacobs Music Center
  • Breaking Silence Memorial Day Fundraiser Presented by Veterans 360 with Red White and Blues Band, the Farmers, Brent Asten & the Alpha Vets, Len Rainey, The Midnight Players @ Belly Up (1-5 p.m.)
  • The Spazmatics, Betamaxx @ Belly Up
  • Lonely Boy, Fritz Carlron, Justin Campbell, Fre @ Music Box
  • DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Strictly Business with Kanye Asada and Ikah Love @ The Office
  • Alive & Well, Let's Break Up, guests @ The Merrow
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • LED Presents Dillon Francis @ Quartyard
  • Blacklisted, PSO, Adult Crash, TMB, Seance @ Che Cafe
  • Totally '80s Live with Missing Persons, Bow Wow Wow @ House of Blues
  • Jerry 'Hot Rod' DeMink @ Crossroads Music, House of Blues
  • In Rapture (MT), Royale @ The Bancroft
  • The Iron Maidens, Fred Barchetta, Rammoth, RDG @ Brick By Brick
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's
  • Sleepwalking-Lowrider Oldies & Old School Funk Dance Party @ Til-Two Club
  • City Heights Hayride @ The Black Cat
  • Carlsbad Dance Center Groove Dance Party 2016 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Abstrack, Nathan Olesen, Xochitl @ Lestat's
  • Zero To Billy @ Java Joe's
  • Butts Ta Nutts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Ballet Folklorico La Joya de Mexico Showcase @ Price Center East Ballroom
  • Memorial Day Party with Yodah @ Henry's Pub
  • Afroman, Dank Puffs, 5nSlime @ 710 Beach Club
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Kastle @ El Camino
  • Sabor Caliente @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • R: Tyme @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Torro Torro and CRNKN @ Bassmnt
  • 145th Street @ 98 Bottles
  • Eric D-lux and DJ Five @ Omnia
  • Stafford Brothers @ Parq
  • The Juan Maclean @ Bang Bang
  • Lucent 7, John O'Callaghan @ Spin
  • Singularity: A Planet IRTH Thank You Party @ Kava Lounge

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[LIVE: Pennywise]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:37:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pennywise+Observatory+5.15.16+%282%29.jpg Pennywise resurrects "Bro Hymn" for three days at the Observatory, North Park. The band played May 13-15 to a packed house each day. Youth Brigade opened the shows.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[A Real Weekend Who-dunit]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:46:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_491626483006.jpg

Friday, the Who headline at Valley View Casino Center; The Lumineers and Soak are at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre; Moderat is at the Observatory North Park; D.O.A., the Executives, Social Spit and Records with Roger take over the Casbah; Gary Wilson, JJUUJJUU and Mantra Love are at Brick By Brick; English Dogs, Witchaven, Eukaryst and Pissed Regardless hit Soda Bar; Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Megan Burtt are at the Belly Up; Insane Clown Posse, Young Wicked and tADEO MAN are at House of Blues; The Fresh Brunettes, the Hiroshima Mockingbirds and Aquarium play at the Tower Bar; Home, Joe Marson and Nick Crook take over Lestat's; and the Bad Vibes, Sleeping Ghost, Hexa and Blood Ponies are at The Merrow. Dance options include Laidback Luke at Bassmnt; Breakbot at Bang Bang; and Martin Garrix at Omnia.

Saturday, Totally ‘80s Live with Missing Persons and Bow Wow Wow takes over House of Blues; Dillinger Four, Off With Their Heads, Toys That Kill and Night Birds are at the Casbah; Barrington Levy headlines the Observatory North Park; The Iron Maidens, Fred Barchetta, Rammoth and RDG play at Brick By Brick; U.S. Girls, Fiver and Chill Pill hit Soda Bar; A fundraiser for Give & Surf featuring Wild Wild Wets, Shady Francos, and Garden Echo is at Shaper Studios; Le Chateau, Wages, and Aquarium are at Bar Pink; The Spazmatics and Betamaxx are at the Belly Up; and Afroman, Dank Puffs and 5nSlime hit 710 Beach Club.  Dance options include Dillon Francis at Quartyard, followed by My Life Every Day USA Night One with Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Bassjackers, Cash Cash, Jack Beats and more at Valley View Casino Center. Elsewhere, Club Sabbat’s annual military-themed night at Numb3rs features DJs Dark Angel, Doktor Zayus and Vaughn Avakian hosted by yours truly; Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob is at the Whistle Stop; Sleepwalking takes over Til-Two; Torro Torro and CRNKN are at Bassmnt; Eric D-lux and DJ Five hit Omnia; and the Juan Maclean is at Bang Bang.

Start your Sunday with Dr. Carol Williams, the San Diego Civic Organist, and her free Bowie Tribute Concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Plus, there are plenty of pool parties, including the Bright Side bash at the Lafayette Hotel and Fortune’s event at Club Flamingo. Later that night, Big Black Delta, James Supercave and Natalie Emmons are at the Casbah; Giuda, Residuels and Santa Ana Knights play at Soda Bar; Oingo Boingo Dance Party is at Music Box; and Daniel Crawford & The Unkind Ravens with Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels hit Sycamore Den. Dance party options include night two of My Life Every Day USA at Valley View Casino Center; Donald Glaude aboard the Inspiration Hornblower; Flux Pavilion at Bassmnt; Matoma at Omnia; and Jack Beats at Bang Bang.

Monday picks include Refused, the Coathangers and Plague Vendor at the Belly Up, and the Velvet Underground & Lou Reed Under Cover at the Office.

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

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 91X, plus she promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Jim Ross/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Alicia Olatuja Lights Up the Loft]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 12:53:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/209*120/aliciabrianross722.jpg

When Brooklyn-based singer Alicia Olatuja took the stage for her sold-out show at UC San Diego’s the Loft on May 12, the crowd erupted into applause before she sang a single note. Clearly, they knew what to expect.

As her red-hot band consisting of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Ben Williams, guitarist Peter Sprague and drummer Christian Euman stretched out on a one-chord vamp, Ms. Olatuja began her inexorable quest to conquer the room with lithe musicality and irresistible stage presence. Sprague delighted with a spidery-fingered chromatic choreography, and Euman basically killed it with a thoroughly explosive out-chorus.

Olatuja can soar into the heavens with devastating clarity and still hit you with a deep resonant warmth, as she demonstrated on “Will You Love Me Still?” which capitalized on her flawless intonation and a melodically effusive Nelson solo.

Next up was a heartfelt version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” driven by Euman’s lawn sprinker hi-hat/bass drum combo, where Ms. Olatuja held a note on one breath long enough to make a pearl diver jealous -- just before launching into a wicked episode of scatting.

Sprague took the listeners on a wild and beautiful chord-melody introduction to set up “Truth in Blue,” where Ms. Olatuja locked in tight with a Williams ostinato, standing a full two feet behind the microphone as she unwrapped a tour-de-force that reminded me of Leontyne Price joining Minnie Riperton at Chaka Khan’s house. Nelson decorated this one beautifully, and if I hadn’t known that he was sight-reading the entire set, I would never have guessed.

Clapping on the beat, Ms. Olatuja led the band into the sensuous Portuguese riffing on “Serrado,” which featured a wood-toned Williams solo that rippled with muscularity. Ms. Olatuja moves in a way that might make Protestants reconsider the ban on dancing (or double-down on it), and her stage manner is genuine enough to make you believe she’s saying it all for the first time. Most important, the wordless vocal solo she closed out with was simply breathtaking in every way.

Nelson’s cloudy rubato opened Olatuja’s arrangement of “Over the Rainbow” in wistful fashion, as she summed up the sweet sound of lost innocence with stunning virtuosity, and her sublime control of tastefully delivered melisma never wavered on the gospel-leaning “In the Dark.”

Speaking of gospel, Ms. Olatuja closed her evening with an astonishing reimagining of “Amazing Grace,” which had the audience singing along and gleefully clapping on the back beats while Sprague masterfully layered a quote from Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance” for extra value.

A long, loud standing ovation ensued. This was a total win for the folks at ArtPower, and the Loft.

 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: Brian Ross]]>
<![CDATA[The Lumineers Light Up the Sky]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:41:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Lumineers.jpg

The weekend is finally here and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to spend some time in the sun, hitting some parks, maybe the waterslides, throwing food on the grill and kicking back hard this weekend. But, of course, the night is my life and I'll be enjoying some music too. Tonight, you can catch the return of the Lumineers, whom I saw just a few years back at Hotel Cafe to dozens of people and who are now playing major venues across the country. Rock legends the Who perform at Valley View Casino Center, and electronic trailblazers Moderat are at the Observatory.

Friday, May 27:

  • The Lumineers, Soak @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • Moderat @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Who @ Valley View Casino Center
  • D.O.A., the Executives, Social Spit, Records with Roger @ Casbah
  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Megan Burtt @ Belly Up
  • English Dogs, Witchaven, Eukaryst, Pissed Regardless @ Soda Bar
  • '80s & '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Military Appreciation Night @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove Memorial Day Kickoff @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • The Fresh Brunettes, the Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Aquarium @ Tower Bar
  • #AfterHours in the Office w/DJs Kid Wonder & EdROC @ The Office
  • The Casualists, Amaya Lights, Jara, Essex Class, Heavyweight, Turn It Around, Hard To Hit, Opt Out @ SOMA
  • Tengger Cavalry, Helsott @ Brick By Brick (6:30 p.m.)
  • Gary Wilson, JJUUJJUU, Mantra Love @ Brick By Brick (10 p.m.)
  • Secret Show with Down Jones, Arms Akimbo, Nancy Sin, Sparrow @ The Hideout
  • Death by Dancing with Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Home, Joe Marson, Nick Crook @ Lestat's
  • Nomad & Lola @ Java Joe's
  • Insane Clown Posse, Young Wicked, tADEO MAN @ House of Blues
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, San Diego Symphony, and Jahja Ling, Conductor @ Jacobs Music Center, Symphony Hall
  • Jefferson Jay Band @ Mother's Saloon
  • Kenny Eng, Mal Hall, Lachlan Patterson, Erik Rivera, Rob Deez @ Tipsy Crow
  • The Bad Vibes, Sleeping Ghost, Hexa, Blood Ponies @ The Merrow
  • Godspeed McQueen @ The Bancroft
  • Sunny Rude & KL Noise Makerz @ 710 Beach Club
  • Camila @ Events Center at Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Suspicious Minds @ Tio Leo's
  • Late Romantic Vocal Masterpieces: Kindra Scharich and the Alexander String Quartet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Fake Tides, T. Rexico, Holling, Young Jesus, Naptime @ The Che Cafe
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Memorial Day Party with Jimmy Boy @ Henry's Pub
  • Spafford, Jelly Bread, David & the Goliaths @ Winston's
  • Beat Kitchen feat. QSTN, Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Jami @ Fluxx
  • DJ dirtyKURTY @ Rich's
  • DJ Beatnick @ Phantom Lounge
  • Laidback Luke @ Bassmnt
  • Breakbot @ Bang Bang
  • Martin Garrix @ Omnia
  • Jay Sean @ Parq
  • Progress @ Kava Lounge
  • 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.

<![CDATA[LIVE: Charles Bradley]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:08:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Charles+Bradley-2016May12-Observatory+%2810%29.jpg Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, soared over a packed Observatory North Park on May 12, when Mothxr opened.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Moon Walking SDSU's Open Air Theatre]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:06:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Walk+the+Moon+Independence+Jam+2014+%2864+of+100%29.jpg

The illness of a parent or family member is one of the hardest things in this human experience we call life, so it's no surprise that when a member of a touring band experiences such a crisis, they naturally want to get off the road and be home with that loved one. Such is the case with Walk the Moon's Nick Petricca. His father is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's, and the band has canceled the remainder of their summer tour as a result. The good news for us, at least, is that the band is honoring their rest of their May dates, including tonight's show at SDSU, where I'm sure you'll get an amazing yet emotional performance. Meanwhile, Moving Units bring the party to the Casbah, Hank Green leads the nerds to the Irenic, and Anti-Nowhere League release raw energy at Soda Bar.

Thursday, May 26:

  • Walk the Moon, Misterwives @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • Moving Units, Billy Changer, Visions, Glass Spells @ Casbah
  • Hank Green, Harry & the Potters, Driftless Pony Club, Rob Scallon, Andrew Huang @ The Irenic
  • Anti-Nowhere League, Sculpins, Christ Killer, Cochinas Locas @ Soda Bar
  • Lorraine Castellanos, Besos de Coco @ Bar Pink
  • Imagery Machine, Dark Water Rebellion, Heather Nation @ Belly Up
  • Spero (record release), Creature and the Woods, Grim Slippers @ Music Box
  • No Limits with DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • Trails and Ways, the End @ The Hideout
  • Jackson Price @ Sycamore Den
  • Nina Francis, Josh Jones, Raena Jade @ Lestat's
  • Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Kenny Eng @ Whiskey Girl
  • Thursday Night Market @ Quartyard
  • Enrique Bunbury @ House of Blues
  • Wayne Baker Brooks @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • Surly Bonds, L1ght Ra1l, Astral Touch @ The Merrow
  • B3 Four @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Toweroke with Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Nothing Special @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Help Me Sleep, Calm Down, Cheap Windows, Nuance @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Have Six and Scott Tournet (formerly of Grace Potter) @ Winston's
  • Ska Billy Rebels @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Loosen Up, AIDA, DJ Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Jesse Marco @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • VAMP @ Whistle Stop
  • Family Beatdown with Subpyaom, DJ Pound @ Kava Lounge
  • Jacqulyne Silver @ LJ Athenaeum
  • Blue Largo @ 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: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Never Say Bye: LoPresti Farewell Party]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 12:14:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Danielle+LoPresti+by+Blair+Robb.jpg

Say it ain’t so: That’s how my call with Danielle LoPresti began this morning, just 10 days out from her farewell showcase at Music Box, and a couple weeks from her move to Northern California with her partner in life and music, Alicia Champion. It’s a blow to the San Diego music and arts scene to lose LoPresti and Champion, who’ve worked for more than a decade to bring incredible, affordable events like IndieFest to the area. But before they leave, LoPresti and Champion are giving us one last blow-out night on Friday, June 3, at Music Box.

“We personally feel like this crazy bittersweetness,” LoPresti tells me by phone Wednesday morning. “This is really hard for us to do. We love San Diego and love the music scene here.” Their decision to move to Oakland is fueled primarily by wanting to be closer to family, but there’s also the financial realities of being both working mothers and artists to consider. “If we had a little more financial support, if it wasn’t so hard for independent music to be showcased, then I could see us doing this for longer.”

The two have a full bill planned at Music Box, with LoPresti’s own band playing alongside hip-hop artists the Brothers Burns & J. Phatts (“just remarkable, they’re hip-hop, and they’re intelligent and fun and funky”), spoken word from Gill Sotu (“how to do something amazing for your body, your brain, your heart -- listen to Gill Sotu”) and ambient electronica from Skyterra (“super fun, really moody, and just musically rich and dense but still hooky”) before DJ Double Score closes out the wee hours of the morning. 

LoPresti and Champion have been consistent advocates for indie music for years, working to bring smaller names to bigger stages so that both bands and San Diego music fans get exposure in turn. “But really when you’re talking about our big passion, it’s saying look at this music; this is amazing music; this is amazing film; this is amazing art -- that’s our big passion. We just feel so convicted about how much beautiful talent is out there that just doesn’t get it’s due. People do have space on their playlists for this music. And it’s just so sad that just a tiny few get to be really known and recognized, and there are so many people -- ourselves included -- that just have to kill themselves to keep making music.”

To that end, the Music Box farewell show serves not only as a “best of” for IndieFests past but also as a record release for the latest from Danielle LoPresti & the Masses and the release of Champion’s first single (music video included, of which LoPresti says, “It’s a really racy, crazy, like you-don’t-want-your-mom-to-watch-it kind of video”) in more than 13 years.

“I’m really excited,” LoPresti says. “It’s going to be so yummy.”

Danielle LoPresti & the Masses, Alicia Champion, the Brothers Burns & J. Phatt, Gill Sotu, Skyterra and DJ Double Score play Music Box Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 or $12 at the door. 

Hannah Lott-Schwartz, a San Diego native, moved back to the area after working the magazine-publishing scene in Boston. Now she’s straight trolling SD for all the music she missed while away. Want to help? Hit her up with just about anything at all over on Twitter, where -- though not always work-appropriate -- she means well. 

Photo Credit: Blair Robb]]>
<![CDATA[Pretending With Ivan & Alyosha]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ivan-Alyosha-by-Veronica-Coleman.jpg

I'm staring directly toward the light at the end of the tunnel that is Memorial Day weekend, but we've still got a couple days to go. Fortunately, we can cure the mid-week blues with some great live music in San Diego. Wednesday at the Casbah, the return of Ivan & Alyosha should bring your spirits up, or head to the Observatory where Mayer Hawthorne will have the crowd feeling the groove of his neo-soul sound. At the Belly Up, reggae-fusion Sticky Fingers from Australia bring the party, or you can relieve some punk energy at Soda Bar with Angelic Upstarts. It's gonna be a great night and when it's over, and you've only got a couple days to go before the unofficial start of summer. 

Wednesday, May 25:

  • Ivan & Alyosha, the Whiskey Circle @ Casbah
  • Mayer Hawthorne, Gabriel Garzon Montano @ Observatory North Park
  • Sticky Fingers, Bootleg Rascal @ Belly Up
  • Angelic Upstarts, Rat City Riot, Stalins of Sound, PSO @ Soda Bar
  • DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Through Being Cool Emo Night with DJs Derrek Hubbard and Stevn Oira @ The Office
  • Local Film Festival @ Whistle Stop
  • Pentagram, King Woman, Wax Idols @ Brick by Brick
  • Club Kingston presents Piracy Conspiracy with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Red City Radio, the Russian Girlfriends, Caskitt, Aim for the Engine @ Tower Bar
  • The Hathcocks, the Scatter Bombs, Midnight Rack, Bitch 'n Dudes @ Til-Two Club
  • Big Shot Dianne, So Bored, Spafish, the Meadows, Kan Kan @ Che Cafe
  • Enrique Bunbury @ House of Blues
  • Sawyer Fredericks, Mia Z @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Details, Gina Sobel, Blaih @ Lestat's
  • Jose Sinatra & the Giggling Gigolos @ Java Joe's
  • Good Girl, Bad Boy @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Francois Sims & Groove Squad @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesdays @ El Dorado
  • Color Til Monday, Jovias, Nothing Sacred @ The Merrow
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ 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.

Photo Credit: Veronica Coleman]]>
<![CDATA[Vacationing With the Griswolds]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 11:33:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05_14_SDTV_TheGriswoldsSession1_1200x675_685873731823.jpg The Griswolds came all the way from Australia to play their hit single "If You Wanna Stay" at Observatory North Park in this SoundDiego session.]]> <![CDATA[Alicia Olatuja: The Interview]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 17:45:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/High+Res_Alicia722.jpg

I confess to being unaware of the work of vocalist Alicia Olatuja until just last week, when Grammy-award winning producer Kamau Kenyatta called to let me know she was going to be in town and available for an interview. Experience has proven to me that Kenyatta doesn’t call unless the artist in question is something special, so I quickly signed on and spent the next 24 hours learning everything I could about this vibrant talent. Ms. Olatuja turned out to be a delightful conversationalist.

Robert Bush: You’ve obviously studied classical music. How does that background inform what you are doing now?
Alicia Olatuja: Classical training is great because it gives you this foundation of healthy technique for your instrument without necessarily assigning it to any genre. Healthy vocal technique is really important to me. I teach voice as well, and my students sing all different types of music.

For me, I started singing in the church. I love gospel music. I love R&B and soul, but I found that a lot of my friends started having calluses on their vocal cords and polyps and nodes and all kinds of health issues that can shorten or discourage a promising career. So I decided to go to school and learn classical singing because I wanted to know my instrument so I could have the freedom to do what I wanted to do. And through that, I learned classical repertoire. I was in a few operas, and I had some really amazing opportunities come about in the opera world that were completely unexpected. I made my professional debut when I was just three years into studying, and I still do classical music once a year -- just to keep my chops up. But whatever you’re singing, if you’re singing from a healthy bed of technique, you will have control and the freedom to express yourself without damaging your vocal cords. A lot of singers out there, even famous pop singers, have had some really scary issues, and that’s terrifying to me.

RB: Who are some important influences on you?
AO: You can’t really get around the influence of somebody like Ella Fitzgerald or Abbey Lincoln in the jazz world, and I really enjoy artists of all genres. I listened to a lot of male vocalists coming up like BeBe Winans and Larnelle Harris, and Take 6. Whitney Houston was obviously -- some people, you know, some people you can’t escape their influence. In the classical world, I was impressed by Leontyne Price and Renee Fleming, so the breadth of influence in terms of genre has been pretty wide. But they all had one thing in common -- they were coming from this really natural, organic place of singing that really hit close to the heart.

RB: After watching your concert video "Alicia Olatuja: Live at BRIC House," I was struck by your stage presence. Have you always been so at ease with performing?
AO: [Laughs] Oh no. I used to be as stiff as a nutcracker, you know, those little dolls. I remember one of my first voice teachers and mentors, his name was Eric Dillner, he said you just have to give yourself permission to be expressive. You have to give yourself permission to enjoy the music. I’ve always been an expressive communicator when I’m talking to my friends -- but when you get on stage you think that something has changed, and it really hasn’t changed. Everybody is coming to hear you say something. People want to connect with what you are saying, even if it’s in a foreign language, even if it’s just background "oohs" and "ahhs." You have to give yourself permission to just relax and enjoy the moment, which is so short compared to everything else that’s required of you as a performing artist. The traveling is so long, the shuffling around and driving is so long, going online and doing your promotion and having meetings, those are long and drawn out – only about 10 percent is actually happening onstage.

RB: You mentioned singing in different languages. How did that come about?
AO: I developed an early appetite for languages. When I was in fourth grade, I started gravitating towards tunes in different languages. The first tune I ever sang was in Spanish, and I fell in love with how the message transcended the language. So when I decided to go and study classical music, I had to study Italian, French and German -- diction and language. Because of that I learned the diction necessary to become that key that unlocks pronunciation and other things you need when you’re learning other languages. I love singing in Portuguese and Yoruba and other languages as well.

I went to Brazil when I was still in school, and by the end of nine days, I was pretty conversational. Once you have that early exposure to foreign languages it seems a little easier to pick up new ones.

RB: You recently guested on Gregory Porter’s new album. What was that experience like?
AO: It was great. I mean, I had a feeling it was going to be great because anything with Kamau Kenyatta involved is going to be great. I had never met Gregory before, but of course I knew who he was and I knew his music. But whenever you meet an artist you admire for the first time you’re thinking, "Oh god, please let this be a good experience!" It felt really natural and organic and comfortable. It’s such a beautiful piece, and he’s such an amazing vocalist -- unaffected beautiful phrasing, heartfelt soulful approach to the music. I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from people who love the track. You never know how people are going to receive the gift you give them. You just give it. Give your gift and walk away [laughs].

Alicia Olatuja performed at the Loft on May 12, 2016.

 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: Carsten Fleck]]>
<![CDATA[Here Comes the Son Little]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:29:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Son_Little_Photo_Credit_-_Anthony_Saint_James_.jpg

Your Tuesday night options in San Diego offer new artists who are garnering quite a lot of attention for their debut records. At the Casbah, R&B nu-soul artist Son Little makes his debut after dropping his self-titled record last fall to rave reviews. With Doe Paoro opening the show, this is definitely one worth catching. Meanwhile, Haitian-born and Montreal-bred producer and electronic musician Kaytranada makes his San Diego debut at the Observatory. Pitchfork called his "99.9%" album a "genre-defying stew of funk, soul, R&B and beat and dance music." Around town, catch Oddisee at Soda Bar, while Chilean-reggae band Gondwana are at Music Box, and Katchafire play their second night at the Belly Up.

Tuesday, May 24:

  • Son Little, Doe Paoro @ Casbah
  • Kaytranada, River Tiber, Lou Phelps @ Observatory North Park
  • Oddisee, Jimmy Javier @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Gondwana, Fayuca, Piracy Conspiracy, DJ Carlos Culture @ Music Box
  • #Trapped with DJ Ramsey & Guests @ The Office
  • Color 'Til Monday, Jovias, Nothing Sacred @ The Merrow
  • Katchafire, Mystic Roots Band, Nattali Rize, Stay Positive Sound @ Belly Up
  • Jones Jones featuring Mark Dresser, Larry Ochs, Vladimir Tarasov with the UCSD Advanced Undergrad Ensemble @ The Loft, UCSD
  • A Joe Marillo tribute on his birthday @ Dizzy's
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet and San Diego Symphony @ TSRI Auditorium
  • Mug Shots & Mules @ Small Bar
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Cat Bus Movie Club presents My Neighbor Totoro! @ Che Cafe
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Zack Mufasa and Synrgy @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Str Uble, Disciples of the Canyon @ 710 Beach Club
  • Last in Line, Taz Taylor, Cage @ 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: Anthony Saint James]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Racetrack Announces 2016 Lineup]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 07:55:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/311+X-Fest+2014+Sleep+Train+%283%29.jpg

The Del Mar Racetrack announced its 2016 summer concert series on Monday -- and as we've come to expect every year, it's pretty amazing.

The scenic track situated where the turf meets the surf will be hosting some of music's most iconic and in-demand artists come July, August and September.

As you may have seen when we reported it on May 20 -- Cold War Kids are track's big concert series opener on July 22. But the fun doesn't stop there:The next show scheduled is local indie-rock/soul favorites Fitz & the Tantrums on July 29, and capping off the month of July is the beloved Reggae Fest featuring Ziggy Marley (making another return to Del Mar) on July 30.

August and September hold even more in store as summer hits full swing. Girl Talk bring the mashup/dance fun on Aug. 5, while Brian Setzer gets in the swing of things the following day. The following weekend, 311 and Matisyahu head up a huge double bill of positive vibes on Aug. 13, and Pepper return to the track to deliver a one-two reggae/rock punch on Aug. 26.

The DMTC closes out the lineup with a huge finale: the classic reggae sounds of the inimitable Wailers on Sept. 2, and electro-pop superstar duo Chromeo on the decks on Sept. 3.

As always, the concerts take place after the last races of the day and are free for patrons of the track. Otherwise, tickets are $20 if fans get there after the last race has occurred. For more information, please visit here.

The 2015 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series


  • July 22: Cold War Kids
  • July 29: Fitz & the Tantrums
  • July 30: Reggae Fest with Ziggy Marley
  • Aug. 5: Girl Talk
  • Aug. 6: Brian Setzer
  • Aug. 12: Chris Young
  • Aug. 13: 311 and Matisyahu
  • Aug. 19: Thievery Corporation
  • Aug. 26: Pepper
  • Sept. 2: The Wailers
  • Sept. 3: Chromeo

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Brad Paisley]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 12:25:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Brad+Paisley-2016May21-SleepTrain+%289%29.jpg Brad Paisley turned San Diego into a "Country Nation" May 21, when he played Sleep Train Amphitheatre with Tyler Farr and Maddie and Tae.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Tutti Frutti Monday]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 09:19:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/El-Vez2.jpg

After such an eventful weekend, it might be really hard to transition back into the work week, but that's why Monday nights exist. Especially when your Monday can be spent with the Little Richards. I'm not generally excited about cover or tribute acts, but with El Vez fronting this tribute and members of New Kinetics and Schizophonics providing the instrumentation, you can guarantee yourself an awesome performance. Around town, seniors say goodbye at UCSD with an EDM show with Allison Wonderland, while Katchafire bring reggae to Belly Up, and Mega Ran leads a night of hip-hop at Soda Bar. 

Monday, May 23:

  • The Little Richards, the Bassics @ Casbah
  • Allison Wonderland @ Price Center Ballroom West, UCSD
  • Katchafire, Mystic Roots Band, Nattali Rize, Stay Positive Sound @ Belly Up
  • Mega Ran, Roqy Tyraid, Kahlee, Vic Viper @ Soda Bar
  • The Dangerfield, Wanted Noise, Stick Bitz @ The Merrow
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Pink Flag Night "Wire Tribute"/Mirror Mondaze @ The Office
  • Indstry Monday/Vinyl Everything @ The Hideout
  • Open Mic Night @ Java Joe's
  • Rancho Bernardo High School Band Spring Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Orange Glen High School American Spectacular @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Joe Cardillo @ Whiskey Girl
  • Real Live Monday's with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Bloodtrail @ The Bancroft (8 p.m.)
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Life Like @ Tin Roof
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 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: Sean McMullen]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: SoundDiego Summer Splash Kicks Off]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 13:43:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+Summer+Splash+Boxer+Rebellion+Verigolds+%2898%29.jpg SoundDiego Summer Splash kicked off on Saturday, May 21, at Harrah's Resort SoCal with the Boxer Rebellion, the Verigolds and 91x's Tim Pyles.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Punk's Not Dead on the Wire]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 10:29:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05_20_SDTV_DeadOnTheWire_1200x675_690269251854.jpg San Diego band Dead on the Wire talk about keeping the punk spirit alive while showcasing their video, "Lonely Hearts." See the band in action at Soda Bar on May 31.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 22-28]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 10:19:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Slipknot+Live+Photo+SoundDiego.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the best upcoming shows throughout the next week including Walk the Moon, Slipknot, Joe Jackson, and more.]]> <![CDATA[Nada Surf's Up]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 10:01:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/nada+surf+press.jpg

It's hard to believe that after this amazing weekend in San Diego that there is still so much fun to be had, but looking at your options today, maybe save your household chores for another day. Today, you can head back up to Solana Beach for the second day of Fiesta Del Sol, though, between you and me, has a much stronger lineup of heavy hitters, or you can day rave at Quartyard for Gorgon City. By nightfall, I couldn't be more excited about Nada Surf playing at the Irenic. The band consistently puts out amazing music with a few years lapsing in between releases, and their latest, "You Know Who You Are," is another great addition to their discography. It's just a shame Beauty Bar isn't around anymore for a post-show dance party with frontman Matthew Caws. Around town, Idlewild hits the Casbah, Royce Rizzy gets busy at Soda Bar, and the revival of the singer/songwriter holds the fort at Belly Up.

Sunday, May 22:

  • Nada Surf, Prism Tats @ The Irenic
  • Idlewild, the Jaguar Club @ Casbah
  • FNGRS CRSSD with Gorgon City, Rudimental @ Quartyard
  • Fiesta del Sol Festival 2016 feat. Common Sense, Tribal Theory, the Soft White Sixties and more @ Solana Beach
  • Royce Rizzy, Andrew Power @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Revival of the Singer/Songwriter hosted by Billy Galewood ft. Daring Greatly, Gregory Page, Skelpin & the Benders, Rhythm Rose Turner, Joel Rafael @ Belly Up
  • Youth Arts Academy Commotion @ Music Box (noon)
  • SDHDF Presents the San Diego Women's Chorus featuring Janis Ian @ Balboa Theatre
  • Femme Fest @ The Che Cafe (1 p.m.)
  • PVRIS, Lydia, CRUISR, Beach Weather @ House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Tardeadas with Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Gaby Aparicio's, Brihanna, Brendan Bourgeois @ Java Joe's
  • Hierophant (Italy), Bonebreaker (TJ) @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • 2000s Dance Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Rick Parma @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday 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.

<![CDATA[The Boxer Rebellion Make a Splash]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 09:34:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/boxer-rebellion-722x406.jpg

I'm not gonna lie. There are a million amazing things to do in San Diego today, but around here, we're beaming with joy as we kick off SoundDiego's Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort SoCal. We'll have the Boxer Rebellion and local favorites the Verigolds entertaining you as you hang out by the pool. We've even got a shuttle from Pacific Beach so you can have a safe ride to and from the resort. [Purchase special $20 tickets here with code SOUNDDIEGO] Around town, Mariachi El Bronx headlines the Festival of Arts in North Park, Frightened Rabbit plays to a sold-out Belly Up, and Mrs. Magician celebrate their new release, "Bermuda," at Soda Bar.

Saturday, May 21:

  • SoundDiego Summer Splash feat. the Boxer Rebellion, the Verigolds @ Harrah's Resort SoCal [Snag tickets here]
  • Frightened Rabbit, Caveman @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Mrs. Magician, the Sess, Keepers @ Soda Bar (see our SoundDiego Spotlight session on Mrs. Magician here)
  • Fruit Bats, Kyle Craft @ Casbah
  • North Park Festival of Arts feat. Steve Poltz, Mariachi El Bronx, Creepy Creeps, Vokab Kompany, Dani Bell & the Tarrantist, Piracy Conspiracy, Pounded By the Surf, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, Buckfast Superbee, Juicebox, the Verigolds, Goma, Hills Like Elephants, the Lexicons, Weird Night @ North Park (University Between 30th and 32nd, free, all ages, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Fiesta del Sol Festival 2016 feat. Pato Banton, Common Sense, Ki, the Routine @ Solana Beach
  • San Diego Taco Fest with Sir Mix-A-Lot, Metalachi, 40oz To Freedom, El Vez, Todo Mundo, B-Side Players @ Waterfront Park (11 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • In-Ko-Pah 3 2016 feat. Audacity, Three Mile Pilot, the Blank Tapes, the Gloomies, Red Tank, Shady Francos, the Rosalyns, Some Kind Of Lizard, Madly @ Desert View Tower
  • Father @ The Observatory North Park
  • Jeff Rosenstock, Upset, Diners, Sledding With Tigers @ Che Cafe
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Tribute To Prince @ Music Box (8 p.m.)
  • Bass Tribe Presents: Thriftworks, Galangsta @ Music Box (11:15 p.m.)
  • Guy Davis @ AMSD
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q@ Whistle Stop
  • Anna Zappoli & Adam Greenfield Book Release, Pall Jenkins Solo Set @ Whistle Stop
  • Jewel (solo acoustic), Griffin House @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Fmlybnd, Olivver the Kid, Dark Waves @ House of Blues
  • Short Stories, Alive & Well, Acidic, Air Go, the Montell Jordans, Effe Emme @ SOMA
  • Jazz pianist/composer Joshua White @ Dizzy's
  • Dreams Made Flesh, Bit Maps, Blood Ponies @ The Hideout
  • Club Therapy: Ant Dakini, Ultima Circo @ The Bancroft
  • Hierophant, Bonebreaker, TBA @ Tower Bar
  • Lust For Life @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • AJ Froman, Shellshock, Destructo Bunny @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • San Diego City Soul Club 3 Year Anniversary with Revivers and Mochilero All Stars @ Til-Two Club
  • Trevor McSpadden, Tom Ward, Josh Jones @ The Black Cat
  • Soulfly, Warbringer, Lody Kong, Santa Claus, Contortion @ Brick By Brick (7 p.m.)
  • Poison Headache (album release) @ Brick By Brick (Free, 11:30 p.m.)
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6-8 p.m.)
  • Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • Zero To Billy @ Java Joe's
  • Shawn Barry Presents: Township Rebellion (Rage Against the Machine tribute), Class of '99 ('90s hits), the Grind @ The Merrow
  • Bird Rock Elementary Fundraiser @ 710 Beach Club
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Satin Jackets @ El Dorado
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Wellman, Schoeny @ Fluxx
  • Lucas Hope @ Moonshine Flats
  • Soul Work Presents Eden
  • DJ Politik @ Omnia
  • Justin Credible @ Parq
  • Jay Hardway @ Bassmnt

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: The Boxer Rebellion]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: The Cure]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 10:23:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Cure+5.20.16+Alex+Matthews+%282%29.jpg The Cure headlined Sleep Train Amphitheatre on May 20 -- and it was "Just Like Heaven."

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Gregory Porter at Symphony Hall]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 13:31:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/gregvenster722.jpg

International jazz vocal superstar Gregory Porter returned to San Diego on May 7 for an eagerly-awaited concert at Symphony Hall, drawing a sold-out house that buzzed with anticipation. This was the final concert of the first season of "Jazz at the Jacobs," the marvelous series curated by our own virtuoso trumpeter/scene-maker Gilbert Castellanos -- and it boasted the additional value of Castellanos opening the evening with the redoubtable trio of bassist Marshall Hawkins and piano firebrand Joshua White.

White began Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimney’s” with appropriately orchestral flourishes, inducing Castellanos into incremental excitement with Baroque filigree before veering off into stuttering repetitions and crashing dissonances.

Marshall Hawkins is often the secret weapon in any ensemble -- and this, happily, was no exception. His unaccompanied soliloquy rippled with long slurs and rubbery glissandi, all directed by the sound of his own voice -- perfectly in sync with his instrumental prowess.

Speaking of prowess, Castellanos’ a cappella introduction to Jobim’s “How Insensitive,” proved to be a masterclass in half-valved smears and bluesy architecture, staking out a space between Art Farmer and Lester Bowie while White churned endless streams of melody and Hawkins turned bow into drumstick.

White navigated the divide between the church and the brothel like a riverboat captain, creating an irresistible wake for Castellanos to deliver his wicked plunger-mute sermon on Hank Mobley’s “Soul Station,” before his own essay that toggled between Pinetop Perkins and Cecil Taylor -- allowing for a show-stopping cadenza from the trumpeter, which had the howling crowd on its feet.

That, I thought, is going to be awfully hard to top.

Some 20 minutes later, the Porter group arrived to waves of tumultuous applause as the big man stepped up to the mic to intone “Painted on Canvas,” from the album "Be Good," straining in a soulful way with his smoky baritone.

“On My Way to Harlem,” sailed on the sleek rimshot backbeat of Emanuel Harrold, supporting an effusive scatting section from Porter, who sounded like a cross between Jon Henricks and Marvin Gaye, even quoting, briefly, from “What’s Going On?”

My highlight moment came on the title track of Porter’s latest record, "Take Me To The Alley," which sounded like a soft melodic caress over a pensive ostinato and a languid tenor saxophone solo from Tivon Pennicott .

Also especially effective was “Hey Laura,” from "Liquid Spirit," where that confessional gospel-ish vibe reminded me of Bill Withers. Pennicott even worked a quote from the 1944 David Raskin movie-theme “Laura,” to keep the mood flowing before stretching out into the altissimo register.

Next up, thick-toned bassist Jahmal Nichols got the call, pumping short declaratives that suddenly morphed into the 1972 Temptations hit, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” which also yielded a dense piano excursion that quoted from Cedar Walton’s “Bolivia,” and Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”

The best moment, though, came when Porter invited Castellanos back to the stage  to explore a yearning, searching rendition of the late Daniel Jackson’s “Wisdom,” which raised the hair on the back of my neck.

All in all, a very successful affair, although the sound in the cavernous hall continues to be problematic. Drums, in particular, get lost in the room, and without the precise detail of a ride cymbal, real acoustic jazz will suffer. Hopefully, this gets worked out for future dates.

 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: Andreas Terlaak]]>
<![CDATA[Superstar Indie-Rock Band Hits the Track]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 14:18:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Governors+Ball+Day+3+Michel+Dussack+%287%29.jpg

Indie-rock fans, mark your calendars: Cold War Kids are coming to San Diego!

The Del Mar Racetrack announced on the morning of Friday, May 20, that their annual Summer Concert Series will be kicked off in a huge way with the beloved Long Beach-based rock band on Friday, July 22!

The group, which headlined a sold-out Observatory North Park last time through town, most recently performed at both weekends at the 2016 Coachella Arts and Music Festival in Indio, California. For those of us that couldn't make it out to the desert and were instead glued to our computer screens watching them on Coachella's glorious YouTube stream, we couldn't be more thrilled to have them back in town.

Cold War Kids (comprised of vocalist/pianist/guitarist Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust, guitarist David Quon, keyboardist/guitarist/percussionist Matthew Schwartz, and drummer Joe Plummer) got their start in Fullerton, California in 2004 and released their major label debut album, "Robbers & Cowards," in 2006. It was a massive success, receiving critical acclaim and spawning three huge singles: "We Used to Vacation," "Hang Me Up to Dry," and "Hospital Beds."

Since then, they've been at the forefront of indie rock, releasing four more fantastic records over the last 10 years -- with their latest, "Hold My Home," dropping in October of 2014. Cold War Kids are known for their incessant touring and spirited live performances, as we've seen in San Diego time and time again. They're always a welcome sight to behold, powering their way through fiery songs and a truly bombastic stage show. Simply put, we're very much looking forward to catching them at the Racetrack because they're one of the best indie-rock bands around.

By the way, an official announcement of Del Mar Racing's full season is coming MONDAY, we're told, so stay tuned to SoundDiego for all the details!

Admission to all shows at the Del Mar Racetrack is free with a purchased ticket to the races. Otherwise, tickets are $20 if you arrive after the last race has occurred. We recommend saving some energy for July 22 –- Cold War Kids are bound to provide one of the most epic rock experiences around.

For more information, please visit Del Mar Racetrack's website.

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Rise of the Boxer Rebellion]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 08:49:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/theboxerrebellion_img06_hir.jpg

Friday, the Cure and the Twilight Sad play at Sleep Train Amphitheatre; The Cult headline at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay; The Thermals, Summer Cannibals and Colleen Green are at Soda Bar; Damien Jurado & the Heavy Light and Ben Abraham hit the Casbah; Citybeat’s TikiBeat Summer Kickoff Party is at the Bali Hai; J Boog and Hirie are at the Observatory North Park; Titus Andronicus and La Sera play at the Che Cafe; Nicky Venus and Bakkuda take over Bar Pink; and the Garden, Some Kind of Lizard, Shady Francos, and the Monsoon are at Til-Two. Dance options include F---ing In the Bushes with Dan Sant & Rob Moran at the Whistle Stop; Sidney Samson and Kennedy Jones at Bassmnt; Rainer + Grimm at Bang Bang; and Tiesto at Omnia.

Start your Saturday with the North Park Festival of Arts; Fiesta del Sol, or San Diego Taco Fest. Elsewhere, SoundDiego Summer Splash featuring the Boxer Rebellion and the Verigolds is at Harrah's Resort SoCal; In-Ko-Pah 3 takes over the Desert View Tower; Frightened Rabbit and Caveman play at the Belly Up; Mrs. Magician, the Sess and Keepers are at Soda Bar; Fruit Bats and Kyle Craft take over the Casbah; Jewel (solo acoustic) and Griffin House are at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay; Dreams Made Flesh (members of Ilya and Tristeza), Bit Maps and Blood Ponies play at the Hideout; and San Diego City Soul Club 3-Year Anniversary with Revivers and Mochilero All Stars takes over Til-Two.  Dance to Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the ‘80s at Bar Pink; '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega and Saul Q at the Whistle Stop; and DJ Politik at Omnia.

Sunday is day two of Fiesta del Sol; Gorgon City and Rudimental are at Quartyard; and Femme Fest takes over the Che Café. Elsewhere, Nada Surf and Prism Tats are at the Irenic; PVRIS headline at House of Blues; Royce Rizzy and Andrew Power play at Soda Bar; and Idlewild and the Jaguar Club are at the Casbah.

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

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 91X, plus she promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Mark Prins/Big Hassle]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Explosions In the Sky]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 11:06:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Explosions+in+the+Sky+OBNP+Kelley+%2815%29.jpg That sound you heard? Oh, that's just Explosions In the Sky when they rocked the Observatory North Park on May 4. Disappears opened the show.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Heartbreaka's 'Gone' Girl]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:12:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/Heartbreaka+Press+Photo.jpg

San Diego's Hearbreaka sounds heartbroken, the girl he wants -- or maybe it's the girl he had -- isn't around any more, and he's feeling the sting. His latest release "Gone," produced by Vokab Kompany, is a radio-ready pop single that finds the up-and-coming rapper pining for a relationship that's just outside his reach.

With a profile's that's rising, Heartbreaka's at a crossroads, his music career is starting to gel, he's playing bigger venues with larger crowds -- but there are sacrifices for success. And it's his personal life that takes the hit: While fans obsess over him, he's obsessing over a girl.

Heartbreaka admits to bad behavior in the single: "I'm not perfect/I know I made a lot of mistakes," he raps, before asking, "Give me your faith/Give me your hand/Look in my eyes/Until I'm gone/My love for you will never die." But it doesn't seem to work -- it's over. He's keeping up appearances but behind the neck ink and knuckle tattoos, there are traces of emotion: "You never love a good girl 'til she's gone/You never know what's right until you treat her wrong."

Boys aren't supposed to cry; instead they "man up" and keep it pushing. While that's good in theory, sometimes it just doesn't work for Heartbreaka: "Blunt after blunt after blunt/A bottle to the face and I still ain't drunk/These one-night stands, they ain't been all that fun/'Cause even when sober, I know you the one."

Who's sure why -- or even if -- she left? Whatever the reason though, she's gone now and he can't shake her.

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: Courtesy of Heartbreaka]]>
<![CDATA[The Cure for Your Weekend]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 09:35:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/175605381.jpg

Tonight is an amazing night for music in San Diego. You probably heard months ago that Robert Smith and crew would be coming to Chula Vista and you're either the kind of person who picked up tickets to the Cure right away or you decided to skip it. No doubt, their fans will have a great time, but for those of us who prefer a smaller scale show, there are options like Titus Andronicus at Che Cafe, or the Thermals at Soda Bar. If you like something in between and still want to catch a throwback artist, the Cult is at Humphreys. My pick for the night, however, is Damien Jurado at the Casbah. The Seattle-based singer/songwriter is like fine wine and just keeps getting better with age. 

Friday, May 20:

  • Damien Jurado & the Heavy Light, Ben Abraham @ Casbah
  • The Cure, the Twilight Sad @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista
  • The Thermals, Summer Cannibals, Colleen Green @ Soda Bar
  • J Boog, Hirie @ The Observatory North Park
  • Titus Andronicus, La Sera @ Che Cafe
  • The Cult @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Ooklah the Moc, Josh Heinrichs, For Peace Band, Raggabond @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove FDS Kickoff @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Hot Buttered Rum, the Moves Collective, Second Cousins @ Belly Up
  • F---ing In the Bushes with Dan Sant & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Nathan Collins Sextet @ Dizzy's
  • Heather Nation, Enormodome, Mike Rudolph @ Lestat's
  • Barbara Nesbitt @ Java Joe's
  • "Purple Rain" @ House of Blues
  • Tim O'Brien @ AMSD
  • Los Hollywood, Viri y Los Bandidos, Sin Color, DJ El Profe @ The Merrow
  • Alex Kirk Amen, A New Ending @ The Bancroft
  • Black Salt Tone, Maka Roots & Mellow Grounds @ 710 Beach Club
  • Hotline Spring @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • The Routine, Sister Speak, Bomb Squad @ Winston's
  • ListenSD & Bujwah present: The Garden, Some Kind of Lizard, Shady Francos, the Monsoon @ Til-Two Club
  • E-Man, Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • Sidney Samson and Kennedy Jones @ Bassmnt
  • Lit Presents RJ's Ommio 3 Album Release Party @ Spin
  • rainer + grimm @ Bang Bang
  • Tiesto @ Omnia
  • DJ Turbulence @ Parq
  • Cognitive Frequencies & Synaptik Events Presents SUBspatial with MESCK @ Kava Lounge
  • 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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Billy Joel]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 13:42:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Billy+Joel+Petco+Park-9011-Edit.jpg After 15 years away, Billy Joel -- yes, the Piano Man himself -- serenaded a jam-packed San Diego with hit after hit at Petco Park on May 14, 2016.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Glass Half Hull]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 09:44:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/MTE-ManchesterOrchestra.jpg

The drum beat of the weekend's approach slowly pounds, but why look ahead when tonight is already so awesome? There are all kinds of genres covered around town, including '90s acts O-Town at Music Box and Filter at House of Blues. Belly Up soaks up the reggae vibe with Fortunate Youth, and Chief Keef continues a streak of hip-hop shows at the Observatory. The big show to catch tonight is a little under the radar, with Andy Hull and Kevin Devine at the Irenic. Those names might not necessarily stand out on their own, but Andy Hull is the mesmerizing lead vocalist of Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine is a singer/songwriter in his own right, but together they have released records as Bad Books. Tonight, they'll be playing music from both of their careers and their collaborative material, too. This one is definitely a top pick for the night.

Thursday, May 19:

  • Andy Hull & Kevin Devine (playing Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books, Kevin Devine) @ The Irenic
  • 91X Loudspeaker and Magic Flight present Idlehands, Amigo, Dime by Dime @ Casbah
  • Chief Keef, Royce Rizzy @ The Observatory North Park
  • Chris Cohen, Spooky Cigarette (EP Release), Red Pony Clock, Jude Shuma @ Soda Bar
  • Filter, Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, Death Valley High @ House of Blues
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Fortunate Youth, Peni Dean (of Natural Vibrations), SensaMotion @ Belly Up
  • O-Town, Super Groupie, Ricky Rebel @ Music Box
  • Wreckless Eric, Davey Tiltwheel @ The Hideout
  • LCD Soundsystem vs Soulwax feat. The Night Virgins, B Rose, Rios, Saul Q, Pablo Stanley @ El Dorado
  • Parade of Horribles, Badabing, Dead On the Wire, Ash Williams @ Tower Bar
  • Midnight Serenade Orchestra @ Silverado Ballroom (7-9:30 p.m.)
  • An Evening With Crooked @ Sycamore Den
  • Flight of Ryan, Carmen and Camille, Small Culture @ Lestat's
  • Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Mike White @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • Feliciano Arango y Amistad Cubana @ Dizzy's
  • Jacquelyne Silver @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Rude Dog '80s Night: All vinyl, all '80s jams @ The Merrow
  • R:Tyme @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Mino, Kamau Kenyatta @ The Loft, UCSD (8 p.m.)
  • Hopsax 2.0, Asayake Taiko @ The Loft, UCSD (9 p.m.)
  • The Dangerfield, Neurotic Mirage, Stick Bitz @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Zolopht @ Winston's
  • Big Wild @ Bang Bang
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Astrojump with Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • AcidVarsity with David Scott (LCD Soundsystem) @ Kava Lounge
  • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
  • Fellow Travelers @ Boar Cross'n
  • 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: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Dresser, Barre Phillips Duet Across the Ocean]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 11:59:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/matajulien.jpg

UC San Diego’s latest venture into the futuristic concept of Telematics, or Translocational Concerts, took place at the unlikely hour of 11:30 a.m. on May 7, with bassist Mark Dresser operating out of the Experimental Theater. Meanwhile, in Nimes, France, some 6,000 miles away, bassist Barre Phillips poised ready for the exchange.

The first piece began with a pensive call and response between each bassist -- Dresser’s dry and throaty acrobatics offset by the more liquid descending triple-stops of Phillips. Each man used the bow in unconventional ways --Dresser sawing deep arco against the percussive violence of Phillips, who struck his strings with frog and shaft equally.

Both players performed acoustically, sans amplifiers, with just a shade of house-monitoring, and Dresser was still able to evoke the tiny overtone creaking he's become known for, while Phillips often used a modified flamenco-guitar technique for dramatic strumming effects.

Each player toggled between various forms of pizzicato expressions and wildly creative uses of the bow, including eerie ponticello strokes (close to the bridge) and overtone and harmonic manipulation. Both men became de facto "drummers," as often as the need manifested itself, and it was fascinating to hear each player's distillation of "extended" techniques.

Even though the distance from UCSD to France is considerable, because Telematics operate on the superior bandwidth of the Internet 2, the amount of inherent delay between the two locations was microscopic, amounting to a "flam" (a beat preceded by a grace note), in Dresser's estimation.

Whatever the reason, both players seemed to be in each other's head -- that's how instantaneous the volleys and reactions sounded. There was a huge screen of Phillips just across from Dresser, and a similar setup in France, where it sounded like a larger and more enthusiastic crowd had gathered.

Perhaps because of the early start time, the scene at UCSD was considerably more subdued. Innovation, however, waits for no one, and the future of performance is already here.

 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: Mata Julien]]>
<![CDATA[Borns Again]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 09:10:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-525238778.jpg

It seems that every once in a while, a radio station flips formats and shakes up the market a little bit, but it was absolutely shocking in San Diego when KPRI sold and changed from an "adult album alternative" station to a contemporary Christian station. The station was known for their involvement in really cool events like the Green Flash Concert Series at the Birch Aquarium. Fortunately, FM 94/9 stepped up to keep the whole thing going and on Wednesday, there are going to be some stoked fans who get to see a sold-out show with Borns overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It's an amazing venue to see a show, so if you didn't get a ticket this time around, check out their whole summer lineup. Meanwhile, a Malaysian star on the rise, Yuna, plays at the Casbah, Brooklyn funk band Turkuaz is at Belly Up, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard play a sold-out show at Soda Bar.

Wednesday, May 18:

  • Green Flash Concert Series, featuring Borns, the Midnight Pine @ Birch Aquarium (sold out)
  • Yuna, Bosco @ Casbah
  • Turkuaz, the Nth Power @ Belly Up
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, the Murlocs, DJ Mike Turi @ Soda Bar
  • Ceremony with Minor Gems, DJ Aaron Amnesia @ The Office
  • Band Together for Alzheimer's San Diego, with Full Strength Funk Band @ Music Box
  • A Tribute to the Ladies of R&B and Hip-Hop @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistle Stop
  • Joe Walsh, Bad Company, Steve Rodgers @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Club Kingston presents Translator, with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Geographer, Rivvrs, Hawai @ The Loft
  • Bestias, Plunger, Wings of Pastrami @ Che Cafe
  • Jose Sinatra & the Juggling Gigolos @ Java Joe's
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jerome Dawson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ 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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Kris Allen]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:42:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_4111+copy.jpg "American Idol" winner Kris Allen played to a packed room at Music Box on May 14.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Violent Femmes Get Blistered By the Bay]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 10:22:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/223*120/Violent-Femmes-at-Humphrey%27s.jpg The proto-punks of the Violent Femmes played "Blister in the Sun" and "Kiss Off" when they played Humphrey's By the Bay, and talked to Eight24.com's Scott McDonald about renaissance fairs, turkey legs and the new album.]]> <![CDATA[Stop the Week and Melt With Modern English]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 09:24:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+New+Kinetics+Hit+Dog+Hollar+SoundDiego+LIVE+5.1+Matty+Vee+%28154%29.jpg

Even though I was a wee child when "I Melt With You" was released, that didn't stop it from being a staple on college radio and alternative stations throughout my youth and even into my adulthood. The fact that Modern English are playing the Hideout is so supercool that I can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night. If you come to find the show sold out (at press time there are just a handful of tickets left), catch a free Tiki Tuesday at Bar Pink with Alvino & the Dwells, or check out Tech N9ne on the mic at the Observatory, or the Sweeplings sweet folk-pop sensibilities at the Soda Bar.

Tuesday, May 17:

  • Modern English, the Victoriana @ The Hideout
  • Taking Back Tuesday @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Tech N9ne @ Observatory North Park
  • The Sweeplings, Serenade & Strum @ Soda Bar
  • El Consumption, Alpenglo, the Whiskey Circle @ The Merrow
  • TV Broken 3rd Eye Open, Gene Evaro Jr., Lantz Lazwell @ Belly Up
  • "Meeting of the Meyends," with Huggapuppy, the Beatjackers, Three Finger Lid and the Painted Surfer @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Short Stories, Alive and Well @ 710 Beach Club
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • Hillsong United @ Viejas Arena
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Blue Rush Blues@ Tio Leo's
  • Not Happy with Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • Pleasure Presents: Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge

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: Matty Vee]]>
<![CDATA[Glass Spells Video Premiere: "Away From Space"]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 09:02:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Glass+Spells+Press+Photo+by+Kriss+Soto.jpg

What happens when a band replaces their electrifying lead singer? Well, there’s usually a bit of a rejuvenation to start off (ooh, shiny!), and then comes the gradual dropoff and eventual disappointment since, let’s face it, authentic onstage charisma doesn’t exactly grow on trees.

So what are the chances that San Diego-based Glass Spells not only found a new lead singer to take the place of their original frontwoman (Mellany Martinez), but discovered yet another magnetic personality to guide the band? Well, that’s exactly what happened -- as evidenced by the GS' recent resurgence with last month’s single “Rebellion,” where folks got their first taste of newcomer Suz Gonzalez, and now, with the SoundDiego video premiere of their new track, “Away From Space.”

In typical Glass Spells fashion, the campy synth-pop collective (which also includes drummer Mallory Garcia and keyboardist Michael Rascon) has churned out another disco-flavored goth head-nodder that is sure to get Crystal Castles/LCD Soundsystem fans seeing heart-eyed emojis. Not only that, but they seem to have powered through the recent band member shakeup only to emerge with even more arrestingly catchy tunes.

According to band bassist/keyboardist Anthony Ramirez, Gonzalez's adoption has been near-seamless: "She is a natural and very easy to work with. One line, she can be singing a vocal melody, and the next, she can be screaming it out. She’s a very good lyrical songwriter.... She’ll bring in vocal melodies that we wouldn’t think of as music writers.”

With the band currently prepping its new record (that they’ve spent the last few months recording at Emprise Soundlab Studios in Mexicali) for release in July, Ramirez says it'll have more of the throbbing, energetic electro sound we've become accustomed to from them, along with a few surprises.

"It's tough trying to always think outside the box," Ramirez told SoundDiego, "but this new record has a mix of everything."

Be sure to catch Glass Spells on their Damage With Care tour with Moving Units on May 25 at Show Bar (Mexicali), May 26 at the Casbah, May 27 at the Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles) and May 28 at Brick & Mortar (San Francisco). For more information, visit the band’s Tumblr page.

Dustin Lothspeich 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: Kriss Soto]]>
<![CDATA[Going Natives]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 08:57:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/localnatives2016.jpg

It's going to be a pretty quiet Monday night, with lots of trivia and karaoke around town, but there are some pretty excited music fans who got their hands on Local Natives tickets when the Casbah announced and put on sale tickets on Friday. It didn't take long for all of the tickets to be spoken for, and you can be sure that there will be some sad-faced fans attempting to get in to see the band. Around town, Garth Algar is at Tower Bar, Sole & DJ Pain 1 are at Soda Bar, and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is at Sycuan.

Monday, May 16:

  • Local Natives, DJ Claire @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Garth Algar, Beira, Cryptic Languages @ Tower Bar
  • Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience @ Sycuan
  • Sole & DJ Pain 1, Egadz, Preacher vs. Choir, These Hands Create, Omni @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • DJs Heather Hardcore & Aaron Amnesia @ The Office
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston'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.

<![CDATA[Mrs. Magician's Horror Show]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 10:08:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/Mrs+Magician+Screenshot.jpg Mrs. Magician's frontman Jacob Turnbloom talks up their No. 1 hometown spot while we get a good look at the band's new horror-themed video, "Eyes All Over Town." See them at their record release show at Soda Bar on May 21.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 15-21]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 09:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Walk+the+Moon+Independence+Jam+2014+%2864+of+100%29.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the top shows coming to San Diego -- including Walk the Moon, Cheap Trick, and our SoundDiego Summer Splash kickoff concert with the Boxer Rebellion.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Swami's Sunday Matinee]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 09:36:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Mrs+Magician1.jpg

It isn't often that Bar Pink sells advance tickets for events, but when they do, it's usually got something to do with co-owner John Reis. As is the case here, Swami has curated a local music compilation, "Hardcore Matinee," and to be expected, many of the artists on said compilation will be at Bar Pink. If you missed out on tickets, you'll have to go elsewhere tonight, perhaps to see the Younger Brothers at the Casbah, the final night of Pennywise at the Observatory, or catch Booze & Glory at Soda Bar. 

Sunday, May 15:

  • Swami Records' "Hardcore Matinee" Record Release Party with Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Octagrape, Mrs. Magician, Ale Mania, Soaks, Widows, Death Eyes, Plateaus, Shake Before Us, the Lumps, The Sultans, Teenage Burritos, the Loons, Schizophonics, Creepy Creeps @ Bar Pink (4 p.m., SOLD OUT)
  • The Younger Brothers, Grim Slippers, Seeking Alpha @ Casbah
  • Pennywise performing "About Time", Youth Brigade @ The Observatory North Park
  • Sausage Fest @ Quartyard (Free to attend, fees for tastings and classes, 1-4 p.m.)
  • Booze & Glory, the Warlords, Rat City Riot @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Bird Dogs Present the Everly Brothers Experience @ Belly Up (seated show)
  • Villa 5, Banda Triguera @ Music Box
  • Weird Dream, DJ Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Snoop Dogg @ Fluxx
  • Gigboss Presents Hard Rockin' Sunday feat Noise Pollution, Taz Taylor Band, Divide The Day, Trailerpark Rockstar, Symbolic @ House of Blues
  • Gift, the Modifications, Hush Pale Love, Natuary @ Che Cafe
  • Ticitozaa @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Jadine High On Love Tour feat. Nadine Lustre & James Reid @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Dangerkids, Avion Roe, With Arrows, From Chaos and Heaven @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • West Coast Weekender @ World Beat Center
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Faster Pussycat, Gunner Gunner, the Dirty Work, DiVad @ Brick By Brick
  • Tardeadas with Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fire Brothers, the Suburbans, Sven Seaholm @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Bobs Blues Jam @ The Bancroft (3-6 p.m.)
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft (8 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • In-A-Fect @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • The Royal Jelly Jive @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow (8 p.m.)
  • Sunday Funday 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.

<![CDATA[Prayers for Pet Shop Boys]]> Sat, 14 May 2016 13:03:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-522022142.jpg

Pet Shop Boys and Prayers: The collaboration continues.

Last year, Prayers -- the San Diego Music Award-winning, Coachella-performing “cholo goth” duo of Rafael Reyes and Dave Parley -- released their dark and eerie cover (and accompanying music video) of Pet Shop Boys’ classic synth-pop gem, “West End Girls,” with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s explicit blessing. [Watch the video]

Now those same two UK electronic icons (who also just announced a new tour) have released a new Pet Shop Boys single called “Twenty-Something” and tapped -- who else -- Reyes (under his nom de plume Leafar Seyer) and the director behind all of Prayers’ videos, Gavin Filipiak, to direct the song’s music video. The result? A real-life, gritty look at a criminally unaddressed struggle for youth in low-income neighborhoods, and the rampant recidivism that plagues those streets.

The song sways along with a low-key reggaeton bounce that belies its stark lyrics, which perfectly capture the uncertainty and seemingly futile attempts at love, life and success for young adults trying to find their way in an increasingly complex and dystopian world. Tennant sings, “Twenty-something / Good as new / Expectations? Got a few / Find an issue, get ahead / Got it sorted, like you said / You’re twenty-something / Join the queue.

But it’s the black-and-white video for the song that arrives like a suckerpunch to the temple: Filmed nearly entirely on the streets of Sherman Heights in San Diego, it follows a Mexican gang member as he’s released from prison back into a life of debt, no job prospects and a pregnant girlfriend. After trying unsuccessfully to find legitimate 9-to-5 employment, he eventually goes back to the life that ultimately landed him in prison in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle, and an all-too-disturbing reality facing poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

“When I heard the song, it was very easy for me to come up with the concept [of the video], because I know the struggles of being Chicano, being a twenty-something, and being a person of color in America,” Reyes told Univision.com recently. “On top of that, add the lack of education and a criminal record with multiple felonies -- it’s nearly impossible to get a job. So the concept of the music video comes from my environment.”

Reyes, who makes an all-too-brief cameo in the video (around the two-minute mark), continued: “I’m glad that the world gets to see what we’re going through. I’m very excited that Pet Shop Boys, who are two white Londoners, are going to show [this to] the white man. They’re validating us and they’re doing something very powerful because they’re saying ‘look, this exists.’”

Indeed, the powerful video adds an eye-opening facet to the song’s message, which might’ve otherwise been lost in the mix or simply glossed over thanks to its addictive pop melody. Thanks to Reyes and Filipiak, “Twenty-Something” has become more than a new Pet Shop Boys single -- it’s become a statement.

Prayers headline the Observatory North Park on June 17. Tickets are available here.

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

Photo Credit: Gettty]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Carah Faye of Shiny Toy Guns]]> Sat, 14 May 2016 11:16:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Carah+Faye+Shiny+Toy+Guns+John+Hancock+%2836%29.jpg Carah Faye, frontwoman for Shiny Toy Guns, stepped out solo at East Village's Quartyard on May 11, 2016.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Saturday Night's Zoo of Live Music]]> Sat, 14 May 2016 09:37:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Drive+Like+Jehu+Organ+Pavilion.JPG

The San Diego Zoo to me, like for so many other people, is a magical place. I grew up in Chula Vista, so a field trip to the zoo when you're little always felt like some big adventure, and as I grew up, it maintained that mystique. As I grew to love photography, the San Diego Zoo always provided the best subjects. While taking courses at City, I would study in the newly opened treehouse between classes. At my first media job, I was privileged to attend fancy luncheons at Albert's. Moving into blogging, I'd get amazing invitations to behind-the-scenes events, and now, raising a child, I get to experience all the wonder through her eyes. The San Diego Zoo is ingrained in me, and as they celebrate 100 years with a free celebration and concert at the Organ Pavilion, thousands others will all get misty-eyed with their own memories. By nightfall, thousands more will flock to Petco Park for Billy Joel, the Nashville Ramblers rock the Casbah, Pennywise play the second of three nights at the Observatory, and "American Idol"-alum Kris Allen is at Music Box.  

Saturday, May 14:

  • San Diego Zoo 100 Year Celebration @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion & Plaza De Panama, Balboa Park, 6 p.m., FREE!
  • The Reader's Tacotopia with La Diabla, Cumbia Machin, Madame Ur y sus Hombres, Angel Peralta Project @ Golden Hill Park
  • Billy Joel @ Petco Park
  • Paper Days, Neighbors to the North, the Paragraphs, Brothers Weiss @ The Merrow (watch our SoundDiego Spotlight on Paper Days)
  • The Nashville Ramblers, the Rosalyns, the Diddley Daddies @ Casbah
  • Pennywise performing "Unknown Road", T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory North Park
  • Kris Allen, Marie Miller @ Music Box
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots @ Belly Up
  • Bad & the Ugly; Oh, Spirit!; The Younger @ Soda Bar
  • The MilkCrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Grampa Drew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment @ The Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Motion City Soundtrack, the Spill Canvas, Microwave @ House of Blues
  • Scar Eater (AZ), the Tramplers, the Hathcocks @ The Bancroft
  • Maysa @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Jean Will Strings Spring Concert @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Against the Odds, Moxie, Nothing Sacred, With Age, Awake Me Daylight @ SOMA
  • The Liquorsmiths, Ghost Lit Kingdom @ Sycamore Den
  • Bang Pow, Cumbia Machin @ Winston's
  • Barra Brava, the Gritty, Lexicons @ Til-Two Club
  • Anthony Wilson & the Curators @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Primal Fear, Luca Turilli's Fear Factor, Alchemy (MEX), Helsott, Sentinel @ Brick By Brick
  • Tony P and Courtney Preis @ Lestat's
  • Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) @ Poway Center For the Performing Arts
  • Zero To Billy @ Java Joe's
  • UCSD Salsa Night @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Foliage @ The Industry (Chula Vista)
  • West Coast Weekender @ World Beat Center
  • Strange Weather, Blue Jean Simmons, Sonic Moonshine @ 710 Beach Club
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Mark Eteson @ Omnia
  • fungi.Psych @ Kava Lounge

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.

<![CDATA[Live Nation's $20 Ticket Sale Hits SD Shows]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 12:11:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/163*120/GettyImages-521781732.jpg

Music fans, ready to save some money? It’s that wonderful time of year again, when live-entertainment behemoth Live Nation discounts individual tickets to 1,000 shows across the country to only $20 each -- for one week only during their annual “$20 Kickoff to Summer” promotion.

For San Diego, that means we’ve got a bounty of hotly anticipated concerts on the horizon that you can now snag seats for -- at a fraction of the price it would’ve cost you yesterday. From Friday, May 13 through Friday, May 20, some of the most in-demand stops at Sleep Train Amphitheatre and SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre see their individual ticket prices slashed to just one Andrew Jackson-clad bill.

For the country music lovers out there, the $20 Kickoff to Summer is your ticket to some good, cost-efficient times with Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Dixie Chicks, and Dierks Bentley. If rock & roll is more your speed, Joe Walsh and Bad Company, 91x’s X-Fest (with Cheap Tricks, the Offspring, Wolfmother and more), Brand New and Modest Mouse, Weezer, and Journey are just a few of your best bets. 

There’s literally something for everyone, and for a limited time only, tickets are only $20 apiece. Big shows for a little cash. Not too shabby -- and a fine way to kick off the summer.

Visit LiveNation.com/kickoff for more information and tickets.

San Diego shows featured in Live Nation’s $20 Kickoff to Summer:

  • May 18: Joe Walsh and Bad Company
  • May 21: Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae
  • June 1: The Rides (ft. Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Barry Goldberg)
  • June 5: 91x X-Fest with Cheap Trick, the Offspring, Iration, Kongos, Wolfmother, and more
  • June 15: Rock 105.3 Presents Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men
  • July 5: G-Eazy, Logic
  • July 8: Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Lane
  • July 9: Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion-I, Eligh, the Grouch, Fortunate Youth
  • July 15: Dixie Chicks, Augustana
  • July 20: Barenaked Ladies
  • July 21: Weird Al Yankovic
  • July 26: Brand New, Modest Mouse
  • July 30: Sublime with Rome, Tribal Seeds, Bleeker
  • Aug. 2: Duran Duran with Chic starring Nile Rodgers
  • Aug. 3: Weezer, Panic! At The Disco
  • Aug. 3: Jim Gaffigan
  • Aug. 6: Flogging Molly
  • Aug. 14: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas
  • Aug. 19: Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Aug. 23: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge
  • Aug. 27: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa
  • Aug. 30: Journey, the Doobie Brothers with Dave Mason
  • Sept. 9: 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Sept. 11: Dierks Bentley
  • Sept. 11: NEEDTOBREATHE, Mat Kearney