<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:46:41 -0700 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:46:41 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Win VIP Experience to Channel 93.3's Summer Kick Off Concert!]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:04:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Guetta.jpg

Every year, it seems like Channel 93.3 takes it upon themselves to ratchet up summertime enjoyment. Last year, they brought big-name artists like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Ed Sheeran and Tiesto through town for their annual all-day music festival. This year, they’ve done it again: David Guetta, Pitbull, Meghan Trainor, Prince Royce, Fifth Harmony, Echosmith and Jason Derulo are all taking part in Channel 93.3’s Summer Kick Off Concert on Friday, May 8, at Sleep Train Amphitheatre -- and SoundDiego's giving away VIP Experiences to eight lucky fans.

Enter now to win a VIP Experience at Channel 93.3's Summer Kick Off Concert!

Let’s be frank: Tickets for the show are -- how should we put this -- very much in demand. But here at SoundDiego, we know what San Diego music fans like and what y’all need. So we’ve partnered with Live Nation San Diego and Channel 93.3 for a blowout VIP Experience giveaway of epic proportions for the Summer Kick Off Concert: The grand prize winner takes home a four-seat VIP box (count ‘em!) with free parking and VIP lounge passes, plus a meet-and-greet with none other than David Guetta!

But, hey, if you don’t win the grand prize, don’t worry! A second-place winner gets a four-seat VIP box with free parking and VIP lounge passes, too, plus a meet-and-greet with Fifth Harmony! We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty great deal through and through, especially when you factor in that the VIP lounge in Sleep Train Amphitheatre’s East Plaza has private bathrooms (what, what!), and access to a no-host bar and food while the show is televised inside!

So, get your contest-entering fingers ready -- we’re picking the winners at noon on Wednesday, May 6, which is basically right around the corner. Bottom line: Enter to win now, while you can!

Enter now to win a VIP Experience at Channel 93.3's Summer Kick Off Concert!

Photo Credit: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Lights with Saint Motel at the Irenic]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:05:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/LIGHTS_042015_+%2830%29.jpg Toronto-born pop singer performs "Little Machines" to a sold-out audience.]]> <![CDATA[Rock Down to Unplugged Avenue]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:57:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/josh+damigo+crop.jpg

I try to focus our energy here on nightlife in San Diego, but Saturday's daytime events are not only pretty great, but they're all free and all-ages. In Little Italy, catch the annual ArtWalk. With music stages between the blocks of art, it's always one of the best events of the year. In fact, many of the artists are pulling double-duty, because today also sees the return of Adams Avenue Unplugged (read our interview with co-headliner Tim Flannery). Once upon a time, this was the Roots Fest but has evolved into more of a neighborhood stroll with music at several businesses to pull you inside, and there's also a couple scattered outdoor stages, too. By night, head to the Casbah for a tribute to the late Kim Fowley, featuring some top-notch local acts like the Loons and Schitzophonics. If you're looking for an intimate performance, Rufus Wainright swings through the Belly Up, or if you need an EDM fix, Life in Color takes place at Valley View Casino Center.

Saturday, April 25:

  • Mission Federal Artwalk @ Little Italy (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged @ Adams Avenue (Normal Heights/Kensington): 11:30 a.m. Isaac Cheong; 12:30 p.m. Gaby Aparicio; 1:30 p.m. Peter Bolland; 2:30 p.m. Rob Deez/Kenny Eng; 3:30 p.m. the Lovebirds; 4:30 p.m. Dead Rock West; 5:30 p.m. Gregory Page; 6:30 p.m. Jeff Berkley; 7:30 p.m. Gramophone Gregory @ Java Joe's
  • Adams Ave Uplugged @ Lestat's
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged: Ashley Pond (3-4 p.m.), Stephen Rey (5-6 p.m.) @ Sycamore Den
  • The Loons, Schitzophonics, True Stories, Roni Lee, the Rosalyns @ Casbah
  • Rufus Wainwright @ Belly Up -- read our interview here
  • Angry Samoans, Authentic Sellout, Cruz Radical @ Soda Bar
  • Soft Lions, Mini Death @ The Balboa
  • El Pasada Nunca se Termina @ San Diego Civic Theatre (2 p.m., 7 p.m.)
  • Behind the Wagon, Ypsitucky @ Bar Pink
  • Life In Color Big Bang World Tour, with Tritonal, Vicetone @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Ching-yun Hu @ Salk Institute
  • Todo Mundo, We Are Sirens @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, Aloha Radio @ Observatory North Park
  • Huj (CD release), the Frights, Paper Days @ The Loft
  • Stu Larsen, Natsuki Kurai, Matt Sanders @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Led Zepagain, Bonfire (AC/DC tribute) @ House of Blues
  • CJs Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Smiths Night with DJ Saul Q @ The Hideout
  • Treaded, Zone 7, Lynch the Landlord, the Lo-Glo @ Epicentre
  • Children of the Grave, Time Machine, Y.Y.Zed @ Brick By Brick
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Cage9, Aempire, Blood Dancer @ The Merrow
  • Yabutifida, Barnyard Cassanovas @ The Bancroft
  • Taken By Tomorrow, Milo, I Understand, Hand Drawn Tree, Alex Lievanos @ SOMA
  • DJ Junior the DISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • The Neumans, the Hurrcanes, Los Sweepers, DJ Tony the Tyger & Mateo Londres @ Tower Bar
  • Stone Horse @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Kill the Radio, 13 Wolves, the Sweat Act, Robotic Humans, Ill Nicky, Mikey Cesar, DJ Mikey Ratt @ Til-Two Club
  • Catherine Denise @ Tio Leo's
  • Savi @ Fluxx
  • Andrew Rayel @ Bassmnt
  • Hayden James @ Bang Bang
  • Destructo Bunny @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • P.O.B. @ Boar Cross'n
  • Polynesian Underground presents For Peace Band, Arise Roots @ 710 Beach Club
  • Peter Pan @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Wishbone Ash @ Ramona Mainstage

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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: Josh Damigo]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Jackson Browne]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:23:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Jackson+Browne+Connie+Bolger+%281%29.jpg Legendary songwriters Jackson Browne, Jack Tempchin and Joel Rafael banded together for the "Circle of Friends" benefit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on April 9.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Make Music Day Hits San Diego]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:23:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/451012806.jpg

Are you ready to make music, San Diego?

When Make Music Day hits over 700 cities across the globe on June 21, America’s Finest City will be joining in on the action for the first time. Make Music is a one-day annual celebration of everything musical, where musicians young and old share stages, porches, sidewalks, patios, lawns and parks with each other worldwide. Experts, professionals, beginners, amateurs -- pretty much anyone -- who wants to share their music with others can get involved.

In 2015, the Greater San Diego Region will join in on the yearly event, which was originally launched in France as Fete de la Musique (which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”), in 1982. This year, San Diego will join more than 20 participating major U.S. cities, including Seattle, Pittsburgh, Portland, New York, LA, Chicago, Boston and Nashville. The inaugural Make Music San Diego event on June 21 will also officially be part of the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration, which marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Perhaps the coolest thing about the international celebration is that absolutely anyone can get involved in the all-day event by either performing, hosting events, volunteering, donating or attending shows. Any genre of music is welcome -- punk, folk, bluegrass, jazz, classical, indie rock, pop, and hip-hop (among many others) -- and any type of musician (and skill level) is invited to get involved. Singers, bands, choirs, MCs, glee clubs, marching bands, mariachis, DJs -- the more the merrier. Just get out there and make some music!

For more information about how to get involved and sign up, please visit makemusicday.org and makemusicsd.org.

Dustin Lothspeich plays in Old Tiger, Diamond Lakes and Boy King. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[Got Milkmen?]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:40:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Dead_Milkmen_by_Jessica_Kourkounis_2014_2.jpg

Friday, Matt Pond PA, Young Buffalo and Shawn Alpay are at the Casbah; the Dead Milkmen headline at the Belly Up; Tribal Seeds, Hirie and True Press return to the Observatory North Park for a second night; Turbo Fruits and Eternal Summers are at the Merrow; "It's Gonna Blow" fundraiser featuring aMiniature, El Ten Eleven and Lunar Maps at the Ken Club; Chinese Rocks (performing Johnny Thunders “So Alone” album), Chica Diabla and Chamber Sixx play at Black Cat Bar; Nicky Lane, Low Volts and Jake Loban & the Benders are at Soda Bar; AJ Froman and Death By Snoo Snoo take over the Balboa; Falling In Reverse headline at House of Blues; and Desert Suns' record release with Midnight Ghost, Red Wizard and Loom are at Tower Bar. Dance options include ‘80s vs.‘90s at Bar Pink; Lil Jon at Bassmnt; and MemoRex, Bass Exotic and Karma at Bang Bang.

Kick off your Saturday with Artwalk in Little Italy or Adams Avenue Unplugged. Later that night, Soft Lions and Mini Death are at the Balboa; a tribute to Kim Fowley with the Loons, Schizophonics, True Stories, Roni Lee and the Rosalyns a the Casbah; Angry Samoans, Authentic Sellout and Cruz Radical are at Soda Bar; Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth and Aloha Radio hit the Observatory North Park; Todo Mundo and We Are Sirens are at Winstons; and Huj, the Frights and Paper Days play at the Loft (UCSD). Hit the dance floor with Club Sabbat at Numb3rs and DJs Severin and yours truly; Life In Color Big Bang World Tour with Tritonal and Vicetone at Valley View Casino Center; Booty Bassmnt at the Whistle Stop, Hayden James at Bang Bang, Andrew Ravel at Bassmnt; and Smiths Night with Saul Q is a the Hideout.

Enjoy Sunday fun day with Artwalk and Adams Avenue Unplugged. Plus, Kaiser Chiefs and Priory are at House of Blues; Waxahatchee and Girlpool take over the Casbah; Reptar, Sandy’s and Paper Days are at Soda Bar; and the Six String Society Show is at the Belly Up.

Have a good 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: Jessica Kourkounis]]>
<![CDATA[Golden Pond]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:39:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mppa_rockyv_1.jpg

Your Friday night is stacked with some amazing live shows. The Casbah hosts singer Matt Pond PA while Nikki Lane drops in at Soda Bar. Turbo Fruits and Eternal Summers are a great double bill at the Merrow, and the Dead Milkmen perform at the Belly Up. Probably the most spectacular show is the "It's Gonna Blow" fundraiser at the Ken Club, which sees the first aMiniature show since LiveWire's 20th Anniversary Party a few years back. The documentary has been making a splash since it was first screened, and with plans to take it nationwide, they need your support to give the country a broader view of San Diego beyond killer whales and sports franchises. If you're looking to see the local scene firsthand, drop by the Lafayette Hotel for the second round of unveilings for El Cajon Boulevard banners, which will certainly be a who's who of San Diego flavor.

Friday, April 24:

  • Matt Pond PA, Young Buffalo, Shawn Alpay @ Casbah
  • "It's Gonna Blow" Fundraiser, featuring aMiniature, Mayonnaise Fire, Lunar Maps @ Ken Club
  • El Cajon Banner Unveiling Party Round 2, with music by the Alfred Howard Experience, the Down Lights with Normandie Wilson, Patric Petrie & Friends, Lou Curtiss, Joey Harris @ Lafayette Hotel (7-11 p.m.)
  • Foreigner @ Events Center at Harrah's Resort Southern California (read our interview here)
  • Lil Jon (DJ set) @ Bassmnt
  • Nikki Lane, Low Volts, Jake Loban & the Benders @ Soda Bar
  • Turbo Fruits, Eternal Summers @ The Merrow
  • The Dead Milkmen, JP Incorporated @ Belly Up
  • AJ Froman, Death By Snoo Snoo @ The Balboa
  • Party on the Pier Freestyle Festival, featuring Expose, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Debbie Deb, Tone Loc, Locera, Stacey Q, Candyman @ Port Pavilion
  • Falling in Reverse, Assuming We Survive, Ghost Town@ House of Blues
  • Tribal Seeds, Hirie, True Press @ Observatory SD
  • '80s vs '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove (Rock and Soul vs Disco and Pop) @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Gamblers Mark, Hard Fall Hearts, Joshua Black Wilkins, Kinga Dula @ Brick By Brick
  • Cherry Road, Horsefly, Big Toe, Love Ethic, Cloudside @ Epicentre
  • Tribe of King Free Wheeling Reggae @ The Hideout
  • Philthy Rich @ Porter's Pub
  • Witherward, Candy Lee @ Lestat's
  • Alice Wallace, Trevor McSpadden @ Java Joe's
  • Pink Ribbon Riot @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Archetype @ The Bancroft
  • DJ R-You @ U-31
  • Jean Luc Ponty @ Croce's Park West
  • Breez'n @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Enter Shikari, Stray From the Path, A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty @ SOMA
  • Desert Suns (record release), Red Wizard, Loom @ Tower Bar
  • Brothers Gow @ Winston's
  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ Whistle Stop
  • Hook n Sling @ Fluxx
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • LCAW @ Bang Bang
  • Bob McChesney @ 98 Bottles
  • Random Radio, DJ Arox @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Pat Hilton @ 710 Beach Club
  • Sunny Rude, Crucial Blend @ 710 Beach Club
  • Chubby Checker @ Sycuan
  • Coco Montoya, Blues Mobile Band, Johnny Oskam @ Ramona Mainstage

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Rufus Wainwright Settles Down]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:59:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rufus+Wainwright+Cropped.jpg

By most accounts, Rufus Wainwright shouldn’t even be doing a "greatest hits" tour. That’s not to imply that he hasn’t produced a consistent stream of excellent albums filled with decidedly catchy songs that once made Elton John knight him "the greatest songwriter on the planet." No, it’s just that in listening to his first album, "Rufus Wainwright" (1998), and even his second, "Poses" (2001), one could have easily gotten the sense that while he was a huge talent, he was also one that was destined to crash and burn. That this man -- with his angelic tenor and forelorn, baroque-pop songs about unrequited love, addiction and isolation -- was just not meant to be with us for long.
And yet, here he is almost two decades later. Even he thinks it’s kind of funny.
"It’s completely surreal," says Wainwright via email when asked if he ever thought he’d one day be on a tour performing all his hits. "Not to mention that I'm writing two operas at the same time. But doesn't life just get weirder and weirder for everybody?"
That it does. And for Wainwright, the journey has been a bit weird along the way. The son of legendary Canadian folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, he was writing songs and touring when he was still in his teens. Coming into his own in the late ‘90s, he was singing openly about his homosexuality when most of his gay peers were still lyrically working in vagaries and allusion. His songs were vulnerable, often fabulous, and he rarely hid the fact that he often felt out of control. Shortly after "Poses," he became dangerously addicted to crystal meth, even temporarily losing his sight at one point. He cleaned up just before recording what is arguably his best album, "Want One," in 2003. When asked if he still recognizes the young man who wrote those songs of promiscuity and debauchery all those years ago, Wainwright says that man is still there. He’s just under control.
Rufus Wainwright performing"I tend to take a Hindu approach to existence. Meaning that as you get older instead of becoming a different person, you just become several different people and more and more kind of a schizophrenic. And I can still feel that young Rufus, that young restless Rufus within me pining for a bigger life. Thank God there's an older Rufus who owns real estate."
Not only does he own real estate, but he’s also a married father of one. In 2010, he became engaged to his longtime beau, German arts administrator Jorn Weisbrodt (they officially married in 2012). And with help from friend Lorca Cohen (yes, the daughter of Leonard Cohen), the couple had a daughter in 2011. Wainwright’s subsequent album, "Out of the Game," revealed a more mature and happily domesticated artist with songs about fatherhood ("Montauk") and settling down ("Out of the Game").
"I would say it would be presumptuous of me to make any broad statements in that kind of department at the moment," says Wainwright when asked if parenthood has changed him. "When I'm with my daughter every second is a profound discovery [laughs]. Call me in 20 years."
More recently, he just finished recording an opera he wrote in 2009 called "Prima Donna," with the BBC Orchestra backing him up. "It sounds incredible. It will be released in the fall," he says.
The second opera, "Hadrian," about a Roman emperor at the end of the classical era, will premiere in the Canadian Opera Company's 2018-19 season. Luckily for his fans, he says more "greatest hits" will be coming very soon.
"I’m constantly writing songs. The nice part about this particular juncture, while doing classical works, is that I haven't had time to go into the studio much. In the end and in regards to a new Rufus album, I think I'll have a lot of material to choose from and a lot of excitement in terms of getting away from, you know, grumpy string players."
Rufus Wainwright plays the Belly Up on Saturday, April 25, at 9 p.m., 21+. Tickets are available here 

Seth Combs writes about music for local and national publications. You can follow him on Twitter at @combsseth

<![CDATA[For Pete's Sake]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:29:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/peteyorn1.jpg

All of us from Sounddiego come from different backgrounds and have different musical tastes, but one of the artista who comes to San Diego repeatedly and makes just about all of us swoon is Pete Yorn. We've seen him at big shows and small, at wineries and festivals and stadiums, in the rain and out in the sun, and there's something about this guy that has made at least a few of us lifelong fans. On Thursday, you can catch his You And Me Acoustic tour at the Belly Up. Meanwhile, the Casbah hosts the countryesque stylings of songstress Lindi Ortega, Soda Bar hosts Tijanenses Le Ra, and legendary guitarist Al Di Meola performs to a packed house at the Balboa Theatre.

Thursday, April 23:

  • Pete Yorn  @ Belly Up
  • Lindi Ortega, the Casey Hensley Band @ Casbah
  • Le Ra, Mint Field, the Wallburds @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Girth @ Bar Pink
  • Lydia Loveless, Old Salt Union @ Queen Bee's
  • Al Di Meola @ Balboa Theatre
  • Tribal Seeds, Through the Roots, Leilani Wolfgram @ Observatory North Park
  • Peter Sprague Ensemble @ Dizzy's
  • Ektomorf, Section 6 @ Brick By Brick
  • Peculiar Percussion @ The Hideout
  • Landis @ Sycamore Den
  • Aaron Bowen, Nathan Rivera @ Lestat's
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • Sir Michael Rocks, Robb Banks, Pouya @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Breakthrough Entertainment @ House of Blues
  • Glyphics: A Community Art Event with music by D.E.M. & Kimba Light @ The Merrow
  • Club '80s @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Ayla Simone @ U-31
  • Steph Johnson Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • R:Tyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • One I Red @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Subdvsn @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • No Limits with Myson King @ The Office
  • Trans Van Santos, Pearl Charles, Lauren Bath, Oliver Ray, Jordan Chini @ Til-Two Club
  • Kill Paris @ Fluxx
  • Crookers @ Bassmnt
  • VAMP @ Whistle Stop
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • Kulchaflava, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Fyuca @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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: Pete Yorn]]>
<![CDATA[June 30 Last Day for Porter’s Pub?]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:22:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KRS.jpg

The operators at Porter’s Pub -- which programs hip-hop, rap, electronic and indie-rock shows-- have received a letter instructing the venue to vacate on June 30. Technically, the pub’s lease is up on May 31, but the venue was given an extra 30 days to remove its property.

In November, news broke via the UCSD Guardian that the University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) was not renewing the lease with the business' current owner, Stephen Lawler. UCAB is a student-run committee that controls on-campus services, facilities and centers that are funded by student fees.

It was a surprising announcement, coming as it did in the wake of similar news at the nearby Che Café, and since Porter's routinely hosts much bigger shows venue, including KRS-One, Too Short, Unwritten Law and Run the Jewels, among others. The issues at hand, as announced by the UCAB, were the pub's lack of student-run events and lack of food sales, which are required to consistently outpace alcohol sales. While alcohol sales may have outstripped those of food at concerts, that was not the general case, said a Porter's Pub spokesman.

Lawler, who told SoundDiego he invested between $150,000 and $200,000 installing a new bar and kitchen when he took over the club eight years ago, said on Wednesday that he has not given up hope on saving Porter’s Pub.

“Just trying to figure it out,” Lawler said. “Still a chance we can stay.”

Lawler stressed that the letter is not an eviction letter, and that dialogue with the University Centers had not ended. At a minimum, supporters of the pub hope the club will stay open until a new tenant has been selected for the site. At a minimum, they’re hoping for month-to-month lease until the location changes hands.

The Che Café is also facing closure. After a year of legal wrangling between the co-op, the UCSD administration and student advisory boards, the school officially served the Che Cafe a five-day eviction notice on March 17. The order mandated that the 73-year-old building, located at 1000 Scholars Drive, be vacated by March 24. However, the site was still operating in May. Sheriff’s deputies said in March that they have 180 days to enforce an eviction once the notice is served. While discussions have taken place between Vice Chancellor Juan Gonzalez and Che representatives since late March, nothing has altered the situation, Che spokeswoman Aditi Gautum told SoundDiego.

The news that Porter’s Pub lease was not being renewed came as a shock to Lawler, who purchased the pub from Robert Porter, the original operator who opened the club 22 years ago.

Lawler said on Wednesday that he is developing other projects, including an arts festival in Vista in the fall, and Porter’s Pub continues to book shows, including appearances by People Under the Stairs on May 2, Nipsy Hussle on May 14 and Slick Rick on May 24.

Photo Credit: SoundDiego]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Bruce Hornsby at Balboa Theatre]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:40:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/BRUCEHORNSBYapril2015_.jpg From Grateful Dead to classical, the Grammy-winning pianist gave a memorable solo concert on April 16.]]> <![CDATA[Adams Ave Unplugged Waves Tim Flannery Home]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:09:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/Flannery+Cropped.jpg

There are fewer two-day street festivals in San Diego that we look forward to more than the annual Adams Avenue Unplugged festival -- and it's making its return to Normal Heights on April 25-26.

It seems to grow bigger and get better every year, and 2015 is no exception: Over 150 musical acts spanning genres like soul, jazz and funk to folk, indie-pop, country and Americana will line the avenue on 25 different stages over the weekend, while food vendors, shopping booths, entertainment and more blanket the two-mile stretch of bars, eateries and shops. Oh, and one of the other best parts about it? It's free.

Of course, its main focus is, as the name implies, the music. This year, headliners include Bauhaus' David J, Anais Mitchell, Hot Buttered Rum, Cody Lovaas (last year's San Diego Music Award-winner for Best New Artist) and Roosevelt Dime. Also, heading up the diverse bill? None other than Tim Flannery & the Lunatic Fringe.

You may recognize the name if you're a baseball fan, or if you spent any time following the Padres over the last 30 years. "Flan" (as he's known to fans) played 11 seasons with the Friars from 1979-89 and was the third base coach for the Padres, and then the San Francisco Giants until 2014. Typically, when baseball season would end, he'd fire up his musical side. This year, he records his eleventh studio album in 15 years. But after he retired last year, it's now what he does full time. Like the rest of us, Adams Avenue Unplugged is something he's looking forward to -- but it'll also be his first time going.

"I've never been able to attend because of baseball in the summer … but [I'm looking forward to] playing my hometown with my friends, and hearing all the other great friends of mine who are also playing it."

After touring and performing onstage with everyone from Jackson Browne, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby and Garth Brooks over the years, he admits that San Diego holds a special place in his heart.

"I love it because many folks have watched me grow as a musician over the 20 years in town," Flannery said. "I love the Bay area, too. I'm in Redding right now, playing a beautiful theatre tonight. I just caught a huge trout behind the venue, so this doesn't suck. [laughs]"

And when you're talking to Tim Flannery, you've just got to ask about his thoughts on the current Padres team.

"They added some great pieces," he said. "Time will tell. The season is so long -- anything can happen."

You'll have two chances to catch Tim Flannery & the Lunatic Fringe during Adams Avenue Unplugged on Saturday, April 25 -- at the Church Stage at 1:30 p.m. and at 4 p.m. at the Adams Park at 35th Stage.

For the festival's full schedule and lineup, please visit the Adams Avenue Business Association's official website.

Photo Credit: Photo by Mitchell Glotzer]]>
<![CDATA[Break Out with Lady Lamb and Young Fathers]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:33:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/young+fathers+1.jpg

Wednesday is seriously a great night of music: At the Casbah, you can catch Scotland's Young Fathers, who can boast TV on the Radio among their fans. They're one of the most talked about buzz acts -- you should definitely catch them while they're still under the radar. Meanwhile at Soda Bar, Lady Lamb performs. Her album has been on non-stop rotation in our household. Lady Lamb is for fans who like indie-pop with great storytelling à la Sylvan Esso, or even lyrically like Courtney Barnett minus the guitar distortion. If that still doesn't suit your fancy, Drive-By Truckers are at Belly Up, Rosewood & Rye are at The Merrow, and Al Howard hosts a night of songs and stories at Whistle Stop.

Wednesday, April 22:

  • Young Fathers, Mas Ysa, Taurus Authority @ Casbah
  • Lady Lamb, Rathborne, The Gift Machine @ Soda Bar
  • Drive-By Truckers (Dirt Underneath Tour) @ Belly Up
  • Rosewood & Rye, Wild Omen, Kyle Turtle @ The Merrow
  • Al Howard, Erik Canzona, Dawn Mitshele @ Whistle Stop
  • Visigoth, Old Man Wizard, Sentinal @ Tower Bar
  • Funked Out Wednesday with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Industry Night @ The Hideout
  • Jamming Out @ House of Blues Salvation Alley
  • Eliza Vera, On Fifth, Curt Owen @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series ft. Austin Gatus @ Croce's Park West
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Latin Dance Party ft. Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winstons (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Winstons
  • Visigoth, Old Man Wizard, Sentinel @ Tower Bar
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Deborah Galan @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Andy Mauser @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Damage from Music Festival Estimated at $64K]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:44:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Waterfront-Park-7.jpg

Repairs to Waterfront Park after a two-day electronic music festival in March are estimated to cost more than $64,000, according to an estimate from the County of San Diego.

The estimated damage and the cost to repair the park will be paid for by festival organizers, Michael Workman, Director of Communications for the County said. The repair estimate includes the cost of supplies and labor.

The CRSSD Electronic Music Festival took place at Waterfront Park March 14 and 15. Event organizers rented the park for $33,000, nearly one-third of the revenue officials hope to generate this year through private events at the park.

The park that sits on the Embarcadero is popular among those seeking the free fountains, lawn and playground.

The damage from the festival includes:

  • A sign in the playground area that is estimated to cost close to $2,000 to replace.
  • Fountain and hardscape surfacing damaged with food and drink stains and chewing gum.
  • Irrigation heads, valves and leaks, estimated to cost $6,270.
  • More than 500 plants which are expected to cost $35,340 to replace.
  • Depressed turf and granite surfaces, estimated to cost $14,250.

Click here to see the complete list of repairs.

According to the County, festival organizers and the county have agreed to this estimate and work is underway to make the repairs.

Festival organizers paid the county a deposit of just under $7,000, Workman said. According to the rental agreement with the county, since the estimated amount of damage is greater than the deposit, the company will be invoiced for the remainder of the repair costs.

<![CDATA[Foreigner: Jukebox Heroes]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:46:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Foreigner+Cropped.jpg

Foreigner's guitarist, keyboardist and general jack-of-all-trades, Thom Gimbel, doesn't get starstruck too often.

"You get immune to it after a while," he told me over the phone, while the band was taking a day off in Albuquerque, N.M. "You know, when I played with Aerosmith, Jimmy Page would sit in, and Mick [Jones, Foreigner's co-founding guitarist] would introduce us to people like Nile Rodgers. These days, I'm more of a film guy to be honest. I was at a movie premiere one time, and I could see Jacqueline Bisset sitting a couple rows down from me, and I was like, 'Whoa!'"

What a life: Not only is Gimbel's main squeeze the classic-rock titan Foreigner -- who performs at Harrah's Resort Southern California (a SoundDiego sponsor) on Friday, April 24 -- he also spent years as a player in Aerosmith's touring band. As you can imagine, the stories he has to tell are mind-boggling. While we chat, he spins tales of hanging out with Brian May, Robert De Niro, Steven Tyler and Emeril. Not in a name-dropping sense, either; you can tell that he's not pulling out these stories to seem cool -- these are simply just the people that make up his weekdays. Whereas you and I will say stuff like, "TGIF!" Gimbel says, "TGIF -- and I hope Jeff Goldblum's practiced his guest piano part for the show tonight."

In atypical rock star behavior though, his most excitable memories and impassioned stories have to do with family. Within two minutes of picking up the phone, Gimbel's telling me about his dad -- a world-class practical joker, it seems.

"He looks like Jack Nicklaus. So, whenever we'd fly anywhere, he'd tell the flight attendants he was him and they'd end up bringing him free drinks the whole flight. [laughs] We're all like, 'C'mon dad! Cut it out! You're a psychopath!' Well, one time, some kid goes up to him during the flight and says, 'If you're Jack Nicklaus, where are your clubs?' because apparently, Nicklaus takes his clubs on planes with him. Needless to say, he was caught. The flight attendants got pretty pissed. [laughs]"

Gimbel admits he's had it pretty good: For a guy that grew up in Boston, majored in performance (flute) at the Berklee College of Music, and ended up touring with Steven Tyler and Co. from '89 to '95, he's aware of the fact that he's been living the dream the last two decades as a member of Foreigner. Yet, he's still down to earth.

"We’re just lucky. We appreciate being on the road. We don’t get on each other’s nerves too much. This is what you want to do when you’re a kid. This is what you hope will happen. If I’m complaining, I’m doing something wrong."

Foreigner's seemingly always on the road. After the band completes their current tour, they're back at it again in the summer with Kid Rock and yet again in the fall with Def Leppard and Styx. Gimbel says the constant life on the road is really just a testament to their music.

"It's about the quality of the songs. That's why you're looking at 80 million albums sold worldwide. And that's not for 25 albums either. We've only got nine albums. And that's the only reason we can do what we do. We're a global band. We go to Germany, South America, France -- everywhere. People just love the songs -- and I still love them, too. I mean, they have everything I like; they're mostly rock but there are moments when they're more melodic and have interesting harmonies."

When asked if he had any personal favorites when it comes to the Foreigner catalog (I rattle off some of the hits like "Cold As Ice," "Feels Like the Very First Time," "Waiting For a Girl Like You," and "I Want to Know What Love Is"), he offered up another.

"Sometimes you get chills from a certain song and for me, 'That Was Yesterday,' really does that. We don't do it all the time, so it's very special to me and I love its message."

Local Foreigner fans have a couple chances to see the band in 2015, as those aforementioned big tours come rolling through in the summer and fall, but luckily for us, the band is set to headline Harrah's Resort Southern California right around the corner. As Gimbel puts it, playing America's Finest City is never a bad gig.

"Everybody loves San Diego. It's so nice. Sometimes when we fly in, and people look at your ticket, they all go, 'Ohhhhh, you're lucky!' When your ticket says 'San Diego,' it's a good day."

Harrah's Resort Southern California welcomes Foreigner on Friday, April 24. Tickets range from $45-$115 and are available online here. 

Dustin Lothspeich plays in Old Tiger, Diamond Lakes and Boy King. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Foreigner]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Father John Misty at Observatory North Park]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Father+John+Misty+%282+of+38%29.jpg We love you too, honeybear: Joshua Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, brought his unrivaled showmanship and biting indie-pop through the Observatory on April 14.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Ladies First: Irene Diaz & Nora Jane Struthers]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:50:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/irenediaz.jpg

Tuesday will be a battle of women as the Casbah and Soda Bar both host amazing female singer/songwriters: Casbah welcomes Nashville's Nora Jane Struthers with local gal Nena Anderson as opener -- this one is more Americana style and goes well with whiskey. Meanwhile over at Soda Bar, you can catch the sultry Irene Diaz -- an occasional country vibe, but more candlelight and wine, if you will. Around town, Mos Def rolls into the Observatory North Park and Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach performs at the Belly Up.

Tuesday, April 21:

  • Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Nena Anderson @ Casbah
  • Irene Diaz, Eliza Rose Vera @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday ft. Mr Adrian Demain & Ms Susannah Kurner @ Bar Pink
  • Sebastian Bach (Original Voice of Skid Row), Lord Howler @ Belly Up
  • Yasiin Bey a.k.a. Mos Def with Kaus and DJ Inform, Emphasize, Generik & Anek (LNC) @ Observatory North Park
  • Soda Bar presents Prawn, Frameworks, Big Bad Buffalo @ House of Blues, Voodoo Stage
  • Spaced Out (Deep House Residency with Mike Lepiere & Lloyd Maupins) @ The Hideout
  • Gloomsday, Geyser House, Sound Lupus @ The Merrow
  • Karaoke @ Kensington Club
  • San Diego New Music presents Double Bass: A La Mode @ Athenaeum
  • Local Brews Local Grooves ft. Zane Adlam (7 p.m.), Tennessee Tina (7:30 p.m.), Jara (8 p.m.), Too Rude for Sunday (9 p.m.), Leave the Universe (10 p.m.) @ House of Blues, Salvation Alley
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Lori Bell & Satterfield Croce's Park West
  • Comedy Night @ Til-Two Club
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Winstons
  • Pre-Gator Party @ Tio Leo's
  • Robbie Rivera @ Parq
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Greg Gatsby @ Atomic Nightclub
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Country Night @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Joshua White Debuts New Quintet]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:41:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/1jwbr722.jpg

There are nights when the music transcends, and to be honest with you those nights are what keep me going. They are rare by definition, but in San Diego, the odds are on the side of the transcendent whenever the names of Joshua White, Mark Dresser and Kjell Nordeson are on the bill.

Take that trio and combine the extraordinary free improvising abilities of woodwind specialist Ellen Weller and new San Diego trumpet master Stephanie Richards into the equation and the stage is set for a magical experience.

On April 18, this quintet assembled, without benefit of charts or rehearsal, in the unlikely musical sanctuary known as Dizzy’s for an evening of active, masterful and balanced conversation that exceeded even the high expectations that such a gathering would inspire.

Set up in a cluster in the center of the venue, surrounded by the audience at all degrees, White began the evening alone, misting pensive, elemental droplets from a cloud of gauzy harmony before being joined by Dresser’s siren arco wail which toggled against a deep moan as Weller’s flute sputtered and Richards’ muted trumpet mocked ominously over Nordeson’s symphony of soft rimshot clicks and sharp bass drum retorts. Waves of cacophony surged and receded, as did moments of visceral swing and snatches of the blues, and above all, glorious strands of melody hung everywhere.

Nordeson is a remarkable percussionist who dodges clichés with the zeal of a prowler avoiding motion sensors, and his inexorable sense of surge from a dramatic array of unusual noise generators (like a toy xylophone and tiny bongos) placed atop and around a “conventional” drum kit had me imagining a strange union of Sunny Murray and Desi Arnaz.

Dresser activated both hands in independent hammering directions and the sonics created (scurrying bi-tones and non-tempered arpeggios) set the bar for audacity very high, indeed, but always in the service of ratcheting the music to a higher dimension.

Sometimes, White simply listened to the events he set in motion -- hands folded as if to avoid breaking the spell with additional input. When the time was right, he would re-enter with fistfuls of spiraling thematic energy and a rhythmic dynamic that could turn coal into diamonds.

This was my first opportunity to hear Richards stretch out since she arrived to take a position at UCSD -- she did not disappoint. Richards had a growling, warbled vibrato that evoked Lester Bowie flashbacks, and a tender burnish on the flugelhorn that recalled Kenny Wheeler, a combination I’ve never associated with any other brass player.

It is a crime that Ellen Weller spends so little of her time in the arena of free improvisation because she has such a singular voice -- clearly enunciated on each instrument: traditional and ethnic flutes, clarinet and soprano saxophone. Also, when she walked around the performance space clanging a bell for timbre variation. At key points in the evening, Weller isolated each member of the ensemble in duet and began dancing in intimate lockstep with startling results.

From hush to roar and back again, this was a night of virtuoso listening that left no one unmoved. One of White’s most astonishing gifts is his ability to express himself in the moment without a trace of compromise, nor did it drive the casual listener (who might not have signed on for such an adventurous experience) towards the exits.

Transformative. There is no higher compliment in my book.

 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 Cat Empire Strikes Back]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:58:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/113138414.jpg

Oh, you San Diegans are so funny. You would think that 4/20 is a holiday around here, with all the special shows. We get it. You like the green. Very clever. There are still some great shows Monday, with or without your special day. The Cat Empire return for a show at the Belly Up, while Artistic hosts another Battle Bot competition at the Casbah. Soda Bar keeps it local with Fusebox, and Tower and the Merrow have good options, too. The Observatory hosts Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who will perform "E. 1999 Eternal" for all of you feeling nostalgic for a throwback to the '90s.

Monday, April 20:

  • The Cat Empire, Current Swell @ Belly Up
  • DJ Artistic's Hip Hop Battle Bot - 4/20 edition @ Casbah
  • Fusebox, Dirty Birdy, Landis @ Soda Bar
  • The Scattering, Hollow Earth, Slums of the Future @ Tower Bar
  • Motown on Mondays @ Bar Pink
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (playing "E. 1999 Eternal" in its entirety) @ Observatory North Park
  • Mondaze Cards Jam @ The Hideout
  • 4/20 Show: The Squirming Coils (a tribute to Phish) @ Winston's (7 p.m.)
  • The Shame and Waste, Privatized Air, Seks @ The Merrow
  • Kneebody, Matthew Smith, Juice Box @ Loft
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Aloha Radio @ Horton Grand Theatre
  • 45 Revolutions @ Croce's Park West
  • 4/20 Party Reggae & Hip-Hop @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Industry & Local Night with DJ RoyAle & Friends @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Dead Milkmen Tell Tales]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:24:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Dead_Milkmen_by_Jessica_Kourkounis_2014_2.jpg

April is for resurrections, yeah? That’s cool, because the Dead Milkmen are coming back to life. It’s been three years since the West Coast has seen the ’80s punks (responsible for the catchy hits “Punk Rock Girl” and “Bitchin’ Camaro”), and on Friday, April 24, that all changes at the Belly Up.

The year was 1983; the place, Philadelphia. Four guys -- Rodney Linderman (vocals, keys), Joe Genaro (guitar, vocals), Dave Schulthise (bass) and Dean Sabatino (drums) -- made a name for themselves as the Dead Milkmen in the Philly punk scene. College radio picked up their debut LP, giving the band its initial boost that would see them through the decade, with MTV later hitching onto their 1988 release, “Beelzebubba.” After exiting a soured label relationship, however, the band broke, releasing what they intended to be their final album.

Around the band’s 20th anniversary, talks of a reunion tour fell silent and were replaced with memorial shows to honor bassist Schulthise, who committed suicide. It would be another four years after before the Dead Milkmen talked of reuniting, and when they did in 2008, it was intended to be a one time thing, with Dan Stevens on bass. But seven years and a bunch of new material later, the Dead Milkmen play on.

Ahead of the band’s return to the West, Dead Milkmen drummer Dean Sabatino, who’s a graphic designer by day, talks with SoundDiego about how to get back on the road and into the studio without becoming an “oldies hack band.”

Hannah Lott-Schwartz: What’s it like going out on tour after so long?
Dean Sabatino: [Laughs] Well, I’ll let you know at the end of April, because up until now we’ve only done three maybe four shows in one go. I think it’ll be fine -- we’re looking forward to it. It’s only a week long, and we won’t have a big tour bus or anything. I think a week is long enough for that kind of touring.

HLS: When were you last out on the road?
DS: We did some shows last fall. Last time we were out on the West Coast was about three years ago, so it’s been awhile. But we’ve done other shows on the East Coast.

HLS: So is it like riding a bike?
DS: I think it kinda comes back like riding a bike. We do play and do rehearse -- maybe you want to call it our main hobby. We’ve been together, gee, over 30 years, so we do have some experience with what does what doesn’t work out on the road. We know how it works, so we can get rolling pretty quickly.

HLS: I can’t believe it’s been that long that you guys have been together.
DS: Yeah, when I think about it it kinda surprises me. I joined the band in 1983, and Joe and Dave and Rodney had been working on songs and writing music before then even. It was only once I joined as the drummer that they played their first show. But yeah, to think 30 years -- it’s been a very interesting trip.

HLS: What’s better -- music now or then?
DS: We’ve alway had a very varying and wide-ranging music taste. College radio was still pretty prevalent in the ’80s and ’90s. Everything is online now, but you can satisfy your musical tastes almost immediately. But I listen to all kinds of things. One of my favorite bands in the ’80s was XTC. These days I can listen to bands like Wilco or Spoon -- Superchunk is still around. I listen to lots and lots of different things. Rodney listens to industrial music for instance [laughs]. So it’s kinda cool, you know. It’s a different way of doing things, and we work with that too.

HLS: Are there any plans for a new album?
DS: We sorta got back into it in 2008 -- we’d played a fest down in Texas, and it was designed to be a one off thing, but we had so much fun doing it that we wanted to see if we could do it on our own terms. But we didn’t want to be an oldies hack band and play the same old songs again and again. And that’s how the 2011 album came about, and then continuing on from that we did a series of 7-inch vinyl singles. Yeah, I think we want to continue to write new songs. But again, we just kind of do it on our own terms.

HLS: Are you putting that out yourselves?
DS: We’re not signed to a label. We do it ourselves, and if anything, I think it’s cycled back around to the early punk ethos of DIY. It’s a lot of work, but it’s been fun, and it’s been rewarding to have a direct connection to the fans that way.

The Dead Milkmen play the Belly Up on Friday, April 24, at 9 p.m, 21+. JP Incorporated open. Tickets are available here.

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: Jessica Kourkounis]]>
<![CDATA[Neighborhood Chantepleures]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Chantapleures+Cropped.jpg

After you spend the day at the annual Earth Fair at Balboa Park, get ready to party your Sunday night away. Casbah hosts a solid all-local lineup with the Slashes, Speaker in Reverse, Le Chateau and yet another Al Howard project, the Lion & the Lady. Soda Bar is keeping it local, too, with the Chantepleures, a band inspired by the '90s Manchester scene that I grew up loving. Tonight's calendar reminds you that sometimes it's good to keep it local.

Sunday, April 19:

  • Earth Day Celebration @ Balboa Park
  • The Slashes, Speaker In Reverse, Le Chateau, the Lion & the Lady @ Casbah
  • The Chantepleures, Young Lovers, Future Age @ Soda Bar
  • The Liquorsmiths @ Sycamore Den
  • Patrick Berrogain, Todo Mundo @ Croce's Park West
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Morgan Heritage, Jemere Morgan, the Expanders, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • San Diego Opera 50th Celebration Concert @ Symphony Hall (2 p.m.)
  • Alfred Howard @ El Dorado
  • Yellowman, Aloha Radio @ World Beat Center
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Aubrey Faye, Jeanette Harris @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam/Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Nick Howard, Robert Gillies @ Lestat's
  • Soul track Mind @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winstons (10 p.m.)
  • Gay Men's Chorus Greatest Hits @ Balboa Theatre
  • Steely Dan w/Roger Glenn Jazz Trio @ Humphrey's By the Bay

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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 the Chantepleures]]>
<![CDATA[Record Store Day 2015]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:05:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/462611218+%281%29.jpg

Christmas for vinyl lovers is just around the corner. Record Store Day -- the internationally celebrated non-holiday when local music stores and musicians join forces to bring awesome limited edition records to fans at reasonable prices -- falls on Saturday, April 18, this year. That means mad in-stores, rad record deals and art parties all around town. It’s basically the best day ever. Below you’ll find a smattering of RSD15 happenings around town, but there’s a ton going on around SD, so shop local and support the bands and record stores you lurve.

This year, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, etc.) is the official Record Store Day ambassador, and he's pretty stoked about it.

"I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial," Grohl said in a RSD15 statement. "Take an afternoon (and some heard-earned lawn mowing money) and please support them. You never know, it might change your life forever."

Over 600 artists are set to take stages across the globe to help celebrate the annual event. The Foo Fighters will set up shop at Record Connection in Niles, OH, while Dresden Dolls reunite at Rough Trade in NYC, and artists such as Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Damien Rice, Yellowcard, Graw and TV on the Radio head to in-stores at various locations. For a full list of events, performances and signings, go here

There are simply too many records coming out on Saturday that have caught our eye but just a few names you may recognize who are issuing limited edition vinyl include Ryan Adams, D'Angelo, Bob Dylan, the Flaming Lips, Rick Ross, Lucero, Marvin Gaye, Foo Fighters, Interpol, Mastodon, OFF!, the Zombies and the Wu-Tang Clan. Check out the official list of RSD15 releases

Access Hip Hop
Where: 1537 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach, 858-270-3987
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
In Stores: Mada, Norm Rocwell, Burn-One, Adamnt, Open Optics, more TBA
Deals: RSD15 exclusives
Comments: DJs will be spinning all-vinyl hip-hop, funk and soul classics all day long.

Cow Records 
Where: 5042 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619-523-0236
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
In-store: The Midnight Pine (at 10:30 a.m.)
Deals: RSD15 exclusives
Grub: "I'll be eating while I'm working" - Cow Records employee, Alfred Howard.
Comments: They're hoping to have as many releases as they can get their hands on. Are they planning on holding any titles for themselves? "I'm gonna get that Run The Jewels release cuz it's the only album that matters that came out in the last decade," Howard told us. Oh, and according to him, they just got in seven copies of Metallica's RSD release -- their original, seven-song demo tape. On cassette, of course.

Lou's Records
Where: 434 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 760-753-1382
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
In Stores: Cloud Mammoth (later in the afternoon)
Deals: RSD15 exclusives
Comments: Be sure to line up early, they start handing out numbers at 9 a.m.

Where: 915 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619-220-0485
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
In stores: The Silent Comedy, the Midnight Pine
Deals: RSD15 exclusives, $1 CDs, $1 records
Extras: Sidewalk sale with art and vintage clothes
Grub: Morning coffee from Heartwork Cafe, pizza from Lefties, beer like hecka
Comments: Queue up early, because lines get long and for a limited run of, say, 500 records, M-Theory might only get in one or two copies.

Where: 370 Grand Ave., Carlsbad, 760-434-0807
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
In stores: Trouble in the Wind, the Gift Machine, L.A. Edwards, the Tractormen, DJ Lexicon
Deals: Used vinyl from storage will be out in crates; RSD exclusives available inside
Grub: BBQ
Comments: Ken, the owner, ordered “everything on the list,” so chances are there’s going to be a varied and eclectic selection in Carlsbad. Live music starts at noon, with DJ sets throughout the day.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella Weekend II: Florence & the Machine, Vance Joy, More ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:11:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/DSC_6881.jpg Coachella 2015 went out with a bang on Sunday, thanks to sets by Florence & the Machine, Vance Joy, St. Vincent and others.

Photo Credit: Ryan Cown]]>
<![CDATA[Irene Diaz to Buster Keaton: 'I Love You Madly']]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:50:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/gnsf130-irenediaz.jpg

Irene Diaz is a modern-day torch singer blessed with an earnest talent on the piano. She performs on Tuesday, April 21 at Soda Bar to promote her EP debut, "I Love You Madly," which pays homage to silent era film actor Buster Keaton. As seen in the eponymous music video, her lyrics and music create the perfect endearing atmosphere for intimate relationships when words are absent yet present.
Diaz certainly knows what being an independent artist is all about, and she owes a lot of it to her proud "Mexi-Can" work ethic. In 2012, the singer/songwriter raised an impressive $10,000-plus on Kickstarter to finance the EP and a tour -- not bad at all for a relatively unknown singer.
"If you’re a young woman or minority in the arts, don’t sell yourself short," she told KSPC radio. "Keep making art and keep sharing it and never alter your art to make someone else happy. Be yourself."
In April, Diaz celebrated the milestone of reaching 5,000 "likes" on Facebook. She said it was like getting "hugs and kisses" from her fans.
The Los Angeles native uses social media to positively influence her fans. Diaz has even advocated for one homeless single mother through her Facebook, and continues to share the legacy of the late singer Selena.
Luckily for her, Diaz's music has made it into the hands of NPR Alt Latino -- and is totally getting its well-deserved shine from radio host Felix Contreras.
"The first time I heard it, Irene Diaz's voice stopped me cold," he says. "Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable." 
Irene Diaz performs at Soda Bar on Tuesday, April 21. For tickets go here. Visit her on Facebook.

Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and hip-hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Eric Ibarra]]>
<![CDATA[Shine on, You Crazy Diamond]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:32:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/469535328.jpg

Tonight is a great night to get out and support some hometown heroes. The Silent Comedy haven't played a full band show in town in quite some time, so tonight at the Irenic will be extra special because it's an all-ages show, and they're joined by Barbarian and Oh, Spirit -- who are celebrating their debut EP release. These shows start early and end by 10:30 p.m., so bring the kids and let them sleep in on Sunday. Meanwhile, Buck-O-Nine perform at the Casbah. These guys have been around San Diego for nearly three decades, and though their lives have all gone in different directions, they can still get together every year or two to bust out the jams. Nena Anderson plays at 3rd Space, Marina & the Diamonds headline the Observatory, and Ilya play at Soda Bar.

Saturday, April 18:

  • Marina & the Diamonds, Christine & the Queens @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Casbah Presents: The Silent Comedy, Barbarian, Oh Spirit (CD release) @ The Irenic
  • Buck-O-Nine, Kemuria, Dan Potthast @ Casbah
  • Redmond, Seventrain, Uncle Junkie, Gunner Gunner @ Brick By Brick
  • Nena Anderson, Roy Ruiz Clayton & the Gravediggers @ 3rd Space
  • Quel Bordel, Morgan Leigh Band, Andora, Wicked Tongues, Lacy Younger w/ Temple of the Dad, Misc. Ailments, DJ Black Belt Jonez @ House of Blues
  • Club Therapy @ Bancroft Bar
  • Ilya, the Midnight Pine, Lost Pets @ Soda Bar
  • San Diego Opera 50th Celebration Concert @ Symphony Hall
  • Mama and the Manhandlers, Kids in Heat, Mochilero All Stars @ The Merrow
  • Cindy Lee Berryhill, Syd Straw @ Java Joes
  • Allison Lonsdale, Eben Brooks @ Lestat's
  • Neon Beat @ Bar Pink
  • Reckless Kelly, Micky & the Motorcars @ Belly Up
  • Grant Farm @ AMSD
  • Shroeline Rootz @ Boar Cross'n
  • Greg Gatsby @ Ad Nightclub
  • Nina Francis, Charlie Arbelaez, Matt Hall Quintet @ Croce's Park West
  • Joshua White Quartet @ Dizzys
  • IM5, Austin Jones, Bailey McConnell, the Weekend Riot, the House on the Cliff @ Epicentre
  • Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Jason Ross @ Bassmnt
  • KL Noize Makers, CJ Chelu @ Gallaghers
  • Age Of Collapse Record Release, Griever, MVM, Debt Ritual @ The Hideout
  • Ashley J, Christine Sako, Karina Frost, Ryan Brolliar, Tweed Deluxe Blues Rock Band @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Tribal Theory, Ekolu, Bonafide @ Tin Roof
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Convent, Made of Dishonor, Don Vedda, Illuminate, Vile Creations @ SOMA
  • Moonshine Record Release @ Tower Bar
  • Spent Idols, the Stingers, the Alley Cats, Shady Francos @ Til-Two Club
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • '80s vs '90s with Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ The Whistle Stop
  • Gay Men's Chorus Greatest Hits @ Balboa Theatre
  • Steely Dan w/ Roger Glenn Jazz Trio @ Humphrey's By the Bay (sold out)

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Cary Brothers' Puppy Love]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:40:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CaryB.jpg Cary Brothers is the go-to musical artist for TV shows and movies galore -- SD: Dialed In's Rosemary Bystrak talks with him about his softer side and the cuteness overload of his video, "Lovin' On You." ]]> <![CDATA[A Not-So-Silent Weekend]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:21:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/street+beat+291_std.jpg

Coachella-bands-in-San-Diego week continues and Friday, Belle and Sebastian with Perfume Genius play a sold-out show at the Observatory North Park; The Cribs, the Frights and the Bassics are at the Casbah; Victis, Mooncrier, Bainbridge and Royal Death take over Soda Bar; Cash’d Out, Action Andy & the Hi Tones and A Mayfield Affair hit the Belly Up; Candy Warpop, Amigo and Black Tango are at the Black Cat; Good Riddance, A Wilhelm, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Skipjack play at Brick by Brick; and Poontang Clam headline at Tower Bar, Get your dance on with F---ing In The Bushes and DJ sets from Richard Colburn and Chris Geddes of Belle and Sebastian at the Whistle Stop; Posso is at Bang Bang; Treo hits Bassmnt; and Sleepwalking takes over Til-Two.

After indulging in Record Store Day, check out the CityBeat Festival of Beers with New Mexico, Grizzly Business and Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels in front of the Lafayette Hotel; Steely Dan headline a sold-out show at Humphrey’s; the Silent Comedy, Barbarian and Oh, Spirit (CD release) play at the Irenic; Buck-O-Nine, Kemuria and Don Potthast hit the Casbah; Ilya, the Midnight Pine and Lost Pets are at Soda Bar; Marina & the Diamonds perform a sold-out show at the Observatory; Squirrelly Arts headline at the Ken Club; Spent Idols, the Stongers, the Alley Cats and Shady Francos take over Til-Two; and Tribal Theory, Ekolu, Bonafide, Micah G and Naki are at Tin Roof. Dancing options include Neon Beat at Bar Pink; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with Gabe Vega and Saul Q at the Whistle Stop; Maystar’s Fashion Whore; and Jason Ross at Bassmnt.

Start your Sunday off with the Earth Fair in Balboa Park. Later that night, the Slashes, Speaker In Reverse, Le Chateau and the Lion & the Lady are at the Casbah; Morgan Heritage headlines at the Belly Up; Steely Dan play night two at Humphrey’s; and The Chantepleures with Young Lovers & Future Age take over Soda Bar.

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: Paul Parks]]>
<![CDATA[Belle of the Ball]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:27:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/469441912.jpg

Coachella's second weekend starts tonight, but we still have some artists lingering in town before returning to the desert. Belle and Sebastian and the stunning Perfume Genius perform to a sold-out audience at the Observatory while the Cribs rock out at the Casbah. If you're looking for late night fun, Belle and Sebastian throw down some DJ sets at Whistle Stop after their Observatory gig. Meanwhile, everything around town gets back to normal: Zeke hosts one of his showcases at Soda Bar, Cash'd Out play at the Belly Up and legendary performer Lila Downs is at Symphony Hall.

Friday, April 17:

  • Belle and Sebastian, Perfume Genius @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • The Cribs, the Frights, the Bassics @ Casbah
  • Another Zeke Production Presents: Victis, Mooncrier, Bainbridge, Royal Death @ Soda Bar
  • Cash'd Out, Action Andy & the Hi Tones, A Mayfield Affair @ Belly Up
  • The Shallow End, the Shifty Eyed Dogs, Privitized Air @ Bancroft Bar
  • Good Riddance, A Wilhelm Scream, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and Skipjack @ Brick By Brick
  • Lila Downs @ Symphony Hall
  • It's Gonna Blow Fundraiser @ The Hideout
  • Candy Warpop, Amigo, Black Tango @ Black Cat Bar
  • Sara Petite, Ashleigh Flynn, Amy Black, Ted Russell Kamp @ Java Joes
  • Avalon Young @ Queen Bee's
  • David Spade @ Sycuan Casino
  • Richard Colburn and Chris Geddes from Belle and Sebastian DJ Sets @ Whistle Stop
  • Turn it Loose w/ Mr. Blow and Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Irving Flores Quartet @ Dizzys
  • Waseem Al-Ghafry, Rubenxgude, Sly Disciple, Maze Lew, Salem @ Epicentre
  • DJ Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Funks Most Wanted, DY LYA @ Gallaghers
  • Kaleo, Josh Damigo @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • The Fabulous Ultratones, Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Alanna Clarke, Caroline Corn, Jeremiah Crespo @ Lestat's
  • Cursed, Orphan Crippler @ The Merrow
  • Twisted Relatives @ Porter's Pub
  • Silent Planet, Dayseeker, DFA, Here From The Start @ SOMA
  • Poontang Clam @ Tower Bar
  • Treo @ Bassmnt
  • Sleepwalking @ Til-Two Club
  • Broken Stems @ Tio Leo's
  • Dead Winter Carpenters w/ Taarka @ Winstons

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Ride the Joywave]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:07:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lolla_2014_joywave.jpg Ride the Joywave, San Diego! The band talks with Hannah Lott-Schwartz about their origins, music videos -- and Tony Hawk.

Photo Credit: Matt Reeves]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Take a Ride]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:53:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/15Ride+%281024x576%29.jpg

One of the most celebrated and talked about reunions of the year is of the band Ride, particularly after their Coachella set last weekend. The band performs at Humphrey's By the Bay for the second standing room only show at the concert grounds this new season. Around town, the Grammy-winning group Clean Bandit perform at the Observatory North Park with vocalist Jess Glynne, Ratatat bring their party to House of Blues, and El Haru Kuroi, an East LA collective blending Latin and African music, will be at the Casbah.

Thursday, April 16:

  • Ride @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne @ Observatory North Park
  • Ratatat, Despot @ House of Blues
  • El Haru Kuroi, Piracy Conspiracy, La Diabla, Goma, DJ V-Rock, DJ Unite, Las Sucias @ Casbah
  • Bruce Hornsby @ Balboa Theatre
  • J Boog, Inna Vision, Westafa @ Belly Up
  • Rae Sremmurd @ Fluxx
  • Cumbia Machin, Sonidero Travesura, Mexican Juligans, DJs Josex, Viejo Lowbo @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Jarren Benton @ House of Blues
  • Locals Only with Subtropics @ The Hideout
  • The Jackson Price Band @ Sycamore Den
  • Keelan Donovan, Emily Hackett, Savannah Philyaw @ Lestat's
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • MRCH, Taurus Authority, Speakerghost @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Bacon Bits @ U-31
  • Warren Wolf & Wolfpack @ The Loft
  • Trio de Janeiro, with Lori Ball & Rob Satterfield @ Croce's Park West
  • Blue Rockit @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Western Settings, Lysolgang, Just in Case, Sledding With Tigers @ Tower Bar
  • The Big Lewinsky, Punkture @ Winston's
  • Open Jam @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • No Limits with Myson King @ The Office
  • Rockin Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Revival, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Reason to Rebel @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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: Ride play an SRO show at Humphrey's on Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Kenny Loggins Back in the "Danger Zone" at Copter Landing]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:08:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Kenny+Loggins+0415.jpg

Kenny Loggins was out for a walk Wednesday at Solana Beach in north San Diego — then fast found himself in the “Danger Zone.”

The musician — whose hit song "Danger Zone" was featured in a classic scene from “Top Gun" — happened to be at the beach near Del Mar when a Marine helicopter made an unexpected landing on the sand.

The pilots landed the heavy-duty Sea Stallion when they noticed it had low oil pressure.

Loggins, known for his popular songs of the 1970s and 1980s, posted a video on his Facebook page, saying: “I walked out there and said, ‘You’re in the ‘Danger Zone!’"

His Facebook post had amassed 300 shares and more than 1,000 likes in the first two hours after he posted it.

The iconic action movie "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise was partly filmed in San Diego County.

Photo Credit: Twitter]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Goes to Coachella]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:39:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1ChicanoBatman+%281024x576%29.jpg See what 2015 Coachella looked like through the lens of SoundDiego's Scott McDonald.

Photo Credit: Scott McDonald]]>
<![CDATA[Double-Bass Extravaganza at the Loft]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:47:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/1openbross722.jpg

Concert promoter Brian Ross and the folks at UC San Diego’s The Loft are no strangers to the concept of packaging a lot of musical bang for the buck -- but on April 7, they totally outdid themselves with a triple-header feature of double-bass mastery free of charge to the public.

Grad students Kyle Motl and Tommy Babin, who are both mentored by Mark Dresser opened the show trading dense thickets of pizzicato -- sideswiping scenes of velocity and downshifting into languid bowed drones and swapping solos with the ease of old friends at a reunion.

Both Motl and Babin employed “extended techniques,” by using mallets stuck between the strings or clothespins attached to them for special timbre effects -- sounding, at times, like the grinding of tectonic plates or the wail of lonely sirens.

Next up was an actual reunion between double-bass masters Dresser and Mark Helias, playing in the cleverly titled duo, The Marks Brothers, drawing on years of chemistry and mutual experience. Beginning with the pulsing, “Zeppo,” it was obvious that each stroke and pull was imbued with intention, as each man paved ostinato pathways for the other to taxi around and hover over.

Things took on a regal nature with Helias’ “Short,” a baroque conversation full of rich moves and countermoves, long glissandi, and a lush blend of fundamental and harmonic. Most fascinating was the eerie sonic underworld of Dresser’s “Tonation,” where long bow strokes evoked the close beating of near pitches.

Helias’ trio Open Loose closed out the evening with a set that demonstrated the accuracy of the band name: free structures that swing through close listening and daring improvisation. Helias’ stuttered plucking over the soft clicks of Tom Rainey set the stage for tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby’s Ayleresque exploration on a group construct. I found it easy to remember the frantic multiphonic sputtering of Pharoah Sanders on “Mutoric,” where the drama ratcheted into a maelstrom from the incendiary contributions of Rainey, whose loose-limbed explosions were a constant joy to hear.

Rainey drummed on his music stand to open the sprawling “Signal Maker,” a stop/start romp that drew stabs and jabs from Helias and Malaby, whose mastery of the altissimo register is always a marvel. My personal favorite came on the penultimate selection, “What Up,” a freebop exercise in a smoking tempo that toggled long passages of swing against jagged, broken rhythms; although the closing, “Chavez,” a slow, stair-stepped modal ballad, had a lot of charm as well.

 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[Toro y Moi Brings the Chill Factor]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:16:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/469379534.jpg

The most epic week of music in San Diego continues with three more sold-out shows. Lights perform at the Irenic with Saint Motel, who may as well be locals for the countless times they've played here to build their loyal following. At Observatory North Park, Toro y Moi performs on the heels of his latest full-length with local boys Mattson 2 as openers. Then at Casbah, the amazing and energetic Benjamin Booker performs. You might still be able to get tickets to see Jamestown Revival at the Belly Up or the Weak at Soda Bar, but with this week's theme -- definitely plan your shows in advance or you will miss out.

Wednesday, April 15:

  • Fight for Fifteen Rally (Food Trucks, Live Music) @ SDSU (4 p.m.)
  • Lights, Saint Motel @ The Irenic (sold-out)
  • Toro y Moi, The Mattson 2 @ Observatory North Park (sold-out)
  • Benjamin Booker, Small Wigs @ Casbah (sold-out)
  • Jamestown Revival, Rose's Pawn Shop @ Belly Up
  • The Weaks, The Soaks, The Atom Age, Diamond Lakes @ Soda Bar
  • DJ @Large @ Bar Pink
  • Mall Walk @ The Hideout
  • Mystique Element of Soul @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Lo-Fi Eyed, Hand Drawn Trees, Anna Chase @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series with Kyle Myers @ Croce's Park West
  • Chad Taggart, Aaron Bowen, Jeffrey Joe @ Java Joe's (8 p.m.)
  • Little Catbird Music @ Java Joe's (10 p.m.)
  • karaoke with cici @ The Bancroft
  • Latin Dance Party ft. DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winstons (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston Presents: Cheesy and the Crackers with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winstons
  • I'd Die For Lo Fi @ Tower Bar
  • Acoustic Wednesdays with Jason (from Random Radio) @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Accept That You Have Suffered, The New Rich, Milo_TheBand @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Not Happy @ Whistle Stop
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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: Kimbra at Observatory North Park]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:06:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KIMBRA-04082015_+%2854%29.jpg The New Zealand pop artist gave fans a night to tweet about at the Observatory North Park.]]> <![CDATA[The Return of Ride]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:26:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ride+at+Coachella+2015+Cropped.jpg

I'll be honest: I didn't like Ride the first time I heard them.

The UK shoegaze icons, who headline April 16 at Humphreys by the Bay, were like anything else I tried for the first time -- coffee, beer, sushi, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan -- they've all got learning curves, if you will. Of course, not all the curves were as egregious as some (dude, it took some real effort to get used to Waits) but there was always an arc of sorts. And with a newfound appreciation came a certain sense of accomplishment. When you finally settled into fandom, it felt like you had leveled up in the game of life.

For the uninitiated, the genre "shoegaze" takes some getting used to. It's a dense, long-evolving sound that typically abandons the immediate accessibility of pop song structures for a slower, more drawn-out, ethereal feel. Ride's music isn't difficult to get into by any means, but you have to want it. If you're not in the mood, forget it. Needless to say, I wasn't in the mood all those years ago (thanks, teenage impatience) and I let the band's co-vocalist/guitarist, Andy Bell, know it when we spoke on the phone.

"This interview is over," he said laughing.

After quickly assuring him (as if he needed it) that I revisited Ride's catalog including four studio albums: 1990's "Nowhere," 1992's "Going Blank Again," 1994's "Carnival of Light" and 1996's "Tarantula" -- and ending up making a huge connection to them. We then talked about how life and personal experience changes music over time.

"Every time you listen to an album, you get something new," Bell told me. "It’s a new moment. When you hear something 10 years later, you’ve been through so much in your life during that time, you hear things in a new way."

Andy Bell of Ride, performing at Coachella Friday, April 10It's a poignant statement coming from a man re-approaching his band's music again after two decades. The band rose in popularity throughout the '90s with other like-minded bands such as Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and the Stone Roses, but Ride (which, in addition to Bell, includes guitarist/vocalist Mark Gardener, drummer Laurence Colbert and bassist Steve Queralt) called it quits in 1996, before their much-criticized "Tarantula" was even released.

Intra-band tension had torn the group apart at that point, with Gardener wanting to take the band in a more dance-oriented direction while Bell objected. The disconnect was apparent even on "Carnival of Light," with the musicians literally penning separate sides of the album. Even though there was some strife between the two, Bell says now that their friendship never fully deteriorated.

"It’s funny thinking about that stuff," he said. "But it never got really bad, you know? It was always like, 'We’re all in this together.' When Mark pulled the plug on it, I was still fully onboard and in denial about it. [For Ride], there was a very clear rise, there was a peak, and there was a steady decline. We could all see it -- no one was saying anything -- but all of us could sense it."

After the band's dissolution, Gardener went off to a solo career, and Bell formed Hurricane #1 before eventually joining some band called Oasis, and then Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye, until those groups called it quits. Over the years, Ride fans would speculate every so often on reunion rumors. And they'd steadily get shot down. So what's changed?

"This conversation has been rumbling along for a few years," Bell explained. "During that time, I’ve gone from saying, 'Bands should never reunite,' to then watching it happen to bands like the Stone Roses; going to those gigs, I felt really emotional about the music and I couldn’t believe I was hearing songs like 'Fools Gold' live -- it just began chipping away at my cynical attitude toward these reunion things. And just the fact of being older, and being quite a sentimental person, I’ve really taken to it. The last time it was brought up -- three weeks of shows in the UK, NYC, Toronto, some Europe shows -- we all just looked at it and said, 'Okay, this could work.' It wasn’t in the way of anyone’s schedule and it just seemed like the right time. It was like now or never, you know?"

For fans that have waited 20 years for this tour (which includes performances at this year's Coachella festival), it's sweet music to their ears. Some grew up listening to their treasured Ride records, while others weren't even born before the band's breakup and are just now digging in. For Bell, it's almost like he's hearing their songs for the first time, too.

"Perspective is a wonderful thing," says Bell. "We all wish we could have it in the moment. We’ve been gifted this great perspective, along with the opportunity to go back and do this again. That's really rare. You wouldn’t often get this in life. It’s like being allowed to have another go at something that you have always felt was unfinished, really. Even though it was finished -- it was done in a really unsatisfying way. So, I don’t know who’s to say how long this part of the story will go on for, but just to have these gigs is a big closure in my life and a massive pleasure to be doing it with my old mates. It’s great."

And what about the question all of us are wondering: Will there be new Ride music in the future?

"I don’t want to predict what’s going to happen," Bell said, cautiously optimistic. "It’s enough to think about delivering something worthy of everyone’s expectations for these shows. I just want to get things right, and play all the songs everyone wants to hear and play them really well. After that -- if we nail that then maybe. Yeah, maybe.”

Ride headline Humphreys by the Bay on Thurs., April 16. Tickets are $38 (plus fees) and will be available at the door due to online ticketing issues. The band also performs on Friday, April 17 at the 2015 Coachella Music & Art Festival.

Dustin Lothspeich plays in Old TigerDiamond Lakes and Boy King. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Walter / Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Tuesday's Top 4 Shows]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/166652885.jpg

Tuesday is kind of a big deal for San Diego. The quality and quantity of talent rolling through town is unprecedented, but more amazing is that our sleepy little town really stepped it up to sell out four great shows: George Ezra pops through the Belly Up, Built to Spill are at the Irenic, Drive Like Jehu does their second sold-out show at the Casbah, and Father John Misty (who kinda makes my heart skip a beat) is at the Observatory. All of these artists are much deserving of their sold-out status. Hopefully you planned ahead for this momentous evening. If not, it looked like there were still some tickets for rock legend Pat Benatar at the Balboa Theatre. Also, you can get your local fix at the Merrow, or head to HoB for Meshuggah.

Tuesday, April 14:

  • Father John Misty, King Tuff @ the Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Drive Like Jehu, Octagrape, Big Bad Buffalo, DJ Mario Orduno @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Built to Spill, Braided Waves @ the Irenic (sold out)
  • George Ezra, Ruen Brothers @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 35th Anniversary Tour @ Balboa Theatre
  • Cloud Mammoth, FFT, Cloudside @ the Merrow
  • Meshuggah, Warbringer @ House of Blues
  • Tiki Tuesday feat The Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • So Stressed, Causers, Moonpool @ Soda Bar
  • Spaced Out (Deep House with Mike Lepiere & Lloyd Maupins) @ the Hideout
  • Karaoke @ Kensington Club
  • Local Brews Local Grooves with RDG, Estrogenius, Winterhawk, Sweet Joyce Ann, John and the Time Traveling Bicycle @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Jim Black & Friends @ the Loft, UCSD
  • Steph Johnson & Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Comedy Night @ Til-Two Club
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Meeting of the Meyends @ Winston's
  • Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Coachella 2015: Day 3]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:06:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/469553304.jpg Madonna steals an unwanted kiss from Drake at 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival! See who else made performance history!]]> <![CDATA[Coachella in a Nutshell]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:27:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/drivelikejehunbc.jpg

Adios, Coachella!

Weekend one of Coachella 2015 is in the books. It feels like the three days flew by this year. And while I was already headed home last night when Madonna “surprised” Drake with the second-most awkward public kiss since Michael Jackson and Lisa-Marie at the '94 VMAs, my weekend was filled with plenty of memorable moments.

It was great to see San Diego represented in Indio this year. Drive Like Jehu blew the roof off the Gobi Tent during their 10:50 p.m. Saturday night set. I loved hearing one dedicated fan repeatedly screaming, “I’ve waited 20 years for this!”

And even though they were dealt a 2 p.m. Sunday set in the Mojave Tent, San Diego’s Mario Rubalcaba and punk rockers OFF! didn’t take the pedal from the metal for a single second of their allotted 40 minutes.

Beyond bands with local ties, I took in cream-of-the-crop sets from Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Azealia Banks, Benjamin Booker, Run the Jewels, Angel Olsen, and the Conor Oberst-fronted Desaparecidos.

That said, I saw and photographed 50 bands over the 3-day weekend and there really wasn’t a stinker in the bunch. I think most performers understand the massive potential playing at Coachella provides and they do their best to make the most of it.

But Coachella is like a gigantic version of one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. There are just so many different combinations of ways your weekend can go: constantly chase bands, hang out all day and just see night bands, park in the Sahara Tent and listen to EDM all day, go to the surrounding parties and maybe bop in to the festival grounds once or twice, wander aimlessly and only see or hear random and unscheduled things -- the list goes on and on and on.

I fall into the “chase bands all day” category, but am probably in the overall minority. However, I know every single Coachella attendee was psyched about two new additions that have nothing to do with music -- credit cards and bathrooms.

For the first time ever, every single vendor was able to accept credit cards across the board. Not only could you pay for your $8 Mocha Chip ice cream cup with one swipe, it eliminated the search for an ATM every time your blood sugar dipped lower than a limbo final.

And the 300-plus permanent (flushing!) restrooms in the Terrace area were 2015’s most needed, and appreciated, festival addition. Without reading too much into it, in my two minutes near them, I heard at least a half-dozen people say, “This is the best thing at Coachella!”

I’m assuming this sentiment came after realizing they weren’t going to have to brave porta-potties that had suffered through three days of heavily partying festival-goers. But either way, it was a huge improvement. And I think other than the bands, the hype, and the scene, it’s the constant tweaking of this festival that keeps people coming back.

Despite the downsides that come with all of the cash, planning, patience, and constant interaction with massive amounts of humans it takes to make it through a Coachella weekend, promoters Goldenvoice are always trying to improve upon the experience.

It’s exactly why next year will sell out again without a single band being announced, and part of the reason I’m already looking forward to heading out to Indio next April.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

<![CDATA[The Saint Comes Marching In]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:01:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*128/170154382.jpg

For many of you who trekked out to the desert this weekend, Mondy is probably a day of rest. For those of us who watched Coachella online, however, it only served to inspire and build our collective excitement for all the great shows in San Diego this week, many by Coachella artists. On Monday at the Observatory, you can catch St. Lucia and RAC, both of whom played Sunday afternoon sets in the desert. Meanwhile, Gramatik, who performed on Saturday, will make his way to the Belly Up. If you're not wowed by the big shows, the Casbah has Anti-Monday League and another Burger band rolls through Soda Bar in the form of Once and Future Band, who are from Oakland. If you bought tickets to Tech N9ne, the show has been moved to Porter's Pub, and all tickets will be honored.

Monday, April 13:

  • St. Lucia, RAC, Coasts @ Observatory North Park
  • Killer Party, the Seks, Oddball @ Casbah
  • Gramatik, Gibbz & Russ Liquid, Great Dane@ Belly Up
  • Once and Future Band, Sacri Monti, Monarch @ Soda Bar
  • Tech N9ne, Chris Webby, Murs @ Porter's Pub (moved from Observatory North Park)
  • Wreckordmania @ Bar Pink
  • Mondaze Cards Jam @ The Hideout
  • Bane, Backtrack Malfunction, On Broken Knees, PSO, Century @ Epicentre
  • Makossa Mondays @ The Merrow
  • Saint Shameless @ Tower Bar
  • Dave Scott & Irving Flores @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th and Upas)
  • The Sing Off Live Tour @ House of Blues
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Strictly HipHop with Tlalok MC, Motero, Scatter Brain @ Gallagher's
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub

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

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<![CDATA[Celeb-chella 2015: Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, Fergie, Usher and more]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:20:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*122/469448904.jpg Celebrities love Coachella 2015 just like the rest of us -- including Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna and more.]]> <![CDATA[Coachella 2015: Day 2]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/469447646.jpg Day 2 of Coachella 2015 picked up right where Friday left off: The Weeknd, Run the Jewels, Hozier and many others hit the desert in extraordinary fashion.]]> <![CDATA[Coachella 2015 Day 2: Music, Art and Hippos]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:07:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/469434198.jpg

Last year, I had to make a late amendment to my Coachella reports, and I’m going to have to do it again. (I can’t believe I forgot!) But every bit as much as a phone charger or a tube of sunscreen, a bandana is a necessary item in Indio. At first, I scoffed at those who paraded around the polo grounds with everything from medical masks to their AC/DC t-shirts wrapped around their mouths and noses. That is, until I realized I was ingesting enough dust and dirt to fill a small garden box. Typically, it doesn’t get really bad until the sun goes down, but it’s like "The Grapes of Wrath" meets "Mad Max" after that.

There’s always amazing art on the Coachella campus, and this year most of it’s new. Robert Bose’s "Ballon Chain" is an ever-present festival staple, but first-time installments dominate the landscape. Aphidoidea’s "Chrono Chromatic" greets you as you enter the grounds, while "Big Horn Palace" by Shrine and Joel Dean Stockdill occupies the the real estate between the Gobi and Mojave Tents. Poetic Kinetics are back. They’ve swapped last year’s gigantic astronaut for the similarly-scaled "Papilio Merraculous" -- a gigantic, brightly colored caterpillar.

There are others as well: large-scale, geometric light boxes called "Praxis" by Ben and John Zamora, the shade-making "Pulp Pavilion" by the Ball-Nogues Studio, and a weird, sunglasses-wearing woodchuck (or maybe a gopher) sitting atop a small staircase called "A Festo Viate" by the Haas Brothers.

They’re all interesting, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had been much more impressed by the installments of past years. That is, until I saw something called "The Corporate Headquarters" by Derek Doublin and Vanessa Bonet. A three-story building sitting in the middle of the polo grounds, it’s a smaller scale version of any office building, in any city center. There’s a helicopter (covered in what looks like seaweed) on the roof of the structure, and a large ad for "Pond Water -- a fragrance for hippos" on one entire side. On the east-facing side, it’s all glass, and festival goers are treated to performance art on a grand scale. Pretty much all day, artists -- all in business attire, and all wearing hippo masks -- go through some kind of mundane process associated with a corporate work day. Some of the hippos are having problems with the copy machine, some are banging their faces (?) against their computer screens, and some are sitting in a never-ending meeting. The whole thing is fascinating, and one of the more thought-provoking and interesting pieces I’ve seen at Coachella.

The transitory nature of the festival’s art is part of its allure, but this is one that should stick around for another year.

There was also plenty of music to be had on Saturday as well. I watched and photographed 19 bands. My day went like this:

Bostich & Fussible, Parquet Courts, Perfume Genius, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Royal Blood, Bad Religion, Benjamin Booker, Toro y Moi, Chet Faker, Jungle, Yelle, Belle and Sebastian, Run the Jewels, alt-J, Father John Misty, the Gaslamp Killer Experience, Jack White, FKA Twigs, and Drive Like Jehu.

It makes me tired just typing them. But it was worth it. Everyone was great. Jack White didn’t let any photographers shoot his set, but made the most of his headlining slot. And it was nice to see Bad Religion, even with all of that grey hair, play their first-ever Coachella performance.

There was also a nice moment when St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ frontman, Paul Janeway, told the story of how he came to Coachella in 2008 to see Prince (he even braved camping!), and how it was a surreal experience to now be on stage at the festival. 

For me, the stand-outs were Benjamin Booker and Run the Jewels. Booker was nothing short of amazing, channeling some kind of different level like punk-rock Jimi Hendrix playing at a psychedelic juke joint. I think this kid’s career has superstar written all over it. And while Run The Jewels had the wow factor of Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Rage Against The Machine’s Zach De La Rocha, and rapper Memphis Boo joining them on stage, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P proved why they have owned hip-hop this year.

And there’s more music today! My feet hurt and I feel like I have dust in my teeth, but it’s time to do it all over again.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

<![CDATA[Masqued and Anonymous]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:17:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Antemasque.jpg

Burger Records have been popular in and about our music scene lately, and tonight is no exception. At the Casbah, head down tonight to catch the sun-drenched vibes of Tomorrow's Tulips. Joined by LA's Feels and Tarek Wegner of Nightbeats, this promises to be a good night. Meanwhile, you can catch a Babs tribute in Escondido, Halcyonaire at Soda Bar, or Antemasque -- fresh off last night's amazing set at Coachella -- at the Belly Up.

Sunday, April 12:

  • Tomorrows Tulips, Feels, Tarek Wegner @ Casbah
  • Hello, Gorgeous (Barbra Streisand Tribute) @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Halcyonaire, Ohioan, Plastik Deer @ Soda Bar
  • Rob Symeonn @ Over the Border
  • Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) @ The Observatory North Park (This show has been rescheduled for April 21)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Antemasque (feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In), Le Butcherettes, Sister Crayon @ Belly Up
  • King Lil G @ Porter's Pub
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • An Evening With The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Intervention @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam@ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's (6 p.m.)
  • The Accidentals @ The Merrow
  • Nesian N.I.N.E. + KL Noise Makerz @ U-31
  • Nina Francis @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Choro Sotaque @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Tony Exum Jr @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Homeless Sexuals, Nasalrod, Jovie & the Issues @ Tower Bar
  • Kevin Loftus Band @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • Cheezy & the Crackers @ Gallagher's Irish Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah 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[Coachella 2015: Day 1]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:23:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/469285238.jpg The 2015 Coachella Music & Art Festival returns with some of the biggest names in music including AC/DC, Steely Dan, Interpol and more.]]> <![CDATA[A Recap of Coachella's Day 1]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:21:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/469237492.jpg

Coachella 2015 Day 1

So yesterday was supposed to be the coolest day of the three in Indio this weekend? Yikes. If that’s true, then today and tomorrow will be scorchers. It was blazing out on the polo fields on Friday. But it certainly didn’t stop some pretty amazing performances from happening. The first leg of Coachella 2015 was a blast.

For better or worse, I decided to go big on my first day out in the desert. Not drop-some-acid-and-climb-the-scaffolding-big, I just went band-big. By the time I was dragging myself down the 38-mile walk back to my truck, I had seen and photographed 18 acts.

Starting at 12:55 p.m. and ending at nearly midnight, this was my day in chronological order:

Eagulls, the Reverend Horton Heat, Cloud Nothings, Allah-Las, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaries, Kimbra, Angus & Julia Stone, Azealia Banks, Ride, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, the War on Drugs, Alabama Shakes, Lykke Li, Caribou, Flying Lotus and AC/DC.

They were all good, but there are always a few standouts.

LA’s Allah-Las are made for desert-listening. While their set started at 2:10, it didn’t stop the quartet (who had a few extra musicians with them this time around) from delivering a quality daytime set filled with songs from both of their albums -- as well as a few new ones.

Charles Bradley always gives an incredible live performance and yesterday was no exception. Rocking the yellowest of yellow suits, Mr. Bradley made the most of his time on the main stage.

It was also my first time seeing Alabama Shakes, Caribou, and Flyling Lotus -- none of them disappointed.

But the set of the day went to Harlem rapper Azealia Banks. Behind the backdrop of a giant American flag, and backed by dancers and a live band, Banks dominated the main stage. Sadly getting more press lately for her controversial Twitter tirades instead of her music, the 23-year-old kept chatter to a minimum and the focus on the music. Singing, dancing, and rapping, Banks proved that she really is the whole package. Now, if she could just keep her mouth shut when she’s not singing…

There were, of course, celebrities in Indio. I saw everyone from Clint Eastwood to the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne hanging out.

And it was awesome that when the Eagulls visited the press tent, they recognized me from when they did their SoundDiego shoot last May. I spoke with the guys for a bit, and guitarist Mark Goldsworthy told me that the follow-up to their self-titled debut is almost finished, and a return trip to San Diego is guaranteed.

Check out SoundDiego’s Instagram page for snapshots of the weekend. My full picture gallery will run sometime mid-week.

Time to get back at it. Wish me luck and plenty of shade.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

<![CDATA[The Buddy System]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:17:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/buddyguy_getty.JPG

There are so many fun things going on today that it's hard to pick just one thing to do. Why not start your musical adventures early for a free (first come, first served) show at Quartyard with Robert Delong? From there, you can head up to South Park for Grampa Drew's Flim Flam Revue, which sees many of San Diego's finest musicians hamming it up. By nightfall, head to the Casbah for the Canadian alt-country of Elliott Brood or head to Soda Bar for the husband and wife "dub-pop" duo, Peaking Lights. Legend Buddy Guy performs at the Balboa Theatre, and even Barry Manilow makes a stop in town at the Valley View Casino Center. So much to do in just one day.

Saturday, April 11, 2015:

  • FM 94/9 Loud with Robert Delong @ Quartyard
  • Grampa Drew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Elliott Brood, Shelby Earl, Pall Jenkins@ Casbah
  • Peaking Lights, the Most Hi, Chill Pill, Identity, Other Bodies DJs @ Soda Bar
  • The Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Buddy Guy @ Balboa Theatre
  • Barry Manilow, Dave Koz @ Valley View Casino Center
  • The Underachievers @ The Observatory North Park
  • The English Beat, Viernes 13 @ Belly Up
  • Omarmania: Sweetness vs. the Touchies and special guests @ Ken Club
  • Stevie and the Hi-Staxx @ Seven Grand
  • Jessica Hull @ Wine Lover
  • Splavender, Citrus & Katie @ The Balboa
  • Noche Cubana @ World Beat Center
  • Nathan Collins Tibute to The Crusaders @ Dizzy's
  • Somewhat Ace, Speech Impediments, the Dead Blue, the Tones, plus guests @ Epicentre
  • Short Stories (CD Release), Guidelines, Scarlett Avenue, Little Heroine, Alive & Well, Teenage Exorcists @ SOMA
  • Betty Who, Parade of Lights, SirenXX @ House of Blues
  • Groove International: Rise N Grind @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Loom, the Risin Sun, the Love Dimension @ The Hideout
  • Kehlani, Pell @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Matt Voodoo, Willie Psycho, the Spooky, Cult Vegas @ Brick By Brick
  • Joshua Taylor Band, Tim Moyer, Tyler Parks @ Lestat's
  • Dead Rock West @ Java Joe's
  • Booty Bassment (DJs Dmitri & Rob Moran) @ Whistle Stop
  • Processor, Snailfight, Hammered, Idols Plaque @ The Merrow
  • The Infiltrators, guests TBA @ The Bancroft
  • Saul Q @ U-31
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Eve Selis & Friends @ Croce's Park West
  • Lotus @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • PopRx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Rubber Biscuit, DJ Stack-Aly, DK Brown, Lil Al @ Tower Bar
  • Joey Bowen, Jimmy Lewis, Jeff Kelly and Friends @ Winston's (all day)
  • Warrior King @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sapient, David Dalla G @ Wonderland Ocean Pub
  • Brian Ellis' Reflection, Diamond-Ortiz, DJ Hotthobo, XL Middleton, Eddy Funkster, Black Belt Jones @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Mustard @ Fluxx
  • Ashleigh Wallbridge @ Bassmnt
  • 7 Word Story @ Tio Leo's
  • Wild Side, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • SM Familia @ Boar Cross'n
  • Helstar, Green Jelly, Cage, Helsott, Wither @ Ramona Mainstage

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

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<![CDATA[The Art of Coachella 2015]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:56:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/Coachella+Art+2015+%287%29.jpg Music isn't the only thing rockin' Coachella 2015 -- art also takes center stage with incredible works blanketing the polo fields.]]> <![CDATA[Rolling Stones Tickets On Sale April 13]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:24:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP192799493958.jpg

The Rolling Stones, the biggest live-music act of all time, are dying to meet you in Petco Park on May 24 -- for a price.

Tickets go onsale to the general public here on Monday, April 13 at 10 a.m. According to the presale ticketing prices (that we took a gander at before they were sold out), it looks like the lowest priced upper deck tickets will start at $63 (some of those will have obstructed views, mind you), while most other upper deck tickets will start at $99 (some of those may be obstructed as well). Levels below that will be more expensive. The mid-level tickets we saw were priced at $173. Of course, there are fees in addition to any ticket. Expect field-level tickets to come at a significant cost. Take a look at the seating chart here

For fans hoping to snag tickets when they go on sale, be sure to visit the ticketing website prior to 10 a.m. to get in line in the site's "waiting room." Once tickets are available for purchase, people in the waiting room will be processed first come, first served -- with tickets for the band's shows routinely selling out within 10 minutes. Get there early!

The band officially announced that they will kick off the Zip Code Tour in San Diego, with stops in 13 other cities in the U.S. before wrapping up July 15 in Quebec.

It won’t be the Stones' first rodeo in America's Finest City, of course. They appeared in the area as long ago as 1964, at the Starlight Bowl (in Balboa Park, near the San Diego Air and Space Museum), and also made appearances at the Sports Arena in 1969 and Petco Park in 2005.

A possible guest onstage with the Stones this time around will be San Diego saxophonist Karl Denson, who just returned to the area after a tour that featured local hip-hop upstarts Vokab Kompany. Denson toured with the Stones last year Down Under, joining the band in October in Australia and also performing with the band in New Zealand.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts first got together more than 50 years ago -- taking their name from a song by bluesman Muddy Waters, they were billed as "The Rollin' Stones" -- the "g" came later. The band had its first hit, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On,"
in 1963, and soon became one of the world’s biggest and most influential rock acts, rivaled only by the Beatles.

The Stones have sold more than 200 million records, with hits including "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," ''Street Fighting Man" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

In recent years, though, much of their income has come from touring. The Bigger Bang global tour between 2005-2007 -- the band's last stadium tour in the U.S. -- reportedly earned the Stones more than $500 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[The Beat Goes On]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:32:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/EB2.jpg

If you won’t be making that trip to the festival in the desert this weekend, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained in San Diego. 

Friday, the English Beat headline at the Belly Up; the Hills Like Elephants record release party with Wild Wild Wets, Schitzophonics and Gloomsday is at the Casbah; the Touchies and Chica Diabla play Soda Bar; the Andrew Jackson Jihad, the Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock and Chumped are at the Irenic;  Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact and Erik Canzona & the Narrows are at Seven Grand; the Downs Family is at Bar Pink; Igor and Red Elvises with DJ Heather Hardcore are at the Merrow; and the Widows and Creepy Creeps take over the Whistle Stop. Get your dance on with Tjani at Bang Bang; and UZ at Bassmnt.

Saturday, the English Beat return for night two at the Belly Up; Elliot Brood, Shelby Earl and Pall Jenkins are at the Casbah; Peaking Lights, the Most Hi, Chill Pill, Identity and Other Bodies DJs are at Soda Bar; and Buddy Guy is at the Balboa Theatre. Elsewhere, Club Sabbat is celebrating its 17-year anniversary at Numb3rs with both rooms and DJs John C, Liquid Grey and yours truly; Booty Bassment is at the Whistle Stop; Ashleigh Wallbridge takes over Bassmnt; and Saul Q is at U-31.   

Sunday, Antemasque (featuring Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In), Le Butcherettes and Sister Crayon take over the Belly Up; Tomorrows Tulips, Feels, and Tarek Wegner are at the Casbah; Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey hits the Observatory; Halcyonaire, Ohioan and Plastik Deer are at Soda Bar; and Homeless Sexuals headline at the Tower Bar.

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.

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