<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2014 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 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:45:15 -0700 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:45:15 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Live Wire Lives to Drink Another Day]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:12:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LW-exterior.jpg Patrons of the Live Wire bar on El Cajon Boulevard escaped harm when their watering hole was damaged in Tuesday's freak storm.

Photo Credit: Thaddeus Robles]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:56:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/maroon-5-thumb.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Maroon 5, anyone?

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<![CDATA[Win Tix to DJ Superstar David Guetta at Intervention]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:36:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Guetta.jpg

Every year, San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel books some of the world’s greatest DJ/producers at its Intervention events, but one of the venue’s last shows this summer may be the pool party of the year.

DJ David Guetta came to fame as a producer working on “I Gotta Feeling” with the Black Eyed Peas and has gone on to secure a spot in the stratosphere of the EDM ether. The platinum-selling star of “One Love” and “Nothing but the Beat” is going to bring the beats to the Hard Rock Hotel’s rooftop pool – and SoundDiego is giving away tickets.
Two lucky fans will each lay claim a pair of passes to Intervention on Sept. 21, when Guetta, whom DJ magazine gave the nod to this year as the No. 5 DJ in the world, will call San Diego home for one night.



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<![CDATA[Live: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:07:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Jessica+Hernandez-7608.jpg Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas performed at the House of Blues Voodoo Room with the locals from Gone Baby Gone.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Music Awards Sneak Peek]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:13:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Ed+Ghost+Tucker+HOB+2014+%284%29.jpg

Here's the deal: The Breeders tickets went on presale and the allotment sold out in one minute. The next day, the rest of the tickets went on sale and they sold out in two minutes, give or take. If you don't have tickets, you're not getting into the show on Wednesday. But the good news is that San Diego has other music options to soothe you, including a very special show by the Tree Ring at the Irenic, which is supposedly the last show with this formulation of the band, ever. So if you've been a fan of Joel P West or Joel P. West and the Tree Ring or the Tree Ring, this is your chance to say goodbye to an awesome and inspired San Diego band. Meanwhile, there's a huge local music shindig happening at the House of Blues. Starting at 6 p.m., more than a dozen local acts will play various stages at the House of Blues to honor San Diego Music Award nominees. This is going to be a great night, too, so, yeah, Tte Breeders are awesome, but if you didn't snag a ticket, your Wednesday night isn't without hope. 

Wednesday, Sept. 17:

  • San Diego Music Award Pre-Party All Access Fest, featuring the Red Fox Tails, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Falling Doves, Hocus, Idyll Wild, Neon Cough, Gayle Skidmore, Sara Petite, Parker and the Numberman, the Paragraphs, Tolan Shaw, Patric Petrie & Skelpin, the Euphoria Brass Band, Neighbors to the North, Ed Ghost Tucker, Odessa Kane, Wild Wild Wets, the Burning of Rome, Schitzophonics, Dr. Seahorse @ House of Blues
  • The Tree Ring, My Name Is You @ The Irenic
  • The Breeders, The Neptunas @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Augustana @ Birch Aquarium
  • Miner, Taken By Canadians, Katie Leigh & the Infantry @ Soda Bar
  • Macy Gray @ Belly Up
  • Buddy Banter, Sound Lupus, Pleasure Fix, Causers @ U-31
  • Stevie & the Hi-Stax @ Bar Pink
  • The Littlest Birds, Jessica Hull @ Lestat's
  • Evan McColm @ Croce's Park West
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Soul Majestic, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • San Pedro El Cortez, Gym Shorts, Kids In Heat, Sweat Lodge @ Tower Bar
  • Jackie Bonaparte @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with Cros-One and friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.)

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Black Market Rising]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/454452352.jpg


It’s been a couple of years since Rise Against have hit the road. Since the release of 2011's "Endgame," the Chicago punk quartet has taken some time off, released an album of B-sides, re-released 2003's "Revolutions Per Minute" and written an album of new material (so much for a break from work.) Their seventh studio album, "The Black Market," was released by Interscope in July.
The band is back on the road for the first time in months and will make a stop at the RIMAC Arena on Thursday. Drummer Brandon Barnes recently spoke with SoundDiego about all of it.
Scott McDonald: How are you?
Brandon Barnes: Good, man. Thanks. I’ve had really s----y phone service today, though. I apologize ahead of time. I’m in an L.A. hotel and my phone doesn’t want to work.
SM: No sweat. What brings you to L.A.?
BB: We got together to do some rehearsal. We also wanted to check out all of our gear to see what we have and don’t have. We’re officially starting a new tour for this new record.
SM: Feel good to be back?
BB: Well, it’s an exciting time. We’ve had a year and a half off. When we tour, we tour really hard. And we also worked really hard on this record. So it was good to spend some time with our families. But we’re ready to get back in there.
SM: Well, you did have two releases come out during that time off.
BB: Yeah, but this is huge for us. We’ve been a band for almost 14 years, so coming off of a breather, it puts the focus on the record. And, thankfully, we’re really happy with it. We took a completely different approach this time by recording in different cities: Chicago, L.A., Boston and Denver. We all went to each of our hometowns -- where we live -- and spent time working on the record. And we really enjoyed ourselves with the changes of scenery. We’ve been a band for so long and really know how to use our time wisely, and this one has worked out better than we could have imagined. Everyone’s happy, and the band is in a really good place right now.
SM: Is this a statement record?
BB: Absolutely. And we were ready to make another statement. I think we're all just so extremely thankful -- that we still get to do something we love so much, that it's going as well as it is, and we get to keep playing music every day -- that you can hear that in the music. It feels really good.
SM: The band has been involved with different campaigns and causes from the beginning. Is it hard to balance that and the music?
BB: It’s not hard. It’s become a big part of the band -- as equally important as the music. We all agree that if you have a voice, you have to use it, and it’s incredibly fulfilling. But it’s also made the band more fun. We have this whole other thing that we do: We’ll be on tour, and we go and feed people at a food bank early that morning. Is a band feeding those people for one day going to do anything? No. But it gets the radio station to sit and talk about the shelter all week. And that raises money and awareness. It does take some work, but it’s totally worth it and makes you feel good when you want to help.
SM: So what’s with you being called out as the only non-straight edge member of the band?
BB: It’s strange right? People will actually come up to me and be like, "So what’s the deal?" It's weird that anyone cares. No one in the band cares, and it’s a non-issue. But people sure ask me about that quite a bit. I certainly don’t care if someone doesn’t want to do something, so it’s weird that people want to ask me why I had a beer before I played. It’s cool, but no one should care.
SM: What’s next?
BB: Tour, tour and more tour. But we couldn’t be happier about it.     
Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

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<![CDATA[Spooktacular SoundDiego LIVE ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:50:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr32.jpg

Trick or treat: We've booked a free SoundDiego LIVE Platinum Halloween spooktacular at the Office with three bands and a Jack Daniel's sponsored happy hour on Halloween, Oct. 31!

With "Terrifying Tim" Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyle hosting the shindig, and the headlining bands due to be announced any minute, this is one party you won't want to miss.

Click HERE to get on the guest list for SoundDiego LIVE on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the Office!

If you remember correctly, our Halloween SoundDiego LIVE last year at the Office was intensely awesome, with music by the Donkeys, the Frights and Gloomsday. We saw some crazy costumes and, somehow, there was even a goat in attendance! It'll be hard to do, but this year's event promises to take it up a notch.

Along with our headliners, we'll also be announcing the contestants in our monthly Garage 2 Glory contest, an online battle of the bands.

With a total of three bands scheduled to play, you won't go hungry for music, but you still might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Get to the Office early and you can enjoy a free VIP happy hour presented by Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey from 8-9 p.m.

On the off-chance you enjoy all that delicious whiskey a little too much, we've got you covered there, too. The folks from Uber will be on hand, offering a discount to new signups and getting you home safe and sound.

So click HERE to get on the Guest List for SoundDiego LIVE on Halloween at the Office! This is going to be one Friday night you don’t want to miss! 

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Dave Matthews Band]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:17:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Dave+Matthews+Band+Sleep+Train+9.5.14+%282%29.jpg The Dave Matthews Band crashed into Sleep Train Amphitheatre recently for both electric and acoustic sets.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Sebadoh Back to "Defend" Lo-Fi Title]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:39:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/sebadoh.jpg

Sebadoh are back! It's been almost a year since their last Casbah show, but the Lou Barlow-fronted band keeps coming back and are worth seeing every time they do. Maybe you were around when they started out or maybe you're just catching them for the first time, but either way, this is going to be a sweltering good night of music. Meanwhile, the Sleep Train Amphitheatre hosts the Carnivores Tour, with Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars for you alt-rock-radio fans, and Intergalactix (a band I booked earlier this year at the North Park Festival of Arts) return to San Diego with a show at Soda Bar.

Tuesday, Sept. 16:

  • Sebadoh, Octagrape @ Casbah
  • Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Intergalactix, Prgrm, Bestfriends @ Soda Bar
  • Saint Diego, Social Club, Viva Apollo @ The Merrow
  • Dharma, Black Panther, Space Missionaries, Witch Prayer @ Che Cafe
  • Golden Donna, Reaches, Cherushii @ The Hideout
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ Winston's
  • Junior Brown, Nancarrow @ Belly Up
  • Hammered Satin, Modern Kicks, Abraskadabra @ Tower Bar
  • Michelle Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Steph Johnson and Rob Thorson @ Croce's
  • Theo & Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • Haus Party @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Riot Act]]>
<![CDATA[Live: 2014 San Diego Blues Fest]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:47:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/2014+San+Diego+Blues+Festival+ Eric Burdon & the Animals, Elvin Bishop and many others had America's Finest City feelin' the blues at the 2014 San Diego Blues Fest.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[The Meteoric Rise of Odesza]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:39:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/246*120/ODESZA+Press+Photo+Cropped.jpg

"We were thinking, ‘This could be really bad for us.’ "

Harrison Mills, one half of the electro pop duo Odesza, is sharing the anxiety he felt before stepping onstage at Global Dance Festival in Red Rocks this past July. Filled with such hard-hitting digital smackdown EDM maestros as Borgeous, Destroid and Zedd, the three-day dance fest had the potential of swallowing up the Seattle-based atmospheric chill wave group entirely. They just didn’t belong there ... or did they?

"We just went up and did what we do," Mills said, "and, you know, we ended up getting the most compliments we’ve ever received after a show. People just wanted something different."

Yes, people have been making that known loud and clear. To truly grasp Odesza’s frankly meteoric rise in the electro world -- or, rather, within the music world itself -- we would have to break down our society’s current music culture as a whole. After all, for two guys (his other Odesza cohort being Clayton Knight) who met at Western Washington University in late 2012 and just released their debut full-length album, "In Return," on Sept. 5, "meteoric" is putting it lightly.

They’re currently headlining a world tour (which also brings them to the Belly Up on Sept. 21); enjoying chart-topping success on the Billboard Electronic Chart and Hype Machine, among others; and dialing up millions upon millions of SoundCloud and Spotify streams. In essence, they’re a product of the Internet. Twenty years ago, we’d have probably never heard of Odesza – which Mills admitted.

"Without [the Internet], it’d be a thousand times harder than it is now," Mills said. "We’d be lost in the mass of music out there. The culture has shifted from people caring about ‘the album’ to trying to get you to ‘the show.’ It’s shifted from album focus to show focus. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s just a change. Half of ‘buzz’ is just people taking the time to listen to you. Music gets to people quicker, and I’m from a generation that almost expects music to be free. Back when Napster started, I was downloading everything I could. For better or worse, that is where it’s going."

Hard on the heels of the biggest album release in the history of the planet, where U2’s "Songs of Innocence" got mainlined into our iTunes libraries whether we wanted it or not, Odesza have made their new album available to stream in full for free. When you’ve conquered the Internet, what else can you do?

"I think the best thing you can do when a lot of people are listening to you is do something different," Mills said. "If you have people’s attention and have that opportunity, you’d be wasting it if you didn’t expose people to the different types of music you can create."

In so many words, "In Return," is a refreshing re-program of an exhausted genre. Alternately sparse and rhythmically complex beats slither and surround dreamy, glitchy vocals (courtesy of several key guest vocalists, including Zyra, Jenni Potts, Madelyn Grant and Briana Marela) in a bed of divine atmospherics and esoteric, trancelike synths -- the metaphorical equivalent of driving through heaven’s gates in a lowered Impala. While the 13 ambient tracks straddle the line between EDM and woozy chill wave, at their core, they’re just sublimely constructed (and highly melodic) pop songs.

"I think ["In Return"] incorporates a lot of the different styles of music we like," Mills said. "From down-tempo, hip-hop, trip-hop to orchestral stuff – through it all, the tracks definitely have a pop sensibility with real song structures. We just wanted it to have a fuller, more cinematic feel."

And what about feeling out of place at those massive EDM festivals?

"We’ve remixed some of our songs to hit harder live, 'cause it’s fun to get people dancing," Mills said. "But we try to keep it tasteful -- and that’s been a hard part for people who try to categorize us. We love the energy of EDM shows … but we don’t necessarily like the music [laughs]."

Stream "In Return" in full below

Odesza headline the Belly Up on Sept. 21, with Ambassadeurs and Hayden James opening. The show is sold out.

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

<![CDATA[Live: Summer Nationals Tour]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:38:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Offspring+Sleep+Train+8.30.14+%283%29.jpg Punk was in session when the Summer Nationals tour blasted through Sleep Train Amphitheatre with the Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, the Vandals, and Stiff Little Fingers on Aug. 30.

Photo Credit: Ryan Daley]]>
<![CDATA[Let It Snow]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:48:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Snow+tha+Product.jpg Dita Quinones talks with hometown hip-hop artist Snow tha Product about her rise to fame, under-appreciated guest spots with her peers -- and her start in San Diego.]]> <![CDATA[Quite the Refined Pallett]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:21:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/240*120/Owen+Pallett+Press+Photo+Domino.jpg

After a weekend abundant with music choices, it might seem crazy to still want more, but tonight there's a killer show with Owen Pallett at the Casbah that is not to be missed. The talented musician and composer has incredible skills with his loop pedal and won the Canadian Polaris Prize with his project Final Fantasy, and was nominated for an Academy Award this year for his score for the movie "Her." In other options, Kodiak melts faces at Bar Pink, Passenger perform at the House of Blues, and Inspired and the Sleep perform at Soda Bar.

Sunday, September 14, 2014:

  • Owen Pallett, Avi Buffalo, Foxes in Fiction @ Casbah
  • Kodiak, Space Chainsaw @ Bar Pink
  • Passenger-Whispers North American Tour @ House of Blues (Sold Out)
  • The Major Minus, Cult Vegas, Bad & the Ugly @ Soda Bar
  • Inspired and the Sleep, Justin Froese, Oliver Trolley @ Belly Up
  • Uma Noite de Jazz Brasiliero featuring Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford and Mark Lamson @ Croce’s Park West
  • Devil You Know, Convent, Peace In Terror @ Epicentre
  • Mad Decent All Stars @ Fluxx
  • Jesse Davis (10:00 a.m.), LaMonte Demille (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • KiWi Time, Big Bad Buffalo @ Lestat’s
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Jose SInatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[SoundDiego Set List: Sept. 14-20]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:53:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Gary+Clark+Jr.+%2823+of+28%29.jpg Our Set List highlights the hottest tickets in town this week, including the Mad Decent Block Party in East Village, and Rise Against at RIMAC.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[McDonas & Cline: Baking at Bread & Salt]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:11:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/alexbw.jpg

New-music champion Bonnie Wright has a way of outdoing herself when booking artists for her groundbreaking Fresh Sound concert series, consistently achieving high points that don’t seem reachable.

After a summer hiatus, Wright returned to Bread & Salt to set the bar even higher with a stunning duo concert featuring electric pianist Thollem McDonas and L.A. free-jazz drum giant Alex Cline. Eschewing the idea of pre-formed tunes, Cline and McDonas instead opted for seven compact improvisations that highlighted their tight rhythmic chemistry.

McDonas opened "Improvisation #1" tinkling octaves on his analog Yamaha keyboard as Cline activated waves of sound from three mounted gongs before moving to mallets on skins with inverted cymbals precariously perched. There was a delicious ebb and flow of intensity and dynamics, and by the time Cline morphed into sticks on his kit, he had churned up a wicked layer of polyrhythms that McDonas countered with clouds of grunge.

Eerie Star Trek harmonies and pitch-wheel melisma characterized the beginning of "Improvisation #2," which burbled with enough electronic mayhem to make the three-keyboard tandem on Miles Davis’ "Bitches Brew" sound like Errol Garner playing "Misty." Furious squalls came in waves before subsiding into pianissimo hushes like the shifting eye of a hurricane, and McDonas never failed to fully embrace the inherent "cheesy" proclivities of his instrument -- morphing from "Phantom of the Opera" to skating-rink organ sounds that hovered over Cline’s relentless rock beat.

Enough cannot be said about Cline. He has been at the vanguard of creative percussion for more than 30 years. It’s one thing to suggest a tribal rhythm, as many drummers do, but it’s another thing entirely to sound like an actual tribe of drummers providing the soundtrack to the boiling of a missionary.

"Improvisation #4," was surprisingly tunelike (in this context), with recognizable melodies and chord structures that reminded me, in texture, of very early Weather Report. The piece developed nicely into a jazzlike groove on the pinpoint bronze disc articulation of Cline, whose drum setup resembled the storefront of a cymbal factory’s going out of business sale. McDonas relied on a series of electronically manipulated timbral effects, especially a distortion box that was dirtier than a Kurt Cobain undershirt.

On "Improvisation #7," the duo went all out, with McDonas spewing arcs of warbled organ textures around the rock-orchestra drum drama of Cline. At times it sounded like Emerson, Lake & Elvin -- or something like that.

The concert was well-attended and enormously entertaining, with the transition from one piece to the next punctuated by thunderous applause, and even the miserable heat in the ovenlike factory building failed to dampen the spirit.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Barbara Wise]]>
<![CDATA[Live: The Zombies]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:22:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Zombies+HOB+8.20.14+%2818%29.jpg It was the "time of the season" for soul/pop legends the Zombies when they headlined House of Blues with Cheers Elephant and Mrs. Magician opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Cults Following]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:36:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CULTS.jpg

The San Diego Music Thing -- like any great festival or showcase intensive event -- is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, there's great music to catch all over town. On the other hand, you can only be one place at a time, so you have to plan strategically to catch all the music you want to see. My bias on Saturday leans toward Cults at the parking-lot stage behind the North Park Theatre, because to me, they're just one of the best breakout artists of the last few years, and their local ties make them an elevated local act. Being outside, however, the show will end relatively early, so you can still catch Zeros at Bar Pink, Slow Magic at Soda Bar or my DJ friends Hood Internet over at the Merrow. Still, that doesn't even cover the whole spread of music available on Saturday, so plan carefully and enjoy the San Diego Music Thing.

Saturday, Sept. 13:

  • SDMT: Dani Shay (11:15 a.m.), Alison Marae (12 p.m.), Josh Damigo (12:45 p.m.), the Peripherals (1:30 pm.), Triumph of the Wild (2:15 p.m.) @ SDMT Day Stage at Town & Country Hotel 
  • SDMT: Desert Noises, Ark Life, Colony House, Knox Hamilton @ SDMT Honest Tea Stage
  • SDMT: San Diego Music Thing Showcase featuring the Zeros, Neighbors to the North, Mini Mansions, Low Volts @ Bar Pink (6:00)
  • SDMT: Cults, Meg Myers, the Griswolds @ SDMT 91X Stage (29th & University, behind the North Park Theatre
  • SDMT: Erik Canzona, Natalie Tate, the Donnis Trio @ Claire de Lune
  • SDMT: Cherry Glazer, Retox, the New Kinetics, the Frights, Grmln @ The Irenic
  • SDMT: Slow Magic, Kodak to Graph, Daktyl, Emerald Rats @ Soda Bar
  • SDMT: The Hood Internet, Parker and the Numbermen, Mystery Cave @ The Merrow
  • SDMT: Ilya, Stewardess, Champ @ The Office
  • SDMT: Moving Units, Hills Like Elephants, Torches, Fenech-Soler @ The Hideout
  • SDMT: Magic Giant, Andrew Belle, Emily Jane White @ Seven Grand
  • SDMT: La Santa Cecilia, Swamp Dogg, Okapi Sun, Nicky Venus, We Are Sirens @ The Casbah
  • Ottley Mercer, Mochilero All Stars, the Combos, No Kings @ The Tin Can
  • DJ Cheyenne Giles @ Analog
  • The Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.) 
  • Livin on a Prayer, Paradise City, DJ Man Cat @ Belly Up
  • Air Supply @ Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
  • Twisted Relatives, Entrippy @ Boar Cross’n
  • Gilbert Castellanos & the Park West Ensemble @ Croce’s Park West
  • Tim Weisberg Quintet, featuring Chuck Alvarez, Barnaby Finch, David Hughes and Maria Martinez @ Dizzy’s
  • Full Moons Eve, the Beautiful People, No Explanation, Batboat, Coastal Break @ Epicentre
  • Karma @ Fluxx
  • Funks Most Wanted, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher’s Pub
  • Groove International presents Sound the Groove @ House of Blues
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey’s Backstage Live
  • My American Heart Acoustic Show @ Lestat’s
  • Dazed and Confused @ 710 Beach Club
  • A New Challenger Approaches (CD release), Focus in Frame, Within Ourselves, Heavyweight, Hannibal, Smarter Than Robots @ SOMA
  • The Prowling Kind, Love and the Skull, Mittens @ Tower Bar
  • Wazabe Blue @ Tio Leo’s
  • Saul Q @ U31
  • Dimitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Tribal Theory @ Winston’s

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Loaded Pallett]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:44:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/203*120/Owen+Pallett.jpg

Owen Pallett is having a monster year. After a pair of critically acclaimed albums under the Final Fantasy moniker, the Canadian composer and violinist released the second album under his own name, "In Conflict," this spring. He has also been traipsing around the globe with longtime colleagues Arcade Fire, squeezing in solo shows with any time off. And not that the Polaris Prize-winning performer needed any more accolades, but in January, he was nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for his work on the Spike Jonze film Her

On the heels of his recent birthday, the charismatic and brutally honest performer, who will be at the Casbah on Sunday, took some time to chat with SoundDiego from his hotel room in Seattle.
Scott McDonald: Between the Arcade Fire tours and your own stuff, I imagine it’s been a crazy year.
Owen Pallett: I’ve been touring the new record off and on for a few months now. Basically, every time that Arcade Fire took a month off to go home and reconnect with their dogs and wives, I hit the road.

SM: Are you exhausted yet?
OP: I love my job, I love playing shows, I love long drives. I’ve been a touring musician since I was a teenager, and I came up in a time when I was on the road and there was nothing but the radio, CD-Rs, and books. The fact that now you can f---ing Facebook chat with your friends in the middle of the desert makes it not so bad. I actually love it. I’m always telling people: Start a band with your friends and you’ll have nothing to complain about. It’s just me and my buddies, and we’re travelling all over the place. It’s great.
SM: Any difference now that you're going out under your own name?
OP: The name change had to happen. And I’m glad it happened when it did. When I named my band Final Fantasy, it was meant to be a hilarious middle finger in the air. Instead, what followed was a whole swath of nostalgia-based band names and I thought, "Oooh, I don’t want to be a part of that." So it came at the right time. But there haven’t been significant changes beyond that. This whole project is rooted in tenets of honesty.
SM: Tell me a bit about working with Brian Eno.
OP: This is the first time I worked with him, and I’m a huge fan. The thing about Brian Eno is that he means something different to everybody. So many people are inspired by his strategies or his production techniques or his podcasts. For me, there’s always been something incredibly inspiring about his songwriting. He writes in a way that makes all of his songs sound incredibly powerful. And I see an incredible amount of similarity between Eno and other artists I adore, like Morrissey and Xiu Xiu. All of their songwriting is this strange alloy of honesty and wry humor. They’ve unlocked the way forward for me and the way that I want to write lyrics. Because I never thought I wanted to be a songwriter. It’s nothing I grew up with. I didn’t spend my teens writing songs or anything, it just happened one day. I realized that there were these songwriters who were sticking to me, and it was then that the door opened.
SM: Other than the vocals being more up front, it seems like there aren’t too many differences between "Heartland" and "In Conflict."
OP: That was the only difference. People are saying that it’s more personal and all this, but we just turned the vocals up higher in the mix [laughs]. I used the same orchestra, but you may notice that I used a different rhythm section. And it was all recorded live off the floor. That was a big difference from "Heartland," which was built from click tracks and overdubs. And mixing the vocals higher has been something that I’ve always been somewhat resistant to, just because most of my favorite records have been recorded that way. But I was persuaded. I had everybody tell me to mix my vocals higher, so I did. And it works. I am a better singer than I was 10 years ago, so where I once thought it was my weak point, I’m now feeling like it’s pretty strong.
SM: You work with so many different people. Any upcoming projects you can talk about?
OP: I’m going to work with Villagers, who are on Domino [Records]. And I’m on the Foxes In Fiction record, which is coming out in a few days. He’s actually on tour with me and is absolutely worth coming out early for. He is the f---ing best. But I’m not doing too much other than that. I’ve actually had a lot of changes this year. I feel like I’m coming out of this weird period of adult puberty [laughs]. There was a moment when "Heartland" first came out that my message changed. I got drawn into this world of having a publicist and booking shows with Goldenvoice and playing Coachella. I don’t think I recognized it at the time -- I thought that was what bands were supposed to do -- but I’m starting to feel like there’s a sickness there. This is all just a long way of saying that I’m much more interested in getting back into local and DIY-oriented stuff. I’m feeling like I want to get back to working in those realms. In touring with Arcade Fire, I’ve seen what money can do. I’ve seen the power of Live Nation. I’ve seen what it takes to move 30,000 people at a time. It’s really f---ing amazing and really f---ing powerful, but it’s also something that I have an incredible urge to not be a part of [laughs]. Instead, I’d like to re-focus on moving 200 people at a time. It’s been a wake-up call and very important for me to remember my roots. And my roots are at Blocks Recording Club, which is a worker-owned co-op in Toronto that put out my records for the first six years. And it’s closing down now because all of the people there have moved onto other things. And now [Brooklyn rock club and musicians work space] Death By Audio is closing down, and I’m incredibly bummed out about that. Anyway, you’re asking me who I’m going to be working with and instead I’m telling you that I’m going to be focusing on getting back to a more underground base of working and shows. Ha!
SM: Well, you know both worlds, so it should make it easier to have that luxury.
OP: Yeah, but I want to turn my back on those other models. I’m promoting this tour right now and so I’m paying attention to the interviews, and I’m making Facebook posts and s--- like this, and the thing that I’m realizing is that when I play shows, I know half the people in the audience. The other half is beautiful queers that I don’t know [laughs]. This is really where I’m at. This is where Ben Frost is. This is where Sharon Van Etten is. This is where celebrated indie artists exist right now -- half the audience is their friends. And instead of seeing this as a problem, I want to extend it. I want to meet more friends. And I’m not trying to be cynical or bite my tongue, but I feel like the gap is widening between the A list and the B list. And I’m committed to making a stronger B list. Does that even make sense?
SM: Of course. I get far more magic in an audience of 175 than I do at some big amphitheater show.
OP: Exactly! This is what I’ve been saying for f---ing ever. There are people out there who crave smaller models. The big models work for one band out of a thousand. And it’s hard for me to talk about, while at the same time saying, "Hey, San Diego, please f---ing come to my show [laughs]!" It’s hard to talk about it without seeming ungrateful. And I’m absolutely not. And I’m not looking at any of it in a negative way. I’m focusing on all of the immense positives that are there. Everyone wins when there’s love and excitement and enthusiasm for a scene.
Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com


Photo Credit: Owen Pallett]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Yes]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:48:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/Yes+Humphreys+8.19+Covault+Band+Music+%2838%29.jpg Yes got pretty "close to the edge" when they headlined Humphrey's By the Bay on Aug. 19, with Syd Arthur opening.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Pretty Little Liars]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:18:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/196*120/liarspress.jpg

If you were hoping for a relaxing, lazy weekend, you'll have to think again, because the San Diego Music Thing is back. With panels by day at the Town & Country Hotel and showcases all over town by night, this is going to be a busy but awesome weekend. SoundDiego went in depth with your show picks for the weekend, but I think you should stick to North Park on Friday, with an awesome happy hour at Bar Pink, some killer bands at Seven Grand and U-31, and then be sure to stop by and check out the North Park Theatre (where I happen to work) and let yourself be blown away by the great sightlines, the incredible sound gear and beautiful lighting that are sure to make this your new favorite venue in town.

Friday, September 12:

  • San Diego Music Thing Happy Hour, with Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, Sad Robot, Subsurfer, the Paragraphs, Yonatan Gat of Monotonix @ Bar Pink (5:30) 
  • SDMT, Casbah & Dream present Liars, Destruction Unit, Some Ember @ North Park Theatre
  • SDMT: Deap Valley, Wild Wild Wets, Mystic Braves, Black Taxi, Schitzophonics @ The Casbah
  • SDMT: Dengue Fever, Barcelona, the Moth & the Flame, Dr. Seahorse @ Soda Bar
  • SDMT: Dead Feather Moon, Queen Caveat, Deadly Birds, the Janks, Bogon Via, the Singles, Kobra Kills @ U31
  • SDMT Day Stage: Mason James (noon), Jesse Lamonaca (3 p.m.), Leave the Universe (3:45 p.m.) @ Town & Country Hotel
  • SDMT: Ed Ghost Tucker, Sean and Zander, Deadbolt @ The Office
  • SDMT: Bobby Bazini, Dani Shay, Heather Reid, Lily Kershaw @ Claire de Lune
  • SDMT: Ashleigh Stone, Justin Furstenfeld, the Midnight Pine @ The Irenic
  • SDMT: Josh Damigo & the Freeloaders, Jesse Lamonaca, Vinnie & the Hooligans, Triumph of the Wild @ Seven Grand
  • SDMT: Earth, King Dude, Author & Punisher, Soft Lions @ The Hideout
  • SDMT: Glass Spells, Amigo, Smoke Season @ Brick By Brick
  • SDMT: Spero, Oh Spirit @ Whistle Stop
  • SDMT: Bushwalla, Haunted Summer, Smart Brothers, Little Dove, the Blues and Greys @ The Merrow
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.)
  • Soda Bar presents Slaughter & the Dogs, Dead on the Wire, Chinese Rocks, Inciting Riots @ Til Two Club
  • Metalachi @ Belly Up (9 p.m.) 
  • Cedar Fire, Man Hands, Alpha Chanel @ The Tower Bar
  • The Tin Can Country Club’s Record Release Party @ The Tin Can
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5:30 p.m.)
  • Clemenshine, Jesus Gonzalez + Aaron Bowen, the Seats @ The Che Cafe
  • Dave Scott Jazz Ensemble @ Croce’s Park West
  • The Joshua White Trio, featuring Ben Wanicur and Julien Cantelm @ Dizzy’s
  • Seedheads, Love You Hide, Contact High, the Bleeskiez, 4th n Cedar @ Epicentre
  • DJ Brett Bodley, Ricky Rocks @ Fluxx
  • Pool Party, DJ R2 @ Gallagher’s Pub
  • Groove International Signature Series @ House of Blues (5:45 p.m.)
  • Ambrosia, King Washington, DJ Claire @ House of Blues (7 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey’s Backstage Live
  • Chicago @ Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
  • Cleopatra Degher (CD release) @ Lestat’s
  • Puddle of Mud, Uncle Junkie, Redmond, SevenTrain @ Ramona MainStage
  • Matt Heineke (5 p.m.), Haus Party (8 p.m.) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Iwrestledabearonce, Elitist, Of Hope and Heresy, Roar Like Me! @ SOMA
  • The Moves, Jon Runion @ Sycamore Den
  • O.G.R. @ Tio Leo’s
  • Ocean Boogie @ Winston’s
  • Toombao @ World Beat Center

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Zen Sekizawa]]>
<![CDATA[How Drummer Zoell Farrugia Hit it Big]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:47:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GNSF126-zoell+farrugia-reypila.jpg

Tijuana's go-to studio drummer, Sebastian "Zoell” Farrugia," was hand-picked by Rey Pila to hit the road with them as Interpol's opening act. It was a case of being at the right place at the right time for the Argentina native -- or, rather, playing with the right bands at the right time. Guero (Rey Pila) and Farrugia played together in another band called Chikita Violenta. When they didn't have a bass player for their set at SxSW, Rey Pila's frontman, Diego, filled in. Farrugia also played with Miguel, Rey Pila's bassist, in another band called Motel. Guitarist Rodrigo and Farrugia met through the music scene. And this is how the six degrees of seperation created the glorious breakthrough crossover act, Rey Pila. Many Latin alternative musicians know who Zoell is, many want to work with him, and many respect him.

Congrats on booking the nationwide tour with Rey Pila. It must be really awesome to be an opening act for Interpol. What does this mean for you in terms of your career?
ZOELL FARRUGIA: It's really exiting. Interpol is a great band. I'm a big fan of their music, so it's a real honor to have the opportunity to open up for part of their tour in Canada and the U.S. It means a lot for my career as a drummer. It's a great opportunity to be seen by a lot of new people and to play at some super cool venues, so its a great gig.

DQ: Rey Pila is an amazing band. What's it like to play with them? How come they didn't have a drummer before?
ZF: Playing with Rey Pila is superfun. I really love the songs, the vibe. The band is great. We're all really good friends. I've been playin with Rey Pila since October 2013.

DQ: Why do you think you're a sought-after drummer?
ZF: I think that bands and other musicians want to play with me because I'm a really passionate drummer. I love what I do, and I give everything I have onstage, the studio or at rehearsal. I try to be pretty professional, and I'm serious about my work -- I think people dig that.

DQ: You've also recorded drums for up-and-comers Glasmus.
ZF: The guys from Glasmus are real good friends, too. I've had the opportunity to work with them in the studio and do some live shows together. I love their sound. Mousiky, one of the guitarists of Glasmus, and I used to play together in Ambiente, an instrumental post-rock band from Tijuana. We recorded an EP, A, It's really good. You should check it out. 

I understand you're also a drum professor?
ZF:  Well, I don't consider myself a drum professor. I'm more of a motivator. I teach the basics, but they're very important things. I also try to make them love this beautiful instrument -- respect it! If you really want to be a drummer, you have to practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more [laughs].

Your dad is the late Gonzalo Farrugia, a well-respected drummer, too.
ZF: My dad was a great drummer. He came to T.J. In 1979, and he used to play almost every day and sometimes five sets a day on Avenue Revolucion. He also had two great bands back in the '70s: one in Uruguay called Psiglo, and another in Argentina called Crusis. In January 2009, he passed away. Then in December 2009, a really good friend of my dad's, Pachy, put together this memorial concert with the original singer of Psiglo and other great musicians of Uruguay. They invited me to play drums to pay tribute to his life and career -- it was a pretty intense and beautiful experience.

DQ: What do you love most about living as a musician in Tijuana? How long have you been living there?
I've lived in Tijuana since I was 3 years old. I love living in T.J. It's a crazy place, but it's a very musical city -- lots of great musicians and great bands. Ever since I can remember, I've been  surrounded by music: jazz, blues, rock, tambora, norteno, cumbia, electronic. You name it, it's here [laughs].

DQ: Do you consider yourself Argentinian, Uruguayan or Tijuanese?
ZF: Definitely Tijuanese! I was born in Argentina. My parents are from Uruguay, so I have Uruguayan blood, but my heart is 100 percent Tijuanese!

For more info on Zoell Farrugia, “like”  him on Facebook. For Rey Pila tour dates, go here.


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: Zoell Farrugia]]>
<![CDATA[That Thing You Do]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:53:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/124230273.jpg

There are so many great shows happening over the next several days. Some are part of the San Diego Music Thing, the annual two-day music and media conference. You can check out the complete schedule here and plan accordingly (also, refer to our 10 must-see picks here). I’ll be highlighting several of those shows in the Friday and Saturday listings.

Some of the shows on my radar as part of the SDMT Friday: Liars, Destruction Unit & Some Ember take over the North Park Theater; Dengue Fever, Barcelona, the Moth & the Flame, and Dr. Seahorse are at Soda Bar; Deap Vally, Wild Wild Wets, Mystic Braves, Black Taxi and Schitzophonics are at the Casbah; Slaughter & the Dogs headline at Til-Two; the Midnight Pine play at the Irenic: Little Dove will be with the Smart Brothers, Bushwalla, the Blues & Greys and Haunted Summer at the Merrow; Dead Feather Moon, Queen Caveat, Deadly Birds and more at U-31; Glass Spells, Amigo and Smoke Season are at Brick By Brick; and Earth, King Dude, Author & Punisher and Soft Lions are at the Hideout. Other events include Rock the Boat, supporting Surf Aid; and Metalachi with Godspeed McQueen at the Belly Up.
Start off your Saturday with the South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival at Bayfront Park; the 91x Next Big Thing Stage as part of the San Diego Music Thing features Meg Myers, the Griswolds and Cults; the Zeros, Mini Mansions, Low Volts and Neighbors to the North take over Bar Pink; Ilya, Stewardess and Champ play at the Office; Moving Units, Fenech Soler, Torches and Hills Like Elephants perform at the Hideout; the Hood Internet, Parker and the Numberman and Mystery Cave are at the Merrow; the San Diego Breast Cancer Fundraiser is at Fluxx; and the Johnny Deadly Trio takes over Hooley’s. On the dance tip, join me for Club Sabbat at Numb3rs, along with DJs Severin and Vaughn Avakian; Booty Bassment takes over the Whistle Stop with DJs Dimitri and Rob; and Dela Moontribe, Ubiquitous, Ashley Devore and Sarah Cranberry are at the Kava Lounge.
On Sunday Intervention at the Hard Rock Hotel features Sidney Samson; and the Mad Decent Block Party -- with Cashmere Cat, Diplo, Flosstradamus, Laidback Luke and others-- takes over the East Village. Later that night you can check out Inspired and the Sleep, Justin Froese and Oliver Trolley at the Belly Up; Owen Pallett, Avi Buffalo and Foxes In Fiction hit the Casbah; and KiWi Time and Big Bad Buffalo are at Lestat’s.
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 @robin_roth or submit your DJ listings here.

<![CDATA[Concrete Solutions]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:34:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tcp.jpg

The Ocean Beach rock/rap band the Concrete Project is back this month with a new project, "The Rise of Bishop."

A bit of a concept album, it refers to the many "Bishop"-related themes the band members have encountered. Some are socioeconomic, as the bishop on a chess board represents the lower middle class. Others are personal, as in the first name of the keyboardist's first son. Stil others are random: Guitarist Shaun Bro used to live on the cross street of Bishop back home in Guam, while some are -- Tupac Shakur played Bishop, who shot Raheem over a rusty-ass revolver and then met Q at his locker a few days later talkin' about "..... POTNAH!" in his breakout film role in the movie "Juice."

But with some of those references -- or maybe because of them -- the album has an Everyman feel to it. With songs about Saturdays, working for the weekend and quick trips up and down Highway 5, there isn't a lot of flash on "The Rise of Bishop." Not a lot of excess, nothing over-the-top, nothing too gaudy. Instead, what carries the album is its sincerity and the commitment the two MC's have to their point of view. Tory T admitting, "Money don't matter so much that I don't promote it," not only sounds novel and true, but t it feels like it as well, not because the listener may believe it but because he does. It's like there's no role playing here.

Caleb Cruz and Tory T aren't out to fake it till they make it or go along to get along. No. None of that. This is Bishop music -- working-class anthems, blue collar type of stuff, so it all makes for some pretty relatable ideas. Who hasn't wished it was Saturday or that the weekend wouldn't hurry up and come already on a mid-Monday morning while they were tired and cranky at work? They're all regular guys doing regular stuff in the community, a part of the community, and active in it.

On Friday, Sept 12, the Concrete Project are playing 2014's Rock the Boat fundraiser. It's six bands and one boat in Mission Bay harbor to benefit the Surfaid organization. Based in Encinitasm Surfaid is dedicated to improving living conditions for Third World communities that don't have access to clean drinking water, sanitaion systems, basic health care or nutrition. Down-to-earth stuff by down-to-earth folks.

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

Photo Credit: The Concrete Project]]>
<![CDATA[These Waters Rock Deep]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:29:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*134/waters.jpg

There are plenty of shows around San Diego to keep you entertained on Thursday. For one, punk icons GBH perform at the Hideout after having to cancel their original Casbah date due to visa issues. (If you had tickets, they were already refunded, so you have to buy new ones). Meanwhile, Hot Snakes play their second night in a row, this time to a sold out 21+ crowd at the Casbah. Even with those great shows, my pick is definitely Waters at Soda Bar. This indie band has been through San Diego three or four times now, and singer Van Pierszalowski is one of the nicest guys in music. Perhaps you were familiar with his former Bay Area band, Port O'Brien. Waters' lineup is a little more rockin, but he's still just as nice, and as a frontman, he's even more charismatic and not quite as shy onstage as he used to be. If you love indie, this is easily your pick for the night. 

Thursday, Sept. 11:

  • Waters, Wild Ones, Zella Day the Bilinda Butchers, Hunny @ Soda Bar
  • Hot Snakes, the Heartaches, Teenage Burritos @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Casbah presents GBH, Revolut-Chix, Sculpins @ The Hideout
  • Johnny Polygon, Parker and the Numberman, Nocando @ Til-Two Club
  • Accept, Metal Church @ Belly Up
  • The Whiskey Circle, Sneaky Bones @ Sycamore Den
  • Open Mic Night @ Tin Can
  • Buzz, Raelee Nikole @ Lestat's
  • Karina Frost, Dauzet St. Marie, Jonathan Charles @ The Merrow
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Curtis Brooks @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Agua Dulce @ Winston's
  • Porter Robinson, Lemaitre, Giraffage @ SOMA
  • Ookay @ Fluxx
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[10 Must-See Bands at the SD Music Thing]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:52:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_SDTV_092813-DEAP_VALLY_722x406_50845763767.jpg

Entering its 8th year, the San Diego Music Thing brings yet another impressive lineup to America’s Finest City on Sept. 12-13. When the annual two-day music and media conference takes over venues such as the North Park Theatre, the Casbah, Bar Pink, Soda Bar, the Whistle Stop and many others, you’ll have a primo chance to see performances by more than 150 up-and-coming acts along with a few notable heavy hitters. While whether to attend is never a question, the list of incredible artists scheduled to take the stage can be rather daunting -- so here’s a breakdown of your best bets. Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

  • Deap Vally: This female-fronted duo has been makin’ waves the world over with their raucous brand of blues rock. They have their fair share of admirers in town (including our own Tim Pyles), and we have a feeling that you’ll also be joining the club when they hit the Casbah on Friday.

  • Dengue Fever: Hailed by everyone from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett to the Kinks’ Ray Davies, this Los Angeles sextet blends ’60s Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock. If it sounds weird, you’re probably more familiar with their music than you think: They’ve been featured in everything from films such as “Broken Flowers” and “The Hangover 2” to TV shows like “Weeds,” “True Blood” and “CSI: Las Vegas.” They play Soda Bar on Friday.

  • Desert Noises: Packed with stomping drums and epic sing-along choruses, this quartet marries alt-country and folk-rock with an infectious furor. They headline the Honest Tea Stage behind the North Park Theatre on Saturday.

  • The Griswolds: This indie rock-pop quartet hails from Sydney, Australia, and their massive single, “Heart of a Lion,” put ’em on the worldwide map in 2012. They describe themselves as “tequila-inspired party pop” -- we just think they’re addictive, energetic and fun. They kick off 91x’s Next Big Thing Stage on Saturday.

  • GRMLN: You’d think this Orange County garage-pop-punk band would be named after the much-beloved 1984 movie of the same title, but you’d be wrong: Frontman Yoodoo Park came up with it while feeling isolated and alone in college. He better get used to the spotlight; the group’s recent “Soon Away” album is one of the best of 2014. Read our interview with Park before they play the Irenic on Saturday.

  • Liars: Evolving from one record to the next, this LA-based trio has gone from acerbic post-punk to weirdly experimental to masters of dense electronica. They headline the North Park Theatre on Friday.

  • Meg Myers: Fans of Fiona Apple or Cat Power, take note -- Myers’ visceral, sparse chamber rock results in lyrics like, “You make me wanna die/I gotta kill you, my love.” Don’t miss her at 91x’s Next Big Thing Stage on Saturday.

  • Mini Mansions: Fronted by Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Schuman, this trio puts out fuzzy garage-rock that slathers rich Beatles-esque melodies with poppy psychedelia. They play Bar Pink on Saturday.

  • Mystic Braves: A true throwback to flower power, LSD trips and paisley shirts, this ’60s-inspired band has built quite the loyal following in San Diego over the past couple years. Find out why at the Casbah on Friday.

  • Slow Magic: Looking for an anonymously masked musician who deals in smacking electro beats and hypnotic synths? Us too. The search comes to an end Saturday at Soda Bar.

For more information, including set times, full lineups and tickets, visit the official San Diego Music Thing website.

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

<![CDATA[Thousands Turn Out for Drive Like Jehu Reunion]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:34:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/254*120/Drive+Like+Jehu+Spreckles+Pavilion+Reunion+Cropped.png The seminal San Diego band Drive Like Jehu's reunion show at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion may have been the biggest show ever at the site -- FM 94/9's Tim Pyles talked to John Reis, Rick Froberg and San Diego civic organist Carol Williams. (Thanks to @x0xMaximus for additional footage: http://spreckelsorgan.org)]]> <![CDATA[Bad to the Bone]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:31:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/big+bad+buffalo.jpg

Wednesday has so much awesome packed into one night, it's kind of hard to believe it isn't even San Diego Music Thing weekend yet. At the Casbah, legendary rocker Mike Watt brings his project Il Sogno del Marinaio to town, with the locals of Shady Francos and Noel Jordan kicking things off. As you may have seen on SoundDiego TV, the Hot Snakes perform an all-ages show at the Irenic. With Ghetto Blaster and Big Bad Buffalo opening, this is going to be quite a show, and, last I heard, there weren't many tickets left, so buy them online while you can because there probably won't be any at the venue by the time doors open. Meanwhile, just down the street from the Irenic, catch Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels at U-31. LaMonaca has been super busy working and going back to school, so he's only had a few solo performances this year, and it will definitely be worth seeing the full band back in action, with whatever lineup that might be. Sean Hayes is at Belly Up and Blockhead is at Soda Bar to round out the night.

Wednesday, Sept. 10:

  • Mike Watt 's Il Sogno del Marinaio, Shady Francos, Noel Jordan @ Casbah
  • Hot Snakes, Ghetto Blaster, Big Bad Buffalo @ Irenic
  • Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Action Andy & the Hi Tones @ U-31
  • Sean Hayes, Eric & Erica @ Belly Up
  • Blockhead, Elaquant, Yppah, Mystery Cave @ Soda Bar
  • 20XX Party, featuring Cali Cam @ Bar Pink
  • Progress with Brian Scannell @ The Hideout
  • Nina Storey, Avalon Young @ Lestat's
  • John Avery @ Croce's Park West
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Vibes Up Strong, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge @ Tower Bar
  • Bandolus, Lexicons @ Til-Two Club
  • Hit List @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Bobbie3k & Filthy Rich @ Boar Cross'n
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday, with Cros1 @ Whistle Stop
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.)

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Sarah Linton via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Jack Johnson]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:14:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Jack+Johnson+RIMAC+8.30.14+Covault+%2810%29.jpg Jack Johnson surfed into the RIMAC Arena to headline a show with Bahamas on Aug. 30.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Wild and Crazy]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_SOUNDDIEGO_IDYLL_WILD_060714_1200x675_275977795843.jpg

So let's rewind. For years, there was a bar on Morena Boulevard called O'Connell's. And O'Connell's had its place in the music scene, but when it changed hands and became the Griffin, it was kind of exciting. It was cool to envision the possibilities. There were some epic nights there, for sure, with great live music, some touring and some local acts. Well, one of the guys behind the scenes bringing shows to the venue was Joe at Arsenal Concerts. When the Griffin decided they no longer wanted to play the live venue game, Joe had to look deep and hard to see his next move. In doing so, he looked right under our noses at the Merrow. It was being booked, sure, but certainly not nightly. And with such a great stage, walls knocked out since its Sports Club days, it was a venue ripe for some new blood. Enter Arsenal Concerts. He's brought back the 91x Loudspeaker Tuesdays that were hosted by Halloran, and thisevening, they have a great lineup of locals to keep you entertained on a school night. A chance to see and be seen by others in the local scene and a guy named Halloran with the power to play your music on the radio. Think of the great music right alongside your networking opportunities.

Tuesday, Sept. 9:

  • Idyll Wild, Tiger Milk Imports, Splavender @ The Merrow
  • Cobra Heart presents Peel Radio,Grizzly Business, Sound Lupus, Blind Owl, DJ Mike Delgado (Moving Units) @ The Hideout
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Tele Novella, Heatwarmer, the Killer HZ @ Soda Bar
  • Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks @ Belly Up
  • AJ Froman, I Trust You to Kill Me, We the Wild, She Preaches Mayhem @ Tower Bar
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Steph Johnson and Rob Thornson @ Croce's Park West
  • Wil Blades Trio @ Winston's
  • Joe Fontenot @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • Haus Party @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[The SoundDiego Record Club]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:17:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Tree+Ring-38.jpg

The SoundDiego Record Club features some of the best new musical releases from around the county. Read on and listen in.

"Ten Rivers"

The Tree Ring, releases Sept. 16

Move over Henry David Thoreau, there’s a new guy in town: Joel P. West, the mastermind behind the local chamber-pop group the Tree Ring, has crafted a dazzlingly delicate paean to nature, owing as much to that famed 19th-century poet as he does to the soft, wandering folk of artists like Nick Drake or Sufjan Stevens. While “Ten Rivers” is hardly the only album contemplating the beauty of the world around us -- and the love we share with each other while we’re in it -- it definitely ranks as one of the best. The band’s latest effort expands and magnifies the lushly detailed earnestness they delivered on 2011’s “Generous Shadows” and the 2012 follow up, “Brushbloom,” its ten agrarian tracks owing to an intricate thematic atmosphere -- which is not altogether surprising considering West’s skill at scoring films (hear him at work in independent films such as “Short Term 12,” “It Starts With Me,” “About Alex” and “I Am Not a Hipster”). The Tree Ring, "Ten Rivers" album overBut here, the music does take center stage, and it’s stunning: These mostly acoustic folk-pop songs rise and fall with the subtle pounding of bass drums (“Beside a River”), heaving strings and harp plucks (“Tunnel View”) and the pulse of angelic harps encircling barely there horns and twirling flutes (“The Snowline”). Of course, horrible songs would render all that instrumentation useless, and that’s where “Ten Rivers” elevates -- songs like “The Color Up in the Hills” capture every pastoral flourish perfectly, with a heavenly verse/chorus chord progression lifted by West’s occasional, soft, celestial falsetto. The Tree Ring are set to bestow their last live performance upon the Irenic on Sept. 17, and it’s only fitting the band take their final bow at a church. Faced with the group’s resignation, we’re reminded of Thoreau’s “Walden”: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” [Buy it here]

"Under the Spell of Joy"

Joy, released Aug. 19

If anything, the San Diego psych-rock band Joy are walking students of the age-old phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” The lysergic-loving jam trio doesn’t wander about genres, trying their hand at whatever style is in vogue -- rather, they do basically one thing and do it better than anyone else. “Under the Spell of Joy” is the group’s sophomore studio album and their first on Tee Pee Records, the psych-rock/stoner-metal world’s ground zero -- and home to such bands as Graveyard, Earthless, Harsh Toke, Sleep and the Shrine. Joy, "Under the Spell of Joy" album coverAppropriately, the deafening gauntlet of heavy psychedelia that Joy (featuring guitarist/vocalist Zach Oakley, bassist Justin Hulson and drummer Paul Morrone) threw down with their 2012 self-titled album is buried even deeper here. Vocals, which pop up here and there, warble and oscillate down endless underground caverns; fluid bass lines rumble over tracks like a boulder careening out of control; massive, rollicking drums thunder throughout, anchoring the band’s molten ebb and flow. No riff is left unturned. Taking cues from Cream, Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys and Blue Cheer, the band blast through extended headtrip-inducing jams like “Miles Away,” “Confusion” and “One More Time” with an unruly fury. Oakley must have a wah-wah pedal cemetery at home, as the effect itself nearly becomes an unofficial fourth member -- the back-and-forth rock of shrilly highs and murky lows is gloriously featured front-and-center across the album, lending a frenzied pace to an already voluminous, fuzzed-out guitar wail. The bottom line? “Under the Spell of Joy” is a ferocious testament to the chest-shaking power of rock & roll -- and a truly enchanting one at that. [Buy it here]

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

Photo Credit: Samaria Daniel]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Panic! At the Disco]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:15:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/700_8156.jpg The dance party that is Panic! At the Disco was joined by Walk the Moon and Youngblood Hawke at SDSU's Open Air Theatre for a recent show.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Charting Last Internationale Waters]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:22:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*141/thelastinternationale.jpg

What an exciting weekend we had in San Diego. If you're like so many of us and actually have to work on weekends, fret not, as the Last Internationale has you covered tonight at the Casbah. Described as a "strikingly fervent, politically-charged rock band," the band has played many festivals of late, including Lollapalooza, and they've opened for artists ranging from Neil Young to Weezer to Kings of Leon. With the Eeries just added to this bill, this is going to be a heck of a show and should make for a great Monday night. Meanwhile, Belly Up welcomes the Shinys! Shiny Toy Guns broke out with their super-catchy electro-pop in the early 2000s, and they haven't stopped. They're always a great show, and because it's the Belly Up, you won't be out too late for this one.  

Monday, Sept. 8:

  • The Last Internationale, the Eeries, Reason to Rebel @ Casbah
  • Shiny Toy Guns, No, Nicky Venus @ Belly Up
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West
  • Bandalier, the Kernels @ Soda Bar
  • The Tin Can Country Club featuring Matthew Strachota @ Tin Can
  • Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Hessian, Blood of Kings @ The Bancroft
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Kinetic Soul with Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • 710 Battle of the Bands @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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 Bumbery]]>
<![CDATA[Where the Big Bad Buffalo Roam]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:39:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Big+Bad+Buffalo+SD.jpg Big Bad Buffalo reflect on opening for Hot Snakes at the Irenic on Sept. 10, and not being old enough to stay inside the clubs where they often perform.]]> <![CDATA[Sly Stone's San Diego Connection]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:28:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/Sly+Stone+and+Sal+Filipelli.jpg

Don’t call it a comeback. Actually, for fans of the legendary soul/funk pioneer Sly Stone, a comeback might just might be in store. The infamously reclusive Sly & the Family Stone frontman, who has appeared onstage sporadically (at best) over the last 20 years, has partnered with local musician/composer Sal Filipelli on three songs to be included on his upcoming album, "This Day in Music History."

Filipelli, who has played music in San Diego since he graduated from the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts (and counts the House of Blues main stage as his favorite venue to play), told us that the partnership with Stone was half determination, half good ole fashioned luck.

"I first met Sly Stone in 2009 at an event in LA called Legends of Funk. I got to talk to him for a while and we hit it off. Years later, in 2012, I had been working on a project for a while and I wanted to do something special with it; so I reached out to a bunch of cool people in my network. Sly was the only one who really got back to me."

Stone hasn’t released any new music in almost two decades, but the new songs fit right into his wheelhouse. The upcoming single, "One More Hit," has a slow-burning, sultry R&B smoothness to it, led by horn stabs and hip-shaking percussion. Watch a YouTube teaser for the song here.

Along with his brilliant musicianship, working with Stone was a bit of a riot, according to Filipelli: "Sly is a bit of a comedian. One time, Sly and I were walking down some stairs. I was behind him when I noticed his shoes were untied. I tried to run ahead to tie his shoes. I said to him, ‘Sly let me tie your shoes man.’ He replied, ‘Nah, I won't fall – see, if I walk with my feet close together like this [stands still with one foot on his lose shoe lace] then I'll fall. But if I walk with my feet far apart like this you see [spaces his feet far apart like he's riding a horse] then I won't fall.’ Then he proceeded to walk down the stairs with his feet about two and a half feet away from each other, as he also swung his left arm around with every step. It was pretty ridiculous."

Sal Filipelli and Sly Stone (right)For the Sly & the Family Stone fans, "This Day in Music History" could signal the long-awaited return to music for the intriguing and mysterious legend. The psychedelic funk group enjoyed massive success in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s with songs such as "Dance To the Music," "Everyday People," "I Want to Take You Higher" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)." After their eventual dissolution in 1975, Sly (real name Sylvester Stewart) embarked on a solo career, but eventually stopped recording and performing, for the most part, after 1987.

The forthcoming album, which features performances and collaborations with Munyungo Jackson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder), Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez (the Mars Volta), Raw Syl (Sly Stone, Rufus) and Blaise Garza (the Violent Femmes) among others, has already been recorded – but needs a little help to get on record store shelves.

With an IndieGoGo campaign under way (and an accompanying YouTube video), Filipelli is hoping to raise funds to mix, master, press, and promote the album. Various gifts are available for investors such as guitars signed by Stone, inclusion in the record liner notes and a performance by Filipelli in the comfort of your own home. Those big-time perks may help lure backers, but the chance to help release new music by Sly Stone is the ultimate reward. For for more information, and to lend your support, please visit the official IndieGoGo website.

When asked why people should invest in the album, Filipelli modestly summed it up best: “It just may be the greatest album of all time.”

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

<![CDATA[The Phantogram Jam]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:25:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Phantogram+X-Fest+2014+Sleep+Train+%289%29.jpg

Some people believe that Labor Day marks the end of summer, but in San Diego, we know there's plenty of summer left with festivals and outdoor events continuing for the next couple months. Today is one of my favorites of the year, as FM 94/9 presents their annual Independence Jam. The lineup is great and after seeing Phantogram several times, I'm really looking forward to their set once again. The lineup is great all the way through and it's an opportunity to catch artists on the rise, too, like Wild Cub and their infectious hit "Thunder Clatter." The event is sold out, however, so if you missed out on tickets, you can still catch San Diego Blues Fest at the Embarcadero, the Riot House Records showcase at Bar Pink, or the Weirdos at the Casbah

Sunday, September 7:

  • FM 94/9 Independence Jam feat. Phantogram, Walk the Moon, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Bad Suns, Wild Cub, Little Hurricane, and Joywave @ Junior Seau Amphiteatre at Oceanside Pier (SOLD OUT)
  • The Weirdos, Death Eyes, Homeless Sexuals, Records With Roger @ Casbah
  • San Diego Blues Fest feat. Eric Burdon & the Animals, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Lazy Lester & the Bayou Brothers, Bishop John W Haynes & Change, Big John Atkinson & the Nationals, Missy Anderson and more  @ Embarcadero Marina Park North
  • Riot House Records Showcase feat. Rough Francis, Spencer Moody (Murder City Devils), Grand Tarantula @ Bar Pink
  • Colin Hay, Cecilia Noel @ Belly Up
  • She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Diatribes @ Soda Bar
  • Intervention feat. Arty @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • Gospel Brunch @ House Of Blues
  • Underground Revolution Radio @ Kava Lounge
  • Jesse Davis, Joe Leavy @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Sister Lip, The One and Only @ Lestat's
  • Aqua Blue, Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winstons

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Sept. 7-13]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:11:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Sandy+Benefit+Michel+Dussack+%282%29.jpg Check out what's in store for you this week across San Diego, including shows by Cults, Shiny Toy Guns, Hot Snakes and more.

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Lake Street Dive]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:19:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lake+Street+Dive+North+Park+Theatre+8.22+%282%29.jpg Lake Street Dive headlined the North Park Theatre, misting the crowd with lead vocalist Rachel Price's soulful calls.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Castellanos Trio Charms at the Westgate]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:10:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/xCastellanos.jpg

If you love jazz and have yet to make it down to catch Gilbert Castellanos and his revolving cast of players at the Westgate Hotel on Friday nights – do yourself a favor and fix that.

The Plaza Bar at the Westgate is small (seats about 40) and acoustically superior, and the music represents jazz at its improvising finest. At a recent show, the intrepid trumpeter was joined by pianist Joshua White and bassist Rob Thorsen; the resulting music was powerful enough to elicit involuntary moans yet intimate enough to turn around and stare burning holes into a few stray talkers who mistakenly assumed their conversations were equally beautiful.

Opening with the seldom-heard standard "I'll Take Romance," the trio's swing was buoyant enough to float a cruise ship on, and one was instantly inspired by the sound of Castellanos making choices in his improvising. Likewise, hearing White build ebullient ideas on this invisible, precise, rhythmic grid is the best possible antidote to the poisonous lethargy of hot summer nights. Bringing up the rear, the unamplified Thorsen plucked deep resonant tones as thick and woody as old-growth forest.

The fanfare of Freddie Hubbard's "The Intrepid Fox" opened up into a furious walk indicative of a truly wicked tempo, and it was amazing to witness the care that the trumpeter applies to his improvised lines -- even at extreme velocity, Castellanos can burnish and shape phrases as if he had all the time in the world -- managing, somehow, to squeeze quotes from "Green Chimneys," and "Invitation" into an already dizzying array of gestures.

On "Five Will Get You Ten," White snatched the baton following a brilliant trumpet solo and extrapolated one idea through a kaleidoscope of treatments -- expanding one moment and contracting the next (within seconds, they were playing an entirely different tune) – and credit must be given to Thorsen for strapping in tight for the adventure.

Castellanos picked up the flugelhorn for a cheek-to-cheek reading of "Blue Moon" that swirled warm arabesques around the moaning whole notes of Thorsen, who stepped into the spotlight with upper-register stabs and slurs and various terms of endearment. In a truly magical moment, White responded with short, clipped phrases that he suddenly stirred into a rhapsodic ecstasy that dropped jaws throughout the greater downtown area. Castellanos returned, seizing upon the opportunity, and steered the piece back into ballad territory, massaging each motif with blues caresses and wringing every drop of romance from the form.

Thorsen and White then took the stage as a duo, ripping into a Thelonious Monk tune, "Epistrophy," if I'm not mistaken, but it really didn’t matter: This was a night for risk-taking, and whatever the source material began as was soon subverted into the vagaries of the moment. Thus jagged fragments morphed into one-note telegraphy and joyous excursions into virgin rhythmic and harmonic vistas.

White tied Turkish trance music into Chopin ornaments without even trying, and Thorsen answered with a heady mix of throbbing, strummed activity dotted with dripping double-stops. And that was just the first set!

Castellanos returns to the Westgate on Friday, Sept. 12, with guitarist Steve Cotter and bassist Katie Thiroux, who are both from Los Angeles. Arrive early for a prime seat, unless you’re a talker, then please head someplace else.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego's Got the Blues]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:46:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eric-Burdon.jpg

It's a beautiful weekend for blues by the Bay: San Diego Blues Fest kicks of at the Embarcadero. Check out such artists as Elvin Bishop and Rick Estrin, all while benefitting the San Diego Food Bank. By night, keep the blues going with Patrick Sweany at Soda Bar, head down to Chula Vista for your county fix with Blake Shelton and the Band Perry, or head up to the Belly Up for the crazy party that the Spazmatics bring. Of course, my sights are set on the Casbah, where the Burning of Rome bring their rock & rol circus, complete with tongue-in-cheek rap Grammatical B and the entertaining robot performance of Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra. Whatever way you go, this could be a really wild night if you let it.

Saturday, September 6:

  • The Burning of Rome, Grammatical B, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Melt With Me @ Casbah
  • San Diego Blues Fest, featuring Elvin Bishop, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, John Primer, Sugaraay Rayford Band, Candy Kane Band, Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes, others @ Embarcadero Marina Park North 
  • Patrick Sweany, the Record Company, John Meeks @ Soda Bar
  • Enrique Bunbury @ Cal Coast Open Air Amphitheatre, SDSU
  • Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Dan + Shay, Neal McCoy @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Danyavaad & Light Rain @ Tango Del Rey
  • Javier Escovedo & the City Lights, Nena Anderson, Erik Canzona @ Lestat's
  • DJ Mike Degado (of Moving Units) @ Bar Pink
  • The Spazmatics, DJ Emmauel @ \
  • John Mellencamp, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples @ AARP Ideas@50+ @San Diego Convention Center
  • Matthewdavis, M. Geddes Gengras @ The Hideout
  • Morgan Leigh Band, Kyle Setter @ Brick By Brick
  • Chili Banditos, Temple, Throne, Latin Phrase, High Tension @ Che Cafe
  • Michael Chapdelaine @ Dizzy's
  • Flying Minus Machines, Danger Field, Remembering Sunday, Dark Tide @ Epicentre
  • BSid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • bWreck, the Dabbers @ The Bancroft
  • Aly & Fila @ Bassmnt
  • Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party @ Sycuan Casino
  • SD Rock and Roots Fest @ House of Blues
  • Temple of the Dad, Poprx @ Humphrey's Backstage LIve
  • Eyes Set to Kill, Nuclear Sunday, Never Victorious Never, Defeated, Leave the Universe @ SOMA
  • Scndl @ Bang Bang
  • SM Familia, Hourglass Cats, No Kings, Positive Company @ 710 Beach Club
  • Johnny Vatos @ Sycuan
  • Joyce, Arms Away, Lutherans @ Tin Can
  • Sleepwalking @ Til Two Club
  • Stranger @ Winston's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: SoundDiego]]>
<![CDATA[Hangin' With the Coathangers]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:30:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Coathangers.jpg SoundDiego's Hannah Lott-Schwartz tackles the Coathangers shopping addiction, while they tear through Soda Bar with a gritty punk ruckus.]]> <![CDATA[Live: Soundgarden]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:24:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Soundgarden+Sleep+Train+8.21+for+Review+%281%29.jpg Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails shared a bill at a recent show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Rapper Released From Jail, No Kidnap Charge Filed]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:54:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MITCHY+SLICK.jpg

A San Diego rap artist who was arrested this week after a $1.5 million warrant was issued -- in which he was accused of kidnapping, human trafficking and porn -- has been released from the Marin County Jail.

A jail spokeswoman told NBC Bay Area on Friday that Charles LaSean Mitchell, professionally known as Mitchy Slick, was set free about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. No charges are pending against him at this time.

At about midnight, the rapper, who has more than 19,000 followers, tweeted: "If u thought I kidnapped and held somebody captive u dumb as [f---]!"   On Friday morning, a picture of Slick sitting in a red car in front of a Bad Boys Jail Bonds storefront was posted on his Facebook fan page.

Slick did not respond immediately to NBC Bay Area when asked for a comment through Twitter. A spokesman for the president of Wrongkind Records, which appears to be Slick's music representative, did not respond for comment, either.

A Hayward, California-based lawyer, Fred Remer, called NBC Bay Area on Friday, saying that his client Slick was "falsely accused" in a "character assassination." The attorney added that Slick had no known felony criminal history "that I know of."

Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden on Friday said the case is "under active review" but he would not elaborate on whether he plans to charge Slick in the future.

There is still an air of mystery to the case.

That's because Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said there is a "major safety concern for the victim." He said a judge issued the arrest warrant for Slick after police said he abducted a woman from Southern California, allegedly holding her captive in San Anselmo, a small town about 20 miles north of San Francisco. Pittman would not release the age of the woman, her connection to the rapper, the length of time she was allegedly held, nor how investigators became aware of the alleged kidnapping.

Pittman also added that "how Mitchell is associated with the Sleepy Hollow residence or its legal owners" is still under investigation. Remer told NBC Bay Area that Slick was renting the San Anselmo house but hadn’t been there in a month.

Pittman said the 40-year-old rapper is suspected of being an active member of the Lincoln Park Bloods gang in San Diego. The gang, Pittman said, has a history of drugs and weapons violations and pimping, as well as assaulting and trying to kill police officers.

Armed with a search warrant for his arrest, Pittman said a special response team went to an Oak Knoll Drive address in a neighborhood called Sleepy Hollow on Aug. 22, looking for Slick, who wasn't there. Authorities were looking for him until he decided to turn himself in on Tuesday.

What exactly prompted deputies to search the home, and why Slick self-surrendered hasn't been fully spelled out.

Former SoundDiego blogger Quan Vu called Slick the "San Diego rap godfather" and wrote in San Diego City Beat that the city's "most famous rap export" had a gang injunction issued against him in 1999 by the San Diego City Attorney’s office.

Slick release a self-titled debut in 2001, then began an eight-year hiatus from solo projects in 2005. He was still creating music during that period, however, including the album "Stereotype," by his group Strong Arm Steady, which came out in 2011. Last year, Slick ended the drought, dropping multiple releases, including "Feet Match the Paint" and "Won't Stop," which was originally titled "Won't Stop Being a Blood." He has been nominated for a 2014 San Diego Music Awards as Best Hip-Hop Artist and for Best Hip-Hop Album, for "Call of Duty (South East Edition)," and its songs like "Coulda Been You" and "Get Away" that reflect his gangster roots and stories of urban survival.

<![CDATA[Get Your Game On]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:17:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/251*120/The+Ataris+Press+Photo.jpg

Robin Roth of 91x makes her picks for this weekend's must-see shows -- Ed.

Friday, Joey Cape, singer-songwriter of the legendary punk band Lagwagon, brings his solo act to Soda Bar with Chris Cresswell, Noel Jordan and Brian Wahlstrom; The Ataris, Zebrahead and Mike Herrera take over the Irenic; Dave Matthews Band plays two sets – acoustic and electric - at Sleep Train Amphitheatre; The Donkeys, Tropical Popsicle and Ditches are at the Casbah; Gone Baby Gone with Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas hit House of Blues Voodoo Room; Terraplane Sun with Stripes and Lines and Sister Juanita are at the Belly Up; The Amandas and DJ Claire take over the Whistle Stop; Prayers play at the Shakedown; Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and DJ Blender are at Seven Grand; Life, Manuok and the Darrows are at the Tin Can; Gayle Skidmore plays at the Museum of Making Music; Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock takes over the Tower Bar; and Brazzabelle hits Bang Bang.  

Start your Saturday with the Fiesta de Kustom Kulture Car, Bike and Low Brow Art Show in Old Town or the San Diego Blues Festival. Later that night, the Burning of Rome, Grammatical B, the Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra and Melt With Me are at the Casbah; Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party takes over the Sycuan Casino; Javier Escovedo & the City Lights, Nena Anderson and Erik Canzona play at Lestat's; the Diddley Daddies, the New Kinetics and Schitzophonics are at the Black Cat; Danyavaad and the Shimmy Sisters with Light Rain are at Tango del Rey; Eyes Set to Kill, Nuclear Sunday, Never Victorious, Never Defeated and Leave the Universe take over SOMA; Zombie Barbie and AntiQuark will be at the Shakedown; and Patrick Sweany, the Record Company and John Meeks play at Soda Bar. For your dancing fix, join me for the best in dark underground dance music at Club Ascension at the Kava Lounge.
Sunday, Intervention at the Hard Rock Hotel features Arty. Later that night, the Weirdos, Death Eyes, Homeless Sexuals and Records With Roger take over the Casbah; Colin Hay headlines at the Belly Up; She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray and Diatribes are at Soda Bar; and the Riot House Records Showcase features Rough Francis, Soener Moody (Murder City Devils) and Grand Tarantula at Bar Pink.   
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 @robin_roth or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kung Fu Records]]>
<![CDATA[Remembering Daniel Jackson]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:50:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/djhirocrop.jpg

In the early hours of Sept. 3, San Diego jazz saxophone legend Daniel Jackson died at the home of a friend after a long struggle with cancer. He was 77.

Jackson’s career included tours with Ray Charles and Buddy Rich; a recording with Lenny McBrowne and performance with Wes Montgomery. It was upon the San Diego jazz landscape, however, that Jackson left his most indelible imprint, as a musician, bandleader, teacher and life force.

"Daniel has been very instrumental in teaching individuals," said Charles McPherson, another jazz icon who resides in San Diego. "He’s been a mentor to many of the younger players in San Diego. It’s the kind of personality Daniel had: He was a person who didn’t mind giving. When I say giving, I don’t mean money. I mean time and energy. By him being a great player and kind of a senior citizen, he was influential and willing to share his knowledge. And he did do it, probably more than most of us."

Mr. Jackson’s musical roots in San Diego extend to a time when jazz played a vibrant role in the African-American community, as he told me in a 2013 interview: "There were so many places in the late '40s, early '50s. Just in my neighborhood, you could work twice in one night! You had people returning from the war, so the place was flooded with musicians. There was the 2/5 Club, which was at 25th & Imperial. I worked there with my brother at 6 o’ clock in the morning! There were clubs in the Mexican neighborhoods, like the Las Palmas -- they had big bands and dancing. Again, in my neighborhood, you had the Elks Club, and they would bring in all of these fabulous blues artists like Bobby 'Blue' Bland, so you could work, for dances or parties, or in all these clubs. Sometime around the '70s, all that work started to dry up."

"I first met Daniel in the late-'70s," contrabassist Mark Dresser said. "He was a great saxophonist, composer and wonderfully essential pianist who wrote some classic tunes. When they gave him a special award and a celebration for him at the old Croce’s, I drove down to play a set with him. I was sick with a fever, but wasn’t going to let him down."

Dresser last played with Jackson during a solo gig at the Encinitas library.

"I had this inevitable feeling that I was going to play with Daniel even though it was a solo gig, and I didn’t have my bass," Dresser said. "So I borrowed Tommy Babin's bass and played the whole set with him. It was beautifully magical. Love his music, music-making and feeling! I’ll miss him."

"I moved to Barrio Logan as a teenager," said pianist Turiya Mareya, the mother of Jackson's daughter, Leticia Jackson Banker, during an interview last year. "And at that time, Daniel was doing a radio show at what used to be the old Black & Tan Club on 30th and Imperial. They were broadcasting from there, and he did a jazz show, and he announced that he was teaching classes. So at 17, I went down there. He was definitely one of my prime influences. There were a lot of terrible things going on at the time, and his pieces were 'message pieces' that were also intended to uplift people."

"I’ll never forget his energy, his spirit," Gilbert Castellanos, the 2013 San Diego Music Award Artist of the Year, said over the phone on Thursday morning. "When we were playing shows together -- he never wanted to rehearse; he would never want to talk about what we were going to play, but some of the most spiritual nights I’ve ever had playing music were with Daniel."

McPherson confirmed Jackson’s verbal minimalism and soft demeanor: "When he did speak, you'd almost have to strain to hear him. He's sorta deadpan, too. The looks on his face -- they weren’t necessarily expressive. It was almost the same look, no matter what. If an elephant came into the room, the look on Daniel's face would be no different than if a human being came into the room. The deadpan was just a part of who he was. That was his style. That's who he was. A very smart man, very giving, with an aura of almost comical mystery. All in all, a really good person."

Violinist Jamie Shadowlight was a close friend who experienced Jackson’s generosity firsthand: "When James Moody passed, he wrote a song called 'Memoirs,' and he asked me to record it with him; when I asked why violin and not sax, he replied that it wasn’t the violin but my spirit. He gave me the handwritten music for that piece, and on top of it, it had my name. We were family. Spirit family. And he knew I always had his back, front and side with love. So there was this deep trust that was the ocean that all actions floated on. He was always just there. Whenever he walked into a room, I would sit a little straighter, be a little more aware; his presence would bring a dignity to the room. And when someone you love leaves this world, they exist inside you."

Perhaps the final word should go to Castellanos: "Let’s put it this way: The scene in San Diego will never be the same again -- or sound the same -- without Daniel. He had such a huge impact on so many of us; his music will live forever -- without a doubt -- but it's going to take a while for people to get over the fact that we've lost a giant. And I just want to thank [Jackson's companion and caregiver] Dorothy Annette. She really took care of him until he passed away. To have somebody like that by your side, I think that makes a huge difference -- not everyone gets that."

Jackson is survived by his ex-wife, Judy Jackson; son, Daniel Jr.; daughter, Leticia Jackson Banker; and grandsons, John and Jackson Banker.

Rest well, sir. Bravo for a life well-lived.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

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<![CDATA[Live: Nine Inch Nails]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:41:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/NIN_AM+%281+of+26%29.jpg Sleep Train Amphitheatre played host to hard rock icons Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden on Aug. 21, with Cold Cave opening.

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<![CDATA[SD Rapper Mitchy Slick Accused of Kidnapping]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:59:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mitchyslick-youngkind-722.jpg

The rap artist known as Mitchy Slick, who is accused of kidnapping a Southern California woman and holding her in a San Anselmo home, turned himself in this week after a judge issued a $1.5 million warrant for his arrest.

Slick, who's given name is Charles LaSean Mitchell, grew up in San Diego and attended Lincoln High School. He is eing held on kidnapping, human trafficking, pimping, pandering and porn charges, according to a spokeswoman for the Marin County Jail. She added that he was also booked on charges of being in a criminal street gang, exhibiting a firearm and making terrorist threats.

Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said on Thursday that Mitchell had not been formally arraigned and the "case is under review," meaning that prosecutors are reviewing the police reports to determine what, if any, charges would be filed.

Reaching Mitchell's defense attorney was not immediately successful. Borden said he did not know who was representing the rapper.

Pittman said the 40-year-old  is suspected of being an active member of the Lincoln Park Bloods gang in San Diego. The gang, Pittman said, has a history of drugs and weapons violations, pimping, as well as assaulting and killing police officers.

Sheriff's office officials had previously conducted a search warrant at 30 Oak Knoll Drive in San Anselmo, where Mitchell was allegedly staying with the woman in question, but Mitchell wasn't there and had been "at large" until Tuesday. San Anselmo is a small town about 20 miles north of San Francisco.

Lt. Doug Pittman told the Marin Independent Journal that Mitchell took the woman from Southern California and allegedly held her captive in San Anselmo. Pittman did not tell the paper the age of the woman, the length of time she was allegedly held or how investigators became aware of the alleged kidnapping.

His exact connection to the property remains unclear, officials said.

Former SoundDiego blogger Quan Vu called Slick the "San Diego rap godfather" and wrote in San Diego City Beat that the city's "most famous rap export" had a gang injunction issued against him in 1999 by the San Diego City Attorney’s office.

Slick release a self-titled debut in 2001, then began an eight-year hiatus from solo projects in 2005. He was still creating music during that period, however, including the album "Stereotype," by his group Strong Arm Steady, which came out in 2011. Last year, Slick ended the drought, dropping mulitple releases, including "Feet Match the Paint" and "Won't Stop," which was originally titled "Won't Stop Being a Blood." He has been nominated for a 2014 San Diego Music Awards as Best Hip-Hop Artist and for Best Hip-Hop Album, for "Call of Duty (South East Edition),"  and its songs like "Coulda Been You" and "Get Away" that reflect his gangster roots and stories of urban survival.

Slick is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Towering Oaks]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:49:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/strand-of-oaks.jpg

Thursday is a great night for music with some great choices. Humphrey's hosts the Retro Futura Tour, with Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins and Howard Jones; while Atmoshere bring their North of Hell Tour to the House of Blues. Meanwhile, the Casbah brings the Young Wild to the Irenic, while Big Sam's Funky Nation bring their Orleans style party to the Merrow. The Baseball Project are looping through town again at Soda Bar, and if you're unfamiliar with the baseball-themed songs, you might be familiar with members of the band, including Mike Mills and Peter Buck of R.E.M. Last but not least, Strand of Oaks returns to the Casbah, touring on what certainly may be his most cathartic album to date. For anyone who loves really heartfelt indie rock, this is the place to call home this evening.

Thursday, Sept. 4:

  • Strand of Oaks, Christopher Denny @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents The Baseball Project, Dressy Bessy @ Soda Bar
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation @ The Merrow
  • Casbah presents the Young Wild, Dr. Seahorse @ The Irenic
  • Atmosphere, Prof, Dem Atlas, DJ Fundo @ House of Blues
  • Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey and Howard Jones, with Ultravox's Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina (of Katrina & The Waves) @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • DJ Girth @ Bar Pink
  • Michael Rose & Reggae Angels, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Feed Me @ SOMA
  • Open Mic Night @ Tin Can
  • Thank You Scientist, Plook, AJ Froman @ Brick By Brick
  • Chaz Cabrera Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Heathen Washington, Bhorelorde, Lazy Cobra @ Tower Bar
  • Mafard @ Winston's
  • Divided Heaven, Dead Frets, Swingchimney @ Til-Two Club
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Live Band Karaoke! @ 710 Beach Club
  • Izan (pre-album release party), Marcia Griffiths @ Spin

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[San Diego Blues Festival Returns]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:39:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/IMG_7345ElvinBishop_2_2.jpg

Singin' the blues has never felt so good: On Sept. 6 and 7, the annual San Diego Blues Festival takes over Embarcadero Marina Park North, with all proceeds going to benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

With an outstanding lineup -- which includes Eric Burdon & the Animals, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Earl Thomas & the Rhumboogies, John Primer and the Candye Kane Band, among others -- you can sit back and enjoy the show knowing you've helped someone else along the way.

Click here for more information about the San Diego Blues Festival

The festival serves as a major fundraiser for the food bank, which distributes food to 330 nonprofit partners, including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income day care centers, senior centers, churches, schools and others. To date, festival goers have contributed nearly 10 tons of food and more than $225,000 to help fight hunger in San Diego County. Not bad for a couple of fun days out on the waterfront with some killer blues.

Eric Burdon & the Animals headline this year's two-day event, and with good reason. Known for massive hit singles such as "House of the Rising Sun," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "It's My Life" and "I'm Crying," the band got their start in 1962 by covering songs by blues legends Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Nina Simone and others. We're thrilled to hear what the current incarnation of the band has in store for us on Sunday.

Similarly, world-renowned guitarist (and co-headliner) Elvin Bishop got an early start playing the blues. In 1963, he met and joined Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, in which he played for five years before branching out and forming the Elvin Bishop Group. He's played with John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Mike Bloomfield, the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead. His most memorable single was 1976's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," which peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. We're lookin' to fall in love all over again come Saturday, Sept. 6, when he takes the stage at 6:45 p.m.

With a host of stellar acts and an opportunity to help those in need, the San Diego Blues Festival is a win-win event. Get out, sing them blues -- and do some good.

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

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<![CDATA[Mother Falcon Alight at Soda Bar]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:27:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MotherFalcon_live.jpg

The kiddos are back in school, the beaches have mostly cleared of tourists, and San Diego's music scene is right here to be your comfort food. While there are a lot of cool things going on on Wednesday night, my easy pick for the night is Mother Falcon and Kan Wakan at Soda Bar. Mother Falcon -- besides being an awesome band name that becomes really funny if you say it fast 10 times -- has continued to impress the few times they have been to San Diego. Twelve musicians -- at last count -- pack the stage with symphonic indie-pop bliss. It's kinda funny just watching them dodge each others' instruments on a tiny stage, but the music is pretty incredible, and there's so much going on, you end up just standing in awe, watching all the moving parts. Kan Wakan is equally stunning, somewhat in the vein of Other Lives, and together, this is definitely your winner for the night.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

  • Mother Falcon, Kan Wakan @ Soda Bar
  • Kid Wilderness, the Streethearts, Space Heat @ Casbah
  • J Boog, Hot Rain, Inna Vision @ Belly Up
  • DJ Grand Masta Rats @ Bar Pink
  • Ferguson Benefit Show: Perpetual Motion Machine, Left Astray @ Che Cafe
  • Odd Nosdam, Trance Farmers, Jeans Wilder @ The Hideout
  • Senses Fail, No Bragging Rights, Knuckle Puck, To the Wind @ House of Blues
  • Pending Black, Soul Ablaze, Tiffany Jane & the Kicks @ Lestat's
  • Chans Valdez @ Croce's Park West
  • The Saxations @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Tech Heart, Circuit Freq, Casa Nuova, Damn JVLZ, Greenslap B2B OSM @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Ital Vibes, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge, DJ Mikey Ratt & Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Marcus Shaw @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Dead Frets, Divided Heaven @ Boar Cross'n
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.)

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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.