<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 30 Jun 2016 00:25:40 -0700Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:25:40 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Blue Oyster Cult: Instant Dharma]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:18:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/BOC-8735.jpg

Time, in the music industry, is plastic. It’s a pliable Play-Doh that gets pitched and bandied about willy-nilly from one flaky musician to the next. I usually don't even know what day of the week it is. But when Blue Oyster Cult say they're going to start their show at 8 p.m., they mean it.

Now, most people’s knowledge of Blue Oyster Cult, who sold out the Belly Up on Sunday, June 26 (at least, that’s the date my calendar tells me I went), probably doesn’t extend much further than Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken’s infamous "Saturday Night Live" sketch from 2000. For those unfamiliar with the sketch (though I don’t see how, as it has become a ubiquitous meme), here’s a brief synopsis: Walken plays fictionalized music producer THE Bruce Dickinson, who implores Ferrell’s character, fictionalized cowbell player Gene Frenkle, to add more cowbell to Blue Oyster Cult’s biggest hit, "(Don't Fear) the Reaper."

While I wouldn't consider myself a Blue Oyster Cult aficionado, I can at least claim to know a bit more about them than the absurdity of Walken’s appeal for "more cowbell." For instance, BOC’s influence on stoner rock, progressive rock and heavy metal is wildly underappreciated, and their catalog of songs runs much deeper than "Burnin' for You" and "(Don't Fear) the Reaper."

The depth of said catalog quickly became evident on Sunday as they indexed each composition like a finely tuned sorting machine. Stage banter was pleasant but kept to a minimum, and it dealt mainly with the background of the song (whether it was influenced by science fiction or not). It's true I missed their first two songs, due to my unfamiliarity with punctuality in the music industry, but I suspect they were performed just as fluidly.

While I was not surprised at the age disparity between myself and many of the concert-goers, I was somewhat surprised at the devotion of the Cult's fans to their music. Every other audience member was sporting a band shirt, and each sang along more passionately to lesser-known songs than they did to pop-cultural phenomenons like "(Don’t Fear) the Reaper." I got the impression that Blue Oyster Cult was probably a little tired of dealing with the latter song, though guitarist and vocalist Eric Bloom did give a lighthearted miming of Ferrell's cowbell playing. On the whole, Blue Oyster Cult were more interested in musicianship and cheering for one another after an impressive solo than trying to capitalize off of -- or be bitter about -- their timeless status as a meme.

As we age and start to fear the reaper, our preoccupations with time might be justified, but I still don’t see why the older we get, the cooler uncool things become -- namely, wearing dad sunglasses inside and playing guitars without headstocks. Style points (or lack thereof) aside, on Sunday evening, Blue Oyster Cult demonstrated that two things will never go out of fashion: discipline and attention to craft.

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



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<![CDATA[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:19:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ace+Frehley+Ramona+12.6.14+%2825%29.jpg Take a look at the music stars who light up San Diego's galaxy -- including Ace Frehley from Kiss.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Surf's Up at SoundDiego Summer Splash]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:50:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/La+Luz+Press+Photo.jpg

Summer may be heating up, but it's about to get a helluva lot hotter: the SoundDiego Summer Splash concert series at Harrah’s Resort Southern California continues on Saturday, July 16, with none other than lo-fi masterminds La Luz!

Get tickets to SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort SoCal on July 16 with La Luz!

If you've been to Harrah's, you know they’ve got all things water completely covered -- with a swim-up bar, a 400-foot lazy river, 21 cabanas, the main pool and eight hot tubs on site. So what better place to throw our Summer Splash shows, right?

Those in the know saw our kickoff show on May 21 with alt-rock mainstays the Boxer Rebellion and then snagged tickets to our June 18 show with infectious indie-rock darlings the Mowgli's -- but now that we're neck deep in summer, it's time to break out the surf-pop tunes!

Beloved 91x Loudspeaker radio host and SoundDiego blogger Tim Pyles -- who is emceeing the show -- gushed about the Seattle-based quartet La Luz, of which San Diego just can't get enough.

"La Luz: I love them! They bring the surf-rock sound with a doo-wop flair, since all four women sing," Pyles said. "They've got a sound steeped in Link Wray, the Ventures and Dick Dale -- but with vocals. Surf's up!"

And who did we tap to open the show? None other than local masters of "weird," Botanica Chango!

"No strangers to SoundDiego, these guys have become legends on the local music scene in a short time," Pyles said. "The band provides an over-the-top show with great rock & roll songs. Side note: There is a store on El Cajon Boulevard and Illinois Street named Botanica Chango that you can go to for your santeria needs."

While we're not practitioners of that ancient brand of voodoo, it's true that we've fallen under the band's mighty spell. We asked them to headline our SoundDiego LIVE party at the Casbah back in January and it was simply one for the ages -- with wild costumes, anything-goes onstage debauchery and just the right amount of strangeness that makes Botanica Chango one of a kind.

You get to see two incredible bands in one of California’s premier music venues with full access to their pool complex -- and in a summer setting that simply can’t be beat. When tickets go on sale on June 24, just use the promo code SOUNDDIEGO, and they’re only $20! Pretty rad, eh?

And since we know some of you will want to make a staycation out of it, Harrah's Resort SoCal has been kind enough to offer a special room deal that includes a $50 resort credit and two free tickets to the show! Hey now! Head to HarrahsSoCal.com to snag your room(s)!

Either way, the show starts at 7 p.m. on July 16 and includes all the summer fun you can handle. By the way, we'll also have a FREE roundtrip party bus picking up showgoers at the Pacific Beach Staples at 6 p.m. on the day of the show to get y'all to Harrah's and back! Talk about a win-win.

Splash it up!

Get tickets to SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort SoCal on July 16 with La Luz!



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<![CDATA[All Tiller, No Filler]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/bryson-tiller.jpg

June is already drawing to a close. Can you believe we're halfway to Christmas? The year has certainly flown by, and I'm sure that Bryson Tiller is feeling the whirlwind. A relatively unknown artist just a short time ago, the 23 year old just snagged "Best New Artist" at the BET Awards and he's got some major momentum to keep going up. Tonight you can catch him in the second of two nights at the Observatory North Park. If you want to keep it local, Omega Three is at the Casbah, Lou Niles' project "In Your Neighborhood" presents Kut U Up and Buckfast Superbee at the Belly Up, and Nebula Drag is at the Merrow. Meanwhile Hinder plays a stripped-down night at House of Blues and Brooklyn musician Katie Von Schleicher is at Soda Bar.

Wednesday, June 29:

  • Bryson Tiller @ The Observatory North Park
  • Omega Three, Future Age, Los Shadows @ Casbah
  • In Your Neighborhood Presents Kut U Up, Buckfast Superbee, Tightwads @ Belly Up
  • Hinder, Like a Storm @ House of Blues
  • Katie Von Schleicher, Wimps, Gravvyard @ Soda Bar
  • Nebula Drag, the Judge, Velvet Merlin @ The Merrow
  • U.S. Green Chamber San Diego Mixer @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company Gardens
  • Temple Party with DJs Sweet Lu, Simon Pure, and guests @ Bar Pink
  • Tiki Touch @ The Hideout
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Hailee Steinfeld @ San Diego County Fair
  • Jana Kramer @ San Diego County Fair
  • Queer New Wave Dance Party/Clothing Swap @ Che Cafe
  • Will We Win A Date? with DJ Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston Presents: Raggabond with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Industry Night @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • Jessica Martindale, Sahara Grim @ Lestat's
  • Notorious4Comedy @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Francois Sims & Groove Squad @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesdays @ El Dorado
  • Family Beatdown @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Good Girl, Bad Boy @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

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<![CDATA[Claudia Quintet Rocks the Library]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:11:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/claudiaatkinson722.jpg

I didn’t know all that much about the Claudia Quintet before catching their Saturday night show at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, other than having seen a few of them in other contexts (Chris Speed on reeds and Drew Gress on bass) -- but knowing jazz events coordinator Daniel Atkinson and the inerrant quality of the Athenaeum aesthetic, this was a show I couldn’t afford to miss.

The Claudia Quintet is led by drummer/composer John Hollenbeck who assembled this group with an ear toward singular instrumentation including Red Wierenga on accordion, Matt Moran on vibraphone and the aforementioned Speed and Gress.

The evening began with Hollenbeck’s soft mallets striking toms as Moran laid down a seven-note pattern beneath the winding theme of clarinet and accordion held together by the muscular bass ostinato. The piece reached an emotional apex when all three melody instruments activated a swirl that hovered in the air.

Speed and Moran led off “Peterborough,” straining against the lock-tight groove of Gress and Hollenbeck as the melody unfolded in episodic fashion --converging on surprising unisons that often appeared delirious in nature, building toward a free climax.

Throughout the evening, Hollenbeck entertained the audience between selections with his droll wit, first exhibited when he introduced “September 9,” a dedication to saxophone giant Wayne Shorter and his “favorite month.” This one began as a rubato ballad between Moran and Wierenga before the composer broke things open with a delicious second-line groove while Gress dug in. Hollenbeck has a real gift for melody and form and the ability to highlight a soloist -- in this case, Wierenga -- who proved to be a devastating asset. Out of nowhere, like a “jump cut” in film, one scene came crashing into the next as Moran went off into a multi-note flurry -- toggling between lightning runs and pensive harmonies -- followed by a luxuriant essay from Speed, who took flight with an airy velocity offset by a weighty density in the lower register.  

Another clear highlight happened on “A-List,” which opened with a brawny Gress solo over the hyper-grooving brushstrokes of Hollenbeck while Wierenga pulled long strokes on the squeeze box. Hollenbeck’s melodic lines build up, layer over and across each other in wide arcs anchored by a Herculean pulse -- creating an ecstatic architecture.

Also noteworthy was the leader’s tribute to one of the great drummers in jazz, “Philly,” which exploded out of the gates on a wicked ride-cymbal beat and furious walking bass setting up intricate solos from Speed and Hollenbeck that were rich in detailed information.

These Athenaeum concerts keep getting better. This one will be hard to top.

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



Photo Credit: Daniel Atkinson]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:18:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/GettyImages-493635404.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- for example, Gwen Stefani, who will help kick off MLB's All-Star Week in San Diego with a free show on July 9.]]> <![CDATA[I'm with the G Burns Jug Band]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:00:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/G-Burns-Jug-Band-7510.jpg

Maybe I mispoke yesterday when I said there weren't a ton of shows this week, because tonight actually has some legit options. For one, hip-hop legends the Beatnuts are at the Casbah for an extra special Hip Hop Battle Bot with our homie DJ Artistic. Meanwhile, guitar virtuoso Jonny Lang kicks off the final week of the San Diego County Fair, the Hollows play Soda Bar, and Bryson Tiller -- who played a sold-out show at the Observatory earlier this year -- kicks off the first of two nights at the venue. 

Tuesday, June 28:

  • DJ Artistic's Hip Hop Battle Bot with the Beatnuts, Zoolay @ Casbah
  • Jonny Lang @ San Diego County Fair
  • The Hollows, G Burns Jug Band, Second Cousins @ Soda Bar
  • Gravyyard, Tacky Little Hatshop, Rosewood & Rye @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday feat DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Bryson Tiller @ The Observatory North Park
  • Charlie Puth @ San Diego County Fair
  • We Don't Give A Damn Open Jam @ The Hideout (free, 9 p.m.)
  • Kian 'n' JC: Don't Try This At Home @ Balboa Theatre
  • Tiki Touch @ The Bancroft
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Comedy Night @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • (Garcia Van Dylan) Dewey Paul Band @ Winston's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Labor Weight, Essex Class @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Neko Case and k.d. lang]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:41:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/CaseLangVeirs062216-12.jpg Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs melted hearts at Humphreys on Wednesday, June 22.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[M for Magnificent]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:45:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/187*120/trioM722.jpg

I spent the better part of a day last week attending the annual UCSD Jazz Camp, and, as always, the experience continues to resonate deeply. I started out by auditing Anthony Davis’ “Listening to Jazz” course, where the topic of the day was the music of Thelonious Monk. Davis broke several Monk pieces into their essential components -- often demonstrating at the piano what makes them tick.

Next up I decided to sit in on Mark Dresser’s ensemble class -- which was incredibly instructive. Dresser certainly can’t be accused of coddling his students -- he chose some incredibly challenging original material, and the initial attempts at playing them had all the red flags of a massive trainwreck.

But, over the course of two hours and much gentle encouragement, each piece coalesced into recognizable and successful music. I wish I’d caught each of the students' names, but I can say this: 15-year-old vocalist Zion Dyson more than acquitted herself, and I can see big things in her future.

What brought me to the camp on this particular day, though, was the rare opportunity to witness a faculty concert by Trio M, the gold-standard improvising ensemble featuring bassist Mark Dresser, Bay Area pianist Myra Melford and New York City drummer Matt Wilson.

Wilson kicked off the boisterous opener “Al” (dedicated to Albert Ayler), teasing the underside of his hi-hat with brushes as Dresser bounced his bow across the strings of his bass and Melford posited pensive arpeggios. Soon, the tune burst open, fueled by the joyful martial cadences of the drums, bowed double stops and streams of thematic information from the piano.

Sometimes free players wander far from the tradition, but from the opening chromatic blast of “M,” these cats proved that they can still swing their butts off. Dresser has a huge personal sound that's bigger than a city bus, and his command of motion allows for refractive gradients of tempo. Dresser's sound was buttressed by Melford’s swirling kinetic energy, which careened about like a speedball in a super collider, and the ebullient fusillade of Wilson, who creates rhythms out of everything within reach -- even a music stand or an instrument case.

Melford delivered an absolutely astonishing, physical performance on “Montevideo,” which toggled between soulful versicle and absolute mayhem -- hereupon she pounded the house Steinway into submission with clusters from her elbows, fists and the edges of her hands.

Dresser began the closer “Ekoneni,” alone, swaying in time with his bass as he guided it in a seductive dance between extremes of lyrical grace and brutal counterpunches, while Melford whipped strands of melody over Wilson’s gleeful Zimbabwean groove.

Jazz education never sounded so good.

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



Photo Credit: Daniel Atkinson]]>
<![CDATA[Taking an International Dip]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:24:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_06972.JPG

I'm just going to break it to you gently right now...this week is a little bit light on the listings. I guess touring bands generally stay home for the Fourth of July. That's not to say you can't still find awesome things to do every night of the week, but your options aren't as wide and varied as they sometimes can be. That being said, it's a good night to catch International Dips--- at Soda Bar or Ape Machine at Casbah. Or, join in a music mixer at Queen Bee's. The truth is, however, most of your industry friends will probably be at the Office tonight, where another Under Cover takes over -- this time with the music of Iggy Pop & the Stooges. It's going to be a blast, and you'll catch me at the end of the bar, soaking it all in.

Monday, June 27:

  • International Dips---, B----in' Seahorse, Zombie Barbie @ Soda Bar
  • Iggy Pop & the Stooges Under Cover @ The Office
  • Ape Machine, Red Wizard, Death Eyes @ Casbah
  • Gash, Midnight Track, Sideshow @ The Bancroft
  • Music Industry Monday Mixer @ Queen Bee's
  • Gabi, Kan Kan @ Gym Standard
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • All Vinyl Everything ('40s, '50s, '60s) @ The Hideout
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Victinho's birthday @ Spin
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Monday @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[From Wentz It Came]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:23:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/478230103.jpg

We told you about Major League Baseball announcing three free blockbuster concerts at Embarcadero Marina Park South in the week leading up to MLB’s 2016 All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12. No, “free” is still not a typo, and yes, there are more goodies in store, including Pete Wentz (possibly) striking out.

San Diego locals will be featured prominently in the MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game that takes place Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park. Former Padres players Trevor Hoffman, Rollie Fingers, Ozzie Smith and Tim Raines are on the roster with an eclectic mix of celebrities. Everyone from Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal to actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris from “Saved by the Bell”) will be joining the fun.

The most exciting part, however, will be seeing Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz try his hand at sports. Wentz is coming off yet another homerun year as a pop-punk superstar with the successful 2015 release of Fall Out Boy’s sixth album, “American Beauty/American Psycho.” Sure, he’s proven he can walk his fingers, but will he end up walking soccer star Landon Donovan to first base?

Before the celebrity softball game on Sunday, soulful pop/rock band OneRepublic and special guest alt-rock radio mainstays NEEDTOBREATHE hit Embarcadero Marina Park South on Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m., while Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Tori Kelly steals the hearts and minds of the San Diego faithful with acclaimed pop/punk band All Time Low opening the show on Saturday, July 9 at noon. Later that evening, multi-platinum-selling pop artist Gwen Stefani shares the stage with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star Eve.

Let’s just hope music and baseball pair a little better this time.

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



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<![CDATA[Nether Nether Lands]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:10:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Gayle+Skidmore.jpg

It's been a solid weekend, and you've got some solid options to close it out before getting back to the drag of Monday. At Soda Bar, you can check out psych-rock outfit Maszer, or the Michigan indie rockers whose name I love, Pity Sex, at the Irenic. The Bacon Brothers are at the fair tonight, as are one of Mexico's favorite norteno bands, Los Tigres Del Norte. My pick, however, is the Casbah, where "piano-bass futuristic rock" band Skyterra performs. Mostly it's my pick because Gayle Skidmore is moving to the Netherlands in less than two months, and not only is she an amazing performer, but she's been so supportive of everyone else in the music scene that even if she manages to pull together another show before she actually leaves us, she deserves all of our love and support at this show, too.

Sunday, June 26:

  • Skyterra, Gayle Skidmore, Kid Wilderness @ Casbah
  • Pity Sex, PWR BTTM, Petal @ The Irenic
  • Maszer, Grim Slippers, Imagery Machine @ Soda Bar
  • The Bacon Brothers @ San Diego County Fair
  • Dave & Normandie's Excellent Wedding Celebration Bash @ Bar Pink
  • Blue Oyster Cult @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Los Tigres Del Norte @ San Diego County Fair
  • The George Piper Party Band @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Azizi Gibson, Leo Haze @ Soma
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • Gabriela Bojórquez with Roberto Salomón @ Dizzy's
  • Ricky Nelson Remembered @ Sycuan
  • Gaby's Showcase @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Sacri Monti, Dead Feathers, Ocelot, Desert Suns @ The Merrow
  • Reech @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Metro Boomin @ FLUXX
  • Parker, Nathan Hubbard & Justin Pearson, Luke Henshaw @ Whistle Stop
  • Jason Lee & the R.I.P.tides, John Blair, Reverberati @ Tower Bar
  • Reggae, Funk and Oldies Live @ Kava Lounge
  • A Prom Style Affair @ Spin

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy Gayle Skidmore]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Cage the Elephant]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:43:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Cage+the+Elephant+VVCC35.jpg Cage the Elephant let it all out at Valley View Casino Center on June 22.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Loving Fathers of Jazz]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:27:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/194*120/westgate722.jpg

Almost every Friday night (barring an occasional substitution), trumpet master Gilbert Castellanos holds court at the tiny Plaza Bar at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego, leading a revolving trio that explores the jazz tradition's most salient tenets.

Surprise is one of those key tenets. Saxophone icon Wayne Shorter famously opined, “To me, jazz means I dare you.”  All through Friday night, Castellanos, with pianist Joshua White and bass legend Marshall Hawkins, cradled surprise like loving fathers.

The trumpet man began “It Could Happen To You,” with tentative pulsing, making his case with a golden tone in languid tempo, frequently pausing in the middle of a phrase to gently squeeze a single note -- building the excitement incrementally. White took up the cause with powerful melodic sequences, classical flourishes and streams of gorgeously realized thematic logic.

An oddly grooving cowboy rhythm dominated “On the Trail,” beginning as a duet between Castellanos and the redoubtable Hawkins, each man knitting strands of melody more complex and organic than the one that came before. Once White asserted himself, Hawkins and Castellanos just stood back and marvelled at the directions to which the pianist committed. Then it came down to Hawkins alone, who began with the musical equivalent of whispering -- causing everyone to lean forward. Hawkins’ improvising aesthetic is sui generis, nothing seems the result of licks or preplanned patterns. Like White, you can hear him singing along with the lines he creates in the moment.

Swing isn’t just an idea with these cats; it’s more like an inherent practice that cannot be subsumed, so when they locked into “Taking A Chance on Love,” the lack of drums seemed completely incidental, because the sense of shared pulse was unshakable. White hit the gates running, combining joyous single lines toggled against dense block chords, while Hawkins provided maximum groove with minimal wasted motion and Castellanos provided a master class in repetition as a tension-creating device -- literally “worrying” one phrase into a tizzy before launching into the next.

Speaking of the masterclass idea -- if you haven’t seen Mr. Castellanos deliver his ever evolving dissertation on the creative use of the common plunger mute -- fix that now! After hastily deciding on which tune to play (“Five Spot Blues” was the winner after a conference around the piano where White sang the melody), Castellanos lit up the night with burbles, growls and piercing jabs. White went for the blank canvas idea, creating an on-the-spot blues etude that developed into a full-blown novel that blended baroque ideas with more visceral logistics. Suddenly, the group as a whole transformed into a beautiful synapsis of the late Daniel Jackson’s “Wisdom,” with a hushed reverie that permeated the room.

Hawkins began his feature, “I Should Care,” alone, using his bow and the sound of his voice in tandem to layer a dark, regal sonority that White caressed with pensive harmonies. Hawkins' solo once again seemed to be operating as a tachyon transmission -- there didn’t seem to be any latency between thought and reality.

An aggressive, angular romp on Monk’s “Rhythm-A-Ning” closed out the set, with White carrying most of the load, rocketing through pointillistic refraction to ragtime and barrel-chested swing, constructing and deconstructing each element along the way.

This is the way it’s supposed to sound.     

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



Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[What Is It Good For?]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:40:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/goodoldwar1.jpg

San Diego is packed with street fairs throughout most of the year, but nothing truly says summer in this city like the OB Street Fair & Chili Cookoff, if for nothing more than the cross sections of locals who intermingle throughout the streets of Ocean Beach and the mix of bands that are chosen to represent our beer drinkin', sun-bleached hair havin', flip flop wearin' masses. Do yourself a favor and park along the river trail in Mission Valley and ride your bike in. When your day is done, you'll be adjacent to Valley View Casino Center for Magic 92.5's every-band-on-the-roller-rink-playlist Summer Jam, or perhaps you scored tickets to the very sold out Pierce the Veil show at the Observatory. My pick for the night, however, is Good Old War at the Casbah. I'm not sure how the band pulls off their songs acoustically now that they're down a member, but I've loved these guys for a long time and I'm sure they've got it dialed in. Besides all of this, we have to give a special shoutout to the Big Love for Candye Kane celebration. She rocked this town for decades, and friends, family and the music community will join together to celebrate her life and legacy at the Belly Up starting at noon.

Saturday, June 25:

  • OB Street Fair & Chili Cookoff with Vokab Kompany, the Routine, Bang Pow, Bassics, City Side, Bad Science Fiction, Mango Habanero and more @ Newport & OB Pier Parking Lot
  • Magic 92.5 Summer Jam with Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Candyman, Tone Loc, the Jets, Young MC, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Good Old War, Empty Houses @ Casbah
  • Pierce the Veil, I the Mighty @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Special Duties, Potato Pirates, Revolt-Chix, the Hathcocks @ Soda Bar
  • Rio Peligroso, Fictitious Dishes @ Bar Pink
  • Birdy Bardot, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, David J @ Leucadia Roadside Park
  • Big Love for Candye Kane: A Musical Celebration @ Belly Up (12 p.m.)
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Fooz Fighters, Nirvanish @ Belly Up (8 p.m.)
  • The Rockademy @ Music Box (10 a.m.)
  • Big Mountain @ Music Box (9 p.m.)
  • Unwind Yourself @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Sculpins, Dhatura, Fadrait, Mandoshanks @ Ken Club
  • Which One's Pink @ House of Blues
  • Venom Inc, Necrophagia, Dark Measure, Morphesia @ Brick by Brick
  • Buck-O-Nine, the Penetrators, Oceanside Sound System @ The Hideout
  • Uprising, Velour, Reason to Rebel @ The Bancroft
  • John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Lucid Season @ Shaper Studios
  • California Guitar Trio @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Nebula Drag, Beira @ Tower Bar
  • OB Street Fair @ Winston's
  • M Machine @ Bassmnt
  • Big D's Birthday Rock Party @ The Black Cat
  • Chachi @ Brick by Brick
  • Gregory Page Bon Voyage Show @ Lestat's
  • Zero to Billy @ Java Joe's
  • Forgotten Gods, Cryptic Languages, Garth Algar, No Trust @ The Merrow
  • Saved by the '90s @ 710 Beach Club
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Jayceeoh @ Omnia
  • Joe Maz @ Parq
  • Funk Diego @ Kava Lounge
  • Davy Knowles, Mother Grundy @ Ramona Mainstage

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

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<![CDATA[Sounds Like Summer Fun on the 101]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:06:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Birdy+Bardot.jpg

Believe it or not, Summer Fun on the 101 -- Leucadia's annual free music festival -- basically began in 2010 as a spiritual awakening for one Michael Schmitt.

"I was walking around, just enraptured with this funky old surf town I’d fallen in love with and how beautiful the vibe was," Schmitt, the festival's creative director and mastermind, told SoundDiego. "I started strumming this lovely little two-chord phrase on my ukulele and had an epiphany. I decided right then and there to dedicate myself to throwing a surf music festival in Leucadia. 'Wayne's World 2' may have also been a factor. About 10 minutes later, I met Artie Mattson who told me about her twin sons’ jazz band [the Mattson 2] and I took that as a sign. Year one, I used Kickstarter and flew without permits and year two, I convinced the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association to partner with me. We legitimized. Now, I’m on the L101 board of directors. The rest is history. It’s a celebration of Leucadia."

That history continues to grow. This Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, marks the fest's seventh incarnation and it's safe to say it's become bigger and better with each passing year. While it kicks off on Saturday at Leucadia's Roadside Park with an all-day show featuring 10 bands, Sunday gets the entire business community involved with a music walk that taps 16 acts set to play at several different locations along North Coast Highway 101.

Raffles, art displays, fun contests and a beer garden (for adults, of course) contribute to the all-encompassing laidback vibe and helps to accomplish the event's main goal: Raising money for music education in Encinitas. Last year, they gave $500 scholarships to two hard-working San Dieguito Academy students and are hoping the amount is even more this year. It's something, Schmitt said, that they're continuously working toward.

"We had a small but enthusiastic crowd the first few years. It did take a couple tries to do better than breaking even. Free festivals are difficult. But I’ve never been disappointed with the turnout and it grows every year."

The event's 2016 lineup is one after our own hearts, with some of our local favorites included. On Saturday, the big Roadside Park concert features Sacri Monti, Ocelot, Birdy Bardot (a SoundDiego Record Club inductee), Second Cousins (who're also in our Record Club), Montalban Quintet, the Casey Hensley Band, David J (formerly of Bauhaus, and Love and Rockets) and others. Pro tip from Schmitt: "Sacri Monti, Monarch and Ocelot are going to be red hot. Grab your ear plugs though because they are loud and tinnitus is a terrible thing."

Sunday continues with bands performing at Encinitas locales along the 101, which include Priority Public House, 454 Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ducky Waddles, Lou's Records and more. Scheduled performers include the Gloomies, Monarch, the Mattson 2, Inspired and the Sleep, Heather Nation and more. Seems like you can't throw a rock without hitting one of San Diego's finest bands (but please don't throw rocks).

According to the 32-year-old Schmitt -- who's been involved in nearly every operational role at some point or another for the event (promotion, booking, administration, stage manager, etc) -- putting on Summer Fun on the 101 every year is completely worth it, even though it's a ton of work and a lot of sleepless nights.

"There's nothing as awesome to me as hearing from local families about how much they love and look forward to the event every year...So long as Encinitas keeps giving me world-class talents to promote, I will keep doing my part in giving them a great community event to rock. I’ve been to plenty of large festivals in my life, but nothing really compares to big talents in a small, intimate setting. I get to make that happen every year. It’s magical."

Summer Fun on the 101 takes place on Saturday and SUnday, June 25-26, 2016. Visit here for the full lineup, set times, locations, and more information.

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

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<![CDATA[Behind the Weekend Veil]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:51:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pierce+the+Veil+Viejas+Arena+DeFalco+%2826%29.jpg

Friday, Mattson 2, Montalban Quintet and Krass Bros. are at the Casbah; The Jacksons play at the San Diego County Fair; Sonny & the Sunsets, Sarah Bethe Nelson and the Gloomies take over Soda Bar; and Holy Wave and Amerikan Bear are at the Hideout. Get your dance on with ‘80s vs. ‘90s at Bar Pink; Autoerotique at Bassmnt; Dzeko & Torres at Omnia; and Lakim at Bang Bang.

Kick off your Saturday with Clash At Clairemont, OB Street Fair and Chili Cookoff or Big Love for Candye Kane -- A Musical Celebration at the Belly Up. Later that night, Good Old War and Empty Houses are at the Casbah; Pierce the Veil and I the Mighty take over the Observatory North Park; Buck O Nine, Penetrators and Oceanside Sound System play at the Hideout; Special Duties, Potato Pirates, Revolt-Chix and the Hathcocks are at Soda Bar; Which One's Pink hit House of Blues; Rio Peligroso and Fictitious Dishes play at Bar Pink; Big Mountain headline at Music Box; and Red Not Chili Peppers, Fooz Fighters and Nirvanish take over the Belly Up.  Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numb3rs; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; The M Machine at Bassmnt; and Jayceeoh at Omnia.

Sunday, Skyterra, Gayle Skidmore and Kid Wilderness are at the Casbah; Pity Sex, Pwr Bttm and Petal play at the Irenic; Maszer, Grim Slippers and Imagery Machine hit Soda Bar; Parker/Nathan Hubbard & Justin Pearson/Luke Henshaw take over the Whistle Stop; and Jason Lee & the R.I.P Tides, John Blair and Reverberati are at Tower Bar.

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

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



Photo Credit: Philip DeFalco]]>
<![CDATA[Just the Mattson 2 of Us]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:44:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/Mattson2.jpg

There are some local bands who find it's best to lay low in the local market. Earthless and the Donkeys come to mind, only playing a couple hometown shows per year. Another one of those is Mattson 2. The surf-infused jazz duo play all year round, but only a couple of those shows happen here in San Diego, which is what makes their Friday night show at the Casbah one you don't want to miss. It's hard to hold them up as the show of the night, however, when you've got stiff competition, like Sonny & the Sunsets playing at Soda Bar or Holy Wave at the Hideout. Pretty great options, but even more still, with the Jacksons at the San Diego County Fair and "swangin'" rapper Jacquees at the Observatory. What it all boils down to is a great Friday night in San Diego, no matter where you go.

Friday, June 24:

  • Mattson 2, Montalban Quintet, Krass Bros. @ Casbah
  • Sonny & the Sunsets, Sarah Bethe Nelson, the Gloomies @ Soda Bar
  • Holy Wave, Amerikan Bear @ The Hideout
  • The Jacksons @ San Diego County Fair
  • Jacquees @ The Observatory North Park
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Sound the Groove @ Music Box
  • Pseudo's Happy Hour Rock Show @ Belly Up (happy hour, 5 p.m.)
  • Marc Ford & the Neptune Blues Club, Los Beautiful Beast, DJ Britton @ Belly Up
  • Frank Rosolino & Carl Fontana Tribute @ Dizzy's
  • Soul Glo V, DJ Duck Egg @ The Black Cat
  • Ill Nino, Bobaflex, Terror Universal, Black Oil, 1001, The Thrill Killers @ Brick By Brick
  • Death By Dancing with Jon Blaj @ The Whistle Stop
  • Home, Kennady Tracy, Marian Mulock @ Lestat's
  • Blake Elsner CD Release @ Java Joe's
  • Viva San Diego with Elite Elvis and Frank Sinatra Tribute @ House of Blues
  • Never Come Down, Roger!, Forever Today @ The Merrow
  • BipolArte, the MandoShanks, Phantom Dissonance @ The Bancroft
  • Acoustic Happy Hour: Jimmy Lewis @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Daddy Issues, Radios Silent, Jagged Lines @ 710 Beach Club (9:30 p.m.)
  • Christian Hastings Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Chiefs, Desert Suns, Se Vende @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Psydecar, Viva Santana @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Bayati @ Fluxx
  • Autoerotique @ Bassmnt
  • Beat Kitchen with QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Riton @ Omnia @ Bang Bang
  • Dzeko and Torres @ Omnia
  • DJ Shift @ Parq
  • Human Life, Anabel Englund, Jozif, Harvard Bass, and Diamondstein @ SPIN
  • Progress @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mattson 2]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Atlas Genius]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:44:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Atlas+Genius+Birch+Aquarium+Connie+Bolger+%2811%29.jpg Atlas Genius' show at Birch Aquarium on June 15 mixed infectious indie-pop with an idyllic coastline setting. Local favorites Grizzly Business opened.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Show Will Go On: Date Set for SD Music Awards]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:25:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDMA15-1407.jpg

For those of you who may be wondering, the San Diego Music Awards are indeed happening in 2016 -- although details are still being worked out.

The annual event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, is typically held in September/October at the scenic waterfront venue Humphreys By the Bay. However, when both San Diego Music Foundation president Kevin Hellman and Executive Director Marjy Taylor stepped down to pursue other projects earlier this year, rumors ran rampant that the SDMAs were in danger of being kaput.

The awards’ official website hasn’t been updated at any point this year, and in an unusual move, the announcement that the show would go on came in a personal Facebook post by SDMA academy member Bart Mendoza on Thursday night. SoundDiego reached out to San Diego Music Foundation President Scott Richison, who confirmed the information on Friday and said the event will be different in scope than years prior.

“It’ll be held on Nov. 10 as part of the San Diego Music Thing,” Richison said. “We’re still putting the details together, but it will not be at at Humphreys. It’ll be scaled down a bit … but we’re trying to make it the best we possibly can. We’ll also be making a few small tweaks here and there -- but there will be two different categories of awards like usual, the ones that people can vote on, and the awards that the academy decides. We’re looking to shake it up a little bit and have a little bit more fun -- but overall, we’re excited to keep the spirit alive.”

The 2016 Music Thing is scheduled Nov. 10-12, with venues and acts TBA.

A call for music submissions also came in Mendoza’s Facebook post. In years prior, the submission process usually had a deadline in July (last year’s deadline was July 15) but no clear deadline for this year’s ceremony was specified. In the post, Mendoza’s said submissions could be mailed to: SDMA, attn Bart Mendoza, PO Box 13801, San Diego, CA 92170. Locals can also drop off submissions in person at Bar Pink (3829 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104), addressed to Dang Nyugen. There is no submission process for digital entries at this time.

SoundDiego.com will be updating this story as more information becomes available.

Dustin Lothspeich is the talent buyer for The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King, and runs his own music equipment-loving blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Under the Cherry Glazerr Moon]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:02:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Cherry+Glazerr-4March2016-Observatory+%2813%29.jpg

Tonight is a really great night for music in all of the usual spots. At the Casbah, Canadians Suuns return with their boundary pushing art-rock while Soda Bar offers straight-up guitar rock with Radkey. George Clinton always sells out his Belly Up shows and tonight is no exception. The Whiskey Circle is at Music Box, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is at the San Diego County Fair, and Eraserface is at the Hideout. The show that everyone I know is excited about, however, is Cherry Glazerr -- who recently opened for Best Coast and Wavves at the Observatory. Tonight the band headline the Irenic, and with all the buzz I'm hearing, I predict it won't be long until they're back at the Observatory with their own headlining spot.

Thursday, June 23:

  • Suuns, JJUUJJUU @ Casbah
  • Cherry Glazerr, Sex Stains, the Buttertones @ The Irenic
  • Radkey, All People, Fake Tides @ Soda Bar
  • All 45s with Junior The Discopunk @ Bar Pink
  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - An Evening With @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The Whiskey Circle (EP Release Show), Bad & the Ugly, Jimmy Ruelas, the Summer Knowledge @ Music Box
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band @ San Diego County Fair
  • Eraserface, Caliens, Tall Can & Generik, Dayla, Tec. @ The Hideout
  • Corina Rose & Friends @ Sycamore Den
  • Everything Undone, Alex Lievanos @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Ark Medusa @ Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center
  • Slow Season, Shujaa Sauti, Mrs. Henry @ The Merrow
  • John Underwood, Minor Birds @ The Bancroft
  • Spirit West Coast: Del Mar 2016 with Newsboys, Hawk Nelson, Citizen Way, I Am They, Blanca, and We Are Messengers @ San Diego County Fair
  • Toweroke with Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Total Distortion, Punk in Drublic (NOFX tribute) @ Winston's
  • Amaysing @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Strange Planet, Big Bloom, and Bastidas @ The Whistle Stop
  • The Loosen Up with AIDA, DJ Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Underscore Jungle/DnB MikeE & more @ Kava Lounge
  • Crimson House @ Tio Leo's
  • Reason To Rebel @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Saviorself the Small Talk]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:42:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/203*120/Saviorself+Press+Photo.jpg

If you've ever found yourself in a conversation with a blowhard going on and on about some nonsense and thought to yourself, I don't know what this weirdo's talking about, then rapper Saviorself understands.

On his latest single "Heads Are Talkin,” he dismisses the mindless chatter and shallow noise with his slow, well-paced flow. It's an exercise in confidence, where he downplays text messages from an old ex and sidesteps a nosey busybody who's lurking on one of his social media pages -- all with one simple line, "I don't know what you talkin' 'bout."

He's in no rush, gliding over Mainframe bleeps and a cresting synth line, as he rolls through the streets of National City in a grey Volkswagen GTI: "We can talk about some moves / We can talk about some money / We can talk about politics or talk s— and get funny / We can talk about that time I told you show some respect / Or we can talk about the time your bitch-ass homie got checked."

Whatever the conversation, he never breaks a sweat. Behind high-end sunglasses, he channels wise-guy cool in what looks like a speakeasy -- indifferent to a quartet of long-haired beauties rotating around him and Prayers frontman, Leafar Seyer. 

There are other cameos, too, like the kitchen staff at Pokez who rattle off lyrics while taking orders and cooking food. Even San Diego rap legend Damu makes an appearance mouthing the song's chorus on top of the Basement bridge.

It's a solid single with a sticky hook, that finds the eternally effortless Saviorself calm and collected while shutting down the small talk, "styling and rocking out". 

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



Photo Credit: Photo by Scary Gary]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:47:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego_Summer_Splash_1200x675_701772355720.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #SoundDiego.]]> <![CDATA[Un-Cage the Elephant]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:12:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP821563187509.jpg

I still remember the first time I saw Cage the Elephant play in San Diego. It was a 91-cent show in the Founders Room at the House of Blues. It wasn't so long after that they shot up the charts, played Coachella, and the tours just continued to get bigger and bigger. Tonight they're back in San Diego with a massive show at Valley View Casino Center. With Portugal.The Man and newcomers Sunflower Bean opening the show, you're going to want to get there early and stay through the very last note. For the less rambunxious of San Diego, Humphreys has a show with three legends -- Neko Case, KD Lang, and Laura Veirs -- whose collaborative album just dropped last Friday; Kenny Rogers is at the San Diego County Fair; and David Bromberg is at the Belly Up.

Wednesday, June 22:

  • Cage the Elephant; Portugal.The Man; Sunflower Bean @ Valley View Casino Center
  • case/lang/veirs, Andy Shauf @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Mimosa, Real J Wallace, Skinny Vinny, DJ Artistic @ Casbah
  • Kenny Rogers, the Bacon Brothers, Linda Davis @ San Diego County Fair
  • David Bromberg: A Seated Show & Evening With @ Belly Up
  • Nothing, Culture Abuse, Wrong @ Soda Bar (read our interview with Nothing here)
  • Mid-Week Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Ne-Hi, Splavender @ The Hideout
  • Rever, the Dirty Shakes, Flakes @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • DJ Rees Withrow @ Whistle Stop
  • The Purple Xperience @ San Diego County Fair
  • Club Kingston Presents: South Town Generals with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Notorious4Comedy @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Working Class Wednesday @ Tower Bar
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • WTF Wednesdays @ El Dorado
  • Eyes Omega @ Kava Lounge
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Geode Project @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

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<![CDATA[You Won't Hate This]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:12:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/161*120/the+frights+press.jpg

They’re young, but they’re serious. The Frights, who have been enjoying a consistent buzz for the past year after signing to indie powerhouse label Dangerbird Records, will join FIDLAR and SWMRS for the Too Much Tour. It will take them across the country starting Oct. 28 at Observatory North Park.

Before those fall shenanigans though, they’re headlining their own summer tour that kicks off July 19 at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix. Summer in Phoenix? Talk about frights.

The band may not have boarded the capital letter or missing vowel band name bandwagon like their tour companions, but that’s because they’re old fashioned. No frills, no fuss -- the Frights are dedicated “to dialing up rock's past [and they’re] startlingly great at kicking out the garagey jams,” according to Amoeba Music.

Despite being in their very early 20s, the Frights are level headed about their music and their success. They stay true to their fans and to their hometown.

“I prefer venues where people feel comfortable going to. I hate playing bars. There’s a weird vibe playing bars unless you’re hammered. SOMA and all-ages venues are awesome, because a lot of our fans are younger,” said Mike Carnavale, guitarist and vocalist for the Frights.

The Frights played their first show in San Diego as a joke and were signed by a label that night. According to Carnavale, they wouldn’t be where they’re at without San Diego.

“We’re totally surprised. I’m surprised we lasted more than a week,” he said.

Based on their performances, it’s easy to see why they did last more than a week:

The Frights debut album, “You Are Going to Hate This,” was released Feb. 12 on Dangerbird Records, and it’s rather misleadingly titled. I can guarantee you, whatever the Frights do next, you’re not going to hate it.

Tickets for the Too Much Tour are available for purchase here.

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy the Frights]]>
<![CDATA[Get a New Paper Route]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:32:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Anberlin+Michel+Dussack+%285%29.jpg

I told you yesterday that it's a pretty mellow week in town. Fortunately, every night still has some solid choices for you to enjoy. Of course, as schools let out for summer, you can brave the crowds at the San Diego County Fair. If you do, you'll be handsomely rewarded with a show by Ozomatli, playing in the Paddock area, or you can catch Hunter Hayes in the Grandstand (ticket required). If the fair is beyond your limits, Nashville indie-rockers Paper Route are at Soda Bar, Casbah has a local-ish night with the Blank Tapes headlining, and innovative guitarist Buckethead plays at Music Box.

Tuesday, June 21:

  • Ozomatli @ San Diego County Fair
  • Paper Route, Armors, Velour @ Soda Bar
  • The Blank Tapes, the Pesos, the Rotten Mangos @ Casbah
  • Hunter Hayes @ San Diego County Fair
  • Tiki Tuesday with Alvino and Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Buckethead @ Music Box
  • Shanell, Jayali, Jess Jones @ The Merrow
  • Ceu, Kauf @ Belly Up
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Jacob Whitesides, Shane Harper, Taylor Grey @ House of Blues
  • Comedy Night @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Secret Drum Band, TJO is Tara Jane Oneil, Penis Hickey @ Tower Bar
  • Think n' Drink Trivia @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Jesus Gonzalez, Open Optics, Raggabond @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Hoodoo Blues Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ The Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • Pleasure Presents Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Vella Blue, Spelunkers @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[All or Nothing]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:12:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/NOTHING_01.jpg

When I get Nothing’s frontman, Domenic “Nicky” Palermo, on the phone for our interview, he’s in the middle of helping the band load their gear into that night’s venue, Boise's Neurolux. I can hear the bustle on the other end of the line and the voices of other band members asking questions; Palermo breathes into the phone every now and then. He apologizes for the interruptions. Turns out he’s also freezing.

“My underwear is soaked,” he said. “We just went swimming in a creek in Idaho that we found.”

Turns out a person’s unmentionables end up being priceless commodities on the road -- a lesson Palermo recently found out the hard way.

“We had our windows broken into in Chicago after we sold out Sub T,” he lamented. “It kinda sucked. They stole all my clothes. I was clothes-less for about a week, before I was capable of finding underwear and socks. I literally had three different things in the car and they were in three different places and they got all of my stuff and nobody else’s [laughs]. They also got my lyric book that I was kinda bummed out about. It had the lyrics to this record and our last record, and a bunch of stuff I had written and now it’s all gone. That was pretty crushing.”

If you’ve followed Nothing since their critically acclaimed 2014 album “Guilty of Everything,” the Philadelphia band’s history has been tinted with a sense of enduring bad luck. Palermo’s previous hardcore band Horrow Show came to an abrupt end in 2002 when he was incarcerated for two years following an aggravated assault conviction. Following his release, he took a five-year hiatus from music, but when he started up Nothing in 2010, the pieces quickly started to fall into place. Then, he was mugged and brutally beaten while on tour in Oakland just last year. After a fractured skull and orbital, 19 staples, a lengthy hospital stay and the mountain of personal debt that went with it, the singer/guitarist emerged from it all with a renewed sense of cynicism, sure, but also with inspiration for the band’s latest album, 2016’s fittingly titled “Tired of Tomorrow,” which will surely find its way onto many year-end best-of lists. [Buy/listen to it here]

However, the bad luck wasn’t done with Nothing yet. In fact, it was just one of their most recent bouts. Last year also found the quartet (which apart from Palermo is comprised of bassist Nick Bassett, guitarist Brandon Setta and drummer Kyle Kimball) mired in the wicked web of infamous internet super villain, Martin Shkreli, who had then made headlines for purchasing the AIDS drug Daraprim and inflating its price by 5,400 percent. Apparently, Shkreli had also supplied funding for Collect Records -- the label due to release “Tired of Tomorrow.” In an admirable move, Nothing abruptly left the label when they found out about the connection, but this departure left them without a way to release and distribute their new album. In yet another additional punch to the gut (and heart), Palermo’s father passed away in a tragic accident last November. Needless to say, the frontman has had a rough go of it for a while. When discussing the aforementioned Chicago robbery, he understandably sounded rather resigned.

“These things just continue to happen,” he said. “I just have the worst luck, I don’t know what to say. You know, you just roll with the punches.”

If there’s one spark of light to come out of all that darkness, it’s that Relapse Records (which originally released Nothing’s debut record and is home to Black Tusk, Red Fang, Obituary and Exhumed) stepped in last year to re-sign the band and release “Tired of Tomorrow.” According to Palermo, it's been a very prosperous relationship.

“That label has always been about breaking boundaries and being an extreme music label. People have got it so twisted now. By ‘extreme,’ people think it has to be Cannibal Corpse or s--- like that, but they’re a progressive label, and they took a chance with us, and a lot of people had things to say, but for the most part, it’s been a real big success. They’re what labels should be about.”

The partnership is a curious one, primarily because Relapse is known for championing brutal, riff-hungry metal acts. Nothing, while known for pushing the extremes of onstage decibels (and actually shutting down power in many venues they’ve played), don't really fit into that mold and instead mainly mine the woozy treasures of shoegaze-influenced post-rock. Much like My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, Palermo’s vocals rarely rise above a serene, measured moan; thick guitars are stacked ad infinitum like “Siamese Dream”-era Smashing Pumpkins and reverb and echo wash over the songs like an eerie, dangerous drive through dense, rolling fog. In other words, it’s basically the blueprint to some pretty epic shoegaze. But the band’s frontman is quick to note that they’re students of a wide range of music.

“It’s not difficult to see the stuff that’s triggered us…But the band has always wanted to progress. That’s been a thing for us since day one. There’s a little bit of straight ahead ’90s rock stuff like Screaming Trees, Collective Soul, but it doesn’t stop there. Of course, we’ve always been into the British shoegaze thing with Ride, Chapterhouse, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine -- but also Brit-pop stuff, like Suede, Oasis, the Boo Radleys, s--- like that. It’s everything. Also being punk kids and hardcore kids, a lot of the old punk bands are influential to this music. But we try not to write anything specifically like anything. We write music that we want to be writing.”

That attitude has kept him and his bandmates grounded and focused (“We’re a pretty honest band. There’s no gimmick. And I think people respect that”), but it also makes for genuine, heartfelt music that feels like more than the sum of its parts, which at its basic level is loud, melodic, emotional and intense. But hey, you don’t have to tell Palermo that. He knows it. And you can hear the pride in his voice when he talks about his band and the new album.

“There’s a ton of s--- that I really enjoy on [‘Tired of Tomorrow’]. Easily my favorite song on the record is ‘Ninety Ninety Heaven.’ ‘Fever Queen’ is a wonderful opener. Everything we wrote for this album, we recorded. All 14 tracks. Everything we pump out is gold, man. [laughs] It’s just that easy.”

It's nice to see him joking around, with all that bad luck that seems to follow them like some sort of expert level voodoo curse. It begs the question: has it all taken a toll?

“My experiences have been kind of back and forth," Palermo said. "But if you don’t step back and take a look at things, you’re potentially just going to drive yourself crazy doing this s---. If there is a silver lining, I have to remember I’m getting paid enough money to survive by doing what I like to do -- which is make music.”

Nothing headline Soda Bar on Wednesday, June 22, with Wrong and Culture Abuse opening. Tickets are $14 online here.

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

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<![CDATA[LIVE: SoundDiego Summer Splash Heats Up]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:15:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Mowglis+Harrahs+18+June-86.jpg SoundDiego was back at Harrah's Resort Southern California with the Mowgli's and Grizzly Business for Round 2 of Summer Splash.

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<![CDATA[Slow Burn]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:20:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/204*120/77538413.jpg

I'm always surprised that touring seems to slow down so much during the summer. These crazy bands would rather drive from town to town in the winter? It defies logic. But even though we're in a slowing trend of the music season, we're not completely abandoned. Tonight, you can catch the silky, sexy music of Federico Aubele, who sometimes leans more acoustic and other times more electronic, but he's always incredible, and he's back at the Casbah for what seems to be an annual trek. Meanwhile, Lee Scratch Perry has been at it for decades and he just seems to be one of those legends who will tour until he can't, and that's what makes his Belly Up visits so special. Not a lot of choices but a couple of really solid ones if you need to get out of the house this Monday night. 

Monday, June 20:

  • Federico Aubele, Bossa Bebe @ Casbah
  • Lee Scratch Perry, Subatomic Sound System, Twisted Relatives @ Belly Up
  • Mashrou' Leila @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • '80s with Junior the Disco Punk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Terry Allen Parking Lot Party @ La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Part Time, Channel, Spooky Cigarette, Minor Gems @ Til Two Club

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



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<![CDATA[Juggin' Along]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:12:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06_18_SDTV_GBurnsJugBand_1200x675_707867203985.jpg G Burns Jug Band brings the authentic South to San Diego on this week's SoundDiego Spotlight. Catch them at Soda Bar on Tuesday, June 28. ]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: June 19-25]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:21:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/112278344.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight shows you can't miss, including Cage the Elephant, Pierce the Veil and our next Summer Splash show with La Luz.

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<![CDATA[Oh but You Will]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:40:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*133/You+Won%27t.jpg

It has been an insanely busy weekend in San Diego, so hopefully today you can slow it down and fully enjoy Father's Day. Perhaps dad's day calls for the Beer Festival at the San Diego County Fair with all of its offerings. Otherwise, it's a typical night of prime choices, like You Won't, a Boston indie duo touring on their sophomore record, or Mase, whose show was moved from the Observatory to Music Box. Our friends Marujah will take a break from flooding 91x's Loudspeaker with requests while they play Kava Lounge, and post-hardcore act Hail the Sun headlines House of Blues. Some fun choices for Sunday if you need to get out for one more night. 

Sunday, June 19 (Happy Father's Day!):

  • You Won't, Bombadil, Jocelyn Mackenzie @ Casbah
  • Mase, Tfame @ Music Box
  • Marujah, Rizing Rezistance, After Hours @ Kava Lounge
  • San Diego International Beer Festival @ San Diego County Fair
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Point Break Live: Can You Keanu? @ Belly Up
  • Sight in Sound presents: Hail the Sun, My Iron Lung, Hearts Like Lions @ House of Blues
  • Total Chaos, Resilience, the Velisha, the Hathcocks @ Brick by Brick
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • Nate Currin @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • The Back Room @ The Merrow
  • Bob's Blues Jam @ The Bancroft (3 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Marvin Banks, Tyghtship @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Daikaiju, Monolith, Dinosaur Ghost @ Tower Bar
  • Shades of Blue @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of You Won't]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: X Ambassadors]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:04:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/XAmbassador+SDFair+15+June29.jpg X Ambassadors bounced through the San Diego County Fair June 15, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Cheat Wave]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:20:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/Mowglis+new.jpg

Have you ever tried dating more than one person at a time, thinking you can get away with it, until you're totally caught with everyone in the same place at the same time and you basically have no way out? That's how I feel today. I've been writing here at SoundDiego since our launch in 2010, and this summer we've teamed up with Harrah's Resort Southern California for Summer Splash. Tonight, we have the Mowgli's and Grizzly Business and it's going to be amazing -- now that we have some good weather -- to have great live bands by the pool. If you can get to Valley Center tonight, you should. In fact, book a night and make it a worthy staycation while you enjoy an air-conditioned hotel room. But I also work for the Casbah, where Day Wave (one of my favorite new bands) will be playing, and I work for the Observatory, where there is a super cheap show with the Pharcyde. I'm also the content manager for DoSD, who is hosting a free show at SILO with Rob Crow's Gloomy Place and Systems Officer. On top of all that, I dabble as a doorgirl, so I'll be at Sarah Jarosz at the Irenic. So, I'm caught. I've got all of these musical loves, all of these parts that make my work in music so exciting, and I'm also sad because I can only be in one place at a time. Busted.

Saturday, June 18:

  • SoundDiego Summer Splash with the Mowgli's, Grizzly Business @ Harrah's Resort SoCal
  • Do the Ride Thing with Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Systems Officer, DJ Saul Q, B Rose @ SILO at Makers Quarter (4 p.m.)
  • Rogue Wave, Floating Action @ Belly Up
  • Day Wave, Nico Yaryan, the Filthy Violets @ Casbah
  • The Carlsbad Village Music Walk
  • Rebelution, Hirie, the Expanders @ San Diego Oysterfest
  • James Taylor @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Joe Jackson @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Steve Poltz @ Laurel House Concerts
  • Barrows, Deep Sea Thunderbeast, Bleak Skies @ Ken Club
  • Sarah Jarosz, Curtis McMurty @ Irenic
  • The Pharcyde @ Observatory North Park
  • Cheap Girls, Santa Ana Knights, Russian Tremors @ Soda Bar
  • Trevor Noah @ The Events Center, Harrah's Resort SoCal
  • Neon Beat: Best & Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • NAIOP San Diego Presents: Deal Maker's Bash @ Music Box
  • Rottweiler Clothing release party @ Whistle Stop
  • Grand Funk Railroad @ San Diego County Fair
  • Mainly Mozart Festvial @ Balboa Theatre
  • DSB: An American Journey @ House of Blues
  • Rob Stone, Spooks, 1207 @ Soma
  • Brad Perry @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • The Mighty Cruise Control @ The Hideout
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme launch party @ The Bancroft
  • Ad Seg, Systematic Abuse, Biriuk, Bukkorosu @ Tower Bar
  • Chuck Perrin's 70th birthday performance @ Dizzy's
  • Inspired Movement Dance: Dancing Through the Decades @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Groovesession, Shell Shock @ Winston's
  • The Phantoms record release, the Touchies, Action Andy @ Til-Two Club
  • Zoe Keating @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Gone Baby Gone, the End @ The Black Cat
  • Devildriver, Holy Grail, Incite, Hemlock, Daemos @ Brick by Brick
  • Gary Hoey, RDG @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Motez @ El Camino
  • US Air Guitar Championships @ The Merrow
  • Dazed and Confused @ 710 Beach Club
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Bare @ Bassmnt
  • Eric D Lux @ Omnia
  • DJ Ikon @ Parq
  • Skylar Spence @ Bang Bang
  • Wes Hoppe & Good Ghos Present Terry Mullan @ Kava Lounge
  • Distrikt Fundraiser @ Spin

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



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<![CDATA[Ian Tordella's 'Lost Weekend']]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:25:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/Bridge2NBC722.jpg

San Diego tenor saxophonist Ian Tordella has always impressed me as much with his pen as with his horn, and his latest release "The Lost Weekend" represents modern jazz at its most creative with superlative writing and arrangements and a smoking-hot ensemble featuring Rob Thosen's bass, Jeff Miles's guitar, and Charles Weller's drums.

Right off the bat, the opening “Anna Street,” pulses with the muscular bass of  Thorsen, the attractive Rhodes-piano of guest Ed Kornhauser and the lean, smart tenor of the composer. The wildcard that makes this album leap out of the speakers is the input of guitarist Miles, who drives the freebop head of “Staten Island,” with explosive joy and audacity -- reminding me of a merger between Mary Halvorson and Bill Frisell, perhaps.

There’s a really tough, brawny Thorsen solo on “Sir Edward’s Lament,” where Miles pushes the envelope on how much vibrato is acceptable in mixed company -- and Tordella seems to channel Stan Getz more than John Coltrane on “This Was,” (if your imagination is powerful enough to imagine Getz mining volcanic multiphonics with the offhand ease that Tordella relishes.)

There is also a distinct homage to '70s fusion all over this disc -- nowhere more obvious than the Jeff Miles original “Moya,” a totally boiling cauldron of Mahavishnu Orchestra meets the Ventures where Tordella rips through the changes with controlled abandon. Miles follows with a wonderfully “outside” solo that had me laughing out loud.

I was also impressed with the creative use of the studio as an instrument, and I’m still trying to figure out the source of the bizarre backward-tape effect that opens “Coalition Of The Willing,” which continues with an absolutely wonderfully wacky atonal adventure from Miles, making "The Lost Weekend," as a whole, one of the most consistently engaging discs to cross my desk, regardless of geography, for quite some time.

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



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<![CDATA[Sign Up for Tokyo Police Club]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:46:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/82160763TPC.jpg

If you thought this week was busy, you don't even want to look at this weekend! I mean even the Beach Boys are playing in town, for goodness sake! Seriously, there are some incredible shows tonight, including our friends Prayers playing for the first time at the Observatory; a record re-release party (because once isn't enough) with the Muffs at Casbah; and the Gore Horsemen at Soda Bar (word on the street is that tonight's performance is their final show). On top of that, Philip Phillips plays the Fair with Matt Nathanson, Oysterfest has day one fun at the Embarcadero, and our friends from south of the border, Bostich + Fussible, play a tiny show at Kava Lounge. Still, of all those options, a double bill with Tokyo Police Club and We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Belly Up is rare and going to be super awesome. Just be sure to save some for tomorrow.

Friday, June 17:

  • Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Belly Up
  • Acid Varsity 2 Year Anniversary with Bostich + Fussible @ Kava Lounge
  • Prayers, Tijuana Panthers, Marujah @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Muffs Record Re-Release Party, Claw Hammer, the Schizophonics, the Touchies @ Casbah
  • Oysterfest @ Embarcadero
  • Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson @ San Diego County Fair
  • The Gore Horseman, the Strikers, Hard Fall Hearts @ Soda Bar
  • San Diego Startup Week Startup Festival with Broken Stems, Creepxotica, DJ Yeddey @ Quartyard (5-11 p.m.)
  • Mainly Mozart Festival: Ethan Bortnick @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Beach Boys @ Pala Starlight Theater, Pala Starlight Casino
  • The Lyrical Groove @ Bar Pink
  • Oysterfest Afterparty with Boombox and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation @ Music Box (11 p.m.)
  • The Fabulous Pelicans Happy Hour - Carlsbad High School Baseball Program Fundraiser @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Peggy Watson and David Beldock @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Short Stories, Hidden Hospitals, Culprit, Alive & Well @ Brick By Brick
  • Fistfights With Wolves (EP Release), Roland (ex-Sleeping People), Shades McCool @ The Hideout
  • DJ Le Silence de LaRue @ Whistle Stop (5-8 p.m.)
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Tierra/Malo @ Sycuan
  • Midnight Track, Fighting Friction, Junkyard Pharaohs, Steal Away, Color Til Monday, Spicy Camaro @ SOMA
  • The Fire Brothers @ Lestat's
  • Sara Petite, Jacques Mees, Dave Humphries @ Java Joe's
  • Kelly McGarry Presents @ House of Blues
  • Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn, Free Throw, the Wild Fires @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Benedetti Trio fetes Paul McCartney @ Dizzy's
  • Nurvana, Punkture, the Lone Pines @ The Merrow
  • The Chromedomes @ The Bancroft
  • Acoustic Happy Hour: Casey Turner @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Pasadena, Sandollar, No Kings @ 710 Beach Club
  • Rhythm Future Quartet @ AMSD
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Royal Academy of Performing Arts "A Brand New Day" @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Sister Speak @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Nebula Drag, R3x @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • The Devastators @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Flight 42, Boner City @ Til-Two Club
  • Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • Another Damn 90s Night with Cros One @ El Dorado
  • Louis Futon @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Ruckus @ Omnia
  • DJ Karma @ Parq
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Carolyn Wonderland @ Ramona Mainstage
  • The Dangle Zone X Bass Tribe Present: Ott @ Spin

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



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<![CDATA[Three Grand Slam Concerts to Kickoff All-Star Game Week]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:17:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/GettyImages-493635404.jpg

San Diego, Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is coming.

You’ve seen the headlines and the billboards, and no matter how well or in this year’s case, how poorly, the Padres are playing -- at least we’ve still got the big game to look forward to on Tuesday, July 12. Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?

Thankfully, for those of us that notice the sound of a batter’s walk-up music just as much as the crack of their bat, MLB has announced three free blockbuster concerts at Embarcadero Marina Park South in the week leading up to the All-Star Game! And no, “free” wasn’t a typo.

Of course, concerts are all fine and dandy but if they aren’t packin’ 100-mph fastball heat, they’re a dime-a-dozen. Luckily, the league has done us a solid and America’s Finest City is in store for some yuuuuge acts.

On Friday, July 8, soulful pop/rock band OneRepublic and special guest alt-rock radio mainstays NEEDTOBREATHE hit Embarcadero Marina Park South at 7 p.m.

The next day (Saturday, July 9), Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Tori Kelly steals the hearts and minds of the San Diego faithful with acclaimed pop/punk band All Time Low opening the show, which starts at noon.

And lastly, but definitely not least, you know her from No Doubt and NBC’s “The Voice” -- multi-platinum-selling pop artist Gwen Stefani takes the stage later that evening (Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m.) with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star and accomplished actress Eve in tow. That, my friends, is a grand slam if we’ve ever seen one.

Gates at Embarcadero Marina Park South will open 90 minutes ahead of the shows’ scheduled start times, and if you’re planning on going, be sure to stick around after the two evening concerts for a special fireworks show!

Now to the nitty gritty: According to a MLB press release, “Fans can obtain a free standing room-only ticket based on availability at AllStarGame.com/concerts beginning Friday, June 17th at 10 a.m. PST. Free tickets, which may not be sold, must be downloaded, printed and brought to Embarcadero Marina Park South for entry to the concert. Limit two tickets and one show per individual request.”

As if these three shows weren’t enough, they’re all part of MLB’s Pepsi Music Series, which will feature a huge range of artists that will be performing throughout All-Star Week. The full lineup will be announced at a later date, so be sure to stay tuned to SoundDiego.com for more details.

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<![CDATA[LIVE: Caravan Palace]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:24:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Caravan+Palace+6.6.16+%284+of+42%29.jpg Caravan Palace rolled through the Observatory North Park on June 6 with their enchanting brand of electro-swing music.

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<![CDATA[Swing Into the Weekend With the Mowgli's]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:21:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/Mowglis+new.jpg

Friday is day one of Oysterfest at Marina Embarcadero North featuring Thievery Corporation, with the after-party at Music Box with BoomBox and Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation); Tokyo Police Club and We Were Promised Jetpacks play at the Belly Up; The Muffs’ record re-release party with Claw Hammer, the Schizophonics and the Touchies are at the Casbah; Prayers, Tijuana Panthers and Marujah take over the Observatory North Park; and the Gore Horseman (final show), the Strikers and Hard Fall Hearts hit Soda Bar. Dance options include F---ing In the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Acid Varsity 2-Year Anniversary with Bostich + Fussible at the Kava Lounge; Louis Futon at Bang Bang; and DJ Ruckus with Prince Fox at Omnia.

Saturday, I’m hosting the SoundDiego Summer Splash show with the Mowgli’s and Grizzly Business at Harrah’s Resort Southern California (go here for tickets, info, and a special Harrah’s room deal). Elsewhere, Joe Jackson is at the Spreckles Theatre; Day two of Oysterfest features Rebelution, Through the Roots, Hirie and more; Do the RIDE Thing with Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, System Officer, DJ Saul Q and B Rose is at SILO at Makers Quarter; Rogue Wave and Floating Action are at the Belly Up; Day Wave, Nico Yaryan and the Filthy Violets play at the Casbah; Cheap Girls, Santa Ana Knights and Russian Tremors are at Soda Bar; The Phantoms’ record release with the Touchies and Action Andy is at Til-Two; and the Hype, the End and Gone Baby Gone play at the Black Cat. Get your dance on with Eric DLux at Omnia; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with DJs Gabe & Saul Q at the Whistle Stop; Skylar Spence at Bang Bang; and Neon Beat at Bar Pink.

Sunday: You Won’t, Bombadil and Jocelyn Mackenzie are at the Casbah; Point Break Live Can You Keanu? takes over the Belly Up; and Sight in Sound Presents Hail the Sun, My Iron Lung and Hearts Like Lions at House of Blues.  

Have a great weekend, do something nice for your Dad, and I’ll see you on the dance floor.

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

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<![CDATA[FM 94/9's Indie Jam Returns]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:18:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/x+ambassadors+by+Diana+Fields.jpg

Does it seem like 2016 is just flying by? It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year, with summer a distant glimmer on the horizon. Well, now it’s arrived, and before it hits full swing, we’ve got some great news to bestow upon you music fans out there: On Saturday, Sept. 10, FM 94/9’s Indie Jam returns to the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre!

That’s right. Like a yearly checkup on the pulse of pop/rock radio mainstays and buzz bands alike, the annual all-day festival (3-10 p.m.) features a healthy mix of artists running the gamut of musical genres on two stages right by the North County beach!

Headlining the 2016 edition of this shindig is San Diego indie-rock favorite X Ambassadors, who return to town after headlining the San Diego County Fair on June 15. Seems like they just can’t quit us, huh? Can't say we blame 'em. FM 94/9’s also dug in and brought forth other delightful acts to fill out the day: New Zealand electro-pop duo Broods; Icelandic folk/rock/blues outfit Kaleo; Pop Etc (formerly known as the Morning Benders); LA singer/songwriter Bishop Briggs; English troubadour Barns Courtney; and the Austin, Texas-based indie-folk/alt-country duo the Wind & the Wave.

That’s seven killer acts lined up for this year’s Indie Jam -- but honestly, for those "Renegades" out there, X Ambassadors’ inclusion alone should be worth the price of admission, amirite?

And how much is that price you might be asking? We’re glad you asked. General admission tickets are only $18 (plus applicable fees) and to upgrade to a VIP ticket is just $15 (plus fee) more. Go here for tickets and more information.



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<![CDATA[My So-Called Life With the Thrill Kill Kult]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:17:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*130/TKK_PromoPic2014.jpg

It's crazy to think that the very first year of the Lollapalooza tour was more than 25 years ago. I was in junior high that year, and growing up in Chula Vista (and playing tennis at Southwestern College since I was a child), in my mind, the tour was the biggest thing to happen to Chula Vista, ever! The bands were epic, and even if you couldn't afford a ticket, we knew all the great spots nearby to hear the entire show. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult was one of the bands on that first Lollapalooza, and now as they prepare for a 30th anniversary as a band, they're starting with this small club tour. Around town, catch Curren$y at the Observatory, Milwaukee's indie-punks Jaill are at Soda bar, and Hibou is at House of Blues.

Thursday, June 16:

  • My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, DJ Vaughn Avakian @ Casbah
  • Curren$y @ The Observatory North Park
  • Jaill, Subtropics, Half Eaten @ Soda Bar
  • Hibou, Sad Girl @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • The Tommy Mitchell Show, the Routine, Cody Lovaas @ Belly Up
  • Felix Cavaliere's Rascals @ San Diego County Fair
  • 3 Doors Down @ San Diego County Fair
  • Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Down Big @ The Hideout
  • An Evening with Crooked @ Sycamore Den
  • Rockabilly Night with the Up Shots @ El Dorado
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Breakthrough Entertainment @ House of Blues
  • Brutal In Black with Blackshirt Hooligans, Wild Knob Gobbler, LSD Experience @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • Bayou Brothers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Toweroke with Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Royal Academy of Performing Arts "A Brand New Day" @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Speakerghost- Joe Pea and Huggapuppy @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Hoods, Raw Dawg, Pissed Regardless, Take Em Out @ Til-Two Club
  • Claptone @ Bang Bang
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Astrojump with Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Cumbia Machin @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

  • Hibou, Sad Girl @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues

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<![CDATA[Danny Green Trio Spin 'Altered Narratives']]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:29:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/dannysashaisrael.jpg

Danny Green is a virtuoso San Diego pianist who has been making strong records for several years now, (his debut album "With You In Mind" hit the shelves in 2009) but in all the years he’s been around, his latest effort "Altered Narratives" represents a breakthrough achievement on several levels.

Green has always been a monster player and his working trio with double-bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm are tighter than Mitt Romney’s jaw at a Donald Drumpf testimonial -- yet his previous recordings occasionally struck me as overly facile and less than sanguine.

From the opening strains of “Chatter From All Sides,” a slinky blues with soulful tinkling, everything seems transformed. Green manages to activate motion without being fulsome, and Grinnell’s solo also benefits from the relaxed pace which allows one to concentrate on the fine details of his gorgeous tone.

Even on the note-heavy arrangement of the Chick Corea-like “Merge,” Green allows for breathing room, which facilitates finer point appreciation, like the marvelous percussive chatter of Cantelm, who drives this band with a subtle ferocity.

With six years under their belt, Green’s trio evokes an exquisite sense of balance, deftly realized in the pensive “October Ballad,” where the pianist’s lush harmonic sense is absolutely convincing.

"Altered Narratives" is Green’s second release on the OA2 Records label, following last year’s award-winning "After The Calm," but this one is different in several respects, including location (Manhattan’s Sears Sound Studio) and the welcome addition of a string quartet featuring Antoine Silverman and Max Moston on violin, Chris Cardona on viola, and Anja Wood on cello.

You don’t hear the full group until “Second Chance,” but the rewards are immediate and palpable. Green’s keen melodic sense has always been his calling card and this tune is one of his most memorable. The strings also achieve an active integration on “Katabasis,” blending with Cantelm’s intricate ride cymbal and Green’s joyfully ebullient keys.

I was taken aback by the second-line parade feel of “Serious Fun,” driven by Cantelm’s detailed snare work which inspired exuberant solos from all, and in keeping with the theme of this record, discretion proves the better part of valor.

Serious fun indeed, from young Green and company.    

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



Photo Credit: Sasha Israel]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Musician Doppelgangers]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:05:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Daniel+Cervantes.jpg OK, we had some fun with this one: We take a look at a few San Diego musicians and their famous doppelgangers.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Daniel Cervantes' Facebook page]]>
<![CDATA[Going for the Verigolds]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:14:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+Summer+Splash+Boxer+Rebellion+Verigolds+%2830%29.jpg

We've hit the midweek point and there are some fun shows to keep your days moving right along. If you love local music, one of our favorite San Diego groups the Verigolds headline the Belly Up; and if you love your metal, Valient Thorr is at Soda Bar. Other big shows to look at are X Ambassadors (whose meteoric rise to fame is in no small part due to their lucky placement in a Jeep commercial) and their show tonight at the San Diego County Fair; and Toots & the Maytals, who've long been considered the king of Jamaican dance hall, playing at the Observatory. Lots of good stuff to inch us closer to a scorcher of a weekend.

Wednesday, June 15:

  • Valient Thorr, Pears, the Lumps @ Soda Bar
  • Toots & the Maytals @ The Observatory North Park
  • X Ambassadors @ San Diego County Fair
  • Splavender, Garden Echo, Nite Lapse @ Casbah
  • The Verigolds, Inspired and the Sleep, Luneaux @ Belly Up
  • Al Di Meola @ Music Box
  • John Mayall @ San Diego County Fair
  • The Heroine, the Screamin Yeehaws, Gunner Gunner @ The Merrow
  • Ladies of Hip Hop and R&B with Monument, DJ Artistic, DJ Tramlife @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Girls Girls Girls DJ Lizeth & Co @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston Presents: The Smash Up with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Kind, Salem's Bend, Garth Algar, Beira @ Brick By Brick
  • Mainly Mozart Festival @ Balboa Theatre
  • Industry Night @ House of Blues
  • Royal Academy of Performing Arts "A Brand New Day" @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Anne Grabow @ Lestat's
  • Notorious4Comedy @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesdays @ El Dorado
  • Fonks & BrandB @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club (7-10 p.m.)
  • The Velveteins @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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



Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Turn the Ephwurd Up]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:07:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/khgfkhgfh.jpg Ephwurd -- the superstar DJ duo of Datsik and Baishaus -- turned up at Bassmnt recently.]]> <![CDATA[All Loud on the Western Settings Front]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:31:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_31091.JPG

I am exhausted. News tragedies, the presidential election, local politics...I am suffering from serious fatigue. The only way that I know how to beat that feeling of helplessness is to keep on living life to the extreme. Music is universal and it offers something different to everyone, but those few hours at a show can really be cathartic. So go get that sense of community, of shared harmony, of love at any number of shows that can help you escape. Soda Bar has a great lineup with one of my current local favorites, Western Settings, opening the show. Casbah has a solid show with Grim Slippers headlining; the masked men of the Fink Bombs rock Tiki Tuesday at Bar Pink; the Observatory North Park is sold out with an incredible Rock en Espanol show; and House of Blues should be hopping with Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties. There are so many ways to escape, to enjoy, to live -- and music in San Diego tonight is just what the doctor ordered.

Tuesday, June 14:

  • Bad Cop/Bad Cop, the Atom Age, Murderburgers, Western Settings @ Soda Bar
  • Grim Slippers, MRKTS, Jara @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Hombres G & Enanitos Verdes @ The Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Allison Weiss, Can't Swim @ House of Blues
  • Morgan Heritage @ Music Box
  • Johnny Deadly Trio, Reno Divorce, Jagged Lines @ The Merrow
  • Donavon Frankenreiter, Tom Curren @ Belly Up
  • Noam Pikelny @ Museum Of Making Music
  • Bob Dylan & His Band, Mavis Staples @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (sold out)
  • The Velveteins (CAN), Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Coast2Coast Live Interactive Showcase with judges DJ Mission, DJ Artistic, DJ D-Roc @ Brick By Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Comedy Night @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Sweetwater String Band @ Winston's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Three Chambered Heart, Setback City @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Duet to It]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:19:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/186*120/anatatkinson720.jpg

There is something about the duet concept that creates a possibility for magic to happen. It can be more demanding and rewarding for both audience and performer, but when it works -- like when pianist Fred Hersch and clarinetist Anat Cohen graced the stage at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on June 9 -- the results can be transformative.

Hersch began “Old Devil Moon” with quirky rhythmic gestures, prodding Cohen into a patient soliloquy that capitalized on her warm, liquid tone and elastic phrasing before grabbing the baton for an episode of dense baroque counterpoint.

Several inventive Hersch originals followed, beginning with the lush ballad “Floating,” where Cohen’s plaintive 3 a.m. blue wail pulled nicely against the orchestral piano. This was followed by the Chick Corea-like Latin romp of “Duet,” where each musician scribed dense orbits into the brisk night air.

There was also a lovely nod to tradition with the stride-like arrangement of “After You’ve Gone,” where Cohen’s gleeful warbling led Hersch into building an intricately structured solo from scratch. “Certainty” was notable for its dark and delicate episodic sense of flow.

The highlight of the evening, for me at least, came during a drop-dead gorgeous reading of “For All We Know,” where Cohen pierced the veil of silence with a breathtaking emotional purity that had me hovering above my seat in an out-of-body reverie that did not ease up a micrometer when Hersch followed with a slow cascade of crystalline phrases in support of Cohen’s hushed cadenza.

It was a living, breathing masterclass in how to approach a ballad, and I walked away from the concert a different (and hopefully better) man. There are very few performance spaces in San Diego that can support such an intimate exchange -- which makes the Athenaeum all the more priceless.

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



Photo Credit: Dan Atkinson]]>
<![CDATA[No Small Potatoes]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:02:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/YukonBlonde.jpg

I spent all week looking forward to the weekend, and then I didn't fully live it up as planned, which is why I'm excited for the options this Monday night. Creepoid is at the Hideout, Berner is at Observatory and the beautiful singer/songwriter Mirah is at Soda Bar. Yukon Blonde (which always makes me think of the Yukon Gold potato variety) also returns to rock the Casbah. Joined by the Zolas and my sweet friend Tyson Motsenbocker, this is definitely a Monday night at the Casbah you don't want to miss.

Monday, June 13:

  • Yukon Blonde, the Zolas, Tyson Motsenbocker @ Casbah
  • Mirah, Holling @ Soda Bar
  • Berner, Kool John, Anonymous That Dude @ Observatory North Park
  • Israel Vibration & Roots Radics, Ginger Roots & the Protectors @ Belly Up
  • DJ Grimm @ Bar Pink
  • Creepoid, the Stargazer Lillies @ The Hideout
  • Ascended Dead, Infernal Conjuration, Tombstoners, Tideless @ Tower Bar
  • Spruce Bringsteen, Santa Ana Knights @ Til Two Club
  • '80s with Junior the Disco Punk @ The Brass Rail
  • Feed Her to the Sharks, Voidlines @ Brick By Brick
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Bob Dylan and His Band, Mavis Staples @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night @ Henry's Pub

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Yukon Blonde]]>
<![CDATA[Grizzly Men]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:31:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06_11_SDTV_SummerSplash_1200x675_703278147940.jpg Grizzly Business talks good looks and good music with Robin Roth. See them at Harrah's with the Mowgli's for our SoundDiego Summer Splash Saturday, June 18.]]> <![CDATA[A History of Violets]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:25:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06_11_SDTV_TheFilthyViolets_1200x675_703276611995.jpg The Filthy Violets' Jesse Lafica talks sibling dynamics and lineup changes. Catch them at the Casbah Saturday, June 18. ]]>