<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 24 Sep 2017 08:58:01 -0700Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:58:01 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[It's a Beautiful Night: U2 Play San Diego]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:59:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/U2+at+Qualcomm+by+Tim+Fears+8.jpg The Irish arena rockers U2 proved again on Friday night why they're one of the best live bands in the world.

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<![CDATA[On 'Plum,' Wand Let It Be]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:50:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Wand+by+Kyle+Thomas.jpg

The wand is a symbol of magic, but it’s not its sole generator. As Cory Hanson suggested in the Wild Magazine, "'a wand is more of an idea, like a magical tool … It’s a means, a vessel to execute a superhuman thing.'"

Hanson’s band Wand have existed for just about four years and already they have four LPs behind them. As if that weren’t already a magically prolific output, he also released a solo album in 2016 and formed part of Ty Segall’s backing band, the Muggers, in support of Segall’s 2016 release.

Hanson’s newest effort with Wand is very simply entitled “Plum.” It’s a title that would seem to deflect rationality in favor of a sound, a moment in time, an act of being -- and that is the magic of the album, which finds its visual correlate in its artwork.

“I just Google searched ‘blue cloud’ and then just used it. I did a little variation of it so we didn’t get sued,” Hanson told me over the phone last month.

“It’s a very concise, very simple psychedelic gesture to just have a single abstraction. That’s a big thing for us as a band that’s been pegged as a historically psychedelic rock band. It felt appropriate to have something as stupidly simple as possible,” he added.

While “Plum” isn’t minimal per se, it does have a meditative simplicity about it. Songs like “The Trap,” “Ginger” and “Blue Cloud” offset the more rock-minded hooks and riffs of “Bee Karma” and “High Rise.” There’s something feathery and light permeating the whole affair -- cloud-like, you might say -- and for the synesthetic among us, it evokes blues and purples seen through a cellophane mist.

As such, “Plum” has somewhat of an East Asian sensibility -- not necessarily encapsulated in the melodies themselves (although occasionally they do veer in that direction), but more in the album’s headspace.

“We were preoccupied with improvisation; we spent most of our time improvising … like [Krautrock pioneers] Can and a lot of Miles Davis records,” Hanson said.

There’s perhaps no better way to be present in a moment than through the improvisation of sound over time, but that’s not to say that the album was devoid of critical and/or editorial thought. In fact, quite the contrary.

Hanson, who studied fine art at the California Institute of the Arts, is well-versed in the practice of critique and criticism even though he might not have studied music itself.

“That definitely had an impact on the way that we write,” he said. “But the way that I play music is the same way that everyone else does -- you look at people like John Coltrane and Miles Davis who had no institutional training and are now institutional backbones.”

What Hanson found important about his institutional study of art wasn’t the practice of craft and technicality, but the fact that “critique classes gave you full permission to be really miserable or ecstatic.”

“And in a band, you really need permission to feel,” he added.

Wand headline Casbah on Sunday, Sept. 24. Get tickets here



Photo Credit: Kyle Thomas]]>
<![CDATA[Three Bands Perfect Ethereal Indie-Pop ]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:10:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/The+Xx+by+Mark+Metcalfe.jpeg

So the hottest ticket in town tonight is the xx, but I mean, who really needs to see a stage shrouded in hazers and fog machines, feel the pulse of the music, press against hundreds of music-starved fans? Actually, I can't make it sound dreadful, I'm just really, really jealous that I wasn't able to score a ticket this time around. It's cool, though. As always, the backup plans are pretty great, too, like Ben Folds at House of Blues, Frankie Rose at Soda Bar and super-buzzy Hundred Waters at the Casbah. If you feel like a night of kayaks or canoes, the Beach Boys play a double-header at Humphreys -- just don't get caught at high tide or you can't squeeze under the bridge.

Saturday, Sept. 23:
  • Hoppy Beer, Happy Life Festival featuring Imagery Machine, Jesse Nova, Mimi Zulu @ Memorial Park, Chula Vista (1-5 p.m.)
  • The xx, Niia @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Ben Folds, Tall Heights @ House of Blues
  • Frankie Rose, Suburban Living @ Soda Bar
  • Hundred Waters, Banoffee @ Casbah 
  • Natalia Lafourcade @ SOMA
  • The Beach Boys @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (5:30 & 8:30)
  • Siavash Ghomayshi @ Balboa Theatre
  • Zoo, Food and Wine Festival @ San Diego Zoo
  • Grown Folk Music with the Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • The Toadies, Local H @ Belly Up  
  • Citizens & Saints, the Sing Team, the Eagle and Child @ Irenic
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Renegades of Rage, Pearl Jammed @ Music Box 
  • Derek Gripper & Debashish Bhattacharya @ Museum of Making Music
  • Soul Works @ Blonde
  • Tramps Like Us, Yellow Claw, Seven Lions, Joyryde, TJR, Cesqeaux, Angelz, Sikdope, Bear Grillz @ Valley View Casino Center (SOLD OUT)
  • Club Sabbat @ The Merrow
  • DJ Claire's Unwind Yourself  @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Dead Sea Horse, Alvino & the Dwells @ Lestat's
  • Decker, Noble War, the Honky's @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • The Benedetti Trio present the Summer of Love 1967 @ Dizzy's
  • Nirvanish, DJ OMZ @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Hot Shot Drifters, Steel City Jug Slammers @ Black Cat Bar 
  • SD Cajun Playboys @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • The Jesse Cantlay Band @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Sending Signals, Punchcard, 20CMS, Tricountry Terror @ Tower Bar (3 p.m. matinee)
  • Rebel Rebel, Squirrelly Arts, Hyperactive Slackers, Horsefly @ Tower Bar
  • Deborah Liv Johnson & Peter Sprague @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Falling Doves, Spice Pistols @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Fools Brew @ Bancroft Bar
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Ryan Griffin @ Moonshine Flats 
  • The Travel Agents @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Garnish That & Hinano Present, PIFA After Party with Jordan T. and Swells Music hosted by the BBQ show @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • SD City Soul Club presents Women of Reggae @ Til-Two Club
  • Tye Fall Kickoff: Ritual Potion, Coast Red, DiVad, Nights Like Thieves, Roman Watchdogs, the Ocean Natives, Beyond My Afterlife, Smarter Than Robots, Hardly Human @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Electric Mud, Max Fite, Electric Church @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Kearny High Class of 1987 @ Tio Leo's
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Julz, Kev Mighty @ El Dorado
  • Wiwek @ Bassmnt
  • Brett Bodley @ FLUXX
  • Soul Work presents Eden, Deep Jesus @ Spin (3 p.m.)
  • TJR, Cesqeaux, Curbi presented by LED @ Spin (10 p.m.)
  • Pat Lok @ Bang Bang
  • Jayceeoh @ Omnia
  • Fluid in Motion, DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Caliber @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Dragon Lounge Presents Monarch Camp Fundraiser @ Kava Lounge

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



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<![CDATA[Musical Chairs at SD Morning Radio]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:22:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic+radio+microphone.jpg

The San Diego morning radio landscape continues to change. On Sept. 12, local Top 40 station Energy 103.7 officially welcomed Tonya Gonzalez and Sean “Sonic” Leckie as co-hosts of the new "Tonya and Sonic" weekday morning show that will air on the station from 6-10 a.m.

The news follows the August departure of "The AJ Show" hosted by AJ Machado from Energy 103.7 to its sister station KyXy 96.5 with a new name "AJ Mornings" and new co-host Sara Perry. It replaced "Jeff and the Showgram."

"AJ Mornings" hosts Sara Perry, left, and AJ Machado"Tonya and Sonic" takes over the prime morning slot on Energy 103.7, and it makes sense: Both Gonzalez and Leckie are definitely no stranger to area radio.

Gonzalez, a San Diego native and Chula Vista High School alum, began her radio career in 2007 at KHTS (93.3FM), working alongside Machado as an assistant producer/co-host of the "The AJ Show" for years.

“I am beyond thrilled to officially kick off something new, something local, something fresh for our listeners here in San Diego with my partner Sonic who I have worked with in many ways in these past 10 years. His fire, his heart and determination is contagious and makes me excited to begin this journey with him. I’ve been one of Energy 103.7FM’s biggest cheerleaders since the beginning and I’m so grateful for this opportunity to do real radio every morning here in my hometown.”

Leckie, a former Gaslamp bartender, began his radio career in 2006 as an intern for "AJ’s Playhouse" on KHTS San Diego, and has worked on and off with Gonzalez for 10 years.

"Tonya and Sonic" hosts Tonya Gonzalez, left, and Sean "Sonic" Lechie“What a radio ride I’m on right now!” said Leckie in a recent Energy 103.7 press release. “I’m proof that if you set goals and put your mind to it, you can do anything ... Thank you to Tonya for believing in me to team up and share the airwaves with her!”

In celebration of the holy radio matrimony, the official launch party will take place at Lair Nightclub (below Parq), Thursday, Sept. 28. Doors open at 10 p.m. with DJ Kyle Flesch in the DJ booth.

“There’s no mistaking the drive and passion Tonya and Sonic have for winning,” says Chris Patyk, the Energy 103.7 program director. “Their chemistry together is undeniable and they know this city and the Energy listeners. We’re excited to bring everyone along for the ride.”

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[PICS: Lil Yachty at the Observatory North Park]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:11:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lil+Yachty+9.18.17+Allyson+Ta+%286%29.jpg Peek a boo: Lil Yachty set sail for the Observatory North Park on Sept. 18

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<![CDATA[U2's Beautiful Day]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:59:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/utwofeuerherd.jpg

In what just might be the music event of the year, U2 is set to take over the newly named SDCCU Stadium tonight. Going back to "The Joshua Tree," this tour is supposed to highlight the best of the band (and hopefully make you forget those years around "Get On Your Boots"). With Beck opening the night, expect some heavy tailgating before the show, a lengthy and celebratory concert, and tons of traffic afterward. Ridesharing isn't so great for such events, your best bet is taking the trolley. For those of us without tickets, we've got some fun ahead, too. I, for one, will be checking out shoegaze legends Swervedriver as they play two of their seminal albums in their entirety at the Casbah. Skylar Spence, formerly known as Saint Pepsi, plays at Space, and Tycho (who dissed our town last time around) returns to the Observatory. Atlas Genius plays House of Blues, Los Amigos Invisibles stop into Music Box, or just hang out with the Fast Crowd at Soda Bar for Sloppy Seconds. It's a good night of music, but plan your transportation and routes wisely. 

Friday, Sept. 22:

  • U2, Beck @ Qualcomm Stadium
  • Swervedriver performing "Raise" and "Mezcal Head," DJ Ian Utero @ Casbah
  • Skylar Spence, Jonah Baseball, Nature's Kid @ Space
  • Queen Nation, Livin' On A Prayer @ Belly Up
  • Tycho, Two Feet @ The Observatory
  • Atlas Genius, Flor, Half The Animal @ House of Blues
  • San Diego Festival of Beer 2017 @ Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier (read the SoundDiego preview here)
  • Los Amigos Invisibles @ Music Box
  • Wintertime, Swaghollywood @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Al Di Meola @ Balboa Theatre
  • 20cms, PunchCard, Roman Watchdogs, SecondHand @ The Merrow
  • Mackenzie Leighton plays Mingus @ Dizzy's
  • Sloppy Seconds, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Sidekick, Tiltwheel @ Soda Bar
  • Volar Records 8th Anniversary @ Whistle Stop
  • Digisaurus @ City Pub
  • Bump! with Bob Dazzla, Shige & guests @ Blonde
  • Effe Emme, the Grinns, the Abstracts, the Hynas, Endo Sol and guest @ SOMA
  • Glory Bound Productions @ Bar Pink
  • Redwoods 66: The Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot @ Panama 66
  • Songwriter Showcase: Jeff Berkley, Gregory Page, Robin Henkel, Rob Deez, Nina Francis, Sven Erik Seaholm, Savannah Philyaw, Courtney Preis, Tony Palkovic, the Brothers Burns @ Java Joe's
  • Andrew McKeag Band, Bread & Butter, Crimson Cavalry @ Black Cat Bar
  • Tiffany Jane & the Kicks @ Park & Rec
  • Beatriz Adriana Con Mariachi @ Sycuan
  • ¡Mayday! Search Party Tour with Demrick, Van Brando, 1 Ton & IFL @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Ryan Griffin @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Glen Meadmore & the Kuntry Band, Dum Cumpsters, New Swears @ Tower Bar
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ De Oro Mine Co
  • No Duh, DJ Ofier @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Leyla McCalla @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Musica en la Plaza: Los Montano @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • In Your Neighborhood with Lou Niles presents Great Electric Quest, Loom @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Bob Fossil, Flight-42 @ The Bancroft
  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Charlie Rae @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • AfterHours in The Office w/DJs Adam Salter & Kid Wonder @ The Office 
  • Bellsaint, Lizzie Waters, Bad & The Ugly @ Lestat's
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • The Reflectors @ Tio Leo's
  • High Tide Society @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Mad Zach, G Jones, and Eprom @ Bassmnt 
  • Supa Fly Friday with DJ Charlie Rockm DJ Kidriz @ El Dorado
  • Current Joys, Celebrity Crush, Los Shadows @ Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center
  • Cazzette, Erick Diaz @ Bang Bang
  • Dash Berlin @ Omnia
  • PillowTalk presented by theDangleZone @ Spin Nightclub
  • Circle of Fifths, DJ Nico @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • DJ Bad @ FLUXX
  • BB and Company @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Royalty Technomancer,  Tripsy, Pro-k, Joe Pea, Will Lavin @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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



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<![CDATA[City Council Approves New Name for Qualcomm Stadium]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:06:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stadium-San-Diego-qualcomm-030316.jpg

That big stadium in Mission Valley that the Chargers used to call home just got a new moniker.

The naming rights for the Q went up for grabs earlier this year when Qualcomm's deal with San Diego lapsed. Fox Sports College Properties then began accepting bids on behalf of the City of San Diego, a process that continued till the start of this month.

On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council voted to accept a $500,000 deal with the San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) that is good through the end of 2018 and will rebrand the facility as SDCCU Stadium.

Under the terms of the deal, San Diego retains 75 percent of the revenue ($375,000), per the sponsorship agreement with Fox Sports Net.

San Diego State University Aztecs football home games will be played at the stadium on Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and 21, and Nov. 18 and 25. The stadium will also be the site for concerts by U2 this Friday and Coldplay on Oct. 8, as well as the SDCCU Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28.

While the stadium offers 70,500 seating capacity, an MTS Trolley stop, a massive parking lot and is situated near major freeways, it's old (opened in 1967) and lacks video board and messaging capability. It has enjoyed former incarnations as San Diego Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium.



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<![CDATA[Photo Recap: 2017 Kaaboo Del Mar ]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:39:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Red+Hot+Chili+Peppers+KAABOO+by+Tim+Fears+5.jpg The 2017 Kaaboo Del Mar music festival is in the bag -- here's our photo recap of the festival, which took place on Sept. 15-17 with Muse, Ice Cube, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a whole lot more.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[A Quiet Start for the 2018 San Diego Music Awards]]> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:06:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Verigolds+SDMA+Acceptance.jpeg

Come March 2018, the San Diego Music Awards will be off and running again with some new submission and nomination criteria in tow. With little fanfare from the San Diego Music Foundation to the music community, the nomination process apparently began in the last week or so.

After last year’s return ushered in some big changes, including new categories, a new venue and some new requirements, the 27th iteration of the awards ceremony continues to look forward.

Two of the most notable changes? Stipulations that band members must live in San Diego County and that an artist up for consideration must perform at least three live shows in San Diego County between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017.

For the past few years, there’s been some grumblings about former San Diegans -- i.e., Andra Day, Little Hurricane -- being nominated for and/or winning awards and leaving current San Diegans empty-handed, which likely led to the new requirements. While the new rules are a step in the right direction for most local bands, it could make it difficult for bands who tour heavily, bands whose members are spread across different cities and bands who might just have San Diego ties. Chalk it up as a win for the little guy?

This year’s entry deadline is midnight on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, and album submissions can be sent to 4876 Mt. Royal Place, San Diego, CA 92117. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number, and take note that albums must consist of at least five songs and at least 25 minutes of music to be eligible. In other words, no EPs. Good luck!

The 2017 awards took place at the House of Blues after a brief hiatus and years of it being a Humphrey’s affair. Despite a small hiccup during the Schizophonics’ set (where Birdy Bardot, aka Emily Reilly, got nailed by smashed-bass guitar debris), the ceremony was a general success.

Ticket information and venue location have yet to be announced for this year, but we’re hoping for another successful year honoring San Diego’s hardest working and most deserving musicians.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. 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[The Schizophonics Experience]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:34:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Schizophonics+Press+Photo+2017.jpg

“Pat Beers is, like, the second coming of Hendrix, man.”

I can’t remember who told me that but I distinctly remember where I was when I heard it. The place: Bar Pink. The band: The Schizophonics. The small, beloved North Park bar was packed, the drinks were stiff and it was sweaty as all get out in the middle of summer. Someone leaned over, shouted that into my ear above the din and I laughed with indignation. Second coming of Hendrix? Sure, buddy.

And then it happened. Pat and Lety Beers (the band's guitarist/vocalist and drummer, respectively), and whoever they had playing bass for them at the time, took the stage and unleashed a barrage of ‘60s-inspired garage rock anthems that had their frontman somehow channeling his inner James Brown while haphazardly flinging his monster-headed Strat guitar around, usually single-handedly.

Sure, there was a lot of wailing and flailing and a general sense that his guitar was going to fly across the bar -- but the lanky dude was actually playing stone-cold licks and legit chord progressions with one hand while singing and jumping around like a maniac. It was, in one word, incredible.

For such a locally celebrated band like the Schizos (who’ve also made a name for themselves touring Europe and the UK; coincidentally, they're over there now), it's strange to think that they've never actually released a proper full-length studio album. For years, we've gotten by with the occasional single or an EP here and there, but at long last, the band's Earthling Studios-recorded debut LP is here, it's titled “Land of the Living" (out now on Sympathy For the Record Industry; order it) -- and if it doesn't make you move, you're probably dead inside.

When it comes to professionally produced music videos though, you'll be hard-pressed to find much out there for the explosive trio, unless you're looking for grainy cellphone snippets with awful audio and bad lighting, and in that case, you'll find the motherlode over on YouTube. 

So while the new video for their new 7-inch A-side, “In Mono” (also out now; buy it here), filmed/edited by San Diego’s resident show-goer/band-knower and musician Otis "O." Barthoulameu, isn’t exactly a Hollywood-scale production, it's a welcome addition to the group's visual catalog and serves a purpose: It features official audio and shows the Schizophonics in their natural onstage habitat -- shaking, dancing, shimmying, spinning, convulsing, and above all else, rocking out.

There'll never be a substitution for witnessing the band live and in person, but at least the dizzying handheld video shot at the Casbah does a good job of making you feel like you're right smack in the middle of the action. In fact, it took me right back years ago to that mid-summer night when I saw them for the first time.

The second coming of Hendrix? More like the arrival of the Schizophonics.

The Schizophonics head out on a West Coast tour with the Wooly Bushmen this fall. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for info.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow 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[PICS: Goo Goo Dolls at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:35:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Goo+Goo+Dolls+9.12.17+Fatima+Kelley+%288%29.jpg A band named Goo: Alt-rock hit-makers Goo Goo Dolls dizzied up SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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<![CDATA[Sarah Rogo Plays the Blues]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:48:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Sarah+Rogo+Press+Photo.jpg

Musicians, let's face it: It's not every day you get to jam with guitar god Joe Bonamassa and Jimmy Vivino onstage. So when local blues singer-songwriter Sarah Rogo did exactly that on Sept. 11 at a small Tarzana club called the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, well, it was kind of a big deal.

"Oh man, it was thrilling!" Rogo told me recently. "It's incredible to be onstage with that talent. Not only do you have Vivino and Bonamassa -- but you have Vivino's killer band behind you. When you are on stage with greatness, you got to lift yourself to that level ... I got to chat with Bonamassa after [the show] about guitars, and my plans for my record. He's a great guy with lots of cool ideas."

Funnily enough, it seems like Rogo wasn't really too phased by it all.

"I always laugh and surprise myself because I get so nervous the week leading up to something like that but when I step onstage, I smile and have so much fun," she said. "I always care about doing a good job but when I step up to the stage, I don't think -- I just have a good time. I put my practice in so I can let it loose on stage."

And that practice has paid off. Rogo, who moved to San Diego about a year and a half ago from Boston (Jan. 1, 2016 to be exact), is enjoying some notable success at the moment: She just inked a record/management deal with Funzalo Records; was nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards; has a "Live at Lestat's West" album coming out on Sept. 22 (and a studio effort in the works); and hit it off with Vivino after getting introduced to the "Conan" band leader at Norm's Rare Guitars in LA. That meeting (set up by her manager/label owner Mike Lembo) led to the aforementioned performance with Bonamassa and Vivino.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's even more in the works for Rogo, but she seems content to be taking it one step at a time -- and in stride, too. When asked if she had any trepidation about signing her first record deal, the 25-year-old took the opportunity to lay out her no-holds-barred outlook on life.

"It's always good to be mindful when signing deals," she admitted but added, "I am lucky to have a great legal professional who knows the business. Signing is about taking a risk. You weigh the pros and cons. I've always figured: Why not leap?"

The avid surfer and current Encinitas resident may be garnering attention for singin' and playin' the blues but surprisingly, the six-string wasn't her first instrument.

"I started up with the saxophone at a young age but then at 14, I figured I needed to learn guitar so I could write better songs," Rogo explained. "I rapidly improved on guitar out of my need for songwriting but continued with rigorous saxophone studies. I played lots of jazz and blues. I was introduced to some great music by my saxophone teacher Jim LaPine. I ended up getting into Berklee College of Music in Boston as a saxophone student but after a year of attending, I met my guitar mentors Paul Rishell and Woody Mann. They play country-blues guitar. It sparked a light in me and a fever for that unique guitar style."

Anyone that's seen her perform can certainly attest to that. 

"There's an honesty and spontaneity about [jazz and blues]," Rogo told me. "I love it because you can't hide. You have to be yourself and if you're not, it sounds square ... It's got to come from the depths."

Sarah Rogo releases "Live at Lestat's West" digitally on Sept. 22, and performs at Carlsbad's Stag & Lion Pub and Grille on Friday, Sept. 30. Stay tuned to her Facebook page for more info.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow 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[Meet and Fleet]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:14:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/fleet+foxes1.jpg

When a band as beloved as Fleet Foxes has a six-year hiatus between their second and third records, it isn't surprising that their return to San Diego sold out in minutes. It's definitely one of the hot tickets in town this week, but if you didn't score 'em, you've still got some great live-music options in town. At the Casbah, the power and grace of the small-statured Zola Jesus will have you in awe, while remix specialist RAC plays Music Box. The Wailers return for another sold-out show at the Belly Up and singer-songwriter Andrew Belle plays Space after recently releasing his latest, "Dive Deep," last month. And, not to be left out, is INVSN -- which features Sweden's Dennis Lyxzén of Refused and the International Noise Conspiracy. It's a lot of options for one night but too many good shows is a good problem to have.

Thursday, Sept. 21:

  • Fleet Foxes, Natalie Prass @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • Zola Jesus, John Wiese @ Casbah
  • RAC, Nvdes @ Music Box
  • The Wailers, the Devastators @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • INVSN, Warsaw @ Soda Bar
  • Andrew Belle, Praytell @ Space
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ The Holding Company 1502
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • The Life of David Bowie @ Blonde
  • Peter Sprague & Rob Schneiderman’s Math Jam @ Dizzy's
  • Spindrift, Sash the Bash, Stephen El Rey @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Lex & the Jewels feat. Julien Cantelm, Louis Valenzuela, Lexi Pulido @ Panama 66
  • Devvlov @ Sycamore Den
  • New Alchemy Poetry Series presents Clifton King, Cindy Rinne followed by Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Mezzanine, Karina Frost & the Banduvloons, Lillian Lefranc @ The Merrow
  • Chin Up, Kid | Morning In May @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Boom Boxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Jerry 'Hot Rod' DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Kim Jackson @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Eric Michael Krop in "I <3 U" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Acid Teeth, Yucks, Bastardsect @ Bancroft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Throwback Thursdays with DJ Abel @ Moonshine Flats
  • Boostive with Abstract  @ Winston's
  • At Both Ends, All Beat Up, Sector 7G, Privileged the Band @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • PB&J Presents with DJs B Rose, Bidi Cobra @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • God Module, Blakk Glass, Finite Automata, Visions in Black @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Mellow Apocalypse @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Treo @ Omnia

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



Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Quicksand at the Belly Up]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:25:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Quicksand+9.11.17+Tim+Fears+%2813%29.jpg Post-hardcore legends Quicksand sunk their teeth into the Belly Up on Monday, Sept. 11.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Sanctuary City]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:19:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Coachella+2014+Day+2+Band+Daytime+%2812%29.jpg

We've made it halfway through the week, so let's make it extra special with some amazing mid-week music. At Humphreys, catch City and Colour with one of our faves, David Bazan. At Casbah, you can get down to local synth-punks Twin Ritual, Music Box hosts a tribute to the Dead with Easy Wind, and the Ramones are honored by Hey! Ho! Let's Go! at Bar Pink. If you're still feeling generous, head to the Merrow for their Together With Texas benefit or West Coast Tavern for their hurricane relief fundraiser. We're inching toward the weekend and have so much to look forward to that tonight is merely a taste of all the delights to cocme.

Wednesday, Sept. 20:

  • City and Colour, David Bazan @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (check out the SoundDiego interview with City and Colour here)
  • Twin Ritual, Subtropics, Bad Vibes @ Casbah
  • Together With Texas: Harvey Relief Benefit/Raffle ft. the High Rolling Loners, Jesse Lee (of the Paragraphs), the Anomaly, Annette Conlon @ The Merrow
  • Easy Wind, El Dorado Slim & the Commodore Hotel Orchestra @ Music Box
  • Hey! Ho! Let's Go! Ramones Tribute @ Bar Pink
  • Z etc., Modern Me and Triptides @ Belly Up
  • Open Oscillator/Electronics Open Mic @ Whistle Stop
  • A Si 2017 U.S. Tour @ Soda Bar
  • SoKO Cannibis Ball @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
  • Stephen Kellogg, Emily Hearn @ Lestat's
  • Venom Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, the Convalescence, Autumn's End, Mythraeum @ Brick By Brick
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Night Ranger @ Sycuan
  • Hurricane Relief Fundraiser @ West Coast Tavern
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Sweet Myths, Cherry Road @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Somos, Uno, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • One, Two, Threee w/DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Monochromacy, Hidhawk, FLOWERS, Hexpressionist, Xavier Ramirez, Resident DJ: Umenos @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek, Cros1 @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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

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<![CDATA[PICS: Green Day at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:53:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Green+Day+AM+%281+of+18%29.jpg Hope you had the time of your life: Punk-rock legends Green Day brought their Revolution Radio tour through Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Sept. 13.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Hard Rock Café in Downtown San Diego to Shutter ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:40:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hard-Rock-Cafe-San-Diego-GM.jpg

Hard Rock Café San Diego – the rock 'n' roll-themed restaurant operating in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter for nearly two decades – will shutter by the year’s end, Hard Rock International confirmed Saturday.

The eatery, located at 801 Fourth Ave., near Westfield Horton Plaza mall and the Balboa and Lyceum theatres, will close its doors on Dec. 31.

Hard Rock International released this statement about the eatery’s immediate destiny: "San Diego is an important market for Hard Rock International, and we are committed to our presence in the market with the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. We are actively exploring other opportunities and expect to bring the café back to the area at the right time and in a new great location."

The music-centric restaurant is known for its menu of burgers and American classics, as well as the extensive collection of rock-and-roll memorabilia that adorns its walls. Some of that swag includes a vintage tank top work by Gwen Stefani on No Doubt’s 1996-1997 “Tragic Kingdom” world tour, and a Gibson Les Paul Joe Perry-model guitar signed by all of the members of Aerosmith.

The eatery opened its downtown San Diego location on July 28, 1998.

Hard Rock International also operates the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, located on Fifth Avenue, about a half-mile away from the café.

Other Hard Rock Café locations in California include Hollywood, University City, and San Francisco.



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<![CDATA[Glass Animals Kingdom]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:37:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/469410456.jpg

The week is only beginning but it's heating up quickly with some amazing shows. Glass Animals have been to San Diego a few times now, and tonight they play a sold-out show at Humphreys. Let's hope the audience can stifle their yaps so people going to hear the music can actually do so for this standing-room-only performance. Meanwhile, it will be a dance party at Observatory when Jamaica's Sean Paul hits the stage, and Les Nubians have been garnering critical praise and will appear at the Belly Up. Finally, Texas rockers This Will Destroy You return to the Casbah, and blues singer-songwriter Samantha Fish will be joined by Jesse LaMonaca at Space.

Tuesday, Sept. 19:

  • Glass Animals, Amber Mark @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • This Will Destroy You, Glassing @ Casbah  
  • Samantha Fish, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels @ Space
  • Prophets and Outlaws, the Lowland Drifters, Wish & the Well @ Soda Bar
  • Les Nubians, Steph Johnson Band @ Belly Up 
  • Sean Paul @ The Observatory
  • Kansas @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Be Mine Phantom Valentine, Sundrop Electric, Sweet Myths @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday with Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • 99 Red Balloons (All '80s/All Ladies) @ Blonde
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • The Devil's Due @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with Rude Creation & Scrap Yard Aces @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Aveona @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Kaaboo 2017 Day 3 with Alanis Morissette, T-Pain, and More]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:35:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/Alannis+Morissette+KAABOO+by+Kristy+Walker+1.jpg This year's Kaaboo Del Mar music festival is in the bag -- here's a photo recap of the festival's third day with Alanis Morissette, T-Pain and more!

Photo Credit: Kristy Walker]]>
<![CDATA[SD Festival of Beer Taps Local Bands for Charity]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:45:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/999Vokab-Kompany.jpg

What's better than sipping an ice cold craft beer? Well, how about helping raise money for the fight against cancer? Luckily, you’ll be able to do both on Friday, Sept. 22, at the 23rd annual San Diego Festival of Beer.

Set to take place at downtown’s scenic Broadway Pier (1000 N. Harbor Drive) from 6-10 p.m., the yearly event is a massive fundraiser organized by the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer, which donates 100 percent of its proceeds to local cancer-fighting charities including the Seany Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital, Cancer Angels of SD and more.

To date, the festival has raised nearly $700,000 -- all of which has been donated back to community nonprofits.

To make it such a success, more than 45 breweries will be donating 100 percent of their product to this year’s festival. Participating breweries include Coronado Brewing Co., Thorn St. Brewery, AleSmith Brewing Company, Fall Brewing Co., Mother Earth Brew Co., Modern Times Beer, Mikkeller Brewing, Mission Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Karl Strauss Brewing Company (among many others). In all, more than 120 craft beers will be offered at the Sept. 22 event.

What good is beer though when you don’t have live music to jam out to while you’re drinking it? SDPAC (which is a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit organization) has tapped two big name local bands to accompany all the suds: Hip-hop/electro-pop/funk group Vokab Kompany and experimental indie-rock band the Verigolds.

They’re excellent choices, too: We've invited both groups to headline SoundDiego LIVE parties over the past couple of years and can say firsthand that they will not disappoint. Vokab Kompany’s busy these days touring the nation and landing songs in Kia commercials and TV shows like “The Today Show” and “Franklin and Bash,” while the Verigolds most recently took home Best Indie/Alternative Album at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards and played Oysterfest this past June.

Beer, bands and a healthy helping of much-needed philanthropy? Doesn’t get much better than that.

Tickets to the 23rd annual San Diego Festival of Beer are on sale now, starting at $50 each. General admission tickets include unlimited 2-oz tastings and the event is 21-and-up. Purchase tickets here.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow 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[Al Howard's Heavy Guilt Hat-Trick at Casbah]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:24:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Heavy+Guilt+by+Kristy+Walker.jpg

There aren't a ton of show options this Monday night, but there are certainly some shows worth your ears. At the Casbah, Al Howard plays his third night in a row, but this time it's with Heavy Guilt, and I couldn't be more glad this band is back on the scene after a far-too-long hiatus. Meanwhile, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki -- described as "gauzy" and "drenched in reverb" by Noisey -- play Blonde, rapper Lil Yachty plays Observatory and Soda Bar presents Underground Lounge. Mondays can be pretty fun if you allow them to be.

Monday, Sept. 18:

  • The Heavy Guilt, Elise Trouw, Aviator Stash @ Casbah 
  • Tashaki Miyaki, Shine a Light, Soft Lions, DJ Jon Blaj @ Blonde
  • Lil Yachty @ Observatory North Park
  • Underground Lounge: Thread the Lariat, the Thieves About @ Soda Bar
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Left Hand Path (all metal, all vinyl, all night) with DJ Handsome Skeleton @ Space
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Devan M @ De Oro Mining Co.
  • Electric Relaxation @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Monday with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Music Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Salsa Dancing @ Tio Leo's
  • Party on a Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Kristy Walker]]>
<![CDATA[Busdriver's Free Black Press Tackles Identity Politics]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:10:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Busdriver+by+Brian+Tamborello.jpg

On Sunday, Sept. 17, LA rap veteran Busdriver and Japanese producer Fumitake Tamura will hold a live reading of their FR/BLCK/PR (Free Black Press) radio podcast at SDSU's Open Air Theatre, opening up for Explosions in the Sky and headliner Future Islands.

Equal bits pirate radio transmissions, avant-garde art pieces, and just plain ol' brilliance, it's described as "seating a crystal clear probe into the largest ills of our time at the helm of music maelstroms born from post-hip-hop, jazz and oratory/writing disciplines."

So how might that sound? Well, the recorded broadcast of episode six is "a one-sided loose conversation about American control and the root genocide at the heart of the Nazi Party" over migrating production. One moment it's bebop swing and the next, nothing but a slow-moving pulse reverberating through hollowed out space.

It's a progressive orbit, not only sonically but also conceptually, as identity politics -- the sort that lead to extremism and precipitated the outbreak of World War Two in Europe -- are framed as an approach molded from U.S. expansionist theory or manifest destiny made new.

But that's just episode six. There are seven in total, and all are available on SoundCloud. Each is full of cerebral workouts that untangle complicated themes by way of informed philosophy, occupying the cultural space between the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Los Angeles beat scene.

It's not for everybody, but that's not the point. If their live interpretation is anywhere near as intriguing as their studio material, concertgoers are in for one hell of an experience.

FR/BLCK/PR open for Future Islands and Explosions in the Sky on Sunday, Sept. 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and tickets are on sale here.

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: Brian Tamborello]]>
<![CDATA[Big Kaaboo Finale With Tom Petty]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:10:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453147940.jpg

The weekend is drawing to a close, but for many of you, you're wrapping up with the third day of Kaaboo. I've been watching all the posts on social media, and it looks like fans are having a blast. Closing out the party are artists like Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Pete Yorn and the big finale with Tom Petty. If you're not at the fairgrounds, hopefully you're planning on catching the intense one-two punch of Future Islands and Explosions in the Sky at the Open Air Theatre. Still, other shows abound, including Gram Rabbit's Jesika Von Rabbit at the Casbah, Face to Face at the House of Blues and multi-talented producer, singer and musician Kanga headlines Blonde Bar.

Sunday, Sept. 17:
  • Kaaboo featuring Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jason Derulo, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Andy Grammer, +Live+, Milky Chance, T-Pain, Pepper, Timeflies, Pete Yorn, Trevor Hall, Fishbonen, the Shadowboxers, Led Zeppelin 2, Moonsville Collective, the Steppin Stones, Cordovas, Mamafesta, Kira Lingman, David Spade, Demetri Martin, Bridget Everett @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Casbah/Live Nation presents Future Islands & Explosions in the Sky @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Jesika Von Rabbit, Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates, Dani Bell & the Tarantist @ Casbah
  • Face to Face, Reverend Horton Heat, Agent Orange @ House of Blues
  • Kanga, Hexa, Le Chateau, Strangers in a Fire DJs @ Blonde
  • The Moves @ Panama 66
  • Suds Social '70s Party with Second Chance @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (12 p.m.)
  • Propaganda, King's Kaleidoscope, Wordsplayed @ The Irenic
  • The Playground: Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • Make Yourself at Home ('90s & modern emo, hardcore & pop-punk) DJs Aaron Green & Dileepa Nowalk @ Space
  • Black Mass, Cave Bastard, Temblad, Stolen Souls @ Soda Bar
  • Alexander Zimmerman @ Lestat's
  • Adeumazal @ Sycamore Den
  • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Maybe Stars: An Evening of Songs and Stories with Bobby Jo Valentine, Randi Driscoll @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Ron & the Reapers (featuring ex-members of the Crawdaddys, the Hitmakers, the Penetrators) @ Tower Bar (4 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Canvas & Cocktails @ Til-Two Club (4-9 p.m.)
  • The Hollow Pointe @ Navajo Live 
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Lanzo (LP release), Gabo @ Kava Lounge
  • The Sunday Groove with the Progessor & Juni @ El Dorado
  • Reggae Sunday with Inna Vision @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Little Dove, Shane Hall, Belladon @ Belly Up
  • B.I.G.@ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Sundown in the Jungle with Mikey Lion, RYBO, Hylas @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[PICS: 2017 San Diego Blues Festival]]> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:28:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/Mavis+Staples+9.9+SD+Blues+Fest+%2810%29.jpg The 2017 San Diego Blues Festival hit Embarcadero Marina Park North on Sept. 9 with good times and incredible performances by Mavis Staples, California Honeydrops, Joe Louis Walker, and more.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Schizophonics Dive Into the Deep End at the Lafayette]]> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:21:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Schizophonics+by+John+Hancock.jpeg

Woo-hoo for Kaaboo. Today's lineup has some great headliners like the woman-power fierceness of Pink, the arena rock of Muse and the weirdness of Jane's Addiction. If you're not heading to Del Mar, however, you should party down in the daytime at the Lafayette for a Casbah hosted pool party with Schizophonics, Creepy Creeps and Creepseed. By evening, the powerful rock of Against Me! will fill the Observatory, the Church play Music Box and Little Richard/James Brown drum star Charles Connor thrills the Museum of Making Music. If you're up for a dance party mixed with politics, head to Casbah at night for the second Rise Up Get Down benefit, which will raise money for progressive political non-profit Raise Progress.

Saturday, Sept. 16:
  • Casbah presents A Pool Party with Schizophonics, Creepy Creeps, DJ Creepseed @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (12 p.m.)
  • Julian Music Festival 2017: Way Back Then, Natale Gelman, Abrakadabra, Gregory Page @ Menghini Winery 
  • KAABOO featuring Pink, Muse, Jane's Addiction, Ice Cube, Logic, Garbage, the Wallflowers, Machine Gun Kelly, the Knocks, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lany, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Lost Kings, the Him, the Tubes, Sam Sparro, Emily Warren, the Stone Foxes, One Drop, Steeviewild, Darenots, Ages and Ages, Armors, Jared & the Mill, Lost Beach, Josh Arbour, Zeal Levin, Sebastian Maniscalo, Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Al Madrigal, Taylor Williamson @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Against Me!, Bleached, the Dirty Nil @ Observatory North Park
  • The Church, Helio Sequence @ Music Box 
  • Rise Up Get Down Fundraiser with DJ Vaughn Avakian, DJ Heather Hardcore, DJ Greyboy, DJ Rob Moran, DJ Lazer Lizeth, Mr. Mazee @ Casbah 
  • Charles Connor: Keep A-Knockin' @ Museum of Making Music
  • Trailduster, Goldettes, Paulo Zappoli & the Break @ Black Cat Bar
  • Neon Beat: the Best & Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Punk Rock Karaoke, Authentic Sellout, Midnight Eagle @ Soda Bar
  • Prince Paul, Norm Rocwell @ Space
  • DSB (Journey Tribute), Best Shot (Pat Benatar Tribute) @ Belly Up  
  • Shawn P Rohlf and friends @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • '80s vs. '90s with Gabe Vega and Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Hot Mustard, the Dirty Pennies, Kitty Plague @ The Merrow
  • Lady Lush @ Blonde
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Whitney Shay & the Hustle @ Panama 66
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (5 p.m.)
  • Custard Pie @ Pour House (10 p.m.)
  • Halfway to Paddies Celebration with the Fooks & DJ Chelu @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Ali Handal, Jesus Gonzalez @ Lestat's
  • Leroy Sanchez, Mario Jose @ House of Blues
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Modern Kicks, Nico Bones, Thunder Roads @ Tower Bar
  • Clint Westwood Band @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Cry Venom, Til Death @ Bancroft Bar
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Stone Cutters San Diego present Simpsons Trivia @ Til-Two Club
  • 9Electric, Quor, Ancient Spell, Killing Tyranny, Lethal Injektion @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business w/ DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • John Rankin @ Helix Brewing
  • Super Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ XP @ U-31
  • Jackie Venson Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Netsky @ Bassmnt
  • Eli & Fur, Klangluenstler @ Bang Bang
  • Cameltones @ Navajo Live 
  • Ginuwine @ FLUXX
  • Eric D-lux @ Omnia
  • DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Thomas Wood @ Kava Lounge
  • Cassie B Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Grand Sonic Theory @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino

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



Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Kaaboom! Chili Peppers, David Guetta, Weezer Perform Friday]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:38:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Guetta.jpg

The three-day San Diego music, arts, comedy and cuisine festival known as Kaboo kicks off Friday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Fairgrounds.

San Diegans who can sneak out of work early will want to start their day with blues rockers Little Hurricane and the alt-county act Trouble in the Wind, a couple of local San Diego bands, as a warmup before taking in headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and David Guetta later in the evening.

After Little Hurry blow you away, grab a bite from one of the dozens of amazing food options for a festival, head back to the Grandview Stage, where you can feel like an all-star checking out Smash Mouth before a larger-than-life set by DJ Diesel -- known to mere mortals as Shaquille O'Neal -- followed by the rapping pop star Kesha.

Three-day passes for the festival are still available ($349), as are two-day options ($249), and you can still pick a single day you want to see songs where the turf meets the surf, for $149. At this point, there are no longer fees for ticket purchase. Be smart, though, and settle on transportation/parking options before you leave hom.

For full set times, tickets, and more information, visit KaabooDelMar.com.

2017 Kaaboo Del Mar daily lineups

Friday, Sept. 15

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Weezer
  • David Guetta
  • Kesha
  • X Ambassadors
  • Michael McDonald
  • DJ Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal)
  • The Magpie Salute
  • Smash Mouth
  • Dave Mason
  • Le Youth
  • The Motet
  • Little Hurricane
  • Kap Slap
  • Martin Jensen
  • Lawrence
  • The Last Internationale
  • Luna Aura
  • Ethan Tucker
  • Tristen
  • Trouble in the Wind

Saturday, Sept. 16

  • Pink
  • Muse
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Ice Cube
  • Logic
  • Garbage
  • The Wallflowers
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • The Knocks
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Lany
  • Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Lost Kings
  • The Him
  • The Tubes
  • Sam Sparro
  • Emily Warren
  • The Stone Foxes
  • One Drop
  • SteevieWild
  • Darenots
  • Ages and Ages
  • Armors
  • Jared & the Mill
  • Lost Beach
  • Josh Arbour
  • Zeal Levin

Sunday, Sept. 17

  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Jason Derulo
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Jackson Browne
  • Andy Grammer
  • Live
  • Milky Chance
  • T-Pain
  • Pepper
  • Timeflies
  • Pete Yorn
  • Trevor Hall
  • Fishbone
  • The Shadowboxers
  • Led Zeppelin 2
  • Moonsville Collective
  • The Steppin Stones
  • Cordovas
  • Mamafesta
  • Kira Lingman

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<![CDATA[What to Do Besides Kaaboo]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:37:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-147458131.jpg

Kaaboo is here, and while hordes of people are going to enjoy the fun, some of us will just have to suck up the FOMO feeling while we find other ways to enjoy live music. Personally, I'll be sad to miss Little Hurricane's return home and Trouble in the Wind on a big stage, but I'll be enjoying the sold-out Cigarettes After Sex show at the Irenic, then perhaps I'll head to Casbah for the genre-defying Hanni El Khatib or maybe some outlaw country with Scott H Biram at Soda Bar. There are plenty of other great options, too, like Black Uhuru at Belly Up, Il Divo at Humphrey's, or The Winehouse Experience at Music Box to celebrate what would've been her 34th birthday. And for a special shout-out, The Down's Family has been a staple of the local scene since the 90s and tonight they celebrate an album release at the Ken Club.

Friday, September 15:

  • Kaaboo: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, David Guetta, Kesha, X Ambassadors, Michael McDonald, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal), the Magpie Salute, Smash Mouth, Dave Mason, Le Youth, the Motet, Little Hurricane, Kap Slap, Martin Jensen, Lawrence, Last Internationale, Luna Aura, Ethan Tucker, Tristen, Trouble in the Wind @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Fairgrounds
  • Cigarettes After Sex @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Hanni El Khatib, Easy, Pinky Pinky @ Casbah
  • Scott H. Biram, Creature & the Woods, Hard Fall Hearts @ Soda Bar
  • Black Uhuru, featuring Duckie Simpson and Andrew Bees, Layne Tadesse @ Belly Up
  • Il Divo @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • Down's Family (album release), the Amandas, Nick Bone & The Big Scene @ Ken Club
  • The Winehouse Experience, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters @ Music Box
  • Christopher Hollyday Quintet, featuring Curtis Taylor @ Dizzy's
  • Fayuca, Mouse Powell, Jackson Price, Irieality @ House of Blues
  • DJs FN1 and Vaughn Avakian @ Space
  • F---ing in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Prince vs. Michael Jackson Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Dayshell, Icarus the Owl, Belle Noire, Our Second Home, In the Night @ SOMA
  • Class Project, with DJ Grimm and Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Panama 66
  • CalPhonics @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Dirty Pennies, Sending Signals @ Black Cat Bar
  • Perturbator, Dance With the Dead, Author & Punisher @ Brick By Brick
  • Harakiri, Condor & Jaybird @ Lestat's
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ House of Blues (free)
  • Highway Starr @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Marauak, Raggabond @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Weezerton, DJ Ofier @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Musica en La Plaza: Region Quertana @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Tzimani, Sociocide, Solar Haze, Call of the Wild @ The Merrow
  • Jet West, Split Finger, Hazmatt @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • DJs EdRoc and Ramsey @ The Office 
  • Trojan Skinhead Reggae Meets Hometown Oldies @ Til-Two Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Robot (Re)pair, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Chagrin @ Tower Bar
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live  
  • Rebecca Jade, Ken Turner and David Owen @ Viejas Casino 
  • JX3 @ Navajo Live
  • Trampa @ Bassmnt 
  • DJs Artistic and Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • Botnek @ Bang Bang
  • Felix Cartal @ Omnia
  • Deejay Al @ Fluxx
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Digital Cocoon @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Waze & Odyssey, Secondcity & Option4 @ Spin
  • PopVinyl, DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 

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



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<![CDATA[New Name Proposed for Qualcomm Stadium]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:19:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stadium-San-Diego-qualcomm-030316.jpg

What used to be the home of San Diego's former NFL team may soon have a new name.

In August, NBC 7 reported the naming rights for what was called "The Q" were up for grabs. 

Fox Sports College Properties accepted bids on behalf of the City of San Diego up until September 1.

San Diego County Credit Union has bid $500,000 for "SDCCU Stadium." 

The San Diego City Council will be asked to accept the deal and rename the stadium at a meeting next Tuesday, according to the docket.

If approved, the city would retain 75 percent of the revenue ($375,000) per the sponsorship agreement with Fox Sports Net.

San Diego State University had hoped to announce the results before its September 16 game against Stanford University.

San Diego State University Aztecs football home games will be played at the stadium on Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and 21, and Nov. 18 and 25.

The stadium is the site for concerts by U2 and Coldplay on Sept. 22 and Oct. 8 respectively. 

The stadium offers 70,500 seating capacity, public transportation on site, massive parking lot and location close to major freeways. However, it's old and lacks video board and messaging capability.



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<![CDATA[Stray Monroe Video Premiere: 'Happy Accidents']]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:37:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/207*120/Stray+Monroe+press+photo2.jpg

For those of us old enough to remember "The Joy of Painting" (or lucky enough to go on a relaxing Netflix binge now that's streaming), one of life’s true nuggets of wisdom came straight from Bob Ross: “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.”

Seems like Point Loma indie-rock quartet Stray Monroe (fka the Hype) has taken the saying to heart. The band’s new single, “Happy Accidents” -- which gets its music video premiere right here on SoundDiego -- has the guys (vocalist/guitarist Blake Imperl, lead guitarist Adam Hakes, drummer Colin Croft, and bassist Brett Kelly) sounding rather wistful over an upbeat Kings of Leon-ish melody and a mournful “Everyone I know / Is slipping away” chorus refrain.

For the young band, who’ve been described as "the Stokes meets Television" by Local 94/9 radio host TJ, the video was a matter of bringing their friends together and telling a story.

“When I was writing the lyrics, I wanted to reflect on the personal struggles that each of us in the band were facing,” according to Imperl. “The song is about growing up and realizing that there is an imminent moment in all of our lives where we will grow distant from many of the childhood friends and memories that we once cherished ... [There is this] notion we are always comparing our own lives to those around us, and feeling like you're falling behind.”

According to Imperl, “Happy Accidents” marks the first single release in a scheduled string of them: "Rather than taking the conventional route of releasing an EP, we plan on putting out a series of singles every month. Not only will this provide constant new material for our listeners, but it will also demonstrate our growth as songwriters."

You’ll be able to catch them -- happy accidents and all -- at the Casbah this Sunday, Sept. 10.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow 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[Blink-182 Boys Are Dogs' Best Friends]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:24:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blink+182+AM+Resized.jpeg

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall two weeks ago, it ravaged everything in its wake -- houses, businesses, infrastucture, people, and their pets. With that in mind, Blink-182 co-frontman/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker decided to lend a helping hand to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) by contributing a song to an album aimed at helping dogs impacted by the hurricane.
“Dog Songs” -- a dog-centric concept album -- was created by Allie Goertz and Casey Boyd to raise money for ASPCA, and were recently on the receiving end of a Hoppus/Barker tune titled “Not Every Dog Goes to Heaven.”
“I became friends with Allie Goertz on Twitter a while ago and she reached out about writing a song dedicated to a dog from a movie or TV show, to benefit the ASPCA via a compilation album,” Hoppus said as he explained his involvement with the dog cause. 
“As a dog lover, I was honored to be asked. I wanted to write an anti-tribute to Dinky, the total bummer of a dog from ['National Lampoon's'] Vacation,' one of my favorite films of all time. Last week, I went into the studio with John Feldmann and we bashed out the guitars, bass, and vocals in a morning. Travis came in that afternoon and absolutely destroyed the drums. It was all finished in a matter of three-four hours. In a matter of days it went from an idea in the back of my head to a song on an album out in the world. It's a fun, energetic track that I'm proud to have included on the album, and it's for a great cause.”
Even though it’s technically pegged as a solo track, the song screams Blink-182. The band's usual pop-punk style of "oh-whoas" and "ah-ah-ahs" are combined with Barker’s complex drumming over frantic guitars.
Lyrically, Hoppus dedicates the song to the dastardly dog character from the film: “All I wanted was a happy family / Then you peed on the picnic basket / Ultimate cockblock.” 
Yup, sounds like Blink-182.

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall two weeks ago, it ravaged everything in its wake -- houses, businesses, infrastucture, people, and even their pets. With that in mind, Blink-182 co-frontman/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker decided to lend a helping hand to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) by contributing a song to an album aimed at helping dogs impacted by the hurricane.

“Dog Songs” -- a dog-centric concept album -- was created by Allie Goertz and Casey Boyd to raise money for ASPCA. Recently, they found themselves on the receiving end of a Hoppus/Barker tune titled “Not Every Dog Goes to Heaven.”

“I became friends with Allie Goertz on Twitter a while ago and she reached out about writing a song dedicated to a dog from a movie or TV show, to benefit the ASPCA via a compilation album,” Hoppus explained in a press release.

“As a dog lover, I was honored to be asked. I wanted to write an anti-tribute to Dinky, the total bummer of a dog from ['National Lampoon's] Vacation,' one of my favorite films of all time. Last week, I went into the studio with John Feldmann and we bashed out the guitars, bass, and vocals in a morning. Travis came in that afternoon and absolutely destroyed the drums. It was all finished in a matter of 3-4 hours. In a matter of days it went from an idea in the back of my head to a song on an album out in the world. It's a fun, energetic track that I'm proud to have included on the album, and it's for a great cause.”

Even though it’s technically pegged as a Hoppus solo track, the song screams Blink-182. The band's usual pop-punk style of "oh-whoas" and "ah-ah-ahs" are combined with Barker’s complex drumming over frantic guitars.

Lyrically, the dastardly dog character from the film gets an epic sendup from the bassist/singer: “All I wanted was a happy family / Then you peed on the picnic basket / Ultimate c---block.” 

Yup, sounds like Blink-182.

To help out and purchase the "Dog Songs" album, go here.

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Back to the Supercave]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:43:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/James+Supercave.jpg

There are some downfalls of the 'gig' economy, but one of the benefits is how many people are available to keep the nightlife of San Diego going every night of the week. If you're one of the lucky ones, you will definitely want to start this weekend early. At the Casbah, catch James Supercave, described by Noisey as music that "rests on the precipice between genres, embracing a brand of psych pop that revels in the abstract." Meanwhile, Boomers and Gen-Xers will "be back in the high life again" as Steve Winwood plays to a sold-out crowd at Humphreys, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers play Music Box, and Peter Case of the Plimsouls plays at Grassroots Oasis. Other notables include together PANGEA at the Irenic, Greensky Bluegrass at the Observatory, and Bar Pink and the Merrow both host fundraisers for Hurricane Harvey victims (read the SoundDiego article about 'em here).

Thursday, Sept. 14:

  • James Supercave, the Seshen, the Palms @ Casbah
  • North Park After Dark @ Various Locations
  • Steve Winwood, the Kenneth Brian Band @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, the Andrew McKeag Band @ Music Box
  • Kaaboo VIP Amplify ft. Barenaked Ladies, the Dan Band @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Peter Case @ Grassroots Oasis
  • together PANGEA, Tall Juan, Daddy Issues @ The Irenic
  • Greensky Bluegrass, Fruition @ The Observatory
  • Hurricane Harvey Benefit with Super Buffet, Mittens, the Kathryn Cloward Band, the Peripherals @ The Merrow (7 p.m.)
  • Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser featuring DJs Strangers in a Fire feat. Brandy, Carrie & Mitch and DJ Davey Quinn @ Bar Pink
  • Leo Kottke @ Belly Up (evening with/seated show)
  • Miklo, Sweet Tooth, Jacob Adam @ Soda Bar
  • AJ Froman, Splavender, Moon Ensemble @ Space
  • Palabra: An Evening of Poetry with Ted Washington @ La Bodega Gallery
  • Gridline, Cold Craft @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Hemlock with Cramps tribute @ Blonde
  • Jerry 'Hot Rod' DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Monarch, Red Wizard, Call of the Wild @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • The Hipsters Live @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (noon)
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat Bar 
  • Dude Cervantes, Jesse Lee Hofbauer (the Paragraphs) @ Sycamore Den
  • Boom Boxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • B-3 Four @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Shoshana Bean in "Shoshana Bean LIVE!" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Throwback Thursday with DJ Abel @ Moonshine Beach
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Fremonts @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Sabor! Cumbie & Raggaeton @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Dr. Bronner's Soap presents: Ecotopiia ONE: An Eco-Party feat. Mimi Zulu & DJ Equanimous @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Elevator Elms, Aviator Stash @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke/Throwback Thursdays  @ 710 Beach Club

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

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<![CDATA[Hirie Society]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:41:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Hirie+9.9+screengrab.PNG

Before her recent Mattress Firm Amphitheatre performance, San Diego Music Award-winner Hirie talks world music, hometown love -- and future plans with 91x Loudspeaker's Tim Pyles.

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<![CDATA[Del Mar Racetrack Announces Fall Concert Series]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:15:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/the+roots8.jpg

With summer making a gradual ramp-down, it's high time for the Bing Crosby Season to kick off at the Del Mar Racetrack! Track officials announced the fourth annual fall concert season lineup on Wednesday -- and you've now got two very big reasons to hit the place where the turf meets the surf!

The Roots, taking a night off their busy "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" schedule, are scheduled to hit the stage on Saturday, Nov. 11 -- while one of San Diego's favorite reggae/dub/rock groups, Iration, cruise through on Saturday, Nov. 18. Talk about a pre-Thanksgiving feast! 

The announcement of the fall shows comes in the wake of a great summer season with acts like Steve Aoki, Slightly Stoopid and others playing for packed crowds.  

First up: The Roots. The hip-hop/funk/R&B group got their start busking on the streets of Philadelphia and helped push the city's renowned neo-soul movement into a worldwide phenomenon. They achieved mainstream success with their 1999 album, "Things Fall Apart," and ever since then, they've collaborated with a who's who of the music industry (John Legend, Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, Patrick Stump, Sufjan Stevens, and Elvis Costello, to name just a few) while releasing acclaimed album after acclaimed album. It all seemed to culminate when they were tapped by Fallon in 2009 to act as the house band for his late-night NBC talk show. The group was last in San Diego in July at the Observatory North Park -- and since they're known for putting on an incredible live show, the track will be the place to be come Nov. 11.

Their fellow November headliners, Iration, rep the West Coast to the Roots' East. Originally formed in 2004 in Isla Vista, California, the band started out playing mostly reggae covers. They released their debut EP, "New Roots," in 2006, and, after building a solid fan base through steady touring, they embarked on their first national tour in 2008 with Pepper. With the release of their sophomore album, 2010's "Time Bomb," Iration topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart -- which is no easy feat! In August of 2016, fans got their hands on their latest album, "Hotting Up." The group has been on a roll, especially in San Diego, where they're festival favorites, and needless to say, their Nov. 18 ticket will be a hot one.

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

Del Mar Racetrack's 2017 Bing Crosby Season:


  • Saturday, Nov. 11: The Roots
  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Iration




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<![CDATA[Orchestral Maneuver]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:50:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/xmanchester+orchestra+%289%29.jpg

I can't say for certain whether the Epicentre was Manchester Orchestra's first show in San Diego, but it was definitely my first time seeing them, and while people might say the sound in that venue wasn't ideal, the drama of their music from the soaring vocals to the whisper quiet moments was pure magic. And while their sound has changed and evolved, it has never lost that tension and drama, making them still one of today's best indie artists. See them tonight at the Observatory. Meanwhile, in South Bay, punk icons Green Day take the stage at Mattress Firm, in Shelter Island the magnificent storytellers of Indigo Girls play Humphreys, and Oakland electro-pop duo Lovemakers play the Casbah

Wednesday, Sept. 13:

  • Manchester Orchestra, Tigers Jaw, Foxing @ The Observatory
  • Green Day, Catfish & the Bottlemen @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Indigo Girls, Amythyst Kiah @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Lovemakers; Hi Scores; Pretty, Handsome @ Casbah
  • One, Two, Threee w/DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Ásgeir, Ethan Gruska @ Belly Up
  • MC Lars, Big O, Digital Lizards Of Doom @ Soda Bar
  • Mariel, Post Attraction, Z Etc. @ The Merrow
  • Shock! '80s New Wave @ Bar Pink
  • Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Carlie Welling, Kate Mills, Kacey Williams @ Lestat's
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • 52nd St. @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Dance Klassique @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Thea Tochihara @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: , DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's 
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Yes Lawd!! @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Touchy Feeely with Mike Delgado & Friends @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Youandme (Berlin, Germany), Poker Flat Recordings, Cocoon Rotary Cocktail Recordings, Nervous Records, DrumPoet Community, Sheng Who? (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Best kept Secret @ Kava Lounge

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



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<![CDATA[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Blink+182+AM+%281+of+41%29.jpg Is San Diego the pop-punk capital of the world? From Blink-182 to Pierce the Veil and more, America's Finest City runs the gamut of generation-defining bands that flirt with the genre.

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<![CDATA[X Ambassadors Kick off Kaaboo This Weekend]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:01:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/BBBBBBBBBBB.jpg

With Kaaboo 2017 right around the corner, the alt-rockers of X Ambassadors are set to play the main stage on the first night of the third annual three-day music and arts festival in Del Mar. 

X Ambassadors, whose sound reminds some of Imagine Dragons and Awolnation, exploded in 2015 after they dropped the album "VHS" and its hit single "Renegades." Lead singer Sam Harris and his brother Casey formed the band back in 2009 in their hometown of Ithaca, New York. When I spoke with Sam over the phone before their scheduled Friday performance on Kaaboo's Sunset Cliffs stage, the frontman reminisced about his hometown.

"Now, more than ever, it has an incredible DIY scene," Harris said about Ithaca. "When we were kids, there wasn't much of a scene, but we made the best of what was there and pretty much played every venue in town. It's an incredibly artistic and amazing diverse community ... You know, we're lucky to have grown up there. It's a community that encourages the arts."

These days, the band has outgrown most venues in their hometown (though they return later this month for the X Ambassadors-curated Cayuga Sound Festival featuring the Roots, K.Flay, and others). Unlike some young bands who've tasted success, you won’t find any desk jobs or carpentry work waiting back home for anybody in the band, whose success "literally takes up 100 percent of everyone's time all the time, and we’re very lucky to be able to make a career out of it," Sam told me.

Sharing the stage with Weezer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Friday night, I asked Harris if there were any bands he was looking forward to seeing at Kaaboo. I mentioned Smash Mouth, DJ Diesel, Alanis Morissette and RHCP. He got particularly excited when I mentioned the legendary SoCal rock-funk band.

"The Chili Peppers are an incredible band," Sam said. "They were always one of my favorite bands while growing up."

You can see X Ambassadors, along with RHCP and dozens of other bands this weekend at Kaaboo, starting on Friday night. Festival passes are still available.

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[Ottmar Liebert's San Diego Club]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/246*120/ottmarliebert.jpg

There are many artists who have made their tours a routine -- and that is definitely not a complaint, just an observation -- and for artists with such a legacy like Ottmar Liebert, we're happy to see him when he comes through town every year or so. Tonight, he's with his backing band Luna Negra and playing the Music Box, where the acoustics should make you close your eyes and get carried away to his music. Meanwhile, the Casbah welcomes Boston pop band the Night Game, the Goo Goo Dolls play SDSU's Open Air Theatre, Jersey indie-rock newcomers Dryjacket play Soda Bar, and Canadian hardcore band No Warning plays a rare mid-week show at SOMA.  

Tuesday, Sept. 12:

  • An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra @ Music Box
  • The Night Game, Nightly, Well Well Well @ Casbah  
  • Goo Goo Dolls, Phillip Phillips @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU (Read the SoundDiego interview with the Goo Goo Dolls here)
  • Dryjacket, Sundressed, Lost Dakota @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • No Warning, Backtrack, Twitching Tongues, Higher Power, Vein @ SOMA
  • The Aura & Ovation, Three Chamber Heart, W.E.T. @ The Merrow
  • Kill Quanti presents Silver & Gold @ Blonde
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Amsterdam, the Rookies, No Sympathy @ Tower Bar
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Sketch Party/Videodrome 2 Year Anniversary @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Indica Roots @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[Jason Mraz Catches His Rocket Home to Spreckels]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:34:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/476701601.jpg

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of his debut album, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," Jason Mraz will perform a special homecoming show at Spreckels Theatre, where he filmed parts of the music video for "The Remedy." 

The event, billed as Music Candor Banter, is slated to be a night of hits, reinterpretations and storytelling from the multi-Grammy Award-winning folk-pop artist.

Since getting his start in San Diego coffeehouses in the early '00s, Mraz has won many prestigious awards, sold out arenas and amphitheatres and even dabbled in some philanthropy as well (demonstrated by his charity, the Jason Mraz Foundation, which is committed to arts education and the advancement of equality).

It's been quite a while since Mraz has given a major San Diego performance, with his last hometown show occurring in 2014 at the Civic Theatre. 

"Performing is both a joy and a challenge,” said Mraz. “San Diego has been very receptive and kind to my unrated experimentation and evolution."

One thing's for sure come mid-October -- he's all yours.

Jason Mraz headlines Spreckels Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 14. Tickets are available starting Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. here. 



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<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:25:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bono-U2.jpg Give it up for the classics this fall and winter. From U2 to Beach Boys, these upcoming concerts are sure to stir up some nostalgia.

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<![CDATA[Quicksand's New Album Ends 22-Year Drought]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:12:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Quicksand+by+Atiba+Johnson.png

Much of my free time in high school was spent in hot basements and garages listening to hardcore bands scream their angst into cheap microphones as we thrashed around in the limited space, dripping in sweat. If we weren't seeing bands live, we were listening to tapes and CDs of bands like Quicksand. I listened to "Slip" so much that my cassette snapped. Tonight, 27 years after forming, the band plays Belly Up, and I'm kind of guessing it is going to feel like a high school reunion. Around town, local blues singer Danielle Nicole plays Soda Bar, Sacramento's Lost Things play the Merrow and black metal band Infinite Death play at Til-Two Club.

Monday, Sept. 11:

  • Quicksand, No Joy @ Belly Up
  • Danielle Nicole, Kimmi Bitter, the Night Howls @ Soda Bar
  • Lost Things, Elk Grove, Avenue Army, Mainsail @ The Merrow
  • DJ Thug Wave @ Bar Pink
  • Infinite Death, Dead Asylum, Mystic Ritual (members of Ruines ov Abaddon), Mortar @ Til-Two Club
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Neil Diamond vs. Tom Jones Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Arkaik, Alterbeast, Inanimate Existence, Beheading the King @ Brick by Brick
  • The Reflex New Wave Dance Party @ Office Bar 
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Elk Grove and Lost Things @ Public Square Coffee House
  • El Dorado Slim @ Navajo Live
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Kenny Eng, Rob Deez @ De Oro Mining Co.
  • Electric Relaxation @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Monday with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on a Monday @ U-31

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



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<![CDATA[A Weird Night With Frankie Rose]]> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 13:51:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Frankie+Rose+Press+Photo.jpg

Frankie Rose was having a hard time sleeping when she moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. In an attempt to ease her anxiety, she started listening to a lot of Art Bell’s radio show “Midnight in the Desert,” which is a prime late-night source for the paranormal and the conspiratorial.

Rose’s latest album, “Cage Tropical,” is brimming with the otherworldly -- so much so that her music video for single “Trouble” is a geometrical time-warp of an infomercial for a UFO sighting hotline (which is 575-347-1388, by the way) based out of Roswell, New Mexico.

“Every record I make is sort of a time capsule of what’s going on when I’m making it. It’s a weird snapshot or view of what’s happening,” Rose told me over the phone last month.

Although she grew up in Los Angeles, she moved to San Francisco for 10 years and then New York after that, but she still found herself trying to outrun the trouble in her heart. So, she moved back to Los Angeles where she wrote her new record -- but that lasted only 18 months.

“Southern California has never been for me. I’m more of an East Coast kind of gal … But I think it’s easy for people to say, ‘I’m gonna change my external circumstances and that will change my internal circumstances.’ The whole album is kind of about that,” Rose said before complimenting my “SoCal accent.”

Listen to "Cage Tropical," Rose's jangling, buzzing new album below.

Earlier in her career, Rose was part of Kristin Welchez’s (a fellow SoCal-turned-Brooklynite musician) Dum Dum Girls. They met back during MySpace’s glory days when “you just looked at other people who were in your network.”

“I found her music on MySpace; she was very mysterious and had a picture who wasn’t her. I was just like, ‘I’d love to play drums for you,’” Rose explained regarding the origin of hers and Welchez’s collaborative relationship.

These days, Welchez’s in Mexico City with husband and Crocodiles frontman Brandon Welchez, and Rose is preoccupied with her own projects. While she has yet to have paranormal experiences herself, she has a few friends who have seen UFOs. So, she’s taking her interest in the subject to the next level with the launching of a podcast called “Weird Night With Juan & Frankie” that will focus on the connection between music and the paranormal.

She'll make a believer out of you yet.

Frankie Rose plays Soda Bar on Saturday, Sept. 23. Get tickets here.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. 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[Watch Thea Pirouette Into the Spotlight]]> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:19:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDTV_Spotlight_Thea.jpg

For her solo project Thea, Cameo Kid's Thea Tochihara lets the music speak for itself. She plays the Holding Company on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Sept. 10-16]]> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:24:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mary+J+Blige+Concert+Stage_24249211.jpg

From Mary J. Blige to Quicksand, Manchester Orchestra to Kaaboo and some mega shows from our friends at Live Nation, our end of summer Set List has it all.

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<![CDATA[The Slants Trade Supreme Court for Dive Bar]]> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 10:48:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/the-slants.jpg

The Slants initiated an important discussion: Can you trademark a name that some consider offensive and a racial slur? The battle went on for eight years and ended up at the Supreme Court, who finally ruled this summer that forbidding the slur in the trademark was infringing upon the band's first amendment right to free speech. The all Asian-American band received tons of press over the issue, but it is possible the battle overshadowed the band itself -- so the music, at least on a mass scale, has stayed under the radar, which is still good for all of us because we can catch the dance rock band in an intimate venue like Soda Bar. Around town, Point Loma locals Stray Monroe play the Casbah, the Big Decisions play Sycamore Den,  Belly Up hosts a Pink Floyd experience with Infinite Floyd and beloved San Diegans Common Sense come out of retirement for a show at Beach House Bar & Grill in Pacific Beach.

Sunday, Sept. 10:
  • Old Poway Park Train Festival 2017 featuring Nena Anderson, Fanny & the Atta Boys, Shawn Rohlf & the 7th Day Buskers, Enter the Blue Sky, Johnny Hi-Hat & the Melody Makers @ Old Poway Park
  • Brazilian Day San Diego @ Belmont Park 
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The Slants, L1ght Ra1L, Astro Tan @ Soda Bar
  • Infinite Floyd: A Pink Floyd Experience @ Belly Up
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • George Benson, Kenny G @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Theatre of Hate, Bell Tower Bats, Blood Ponies @ Space
  • Finnegan Blue @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows
  • House Party with Common Sense @ Beach House Bar & Grill PB
  • Stray Monroe, Private Lives, Andora @ Casbah
  • Acquiring the Taste: Prog Rock/Art Rock @ Whistle Stop 
  • Pulsar 107.3 presents Farruko, Lary Over @ House of Blues
  • The Playground: Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • Aristotle Georgio Memorial Tribute @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Golden Bough @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • The Larb presents: OB Sunday Summons with Death Eyes, Grids, Bleeder, Kelp Forest @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 99 Red Balloons (all '80s, all Ladies) @ Blonde
  • EDX presented by LED @ Spin
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Radio Depth Charge @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Underworld: Gothic/Industrial @ Navajo Live 
  • Bumpasonic @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Church @ A/C Lounge
  • Croatia Squad, Nora en Pure, EDX @ Spin
  • Cheap Date Night @ 710 Beach Club (7-10 p.m.)
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[City and Colour Navigate Natural Phenomena]]> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:59:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/City+and+Colour+Press+Photo.jpg

Typically, when I'm about to interview a musician, I've got a number of prepared questions to ask them -- but when the news of the day is unavoidable (Hurricane Harvey, in this case), conversations tend to turn topical.

It so happens that City and Colour (the moniker of singer/songwriter Dallas Green and his band) had just played Dallas (the actual city in Texas) and were scheduled to head to San Antonio, Houston and Austin right when Harvey was touching down. Of course, they had to cancel those shows.

"It's a shame and a terrible thing to watch," Green told me one recent morning over the phone. "It's strange the timing, 'cause we were there. We were in Dallas and I can't imagine what it would've been like. It just felt like there was no need for us to go down there [to Houston] and get in the way while people were trying to get out ... We're gonna try to wait and see once everything settles down and they start working on getting themselves back on two feet, then we'll figure out some way to go back and do some benefit shows or something. Just try to make some sort of positive out of such a terrible situation."

That part of the tour also happened to coincide with the much-ballyhooed solar eclipse. The band (which consists of bassist Jack Lawrence, guitarist Dante Schwebel, drummer Doug MacGregor and keyboardist Matt Kelly) tweeted a photo of themselves checking out the cosmic event in Kansas City. But did it live up to the hype?

"Well, it did and didn't. It was a whole big thing for eight seconds ... of dark," Green chuckled. As it turns out, it might've heralded a series of natural disasters.

"Later on that night, in Kansas City, it started raining, and there was crazy flooding," he said, "and when we woke up the next day, we looked it up and there was a record-breaking flood in Kansas City. And then a week later, the hurricane comes through Texas. It's like, wow, I don't know if this all has to do with the eclipse -- but somebody is pissed off somewhere."

Angry gods aside, Green and the rest of his band seem to be on a roll. They've been playing together for a few years now (recording his 2013 album "The Hurry and the Harm" and its 2015 follow-up "If I Should Go Before You"), and the frontman -- who, after the disbandment of his previous post-hardcore band Alexisonfire in 2011, had grown accustomed to performing solo acoustic sets -- is enjoying the camaraderie of his motley crew.

"The whole band's so talented," he effused. "I'm really lucky. We all just kind of met each other because of the music and five years later, we're all kind of inseparable. It's really nice how it worked out in that way. I think that kind of helps us play together, too -- the fact that we get along as well."

They get along so well, in fact, that it's changed the way Green wrote and recorded his last record. What used to be mostly solo efforts (from writing to demoing and pre-production, and then to recording) are now collaborative projects that have made the entire process leaner and meaner. Well, maybe not meaner.

"This last record...I think I made the simplest demos I've ever made because I knew I had this group of dudes that I knew I could rely on," Green explained. "I made really rudimentary demos and we set up in my living room and demo'd them further as a band so it quickened the process a lot too for myself, as opposed to me trying to play the drums, and then play guitar over it and then bass over that -- it was like 'OK Doug, this is the beat I'm thinking of, or the tempo I'm thinking of' and then go with that same idea to everyone else. We'd build it together.

"When we took it to the studio, it was more of the same kind of thing," he continued. "It just evolved into the final product. I like to give everybody their own personal freedom; obviously there are constraints where I see the song going as far as me being the principle songwriter or whatever, but I'm not gonna tell Matt how to play the pedal steel because I don't know how to play one."

Green no longer has to navigate the age-old conundrum of lone wolves who have to resort to hiring musicians to help them perform their music live. Are these hired guns passionate about the music? Are they simply collecting a paycheck? It seems like it'd be a difficult process.

"That's a hard thing to find when you're trying to find people to play your songs," the singer/songwriter admits. "You want them to play for the song, not necessarily just for themselves, but you also want them to enjoy playing for the song. There's a fine line that you have to try to teeter along but I think these guys really understand what I'm going for and what I'm looking for as far as accompaniment."

Green seems pretty enthusiastic about being on the road with this group of guys -- each night affording the band the opportunity to re-interpret songs in new ways.

"The thing with recorded music is: You're writing these songs and you're recording them but that's just a moment in time. Then if you go out and play them on the road and play them every night, things are going to present themselves that maybe weren't there when you first recorded it. Maybe you find a key that's a little better or more comfortable to play in, or a guitar pedal that you didn't have before or didn't know about. To me, that's what touring is all about: Trying to find new life in an old song."

The angel-voiced singer laughed meekly at that last bit before adding, "That probably sounds too romantic -- but oh well."

City and Colour perform at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay on Sept. 20, with David Bazan opening. Tickets are currently available here and start at $39.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow 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[PICS: OneRepublic, Fitz & the Tantrums at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre]]> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:56:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/OneRepublic+9.1.17+Fatima+Kelley+%285%29.jpg Good life: OneRepublic and Fitz & the Tantrums popped off at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Friday, Sept. 1.

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<![CDATA[Indie Jam Rolls Out Portugal. The Man, Misterwives ]]> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:24:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Portugal+the+Man+by+Connie+Bolger.jpeg

Sometimes, it can be hard to see such misery in the news -- hurricanes and earthquakes and evacuations -- and not feel a bit of guilt that things are pretty good in San Diego right now. Today in Oceanside, Indie Jam hosts a bevy of alt-rock and indie artists like Portugal. The Man, Misterwives, Sir Sly and more that are sure to make for a great night. Meanwhile, the San Diego Blues Fest is at the Embarcadero headlined by legend Mavis Staples. South Bay celebrates Pride by the bay, Big Bloom and the Loons get garagey at Casbah and Music Box hosts a benefit for Houston with Frankie J, B-Side Players and more. Both the Verite show at Soda Bar and Vallis Alps show at Space are nearly sold out, so you might want to get tickets online in advance if you still can.

Saturday, Sept. 9:
  • FM 949 Indie Jam featuring Portugal. The Man, Misterwives, Sir Sly, Dreamers, Magic Giant, the Wrecks @ Junior Seau Amphitheatre, Oceanside Pier
  • San Diego Blues 2017 featuring Mavis Staples, California Honeydrops, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estin & the Nightcats, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Aki Kumar @ Embarcadero Marina Park North
  • South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival @ Bayside Park, Chula Vista
  • Big Bloom, the Loons, Dark Thirty, Gloomsday @ Casbah 
  • San Diego for Houston: A Benefit Show featuring Frankie J, B-Side Players @ Music Box
  • Vallis Alps, Vakoum @ Space
  • Santee Bluegrass Festival 2017 @ 10601 North Magnolia Ave., Santee (SOLD OUT)
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Verite, Tigertown @ Soda Bar
  • River City "The Hemingway" EP Release, Scottie Chandler @ Lestat's
  • Montalban Quintet @ Panama 66
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop 
  • Corbin & Shlohmo, D33J @ Observatory North Park
  • Grampadrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Local Brews Local Grooves featuring Almost Monday, Jessica Lerner Band, Matthew Haynie, Miklo, Plane Without a Pilot, Serenade & Strum, Sons of Eden, Stephanie Love, the Dirty Puppets, the Montell Jordans, the New Addiction, the Night Howls @ House of Blues San Diego
  • The Aquadolls, Blivet, Cardboard Boxer, Beach Bums, Be All, End All, Fashion Jackson @ Soma
  • Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, Russell Dickerson @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 
  • Coast Red, Duping the Public, Hawk Auburn, Cameron Royce & the Lizards @ The Merrow
  • Harvard Bass & the Homies @ Belly Up  
  • Tanlines Swim Party featuring Zebrahead @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows
  • The MilkCrates Rock and Soul DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • The Nightengayles @ Pour House (5 p.m.)
  • The Tighten Ups @ Pour House 
  • The Shakes, Weasel Dust, DJ Mancat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • An Evening with Billy Galewood@ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Salsa Sabado @ Fair@44, Fairmont/44th & El Cajon Blvd.
  • Tiffany Jane & the Kicks @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Whining Pussys, Batlords, Ghost Town Gamblers @ Tower Bar
  • The Broken Stems @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Dan Navarro @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Step Dads, Meat Creature, Deep Yogurt @ Bancroft Bar
  • Dethserf, AK, Scarecrow @ Black Cat Bar 
  • Lucas Hoge @ Moonshine Flats 
  • The Vibrators, Slab City, Slaughter Boys, Dead on the Wire @ Til-Two Club
  • A Benefit Honoring the Heroes of Flight 93 & the US Armed Forces featuring 1001, Kill Your Name, Godhammered, Throw Logic @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Lads Holiday, Steal Away @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Bacon @ U-31
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Coone @ Bassmnt
  • Rising Star, DJ Miss Dust @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Circle Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Tay James @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Soul Punch with Gordan Davis @ A/C Lounge
  • Kyle Flesch @ FLUXX
  • Serious Guise @ Navajo Live 
  • Nelly @ Parq
  • DJ Savi @ Omnia
  • Skellism @ Bassmnt
  • Angelz, Hotfire @ Bang Bang
  • Soul Work presents Cookies & Milk @ Kava Lounge
  • Progress: Two-Year Anniversary featuring Olivier Giacomotto @ Spin

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



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<![CDATA[Goo Goo Dolls Give Back]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:07:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/photo-credit-bob-mussel-extralarge_1456169367109.jpg

I recently asked a friend of mine what he knew about the Goo Goo Dolls.

“They’re hot!” he said. “They have that one song with Snoop Dogg.”

As he'd apparently confused them with the Pussycat Dolls, I started singing the chorus to the band's huge 1998 hit “Iris” and he immediately knew who I was talking about.

Ahead of Goo Goo Dolls' show at SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Sept. 12, I spoke with band frontman John Rzeznik over the phone. Currently nearing the end of a summer-long tour, he understandably sounded a bit tired -- but remained upbeat and seemed excited for the last leg of the tour.

“It’s been a long summer,” he said, “but we have a great band and I think the shows are getting better and better. Once you hit that stage, that’s what it’s about.”

With 30 years of touring and recording under his belt, I asked if there was ever a point that the 51-year-old Rzeznik wanted to throw in the towel?

“There was a point early on, about eight years into my career, where we weren’t making any money and it felt like we were getting nowhere,” the singer/guitarist told me. “It wasn’t until we released our fourth album ['Superstar Car Wash'] that we started making a lot of progress.”

Goo Goo Dolls are known for taking over pop-rock radio stations throughout the years, but they’re also known for their charitable endeavors that have benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Blessings in a Backpack, and USA Harvest (to name a few). So it’s no surprise that they're turning their Sept. 7 show at Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion into a charity event.

“When [Hurricane Harvey] came along, they were saying, ‘The show in Houston is canceled,’ but then it was put back on and we turned it into a benefit concert -- we had to help out the people, you know? It’s a free show for the first responders and 100 percent of merch sales goes toward the victims of Houston.”

After a long tour is over with, Rzeznik says he feels unemployed. What does a highly successful “unemployed” musician do with his off time?

“You know, I have two years of live recordings on a hard drive. I’m going to go through all the files and compile a live record, then I’ll get to writing some more music.”

Goo Goo Dolls headline SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Sept. 12, with Phillip Phillips opening. Tickets are available here.

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[PICS: Cheap Trick at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:11:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Cheap+Trick+8.29.17+Alex+Matthews+%2812%29.jpg Some epic rock & roll trickery was afoot when Cheap Trick hit Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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<![CDATA[Villainous Lair]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:37:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vaud.jpg

If you're looking for some really old-timey good times -- like, Prohibition-era fun -- head to the Belly Up where the 15-20-piece Vaud and the Villains return with their over-the-top throwback New Orleans musical. At the Casbah, Marshall Crenshaw has been making music for nearly 40 years while Los Straitjackets have been producing music for nearly 30; see 'em together. Across town, Tim Pyles is booking some all-ages shows at Public Square Coffee House and tonight's has Big Bad Buffalo headlining. Electronic artist Troyboi plays at the Observatory, Jackson Hole rock band Wyo plays at Music Box, Sights and Sages play a Harvey relief benefit at the Merrow, and the Shivas re-emerge from Portland with a show at Soda Bar.

Friday, Sept. 8:

  • Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets, RJ Bloke @ Casbah
  • Together With Texas: A Harvey Relief Benefit with Sights & Sages, Noble War, Fashion Jackson, Daytrip @ The Merrow (read the SoundDiego show preview here)
  • Vaud and the Villains, Sister Speak @ Belly Up
  • Locally Grown with Big Bad Buffalo, Ignant Benches, Roode @ Public Square Coffee House
  • Troyboi, Meaux Green, Slumberjack @ The Observatory North Park
  • Wyo, Band of Gringos, Elektric Voodoo @ Music Box
  • The Shivas, Creepseed, Sixes @ Soda Bar
  • Death by Dancing with DJ Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Castle, Archons, Beira @ Tower Bar
  • "Tron"-themed Dance Party: '80s + New Wave @ Blonde
  • DJ Vaughn Avakian @ Bar Pink
  • Tiffany Jane & the Kicks @ Panama 66
  • The Paul Combs Quintet plays the lost music of Tadd Dameron @ Dizzy's
  • Everything Undone, Amaya Lights, Natural Disaster @ Lestat's
  • Stallion, Bosswitch, Super Buffet @ Black Cat Bar
  • Symbolic, Sight Unscene, A Hero Within, Alien Satan @ Brick By Brick
  • Lucas Hoge @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Brandon Ray @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Mojo Jackson @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, Dani Bell, DJ OMZ @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Musica en la Plaza: Potro Norteno @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Projekt X @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Joe Wood @ Pour House (5 p.m.)
  • The MandoShanks, No Knock Raid, the Yucks @ The Salty Frog
  • Haleamano, Shocks of Mighty @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • AfterHours in the Office with DJs Adam Salter & Kid Wonder @ The Office 
  • The Grannies, the Beautmonts, Homeless Sexuals @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • DJ Havoc @ U-31
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Mission From God @ Navajo Live 
  • La Jolla Athenaeum Fiesta! on Wall Street Gala @ La Jolla Athenaeum 
  • Crankdat @ Bassmnt 
  • Circle of Fifths, DJ Autumn @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • The Myx @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Hot Cakes with DJs Mister Hek & LoveSiene @ El Dorado
  • The Vision of Childhood Foundation Presents Concert with a Vision feat. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Band @ Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
  • Neva @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • DJ Kaos @ FLUXX
  • Bruno Martini @ Bang Bang
  • Chicago Fridays @ 710 Beach Club (7-10 p.m.)
  • Illenium, DJ Beatnick @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • House Music Fridays @ A/C Lounge
  • United By Bass Presents: Max Chapman @ Spin
  • Divine Species @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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



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