<![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-usTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:34:00 -0700Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:34:00 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Live Nation's $20 Ticket Sale Hits SD Shows]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:44:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/%28TRAN%29+One+Republic-4.jpg

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

For San Diego, that means we’ve got a bounty of hotly anticipated concerts on the horizon that you can now snag seats for -- at a fraction of the price it would’ve cost you otherwise. 

From Tuesday, May 2 (at 8 a.m. PST) through Tuesday, May 9, some of the most in-demand stops at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre and SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre will have their individual ticket prices slashed to just one Andrew Jackson-clad bill.

AT&T is also getting in on the action by giving its customers front-of-the-line access to a priority presale beginning Monday, May 1 at 10 a.m. PST. If you're an AT&T patron, go here for complete presale details.

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

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Little Dragon at the Observatory North Park]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:41:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Little+Dragon+4.16.17+Allyson+Ta+%2818%29.jpg Swedish trip-hop/dream-pop group Little Dragon roared through the Observatory North Park on April 16, with acclaimed DJ/producer Sasha Marie opening.

Photo Credit: Allyson Ta]]>
<![CDATA[Spirit of '75]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:27:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+1975+by+Fatima+Kelley.jpeg

Everybody has different standards and ideas of what it means for a band to have "made it." Various stages of success are standard...national club tour, selling out larger rooms, playing theaters, being invited to festivals, getting radio airplay are all some markers. But one I always think is when other bands categorize their music as sounding like yours. These days, if a band "sounds like the 1975," you probably want to check them out, but if you're lucky, you can actually see the 1975 tonight at SDSU's Open Air Theatre. Meanwhile, the Belly Up hosts a second night with Jamtown, the Fresh Brunettes bring girl power to the Casbah, and experimental music collective Wrekmeister Harmonies plays at Space. If you're feeling a little bit country, the Stagecoach preview hits the Observatory with Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, and Brent Cobb.

Tuesday, April 25:

  • The 1975 @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Jamtown (Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter, and G. Love) @ Belly Up 
  • The Fresh Brunettes, Sights and Sages, Stray Monroe @ Casbah
  • Wrekmeister Harmonies, ANA @ Space 
  • Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Brent Cobb @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Kawehi, Zoya @ Soda Bar
  • Livingmore, Nite Lapse, Bird Bath & Los Shadows @ Blonde
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • The Candelights, Martian Cult, Imagery Machine, Grim Slippers @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with the Tape Heads @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Thollem, Helixhand, Dead Lion @ San Diego Art Institute 
  • Lyrical Exchange @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • "The Full Monty" @ SDSU Musical Theater
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House Oceanside 
  • Lauren Leigh and Sam @ Tin Roof 
  • Asphyx @ Brick By Brick
  • Electricity @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • "Meeting of the Meyends" with Casmalia, Pleasuremaker, Will Lavin, Huggapuppy @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer, Suesday Swing Night @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Symphonic Frequencies @ Kava Lounge
  • Electric Mud @ 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: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Tiger Army at Observatory North Park]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:44:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tiger+Army+by+Connie+Bolger2.jpg You and what army? Tiger Army, T.S.O.L. and Gamblers Mark brought rockabilly back to Observatory North Park on Friday, April 14.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Supergroup Jamtown Make Belly Up Debut]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:26:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jamtown+by+Kaelan+Barowsky.jpeg

Coachella is over, and if you spent your weekend in the desert, you probably need a break from live music. But for the rest of us, we've got some amazing choices for music tonight. At Valley View Casino Center, three-time Grammy Award-winner Chance the Rapper performs, and for the extra cool kids, he'll be hitting up FLUXX after the show. For country fans, Clint Black performs at Sycuan Casino, while Texas singer/songwriter and "one woman powerhouse" Sudie plays Soda Bar. Meanwhile, Malian "Hendrix of the Sahara" Vieux Farka Toure performs at the Casbah and Jamtown -- a supergroup featuring G. Love, Donavon Frankenreiter and Cisco Adler -- make their Belly Up debut with the first of two nights.  

Monday, April 24:

  • Vieux Farka Toure, Omar Velasco @ Casbah
  • Sudie, 8IM, Heirgloom @ Soda Bar
  • Jamtown (Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter and G Love) @ Belly Up 
  • Chance the Rapper @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Clint Black @ Sycuan Casino
  • The Full Monty @ SDSU Musical Theater
  • Chance the Rapper @ FLUXX 
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • BOD, Martian Cult, Half Eaten @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Harbor Drive Hook-Up @ Tin Roof
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays 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.

Photo Credit: Kaelan Barowsky]]>
<![CDATA[Masters of Craft Navigate ArtPower's American Routes]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:55:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lage+Eldridge+by+Devin+Pedde.jpg

When you think of San Diego, you probably don’t think of a city at the forefront of conceptual art. But the artifice and materialism often associated with Southern California has offered a nutritive substrate for the visual artists to thrive, making UCSD a world-renowned hub for conceptual and contemporary visual art.

However, the academic world of art is not always immediately accessible to the public, so that’s where UCSD’s ArtPower organization comes in. Part of ArtPower’s mission, according to their website, is to “supplement and enhance the academic investigation of our students through collaborative explorations in the performing arts and film” and “add to the artistic and cultural life of the La Jolla and San Diego communities.”

Luckily for us, ArtPower is -- and has been for some time -- taking on music. On Oct. 26, 2016, the organization launched its American Routes music series, which brings American masters of craft to UCSD’s campus. While Porter’s Pub closed two years ago and the Che Cafe just barely managed to stay alive this past year, ArtPower is doing its part to keep music alive at the Loft and the Price Center.

Featured travelers on American Routes have included the Jones Family Singers, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (who sold out the Loft) and New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. On Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m., Aoife O’Donovan will join Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge for an American Routes night billed as Release the Hounds (tickets available here).

At the Price Center East Ballroom, “a night of intrepid songwriting and acoustic innovation” will take place as O’Donovan opens with just herself and an acoustic guitar. Lage and Eldridge will follow that up with a mixture of folk, bluegrass and jazz, and then all three will close out the night on stage together.

It’s a special collaboration that has even The New Yorker touting its brilliance, and we all have ArtPower to thank for bringing all three of these artists to our backyard.

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

Photo Credit: Devin Pedde]]>
<![CDATA[Earth Day Weekend Stays Green]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:31:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Anthony+Green+by+Michel+Dussack.jpeg

It's another great day to enjoy being outside, so check out some of the music and fun at Balboa Park (walk, bus or bike to get there!), or maybe Bay City Brewing's inaugural Block Party is more your speed. Either way, enjoy the sunny San Diego afternoon. By night, pick up your mom and dad for a date with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals at Belly Up, or perhaps they're already planning on a night at Humphreys with David Crosby. At the Casbah, Texas band the Unlikely Candidates bring poppy adult alternative that you'll love if you're a fan of bands like Imagine Dragons or Grouplove. Meanwhile, Saosin and Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green performs a special show at the Irenic, and State Champs are joined by Against the Current and others for a night of pop-punk at the Observatory.
Sunday, April 23:
  • Earth Day EarthFair @ Balboa Park 
  • 27th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day with Sister Carol, Black Slate, Rob Symeonn @ Worldbeat Center
  • Bay City Brewing Block Party @ Bay City Brewing, Sports Arena
  • Felix Cavaliere's Rascals @ Belly Up 
  • The Unlikely Candidates, Cemetery Sun, the Fame Riot @ Casbah
  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents: Broadway Now! @ Balboa Theatre
  • Anthony Green @ The Irenic
  • An Evening with David Crosby & Friends @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • State Champs, Against the Current, With Confidence, Don Broco @ Observatory North Park
  • The Clique Crew @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Free Salamander Exhibit, Hours, Penis Hickey @ Soda Bar
  • SantanaWays @ Music Box
  • The Full Monty @ SDSU Musical Theater
  • Clint Black @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Breaking Benjamin, Red @ House of Blues
  • Bernadus @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Girls Night Out @ Winston's (7:30 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Corey Leal, Hippy Goods @ Sycamore Den
  • Back Alley Gear Night: Show Us What You Got @ The Merrow
  • Lillie Lemon @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday with the Love Messengers @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • R:Tyme @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ 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.

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Does Coachella 2017]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:16:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0423172145+%281%29.jpg Our crack staff headed out to the desert festival for Weekend 2 in Indio.

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Festivalgoers Flock to Indio for Coachella Weekend Two]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:39:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-671335776.jpg Over a hundred thousand festivalgoers headed to Indio, California for the second weekend of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Photo Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Molly Burch Becomes a Beacon in Darkness]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:03:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Molly+Burch+Album+Art.jpg

Growing up, Molly Burch would impersonate pop stars for her sister as a joke. By the time high school came around, Burch’s sister had turned the joke around on her by writing and directing a play in which she forced Burch to sing Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” entirely a cappella.

The experience was, understandably, nerve-racking for Burch, who today pens gentle, personal songs that seem more suited for a bedroom than a lighted stage.

During a phone conversation earlier this month, Burch indicated to me that music has always been “a very solitary act” for her. “I was quite shy and insecure … I didn’t have the courage to sing in front of people for a really long time,” she said.

Yet, there still is something incredibly lonely about being on stage. When the spotlight is thrust upon you, it forces you -- whether you like it or not -- to become a beacon in the darkness.

But Burch quickly realized that becoming that beacon was something that she was drawn to even though she wasn’t sure she would be able to pursue something that would cause her to be so extroverted.

On her new album, “Please Be Mine,” Burch modulates her introversion by navigating through communal experiences of heartbreak, loss and regret. You might say she’s become her own beacon, and she’s steering herself to calm amidst the stormy waters of her heart.

The album is not entirely autobiographical, however. While she wrote much of the album during a break up, it’s also partly an exercise in imagination and perspective. (I should note that she’s happily back together with her ex-boyfriend, and he helped name the album and pick the title track.) Channeling Hollywood musicals (both of her parents were in the movie business) and cool, collected songstresses like Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Burch displays an understated confidence in her craft that is inviting and disarming. The subtlety demands a listener’s full attention.

When I asked her if she had ever had a bad experience performing given her tendency toward introversion, Burch told me, “I don’t think I’ve had a bad experience. I think that any experience is good even if it seems bad. It’s a learning experience.”

The same might be said -- as Burch makes manifest in her art -- for love and loss.

Molly Burch plays the Casbah on Friday, April 28, with Sallie Ford and John Meeks. Tickets are available here.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Molly Burch]]>
<![CDATA[Pixies Return on Record Store Day]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:17:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pixies+by+Alex+Matthews+2.jpeg

Today is an exciting day ... It's Record Store Day across the country, and while San Diego, like most cities, has seen many of our shops close, we have a few strongholds (Lou's and M-theory) and a couple of newbies (Rhinoceros, Normal and FeeLit) who should be offering up some of those rare releases while also hosting bands, DJs and other goodies for shoppers. Once you've picked up your wax, head to Chicano Park Day in Barrio Logan or the CityBeat Festival of Beers in North Park. Then, night falls and you can catch Cold Cave's second night at Space, Portland indie folk band Joseph at Belly Up, local legend Cindy Lee Berryhill has an album release at Casbah or get down to Monophonics at Winston's. If you're looking for a big show, Pixies play OAT, Bayside play House of Blues and the Wailers are at Music Box.
Saturday, April 22:
  • 47th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration @ Chicano Park
  • CityBeat Festival of Beers with the Liquorsmiths, Imagery Machine, Johnny Tarr Quartet @ North Park (El Cajon Boulevard between Louisiana and Texas Streets)
  • Kensington Walkabout @ Kensington
  • Pixies, Public Access T.V. @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Cold Cave, Body of Light @ Space Bar Grand Opening (formerly the Hideout) 
  • Joseph, BAILEN @ Belly Up 
  • Joseph in-store @ Lou's Records
  • Monophonics @ Winston's
  • The Wailers, Layne Tadesse, Twisted Relatives @ Music Box
  • Cindy Lee Berryhill (record release party), Syd Straw, Nena Anderson @ Casbah 
  • Bayside, Say Anything, Reggie & the Full Effect @ House of Blues
  • Lil Uzi Vert @ Observatory North Park
  • Drunken Punkin Idiots @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Life in Color featuring Cash Cash, A-Trak, Rusko @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Joshua White Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Ash Williams @ Soda Bar
  • TV Icon, Luna Skies, Hot Mustard @ Black Cat Bar
  • Record Store Day @ Folk Arts Rare Records
  • Dream Burglar, Exasperation, Echo Bombs, Soft Deadliness @ Bar Pink
  • Jazz on Tap with Euphoria Brass Band, the Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio @ Quartyard 
  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents: Broadway Now! @ Balboa Theatre
  • BJ Jezbera @ Tipsy Crow
  • The Full Monty @ SDSU Musical Theatre
  • Robert Dove Trio @ Harbor Music Hall 
  • Emerson String Quartet @ La Jolla Presbyterian Church
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • DJ Claire's Unwind Yourself @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Sleepwalking: Lowrider Jams and Oldies @ Blonde
  • Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio, Tobin Chodos Quartet @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Sally & George @ Brick 15
  • Sykosis, Beneath a Dying Sun @ Bancroft Bar
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Color (members of Sacri Monti), OVVL, Desert Suns @ Til-Two Club
  • King Taylor Project @ Hooley's Irish Pub & Grill
  • Sophia Bacino, Courtney Preis @ Lestat's
  • DLOD House Party: Secret Agent with DJ Dizzy Doom @ The Merrow
  • Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac, Peace in Terror, Mandala @ Soma
  • Imagery Machine @ Lafayette Hotel
  • A Perfect Tool, Sonic Moonshine @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior the DISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Red Elvises @ Tio Leo's
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • DJ Drama @ Fluxx
  • Josh Butler @ Spin
  • Powerhouse, the Buckleys, DJ Nico Nightengale @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • EDX @ Omnia
  • Quasaria @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego County Fair Adds to 2017 Lineup]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:05:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-90977551.jpg

Giddyup y’all, the 2017 San Diego County -- I mean country -- Fair hits the Del Mar Fairgrounds on June 2 through July 4 (minus the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays). Honky tonk all-star Toby Keith, country crossover Darius “Hootie” Rucker and blue collar funny man Jeff Foxworthy will headline this year’s Toyota Summer Concert Series.

Keith, who is one of the most awarded country superstars in the world, is still riding the success of his last album, “35 mph TOWN,” which featured the lead single, “Drunk Americans.”

While Rucker hasn’t toured with Hootie & the Blowfish in some time, his “Southern Style” has more than made up for it. In 2009, he broke ground by becoming the first African-American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association.

And Foxworthy? Well, he's just as funny as ever.

Now, you might be thinking, “What the hay? San Diego ain’t big enough for reggae and country!” Well, then you haven’t ventured very far into East County, because it’s plenty country out there. So, saddle up and get your badonkadonk to the fair this year.

Even if you’re not into the whole country thing, the fair’s Grandstand lineup still offers quite the spread to appeal to a variety of tastes. ‘60s pop stars Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, soul queen Patti LaBelle and hometown heroes Switchfoot will round out the fair’s musical festivities, and I dunno about you, but I’m already excited about it.

With the month-long shindig right around the corner, organizers are somehow still announcing big acts: Alt-rock mainstays Collective Soul (who played last year's Kaaboo Festival) shine a light on the main stage on June 14, classic-rock purveyors Grand Funk Railroad prove why they're "An American Band" once again on June 15, and hometown rock & roll heroes Switchfoot grace the Fairgrounds on June 21.

Also, keep an eye out for the Paddock Stage -- coming on strong with classic UK mod-rock group the Yardbirds (June 7), blues maestros Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite (June 14) and alternative/acoustic-rock stalwarts Sister Hazel (June 15). Seems like no matter how you slice it, good times will be had.

For more information and tickets, go here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Father John Misty at Humphreys]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:08:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Father+John+Misty+4.12.17+Tim+Fears+566.jpg Total entertainment forever: Father John Misty delivered a lot more than 'pure comedy' at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on April 12.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Pixie Picks]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:13:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Pixies+Humphreys+9.27.14+%2823%29.jpg

Friday, Cold Cave and Body of Light take over the Space Bar Grand Opening (formerly the Hideout); Dead Feather Moon, Shane Hall & the Outfit and the Paragraphs are at the Casbah; Petty vs. Eagles ft. the PettyBreakers and Boys of Summer play at the Belly Up; Sammy J with the Devastators and Sophia Alone are at Music Box; Morgan Delt, Amerikan Bear and Dream Joints perform at Soda Bar; White Mystery, Gloomsday and the Ghost Dance hit the Ken Club; and Noise Pollution (AC/DC Tribute) takes over the Holding Company. Get your dance on with the Soul Train Revue Dance Contest at the Lafayette Hotel; F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; BUMP! at Blonde; J.Phlip and Boys Don't Disco at Bang Bang; or Tommy Maverick at Bassmnt.

On Saturday, plenty of Record Store Day performances at local, independent record stores in San Diego including Spin, Lou’s and M-Theory (get the SoundDiego Record Store Day lowdown right here). It’s also the Chicano Park Day Celebration and the CityBeat Festival of Beers. Later that night, the Pixies and Public Access T.V. take over the CCCU OAT; Cold Cave and Body of Light perform at night two of the Space Bar Grand Opening; The Wailers headline Music Box; Cindy Lee Berryhill (Record Release Party), Syd Straw and Nena Anderson hit the Casbah; Lil Uzi Vert takes over the Observatory North Park; Ghost Bath, Astronoid and Ash Williams are at Soda Bar; Joseph and Bailen play the Belly Up; and Bayside, Say Anything and Reggie & the Full Effect perform at House of Blues. Dance options include Life in Color featuring Cash Cash, A-Trak and Rusko at Valley View Casino Center; EDX at Omnia; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; or Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with DJ Heather Hardcore and yours truly.

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

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air at 100.7 KFMBFM, plus she promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Space is the Place]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:04:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Pitchfork_ColdCave.jpg

This has certainly been an eventful and exciting week in music and it doesn't stop with the weekend. For one, we're really excited about the grand opening of Space Bar. Formerly the Hideout, the Void, Eleven, Radio Room, and Zombie Lounge, Space finally gives our friend Mario Orduno the, uh, space to breathe and finally take the reins the way he's always wanted (and deserved). Kicking off the new venture, the bar hosts two nights with Cold Cave. Meanwhile at the Casbah, Dead Feather Moon makes a visit from the far reaches of North County, Belly Up offers up Petty versus Eagles, and my favorite band name of the night, Zzymzy Gypsy Swing, entertain at Harbor Music Hall.  

Friday, April 21:

  • Cold Cave, Body Of Light @ Space Bar Grand Opening (formerly he Hideout) 
  • Dead Feather Moon, Shane Hall & the Outfit, the Paragraphs @ Casbah
  • Petty vs. Eagles ft. the PettyBreakers, Boys of Summer @ Belly Up
  • Mundell Lowe's 95th Birthday @ Dizzy's 
  • Zzymzy Gypsy Swing @ Harbor Music Hall 
  • Celeste Lanuza @ Queen Bee's
  • Ab-Soul, Little Simz @ The Observatory North Park
  • Soul Train Revue Dance Contest @ Lafayette Hotel 
  • Class Project with DJ Grimm & Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Sammy J, the Devastators, Sophia Alone @ Music Box
  • Morgan Delt, Amerikan Bear, Dream Joints @ Soda Bar
  • White Mystery, Gloomsday, the Ghost Dance @ Ken Club
  • Walk Proud, El Nada, Modern Enemy, American Blood @ Tower Bar
  • BeauSoleil, Michael Doucet @ Museum Of Making Music
  • An Imperfect Storm (Eric Starr, trombone; Tina Chong, piano; Jory Herman, bass; John Wilds, trumpet; Rachel Allen, trumpet; Danielle Kuhlmann, horn; Luke Storm, tuba) @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • F---ing in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • BUMP! Bob Dazzla, Shige + guests @ Blonde 
  • "The Full Monty" @ SDSU Musical Theatre
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Christopher Williams @ Brick 15
  • Boogieman presents Rollin' Wit Tha Funk Pre-Chicano Park Day Party @ Til-Two Club
  • Atomic Groove Purple (RIP) @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • ArtPower Presents: Ariel Quartet ArtTalk @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • Anomaly, Snakes & Crows, Noel Jordan @ Black Cat Bar
  • Trap Them, Call of the Void, In Decline, Pissed Regardless @ Brick By Brick
  • Noise Pollution (AC/DC Tribute) @ The Holding Company 1502
  • King Daniel, Caroline Corn @ Lestat's
  • Zach Deputy and Addison Scott  @ Winston's
  • Gary Owen @ House of Blues
  • San Diego Cajun Playboys @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Kitty Plague, De Vid @ The Bancroft
  • Chugboat, Strange Weather, Kathryn Cloward @ 710 Beach Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Rebecca Jade and Ken Turner with David Owen, PopVinyl, DJ Autum n Leilani @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • DJ Kaos @ Fluxx
  • Beat Kitchen with DJs QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • J. Phlip, Boys Don't Disco @ Bang Bang
  • Tommy Maverick, Naisu @ Bassmnt 
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Jungle House FM Presents Amenopolis @ 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.

Photo Credit: Meredith Gregory ]]>
<![CDATA[Win a VIP Experience to Kings of Leon]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:37:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_693492625122.jpg

Don't 'waste a moment,' music fans: Kings of Leon are performing at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Friday, April 28 -- and we're giving away a VIP box for four, VIP parking and VIP lounge access to one lucky winner!

Enter to win a VIP experience to Kings of Leon at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on April 28!

The Followill brothers (Caleb, Nathan and Jared) and their cousin Matthew -- who moonlight under the Kings of Leon moniker -- are simply one of the biggest rock groups on the planet. While they've been at it since 1999, their meteoric rise to mainstream popularity hit full tilt after performing on "Saturday Night Live" back in 2008. The songs they played on the show, "Sex on Fire," and "Use Somebody," propelled them into massive worldwide fame almost overnight.

The band released their seventh studio album, "WALLS," in October of last year on the strength of even more huge hits like the title track, "Around the World" and "Waste a Moment." The album title is actually an acronym for "We Are Like Love Songs." And, oh yeah, it also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 copies sold in its first week. Damn, Daniel.

So you’d be right to assume that come April 28, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre will be straight-up on fire (not literally) when Kings of Leon roll through. And what better way to live it up than by winning a huge VIP experience from yours truly?

We're pulling the lucky winner’s name on Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m. -- so get in while you can!

Enter to win a VIP experience to Kings of Leon at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on April 28!

Note: Winner must be at least 21 years of age, and a San Diego county resident.

Photo Credit: Laura Roberts/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Highlights From Coachella 2017]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:01:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-669297514.jpg Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar headlined Coachella's first weekend, on a lineup that spanned the musical spectrum.]]> <![CDATA[The Vinyl Countdown: San Diego's Record Store Day Haul]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:48:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/462611218+%281%29.jpg

The day of reckoning for record collectors is upon us once again: The 10th anniversary of Record Store Day (RSD) touches down at independent music shops all across the globe on Saturday, April 22.

It doesn't matter if you're casually dipping your toe into vinyl culture (which, at one point last year surpassed digital album downloads for the first time ever) or are riddled with a diehard obsession (guilty as charged), RSD has your number.

The worldwide phenomenon that started out in 2007 as a small celebration among just a few ma-and-pa shops now encompasses nearly every continent (sans Antarctica, but they're working on that) with limited releases, special reissues, hard-to-find singles and one-time-only RSD exclusives.

This year, big name participants include the Beatles, David Bowie, the Cure, Prince, Spoon, the Black Angels, Coheed and Cambria, the Kinks, the Flaming Lips, Against Me!, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and many, many others. If you'd like to peruse all of 2017's offerings, the lengthy list of releases can be found right here.

Of course, not every participating record shop will be carrying everything. Quantities are spread out the world over and often shops don't know what they'll be receiving until the shipments show up at their door. However, if you plan on calling various stores on Saturday morning and asking if they're carrying specific titles, you've most likely already lost out on your chance to pick 'em up.

Hot-ticket items are usually snatched by savvy scalpers first 'cause let's be honest -- resale prices on RSD exclusives fetch a hefty profit for those lucky enough to snag them. Capitalism, amirite? So if you're looking for something that's sure to be an in-demand title, your best bet is to enlist a couple buddies to line up at different shops and cross your fingers.

Vinyl won't be the only thing featured at San Diego brick-and-mortar stores though -- several will be in on the RSD action in a big way with big in-store events.

Carlsbad's Spin Records plays host to Trouble in the Wind (swoon), Soft Lions, the Strawberry Moons, Heather Nation and Shane Hall; M-Theory Records has Wild Wild Wets, Ditches and White Mystery scheduled to play; North Park's Folk Arts Rare Records features sets by Nothingful and Joey Harris & the Mentals; OB's Cow Records gets its store clerk Alfred Howard in on the action with his bands Birdy Bardot, and the Midnight Pine; and Lou's Records has Joseph and Monarch on hand for their festivities up in Encinitas.

That's a lot to soak in, so come Saturday, take your pick and get jiggy with it. (And if you find a copy of Big Star's "Complete Third, Vol. 3: Final Masters," hook this guy up!)

2017 Record Store Day: San Diego's Participating Shops

Cow Records: In-store performances by Birdy Bardot and the Midnight Pine. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 5040 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach.

FeeLit Records: DJs performing throughout the day. Skratcher San Diego hosts a portable turntable 'Open Scratch' session from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 909 E St., East Village.

Folk Arts Rare Records: DJ sets starting at 1 p.m., Nothingful at 3 p.m., Joey Harris & the Mentals at 4 p.m. Brazilian fish stew (moqueca) provided by Bonfim. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 3072 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Note: Here's a list of all the titles they'll definitely have.

Lou's Records: Joseph performing at noon, Monarch play at 3 p.m. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 434 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

M-Theory Records: Sets by Wild Wild Wets, Ditches, and White Mystery start at 2:30 p.m. Free beverages, dollar LP/CD sale, DJs, tacos by Los Slydogz. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 915 W. Washington St., Mission Hills.

The Old Well: Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2102 3rd St., Julian.

Record City: Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 3757 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest.

Red Brontosaurus Records: Hours: noon-7 p.m. 3044 North Park Way, North Park.

Spin Records: Sets starting at noon by Trouble in the Wind, Soft Lions, the Strawberry Moons, Heather Nation, and Shane Hall. Free food, all ages welcome. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 370 Grand Ave., Carlsbad.

Note: The local RSD event info listed above was collected online and if you're a record store and want your RSD event/info included here, please email me.

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[David Duchovny: The Music Is Out There]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:39:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/David+Duchovny+4.15+screengrab.PNG

Before his recent set at the Music Box, acclaimed actor/musician David Duchovny talked with SoundDiego TV host Daye Salani about his new album, "Hell or Highwater," the writing process behind it, and his musical heroes.

<![CDATA[UCSD Announces 2017 Sun God Festival Lineup]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:08:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-668989142.jpg

Finally, a good reason to go to college: UCSD's 35th annual Sun God Festival is right around the corner.

Taking place on Saturday, April 29, at University of California San Diego on RIMAC Field, the student-curated festival has offered a broad variety of genres over the past three decades. Artists such as Social Distortion, Drake, Diplo and Silversun Pickups have performed in years prior.

2017's lineup doesn’t shy away from genre-hopping either. On the Main Stage, the day-long festival hosts the young rap heavyweight Schoolboy Q, pop-rock quartet Bad Suns, along with DJ Manila Killa, DJ Mustard (also scheduled to perform at Parq on May 12) and a UCSD student, Graham Elliot, who won a battle-of-the-bands contest earlier this month.

On the North Stage, you will find up-and-coming artists such as psych-rock LA residents Mild High Club, singer/songwriter Khalid, and OWSLA (Skrillex’s record label) signee Mark Johns. The sidestage will also feature dance and fashion performances by 220 Second To None, Choreo Cookies, and Kinjaz.

Unfortunately, Sun God tickets are only available to UCSD undergraduates with a limited number available to alumni.

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.

<![CDATA[North County Music Venue Shutters]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:09:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Brick15.jpg

The Brick 15 cafe and live performance venue, which provided music fans in the tiny city of Del Mar with a live-music option besides the fair and track, announced this week that the venue was closing its doors.

"We are sad to announce that Brick 15 is, effective immediately, closed and going out of business," owners Liam and Laura Murphy announced via the venue's newsletter. "While we continued to believe in our vision and are extremely grateful to the many kind folks who shared our dreams, there are not enough of us. Business growth was good, but it was not fast enough to attract or secure the financing we needed, and we are now unable to continue. When the last of our possible investors backed out, we were forced to face the reality that we had reached the end of our run."

The Murphys, who described the club as an "acoustic music listening room dedicated to coffee, tea and providing a venue for performing artists with original material," operated a live-music venue near Boston before transplanting to the West Coast. Brick 15 opened last July and in those nine months managed to book artists like Throwing Muses' frontwoman Kristin Hersh; Jack Tempchin, the locally based songwriter who wrote the Eagles' hit "Peaceful Easy Feeling"; and dozens of others.

In the announcment, fans holding tickets for upcoming shows were told, "We intend to do our best to issue ticket refunds and pro-rated membership refunds as part of our liquidation process."

<![CDATA[PICS: The Head and the Heart at SOMA]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:27:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Head+and+the+Heart+4.9.17+Kristy+Walker+%2810%29.jpg Home is where the Head and the Heart are: The Seattle folk/alt-country/pop group brought some epic singalongs through SOMA on April 9, with Dreamers opening.

Photo Credit: Kristy Walker]]>
<![CDATA[SD Metal Swap Meet Returns for Eighth Year]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:11:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Hirax+by+Andres+Sossa.jpg

Swap meets. The sights, the sounds, the smells. Bartering with that old guy for a really cool fake leather wallet and some cowboy boots. Can’t beat that. Or can you?

You can if you give your swap meet a theme and that theme is metal as heck. On Saturday, April 29, the eighth annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet comes to Quartyard (1102 Market St.) from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All ages? Check. Cheap tickets? Check. Meet and greet with metal icons? Check. Live performance from Jag Panzer? Mega check. Oh, and there’s an after party, too.

According to founder and organizer Brian Parker, "Expect everything metal related. Shirts, records, CDs ... We had about 1,200 people come last year, and we're at a bigger place this year, so we're expecting a good turnout."

If you’re up on your thrash metal, you know Hirax and you know vocalist Katon W. De Pena. If you’re not, you better learn quickly, because he’ll be holding down DJ duties, spinning the best metal of all eras and genres. At 2 p.m., he’ll be joining Dark Angel/Eliminate’s Don Doty, Nunslaughter’s Don “Of the Dead” Crotsley, Cryptic Slaughter’s Scott Peterson, legendary heavy metal producer Bill Metoyer and Derek Riggs -- the creator of Iron Maiden's Eddie and first 12 album covers -- for a signing session.

So, for only $7 in advance or $10 at the gate, gain access to all of the above plus a bunch of vendors with whom you can try bartering (not gonna promise anything though). If you want to treat yourself, you can get the VIP package for $70, which includes early entry, a private lounge, beer specials, a shirt, tote bag and a badge. Or, for half of that price, get the Diehard Package for early entry, a shirt and a beer koozie.

And that after party? Join the Metal Swap Meet caravan heading to Brick by Brick afterward to see Superjoint (fronted by Pantera's Phil Anselmo), Battlecross and more.

Get ready to get your face melted and your ears shredded. But bring sunscreen and earplugs, too.

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

Photo Credit: Andres Sossa]]>
<![CDATA[Win a Free Guitar From Hard Rock Hotel ]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:45:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Eric+Clapton+by+Paul+Parks.jpeg

You know you’re in a Guitar Center as soon as you hear the intro riff of one of three songs -- “Stairway to Heaven,” “Back in Black” or “Sweet Child o' Mine” -- on loop. Occasionally, all three are being played at the same time, culminating in a cacophonous caterwauling that quite accurately illustrates my idea of hell.

I guarantee you I would have a lot more guitars in my arsenal if it weren’t for Guitar Center’s automatic doors being the gates to the underworld. So, when there’s an opportunity to procure a guitar -- especially for free -- without stepping foot into Satan’s lair, it’s usually a good idea to grab it by the horns, so to speak.

For the fourth year in a row, Hard Rock Hotel’s #FindTheFender scavenger hunt returns to the Gaslamp on Saturday, April 29, offering you a chance to win a Fender Stratocaster or Fender Telecaster. In honor of International Guitar Month (that’s a thing now, apparently), four lucky participants will walk away with a new guitar without having to walk into a Guitar Center.

All you have to do on April 29 is follow Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (@HardRockSD) on Twitter and keep a look out for tweeted clues along with the #FindTheFender hashtag between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. At the top of each hour, a new hunt (so four hunts total) will take place with four clues leading to a guitar case redeemable at Hard Rock Hotel (207 Fifth Ave.) for either a Strat or a Tele (American, Mexican or Japanese made? Not sure, but I wouldn’t complain).

But don’t take my word for it, check out the official contest rules. I’d much rather use social media to have fun trying to get something for free than endure torture to pay an arm, a leg and maybe even my soul. How about you?

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

Photo Credit: Paul Parks]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: A Perfect Circle at Cal Coast Open Air Theatre]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:13:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/A+Perfect+Circle+AM+%286+of+18%29.jpg Shadows reigned at A Perfect Circle's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre appearance on Tuesday, April 11.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Twinning]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:32:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/TwinPeaks_byPoonehGhana.jpg

If you thought last night's music choices were amazing, wait 'til you see what's in store for tonight! Lee Fields & the Expressions are known for their amazing live show, so it's no wonder their show at the Music Box -- with Chicano Batman opening, no less -- has been sold out for awhile. Same for the legendary Reverend Horton Heat. But if you're looking for other great shows for lack of planning, there are still tickets for Beach Slang who'll rock the Casbah, and Twin Peaks and Hinds at the Irenic (read our SoundDiego interview with Twin Peaks here). Califone has only played house shows their past couple tours, so it's great to see them on the last night of the Hideout (before it becomes Space Bar), and singer-songwriter Howie Day is even in town with a show at Lestat's. Mura Musa played a killer Coachella set last weekend so hopefully there will be some special guests at the Observatory tonight for that one, while Lil Wayne rolls through the Open Air Theatre. Wow. I'm gonna need a body double.

Thursday, April 20:

  • Twin Peaks, Hinds, the Gloomies @ The Irenic
  • Beach Slang, Mercy Music @ Casbah
  • Lee Fields & the Expressions, Chicano Batman @ Music Box (SOLD OUT)
  • Reverend Horton Heat, Dale Watson, Rosie Flores @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Califone, Tara Jane O'Neil, Rachel Blumberg @ The Hideout
  • Howie Day, Leslie DiNicola @ Lestat's
  • Lila Downs @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Mura Masa @ The Observatory North Park
  • Assorted Jelly Beans + the Maxies, Watashi Wa Dance Party @ Soda Bar
  • Lil Wayne, CyHi The Prynce @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink 
  • Matthew Haynie, Ted Z & the Wranglers, the Heart Beat Trail @ Pour House
  • Mike Jones, Blk_Turry (Terry Chambers), King Riv, DJ Mancat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Trio Gadjo @ Harbor Music Hall
  • MC Flow Cannibis Coronation @ Java Joe's
  • Imagery Machine @ First Street Bar & Grill
  • Billy Changer, the Lulls, the Kabbs @ Blonde
  • Horisont, Dirty Streets, Monolith, Loom @ Brick By Brick
  • Killing Tyranny, Adseg, Beekeeper @ The Merrow
  • Under the Groove: Boogieman, @ Whistle Stop
  • Birdbath, Two Men, Jeremy Rojas @ Black Cat Bar
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • 4:20 Party with Maka Roots and Friends with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Strike Twelve, Surface Report, Second Hand, Dead Frets @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • The Loosen Up with DJs Aida, Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • TREO @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Grand Sonic Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Acid Varsity 'machines come alive' @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Shocks, Kingsland, Hazmatt @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage 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.

<![CDATA[Casting Call: XIV's New Video Stars SD]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:49:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Kensington+Club+FB+photo.jpg

Local music, local film, local DJs, Derby Dolls, and burlesque dancers all in one place -- OK, maybe two places, but all in Kensington.

XIV lead singer Kelly Samuels and her trip-hop band (pronounced "X-I-V," not "fourteen") will be teaming up with local film production company GSO Productions to promote its movie, "66 & Nowhere," and film the single off the band's latest album “Iota.” 

Directed by Eric McClanahan, "66 & Nowhere" was shot in San Diego with a soundtrack composed of all local bands like Transfer, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters, Cash’d Out and Sunday Hustle -- to name a few. It premiered at Landmark Ken Cinema this past February and is scheduled for a second showing at the Ken on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

After the film, stroll a couple doors east to the Kensington Club for a free after-party with live performances by XIV along with Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters -- oh, and the filming of a music video?

“At about 9:30, we’re going to load in everybody that we can get in and we play the first track [from 'Iota'] 'Breakdown,' which is the release that we’re doing for the music video,” Samuels explained. “Everybody in the audience, basically, is agreeing -- via general waiver -- to be a part of the music video [laughs]. So all of our wide shots will be happening that night. We’ll be in on Thursday during the day, doing some of the close-ups and story-line shots.”

Samuels continued:

“It’s a really cool energy to have going. This local San Diego production company with the film, the local San Diego bands, the local spots, all of the support we’ve been getting locally -- we’ve gotten stuff donated from San Diego Stage and Lighting, so we’ve just been reaching out to everybody. We’re hoping to have a couple of Derby Dolls down there, we’ve got burlesque performers, we have all kinds of characters coming in from the San Diego scene. Different DJs and musicians are going to be basically doing cameos in the [music video] scenes: It’s gonna be wild!”

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.

<![CDATA[Mighty Mitski]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:34:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Mitski.jpg

I love you, San Diego, but sometimes we're a little slow on the uptake. When Mitski released "Puberty 2" last year, she was all over satellite radio but barely made a peep locally. She packed out the very over-sold Constellation Room in Orange County but didn't play a local show. Her entire current tour has sold out far in advance, but ours didn't sell out until just a few days ago. No matter, eventually we get it, and tonight's Mitski show at the Irenic -- along with two other greats on the rise -- will be worth it (btw, she made SoundDiego's list of the top 10 buzz bands to catch at Coachella). It's not the only hot show in town tonight though: Dreamcar sold out Music Box and Kaleo have once again sold out the Belly Up, but there are still tickets available for Blossoms at Casbah (who also made our Coachella list), SOHN at Observatory, or Spiral Stairs at Soda Bar to make it a great Wednesday night.   

Wednesday, April 19:

  • Mitski, Springtime Carnivore, Steady Holiday @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Blossoms, Arkells, Wilderado @ Casbah
  • Dreamcar, Sharp Shock @ Music Box (SOLD OUT)
  • Kaleo, the Shelters @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • SOHN @ The Observatory North Park
  • Spiral Stairs, Henry Clay People, Sick Balloons @ Soda Bar
  • Aaron Lewis, Travis Marvin @ House of Blues
  • Nevermind the '90s: Third Eye Blind Edition @ The Office
  • Los Shadows, Caleb Hawley, the Strike, Grim Slippers @ The Merrow
  • Temple Party @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique House Music @ Blonde 
  • Dream with Gabe Vega @ Sycamore Den
  • Nick & Ari's White Trash Bash @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: King Schascha, DJ Unite with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Nashville Nights with Ginger Cowgirl @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Trayze @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Tradewinds @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Echavox, S280F, Second Liife @ Kava Lounge
  • 24th St. Wailers @ Tio Leo's
  • 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.

Photo Credit: Press Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Dogg Day Afternoon]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:11:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Snoop+Dogg+Alex+Matthews+8.27.16+%2817%29.jpg

Tonight is magic. I have been so excited about #Coachella shows in town that sometimes it's easy to overlook the other rad things rolling through. But, um, hello? Snoop and Cypress Hill on the same bill? The high school version of me could only dream it. Besides that massive show at the Open Air Theatre, you've got Simple Plan at House of Blues, Coheed and Cambria return to the Observatory, and Steely Dan plays a second night at Humphreys. I love my indie music, however, so I think you can't go wrong with the Wild Reeds and Blank Range at Casbah. All in all, this Tuesday beats most, so get out and live it up with live music.

Tuesday, April 18:

  • Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Method Man and Redman, Berner @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Simple Plan, Set It Off, Seaway @ House of Blues
  • Coheed and Cambria, GAIBSIV, the Dear Hunter @ The Observatory North Park 
  • The Wild Reeds, Blank Range, Kera and the Lesbians @ The Hideout
  • Steely Dan @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • DJ Artistic's Hip Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah
  • KSDS Blues Club Caravan @ Various Locations
  • Jack Garratt @ Belly Up 
  • "The Ghost In You..." Psychedelic Furs Tribute, Sleeping Ghost @ Blonde
  • The Oxen, Palomino, Three Chamber Heart @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • The Love Messengers (tribute to Bob Marley) @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Vindata @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • The Taylor Bennett Show starring Taylor Bennett @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Boom Bap Sweet 16 DJ Tournament @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Glostik Willy, Flowpoerty, Downtown Brown @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer Suesday Swing Night @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Symphonic Frequencies @ Kava Lounge
  • CalPhonics @ 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: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[It's Lit: Coachella Fashion From Weekend One]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:30:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-668964152.jpg The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday as thousands assembled in the desert heat for an action-packed weekend.

Although the festival is known for music, food and art, it has also become a gathering for fashion aficionados. Check out some of the best looks from weekend one.]]>
<![CDATA[Locals Only]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:21:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/Local+Natives+by+Fatima+Kelley+2.jpeg

As if last week wasn't amazing enough, this week has so much good stuff in store. Local Natives -- who have been here so many times in the past couple of years we should perhaps consider them honorary locals -- play a sold out show at the Observatory. After their set at Coachella, Tennis was announced as support, which makes this sold out show a very hot ticket. Meanwhile, legends Toots & the Maytals play the Belly Up, and Steely Dan play the first of two nights at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Splavender lead a local lineup at Casbah, and "trimming steadily on the outskirts of punk," New Yorkers PC Worship headline Soda Bar.

Monday, April 17, 2017:

  • Local Natives, Tennis @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Toots & the Maytals, Leba @ Belly Up 
  • Steely Dan @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Splavender, Low Points, Slay Dean @ Casbah
  • PC Worship, the Dreebs, Polish @ Soda Bar
  • Short Stories @ Normal Records 
  • Moonshine Bandits, Country Rockin' Rebels @ Brick by Brick
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru @ House of Blues
  • Jimmy Whispers @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • University Centers Presents: Color and Chill @ The Loft, UCSD
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays 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
  • Industry Night @ 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.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Day 2: Coachella Goes Gaga on Weeknd 1]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:00:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coachella-werk-gaga.jpg Saturday at the desert festival included appearances by Lady Gaga, the Weeknd and dozens of others.

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Twin Peaks & Hinds Get Down in Heaven]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:08:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Twin+Peaks+x+Hinds.jpg

The first time the members of Hinds and Twin Peaks met, according to Hinds bassist Ade Martin, with whom I spoke over the phone a couple of weeks ago, was in 2015 at SxSW. It was quite a trek for Martin and her Madrid-based bandmates. For Twin Peaks, on the other hand, the Chicago to Austin journey was relatively easy.

At the time, Hinds were coming off of their budding success as Deers, having just changed their name to the former because of a potential lawsuit from Canadian band the Dears. Twin Peaks, meanwhile, were enjoying buzz from their second studio album, “Wild Onion.”

Little did they all know their worlds would converge, dovetailing into the ongoing party that follows as they tour the world together, trading off the headlining spot each night.

Twin Peaks guitarist and vocalist Cadien Lake James, aka Big Tuna, put it to me this way over the phone last month: “I’m curious how long the intense partying will last. We’re maybe bad influences on each other, but we’re so happy to be around each other.”

And that’s something that seems to define both of these bands: happiness. The energy they bring to their albums and to their live shows is refreshing and unmatched. Scroll through either band’s social media and it’s clear they find fun in any and all circumstances. That lack of pretentiousness -- not to mention their hooky garage-pop sensibilities -- is what attracts so many fans to them and why this tour partnership makes total sense.

So why are they touring right now? Neither band has anything pressing to promote, as it’s been a year since Twin Peaks or Hinds released a new album -- "Down in Heaven" and "Leave Me Alone," respectively.

Nonetheless, according to Martin, “It’s cool to do this just for fun.”

Fun. Now that’s a word that rarely gets bandied about the music industry these days. Let’s hope it makes a comeback, and let’s hope that James, Martin and their bandmates all lead the charge.

Soda Bar presents Twin Peaks co-headlining the Irenic with Hinds on Thursday, April 20. The Gloomies will open. The show starts at 6:30 p.m., so get there early -- if tickets are still available, that is. For some extra fun, hang out with the bands and me beforehand.  

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

Photo Credit: Daniel Topete / Mom + Pop Music]]>
<![CDATA[Splavender Keep It Green]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:13:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Splavender+Press.jpg

On this week's Spotlight, San Diego's premier progressive surf-rockers talk landscapes, musical influences and how none of them surfs. Splavender headline Casbah on Monday, April 17.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Splavender]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: April 16-22]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:46:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dreamcar+by+Steve+Erle.jpg

On this week's episode, we select the shows you just have to see -- from Coachella bound Little Dragon to AFI/No Doubt supergroup Dreamcar to Twin Peaks co-headlining with Hinds.

Photo Credit: Steve Erle]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Dragon]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:21:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Little+Dragon+Press+Photo+%28resized%29.jpg

It's Easter Sunday in San Diego, and while we've been promised the same beautiful weather we've had for the past few days, it's not surprising that many of our usual venues are closed for the occasion. Fortunately, not everyone is taking the night off, especially those Coachella bands who are working their way around Southern California after their epic desert performances. One of the bands coming through is Little Dragon. They played the Observatory before with a whole lot less fanfare, but you can be sure that this is going to be a great show with a lively performance from the band. Around town, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Anders Osborne plays the Belly Up, punk rockers Downtown Boys play Soda Bar and Ratty holds court at Bar Pink for Rat Sabbath.
Sunday, April 16 (Easter):
  • Little Dragon @ Observatory North Park
  • Anders Osborne, Elektric Voodoo @ Belly Up 
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The New Up @ The Holding Company 1502 (5 p.m.)
  • Mechanical Turk @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Downtown Boys, San Pedro El Cortez @ Soda Bar
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Impuritan @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday with E.N Young, Irieality, DJ Carlos Culture @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ 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.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Little Dragon]]>
<![CDATA[Like a Good Neighbor]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:30:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Big+Bad+Buffalo+Press+Photo.png

It's an awesome day for a beer festival, for running around to sight-see at fee-free National Parks or for catching Coachella streaming live on YouTube. But by nightfall, we've got awesome musical options, even if you didn't listen to us and get tickets to Pond last week before the show sold out. At Soda Bar, local label La Escalera hosts its sixth La Escalera Fest with some of our area's best in punk, garage and hardcore. Our friends in Quel Bordel return to the Holding Company, Cash'd Out play the Belly Up and Music Box hosts an early night with Poncho Sanchez. And for your all day festival fun, head up to Oceanside for In Your Neighborhood Block Party with 91x's Lou Niles.
Saturday, April 15:
  • In Your Neighborhood Block Party with Lou Niles featuring Big Bad Buffalo, Big Bloom, the Gift Machine, Spooky Cigarette, Small Culture, the Strawberry Moons, Shane Hall, Rooney Anne, the Lucy Ring @ Pour House Oceanside (12:30 p.m.)
  • Pond, the Incredible Shagatha & His Moog @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival 2017 @ Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field
  • La Escalera Fest Six featuring Western Settings, Problem Daughter, the Shell Corporation, Black Dots, Despero, the Bigger Empty, False Positives @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Quel Bordel, DJ Chelu @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Cash'd Out, Nancarrow @ Belly Up 
  • Irving Flores Jazz Trio @ Harbor Music Hall
  • Night Nation Tour 2017 featuring Chris Schambacher @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Poncho Sanchez @ Music Box (7 p.m.)
  • Baby Girl (The Ladies of Hip Hop & R&B) @ Music Box (10 p.m.)
  • Dandy Brown, Fuzz Evil @ Tower Bar
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Lady Lush, Red Sonja @ Blonde
  • Escondido Recreation 2017 Ballet Recital @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • NF, Kyd the Band @ House of Blues
  • The Expanders, Ginger Roots, Dubbest @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Systematic Abuse, Endless Nameless @ Bancroft Bar
  • The Thens (CD release), Caroline, Fake Tides, Cosmics, Baby Demons, Sempra Sol @ Soma
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Modern Public @ Winston's (2:30 p.m.)
  • The Crome Domes @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Jason Hanna @ Til-Two Club
  • Barbara Nesbitt @ Java Joe's
  • Impuritan @ Black Cat Bar
  • Up the Irons, Blackout, Y.Y.Zed, R.I.P. @ Brick by Brick
  • Campfire Cassettes, John and the Time Traveling Bicycle, Lighting Starts Fire @ Lestat's
  • Wheeland Brothers, Tropidelic, Crucial Blend @ 710 Beach Club (9 p.m.)
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Alan Iglesias and Crossfire @ Tio Leo's
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Air Race Official Afterparty @ Fluxx
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • TWRK @ Bassmnt
  • Fetty Wap @ Parq
  • Eric D-lux @ Omnia
  • Lee Curtiss @ Bang Bang
  • Skwish Presents: Goopsteppa, Shiny Things & Dink! @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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: Michael Klayman]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella 2017 Kicks Off Weekend One ]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:04:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-668717308.jpg As tens of thousands of fans make their way into Indio, the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival’s first weekend is set to kick off with Radiohead on the main stage.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[10 Buzz Bands to Catch at Coachella]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:29:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Grace-Mitchell-press-2015-billboard-650.jpg

As they do every year, Coachella’s organizers don’t just land blockbuster headliners galore -- they also spend a ton of time curating the artists you’ll find in a smaller font on the festival’s poster. And as they usually do, they’ve tapped more than a few great acts that are poised to be the next huge thing. Don’t just stick to the main stage for Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead -- branch out across those Polo Grounds and catch these 10 future headliners before they hit the big font.

Blossoms: If you’re looking for a group that’s most likely to step into the 1975’s arena-ready realm in a couple years, you’d be making a huge mistake if you're not at the Outdoor Theatre at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday. This UK buzz band delivers hook after sticky hook in a style that recalls Duran Duran at times, Hall & Oates at others, and the Arctic Monkeys at others. If that’s not the recipe for breakout success, I don’t know what is. Best part? They’re also playing the Casbah on April 19. Boom.

Caveman: In short, these Brooklynites are aging like fine wine. Wading in mostly indie-rock waters for their first record or two, they’ve evolved over the past few years to incorporate folk and electro elements into grander cinematic themes. Their show at the Belly Up last year with Frightened Rabbit was insanely good -- so I can say with confidence that you won't be disappointed when they play the Sonora Tent on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Dreamcar: What’s there to explain? You get No Doubt (sans Gwen) and AFI’s dreamy Davey Havoc at the same time, on the same stage, playing music that’d be right at home next to Spandau Ballet or Tears For Fears. Ride the ‘80s revival wave to the Gobi Tent on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. And if, for some reason you miss them there, they play the Music Box on April 19 (hope you snagged tickets in advance though as its currently sold out).

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: This fantastically named stoner/prog-rock outfit shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you -- but if they are, consider yourself in luck: They’ll be delivering psychedelic riff after psychedelic riff at the Outdoor Theatre at 4:10 p.m. on Friday. Pro tip: Wear extra sunscreen so your face doesn’t get completely melted.

The Lemon Twigs: If you’re one of the fine folks in the world who think music hasn’t gotten better since the late ‘60s, prepare to get your mind blown in the Gobi Tent at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. This Long Island band fronted by the teenaged D’Addario brothers mines elements from classic troupes like the Kinks, the Beach Boys, the Zombies and those pesky Beatles for an instantly familiar -- yet altogether new -- take on pop music. Also, heads up: They play X-Fest at Qualcomm Stadium on June 11!

Grace Mitchell: If you missed Mitchell at her intimate Casbah show on Wednesday, you’ll get your chance to revel in her schizophrenic brand of highly addictive (and funky) experimental pop in the Gobi Tent at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Want the hard truth? Grace Mitchell is doing Lady Gaga better than Gaga these days (please send all hate mail to dontcare@getalife.com). In other words, don’t miss her.

Mitski: Hadn't planned on catching indie/grunge-rock’s new torchbearer at the Gobi Tent at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday? Don’t worry -- there’s still time to fix your gigantic blunder. Mitski’s latest album, “Puberty 2,” is defiant, personal, powerful, and brutal -- all at the same time. Don’t be the only person at Coachella missing out. (But if you are, be sure to catch her and her band at the Irenic on April 19).

Pond: Tame Impala fans, eat your heart out. Pond, which features former and current touring members of Impala, hit the Gobi Tent on Sunday at 2:35 p.m., exactly one day after they'll blast the Casbah with their mix of late-‘60s psychedelia, funky grooves, and modern pop experimentalism. I interviewed them, so trust me, I know what I'm talking about.

Slow Hollows: This LA born-and-bred band will undoubtedly draw a crowd of SoCal locals already clued into their melancholy-tinged lo-fi dream-rock. If you're savvy, you'll join ‘em at the Sonora Tent on Saturday at 4:15 p.m.

Twin Peaks: Sure, these Chicago garage rockers play the Irenic on April 20 with Hinds, but you can get an early taste of ‘em at the Sonora Tent on Sunday at 6:35 p.m. Full of reckless fuzz anthems and rickety surf rhythms, they channel equal parts the Clash, the Rolling Stones, and the Cars -- and they do it with style to spare. Coachella-goers, your new favorite band awaits.

For a full list of performers and set times, proceed to Coachella's official website.

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

<![CDATA[All Aboard the San Diego Blues Club Caravan]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:23:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tomcat-4449.jpg

I don’t have to tell you how stressful tax season is. Thankfully, it will be over on Monday and you can finally let loose. And what better way to blow off steam than on a tour of the best blues venues in San Diego?

On Tuesday from 7-11 p.m., KSDS (aka Jazz 88.3) inaugurates the San Diego Blues Club Caravan. The concept? For just $15 in advance or $20 the night of, you can hop on special buses that take you around the city to San Diego’s premier blues venues.

Admission to all of the clubs -- plus unlimited transportation - are both included in that very affordable ticket price. The buses will stop every 15 minutes, and you can stay as long, or as little, as you want at any of the venues before hopping on a bus and heading to the next one.

No need to feel obligated to eat or drink, either, as there are no club minimums! But, of course, feel free if you wanna.

Last summer, more than 800 people joined the inaugural San Diego Jazz Club Caravan, and this year is on pace to exceed those numbers. Call 619-388-3301 to make your reservation and save 25 percent off of the admission price. They'll send out your tickets with a route map at the end of the week. Click here for more information.

Participating performers, venues and KSDS hosts are below.

Bourré Southern Bistro

6523 University Ave.

San Diego, CA 92115

Performer: Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins

Host: Ron Dhanifu

Café Bar Europa

873 Turquoise Ave.

San Diego, CA 92109

Performer: Tomcat Courtney

Host: Jim McInnes

The Handlery Hotel

950 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, CA 92018

Performer: The Derringers

Host: Janine Harty

The Lafayette Hotel

2222 El Cajon Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92104

Performer: Blue Diamond Special

Host: J. Otis Williams

Tio Leo's

5302 Napa St.

San Diego, CA 92110

Performer: Sue Palmer

Host: Claudia Russell

Seven Grand

3054 University Ave.

San Diego, CA 92014

Performers: Shane Hall, 7-10 p.m.; The Gabriel Sundy Trio, 10 p.m.-midnight

Host: Drew Miller

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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: The Damned at House of Blues San Diego]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:37:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Damned+4.7.17+Fatima+Kelley+%286%29.jpg Legendary UK punk/goth-rock band the Damned plowed through House of Blues San Diego on April 7.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[The Weekend is a Pond Us]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:04:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pond+Press-Shot-credit-Matt-Sav-1.jpg

Friday, Vanessa Carlton and Tristen are at the Casbah; Tiger Army, T.S.O.L. and Gamblers Mark play at the Observatory North Park; Good Riddance, Western Addiction, True Rivals and Bossfight take over Brick By Brick; Honne play the Belly Up; Octagrape headline the Whistle Stop; Betamaxx and Way Cool Jr. are at Music Box; and Shaed and Manatee Commune hit Soda Bar. Dance options include Bassjackers at Omnia; DJ Mike Delgado at Bar Pink; or Protohype at Bassmnt.

Saturday, Pond and the Incredible Shagatha & His Moog perform at the Casbah (read the SoundDiego interview with Pond); La Escalera Fest 6 with Western Settings, Problem Daughter, the Shell Corporation, BlackDots, Despero, the Bigger Empty and False Positives takes over Soda Bar; Cash’d Out and Nancarrow play at the Belly Up; Quel Bordel is at the Holding Company; and Campire Cassettes, John & the Time Traveling Bicycle, and Lightning Starts Fire are at Lestat’s. Get your dance on with Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the ‘80s at Bar Pink; Lee Curtiss at Bang Bang, Eric D-lux at Omnia; TWRK at Bassmnt; ‘80s vs. ‘90s at the Whistle Stop; or Lady Lush at Blonde.

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

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air at 100.7 KFMBFM, plus she promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

<![CDATA[The SoundDiego Coachella Survival Guide]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:21:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-521435336.jpg

Yeah, it’s that time again -- the back-to-back weekends of Coachella have returned.
Indio has some amazing acts this year, along with nearly 100,000 fans a day. Whether it’s your first time in the desert or you’re refining a yearly pilgrimage, SoundDiego wants to help.
Here are 10 rules to live by at Coachella 2017:
1. Hydrate: Heat stroke is no fun. This seems like a simple one, yet every year the first-aid tent is a sad tale of broken festival dreams. You’re allowed to bring a plastic, refillable water bottle into the festival, or once you’re inside, trade 10 empty bottles for a fresh, cold one. (And you can always buy them for $2 a pop.) There are no excuses for failing this basic golden rule.
2. Don't be a sucker: In years past, Jimmy Kimmel has sent a correspondent to the festival to mess with camera-hungry attendees by chatting them up about bands that don’t exist. They’ll be out there looking for dummies again. Don’t be one of them.
3. Be smart: If you break rule No. 3 -- and we strongly advise against that -- make sure you only answer questions about bands you actually listen to. Even if you have to say, "I have no idea," 10 times in a row, do it.
4. Use sunscreen: This seems about as basic as it comes, but I still see people on Saturday and Sunday looking like John Candy in "Summer Rental." It’s the desert. Do your skin a favor and put it on.
5. Art it up: Sure, bands are the big draw out in Indio, but festival organizers always do an incredible job providing attendees with the best in high-concept installations. New things are added every year, and they’re listed in the program. Plus, it just wouldn’t be the same without things like the Tesla Coil or gigantic, mechanical snail out there.
6. Don’t get too wasted: This isn’t a lecture, just a call to use some common sense. Have fun but remember that Coachella is a long, physical experience under the hot sun. Go beyond your limits and it can get dangerous. Not to mention that every person there has a smartphone and is just waiting to capture an idiot doing something stupid. Don’t be the star of their movie. Even if you bypass an emergency situation, you definitely don’t want to end up like this.   
7. BYOC (bring your own charger): Standing in the mile-long phone-charging station line is a drag. Really, the self-service stations aren’t much better, but they’ll save you some time.
8. Plan ahead: Don’t underestimate the upside of getting a locker or bringing your own hand sanitizer. You just don’t want to end up asking questions like, "Where the hell did I leave my backpack?" or "What did I just stick my hand in?"
9. Diversify: Make your way down to the never-ending dance party in the Sahara Tent at least once over the weekend. It’s a completely different world and a total people-watching paradise -- and it goes the other way as well. If all you do is hang in the Sahara all weekend, "roll" over to some of the other stages and check out a few bands. Switch it up.
10. Comfortable shoes: I know it’s difficult for some to ignore fashion, but nothing will put a damper on the Coachella experience faster than a pair of incessantly barking dogs. It doesn’t matter if they’re Crocs, Moon Boots or bunny slippers --  if they make your feet happy, wear 'em. At this point, if snowshoes made my feet feel the best, I’d rock them without thinking twice.
Safe travels and see you in the desert! 
Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Carlton's Way]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:25:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/164162261.jpg

The weekend is finally here and I couldn't be more excited about it. For many of you, Coachella is your weekend destination -- but if you're still going to be in town, you've got many amazing music options to choose from. At the Casbah, accomplished singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton has grown up since her early-'00s pop hits, and five studio records later, she's proving to be a skilled songstress worthy of a new listen. Meanwhile, Coachella artist Honne is in town with a show at the Belly Up, while "catchy and soulful electro-pop" trio Shaed headline Soda Bar. There are great shows all the way down the list and I hope there's something that catches your ear to make this weekend a great one.

Friday, April 14:

  • Vanessa Carlton, Tristen @ Casbah
  • Honne @ Belly Up
  • Shaed, Manatee Commune @ Soda Bar
  • Tiger Army, T.S.O.L., Gamblers Mark @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Benedetti Svoboda Duo @ Dizzy's
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink
  • Betamaxx, Way Cool Jr. @ Music Box
  • Octagrape + guests @ Whistle Stop
  • Harvard Bass & friends @ Blonde
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Peter Sprague @ Harbor Music Hall
  • La Escalera Fest Six6Seis @ Tower Bar
  • Bomb Squad feat. Steve McKinney & the SureFire Horns, Chugboat @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Power Brokers: Fundraiser for CAF Challenged Athletes Foundation @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Crooked, 7th Day Buskers @ Black Cat Bar
  • Good Riddance, Screw 32, Western Addiction, Bossfight @ Brick By Brick
  • Lindsay White, Jean Man @ Java Joe's
  • The Walking Phoenixes Tribute to Johnny Cash @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Lou's Birthday Bash @ Lestat's
  • Candid Dreamer, Beyond My Afterlife, Illuminate, Treaded, Vile creation, Vanguard @ SOMA
  • Casual Encounters @ The Merrow
  • Hellfire @ The Bancroft
  • Kevin Kinsella with Simple Creation, Dub Grammer @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • High Plaines Drifters @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Popvinyl, DJ Autumn Leilani  @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • BB and Company @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • OB Comedy with Rich Vos headlining @ Winston's  (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Expanders, Arise Roots @ Winston's
  • After Hours in The Office w/ DJs Kid Wonder & Saul Q @ The Office
  • Deejay Al @ Fluxx
  • Beat Kitchen with DJs QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • JR Jarris, Mikos Da Gawd and Orijanus @ Bang Bang
  • Camp Charlie Presents: Unicorn Invasion 2017 with DJ Dan @ Spin 
  • Protohype @ Bassmnt
  • Bassjackers @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Omega Squad presents Deekline @ 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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Green Day at Valley View Casino Center]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:42:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Green+Day+4.8.17+Fatima+Kelley+%2811%29.jpg Welcome to paradise: Green Day and Against Me! delivered a one-two rock & roll punch to San Diego on April 8 at Valley View Casino Center.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Preoccupational Hazard]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:11:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Preoccupations.jpg

Whether Coachella is your thing or not, you have to be excited about concerts for the next few weeks. The band formerly known as Viet Cong -- who changed the name for the insensitivity of it -- are now Preoccopations and their music is so good, that soon enough nobody will remember the politically incorrect slip of the past. Catch them with Porcelain Raft at Casbah. Meanwhile, another Coachella artist, Banks, returns to town with a show at Humphreys, where the seats have been removed temporarily to accommodate the standing-only crowd. Meanwhile Fresh Sound hosts an anniversary series show at Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan, Lupe Fiasco makes a scene at the Observatory, and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus play a second night at the Holding Company in OB.

Thursday, April 13:

  • Preoccupations, Porcelain Raft @ Casbah
  • Banks, Raury @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Ape Machine, Gozu, Nebula Drag, Little Dove @ Soda Bar
  • Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque @ Music Box
  • Fresh Sound Anniversary Series presents Nordeson / Brandtsegg Duo @ Bread and Salt
  • Grown Folk Music with the Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink 
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Belly Up
  • Lupe Fiasco, Ill Nicky @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Plane Without a Pilot, Short Stories @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Hemlock, the Bell Tower Bats @ Blonde
  • Dayshell, Silver Snakes, Weight of the Sun, Wolfwaker @ Brick By Brick
  • El Haragan, La Bestia @ House of Blues
  • Gary Rich Trio @ Harbor Music Hall
  • Darks of Heaven, the Iris, Lousifer's Heart, DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow
  • La Escalera Fest Six6Seis: Pre Fest Show @ Tower Bar
  • Retrograde, Electronica R&B, DJ RC @ Whistle Stop
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat Bar
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • King Taylor Project @ UTC Plaza Unplugged
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • The Groove Squad @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • The Popravinas @ The Field Irish Pub
  • ArtPower Presents: Tribu Baharú After Party @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • Triple SP @ Bancroft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jefferson Jay, Twin Fins @ Winston's
  • SWAESIC, Gene Valerie, DJ Kevin Bell @ Analog Bar 
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • The Loosen Up with DJs Aida, Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Yetep @ Parq
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Digital Cocoon presets Oddyssy @ Kava Lounge
  • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
  • Grim Slippers, Wytte Locis @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Holdup, Synrgy @ 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: Shinedown at House of Blues San Diego]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:11:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Shinedown+4.3.17+Connie+Bolger+%283%29.jpg Shinedown brought 'the sound of madness' to House of Blues San Diego April 3-4.

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<![CDATA[Coachella Chow Down: The Eats to Expect]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/outstandinginthefieldcoachella1.jpg

Desert Dining: You don't need to participate in too much reminiscing, or recalling of festivals of the past, to know that eating at a major concert has changed in recent years. Used to be you might grab a bag of chips at a stand outside of the venue, and maybe a soda, and that was basically your sustenance ahead of the show. That's no longer the case, very much so, now that some of California's biggest weekend-long tune extravaganzas put as much emphasis as who is doing the cooking, and cocktailing, as who is rocking the stage. The Coachella Music & Arts Festival is right up there in the tony pantheon of plate-based deliciousness, and the 2017 reveal of chefs, foodstuffs, and special dining events make the two-weekend Indio-based bash a big draw for discerning foodies. And while the stands and booths and grills will boast names and dishes many festival-goers recognize, one of the biggest food happenings isn't about a booth. It's the...

Outstanding in the Field... dinners, a nightly sit-down alfresco experience that will gather some 200 diners around an under-the-sky table for a sublime culinary experience. Different top toques'll helm the various nights, which kick off on April 14 and wrap on April 23 (like Coachella, there are six nights in all). A "(f)estival pass is required" to join, and you'll want to arrive promptly for that "welcoming cocktail." It's a swanky scene, one that elevates festival chow-down-ing to a truly gourmand level. But if you're looking for an artisan scoop of ice cream, a fancy hot dog, or a bevy of other also-stylish food choices, those will quite literally dot the festival, too (and you don't need an appointed time nor reservation to enjoy). Birdies, MatchaBar, Milk Box, and NoMad are but four of the many (many) food-excelling participants. Need to know about both Outstanding in the Field and the wider Eat & Drink scene at the April-famous festival? The info is out and piping hot.

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<![CDATA[Pond Concept]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:55:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pond+Press-Shot-credit-Matt-Sav-1.jpg

It’s easy to pigeonhole the Australian psychedelic pop outfit Pond as simply a Tame Impala offshoot. I mean, it’s kind of accurate: the group is partially made up of a current Tame Impala touring member, bassist Jay Watson, and former touring member, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Nick Allbrook.

However, both bands got started around the same time a decade ago in Perth, Australia. Impala's mastermind Kevin Parker was even Pond's drummer for a bit in the beginning (before, you know, taking over the world). And as such, the guys in Pond have had to live in Tame Impala's massive shadow ever since. Turns out, that’s just fine.

“Nah, it doesn’t bother me,” Allbrook wrote me in a recent email exchange. 

I suppose it wouldn’t. If it did, the Coachella-bound group probably wouldn’t have enlisted Parker himself to helm production duties on their upcoming studio album, “The Weather” (out May 5 via Marathon Artists; preorder here). In fact, it’ll be his fourth official time behind the board for the band -- previously credited as producer on their “Beard, Wives, Denim” (2012), “Hobo Rocket” (2013) and “Man It Feels Like Space Again” (2015) albums. Why repeatedly return to that particular well?

“Because he's a best friend,” Allbrook explained. “We all already understand each other’s tastes down to the finest detail, and he's one of the best producers in the world.”

While Parker doesn’t contribute to the songwriting in Pond (“He’s another creative head” in the process, I was told), his fingerprints are all over the new record: “The Weather” is a swirling, labyrinthine mix of late-‘60s psychedelia, funky grooves, growling synths, and modern pop experimentalism lead by Allbrook’s Bowie-esque delivery.

And if you’ve seen any of the blogosphere coverage about the new record, you’d have undoubtedly read a quote from Pond's frontman (allegedly) describing it as a “concept album” about the “contradictory things that make up a lot of colonial cities around the world.” However, Allbrook told me otherwise.

“That's actually a misquote. I was saying it's not a concept album. It did turn out to be focused on that sort of s---, but it's all so fleeting in its perspectives and subjects and where and when the tongue is placed in relation to the cheek...ya dig? So it's not really a concept album.”

Concept album or not, it’ll mark the collective’s seventh full-length studio effort in nearly as many years -- and any way you cut it, that’s a prolific output compared to most of their peers. But you know who’s not impressed? The guys in Pond.

“It's really not that amazing,” Allbrook wrote me. “There are so many other artists in so many other fields with outputs that I find absolutely staggering. We just let the things happen when they happen.”

Pond headline the Casbah on Saturday, April 15, with the Incredible Shagatha & His Moog opening. Tickets are available here.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, 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[Ginger Roots Has Soul]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:33:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Ginger+Roots+and+the+Protectors+4.8+Screengrab.PNG

Ginger Roots wears his head of hair proudly while his band members protect him from the sun and weird looks. Ginger Roots & the Protectors play Winston's on Saturday, April 15.