<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:05:22 -0800 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:05:22 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Ello, Mates of State!]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:25:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/matestsate.jpg

It's an exciting Tuesday, as everyone's favorite duo, Mates of State, return to the Casbah for a stop on what appears to be a tour of exclusive and small venues. They haven't released new material since 2011's "Mountaintops," so it's nice to see an old fave tour just for the fun of touring. This night is going to be a blast, so forget your responsibilities for the evening (and, er, the morning) and head down to the Casbah to catch the show. If that isn't your calling, however, Soda Bar hosts Cult of Youth, while AJ Froman leads the local Loudspeaker lineup at the Merrow, and Surefire Soul Ensemble finish their residency at the Hideout.

Tuesday, Jan. 27:

  • Mates of State, Fictionist @ Casbah
  • Cult of Youth, Hive Mind, Geyser House @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • AJ Froman, Rabbit Fever, Midnight Track @ The Merrow
  • Surefire Soul Ensemble @ The Hideout
  • The Wailers, Rian Basilio & the Roosters, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Squarecrow, Shinjoku Riot, Streetgirls, Aim for the Engine @ Tower Bar
  • Aerosmyth, Black Dog @ Brick by Brick
  • d. Sabela grimes, 8 p.m.; the Abbey Rader Quartet, 9 p.m. @ The Loft UCSD
  • The Green, Through the Roots @ House of Blues
  • Janice Edwards @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Meeting of the Meyends @ Winston's
  • Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Crackerfarm via Barsuk Records]]>
<![CDATA[Bar Pink Is Alive With the Sound of Music ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Von+Trapps+Press+Photo+Hornbecker.jpg

Bar Pink is alive with the sound of music!

It may be a slight variation on that iconic theme, but it’s exactly what you’ll be singing when the Von Trapps perform at the North Park bar on Jan. 31. Yes, you read that right. The Von Trapps. At Bar Pink.

You may have heard of a certain vocally blessed family that fled Austria during World War II and inspired the 1965 classic musical "The Sound of Music," but what you may not know is that the Von Trapps are still alive and well -- and they're still putting those gorgeous pipes to good use.

Composed of four great-grandchildren of the famous Captain and Maria von Trapp (who had their story gloriously put to music by Rodgers and Hammerstein all those years ago), the group has been performing on stages for the last 12 years, and, as we suspected, they're pretty darn good.

When their grandfather Werner (portrayed as Kurt "the incorrigible" in the film but who they affectionately knew as "Opa") suffered a stroke in 2002, the four siblings -- Sofi, Melanie, Amanda and August -- banded together to record some songs to help cheer him up.

One thing led to another and true to the film's line, "The Von Trapp children don't play. They march," they've marched around the world over the years, performing on stages in Japan, the UK, New Zealand, China and the Philippines. The family band eventually found themselves recording (and performing) with Pink Martini, the Chieftains, Wayne Newton and Rufus Wainwright -- and made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. Not too shabby for a group whose oldest member is only 25 years old.

Truth be told, the Von Trapps authentically carry on the family's legacy with tunes that embody the theatrical essence of their rich, classically trained vocals. In other words, they certainly don't shy away from "The Sound of Music" songs or Austrian folk numbers.

In addition to their Jan. 31 performance at Bar Pink, they'll also join Dr. Carol Williams at the historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Feb. 1 for a free concert at Balboa Park. While just a slight departure from the last big show we saw there (ahem, Drive Like Jehu), the performance promises to be a sonic delight for fans of the Von Trapps, the film and Spreckels organ aficionados alike.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Hornbecker]]>
<![CDATA[SD LIVE Will Blind You With Science]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:37:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/We+Are+Scientists+Live.jpg

You just made plans for Jan. 30, San Diego.

How do we follow up our blowout bash with Mariachi El Bronx in North Park last month? How about a FREE show with the party-rock band We Are Scientists, and a pair of 2014 San Diego Music Award winners.

That's right, the boys famous for feuding with Morrissey last year that SoundDiego TV featured in a pair of Sessions segments (and interviewed) are returning to San Diego for a bill they're sharing with San Diego's Schitzophonics and Nicky Venus. Nobody's more looking forward to this show more than than 91x Loudspeaker host Tim Pyles, who will be hosting the party next month, which, by the way, kicks off this time at 9 p.m.


"Great NY-based band with a touch of dance -- I have been a fan since I first heard 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt' in 2005 and remember seeing the first show they played in town," Pyles said. "Although based in NYC, the band has origins in Southern California, first meeting in Pomona and I'm excited I get to bring them onstage!"

Fresh off opening up 91x's Wrex the Halls mega-event at Valley View Casino Center -- and a 2014 San Diego Music Award for Best Hard Rock act --- Schitzophonics will be the main music support at what is turning into an annual event during the Casbah's anniversary month shows.

"The guitar player in this band comes from another planet," Pyles added. "They sound like MC5 slept with Jimmy Hendrix and the Stooges. The dude is a magician with his guitar -- watch the sleight of hand and don't be mystified: Every note you hear is played by him! No backing tracks!

Between sets on the main stage at Kettner Boulevard, fans can orbit the Casbah's Atari Lounge, where Nicky Venus, aka Nick Venti, will be owning the dance floor. He also went home a SDMA in October -- in his case, for Best Pop artist.

"How does one go from drums to frontman?" Pyles wondered. "When the drummer from Republic Of Letters decides to go solo! The band has an '80s vibe with nods to Erasure, Human League, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, New Order -- you get the picture."

With three bands scheduled to play, you won't go hungry for music, but you still might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Get there early and you can enjoy a VIP happy hour presented by Jack Daniel's, starting at 9 p.m.

On the off-chance you enjoy all that delicious whiskey a little too much, we've got you covered there, too. The fine folks from Uber will be on hand, giving you a $20 credit on your first ride if you use our "sounddiego" promotional code.


<![CDATA[Triosence Is Tingling]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:23:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/triosence.jpg

There are plenty of interesting music options Monday night in San Diego. An unexpected treat is the melodic German piano trio Triosence performing an all-ages show at Dizzy's, while indie-rock outfit Weyes Blood performs at the Hideout. Besides the great touring acts, local ladies take front stage, as Tactical Fever performs at Casbah, while Tori Roze returns to Bar Pink, and Steph Johnson joins Rob Thorsen at Croce's Park West. Meanwhile, Soda Gardocki of Wax performs at Tower Bar, and Swim Team finishes their residency at Soda Bar. It's a pretty great Monday night if you just need to get out and enjoy some music.

Monday, Jan. 26:

  • Triosence @ Dizzy's
  • Weyes Blood @ The Hideout
  • Tactical Fever, Scuffs, Nice World @ Casbah
  • Swim Team, Idyll Wild, Marqay @ Soda Bar
  • Soda Gardocki, Stephen Rey & the Tijuana Tramp, Fanny & the Atta Boys @ Tower Bar
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Motown Mondays with DJ Artistic @ Whistle Stop
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Orpheus Speaks @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with DJ Fishfonics @ 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.

<![CDATA[Double Dose of Free Improvisation]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:40:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/goliajarrellcrop.jpg

The folks at the San Diego Center for the Arts are doing exemplary work. They’ve been producing a concert series dedicated to presenting cutting-edge musicians for several years now, with absolutely zero concessions made to commercial potential.

On Jan. 16, the organization went with a double-header event featuring local free-improvisers Mudhead (Sam Lopez on pump organ and kora; Sean Conway on trumpet, vocals and homemade instruments; Scott Nielson on saxophone and electronics; Esteban Flores on guitar; Nathan Hubbard on bass drum, bell and electronics) opening for Vinny Golia on reeds, Kristian Aspelin on guitar, Jerome Bryerton on drums and Nathan Hubbard on percussion and electronics.

Mudhead: As Lopez pumped ethereal harmonies into the air, Conway began singing indistinct lines that had an Eastern vibe to them, although a post-concert chat indicated that the style was Appalachian in origin. At any rate, it was very creative and it set the stage for Mudhead’s ostensible directive: long, static events with a premium placed on listening.

Hubbard stood and plinked minimally on a tiny keyboard placed atop his huge bass drum, while Nielson sent washes from an analog synthesizer into the mix. Much of the sonic curtain came from Flores, who’s multi-effected pedal board provided a continuous drone around which Hubbard would layer a funereal bass drum beat, as Conway shifted from blowing into a long plastic funnel to wailing foghorn effects from a balloon attached to a length of PVC piping.

Lopez switched to kora and Conway moved to trumpet, eliciting long, clear tones as the group downshifted towards a minimalist conclusion.

Golia, Aspelin, Bryerton, Hubbard: The group opened the first improvisation with the busy sounds of brushes activating, small, inverted cymbals laying on top of his snare and floor toms. Golia, on bass clarinet, blew soft notions peppered by plaintive shrieks as Aspelin chopped manic clusters and Hubbard activated strange, white-noise loops on a drastically modified cheap sequencer.

The quartet built toward a maelstrom crescendo with both drummers at full whack level and the guitarist sourcing distortion-laden "skronk" while Golia poured endless melodies out of his serpentine sopranino saxophone.

For the final improvisation, Golia began on tenor saxophone in duet with Bryerton, accessing his inner Ayler to the drummer’s Sunny Murray. Golia reached ecstatic highs, screaming over the obstreperous percussion, which featured both drummers dragging lengths of chain across their floor-toms and manic, kalimba-like strokes from the guitarist. Golia switched back to the bass clarinet, slowly steering the group down from the squalling vortex into a slow descent toward pianissimo conversation, and an eventual pin-drop quiet conclusion.

It was creative enough to earn a "breathtaking" description. It was especially gratifying to see a full-house at this concert, with both bands earning rapturous applause. Nicely done!

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

Photo Credit: Nate Jarrell]]>
<![CDATA[Out With the Old, in With the Coup]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:08:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/bootsriley.jpg

There are some really great opportunities to put off worrying about Monday a little longer. Russian Circles play to a sold-out crowd at Soda Bar, while Los Lobos perform to a sold-out crowd at Belly Up. Stevie Harris gets funky at Sycamore Den and even the Ken Club gets in on the Sunday music action with a show. The show of the night though, in my humble opinion, is the Coup at the Casbah. I have no idea how this show isn't already sold out, but you can be sure that the hip hop heads will be turning out for the chance to see the legendary group in such an intimate space. 

Sunday, Jan. 25:

  • The Coup, Odessa Kane, DJ Artistic @ Casbah
  • Casbah Presents: Russian Circles, Mamiffer @ Soda Bar (SOLD OUT)
  • Los Lobos, Hamish Anderson @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Stevie Harris, Tori Roze, Johnny Alexander @ Sycamore Den
  • Alberta Ballet's Fumbling Towards Ecstsy @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Body Rampant, Ghost Parade @ Ken Club
  • Giuseppe Mentuccia @ Salk Institute
  • Rat Sabbath with DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • ZOFO @ California Center for the Arts
  • 45 Revolutions (noon), Choro Sataque @ Croces Park West
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • AJ Froman, Gabriela y La Buena Honda @ Tin Roof
  • Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues
  • Jesse Davis (10:00 a.m.), Antoine Knight (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • The Jason Adamo Band, Jessica Lynn, Caroline Corn @ Lestat’s
  • Craig Wayne Boyd @ Sycuan
  • A Benefit Concert for the family of our friend Kyle Witkowski @ Winston's (3:00 p.m.)
  • The Squirming Coils @ Winston's (7:00 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's (10:00 p.m.)

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Live: G. Love & Special Sauce]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:52:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/G.+Love+and+Special+Sauce+Cropped+.jpg G. Love & Special Sauce brought their unique, alternative brand of soul/hip-hop to the House of Blues Jan. 18, with Matt Costa opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Crouching Tiger, Hidden Wagon]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:24:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BehindtheWagon.jpg

Oh, glorious Saturday night, where have you been all week? Tonight you can certainly enjoy some awesome music. In fact, there are so many great shows it is challenging to choose: Brick By Brick offers a solid lineup of whisky swilling rock while the Observatory North Park goes steampunk tonight with Steam Powered Giraffe. Big Head Todd & the Monsters bring their college rock sound to Belly Up and Loons throwback to the psychedelic '60s at Bar Pink. You can be sure old Casbah friends will be remembering Bob Bennett (read our tribute to "Uncle Bob") tonight as the Cadillac Tramps return to the Casbah and Hideout hosts Helms Alee, which should be your "indie cred show of the week." Finally, things get dirty as Behind the Wagon rock out at Soda Bar, which could possibly kick off a whiskey shortage in City Heights.

Saturday, Jan. 24:

  • Behind the Wagon, Jake Loban & the Bender Band, Greg Griffin @ Soda Bar
  • Helms Alee, Marriages @ The Hideout
  • Cadillac Tramps, No More Saints, Screamin’ Yeehaws @ Casbah
  • The Loons, Schitzophonics, Gone Baby Gone @ Bar Pink
  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters @ Belly Up
  • Steam Powered Giraffe @ The Observatory North Park
  • Cardboard Truckers, Boondock Brothers, Country Rockin Rebels, and Future Age @ Brick By Brick
  • The O.S.S. @ Boar Cross’n
  • Mozart Marathon @ LJ Athenaeum
  • Jesse Cook @ California Center for the Arts
  • Nina Francis (noon), Gilbert Castellanos & the Park West @ Croces Park West
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Lexington Field, Adam Henry @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • Prayers, the Slashes, Sleeping Ghost @ 98 Bottles
  • Mason James, Alanna Clarke, Christine Parker @ Lestat’s
  • Felix Cavaliere's Rascals @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Danny Green Trio (CD release) @ The Loft
  • The Ben Miller Band, Crow Moses @ The Merrow
  • Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Points North @ Ramona MainStage
  • Billy Candler Presents: Olliver Trolley, Ocelot, Arson Academy, Alexa Villa @ 710 Beach Club
  • I Am the Conqueror, Riboflavin, Chrysalis, Anton Jon @ SOMA
  • Tower and Stone @ The Tower Bar
  • The Reflectors @ Tio Leo’s
  • Glen David Andrews Band with Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan @ Winston's
  • ATB @ Bassmnt
  • Posso, Erick Diaz @ Bang Bang

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[Live: Eric Church]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:27:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Eric+Church+Valley+Veiw+Hancock+1.18.15+%2837%29.jpg Eric Church, country music's top renegade, brought the house down at Valley View Casino Center on Jan. 18.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Take a Donkey Ride]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:07:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/the+Donkeys+Blurb.jpg

Let's just agree that after this week, the weekend couldn't come any faster. Friday's big awesome show is at the Casbah, with the Donkeys and a host of three great support acts. Their shows always sell out, so if you don't buy tickets in advance, you should be sure to arrive at the Casbah relatively early to be sure you get in. That isn't the only show however, as locals Pierce The Veil step up their game. They've outgrown Soma and tonight will perform at Viejas Arena and it will be an epic night. Around town, catch Moon Hootch at Soda Bar, Euphoria Brass Band parties up at Seven Grand, and Cathryn Beeks hosts a massive All Access at House of Blues with a host of local acts.

Friday, Jan. 23:

  • The Donkeys, And And And, Ditches, Erik Canzona & the Narrows @ Casbah
  • SOMA Presents Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Mallory Knox @ Viejas Arena (read our interview HERE)
  • Moon Hooch, Inspired and the Sleep, DJ Man-Cat @ Soda Bar
  • Carnage @ Bassmnt
  • Endo @ Bang Bang
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Seven Grand
  • Amy Monzon (video premier), Spaced Out With East County, Jimbo James, NITIN @ The Hideout
  • Tim Neumark, Amy Janelle, and Brad Jacobsen @ Greene Music San Diego
  • All Access Local Brews, Local Grooves: Superunloader, Rhythm and the Method, Sister Speak, Boxcar Thief, Restoration One, Radios Silent, the New Rich, Lessons From Zeke, the Shenanigans, Mango Melody, Jill Noreen & Random Theory, Viscous, Wonka Bar, Sometimes Julie @ House of Blues (read our preview here)
  • Tolan Shaw, Dr. Seahorse, LANY @ The Merrow
  • Boz Boorer, Nowhere Fast, DJs Rob Moran and Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters (9 p.m.); Atomic Groove (5 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • Todo Mundo @ Croce's Park West
  • Diamond Pistols @ Fluxx
  • Rising Star (9 p.m.); Backwater Blues Band (5 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage Live
  • Justin Young, Lakin @ Lestat’s
  • Clint Westwood @ Tin Roof
  • Locals at the Loft, featuring Emilio Cazares, Vida Blue, Craig Marker @ The Loft
  • Robben Ford with the Ford Blues Band, Brett Ellis Band @ Ramona MainStage
  • Sunny Rude & Shoreline Rootz @ 710 Beach Club
  • Mods vs. Rockers: Diddley Daddies, the Rosalyns, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones @ The Tower Bar
  • Polynesian Underground  presents Josh Heinrichs and SkillinJah backed by Beyond I Sight and Aok @ Winston'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: Christina McCord, courtesy of Dead Oceans]]>
<![CDATA[Casbah Loses One of Its Own]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bob+Bennett+Casbah.jpg

Sadly, the Casbah has lost one of its own.

Casbah co-owner and beloved back bartender Bob Bennett died suddenly this week. Bennett, along with Tim Mays and Peter Verbrugge, opened the Pink Panther Club in 1986 and ran it in that location before it morphed into the Casbah in 1989, and eventually moved to a larger-capacity club at its current Kettner Boulevard location in 1994.

According to Mays, Bennett was a mentor as well as a business partner -- and a great friend.

"When I met him, he had this great vintage store -- before anyone else started doing that kind of thing -- and he was just the coolest dude," Mays said. "He took me under his wing and became my friend. We worked for years and years together; during the beginning years of the Pink Panther and the Casbah, we’d be there five or six nights out of the week together. I'd do the booking, and he'd run the bar. He was a fixture at the back bar for 20 years. People would come to [the Casbah] just to hang with him. There were plenty of nights when we'd be back there, talking into the wee hours of the night."

Rosemary Bystrak, Casbah’s in-house publicist (and a contributor to SoundDiego), first met him when she started working at the club in 2006 –- and also remembers him fondly.

"A lot of people called him Uncle Bob," Bystrak said. "He was just so open with everyone. He could be a cantankerous guy -- like, he'd kind of be barking at you, and you kind of wanted to run -- but at the same time, you were stoked to just be there with him [laughs]. There was a steady crowd of people who would come to the Casbah on Friday nights regardless of who was playing and pay at the door just to hang out with Bob. We'd always joke about his overpours –- there always seemed to be more booze on the mats than in the drinks [laughs]."

Mays attempted to explain the impact Bennett had on the people around him.

"He touched a lot of people's lives," Mays said. "He always had a story. He was from Pittsburgh, and he was a little older than most of us, and he'd been around. He had a strange world view -- and thought and said things that weren't always logical to anyone but him. But he had a way of looking at things that was very unique. He lived his life the way he wanted to."

When asked if he remembered anything off the top of his head about Bennett that made him smile, Mays hardly knew where to start.

“He was always really supportive – and really protective. I remember whenever we’d have particularly troublesome customers, Bob would step right in, and go ‘Get the f--- outta here!’ He bit somebody’s nose once. He was just a crazy kid [laughs].”

Mays also told SoundDiego that there will be a public memorial service at some point soon, most likely at the Casbah. It would be a fitting send-off for their friend and colleague.

"People still stop in and ask for him now and then," Mays said. "He was just truly one of a kind.”

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Pierce the Night]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:22:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PTD.jpg

Friday, Pierce the Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Pvris and Mallory Knox are at Viejas Arena (read the SoundDiego interview with Pierce the Veil); the Donkeys, And And And, Ditches and Erik Canzona & the Narrows take over the Casbah; Tolan Shaw, Dr. Seahorse and LANY are at the Merrow; Moon Hooch, Inspired and the Sleep and DJ Man-Cat hit Soda Bar; Mods vs. Rockers at the Tower Bar features Diddley Daddies, the Rosalyns, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones and DJ Tony the Tyger; Social Club, Sullen Ray and Katie Leigh & the Infantry are at the Ken Club; and Local Brews, Local Grooves: All Access takes over House of Blues (check out the SoundDiego preview of the festival). For your dancing fix, Carnage is at Bassmnt; Endo takes over Bang Bang; Club Death Nation presents Electrovot at Spin; and Boz Boorer (guitarist who plays with Morrissey) is doing a DJ set at the Whistle Stop, and the Smiths tribute band Nowhere Fast is playing. Plus, DJs Rob Moran and Saul Q round out the lineup.

Saturday, the Loons, Schitzophonics and Gone Baby Gone (featuring birthday beauty Dizzy) are at Bar Pink; Cadillac Tramps, No More Saints and Screamin’ Yeehaws take over the Casbah; Helms Alee, Marriages and Kata are at the Hideout; Prayers, the Slashes and Sleeping Ghost are at 98 Bottles; Steam Powered Giraffe are at the Observatory North Park; Behind the Wagon, Jake Loban & the Bender Band and Greg Griffin hit Soda Bar; and Markland, Cardboard Truckers, Country Rockin’ Rebels and Future Age are at Brick By Brick. Dance options include Club Sabbat with Liquid Grey and yours truly at Numb3rs, Booty Bassmnt at the Whistle Stop; ATB at Bassmnt; and Posso and Erick Diaz at Bang Bang.

Sunday, Los Lobos is sold out at the Belly Up, and so is Russian Circles at Soda Bar. Other options include the Coup, Odessa Kane and DJ Artistic at the Casbah; and Stevie Harris, Tori Roze and Johnny Alexander at Sycamore Den.

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

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

Photo Credit: Adam Elmakias]]>
<![CDATA[Marchfourth Madness]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:45:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*213/Marchfourth+Marching+Band.jpg

Thursday night is a grab bag of delight, and you can be sure that just about anywhere you go is going to be full of surprises. La Diabla, hailing from Tijuana, conjure up some of the area's finest cumbia music, or catch Brookly duo the Mast at Soda Bar. Local Nicky Venus gets booties shaking at Bar Pink, while Deep Sea Thunderbeast rock out Til-Two. Probably the most enticing act of the night is the MarchFourth Marching Band, because, really, who doesn't love a full marching band fitting on a tiny club stage? Catch them tonight at the Belly Up.

Thursday, Jan. 22:

  • La Diabla, Goma, Madly, DJ Unite, Las Suscias @ Casbah
  • The Mast, Lightworks, Bakkuda @ Soda Bar
  • Nicky Venus, Willa @ Bar Pink
  • MarchFourth Marching Band, Turkuaz, DJ GianCarlo @ Belly Up
  • Deep Sea Thunderbeast, Abrams, Cryptic Languages, Fantasy Arcade @ Til-Two Club
  • Arms Away, Quali (CD release party) @ The Hideout
  • Citrus @ Sycamore Den
  • Mobile Deathcamp, Hemlock, Final Drive, G.O.D. (Groove of Death) @ The Merrow
  • The Bloody Beetroots @ Bassmnt
  • Human Behavior @ The Dawg House
  • Luicidal, Oceanside Sound System, Odd-ball @ Brick By Brick
  • Lauren Shera, Nina Francis, Brienne Moore @ Lestat's
  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox @ House of Blues
  • Club 80s @ The Bancroft
  • The Traveler's Club @ U-31
  • Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West
  • Stellita @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Chris James & Patrick Ryan @ Tio Leo's
  • OB Hip Hop Social #22 @ Winston's
  • No Limits with Myson King @ The Office
  • The Tighten Up with Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Big Sean @ Fluxx
  • Astrojump with Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Art History Lecture with Linda Blair @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Might Moses @ 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.

<![CDATA[Tapping the Timbre of Timber]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:49:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/bluefish+barbaracrop.jpg

New-music advocate Bonnie Wright began the fall installments of her Fresh Sound at Bread & Salt concert series with a (literal) bang on Jan. 15 through a performance by Red Fish Blue Fish, the innovative percussion ensemble directed and founded by Steve Schick and featuring Leah Bowden, Dustin Donahue, Chris Clarino, Fiona Digney and Ryan Nestor.

The group unveiled the appropriately titled "Timber" by composer Michael Gordon, a provocative 60-minute piece for six graduated, amplified 2x4s. That's not a typo. Each member used mallets to tap on 2x4s mounted on sawhorses arranged in an unequally sided hexagon in the center of the large industrial warehouse space, surrounded by the audience.

All six of the musicians wore earbuds to monitor a click-track that the audience did not hear. After Bowden began alone with one rhythmic phrase, the others joined in, either doubling that phrase or playing counter ideas, spreading the mallets around the boards to achieve overtones and moving toward the first in a series of crescendos. A sound engineer off to the side of the group manipulated some of those sounds to achieve an amorphous droning bass, similar to a large tabla.

One of the many fascinating aspects of this performance came when the group would intensify the dynamics -- at that point, the multiple layered overtones would swirl into the high ceiling and produce long pitches that sounded like a woman singing. I had to ask after the show if that was someone on tape or some sort of hidden electronics producing that effect. Turns out it was just the magic of acoustics.

After achieving a dizzying layering of polyrhythmic structures on one idea, Schick would steer the group into a different rhythm, after which the ideas would double, layer, conflict and transform from super quiet to almost unbearably loud. At times it sounded like six different rhythms were struggling to exist in the same space. From the perspective of this listener, the amount of concentration required to pull this off seemed to be superhuman. At varying points, the main rhythms and the polyrhythms felt logical and precise -- sort of a combination of the minimalism of Steve Reich (in an untempered sense) or Balinese Gamelan music -- but at other times the effect was more mechanical, like the sound of tennis shoes in a clothes dryer or, at one point, like an OCD carpenter trying to even the ends of a stack of studs with a framing hammer.

Each player's 2x4 was of a different length, and they were all supported at the nodal points to facilitate maximum vibration. Even still, it was amazing to hear how many different pitches could be achieved simply by where the mallets hit the boards, how hard they were struck, and whether the players choked up on them or held them at their ends.

About halfway through the piece, each player struck the ends of their own boards with one mallet, and the ends of the board next to them with the other. This achieved a different tonal effect, and a sense of motion was consistently achieved through changes in volume and with different members of the group pairing off in different configurations. This was an extremely challenging idea, and the music itself was daunting for the performers -- the score was in front of each musician on a laptop computer with foot-activated page changing -- but Red Fish Blue Fish pretty much knocked it out of the park, resulting in a well-earned and sustained ovation at the end.

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

Photo Credit: Barbara Wise]]>
<![CDATA[Hideout and Seek]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:01:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hideout+SD.jpg Cults touring members Cory Stier and Gabriel Rodriguez have a new side project called Hideout, but there's no hiding from SoundDiego -- we caught their San Diego debut at Soda Bar!]]> <![CDATA[Guster in the Wind]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:10:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/guster-photo-cred-zoe-ruth-erwin.jpeg

The '90s gave us Gecko clothing; massive cell phones, a la "Saved by the Bell"; and neon everything -- it was a migraine-inducing decade. Which is probably why '90s rock came on strong, massaging deep vocals and guitar solos into musical cold compresses that now are more mind-numbingly monotonous than therapeutic (hey, it's a different time). Once of that tradition, Guster explore a transformation on their latest album, and come Wednesday, Jan. 21, they bring that something new to House of Blues.

The Boston-born outfit had this whole bongo thing for a while -- a long while -- and got noticed for its stripped-down, affable sound. But after a few years and as many albums, something had to change. The addition of a real drum kit saw the group adding more hits to their growing list of successes. But even that was more than 10 years ago. Now, they've released "Evermotion," and it's enough to make you forget that this band once bounced on bongos at all.

Guster's seventh studio album and the first full-length in four years, "Evermotion," waxes ethereal grooviness. The Richard Swift–produced effort is a (welcome) step away from what initially garnered Guster recognition, forgoing '90s rock in lieu of darker storms of orchestral pop, synth plugs and atmospheric echoes. Since the last album, the group has added a member and left a major record label, and in doing so, are taking stock of who they are and what they're capable of creating. And, thankfully, that's happening sans neon hues.

Guster play House of Blues on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., $25, all ages. Kishi Bashi opens.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz, a San Diego native, moved back to the area after working the magazine-publishing scene in Boston. Now she’s straight trolling SD for all the music she missed while away. Want to help? Hit her up with just about anything at all over on Twitter, where -- though not always work-appropriate -- she means well.

Photo Credit: Zoe Ruth Erwin]]>
<![CDATA[Waters Fine]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:24:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/waters+new.jpg

When a band leaves a strong impression on me, I tend to be a cheerleader for them forever. Such is the case with Waters. Lead vocalist Van Pierszalowski fronted Port O'Brien, and since they disbanded and formed Waters, I've been an even bigger fan, especially since the band has done the work to play show after show here and build up their audience organically. On this Wednesday night, they perform a headlining slot at the Casbah, and with Ed Ghost Tucker and Bit Maps opening the show, this is going to be a great hump day. Still, if you're more loyal to your college rock, Guster return, and they certainly put on a great show every time they come around, and with viloinist Kishi Bashi opening this House of Blues show, you are certain to be in for an unexpectedly awesome show. Around town, Junior Reid is at Belly Up, while Madball are at Soda Bar, and Cryptic Languages make a special appearance at Til-Two Club.

Wednesday, Jan. 21:

  • Waters, Ed Ghost Tucker, Bit Maps @ Casbah
  • Guster, Kishi Bashi @ House of Blues
  • Junior Reid & Natural Vibrations, Karlos Paez @ Belly Up
  • Madball, Donnybrook, Mizery, Take Offense @ Soda Bar
  • Glorybound Presents @ Bar Pink
  • Disco Fever, the Latin Lovers @ The Hideout
  • Cryptic Languages, Behold the Monolith, Blackwitch Pudding @ Til-Two Club
  • Flakes, Milo the Band, Allen Vega @ The Merrow
  • Jazzreach featuring Metta Quintet @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Antoine Dufor, Thomas Leeb, Trevor Gordon Hall, Donavan Raitt @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series featuring Hugo Suarez @ Croce's Park West
  • Robin Schultz @ Bang Bang
  • Ben Weldel Quartet @ La Jolla Atheaneum
  • Word Up (live rap showcase) featuring Ric Scales, D Dove, Hemphasize, Kaus, Introspection, Danny Dabeat'o, Eskimo Bros @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Jahsun, Jugglerz Sound System with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge - DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Friends Chill with Eddie Turbo and Dubchops @ The Office
  • Major Interval @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesdays @ Whistle Stop
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub
  • Uli John Roght, Joe Lynn Turner, Vinnie Moore @ Ramona Mainstage
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.-close)

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[Mast-ers of Their Domain]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:07:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TheMast+Press+Photo.jpg

If you've been paying attention to the current state of affairs in music, you've most likely witnessed the revitalization of dark, melancholic electronica over the last few years. Artists like James Blake, Banks, Grimes, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus and the Weeknd are only a few notable artists taking the style to new heights. Go ahead and add Brooklyn's the Mast (who headline Soda Bar on Jan. 22) to that cast of players.

Earlier this year, the NYC duo (singer Haleh Gafori and multi-instrumentalist Matt Kilmer) released "Pleasure Island," [listen here] a brooding masterpiece of a record made up of hypnotic melodies, ethereal atmospherics and rhythms that alternate between trip-hop break beats and glacial downtempo percussion. Along with fascinating music videos (edited and directed by Gafori herself) for their singles, "UpUpUp," "Luxor," "So Right," "Nuclear Dragon" and "Emerald," the band is clearly on the forefront of artists that present the perfect package of both visual and audio elements.

Strangely enough, as great as their latest album is, it's a far cry from their 2012 debut, "Wild Poppies," which heavily featured electric guitar and the tribal sounds of Kilmer's live drums instead of digital synths.

The Mast, "Pleasure Island""They're vastly different for sure," Gafori told SoundDiego recently, referring to the two records. "'Wild Poppies' was mainly us just playing our instruments. We only overdubbed a few extra vocal lines, but we were both in the studio playing at the same time and recording it live. But then we got into manipulating those sounds electronically. Matt's been playing electronic music for a long time, so it was a natural progression."

It turns out the group had difficulty replicating the recordings from their first album at gigs.

"When we took 'Wild Poppies' into a club, it was hard to get those sounds," Gafori said. "We were using really specific types of drums that weren't necessarily meant to be pushed that much in a rock club. But when we decided to throw an electronic song in the set, it sounded so great live. We were able to have complete control."

Not content to work within the confines of the typical write/record/tour cycle, the Mast seem to enjoy presenting music to their fans in a relatively newfangled way.

"We do live streaming sessions in our studio," said Gafori. "We've done a couple shows like that recently, and it's been great. We set up the computer and the camera, and people can watch it anywhere. They've been a mixture of live drums and electronica -- we've been bringing the two styles together. Later this year, we'll pick the best stuff from those sessions, develop the songs a little bit more and release an EP with them."

Riding a massive wave of buzz, the group, it turns out, has a couple fans you may have heard of: Reggie Watts and Louis C.K.

"Reggie's a good friend of ours, and he's amazing," Gafori said. "It's funny because we'll hang out before a show and start talking about the architecture in Williamsburg or something -- and next thing we know, he's onstage, referencing that in one of his songs. Everything he does onstage is completely improvised. It all happens in the moment. He just rides this cosmic wave."

Apparently, before the first season of "Louie," Louis C.K. called up Watts and asked him to do the music for his show. But it turned out that C.K. wanted to go the jazz route, so the experimental comedian/musician turned to his friend Kilmer.

"Matt has played a lot of jazz throughout his life," Gafori explained. "He's been jamming with a lot of jazz guys for many, many years. So he called up some friends to start jamming, and when Louie heard them, he was just ecstatic. When Watts ended up getting the call from Conan to join him on his 'Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television' tour in 2011, the job of musical supervisor fell into Matt's hands. They've been working really closely together for four seasons now. A lot of people think all the music in that show is licensed, because it all sounds like it's from different time periods: Afrobeat, '60s rock, bossa nova, vintage jazz -- but it's all composed and played live by Matt and the show's band, SweetPro."

Albums, music videos, live streaming, hanging with Reggie Watts, scoring "Louie" -- it seems like they've done everything, except play San Diego.

"We've played the West Coast before," Gafori said. "Our last time out there was at the end of 2013 when we were on tour with Blonde Redhead. But the Soda Bar show will be the first time the Mast plays San Diego. We're definitely looking forward to defrosting in California [laughs]."

The Mast play Soda Bar on Jan. 22, with Lightworks and Bakkuda opening. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and is 21+. Tickets are available online here.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mast]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Lita Ford]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:02:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lita+Ford-6654.jpg Former guitarist of the Runaways, Lita Ford glam-rocked the Ramona Mainstage on Jan. 16, with Rammoth, Allison Chains and RDG opening the show.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Half the Battle Bot]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:17:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/230+NBC+Music+2010.jpg

Do you think that San Diego is a hip-hop town? Because honestly, I hadn't really ever seen any great emergence of the genre, and then DJ Artistic and Tramlife put together the Battle Bots Tuesdays at the Casbah, and suddenly it felt like even if the genre isn't taking over, at least people in this town are paying closer attention to it. Maybe there was something else to change the tide, but whatever the case, head down to the Casbah Tuesday night to catch another Beat Battle -- or maybe even enter yourself. Meanwhile, it's Tiki Tuesday at Bar Pink, while Graham Nancarrow gets a little country at Brick by Brick, and the Merrow hosts three up-and-coming locals for a chill Tuesday night in San Diego.

Tuesday, Jan. 20:

  • Hip Hop Beat Battle with DJ Artistic, Tramlife @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Graham Nancarrow @ Brick by Brick
  • Good Morning Coffee, Degen, the Verigolds @ The Merrow
  • SureFire Soul Ensemble @ The Hideout
  • Stranger, Ease Up, True Press, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Lori Bell and Ron Satterfield @ Croce's Park West
  • Too Many Zooz @ Winston's
  • Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Mr. White @ Spin Nightclub
  • #Tr@pped with DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Brian Bostrom]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Tesla's Frank Hannon]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:53:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Frank+Hannon+335C5767.jpg Frank Hannon, Tesla's lead guitarist, brought the rock to Ramona Mainstage on Jan. 10, with Sledd and the Taz Taylor Band opening.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Pierce the Veil: Homecoming Kings]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:56:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Spring+Fever+Tour+Michel+Dussack+%286%29.jpg

Pierce the Veil are kind of a big deal.
So much so that the San Diego metalcore band (who play Viejas Arena on Jan. 23) had my own brother calling me up in bewildered excitement after I had casually mentioned in a text that I had recently interviewed their bassist, Jaime Preciado.

“Oh my God! Was he cool?” my brother asked. “Isabella [his 15-year-old step-daughter] and I just saw them here in Nashville! Brother, they were so good!” He emphasized that "so good" part pretty hard. I could tell he was nearly bursting with hysteria, and I wasn't surprised -- Pierce the Veil tend to get that kind of reaction.
It's always funny whenever you're reminded that, ultimately, the world is just an extremely small place: In a strange twist, it turned out Preciado was just as thrilled when I mentioned my brother's name to him.
We were on the subject of secret shows (calm down PTV fans, there won't be any in San Diego, although, "We've definitely had that conversation -- maybe one of these days," Preciado said) and had been talking about seeing bands back in the day at the Scene and the Epicenter, when he launched into a story of seeing one of his favorite local groups (Noise Ratchet) at a secret show in Escondido -- who, for that night only, were billed as the Purple Cows.
"Yeah, I absolutely remember that," I laughed, "'cause I was totally there too -- my brother, Danny Lothspeich, played guitar in Noise Ratchet."
All of a sudden, the 29-year-old bassist for one of the hugest bands ever to hail from America's Finest City sounded like a kid again. For what it's worth, I'd hear that same tone (along with some high-pitched squeals) later in the day when telling my brother about Preciado's Purple Cows story. There just aren't enough exclamation points to describe it.
Regardless, this type of thing is exactly what fans find so endearing about Pierce the Veil. They just seem to be four unassuming guys that have put in the hard work to get to the point they're currently at, amid tireless days and nights of writing, recording and touring. They're just like us, except their YouTube videos have a bajillion streams, and they've got more than 3 million Facebook friends and a million-plus Twitter followers. "When we started the band, it was all about Myspace," Preciado laughed. "It definitely wasn't like it is now." But they still remember what it was like to meet the musicians who inspired them.
"I was at the Del Mar Fair one time, years ago, when Mike Herrera of MxPx walked right by me," said Preciado. "I freaked out! But I asked him to sign my ticket, and you know what? I still have that ticket with his signature in my room. I still talk about that. Of course, he'll never remember that, but I will. Kids remember that stuff, and I was one of them."
Pierce the Veil's devotion to their fans runs deep. According to Preciado, stories from meet-and-greets and fan letters made their way into material on the forthcoming album.
"There were certain things we took in," he said. "You know, things are really different from when we went to shows back in the day versus when kids go to shows now. The world has become a really crazy place. Ten years ago, it was more about angst -- we were more angry than anything, you know? We just wanted to rebel a little bit. But now, there's a lot of depression in the world. Our singer [Vic Fuentes] was doing the lyrics, and some stories we heard, or letters we read, really affected him. It's personal to us too."
When asked if the new record would see PTV take another evolutionary step style-wise (as they've been prone to do since their inception), Preciado thinks it's all a constant work-in-progress.
Pierce the Veil's Jaime Preciado"Bands change," he said, "but with us, it's always been a natural progression, no matter if they're small or big changes. It's always been organic. In my opinion, one of the best examples of a band evolving is Thrice. They started out super heavy and punk, but after every record, they changed a little bit and went further and further as they put out more records. I admire that kind of change. And now, I think they're a completely different band, and for better or for worse, I'll always be a fan. With our music, we don't have one type of sound. I've always thought of us as a black sheep in music. Some bands are strictly a metal or punk rock band, but we had a punk rock vibe; we had a heavy vibe; we had a mid-tempo pop vibe -- and we can include all those things in our sound now. The new record is a mix of all of that. That's how we like to write music. Each song is different and has a different vibe. You know, some songs don't need a crazy heavy part. At this point, kids are not necessarily expecting us to be one type of thing. And maybe that can be our style. Maybe one day, people will be like, ‘That band has that Pierce the Veil sound.'" 
If their fans (like my brother and his daughter) are any indication, PTV have already reached that iconic level. Preciado admitted it's pretty awesome -- and insane.
"It's gotten crazy over the last couple years [laughs]. Before, we were like, 'Every band has crazy fans,' but after the last couple years, we have our people filming the crowd, and the line outside the venues -- and they're completely out of their minds [laughs]. During shows, I'll look out and see a kid going off -- and I think, 'I've never been that excited to do anything ever!' [Laughs] You're pumped because they're pumped."
And the homecoming love? That's not bad either.
"It's really special to play in our hometown for our family and friends. I never thought in a million years that we'd be playing a place like Viejas Arena. A couple months after we were booked, my mom saw our name up on the huge flashing marquee on [Interstate 8, next to San Diego State], and she called me up going, 'You're on the big sign! You're on the big sign!' That's just one of those things where you just stop and go, 'Wow.' Your family sees that, your friends see that, and they have a sense of pride. They've always had our back. There's just nothing like that San Diego love."

Pierce the Veil co-headline Viejas Arena on Jan. 23 with Sleeping with Sirens, Pvris and Mallory Knox. Tickets are available here

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

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Welcome to the Bronx]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:11:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/meb_main_bw.jpg

I was really hoping that I could recommend Mariachi El Bronx at the Casbah this Monday night; however, this is one of the big Casbah 26th anniversary shows, and it's sold out, so let's look at your other options. Get your country on at the Belly Up with Randy Rogers Band, or catch Swim Team at their Soda Bar residency with the best lineup yet. We have to give a special shout-out to our sweet friend Nik Ewing, who has played in great local bands and is now in Local Natives -- and this evening, he shows his support for the local scene by representing with a DJ set. There aren't a ton of shows around, but the ones we have are standouts, so there's no reason not to explore your options for a great Monday night.

Monday, Jan. 19 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day):

  • Mariachi El Bronx, Pounded by the Surf, Creepxotica @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Randy Rogers Band, Leopold & His Fiction @ Belly Up
  • Swim Team, Island Boy, Other Bodies, Tape Waves, DJ Nik Ewing (Local Natives) @ Soda Bar
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration @ World Beat Center
  • The Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Mondaze Brit Pop Night - The Beatles vs. Stones @ The Hideout
  • Dave Scott Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Jacobs Mini-Concert @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Kid Wonder @ 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: Mariachi El Bronx]]>
<![CDATA[House of Brews and Grooves]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:02:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rhythm+and+the+Method+crowd.jpg

Listen Local Radio and House of Blues are at it again: On Jan. 23, 18 local bands and 15 local breweries come together at the Local Brews, Local Grooves: All Access music and beer festival to help celebrate the downtown club's 10th anniversary in San Diego.

It's fitting that the event is helping to celebrate the venue's big birthday: The Local Brews, Local Grooves (LBLG) shows started there in 2009, after being dreamed up by ListenLocalSD.com's Cathryn Beeks and the General Manager of House of Blues at that time, Matt Parsons -- eventually becoming weekly occurrences.

"[Parsons] named it and I designed the format," Beeks told us. "The shows have happened (and still happen) every Tuesday night from 7 to 11 p.m.; they're free to attend and I always have giveaways and surprises. They feature five local artists who audition to play the main stage during one of our All Access events. The LBLG format is now being implemented at other House of Blues locations around the country, which we are very proud of."

The All Access festivals are a bit different than the weekly showcases. For one, instead of five acts, there are 18 involved in Friday's party, and the club has even opened up their upstairs rooms to DJs and bands so the celebration will indeed blanket the entire venue. In other words, it's a big shindig.

"[All Access] is a 'best of' of our Tuesday night bands, held every quarter on the main stage and the adjoining Delta Room stage, and is also a co-creation between Parsons and I," Beeks said. "[The bands] perform 20-minute sets, rotating back and forth, so it's non-stop ... We usually have upwards of 1,000 local music lovers in attendance."

Some of the acts scheduled to perform are Wonka Bar, Jill Nooren & Random Theory, the Shenanigans, Sister Speak, Superunloader, Sometimes Julie, Viscous, Lessons From Zeke, Radios Silent, Rhythm and the Method, and Vinyl Mill (among others). One final band -- the winner of a video contest the House of Blues held on their Facebook page -- will be announced on Jan. 19. In short, the festival is a great way for local bands to stand out and get noticed.

"House of Blues has a passion for supporting local musicians to give them a place to showcase their talent and share their music," House of Blues General Manager Matthew Higgins told SoundDiego. "The event gives the [San Diego] music scene a chance to play with a professional production staff and state-of-the-art sound system so their music can be the best live sound it can be, while exposing the local music scene to our talent booking agents."

According to Beeks, the shows aren't just thrown together -- the bands involved have to earn their way onto the lineup -- and the environment at them is incomparable: "Whenever you have a multi-band format like All Access, there is an energy and excitement that is palpable. Fans are being exposed to new bands and the bands themselves are meeting and hearing each other for the first time too, sharing the amazing green rooms backstage at House of Blues and hanging out like rock stars ... It's just an all around good time."

Indeed, with 15 local breweries scheduled to participate, it should pop off in an even bigger way. Ballast Point Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Saint Archer Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co., Modern Times Beer, Coronado Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., the Lost Abbey, Julian Hard Cider, and Alesmith Brewing Co. (among others) will be there, offering up some of their best brews. It doesn't stop there -- House of Blues will be dishing out some of their signature recipes such as house-made jalapeno cornbread and pulled pork sliders, as well as other unique recipes from Executive Chef Marc Brislin. 

All indications point to it just being an epic birthday bash for one of San Diego's premier live music venues. Higgins agreed: "It is a time when the local community comes together to celebrate San Diego's evolving brewery business and provides a platform for the marriage of the art of craft beer, music and fun ... The event has a great social dynamic to it and it is a way to support fellow San Diegans who are bringing passion to their craft -- whether it be music, brewing craft beers or food pairings with the beers that can bring new, creative tastes for everyone to enjoy."

Beeks also makes a pretty convincing case for why we should all be there -- and if you're on the fence about going, she's got you covered too.

"This is your chance to check out 18 local bands of all genres in a 'short attention span' situation. If you don't care for the band, fall into the next room and sample some craft beer while you wait until the band in that room begins. You're going to come away singing new songs … Every band playing is amazing and I can't wait to share them with everyone … Tune into ListenLocalRadio.com this Sunday on or before noon (and anytime thereafter) to hear each of the bands performing during the Listen Local Show. See you on Friday!"

Local Brews, Local Grooves: All Access beer and music festival takes over the House of Blues downtown on Jan. 23. General admission tickets are $5 for entry and four beer samples. VIP tickets are $35 and include unlimited samples, and two full-size beers. Ultra VIP tickets are $60 include everything in the VIP experience, as well as a 21-ounce beer glass, unlimited food, and more. Tickets are available here. The show is 21+ and doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

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

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[G. Love Is All You Need]]> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:15:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/G.Love.HOB.Marissa.Carter.3.21+%2820%29.jpg

It's Sunday night and there is no reason why you shouldn't just carry on with your wild weekend. Tonight offers up some killer shows, as G. Love returns here to bring a little Special Sauce back at the House of Blues, while locals Weight of the Sun bring it down heavy at Soda Bar. Belly Up hosts a seated show with Six String Society and multi-Grammy-nominated artist Eric Church performs at Valley View Casino Center. Personally, I'm most excited about the return of White Arrows to the Casbah. The band has performed there several times over the past four years but skipped the venue last year. Usually in a support slot, this is their time to shine as headliner and it's going to be a blast. No work on Monday means there are plenty of reasons to play tonight.

Sunday, Jan. 18:

  • G. Love and Special Sauce, Matt Costa @ House of Blues
  • White Arrows, Nicky Venus, the Eiffels @ Casbah
  • Weight of the Sun, Streetgirls, the Shyfox, Sever the Century @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Six String Society @ Belly Up (seated show)
  • Artists Series Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Eric Church, Halestrom @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Morning Bear, Grayson Erhard @ Tin Roof
  • The Liquorsmiths, Gary Hankins @ Sycamore Den
  • Intervention @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Gariela La Buena Onda, Rosewood & Rye, Andrew Zap @ Lestat's
  • MAKJ @ Parq
  • Amelia Browning @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Todo Mundo @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Aubrey Faye @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Jazz Fest @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (starts at 4 p.m.)
  • Castle, Bhorelorde, Beira @ Tower Bar
  • Soulbeer @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • OB-o-ke @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Gravespell, Fadrait, Daemos, Christ Killer, Morphesia @ Til-Two Club
  • Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Joe Chambers Live]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:00:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*130/Joe+Chambers+Jazz+Live.jpg

One of the great virtues of the long-running KSDS concert series "Jazz Live," is the opportunity to bear witness to performances by genuine jazz legends in the intimate confines of the acoustically pristine Saville Theatre on the San Diego City College campus.

The Jan. 13 appearance by percussion master Joe Chambers proved to be an indispensable experience. Chambers came into the jazz limelight in the 1960s, serving as the virtual “house drummer” for the iconic Blue Note record label, and making important sessions with saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, pianists Chick Corea and Andrew Hill and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, to name just a few.

Nowadays, Chambers mostly concentrates on the vibraphone, an instrument he plays with precise economy and elan, and the group he led at the Saville, with bassist Rob Thorsen, pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Duncan Moore, clearly relished the opportunity to commune with the master.

Chambers led off with Charlie Parker’s “Relaxin’ at Camarillo,” an appropriate vehicle for his limber exploration which glided effortlessly on the muscular pulse of Thorsen, whose own solo demonstrated supreme pizzicato logic. Moore concluded the tune with a series of controlled explosions -- ratcheting up the excitement quotient exponentially.

Next up was the Sonny Rollins classic “Airegin,” taken at a bright, bouncy clip, where Chambers seemed to stream through a fountain of ideas, followed by Nelson’s relaxed essay, which despite the tempo, proved to be “rush-proof.”

One of the signs of mature virtuosity is the ability to navigate a ballad, and when Chambers grabbed four mallets and steered Nelson into a languid duet that became “Never Let Me Go,” one could hear a pin drop as Thorsen’s moaning whole notes and Moore’s swirling brushes complimented the extreme sense of reverie. That is what jazz is supposed to sound like.

The group launched into Monk’s “Epistrophy,” and, after sterling vibes, bass and piano solos, Chambers relieved Moore at the drumset and proceeded to deliver a master-class in jazz drum history; his groove and ride-cymbal beat sourced with such conviction that my jaw began to drop. He then dove into a solo that literally brought the house down.

Chambers remained behind the kit and kicked off a furious tempo for “Just One Of Those Things,” where he transformed the standard “ting-ting-a-ting” jazz beat into a glorious symphony of dynamics . Nelson finally let his prodigious chops fly with an ornate, almost baroque solo, and Thorsen walked fast enough to qualify as a sprint.

Whether on vibes or the drum kit, Chambers exemplified total mastery of groove and the ability to tell a compelling story on every tune. One of those nights I won’t soon forget.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Michael Oletta]]>
<![CDATA[Smiths Fans of the World Unite]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:28:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/Andy+Rourke.jpg

If last night wasn't enough to whet your whistle, tonight is going to go down in the history books, as Andy Rourke of the Smiths takes to the decks at the Hideout. It isn't exactly a "live music" performance, but with our own Robin Roth joining him, this is certainly the party to be at tonight. Of course, there are plenty of live shows to rock your night too. At the Casbah, catch Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, or go retro punk with the Dickies at Soda Bar. Jackson Price and his band perform at Seven Grand for their CD release, and Powerman 5000 takes over Brick By Brick. Bottom line: There are lots of fun things to keep you going this Saturday night.

Saturday, Jan. 17:

  • Andy Rourke (the Smiths), Jimbo James, Robin Roth @ The Hideout
  • Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Uke-Hunt, Low Volts @ Casbah
  • The Dickies, Midnight Eagle, Oddball, the Stalins of Sound @ Soda Bar
  • Jackson Price, Lion and the Lady, the Yes Team @ Seven Grand
  • Powerman 5000, Knee High Fox @ Brick By Brick
  • Neon Beat- The Best & Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Westminster Chorus @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Tower of Power, Ben Powell Duo @ Belly Up
  • Tim Weisberg feat. Chuck Alvarez (guitar), Barnaby Finch (keyboards), David Hughes (bass) and Maria Martinez (drums) @ Dizzy's
  • Lightning Starts Fire @ The Irenic
  • Hip Hop Mixer: Sound The Groove @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • TRAVISWILD @ Kava Lounge
  • DJ Loczi @ Parq
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6 p.m)
  • Keaton Simons, Mean mary, the Tacky Little Hatshop @ Lestat's (9 p.m.)
  • Eats Everything, Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • '80s vs. '90s DJs Gabe Vega & Saul @ The Whistle Stop
  • SD Union presents DJ Trace, Quadrant, Iris @ The Merrow
  • Killing the Messenger, Hundred Caliber, Contracts, Redeem Revive, City of Crooks @ SOMA
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Coast Bop @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Lotus the Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Jason Lee & the R.I.P. Tides, the Sand Devils @ Tower Bar
  • Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown (50th Anniversary Celebration) @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Ocean Boogie @ Winston's
  • Moguai @ Bassmnt
  • Bob Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone @ Sycuan
  • Ice Cube @ Fluxx
  • Snootie Wild @ F6ix
  • Bump'n Brass @ Tio Leo's
  • Kingsland @ Boar Cross'n
  • Kid Wilderness, Two Day Job @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Stuntdouble Gets the Spotlight]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:14:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/187*120/Stuntdouble+Press+Photo.jpg

On their latest effort, "Future Primitive Foot Prints," San Diego natives Stuntdouble (rapper) and Mr. Henshaw (producer) wade, knee deep, through an album that's heavy on aggression, wit and percussion. With a liberal sense of what's right, Stuntdouble is focused and clear-eyed in his social critiques -- lined with just enough personality as to not come off stiff. As a result, "Foot Prints" is a progressive-minded rap album served atop dusty, smothering, suffocating beats.

On the testosterone-driven opener, "Take It Or Leave It," Stuntdouble declares, "All I got's my balls and my bondage." Simple and to the point, it's a cold introduction, one that's buoyed by Henshaw's dystopian drums. Relentlessly knocking up against a synth line that sounds like an overhead air raid siren, it signals 'game on' but what's most impressive is the way Stuntdouble maintains his alpha dog-ness without sounding angry or better yet, like an a--hole.

Stuntdouble, "Future Primitive Foot Prints" albumHe does loosen the reigns a bit though and on "Trick Question," he trades lines with Unite One in a two-man back-and-forth that's surprisingly lighthearted. Riffing about swatting horse flies and emo rappers in cutoff capris, all while asking: "How many rappers does it take to fall the f--- off?" They sound earnest enough, admitting, "it's not a joke," but they do show their dry wit and sense of humor after insisting, "it is a trick question."

But it's on tracks like, "Leave No Marks" and "Torture" that showcase Stuntdouble in all his contrarian glory. The former a firsthand account of a United States soldier waterboarding a prisoner of war, the latter a stern commentary on American policy and the White House-approved use of torture. These are heady concepts and as a result are the album's most developed songs. They're also the most challenging, with subject matter that's at best, unsettling -- and at worse, upsetting.

There's something in those moments though and behind the provocative lines and uneasiness are some incredibly well thought-out and articulated arguments. No matter for or against, Stuntdouble's ability to clearly state his point of view makes for not only brutally honest lyrics but also exposes some pretty interesting ideas as well.

It all helps to keep "Future Primitive Foot Prints" balanced as an album that's heavy on content but also one that's big on charisma; where rap lines and beats are sharp, and articulated -- even if heavy-handed and forceful at times.

As a result, the record has a certain abrasive charm. Not because its view points are particularly agreeable but because that's where the energy is -- and where Stuntdouble and Mr. Henshaw are at their best.

Listen and buy the album 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: Courtesy of Stuntdouble]]>
<![CDATA[Right on the Money]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:17:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/currensy+-+Copy.JPG

Friday night has some cool stuff around town. Your regular venues have you covered, and a couple out-of-the-ordinary spaces host shows, too. At Stronghold, an event space and gallery in Barrio Logan (formerly the Spot), Future Crooks play an all-ages show with Big Bad Buffalo and KIDS. This one has 91X Loudspeaker behind it, so you know it will be good. Later in the night, find your way to the Casbah for San Diego Freak Out, with Wild Wild Wets headlining a night with seven bands. The Observatory North Park -- which just this week changed hands from the previous owners, the North Park Theatre -- hosts its first show, with hip-hopper Curren$y; and Tim Flannery & the Lunatic Fringe play at Rock in the Park, held inside the Reuben H Fleet Science Center. There is no shortage of music to kick off a great holiday weekend.

Friday, Jan. 16:

  • Future Crooks, Big Bad Buffalo, KIDS. @ Stronghold (1835 Main St. all ages, 6:30 p.m.)
  • Wild Wild Wets, Kim & the Created, Max Pain & the Groovies, Swift Beats, Moonshine, Slow White, Sixties Guns @ Casbah
  • Curren$y @ The Observatory North Park (formerley the North Park Theatre)
  • Glass Spells, Shady Francos, Flaggs, Tape Waves, Kooties, Spoken Word @ The Merrow -- check out our SoundDiego Spotlight on FlaggsRock in the Park, with Tim Flannery & the Lunatic Fringe @ Reuben H Fleet Science Center 
  • Wild Child, Dazed and Confused (9 p.m.); the Funk Junkies Happy Hour (5 p.m.)@ Belly Up
  • The Routine, Taurus Authority, AJ Froman @ Soda Bar
  • Turn It Loose with Mr. Blow and Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Chase Morrin Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Offshore Impact, Showcash, VIS, Vain & Valor, 4th & Cedar, Riboflavin @ Epicentre
  • Slaves Against the Machine, Smack This, Core @ Brick By Brick
  • Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley @ Templar's Hall (Old Poway Park)
  • The Deep Joint Band @ The Hideout
  • ArtPower! Presents Oma & Bella @ The Loft
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • Disgorge, Fractalline, the Last of Lucy, Vampire Squid @ House of Blues
  • Anthony Green, Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business, Elder Brother @ House of Blues
  • Jonny Craig, Kyle Lucas, Leave The Universe, Broken Lips @ SOMA
  • Lita Ford, Rammoth, Allison Chains, RDG @ Ramona Mainstage
  • The Calidore String Quartet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Agua Dulce @ Croce's Park West
  • Monette Marino (9 p.m.); Fabulous Undertones (5 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Great Electric Quest, Desert Suns, the Munsens, Toke @ Tower Bar
  • Courtney Melody and Revivai, Full Watts Sound System, DJ Sam Hundley @ Winston's
  • Marsellus Wallace @ El Dorado
  • F---ing in the Bushes!!, with DJs Rob Moran & Daniel Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Mixed Reactions @ Fluxx
  • Birdee @ Vin de Syrah
  • Kastle @ Bang Bang
  • Rebecca Jade @ Tio Leo's
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Splitfinger, the Broken Stems @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Currensy]]>
<![CDATA[Return of the Ice Age]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:17:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ice-Cube65.jpg

Friday, Weatherbox, Future Crooks, Big Bad Buffalo, and Kids are at the Stronghold; the Routine, Taurus Authority and AJ Froman take over Soda Bar; Glass Spells, Shady Francos, Flaggs, Tape Waves, Kooties and Spoken Word are at the Merrow; San Diego Freakout presents Wild Wild Wets, Kim & the Created, Max Pain & the Groovies, Swift Beats, Moonshine, Slow White and Sixties Guns hit the Casbah; and the Gregory Page Show is at Lestat’s. Get your dance on with F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop and DJs Rob Moran & Daniel Sant; and Kastle at Bang Bang.

Saturday, the legendary Andy Rourke of the Smiths is celebrating his birthday and doing a headlining DJ set at the Hideout. I’ll be opening up the night, along with Jimbo James, and you can grab tickets at the door. Other dance options include Neon Beat at Bar Pink; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with Gabe Vega and Saul at the Whistle Stop; Eats Everything at Bang Bang; Moguai at Bassmnt; and Bob Dazzla at El Dorado. Live music options include the Dickies headlining at Soda Bar; Shady Francos in-store EP release show at M-Theory; Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Uke-Hunt and Low Volts at the Casbah; and Jackson Price, Lion and the Lady and the Yes Team at Seven Grand.

Sunday, G. Love & Special Sauce and Matt Costa are at House of Blues; Ice Cube hits Fluxx; White Arrows, Nicky Venus and the Eiffels take over the Casbah; Weight of the Sun headline at Soda Bar; get your metal on with Castle at the Tower Bar; Hills Like Elephants and Glass Spells are at Seven Grand; the Liquorsmiths and Gary Hankins play at Sycamore Den; and Six String Society is at the Belly Up.  

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

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

<![CDATA[Night of the Dead Kennedys]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:23:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dead-kennedys.jpg

The weekend is slowly creeping our way, but if you've had a rough week, why not kick it off early with a night out? Thursday's options include the always-rowdy Dead Kennedys at the Belly Up, or one of our favorite rambunctious locals, the New Kinetics, at the Casbah. With Gloomsday and Schitzophonics also on the bill, this show should be a rager. Meanwhile, Soda Bar hosts Jason Cruz and Howl, and when the show is over, walk to the Hideout for one of the most fun DJs, Boogie Bubba, who plays some great Latin jams. This could be a super night in this city, if you just know where to look. 

Thursday, Jan. 15:

  • Dead Kennedys, DFL, Peligro, Heavenly Trip to Hell @ Belly Up
  • The New Kinetics, Gloomsday, Schitzophonics, Cardielles @ Casbah
  • Jason Cruz and Howl, Des & the Cedents, Brian Wahlstrom, Noel Jordan @ Soda Bar
  • Boogie Bubba @ The Hideout
  • The Stephen Rey Sextette @ Sycamore Den
  • Saving Abel, Reef Bound Sol, PictureEyes, Seventrain @ Brick By Brick
  • Chris Carpenter, Hollen Lockwood, Melanie Devaney @ Lestat's
  • Chris Minh Doky & the Nomads, featuring Dave Weckl, Dean Brown and George Whitty, with HM3, featuring Joshua White @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Mutant Supremacy, Eukaryst, Ruines ov Abbodon @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos & the Park West Ensemble @ Croce's Park West
  • Bayou Brothers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • A Family Affair, a tribute and benefit for Marcus Black @ Winston's
  • No Limits with Myson King @ The Office
  • "Pacific San Diego" Nightclub and Bar issue release party, with Skylar Grey, DJ Shift and Tantrum @ Parq
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony @ Fluxx
  • Kennedy Jones@ Bassmnt
  • Astrojump, with Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Stan Ruffo Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Hammered @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Music Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Gang Conspiracy Charges Still Stand for San Diego Rapper]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:20:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tiny+doo.JPG

San Diego rapper and gang member Brandon Duncan, a.k.a. "Tiny Doo," was not one of the five members of a criminal gang conspiracy case that had charges dropped in court Wednesday, the District Attorney's office said.

A group of 33 active gang members are a part of a high-profile case related to 24 shootings in recent years, including three murders in Southeast San Diego. Because of the number of defendants, the case was split up and assigned to two different judges.

For five of the defendants, one of those judges dismissed a specific conspiracy charge that "allows prosecutors to charge active gang members who had knowledge of the gang’s violent activities and who are promoting, assisting and benefiting from the violent crimes committed by their fellow gang members and to hold them responsible for their involvement," a release said.

Duncan, however, was not one of those defendants.

"Defendant and active gang member Brandon Duncan, aka Tiny Doo, is only charged with one count of PC 182.5, Criminal Street Gang Conspiracy to Commit a Felony," said District Attorney spokesperson Steve Walker. "That charge remains in place as of today. A judge dismissed that specific charge for 5 out of the 33 defendants. Duncan is not one of them."

More than 30 of the defendants are still facing multiple criminal charges, some of them federal. Law enforcement reports gang shootings in Southeast San Diego have gone down by more than 50 percent since the defendants were arrested last year.

A judge declared Wednesday that Duncan is an active member of the Lincoln Park gang and is therefore still facing the original gang conspiracy charges.

Deputy District Attorney Dana Greisen said although song lyrics are used as evidence in the case, it is not the only evidence in the case.

“Rap lyrics have been used by prosecutors across the United States for years as just one piece of evidence to show active gang participation," Greisen said. "Rap lyrics have never been used by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office as the only evidence to prove someone is an active gang member."

At Duncan's preliminary hearing, prosecutors also presented social media posts they say proved he was an active gang member.

The DA's office said the case is not about First Amendment rights; it's about gang conspiracy, the knowledge of criminal gang activity and those who benefit from it. Prosecutors claim Duncan benefited from gang activities through album sales, even though no evidence connects him to the actual shootings.

But Duncan's defense attorney argued in court in December that the charges are bogus.

“How can someone benefit from a gang shooting unless you wanted that person dead also?” said Brian Watkins, Duncan’s defense attorney, last month. “That's the only way you can benefit from a gang shooting, but the district attorney's office admits that Brandon Duncan had no involvement in the shooting or even knowledge of the shootings. There's no way you can benefit from something you didn't even have knowledge of.”

Walker said the charges filed were appropriate and the district attorney's office remains committed to the protection of innocent community members affected by these "heinous crimes."

“The focus is holding violent individuals accountable for crimes that terrorized a neighborhood,” Walker said. “Criminal charges against these defendants were filed appropriately under this specific law, which was put in place by voters to stop deadly gang violence and hold active gang members accountable. It’s our hope that this week’s rulings will lead to clarification on how we can use this statute to fight the scourge of criminal street gangs.”

Duncan and six of his co-defendants are due in court again Friday.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Heart and Sole]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:08:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sole2_SDTV_1200x675_384268355642.jpg Rapper Sole recently spread anarchy at Soda Bar before telling SoundDiego's J. Smith just what, exactly, he does when he's not producing (teaser: "Sole likes to cook nice vegan meals").]]> <![CDATA[Live: Chris Brown]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:56:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*127/DSC_3604.jpg Grammy-winning R&B artist Chris Brown hosted an event at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub on Jan. 11.

Photo Credit: Javier Luna]]>
<![CDATA[Welcome (Pin)Back]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:27:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pinback_11.jpg

This month marks the 26th Anniversary of the world famous Casbah, and while 26 might not get a whole month of celebration, there are certainly some shows that stand out. And so it is with a sold-out show by Pinback that is sure to have Wednesday night show-goers revelling late into the night. If you weren't lucky enough to snag a ticket, Aussie art-rockers the Red Painting headline at Soda Bar, while local boys Amerikan Bear shred at the Belly Up. Don't rule out the regulars, either, with the Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam at Seven Grand or the Young Lion Series that happens every Wednesdays at Croce's Park West.

Wednesday, Jan. 14:

  • Pinback, Astra @ Casbah (sold out)
  • The Red Paintings, Sound Lupus, the Steinbacks @ Soda Bar
  • Amerikan Bear, Ocelot, the Blue Moonies @ Belly Up
  • The Latin Lovers @ The Hideout
  • Joe Marson, Anthony Hall, Grace Weber @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series, with Lizzy Trombore @ Croce's Park West
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Jam Kwest, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • DJ Tiki Thomas & Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Eddie Turbo & Dubchops @ The Office
  • Ameerah @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Corina Rose @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Wu-Tang Wednesdays @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Christopher London (9:30 p.m.); the Fooks (5 p.m.) @ Henry's Pub

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

<![CDATA[Top SD Jazz Records of 2014]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:37:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/186*120/bert722-%282%29.jpg

San Diego jazz musicians made some excellent recordings in 2014, several of which could easily make an argument for the No. 1 position on this “best-of” compilation. I always agonize on how to rate them, and ultimately, it’s never an easy decision. In the end, I’ve got to go with what floored me the hardest. In that respect, I’m comfortable with the Top 2 in that order, and I could probably vacillate on the relative placement of the others until 2015. Oh, wait -- I already did that! So here are my favorite San Diego jazz recordings of last year.

  • "Kinetic Conversations," by Keith Humble/Bert Turetzky: This was recorded at UCSD in 1985 and is finally available to the public. Turetzky sounds like a monster strumming a mountain, and I was literally blown away by this disc.
  • "Notes From the Underground," by Anthony Davis: Davis may well be San Diego’s best-kept secret, and this stunning collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project indicates how powerful and evocative his music remains. A true local treasure who can be experienced live on Jan. 21, at UCSD (with composer/trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith)
  • "Encinitas and Everything After," Nathan Hubbard: This sprawling, five-volume document was the surprise winner at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards. Hubbard has an unbelievably broad imagination that is well-represented on these discs, and his recognition is long overdue.
  • "Low Life: The Alto Flute Project," by Holly Hofmann: Hofmann has a sound that could peel a grape, melt a heart and make you moan. That’s what I was doing while listening to this excellent collection of beautiful tunes from master players.
  • "I’ll Fly Away," by Jeff Denson/Joshua White: Bay Area bassist Denson teams with San Diego powerhouse pianist White on an amazing collection of music culled from the gospel tradition. You don’t have to be a believer to find this praise-worthy.
  • "Entangled," by Kronomorphic: UCSD professor David Borgo writes dense, intricate tunes with unsettling resolutions and weblike structures, and this disc features some of the finest players from the Southern California avant-garde. This is uncompromising music, but it has a haunting appeal that is hard to deny.
  • "The Way on Up," by the Applebrown Jazz Ensemble: Baritone-saxophone master Gabriel Sundy took his time before making his first album, but the music on "The Way on Up" is glorious, funky and, at times, completely out there. In short, definitely worth waiting for.
  • "After the Calm," by the Danny Green Trio: When it comes to straight-up, balls-out virtuosity, the Green Trio is hard to beat. This album is a must for folks who dig supertight interplay. Bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm are a monster rhythm section.
  • "Hejira Live," by Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet: The husband-and-wife team of Adler and Dave Blackburn form the nucleus of Mutts of the Planet, who deliver the music of Joni Mitchell better than anyone else I’ve ever heard try. This is a must-have for Joni fans.

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

<![CDATA[Hooked on Schitzophonics]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:50:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Schitzophonics+SD.jpg Schitzophonics tore up the stage at Wrex the Halls 2014, fielding international questions from Tim Pyles of 91X's Loudspeaker before they make their claim on SoundDiego LIVE on Jan. 30!]]> <![CDATA[Live: Albert Lee]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:59:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/335C5116.jpg English guitar hero Albert Lee fast-picked his way to the Ramona Mainstage on Jan. 9.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Ure in for a Treat]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:22:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/133993854.jpg

Tuesday is sprinkled with legends and future legends as Midge Ure performs at the Casbah the same night you can see the Wood Brothers at Belly Up. For fans of Visage, Thin Lizzy or Ultravox, Midge Ure needs no introduction. For those of us not in our music prime in the late '70s and early '80s, he's the guy who gathered up every major music star in 1984 to perform a song he wrote called "Do They Know It's Christmas?," which is played as much these days as it was back then. Meanwhile, in Solana Beach, the Wood Brothers have been making themselves known slowly but steadily at every major festival in the country, and to see them here will certainly be special. Still, there's Hibou at Soda Bar, and the Surefire Soul Ensemble continues their residency at the Hideout.

Tuesday, Jan. 13:

  • Midge Ure, Creature & the Woods @ Casbah
  • The Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange @ Belly Up
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Hibou, Dark Waves, Bruin, Grassynoll @ Soda Bar
  • Surefire Soul Ensemble @ The Hideout
  • Karaoke @ Kensington Club
  • Tolan Shaw, Dr. Seahorse @ The Merrow
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Waters Find Fountain of Youth]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:58:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Waters+Press+Photo+Vagrant.jpg

For better or worse, I'm a sucker for nostalgia. When I was in the prime of my adolescence (is there even such a thing?), I had the Smashing Pumpkins' expansive double-album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" on repeat for months on end. Part of that was due to the fact that I just didn't have money to buy new music all the time -- after all, $5-a-week allowances only went so far when CDs (the media of the future!) usually ran $15 a pop. Don't get me wrong, Mom -- I ain't complaining.

So I may be a tad biased, but when I saw that Waters -- a San Francisco–by-way-of-Norway indie-rock band set to play the Casbah on Jan. 21 -- had thrown up a live rendition of the Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" on their SoundCloud recently, I was pretty stoked. 

Of course, their version is a much more scaled down affair than the one we're familiar with: Waters frontman Van Pierszalowski somehow mimics Billy Corgan's alien vocal dynamics, but the song's huge orchestra is replaced by a chugging acoustic guitar and whimsical keyboard strings. They made the right call; lyrics like "Time is never time at all/You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth" certainly lend themselves to that kind of hushed intimacy. 

And, for what it's worth, the band's newest EP, "It All Might Be OK," is likewise a slab of youthful, catchy fun. The titles for the record's four songs pretty much sum up my bleeding teenage heart back in the day: "Got to My Head," "I Feel Everything," "Over It" and "Down Together." 

Their breakout lead single, "Got to My Head," was hailed by Stereogum as "a big high five of a song," and they were spot on: It skips along with an innocent exuberance that leads up to big, exalting singalong choruses -- basking in an urgency that, in a nutshell, epitomizes the addictive rush of the EP in its entirety. There's a reason the band has been tapped to tour with Tegan and Sara, Nada Surf, Delta Spirit, Wye Oak and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah -- every song they play is basically an invigorating celebration. 

Word on the street is Waters plan on releasing their sophomore album later this spring -- and if their last EP is any indication, it'll definitely be worth saving up those $5-a-week allowances for.  

Waters headline the Casbah on Jan. 21. Ed Ghost Tucker and Bit Maps open. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., is 21+ and tickets are available online here.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by: Lindsey Byrnes ]]>
<![CDATA[California to the Xth Degree]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:51:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/california+x.jpg

This was a killer weekend of music in San Diego, but it's Monday now, and everyone needs to get their fill -- fortunately, tonight you've still got some great options. Local legend Gregory Page performs to the dinner crowd at Croce's Park West, while Swim Team continues their Monday residency at Soda Bar. Casbah hosts local EDM/blues outfit Digital Lizards of Doom, and just down the street our recommendation of the night is California X from Massachusetts. The band is gritty and sunny at the same time, drawing comparisons to early Weezer (but I hear closer ties to Manchester Orchestra). Either way, they're good, and this will be a cool show in a small bar, perfectly suited for you to decide for yourself.

Monday, Jan. 12:

  • California X and guests @ The Hideout
  • Digital Lizards of Doom, Bakkuda, Bang Pow, DJ Mancat @ Casbah
  • Swim Team, Evan Voytas, Joyce @ Soda Bar
  • DJ @Large @ Bar Pink
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Gregory Page @ Croce's Park West
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with Lee Churchill @ U-31

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

Photo Credit: Ricky Adam, Courtesy Girlie Action]]>
<![CDATA[Capture the Flaggs]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:44:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Flaggs+SD.jpg Our SoundDiego Spotlight shines on Flaggs and their video for "Got You Down" -- we talk with frontwoman Lindsey Matheson about the band's origins, their style and California rock. See them at the Merrow on Jan. 16.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Jan 11-17]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:37:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dead-kennedys.jpg The SoundDiego Set List details the must-see shows coming your way this week, including Dead Kennedys, Eats Everything and others.

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<![CDATA[Blue Jayhawks Way]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:18:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/jayhawks.jpg

Tonight is a great night to get out after you're all finished binge-watching the pigskin on your couch all day. There are some great shows, including the Darlings at Soda Bar and Flesh Eaters at Casbah, but probably your best concert bet is with the Jayhawks at the Belly Up. The band, who since their inception have firmly established themselves as one of the best in the alt-country genre, recently reissued all of their albums, so you can be sure to hear all of your favorites spanning their musical career. And, while SoundDiego is about music, I'd still like to give a special shout out to the Irenic, who tonight host comedian Tig Notaro, who is at the top of her game and one of the most relevant comedians on tour today.

Sunday, January 11:

  • Casbah presents Tig Notaro - Boyish Girl Interrupted @ The Irenic
  • The Jayhawks, Trapper Schoepp @ Belly Up
  • Flesh Eaters, Skating Polly @ Casbah
  • The Darlings, Dime Runner, Punchcard, Model Talk @ Soda Bar (CANCELED)
  • Rat Sabbath with DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Millionaires @ Porter's Pub, UCSD
  • Groove International: Sunday Funday @ House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Aaron Gilmartin, Cleopatra Degher, Jessie Andra Smith, and Christine Parker @ Swedenborg Hall
  • San Diego Baroque Soloists @ Palisades Presbyterian Church
  • B.L.U.S.D. Jam @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic Night @ Java Joe's
  • SoundON Festival @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Keyboard Converstions with Jeffrey Seigel @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Stellita @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Marcus Banks & Tyghtship @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Sandi Shaner's Songwriting Competition @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • Bob Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Connectivity @ Kava Lounge
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:42:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/201*120/TLMD-iggy-azalea-video-sexual.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Iggy Azalea, for example.

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<![CDATA[The Rocking Dead]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:25:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Deadbolt1.jpg

If you were around the San Diego music scene in the '90s, featured in the documentary "It's Gonna Blow" (showing again on Saturday, in Tijuana),  this is going to be your night at the Casbah. Olivelawn ripped back then and no doubt will shred on Saturday, along with Deadbolt -- "the world's scariest band" -- White Murder and one of my all time favorites, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver. Incidentally, Andrew McKeag -- of UJBOD and also Presidents of the United States of America -- is back in town permanently and has been hired as the new production manager for shows presented by the Casbah. Meanwhile around town, Josh Damigo returns to Lestat's, Trailduster gets a little bit country at Black Cat, and Ignite perform at Soda Bar.

Saturday, Jan. 10:

  • "It's Gonna Blow" screening, Octagrape, Innerds @ 12 50, Tijuana
  • Olivelawn, Deadbolt, White Murder, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver @ Casbah
  • Josh Damigo, Raelee Nikole, Jamey Geston @ Lestat's
  • Trailduster, Ben Ballinger, Ashley Pond @ Black Cat
  • Ignite, Common War, True Rivals, Bender @ Soda Bar
  • The Belly Up presents Cody Lovaas, Caitlin Evanson @ Carlsbad Village Theatre
  • Jucifer, Author & Punisher, Lazy Cobra @ Brick By Brick
  • Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis, with the Halidaes @ San Diego Women's Club (tickets
  • The Frights, Pilgrims, the Makos, the Snykes, Neveready, Sandy Cheeks @ SOMA
  • Dave Humphries, Bass Clef @ Java Joe's
  • The Milkcrates DJ @ Bar Pink
  • Wayward Sons, Wag Halen @ Belly Up
  • Stevie & the Hi-Staxx @ Seven Grand
  • David J, The Midnight Pine, Camron Zimbaie @ The Hideout
  • Frank Hannon (Tesla) @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Chris Weaver Band @ Tin Roof
  • Brian Lynch Quartet @ Dizzy's
  • Great Apes, Sic Waiting, Divided Heaven @ Tower Bar
  • San Diego Baroque Soloists @ St Pauls United Methodist Church
  • Chango Rey, Cedar Fire, Telling Lies @ Til-Two Club
  • Burns, Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid @ Bang Bang
  • The Lifted, Ryan Troughton Effect @ The Merrow
  • NapalmBats @ The Bat Hole
  • Corima, Trash Axis, Vaginals, Mass Delete @ The Bancroft
  • The Roy K Trio @ Tio Leo's
  • Gilbert Castellanos (7 p.m.); Nina Francis (12 p.m.) @ Croce's Park West
  • Detroit Underground ( 9 p.m.); Revolt Age (5 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • SoundON Festival @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Cubensis (9 p.m.); Black Star Safari (5-8 p.m.) @ Winston's
  • Question & Greyboy @ El Dorado
  • Sid Vicious Saturday @ Fluxx
  • Subdvsn @ Kava Lounge
  • Shoreline Rootz @ Boar Cross'n
  • 40 Oz. to Freedom, Fayuca @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Sean McMullen]]>
<![CDATA[What You Missed: Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga Show]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:58:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Klemow+Foo+Fighters+Grohl+Belly+Up+Cropped.jpg

Let’s face it: It's only Jan. 9, and you've already missed out on the biggest show of the year.

That’s not a knock on you or anything, though. After all, there was simply no way you could have got in to see it anyway. Somehow, planets aligned and the gods of music conspired together to bring Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and Aloe Blacc to the Belly Up on Thursday night. The 600-capacity Solana Beach venue was completely closed off to the public, and actual word on the show got out mere minutes before it kicked off.

Not like it really mattered  the event was a private party for William Morris Endeavor, one of the premier booking agencies in the world, with offices in Beverly Hills, Nashville, NYC, Miami and London. It’s an annual thing: Each year, it rents out the Belly Up for a party and hosts a gala for staff at the La Costa Resort & Spa, in Carlsbad. Acts that have played previous years’ parties include LMFAO, the Crystal Method, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell.

For what it's worth, WME outdid itself this year. The evening started off around 7:30 with a 30-minute set by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, who performed selections from their new duets album of jazz standards, "Cheek to Cheek." After a stage setup change, they were followed by hip hop/R&B star Aloe Blacc (known for such songs as "The Man," "Wake Me Up," and "I Need a Dollar") and a 30-minute set of his hits. The Foo Fighters finally took the tiny stage (for them) and belted out more than 75 minutes of Foo classics ("Monkey Wrench," "Hero") and such well-known covers as Tom Petty's "Breakdown" and Van Halen’s "Ain’t Talkin' 'Bout Love."

According to Belly Up promotions manager Meryl Klemow, the party was incredible.

"Everyone was extremely nice, and all of the artists seemed to love the Belly Up," Klemow said. "Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett both came in to do a soundcheck earlier. The Foo Fighters did one, too, but had their people do it for them. You could tell during Gaga and Bennett's set that he's definitely one of her idols and that they really respect and admire one another. The Foo Fighters were just amazing -- you could tell Dave Grohl got a kick out of playing a smaller club like ours instead of the huge amphitheaters they normally play. At some point during their set, he hopped offstage, made his way through the crowd and got on top of the bar and played guitar! It really surprised everyone, and we definitely don't see that every day [laughs]. It's so apparent that he has absolutely 100 percent of the passion he had when he started playing music originally. The band hung around afterward and talked with everyone. It was funny seeing the guys on our staff, who are normally very reserved, freaking out about them."

Klemow also got to meet and take photos with Grohl, and said he was incredibly nice, very unassuming and down to earth.

"He was smiling the whole time and couldn’t have been a nicer guy," Klemow said. "At one point backstage, he mentioned something about liking our ravioli, and we were like, 'Dave, you can have ravioli here whenever you want! [laughs]' "

Here’s a tough question: If you knew the Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Aloe Blacc were playing your work party, would you be able to keep it a secret? Klemow and the Belly Up staff had to do just that.

"It was almost easier, knowing it had to stay secret," Klemow said. "I didn't tell my family, my boyfriend -- anyone! It's just a secret no one could know. I actually forgot about it for awhile [laughs]. We all wanted it on the down low as much as possible. We just didn't want a mob scene here. But you should've seen it: We had our security, the bands had their security, and let me tell you something: No one’s getting through Gaga's security. They're intense [laughs]. Whoever got in were either William Morris Endeavor agents or invited directly by the agency itself."

Klemow was also quick to praise her team, who hosted an awesome show with some of music's biggest stars.

"It’s so geeky, but it's very true: Seeing our staff pull together for an event like this and pulling it off without a hitch just made me so proud. They're just so professional; no one was trying to take pictures and everyone was pitching in with jobs they don't normally do. It was great."

Klemow compared the party to a more concise version of one of those huge desert festivals -- you know, the kind that just announced their 2015 lineup: "This is kind of like my ideal version of Coachella. Four amazing acts, done around midnight -- and then you’re good to go."

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Meryl Klemow]]>
<![CDATA[Fright Club]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 09:22:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr46.jpg

Friday, Hooded Fang, Flaggs, and Splavender are at Soda Bar; Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, Jake Loban and Joe Fletcher take over the Casbah; Unsteady and Oceanside Soundsystem are at the Merrow; Squirrelly Arts, the Shaolin Signal and Mursic play a free show at Brick by Brick; Amerikan Bear, Loom and the Burden take over the Hideout; and Graham Nancarrow plays at Java Joes. Get your dance on with the "Records Collecting Dust" After Party at the Whistle Stop; DJ Vice at Bassmnt; and Erick Diaz at Bang Bang.

Start your Saturday with the Manual Scan in-store at Record City. Later that night, Olivelawn, Deadbolt, White Murder and Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver are at the Casbah; David J, the Midnight Pine and DJ Camron Zimbaie play at the Hideout; Ignite, Common War, True Rivals and Bender take over Soda Bar; The Frights, Pilgrims, the Makos, the Snykes, Neveready and Sandy Cheeks are at SOMA; Josh Damigo headlines at Lestat's; and Stevie & the Hi-Staxx play at Seven Grand. Hit the dance floor with Club Sabbat at Numb3rs and DJs Diskdroid, Vaughn Avakian and yours truly; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Gorgon City (DJ set), Kidnap Kid and Redlight at Bang Bang; and Maystar’s Fashion Whore at U-31.

Sunday, Flesh Eaters (Chris D, John Doe and DJ Bonebreak (X), Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman (the Blasters), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) are at the Casbah; Tig Notaro and her "Boyish Girl Interrupted" tour is at the Irenic; and the Jayhawks headline at the Belly Up.

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

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

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Honky-Tonk Nights]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:17:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/whitemorgan.jpg

It is a great night for music in San Diego. "It's Gonna Blow," a documentary about the local music scene of the '90s, screens at the Museum of Photographic Arts, so that is for sure a great way to kick off the night. If you don't have a ticket to the sold-out event, fret not, as it will continue to be shown at various venues over time. As for shows, the Casbah turns honky-tonk as Bloodshot recording artists Whitey Morgan & the 78s perform Meanwhile, Toronto's indie-rock outfit Hooded Fang are at Soda Bar, Danish jazz vocalist Sinne Eeg performs with the Peter Sprague Trio at Dizzy''s, and Albert Lee shreds at Ramona Mainstage. 

Friday, Jan. 9:

  • "It's Gonna Blow" screening, Pall Jenkins @ Museum of Photographic Arts (sold out)
  • Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Jake Loban, Joe Fletcher @ Casbah
  • Hooded Fang, Flaggs, Splavender @ Soda Bar
  • Sinne Eeg, with the Peter Sprague Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Katchafire, Iba MaHr @ Belly Up
  • Bangladesh, Marqay @ Seven Grand
  • Squirrelly Arts @ Brick By Brick
  • Amerikan Bear, Loom, the Burden @ The Hideout
  • 6one9, Madman, Arena, Relax Man @ House of Blues
  • This Wild Life, Moderne, Focus In Frame, Amnesia Beach @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Sacred Cow, Johns Last Ghost, Guidelines, Mudbone, Run 2 Cover @ SOMA
  • Planet Asia @ Porter's Pub
  • Samantha Aiken, Aaron and Jane, Brad Perry @ Lestat's
  • Albert Lee, Plook @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Unsteady, Oceanside Sound System @ The Merrow
  • The Fab Four @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
  • Atomic Groove (5 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • Graham Nancarrow @ Java Joe's
  • Dona Pancha Fest @ The Bancroft
  • Bacon Bits @ U-31
  • SoundON Festival @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Christopher Hollyday @ Croce's Park West
  • Caliber (9 p.m.); Breez'n (5 p.m.)  @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Duncan Philips, Erin Inglish @ Templar's Hall (Old Poway Park)
  • GrooveSession with Sister Speak @ Winston's
  • DJ Scooter & Ricky Rocks @ Fluxx
  • Joseph Luna Jump Band @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Vice @ Bassmnt
  • Junglists' Fridays @ Kava Lounge
  • Middle Eastern Night @ World Beat Center
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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