<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:48:15 -0700 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:48:15 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Drive Like Jehu to Play Reunion Show]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:35:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SpreckelsPavilion.jpg

Seminal San Diego rockers Drive Like Jehu announced Tuesday that they would reunite for a show later this month.

Some music fans who saw Rocket From the Crypt rise from the dead last year wondered if it was only a matter of time till Drive Like Jehu also emerged from the ashes, too. On Tuesday, those fans finally got good news: Drive Like Jehu will play a free show at Spreckles Organ Pavilion on Aug. 31 in conjunction with San Diego civic organist Carol Williams.

The show announcement was confirmed by a post on the band's Facebook page and also by local promoter Dang Nguyen, who will be producing the show (in addition to being a manager of North Park's Bar Pink, of which Drive Like Jehu's John Reis is a co-owner).

"I got elected to the board of trustees for the Spreckels Organ Society this year. We manage and promote and program that the organ itself, not the pavilion," Nguyen said. "We rent out the space for events – the park does. So John and I were talking back in February or March, and he was asking about doing shows at the organ, with the organ, you know the possibility of it."

Nguyen, who had been brought in by the society to try to expand an aging audience, talked to the other trustees, who embraced the idea.

"John had to take it to Rick -- they turned down a hefty offer from Coachella a couple years ago because it wasn't the right thing, but being doing at the organ pavilion with the organ was the catalyst for it, was what made it worth doing," Nguyen said.

Incredibly, the show will be free and open to all ages, kicking off at 7 p.m. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the organ, as all its weekly shows are.

“Basically, John and I and the band's management are making it happen – we have to pay for the organist and curator, and there will be a table for donations for the organ society itself," Nguyen said. "It’s being run as one of the organ-society events, so they will have their usual donation boxes out as they do every Sunday."

Nguyen said the performance will be one hour, with Williams opening with a 30-minutes solo set, then the band will come out and will play five songs with the organ.

"They’ll be new arrangements for the organ -- it's going to be Jehu songs but it will be a little different," Nguyen said.

After forming in the early 1990s, Drive Like Jehu broke nationally after signing with Interscope Records but disbanded in the mid-'90s. The group is led by Rocket From the Crypt lead guitarist/vocalist Reis, who also performs in another San Diego band, Hot Snakes, with Drive Like Jehu rhythm guitarist Rick Froberg. That band has also dabbled in reunion shows, since 2010. The duo also performed with the band Pitchfork. The Reis/Froberg bands have influenced decades of other artists coming up through the San Diego ranks.

In an interesting coincidence, SoundDiego included Drive Like Jehu in a July post on 9 SD Bands That Need to Reunite. Fortunately for us, we were wrong in our prediction that "it doesn't look like we'll be seeing these guys together anytime soon."

<![CDATA[Happy Jason Mraz Day!]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jjjjjDSC_0144.jpg

It's finally here, San Diego: The mayor of America's Finest City, Kevin Faulconer declared Tuesday to be Jason Mraz Day in the city of San Diego.

The announcement -- which the mayor surprised Mr. A to Z with -- serves as recognition of Mraz's international success in the music world, as well as his humanitarian efforts. A formal presentation began at 3 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Faulconer's downtown office.

"Jason, on behalf of all of us here in the city of San Diego, we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming tour, and it is my pleasure to declare today, on behalf of of the citizens of San Diego, Aug. 19, 2014, to be Jason Mraz Day," Faulconer said, to applause from the crowd.

Mraz seemed surprised and pleased by the presentation, taking questions from reporters for 20 minutes or so, talking about his work supporting the LGBT community and environmental causes.

"A little surprised .... honored -- as you know, I was not born and raised in San Diego," Mraz said about the recognition. "I chose to as my home in 1999.... I'm honored that you would consider me  a San Diegan and take time out to say that."

About 30 people, including Mraz's band, joined the mayor in his office for the announcement. Faulconer at one point interrupted the Q&A to note that the proceedings were his favorite type of mayoral announcement, where he had very little to say.

When Mraz was asked what if felt like to hear that Paul McCartney -- who will be performing at Petco Park on Aug. 28 -- told a reporter he was listening to Jason Mraz when the former Beatle was asked who was on his playlist, the Encinitas resident said it "makes me feel like it's Jason Mraz Day."

It's not the first time the city council has declared an official day with San Diego musical ties -- earlier this year, interim mayor Todd Gloria declared Jan. 14 as Casbah Day, amid the iconic club's 25th anniversary monthlong celebration.

Mraz, the pop singer/songwriter who got his start here in in 2000, just released his fifth studio album (and first-ever all acoustic record), "Yes!" on July 15. He rose to stardom in 2002 with "The Remedy," a huge hit single off his major-label debut, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," and didn't stop there; after opening for artists such as Alanis Morissette and Rob Thomas early on, he quickly set out on his own worldwide headlining tours.
The song "I'm Yours," off Mraz's 2008 full-length release, "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.,"became his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately spent 76 weeks on the chart. Mraz won two Grammy awards in 2010 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (for "Make It Mine") and Best Pop Collaboration ("Lucky," with Colbie Caillat) and has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.
Rivaling his musical efforts, Mraz is also an active philanthropist, spotlighting such issues as the environment (establishing the Jason Mraz Foundation in 2011), human rights (participating in a 2009 Ghana rescue mission with the Free the Slaves international nonprofit) and LGBT equality. He received the Clean Water Award in 2010 from the Surfrider Foundation for helping to preserve the world's oceans and beaches.
So, happy Jason Mraz Day, San Diego: It's a fitting commemoration for a true hometown role model.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[RSVP NOW! SoundDiego LIVE 8/29 at Bar Pink!]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/NQ2C9069Barbarian_2_2.jpg
We're taking July off to recharge, but SoundDiego LIVE is coming back to North Park on Friday, Aug. 29!
Yep, that’s right: For the next installment of our FREE monthly live-music bash, we'll be holing up at Bar Pink (on 30th St. and University) for a party hosted by 91x's Robin Roth.

If you're like us, you want to know one thing: Who's headlining? Ask and ye shall receive: Barbarian! The local garage surf/pop group has been making major waves not only in San Diego but nationally as well. Being hand-picked to tour the U.S. with Bat for Lashes will do that for a band! Rumors are, they're also primed to drop a new album fairly soon -- and you're sure to get a taste of the new material at our party.
"Barbarian have a post-punk pop feel with elements of psych and surf rock," 91x DJ Robin Roth said. "They're the perfect soundtrack to summertime."
We'll also be featuring the fuzz-rock trio Buddy Banter as well. The group has been on fire as of late, scheduling shows with everyone from Diarrhea Planet and GRMLN to the Appleseed Cast. Their 2013 album, "Paradise Thrillz," even made our Best of 2013 list -- read about their sun-shiny rock goodness here.
Roth is convinced the the lineup is perfect for summer: "The combination of Barbarian and Buddy Banter, who’s influences include the Strokes and the Pixies, will make for a great SoundDiego LIVE -- hot August nights always make for some incredible shows, so there's nothing better than when they're free and include awesome bands."
In addition, our Garage 2 Glory competition returns with Grizzly Business and Electric Healing Sound! They'll both be slugging it out online before one of them emerges victorious and lands a spot on the show. Electric Healing Sound, an energetic post-punk quartet, is one of the hottest bands coming out of the Tijuana scene. Grizzly Business, who play indie rock with nods to Spoon and the Shins, have been hunkered down in the studio with a new album on the way. We're big fans of both -- who will you choose? Vote here!
And if you were wondering: Yes,our sponsor Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey will, naturally, be hosting a happy hour starting when the doors open at 8.
And to help you enjoy that happy hour, we're proud to remind you we've partnered with Uber, which will be on site the night of the party for a safe-drive-home service. All customers new to Uber will be able to get a $20 credit on site toward their first ride, and if they're already an Uber customer, they can get a $7 credit for their ride home from SoundDiego LIVE that night.
So go ahead, San Diego, and make the right call – go big at SoundDiego LIVE on Aug. 29 at Bar Pink: RSVP here now!


Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Arctic Monkeys]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:41:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Arctic+Monkeys+SDSU+8.6.14+%284%29.jpg Arctic Monkeys, and hometown boys Barbarian, played SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Aug. 6 -- and had the sold-out crowd on its feet the entire time.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Matt Hires in the House]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:41:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/matt+hires1.jpg

I'e been doing listings nightly for San Diego for a very long time. Having a thorough list means comprehensively navigating through a regular list of upward of 40 venues and a few random sources I have come to rely on. This is not to pat myself on the back so much as it is to say how glad it makes me when I come across a special show in a nontraditional venue. I could take shortcuts, but then I'd miss out on awesome shows, like Tuesday's private house show with Matt Hires. This is a thing that singer/songwriters do these days -- they ask for volunteers to host a show, and after some basic background information, select homes and designate a tour route. Ticketing is done a number of ways, but in most cases, the artist or their label handles ticketing and the artist can make a decent night's wage and the fans can be up close and devoted, not having to worry about the drunk frat boy in the room talking over the singer or the girl in the corner talking to her besties whom she apparently hasn't seen in decades. House shows are the best way to see an artist, and Matt Hires is an amazing acoustic performer, so this is a win-win. At press time, there was still space for more reservations, and I urge you to seize the opportunity. You get the address after you pay for the ticket.

Tuesday, Aug. 19:

  • Matt Hires @ Private House Show, El Cajon
  • DWNTWN, Travesura, the Hunt @ Soda Bar
  • Quilt, Cosmonauts, Cotillon @ Casbah
  • Lila Downs @ House of Blues
  • Little Daylight, Young Rising Sons, Look Up Here @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Tiki Twos Day with Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Reckless Kelly @ Belly Up
  • Crow King, David Leistman @ Sycamore Den
  • Seeking Alpha, Hot Mustard, the Have Six @ Tin Can
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • David John Carnell, Karina Toriz @ The Merrow
  • Raja Lyon, Ocelot, the Cosmic Kicks @ Winston's
  • Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Night @ 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: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Hear It Here: Blackout Party]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:20:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blackout+Party+Rebecca+Joelson.jpg

Welcome to the Blackout Party. The heavy hitting, alt-country stompers are finally following up their critically acclaimed 2011 album, “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed,” with another barnburner. The local quintet, who won last year’s San Diego Music Award for Best Rock Band (which they hope to repeat at this year’s awards), saddled up their boots and trekked to Zac Brown's Southern Ground Studios in Nashville for the recording of their upcoming full-length, "Float On Towards Our Doom."

To help finance the mixing, mastering and pressing of the band’s new record (including vinyl!), the band announced their new IndieGoGo campaign via a "Vinyl Countdown" YouTube video on Monday that’ll help get a physical, finished product in our hands sooner rather than later. Head to IndieGoGo here to help 'em out.

Indeed, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard new music from the fellas, but the band’s brand new single (the title track) puts them squarely back in the limelight. They waste no time in getting right to it: The thumping, three-and-a-half minute dirge starts off with a lone, unassuming electric guitar before a classic “one, two, three, four” shout-out finds bassist Jesse Bowen and drummer Jeff Hawthorne locking into a steady groove -- before a chorus erupts that sounds like Dave Grohl went on a heavy bender with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. It’s good to have you back, guys.

Hear it for yourself right here.


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

Photo Credit: Rebecca Joelson]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Arcade Fire and Spoon]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:14:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Arcade+Fire+Sleep+Train+8.5.14+%2814%29.jpg Sleep Train Amphitheatre welcomed one of the biggest shows of the year when Arcade Fire and Spoon came to town on Aug. 5.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Buddy Banter Break the Bank]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:23:42 -0700 >> http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]> >> http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Buddy+Banter.jpg Local fuzz pop trio Buddy Banter -- set to take charge at SoundDiego LIVE at Bar Pink on Aug. 29 with Barbarian -- talk to 91x's Robin Roth about the funding for their new album ... or the lack thereof. RSVP to our party to get in for free >>> http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]> <![CDATA[So Fresh, So Clean]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/FreshAndOnlys_byDavidBlack.jpg

Tonight you're going to want to head to the Casbah to check out the Fresh and Onlys. The band's latest, "House of Spirits," was mostly masterminded in a cabin in Arizona, and the desert speaks through the chords of songs like "Animal of One." Part fuzzed-out indie-pop, part atmospheric desert twang, this album and the band's live performances should speak to lovers of new unique music. With Wild Wild Wets and Amerikan Bear opening, this is definitely the show to be at this Monday night.

Monday, August 18:

  • The Fresh and Onlys, Wild Wild Wets, Amerikan Bear @ Casbah
  • David Ryan Harris, Tyler Lyle @ Soda Bar
  • The Tin Can Country Club @ Tin Can
  • Yes, Syd Arthur @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay (read our interview with Yes here)
  • Monday Night Mass with Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Bingo Benefit with Craig Science @ The Hideout (7 p.m.)
  • Monday with Miggs (Taang!) @ The Hideout
  • DFMK, Don, Tungas, Western Settings @ Tower Bar
  • Master Blaster Sound System @ The Merrow
  • Trivia Night @ Whistle Stop
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The OFfice
  • Kinetic Soul with Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Industry Night with Gabe Vega @ U-31
  • Trivia Night @ Whistle Stop

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: David Black]]>
<![CDATA[Rise of the Zombies]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:36:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Zombies+Press+Photo.jpg
In 1968, CBS Records released the psychedelic pop album entitled "Odessey and Oracle" by a British soul/R&B outfit named the Zombies. The sensational lead single off the record, "Time of the Season," took off stateside, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and eventually became an international hit for the group by 1969.
Not bad for a band that had broken up two years prior.
"I think there was a feeling within the band that nobody wanted to look back," the Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone recently told us by phone. "And while it was totally unexpected, there were never any conversations at all about re-forming the band. Everybody thought [the band] had had its time and it was time to move on."
The quintet (who headline the House of Blues on Aug. 20 and include original members Blunstone and principle songwriter, Rod Argent) built a massive following in the U.S. with their soulful, minor-key ruminations on love and loss such as "Tell Her No," "Whenever You're Ready" and "She's Coming Home" -- but never really took off in their homeland apart from their sole UK Top 40 charting single, "She's Not There."
"Who knows why it happened? There are other British bands that have been huge here, and have never really established anything in the States," Blunstone recalled. "I tend to just be grateful and celebrate successes now. I realize there are deep and incredible mysteries about the music business that I'll never understand. I don't look for the answers that I used to look for, years ago -- I just enjoy it, really. But we were huge hits in the far East, especially the Philippines, and that took us completely by surprise."
Indeed, the Beatles weren't the only pop band screamed off airport tarmacs and greeted by legions of adoring fans, as Blunstone witnessed firsthand.
"In 1967, we went to Manila and when we got off the plane, there were thousands of people at the airport, and we thought, 'There must be someone famous on the plane,' you know? There were TV cameras there and everything. Then these people started putting garlands around our neck and filming us and we go, 'It's us!'" [laughs]
Audiences responded then, and they certainly respond now. Their records are more popular than ever: In 2012, "Rolling Stone Magazine" placed "Odessey and Oracle" at number 100 in its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, and countless contemporary bands and musicians have cited the Zombies as a main influence. When asked if the band would've stood a chance starting out in today's musical landscape, the velvety voiced frontman was charmingly optimistic.
"I get asked that a lot and the quick answer is 'I don't know.' Would Babe Ruth have been a successful baseball player if he were around today? Yes, but he might be fitter, stronger, faster -- just because everyone else is. Generally speaking, that's true with musicians and artists. They might have to take slightly different avenues or develop in a different way, but I think there's a good chance they would be successful if they were trying to make it in the music industry now. And that includes the Zombies -- I think we would have a good chance but we would be slightly different."
Even though the band has played sporadically since 1991, there's a certain sense of renewal with this tour. In a refreshing change of pace from cash-grab band reunions, it seems as though Blunstone is just as excited to hear the band playing music as we are.
"We got together again because we like performing with one another and recording with one another. We didn't realize there was a worldwide interest in the Zombies until we started playing live; there were times that I thought we had been forgotten, honestly. It's just incredible and really exciting that it's not the case at all. People seem to be really enjoying it. To be performing as the Zombies -- it's unbelievable."
The Zombies headline the House of Blues Wednesday, Aug. 20, with Mrs. Magician and Cheers Elephant opening. Tickets are available online here.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of thezombies.net]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:02:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/1051375114471867555306521233746330n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

Photo Credit: sounddiego/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[A Barbaric SoundDiego LIVE]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:24:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_BARBARIAN_SOUNDDIEGO_081614_1200x675_318853699682.jpg Barbarian, fresh off of opening for Arctic Monkeys, tell 91x's Robin Roth how they settled on their name -- and end up writing a song on the spot. RSVP for SoundDiego LIVE on Aug. 29 at Bar Pink right here: http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Aug. 17-23]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:10:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP208166347222.jpg Nine Inch Nails? Grouplove? Dillon Francis? Those are just three of this week's monster shows -- watch our Set List for details!

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:57:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/161424949.jpg Some of the names playing San Diego stages this summer may surprise you, including the Black Keys.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for NARAS]]>
<![CDATA[All You Need Is Grouplove]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:32:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/165*120/Coachella+2014+Friday+April+11+Artist+Photo+%2833%29.jpg

There's a lot going on today, and after you check out ArtWalk at Liberty Station, there's no better way to enjoy a hot August night than under the stars at the Open Air Theatre to catch three of today's best indie acts- Grouplove, Portugal.The Man, and Tokyo Police Club. These are bands that have pounded the pavement with small club shows and after festivals and such, they have just proved that they're at the level to play outside to larger crowds. Meanwhile, the on-again off-again Mrs. Magician perform tonight at Soda Bar, Glass Spells at the Casbah (read our review of their new EP here), and Til-Two hosts Octagrape.

Sunday, August 17:

  • ArtWalk 2014 @ NTC Liberty Station
  • Tiki Oasis 2014 @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Summergrass Bluegrass Festival @ Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, Vista
  • Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, Tokyo Police Club @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Mrs. Magician, Viv Vates, Subtropics @ Soda Bar
  • Glass Spells, Glasmus, Horse Thief, the Anomaly @ Casbah (read our interview with Glasmus here)
  • Octagrape, Spray Paint @ Til-Two Club
  • YG @ Fluxx
  • Hawthorne Heights, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, New Empire, Famous Last Words, Laguna Sunrise @ House of Blues
  • Dave Matthews Tribute Band featuring Stepping Feet @ Belly Up
  • Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Rat Sabbath featuring DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Intervention @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Tribute to Elton John featuring Chris Carpenter @ Lestat's
  • Gio Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Aubrey Fay (10:00 a.m.), Missy Anderson (4:00 p.m.), Dee Lucas (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Destructo Bunny (1:00 p.m.), Mascot Mantra & the Knuckleheads (5:00 p.m.), Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke (10:00 p.m.) @ Winston's
  • The Liquorsmiths, Mike Pope @ Sycamore Den
  • Falcons, Adam Salter, Kanye Asada @ El Dorado
  • So. Cal Vibes @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Inhale + Subliminal Trip, DJ Daddy @ U-31
  • Soulmedic & Ras Mikey with Isouljahs, Earl Zero, Maka Roots, Simmerdown Riddim Section @ World Beat Center

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

<![CDATA[Live: Amos Lee]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:23:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Amos+Lee+Humphreys+%283%29.jpg Humphrey's By the Bay welcomed acoustic folk/soul singer/songwriter Amos Lee with open arms on Aug. 5, with Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers opening.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Los Rakas Raise the Bar]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GNSF116-LosRakas.jpg

Los Rakas have boldly forged a new lane in Latin alternative music with their distinctive “Panabay” sound by fusing hip-hop, reggaeton and Afro-Latino rhythms in Spanglish. They perform Friday, Aug. 22 at the House of Blues and are likely to steal the show from its headliner, Tribal Theory, with their sky-high, energetic live showmanship that will have you chanting, "Soy Raka!"

Cousins Raka Dun (Panamanian) Raka Rich (Panamanian-American), are known for their rock-the-party-get-the-girl anthems with songs like, "Ta Lista," and "Bien Ribetiao." This time around, Los Rakas are penning their U.S. Afro-Latino experiences over club-friendly beats with their new album, "El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo." To alleviate any confusion for new and old fans alike, it's the Latin alternative version to OutKasts’ "Speakerboxx/The Love Below."

The album showcases Raka Dun's intelligent hoodlum side as heard on "Mi Pais," and “Chica de Mi Corazon.” At first read, you'd think the latter is a song about some P.Y.T. (pretty, young thing), but he completely surprises the listener when he raps about the emotional battles of not being able to visit his mother back in Panama due to his undocumented immigrant status. On the other side, we meet Ricardo, the suave sentimental side of Raka Rich, with "Siente La Musica," a song that emanates with the richness of Chicago's house music genre. NPR Latino says the album, "marks an ambitious step forward in their career."

For the first time, we hear millenial rappers walk away from decadent bling lyricsm to being soulful griots of the inner-city with a Panabay twist. It's like they're Tego Calderon, Gil Scott-Heron, Nas and Marvin Gaye rolled into one; just take a listen to their "Black is Beautiful" message track, "Africana." If the intention of "El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo" was to set itself apart and break mythical stereotypes of the U.S. Afro-Latino, then it did its job.

Los Rakas perform with Tribal Theory at House of Blues on Aug 22. Purchase tickets here. For more info on Los Rakas go here.

Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and hip-hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Los Rakas]]>
<![CDATA[ME Report: Student OD'd After Sun God]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:38:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/UCSD+Sun+God+Crowd+Shots+%285%29.jpg


A University of California San Diego student found dead in his room just hours after the school’s annual Sun God Festival died of an accidental drug overdose, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed.
A report obtained by NBC 7 said third-year student Ricardo “Ricky” Ambriz, 20, died of an overdose of 5-APB, a recreational drug commonly referred to as “benzofury.”
Ambriz, who lived in the Village East Tower on campus, was found unresponsive in his room at approximately 1:30 a.m. on May 17 – an hour and a half after the university’s annual outdoor music festival, Sun God, ended at midnight.
Ambriz attended Sun God and reportedly drank alcohol at the festival throughout the day and evening, according to details from the ME report. Eyewitness accounts said Ambriz had also admitted to taking a drug at some point during the day at the event, the report said.
"After leaving the festival at midnight, his friend noticed him to ‘freeze’ at times during their walk back to their apartment. The friend also stated he was ‘starting to reach out into the air grabbing at stuff,’” the report said. The friend said Ambriz “had clenched teeth” and was having difficulty breathing.
After leaving Sun God, the student returned to his dorm room with his girlfriend. While in his room, he took an unknown pill, according to the report. A short time later, Ambriz became unresponsive. He began talking “gibberish,” according to the report, and then collapsed. Friends called 911 and emergency medical crews arrived at Ambriz’s dorm and began efforts to save his life.
He was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he died around 2:30 a.m. The ME’s office said toxicological testing detected the 5-APB or “benzofury” drug and a low concentration of alcohol in the student’s system at the time of his death.
The autopsy report said the effects of “benzofury” are described as “euphoria, empathy and color enhancement.” Side effects include nausea, vomiting, jaw-clenching and sleep.
The report concludes that the reported symptoms the student was experiencing during the day at the festival and before his death are consistent with the effects of the drug. His death was attributed to an accidental overdose.
Ambriz was an active student in the UC San Diego community. Right after his death, the UC San Diego News Center said Ambriz was a third-year Revelle College student majoring in computer science. He was also a member of the Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity and the MEChA organization.

The university said Ambriz was involved with OASIS and graduated from UC San Diego’s Summer Bridge program. He also worked in the Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography business office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

UC San Diego’s Sun God Festival happens every year at Rimac Field and is a highly-anticipated event among students. The event features several stages and live music by well-known artists. In years past, performers have included Drake, Thrice and Kendrick Lamar. The event is regarded as a time for UC San Diego students to let loose before their Spring Quarter final exams and before they break for summer.


Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[It's a Great Beach Day]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:51:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/beach+day.jpeg

There are some nights when it feels like every show worth seeing is presented by the Casbah. Saturday, however, is an example of how hard Cory Stier, talent buyer for Soda Bar and long ago an intern of Tim Mays of the Casbah, has really honed the art of booking. Soda Bar presents the Sonics at the Irenic for the punks; Goodnight, Texas at Soda Bar for the whiskey-swilling country-tinged rockers, and my pick of the night, Beach Day, at the Ken Club. The duo (who add a bassist on tour) are from Florida, but its record definitely picked up the sounds of the town where it was recorded: Detroit. Anyone getting compared vocally to Ronnie Spector is worth checking out in my book, and as we see this revival of the girl-group sound, you have to find the really good ones and Beach Day are just that.

Saturday, August 16:

  • Soda Bar presents Beach Day, Amanda X, Sleeping Ghost, Future Age @ Kensington Club
  • Soda Bar presents the Sonics, Mrs. Magician @ The Irenic
  • Goodnight, Texas; the Bones of J.R. Jones; the Whiskey Circle @ Soda Bar
  • FM 94/9 presents Thumpers, Ilya, Black Map @ Casbah
  • ArtWalk 2014 @ NTC Liberty Station
  • Tiki Oasis 2014 @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Skunk Dub, the Outriders @ Boar Cross'n
  • Summergrass Bluegrass Festival @ Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, Vista
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Hard Fall Hearts @ Black Cat
  • Natural Vibrations, Hi Roots, Bodhi Rock @ Belly Up
  • Save the Che Benefit: Lube, Venetae, Cave @ Che Cafe
  • Agua Dulce @ Seven Grand
  • Tainted Love, with DJ LV @ House of Blues
  • DJ Redlight, Manny Ca$h @ The Hideout
  • Daniel Crawford, Tide Pools, Bad & the Ugly @ Tin Can
  • Angry Samoans, the Screamin Yeehaws, DPI @ Brick By Brick
  • Animal Riot @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Chris Kennedy @ 207, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Allison Lonsdale, Eben Brooks, the Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • Anna Lunoe @ Bang Bang
  • DJs Gabe Vega and Saul, DJ Silnce de Larue @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ SS, Nymfo @ The Merrow
  • Allan Holdsworth, Taz Taylor, John Huldt, RDG @ Ramona Main Stage
  • Berkley Hart Sellis Twang @ Croce's Park West
  • Revolt Age (5 p.m.), PopRx (9 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sculpins, United Defiance, the Evicted, Barking Spiders, Nuclear Tomorrow, the Last Years @ Tower Bar
  • Ben Johnston, the Wick Hauser Band, Dropjoy (5 p.m.), Courtney John Project, Layne Tadesse, King Schascha @ Winston's
  • The Maxies, Undercover Monsters, Water Rats, International Dips---, Lo-Fi, Idols Plague @ Til-Two Club
  • Hickies & Dryhumps '90s Party @ El Dorado
  • DJ Cobra @ Fluxx
  • Shogun and Late Night Alumni @ Bassmnt
  • The Jackson Price Band @ Sycamore Den
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Noize Makerz, Kahi Lofa, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Arson Academy, Playfight, Moonshine @ 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: Kimmy Day, Courtesy Big Hassle]]>
<![CDATA[The Glasmus Buzz]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:59:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GNSF115-glasmus.jpg

Tijuana's Glasmus is a buzzing, alt-rock band to be on the lookout for at this Saturday's 10th annual TJ BeerFest, which takes place at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT). In 2012, local radio station 91x took notice of the band's self-titled debut EP and named them Local Band of the Month for July. After watching Glasmus perform at this year's All My Friend's Music Festival, Goldenvoice founder, Gary Tovar, noted them as “having their own style.”

As all indie artists know, there's much work to be paved in a career of music. Getting a few honorable mentions is cool, but the music has to reach far and wide. Glasmus is steadily rising as a standout local group on both sides of the border because of their energetic, attention-grabbing live shows. Their single, “We Are Machines,” is a catchy, thought-provoking rock song that takes a look at the insidiousness of a partriarchal society. With lyrics like, "Picking the scabs right off your back/Feeding the wounds with broken glass,” along with it's buzzy amplified guitar hooks, you can't help but to be sonically attached. Glasmus lead guitarist, Mousiky, shares the depths of the song:

Dita Quinones: There seems to be a conspiracy theory element to the “We Are The Machines” music video and lyrics. Can you explain?
Mousiky: The whole song is about how in some cultures women have been horrendously mistreated by men in the name of religion and how as men we perpetuate that by not acknowledging there's even a problem. I didn't want to be blunt or preachy about the subject, so I tried to use metaphors and symbolisms to convey that message. We're baffled by the fact that in some parts of the world, women's rights are being oppressed by religious groups, the hooded men represent those old patriarchies.

Really cool music video. Where was the music video shot?
Mousiky: It was shot at El Salto, near Ensenada by director Sergio Valdez. We had a lot of talks with him about how to visually treat the meaning of the song.

DQ: I noticed renowned drummer Zoell Farrugia performing with you guys in some of your YouTube videos. Is he your officiall drummer?
Mousiky: No, Zoell is a good friend and a frequent Glasmus collaborator. He's recorded drums on both our debut EP and upcoming release. He's now a full-time touring drummer for the bands Rey Pila and Chikita Violenta. Moncho is our official drummer now.

DQ: What will your upcoming EP be called?
Mousiky: We don't have an official name for it yet. We've been calling it "Waves," but it's still a working title. We're no sure it'll end up as the official one.

DQ: I love your band's name. It just rolls off the tongue even though I have no idea what it means.
Mousiky: Glasmus is sort of a portmanteau word. I made it up by playing around with the words “glass” and “museum” taken from a song by from one of my favorite bands, Tortoise. We decided right from the get go that we wanted to name the project with a word completely unattached to anything yet, easy enough to be memorized by either the spelling or pronunciation in both English and Spanish. And ultimately – with a little SEO in mind – the only web reference would be redirected to our band.  

Part of Glasmus' appeal is they bring the whole package: style, originality, vision and a solid live show. Not to mention, they give subtle hints of their advocacy for women's rights. On an upcoming episode of “SoundDiego,” lead singer, Magdalen, admits his girlfriend's feminist views show up in his songwriting. It may be two years since “We Are Machines” released, but it's still relevant and ready to heard on heavy radio rotation.

Glasmus performs Aug. 16 at TJ Beerfest. For more info on TJ Beerfest go here. Watch “We Are Machines” music video here.

Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and hip-hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Glasmus]]>
<![CDATA[Holly Hofmann: Low Life]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:01:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/192*120/Holly+Hoffman+Press+Photo.jpg

The title of San Diego flute virtuoso Holly Hofmann’s latest disc, "Low Life: The Alto Flute Project," needn’t cause her fans any worry. No, she hasn’t gotten lost in an exploration of her dark side – the title references her decision to make an entire record using the alto flute, which is bigger and lower in pitch from the standard "C" flute.

Harder to master, the rewards are a darker, more sensual sound immediately evident as she glides along the contours of guitarist Anthony Wilson’s "Jack of Hearts," with a tone richer than Warren Buffett’s portfolio. Wilson dips deep into the blues wellspring and Hofmann’s solo is brimming with effusive ideas.

Hofmann assembled a stellar veteran cast for "Low Life," including her husband, the master pianist Mike Wofford, the aforementioned Wilson, and the ace rhythm section of John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton -- whose mainstream credentials are justifiably redoubtable.

Holly Hoffman's new album, "Low Life"Wofford’s sublime harmonies underpin Hofmann’s gentle caresses of Clayton’s melody on "Touch the Fog," and he frames her soulful essay with uncanny support. Clayton’s own solo stirs the perfect blend of chops, sound, and heart. Hamilton’s buoyant brushwork cements a bedrock of vibrant support, upon which Wilson and Hofmann soar with keening expression on Ben Schachter’s "Grow (for Dick Oatts)."

The flutist’s lone original on the date, "Lumiere de la Vie," features lush piano and arco bass weaving around Hofmann’s amber glow, which is so gorgeous – if it doesn’t inspire you to groan out loud at some point during her solo – you might possibly be dead. She massages every drop of seductive romance from her instrument on Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of You,” a masterful duet with Wofford that is almost agonizing in its raw intimacy.

Ballads and languid swing toggle for attention throughout this album (which was recently nominated for Best Jazz Album for the 2014 San Diego Music Awards), and John Williams’ "Make Me Rainbows," is a perfect representation of the latter, cruising effortlessly on the heartbeat pulse of Clayton and the swirling brushes of Hamilton – Wofford and Hofmann aim for the skies.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of hollyhoffman.com]]>
<![CDATA[Hey Jules]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:55:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/231*120/Julian+Marley.png


Friday, Julian Marley and the Devastators are at the Belly Up; Magic! headlines at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club as part of the summer concert series and it is free with your track admission; Helio Sequence and Liam Finn are at the Casbah; Noel Jordan, Fuego de Roma and Brian Wahlstrom are at the Tin Can; and Johnny Deadly Trio plays at Hooley’s. Plus, you can get your dance on with F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop as DJs Daniel Sant and Rob Moran bring you a night of Brit Pop; Donut Fresh at the Hideout features Andrew Decade, Tres Dubois, Joemama, Boys Don’t Disco and Monkey Cartal; El Puro Party is at El Camino with Adam Salter and Steve McQueen; Bionic with Made Monster hits Fluxx; and Lana 8 is at Bang Bang.
On Saturday, the San Diego Central Library at Joan Irwin Jacob Common Presents Checked Out: An Experimental Music Festival curated by Stay Strange; and the South Park Standabout – Arts, Music & Culture for a Cause has the Frances Bloom Band, Manuok, Harpo and more. Later that night, the Sonics with Mrs. Magician take over the Irenic; Thumpers, Ilya and Black Map are at the Casbah; and the Angry Samoans play at Brick by Brick. For your dancing fix, Anna Lunoe and Mossberg Pump are at Bang Bang and ‘80s vs. ‘90s takes over the Whistle Stop with Gabe Vega and Saul.
Sunday, Intervention at the Hard Rock Hotel features Bingo Players. Later that night, the Honda Civic Tour rolls into San Diego featuring Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, and Tokyo Police Club at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre; Mrs. Magician, Viv Vates and Subtropics play at Soda Bar; and Glass Spells headline at the Casbah.
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[Friday Night Live]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:17:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Helio1.jpg

The weekend is here, and music and fun events abound. Tiki Oasis is back, so grab a mai tai and your favorite Hawaiian shirt and get down to Crowne Plaza Hotel. There's great music and it's a conference, too, and it's always a rager. Up in Vista, the Summergrass Bluegrass is a hoot, too. Then, of course, there's your usual hotspots of music. Personally, I'm excited about Helio Sequence returning to the Casbah merely because it's been so long since I've seen them, or maybe it's because I'm excited to catch opener Liam Finn. Meanwhile around town, Julian Marley takes over the Belly Up, Seventrain perform at the recently revived Brick By Brick, and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be overcome by tweens and their moms who are there to catch Magic, whose infectious/ear-worm "Rude" will certainly be a hit among the crowd. 

Friday, Aug. 15:

  • Helio Sequence, Liam Finn @ Casbah
  • Tiki Oasis 2014 @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Magic @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Summergrass Bluegrass Festival @ Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, Vista
  • Turn It Loose, featuring Mr. Blow & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Julian Marley, the Devastators @ Belly Up (9 p.m.)
  • Seventrain, On Descent @ Brick By Brick
  • Noel Jordan, Brian Wahlstrom (Joey Cape Band) @ Tin Can
  • Savannah Philyaw, Lightning Starts Fire, Kyle Sweeney @ Lestat's
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Save the Che Benefit: Ash Williams, Plastic City Pariah, Western Settings, the Gravitys, Fake Tides @ Che Cafe
  • Dmitri Metheny, with Nick Manson, Justin Grinnell and Duncan Moore @ Dizzy’s
  • 77 Jefferson, True Press, Irieality @ Soda Bar
  • Buddha Trixie, Oh Deer Lord, Lucky Lucifer, Me Gusta @ The Epicentre
  • The Spark Three, Love Humor @ Seven Grand
  • DJ Joe Mama @ The Hideout
  • Local Brews Local Grooves All Access, featuring the Grim Imperials, One Foot in the Blues, Torrey Mercer, Mason Mercer, Hilly Rubin @ House of Blues
  • Mermaids at the Merrow @ The Merrow
  • Tony McAlpine, Like Mind Protocol, Dio Knights, Taz Taylor @ Ramona Main Stage
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Trade Winds (5 p.m.), Detroit Underground (9 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • I Declare War, Iceano, the Last Ten Seconds of Life, Barrier, Invent, Animate, Impale Thy Neighbor @ SOMA
  • MadChild, Atlantis Rizing, Odessa Kane, Emphasize, Friends and Family @ Winston's
  • The Bellfuries, Roy Rapid, the Jive Bombers @ Til-Two Club
  • Captain Asada and his First Mate @ El Dorado
  • Daniel Sant & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Bionic, with Made Monster @ Fluxx
  • Jayceeoh @ Bassmnt
  • The Tonga Ross, Ma'u Quintet @ 98 Bottles
  • Lane 8 @ Bang Bang
  • Liquid Blue @ Tin Roof
  • Wild Nite @ Lio Leo’s Lounge
  • Von Kiss @ U31
  • Andy Mauser, Temple of the Dad, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Pat Hilton, Battle of the Bands Semi Finals @ 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: Pavlina Summers]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:40:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tom+Petty+Viejas+Arena+8.3.14+%2831%29.jpg Viejas Arena had a sold-out crowd runnin' down a dream when Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers came to town on Aug. 3 with Steve Winwood opening.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Just Say Yes]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:19:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/YES+2014+by+Rob+Shanahn+small.jpg

It doesn’t happen that often any more, but I love calling an artist at their hotel when they’re staying under an alias. And while I can’t tell you the name founding Yes bassist Chris Squire was using at a recent tour stop in Tucson, I can tell you that the man has a sense of humor.

He also had plenty to talk about. Not only did the Grammy-winning progressive rock band just release their 21st studio album, "Heaven & Earth," the platinum-selling vets are in the midst of a 35-date summer tour where new lead vocalist Jon Davison is getting a chance to showcase his strength as a songwriter.

Yes (including longtime members Steve Howe, Alan White, and Geoff Downes) will play at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay on Monday, Aug. 18, but Squire helped us preview the show by speaking with SoundDiego about the English band that is quickly approaching its 50th year.

Scott McDonald: How are you?
Chris Squire: Very well, thank you. Things couldn’t be better.

SM: Seems like you guys are always on tour. How does it feel to be playing new songs this time around?
CS: Well, it feels great. Tour started at the beginning of July and we are doing new songs, but we’re really doing a mixture of things - a reprise of the "Close to the Edge" album that we did last year on tour, tunes from the new album, the "Fragile" album in its entirety, and a couple of encores with hits and the like.

SM: "Heaven & Earth" seems to embrace both the old and the new. Fair assessment?
CS: I think so. Jon is doing a good job, I’d say. He contributed strongly to the new album - both musically and lyrically. I was really looking forward to us being able to do an album of new material with him, so we could solidify his presence in the band. I recognized that he was a great lead vocalist when he first sang for us. But once I got to know him, and we wrote some songs together, I realized he was pretty talented in that area as well. So I suggested, really, that the new album be done in the way where I’d write a few songs with him, and Steve, Alan, and Geoff would, too. And that was the principal that we, sort of, went with. But it’s worked out well. And I’m happy about that.

SM: It sounds like Yes to me.
CS: Well, it’s got quite a bit of variety of style on it. There’s a nod to the longer-form pieces and the more complex side of Yes. But there’s also the simpler and, dare I say it, more poppy songs as well.

SM: How was it working with longtime friends of Yes like Roy Thomas Baker (production), Billy Sherwood (mixing), and Roger Dean (art)?
CS: We had worked with Roy in the late '70s, so it was great to work with him again. Alan broke his ankle the last time, so it was good to see it all the way through on this one. And Roger has been doing things with us recently, and we’re always glad to have him on board. Billy actually wasn’t supposed to be involved at first. There were a few scheduling hiccups at the end and we needed to get the album delivered on time. So we brought Billy in to help out. But it’s always about the combination of the people involved.

SM: You are the sole original member left. Does that give you any clout with the other guys?
CS: [laughs] Ha! I’d say it’s more by default instead of design. And let’s not forget that Allen White has been playing drums since 1972, so he’s been there since the very first albums. And that’s a pretty long stretch as well.

SM: What’s next?
CS: The U.S. tour ends at the end of the month and we’ll take a bit of time off. But then we’re going to take the show to New Zealand, Australia, and Japan in November. After, it’ll be time to plan the ideas for a whole new tour in 2015.

SM: When you’ve been doing it as long as you have, what continues to motivate you?
CS: I enjoy the work. And the music is moving forward. It’s sounding fresh and cohesive. And it’s always great for me to go out and play concerts of new music. I’ve just never wanted to be in a band that didn’t do that. We’ve got new lifeblood with Jon and that’s helped circulate around the whole body, really. [laughs]

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

Photo Credit: Rob Shanahn]]>
<![CDATA[The Black Kids Are Alright]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/blackkids.jpg

It doesn't seem possible that the last time I saw Black Kids was at the long-defunct Beauty Bar. Perhaps my memory fails, but it sure has been a while, so needless to say, I'm really excited  the band is returning on Thursday for a show at Soda Bar. They hit big right as the indie-electro scene was gushing just a few years back, and I still covet their vinyl when I'm in the need of a happy dance. This will certainly be a fun show. Meanwhile, San Diego was flooded with a lot of acts after their weekend jaunt in San Francisco for Outside Lands, and Woods is one who played one of the many stages and will hit the Casbah on Thursday -- not so much for your happy dance, but for your need for that folk-y, rootsy Americana that is so easy to sway along to. Rounding things out, Danny and the Tramp do a free show at MaryJane's Underground, Death Eyes rock Bar Pink, and Everlast performs at the Belly Up.

Thursday, August 14:

  • Casbah presents Black Kids, Misun, Idyll Wild @ Soda Bar
  • Woods, Skygreen Leopards, Little Wings @ Casbah
  • Mary Jane's Underground feat. Danny and the Tramp, Alien Monster @ Mary Jane's, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Death Eyes, Bumbklaat @ Bar Pink
  • Everlast, Big B @ Belly Up
  • Kids, Shady Francos @ Che Cafe
  • Marqay, Lannie Flowers @ The Hideout
  • Hundredth, Counterparts, Handguns, Being As an Ocean, Forever Came Calling, Capsize, My Iron Lung @ SOMA
  • Deep Purple @ The Events Center, Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Tom Ward, Ben Powell @ Sycamore Den
  • Tactical Fever, Love Henry, the Kernals @ Tin Can
  • Tommy Alto, Big Bad Buffalo, Savanna Shai @ Lestat's
  • Cumbia Machin @ Brick By Brick
  • Us the Duo, Caroline Glaser @ House of Blues
  • Casey Veggies @ Porter's Pub
  • Old Nick & the Skulls, A Nail in a Sure Place, Sunday Clothes, Pueblo, the Bawdry Brothers, the Naked I @ Queen Bee's
  • Third Twin, Boys Don't Disco, Adam Salter @ U- 31
  • Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West
  • La Jolla Music Society Summerfest @ LJ Athenaeum (12:30  p.m., free)
  • Sully Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJs Diana Death & Heather Hardcore @ Tower Bar
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Jam with Alan Goodman @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Alley Cat Street @ Winston's
  • Lo-Fi @ The Shakedown
  • Upberjak'd @ Fluxx
  • Firebeatz @ Bassmnt
  • 22 Kings @ 98 Bottles
  • So Say We All @ Whistle Stop
  • Dub Trinity, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's
  • Terry Bozzio @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Elemental Roots @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[8 SD Musicians to Follow on Twitter]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:04:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr50.jpg

Social media can be a confusing place for musicians. For every guy plastering Facebook with event invites and how his band will be playing a new song at its show tomorrow night (OMG, no way!), there are the curiously absent musicians who post sporadic, cryptic updates or vague sentence fragments that make no sense whatsoever. Twitter can be even more challenging, as the maximum of 140 characters seems to be a difficult hurdle to overcome for some – after all, there are plenty of San Diego acts with accounts that haven't posted anything in years and/or never even bothered to upload a band photo ("eggheads"). There are those who flourish, however.

We decided to highlight eight San Diego music-connected accounts that keep us interested, laughing and scrolling through our feed. Of course, these aren't the only folks you need to be following, but rather some of our favorites. Who are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Blame One, @blameone: An original member of the Dirty Science hip-hop crew, Blame One doesn’t mind getting personal on his Twitter feed ("I've been feeling stronger and stronger positive energy. I can feel good things coming my way. Ride with me"), as well as keeping it real about the rap game: "I love [hip-hop] but there is far more mediocre [s---] than classics in the last 10 years. Like mediocre mountains. We NEED quality control."

  • The Frights, @thefrights: This local garage-punk trio recently released a brilliant new split EP with label mates Death Lens (read our review here) and take the time to clue us in on any amusing dilemmas they may face along the way: "All of my professional emails have been going out signed as 'John Bon Gandhi.' [F---]."

  • Heavy Hawaii, @heavyhawaii: We don't know who runs this indie-pop band's Twitter account -- it's probably frontman Matt Bahamas -- but they write some of the funniest (and most random) things we see on our feed, like: "Dang this notebook movie pretty good" or "What're some good clowns you're into lately?"

  • Little Hurricane, @littlehurricane: It's easy to stay in the loop with this San Diego dirty-blues duo, as it routinely posts show announcements, new merch availability, videos and live performances -- like they did on July 10: "We hid out in the elevator at @esqtv and spent the day surprising people with our music! Check out the results."

  • Low Volts, @lowvolts: Our favorite local one-man, blues/rockabilly wrecking crew keeps us up-to-date with show info, pictures of exclusive merch, photo shoots, videos (such as his performance at the Telluride Blues Festival last year) and tweets from the road: "Just got cut off in traffic by another person with California plates ... in Texas."

  • Pinback/Rob Crow, @rob5d4: Local indie-rock titans Pinback don’t have an official Twitter account, but, thankfully, we’ve got Rob Crow’s instead. The band’s frontman keeps his posts loaded with Star Wars, film and comic book nerdery (which is quite all right with us), and offers up personal nuggets like, “I ever tell u guys about the Christmas Mass when I was 3 & every time the priest said frankincense I would yell ‘it’s Frankenstein u dummy!’”

  • Project out of Bounds, @POBband: Along with the usual show-info tweets, these reggae rockers talk about their love of the Padres, Chargers and pretty much everything San Diego. Even the weird parts: "Ever had someone freestyling in the stall next to you? El Cajon Blvd is a strange place."

  • Sledding With Tigers, @slddngwthtgrs: Run by frontman Dan Faughnder, this folk/punk band's account keeps us hunched over our Twitter feed in laughter nearly daily. Prime examples include: "The nicest thing about having a beard is now people have an identifier for me other than 'that chubby dude'" and "If we get 1,000 RT's on this tweet, I will record an ENTIRE ALBUM of songs about Space Jam" (it did, and we’re still waiting for the album, Dan).

    Links to some of our other lists: 

  • 8 of San Diego's Top Drummers
  • 9 of San Diego's Top Rhythm Guitarists
  • 11 of San Diego's Top Bassists
  • 9 of San Diego's Most Stylish Bands
  • 12 Best Spots for After-Show Grub 
  • 11 of San Diego’s Best Singers 
  • 14 of San Diego’s Best Guitarists


Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Boston]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:19:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Boston+Band+Hancock+Pechanga+7.27.14+%2843%29.jpg Boston hit a Pechanga Resort & Casino crowd with "More Than a Feeling."

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Weezer]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:23:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Weezer+Del+Mar+Track+Marissa+8.2.14+%2827%29.jpg Say it ain't so! Alt-rock icons Weezer had the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on its feet after the races.

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[SD Music Award Noms Announced]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:34:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/jason+mraz.jpg

The San Diego Music Awards are always a hot ticket. After almost a quarter-century of celebrating the best music that America’s Finest City has to offer, it seems like a natural reaction for the buzz-worthy event to cause some excitement.

Many of the nominees were perennial visitors to the big show -- Switchfoot, Jason Mraz, Nickel Creek and Little Hurricane, all nominated for Song of the Year and Album of the Year -- but there were some newer artists making waves as well, including the young band the Frights, who were among the Best Live Bands being recognized.

Of  course, here at SoundDiego, we were especially proud to see three nominations: Associate editor Dustin Lothspeich received nominations for Best Hard Rock band and Best Hard Rock Album for his work with the band Boy King, and SoundDiego video photographer Eric Casas was recognized in the Best Music Category, for the "Rocky Road" clip he shot for the B-Side Players.

Also of note: For the first time ever, the nominees for this year’s 24th annual version were announced early.

A savvy marketing move? Things just done ahead of schedule? Nope. Amazingly, someone hacked into the Music Awards computer and leaked the information a day ahead of the scheduled announcement.

Rumor has it that the guilty party is actually the singer of a local band, but regardless, it’s nice to know that people are getting pumped up for the iconic event this early.

And don’t expect the same thing to happen with winner information once the votes have been counted. Measures will be taken to insure that the breach doesn’t happen again. (Don’t be surprised if you see San Diego Music Foundation president Kevin Hellman with a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist.)

If you want the results before anyone else, you’ll just have to show up at Humphrey’s By the Bay on Oct. 6.

The Donkeys, Euphoria Brass Band, Joshua White, the Midnight Pine, Robin Henkel, Todo Mundo and Tribal Theory will all be performing, and the amazing Tomcat Courtney will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Even though you may have seen it on Saturday night, here is a complete list of nominees -- and be sure to take time to vote while you're there.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com


<![CDATA[SD Songwriters Soundtrack 'The Identical']]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:09:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/Jimmy+and+Rick+at+The+Nashville+Film+Festival.jpg

Have you ever been mistaken for someone else?

I'll admit I’ve been accused of having my fair share of celebrity doppelgangers (Hurley from "Lost," Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith -- pretty much any husky guy with a beard), but I can honestly say I’ve never had anyone convinced I was actually someone else entirely.

"The Identical," a new film set to be released on Sept. 5, tackles that exact dilemma: Identical twins who were separated at birth cross paths unexpectedly through music. Ray Liotta, Seth Green and Ashley Judd provide some of the hefty star power on the silver screen, but the movie’s soundtrack might end up stealing the spotlight.

Rick Harchol, a local guitarist/songwriter, was tapped to pen music for the star-studded film. With the help of his musical partner and singer Jimmy Carslake, Harchol ended up writing seven songs for the soundtrack.

"The very first song we wrote, 'Mellow Down Easy,' is the opening song to the movie," Harchol said. "It’s the first thing you hear! Jimmy had a longtime connection with City of Peace, an independent record company in Nashville that decided to get into producing films, and 'The Identical' is their first film release. Some would say it was being in the right place at the right time.... I'd have to say it was a blessing from God!"

Divine intervention aside, the recently released theatrical trailer shows how the twins’ musical careers intersect -- mostly to the tune of Harchol and Carslake’s contributions, which seem to be influenced by all the corners of rock & roll.

"The Identical" releases Sept. 5"[The film] spans the music of the ‘50s through the rock of the ‘70s," Harchol said. "The music that I was involved in writing was from the ‘70s period of the film. I love and appreciate all kinds of music, though, because of my love for guitar, I primarily gravitate toward guitar-riff-based bluesy pop, rock and soul music like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix -- to current music that encompasses those elements."

Harchol, who currently plays guitar in the Ultimate Stones (a Rolling Stones tribute band), said there was no game plan when it came to writing for "The Identical."

"I can't say we wrote songs specifically for the movie -- rather, we just wrote the songs that came to us, and of the many we wrote during that time, seven fit the story of the movie," Harchol said. "One of the songs, called ‘Better Man,’ was co-written with the producer and his father, Jerry Marcilino (a famous producer/songwriter), specifically for the movie."

The music definitely has a theatrical feel (listen to clips here). "Better Man" is a slow, pensive ballad dealing with issues of personal redemption and acceptance. Carslake’s expressive, Don Henley-esque voice sounds at home among quiet, reflective pieces like "Everybody Knows It," and on  the smoldering blues of "Mellow Down Easy" and the classic-rock thump of "Born for a Reason." It’s no surprise the film producers wanted them.

Harchol and Carslake didn’t hang up their shoes after landing on the soundtrack. They've started their own band, the Morph Kings, and after the movie comes out, they’re planning to release an album of the seven songs from "The Identical" that will feature five additional co-written songs.

With all the activity surrounding the film and the new band, what's in store for Harchol in the future?

"If the music that I was involved in takes off [perhaps from the released soundtrack, which is available on iTunes Sept. 2], I hope that I will be considered to play in the band that tours," Harchol said. "It's my hope that the success of ‘The Identical’ will lead to more writing and producing opportunities -- I'm hooked!"

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

Photo Credit: Rick Harchol]]>
<![CDATA[Why, Yes, You May]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:57:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/imeldamay.jpg

I start to feel really greedy when a night isn't stacked with shows and I feel like the week is slowing down, but the truth is we only need one or two great shows to make for a great night. In Tuesday's case, rockabilly singer Imelda May brings her unique twist on the genre to the Belly Up, if that's your sort of thing. Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Harper Simon returns to the Casbah. The obvious information of note is that he's the son of Paul Simon, but I caught him last time he played the Casbah, and he's a pretty incredible performer and writer in his own right, and he's super sweet, too, so he won't even hold it against you if you mention Pops. This Tuesday doesn't have to be spent on the couch, after all.

Tuesday, Aug. 12:

  • Imelda May, Omar & the Stringpoppers @ Belly Up
  • Harper Simon, Guy Blakeslee (the Entrance Band), Henry Wolfe, Pearl Charles @ Casbah
  • Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Sycamore Den
  • Leche de Tigre @ Gallagher's Pub
  • Josh Berwanger Band, Archie Powell & the Exports, Cardboard Pioneers @ Soda Bar
  • Slow Season, Loom, Desert Suns @ Tower Bar
  • Protestor, Misled Youth, Drug Control, Slums of the Future @ Che Cafe
  • Stevie Harris & Friends @ The Hideout
  • Art Show: Justin Cota. Music by Monarch @ Tin Can
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • 45 Revolutions @ Croce's Park West
  • Meeting of the Meyends, with Charles Fullwood, Jesus Gonzalez, Kompozart @ Winston's
  • Zydeco All Stars @ Tio Leo's
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Night @ 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: Ambassador Records/Universal]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Queensryche]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:48:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Queensryche+Sycuan+8.1+Connie+Bolger+%285%29.jpg Sycuan Resort & Casino hosted the unique progressive metal of Queensryche with singer Geoff Tate on Aug. 1.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Breathe Deeply at the Belly Up]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:22:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Foxygen+will+make+you+dance.jpg

I have to admit that the last time I saw Foxygen perform, I was curious about the future of the band. I can't speak from any insider information, but the group seemed to be, well, tense. The performance was awesome, don't get me wrong, but there weren't warm fuzzies emanating from the band members. It wasn't clear that they would survive as a touring band. Maybe it was just the night, perhaps there was some tension that actually drives and pushes the band, but I'm happy to see they're back for a show, this time at the Belly Up. Maybe the love the fans have shed upon the band made Foxygen stronger. Whatever the case may be, the band should deliver a solid performance at what is definitely a show worth checking out.

Wednesday, Aug. 13:

  • Foxygen, Gary Wilson @ Belly Up
  • The Life and Times, Modern Rifles, Sego @ Casbah
  • We Are Friends, Landis, the Green Thing @ Soda Bar
  • Cali Cam @ Bar Pink
  • Triumph of the Wild, Will Rice @ The Stage Saloon
  • Industry Night with DJ's Paolo, Tripsy, Susio, Domar & Yoan @ The Hideout (9 p.m.)
  • Life, Gletscher, Cabuloan @ Tin Can
  • Aimee Bobruk, Vida Blue, Cleopatra Degher @ Lestat's
  • Lovelight Open Mic @ The Hideout
  • Ryan Shaw @ Croce's Park West 
  • Wunder Wunder, Joyce, DJs Jimbo James & B.I.D.I. @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Ease Up, Abya Roots, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratt's Revenge Pre-Tiki Oasis Party @ Tower Bar
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Have Six @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with Cros-One @ Whistle Stop
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.)

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

<![CDATA[Heart attack]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:17:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Head+and+Heart+Myspace+Music+Boston.jpg

Monday is a really huge night. When I first started working at the North Park Theatre, we had announced Rodriguez right away, but I didn't think that really illustrated the new direction for the venue. It was with the Head and the Heart that I really felt like the place is a game-changer for San Diego. The show has long been sold out, and after hearing the band's Lollapalooza set on satellite radio, I couldn't be more excited for a show. If you didn't grab tickets, a close second for awesome shows tonight is Iron and Wine at Humphrey's By the Bay in the cool evening air.

Monday, Aug. 11:

  • The Head and the Heart, James Supercave @ The North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • Iron and Wine, Jerome Holloway @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ The Hideout
  • Chill Clinton, Privet, Saint Diego @ Casbah
  • Steve Gunnn, Matt Kivel, Sick Balloons @ Soda Bar
  • The Tin Can Country Club, featuring Daniel Crawford @ Tin Can
  • Wreckord Mania @ Bar Pink
  • B Craig Science @ The Hideout (7 p.m.)
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • The Fabulous Undertones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic hosted by Chad Taggert @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Kinetic Soul with Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ 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.

Photo Credit: Head and Heart/Myspace Music]]>
<![CDATA[The Return of CityFest]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:21:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sounddiego+Live+5-31-12-71+722.jpg

San Diego has never lacked its share of things to do, but America’s Finest City packs in the festivals, conventions and parades. On the heels of San Diego Pride and Comic-Con, yet another fun-filled event is set to take over a bustling San Diego neighborhood: The 30th annual CityFest street fair hits Hillcrest this Sunday, Aug. 10 from noon-11 p.m.

The free festival, which expects over 150,000 attendees this year, will be hosting hundreds of vendors, games, activities, a beer garden, DJs and live music. With the massive, 60-foot main stage located right under the Hillcrest street sign, the all-day event spans Fifth Ave. from University to Brookes Ave.

The Merrow, located in Hillcrest (and formerly known as the Ruby Room), was tapped to help book the headlining bands which range from rock, EDM and reggae and include groups such as Schitzophonics, We Are Sirens, Ed Ghost Tucker, Oh Spirit, Smoke Season, and more.

“[Cityfest] is on the ‘I’ll regret missing this one-of-a-kind spectacle’ list for anyone who loves a band likes Schitzophonics or Oh Spirit as much as we do,” the Merrow's National Talent Buyer, Joe Rinaldi, tells us. “My favorite part of it is the undefined-until-it-happens bell curve part, where the absolute most people of the day are in attendance and experiencing something new that they like.”

Rinaldi’s not the only one excited to see what unfolds.

“Cityfest has one of the biggest outdoor stages and on top of being a street fair, it's becoming more and more music-oriented,” Schitzophonics drummer Lety Beers says. “It's also a good mix of performers so it's meant for everyone to party, not just rockers or the EDM crowd. It's great getting to meet people who don't regularly go to bars or concerts -- so it's a nice way to keep the music scene expanding. One of my favorite thing about playing outdoors is seeing kids dance. Kids really don't have that reservation about getting down and grooving.”

Her enthusiasm is matched by Oh Spirit guitarist/co-vocalist Ian Owen: “I really love playing any street fair or festival. Everyone is always in such a good mood. We play right before Ed Ghost Tucker, who are good friends of ours and are such a great band. Playing outside is always a nice change. Especially during the day -- it gives us an opportunity to play to an audience that maybe doesn't come out to clubs to see bands. I always look forward to it, whether I’m playing or not.”

Owen’s bandmate, guitarist/co-vocalist Ryan Combs, sums it up best: “Hillcrest is such a great community. It’s already one of the best neighborhoods in San Diego -- add live music, art, and a beer garden, and it'll be killer!”

2014 CityFest Main Stage Lineup

For more information on activities and parking, please visit CityFest’s website here.

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

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Hopping to the Crocodiles Rock]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:26:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/IMG_8190_2_2Crocs3.jpg

Tonight is a tough call. Crocodiles are back in town with a show at the Casbah and you can be sure to see some old pals and enjoy the noise as they've really honed their skills over the years. You can also be sure that you'll barely be able to see Brandon and Chuck and crew because they love to keep the venue really, really dark when they're onstage. On the flip side, Diarrhea Planet returns to San Diego at Soda Bar, with a co-headlining gig with Those Darlins. I can't lie, I absolutely hate the band's name and I hate even typing it, but the band is an amazing assault of the senses, with four guitarists who make this fun and exciting band one of my favorite new acts. Hard to pick one show over the other, so I'll leave the hard choices to you.

Sunday, August 10:

  • Crocodiles, Tweens, Viv Vates @ The Casbah
  • Sector9 Presents: Diarrhea Planet, Those Darlins, Buddy Banter @ Soda Bar
  • 2014 CityFest featuring Schitzophonics, Oh Spirit, Ed Ghost Tucker, Smoke Season, Hott Thing, We Are Sirens, Unsteady @ 5th Ave. and University in Hillcrest (noon - 11 p.m.)
  • Rat Sabbath featuring DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Rx Bandits, the Dear Hunter, From Indian Lakes @ House of Blues
  • Dirty Denim, Dirty Eyes @ The Tower Bar
  • Wade Bowen, Sean McConnell @ Belly Up
  • Arroyo Deathmatch, the Thiefs Lineage, Fry Hugs @ The Che Cafe
  • Summer Jazz Babies @ Dizzy's
  • Intervention with Michael Woods @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Stellita (10:00 a.m.), Reggie Smith (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Sara Beth, Whales Whailing, Johanna Warren @ Lestat's
  • Suburban Legends, the Chili Banditos, Riboflavin, Sol Remedy @ SOMA
  • An Evening with the Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Hidinginsidevictims @ The Yarrd
  • Hoppy Yoga w/ Keri & Friends, music by Destructo Bunny (1:00 p.m.), Give Me Back My Wig featuring Lil G (5:00 p.m.), Karaoke "Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke (10:00 p.m.) @ Winston's

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

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Southern Culture Skids Into SD]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:00:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Southern+Culture.jpg Southern Culture on the Skids had us longing after a "69 El Camino" after we took in their recent Casbah performance for a SoundDiego Sessions segment.]]> <![CDATA[The Magic Man Mystery Tour]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2014-07-12-21h56m30s50.png "Triumphant synth pop" band Magic Man had a Casbah crowd under their spell at a recent show.]]> <![CDATA[Counting on a Winner at the Track]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:53:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Counting+Crows+Michel+Dussack+%2813%29.jpg

This weekend is jam-packed with fun shows to hit and vinyl to buy. Today the Casbah hosts the one year anniversary of the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap. It's always a fun day to co-mingle with musicians and fellow audiophiles while you sift through the many record collections. By evening, you'll have your chance to remember the '90s as Counting Crows perform for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Summer Concert Series, and Toad the Wet Sprocket perform at the Belly Up. I don't think it will be a problem to catch both shows, and since the bands have toured together in the past, you wouldn't be mincing loyalty either. I'm not going to lie, both were two of my very favorites back in the day and I've seen both more times than I can count on my fingers. If you're nostalgic like me, today is a pretty great day for reliving those memories.

Saturday, August 9:

  • Counting Crows @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Summer Concert Series
  • Vinyl Junkies Record Swap featuring Rob Molt, Mr. Mazee, Pall Jenkins, Seth Combs, Steve West, Analog Burners (5:00 p.m.) @ The Casbah
  • The Good Life (Tim of Cursive), Big Harp @ The Casbah
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tommy & the High Pilots @ Belly Up
  • Thee Two Headed Oddities Showcase feat. Steinbecks, Plunger, Secret Fun Club, Gloomsday, Pheasants, Idol's Plague, Slig, and Badabing @ Kensington Club
  • Drenge, Wax Witches, Glasmus @ Soda Bar
  • Sara Bareilles, Emily King @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Lush with JoshTheBear @ The Merrow
  • Geezer, Green Today, Big Lewinsky @ Brick By Brick
  • Subtropics, the End, the Cardielles @ The Hideout
  • Scarlett Avenue, Short Stories, I Am the Conqueror, Split Decisions, It All Starts Here, With Age @ SOMA
  • Lisa Sanders, Jaggery @ Java Joe's/Artlab Studios
  • Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker @ The Event Center, Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • He Is Legend, Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, Wilson, Of Hope & Heresy, Rogue Stereo, Approaching Fiction @ Epicentre
  • Gods of Science, Sound Lupus, the Natives @ Tin Can
  • Pepper, Dirty Heads, AER @ RIMAC Arena, UCSD
  • Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Go-Go Riot w/the Tramplers, Confederate, Downs Family, Standard and Poor, the Brookhounds @ The Shakedown
  • Andy C @ Somewhere Loud
  • The Heart Beat Trail, Mockingbird @ Sycamore Den
  • Revival @ Boars Cross'n
  • Save The Che Benefit Show: Bogsey and the Argonauts, Alexander the Grape, Les Ours @ The Che Cafe
  • Agua Dulce @ Croce's Park West
  • Pocket (CD Release) with the Sure Fire Sould Ensemble @ Winston's
  • DJs Dimitri and Rob, Diana Death @ Whistle Stop
  • Kawsak @ Dizzy's
  • Bionic w/ Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Challengers to the Throne, Little Daylight @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • This Is All Now w/ special guests @ The House of Blues
  • Cadillac Wreckers (5:00 p.m.), Rising Star (9:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Abner, the Fairfield Fats Band, We the Rockets @ Lestat's
  • Allison Chains, Smack This, Jesters Fate, Nuns & Moses @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Vibe, the Dojo Masters & Atlantis Rizing @ 710 Beach Club
  • He Whose Ox is Gored, Glaciers, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Bhorelorde @ The Tower Bar
  • Sleepwalking with DJs Lil Smiley and Jef Guerro Graves Spin, Lowrider Oldies and Old School Funk @ Til Two Club
  • Kitten with a Whip @ Tio Leo's Lounge
  • DJ R-You @ U31
  • Don Diabl @ Bassmnt
  • Solidisco @ Bang Bang
  • Problem @ F6ix

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: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Neon Trees Light Up Humphrey's]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:25:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Neon+Trees+Humphreys+Bolger+%2816%29.jpg It turns out that the red-hot, indie rockers Neon Trees have a thing for a popular burger chain -- which we got to the bottom of before their recent electrifying performance at Humphrey's By the Bay. ]]> <![CDATA[Murs Brings the Heat]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:35:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Murs+SD.jpg Murs had a packed Casbah crowd "bangin' on these tabletops" when he rolled through San Diego.]]> <![CDATA[Drums Overrun the Kava Lounge]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:08:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Angels-Dust.jpg

On Sunday, Aug. 10 the Kava Lounge hosts an all-star lineup of San Diego producers, beat makers, and DJs -- all bleeding-edge artists who have been busy crafting a dusty, lo-fi, drum-heavy sound which in many ways has come to represent San Diego.

Electronic noise duo Skrapez are scheduled to play. Known for their homegrown DIY punk ethos and drum programming, DJ Tenshun and Psychopop have been releasing lo-fi cassettes, silk screening t-shirts and putting out their own 7" inch singles since the early '00s. Mythical, with a cult-like following -- their aggressive, in-your-face, post punk sound is pure testosterone. If angry cavemen pounded on drum machines instead of painting in caves, Skrapez is what they would have sounded like. They're masters at programming crunchy drums, using white noise and space-like instruments all at ear-splitting volume.

Kill Quanti label head and Illuminauts beat maker, Santino Romeri, is also on the bill with his experimental dub outfit, the Most Hi. Released in 2013, "The Most Hi" EP finds the Chula Vista native setting aside the glitchy production of his Illuminauts work for a collection of songs influenced by reggae rhythms full of heavy bass, dirty drums, and vocals thick with reverb.

While heavy hitters like DRB, Drumetrics, Hezus, RSI and Mazzy Star disciples Angels Dust round out the Kava Lounge bill, the legendary MRR (who has inspired Skrapez, Hezus, and many others) will also be making a rare appearance onstage.

The biggest draw just might be the mysterious "DJ Willow." The name might not be familiar, but believe me, you've heard of this guy. The hometown hero and prodigal son will make his triumphant return on Sunday. After honing his hard edged sound in venues in and around San Diego, "DJ Willow" changed his name, headed to Los Angeles, met a few people, shook a few hands and blew up!

On Sunday, Aug. 10 "DJ Willow" brings it full circle.

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

<![CDATA[Meet Germany's Ska en Espanol: Wisecracker]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:18:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/wisecraecker_2012_bw.jpg

Germany's Wisecracker is bringing their global ska to Tijuana's Black Box on Saturday. This is one band that will drive your curiousity through the roof. Here's why: Wisecracker is German-born. They sing in German, English and en Espanol! And they do it with ridiculous ease. Lead vocalist, Alexander "Dr. Kluse" Mende, even rocks the signature Spaniard lisp. His enunciation of the Spanish language is spot on as seen in their energetic studio recording music video of “Por Que Te Vas?

The seven-piece punk ska band is equipped with a brass horn and accordion section that's ready to gas up any mosh pit. Wisecracker's music is described according to their Facebook, “A fierce struggle between guitars and horns begins and it's only the amount of beers drank that decides who's gonna come out on top at the end of a show. Well, sometimes Mr. Jack Daniels has a say, too.”

Learn the German phrase: Brett und Blaser! And you will have also described Wisecracker. "Brett" is a German expression for distorted guitars, and "blaser" is German for blowing horns. Despite not having released anything new since their 2010 release, "The Pact," Wisecracker continue to steadily tour in Europe, Mexico and California. Their current tour includes bookings in Guadalajara, Tecate, Ensenada, Mexico City and Tijuana. 

Wisecracker performs at Black Box in Tijuana. Puchase tickets here. For more Wisecracker info go here.

Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and hip-hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wisecracker.de]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Motley Crue and Alice Cooper]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:01:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Motley+Crue+Sleep+Train+7.30.14+%282%29.jpg We're not worthy! Motley Crue and Alice Cooper had their classic hard rock sights set on San Diego for their July 30 show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Take an Iration Vacation]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:05:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Iration+X-Fest+2014+Sleep+Train+%286%29.jpg
Friday, it's night two of Rebelution and Iration at the CCCU Open Air Theatre; Steel Pulse is at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club as part of the Summer Concert Series and the show is free with track admission; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Alec Ounsworth play at The Casbah; Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact and Hills Like Elephants are at Seven Grand; Gloomsday, Badabing, the Pheasants and more play at the Ken Club; and Danny and the Tramp are at Gallagher’s. For your dancing fix, Junior the Discopunk is at AC Lounge and Etnik takes over Bang Bang.
Kick off your Saturday with the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap featuring DJs Rob Molt (Sector 9), Tim Mays (the Casbah), Seth Combs, Pall Jenkins (the Black Heart Procession), Steve West and Analog Burners. Get more info here. Blondfire plays as part of the Super Girl Pro. Later that night, Counting Crows play as part of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Summer Concert Series at the racetrack; Dirty Heads, Pepper and AER take over the RIMAC Arena; Toad the Wet Sprocket headlines a sold-out show at the Belly Up;  The Good Life (Tim of Cursive) and Big Harp are at The Casbah; Geezer plays "The Blue Album," Green Today plays "Dookie" and Big Lewinski are at Brick by Brick; The Downs Family take over the Shakedown; and Drenge, Wax Witches and Glasmus are at Soda Bar. On the dance tip, DJ Vaughn Avakian (Neon Beat) makes his Club Sabbat debut in the back room at Numb3rs, while DJs Diskdroid and Severin take over the front room. Grab more details here; Solidisco is at Bang Bang; Maystar’s Fashion Whore is at U-31; and Booty Bassment takes over the Whistle Stop.
Sunday, CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest starting at noon featuring Unsteady, Oh Spirit, Ed Ghost Tucker, We Are Sirens and Schitzophonics. Check out the complete lineup and details hereIntervention heats up Float at the Hard Rock Hotel with Michael Woods; Crocodiles, Tweens and Viv Vates are at the Casbah; and Diarrhea Planet, Those Darlins and Buddy Banter play at Soda Bar.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor.

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Clapping for the Right Reasons]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/201*120/CYHSY_-_band_photo.jpg

I don't know if this week of San Diego's live music could ever be beat. As we move into the weekend, it seems the fun never ends. Tonight, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return to the Casbah and you know it is going to be a killer show, as it's been a few years since we've heard from the band and their new material is proving that they still have the magic. The summer concerts at the track are still in effect, and Steel Pulse is always a huge draw in San Diego, Soda Bar presents the Sidekicks at Che Cafe, and Bar Pink does Dixie with the Euphoria Brass Band. I know a lot of people who will be cramming into Whistle Stop tonight for the return of Sleeping People, so if you're thinking about that show, make sure to get there early.

Friday, August 8:

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth @ The Casbah (sold out)
  • Soda Bar Presents: The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, Groms @ The Che Cafe
  • Steel Pulse @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Bar Pink
  • Sleeping People, Roland @ Whistle Stop
  • Rebelution, Iration, Stick Figure, the Green, Haven Art Studio @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Robin Hill, Cult Vegas, Trips @ Tin Can
  • Bitch Please, Matt Bahamas (Heavy Hawaii) @ The Hideout
  • Eukaryst, Unicorn Death, Imbalanced, Dark Measure @ The Merrow
  • The Chop Tops, the Strikers, the Gore Horsemen @ Soda Bar
  • The Fabulous Pelicans (5:00), Israel Vibrations & the Roots Radics, Piracy Conspiracy and DJ Carlos Culture (8:30) @ Belly Up
  • Wovenwar, Killing the Messenger, Hundred Caliber, City of Crooks, Spades and Blades @ Soma
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Caskitt, Micah Schnabel, the Shell Corporation, D-Cent Jerks, Western Settings, Jon Creeden @ The Tower Bar
  • Christopher Hollyday Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Bi-National Mambo Orchestra @ Dizzy's
  • Kieran Lux, Spittin em'age & Lambo, Sly Messiah, Leo Haze @ Epicentre
  • Bionic w/ Mixed Reactions @ Fluxx
  • Our Last Night, Set It Off, Heartist, Stages & Stereos @ The House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Pimpinela @ The House of Blues
  • Destructo, Wax Motif @ Bassmnt
  • Etnik @ Bang Bang
  • Caliber @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • The Moves, Samantha Aiken, Raven and Gold @ Lestat's
  • Drew Tabor (5:00), Life, Grizzly Business & the Major Minus (9:00) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Rose Royce and Evelen "Champagne" King @ Sycuan Casino
  • Wescott, Feeding Frenzy @ Sycamore Den
  • Swing Ding Amigos, Lenguas Largas, The Underground Railroad to Candyland, Treasure Fleet, Blank Pages @ The Til Two Club
  • Ladies of Soul @ 98 Bottles 
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's Lounge
  • Hirie, Arise Roots, Psydecar @ Winston's

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

<![CDATA[Live: Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:30:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Goo+Goo+Dolls+Harrahs+7.25.14+%2827%29.jpg Harrah's Resort Southern California hosted the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T's July 25.

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Los Aguas Aguas Make U.S. Debut]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:08:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/193*120/GNSF113-LosAguasAguas.jpg

The U.S. debut of Los Aguas Aguas kicks off in Santa Barbara Friday, with a highly-anticipated San Diego stop scheduled for next week at the House of Blues. Being a Mexican band that emphasizes their son Jarocho roots, and with album titles like "Two, Three Karate Moves" and "Easy and Tropical Machin," you have to wonder what they're like live in concert.

Since 2005, Los Aguas Aguas have become the ambassadors of Veracruz music. Their family-like band of 11 members make significant contributions by teaching school-aged children the beauty of their native son Jarocho music as seen on their official website. Because of Los Aguas Aguas, children have come to know their African roots by demonstrating the history of son Jarocho instruments like the shekere (calabash) and djembe, which are both originally from Africa and adopted by Veracruz music in the 18th century.

You may actually think you've never heard son Jarocho music before, but you have. The most widely known song in the style is “La Bamba,” which was made popular by Chicano musician, Ritchie Valens and the American movie of the same name.

Los Aguas Aguas guarantee you a ticket into a musical celebration of old world Veracruz music with a modern-day twist. This will be the group's first California tour with five confirmed dates in Santa Barbara (Aug. 8) Anaheim (Aug. 9), Los Angeles (Aug. 10), San Jose (Aug. 14), Fresno (Aug. 15) and San Diego (TBA).

Los Aguas Aguas will be performing at the House of Blues next week with Hector Guerra at House of Blues -- date to be announced. For more information, go here.

Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and hip-hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Los Aguas Aguas]]>
<![CDATA[Courtney Barnett Storms San Diego]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:30:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/Coachella+2014+Day+3+Daytime+%2855%29.jpg

It is really hard to beat two back-to-back nights of incredible shows, but to be completely honest, the show I have been waiting for all summer is happening tonight at the Casbah. Courtney Barnett hails from Australia and sure that she wouldn't meet commercial success, self-released her own music. Now on Mom + Pop records in the US, Barnett has been featured heavily on satellite radio and NPR, and every interview makes her style that much cooler. This is a woman you want to see live and further, she seems like the kind of person you just want to hang out with. She killed it at Lollapalooza over the weekend, and now we get to enjoy her in the intimacy of the Casbah. Do not miss this show.

Thursday,  August 7:

  • Courtney Barnett, Crystal Skulls @ Casbah
  • Courtney Barnett in-store performance @M-Theory Records (5 p.m.)
  • Barbarian, Oliver Trolley, Hobie Givens @ Soda Bar
  • Triumph of the Wild Boy, Jesse LaMonaca @ Seven Grand
  • Teenage Burritos, Rank/Xerox, Vial, Contact @ Che Cafe
  • Natural Koncept 'High Class Creepin' Premiere w/DJs Blairly Legal & Platinum Pat @ Bar Pink
  • Ballyhoo! with Bumpin Uglies, Project Out of Bounds @ Belly Up
  • La Jolla Music Society Summerfest @ La Jolla Athenaeum (12:30 p.m., free)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Spiral Out, Domination, CFH @ Brick By Brick
  • Pulse Liberation, the Young Gents, Speaker In Reverse @ Tin Can
  • Iration, the Green, Stick Figure @ Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Whitherward, Michael Coughland @ Lestat's
  • Juicy J, Luke Christopher @ House of Blues
  • Asi Suena presents Los Aguas Aguas, Hector Guerra @ House of Blues
  • Acid House Night @ The Merrow
  • Casa Nuova vs Pro-K, BM & EvM, Darkslid3, Nat Beats, Strvnge Cloudz @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos & the Park West Ensemble @ Croce's Park West
  • The McKinney Project @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Hallelujah Expressway CD release with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's
  • IDGAF with Tony Junior @ Fluxx
  • Brillz @ Bassmnt
  • Novamenco @ 98 Bottles
  • Darkwave Garden DWG: Gothic Darkwave Dark '80s/'90s @ The Shakedown
  • Heritage Band (feat Megan Combs & David from Stranger), Hazmatt, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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