<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:24:25 -0800 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:24:25 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Goes Idyll Wild]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:06:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Idyll+Wild.jpg Idyll Wild talk their new record and what we can expect to hear when they play SoundDiego LIVE at the Air Conditioned Lounge on March 27! Be sure to RSVP now right here >>> http://ulink.tv/3947]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: March 1-7]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:42:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ASAP+Ferg+Cropped.jpg Our SoundDiego Set List highlights the must-see shows coming your way this week, including A$AP Ferg, Swervedriver, Madi Diaz and more.]]> <![CDATA[The Canadians Are Coming!]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:23:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Taken+By+Canadians+SD.jpg Oceanside-based alt-country troupe Taken By Canadians discuss their band name, North County and -- what else -- Canada. Catch them at Soda Bar on March 4.]]> <![CDATA[The Empires Strike Back]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:47:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Empires+Press+Photo.jpg

The Internet is abuzz with talk about Empires. The Chicago alt-rock band is being compared to the National and Interpol for vocalist Sean Van Vleet's deep register (we agree -- check out our profile on the band here). You can expect big things from this band who sound tailor-made for your favorite alt radio station. Of course, Soda Bar is a small room, so should this show sell out, there's an awesome show with Theophilus London at Belly Up and Gayle Skidmore's cassette release show at the Casbah.

Sunday, March 1:

  • Empires, the Sinclairs, Future Age @ Soda Bar
  • Theophilus London, Father @ Belly Up
  • Black Veil Brides, Memphis May Fire, Ghost Town @ House of Blues
  • Gayle Skidmore, Minor Birds, the Liquorsmiths @ Casbah
  • Tribute to Glen Miller & Vocal Groups- Four Freshman, Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Center Chorale: Beethoven the Great @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Brazil Jazz Festa @ Dizzy's
  • Richard Goode @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Bo Burnham @ Balboa Theatre
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Willie Psycho @ Brick By Brick
  • Intervention @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Junior the Discopunk @ U-31
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Whiskey of the Damned @ Winston's (6 - 9 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-Ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club

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

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<![CDATA[LIVE: Cold War Kids]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:27:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Cold+War+Kids+Observatory+%2830%29.jpg Cold War Kids sure didn't hang San Diego out to dry when they hit the Observatory North Park on Feb. 25. Elliott Moss opened.

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<![CDATA[SD LIVE Answers Your Prayers]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:53:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Prayers-1.jpg

Grab your dancing shoes, San Diego -- spring will be sprung in a big way on March 27!

How do we follow up our blowout bash with We Are Scientists in January at the Casbah? Well, how about a FREE show with the "cholo goth" pioneers Prayers, the gritty electro-punk duo Glass Spells and the dark, twisting indie rock/chillwave of Idyll Wild!


RSVP TO SEE PRAYERS AT SOUNDDIEGO LIVE ON MARCH 27 AT THE AIR CONDITIONED LOUNGE!


That's right -- it's a trifecta of local awesomeness! We're more than thrilled to feature Prayers at our SoundDiego LIVE event, since the duo is undeniably poised to break out of San Diego (and we called it right here) in the hugest way possible. Who else in town can count Blink-182's Travis Barker as a diehard fan? Where is this shindig going off, you ask? At University Heights' Air Conditioned Lounge on Friday, March 27!

And nobody's looking forward to this show more than than 91x radio host Robin Roth, who will be hosting the party -- which, by the way, kicks off at 7 p.m.

SoundDiego LIVE Poster"Prayers are making a name for themselves," says Roth. "Rafael Reyes and Dave Parley wear their hearts on their sleeves, and the music speaks volumes. The energy of cholo-goth angst and dark-themed songs is captured in their live performances."

Prayers have been on a simply meteoric rise ever since they released their "Gothic Summer" EP last year, and after getting tapped to join the friggin' Cult on tour (!!!) and getting profiled in Huffington Post (among a ton of other publications -- including our own), they're ready to bump their hometown into oblivion. These dudes are on the move, for real.

While no one has been on a tear quite like Prayers over the last year in San Diego, if anyone can match their sheer onstage energy, it's the Tijuana-based Glass Spells. The duo have been everywhere -- including 91x's Boo's Cruise, during which Roth really got into what she calls "their high energy synth-dance vibe" -- since their gritty noise/dance punk EP, "Desperate Love," hit the streets last July -- and they joined our SoundDiego Record Club for good measure. The band is poised for huge things in 2015, and we can't wait to see what they'll have in store for the show.

The third band on the bill -- Idyll Wild -- is one of our favorite local bands, and they're no slouch either. "The combination of shoe-gaze, psychedelia and dance can take you to another dimension -- if you let it," says Roth. The quintet have long been at work on their debut record, but we've already featured them on our SoundDiego Spotlight [watch here] -- so if you're into chilled-out, indie-rock vibes, the Air Conditioned Lounge is obviously the place to be. The name says it all, right?

With three bands scheduled to play you won't go hungry for music, but you might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Enjoy a VIP happy hour presented by Fall Brewing Company -- located just across the street from the venue. They start pouring at 7 p.m., so get there early.


RSVP TO SEE PRAYERS AT SOUNDDIEGO LIVE ON MARCH 27 AT THE AIR CONDITIONED LOUNGE!
 

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<![CDATA[Adam Rudolph Goes Organic]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:41:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/adamGO2.jpg

Free and structured improvisation by expert proponents of both disciplines were the order of the night on Feb. 25, when UCSD’s Loft featured knockout performances by the Kirk Knuffke Trio and Adam Rudolph’s GO: Organic Orchestra.

Cornet master Knuffke’s trio opened the show, with Rudolph on multiple hand drums and the ever-monstrous bass of Mark Dresser, who led off with ripe, languid tones peppered with double-glissandi as Knuffke’s free-melodic musings explored half-valve fluttering and squeezed vibrato. There was a deep blues/ swing aesthetic at the core of their journey -- without any overt references to either tradition.

During a quiet moment, Rudolph made his entrance on an ethnic flute, eking out willowy pentatonic melodies over Dresser’s pedal-tone bass and Knuffke’s strangled cries. Out of nowhere, Dresser began a furious, loping walk, triggering Rudolph’s five-drum assault which led to an intense conga solo. Knuffke seemed to navigate a course between the delicate structures of a Don Cherry and the more overt audacity of Lester Bowie. Dresser’s solo had a violent undercurrent, from strummed triplets to windmill slaps at the strings that bordered on "enhanced interrogation techniques."

After a brief intermission, Rudolph came back to the stage, this time as a composer/conductor, leading a large ensemble comprised of UCSD faculty like Dresser, saxophonist David Borgo, trumpeter Stephanie Richards and a slew of talented students.

Rudolph’s music utilizes unconventional notation and a highly personal system of conducting to generate music that evolves in the moment with an emphasis on group and individual improvisation. Rudolph signaled the horn section of Borgo, Richards, Zach Chase, Connor Hughes and Felipe Rossi to stir up clouds of dissonant harmony, adding the three-bass choir of Dresser, Tommy Babin and Kyle Motl into the mix with a potent blend of bowed and plucked ideas. Borgo snuck in a screaming solo followed by a startling Richards essay. Anders Eskildson’s piano was featured early on to good effect, and Joshua Charney’s electric keyboard had a dramatic entrance later on a tune that seemed to marry Coltrane's "Africa Brass" with Cecil Taylor's "Conquistador."

There was an ever-churning groove present on most of the experiments, with vital contributions from four percussionists, especially Putu Hiranmayena on Balinese gamelan drum and a tabla player whose name I did not catch.

I came away from this concert with a renewed appreciation for Dresser, Rudolph and Knuffke’s ability to generate instant music through the prism of close listening, and the myriad possibilities available through conducted improvisation. Plus, it looks like UCSD has really won the lottery with the addition of Stephanie Richards. I can’t wait to hear more from her.

 

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



Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[Saturday Night Live Music]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:41:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/microphonewydt.jpg

There are some really great shows on Saturday, so even if you don't have tickets to the sold-out show by the Church at the Casbah, you're going to want to head out on the town. Soda Bar will be awesome with the neo-folk of Six Organs of Admittance, and Craft Spells keep it synthy at the Hideout. Moving Units' Mike Delgado spins some tunes at Bar Pink, and Pine Mountain Logs are sure to pack the Belly Up. A special album-release show is planned for Tom Brousseau at Java Joe's, so if you're looking for a quieter evening with a long-standing local musician, go check him out.

Saturday, Feb. 28:

  • The Church @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio, Dominick Joseph Gambini @ Soda Bar
  • The Concrete Project, Parker & the Numberman, Atlantis Rizing, Odessa Kane @ Winston's
  • Craft Spells, the Bilinda Butchers, Meishi Smile @ The Hideout
  • DJ Mike Delgado (Moving Units) @ Bar Pink
  • Pine Mountain Logs @ Belly Up
  • Fifth Harmony, Jacob Whitesides, Jasmine V, Mahogany Lox @ House of Blues
  • Chin Chin Optometrist, Fight My Tractor, Lame Daisies, Cult of Sergio, No Sleep Gang
  • Tom Brousseau (album release) @ Java Joe's
  • Borgeous @ Bassmnt
  • Madman, Nukem @ Brick By Brick
  • Social Club, the Younger Brothers @ 710 Beach Club
  • Guidelines, With Age, Heavyweight, Anton Jon, Fake Tides @ SOMA
  • The Kei Akagi Trio, the Kyle Motl Trio @ The Loft
  • Rachel Bradford and Marissa Rose @ Lestat's
  • Groove International: The Pirate's Booty Ball @ House of Blues Voodoo Room/Delta Room
  • Golden Eagle Show Choir Festival @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Ves Frank @ The Wine Lover
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Christ Killer, Ramp Locals, Nerve Control, Downward Spiral @ Tower Bar
  • Sometimes Julie @ Winston's (5-7 p.m.)
  • Sleepwalking - Lowriders & Old School Funk Dance Party @ Til-Two Club
  • Bob Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Bump & Brass @ Tio Leo's
  • Wes Smith, Omega Squad @ Kava Lounge
  • Chill Clinton, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Simmer Down Rhythm Section @ Boar Cross'n

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

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<![CDATA[LIVE: David Cook]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:02:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/David+Cook+Belly+Up+Connie+%2812%29.jpg "American Idol"-winner David Cook wowed a Belly Up crowd on Feb. 23 with his chart-topping alt-rock. The Paul Cannon Band opened.

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<![CDATA[Metalachi Madness]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:14:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Metalachi.JPG

The weekend is finally here, and Friday night is stacked with fun acts to get your weekend momentum moving in the right direction. The Casbah is sold out with Metalachi, but another tribute, the all-female Zepperella, plays at Brick By Brick. The Highwayman gets in the tribute game with a Johnny Cash birthday celebration at the Belly Up (technically, the Man in Black's big day was Thursday), and the locals of Griever rock out their record release at Soda Bar. Your winner, though, might just be the Belfast band Girls Names, who are at the Hideout, with openers Flaamingos.

Friday, Feb. 27:

  • Metalachi, Madly @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Griever (record release), Kodiak, Ghostlimb, Deep Sea Thunderbeast @ Soda Bar
  • Zepperella, Hell's Belles @ Brick By Brick
  • The Highwaymans Show's Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration, with California Rangers @ Belly Up
  • Girls Names, Flaamingos @ The Hideout
  • '80s vs. '90s, with DJs Vaughn Avakian & Heather Hardcore @ Bar Pink
  • The Brokers Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • The Bennedetti Trio: Tribute to George Harrison @ Dizzy's
  • Quali @ Gym Standard
  • Sean & Zander (Throwrag/Circle Jerks), O @ Whistle Stop
  • Venice Baroque Orchestra, with Avi Avital, Mandolin @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dumbfounded @ The Loft, UCSD (sold out)
  • DFA, Illuminate, Voidlines @ SOMA
  • Sidewinder, Rodger Maxwel @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • Santa Claus, Sorry State, Systematic Abuse, Rom Baro @ Ken Club
  • DJ Beatnick @ AD Nightclub
  • Peggy Watson, David Beldock, Freddy and Francine @ Java Joe's
  • Jay Chu, 22 Kings, Stereo Love, Jessi Kocher @ Lestat's
  • Mortuus Terror, Thanatology, Seraphic Disgust @ The Merrow
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Dave Scott & The New Jazz Groove @ Croce's Park West
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Gambler's Mark, the Black Jackits, Cursed Bastards @ Tower Bar
  • DJs Peril, Green T, Unite @ Winston's
  • Moonshine, Plant Tribe, Loom @ Til-Two Club
  • The Beat Kitchen, with Charlie Rock & DJ Question @ El Dorado
  • Levi Dean & the Band @ Wine Lover
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Moon Boots @ Bang Bang
  • Torro Torro @ Bassmnt
  • Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Verigolds, AJ Froman, Viscous @ 710 Beach Club
  • Off the Floor @ Ramona Mainstage

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

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<![CDATA[Unique Music Venue Opens Doors in East Village]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:29:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/quartz-1.jpg

The time for temporary parks is now -- Quartyard, the once-vacant 28,000-square-foot lot in East Village at 1102 Market St., celebrates its grand opening as an outdoor beer-garden/restaurant/coffee shop/music venue/dog park/overall awesome communal space on March 7. And tickets are just $5.

The urban park comes to us by way of Rad Lab’s Philip Auchettl, David Loewenstein, Jason Grauten (a trio of NewSchool of Architecture + Design alum) and contractor Adam Jubela. The project started two years ago as the master’s candidates’ senior thesis. The then-grad students saw this vacant lot across from the school that wasn’t being put to use and had the idea to transform it into a communal space that could be put together and broken down relatively easily. The answer was in shipping containers. They took the idea past the thesis to Kickstarter, raising $60,000 in one month with little to no marketing -- the proof of concept was there. From there it went to investors, and now, on March 7, it becomes a reality.

The best of it all will be there, with craft beer, food from S&M Sausage & Meat, caffeine buzz by Meshuggah Shack and, of course, live music. First up to test the shipping container-filled space is L.A.’s Madi Diaz, whose high-pitched pop vocals are alternately matched by a trilling staircase of electro-synth toothpicks and smooth rhythms. Joining her are chillwave locals Swim Team, whose thundercloud sound floats atmospheric and ethereal. And there is much, much more to come.

The massive space (which fits about 1,500 people) is licensed for 48 live events every year, which may not sound like a ton, but Quartyard events coordinator Alex Collins said it’s about quality over quantity. "It’s actually kind of nice,” Collins told SoundDiego. “We can be a little more discerning."

And by discerning, he means booking nationally touring indie acts that you might otherwise see elsewhere around town. But you’ll see 'em here instead. Where there’s food truck grub. And an outdoor beer garden. And an urban vibe. And a sweet fresh breeze. Collins, who’s also with Salt Management, is hoping to bring something like Nashville’s Live on the Green outdoor weekly summer shows to San Diego.

"Basically what I want to do is bring back a mini-festival idea downtown because the space is just so conducive to something like that," said Collins, adding that the space, which is family friendly, is suited for both all-ages and 21+ events.

Though Collins can’t give any specific deets right now on who might come (“There are offers out,” he said), he mentioned a few hot national acts as potentials, but confirms that Quartyard wants to maintain the neighborhood’s feel.

"It’s funny, because the cultural aspect of East Village is very different from the Gaslamp and downtown," Collins said. "So we’re getting pulled in a couple different directions -- like the EDM club scene. This place is not that. We want to match the cultural vibe here."

Quartyard’s grand opening takes place on Saturday, March 7, from 5 to 10 p.m., with music from Madi Diaz and Swim Team. The event is 21+. Tickets cost $5 and are available here.

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Quartyard]]>
<![CDATA[Get Me to the Church on Time]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:46:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The-Church.jpg

On Friday, Metalachi and Madly are at the Casbah; The Highwaymans Show’s Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration with California Rangers is at the Belly Up; Griever’s record release takes over Soda Bar with Kodiak (their final show), Ghostlimb and Deep Sea Thunder Beast; Sean & Zander (Throwrag/Circle Jerks/Weirdos) do a special set as a duo wth opener O at the Whistle Stop; DFA, Illuminate and Voidlines are at SOMA; Zepparella and Hell’s Belles hit Brick by Brick; Santa Claus, Sorry State, Systematic Abuse and Rom Baro are at the Ken Club; Neighbors to the North play at Beaumont's; and Girls Names and Flaamingos are at the Hideout. Get your dance on at Bar Pink with ‘80s vs. ‘90s; Torro Torro at Bassmnt; or Moon Boots at Bang Bang.

Saturday, the Church play a sold-out show at the Casbah; Six Organs of Admittance headline at Soda Bar; Christ Killer, Ramp Locals, Nerve Control and Downward Spiral take over the Tower Bar; Social Club and the Younger Brothers are at 710 Beach Club; Craft Spells and the Bilinda Butchers hit the Hideout; The Pheasants, Gloomsday and Shady Francos are at the Black Cat; and the Concrete Project, Parker & the Numberman, Atlantis Rizing and Odessa Kane play at Winstons. Hit the dance floor with Club Sabbat at Numb3rs as DJ John C and I take over the front room. Other options include Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Sleepwalking at Til-Two; Bob Dazzla at El Dorado; Borgeous at Bassmnt; or DJ Mike Delgado (Moving Units) at Bar Pink.

Sunday, HR of Bad Brains hits Brick by Brick; Empires, the Sinclairs and Future Age are at Soda Bar; Theophilus London headlines at the Belly Up; Black Veil Brides take over House of Blues; and Gayle Skidmore, Minor Birds and the Liquorsmiths are 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 or submit your DJ listings here.



Photo Credit: The Church]]>
<![CDATA[Rolling in the Deap Vally]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:25:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_SDTV_092813-DEAP_VALLY_722x406_50845763767.jpg

The weekend is approaching, and the week has been full of music. That trend continues on Thursday, when Deap Vally roll into the Belly Up, with support from the locals of Muscle Beech and Wild Wild Wets. Deap Vally has been getting some great critical acclaim, and with local ties, these ladies deserve your support. Meanwhile, the Casbah hosts the return of That 1 Guy, and it might be the first time that Big Toe is performing at the club. If you've never seen Mark perform, he's a sight to see as he plays his guitar with his feet. It's absolutely mesmerizing how he turned a challenging disability into an amazing abilitiy. Around town, GZA tears down the Observatory, the Sidekicks are at Soda Bar, and Trouble in the Wind perform in their stomping grounds at Boar's Crossin.

Thursday, Feb. 26:

  • Deap Vally, Muscle Beech, Wild Wild Wets @ Belly Up
  • That 1 Guy; Mark, aka Big Toe @ Casbah
  • The Sidekicks, Cayetana, Future Crooks @ Soda Bar
  • GZA (performing "Liquid Swords"), Genius @ The Observatory (sold out)
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Trouble in the Wind @ Boar Cross'n
  • Kooties, Glass Spells, Splavender, Teenage Exorcist @ Ken Club
  • Cot Damn, featuring DJ Dmitri of Booty Bassment @ The Hideout
  • Bakkuda, Lightworks @ Sycamore Den
  • Beheading the King, Raise the Guns @ Brick By Brick
  • The Hipstones, Kylle Thomasson @ Lestat's
  • Taking Back Sunday, Letlive, the Menzingers @ House of Blues (sold out)
  • Birdy & the BowTie @ Java Joe's
  • The Travelers Club @ U-31
  • Gent Treadly, Charles Neville and Fish @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Peter Sprague Quartet @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Francoise Sims & the Groove Squad @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Antar Martin Aggregation, Amadou Fall @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Rock n Roll Preservation Society, with Heather Hardcore & Diana Death @ Tower Bar
  • Charles Neville, Gent Treadly, featuring the Terpsichords @ Winston's
  • No Limits, with Myson King @ The Office
  • The Tighten Up, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Bob Sinclar @ Fluxx
  • Little Kings @ Tio Leo's
  • Vinai @ Bassmnt
  • Kush (Blood Fyah Angels), DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub

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

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<![CDATA[Live: Lucinda Williams]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:02:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/LucindaW.JPG Lucinda Williams took the gravel road to Observatory North Park for her headlining show on Feb. 21, with the Kenneth Brian Band opening.

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<![CDATA[The Hottest Cold War]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:51:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ColdWarKids_8-11-14.jpg

It was just a few months ago that select San Diegans got an exclusive preview of new Cold War Kids music when they performed at a warehouse downtown. Of course, they had a sold out show at the Belly Up, and so they just keep moving on up with Wednesday's sold out show at the Observatory North Park. If you haven't been to there before, or haven't been since last year, you're going to love the modifications to the beautiful space. Of course, if you didn't grab tickets, you're outta luck, but you can catch One I Red at Casbah, Tijuana Panthers at Soda Bar, or Taken by Canadians at the Belly Up with special guests the Midnight Pine and Vinyl Mill.

Wednesday, Feb. 25:

  • Cold War Kids, Elliot Moss @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • One I Red, the Major Minus, Cult Vegas, Plastic Deer @ Casbah
  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Heartless Bastards @ Viejas Arena SDSU
  • Tijuana Panthers, Teenage Burritos, the Soaks @ Soda Bar
  • Taken by Canadians, the Midnight Pine, Vinyl Mill @ Belly Up
  • Midweek Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Charts, Kids in Heat, Swift Beats @ The Hideout
  • Daniel Crawford, Jackson Price @ Lestat's
  • Josh Damigo & the Copper Tops @ Croce's Park West
  • AJ Froman, Amerikan Bear @ The Saloon
  • Adam Rudolph, Organic Orchestra, the Kirk Knuffke Trio @ The Loft, UCSD
  • James Dean, the Moves, Artemis Arthur @ The Merrow
  • Terrokal, Nerve Control, Slums of the Future @ Tower Bar
  • Latin Dance Party with DJs Ukeim and Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston Presents: Revival with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Reveng: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Kimba Light @ Java Joe's
  • Major Interval @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Monolith CD Release Party @ Boar Cross'n
  • Dan Porter @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Lady & the Lion @ Whistle Stop
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cold War Kids]]>
<![CDATA[Age of Empires]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:57:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Empires+Press+Photo.jpg

You've heard the melodic baritone of Empires' Sean Van Fleet before.

Turn on the Killers and you'll hear it oozing from Brandon Flowers, or on any of the National's dark indie-rock opuses thanks to scruffy, Oscar-the-Grouch frontman Matt Berninger. Heck, if Interpol's Paul Banks didn't bark so much (and wear so many gold chains), it'd sound a bit like him too.

Shakespeare once asked: "Can one desire too much of a good thing?" For fans of indie rock, the answer sounds like a resounding "no."

San Diego gets its chance to weigh in on Sunday, March 1, when Empires bring their golden, soaring rock & roll through Soda Bar. Where the National get mired in chamber-pop melancholy, and the Killers sound(ed?) like they're just in it for mainstream radio dominance, Empires usher in Roxy Music-fueled romps over a bed of War on Drugs-style atmospherics and a Greg Dulli-esque penchant for back alley romanticism. In other words, it’s pretty good.

Empires, "Orphans" And it's familiar. While familiarity works wonders for artists these days (insert Sam Smith/Tom Petty joke here), all of the bands I reference above can easily be compared to musical icons that came before them, and so forth and so on. So no, Empires don't reinvent the wheel, and yes, Van Fleet sounds eerily similar to some indie rock big shots -- but can you blame him? It's his voice. The boy can't exactly help it.

And in fact, it seems like the band is very aware of how it might come across, and has even going through a slight identity shift recently -- less Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, more Gaslight Anthem. While working on Empires' third album, 2014's "Orphan," with producer John Congleton (who lists St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings and the Black Angels on his resume), Van Fleet admitted that the producer's tutelage helped quite a bit.

"[Congleton] took the ideas we thought were golden and threw them away," the lead singer said in a press release last year. "He said, 'You need to let the song be what it is and you need to live with it.' And that's what we did. He taught us not to hide our songs, to let it all shine through."

If the initial singles -- "How Good Does It Feel" [watch here] and "Please Don't Tell My Lover" [watch it here] -- from the album are any testament, it sounds like they damn near opened the floodgates. So soak it up, arena-rock fans. After all, Mae West said it best: "Too much of a good thing is wonderful!"

Empires play Soda Bar Sunday, March 1, with the Sinclairs and Future Age. Tickets are $10 and are available here.

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Empires/Big Hassle Publicity]]>
<![CDATA[Brett Dennen Rising]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:32:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Brett+Dennen+2323.JPG

It's been a little while since singer/songwriter Brett Dennen has been to town, so his performance tonight at the Observatory North Park is a long awaited one by fans. His endearing charm defies his giant six-foot-plus stature, and he's been known to shake his booty -- much to the delight of his female-heavy fan base. With opener Willy Tea Taylor, this should be a pretty great night of music. Of course, around town you can catch the monthly Hip-Hop Beat Battle with DJ Artistic at the Casbah, get your face melted by the sludge metal of Cold Blue Mountain or catch Halloran's local night at the Merrow.

Tuesday, Feb. 24:

  • Brett Dennen, Willy Tea Taylor @ The Observatory North Park
  • Hip-Hop Beat Battle, DJ Artistic @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Shen Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Cold Blue Mountain, Bhorelorde, Deep Sea Thunderbeast, Debt Ritual @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ The Hideout
  • Crucial Blend, No Kings, the Brewhahas @ The Merrow
  • Caravan to Cabo (documentary premier) with Ease Up, Tunnel Vision featuring Scott Russo, Hazmatt @ Belly Up
  • Causers, Sick Balloons, Furr Portal @ Tower Bar
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Spiritual Rez @ Winston's
  • Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[No Doubt, the Killers to Headline Kaaboo in Del Mar ]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:56:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/052509+No+Doubt.jpg

Come September, Del Mar is going to be the music mecca of the West Coast.

The first-ever Kaaboo arts and entertainment festival just announced its three-day, seven-stage lineup, and it's going to put our sweet coastal community on the music map. Headliners No Doubt and the Killers hardly even scratch the surface. Some 60 bands are coming in for this one from all genres (Zac Brown Band? Check. Snoop Dogg? Yoyeah), including San Diego's own Slightly Stoopid and the Silent Comedy.

Ahem, sorry -- it's not a music "festival," according to the un-festival's web site, but rather the antithesis: "Kaaboo is everything a typical music festival is not. ...  We're a new kind of arts and entertainment 'mix-perience' designed around comfort, quality and good times." OK, call it what you will, but it. sounds. awesome. Going along with the un-fest theme, Kaaboo also boasts claims of cleanliness, fewer lines and maturity ordained by its "unwritten codes of conduct." You can get a hot shave or a massage. You can get your hair cut or your nails done. Oh, and it's San Diego, so there will be plenty of art and craft beer.

The mix-perience is picking up the mantle of Street Scene, the last incarnation of which we saw in 2009. At its peak, Street Scene packed San Diego with crowds of 100,000 to the tune of such acts as Beck, Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West. But when attendance dwindled and the homespun festival met financial difficulties, the 25-year-old fest turned off its amps. Just a few years later, Kaaboo has picked up those amps, dusted 'em off, tuned 'em up and put them to work again, so to speak.

The Killers -- who played the Fairgrounds for Street Scene eight years ago -- haven't been to SD since headlining the 2012 91X Wrex the Halls showcase. Hell, they haven't even played a show stateside since last August, and, according to Rolling Stone, this will be their first performance since then.

No Doubt is even less visible on the music scene. While frontwoman Gwen Stefani recently took a turn in the judges' chair on NBC's hit show "The Voice," the on-and-off-again rock-ska band (whose 1995 album, "Tragic Kingdom," defined this reporter's youth) has been quiet, booking just five shows for the year.

It's all happening September 18-20 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, and passes start around $290 (fees included) for the Hang Loose weekend pass. But if you want that VIP experience, it's there. You can Hang Five for just shy of $750 to get access to a VIP-only kickoff party (with live performances by Sheryl Crow and Ed Kowalcyzk), exclusive lounges, a sit-down restaurant and various perks including better parking and sight lines. For a little less than $2,600, the super swanky can Hang Ten with all the above benefits plus free food and bevies, access to the artist and in-field track lounges, complimentary valet parking and more.

Check the full lineup below and the Kaaboo web site for more details:

Bands:

  • No Doubt
  • The Killers
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Foster the People
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Counting Crows
  • The Roots
  • Spoon
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  • Dirty Heads
  • O.A.R.
  • Awolnation
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Girl Talk
  • Big Gigantic
  • Griz
  • Tribal Seeds
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • OK Go
  • Cherub
  • Donavon Frankenreiter
  • Dawes
  • Los Lobos
  • X
  • Lucero
  • Lettuce
  • Ozomatli
  • Allen Stone
  • JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Old 97’s
  • J Roddy Walston & the Business
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Delta Rae
  • Nahko & Medicine for the People
  • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
  • Minnie Driver
  • The White Panda
  • The Floozies
  • Goldfish
  • Thenewno2
  • Stick Figure
  • The Revivalists
  • MarchFourth!
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Fortunate Youth
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
  • Natural Vibrations
  • The Silent Comedy
  • Knox Hamilton
  • Orgone
  • The Wheeland Brothers
  • The Apache Relay
  • Peter Matthew Bauer
  • Ed Kowalcyzk

Comedians:

  • Joel McHale
  • Lewis Black
  • Chris D’Elia
  • Anthony jeselnik
  • Jeff Garlin
  • Tig Notaro
  • Tim Meadows
  • Iliza Schlesinger
  • Ron Funches
  • Hasan Minhaj

It's all happening September 18-20 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, and passes start around $290 (fees included) for the Hang Loose weekend pass. But if you want that VIP experience, it's there. You can Hang Five for just shy of $750 to get access to a VIP-only kickoff party, exclusive lounges, a sit-down restaurant and various perks including better parking and sight lines. For a little less than $2,600, the super swanky can Hang Ten with all the above benefits plus free food and bevies, access to the artist and in-field track lounges, complimentary valet parking and more. Passes are on sale now at kaaboodelmar.com.

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



Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Reel Big Fish]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:44:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Reel+Big+Fish+HOB+Fatima+Kelley+%2826%29.jpg Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Authority Zero brought the high energy rock and ska to House of Blues on Feb. 19.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Anthony Davis Solo Show in Balboa Park]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:44:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/adavisbw1722.jpg

One of the greatest musical treasures in San Diego is composer/pianist Anthony Davis. He came to town in 1998 to teach at UCSD, a move that has blessed the entire music community since. On February 19, Davis played an all-too-rare hometown solo piano gig at the James S. Copley Auditorium in Balboa Park, delivering a program that illustrated his singular gifts in rich detail.

Davis began the program with "Five Moods From an English Garden," while a huge projection of Wassily Kandinsky’s "Improvisation 29" hovered in the background. The pianist traversed moody territory that ranged from a still calm that reminded me of Duke Ellington to a jarring kinetic energy to manic toy piano scrambling, all more or less defined by his instantly identifiable left hand -- one of the most compelling sounds in modern music.

Languid spaces and gauzy harmonies set the backdrop of "Goddess Variations," punctuated by rollicking bass lines and turgid atonality in a composition that seemed to rock between quiet agitation and abject violence. Fitting, since the music represented the horror of the Trans-Atlantic kidnapping of millions of Africans en route to the American shore.

"Variations on Matisse Prints" was completely improvised as Davis invented whimsical structures based on ever-shifting visual cues. But even the most playful of those structures contained an underlying violence and a sharp rhythmic attack that served as the connective tissue to the whole series of thematic cells.

Most satisfying was a distillation of his masterpiece, "Wayang Variations," where manic repetitions evolve, layer and rotate in and out of focus. One could definitely picture the Balinese gamelan puppet theater that served as this composition's initial reference. In fact, the images being projected on the screen were entirely superfluous -- the music itself, an endless stream of descriptive themes, was more than enough to engage every facet of the listener's imagination.

As an encore, Davis explored "Shimmer," a music theater work about New York City in the McCarthy era. Again, there was the profound duality that seems to course through the best of his work: lush Strayhorn romanticism that ebbed into wicked spells of left-hand stride like lyric silks flowing from a dissonant temptress.

Kudos to the San Diego Museum of Art and to Jann Pasler, who curated this momentous occasion.

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



Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[Telling Body Language]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:33:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/bodylanguageband.jpg

This weekend was insanely packed with great music offerings, but in case you didn't get enough, head out to Casbah on Monday for Brooklyn electro-pop outfit Body Language -- or perhaps you're an "American Idol" fan and want to see former contestant David Cook at the Belly Up. Soda Bar has Sales, and Tori Roze does her somewhat residency at Bar Pink. There are enough reasons to get off the couch and let your earholes have a party.

Monday, Feb. 23:

  • Body Language, Sego @ Casbah
  • David Cook, Paul Cannon Band @ Belly Up
  • Sales, Island Boy, Angels Dust @ Soda Bar
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Shen Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Delta Blue Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • In Flames, All That Remains @ House of Blues
  • AsOfLake, the Youngest, Natalie Emmons @ The Merrow
  • Gio and Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Strictly Hip Hop with Lord Zen (the Visionaries), Me on 9 Moons, Gonejah @ Gallagher's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with Kid Wonder @ U-31

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



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<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:40:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/146693805.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Lana Del Rey, for example.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jean-Charles Francois Trio at Bread & Salt]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:08:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/ctallon722.jpg

New music advocate Bonnie Wright’s always adventurous Fresh Sound concert series reached a new height on Feb. 18, when the Jean-Charles Francois Trio dropped into the Logan Heights arts venue Bread & Salt from their home base in France for a thrilling set of completely improvised music that demonstrated virtuosic listening at the highest level.

Francois performed on two floor toms, a set of bongos and a variety of miscellaneous percussion instruments including a huge cowbell that was larger than a human head and somewhat smaller than a cow itself. Pascal Pariaud concentrated on clarinets (in both assembled and disassembled states) and a pair of bugles modified with clarinet mouthpieces. Rounding out the trio was the highly original Gilles Laval, who teased/tortured his Fender Stratocaster with alligator-clips, a barbecue ignitor and a small personal fan.

The three began with a blueprint that would hold for the evening: extreme adherence to small exchanges of sonic gestures in a setting quiet enough to allow each transaction to mature. Pariaud dipped the bottom half of a clarinet into a partially filled bowl of water, blowing into it for burbling effect while Charles rubbed cups and bells across the surface of the floor toms, exchanging those devices with mallets or a small frame drum that looked like a ping-pong paddle. He tended to use smaller percussion devices to strike the larger drums.

At one point was there almost the hint of a beat, but even that rhythm which emerged and quickly receded was organic and essentially unrepeatable. Laval played conventionally at times, setting off a series of gorgeous, volume-pedal swells at one point, then shooting into a two-handed tapping episode that sounded like mice scurrying down a hallway. Pariaud adapted the bass clarinet as ebony foghorn, then elicited a series of grainy multiphonics that swirled around the room like the apparition from "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir." Charles pulled a large bow across the edge of a cymbal to simulate whale songs while Laval cranked up his pedal-board antics to the point where he made Jimi Hendrix sound like Doc Watson.

Perfectly paced at about an hour, this concert balanced spontaneous dialog with deliberate audacity without ever losing sight of the guiding principle of musicality.

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



Photo Credit: Tina Tallon]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Feb. 22-28]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:11:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Taking+Back+Sunday+Cropped.jpg Music fans, you've got your work cut out for you this week -- must-see shows coming your way include Taking Back Sunday, Cursive and Bob Seger.]]> <![CDATA[Eternal Sundrop of the Electric Mind]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:57:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sundrop+Electric+SD.jpg In this week's SoundDiego Spotlight, local indie post-rock band Sundrop Electric explain how they craft such an expansive sound. Be sure to catch them at Soda Bar Sunday, Feb. 22. ]]> <![CDATA[Late Night with Jimmy]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:16:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/91XFEST-2013+-+050.jpg

We San Diegans aren't exactly known for planning ahead. Every day, venues have to report ticket sales to booking agents and they are never happy -- always wondering why people in America's Finest City can't commit to shows in advance. Tonight, however, we prove the agents wrong to judge us because we have a whole lot going on and sold out shows all over. The incredible singer Gregory Alan Isakov will impress at the Irenic while Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins plays to a packed Bar Pink. Casbah is sold out for the third night in a row, this time with indie gods, Cursive. If you don't have tickets to one of these, your best bet is Zap Mama with Antibalas at the Belly Up or catch the dreamy indie pop of Sweden's the Mary Onettes at Soda Bar.

Sunday, Feb. 22:

  • San Diego Chinese New Year Festival @ San Diego Chinese Center, Third & J streets. Downtown (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)
  • Cursive, Beach Slang, Twinsmith @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • T.I. @ Fluxx
  • Gregory Alan Isakov, the Shook Twins @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Casbah presents Jim Adkins, Reubens Accomplice (acoustic) @ Bar Pink (SOLD OUT)
  • El Tri @ Observatory North Park (POSTPONED)
  • Zap Mama, Antibalas @ Belly Up
  • The Mary Onettes, ÆMPIRE, Sundrop Electric @ Soda Bar
  • Sean Chen @ The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Tim Connolly, James Ledbetter, Phili Villalobos @ Lestat's
  • Mike Maury & Friends @ Wine Lover
  • Shen-Yun: 5,000 Years In One Night @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Love, Song, and Dance "Pag-ibig awit at sayaw" @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Ashley Pond, Justin Rodriguez @ Sycamore Den
  • Hurricane Chris @ Porter's Pub
  • Reggae SD: Jah Army Soundsystem @ U-31
  • Motorcycle Graveyard Meetup @ Whistle Stop (3 p.m.)
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Spanish Sundays: Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (Brunch 10a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Gail Johnson & 3 Piece @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Sandi Shaners Songwriting Competition @ Winston's (4 - 8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-Ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Salsa Sunday @ Tio Leo's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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



Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[The Real J World]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:53:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rael+J.jpg

Ramel J. Wallace is busy. He has a day job working with kids, runs a music label (Holyfield Records), helped co-found an arts center in Barrio Logan (ThChrch) and spends his "free time" recording rap songs. But on Feb. 8, Wallace -- aka Real J -- took a break from it all to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

After being selected to participate in Delta Airlines' Innovation Class, Real J boarded a flight from Seattle with four-time Grammy Award-winning producer Ryan Lewis (of Macklemore and Lewis fame) and flew to Santa Monica to watch the show.

"It was basically a contest ... you win a mentorship with an artist who won a Grammy," the San Diego rapper said. "You're having an experience when you're in the air."

Wallace entered the contest via Twitter and found out a few days later that he had made it past the first round. Even though there was an interview and a Skype session, he still didn't think it was legitimate. After being asked for his Social Security number and eventually giving it up, Real J was sure he had been scammed and was positive he was broke. But that wasn't the case -- not at all. Delta called back after what the rapper described as "two of the longest days ever," and told him he had been chosen to attend the Grammys.

Spending a week in a posh Santa Monica hotel, Wallace kicked up his feet and just took it all in. There was a Young Thug sighting at the airport, and even though his request for a photo-op was denied, he was able to meet the Roots' drummer Questlove on the red carpet at a Grammys pre-party event. It was also his best chance to talk with seasoned veterans and network with industry insiders.

On the night of the actual awards show, Wallace wasn't front and center or close enough to icons like Jay-Z to shake hands, but no matter -- he was thoroughly impressed by the production.

"It was a whole other world," he said. "[And] the sound was amazing."

It's something he now wants to incorporate into his own work. Despite his night of rubbing elbows with the music industry's best, Real J remains grounded and the 26-year-old's easygoing chuckle hints at a sort of  "pinch me so I know it really happened" vibe.

While he's humbled by it all, he does admit: "It just makes me want to run a little faster."  

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



Photo Credit: Real J]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday, Steve Poltz]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:00:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Steve+Poltz-Birch2013+-+38.jpg

I don't know what the San Diego music scene would be like without Steve Poltz. I was first familiar with the Rugburns because I would stay up late nights to record Lou Niles on Loudspeaker. In my senior year of high school, Steve came to my school to run through the history of music as it tied to history. By the end of the first two hours, however, it was just a jam session of Steve making up songs on the spot with the names of my classmates. We've seen Steve solo, with the Rugburns, singing national anthems, and touring the world, one house at a time, so we all freaked out a little when we heard last fall about Steve's stroke. All these years later, and I'm honored and privileged to call Steve a friend. And because of the way he is, this sort of fireball of coolness and kindness, many others call him a friend, too. That's why he gets such a huge birthday bash that sells out year after year. He's an incredible musician and deserves all the celebrating that will be done on Saturday at the Belly Up in his honor.

Saturday, Feb. 21:

  • Steve Poltz's 6th Annual 50th Birthday, with the Rugburns, Mr Gregory Page, Tim Flannery, Bushwalla @ Belly Up
  • No Friends Fest 2015, featuring Shady Francos, Beach Goons @ 1835 Main St, San Diego
  • Lucinda Williams, the Kenneth Brian Band @ The Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Wild Child, Desert Noises, Goodnight, Texas @ Casbah (sold out)
  • The Parlor Mob, Gods, Spero @ Soda Bar
  • Kris Orlowski, Moonsville Collective @ Mosaic San Diego
  • Neon Beat: The Best & Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Torch & Hammer Redux, the Bassics @ Ken Club
  • Bondurant @ Seven Grand
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Wine Lover
  • Brass, Wood and Leather @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Agua Dulce @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, Erra @ House of Blues
  • Larry Fuller, performing with Katie Thiroux, Matt Witek and Graham Dechter @ Dizzy's
  • Alive & Well, Jagged Lines, Somewhat Aces, Echoed Silence @ Epicentre
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6- 8 p.m.)
  • Aaron Bowen and his Friends from Paris @ Lestat's (9 p.m.)
  • Mac Sabbath, Black Fag @ The Hideout
  • Kawehi @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Clint Westwood @ Tin Roof
  • Smarter Than Robots, It All Starts Here, Always the Understudy, Blackcast, Undercurrent @ SOMA
  • Dave Humphries, Bass Clef @ Java Joe's
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole 
  • Penny & Sparrow @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Gilby Clarke, Dirty Work @ Brick By Brick
  • Mike Mago @ Bang Bang
  • '80s vs '90s, with Gabe Vega vs Saul @ Whistle Stop
  • Akl200 @ The Merrow
  • Ravens Moreland, They Feed at Night @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Lotus the Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Gloomsday, Western Midwest, Rex Goliath @ Tower Bar
  • The CalPhonics @ Winston's (5-8:30 p.m.)
  • Piracy Conspiracy, Aloha Radio @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • The Moan, Thee Old Worries, the Budrows @ Til-Two Club
  • Tropicana with Whiiite @ Fluxx
  • Hair Force @ Tio Leo's
  • Dannic @ Bassmnt
  • The Fooks, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Safety Orange @ Boar Cross'n
  • Dazed & Confused @ 710 Beach Club
  • Eden @ Spin

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



Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Where the Wild Child Roams]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:24:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Wild+Child+Press+Photo+by+Chad+Wadsworth.jpg

"That sounds terrifying."

I've just finished explaining my anxiousness about having to live-tweet the Grammys for SoundDiego to Wild Child's co-lead singer/violinist, Kelsey Wilson. Suffice it to say, she shared my trepidation -- but only after asking, "What is live-tweeting?"

Wilson's Austin, Texas, band (which plays the Casbah on Saturday) is a well-oiled machine at this point. The group -- which got its start in 2009 with singer/songwriting duo Alexander Beggins and Wilson, and now counts eight musicians to its camp -- is riding high on a string of critically acclaimed (and SoundCloud/YouTube stream-busting) tunes, two albums of gorgeously constructed indie folk pop and a nonstop touring schedule.

"We’ve gotten so lucky," Wilson said. "I dunno -- it's a lot of 'right place, right time' kind of stuff going on. The truth is, there is always gonna be another band that says yes to whatever you don’t do. We did 280 shows last year. We just never ever stopped. We were in a van every day -- you wanna get to them as soon as you can and as often as you can. It used to be miserable [laughs]. But it’s not hard anymore: Every time you pull up to a venue, you haven’t done laundry in forever and you've had nothing to eat but Taco Bell, but people are so stoked that you’re there. It’s hard to feel bad. Personally, I don’t like spending time in bars, but that’s pretty much the office [laughs]. But you get to make so many people happy -- it’s so rare. It’s the coolest job in the world."

It seems that the number of people Wild Child has been making happy lately is on a huge uptick. Their fanbase has been growing exponentially since they released their debut record, "Pillow Talk" in 2011 (which spawned a gigantic hit with the title track), and their 2013 release, "The Runaround," and its three-headed monster of charming gypsy parlor pop singles, "Rillo Talk," "Living Tree" and "Crazy Bird." [Listen/buy it here]

While each record seems like a natural progression for the group -- all songs are led by Beggins and Wilson's delightfully intermingled vocals and undeniably catchy ukelele-based melodies -- there was actually a distinct disparity between recording methods for the two.

"['The Runaround'] was a very strange environment for us," Wilson said. "It was our first professional gig ever -- Ben Kweller was our producer; we had 9-to-5 studio hours. With 'Pillow Talk,' we rented mics, recorded vocals in the closet, worked midnight to 8 a.m. whenever none of us were at work. We were just making up the parts as we went. It was a lot of, 'Try it like this,' and, 'Try it like that.' It was sloppy, messy and beautiful. With 'The Runaround' … we were terrified the whole time. Having such a strict schedule and having something crowdfunded, too – people had essentially already bought it. We were so scared! We were like, 'This has to be perfect!' And it took us a long time. But it helped having a producer. When we were done, we got to step back and stop shaking."

In some rather promising news for their listeners, it appears that record No. 3 is already in the can. Wilson explained that they culled what they liked from each of their two prior studio experiences for a smoother process the third time around.

"We did a mix of both [recording styles] -- two producers, really chill engineer types, we co-produced it ourselves, we improvised a lot, recorded stuff live, just did whatever we wanted," Wilson said. "It was a nice mix. We’ll continue to do that. We’re shopping it to labels right now, and it'll probably be out by the summer."

Studio-time wrangling and label vetting aside, the one thing that Wild Child have complete control over is their songwriting. Beggins and Wilson seem joined at the heart when it comes to putting lyric to melody.

"That’s the one thing that we can do: Keep writing," Wilson said. "The thing we can’t do is: Anything by ourselves. But together, we're each other's safe zone. I can do what he can’t do, and he can do what I can’t. Immediately a melody will come out, we'll get the lyrics done and put it together. It takes, like, an hour. 'Pillow Talk' is our best seller, five years after being released -- and we wrote it in about 20 minutes. We've been trying to beat that time -- but no luck yet [laughs]."

Wild Child headline the Casbah on Saturday, Feb. 21, with Desert Noises and Goodnight, Texas. Tickets are $12 and available here.

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



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<![CDATA[March of Rhymes]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:46:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Marchfourth+Marching+Band+SD.jpg The Marchfourth Marching Band filled up the night, and the stage, at a recent show at the Belly Up.]]> <![CDATA[Rez Abbasi Redeems Fusion]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:32:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/202*120/abbasibw722.jpg

The New York City guitarist Rez Abbasi dropped into Dizzy's in San Diego on Feb. 15, unveiling his latest project, a quartet featuring vibraphone master Bill Ware, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Eric McPherson, which is dedicated to re-examining music from the jazz-rock-fusion era of the 1970s -- through the prism of acoustic instruments.

Crump’s growling whole-notes defined the loose vamp setting up Billy Cobham’s "Red Baron," a delicious groove that Ware jumped on first, using four mallets to stir up resonant clouds of harmony. Abbasi followed with a very staccato attack, toggling between bluesy repetitions and long, improvised strands.

Weather Report's "Black Market" was next, almost totally transformed by means of instrumentation, yet still wholly identifiable. Ware represented an infinite stream of melodic development and a wicked rhythmic hookup with McPherson, who dialed up a constant whir of explosive motion. Abbasi has a way of outlining the harmonic contours without leaning on bebop cliches, even though his improvisation did swing in a highly personal way.

The dark, suspended mystery of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" made for an irresistible drama, from Abbasi's multinote strikes to the almost cinematic expanse of Ware's virtuoso turn. McPherson laid down a rimshot soliloquy above which Crump layered thick bow textures to set up Pat Martino's "Joyous Lake," a soaring essay of blistering solos fed by the constant churn of the drums.

"Resolution," by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, was almost unrecognizable, stripped of a key riff and the general bombast of the original. The piece began as a duet between Abbasi and Crump, who plowed resonant pizzicato pitches and eerie bowing near the bridge. "Medieval Overture" came off far better and more relaxed than the Return to Forever version, capitalizing on the scathing interaction between Ware and McPherson, but it was Crump's totally "out" feature with the bow that really characterized what made this concert and concept so successful.

Fusion hasn’t aged as well over the years as other movements in the music -- the overreliance on showoff techniques and trendy technology earned the genre some serious taint -- but lost in the pretension and glitter was some truly beautiful music. Abbasi's somewhat "unplugged" distillation of these tunes is a breath of fresh air. It's rare when a trip down memory lane adds anything new -- but that’s exactly what happened for me at this concert with these stripped-down versions of tunes not universally regarded as classics. In the hands of Abbasi and company, a reassessment is due.

 

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



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<![CDATA[Kina for a Day]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:16:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KinaGrannis+copy.jpg

I don't know how holiday weeks end up feeling so long, but the weekend is finally here and there are tons of shows around town to catch your music fix. From DJ extraordinaire Steve Aoki at SOMA to Dead Rock West at Java Joe's and every taste in between, music abounds on Friday night. Thie Casbah is sold out with the always awesome Surfer Blood (read our interview here) with killer support from Talk In Tongues and Barbarian. Con Brio and Taurus Authority make the Merrow a great spot to hang, or tie your music into a night at the museum with Venice at the the Fleet Science Center. Kina Grannis should be a hit at Porter's Pub, and Guttermouth get gritty at Soda Bar. Yes, there are a lot of choices, but that's the way we like it.

Feb. 20

  • Surfer Blood, Talk in Tongues, Barbarian @ Casbah (sold out) -- read our interview here
  • Guttermouth, Counterpunch, Caskitt, Castoff @ Soda Bar
  • Con Brio, Taurus Authority @ The Merrow
  • Paul Thorn, Nancarrow @ Belly Up
  • Kina Grannis @ Porter's Pub
  • Venice, Michael Tiernan @ Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Mr Blow & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove Mardi Gras Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Lyrical Groove @ Seven Grand
  • Capsula, Wild Honey, Nebula Drag, the Love Me Nots @ Brick By Brick
  • Colour Vision & Louis the Child, The Latin Lovers @ The Hideout
  • Dead Rock West, David J Carpenter, Phil Parlapiano @ Java Joe's
  • Sara Petite @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Alan Jackson, Brandy Clark, Jon Pardi @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Back In Black, Kissed Alive, Cheapest Trick @ House of Blues
  • Rise n Grind @ Delta Room, House of Blues
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • Anton Jon, REN, Corey & the Tribe, RiboFlavin, Mainsail @ Epicentre
  • Steve Aoki, Headhunterz, Caked Up @ SOMA
  • DJ R-You @ U-31
  • ArtPower! presents Zeit der Jannialen (Time of the Cannibals) @ The Loft
  • Allison Adams Tucker @ Croce's Park West
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Sun Giants, Corrosive Company @ Tower Bar
  • Psydecar @ Winston's
  • Euphoria Brass Band, Headshine @ San Diego Hall of Champions
  • The Moan, JQ & the Revue, the TTOCS Innumerable Combo, Josh Whittemore & King Steady Beat @ Til-Two Club
  • Groove Grease with Marsellus Wallace @ El Dorado
  • F---ing in the Bushes with Rob Moran & Daniel Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Tropicana Launce, Made Monster @ Fluxx
  • Bassjackers @ Bassmnt
  • Bob Marley Day Tijuana, featuring Pato Banton, Alika, Mad Professor, Aisha, Piracy Conspiracy, SM Familia, Jammin Green Shop @ Black Box, (6th & Revolucion, Tijuana)
  • 145th Street @ 98 Bottles
  • Full Moon Fever @ Tio Leo's
  • Funk's Most Wanted, DJ Arox @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Autograf @ Bang Bang
  • Air Supply @ Sycuan
  • Death Nation presents: Joe Letz of Combichrist @ Spin
  • Alestorm's Pirate Des MMXV, featuring Alestorm, Rainbowdragoneyes, Helsott, Gunslinger @ Ramona Mainstage

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

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<![CDATA[Flesh and Surfer Blood]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:44:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SurferBlood_PressPhoto.jpg

For Round 3, the Florida-born Surfer Blood return to their roots -- mostly. They've parted ways with major-label representation (Warner Bros.) and foregone the notable but expensive producer (Gil Norton) of their last record, opting instead to man the mixer themselves.

"Making a record in a studio with a producer is an experience I would never take back," Surfer Blood frontman John Paul (JP) Pitts told SoundDiego. "It was amazing. And I've always wanted to make a record that I consider a top-notch production. But in the process of all that, I missed the hands-on aspect of recording. I like to turn the knobs myself."

On Friday, San Diego will get a taste of the new record -- dubbed "1000 Palms" (Joyful Noise) and dropping on May 12 -- when the alt-rock band surfs into the Casbah.

After making waves with their debut single, "Swim," in 2009 -- and then again shortly thereafter with the release of their first LP, "Astro Coast" -- Surfer Blood quickly became known for sing-along pop-rock nuggets that dissolve easily on your tongue. This latest homespun record, however, comes with a disclaimer from Pitts: "There's not as many big choruses on this one, but there's a lot more interesting details."

Those details come by way of pushing band boundaries (like moving the recording sessions outdoors), experimenting and taking what comes in stride.

"We went into it with the mentality that we just wanted to record the first 10 songs we wrote together and not overthink it," Pitts said, adding, "just let the songs direct the flow of the album and all that."

Whether the record ebbs remains to be seen at the Casbah on Friday.

Surfer Blood play the Casbah, Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m., $13, 21+. Talk in Tongues open.

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



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<![CDATA[Let Them Eat Aoki's Cake]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:39:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_STEVE_AOKI_SOUNDDIEGO_091314_1200x675_328974403659.jpg

Friday, Surfer Blood headline a sold-out show at the Casbah; Guttermouth, Counterpunch, Caskitt and Castoff are at Soda Bar; Con Brio and Taurus Authority hit the Merrow; Back in Black: A Tribute to AC/DC with Kissed Alive & Cheapest Trick take over the House of Blues; Zombie Barbie, Vaginals, Tactical Fever and Butler hit the Ken Club; and Paul Thorn and Nancarrow are at the Belly Up. Plenty of dance options, including Steve Aoki, Headhunterz and Caked Up at SOMA (sold out); Death Nation at Spin, featuring Joe Letz of Combichrist; Steampunk Soiree! at Queen Bee’s; F---ing in the Bushes, with DJs Rob Moran and Daniel Sant at the Whistle Stop; Bassjackers at Bassmnt; Autograf at Bang Bang; and Colour Vision & Louis the Child with the Latin Lovers at the Hideout.

Saturday highlights include Mac Sabbath and Black F-- at the Hideout; Lucinda Williams at the Observatory North Park; Steve Poltz’s 50th Birthday Bash, with the Rugburns, Mr. Gregory Page, Tim Flannery and Bushwalla are at the Belly Up; the Parlor Mob, Gods and Spero rock Soda Bar; Wild Child, Desert Noises, Goodnight and Texas take over the Casbah; the Routine hit the Rabbit Hole; the Gods of Science play at Main Tap Tavern; and Gloomsday headlines at the Tower Bar. For your dancing fix, check out ‘80s vs. ‘90s at the Whistle Stop, with DJs Gabe Vega and Saul; Neon Beat with the Best & Worst of the ‘80s at Bar Pink; Tropicana with Whiiite at Fluxx; Dannic at Bassmnt; or Mike Mago at Bang Bang.

Sunday, Cursive headline a sold-out show at the Casbah; Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World is doing a sold-out acoustic show at Bar Pink; and Gregory Alan Isakov at the Irenic is also sold-out. Other options include the Mary Onettes, ÆMPIRE and Sundrop Electric at Soda Bar; Zap Mama and Antibalas at the Belly Up; and El Tri with Marujah at the Observatory North Park.  

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

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

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<![CDATA[Great Scott]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:54:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/scotthbiram+Copy+722.jpg

There are a lot of singer-songwriters around, and within the category, a whole slew of genres and variations, but the kind of singer/songwriters that captures my attention are the ones who really know how to tell a great narrative -- one that transports you to the where and the why of what they're singing about. Scott H. Biram definitely has that gift. He's got a bit of a country bent but with a gritty punk attitude. You can catch him Thursday with Jesse Dayton and Ypsitucky at the Casbah. Meanwhile, the Belly Up hosts legend Taj Mahal, Grizzly Business tear up Soda Bar (see our SoundDiego Spotlight here), and the Pharcyde play a $5 show at the Observatory.

Thursday, February 19:

  • Scott H. Biram, Jesse Dayton, Ypsitucky @ Casbah
  • The Pharcyde @ Observatory North Park
  • The Taj Mahal Trio @ Belly Up
  • Grizzly Business, Inspired and the Sleep, Buddy Banter @ Soda Bar (see our Grizzly Business SoundDiego Spotlight here)
  • Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Authority Zero @ House of Blues
  • Misc Ailments, Science Fiction Jazz @ Seven Grand
  • Shen-Yun: 5,000 Years In One Night @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Cobalt Cranes, Soft Lions, Casanova Frankenstein @ The Hideout (see our Soft Lions SoundDiego Spotlight here)
  • Paul van Dyk @ Bassmnt
  • Alfred Howard @ El Dorado
  • Jon Runion @ Sycamore Den
  • Otherwise, Glorious Sons, Luminoth @ Brick By Brick
  • Anne McCue, Savannah Philyaw, Nina Francis @ Lestat's
  • Kitty Plague @ The Merrow
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • Bacon Bits @ U-31
  • KI @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Steph Johnson & Rob Thorsen Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • New York Standards Quartet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Subdvsn, Pretty Clicks @ Winston's
  • No Limits with Myson King @ The Office
  • Chris Murray, Lexicons, Mochilero All Stars @ Til-Two Club
  • Open Jam @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Sliink @ Fluxx
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Astrojump, Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Jah Driver, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Odd Ball @ Boar Cross'n

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



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<![CDATA[That's the Sound of the Polica]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:00:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Polica+SD.jpg Ahead of the band's Casbah show, Polica frontwoman Channy Leaneagh gives our own Scott McDonald a lesson in "uncomfortable" music and how dual drummers piques the irritation that drives her creativity.]]> <![CDATA[The Young Wild and Restless]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:04:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Young+Wild+Press+Photo.jpeg

There are lots of reasons to get out of the house this hump day. It's all about that bass with Meghan Trainor at the House of Blues, and Lotus blossoms at Belly Up. Wednesday is the first night of Shen-Yun, and while it's not exactly a "live music" show, the spectacle is worth mentioning. Soda Bar hosts a show with Gunner -- the offspring of famed bassist Nikki Sixx -- and his project, Figs Vision. Meanwhile, the Casbah rocks out with the Young Wild -- the latest incarnation/reinvention of the band formerly known as Family Wagon -- along with the awesome Rusty Maples. Be sure to get there early to catch Wars, the new project featuring the Howls frontman John Cooper.

Wednesday, Feb. 18:

  • The Young Wild, Rusty Maples, Wars @ Casbah
  • Meghan Trainor, Sheppard @ House of Blues
  • Lotus, Pan Astral @ Belly Up
  • Figs Vision, Forebear, Digital Lizards of Doom, End of Summer @ Soda Bar
  • W. Steele presents Funked Out Wednesdays @ Bar Pink
  • Shen-Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Industry Night with Sky Fly, Pro K, Killmor, Michael Lepiere @ The Hideout
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Curt Owen, Hand Down Tree, Raven and Gold @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series featuring Marco Leong @ Croce's Park West
  • Word Up Live Rap Showcase featuring Ric Scales and D Dove, Emphasize and Kaus, Introspection, Danny Dabeato, Eskimo Bros @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • SM Familia with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Fallen X Saint Archer Release Party featuring Harsh Toke, Wooly Mammoth & the Eggplants, Loom, DJ Mikey Ratt @ Til-Two Club
  • The Evidence Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Andy Mauser @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Miss Massive Snowflake, the Yukon Dreams @ The Merrow
  • Strange World by DJ Deadair @ Whistle Stop
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

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

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<![CDATA[Residents Voice Concerns About Observatory North Park]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:47:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/north+park+planning+commission.JPG

Some residents of North Park are taking issue with the artists, as well as the crowds they draw, who visit the Observatory North Park on University Avenue.

Tuesday night, the neighborhood’s planning committee heard arguments condemning and supporting the change in entertainment choices.

General manager Paris Landen told NBC 7 that on Monday night, an intoxicated patron was escorted out of the building. The man returned for a fight with security, and eventually police were called. On the stage was the rap artist Riff Raff.

That fight is the kind of behavior some area residents want to discourage.

“People are drinking in their cars, doing drugs, being loud and boisterous. When you are excited for an event and you're walking to your car, we hear that at 1 or 2 o'clock on a Tuesday night,” said resident Kyle Palaniuk.

Only a handful of residents came to the North Park Planning Commission to voice their concerns Tuesday, but the committee chair said their complaints are real enough.

The theater changed hands in January, bought by Santa Ana's Observatory Club. It also changed names, from the North Park Theatre and West Coast Tavern to the Observatory North Park. Residents say the out-of-town ownership has led to more urban and contemporary acts, moving away from musical theater bookings.

The complaints include large late-night crowds, traffic and parking issues.

Landen said she has lived in North Park for the last five years. Her history here is one of the reasons she was hired.

The new company says it wants to be profitable and a good neighbor.

“Stuff we can do is add extra security, help with the cleanliness of the neighborhood and make sure our shows are ending at a time where they are not disturbing the residents,” Landen said.

The planning commission has no authority over the theater activity, but members say it has, in the past, been a strong advocate for keeping the peace among its growing businesses and population.
 

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<![CDATA[Joshua White Enters a Polyphase]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:06:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/209*120/ajwklayman.jpg

It was Friday the 13th, and there was terrific music going on all over town -- including several shows that under other circumstances I would have never missed -- but the debut performance of Joshua White's new band, Polyphase, at UCSD's the Loft rendered all other options moot in my book.

Polyphase develops free-form funk grooves from the potent rhythm section of Stephen McKinney's electric bass and brother Greg McKinney's drums. But the wellspring of information originates from the fertile mind of White himself, and the chunky textures he churns out from his vintage Fender Rhodes electric piano.

White is an expert colorist, and he blended three additional elements into the riveting weekend concert: spoken word samples from African-American poetry icon Amiri Baraka; chromatic exploration from L.A./Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker; and the stunning vocal expertise of Rebecca Jade, who really knocked it out of the park with her portion of the program.

White began with spacey, tremolo-heavy harmonies as the first tape of Baraka intoned across the sonic curtain. Ever so slowly, a deep groove emerged from the McKinneys as Parker and White steered the conversation into sublime dynamic contours and intuitive transfer of ideas. White can dig into super lyrical territory on any instrument and just as quickly weave a dense rhythmic swath of thick, distorted clusters.

Parker began the second piece as a long, polytonal sonata, with White providing all the appropriate backgrounds before the bass and drums kicked in as Baraka's "Snake Eyes" riffed in the background. There was a sputtering, stuttering drama between ring-modulated piano chords, Stephen's Alphonso Johnson-esque burbling pocket and Greg's crackling snare drum that was as lethal as a viper's strike.

Over a highly amorphous groove, Jade ascended the stage to make a down payment on "You Are My Sunshine," and by the second chorus, she owned the tune outright. Soaring above the languid vamp, Jade combined a breathtaking purity with timbre choices of the devastatingly hip for a soulful essay I won't soon forget.

The band continued with a piece that featured a distorted Parker caterwaul of grungy intervals and an incredibly hip bass solo from Stephen that blended the thumb-slaps of Larry Graham with the Spanish strumming of the late Jimmy Garrison.

Jade rejoined the group for a harmonically minimalist take on Duke Ellington's "Solitude," with everyone feeling their own way through the tune. Once again, she nailed it with songbird acuity and emotional honesty. Many folks in the audience stood up right then in a totally spontaneous reaction to one of the best nights of music-making I've seen in a long, long time.

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



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<![CDATA[Live: Ozomatli]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:49:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/ozomatli4-1.jpg World-music jam band Ozomatli made the Belly Up home for two nights over February 14 and 15, with the masked El Conjunto Nueva Ola of Mexico City opening the second show.

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<![CDATA[Big Bad Buffalo Blows the Merrow Down]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:37:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/Big+Bad+Buffalo.png

Just as we have long celebrated Anti-Monday League at the Casbah (and at the Beauty Bar back in the day), we really like what is going on with Radio Halloran nights at the Merrow on Tuesdays. The beauty of a music scene is building solid nights with a rotating cast of good bands that can really pull together consistently until it becomes the thing to do by the general populus. The Merrow is doing it, and Tuesday night is a perfect example. You have three awesome bands in Big Bad Buffalo, Diamond Lakes (featuring our own Dustin Lothspeich) and Adult Films -- and if you find the event on Facebook to RSVP, it's totally free. How can you lose in this situation? Support local music -- support tonight's show at the Merrow.

Tuesday, Feb. 17:

  • Big Bad Buffalo, Diamond Lakes, Adult Films @ The Merrow
  • Eddie Spaghetti, O, Grampa Drew @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Mr. Adrian Demain and Susanna Kurner @ Bar Pink
  • The Major Minus, Cult Vegas, the Verigolds @ Soda Bar
  • The Degradys, the Cardielles, Young Wants, Saka Sal @ The Hideout
  • William Fitzsimmons @ Belly Up
  • Mardi Gras @ Gaslamp Quarter
  • Mardi Gras @ Voodoo Stage, House of Blues
  • Kalin and Myles, Golden, Anjali, Derek King @ House of Blues
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Garden, DJ Geniefactory, GROMS @ Soma
  • Nina Francis & the Copper Tops @ Croce's Park West
  • 50 Bones All Star Jam @ Winston's
  • Sue Palmer Mardi Gras @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Laidback Luke @ Bassmnt
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[IndieFest 2015: New Location, Big Lineup]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:34:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BearHands.jpg

After taking a year off, San Diego’s IndieFest is back -- and with a new location.

The all-day music and art festival moves from Liberty Station in Point Loma to City Heights’ Urban Village this year and brings with it everything we’ve come to expect from the 10-year-old festival, including a killer lineup, community spotlights and dirt cheap tickets.

Taking the helm as headliner, the synth-ful Bear Hands come in from their Brooklyn homestead to close out the stage on March 28. Also performing are local loves and SoundDiego alumni Dead Feather Moon, co-founder Danielle LoPresti & the Masses, plus Todo Mundo (who won last year’s San Diego Music Award for Best World Music) and more than 30 others.

“We’re really excited about having the festival in an urban area again,” LoPresti, a City Heights resident, tells SoundDiego of IndieFest, which was once at home in North Park. “We’ve always had community involvement, but [City Heights] is a whole new level of awesome.”

While the film element of the festival is being temporarily suspended, IndieFest is introducing a mouth-watering culinary feature. Sponsored by the City Heights Community Development Corporation, the International Village Oasis will showcase a variety of cuisines that can be found in City Heights, reviving a bygone food fest the neighborhood hosted some 10 years ago. While VAP (Very Awake People) ticket holders will get free samples of all the delicacies-- Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Laotian, Mexican and more -- the food will be available for purchase as well, says festival co-founder Alicia Champion.

Also changing is the festival layout. In past years, there have been almost too many stages to navigate, so for 2015, LoPresti and Champion have decided to cut it down. “I think that there have been times when we’ve had so many stages it’s been almost overwhelming,” says LoPresti. “This year there’s three, so the event is a little more centralized.”

In the tradition of inclusiveness, this year’s IndieFest is offering free tickets to all City Heights residents and introducing a “pay what you can” timeslot, likely at the head of the fest, when people will be able to get in for whatever they can afford. “If you don’t have a dime to spend, we still want you to come out and have a good time,” Champion tells us.

The specific pay-what-you-can hours will be announced closer to the festival. As for the full lineup, Champion says they’re confirming those details on Monday in hopes of announcing the 30+ bands on Thursday.

IndieFest takes place on Saturday, March 28, in City Heights' Urban Village. General admission tickets cost $15 (children 12 and under get in free), and VAP tickets cost $40 -- both can be purchased here.

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



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<![CDATA[Live: Retox]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:49:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Retox+Casbah+2.10.15+%285%29.jpg The furious hardcore-punk sounds of Retox filled the Casbah on Feb. 10, when Whores and Ghetto Blaster opened.

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<![CDATA[Pining for Love]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:21:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/midnight+pine-4583.jpg

Valentine's Day may be over, but love is still in the air on Monday as Roger and Sarah Morrison celebrate their anniversary with their annual shindig at the Casbah. Of course, this is a special privilege granted to the couple who married at the venue eight years ago. Their lineup is stellar, too, with newly engaged Shelbi Bennett fronting the Midnight Pine, Americana band Rio Peligroso and Roger's band Listening to Rocks. Even if you don't know the couple, it's a great night to hang with 91X Loudspeaker host Tim Pyles, have some drinks and catch some great local music.

Monday, Feb. 16:

  • Sarah and Roger's Anniversary Show with the Midnight Pine, Rio Peligroso, Listening to Rocks @ Casbah
  • OTEP, Terror Universal, Thira, Downfall 2012 @ Soda Bar
  • Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil, Telling Lies, Philosopher's Ray Gun @ Tower Bar
  • Motown Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Slutever, Lisa Prank & Teenage Burritos (DJ Sets) @ The Hideout
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Melody Mondays @ Wine Lover
  • Lori Bell and Ron Satterfield @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Riff Raff, Chanel West Coast @ Observatory North Park
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Strictly Hip Hop with Legion X, Lit One, Prob, Luc Rain, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's

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



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<![CDATA[Risky Grizzly Business]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:45:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grizzly+Business+SD+Live+Bar+Pink+8.29.14+%2814%29.jpg We talk with the "pretty boys" of the indie rock crew Grizzly Business about their new video for "Rich Girls," and what, exactly, is in a name. The band's CD release show is at Soda Bar on Feb. 19.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Feb. 15-21]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:37:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/460621384.jpg We highlight some of the must-see shows in San Diego in this week's Set List, including Meghan Trainor, Riff Raff and Alan Jackson.

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<![CDATA[Truly a Matli Crew]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:10:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Ozomatli_ChristianLantry.jpg

I didn't get an opportunity to really shine a light on Ozomatli because there were so many outstanding shows last night, but if you missed them, you have another chance to catch 'em. The band has always been interesting to me -- the members come from diverse backgrounds and with that, you get a lot of Latin, hip hop, jazz, rock, and reggae elements throughout their discography, but in a way that every song and every album is unique. They are a party band and you can't help but dance to their music, but they also convey heavy social and political messages in many of their songs. Their career has spanned two decades and they are stronger now than ever. See them tonight at the Belly Up. Around town, the Swami's new band has sold out the Casbah (big surprise there), the Steepwater Band get rootsy at Soda Bar, and the Liquorsmiths perform at Sycamore Den.

Sunday, Feb. 15: 

  • Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake, Creepxotica, Secret Samurai, Alvino & the Dwells @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Ozomatli, El Conjunto Nueva Ola @ Belly Up
  • The Steepwater Band, Kid Wilderness, Graham Nancarrow @ Soda Bar
  • SAYWECANFLY, Catchingyourclouds, the House on the Cliff, Danielle Prou @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues 
  • The Liquorsmiths, Trailduster @ Sycamore Den 
  • Tantrums & Tiaras @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink 
  • Rez Abbassi w/RAAQ (CD Release) @ Dizzy's 
  • LED Presents Anniversary with Zeds Dead, Brazzabelle, DJ Mustard, Etc! Etc!, Jack Beats, Jauz, the M Machine, Valentino Khan @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Aubrey Faye @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) 
  • In-A-Fect, DJ John Phillips @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge 
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout 
  • Open Mic Night @ Java Joe's 
  • Enabler, Call of the Void, Griever Debt, Ritual @ Tower Bar 
  • Harlem Gospel Choir @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido 
  • Reggae Sunday with Shinehead, Shotta Crew Sound, DJ Lace, DJJXF @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ Henry's Pub 
  • Intervention with Benny Banassi @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel 
  • Salsa Sundays @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Kid Wonder @ U-31 
  • Giovanni Mejia @ Croce's Park West (noon) 
  • Todo Mundo @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.) 
  • The Royal Jelly, Hibbity Dibbity @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.) 
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's 
  • Tribute to the Legends @ WorldBeat Center 
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club 
  • Zeds Dead @ Fluxx 
  • DJ R2, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's Irish Pub 
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

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<![CDATA[Go to Hellnote]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:12:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Hellnote.jpg

Rap music, in large part, is about rappers rapping: Frontmen -- and women -- with personas that pack concert halls, sell out arenas and, at their very best, inspiring audiences.

But for every Snoop Dogg, there's a Dr. Dre -- some producer or beat junkie who obsesses over kick drums, samples and snare claps. Some choose to go it alone, while others, with a more collective mindset, form production teams.

San Diego's Hellnote crew is exactly that: a collective with no single person in charge, which has been churning out quirky beat tapes since early 2013. These are limited runs of instrumental cassettes full of off-kilter beats and cryptic inside jokes. On Christmas Eve, they released their latest installment, "Hellnote Presents: The Compilation."

Clocking in at about 30 minutes, Hellnote's sixth release, in physical form, is for the collectors. In all, 50 cassettes -- 25 purple and 25 pink -- were dubbed, with handmade labels on high bias tape.

"There's a culture in it," Hellnote co-founder and producer DJ ADAMNT said of the group's tape format. "It fits the genre ... It looks cooler than a CD [and] has a little more to it."

As is true with many groups, responsibilities are delegated by skill set, with ADAMNT and his partner, Artoo, overseeing the process of tape duplication, distribution, etc. Artoo, who also works as a tattoo artist, creates the cassette cover art. ADAMNT said that he has had a hand in everything that has his name on it but insists, "Whether it be drums or the sample, [we] try to make it a real collaboration."

That respect for collaboration gives the compilation a genuine sense of unity. There are a host of names and credits in the liner notes, but despite the numerous contributors, Hellnote's latest release is seamless. From one song to the next in-house producer to guest, it's all fluid and cohesive, front to back, start to finish. They get right to it; the songs don't linger or take too long to develop, and while the longest track is four minutes-and-change, the average length is just under two minutes.

While it has all the elements of a traditional rap tape, with featured vocalists who deliver strong cameo performances, at its core, "Hellnote Presents" is about the producers -- their beats, their sound and their vision.

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



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<![CDATA[Love Is in the Air]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:20:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/todo+mundo+sounddiego+propagandist-86.jpg

This Saturday has so many great reasons to get out on the town, whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with the one you love or you're just trying to treat it like any other Saturday. Ozomatli always bring a party whenever they're in town, and you can be certain their show at the Belly Up will be packed. In North Park, Logic performs a sold-out show at the Observatory, and in City Heights, Dirt Dress bring their LA punk vibe to Soda Bar. Personally I'm excited about the return of the Dodos to the Casbah, but get there early because there aren't many tickets left. For the most romantic event, head over to Dizzy's for the tribute to Louis Arstrong and Ella Fitzgerald -- I guarantee your sweetheart will be at your mercy.

Friday, Feb. 14:

  • The Dodos, Springtime Carnivore @ Casbah
  • Dirt Dress, the Buttertones, Rum for Your Life, Causers @ Soda Bar
  • Logic, DJ Rhetorik, Michael Christmas @ The Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Soda Bar presents Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon @ Epicentre
  • Gladys Knight @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Club Cosplay: The Nerds' Night-Club Ultimate Valentine's Day Night @ House of Blues
  • Grampa Drew's Flim Flam Review @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Valentine Tribute to Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, featuring Leonard Patton & Teagan Taylor @ Dizzy's
  • Art Laboe Valentine's Super Love Jam with Rose Royce, the Moments, Evelyn "Champagne" King, the Originals, the Chi-Lites, Gene Chandler, Barbara Lynn, the Temprees, and Sly, Slick & Wicked @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Nathan Welden, Ricky Ruiz, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Todo Mundo, the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ Winston's
  • The Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Brazilian Carnivale @ Fuse Nightclub
  • Nathan Pachecko @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Ozomatli, New Beat Fund @ Belly Up
  • BreakBot, Poolside @ Moniker Warehouse
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Smiths Night with Saul Q @ The Hideout
  • Mod Sun, Dillon Cooper, Blackbear, KR, Karizma, DJ Gnash @ SOMA
  • Mark Huff, Sophia Alone, Hollen Lockwood @ Lestat's
  • Funkagenda @ Bang Bang
  • Pink Boombox Burlesque presents Post Apocalipstick Romance @ The Merrow
  • Write Out Loud- Love Notes @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • DJ R-You, Maystar Fashion Show @ U-31
  • Nina Francis @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Gilbert & Lorraine Castellanos @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Keiko Matsui @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Naomi Punk, PC Worship, Subtropics @ Tower Bar
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Bob Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Sid Vicious Saturdays @ Fluxx
  • Ego Trip with Orphic, Jon Dadon, Gina Calderoni, SXSTAMPEDE, Love You Like a Walrus, Leonard Jay, Jwest, AlanB @ Spin
  • Tribute to the Legends @ WorldBeat Center
  • Pool Party, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Devastators, Thrive, Ital Vibes @ 710 Beach Club Makai @ Vieja's V Lounge

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



Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Royal Southern Brotherhood]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:17:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Royal+Southern+Brotherhood+%283+of+31%29.jpg Royal Southern Brotherhood brought their supergroup blues rock to Ramona Mainstage on Feb. 7, with Mother Grundy and Triple Deez opening.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>