<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:19:51 -0700 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:19:51 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[RSVP Now: SoundDiego LIVE Gets Bronx Bombed]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:01:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/meb_2.jpg

Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- are you ready to get served? A bountiful feast of SoundDiego LIVE awesomeness, that is! 
Yep, that’s right: We’ve set the table for one of the best parties America’s Finest City will see all month. November’s installment of our monthly live-music extravaganza comes courtesy of U-31 – situated in the heart of one of San Diego’s hottest spots, North Park – and MC’d by 91X’s radio rock-goddess Robin Roth.

Not only will this popular bar showcase our beloved Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey  hosted happy hour before the live music hits your earholes, we’ve conspired to bring one of our favorite bands ever to town: Mariachi El Bronx.
If you haven’t heard 'em, loosen your belts for a cornucopia of epic audio proportions -- and if you have witnessed the mariachi version of the punk juggernauts the Bronx in person, then you already know it would be absolute foolishness to miss this free show. Plus, two members of the group -- guitarist Ken Mochikoshi-Horne and violinist Ray Suen -- are native San Diegans! Suen played in the Killers' touring band and Mochikoshi-Horne is a former member of hometown punk icons the Dragons. Mariachi El Bronx always puts on an amazing show, so get ready.
"Call it an alter-ego if you will; Mariachi El Bronx first started as a diversion for members of the punk band, the Bronx," Roth said. "Seven years, later the band has its third album on the horizon [dropping on Nov. 4] and fans couldn’t be happier. Also playing at the SoundDiego Live event is Pounded By the Surf, a new surf-punk band founded by Joby J. Ford and Vincent Hidalgo, both of Mariachi El Bronx, and Thaddeus Robles [the Heartaches]. Local favorite garage rock band Shady Francos will round out the lineup. This triple bill will make for a great Friday night party."
Shady Francos, formerly known as the nFormals until a lineup change and subsequent change in musical direction, the new incarnation of the band has been making waves in and around San Diego, frequently playing in Tijuana and LA. Word on the street is that the band just went into Earthling Studios to record it debut EP, and we seriously can't wait to hear it.
With three bands scheduled to play, you won't go hungry for music, but you still might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Get to the Office early and you can enjoy a VIP happy hour presented by Jack Daniel's, starting at 8 p.m. U-31 will also be serving free food from their kitchen!

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


Photo Credit: Mariachi El Bronx]]>
<![CDATA[Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Bump and Run]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:29:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dale+earnhardt+jr+jr.jpg

Thursday, San Diego CityBeat presents A Night of the Besties featuring Little Hurricane, the Steph Johnson Band and Fern Street Circus at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Don't look now, but SoundDiego won for Best Music Blog! I'm very proud to be a contributor on such a great team -- congrats, guys. Grab more details here. Elsewhere, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr, Miniature Tigers and Madi Diaz hit the Belly Up; Wildcat! Wildcat! and White Hinterland are at the Casbah; Soda Bar has Daedelus, Penthouse Penthouse, Tiger Milk Imports and Uhuru Peak; Killola and the Maybe Sundays hit Bar Pink; Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels and Michael McGraw are at Sycamore Den; Alex Matric takes over Bang Bang; and Will Sparks Tour hits Fluxx.
Friday, if you don’t have tickets to the sold-out shows with the Melvins at the Casbah, Alt-J at SOMA, or the Afghan Whigs at the Belly Up, may I suggest St. Lucia and Robert DeLonge at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay -- or you can get your metal on as Carcass headline Brick by Brick. Elsewhere, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact with Oh, Spirit are at the Whistle Stop; Koffin Kats headline at Soda Bar; Matthew Strachota with Trailduster, and the Heart Beat Trail  take over Sycamore Den; and Deadbolt plays at the Bancroft. Get your dance on at the opening weekend of Parq Nightclub (formerly On Broadway); Wobble Halloween Ball at Spin; Bonkers! Dance Party at Bar Pink; Monkey Safari and Klatch are at Bang Bang; and Kava Lounge has a Pre-Halloween Bash.    
Saturday, Jenny Lewis headline at House of Blues; Phish take over Sleep Train Amphitheatre; the legendary Daryl Hall & John Oates are at the Cal Coast Credit Union OAT; Warpaint, Lolawolf and Facial take over the North Park Theatre; Dead Man’s Party with Okapi Sun are at the Belly Up; Vacationer, Brick + Mortar and Monster Rally play at the Casbah; Griffin House and Lee Coulter play at Soda Bar; and Still Ill are at Tower Bar. For your dancing fix, Club Sabbat’s Holloween Party is at Numb3rs with Diskdroid and yours truly in the front room with Liquid Grey keeping it old school in the back room. Cash prizes for the best costumes and you can get more info here; Booty Bassment is at the Whistle Stop; Slaptop and Contemporary Menswear are at Bang Bang; and Bassjackers & Dyro take over Bassmnt.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor!   


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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Big Hassle]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Halloween Bash]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:14:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LLLLIve.jpg

Trick or treat: We've booked a free SoundDiego LIVE Platinum Halloween spooktacular at the Office with three bands and a Jack Daniel's sponsored happy hour on Halloween, Oct. 31!

With "Terrifying Tim" Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyle hosting the shindig, and Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker, and Zombie Surf Camp on the lineup, this is one party you won't want to miss.

Click HERE to get on the guest list for SoundDiego LIVE on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the Office!

If you remember correctly, our Halloween SoundDiego LIVE last year at the Office was intensely awesome, with music by the Donkeys, the Frights and Gloomsday. We saw some crazy costumes and, somehow, there was even a goat in attendance! It'll be hard to do, but this year's event promises to take it up a notch.

"Dead Feather Moon play their own brand of psych/blues/rock/country that just plain rocks," Pyles said. "Their debut album, 'Dark Sun,' won Best Alternative Album at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards, and this year, they're nominated in the Best Alternative category. They also just completed an IndieGoGo campaign to assist in the release of their second album. Can't wait to see what's in store from these guys."

The Local Pyles was equally enthused about main support act Ed Ghost Tucker.

"This band features three lead vocalists, all singing amazing harmonies in a mix of indie, world, folk and alternative," Pyles said. "They've definitely got their own sound. They are nominated for Best Pop at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, so you know they're killer."

If two killer bands weren't enough, we got downright deadly with our after party cohorts: Zombie Surf Camp.

"Zombie Surf Camp is the perfect Halloween band and will not dissapoint," Pyles told us. "They are a horror surf punk band. As the story goes, supposedly the band was surfing one day near San Onofre and were turned into zombies by a nuclear accident. They may ask for your brains! Brrrraaaaaiiiiiinnnnnssss!"

With a frightening amount of musical goodness, you won't go hungry for music, but you still might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Get to the Office early and you can enjoy a free VIP happy hour presented by Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey from 8-9 p.m.

On the off-chance you enjoy all that delicious whiskey a little too much, we've got you covered there, too. The folks from Uber will be on hand, offering a discount to new signups and getting you home safe and sound.

So click HERE to get on the Guest List for SoundDiego LIVE on Halloween at the Office! This is going to be one Friday night you don’t want to miss! 

<![CDATA[Storm Watch]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:03:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/LHW.jpg

First of all, we want to thank everyone who voted for the Best of San Diego Awards in City Beat and want to thank you all for again voting SoundDiego's collective of bloggers the Best Music Blog in San Diego again this year. We have a lot of people behind the scenes working really hard to bring you everything you need to know about the San Diego music scene. You can celebrate with all the winners on Thursday night at the Besties party at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center, where we'll be entertained by Little Hurricane and Steph Johnson. If you're just looking for a show, however, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr will be a blast at Belly Up, Wildcat! Wildcat! will bring a dance party to the Casbah, and Daedalus rock on at Soda Bar. If you're looking for something a little more low-key, Jesse LaMonaca and Michael McGraw are at Sycamore Den, and my great friends in Kalashnikov My Wife celebrate a CD release at the Whistle Stop.

Thursday, Oct. 23:

  • San Diego CityBeat Besties, featuring Little Hurricane, Steph Johnson @ Reuben H Fleet Science Center (7-11 p.m.)
  • Casbah presents Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. , Miniature Tigers, Madi Diaz @ Belly Up
  • Wildcat! Wildcat!, White Hinterland @ Casbah
  • Daedelus, Penthouse Penthouse, Tiger Milk Imports, Uhuru Peak @ Soda Bar
  • Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Michael McGraw @ Sycamore Den
  • Kalishnikov My Wife (CD release party) @ Whistle Stop
  • Killola, the Maybe Somedays @ Bar Pink
  • Man vs. Man, Fantasy Arcade, Trash Axis, Debt Ritual @ Che Cafe
  • Joanna Borromeo & Her Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Deedu, Pioneer, Bare, Penelope Dyan @ Brick By Brick
  • Preston Reed @ Lestat's
  • The Janoskians @ House of Blues
  • Truth & Salvage Co, Hit Dog Hollar @ The Merrow
  • Bonni Dance @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJ Diana Death, Heaher Hardcore & Francis Marie @ Tower Bar
  • Nashville Nights: Southern Caliber @ Tin Roof
  • One OK Rock, Ghost Town @ SOMA
  • Atlantis Rizing @ Winston's
  • White Mystery, the Lumps, Kids In Heat @ Til-Two Club
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Will Sparks Tour @ Fluxx
  • Alex Matric @ Bang Bang
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration @ Worldbeat Cultural Center
  • Hazmat & DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Rachel Aldous & the Road Home @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Rebecca Wilson]]>
<![CDATA[Can't Erasure the Past]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:20:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/52856231.jpg

I feel strange even typing the words: Erasure is almost 30. It's hard for me to believe that Depeche Mode/Yaz keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell debuted their first synthpop single in 1985, but it's true. Perhaps that's because the London-based duo has never really taken an extended break in their nearly three decades together.

Their sixteenth studio album, "The Violet Flame," was released last month. It cracked the UK Albums Chart Top 20 for the band's first time in 11 years, and it also made its way onto the Billboard Top 50 for their first time since 1997.

While the seemingly tireless pair didn't expect the overwhelming response they're getting, it's been a welcome surprise and has infused their current tour -- which makes a stop at Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay on Wednesday, Oct. 22 -- with newfound energy. SoundDiego recently spoke with Bell about it all.

Scott McDonald: How are you?
Andy Bell: Very good.

SM: You're in the midst of the U.S. tour. Then it's the UK, Germany, Denmark and then back to the U.S. for New Year's Eve. Seems like you're working more than ever.
AB: At the beginning of the year, I read that 2014 was the Year of the Horse. And one of the things it says is that you have to work. So I said, "OK." But we love being on tour. We're really enjoying ourselves. There's a great vibe every night, and we've got a great team of people. It's such a great job.

SM: You just released "The Violet Flame," and the response has been pretty amazing. It's always great to release new music, but is it extra special when it does this well?
AB: It's fabulous. It's been over 10 years since we've had this much excitement surrounding a record. It's nice to know that you can still cause a stir, you know?

SM: And you worked with [producer] Richard X again on this one.
AB: "Snow Globe" [Erasure's 2013 holiday album] went really well. So it was easy to want to work with him again. He's just so easygoing and enthusiastic. He's also 10 or 15 years younger than we are, so he has a great ear for modern sound but is still able to keep the character and integrity of the band. And I think it was important to follow up "Snow Globe" somewhat quickly. Otherwise, I think people may have thought that we were resting on our laurels or something. I was relieved that we were able to get back writing that fast and produce an album like "The Violet Flame." We've been lucky.

SM: You recently did theater when you starred in and did the soundtrack for "Torsten the Bareback Saint." Did you enjoy being a part of that world?
AB: It's great nourishment. And it's very good discipline. Really, I just love being in the theater. Well, I guess you'd call that experimental theater. Because that's what it is, really. A lot of the songs are gut-wrenching and bitter, but they tell it like it is. And I love singing those songs because they tell it like it is. There are no apologies, and I love that.

SM: And you've got the solo thing going on as well, right?
AB: The track I did with Dave Aude last year [“Aftermath (Here We Go),” which hit No. 1 on the dance charts] has turned into an album's worth of material now. So we're going to get that done very soon. And I'll be doing some new Torsten shows and hopefully bring it to the U.S. as well. It's just one of those things where when the work's there, you just have to grab it. You never know what it's going to be like the next day.

SM: Wow. And I'm still having a hard time believing that Erasure has 16 albums now.
AB: I know. And that's not even including the solo ones. I think it's 21 in 29 years. That's pretty good going. But then, when you look at the back catalog of other artists, especially country artists like Johnny Cash or something, they go into the hundreds.

SM: Is it too early to talk about the future? Have you and Vince spoken about what's next for Erasure?
AB: We haven't. Not yet. I mean, we've had conversations about what we'd like to do. And I think we'd quite like to do a deep house record.

SM: Wow. But that's just in conversation, right?
AB: Right. It's hearsay at that this point.

SM: Well, congratulations on a great run, nevertheless. It just doesn't feel like it's been 30 years to me.
AB: I know! Not at all! It goes by so fast. And that's why we live in the moment and for the next thing that's coming up. We're not a nostalgic band, really. But I love being in Erasure, and Vince is a great guy. Long may it continue.

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Elizabeth & the Catapult]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:15:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Elizabeth+and+the+Catapult+%2816+of+18%29.jpg Brooklyn's Elizabeth & the Catapult launched into San Diego, headlining a performance at Queen Bee's that also featured locals Cody Lovaas and Samantha Aiken.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Bear Hands Bring Honey]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:23:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Coachella+2014+Day+2+Band+Daytime+%284%29.jpg

There are so many killer shows tonight in San Diego, it's hard to pick just one. However, we love our radio partners here, and FM 94/9 has been really good to us, so we'd like to say happy birthday to them as they celebrate their 12th anniversary. They joined up with Car2Go (also celebrating an anniversary -- three years) to bring a killer show to the North Park Theatre with Bear Hands and Fences. The tickets are cheap, and it is going to be a really fun and celebratory night, so be sure to drop by. Up at the Belly Up, Tinariwen, a Grammy award winning group from the Sahara Desert region of Mali, return to expand your mind, while at the Casbah, Sinkane invite you out of your comfort zone with a blend of diverse influences, from Sudanese pop to krautrock to free jazz and funk. These are just a couple of ways to make your Wednesday really count, but there's plenty more including the sold-out Erasure show at Humphrey's and indie rockers Allo Darlin' at Soda Bar. Tonight's a night you definitely want to leave the couch behind. 

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

  • Bear Hands, Fences @ The North Park Theatre
  • Sinkane, Helado Negro @ Casbah
  • Tinariwen, Insects v.s. Robots @ Belly Up
  • Erasure, Superhumanoids @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Allo Darlin', Ghost Come Back @ Soda Bar
  • Right 2 Dream Too Charity Concert with Q Ortiz, Pano Rama, Cassandra Saldivar (featuring Dante Esconfani), Charles Fullwood, Cosmic Tourist, Serena Elisheva Elchanan, and more @ Che Cafe
  • Splavender, Pleasure Fix , Little Heroine @ U-31
  • DJ L & guests @ Bar Pink
  • Suicide Silence, the Black Dahlia Murder @ House of Blues
  • Jesse Macht, John Helix, Sophie Szentes @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series @ Croce's Park West
  • Beartooth, Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar, Alive Like Me @ Soma
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge, DK Mikey Ratt & Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • David John Carnell Band, Karina Toriz @ The Merrow
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.-close)

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

<![CDATA[Judge Rules for UCSD in Che Eviction Proceedings]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:25:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/The+Che+Cafe+2.jpg

San Diego superior court judge Katherine Bacal ruled in favor of UC San Diego on Tuesday during an eviction hearing involving the Che Cafe.

Bacal said the university met its burden of proof that it owned the property and that the eviction notice sent to the iconic music venue had been sufficient. The judge also said a written statement of the ruling will need to be provided to the Che Cafe.

Asked for a comment after court on Monday, the collective’s lawyer, Bryan Pease, said Bacal would issue a written notice of the decision to be delivered to the collective, after which the Che would have five days to vacate. Pease also said he thought it was likely the university would write that notice on Tuesday and that Bacal could sign it later in the day. It's possible, Pease theorized, that the Che could be out of the site as early as next week.

Last Thursday, Bacal heard closing arguments in the case. The Che Cafe was served with the notice in June after allegedly losing its co-op status in a Graduate Student Association (GSA) vote. The university terminated its month-to-month lease and gave the collective 30 days to vacate, which it failed to do.

Pease told the court Thursday that the Che is challenging the GSA’s vote to decertify the co-op, arguing that the governing master space agreement does not give them the authority to do so. He argued that, while the GSA can vote to certify, no authority to decertify had been granted to the body.

Representatives from the co-op previously stated they believed they were in an extended holdover period after their term-specific lease expired in 2008, and had occupied the space on a month-to-month basis while lease negotiations took place.

Pease told Bacal that the decertification vote was believed to be a way for the university to bypass dispute resolution and a chancellor’s review, which is why the collective proceeded to file a lawsuit.

“At the end of the day, this is a student organization paid for by student fees, and it’s the student governments who should administer it,” Pease said.

On Tuesday, Bacal said that while dispute resolution is not required, it is an option that must be exercised in order for it to be enforced. She said the Che had the burden of proving that it sought dispute resolution, but there was no evidence that it had tried to obtain it, so the university was allowed to move forward with the eviction proceedings without dispute resolution.

After adjournment for the day on Thursday, Pease addressed the issue of why the Che, despite being certified by the Associated Students and GSA, had not pursued an extension of its lease when it expired in 2008.

“They’re students, and they’re not as sophisticated as a savvy administration that was misleading them and providing contradictory information … and also, there are different entities within the master space agreement, which were the Associated Students and the Graduate Students Association that are separate from the collective, so under the lease, it was actually those student governments that were supposed to initiate this process, or at least it was unclear who was supposed to initiate or how you were supposed to initiate it.”

The university’s legal team, led by Daniel Park, argued that the collective made no effort to obtain its certification or initiate dispute resolution during the allotted 10-day period after the decertification vote. Furthermore, he said the university was acting in its rights as a landlord with a tenant who had a month-to-month lease and that, in fact, no reason was required by law to evict the Che, but that, since the university is a center of reason, the university invoked the decertification vote as the reason. While he acknowledged that the Associated Students body had voted to certify the Che, he maintained that the collective required certification by both student organizations to be on campus.

Bacal ruled on Tuesday that the certification/decertification issues were irrelevant to the decision. The Che had filed a legal challenge to the GSA’s resolution, but, with Bacal presiding over those proceedings as well, it's not clear that they will take place at all. The Che’s suit alleges that the university "colluded" with members of the GSA to decertify the collective, alleging that students were not given a reasonable opportunity to participate in decisions involving the survival of the venue.

One interesting development in court on Thursday, which was mostly a discussion brimming with legalese, Park and the university calculated the Che’s back rent owed -- roughly $2.80 a day, for a total of $263.20 up to and including Thursday.

“Yeah, that was pretty funny,” Pease said, laughing. “They probably paid their lawyers over 50 grand … they’ve gone through two law firms on this case, and they’ve got campus counsel representing them as well.”

Asked for comments after the court recessed on Thursday, Park deferred questions to UCSD’s executive director of marketing, media relations and public affairs, Jeff Gattas, who was not immediately available for comment. On Tuesday, Gattas released a statement for the university that said "The university appreciates the court's decision today. We are hopeful that we will have a smooth transition as we move forward. The university is committed to supporting UC San Diego’s student organizations and providing a broad range of cultural and artistic events and activities on our campus."

This is not the first time the Che faced extinction, according to Pease, who said he believed the cafe faced an unlawful detainer suit in the 1990s, according to Pease, and was saved by student action. On Monday,  a collective member said Tuesday's ruling was not the end of the road for the Che and that the collective will continue to push to be part of the campus. For his part, Pease says he's going over his options with his client.

"If they are physically removed from the space, they can still ask to be let in," Pease said Tuesday. "This is the same kind of thing that happened in the '90s -- this isn’t necessarily something new."

Over the years, the nonprofit collective has booked shows at the tiny venue with such high-profile acts as Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Billy Corgan, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes and Green Day -- before those acts had broken, of course. But the site of thousands of all-ages punk, metal, indie-rock and hip-hop shows (among other social events) has seemingly always been a hot-button issue at UCSD and has faced existential crises before -- most recently in 2012, when the club fell behind on insurance payments and in order to stay open had to raise $12,000 immediately, a story covered by San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

<![CDATA[Live: Ray LaMontagne]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:45:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/700_8178.jpg Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne got San Diego in deep trouble at the SDSU Open Air Theatre on Oct. 17, with sibling duo Belle Brigade opening.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Ain't Life Grand?]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:16:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grand-Tarantula-3jpg.jpg

Tuesday night in San Diego looks like a dance party. From Rufus du Sol at the Belly Up to Charli XCX at the House of Blues, this could be a great night to get shakin'. Meanwhile some local acts heat things up, like We Are Sirens at the Merrow and, my choice, Grand Tarantula at U-31, who lately seem on-again, off-again, so you might as well see them in their latest iteration. No matter where you turn, this night let's you live it up a little midweek.

Tuesday, Oct. 21:

  • Grand Tarantula, the Stupid Daikini @ U-31
  • Tiki Tuesday with Mr Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • We Are Sirens, Social Club, Nicely @ The Merrow
  • Bi-Polar Express, Deadbrrokedown, Wookie Garcia @ Soda Bar
  • Charli XCX, Elliphant, Femme @ House of Blues
  • Rufus du Sol, Hermitude, Lee Reynolds @ Belly Up
  • Grieves, Sol @ Porter's Pub
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, McTuff @ Winston's
  • Theo & Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Art Party & Mixer @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Night @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Grand Tarantula]]>
<![CDATA[Drum and Bass Brothers]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:02:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mark+dresser.jpg

To the casual listener, an evening of non-scripted improvisation between a double-bass and a drum set might seem tedious, but when those two instruments are powered by local virtuoso Mark Dresser and NYC veteran Joey Baron, that scenario could only lead to a night of delirious communication and joyous music making.

Baron and Dresser have a long history that dates back to the bassist's 18 years in the Big Apple, especially when they were both members of the Tim Berne and John Zorn ensembles. That history came into laser focus time and time again in the rapt dialog between the two old friends.

One doesn't often think of the drums as a quiet instrument, but as the night began with Dresser's ridiculously full, woodgrained plucking, Baron's soft responses with sticks the size of knitting needles set the template for what was to come: give and take, ebb and flow and the glory of small gestures carried out in the spirit of an organic conversation. An invisible pulse dominated even when it didn't always seem obvious, and ostensibly rubato passages eventually revealed a dovetail -tight groove.

Baron led off the second improvisation with a pastel sketch of slow strokes with a mallet in one hand and a brush in the other -- it was more of a melody than a "beat" -- and Dresser responded with eerie bowing near the bridge, producing seagull cries. That singable beat became imbued in polymetric detail as layers of cadence pulled against each other. Dresser's bass tones at times expanded Baron's small kit so that the net effect was that of two drummers, and that integration worked both ways.

The third exploration began with the bassist logging in with two-handed tapping and creaking overtones until Baron's super-articulated ride cymbal morphed into a "sheets of ping" dynamic that drew pedaled strums and unison streams of triplets into the discussion. There were shades of Elvin Jones underpinning tremolo arco and slow descending double-stop glissandi. Baron often played the drumset with his hands, and once he got going, there seemed to be a primordial dimension that evoked the drum songs of Africa and the Caribbean, especially when Dresser slapped both hands along the strings.

Dresser began the last piece with an irresistible line that created a raw swing vamp upon which Baron laid down a rich soliloquy of clicks and rimshots that had all of the joy of a New Orleans parade. A loud and well-deserved ovation ensued. Definitely a night to remember.

Joey Baron and Mark Dresser played the Experimental Theater at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

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

<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:49:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/maroon-5-thumb.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Maroon 5, anyone?

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[On the PUP and Up]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:27:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/pup111.jpg

Can you hear that? It's the sound of San Diego slowing down and kicking into fall mode. The weather is a little crisper, and the days a little shorter, but for us that means the nights are even longer! Tonight head to Tin Can Country Club for Shawn Rohlf or up to the Belly Up for Asia. Soda Bar gives you a run for your money with Obliterations, and the Casbah hosts PUP as they put their feelers out and continue to get more and more radio play across the country. You don't need a lot of choice, just a couple good ones that make for a pretty stellar night. 

Monday, Oct. 20:

  • PUP, Hard Girls, Mini Death @ Casbah
  • Obliterations, Baptists, Torch Runner, Griever @ Soda Bar
  • Asia @ Belly Up
  • Shawn Rohlf @ Tin Can
  • Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • DJ Artistic @ Seven Grand
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Ruby & the Red Hots @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Roots Raggae Jah Jah @ Kava Lounge
  • Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Fishfonics @ U-31

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

Photo Credit: Yoshi Cooper]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Experience Hendrix]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:39:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/kenny+wayne+shepherd+-.jpg Guitar heroes unite! Fans waded through the purple haze when the Experience Hendrix tour feat. Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang and others hit Harrah's Resort Southern California on Oct. 9.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[The Light of JerVae]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:25:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JerVae+Anthony+Press+Photo.jpg

If imagination is the cornerstone of creativity -- its foundation, the rock that it's built on -- then JerVae Anthony is on her way to constructing a monument.

An experimental soul singer, Anthony makes bits and pieces of songs: part rough-draft recordings, part spur of the moment impulses that she demos on her MacBook. Using GarageBand and a $100 microphone, she's written and recorded nearly 100 of these low-key gems. Some are short, others emotional, and a few sound just plain weird. In them, though, it feels as if Anthony is striving for something. There's a sense she's trying to embrace it all. She can crack a joke, pray, cry, bleed and even sneeze if she feels the need to -- it all makes its way into song. Her music is the result of an active imagination combined with what she calls a "sick sense of humor," and together the two make for an incredibly interesting sound.

Born and raised in southeast San Diego, Anthony started singing in church and admits that television was an early influence. "I would watch a lot of Disney Channel," she says. A life-long student of the arts, she started writing songs in middle school as a form of therapy. After graduating from the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, she went on to major in vocal performance at the California Institute of the Arts. But creatives have a hard time sitting still -- they get antsy, and they get restless. So in her sophomore year, bored with the strict nature of classical training, Anthony left CalArts and decided to pursue a career in social work.

After she spent a few years in the field, though, that restlessness started wiggling around again. Anthony's imagination was having its way with her as she was dreaming in song and seeing paintings in day visions. She couldn't sit still or ignore the desire to create, so she returned to performing, albeit with a new appreciation for the practice of the arts.

Now she spends time tucked away at home experimenting with melody on her MacBook. She's "evolving", she says, still finding her voice. She wants to "minimize the amount of words I'm using [to] create more space," experimenting with not only songwriting but also technique. It's music in flux.

That leads Anthony into interesting territory, like where she reinterprets the tale of Jack and Jill -- yes, the ones that went up the hill -- into a slow, almost sensual, electronic-soul song. Then there's the reggae-tinged ode to, ahem, a lady's monthly bloat -- "I Got My Period" -- where she repeats, "Boy/I got my period, boy/I got my period/Today," drawing out the final vowel in the last word.

Anthony doesn't stay in any one place very long, emotionally or conceptually, as her collection of works finds her moving through styles and genres quite comfortably. Whether she's singing a cover of Rihanna hit "Stay" or scatting, a la Ella Fitzgerald, through original numbers like "Attention Deficit Disorder" -- it all seems so effortless, so easy.

Then there's that voice: It's charged and soulful, like a gift from Nina Simone herself. Anthony's songs are smart and intuitive, and even though she's still finding her point of view, it sounds like she's having a blast doing it. Donning different styles of music as though outfits in a one-women show. Anthony's writing a screenplay and working on an album in what she calls "an effort towards high poetry and soul." If these snippets are any indication of what she has in store, just imagine what it's all going to sound like.

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

<![CDATA[A Lovefool for Nina Persson]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:06:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/ninapersson.jpg

When there are this many great shows in San Diego, it's hard to believe it's a Sunday night. At the Belly Up, Metronomy returns to town after dropping their fourth record, "Love Letters," earlier this year. Meanwhile at Soda Bar, Argentinian Federico Aubele brings his unique fusion of singer/songwriter style with trip-hop beats. Headlining the Casbah tonight is Swedish songstress Nina Persson, who is best known as the voice of the Cardigans -- who have sold, oh, just a few million records worldwide. She's had a few different projects over the years, but just released a debut solo record so tonight is a rare chance to catch someone of such stature in an intimate setting. Still, whichever way you go, tonight is going to be a chill vibe to ease you into the workweek.

Sunday, October 19:

  • Nina Persson (of the Cardigans), El May @ The Casbah
  • Casbah Presents: Federico Aubele, Jesse Lamonaca and the Dime Novels @ Soda Bar
  • Casbah Presents: Metronomy, Dawn Golden @ Belly Up
  • Casbah Presents: Pins, Geyser House, the Lumps @ The Hideout
  • Neon Hitch, Carmen and Camille @ Porter's Pub
  • I Am the Albatross, Foreign Suns, Cardboard Truckers @ The Merrow
  • The Liquorsmiths, Ashley Pond @ Sycamore Den
  • Pier Pressure Yacht Parties feat Scotty Boy, Murphi Kennedy, Jake Talcott @ Flagship Cruises & Events
  • Pro Era, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution @ Worldbeat Center
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Classixx @ Bang Bang
  • Roots Party with Revival, Positive Company, Soulective @ U-31
  • Sirena Huang @ California Center for the Arts
  • Nina Francis(12:00 p.m.), Spanish Sundays: Besos de Coco @ Croce’s Park West
  • Midnight Music featuring Allison Adams Tucker, Mikan Zlatkovich, Gunnar Biggs, Richard Sellers and Tripp Sprague @ Dizzy's
  • Jason Brown (10:00 a.m.), Reggie Smith (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat’s
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's
  • G Street Sessions @ Tin Roof (9 p.m.)
  • It's a Dago Thang @ Kava Lounge

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Rabbler Rouser Publicity]]>
<![CDATA[Re-Tour With La Ley]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:52:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/La+Ley+Press+Photo.jpg

La Ley has reunited for Re-tour, an 18-city U.S. tour, which includes a stop at San Diego's House of Blues on Saturday. The Grammy-winning Chilean rock group realized after a decade of disbanding, they couldn't live without each other -- as in the adage, "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em." Musically, Beto Cuevas, Mauricio Claveria and Pedro Frugone, have been missed greatly by their fans. Cuevas released two successful solo albums with a Grammy win, while Frugone concentrated on family affairs.  

"It feels great -- getting back together with your buddies,” lead singer Cuevas told Fox News Latino. "It’s a good feeling. This gathering finds us with a more mature sound.” The group will perform their greatest hits as well as other great and unforgettable songs like, "Dia Cero," "Desiertos," "Tejedores de Ilusion," and "Prisioneros de la Piel."  

La Ley's music became '90s anthems in the Spanish rock genre. With seven studio albums, including their Grammy-winning "MTV Unplugged" album, La Ley have made their mark in the Latin rock history books. They are the only Chilean group to have won three Grammys.  

La Ley performs Saturday Oct. 18 at House of Blues. Purchase tickets here

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

<![CDATA[Live: Justin Townes Earle]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:45:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Justin+Townes+Earle+Belly+Up+10.7.14+%285%29.jpg Justin Townes Earle brought his beloved brand of alt-country through the Belly Up on Oct. 7, with American Aquarium opening.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Out With the Old, in With the New]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:50:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/112278227.jpg

Look at this night! There are amazing shows all over town with Rubblebucket doing their second night at the Casbah, Lukas Nelson returning to Belly Up, and legendary rock en espanol band La Ley at House of Blues. I'm particularly excited about the New Pornographers at the North Park Theatre because their latest, "Brill Bruisers," is a great record all the way through and the whole original lineup will be there. After the show I'll probably race over to Soda Bar because Writer is back in town after moving from San Diego to Brooklyn to pursue music and art. It has been too long since these hometown boys have been back, so you might want to grab an advance ticket or it could sell out. Still, there's plenty of greatness all over town to make your Saturday night extra perfect.

Saturday, October 18:

  • Casbah Presents: The New Pornographers featuring A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ The North Park Theatre
  • Rubblebucket, Royal Canoe, Nicky Venus @ The Casbah
  • Low Rider & Hot Rod Gospel Fest @ City Heights Urban Village
  • La Ley with Karma Nation @ House of Blues (read our show preview here)
  • Writer, Scruffles, Ultragash, DJ Nathan Aguilar (Cults) @ Soda Bar
  • Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Vaud & the Villains @ Belly Up
  • Save the Che Benefit: Fast Crowd Records Showcase featuring: Toys That Kill, Tiltwheel, Sunnyside, the Bertos, Nimzo Indians, Western Settings, Dan Padilla @ The Che Cafe
  • Allison Lonsdale, Eben Brooks, Flashbulb Fires, Jon Runion, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat’s
  • Paper Days, Idyll Wild, Tomber Lever @ Tin Can
  • Luxembourg Signal, Gabe and Saul @ The Whistle Stop
  • Black Tango, Witness 9, Super Buffet @ Black Cat
  • Saturday Night Slaughter feat. Chamber Sixx, My Revenge, Hocus, Nutstache @ Facebook
  • Code 3 For A Cure Benefit Concert feat. the Village People @ The Event Center, Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Hot Buttered Rum @ Winston's
  • Mafard @ Seven Grand
  • Jane Lynch @ Balboa Theatre
  • Dark Globe, 29 Years Apart, Captain Viejo @ Bancroft Bar
  • D.R.I., Willie Psycho, the Screamin' Yeehaws, Vlad Arthur@ Brick By Brick
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Mark Fisher (12:00 p.m.), Eve Selis, Hart and Twang (7:00 p.m.) @ Croce’s Park West
  • JazzKatz Project @ Dizzy’s
  • Rossirock Rael J Wallace, Bdotwatt Arttlifted, Magoon Dbrvss, Skrilla Og Fred Burton, DJ Park N Wreck Collective @ Epicentre
  • DJ Karma @ Fluxx
  • Rusko @ Bassmnt
  • Dirty Audio @ Somewhere Loud
  • Danny & the Tramp, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher’s Pub
  • Sister Speak (5:00 p.m.), Viva Santana (9:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • The Frights @ The Loft
  • Jonny Tarr @ Tin Roof (6:30 p.m.)
  • Aaron Durr Band @ Tin Roof (9:30 p.m.)
  • Random Movement @ The Merrow
  • Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne guitarist) with Lynam, Rammoth, Blackout @ Ramona Mainstage
  • The Routine & Brehahas @ 710 Beach Club
  • Capture the Crown, For All Those Sleeping, Outlands, Palisades, Mkya Relocate, Youth in Revolt @ SOMA
  • Toombao @ Kava Lounge
  • Abba Mania @ Sycuan
  • Space Wax (CD Release), Christ Killer, Haruka, DJ Mikey Ratt @ The Tower Bar
  • Dreaming Dead, Syrebris, Bio Crisis @ Til-Two Club
  • Joker’s Wild @ Tio Leo’s Lounge

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Joshua White Quintet Blanket the Loft]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:19:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/ajwqbwise.jpg

Piano virtuoso Joshua White’s Oct. 10 Quintet performance at the Loft had been circled on my calendar for months, and to say that they didn’t disappoint is a considerable understatement.

White’s group was populated by the cream of the Southern California avant-garde: LA saxophonist Gavin Templeton, Irvine trombonist Michael Dessen, plus San Diego bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Kjell Nordeson.

After spending a considerable amount of time writing material and experimenting with notational methods for the band, White, inspired by his recent free-improvised set at the SDMA’s decided just before the group’s previous concert at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles to jettison the idea of compositions for a free collective improvisation approach, which they repeated for the San Diego concert.

Dresser led off the first set with bowed harmonics and moaning deep tones while the pianist tinkled softly in the background – suddenly Dessen was out in front with obscene, chortling discourse as Templeton prodded him from the sidelines. As the dynamics approached a fever pitch, White and Nordeson interacted like veteran boxers at a suddenly malevolent sparring session: bobbing and weaving – tripling up on the jab – and seeking the opportunity to land the big punch. Templeton entered the fray – somehow hanging against the gale-force assault of Nordeson to posit acidic squiggles while White and Dresser churned a swirling center of gravity.

This was all pointing to an evening of textural group improvisation – like a five-way conversation – dominance ebbed and flowed in the moment. Dessen’s gutbucket plunger mute brayed against the maelstrom – then it was White, who had been observing from the sidelines – breaking into the spotlight, tattooing the keys with wicked, pneumatic strokes as Dresser turned up the heat with two-handed slaps across the strings. Nordeson kept a constant storm of rattles and pops going without ever playing too loud or reaching for a cliche and Templeton drove his commentary straight to the outer limits with scoured multiphonics. A sudden shift in volume led to a soft dialog between trombone and bass before the pianist reemerged alone with a series of almost Baroque arpeggio sequences that turned on a dime into a violent battery that sounded like Edward Scissorhands on amphetamines.

The second set was opened by a brief, completely-out-of-the-box drum solo from Nordeson, racing around the kit with a mallet in one hand and a small cymbal in the other striking skins, wood blocks and bells with soft knocks and clatter – at one point sounding like what would happen if a ring full of keys were dropped into a blender. When the band surfaced, there were simultaneous vignettes that toggled between the busy conversation of piano and bass and the yearning, mournful glissandi of Dessen, who wailed like an innocent man in solitary confinement.

White had discussed situations that both should and might happen with the band beforehand, which helped shape the narrative arc of density, balance and individual exposition, and I was particularly impressed by the amount of space he allotted while watching the forces he set in motion reach fruition.

Often he simply listened with hands folded – other times, he held those hands suspended in tangent to the keys, waiting for the moment to pounce. At one point, a primal, almost Dixieland sense of swing surfaced, only to shift to an stormy atmosphere through Dresser’s brutal pizzicato and Nordeson’s shape-shifting agogo-bells. Then it was White, seizing the moment with a burst of kinetic energy that sent all ten digits in different directions as his hands became hard-to-track blurs that pounded slugfest clusters into the rafters.

Once again, for the final time, the dynamics downshifted into a pensive hush as glacial chords drifted into focus; Dresser’s bow sighed like a woman in distress, and the horns bickered with mocking commentary. One hammered piano note gathered all of the contributors into a unison decay – and just like that, it was all over.

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

Photo Credit: Barbara Wise]]>
<![CDATA[Rap the Vote]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:25:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/parker-numberman-mic-rifle1.jpg

There's so much going on in San Diego on Friday: The North Park Theatre hosts Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire in a co-headline show, while the Casbah hosts the first of two nights with Rubblebucket and Royal Canoe. The gorgeous vocals of Perfume Genius should pack a full house for the Soda Bar, and Ray LaMonatagne will certainly delight at the Open Air Theatre. Those are all well and good, but I want to point out the event at the Church in Barrio Logan (linked below), where several local hip-hop artists are performing at the ACLU-sponsored event to get out the word about voting. Many people believe that legal infractions, incarceration and probation prevent them from voting. The LMV (Let Me Vote) Campaign wants to educate people about their voting rights. This is a free and all-ages event, and with a very important election right around the corner, just might be the most important event of the evening.

Friday, Oct. 17:

  • The LMC Campaign, presented by the ACLU, featuring Clyde Price (aka Big June), Miki Vale, Odessa Kane, Parker and the Numberman, Ramel J. Wallace  @ The Church, Barrio Logan (6:30-10 p.m., free, all ages, get info here)
  • Casbah presents Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire, Emarosa @ North Park Theatre
  • Rubblebucket, Royal Canoe, Bakkuda @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim, Island Boy @ Soda Bar
  • Kodaline, Birds of Tokyo @ House of Blues CANCELED
  • Ray Lamontagne, Belle Brigade @ Open Air Theater
  • IACON Studios Open House/Halloween Costume Party, featuring Archons, Chinese Rocks, the Slashes @ IACON Sound (5-10 p.m., get info here)
  • Good, Funky Music with Mr. Blow & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • The Expendables, Jet West @ Belly Up
  • Cult Vegas, Casteform, Aura and Ovation, Bad and the Ugly @ Bancroft Bar
  • Stevie & the Hi-Stax @ Seven Grand
  • Daniel Sant & Rob Moran @ The Whistle Stop
  • Hot Buttered Rum @ Winston's
  • dUg Pinnick (King’s X) & Grinder Blues (album release show), One Foot in the Blues, Mojave Green, Boxcar Chief @ Brick By Brick
  • Watsky, Anderson Paak @ Porter's Pub
  • Waste Age, Walle, Ghost Trade, New Rain @ Che Cafe
  • Chica Diabla, Pharmacy, the Touchies, Night Owl Massacre @ The Merrow
  • The Story So Far, Gnarwolves, Elder Brother, Souvenirs @ Epicentre
  • The Bleeskiez, 4th and Cedar, Radio-Active, the Snykes, Chronemics, Skies of Ossa, Always the Understudy @ House of Blues
  • The Curtis Taylor Quartet @ 98 Bottles
  • Christopher Hollyday Quartet @ Croce’s Park West
  • Reka Parker with Derek Cannon, Jim Weiss, Mackenzie Leighton and Nathan Hubbard @ Dizzy’s
  • Groove International: Superheroes vs. Villains @ House of Blues
  • Random Radio (9:30 p.m.); The Aklis  (6:30 p.m.) @ Tin Roof
  • Kronic @ Fluxx
  • Junglist Fridays @ Kava Lounge
  • The Fooks, DJ RM @ Gallagher’s Pub
  • PopRx (9 p.m.); Breez’n (5 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • Samantha Aikens Band, the Santana Bros @ Lestat’s
  • Carl Durant, Sierra West @ Across the Street at Mueller College
  • Kenny Eng @ Java Joe's
  • Cyrille Aimee @ The Loft
  • Craig Goldy, Dio Disciples, Vengeance, Foolish Pleasure @ Ramona MainStage
  • Drew Tabor, So Cal Vibes & Piracy Conspiracy @ 710 Beach Club
  • Born of Osiris, Thy Art Is Murder, Betraying the Martyrs, Within the Ruins, Erra, Killing the Messenger @ SOMA
  • Sand Babes, Young Wants, DJ Little Fists @ The Tower Bar
  • Ramp Locals, Christ Killer, D.E.A., Systemic Abuse, Thrashquatch @ Til Two Club
  • Amigo, AJ From An, Sycamore @ Tin Can
  • Minneapolistic @ Tio Leo’s

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

<![CDATA[2014 Halloween Musical Best Bets]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:27:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr32.jpg The Scream Zone ain't the only game in town, kids. Music fans, take a look at all the haunting events coming your way on Halloween.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Music's in the Cards This Weekend]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:28:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Yellowcard+Cropped.jpg

San Diego Comic Fest is Friday through Sunday -- you can grab more details here. Friday night, the Expendables with Jet West take over the Belly Up; Ray LaMontagne plays at the Open Air Theatre; Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire and Emarosa are at the North Park Theatre; Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim and Island Boy are at Soda Bar; Rubblebucket with Royal Canoe and Bakkuda play at the Casbah; Chica Diabla, the Night Owl Massacre, the Touchies and Pharmacy hit the Merrow; and Diatribes and Sand Babies are at Sycamore Den. Elsewhere, one of my favorite dance nights F---ing in the Bushes, with Daniel Sant and Rob Moran, is at the Whistle Stop; New World Sound is at Bassmnt; El Puro Party with Adam Salter, Kid Wonder and Pleasure Victim take over El Camino; and Jason Bentley is at Bang Bang.  
Saturday, there’s a Save the Che Benefit Fast Crowd Release Showcase at the Che Cafe; the New Pornographers and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are at the North Park Theatre; Writer, Scruffles, Ultragash and DJ Nathan Aguilar (Cults) hit Soda Bar; Rubblebucket, Royal Canoe and Nicky Venus are at the Casbah; the Johnny Deadly Trio haunts Hooley’s; Danny & the Tramp take over Gallagher’s; and Chamber Sixx, My Revenge, Hocus and Nustache are at the Ken Club. For your dancing fix, SD Union features Random Movement, DJ Evlo, Ghost M.D., and Dirty Disco at the Merrow; Plastic Plates and Contemporary Menswear take over Bang Bang; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with DJs Gabe Vega and Saul Q is at the Whistle Stop; at House of Blues it’s the Superheroes vs. Villains Bash; and Rusko hits Bassmnt.
Sunday, Metronomy and Dawn Golden play at the Belly Up; Nina Persson (the Cardigans) and El May hit the Casbah; and Federico Aubele with Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels are at Soda Bar.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor! 

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


Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Belle Brigade of the Ball]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:36:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/belle+brigade.jpg

Siblings Ethan and Barbara Gruska comprise Los Angeles duo the Belle Brigade. Coming from a long line of influential L.A. musicians, Barbara played drums for Jenny Lewis and Inara George before joining forces with her younger brother in 2008. They released their eponymous debut in 2011, and its sunny, Cali-pop harmonies were given a sonic upgrade on this year’s "Just Because." From late April to August, the band both opened for Ray LaMontagne and served as his backing band on each night of the tour.

The band stops at SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Friday during their 5-week second leg with LaMontagne. SoundDiego recently spoke with the younger Gruska about their new change in sound and life on the road with Mr. Ray.

Scott McDonald: Tell me about the direction you took on "Just Because."
Ethan Gruska: There was just so much time in between albums and a lot of life happened. We changed as people. We were on tour for almost two years. But after playing those same songs every night, I think we really just wanted to branch out and get a little more modern. We wanted some variety.

SM: Was the process any different?
EG: It’s funny, but the songwriting process for both of the albums wasn’t different at all. We wrote them in the same way and if you listen to both of the demos, they don’t sound like they’d be very different. It came down to the zone we got into while recording. We were really trying to push ourselves and not just do the Steely Dan/Fleetwood Mac strum sound that we love so much. I think we spent too much time listening to old music and not keeping up with what’s going on now. And it’s not that we wanted to do something that was keeping up with what’s going on now, realizing it just made us want to do something different. And that was that. We don’t think about any of it when we’re making the music. It’s always afterwards that we’re like, "oh, s--t, maybe we should try this here instead."

SM: So much of your family is in music. Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
EG: It was different for Barbara than it was for me. Her rebellion was the "I’m not going to be a musician" route. Like you said, everyone in the family is a musician, and she definitely loved it, but she wanted to do something different. But she’s just so naturally amazing and talented - it was inevitable. And she’d never say anything like that because she’s also totally humble. One day, she just realized it was what she loved to do and decided to go for it. And when that happened, she practiced drums for something like eight hours a day and played with a hundred L.A. bands. It was when she started to go for it that I was first starting to get into music. I was always listening to and loving music, but I started by just dabbling on the piano. But when Barb started playing at clubs and sneaking me in, I thought it was so cool and started to get more serious about it. Later on, we combined a few songs and just ended up saying, "why don’t we just start a band?" It moved pretty quickly after that and we started working on the first record. [laughs] That’s the long-winded, but extremely sped-up version right there.

SM: It had to be crazy growing up in a house with so much going on.
EG: When I was little, I used to think I didn’t have to pay attention in music class. I always thought ‘my dad does this’ or ‘I’ve seen this done a million times’ and I really thought I knew everything. So of course, by the time I did start paying attention, I really wished that I’d been doing it the entire time. But from the very start it’s felt comfortable. I’ve always felt comfortable with all of it, including being in the studio. And that continues to help me even now.

SM: You guys do a bunch of other stuff as well.
EG: Belle Brigade is the main priority for us. We put it first. But last year, around this time, when we were just waiting on the album artwork and the other stuff that could be done by email, Barb got the call to go play drums with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. So when it matches up with downtime for the band, we definitely do other things. And it hasn’t been a problem. Like this opportunity to play with Ray, it’s the both of us.

SM: You guys get the best of both worlds – club dates and festival seating.
EG: It’s really great. We’ve never both been in a backing band together before and it’s been incredibly cool. It’s just so nice to get to play for so long each night. We’re in such awesome venues and we get to play them twice each night. It’s been really fun.

SM: So it’s like, "Thank you! Goodnight! We’ll see you in… a half hour!"
EG: Yeah, totally. [laughs] It’s pretty weird.

SM: But I imagine Ray’s audience loves you.
EG: I don’t know. It’s a great audience to get in front of, for sure. It’s great exposure and the music definitely has a common thread. Also, his new record is very similar to ours in the respect that he’s also trying to break out and try a different sonic approach. But there’s no real way to know what they think of us. That said, we’re learning so much. Ray is such a badass at playing festivals and big outdoor venues. And you have to adjust your set for that. Or, at least, find another way to approach it. Figuring all of that out has been such a learning experience for Belle Brigade on this tour.

SM: Kabuki masks and pyrotechnics next headlining tour?
EG: Totally! [laughs] We’ve hit a wall and it’s time to bust out the Halloween costumes! Absolutely.

SM: What’s next?
EG: Well, it’ll be awesome to finish this tour up with Ray. And then we’ll do a couple of little runs by ourselves. Then, unless something important comes up, I think we’ll be taking the rest of the year off. We’re already talking about logistics for next year, but it’ll be the first part of it when we really work on timing for recording some new material. But really, for right now, we’re just thinking about executing these next few months.

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

<![CDATA[Live: The Kooks]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:19:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_0296+copynbcsized+2.jpg Calling all Kooks! The British indie rock band popped off at the House of Blues on Sept. 26, with Halsey and Priory opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Thursday's a Wash]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:01:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/washedout.jpg

Casbah Presents owns the night on Thursday. At the Casbah itself, the Slackers bring that rock-steady beat straight to your feet, while Turquoise Jeep bring their smooth mic skills to the Irenic. Meanwhile, Soda Bar lets you up your hipster cred with Fujiya & Miyagi. Of course, everyone is talking about Washed Out at the North Park Theatre, and you might find a straggler ticket or two online (at press time, there were a small amount remaining). This is going to be a massive night anywhere you turn, and Casbah Presents is behind the best of 'em.

Thursday, Oct. 16:

  • The Slackers, Sammy K @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Washed Out, Talk in Tongues @ North Park Theatre
  • Casbah presents Fujiya & Miyagi, Magic Touch @ Soda Bar
  • Casbah presents Turquoise Jeep, Yip Deceiver, DJ Artistic @ The Irenic
  • Whiskey Circle, American Cream, Tolan Shaw @ 207 @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • The Colourist, Yellow Red Sparks @ The Loft
  • Little Dove, Joe Radio @ Bar Pink
  • Brenda Xu, the Lovebirds, Erika Davies @ Lestat's
  • Happiness Guaranteed, HTFU, the Mattson 2, Ray Barbee, DJ Chris Cote @ Belly Up
  • Morgan Leigh Band @ Tin Roof
  • Tones, featuring the Maul Shoppe, Casanova Frankenstein, Boychick @ Seven Grand
  • The Body, Sandworm, Children of God, Drone Rivers @ Che Cafe
  • Stephen Rey & the Sexette @ Sycamore Den
  • Open Mic @ Tin Can
  • Assk, Zombie Barbie, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra @ The Merrow
  • Chicken Bone Slim @ Tio Leo's
  • Chaise Lounge @ Croce's Park West
  • Stellita @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Claptone @ Bang Bang
  • Subdvsn @ Winston's
  • Pegboard Nerds @ Fluxx
  • Grandtheft @ Bassmnt
  • Astro Jump. with Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Live electronic music @ Kava Lounge
  • Jam Kwest, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Hi-Roots, Oogee Wawa @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Win Monster Bash Tickets!]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:43:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr25.jpg

They're throwing a blood-curdling-great party again this year in the Gaslamp: Monster Bash 2014 kicks off at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and takes over eight blocks across downtown San Diego and East Village. Luckily for you, we're giving away tickets! 


The 14th annual festival of campy carnage, costumes and killer music spans five insane stages with 17 acts scheduled to perform such as EC Twins, Tommie Sunshine, David Heartbreak, G-Roy, J Rabbit, DJ Evil One, DJ Kurch, DJ Christyle, Beefam, Riley Warren, Last Day of School and many more.

For those partygoers planning on dressing up -- be sure to go all out: The Monster Bash costume contest features a hefty first place cash prize of $5,000!

With the biggest Halloween block party in San Diego set to take over the city, with non-stop entertainment and scary good fun all around (not to mention one of the most impressive costume contests ever), you're sure to be bam-boo-zled by Monster Bash!

Enter now to win tickets! 

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Che Cafe Gets Its Day in Court]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:08:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/The+Che+Cafe+2.jpg

A student-run cafe on the grounds of UC San Diego fought what it calls an "unlawful eviction" in court Wednesday.

The iconic student-run venue has hosted music acts like Green Day, Blink 182 and Rise Against during its 34 years.

On June 2, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) voted 24 to 2 that the Che was not acting in the best interests of the students and that the university should terminate the month-to-month lease. An eviction notice was served on June 13 but the collective did not move out within 30 days, so the university issued an eviction notice.

In a downtown San Diego courtroom Wednesday, the judge heard arguments from both sides regarding the most recent lease – a two-year fixed term lease – that ended in 2008 and an ongoing month-to-month tenancy that occurred for six years.

Despite six years of negotiating terms of a lease, no agreement was reached, according to the university’s legal team.

University attorneys argued that in order to extend the 2008 agreement and maintain the use of the space, the Che had to obtain certifications from the UCSD Associated Students and the GSA.

Associate Vice Chancellor Gary Ratcliff testified that the collective did not attempt to gain certification from either student group before the end of its 2008 agreement.

"The university, we were interested in the AS and GSA certifying them. If they had certified them, then the University Centers was interested in discussing extension with the co-ops," Ratcliff said.

Attorneys for the Che have challenged the GSA decertification. The collective’s legal team is also pursuing an injunction against all further actions against the Che. on Oct. 31.

Court proceedings are expected to continue on Thursday.

Photo Credit: The Frights]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Can Dance]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:54:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dead+Feather+Moon+SD.jpg Dead Feather Moon chat up FM 94/9's Tim Pyles and hint at their costumes ahead of our FREE SoundDiego LIVE party on Halloween at the Office. Go to http://bit.ly/1okQ9yE to get on the guest list.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego SoundCheck]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:30:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DFM-1.jpg

SoundDiego SoundCheck is in the Halloween spirit. The weather has cooled down a bit, and almost all of the tourists have left town. And while we've run out of tricks, we've got plenty of music-news treats for you this month.

  • I'm not exactly sure how concert films go these days. The last one I saw was Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" -- and that was in a theater that was bulldozed and is now a pet supply superstore. So while I can't promise that people won't inconsiderately yap through most of the film, there is a good one coming to town. The Postal Service's "Everything Will Change" is coming to the AMC Mission Valley Theatre. Shot at Berkeley's Greek Theater during the band's 2013 reunion tour, it features Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello playing with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis for this very special performance.
  • In recent "what the heck?" news, Dallas Okapi (Gabriela Sanchez) has left local electro-pop duo Okapi Sun to join an organic farm in Napa Valley. Leo Okapi (Maren Parusel) had this to say on the band's Facebook page: “I wish her the best in her new adventure and she will always be a part of The Okapi Sun Tribe, but I want everyone to know the Okapi Sun Tribe lives on and we will continue to deliver fun shows." And they've done just that. After playing to a massive audience in Tijuana, the band played a sold-out show at the Loft @ UCSD. Upcoming San Diego performances include 10/25 at the Belly Up Tavern and 11/2 at the Tin Roof.
  • Another San Diego Music Awards is in the books. But one of the more curious announcements of the evening was when San Diego Music Foundation president Kevin Hellman was introduced as the "outgoing" president of the foundation. As next year will mark the 25th year of honoring the best our music scene has to offer, Hellman has vowed to helm the event through its significant milestone. But he also made it clear that he hopes the foundation will find a replacement for him by awards show number 26. Say it ain't so, Mr. Hellman! Please lobby him or give him New Orleans Saints swag the next time you see him, and perhaps we can persuade him to stay on board.
  • Local beat maker Gabe Lehner is about to drop a new album. Lehner's band, 9 Theory, will release their debut on Dec. 9. It's called "Against the Odds of Entropy," and if you've been following this dude since his days in Jack the Original (I have), this album promises to be a great listen. Check it out and donate to the cause here.
  • Speaking of Halloween, the SoundDiego LIVE Halloween party is eerily close. So don your favorite luchador mask, get all mysterious and join us at the Office for the howling tunes of Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker and Zombie Surf Camp! I know, I know -- it's going to be awesome. Just make sure to RSVP for the Oct. 31 event, and you can thank us then.
Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Joelson]]>
<![CDATA[Train Kept a Rolling]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:46:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*129/wayne+the+train+hancock.jpg

Wayne Hancock has many names and titles, including the Train and the King of Juke Joint Swing, but now he creates whole new meaning for the term road warrior as he tours incessantly. He had to cancel his spring tour (including a stop in San Diego), though, after a serious motorcycle accident that put him in the ICU with a punctured lung. Apparently he has recovered, because you can catch him on Wednesday night at Soda Bar with some locals who toe the country/rockabilly/swing line. Meanwhile, Aaron West & the Roaring Hands appear at the Irenic, Mutual Benefit are at the Casbah after being named Best New Music by Pitchfork, and Tin Can hosts a Wednesday night Country Club with Anna Levitt.

Wednesday, Oct. 15:

  • Casbah presents Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Rip Carson & the Valiants, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones @ Soda Bar
  • Casbah presents Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, Steady Hands, Matt Brasch, Brian Marquis @ The Irenic
  • Mutual Benefit, Julie Byrne, Chill Pill @ Casbah
  • Cherub, Ghost Beach, Gibbz (DJ set) @ House of Blues
  • Tin Can Country Club, featuring Anna Levitt @ Tin Can
  • Tri Minh's Quartet @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Zoso: Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience @ Belly Up
  • Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull @ Valley View Casino Center
  • DJ Girth @ Bar Pink
  • Mango Melody @ The Merrow
  • Jon Bellion, Rhetorik @ Voodoo Room @ House of Blues
  • Brendan McCreary, Jacob Mobley @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series, featuring Julian Esparza @ Croce's Park West
  • BluDDed Head, Mudhead @ The Bancroft
  • TSRI Jazz Sound Prints Quintet @ Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Maiz with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • DJ Mikey Ratt, Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Major Interval @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Cumbia Machin @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Brewer Soundtrack Night @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Christopher London (9:30 p.m.), Johnny Tarr (7:30-9:30 p.m.) @ Henry's Pub

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

Photo Credit: WayneHancock.com]]>
<![CDATA[Live: The Eagles]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:08:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/The+Eagles+Viejas+Arena+10.4.14+%284%29.jpg Hell froze over again when the Eagles landed at Viejas Arena on Oct. 4.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Wayne Riker's AlphaBeatles Soup]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:32:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/beatlesjpg.jpg

Veteran guitarist Wayne Riker is one of those cats who can play convincingly in almost any style, from folkish finger-picking to blues, rock and jazz, and his Oct. 5 one-man Beatles from A to Z show at the Moxie Theatre was an amazing hour of nonstop tunes arranged and improvised for solo guitar.

The concept is unique: Riker plays a Beatles tune to accompany each letter of the alphabet (except Q). Thus the set list began with “A Day in the Life” -- performed flat-picked with his stomping left foot as a metronome -- and ended with the creatively spelled “Zgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In between there was a reharmonized and reimagined take on “Blackbird” and a grungy Drop D steer through “Come Together,” which seamlessly segued into “Day Tripper” and then into a modal “Eleanor Rigby.”

Riker played slide-guitar on “Get Back,” and “Here Comes the Sun” toggled between delicate finger-style and reggae adaptations. He got jazzy somewhere between “Michelle” and “Penny Lane,” channeling Joe Pass on one and a wild Tal Farlow on the next, with a stop into Indian raga style for “Norwegian Wood.”

Only the campy “Octopus's Garden” (where Riker summoned an audience sing-along) fell short. Meanwhile, there were more chords than you could shake the proverbial stick at in “Strawberry Fields Forever” -- a high point that touched on bebop virtuosity -- and the blues-meets-flamenco drama of “When I’m Sixty-Four” somehow conjured images of both George Van Eps and Paco de Lucía.

Arranging each of these tunes for solo guitar is no mean feat, especially when one must somehow blend melody, harmony and rhythm into a cogent whole that allows the listener to remember the original tunes. Playing them back to back and shifting from one to another for more than an hour is impressive on many different levels.

Riker is working on getting this one-man-show into a regular rotation around San Diego, so if you’re into the Beatles -- or the state of the guitar -- you just may have another chance to check it out.

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

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Prepare to Get Wrex-ed]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:06:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Spoon+Sleep+Train+8.5.14+%2819%29.jpg

Ready to get Wrex-ed, San Diego? Once again, music fans will have the chance to celebrate Xmas a little early: The annual 91x Wrex the Halls one-day music jamboree is set to take over Valley View Casino Center on Friday, Dec. 12, with Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Interpol, Billy Idol, Spoon and Banks -- as well as a local band to be announced at a later date.

All of those bands are headliners in their own right, but on the second Friday in December, they’ll come together on one of the best top-to-bottom musical lineups in recent memory. Luckily for us, tickets won’t break the bank, either. Upper bowl seats are $39.91, while lower bowl (and floor tickets) are $49.91, respectively, plus service fees. The station also takes loyalty seriously, offering an Internet ticket pre-sale to listeners starting Monday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.

It seems as though Alt-J and Cage the Elephant didn’t get their fill after last year’s Wrex, since they’re set to make return appearances. All in all, this year promises to be a diverse show -- and we’re not the only ones excited about it.

According to music director Robin Roth, 91x simply wanted the best of the best: "Cage the Elephant are always a crowd favorite, as is Spoon. Interpol's last show in San Diego sold out so quickly -- can't wait for them to come back. Alt-J will be making their way back to town after a sold-out show this month. There's a huge buzz on Banks right now, and Billy Idol is such a legend. Plus, he's got a brand new album dropping on Oct. 21 and just released his autobiography, 'Dancing With Myself.' "

Indeed, fans have been waiting for these artists to return to San Diego. Indie-rock stalwarts Spoon, who just released their fifth studio album, "They Want My Soul," opened for Arcade Fire back in July. Similarly, we can't get enough of the post-rock anthems of Interpol -- as Roth pointed out, they  played to a sold-out House of Blues crowd in September -- but extra Interpol is always a bonus. Frankly, any time we're able to answer their "How are things on the West Coast?" query (from 2007's "The Heinrich Manuever") with, "Great -- now that we get to see you in concert again!" makes us feel pretty darn giddy inside.

And we've got to give credit where credit is due: Kudos to 91x for bringing alt-R&B songstress Banks to town. When the sultry electro chanteuse dropped her excellent debut album, "Goddess" last month, we were admittedly devastated that she hadn't carved out a San Diego date in her tour itinerary. But 91x has us thanking our lucky stars -- and we’ll be sure to buy their crew a round next time we see ‘em.

For more information, visit 91x.com.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Live: The Beach Boys]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:14:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/The+Beach+Boys+Humphreys+10.5.14+%287%29.jpg Wouldn't it be nice if the Beach Boys surfed into San Diego? Well, our prayers were answered when the iconic pop group hit Humphrey's By the Bay on Oct. 5.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Bazan-ga!]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:18:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*123/bazan-psq-500.jpg

The last time I saw David Bazan, he was performing in the living room of a stranger's house. Everyone was crowded on the floor, and it was just a guitar, a pedal and a mic with a small speaker. In fact, most people who have seen Bazan in the past few years have seen him this way. He is part of a small cache of singer/songwriters who have all but left the bar scene for house tours -- they get volunteers to host them, artist management controls ticketing, and as an experience, the audience is quiet, attentive and gets to interact directly with the artist. He's one of the best at this new paradigm. But, lucky for us, on Tuesday he returns to San Diego with a seated show at the Irenic. It's still intimate -- it is, after all, a functioning church by day -- but it gives more fans the opportunity to experience his live show, since house shows are usually limited to about 30 or 40 people who are all on some secret magical newsletter list. This is an all-ages show with doors at 7 p.m., and tickets are still available. As a special treat, Bazan is performing with the Passenger String Quartet, which certainly can't be pulled off at a living room show. This is a perfect way to spend your Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, Oct. 14:

  • Casbah presents David Bazan & the Passenger String Quartet @ The Irenic
  • Polica, Web of Sunsets @ Casbah (sold out)
  • J Roddy Walston & the Business, Fly Golden Eagle @ Belly Up
  • James Bay, Tyson Motsenbocker @ The Loft
  • Tiki Tuesday, featuring the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Crumb Records presents a Surfrider Foundation Polystyrene Ban Ordinance benefit show, feat. Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, New Grass Band, DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Walter TV, Tonstartsbandht, Buddy Banter @ Soda Bar
  • Just Because, featuring Artt Lifted, Dre Trav & 18Sense, Magoon @ The Hideout
  • The Routine, Neighbors to the North @ The Merrow
  • Belanova @ Over the Border
  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Hunter Hunted, Junior Prom @ House of Blues
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rebecca Ramirez @ Croce's Park West
  • Pasadena, No Kings, Oogee Wama, Whiskey Avengers @ Winston's
  • Madame Leroux @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • Haus Party @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy DavidBazan.com]]>
<![CDATA[Little Drummer Boys]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:06:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*131/thedrumspress.jpg

Tonight is an awesome night of music, but let's hope you planned ahead: The Drums perform to a sold-out crowd at Soda Bar. If you are looking for a show to hit up, there are still tickets for British indie-rockers the Horrors, performing tonight at the Belly Up, or catch the Flim Flam rabble-rouser Grampadrew as he performs at the Tin Can. Last but definitely not least, Yasiin Bey has dropped his Mos Def moniker, but he's still as smooth with the rhymes as ever at House of Blues.

Monday, Oct. 13:

  • The Drums, Beverly @ Soda Bar (SOLD OUT)
  • The Horrors, Moon Duo @ Belly Up
  • Grampadrew @ Tin Can
  • Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) @ House of Blues
  • HOLYCHILD, Gunakadeit @ The Loft, UCSD
  • DJ@Large @ Bar Pink
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Roots Raggae Jah Jah @ Kava Lounge
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wiret
  • The Kracker Jax @ Tin Roof
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31

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

Photo Credit: courtesty The Drums and The Fun Star]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Oct. 12-18]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:31:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Yellowcard+Cropped.jpg This week's SoundDiego Set List highlights the hottest tickets in town, including Yellowcard, Ray LaMontagne, Mos Def and more.]]> <![CDATA[Mini Death Becomes Her]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:22:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mini+Death+SD.jpg Tess Passero transforms from friendly musician to true creeper status for her indie pop group Mini Death. Watch her catch a ghost before the band's show at the Casbah on Oct. 20.]]> <![CDATA[Ana Given Sunday]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:12:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ana+Tijoux+722.jpg

It has been a really busy week and there are definitely a ton of shows coming up this week that are worthy of your attention -- but tonight is relatively low-key, making your obvious live music choice Ana Tijoux at the Belly Up. The singer/songwriter/rapper finds a unique place in music while mixing styles and cultures in her music. She is currently nominated for three Latin Grammys and has been nominated and won before. Your best bet is to set your sights on North County tonight.

Sunday, October 12:

  • Casbah Presents: Ana Tijoux, the Earful @ The Belly Up
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Young Rebel Set, Kera & the Lesbians @ Casbah
  • S (Jenn Ghetto of Carissa's Wierd), John Meeks, Lone Madrone @ Sycamore Den
  • Spanish Sundays: Danny @ Croce's Park West
  • Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch (11:00 a.m.) @ House of Blues
  • The Pretty Reckless, Adelitas Way, Falling Through April @ House of Blues
  • Stellita (10:00 a.m.), Jazz Festival (6:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Back Stage
  • Jason Scheff and Friends @ Lestat's
  • New West Guitar Group featuring Sara Gazarek @ The Loft
  • Uke-Hunt, Skipjack @ Soda Bar
  • TRC Sound System @ U-31
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's

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

Photo Credit: Nacional Records]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Crosby, Stills & Nash]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:41:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/700_4704.jpg The folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash made "our house" their own when they played the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Rock Star Pleads for Leads in Search for Missing In-Law]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:50:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dave-Mustaine-Presser_edited-1.jpg

The frontman for a heavy metal band pleaded with the public Friday for any information that could lead authorities to find his mother-in-law, who has been missing for nearly one week.

Dave Mustaine – the lead singer of Megadeth – spoke about the disappearance and search for 75-year-old Sally Estabrook, who was last seen around 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds on Highway 79 in Julian, about 60 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Mustaine said the search for Estabrook has intensified over the past few days, with search and rescue crews now looking in areas outside the Julian campground for any traces of the missing woman.

According to detectives, Estabrook’s husband took a shower on Oct. 4 and when he returned, Estabrook was gone. She’s considered at risk because she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Loved ones said that because of her Alzheimer's, Estabrook is not very communicative, but may respond to her name.

“We’re just asking everybody that may have been up there to take a look in your sheds, in your garages, in the thick brush around your house," Mustaine said at the media briefing on Friday. "A lot of times people that wander who have Alzheimer’s are found very close to their homes. They just take shelter underneath bushes.”

He also asked anyone who works at hospitals, shelters and senior citizen homes to double-check their patients and make sure Estabrook didn't wind up in one of their facilities.

“We need your help,” he pleaded. “If you see Sally – we call her Nana – she’s probably not going to answer to you. Please call 911 and we’ll go from there.”

Mustaine's wife, Pamela Casselberry, also spoke about her missing mother. She said there have been some sightings of Estabrook in nearby communities and asked the public to keep an eye out for her mother near places like fast food restaurants, rest stops and freeway ramps.

Though Casselberry described her mother as a "humble, energetic, sweet old lady" in good physical health, she said Estabrook's mind isn't all there.

“She wouldn’t know how to put two words together. She may look like a homeless person at this point,” said Casselberry.

She said Estabrook loves the outdoors and loves camping.

Hundreds of searchers have scoured Julian this week for the missing woman, but have come up short.

Sgt. Don Parker, search and rescue coordinator for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, said multiple agencies have helped in the extensive search, including officials from San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties.

Volunteers have also stepped up to help, with more than 300 people searching for Estabrook over the past seven days. Parker said the search will continue through the weekend, with crews searching from dawn until a few hours after dark.

“This is a human being that’s gone missing and we do want the community to help,” said Parker. “We’re doing everything we can. We always hope for the best, but it's been seven days. There’s still hope, even though it’s slim.”

Parker said searchers have honed in on the immediate area in and around the Julian campground, which spans about 26 acres. He said the terrain is mountainous and covered in thick brush, steep canyons and ravines. Parker said the area is also home to wild predators, including mountain lions, which is challenging for search crews.

Because mountain lions often prey at night, Parker said authorities must suspend the daily ground search once night falls. He said a helicopter is also aiding in the search, covering about 60 miles from above.

Parker said the last known potential sighting of Estabrook was on Sunday afternoon about a mile south of the campground, but it was not reported until Tuesday. Since then, he said authorities have received no substantial leads and asked anyone with any information to come forward.

Estabrook lives in Bonsall and is described as 5-foot-4 and 145 pounds with shoulder-length blonde hair. Detectives said she was wearing a teal top and white capri pants at the time of her disappearance.

Photo Credit: Omari Fleming]]>
<![CDATA[Burl Can't Help It]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:23:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/the_long_and_short_of_it%5B1%5D1.jpg

It's been four years since the last time the Long and Short of It released new material. Not that Ben Johnson hasn't been busy. He manages the Casbah, became a new dad, released his first novel of a trilogy and still performs as Grammatical B all over town. But fans have missed the Burl, and thus the name of their new album, which is being unleashed to the world at a release show on Saturday at Soda Bar. On the opposite end up the spectrum, head up to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts for Berkley Hart Selis Twang, who just came off a European tour with their 1970s California-country inspired tunes and had such a good time, they decided to bring it home to San Diego.

Saturday, Oct. 11:

  • OB Oktoberfest: Vokab Kompany, Todo Mundo, the Devastators, the Earful @ Ocean Beach, Newport Avenue
  • Candye Kane, Mike Munich, Crazed Imaginations, Lucky Madison, DJ Laura Jane, Angelina Ferris, Miranda Wrights @ Pride By the Beach, Oceanside
  • Parktoberfest 2014: Lexington Field, Brick Top Blaggers, Quel Bordel, Papa Oom-Pah-Pah @ Gala Foods Parking Lot, South Park
  • The Long and Short of It (album release), Bumbklaat, Archons @ Soda Bar
  • Berkley Hart Selis Twang, Jack Tempchin @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Shake Before Us, the Loons, Shady Francos, the Grim Imperials @ Casbah
  • Grampa Drew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Vaniish, Body of Light @ The Hideout
  • The Falling Doves, the Sleeping Ghost @ Brick By Brick
  • The Milkcrates @ Bar Pink
  • Common Sense, Coastal Frequency @ Belly Up
  • JFA @ Porter's Pub
  • G Burns Jug Band @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Chango Rey & His Broken Heartbeat, Sycamore, Jake Loban @ Til Two Club
  • Wasted Days, Siena Riley, Salad Bar Slytherin, the Living Strange @ Che Cafe
  • Tower of Power, Average White Band @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • The Benedetti Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Dey, Major James with Philip Martin, Dre Trav, Sauvi @ Epicentre
  • DJ Ikon @ Fluxx
  • Dannicus, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Sonreal with Alexa Villa and SRH @ House of Blues
  • Berner @ House of Blues
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Back Stage
  • Tim Moyer, Nick Sullivan, Chantil Dukart, Shawn Welch @ Lestat's
  • Josh Weinstein's Junkyard Tavernacle @ The Loft
  • 6one9, Damage Inc. @ The Merrow
  • Superunloader @ 710 Beach Club
  • Lion I am, Black Hand, Echoes, Silencer, Pariah @ Soma
  • The Magnificent, Gone Baby Gone, DJ Tony the Tyger & Mateo Londres @ The Tower Bar
  • Monarch (EP release), Sacri Monti, Sigil Dragon @ The Tin Can
  • Cheapest Trick & Back to Black @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ R-You @ U31
  • Booty Bassment with Dimitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Oktoberfest party, featuring Roots Covenant, Timothy H, Mad 'Z' & the Boones, Bangladesh, Ian and Matt @ Winston's
  • Kygo, Amtrac @ Bang Bang
  • Nadia Ali @ Bassmnt
  • Luni Coleone @ Spin
  • Gerardo Ortiz @ Valley View Casino Center

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

<![CDATA[Lorde, Have Mercy]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:51:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP288214407853+copy.jpg

There are some pretty great shows in town on Friday, including a sold-out appearance by Dawes at the Casbah. The L.A. band came out strong with their debut, then a critically acclaimed follow-up, and there's no doubt they could've played somewhere bigger but opted for a small club show. Meanwhile, the Open Air Theatre hosts Lorde, who you might have heard made a huge splash with her debut. Be sure to get there early for Majical Cloudz, who just might blow you away. The Hideout hosts Tacocat, Drowners appear at Soda Bar, and the Soul Club gets down and gets you dancing at the Whistle Stop.

Friday, Oct. 10:

  • Dawes, Henry Wolfe @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Lorde, Majical Cloudz @ Open Air Theatre
  • Casbah presents Tacocat, Colleen Green @ The Hideout
  • Casbah presents Drowners, Dictator, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar
  • San Diego City Soul Club presents the Delirians, Seectors, King Dutty & Emmy Earthquake @ Whistle Stop
  • La Santa Cecilia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Behind the Wagon @ Bar Pink
  • The Applebrown Jazz Ensemble (CD release) @ Dizzy's
  • Passafire, the Expanders (8:30 p.m.); Atomic Groove (5 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • Steph Johnson Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Billy Shaddox @ Lestat's
  • Daniel Crawford @ Sycamore Den
  • Andrew Kroma, AxKan, Engineer, MaxBetta, Gears @ Kava Lounge
  • Super Buffet @ The Merrow
  • The Devastators, Twisted Relatives (night show); Ryan Hiller (5 p.m.) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Kill the Noise, Milo and Otis, Ape Drums @ Fluxx
  • Noize Makerz, Kahi Lofa, DJ Lya @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Wakey! Wakey! with Ben Fields and Luke Wesley @ House of Blues
  • Michele Lundeen, Caliber @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Joshua White Quintet @ The Loft
  • Habibi @ Porter's Pub
  • The Reka Parker, Paul Seaforth Quartet @ 98 Bottles
  • No Fraud, Whiskey & Knives, Facelift @ The Tower Bar
  • Soul Clap, Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • Cool Runnings, Clean Room @ Til Two Club
  • Midnight Eagle, Nuclear Tomorrow, Purely Demented @ The Tin Can
  • Bedbreakers & Sleepwalkers @ Tio Leo's Lounge
  • DJ Fishfonics @ U31
  • Marlon Asher, King Schascha, Layne Tadesse, Danny Dread @ Winston's
  • DJ Ideal @ Spin Nightclub
  • DJ Savi @ Bassmnt

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

Photo Credit: Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[The Drowners Resurface at Soda Bar]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:00:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/090f2784c5eb11e3a9f40002c9e2a8268.jpg

91x's Robin Roth makes her choices for all the must-see weekend shows -- Ed.

Friday, Drowners, Dictator and Roxy Jones play at Soda Bar; Lorde takes over the Open Air Theatre; Dawes and Henry Wolfe play a sold-out show at the Casbah; Passafire and the Expanders are at the Belly Up; Tacocat and Colleen Green are at the Hideout; the Delirians headline at the Whistle Stop; and Cardboard Truckers and Tom Shoes play at the Go Lounge. Get your dance on with Soul Clap at Bang Bang; and Kill Noise at Fluxx.

O.B. Octoberfest is Friday and Saturday, and will feature Brothers Gow, Vokab Kompany, Todo Mundo and more. Grab details here

Saturday, join me for Club Sabbat at Numb3rs as Diskdroid DJs in the front room with yours truly and Doktor Zayus keeping it old school in the back room; Booty Bassment with DJs Dimitri and Rob is at the Whistle Stop; Kygo takes over Bang Bang; and Maystar’s Fashion Whore is at U31. For your live music fix, the Long and Short of It record-release party with Bumbklaatt and Archons is at Soda Bar; Shake Before Us, the Loons, Shady Francos and the Grim Imperials play at the Casbah; the Magnificent and Gone Baby Gone are at the Tower Bar; and Common Sense headline at the Belly Up.


Sunday, Ana Tijoux with the Earful hit the Belly Up; the Pretty Reckless take over House of Blues; and Uke-Hunt and Skipjack are at Soda Bar.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor!


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


Photo Credit: deugan/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[A Ghostly SoundDiego LIVE]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:19:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ed+Ghost+Tucker+SD.jpg Ed Ghost Tucker are all set to haunt our SoundDiego LIVE Halloween party at the Office Bar -- along with Dead Feather Moon and Zombie Surf Camp! RSVP now to get in for FREE: http://bit.ly/1vyEfJ4]]> <![CDATA[Live: San Diego Music Awards 2014]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:05:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/zTomcat+Courtney-4464.jpg The 24th annual San Diego Music Awards showcased the city's top performers at Humphrey's By the Bay, where the Burning of Rome racked up the wins.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Demi Lovato]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:28:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/demi+lovato-8804.jpg Demi Lovato proved she "really don't care" when she wowed a packed Viejas Arena with Christina Perri and MKTO.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Local Musicians on Fire at SD Music Awards]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:21:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/20141006-335C4213.jpg
It was a solid showing at the 24th Annual San Diego Music Awards. Hordes of people meandered into the gates as the sun cast an epic (and epically Instagrammable) sunset over the bay at Humphrey's By the Bay. 
SD Music Award veterans the Burning of Rome had a standout showing, taking back-to-back awards for best live band and best alternative album (for their release "Year of the Ox"). Rad enough, amiright?! For some, maybe. But San Diego's need for these musical mavens just can't be satiated. Those deviants of death pop came back for a third win when SoundDiego's own Dita Quinones presented them with the second-to-last award of the night, Song of the Year, for their "God of Small Things" composition. Play on, troubadors. Play on.
Jason Mraz was the evening's runner-up, winning both Best Music Video and Artist of the Year. Since he's on tour, he had to come in via the big screen to say a big ol' gracias to us all. No, no. Thank you, Jason.
Also, do we know how to pick 'em, or what?! The headliners for our SoundDiego LIVE Halloween Party at the Office on Oct. 31 nabbed the Best Alternative award -- huzzah, Dead Feather Moon! (Get on the guest list HERE for the free party)
Boy wonder Cody Lovaas scored Best New Artist, beating out Prayers and Triumph of the Wild, among others. In his words, "This is sick!" We agree. Triumph of the Wild weren't left out to freeze, however. The coo-voiced crew bagged Best Local Recording for their self-titled release.
As the night waned on, and the booze flowed in, the crowd shifted from active listening to active involvement, shouting out their preferred nominees. They couldn't stay in their seats as band after band took the stage -- a tribute to the SD music scene itself. The man, the myth, the 2014 SD Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tomcat Courtney, who first brought his bluesy tunes to SD back in '72, purred the breakfast-in-bed blues. Other performers took home the metal as well, including the Donkeys (Best Rock Album), Robin Henkel (Best Blues) and the Midnight Pine (Best Americana Album, "Buried"). The night's final winners were Little Hurricane, whose "Gold Fever" nabbed the Album of the Year award, handed out by SoundDiego host Daye Salani.
We laughed, we drank, we mispronounced a few names ("Tundo Mundo," anyone?), and we left Humphrey's by the Bay fat and happy with musical love. 
And the winners are...
Best World Music Album
Tribal Seeds, "Representing"
Best New Artist
Cody Lovaas
Best Rock
The Paragraphs
Best Hard Rock
Best Americana
Trouble in the Wind
Best Cover Band
Cash'd Out
Best Blues
Robin Henkel
Best Jazz Album
Nathan Hubbard, "Encinitas and Everything After"
Best Pop Album
Gayle Skidmore, "Sleeping Bear"
Best Local Recording
Triumph of the Wild, "Triumph of the Wild"
Best Jazz
Gilbert Casellanos
Best Blues Album
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, "Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact"
Best Pop
Nicky Venus
Best Alternative
Dead Feather Moon
Best Singer/Songwriter
Sierra West
Best Club DJ
DJ Artistic
Best Rock Album
The Donkeys, "Ride the Black Wave"
Best Hard Rock Album
Eukaryst, "Dreams in the Witch House"
Best Hip-Hop
Odessa Kane
Best Live Band
The Burning of Rome
Best Alternative Album
The Burning of Rome, "Year of the Ox"
Best Hip-Hop Album
Lyrical Groove, "Spoken Soul"
Best Americana Album
The Midnight Pine, "Buried"
Best Music Video
Jason Mraz, "Love Someone"
Best World Music
Todo Mundo
Artist of the Year
Jason Mraz
Song of the Year
The Burning of Rome, "God of Small Things"
Album of the Year
Little Hurricane, "Gold Fever"


<![CDATA[The Tiger Roars]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:02:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/187*120/old+tiger2.jpg

In most worlds, someone who writes about music every day would go on and on about Kasabian and how they're super awesome and how it's been a while since we've seen them in town, et cetera, et cetera. However, this is San Diego and it's SoundDiego, and I can't not tell you that my buddy and colleague Dustin Lothspeich and his band Old Tiger are playing at the Casah on Thursday. It's been some time since the band played; he's been exploring other projects and such, but the band is back and with a killer lineup including New Kinetics and Oh Spirit!, this is a great night to hang with locals at the Casbah. Of course, there is Kasabian, too. And they're awesome. Maybe you can make it to both?

Thursday, Oct. 9:

  • Old Tiger, the New Kinetics, Oh Spirit!, Second Cousins @ Casbah
  • 91x presents Kasabian, Bo Ningen @ House of Blues
  • The Tossers, Continenetal, Lexington Field @ Soda Bar
  • We Are Sirens, Willa @ Bar Pink
  • Luke Williams, Aloha Radio, Nate Donnis Trio @ Belly Up
  • Pomplamoose, Okapi Sun, John Schroeder @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Anoraak, Till Von Sein, the Travelers Club @ U-31
  • Experience Hendrix, feat Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde @ The Event Center @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Chris Webby, Andre Damar @ Porter's Pub
  • Matt Farris @ Tin Roof
  • Feenixpawl @ Bassmnt
  • Open Mic @ Tin Can
  • Bag Raiders @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Heebnasty, Mixed Up Mike @ The Merrow
  • Till Von Sein Anoraak, Jon Dadon, Jimbo James, Luis Travels @ U-31
  • Allison Adams Tucker Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Big Daddy Orchestra @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sharifa & the Good King @ Tio Leo's
  • The Nth Power, featuring Nikki Glaspie & Nigel Hall @ Winston's
  • Eddie & the Red-Hots, the Widows, Dime Runner @ Til-Two Club
  • Jack Beats, AC Slater, Hannah Wants, Kry Wolf @ Fluxx
  • Bring the Noize III @ Kava Lounge
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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