<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2016 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 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:32:13 -0800 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:32:13 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Evolving Sound of DJ Pound]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:48:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/DJ+Pound+Photo.jpg

In 2014, San Diego's DJ Pound was holed up inside his home studio recording the weather. A storm was passing through and as he tells it, "There wasn't much to do so I just made some beats, recording rain sounds." The result? A six-song instrumental EP titled "Rain Babies."

Storms are dark events; the sun plays peek-a-boo, turning cotton candy clouds into harsh blankets of gray; people bundle up or stay indoors -- but Pound's rain-inspired EP reflects the opposite. His tracks, powered by weighty drums, are bright, pristine, and open.

Like a lot of producers, he started as a DJ and says of his transition into making beats, "I was into scratching so I wanted something to scratch to." According to Pound, everything is fair game: "I'll loop a sample and sometimes I won't use any. Lately, it's been a lot of synth-type stuff."

While his songs have hip-hop roots, he describes his style and creative process this way: "I'm always learning so I try to incorporate that into new projects... the newest thing is what I've most recently learned." And it's not hard to tell what he's been studying, as his latest track, "Hovercraft Bed" from the "Saturated Vol. 5" compilation, is a claustrophobic gem built on stutter-step percussion and thick synth layers.

He's working on a new EP slated for a 2016 release but his next single might be the tipping point. "Trades," described as a digital dub plate, got picked up by legendary DJ Shadow and his Liquid Amber Records. Pound said, "It's getting mastered now so it should be out pretty soon."

It looks like the clouds are beginning to part.

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

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<![CDATA[LIVE: 2016 She Rocks Awards]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:39:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/162*120/Laura+B+Whitmore+Chaka+Khan+Chalise+Zolezzi+Mary+Luehrsen.jpg The annual 2016 She Rocks Awards celebrated leading women in the music industry at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.

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<![CDATA[The English Beat Are Coming!]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:26:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+English+Beat+press+photo+2.jpg

Friday, the English Beat headline a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Ben Folds and the San Diego Symphony play at California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Jhene Aiko is at the Observatory North Park; The Amandas take over the Whistle Stop; Taurus Authority hits Panama 66; and Cold Played, bMUSE and tADEO are at the Merrow. Get your dance on with Dimitry Vegas and Like Mike at Omnia; Botnek at Bassmnt; Jeremy Olander at Bang Bang, Haunted House of Mardi Gras at House of Blues; and Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock at Tower Bar.

Start your Saturday with the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at the Casbah. Later that night, Ben Folds is at Copley Symphony Hall; The English Beat play night two (sold out) at the Belly Up; and Adolescents, Widows, the Touchies and Records with Roger take over the Casbah. Dance with Club Ascension at The Kava Lounge and DJs Dark Angel, Severin, Psychosomatic and yours truly; Gaslamp Mardi Gras; Benni Benassi and Eric D-lux at Omnia; and Whiiite at Bassmnt.

After your super Sunday, Shook Ones with Creative Adult, Super Unison and Atlas will perform at the Ché Café Collective; and Second Cousins, Wicked Man and Adult Films take over 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 or submit your DJ listings here.



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<![CDATA[The Saints Are About to March In]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:16:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/saintseneca.jpg

OK, OK: After a light week of music, it looks like we're back to normal around here. Friday offers up a ton of goodness. At the Casbah, Saintseneca return after the release of their third album late last fall, while Beira brings local doom metal to Soda Bar. The mainstays of the English Beat play a sold-out show at the Belly Up, while Ben Folds tickles the ivories with the San Diego Symphony as his backing band. Meanwhile, Jhene Aiko is at the Observatory, and Six String Outlaws are at the Music Box -- I hear there are some tickets at the respective box office for each. Friday fun is just a workday away.

Friday, Feb. 5:

  • Saintseneca, Des Ark, Torches @ Casbah
  • Beira, Strange Planet, Empty Gods, DJ K-Hole @ Soda Bar
  • The English Beat, Third Project @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Jhene Aiko @ Observatory North Park
  • Ben Folds and the San Diego Symphony, Keola Beamer @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Six String Society @ Music Box
  • Legends: Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • I Survive, Blackcast, Shawshank Redeemed, Mandala, Victimized, Feiticeira, Vile Creations @ SOMA
  • Fast Heart Mart and Tennessee Tina, Feathers and Lead @ Across the Street at Mueller College
  • Miss Tess & the Talkbacks @ AMSD
  • First Friday with DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Plane Without a Pilot @ Ken Club
  • Clay Colton Band @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Blam Blam Fever: Rock Steady & Ska Night @ The Hideout
  • The Amandas @ Whistle Stop
  • Dukes of Haggard, the Willows @ Lestat's
  • Dan Bern @ Java Joe's
  • Haunted House of Mardi Gras @ House of Blues
  • Cold Played, bMuse, tAdeo @ The Merrow
  • Doswing (Chicago), Last Good Sleep (LA), Kinda Rad, Kinda Sad, Spcial Explosion @ The Bancroft
  • Joshua White (((Codes))) @ The Loft
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock @ Tower Bar
  • The Devastators @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • The Grids, 13 Wolves @ Til-Two Club
  • Sex Panther @ Fluxx
  • Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike @ Omnia
  • Botnek @ Bassmnt
  • Jeremy Olander @ Bang Bang
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Jetpack Mojo & the Pleasure Victims @ 710 Beach Club
  • Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime, SevenTrain, RDG @ Ramona Mainstage
  • DJ Sixx Foota, DJ Fresh @ Spin

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

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:49:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/468641966_NCAARihanna.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Rihanna, for example.

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<![CDATA[He Won't Stier You Wrong]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:19:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/hideout+band.jpg

San Diego has some people who are very dedicated to making it an amazing music city. There are incredibly devoted fans, writers, bloggers and others who make it their mission to make our city relevant. One person who does that above and beyond the call of duty, who interned and played in bands and straight up hustled to get to where he is today is the impressive and progressive talent buyer at Soda Bar, Cory Stier. While the Casbah and LiveNation and others act as gatekeepers for bigger bands, Stier has to take the real chances on virtually unknown bands who may or may not be the next big thing, and he's spread his wings, booking shows at not only Soda Bar, but at the Che Cafe, Lamppost, Music Box, the Irenic, House of Blues, Til-Two Club and elsewhere. All of that said, Cory is awesome. On Thursday, he celebrates his 30th birthday at Soda Bar. If you love the amazing shows that come through his booking, show your gratitude and rock out to locals the Soaks, Spooky Cigarette and Teach Me!.  

Thursday, Feb. 4:

  • Cory's 30th Birthday: the Soaks, Spooky Cigarette, Teach Me! @ Soda Bar (7 p.m.)
  • Upright & Grand Piano Festival, featuring a talk with Ben Folds and performance by Gilbert Castellanos @ Quartyard (6 p.m., free, RSVP)
  • Hills Like Elephants, Bit Maps, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah
  • Jake Loban, Morgan Leigh, Alex Woodard, Rod Melancon @ Belly Up
  • Listen Local Radio Access Fest, featuring Almost July, Nathan Rivera and Jesse Andra Smith, Frankie T & the Triple B, Star Party, Caresa, Mike Wojniak, Saba, MRKTS, Mayfield, Rhythm and the Method @ Music Box
  • Them Weary Bones, Feathers & Lead @ Sycamore Den
  • Ceremony Night @ Bar Pink
  • Enforcer, Warbringer, Cauldron, Exmortus, Dizaster INc @ Brick By Brick
  • Family Mansion, Chris Carpenter @ Lestat's
  • Jack & Jack, Daya @ House of Blues
  • Lisa Moore @ Bread & Salt 
  • Surly Bonds, Setback City, Astral Touch @ The Merrow
  • DarkWaveGarden @ The Bancroft
  • Marcus Shaw & B.I.G. @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Artpower presents What Happened, Miss Simone? @ The Loft,
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Paula Boggs Band, the Glenn Thomas Band @ Winston's
  • Mark Farina @ Bang Bang
  • AJ Froman, Future Age, Lucky Keith @ The Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Odd Ball @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[The Gift of Music]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:30:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GiveMusic-1.Group.jpg

It may be February, but the spirit of giving just won’t quit. On Friday, Feb. 6, five young musicians in San Diego will be presented with more than $4,000 in new instruments as part of the House of Blues’ national Music Forward Foundation and its Give Music program.

The five San Diegans receiving the instruments responded to an open call for letters from the Give Music program during the 2015 holiday season. To be considered, the kids wrote in to state their cases, explaining how a new instrument would change their lives.

“Each letter was unique and amazing,” said Music Forward Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg in a media release, “but so many told a similar story. Even if kids had access to an instrument, oftentimes it was damaged, old and shared among several students. They couldn’t take it home to practice or use it during summer and school breaks. They weren’t able to do what they loved most: play music.”

Which is where Music Forward steps in Friday, presenting a trumpet, various strings and a euphonium (which looks like a small tuba) to the five kids in San Diego. The program has doubled its efforts this year, bringing 150 young musicians nationwide more than $125,000 in new instruments to strum, toot and bang out rhythms on.

“Access to music accelerates real-life skills for youth and creates a bridge to success,” said Gilberg. “Give Music puts instruments into the hands of serious young musicians so they can strengthen their talent, expand their possibilities and pursue their musical and life goals.”

And with that, five households across San Diego County get a whole lot noisier come Friday.

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



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<![CDATA[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:14:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/jim+morrison+the+doors.jpg Take a look at the music stars who light up San Diego's galaxy -- including Andra Day, Ace Frehley, Steve Perry and others.

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<![CDATA[To the Gallows]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:03:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/gallows+fb.jpg

I often have theories and rationale for droughts in music, and sometimes I even have insider information, but Wednesday is an anomaly for me. I don't know why the Casbah is closed. I don't know why there are just a couple shows in town, and I only wish that whatever terrible storms want to hit San Diego would come now so we can all feel justified in staying home. But there are still a few options, including the six-piece Appalachian folk-punk band Gallows at Soda Bar and Mr. Castellanos' jazz jam at Panama 66. Sure, there's comedy and karaoke, Club Kingston at Winston's, while Triumph of the Wild stop by Lestat's to engage an all-ages crowd -- but there just isn't a robust amount of music touring happening Wednesday night. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the options we do have. I just might.

Wednesday, Feb. 3:

  • Gallows, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Delta Bombers, the Sickstring Outlaws @ Soda Bar
  • First Wednesday: Euphoria Brass Band @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Triumph of the Wild, Chris Darby @ Lestat's
  • DJ Grand Masta Rats @ Bar Pink
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston presents Simpkin Project with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Rosy Dawn Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • The Crossing, Josiah Falco, Melvus @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Joe Cardillo @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub
  • W.O.W. Wednesday Grand Opening featuring Tink @ Spin

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



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<![CDATA[Pyles Loves February]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:48:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/DSC_6892.jpg

It's Groundhog Day, again, and this is my to-do list for the month of February. It's a leap year, so we get an extra day of shows to attend. We have so many great venues in town, but admit I am beholden to the Casbah in many ways. Without the Casbah, we wouldn't have all the great venues we have today. So guess what? Many of these shows are at the Casbah, but they do have my fave show of the night many nights of the week. So here we go, let's spread the love of this great scene of ours!

Feb. 2: The Hand of Gavrilo, Headphone, Cloudside at Casbah. Support local music! I booked it!
Feb. 3: Gallows Bound at Soda Bar. Appalachian folk, punk and bluegrass. 
Feb. 4: Hills Like Elephants, Bit Maps, Dani Bell & the Tarantist at Casbah. Support local music! I didn't book it!
Feb. 5: Saintseneca, Des Ark, Torches at Casbah. American folk-rock band from Ohio. What's high in the middle and round on the ends? O-HI-O...
Feb. 6: Adolescents, Widows, the Touchies, Records with Roger at Casbah. OC punk-rock legends with local punk rockers opening the night.
Feb. 6: Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at Casbah. Daytime record buying and beer drinking, with guest DJs Matt and Kenny from the Bronx, Brian of No Knife, Demetrius from KATA, Platinum P, and Roger Molina.
Feb. 7: Second Cousins, Wicked Man, Adult Films at Soda Bar. As it says on the venue's site, support local music!
Feb. 8: Rvivr, Western Setting, Bainbridge, Tiltwheel at Casbah. Punk rock from Olympia, Washington, comes to you, with some local bands thrown in for good measure. Another Zeke Production!
Feb. 9: Rachel Platten at Observatory. I interviewed her a few years ago for SoundDiego, and she blew up in 2015 -- good for her. Have you heard "Fight Song"? It's an anthem...
Feb. 10: Supersuckers, the Yawpers, Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows at Casbah. Rock & roll, bless my soul!
Feb. 11: Tiger Army at Observatory. Psychobilly for the rockabillies!
Feb. 12: Nicely, the Burbs at Maryjane's Underground. Support local music inside the Hard Rock Hotel, and I booked it! It's also a benefit for Chelsea's Light.
Feb. 13: You Are Going to Hate This Fest with the Frights, SWMRS, the Garden, Plague Vendor, the Aquadolls, Shady Francos, Bad Kids at SOMA. Celebrating the release of the Frights' new album (and their first with Dangerbird Records), "You Are Going to Hate This."
Feb. 14: The Roaring 420s at Soda Bar. Sounds like Lou Reed and Charles Manson era Beach Boys with some sitar.
Feb. 15: Built to Spill, the Hand, Iceberg Ferg at Casbah. Epic band from Idaho, and this is the second of a two-night stint. Not sure why it matters that they are from Idaho...
Feb. 16: The Growlers, Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums at Observatory. "Pablo Picasso" is an amazing song by the Modern Lovers, which Jonathan Richman was in, just saying. Same bill plays the following night at the Observatory. The Growlers are from Dana Point, and you San Diegans love them!
Feb. 17: The Bellfuries, Johnny Deadly Trio, the Hotshot Drifters at Casbah. Country soul from Austin, Texas.
Feb. 18: The Toasters, the Pomps, Oceanside Sound System at Casbah. Legendary ska band from NYC.
Feb. 19: Radiation City; Deep Sea Diver; Oh, Spirit! at Casbah. A night of indie rock! Discover it!
Feb. 20: Dr. Dog at Observatory. American rock band that just released the amazing album "Psychedelic Swamp."
Feb. 21: Big Business at Casbah. Sludge, stoner? It's metal, and it's mental!
Feb. 22: Ringo Deathstarr at Soda Bar. Loud wall of sound from Austin, Texas. Show them some love!
Feb. 23: Distant Cousins, Rivvrs, Jason French at Casbah. Indie-pop rockers! One of them is from SD.
Feb. 24: Metric, Joywave at House of Blues. Canadian alternative indie-pop, doing two nights in SD as well.
Feb. 25: Drive Like Jehu at the Irenic. The band that created emo, as some have said. Another San Diego favorite.
Feb. 26: The English Beat at Casbah. UK two-tone ska legends play after a two-night stand at Belly Up earlier in the month.
Feb. 27: Joyce Manor, Andrew Jackson Jihad at Observatory. Punk rock and interactive punk rock -- yes, you can sing along!
Feb. 28: The Cave Singers, Current Swell at Casbah. Former members of Pretty Girls Make Graves.
Feb. 29: Vance Joy, Elle King, Jamie Lawson at Balboa Theatre. Triple threat bill of up-and-coming musicians you've definitely heard on the radio.

So that is quite the month, with a bunch of bands doing two nights in town -- that's pretty cool. I hope you find something on the list you like, and again I apologize if you think it's Casbah heavy. I prefer an intimate, up-close and personal show without being gouged at the bar, and they do get the best bands. My kind of bands...

Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and hosts Loudspeaker via 91x every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here pyleste@yahoo.com.



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<![CDATA[LIVE: SD Bands at NAMM]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:04:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Routine+NAMM+2016+%289%29.jpg San Diegans showed up for 2016's National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) annual convention in Anaheim, California, Jan. 21-24, 2016, including the Routine, Sister Speak and others.

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<![CDATA[An Army of Ukes]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:33:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/WellingtonUke.jpg

There aren't many things I haven't seen in music. Sure, there are hundreds of bands I'd like to have seen in their prime or whatever, but I just mean that sometimes that thing they say about all music being borrowed from the past is probably true. Like the first time I saw an indie-rock marching band, I was kinda blown away. Or the time I saw Stomp and was shocked at the ways they used ordinary items to perform. Well, Tuesday night proves I haven't seen it all, because I haven't ever seen an international ukulele orchestra, and to be honest, I can't think of anything that sounds more delightful. If you can, make the trek to California Center for the Arts, Escondido, to catch a bunch of Kiwis on ukulele. If not, we've still got the usual in live music around town. Declan Halloran's band, the Hand of Gavrilo, is at Casbah, while Bullet for My Valentine is at House of Blues, and the senior Halloran hosts his local Tuesday at the Merrow.

Tuesday, Feb. 2:

  • Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Hand of Gavrilo, Headphone, Cloudside @ Casbah
  • Bullet for My Valentine, Asking Alexandria, While She Sleeps @ House of Blues
  • Wasted Days, the Friends, Dead Rosemary Blue @ The Merrow
  • Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Mark Dresser with Ecosono Ensemble featuring Glen Whitehead and Matthew Burtner @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Crossing, Essex Class, Bad Kids @ The Bancroft
  • Tiki Two's Day featuring Mr. Adrian Demain and Ms. Susanna Kurner @ Bar Pink
  • Seeker, Left Behind, Great American Ghost, JasonXVorhees @ Soda Bar
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Open Mic hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Ryan Montbleau and Scott Pemberton @ Winston's
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Tape Heads, Roots of a Revival @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[Jason Mraz Returns to Java Joe's]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:16:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/476701601.jpg

A lot can happen in 15 years -- just ask Jason Mraz.

For those who may not know, the San Diego singer/songwriter who made his way up the music industry totem pole with such pop-candy classics as "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" and "I'm Yours" actually got his start by playing an unassuming Ocean Beach coffee shop called Java Joe's (which also hosted Jewel in the early days) twice a week for about three years around the turn of the century.

Soon thereafter, major labels would start a bidding war and snatch the Mraz man up, but not before he released his only independent record, "Live at Java Joe's," in 2001. It would be made available on iTunes seven years later under the name, "Jason Mraz: Live & Acoustic 2001."

Of course, we all know he went on to much bigger and better things, but even after winning two Grammys, selling millions of records, receiving his very own Jason Mraz Day in San Diego from Mayor Kevin Faulconer (Aug. 19) and starting his own charitable foundation (the Jason Mraz Foundation, naturally), he still hasn't forgotten his roots. On Jan. 29, 2016, Mraz stepped away from the bright lights of amphitheaters and back onto that cramped Java Joe's stage -- albeit now in its new location in Normal Heights rather than in OB.

On Facebook before the small, incredible packed show, he wrote this message: "15 years ago tonight, Toca [Rivera, percussionist] and I recorded our 'Live & Acoustic' album at Java Joe's. There's no better way to celebrate than by revisiting the music in our favorite place. Thanks for tuning in."

A livestream commenced and anyone who tuned in would see Mraz (wearing a backwards baseball hat) with an acoustic guitar and the sunglasses-clad Rivera on his various percussion instruments play songs off their 2001 live album (and others) such as "Common Pleasure" and "0% Interest."

Fans took to his page to leave thousands of comments, commending him on the performance and the unexpected return to the coffeeshop.

Dawn B. wrote: "This has been one of the most amazing things I've ever been a part of. Thank you, Internet. Thank you, Jason. 'Live at Java Joe's' was where I met you, and fell in love with you and Toca, together. Thank you for doing this for us tonight. All our good wishes are with you. P.S. I danced with my boy, my fiance, to our song when you sang it tonight. In our living room, it was like I could feel my wedding dress swoosh as you sang."

It sounds like Mraz wasn't the only one basking in the nostalgia of years gone by. One can only hope we'll see another special anniversary show by Mraz and Toca at Java Joe's in another 15 years -- but until then, check out YouTube for video highlights from the first one.

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



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<![CDATA[Family, Friends Mourn Woman Crushed by Tree]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:32:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nicki_careno_pic2.jpg

Family members have identified the San Diego woman killed by a falling tree in Pacific Beach during a powerful winter storm Sunday.

Professional drummer Nicki Carano, 48, was on her way to a performance with her two bands when her car was crushed by a falling tree, her brother told NBC 7.

On Sunday, Carano was traveling along Ingraham Street near Crown Point around 3 p.m. when a massive tree, measuring eight feet in diameter, fell across the road.

Emergency crews responded by there was nothing they or passersby could do to save Nicki.

Her brother, David, said his older sister was the glue that held their family together.

"My greatest memory over the last five years, she just at the drop of a hat did everything and anything for our kids," David said. "She was funny and super professional."

"She was just a firecracker," he added. "Totally compassionate but always told you how she felt."

Bandmate Matt Silvia with the Christopher Dale Trio said Carano was one of the best musicians he had ever seen.

"She was technically sound and she could playquietly, which is a rare thing to find in drummers," Silvia said. 

Silvia was a "very sweet person" who never had a bad things to say. 

"I dreamt about her last night, a testament to how much I've been thinking about her," he said.

He said he didn't know how he and Christopher would move on without her.  

"I keep thinking about her last moments," Silvia said. "They say she died instantly, which is a comfort. But I can't help thinking she must have been terrified as the tree was coming down." 

Friend Kevin Charles Patterson talked with NBC 7 about how Nicki inspired him to face new challenges.

"If we are to take something from this, it's to learn to grow," he said.

Carano's band posted on Facebook, “Our drummer and vocalist was killed while making her way to the show. We are going to collect ourselves for this is a loss that’s heavier than one can explain.”

San Diego City emergency dispatch received close to 350 calls of downed or damaged trees to its 24-hour hotline. You can call (619) 527-7500 if you need to report a downed tree in your neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:00:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/12558936823640804448643667910975n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

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<![CDATA[Born to Be Childbirth]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:27:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Childbirth.jpg

If you're looking for a great show Monday night, look no further than Soda Bar, where you can catch the brash feminist punk of Childbirth. Steeped in the Riot Grrl past, these ladies bring the movement to millennials with funny and fun punk rock. Around town, Blaise Guld and KillChord headline Anti-Monday League at Casbah, and Little Foot drop in to the Merrow. You'll find this week is a little bit slower around town, but you'll still be able to find some choice offerings if you know where to look.

Monday, Feb. 1:

  • Childbirth, Lisa Prank, Ditches @ Soda Bar
  • Blaise Guld, KillChord, the Montell Jordans, Svelte @ Casbah
  • Little Foot, Big Bloom, Fake Tides, California Redemption Value @ The Merrow
  • Blabbermouth: Dig the Scene featuring Rudy Franscico @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Motown on Mondays @ Bar Pink
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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 Riot Act]]>
<![CDATA[And in This Corners]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:03:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/187*120/corners1.jpg

There are some people in this city whose opinion comes with a little more weight than the average Joe. Rachel Frank is one of those people. As founder of ListenSD, you've probably see her concert photos and you've most certainly seen her at shows if you've noticed someone in a furry panda costume. She's an all-around cool chick, and tonight she's presenting a show at the Casbah with Corners, who hail from LA, Wild Wild Wets, and San Pedro El Cortez. If you're looking for something fun to do tonight, Casbah is your best bet, but not your only bet. Belly Up plays host to Point Break Live, Crime Desire melts faces at the Che, and Marty O'Reilly brings his mix of folk and delta blues to Soda Bar.

Sunday, Jan. 31:

  • ListenSD & Bujwah present Corners, Wild Wild Wets, San Pedro El Cortez, DJ Holswagg @ Casbah
  • Point Break Live, Can You Keanu? @ Belly Up
  • Crime Desire, Choke$lam, Cease @ Che Cafe
  • Marty O'Reilly, Kimmi Butter @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Donny Osmond: The Soundtrack Of My Life Tour @ Balboa Theatre
  • Bridget Everett @ House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • The No Name Gang, Screaming for Silence, Vajra, Malison @ Brick By Brick
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • Open Mic Night @ Java Joe's (6:30 p.m.)
  • K Camp, DJ Beatnik @ Fluxx
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Revelation of Sound: DJ Wild Boar Moon, DJ Windand C @ The Merrow
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • New Joy Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Hip-Hop/EDM @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

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<![CDATA[LIVE: Europe]]> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:27:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Europe+Band+Music+Box+Kelley+%2818%29.jpg Start the final countdown, San Diego: Europe hit Little Italy's Music Box on Sunday, Jan. 24, with Gabbie Rae opening -- and we've got photos from the epic show!

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Be Like Mike Gordon]]> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:24:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/161*120/Facebook+Band+Photo.jpg

I am so over the moon about tonight's Silent Comedy show at the Casbah. Joshua [Zimmerman, the band's vocalist/bassist] moved to New York and we were left to wonder when he'd be back, and it's no surprise that for this official 27th anniversary of the Casbah, the boys are back together to share the stage. Unfortunately, this one is already sold out, but if you're looking for other options, hang out with Phish's Mike Gordon at the Observatory, Pato Banton is at the Belly Up, and Fayuca is at House of Blues. If you want to listen to music early today, Banding Togeher has an early show at the Belly Up at 1 p.m., or #FeelTheBern with a Bands for Bernie fundraiser at World Beat Center starting at 2 p.m.

Saturday, January 30:

  • Casbah 27th Anniversary with the Silent Comedy, Creature @ the Woods, Robert Jon @ the Wreck, the Liquorsmiths @ Casbah (Sold Out)
  • Mike Gordon @ The Observatory North Park
  • Bands for Bernie ft. the Broken Stems, Tony Tig,  Jason French, Moves Collective, Neveready @ World Beat Center (2 p.m.)
  • Banding Together Presents: Steph Johnson, Dr. Seahorse, the Lovebirds @ Belly Up (1 p.m.)
  • Pato Banton, Ginger Roots, the Protectors @ Belly Up
  • Fayuca, Crooked Coast @ House of Blues
  • John Hammond @ AMSD 
  • Rin Tin Tiger, Bad & the Ugly, the Wild Fires @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Saul Q @ Bar Pink
  • R5, Ryland, Parade of Lights @ Balboa Theatre 
  • Quintette du Hot Club de France @ Dizzy's
  • Peggy Watson, David Beldock @ Java Joe's
  • Salsa Dance Nite with Sexto Sonero Del Caribe @ Music Box
  • Showdown at Sundown with the Sheriffs @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • The Comedy Get Down with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, and Charlie Murphy @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Jim Kweskin and Happy Traum @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church Sanctuary
  • The Bad Vibes, Le Ra, The Whiskey Circle @ The Hideout
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Natalie Emmons, Inspired and the Sleep, Bakkuda, PRGRM, Buddha Trixie, Alex Lievanos, Everything Undone, DJ Shane @ SOMA
  • Hallucinator, Invocation War, Miscreancy @ Tower Bar
  • Mods vs. Rockers 2016 After Party with Roger Rivas & the Brothers of Reggae, Lexicons, Mochilero All Stars @ Til-Two Club
  • The Bum Deals, Gone Baby Gone, Cochinas Locas @ The Black Cat
  • Damage, Inc., Hellbent, Lords of Sabbath @ Brick By Brick
  • Alice Wallace, Phili Villalobos, Micheal McNevin @ Lestat's
  • Musician's Club Presents: Rockin' Roulette @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Cave Babies, Honeymaid, Hags, San Diego School of Rock House Band @ Che Cafe
  • The Catalyst presents: Shawshank Redeemed, Wolfwaker, Fadrait, Fractured Sky @ The Merrow
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Dance Party with Junior the DISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Chachi @ Fluxx
  • EDX @ Omnia
  • Santé and Sidney Charles @ Bang Bang
  • Deep Aura @ Kava Lounge
  • Wild Side @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Miles Ahead w/ Special Guests 710 Beach Club
  • Mario Olivares And Romance Miroshnichenko @ Ramona Mainstage

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Langhorne Slim Pickings]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:45:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Langhorne_Changes_1200x675_611734595762.jpg Langhorne Slim & the Law barreled through the Belly Up with their beloved brand of backwoods Americana -- this one's called "Changes."]]> <![CDATA[9 of the Top SD Bands to See in 2016]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:56:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Garden+Echo+Press+Photo.jpg

Every year, we all see marquees of huge venues around town sporting the names of local bands who’ve made it big. But what about the little guys? We’d like to think we keep our finger on the pulse of our city’s expansive music scene, and it goes without saying that some of the greatest bands you’ve never heard of are playing small shows in your own backyard on a routine basis. While we love seeing the big guns in action, we also make room for the uber-talented groups that might just make it onto those big marquees someday soon. You never know. So these are 9 of the Top San Diego Bands to See in 2016 (in alphabetical order). If we missed your No. 1 pick, let us know in the comments.

  • Ashen Earth: Taking cues from a more European-inspired brand of death metal, Ashen Earth matches each brutal riff with a melodic undertone -- making their live shows a thing of furious beauty. Word on the street is that their sophomore album is nearly done (if not finished already) and that means shows are on the way: they're at the Merrow on Feb. 11 with Last of Lucy and Morphesia.

  • The Bad Vibes: Straddling the gravel-covered middle ground between backwoods alt-country and melodic, modern blues, this group blew us away the first time we saw ‘em last year. Fans of Little Hurricane and Dead Feather Moon, definitely take note -- these guys are your people. See them at the Hideout on Saturday, Jan. 30 and at Ray at Night on Feb. 13.

  • Creature and the Woods: After a lineup change toward the end of 2015, this Americana/blues/rock quartet are back at it (and play the Casbah on Jan. 30 with the Silent Comedy). Their “Widow’s Waltz” EP release show back in August was simply riveting, with each band member literally leaving it all on stage. They’re thunderous and haunting -- in other words, get onboard.

  • Garden Echo: Few bands in town have more buzz than Garden Echo. Sporting a sound that falls somewhere between Beach House, Tennis and London Grammar, this quartet has a four-song EP to their name (“Quiet Voices”) and all the potential in the world. See what all the hype is about on Feb. 26 at the Merrow, when they play with MRCH, PRGRM and Natalie Emmons.

  • Generik: There’s a reason 91x’s music director, Michael Halloran, tapped Generik to open the 91x Lump of Coal show in December after hearing him for the first time -- dude is just on another level. Dropping culturally relevant rhymes about the pitfalls of conformity all while beatboxing? It’s incredible to say the least and needs to be seen in person for full effect. No shows announced at the moment but keep an eye out.

  • Juice Box: If Don Draper had a theme song, it’d be written by the experimental (and crazy groovy) jazz virtuosos of Juice Box. Hell, they’ve already got a mad catchy tune called “Strut.” Truly remarkable stuff. Catch ‘em at Winston’s in Ocean Beach on Feb. 19, with the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble.

  • Le Ra: Splitting time between Tijuana and San Diego, Le Ra has been steadily making a name for themselves over the last couple years or so. And with good reason: their psych-flavored jangle pop mixes all sorts of influences ranging from bossanova to jazz to shoegaze to surf-pop. See ‘em at the Hideout on Jan. 30 with the Whiskey Circle and the Bad Vibes.

  • Mint Field: Another band with TJ roots, Mint Field play what they describe as “noise pop shoegaze” and that couldn’t be more accurate. Their music is the best of both worlds: soaring, disparate, expansive, wiry, beautiful, stark – everything at once. Whatever it is, it’s great. They’re playing the Echoplex on Feb. 20, and will hopefully line up some more local shows afterward.

  • Transviolet: While they’re technically based out of LA, we can’t ignore that Transviolet’s lead singer is Sarah McTaggart from the (now defunct) San Diego band Noise Floor (who played our SoundDiego LIVE party at El Dorado back in March of 2013). Well, she’s got a new(er) group and they’re making all sorts of indie-pop waves. After their label, Epic Records, embarked on a strangely genius marketing campaign by mailing cassettes of their single, “Girls Your Age,” to unsuspecting teenagers at random addresses with no explanation or details, the buzz started and it hasn’t let up. No San Diego dates on the horizon at the moment, but it won’t be long until they’re here, that’s for sure.

Here are a few other lists we’ve put together.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Garden Echo]]>
<![CDATA[Go Katch a Kabb]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:30:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/may-rumble-14.jpg

Let's rejoice, as the weekend is finally here. Hopefully you're online early to get your tickets to some of the amazing shows coming to town around Coachella dates. After you've furiously refreshed your browsers, get ready for the night. If you need, you can dance you're ass off at the Casbah with Chicago's Hood Internet, or if you're one of the people who jumped early, Bryson Tiller plays to a sold-out crowd at the Observatory. Our friends in the New Kinetics and the Nervous Wreckords will bring a party to Soda Bar -- and bring your bunny ears as Joshua Tree's Jessica Von Rabbit opens the show. The Belly Up has G. Love & Special Sauce, and Kabbs celebrate a record release at the Whistle Stop. That's a lot to choose from to really kick off the weekend in high gear.

Friday, Jan. 29:

  • The Hood Internet, Dino Soccio, KYWO, DJ Velvet Touch @ Casbah
  • Bryson Tiller, THEY. @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • The New Kinetics, the Nervous Wreckords, Jesika Von Rabbit @ Soda Bar
  • G. Love & Special Sauce, Ripe @ Belly Up
  • Kabbs (CD release), Kids in Heat and Sheila, the Rainbow Coloured Trash Bags @ Whistle Stop
  • Saving Abel, Kirra, Gunner Gunner, Born to Rise @ Brick By Brick
  • Grandtheft @ Parq
  • Stop Steve West' 80s Dance Party, with the Cured Live @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Calibrate Me (CD release!), Ascensions, Hox, Against the Odds, Aure, So Bored @ SOMA
  • Mods vs. Rockers, with Johnny Deadly Trio, Seatbelt @ Ken Club (early show)
  • Action Andy & the Hi-Tones, Marujah @ Ken Club (late show)
  • Christopher Hollyday Quartet @ Dizzy's 
  • The Fictitious Dishes, the Fresh Brunettes @ Black Cat
  • The Boogie Down @ The Hideout
  • Caroline Corn, Avery, Sophia Bacino @ Lestat's
  • The Telegraph Quartet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Jason and Toca @ Java Joe's (sold out)
  • Richard Cheese, Lounge Against the Machine @ House of Blues
  • Idlehands @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Symbolic, Dolan Brotherhood, Malison, Kulteir @ The Merrow
  • Nena Anderson, Fireships @ The Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Danny Green Group @ The Loft
  • "Open," the Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Diners, Kids, Holling, Adhesive @ Che Cafe
  • Sister Speak @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Flight 42, Mad Z & the Boones, Kitchen Creek @ Tower Bar
  • The Hathcocks, the Mandoshanks, the Yucks, Los Homeless, Sideshow @ Til-Two Club
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • FTampa @ Bassmnt
  • Treasure Fingers, Landis Lapace @ Bang Bang
  • Gareth Emery @ Omnia
  • Dee Lucas @ 98 Bottles
  • Soul Work @ Kava Lounge
  • Hazmat @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n 
  • Dazed and Confused @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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: T. Loper]]>
<![CDATA[Earthless Touch Down]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:23:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Earthless+SD.jpg Earthless -- beloved hometown psych-rock heroes -- touch down at the Casbah with a mind-bending jam off their latest album, "From the Ages." ]]> <![CDATA[Let's Have a Party]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:10:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/102689296360105198071191059550164n.jpg

Friday, G. Love & Special Sauce headline a sold-out show at the Belly Up; The Nervous Wreckords, the New Kinetics and Jesika Von Rabbit are at Soda Bar; The Hood Internet headline at the Casbah; The Fictitious Dishes, the End and the Fresh Brunettes play at the Black Cat; and Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine hits House of Blues. Dance options include Treasure Fingers at Bang Bang and Gareth Emery at Omnia.

Saturday, the Silent Comedy, Creature & the Woods, Robert Jon & the Wreck and the Liquorsmiths are at the Casbah; Pato Banton, Ginger Roots and the Protectors play at the Belly Up; Rin Tin Tiger, Bad & the Ugly and the Wild Fires take over Soda Bar; The Bum Deals, Gone Baby Gone and Cochinas Locas hit the Black Cat; Bands for Bernie featuring the Broken Stems, Tony Tig, Jason French, Moves Collective and Neveready are at the World Beat Center; and the Comedy Get Down with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy hits Valley View Casino Center. Get your dance on at Club Sabbat with DJs Liquid Grey, Doktor Zayus and Vaughn Avakian at Numb3rs; DJ Saul Q at Bar Pink, EDX at Omnia and Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop.

Sunday, ListenSD.com presents Corners, Wild Wild Wets, San Pedro El Cortez and DJ Holswagg at the Casbah; Marty O’Reilly and Kimmi Butter are at Soda Bar; Point Break Live, Can You Keanu? takes over the Belly Up; and the one and only Donny Osmond hits the Balboa Theatre.

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

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



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<![CDATA[In the PWR Seat]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:05:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/pwr+bttm.jpg

There is no question about it: Thursday is my favorite day of the week. The sheer number of shows that roll through on Thursdays -- presumably so artists can play LA on the weekend -- is sometimes astounding, and having to choose can put you in quite a bind. This week, for example, the incredible voice of Julia Holter graces the stage of the Irenic. The good news is that the shows at the Irenic are over by 10, so you could theoretically hit more than one show if you plan strategically. At the Casbah, you can catch legend Wanda Jackson, The Motet bring the funk at the Belly Up, and goth legends Orgy play at the Brick. Still, I think the winner for the night is PWR BTTM, who promise to raise hell and thoroughly entertain with a raucous show. Lots of great choices to get your weekend going a little bit early.

Thursday, Jan. 28:

  • Julia Holter, Circuit Des Yeux @ The Irenic 
  • PWR BTTM, Gone Baby Gone @ The Hideout
  • Wanda Jackson, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones, Recommended Dosage DJ's @ Casbah
  • Orgy, Death Valley High, Mursic @ Brick By Brick
  • The Motet, Sophistafunk @ Belly Up 
  • Sir Daniel (CDrRelease), Third Eye Command, DJ Nez @ Soda Bar
  • Chromeo (DJ set) @ Parq
  • Joshua Taylor, Ves Frank @ Sycamore Den
  • Masashi, Brandon Fong @ Lestat's
  • Jeff Berkley / Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Tyler Rich @ House of Blues
  • Just In Case, Alive & Well, Giant Surprise @ The Merrow
  • John Underwood, Chris Fox and Clint Westwood @ The Bancroft
  • Throwback Thursdays @ U-31
  • Liz Grace Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Francoise Sims @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Free Throw, Young & Heartless, Sinai Vessel, Charlie Kelly @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Return of the Clean Cuts DJs @ Til-Two Club
  • Jenna Lyle @ Space4art
  • Dvbbs @ Omnia
  • Valley Maker @ Quartyard
  • Vamp @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Little Kings @ Tio Leo's 
  • SM Familia, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Monolith @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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: Riot Act]]>
<![CDATA[Belly of the Beautiful Beast]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:35:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Beautiful+Beast.jpg

The perfect band? “A band that doesn’t play a bunch, you know what I mean?” says Beautiful Beast frontman Jake Brewer.

He isn’t kidding. “Every band that gigs a lot, they all start hating each other,” says Brewer, who fronted local island-rock outfit Borracho y Loco in the '80s and '90s. So when Beautiful Beast formed a few years ago, it was just a group of homies having fun, preferably to the tune of fewer than 10 shows a year.

They couldn’t eschew a record, however, not with a friend like Chris Goldsmith. “I was asking what’s up with his super interesting life, and he was like, ‘I’d actually like to do a Beautiful Beast record,’” Brewer says of Goldsmith, a Cardiff resident who heads up talent at Belly Up and has won multiple Grammys for producing. “And I was like, ‘Man, that’s my band’s name.’ And he’s like, ‘You idiot, I want to produce your band.’”

Which brings us to Wednesday night, when Brewer & Co. bring that Beautiful Beast sound to the Belly Up stage for the release of their debut LP. Elements of punk and classic rock mixed with playful lyrics comprise the band’s self-titled effort, which bounces between odes, love songs and rock ballads about a cast of characters, both real and imagined.

But this isn’t a download-code-only kind of release party. The album’s first single, “Aquavengers,” was inspired by a series that Brewer and his friend came up with a few years ago on Fourth of July, when they took to the high seas dressed as aquatic crime fighters (which you can get a sense for in the song's music video).

“They’re heroes for profit, the Aquavengers,” Brewer tells SoundDiego. “They’re not the shiny, bright heros you’d expect. They’re tortured souls.”

The series developed into a comic book -- the cover of which was illustrated by Drew Toonz (of Emo Cat fame) -- and the premiere issue serves as a vessel for the album’s download code. Everyone who buys a ticket to Wednesday’s show gets one, so in effect it also sets the tone for the night, and appropriately so.

“Music, to me, it’s the release. It’s the fun. That’s where you go to blow stuff off,” says Brewer. “I don’t want to gain any issues because I’m playing music. I’m replete with issues, believe me.”

Bets are it's gonna get weird at Belly Up Wednesday night. Here's hoping.

Beautiful Beast play Belly Up on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. Chris Cote and David Smith open. Tickets are available here, and come with an album download and comic book.

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy Beautiful Beast]]>
<![CDATA[Lucca the Draw]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:54:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/VOICE-Tony-Luca.jpg

We're halfway through the work week, and I've already got the weekend on my mind. But until we get there, we've got some shows to think about Wednesday night. At Soda Bar, catch the amazing stylings of Tony Lucca. With more than eight records under his belt, this singer/songwriter is at the top of his game and touring off his most recent self-titled effort. His name is definitely familiar as a runner up on season two of "The Voice," but you shouldn't necessarily categorize him with the rest of those pop singers. Meanwhile, expect a skankin' night with Michigan's Mustard Plug at Casbah. If you want something lively, few things in this world are higher energy than a ska show. For something a little different, check out Ceremony Live, with DJs spinning your favorite dark music and, on this rare occasion, Old Division perform live at the Office.

Wednesday, Jan. 27:

  • Tony Lucca, Dustan Louque @ Soda Bar
  • Mustard Plug, Dan Potthast, Duping the Public @ Casbah
  • Beautiful Beast, Chris Cote, David Smith @ Belly Up
  • Mid-Week Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Ceremony Live with Old Division Live @ The Office
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Shen Yun 2016 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dawn and Hawkes, Lee Coulter, Dave Booda @ Lestat's
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Woof Wednesday @ Quartyard (6-8 p.m.)
  • Kizomba Nights @ U-31
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston presents DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Evidence Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Live Bands/Acoustic Wednesday @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Family Matters-Beatmakers Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Vetted (Wounded Warrior fundraiser) @ 710 Beach Club (8 p.m.)
  • Agents of Ware @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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: Lewis Jacobs/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder, Dies at 74]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:52:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/507240924-jefferson-airplane-paul-kantner.jpg

Paul Kantner, founding member of legendary San Francisco rock band the Jefferson Airplane, died Thursday at the age of 74.

Kantner died of multiple organ failure after suffering a heart attack earlier this week, according to Cynthia Bowman, the guitar player’s publicist confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle.

His son confirmed the news to NBC News, saying that his father has passed at 2:22 p.m. PT.

"At the moment we are grieving as a family," Gareth Alexander Kantner said, adding that a family statement is forthcoming.

Jefferson’s Airplane second album, Surrealistic Pillow, reached No. 3 in the U.S. in 1967. The band’s most enduring classics include the hits "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love," and "Volunteers of America."

Kantner was also a founding member of the band’s spinoff groups, Jefferson Starship and Starship, who hit it big in the 1980s with the Oscar-winning track "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

Kantner was a Bay Area native who attended both Santa Clara and San Jose State universities.

Jefferson Airplane was the only band to play all three iconic music festivals of the 1960s, Woodstock, Monterey Pop and Altamont.



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<![CDATA[Eighty-Eight Times Three]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:43:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/robertsanchez722.jpg

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos’s latest collaboration with the San Diego Symphony for the excellent Jazz at the Jacobs series came off as a glorious success, with a sold-out performance of piano mastery celebrating the music of icons Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum. The evening featured three of the finest pianists working in the jazz idiom today, including Eric Reed, Helen Sung and San Diego’s own Joshua White, with the stellar rhythm section of Rodney Whittaker’s bass and Willie Jones III’s drums.

White began the concert tinkling lightly across the keys, like the sound of soft rain falling, to introduce Jerome Kerns’s “Yesterdays,” employing both fulsome harmonic approaches and abstract logic in building toward a 10-digit climax before seguing into Bud Powell’s “Fantasy in Blue,” which drew upon jagged, angular repetitions with all fingers flying through odd sequences as Whittaker pulled in the other direction with choice behind-the-bridge plucking.

The larger-than-life screen behind the musicians revealed White’s huge hands did not lack for balletic coordination, employed gracefully on “My Ideal,” which flowed inevitably from lush orchestration to splintered fragments almost instantaneously. It was a perfect fusion of beauty and power that referenced both Art Tatum and Cecil Taylor -- no mean feat.

Everything came to a boil on Monk’s “Teo,” where White’s slabs of block-chords tugged against single-note alacrity over the precise cymbal pings of Jones, who also unleashed a devastating series of explosions in a thrilling solo.

Sung’s set began with a much more literal distillation of Monk, tackling the knotty “In Walked Bud,” at a furious tempo, dipping into the odd intervals and sparse clusters of the master while fully engaging the trio in a more conventional sense.

She chose, of all things, Chick Corea’s “Armando’s Rumba,” to follow, and while the piece afforded her the opportunity to utilize some of her formidable classical chops (including the ability to extract a functionally brilliant sound from the instrument), it didn’t make the best use of Whittaker, whose dark, meatier approach seemed at odds with the inherent flash and fluff its form implies.

Sung’s interpretation of “Carolina Shout” spent a great deal of time focused on “Willow Weep For Me” before giving into the stride impulse, and “Please Send Me Someone to Love” served as an effective barrelhouse closer.

Eric Reed’s set opened a cappella, with a totally inspired medley of gospel tunes, of which only “Holy, Holy, Holy” I could retain the title of, but in an instant, he turned Symphony Hall into a very ornate Baptist Church that rocked and swayed as he channeled everyone from from Bill Evans to Mahalia Jackson.

He engaged the trio for a thrilling blend of “Just You, Just Me” and Monk’s “Evidence” (based on the same changes) that was brisk and confident, pulling Jones and Whittaker into his personal orbit as I’m pretty sure his fingers began to blur.

My favorite moment came on a show-stopping reading of Hoagie Carmichael’s “Georgia,” which tied the entire evening together, morphing classical technique with the gutbucket, stride, and maybe some Fats Domino, taking full advantage of the room and the moment and making a believer out of me.

As an encore, all three piano masters returned to rip through a medley that began with “Blue Monk” and ended with “Rhythm-a-Ning,” with each player imbuing their own personal improvising stamp with exciting exchanges.

It was a wonderful finish to a superb evening of music.

Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.



Photo Credit: Robert Sanchez]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Travis Tritt]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:17:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Travis+Tritt_2016Jan24_Sycuan20.jpg Country-music star Travis Tritt had the "best of intentions" when he played an acoustic set at Sycuan Casino on Jan. 24.

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<![CDATA[Soft Moon Rising]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:33:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/the+soft+moon.jpg

Tuesday would've been the night that Killing Joke was supposed to appear at the Belly Up; however, after they canceled their tour due to the illness of a band member, we have to look at the bright side. In this case, the bright side (or dark side, if you prefer), is that the Soft Moon, who was slated as the support act, is still playing, only as the headliner at the Casbah. The San Francisco post-punk project of Luis Valdez is an indie darling, getting love from bloggers like former Hipster Runoff proprietor Carles.Buzz. Expect to see your favorite goth friends at this one. Around town, Hal is back at the Merrow with Echo Park Social Club, while Dante Elephante stop by Soda Bar, and the Hideout gets nostalgic for emo with a night they're calling "Through Being Cool".

Tuesday, Jan. 26:

  • The Soft Moon, Sextile, Hexa @ Casbah
  • Radio Halloran presents Echo Park Social Club, Marujah, Odakota @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Dante Elephante, Sleeping Ghost, the Slashes @ Soda Bar
  • Through Being Cool: Emo DJ Night @ The Hideout
  • Shen Yun 2016 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Dark Matter Turtles, the Moves Collective @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Conveyer, Motives, Dependence, A New Challenger Approaches @ Brick by Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trapped with Mix-he-Can, Fisfonics, DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Open Mic hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • 5nSlime, Brandon Baker @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Croce's Park West Closes for Good]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:03:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/croces+park+west.jpg

After more than three decades, Croce’s restaurant and jazz bar -- a staple for live music in San Diego -- has shuttered for good, its owner announced Monday in a blog post.

The restaurant started as a vision between 1960s singer-songwriter Jim Croce and his wife, Ingrid, when the couple moved to San Diego in 1973.

But a week later, Jim died with five others when their plane crashed into a tree in Louisiana.

Ingrid wrote that she wanted to “recreate the warmth and energy of my time with Jim Croce, and those early days of entertaining together,” by building a restaurant and music venue in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in 1985.

Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar thrived for decades on the corner of 5th Avenue and F Street.

"She and Jim Croce and [Ingrid's current husband] Jimmy Rock are a part of the San Diego scene, and she was the unofficial mayor of the Gaslamp way back when," said customer John Vaughn.

However,  a lease dispute with her landlord forced Ingrid and Rock to move the restaurant in late 2013.

The venue relocated to Banker’s Hill and rebranded as Croce’s Park West.

“And unfortunately, we have found that live music isn’t the draw that we hoped and needed it to be,” Ingrid wrote in her farewell letter. “The piracy and devaluation of music has been such a major blow to us that we can no longer afford to support live music on our own. And it wouldn’t be Croce’s without live music.”

The decision to close money came quickly for both customers and employees, who found out Monday morning that the business had been sold.

"I would come here often for happy hour and it was great. The bands were awesome and the employees were really nice," said customer Maria Baylon.

Ingrid and her husband thanked San Diegans who supported the restaurant and helped honor Jim Croce and his musical legacy.

“In the end, Croce’s Park West was fabulous…the food, the ambience, the hospitality, the live music and our wonderful guests, who have become like friends and family. It was everything we wanted it to be! We feel it was a success,” Ingrid wrote.

To read more about Croce's, click here.



Photo Credit: Steven Luke]]>
<![CDATA[Creating Tenshun]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:22:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Jonathon+Calzo+by+Nightsmoke.jpg

There's an interesting dynamic with music and siblings, particularly younger ones. There's an exchange that happens during the formative years as awkward teens search for a sense of themselves and often discover who they are through their taste in music. Sometimes the biggest influence on those early sensibilities comes from an older, more sophisticated, more self-aware sibling via hand-me-down sounds and band recommendations.

That's part of Jonathon Calzo's story. He started DJing in 1994 after his older brother introduced him to a mixtape that featured Invisibl Skratch Piklz pioneer DJ QBert. Impressed by QBert's scratching prowess, Calzo, a.k.a. Tenshun, absorbed the project. Subsequently, he found an old turntable in the family garage, bought himself a mixer and started spinning.

From there he studied: Mix Master Mike, DJ Premier and D-Styes. It was home schooling, lessons in turntable music. He practiced, developed his own techniques, entered DJ battles and naturally evolved into producing. "I was fascinated at how people made beats," he said. Once his drum machine "manifested," Calzo was set.

The equipment upgrade resulted in a prolific outpour, small runs (usually 10-20 copies) of limited edition cassettes with a catalog so deep that he's lost count. "It's hard to keep track of... I don't even know," he said, not quite sure how many projects he's responsible for.

They're heavy noise productions from a nonstop creative who churns out ideas. It pays off too: Calzo has quietly developed a worldwide following. With listeners around the globe, he's been afforded the opportunity to travel, and last year he toured overseas, for five months, playing dates in Greece, Germany, Serbia and the Czech Republic.

Calzo's always working and is looking forward to a productive 2016. There's an upcoming project from his noise outfit Skrapez and the Heaven's Gate European Union tour slated for May. For now though, you can find bits of his vast catalog and all things Tenshun on his Tumblr.

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



Photo Credit: Nightsmoke]]>
<![CDATA[Call to Bands: Perform at SD County Fair]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:24:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdcountyfair.jpg

You’re late! You’re late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! You’re late, you’re late, you’re late!

JK. You’re not late -- yet. But applications to perform at the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed 2016 San Diego County Fair are officially open. So if you want to get all up on one of those eight stages and play to crowds clapping together hands greasy from fried foods, then it’s time for you to get all up on that application process.

First step, head to the Fair’s site to get the deets on this year’s sweat fest in Del Mar, like when it’s running (June 3-July 4). There you’ll find all the links you need to get started, like an FAQ page, booking steps and application overview.

Big name performers last year included Switchfoot, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, Gary Allan and Fifth Harmony, among a slew of others, and while this year's Grandstand schedule hasn't been announced yet, bets are that it's going to be another solid year -- because really, when has the Fair disappointed?

But if you want to get in on the small stage action, follow your band down the rabbit hole to make sure you hit the March 21 application deadline. Booking is first come, first serve, according to the steps outlined on the site. So don’t wait, or you really might be too late.



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<![CDATA[Last Chance to "LSD"]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:56:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/the+gloomies+press.jpg

The last few Mondays have been pretty busy, so if you haven't had a chance to check out the Gloomies [read our interview with frontman Andy Craig] during their residency at Soda Bar, this is your last chance. With their new label Dangerbird ready to take these boys to the next level, I can only imagine that as soon as this show ends, we'll be hearing about some touring, perhaps some SxSW showcases. And even if that isn't the case, you can't beat this free show Monday night. Around town, Tim Pyles hosts Anti-Monday League at the Casbah, while the Belly Up goes a little bit country with Granger Smith, and Metal Mondays is all up in your face with 1349 at Brick by Brick.

Monday, Jan. 25:

  • The Gloomies, Scruffles, Garden Echo, DJ Nik Chewing @ Soda Bar
  • Little Heroine, the Natives, Bad Kids @ Casbah
  • Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. @ Belly Up 
  • Abbey Rader Quartet, Kyle Motl-Tommy Babin Duo @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Metal Mondays with 1349, Tombs, Full of Hell, Cave Bastard @ Brick by Brick
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Mic Check Mondays with Herbavore, Karlo @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and ;ocal night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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 the Gloomies]]>
<![CDATA[The Musical Language of Natalie Emmons]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:58:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Natalie+Emmons+SD.jpg San Diego pop artist Natalie Emmons discusses her success in Japan and the universal language of music. See her at SOMA on Jan. 30, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE's Epic Casbah Party]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:51:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD+LIVE+012216.jpg SoundDiego LIVE took the Casbah by storm on Jan. 22, with Botanica Chango, the Palace Ballroom, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Mayfield, 91x's Tim Pyles, and a Belching Beaver VIP craft beer happy hour!]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Jan. 24-30]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:45:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/Chromeo+edited.jpg We highlight the best shows coming your way this week in our SoundDiego Set List, including Chromeo, Jhene Aiko, Steel Pulse and more.]]> <![CDATA[1,000 Miles to the Casbah]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:35:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/164162261.jpg

A few years ago, we had the pleasure of catching Vanessa Carlton at Sunset Sessions. Aside from her relationship with Stevie Nicks, we were wowed by her incredible musical stylings. As a passionate singer/songwriter, she's proven herself to be a lasting entity even past her brush with top 40 success. Tonight, she's at the Casbah, and we'll admit that is an unlikely venue for her, but hopefully she gets the quiet respect she deserves as she sings her heart out. Around town, Destructo is at Quartyard, Europe is at Music Box, and Kelley James performs at the Belly Up.

Sunday, Jan. 24:

  • Vanessa Carlton, Skye Steel @ Casbah (read the SoundDiego interview with Carlton here)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Destructo, Justin Martin and Rezz @ Quartyard
  • Charley Hoffman Foundation, Kelley James @ Belly Up
  • Europe, Gabbie Rae @ Music Box
  • Jackie Venson @ Mission Bay Boat And Ski Club
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Rosewood & Rye, Howl & Moon @ Sycamore Den
  • Tera Ferna @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2-4 p.m.)
  • Open Mic with Isaac Cheong @ Java Joe's (6:30 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Hank Easton @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Danny Green Trio @ Croce's Park West  (6 p.m.)
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Reggie Smith @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Oddball, the Lucky Eejits, Skipjack, Strike Twelve @ Tower Bar
  • Travis Tritt (acoustic) @ Sycuan
  • The Cheecharones @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow (8 p.m.)
  • D Monkey Slap, Cloudmonster @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: SoundDiego LIVE Goes Eclectic]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:36:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LIVE+Casbah+1.22%28155%29.jpg SoundDiego LIVE went eclectic at the Casbah on Friday, Jan. 22, with performances by Botanica Chango, the Palace Ballroom, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Mayfield, 91x's Tim Pyles, and a Belching Beaver VIP craft beer happy hour!

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<![CDATA[Becoming Vanessa Carlton]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:16:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/DSC08653.JPG

Vanessa Carlton may have deliberately made a record devoid of autobiographical confessions, but in the process she also gave us her most honest, confident effort to date. “Liberman,” which dropped in October 2015, is a huge step for the singer/songwriter, who first made her industry mark in the early 2000s by writing sugary pop songs so coated they could rot your teeth. But with her latest album, she’s relaxed into who she is, no longer relying on labels or managers to tell her what that means but rather figuring it out for herself.

You might even say that she’s a thousand miles from where she was then, even though “A Thousand Miles” is exactly where she got her start.

But people change. They grow up. And in Carlton’s case, that means four studio albums, 12 singles and three Grammy nominations before making the record that feels most like herself. And with good reason -- there’s something real about “Liberman.” It makes you trust Carlton, which is even more impressive given that she made a point to not make herself a lyrical focus. The result is a natural, inviting flow of what Carlton herself calls a “reduction.”

Before the singer/songwriter performs at Casbah on Sunday, Jan. 24, she connected with SoundDiego to talk about growth, “Liberman,” and putting the record release on hold to start a family with husband John McCauley of Deer Tick.

HLS: What was the timeline like for this record, when were you writing and recording? Tell me a little about what was going on as you were writing this album?
VC: I started writing it in 2012, I think, shortly after I did a short tour for “Rabbits [on the Run],” then I went out to the desert to this dude ranch I go to almost every year. And I wrote “Unlock the Lock,” and I did two trips to Steve [Osbourne]’s studio in England. We commenced recording in 2013 -- we did it in like a month -- and then I finished it in Nashville. And then I had gotten pregnant, so we delayed it another year.

HLS: How was that, having just finished this project then having to delay it for a year?
VC: It kind of felt perfect. There’s something about the record, too, because it’s not so hyperpersonal. It’s not very timely.

HLS: You say this record isn’t hyperpersonal, lyrically, and I’ve read interviews where you say something similar. But there’s definitely something that feels very honest about it. Was that a deliberate move on your part, it not being so personal?
VC: I think I was. I think the record, it was a concept. The record is very much an execution of a concept, lyrically in particular. The sonic palette, the sounds on the record were first and foremost. Those were hard to get together, and then lyrically and philosophically I had some serious parameters that I put on myself. There’s something somber.

HLS: You’ve been doing this for more than 10 years now. What’s changed in your approach?
VC: So much has changed. I guess any person changes the most between 20 and 35 -- you hope. I was marketed as a pop star of some sort -- I think I was -- that’s a very attention-seeking style to art, like pop culture. For me, it’s all been about reduction. It’s been all about simplicity and authenticity and trying to find authenticity again, and that has come through reduction, just pulling back. For me, I had to figure out something else that worked better for what I wanted to do. I think, yeah, I think almost every single thing has changed in my life for the better. It’s been a natural evolution for sure. A lot of it is a reflection of my choices and me honing in on my aesthetic. For some artists, they can see it clearly, and they connect to it clearly. And I don’t think that was necessarily the case with me. It took me a minute, and where I’m at now is a really comfortable and honest place for me.  

Vanessa Carlton plays Casbah on Sunday, Jan. 24. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $26, available here.

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

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<![CDATA[You CAN Hear Tommy]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:32:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/the+smithereens.jpg

Back before music was labeled "alternative," we had "college radio." It wasn't a requirement that the stations belonged to colleges, but more of a vibe ... different from mainstream music, what you might call indie today. Locally, 91x blasted out their "cutting edge of rock," and it was impossible to listen to the station without hearing a little band called the Smithereens. Fast-forward several decades and the band is still around, and on Saturday, they're performing The Who's "Tommy" at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. No doubt this is going to be one heck of a unique show, and thus it gets top billing around here. Of course, the younger generation is like, "Who is Tommy?" For those younsters, there are still some awesome shows elsewhere, like All Them Witches at the Casbah, Shigeto at Soda Bar, and JD McPherson with the always awesome HoneyHoney at the Belly Up.

Saturday, Jan. 23:

  • The Smithereens perform "Tommy" @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • All Them Witches, L.A. Witch, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah
  • Garrison Keillor & Chris Thile: A Prarie Home Companion @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Dave Stamey @ AMSD
  • Stafford Brothers @ Fluxx
  • Shigeto, Groundislava, Dreamrepeat @ Soda Bar
  • JD McPherson, HoneyHoney @ Belly Up
  • Daniel Jackson Tribute @ Dizzy's
  • Boombox, Ryan Bauer @ Music Box
  • Paper Days @ SOMA
  • Steel Panther @ House of Blues
  • Darlington @ The Bancroft
  • The Plow, Houston Jones @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church
  • Rayner, Parade of Horribles, Ash Williams, Let's Face It @ Tower Bar
  • Jetwash @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Kung Fu, Z3 & the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sleepwalking: Lowrider Oldies/Funk Party @ Til-Two Club
  • Nite Lapse, Minor Gems, Boychick @ The Black Cat
  • Venom Inc, Necrophagia, Seraphic Disgust, Mythraeum, Festering Grave @ Brick By Brick
  • Jim Kweskin, Meredith Axelrod, Suzy Thompson @ Lestat's
  • Nathan Welden, Ricky Ruis @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Irie @ Omnia
  • Empyrean Throne, Morbid Eclipse, Sergulath, Misanthrophi @ The Merrow
  • Holla Point @ Tio Leo's
  • Peter Hall @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Eve Selis & Friends @ Croce's Park West  (7 p.m.)
  • Pete Tong @ Bang Bang
  • Silver Gate Fundraiser @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Darryl Walker, Keith Andrew @ 98 Bottles
  • Dusty Poon Saloon @ Kava Lounge
  • The Smash Ups @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Justin James @ Spin
  • Inhale, So Cals Shocks of Mighty & Kng Mkr @ 710 Beach Club

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

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<![CDATA[A Little Bit of The Tip]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:33:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Tip+SD.jpg Three minutes or so of Nashville glam rock at Soda Bar might just change your whole day.]]> <![CDATA[Deep Listening Downtown]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:20:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/hiro11.jpg

I’ve said as much before, but I’m happy to go on record to guarantee that there is no greater experience to be had in a small room -- in terms of San Diego jazz -- than the one that goes down every Friday night when trumpet master Gilbert Castellanos sets up in the Plaza Bar at the Westgate Hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego.

Each week, Castellanos appears with a rotating trio, usually involving piano and bass, and what happens inside the ornate confines of this tiny space is nothing short of transformative -- the place becomes a sanctuary of listening.

Even the throbbing pain of a searing earache could not diminish my listening experience on Jan. 16, when Castellanos, piano master Joshua White and the redoubtable bassist Rob Thorsen gathered forces to explore the improvising esthetic without benefit of a net.

Opening with the Sonny Rollins classic “Why Don’t I?,” Castellanos extrapolated the giddy repetitions inside the theme and cranked the tension into a higher dimension, whereupon White grabbed the baton and struck out freestyle, unleashing a cascade of notes with allusions to John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” spilling over the top.

An untitled blues from the pen of White was next, filled with rumbling drama and a fierce groove via the protean walk of Thorsen, who propelled Castellanos to all manner of intervallic liquidity as well as a startling, naked solo of his own. Starting from minimalist themes, White toggled between impressionistic flourishes and an intoxicating melange of the tender and the brutal.

Castellanos changed  pace by picking up the flugelhorn and blowing a tender version of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” which was the sonic equivalent of a candlelit dinner, before snapping off a furious count-off to Charlie Parker’s “Segment,” which swung harder than the front gate at the Playboy mansion.

The second set didn’t let up at all. This is the place to go on Friday night. Get there early – you won’t be disappointed.

Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.



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<![CDATA[Steel Panther Roars into House of Blues]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:03:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Steel+Panther+%2844+of+50%29.jpg

Friday, SoundDiego LIVE presents Botanica Chango, the Palace Ballroom, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels and Mayfield at the Casbah. The event will be hosted by 91x's Tim Pyles; get on the guest list here for the FREE event. Elsewhere, Tuxedo hit the Observatory North Park; Big Head Todd & the Monsers and Mike Doughty return for Night 2 at the Belly Up; Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek take over Music Box; Kottonmouth Kings headline at SOMA; Big Bad Buffalo, the Rosalyns, Living Strange and Grit are at the Stage Room (formerly Porter's Pub at UCSD); AJ Froman, Glasmus and Flatlands take over Soda Bar; Never Shout Never headline at House of Blues; and Doncat and Oh Spirit are at the Whistle Stop. Get your dance on with Bassjackers at Omnia, and ‘80s & ‘90s battle it out with DJs Junior and Vaughn at Bar Pink.    

Saturday, the Smithereens perform "Tommy" at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts; JD McPherson and HoneyHoney are at the Belly Up; All Them Witches, L.A. Witch, and Dani Bell and the Tarantist play at the Casbah; and Steel Panther headline at House of Blues. Dance options include Hunky Dory Happy Hour: A Tribute to Bowie at the Whistle Stop; Club Sabbat with a Night Honoring David Bowie at Numb3rs; Pete Tong at Bang Bang; Justin James at Spin; DJ Irie at Omnia; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; and Sleepwalking at Til-Two.

My pick for Sunday is Vanessa Carlton and Skye Steel at the Casbah.

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

 

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


 


 



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<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE at the Casbah!]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:18:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/sounddiego+casbah+1-24-12-3.jpg

I have been looking forward to Friday's SoundDiego Live since it first leaked that it would be at the Casbah. It's no secret I work for the venue, but this month in particular is special because we're celebrating 27 years entertaining the rockers and hippies, the misfits and the cultured. With incredible bands like Botanica Chango, the Palace Ballroom, Jesse Lamonaca & the Dime Novels and Mayfield booked, it's almost as if I planned the night myself. (I didn't, though I maybe had some suggestions.) Of course, it's gonna be packed, so come down early and stay out late --  this free event is open to the public, but admission is subject to capacity. We're going against some heavy hitters, like Big Bad Buffalo at UCSD, Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne's project) at the Observatory, and another night of Big Head Todd at the Belly Up, but we feel strongly that you'll want to hang out with us at the Casbah -- and we can't wait to see all of your lovely faces. We've got some free stuff from Belching Beacver Brewery for those of you on the list who get there by 9:30, but don't forget your dollars to tip your bartenders to make sure we're invited back.

Friday, January 22:

  • SoundDiego LIVE presents Botanica Chango, the Palace Ballroom, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Mayfield @ Casbah -- this free event is still open to the public, but admission is subject to capacity.
  • Big Bad Buffalo, the Rosalyns, Living Strange, Grit @ Stage Room (formerly Porter's Pub)
  • Tuxedo @ Observatory North Park
  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Mike Doughty @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The Roots Factory presents Cumbia Goth, featuring La Diabla, Cisco Kid, Xicasoul @ Ken Club
  • Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin @ AMSD (sold out)
  • Never Shout Never, Metro Station, Jule Vera, Waterparks @ House of Blues
  • Daniel Jackson Week Celebration @ Dizzy's
  • AJ Froman, Glasmus, Flatlands @ Soda Bar
  • '80s & '90s, with DJs Junior & Vaughn @ Bar Pink
  • Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Kottonmouth Kings, Marlon Asher, Chucky Chuck, DJ Product 1969 @ SOMA
  • Cumbia Machin, Downs Family, Ssssnake @ Black Cat
  • Vision of Disorder, Pissing Razors, Critic, Nerve Control, Impulse @ Brick By Brick
  • Sugar Candy Mountain, Muscle Beech, Wild Wild Wet DJs @ The Hideout
  • Doncat, Oh Spirit @ Whistle Stop
  • Caitlin Evanson, Nina Francis, Keelan Donovan, Megan Davies @ Lestat's
  • Shawn Rohlf @ Java Joe's
  • Gridlok, Cause 4 Concern @ The Merrow
  • Eagle @ Quartyard
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Big Shot Dianne, Cameron, Nate Pop @ Che Cafe
  • Louis Valenzuela Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • R:Tyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Slowdraw the Hungry Eskimo, Beevil, Western Midwest @ Tower Bar
  • The Main Squeeze @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Rick Agnew Band, Chango's Psychotic Garage, Roman Watchdogs, Sculpins @ Til-Two Club
  • Lumberjvck @ Fluxx
  • Bassjackers @ Omnia
  • Dyro @ Bassmnt
  • Pre Carnaval Lancamento Obrazuka + Baile do Victinho @ Spin
  • Jamie Shadowlight, Electric Ladyland @ 98 Bottles
  • Subdvsn @ Kava Lounge
  • The Fooks @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Kid Wilderness & Of Course Not @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[Luna Rises Again]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:22:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Luna+SD.jpg The other project from Galaxie 500's Dean Wareham stopped back in to the Casbah, and Eight24.com's Scott McDonald had his microphone ready.]]> <![CDATA[Griz-ly Business]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:47:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Grizfolk.jpg

As we inch closer and closer to the weekend, the music scene is our knight in shining armor, so to speak, offering some respite from the humdrum of our work week. On Friday, the House of Blues has two cool shows, with Grizfolk in the Voodoo Room while the Adicts tearing things up in the main concert hall. Meanwhile the Kickback --- whose debut was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno -- rock out at Soda Bar. Local guys the Bertos play at Tower Bar after a very long hiatus, and Big Head Todd & the Monsters bring their own flavor of college rock to the Belly Up. Last but certainly not least, Hot Water Music frontman and the dude behind many of the Revival Tours, Chuck Ragan, returns to the Casbah. With locals Pall Jenkins and Mike Pope as support, this is definitely your chance to see the gentler side of these gents.

Thursday, Jan. 21:

  • Chuck Ragan accompanied by Todd Beene on pedal steel, Pall Jenkins, Mike Pope @ Casbah
  • Grizfolk, Max Frost @ House of Blues (Voodoo Room)
  • The Adicts, Hard Fall Hearts @ House of Blues
  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Mike Doughty @ Belly Up 
  • The Bertos, Detached Objects @ Tower Bar
  • The Kickback, Quiet Company, Velvet Club @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Nick Kroll @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Hideout Hop, with DJ Tec and Friends @ The Hideout
  • Doncat, Nate Hess @ Sycamore Den
  • Mike Officer @ Park & Rec
  • Bearcon @ Lestat's
  • Jeff Berkley, Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Some Kind of Lizard, Garden Echo, Grenda, Chill Pill, Lady Indigo @ The Merrow
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Wildside @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, with the Casey Hensley Band @ The Loft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Squa, Madd Joker, Oscar Goldman, Micah @ Winston's
  • Cosmic Gate @ Omnia
  • Bass Tribe @ Kava Lounge
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • PsydeCar, DJ Reefah, TRC SoundSystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Cold Threat, Death Surf @ Boar Cross'n

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

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<![CDATA[Tim Cantor Imagines Dragons]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:33:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tim+Cantor+SD.jpg From inside his gallery downtown, San Diego artist Tim Cantor tells 91x's Robin Roth about becoming Imagine Dragons' artist, creating everything from album covers to music video inspirations for the rock group -- and how he ended up joining their tour with his own traveling exhibition.]]>