<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:50:35 -0700 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:50:35 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SoundDiego Night LIVE]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:39:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Prayers-1.jpg

On Thursday, JEFF the Brotherhood, Bully and Roxy Jones are at Soda Bar; Weedeater, King Parrot and Archons hit the Casbah; Brawley’s BarRoom Ball with Brawley, Alex Woodard and Sam Outlaw are at the Belly Up; a Tribute to the Zombies is at Bar Pink; Charlie Rae plays at Sycamore Den; Hawthorne Heights headline at Porter’s Pub; Bumpin Uglies, the Bastard Suns and No Kings are at Winston's; Farmageddon Records Showcase with James Hunnicutt and the Hangdog Hearts are at the Til-Two; and Hot Mustard, Stealth Jackson, Zombie Barbie and Amigo take over Brick by Brick. For your dancing fix, Scndl is at Bassmnt, Satin Jackets are at Vin de Syrah; Gina Cat is at El Camino; and Junior theDISCOpunk and Antonio Aguilera are at Henry’s Pub.

Friday, SoundDiego LIVE hosted by yours truly at the Air Conditioned Lounge features Prayers, Idyll Wild and Glass Spells. You can get on the last-minute guest list here. Elsewhere, Broncho, Jacco Gardener and Ultimate Painting are at the Casbah; Lady & the Lion (album-release party) and Taurus Authority hit the Whistle Stop; the Coathangers headline at Soda Bar; Swimmers, Dog Party, KIDS and In Viridian play in the Voodoo Room at House of Blues; Hard Fall Hearts, the Blackjackits, Toothless George and Brass Hysteria take over Til-Two; Gunner Gunner, the Bloodflowers, Authentic Sellout and Processor hit Brick By Brick; Ditches and the Cardielles are at the Balboa; Elephant Revival and Trouble in the Wind hit the Belly Up; and Chelsea Grin is at SOMA. Dance options include ‘80s vs. ‘90s, with DJs Vaughn Avakian and Heather Hardcore at Bar Pink; Klatch at Bang Bang; Liquid Geometry at the Kava Lounge; and Crizzly at Bassmnt.  

Start your Saturday with San Diego Indiefest 9 at City Heights Urban Village, with Bear Hands, Dead Feather Moon and more; San Diego Beatles Fair is at Queen Bee's; the Mustache Bash is at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier; Jeremy Enigk headlines at the Irenic; Bat Lords have their CD-release party at Tower Bar, with Poontang Clam, Moonshine, Ninja Night Race and Oddball; the Loons album-release party featuring Misunderstood with Glenn Campbell, Schitzophonics and DJs Tony the Tyger and Matteo Londres are at the Casbah; Lady Dottie & the Diamonds hit the Hideout; Blockhead, Arms and Sleepers and 9 Theory are at Soda Bar; Gone Baby Gone, Grammatical B and Casanova Frankenstein play at the Black Cat; and Le Ra and Lhabia are at the Balboa. Hit the dance floor at Club Sabbat at Numb3rs, featuring DJs Liquid Grey and yours truly; or Adrian Lux is at Bassmnt; Booty Bassment takes over the Whistle Stop; Burns is at Bang Bang; and Sleepwalking hits Til-Two.

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[LIVE: Tweedy]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:08:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tweedy2015003.jpg A little bird got a whole lotta love when Tweedy flew into the Balboa Theatre on March 24.

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<![CDATA[91X-Fest 2015 Lineup Announced]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:46:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Thesss-Cult.jpg

Local alternative-radio powerhouse 91X fired the big guns Tuesday, unveiling an X-Fest lineup packed with marquee names.

More than a dozen acts -- new bands, old-school artists, local groups and touring talent -- fill out the lineup, including headliners Modest Mouse of "Float On" fame and the hard-rockin' Brits of The Cult. Joining them on June 7 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre will be the rap royalty of Public Enemy and "Trunk Muzik" star Yelawof (spotted by SoundDiego last week at SxSW), SoCal's Pennywise and Cold War Kids, as well as alt rockers Death From Above 1979, Altas Genius, the Orwells, electronic artist Robert Delong and SoundDiego local faves Shady Francos (just ask us about our new theme song!). Bonus: Brooklyn's Moon Hooch will be busking around the site.

"Diversity has always been 91X's middle name, and this X-Fest lineup proves it," said Halloran, 91X's program director. "91X was the first radio station in the country to play The Cult and Public Enemy. X-Fest 2015 has artists from 91X's history and future all together on one stage. I can't wait to see all the 'old school' and 'new school' listeners at the show."

The station is following up on the success of its very successful Wrex the Halls concert at Valley View Casino Center in December, which boasted a bill bursting with Cage, Billy Idol, Alt-J, Interpol, Spoon, Banks and others.

Lucky 91X listeners can buy pre-sale tickets on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (via a code available at the station website and texting plaform), while the rest of the public will have to wait till Friday at the same time to snap them up from LIve Nation.



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<![CDATA[SD LIVE Answers Your Prayers]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Prayers-1.jpg

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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<![CDATA[Live: X and Robyn Hitchcock]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:44:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Exene+Cervenka+Cropped.jpg Exene Cervenka and John Doe -- from legendary Orange County punk band X -- delivered an intimate acoustic show at the Belly Up on March 22, with Robyn Hitchcock opening.

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<![CDATA[Brotherhood, Where Art Thou?]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sJeff.jpg

Can we just call it the weekend already? Especially with such great music on Thursday, why can't we just get to it? You can catch the always-awesome shredders of JEFF the Brotherhood at Soda Bar, for starters -- their new album just came out this week after they slayed at South By Southwest. Meanwhile, if stoner metal is your jam, head to the Casbah for Weedeater. Joined by King Parrot and the locals of Archons, this one is more for those who like a little face melting on their Thursday. The Ken Club has a rare show, and Bar Pink hosts some local all-stars in their Tribute to the Zombies.

Thursday, March 26:

  • JEFF The Brotherhood, Bully, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar
  • Weedeater, King Parrot, Archons @ Casbah
  • Fools Rush, Ash Williams, Wayne Arms, Castoff, Old News @ Ken Club
  • Tribute to the Zombies, with Shake Before Us, Diana Death, True Stories, Normandie Wilson, Scott Mathiasen & Mojo Working, Wayne Riker, Dave Howard and Blaise Christopher Guld @ Bar Pink (free)
  • Brawley's Barroom Ball, with Brawley, Alex Woodard, Sam Outlaw @ Belly Up
  • Self Defense Family, Marshstepper & Permanence, DJ Jeff Graves @ The Hideout
  • Hawthorne Heights, Courage My Love, Dayseeker @ Porter's Pub
  • George Benson @ Balboa Theatre
  • Charlie Rae, Ashley Pond @ Sycamore Den
  • Zombie Barbie @ Brick By Brick
  • 22 Kings, Western Collective, the Yes Team @ Lestat's
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • Glyphics: A Community Art Event, featuring Planet Booty @ The Merrow
  • Club '80s @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Saul Q @ U-31
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • San Pedro El Cortez, Gymshorts, Kids in Heat @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Bumpin Uglies, the Bastard Suns, No Kings @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • No Limits, with Myson King @ The Office
  • Farmageddon Records Showcase, featuringJames Hunnicutt, the Hangdog Hearts @ Til-Two Club
  • Tyga @ Fluxx
  • Satin Jackets @ Vin de Syrah
  • Scndl @ Bassmnt
  • Joe Cardillo @ Cafe 21
  • Junior theDISCOpunk & Antonio Aguilera @ Henry's Pub
  • Piracy Conspiracy, DJ Jughead, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Inspired and the Sleep @ Boar Cross'n

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



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<![CDATA[Kings of the Keys]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:08:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/chickdebwolfe722.jpg

The March 20 meeting between piano kings Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock began with a template that would hold true for much of the evening: each man offering brilliant ideas individually before joining each other with dizzying cascades of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic information, coursing through dark, Bartokian discord and exchanging jabs, stabs and uppercuts like Frazier and Ali.

The ebb and flow of melodic generation expanded with the organic reality of a backyard garden, with plenty of room for each player to nurture and harvest individual and collective wisdom in the moment. "Easy to Love" began in an almost dirge-like fashion as Corea drove the structural pilings and Hancock swirled around them with joyful contrapuntal improvisations.

Most of the night centered on free exchange between the masters of the acoustic piano, although each player also spent time on synthesizer with -- to be honest -- negligible results. One piece that opened freely with Hancock on keyboard ended up in a stunning dual-grand spin through "All Blues" that toggled between light rococo touches and raucous barrel-house explosions.

Most satisfying was the virtuosic exploration of Joe Zawinul's "Directions," which had more twists and turns than a Dickens novel. It led directly into the pensive beauty of Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" then the oblique masterpiece "Maiden Voyage," where the dialog raged like a maelstrom then wafted into silence.

After a prolonged ovation, the masters returned to the stage to lead a hilarious and detailed "audience participation" suite through Corea's "Spain," which illustrated the impressive number of musicians in the sold-out hall, borne out by the articulate relative pitch displayed by the five-note chord Corea assigned to the volunteer choir.

It was dramatic and funny and musical, much in the spirit of the evening itself, and there wasn't any escaping the notion that history was repeating itself -- as Hancock and Corea did this in San Diego back in 1978 -- while being made at the same time. Long live the kings.
 

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



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<![CDATA[Rubblebucket Rousers]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:21:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rubblebucket_722x406_1897115479.jpg

I love watching a band grow their audience organically over time. Rubblebucket has consistently returned to the Casbah, and each show sees their audience grow more and more. Recorded, this is a solid band, but it is in Rubblebucket's live performance that they really shine. If you're looking for a great time Wednesday night, this is a great option for you. Across town, Bruin and Emerald Rats perform at this month's installment of Commune at Whistle Stop, while Gang of Four take to the Belly Up, and the Burgerama Tour stops through Soda Bar. For a Wednesday surprise, drop by Seven Grand for a free show with Whitehorse. You can thank me later.

Wednesday, March 25:

  • Rubblebucket, Vacationer @ Casbah
  • Commune featuring Bruin, Emerald Rats, DJs Tim Hines and Dead Air @ Whistle Stop
  • Gang of Four, Public Access TV, DJ set by RadioHalloran @ Belly Up
  • Burgerama Tour featuring La Luz, Meatbodies, Michael Rault, Wax Witches, Will Sprott @ Soda Bar
  • Whitehorse, the Wet Secrets @ Seven Grand
  • Night Riots, Draemings @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Sheer Mag, Dictator, the Burdens @ Tower Bar
  • Midweek Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Broken Water, Yonatan Gat, Deface Man and Quali @ The Hideout
  • Full Body Tones, Horsefly @ Brick by Brick
  • The Pink Floyd Experience @ House of Blues
  • Josiah Leming, King Daniel, Caroline Corn @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series featuring Evan McColm @ Croce's Park West
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Latin Dance Party featuring DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Skank Roots Project with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • The Wild Side @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Dan Porter @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club America, Nebula Drag, David Carnell Smith, Rosannah Music @ The Merrow
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

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

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<![CDATA[Supporters Rally to Save Che Cafe]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:35:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/che+cafe+rally.jpg

Supporters rallied outside University of California, San Diego, historic Che Cafe early Tuesday in the hopes of changing university officials’ minds as a formal eviction went into effect for the site.

After a year of legal wrangling between the co-op, the UCSD administration and student advisory boards, the school officially served the collective a 5-day eviction notice on March 17. Read the full back-story here.

The order mandated that the 73-year-old building, located at 1000 Scholars Drive, be vacated by March 24. Anyone not vacating voluntarily can and may be removed forcibly by law enforcement agents.

Activists trying to prevent the eviction began rallying at 5 a.m. Tuesday at the site. An official with the sheriff's department said later on Tuesday morning that deputies had 180 days to enforce the notice and had no plans to do so on Tuesday. They added that they won't be announcing when the eviction notice will be enforced. For their part, supporters stated that they will have someone at the Che around the clock until the eviction notice is served by the deputies.

The University Advisory Board voted to cut Che Cafe’s funding last year after saying there were fire safety hazards, that extensive repairs were needed and that there was a lack of interest by students in the club.

In turn, the cooperative argued that they have proof from a university fire marshall that they do meet fire safety standards.

The Che Cafe has hosted such artists over the years at Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Billy Corgan, Bon Iver and Green Day.

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<![CDATA[OMNIA San Diego Grand Opening April 30]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:27:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lolla_2010_super_nervo.jpg

Now you can party like Justin Bieber did on his 21st birthday -- or at least you'll be able to get a little closer to the idyll come April 30, when OMNIA San Diego opens its doors.

Coming from one of the hottest nightclub brands in the world, OMNIA hits the Gaslamp for its grand opening that weekend -- and on Wednesday, March 25, you can get tickets and table reservations. For what?, you might ask. For the OMNIA 2015 roster, which sounds a lot like Steve Aoki, Nervo, Afrojack, Armin Van Buurin, Chuckie, Krewella, Nicky Romero and oh, oh so many more. Probs because those are just a few of the big names in nightlife who will be getting your fist in the air and your feet on the dance floor.

Taking over the old Stingaree location after a complete renovation, the club comes to San Diego by way of the Hakkasan Group, heavy hitters in the industry with nightclubs and restaurants -- Wet Republic, HQ Nightclub and SHOREbar, to name a few -- across the States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

They're entering a competitive market in the Gaslamp, with Fluxx, Parq, Bassmnt, Bang Bang, Side Bbar, AD Nightclub and whatever the crew behind L.A.'s Avalon ends up doing with the former 4th & B space. But from the sounds of their planned lineup, the OMNIA's got it under control.

The OMNIA San Diego opens at 454 6th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter on April 30. Tickets and table reservations are available beginning Wednesday, March 25.

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[For the Tweedy Birds]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:28:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/Tweedy+Press+Photo.jpg

There are a lot of great shows Tuesday night. I mean, I remember being at the Airborne Toxic Event's first San Diego show in the Delta Room of the House of Blues. There was someone climbing on the amps and a small but riveted crowd packed into the room. Obviously the band has been all over the world on many sized stages, so to catch them back at the House of Blues -- albeit in the main hall -- is going to be pretty special. And then at the Observatory North Park, you can catch legendary rappers Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique spitting ryhmes and dropping mad knowledge to a new generation of fans. But of course, the show I'm so excited about is Tweedy at the Balboa Theatre. Dustin already did a great job enlightening us on this show, but I can say that after years of being a fan and catching Wilco or Jeff Tweedy solo over the years, I cannot wait to see what family bonding brings to this show. I feel like everyone I've ever met in the music scene is going to be at this show, and I'm so excited for all of it. 

Tuesday, March 24:

  • Tweedy, the Minus 5 @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Airborne Toxic Event @ House of Blues
  • Ghetto Blaster, Ape Machine, Girl Band @ Casbah
  • Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique @ Observatory North Park
  • Tiki Tuesday with Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Quantic, DJ Vadim, Taurus Authority @ Soda Bar
  • Pete Rock, Slum Village, Hanif @ Porter's Pub
  • Lust for Youth, Marshstepper and Permanence, DJ Jeff Graves and Mark Allen @ The Hideout
  • Curiouser, Kye Alfred Hillig, Cloud Person, Rosewood and Rye @ Tower Bar
  • Desert Suns, Mos Generator, Wounded Giant, the Great Electric Quest @ The Merrow
  • David Choi, Tess Henley @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra @ Croce's Park West
  • Meeting of the Meyends @ Winston's
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[LIVE: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:33:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1ringostarr.jpg All you need is love, San Diego -- and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band! The Fab Four legend and his exceptional band helter skeltered through Pala Casino on March 14.

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<![CDATA[Tweedy's Heavy Metal Drummer]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:00:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tweedy+by+Piper_Ferguson.jpg

"I might be naïve about it, but I think that when you treat people respectfully, goodness usually prevails … not to sound like a preacher or anything."

Spencer Tweedy may only be 19 years old, but he already knows the ins and outs of being a public figure of sorts. The son of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, he's spent roughly the last two years behind the drum kit for his and his dad's new band -- the aptly named Tweedy, who perform at Balboa Theatre on Tuesday, March 24. As Spencer's found out, being the offspring of one of America's greatest living songwriters comes with a downside.

Take, for example, his recent essay detailing the social consciousness of Run the Jewels' latest album, which begins with the sentence: "Neil Young is an out-of-touch motherf---er." If you read the entire article [found here], he makes it clear that he adores Young, but as he dissects the immediacy of the "Run the Jewels 2" album, he posits the rap duo as the face of modern protest and holds them up against poor Young's toothless and dated protest campaigns. And, what do you know, the comments section reads like a "How to Talk S--- on the Internet for Dummies" book.

Of course, some of that deranged, misplaced anger aimed at the younger Tweedy is basically derived from the assumption that he leads a nepotistic life of entitlement and privilege. He's an easy target after all.

"I know there are some battles you just can't win," Spencer told me. "But I think that even the most vehement haters -- to borrow that dumb word -- can be disarmed just by listening to them and by being introspective yourself. At least ask yourself, 'Why is this person being this way?' and 'Why are they saying these things?' Maybe try confronting them with those questions too -- but in a logical way and a thoughtful way without using any swear words. I really think that usually works out."

Tweedy, "Sukierae"Sadly, he's had to develop thicker skin since the release of Tweedy's debut album, "Sukierae," last September [buy it here]. The gorgeous double-LP tackles some of life's most universal subjects -- youth, love, maturity, loneliness, loss -- with its 20 tracks effortlessly journeying through experimental-rock jam tapestries, intimately charming acoustic odes and straight-up vintage-hued pop that would've sounded right at home on Wilco's 1999 masterpiece, "Summerteeth." Even though the record's been well received, there will always be someone who needs to take a shot or two.

"I pay attention a lot to what's said about it, and my dad does too -- maybe not to the same degree that I do. I pay attention because the idea of being disconnected is really scary to me. I think part of the reason people make music is to feel connected to people. I've never been able to shut myself off from that stuff. Luckily, throughout my life, which I've been a little bit public in varying degrees since I was 12 or 13 years old, people have been overwhelmingly positive, which is something I'm really, really thankful for. There's a lot of opportunities for people to be presumptuous about my family's lifestyle or what kind of person I might be. I've been really lucky to enjoy mostly positivity. But putting out 'Sukierae' has definitely attracted the most negativity I've ever seen about myself on the Internet. Thankfully, it's totally been outweighed by the positive. It's a complex relationship: You want to be open and have a dialogue with people, but sometimes you can get a little scathed mentally."

It's hard to imagine, really. Especially because with "Sukierae," what's not to like? Acoustic and electric guitars take their places, glistening, blooming and sometimes fading off while Papa Tweedy delivers some of the most indelible, poetic lines he's uttered in his decades-long career behind the mic. (Don't take my word for it -- watch/listen to the band's official videos for "Low Key" and "Summer Noon" for yourself.) But Spencer's drum work is just as paramount to the album: His rhythms are propulsive, tactful and always complimentary; his kit's tone always deadened, round and flat -- indicative of the ideology behind his personal playing style.

"I prefer a warm, short, really contained drum sound, and I think where that comes from, for me, is just a desire to stay out of the way. I think when I was growing up and learning how to play drums, I was probably traumatized at a couple points by over-drumming and realizing that you really have to listen to other people. It's embarrassing to be a drummer and just pound away without regard to everybody else. It makes you look like an idiot. And I don't mean to say I was above that. I just, thankfully, was able to see that and was embarrassed by it. So I've tried to be sensible about it and try to curb that evil drumming tendency [laughs]."

It's fascinating now to think of how we caught our first glimpse of him during Wilco's infamous 2002 documentary, "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." In one memorable scene, a then-5-year-old Spencer taps out the beat to the band's song "Heavy Metal Drummer," which amusingly enough, his dad can't place. He may have worked to hone his skills as a musician since then and readily admits that drumming will always be his main squeeze, but the 19-year-old seems energized by the prospect of branching out. 

Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

"I think I'm kind of like my dad in that my ability with instruments is just sort of dictated by what I want to hear them do, or what I'm trying to accomplish within a recording," he said. "That's how I feel about the guitar. I've been writing a lot of songs and enjoy doing that. But I feel like I'm just meeting the level I need, to be able to say what I want to say with it. I definitely thought of that a lot during the making of 'Sukierae' because my dad played piano and keyboards on the album -- which he would definitely not be labeled proficient in by anybody [laughs]."

OK, so Jeff Tweedy may not exactly be Frederic Chopin on the keys, but in terms of lyricism -- and guitar playing (which his son and I both agree goes a little underappreciated) -- few come close. Spencer has, among other things, inherited his dad's propensity for sonic exploration, as evidenced by a song he released on his own a year ago called "Temple State" [listen to it here].

"I think when you don't know the rules or aren't exactly able to achieve what you're trying to achieve mechanically, you stumble around and you can discover a lot of interesting things along the way. That's not to say traditionally trained musicians, or more capable musicians, are doing anything worse, but I think it's definitely been more of an advantage rather than a disadvantage for my dad -- and also for me, as I've been recording more things on my own -- 'cause you take such a long route going from point A to point B. You do a little bit more exploring otherwise and that can be great."

Whether it be musical or personal, the teenager's gifted with a reflective, intellectual nature. That's rare enough for anyone these days it seems, much less for a guy that can't even order a beer yet. Even more remarkable was his mindset while recording "Sukierae" -- a record that he and his dad worked on during a period in which Susan Tweedy was diagnosed with cancer (thankfully, according to Spencer, his mother is nearly cancer-free now). I asked him if it was difficult to hear the songs in the studio, knowing what might've inspired their subject matter.

"No … personally I think that poignant music, and music with emotional weight like that, is consoling and does more to make me feel good than it does to make me feel bad. But aside from that, I was really thinking that in the future, this is probably going to be really special to me as a memory, and when I look back on it, it's probably going to wreck me emotionally at some point -- a point that I hope is really, really far away."

Tweedy headline the Balboa Theatre on Tuesday, March 24, with the Minus 5 opening. Tickets are $37.50 (plus fees) and are available here.

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



Photo Credit: Photo by Piper Ferguson]]>
<![CDATA[Where the Shimabukuro Shines]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:23:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/96319441.jpg

Monday certainly does not suck. The Ting Tings are playing an all-ages show at the House of Blues, and whether you've followed their career since their debut or not, they always put on an energetic and fun show. Meanwhile, Jake Shimabukuro, who comes through town two to four times a year now, performs two sold-out shows at the Belly Up. While that might be disappointing to someone looking for a ticket, as a person who wants to see more support for live music, I'm proud to see two Monday night performances sold out so far in advance. Lastly, at Casbah we have the Last Bison. Formerly just Bison, the Virginia band does indie-folk music, and they do it well. This one is definitely a good one not to miss.

Monday, March 23:

  • The Last Bison, Neulore @ Casbah
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Belly Up (doors at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; SOLD OUT)
  • The Ting Tings @ House of Blues
  • Black Rivers, Sundrop Electric, Speaker in Reverse @ Soda Bar
  • Rae Sremmurd, Filthy Rich @ The Observatory North Park
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Cards Jams @ The Hideout
  • Plastik Deer, Sleeze, Rogue Stereo, Portrait on Fire @ The Merrow
  • Anat Cohen Quartet @ Auditorium of TSRI
  • Lament Cityscape, Sol, CHIEFS @ The Bancroft
  • Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Strictly Hip-Hop with Odessa Kane, Rocky Rey @ Gallagher's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with DJ Fishfonics @ U-31

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



Photo Credit: Getty Images for AEG Live]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Ani DiFranco]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:34:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ani+DiFranco+HOB+Bolger+2015+%2810%29.jpg Iconic activist songstress Ani DiFranco brought her incomparable acoustic rock sound to House of Blues on March 16, with Pearl & the Beard opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Keeping Time with the Big Band Jazz Machine]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:33:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ira+Liss+Big+Band+CD+Cover+Cropped.jpg

The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine has been pumping up the Southern California scene since 1979, and "It’s About Time" features this large orchestra filled with top-flight soloists mining similar territory as that pioneered by the Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich big bands.

Opening with "Perdido," the band creates tension through the use of pedal points and releases it with a glorious, full-blown swing. David Catel De Oro rips through the changes with a brawny tenor solo, followed by David Murray’s burning trombone essay.

Big band music is essentially an arranger’s art form, and "It’s About Time" features several excellent ones, especially Chris Brayman, and Mike Crotty, who charted "American Gothic," a rock feel piece that gets serious resuscitation from amazing horn voicing and a killer Steve Steinberg tenor solo.

The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, "It's About Time"Guest guitarist Dean Brown climbs aboard for a big band look at Wes Montgomery’s "Four on Six," logging in a bluesy treatise that kind of pales next to the saxophone soli arranged by Alan Baylock. Brown, though, contributes an absolutely stunning cadenza to close it out, quoting "My One and Only Love," for good measure.

Guest saxophonist Eric Marienthal ramps up the excitement quotient on "Sally O," though Steve and Ella Steinberg give him a run for the money on the excellent "The Epitome of the Ballad."

Gilbert Castellanos joins the band for a loose, freer reading of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise," than one might expect, arranged by Baylock and amped to the highest degree by the trumpet master.

There’s some really terrific music going down on "It’s About Time," but I’m ambivalent about the sound of electric bass in jazz. Don’t get me wrong, Lance Jeppesen is a really solid player, but I’d still rather be hearing an upright.

The Big Band Jazz Machine has some gigs coming up this summer featuring jazz icon Bob Mintzer. I’ll keep you posted. 

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

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<![CDATA[An X-tra Special Evening]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:16:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/xenene-cervenka-john-doe.jpg

The Belly Up has been doing several "an evening with" shows of late and they've all been wildly successful. They're a rare chance to experience a fully seated show with legendary artists. Sometimes they opt for a storytelling type show, sometimes they play a little stripped down. These are one-of-a-kind shows, and tonight with John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X along with Robyn Hitchcock should be no exception. Meanwhile around town, catch Matthew E. White at the Casbah, Idlehands rock Soda Bar, and Sydney Blake & the Misters perform at Sycamore Den.

Sunday, March 22:

  • John Doe, Exene Cervenka & Robyn Hitchcock @ Belly Up
  • Matthew E. White, Wilsen @ Casbah
  • Idlehands, Ghost Parade, Belle Noire, the Calefaction @ Soda Bar
  • Sydney Blake & the Misters, Artmonk @ Sycamore Den
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • SDSU School of Music and Dance presents Coast to Coast @ Montezuma Hall of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • The Santana Bros. with the Shift @ Lestat's
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed, Vaginals, Blackberry Tongues, Son of Radul @ The Merrow
  • Mike Maury & Friends @ Wine Lover
  • Reggae SD: TRC Soundsystem @ U-31
  • David Cassidy @ Sycuan
  • Nina Francis @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Choro Sotaque @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Marcus Slim Shaw & B.I.G. @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • The Wick Hauser @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB O-ke @ Winston's
  • Get Smashed II @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Tio Leo's

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



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Live at SxSW: Hills Like Elephants at the Aquarium]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:43:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hills+Like+Elephants+SXSW.jpg Local indie rockers Hills Like Elephants trampled SxSW under foot with a larger-than-life set at the Aquarium on 6th Street.]]> <![CDATA[The Che Cafe Holds Last-Minute Rally]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:28:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/checafe.jpg

In what appears to be a last-minute effort to thwart eviction, the Che Cafe Collective is holding a rally at its University of California, San Diego (UCSD) location at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

After a year of legal wrangling and back-and-forth between the co-op and the UCSD administration and student advisory boards, the school officially served the collective a 5-day eviction notice on March 17. The order mandates that the 73-year-old building (located at 1000 Scholars Drive) be vacated by March 24, and anyone opting not to vacate voluntarily can and may be removed forcibly by law enforcement agents.

The Che Cafe Collective posted a statement on their official Facebook page in the late hours of Friday, March 20.

"Dear friends, as many of you may already know, we received our formal eviction notice last week. We will not go out without a fight. Please join us on Tuesday, March 24th at the Che Cafe for a rally to support the space. We will be meeting at 5am, and we expect the UCSD administration to come at 6am. Come help us make some noise. Come help us make our voices heard. Come help us save this space. There is no education without community. We love you all.”

Another Facebook post followed on Saturday, March 21, explaining the rally's purpose: “Together, we can prevent the closure of the Che. We know that in the past, the only thing that has ever prevented the university administration from shutting down the Che is community pressure and direct action. We cannot win this fight without your help – and it has all come down to this day. Please show up at 5 a.m. or earlier with picket signs, noise makers and megaphones.”

The Che Cafe/UCSD battle has raged on since May 2014, when the University Center Advisory Board (UCAB) -- a student-run committee -- voted to cut funding for the partially student-fee funded club. The school cited safety hazards and imminent, extensive repairs ordered by the campus fire marshal and an overall lack of current student interest in the club as primary reasons for putting the collective under the gun. [Read the original SoundDiego story on the vote here]

The co-op has remained steadfast in its assertion that the building poses no safety hazards, and has offered up recent correspondence from the university's own Fire Marshal to the collective, expressing satisfaction with the building's fire safety, and the group's efforts in keeping the facility safe.

However, after a series of student advisory board votes in the school's favor, UCSD terminated the collective’s month-to-month lease on June 13. In July, the co-op went on the offensive and sued the school for the "unlawful" termination of its lease and alleged collusion between the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and UCSD in decertifying the club [Read the SoundDiego report here].

On Oct. 21, San Diego Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal ruled in favor of UCSD, arguing that the co-op had not requested the proper dispute resolution procedure it was required to make per the terms of its lease -- which ultimately meant the university was then free to terminate the lease at any time. The Che Cafe immediately appealed the ruling. [Read the SoundDiego report here.]

The co-op regards the eviction as entirely unethical. According to a Che Café Collective spokesman, Monty Reed Kroopkin, the March 17 eviction notice has been unjustly served: “The appeal the Collective filed of the eviction lawsuit ruling is still pending a ruling from the appellate court.”

The eviction follows on the heels of a joint proposal issued Feb. 9, 2015 by Associated Students (AS) and GSA ad hoc committees -- which recommended the Che Café be shut down for a period of 18 months and requested the collective to program outside the building until the end of spring 2016, "at which time metrics regarding student involvement in programming (sign-in sheets, ticket sales, etc.) can be evaluated for further action." [Read the proposal in full here.]

The presidents of the AS and GSA committees issued a joint statement on March 2 asking the collective to embrace the proposal and work with them on demonstrating "that they can serve as a student-centered organization." They also requested that the co-op vacate the building so that "safety concerns with the building can be addressed." [Read the statement in full here.]

Representatives for the Che Cafe balked at the proposal and issued the following response on Feb. 25.

"The C.H.E. Cafe Collective is opposed to any solution that includes the collective leaving the C.H.E. Cafe Building. To leave the building would be tantamount to forfeiting the property. The UC San Diego administration has a history of refusing to allow organizations, such as the Craft Center, to reclaim buildings after they have left. We also feel the reasoning behind the request to leave the building is problematic. There is not a need to vacate. No safety issues with the building have been properly demonstrated, and student support of the C.H.E. Cafe Collective is strong and continues to grow with each meeting and event that is being held at the C.H.E. Cafe building."
The press release went on to say that the co-op would continue to work with AS and GSA to halt the eviction process. However, according to a March 3 post on the group's official Facebook page, university administration had asked that they "voluntarily vacate the building by March 14, 2015. Failure to comply with this notice will result in a posting of the court-ordered eviction."

That eviction came March 17, after the collective hosted Che Fest 2015, a 19-band all-day/night benefit show at the club, on March 14.

SoundDiego will continue to provide updates on any further developments.

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[SoundDiego at South By Southwet]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:45:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/rtj3.JPG Updated on Saturday: SoundDiego's crew got rained on in Austin covering San Diego's musical connections to the biggest music festival in the U.S.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[A Chateau Rendezvous]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:22:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Chateau+Press+Photo.jpg

I don't usually feel like I have to give any disclosure here. My life is so weaved into the music and bands of San Diego, that any bias is pretty clear. That being said, I am longtime friends with Frank Green and Erik Visnyak of Chateau and I'm so excited about their latest project, Chateau. Tonight the band celebrates their EP release tonight at the Balboa, which means you can kill two birds with one stone: if you haven't yet seen the band, this is your chance. And if, like me, you haven't seen the Balboa since it changed from the Tin Can, this is another great opportunity. Of course, there are other worthy shows around town: Mrs. Henry at Casbah, an Experimental Guitar Show at Soda Bar, and even Mac Sabbath playing at Ramona Mainstage -- and a whole bunch of shows in between.

Saturday, March 21:

  • Chateau (EP release), Angels Dust @ The Balboa (formerly Tin Can)
  • Mrs. Henry, Schitzophonics, the Paragraphs, Erik Canzona & the Narrows @ Casbah
  • San Diego Experimental Guitar Show feat. Michael Crain Joileah Concepcion, All The Pretty Horses, Steve Flato, Hirsch the Machine Hirsch @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat: The Best & Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • An Evening with Railroad Earth @ Belly Up
  • San Diego Sings feat. Choral Consorium of San Diego @ Organ Pavilion (Free, All Ages, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival 2015 feat. Dan Crary, the Barefoot Movement, Sligo Rags, Salty Suites, Bluegrass Etc., *silverado*, and Central Valley Boys @ Temecula
  • Treaded, Zone 7, Victimized, Vile Creations, Raise the Guns @ Epicentre
  • John McCutcheon @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church
  • Local Brews, Local Grooves feat. the Kellers, Brad Perry, the Battlefield, Redwave Seawall, the Jackstones, the Deep Joint, Mike Wojniak, DNT, the Verigolds, Star Party, From the Cold @ House of Blues
  • Lee DeWyze, Traces, Savannah Philyaw @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Tribe of Kings @ The Hideout
  • Jay Chu @ Wine Lover
  • Punk Rock Karaoke: Sic Waiting, Implants, Torches to Triggers @ Brick By Brick
  • Mac Sabbath @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6-8 p.m.)
  • Jessica Bell, Trace Jory, Joseph Carroll @ Lestat's (9 p.m.)
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Bakermat @ Bang Bang
  • '80s vs '90s Gabe Vega vs Saul @ The Whistle Stop
  • Misc. Ailments, Forebear, Project Analogue @ The Merrow
  • Club Therapy @ The Bancroft
  • Fashion Whore with DJ Maystar, DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Coast Bop @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Breez'n @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • DJ Juliancito, Monster Mike and Mike Garcia @ Tower Bar
  • The Travel Agents @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Sister "Bam Bam" Nancy with Dub Bandalero @ Winston's
  • Bizarre, Jackie Chain & King Lil G @ Porter's Pub
  • Amerikan Bear, Sycamore @ Til-Two Club
  • Tropicana w/Karma @ Fluxx
  • Cash Cash @ Bassmnt
  • KL Noize Makers, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Sol Seed, Burning Wave @ Boar Cross'n
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's

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



Photo Credit: Photo by Shane Wilson]]>
<![CDATA[All That Jazz with Robert Bush]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:47:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hh184242433.jpg

Robert Bush is not a man of few words.
 
The prolific jazz writer routinely turns in some of the most sublimely written pieces on the San Diego jazz scene for SoundDiego, San Diego CityBeat, San Diego Reader, All About Jazz and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. Bottom line: when Bush writes, readers listen.

Bass lines don’t merely go for a walk -- instead he'll describe them as having “a violent undercurrent, from strummed triplets to windmill slaps at the strings that bordered on ‘enhanced interrogation techniques.’” Drums don't just snap and pound along but rather attack with a bite “as lethal as a viper’s strike.” With each piece, he has a way of transporting readers to another place while bringing the music he’s experiencing along for the ride; a rare talent indeed.
 
Which is why Friday’s Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock show at Copley Symphony Hall is such a must-see event. Claudia Russell, program director at KSDS Jazz88, will be moderating a pre-concert prelude featuring Bush and U-T San Diego's pop-music critic, George Varga, at 7 p.m. where they will discuss Corea and Hancock’s influence on several generations of pianists.
 
“Since 1960, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock have virtually changed the shape of jazz music through many twists and turns," Bush said. "Both of them forged their identities through the prism of work with Miles Davis, and each of them came to define the post-Davis 'jazz rock fusion' era that followed. Each of them pioneered the use of electric and electronic instruments, they both explored Latin music, and they both kept connected to mainstream jazz, as well as classically oriented chamber music.”

The Friday show has been sold out for months now, and who better to speak about it than Bush and Varga.

“Both George and I happened to be at the last Herbie/Chick duet concert back in 1978, and we have a lifetime of listening closely to their works ever since,” Bush said. “This will definitely be the largest forum for me to discuss a jazz-related theme. It’s a great honor for me to be invited to share the stage with Mr. Varga, who I have been reading for years, and with Claudia, who I have been listening to for years.”

Even though he's been listening to jazz since the age of 17, Bush admits that he hasn't really been at the whole writing gig all that long, even though in many circles, he's considered to be the preeminent jazz writer in San Diego.

"I had been on that journey into the heart of [jazz] for more than 30 years before I ever started writing about it," he explained. "That came about out of necessity. I would much rather have had the opportunity to read about the music I was into -- but there was a paucity of information out there. So many great things were happening in San Diego that weren't being written about, so five years ago, I started trying to reverse that situation."

Be sure to show up early to the Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock show at Copley Symphony Hall on Friday, March 20 to catch the pre-concert prelude featuring Robert Bush, George Varga and Claudia Russell at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Live at SxSW: The Donkeys at Cheers Shot Bar]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:42:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Donkeys_Song.jpg SxSW got treated to a SD-style donkey show: The Donkeys powered through electrical issues and held a packed Cheers Shot Bar crowd captive anyway with their catchy indie pop.]]> <![CDATA[Barry, Barry Interesting]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:58:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/03-CM1_0049.jpg

I know, I know. The show that everyone is probably talking about tonight is Blink-182 at SOMA. The show sold out rather quickly, with all the weird internet drama that played out between members and Matt Skiba taking the place of Tom Delonge. But honestly, there are plenty of other reasons to get out tonight, whether you want to take in the Banker's Hill Beer Festival at the Abbey or some art and DJs at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for their Spring Thing. But of course, we're all about music around here, so tonight you've got DJ Quik and Warren G at the Observatory North Park, fun times with Moon Hooch at Soda Bar, or my choice for the night, Tim Barry at the Casbah, who is joined by the amazing talents of Jenny Owens Young and Cory Branan to make it a full night of hearfelt music with a rough and tumble edge. 

Friday, March 20:

  • Tim Barry, Jenny Owen Youngs, Cory Branan @ Casbah
  • Moon Hooch, Dr. Seahorse, Bakkuda @ Soda Bar
  • Blink-182 (with Matt Skiba) @ SOMA (SOLD OUT)
  • Pall Jenkins, RedRumsey, Nothingful @ A Ship In The Woods
  • Big Bloom, Buddy Banter @ The Balboa (formerly Tin Can)
  • Spring Thing: Heavy Metals @ Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • DJ Quik & Warren G @ The Observatory North Park
  • Turn It Loose with Mr. Blow and Friends @ Bar Pink
  • An Evening with Railroad Earth @ Belly Up
  • Date Night for a Cause featuring Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy Hour)
  • Pamela York @ Dizzy's
  • Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Against the Odds, Chrysalis, Radio Active, Emoticon, Pissed Regardless and guests @ Epicentre
  • Lexington Field @ Seven Grand
  • Red Wizard, Loom @ Brick By Brick
  • Sweet Valley @ The Hideout
  • Mary Simich, King Flamingo, Nico Bones @ Sycamore Den
  • Aaron Bowen @ Wine Lover
  • The Ransom Notes, the Moves @ Lestat's
  • Strings and Things Art Exhibit @ Java Joe's
  • Yelawolf, Crazy Town @ House of Blues
  • Groove International @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Castoff, Terminally Ill, Strike Twelve, Chango's Psychotic Garage, Weird @ The Merrow
  • Radiator King @ The Bancroft
  • Lww Churchill @ U-31
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Ruby @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • OB Comedy with Matt Warbuton and Jeff Bilodeau @ Winston's
  • Ocean Boogie @ Winston's
  • The Stitches, the Dogs, Spent Idols @ Til-Two Club
  • F---ing i n the Bushes with Rob Moran & Daniel Sant @ The Whistle Stop
  • Tropicana w/Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • Helena @ Parq
  • Kevin Saunderson @ Bang Bang
  • Lonestar (Acoustic) @ Sycuan
  • Sandollar, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Leonard Patton Sings @ Society Cabaret La Jolla
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's

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



Photo Credit: Maureen Vana]]>
<![CDATA[UCSD Serves Che Cafe Eviction Notice]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:19:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/The+Che+Cafe+2.jpg

After a year of contentious back-and-forth, legal wrangling and advisory board votes, University of California, San Diego's administration served the Che Café Collective an official eviction notice on Tuesday, March 17.

The order mandates that the co-op vacate its building -- the iconic, 73-year-old Che Café building -- within five days of the notice’s posting. After March 22, the administration can and may bring in law enforcement agents to enact a lock out and/or remove anyone opting not to vacate voluntarily.

The Che Café/UCSD battle has raged on since May 2014, when the University Center Advisory Board (UCAB) -- a student-run committee -- voted to cut funding for the partially student-fee funded club. The school cited safety hazards and imminent, extensive repairs ordered by the campus fire marshal and an overall lack of current student interest in the club as primary reasons for putting the collective under the gun. [Read the original SoundDiego story on the vote here.]

On May 19, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) voted (9-4) to de-certify the co-op. On June 2, the GSA voted again (24-2) to terminate the Che Café’s month-to-month lease. The school did just that on June 13.

In July, the co-op went on the offensive and sued the school for the "unlawful" termination of its lease and alleged collusion between the GSA and UCSD to decertify the club [read the SoundDiego report here].

San Diego Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal ruled on Oct. 21 in favor of UCSD, arguing that the co-op had not requested the proper dispute resolution procedure it was required to make per the terms of its lease -- which ultimately meant the university was then free to terminate the lease at any time. The Che Cafe immediately appealed the ruling. [Read the SoundDiego report here.]

According to a Che Café Collective spokesman, Monty Reed Kroopkin, the March 17 eviction notice has been unjustly served: “The appeal the Collective filed of the eviction lawsuit ruling is still pending a ruling from the appellate court.”

The eviction, the latest development in a series of intense back-and-forth between the two parties, follows on the heels of a joint proposal issued Feb. 9, 2015 by Associated Students (AS) and GSA ad hoc committees -- which recommended the Che Café be shut down for a period of 18 months and requested the collective to program outside the building until the end of spring 2016, "at which time metrics regarding student involvement in programming (sign-in sheets, ticket sales, etc.) can be evaluated for further action." [Read the proposal in full here.]

The proposal also requested that the co-op enter into an interim re-integration program starting this fall -- which means the club would be required to host several events elsewhere on campus, at Porter's Pub, the Loft, the Sun God lawn, Revelle Plaza and other locations. Starting at the end the 2015-16 school year, it was proposed that the collective would possibly be allowed to program at the Che Cafe building, "provided that: (1) financial stability and sustainability has been achieved, (2) student involvement has improved, (3) funding has been secured to repair the Che Cafe and (4) renovations and repairs have been completed."

The presidents of the AS and GSA issued a joint statement on March 2 asking the collective to embrace the proposal and work with them on demonstrating "that they can serve as a student-centered organization." They also requested that the co-op vacate the building so that "safety concerns with the building can be addressed." [Read the statement in full here.]

Representatives for the Che Cafe balked at the proposal and issued the following response on Feb. 25.

"The C.H.E. Cafe Collective is opposed to any solution that includes the collective leaving the C.H.E. Cafe Building. To leave the building would be tantamount to forfeiting the property. The UC San Diego administration has a history of refusing to allow organizations, such as the Craft Center, to reclaim buildings after they have left. We also feel the reasoning behind the request to leave the building is problematic. There is not a need to vacate. No safety issues with the building have been properly demonstrated, and student support of the C.H.E. Cafe Collective is strong and continues to grow with each meeting and event that is being held at the C.H.E. Cafe building."

The press release went on to say that the co-op would continue to work with AS and GSA to halt the eviction process. However, according to a March 3 post on the group's official Facebook page, university administration had asked that they "voluntarily vacate the building by March 14, 2015. Failure to comply with this notice will result in a posting of the court-ordered eviction."

That eviction came Tuesday, after the collective hosted Che Fest 2015, a 19-band all-day/night benefit show, at the club on March 14. A post on the collective’s Facebook page on March 17 confirmed the news that they had received an eviction notice.

The co-op went on to say, “If you want to get involved on how we are taking steps to move forward, please join us at a meeting at The Che at 7 this Friday [March 20].”

SoundDiego will continue to provide updates on any further developments.

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[Live at SxSW: Prayers at Highland]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:43:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Prayers_Gothic_Summer__294854.jpg The cholo-goth players of Prayers gave Austin fans a taste of what they'll be bringing to SoundDiego LIVE March 27 at the Air Conditioned Lounge. RSVP here to get in: http://ulink.tv/3947]]> <![CDATA[Over the Moon Hooch]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:42:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Governors+Ball+Day+2+Michel+Dussack+%283%29.jpg

On my way to Austin for SxSW, but here in San Diego there are plenty of events for you to check out.

Thursday, get your dance on with Bicep and Lee K at Bang Bang, Moti at Bassmnt; Congorock at Fluxx and Junior theDISCOpunk and Antonio Aguilera at Henry’s Pub. Live music choices include This Will Destroy You and Cymbals Eat Guitars at the Casbah; Saviours, Archons and Christ Killer at Soda Bar; Trampled By Turtles and HoneyHoney are at the Observatory North Park for a sold-out show; Ocelot headlines at the Belly Up; Johnny Deadly Trio and Fanny and the Attaboys play at Sycamore Den; Viri y Los Bandidos, High Rolling Loners and Abe West take over the Merrow; and Buddy Banter, Wild Wild Wets and the Whiskey Circle are at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Friday, Blink-182 with Matt Skiba and A Day To Remember at SOMA is sold out; Moon Hooch, Dr. Seahorse and Bakkuda play at Soda Bar; Tim Barry, Jenny Owen Youngs and Cory Branan take over the Casbah; Yelawolf and Crazy Town are at House of Blues; and Pall Jenkins, RedRumsey and Sasha Nonthingful play at A Ship In The Woods. For your dancing fix, Death Nation hits Spin; Kevin Saunderson is at Bang Bang; Helena is at Parq; and F---ing In The Bushes with Rob Moran and Daniel Sant takes over the Whistle Stop.

Saturday, Mrs. Henry, Schitzophonics, the Paragraphs and Erik Canzona & the Narrows are at the Casbah; Punk Rock Karaoke featuring members of Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, NOFX and more with Implants, Sic Waiting and Torches To Triggers at Brick by Brick; Chateau and Angels Dust are at the Balboa; Misc. Ailments, Forebear and Project Analogue take over the Merrow; San Diego Experimental Guitar Show features Michael Crain, Joileah Concepcion; All the Pretty Horses, Steve Flato and Hirsch the Machine Hirsch at Soda Bar; and Mac Sabbath takes over the Ramona Mainstage. On the dance tip, Neon Beat is at Bar Pink; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with Gabe Vega vs. Saul hits the Whistle Stop; Fashion Whore is at U-31; Cash Cash is at Bassmnt; and Bakermat headlines Bang Bang.

Sunday, "An Evening With" John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Robyn Hitchcock hits the Belly Up; Idlehands, Ghost Parade, Belle Noire and the Calefaction play at Soda Bar; and Matthew E. White and Wilsen take over the Casbah.

Have a great weekend!

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



Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Trampled By Turtle Power]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:55:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trampled.jpg

There's plenty of cool stuff tonight to keep you from getting that sound night of sleep you've been craving. Casbah is nearly sold out with Cymbals Eat Guitars and This Will Destroy You. I believe this is a co-headlining tour, so the order the bands are listed may not necessarily be the order in which they play. The Observatory North Park is sold out tonight with Trampled By Turtles, and if you're holding a ticket, be sure to arrive in time for HoneyHoney who are really awesome live. Over at the Hard Rock Hotel, some of our favorite locals compete in a Battle of the Bands. There are three of these things and then a final with the winners of the three nights, and then they move on to a regional bracket where the winner gets to play in Barcelona. The stakes are high, so get on out and support your favorites.

Thursday, March 19:

  • This Will Destroy You, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Casbah
  • Trampled By Turtles, HoneyHoney @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Buddy Banter, Wild Wild Wets, the Whiskey Circle @ 207, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Saviours, Archons, Christ Killer @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Ocelot, Gene Evaro Jr. & the Family, Second Cousins @ Belly Up
  • Therianthrope @ Dizzy's
  • Shake Before Us, Schitzophonics @ Boar Cross'n
  • Perpetual Motion @ The Hideout
  • New York Standards Quartet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Johnny Deadly Trio, Fanny and the Attaboys @ Sycamore Den
  • Sterling@ Brick By Brick
  • Tim Connolly, Andrew Abaria, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat's
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • Dan + Shay, Canaan Smith @ House of Blues
  • Farewell My Love, Requiem @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Viri y Los Bandidos, High Rolling Loners, Abe West @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Bacon Bits @ U-31
  • Kevyn Lettau with Jason Shattil & Glen Fisher @ Croce's Park West
  • RTyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Atlantis Rizing and Friends @ Winston's
  • No Limits with Myson King @ The Office
  • CONGOROCK @ Fluxx
  • Moti @ Bassmnt
  • Bicep, Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • Junior theDISCOpunk, Antonio Aguilera @ Henry's Pub
  • Kill Quanti DJs @ The Whistle Stop
  • Engineer, AxKan, MaxBetta, FreqMod @ Kava Lounge
  • Maka Roots, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's

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



Photo Credit: Pieter Van Hattem]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: CRSSD Festival]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:42:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CRSSD+3_1420090705_0157.jpg CRSSD Festival electrified the Waterfront on March 14 and 15 with synthpop supers Empire of the Sun headlining Day 1.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Music Keeps Us Young: Daye Salani]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:37:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/sounddiego+6-28-12-47.jpg

Growing up in Santee and going to concerts for years paid off for host Daye Salani.

It landed him the gig that may be the coolest in San Diego - hosting SoundDiego's TV show.

“I love seeing live music. Always have,” Salani told U-T San Diego. “I believe it keeps us young.”

The UT recently published a profile of Salani who has been bringing local bands and national touring acts to  San Diego's music fans every Saturday night for four years.

Salani reveals his favorite performances of 2014 and his ideal San Diego weekend in the piece.

Check it out here and watch Salani this weekend after "SNL" on NBC 7.
 



Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Hanging Up the Tin Hat]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:16:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/atinbw.jpg

The celebrated Bay Area acoustic group Tin Hat has decided to stop touring, so the March 12 concert at the Loft curated by Art Power and the Carlsbad Music Festival represented a welcome opportunity for fans to take in the Tin Hat experience one last time.

The current edition of the group features original members Carla Kihlstedt on violin and vocals with Mark Orton on guitar, and newer members Rob Reich on accordion and piano with Ben Goldberg on clarinet. Special guest Brian Smith joined the group on tuba for a few numbers, providing a much appreciated rich bottom end.

Kihlstedt's voice combines sure pitch with a wispy vulnerability, and on the opening, "A Cloud on a Leaf," a sort of cabaret vibe as well. There is an intoxicating melodic blend from the violin, clarinet and accordion that was way more potent than I had expected, and Tin Hat kept the interest going by keeping the songs short and varying the dynamics with precise interaction.

Even though they are a band of virtuosos, there wasn't any instrumental showboating going on, and it's hard to pinpoint the group stylistically. There's a definite gypsy vibe with Klezmer, and a folkish blues feel happening -- and on "If Up's the Word," I couldn't help but think of musical theater.

Orton's primarily rhythmic guitar is the secret weapon to the consistent appeal of Tin Hat's groove. He is the glue that binds the disparate elements together, with alternate fingerstyle and strumming along with the occasional dazzling solo. Goldberg and Kihlstedt turned in amazing, soulful contributions on "Fear of the South," featuring Smith's plump bass lines, which combined with Goldberg's dark contra-alto clarinet on an unannounced piece for a dizzying ostinato.

Definitely one of the most singular visions in modern music, Tin Hat will be missed. Orton joked that they were already booking their reunion tour, and based on the enthusiastic reaction to that statement from the packed house, that would work.

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



Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[Live at SxSW: Riverboat Gamblers at Emo's]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:29:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RiverboatGamblers.jpg Austin's own Riverboat Gamblers -- who will be in San Diego later this year -- rocked the Main on the first night of the music portion of South By Southwest.]]> <![CDATA[The Folk Mug of Joe Pug]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:22:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/DSC09792p.JPG

It's the middle of the week, and around here that means we are pumped up for some good tunes to carry us through to the weekend. You get that for sure on Wednesday night as singer/songwriter Joe Pug returns to San Diego with a show at the Casbah. He'll be joined by Field Report, the moniker of singer/songwriter Christopher Porterfield. Up at the Belly Up, Gen-Xers will love seeing the return of the Juliana Hatfield Three performing "Become What You Are" with locals the Burning of Rome opening up the show. Meanwhile, the Midnight Pine get sultry at Whistle Stop; the Merrow has CLAMR; and Union 13 are at Soda Bar.

Wednesday, March 18:

  • Joe Pug, Field Report @ Casbah
  • The Juliana Hatfield Three (performing "Become What You Are"), the Burning of Rome @ Belly Up
  • The Midnight Pine @ Whistle Stop
  • CLAMR, Bakkuda, Christine Sako @ The Merrow
  • Union 13, Infirmities, DFMK @ Soda Bar
  • W Steele presents Funked Out Wednesdays @ Bar Pink
  • Party Gardens @ The Hideout
  • Hamell on Trial, Jesus Gonzalez @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series featuring Sahara Grim @ Croce's Park West
  • Latin Dance Party featuring DJs Ukeim and Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Audio Republic with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Damion Wells @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Andy Mauser @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

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



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Motionless in White]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:37:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Motionless74.jpg Motionless in White made big moves at Soma on March 13, with For Today, New Years Day and Ice Nine Kills opening.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Orko Eloheim's Hip-Hop College]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:06:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Orko+Eloheim-sized.jpg

On De la Soul's classic debut album, "3 Feet High and Rising," the Long Island trio declared, "Everybody wants to be a DJ. Everybody wants to be an emcee." More than 20 years later, that still rings true.

The Internet is flooded with wide-eyed hopefuls, fresh-faced newbies and star-struck dreamers all in pursuit of fame. Personalities from Paris Hilton to Tyler James Williams (star of the 2005-2009 TV show "Everybody Hates Chris") have proved that, indeed, everybody wants to be a DJ, and everybody wants to be an emcee.

But how does it happen? For aspiring doctors, there's pre-med. Attorneys graduate from law school. Even barbers pass through certification courses. But what about aspiring rappers? Where do they go? What trade programs do world-famous DJs graduate from?

San Diego indie-rap legend Orko Eloheim has come up with a solution, and on Tuesday, Feb. 24, the hip-hop veteran held a creative poetry-writing and emcee workshop at ThChrch in Barrio Logan. Speaking on a wide range of topics that included touring tips, home recording, digital distribution, breath control and vocabulary, Eloheim shared insights gleaned from his personal experiences in music and answered questions from up-and-comers starting out on their own paths.

It was a two-hour crash course for those interested in rap as a profession and a basic overview for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the music industry. Local producer Resist coordinated the facility at ThChrch. "It's a little thing Orko put together," he said, to help aspiring young rappers find their way and gain some insight into the business of music.

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: ThChrch]]>
<![CDATA[Luck of the Downs Family]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:20:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/downs+family.jpg

If you're looking for green beer this St. Patrick's Day, I can't help you. In my opinion, you're doing it wrong. If, however, you're looking for some great music to get you in the spirit, there are certainly some options, like catching the Downs Family for a late show at the Casbah. Joined with Quel Bordel and Lexington Field in the Atari Lounge, this is definitely the way St. Paddy's is meant to be celebrated. Or skip the shamrocks altogether and catch Badabing at Soda Bar, party with DJ Ikah Love at the Hideout or even check out Local Brews, Local Grooves at House of Blues. I do have to say, I'm slightly intrigued by Prince of the River Dance at Sycamore Den, and with their great menu of beers and craft cocktails, perhaps that is the best way to give a nod to old St. Patrick.

Tuesday, March 17(St. Patrick's Day):

  • The Downs Family, Quel Bordel, Lexington Field @ Casbah (late show, doors at 9:30 p.m.)
  • K.Flay, DJ Total Recluse @ Casbah (early show, doors at 7 p.m.)
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Badabing, Nebula Drag, Hot Mustard, Kitty Plague @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ The Hideout
  • The Peripherals @ The Merrow
  • J Boog, Inna Vision, Westafa @ Belly Up
  • O'Sycamore Johnson's Prince of the River Dance @ Sycamore Den
  • The Eeries, Smashing Satellites, Lexington Field @ Tilted Kilt
  • Shpongle, Phutureprimitive @ House of Blues
  • Real Big Tits, Kill Lincoln, Midnight Track, Ash Williams @ Tower Bar
  • Local Brews Local Grooves featuring Cult Vegas, Daddy Issues, Savoy, Samantha Aiken @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Gio and Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Dannicus, the Fooks @ Gallagher's
  • AJ Froman, Boostive, Joomanji @ Winston's
  • The Swamp Critters @ Tio Leo's
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Going the Whole Nine Quartyards]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:08:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Quartyard+SD.jpg Quartyard -- the new outdoor music venue in East Village -- had its grand opening to the tune of L.A.'s Madi Diaz and locals Swim Team on March 7, and SoundDiego host Daye Salani was there to chat up Diaz and to get the man behind the Quartyard music, Alex Collins, to dish on what's to come.]]> <![CDATA[Night People Watching]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:25:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/adeborahwolfe722.jpg

The constantly evolving musical organism known as Night People -- an improvising orchestra helmed by the intrepid composer/conductor Joe Garrison -- logged another impressive outing on March 10 as a part of Jazz Live, the innovative performance series from the folks at KSDS Jazz 88.3 on the proverbial FM dial.

The ensemble unveiled some new charts, but Night People have the ability to make even their oldest material sound new -- such is the nature of Garrison's art. "The Forever Cats" boasted a Latin/funk feel from the bottom up as Doug Walker and Chris Duvall laid down a bed of groove on electric and acoustic bass, respectively. Alto-master Charlie Arbelaez ripped and roared with bluesy abandon as the band committed to making all forms of joyful noise with lush yet thorny harmonies behind him. Garrison loves unusual instrumental combinations, so the textures of, say, flute over trumpet or bass clarinet over bass trombone create swirling vortices of timbre that constantly engage the ear.

The way the composer voices his chords is richer than the so-called 1 percent, and on "South Door," the lyric palette took on a Gil Evans depth of landscape. Short vignettes from Derek Cannon, Ian Tordella and Doug Meeuwsen stuck to the ribs, and Lynn Willard's rippling melodicism pushed the excitement factor to a higher dimension, as did the orchestral blend of Scott Paulson's oboe over the flugelhorns of Cannon and Meeuwsen.

Meeuwsen also starred in a startling duet feature with the undulating electronics of Chris Warren to introduce "Cuando la Lluvia," another textural showstopper that capitalized on unusual strategies like the beautiful three-trombone soli from Jordan Morita, Kevin Esposito and Brian O'Donnell; Tonga Ross-Ma'u's slippery reverberant guitar feature; or the meaty, daring call-and-response dialog between the trumpets. The drums of Charlie Weller, always tastefully applied, closed the tune in unexpected fashion.

"Sun Soul," Garrison's dedication to the late Daniel Jackson, featured a long, emotionally revealing solo from Dave Millard's bass flute, treated with discrete electronic additions from Chris Warren. Full of extended techniques like growling and multiphonics, Millard's flute soared from fundamental to overtone with amazing facility.

"I Am Like an Idiot," another new composition, lurched along with a spooky Gamelan vibe from Willard's keyboard and the dark colors of trombones and bass clarinet, plus the outstanding orchestral percussion of guest Steve Solook. The whole thing had an unsettling "Twilight Zone" soundtrack feel for me -- indicative of the suggestive powers of creative music.

Garrison may have saved the best for last. Ariana Warren began "8/89" alone, creating a grating, metallic burbling from bass-clarinet multiphonics that rocked the house. A superb double double-bass soli from Walker and Duvall that reeked of raw, bluesy truth followed compact solos from Arbelaez and Cannon. A well-earned standing ovation continued for several moments as the lights came up.

Night People are Joe Garrison, composer/conductor; Chris Warren, electronics; Ariana Warren, bass clarinet; Scott Paulson, oboe; Kirk Johnson, flute; Steve Solook, percussion; Dave Millard, bass flute, alto violin; Charlie Arbelaez and Ian Tordella, alto saxophone; Derek Cannon and Doug Meeuwsen, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jordan Morita, Kevin Esposito and Brian O'Donnell, trombone; Lynn Willard, piano/keyboard; Tonga Ross-Ma'u, guitar; Doug Walker and Chris Duval, electric and acoustic bass; Charlie Weller, drums.

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



Photo Credit: Deborah Wolfe]]>
<![CDATA[To Be DiFranco]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:19:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ani-defranco-bowery-ballroom.jpg

Oh, man. When I was in college and in a disastrous relationship, I cannot tell you how many times listening to an Ani DiFranco CD got me through the rough times. When the relationship came to a necessary end, my love affair with Ani continued, and her music still evokes powerful messages of female strength, of fighting for the underdog, and she is just one of those artists where you might find yourself screaming along with when you're in the shower or car. It's just probably not appropriate when she performs tonight at the House of Blues. Pearl & the Beard open the set.

Monday, March 16:

  • Ani DiFranco, Pearl & the Beard @ House of Blues
  • Botanica Chango, Diamond Lakes, Bandalier @ Casbah
  • Yotam Ben-Horin, Brian Wahlstrom, Noel Jordan, Dead Frets @ Soda Bar
  • Motown Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Brit Pop Night @ The Hideout
  • Strictly Hip-Hop with Dub Carlos, Birthday Bash, DJ Bobby Dread @ Gallagher's
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with Kid Wonder @ U-31

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

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<![CDATA[Bakkuda's Happy Tears]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:33:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bakkuda+SD.jpg Bakkuda's Alex Capella discusses her evolution in music -- as a performer and as a musician. See her live on March 20 at Soda Bar.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Gets Transcendent]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:31:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/prayers-3.jpg Prayers, SD's "cholo-goth" pioneers, discuss how they came together and ended up working with Blink-182's Travis Barker. They're set to take our March 27 SoundDiego LIVE party to the next level -- so be sure to RSVP here: http://ulink.tv/3947]]> <![CDATA[Judge Dismisses Gang Conspiracy Charges Against Rapper]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:01:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tiny+doo+brandon+duncan.JPG

A San Diego rapper said he'll soon be writing about the inside of a courtroom after a judge has dismissed conspiracy charges against him and another man prosecuted under a controversial law.

Brandon Duncan, who records under the name "Tiny Doo," and Aaron Harvey are two of 15 co-defendants charged in connection with nine shootings that took place in San Diego between May 2013 and February 2014, all linked to the Lincoln Park gang.

On Monday, a San Diego Superior Court judge decided there was not enough evidence to bring Duncan and Harvey to trial on conspiracy charges.

Duncan, 33, told NBC 7 his music is art and this case had much larger implications threatening the livelihood of countless other rap artists.

"If you want to hear my music, it's not promoting anything," Duncan said. "I'm not telling anybody to commit no crime, I'm not telling anybody to do anything. It's just artistry. I'm painting a picture of an urban community."

He said this case has not made him rethink what he writes.

Duncan is accused of promoting crimes through his lyrics and benefiting from his gang’s increased “street cred” from the shootings, prosecutors allege. They claimed his homegrown music helped inspire the violence, even though there is no evidence connecting him to the actual shootings.

The prosecution said they have collected wire taps through cellphone records that show several of the defendants were near the locations of some of those shootings and were talking about seeing another gang members in the area.

Defense attorneys argued there needs to be more than association to charge these men and the case violates free speech rights.

"I think the whole world was watching because when they put our First Amendment here in America on trial, to say that Brandon Duncan's rap music encouraged these shootings," said defense attorney Brian Watkins.

Duncan was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit a felony with a criminal street gang under a law that's been on the books for 15 years.

Penal Code 182.5 was passed when voters approved proposition 21, a proposition which toughened penalties for youth offenders, in 2000. The measure is a conspiracy law that basically says active gang members can be charged for crimes committed by other members-- even if they were not involved in the crime.

Prosecutors must prove that defendants benefited from gang crime to convict them.

San Diego County District Attorney spokeswoman Tanya Sierra released the following statement about judge's decision:

"The District Attorney's Office respects the decision of the court today. This ruling and future court opinions will help determine if California Penal Code 182.5 is a viable legal tool in our fight against violent crime committed by San Diego street gangs across the County.

"In recent weeks, the District Attorney has reached out to community members, state and local legislators, and faith-based leaders, meeting with them to discuss their understandable concerns about the use of this law. While a debate over the law can be constructive and educational, combatting the scourge of deadly gang violence remains our focus. Instead of waiting for more shootings and murders to victimize the community we used this law to cripple the organization."

Sierra said every defendant charged in the case is an active gang member. Five other defendants whose cases were heard alongside Duncan's are still being held on conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and shooting into an inhabited dwelling. Another three will go to trial on a conspiracy charge under Penal Code 182.5.

"It's unfortunate that in spite of the evidence transparently available in the court record and court's rulings that clearly establish their active gang membership during the time of the shootings, the media and community has allowed itself to be manipulated by individuals who are misrepresenting their true level of gang involvement," said Sierra's statement.

The district attorney's office has yet to charge anyone with being the trigger man in the shootings.



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: March 15-21]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:26:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trampled.jpg This week's Set List highlights the must-see shows headed our way -- including Trampled by Turtles, Joe Pug and more.

Photo Credit: Pieter Van Hattem]]>
<![CDATA[Wherefore Art Thou, Chromeo?]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:16:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/204*120/Chromeo+bos.jpg

The weekend is still blazing and if you didn't get your fill of dance music yesterday, CRSSD Festival continues on day two with headliners Chromeo, Odesza [read the SoundDiego interview with them here], and Simian Mobile Disco and more. But if you're looking for something a little less heat and energy intensive, there are some laid back shows happening around town, like ukelele-playing indie rocker Dent May at Soda Bar, or a free show at Bar Pink wih Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds). The Liquorsmiths play Sycamore Den and the Casbah hosts the Burger/Lollipop SxSW Caravan.

Sunday, March 15:

  • Chromeo @ Fluxx
  • Dent May, Tower, Citrus & Katie @ Soda Bar
  • Kevin Seconds, Grampa Drew, Matt Strachota @ Bar Pink (Free)
  • CRSSD Festival feat. Chromeo, Odesza, Flight Facilities, Robert Delong, Lido, George Maple, Big Wild, Swimm, Jason Bentley, Maceo Plex, Simian Mobile Disco, Roman Flugel, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Harvard Bass, Patrick Topping, Sander Kleinenberg, Shall Ocin, Lee K, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Pleasure State, Trippy Turtle, Bakermat, Bixel Boys, Viceroy, SNBRN, J Phlip, Justin Martin @ Waterfront Park
  • The Liquorsmiths, Behind The Wagon @ Sycamore Den
  • Gap Dream, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Blood Sister, Vision, Levitation Room, Max Pain & the Groovies, Pearl Charles @ Casbah
  • Gondwana, Piracy Conspiracy, DJ Mykol Orthodox @ Belly Up
  • The Expendables, Fortunate Youth, Katastro @ House of Blues
  • Fallujah, Archspire, Lorna Shore, the Zenith Passage, City of Crooks @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Intervention @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Sledding with Tigers, Merit, Divided Heaven @ Lestat's
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Guttersnipe Rebellion @ The Bancroft
  • Ras-Ijah, Eternal Fyah, Layne Tadesse & 7 Seal Dub, Tribe of Judah @ U-31
  • Motorcycle Graveyard @ Whistle Stop
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Danny Green Trio @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Aubrey Fay @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Robin Smith @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Psychic Vacuum @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • Kamau Kenatta @ 98 Bottles
  • Trippy Turtle @ Bang Bang
  • Seth Troxler, Robert Dietz @ Spin Nightclub
  • Yoga For Your Ears @ Kava Lounge
  • Karaoke @ Henry's Pub
  • Doro, Archer, Alchemy, Sentinel @ Ramona Mainstage

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

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<![CDATA[TV on the Radio Set for M-Theory In-Store]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:42:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TV+on+the+Radio+Getty.jpg

When TV on the Radio announced their April 2 show at the Observatory North Park (North Park Theatre at the time), it was just close enough to April 1 that some of us thought, “Nice April Fool’s joke, dudes.” But lo and behold, the show was in fact legit and sold out nearly instantaneously. For those that weren’t smart, quick or wealthy enough to snatch tickets to the show, luckily the group just announced they’ll be playing a free, acoustic in-store session at M-Theory Records in Mission Hills at 6 p.m. that same day.

TV on the Radio at M-Theory Records

The band, which returned in late-2014 from a three-year hiatus, released their fifth studio album in November titled "Seeds," and as we hoped, it picked up right where the indie rock experimentations of 2011’s "Nine Types of Light" left off. But right before that record dropped, they gave us a little taste of the musical goodness to come with the singles "Mercy" and "Million Miles" – which coincidentally featured one of San Diego’s finest drummers: Jake Najor. [Read the SoundDiego interview with him here]

Najor (who also plays in several San Diego bands such as Birdy Bardot, Erik Canzona & the Narrows and Taurus Authority, among others) struck up a solid friendship/working relationship with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, who runs and records artists for his own Federal Prism record label in Los Angeles.

"I’ve done bits and stuff for some of his artists. We did the latest Kelis album [2014’s ‘Food’] and a few other things. We talk every once in a while but, you know, he’s been really busy lately."

Busy, indeed. Besides wrapping up the new album, the band has been on a national tour lately that’ll see them on the road through July. Last November, when they performed sessions for NPR’s World Café and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic [watch here], Najor sat in as their drummer – which begs the question: Are they going to hit him up for either of their San Diego performances?

"I don’t think so," Najor said. "But I’ll be going to both shows, so you never know. Every time I’ve seen them, they’ve played a full bore rock show. So it’ll be cool to see them in a really stripped down setting at the in-store. Hopefully we’ll be able to hang out while they’re here but it just depends on their schedule."

And if they’re able to, he’s already got a spot in mind they should check out.

"I might take ‘em to Colima’s – you know, get them some real Mexican food."

TV on the Radio headline the Observatory North Park on April 2 (sold out), and will play an acoustic in-store session at M-Theory Records in Mission Hills the same day at 6 p.m. The in-store is free. Purchase a copy of their new album, “Seeds,” at M-Theory to receive a wristband for guaranteed entry.

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[The Suffers Ease SD's Pain]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:10:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Suffers+SD.jpg Houston neo-soul outfit the Suffers played to a packed house at Seven Grand in North Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Last Show for the Che?]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:52:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/Big+Bad+Buffalo.png

It's a little bit funny that on the debut weekend of our Coachella-like Festival, the Fingers CRSSD Festival, we get Coachella-worthy weather. It's going to be a scorcher, but an all-weekend festival by the bay sounds like a pretty OK way to enjoy the sunshine. I only hope they leave the wading fountains on so we can cool down. Be sure to catch LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and don't miss Empire of the Sun, both major festival highlights wherever they perform. However, if you're not willing to fork over the big money for a festival pass, head up to UCSD to support the historic Che Cafe at Che Fest 2015. There are a ton of awesome bands and, of course, this is a last-ditch effort to keep the cafe alive -- at $10, it can't be beat. By night, the Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever return to the Casbah, singer/songwriters Jackie Greene and Lauren Shera perform at the Observatory North Park, and the buzz-band Wand performs at Soda Bar.

Saturday, March 14:

  • CRSSD Festival: Empire of the Sun, Hot Natured, Classixx, Strfkr, Damian Lazarus & the Ancient Moons, Goldroom, Slow Magi, Jason Bentley, James Murphy, Lee Burridge, Pete Tong, DJ Harvey, Infinity Ink, Amtrac, Kill Frenzy, Nina Las Vegas, Lee K, Kaytranada, Thomas Jack, Breakbot, Giraffage, Aeroplane, Klangkarussell, Treasure Fingers, Carmada, Wa Motif, Klatch @ County Waterfront Park
  • Che Fest 2015: Big Bad Buffalo, PSO, Inspired and the Sleep, Left Astray, Coolside, Shady Francos, Debt Ritual, Drug Control, Haruka, Malinchista, Nerve Control, Plastic City Pariah, Cuddle Weather, VRIL, Fist Benders, All My Wishes, DNLL, Texas 1976 @ Che Cafe (12 p.m. to 12 a.m., $10/free to UCSD Students)
  • Dengue Fever, California Bleeding @ Casbah
  • Jackie Greene, Lauren Shera @ Observatory North Park
  • Wand, Walter TV, Gooch Palms, Death Valley Girls @ Soda Bar
  • Quiet Life @ Seven Grand
  • Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México @ Symphony Hall
  • The Milkcrates DJ @ Bar Pink
  • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, the 44s @ Belly Up
  • Flakes, Lady Low, Focke Wolves @ Black Cat
  • The Australian Bee Gees Show @ Balboa Theatre
  • Shadmehr Aghili @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Hawai'i: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Irish Festival in Balboa Park 2015, featuring Lexington Field, the Fooks, Shawn Rohlf & the 7th Day Buskers @ Balboa Park
  • ShamROCK Festival 2015 @ Gaslamp District
  • Naomi Punk, PC Worship, Subtropics @ Tower Bar
  • Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda @ Dizzy's
  • Glamor Kills Spring Break '15, featuring Set It off Against the Current, As It Is, Roam, With Age @ Epicentre
  • Ringo Starr & His All Star Band @ Pala Casino
  • Paper Days, Lobster Party, Splavender, Huj, Adult Films @ SOMA
  • TV Girl @ The Hideout
  • La Banda el Recodo and Ezequiel Pena @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Pete Tong, Thomas Jack @ The Hornblower
  • Damage Inc., Ozzmania @ House of Blues
  • Andre Nickatina @ Porter's Pub
  • Black Market III, the Sickstring Outlaws, Scott Mathiasen & the Shifty Eyed Dogs, the Whiskey Circle @ Brick By Brick
  • Trent Hancock @ Wine Lover
  • Justin Young, Josh Damigo, Sophia Bacino @ Lestat's
  • Damian Lazarus @ Bang Bang
  • Dmitri & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Bailey, the Invaderz @ The Merrow
  • Deadbeat Debauchery, Baby Coyote, Crossmoon Supercult, Centurion Weild @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Ayla Simone @ U-31
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Berkley Hart Selis Twang @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • The Fabulous Ulratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Lust for Life @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Restoration One, Royal Heart and Destructo Bunny @ Winston's
  • Helsott, Santa Claus, Madrost, Orphan Crippler @ Til-Two Club
  • Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Max Vangeli @ Bassmnt
  • Serious Guise @ Tio Leo's
  • Simpler Times @ Kava Lounge
  • Crown Roots, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Revival @ Boar Cross'n
  • Irie Love, Pali Roots, True Press, KL Noise Maker @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ E & Yoday @ Henry's Pub

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



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<![CDATA[Waterfront Park Music Fest to Draw 15K People]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:38:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Waterfront+Park+0313-PIC_0.jpg

A two-day electronic music festival at downtown San Diego’s Waterfront Park this weekend has some residents worried about vandalism, noise and traffic.

The park that sits on the Embarcadero is popular among those seeking the free fountains, lawn and playground.

On Friday, much of the park was already closed as stage crews hung lights and plug in speakers, preparing for the CRSSD Electronic Music Festival. The event is expected to draw a 21-and-over crowd of nearly 15,000 people on Saturday and Sunday.

But officials say the event will be a boon for the county, as the park is being rented for $33,000, nearly one-third of the revenue officials hope to generate this year through private events.

But some locals worry the park will be trashed.

“The aftermath: Is there going to be trash everywhere? (And) the cleanliness of the water if there’s a big concert,” said resident Desiree Jacobs.

County officials say that organizers will pay for any damage and any plants that could get trampled.

CRSSD CEO Johnny Shockey said his crews will lay plywood under the heavy stages and equipment. Plus, security guards will be on guards and there will also be plenty of porta potties.

The park will reopen to the public on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Incredible Music Films Hit SD Latino Film Fest ]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:58:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GNSF129-GloriaTrevi-770x433.jpg

The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is presenting a rock-banging program of films in music from today's brightest Latino filmmakers. This year’s lineup gives music the starring role with titles like, "Mexico’s Most Wanted," about a real-life bank robber who moonlights as a lucha libre-masked singer, or the biopic on controversial Latina pop icon, Gloria Trevi. Too cool, right? Wait until you see the rest of this list containing totally awesome must-watch films that will make you laugh and cry into your cheesey nachos.

"Eddie Reynolds y los Angeles de Acero" (Mexico)
Directed by Gustavo Moheno
Rock & roll dreams are truly magical. For rockero Eddie Reynolds (Damian Alcazar), this dream has almost died. Then a second chance at rock & roll fame comes his way, and he needs to mend some much-needed relationships, especially with his estranged daughter. With redemption to the tune of a loud guitar, this film plays like a great rock anthem. Get ready to raise your lighters. [Showtimes: March 13 at 4:30 p.m., March 16 at 7 p.m., and March 19 at 7 p.m.]

"Mexico’s Most Wanted"  (Mexico)
Directed by Jose Manuel Cravioto
From producer Fernando Rovzar ("Casa de Mi Padre") comes the story of Alfredo Rios Galeana (Tenoch Huerta), Mexico’s public enemy number one during the 1980s. When he wasn’t sticking up banks, Alfredo spent his time singing charreadas wearing a Mexican wrestling mask. The film’s narrative seems too far-fetched to be factual, but ultimately proves that truth is indeed oftentimes stranger than fiction. [Showtimes: March 13 at 7:30 p.m., March 17 at 9:30 p.m., and March 22 at 6 p.m.]

"El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco" (Mexico)
Directed by Gregory Allen
This concert documentary follows superstar rock group Cafe Tacvba as they record their most recent album. The film merges live concert footage with the band’s philosophical musings on the methods they’re utilizing to record their album. What results is pure visual lyricism as the music comes to life, and the audience is engaged with the intimate creative process of Cafe Tacvba. [Showtimes: March 15 at 1 p.m., March 19 at 9:45 p.m., March 21 at 6 p.m.]

"Playing Lecuona" (Spain)
Directed by Pavel Giroud, Juan Manuel Villar Betancort
A journey through the work and living spaces of pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, considered the most universally beloved of Latin America’s pianists. Three outstanding Latin Jazz piano players will guide us in this odyssey: Chucho Valdes, in Lecuona’s native Havana, who fuses jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms; Michel Camilo in New York, who creates elegant soundscapes; and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who fuses Latin Jazz with Flamenco. [Showtimes: March 17 at 8 p.m., March 22 at 12:45 p.m.]

"Gloria" (Mexico)
Directed by Christian Keller
One of the most controversial pop icons to ever exist finally receives the bio-pic treatment we have all been waiting for. Gloria Trevi’s rollercoaster life is on full display in Christian Keller’s debut feature film. Whatever you know about Gloria won’t prepare you for what you’re about to see. [Showtime: March 21, 7 p.m.]

The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival runs March 12-22 now at its new home, AMC Fashion Valley. For more info and directions go here.

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



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<![CDATA[A Sad Story]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:31:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/twilight+sad.jpg

Next week, the music portion of SxSW kicks off, so if you reverse the math and figure that there are half-dozen or so tour-worthy stops between here and Austin, it makes sense that Friday is absolutely nuts with music. The always amazing Twin Shadow returns to the Belly Up, and one of my favorites, the Twilight Sad, perform at the Merrow. We already highlighted Colin Hay, who will be at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, and 2:54 get in on the live-music action with a show at the Hideout. I could go on and on, but you can see the list and decide for yourself where you want to be. Just don't burn out the weekend flame in one go, because Saturday and Sunday offer up some incredible choices, too!

Friday, March 13:

  • Twin Shadow, DJ Goose Mavrk @ Belly Up
  • The Twilight Sad, Port St. Willow @ The Merrow
  • Colin Hay @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts -- read our interview here
  • 2:54, Honeyblood @ The Hideout
  • Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, DAD'S, Field Mouse @ the Irenic
  • The Little Richards, Mighty Manfred & the Magnificent, Shady Francos, the Two Tens @ Casbah
  • Mayfield, The liquorsmiths @ Lestat's
  • Jared & the Mill, Songs for People @ Seven Grand
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Panama 66
  • Charlie Chavez y su Afrotruko @ Dizzy's
  • The Velvet Teen, Slow Bird, Nicely @ Soda Bar
  • The Downs Family @ Bar Pink
  • Killer P---y, Scorpion vss Tarantula, the Homeless Sexuals, Daddy Issues @ Til-Two Club
  • Fifth Sun, Rubenxguti, Waseem Al-ghafry, Logan Wolf, Sly Disciple @ Epicentre
  • Brad Penny & the Pistols, 22 Kings @ Java Joe's
  • Swim Team, Other Bodies @ The Balboa (formerly the Tin Can)
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole
  • In the Company of Serpents, Old Man Wizard, Garth Algar, Deep Sea Thunder Beast @ First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
  • Billy Childs Quartet @ Athenaeum
  • Rebel Souljahz, Tribal Theory @ House of Blues
  • Halsey, Young Rising Sons @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • We Might Be Wasted, Sculpins, Masteria, HAM @ The Bancroft
  • Bacon Bits @ U-31
  • Allison Adams Tucker @ Croce's Park West
  • Stellita & the Groove @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Motionless in White, For Today, New Years Day, Ice Nine Kills, A New Challenger, Approaches @ SOMA
  • Mochileros, Little Rooster Combo, DJ King Dutty & Erny Earthquake @ Tower Bar
  • Scott Pemberton Trio, the Higgs @ Winston's
  • James Murphy @ Bang Bang
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • The Amandas @ Whistle Stop
  • Eric D-Lux @ Fluxx
  • DJ Mustard @ Bassmnt
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Lex Luger, Hucci @ Spin Nightclub
  • Jermaine Dupri @ Parq
  • Junglists Fridays @ Kava Lounge
  • Dannius Live, DJ RM @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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



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