<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:04:32 -0700Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:04:32 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[10 SD Band/Beer Pairings We'd Like to Drink]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:21:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Cardinal_Moon+Press+Photo.jpg

When it comes to beers and bands, few cities in the world have scenes as rad as San Diego. In fact, it'd be nice to see local musicians pair up with our neighborhood breweries even more than they already have -- and here are some fun suggestions to kick things off. Got your own idea for a band/brewery not listed here? Comment below and chime in.

Cardinal Moon: This Dawn Mitschele-led indie-pop/rock member of Redwoods Music is simply outta site with hauntingly beautiful, mellow melodies. All the more reason that Intergalactic Brewing Company should take ‘em to space and back with a rich and malty American Red, er, Cardinal Ale. [Help their label press some records]

The Fresh Brunettes: Do blondes really have more fun? Who knows. So let’s get crazy with an American Blonde Ale featuring -- hear me out -- coffee beans added just for this delightfully fuzzy punk trio. Best of both worlds, right? The brewery of choice: Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Co.

The Great Electric Quest: These North County sultans of stoner metal (who I wrote about in May) should have an equally electrifying beer by, let’s say, Amplified Ale Works -- I'm thinkin' only the heftiest of double IPAs (with maybe some lemon zest added) would suffice for all that volume: Great Electric Zest IPA? Yes, please. [Listen to the band right here]

Hard Fall Hearts: Rockabilly-punk done right requires a crushable brew for those hot August nights -- how about a 5-percent-or-lower ABV session pale ale with a slightly bitter bite (for all those broken hearts, duh) made by the all-too-obvious option, Fall Brewing! [Scope the band's music here]

Juice Box: What funkiness would this fusion-y, experimental-jazz quartet inspire? I'd go with a crisp barrel-aged sour -- and tap the titans of Toolbox Brewing to put it together. [Dig in to the band's music here]

Lead Pony: By all accounts, this blues/rock group (fka Spero) looks like they can throw back a few shots of whiskey with the best of ‘em -- so what’s more appropriate than a hefty chili/chocolate bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout (you know, ‘cause the band’s a mix of sweet and spice) made by the brew lords at Kearny Mesa’s Societe Brewing Co. [Check out the band]

Los Shadows: One of SoundDiego's favorite local purveyors of catchy garage-rock, these boys are a bit loud, a little rowdy and a lot of fun. Reckless Brewing Co. would do well to collaborate with ‘em on a bold, espresso-and-cinnamon-infused Milk Stout. Yum. [Listen to Los Shadows here]

Mrs. Henry: The jammiest jammers in all the land deserve an equally jammy brew -- I nominate a black currant tart saison to be made by Little Miss Brewing. Like the band's music, it'd be particularly far out. [Find their music here]

Splavender: A psych/jazz/rock group that largely eschews standard pop structures for increasingly odd arrangements would pair up nicely with Abnormal Beer Company for an American Wild Ale with, get this, notes of lavender. Mind blown. [Listen to the band latest EP]

Trip Advisor: Mystery Cave’s John Christopher Harris II is at it again with a new dreamy electro project (props on the moniker, brother -- there will definitely not be a cease-and-desist letter coming your way at any point). Take a journey to the stratosphere with a hazy IPA (featuring Galaxy hops, of course) preferably made by none other than Quantum Brewing Co. [Check out the new Trip Advisor EP]

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Enter to Win Guns n' Roses Tickets]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:28:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Guns+n+Roses+Getty+images.jpg

Guns n' Roses -- who performed at Qualcomm Stadium just last August -- announced on Friday that they would be making an encore appearance in San Diego this fall. 

The Gunners will transform San Diego into Paradise City on Nov. 28 at the Valley View Casino Center. The Not in My Lifetime Tour (a title that refers to a joke Axl once made about the band ever getting back together) kicked off in Detroit on June 23 of last year and ran through stadium after stadium for two months before stopping in San Diego at our Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 22, 2016.

Enter for a chance to win four floor tickets to Guns n' Roses in concert!

The band reunited last year prompted by weekend headlining gigs at Coachella, then toured extensively to critical acclaim, performing mostly punctual sets. Not busy enough, singer Axl Rose also hit the road as a replacement frontman for AC/DC, whose guitarist Angus Young joined GNR onstage at Coachella. AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson had pulled out of the tour after a medical warning that further concerts could permanently impair his hearing. 

Tickets for this November's Not in This Lifetime Tour local stop will be available to the general public on Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. However, Citi Card members will get first crack at the tickets beginning on July 24 at 10 am. ATT priority presale ticket access begins on July 26, also at 10 a.m. Ticket will cost anywhere from $75 to $225. More information can be found here.

But if you're really lucky, you'll be able to win free tickets from us and Live Nation San Diego by entering our contest from now until Friday, July 28, at 11:59 p.m.

Enter for a chance to win four floor tickets to Guns n' Roses in concert!



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<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Hits the Beach]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:09:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/7+Seal+Dub.jpg

It's the middle of summer, the sun is shining bright, the temperatures have spiked -- and since we're in San Diego, every day is an ideal opportunity to hit the beach. Well, why not do it in style? On Aug. 25, join us for our next SoundDiego LIVE party at the 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach!

RSVP now for SoundDiego LIVE 56 at the 710 Beach Club on Aug. 25!

For our 56th party (whoa!), we decided to celebrate summer's twilight with the party of the season -- featuring our latest and greatest SoundDiego TV reporter (and beloved social media star) Alysha Nett as the host, a couple of great San Diego bands and happy hour freebies for those who RSVP beforehand! Can't beat that.

So who do we have on-hand for our big shindig headliner? We thought you'd never ask. Get ready to crush all the positive vibes imaginable with world-music/reggae/rock stars Todo Mundo! The in-demand band will play a half-hour acoustic warm-up set and then a 90-minute electric set -- how cool is that?

The SDMA-winners actually played a SoundDiego LIVE party at the now-defunct Propagandist in the Gaslamp way back in 2012 as an opener for one-time Al Howard band the Black Sands, if you can believe that. But, hey, that was another time and Todo Mundo were just starting out on their musical journey. You could say we're more than just a little stoked that they're returning and taking their proper place as headliners.

If that weren't enough, we've also tapped Layne Tadesse & 7 Seal Dub Band as the show's opener! The Shelltown group has been at it since 2006 and incorporates reggae, rock, calypso, dub, ska, funk and more into a style that promises something for everyone to groove to, and one that is unmistakably all their own. We've been fans for years and couldn't be more thrilled that they're onboard!

RSVP for SoundDiego LIVE at 710 Beach Club on Aug. 25 with Alysha Nett, Todo Mundo, and 7 Seal Dub!

Of course, if you've ever been to one of our parties, you know that it wouldn't be complete without a craft-beer happy hour courtesy of our friends at Belching Beaver Brewery! And you'd also know that you've gotta RSVP beforehand in order to partake in all of those sudsy goodies, so get on it. The party starts at 8 p.m. and is subject to capacity, so be sure to show up early.

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<![CDATA[Beat Around the Bush]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:53:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/gavin+bush.jpg

Pick a decade and you've got some music for everyone tonight. Bush mostly came up in the '90s and tonight you can catch them at the Open Air Theatre, or catch Love and Rockets and Bauhaus veteran of the gothic scene David J at the Casbah. Another '80s treat, Psychedelic Furs, get "Pretty In Pink" at Sycuan and Lionel Richie parties "All Night Long" at Viejas Arena with pop diva Mariah Carey. Around town, Soft Lions and Emily Bell play Bar Pink, Imagery Machine play Soda Bar, and Reckless Kelly headline the Belly Up.

Thursday, July 27:

  • Bush, She Wants Revenge, Leopold and His Fiction @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • David J, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Darwin @ Casbah
  • Psychedelic Furs @ Sycuan
  • Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl SDSU
  • Soft Lions, Emily Bell @ Bar Pink
  • Imagery Machine, Skyterra, Kingdom Of Lights @ Soda Bar
  • Reckless Kelly, Alex Woodard @ Belly Up
  • Bayside Summer Nights with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Enjambre @ Music Box
  • Westgate Rooftop Jazz Series with Steph Johnson Trio @ Westgate Hotel
  • Mickey Avalon @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Wyatt Blair's Lolipop Records Night @ Blonde
  • Miss Lana Rebel, Birdbath, Matthew Strachota @ Black Cat Bar 
  • Waterseed @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Burlesque Boogie Nights @ Sycamore Den
  • Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime, Lucky Bailey's Dirty Puppets, Nightshadow, RDG @ Brick By Brick
  • Reckless Disregard, Steeltoe, Hyper Active Slackers @ The Merrow
  • Boom Boxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • KSDS Jazz 88.3 Presents Damien Escobar @ House of Blues
  • Rosey Dawn @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • DFMK (Tour Kickoff), Cold Stare, the Wasteaways @ Tower Bar
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Chill Clinton @ De Oro Mining Co
  • DJ Abel @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • (OB Hip Hop Social) Main Flow, LiT-oNe, Cleen, Matt Guarin, Fury Figeroa, Dharma Bumz @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • The Loosen Up with DJs Mane, A-Boogie, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Vamp/Telling Stories: After the Disaster @ Whistle Stop
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Divinity Techno Sabbath @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ B Russ @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Deejay Al @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Elephante @ Omnia

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/Kevin Winter]]>
<![CDATA[Dizzy Spells: Now That's What I Call Local Music]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:40:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dizzy+Spells+Press+Photo.jpg

If you want to dig into the bounty of treasures San Diego music has to offer, but don't know quite where to start -- Dizzy Spells Productions has you covered.

Last month, the newly formed creative agency dropped a massive, free, 46-track compilation featuring a who's who of local music such as Weatherbox, Oh Spirit, Birdy Bardot, the Schizophonics, Hexa, Stage Kids, Future Crooks, and Spooky Cigarette, among others. [Download it here]

Unfamiliar with Dizzy Spells? Well, that's understandable. Musicians Jordan Krimston (who plays in Big Bad Buffalo and Traffic Bear) and Sarah Linton (bassist in Uber Monk) joined forces just a couple months back to kick the venture off (they've also enlisted their friend Kelsey Kohler to occasionally help out with graphic design). According to Linton, the partnership made all the sense in the world because, between the three of them, they're able to cover several different mediums and provide a plethora of services to the artistic community.

"I guess the inspiration for Dizzy Spells really came from the vibrancy and liveliness of different cultures," Linton explained over email. "We know that San Diego encompasses this same vibrancy too, but needs a little push. Jordan loves to book shows and promote, Kelsey loves to illustrate and create graphic solutions, and I love photography and video. It was a natural team! We all love San Diego, and the community; we just want our friends to thrive."

They started by plotting the release of their first compilation (the aforementioned "Dizzy Spells, Vol. 1") and booking showcases around town featuring some of those bands. At nearly three hours long, the collection spans several different styles across the dense San Diego music scene -- an undertaking that Krimston said was a necessary labor of love.

"San Diego is full of amazing musicians, artists, and creatives. Unfortunately, a lot of this flies under the public's radar. Why that is, we don't quite know. We hope that with this compilation, we can get local music circles to work together, rise up, and improve our music community. On the comp, we feature brand new artists such as Boxx Office and Whiteborzoi as well as veterans in the scene such as Black Market III ... We want to support everybody in the scene, regardless of popularity, genre, age, etc."

Of course, the Dizzy Spells crew have got their own individual favorites on "Volume 1." Linton's a big fan of the "Holy Roller" contribution from Creepseed (a SoundDiego top pick, too) as well as "The San Diego National Anthem" by Shades McCool -- while Krimston's partial to Aw Man Oh Dear’s "Roll With the Punches," saying: "This band put out their first record last year and it definitely deserves some more attention. Intricate production, amazing guitar tones, thought-out songwriting and cleverly written, catchy vocal parts."

Despite the sheer enormity of their first release, Dizzy Spells is just getting started. The team is apparently already hard at work on "Vol. 2" -- asking for submissions on their Facebook page.

"We’re hoping to beat out 'Now That’s What I Call Music,'" Krimston joked, "so we'll have a lot more compilations in the future to come."

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[PICS: Michelle Branch at Music Box]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:19:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Michelle+Branch+7.22+Connie+Bolger+%282%29.jpg 'All you wanted': Michelle Branch continued her comeback tour at Music Box on July 22, featuring her fiance Patrick Carney (from the Black Keys) on drums -- and buzz band Haerts in tow.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Honky Tonk Man]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:23:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/AP700239420658.jpg

Although Viejas in the Park only returned this year after a several-year hiatus, their short season still offered up some pretty great artists. Tonight, for example, you can head to the Alpine casino to catch country legend Dwight Yoakam. Meanwhile, the Belly Up hosts the silky voice of Grammy-nominated singer John Waite who celebrates four decades in music. At the Casbah, get in the fun with the Dabbers, Bar Pink puts bands together with Rock n' Roll Lotto, and Soda Bar hosts electro-indie duo the Upper Strata. 

Wednesday, July 26:

  • Dwight Yoakam, Brandy Clark @ Viejas Concerts in the Park 
  • John Waite: The 40th Anniversary Tour, Joey Harris @ Belly Up
  • The Dabbers, Gloomsday, Blood Ponies @ Casbah
  • Rock n' Roll Lotto @ Bar Pink
  • Little River Band @ Sycuan
  • One, Two, Three with DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Open Oscillator Electronics Open Mic @ Whistle Stop
  • The Upper Strata, Kairoots, Malu @ Soda Bar
  • Heir Gloom, Dragon Dragon, the Serotonin Experiment @ The Merrow
  • Tyler Rich @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Ghost Town Gamblers, Midnight Block, Cat Chasers @ Til-Two Club
  • Night Drive, Trip Advisor @ Space
  • PJ Morton @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Karaoke @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Nothing Special @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Mighty Mystic , DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Yes Lawd @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Midnight (in a perfect world) @ Kava Lounge
  • 52nd St. @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJ Greyboy @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 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[Solana Beach Sues Del Mar Fairgrounds Over New Concert Venue]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:09:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del-Mar-exterior.jpg

There's trouble in paradise: It doesn't look like everyone is a fan of a plan to open a 1,900-seat venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds next year -- namely, the City of Solana Beach.

As we reported in May, the 22nd District Agricultural Association (which owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds) voted at a board of directors meeting on May 23 to unanimously move ahead with a $13 million rehaul/renovation to the existing fairgrounds off-track betting facility known as the Surfside Race Place.

As it turns out, more than a few area residents aren't happy about it.

Solana Beach City Councilmember Jewel Edson, Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott, and several county residents have voiced objections to the project -- which included concerns about traffic, air quality, noise pollution, security and an overall negative impact on the community.

The 22nd DAA board ultimately dismissed those objections to the project, which has a planned completion date of May 1, 2018. In addition to the two-level live-music venue (at which organizers plan to host 90 shows per year), the building will also be expanded to include a 7,000-square-foot beer-tasting area and exhibit named the History of Beer.

However, the project's opponents weren't done: On June 23, the city of Solana Beach filed a civil complaint in San Diego Superior Court to halt the project and, according to court documents, require the 22nd DAA to "comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) ... and its implementing regulations ... and to perform the environmental review required by law before approving a proposed expansion of existing uses and redevelopment of existing facilities."

The 22nd DAA has previously informed residents that environmental impact studies performed more than 30 years ago for the site, and its existing permits, are still valid and exempt the new project from further review.

According to an article published in the Coast News, 22nd DAA Director David Watson said at a Jan. 3 board of directors meeting: "This building [under] the current permit allows a 5,000-per-day occupancy. It is nowhere near that number.

"Simply converting a portion of it to a 1,800- or 1,900-seat concert venue should have no changes in traffic, no changes in parking," Watson continued. "Considering all the major, huge events that this fairgrounds does, this is just a little blip on the radar in terms of impacts outside the fairgrounds."

The recently filed injunction looks to address that by forcing a halt to the project until a full environmental impact report can be performed and evaluated.

When reached for comment, the 22nd DAA replied that Watson's above quote is sufficient regarding their stance on the matter. A request for comment from Solana Beach City Attorney Johanna Canlas has gone unanswered at the time of this article's publication.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[PICS: Ministry at House of Blues]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:58:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*129/Ministry+7.21.17+Jason+Bang+%283%29.jpg Metal church was in session when industrial pioneers Ministry pummeled House of Blues San Diego on July 21 -- with Ho99o9 opening.

Photo Credit: Jason Bang]]>
<![CDATA[Delta Force]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:35:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Delta+Rae+Music+Box4.jpg

It's getting pretty quiet around here after some weeks of solid excitement, but if you're up for a night out, you still have some great options for you. At the Belly Up, North Carolina's rootsy rockers Delta Rae return, while Soda Bar hosts pro-skater-cum-folk musician Josh Harmony. The Merrow deliverrs their Tuesday night local lineup with Mindray, and it's Emo Nite at the Casbah. My recommendation, however, is that you head to Blonde to catch Ariel Levine. He's an amazing live performer, whether playing his original music (as he will be tonight) or taking a stab at any number of Undercover nights at the Office, and no doubt the room will be full of his many fans and friends -- making for an extra special fun Tuesday night.

Tuesday, July 25:

  • Ariel Levine (album preview/live show), Daniel Crawford, Heather Nation @ Blonde
  • Emo Nite LA presents Emo Nite San Diego @ Casbah  
  • Delta Rae, Liz Longley @ Belly Up
  • Josh Harmony, Titus Haug, Jordan Lovelis @ Soda Bar
  • The Upper Strata @ Lou's Records (5 p.m.)
  • Mindray, Palomino, Flakes @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • KPBS Jazz Caravan @ Bar Pink (7 p.m.)
  • The Simple Pleasure, Vern, DMDM @ Space
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Water Seed @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with Crucial Blend @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • True Bass Tuesdays with DJ Buck Rodgers & Ramsey @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • A Suesday Swing Night: Jazz Club Caravan @ Tio Leo's
  • Sketch Party & Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Lads Holiday @ 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: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: All Things Music at Comic-Con 2017]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:54:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDCC+2017+Music+AM+%281+of+24%29.jpg Comic-Con has become one of the biggest pop culture phenomena in the world, bringing in everyone from actor/musicians like Jeff Bridges and Will Smith to comic artist/musician crossovers like Gerard Way and Claudio Sanchez.

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<![CDATA[Steve From 'Stranger Things' Posts Up]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:42:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Post+Animal+Kristina+Pedersen.jpg

We're back to some semblance of normalcy here in San Diego, and that means Monday night kicks back to a night for locals to live it up in the local scene. At the Casbah, join DJ Artistic with his monthly Battle Bots, or go get your face melted at Til-Two Club with the Archons. St. Louis act Yowie plays Space after dropping their third record, and Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke play a sold-out show at the Belly Up. Of course, the show everyone is gonna be talking about is Post Animal at Soda Bar, featuring Steve from "Stranger Things," though the band predates the show and by all counts deliver a solid show. 

Monday, July 24:

  • DJ Artistic's Hip-Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah 
  • Archons, Wounded Giant, Lemon Lung, Sixes @ Til-Two Club
  • Yowie, INUS, Feather Wolf, In the Womb @ Space
  • Blackberry Smoke, the Cadillac Three @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Post Animal, Levitation Room, Femny @ Soda Bar
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze and the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Fernet Branca & Ilegal Mezcal Tattoo Industry Party @ Blonde
  • Dinner and a Movie Night @ Tower Bar
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Melody Makers @ Navajo Live
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Sue Palmer @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • "Electric Relaxation" Chill '90s Hip-Hop @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Monday with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Danzin Mondays @ Tio Leo's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Takeover Bookings & Ghostlight Concerts Present @ Kava Lounge
  • Party on a Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 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: Kristina Pedersen]]>
<![CDATA[Verbz and Deploi Release 'The Fever' and a Cure]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:30:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Verbz+by+Rob+Revere.jpg

On last year's "Beats Rhymes & Blunts," producer Matt Rego, aka Verbz, laid out true school beats for an ensemble cast of MCs. He's back, and for his 2017 follow-up "The Fever," Rego's partnered with Deploi, a solo rapper who's full of similes and easy rhythm with a pock-marked voice that sounds like it developed from a diet of sand.

Using sharp snares and chopped samples, Verbz provides him with a throwback sound. There are traces of the golden era -- mainly in shoutouts to iconic MCs -- but "The Fever" feels more like the mid-2000s than it does the early '90s -- more Sound Providers circa 2005 and less Jeru 1994.

Over fourteen songs Deploi explores an array of topics. He's crowd controlling via "We Are Here" -- "put your hands up / forget your cares" -- and brow beating mindless consumers on the anti-capitalist anthem "No Money" by shouting down the systemic greed and selfishness of our me-first economy.

"Ride" finds him narrating a first-person account of car trouble -- broken down roadside in the desert, stuck somewhere between Las Vegas and Reno (though he's really not sure) ad-libbing through the opening, "I don't even know where the hell I'm at."

They party rock, philosophize and story-tell, but they also stretch a bit too, adding bits of soul to their boom bap foundation on songs like "Lil Suzy," "The One" and "Organized," which all feature guest singers who add melodic splashes around Deploi's verses.

So, if you're searching for a respite from rap music suffocating under the weight of product placement and empty materialism, then maybe this is the cure and "The Fever" is just what you're looking for.

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



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<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: July 23-29]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:57:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/166538198.jpg

This week's Set List includes Buddy Guy at Belly Up, Post Animal at Soda Bar, Violent Femmes in Del Mar and much more from our friends at Live Nation!



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<![CDATA[Reel Big Fish Meet Real Good Beer]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:10:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Reel+Big+Fish+by+Fatima+Kelley.jpeg

On our way back from the In-ko-pah, we stopped at Viejas Casino to hit their amazing buffet, and while walking from the east end of the hotel, we peeked out and caught a glimpse of the stage and park area that would be the site of the new Viejas Concerts in the Park. What used to be in the middle of the Outlet Center is now casino and hotel adjacent, and it looks to be pretty awesome. Tonight, you can not only catch Reel Big Fish at Viejas, but there's also a beer festival as part of the show. As we bid farewell to Comic-Con, Digital Lizards of Doom catch the Con fever at the Casbah, Phenomenauts play Space and Observatory hosts afternoon hip-hop with Living Legends and tons of others. For a low-key chill Sunday, check out the Liquorsmiths at Sycamore Den.

Sunday, July 23:
  • Reel Big Fish, Zebrahead @ Viejas Casino Concerts in the Park 
  • Digital Lizards of Doom, Unsteady, Kitty Plague @ Casbah
  • Big Band Jazz Machine @ Handlery Hotel
  • Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire @ Tenth Avenue Theatre (930 10th Ave., 1 p.m.)
  • 3rd Annual Chicano-Con @ Border X Brewing
  • Phenomenauts @ Space
  • Gustavo Romero plays Enrique Granados @ La Jolla Athenaeum (4 p.m.)
  • Living Legends, Immortal Technique, Necro, Visionaries, Sick Jacken, Andre Nickatina, Evidence @ Observatory North Park (2 p.m.)
  • The Coltrane & Davis Tribute: The Sounds of John Coltrane and Miles Davis @ Music Box
  • Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The LAIKA Experience @ Bespoke (520 Fifth Ave., free, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Soul2Soul the World Tour 2017: Tim McGraw, Faith Hill @ Valley View Casino Center (sold out)
  • "Wrecked" Pop-Up Island Tour from TBS @ Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • The Upshots @ Barefoot Music Cruise, Hornblower Cruises
  • Pants Karaoke: Heroes & Villains @ Til-Two Club
  • Yoga Pool Party #SummerofLoveYourself @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (11 a.m.)
  • Siers Brothers @ Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park
  • Back Alley Gear Night Free for All @ The Merrow
  • Old Town Local Grand Opening featuring Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton, Gregory Page, Nina Francis, Manouche Five, Brazilian Four, Rob Deez, Kenny Eng @ Java Joe's
  • Maggie Koerner @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The Liquorsmiths @ Sycamore Den
  • Veronica May, Sarah Rogo @ Lestat's
  • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • The Drednotz @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Kill Quanti presents Silver & Gold @ Blonde
  • Nena Anderson @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Reggae Sunday with Maka Roots @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Groove Squad @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Pile Palace presents: The Pile High Club with Mikey Lion @ Spin (2 p.m.)
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Comic-Con's High Notes]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:19:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Michelle-Branch-blurb.jpg

In case you forgot, Comic-Con is this weekend. But if you think you need a badge to enjoy all the festivities, you couldn't be more wrong. Outside of the Convention Center, you'll find lots of concerts, pre-parties and after-parties. While we haven't compiled everything, here's a quick rundown of some of the most notable events.

Saturday, July 22


  • Bassmnt: A superhero-themed costume party accompanies a DJ set from Party Favor at this downtown nightclub. Tickets range from $10-$40. Go here for more information. 919 Fourth Ave.
  • Copley Symphony Hall: "Raiders, Rebels and Supermen: The Music of John Williams" hits the acoustically pristine venue and will feature excerpts from "Jurassic Park," "Superman," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T.," and of course, "Star Wars." Go here for more information750 B St. 
  • House of Blues: One of the pioneers in the DJ/producer realm, DJ Shadow hits the decks. The show is all-ages (18 and under with guardian) and doors are at 7 p.m. Go here for more information1055 Fifth Ave. 
  • Music Box: Michelle Branch (with some help from her beau -- and Black Keys drummer -- Patrick Carney) takes the Little Italy stage. Read our show preview here. Doors at 8 p.m. Go here for more information1337 India St. 
  • Parq: Grand Theft delivers a criminally fun DJ set. Go here for more information615 Broadway Ave. 
  • Waterfront Park: Heroes Brew Fest hits downtown with brews, food, tech, and sets by DJ FishFonics, DJ Mancat, and Kristian Nairn. Go here for more information1600 Pacific Highway. 
  • Soda Bar: Get your dose of surf-rock with La Luz, Teenage Burritos, SIXES and Poison Rites. Get tickets here3615 El Cajon Blvd.
  • Casbah: San Diego's heavy hitters, Creature & the Woods and the Heavy Guilt, get down and dirty. Get tickets here2501 Kettner Blvd.

Sunday, July 23
  • Casbah: Nerd out with Digital Lizards of Doom who bring their comic book electro-rock to Casbah over Comic-Con weekend. Get tickets here2501 Kettner Blvd.
  • Observatory North Park: More like Hip-Hop-Con -- Living Legends, Immortal Technique, Necro, Visionaries, Evidence, Sick Jacken, Andre Nickatina and more taken over the Observatory. 2891 University Ave.



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<![CDATA[Live Wire Bar Goes BIG for 25th Anniversary]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:54:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/meb_main_bw.jpg

Age might be nothin’ but a number -- but in the case of Live Wire’s 25th anniversary, it’s kind of a big deal.

Not only is the beloved dive bar (which straddles the line between North Park and University Heights at 2103 El Cajon Blvd.) celebrating their quarter-century birthday this November, they’re also throwing one hell of a party to boot.

Live Wire owners Sam Chammas and Joe Austin announced Thursday morning that come Saturday, Nov. 4, Rocket From the Crypt and the Meices will be on hand with Mariachi El Bronx to ring in their big anniversary with a celebratory show at the Observatory North Park. Tickets are $30 (plus service charges) and are on sale now at this link. It's guaranteed to sell out rather quickly, so get on it.

When asked about the show, Austin told SoundDiego: "[The] bands are made up of musicians who have been a part of our bar's history, and we're confident that it's going to be an amazing night."

Indeed. Austin also told us "there will be other anniversary-related happenings that weekend" and recommended out-of-towners book a room at the Lafayette Hotel, which is just down the street from Live Wire and not far from the Observatory. Pro tip: Mention Live Wire when reserving your room to receive a discounted rate ($175 for a room that typically costs $209). Interested? Call (619) 296-2101 and make those reservations. You can also visit them at their website here.

For those of you with better memories than me, you’ll recall Live Wire’s 20th anniversary that took place over three days in October of 2012 with a bartender reunion, a commemorative sold-out show headlined by aMiniature and No Knife at that same historic next-door hotel, and a bicycle/bus tour the next day to top it off. Who knew they'd up the ante five years later?

A little history: When it got its start in 1992, Live Wire (whose motto is, appropriately, "Cold Beer, Warm Friends") became a destination stop for craft-beer junkies at a time when it wasn’t the household blockbuster industry it is today. In fact, when Chammas and Austin started offering microbrewed IPAs, many patrons thought they were just too bitter. How times have changed, eh? Since the beginning though, they’ve remained a strict blue-collar dive bar with extremely amiable pricing, an unmatched vibe and arguably the best jukebox in town. 

Congratulations on 25 years, Live Wire -- here’s to many more.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[A Non-Comic-Con Creature Feature]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:24:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Creature+and+the+Woods+Group.jpeg

There are two more days of Comic-Con, but let's be real -- this is a big night. Shows and parties still fill our bars and clubs, and you want to get in on the action. Creature & the Woods and the Heavy Guilt are playing the Casbah, and singer/songwriter Michelle Branch wants you to know she's a woman now and doesn't want to be the pop princess she was a decade ago. And not that a woman should be attached to a man, but her boyfriend happens to be Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, who produced her record. La Luz play a special Soda Bar show, and Diablo Dimes returns for a show at Black Cat Bar. Of course, there are still Con events but most RSVPs are closed by now. Maybe you can sneak in, or just join the rest of us at a concert.

Saturday, July 22:
  • Reggie Watts @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Heroes Brew Fest @ Waterfront Park
  • Michelle Branch, Haerts @ Music Box
  • Raiders, Rebels and Supermen: The Music of John Williams @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Creature & the Woods, the Heavy Guilt, Taken by Canadians, Mike Pope, DJ Lexicon Devil @ Casbah
  • La Luz, Teenage Burritos, SIXES, Poison Rites @ Soda Bar
  • EW Closing Night Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (Invite Only)
  • Conan at Comic-Con @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Lorraine Castellanos @ Bar Pink
  • Diablo Dimes & the Bloodhounds, Johnny Deadly Trio @ Black Cat Bar 
  • South Park Walkabout @ South Park
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying @ SideBar (6-9 p.m., free, sold out)
  • The LAIKA Experience @ Bespoke (520 Fifth Ave., free, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) 
  • truTV’s Impractical Jokers Fandom Takeover @ The Field at Petco Park (7th & L, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., free, open to the public)
  • Mandy Harvey @ Museum of Making Music
  • 3rd Annual Chicano-Con @ Border X Brewing
  • Yacht Rock with DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Creepxotica @ Warshaw Provisions Grand Opening (South Park)
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • JD Shelburne @ Moonshine Beach
  • Suds Social with Novo Brazil @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (12 p.m.)
  • Swim Up Cinema: Music Video Pool Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (7:30 p.m.)
  • Steph Johnson, Women's Work, Shana Tucker @ Panama 66
  • Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire @ Tenth Avenue Theatre (930 Tenth Ave., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.)
  • ScreenJunkies Live & Afterparty with Wooden Wisdom: Elijah Wood & Zach Cowi DJ Set @ House of Blues (doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m.) 
  • RJ @ Observatory North Park
  • My Brother, My Brother and Me @ Balboa Theatre (10 p.m.)
  • Avant Garde Costume Gala @ Park6 (590 Fir Street)
  • Marked Men 7: Annual Pirate & Fantasy Party @ Star of India
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! Watch Out for Snakes! Tour @ Balboa Theatre (7 p.m.)
  • "Wrecked" Pop-Up Island Tour From TBS @ Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • SyFy Live @ Marriott Marquis & Marina (2-6 p.m.)
  • Fatman on Batman with Kevin Smith @ American Comedy Co.
  • Nuke the Fridge's After Party @ Bassmnt
  • DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • ArtShow: Comics vs. Anime @ La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan (5-11 p.m.)
  • ArtShow: Women in Comics/Tribute to Carrie Fisher @ Iron Fist Brewing (6-10 p.m.)
  • Underground Lightsaber Fighters Tournament @ Balboa Park (8-11 p.m.)
  • Onoff!, Hard Fall Hearts, Nights Like Thieves @ The Merrow 
  • Joshua White presents MONK at 100 @ Dizzy's
  • Saviorself with Zackey Force Funk, Eddie Funkster, Diamond Ortiz, V-Rock Boogieman & Josex @ Space
  • Bad Wife, People Flavor, Gypsy Wolfe @ Lestat's
  • Harvard Bass Bday Party @ Blonde
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (5-9 p.m.)
  • Lollipop Records Presents Wyatt Blair & the Broken Hearts, Kids in Heat, Cheap Tissue @ Pour House (9 p.m.)
  • Aegis Live in San Diego @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Fooks, DJ OMZ @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Old Town Local Grand Opening featuring Jeffrey Joe, Gaby & La Buena Onda, Rob Deez, Kenny Eng, Gramophone Gregory @ Java Joe's 
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Falling Up, Baron Bandini, New Crimes @ Tower Bar (5 p.m.)
  • Midnight Track, Neck Down, Punch Card, Strangely Strange @ Tower Bar (9 p.m.)
  • Mystic Ritual, Empyrean Throne, Necrochamber, Morphesia, Beria @ Bancroft Bar
  • JD Shelburne @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Steve Moakler @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Joe Rathburn, Lee Coulter @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • The Shenanigans @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Brothers Gow @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Stonecutters SD: Super Nerdy Comic-Con Edition @ Til-Two Club (4 p.m.)
  • Cover-Con with Generator, Vegascendents, Punk in Drublic, Vegas Threat @ Til-Two Club (9 p.m.)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam, Cage, Warpath, DVT @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office (9 p.m.)
  • Cutwater Spirits presents Grand Ole Office: Live Country Music @ The Office (4 p.m.)
  • Way Cool Jr., Blaze of Jovi @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Country Rockin' Rebels, McCoy Bros, Sickstring Outlaws @ Tio Leo's
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Julz, Kev Mighty @ El Dorado
  • Party Favor @ Bassmnt
  • Cassian, Boys Don't Disco @ Bang Bang 
  • West Coast Weekender Presents: A Warriors Themed Event @ Spin (10 p.m.)
  • Gari Safari San Diego Summer Rooftop Edition @ Spin (3 p.m.)
  • Brett Bodley @ FLUXX
  • All Stars, Arena, Wicked Rooster @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ Savi @ Omnia
  • Midnight Wave featuring Yung Bae @ Kava Lounge
  • DJ Autumn @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • The Heat @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 

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[The Gospel According to Little Jesus]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:16:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06_24_SDTV_LittleJesus.jpg

The gospel according to Little Jesus: The high-energy dance-pop/rock band delighted a packed Black Box crowd in Tijuana recently -- watch their performance of "Cretino" now, along with an interview with SoundDiego TV reporter Josemar.

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<![CDATA[Close Encounters of the Third Eye Blind]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:08:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Third+Eye+Blind-08April2016-Observatory22.jpg

It's hard to know which night -- Thursday or Friday -- has more events packed into the chaos of Comic-Con, but if you didn't get your fill last night, the weekend is here with so much fun stuff to get into, whether you're downtown or steering clear (check out SoundDiego's Comic-Con weekend roundup). Of course, plenty of us are excited about the Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups show at the Open Air Theatre, so plan accordingly to get to SDSU early so as not to miss a single minute (also, read the SoundDiego interview with Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins). Soda Bar's got Rozwell Kid to rock your night, legend Jimmy Webb plays at Sweetwater High for AMSD, and Ministry brings their industrial rock to House of Blues. Casbah breaks from expectations with the Rumours Rave featuring Fleetmac Wood. Don't write off Dead Kennedys at Brick by Brick or Digital Lizards of Doom at the Merrow, either --they're not quite in the center of Con but offer up excellent choices for your Friday night.

Friday, July 21:

  • Third Eye Blind, Silversun Pickups, Ocean Park @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Rozwell Kid, Great Grandpa @ Soda Bar
  • Digital Lizards of Doom, Mega Ran, Kirby's Dream Band @ The Merrow
  • Jimmy Webb @ AMSD 
  • Fleetmac Wood @ Casbah
  • Ministry, Ho99o9 @ House of Blues
  • 3rd Annual Chicano-Con @ Border X Brewing
  • Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire @ Tenth Avenue Theatre (930 10th Ave, 6 p.m., 9 p.m., midnight)
  • Conan at Comic-Con @ Spreckels Theatre
  • The Legend Of Zelda Symphony Of The Goddesses @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque @ Music Box
  • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, the Routine @ Belly Up
  • Emo Night Brooklyn: San Diego @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Tribal Seeds @ Summer Concert Series, Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Adventure Zone Podcast @ Balboa Theatre (10 p.m.)
  • MTV Fandom Fest hosted by Tyler Posey with Echosmith, Bleachers, and guests @ Petco Park
  • The Female Voices of Film Twitter @ Horton Grand Theatre (panel, 1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • NVE + Nylon Present After-Con with Warren G, Mase, DJs Brody Jenner, Jamie Iovine @ Omnia San Diego (9:30 p.m.)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! Watch Out for Snakes! Tour @ Balboa Theatre (7 p.m.)
  • Das Bunker Galactic Dance Party @ SPIN
  • Grass Fed Giants @ Seven Grand
  • Funko Fundays @ Grand Hyatt (7-10 p.m.)
  • Official Dragon Ball Fan Bash @ McFadden's (7-10 p.m.)
  • Pop Culture Party: Yokai Omatsuri @ Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park (7:30-11:30 p.m.)
  • Hollywood Babble-On with Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman @ American Comedy Co
  • Jody Whatley @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Viva El Diego feat. Missie Page and the Rifftones @ Queen Bee's
  • Boogie Down X Funk Freaks @ Space
  • The 18 piece Bi-National Mambo Orchestra @ Dizzy's
  • United Pursuit Band @ The Irenic
  • F---ing in the bushes (Brit Rock Dance Party) @ Whistle Stop
  • Comic-Con Tron-themed Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Beach Bums, Los Shadows, the Abstracts, the Gnars, Chutes, the Hynas @ SOMA
  • Class Project with DJ Grimm and Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove's Happy Place #2 @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • The Heart Beat Trail, Madly, the Bloody Mary Bastards @ Black Cat Bar
  • Dead Kennedys, Sculpins, Authentic Sellout, Systematic Abuse @ Brick By Brick
  • Psydecar @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Cici Artemisia, David Beldock @ Java Joe's
  • Kyle Phelan, King Taylor Project, Nick Crook @ Lestat's
  • JD Shelburne @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Lords of Beacon House, Roast, Ritual Potion, Malahierba @ Tower Bar
  • The Concrete Project @ The Holding Company 1502
  • G Burns Jug Band @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • "Don't Feed the Birds" Skate Video Premiere, performances by the Munsens, Los Micheladas @ Pour House (9 p.m.)
  • Heart of Leo @ Pour House (4-7 p.m.) 
  • Amelia White @ The Bancroft
  • The Delirians, the Night Doctors @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • After Hours in the Office with DJs EdROC & Ramsey @ The Office 
  • Rollin Wit Tha Funk: DJ Boogieman & Guests @ Til-Two Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Special Salsa Friday @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • JX3 @ Navajo Live (9 p.m.)
  • Now & Later with DJ Artistic and Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • Das Bunker at SDCC: A Galactic Dance Party @ Spin
  • LED Presents: MSCLS, Hotfire @ Bang Bang
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Purps 'n Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Grand Sonic Theory @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Circle of Fifths, DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 

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



Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Linkin Park's Singer Dies at 41]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:24:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Linkin+Park+Sleep+Train+9.16.14+%2816%29.jpg

The Los Angeles County coroner says Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were immediately available.

Bennington's body was discovered Thursday morning in the Palos Verdes Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, TMZ first reported, citing law enforcement sources.

The singer, who sported piercings and tattoos, struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He was married and is survived by six children.

He was reportedly also a good friend of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died by suicide in May at the age of 53.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed that they responded to a call for a hanging in Palos Verdes Estates at 8:59 a.m. Thursday and that an adult male was declared dead at the scene. They were not able to immediately identify the deceased. NBCLA is reaching out to Bennington's representation for comment.

No stranger to San Diego over the years, Bennington and Linkin Park were scheduled to headline Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Oct. 20, with hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg. The band's latest album, "One More Light," topped the Billboard charts earlier this year upon release.

Live Nation San Diego said on Friday that the Oct. 20 show, along with the rest of the tour had been canceled and that refunds are available at the point of purchase.

"We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington," Live Nation's Casey Pukl said The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.


SoundDiego has reached out to Live Nation San Diego for comment on the status of the planned Oct. 20 show. We will update this article as we hear back.

Mötley Crüe co-founder Nikki Sixx said on Twitter that he was in tears: “Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……I feel so sad for his family,band mates and fans,” Sixx tweeted.

NBCLA is also reaching out to Bennington's representation for comment.

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.



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<![CDATA[The Goblin King]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:13:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rob+Crow+at+Bar+Pink21.jpg

San Diego is buzzing this week, and tonight has so much goodness, you might want to plan for multiple stops. Both Beach Fossils shows at Casbah are sold out, as is Colin Hay at Belly Up, but if you're heading into City Heights, the Delta Riggs promise a great night at Soda Bar. If you want a full on concert experience, the Retro Futura Tour has huge '80s stars at SDSU, and you can easily get there from downtown by hopping on the green line. Of course, there are parties and events all over, too, but I'd recommend if you're looking to fill your schedule, MC Chris plays the late show at Music Box. Joining him is our dear friend Rob Crow (of Pinback) playing with one of his other fun projects, Goblin Cock.

Thursday, July 20:

  • Beach Fossils, SHe-Devils, Ablebody @ Casbah  (7 and 10p.m., SOLD OUT)
  • Colin Hay, San Miguel @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Delta Riggs, Mrs. Henry, Grim Slippers @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • 105.7 Max FM presents "Retro Futura Tour": '80s Pop Stars Howard Jones, Paul Young, English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Katrina (of Katrina & the Waves), Annabella (of Bow Wow Wow) @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • MC Chris, Goblin Cock @ Music Box (Doors 9:30, Show 10 p.m.)
  • Comedy Bang Bang Live starring Scott Aukerman @ Music Box (Doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m.)
  • The Kraken Rum & Alpha present “League of Darkness” Party @ FLUXX (Invites via @jointeamalpha on Twitter)
  • Game of Thrones: The Musical - A Song of Nice Satire @ Tenth Avenue Theatre (930 10th Ave., 6 and 9 p.m.)
  • W00tstock 9.0 @ Balboa Theatre
  • Conan at Comic-Con @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology @ Westgate Hotel (8 p.m.)
  • Syfy fan party with the Spazmatics @ New Children's Museum (Free/First come, first-served. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.)
  • BADBADNOTGOOD @ Observatory North Park
  • Comic Con: Batman Themed Dance Party "Tribute to Adam West" @ Blonde
  • Cinemart: The Supreme Being @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (6pm)
  • Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Live Podcast Taping starring Scott Aukerman @ Music Box (7 p.m.)
  • Sal Vulcano, Roy Wood Jr, Theo Von @ House of Blues
  • Legion M Stargate Fandom Party @ Side Bar (7:30-10 p.m., standby line only)
  • Sharknado 5 Party feat. Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and Hamby @ Sycuan Casino 
  • IMAX and Thrill Exclusive Pop-Up Experience TBA @ Horton Plaza Park (7 p.m.) 
  • Doug Loves Movies Podcast @ American Comedy Co.
  • Bangarang: Heroes & Rebels, Hosted by the Geek Gatsby, DJ Rufio, DJ Chuck None @ Bassmnt (9 p.m.-1 a.m., $15) 
  • Jay and Silent Bob Get Old @ American Comedy Co.
  • The LAIKA Experience @ Bespoke (520 Fifth Ave, Free, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)
  • Her Universe Fashion Show @ M. Grand Hyatt (Lineup 1 p.m. Show at 6 p.m.)
  • Rave of Thrones with Kristian Nairn @ OMNIA
  • "Wrecked" Pop-Up Island Tour From TBS @ Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • SyFy Live @ Marriott Marquis & Marina (2-6 p.m.)
  • Modern Time Beer Dinner & Star Wars Spelling Bee @ Biga
  • 6th Annual Cosplay Contest @ Henry's Pub
  • Retrograde with DJ JC Harris- Modern Electronica R&B @ Whistle Stop
  • DARKSTAR: Art By Charles Glaubitz Exhibition Opening @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Slappers Only at Space + Comic-Con Edition! @ Space
  • Leilani Wolfgramm @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Steam Powered Giraffe @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Anodynes, Doncat, Hello Penelope @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Forkroot (Album Release Party) @ Sycamore Den
  • Bookmobile!, Superbrat @ The Bancroft
  • Metal Assault in San Diego: Nihilist, Monolith, Heavy Justice, Siva @ Brick By Brick
  • New Alchemy Poetry Series feat Jimmy Jazz & Michael Klam, Open Mic Poetry @ Lestat's
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess, Lyrical Groove, Veronica May & the To-Do List, Kim Tillman @ The Merrow
  • Singing Circle with Cici @ Java Joe's 
  • Boom Box Thursdays @ U-31
  • Guitar Legends with Graham Gillot @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Sal Vulcano, Roy Wood Jr., Theo Von @ House of Blues
  • Kim Jackson @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Midnight Eagle, the Randy Savages, Ash Williams @ Tower Bar
  • Queen Bee's Rap Battle @ Queen Bee's
  • Natalie Douglas in "To Nina...A Tribute to Nina Simone" @ Martini's Above Fourth (8 p.m.)
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Throwback Thursday withe DJ Abel @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Mojo Green and Bomb Squad @ Winston's
  • Watashi Wa Dance Party, Kill Lincoln, Fairhaven, Surface Report @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • PB&J presents DJs B Rose and Bidi Cobra @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Fayuca, Melapelus @ 710 Beach Club
  • Decon @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • JR Jarris @ Bang Bang 

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[Thrift Trader Music and More Stores Shutter After Owner's Accident]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:40:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Thrift+Trader.JPG
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<![CDATA[PICS: Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth at Valley View Casino Center]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:22:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Shawn+Mendes+7.14.17+Fatima+Kelley+%286%29.jpg Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth had an adoring Valley View Casino Center crowd in the palm of their hands on July 14.

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<![CDATA[Third Eye Blind's Semi-Charmed Life]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:15:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/166*120/Third+Eye+Blind+Press+Photo+Danny+Nolan.jpg

Confession: When I was the ripe young age of 16 years old, I made my very first foray into the arena of live music. I remember it like it was yesterday. The venue: Reno's Lawlor Events Center. The date: April 21, 1998. My mom dropped my friend Steve and I off, we got in line (which wrapped around the block), and quickly noticed, as teenage boys are wont to do, that we were surrounded by teenage girls. Tons of 'em. It was basically like a 20 to 1 ratio of females to males, and we loved it. Of course, they wanted absolutely nothing to do with two timid, pimple-faced dweebs like us. They were there for one thing and one thing only: Third Eye Blind.

"I...don't remember it," Stephan Jenkins, the band's frontman, admitted after I recounted the tale over an early morning phone call.

How could he? Reno's not exactly the most memorable town, and to be honest, the band was riding a wave of mass hysteria at the time thanks to their debut self-titled album that spawned the rock radio/TRL mainstays "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be." Twenty years later, the record (which would go to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide), and those songs, have stood the test of time.

"Yea, they kinda did," Jenkins said. "The songs live on. That is true. It's unbelieveable but it's true. [laughs] And the thing is -- those 16 year olds are still at our shows. That's the strangest part. We're not nostalgic; we're not a memory. We are present. What I mean by that is that our music is kind of a playlist, it doesn't have a date stamp on it for kids who are 16 through 26 years old. They find our music through each other and it speaks to them now and enlivens their experience now -- so it's current for them. That is miraculous to me. I look at it with a sense of wonder. Because I had nothing to do with it. It's their activity that keeps it alive."

Well, that's not entirely true. One of the reasons that the band's first album connected to the world's youth like it did was Jenkins' ability to tap into the deep emotional turmoil that a lot of us experience while growing up. The songs on that record were cathartic anthems and explicitly tackled drug use, suicide, deteriorating relationships, sexuality -- hell, "Graduate" sounds like it's about going off to college (it's not). It basically arrived custom made for the angsty teenager. Of course, these days Jenkins is a far cry from the person he was when he originally wrote them. 

"I do have different connections to them [now]," he explained. "I think when I write songs, there's no forethought that goes into them -- you just kind of jump into a river and the river tells you where you're going, or gives you information about where you've been. You're kind of channeling it; kind of in a sense of being a mystic when it's really working. And what that does is that it kind of tells you where you are and who you are in that moment, in that time. So I don't really know who I am, I'm being illuminated in some way and there's some sense of autobiography or something like that going on a lot -- and I hear a lot of rage, this desire for redemption and for forgiveness, very punk but sort of a lusty punk kind of thing. I think I was very hard on myself, as most artists are. When I look at that record, I have empathy for the striving of that person."

Jenkins' personal struggles in the time leading up to the formation of Third Eye Blind found him alternately consumed by an overwhelming sense of isolation and tireless ambition.

"I come from a deep DIY scene but I didn't even have a scene -- a scene is like you have a support network and I didn't have that either," he said. "I came up playing drums in punk rock clubs and carrying Fender Twins up stairs for other guitar players and I had so many failures and things falling apart. But I had a ferocity, a driven-ness about me. I think most of artists do. We don't look the same, we don't talk the same, we don't dress the same, and you can see it. It makes you kind of a misfit or an outcast and that's hard on you. When I look back on it, I wanna tell myself, 'Just stay at it.'"

Nearly a quarter-century later, Jenkins seems to have mixed feelings reserved for the band's critical reception after those early, gigantic hits.

"There was a lot of 'lumping,'" the frontman told me. "I just always wanted to be an indie band. That's really what I thought I was. It was a little bit like Radiohead, where we got kind of saddled by hits and then labeled by those hits. What I was trying to do was some kind of dark amalgam of overly wordy, goth-y lyrics that are somehow tinged with hip-hop and british rock riffs and really heavy beats -- and I was just trying to put all these things together in some authentic way. It was always an earnest effort ... and I think there's a real joy in being comprehended, right now, overall."

Come July 21, San Diego State's Open Air Theatre will be rocking and swaying with songs that, to some, helped define the sound of their youth (like me) and, to others, the future. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album, the record will be played in its entirety -- a type of nostalgia that Jenkins, admittedly, doesn't get too wrapped up in: "It's definitely the last time we do that. We've never done it before and we're never going to do it again."

Two decades of Third Eye Blind. Who would've thunk it? Maybe Jenkins, but even he seems blown away by it all.

"It's an amazing thing that 20 years after you put out a record, 10,000 people wanna show up and see it," he said, adding: "If you're blasé about that, we should not hang out." [laughs]

Third Eye Blind bring their 'Summer Gods Tour' through Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on July 21. Silversun Pickups open. Tickets are available here.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:47:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81636686-gunsroses.jpg Welcome back to the jungle, baby: Guns N' Roses are making a return trip to San Diego with a Nov. 28 show at Valley View Casino Center.

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<![CDATA[50 Shades of Hay]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:23:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Colin+Hay+Press+Photo.jpg

All the cameras and lights are shining on San Diego this week as Comic-Con kicks off and the ponies start running at Del Mar. Don't let all of that overwhelm you and keep in mind we still have some great music in town this week. At the Belly Up, amazing singer-songwriter and frontman of Men At Work, Colin Hay, plays the first of two nights (read the SoundDiego interview with him here). Thursday's show is already sold out, so don't miss your chance to catch him. Meanwhile, the Green Flash Concert Series has been a little bit under the radar this year, but our friend Steve Poltz is performing in one of the coolest spots to see a show, with panoramic views of the Pacific and a stage built on top of tidepools. The Casbah has a Kaaboo Discovery showcase, with doors opening at 7 p.m., and Bar Pink hosts a Ramones tribute night. If you really want to take it back, Hall & Oates appear with Tears for Fears at Valley View Casino Center and the Happy Together Tour stops in at Humphreys.

Wednesday, July 19:

  • Colin Hay, San Miguel @ Belly Up
  • Steve Poltz @ Green Flash Concert Series, Birch Aquarium
  • Kaaboo Discovery Tour: Zen Robbi, the Brevet, Spencer Yenson & the Squatters, Foxtrax @ Casbah (Doors at 7 p.m./show at 8 p.m.)
  • Opening Day @ Del Mar Race Track 
  • Hey! Ho! Let's Go! Ramones Tribute @ Bar Pink
  • Hop-Con 5.0: The w00tstout Festival @ Stone Brewing Liberty Station 
  • Birdtalker, Austin Manuel @ Soda Bar
  • Khalid @ Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • Happy Together Tour feat. the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, the Association @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates, Tears For Fears, Allen Stone @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Ramirez, Germ, Shakewell @ SOMA
  • Red Fox Tails @ Seven Grand
  • Doug Loves Movies Podcast @ American Comedy Co.
  • Cocktails, Cosplay & Con @ Comickaze Liberty Station (6-10 p.m.)
  • The UBlog's Meetup: 2 Blog 2 Furious @ McFadden's (7-11 p.m.)
  • Gabe Eltaeb's 4th Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser @ Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar
  • The Sweet Spot with Tramlife, AbJo, tealideal, Yo Columbo @ U-31
  • Electric Carlos, Buddah's Redneck @ Til-Two Club
  • Jam On It: All Vinyl '80s with DJ Shoeshine/Local Comic Writers and Artists Showcase @ Whistle Stop 
  • Casey Donahew @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Cemetery Lipstick: DJ Camilla Robina & Errol Fritz *All Vinyl* @ Space
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Sidewalk Chalk @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Audic Empire, Brew Fish, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Bayou Bros. @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek, Cros1 @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 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[Beach Fossils 'Somersault' Into New Frontiers]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:36:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Beach+Fossils+Press+Photo.jpg

Beach Fossils have turned a corner. The Brooklyn-based trio’s new album, “Somersault,” is decidedly less post-punk and decidedly more pre-punk. It offers a fragmentary approach that culminates in a cohesive collection of mellow gems.

Engineered in part by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, the ‘60s/’70s pop-rock impact can be felt. But “Somersault” isn’t a Lemon Twigs retro exercise, it’s, as Dustin Payseur suggested to me over the phone last week, a Frankenstein monster.

The band wrote and recorded the album over the course of four years in homes and studios from upstate New York to New York City to Los Angeles.

“We don’t really work in actual studios,” Payseur said. “It’s all home-made.”

The patchwork, experimental feel of the album gives it the direction of a late Beatles record, which makes sense considering the band re-recorded the entire album onto tape.

Unlike Payseur, Rado is “a full analog guy, he’s all about analog gear and tape machines -- all about throwing things down in one or two takes and committing to it.”

“I work really differently. I make one thing and mess with it and loop stuff,” Payseur said.

Given these differing approaches, the album is all over the place in some ways, but it makes sense, spinning you upside down and then landing you back on your feet.

Instead of releasing “Somersault” on Captured Tracks like the band did with previous albums, Payseur decided to start his own label (Bayonet Records) with his wife.

According to Payseur, “I think I was always free to do what I wanted [with Captured Tracks], but there was always a pressure of a timeline that would hold me back. If I was held for a time crunch, this record wouldn’t be the same. With my own label, I don’t have that deadline.”

The downside of having an absence of limitations is that one tends to go hog-wild. So, once the album was done, Beach Fossils had to “pull everything apart” in order to figure out how to translate the songs to a live setting.

“The whole point of it was to focus on the record first, but now we’re stuck with all of this gear that we have to haul across the country,” Payseur added.

Things could be a lot worse -- Beach Fossils could be playing only one show at the Casbah on Thursday, July 20. Instead, they’re playing two -- one at 7 p.m. and one at 10 p.m.

The early show’s already sold out, so get tickets to the late show now.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[My Jerusalem Give You Love]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDTV_MyJerusalem.jpg

On this week's episode, My Jerusalem frontman Jeff Klein shares his self-deprecating humor -- turns out, he's just as neurotic as the rest of us.

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<![CDATA[Merchant of San Diego]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:55:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/UPCOMING-+Natalie+Merchant.jpg

Do you have bucket-list bands? Like, there's musicians you've always loved but have never had the opportunity to see live? For me, R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs sit firmly at the top of that list. And I know 10,000 Maniacs is touring, but without Natalie Merchant, I just don't really feel like it's the same. All this to say that I can't believe I'm going to finally get to see Natalie Merchant when she plays in San Diego tonight at Symphony Hall. I understand there are tickets still available so you should definitely consider catching her on this super-rare tour. Of course, this town has a lot of great options, so for the face-melt of the week, catch the Sword at the Belly Up, Austin's rootsy Uncle Lucius is playing at Soda Bar, and, in a bizarre move, Khalid plays at House of Blues before playing a sold-out show at the Observatory tomorrow. 

Tuesday, July 18:

  • Natalie Merchant @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall 
  • The Sword, Big Jesus @ Belly Up
  • Uncle Lucius, Levi Dean & the Americats, Three Chamber Heart @ Soda Bar
  • Khalid: The American Teen Tour @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • Belladon, Retra, Nowhereland @ Casbah  
  • La Luz DJ Set, Las Pinas, Oak Palace @ Blonde
  • Sabrina Carpenter, Alex Aiono, New Hope Club @ Balboa Theatre
  • Playboi Carti @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Olas Oso, Bookmobile!, Slum Summer, Dream Burglar @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • 2Cellos @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU 
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Meeting of the Meyends @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with Animo Cruz @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Trapped Tuesday with Ramsey and Saber @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Blacktop, Killing Tyranny @ Brick By Brick
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Liquid Geometry Presents: Yunis, DJ Pound, Mastah Syphe @ Kava Lounge
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Summer Menu Release @ El Dorado 
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Lads Holiday @ 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[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:46:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/10152008+Tom+DeLonge.jpg Is San Diego the pop-punk capital of the world? From blink-182 to Wavves and Pierce the Veil, San Diego runs the gamut of generation-defining bands that flirt with the genre.]]> <![CDATA[The Sweet Drip of Moon Honey's Casbah Residency]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Moon+Honey+by+Kristin+Cofer.jpg

We're in a post-Pride, pre-Con two day calm, but there are certainly some great options if you were busy working this past weekend or just need to get some music in your bones before San Diego is completely taken over. At Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, crooner Chris Isaak returns to town and he's still just as sultry and charming as ever. Casbah hosts the shimmery and sunny indie-pop of Los Angeles by way of Baton Rouge's Moon Honey while the Fresh Brunettes play Soda Bar. Monday nights have been poppin' at Blonde, and the Fountain of Youth play Tower Bar.

Monday, July 17:

  • Moon Honey, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Spooky Cigarette @ Casbah 
  • Chris Isaak, Kinnie Dye @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • The Fresh Brunettes, Cool Schmool, the Fictitious Dishes @ Soda Bar
  • So Many Wizards, Los Shadows, Low Points @ Blonde
  • Jim Breuer, Joe Sib @ Observatory North Park
  • The Fountain of Youth, Fashion Jackson, the Seratonin Experiment @ Tower Bar
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink 
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Industry Post-Pride Pool Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (12 p.m.)
  • Left Hand Path: All Metal, All Vinyl @ Space
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Terror Universal, Incite, Steeltoe, Dead Serial Killers @ Brick by Brick
  • Taryn Donath @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Movie Madness! @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Tom Tice Band @ Navajo Live
  • Electric Relaxation: Chill '90s Hip-Hop @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Monday with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Baile Do Victinho: O Verão Está Chegando @ Spin
  • Party on a Monday @ U-31
  • Salsa Night @ 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.



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<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: July 16-22]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:47:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Khalid+Press+Photo.jpg

Catch some of this week's hottest shows, from the prodigious sounds of Khalid to the meditative lulls of Beach Fossils and more. 



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<![CDATA[Cymbals Eat Guitars Feed Your Hunger]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:56:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Cymbals+Eat+Guitars+by+Shervin+Lainez.jpeg

If you didn't get enough at Pride yesterday, head to Marston Point for the second day of fun. Tonight, R&B queens En Vogue take the stage, which will definitely be amazing. For your shows around town, Cymbals Eat Guitars plan on busting your eardrums at the Casbah, classic soft-rockers Air Supply play at the Symphony's Bayside Sessions and Philly art-rockers Palm headline Soda Bar. The place to be, however, is Bar Pink, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary today. For a decade, Bar Pink has been an epicentre, and whether you're there for a show, a DJ or just to hang out on a quiet night, you're always guaranteed a good time with their awesome staff and shockingly low drink prices. They're promising surprise guests, too, and I think we all know what that means.

Sunday, July 16:
  • PRIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 featuring En Vogue, Karo Beltran, DJ Hevrock, Kodie Shange, Mariachi Real De San Diego, Lucia Mendez, Tinashe, Hector Fonsec, DJ Rubin, Chris Cutz, Dany Finokia @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Sun and Sea Festival @ Imperial Beach Pier
  • 10th Anniversary Party with Mr. Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars, Palo Duro @ Casbah
  • Heat Pride Pool Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows (11 a.m.)
  • Tasty Pride Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows (9 p.m.)
  • San Diego Symphony Bayside Sessions presents Air Supply @ Embarcadero Marina Park South 
  • Palm, Palberta, Media Jeweler @ Soda Bar
  • C Burns Jug Band @ Panama 66
  • The 19th Annual Athenaeum Summer Festival featuring Gustavo Romero playing Enrique Granados @ La Jolla Athenaeum 
  • Squarecrow, Four Lights, Ninja Race Night @ Tower Bar (5 p.m.)
  • Fixed Idea, Strangely Strange, Privileged @ Tower Bar 
  • H2O 007 featuring Walker & Royce presented by Staybad & Flatline @ Spin (3 p.m.)
  • Unite! Music Festival: San Diego Pride Weekend @ Spin
  • Kathryn Cloward (album release & fundraiser for Rady Children's Hospital) @ Belly Up 
  • Back Alley Gear Night: Free for All @ The Merrow 
  • One Master, Maledict, Xantam, Greenskull, Ethereous @ Bancroft 
  • Geena Fortanella @ Lestat's
  • The Curator's Perspective @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Jim Gibson Beach Blvd Blues Band @ Hornblower Barefoot Music Cruise (boarding 2:30 p.m., Cruise 3-5 p.m.)
  • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
  • Songbirds: A Women's Collective @ The Office (4 p.m.)
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • SDCAP's CoLab Fundraiser @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Earl Thomas, the Queens @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • GRRRL Independent Ladies Residency with Cassandra & Red Light Cameras @ Blonde
  • Nena Anderson @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Arsonists Get All the Girls, I Set My Friends on Fire, Kingdom of Giants, West Cliffs, Abused, Mandala @ Brick by Brick
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Sunday Groove with DJs the Professor & Juni @ El Dorado
  • Club Ascension presents Vain Machine, Gentleman Junkie, Signals for Starships @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday with Synrgy @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Snapwire @ Navajo Live 
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Royce @ Spin
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Hotel Garuda, Durante @ Bang Bang 
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[Local Bands Throw Be Well Fest for Mental Health]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:18:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Splavender+Press.jpg

When it comes to the everyday lives of musicians, mental health is the least discussed but perhaps most important issue.

Be Well Fest is trying to change that. Organized by Splavender’s Danny Ellis, Spooky Cigarette’s Jakob McWhinney and Low Points’ Kevin Vega, the benefit show for mental health features 14 bands, art curated by Weird Hues Art & Music Collective, a zine display by Verbatim Books, yoga classes and plenty of food.

Taking place at Ellis’ family-run Rancho Valhalla Nursery (1998 E Chase Ave., El Cajon, California 92020) on Saturday, July 29, the 2-10 p.m. all-ages festival showcases all kinds of SoundDiego TV veterans, from the Aquadolls to Splavender, Los Shadows and Elise Trouw -- so you know the music's gonna be good. To keep the major production running smoothly, there will be two stages with sound provided by Blowhole and Millhaus.

Join and share the event on social media to continue to raise awareness.

“The aim of the event is to create conversation and lessen stigmas surrounding mental health and suicide,” Ellis told SoundDiego over the phone. “We will have interactive art pieces, a booth with zines that focus on mental health, as well as the San Diego chapter of AFSP [The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention] who will be there to give information about suicide prevention and awareness. The proceeds will be donated to the AFSP San Diego chapter.”

Making the festival extra special is the fact that all of the local bands are playing for free, according to Ellis, demonstrating just how important raising mental health awareness is for young creatives.

Tickets for Be Well Fest are only $15 (buy them online here), and that’s money that will go toward saving lives while you’re enjoying the sounds of Southern California on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon in East County.

“Danny and I have been talking about throwing an event at his family's nursery for a long time. He's thrown a couple of events there in the past, and I'm always looking for new, unorthodox places to put on shows,” McWhinney told me over Facebook. “I'd been wanting to put on a good festival in San Diego for a long time, one that actually emphasized the vibrant all-ages scene that's developed over the past couple of years. Danny ended up approaching me about the idea of doing a show on July 29 to benefit the San Diego chapter of AFSP and to start a larger conversation about the role of mental health in our lives, and it seemed like an absolutely perfect fit.”

Hopefully, the festival expands and becomes an annual occasion. As for encouraging people to talk about mental health and to be well, let’s make that an everyday thing.

Join and share the event on social media to continue to raise awareness.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[Witty New Cali Kev Mixtape Shows Strength]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:23:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cali+Kev+by+Thomas+Tyrell.jpg

On his latest mixtape, "No Salary Cap," 27-year-old rapper Cali Kev rifles through high speed quote-ables over stuttering hi-hats and trap inspired production.

At first pass, it's easy to make Migos comparisons with the fast delivery and matter of fact approach, but that's a bit of a lazy, surface level observation. Style matters, as it should, but his never supersedes what he's saying and it's in those things -- what he chooses to reference -- that Kev creates a unique point of view.

Case in point, "Deebo," where he name checks Ricky Williams, the former Heisman Trophy winner and Patrick Henry alum who kind of quit pro football to get high. By way of this gem, "roll the weed up / blunts like this is what retired Ricky Williams," he not only communicates how potent his own marijuana is but also gives an astute nod to a hometown iconoclast.

His strength is in his wit with a subtleness that side steps the predictable. He's clever and shrewd enough to know better than to telegraph his punchlines -- like on "Airmax," when he raps, "man down / my n****s keep them sticks just like a camp ground." 

He also understands the importance of quality visuals and in his video for "Madden 2004," Kev lets loose on Monta Vista High School's football field, citing local particulars the Cheesecake Factory and Fashion Valley while looking over his "quarterback wrist." It's a blend of personality and process as he's serious about what he's doing but doesn't take himself too seriously.

There is an underlying message here though. Just beneath the sports metaphors, fun and blunt smoke, he explains, "'No Salary Cap' is a project from start to finish [that] is all about making the proper place[ments], manifesting what you want and getting exactly what you deserve, no more and no less."

No doubt.

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



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<![CDATA[Pride and No Prejudice With Boychick]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:42:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Boychick+Press+Photo.jpg

As San Diego Pride fills the streets, you'll have plenty of fun at the parade or the music festival at Marston Point, or you can hang out by the pool at the Lafayette for their celebration. But I'm still here to tell you about all the good stuff, like the Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach or the City Heights Music & Dance Series. There's even a country festival if that's your cup of whiskey, er, tea. But by nightfall, you're still looking for music, so head to catch legendary performer Wanda Jackson at the Casbah, or if you need a chill coffee shop vibe, head to the Observatory for Joshua Radin and Rachael Yamagata. Our buddies Grizzly Business headline at Soda Bar, and Super Diamond pays tribute to Neil at Belly Up. There's so much good stuff cookin' this weekend so pace yourself, apply sunscreen generously, drink lots of water and enjoy everything this city has to offer.

Saturday, July 15:
  • Pride Parade 11 a.m.-1 p.m. @ University Avenue (parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. & Normal St., West on University Ave., South on Sixth Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Drive)
  • PRIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 featuring Estelle, Banda Paso de Tecuala, DJ K-Swift, Cakes da Killa, Enrike La Voz, Paris Sukomi Max, Drew G, DJ Infinite, Urban FX, DJ Fariba, Ricky Lips @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Lit Pride Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows (1 p.m.)
  • Glitterboxx: The San Diego LGBTQ Pride Event @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows (9 p.m.)
  • Sun and Sea Festival @ Imperial Beach Pier
  • City Height Summer Music & Dance Series @ 40th & University
  • Chase Morrin @ Museum of Making Music
  • Cultura Fest 2017 featuring Que Oso, Reynoso @ Border X Brewing
  • Country Fest featuring Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Adam Craig, Walker McGuire @ Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field
  • Wanda Jackson, the Johnny Deadly Trio @ Casbah 
  • Joshua Radin & Rachael Yamagata: The Coffee House Live Tour, Brandon Jenner @ Observatory North Park
  • Grizzly Business, the Mondegreens @ Soda Bar
  • Super Diamond, Fleetwood Max @ Belly Up  
  • Lori Bell & Ron Satterfield (CD release) @ Dizzy's
  • Shawn Rohlf & the Buskers @ Whistle Stop Happy Hour (5 p.m.)
  • '80s vs. '90s Dance Party featuring DJ Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Led Kaapana @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Split Finger, Psydecar, Hazmatt @ Music Box
  • Derv Gordon of the Equals, So What, the Loons, DJs Mike & Anja, Tony the Tyger @ Space
  • Freekacid Varsity presents Freek Pride '17: Dazzla, Filoso, Mata Valle @ The Merrow
  • Neon Beat: The Best & Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Mya @ Rich's Nightclub
  • Sublime Mexican Lager Appearances by original Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh, Troy Dendekker (widow of Bradley Nowell), DJ Product 1969c @ Alesmith 
  • Unite! Music Festival @ Spin
  • Home & Samer Bakri @ Lestat's
  • Lady Lush, Red Sonja @ Blonde
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Whitney Shay @ Panama 66
  • Honey Soundsystem, Eric Medina, Goddollars @ World Beat Center
  • Taken by Canadians, the Flipside Burners @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • D.P.I. @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Miceloes, Runsdeep @ Black Cat Bar 
  • Nathan Welden, Ricky Ruis @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Mike White @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Call the Cops, Pissed Regardless, Dead 77, Stokka @ Tower Bar
  • Vinyl Sale: The Vinyl Frontier @ U-31 (12 p.m.-6 p.m.) 
  • ZZajj Band @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Girl Fry, Sculpins, Trap Girl @ Bancroft Bar
  • Brandon Ray @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Redwood Black @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Winston Hussey & the SD All Star Massive @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • San Diego Symphony Bayside Sessions presents Air Supply @ Embarcadero Marina Park South 
  • Trojan Meets Hometown Oldies 2 with the Mochilero All-Stars @ Til-Two Club
  • Last in Line, Symbolic, Taz Taylor, Alchemy @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Super Karaoke! @ 710 Beach Club
  • R5: New Addictions Tour, Hailey Knox, New Beat Fund @ Soma
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Bless Your Heart Burlesque @ Tio Leo's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.) 
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Dr. Fresch, Naisu @ Bassmnt
  • Grum, Spencer Brown @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Neva @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Miles Medina @ FLUXX
  • Three Chord Justice @ Navajo Live 
  • Walshy Fire @ Omnia
  • The Buckleys @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Fluid in Motion, DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Pure Imagination featuring Party Wave, Stoik, Ganangsta @ Kava Lounge

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



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<![CDATA[The Witchy Ways of Blink-182's Matt Skiba]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:15:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Blink+182+AM+%2824+of+41%29.jpg

Blink-182 would’ve played the disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas earlier this year if guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba wasn’t such a...witch?

Before wisely backing out last-minute, San Diego’s most celebrated pop-punk band was set to play at both of the lavish event’s inaugural weekends (April 28-30 and May 5-7) alongside Major Lazer, Tyga, Migos, Disclosure, and others.

The infamously hyped “luxury” festival was founded by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule with hefty ticket prices ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 according to Rolling Stone. The ill-fated festival promised epic performances, outlandish accommodations, gourmet meals, super models, and yachts. Instead, when attendees arrived, they were allegedly left stranded on the island while the disorganized event descended into chaos without even bare necessities provided.

On June 30, McFarland was taken into custody by the F.B.I. and charged with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to allegedly defraud investors (he has since been released on $300,000 bail and is set to appear again in court on July 31). A charge of wire fraud can carry a sentence of up to 20 years. Co-organizer Ja Rule has continued to claim his innocence, at one point tweeting, “This is not my fault.”

Strangely enough, Skiba (Alkaline Trio frontman and, as of 2015, the latest Blink-182 member), spoke recently to NME about how he did his part to help prevent the Fyre Festival monstrosity from happening.

“I had a bad feeling about that event,” Skiba told NME. “I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.

“I’ve been to the Bahamas before and it’s so crass,” the guitarist/vocalist continued. “You land in Nassau and the whole island is replete with beauty and culture, but there’s a lot of poverty. It is a largely black population, then they build these places like Atlantis and the Cove that are walled off. It's classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of these poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bulls--- and yachts.”

Socioeconomics aside, Skiba, of course, is not the first Blink-182 member to make headlines for his personal beliefs: Take former frontman Tom Delonge, for example...

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[PICS: Deftones and Thrice at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:49:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Deftones+7.7.17+Tim+Fears+%283%29.jpg Deftones and Thrice put a hard-rock smackdown on Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on July 7.

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<![CDATA[The Tao of Steve]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:47:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Steve+Poltz+5+copy.jpg

For the last several years, any Steve Poltz show was kind of a big deal, but that's even more true ever since he relocated to Nashville. You can catch him and his many antics tonight at Ramona Mainstage. If you can''t make it up, New York rockers Dead Heavens are at Soda Bar and are certain to shred and, of course, Casbah has an awesome show with the Schizophonics and the Creepy Creeps. It's also Pride Weekend in San Diego, one of the largest in the country, so you can get a headstart with the Pride Block Party in Hillcrest, Illicit Pride Party at Lafayette, or Unite Music Festival at Spin among many others. Whatever your pick tonight, be safe out there and celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of San Diego.

Friday, July 14, 2017:

  • Steve Poltz @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Dead Heavens, Warsaw, Calcutta Kid @ Soda Bar 
  • Schizophonics, the Creepy Creeps, Hollywood Sinners @ Casbah
  • Spirit of Stonewall Rally @ Hillcrest Pride Flag (6 p.m.)
  • Pride Block Party @ Normal & University
  • Illicit Pride Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows
  • Dirty Heads, SOJA, the Green, RDGLDGRN @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Mike Pinto (album release show), Ital Vibes, Casey Turner @ Belly Up
  • Lord Howler, Anestesia @ Ken Club
  • A Night Of Nick Cave Songs, Pall Jenkins @ Space Bar
  • Nightmares On Wax (DJ Set), Dnykay, Jon Wesley @ Music Box
  • Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Venice @ AMSD
  • Unite! Music Festival - San Diego Pride Weekend @ Spin
  • Seconds Ago plus guests @ SOMA
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Music Box (5:30 p.m. Happy Hour)
  • The Fab Four, Micky Dolenz, Mark Lindsay @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Sin Bandera @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Not Dead Yet presents Los Caidos (Argentina), Rats in the Wall, Dissidence, DJs Boogieman & Andres @ Whistle Stop
  • Little Heroine, Low Points, Kevin Nichols @ Lestat's
  • Rhythm Nation feat Ricardo Miranda + Vincent + Terri Lee @ Blonde
  • Robert Dove Quartet plays Wayne Shorter @ Dizzy's
  • Heavy Chills @ Tower Bar 
  • Seconds Ago, Victimized, Refuse, Legions, Sentiment, FREDISDEAD @ SOMA (Sidestage)
  • The Baja Bugs @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Oh! Ridge @ Java Joe's
  • Badabing, Parade of Horribles @ Black Cat Bar
  • Bullets and Octane, Bossfight, the Infidelz, Stökka @ Brick By Brick
  • Como La Flor - Tribute to Selena @ House of Blues
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Redwood Black @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Brandon Ray @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Greggo @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Loosely Structured, DJ Mancat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Puttin' Down Roots: Brogue Wave @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Anthony "Fallbrook Kid" Cullins, Joe Wood @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Subwoofer with DJ Barry Harris @ The Merrow
  • Monkeysoop (TX) @ The Bancroft
  • Maiz, Mono Verde Collective, Jahkobeat @ 710 Beach Club
  • Sin Bandera @ Civic Center
  • Janice & the Band @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • After Hours in the Office with DJs Kid Wonder & Saul Q @ The Office 
  • Mad Alchemy  Liquid Lightshow North American Tour @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • Alacranes Musical, Montez De Durango @ El Gran Patron, Chula Vista 
  • DJ Junior the DISCOpunk @ U-31
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Party Quake @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Rosetta Stone @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ dirtyKURTY and Nina Sky @ Rich's Nightclub
  • Popvinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • BB and Company @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Hot Cakes with DJs Mister Hek & LoveSiene @ El Dorado
  • Mr. Best @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • DJ Amen @ FLUXX
  • DJ Von Kiss @ Dreamcatcher, Viejas Casino 
  • Goldroom @ Bang Bang
  • Audien @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Progress ft. Luca Bacchetti @ Kava Lounge
  • 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.



Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Rise Against at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:06:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rise+Against+7.7.17+Tim+Fears+%285%29.jpg Rise Against took a bruising to Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on July 7.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Branch: Hopeless Romantic]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:11:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/206*120/Michelle+Branch+Getty+Images.jpg

The couple that plays together, stays together -- right? If you’re planning on attending Michelle Branch’s upcoming July 22 show at Music Box, you’ll undoubtedly see another famous face onstage, albeit a bit upstage. Turns out Patrick Carney, who you might recognize as the drummer of famed retro blues/rock duo the Black Keys, has joined Branch’s touring band and will be rocking the skins come show time.

Seem like an odd choice? Only if you haven’t been following all the latest music "news" like we have. You see, the two musicians met in 2015 and worked together on Branch's recently released comeback album, "Hopeless Romantic" (her first in 14 years). Carney originally came onboard as the record’s co-producer, but eventually the “Lonely Boy” drummer and the "Are You Happy Now?" singer/songwriter ended up in each other's arms.

According to Branch, the attraction was undeniable. The multiplatinum-selling artist told Billboard earlier this year that they "started realizing that we were completely falling in love" during the sessions for her new album and added: "Pat has said, 'I remember seeing you on MTV in the early 2000s and thinking you were really cute.' " Hey, didn’t we all?

The Grammy-winning couple hit the gossip mill full force just a few days ago when they announced their engagement on July 2, which was also Branch's 34th birthday. For inquiring minds, Carney proposed right before she blew the candles out on her birthday cake. Not too shabby, bud.

You could say Carney's transition from producer to boyfriend to fiance to bandmate is a logical progression. However, if there's one thing we've learned throughout the history of rock music, playing in a band with your better half doesn't always turn out as rosy as you’d hope (for starters, just look up Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks). Here’s to hoping they buck the trend and enjoy a long and fruitful future together. 

Michelle Branch headlines Music Box on Friday, July 22, with Haerts opening. Tickets are available here.



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<![CDATA[PICS: Prince Royce at SDSU's Open Air Theatre]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:27:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Prince+Royce+7.9.17+Connie+Bolger+%283%29.jpg Talk about a double whammy: Prince Royce and Luis Coronel charmed a packed Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on July 9.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Kaaboo Del Mar Announces Daily Lineups]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:32:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453147940.jpg

Kaaboo Del Mar, San Diego's largest music and entertainment festival, has announced the daily lineups for its 2017 three-day event to be held on Sept. 15-17 on the grounds of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Fairgrounds.

Festival-goers will need to sort out their schedules as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, David Guetta and more are scheduled for Friday night (Sept. 15); Pink, Muse, Ice cube, Jane's Addiction and others are tapped for Saturday (Sept. 16); and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Alanis Morissette and Jason Derulo top Sunday's festivities (Sept. 17).

This year marks the third iteration of the festival, which kicked off in 2015 and has featured iconic music acts like Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg and the Killers the last few years. It's expected to draw over 100,000 people over the upcoming autumn weekend.

Back in March, early birds were able to get cheaper tickets -- but on Wednesday (July 12) at 9 a.m. PST, a limited number of single-day and two-day general admission passes will be made available to the public for $119 and $239 respectively (plus fees) with VIP packages beginning at $314.

Visit KAABOODELMAR.COM for passes and more info.

2017 Kaaboo Del Mar Daily Lineups

Friday, Sept. 15

Music:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Weezer
  • David Guetta
  • Kesha
  • X Ambassadors
  • Michael McDonald
  • DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)
  • The Magpie Salute
  • Smash Mouth
  • Dave Mason
  • Le Youth
  • The Motet
  • Little Hurricane
  • Kap Slap
  • Martin Jensen
  • Lawrence
  • The Last Internationale
  • Luna Aura
  • Ethan Tucker
  • Tristen
  • Trouble in the Wind

Comedy:

  • Patton Oswalt
  • Nick Swardson
  • Arsenio Hall
  • Bryan Callen

Saturday, Sept. 16

Music:

  • P!nk
  • Muse
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Ice Cube
  • Logic
  • Garbage
  • The Wallflowers
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • The Knocks
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Lany
  • Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Lost Kings
  • The Him
  • The Tubes
  • Sam Sparro
  • Emily Warren
  • The Stone Foxes
  • One Drop
  • SteevieWild
  • Darenots
  • Ages and Ages
  • Armors
  • Jared & the Mill
  • Lost Beach
  • Josh Arbour
  • Zeal Levin

Comedy:

  • Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Norm Macdonald
  • Maria Bamford
  • Al Madrigal
  • Taylor Williamson

Sunday, Sept. 17

Music:

  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Jason Derulo
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Jackson Browne
  • Andy Grammer
  • Live
  • Milky Chance
  • T-Pain
  • Pepper
  • Timeflies
  • Pete Yorn
  • Trevor Hall
  • Fishbone
  • The Shadowboxers
  • Led Zeppelin 2
  • Moonsville Collective
  • The Steppin Stones
  • Cordovas
  • Mamafesta
  • Kira Lingman

Comedy:

  • David Spade
  • Demetri Martin
  • Bridget Everett



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<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE's Space Jam]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:01:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/07_08_SDTV_SDLIVE.jpg

Relive the glory of our epic June 30 SoundDiego LIVE party at Space Bar with 91x's Tim Pyles, Creepseed, Colleen Green, and the Memories -- all fueled by a Belching Beaver craft-beer happy hour!

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<![CDATA[Jay-Z Announces San Diego Show]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:43:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JayZ-black-lives-song.jpg

With new youngsters at home, a new critically-acclaimed album out on the market and the hyphen re-instated in his name, Jay-Z is ready for the road.

Earlier this morning, our friends at Live Nation announced Jay-Z’s fall and winter North American tour, and it looks like Christmas will come a little early when he stops at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

It’s been a minute since he’s rolled through town, with his last appearance nearly four years ago at Valley View Casino Center on the Magna Carter World Tour. One thing’s clear though: He likes San Diego winters.

As a special treat, members of Jay-Z’s streaming platform Tidal will have special access to an exclusive pre-sale on Monday, July 10, at 9 a.m. Meanwhile, the Citi cardmembers’ pre-sale runs July 10-13 through Citi’s Private Pass program.

For the rest of y'all, tickets for the 4:44 Tour go on sale on Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website. VIP packages are available at VIPNation.com.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Welcome Chrome]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:02:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cheetah+Chrome+by+Scott+Gries.jpg

I can't believe I snoozed on getting tickets to Rocky Votolato's house show. He's winding through the country playing his "Suicide Medicine" album in homes and somewhere between 20 and 40 people were smarter than I and got their tickets in advance. So we've got other music options tonight, like the classic music of the Temptations and the Four Tops at Humphreys Concerts or the Women's Chorus kicking off Pride with a concert at the Irenic. Legendary punk-rocker Cheetah Chrome brings his Deadboys to the Casbah and Canadian indie-rockers the Velveteins stop in at Soda Bar. I'm inclined to catch Planet B night at Space because who doesn't want to see a band called Fartbarf? Plenty of fun in store for you this Thursday if you look deep enough to find it.

Thursday, July 13:

  • Rocky Votolato House Show (Sold Out)
  • The Temptations & the Four Tops @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Cheetah Chrome's Deadboys, Cruz Radical, Spitfire Torpedo @ Casbah
  • The Velveteins, T-Rextasy, Half Eaten @ Soda Bar
  • San Diego Women's Chorus presents its 3rd Annual Pride Kick-Off Concert "#SorryNotSorry" @ The Irenic
  • Westgate Rooftop Jazz Series with Irving Flores Trio @ Westgate Hotel
  • Wish & the Well, Secret Lynx, Sophia Alone @ Belly Up
  • Brawley @ Bar Pink 
  • Planet B Night: Fartbarf, the Manx, Aids Cop, Tenshun & Henshaw @ Space 
  • Night Owls: All That Jazz with Nina Francis @ La Jolla Atheneum 
  • Kung Fu Vampire & Locksmith @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Rude Dog DJs @ Black Cat Bar
  • Club Hemlock: A Night of Death Rock @ Blonde
  • Fallen Hearts of the Sky Tour 2017 feat. Til Skies Fall, Hungry Hearts, Wolfwaker, Our Second Home, Candid Dreamer, Sea of Trees @ SOMA
  • Monarch, Heavy Chills, Age @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Lumbercat @ Sycamore Den
  • Mixtape Thursday: The Pin-Ups @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows
  • All That: Official San Diego Pride Dance Pre-Party with Saul Q, Sasha Marie, Tealideal @ The Merrow
  • Boom Boxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Ray Bell & the Feel Good Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • The Winehouse Experience featuring Mia Karter @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • DJ Bingo @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Hawkeye, Pueblo, SETTLERS, Moonsong @ Bancroft
  • Throwback Thursday with DJ Abel @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Naughty Professor @ Winston's
  • Bleach Party, USA, Sick Sense, D.B.F.O.S. @ Shooters  (Spring Valley)
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Sabor! Cumbia & Reggaeton @ El Dorado 
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • ODDYSSEY @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
  • LIVN, Seedheads @ Boar Cross'n
  • TREO @ Omnia
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Schoeny @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Dusky @ Bang Bang 

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[Watch Marujah Break Down Their Name]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:52:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDTV_Spotlight_Marujah.jpg

On this week's Spotlight, Latin rockers Marujah explain the various meanings of their name. They play the Merrow on Wednesday, July 12.

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<![CDATA[Staying Alive & Well]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:24:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alive+and+Well+Rebecca+Joelson.jpg

It's the middle of the week and things are kind of quiet and calm right now, but I can only guess that's because everyone is laying low and saving up energy and money until Pride this weekend. You still have some lovely options, however, like Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley who is playing at Space. She released her fourth beautiful indie-folk gem earlier this year which was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and praised by music critics and tastemakers. Meanwhile the Belly Up hosts local psych-rockers Featherstone (not to be confused with the Swedish hard-rock band of the same name), and Mutoid Man -- the Metalcore supergroup made up of members of Cave In, All Pigs Must Die, Converge -- play at Casbah. If you're still not feeling the calling to head out, perhaps the Merrow is your calling as bands battle out pop-punk vs. rock en Espanol with our good friends Alive & Well and Marujah.

Wednesday, July 12:

  • Joan Shelley @ Space
  • Featherstone, Monarch, Mrs. Henry @ Belly Up
  • Mutoid Man, Helms Alee, Painted Wives @ Casbah
  • OCML presents Pop-Punk vs. Rock en Espanol: Marujah, Bristol to Memory, Alive & Well, Cuarto Menguante @ The Merrow
  • Victimas Del Dr. Cerebro @ Music Box
  • Tiger & the Teller @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Kick Out the Jams w/ DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Phora @ The Observatory North Park
  • AmirSaysNothing, Code Green, Al Lover @ Soda Bar
  • Shock! 80s New Wave @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez and special guests @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Karaoke @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Club Kingston Presents: Jallanzo, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Winehouse Experience featuring Mia Karter @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • BLUSD Summer Camp Benefit @ Tio Leo's
  • Yes Lawd @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke with Kristen @ Navajo Live 
  • Touchy Feely with Mike Delgado & Friends @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 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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Don't go chasing waterfalls -- chase TLC, the Roots and more on this week's Set List.



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