<![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, 25 May 2017 04:26:33 -0700Thu, 25 May 2017 04:26:33 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[STS9's Groovy Universe]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:24:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/STS9+4.29.17+screengrab.PNG

Instrumental jazz/electro/funk/hip-hop troupe Sound Sector Tribe 9, or STS9 for short, transported us into an entirely new, groovy universe at a sold-out Observatory North Park on April 8. 

<![CDATA[Preacher vs Choir's Dark Arts]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:12:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/163*120/Preacher+vs+Choir+by+Rez.jpg

"Every song is a ritual or incantation to some extent,” says San Diego rapper Chris Mosher, aka Preacher vs Choir. 

And with a literal background in the dark arts, he speaks from experience: "I belonged to a regular meet-up group in Portland called PDXO. I met some amazing people and engaged in a few group rituals".   

He says he stepped away from the day-to-day routine of “chaos magick” years ago -- but every now and then, he'll dust off some of the techniques from his old practice.

"So say I want to make some really classic hip-hop, which is arguably not at all my strong suit, but if I put myself in the mind of someone that has that background, let alone believe I myself am one of those people, it makes the creative process a little more fluid." 

Although his artistic method is sometimes derived from supernatural means, his latest track, "Servitude", produced by DJ Tenshun, isn't much informed by it (aside from his aforementioned idea about incantation and ritual). Nonetheless, the song's dark undertones, shifting themes about privilege and disappointment are, "full of rage and hatred,” according to his Bandcamp profile.

But in spite of that disclaimer, which reads worse than it actually sounds, he doesn't come off unhinged. He may be fed up and angry, totally at odds with the modern system, but he's not crazy. He's rational, venting his disgust to keep from losing himself.   

It’s coarse material, dirty and heavy, and that might turn fans of sleek production and pop sheen away. But for an adventurous listener -- searching for something a bit different -- Mosher comes across as a kind of death-metal frontman smoldering over rap beats who sounds best when pissed off, mad, and world weary. 

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Rez]]>
<![CDATA[Save Space for SoundDiego LIVE in June]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 17:18:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/234*120/Colleen-Green.jpg

Our FREE SoundDiego LIVE concert series is set to take over the all-new Space Bar on El Cajon Boulevard, with Tim Pyles of 91x hosting, THREE fantastic bands and a Belching Beaver craft-beer happy hour!

Our 55th party kicks off at 8 p.m. at the former home of the Hideout, where Hit Dog Hollar headlined a SoundDiego LIVE bash in 2014 before heading off to Nashville to seek their fortune and fame. This year, we'll have happy hour freebies from our craft-beer partner, Belching Beaver Brewery, for those who RSVP beforehand and arrive during the first hour.  

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on June 30 at Space Bar!

We'll be showcasing a pair of Burger Records acts this go-round, with some musical support from San Diego's own Creepseed. Nobody's more stoked on this lineup than our master of ceremonies for the night, Mr. Tim Pyles of 91x.

"The Memories are bedroom pop from the Burger Records label," Pyles said. "Visit their Bandcamp page and download the Tour Tape '17 for free. It includes a great cover of the Steve Miller Band's 'The Joker.' Colleen Green sounds a little bit like '90s era female-fronted indie rock but updated for today's discerning taste-makers. Her latest record features contributions from members of Jeff the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet -- experimental stoner pop punk is one way to think of it."

The 91x Loudspeaker host saved his local music love for last.

"The wait for Creepseed shows is over, and trust me we've been waiting for this, another project from the mind of Josh Kmak, formerly of the nFormals and Shady Francos, who, of course, are the SoundDiego TV theme-song band," Pyles added. "Creepseed are rock & roll, and, now with a real Marc Bolan -- aka T. Rex -- feel. I can't wait for this."

The party starts at 8 p.m., so be sure to show up early for some Belching Beaver suds, and be prepared to have fun! Of course, a SoundDiego LIVE party wouldn't be complete without dishing out some happy-hour freebies to folks that RSVP -- so get on it! 

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on June 30 at Space Bar!

Photo Credit: Colleen Green]]>
<![CDATA[Win Tickets to Horizon Carnival]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 18:49:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Le+Youth+Press+Photo.jpg

Something big is brewing on the horizon, San Diego, and we want to put you right smack in the middle of all the action: Le Youth is headlining Horizon Carnival on Saturday, May 27, at San Diego's Port Pavilion -- and we're giving away FOUR tickets to one lucky winner!

Enter to win four tickets to Horizon Carnival on May 27!

The "adult-themed" carnival will take place from 1-7 p.m. and features a Ferris Wheel, circus performers, a rock climbing wall, trampolines, a mechanical surfboard, interactive bar games, more than 50 food trucks, an unforgettable view -- oh, and plenty of adult beverages!

Past Horizon Carnival performers have included G-Eazy, BRKLYN, Elephante and DJ Carnage, so it's no surprise that this year, they've tapped a marquee headliner of ultra-hype caliber, Le Youth!

Wes James, the man behind the moniker, has released huge hits like "Cool," "Dance With Me" and "Real" -- while dropping hot remixes for the likes of Disclosure, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Sia, and Chromeo (among others). When we say his performance should not be missed, we mean it.

Supporting DJs on board for Horizon Carnival include several San Diego names you've no doubt heard before at clubs around town, too: FOMO, Will Hernandez, DJ Byrd, Dirty Prado and Nicky Saponaro!

You’d be right to assume that Port Pavilion will be straight-up lit when the carnival touches down with Le Youth on Memorial Day weekend -- and what better way to live it up than by winning four tickets to the 21-and-up event from yours truly?

We're pulling the lucky winner’s name on Thursday, May 25, at noon -- so get in while the gettin’s good!

Enter to win four tickets to Horizon Carnival on May 27!

Note: Winner must be at least 21 years of age, and a San Diego County resident.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Le Youth]]>
<![CDATA[Life of Brian]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:38:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/brian_wilson_1.jpeg

There are some musicians everyone wants to see in their lifetime and with a tour defined by its finality, tonight's Brian Wilson show at the Civic Theatre is definitely a hot ticket. The way "Pet Sounds" has influenced generations of musicians and fans is immeasurable and this show is certain to go down in the annals of legendary San Diego shows. Meanwhile, Melissa Etheridge is a legend in her own right and will please the crowd at Humphreys Concerts. In Solana Beach, Colorado folksters Elephant Revival will offer beautiful music and my dear friend Steve Poltz is back in town to offer his support. Lastly, if you're the kind of person who goes to Coachella for the Sahara dance tent, look no further than young French producer Fakear at the Casbah to blow your EDM mind. 

Wednesday, May 24:

  • Brian Wilson presents "Pet Sounds: The Final Performances" with Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Melissa Etheridge: M.E. Live, Celisse Henderson @ Humphreys Concerts
  • Elephant Revival, Steve Poltz @ Belly Up 
  • Fakear @ Casbah
  • Too Sad to be Mad with New Found Glory Tribute by Nothing Sacred @ The Office
  • SD County Fair Wild West Block Party with the Morgan Leigh Band, the Scotty Mac Band @ Island between 4th and 5th avenues, free, all ages.
  • Ill Poetic + Beat Box Records Presents: Seance @ The Merrow
  • Booze & Glory, Pissed Regardless, American Blood @ Soda Bar
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ The Holding Company 1502
  • SEE ART booty edition @ Space
  • Mid-Week Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Wednesday Night Live with DJ Famous Dave @ Moonshine Flats
  • Modern Appliancecs Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique House Night w/ Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer & Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Club Kingston Presents: Heritage with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's On Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • WTF Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek & Cros 1 @ 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.

<![CDATA[New Del Mar Concert Venue Passes Major Hurdle]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:29:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del-Mar-exterior.jpg

The repurposing of an off-track betting facility into a mixed-use building that would also house a nearly 1,900-seat concert venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a step closer to reality after unanimous approval by the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors.

The board members cast their votes Tuesday for moving ahead with the plan after hearing from a Solana Beach councilwoman and the mayor of Del Mar, Terry Sinnott. San Diego County residents also signed up to speak about their opposition to the project, some addressing concerns about traffic and security, among other issues associated with the building that's now know as the Surfside Race Place.

"The improvements proposed for the project are all internal and primarily consist of renovating the existing space inside by partitioning or dividing the areas to provide adequate space for a concert venue and a history of beer exhibit," according to a report prepared by Dustin Fuller, a supervising environmental planner with the district.

Fuller's report also stated that sound-deadening work would be done on the building to prevent noise from escaping from Surfside.

The board will now seek private funding to finance the project, which is estimated will cost in the range of $13 million.

"In this step, we can search for funding and present the idea to the government agencies involved with the fairgrounds," fairgrounds representative Shawn Feist told NBC 7.

<![CDATA[Alive & Well's Warped Battle]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 16:18:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alive+and+Well+Rebecca+Joelson.jpg

For a lot of musicians, the words “battle of the bands” conjure up the worst parts about the music industry. Artists are pitted against each other in cruel, typically cringe-worthy pageants that allow bands and their music to be scored like figure-skating competitions. In some cases, the winners are chosen/agreed upon before anyone ever plays a note. In other cases, there’s no performances even involved anymore -- they’re just online popularity contests.

All that being said, some of them are more legit than others -- and in the case of this year’s Play Vans Warped Tour ’17, at least the prizes are worth it: 41 bands will win a slot on this year’s Warped Tour mainstage and one band will win a three-song EP produced by John Feldmann (who, last year, earned a Grammy nomination for his production work on Blink-182’s “California” album), a $10,000 Guitar Center shopping spree, and more than $20,000 in additional prizes. Not too shabby.

And it's not like Warped is small potatoes either -- it's basically a national institution at this point. The traveling punk/metal/hardcore circus now in its 23rd year (the longest-running of its kind ever in North America) kicks off on June 16 in Seattle, Washington with headliners CKY, Municipal Waste, T.S.O.L., Save Ferris, and Hatebreed (among many others), and stops at Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 5.

That's where Alive & Well come in: The local quartet (comprised of vocalist/guitarist Matt Vernon, bassist Mike Mule, drummer Eric Brozgold, and guitarist Pat Hughes) is one of San Diego’s premier pop-punk bands (who released an incredible EP last year) and in the running to win the whole damned thing. Currently ranked in the top 20 out of thousands of entries,Vernon explained that while ultimate victory might be a longshot, they’re definitely in it to win it -- they just need your help.

"This step of the competition is pretty simple, us playing the San Diego date of Warped Tour is purely based on website traffic to our page they've provided. People click the link, watch one or all four of the videos we posted and every view counts as a point. No email, no signup necessary at all and you can watch as frequently as you like -- the more views, the more points we get. If people really want to help out, they can register on the page and create a username as a fan and comment on our videos. Comments are worth a lot more than views but everything helps. Sharing the link and having your friends get in on it is also hugely appreciated." 

The band (which always puts on an incendiary, inspiring live show -- and recently opened for Dashboard Confessional at the Che) has a personal connection to Warped that goes way beyond wishing they had surface-level bragging rights about playing its mainstage.

"Since the core lineup formed for A&W, we've kept a list of goals and Warped Tour has always been at the top of that list and now we are literally eight days away from possibly locking in an opportunity to play the mainstage," Vernon said. "Some bands spend their entire career and can't seem to get through the onslaught of acts who work tirelessly to get the attention of the folks at Warped, but for the bands that do get through, they are instantly dropped into a world that the punk, hardcore, emo, and metal community built from scratch. Prior to 1995, there wasn't anything like Warped Tour and to this day there still isn't, and in my opinion because of how unique it is, the people who attend have a higher sense of pride and loyalty to the bands they go to see because they directly took part in creating something where there was nothing."

Alive & Well's frontman, like many old-school Warped-goers, seems to relish in the fact that the tour has basically stayed true to its core ideology over the course of decades and amid widely changing trends.

"Most large scale festival shows happen on weekends and the show runners are doing more to make the situation more accommodating: air conditioned tents, VIP passes for preferred recliner seating, etc., etc. Not Warped. It's a tour, so you may be taking off work on Tuesday to go out to a fenced-in parking lot to get sunburned and maybe pass out from heat stroke...and I love that! Warped Tour runs on passion; it's not the most convenient festival experience but I like the idea that if you love something you'll go out of your way for it and you can spend one day in any city on that tour and see appreciation on both sides of the stage barricade. Bands appreciate you going nuts in 100-degree heat, and audiences appreciate seeing 10-20 of their favorite bands in a single day. There is also the overall mentality that Warped Tour is a safe haven for anyone who might have at some point felt like an outcast or who has ever experienced racism or sexism of any kind -- it's a self-policing community that prides itself on everyone being safe within the entry gates." 

Vernon, who started the band in 2012 after driving cross-country from New Jersey to California "in my death trap of a van," knows that winning this contest could lead to even bigger things down the line -- but even if it doesn't, he's already grateful for the support they've received thus far.

"Currently there are 17,045 band pages or 'channels' to view on the [Warped] website -- some are fan pages most are competing bands. We have been consistently floating around 10-18th place for the entire three months of the contest. If literally nothing at all comes from this, I am still absolutely floored by the response to our music and videos and to the amazing contribution friends, family, and fans have made to support this dream of ours. Win or lose, the new people across the country who have found us by browsing the website and took the time to reach out and tell us how much they enjoy what we do is satisfying enough." 

It's hard not to root for 'em, right? Even if they’re not grand-prize winners, Alive & Well have other plans for the future that don’t rely on the results of a Warped Tour battle-of-the-bands contest.

"We actually have a bunch of new things on the way," Vernon said. "We wrapped up a live session at Studio 52 engineered and ran by Adam Sisco and filmed/edited by Chris Cochran of 'Your Camera, Our Story,' so in the last few days of the contest, you'll be able to see a completely live, high-quality version of our song 'Transplant Rejection' only on the Warped Tour website. Shortly after, we have a new single to release we did with our good friend Peter Duff over at his place the Grey Brick Recording Studio which we're very excited about. And just this morning, we announced that a month from today, we'll be leaving for a short tour called 'The Bar Crawl,' which will be our first shows outside of California." 

Hopefully they'll be back by Aug. 5. Just sayin'.

Help Alive & Well win the Play Vans Warped Tour '17 contest: Head here and watch a minute of any of their videos

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.

Photo Credit: Photo by Rebecca Joelson]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: The Flaming Lips at the Observatory]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 11:55:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Flaming+Lips+AM+%281+of+19%29.jpg The Flaming Lips brought the self-proclaimed "world's greatest acid punch party" through the Observatory North Park on May 7.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[So Many Hoops, So Little Time]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 10:06:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Hoops+FB.jpg

We like to think that every band is a buzz band, but one getting tons of attention lately is Hoops. We were excited when they were scheduled to play a couple months back at the Irenic but then they canceled and we let out a deep sigh. But here they are, making their Casbah debut and you don't want to miss it. Of course, it's not the only worthy show tonight. Rodriguez returns to San Diego with a show at Humphreys, Catfish & the Bottlemen are back at House of Blues, and Japanese psych-rockers Kikagaku Moyo play at Space.

Tuesday, May 23:

  • Hoops, Parts @ Casbah
  • Rodriguez, Arum Rae @ Humphreys Concerts
  • Kikagaku Moyo, Sugar Candy Mountain, Hong Kong Fuzz @ Space
  • Catfish & the Bottlemen, July Talk @ House of Blues
  • Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, Jasmine Bailey @ Soda Bar
  • The Tommy Mitchell Show, Nate Donnis Trio, Mango Melody @ Belly Up 
  • Mood Beach, Noble War, Butter, Small Culture @ Blonde
  • Tiki Tuesday feat DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Sisster, Darlene & Jasmine, Sarah Rogo @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with 3 Finger Lid @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Tyshawn Sorey, Anthony Davis, Anthony Burr Trio @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • Jackie Beat @ Martini's On Fourth
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey + DJ Mancat @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Taryn Donath @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Was, Paper Forest, Neutral Shirt @ Til Two
  • Electricity @ U-31
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Dusty Green Bones, Smokey Hoof @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome/Sketch Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Symphonic Frequencies @ Kava Lounge
  • JT Bevy @ 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: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Jessica Hernandez and the Confluence of Cultures]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 11:59:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Jessica+Hernandez+by+Colleen+Durkin.jpg

“It’s really cool seeing kids like me in the crowd, kids whose parents are immigrants,” Jessica Hernandez told me over the phone last week as she made her way to a family barbecue on what felt to her like the first real day of summer in Detroit.

Hernandez, who fronts Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, was born to a Cuban father and a Mexican mother in southwest Detroit, where her father opened a restaurant called Armando’s. It was there that he met the waitress who would soon become his wife and Hernandez’s mother.

To pay homage to her family and to her heritage, on June 23, Hernandez will release her sophomore double album, “Telephone/Telefono.” While part one, “Telephone,” has generally the same songs as part two, “Telefono,” the former is entirely in English and the latter entirely in Spanish.

“It’s really important to my grandparents. English isn’t their first language so they don’t really understand what I’m doing musically. It’s a way to let them into my world musically … I really wanted to feel connected to them,” Hernandez said.

According to the soul/pop songstress, “Telefono” is not simply a literal translation of “Telephone,” and the two parts have their own qualities that are unique to the languages in which they are written.

“There are slightly different songs and a couple of the songs were produced completely differently. The emotion just feels different even if I’m telling the same story. Each language carries a different emotion: English carries more aggression and Spanish is a lot more delicate of a language,” she told me.

The personal unintentionally becomes the political more often than not, so it’s hard not to mistake Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas’ bilingual double album as a statement of the powerful confluence of different cultures and perspectives. But if statements aren’t your cup of tea, then it’s a good thing it’s just really good music.

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas headline Soda Bar on Sunday, May 28. Get tickets here.

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.

Photo Credit: Colleen Durkin]]>
<![CDATA[Flaming Lips' Observatory Trip Out]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 10:52:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Flaming+Lips+5.13+performance+screengrab.PNG

The Flaming Lips tripped out at Observatory North Park on Saturday, May 13, and SoundDiego correspondent Alysha Nett got all existential with mastermind Wayne Coyne.

<![CDATA[Omega Three Oil up Casbah]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:46:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Omega+Three+Press+Photo.jpeg

One of my all time favorite musicians is Ryan Adams. I don't know how many times I've said that to someone and they turn back puzzled, "Bryan Adams?" I mean, when I was a little girl, Bryan Adams was inescapable on FM radio. It felt like he did an epic love song for every '80s movie -- in reality, it was probably just that Robin Hood song. Funnily enough, Ryan and Bryan actually discovered they share the same birthday and joined each other on stage last year to quash any beef their fans had created between the two. Tonight, Bryan Adams will be at the Open Air Theatre and you can be sure to catch all of those old hits. Meanwhile, around town, Danny Black, of Good Old War, plays tonight at the Merrow, our buddies Omega Three play at the Casbah and "Austin angst-punkers" Crooked Bangs play a rare Monday night show at Whistle Stop.

Monday, May 22:

  • Danny Black (of Good Old War), Mel Washington, Nate Hess (from the Bad & the Ugly), J. Holland (from Lead Pony) @ The Merrow
  • Bryan Adams @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Omega Three, Spice Pistols, Dream Burglar @ Casbah
  • Crooked Bangs @ Whistle Stop
  • Flynt Flossy, Turquoise Jeep, DJ Mancat @ Soda Bar
  • Ones to Watch presents Blackbear: Digital Drug Tour with 24hrs, Elhae, Lil Aaron, Yung Pinch @ House of Blues
  • Metal Monday with DJ Luis Imperator @ The Office
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rancho Bernardo High School Band Spring Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Joshua Thompson @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Movie Madness @ Martini's on Fourth
  • Collapsing Scenery, Ese & Zain (ex-Moving Units) @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Real Live Mondays 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 
  • Baile Do Victinho/Brazilian Party Classic @ Spin
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 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: Courtesy of Omega Three]]>
<![CDATA[Pinky Pinky Show Strength and Vitality of Youth]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 14:42:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pinky+Pinky+Press+Photo.jpg

In South Africa, there’s a popular urban legend of a half man, half woman creature with bald, pinkish skin who stalks vulnerable young girls. Think Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” but with an appetite for teens and pre-teens -- and a much creepier name.

Scared? Well, that’s sort of the point, because the milieu in which the legend of Pinky Pinky was born is frighteningly universal.

But when Isabelle Fields, Eva Chambers and Anastasia Sanchez named their band after the creature, they didn’t really consider the social and political implications of it.

According to the band, with whom I spoke over the phone earlier this month, “There definitely is a deeper meaning behind the name, but we didn’t realize it until we adopted it.”

Imbuing the band name with even more significance is the fact that Fields (guitar) and Chambers (bass) are only 17 years old and both are just about to graduate high school, while Sanchez (vocals/drums) is just 19 years old.

But the Los Angeles proto-prog trio sounds much older than that -- “the old people love our ‘60s vibe,” they told me -- having grown up listening to Black Sabbath and, whether they liked it or not, “Morrissey and the Smiths and the Cure and all that.”

As a self-proclaimed old person (I’m sure the girls would agree), I must say, I do love their ‘60s vibe. They’ve cultivated a mature sound that has them already touring with the Strokes’ Nick Valensi’s project, CRX.

With plans to finish up school and focus on music full-time, the group demonstrates the strength and vitality of youth in an era where bald, pinkish middle-aged creatures tend to lord over all.

Pinky Pinky open for CRX at Soda Bar on Saturday, May 27. You can get tickets here.

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.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pinky Pinky]]>
<![CDATA[Nate Donnis Opens Pandora's Box]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 11:56:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05_20_SDTV_NateDonnis_1200x675_948525123651.jpg

On this week's Spotlight, Nate Donnis talks about getting millions of Pandora plays and landing songs on popular television shows. Catch the Nate Donnis Trio at Belly Up on Tuesday, May 23.

<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 20-26]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 11:20:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CRX+Press+Photo.png

On this week's episode, our Set List includes Ann Wilson at the Belly Up, CRX at Soda Bar and Foster the People at the Observatory. Plus, Live Nation's picks for the month! 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of CRX]]>
<![CDATA[Pato Banton and Ann Wilson Heat up Solana Beach]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 09:03:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/03_11_SDTV_PatoBanton_1200x675_895291459634.jpg

If you're ready for another scorcher, today's lineup of Fiesta Del Sol would certainly be worth your while. With crowd favorites like Pato Banton and Roger Clyne, you can skank or dance about while enjoying the summery weather. After the festival, head to the Belly Up to catch legendary vocalist Ann Wilson of Heart, or see up and comers Mother Mother on their return to the Casbah. If you can't make it to Solana Beach but still want some music fun, Big Bad Buffalo play Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa, and Grand Ole Office makes its Sunday afternoon debut. 

Sunday, May 21:
  • Fiesta Del Sol with Pato Banton, Anuhea, Nancarrow, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Pine Mountain Logs, Euphoria Brass Band, Atomic Groove @ Solana Beach (FREE, all ages, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • Ann Wilson of Heart @ Belly Up 
  • Mother Mother @ Casbah
  • Lion's Law, Rat City Riot, the Hardknocks, New Breed @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • G Burns Jug Band @ Panama 66
  • Big Bad Buffalo, Soft Lions, Gloomsday @ Public Square Coffee House
  • Grand Ole Office: Live Classic & Original Country Music @ The Office (4 p.m.)
  • Jack Ingram, Jamie Lin Wilson @ House of Blues
  • The Strumbellas, Reuben & the Dark @ Observatory North Park
  • Tear Drops Oldies Night & One Month Anniversary @ SPACE
  • Chucho Valdes, Charles Dutoit, San Diego Symphony @ Jacobs Music Center at Symphony Hall
  • Levi Dean & the Americats, the Wag, Kathryn Cloward, Leilani Got Lost @ The Holding Company 1502
  • JoJo: Mad Love Tour @ House of Blues 
  • Keith Haman & the Tin Stars @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Impractical Jokers 'Santiago Sent Us' Tour Starring the Tenderloins @ Civic Theatre (5 p.m. & 8 p.m.)
  • Black Market May Day @ Quartyard
  • Tango Milonga @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Vinyl Sale: The Vinyl Frontier @ U-31 (12 p.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Twin Peaks premiere @ Whistle Stop
  • Pool House Grand Opening @ The Pendry 
  • Music Workers with Gabe & Nato @ Pour House (1:30 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Cardboard Pioneers @ Sycamore Den
  • BACK ALLEY Gear Night: Power Play @ The Merrow
  • If I Fail, Food for Wolves  @ Bancroft Bar
  • The Sunday Groove with DJs the Professor & Juni @ El Dorado 
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Flatline & Friends rooftop kickoff party @ Spin (3 p.m.)
  • H2O 005 featuring Bot & Dateless presented by Staybad @ Spin (10 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.

<![CDATA['Terrible Human Beings' the Orwells Look for Love]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 11:52:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05_06_SDTV_TheOrwells_1200x675_937483843893.jpg

Chicago garage rockers the Orwells played the Irenic in March, and they sat down to chat about their new record and looking for love on tour. 

<![CDATA[Festival of Arts Packs the Streets]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 09:32:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_B_SIDE_PLAYERS_SOUNDDIEGO10_03_15_1200x675_538111555594.jpg

Today's the day where the San Diego uniform of flip-flops and tank tops might actually be appropriate at a show. We're in for a heat wave while North Park's streets fill with excitement for the annual Festival of Arts. The festival has grown, which means more stages, more entertainment for all ages, and more hours to peruse the vendors. Don't forget to pop into Bar Pink for an early show with a free AwesomeFest lineup. If you're heading north, Fiesta Del Sol offers more beachy bands but is also a great option for the weekend. As the day cools down, head to the Irenic to catch punchy band Rubblebucket, our friends the Verigolds at Karl Strauss or Sweet Spirit at Soda Bar.

Saturday, May 20:
  • North Park Festival of Arts with B-Side Players, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, the Routine, Cash'd Out, Euphoria Brass Band, Elektrik Voodoo, Mittens, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters, Hoop Unit, Comic Strip, Fanny & the Atta Boys, Jamacha Project, Big Bloom, Finnegan Blue, Half Car Garage, Abstrack, Alive in the Lights, SD School of Rock @ North Park (University & 30th-32nd Street, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., FREE, all ages)
  • Fiesta Del Sol with Dead Man's Party, Through the Roots, Betamaxx, Thicker Than Thieves, the Paragraphs, Power Brokers, Zen Thomas, Nena Anderson @ Solana Beach (9 a.m.-9 p.m., FREE, all ages)
  • Taco Festival with Vanilla Ice, Mix Master Mike, Vokab Kompany, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Fayuca, Jarabe Mexicano @ Waterfront Park (Ticketed Event $30 adv/$35 day of, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 21+, food not included with admission) 
  • Pizza Port Seven Year Anniversary Parking Lot Luau Party @ Pizza Port OB
  • Magic Giant, Ki @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Rubblebucket, Sego, Alexander F @ The Irenic
  • Arts & Amps 2017 with the Verigolds, Boostive @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Sweet Spirit, the Lulls, Snowball II @ Soda Bar
  • Awesomefest presents Pale Angels, Tots That Kill, Cruz Radical, Jason Paul & the Know It Alls @ Bar Pink (5 p.m., FREE)
  • Christian Taylor & the Rhythm Makers, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels @ The Rabbit Hole
  • San Diego City Soul Club Four Year Anniversary with Mochilero All Stars, Unsteady, the Amalgamated, King Dutty, Little Rude Girl, Dr. Bones, Sir Skankalot @ Ken Club
  • The Crawdaddys, the Allyrgic Reaction, DJs Richard Whig & Glynis Ward @ Space
  • Back to the Garden @ Poway Center for the Arts
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • The Sweet Things, the Liza Colby Sound, California Rangers @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Chris Youmans & the Sound Agency @ Seven Grand
  • Wild Child (the Doors Experience), Chris Torres Band @ Belly Up
  • Groove International: Sound the Groove! @ Music Box
  • Gone Baby Gone, Fuzz Junkies, Dinosaur Ghost  @ Winston's (4 p.m.)
  • Poontang Clam, Batlords @ Tower Bar
  • Never Shout Never @ Soma
  • DJs Trop Pop, Britt Pop @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Happy Hour Party @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Charles Dutoit & San Diego Symphony @ Jacobs Music Center at Symphony Hall
  • Lady Lush, Red Sonja @ Blonde
  • Bossfight, Implants, Skipjack, Authentic Sellout @ The Merrow
  • No Duh (No Doubt tribute) @ The Holding Company 1502
  • John Lindahl, Miklo @ House of Blues
  • Nina Francis, the Moves Collective, Justin Werner @ Java Joe's 
  • Lawrence Park: Seize This Day, Lyrical Groove, the Beat UCSD @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Fundraiser @ Bancroft Bar
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Yak Attack with Baby Gow (featuring members of Brothers Gow) @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Rollin With Tha Funk @ Til-Two Club
  • Mezzanine @ Black Cat Bar
  • The Iron Maidens, Symbolic, Seventrain, Nightshadow, RDG @ Brick by Brick
  • Mike Hood, Captain Viejo @ Lestat's
  • Rare Form, Sofa King Bueno, Mango Habanero, Hall Pass @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Blue @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Tradewinds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Benny Benassi @ Bassmnt
  • DJ Karma @ Parq
  • Circle of Fifths @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Aquile @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • DJ Irie @ Omnia
  • Justin Jay, Josh Taylor @ Bang Bang
  • Love Life @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry'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.

<![CDATA[Petra-Fi Records' Small World]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:29:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/198*120/Petri+Fi+Records+Photo.jpg

So your band has been busy writing songs, playing shows, saving the money from those gigs and then spending most of it recording the tunes at a proper studio -- and now you’re faced with the tough decision of how exactly to release it to the eagerly awaiting masses. Despite what some might think, it’s far from an easy choice to make.

No one wants clunky CDs anymore and you’re making fractions of pennies from streaming services for plays. What else is there? For the truly inspired, you’re faced with either making cassettes (just stop) -- or the prospect of forking over thousands of dollars to a record pressing plant to put that beautiful music on vinyl, basically the music industry’s last-man-standing.

But what if you don’t have the funds or a fanbase large enough to justify the cost/number of records you’re required to purchase through a major pressing plant? Luckily, that’s where the fine folks at Petra-Fi Records come in.

A relatively new business venture (officially opened just last month) by the musically inclined brothers Adam and Jordan Chini, the Valley Center-based shop operates a record lathe that is capable of producing small-run, individually made batches of vinyl. Naturally the cost per copy goes up since you’re not ordering huge quantities, but if you’ve only got funds to purchase 10 7-inch records (instead of 100 or 1,000), it might just be the best route to go.

I spoke with co-owner/operator Adam via email to find out just how the idea for the North County business became a reality, what goes into the process, and the results local musicians can expect when placing an order.

Dustin Lothspeich: How did the idea for Petra-Fi Records come about?

Adam Chini: Petra-Fi Records came about in the early New Year hours of January 1, 2016. I always seem to get inspired around the new year, and vinyl record pressing came to mind. It only took me a few minutes of internet browsing to realize the high costs associated with owning and operating actual vinyl pressing machines, and I threw that idea out the window very fast. Without becoming completely discouraged, I stepped back and began digging a little deeper into a more realistic approach, which would still suit my vision, yet still be effective within the music industry. I came across some obscure 1940s mono cut record lathes, and I was very intrigued by the process and overall approach of record lathe cutters.

DL: Where/how did you end up getting the lathe? Was it expensive?

AC: I purchased our Presto 6N Record Lathe off a very reputable and generous fellow by the name of Mike Dixon, who owns and operates several unique businesses, including his lathe-cut company “PIAPTK.” He’s very into what he does, and he’s done projects for the Flaming Lips, Ariel Pink, and Dr. Dog just to name a few. I really look up to him in many ways, and he’s been nothing but a tremendous help, and great mentor thus far. He’s also been brutally honest with me when I’ve asked him questions when running into a wall with the lathe ... The record lathe I purchased is not cheap, but let’s just say its way less money than owning and operating a vinyl pressing machine and factory. I wouldn’t want it any other way at this point in time. I have some costs associated with my operation, but what business doesn’t?

DL: Some people like myself don’t know exactly what "lathe-cut” means, so how would you explain the process?

AC: A lathe-cut record is made one at a time, in real time, as opposed to “mass produced” vinyl records being done at some pressing plant. If the music is four minutes long, it takes four minutes to cut -- plus the prepping of each disc, and playback afterward. Lathe-cut records are done on inexpensive polycarbonate plastic which usually starts out on a 4-by-8-inch sheet, and CNC’d into 7-inch shaped circular records. Before the cutting process starts, I always do several test cuts and EQ the track in order to get the best fidelity possible. From there, I process and prep the tracks for production. I peel the adhesive off the plastic circle, polish it, bring the cutter head over to the record, engage the lathe, and press the space bar on the computer to begin the music. It sounds easy, but trust me, it’s not. I’ve had a love/hate relationship over the lathe since I purchased it, but we’ve been on very good terms as of lately. It still amazes me when I hear the music come off the stylus, as it’s embossing these shallow grooves onto the plastic. Once the track is finished, I take it off the lathe platter, throw it on a standard turntable, and give it a quick listen before moving on to the next record. If a band wants 20 records done (A&B sides), you’re really cutting 40 records. Lathe-cuts are tedious, but the outcome is a great feeling when you get a text or phone call from the band saying “how clean and awesome” their music sounds, or how they’ve already sold their lathe-cut records out.

DL: I’m sure all your projects are priced individually, but if a band wanted to get a record made by Petra-Fi -- is there a ballpark figure that could give people an idea of how much they can expect to pay?

AC: Right now, my most popular requests are 10 7-inch lathe-cut records with A&B sides, center colored labels, and plain black or white sleeves. You figure $10 a record, plus sleeves and colored labels. You’re looking at about $150 out the door. I’ve had several clients come back for three more runs of the same exact release and project just because they’ve sold out every time they put out the first batch of 10. I find the record lathe to be suited for independent bands looking to get a few records done for an affordable price. They are great for merchandise, Kickstarter projects, promo pieces, and you don’t have to end up spending thousands of dollars for vinyl records that might end up in one of your band members closets if you split up (which I’ve experienced). The best way to describe a lathe-cut record is a warm analog sound which has a little higher fidelity than a tape cassette. Every client so far has sold each lathe-cut record for $20-plus, once they know the tedious process and craft behind this black art. It gives them a little more confidence in selling them for a little more money once they realize how each record is made.

DL: Give me the bottom line: Why place an order with Petra-Fi?

AC: Well for one, my turn-around time is only a week or two at most. I’m always willing to answer any questions someone might have before starting on their project, and we take pride in each record we cut. You can order however many records you want, since there is no minimum order, unlike other pressing plants where you have to press a minimum of 300 copies. Not only do we emboss the music on the records, but we do center labels, suit you up with a nice record sleeve, and offer cover art as well if you’re looking to get a complete project through us. Let’s just say we are a lot more accommodating then backed-up vinyl pressing plants which will only continue to get even more backed up ever since the uptick in “vinyl record popularity” ... We consider each record we cut a handmade piece of artwork. It’s amazing what a 77-year-old historic lathe can do for someone.

Visit Petra-Fi Records on Facebook and/or Instagram for orders, info, etc. Tell 'em Dustin sent you.

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.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Blaine Mazzetti]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Face to Face at the Casbah]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 11:04:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Face+to+Face+5.6.17+Tim+Fears+%284%29.jpg SoCal pop-punk icons Face to Face obliterated the Casbah on May 6, with help from Bad Cop/Bad Cop.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Days of Thundercat]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-671666764.jpg

I don't know about you, but every week feels more exhausting than the last and by the time Friday hits, I'm ready to get out for some fun. Tonight, you can do that with Tikibeat at the Bali Hai with Creepxotica setting the tone for a chill summer. When that wraps, it'll be time to catch a show, so head to the Observatory for Thundercat. If you've talked to anyone who saw the sets at Coachella, you'd know that it was one of the crowd favorites. Meanwhile, Casbah welcomes Woods, L.A. Witch play Soda Bar and SWMRS play the Irenic. For something extra fun, classic rocker Robin Trower (Procol Harum) plays House of Blues with our good friends Strange Vine opening the show.

Friday, May 19:

  • Tikibeat Summer Kickoff with Creepxotica, the Upshots, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters @ Bali Hai 
  • Thundercat @ The Observatory North Park
  • Woods, Golden Daze @ Casbah
  • SWMRS, No Parents, Mt. Eddy @ The Irenic
  • Robin Trower, Strange Vine @ House of Blues
  • L.A. Witch, Mr. Elevator, Keepers @ Soda Bar
  • In Your Neighborhood with DJ Lou Niles presents the Andrew McKeag Band, Spitfire Torpedo @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • The Spazmatics and CalPhonics: The Best of the '80s and '90s! @ Belly Up
  • Brian Ellis' "Mirror/Mirror" Release Party @ Space
  • Class Project with DJ Grimm and Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • The Fooks with DJ Ofier @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Peggy Watson, David Beldock @ Java Joe's
  • Erika Davies @ Panama 66
  • Ed Kornhauser Organ Trio @ Seven Grand
  • El Chicano / Thee Midniters @ Sycuan
  • Futureman/Silverman @ Museum of Making Music
  • Mark Goffeney, Gabriela Aparicio, Cory Wilkins @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • F---in' in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • BUMP! with Bob Dazzla, Shige & guests @ Blonde
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Neck Down, Research, the Midnight Block, Skidmarks of Society @ Tower Bar
  • That's Right @ Pour House (Oceanside) (5 p.m.)
  • The iLL Movement Presents iLL Nicky, Rob Law, YS & Bakes, Nat-Z and more @ Music Box
  • The Burt Brion Revue (Diegueno Middle School Band Fundraiser) @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Low and Be Told, Cochinas Locas @ Black Cat Bar
  • Holy Grail, Monolith, Malison, Meltdown @ Brick By Brick
  • Steady Holiday, EMAL, Graham Elliot @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Chris Brown, O.T. Genasis, Fabolous, Kap G @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • The String Revolution @ Lestat's
  • Jerry 'Hot Rod' Demink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Cowgirls From Hell, AntiTrust, GLAMel Töe, And Ever @ The Merrow
  • Now & Later Fridays with Beatnick, Artistic, Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • Bears Among Men, BloodPig @ Bancroft Bar
  • Arise Roots, True Press @ 710 Beach Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Fabolous @ Fluxx
  • Circle of Fifths @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • The Buckleys @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Noir @ Bang Bang
  • Dash Berlin @ Omnia
  • Trippy Ass Technologies Label Launch w/ Christian Martin & more @ Spin
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Reptile Society @ 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: (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)]]>
<![CDATA[Family, Fans Mourn Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 11:46:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/ccIMG_19381.jpg

Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead on Wednesday night. Police said Thursday that the 52-year-old musician's death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died in Detroit, Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery said in a statement to the Associated Press. Cornell had performed a concert there with Soundgarden that night.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said Cornell's wife and family are in shock. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and have asked for privacy.

Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody told the AP Thursday morning that he couldn't release details about why police are investigating the death as a possible suicide, but noted there were "basic things observed at the scene."

Cornell died at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, Woody said. He said Cornell's wife had called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office will make an official determination about the cause of death. An autopsy is being conducted Thursday and some information from it is expected to be released later in the day, Wayne County spokeswoman Lisa Croff said.

The frontman performed several solo shows in San Diego in recent years, including appearances at Humphreys in 2011, and at the Balboa Theatre in September 2012, 2013 and 2015, and at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in 2014.

Local independent rock station 91x announced that they would be dedicating their midday hour to memorialize Cornell, tweeting, "... At noon the #91X family is going to come together on the air & play nothing but Chris Cornell for an hour at least."

"We have lost another legend, a man whose words shaped peoples' lives," said SoundDiego contributor Tim Pyles, who also hosts the Loudspeaker show on 91x. "Chris Cornell captured the essence of being a great frontman and will be remembered as being one of the best. Hard to believe someone who seems to have had everything could be so tortured. Today I will hug many friends."

News of Cornell's death prompted scores of tweets expressing sadness, including one from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace."

It was the same on social media around the San Diego music scene on Thursday morning as well. Timothy Joseph of FM 949's the Local 949 show, who is also the leader of the bands the Palace Ballroom and Buckfast Superbee, spoke for many fans in his Facebook post.

"A lot of people focus on his voice, but to me I was most impressed with his songwriting," said Diamond Lakes bassist and SoundDiego associate editor Dustin Lothspeich, who reviewed the show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in 2014. "If you look at how he structured songs, I mean, they're truly unique. It's a huge loss."

Another voice from SoundDiego, Robin Roth of KFM-BFM, shared one of her favorite memories of Cornell: "I'll never forget seeing Soundgarden for the first time in December of 1989 at the Whiskey a Go Go. I had heard so much about the band and couldn't wait to check it out for myself. Needless to say, I was blown away by Chris Cornell's stage presence and fell in love with them. I've followed his career closely since then and am truly saddened at the loss of an amazing artist. R.I.P., Chris."

Roth wasn't the only one remembering her first time seeing Soundgarden or, specifically, Cornell.

"I was lucky enough to see Chris Cornell many times throughout his storied career: When Soundgarden absolutely destroyed Iguana's in Tijuana, when they opened for Guns n' Roses at the San Diego Sports Arena and when they played with Pearl Jam at the second installment of Lollapalooza and the two bands performed together as Temple of the Dog," remembered SoundDiego TV reporter Scott McDonald of Eight24.com. "But as with most things, you never forget your first. Chris Cornell was only 26 years old when I saw him the first time. Soundgarden had released their amazing 'Louder Than Love' LP the year before, and he took the stage that night looking much like he did on that album's cover: long hair, no shirt, combat boots. Only instead of jeans, he was wearing shorts covered in silver duct tape due to his propensity for stage diving. The band was support on Danzig's 1990 'Long Way Back From Hell' tour, and they played at UCSD's gym in September. I was transfixed. Cornell was an unbelievable showman and a bit of a shaman. He held every single person in rapt attention and seemed to have the ability to channel something otherworldly. The intense magic I witnessed that night never left me, and it went on to touch so many lives. It's an incredible shame that it's been cut short."

With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle's emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden's third studio album, "Badmotorfinger," which was released in 1991, spawned popular singles "Jesus Christ Pose," "Rusty Cage" and "Outshined" -- all of which received regular play on alternative rock radio stations.

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman of Mother Love Bone.

Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album "Superunknown," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. The album included the hit singles "Spoonman," ''Fell on Black Days," ''Black Hole Sun," ''My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live."

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim. Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and released the band's sixth studio album, "King Animal" in 2012.

Cornell also released four solo studio albums and a solo live album. He released the single "The Promise" in March on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[SWMRS Take All]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 09:48:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SWMRS+91x+X-Fest+2016+%289%29.jpg

Friday, Tikibeat Summer Kickoff with Creepxotica, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters and the Upshots takes over the Bali Hai; SWMRS, No Parents, and Mt. Eddy perform at the Irenic; Woods and Golden Daze play at the Casbah; Thundercat hits the Observatory North Park; L.A. Witch, Mr. Elevator and Keepers are at Soda Bar; In Your Neighborhood with Lou Niles presents the Andrew McKeag Band and Spitfire Torpedo at the Pour House; and the Spazmatics and CalPhonics: The Best of the ‘80s and ‘90s! is at the Belly Up. Dance options include Bump! at Blonde; Noir at Bang Bang; Dash Berlin at Omnia; and F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop.

Saturday is Day One of Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach with Dead Man's Party, Through the Roots, Betamaxx, Thicker Than Thieves, the Paragraphs and more; The North Park Festival of Arts includes B-Side Players, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, the Routine, Cash'd Out and Euphoria Brass Band; Taco Fest takes over Waterfront Park with Vanilla Ice, Mix Master Mike, Vokab Kompany, Sweet & Tender Hooligans and more; Arts & Amps with the Verigolds and Boostive hits Karl Strauss Brewing Company; Magic Giant and Ki are at the Casbah; Wild Child (the Doors Experience) and Chris Torres Band perform at the Belly Up; Rubblebucket, Sego and Alexander F play at the Irenic; Sweet Spirit, the Lulls and Snowball II are at Soda Bar; Awesomefest presents Pale Angels, Tots That Kill, Cruz Radical and Jason Paul & the Know It Alls at Bar Pink; San Diego City Soul Club 4 Year Anniversary takes over the Ken Club; The Crawdaddys, the Allyrgic Reaction and DJs Richard Whig and Glynis Ward are at Space; The Iron Maidens headline at Brick By Brick; John Lindahl and Miklo play at House of Blues; and Bossfight, Implants, Skipjack and Authentic Sellout are at the Merrow. Get your dance on with Benny Benassi at Bassmnt; Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Lady Lush at Blonde, DJ Irie at Omnia; or Justin Jay at Bang Bang.

Sunday is day two of Fiesta Del Sol with Pato Banton, Anuhea, Nancarrow, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Pine Mountain Logs, Euphoria Brass Band and Atomic Groove; The Strumbellas headline at the Observatory North Park; Mother Mother play at the Casbah; and Ann Wilson (Heart) performs at the Belly Up (check out the SoundDiego interview with her here).

Have a good weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor. 

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air at 100.7 KFMBFM, plus she promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[A Mariachi El Bronx Tale]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 09:55:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Mariachi+El+Bronx+5.13+screengrab.PNG

Party time excellent: SoundDiego LIVE alum Mariachi El Bronx brought the fiesta to the Belly Up on -- when else? -- Cinco de Mayo!

<![CDATA[PICS: Kings of Leon at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 10:11:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Kings+of+Leon+by+Tim+Fears6.jpg Kings of Leon didn't waste a moment of their set at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Friday, April 28.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Embark on the Great Electric Quest]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/194*120/Great+Electric+Quest+Live+by+Jason+Bang2.jpg

When it comes to "making it" in the music biz, most bands are encouraged to produce mountains of content, tour as far and as often as possible (even if/when no one shows up), always be hustling -- and maybe, someday, they'll catch that all-important break. Of course, no one needs to be told it rarely happens. The breaks these days are fewer and farther between (do they even exist anymore?), and the bands willing/able to truly grind it out seem almost as rare. But when it comes to Oceanside "doom/stoner/shred/rocker doods" Great Electric Quest, they're all in.

When they're not on the road, the band (which is comprised of guitarist Buddy Donner, bassist Jared Bliss, drummer 'Mucho Drums,' and vocalist Tyler Dingvell) is churning out records, working on their Glory Or Death Records label, or playing huge metal festivals like Psycho Las Vegas. In other words, these guys aren't sitting around waiting for a break to come to them -- they're out there making it happen. As Donner explained in a recent email: "We just all have this 'sleep when we're dead' disease."

Case in point: Great Electric Quest are heading out on their biggest tour yet (dubbed the "Squeelin' Wheels Tour") -- with a kickoff show on May 24 in Phoenix, Arizona. According to Donner, the jaunt (which makes 26 stops around the country in nearly as many days) is almost more about soaking up great music than dishing it out.

"We love traveling and meeting new people, checking out the sites when we get a chance to breathe between gigs. One of the best parts is definitely checking out all the hundreds of bands we get to share the stage with on the road, and partying with them. It is surreal man…The fun meter is maxed out the entire time."

When's the last time you heard a touring band say the best part of the road was meeting other bands along the way? That's one of the great things about the Quest. They're incredibly supportive of their metal/rock scene in general (local bands, take note) -- and Glory Or Death Records (which is run by Donner, Dingvell, and Kook bassist Jeff Wilson) is proof of just that.

"Our obsession with new bands/tunes is the main reason we’ve gotten into this new label," Donner said. "For some reason we can’t stop going out to shows when we should really be getting some rest at some point in our lives. There is just always some killer band doing some gig somewhere within an hour or two of us and we cannot justify missing it for any 'real life' bulls--- ... We definitely feel the passion of bands trying to make something happen and that’s where creating a label came to plot. It’s just a way to tie together all of our connections, turn it into one giant machine, and utilize everything we have, to do our best to spread the music we enjoy out to the world. I know what these bands are capable of and they need to be experienced by all."

Take the label's upcoming release, for example: "Bow To Your Masters Volume 1: Thin Lizzy," the inaugural release in a forthcoming series of tribute compilations that, along with Great Electric Quest and Kook, features some of the buzziest (and fuzziest) names in the metal/psych-rock genre -- Mos Generator, Egypt, White Dog, Slow Season, Red Wizard, Mothership, Sacri Monti, and Harsh Toke.

When asked why they began with Thin Lizzy, Donner said: "What could possibly be a more classic start? A band loved by all with countless masterpieces that could be morphed to fit many different styles of the bands involved. We love the idea of honoring the rock gods and doing our part to keep their music alive. Nothing gets you more involved and 'in-tune' to a song than to learn it and jam it live with your buds. It’s the closest you can get to the feeling of what the artists felt when they performed the songs originally."

The compilation (which is available for pre-order here) is just one piece of the ever-growing musical pie -- Great Electric Quest are hard at work on their own sophomore full-length album (a followup to 2016's "Chapter I" fittingly titled "Chapter II").

"We are constantly learning bits and pieces of all the different ins and outs of being a band," Donner said. "Constantly making more friends and connections to make us sound better and constantly pushing ourselves to be better at our instruments. Without a doubt, 'Chapter II' will be better than 'Chapter I.' If not, then we are not doing our jobs. We also are not pushing for a deadline and are absolutely not rushing anything. A record is forever… So we want to make sure we take the time to make everything exactly how we want it to be for our listeners."

The hard work seems to be paying off. After playing Psycho Las Vegas (arguably the biggest metal fest in the states) in 2016, they were invited back to play it again -- this time at its official pre-party (as metal blog the Obelisk recently hailed "a fest unto itself") at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Aug. 17 with Pentagram, Conan, Ruby the Hatchet, Sasquatch and more. Not exactly shabby. Donner agreed.

"Psycho Las Vegas is unreal…The ultimate rock n' roll party experience. What’s more dreamy than a Pentagram pool party kicking off an all-weekend party festival with 60-70 acts, half of which I consider to be headlining bands? Insanity…And that’s exactly what last year was. Unless you were there, you cannot imagine how incredible it was. My condolences to those who missed out. Poor, poor souls."

Great Electric Quest Squeelin' Wheels Tour Dates 

May 24: Phoenix, Arizona -- Valley Bar

May 25: El Paso, Texas -- Boomtown

May 26: San Angelo, Texas -- Dead Horse Saloon

May 27: Dallas, Texas -- Reno's Chop Shop

May 28: Oklahoma city, Oklahoma -- Blue Note

May 30: Louisville, Kentucky -- Highlands Tap Room

May 31: Indianapolis, Indiana -- Taps Live!

June 1: Chicago, Illinois -- The Cobra Lounge

June 2: Fort Wayne, Indiana -- Skeletunes

June 3: Ruth, Michigan -- "Burnin Turf II"

June 4: Baltimore, Maryland -- The Depot

June 5: Richmond, Virginia -- McCormack's

June 6: Raleigh, North Carolina -- Slim's

June 7: Charleston, South Carolina -- Tin Roof

June 8: Atlanta, Georgia -- Masquerede

June 9: Nashville, Tennessee -- Springwater

June 10: Birmingham, Alabama -- The Nick

June 11: Texarkana, Arkansas -- Arrow Bar

June 12: Houston, Texas -- White Swan

June 14: Nashville, Tennessee -- The Cobra

June 15: Saint Louis, Missouri -- Sinkhole

June 16: Lawrence, Kansas -- The Replay Lounge

June 17-18: Denver, CO -- Electric Funeral Fest with Acid King, Mountain, the Well, Slow Season, the Munsens, Electric Citizen, Goya, Glitter Wizard, Lords of Beacon House, Greenbeard, Red Wizard, Cloud Catcher, Monarch and more.

June 19: Albuquerque, New Mexico -- Moonlight Lounge

June 20: Tempe, Arizona -- Yucca Tap Room

Aug. 17-20: Las Vegas, Nevada -- Psycho Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Mastodon, King Diamond, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Gojira, Sleep, Neurosis, Swans, Ace Frehley, Earthless, and 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.

Photo Credit: Jason Bang]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Atlas Genius]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 10:15:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Andrew+McMahon+5.5.17+Connie+Bolger+%285%29.jpg House of Blues San Diego got an indie-pop double whammy on May 5 when Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Atlas Genius both hit the stage.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Heart's Ann Wilson Phones Home]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:46:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ann+Wilson+of+Heart.jpg

Go to any jukebox in any bar in America and there’s guaranteed to be some Heart song in rotation. But surprisingly, the band didn’t start its meteoric rise at home.

Heart first started seeing success in Canada after leader singer Ann Wilson followed her boyfriend Mike Fisher -- who was trying to escape the Vietnam War draft -- across the border.

According to Wilson, with whom I spoke over the phone last week, “One thing led to another and we got someone to record us up there. It was good, because there was an indie label who took a chance on us.”

It really was good, because they would soon produce classic rock hits like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “Alone” and “What About Love,” which would all permeate the American pop rock consciousness for decades to come.

If Eddie Vedder’s life story is any indication, there’s just something about the San Diego to Seattle migration that leaves an indelible mark on musicians and their place in music history. Wilson was born a San Diego Navy brat, but her family resettled in Seattle in the 1960s. Canada was just a short leap from there.

“I lived there [in San Diego] for about two years, and I don’t go back there that often except when we come to play. The weather’s just about perfect, and culturally it’s far superior to Los Angeles,” Wilson said of America’s Finest City.


While Heart may be on hiatus for the time being, that hasn’t slowed Wilson down any, who told me, “I’m probably more inspired now, because during the heydey all you have time to do is do press and ride around and do concerts. There’s not much time to write something original.”

So, though she has a soft spot for covers because “a good song is a good song,” she’s continuing to write, record and perform her own songs under her own name -- whether that be the Ann Wilson Thing or Ann Wilson of Heart.

When she comes to the Belly Up on Sunday, May 21, it will be like “the Ann Wilson Thing on super steroids with a full video program for every song. It’s a two hour show with four re-envisioned Heart songs, some new originals and some really fantastic covers,” Wilson revealed.

This is a chance to witness not only a slice of rock & roll history but also a slice of San Diego history. Get tickets here.

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.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ann Wilson]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 10:14:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-174532756.jpg More like Mr. October: The National headline SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Oct. 12 -- and that's just one of many must-see shows you need to know about.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The OB Street Fair Gets Cookin']]> Wed, 17 May 2017 11:03:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/ob-street-fair-homepageweb.jpg

Reasons why you should be in Ocean Beach on Saturday, June 24: five stages of live music, a chili cook-off, art, free bike valet and a beachside beer garden.

Fun and free for all ages, the 38th annual OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and will host more than 70,000 visitors. Chili tastings begin at 11 a.m. with a cost of $2 per entry, or sample all the magical fruit for $20 with a "Master Ticket" that allows you to vote for the best chili. Snag those tickets here.

Once you’ve had your fair share of delicious homemade chili, head over to Artist Alley on Cable Street where you will run into all sorts of arts, crafts, clothing, and cosmetics. Lookin' to get your drink on? Head to the beachside beer garden and wash that chili down with some tasty suds (entry to the garden is free to 21-and-up patrons, with beers sold individually -- no ticket required).

Something you won’t be able to escape at the the OB Street Fair? Music. With five stages taking over the neighborhood, your ears will consume musical styles ranging from reggae to rockabilly to surf-rock. Performers include Cardinal Moon, the Routine, Lexington Field, the Moves Collective and Behind the Wagon (among many others).

If that isn’t enough music for you, Rock & Roll San Diego will be in attendance. The full service music center allows fair attendees to pick up an instrument and learn how to play a song in 15 minutes. 

Who knows -- maybe next year, you'll be performing at the OB Street Fair.

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.

<![CDATA[Green Flash Concert Series Turns the Tide]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 08:49:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Milo+Greene+lg.jpg

The Green Flash Concert Series is on the horizon, and it's returning with some familiar faces.

From May 17 through Sept. 20, every third Wednesday of the month the 12th annual concert series will take place in Birch Aquarium’s Tide-Pool Plaza. The outdoor venue features a stellar panoramic backdrop of the La Jolla coast -- the view of the ocean almost distracts from the concert itself.

The 21+ event will be taken over by both local and national acts such as husband and wife folk-soul duo JOHNNYSWIM, alt-country rockers Cracker, singer/songwriter and cult classic Steve Poltz, cinematic indie poppers Milo Greene, cover band Pine Mountain Logs and local boys Trouble in the Wind.

Tasty beats, eats and booze, along with breathtaking sunsets, exotic fish and a refreshing ocean breeze, the Green Flash Concert Series is one of a kind.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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.

Photo Credit: Big Hassle]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: New Del Mar Fairgrounds Live-Music Venue Planned]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 10:11:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/Artist+Rendering+of+Del+Mar+SSRP.PNG An architecture firm hired by Del Mar Fairgrounds owner/operators have revealed designs for a new 1,900-seat music venue at the site.]]> <![CDATA[The Ghosts of Delta Spirit's Matthew Logan Vasquez ]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 13:05:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Matthew+Logan+Vasquez+Press+Photo.jpg

“In this day and age, a band like No Doubt in their heydey can totally go bankrupt,” Matthew Logan Vasquez said to me over the phone a month ago. “It happens often.”

Vasquez, frontman of one of San Diego’s biggest indie exports Delta Spirit, is no stranger to financial hardship. In 2016, he, his wife and his newborn were forced to move into his mother’s house in Texas because things had gotten so bad.

“We were bleeding money,” Vasquez put it bluntly.

In the midst of all of that, he released an LP (“Solicitor Returns”) and an EP (“Austin”) of his own music under his full name. And eventually, things started to turn around as he and his family regrouped in Austin.

“We built everything financially, bought a house -- someone was killed in the house so it might be haunted,” he said.

But one thing that doesn’t really haunt him at the moment is Delta Spirit.

“We’re not broken up, but it’s going to be a while before there’s another Delta Spirit album,” he said. “We’re all in different situations in our lives. There are chapters being turned in super positive ways for everyone: John is studying to become an Anglican priest, Will is producing different projects and playing with Hideout [Soda Bar talent buyer and Cults drummer Cory Stier’s project]. Everybody’s been involved with a bunch of stuff and doing cool things.”

While there might be some mixed vibes about it all, there doesn’t seem to be any hostility according to Vasquez, and there’s some common understanding about coming back to Delta Spirit in the right way.

“Our friendship has remained what it is. I have to step into another place, and by stepping away we can kind of do it. I want to carry this kind of vibe into Delta Spirit in a healthy way and not an obligatory way. There’s a holiness that I feel for it and an integrity that it needs to carry,” Vasquez told me.

So, in the meantime, he’s “writing songs and chasing whatever ghosts are there.” On his new album, “Does What He Wants,” released on April 21 via Dine Alone Records, he does just that -- avoids being pigeonholed, dodges “Mumford & Sons-ism” and takes on a defiant “take me as I am” attitude.

Part of his newly found temerity might come from the birth of his son Thor, which caused a “tremendous priority shift in [his] creative life and business life.”

This rebellious streak made me curious about a song called “The Fighter” on his new album. The lyrics detail the song’s narrator reading an email that evokes chills in him. According to Vasquez, the song is about his first manager, Stephen Short. Short got health insurance right before he got in an accident and hit his head. An X-ray incidentally revealed a brain tumor, which he battled for two years before dying.

“Stephen was there for me in my steps toward agnosticism, and he was such a positive influence in my life. That song was the last song he heard before he died,” Vasquez revealed to me.

Whatever spirits and ghosts Vasquez might be chasing, it’s evident there are some helping him along the way as well. Because of that, he’ll continue to do what he wants regardless of the material hardships that follow. 

Matthew Logan Vasquez headlines Casbah on Thursday, May 18. Get tickets here.

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.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Matthew Logan Vasquez]]>
<![CDATA[Taken by Canadians Drop Anchor]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 10:57:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Taken+by+Canadians+by+Vito+di+Stefano.jpeg

On this week's Spotlight by the bay, Taken by Canadians talk recording, unreliability, facial hair and marriage. They play Thursday, May 18, at Belly Up. 

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Spirited Away]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 09:46:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Delta+Spirit+Michel+Dussack+%2810%29.jpg

You know the best thing you can do when one of your musical heroes dies? Go out and support other musicians. Music doesn't exist unless you're there to hear it, and we have to support the future legends that are right in front of us today. Indie-rockers DIIV take the stage at Music Box while Matthew Logan Vasquez, Delta Spirit frontman, returns to the Casbah. Country crossover Chris Stapleton might seem like he just rose to instant fame, but the truth is he's been toiling for years and has a ton of songwriting credits for other artist to his name. Florida garage-rockers Deaf Poets play Soda Bar and Soft White Sixties and Big Bloom play a free show at Quartyard for Elysian Brewing.

Thursday, May 18 (Bike to Work Day):

  • DIIV, the Paranoyds @ Music Box
  • Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Juanita Stein @ Casbah (Read our interview with Vasquez here)
  • Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Lucie Silvas @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Deaf Poets, Imagery Machine, Twin Ritual @ Soda Bar
  • Elysian Brewing Capitol Hill Series with Soft White Sixties, Big Bloom @ Quartyard
  • Grim Slippers, Taken By Canadians, Mrs. Henry @ Belly Up
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • FKJ, Cézaire, Dabeull @ The Observatory North Park
  • Dirty Dragon, King Flamingo, Michael Maimone @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Slappers Only! @ Space
  • DJ Green T Event @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Hip Hop Night with DUNEKAT and friends @ Blonde
  • Fresh Sound Anniversary Series presents Lukas Ligeti's Notebook @ Bread and Salt
  • Burlesque Boogie Nights @ Sycamore Den
  • CinemArt: All You Need Is Love with Ariel Levine @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
  • Afton Presents: Indie Rock & Hip Hop @ The Merrow
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! with DJ Lizeth @ Whistle Stop
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • ArtPower presents: Colleen @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • ArtPower Presents: Colleen Art Talk @ The Loft, UCSD (10 p.m.)
  • Fornicators (Sweden), Schadenfreuders (OR), Native Tongue (UT), Killroy, FUKM @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Joe Marcinek Band featuring Joey Porter of the Motet @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • PB&J Presents DJs B Rose & Bidi Cobra @ El Dorado
  • Ghastly @ Omnia
  • Grand Sonic Theory @ Lobby Bar, Viejas
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Sol Remedy, SYNRGY @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage 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: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Top of the Poptone]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 09:58:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Poptone.jpg

I have to admit, I'm not super in love with the band name Poptone. To me it evokes a young girl band trying to crossover from Disney to indie pop. Or if you Google, a collection of brightly colored plastic watches. But the reality is that Poptone is the project of goth rock and new wave legends Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, performing classics from their bands Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, and probably their solo stuff over the years, too. I do have to say that I don't know their relationship with David J these days, but seeing as he's more or less a San Diego local, it will be interesting if he makes an appearance in the crowd. Around town, the Casbah hosts Tribal Theory and Roots of Creation, British pop-punk act As It Is plays SOMA, and country legend Marty Stuart plays Belly Up

Wednesday, May 17:

  • Poptone, Nostalghia @ House of Blues
  • Tribal Theory, Roots of Creation, DJ Green T @ Casbah
  • As It Is, Roam, Grayscale, Sleep On It , Transpire @ SOMA
  • Goodbye Ceremony @ the Office @ The Office
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Sean McConnell @ Belly Up
  • Blessed, Buddy Banter, Exasperation @ Soda Bar
  • Retra, Imagery Machine, the Aires @ The Merrow
  • Fornicators, Calles, the Schadenfreuders @ Tower Bar
  • Temple Party @ Bar Pink
  • Kool A.D., Ceschi & Chisme, Preacher vs. Choir, These Hands Create, DJ Willy Guttz @ Til Two Club
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Moth & Sons @ Seven Grand
  • Tomcat Courtney @ Turquoise Cafe Bar Europa
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Fish Outta Water @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents:  Layne Tadesse, 7 Seal Dub Band with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek & Cros 1 @ 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.

Photo Credit: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[The Pallbearer Pummel]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 09:30:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Pallbearer+2.jpg

If you're like me, you like your Tuesdays to rock, and this one is not going to disappoint. At the Casbah, doom-metal pros Pallbearer are going to melt some faces. Meanwhile, Music Box hosts legendary rapper E-40, while the hair-band metal of Testament and Sepultura blow eardrums at House of Blues. If you're like me and prefer the quiet indie-folk stuff, you should definitely head to Soda Bar for Arizona's Tow'rs, or head to Blonde for some Southern Americana with a little grit with the Roosevelts. There are plenty of choices to make this Tuesday feel like a Friday.  

Tuesday, May 16:

  • Pallbearer, Gatecreeper, Lord Howler @ Casbah
  • E-40, Kool John, Clyde Carson, Skinny Pete, Tha Native @ Music Box
  • Testament, Sepultura, Prong @ House of Blues
  • Tow'rs, Matthew Haynie, Blind Mountain Holler @ Soda Bar
  • The Roosevelts, Creature and the Woods, the Liquorsmiths @ Blonde
  • Bosswitch, Into the Storm, Gorm @ Tower Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Na'an Stop with Mango Habanero @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Wish & the Well, Second Cousins, the Lowland Drifters @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with Synrgy @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Party Pupils -- the MAX + RyanEXOE project @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Trio Gadjo @ Seven Grand
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Krooktone Classics @ 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: Press Photo]]>
<![CDATA[The People's Champion of Hip-Hop]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 09:06:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/Brother+Ali+by+Colleen+Eversman.jpg

It's not often that an artist's profile succinctly tells you the basics, but in this case, "over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious and inspiring brand of hip-hop." I know a ton of people who are hyped for this show tonight at the Observatory, and if you need extra incentive, the show is only $5! These days, that's like half a beer! Meanwhile at the Casbah, Hot Chip's Joe Goddard would like you to get to know him and his solo music for a fun Monday dance jam. At Soda Bar, catch LA's post-punk rockers Las Cruxes, whose music alternates from English to Spanish and back again, but has a nice little groove that lets you rock out even if you're not multilingual.

Monday, May 15:

  • Brother Ali, Sa-roc, DJ Last Word, Sol Messiah @ Observatory North Park
  • Joe Goddard, Goose Mavrk @ Casbah
  • Las Cruxes, Wellness, Los Honey Rockets, Shy Assassin, Marujah @ Soda Bar
  • Nevermind the '90s: Green Day "Dookie" Edition @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Nebula Drag, Vampyre, Oozer, Condor @ Til Two Club
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Master Control Program: '80s Tron themed party with Amnesia, Derek Hubbard & the Latin Lovers @ Blonde
  • Greg Benusa @ Tio Leo's
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ Bancroft Bar
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on a Monday @ U-31

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

Photo Credit: Colleen Eversman]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 14-20]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 10:23:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/%28TRAN%29+-+Twin+Forks-4.jpg

On this week's episode, we pick the best shows coming to you, including Twin Forks, E-40, Benny Benassi and more! Plus, don't miss Live Nation's selections for the month. 

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran]]>
<![CDATA[An All Americana Mother's Day]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 09:33:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Conor+Oberst+by+Andrew+H.+Walker.jpeg

It's Mother's Day, so why not take your super cool mom to a super cool show? Gator by the Bay wraps with its final day at Spanish Landing while Quartyard offers a Mother's Day Beatles Brunch. By evening, you've got plenty of options, including several in the Americana genre with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes playing the Observatory and Twin Forks, the Americana project of Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, playing an all ages show at the Irenic. If you're going to that one, get there early to catch Dan Layus, former frontman for Augustana. River Oaks dazzle at the Voodoo Room of the House of Blues and Train play Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. Once you put mom to bed, catch Alex Dezen of the Damnwells at Soda Bar, All Them Witches at Casbah, or actor Creed Batton from the Office for a night of comedy and music at the Belly Up.

Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day):
  • Gator by the Bay @ Spanish Landing Park
  • Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers @ Observatory North Park
  • Twin Forks, the Social Animals, Dan Layus @ The Irenic
  • Alex Dezen (of the Damnwells) & His Band, Mike Dunn @ Soda Bar
  • Creed Bratton (from the Office): An Evening of Music and Comedy @ Belly Up 
  • All Them Witches, Idle Bloom @ Casbah
  • River Oaks, JT Woodruff (of Hawthorne Heights), Heavy Things @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Train, O.A.R., Natasha Bedingfield @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 
  • Nina Francis, the Moves Collective, Justin Werner @ Java Joe's
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Mother's Day Beatles Brunch featuring the Bajabugs @ Quartyard
  • A Celebration of the Jazz Pioneers @ Dizzy's
  • Strange Crew (A Tribute to Eric Clapton and Cream) @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Mother's Day Show Como La Flor Band’s Selena Tribute @ Music Box 
  • GRRRL Independent Ladies Residency with Adeumazel, Maura Rosa, Diana Death, Britt Kuesserow @ Blonde
  • Keith Haman & the Tin Stars @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Ashen Earth, Helsott @ Brick by Brick
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • BACK ALLEY Gear Night: Wild Things @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Marvin Banks & Tyghtship @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Photo Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Too Short at Observatory North Park]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 11:13:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMGP0420.jpg Too Short brought classic West Coast hip-hop to Observatory North Park on Thursday, April 27.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[All Day at Gator by the Bay]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 09:24:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sue+Palmer+by+Alex+Matthews.jpeg

It's Mother's Day weekend, which also means it's Gator by the Bay weekend.  Arguably San Diego's longest running and best festival isn't one where hipsters are trying to out-Instagram one another, but one where fans across generations pack up their blankets and beach chairs and spend an entire day by the bay listening to zydeco, blues, Americana, rockabilly and other roots genres. It's a great time, and it grows bigger each year. Once the sun sets, locals Joy and Loom celebrate a homecoming with a face melting show at Casbah. Or, you can catch metal at Soda Bar with Author & Punisher and Tijuana's Thanatology. Belly Up welcomes local reggae veterans Common Sense, while Ugly Things magazine bring the '60s psychedelic feel to Space. It's not a massive Saturday night, but there's plenty to do to make it enjoyable.

Saturday, May 13:
  • Gator by the Bay @ Spanish Landing Park
  • Tacotopia @ Golden Hill Park
  • Double Homecoming Show: Joy, Loom, Sacri Monti, Petyr @ Casbah
  • Pomo, Harrison Brome @ Bang Bang
  • Grampadrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Common Sense, Psydecar @ Belly Up
  • Divinity presents Techno Sabbath @ Blonde 
  • OHMME, Alina Bea, Le Chateau @ Blonde (5 p.m., free)
  • Icon for Hire, Assuming We Survive, October Sky @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Ebi @ Balboa Theatre
  • Ugly Things featuring the Shag Rats, Los Sweepers @ Space
  • Cashmere Cat @ Observatory North Park
  • Do LaB & tHe gRaNd aRtiQue Lightning in a Bottle Pre-Party with ORGŌNE, Henry Pope & Littlefoot, W.C. Thornbush & the Great American Show @ Quartyard
  • Suburban Legends, Pilfers, Be Like Max, Bucket of Fish @ The Irenic
  • Author & Punisher, Thanatology, Lurid Memory, Cave Bastard @ Soda Bar
  • The MilkCrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, Nothing, Nowhere @ Soma
  • Loverboy @ Sycuan
  • Soul Collective (celebrating DJ Dale’s birthday) @ Music Box
  • Booty Bassment @ El Camino
  • The Finucci Brothers Quartet @ Dizzy's
  • Berkley Hart @ Java Joe's
  • Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra @ Panama 66
  • Custard Pie, Gone Blonde @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • OVMS First Annual Gala Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • THC Anniversary Party with Quel Bordel, DJ Mancat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Aaron Tveit @ House of Blues
  • Lead Pony @ Seven Grand
  • Damsels in Defense @ Bancroft Bar
  • The Devastators @ Winston's
  • The Bastards, the Walking Toxins, Revolt-Chix, In the Midst 777 @ Brick by Brick
  • The OrangePickers, the Clean Cut Hippies, Anthony Sanchez @ Lestat's
  • Mario Esteban & the Blessed Hellhounds, Mala Vida Band, Township Rebellion (Rage Against the Machine tribute) @ The Merrow
  • Brewfish, Seedheads, Kng Mkr @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Backwater Blues @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Party Quake @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Julz, Kev Mighty @ El Dorado
  • Koko & Bayati @ Fluxx
  • LIB 2017 Pre-Party: Minnesota, Dimond Saints, Doorly & M!NT, Galangsta, Hylas, Dink, CaliParis, Andrew Wilkinson @ Spin
  • Popvinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Cassie B Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Volldrauf @ Bassmnt
  • Archetype VI featuring Shatterer, Netika, SASO, Terri Lee @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: 2017 Sun God Festival]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 11:38:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/UCSD+Sungod+Festival+2017+AM+%2820+of+20%29.jpg Schoolboy Q, Bad Suns, DJ Mustard, Khalid and more brought UCSD's 2017 Sun God Festival to life on April 29.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Pomo Brings Artistry to Electronic Dance Music]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 10:16:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/POMO-FULL.jpg

Having produced tracks for the likes of Anderson .Paak and Mac Miller, Vancouver-based producer Pomo is no stranger to running in the high profile hip-hop circuit.

But he has a thing for both being behind the scenes as a producer and also being the main attraction as a multi-instrumentalist and an electronic artist.

“It’s like a totally different mindset. When you’re producing, you don’t have to get in that headspace of preparing yourself as the face of the music,” Pomo told me over the phone last week.

In 2016, Pomo’s debut EP, “The Other Day,” won him a Juno Award -- a better, Canadian version of the Grammys -- for Electronic Album of the Year.

According to him, “[The Juno Award] definitely helps a lot in Canada. It’s just a good thing for your resume and for getting grants.”

See, in Canada, artists have the opportunity to get grants from the government to help them fund their endeavors. This type of public arts funding is much harder to come by in the states. (I hope you can take a hint, America.)

Still, it seems like the geography of Canada’s arts dynamic mirrors that of the U.S. That is, “It’s interesting, and there’s definitely good pockets of really good music [in the West Coast city of Vancouver] … but there isn’t really much of a community. The scene was way more connected in [the East Coast city of] Montreal. Everyone would go,” Pomo said.

He might as well be describing the difference between the arts communities in Southern California and New York City. But things change and progress, from the interconnectedness of the West Coast to the future of electronic music.

Pomo is hopeful and open about it all. “EDM is one of the biggest things, and it’s just going to transition. A lot of DJs are trying to get their live set performance together. It’s just going to go through changes,” he said.

One of the interesting things about Pomo’s music is that it affords him the ability to morph from a club atmosphere where the dancing crowd is in the spotlight to a venue atmosphere where the artist is in the spotlight.

Good thing Bang Bang is a mix of both. See him there on Saturday, May 13.

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.

<![CDATA[Pryor Engagement]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 10:03:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Matt+Pryor.jpg

If you've been laying low this week, tonight is calling your name because there are great shows all over town. Don't be surprised if a full-on dance-off goes down at the Belly Up when Com Truise hits the stage, but insiders are saying that opening act, Clark, is not to be missed. Meanwhile at the Casbah, Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids and Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio take the stage while Timber Timbre play a sold-out show at Soda Bar. The Whistle Stop will be packed to the brim with the Creepy Creeps and Channel 933 presents their summer kick-off show at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. It'll be hard to choose but there's definitely something for everyone in San Diego tonight.

Friday, May 12:

  • Gator By the Bay @ Spanish Landing Park
  • Matt Pryor, Dan Andriano, Rooney Anne James @ Casbah
  • Com Truise, Clark @ Belly Up
  • Timber Timbre, the Wooden Sky @ Soda Bar (SOLD OUT)
  • The Creepy Creeps @ The Whistle Stop
  • Channel 933 Summer Kickoff with Backstreet Boys, Halsey, David Guetta, DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Machine Gun Kelly, Niall Horan, Noah Cyrus, Hey Violet, AJR @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 
  • Livin' On a Prayer, Paradise City @ Music Box
  • Western Settings, DFMK, Se Vende, the Waste Aways @ Tower Bar
  • Handsome Ghost, Frances Cone @ Space
  • Bella Novela, Goldettes @ Bar Pink
  • Full Strength Funk Band Happy Hour @ Music Box (5 p.m.)
  • Iration, Pacific Dub, Tyrone's Jacket @ The Observatory North Park
  • Peter Sprague, Jim Plank, Mackenzie Leighton, Matt Smith @Dizzy's
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour with Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office
  • Greg Gatsby, SCRVP @ Club 207, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Upon A Burning Body, Within the Ruins, Kublai Khan, Coldcasket @ SOMA
  • Harvard Bass Residency @ Blonde
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Loverboy @ Sycuan
  • Abstrack @ Panama 66
  • Atomic Groove’s Fit Girlz Nite Out @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • ArtPower Presents: The Spirit of the Beehive @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Miss Erika Davies & the Men @ Seven Grand
  • Nathan & Jessie, Robin Henkel @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Trojan Meets Hometown Oldies @ Til-Two Club
  • Bleed American (Jimmy Eat World Tribute), Louder Now (Taking Back Sunday Tribute) @ The Holding Company
  • A.J. Croce @ Museum Of Making Music
  • Randi Driscoll @ Java Joe's
  • OHM #4 feat. DJ Headlux, Bassmechanic, Miss Duct @ Winston's
  • Adrian Uribe, Imparables, Adrian Uribe Y Omar Chaparro @ House of Blues (6:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
  • Guitar Legends with Graham Gillot @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Shane Hall, Creature & the Woods, Shane Shipley, Zephyr Blue Band @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Casual Encounters @ The Merrow
  • Kaliya @ The Bancroft
  • Nothing Special, Mochilero All Stars @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • DJ Amen @ Fluxx
  • Hot Cakes with DJs Mister Hek, LoveSiene @ El Dorado
  • DJ Mustard @ Parq
  • Jack Beats @ Bang Bang
  • Tritonal @ Omnia
  • Ephwurd @ Bassmnt
  • Billy Fleming Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Taste of Hope with RDG @ Ramona Mainstage
  • 'PROGRESS' ft. CID INC (Lost & Found, Replug, MicroCastle) @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • SD Union with ED Rush & Optical (Virus Rec | UK) @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Have Mercy, Will Travel]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 11:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Have+Mercy+-+Megan+Thompson+.jpg

“I’m fine with people categorizing things because I think there needs to be something so you can explain it to other people…but I just want to be a 'rock' band.”

To hear Brian Swindle -- the mastermind behind Baltimore outfit Have Mercy (who play SOMA on Saturday, May 13) -- tell it, there seems to be a near-conspiracy when it comes to a band’s inability to ascend past the ever-nagging emo/pop-punk label.

The widespread scene that overran the music industry in the early aughts has experienced a serious revival over the last few years, with a multitude of bands getting sucked into the category simply because there just doesn’t seem to be a better way to describe them.

“We are a 'rock' band,” Swindle continued over the phone, while the band finished packing up after a recent St. Louis show. “To me, if you go and listen to the Foo Fighters, their lyrical content is ‘emotional’ -- it’s the same f---ing thing. It’s the same content, it’s just they do it a little better…OK, a lot better.”

Self-deprecation aside, he has a point: There’s not a whole lot that separates Have Mercy from mainstream rock behemoths like Dave Grohl and Co. or their indie-rock brethren like Japandroids or Beach Slang. While you’d be hard-pressed to specify a particular element that placed them in the emo/pop-punk band category (The vocal inflection? The confessional lyricism? The soft/loud dynamic?), for better or for worse, it’s where they’ve ended up. And you know what? Swindle isn’t having it anymore.

“It’s hard for us,” he said, “especially because we came up in the pop-punk scene. That’s how we were always booked because no one knew what to do with us. I’ve talked to a lot of bands that I know, that aren’t pop-punk, that are coming up now and people don’t know what to do with them ‘cause they don’t know how to bill them or put ‘em out in the world. To me, that’s a good thing because there’s a lot of ‘em coming out. So eventually there’s gonna be another scene away from this pop-punk thing. I love pop-punk music but we can’t be there forever. I think Have Mercy have to be the front-runners to make a big rock scene out of what we have going on. We’re trying to make something else happen.”

The frontman knows nothing changes simply by hoping it happens, so he’s done the only thing he has ultimate control over: He’s done his best to write Have Mercy out of the genre. “Make the Best of It,” the band’s just-released third studio album (out via Hopeless Records), challenges fans and critics alike to reimagine the group on an even bigger level. The new record’s huge all the way around with memorable riffs, powerful songwriting, and massive hooks galore — you know, the kind you’d find on the biggest rock records. And while Have Mercy’s never shied away from a catchy melody and have always been a dynamo machine, the entire feel of the album is a bit heftier than their prior releases -- relying less on wide-eyed romanticism and more on the strength of calculated maturation (“Smarter songwriting,” Swindle calls it). It may not propel them entirely out of pop-punk but it's a step in the right direction. Perhaps the strangest thing about it all though? It took the band’s near-dissolution for him to put it together.

Before recording sessions for “Make the Best of It,” three-fourths of the band decided to walk away from the group -- effectively leaving Swindle as the last man standing, quite literally.

“Everybody split in different ways,” he explained. “Some people wanted to leave the band and I still wanted to have them in, and some people wanted to leave and it kinda ended weird but now everything’s fine and we’re friends. It just came to a point where we weren’t all happy being in the band together; we weren’t enjoying it.”

Undeterred, Swindle embarked on the challenge of writing Have Mercy’s entire next record solo. He ended up with 10 or 11 songs that he thought would make up the album but when he got to the studio, abandoned them all (“They all sounded like garbage,” he said laughing). Instead, the singer/guitarist teamed up with three friends -- Nathan Gleason (who now plays guitar in the band), Paul Leavitt (from All Time Low), and Brian McTernan (Thrice) -- in the studio and worked on the 11 songs that’d end up comprising “Make the Best of It.” As it turns out, the other guys afforded Swindle a prime opportunity to meddle in the songwriting dark arts.

“When we were in the studio, [McTernan] taught me a lot about writing a song and why one part is important and how it affects the entire song or how a certain note change can affect the entire tone of each part. Before I did any co-writes or anything else, it was just me writing songs and hopefully it turned out to be a banger [laughs] but now I actually know what makes a song pop and stand out. It was a lot of fun to learn that.”

After he got a couple friends to make up the current touring iteration of the band, it’s even more fun playing the new songs live than he thought -- an energy he hopes translates to fans.

“Every time we play the songs live, it feels better and better. It doesn’t feel like it’s gonna get old. We put so much time into each and every song and so much thinking went into every single song. I guarantee any of those other guys that were in the studio would say the exact same thing. Those are our songs. I love that record so much.”

For a band that has a habit of connecting in a very visceral way with their fans (a river of tears basically accompanies every Have Mercy show), Swindle’s aware that there’s a bit of a difference in the new album vs. their older material, and he’s prepared for the pushback -- and alternately hoping folks that wrote them off in the beginning give them another chance. In a rather prescient move, that sentiment’s reflected in the album title.

“I feel like a lot of people who heard our older music and maybe didn’t enjoy it, won’t go back to it again,” Swindle said. “But you may attach to this [music] at a different part of your life. Go listen to the record, give it a chance, make the best of it, see how you feel now.”

Have Mercy play SOMA on Saturday, May 13, with Real Friends; Tiny Moving Parts; Broadside; and Nothing, Nowhere. Tickets are $22 and 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.

Photo Credit: Photo by Megan Thompson]]>
<![CDATA[Californ-Iration]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 10:18:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Iration+X-Fest+2014+Sleep+Train+%286%29.jpg

Friday, Com Truise and Clark are at the Belly Up; Iration with Pacific Dub and Tyrone’s Jacket hit the Observatory North Park; Matt Pryor, Dan Andriano and Rooney Anne James play at the Casbah; Handsome Ghost and Frances Cone are at Space; Timber Timbre and the Wooden Sky perform at Soda Bar; The Creepy Creeps rock the Whistle Stop; Tribute bands Livin' On a Prayer and Paradise City play at Music Box; Lana Rebel, Kevin Michael Mayfield, Stephen El Rey, Matthew Strachota and Diana Death perform at the Black Cat; Shane Hall, Creature & the Woods, Shane Shipley and Zephr Blue Band are at the Pour House; and Bleed American (Jimmy Eat World Tribute) and Louder Now (Taking Back Sunday Tribute) play at the Holding Company. Get your dance on with Tritonal at Omnia; Jack Beats at Bang Bang; Harvard Bass Residency at Blonde; or SD Union at Spin.   

Kick off your Saturday with Tacotopia at Golden Hill Park; Common Sense and Psydecar play at the Belly Up; Author & Punisher, Thanatology, Lurid Memory and Cave Bastard are at Soda Bar; Ugly Things featuring the Shag Rats and Los Sweepers perform at Space; Cashmere Cat takes over the Observatory North Park; Joy, Loom, Sacri Monti, and Petyr are at the Casbah; Suburban Legends, Pilfers, Be Like Max and Bucket of Fish play at the Irenic; and Quel Bordel and DJ Mancat are at the Holding Company. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with yours truly; Elephante at Bassmnt; Pomo and Harrison Brome at Bang Bang; or LIB 2017 Pre-Party: Minnesota, Dimond Saints, Doorly & M!NT, Dink!, Hylas, Andrew Wilkinson, CalirParis & Galangsta at Spin.

My picks for Sunday are Sunday, Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers at the Observatory North Park; and Twin Forks, the Social Animals and Dan Layus at The Irenic.

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

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air at 100.7 KFMBFM, plus she promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: The 1975 at SDSU's Open Air Theatre]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 12:21:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+1975+4.25.17+Tim+Fears+%281%29.jpg 'UGH!' The 1975 had us falling in love with them all over again at a magical Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre show on April 25.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Train Prove Giving Up Is Not an Option]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 10:46:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-455834714.jpg

In 1996, Train were decisively rejected by Columbia Records. According to frontman Pat Monahan, with whom I spoke over the phone last week, the Columbia label executive the band auditioned for said he didn’t see anything special.

Fast forward two decades, however, and Train have sold more than 10 million albums and won two Grammy Awards. So what happened?

Enter now for your chance to win FOUR front-row tickets and VIP parking to see Train at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on May 14! 

For Monahan, the rejection presented Train with the opportunity to decide whether they really wanted to be a band. And they did. They borrowed $25,000, made a record and proved to Columbia that they were special.

“They were right both times,” Monahan said of the whole experience.

The tension between rejection and success and the balance between teamwork and leadership are things with which all bands struggle, and what determines a band’s longevity is how well they work through those struggles.

In 2003, bassist Charlie Colin’s substance abuse issues came to a head, as Monahan described, “Charlie is one incredible bass player, but he was in a lot of pain, and the way he was dealing with it was very painful for everyone else around him.”

In response, Monahan called a band meeting and told everyone they would essentially have to choose between their bass player and their lead singer.

“They weren’t happy about the choice. They were very clear that I put them in a very tough position,” he said.

But because he had grown up around substance abuse, Monahan knew that the band would probably not survive with Colin still in it. Thus, for the sake of the collective, Monahan had to really assume the role of leader -- no matter how difficult it was.

While Monahan wonders sometimes what it would be like to just be a solo artist, in the end he’s a family man: “I get to win with a team and lose with a team. When you lose, having those people around you is really important.”

Sure, Monahan’s Robert Plant-inspired sensibility is irreplaceable when it comes to the integrity of Train, but in the end, it’s the group dynamic that has allowed them to keep going, to find success in the face of adversity -- to keep chuggin’ along.

See Train at their very best at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 14. There will be some Led Zeppelin covers, some new songs, all of the hits and Monahan’s self-described “sweet dance moves and pyrotechnics.” And it’s just in time for Mother’s Day.

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.

<![CDATA[Radio Personality Chris Cantore Out at Mighty 1090]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 12:43:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/DSC_02231.jpg

an Diego music-radio fans got some good news on Monday when longtime radio personality Chris Cantore got behind the mic at the Mighty 1090 AM sports talk station.
“Wow, wow, wow,” said Cantore at the top of the show. “Dang … here we are, something else indeed, ladies and gentlemen,” the host added, referencing the strains of his Arcade Fire opener, “Wake Up.”
The Broadcast Company of America announced the news on Monday afternoon, and from 6-9 p.m., Cantore was on the air, filling a slot that until recently was occupied by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“At this stage of my broadcasting career, nothing excites me more than making the jump to talk radio, and to have that opportunity at a beast of a station like the Mighty 1090,” Cantore said on the station’s web site,” Cantore said. “Well, I’m beyond grateful. The antithesis of a human sports encyclopedia, I’m just a fan of all San Diego sports and teams -- including action sports -- and hope to bring something different to the airwaves.”
Cantore, who helped launch SoundDiego -- is seen an an unorthodox choice by many, having spent much of his career at the indie/alt-rock 91x (where he started 20 years ago this week, he said during Monday’s show), the now-defunct triple-A KPRI and FM 949, where he hosted the morning show with fellow rock-jock Steven Woods until the pair departed that station in January. 
According to the Mighty1090.com, Cantore’s show will mix lifestyle entertainment – Cantore at one point helmed the UT’s Night and Day special section – and discussions covering surfing, skiing, boarding and other action sports. 

Longtime San Diego radio personality Chris Cantore's stint at the Mighty 1090 station has come to a quick end.

The DJ, whose career up until he joined the AM sports talk station largely focused on music radio, made the announcement on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning. 

"Just so you hear it from the source, I am no longer at 1090," Cantore posted.

The Broadcast Company of the Americas hired Cantore in early April to man the 6-9 p.m. show, filling a slot that had been occupied by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune until shortly prior.

"At this stage of my broadcasting career, nothing excites me more than making the jump to talk radio, and to have that opportunity at a beast of a station like the Mighty 1090," Cantore said on a post on the station's website in April. "Well, I'm beyond grateful. The antithesis of a human sports encyclopedia, I'm just a fan of all San Diego sports and teams -- including action sports -- and hope to bring something different to the airwaves."

Cantore, who helped launch SoundDiego nearly eight years ago, was seen as an unorthodox choice by many for the Mighty 1090 job, having spent much of his career at the indie/alt-rock 91x (where he started 20 years ago this week, he said in April), the now-defunct triple-A KPRI and FM 949 -- where he hosted the morning show with fellow rock-jock Steven Woods until the pair left that station in January.

According to the Mighty1090.com, Cantore's show was to be a mix of lifestyle entertainment -- Cantore at one point helmed the UT's Night and Day special section -- and discussions covering surfing, skiing, boarding and other action sports. 

Reached via email, Broadcast Company of the Americas vice-president Mike Shepard said the station had "no comment at this time."

Photo Credit: Stephen Kallao]]>