<![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-usSat, 25 Feb 2017 14:59:48 -0800Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:59:48 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sinkane: On a Spiritual High]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:05:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sinkane+by+Adam+Tetzloff.JPG

Imagine you’re on your way to a job interview and you get a phone call from Caribou’s Dan Snaith asking you to drop everything and go on tour with him because his drummer just broke his wrist. And you gotta leave like, now. What do you do?

Well, if you’re Ahmed Gallab, aka Sinkane, you tell the cabbie to turn the f--- around so you can go to the bank, overdraw your account and get on the first plane out of the city.

Gallab’s geographically limitless foray into music is as interesting as it is inspiring, so it’s no wonder that Snaith offered him the tour drummer role after briefly meeting him at a music festival. Consequently, it’s no surprise that Of Montreal and Yeasayer offered him the drumming reigns after seeing him perform with Caribou.

Gallab was born in London, but many of his formative years were split between Ohio and Sudan. His father was a London-based diplomat, but once the government for which he was working was overthrown in Sudan, their family had to start over in the U.S. -- emphasis on the starting over.

Because his parents’ Sudanese degrees weren’t valid in the states, they had to get their PhDs all over again. And they didn’t hesitate to do so, but the family always kept their homeland close to heart.

Every summer, Gallab returned to Sudan, which had a “huge, profound influence” on his life and on his music. According to him, it was a “really beautiful time,” because it “allowed him to understand that people are very different but also very similar.”

Splitting his time between Sudan and America afforded him the opportunity to be a fly on the wall, gliding between very different cultures and musical traditions. Yet, he found this “beautiful relationship between the different kinds of music he was into” -- the “honest and earnest energy” was all the same, according to him.

Music first came into Gallab’s life through religion. His grandfather was a well-respected Muslim cleric and at gatherings where he would recite prayers, there was this “beautiful call and response” that became “spiritual and tantric” for Gallab.

Fittingly, it was a Spiritualized show that really changed his life. It solidified an impulse -- fostered by geography and religion -- to “connect with as many people as possible,” to help others free their minds, be themselves and “watch the sunshine.”

Gallab typically works alone as Sinkane, but that’s starting to change as he aims more and more for a Bob Marley-esque universality. His new album, “Life & Livin’ It,” dropped on Friday, Feb. 10, and it showcases a more immediate, live energy. Before going in to record, he played the songs live a lot with his band in an effort to meld the pedal-steel/country-Western influence with the funky Afro-psych a little better.

So, at his Soda Bar show on Sunday, March 5, expect the simplicity, space and groove that only Sinkane’s rhythmic approach to melody and production can give you. Expect to share the high of spirit and body that Gallab has always pursued.

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: Adam Tetzloff]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: AFI at Observatory North Park]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:51:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AFI+by+Alex+Matthews1.jpg AFI lit a fire inside the Observatory for three nights in a row starting on Monday, Feb. 20.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[King Pinback]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:33:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pinback+Press+Photo.jpeg

It's a jam-packed weekend in San Diego, so bundle up to keep warm and let the music warm your soul. Pinback play their second of two nights at the Irenic and members of Big Bad Buffalo are ecstatic about getting to open for some of their musical heroes at this sold out show. Steve Poltz gets down with the Rugburns and special guests for the second night of his birthday celebration, and Moon Duo bring psychedelia back to the Casbah. Hippie Sabotage are back at the Observatory for the EDM crowd, Hazel English plays Soda Bar, and you can probably find more than a couple of ways to celebrate Mardi Gras or Carnivale around town, too. The only thing that could make tonight better is if we had another three day weekend.
Saturday, Feb. 25:
  • Pinback: Autumn of the Seraphs Tour Pt. 2, Big Bad Buffalo @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Steve Poltz' Eighth Annual 50th Birthday Party @ Belly Up
  • Moon Duo, Umberto, Calcutta Kid @ Casbah
  • Mardi Gras @ Gaslamp Quarter
  • Hippie Sabotage @ Observatory North Park
  • Hazel English, Hawai @ Soda Bar
  • Candlelights, Fresh Brunettes, Fake Tides @ Bar Pink
  • John Gorka @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • John Reynolds Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • The Greyboy Allstars, DJWilliams, Shots Fired (feat. members of KDTU, Slightly Stoopid, Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio Band) @ Music Box
  • Coco Montoya @ Ramona Mainstage 
  • Midnight Eagle, Griever, Burning Hammer, Endless/Nameless @ Tower Bar
  • Margaret Cho @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Angel Food (Lillian of Grass Widow), Angels Dust @ The Hideout
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri/Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • DJ Clinebell Express @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Jazz at the Athenaeum: Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Zombies in Miami, Mark Quark (Moonshake), Rivka M, MaxBetta @ Blonde
  • Bang Pow, Celebration Guns, DJ Green T @ Winston's
  • Suicide Silence (CD Release), Plague Vendor, Cameron Agron, Poison Headache @ Soma
  • Joshua White (((CODES))) @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • Blink 180-True: The Ultimate Blink-182 Tribute, Punkture, Weezerton, DJ Jalil @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Dark Star Orchestra @ House of Blues
  • Adrian Legg @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Ugly God, Nessly, Lights, Camera, Booty @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • David Wilcox @ Brick 15
  • American Jihad, Dead 77, Carpit, the Brookhounds, Los Homeless, LA's Forgotten, SSatns, Chuy Poluka, Barking Irons @ Bancroft Bar
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Stone Horse @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Trashkannon, All Beat Up @ Til-Two Club
  • King Taylor Project @ Hooley's Irish Pub & Grill
  • Steve Rosenbaum @ Chico Club
  • One Inch Punch, Godhammered, RDG, Pissed Regardless @ Brick by Brick
  • Home, Spencer Dugan, Samer Bakri @ Lestat's
  • Hard Fall Hearts, Get Married, Casual Friday @ The Merrow
  • Super Karaoke! @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Jami @ Fluxx
  • Cassie B Trio  @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • DJ Ayla Simone @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Keys N Krates @ Bassmnt
  • Elephante @ Omnia
  • Martin Jensen, Curt Reynolds @ Bang Bang
  • This n That presented by Team No Sleep @ 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: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Jason Mraz Doesn't Hesitate to Help SD School]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:02:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/476701601.jpg

Happy Jason Mraz Day! Oh wait, sorry for the mix-up -- that was Aug. 19, 2014 (yes, the city of San Diego officially declared that date as Jason Mraz Day). However, it might as well be Feb. 24 for students at Logan Heights’ Burbank Elementary -- San Diego’s only Turnaround Arts-enrolled school.

What’s all this about, you might be thinking? Turnaround Arts is a program that coordinates the placement of musical instruments and art supplies at 68 schools across the country -- while providing them with professional development assistance on arts integration, a high-profile Turnaround Arts mentor, and more. According to a press release, participating schools have seen “big upticks in enrollment, decreases in disciplinary referrals, and more students meeting or performing above the standards for English Language Arts.”

Today marks the third year that Burbank Elementary has been involved in the program (which was started by President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities). So where does Jason Mraz factor in?

For the unfamiliar, Mraz got his start in San Diego in 2000, and rose to stardom with “The Remedy,” a huge hit single off his 2002 major label debut album, “Waiting for My Rocket to Come.” He’s followed that up over the years with several other hits, including “I’m Yours” in 2008, “Lucky” (a collaboration with Colbie Caillat) and “Make It Mine” (which he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2010). To date, he’s sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.

Not content to just churn out gold records, Mraz has also been a very active philanthropist over the years -- most recently joining the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota in person to help protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. A champion of many social causes over the years, he established the Jason Mraz Foundation in 2011, and has turned his attention most notably toward the environment, LGBT equality, and human rights (he participated in a 2009 Ghana rescue mission with the Free the Slaves international nonprofit).

It seems no cause is too big or too small for the singer/songwriter: Teaming up with Turnaround Arts, he’s adopted Burbank Elementary. He’s met with students (and helped them to combat stage fright before their big winter concert) and personally assisted planting a schoolyard orchard with them. On Feb. 24, he’ll be back on campus for a closed-to-the-public visit (for students and staff only), joining them for musical performances, visiting the orchard, and helping kick off the school’s musical auditions.

If he didn’t already have one, we’d be inclined to declare Feb. 24 Jason Mraz Day in San Diego -- wouldn’t you agree?

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dashboard Confessional's San Diego Romance]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:28:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Dashboard+Confessional+2.18+performance+screengrab.PNG

Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba waxed poetic about San Diego with Rosemary Bystrak before the band's recent, sold-out House of Blues show on Feb. 3 -- which also featured this performance of "The Sharp Hint of New Tears."

<![CDATA[Birthday Boy]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:16:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Steve+Poltz+5+copy.jpg

I am super ready for the weekend, rain or shine, and San Diego has a ton of great shows to make you want to get out, too. The sweet sounds of The Staves will fill the Casbah, pleasing the sold-out crowd. My dear sweet, albeit lunatic friend, Steve Poltz celebrates his "8th annual 50th birthday" with two nights at the Belly Up, where he'll be joined by his old buddies from the Rugburns and plenty of other surprises. These always sell out, so if you can still grab a ticket, the sooner the better. The Irenic has a four band all-ager with Moose Blood headlining, so be there early to be able to see all of the bands. Mr. Pyles is still doing a monthly event at Hard Rock Hotel and Pleasure Fix headline that one, rapper Vince Staples returns to the Observatory North Park, and Soft Lions and Trouble in the Wind share the night at the Pour House in North County, where the shows are always free.

Friday, February 24

  • The Staves, Mikaela Davis @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Steve Poltz' 8th Annual 50th Birthday Party -- Friday Show @ Belly Up
  • Moose Blood, Trophy Eyes, Boston Mano, A Will Away @ The Irenic
  • Pleasure Fix, Cochinas Locas, Laura Gravelle @ Mary Jane's, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Vince Staples, Kilo Kish @ The Observatory North Park
  • Soft Lions, the Thens, Trouble in the Wind @ The Pour House
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Dance Yourself Clean @ Music Box
  • Christopher Hollyday Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • The Burial Plot, the Montell Jordans, Nights Like Thieves @ Ken Club
  • Fresh Sound Anniversary Series presents Steve Schick and Vanessa Tomlinson @ Bread and Salt
  • Gavin Turek, Slares @ Soda Bar
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! with DJ Lazer Lizeth @ Whistle Stop
  • BUMP! with Bob Dazzla, Shige + guests @ Blonde
  • All-PSYCHE Happy Hour w/DJ Unite @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • Strike Twelve, SecondHand, Reckless Disregard @ Tower Bar
  • Anne McCue @ Brick 15
  • Calphonics @ Music Box (Happy Hour, Free, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Atomic Groove Girlz Nite Out @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Levi Dean & the Americats, Black Oak Hymnal @ Black Cat Bar
  • Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire Deathcult, Ruines Ov Abaddon @ Brick By Brick
  • Black Marble, Uniform, Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen @ The Hideout 
  • Malik Burgers, 1207, Digi Gurl, Cash Passion, Denzo @ SOMA
  • ArtPower Presents: Thalma & Laércio de Freitas @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • Wise Monkey Orchestra, DJ ManCat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Icey, Omega Squad, Nastytrix, Mr. Ruxpen @ Winston's
  • Andy Suzuki & the Method, the Brevet @ Lestat's
  • Flying Hair, Nebula Drag, Iguanadon @ Til-Two Club
  • JoJo, Stanaj @ House of Blues
  • DLOD House PartyL: OG Disney ft. Battlecast, DJ Dizzy Doom @ The Merrow
  • Chochkey, Fountain of Youth, Puerto, Ghost Dance @ The Bancroft
  • Brian Jones Rock & Roll Revival, Copy Cat Killers @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Havoc @ U-31
  • Dueto Voces Del Rancho, Los Coroneles Del Señior, Grupo Gente Recia @ Ramona Mainstage
  • The Hollywood Stones @ Tio Leo's
  • High Tide Society @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Dre Santana @ Fluxx
  • Beat Kitchen with DJs QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • DJ Frankie M @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • The Buckleys @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Barclay Crenshaw @ Bang Bang
  • Kayzo @ Bassmnt
  • Sander van Doorn @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Purps & Turqs ft. Deep Jesus @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Beyonce Drops Out of 2017 Coachella]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:19:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/beyonce-performance.jpg

Sorry, Coachella festival-goers -- you’ll have to wait another year to see Beyonce.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, Queen Bey, who is pregnant with twins, released a statement via her label, Parkwood Entertainment, and Coachella organizers, Goldenvoice, cancelling her headlining slot at this year’s festival.

The megastar pulled out of the annual, multi-weekend Indio, California event (scheduled for April 14-16 and 21-23) “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months.”

“Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” the statement continued. “However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”

A replacement artist has yet to be announced at this time. Other notable headliners for the 2017 installment of the massive music/arts festival include Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, the xx, Future, New Order, Lorde, Bon Iver and Gucci Mane. Stay tuned to SoundDiego for more info as its made available.

According to Coachella’s official website, passes for this year’s festival went on sale on Jan. 4, 2017 and are currently sold out. For more details and info on Coachella, please check out our previous article here.

Photo Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Bad to the Fishbone]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:49:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Fishbone+2.18+performance+screenshot.PNG

Ska/funk/rock legends Fishbone brought us a little "Truth and Soul" when they headlined the Belly Up on Dec. 22, 2016. Check out their interview with 91x's Tim Pyles and a performance of "Unyielding Conditioning" from the show!

<![CDATA[Ice Cube Calls Chargers San Diego's Trash]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:15:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ice-Cube65.jpg

The primary prerequisite for every Raiders fan is the violent -- and yes, it quite often manifests as literal violence -- disdain for the San Diego Chargers. As of late, Ice Cube has been rather vocal about the latter.

The famous rapper/actor recently took to the Sports Illustrated Twittersphere to say, “San Diego, please stop sending us your trash. You sent us the Clippers, now we have the Chargers.”

As was reported in the San Diego Union Tribune, this echoes his earlier sentiment from Jan. 6, when he told ESPN, on behalf of all of Los Angeles to the Chargers, “Matter of fact, we’ll throw in the Clippers if y’all stay in San Diego.”

It’s important to note here that the Raiders were a Los Angeles team from 1982 to 1994 before they moved back to Oakland. But -- and this is a big but -- the Chargers were in Los Angeles first, having spent their debut season there in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961. So, sorry Cube, but you can't call dibs.

While many San Diegans are so fed up with Dean Spanos and the Chargers that they’ve actually adopted a “good riddance” attitude toward the home team, Ice Cube finds himself commiserating with the nostalgic bunch. Sure, he’s doing so condescendingly, but what more can you expect from a Raiders fan?

To be fair, the N.W.A. star has shown some musical love for our city. He did help celebrate Parq’s two year anniversary on Nov. 13, 2016, and he dropped into Fluxx on Jan. 18, 2015, for a little gangsta rap before that.

That being said, Ice Cube, don’t talk to us about trash when we have to put up with your smog, traffic and reality TV. Take back that trash, and then we’ll talk.

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[Staples Center-Stage]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:26:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Vince+Staples+by+Michael+Tullberg.jpeg

Friday, Steve Poltz’s 50th Birthday Party with the Rugburns, Peter Case, A.J. Croce and Truckstop Honeymoon is at the Belly Up; Vince Staples and Kilo Kish perform at the Observatory North Park; Black Marble, Uniform and Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen are at the Hideout; The Staves and Mikaela Davis play at the Casbah; Gavin Turek and Slares hit Soda Bar; and Soft Lions, Trouble in the Wind, and Heart of Leo take over the Pour House. Get your dance on with ‘80s and ‘90s at Bar Pink; Sander van Doorn at Omnia; Kayzo at Bassmnt; Barclay Crenshaw at Bang Bang; Dance Yourself Clean at Music Box; Girls! Girls! Girls! with DJ Lazer Lizeth at the Whistle Stop; or Bump! with Bob Dazzla, Shige and more at Blonde.  

Saturday, night two of Steve Poltz’s 50th Birthday Party with the Rugburns, David Lowery, Vince Herman and more is at the Belly Up; Pinback and Big Bad Buffalo are at the Irenic; Moon Duo, Umberto and Calcutta Kid play at the Casbah; Hippie Sabotage take over the Observatory North Park; The Greyboy Allstars, DJ Williams & Shots Fired (featuring members of KDTU, Slightly Stoopid, Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio Band, and more) are at Music Box; Hazel English, Hawai and the Whiskey Circle play at Soda Bar; The Candelights, the Fresh Brunettes and Fake Tides take over Bar Pink; and Angel Food (Lillian of Grass Widow) and Angels Dust hit the Hideout. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with yours truly; Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp; Elephante at Omnia; Keys N Krates at Bassmnt; Martin Jensen and Curt Reynolds at Bang Bang; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; or Zombies In Miami, Mark Quark (Moonshake), Rivka M and MaxBetta at Blonde.

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: Michael Tullberg]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish at House of Blues]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:26:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Anti+Flag+Fatima+Kelley+2.17.17+%287%29.jpg Talk about a double whammy: Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish provided a one-two knockout punch to House of Blues San Diego on Feb. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Metallica Returns to San Diego]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:18:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/052509+Metallica.jpg

"The day that never comes" is finally here: Wherever Metallica may roam apparently includes a just-announced tour stop in San Diego on Aug. 6 at Petco Park!

The metal legends -- fresh off a surprising collaboration with Lady Gaga at Sunday night's 59th annual Grammy Awards -- are kicking the tour machine into high gear with their North American WorldWired Tour, which kicks off May 10 in Baltimore. The local summertime stop will feature Avenged Sevenfold and Gojira as musical support.

Metallica's Legacy Fan Club members can buy presale tickets starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, while Met Club members can start scoring seats two hours later. Fans who are Citi Cardmembers can get presale tickets starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with the general public starting to snatch them up at 10 a.m. on Friday. Fans with deeper pockets can pay for early access to the venue, meet-and-greets or a visit to the "Memory Remains" exhibition, which features band memorabilia. If you're lucky enough to get a ticket, no matter when or how you buy it, you'll also be getting a copy of Metallica's newly released "Hardwired to Self Destruct" album.

It's been four years since the masters of metal puppetry descended on San Diego (sad but true) for a surprise show at Spreckels Theatre during Comic-Con 2013. That secret show obviously had very limited seating, which caused most area fans to miss out -- but a show at Petco Park should make up for that. It should be noted though that tickets will be a very hot commodity given that Metallica's last "proper" San Diego show was a stop at SDSU's Viejas Arena (then named Cox Arena), with openers Lamb of God and the Sword on Dec. 15, 2008.

While the Aug. 6 show (presented by Live Nation, a SoundDiego sponsor) is certainly a rare occurrence for us, the upcoming tour comes as no surprise given that the group is in peak promotion mode for "Hardwired to Self Destruct." The record -- their first in eight years (which, by the way, also coincides with their last San Diego tour stop) -- showcases the band making a much-heralded return to their thrash-metal roots and received glowing reviews from both critics and fans alike. It easily topped the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart in its November release, the sixth time Metallica has debuted at No. 1 on that chart.

We don't know about you but we'd rather not wait till 2025 for the band to return to San Diego, go grab some tickets like nothing else matters when they go on sale -- because, ladies and gentlemen, the Lords of Summer are back.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Father John Misty Returns to San Diego]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:37:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Father+John+Misty+%282+of+38%29.jpg

The ladies man is back: Father John Misty, one of indie-folk rock's most polarizing and fascinating figures, returns to San Diego with a show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on April 12!

Tickets for the show are general admission/standing-room only, $40 each, and go on sale on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. PST at this link.

The announcement came Tuesday, Feb. 21, and makes a fine addition to the bayfront venue's other already scheduled shows -- which include Banks (April 13), Steely Dan (April 17), David Crosby (April 23), Willie Nelson (April 26), Rodriguez (May 23), King Crimson (June 19) and Diana Krall (Aug. 8), among others. A full summer/fall concert lineup should be announced in March, so definitely stay tuned to SoundDiego for that.

But can we get back to Papa John for a minute? San Diegans last saw him at the Observatory North Park in 2015 in between Coachella weekends. For some (cough, me, cough), it was hands-down the show of the year. As a performer and rock & roll frontman, it's hard to beat Father John Misty.

Born Joshua Tillman, the singer/songwriter's had an interesting career trajectory to say the least: He started out recording eight quiet albums under J Tillman (which he's described as, "All I ended up with was a bunch of half-baked analogies about the blood and the lamb and that didn't really make any sense"), then began drumming in Fleet Foxes in 2008 before quitting at their arguable peak in 2012 -- and embarking on the Father John Misty journey with the "Fear Fun" album.

If the three recently released singles from the upcoming FJM album, "Pure Comedy" (out on April 7 via Sub Pop) are any indication, it'll be quite the somber, thought-provoking affair -- with all of them dreary, sardonic narratives on our current social and political climates (similar to where he left off with his "Bored in the U.S.A." single).

Never one to shy away from controversy, Tillman made headlines last summer after spending most of his entire solo set at the XPoNential Festival ranting about the "numbing" role that entertainment plays in society. It should come as no surprise then that his new music -- amid lush orchestral components, choral arrangements, and Laurel Canyon-esque folk/pop constructs -- seems to fall in step.

While I personally find his new tunes to be very topical and the exact kind of thing we should be listening to these days, I can only hope he saves the lengthy onstage diatribes (however amusing and fitting they may be) for some other unfortunate crowd on another date.

See you there on April 12 -- with fingers crossed.

For more information on upcoming shows (and tickets) at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, visit their website 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: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Postmodern Jukebox at Balboa Theatre]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:21:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Postmodern+Jukebox+Alex+Matthews+%2816+of+16%29+%284%29.jpg Postmodern Jukebox put a retro spin on beloved modern classics at the Balboa Theatre on Feb. 16.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Don't Call It a Pinback]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:18:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pinback-Del-Mar-Lead-Edit.jpg

Can't you feel the fever in the air? Bands are really getting back on the road again and fewer nights leave you scratching your head about what to do. If anything, this week has served as a warning that you can't always wait until the last minute because the best shows have been selling out. Tonight, that's the case for the first night of Pinback at the Belly Up. It wasn't too long ago we were told that they were hanging their hats up, so it's great to know that at least for now, that's not the case. Meanwhile at the Irenic, Radical Face and the sweet sounds of Jenny O. provide a great all-ages option, while Suicidal Tendencies plan to wreak 'Havoc' on the Observatory -- as do Kim and the Created at the Hideout. Lots of good stuff to get into tonight so don't sleep on it!

Thursday, Feb. 23:

  • Pinback, Sumatraban, Shades McCool @ Belly Up (Sold Out)
  • Radical Face, Jenny O. @ The Irenic
  • The Phantoms, Snakes and Crows, Atlantic Answers @ Casbah
  • Captured! By Robots, Riververb @ Soda Bar
  • Suicidal Tendencies, Crowbar, Havok @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Kim and the Created, Death Hymn Number 9, DJ's Mike Turi and Andrew McGranahan @ The Hideout
  • Gabriel Aparicio & La Buena Onda @ Bar Pink 
  • KL Noise Makerz @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Rebel Set (Burger Records) with Los Shadows and Twin Ritual (ft. members of Le Chateau, Glass Spells, Astral Touch, Sound Lupus) @ Blonde
  • James Hill & Anne Carnell @ Museum of Making Music
  • Burlesque Boogie Nights @ Sycamore Den
  • Villalobos Brothers @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Passport Approved Radio Tour with Speaker First, Katéa, Ben Hazlewood, MADYX @ Brick By Brick
  • Antje Dukevot @ Brick 15
  • Afton Presents: Hip Hop Showcase @ The Merrow
  • VAMP @ Whistle Stop
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • ASCE Presents: Chet Porter @ The Loft, UCSD (7 p.m.)
  • Born a New, Serpents Tongue, Albert the Cannibal @ Bancroft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Modern Day Moonshine @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • The Loosen Up with DJs Aida, Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Vicetone @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • PSILO @ Kava Lounge
  • Charles Burton Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Taken By Canadians @ 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: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Advantage Tennis]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:41:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Tennis+press+photo.jpg

I recently read an expose on ticket reselling that kind of blew my mind a little bit. I felt like I really understood the giant conspiracy that is behind the secondary marketplace but I really had no idea the depth of the problem. On the positive side then, it made me appreciate our music scene and made me confident that I'm exactly where I need to be...seeing bands in small clubs to mid-sized venues where the ticket problems don't run so deep. Like, I can look at a show like Tennis, which sold out over the weekend, and be mostly confident that the tickets are in the hands of fans, and hopefully that is true for Circa Survive and AFI, which sold out the House of Blues and the Observatory, respectively. So I guess if you want your big arena and stadium shows, have at them, but as for me? I'll stick to the little venues. If you didn't score tickets to those, Landlady brings their "melodic pop-rock" to the Hideout, Canadian alt-rocker Mozart's Sister is at Soda Bar, and punk band Priests play Che Cafe.

Wednesday, Feb. 22:

  • Tennis, Hoops @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT -- read the SoundDiego interview with Tennis here)
  • Circa Survive, mewithoutyou, Turnover @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • AFI, Nothing, Souvenirs @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Landlady, Cassandra Jenkins, Salami Rose, Joe Louis  @ The Hideout
  • Iron Maiden Under Cover @ The Office
  • Full Revolution 10th Anniversary: Shujaa Sauti & JB and the Movers @ Belly Up
  • Priests, Stef Chura, Be All End All @ Che Cafe
  • Mozart's Sister, Teen Daze, Vakoum @ Soda Bar (check out the SoundDiego premiere of Vakoum's new EP here)
  • Dark Thirty, the Wild Young Hearts, Astral Touch @ Casbah
  • The Burial Plot, Amaya Lights, Sea of Trees @ The Merrow
  • Mid-Week Boogie @ Bar Pink
  • Block Market: Threads @ Quartyard 
  • Engelbert Humperdinck @ Sycuan
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Retrograde @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique @ Blonde
  • Baby Gow @ Holding Company 1502
  • International Guitar Night @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Club Kingston Presents: Johnny Love with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • ArtPower Presents: Miguel Zenón Quartet @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • 52nd Street @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • BRKN Symmetry @ Kava Lounge
  • 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.

  • Dark Thirty, The Wild Young Hearts, Astral Touch @ Casbah

<![CDATA[I Will Circa Survive]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/circasurvive1.jpg

It's a rockstar night in San Diego tonight, so plan on getting out of the house after you get your disco nap. At the Observatory, AFI play their second of three sold-out nights while Philly's Circa Survive melt faces at House of Blues. We'll be getting down with some "gothic blues" with Adia Victoria at the Casbah and the Loft at UCSD offers up Burger Records' Aquadolls. There's even a show for your retired relatives with Englebert Humperdinck playing the first of two nights at Sycuan. If all that still doesn't pull you out tonight, our friends the Hand of Gavrilo play Soda Bar and they're definitely worth your attention.

Tuesday, Feb. 21:

  • Adia Victoria, Pruitt Igoe, Dani Bell & The Tarantist @ Casbah
  • Circa Survive, mewithoutyou, Turnover @ House of Blues
  • AFI, Nothing, Souvenirs @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • The Aquadolls @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Hand of Gavrilo, Sights and Sages, Someday Assassin, Of Ennui @ Soda Bar
  • Cody Canada & the Departed, the Cordovas, Morgan Leigh Band @ Belly Up 
  • Wei Zhongle Tour with the Vaginals, Svelte, Minimum Rage @ Blonde
  • Tiki Tuesday feat Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Engelbert Humperdinck: 50th Anniversary Tour @ Sycuan 
  • Sweet Myths, Stray Monroe, Lavish Rascal @ The Merrow
  • KL Noise Makerz @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Pat Hilton @ The Holding Company 1502 (Happy Hour, 6-8 p.m.)
  • The Loft Takeover featuring the Beat at UCSD @ The Loft, UCSD (3 p.m.)
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • San Diego Cajun Playboys @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Boom Bap DJ Tournament @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Meeting of the Meyends feat. SpeakerGhost, Jimbo James, Huggapuppy, Keziah Jeanne @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge

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

<![CDATA[The Grizzly Business of Touring Europe]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:10:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Grizzly+Business+by+Vito+Di+Stefano+2.jpeg

Some of my fondest memories are from touring. It’s something I look forward to telling my children someday -- if I ever stop being a child myself.

As fun and exciting as touring can be, it is a grind. You’re waking up next to each other on floors, you’re shoulder to shoulder on crowded buses and trains with heavy equipment -- not to mention all of the emotions and egos. We’re kind of like a soap opera.

But when you're spending three weeks playing music in multiple countries with some of your closest friends, there's not much to complain about, and my 18-year-old self could only dream about any of this taking place.

The tour began in New York City at 5 a.m. after a few naps on a red-eye flight. We frolicked around the city all day before our first show at Friends & Lovers in Brooklyn. It was a mangy dive bar with a stage in the back room, which looked as if it had been used as a sweat shop for designer jeans. We were paid (very generously) in beer, tequila and tequila micheladas. Friends & Lovers’ form of liquid currency extended our day to 32 hours and had us waking up on the 20th floor of a strange apartment building in Fort Greene with a view of the city. It was awesome to wake up to.

After two shows in New York, some snow angels, lots of pizza and Brian’s NYU volleyball alumni game, we were off to the airport to catch our early Sunday morning flight to London. Unfortunately, a 10-hour delay for plane maintenance postponed our arrival in the UK until Monday morning.

With hours upon hours of a DIY tour along with months of prepping and anticipation, we didn’t think to check the regulations of playing music in a different country. Apparently, being musician does, in fact, count as a job -- I need a raise. Whether you are volunteering or working, you do need a visa as an artist in Europe. This was something we overlooked ...

Luckily, after 45 minutes of fearing the worst in customs when we were just 20 feet from the border, they decided to let us through wth the understanding that we wouldn’t be making money -- we think they looked at our tour poster and thought, “These clowns aren’t going to make any money.” At this point, we were willing to pay to play. If we weren’t allowed in, our tour would have been cut in half. This made us even more appreciative to be in Europe.

Relieved to have made it through, we had our first of three consecutive shows in London on the 17th at the Windmill. It was a dim dive bar nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Think of a smaller version of the Pour House up in Oceanside. We were joined by a group called Gay Girl, and they are well worth checking out. They have a darker Sonic Youth feel -- a full sound with heavy guitars and female vocals, held powerfully together by drums and bass.

The following night, we played a showcase at the Bedford in Balham. Not only does the Bedford have a killer backline (probably the best drumset I have ever played), but they also stream all of their shows live online so our friends and family back home were able to watch.

Our third consecutive show was an hour north in Hertfordshire at a little place called the Dog and Whistle. So we rented a car in London -- driving a stick-shift on the other side of the road felt like throwing a football with my left arm. Hertford is a fancy little suburb town, and the brew pub was the only one of its kind in the area. It was quite loud without an official stage, but the venue had a lot of foot traffic, so the place was packed. To top it off, we were set up with a hotel from the owner above the bar where I proceeded to try and flood the bathroom by taking a bath.

Brussels, Belgium was our next destination. So, we woke up early and took our backwards car through the Euro Tunnel to France, which felt like entering a Star Wars ride. You drive your car onto a train that takes you through an underwater tunnel, and then you’re in France within 35 minutes.

Not all of the shows had foot traffic, so we had to get crafty with bringing people to shows in cities where nobody had any idea who we were. Our Grizzly Business Tinder account was pretty hit or miss (yes, Grizzly Business has a Tinder profile, so swipe right), but we also set up Couchsurfing events in each city. Brussels was where the Couchsurfing events became most efficient.

Along with the Couchsurfers at that show, we teamed up with a pub crawl in Brussels. Our singer Walter played guitar and sang from bar to bar, rallying up the crowd all the way to a dive bar called Coaster City where we were set to play. Unlike the backline at the Bedford, we played on a tiny stage with a drum set that had a lot of personality and was held together by duct tape (probably the worst drum set I’ve ever played on, but I loved it). For a small and unknown band like us, these venues were ideal and had the best energy. Intimate and free, with a bunch of intoxicated travelers who were there to drink and see music. This was my personal favorite show of the trip.

After three nights of 10% ABV (alcohol by volume) Belgium beer, hostel beds and the presidential inauguration, we headed to the Las Vegas of Europe: Amsterdam.

By the time we hit Amsterdam, Walter had a fever and was hacking up a lung. We were all coughing and sneezing, but we still decided to stay up until 4 a.m. every night. Of course, our show in Amsterdam was our longest of the trip -- a 90-minute set. Poor Walter powered through the set, sounding like a dying frog, and he was lying on stage by the end of the show. Brian and I got more beer.

The two nights in Amsterdam were a blur. Maybe it was the claustrophobia of the Harry Potter closet in which we were staying. Or, maybe it was the air fresheners in the bathroom that smelled like cyanide rose petals. I convinced myself that I was developing pneumonia.

Paris was next.

Driving in Paris is fun. I felt like there was a chance I was going to die every five minutes. You have to become a selfish driver, which is kind of refreshing. Anyway, we drove straight to a six-story hotel in the city. There was only one room left at, you guessed it, the sixth floor. And there was no elevator. We lugged all of our guitars and cymbals up to the top. It felt as though we swam a few laps in a pool, hearts thumping and trying to process our diets of pizza and beer.

Our show the following night was at Le Truskel. Similar to the Casbah here in San Diego, the place has hosted bands like the Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Morrissey. Just like our show in Brooklyn, we were paid in beer. We handed out a grip of our CDs, stayed out until 4 a.m. again and called it a night ... or a morning, but no one was keeping track at that point anyway.

Three hours of sleep and a six-hour drive to London via the Euro Tunnel in order to make it to a birthday party for our London host Caitlin, and we were ready for our final show.

The U.K. has Independent Venue Week, which is similar to San Diego Music Thing, and we were lucky enough to be a part of it for our final show. We were on a four-band bill at the Good Ship in Northwest London. At this point, all of our voices were cracking as if we were going through puberty again, and we were running on fumes, but the excitement of the last night and a great crowd helped us give a proper farewell to our European tour.

Looking back, the whole trip seems like a dream, but pictures and bank statements suggest otherwise. All of the wonderful people we met along the way made the trip what it was and the sleepless nights, bickering and awful dieting just made the trip that much more interesting. After 21 days together, we managed to remain a band and best friends. Maybe next time we’ll remember to bring our visas.

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: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Eli Young Band at House of Blues SD]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:03:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/Eli+Young+Band+by+Connie+Bolger12.jpg Eli Young Band sold out the House of Blues San Diego with their award-winning country on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[LÉON Heart]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:52:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LEON+Press+Photo.jpeg

We're getting pretty comfortable with Mondays being short on options but long on talent. Tonight, Swedish pop export LÉON finds her way to the Casbah and is set to mesmerize her audience, while AFI kicks off the first of three sold out nights at the Observatory. Soda Bar supports local artists with MiNDRAY in tonight's headlining slot and Alejandro Escovedo -- not local but certainly some local ties -- will play the Belly Up. Finally, Planet B hosts Monday at Blonde with RETOX headlining the night. 

Monday, February 20:

  • LÉON, Jacob Banks @ Casbah
  • AFI: The Blood Tour, Nothing & Souvenirs @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • MiNDRAY, Electric Enzymes, Weird Neighbors @ Soda Bar
  • Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin @ Belly Up 
  • San Diego Metal Swap Meet invades Metal Monday @ The Office
  • Body Void, Beira, Cryptic Languages @ Tower Bar 
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Planet B Night with RETOX, Death Eyes, Gloomsday @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Michelle Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • 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
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ 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: The Canadian Press/HO/Sony Music]]>
<![CDATA[Game, Set, Match Made in Heaven?]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:43:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Tennis+by+Luca+Venter.jpg

One of the first and most important rules of being in a band is: Never sleep with your bandmates. Things are good for a while, sure … until they’re not. And once they’re not, the ship can wreck real fast.

Tennis is one of those rare examples where the combination of relationship dynamics and creative collaboration actually works, and it’s largely because music for them serves as a source of mutual growth and not as a source of competitive imposition. Nonetheless, Alaina Moore, the better half of the husband and wife duo, told me over the phone a couple of weeks ago, “If I hadn’t met Patrick [Riley], I wouldn’t be doing this at all.”

For Tennis, infectious indie pop is an extension and public manifestation of their relationship and not a confused byproduct of artistic passion. Some couples go on bike rides, some take Eurotrips and some take cooking classes. It just so happens that one of Moore and Riley’s favorite couple outings is an endeavor with an audience.

Their mutual love for sailing offers a nice parallel to their music here. It all started when Moore noticed a stack of sailing books on Riley’s coffee table. Moore had never been on a boat, but according to her, Riley was convinced from an early age that, “‘Oh, this is how I want to live.’”

As their dating got more and more serious, they prepared to live the boat life after graduating from college, “learning everything together at the same time, with no hierarchy of knowledge,” according to Moore.

And that’s how music is for them. Riley’s “single vision” tendency serves as Moore’s ignition spark. It’s important for her, because with her naturally private, guarded and “slightly nervous” disposition, she had “no ambitions of forming a band and making it -- no natural inclinations of performance.”

And once out at sea, they operate and develop in tandem, as equals -- both captains of the ship.

But Moore, like Riley, was a philosophy major in college, so she isn’t unconscious as to how much relationships can come to define a person. On Tennis’ new album, “Yours Conditionally,” which comes out on March 10, Moore acknowledges the balance that she’s had to strike.

“The [album’s] title reflected the conclusion that I belong to the world, that I have a boundary where I’m trying to find how much I allow myself to be devoted to my husband and my fans,” she said.

So, the new album finds Moore asserting her autonomy in the stormy waters of expectations and evaluations. But the personal always becomes the political, which accounts for the album’s “tone of the critical evaluation of cultural expectations” -- especially when it comes to restrictive female archetypes, according to her.

Ironically, it’s amidst the fear of the external that Moore was able to conquer her biggest critic -- her own internality. Half of the new record was written while Moore and Riley sailed to the Sea of Cortez from San Diego, and the rough, demanding trip was mostly characterized by “just trying not to crash into whales,” Moore said. “The fear of losing the boat or being in a storm was more immense than writing a bad song, and that eclipsed my inner critic, leaving me without inhibitions.”

Once they found that really calm place in the Sea of Cortez, she wrote without fear, which is why, according to her, it’s her best lyrical work yet.

At Tennis' show on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Irenic, expect a well rehearsed band with a slight amount of stage fright, a newly discovered openness and a willingness to risk the stormy, open waters for a peaceful, cloistered sea. 

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: Luca Venter]]>
<![CDATA[The Stray Monroe Doctrine]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:38:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stray+Monroe+Press+Photo.jpg

For this week's Spotlight, Stray Monroe talk breakups and lost loves ahead of their show at the Merrow on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stray Monroe]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Feb. 19-25]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:35:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AFI+by+Alex+Matthews.jpeg

On this week's episode, we count down the best shows of the week, from Laidback Luke to AFI, Tennis to JoJo and more!

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Young, Loud and Snotty]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:55:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cheetah+Chrome+by+Scott+Gries.jpg

Tomorrow is Presidents Day, so get out tonight and enjoy the music options at your disposal. The Hideout is gonna be loud and snotty when Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys performs. With local legends the Zeros playing along, this is truly proof that "punx not dead." Meanwhile, the Casbah goes down to funkytown with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Organ Freeman, who are selling out most stops along their tour. LED celebrates six years of bringing massive EDM events to San Diego with a sold out party at Valley View Casino Center, and the Infamous Stringdusters lay it down at Belly Up if you want a little bluegrass in your life.
Sunday, Feb. 19:
  • Dead Boys' 40th Anniversary Young, Loud and Snotty Tour w/ Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, the Zeros, the Widows @ The Hideout
  • The Infamous Stringdusters, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades @ Belly Up 
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Organ Freeman @ Casbah
  • L.E.D. Anniversary VI feat. RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Ghastly, Golden Features, Lostkings, Moksi, Wax Motif, Whethan @ Valley View Casino Center (SOLD OUT)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Lung and Limbs, Survival Guide, Chroma @ Tower Bar
  • RL Grime @ Quartyard SD
  • Blanks 77, the Oi! Scouts, Corrupted Youth, Infirmities, Broken Cuffs @ Soda Bar
  • Gimmick V w/ RAYE x Mezcal Los Javis @ Blonde Bar
  • Not Happy: '90s Videos w/ Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ House of Blues
  • Lauren Giraldo, John Caruso @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Standing With Standing Rock feat. Contortion, DMT, Fallen Union, Nightshadow @ Brick by Brick
  • Ninth Annual Brasil Jazz Festa @ Dizzy's
  • The Sunday Groove @ El Dorado
  • Zomboy @ Bassmnt 
  • Jauz @ Omnia
  • Chuckie @ Parq
  • Noche de Salsa, Bachata y Sonidero @ Tio Leo's
  • Erin Bower & Butch McCarthy accompanied by Aaron Brownwood @ Sycamore Den
  • Back Alley Gear Night: Power Play/Leather Night @ The Merrow
  • Burlesque Sunday Tease @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • All City Stars @ Kava Lounge 
  • Dirty Reggae Punx, Popshot @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking w/ Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • R: Tyme @ 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

wiRosemary 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: Scott Gries / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hangin' Out]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:39:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coathangers+by+Fatima+Kelley.jpeg

I know that when the "biggest storm in 20 years" hits Southern California, there are some legitimate reasons to not go out or to think twice before getting on the road, but if you're able, there are some pretty awesome reasons to brave the weather. At Soda Bar, Florida's Surfer Blood are back in town. It will be bittersweet, as it's their first tour since Thomas Fekete died of cancer, but their new music is a nice tribute to their friend. Meanwhile at the Casbah, the ladies of the Coathangers are back with their sassy selves, and more importantly, Planned Parenthood will be on site accepting donations and distributing information. For the all ages crowd, locals the Frights are headlining a special night of about a dozen up and coming local acts -- all worth checking out.
Saturday, Feb. 18:
  • Surfer Blood, Prism Tats @ Soda Bar
  • The Coathangers, Zig Zags, the Dabbers @ Casbah 
  • Adam Ant: Kings of the Wild Frontier Live 2017, Glam Skanks @ Observatory North Park
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • The English Beat, the Warsaw Poland Brothers @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the '60s @ AMSD
  • Funk Soul Social feat. the Routine, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Funk Soul House Band @ Music Box
  • José Feliciano @ Poway Onstage
  • La Luz, Boytoy @ The Hideout
  • The Frights, Tijuana Panthers, the Garden, Antwon, No Parents, the Buttertones, Culture Abuse, the Regrettes, the Soaks, Death Lens, Grove, the Thens @ Soma
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • PostCard Radio with DJs Trop Pop & Britt Pop @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival 2017 @ Worldbeat Center
  • Tony! Toni! Toné! @ Sycuan 
  • Chingy @ Quartyard SD 
  • Steam Powered Giraffe @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Quel Bordel @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Joshua White Trio @ Dizzy's
  • French Vanilla, Sister Mantos, Spirited Away @ Che Cafe
  • Joel Rafael @ Brick 15
  • "Punks for Pits" feat. Reckless Disregard, NSR, Biriuk, Se Vende @ The Bancroft
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • The Devastators @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Soul a Go-Go with DJs King Dutty, Little Rude Girl, Go-Go Guillermo, Moniloco Robles, Luis Witmer @ Til-Two Club
  • Action Andy & the Hi-Tones, the Johnny Deadly Trio, Santa Ana Knights @ Black Cat Bar
  • Eric Sarinas and Big Motor, the Blitz Brothers, Daytona & the BlueSide Rockers, Taz Taylor @ Brick by Brick
  • Glenwood, Oskar & Julia @ Lestat's
  • Rammoth, Nightshadow, Symbolic, the Midas Touch @ The Merrow
  • MRKTS, Grim Slippers, Trynket @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Dennis Jones @ Tio Leo's
  • Y3k @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Betamaxx @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Walshy Fire @ Fluxx
  • Dubloadz @ Bassmnt
  • Ken Turner Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • DJ Savi @ Omnia
  • Wax Motif @ Bang Bang
  • Divine Species Takeover @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
  • Lucha Libre Wrestling @ Ramona Mainstage

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

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Big Block Silvers' Redemption Song]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:12:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Big+Block+Silvers+Press+Photo.png

"Crime in the City," the first single from Big Block Silvers' upcoming "Bold" EP (scheduled for release on Feb. 24), is a brilliant blend of golden-era rap production and neighborhood storytelling with lead vocalist Blame One sharing street narratives over Harry Apollo breakbeats and Jon J instrumentation.

It's timeless boom bap, a modern take on Kool G Rap's "Streets of New York" where NYC is replaced with Oceanside, California. And while it isn't quite a "gangster rap" single, it is the North County rapper reminiscing about some gangster s---.

His delivery's smooth, sharp and well-metered: "Before the gang injunction/ The function was no soft cats/ 20 deep peep your chain come up off that/ I'm talking all the way through the late '90s/ Out in the tunnels where you would find me/ It was straight grimy."

Blame One doesn't rest on that though. Pulling from a deep well, he also uses imagery as a framework tool to keep his story moving: "Before I read the Bible/ I was running from the 5-0... sipping Old Gold/ While I'm 15 years old."

And you can picture him, a boulevard track star getting drunk and sprinting from police, a fitting visual since "Crime in the City" covers a lot of ground as it's equal parts cautionary tale, coming-of-age story, and redemption song. It's not clear if these themes run through the entire Big Block Silvers project but as a lead single, it's a track that a lot of people will easily identify with.

And that's what artists do: They share pieces of themselves in hopes that their audience will be able to relate or maybe even take something with them that they can apply to their own lives.

So for listeners thinking they're trapped in a rough environment with no way of escape, if Blame did it maybe they can too. As he says himself: "I was you/ So when you feel like there's no hope/ Put on this joint 'cause I love life, it's so dope."

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 Eric Warner]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:56:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/453418148.jpg Get in the know with our gallery of the must-see shows heading to San Diego -- like Metallica at Petco Park on Aug. 6!

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[It's Been a While, Crocodiles]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:44:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Crocodiles+Press+Photo.jpg

The boys are back in town! The former San Diegans of the Crocodiles haven't lived in town for some time now, but we still love them and count them among our own. While they've traded our town for bigger cities, we're looking forward to the reunion when they play on Friday at the Hideout. We should also mention that the Hideout has had a bit of a remodel, removing the booths to allow for better viewing of the bands, so it's worth checking out if you haven't been by in a while. Meanwhile, the Casbah hosts the cleverly named Steve'n'Seagulls. Just as Metalachi turns metal songs into mariachi, S'n'S turn metal tracks into bluegrass and country thumpers. The English Beat kick off their first sold out Belly Up weekend of 2017, No Mames Fest is under way at Ken Club, Diamond Lakes are at the Merrow, and Miss Erykah Badu will bring down the sold-out house at the Observatory. If you're in the mood for one of those "next big thing" type artists, check out Kevin Garrett at the House of Blues.

Friday, Feb. 17:

  • Crocodiles, AJ Davila, Keepers @ The Hideout 
  • Diamond Lakes, Big Bad Buffalo, No Sympathy, Mindray, Sights and Sages @ The Merrow
  • Steve'n'Seagulls @ Casbah
  • The English Beat, Third Project @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Kevin Garrett, Arizona @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Vim Furor, Sisster, Hocus, Marujah, Carlos Se, Stars at Night @ Ken Club
  • Studio 54 @ Bar Pink
  • Erykah Badu @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Yellow Claw @ Bassmnt 
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club, the Heart Beat Trail, Black Oak Hymnal @ Soda Bar
  • F---ing in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Ages and Ages @ Museum of Making Music
  • John Givez, Zae.will, Rossi Rock, Chuuwee, Amon Raps, Kyng$, Lauren Torres @ SOMA
  • Rayner, Sector 7G, Secondhand, Tarolas de Hueso @ Tower Bar
  • Parsonsfield @ Brick 15
  • Cut Chemist @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Latifahtron Funk Fest @ Black Cat Bar
  • Uli Jon Roth, Pet Shark, RDG, Taz Taylor @ Brick By Brick
  • Jonathan Lee Band, Dannie Marie @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Black Market Trust @ Dizzy's
  • Marbin @ Lestat's
  • Fake Tides, Bad Kids, Death Lens, the Gnars, Thee Azmatics @ Che Cafe
  • Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Ballyhoo!, Pkew Pkew Pkew @ House of Blues
  • Screamin YeeHaws, Downs Family, From Chaos and Heaven @ The Bancroft
  • Inna Vision, Steppas, Animo Cruz @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Booze Bombs (Germany), Jesse & the Rock N Roll Three, DJ Dk Brown @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Chris Freeman @ U-31
  • The Reflectors @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Bulervar, Descarga, Cumbia Machin, Melapelus, DJs Air Nandez and Viejo Lowbo @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Kaos @ Fluxx
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Klangkuenstler @ Bang Bang
  • Green Velvet @ Spin 
  • Seven Lions @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Deep Elements @ 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: Courtesy of the Crocodiles]]>
<![CDATA[Sleep Train Amphitheatre Gets New Name]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:30:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Linkin+Park+Sleep+Train+9.16.14+%281%29.jpg

Oh, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, we hardly knew ye. The 20,000-seat Chula Vista concert/event venue is getting a new, slumber-themed name: Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.

The venue, owned and operated by Live Nation (a SoundDiego sponsor), announced the name change on Thursday, Feb. 16 in a press release. The reason for the retitling? Sleep Train, the West Coast's No. 1 mattress retailer, was acquired in 2014 by nationwide bedding behemoth Mattress Firm Holding Corp. for $425 million -- and the name change comes as part of a large re-branding effort, with all 318 Sleep Train Mattress Centers to be renamed Mattress Firm.

According to an August 2016 Forbes article, the Houston, Texas-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (which counts more than 3,500 company-operated and franchised stores to its name) was also bought just last year by South African furniture conglomerate Steinhoff in a $3.8 billion deal. Steinhoff, once known as "Africa's Ikea," now owns the world's largest multi-brand mattress retail distribution network.

Understandably, the name change might confuse area music fans as it'll be the fourth retitle in the venue's history. Opened in 1998 as Coors Amphitheatre, it operated under that moniker until 2008, when it was changed to Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre -- and then eventually changed in 2013 when Sleep Train bought the naming rights.

Regardless of the name, the venue will still play host to some of San Diego's biggest concerts. Recently announced shows include Chris Stapleton on May 18, Deftones and Rise Against on July 7, Incubus and Jimmy Eat World on Aug. 11, and OneRepublic on Sept. 1.

For tickets and more information, visit livenation.com.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 2017 Concert Schedule (to date)

  • April 28: Kings of Leon
  • May 14: Train
  • May 18: Chris Stapleton
  • June 4: Lady Antebellum
  • June 16: Def Leppard
  • June 23: Brad Paisley
  • July 1: Rebelution
  • July 7: Deftones and Rise Against
  • Aug. 10: Sam Hunt
  • Aug. 11: Incubus and Jimmy Eat World
  • Aug. 29: Foreigner and Cheap Trick
  • Sept. 1: OneRepublic
  • Sept. 9: Florida Georgia Line and Nelly
  • Sept. 13: Green Day
  • Oct. 7: Jason Aldean and Chris Young
  • Oct. 27: Luke Bryan

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Surfer Blood's New Terrain on "Snowdonia"]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:01:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Surfer+Blood+Press+Photo.jpg

Neither the topic nor the process of death are easy. As such, there’s no right way to deal with the darkness. Some shine a light in it, and some wear it like a blanket. On their new album, “Snowdonia,” Surfer Blood treat death with a rebellious familiarity -- skirting it, prodding it, teasing it like the friend they lost.

On May 31, 2016, the band’s guitarist, Thomas Fekete, died of a sarcoma that invaded his lungs and spine. While every band has its ups and downs, as frontman John Paul Pitts put it to me over the phone last week, this was a different sort of “down.” He didn’t say much else about it, but he didn’t need to.

Surfer Blood are known for their scaled back, surfy sound, which they don’t stray from on the new album -- in fact, they embrace it head on -- but if the album artwork is any indication, there is something different about the mood and headspace of this collection of songs. Where other albums, like their critically-acclaimed debut, “Astro Coast,” or their Gil Norton-produced (Pixies, Foo Fighters) follow-up, “Pythons,” are angular and youthfully passionate, “Snowdonia” is smoothed out, present and serene. Where “1000 Palms” invokes the communality of the tropics, “Snowdonia” operates within a solitary geography -- that lone, blue glacier between the clouds and the Arctic.

“It’s definitely not something we were expecting. This is our fourth record, and it’s the first time without him [Fekete] there. We were creative partners for a lot of songs … I just decided I was going to write a lot of songs,” Pitts said.

Originally from Florida (where the rest of his band still resides), Pitts now lives in the Bay Area with his girlfriend (who, coincidentally, went to high school in San Diego). He’s still coastal, but he’s able to explore different topographies: “I love being able to see for miles from the top of a mountain,” he said.

The band has 60 or 70 shows lined up for this tour. They’re going to Europe, the East Coast and everywhere in between. And while he’s not as invincible as he used to be -- and certainly now more aware of that fact -- Pitts is just grateful that he can wake up every morning and play music.

“I’m taking it one day at a time,” he said -- not with sadness, but with a sense of optimism and the affirmation of life.

Passionate routine, new geographies and presence -- that’s how Pitts faces the darkness of loss.

Surfer Blood play Soda Bar on Saturday, Feb. 18, with Prism Tats. 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 Surfer Blood]]>
<![CDATA[Look at My Dabbers]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:24:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/02_11_SDTV_Dabbers_1200x675_874625603525.jpg

On this week's episode, power couple the Dabbers talk about getting back into the swing of things after some time away. They're at Casbah on Feb. 18 with the Coathangers!

<![CDATA[The Real Ant-Man]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:35:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/153595338.jpg

On Friday, the English Beat and Third Project are at the Belly Up; Erykah Badu performs at the Observatory North Park; Crocodiles, AJ Davila and Keepers play at the Hideout (read SoundDiego's Crocodiles interview here); Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Ballyhoo! and Pkew Pkew Pkew are at House of Blues; Screamin’ Yeehaws, the Downs Family and From Chaos and Heaven take over the Bancroft; The Booze Bombs (Germany), Jesse & the Rock N Roll Three and DJ D.K. Brown perform at Til-Two; Steve N Seagulls, Lexington Field and Grampadrew & the Gut Strings hit the Casbah; Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, the Heart Beat Trail and Black Oak Hymnal are at Soda Bar; Fake Tides, Bad Kids, Death Lens, the Gnars and Thee Azmatics take over the Che Café; and Vim Furor, Sisster, Hocus, Marujah, Carlos Se and Stars At Night are at the Ken Club. Get your dance on with Cut Chemist, Boostive and Jon Wesley at Music Box; F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Studio 54 at Bar Pink; Mike Delgado at El Dorado; Yellow Claw at Bassmnt; Seven Lions at Omnia; or Klangkuenstler at Bang Bang.

Saturday, Adam Ant headlines the Observatory North Park; Surfer Blood and Prism Tats take over Soda Bar (read the SoundDiego interview with Surfer Blood); The English Beat and the Warsaw Poland Brothers perform at the Belly Up; The Coathangers, Zig Zags and the Dabbers play at the Casbah; The Routine, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Funk Soul House Band are at Music Box; The Frights, Tijuana Panthers, the Garden, Antwon, No Parents, the Buttertones, Culture Abuse, the Regrettes, the Soaks, Death Lens, Grove, and the Thens are at SOMA; Steam Powered Giraffe takes over the California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival is at the Worldbeat Center (read SoundDiego's preview); Quel Bordel performs at the Holding Company; La Luz and Boytoy hit the Hideout; and Action Andy & the Hi-Tones, the Johnny Deadly Trio, and Santa Ana Knights are at the Black Cat Bar. Dance options include Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Wax Motif at Bang Bang; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with DJ Gabe Vega & Saul at the Whistle Stop; DJ Savi at Omnia; Dubloadz at Bassmnt; and Adam Salter at El Dorado.

Sunday picks are the Dead Boys’ 40th Anniversary Tour with Cheetah Chrome, the Zeros and the Widows at the Hideout; Organ Freeman and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the Casbah; Blanks 77, the Oi! Scouts, Corrupted Youth, Infirmities and Broken Cuffs at Soda Bar; and day two of Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival. Get your dance on with the L.E.D. Anniversary VI featuring RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Ghastly, Golden Features, Lostkings, Moksi, Wax Motif and Whethan at Valley View Casino Center; Jauz at Omnia; or Zomboy at Bassmnt.

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

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[American "Dreamless": Crocodiles on National Politics From Abroad]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:23:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Crocodiles+Press+Photo.jpg

“The Arpaios of this country feel like they have a reason to treat people like s---,” Crocodiles’ Charlie Rowell said to me over a phone connection warbled by Saturday afternoon Las Vegas airport chatter. He was referencing the rise of figures like controversial former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, with whom the band had a public spat in 2010 after releasing a song called “Kill Joe Arpaio.”

Originally from San Diego, Rowell (guitar) and fellow core member, Brandon Welchez (vocals/guitar), moved abroad in 2011, which wasn’t necessarily a political act, but it has put them in a rather unique position as outside observers to the politics of their homeland.

Rowell -- when he’s not on tour or recording with Welchez in Mexico City -- resides in Lyon, France, with his girlfriend, and according to him, watching the fomentation of fear, xenophobia and divisiveness unfold in America is bizarre and surreal. He reads the news religiously so he always knows what’s going on here, but as a testament to American influence overseas, it’s the same in France.

“He’s [President Donald Trump] getting the same coverage over there as he is over here. All eyes are on this bumbling idiot,” he added.

But political turmoil tends to lend itself to more socially conscious and exciting art -- as long as there is an industry and a big enough population of proactive artists and consumers to support it. While San Diego always has its share of interesting and politically progressive artists, it lacks the “confluence of people” to really drive the point home, according to Rowell.

With the increasing interconnectedness of the world’s various populations, maybe physical location will continue to become less and less important, however. Welchez, after all, lives in Mexico City -- thousands of miles from Rowell in Lyon -- yet, Crocodiles still manage to continue releasing noisy, post-punk influenced albums, and we continue to claim the band as our own (especially considering the fact that Welchez is married to former San Diegan, Dee Dee Penny, frontwoman of the Dum Dum Girls).

Crocodiles recorded their newest record, “Dreamless,” in Mexico City with Swedish producer Martin Thulin, and “it’s the most different sounding album,” according to Rowell. “It’s still dark rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s the most electronic … We pulled the guitars back and put more electronics into it with Martin’s help.”

Nonetheless, they “always strive to put on a really energetic rock ‘n’ roll show,” he said. So, when you see them at the Hideout on Friday, Feb. 17, “it won’t be as stripped down as the album. It’s gonna be loud and wild.”

Loud and wild is exactly what San Diego needs right now, because with the border so close to us, we’re right in the thick of it. When literal and figurative walls are erected, it’s up to artists to break them down, and if Crocodiles’ writing process is any indication of the milieu in which contemporary music’s response to the political climate is being generated, then we are well on our way.

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 Crocodiles]]>
<![CDATA[Off the World Beaten Path]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:21:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bob-marley3.jpg

Reggae often gets a bad rap, and there are two prevailing reasons for this: its close association with pot and its reappropriation and distortion by privileged kids who just want to smoke that pot.

But reggae, at its roots, has always been more than just a way to get high and chill out. In the late ‘60s and ‘70s, reggae quickly developed into a cultural movement personified by Bob Marley and solidified in Marxist-tinged lyrics like, “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery / None but ourselves can free our minds.”

Importantly, however, it wasn’t just a counter-cultural movement, it was also an affirmation of culture. Its use of Nyabinghi -- Afro-Jamaican ritual drumming -- rhythms, calypso, mento and American R&B is evidence of this.

As such, when authentic, true-to-form reggae comes to town -- especially in the form of a two-day festival, and especially in the midst of our current political climate -- it’s best to pay attention.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, the World Beat Center (2100 Park Blvd.) at Balboa Park will host Tribute to the Reggae Legends: Music is the Weapon. The all ages festival features Pato Banton, Israel Vibration with the Roots Radics, Yami Bolo, the Gladiators and more.

This year will be the 36th installment of the festival during Black History Month, and its central focus will be promoting human rights through music, channeling the spirit of Marley, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear.

Elections might be over for the time being, but you still have the power to cast a vote. So, instead of paying $10 or $20 for a cheap, quick and reappropriated knock-off, spring for the real deal and get a two-day, $65 pass or a one-day, $35 pass (both days run 1 p.m. to midnight) to Tribute to the Reggae Legends, and help music be the weapon.

For more info and the full lineup, click 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: Paul Natkin / WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[A Lull in the Action]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:36:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/207*120/the+lulls.jpg

Last week I kept talking about the three-day weekend, and then I realized that some people actually get Friday off instead of this past Monday, but either way, you're gonna want to get your weekend roll on early with all of these great shows on Thursday evening. At Blonde, our dear friends the Lulls (SoundDiego associate editor Rutger Rosenborg on guitar and vox) hope to capture your ears, while solo electronic music maker Computer Magic wants to thaw your digital heart at the Casbah. Our team is also excited about the sweet tunes of Weyes Blood at Soda Bar, and our friend Matt Lamkin of the Soft Pack is at the Hideout supporting Wyatt Blair. For those looking for a bigger party, Galactic return to the Belly Up and Bone Thugs are at the Observatory. 

Thursday, Feb. 16:

  • The Lulls, Exasperation, BodySong @ Blonde
  • Computer Magic, Chad Valley, Brett @ Casbah
  • Weyes Blood, Fatal Jamz @ Soda Bar -- read our interview with Weyes Blood here
  • Wyatt Blair, Matt Lamkin & the Previous Crush, Spooky Cigarette @ The Hideout
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink 
  • Galactic, the Bright Light Social Hour @ Belly Up
  • Bone Thugs n Harmony @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Shell Shock @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Roman Watchdogs, Pictographs, Bossfight @ Pour House Oceanside
  • Christian Taylor Band, Jackson Price Solo @ Sycamore Den
  • Peter Mulvey and Heather Maloney @ Brick 15
  • Eli Young Band @ House of Blues
  • Kid Wilderness, Coral Bells, Oskar and Julia @ The Merrow
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • Nashville Nights @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Alive & Well, Luneaux, North By North, Super Buffet @ Tower Bar
  • Spirit in the Room, the Great Sadness, Ultima Circo @ The Bancroft
  • Expire (last San Diego show) @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • AceyAlone, Atlantis Rizing, Infinite Points, ID the Poet, Seancy @ Winston's
  • DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Al of the Things with Lil Sus @ El Dorado
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Ratt Black with Red Wizard @ 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: Nelson Lau- Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Vakoum EP Premiere: "Home for Home"]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:58:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vakoum+press+photo+2.jpg

It's easy to get lost in "Home for Home," the debut EP from San Diego "nu stargaze" experimentalists Vákoum. Unhindered by generic formats and formulaic pop constraints, the group oozes originality.

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists/producers Kelli Rudick and Natalia Padilla (who initially met in New York City and began playing together in 2013), the duo's first proper release is the stuff that legendary careers are established on. While I don't want to get lost in hyperbole, it's not difficult to see the promise in "Home for Home."

Each song is mind-scrambling complex -- featuring electronic accoutrements over razor-sharp live drums, plinking pianos, spacial synthesizers, bone-dry electric guitar, and the pair's angelic vocals (which are occasionally sampled into strange glitches and often harmonized together).

While Rudick and Padilla count Cocteau Twins and Massive Attack as influences, they're called upon only remotely here. Tracks like "Still Ready" and "ICE" may head into atmospheric territories plotted by those iconic groups but Vákoum sidestep the easy pitfall of simply modeling their own music after their heroes -- instead, they swerve into stranger arrangements with even more eclectic instrumentation and increasingly odd time signatures.

That's a tricky move for any artist, and it makes this EP all the more fascinating: "Home for Home" seems designed with precision accuracy (if you've seen the group live, that's very obvious) but at the same time, it's wholly propelled by true experimentalism -- like all four tracks were results of spontaneous mistakes that were somehow perfected into something new and glorious. 

What a breath of fresh air.

Vákoum perform at Soda Bar on Feb. 22, with Mozart's Sister and Teen Daze. Their "Home for Home" EP is now available to purchase on iTunes 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 Shani Rudick]]>
<![CDATA[Grammys' Best New Artist Coming to San Diego]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:09:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chance+the+rapper1.png

Looks like the Grammys were just an appetizer: Chance the Rapper, three-time award-winner at this year’s gala, is coming to San Diego!

On April 24, the Chicago born-and-raised hip-hop star will stop in at Valley View Casino Center -- and if his spirited performance at Sunday night’s 59th annual Grammy Awards were any indication, we’re in for a real treat.

Chance, born Chancellor Johnathan Bennett -- who took home gold phonograph trophies this year for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album -- has been steadily on the rise since the 2012 release of his first mixtape “10 Day,” and its 2013 follow-up, “Acid Rap." He’s also made waves in the music industry by staying fiercely independent, refusing to sign with a major label to distribute his music. The fact that he’s one of biggest stars today is a testament to his work ethic and incredible music.

His third mixtape, “Coloring Book,” was released in 2016 to universal critical and fan acclaim and became the first streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination (and subsequent win).

You might remember that Chance the Rapper began his “Magnificent Coloring World Tour” last year right here in San Diego at SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Sept. 15 -- and we’re stoked to have him back so soon. Tickets are on sale today (Feb. 14) at 4 p.m. PST right here.

In addition to Chance’s April tour stop, San Diego music fans can also look forward to more big shows coming our way that were just announced: Metal legends (who also performed at the 2017 Grammys) Metallica are set to stop in town on Aug. 6 at Petco Park with Avenged Sevenfold and Gojira -- and we’re giving away FOUR floor tickets to one lucky winner (that’s a $1,000 value!)! Enter for your chance to win now. Or if you’d rather snatch up tickets when they go on sale, head here at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

And if metal and/or hip-hop ain’t exactly your thing, another big show was announced Tuesday with a more retro-pop style: Straight No Chaser and Postmodern Jukebox are set to headline SDSU’s Open Air Theatre on Aug. 13, with tickets going on sale here on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. PST. The two “classic-meets-contemporary sensations, both of whom mash up classic pop stylings and modern pop hits in their own unique fashions” are the perfect pairing and the show should be simply incredible.

<![CDATA[Grammys 2017 Red Carpet Fashion]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:13:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17044028636118.jpg The stars came out in full force for music's biggest night at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017. Here's a look at some of the red carpet fashion.

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[The Wise Ways of Weyes Blood]]> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:35:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Weyes+Blood+Press+Photo.jpeg

Weyes Blood is depressing in the best way possible. Or, as Natalie Mering, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter behind Weyes Blood, puts it, “Morose is another word. Morose is a little better than depressing, I think.” 

Earlier this week, I chatted with the soft-spoken Mering over the phone ahead of her West Coast tour departure.

The Los Angeles native brings her solo moniker, Weyes Blood, to Soda Bar on Thursday, Feb. 16, in support of her latest album, “A Front Row Seat to Earth.”

The album is delicate and beautifully dark, but it doesn’t make you want to jump off a bridge. The retro style of '70s folk melds Mering’s robust vocals with gentle guitar and piano ballads, which pairs well with red wine on a rainy night.

What makes Weyes Blood unique is that Mering’s music is rooted in emotional extremity.

“I think if I’m in an extreme emotion, then I can channel it into writing something. If I’m extremely happy or if I’m extremely sad -- it’s really the middle ground that’s not the best for writing,” Mering said.

While Mering is the sole songwriter of the band, every so often her band adds a few touches here and there. However, her studio band is different from her live band, so I was curious about how this translates for touring.

“The tours have been great. The first one was really long; it was like, 40 days long. I don’t really mind. I’m kind of like a tour champion, but the boys in my band got a little -- ready to go home. It’s pretty taboo to complain. The golden rule is to not complain too much," she said. “I do really love touring the West Coast. I’m especially excited to go to Arcata and I love that part of California, because it kind of jumps a little further out into the Pacific Ocean -- it feels a little more wild out there.”

Let's just hope San Diego's not too tame for her.  

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: Courtesy of Weyes Blood]]>
<![CDATA[I Love Lucero]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:15:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lucero+press+photo+-+Jamie+Harmon1.jpg

You know, it's a little bit funny that Lucero and Western Settings are playing on the same night, because if you like the sound of the former and didn't get tickets to their sold-out Belly Up show tonight, you might check out the latter who are playing at Tower Bar and definitely have a sound that complements one another. Meanwhile at Casbah, Mustard Plug is back for another ska party, ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro plays two shows at Music Box, and if you're in the mood for "murderfolk," Amigo the Devil have you covered at Soda Bar. 

Wednesday, Feb. 15:

  • Lucero, Esme Patterson @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Western Settings, Nights Like Thieves, Atlantic Answers, Ash Williams @ Tower Bar 
  • Mustard Plug, Phenomenauts, Oceanside Sound System @ Casbah
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Music Box (early show 7 p.m., late show 9:30 p.m.) 
  • Amigo the Devil, Two Men @ Soda Bar
  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Brielle Von Hugel @ Balboa Theatre
  • Temple Party @ Bar Pink
  • 17 Yr. Anniversary ft. Sunshine Jones LIVE (SF) - Dance Klassique
  • Too Sad To Be Mad! Emo Night with Saves the Day Tribute @ The Office
  • North By North, Sticky Doll, Midnight Track, Slutzville @ Til-Two Club
  • CardiaC, Those Darn Gnomes @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Coral Bells, Audrey Snow, Valerie Vuolo @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Lizano, Kash'd Out with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Stay Strange @ Kava Lounge
  • 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[Sunny Side Seratones]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:48:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Seratones+2.11+show+screengrab.PNG

Here comes the "Sun": Seratones nearly rock the paint off the Casbah during the Shreveport, Louisiana band's recent show.

<![CDATA[Moonlight Milemarker]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:30:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/198*120/Milemarker+press+photo.jpg

Love is in the air tonight, and nothing is better than music to put you in the mood for romance. Perhaps you picked up tickets for the sensuous tunes of Ottmar Liebert for an intimate seated (and sold out) show at the Belly Up, or you can swing down to Dizzy's for a tribute to Ella & Louis. At Music Box, a tribute to Latina legend Selena, Blonde hosts a tribute to Jeff Buckley, and Gone Baby Gone get things shakin' at Bar Pink. If today is just like any other night for you, the electro post-hardcore sounds of Milemarker will fill the Casbah with or without Cupid's help.

Tuesday, Feb. 14:

  • Milemarker, Big Jesus, Hours @ Casbah
  • Como La Flor Band: A Selena Tribute @ Music Box 
  • Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra @ Belly Up (An Evening With/Seated Show- SOLD OUT) 
  • Be Mine Phantom Valentine, Mariel, Post Attraction @ The Merrow
  • Jeff Buckley Valentine's Day Live Tribute @ Blonde Bar
  • Lonely Hearts Valentine's with Gone Baby Gone @ Bar Pink
  • Make Yourself @ Home: A night of nostalgic '90s-'00s emo/pop/punk/hardcore. V-day kickoff! @ The Hideout
  • Jazz Valentine tribute to “Ella & Louis” @ Dizzy's
  • The Vagina Monologues @ Thorn Brewery
  • One Love Fest Tribute to Bob Marley @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Pat Hilton @ The Holding Company 1502 (6-8 p.m.)
  • In Your Neighborhood with Lou Niles "Built In Sun" ep.3 premier @ Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Una Noche Romantica Con Ramon Ayala Y Banda Machos @ House of Blues
  • Edmar Casteneda Trio @ La Jolla Athenaeum 
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Los Caminantes @ Sycuan 
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • San Diego Cajun Playboys @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Canadian Waves, Mouse and Banjo, Gay the Pray Away @ Che Cafe
  • Electricity: Dreaming of Me @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jon Wayne and the Pain @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome/Valentine's Sketch Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Electric Mud @ 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: Photo courtesy of Milemarker]]>
<![CDATA[Oh, Spirited Away]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:44:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oh+Spirit+by+Rosemary+Bystrak.jpeg

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since Roger & Sara Morrison walked down the funky linoleum of the Casbah and said their vows, but here we are a decade later, celebrating the night. Really though, whether you know the couple or not, chances are their various community engagements have touched your life in some way, so head to the Casbah tonight to join in the fun with Oh, Spirit headlining. Around town, Tyvek hits Soda Bar, Cutwater Spirits play Metal Monday at the Office and Het Hat Club, coming all the way from Hungary, play the Bancroft.

Monday, Feb. 13:

  • Roger and Sara's Wedding Anniversary Party with Oh, Spirit, Listening to Rocks, Veronica May & the To Do List @ Casbah
  • Tyvek, Fred Thomas, Kan Kan @ Soda Bar
  • Cupid is Stupid! Metal Monday with Cutwater Spirits @ The Office
  • Hot Tuna (Acoustic) @ Belly Up
  • Welcome to Night Vale, Erin McKeown @ Observatory North Park
  • Het Hat Club, Laura Lackey's Rhythm Revue @ The Bancroft (8 p.m.)
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • Atomic Monster Movie Mondays @ The Merrow
  • Doc Hammer, Boss Witch, Hiroshima Mockingbirds @ Tower Bar 
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft (10 p.m.)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's (25 Year Anniversary)
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ 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: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Your Best Musical Bets for Valentine's Day]]> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:42:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Weyes+Blood+by+Cayal+Unger+and+Nicolas+Amato.jpg

Valentine’s Day might fall on a Tuesday this year -- probably the most unromantic day of the week -- but on the bright side, there are shows happening on either side of that day that should provide just enough romance to hold you over until next year when it falls on hump day. Thank you, thank you.

Seriously though, if you’re looking to go out on a romantic evening with your boo, or if you’re single and looking for the right place to find the partner of your dreams, then look no further. Like a nice bouquet of roses, we’ve hand-selected the best shows for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment. Now, let’s just hope taking bae to one of these shows will lead to the same result ...

Creepy Creeps at Casbah on Feb. 11: What better occasion to let a little creepiness into your life?

David Duchovny at Music Box on Feb. 12: I mean, come on ladies. It’s friggin’ Fox Mulder -- first name says it all.

Hot Tuna at Belly Up on Feb. 13: Why am I suddenly a little turned on?

Be Mine Phantom Valentine at The Merrow on Feb. 14: Dunno these guys but what the heck, their name’s perfect, and they’re actually playing on Valentine’s Day. Mad respect.

Jake Shimabukuro at Music Box on Feb. 15: Who dis? Just kidding, he’s good at ukelele and stuff.

BodySong w/ Exasperation at Blonde on Feb. 16: I won’t mention the headliner because of a conflict of interest (wink, wink). Needless to say, BodySong and Exasperation were all members of Cuckoo Chaos/Deadphones and now they’re playing the same show as two different bands. Now that’s love.

Weyes Blood at Soda Bar on Feb. 16: Will you be my bloody valentine? I promise to "Loveless" you forever and ever.

Surfer Blood at Soda Bar on Feb. 18: Because nothing says romance like a little more blood.

There you have it -- your best bets for a musical Valentine’s Day with your significant other(s), family, friends or self. Now, go out and spread a little love -- we really need it right now.

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

Photo Credit: Cayal Unger and Nicolas Amato]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Feb. 12-18]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:08:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Coathangers.jpg

Like a fresh bouquet of roses, we're picking out the best shows for you to see with your boo this Valentine's week -- including Falling in Reverse, Lucero, Weyes Blood, Adam Ant and Coathangers.