<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:20:11 -0800 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:20:11 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Canceled: Jane's Addiction at Wrex the Halls]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:12:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/91x+Wrex+The+Halls+AM+%2878+of+78%29.jpg

Wrex the Halls is going to sound a bit different than we originally thought.

Jane's Addiction, who was the headliner, announced Wednesday that they have to postpone their San Diego appearance.

As a result, local radio station and Wrex the Halls organizer 91x will be renaming the show and moving the bands -- Foals, Run the Jewels, PVRIS, the Wombats, Will & the People plus a local band yet to be announced -- to Soma and decreasing the ticket price. Now dubbed the 91x Holiday Show, it will still take place on Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets for the new show, sans Jane's Addiction, went on sale Wednesday at 1 p.m. PST. Tickets for the Soma show cost $25 and are available here.

All Wrex the Halls tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.

<![CDATA[Bite the Fuzz With the Peach Kings]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:37:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*123/ThePeachKings.jpg

After days of stuffing your face with beige and mush, Sunday brings something you can really sink your teeth into: the Peach Kings. This L.A.-based duo translate noir love stories (their own, mainly) into haunted musical landscapes scratchy with a satisfying buzz and simultaneous smokey-room swoon. And on Sunday, they're bringing their sweet Peach Kings fuzz to Casbah.

With names meant for making music (or porn), Paige Wood and Steven Dies have a big year ahead of them. The duo have their first national tour set for early 2016, and their debut full-length -- “Lover’s Leap,” which was recorded right here in San Diego at Lost Ark Studio -- drops on Randm Records in the New Year as well. Right now, they’re sitting pretty on 2014’s “Mojo Thunder” EP and a handful of singles. Even with just that, the Peach Kings have landed their music in TV shows “Shameless,” “Boardwalk Empire” and others, and caught the attention of Drew Barrymore, who threw a massive “V Magazine" house party and invited nine bands -- Peach Kings included -- to hang out just because she’s Drew Barrymore and that’s how Drew Barrymore rolls (get some major La-La Land envy and watch a short video from the party here).

Now engaged to be wed -- Dies proposed after having cleaned their house spotless while Wood was away, which may be the most practical proposal on this reporter’s record -- the two cite influences from Luis Alberto Spinetta to the Dead Weather, with hints of hip-hop, funk and ’80s ballads. Which is all to say, there’s something inherently sexy at work here, gang, and for just $10 at the Casbah door on Sunday, the whole night just got that much better looking.

The Peach Kings play the Casbah on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8:30 p.m., $10 at the door, $8 advance, 21+. Smoke Season, Toothless George & His One-Man Band open.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Intrigue]]>
<![CDATA[House of Blues: Year in Photos]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:25:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/G.+Love+and+Special+Sauce+1.18.15+%286%29.jpg Twenty-fifteen -- it was a helluva year for shows! Here's a recap of who we saw at House of Blues this year, lest your memory be failing you.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Check in for Cash'd Out]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:19:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cashd+Out+SoundDiego+LIVE+6.27+Tin+Roof+%2818%29.jpg

It's Thanksgiving Eve, which is traditionally one of the biggest party nights of the year. For one, most people's only Thursday plan is to overeat, and it's a great time to catch up with friends at your neighborhood haunt. There are definitely some shows that should have your attention, including local favorite Cash'd Out at the Casbah or Drag City's Wand [read our interview with the frontman], who play at Soda Bar. At the Observatory, you can catch rapper Dom Kennedy, or head to Balboa Park for Gilbert Castellanos's jazz jam at Panama 66. Soma has the Chainsmokers, and Unwritten Law is at the House of Blues. We're taking tomorrow off for listings but will be back with all of your show listings on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, Nov. 25:

  • Cash'd Out, Nancarrow @ Casbah
  • Wand, Octagrepe, Clean Room @ Soda Bar
  • Dom Kennedy @ Observatory North Park
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Arise Roots, Gonzo, Revival @ Belly Up
  • The Chainsmokers, Cheat Codes, Matt Dimona @ Soma
  • Unwritten Law @ House of Blues
  • MidWeek Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Victor Manuelle @ Balboa Theatre
  • Thrashgiving with Exmortus, Desecrate, Eukaryst, Voices of Ruin, Ratt Black @ Brick by Brick
  • Jive Turkey with DJs Hemingway and Ikah Love @ The Office
  • Atomic Groove Holiday Season Eve/Pre T-Day Calorie Burn Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Rutherford, Adara Rae & the Homewreckers, Steal Away @ The Merrow
  • Fantasy all-'90s R&B with DJ Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop
  • Noah Blake @ Lestat's
  • Pat Dowling @ Croce's Park West
  • Audien @ Omnia
  • Justin Jay @ Bang Bang
  • Deorro @ Parq
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston presents Raging Fyah with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Wildside @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Twista @ Fluxx
  • City Reef @ Boar Cross'n
  • Acoustic Wednesday @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Ryan Zimmerman, Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Wand's Antisocial Network]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:55:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Wand+Band+Press+Photo+4.jpg

You probably haven’t heard of Wand.

I’m not saying that with some hipster, record-store-clerk kind of attitude -- it’s just most likely the truth. And for what it’s worth, the L.A.-based band hasn’t really made it easy on would-be fans. They’ve got no Facebook page, no Twitter account, no Instagram feed. Fact is, you've got their website (a jumbled Tumblr full of links, jargon and randomness), their record label (currently Drag City) and whatever other music journalists have written about them to look through.

Bottom line: These guys -- lead singer/guitarist Cory Hanson, bassist Lee Landey and drummer Evan Burrows -- could care less about your social network.

“We don’t want to be involved with that,” Hanson tells me by phone after his band had pulled into Chicago for that night’s show at the Empty Bottle. “But I don’t feel like I’m missing a limb. We’re not a three-legged dog because we don’t have Facebook. People have definitely not had Facebook in the past, and they’ve done just fine. It’s not a hindrance in any way.”

Normally, when someone tells me they “don’t do Facebook” or deactivated their account (“to get away from it all” or whatever) – I eye-roll so hard I can see my brain. They might as well be delighting in the smell of their own farts ("South Park" reference, FTW).

But Hanson doesn’t have an air of superiority about him or any kind of pretentious affectation when it comes to this stuff. He’s being sincere. He just simply doesn’t see the point. According to him, no band has magically achieved long-lasting global stardom because they got the maximum number of friends to RSVP to their Facebook event.

“I feel a lot of bands starting out in the last four or five years are so concentrated on over-exposure and have saturated their community," says Hanson, "and by virtue, saturated their own circle of friends -- but they’re only slightly infecting a larger sphere of people. They’re hoping just that little extra thing, whatever it might be, will translate into a world-takeover thing. But it doesn’t. There’s always a point where people will see your band only has 600 likes and then that will determine what kind of value you have as a band. That sounds twisted to us.”

Of course, he’s right. A band should be represented by their art, not by how many likes they have on Facebook. And that’s precisely what Wand is doing (in Hanson's words: "We've done OK"). In August 2014, Hanson’s friend and God? Records head Ty Segall (who you might have heard is finally coming to town on Jan. 13) released the band’s debut full-length, entitled “Ganglion Reef” – a thick slab of rumbling, psychedelic-flavored sludge rock.

The wheels started turning on the Wand machine; they hit the road and whispers started following their performances. Lo and behold, good ol’ word of mouth is still king. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Segall is a fan, or that Hanson’s played at one time or another in fellow psych-rock bands Together Pangea and Meatbodies. But right around the time when folks started tuning in and turning on to “Ganglion Reef” -- boom -- just like that, only seven months after their debut release, they dropped their sophomore album, “Golem." Whatever whimsical shreds of playful sonic trickery they had hinted at on their debut was promptly obliterated by the face-smashing heaviness of its follow up.

Toeing the line (wherever it may be) between the Melvins, Black Sabbath and Tame Impala may seem like a difficult thing to pull off, but Hanson & Co. do it daftly, whether they know it or not.

But hey, why stop at two if you can complete a trilogy? On Sept. 25, Wand (who you can catch at Soda Bar on Nov. 25) released their wondrously epic “1,000 Days” -- their third studio album of all-new material in one year. That’s simply unheard of in today’s industry album/tour cycle. Beholden to none, their frontman tells me it’s just how they operate.

“I guess when we started the band, something connected within the configuration of Lee, Evan and I,” he explains. “We felt like the musical relationship we were developing could easily give us enough confidence over time that we would feel comfortable producing music at that kind of pace … We don’t want to spend entire band practices talking about social media. We want to focus on making good records and playing good shows. I feel like it makes me crazy to think that being in a band would be about that," Hanson adds with a laugh. "You’re supposed to make records, and a lot of bands don’t focus on that. For me, if you’re trying to communicate with an audience or with an immediate community, the best way to do that is to make records.”

Wand's third release might just be their best effort yet, and in any case, it’s their most varied. Their churning, fuzz-covered Sabbath-esque riffs are delivered next to oddball acoustic odes and interludes of left-field, poly-rhythmic sonic experimentation. When I ask how it came together, Hanson breaks it down:

“I think we really felt at home in the studio and performing. We were confident about the way that we perform together, and it made a huge leap for us … The performances were really key. With ‘1,000 Days,’ we were making so many changes in the studio: performing [the songs] live, talking about them, changing them, taking turns and altering compositions at every stage -- we were trying to do as much as we could to disrupt whatever pathways we were building, whether it be with our songwriting or melody styles.”

So now that they’ve released three records in a year, what’s next? More of the same? Can we really expect the band to keep producing material at this kind of clip?

“We’re going to do what we have been doing,” Hanson told me. “After a tour is done, we’ll give it a moment to recollect and then start working again. We don’t have a real trajectory or goal or real deadlines. Everybody has other projects that they’ve been neglecting because they’ve been fueling this psycho Wand machine -- and it’d be nice to have a little time to fulfill those dreams and finish those records and those projects before going back on the road. And one of those things is working on a new Wand record. There’s no timeline -- and I’m stoked about that.”

Wand headline Soda Bar on Wednesday, Nov. 25, with Octagrape and Clean Room opening. Tickets are $10 and are available online here. 

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

<![CDATA[Belly Up: Year in Photos]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:55:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Klemow+Foo+Fighters+Grohl+Belly+Up+Cropped.jpg We take a look back at the year in photos for the Belly Up -- including shows with the Foo Fighters, David Cook, Steve Earle and Ozomatli, among others.]]> <![CDATA[Paint It Greene]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:07:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/SAM_0313.JPG

Some interesting and international musical choices are at your fingertips this Tuesday night in San Diego. Mexican pop legend Yuri performs at Symphony Hall, while Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna appears at the Casbah. BØRNS -- who I saw just a little over a year ago in a mostly empty room --has finally caught on and sold-out the Belly Up, though you can get a sample of his set at a free performance at Quartyard earlier in the afternoon. Former Black Crowes member Jackie Greene returns to the Observatory for the second time this year with his roots and blues music, while Agnostic Front side project Madball hit up Soda Bar. If you're off of work this week, you can certainly get your fair share of great music before the holiday.

Tuesday, Nov. 24:

  • FM 94/9 Loud @ with BØRNS @ Quartyard (2 p.m.)
  • Yuna, Francesca Blanchard @ Casbah
  • BØRNS, Avid Dancer @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Jackie Greene @ Observatory North Park
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Radio Halloran presents the Natives, Roger!, Noble War @ The Merrow
  • Madball, Strife, Take Offense, Pso @ Soda Bar
  • Yuri @ Symphony Hall
  • Millionyoung Crescendo, Mystery Cave, Astral Touch @ The Hideout
  • Bruno Leone @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Trapped with DJs Man-Cat, Emroze, Ramsey @ The Office
  • The Ghost Inside, Voidlines, I Survive, Cut Your Losses @ Soma
  • Armed for Apocalypse, Catharsus, Pissed Regardless @ Brick by Brick
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Destructo Bunny, P-Low & the Bed Heads, Trans Conduit, We Are Stars @ Winston's
  • Zydeco Blowout @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Local Bands, Local Brews @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Beets, Bears, Battle Bot]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:42:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20140724_135725.jpg

Holiday weeks can get a little bit snoozy, but I've glanced at all of your options this week and fortunately they haven't totally dried up. Monday head to the Casbah for DJ Artistic's final Hip-Hop Battle Bot of the year or check out cross-border indie-rockers Le Ra at Soda Bar. Tori Roze is at Bar Pink, and the Office has live music with Sights & Sages, Bad Vibes and Future Age. If you're looking for something a little bit different, grab tickets to La Jolla's Athenaeum for the young pianist Eric Lu, who has won several awards in his young career, including first place in this year's U.S. Chopin Competition.   

Monday, Nov. 23:

  • DJ Artistic's Hip-Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah
  • Le Ra, No Girlfriends, Name the Band, Adeumazel @ Soda Bar
  • Eric Lu @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Soultry Monday featuring Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Mirror Mondaze with Sights & Sages, Bad Vibes, Future Age, DJ Mike Delgado @ The Office
  • Chance the Rapper, D.R.A.M., Towkio, Metro Boomin @ Soma
  • Metal Mondays with Amaranthe, Butcher Babies, Lullwater, Unicorn Death, Sight Unscene @ Brick by Brick
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Liz Grace Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Tesseract, the Contortionist, Erra, Skyharbor @ House of Blues
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night with DJ RoyAle and friends @ 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[Inspired and the Sleep Dream On]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:45:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Inspired._and_Sleep.jpg Inspired and the Sleep's frontman, Max Greenhalgh, discusses the music videos behind each song on the band's new album. Don't miss them at Soda Bar on Sunday, Nov. 22.]]> <![CDATA[Lucero in the Sky with Diamonds]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:20:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lucero+press+photo+-+Jamie+Harmon1.jpg

If you love Americana or songs with a country-music bent, tonight is made for you. At the Belly Up, a rock band you might hear on the Outlaw Country stations, Lucero, returns to San Diego (read the SoundDiego interview with the band here). If you're a fan, however, you already knew that, because I've never seen more diehard fans for any band than Lucero. At the Observatory, you can get a full dose of country with Sturgill Simpson, who's been called "Waylon on acid" and "the savior of country music." Of course, there are other awesome shows tonight, including Rise Against at SOMA, Allison Weiss at the Casbah, and RAC and Big Data are in town at the Music Box, a show that was moved from the Observatory (read the SoundDiego interview with that band here). Show time on that show has been moved to 8 p.m. so you don't have to worry about such a late night after all.

Sunday, Nov. 22:

  • An Evening with Lucero @ Belly Up
  • Allison Weiss, Mal Blum, Winter, Kid in the Attic @ Casbah
  • Sturgill Simpson, Billy Wayne Davis @ The Observatory North Park (6 p.m.)
  • RAC & Big Data, Filous, Karl King @ Music Box (moved from Observatory)
  • Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, letlive @ SOMA
  • Kate Boy, Morly, Inspired and the Sleep @ Soda Bar
  • Cruz Radical, Death Eyes @ Whistle Stop
  • DAY MVS with Thomas Jack, Bag Raiders @ Quartyard
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Jazz guitar legend Mundell Lowe @ Dizzy's
  • Neave Trio @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Tigers Jaw @ House of Blues
  • Record/Zine/Book SWAP with Marrón, New Ruin, Dead Ghosts, XhendriX @ Che Cafe (2 p.m.)
  • Poway Symphony Orchestra Presents Brahms-Beethoven Masterpieces @ Poway Center For The Performing Arts
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Heavy Blog Is Heavy presents Sirens, the Fine Constant @ Brick By Brick
  • L.A. Edwards, Ves Frank @ Sycamore Den
  • Caroline Corn, Phoebe Bridges @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Open mic Hosted by Isaac Cheong @ Java Joe's (6:30 p.m.)
  • The Back Room with DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Sunday with Layne Tadesse, 7 Seal Club, Kill Babylon Coalition @ U-31
  • Salsa Sundays @ Tio Leo's
  • Hank Easton @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Danny Green Trio @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • JJ Sansaverino @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • The Devfits (Rob Crow), Hot Damn Sextet, Shades McCool & the Bold Flavors @ Tower Bar
  • Doug Grean, The Terpsichords @ Winston's (5:30 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • LA Indie Rock Showcase with Egrets on Ergot, Inner Ecstasy, Gnarvana & Grit @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 22-28]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:51:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rise+Against+RIMAC+Matthews+9.18.14+%2817%29.jpg We highlight the must-see shows coming to town in our SoundDiego Set List -- including Rise Against, Borns and Sublime With Rome.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[What Makes Big Data So 'Dangerous']]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:45:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/203*120/big-data-by-leo-pia.jpg

Paranoid electronic artist. That’s how Big Data -- who hacked the airwaves with “Dangerous” in collaboration with Joywave in 2013 -- are billed. It’s essentially a character description for this nefarious electronic enemy, this monster, that Alan Wilkis created to feed us peppy pop songs that we don’t realize are pills of anxiety until we’ve already swallowed, until they’ve already captured us in their infectious web of beats. Which makes me think: Maybe Big Data isn’t the monster at all. Maybe it’s Wilkis. He’s a savage.

It’s a hypothesis difficult to maintain, however, when speaking with Wilkis; good-natured, bright, generous with laughter and time in equal measure, the Big Data mastermind charms with every thought and deep, genuine guffaw (oh yeah, he guffaws like whoa). He makes you want to listen to his words and his message and his crunchy pop collaborations, which he started putting out on his own independent label, Wilcassettes, in 2013. The first EP, “1.0,” and the success of “Dangerous” changed that for him almost overnight. Big Data had to grow in order to take the show -- and the debut LP, "2.0," which dropped in March on Wilkis's label -- on the road.

Here, Wilkis talks paranoia, humble beginnings, “embarrassing” baby stories, and growing a one-man operation into a touring, full-band spectacle (after we argue the merits of Mexican food in Austin, where I reach him by phone).

Hannah Lott-Schwartz: You’re billed as a “paranoid electronic artist.” How much of that is gimmick or satire, and how much is real?
Alan Wilkis: Ummm, I wouldn’t say that I’m paranoid to the extent that I'm scared. It’s paranoid more in the sense of suspicion --

HLS: Like how I don’t trust your Austin taco recommendations?
AW: Yes! Exactly the same as the taco recommendations. I definitely don’t wear tinfoil hats or anything like that. But I think the message at the heart at pretty much everything of Big Data is there’s more going on than you think, and you should be aware of what that is. To think that something is free and fun to use, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t something nefarious happening below the surface, and it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use it -- you should just be aware.

HLS: Where did it all start?
AW: I’ve been playing music since I was very small. It was always really the thing for me. My parents have embarrassing stories of me as a baby running to the jukebox. There’s a restaurant we used to go to when I was probably like 3, and I would run over and just dance in front of it. Music was always definitely my thing [laughs]. My parents had me start taking piano lessons when I was 5, and that continued through high school. I started playing guitar when I was 12, and guitar was like, that was the instrument for me. That’s the one I connected with. I didn’t play in any bands in high school, but I did in college. There was a point in college when I started developing nerve problems in my right hand. So that was a moment in my musical development I had to rethink things a fair amount. Up until then I thought I was going to be a guitar man. And I’m actually kind of weirdly grateful to in the long run because it led me to the more big-picture kind of thinking than just playing.

Fast forward a few years, and I was making a few singles. I would produce the music and work with different singers and rappers on the songs. In the summer of 2012, I started to work on a song with Dan [Armbruster] of Joywave, and it was going to just be a song like I’d been releasing up until then -- but something clicked in my head, and it felt different from when I worked with people in the past [laughs]. That’s when the lightbulb went off, and thought, “I should start a project here.” The second lightbulb was when I went to a wedding, one of my friends from college. He built the data team at Facebook when it started, and he keeps talking about big data and all the work that he’s doing. And this was wayyy before big data was this ubiquitous term. Part of it was timing -- I was starting a project anyway -- and part of it was like, I liked the way big data sounded, and I liked what it made me think about, and I just had this feeling that it was going to matter more and more and more.

So once I picked the name for the project, all the conceptual stuff started growing from there. And then a few months after that, that’s when the Edward Snowden story came out. I was like, “Whoa. I think this is bigger than I realized” [laughs]. Three years later now, I think of Big Data as this sort of evil character or company. Big Data the band represents all the evil things that happen in technology. [The songs are] all sort of sung from the perspective of the evil but sung in the context of pop song or love song. I always try to make the lyrics obscure juuust enough so that you don’t have to read it about technology, but I try to throw in breadcrumbs.

HLS: Part of what’s so great is that these songs masquerade as pop songs, like “Dangerous,” for instance. The first time I heard that, I thought my ex had somehow started a music career.
AW: [Laughs] Dan and I wrote that one together, and we had all these moments where we were like, “Man, I feel like a badass when I sing this.” But the lyrics are about this creepy dude in a basement somewhere hiding from the NSA, and “I’ve got a plan for us” is a creepy thing to say in that context. So I really love having as many different meanings like that as possible. Goal number one is I want the song to be good, and I want people to enjoy it. I just want it to be catchy and fun to listen to. But for people who want to get more invested in what i’m doing, I try to have deeper layers to kind of dig into.

HLS: Who are Big Data on the road?
AW: They’ve evolved quite a bit. When I started Big Data, it was just me. I didn’t have a label or management or anything; I was just doing everything myself. And then in a very short span of time, after I put out “Dangerous,” it started to take on more and more momentum on the Internet and then that translated to the radio, and then suddenly my life changed really dramatically. And I very shortly thereafter could not handle all the volume of stuff happening on my own, and it was immediately clear I needed to start playing shows [laughs]. Up ’til then, it was just songs I’d made in my basement or studio; it was never, “How will this translate?” So I had a very short time to figure out how to make a show out of all this. Having played in bands and been a guitar player at heart, I wanted it to feel like a band, not me on a stage with a laptop, because that’s boring. We’re a five piece. There may or may be some choreography. I think of the show as a simulation of a show. A computer program is telling audiences when to do this. It’s very bizarre, but it’s very fun.

Big Data play Music Box on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., $27.50, 18+. R.A.C. headline; Karl Kling, Filous open. Tickets are available here.

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

Photo Credit: Copyright: Leo PIA]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Wake the Bear]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:35:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_SDTV052513_MINUS_THE_BEAR_722x406_31386179808.jpg

Earlier this week, I told you that shows, particularly by touring bands, would begin to slow down, but Saturday is here to prove me wrong. There are so many great shows that the biggest problem will be choosing which one or ones to attend. At the Observatory, Minus the Bear are in town for their Menos el Oso tour. I might be wrong, but I think this will be the largest room Murder By Death has ever played in San Diego, since their shows are almost always at the Casbah or Belly Up, and having them and Aero Flynn as support definitely helps make this a desirable destination for the night. However, We Were Promised Jetpacks -- the lads from Edinburgh -- are at the Irenic for an all-ages show, which will certainly rock. Those of us who came up in the '90s must also feel a little soft spot for Everclear at Music Box, where the band will be celebrating 20 years of "Sparkle and Fade." Holly Golightly is at the Casbah, Dreamers are at the House of Blues Voodoo Room, Steve Poltz is at the Poway Center for the Arts, and Mr. Little Jeans is at Soda Bar. That is some serious stuff to sift through. Maybe you should just roll the dice.

Saturday, Nov. 21:

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks, Seoul @ The Irenic
  • Minus the Bear, Murder By Death, Aero Flynn @ Observatory North Park
  • Everclear, Hydra Melody @ Music Box
  • Holly Golightly, the Loons, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Madly @ Casbah
  • Steve Poltz, Cody Lovaas @ Poway Center for the Arts
  • Dreamers, Systems Officer, Scuffs @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Reggae Fest, with Iration @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Author & Punisher, Muscle and Marrow, Skrapez, Hexa @ The Hideout
  • Mr. Little Jeans, Soren Bryce @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Cash'd Out @ El Cajon Grand
  • Emancipator Ensemble, Blockhead, Manatee Commune @ Belly Up
  • '80s vs. '90s, with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Le Silence de LaRue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Joey & the Mentals, Trevor McSpadden @ Black Cat
  • Carmen by George Bizet @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dia de los Ancestros @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Velvet Club, Sound Lupus, Artmonk @ The Balboa
  • Cherub @ House of Blues
  • The Peter Sprague Group @ Dizzy's
  • So Chan Hwee @ Harrah’s Resort Southern California
  • Ansolo @ Omnia
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6 p.m.)
  • Raelee Nikole and Patrick Joseph @ Lestat's (9 p.m.)
  • Bushwalla and Friends @ Java Joe's
  • Eli & Fur @ Bang Bang
  • The Art of The Solo @ The Loft
  • Infinite Death, Gravespell, Imbalanced, Sergulath @ The Merrow
  • The Darks of Heaven @ The Bancroft
  • Alan Iglesias & Crossfire @ Tio Leo's
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Curtis Taylor @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Tradewinds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Mari Black @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church Hall
  • Detroit Ruins, Jimmy Lewis Band @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Polyrhythmics, Jelly Bread @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • San Di=a=Go=Go @ Til-Two Club
  • Savi @ Fluxx
  • Purps and Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Roman Watchdogs, Oddball, Midnight Track @ 710 Beach Club
  • SD Union, with Aphrodite, Bachelors of Science @ Spin

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

<![CDATA[Get the Weekend Skinny]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:50:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/248*120/tlmd_banda_skinny_puppy_demanda_eeuu_620_300.jpg

Friday, I’ll be hitting up the Skinny Puppy and Youth Code show at the Observatory North Park. Broncho, the Shelters and Pearl Charles are at the Hideout; The Good Life, Big Harp, and Jake Bellows with Morgan Nagler are at the Casbah; Boingo Dance Party and Marujah take over Music Box; Havok, Black Breath, Witchaven and Nukem are at Soda Bar; The Fink Bombs, Franks and Deans, and the Heiz play at Tower Bar; and the Woggles, the Loons, the Schizophonics and the Vendettas are at Til-Two. Get your dance on with F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Lee K, Craig Chambers and Jedi Jackson at Bang Bang; and Nervo at Omnia.

Saturday, the good vibes will be flowing as Reggae Fest with Iration is at the Del Mar Racetrack; Everclear’s ‘Sparkle & Fade’ 20th Anniversary Tour and Hydra Melody are at Music Box; Minus the Bear, Murder By Death and Aero Flynn play at the Observatory North Park; Dreamers, Systems Officer and Scuffs are at House of Blues Voodoo Room; Holly Golightly, the Loons, Dani Bell & the Tarantist and Madly hit the Casbah; Cherub is at House of Blues; We Were Promised Jetpacks and Seoul take over the Irenic; Author & Punisher, Muscle and Marrow, Skrapez and Hexa are at the Hideout; Cash’d Out plays at the El Cajon Grand; Steve Poltz and Cody Lovaas are at Poway Center for the Arts; and Mr Little Jeans and Soren Bryce hit Soda Bar. Dance options include ‘80s vs. ‘90s with Gabe Vega and Saul at the Whistle Stop; Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the ‘80s is at Bar Pink; Eli & Fur at Bang Bang and Ansolo at Omnia.

Sunday picks include Rise Against (sold out) headlining at SOMA; an early show with Sturgill Simpson and Billy Wayne Davis at the Observatory North Park; RAC & Big Data play a late show at the Observatory North Park; Lucero takes over the Belly Up; New Found Glory, Yellowcard and Tigers Jaw are at House of Blues; Allison Weiss, Mal Blum, Winter and Kid In The Attic hit the Casbah; and Kate Boy, Morly and Inspired and the Sleep are at Soda Bar.

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

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

<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:59:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Saturday-Muse-5.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Muse, for example.

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Head Broncho]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:10:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDTV_120713_BRONCHO_1200x675_84068419538.jpg

It's the last weekend before Thanksgiving, which seems to kick off several weeks of whirlwind frenzy, so let's just take a breath, slow down a  minute, and do what the holiday season is meant to encourage: spend time with friends and loved ones. I know no better way to do that than with music. Tonight, Ryan Bingham plays his second sold-out night at the Belly Up, Saddle Creek's the Good Life are at the Casbah (with my buddy Jake Bellows opening!), and Skinny Puppy will surely have all the goth kids at Observatory. The Woggles are at Til-Two, Havok are at Soda Bar, and Boingo Dance Party and Marujah are at Music Box. Still, my pick is Broncho at the Hideout. This band totally rocks and they keep getting better and better with every tour.

Friday, Nov. 20:

  • Broncho, the Shelters, Pearl Charles @ The Hideout
  • Skinny Puppy, Youth Code @ The Observatory North Park
  • Ryan Bingham, Jamestown Revival, Gold Star @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Good Life, Big Harp, Jake Bellows with Morgan Nagler @ Casbah
  • Havok, Black Breath, Witchaven, Nukem @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Hevrock feat. live set by Gingger Shankar @ Bar Pink
  • The Woggles, the Loons, the Schizophonics, the Vendettas @ Til-Two Club
  • FM 94/9 Movember Party with Boingo Dance Party, Marujah @ Music Box
  • Danielle Nicole Band @ AMSD
  • The Wind Playing Tricks, Fistfights with Wolves @ Black Cat
  • Super Nacho Happy Hour with the Dollar Bill Band @ Belly Up
  • Family Tree Analog, Obligerant, Fictitious Dishes @ The Balboa
  • blessthefall, Stick To Your Guns, Emarosa, Oceans Ate Alaska, Outlands @ SOMA
  • The Spinners @ Sycuan
  • Jack Costanzo & The Bi-National Mambo Orchestra @ Dizzy's
  • Failure Anthem, Stitched up Heart, Her Bed of Thorns, After the Fall (CA) @ Brick By Brick
  • School of Rock SD presents: Iron Maiden's "Number of The Beast" @ Che Cafe
  • Northern Lights Anniversary Series: 3x3 with Victoria Martino @ LJ Athenaeum
  • F---ing In The Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Big Toe @ Lestat's
  • Ashley Monical @ Java Joe's
  • DSB: An American Journey, the Pettybreakers @ House of Blues
  • The Catalyst Presents: Eken Is Dead, Thirty 30, Wolves Of Eden, Fractured Sky @ The Merrow
  • Privatized Air, Off Center, the Holes @ The Bancroft
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Sara Petite @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • The Fink Bombs, Franks and Deans, The Heiz @ Tower Bar
  • Ocean Beach Comedy with Dan Venti and Jaleesa Johnson @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • (The Music of Jerry Garcia Band) The Maykers @ Winston's
  • Paul Devro @ Fluxx
  • Nervo @ Omnia
  • Lee K, Craig Chambers, Jedi Jackson @ Bang Bang
  • Junglist's Fridays @ Kava Lounge
  • Fooz Fighters, Rage Again @ 710 Beach Club
  • Barb Wire Dolls, Chica Diabla, the Yucks, Daddy Issues, the Pictographs @ 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.

<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:04:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/1210523215132620289715401655116071n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

Photo Credit: thedrunkphotographer/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[The Life of Ryan]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:48:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Ryan+Bingham+06.JPG

Oh, man. The Belly Up wins Thursday and Friday with back-to-back sold-out nights of the incredible singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham, who packs in a double bunch by bringing Jamestown Revival as support. Take a moment to shed a tear if you didn't grab tickets, but don't let it stop you from making other plans. In possibly the weirdest tour pairing ever, the Cult and Primal Scream appear together at the House of Blues. Elsewhere, you can catch local champs Weatherbox at the Che Cafe, or rock out with Blackbird Raum at the Til Two. We all know my true heart lies with indie, and label Barsuk never disappoints, so neither should Trails and Ways, with their sweet female harmonies and groovy synth sounds. They will be appearing at the Casbah.

Thursday, Nov. 19:

  • Ryan Bingham, Jamestown Revival, Gold Star @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The Cult, Primal Scream @ House of Blues
  • Trails and Ways, the Verigolds, Bad and the Ugly @ Casbah (watch our Spotlight segment on Bad and the Ugly here)
  • Weatherbox, State Champion, Pretend, Little Heroine @ Che Cafe
  • Blackbird Raum, Dirty Kid Discount, Sledding With Tigers, Bogsey @ Til Two Club
  • Nombe, 9 Theory @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Ten Strings and a Goat Skin @ AMSD
  • (Nicey) Nice World @ Black Cat
  • The Dirty Knobs, with Mike Campbell, Jason Sinay, Matt Laug, Lance Morrison @ Music Box
  • Scott Whitfield & SDSU Jazz Ensemble @ Smith Recital Hall, SDSU
  • Tikitronic, Blue Sky Flu @ Sycamore Den
  • Yob, Black Cobra, Deep Sea Thunder Beast @ Brick By Brick
  • Jeff Dewine, Amanda Cogan, Born on a Hill @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Eric Bellinger @ House of Blues' Voodoo Room
  • Heather Nation Band, Ghost Lit Kingdom, the Wild Fires @ The Merrow
  • DarkWaveGarden @ The Bancroft
  • Clay Colton Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Lostboycrow @ The Loft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Luminaries, Atlantis Rizing, Kiyoshi, Seancy @ Winston's
  • Tommy Trash @ Omnia
  • DallasK @ Parq
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Astrojump, Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Missy Anderson @ Tio Leo's
  • The Dirty Work @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Campaign @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Heart]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:45:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Heart-HarrahsNov2015+%2835%29.jpg Rock legends Heart breathed life into Harrah's Resort Southern California on Nov. 15.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Gilbert Castellanos Brings Jazz to the Symphony]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:15:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/gilmanuel722.jpg

“Nov. 21 is our first concert,” relates trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos over breakfast in North Park. “I’m really excited, and I’m a little nervous about delivering the goods, so to speak, because this is probably the biggest thing I’ve ever put my name next to. I don’t want to disappoint anybody, so I’m really putting my heart and soul into this.”

Castellanos is referring to his association with the San Diego Symphony, who are embarking on a regular collaboration with the musician called Jazz at the Jacobs. The trumpeter has been named artistic curator for the series, and they are beginning with an all-star affair that also showcases a performance by the International Academy of Jazz, a group of young players that Castellanos mentors.

“What will really make this inaugural concert special is that I have my kids opening for us,” says Castellanos. “They are like the all-star young lions. I think just the chance to hear these kids alone would be worth the price of admission.”

After the opening act, things will continue with the main event: the Legends of Jazz. That moniker isn’t hyperbole. Check out the lineup: “It will feature Charles McPherson and Tom Scott on saxophones, vocalist Barbara Morrison, bassists Henry Franklin and Marshall Hawkins, drummer Roy McCurdy, pianist Mike Wofford and flutist Holly Hofmann.”

How will he deal with all of that talent on one stage?

“My concept is to present them like a Jazz at the Philharmonic,” says the musician, referencing the groundbreaking series produced by Norman Granz for nearly 40 years. “I want to start with a big first number with everyone on stage -- like a big jam session -- then break into smaller groups so that everyone gets featured, then finish with everyone back on stage for the finale!”

The series will eventually feature four concerts over the next seven months, all at the acoustically amazing Symphony Hall. Tickets for the November date range from $20 to $65.

“The next one is not until January,” Castellanos continues. “That’s the piano player’s summit concert. It will feature Eric Reed from L.A., Helen Sung from NYC and our very own Joshua White, with Rodney Whittaker and Willie Jones III on bass and drums. The program is a tribute to Art Tatum, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and that happens on Jan. 23.

“The third concert is on Feb. 19. That’s the only one that falls on a Friday. The rest all happen on Saturday nights. That one will feature vocalist Dianne Reeves with her band, and I will be opening with my group Latin Trumpet Summit, which features three trumpets and an Afro-Cuban rhythm section.

“The grand finale happens on May 7, and it’s gonna feature the Grammy-award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter. I’ll be opening with a tribute to Jimmy Smith, featuring some heavy-duty organ players.”

Castellanos is grateful for the opportunity. “As far as the Jacobs Series, I really want to thank Tommy Phillips, who is the director of artistic planning. He’s really the guy that brought all this to the table, and of course, Martha Gilmer, the new CEO of the Symphony, who is really making things happen. And I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a beautiful thing because I really want to step up my game and make the community aware of the series. That’s my biggest goal right now.”

For tickets, call the San Diego Symphony box office at 619-235-0804 or visit the website at sandiegosymphony.org.

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

Photo Credit: Manuel Cruces Camberos]]>
<![CDATA[A Welcome Lull]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:47:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/casbah+generic.jpg

Don't say I didn't warn you that San Diego will begin to experience a decrease in live music, but the beautiful thing is that there are some venues that always deliver. Of course, those of us into local and indie music can always rely on the Casbah or Soda Bar for shows, but it's those other places, Lestat's and Winston's and Humphreys Backstage that also book just about every night of the year and keep music thriving and growing. Wednesday you can catch Nina Francis at Lestat's, Sven Eric Seaholm at Java Joe's, or Walter Gentry at Humphreys Backstage. Casbah has an awesome local lineup with the Lulls in the headline spot, while Soda Bar welcomes L.A. singer/songwriter David Ryan Harris, and Bar Pink hosts Jo Live and Ben Hazelwood.

Wednesday, Nov. 18:

  • The Lulls, Ditches, Gooon @ Casbah
  • Yoga Six + live music featuring Emily Drew, Jonny Tarr, Steve Gold @ Belly Up
  • David Ryan Harris, Tyler Lyle @ Soda Bar
  • Jo Livi, Ben Hazelwood @ Bar Pink
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistle Stop
  • Josh Weinstein's Junkyard Tavernacle, Mimi Zulu @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Mac Miller, Alexander Spit, Njomza, Michael Christmas, Tory Lanez @ House of Blues
  • Nina Francis, Ian McCarter @ Lestat's
  • Gio and Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Sven Eric Seaholm @ Java Joe's
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston presents Sensamotion with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • This 'n' That @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockin Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Richard Thompson Trio]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:53:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/Richard+Thompson+Trio+Dan+Chusid+2015+%2814%29.jpg Richard Thompson, of Fairport Convention fame, and his trio wowed a packed Belly Up on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Oh Boy & Bear]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:50:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/boy-and-bear-press-shots-2013-03.jpg

There are those bands on which great expectations were placed perhaps too early -- the kind of expectations that stifle character and development instead of nurturing it, like greatness assigned before it has the chance to be discovered. And that's some serious pressure. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, after sweeping past our fair city on its last three visits to the U.S., one such band hits Soda Bar -- San Diego, say g'day to Boy & Bear.

When Australia's Boy & Bear released their independent single, "Mexican Mavis," and subsequent 2011 debut record, “Moonfire,” critics fizzed with comparisons to Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons, tapping their folk-hungry fingers in anticipation of another “Home” a la Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. It’s what arguably pushed the quintet back into the studio almost immediately to record “Harlequin Dream,” their sophomore effort that dropped two years after their debut and then carried them through some 170 shows across three continents in a year. The relentless touring brought the band back to the studio for October’s “Limit of Love,” recorded live in studio with producer Ethan Johns (who shares credits with the likes of Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams and Kaiser Chiefs).

For all their success and tireless work, Boy & Bear received back-handed compliments from the very critics who once affectionately rubbed their newborn bellies, their album’s reception plump with lukewarm sentiments that sound a lot like, “Yeah, it’s good, but we expected that. Now what?” It’s a slap in the face maybe, but also a challenge, one that both Boy & Bear and their fans should welcome -- discovering what lies beneath the golden-child sheen as it fades. Because they've done "good" in the "been there, done that" sense. They've nailed it. But they're more than that. Now Boy & Bear are being given a chance to be great again, but on their own terms. And it's already started. 

Here, Boy & Bear bassist David Symes -- who joined David Hosking (vocals, guitar), Killian Gavin (vocals, guitar) and brothers Timothy (drums, vocals) and Jonathan Hart (vocals, banjo, mandolin, keyboards) when they went into studio for “Harlequin Dream” -- talks with SoundDiego about taking "Limit of Love" live, both in the studio and beyond.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz: Is it different playing for American audiences than playing Australian crowds?
David Symes: Yeah, there are differences, but generally it’s sort of the same thing. I think that the audiences in the States are big music fans -- there seems to be more of a history of going out to see rock & roll shows. It’s where a lot of our sort of heros have played, and often have played in the same cities and sometimes the same venues. It’s like tapping into a piece of music history playing in America.

HLS: So your history with Boy & Bear -- you came in on “Harlequin Dream,” right?
DS: I joined the band just before “Harlequin Dream.” It’s coming up on three years in about a month.

HLS: How’d that come about?
DS: I was playing in some other bands in Aus, and it came at a time when they were looking at a new bass player, and I jumped on to play some festival shows, and it just worked really well. We seemed to connect musically and personally, and they already had the album in place to start recording about a month after that. It was really good timing for me -- I was ready to be in a band again, and it’s been an amazing journey for me.

HLS: I read an interview where one of you guys say you aren’t “the most shenanigan-y kind of band.” Does that mean the van isn’t full of fart jokes, empty 40s and group-Tindering?
DS: [Laughs] I guess we keep each other in check. There are still enough shenanigans. It’s not clean the whole time. You get five guys in a room together for 11 months of the year... I think we sort of like to stay fit and healthy as much as we can on the road. We all exercise a lot on the road. We enjoy fine food and fine wine... It’s probably true that we definitely keep an eye on each other.

HLS: For the latest album, you guys recorded live in studio. Why?
DS: We did a lot of shows last year with our last record, and the band was just growing and growing with performance quality and how we were interacting on stage. So we wanted to make this simpler and capture what happens when we set up in a room and play. We were a little bit more collaborative on the songs. We were writing in the sense of just sitting in a room or in a circle and just playing and writing. And in the studio we were fortunate enough to work with Ethan Johns, and he really encouraged us to record in the same way, so we set up in Peter Gabriel’s studio in England and recorded a live take. It was kind of like making an album in 1968, capturing our sound and keeping it true and honest... We write in a kind of classic songwriting approach, and we’re really trying to push the envelope as well and go for great parts and great hooks, but there’s something really beautiful for us, to record in this way and in that environment. It was a really nice way to make music -- it seems obvious but can sometimes get forgotten about with all the choices in technology that’s available these days.

Boy & Bear play Soda Bar on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 p.m., SOLD OUT, 21+. Oh Spirit open.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Headjam]]>
<![CDATA[Psyched for the Furs]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:13:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/psychedelic-furs-richard-butler.jpg

I'm not going to lie: The closer we get to Thanksgiving, the fewer touring shows we're going to see here in San Diego, so you should really take advantage while you can. For example, the Psychedelic Furs are at the Belly Up Tuesday, and if you caught their set earlier this year at the Observatory, you know that the band still has it after all these years. Plus Max & the Moon opening is an extra treat, so make your way to the Belly Up for an awesome night of music. Meanwhile, the Casbah welcomes chillwave duoKeep Shelly in Athens, who we love because they're signed by Forest Family Records, the imprint of music blog Gorilla vs. Bear, and let's be honest, we believe in the power and tastemaking abilities of bloggers. At Soda Bar, you can catch Boy & Bear with locals Oh, Spirit! opening, and Radio Halloran hosts his local Tuesday at the Merrow. So, yes, there are still options, but they'll be fading soon -- so get out before everyone bunkers down for the holidays.

Tuesday, Nov. 17:

  • The Psychedelic Furs, Max & the Moon @ Belly Up
  • Keep Shelly in Athens, Different Sleep, Chill Pill @ Casbah
  • Boy & Bear, Oh, Spirit! @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Alvin & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Radio Halloran presents Cult Vegas, the Bassics, the Midways @ The Merrow
  • Big K.R.I.T., BJ the Chicago Kid, Scotty ATL, Delorean @ Observatory North Park
  • Ricardo Montaner @ Music Box
  • Triptides, Levitation Room, Tülips @ The Hideout
  • Kyle Motl, Tobin Chodos, Kjell Nordeson @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, Roger Harvey @ House of Blues
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Stacy Antonel Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Open Mic hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • CalPhonics @ Winston's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • 710 Country 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: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Rob Machado Foundation Benefit]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:41:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rob+Machado+Benefit+Belly+Up+2015+%2836%29.jpg Big-name musical acts Matt Nathanson, Brett Dennen and Grouplove's Andrew Wesson performed at the Belly Up for the fourth annual Rob Machado Foundation Benefit show on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[12 Musicians With San Diego Ties]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:06:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/eric+clapton+depression.jpg

Let's face it: San Diego rules. We don't get the America’s Finest City nickname for no reason. Whether you grew up here, transplanted here or simply visited for a minute, few leave without wanting to come back, and those who stay know they have it pretty good. So it’s no surprise that people of all walks of life -- including some pretty big-name musicians -- either soak up the SD sun or did at one time. In fact, while we were digging around, we found a few musical artists that you may not realize share your same love of everything San Diego. Everyone knows about Eddie Vedder and Jewel (we’re reminded pretty much every day), so here are 12 musicians with San Diego ties that may have flown a bit under the proverbial radar. If we forgot anyone, let us know in the comments!

  • Matt Cameron: Vedder may get all the love, but folks don’t realize the guy straddling two grunge powerhouses as the drummer for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam was born and raised in San Diego -- he went to Bonita Vista High School -- before moving to Seattle in 1983.

  • Eric Clapton: There’s a reason why Clapton’s 2006 collaborative album with J.J. Cale is titled “The Road to Escondido” -- both of 'em lived in North County at one time or another. J.J. Cale’s hometown is Valley Center, while Clapton owned a mansion in Escondido in the '80s and '90s. “Clapton is God”? Nah, he probably just felt like it after eating a Peterson’s donut (dude, check 'em out for real).

  • Ace Frehley: “Spaceman” lives in San Diego! For the past few years, the famed former guitarist (and founding member) of Kiss has been masquerading (sans makeup) around town and popping up unannounced at gigs now and then -- he most recently performed at the Casbah for Steve Rodriguez’s "Welcome to Heaven" memorial show. Let’s hang out, Ace!

  • Janet Jackson: Yup, you read that right: Janet (Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty) lived in Rancho Santa Fe from 1990 to 1997 in a $4.5-million, 10,000-square-foot mansion that perhaps inspired her best work (ahem, “Janet”).

  • Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan: Everyone’s favorite can’t-we-all-get-along tune, “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” was co-written by Jordan and his band War. Jordan was born in San Diego in 1948.

  • Jim Morrison: Yes indeed, the Doors' good ol’ Lizard King spent some of his childhood living in San Diego while his father was in the U.S. Navy. Our beautiful city must've been the inspiration for “Hello, I Love You,” right?

  • Linda Perry: Perry spent a large part of her teenage years living in San Diego, trying (unsuccessfully) to start several different bands. Apparently, it took her making a move to San Francisco to snag it with 4 Non Blondes. It’s been all world domination ever since: Perry’s responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last two decades, writing or co-writing songs for Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Alicia Keys and others.

  • Steve Perry: Journey’s ex-lead vocalist lives in Del Mar. So if you ever wanted to meet the man behind the songs “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms” and “Faithfully,” don’t stop believin’. He could be the guy standing in line next to you at Whole Foods buying a ton of cheese.

  • Scott Weiland: Yoyeah, Weiland’s a San Diegan. Dude founded a local band called the Magnificent Bastards in 1995 with drummer Victor Indrizzo before rejoining a little band you may have heard of called Stone Temple Pilots for their “Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop” album.

  • Ann Wilson: When you’ve got pipes like Heart’s Wilson (who "Hit Parader" named as one of the Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time in 2006), does it really matter where you’re from? Well, to us it does. Wilson was born in San Diego in 1950, when her father was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps. She joined Heart (who was called White Heart before she joined), and “Crazy on You” followed soon thereafter. The rest, as they say, is history.

  • Eric Wilson: When he’s not busy practicing santeria, Wilson is the original founding bassist for your favorite skate/punk/reggae band, Sublime -- and now, Sublime With Rome. Dude lives in town, but we’re not saying where (so don’t ask).

  • Patrick Wilson: Beverly Hills? Nah, Weezer’s drummer extraordinaire is a resident of Poway, California. Say it ain't so! Wonder if he actually plays “In the Garage”?

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

Photo Credit: Redferns]]>
<![CDATA[With Flying City and Colours]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:34:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/117846163.jpg

It's hard to just act like it is a typical Monday when we reflect on the horrific acts of terrorism this weekend, but we would be a paralyzed state if we didn't find ways for the living to go on and keep living to the fullest. Music is our sanctuary, and though that sanctuary was disrupted, it will continue to be our out, our catharsis, our therapy. Monday you can head to the House of Blues for the beautiful City and Colour, or catch a local lineup with the Anomaly at the Casbah. The Belly Up and Observatory host sold-out shows, with the Green at the former and Atmosphere at the latter. We cannot pretend that our world is not a little bit different than it was, but we carry on and seek comfort in the music.  

Monday, Nov. 16:

  • City and Colour, Hurray for the Riff Raff @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • The Anomaly, Captain Viejo, the Sinclairs @ Casbah
  • Atmosphere @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • The Green, Hirie @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Strange Names, Line and Circle @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Haunted Summer @ The Office
  • MusiCares presents Addiction & the Music Business @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night with Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

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

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<![CDATA[Bad & the Ugly: As Good As It Gets]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:51:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bad+and+the+Ugly+SD.jpg Bad & the Ugly's frontman, Nate Hess, discusses his transition from music's heavier side to his current band's folk-tinged, rustic sounds -- see them live at the Casbah on Nov. 19.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 15-21]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:05:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Mac+Miller+Michel+Dussack+%2814%29.jpg The week's upcoming must-see shows in San Diego include Mac Miller, Everclear, Iration and more.

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Sunday's Main Squeeze]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:59:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Squeeze-4806R-1000px2.jpg

As if this weekend wasn't packed solid with music, Sunday night has some incredible offerings for your aural pleasure. First of all, Squeeze performs an acoustic show at House of Blues. With their extensive catalog and history, this will be a very special performance, indeed. Meanwhile, the Observatory is sold out with X Ambassadors though you might be able to score tickets at the box office; Girlboy celebrates a CD release at the Merrow; and Firethorn have reunited for a show at the Casbah.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015:

  • Squeeze Acoustic: "The At-Odds Couple" -- an evening w/ Difford & Tilbrook @ House of Blues
  • X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, Kevin Garrett @ The Observatory North Park (sold-out)
  • Firethorn, Velvet Club, the Roxanne Wars @ Casbah
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Girlboy (CD release) @ The Merrow (5 p.m.)
  • Matisyahu @ Balboa Theatre
  • Heart @ The Events Center, Harrah's Resort SoCal
  • Billy Changer, Fake Tides, Nimzo Indians, Kids In Heat, Pueblo @ Che Cafe
  • Day Mvs: Skream, Lee Foss @ Quartyard
  • The Front Bottoms, the Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly @ The Irenic
  • Puro Instinct, Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates, Sextile @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Jerry Jeff Walker (solo) @ AMSD Concerts
  • Point Break Live, Can You Keanu? @ Belly Up
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Doyle, Chamber Sixx, They Feed at Night, the Grim Imperials @ Brick By Brick
  • The Jackson Price Band @ Sycamore Den
  • Forever Came Calling, Seasons Change @ Legend Records
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Dream Night with the Victoriana, Drab Majesty, DJs Mario Orduno & Quon Solo @ Whistle Stop
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Lorraine Castellanos & Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Marvin Banks @ Humphreys Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Kitten With A Whip @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-Ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • Yoga For Your Ears @ Kava Lounge
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Reggae Sundays @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Squeezeofficial.com]]>
<![CDATA[Have Lucero, Will Travel]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:16:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lucero+press+photo+-+Jamie+Harmon1.jpg

Turns out Lucero’s frontman, Ben Nichols, and I have something in common: We’re both good friends with a dude named Matt Bradley.

For most, that wouldn’t mean a whole lot. But for fans of the alt-country/Memphis-soul band, that’d be the guy immortalized in their 2003 song, “Tears Don’t Matter Much”: “Matt Bradley’s got the broken teeth/He wears a jean jacket with a bullet in the sleeve/He’s just another Southern boy who dreams of nights in NYC.

Indeed, Bradley (who fronts my own band Diamond Lakes) is very much a real guy, and Nichols wasn’t lying: He’s got broken teeth, he did actually used to wear a jean jacket with a bullet in the sleeve (he’s since reverted to mostly wearing sleeveless metal band tanks), and he eventually found his way to New York City. He’s also an incredible artist – and, most recently, he’s who Lucero tapped to paint the cover artwork for their new album, “All A Man Should Do.”

“It’s beautiful,” Nichols said, when I brought it up. It sure is, and better yet, it’s the perfect visual accompaniment to the lower-key album, which finds Nichols mostly playing acoustic guitar.

“For this record, it was time to go in a different direction,” the singer/guitarist told me. “Playing acoustic gave it such a different feel -- a softer starting point -- which we then built around. It came out completely like I wanted.”

Lucero, "All A Man Should Do"For a band (comprised of Nichols, guitarist Brian Venable, bassist John C. Stubblefield, keyboardist Rick Steff and drummer Roy Berry) that has made its name from raucous live shows that incorporate Nichols’ heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics, rough-as-sandpaper voice and tunes that often inspire entire crowds to sing along, the Ardent Studio-recorded “All a Man Should Do” is quite the evolution from the band’s debut, 2000’s “The Attic Tapes.”

“We’ve gone through stages,” Nichols explained. “It started with just me and Brian [Venable], and we had no idea what we were doing back then. He had never played an instrument, period. I had never been a in a band before. We’re a little bit better at guitar now [laughs]. Not much, but a little bit. Over the years, we’ve got bigger and louder and little more complex. Musically, the songwriting has progressed a little bit. But lyrically, it’s still exactly the same. For the new record, we took everything we’ve learned so far and refined it a little bit. I like the last two records quite a bit, and I like a lot of the old stuff too – but this was the right record for me right now.”

Even though the musicianship may have evolved and pieces added to the mix over the years, the frontman is still doing exactly what he set out to do almost 20 years ago.

“I’d always wanted to be in a touring band," Nichols said. "I wasn’t sure how I was gonna get there, and I wasn’t in a giant rush. I just wanted to go on tour. When I moved to Memphis, I was looking for folks to play with, and it was rough. Musicians didn’t want to be in a band with me. People didn’t think I’d be cool to be in a band with or something. I had to find a guy that didn’t even play guitar. You had to tell Brian where to put his fingers and go, ‘Play this over and over the whole song.’ That was his part … still kinda is [laughs]. You work with what you got, but we’re still doing the same thing we’ve always done. I wanted to travel and play rock & roll.”

It seems simple. Do what you love -- and then just keep doing it, right? The raspy-voiced singer always knew they had something special, but when I tell him about the absolute devotion and obsession some of my friends have with Lucero (which seems to be pretty common among their fans), he doesn’t seem too fazed.

“Did we think we’d have that kind of following?" Nichols asked. "Not necessarily. Surprising? Yes. Were we shooting for that? Yeah. I mean, we’re lucky to have very loyal fans. And we’re still making new ones -- one by one. We’re never gonna be Coldplay, but we’re still growing.”

But what does he think inspires that?

“The lyrics are pretty straightforward,” he offered up. “They’re universal … and, you know, the music’s real nice, too.”

Lucero headline the Belly Up on Nov. 22. They will play one acoustic set, and one electric set. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $26 and are available online here.

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

Photo Credit: Jamie Harmon]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: King Diamond]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:45:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KingDiamond147.jpg King Diamond summoned "Abigail" -- his 1987 metal masterpiece album -- to life before a packed Observatory North Park crowd on Nov. 4, 2015. Holy Grail opened.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Joy to the World]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:56:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/_35C3829+722.jpg

A few years ago, I was walking around downtown Austin, Texas, with some friends, on our way to a showcase at South By Southwest. We got to the venue and there was a line snaking around the block. Fortunately, we were with some label people and they ushered our group in just in time to catch the Joy Formidable. The band is amazing and have not been to town in some time, but you can catch them on Saturday at the San Diego Music Thing Music, along with L7, Milo Greene, the Moth and the Flame, Chicano Batman, and some great local acts. Of course, the Music Thing continues all around the city: The Redwoods presents a showcase of their talent at Soda Bar, Bar Pink hosts the Creepy Creeps, Tamryn is at Hideout, No Age will play the Irenic, and Dead Feather Moon are at Music Box. I'm not going to lie: I'm a little partial to the Casbah's showcase because I loved In the Valley Below at the Hard Rock Hotel last fall, and the venue has a pretty sick top to bottom lineup. For non-Music Thing events, the Donkeys play at the Cabrillo Monument on Point Loma at an event called Convergence, and Lagwagon rocks out at the Observatory.

Saturday, Nov. 14:

  • SDMT: Joy Formidable, L7, Milo Greene, the Moth and the Flame, Chicano Batman, Madly, Neighbors to the North, the Palace Ballroom @ Observatory North Park Parking Lot (29th & University)
  • SDMT: In the Valley Below, Here We Go Magic, Hills Like Elephants, the Paragraphs, JJUUJJUU @ Casbah
  • SDMT: No Age, Retox, Big Bad Buffalo @ The Irenic
  • SDMT: Tamaryn, Wild Wild Wets, Froth, Think No Think @ The Hideout
  • SDMT: Babes, Guides, Paper Days, Goose & Mavrk @ The Merrow
  • SDMT: the Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, Erik Canzona & the Narrows, Creature and the Woods, Dani Bell & the Tarantist @ Soda Bar
  • SDMT: the Creepy Creeps, Schizophonics, Subsurfer, Grizzly Business @ Bar Pink
  • Dead Feather Moon, Barbarian, Oliver Trolley, Groove Session @ Music Box
  • A Ship in the Woods presents the Donkeys, Pall Jenkins, Perry Vasquez, Preston Swirnoff and 46 visual artists @ Cabrillo Monument Visitor's Center, Point Loma
  • Modern Baseball, Pup, Jeff Rosenstock, Tiny Moving Parts @ Lamppost Warehouse (5444 Napa, All Ages, 7pm)
  • Youth Lagoon, Taylor McFerrin @ Belly Up
  • Lagwagon, Runaway Kids, Brian Wahlstrom & Bobgoblin @ Observatory North Park
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pueblo, No Hope Kids, Jurn Venado @ The Balboa
  • Blinkfest 08, featuring Weezer Sing-Alongs and Tony Hawk's Pro Band (cover bands) @ Che Cafe
  • Ty Dolla $ign @ House of Blues
  • Carnifex, Within the Ruins, Lorna Shore, the Last Ten Seconds of Life, Suntorn @ SOMA
  • Hunter Hunted @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Madman, Sonic Tonic, Rattz @ Brick By Brick
  • Mike Hood & the Bad Burritos, Se Vende @ Lestat's
  • Bushwalla and Friends, The Accidentals @ Java Joe's
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Grampadrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Tramplers, Waste Aways, Reckless Disregard, Dirty Dishes @ The Bancroft
  • Peter Hall @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Gilbert Castellanos & the Park West Ensemble @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • David Benoit, Courtney Fortune @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.)
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's
  • Raise the Guns @ Til-Two Club
  • Andrew Rayel @ Omnia
  • Detroit Swindle @ Bang Bang
  • DJ P-Jay @ Phantom Lounge
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Dee Lucas @ 98 Bottles
  • Wiggle @ Kava Lounge
  • Brothers Gow, Spafford @ 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: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Hinds Sight]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:40:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hinds+SD.jpg Hinds, the biggest buzzband from Spain in recent memory, tore through the Irenic with their uproariously fun lo-fi garage rock.]]> <![CDATA[Brad Mehldau Trio Rocks the House]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:14:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/186*120/braddana722.jpg

In the final installment of the Athenaeum Jazz at the Scripps Research Institute fall concert series, the internationally acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau returned to La Jolla with his working trio comprised of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Like the recent Charles Lloyd event at the Athenaeum -- this concert had been sold out for months and was standing-room-only. I think I saw every jazz musician who didn’t have a gig that night somewhere in the audience.

The trio began strong with the quirky “Solid, Jackson,” gliding along the woody pulse of Grenadier and the amazingly precise ride cymbal articulations of Ballard, who followed Mehldau’s graceful opening statement with an infectiously joyful brush solo.

These cats have played so much together, and you can really hear it in the way they interact with each other at the deepest level -- whether it was the swirling, complex throb of “After the After,” or the untitled, harmonically dense exchange between Mehldau’s intricate unisons and the seemingly bottom-less font of soft clicks and accents that drive Ballard’s intense contributions.

Grenadier’s deep and pliant tone was a constant joy to behold -- yet I wasn’t prepared for the solo he dropped during a wrenching reading of Sidney Bechet’s “If You See My Mother,” which achieved a blue intimacy that I’m still trying to recover from. Everyone dug deep on this exposition -- providing a truly magical moment in an evening chock-full of them.

This has been one of the most musically innovative seasons for Daniel Atkinson and the folks at Athenaeum Jazz, each concert, starting with the Mark Dresser Octet (my personal favorite), continuing through sold-out affairs by Lloyd and Mehldau, have been celebrations .

The magic continues next February with an extremely rare West Coast appearance by the legendary Gary Peacock Trio with Joey Baron and Marc Copland.

I can hardly wait.

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

Photo Credit: Dan Atkinson]]>
<![CDATA[Ilya Say Goodnight]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:34:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Casbah-shot.jpg

San Diego Music Thing is in full swing, so hopefully you got out yesterday for some of the interesting panels, the hilarious keynote with Martin Atkins, and some incredible shows by the likes of Yo La Tengo and AA Bondy, to name just a couple. Tonight is filled with more showcases including Matthew Logan Vasquez, the main voice of Delta Spirit for a decade, who has decided to strike out on his own at this juncture of his career. He'll be headlining the Irenic. Meanwhile, Album Leaf is performing at the Casbah, and they'll be joined by Ilya, who has claimed that this will be the band's final performance ever. Born Ruffians take the headline spot at Soda Bar, Paper Kites are at Bar Pink (which is sold out of individual showcase tickets), Inspired and the Sleep headline the Merrow and Swingin' Utters get punky at the Hideout. If you're not doing SDMT, catch Tokimonsta at the Observatory, Mayhem at Brick By Brick, or the Ataris at Tango Del Rey.

Friday, Nov. 13:

  • SDMT: Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Andrew St. James, Jason Robert Plum @ The Irenic
  • SDMT: The Album Leaf, Ilya, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Bakkuda @ Casbah
  • SDMT: Born Ruffians, Young Rival, James Supercave, My Goodness @ Soda Bar
  • SDMT: Paper Kites, Old Man Canyon, Oh, Spirit! @ Bar Pink
  • SDMT: Inspired and the Sleep, AJ Froman, Soft Lions, Summer Twins @ The Merrow
  • SDMT: Swingin' Utters, the Bomb Pops, Beach Slang, Success @ The Hideout
  • Houndmouth, Howard @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Circa Survive, RX Bandits, Citizen @ House of Blues
  • Worriers, Russian Tremors @ Black Cat Bar
  • Tokimonsta, Anderson Paak, Two Fresh, Leikeli47 @ Observatory North Park
  • Mayhem, Watain, Rotting Christ @ Brick By Brick (originally booked at Observatory North Park)
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Ataris,, Interfate, Fall & Rise, Gone Avery, Christopher Brothers @ Tango del Rey
  • Dona Nova, Thirty 30, Big Goat, Symbolic, Kulteir Kltr @ Brick By Brick
  • Ratboys, Bedroom Sons, Nancy Sin, the San Diego School of Rock House Band Day Mvs: Bakermat @ Quartyard
  • ArtPower presents Cuarteo Quiroga @ Department of Music’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
  • Polytape 2 Tour Fiji & Drew Deezy @ Music Box
  • Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda @ Dizzy's
  • Atomic Groove 5th Annual Pajama Jam Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Gardeners Logic, Lilian Lefranc @ The Balboa
  • Mayday Parade, Real Friends, This Wild Life, As It Is @ SOMA
  • Lucas Stonehouse, Kennady Tracy, Cordelia Degher, Olivia Wiese @ Lestat's
  • Chris Trapper, Jill Jack @ Java Joe's
  • Dave Days, Future Sunsets, Alex Preston, Restless Road, the House on a Cliff @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Devoid, Abyssal, Garth Algar, Cryptic Languages @ The Bancroft
  • Paulette McWilliams @ Croce's Park West
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Atomic Machines, The Mandoshanks, WWW.COM, The Yucks @ Tower Bar
  • The Earful, the Moves, Bomb Squad @ Winston's
  • Time Spent Driving, the Night of the Gun, Sound Lupus, Causers @ Til-Two Club
  • The Power of Soul, with Tim Felton (Sure Fire Soul Ensemble), DJ Inform (Beatbox Records) @ Whistle Stop
  • Red Elvises @ Tio Leo's
  • Datsik @ Fluxx
  • Bakermat @ Bang Bang
  • Patrizia the Sultry Lady of Jazz @ Four Points by Sheraton
  • DJ Shift @ Parq
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Lil Jon @ Omnia
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Bass Tribe, with Russ Liquid, Galangsta, Flowtye @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Works, with Simon Shakleton, Bass Exotic, Memo&Rex, Ivano @ Spin
  • Ocean Natives, Reef Bound Sol @ 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[The Milo Greene Mile]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:31:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Milo+Greene+lg.jpg

My overall pick for this weekend is the San Diego Music Thing. It officially begins Thursday at the Lafayette Hotel with Q&A panels that include music icons such as Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Martin Atkins (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke), Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit), and more.

At the top of my list for Friday’s edition of the SDMT is Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit) headlining at the Irenic. Others include the Album Leaf, Ilya, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and Bakkuda at the Casbah; Born Ruffians, Young Rival, James Supercave and My Goodness at Soda Bar; and Swingin’ Utters, the Bomb Pops, Beach Slang and Success at the Hideout. Elsewhere, Houndmouth is headlining a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Circa Survive, RX Bandits and Citizen are at House of Blues; and the Ataris play at Tango Del Rey

Saturday, the SDMT continues with so many shows to choose from so get ready to try and hit up as many venues as possible. The Joy Formidable, L7, the Moth and the Flame, Milo Greene, Chicano Batman, Madly, Neighbors to the North and the Palace Ballroom are all part of the lineup at the Observatory North Park parking lot; In the Valley Below headline at the Casbah; No Age, Retox and Big Bad Buffalo are at the Irenic; The Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, Erik Canzona & the Narrows, and Dani Bell & the Tarantist are at Soda Bar; and the Creepy Creeps, Schizophonics, Subsurfer, and Grizzly Business take over Bar Pink. Other shows include Dead Feather Moon, Barbarian, Oliver Trolley, and Groove Session at Music Box; Lagwagon with Runaway Kids, Brian Wahlstrom and Bobgoblin at the Observatory North Park; A Ship In The Woods presents Convergence with the Donkeys, Pall Jenkins, and Preston Swirnoff at Cabrillo Monument Visitor's Center; and Modern Baseball, Pup, Jeff Rosenstock, and Tiny Moving Parts are at the new all-ages venue, Lamppost Warehouse. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numbers with DJs Dark Angel, Drew Harlander and yours truly; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Andrew Rayel at Omnia; and Detroit Swindle at Bang Bang.

On Sunday, Squeeze's acoustic "The At Odds Couple" evening with Difford & Tillbrook is at House of Blues; X-Ambassadors headline at the Observatory North Park; Matisyahu hits the Balboa Theatre; Puro Instinct, Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates and Sextile take over Soda Bar; the Front Bottoms, the Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly are at the Irenic; and Firethorn, Velvet Club and the Roxanne Wars play the Casbah.

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

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

Photo Credit: Big Hassle]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Ghost]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:00:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ghost+Observatory+Alex+Matthews+%2812%29.jpg Didn't get enough scares on Halloween? Ghost's Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls creeped out on a rabid Observatory North Park crowd on Nov. 2.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[A Very Moody Music Thing]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:49:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/MattVasquezEmail.jpg

After the two months we just had, San Diego music fans are fat and happy, practically bloated with all the live shows we’ve been gobbling up. But we hope you saved room for dessert, because the San Diego Music Thing is a veritable buffet of sweet sounds: Some 100 bands across 12 stages at nine venues for a three-day fete Nov. 12-14. It’s a lot to take in, particularly because this year’s talent pool is deep AF.

But no fears, my dears! Let your mood guide you to one of the showcases below. Curious what else is out there? Check out the full list of showcases to get tickets and pick your own poison -- and don't forget to enter to win four tickets to the fest!

If you want to party but you’re not old enough to…
There are far too few truly great all-ages shows that come through town (special shoutout to the Irenic and Lamppost Warehouse stepping up SD's all-ages game), but the SDMT isn't boxing out the youngins! So long as you can convince Mom and Dad to let you stay out late on a Thursday (hey, maybe they’ll come with -- ugh, fine, whatever, just don’t dance near me, Dad), the Irenic provides an excellent retreat. Viet Cong continue to make headlines for their controversial name, but don’t let that distract from this Canadian band’s post-punk magic making. On Nov. 12, they’re joined by local act Mrs. Magician (hot off an appearance at the Growlers’ Beach Goth Festival) and neighbors to the north Gateway Drugs, whose shoegaze sound welcomes light foot shuffles and head-down shoulder sways.
Viet Cong, Mrs. Magician, Gateway Drugs play the Irenic on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., $15, all ages.

If you have a honey you want to sweeten…
Head to the Hideout on Thursday, Nov. 12, where the sweet musical musings of AA Bondy make lovers out of listeners. A far cry from his grunge beginnings, Bondy’s solo work lives in the dance of traditional folk -- stripped clean but not bare. Sonny Boy Thorn pick up the beat, but not so much that you’ll lose your footing as you step-drift in place, while San Diego’s own Old Tiger swoon with pleading dreamscapes of soul, an ode to crooners past while inhabiting the present.
AA Bondy, Sonny Boy Thorn, Old Tiger, Grampadrew play the Hideout on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m., $12, 21+.

If you want to jam out but can’t find a sitter...
Remember how good Delta Spirit’s “Ode to Sunshine” was? Man, when they broke with that in 2007, it felt like the indie gods were speaking directly through Matthew Logan Vasquez & Co. They’ve got a strong pop lean these days, but Vasquez is breaking away -- as he’s done before, when he teamed up with the frontmen of Dawes and Deer Tick to form Middle Brother (P.S. Come back, please) -- for a solo stint that’s fuzzy and loud and big and fun and all-around hell yeah. “The Austin EP” [watch the video for the single “Everything I Do Is Out”] dropped Nov. 3, which still gives you plenty of time to listen up before he hits the Irenic for a show that’s made for adults but suitable for the kiddos. Plus, Andrew St. James brings his bright, story-telling folk to the stage just after Jason Robert Blum.
Matthew Logan Vasquez, Andrew St. James, Jason Robert Blum play the Irenic on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., $20, all ages.

If you want to get weird...
And who doesn’t? Local noise Saturday ends with the costume-clad Creepy Creeps and starts with Grizzly Business (who’ve earned comparisons to Spoon and the Shins, among others) at Bar Pink on Saturday, Nov. 14, with the wildly explosive Schizophonics and Subsurfer in between. It’s a showcase of stylish rock, ’60s jangle, surf and a host of other sounds that’ll leave your ears happily ringing. Word of warning: Make peace with relinquishing control now, because your bod is going to act on its own accord and move wherever the music takes it -- and that’s gonna be in a whole lotta different directions.
The Creepy Creeps, the Schizophonics, Subsurfer, Grizzly Business play Bar Pink on Saturday, Nov. 14, 21+.

If you want to support a local label…
With sounds that bring to mind an underground venue masked in smoke thick enough to hide secrets and those who harbor them, the Redwoods Revue showcase Saturday primarily features acts on local label Redwoods Music. It was formed earlier this year by musicians working together on a bunch of different projects, which basically makes it a super label made up of San Diego super groups. Headlining are the Midnight Pine and their haunting collection of dark-room folk pop and splashes of soul that strips you down with each deep note just to build you up once again. Relatively new to the scene, Birdy Bardot [who were inducted into the SoundDiego Record Club this year] offer their brand of swirling, distant blues -- “California soul,” they call it. And we eat it up.
The Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, Erik Canzona & the Narrows, Creature & the Woods, Dani Bell & the Tarantist play Soda Bar on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m., $10, 21+.

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

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<![CDATA[The Name's Bondy. A.A. Bondy.]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:19:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/99595532.jpg

There are a few weekends in San Diego that I consider favorites: the third weekend of May for the North Park Festival of Arts, that middle of July for Comic-Con, the last weekend of September for the Adams Avenue Street Fair, and the somewhat inconsistent but always fun San Diego Music Thing in the fall. This year, we're well into November for the annual music conference and there are so many great showcases as the event has moved far beyond just local acts. Your biggest problem is going to be which shows to choose, which will be a repeated meme this weekend. For me, I'll definitely be flashing my badge at the Observatory North Park for Blitzen Trapper and Yo La Tengo, and then I should have time to get to the Hideout for A.A. Bondy, who had to cancel his last scheduled San Diego appearance. But, there's hip-hop at the Merrow, dabble in rock and punk at Soda Bar, post-punk and rock at the Irenic or some post-hardcore at the Casbah.

Thursday, November 12:

  • SDMT: A.A. Bondy, Sonny Boy Thorn, Old Tiger, Grampa Drew @ The Hideout
  • SDMT: Soulside, Creative Adult, KATA, Keepers, Wildhoney, Records with Roger @ Casbah
  • SDMT: Viet Cong, Mrs. Magician, Gateway Drugs @ The Irenic
  • SDMT: Yo La Tengo, Blitzen Trapper @ The Observatory North Park
  • SDMT: The Briefs, Widows, the Touchies, Diamond Lakes @ Soda Bar
  • SDMT: Opoetik, DJ E3, Leon St. Heron, Generik & Aneken, The Concrete Project, Sound Collage @ The Merrow
  • Recommended Dosage with the Kabbs and Elephant Stone @ Whistle Stop
  • Grown Folks Music with the Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the Guilty Ones, Dead Rock West @ Belly Up
  • Wyatt Blair, Runson Willis III, Other Bodies, San Pedro El Cortez @ Music Box
  • Beach Goons, Bad Bikini, the Grinning Ghosts, Kan-Kan, Switch Blade Dad's @ Che Cafe
  • Levi Dean, Whitney Lockhart @ Sycamore Den
  • Pasadena, the Bumpin Uglies, Hazmat @ Winston's
  • Ice Nine Kills, Wage War, My Enemies & I, the White Noise, Amaya Lights @ SOMA
  • Creations @ Woody's Burgers
  • Godsmack, Red Sun Rising @ Open Air Theatre
  • The Israel Philharmonic @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Tony P, John Anthony, Elisia Savoca @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page and His Accompanists @ Java Joe's
  • DarkWaveGarden @ The Bancroft
  • Markus Schulz @ Omnia
  • Steph Johnson & Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Jerome Dawson @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Beneath Oblivion, Amarok, Chrch, Griever, Garth Algar @ Til-Two Club
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Progress @ Kava Lounge
  • Charlie Rae @ Boar Cross'n

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

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<![CDATA[Lamppost Debuts With Modern Baseball]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:19:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/modern_baseball_400_600.jpg

San Diego venues these days are like boom -- in the good way, you know what I mean? They’re explosive, poppin’ up all over. It’s great. We dig it the most. And now the underage crowd is getting some love too. This weekend marks the first ticketed show at Lamppost Warehouse, the Linda Vista space that you may not know yet but will certainly party at soon -- because the dude doing the booking over there is Cory Stier, whose buying talents you may be familiar with if you’ve ever been to a show at Soda Bar or the Irenic.

Actually, that’s how this all came about: After seeing a show at the Irenic, the owners of Lamppost reached out to Stier. He did a walk-through of the space and found, as the name suggests, a warehouse feel -- easy layout, big room and good acoustics.

“Lamppost is a very similar case to the Irenic in that it’s a church and an alternative church space,” Stier told SoundDiego. “But they were just doing church events, and then they were like, ‘Well, if we get a better sound sytem in here, we can do shows too.’”

The space is well suited to play host to heavier sounds (no carpet to scuff up) without sacrificing intimacy (capacity is about 600), the sort of place that might be good if, say, the Murder City Devils ever come back.

“It was just mayhem,” said Stier, fondly recalling MCD’s last show at the Irenic. When he tried to book the same show this year, the venue declined. But with Lamppost, that sort of experience -- the big and loud and wild -- it’s more realistic. And though there’s no word on what’s coming up next (Lamppost doesn’t yet have a calendar online, but shows are listed on Soda Bar’s website), Stier told us what he’s looking at.

“I’ll be doing the bigger, national, planned tours that come through,” Stier told SoundDiego. “Local events [Lamppost] will handle in house.”

All that being said, Modern Baseball are first up to bat (HA HA!), an appropriate sound for the venue’s debut Saturday, Nov. 14. The Philadelphia band have the whole rad, indie-rock thing down, boosted with a punk bounce and lyrical material that resonates with younger crowds. The band itself is growing up, even if they’re not grown up just yet. In a move that surprised critics and fans alike, Modern Baseball released an EP last month, and co-frontman Brendan Lukens recently opened up about his struggle with anxiety and depression and how that finds its way into the music he writes -- all the more to identify with. It’s a good start for Lamppost, and indicative of what direction the venue is going. Here's to bringing more great shows to San Diego for everyone to enjoy.

Modern Baseball play Lamppost Warehouse on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., $19, all ages. Pup, Jeff Rosenstock, Tiny Moving Parts open. Tickets are available here

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

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<![CDATA[Psyched for Painted Palms]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:03:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_PAINTED_PALMS_SOUNDDIEGO_10-31-15_1_1200x675_556463171517.jpg San Francisco's Painted Palms hypnotic psych-pop "controlled" the Merrow, where we caught them for sessions.]]> <![CDATA[Call It an Andra Day]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:07:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/andra-day-by-myriam-santos.jpg

We've hit the midweek point, and hopefully you are able to enjoy the Veterans Day holiday. By nightfall, there are plenty of shows to keep you entertained. Unfortunately, Andra Day's debut show is already sold out at the Casbah, but no reason you can't enjoy the folky tunes of the Shook Twins (made up of actual twin sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook), or if hip-hop is your jam, the Underachievers Forevermore Express Tour rolls through the Observatory. Sadly, Desaparecidos had to cancel their Belly Up show, but they've booked a solid night of local talent. Our friends Taurus Authority continue their residency at Bar Pink, while Tops headlines the Hideout, and Teenage Burritos are at Tower Bar. 

Wednesday, Nov. 11:

  • Andra Day @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Shook Twins, the Lovebirds, John Craigie @ Soda Bar
  • Kid Wilderness, Justin Froese, Tyson Motsenbocker @ Belly Up
  • The Underachievers Forevermore Express Tour with Pouya & the Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight, Bodega Boyz, G.R.A.M.Z. @ Observatory North Park
  • CANCELED: Desaparecidos, The So So Glos, Digital Leather @ Belly Up
  • Raheem Devaughn & Leela James present The Love and Soul Experience with V Bozeman @ Music Box
  • Taurus Authority @ Bar Pink
  • Singled Out, Step for Change, Coolside, Drug Control, Vacant Youth, Instinct @ Che Cafe
  • Tops, Banta, the Gloomies @ The Hideout
  • Badi Assad @ University of San Diego Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
  • Brian Marquis, Onward, Etc @ House of Blues
  • SSDD (Steal S--- Do Drugs), Teenage Burritos, Nail Polish @ Tower Bar
  • Twin Blades @ Lestat's
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston presents Ital Vibes with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Evidence Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Johnny Deadly Trio @ Tio Leo's
  • Lizzie Shipton & the Village Squares @ 710 Beach Club
  • Fiction International Party @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Los & Lonely with DJ Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

Photo Credit: Myriam Santos ]]>
<![CDATA[Nicky Venus Album Premiere: "Little Runner"]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:45:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Nicky-Venus-Press-photo-2+cropped.jpg

The age-old adage goes, “Only time can mend a broken heart.” If you’re Nick Venti though, turns out that traveling the world with nothing but a laptop, backpack and an unmailed letter does wonders too.

Suffering from a failed relationship and dealing with the heartache that goes along with it, the Republic of Letters drummer -- and the man behind the San Diego Music Award-winning synth-pop project Nicky Venus -- went east with only the aforementioned items to get away from it all and recover. Really far east, actually. 

With his journey taking him from Manila to Tokyo and everywhere in between, the result is Nicky Venus' debut six-song EP, entitled “Little Runner.” As fans (we hit up Venti to perform at one of our SoundDiego LIVE events back in January), we're pleased to offer an online premiere of the record right here.

Over effortlessly danceable beats, soaring synths and Dave Gahan-esque vocals, Venti taps into a retro musical mindset with songs that straddle today’s ear-candy synthwave and the biggest New Wave hits of the '80s. Part Depeche Mode, part '70s David Bowie and part Cut Copy, “Little Runner” is everything it should be -- especially after having his initial single, “Legacy,” on repeat for so long: undeniably catchy songs with hooks that seem ripped straight out of 1985 and a nostalgic pop vibe that would make Erasure blush.

If a broken heart inspires this kind of musical excellence, here's to hoping Nicky Venus stays unlucky in love for quite some time.

Stream “Little Runner” in full below.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Shane Wilson]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: CountryFest ft. Jerrod Niemann]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:48:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/CountryFest+Jerrod+Niemann+2015+%2811%29.jpg CountryFest hit the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds again on Saturday, Oct. 24, with Jerrod Neimann, Kristian Bush, A Thousand Horses, Austin Webb and more.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Health Kick]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:36:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/HEALTH4.jpg

There are plenty of shows this Tuesday night to get you over the humdrum hours staring into your computer or punching a clock. At the Casbah tonight, check out noise-rockers Health (though only a few tickets remain at press time), or head to the Observatory for a punky rock time with the Menzingers and Mewithoutyou. Austinites Mother Falcon decend on Soda Bar with their symphonic rock, and the Irenic melts faces with the Fall of Troy and Kylesa. Tower Bar, the Merrow, Belly Up and the Hideout all present great shows too, proving that you don't have to look far to spend a few hours in musical bliss before psyching yourself up for another day at the office. 

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

  • Health, Pictureplane @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with Citizens!, High Waisted @ Bar Pink
  • The Menzingers, Mewithoutyou @ Observatory North Park
  • Mother Falcon, Ben Sollee @ Soda Bar
  • The Fall of Troy, Kylesa, Powwers @ The Irenic
  • Spectres, They Feed at Night, Crime Desire, Subtle Control @ Tower Bar
  • Quilt, Widowspeak @ The Hideout
  • Moon Taxi, Mating Ritual, Inspired & the Sleep @ Belly Up
  • Radio Halloran presents Shark Week, Le Ra, Subtropics @ The Merrow
  • Tatsuya Nakatani and Michael Doneda with Mark Dresser, the Stephanie Richards Ensemble with Jeff Kaiser @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Collective Soul, Magnets & Ghosts @ House of Blues
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Louis Valenzuela Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Gooding @ Winston's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • 710 Country 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.

<![CDATA[LIVE: Garth Brooks]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:34:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Garth+Brooks+Steve+Covault+11.5.15+%281%29.jpg Country-music legend Garth Brooks made a triumphant return to San Diego with a four-night, five-show stand at Valley View Casino starting Thursday, Nov. 5.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Machado About Town]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:11:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/%28TRAN%29+-+Matt+Nathanson+at+Humphreys-12.jpg

Things have been crazy busy all over San Diego, so it's kind of nice to have it slow down just a little bit as we build up to this weekend's massive music options with the San Diego Music Thing. Luckily, there are still some pretty solid choices for this Monday night if you're looking to get out. At the Belly Up, the Rob Machado Foundation hosts their 4th annual benefit with super special appearances by Matt Nathanson, Brett Dennen and others. This is a charity event, so only a few tickets are available, but the proceeds go to a good cause. Meanwhile at the Casbah, the Sloths appear. Formed at Hollywood High around 1964, the Sloths opened for the Doors, Pink Floyd and others back in the day, but until now, never recorded a full length album. Only one core member of the original band remains, but the music is still just as influential now as it could've been then had they seen a different fate. Soda Bar hosts the Nightowls, a 10-piece soul band from Austin, and Tower Bar hosts a blended punk night put together by Zeke, so you know it will punch you in the face.

Monday, Nov. 9:

  • 4th Annual Rob Machado Benefit Concert featuring Matt Nathanson, Brett Dennen, Andrew Wessen (of GroupLove), Timmy Curran @ Belly Up
  • The Sloths, the Bassics, Gargoyles @ Casbah
  • The Nightowls, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact @ Soda Bar
  • Santa Ana Knights, Purple 7 Greg Rekus, Todd Allen, I'd Die for Lo-Fi @ Tower Bar
  • Wreckord Mania @ Bar Pink
  • Pat Downling @ Croce's Park West
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night with DJ RoyAle and friends @ 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: Anthony Tran]]>