<![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, 29 Jul 2015 23:36:19 -0700 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:36:19 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Spend Your Lunch With Milky Chance]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:40:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/240*120/Milky-Chance_James-Kendall.jpg

The German duo whose “Stolen Dance” hijacked radio last summer are now making a play for your lunch hour on Monday, Aug. 3. Ahead of their Soma show that night, Milky Chance play a free noontime set at Quartyard with openers X Ambassadors. Brought to you by the folks at FM 94/9 and Shock Top, the all-acoustic show has a limited capacity, so admission is going to the early birds -- there are no ticket sales for this one, folks. And there aren’t many tickets left for the Soma show either, so step out of the office early to make sure you get in.

Spending your lunch hour at Quartyard to drink up that Milky Chance goodness doesn’t mean you have to leave your belly aching for sustenance. With S&M Sausage & Meat on retainer and Monday’s food truck lineup including Salt + Lime and That’s What Cheese Said, Quartyard’s got the grub to fill your belly (and brews from their craft beer garden to help with the Monday blues -- go ahead, we won’t tell).

There’s no RSVP, but if you text “LOUD” to 61749, FM 94/9 just might hook you up with some meet and greets -- where you can steal all the dances your heart desires.

Milky Chance and X Ambassadors play Quartyard on Monday, Aug. 3, at 12 p.m. Admission is on a first come, first serve basis. Visit Quartyard's event page for more details.

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: James Kendall]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Metric]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:58:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Metric+%281+of+32%29.jpg Synth/indie-pop outfit Metric brought the "gold guns girls" to Viejas Arena on July 21.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[T-Minus 1 Week to SoundDiego LIVE]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:25:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/TRAN+-+The+New+Regime7-7.jpg

Fresh on the heels of our June Ocean Beach part-tay, we are cordially inviting you to rawk with us at our next SoundDiego LIVE, which takes over Soda Bar in exactly one week on Thursday, July 30!

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on July 30 at Soda Bar!

Next week's bash will be hosted by beloved 91x radio host and music director Robin Roth, and we’ve packed it with a hosted happy hour by one of the raddest craft brewers in town, Belching Beaver Brewery -- and three of the best bands in the San Diego music scene to boot: The New Regime, Madly and Future Crooks. If you're unfamiliar with any of the bands on the bill, you shouldn’t be.

"Ilan Rubin has played drums with Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves and Paramore, just to name a few," Roth told us. "But you may not know that Ilan has a solo project under The New Regime moniker. His latest album, ‘Exhibit B,’ dropped at the end of March, and I'm looking forward to hearing these songs live."

We are, too. So much that we actually interviewed Rubin before the band’s headlining show at the Casbah in May. [Read it here] But we didn’t stop there. Oh, no, the party’s just getting started.

"There has been a major buzz about both opening bands," Roth said. "Madly feature former members of Black Hondo [Lucina and Tino Gonzalez], the Nervous Wreckords [Cindy Cate] and Marsupials [David Robles]. This combination makes for a soulful, psychedelic rock experience like no other." 

Madly’s been on our radar ever since their inception -- we even named their frontwoman to our list of San Diego’s Top Entertainers [read it here]. Of course, we like to keep the fun in the family, too, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Robles is one of our SoundDiego TV videographers. Dude plays wicked guitar and edits killer videos -- he's a true double threat!

Last but definitely not least, we tapped Future Crooks to open our party, and we aren’t the only ones in town raving about the band.

Roth explained: "The indie pop-punk vibe of Future Crooks is the project of Mike Rogers, and one of the first things you may notice is the resemblance to the local band Weatherbox. Coincidence? I think not. Weatherbox frontman Brian Warren actually played guitar on the band’s debut album, ‘Future Crooks in Paradise,’ which is what initially caught my attention."

Of course, a SoundDiego LIVE party wouldn't be complete without dishing out some happy hour freebies to folks that RSVP early! Belching Beaching Brewery will be our San Diego craft-beer brewing partner on Thursday, and if you haven't had their award-winning beer, you'll finally have your chance to get some fo' free!

The party starts at 8:30 p.m., so show up early for some brews, and then head to the front of the Soda Bar stage for all the rawk you can handle.

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on July 30 at Soda Bar!

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran]]>
<![CDATA[Say Anything Goes]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:43:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Say+Anything.jpg

It's the middle of the week, which means it's either finally time to get serious about the work week after last weekend has worn off or time to coast into the weekend because you've been so focused. I prefer the latter and with that, and Wednesday offers up the second night of Melt Banana at the Casbah, or you catch up with the quirky Rasputina at Soda Bar. Black Sabbath gets the "under cover" treatment by local musicians at the Office, and Steve Miller Band chills out at Humphrey's. If you're looking for an under-the-radar show, swing by the House of Blues' Voodoo Room for the Hunts, a Virginia group made up of seven siblings, reminiscent of the Lumineers. Of course, at the same place in the big room, Say Anything returns to House of Blues -- and with Modern Baseball, Casbah favorite Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hard Girls, this is going to be the rock show of the night.

Wednesday, July 29:

  • Say Anything, Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hard Girls @ House of Blues
  • Melt Banana, Torche, Death Eyes @ Casbah
  • Steve Miller Band, Lacy Younger @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • The Hunts, Panic Is Perfect @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Black Sabbath Under Cover @ The Office
  • Rasputina, Daniel Knox @ Soda Bar
  • Commune Wednesday @ Bar Pink
  • Andrea Gibson, Chris Pureka @ Belly Up
  • Lorin Walker Madsen & the Hustlers @ Bancroft
  • Johnny Deadly Trio, Seatbelt, Small Town Heroes @ Brick by Brick
  • Hour 24, Racing the Sun @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series @ Croce's Park West
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Kimya Z, Kyle Turtle, Milo the Band @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston Presents: Jam Kwest DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Wildside @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Real Deal @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Massive Jungle, DNB, Footwork @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistle Stop
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub
  • Rockabilly @ Tio Leo's

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

<![CDATA[Win Tickets to Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa!]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:07:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Wiz-Khalifa-Fall-Out-Boy.jpg

To quote one of Fall Out Boy's biggest hits: "Sugar, we're going down" -- to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 8, that is. If you've been dreaming of seeing Pete Wentz and Co. join forces with none other than red-hot hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, boy, is it your lucky day: We're giving away two tickets and one VIP parking pass to Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa's show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 8!

Win tickets and VIP parking to Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa on Aug. 8 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre!

This juggernaut of a tour (appropriately titled "The Boys of Zummer Tour") comes directly on the heels of Fall Out Boy's latest album, "American Beauty/American Psycho," earlier this year, and Wiz Khalifa's No. 1 hit single, "See You Again," (a tribute to Paul Walker) off the "Furious 7" soundtrack.

Both acts have seen their share of success en route to the top: Fall Out Boy has released several multi-platinum albums including their 2005 major label debut, "From Under the Cork Tree," and 2013's "Save Rock and Roll." They've been rolling out hits since we can remember, such as "Dance Dance," "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," "Centuries," and the aforementioned "Sugar, We're Goin' Down." The band is simply one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, which makes it all the more important to see them live if you can.

Wiz Khalifa burst onto the hip-hop scene in 2006 and released his debut album, "Show and Prove," in 2006. After signing with Atlantic Records in 2010, his debut single for the label, "Black and Yellow" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Subsequent albums "Rolling Papers," "O.N.I.F.C.," and "Blacc Hollywood" followed. You may have heard some of his other massive hits like "Work Hard, Play Hard," "Remember You," and "We Dem Boyz" on radio and TV (actually we know you have) and if he didn't have it good enough already, even the Pittsburgh City Council declared Dec. 12, 2012 to be Wiz Khalifa Day. The Aug. 8 show will be the rap star's first in San Diego since 2013 (aside from his DJ set at Fluxx in May as DJ Daddykat, of course).

So, you feelin' lucky? Enter to win tickets to Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa's Aug. 8 show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre while you can -- the winner's name gets pulled on Aug. 6 at noon!

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Imagine Dragons]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:53:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Imagine+Dragons+%2813+of+44%29.jpg Mega rock stars Imagine Dragons chased their "demons" into Viejas Arena for a radioactive show on July 21.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[A Night at the Spandau Ballet]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:52:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Spandau-Ballet-by-Scarlet-Page.jpg

If you were born in the ‘80s or later, you weren’t really present when new wave was actually new. You probably stumbled across it accidentally, committing its songs to heart passively from hearing the same ones played repeatedly in media and on soundtracks to represent a certain period that, again, you just weren’t really there for the first time around. That time and those songs -- they’re iconic, as are the bands that represent that era. Spandau Ballet is one of them, and after breaking for more than 20 years, they made a massive comeback when they reunited in 2009. On July 30, that reunion comes to Humphrey’s by the Bay.

Before the new wavers staked their claim in new-romantic history with their 1983 hit single, “True” -- a.k.a., one of those iconic songs, and which you likely already knew before Steve Buscemi sang it when [spoiler alert? Is that possible for a film made in 1998?] Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler tied the knot at the end of “The Wedding Singer” -- they were making hits from release one. Their debut single, “To Cut a Long Story Short,” was their first of 10 singles to break it into the top 10 on UK charts, and by the time they called it quits in 1990, they had eight records do the same.

Flash forward 19 years to rumors of Spandau Ballet’s reunion. SoundDiego had the chance to interview drummer John Keeble by e-mail, and that’s where we started -- because how does a band, apart for so long, find the motivation to start again? Keeble answers that and more below.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz: There was a long period of silence from Spandau Ballet throughout the '90s and into the late 2000s. What prompted the reunion in 2009?
John Keeble: As quoted in our documentary, “Soul Boys of the Western World” [watch the trailer here], I wanted a better end. Three or four years of shuttle diplomacy was the hardest work I've ever done. When we got back in a rehearsal room in 2009, it was a wonderful reconnection. Musically, spiritually and most importantly friendship. We are stronger than ever now.

HLS: Last summer Spandau Ballet made headlines again with the announcement that you were back in the studio, but it’s been quiet since then. Do you have a release date yet? Can you give us a teaser of what that album is going to be like?
JK: We recorded three new songs with Trevor Horn, which are on the album “The Story.” Have a listen. We are very proud of the new material and look forward to more recording when we finish touring at the end of the year.

HLS: You’ve known your bandmates for so long. What’s the best part about getting back into the studio to make new music?
JK: Spandau is a fantastic collection of great musicians. We make a sound like no one else. We've been playing together since our teens and continue to grow. It's just a fabulous vibe.

HLS: There are some songs -- like “True” and “Gold” -- that your fans must want to hear at every show. How do you keep those types of songs fresh so that you can approach them with enthusiasm on stage year after year?
JK: Every night on stage is totally fresh as you look into the audience's eyes and see just how much these songs mean to people. It's a privilege and a great thrill to know that we have provided the soundtrack to their lives. We just love the synergy of live shows, and with a set that includes a song from 1978 and three tunes from last year, we have a huge body of work. Bring on the next show...

Spandau Ballet play Humphrey's by the Bay on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. 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: © Scarlet Page]]>
<![CDATA[There's Always Money in the Melt Banana Stand]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:15:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/meltbanana1.jpg

There are some fun shows Tuesday, but none more fun than the Japanese noise rock of Melt Banana. Along with Torche, this show is for music fans who like to keep it weird and feel like the world of pop music and radio have nothing to offer. The band shreds and has been coming to the Casbah for years. It will certainly be a fun night out if you can make it. If noise rock isn't your jam, consider another great show with the Family Crest at Soda Bar. The seven-piece band has been touted as an act on the rise by NPR, Paste and other industry tastemakers. Meanwhile around town, members of the Donkeys play at Bar Pink for Tiki Tuesday, and Sure Fire Soul Ensemble return to the Hideout, while the Merrow has Country Rockn' Rebels.

Tuesday, July 28:

  • Melt Banana, Torche, Hot Nerds @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with Sitar Ragas and Jesse of the Donkeys @ Bar Pink
  • The Family Crest, the Lonely Wild @ Soda Bar
  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ The Hideout
  • Boston @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • Country Rockin' Rebels, Homesick Hitchers @ The Merrow
  • Easy Star All-Stars, the Movement @ Belly Up
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Makers @ Seven Grand
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Croce's Park West
  • Highrollers, Saber, Ramsey, @ The Office
  • Jefferson Jay Band, Greg Brown 5 @ 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
  • 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[Top of the Pops with Ben Folds]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:13:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/benfoldsgusterbnl019.JPG

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone you’ve admired for a long time, and you have visions in your mind about it going incredibly awesome, but it ends up being a tragic example of fanboydom? I kinda did that with Ben Folds.

We had been speaking on the phone for a while when his publicist jumped on the phone and said, “Ben, we’ve got to get you ready for your next call. I’m sorry.”

My heart sank. I had so many questions. I needed so many answers. Unexpectedly, Ben (as we’re on first-name basis now of course) said, “If you got one more that we can kind of wrap it up with, we can do that so you don’t just end on Justin Beiber." Indeed, somehow we had been on the subject of the Beibs -- but more on that later.

I froze. One single solitary question that would become the legacy of my conversation with Mr. Ben Folds -- the man behind the classic indie-rock albums like “Whatever and Ever Amen” and “Rockin’ the Suburbs.” What could I ask him that would make him think, “You know, that SoundDiego guy had his s--- together. I liked him. We should hang out when I’m in San Diego to play Summer Pops on July 30”? I racked my brain, quickly scoured my notes/questions in front of me. What epic question did I have that I could close this thing out with?

“So…I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times at this point,” I stuttered, “but I just have to say I have such a huge personal connection to ‘Brick’ in particular. It is such an awesome song.” His momentary silence was deafening. I started sweating. “Is it strange knowing that a song you’ve written has such a huge personal impact on so many people?”

“Um, no,” Folds replied. “I’m happy [laughs], but it doesn’t strike me as weird. Ever since I’ve gotten into the business of writing and putting my stuff out there -- that’s really what you hope for. So yeah…yay.”

OK, not as horrible as I expected. But still, no grand slam. After all, Folds didn’t invite me to his Summer Pops after party, and we haven’t exchanged emoji-laced texts. However, that’s the life of a music journalist (ahem). No regrets. And in fact, Folds and I still managed to have a fascinating conversation despite my over-eager, wide-eyed befuddlement.

Ben Folds in concertYou see, the bespectacled indie-rock pianist (who is releasing a new collaborative album with the yMusic Ensemble titled "So There" on Sept. 11) kinda has a thing for classical music, and the way it can be involved with pop music -- which is what the first of his two upcoming San Diego concerts with the San Diego Symphony on Thursday, July 30, aims to emphasize.

“I love playing with orchestras," Folds said. "I think 50 of my shows last year were with orchestras. We have loads of great charts and scores, so it’s nice to play 'em, and we know what we’re doing. It’s not just me showing up and playing with an orchestra. We have a system -- we have stuff. It takes stuff to do. Sorry, that’s a terrible answer [laughs].”

I laughed too (probably too much) and asked him whether he typically enjoys playing with an orchestra rather than in a rock-band situation.

“I think more than a standard band, yes. Yes, I do," said Folds. "When it’s a band, it’s really dependent on the personality and the specific chemistry of the band. You can’t just bring three or four guys onstage and make that work… With an orchestra, there’s so many people -- they do have personalities but they don’t depend on them. You can switch people out, it’s OK, and it still works. An orchestra is a lot about the conductor sometimes, and it says a lot about a city who has a good symphony orchestra. It’s a very important thing for a city to have.”

Of course, a show like Summer Pops is about more than just jumping onstage and playing songs the way they’re recorded with an orchestra playing blandly in the background.

“It’s important to me that it’s done in the right way," Folds said. "The Pops concert is not a new thing, but the way that you do it really needs to lift or highlight something different or new about the music being played. Some bands just play what they normally do, and the orchestra is just playing whole notes, and it can be demoralizing for them because they’re having to do what they’re not good at, and it doesn’t sound good [laughs]. And they’re being blasted over with electric instruments. But what does work is when someone can take an angle on a song or something they’ve been doing one way and step out of the way and let the orchestra do what they’re amazing at. Get out of the way and properly arrange some stuff so the orchestra becomes the powerful part. I think at that point, it is new, and I love when people do that.”

Case in point: One of my favorite musical artists of all time.

“I recently saw some Boyz II Men with an orchestra and it was fantastic,” Folds enthused. “They got out of the way. They did what they do best, which is sing, and they let the orchestra flourish. I thought it was really artful and really well done.”

For a diehard B2M fan like myself, I jumped at the opportunity to wax poetic about the vocally blessed group and how their albums, in my opinion, are criminally underrated. I asked Folds if he thought any of his own records didn’t get the love he thought they deserved.

“Well, there’s just no time for that," said Folds. "You have to realize what that venue is: You love the record, and you’d like to think you’re the only one, but if you went knocking on doors and asking people, you might find that a lot of people enjoy the same thing. It just may not be ‘trending.' Especially with the aging rockers, I’m always surprised by how well they do. You would think ‘Well, they could put a record out and no one would care.’ That might be true or not, but if you go down to the Coliseum, it’s packed. Those Boyz II Men guys -- the Boyz II Men men -- they’re craftsmen. They’re f---ing great. They stick to what they do, which is amazing. They come off extremely old school these days, and it’s refreshing. They introduce the songs, talk about who wrote it, thank you for coming out, make a joke -- it’s not current but in the best way. No one does that stuff. It’s like you’re seeing the Ink Spots or something. They’re becoming a classic. I know what you mean about things not receiving credit, but there’s not much room on that shelf. It’s the same way I always joke that I tweet out about Justin Bieber, and it gets a lot of retweets, but if I talk about Leonard Bernstein, it’ll get two. That’s totally fine, and that’s just the way it is.”

Indeed. Most old school vs. modern conversations will routinely end up with a couple sharply divided camps, but when it comes to classical side of music and rock & roll, Ben Folds explained that there’s plenty of crossover between eras -- even if it’s not obvious at first glance.

“You can do a lot more than you think with an orchestra," he said. "Many times, I’ve written songs and dictated the orchestration onstage. Sometimes everything is very described and notated, but sometimes I create something onstage in the moment. If someone’s been practicing their craft and instrument since they could walk and have played every day of their lives, they can play anything. I can dictate anything to them -- if it’s on the instrument, they can play it. They act like they can’t [laughs], but they also live in the modern world. They want to act like they grew up in the 19th century, but the fact is, they’ve likey heard Kendrick Lamar and probably like him [laughs].”

See Ben Folds perform with the San Diego Symphony on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. for the 2015 Summer Pops Concert Series at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The show is all ages. Tickets range from $22-$79 and are available for purchase online here.

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

<![CDATA[LIVE: Nelly]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:34:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Nelly-19.jpg Hip-hop superstar Nelly took Petco Park for a ride on July 25.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Haunted Summer Sounds]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:56:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/hauntedsummer.jpg

If you're looking for something to do Monday night, look no further than Soda Bar for a great lineup of music headlined by Los Angeles' Haunted Summer, who are joined by one of our local favorites, Le Chateau. The music is chill, a little bit eerie and a whole lot of fun. Elsewhere, Casbah has Tiger & the Teller headlining Anti-Monday League, while Belly Up welcomes Ky-Mani Marley, and Boston play the first of two nights at Humphrey's by the Bay.

Monday, July 27:

  • Haunted Summer, Le Chateau, Awahnichi, Nite Lapse @ Soda Bar
  • Tiger & the Teller, Omega Three, Los Hollywood @ Casbah
  • Ky-Mani Marley, Major Myjah @ Belly Up
  • Centennial International Summer Organ Festival featuring Isabelle Demers @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Boston @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Amerikan Bear DJ Set @ The Hideout
  • Brandino and friends @ Seven Grand
  • Patrick Dowling, Domaine Lafite Baron, De Rothschild @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with @ U-31
  • Industry and Local Night with DJ Royale and friends @ 710 Beach Club
  • Delta Blue Monday, Shane Hall @ El Dorado

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Haunted Summer]]>
<![CDATA[Casbah Plans Steve Rodriguez Memorial]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:46:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Steve+Rodriguez+Dragons.jpg

Following the tragic passing of Steve Rodriguez -- the bassist for the much-loved San Diego band the Dragons -- on July 21, the Casbah has announced a special memorial benefit show in his honor on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The show, dubbed "Welcome to RockNRoll Heaven" on the official Facebook event page, gathers many of his friends and band mates onstage and off to celebrate his life. The surviving members of Rodriguez's band, the Dragons and Saint Shameless, as well as Steve Poltz and Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver are set to perform; Louis Mello and  Dennis Borlek will DJ; and there will be food and pictures of Rodriguez set up in the back-bar area. 

The Facebook event page reads: "Steve Rodriguez touched so many people with his music and his charm. Please join his wife Jamie and his son Jesse and The Dragons family and music community at The Casbah. We want to celebrate his life, say goodbye and welcome him to RocknRoll heaven."

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door (no advance tickets will be sold). Memorial begins at 7 p.m., and all money raised from the door and from Dragons/Saint Shameless merch sales with go to a college fund for Rodriguez's son. 

If you're unable to attend though, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the memorial expenses and for donations to the aforementioned college fund. Please visit the page here, and donate if you can

Over the years, the Dragons, who performed a mix of punk and rock to packed houses, toured extensively around the U.S. and also played shows in Japan. The band was formed in San Diego in 1991 by frontman Mario Esovedo, lead guitarist Ken Horne, drummer Jarrod Lucas and Rodriguez. The Dragons released seven albums, including 2000's "Live at the Casbah," which was recorded at San Diego's classic music venue, before disbanding in 2005, though they did reunite for several shows, including in 2014 for the iconic club's 25th anniversary.

On Wednesday, Escovedo posted a tribute video to Rodriguez on YouTube, sharing, among other things, that Rodriguez "always made an impression; beautiful, sexy, fashionable, loud, dangerous, funny, hilarious, a hugger, and compassionate. He was all that and more.... He was the 4th of July all year long."

The bassist also had stints in the seminal West Coast punk band the Zeros, Mad Juana and MEX, according to a Escovedo. Most recently, Rodriguez was playing with Saint Shameless, performing in June at Art Around Adams Avenue.

Rodiguez grew up in San Diego, attending Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, although in recent years he was a resident of El Cajon. Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Jamie and son, Jesse.

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE's New Regime]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:44:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The_New_Regime_1200x675_491337795932.jpg The New Regime's Ilan Rubin talks with 91x's Robin Roth about making a name for himself outside of his work with Nine Inch Nails, Paramore and others. The band headlines SoundDiego LIVE on July 30 at Soda Bar -- RSVP here: http://ulink.tv/1607]]> <![CDATA[Parker and the Numberman: Dynamic Duo]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:24:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Parker+and+Numberman+Video+Still.jpg Parker and the Numberman's J. Smith talks with us about the duo's writing dynamic, collaborations -- and his top MCs of all time. See them Friday, July 31 at Soda Bar.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: July 26-Aug. 1]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:09:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/473817102.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the best shows coming our way, including Nicki Minaj, Fall Out Boy, 2 Chainz -- and of course, SoundDiego LIVE on July 30 at Soda Bar! RSVP here: http://ulink.tv/1607

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<![CDATA[Go Bonobo]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:59:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/bonobo_19.jpg

It's Sunday Funday which means you should get yourself downtown to catch Bonobo at Quartyard. Whether performing as a band or just a DJ set, Bonobo has sold out venues like the Casbah, Belly Up, and House of Blues, and in one of San Diego's coolest new spaces, the people behind Fngrs Crssd Fest certainly know what they're doing. If that isn't your scene, the Belly Up has a seated show with legend Bruce Cockburn, the Merrow goes indie with Northern American, and the Ataris take over the House of Blues. For an extra fun time, check out Queens rapper Heems, but get there early enough for Grammatical B. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015:

  • Fngrs Crssd presents Bonobo, Lee K @ Quartyard
  • Bruce Cockburn @ Belly Up (Seated Show)
  • Northern American (LA), The Darrows, Bad & the Ugly @ The Merrow
  • 2 Chainz @ Fluxx
  • The Ataris, Shady Francos, Sic Waiting @ House of Blues
  • Heems, Pictureplane, Grammatical B and the B-Verbs @ Casbah
  • Emmanuel Jai, Tanika Charles @ Soda Bar
  • Growwing Pains @ Whistle Stop
  • Friends of Jefferson Elementary Presents: Grease @ The Observatory North Park
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Jim Gaffigan @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay (6:30 & 8:30 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Helsott, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Santa Claus, Gravespell, Raise the Guns @ Brick By Brick
  • An Evening with the Yes Team @ Sycamore Den
  • Princess Eze @ 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.)
  • Danny Green @ Museum of Making Music
  • SD Gay Men's Chorus Presents: Imagine the Music of Lennon & McCartney @ Balboa Theatre
  • Scene Not Heard vol2 CD release Showcase (part 2) @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae SD: TRC Soundsystem @ U-31
  • Hank Easton @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Danny Green Trio @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Stellita @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Curtis Brooks @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Irish Band Sundays @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Will Cooper/ Courtesy Windish Agency]]>
<![CDATA[Citizen Odessa Kane]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Odessa-Kane.jpg

On his latest release -- and Beatrock Music debut -- "Left to Bear Arms," San Diego rap veteran Odessa Kane styles his way through six songs with virtuosity and feeling as a craftsman who spits from the gut. 

Odessa Kane's "Left to Bare Arm"

The album's opener, "Riot," has all the immediacy of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." A politically charged coup de grace with Kane rapping over urgent piano keys, "from Meadowbrook to Brooklyn guns go." It's angry and raw, picking up right where his last EP, "Cuetes and Balisongs," left off.

His message centers around resistance and the global struggle against injustice but he's not limited by it. "1994" finds him reflecting on his days growing up in San Diego, reminiscing about his formative years, writing graffiti and shouting out his Golden Era influences ("Bout to pop in this 'Thug Life' tape and make Tupac proud").

He's direct and to the point -- nothing's wasted. Not time or Kane's energy and there's something in that as it adds weight to his ideas. Every line, every word even, counts. It's all accessible too as his observations are sharp and easy to digest. He's an intellectual who's speaking to his audience instead of at them. A thinking man with the fire of a street preacher occupying the same, revolutionary -- but gangster -- space that hip-hop radicals Dead Prez pioneered during their "R-B-G'z" era.

On Saturday, July 25, Odessa Kane and Beatrock Music's "The Left Coast Tour" touches down in San Diego at the Nebulator Incubator at 1878 Main St., Unit E in Barrio Logan, San Diego. Purchase/listen to Odessa Kane's latest EP here.

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

<![CDATA[San Diego's Top 15 Spotify Songs]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:21:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP100061796586.jpg

San Diego, we love you. You know that. But y’all gotta try expanding your musical horizons, mmmkay?

Twice a month, Spotify releases an individual playlist for nearly 1,000 cities across the world, populated by songs that are “distinctively enjoyed” in each one. According to the music-streaming behemoth, the playlists are generated by “music that people in each city listen to quite a bit, which people in other cities also do not listen to very much.” So, while their aggregated playlists aren’t the only songs being listened to in each city, they’re a good indication of what people in different cities listen to the most.

And, boy, oh boy, y’all love your reggae, San Diego, dontcha? We definitely appreciate good reggae rock too, but when it comes to soakin’ up sticky icky positive-vibe jams, you guys are MVPs.

Want to find out who’s rackin’ up fractions of pennies upon fractions of pennies from your hard-earned streams? Check out the Top 15 Spotify Songs in San Diego:

  • “Back Around,” by Iration

  • “Falling,” by Iration

  • “The Prophet,” by Slightly Stoopid

  • “Turn Around,” by Iration

  • “Hold It Down,” by Slightly Stoopid

  • “Dabbington,” by Slightly Stoopid

  • “Sky Is the Limit,” by Rebelution

  • “Count Me In,” by Rebelution

  • “Fade Away,” by Rebelution

  • “Simple Love Song,” by Anuhea

  • “I Was Made for Loving You,” by Tori Kelly (featuring Ed Sheeran)

  • “Roller Skates,” by Steel Pulse

  • “In Your Eyes,” by Tribal Seeds

  • “Bowl For Two,” by the Expendables

  • “Stone Love,” by Pepper

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

Photo Credit: Dan Harr/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[A Gayle Blows In]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:09:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/GayleSkidmore2.JPG

Saturday night is chockful of great music. The Casbah is already sold out with Pokey LaFarge, but the Ken Club continues its weekend of celebration of its 80-year anniversary, while Wild Child return to the Belly Up. As featured on SoundDiego TV last week, the lovely and talented Gayle Skidmore performs at the Balboa, and Atlanta rapper Father drops by the Observatoty North Park. All the way down, there are shows around -- Iration, Offspring, Bit Maps, Los Amigos Invisibles and more -- so don't miss out on a great night on the town.

Saturday, July 25:

  • Pokey LaFarge, Quiet Life @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Ken Club 80 Year Anniversary, Part 2, featuring Hell On Heels Burlesque, the Dirtbag Surfers, the Sleepwalkers, the Grim Imperials @ Ken Club
  • Wild Child, Blow By Blow @ Belly Up
  • Gayle Skidmore, Minor Birds, Back Down South @ The Balboa
  • Iration, Katchafire, Hirie @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • The Offspring @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
  • Feeding the Soul Foundation’s Oceanside Outside Summer Concert Series, featuring Jessie Payo, the Vibrometers @ Jitters Coffee Pub (benefit for Project Youth) -- read our preview here
  • Father @ The Observatory North Park
  • Los Amigos Invisibles @ House of Blues (7 p.m.)
  • The Lonely Biscuits, the Routine, Crucial Blend @ Soda Bar
  • Field Trips presents Bit Maps, Island Boy, Quali, Other Bodies @ The Merrow
  • Hess Fest, featuring the Routine, the Fab Lushes @ Hess Brewing North Park (12:30-5 p.m.)
  • Mattson 2 & DJ OMZ @ Arts & Amps, Karl Strauss Brewery (5-8 p.m.)
  • DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • International Youth Symphony @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Booty Bassment, with DJs Dmitri, Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Tape Heads, Wang Dang Daddies @ Tower Bar
  • AJ Froman @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Oceanside Sound System, Papa's Piranhas, Real Big T---, Local Habit, Brass Hysteria @ SOMA
  • 5th Annual Summer Jazz Workshop's Student Showcase @ House of Blues, Salvation Alley (10 a.m, kids eat free for lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.)
  • Wlfpck, Geneva Pina, Guidelines, the Lo-Glo @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Dark Seas, Subtropics @ The Hideout
  • SD Gay Men's Chorus presents Imagine: the Music of Lennon & McCartney @ Balboa Theatre
  • Cedric Gervais @ Omnia
  • Dark Measure, Theosis, A Hero Within, Beheading the King, Kulteir Kltr @ Brick By Brick
  • Christie Huff, Julian Moon @ Lestat's
  • The Lovebirds @ Java Joe's
  • Hunter Siegal @ Bang Bang
  • The Great Okra @ The Go Lounge
  • Scene Not Heard Vol2 (CD release showcase) @ The Bancroft
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Joel Rafael @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Los Hollywoods @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Super G @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Sewage, Sculpins, Systematic Abuse, Splntr @ Til-Two Club
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Loczi @ Fluxx
  • Gladiator @ Bassmnt
  • Darryl Walker @ 98 Bottles
  • Lizard Lair @ Kava Lounge
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Concrete Project, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • DJs Kanye Asada, Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Timothy H. with the Soul Shine Band, Sando &  the Irie Vibrations @ 710 Beach Club
  • Caliber @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[O'Side Goes Outside]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/vibrometers.jpg

Massive festivals aren’t the only way to enjoy music in the sun. On Saturday, July 25, Jitters Coffee Pub in Oceanside plays host to Feeding the Soul Foundations’ O’side Outside Summer Concert Series, this time benefitting Project Youth, an LGBTQ resource center committee. And it’s about to get funky.

The second show of the summer series features two L.A. acts rolling south to croon for the cause, including former Jupiter Rising singer Jessie Payo. The woman has a voice like whoa -- it transforms depending on the genre she steps into, and she can swing country, pop, rock, whatever.

When she rolls solo, however, she sticks mostly to deep and pure Americana. You may be familiar with her music already: She’s played with such artists as Jason Mraz and Lauryn Hill, and her songs have been featured on "So You Think You Can Dance," "The Hills" and other shows. Joining Payo onstage are the Vibrometers. All funk and horns, this group grooves with the sort of sway and swagger that leaves you no choice but to move.

There's going to be lots of food there to give you all the energy you need to dance, with both BBQ and vegetarian/vegan options. Drink vendors will also be on hand with spirits, kombucha and, of course, coffee when the music starts at 5:30 p.m. So get there early -- and hungry.

The Vibrometers and Jessie Payo play Feeding the Soul’s O’Side Outside Summer Concert Series on Saturday, July 25. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is all ages costs $25 (kids 12 and younger get in free) and supports Project Youth. Tickets are available here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday, Ken Club!]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:22:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ken+Club.jpg

I had graduated college, my relationship was on the rocks, and I was looking for a new apartment. I wasn't even aware of Kensington as a neighborhood until my friend Tina told me she had found a dive bar that I would totally love. She was right, and I was lucky enough to find a spot right on Adams Avenue, just a block away from that bar. Over the years, the Kensington Club -- aka the Ken Club -- was my spot. Feeling bored? Walk to the Ken. Need to vent to a friend? Ken Club. Want to book some bands and need a space? Ken Club was there for that, too. I'd play pool, play the jukebox, catch a show, hang out with friends, have a nightcap after work, watch the game on Sunday. Even after I moved away and my life changed drastically, I still pop in on a Tuesday or Thursday to chat with Devlin and have a stiff cocktail. The bar has been around for a stunning 80 years, so I'm not the only one over the years to make it a haven. While craft beer and mixologists became the norm and other venues became more desirable for shows, in my heart, there's no place like the Ken Club. There's no place like home. Celebrate tonight with the Widows, Shark Blood and more.  

Friday, July 24:

  • Ken Club 80 Year Anniversary Party Part 1, featuring the Widows, Shark Blood, Christ Killer, Wang Dang Daddies @ Ken Club
  • The Wailers @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Joseph Arthur, Grampa Drew & the Gut Strings, C. Gibbs @ Casbah
  • Willie Nelson & Family, Emi Sunshine @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Eukaryst, Ashen Earth, Sentinel, Calamitous Intent @ Soda Bar
  • '80s vs. '90s, with DJs Vaughn Avakian and Heather Hardcore @ Bar Pink
  • Taurus Authority, Parker & the Numberman, iD the Poet, Emphasize, Ceezo, DJ Tramlife @ The Merrow
  • Katchafire, Nattali Rize & Notis @ Belly Up
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Sultan + Shepard @ Omnia
  • Downs Family, Screamin Yeehaws @ The Balboa
  • Bongripper, Goya, -(16)- @ Brick By Brick
  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters, G. Love & Special Sauce @ Humphreys By the Bay
  • Tribe of Kings presents the Wheel Up @ The Hideout
  • Jesse Macht, Amanda Lamb, My Fair Friend @ Lestat's
  • Sven Erik Seaholm & His Sexy Outfit (CD release) @ Java Joe's
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ House of Blues
  • Hamish Anderson @ House of Blues' Voodoo Room
  • Captain Algebra (WA), Fake Tides, Beach Goons, Bad Kid @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Bodyrawk @ U-31
  • Charlie Arbelaez @ Croce's Park West
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blood @ Tower Bar
  • Zach Deputy, the Mark Sexton Band @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Sleepwalking- Lowrider Oldies and Old School Funk Dance Party @ Til-Two Club
  • The Beat Kitchen with Charlie Rock & Ostin @ El Dorado
  • DeeJay Al @ Fluxx
  • Pleazure @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Vice @ Bassmnt
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Miami Horror @ Bang Bang
  • OM Unit @ Kava Lounge
  • Party Wave @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Tristan Luhrs @ 710 Beach Club (5 p.m.)
  • Superunloader @ 710 Beach Club (9 p.m.)
  • Behrouz, Halo Varga, John Kaberna, Loui Vanhard, Michi Mynx @ Spin
  • Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) @ Sycuan Casino
  • Caliber @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Jamming for the Weekend]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:33:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/xWailers.jpg

Friday, Willie Nelson & Family headline at Harrah’s Resort SoCal; The Wailers play as part of the Del Mar Concert Series at the Del Mar Racetrack; Joseph Arthur, Grampadrew and the Gut Strings and C. Gibbs are at the Casbah; Big Head Todd & the Monsters and G. Love & Special Sauce hit Humphreys Concerts By The Bay; The Ken Club 80 Year Anniversary Party Pt. 1 features the Widows, Shark Blood, Christ Killer and Wang Dang Daddies; Eukaryst headline Soda Bar; Taurus Authority, Parker and the Numberman, iD the Poet, Emphasize, Ceezo and DJ Tramlife are at the Merrow; Katchafire, Nattali Rize & Notis hit the Belly Up; and the Downs Family and Screamin Yeehaws are at the Balboa. Get your dance on with Sultan + Shepard at Omnia; Sleepwalking at Til-Two; DJ Vice at Bassmnt; Miami Horror at Bang Bang; and ‘80s vs. ‘90s at Bar Pink.

Saturday, Arts & Amps featuring the Mattson 2 & DJ OMZ is at Karl Strauss Brewery; The Offspring play as part of the Del Mar Concert Series at the Del Mar Racetrack; Iration, Katchafire and Hirie are at the CCCU Open Air Theatre; Pokey LaFarge and Quiet Life hit the Casbah (read our SoundDiego interview with Quiet Life here); Father headlines at the Observatory North Park; the Ken Club 80 Year Anniversary Party Pt. 2 features Hell On Heels Burlesque, the Dirtbag Surfers, the Sleepwalkers and the Grim Imperials; Bit Maps, Island Boy, Quali, Other Bodies and more are at the Merrow; The Lonely Biscuits, the Routine and Crucial Blend take over Soda Bar; Lady Dottie & the Diamonds with Stephen El Rey hit Park & Rec; and Gayle Skidmore, Minor Birds and Back Down South are at the Balboa. Plenty of dance options including Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with Dark Angel and yours truly; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Cedric Gervais at Omnia; and Wax Motif at Bang Bang.

Sunday, DAY MVS features Bonobo (DJ set), Lee K,b2b, Deth Hertz and more at Quartyard; the Ataris, Shady Francos and Sic Waiting take over House of Blues; Bruce Cockburn (seated show) is at the Belly Up; Heems, Pictureplane, Grammatical B and the B-Verbs hit the Casbah; Emmanuel Jal and Tanika Charles are at Soda Bar; and Northern American, the Darrows and the Bad & the Ugly take over the Merrow.

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: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:56:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/%28TRAN%29+Third+Eye+Blind-1.jpg Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional and Night Terrors of 1927 hit the Harrah's Resort Southern California stage on July 18.

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran]]>
<![CDATA[Family, Friends Mourn Passing of Dragons' Bassist]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:14:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/103-0396_IMG.JPG

Steve Rodriguez, the bassist for the much-loved San Diego band the Dragons, has died, the band announced Wednesday.

Rodriguez, who became ill suddenly over the weekend and passed away on Tuesday night, was 48.

Over the years, the Dragons, who performed a mix of punk and rock to packed houses, toured extensively around the U.S. and also played shows in Japan. The band was formed in San Diego in 1991 by frontman Mario Esovedo, lead guitarist Ken Horne, drummer Jarrod Lucas and Rodriguez. The Dragons released seven albums, including 2000's "Live at the Casbah," which was recorded at San Diego's classic music venue, before disbanding in 2005, though they did reunite for several shows, including in 2014 for the iconic club's 25th anniversary.

On Wednesday, Escovedo posted a tribute video to Rodriguez on YouTube, sharing, among other things, that Rodriguez "always made an impression; beautiful, sexy, fashionable, loud, dangerous, funny, hilarious, a hugger, and compassionate. He was all that and more.... He was the 4th of July all year long."

The bassist also had stints in the seminal West Coast punk band the Zeros, Mad Juana and MEX, according to a Escovedo. Most recently, Rodriguez was playing with Saint Shameless, performing in June at Art Around Adams Avenue.

Rodiguez grew up in San Diego, attending Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, although in recent years he was a resident of El Cajon. Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Jamie and son, Jesse.

<![CDATA[Alpha Bet]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:12:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Alpha+Rev.png

There are so many good shows on Thursday, it's hard to just recommend one or two, so let's run down the list. Starting at the Casbah, you have Austin's Alpha Rev, who are probably best known for their song "New Morning" and the album by the same name, so seeing them in this unplugged show should be something pretty special. Meanwhile, old-school punk takes over the Belly Up, with the Adolescents and Weirdos, though San Diego's own Creepy Creeps might outshine them both. Stcky Fingers join our friends Social Club and Taurus Authority at Soda Bar, and Tour Worthy has a local showcase at the Merrow with Le Chateau in the headlining slot. For something a little different, head down to Winston's to catch Karikatura and Afrojazziacs.

Thursday, July 23:

  • Alpha Rev (unplugged), Uncle Lucius, Drew Chadwick @ Casbah
  • The Adolescents, Weirdos, the Creepy Creeps @ Belly Up
  • Rosewood & Rye @ Ritual Tavern (6:30 p.m.; dinner and music pairing)
  • Sticky Fingers, Social Club, Taurus Authority @ Soda Bar
  • Tour Worthy presents Le Chateau, Mrch, Cloud Mammoth, the Heart Beat Trail @ The Merrow
  • Lord Howler @ Bar Pink
  • All Hail the Yeti, EnRot, Redmond, Black Chapter @ Brick By Brick
  • Karikatura, Afrojazziacs, Los Globos, Salt Petal @ Winston's
  • Upon a Burning Body, Dance Gavin Dance, A Skylit Drive, iwrestledabearonce, Within the Ruins, Oceano, Dayshell, Chasing Safety, Conquer Divide, Upon the Water, Paradigm @ SOMA
  • Rhythm and the Method @ Sycamore Den
  • Aaron Bowen, Nathan Rivera, Jessie Andra Smith, Connecting Stars @ Lestat's
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • Soul Asylum, Meat Puppets, the Sickstring Outlaws @ House of Blues
  • I the Mighty, Hail the Sun, Too Close to Touch, the Calefaction, Rival Tides, Little Heroine @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Club '80s @ The Bancroft
  • #ThrowbackThursday @ U-31
  • Robert Dove Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • City Lights @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Tighten Up, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • DallasK @ Fluxx
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • Sharam @ Parq
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Not Happy (92-97) with Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Piracy Conspiracy, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish 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.

<![CDATA[Jedi Mind Tricks or Treats]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:09:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jedi+Mind+Tricks+SD.jpg Vinnie Paz, one half of hip-hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks, raps with SoundDiego's J. Smith about the greatest rapper to ever live, boxing and a bunch of other stuff we had to bleep out before their recent show at Observatory North Park.]]> <![CDATA[The United Musical States of Federico]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:34:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/DSC09651.JPG

There are plenty of shows around town Wednesday night, and you can take your pick of rock or jazz or oldies -- but in my opinion, no show compares to Federico Aubele. The charismatic singer/songwriter defies the typical stylings by mixing in dub and electronic music with his guitar playing, making his own genre long before others had stepped outside those boundaries. The Argentinian has come through San Diego many times before, typically with shows at the Casbah or Anthology, but also with his group Amigos Invisibles at the old Cane's or House of Blues. Even still, as many times as I've seen him, I never know what to expect from his shows, and each one is unique and worth your Wednesday night attention.

Wednesday, July 22: 

  • Federico Aubele, Creature & the Woods @ Casbah
  • Tiger Heroes, Star Party @ The Merrow
  • Blackalicious, 9 Theory, Rael J Wallace, DJ Artistic & Tramlife @ Belly Up
  • Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, the Contortionist @ Observatory North Park
  • Gloomsday, Bronto, Melvus @ Soda Bar
  • Funked Out Wednesday with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Kenseth Thibideau and Nathan Hubbard @ Whistle Stop
  • The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, the Association, Mark Lindsay, the Grass Roots, the Buckinghams, the Cowsills @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • Flint, Civil Youth, True Violet @ Brick by Brick
  • Parachute, Mikey Wax @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • Trevor McSpadden, Matt Campbell @ Lestat's
  • Gio and Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • The Darin Caine Hellhound Express @ The Bancroft
  • Kizomba Nights @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Club Kingston Presents: Maka Roots with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Major Interval @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Ciarrai @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Wu Tang Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • 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[Padres Take Steve Poltz Out to the Ball Game]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:46:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rugburns-6443.jpg

Local singer/songwriter Steve Poltz kinda has a thing for the San Diego Padres.

Known for his lifelong love of the team, the musician -- perhaps most famous for penning the mega-hit "You Were Meant For Me" with Jewel in 1996 (in addition to countless other gems in his own stellar solo catalog, and with his band, the Rugburns) -- wrote a touching tribute to Tony Gwynn titled "Hey Hey Number 19" after the legendary Padre passed away last year. [Read the SoundDiego article here.]

And on Tuesday, July 21, before the Padres play the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park, Poltz (who was awarded "San Diego's Most Influential Artist of the Decade" at the 2000 San Diego Music Awards) will have yet another chance to bring his talents to the stadium. He'll be singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the game -- and let's just say this ain't his first jog around the bases.

"I try to sing it every year, but I missed last year," Poltz said. "My tour schedule was too hectic. So this year I made sure I'd be able to do it. I locked in a date with my booking agent a couple months ago and made sure he blocked out that day. That way it would be set in stone and nothing could stop me from seeing my beloved Padres."

For some of us, just the sheer thought of singing such a difficult song for a huge hometown crowd -- and on such a massive scale -- is enough to provoke instant panic attacks. How does Poltz cope with the pressure?

"Every time I sing it at Petco, I have bad dreams the night before," Poltz told us. "The dreams usually involve me forgetting the words and 40,000 people booing me. I'm usually pretty nervous the morning of the anthem. When it comes time to sing, it seems like it only takes 10 seconds. I usually put earplugs in so I don't hear the echo. Otherwise, if you start listening to the echo, you're screwed."

Even though he's been a diehard Padres fan his whole life, he's particularly excited about this year's team. Well, perhaps "cautiously optimistic" is a better way to phrase it.

"It's nice to go into a new season knowing the team has a lot more weapons at their disposal. I love all the moves [General Manager] A.J. Preller has made."

So on Tuesday, be sure to cheer on one of San Diego's finest songwriters as he does his best rendition of our national anthem for the home crowd. With any luck, it'll rival one of his most cherished moments.

"My favorite Padres memory was back at Qualcomm Stadium in 1998," Poltz explained. "I got to sing the national anthem. The Padres beat the Braves in game three of the National League Championship Series. The place was loud and raucous. Trevor Hoffman got the save, and when they played 'Hells Bells,' it was insane. Everyone was on their feet singing along. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. The Padres went on to win the NLCS in six games and advance to the World Series ... but we won't talk about that."

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

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Living the Quiet Life]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:28:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*139/quietlife.jpg

“Hang on, I gotta put the phone down. There’s a cop up here,” Sean W. Spellman says to me as he drives across Iowa on a national tour that’ll eventually bring him and Quiet Life to the Casbah, where they open for Pokey LaFarge on Saturday, July 25.

It took us some work to connect. A missed call, returned a week later, rescheduled, then put off another hour because Spellman had taken the wheel just as my call and highway patrol converged on him. (Tour life, amiright?) But once I finally got Spellman on the line to talk about Quiet Life, it became clear quickly that these guys, despite their name, aren’t going to keep quiet for long.

It’s hard to capture genre-bouncing Quiet Life -- they lived in Portland, Oregon, for four years, using it as their base. But they’re all from the East Coast. And now they’re scattered, coming together to tour and to record. Yet their sound is distinctly Southern, classically, with one heavy foot in indie and the other in roots rock. It borrows from Americana in the sort of warm but genuine way that makes Newport Folk Festival worthwhile year after year. It carries with it the kind of personality that husband-wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst use to mesmerize crowds as Shovels & Rope -- which maybe shouldn’t be surprising given the connection the two groups share. A fan of Shovels & Rope himself, Spellman got Hearst to loan her vocals to the title track off Quiet Life’s 2014 EP, “Housebroken Man.” Was it chance -- one of those collaborations dreamed up by management or record labels? No.

“Four years ago, we did all our West Coast dates with [Shovels & Rope],” Spellman tells me from the road. “And I wrote one song that needed a female harmony, and I just knew that Cary Ann would be the perfect person.” Spellman called her a year or two after the tour. “I said, ‘Here’s the deal. You’re the only person who could do this.’ She nailed it. She did two takes.”

That EP, though only five tracks deep, carries another heavy collaboration: Jim James (of My Morning Jacket and general musical fame). The song -- a cover of Townes Van Zandts’ “Waiting Around to Die” -- is beautiful and rolling, deep with valleys that just sound like Jim James without being Jim James. But how the hell did you get Jim James?

“Oh, that’s a good story,” laughs Spellman. Quiet Life was in Portland and had been asked to contribute a cover to a benefit album. “We started working out that song, recording ‘Waiting Around to Die,’ and my brother [Ryan, Quiet Life’s drummer] was looking on Twitter. He saw that My Morning Jacket was recording in Portland at the studio next door to where we were recording. I’d met him a few times before. But my brother responded to a tweet, saying, ‘Hey, come over and record a solo on this song,’ and all of a sudden there’s a knock on the door, and Jim James is sitting there. And we’re all huge fans -- we were definitely dorking out a bit. So he came in and played the part on the track. It was cool. He was very cool.”

But that was 2014, and now the guys have a new record coming out, likely this winter. Dr. Dog lead guitarist (and the Spellmans’ cousin) Scott McMicken produced the album, which they recorded around this time last year in Philadelphia. “It was a sweaty experience,” Spellman says. “It was almost a year ago, super hot, super humid. There was no AC, and we were living there -- Dr. Dog has this awesome warehouse.” He wrote most of the record while living by the beach, so “it’s very influenced by the energy and happiness of summertime. It’s different than our last records, less country. It’s just a little different, that’s the broadest way to say it,” he says.

Part of what’s different is the way that the band, which with Sean and Ryan includes Philippe Bronchtein and Thor Jensen, approached the studio. Spellman usually writes the songs, he says, and the band has them for a while before getting into the studio. This time, however, the first time that the band heard all but two of the new songs was in the studio. That’s where Quiet Life worked out the kinks and massaged the music -- and the excitement and energy of playing it fresh -- into an album.

“For us, the records that we had made previously, the songs were all songs that we had played a ton, rehearsed a lot -- the parts were all set. It was tight. So this was the opposite,” Spellman says. “I just showed up with these skeletons of songs with the tape rolling. It was cool. The record captured a specific moment in time. Most of it was recorded live. For us, it was really fun making that record in Philadelphia. It’s very representative of when the record was made, the time and the place.”

Summery San Diego is an ideal spot to debut some of that new material before the album drops, as Spellman very well knows. He spent three weeks here last summer, living with friends in North County. “Oh, I’m very familiar with San Diego beaches,” he says. “I love Leucadia, Encinitas, all that up there.” The dude spent mornings at Cafe Ipe and for years had friends who worked at Cardiff’s Besta-Wan. He’s basically a local -- or was for a few weeks anyhow -- so when he and Quiet Life come through town on Saturday, turn on that San Diego charm and welcome them like they’re one of us. We just might be able to convince them to stay and enjoy the quiet life.

Quiet Life open at the Casbah on Saturday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m. Pokey LaFarge headlines. Get tickets 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: Daniel Cavazos]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Alice in Chains]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:02:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Alice+In+Chains+%2822+of+36%29.jpg The rooster crowed when Alice in Chains played Pala Casino on Friday, July 17.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Imagine Dragons Do Exist]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:04:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Imagine+Dragons+SoundDiego+AM+%2830+of+40%29.jpg

As I was looking into the archives trying to see how many times Chappo had played in San Diego, I came across photos of an old show they had played at the Casbah, opening for Imagine Dragons. I remember seeing Imagine Dragons -- how they were from Vegas but had played so many small shows here it was as if this was their home away from home -- and I realized that it was probably less that than the fact that they were seriously pounding pavement to tour frequently and make lasting fans, one small room at a time. Those days are long gone, as their music crossed genres and from only alt-station rotation to every station playing all of their music a lot of the time. You can't hold it against them that they're a solid rock band that appeals musically, visually and emotionally to so many. Tuesday they return with a massive tour at Viejas Arena, and with Metric opening the show, you can be sure it is going to be a delightful spectacle for old and new fans alike. Around town, rock en Español stalwarts La Ley play at House of Blues, while Charli XCX and Bleachers make unlikely bedfellows at the Observatory North Park, and Cubanismo headline the Belly Up. If you just want to rock out to locals, Casbah and Merrow have your number.

Tuesday, July 21:

  • Imagine Dragons, Metric @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • La Ley @ House of Blues
  • Charli XCX, Bleachers, BØRNS @ Observatory North Park
  • Cubanismo, Combo Libertad @ Belly Up
  • Marujah, Echo Park Social Club, Speaker in Reverse @ Casbah
  • Tiki Two's Day with Mr. Adrian Demain and Ms. Susannah Kurner @ Bar Pink
  • Corey & the Castaways, Scuffs, the Cardielles @ Soda Bar
  • Radio Halloran presents Pleasure Fix, Kitty Plague and more @ The Merrow ($5 or free with RSVP)
  • Eskimo Brothers DJ @ The Bancroft
  • ListenLocalRadio.com presents Draza Jansky, Isabella Paulina, Fleetwood Bigmak, Caitlin Ashley, Mason James @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues
  • Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin, Amy Helm @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Meeting of the Meyends with Destructo Bunny, Terrans, Jesus Gonzalez @ Winston's
  • Give Me Back My Wig @ Tio Leo's
  • 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: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Zella Day, Bad Suns]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:45:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Zella+Day+Connie+Bolger+%2818%29.jpg Zella Day had a packed crowd at the Birch Aquarium feeling "Hypnotic" on July 15 as part of the Green Flash Concert Series, where she opened for Bad Suns.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Kaaboo's Battle of the Bands]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:51:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grizzly+Business+SD+Live+Bar+Pink+8.29.14+%2814%29.jpg

When the Kaaboo Del Mar three-day music festival hits San Diego on Sept. 18-20, it’ll bring with it some names you may have heard before: No Doubt, the Killers, the Zac Brown Band, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, the Roots, 311, Ben Harper, Switchfoot -- the list goes on and on.

But what you may not know is that San Diego will have more than a few artists getting in on the action too: The Burning of Rome, the Midnight Pine, the Drowning Men (read our recent interview with them here), the Nervous Wreckords, Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, the Silent Comedy and others have already been tapped to join the festival fun.

In an effort to throw yet another bone to homegrown, independent talent, the organizers behind Kaaboo and a San Diego-based mobile app called GigTown are giving up-and-coming artists a chance to join the ranks of their brethren and those aforementioned headliners on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Here’s the deal: There will be three Sunday night showcases that square off on-the-rise bands against each other, with a panel of fans and music-industry judges casting votes to send one winner from each show to perform on Kaaboo’s Emerging Artist Stage. Sound like a cool gig? That’s 'cause it is.

The Kaaboo Discovery Tour (as they call it) kicked off Sunday, July 19, at Brick by Brick with Brad Perry & the Acoustic Fingerprints, Hocus, Raelee Nikole and the Tolan Shaw Band taking the stage. After an intense night of music, the votes were counted and -- drum roll, please -- the Tolan Shaw Band emerged victorious. Congrats, dudes!

The tour continues on July 26 at Sainte Rocke in Hermosa Beach and features Aquile, Armors, Garrett Lee Robinson, Sandollar and Todo Mundo battling it out onstage. That show has a $5 cover, and tickets can be purchased online here or at the door.

The final stop returns to America’s Finest City with a showdown among Quartyard's shipping containers in East Village on Aug. 9, featuring Grizzly Business, Jet West, Ki and the Stranger Band. Tickets for the show are $10 and will be available at the door.

Head out to one of these shows, folks -- and you very well could be the deciding factor on who gets a shot to play Kaaboo Del Mar.

Kaaboo Del Mar runs Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Prices are as follows: Single-day passes are $125; any two-day combination passes are $229; and three-day passes are $299. There are numerous VIP passes and hotel packages available as well. Visit the Kaaboo Del Mar website for more information.

<![CDATA[Lovett It]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:47:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lyle-lovett-722.jpg

Monday night has plenty to get excited about. In fact, I was just comparing "best show ever" stories with a friend, and I was boasting about what an amazing performer Lyle Lovett is year after year. Monday he's back at Humphrey's by the Bay with his Large Band, and you can bet that it will be a great time. Meanwhile, Patrick Dennis is back in town and is headlining an Anti-Monday shindig at the Casbah, and Wildhoney headlines at Soda Bar. Keep in mind that I've been telling you about the awesome Mondays happening at the Office, and with Flaggs headlining this one, it's one of those Mondays that continues to grow.

Monday, July 20:

  • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • Patrick Dennis, Oh, Spirit!, Little Dove @ Casbah
  • Wildhoney, Rum for Your Life, Quali, Kiss & Make UP DJs @ Soda Bar
  • Flaggs, Muscle Beech, Gloomsday, DJ Mike Delgado @ The Office
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Big Mondays with DJ Set by the Burdens @ The Hideout
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Sara Petite @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Delta Blue Monday with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 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[Future Crooks Steal SoundDiego LIVE]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:41:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Future+Crooks+SD.jpg Future Crooks' frontman Mike Rogers talks their "weird guy rock" and get set to kick off our next SoundDiego LIVE party at Soda Bar on July 30. RSVP here: http://ulink.tv/1607]]> <![CDATA[Gayle Skidmore Everlasting]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:38:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gayle+Skidmore+SD.jpg Local indie folk singer/songwriter Gayle Skidmore discusses her love of music, artistry and why success is secondary to her creative expression. Be sure to catch her at the Balboa on July 25. ]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: July 19-25]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:57:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Willie-Nelson.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the best must-see shows coming to San Diego, including Willie Nelson, Fall Out Boy, Iration, the Offspring and more.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Something to Big Talk About]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:39:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Big+Talk+Press+Photo+1.jpg

Things got a little crazy this weekend in San Diego, but the beauty of the music scene is that it goes on rain or shine. Tonight, get nostalgic by the bay as Colin Hay of Men at Work and Violent Femmes support Barenaked Ladies at Humphreys or head to the Casbah to see Big Talk, featuring Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. of the Killers. Soda Bar has the downtempo electronic music of Nashville's Basecamp and the Pride Festival continues on at Marston Point in Balboa Park. The weekend isn't over yet, so get out there and enjoy all this city has to offer.

Sunday, July 19 (San Diego Pride):

  • Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay @ Open Air Theatre, SDSU (read our interview with Colin Hay here)
  • Big Talk, the Nervous Wreckords @ Casbah
  • Tyga @ Parq
  • Basecamp, Angels Dust, Longclaws @ Soda Bar
  • DAY MVS feat Matoma + Hayden James presented by FNGRS CRSSD @ Quartyard (4-9 p.m.)
  • Pride Music Festival @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Dinosaur Parade, the Wind Playing Tricks @ The Bancroft
  • Stolas, Artifex Pereo, Eidola, Somewhat Ace, Lightning Starts Fire, Atris @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • KAABOO Discovery Tour feat. Raelee Nikole, Tolan Shaw, Hocus, Brad Perry & the Acoustic Fingerprints @ Brick By Brick
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ 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.)
  • Dread Daze, Jam Kwest, Irieality @ U-31
  • Sam Wiles Comedy Niht @ Whistle Stop
  • Tim Doyle @ Croce's Park West (12-3 p.m.)
  • Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • J Henry @ Humphreys Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Smile Now, Smile Later @ El Dorado
  • Psychic Vacuum @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Yoga For Your Ears creates OHM : Oscillating Head Music feat. D Monky Slap, Janay Cherry, Emroze, Destructo Bunny @ Kava Lounge
  • Irish Band Sundays @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • 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[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:43:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/161*120/469288560.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Florence & the Machine, for example.]]> <![CDATA[Culture Fusion at the Athenaeum]]> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:23:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/1athenaeum722.jpg

For their last concert of the summer series, the folks at Athenaeum Jazz went for a cross-cultural theme, employing the duo of Greek guitarist Spiros Exaras and Cuban-born pianist Elio Villafranca, (both musicians currently work out of NYC.)

Villafranca began the evening with the rolling, pastoral harmonies of his original “Keeping the Promise,” while Exaras wove single-note melodies and choice arpeggios into the mix. Navigating duet music with two chordal instruments is always a little tricky, but these musicians seemed to have it mastered. Once he got going, Villafranca was melodically effusive while Exaras exhibited a very patient approach to constructing his improvisations.

There was a lullaby-type vibe to “Deer’s Leap,” complete with gentle, delicate voice-leading that set up poignant essays from each player , and the episodic “Old Waters, New River” featured a mesmerizing blend of chordal expansiveness and hard rhythms, including sections of handclaps and chanting.

Villafranca’s classical chops emerged in his long intro to “Habanera Tu,” but the showstopper proved to be “Gitanos,” which toggled between an ominous ostinato and wicked unison runs -- yielding to wild, free exchanges and a fanfare ending.

Exaras’ feature, “Do You Hear Me?,” was uniformly excellent, coming across like a combination of Joe Pass and Julian Bream, and drawing a tinkling contribution from Villafranca’s sensitive touch toward the end

Especially satisfying was “Rareza Del Siglio,” with its nods to Monkish intervals and kinetic bursts of energy, including manic exchanges of eights and fours, and the hilarious insertions of quotes from “Caravan” and “Smoke on the Water.”

As always, the sound at the Music & Arts Library was superb, and not a single person from the sold-out crowd disappeared during the intermission. I’m already looking forward to the Athenaeum Fall concert series, which will feature a brand-new large-scale project from Mark Dresser and the super-exciting return of the legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. (Those concerts will be performed at the Scripps Research Institute Auditorium.)


 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[Banjos on the Sea]]> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:58:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KNSD_SD_Spotlight_Jesse_LaMonaca_021512_61_mezzn_722x406_2197266740.jpg

Just because all of the tweens and teens are going to be at Sleep Train for 5 Seconds of Summer doesn't mean there aren't plenty of things for the rest of us to do. The Mowgli's return to town with a show at the Oceanside Pier, and Quel Bordel have am album release at the Casbah. Foreign Bodies shake things up at the Balboa, while '90s stalwarts Third Eye Blind are joined by Dashboard Confessional and Night Terrors of 1927 at the Events Center at Harrah's Resort Southern California. The coolest event of the night, however, is being thrown by Deering Banjos, which is celebrating 40 years in San Diego with a party aboard the Star of India. The Kruger Brothers headline that shindig, with Jesse Lamonaca & Brian Holwerda, Josh Damigo and Gayle Skidmore all playing for your entertainment. There's plenty to choose from on Saturday, just keep in mind that Pride is going to keep the streets busy all day and night.

Saturday, July 18:

  • Deering Banjos 40th Anniversary Party, featuring the Kruger Brothers, Jesse LaMonaca with Brian Holwerda, Josh Damigo, Gayle Skidmore @ Star of India
  • Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional, Night Terrors of 1927 @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Rubio's Coastfest, with the Mowgli's, Max & the Moon, the Broken Stems, Hullabaloo, the Boo Hoo Crew @ Junior Seau Amphitheatre, Oceanside Pier
  • Pride Music Festival @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Quel Bordel, Whisky Avengers, Vinnie & the Hooligans @ Casbah
  • Foreign Bodies, Dead Twenty Sevens @ The Balboa
  • Jim Rao 32nd Annual Fan Club Party, feat Ministry of Truth, Cousin Bob, Leadfoot, Mudhounds, Skaal, West Beast, the Dirtbag Surfers @ Soda Bar (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Magic Gant, the Major Minus, Babe @ Soda Bar
  • The Casualties @ Observatory North Park
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Cheap Trick @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Ethan J. Perry & the Remedy Band, Angela Patua, Devan Moncrief @ Black Cat
  • Barrows, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Weeed, Cryptic Languages @ Ken Club
  • The Flames, Mr. Mojo Risin @ The Irenic
  • Throwback Sizzling Jam, featuring Silk, 112, Dru Hill, Frankie J, Next, H-Town @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • 5 Seconds of Summer, Hey Violet @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda, Julion Alvarez, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing with the San Diego Symphony @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • 3 By Design, Beauty in the Breakdown, Andora, Strike Twelve, Natural Incense, DJ Black Belt Jonez @ House of Blues
  • Battle for Van's Warped Tour @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Pride Weekend: White & Gold San Diego Pride After Party @ The Hideout
  • Gustavo Romero performing the works of Franz Schubert @ The Auditorium at TSRI (4 p.m.)
  • Mechanical Manson, Zombiewood @ Brick By Brick
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6-8 p.m.)
  • JARA, Shae Brock @ Lestat's (9 p.m.)
  • Steve Harris, Tina Demmitt, Eric Freeman @ Java Joe's
  • Brazzebelle @ Bang Bang
  • '80s vs '90s, with DJs Saul and Gabe Vega @ Whistle Stop
  • Regenerator/Carved Souls @ The Bancroft
  • May Star's Fashion Whore, DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Nina Francis @ Croce's Park West (12-3 p.m.)
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • Strangely Strange @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Ocean Boogie @ Winston
  • Ancient River, Amerikan Bear, Buffalo Tooth @ Til-Two Club
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Stafford Brothers @ Bassmnt
  • Wiggle with Wes Smith and Omega Squad @ Kava Lounge
  • Eden @ Spin
  • The Fooks @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • La Original Banda El Limon de Don Salvador Lizarraga @ Sycuan
  • Kid Wilderness & the Brewhahas @ 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[Morrissey Adds Second San Diego Show]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:12:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/455184451.jpg

Stop us if you think you’ve heard this one before: Morrissey makes his long-awaited return to San Diego with an all-ages stop at the Observatory North Park on Thursday, Aug. 20 (which has subsequently sold out) -- and a newly announced second show on Friday, Aug. 21! 

Yoyeah, you read that right: The Smiths’ beloved frontman is coming to town. With August just around the corner ("how soon is now," indeed!), Moz fans need to make with the quickness and snag tickets here immediately for the just-added Friday night show. It's onsale now. We admit it: there is high likelihood that we’ll be screaming "Please, please, please let me get what I want!" at our computer screens, but can you blame us? We love the guy.

Following show announcements for the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones and Madonna, 2015 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for live music in San Diego. But now that the boy with the thorn in his side is set to strike America’s Finest City again, questions remain: Morrissey’s got a pretty bad touring track record, especially over the last couple years. Can we even rely on the singer to show up and perform? Will he require the West Coast Tavern to stop serving meat, as the notorious vegan is prone to do, even though they’re technically a separate entity? Will he play "Ask"? OK, that last one’s for us.

In all seriousness though, kudos to the Observatory North Park for bringing the legend to town -- we’ve been hoping for a date with Moz ever since the closing note of his 2013 Balboa Theatre show. "Frankly, Mr. Shankly," we might just pass out when he takes the stage (if he takes the stage). After all, it’s not every day the man who fronted the band NME readers named as the "most influential artist ever" (even topping the Beatles!) hits our shores -- especially at such an intimate venue. 

San Diego, you’ve really got everything now.

Morrissey performs at the Observatory North Park on Thursday, Aug. 20 (sold out) and Friday, Aug. 21. Doors are at 7 p.m., and start at 8. The Friday, Aug. 21 show is onsale now and tickets are $85. You can (try) to get those here.

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<![CDATA[LIVE: Jurassic 5]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Jurassic+5+%2814+of+44%29.jpg Jurassic 5 brought some much needed "quality control" to Humphrey's By the Bay on July 8.

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<![CDATA[Friday Night Lights]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:32:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20140211_164604%280%29.jpg

There are some really great shows on Friday night, so I mean no offense to the Wallflowers, who are playing after the races; or the Helio Sequence, who haven't been to the Casbah since 2008; or Built to Spill, who are certainly going to sell out the Belly Up; or even Trails and Ways, who are playing the Hideout; but I have been excited ever since the announcement of the Chappo, Yukon Blonde and Fort Lean show at Soda Bar. The buzzy Fort Lean -- who have two EPs and have supported Haim and Unknown Mortal Orchestra -- open the show in anticipation of their debut full-length releasing in October, while direct support comes from Yukon Blonde (from Canada). Then, of course, Chappo, the Brooklyn band who won us over a few years back at SxSW and with every subsequent tour through San Diego. Their spaced-out rock is intense yet fun, and I've never seen a Chappo show I didn't love. If you don't have plans, make this one your priority.

Friday, July 17:

  • Pride of Hillcrest Block Party @ Normal & University (6-11 p.m., 21+)
  • Chappo, Yukon Blonde, Fort Lean @ Soda Bar
  • The Wallflowers @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
  • The Helio Sequence, Quarto Negro @ Casbah
  • Muscle Beech, Inspired and the Sleep @ Black Cat
  • Built to Spill, Slam Dunk, Genders @ Belly Up
  • Soda Bar presents Chon (CD release), Polyphia, Yvette Young @ Irenic
  • Trails and Ways @ The Hideout
  • Leftover Cuties @ AMSD Concerts
  • J. Cole, Big Sean, and Jeremih @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble (record release), Taurus Authority @ Winston's
  • The Blank Tapes, Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah, Loom, Mad Alchemy @ Til-Two Club
  • Mr. Blow & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Sacra: Profana @ Spreckel's Theatre
  • Charlie Chavez y su Afrotruko @ Dizzy's
  • Outlands (CD release), Focus in Frame, Guidelines, Leave the Universe, Set to Stun, Little Heroine @ SOMA
  • Fistfights with Wolves, OF @ The Balboa
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with the San Diego Symphony @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • San Diego Rebelfest 2015, featuring Illuminate, Undercurrent, City of Crooks, Victimized, Lynch the Landlord, Shawshank Redeemed, Vile Creations, Peace in Terror @ Legend Records
  • Global Affront, Oddball, Castoff, Bainbridge @ Brick By Brick
  • Street Liegal @ Tio Leo's
  • Johnny Deadly Trio, Fanny & the Atta Boys @ Lestat's
  • Natalie Emmons @ Java Joe's
  • Groove International Sound the Groove @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Paper Diamond, Astronomer @ House of Blues
  • Bearracuda San Diego, featuring DJ Brian Maier @ The Merrow
  • The Blessed Hellhounds, Los Mas Cerratis, the Shallow End @ The Bancroft
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Trade Winds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Danyavaad & the Shimmy Sisters @ Tango del Rey
  • Qstn @ El Dorado
  • F---ing in the Bushes Britrock, with DJs Dan Sant and Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Big Sean, Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Nervo @ Omnia
  • Hayden James @ Bang Bang
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Moves @ 98 Bottles
  • DJs Dan Mascari, Mullin, Craig Visser, Ghost @ Kava Lounge
  • K.L.N.M. & 7 Seal Dub, featuring Layne Tadese, DJ RM @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Art Loomer @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • The Village Squares, 2 Day Job & Special Guests @ 710 Beach Club (9 p.m.)

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

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<![CDATA[San Diego's Got Pride]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:08:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-480455254.jpg

Friday kicks off the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Summer Concert Series with the Wallflowers. Other options include the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party; Chappo, Yukon Blonde and Fort Lean at Soda Bar; Built to Spill headline the Belly Up; Alice In Chains play at Pala Casino; the Helio Sequence and Quarto Negro are at the Casbah; Muscle Beech and Inspired and the Sleep take over the Black Cat; Chon (CD release) is at Soda Bar; Sure Fire Soul Ensemble (record release party) with Taurus Authority hit Winston’s; Trails and Ways, Bakkuda and the Slashes are at the Hideout; and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with the San Diego Symphony is at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Dance options include F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Hayden James at Bang Bang; and Nervo at Omnia.

After the Pride Parade on Saturday, the fun continues at the Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park. Elsewhere, Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional and Night Terrors of 1927 are at Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Quel Bordel headline the Casbah; Deering Banjos 40th Anniversary Party featuring the Kruger Brothers, Jesse LaMonaca with Brian Holwerda, Josh Damigo and Gayle Skidmore is on the Star of India; Magic Giant, the Major Minus and Babe are at Soda Bar; Foreign Bodies and Dead Twenty Sevens play at the Balboa; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with the San Diego Symphony hits Embarcadero Marina Park South for Night 2; and the Casualties take over the Observatory North Park. Get your dance on with Brazzabelle at Bang Bang; Maystar’s Fashion Whore at U-31; Neon Beat at Bar Pink; ‘80s vs. ‘90s at the Whistle Stop; Stafford Brothers at Bassmnt; Manufactured Superstars at Omnia; and Wiggle at the Kava Lounge.

Sunday is Day 2 of the Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park. Plus, DAY MVS featuring Matoma, Hayden James (DJ set), Colour Vision, Klatch and others is at Quartyard. Later that night, Barenaked Ladies, the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay play at the CCCU OAT; Cheap Trick headline a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Big Talk and the Nervous Wreckords are at the Casbah; and Basecamp, Angels Dust and Longclaws take over 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[Che Cafe Eviction Suspended]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:30:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/The+Che+Cafe+2.jpg

The Che Cafe, the UCSD club with nine lives, has managed to elude closure again -- at least temporarily -- confirms both a university official and a member of the Che Cafe Collective.

The two organizations were engaged -- legally and otherwise -- since May 2014 over the site’s future. The school served an eviction notice on the collective on March 17, 2015. UCSD had 180 days to enforce the notice posted five days later. Members of the collective have been occupying the site around the clock since then.

The news on Thursday afternoon came after a pair of meetings in as many days between UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and members of the collective.

“The chancellor and vice chancellor agreed to suspend the eviction for 45 days while members of the collective and the university worked together to address the maintenance issues of the space,” said Che Café Collective member Susan Wingfield-Ritter, “and that’s also tied in to our historical site designation – we are going for recognition from the National Historical Register…. We are continuing to meet and will release a joint press release next week, the collective and the university together.”

UCSD spokeswoman Christine Clark confirmed that the eviction had been suspended for a period of 45 days.

The Che Cafe has been located at the venue for 35 years, but the iconic, mural-bedecked building was built in the early 1940s. Over the years, the Che has been the location of performance by such artists as Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Billy Corgan, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes and Green Day.

The school cited safety hazards and imminent, extensive repairs ordered by the campus fire marshal and an overall lack of current student interest in the club as primary reasons for putting the collective under the gun. For its part, the co-op went on the offensive in July of last year and sued the school for the "unlawful" termination of its lease and alleged collusion between the Graduate Students Association and UCSD to decertify the club.

Since the notice was posted back in March, several prominent artists came to the Che’s defense, including Pinback’s Rob Crow, EDM superstar Steve Aoki and former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zach de la Rocha.

Thursday’s news was welcomed by the students and other collective members.

“We’ll be meeting to talk about it on Monday – my understanding is that we don’t need to occupy the space,” said Wingfield-Ritter, who added that she thought the occupation would continue till the meeting next week.

The Che Cafe has seemingly always been a hot-button issue at UCSD and has faced existential crises before -- most recently in 2012, when the club fell behind on insurance payments and, in order to remain open, had to quickly raise $12,000, a story covered by San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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<![CDATA[The 'Existential Rhyme' of Chicano Batman]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:40:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GNSF139-chicano_batman.jpg

Take one listen to "Cycles of Existential Rhyme," and you’ll be wooed by the poetic vocals of Chicano Batman’s frontman Bardo Martinez. The Los Angeles quartet’s lush, soulful ‘70s sound feels like a drive along Pacific Coast Highway on a warm, sunny day with someone you love.

Chicano Batman has been gaining momentum, having been tapped as Jack White’s opening act on his last national tour, and will make a stop in San Diego to headline at the Museum of Contemporary Art for their Thursday Night Thing show on July 16.

The self-described "champion for the underdog" musicians recently told Billboard what it’s like to keep the crossover and being more than just a Latino band.
"We're opening up for Jack White and we're a bunch of Latinos," said Martinez. "Just to give you an example of the racial dynamics that exist, on our Twitter feed this guy was like, 'My dad says, 'Why is a Hispanic band opening up for Jack White?'' And he responded, 'Dad you didn't see the band. They were awesome.'"
Chicano Batman are students of music and life -- for that reason they show no signs of pretentiousness or rehearsed theatrics. In the same way a mariachi dons a charro suit, Chicano Batman are suited in retro, ruffled tuxedo shirts and pants during their performance -- paying homage to the uniform style worn by ‘70s soul groups. 
Last year, they released "Cycles of Existential Rhyme" on their own El Relleno Records and NPR Music’s Alt Latino included the sophomore full-length in their "Best of 2014" list; they've also been busy winning coveted praise from the New York Times, Paste, Nylon, Rolling Stone and the LA Times.
Chicano Batman performs July 16 at Museum of Contemporary Art’s Thursday Night Thing. For ticket info go here. “Like” Chicano Batman on Facebook here.

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

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<![CDATA[A Sublime Evening in South Bay]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:29:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sublime.jpg

I know it's only Thursday, but can we just call it the weekend already? I mean, with Opening Day at the the races, TNT back in action and tons of great shows, who really needs to wait until Friday? Your night in music sees the Drowning Men (read our interview here) headlining the Belly Up, and rockeros Enanitos Verdes at the House of Blues. It's a bro-down hoedown at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, where Sublime With Rome (read out interview here) headline a bill shared by Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon. Meanwhile, the Casbah has a local lineup, with Soft Lions celebrating their EP release, and Chicano Batman come back to town with a set at Thursday Night Thing. Last but certainly not least, over at Soda Bar, there's Dick Diver, who should get an award for best music/worst name. They're an indie pop band from Melbourne, and they're absolutely fantastic and you'll regret missing the show if you skip out. So don't.

Thursday, July 16 :

  • Dick Diver, the Gloomies, the Verigolds @ Soda Bar
  • Thursday Night Thing, with Chicano Batman @ Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, downtown
  • Soft Lions, Summer Twins, Other Bodies, Some Kind of Lizard @ Casbah -- watch our Spotlight with Some Kind of Lizard
  • Enanitos Verdes @ House of Blues
  • The Drowning Men, the Bulls, Trouble in the Wind @ Belly Up -- read our Drowning Men interview here
  • Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pepper, Mickey Avalon @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre -- read out interview with Rome here
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Philosopher's Ray Gun, Nothingful, Banishment Room @ Black Cat
  • Benny Benassi @ Omnia
  • Battle for Vans Warped Tour 2015, featur Picasso the Banshee, Mikey Messiah, The Aura & Øvation, Voxyn, Essex Class @ Brick By Brick
  • Rachel Sage @ Lestat's
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's
  • Jamming Out @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • Q Morrow @ Croce's Park West
  • Monty Seward @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Voice of Addiction, Castoff, the Ucks, Subject to Citation @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • AJ Froman, Loom, Desert Suns @ Winston's
  • Johnny Polygon & Alex Wiley @ Til-Two Club
  • Cloudside @ 98 Bottles
  • B.L.U.S.D. @ Tio Leo's
  • Astrojump/Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity, with Engineeer, Altrd Being, Pxl, MaxBetta (noNDescript, AV) @ Kava Lounge
  • Jam Kwest, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Monolith @ 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[Ten Years of Drowning Men]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:05:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/DrowningMen-RyanRenteria.jpg

Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub & Grill in Carlsbad died long ago, and with it, the restaurateur dreams of pro-skater and Flogging Molly accordionist Matt Hensley. But from the ashes of the Elephant graveyard, a band played on -- taking its sound to bigger stages across the country and, eventually, across the world.

Okay, so maybe the Drowning Men didn’t get their start at Hensley’s, per se (they played their first show way before the accordionist even bought the pub). But that’s how I’ll always think of the Oceanside band -- the guys who would pack the house with lifelong locals because they were locals themselves; who’d shake the stage with their energy because it simply poured from them, too big to contain; who’d get a whole lotta tip money into my pockets because people turn up for good music, especially in North County and especially in straight-laced Carlsbad, where there wasn’t a lot else going on.

When the Drowning Men played, that’s the shift you wanted. And if you couldn’t get it, you’d come in anyway, just to be a part of it all -- mostly because it was hard to stay away.

That’s still how it feels when the Drowning Men play a local show, like the one at Belly Up on Thursday, July 16, celebrating their 10-year anniversary [get tickets here]. “I didn’t even know that we’d been this band for 10 years until someone suggested we have an anniversary party,” says Nato Bardeen, the band’s lead vocalist, who also takes on keys, guitar and mandolin in turn. “I definitely feel blessed. I grew up with Todd and Rory since we were kids. We were in and out of bands back in the high school days. We’re all from the same area, so it’s pretty sweet.”

Until recently, the guys hadn’t been around much because they were traversing the planet, skipping from stage to stage for what seemed like three straight years -- which is why we haven’t had a new record from them since 2012’s “All of the Unknown.”

But that’s about to change.

“We were off a couple of weeks here and there, but always going, going, going,” says Bardeen. “And you know, I always play. I always have a guitar or mandolin or keyboard around. But I did notice I wasn’t able to [write] as much, because you have to play a set or you have a show. But I’ve also learned I had to, you know? Put the beer down and pick up a guitar and just jam out a bit.”

They’re home for awhile, treating North County to some of those old-school local shows while they hit the studio to record -- when Bardeen and I talked, they were all set to start their first session later that week. “You know, now that we’ve been home, we’ve been writing a lot," he tells me.

Bardeen says that they’re swimming into some psychedelic territory on this record. “Gabe [Messer, the keyboardist] is huge in that," he says. "He’s always trying to get us to let go for a bit. I want to capture both worlds, you know? I want to let things breathe without any lyrics, just let the music go out on its journey, but I also want to tell a story with words and voice. I’m caught in like two different worlds.”

How those worlds are reckoned -- just check the show on Thursday. “We’re playing some old songs -- we’re actually playing some songs from each album, from our EP to newer stuff, even stuff we haven’t tracked down yet. We’re going to make it a good, long set. Maybe some special guests might join us up there for a few songs,” Bardeen adds.

It’s time to welcome back one of our own, San Diego. This is one of those special evenings that’s not to be missed, like back in 2013 when KPBS filmed the Drowning Men at Belly Up and Matt Hensley himself got on stage to join them. It was a sea of friendly faces then, as it’s sure to be again on Thursday, when Trouble in the Wind and the Bulls join the show. Drowning Men? No. These guys -- they’re floating on.

The Drowning Men play their 10-year anniversary show at Belly Up on Thursday, July 16. The Bulls and Trouble in the Wind open. Doors open at 7 p.m. 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[LIVE: One Direction]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:04:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/OneDirection68.jpg One Direction, the beloved UK pop band, had Qualcomm Stadium in the throes of adoration on July 9. Icona Pop opened.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>