<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2014 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 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:41:10 -0800 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:41:10 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Robin's Weekend in Hynde Sight]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:54:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/celeb+no+meater+12.jpg

On Wednesday, plenty of pre-Thanksgiving events for you to chose from. At the top of my list, Peter Hook & the Light at House of Blues. The band will be playing New Order’s Lowlife and Brotherhood, plus an opening set of Joy Division songs. Grab your tickets here. Elsewhere, Chris Robinson Brotherhood headlines a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Cash’d Out, the Bedbreakers and Stephen Rey are at the Casbah; Neighbors to the North, Danny & the Tramp and the Bloodflowers take over Soda Bar; and Wild Wild Wets and Marqay play at Seven Grand. For your dancing fix, Basmnt features Morgan Page and opens early at 8 p.m. (you can get free entry for the first hour with your RSVP here); Maystar’s Cosmic Gold hits Air Conditioned Lounge; and Boys Don’t Disco take over Bang Bang.   

Thanksgiving in San Diego sees a little less action, but some of the bars that will be open include the Whistle Stop, Bar Pink, the Hideout and Ken Club.

Friday, the English Beat play night one of a two-night stand at the Belly Up; Circa Survive headlines a sold-out show at House of Blues; the legendary Alice Cooper hits Harrah’s Resort So Cal; Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays at Viejas Arena; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hits Sycuan Casino; the Paladins headline at the Casbah; Captured by Robots, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra and Roxy Jones are at Soda Bar; Speaker in Reverse is at the Tin Can; and Viri y Los Bandidos play the Ken Club. For your dancing fix, DJ Mancat is at U-31, and Sleepwalking takes over Til-Two.

Saturday, Cake plays at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and the Kyle Kicks Cancer Punk Rock & Psychobilly Benefit Music Fest is at the Yard. Later, join me for Club Sabbat at Numb3rs as we take over both rooms. I’ll be DJing with Liquid Grey in the front room, and Drew Harlander takes over the back room. Grab more info here. Elsewhere, EC Twins take over Bassmnt; Thomas Jack + Klatch are at Bang Bang; and Booty Bassmnt hits the Whistle Stop. For your live music fix, Meat Puppets headline at the Casbah; the English Beat play at the Belly Up; Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders fame headlines at the Balboa Theatre; the Donkeys, Soft Lions and Oh Spirit! are at Soda Bar; and Tiffany Jane & the Kicks, Steph Johnson and Rebecca Jade are at Lestat’s.

Sunday, OFF! headline at the Epicentre; OBN III’s, Pampers and Shady Francos play at the Hideout; and Cake is doing a sold-out show at the Belly Up.

Have a great holiday 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 @robin_roth or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Ms. Lauryn Hill]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:20:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lauryn+Hill+11.20.14+Audley+0027.jpg Ready or not, San Diego got the best of the one and only Ms. Lauryn Hill when she headlined the North Park Theatre on Nov. 20.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Two Trios Rock the Loft]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:21:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/222*120/mdbrcrop.jpg

UCSD concert promoter Brian Ross has a knack for organizing double-bill concerts that lean heavily on the yin-yang continuum, often pairing local artists with musicians of national exposure. And the show at the Loft on Nov. 21 featuring the Charlie Arbelaez Trio and the Michael Dessen Trio represented a truly sublime sense of contrast -- one group extending the tradition, the other pushing through it.

Charlie Arbelaez Trio

Arbelaez is an excellent post-bop alto saxophonist, and his trio -- featuring bassist Mackenzie Leighton and drummer Matt Smith -- offered a seamless set where one tune bled into the next.

Opening with "Funkay," an original by Smith, the trio offered a bed of loping bass and in-the-pocket drums for Arbelaez to soar above with blazing speed and fluid arabesques. Smith kept the dynamics interesting, but it was Leighton’s lugubrious essay that stole the show: Pedaling with open strings and rubbery double-stops, concentrating on the sound of the instrument -- this cat brought it.

His vamp morphed into his own original "Pig Pen," highlighting his thick, ropey timbre and wicked swing aesthetic. Arbelaez and Leighton took Monk's "Pannonica" for a luxurious spin, showcasing the saxophonist's penchant for velocity and tone sculpture, and the group opened "Con Alma" with outside gestures, like screeching cymbals and ponticello bowing, yielding to an alto solo that packed notes with the density of teen girls at a Taylor Swift concert.

This is a good direction for Arbelaez -- I'd like to hear him develop this idea more.

Michael Dessen Trio

Even though the slide-trombone virtuoso Dessen resides in Irvine, while bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss live in New York, this trio has attained a degree of communication that allows truly amazing music to emerge from their collective attention.

Opening with "Somewhere in the Upstream" from Dessen's latest recording, "Resonating Abstractions," the trombonist triggered electronic effects from a wired mute in the bell of his horn, evoking squeaky choirs and breathy whooshes, while Tordini's stealthy walk reminded me of a guy sneaking though a graveyard. So many details were available due to the remarkable contributions of Weiss, who is capable of implying multiple grooves at the lowest possible volume.

The rest of the evening was occupied by the unveiling of a brand-new piece dedicated to the memory of jazz legend Yusef Lateef, with whom Dessen studied in the 1980s. Tordini began with a lopsided odd-interval vamp, with Dessen's activated electronics hovering and Weiss's minimalist gestures packing a huge punch. Tordini's frugal economy is remarkable -- and worth more than its weight in gold.

While Dessen warbled and sighed, the drums kept a constant stream of percussive activity delivered at whisper level. A new section emerged, revealing start/stop martial cadence fragments while Tordini left enough space between notes to park a limousine in.

At this point, Weiss dialed up the volume for an impeccable bass-drum feature that culled a mysterious groove from raw, primal material. Yet another new section began as a melancholic novella with dark corners, sharp turns and surprising confluences as the vibe turned into a violent swagger where Dessen's melody expanded and contracted as it sought new avenues to explore. His trombone solo turned highly rhythmic, with brutal pneumatics massaged from above and below.

Dessen's music -- and the interpretation of his associates -- is both wide-open and inescapably suggestive. In the course of a few moments, I was transported from an elegiac funeral scene into a 1960s strip club, veering into plausible vignettes of carnivals and lonely street corners in between. Stunning and visceral, this performance will remain burned in my memory banks.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Brian Ross]]>
<![CDATA[Cash'd In]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:33:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cashd+Out+SoundDiego+LIVE+6.27+Tin+Roof+%2835%29.jpg

Let's be honest here for a minute. It really doesn't matter what show you go to tonight. I mean, yes, Peter Hook is going to be awesome at the House of Blues, and Chris Robinson is back for night two at the Belly Up, and Cash'd Out should have them lined up around the block at the Casbah. The reality is, however, that you can forget Fourth of July and Halloween and other "party days." There is no night that rages harder in San Diego than the night before Thanksgiving. Be smart and plan for a safe ride home, but enjoy the night and seeing friends at your local watering hole and prepare for Thanksgiving, however you and yours choose to celebrate.

Wednesday, Nov. 26:

  • Peter Hook & the Light @ House of Blues
  • The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Belly Up
  • Cash'd Out, the Bedbreakers, Stephen Rey @ Casbah
  • Neighbors to the North, Danny & the Tramp, the Bloodflowers @ Soda Bar
  • DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Opus the Era, the One & Onlys, Daniel Isle Sky @ The Merrow
  • Cot Damnt with DJ Dmitri (Booty Bassment) @ The Hideout
  • Nas @ Flux
  • Commune Wednesday @ Whistle Stop
  • Courage My Love @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Mohavisoul, Craig Marshall, Adam Marshall @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series with Massimo Paparello @ Croce's Park West
  • Von Kiss @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Piracy Conspiracy & Friends with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • DJ Mikey Ratt & Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Big Daddy Orchestra @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Tribal Theory @ Typhoon Saloon
  • Kid Wilderness @ 710 Beach Club
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30-close)

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

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Bastille]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:52:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Bastille+11.19.14+700_9578.jpg San Diego was "overjoyed" recently when synthpop superstars Bastille descended on Viejas Arena Nov. 19, with opener Ella Eyre.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[FREEcember with Becky G, Nick Jonas]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:09:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/166*120/GNSF101-BeckyG.jpg

The gift of giving just keeps on giving. Proof: On Dec. 6, bringing an unwrapped toy to Westfield's Plaza Bonita mall gains you admission to Channel 93.3 FM's Frankie & Geena’s FREEcember Concert. Local tweens will go ga-ga for headliner Nick Jonas, who appears along with Inglewood's triple threat rap-stress, Becky G. Also on the bill is "X-Factor USA" singing sensation Bea Miller and Florida's rising rapper Jake Miller (no relation to Bea).

Back in June at Z90's Hot Shots concert, Becky G impressed the crowd (especially the parents) with her rock-solid live performance. She had the best breath control, transitioning from rap to falsetos while rocking choreographed moves with her all-male dance crew.

Start clearing your calendar, because this will be an exciting, feel-good benefit concert for the kiddies. The FREEcember concert takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on the mall's second level, in front of the AMC Theatres. The admission line begins at the mall entrance, between Red Robin and Crunch Fitness. So park on that side of the mall as the show is first come, first served. All unwrapped toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. For more info, visit Frankie & Geena 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.

<![CDATA[Alvvays in Wait]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:26:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/alvvays.jpg

There is some serious music happening on Tuesday that would make you think it's just a normal music week in San Diego. I'm particularly fond of Alvvays, performing at Soda Bar. The Canadian indie-pop band is fuzzy and jangly and just sweet enough to make me think fondly of what used to be called "college radio" back in the late '80s and early '90s. Meanwhile, Vance Joy returns with a proper show at House of Blues, and the Black Crows frontman returns to the Belly Up with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, while Causers take over the Casbah. For something a little extra special, catch Jake Najor's latest project -- Taurus Authority, which we reported on -- at their Merrow residency.

Tuesday, Nov. 25:

  • Alvvays, Absolutely Free, Scruffles @ Soda Bar
  • Vance Joy, Jaymes Young @ House of Blues
  • The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Belly Up
  • Causers, Poontang Clam, Revolut-Chix, Desolace @ Casbah
  • Taurus Authority, Sueno Stereo @ The Merrow
  • Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Crying, Somos @ Epicentre
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Katie Leigh & the Infantry, Fish & the Sparrow @ The Hideout
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jon Blaj, Kyle Baudour @ Whistle Stop
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • AJ Froman & Friends @ Winston's
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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 Tell All Your Friends]]>
<![CDATA[Soft Lions Roar]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:49:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Soft+Lions+SD.jpg Lioness Megan Liscomb of Soft Lions talks scavenging the band, letting go of fears and more in our SoundDiego spotlight.]]> <![CDATA[Two by Two at San Diego Center for the Arts]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:47:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/vinnyhubbardcrop.jpg

The San Diego Center for the Arts has been doing great work -- quietly -- for the last few years, staging incredibly creative music with some of the best players from San Diego and beyond. The Nov. 16 concert featuring duos -- woodwind master Vinny Golia with drummer Nathan Hubbard and UCSD professor David Borgo on soprano saxophone and electronics with drummer Jeanette Kangas -- was inspiring, yet sparsely attended.

David Borgo and Jeanette Kangas

Borgo came out spinning long tones over Kangas' rattlesnake brushes, both quickly morphing into different stratagems of electronic mayhem and multiple rhythmic suggestions. On a stripped down kit, Kangas kept a constant, churning level of activity going, independent yet related to Borgo's serpentine winding and the sandstorm clouds of synthesized noise triggered by microphones and an iPad.

Borgo manipulated some regenerative feedback to open the second piece, transitioning into multiphonics and strangled screaming, while Kangas responded with intuitive counterpoint and wicked, mallet-driven polyrhythms. At times, the pair even swung in the broadest conventional interpretation.

Vinny Golia and Nathan Hubbard

Golia began with split-tones emitted from a custom-built "G" soprano saxophone, using stop-and-start tactics and startling velocity in tangent to Hubbard's waves of percussion. Circular breathing produced long streams of warbled multiphonics accompanied by hand-drum-driven ethnic beats. Hubbard struck a gong with a large, soft mallet for a glacial downbeat, while Golia played the snake charmer.

Golia pulls from a deep well of spontaneous ideas, and everything he conjures has the feel of a written melody. Throughout the evening, he morphed from one instrument to the next, picking up a piccolo, alto flute and clarinet in succession as Hubbard's manic flow filled in the blanks between instrument changes. The reed-master's command of extended techniques was quite breathtaking, with growls and various vocalization effects transforming each instrument into a vessel of personal expression, and when he picked up the tiny soprillo saxophone for a series of repeated fragments, Hubbard tossed everything plus the kitchen sink into the sonic maelstrom.

All four musicians took the stage for the finale, a wild give-and-take swirl of orbiting horns and shake, rattle and rolling percussion. It was an amazing event that deserved a much wider audience.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Nathan Hubbard]]>
<![CDATA[Island Boy Time]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:15:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/DSC_7628.jpg

Things are definitely slowing down this week but not to a screeching halt, as tonight you can still get your groove on around San Diego. At the Casbah, be impressed by Island Boy, the latest project of former Moviegoers member Richard Hunter-Rivera, along with the Black & the White and Bakkuda. Meanwhile fuzz-rocker Life Leone performs at Soda Bar, and Tori Roze settles in to her monthly slot at Bar Pink. You might have to look a little harder for your Monday night fun, but it's out there for the taking.

Monday, Nov. 24:

  • Island Boy, the Black & the White, Bakkuda @ Casbah
  • Life Leone, Foreign Film, Does It Explode @ Soda Bar
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Netsky @ House of Blues (read SoundDiego's interview with the EDM beast here)
  • The Tin Can Country Club @ Tin Can
  • Beard Broz: Card Against Humanity Night @ The Hideout
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • DJ R-You @ U-31
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: T. Loper]]>
<![CDATA[A SoundDiego LIVE Bronx Takeover]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:07:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD+Live+112114.jpg U-31 became a rock & roll war zone when Mariachi El Bronx, Pounded By the Surf and Shady Francos brought a serious ruckus to Sounddiego LIVE XLIII. ]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 23-29]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:01:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chris+Robinson.jpg Take a look at the must-see shows coming to town this week, courtesy of our SoundDiego Set List.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[A Capital Offense]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:41:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/Coachella+2014+Day+2+Band+Daytime+%2828%29.jpg

"Safe and Sound" quickly became one of those inescapable songs of summer, launching Capital Cities from a small indie rock band to a powerhouse played across radio formats, on television commercials, and performing at festivals across the country. I have to say, the band does one of the funniest things I've ever seen: After they play the hit, they set down their instruments and line up at the front of the stage -- and then a recorded version of the song plays, complete with a dub-step drop, as the band dances and hypes the crowd to do the same. It's kind of hilarious, but also pretty awesome to see the whole audience really get into the moment. You can see what it's like for yourself when the band performs tonight at the House of Blues. 

Sunday, November 23:

  • Capital Cities, Night Terrors of 1927 @ House of Blues
  • Hobo Torch, Neveready, Satellite Sky @ Casbah
  • Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe @ Belly Up
  • Space Heat, Habits, Alligator Indian, Via Meteor @ Soda Bar
  • Levin Dean, Heidi Hughes @ Sycamore Den
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Nina Francis, Spanish Sundays: Danny Green Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Kirk Franklin presents: Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues
  • Aubrey Fay, Jeanete Harris @ Humphreys Backstage
  • Classics For Kids: Peter and the Wolf @ Balboa Theatre (2 p.m.)
  • Open Comedy Mic @ Til-Two Club
  • Spider Tree and Mascot Mantra @ Winstons (5:00 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winstons (10:00 p.m.)

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[PHOTOS: Mariachi El Bronx Bomb SD LIVE]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:33:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LIVE+U31+11.21+Audley+%28109%29.jpg SoundDiego LIVE exploded at U-31 thanks to Mariachi El Bronx, Pounded By the Surf, Shady Francos, 91x's Robin Roth, and a hosted Jack Daniel's happy hour.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[LOVE, San Diego Style]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:27:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/love7.jpg

Saturday night is coming, and you're ready for a night on the town, and San Diego certainly has you covered. At the Casbah, LOVE:Revisited perform with Johnny Echols. Hailed by critics as one of the best rock/garage/psychedelic bands of the late '60s and early '70s, they will be performing the album "Forever Changes," which is considered by many to be their masterpiece. There will be a horn and strings section, so if you're a fan (or if your parents need a good night out), this is certain to be a special performance. Meanwhile, Soda Bar keeps it local with Ed Ghost Tucker headlining, and Primus perform at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. 

Saturday, Nov. 22:

  • LOVE Revisited, the Loons, Bunnynose @ Casbah
  • Ed Ghost Tucker, Beginners, Nicky Venus @ Soda Bar
  • Primus & the Chocolate Factory, featuring the Fungi Ensemble @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Michael Franti Acoustic, Ethan Tucker (8 p.m.); Michael Franti Acoustic (5 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • Chadwick Stokes, Tristen @ The Loft
  • Purling Hiss @ The Hideout
  • Fart Barf, Bella Novela @ Bar Pink
  • Lands on Fire @ Brick By Brick
  • The Lumps, Christ Killer, Moonshine @ Tower Bar
  • The Go Getters, Fanny & the Atta Boys, Johnny Deadly Trio @ Til Two Club
  • 45 Revolutions, Agua Dulce @ Croce's Park West
  • Sara Petite, Caliber @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Brantley Gilbert, Tyler Farr, Chase Bryant, Brian Davis @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Common @ Fluxx
  • Victorian Halls @ Woody’s Burgers
  • The Ready Set, Metro Station, Against the Current, The Downtown Fiction @ House of Blues
  • Curtis McMurtry, Mary Scholtz, Thomas Gardner Jr. @ Lesta'ts
  • Dead Sara, Sensory Station, Dexter Riley Xperiment @ The Merrow
  • Sanctuary, Exmortus, Symbolic, Alchemy, Sinners Rage @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Villalobos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Rising Star @ Tio Leos
  • The Ne'er Duwels, Ken O'Malley @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church
  • Adrian Lux, Rebecca & Fiona @ Bassmnt
  • Treasure Fingers @ Bang Bang
  • Groove International: Pink Ribbon Riot @ House of Blues
  • JuniorTheDiscoPunk @ U-31
  • Subdvsn presents Sex Pixels, Speakghost, Tommy Dubs, Ad Volz @ Winston's
  • Kim Wilson & the Blues All Stars @ Winston's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Satisfy Your Primus Urges]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:34:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Primus+Tool-011.JPG

It's party time Friday night as SoundDiego LIVE hits U-31 with Mariachi El Bronx, Pounded by the Surf and Shady Francos. I’ll be hosting the festivities -- you'll need to be on the list to get in, and even then you will want to get there early to get in.

Elsewhere, the Woggles, the Rosalyns, the Diddley Daddies and DJ Tony the Tyger are at Til-Two; the Movember Moustache Party is in the East Village; Minus the Bear plays a sold-out show at the Casbah; Kevin Morby, the Paragraphs and Le Ra are at Soda Bar; The White Buffalo headline the Belly Up for a sold-out show; and the 1975 is at SOMA for a sold-out concert. You can get your dance on with F**king in the Bushes and DJs Rob Moran and Daniel Sant at the Whistle Stop; Datsik at Bassmnt; Talib Kweli's DJ set at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Club 207; Metrika at the Hideout; Goddollars takes over Vin De Syrah; and Tropicool hits Bang Bang.

Start off your Saturday with the Flaggs in-store EP release party at M-Theory Records. Later that night, Club Sabbat at Numb3rs takes over the front room with DJs Liquid Grey and Diskdroid; Adrian Lux and Rebecca & Fiona take over Bassmnt; Booty Bassment is at the Whistle Stop; Bass Tribe takes over the Kava Lounge; and Treasure Fingers hits Bang Bang. Get your live music fix with Primus at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Ed Ghost Tucker hosts their debut EP release show at Soda Bar with Beginners and Nicky Venus; Michael Franti has a sold-out acoustic show at the Belly Up; Radios Silent, Them Guns and the Slashes are at the Tin Can; Punch Card and Just In Case take over Pier View Pub; and Love Revisited, the Loons and Bunnynose play at the Casbah.

Sunday, Capital Cities, Sneaky Sound System and Night Terrors of 1927 are at House of Blues; Hobo Torch, Neveready and Satellite Sky take over the Casbah; and Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe headlines at the Belly Up.

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 @robin_roth or submit your DJ listings here.

<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:57:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/107241863161634085759231601875176n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

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<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE With Mariachi el Bronx]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:36:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/meb_2.jpg

2014 is still several weeks from being over, but around SoundDiego, we know that the end of the year comes fast and everyone gets so busy with events and family and friends and life that we are blowing out U-31 in November for our final SoundDiego LIVE Platinum event of the year, this time with the amazing Mariachi el Bronx. To see such an incredible band for FREE in such an intimitate venue is sure to be nuts, so if you already RSVP'ed, get there early because it will fill up fast and once we're at capacity, we will have to turn people away. With Pounded By the Surf and Shady Francos opening, you can't go wrong, and, of course, Robin Roth of 91x is always the hostess with the mostest. Of course, not everyone in San Diego can make it, so if you're looking for alternatives, Yamfest takes place at Stronghold in Barrio Logan and is an all-ages party for your favorite punk rock and rock bands. 

Friday, Nov. 21:

  • SoundDiego LIVE Platinum presents Mariachi el Bronx, Pounded By the Surf, Shady Francos @ U31 -- you must be on the guest list to get in -- and should get there early to get in
  • Clever Void presents YAMFEST: Octagrape, Future Crooks, Inspired and the Sleep, KIDS., Big Bad Buffalo, the Bridge, Mechachief, Paper Thins, Luwejee @ Stronghold (Barrio Logan)
  • Minus the Bear, Mansions @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Casbah presents the 1975, CRUISR, Young Rising Sons @ SOMA (sold out)
  • The White Buffalo, Jonny Two Bags, Salvation Town, the Doobie; Atomic Groove (5 p.m.) @ Belly Up (8:30 p.m.)
  • The Woggles, the Rosalyns, the Diddley Daddies, DJ Tony the Tyger @ Til Two Club
  • The Jackson Price Band @ Sycamore Den
  • Red Dragon Cartel, Seventrain @ Brick By Brick
  • Mr. Blow and Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Al Campbell @ Spin
  • Nekrogoblikon @ Porter's Pub
  • Tropicool @ Bang Bang
  • Ruby Blue Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • M'tafiti Imara @ Dizzy's Jazz
  • Dane Drewis @ Tin Roof
  • Sleepwalker, the Goodnight, Showcash, Marielle, 4th n Ceder, Flying Minus Machines, Smallest Dog Ever @ Epicentre
  • Crystal Kingdom, DeeJay Al @ Fluxx
  • Michael Dessen Trio with Charlie Arbelaez @ The Loft
  • SoMo, Francesco Yates, Futuristic @ House of Blues
  • The Reflectors, Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Jesse Daniel Edwards @ Lestat's
  • Phutureprimitive, Kaminanda, 9Theory @ The Merrow
  • Richie Kotzen, RDG, Like Mind Protocol @ Ramona Mainstage
  • The Major Minus, Mad Z & the Boones, Sol Remedy @ 710 Beach Club
  • Young Savages @ Tio Leo's
  • Natural Vibrations, Sandollar, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Mariachi El Bronx]]>
<![CDATA[Win 91x Wrex the Halls Tickets]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:57:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cage-the-Elephant2.jpg

Ready to get Wrex-ed, San Diego? Once again, music fans will have the chance to celebrate Xmas a little early: The annual 91x Wrex the Halls one-day music jamboree is set to take over Valley View Casino Center on Friday, Dec. 12, with Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Interpol, Billy Idol, Spoon, Banks and the Schitzophonics -- and we're giving away FOUR tickets to one lucky winner, along with a $100 Uber credit!

Enter HERE for your chance to win FOUR 91x Wrex the Halls tickets and a $100 Uber credit!

And why wouldn't you want to win tickets to this x-treme x-travaganza? All of those bands are headliners in their own right, but on the second Friday in December, they’ll come together on one of the best top-to-bottom musical lineups in recent memory.

It seems as though Alt-J and Cage the Elephant didn’t get their fill after last year’s Wrex, since they’re set to make return appearances. All in all, this year promises to be a diverse show -- and we’re not the only ones excited about it.

According to music director Robin Roth, 91x simply wanted the best of the best: "Cage the Elephant are always a crowd favorite, as is Spoon. Interpol's last show in San Diego sold out so quickly -- can't wait for them to come back. Alt-J will be making their way back to town after a sold-out show this month. There's a huge buzz on Banks right now, and Billy Idol is such a legend. Plus, he's got a brand new album dropping on Oct. 21 and just released his autobiography, 'Dancing With Myself.' "

Indeed, fans have been waiting for these artists to return to San Diego. Indie-rock stalwarts Spoon, who just released their fifth studio album, "They Want My Soul," opened for Arcade Fire back in July. Similarly, we can't get enough of the post-rock anthems of Interpol -- as Roth pointed out, they  played to a sold-out House of Blues crowd in September -- but extra Interpol is always a bonus. Hopefully they're recovered from their recent 40-hour Buffalo snow-in.

And we've got to give credit where credit is due: Kudos to 91x for bringing alt-R&B songstress Banks to town. When the sultry electro chanteuse dropped her excellent debut album, "Goddess" last month, we were admittedly devastated that she hadn't carved out a San Diego date in her tour itinerary. But 91x has us thanking our lucky stars -- and we’ll be sure to buy their crew a round next time we see ‘em.

Do yourself a favor and enter to win FOUR 91x Wrex the Halls tickets and a $100 Uber credit now! The contest ends Dec. 10 at noon, so get on it while you've still got a chance!

Enter HERE for your chance to win FOUR 91x Wrex the Halls tickets and a $100 Uber credit!

For more information, visit 91x.com.

<![CDATA[Time to Climb the Hill Again]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:37:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/SAM_2580.JPG

I've been going to shows since I was a kid and have been actively participating in various roles -- as a merch seller, blogger, photographer, publicist, manager, booker -- for nearly a decade, so I'm going to give some show-going advice. If you have tickets to the sold-out Ms Lauryn Hill show on Thursday, you should be prepared. There is a separate line for will call and entry into the theatre, be prepared for lines: They have to check IDs, scan tickets and search bags, so plan accordingly. It really isn't necessary to line up for the show hours beforehand, because the theatre never oversells -- you have plenty of room to roam. On Monday night, the headliner was expected to take the stage by 9:45 p.m. initially, and after soundcheck, it was moved to 10:15. The set actually started at 11. I understand this is your night on the town, but don't be the lady going home after 3 songs because your feet hurt in the stilletos you opted to wear. Dress comfortably and prepare to spend a long night with Ms Lauryn Hill, who performed for more than 90 minutes. On the other hand, you have Noah Gunderson at the Belly Up as an option. He's an amazing performer, and at his recent Soda Bar performance, you could literally hear a pin drop during his set, though. sadly. that was not the case for his openers. This is quiet music to absorb. In a room with 600 fans and alcohol flowing, it will be hard to replicate that vibe, but as a lover of the quiet room, think of kindergarten. If the teacher's mouth was moving, yours shouldn't be, and the same applies to a singer/songwriter show. If you have to chat with your friends, use your whisper voices, or enjoy your beverages on the lovely outdoor patio out back. Music should be enjoyed enthusiastically, and I'm all for a good time, but you pay to hear a given performer, not the people next to you, so extend the same courtesy to your neighbors and everyone can leave the experience delighted and anxious for the next great show. 

Thursday, Nov. 20:

  • Casbah and Belly Up present Ms. Lauryn Hill, Daniel Bambataa Marley @ North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • Noah Gunderson, the Wild Reeds @ Belly Up
  • Jesse Lamonaca & the Dime Novels, Grampadrew & the Gut Strings @ Casbah
  • Gayle Skidmore, Orion Walsh @ Java Joe's
  • The Feds @ Brick By Brick
  • The One and Onlys @ 98 Bottles
  • Stephen Rey & the Sextette @ Sycamore Den
  • ArtPower! Presents Jeffrey Zeigler @ The Loft
  • Adrian Liu @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Ashley Norton, Brad Perry @ Lestat's
  • Jerrod Nieman @ House of Blues
  • The Flavr Blue, Cross My Heart Hope to Die @ The Merrow
  • Dom Kennedy @ SOMA
  • Cosmic Gate @ Bassmnt
  • DJ Nvious @ U-31
  • Ben Wanicur Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • The Sully Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Petty Things, Shady Francos, the Electric Healing Sound @ Tower Bar
  • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
  • Congo Sanchez, Big Wave Couch Surfer @ Winston's
  • Futuristic Polar Bears @ Fluxx
  • Astro Jump, Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • King Schascha & the Irusalem Band, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Rap Contest @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Reach for the Netsky]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:43:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Netsky+-+Main+Photo.jpg

A virus infects its host, taking over slowly at times, raging rapidly at others. And that's why no one would question why 25-year-old Boris Daenen -- a.k.a. Netsky -- takes his pseudonym from that source. The rising Belgium-born star produces parties out of thin air, his electronic shows heavy on drum-and-bass and atmosphere. On Monday, Nov. 24, the virus comes to House of Blues -- and no matter what precautions you take, there's no avoiding infection.

We caught up with Netsky ahead of his show to talk about the surprises he has in store for fans on his forthcoming new album, his commonality with Arnold Schwarzenegger, guilty pleasures and more.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz: What brought you to this kind of music and music making?
Netsky: Well, I started off making music at a young age. I got my first keyboard and drum kit when I was 10. My dad used to love listening to music -- he's got a massive record collection, with '70s and Motown and funk. I think I started making electronic music when I was 14, 15 maybe. I can't remember the first time I heard electronic music, but I do remember the first song I heard -- Fatboy Slim and Prodigy -- and I just absolutely loved it, and I couldn't believe how producers could take samples from old records and make something completely different out of it with tapes and scratching, and all that cool stuff. I was completely blown away and knew that was something I wanted to get into.

HLS: You have a new album coming out next year. What can we look forward to with that?
NS: It's my third album. It's gonna be released on a new label -- I've always been signed to an independent label, but I decided to move to a major label with this album. So the whole album is a bit more broad than my last album, so I've really been trying to push boundaries a bit, especially in my little drum-and-bass bubble. So people can definitely expect experimenting and collaborations that will shock some of my older fans I think [laughs]. And I'm kinda lookin' forward to that -- it's a guilty pleasure.

HLS: Any chance San Diego will hear some new material?
NS: Yeah, we're definitely testing three or four new songs, which I'm really excited about.

HLS: When did you take on the Netsky pseudonym?
It's funny, I think 90 percent of interviews I've done in America pronounce it "Net-ski," but it's actually "Net-sky." And then the second question is whether it's from "Terminator," and that's not true at all [laughs]. When I was starting to make music, that was back in the days -- I'm old enough to say "back in the days" now [laughs] -- that was in the time when those illegal download programs, like Limewire, those were quite big back then. I just remember I was working on my first EP or single, and I accidentally downloaded this computer virus, and the virus was called Netsky. And it just got rid of everything that was working, and it broke my heart. I thought if anyone tried to download my music in the future, it'd be like they were getting a virus. It's a comment on piracy, even though I was doing that then.

HLS: How do you get pumped up for shows?
NS: I get nervous before every show, and that's what gives me energy, I think. I've never really had a gig so far where I had trouble jumping up, and I've had a million gigs that, right before the show, I feel like I'm not going to be able to do this, but then I get onstage. But if there's a show where it's, like, half-empty or looks really empty or a really s--- kind of atmosphere, I have a hard time getting energy there sometimes. But I need to get over that, because I need to be a professional [laughs].

HLS: Anything else you’d like San Diego to know?
NS: I'll be playing a couple new songs -- if somebody likes something, it'd be brilliant to hear back!

Netsky plays House of Blues on Monday, Nov. 24, at 9 p.m., $15-$35, 18+.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netsky]]>
<![CDATA[Live: The Black Keys]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:05:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Black+Keys+Viejas+Arena+11.9.14+%286%29.jpg Superstar retro soul/blues rockers the Black Keys brought the fever to Viejas Arena on Nov. 9, with singer/songwriter Jake Bugg opening.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Rob Machado Benefit Concert]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_0622NBC+.jpg Goo Goo Dolls headlined the sold-out Rob Machado Benefit Concert at Belly Up on Nov. 11.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Bastille Storms San Diego]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:06:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/bastille3.jpg

Who thought Wednesday would be so full of awesome shows? Just a couple years ago, Bastille first got spins on satellite radio with only an EP behind them. A few months later, and after selling out the House of Blues locally, the dams broke open, and not only were they on every alternative station, but Triple A, Top 40 and adult contemporary stations played the heck out of the band ... as they did to Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers and Imagine Dragons. So maybe Bastille are a little too mainstream for you, but I have to say the music is fantastic and these are amazing live performers, even if radio plays them side-by-side with Pitbull and Jessie J. Meanwhile, Cold War Kids have new music out and return to San Diego for a sold-out show at the Belly Up. They recently played a private show in town, and it was pretty awesome, so if you didn't get tickets to this one, grab tickets for their spring show at the North Park Theatre. On the local side of things, Flaggs have a big release show at the Casbah, and you can bet that anyone who is anyone in the current music scence witll be there.

Wednesday, Nov. 19:

  • Bastille, Last Stand @ Viejas Arena
  • Cold War Kids, Avid Dancer @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Flaggs, Shake Before Us, Soft Lions, Shady Francos @ Casbah
  • Alexz Johnson, Jared & the Mill, Patrick Droney @ Soda Bar
  • Maudlin Strangers @ The Merrow
  • Bone Thugs-n-harmony @ House of Blues
  • Melanie Martinez @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Nick Catolani @ Croce's Park West
  • Cumbia Machin, DJ Chucuchu, Viejo Lobo, Paul Lopez @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Trailer Park Boys @ Balboa Theatre
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents Simmer Down Riddim Section with Danny Dreadlocks, Hawaii Irie Love, DJ Carlos Culture, DJ Chris Red @ Winston's
  • Steel Bearing Hand, Ghoulgotha, Idols Plague @ Tower Bar
  • Blue Rockit @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Fiction International Release Party @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Christopher London (9:30 p.m.); Johnny Tarr (7:30-9:30 p.m.) @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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 Paradigm]]>
<![CDATA[Joshua White Quartet Make Dizzy]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:11:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/AJWBROSScrop.jpg

The monstrous, young piano virtuoso Joshua White continued his inexorable evolution on Nov. 14 at Dizzy's in Pacific Beach with a special quartet composed of L.A. and NYC associates, including Gavin Templeton on reeds, Dan Schnelle on drums and Dave Robaire on double-bass.

White began his original "Morning" with soft, pastel colors around the alto saxophone cries of Templeton, who wound up from kitten purrs to a volcanic squall in the course of his dynamic solo. White transformed diatonic ideas into a jumble of polyphonic extrapolations with a surety so graceful that it almost escaped notice -- were it not for the gusting open of the doors of surprise.

From there the group erupted into the jagged minimalism of Monk's "Off Minor." Robaire emerged with thick, woody strokes that landed like body shots from Joe Frazier while White's lyric complexity floated on the irresistible motion of Schnelle's brushfire percussion. On baritone saxophone, Templeton locked into a violent dance with Schnelle for a reading of Andrew Hill's "Tough Life," a feature for brutal honking and Robaire's considered deliberations. Robaire, like Charlie Haden, makes every note count.

The ebullient one-note hammered theme of "Thelonious" pounded with the force of a piledriver into cellular fragments of raw swing, incremental velocity and out-of-nowhere uppercuts, powered by the kinetic energy of White. In contrast, the pianist's original "Curiosity Landing" was melodically effusive, following Robaire's poignant intro. Templeton's blue, wailing ornamentation alongside White's finger-flying collisions over the locomotive drums of Schnelle took this tune into a higher dimension.

Speaking of energy: White's signature original, "The Lower Case," sprung from the stage like a starving leopard determined to make a kill. Templeton's gruff baritone coursed through the blues with verve and several quotes from Ornette Coleman, while the band expanded and contracted the form through audible cues.

White is in a stage of his development where every performance reveals entirely new content -- there are, quite literally, surprises around every corner. Don't miss the opportunity to experience him live. You won't regret it.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Brian Ross]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Tegan & Sara]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:28:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tegan+and+Sara-1-5.jpg The spirit of Tegan & Sara had all of North Park Theatre walking with a ghost on Nov. 15, with the Courtneys and Waters opening the stage.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Oh, Oh, It's Magic Man, You Know]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:24:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/magicman_Gavin+Thomas.jpg

It's all about the indie-rock on Tuesday as Smallpools and Magic Man play the House of Blues. This will be a spirited and fun show for anyone who attends. If you're into the more lush spectrum of indie music, the incredible Musée Mécanique appear at Soda Bar. It's been awhile since they've visited our neck of the woods, so don't miss them. Meanwhile, DJ Artistic brings his "Hip-Hop Beat Battle" back to the Casbah, Alvino & the Dwells get tiki at Bar Pink, and Inspired & the Sleep return to the Belly Up.

Tuesday, Nov. 18:

  • Smallpools, Magic Man @ House of Blues
  • Musée Mécanique, Celestial Shore, Geyser House @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Artistic, Tramlife @ Casbah
  • Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Inspired & the Sleep, Trouble in the Wind, Taken by Canadians @ Belly Up
  • Lord Dying, Lazy Cobra @ Brick by Brick
  • Midnight Track, Head Injuries, Castoff @ Tower Bar
  • P.O.D., Taurus Authority, LAW @ The Merrow
  • Kristin Korb & Her Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Lee K, Andrew Decade @ Bang Bang
  • Steph Johnson & Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Jelly Bread, the Quick & Easy Boys @ Winston's
  • Theo & Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Bethel @ The North Park Theatre
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Tuesdays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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: Gavin Thomas]]>
<![CDATA[Nathan Hubbard Trio at the Loft]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:54:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/198*120/crop2.jpg

Free jazz -- or the so-called avant-garde -- is a rare commodity in San Diego, so the emergence of a new free-improvising ensemble represents a true signal for celebration in the creative-music community. On Nov. 12, the Nathan Hubbard Trio -- featuring veteran improviser Peter Kuhn on woodwinds, Hubbard on drums and the remarkable young virtuoso Kyle Motl on double-bass -- assembled at UC San Diego's the Loft for an evening of deep listening and "old school" improv, with an emphasis on the balance between controlled abandon and genuine conversation.

Everything was spontaneously conceived, but the opener had a deliberate purpose: Kuhn began "Low Down & Blue" as a meditation in honor of his mentor, Thich Nhat Hanh, the legendary Vietnamese Zen master who had just suffered a brain hemorrhage. Kuhn led the adventure on the huge, contra-alto clarinet with foghorn swirls over Motl's ponticello bowing and the skitterish meter of Hubbard's brushes. There were strange unisons on odd intervals in glacial confluence until Hubbard introduced a mallet-driven groove that spurred Kuhn into split-toned multiphonics rooted in deep emotion and the innovations of Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders.

Hubbard led off the second piece with multi-directional rhythms suggestive of Rashied Ali and Sunny Murray, and young Motl took up the cause with a treatise that rippled with velocity and brutal gesticulation. Now on alto saxophone, Kuhn intoned with sermon-like gravity as the music shifted focus between the three alchemists. Special notice must be made of Motl's rapid development as an improviser of the highest order. On one of the pieces, he unveiled an independent, two-handed "harp-harmonic" technique that was, frankly, unbelievable to watch and listen to. This is a guy to watch.

When Kuhn manned the tenor saxophone, the group launched into a three-way dynamic that investigated the entire 1960's aesthetic, finishing one other's thoughts and coursing through stripper swagger and hoarse existential screams -- eventually revealing an opportunity for Hubbard to surface with a feature that balanced the graceful with the spastic in a true demonstration of duality as a musical principal. I'm looking forward to witnessing the Hubbard Trio continue on their quest for surprise.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Betty Lopez]]>
<![CDATA[Psyche Out]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:17:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/psychedelic-furs-richard-butler.jpg

Monday night might be sleepy for some, but not if you love music in San Diego. First off, there's a sold out show with Ms. Lauryn Hill at the North Park Theatre. Tickets went super fast for both shows, so you can be sure North Park will be bumpin' tonight. Meanwhile, it's a flashback to the '90s at the Belly Up with Psychedelic Furs and the Lemonheads. This is a classic show that is sure to be awesome. The Casbah hosts Streets of Laredo while the Eeries rock Soda Bar. There are plenty of choices around town to get you off the couch and out in the city.

Monday, Nov. 17:

  • Ms. Lauryn Hill, Daniel Bambataa Marley @ The North Park Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • Psychedelic Furs, the Lemonheads @ Belly Up
  • Streets of Laredo, Max Jury, Paper Days @ Casbah
  • The Eeries, Grizzly Business @ Soda Bar
  • Batlords, Beekeepers, Vaguess, Olmecs @ Tower Bar
  • The Tin Can Country Club @ Tin Can
  • Sad Robot, Magnets & Ghosts @ Bar Pink
  • Nina Francis @ Croce's Park West
  • Heroes X Villains @ House of Blues
  • Kronomorfic @ The Loft UCSD
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Jamathon @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Goes to the Bronx]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:22:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mariachi+El+Bronx+SD.jpg Mariachi El Bronx headline our biggest SoundDiego LIVE party yet on Nov. 21 at U-31! Get a taste of what's in store -- and then be sure to RSVP to get in for free while there's still time >>> http://bit.ly/1tm7jlh]]> <![CDATA[Shady Business]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:17:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shady+Francos+SD.jpg Shady Francos show us why they're a real garage rock punch to the gut before they open our SoundDiego LIVE party at U-31 Nov. 21. Be sure to RSVP to get in for free while you still can: http://bit.ly/1tm7jlh]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 16-22]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:40:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lauryn_hill.jpg Find out where you need to be -- and who you need to see -- in our Set List of the best shows coming your way this week.]]> <![CDATA[Belew the Surface]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:49:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Adrian+Belew+Press+Photo.jpg

I'm not going to lie, I had to get educated on Adrian Belew Power Trio. Just so happens I'm dating a fan who gave me the whole lowdown on the guy. He's played with the likes of Talking Heads, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa and in those variations was selling out arenas in the 1980s. After some nudging by his peers, he began performing his own music, and this tour -- some 30 years later -- is pretty special for fans and is selling out in every city. Except we're slackers in San Diego, so there are still tickets available. Peeking over the set lists for other cities, this is sure to be a special -- perhaps once in a lifetime -- opportunity to see someone with such remarkable history up close.

Sunday, November 16:

  • Adrian Belew Power Trio, Astra @ Casbah
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint @ Belly Up
  • Water Liars, Jimmy Ruelas, Creature and the Woods @ Soda Bar
  • The Liquorsmiths @ Sycamore Den
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Atriarch, Age Of Collapse, Crowhurst, Dead Ghosts @ The Tower Bar
  • Patrick Berrogain, Spanish Sundays @ Croce's Park West
  • Cody Lovaas @ Swedenborg Hall
  • Emery w/ Special Guests @ House Of Blues
  • Misfits with Total Chaos and Sculpins @ House Of Blues
  • Jason Brown, Reggie Smith @ Humphreys Backstage
  • Dat Phan and friends @ Lestat's
  • Tres Compadres, Anthony Smith @ 98 Bottles
  • Pounded by the surf party @ Whistle Stop
  • The Royal Jelly Jive, Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winstons

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of adrianbelew.net]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:28:00 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Swift_NBC+Taylor+Swift_359.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Taylor Swift, anyone?

Photo Credit: Cindy Barrymore Photography]]>
<![CDATA[8 SD Musicians With the Coolest Jobs]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:46:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+New+Kinetics+Hit+Dog+Hollar+SoundDiego+LIVE+5.1+Matty+Vee+%2890%29.jpg

Rock stars have it all: They get to drink copious amounts of alcohol, bite the heads off of bats, trash hotel rooms, race fancy cars, light guitars on fire -- it’s all in a day’s work. They’re just living the dream, right? Wrong. Most musicians aren’t living a life of luxury, and, sometimes, they’re struggling to get by. We’re also pretty sure the decadent days of David Lee Roth, Motley Crue and Led Zeppelin are finished.

Regardless, when the show’s over, the fans clear out and a band loads its gear out of the venue, reality sets in. Back to the day job. While a lot of musicians find employment as bartenders, record-store clerks, retail workers and as waiters and waitresses so they can work within a flexible schedule, there are some living their dream off the stage. Here are some examples of the cool jobs a few of our favorite local musicians are working. If you know of others, let us know in the comments below -- we’re always looking for ways to support our local peeps!

  • Erik Canzona: While not knocking out soul, jam-band rock songs with the Heavy Guilt or playing solo (his latest release joined our SoundDiego Record Club), Canzona co-owns Paws Play, which is a pet-care service providing daily walks, hikes, dog-park visits, one-on-one playtime and care for your furry babies while you’re away.

  • Erika Davies: Davies has one of the greatest voices around (and a new album coming out in January), but it’s not the only thing she’s got going for her -- she also runs her own Etsy store as a seamstress and designer. Have a look at her custom creations, using raw and reclaimed materials, right here.

  • Greg Peters: We just saw Greg and his Dead Feather Moon cohorts at SoundDiego LIVE at the Office on Halloween (watch ‘em again here), and we’re always impressed by their all-out rock assault. When he’s not shredding guitar, Peters is the cellar manager at Saint Archer Brewing Company here in San Diego. We have a feeling this guy is super popular at parties.

  • Austin Prince: Prince heads up the hard blues rock band Hit Dog Hollar (who just released a new single, “Devil Don’t Dance,” featuring Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D.) when he’s not working as the “assistant to the assistant to the neck guy” (according to his Facebook page) at Deering Banjos. We might have to start calling him Austin Schrute from here on out.

Photo Credit: Matty Vee]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Scott Weiland]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:58:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_0360NBC+copy+2.jpg Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts brought interstate love songs to Sycuan Casino on Nov. 7.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Gentlemen Prefer Blonde Redhead]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:41:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/228*120/july_guide_blonde_redhead.jpg

There's a lot happening on Saturday night, even if you missed out on tickets to the sold-out Tegan and Sara show at the North Park Theatre. At the House of Blues, catch the return of Blonde Redhead. The band released its first album in four years back in September, and this show is nearly sold out, but at press time there were still some tickets up for grabs. The Casbah goes hardcore tonight with United Nation from New York, while The Weeks keep it indie at Soda Bar. Belly Up, Epicentre and Til Two are also contenders with cool shows tonight, so your Saturday should offer up plenty of options.

Saturday, November 15:

  • Casbah presents Blonde Redhead, Dot Hacker @ House Of Blues
  • Casbah presents Tegan and Sara, Waters, the Courtneys @ North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • United Nations, Silver Snakes, Sick Feeling @ Casbah
  • Iration, Vokab Kompany, B-Side Players @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • The Weeks, Turbo Fruits, SOl Cat @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat @ Bar Pink
  • BoomBox, Ichisan @ Belly Up
  • Seasons Change, With Age, Scarlett Avenue, I Am the Conqueror, Empty Spaces @ Epicentre
  • Shady Francos, Burning Palms, Muscle Beech @ Til Two Club
  • AJ Froman, Verigolds, Royal Heart @ The Merrow
  • Black Market III, Doug C, Talk Like June @ Brick By Brick
  • Mark Fisher, Eve Selis and Friends @ Croce's Park West
  • The Travel Agents, Polyrhythmics with Gooding @ Winston's
  • Dorothy Annette celebrates Daniel Jackson's Life @ Dizzy's
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Crystal Kingdom, DJ Karma @ Fluxx
  • The Cadillac Wreckers, Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Allison Lonsdale, Eben Brooks @ Lestat's
  • Airto Moreira, Eyedenitity, Steph Johnson Trio @ The Loft
  • Death, Obituary, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil, Mortus Terror @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Chill Clinton, Zane, Brothers Burns and J Phatts @ 710 Beach Club
  • Dirty Loops @ SOMA
  • 145th Street @ 98 Bottles
  • Dread Daze @ Boar Cross'n
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Music Video Exclusive: Josh Damigo’s “Just Give Me a Call”]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:02:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/223*120/Damigo+Video+Still.jpg

San Diego pop-twang purveyor Josh Damigo has a new album out. “I Will Be There” dropped from Randm Records early October, landing at the No. 8 spot on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. And now SoundDiego has the exclusive on his music video for the lead track, “Just Give Me a Call” -- even before Damigo shares it at the release party at Lestat’s on Friday.

The video, filmed right here in SD -- and featuring cameos by North Park and Julian, with some epic shots made possible by, oh yeah, a drone! -- comes by way of the Rowlbertos gang, who are behind the Trolley Show vids. It’s a production of firsts, “Just Give Me a Call” being their first video and also lead actress Monique Michaud’s.

Without further ado, the video -- and a chat with the music-maker himself.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz: What’s behind “Just Give Me a Call”?
Josh Damigo: I had a friend who was going thru a lot of stuff, and I was super moved by the Robin Williams suicide -- that was something that really bothered me. And I had written a song for this friend, and it was also a cry to let people know that you don’t have to go through things alone. That’s what the song is really about to me -- that you’re here, and you’re available, and you want to help if you can. That really was the biggest part of the whole creative process for me, and we decided to make that the single because that was the strongest message that was recurring throughout the album.

HLS: It’s funny, because in the music video the actress is on her phone all the time, and then once she drops it and leaves it behind, that’s when her world starts opening up. But the whole comfort you offer in this song is “just give me a call.”
JD: It’s funny. When they told me that was the idea of the video, I thought that was hilarious. The whole thing was that she couldn’t give me a call because she didn’t have her phone on her. What I liked about it was that when we were kids, it was all about the prince coming in to save the day -- and I don’t like that. I like being able to fix your own problems, and that to me is the stronger message, that she fixed it herself instead of leaning on me. So the fact that she couldn’t call me meant that she had to fix it herself.

HLS: Any favorite moments?
JD: My favorite scene is when she’s dancing to the guy with the guitar -- that’s the most comforting part of the video to me. He’s not an actor. He was just out there, and she got into it. That was the actress’s -- her name is Monique -- it was her first music video. To me it was really cool because I was barely in the video, and to me this is something that was very San Diego. Everyone who worked on it is from here, and it’s all their first swing at it. I’m really proud of the way it turned out. I think it’s a really cool video not just for us but for San Diego as well.

Josh Damigo plays a set alongside the video release on Friday, Nov. 14, at Lestat’s, 9 p.m.

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[Fire Damages Spin Nightclub ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:33:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/spin-nightclub-fire-1114.jpg

A nightclub located near San Diego International Airport suffered thousands of dollars in damage not from fire but from the water that was activated to put out that fire, officials said.

A refrigerator in the roof area of Spin on Hancock Street caught fire around 3:30 a.m., set off the alarm and the building’s sprinkler system.

The water sprinklers contained the fire from the rest of the three-story building, fire officials said.

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews said they had trouble turning off the sprinklers because of a stripped valve so water was shooting out for several more minutes after crews got there.

Those officials estimated that most of the $20,000 in damage is due to water and not smoke or fire.

<![CDATA[Apocalypso Now]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:09:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Presets.jpg

How is it possible that a week with a holiday can feel longer than a regular work week? Well, fear not, San Diego, because the weekend is here to blow off some steam. On Friday, Behind the Wagon play Bar Pink for some local love, Los Straitjackets return to the Casbah with Deke Dickerson, and Say Anything and Saves the Day take millennials on a little trip down memory lane at the House of Blues. The real dance party, however, is at the Presets' show at the North Park Theatre. The Check Yo Ponytail tour features the dance rock band, as well as LE1F, Chela, Franki Chan, the man behind the whole tour. I can't think of a better way to get my Friday night started.

Friday, Nov. 14:

  • Casbah presents the Presets, LE1F, Chela, Frankie Chan @ North Park Theatre
  • Behind The Wagon @ Bar Pink
  • Los Straitjackets with Deke Dickerson, the Outta Sites, Low Volts @ Casbah
  • Say Anything, Saves the Day, Reggie & the Full Effect @ House Of Blues
  • A Treachery of Sound, John Meeks, Crow King @ Tin Can
  • Drew Andrews, Manuok @ Sycamore Den
  • Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, Ashleigh Flynn @ The Merrow
  • The Blackout, Xanadoodz, Neon Knights @ Brick By Brick
  • Sean Forbes @ Porter's Pub
  • Sons of Bill, David Wax Museum @ Soda Bar
  • Brothers Gow (CD release), Groovesession @ 710 Beach Club
  • BoomBox, Ichisan @ Belly Up
  • Toothless George, 10-19, Old English, Aim for the Engine, Djs Sesh Mr Henshaw, Pelegue @ Til Two Club
  • Run with the Hunted, Hollow Earth @ Che Cafe
  • Benedetti Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Joshua White @ Dizzy's
  • Engineeer, Anifix, FreqMax ModBetta, '60s Residue, Rvltion-909 @ Kava Lounge
  • Grey Boy and DJ Question @ El Dorado
  • Art Alexakis (Everclear) @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Crystal Kingdom @ Fluxx
  • Driver Friendly, Light Years @ House of Blues
  • Breez'n, Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Anne McCue, Josh Damigo, Samantha Aiken @ Lestat's
  • DJ Aphrodite @ The Merrow
  • The Ghost Inside, Every Time I Die, Architects, Hundredth, Backtrack @ SOMA
  • Groove Mercenaries @ Tio Leo's
  • Subtropics, Some Kind Of Lizard @ The Whistlestop
  • New Kingston and KL Noize Makers @ Winstons

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Stone Foxes in the Hen House]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:47:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Stone+Foxes+SD.jpg The Stone Foxes make a special rock-heavy house call in North Park.]]> <![CDATA[Homage to Joni Mitchell's 'Mingus' Soars]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:40:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/adlerwisecrop.jpg

Interpreting the music of Joni Mitchell is so fraught with danger as to bear all of the signs of a fool’s errand – her art does not lend itself to easy emulation, to do it justice requires a Herculean effort – and to my knowledge, there is really only one entity that has ever done so successfully: Mutts of the Planet, the ad-hoc association comprised of songbird Robin Adler and her husband Dave Blackburn along with a revolving cast of top-flight instrumentalists, tailored to fit each unique occasion.

These occasions occur once or twice a year, where the group celebrates a Mitchell album in its entirety – no concessions are given to the relative impossibility of such a task, which often involve months of preparations. So, when I heard that the group would be tackling Ms. Mitchell’s daunting 1979 collaboration with the legendary jazz composer/ bassist (and soon-to-be-departed) Charles Mingus, I experienced dual emotions of skepticism and giddiness.

"Mingus," the album, has the twin distinction of being the most challenging, yet least popular item in the Mitchell catalog (although a quick Wikipedia search revealed that it peaked at #17 on the Billboard charts – making the “unpopular” tag seem a little spurious). Would Adler’s fans (which are legion and rabid) show up for this? They did -- practically filling the large performance space at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach.

Mitchell’s record was filled with jazz fusion stars, including electric bass icon Jaco Pastorius, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and drummer Peter Erskine, all from the group Weather Report and superstar Herbie Hancock on piano. When I heard that Adler and Blackburn’s group would consist of Rob Thorsen, Tripp Sprague and Duncan Moore with Joshua White, I couldn’t help but smile. Suddenly the task seemed much less daunting.

To open the night, Thorsen reimagined and reprised the original bass lines for the acoustic instrument, while maintaining the spirit throughout the lopsided groove inherent in “God Must Be A Boogie Man,” while Adler’s cool incantation of lyrics culled from the Mingus autobiography swirled like wafting smoke over White’s ethereal harmonies and Sprague’s sweet and sour soprano.

“Chair in the Sky” was all mystery, as Adler’s pinpoint articulation illustrated the dry irony of a man contemplating death over Thorsen’s moaning whole notes. Sprague and White, both supreme melody-makers, took the tune into a higher dimension with compact essays that combined lyric grace with rhythmic surprise.

The lone tune on "Mingus" that was solely a Mitchell construct, “The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey,” flowed with an incredible narrative arc punctuated by de-tuned guitar slapping, lush harmonies and layered wolf cries and the subtle percolation of Moore’s digitally-simulated congas.

“Sweet Sucker Dance,” grooved on an easy swing template, showcasing Adler’s deadly ease with serpentine pathways and Sprague’s mastery of minimalist gestures – very much in the spirit of Wayne Shorter. Moore led off “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines,” with feather-dusting brushes, laying down an irresistible bed of groove that was a composition in and of itself, and it was amazing to hear Adler motor through the minefield of angular intervals and David Mamet-on-steroids lyrics without a flub. White’s solo was a brilliant funk essay that drenched Newtonian logic with grungy distortion, steering the band into a raw New Orleans aesthetic where Adler scatted and Sprague swooped and soared.

“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” began as a duet between Adler’s lithe vocals and White’s orchestral piano and concluded with a monstrously inventive saxophone solo from Sprague. “Hat” is one of Mingus’ most evocative tunes, and these guys tore it up. Having completed "Mingus" in its entirety, with everyone on their feet and cheering loudly – the wisdom of having prepared an encore of outside material was self-evident, and the group’s romp through the Caribbean-inspired “Dreamland” was almost enough to quell the crowd’s energy. Almost.

To seal the deal, Mutts of the Planet downsized to its core element: the duo of Adler and Blackburn joining forces on the haunting, world-weary “Both Sides Now,” a masterpiece outlining the nexus of optimism and experience, and the barren divide between the two; illustrating the genius and heart of Joni Mitchell in utterly singular fashion.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Barbara Wise]]>
<![CDATA[Macauley Culkin's Alive and Well, and Playing the Casbah]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:10:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HARMAR_HIRES+-+Copy.jpeg

The weekend is so close, I can already smell it. Thursday's Flying Lotus show is sold out, but you're not out of luck if you want to catch live music: At the Casbah, entertainer, showoff and all around badass Har Mar Superstar co-headlines with the Pizza Underground -- this is Macaulay Culkin's band, so you can see the meme isn't true; he's alive and well and doing a DJ set after the Casbah show at the Hideout. Up at the Belly Up, Bob Schneider returns, and not to be sexist, but all the ladies love Bob, and I'm sure he's the object of many a man crush, too. Bar Pink has Takahashi, Soda Bar hosts Twin Peaks and House of Blues has Relient K with the awesome Blondfire as direct support. Thursday is a good night to get out in San Diego.


  • Har Mar Superstar, The Pizza Underground, Lizzo, Pony Death Ride @ Casbah
  • Flying Lotus, Thundercat @ The North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • Bob Schneider, the Wind + the Wave @ Belly Up
  • Takahashi, Javier Escovedo & City Lights @ Bar Pink
  • Twin Peaks, Meatbodies, Criminal Hygiene @ Soda Bar
  • Relient K, Blondfire, From Indian Lakes @ House of Blues
  • The Bites: Beer Week Edition @ Silo, Makers Quarter
  • The Tom Ward Combo @ Sycamore Den
  • Tawni Waters Music @ Java Joe's
  • Andrew Duhon @ Lestat's
  • Like Silk Sounds, Golden Goddess Crystalle @ Brick By Brick 
  • Grizzled Mighty, Billy Shaddox @ The Merrow
  • Brethren of the Coast, featuring Duane Betts, Superunloader @ Typhoon Saloon
  • Caesar Romero @ The Bancroft
  • The Travelers Club @ U-31
  • Benedetti Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • The Bayou Brothers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • OB Hip-Hop Social #20 @ Winston's
  • Every Time I Die, the Ghost Inside @ SOMA
  • Moti @ Fluxx
  • Sex Panther @ Bassmnt
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Viceroy @ Bang Bang
  • Anthony Smith, Tony Miceli @ 98 Bottles
  • Revival, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Hill Street Stanglers @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Kreator, Nukem, Battlefront, Vanguard, Santa Claus @ Ramona Mainstage

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Local's Tie to Nicki Minaj Nazi Imagery Scandal]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:03:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/454822472.jpg

When rapper Nicki Minaj apologized for controversial imagery in her new "Only" music video, she shifted attention to her videographer, a Carlsbad High School alum.

Nicki Minaj's "Only" music video came under fire for its use of what many perceived to be Nazi imagery, and for that, the rapper is very sorry.

"I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry &take full responsibility if it has offended anyone," Minaj wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "I'd never condone Nazism in my art."

"The artist who made the lyric video for 'Only' was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called 'Metalocalypse' & Sin City," she noted, referring to the animated clip's black and white imagery, which unfortunately resembled Adolf Hitler's propaganda.

She added: "Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish."

A. Loucas is Alex Loucas, identified by Minaj as her boyfriend on Monday at LAX, according to Access Hollywood.

AH reports that the 25-year-old videographer is an alum for Carlsbad High School in San Diego.

Loucas has been touring with the artist since 2012, according to a FB post on a page used by the school's alumni.

The animated clip, which also features Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne, portrayed Minaj as a cartoon dictator and included imagery resembling a Nazi swastika. Mr. Foxman called this imagery "deeply disturbing and offensive," says it is "insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of that era."

On Monday, Abraham H. Foxman, the national director for the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, told ABC News Minaj's video " disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism."

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[The Beat Goes On at Bread & Salt]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:01:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/196*120/Ramoncrop.jpg

New-music champion Bonnie Wright closed out her Fresh Sound fall concert series with a bang: A sprawling double-bill affair at the funky-chic-industrial Bread & Salt featured fearless UK improviser Tim Hodgkinson and Nortec Collective founder Ramón Amezcua. The two engaged in a concert that dealt serious challenges to the long-held assumptions of what distinguishes music from sound and whether a lack of harmony, melody or pre-conceived structures separate sound from noise -- and whether any of those questions even matter.

Tim Hodgkinson

Hodgkinson makes his living these days as a "lap-steel and electronics" performer. Anyone hoping to catch a few Junior Brown or Vangelis licks would have left disappointed, though, because Hodgkinson's art doesn't involve manipulating the lap-steel or the electronics in any recognizable fashion.

He began by scraping the windings of excess string ends and tapping on the highly amplified body of the instrument for spastic, non-metric beats, then continued to assault the instrument with small metal and wood rods, a hair-comb, a tiny violin bow and, in true performance-art audacity, the beard on his chin. It was all about sound and the wicked, random sorcery that can be divined by using an instrument as a sound-generator.

There were no concessions made to melody, harmony or rhythm, yet the absence of the three pillars of music did not seem unmusical. Hodgkinson's set was full of adventure, audacity and hilarity.

Ramón Amezcua

Whereas the first set was devoid of anything approaching a regular beat, the second set by Amezcua was nothing but beat, begging the question, "What happens when you strip away every melodic element from rap music?" And I found that the answer comes in multiple implications that force the listener to engage their own brain to sort through.

Using three "vintage" analog drum-machines (Roland TR 808, TB 303 and Drumatix) with other electronic accessories, Amezcua conjured up a landscape dominated by an earth-shattering bass drum on "1" and "3," guiding a symphony of percussive accents on "2" and "4" -- all pumped to maximum volume through a sound system that sent those beats swirling around the rustic space.

Most interesting to me was when he would layer and juxtapose clashing tempi that threatened to permanently scramble the neurons, then synch them back together by slamming his fist down on a big red button that reminded me of what you hit when you think you know the answer to a question on "Jeopardy."

Hodgkinson and Amezcua Duet

When Hodgkinson and Amezcua joined forces for a duet, the spontaneous pairing had all the potential in the world, since it paired two innovators from opposite ends of the sound/noise beat/no beat spectrum. It had the additional allure of featuring Hodgkinson playing clarinet, an instrument he has obviously mastered in a semi-traditional sense. But duets, especially free-improvisation duets, depend almost entirely on give and take, and this one was lopsided from the get go.

Let me say this: It was glorious to hear Hodgkinson strangle and caress the ebony horn with drunken vibrato and chirping multiphonics over a drop-dead relentless beat, but in the end, the relentless beat would win every time. It would have been breathtaking to see and hear Amezcua engage in the ebb and flow, vary the dynamics and occasionally start from scratch -- but that never happened. What did happen was a contest as old as the John Henry versus the machine myth, and by the time Amezcua discovered that the volume and density of his construct could also be attenuated, much of the potential had been drained from the encounter.

But make no mistake -- this was still a fascinating experiment that challenged, defied and ridiculed our expectations, very much in the spirit of Bonnie Wright's aesthetic, and it illustrated how important these discussions and debates are. No one else in San Diego has done more to facilitate this conversation than Ms. Wright, making the chasm between this concert and the next one in January of 2015, when her series resumes, seem monstrous, indeed.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Switchfoot]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:53:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_0234NBC+copy+2.jpg San Diego alt-rockers Switchfoot surfed into their hometown for a show at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Nov. 1, with Sir Sly and the Young Wild opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[J's Crew at the Casbah]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:47:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/J+Mascis+on+Facebook.jpg

It's Wednesday, and there are a few ways to get over hump night. As my colleague Scott McDonald wrote about on SoundDiego on Tuesday, J Mascis returns to the Casbah on this night. The Dinosaur Jr frontman released his latest solo effort, "Tied to a Star," this year, and the influential musician is always interesting and full of surprises when he performs at the Casbah. Meanwhile, Hot Water Music play to a sold-out crowd at the Irenic, San Diego Music Award winner Nicky Venus performs at Bar Pink, and Soda Bar rocks out with the Contenders. Get there early to see Josh Damigo with his full band, the Freeloaders, and you'll forget that he's been pigeonholed as a sensitive singer/songwriter all these years. With this band, you'll believe he was born to be the frontman of a rock & roll band.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (San Diego Beer Week Events):

  • J Mascis, Luluc @ Casbah
  • Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, the Flatliners @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Nicky Venus, Pal & Drome @ Bar Pink
  • The Contenders (Jay Nash and Josh Day), Javier Dunn, Josh Damigo & the Freeloaders @ Soda Bar
  • Death from Above 1979, Biblical @ House of Blues
  • Greensky Bluegrass, Dead Winter Carpenters @ Belly Up
  • Nathan Hubbard Trio, Keith Kelly Ask Not @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Zoolay and Blu @ Porter's Pub
  • Mystery Skulls @ The Merrow
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Teagan Taylor Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Ricky Guts, Dunga Batidas, Dre Trav, 18Sense @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents King Schascha's B-day Bash, with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Kulcha Flava Band, Destiny Roots Sound, Commander Jackson and Spida Man @ Til-Two Club
  • Rick Parma @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Christopher London (9:30 p.m.); Johnny Tarr (7:30-9:30 p.m.) @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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[Of the Mascis]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:20:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jmascis.jpg

J Mascis is known as a reluctant interviewee. The guitarist, singer and songwriter best known for indie-rock stalwarts Dinosaur Jr. even had the Village Voice compile an article about him titled "Five Awesomely Awkward J Mascis Interviews."

But that wasn't the case when SoundDiego spoke with him recently. At home in Massachusetts between tour dates, Mascis was happy to talk about everything from hanging out with King Khan in Berlin to his August-released second solo album, "Tied to a Star."

It's his highest-charting album debut to date, features appearances from Cat Power's Chan Marshall and San Diego's own Pall Jenkins and reinforces the fact that the soft-spoken rocker doesn't always need to crank it to 11 to get his point across.

He'll be playing songs from it, along with a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" that he's releasing on Black Friday, when he stops by the Casbah on Nov. 12.

Scott McDonald: How are you?
J Mascis: Good. Just got back from the Lego Factory. We had a tour. We were watching a master builder show us how to build stuff. Very interesting.

SM: Are you playing these "Tied to a Star" shows alone or with a band?
JM: Alone. You get used to it. But I don't prefer it. It's hard to play alone. But I've got my thing down. The show's all right, but it is hard being the only one doing anything. You've got to make all the noise.

SM: Will you switch gears again before making another solo record?
JM: Yeah. I don't think I'll do another solo record so soon.

SM: Tell me about how releasing the Mazzy cover on Black Friday came about.
JM: I don’t know [laughs]. I can't remember. But it's pretty cool. I like it. I've been playing it live for a while now. Although I feel like I can probably play it better now than when I recorded it. It's one of those things where I made the song for [Sub Pop Records vice president] Megan Jasper's wedding. She wanted me to record that song, and she put it out as a 7" to give away to all of the guests. And people seemed to like it. It's a hit. And that's the thing. It's already a hit. So the work is done there [laughs].

SM: You worked with Fred Armisen and Funny or Die for the "Every Morning" video and have done music for and appeared in movies in the past. Do you enjoy being in that realm?
JM: It's always fun to see how the stuff works. I've spent so much time watching TV and movies, it's interesting to see how they make them. I just know that I'm not really talented at it or anything, but if someone wants to put me on a TV show or something, I'd gladly do it.

SM: You were on Seth Myers' show with Fred as well, right? They always have great guests sit in with the band.
JM: Yeah. I saw Captain Sensible on it the other day. That was pretty cool.

SM: You spend a good amount of time in Germany. Seems like a lot of musicians hang out there.
JM: I know King Khan from Berlin. He lived across the street from me. I see him in the neighborhood. And it's funny, I've see random bands on the street more than once. But I don't really know much about the music scene. I'm more wrapped up with family things while I'm there.

SM: More Dinosaur Jr. music on the way?
JM: I see Murph around. He's ready to do another record for sure. I haven't seen Lou for a while. But I know he's moving back to this area, so that might be interesting. We haven't lived in the same town since '89 or something.

SM: You worked with Pall Jenkins again on this record. Do you have an idea who you want to collaborate with going into an album?
JM: I don't know. It really depends on the song or what I'm coming up with. But I like Pall's stuff and think it really mixes well with what I've been doing.

SM: It's always interesting to follow the San Diego connections.
JM: Do you know Joe Vee? He's from San Diego. I remember meeting him a long time ago. He brought Milo from the Descendents to one of our very first shows down there. We were all psyched.

J Mascis plays the Casbah on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 p.m., $18-$20, 21+. Luluc opens.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com.

<![CDATA[Big Bank Hank of Sugarhill Gang Dies]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:04:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/127855267.jpg

Big Bank Hank, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Sugarhill Gang, has died, according to Aree Booker, a funeral director with Eternity Funeral Services in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 57.

Booker didn't specify the cause of death, but said the rapper died Tuesday and that his funeral home would handle the services.

Big Bank Hank, whose real name was Henry Jackson, was a part of the Sugarhill Gang in 1979 when the band had hip-hop's first hit with "Rapper's Delight." It is one of the most recognized and popular rap songs of all time.

"Rapper's Delight" was released as hip-hop music started to emerge as a genre, and it landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It also peaked at No. 4 on the Hot Soul Singles chart (now called the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart).

The Sugarhill Gang also included Master Gee and Wonder Mike. The group formed in Englewood, New Jersey.

After "Rapper's Delight," the trio had minor successes with songs such as "Apache" and "8th Wonder," but faded away. Their last album was the 1999 children's rap album, "Jump On It!"

"Rapper's Delight" became a success thanks to the late Sylvia Robinson, the record label owner who released the song on her Sugar Hill Records. She was known as "the mother of hip-hop" and died in 2011.

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<![CDATA[Live: Leon Russell]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:59:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Leon+Russell+Belly+Up+Zizzi+2014+%281%29.JPG Legendary rock/country/R&B pianist and singer/songwriter Leon Russell played San Diego on Oct. 25 to a sold-out Belly Up crowd.

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