<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2016 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, 05 May 2016 05:32:16 -0700 Thu, 05 May 2016 05:32:16 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Love Shines in Hip-Hop]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 12:34:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Charles+Iyoho+fb.jpg

"The Love Always Shines" by Charles Iyoho [listen here] is a seven-song EP built around a message of positivity, transcending stress in favor of hope and avoiding temptation while searching for redemption. It reads like heavy stuff, and it is, but served over hip-pop production, the record's weightier bits -- smoothed out atop snare rolls and thick basslines -- are easy to digest.

Iyoho isn't subtle: On "Better Days II," he's up front, clear as crystal, "My self doubt is so dedicated/It tries to arouse my hesitation/It tries to stutter my progression/It tries to clutter my direction/But why let it dictate my spirit/When my mind is kind and gifted with lyrics." But it's the beat -- with its strings and guitar plucking -- that keeps the message from feeling like a burden.

These aren't pity-party theme songs. "The Love Always Shines" is meant to be uplifting music to listen to as you deal with frustration, to help you move through struggle and not just wallow in it. But with such an obvious focus on the positive, it can lead to a lack of edge in places and some well-worn ideas too: "I'd shake the skies just to lay with you/Pray to Heaven's skies I remain with you/'Cause every single day with you/Is like the sunshine when the rain is due."

Though his EP hits a few predictable patches, Iyoho doesn't get stuck coloring inside the lines the whole time. He's sharp enough to know there's something compelling about throwing caution to the wind. And when he does, it's to terrific effect.

For all his well-intended content and positive raps, it's in the moments where Iyoho steps outside of his safe-guy role that he's at his best -- "Your love is a cesspool/I gotta confess though/It makes me so damn sexual" -- and his most honest.

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

Photo Credit: Courtney Case/Rhyme University]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego's Making a Splash This Summer]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/boxer-rebellion-722x406.jpg

Ready to splash into summer, San Diego? We’re proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with Harrah’s Resort Southern California for the SoundDiego Summer Splash concert series.

If you’ve been to Harrah’s Resort Southern California, you know they’ve got all things water completely covered -- with a swim-up bar, a 400-foot lazy river, 21 cabanas, the main pool and eight hot tubs on site.

Get tickets to SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort Southern California!

And let’s just say that on every third Saturday of the upcoming summer months (May through August), the water’s going to be rockin’ when the SoundDiego Summer Splash concerts hit the resort.

Kicking off the festivities on Saturday, May 21, are the alt-rock radio mainstay the Boxer Rebellion, getting musical support from the Verigolds, a hometown psych-pop group that’s all the rage. Not only that, we’ll also have 91x’s beloved radio host (and local music guru) Tim Pyles emceeing the event. And he is pumped.

"Based in London, the Boxer Rebellion just dropped a new album, 'Ocean by Ocean,' their fifth in a 15-year career," Pyles said. "Big, yearning rock anthems from this band -- which actually features a dude from the states on lead vocals, singer Nathan Nicholson -- with orchestrated sounds that make you want to sing along."

It won't be the only summer sing-along happening, not if Pyles has anything to do with it (and he does). "Ever since I first discovered the Verigolds, I've been a fan -- and that was with only one recorded song," said the local-music lover. "The band has finally dropped its full-length album, and it's a magical trip of boho/indie/hippy/space rock that takes you on a trip to another world."

With tickets at $30, you get to see two incredible bands in one of California’s premier music venues with full access to their pool complex -- and in a summer setting that simply can’t be beat. Better yet, use the promo code SOUNDDIEGO when you’re purchasing your tickets here, and they’re only $20! Pretty rad, eh? The show starts at 7 p.m. on May 21 and includes all the summer fun you can handle.

Splash it up!

Photo Credit: The Boxer Rebellion]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Ellie Goulding]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 10:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ellie+Goulding+AM+%286+of+36%29.jpg We felt the "Burn" with Ellie Goulding when the British performer took on Viejas Arena April 23.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Mega Fun With Megafauna ]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 08:46:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MegaFauna_1200x675_285388867542.jpg

I sometimes feel like by the time we get to Wednesday, the rest is all coasting. This probably means that I'm not particularly productive on Thursday or Friday, but don't tell my bosses. This Wednesday is a great chance to let loose, as legendary NYC emcee Kool Keith makes an appearance at the Casbah, and Blockhead rock the mic at Soda Bar. Austin's Megafauna hope to melt faces at the Merrow, while Blaqk Audio return to town with a show at House of Blues, or you can catch the second night of Explosions in the Sky at the Observatory. For one more awesome show, swing by the Tower Bar as one of my favorite locals, Western Settings, kick off their tour. 

Wednesday, May 4:

  • Kool Keith, Boon League, DJ Artistic @ Casbah
  • Explosions in the Sky, Disappears @ Observatory North Park
  • Megafauna, AJ Froman, Strange Planet @ The Merrow
  • Blockhead, Eliot Lipp, the Travelers Club @ Soda Bar
  • Western Settings @ Tower Bar
  • Tolan Shaw, the Soft White Sixties, GrooveSession@ Belly Up
  • Blaqk Audio, Night Riots, Charming Liars @ House of Blues
  • La Original Banda el Limon @ Music Box
  • DJ Grand Masta Rats @ Bar Pink
  • Fanny & the Atta Boys @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Spooky Cigarette DJ Takeover @ The Hideout
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • St. Vitus Dance Party with DJ Handsome Skeleton @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston presents KNG MKR with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Crystal Bowersox @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Jose Sinatra & the Giggling Gigolos @ Java Joe's
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Debora Galan @ Boar Cross'n
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Joe Cardillo @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Mayday, Music Mayday at House of Blues!]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:59:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Insane+Clown+Posse.jpg

Mayday! Mayday! We’re going down, San Diego -- to downtown’s House of Blues, that is. We’ve teamed up with one of the premier, go-to destinations in town to see live music to give one lucky winner FOUR pairs of tickets to FOUR incredible shows in May! You read that right: Four shows, four pairs of tickets, and one winner.

Enter now to win our Mayday, Music Mayday ticket giveaway to four shows at the House of Blues in San Diego!

Kicking off the giveaway festivities, Motion City Soundtrack bring their talents through America’s Finest City on May 14 -- and word on the street is that this will be the pop/punk juggernauts’ last tour ever! Not only will you be a part of history, you’ll also see the band go out on top.

Next up, alt-rock stalwart Filter pummel House of Blues on May 19 with their patented brand of industrial-flavored hard rock. We all know songs like “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture” -- and now you’ll get your chance to see Richard Patrick and Co. bring them to life on the big stage.

On May 22, one of the hottest bands in the post-hardcore/electro-pop world of music -- PVRIS -- stop in to say “bonjour” to San Diego. However, that’s where the pleasantries end; the band is known for their electrifying live shows and their raucous energy. This one’ll sell out and you’ll be right in the middle of all the fun.

And last but certainly not least, the world’s favorite Faygo spokesmen deliver the goods to House of Blues when the Insane Clown Posse stop in on May 27 for a heavyweight bout of musical madness. Who knows what the face-painted rap duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will do when they hit the stage, but chances are it’ll be unforgettable.

So, don’t delay -- enter now for your chance to win one prize package with a pair of tickets to each of these FOUR shows at House of Blues San Diego in May! Time is of the essence, we pull the winner at noon (PST) on May 6, 2016, so get in while the getting’s good.

Enter now to win our Mayday, Music Mayday ticket giveaway to four shows at the House of Blues in San Diego!

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Classic Rock Titans to Headline Coachella Stage]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:54:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rolling-Stones-Cuba1.jpg

Confirmation came from the Coachella powers that be Tuesday morning that rumors of an October incarnation of the music and arts festival are true. Desert Trip, as this iteration of the festival has been dubbed, brings together huge names in rock & roll for double-stands (read: full sets from every band) over three nights, Oct. 7-9, in the Indio desert. 

Desert Trip opens Friday night with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan & His Band, who are followed on Saturday, Oct. 8, by Paul McCartney and Neil Young & Promise of the Real. The weekend closes out on Sunday with Roger Waters and the Who.

Performances don't start until after the sun goes down, and contrary to Coachella vibes, Desert Trip is selling reserved seating, general admission and single day passes to this one. It all goes on sale Monday, May 9, at 10 a.m. PST, at deserttrip.com.

Single-day tickets run $199, while general admission for a three-day pass starts at $399. There's also a three-tiered option for reserved floor ($699, $999, $1,599) and two tiers of reserved grandstand ($999, $1,599), while the standing pit will set ticket holders back $1,599. Which is all to say that there's likely going to be some corralling happening at the head of the stage. 

The Goldenvoice event will offer hotel packages, premium seating and RV and tent camping as well, and there will be a big emphasis on food: world-renowned chefs and 40 restaurants from across the country will show up to represent in the desert come October.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[Explosions in the San Diego Sky]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 13:38:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/explosionsintheskypress.jpg

Sometimes it can't be helped when bands within a certain genre play on the same night, and you either have to choose your favorite or try and make it to more than one show. But Tuesday is ridiculous. Why Explosions in the Sky and Tortoise are playing on the same night at different venues is beyond me. Throw in Swede's Dungen playing at the Casbah and you've got some decisions to make. I shouldn't make it sound so bad, because these are good problems for a music scene to have. Additionally Quiet Life are at the Merrow, Pentatonix are at OAT, and Kid Congo is at Soda Bar. 

Tuesday, May 3:

  • Explosions In the Sky, Disappears @ The Observatory North Park
  • Tortoise, Fell Runner @ Belly Up
  • Dungen, Boogarins @ Casbah
  • Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Heartaches, Cruz Radical @ Soda Bar
  • Pentatonix, Us the Duo, AJ @ Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Quiet Life, Wish and the Well, Mike Quinn @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Two's Day featuring Mr. Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Gin Wigmore, Matthew Santos @ House of Blues
  • Monsieur Perine @ Music Box
  • Eidola, Oranges, Vis @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • The Movement, Iya Terra, Wheeland Bros @ Winston's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • Pleasure presents Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Hyper Active Slackers & Montell Jordans @ 710 Beach Club


Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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: Official Press Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Beach Slang: The Next Great American Band]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:46:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/01_beachslang_craigscheihing_edited1a.jpg

A funny thing happened between the time I spoke on the phone with Beach Slang frontman James Alex and the publishing of this interview.

The band broke up.

After their April 28 Salt Lake City show erupted in thrown guitars and Alex's onstage assertion that the show would be the band’s last, the rumor mill hit full tilt. Thankfully it was only for a fleeting moment (as evidenced by the explanation Alex posted to their Facebook page on April 29, which concluded with “If you’re still in, we are <3”) -- but it seemed the entire Internet had lost its collective mind. And with good reason.

For those fortunate enough to have discovered them, Beach Slang (which aside from Alex include bassist Ed McNulty, drummer JP Flexner and guitarist Ruben Gallego) have become the next great American band. They’re a dizzying tour-de-force of wild-eyed rock & roll romanticism, with Alex’s ragged-and-raw vocals, and sweaty dive-bar anthems that wreak of spitfire honesty, bourbon-soaked regret, youthful innocence and never-say-die redemption.

The Philadelphia-based group's debut full-length album, “The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us,” followed two EPs in 2014 (“Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken” and “Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street”) and blasted out on touch down like a young, fiery Springsteen fronting a slightly more polished Replacements. Yeah, that’s how f---ing great it is [listen to/buy their records here]. To say their music has connected with audiences would be a massive understatement. Alex has watched the band’s fanbase basically grow in real-time.

“When this thing started, I really wanted the build to be organic,” the singer/guitarist explained about the band’s increasing popularity. “I wanted it to be something honest and pure, right? We didn’t have somebody coming in with a marketing plan, some smoke and mirrors idea where it was like, ‘You’re supposed to like this band,’ and it’s kind of forced on people … The word-of-mouth thing is what you hope for, but you can’t make that thing happen. Something about that feels real-er. We’re definitely seeing it. On our last tour, I remember we started the tour and we were like, ‘Cool’ -- there was enough people there to certainly have it feel like a show and have a really cool energy -- but then we started moving around the country, and we were living it in real time. It was weird to see hard work pay off as we were doing the work. It was this wildly rewarding thing.”

And it’s been having some other side effects too. Alex -- a guy that speaks in a multitude of “likes” and an endearing, incredulous modesty at all times (in a lilting East Coast surfer-dude dialect that inspired the band's name) -- was taken aback when fans started sending him photos of their Beach Slang tattoos.

“That was a real wild trip,” he said, laughing. “If somebody gets a Smiths lyric or a Jawbreaker lyric, I’m like, ‘F--- yeah, man!’ I get that. I would get that, right? But it was like, ‘You sure you wanna get something I wrote on your body forever?’ Sort of after the first one happened, it almost gave people permission. It was like, 'OK, I can get a Beach Slang tattoo now; they exist in the world.' So now I see them at this pace that’s kind of unbelievable to me in the sweetest, most humbling way possible.”

But the adulation has also come with a certain sense of obligation.

“I’ve been asked a lot about if I feel pressure as this thing has been growing, as I was writing the [next record],” Alex continued. “I never feel pressure, but the tattoo thing specifically jacked up in me a heightened sense of responsibility. I feel responsible to people that this thing is connecting to, on the level where you’ll etch this into your skin permanently. That’s who I don’t want to let down, you know what I mean? If [the next record] doesn’t sell a ton of copies, and like, the industry’s sort of disappointed -- I never did this for the industry to begin with, right? But I don’t want to let down that person that the record shifted something inside of them and makes them feel a little bit better about something, or gets them through a thing, or whatever it might be. The tattoos have definitely been the launching pad for that.”

While the anxiety of having to satisfy the masses might weigh down even the most seasoned songwriters, Alex translated it into inspiration for LP No. 2. That, coupled with the band’s constant touring, resulted in a work pace -- and a batch of songs -- even he couldn’t quite understand.

“I wrote that thing in a crazy flurry,” he said. “You know, it was weird and challenging because we were touring so much ... While I was writing this thing, not that I didn’t have time to think about the pressure of following up the first record, but it wasn’t quite as direct because of how busy we were. I never really write on the road. I’ve never had the chops to do that, but I had to for this one. I had a couple weeks at home right before we went into the studio, and I swear I stayed up 25 hours a day writing. I just, like, invented time to do this," he laughed. "I super-isolated myself, and I did it. I really wore heavy weights on my shoulders during that time specifically. But man, I’m pretty fiercely proud of this batch of songs. It’s coming out in September, and I’m really jazzed to throw it out there and hope -- hope -- it connects again.”

After the Salt Lake City show blowup, Beach Slang fans have to wonder how long the band can continue at such a frenetic clip. Two EPs, one full-length (with another done and on the way) and relentless touring, knock-down-drag-out shows, writing and recording in two years? How long can Alex & Co. keep it together? When looking back on our interview together -- the frontman seemed to address the SLC blowout before it even happened.

“It’s easy to find people to play an instrument; it’s really difficult to find the right people to play an instrument. We’ve been lucky in that way. That’s definitely not lost on me, about how lucky I am to be surrounded by not only good players but good people. You have that confidence in each other. You can put it all out there, without fear of embarrassment or shame … We’re able to play off of each other because we’re not just bandmates -- we’re friends. We hang out a bunch, so we just sort of know all the little things in each other. There’s no fear of taking a chance or being embarrassed. We just do the thing full-throttle and accept each other for that throttle-ness,” Alex added with a laugh.

Maybe that April 28 show was just the result of an overheated train barreling down the tracks for too long at too fast of a speed. After all, everyone blows up at one time or another. And hey, as James Alex says, it’s the only way to live: 

“It’s ‘All the way, all the time.’”

Beach Slang headline the Casbah on Friday, May 6, with Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama and California. Tickets are available online.

Dustin Lothspeich plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King, and runs his own music equipment-loving blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Photo by Craig Scheihing]]>
<![CDATA[Serenade and Strum On]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:45:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Serenade+and+Strum+SD.jpg North County Americana outfit Serenade and Strum talk with us about the deep origins of "Walls" in their SoundDiego spotlight. ]]> <![CDATA[Going All the Subway]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:32:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/the-subways+2016.jpg

For many in San Diego with service industry jobs, Monday is actually the start of the "weekend," so it's great when there are quality shows and events on Monday nights. This is one of the great ones, with UK's the Subways playing the Casbah for their first tour in eight years, in support of the self-titled fourth record. Manchester's all-female Pins opens the show, and they're amazing (in case you missed them just a couple months back). Meanwhile, Soda Bar has Tigerman Woah, and Baby Bash and MC Magic play the Observatory. Per usual, the busiest spot tonight will definitely be the Office, as the Grand Old Office regulars pay tribute to my all-time favorite songwriter, Ryan Adams. I can only hope they skip the Swift stuff.

Monday, May 2:

  • Grand Ole Office Ryan Adams Tribute @ The Office
  • The Subways, Pins @ Casbah
  • Baby Bash, MC Magic, Lil Sicko with Lil Black & Lil Demon @ Observatory North Park
  • Palomar College Big Bands @ Dizzy's
  • Tigerman Woah, These Wild Plains, Ted Z & the Wranglers @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[The Verigolds' Big Summer Splash]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 10:27:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_THE_VERIGOLDS_SOUNDDIEGO043016_1_1200x675_677149763580.jpg The Verigolds stop in and chat with 91x's Tim Pyles about their SoundDiego Summer Splash show on May 21 at Harrah's Resort Southern California with the Boxer Rebellion! Tickets on sale: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/82783]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 1-7]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 12:13:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LIVE+U31+11.21+Audley+%28118%29.jpg We highlight the top upcoming shows headed our way this week in our Set List -- including Mariachi El Bronx, Pentatonix, Beach Slang and more.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[May the Pyles Be With You]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 10:18:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pennywise+Sleep+Train+8.30.14+%285%29.jpg

April showers brings May flowers! Holy moly Batman, did you see all the epic shows coming to San Diego? I wonder how many touring bands will use the "Whale's Vagina" joke? They always do. I am your humble tastemaker, who has perused the calendar and selected these shows for you. I admit, I missed a few -- but when there are several shows On the same night, well, you just have to prioritize. I am extremely excited about the new SoundDiego events at Harrah's -- I hope you can join me on May 21 with the Boxer Rebellion and the Verigolds! Here are selections I have handpicked for you, along with some guilty pleasures.

May 1: Puscifer at Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall. Tool frontman's other band...

May 2: The Subways and Pins at the Casbah. Indie rock from the UK; hooks galore!

May 3: Dungen at the Casbah. A trippy band from Sweden, trippin' the light fantastic!

May 4: Kool Keith at the Casbah. An underground hip-hop legend.

May 5: Mariachi El Bronx at the Belly Up. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a side project from the Bronx, which is more of the main project these days.

May 6: Violent Femmes at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay.

May 7: The Slackers at the Music Box. Original rocksteady ska, featuring former San Diegan David Hilyard -- formerly of the Donkey Show.

May 8: The Residents at the Belly Up.

May 9: Rihanna at Viejas Arena. Guilty pleasure and I will admit it!

May 10: Young Empires at Casbah. This may be the band you have waited all your life for and they are from Canada.

May 11: Wild Belle at the Casbah. What do you need to know? Just go!

May 12: Beyonce at Qualcomm Stadium. "Becky with the good hair"!

May 13-15: Pennywise at the Observatory North Park. Three nights in a row covering their seminal albums.

May 14: Billy Joel at Petco Park. The piano man!

May 15: Swami Records Hardcore Matinee Record Release Party at Bar Pink, starts at 4 p.m. The Loons, the Creepy Creeps, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, Octagrape, Mrs. Magician, Ale Mania, the Soaks, the Widows, Death Eyes, Plateaus, Shake Before Us, the Lumps, the Sultans, Teenage Burritos and the Schizophonics. Order to be determined day of show.

May 16: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience at Sycuan Live & Up Close (El Cajon). His Dad was one of the greatest drummers of all time -- did it rub off?

May 17: Modern English at the Hideout. I will melt with you!

May 18: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Soda Bar. Australian psych-garage rock band with an epic name.

May 19: Filter and Orgy at House Of Blues. The '90s never sounded so good.

May 20: The Cure at Sleep Train Amphitheater. Robert Smith is a genius and doesn't know how to apply lipstick.

May 21: Harrah's Resort Southern California presents the start of SoundDiego's Summer Splash concert series with the Boxer Rebellion and the Verigolds. This party will be Richter and I may jump in the pool fully clothed. Get the deets on discounted tickets right here.

May 22: Nada Surf and Prism Tats at the Irenic. If you think you are "Popular," you should go to this show!

May 23: The Little Richards and the Bassics at the Casbah. Do I need to explain? It's a Little Richard cover band, but like no other.

May 24: Son Little at the Casbah. American music, it's from America.

May 25: Sticky Fingers at the Belly Up. Australia-based band that fuses world sounds and indie rock.

May 26: Anti Nowhere League at Soda Bar. Punk-rock legends!

May 27: The Who at Valley View Casino Center. A long and storied career from these rock & roll legends -- ride your scooter to the show.

May 28: US Girls at Soda Bar. Pop-art music, witness it.

May 29: Big Black Delta at Casbah. Electronic pop-rock for your ear holes.

May 30: Refused, the Coathangers and Plague Vendor at the Belly Up. Three incredibly awesome bands on one bill; I can hardly contain myself.

May 31: The Briefs at Soda Bar. Punk-rock dance party!

Thanks for reading, but reading is only part of it. Get off your ass and let your freak flag fly, go see a show. If you see me at a show, please come and introduce yourself, cause I love meeting like-minded music fans. So I will see you at a show! Free hugs!

Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and hosts Loudspeaker via 91x every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here pyleste@yahoo.com

Photo Credit: Ryan Daley]]>
<![CDATA[Puscifer Rising]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 10:17:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/166532664.jpg

It's so awesome when you have a beautiful, fun, and productive weekend, you get out and enjoy the town -- and you wake up to Sunday morning, when you still have a whole day before the regular work week kicks back into gear. You can continue yesterday's magic with a stroll along Adams for Adams Avenue Unplugged or head back to Little Italy for more of ArtWalk. For you dance maniacs, FNGRS CRSSD has another Sunday afternoon at Quartyard, Puscifer is at Copley Symphony Hall (which must make Irwin Jacobs' head spin), and Til-Two looks like they're in for an all-day bonanza of music. But, if you must know my pick for the night, Scott H Biram is bringing his punkin' country or country punk or outlaw country, or whatever the proper genre name that lets you know he sings with a twang, but isn't the pop or bubblegum country you might hear on the radio. So there. Go see Scott.

Sunday, May 1:

  • Mission Federal Credit Union ArtWalk @ Little Italy (Free, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged (Free, noon-7 p.m., various locations on Adams Avenue)
  • Art Alive 2016 Floral Exhibition @ San Diego Museum Of Art 
  • Scott H. Biram, Jesse Dayton @ Casbah
  • Puscifer @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
  • Marlon Wayans - Scandal-less @ Balboa Theatre
  • Fighting Friction, Vulture Culture, Almost Monday @ Soda Bar
  • Batlords/The Last Years, Space Wax, Christ Killer, Doc Hammer, Midnight Eagle, Slowdraw the Hungry Eskimo, the Grids, Santa Ana Knights, the 105ers, Mother @ Til-Two Club
  • Hit the Lights, Seaway, Can't Swim, Boston Manor @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • FNGRS CRSSD presents Brodinsi, Louisahh, Gener8ion, Virgil Abloh @ Quartyard
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The Strikers, Sawyer Family @ Tower Bar
  • Terminator Too: Judgment Play @ Belly Up (seated show)
  • Civic Youth Orchestra @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Chris Stapleton, Anderson East @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Cessation Pool, PATHOS, Afterlife Coach, Coast Red @ Che Cafe
  • Rodney Crowell (Trio) @ AMSD
  • Psychedelic May Day with Jetwash @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Cardinal Moon, Levi Dean & the Americats, Brett Harris @ Sycamore Den
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged @ Ken Club
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged @ Lestat's
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged @ Java Joe's
  • Color Til Monday, Art of Decay, Sea of Trees @ The Merrow
  • Let's Break Up, Naked Naps (NC), Woodruff @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: The Arcs]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:00:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Arcs-20April2016-Observatory13.jpg "Yours, Dreamily," indeed: The Arcs, fronted by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, had hearts aflutter when they headlined the Observatory North Park on April 20.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Arkestral Maneuvers in the Dark]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:08:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/JWPK722.jpg

San Diego piano virtuoso Joshua White continued his concert residency at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach on April 16 with a special, completely improvised performance by a sextet featuring Stephanie Richards on trumpet, Michael Dessen on trombone, Ellen Weller on reeds, Mark Dresser on double-bass and Kjell Nordeson on drums.

White assembled the crew in the center of the room, surrounded by the audience at all points, and, for a really unique touch, the entire concert was performed in the dark. The first improvisation began with just the sound of White and Dresser alone, exchanging soft microgestures that expanded when Richards joined by pressing the bell of her trumpet into a snare drum head for spooky vibrational textures. Nearly 10 minutes elapsed before Nordeson, Dessen and Weller fully integrated into the active ensemble -- but the ecstatic balance of give-and-take remained; there was no rush into a squall, which is often de rigueur in such situations. Instead, silence itself toggled against the soft rustle of air through the columns of the horns, often orchestrated by the soliloquy of rattles and clicks from Nordeson. White re-emerged, taking the opportunity to shape the direction through example, churning a solo that exploited blistering kinetic energy and engendering a group wail suggestive of free Dixieland or the primal engine of Duke Ellington's 1927 "jungle-orchestra." Everyone got a showcase, including Weller's hissing, multiphonic flute, the bi-tonal audacity of Dresser's bass, the chortling roar of Dessen's 'bone and the buzzing hysteria of Richards' approach to the trumpet. Weller and Dessen advanced into the far corners of the room, locking horns in a braying howl that reminded me of the soundtrack to "Never Cry Wolf."

At periodic intervals, White would introduce a musical figure that would drastically redirect the energy of the room -- usually combining waves of dissonance with jagged and splintered rhythmic pulses -- and the degree with which he infused each moment with his own personality was nothing short of breathtaking. Weller continued in spirit with a split-toned essay on the Chinese hulusi, a drone-flute made from bamboo and gourds, followed by Richards, who encased the bell of her horn with aluminum foil -- the better to extract minute overtones and sensual screeches.

White began the second piece with long, knotted strands of jumbled harmonies, aided initially only by Nordeson's volatile bass drum and the lonely, existential wail of Dessen -- although Dresser's two-handed tapping and the inherent contrary motion it suggested were close behind. Suddenly the pianist sprang into action, exploding in a fit of information that sounded like Cecil Taylor channeling Shakespeare. Eventually, the horns returned, with long tones from odd angles -- underpinned by Dresser’s groaning arco -- winding down from gale force to whisper, as the remnants of the struggle receded into memory.

 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: Peter Kuhn]]>
<![CDATA[Live in La Mesa]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:02:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Birdy+Bardot.jpg

I'll kick things off by saying that Saturday's shows are pretty great, but the Casbah has everyone beat with a reunion of Buckfast Superbee and Furious IV. But let's talk about your Saturday afternoon, because there's a lot going on. This is the first day of the 32nd Artwalk in Little Italy. Plenty of your favorite local musicians will be playing, and the art is always stunning. Meanwhile, Adams Avenue Unplugged is happening in Normal Heights and Kensington, so you can stroll between cafes, shops and restaurants all turning into music venues. The new guys almost on the block, Depot Springs Beer Company, who are about to open up in La Mesa, are showing their goodwill and neighborhood appreciation at Harry Griffen Park Amphitheatre, and thats where you can catch our friends in Birdy Bardot, the Ordeal, and more. Like I said, tons of fun stuff going on all over town.

Saturday, April 30:

  • Mission Federal Credit Union ArtWalk @ Little Italy (free, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Adams Avenue Unplugged (free, 12-10 p.m., various locations on Adams Avenue)
  • Depot Springs Beer Company presents Birds Bardot, the Ordeal, the Caliphonic Supersonic Samba School, Euphoria Brass Band @ Harry Griffen Park Amphitheater (free, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., La Mesa)
  • Buckfast Superbee, Furious IV, Diamond Lakes, UJBOD's 3 Wood @ Casbah
  • Cigarettes After Sex, Hexa, Angels Dust @ The Hideout
  • Flatbush Zombies @ Observatory North Park
  • Pleasure Fix (EP release), Hand of Gavrilo, Dexter Riley Xperiment, Omni @ Soda Bar
  • Jazz on Tap @ Quartyard
  • Life in Color @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Josh Garrels, Jason Barrows @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Caravan 2 Cabo documentary premier, featuring Mike Pinto @ Music Box
  • The Premiere of Tribal Baroque @ Bread & Salt
  • Clinebell Express Happy Hour @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Sempra Sol, Ben Limpic, Here Lies the Hero, Ghost Banditz, Aois @ SOMA
  • Tribal Theory @ House of Blues
  • Loud on Mute, the Mongrels (Michigan) @ The Bancroft
  • Daniel Crawford Trio, Howl & Moon, Them Weary Bones, Mike Pope @ Sycamore Den
  • Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Condor, Beira @ Tower Bar
  • Tolan Shaw, Charbra, Nancy Truesdale @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Bedlam Rebels , The Fuzz Junkies, Ritual Potion @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Fruition @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Jeff Graves @ Til-Two Club
  • Walpurgis Nacht, BCB DJs @ The Black Cat
  • 36 Crazyfists, Unset, 1001, Big Goat @ Brick By Brick
  • Sacha Boutros @ Dizzy's
  • Bucket of Fish, Ash Williams, Neveready, Odd Advantage, She/Her/Hers @ Che Cafe
  • Jay Allan & the Uncommon Good, Elektric Voodoo @ 710 Beach Club
  • Peter Sprague, Fred Benedetti @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Stereosonic @ V Lounge, Viejas
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Dirty Audio@ Bassmnt
  • DJ Vice @ Omnia
  • DJ Ikon @ Parq
  • Sirus Hood, Klatch @ Bang Bang
  • David Scuba, Noel Jackson, Rivkarma, RA.MOD @ Spin
  • Techgnomes @ Kava Lounge
  • Temple of the Dad @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Oz Noy Trio, Pet Shark, RDG, Ugly Roomers @ Ramona Mainstage

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

<![CDATA[The Secrets Service]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:57:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_SECRETS_SOUNDDIEGO041616_1_1200x675_667684419648.jpg Local post-hardcore band Secrets threw down a massive, hometown, all-ages ruckus at SOMA recently.]]> <![CDATA[Sting Like a Buckfast Superbee]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:55:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LIVE+Casbah+1.22%28190%29.jpg

Friday, the Donkeys play at the Whistle Stop; Tightwads (ex-No Knife, Heartaches and Shake Before Us), Chango Rey, Los Apaches and DJ Mongo Style are at Tower Bar; Zepparella, Bone Scott & Big Balls, and Madly play at the Casbah; Wolfwaker, A New Challenger Approaches, I Survive and Sight Unscene are at Soda Bar; and Body Of Light, High-Functioning Flesh and Nylon Apartments take over The Hideout. Get your dance on with Bob Dazzla at El Dorado; Keys N Krates at Bassmnt; Luxxury and Boys Don’t Disco at Bang Bang; and Dada Life at Omnia.

Start off your Saturday with two free events: Adams Avenue Unplugged and ArtWalk in Little Italy. Later that night, check out Buckfast Superbee, Furious IV, Diamond Lakes and UJBOD's 3 Iron at the Casbah; Tribal Theory headlines at House of Blues; Cigarettes After Sex, Hexa and Angels Dust are at the Hideout; Pleasure Fix (EP Release), Hand of Gavrilo, Dexter Riley Xperiment and Omni are at Soda Bar; and the “Caravan 2 Cabo” Documentary Premiere featuring live performances from Mike Pinto, We Are Sirens and Broken Stems is at Music Box.  I’ll be hosting Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with special guest DJ Amanda Jones, Dark Angel and Liquid Grey; Booty Bassment is at the Whistle Stop; Sleepwalking hits Til-Two; and Sirus Hood with Klatch is at Bang Bang.

Sunday, Adams Avenue Unplugged and ArtWalk continue; Puscifer takes over Copley Symphony Hall; and FNGRS CRSSD presents Brodinski, Louisahh, Gener8ion and Virgil Abloh at Quartyard.

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: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Donkeys Kong Country]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:48:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Donkeys+2015+New.jpg

The weekend couldn't have come soon enough, and what better way to celebrate Friday than catching the Donkeys at the Whistle Stop? The Whistle's website doesn't exactly confirm the show, but we're keeping our fingers crossed. Meanwhile, the Tower Bar has quite a show with Tightwads, featuring members of some of San Diego's most notable bands. The Casbah has a female Zeppelin tribute with Zepparella, Observatory has Immortal Technique, and Wild Child is at the Belly Up.
Friday, April 29:
  • The Donkeys @ Whistle Stop
  • Tightwads (ex- No Knife, Heartaches, Shake Before Us), Chango Rey, Los Apaches, DJ Mongo Style @ Tower Bar
  • Zepparella, Bone Scott & Big Balls @ Casbah
  • Art Alive 2016 Floral Exhibition @ San Diego Museum Of Art 
  • Immortal Technique @ The Observatory North Park
  • Wild Child, Dazed and Confused @ Belly Up
  • Wolfwaker, A New Challenger Approaches, I Survive, Sigh Unscene @ Soda Bar
  • DJ @Large @ Bar Pink
  • The Highwayman Show Celebrating Willie Nelson's Birthday @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove Girlz Nite Out, pt. 2 @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • Media Solution, Mindwars, VYCES @ Brick By Brick
  • Conguero/composer Javier Cabanillas & his Cabanijazz Project @ Dizzy's
  • Body Of Light, High-Functioning Flesh, Nylon Apartments @ The Hideout
  • Home, Samer Bakri, Courtney Preis @ Lestat's
  • Lee Coulter, Justin Farren @ Java Joe's
  • Kelly McGarry Presents @ House of Blues
  • The Deep End, Damascus, & True Bass Present: Far Out, Um..., Snowans, Ramsey, Sparrow @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • End Thought, Imagery Machine, Misc. Ailments, Flakes @ The Merrow
  • Cuatro Sobre La Luna, The Foundation Of, Spurs & Rockets, and Oak Palace @ Across the Street at Mueller College
  • Vic Viper, Mass Delete, The Grok @ The Bancroft
  • Thicker Than Thieves, Perro Bravo & Animo Cruz @ 710 Beach Club
  • University Centers: Psychedelic Coloring Night @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Clapton Hook @ Tio Leo's
  • Rise Of The Rejects Concert @ Che Cafe
  • Y3K @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Daughtry @ Sycuan
  • OBs Funniest Person Contest @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Midnight North and the Moves @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Radio Moscow, Harsh Toke, Slow Season @ Til-Two Club
  • Rosy Dawn @ V Lounge, Viejas
  • Lema @ Fluxx
  • Bob Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Keys n Krates @ Bassmnt
  • Luxxury @ Bang Bang
  • Dada Life @ Omnia
  • DJ E-Rock @ Parq
  • Jamie Shadowlight @ 98 Bottles
  • Progress: 1 Year Anniversary @ Kava Lounge
  • California Celts @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

<![CDATA[Get Up With Thao & the Get Down Stay Down]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/Thao+21.jpg

Tonight is quite a fun night around town. For starters, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down perform at the Belly Up. Her new record, "A Man Alive," is one of those albums that you sing along with at the top of your lungs, only to sink in to the deeper meaning of the lyrics later, like realizing "Nobody Dies" is about a woman caught in an abusive relationship. Thao has a knack for this, making her music fun and catchy while addressing a whole lot more under the surface. I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Meanwhile, La Ley are back at the House of Blues for their second night, so lovers of rock en Espanol should be properly satiated. For an all-out night of fun, check out our friends Gone Baby Gone at Bar Pink for their free album release party.

Thursday, April 28:

  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, the Seratones @ Belly Up
  • La Ley Adaptacion Tour, the Klub @ House of Blues
  • Ohana Record Release Show - Pepper @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Susto, Down Big @ Soda Bar
  • Gone Baby Gone (Album Release Party), Bad Kids, Big Bloom, the End @ Bar Pink
  • 107.9 FM's Rich Singley's '70s Party @ Music Box
  • Susan, Flat Worms, Vyper Skwad @ The Hideout
  • King Taylor Project, David Ryan Norgren @ Sycamore Den
  • Sugar Ponies, Donna Larson @ Lestat's
  • Zero To Billy @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Mike White @ House of Blues Crossroads
  • The Tommy Mitchell Show, the Dirty Diamond (LA), Sometimes Julie (CD release) @ The Merrow
  • Hellflowers (LA), Flames Of Durga (LA), Goldilox & the Bears, Dum Cumpsters @ The Bancroft
  • Francois Sims & Groove Squad @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Veradartz: A Night of Armenian Cultural Celebration @ The Loft, UCSD
  • THOLLEM, 'blake caminos', Masc4Masc, Kyle Motl & TJ Borden @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • SUBDVSN @ Winston's
  • San Diego Modern Funk Fest with Psychic Mirrors, Brian Ellis' Reflection @ Til-Two Club
  • Mako @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Vamp @ Whistle Stop
  • Symmetry: Dela Moontribe Period, The End aka Heavenly Father| Arkon|Stoik @ Kava Lounge
  • Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers @ Tio Leo's
  • Raggabond @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Kaaboo Announces 2016 Music Lineup]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:34:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tribal+Seeds+Kaaboo+2015+Day+2+%288%29.jpg

Hope you're ready for oodles of Kaaboodles -- because the full lineup for 2016's Kaaboo entertainment and arts fest was just announced, and it's a veritable smorgasbord of musicality.

Yeah, that's right: a smorgasbord, complete with "Margaritaville" puns, compliments of headliner Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers. Keying up the other headlining spots are rock & roll mammoths Aerosmith, pop punk gods Fall Out Boy and acoustic kingpin Jack Johnson. Ah, but let us not forget Lenny Kravitz, the Avett Brothers, Grouplove, Jason Isbell, Shakey Graves and Sugar -- what?! -- Sugar Ray, yoyeah, it’s a McGrath attack, baby.

There's also going to be a late-night dance party for the 18+ crew, where DJs including the Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Ludacris, Matoma, Rac and Andrew Luce will be spinning into the wee hours of the morning.

More than 60 bands in all (scope the lineup below) take to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 16-18 for the second iteration of Kaaboo, which debuted in 2015 to the tune of No Doubt, the Killers and the Zac Brown Band. 

Though its debut was wildly successful ("Rolling Stone" named it one of the nation’s Top 5 fests last year), the Kaaboo powers that be are introducing a few changes, like moving the Grand View stage into the infield and the Palate Stage outside so that culinary programming can join in on the musical fun, too. Organizers promise to announce more upgrades come June, but the music and comedy bills [check out the comedy lineup here] are enough to satiate us for now -- and, apparently, for the next 10 years to come. In an effort to squash hella Kaaboo-boo rumors, the festival’s team has confirmed that Kaaboo has been granted a five-year contract at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, along with as many as five one-year extensions on top of that. Whew. That’s commitment enough to stave off any abandonment issues we’ve got (#baggage, bro).

Of course, along with the music and laughs come great food and craft libations. Passes for the whole three-day “mix-perience” start at $249 (with lots of upgrade and payment-plan options) and are on sale now.

2016 Kaaboo Music Lineup
Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band
Jack Johnson
Fall Out Boy
Lenny Kravitz
Daryl Hall and John Oates
The Avett Brothers
The Chainsmokers
Steve Aoki
Goo Goo Dolls
Jason Isbell
Third Eye Blind
Capital Cities
Flo Rida
Gavin Degraw
Cypress Hill
Gregg Allman
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Steel Pulse
Citizen Cope (solo/acoustic)
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Collective Soul
Shakey Graves
Blues Traveler
G. Love & Special Sauce
The Struts
Colvin and Earle
Sugar Ray
Shovels & Rope
Gin Blossoms
The Wild Feathers
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
The Green
Donavon Frankenreiter
The Mowgli’s
Matt Costa
The Record Company
American Aquarium
The Aggrolites
The Knocks
Finish Ticket
Steve Poltz
Judah & the Lion
Bomba Estéreo
Lawrence Taylor
Emily Warren
Future Thieves
Andrew Luce
The Kickback
Plus 15 emerging and local artists to be added

Kaaboo takes place Sept. 16-18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Tickets for the event are on sale now and start at $249 for a three-day pass. More details are available at kaaboodelmar.com.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Why So Gloomy, Rob Crow?]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:38:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_ROB_CROWS_GLOOMY_PLACE_SOUNDDIEGO041616_1_1200x675_667683907735.jpg The namesake of Rob Crow's Gloomy Place (and Pinback co-founder) talked with Rosemary Bystrak about touring with a new band and more at the Casbah, which made a cameo in the band's music video.]]> <![CDATA[Reach for the Har Mar Superstar]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:45:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/192*120/har-mar-superstar.jpg

It's not a good sign when three days into the workweek you're already desperatly yearning for the weekend, but sometimes things just go that way. Fortunately we have music to get us through and help us get our minds off of the grind, and Wednesday night, the king of the party is back. Har Mar Superstar, whose signature look of a silk boxing robe and tighty whities never lets us down at the Casbah. His music is tongue in cheek, but the dance party is 100% real. This is definitely a show not to miss if you've never seen it before. Though even then it's a tough call because Jamestown Revival returnto the Belly Up, and you know how I love my Americana. Also in town are La Ley -- the first band that made me love rock en español -- who play the first of two nights at House of Blues. Relative to the rest of my week, too many music choices is a good problem to have.

Wednesday, April 27:

  • Har Mar Superstar, White Fang, Rig 1 @ Casbah
  • Jamestown Revival, Aubrie Sellers @ Belly Up
  • La Ley, the Klub @ House of Blues
  • Humans, Colour Vision, Astral Touch @ Soda Bar
  • Midweek Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • DJ Jon Blaj's Cure Night @ Whistle Stop
  • Woof Wednesday @ Quartyard
  • Club Kingston presents Sol Tribe with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The TenFiveSixty, Hummingbird and Dove, Jody Mulgrew @ Lestat's
  • M.E. Law @ Java Joe's
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Thunder Cocks @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Family Beatdown with Vytear, Shakh, Spirit Tech, Phohm @ Kava Lounge
  • Stenox, Krxspy Krxme, Kallahan @ The Merrow
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Pet Tigers @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

<![CDATA[LIVE: NOFX]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:16:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Nofx9.jpg Punk legends NOFX got "Punk in Drublic" at their wild, sold-out House of Blues show on April 14, when Direct Hit and Mean Jeans opened.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Moving Black Mountains]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:08:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Black+Mountain+1.jpg

If you're free this afternoon, head downtown for FM 94/9's free show with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats. Typically the artists do only three or four songs, but after Rateliff's sold-out show at the Soda Bar, it will be super high energy and well worth the effort. Plus you can hang around Quartyard and grab some delicious food and craft beer. By nightfall, Casbah has an amazing lineup with Vancouver's Black Mountain and Boston singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler. Dirty Fences drop in at the Hideout, and Nebula Drag play Soda Bar with my favorite band name of the night, Supersonic Dragon Wagon. For those of you who maybe missed Sunday's tribute to Prince at the Casbah or simply didn't get enough, head to Bar Dynamite for another tribute.

Tuesday, April 26:

  • FM 94/9 Loud @ with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats @ Quartyard (6 p.m., FREE)
  • Black Mountain, Marissa Nadler @ Casbah
  • Dirty Fences, Flytraps, Kids in Heat @ The Hideout
  • Nebula Drag, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Kosmic Halo @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday with DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Lucid Season, No Girlfriends, Causers, Citrus and Katie @ The Merrow
  • Micky & the Motorcars, Strangetowne, Jake Loban @ Belly Up
  • Purple Wasteland's Tribute to Prince @ Bar Dynamite
  • Meeting of the Meyends: No Kings, Taste Nate, Organic Alliance, John Tafolla @ Winston's
  • Eyes Set to Kill, Open Your Eyes, A Hero Within, Contortion @ Brick by Brick
  • Robin Henkel @ House of Blues, Crossroads (FREE)
  • Razzle Bam Boom "H2O, Where Did You Go?" @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Super Duper No. 2 @ Til Two
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High-Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Blue Halas, Cold Threat @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Running a Dengue Fever]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:31:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_DENGUE_FEVER_SOUNDDIEGO041616_1_1200x675_667680835778.jpg Los Angeles-based Dengue Fever crashed the Casbah with their Cambodian psych-pop jams, which we let gloriously infect us during their recent SoundDiego session.]]> <![CDATA[The Audacious Barron]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:01:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/166*120/kbth.jpg

When the Kenny Barron Trio began its Friday, April 15, show at the Scripps Research Institute with Dizzy Gillespie’s “Bebop,” one couldn’t help but marvel at the inherent audacity in such a selection. Barron, a supremely tasteful pianist, seemingly threw caution to the wind, opting instead to glide on the irresistible ride cymbal pings of drummer Johnathan Blake and the pliant pulse of bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, both of whom performed beautifully in support of the leader’s full spectrum of ideas.

There was a condensed piano history course on display with “Magic Dance,” which toggled between a stride and a gentle Latin sway, which Barron peppered with melodic effusion. Blake is a monster percussionist who never seems to break a sweat, regardless of tempo or intensity.

Everything distilled into pure beauty on the Charlie Haden ballad “Nightfall,” aided by the groaning whole notes of Kitagawa, whose own solo spoke of deep heartache, while Blake kept the pensive motion alive with detailed brush strokes.

Monk’s “Shuffle Boil” signaled another highlight, from the solo piano intro to the wicked, off-centered ostinato and the amazing, explosive drum narrative of Blake, who appeared as relaxed as a guy watering his lawn from an easy-chair.

Blake and Kitagawa exited the stage while Barron dug deep into the catalog of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, earning the rapt attention of the sold-out house with medley that began with “Easy Chair” before dissolving into “Lotus Blossom,” “Melancholy” and “Star-Crossed Lovers,” maintaining a sense of reverie throughout.

The evening reached its zenith on the original “Bud-Like,” careening from a lock-tight Latin vamp to a full-blown swing where his fingers seemed to fly off the keys, all while Kitagawa’s furious walk spurred Blake into a solo that roused the entire house.

It was another superlative night of mainstream mastery from the folks at Athenaeum Jazz.

 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: Tom Harten]]>
<![CDATA[Bait and Switchfoot]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:27:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Switchfoot-9667.jpg

Monday nights don't typically have a ton going on, but a few great options are really all you need. If you are a local musician, for example, the GigTown app offers paid music gig opportunities, and if you sign up, you can join their party Monday night at Music Box, where Switchfoot will be performing a special show just for members. If that doesn't win you over, you can catch your share of locals at the Office, where they'll be celebrating two years of the Office Undercover, performing the music of Talking Heads, Devo and Violent Femmes. Around town, DJ Artistic returns to the Casbah for Hip-Hop Battle Bots, while Tori Roze is back at Bar Pink, and Magic Wands perform a show at Soda Bar. 

Monday, April 25:

  • GigTown's Local Music Appreciation Night with Switchfoot @ Music Box
  • Undercover Two-Year Anniversary featuring the music of Talking Heads, Devo and Violent Femmes @ The Office
  • DJ Artistic's Hip-Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah
  • Magic Wands, Drinking Flowers, Future Age @ Soda Bar
  • Soultry Monday featuring Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Baile do Victinho @ Spin
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry and local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Blackberry Smoke]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:39:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Blackberry+Smoke-.jpg Blackberry Smoke, the Atlanta, Georgia-based outlaw honky-tonk country/soul band, had the Belly Up hangin' on every note during their April 14 show. Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows opened.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[The Casbah Goes Purple]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:43:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/prince+dies.jpg

Whether Sunday is your day to take it easy or go big with Sunday Funday, you're covered. If you want it mellow, head up to the Encinitas Street Fair as you casually stroll the downtown streets filled with vendors, delicious food, and of course, some great local music. By night, it's tributes galore: Music Box has Holy Holy, David Bowie's backing band, and House of Blues has tributes to the Who, Heart, Journey and more. The Casbah was going to be closed tonight but with the passing of Prince, naturally tonight has turned into a tribute night of DJs and the Purple One's films on loop. Additionally Rupaul's Drag Race is at the Observatory, Death Eyes is at the Whistle Stop, and our buddy Tim Mudd returns for his monthly gig at Sycamore Den. 
Sunday, April 24:
  • Prince- A Tribute Night (DJs and Prince Films All Night Long) @ Casbah (FREE!)
  • Holy Holy (David Bowie's Backing Band), Jessica Morgan @ Music Box
  • Tribute Night: Who Generation, With Heart, Love Alive, Journeyman @ House of Blues
  • Encinitas Street Fair- Stone Stage: Nancarrow, The Tommy Mitchell Show, Rock The Discotek. Lumberyard: Bayou Brothers, Trevor Green @ Downtown Encinitas
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons @ The Observatory North Park
  • Death Eyes, Low and be TOLD @ The Whistle Stop
  • The Funk Ark and guests @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • The Six String Society, Lady Rogo @ Belly Up (seated show)
  • Mundell Lowe's 94th Birthday Celebration @ Dizzy's
  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus: California Dreamin' @ Balboa Theatre
  • Jonny Craig, Geneva Pina, Leave the Universe, Indio Romero @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke: Prince Tribute Night @ The Hideout
  • Moira Smiley @ Museum Of Making Music
  • Million Dollar Quartet @ Sycuan
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • The Wizard of Oz @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Open Mic Night @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Jeanette Harris @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Mother, Clean Room @ Tower Bar (Tim's Potluck)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Anthony Presti Band @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Legends to Outlaws @ El Dorado
  • Cecile @ Spin (men wear all white, women wear all pink)
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Michael Calfan Goes Bang Bang]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:07:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_MICHAEL_CALFAN_SOUNDDIEGO041616_1_1200x675_667682371954.jpg Michael Calfan, one of the world hottest DJs, hit downtown's Bang Bang nightclub with the EDM thunder -- and chats with DJ IDeaL.]]> <![CDATA[End of the Road for Off the Record]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:51:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/Off+the+Record+Dustin+Lothspeich+2.jpg

Worldwide vinyl sales may increasing at an exponential rate, but that won’t stop San Diego wax institution Off the Record from closing its doors at the end of April.

“You gotta be a hardcore music person to appreciate the fact that vinyl sounds better,” the store’s manager Paul Russe told SoundDiego. “Most people don’t care. They’re not concerned about that stuff. Music for a lot of people is background. For people who care about vinyl, music isn’t background — it’s foreground.”

Even though recent reports have vinyl sales up nearly 30 percent in 2015 over 2014’s numbers — the 10th consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown — it’s just not enough.

“Sure, vinyl sales are up,” Russe continued. “But they’ve come back from zero. It’s kind of a ‘isn’t that cute’ kind of thing. It’s a curio. ‘Oh, isn’t that an anachronistic way to listen to music.’”

And for Off the Record (currently located at 2912 University Avenue), that particularly enlightened demographic just isn’t enough to keep the store afloat. Russe explained the reasoning behind the closure.

“It’s not any one reason,” Russe said, sighing. “It’s a number of reasons: finances; gentrification of the neighborhood; the raising of rent; the fact that this neighborhood has transitioned from a place to shop to a place to drink — no one comes to record stores when they’re out drinking.”

It’s a sad, disappointing fate for the San Diego staple. Off the Record, which began its life in 1978 on El Cajon Boulevard in College Grove and then later on 5th Avenue in Hillcrest (where it moved in 1989), made a name for itself by being a one-stop shop for everything music: vinyl (new, rare and used), CDs (new and used), music-related posters, ‘zines, stickers, patches, and various other types of music merchandise.

It housed sweaty, jam-packed in-store shows by everyone from Nirvana to Slayer, Motorhead, Husker Du and the Misfits. Then in 2005, due to rising rent, low foot traffic and Hillcrest’s expensive metered parking, the shop relocated again to North Park, which was in the midst of a huge commercial revitalization that hinged mostly on the influx of countless pubs and craft beer breweries. According to Russe, the in-vogue neighborhood — which bustles nightly with local (and out-of-town) drinkers — also sealed the store's fate.

“It’s not a place where people come to shop anymore,” he explained. “It’s an area where people in their 20s come down to go to the 20-30 bars here. There’s hardly any retail stores open. Even Claire’s [Coffee Shop, which had been located next door] closed and they’ve been here for 21 years. They had to close for the same reasons. We used to have a lot of night business, but now that it’s a bar scene at night, you don’t go to a record store when you’re out drinking.”

While it’s a considerable shock to those of us that have spent countless hours flipping through their treasured bins, Russe and the rest of the staff are still reeling as well.

“I haven’t had time to digest it,” he said. “I just haven’t had time to think about anything because we’re trying to get everything priced and out on the floor. But, it blows. It’s a bit of a shock.”

For the opportunists out there (or maybe those that would like to come in one last time and pay respects), Off the Record is having a going-out-of-business sale until they shut their doors on April 30. New vinyl and CDs are 20 percent off, while used CDs and vinyl are 50 percent off. And for those that might be wondering — according to Russe, the shop has no plans to reopen somewhere else.

So whatever you do, be sure to head in for one last vinyl hunt before Off the Record stops spinning for good.

Dustin Lothspeich plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King, and runs Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[Hills Like Elephants in the Room]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:01:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+Hills+Elephants+Diamond+Lakes+Verigolds+%28100%29.jpg

Wel, well, well, San Diego. I see you are all paid up on your Sunshine Tax, so today is a perfect day to reap the rewards and remind yourself why you live here. The sun will certainly be shining over El Cajon Boulevard as my personal favorite of all the beer festivals returns in front of the Lafayette Hotel. With three awesome local bands to entertain and dozens of craft beers to taste, this is going to be a most epic afternoon. You can follow up by catching a safe ride to Balboa Park for a huge ceremony as the Spreckels Organ Pavilion claims the title of Largest Outdoor Pipe Organ. From there, take your pick from shows like Dilated Peoples at the Observatory, the Roots Factory 6th Anniversary at the Casbah, or show some love and support to friends and family of Toni Isbelle, the passenger of the car who was tragically killed recently in a collision with a plane making an emergency landing, by heading to Brick By Brick.

Saturday, April 23:

  • CityBeat Festival of Beers with Hills Like Elephants; Mayfield; and Oh, Spirit @ El Cajon Blvd in front of Lafayette Hotel (VIP 1-5 p.m., GA 2-5 p.m.)
  • Encinitas Street Fair: Stone: Ginger Roots & the Protectors, Karlos Paez Music, the Smashup & DJ Carlos Culture. Lumberyard: Blue Rush Blues Band, Michael Tiernan, Millionaire Beach Bums @ Downtown Encinitas
  • Taking the Title: Spreckels Organ Pavilion takes the title of World's Largest Outdoor Pipe Organ with performances by Robert Plimpton, Russ Peck, Soprano Diane Alexander and actor Miles Anderson, Carol Williams @ Spreckels Organ, Balboa Park. (7 p.m., free, all ages)
  • 46th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration @ Chicano Park (10 a.m.- 5 p.m., free, all ages, NO PETS)
  • Ellie Goulding, Years & Years, Bebe Rexha @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, SDSU
  • Benefit for Toni Isbelle Memorial featuring Godhammered, Aghori, and more @ Brick By Brick
  • Say Anything, mewithoutyou, Teen Suicide, Museum Mouth @ House of Blues
  • Roots Factory 6 Year Anniversary - Jungle Fire, La Diabla @ Casbah
  • Dilated Peoples @ The Observatory North Park
  • Tribute to Paul Weller with Bart Mendoza & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Black Sabbich, GayC/DC, the Great Electric Quest @ Soda Bar
  • The Ann Wilson Thing @ Belly Up
  • Jagged Lines, Mario Esteban & the Blessed Hellhounds, Phantom Dissonance @ The Merrow
  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus: California Dreamin' @ Balboa Theatre
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri and Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Hojpodge Festival ft. Komox, AamitaMae, Morgan Leigh Band @ Quartyard
  • Takoma Records Guitar Masters @ AMSD
  • Enter Shikari, Hands Like Houses, the White Noise, Lucia @ SOMA
  • Club Therapy: Kommunity FK, Texylvania @ The Bancroft
  • The Wind Playing Tricks @ Tower Bar
  • Brother's Gow @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Toychestra, Alexa Daxa @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Lower Class Brats, Channel 3, the Widows @ Til-Two Club
  • The Wizard of Oz @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Tyrone Wells and Opening Savannah Philyaw @ Lestat's
  • Jamie Shadowlight, Sophia Bacino, Angelica Pruitt, Jenna Stevens @ Java Joe's
  • Bixel Boys @ Bang Bang
  • Upfull Rising, KNG MKR & J.A.M. KwesT @ 710 Beach Club
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Almalgamated Ska Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Thomas Connor Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Sugar Crisps @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • Michael Woods @ Omnia
  • DJ Karma @ Parq
  • Fluid In Motion @ V Lounge, Viejas
  • Legends @ Kava Lounge
  • The Smash Ups @ Gallagher's Irish Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Horns In the Barrio]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:22:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/OchsBWright722.jpg

New music champion Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound series returned to its roots on April 10, eschewing a focus on contemporary classical music in favor of a blistering set of instantly composed free jazz performed by the two saxophone, one trumpet trio of Larry Ochs, Dave Rempis, and Darren Johnston.

The result was an evening of wonderful, glorious, organized chaos.

The opener began with ghostly overtones swirling throughout the high-ceilinged former industrial warehouse space of Bread & Salt as Ochs and Rempis auditioned gauzy harmonies while Johnston pulled in an opposite direction with tart interjections. Suddenly, the scene erupted into a wicked exchange of warbled saxophone multiphonics and trumpet subtones, which eventually veered into a remarkable Rempis feature that squawked and whimpered before Johnston and Ochs returned with a more orchestral direction to close it out.

Ochs began the next piece on sopranino saxophone, wailing in a frequency high enough to deputize the neighborhood canines, demonstrating his mastery of circular breathing and other extended techniques before removing the horn to stare at his associates in appreciation of where they ventured with the force he set in motion. Rempis and Johnston work equally well as a duo, and their following improvisation took on a spiritual dimension that transformed the Spartan room into a sonic cathedral.

Rempis led off the next one, conjuring a blend of Albert Ayler on one extreme and Arthur Blythe on the other, careening down uncharted waters before he was enjoined by his associates with layered melodies, sharp interjections and ecstatic sermonizing. A chain reaction ensued, with each member stirring an increasingly volatile pot where demons might be lurking. Then, the players began a slow walk in contrary motion around the space, really enlisting the room itself as the fourth member of a celestial quartet.

It was an arresting moment.

As an encore, the trio began with soft and delicate textures, creating, for an instant, the highly unlikely image of Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Lee Konitz navigating a blank page. That layer quickly dissolved to reveal a wild Pentecostal exchange of fervent ideology.

Fresh Sound indeed.        

 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: Bonnie Wright]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Moe]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:14:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Moe+Fatima+Kelley+%282%29.jpg San Diego "moe.rons" came out in full force for Moe's sold-out Observatory North Park show on April 7.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[The Walking Dead Feather Moon]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:28:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Dead+Feather+Moon+%283%29-2.jpg

Friday, Deerhunter headlines at the Observatory North Park; Dead Feather Moon, the Nervous Wreckords, Cardinal Moon and Mrs. Henry are at the Casbah; Johnny Clegg and Jesse Clegg hit the Belly Up; The Bad Vibes, Gloomsday, Pleasure Burn and Subtropics play at Soda Bar; and Mac Sabbath, the Kabbs, Kids In Heat and Shady Francos take over Music Box. Get your dance on with Paris Blohm at Bassmnt; ‘80s vs. ‘90s at Bar Pink; Edu Imbernon at Bang Bang; and R3hab and Burns at Omnia.

Start off your Saturday with the Encinitas Street Fair; the CityBeat Festival of Beers with Hills Like Elephants, Mayfield and Oh, Spirit in front of the Lafayette Hotel; or check out the Chicano Park Day Celebration. Later that night, Dilated Peoples headline at the Observatory North Park; Say Anything, mewithoutyou, Teen Suicide and Museum Mouth are at House of Blues; Roots Factory 6 Year Anniversary - Jungle Fire with LA Diabla, Cumbia Machin and DJ Bob Green is at the Casbah; Enter Shikiri headlines at SOMA; Tribute to Paul Weller with Bart Mendoza & Friends takes over Bar Pink; Black Sabbich, GayC/DC and the Great Electric Quest hits Soda Bar; Kommunity FK plays at Club Therapy; and Lower Class Brats, Channel 3 and the Widows are at Til-Two. Dance options include Club Sabbat with DJs Drew Harlander, Ladynoir and Vaughn Avakian at Numb3rs; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Michael Woods at Omnia; and Bixel Boys at Bang Bang.

The Encinitas Street Fair continues on Sunday; Holy Holy (David Bowie’s backing band), Jessica Morgan and the Schizophonics play at Music Box; The Funk Ark and Elektric Voodoo take over Soda Bar; The Six String Society with Lady Rogo are at the Belly Up; and A Tribute To Prince -- DJs Spinning Prince is at the Casbah.

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

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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Deerhunter in the Headlights]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:13:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/Deerhunter_2015.jpg

As Coachella rolls into the second weekend of madness, "Localchella" is winding down, but not without one more huge show to close it out. Tonight you can catch Deerhunter at the Observatory, and heed my advice and ask a bar server if there are any available general admission spots on the newly opened balcony. Around town, things switch back to normal, with amazing locals and touring acts. Casbah has a show with Dead Feather Moon, Music Box brings Mac Sabbath to their largest stage in San Diego yet, and Whistle Stop has a surprise bill of two touring bands. You can probably also expect a lot of tributes to "The Purple One" in the form of DJ and karaoke nights, so keep your ear to the ground...or social media for those.

Friday, April 22:

  • Goose Island Migration & DoSD It's A Boat Party with Kitten @ Hornblower High Spirits (Invite Only)
  • Dead Feather Moon, the Nervous Wreckords, Cardinal Moon, Mrs. Henry @ Casbah
  • Deerhunter @ The Observatory North Park
  • Emmer Effer, Systematic Abuse, Aggro Mucho, the Pope Virgins @ Ken Club
  • The Bad Vibes, Gloomsday, Pleasure Burn, Subtropics @ Soda Bar
  • '80s & '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Sister Nancy @ Over the Border
  • Mac Sabbath, the Kabbs, Kids In Heat, Shady Francos @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove Girlz Nite Out, pt.1 Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Songwriter Showcase: BerkleyHart, Robin Henkel, Shawn Rolph, Lisa Sanders, Jerry Gontang, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Johnny Clegg, Jesse Clegg @ Belly Up
  • Entwined Dinner/Music/Wine Pairing @ Loew's Coronodo
  • Eve Selis, Trails and Rails, Guiro Grass @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Rio Peligroso @ Riviera 
  • Crooked, the Vivants, Erin Bower @ The Black Cat
  • Fredo Santana, Sir Michael Rocks, Shorty K @ WorldBeat Cultural Center
  • Prong, Kulteir, Redmond, Dead Serial Killers @ Brick By Brick
  • Shark Toys (LA), Bent Shapes (Boston) @ Whistle Stop
  • Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Madly @ Pourhouse (Oceanside)
  • Aaron Bowen, Caroline Corn, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat's
  • Andy Mineo @ House of Blues
  • Fighting Friction, Hard To Hit, Nothing Sacred, Steuer, Riboflavin, So Bored @ SOMA
  • Strange Crew (Eric Clapton Tribute), Matchbox Twenty Too (Matchbox 20 Tribute), Jovias @ The Merrow
  • New Rome Quartet, Detangler, Derde Verde, Inward Creature (SF) @ The Bancroft
  • Pleasure Victims and special guests @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Carlos Culture, Piracy Conspiracy @ Over the Border
  • Catherine Denise Band @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Ocean Beach Comedy's Funniest Person Contest @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Brother's Gow @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Miggs' 40th with Take Em Out, Haruka @ Til-Two Club
  • Beat Kitchen with QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Neil Jackson @ Fluxx
  • Paris Blohm @ Bassmnt
  • Edu Imbernon @ Bang Bang
  • R3hab, BURNS @ Omnia
  • DJ Splyce @ Parq
  • The Charlie Arbelaez Quartet, Doug Webb @ 98 Bottles
  • Fluid In Motion @ V Lounge, Viejas
  • Purps & Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Hazmatt @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[San Diego Mourns Music Icon Prince]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:49:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/prince+welcome+2+america.JPG

Following the report that music icon Prince passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday, music fans the world over have begun to express their memories, grief and impact the beloved musician had on their lives – and San Diegans, of course, are mourning, too.

Throughout the years, Prince performed in San Diego a handful of times (seven dates to be exact), with his last shows a surprise two-night, four-show stand on May 3-4, 2013, at the Legends 6 Ballroom in the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego.

"We'll have purple exterior and interior lights at the hotel today," Rana Kay, Hard Rock Hotel's Director of Public Relations told SoundDiego. "Every time there's a big loss in the music industry, we feel it at Hard Rock."

Kay remembered back to the four Prince shows that took over the Legend 6 ballroom at the hotel three years ago, noting that Prince was simply spectacular at guitar and commanded the room with a magnetizing presence.

Upon hearing news of the musician's passing, tears were the immediate reactions of staff at the Hard Rock, Kay said.

As a huge fan of Prince herself, Kay said her memories of the musician include listening to his tapes with her sister as teens while they got ready for school each morning.

The huge video board behind the front desk currently has a photo of Prince, and all screens will be radiating purple light in his honor. The hotel's music playlist will be all Prince songs all day, as well. Kay said there are no special events planned as of yet, but fans are welcome to gather there later in the day.

The venue, which only holds 900 people, was the closest many had ever come to the legend, and the energy was palpable, Kay said – even in the gargantuan line of fans hoping to get in, which stretched through the Gaslamp Quarter.

"The vibe was so insane," SoundDiego blogger Scott McDonald recalls. "There was such an intense comradery among everyone in the line that we’d have the possibility of being so close to such a huge figure. You don't get that at a normal show. And he delivered. [Prince] played a lot of new songs, but he also threw in some hits from throughout his career."

McDonald, who grew up in Minneapolis -- the birthplace and stomping ground of Prince himself -- thought back on the three times he saw him and expressed a profound sadness that he would never be able to add to that tally.

"Even when David Bowie died -- and I consider Bowie as one of the greatest rock stars ever -- I didn't feel it as personally as I do [with Prince] now," McDonald told SoundDiego. "For me, Prince was the barometer -- so to think of music in general without him, is a hard concept to grasp. I'm still trying to process it. It's terrible."

On Thursday, the Legends 6 ballroom was hosting a national sales conference for an insurance corporation.

NBC 7 spoke with several attendees of the conference, many of whom were rattled and saddened by the passing of the icon.

Florida resident Dina Glover said she got "chills" and goosebumps when she learned her conference was taking place in the very room where Prince performed.

Sanjay Nanglia, of Cleveland, Ohio, said he's a lifelong fan of Prince and was devastated by the news of the pop icon's death. He and Prince share a birthday, so he feels a deep connection to the singer.

Nanglia grew up in India and told NBC 7 he remembers listening to Prince tapes in the 1980s. After listening to "Purple Rain" and seeing Prince's style, Nanglia said he was inspired to wear lace.

"I just wanted to be him," Nanglia said, adding that he gave his girlfriend at the time the nickname "Purple Rain."

"She's didn't last long -- because of the lace," he joked.

Nanglia said Prince's legacy and unforgettable music will live on forever.

"It's a huge loss to pop music," he lamented.

Nanglia was inspired to break into song as a tribute to Prince, and he belted out parts of "When Doves Cry" and, of course, "Purple Rain."

Other fans at the hotel followed suit, also singing their own versions of classic Prince hits.

Meanwhile, San Diego musicians took to Twitter to express their disbelief.

And even more grieved on Facebook.

"PRINCE DIED??????? NO !!!!!!!!!!!" -- Timothy Joseph, manager of Phaser Control Recording Studios and frontman of the Palace Ballroom and Buckfast Superbee

"Prince?? Say it ain't so…. I saw Prince three times, first in 1997 at RIMAC Arena, then in 2008 at Coachella (he covered Radiohead's 'Creep') and more recently at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in 2013, special thanks to Matthew DuFour. Today I want to watch 'Purple Rain' on repeat ..." -- Tim Pyles, SoundDiego contributor and 91x DJ

"Rest in Peace Prince!!! Can't believe it. What a musician. What a life." -- Matt Caughthran, frontman of the Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx

"I've had a copy of 'Purple Rain' in my van since the end of 2014, after a tour w/ The Whiskey Circle where I watched 'Purple Rain' for the first time. All who ride in Stevie, ride with Prince. This album in particular became a huge inspiration for me, daily listen for months. Big inspirados for the 'Otay' album too. Amazing musician and artists, glad to be turned on ‪#‎rip‬ ‪#‎Prince‬" -- Daniel Cervantes, guitarist/vocalist in Mrs. Henry and Creature and the Woods.

"The year the music died." -- FM 94/9 DJ Woods

"I definitely didn't want to believe it. I kept refreshing my news feed to get some kind of confirmation that was more official than TMZ. And there it was. Prince Dead at 57. Some of my earliest memories are listening to 'Purple Rain' on my Fischer Price record player. My mom heard her 6-year-old son singing 'Darling Nikki' and told me I had to stick to 'When Doves Cry' and 'Let's Go Crazy.' That was my first memory of being upset and I didn't understand why 'til I heard it 20 years later…. I don't know what it is about this year. Too many moving on to the next plane. I was in the [Cow] record store when I found out, and I went to tell the one customer that Prince had died. I opened my mouth and I was tearing up, words frail and shaky as they came out. It's strange what affects you and to what extent, so much sadness for a stranger. I hope the world beyond this one holds more beauty, rest in peace." -- Alfred Howard, songwriter/percussionist for the Redwoods Music, and a onetime SoundDiego contributor.

“I'm a Minneapolis-born MTV child of the 80's...Prince was my ICON! I didn't know about the Beatles or Zeppelin or Pink Floyd or any of it as a kid. Prince was my musical idol and the artist that inspired me to attempt to play music myself. I cannot express how sad it is to hear of his passing. RIP Prince.” – Danny Katz, drummer in Neighbors to the North.

“Reading this as the radio in the cars going by ominously is playing ‘The Day the Music Died.’ No words.” – Brian Reilly, frontman for the Hiroshima Mockingbirds and guitarist in the New Kinetics.

“RIP Prince. I hope you get to drive a little red corvette and eat all the pancakes in a purple heaven.” – Frank Green III, guitarist in Le Chateau. 

“Wow. Unreal. 2016...wtf?! At this rate there will be no music legends left alive by the end of the year. Thank you, Prince, for your genius and for creating the music that has been and will continue to be the soundtrack to so many amazing moments for people all over the planet.” – Jesse LaMonaca, singer/songwriter in Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels.

San Diego radio station Magic 92.5, which broadcast a mix of old-school R&B and hip-hop songs, announced they'll be playing Prince on-air all day Thursday, April 21 -- and encourages listeners to call in to share their grief. 

"Today is a hard day," Magic 92.5's Program Director and afternoon host R Dub! said in a press release. "Prince is an icon to our audience. The best thing we can do now is play his massive library of hit music and remember what a creative and inspirational legend he is."

Later in the day on Thursday, the Casbah announced a Tribute to Prince show on Sunday night with DJ Artistic, Vaughn Avakian, DJ Claire, Heather Hardcore, Al Howard of the Redwoods collective and Mario Orduno, which begins at 8:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Social Media Buzzes With Memories of Prince]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:20:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_110806019888-prince.jpg

Many took to social media on Thursday morning to mourn the loss of superstar Prince.

On Twitter, 2.2 million tweets were sent about the legend's death.

Some quoted his well-known song lyrics and shared memories of attending his concerts.

NBC 7's Jodi Kodesh shared a Prince song that she heard on the radio on the drive in to work on Thursday.

Here's how some San Diegans remembered the icon.

If you're a mobile user, you can view the Storify here.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Into the Great Unknown Mortal Orchestra]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:53:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/Unknown-Mortal-Orchestra.jpg

Thursday night is like a music lover's dream come true, if only you could be in more than one place at a time. Alas, you can't so be realistic with your expectations. Tonight, you can catch Parachute's return to House of Blues, or catch Haunted Summer at Soda Bar. Euro-dance god Parov Stelar is at the Observatory and there are still a handful of tickets to Deafheaven at the Casbah. My money is on Unknown Mortal Orchestra, however. The band is amazing live, and to be honest, I always thought they would be the ones where Tame Impala is today. But maybe soon. There are still some tickets to the show, but not many, so grab them online or via phone before you head to Solana Beach. 

Thursday, April 21

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vinyl Williams@ Belly Up
  • Deafheaven, Youth Code @ Casbah
  • Parov Stelar, Stelartronic & Anduze @ The Observatory North Park
  • Haunted Summer, the Lulls, Annie Girl and the Flight, Garden Echo @ Soda Bar
  • Parachute: The Wide Awake Tour, Jon McLaughlin @ House of Blues
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Anakin Records Presents: Anarkia, Sies N Linea, Sergio Limon @ Music Box
  • Tempora Infernalia-Doom at the Ken Club feat. Demon Eye, Disenchanter, Mojave Green, Desert Suns @ Ken Club
  • The Dustbowl Revival @ The Hideout
  • Duping the Public, Tom Lord @ Sycamore Den
  • Subtropics, Sick Balloons, Parade of Horribles @ The Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Thursday Night Market with the Gloomies, Told @ Quartyard
  • Mike James @ Lestat's
  • Zero To Billy @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Mike White @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues
  • Rude Dog '80s Night @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • R:Tyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Dead Winter Carpenters @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • The Tighten Ups with AIDA, DJ Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Chocolate Puma @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Astrojump (Kill Quanti DJs) @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Maka Roots @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Thank Dead Heavens]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:23:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_DEAD_HEAVENS_SOUNDDIEGO041616_1_1200x675_667684419745.jpg Dead Heavens rode that "Adderall Highway" into Soda Bar, where SoundDiego caught their performance for a sessions segment.]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Hard Rock Hotel Remembers Prince]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:40:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Prince-Tribute-0421+239.JPG The Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter paid tribute to Prince on Thursday with bright, purple lights in its lobby. A large screen featured a photo of the music icon and the hotel played Prince songs all day. Prince died on April 20, 2016 in Minneapolis.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[For the Love of the Game]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:22:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/DJ+Artform.jpg

It's spring, which means baseball: Cracker Jacks, pop flies and strikes. For the 2016 San Diego Padres, it also means a new addition -- an official DJ.

He's 30-year-old Art Romero, who's meshed a lifelong devotion to baseball with his enthusiasm for music and is now "responsible for the energy of 20,000 to 40,000 people," as he puts it.

It's a dream job, says Romero, who goes by DJ Artform, "two passions of mine fused into one." He grew up a Padre fan, and as a kid was neighbors with Friar pitcher Ed Whitson. Romero went on to pitch himself, playing baseball in high school and college. After earning his degree in 2009, he started spinning records, and now, almost 10 years later, it's come full circle.

It seems easy enough -- playing Top 40 hits, selecting songs for batting practice, taking player requests -- but Romero says it's more than that. And even on his days off, when there isn't a home game, he gets to the office (Petco Park) between 8:30 and 9 a.m. because "the level of prep is higher." It's 10 hours of homework for a three-hour game. There's a daily script he goes over, playlists to edit and player PR reps to contact. "Pressure is a privilege," he says. "I'm testing my limits."

He's focused, staying on top of his responsibilities and taking advantage of the downtime outside of his new gig. "I've never slept so good. I've been exhausted," he says. "The best thing is being able to show up to the ballpark for 'work.'"

No doubt.

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

Photo Credit: Erik Jorgensen]]>
<![CDATA[Going Big Pink]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:43:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Big+Pink+-+Copy.jpg

This week has been amazing for music -- if it doesn't lead to the death of me. Wednesday night the music rages on with a sold-out Wild Nothing show at the Casbah and a sold-out show with the Arcs at the Observatory. If you didn't score tickets, you can still head to the Hideout for Blackbird Blackbird and Chad Valley, or go to Soda Bar for a biggger-than-life performance by the Big Pink, whose single "Dominoes" a couple years back put them on the map of indie dance music.

Wednesday, April 20:

  • 91x presents Wild Nothing, Whitney @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • The Arcs @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • The Big Pink, Sundrop Electric @ Soda Bar
  • Blackbird Blackbird, Chad Valley, Manatee Commune @ The Hideout
  • Bombino, Last Good Tooth @ Belly Up
  • Naked Lights, Negative Scanner, DJ Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop
  • Vision Magazine Launch Party featuring Gabby Tamez, Bulevar Descarga, DJ Leslie Perez @ Music Box
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Never Let This Go, Sweet Ascent, Short Stories, Plane Without a Pilot @ The Merrow
  • Voice of San Diego Live Podcast @ Whistle Stop (6 p.m.)
  • Alex Greenbaum @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Club Kingston presents Piracy Conspiracy with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Slingshot Dakota, Holling, She/Her/Hers, the Fresh Brunettes @ Che Cafe
  • Raw: Natural Born Artists featuring Effren Villan @ House of Blues
  • Blues Jam/Crafty Hour @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Rosy Dawn Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Thunder Cocks @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Realeyes and Elev8US present Squama, Divinity, Orion, Legit, Stoik, Snowmans @ Kava Lounge
  • WTF Wednesday/G.U.R.U. Tribute Party @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Crucial Blend @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Coachella 2016 Art]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:03:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-521514934.jpg The first weekend of Coachella 2016 meant all-new, outlandish art displays in Indio, California.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Two Places at Once]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:02:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dresserkyle6.jpg

The collaboration between UC San Diego and creative musicians around the globe known as Telematics (or Translocational Concerts) may have reached a zenith on April 10, when a group featuring Mark Dresser on bass, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Stephanie Richards on trumpet and Michael Dessen on trombone gathered in San Diego to interact, in real time, with players from Stony Brook University in New York. Representing the East Coast was Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Min Xiao-Fen on pipa, Ray Anderson on trombone, Denman Maroney on “hyper-piano” and Satoshi Takeshi on drums, while Sarah Weaver conducted.

I somehow managed to head the wrong direction on the I-5, causing me to arrive late for Dresser’s opening composition, “Tidings and Sediments,” but from the other side of the door, it sounded decidedly gorgeous.

I made it inside to catch the rest of the show in its full sonic and visual glory. Over the years I’ve seen at least a half dozen of these events -- and I have to say, this one really resonated with me.

Next up was a Nicole Mitchell piece, listed in the program as “Untitled,” although she may have decided on “Let’s Just Keep This Between Us.” Like most of Mitchell’s efforts, it was quirky, sensual and open to massive input from everyone involved, including an unlikely quartet of pipa (a kind of Chinese lute), drums and trombones that grew into a feast of ecstatic dissonance and brilliant statements from the round robin of improvisers. The only thing that could have made it better would have been more Nicole Mitchell. Throughout the concert, Stephanie Richards left an indelible impression -- her tone limber and personal, and her ideas deftly executed.

Likewise, Takeishi demonstrated a singular approach to the drum kit, delineated by a laser focus on listening and honing the moment. Dresser was Dresser, which is to say, perhaps the finest bassist on the planet, and the raging trombone duo of Anderson and Dessen had me suppressing moans and screams -- but just barely. Maroney and Ehrlich seemed to surface at odd intervals, or maybe it was just impossible to track everything with equal attention, but each of them could have carried the concert individually.

Weaver’s “Sustainable Balance” began with Mitchell purring quavering multiphonics into her flute, joined by Ehrlich’s piercing clarinet in hovering orbits before yielding to Fen’s audacious string scraping, which reminded me of John McLaughlin playing Derek Bailey’s banjo for a moment before changing again to a collage of slowly dissolving harmonies and joyful dissonances.

A feast for the ears and the eyes, this performance raised the bar on the continually evolving art of Telematics. Let’s see if they can top this.

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: Kyle Johnson]]>
<![CDATA[Silversun Pick Me Ups]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:30:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-521764422.jpg

I wasn't personally at Coachella this weekend, but I did enjoy my share of Couchella, as YouTube broadcast three channels of live music. And perhaps I was biased going in, but one of the best sets I caught was Silversun Pickups, who play a sold out show Tuesday at the Observatory North Park. I know it's harsh if you don't already have tickets, but maybe next time around you won't snooze on one of the best and most genuine bands of the last decade. Meanwhile, the Damned and Creepy Creeps sold out the Belly Up, too, so what are you to do? Well, Casbah, Merrow and Soda Bar all have fun local lineups, but if you need something new, head up to UCSD to catch Judah and the Lion at the Loft. 

Tuesday, April 19:

  • Goose Island/DoSD Kick Flippin' Kickoff with DJ Greyboy @ Quartyard (FREE, 7-10 p.m.)
  • Silversun Pickups, Joywave @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • The Damned, the Creepy Creeps @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Death by Snoo Snoo, Mittens, Alive and Well @ Casbah
  • Judah & the Lion, the Saint Johns @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Sparkle Water, Red Pony Clock, Neutral Shirt, Reilly @ Che Cafe
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Bighorn Run, the Bulbs, Marujah @ Soda Bar
  • Profit Heist, Young Wants, Fictitious Dishes @ The Hideout
  • Fistfights With Wolves, Juice Box, Abstrack @ The Merrow
  • Robin Henkel @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • John Kadlecik (of Furthur and Dark Star Orchestra) @ Winston's
  • Dave Keefer Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • Pleasure presents Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Roman Watchdogs, No Secrets Anymore @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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[Celebrities at Coachella 2016]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*159/GettyImages-522117056.jpg Indio, California, was celeb-central when Coachella 2016 hit town. Rihanna (pictured), Kendall Jenner, Paris Hilton, Seal and more hit the desert.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Does Coachella 2016]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/xE-Ferris-Wheel.jpg Our roving reporters put in many miles at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., this year.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>