<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:07 -0800Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:07 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stevie Nicks to Bring SD a Landslide Night]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:49:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stevie+Nicks+by+Stephen+Lovekin.jpeg

It looks like the rumours are true -- Grammy Award-winning rock queen Stevie Nicks is coming to San Diego on Thursday, March 2, 2017 as part of her 24 Karat Gold Tour. Viejas Arena at SDSU will host the Fleetwood Mac singer, along with supporting band, the Pretenders.

Even though there are only eight more dates of the tour left for the year, Live Nation just announced 20 new shows to kick off the new year. With Nicks in high demand and generous show reviews pouring in, it’s not difficult to see why her North American tour is being extended.

Nicks rose to prominence when she and her boyfriend at the time, Lindsey Buckingham, joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Singing hits like “Dreams,” “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” Nicks quickly became -- and remains -- the reigning queen of rock ‘n’ roll. To prove it, she has over a dozen Grammy Award nominations, a Grammy win with Fleetwood Mac and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

The last time Nicks was in town was when Fleetwood Mac brought magic to the Viejas Arena in December of 2014. With her solo set, you can expect selections from her entire catalog -- a mix of her solo classics with fan favorites from Fleetwood Mac.

With the Pretenders and fellow rock queen Chrissie Hynde opening up the night, March 2 is already gearing up to be one of the best shows of the new year!

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Dec. 11, at 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale for everyone beginning Monday, Dec. 12, on Ticketmaster. Snap ‘em up quick!

Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[DJ IDeaL Surrenders to December ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:40:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05_20_SDTV_Amtrac_1200x675_690291267540.jpg

San Diego! Get out and dance this last month of 2016. There are no excuses leading us into the new year with plenty of options and genre varieties featuring international and national talent, as well as a continually growing talented base of San Diego artists.

Thursday, Dec. 8, Digital Cacoon gathers at Kava Lounge for an Oddyssy fundraiser featuring Chuy Fresno, myself and many more. The essence of the underground will be present. For the bass heads, Baauer makes a special stop in SD and brings along Stooki Sound to Bassmnt on Friday, Dec. 9, followed by trap all-star Mr. Carmack at Observatory North Park on Saturday, Dec. 10.

If you are not familiar with Amtrac, I highly recommend you head over and check him out on Friday, Dec. 16, at Bang Bang. With a wide range of house music major releases on labels like Toolroom Records and remixes for Alex Metric & Duke Dumont, a live set is def worth the listen, with opening support by Bones. Saturday, Dec. 17, there's a Holiday Fiesta Toy Drive at Blonde -- the recently re-done venue that took over Bar Dynamite -- with a guest mix by Harvard Bass! Friday, Dec. 23, brings the grand opening of “Spark Nightclub” -- a new venue in the San Diego Miramar area with a more underground feel -- which caters to the 18+ crowd, and that should thrill many new dance music enthusiasts!

As the new year gets closer, this year's celebrations are not for the weak of heart with the featured night of the year landing on a Saturday. Why, do you ask? Because that means that celebrations start on Thursday and end on Sunday night! OMFG NYE 2017 -- the three-day “mini” festival extravaganza by LED Presents -- kicks off Thursday, Dec. 29, featuring another large scale roster of the "who's who" of electronic dance music. Adventure Club, Jauz, DJ Snake, Slander, GTA and so many more are lined up that it’s anyone’s guess who will be the one to ring in the New Year at Valley View Casino Center.

If you’re only in for the two-night celebration, Infinity NYE takes you from the arena into the Town & Country Hotel for an all-inclusive experience Dec. 30-31. There’s nothing like knowing you are only steps away from your own bed for comfort and relaxation at those times of the night when you just need a breather, while at the same time having the time of your life celebrating the night away with Dada Life, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion and many more.

On the flip side, if you’d like a 24-hour celebration experience, Lovelife hosts their New Year's Eve ball & New Year's Day pool party on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. With special rates exclusive for event attendees and a stellar house music lineup featuring Lee Curtis, Monkey Safari, Tim Green and &Me, expect grand views and beautiful people to round out the year from sundown to sunrise. With plenty of champagne flowing, the Gaslamp nightclubs aren’t holding back either, with Ghastly ringing in the new year on Dec. 31 at Bassmnt and Omnia hosting Porter Robinson for a New Year’s Day celebration on Jan. 1, 2017.

My feet are tired from just thinking of all that is going on, but with all of those options available, remember to pace yourself and drink plenty of water while celebrating so you don’t black out through the celebrations! Or, just take plenty of pictures.

Happy end of 2016!


Dec. 8: Oddyssy with Chuy Fresno and DJ IDeaL at Kava Lounge

Dec. 9: Baauer with Stooki Sound at Bassmnt

Dec. 10: Mr. Carmack at Observatory North Park

Dec. 16: Amtrac and Bones at Bang Bang

Dec. 17: Holiday Fiesta Toy Drive with Harvard Bass at Blonde

Dec. 23: Phvze II at Spark Nightclub (grand opening)

Dec. 29-Jan. 1: OMFG NYE 2017 with Adventure Club, Jauz, DJ Snake, Slander, GTA at Valley View Casino Center

Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Infinity NYE with Dada Life, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion at Town & Country Hotel

Dec. 31: Lovelife Weekender: NYE Ball and NYD Pool Party with Lee Curtis, Monkey Safari, Tim Green, &Me at Hilton SD Resort & Spa

Dec. 31: Ghastly @ Bassmnt

Jan. 1: Porter Robinson @ Omnia

Tomas Serrano, aka DJ IDeaL, is the electronic dance music correspondent for SoundDiego, covering the best of San Diego's electronic music events and culture. Follow his whereabouts on Facebook, Twitter or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[Small Culture, Big Sound]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:53:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Small+Culture+Press.jpg

When you first meet Small Culture’s mastermind, Jerik Centeno, you’ll be struck first by his friendliness and second by his humility. You won’t expect the lycanthropic transformation from unassuming chiller to zealous charmer that will follow.

It’s hard to explain, but as soon as Centeno gets on stage, he becomes a different person. He feeds off of the energy of the crowd and then gives it right back to them. But importantly, he’s only a confident showman when he needs to be.

In a recent interview over the phone, Centeno told me, "Being on stage is very humbling. I look at it as a privilege. There are so many bands that write great music that should be on stage."

"But I'm a pretty quiet and anxious person around people I don't know ... And being on stage, I feel like I can totally be the comfortable, outgoing me in front of people I don't know," he added.

Centeno is originally from Hawaii, and it’s clear that his home state means a great deal to him and to the music that he makes. His band name, for example, is itself a reference to a small island with a lot of culture, which is as much a descriptor of himself as it is of the geography of his upbringing.

Small Culture’s music is infused with both the tropics of Hawaii and the commerciality of Southern California—electro-pop meets post-rock meets alternative. It’s accessible, it’s well produced and, most importantly, it’s interesting.

"I can't finish a song in one sitting ... so all of the songs have been over the course of two years. It's funner that way 'cause I get affected by life in different ways over the course of time, so I'll put similar ideas in one song," Centeno said.

Centeno has surrounded himself with some of the most relevant musicians in the San Diego scene right now, and as he grows with his music, so will his appeal to Los Angeles record labels and national press. He’s got the sound, he’s got the charm—let’s just hope he’s got the stamina.

Small Culture play at the Merrow on Thursday, Dec. 8, with Grim Slippers, Imagery Machine and Surly Bonds. Buy tickets here.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Small Culture]]>
<![CDATA[Snow Day]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:52:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Miike+Snow+by+Mike+Windle.jpeg

Miike Snow have come a long way since their first Casbah show in 2009. Their last local appearance was at the most recent CRSSD Festival, but they've played just about every major festival in the world, and with their latest, "iii," burning up radio across formats, you can expect this show to sell out if it hasn't already. Meanwhile, Brick 15 continues to impress with some solid booking, like Kristen Hersh of Throwing Muses. At House of Blues, catch the Japanese House, locals rock the Casbah and the Merrow, and Bella Union recording artists Tasseomancy drop in at Soda Bar.

Monday, Dec. 5:

  • Miike Snow, Waterstrider @ Observatory North Park
  • Kristen Hersh @ Brick 15
  • The Japanese House, the Big Moon @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Imagery Machine, Sweet Myths, Sights and Sages @ Casbah
  • Mos Generator, the Great Electric Quest, Desert Suns, Space Wax @ The Merrow
  • Bill Murray Christmas Party @ The Office
  • Tasseomancy, Vakoum @ Soda Bar
  • The Well, Beastmaker, Owain, Red Wizard @ Brick by Brick
  • Soultry Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Three One G Presents Planet B Night w/ INUS, Mystery Cave, Fivepaw @ Blonde
  • Winter Menu Release Party @ Park & Rec
  • '80s w/ Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays w/ Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • 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
  • Double Up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Mike Windle / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Wax on, Wax Off]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:19:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Space+Wax+SG.png This week's Spotlight brings you Space Wax, who dish about their worst band names ever. Catch them at the Merrow on Monday, Dec. 5.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Dec. 4-10]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:06:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CRX+Press+Photo.png On this week's episode, we highlight the best shows coming to San Diego, including Miike Snow, Rob Stone, CRX, Borgeous and 91x's Wrex the Halls!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of CRX]]>
<![CDATA[Let It SoNo]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:19:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Le+Chateau+Press+Photo.jpg

It's been an eventful weekend in San Diego, but it isn't over yet. I was recently asked to make sort of an inventory of San Diego's top talent, and if I were to put that into one lineup, you'd have something that looks a lot like SoNo Fest. (Of course, there'd be like five more stages to allow even more local faves, but we can't be greedy.) To me, this is one of San Diego's most unique community events, where a ticket pays for a handcrafted pottery bowl to sample select chilis and a nice stroll to check out live music -- all of which supports McKinley Elementary. Bit Maps, Le Chateau and many others who hail from the 'hood will be there. By nightfall, Night Moves and the lovely Haley Bonar play the Casbah, John Waters is back for his storytelling and comedy at Belly Up and Mr. Little Jeans is a worthy show at Soda Bar. 

Sunday, Dec. 4:

  • SoNo Fest and Chili Cookoff 2016 w/ Bit Maps, Le Chateau, Levi Dean & the Americats, Sara Petite, Shawn Rohlf & the Buskers, the Bed Breakers, the Creepy Creeps, the Downs Family, the Fremonts, the Nards, the Phantoms, Ypsitucky @ 32nd and Thorn (11 a.m.)
  • Night Moves, Haley Bonar @ Casbah
  • A John Waters' Christmas: A Seated Show @ Belly Up
  • Mr. Little Jeans, Trace, 9 Theory @ Soda Bar
  • Ben De La Cour @ Brick 15
  • The Nutcracker presented by Royal Academy of Performing Arts @ California Center for the Arts Escondido 
  • Bar Pink Prom @ Bar Pink
  • Refuse, Bonebreaker, Castaway, Regardless @ Che Cafe
  • DJ Like Female w/ Miss Lady D & DJ Hairjob @ Blonde
  • Live & Local w/ Flower Child, Abandoned Stereo, Digital Daze @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Mr. Williamz, Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Grits & Glamour: Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis @ Sycuan
  • Seeker, Hollow Earth, Cave Bastard @ Brick by Brick
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Cerissa McQueen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jetwash @ Winston's (5:30 p.m.)
  • Stereosonic @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Electro Cute @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

<![CDATA[You Deserve a Second Chance]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:28:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gloomsday+.jpeg

It’s the holidays, so why not spread a little cheer -- or even a little charity? On Friday, Dec. 16, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Til-Two Club will do just that whilst simultaneously ramping up the rowdy factor. Join the Fictitious Dishes, Gloomsday, Hocus and DJ Heather Hardcore for a moshable show to support Second Chance San Diego, a nonprofit that helps move youths and adults from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Not only will the show be rad, but all proceeds from the affordable $8 cover will go to Second Chance. And guess what? If you don’t have cash, you can bring a pack of socks, a pack of underwear or two full-sized hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, lotion, etc.) instead!

"We started thinking about this back in October, actually. We have never organized anything like this, and since we've all been in San Diego bands for a while, we thought it would be cool to plan an event that would help some people out," said Fictitious Dishes' Taryn Popplewell. "Plus, it's an excuse to get some rad bands together and drink beer," she added. 

It’s no secret that music’s sorta our thing, but if you need a little more sensory stimulation and even more reasons to go, local artist Luna Norte will be selling handmade jewelry and Donut Panic will be providing some sweet, doughy goodness as well. I'm sure you can also expect a few holiday jams worked into the mix.

For most, music and art just don’t pay the bills, so the fact that all artist proceeds will go to benefit Second Chance speaks volumes about the care and dedication going into this event.

"We chose to support Second Chance with this show because their efforts directly help San Diegans who are working to get back on their feet and return to society as productive members. Sometimes people just need a little help and guidance to get there," Popplewell said.

So go on, join the event, check out the Second Chance program and support local artists as they spread cheer and charity with job readiness, sober living housing, re-entry services and good music.

Doesn’t everybody deserve a second chance?

The Fictitious Dishes, Gloomsday, Hocus and DJ Heather Hardcore get rowdy for the Second Chance San Diego benefit show at Til-Two Club on Friday, Dec. 16.

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

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:20:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/X+by+Dan+Chusid.jpeg Four nights in a row at the Casbah?! That's right, legendary Los Angeles punk rock outfit, X, ring in the holidays Dec. 15-18! And that's just the beginning ...

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Stem the Tide of Boredom]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:57:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Broken+Stems+Press+Photo.jpg

Hopefully you're in the Christmas spirit this weekend because the events are plentiful today, including Carols & Barrels at the Port Pavilion, the Made Holiday Market at the Lafayette, South Park's Holiday Walkabout and day two of December Nights (which, despite the name, runs all day). By nightfall, you can catch your share of music. Casbah goes punk with Agent Orange, the Belly Up welcomes folk and world music sisters Chloe and Leah Smith of Rising Appalachia, and the Music Box hosts another butt-shaking night with the "atmospheric indie electronic dance-pop" of Rufus du Sol. For the all ages set or the local music lovers, our friends Broken Stems celebrate an album release at the Irenic that can be your early stop of the night. 

Saturday, Dec. 3:

  • December Nights @ Balboa Park (12-11 p.m.)
  • Carols & Barrels @ Port Pavilion (2-5:30 p.m.)
  • Home Free: A Country Christmas @ Poway Center For the Arts
  • San Diego Made Holiday Market @ Lafayette Hotel (11 a.m.)
  • Holiday Walkabout @ South Park
  • Agent Orange, Love Canal, Sculpins @ Casbah
  • Rising Appalachia, Arouna Diarra, Dustin Thomas @ Belly Up
  • Rufus du Sol @ Music Box
  • SoMo, Stanaj @ Observatory North Park
  • Amy Schumer Live @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Broken Stems (Album Release), Creature & the Woods, King Taylor Project @ The Irenic (5:30 pm)
  • Body Language, Rafter, Night Lapse @ Soda Bar
  • The Verigolds @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Kim Richey @ Brick 15
  • Sagittarian Fest & A Decade of Derby @ The Doll House (5 p.m.)
  • Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival @ California Center for the Arts Escondido 
  • Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts Presents La Pastorela @ California Center for the Arts Escondido 
  • Pink Martini @ California Center for the Arts Escondido 
  • Camila Meza @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Grits & Glamour: Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis @ Sycuan
  • Ugly Things Magazine Presents Gonn, the Ugly Beats, the Loons @ The Hideout
  • Systematic Abuse, Underground Alliance, Nein Lives, Remain in Vain @ Tower Bar
  • Against the Current, Cruisr, Beach Weather @ Soma
  • West City Killacooks Fundraiser @ Winston's (1 p.m.)
  • AM Gold, Ocean Boogie DJs @ Winston's
  • Castoff, the Infidelz, the Damnit Jims, Ash Williams @ Til-Two Club
  • Sonata Arctica, Leaves Eyes, Omnium Gatherum, Helsott, And Ever @ Brick by Brick
  • Dat Phan & Friends @ Lestat's
  • Eric Taylor @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Historical Tour of Che Cafe @ Che Cafe (4 p.m.)
  • Torrey Pines Movie w/ Your Heart Breaks @ Che Cafe
  • A Dozen Letters, Soundslave, Moxie @ The Merrow
  • Sonic Moonshine, Rage Again @ 710 Beach Club
  • Calphonics @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • DJ Junior @ U-31
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • First Friday Club @ Humphreys Backstage Live (2 p.m.)
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Fergie DJ @ Omnia
  • Herobust @ Bassmnt 
  • Purps and Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

  • RÜFÜS DU SOL @ Music Box

Photo Credit: Maxwell Hamilton]]>
<![CDATA[Gator By the Bay Announces 2017 Headliners]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:39:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/untitled-7235.jpg

It’s never too early to make plans to gobble up some sweet, sweet crawfish -- so it’s a good thing that Gator By the Bay 2017 tickets are now on sale!

That’s right -- San Diego’s largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou returns for its 16th year on May 11-14, 2017 at Spanish Landing Park (across from the San Diego International Airport) with four days of music, food and fun.

Good times are always on deck at the annual multi-day festival because when you mix non-stop live music, dancing, and more than 10,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish together -- the results are guaranteed to be mind-blowingly (and tummy satisfyingly) awesome.

“Dancers, twirling to Cajun waltzes, two-stepping to a lively Creole zydeco beat, swinging and jitterbugging to blues and boogie-woogie, or moving to spicy Latin sounds will fill the dance floors all weekend,” said festival producer Peter Oliver in a recent press release. “At Gator By the Bay, we start movin’ and groovin’ the second the music starts and guarantee you will too. You’ll feel like you’re at a Mardi Gras party in May.”

Organizers recently announced the festival’s initial headliners and they include: Grammy-nominated blues singer/pianist Marcia Ball; Grammy award-winning Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys; Sao Paulo, Brazil’s own Igor Prado Band (with hometown chanteuse Whitney Shay on vocals); Grammy award-winning Lafayette, Louisiana troupe Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band; the Dennis Jones Band; and the Grammy-nominated zydeco band Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. That’s a lot of Grammy-recognized artists right there!

Tickets, including single-day and multi-day passes, are on sale now and available for purchase at gatorbythebay.com.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Bit Maps to the Stars]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:18:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bit+Maps+SD.jpg

Sometimes I look at the nightly lineup and wonder if I'm back in high school again. Nostalgia owns the night as alt-rockers Helmet play a sold-out show at the Casbah while SoCal punkers Guttermouth plan on making a mess of Soda Bar (I mean that in a good way!) and all original members of Living Legends reunite for a stop in at the Observatory. These are all great options, but the lineup runs deep with the likes of Terry Malts at the Hideout, Bit Maps join Systems Officer and Aa for a show at Whistle Stop, the Expendables bring the party vibe to Belly Up and SM Familia bring the Latin vibe to Winston's. Finally, if you just want to dance and let loose for the night, try an indie dance night, Dance Yourself Clean, at Music Box.

Friday, Dec. 2:

  • December Nights @ Balboa Park
  • Helmet, Local H, Records with Roger @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Living Legends (all original members: The Grouch, Murs, Eligh, Scarub, Aesop, Bicasso, LuckyIAm, Sunspot Jonz, DJ Fresh, Evidence) and Evidence with Special Guests @ The Observatory North Park
  • Terry Malts, Heavy Hawaii, Keepers @ The Hideout
  • Guttermouth, Get Dead, the Cryptics, Skipjack @ Soda Bar
  • Greenskull (EP release), Ruines Ov Abbaddon, Sergulath, Derthror @ The Merrow
  • Bit Maps, Aa, Systems Officer @ Whistle Stop
  • First Friday with DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Dance Yourself Clean @ Music Box
  • Poncherello @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • The Expendables, the Expanders, Law @ Belly Up
  • SM Familia, La Sucusal De La Cumbia, Mkol Orthodox @ Winston's
  • Pissed Regardless, Systematic Abuse @ Til-Two Club
  • Mariachi Sol De Mexico's "MERRY-achi Christmas" @ Balboa Theatre
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour with Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office
  • Jon Kanis Vinyl/CD Release Party @ Grassroots Oasis 
  • Shred For Dime Tribute Show @ Brick By Brick
  • Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon A Burning Body, Bad Omens @ SOMA
  • Jonathan Lee Band @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Jon A, Stephanie Love @ Lestat's
  • Emo Night Brooklyn @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Lil Durk, Young Lyxx, PacMan Da GunMan @ House of Blues
  • The Bassics, Jed's A Millionaire @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Suspicious Minds @ Tio Leo's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Hip Hop vs Punk Rock @ Tower Bar
  • DJ Kaos @ Fluxx
  • Ilan Bluestone @ Bassmnt
  • Amine Edge & Dance, Hotfire @ Bang Bang
  • Lookas @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Omega Squad presents Left/Right, Bartek, Brandon Vasquez @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

<![CDATA[PICS: San Diego's Top New Year's Eve Shows]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:36:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/G-easy.jpg Before ringing in 2017, check out our guide to all the live music popping off throughout San Diego on Dec. 30-31-- including Big Night San Diego, OMFG! NYE, Dillon Francis, Brian Setzer, the Donkeys and more!

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach]]>
<![CDATA[Pyles' Winter Wonderland of Shows]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:15:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Blink+182+AM+%281+of+41%29.jpg

A December to remember has been laid out in front of you and now all that's left is getting off the couch. Music, music and more music -- my life is filled with it, I just want to share some of it with you, so take a gander and if you see me at a show, please come up and say hello, it's an open invitation.

Dec. 1: Daughter at the Observatory. UK indie band visits stateside.

Dec. 2: Helmet and Local H at the Casbah. A night of '90s rock.

Dec. 3: Two Door Cinema Club at Harrah's Resort SoCal. Make the trip, get a room and gamble.

Dec. 4: Haley Bonar at the Casbah. Minnesota-based artist that writes great songs.

Dec. 5: Miike Snow at the Observatory. Swedish indie-pop band.

Dec. 6: The Slackers at the Casbah. Traditional ska sounds from this NYC-based band featuring local David Hillyard.

Dec. 7: CRX at the Casbah. New band featuring Nick Valensi of the Strokes (check out the SoundDiego interview with him here).

Dec. 8: Grim Slippers, Imagery Machine, Small Culture and Surly Bonds at the Merrow. Support local music and the Merrow.

Dec. 9: The Album Leaf at the Irenic. Jimmy LaValle began his musical journey here, come listen to his atmospheric vibey tunes.

Dec. 10: 91x Wrex the Halls at Valley View Casino Center: Beck, Band Of Horses, Glass Animals, Local Natives and Bishop Briggs.

Dec. 11: 91x Wrex the Halls at Valley View Casino Center: Blink 182, Pierce the Veil, Jimmy Eat World, Kaleo and a local band to be named later.

Dec. 12: Jonathan Richman at the Belly Up. Singer-songwriter who began his career in influential proto-punk band Modern Lovers.

Dec. 13: The Shelters at the Casbah. Their album was produced by Tom Petty.

Dec. 14: Wild Child and Walker Lukens at the Soda Bar. Check out some cool indie rock.

Dec. 15: The Dandy Warhols at the Belly Up. Be Bohemian, like me!

Dec. 16: X and the Blasters at the Casbah. Night two of the legendary LA punk band's four-night stint.

Dec. 17: X and Small Wigs at the Casbah.

Dec. 18: X and Chris Shifflet at the Casbah.

Dec. 19: The Lulls, Gary Wilson and Well Well Well at the Casbah. Support local music!

Dec. 20: Retox, the Dabbers and Crime Desire at the Casbah. Support local music!

Dec. 21: Manual Scan at the Casbah. Support a legendary local Mod-inspired band!

Dec. 22: Fishbone at the Belly Up. Ska, funk, reggae and punk from a band that should be as big as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Dec. 23: Hideout at Soda Bar. Confusing, but there is a great band called Hideout, playing at Soda Bar, not the Hideout down the street...

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve...

Dec. 25: Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah!

Dec. 26: Amigo, Stokka and Monolith at the Casbah. Support local hard rock!

Dec. 27: Henry Rollins at the Observatory. Outspoken punk-rock legend speaks!

Dec. 28: OFF! at the Casbah. Punk-rock supergroup!

Dec. 29: Melvins and Redd Kross at Casbah. A match made in heaven -- if you know, you know.

Dec. 30: Mrs. Magician and the Creepy Creeps at Soda Bar. Two of my favorite local bands!

Dec. 31: The Donkeys at Soda Bar. Local boys hold down New Year's Eve.

Thanks for reading and let's hope for a positive 2017, because 2016 hasn't been all that great. I love you all!

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, and books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the Hard Rock Hotel. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here pyleste@yahoo.com

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Classic Rocker Neil Diamond to Play SD]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:53:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Neil+Diamond+VVCC+Covault+%286%29.jpg

If you weren’t a believer before, you will be now: America’s favorite soft-rockin’ storyteller, Neil Diamond, is coming back to town!

That’s right: Diamond just announced tour dates for his 50th Anniversary Tour, and San Diego is on the list. Mark your calendars for Aug. 8, 2017, because that’s when he hits -- and believe us, there will be hits -- Valley View Casino Center.

Great news is getting even better too: SoundDiego and NBC7 have rolled out a chance to win two front row seats -- which would otherwise go for a hefty $600 -- and free parking to the show! The contest runs through Dec. 9 (the same day tickets go on sale to the general public), so don’t miss out! (American Express Members can purchase presale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. through Dec. 8 at 10 p.m.) 

Enter now for your chance to win two front row Neil Diamond tickets and free parking to his Aug. 8, 2017 Valley View Casino Center show!

Diamond has crafted nearly 40 Top 40 singles over the years, but he’s more than just a hitmaker -- he’s in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His last name seems to suit his career quite nicely.

Last time Diamond played America’s Finest City was May 15, 2015, in support of his 2014 release, "Melody Road," and he must have been on whatever diet Bruce Springsteen is on, because his marathon set was a two-hour hit parade woven intricately throughout with captivating narratives. Expect nothing less this time around.

Aug. 8 may be nine months out, but we’re thinking it’s worth the wait -- if you know what we mean.

An earlier version of this article stated NBC7/SoundDiego were giving away four tickets; that number has been revised to two. -- Ed.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: 2016 San Diego Jazz Festival]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:47:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Memphis+Speed+Kings+43-50+%285%29.jpg The 37th annual San Diego Jazz Festival took over the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center on Nov. 23-27 with performances by the Memphis Speed Kings, Big Butter Jazz band, Sue Palmer, and many others!

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Join the Two Door Cinema Club]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:07:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Two+Door+Cinema+Club+by+Frazer+Harrison.jpeg

Friday, Helmet, Local H and Records with Roger headline the Casbah; Guttermouth, Get Dead, the Cryptics and Skipjack are at Soda Bar; Living Legends and Evidence with special guests are at the Observatory North Park; Bit Maps, Aa and Systems Officer hit the Whistle Stop; Terry Malts, Heavy Hawaii and Keepers play at the Hideout; The Expendables, the Expanders and Law are at the Belly Up; and Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock takes over the Tower Bar. Dance options include Lookas at Omnia; Amine Edge & Dance and Hotfire at Bang Bang; or Dance Yourself Clean at Music Box;

Saturday, Agent Orange, Love Canal and Sculpins are at the Casbah; Two Door Cinema Club with Broods perform at Harrah’s Resort SoCal Events Center; Rufus Du Sol headline Music Box; Body Language, Rafter and Nite Lapse play at Soda Bar; Rising Appalachia with Arouna Diarra and Dustin Thomas are at the Belly Up; Broken Stems (album release), Creature and the Woods, and King Taylor Project play at the Irenic; SoMo and Stanaj hit the Observatory North Park; and Gonn, the Ugly Beats and the Loons head into the Hideout. Get your dance on with Fergie (DJ) at Omnia; Herobust at Bassmnt; Reflex at Fluxx; or DJ Junior at U-31.

Start off your Sunday with the SoNo Fest and Chili Cookoff featuring Bit Maps, Le Chateau, Levi Dean & the Americats, Sara Petite, Shawn Rohlf & the Buskers, the Bedbreakers, the Creepy Creeps, the Downs Family, the Fremonts, the Nards, the Phantoms and Ypsitucky. Later that night, “A John Waters’ Christmas: A Seated Show” hits the Belly Up; Night Moves and Haley Bonar play at the Casbah; and Mr Little Jeans, Trace and 9 Theory are at Soda Bar.

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

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Changes in Store for Kaaboo]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:55:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KAABOO+Thursday+2016+AM+%2843+of+78%29.jpg

The times they are a-changin’. While that phrase applies to the world in general on a daily basis, it also pertains microcosmically to the San Diego megafest Kaaboo Del Mar.

For the past two years that the multi-day music/art/food festival has been in existence, event organizers have made tweaks and added amenities in an effort to create the "ultimate weekend escape." (Heck, they had me at flushing toilets, to be honest.) But for their 2017 installment, already scheduled to take over the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Thouroughbred Club on Sept. 15-17, plans have evolved, thanks in no small part to patron feedback, safety issues brought to light by last year’s fest and a desire to increase guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

In a recent press release, Kaaboo organizers took aim at improving several aspects for 2017: Venue location, traffic, security, safety, parking, restrooms, cleanliness and the number of bars.

According to an NBC7.com report in September, concertgoers at one point tried to force their way into a stage area that was already at capacity (hip-hop star Ludacris and DJ Steve Aoki were slated to perform). The scene turned unruly and some concertgoers reported that sheriff’s deputies used pepper spray and tasers to disperse the crowd. Kaaboo organizers took the incident seriously, hiring a new director of security with large venue experience -- including stints at two NFL stadiums -- as well as relocating some of the stages to improve accessibility and safety.

Anyone familiar with the San Diego County Fair can also attest to the nasty gridlock traffic that plagues the area on peak days, and the experience at Kaaboo was no different (according to another September NBC7.com article, patrons waited "anywhere from two to three hours to get out of the parking lot”).

In response, festival planners announced this week that they were looking at "several options to mitigate traffic jams and provide an organized and safe entrance/exit from the parking lots with a better defined flow and additional training for our parking attendants." Organizers also said they brought a leading consulting firm on board to help improve traffic flow around the venue, using "detailed modeling" to eliminate bottleneck. When it comes to traffic around Del Mar, any help is welcome.

Last but certainly not least: Restrooms. With Kaaboo Del Mar being the only big festival in recent memory to bring in actual flushing toilets, they've already got a leg up on the competition. Apparently they're not satisfied with resting on their laurels and plan on adding more restrooms, including a centralized restroom area -- and are increasing their janitorial staff to ensure that "they remain stocked, clean and comfortable." Huzzah!

The 2017 incarnation of the festival could be a vast improvement over its previous two -- and considering the size and scope of the venture already, that’s saying something. It remains to be seen if these changes will be instituted or if they’ll even prove to be helpful, but the fact that organizers are addressing these issues at all is promising, to say the least.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: A Year in Review]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:21:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tool+Viejas+Arena+1.9.16+Alex+Matthews+%2830%29.jpg 2016 hasn't been the best of years, so why not reminisce about the things that went right -- like the amazing shows that came through town.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Skiba Dives Into Art]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:43:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Matt+Skiba+by+Alex+Matthews+Resized.jpeg

Nothing says the holidays are here like leather, pins, jean jackets and a rebellious devil-may-care attitude. If you disagree, then bah humbug to you!

This holiday season, Romantic Rock and Sailor Jerry are teaming up to bring a star-studded and stud-studded San Diego holiday art show to Circus Maximus (1161 Garnet Ave.) in Pacific Beach. Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will feature art from some of Southern California’s most successful punk rockers, including Matt Skiba -- yes, you read that right -- of Alkaline Trio and (most recently) Blink-182, Jason Cruz of Strung Out, Warren Fitzgerald of the Vandals, Ernie Longoria of Sprung Monkey and the nicest, most badass drummer alive, Damon De La Paz of Fenix TX.

While we’re lucky that most of these bands are native to Southern California, we’re even more lucky that Sprung Monkey’s Longoria, Fenix TX’s De La Paz and, of course, Blink-182, all call San Diego home.

Sure, these guys (ahem, how about some ladies next time, amirite?) might be known for the raw energy of their live sets, coupling the right amount of angst with the right amount of breakneck speed, but here’s an opportunity to experience another side of their creative personas. See the more intimate, introspective and meditative angle of punk rock through its visual manifestations.

“There will definitely be art -- I’ll have originals and some prints for sale. Some paintings, some drawings, I actually sold one last time, which was surprising. It’ll be my second time doing this show, and my third art show in general,” De La Paz said.

Blairly Legal will DJ the festive event, which goes down on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7-11 p.m. And guess what the best part is? It’s all FREE.

“It’ll be fun … I had a great time at the last show, meeting the other guys and seeing their art … Really good stuff,” De La Paz added.

For more info visit RomanticRock.net, and follow @RomanticRock and @CircusMaximusPB on social media. Also, tune in to 91x on Sunday, Nov. 27 to hear an interview with Emily Nielsen, who organizes the whole shebang.

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[The Strokes' Nick Valensi Gets a New Skin]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:56:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CRX+Press+Photo.png

“The biggest challenge was when I was in my underwear at home, on my laptop,” Nick Valensi said to me over the phone earlier this week.

No, we weren’t talking bad breakups (in fact, he’s happily married and I’m, well, nevermind); we were discussing the difficulties involved in his transition from lead guitarist of The Strokes to lead singer of CRX.

While the project is new in just about every way, making CRX come to fruition has been a long process for Valensi.

“It took about a year to get into the frame of mind like, ‘I want to do this’. If I’m not going to enjoy it, then I don’t want to f------ do things I don’t want to do,” Valensi said.

He has had Julian Casablancas -- lead singer of The Strokes and arguably one of the better frontmen of contemporary music -- in his life since puberty, so there never really was a need for him to sing or to write lyrics.

“I had very little experience as a lyricist and a vocalist,” Valensi said. “In The Strokes, I’ll put together some tracks, some melodies and send them to Casablancas. It’s very inspirational watching him. I’ve learned a lot from him about songwriting and putting together a song. You have this idea and it’s this rough thing ... You take it from this loose idea into a finished song.”

At a certain point, however, Valensi just wanted to play out more. With The Strokes -- the majority of whom live in New York City -- it’s somewhat of a task to get together for rehearsal, as Valensi now calls Los Angeles home. And since The Strokes are so big, they don’t really play out that often.

But Valensi also just wanted the experience of having to prove himself again.

“I would think about Pete Townshend [lead guitarist of The Who]. He always needed [Roger] Daltrey [lead vocalist of The Who],” he said. “I didn’t want to be beholden to anyone.”

So, he started writing by himself with the goal of achieving “something simple, something small.” He wanted a project in Los Angeles that would allow him to put some songs together, book some shows and organize a group of musicians with which he could work stuff out.

While that distillation of CRX’s origins might seem contrived, it turned out to be anything but.

“It would have felt really disingenuous to call this a solo project. It’s not a solo project; it’s a band,” Valensi said.

It’s true -- it’s not just Valensi’s pet project. Besides Valensi on lead vocals and guitar, CRX also consists of some of his closest friends: Richie Follin of Guards (guitar/keys), Darian Zahedi (guitar), Jon Safley (bass) and Ralph Alexander (drums).

Valensi met Follin at a "weird, corny jam session." They’ve been friends ever since they asked themselves, “What the f--- are we doing here?”

According to Valensi, Alexander has always been his guy when it comes to drums, and he’s known Zahedi since forever -- so, since 1998, when Zahedi and Albert Hammond Jr. (ya know, the other guitarist of The Strokes) were classmates at New York University. 

Surprisingly (and endearingly), his relationships with his bandmates revolve largely around sports -- “We go to a lot of Dodgers and Clippers games together,” he said.

It’s worth noting that Valensi is probably the nicest musician -- perhaps person -- I’ve ever talked to over the phone (I get a lot of telemarketer calls, and none of them ever compliments me on my name). So, I’m sure he understated just how much of a backbone he is for CRX.

That being said, the difference between a band made up of hired guns and a band made up of collaborative equals is felt. It’s felt in the music and in any room the band occupies. It’s what the scientists call “chemistry.”

There are moments at rehearsals for The Strokes where, Valensi said, he stops, looks around at Julian, Albert, Nikolai and Fabrizio and marvels, “F------ hell, there’s a lot of talent in this room.”

There is, yeah, but after listening to CRX’s debut LP, “New Skin,” I can tell there’s a whole lot of talent and chemistry in whatever room he rehearses in with Richie, Darian, Jon and Ralph also. And while it might be near impossible to do so (as I have just demonstrated), CRX should be evaluated without being measured alongside The Strokes. The sound is different, the approach is different -- the goals are different.

With Josh Homme’s (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal) production touches, CRX stands on its own as one of the better catchy hard rock bands out there right now -- not just on Valensi’s shoulders, but on the shoulders of everyone that participated in the band’s materialization.

CRX headline 91x’s December to Remember at the Casbah on Dec. 7 with guests Dead Heavens and Streets of Laredo. Get tickets here and purchase “New Skin” here.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of CRX]]>
<![CDATA[Top of the Besnard Lakes]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:13:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/The+Besnard+Lakes+on+Facebook.png

There are some seriously great shows around San Diego to kick off the month of December. At Soda Bar, the Besnard Lakes don't stop through town very often, so when they do, it's an occasion worthy of your attention. Meanwhile up at Brick 15, the amazing Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show drops in for a solo stop and I can tell you after his Soda Bar show last year, he's totally worth the drive if this isn't in your neck of the woods. Casbah doesn't soften up for the season with a show by local favorites the Widows and Death Eyes, and British folksters Daughter make an appearance at the Observatory. For a little throwback action, head to the Holding Company for Crazy Town.

Thursday, Dec. 1:

  • The Besnard Lakes, Nightjacket @ Soda Bar
  • Gill Landry @ Brick 15
  • The Widows, Death Eyes, Tightwads, the Grids @ Casbah
  • Daughter, Alexandra Savior @ The Observatory North Park
  • Dave Mason Alone Together Again @ Belly Up
  • Hardly Human, Steeltoe, Second Hand @ The Merrow
  • Rata Blanca, Marujah @ Music Box
  • Voltaire Records & The Boogie Down present the Pendletons, Hotthobo, Cookie Crew @ The Hideout
  • Tele Novella, Sol Orchid, Summer Knowledge @ Blonde
  • Mesa College Concert Jazz Band @ Dizzy's
  • Dark Tranquility, Swallow the Sun, Enforcer, Starkill, Lurid Memory, Warpath @ Brick By Brick
  • Crazy Town, Shell Shock, DJ R1ckone (Crazy Town) @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Iridescents, Anais @ Lestat's
  • Social Justice Open Mic @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Kimberly Jackson @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke with Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Tango Milonga - Dance @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Diners, Roar, First Move, TBA @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Easy Wind @ Winston's
  • Hook n Sling @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Dmn Slyr, Mastah Syphe, Squama, DJ Drewsky @ Kava Lounge
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[PICS: Moon Hooch at Music Box]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:48:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Moon+Hooch+11.19.16+Fatima+Kelley+%288%29.jpg So many saxophones, so little time: Moon Hooch brought the house down at Music Box on Nov. 19, with Honeycomb opening.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Lee Fields' Expressionism Movement]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:13:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/206*120/Lee+Fields+Press+Photo.jpg

Most musicians don’t seem to age very well. Yet, Lee Fields is aging like velvety red wine -- there is indeed something funky about the robust North Carolina native.

At Lee Fields & the Expressions' Nov. 30 Belly Up show, you will hear raspy and soulful vocals backed by '70s gospel funk. Fields’ sound is quickly and often compared to James Brown, earning him the nickname “Little J.B.”

It wasn't always this way though: Fields released his first single back in 1969 after he moved to New York at the age of 17. However, it wasn’t until 40 years later that Fields began to reach his musical peak. In 2009, he and his backing band, the Expressions, released their first album together entitled “My World.” Now, at the age 65, Fields drinks from the fountain of youth with a fan base larger (and younger) than it ever has been and a world tour in support of his latest album, “Special Night.”

How can someone age backwards? I had to ask Fields about his Benjamin Button syndrome. On a recent phone call, Fields answered with the utmost appreciation and excitement -- his voice mimicking that raspy swagger found on his recordings.

“You know what I think it is? I think it’s staying relevant with the times," the singer said. "Watching, being a part of things. I think a lot of people, once they reach a certain age, what they tend to think and do is so complacent and relaxed.”

The music of Lee Fields & the Expressions is not necessarily groundbreaking as much as it is refreshing. Vocally, Fields sounds just as strong (if not stronger) than he did back in the '70s. The band, all about 25 years younger than Fields, adds youth to the musical style, playing a modern form of retro funk and blues. The frontman explained how the band constantly strives to be relevant and genuine.

“We try to write about things that we see people do. We try to write about matters that’s contending us today. As a matter of fact, soul music itself is the spirit and the spirit is of God. That being said, I try to write about the here and now -- and this is between gospel and soul music. Gospel is about the when and then. And soul music is about the here and now, and it’s done in a way that we would hope that it would be pleasing to God.”

“I’m totally energized by my young supporters," he continued. "I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m like a child on Christmas day, opening up all these presents when I come on stage.” He laughed like the kid inside of him.

“It makes me thrilled coming up on stage every night, it makes me get the same kind of thrill that I have gotten in the earlier years. It’s indescribable. I can talk forever, man. So wonderful.”

Lee Fields & the Expressions play the Belly Up on Wednesday, Nov. 30 with Lady Wray and Holy Hive opening. Tickets are available here.

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[Lee Fields of Gold]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:06:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lee+Fields.jpg

We're already half way through the week and the music just keeps us moving along. Tonight, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge -- best known stateside for his soundtrack to "The Life Aquatic" -- brings the Portuguese versions of Bowie classics that were so amazing in the film live to Balboa Theatre for a sold-out show. If you didn't grab tickets, fret not, as you can head to the Belly Up for soul legend Lee Fields and his backing band the Expressions (read the SoundDiego interview with Lee Fields here). Since his first record in 1969, the singer has been moving audiences and is one of the last soul greats. Meanwhile, the Casbah hosts Doyle Bramhall II, a prolific guitarist, producer, and songwriter who is probably best known for his work with Eric Clapton. Around town, Whitehorse is at Soda Bar, Modern Me plays the Holding Company, and your favorite local musicians gather at the Office for Metallica Under Cover.

Wednesday, Nov. 30:

  • Lee Fields & the Expressions, Lady Wray, Holy Hive @ Belly Up
  • Seu Jorge Presents: A Life Aquatic / A Tribute to David Bowie @ Balboa Theatre 
  • Doyle Bramhall II, the Andrew McKeag Band @ Casbah
  • Whitehorse, Chris Kasper @ Soda Bar
  • Reason to Rebel, the Focke-Wolves, the New Addiction, Latex Grenade @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Kevin Gordon @ Brick 15
  • Modern Me @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Metallica Under Cover @ The Office
  • Modern Boogie & the Future Funk with the Perfect Strangers @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique feat. Kinohou @ Blonde 
  • Club Kingston Presents: Skank Roots Project with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Mohan Sundaresan @ The Loft, UCSD (FREE)
  • Chaos Magic and Teethers @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Madison, Amanda Adams, Raena Jade @ Lestat's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Perfect People (members of RVIVR), Rim Job, Ash Williams, All Beat Up @ Tower Bar
  • Francois Sims & Groove Squad @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Snailmate (AZ), OB Mic, Kill C Rey, Seeking Alpha @ Kava Lounge
  • Chet Cannon's B Day Blues @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[For Peter's Sake]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:45:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Peter+Murphy+Irenic+Kelley+3.jpg

Tuesday night is looking quite alright in San Diego. I remember back in the day seeing Bauhaus' Peter Murphy at 4th and B, and in the past couple years he's done super intimate shows, including the Casbah and the Irenic in recent months. But now he's stepped it back up with a show at the Observatory and if you saw those other two shows, you know how special they were. Meanwhile, if you love your electronic music no matter what night of the week it is, you should head to Valley View Casino Center for Porter Robinson & Madeon. At the Casbah, it's a punky surf-rock kinda night with the Fink Bombs, and husband-and-wife folk duo Over the Rhine play the Belly Up. For an extra special show, check out Arc Iris at Soda Bar, the solo project of the Low Anthem's Jocie Adams. 

Tuesday, Nov. 29:

  • Peter Murphy, PGM (featuring Adem Murphy and Utku Tuzlu) @ The Observatory North Park
  • Porter Robinson & Madeon, San Holo  @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Alive & Well, the Montell Jordans, Plane Without a Pilot @ The Merrow
  • The Fink Bombs, Alvino & the Dwells, Secret Samurai @ Casbah
  • An Acoustic Christmas with Over the Rhine @ Belly Up
  • Part Time (Cult Records), Minor Gems, Nite Lapse, Mezzanine, DJ Amnesia @ Blonde
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Arc Iris, Qais Essar, Blood Ponies @ Soda Bar
  • Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars @ The Scripps Research Institute
  • Trivia Night @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Meeting of the Meyends wth the Skyler Lutes Band, the Jefferson Jay Band @ Winston's
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • "Do Not Resist" (film) @ Che Cafe
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey/Shadowman/Byrd #Trapped @ The Office 
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • El Dorado Fall/Winters Menu Release Party @ El Dorado 
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Irieality @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[The Return of Joshua White]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:56:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Joshua+White+Tom+Harten.jpeg

Piano virtuoso Joshua White returned from a month-long European tour with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa to perform his first show at the new location of Dizzy’s, now working out of the Musicians' Association on Morena Boulevard.

Accompanying Mr. White on this occasion were double-bassist Dean Hulett and, down from Los Angeles, Dan Schnelle on drums. White began the concert -- as he often does -- with soft, tinkling arpeggios that enticed the audience to lean forward and catch every nuance while Hulett and Schnelle filled the interstitial spaces with appropriate responses as the piano toggled between nagging repetitions and long strands of uninterrupted melody.

Short, stabbing chords triggered a plum ostinato and hissing hi-hat. Everyone dropped out to make way for a brilliant cadenza that didn’t just flirt with atonality but embraced the concept with joyful commitment. Then, it was Hulett alone, spinning a tale on his unamplified bass that allowed each note to ring, sing and decay naturally, followed by Schnelle, who built his statement from light taps on his index finger.

Segueing into the next piece -- which sprang from the piano with tangled counterpoint like an angry Hydra before dialing down suddenly -- White again yielded to Schnelle, who began his solo by dragging a string of shells across the head of his snare drum before adding kick and hi-hat to assemble a raw swing decree. Schnelle has quietly taken his game to the next level, becoming a singular voice in the Southern California improvising community.

Hulett took the melodic lead while White strummed the inside of the piano. Gears shifted again, and the trio took on the trance-like nature of Keith Jarrett’s work with Paul Motian and Charlie Haden. Like almost every other piece this evening, this one was completely improvised, but I had a very clear impression that it might have had something to do with the situation in Standing Rock.

White began his deconstruction of Sonny Rollin’s "Oleo" as a solo tour-de-force, channeling Jaki Byard and Horace Tapscott into a kaleidoscopic vision of irresistible motion that was strong enough to jar planets out of their orbit. It inspired equally dynamic statements from Hulett and Schnelle.

Following up such gleeful mayhem with a pensive waltz proved how far White has progressed as a presenter. Contemplative chords rang into the night while Hulett used the opportunity to carve voluptuous arcs of velocity. Schnelle answered with the soft sound of brushes on cymbals before switching to sticks and changing the meter as the band found a groove hipper than Vince Guaraldi on steroids.

Even though the concert was almost completely improvised, everything had the flow and logic of painstaking composition. It takes real listening to pull that off.

These guys are real listeners.

 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.

<![CDATA[Showmanship? No, Fromanship]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:33:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AJ+Froman.jpg

I was freezing on the patio of the Casbah the other night when someone pointed out that it's funny to have so many transplants in San Diego, but the slightest sign of weather and everyone stays home. So maybe you need a jacket or a scarf, or even worse, maybe you have to trade your flip-flops in for actual socks and shoes, but you shouldn't miss great live music when it's happening. Tonight, you can support Anti-Monday League at the Casbah with our buddies AJ Froman, or catch British songstress Gemma Ray, who released her seventh record earlier this summer. Get "soultry" at Bar Pink with Tori Roze, or catch Young Thug's return to the Observatory. There's a lot of rad shows happening this week, so bundle up and enjoy it.

Monday, Nov. 28:

  • AJ Froman, Boostive, Manganista @ Casbah
  • Gemma Ray, Minor Birds, Cosmics @ Soda Bar
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Young Thug, 21 Savage @ Observatory North Park
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • '80s w/ Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • SD Chargers' Joe Barksdale Jam Session @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Real Live Mondays w/ Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia w/ Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double Up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[PICS: Vanishing Life at the Hideout]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:38:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Vanishing+Life+at+Hideout+by+Tim+Fears16.jpg Hardcore and indie rock supergroup Vanishing Life pounded the Hideout on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Chip and Dip]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:12:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hot+Chip+by+Anne-Laure+Fontaine-Kuhn.jpeg

It's going to be especially hard to get back to the grind tomorrow, so why not make the most out of the weekend and check out a show tonight! At the Casbah, Hot Chip return for an always fun dance party while Jai Wolf brings his unique Eastern vibe to electronic music at the Observatory. For some British folk-pop, check out Skinny Lister at Soda Bar or see rap legend Kool Keith at House of Blues. For an especially cozy way to shut down the weekend, head to Sycamore Den and nestle into the fireplace nook while you enjoy tunes by Daniel Crawford and Jesse LaMonaca.  

Sunday, Nov. 27:

  • Hot Chip (DJ Set), Goose Mavrk @ Casbah
  • Jai Wolf, Jerry Folk, Ramzoid @ Observatory North Park
  • Skinny Lister, Lincoln Durham, Trapper Schoepp @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Live & Local w/ Rick Berry, Sweet Myths, Trynket, Jesse Blaze Snider @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Cirque Du Soleil Toruk: The First Flight @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Kool Keith @ House of Blues
  • Daniel Crawford & the Unknown Ravens, Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels @ Sycamore Den
  • Uptown Top Ranking: Tribe of Kings @ The Office 
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Festival of Trees Preview Party & Brunch @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • La Traviata @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Dark Globe @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Obviously Orduno w/ Mirage @ Whistle Stop
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Kimberly Jackson @ Humphreys Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • Third Annual Slapfrost Tour @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Anne-Laure Fontaine-Kuhn / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Toys for Tots Festravaganza]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:15:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Inspired+and+the+Sleep+Press+Photo+2016.jpg

It might be the excessive amounts of eggnog or the mistletoe shenanigans, but the holidays always seem to bring out the best in people. There are no shortage of great causes to champion and a myriad of ways to volunteer these days, but when local musician Cameron Royce was trying to figure out a way to give back -- the Che Cafe was practically calling his name.

“The Che talked about doing a Toys for Tots event last year but it didn't quite come to fruition, so this year I wanted to make sure it did!” Royce told me via email recently. “I hit up some of the best bands in the local scene and got the ball rolling.”

The Toys for Tots Festravaganza is the fruits of Royce’s labor -- an all-ages benefit concert at UCSD’s Che Café on Saturday, Dec. 10, featuring Inspired and the Sleep (listen to their new singles here and here), Buddha Trixie, Spooky Cigarette (one of my favorite new artists), Fake Tides, Lightning Cola (fka Paper Days), Bad Kids, Glasgow Grin, Coast Red and Royce himself.

“The Che Cafe is a nice, funky venue with a focus of including all ages and walks of life,” he continued. “Not many people know about it, so I figured this event would be a good way to spread the word and donate to a good cause, a win-win.”

When asked why he involved the Toys for Tots charity in particular, Royce explained that it made the most sense due to its visibility and because the nonprofit benefits less-fortunate children and adults alike.

“We chose Toys for Tots to benefit children of lower incomes this holiday season because the toys these children receive can spark creativity and improve their well-being -- as well as ease parents' financial worries of buying a gift,” Royce said. “Toys for Tots is a recognizable name and has an honorable reputation, which we figured would attract more patrons and donations than a charity that people are less familiar with.”

When asked to play the show, Inspired and the Sleep’s Max Greenhalgh said he jumped at the chance.

“I think [Toys for Tots] has been a rock-solid foundation for allowing the public to give back to those in need, but that's obvious,” he explained. “On a deeper level though, I believe charities like this give an opportunity for people to be more aware and realize how lucky we really are to have what we do. Especially in the city we live in. I mean the show’s in La Jolla for f---‘s sake. Donating a toy could really make a kid's holiday, and the fact that not everyone in this world is provided those luxuries is what we really need to be aware of, instead of just focusing on our own stories.”

The Toys for Tots Festravaganza takes place at the Che Cafe (9500 Gilman Drive) on Dec. 10. It runs from 4-10:30 p.m. Admission is free with a toy donation (of approximately $10 in value) or $12 in cash without a toy. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[PICS: Steel Panther at House of Blues]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:08:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/Steel+Panther+House+of+Blues+Jason+Bang+%289%29.jpg Steel Panther brought LA's Sunset Strip to San Diego's House of Blues on Nov. 12.

Photo Credit: Jason Bang]]>
<![CDATA[Mrs. Jones and Me]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:38:00 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-111873387.jpg

It has been an awesome weekend, and rain or shine, there's plenty of music to keep your night grooving. Mother Hips play their second night at the Casbah, Observatory gets jammin' with an all R&B dance night, and the all female Black Sabbitch bring War Pigs and all of the Sabbath hits to Soda Bar. Wayward Sons bring an '80s tribute to Belly Up, and Brick by Brick has 76-year-old Nik Turner rockin' his Hawkwind hits. The super fun can't-miss event today actually takes place at five, when DJ Claire hosts her Whistle Stop happy hour and celebrates the life and legacy of Sharon Jones. Don't miss it!
Saturday, Nov. 26:
  • Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll (2 p.m.)
  • Mother Hips @ Casbah
  • COLORS Presents: R&B Only @ Observatory North Park
  • The Interrupters, Left Alone, Oceanside Sound System @ The Irenic
  • Black Sabbitch, Wild Honey, Revolt-Chix, DJ Heather Hardcore @ Soda Bar
  • Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Hedersleben @ Brick by Brick
  • Moein @ Balboa Theatre
  • Wayward Sons, Way Cool Jr. @ Belly Up 
  • Hits Pon Hits Presents: Earl Cunningham, Father Psalms, Roots Covenant @ Music Box
  • Soul Time: A Tribute to Sharon Jones @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Kid Wilderness, the Boondock Brothers, the Tommy Mitchell Show @ The Merrow
  • Booty Bassment w/ Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Secret Guest, Subb-an, Third Twin, Office Twins @ Blonde
  • Many a Moon @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Holiday Hangover feat. the Cured, Strangelove @ House of Blues
  • Cirque Du Soleil Toruk: The First Flight @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Joshua White @ Dizzy's
  • Festival of Trees Preview Party & Brunch @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Birdzilla, Ruben Lady, Eddie Funkster, Hotthobo @ The Hideout
  • Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs, Tonight Alive, Waterparks @ Soma
  • Strictly Business w/ DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Jane Monheit @ Symphony Hall
  • The Fuzz Junkies @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Wise Monkey Orchestra, the Ocean Boogie DJs @ Winston's (8 p.m.)
  • Louder Than Bombs (A Brit Pop/Punk Night) @ Til-Two Club
  • Black Cat Wax @ Black Cat Bar
  • Tony P., Courtney Pries @ Lestat's
  • Java Joe's 25th Anniversary Showcase @ Java Joe's
  • Tensnake @ Bang Bang
  • Twisted Relatives, Krooktone Classics @ 710 Beach Club 
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Britt Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Butts Ta Nuts w/ Jason Waterfalls, Julz, Saul Q @ El Dorado
  • Market Nights @ Quartyard
  • Dannic @ Omnia
  • Loudpvck @ Bassmnt
  • Purps & Turqs w/ Lee Reynolds @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Jason Kempin / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Sleigh Bells at the Observatory North Park]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:01:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/186*120/Sleigh+Bells+John+Hancock+11.11.16+%2824%29.jpg You hear that jingling, ring ting tinglin' too? Sleigh Bells pummeled the Observatory North Park on Nov. 11.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Pops Off]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:33:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Soda-Bar.jpg

Saturday, Mother Hips play Night 2 at the Casbah; the Interrupters, Left Alone and Oceanside Sound System are at the Irenic; Black Sabbitch, Wild Honey, Revolt-Chix and DJ Heather Hardcore take over Soda Bar; Holiday Hangover featuring the Cured, Strangelove, Still Ill and Substance hits House of Blues; Wayward Sons and Way Cool Jr. are at the Belly Up; Earl Cunningham, Father Psalms and Roots Covenant play at Music Box; Birdzilla, Ruben Lady, Eddie Funkster and Hotthobo are at the Hideout; and Kid Wilderness, Oak Palace and the Younger Brothers take over the Merrow. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numb3rs; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Louder Than Bombs at Til-Two; Tensnake at Bang Bang; Dannic at Omnia; or Loudpvck at Bassmnt.

Sunday, Hot Chip (DJ set) and GooseMavrk take over the Casbah; Skinny Lister, Lincoln Durham and Trapper Schoepp are at Soda Bar; Jai Wolf, Jerry Folk and Ramzoid play at the Observatory North Park; and Daniel Crawford & the Unknown Ravens and Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels perform at Sycamore Den.

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

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

<![CDATA[How I Met Your Mother Hips]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:38:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/203*120/The+Mother+Hips+Press-popeye-hires.jpg

It was a little over a year ago that Tim Bluhm, founder and lead vocalist of the Mother Hips was in a speed flying accident that left him with a shattered pelvis, broken bones, and lots of medical rehab. He and the band are back on the road, I'm sure feeling like there's a lot to be thankful for. The Mother Hips will be at the Casbah tonight and Saturday and they'll be playing two full sets with no openers. Call it a victory lap for Bluhm's recovery, and enjoy them on a small stage they haven't played in a very long time. In the meantime, locals the Lulls (one of San Diego's best new artists and featuring one of SoundDiego's own, Rutger Rosenborg) are at Soda Bar, and Pato Banton is at Winston's. On top of all that, Karl Denson returns to the Belly Up, Hirie is at the Music Box, and Blonde has an amazing lineup of Oasis, Stone Roses, and New Order tributes.

Friday, Nov. 25:

  • The Mother Hips @ Casbah
  • Yelawolf, Bubba Sparxxx, Struggle Jennings, Jelly Roll @ The Observatory North Park -- CANCELLED
  • The Lulls, Garden Echo, Exasperation @Soda Bar
  • '80s & '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Emily Ann Laliotis @ Brick 15
  • Pato Banton & Fluid Foundation @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • The Bash Dogs, Essex Class, Soul Juice @ Irenic
  • Hirie, Micah Brown, Iya Terra, DJ Queendom Tribe @ Music Box
  • CalPhonics @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Belly Up
  • AfterHours w/ DJs Adam Salter & Kid Wonder @ The Office
  • Hide and Go Freak with Jr Jarris @ The Hideout
  • Ash Jetson, Nate Fitzbutler, Disciples of the Canyon, Osiris Jeph and T-Def, lendarius, Ty @ SOMA
  • Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience @ Sycuan
  • Cirque Du Soleil -- "Toruk: The First Flight" @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Death By Dancing with Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • La Traviata @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Festival of Trees Preview Party & Brunch @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Oasis, New Order, Stone Roses Night @ Blonde
  • Skyfall Music @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Los Yaguaru @ Blue Agave
  • The Fears, Hosanna Aim @ Lestat's
  • Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Kelly McGarry Presents Dr. Birdski, Showcash, Domination CFH @ House of Blues
  • WestCope, Electric Church, Roots of a Revival @ The Merrow
  • Mal Hall, Kenny Eng, Rob Deez @ Tipsy Crow
  • Orange Grove, Sol Remedy @ 710 Beach Club [No Cover]
  • Camron Zibaie @ U-31
  • Good Time Karaoke @ Tio Leo's
  • Privatized Air, FCH, Everything Undone, Hocus, Amaya Lights @ Che Cafe
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Clit 45 @ Tower Bar
  • Ocean Beach Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Sick Sick Sinners, Cursed Bastards, Rodeo Riot @ Til-Two Club
  • Beat Kitchen with Jason Waterfalls, Julz, SaulQ @ El Dorado
  • DJ Jam @ Fluxx
  • Kennedy Jones @ Bassmnt
  • Nora en Pure @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Five @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Progress (Deep Progressive, Trance) @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • SD Union with Brookes Brothers, Garva, Almost Radical @ Spin 

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

<![CDATA[San Diego Symphony Celebrates American Music]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:19:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Talib+Kweli+Outside.jpg

Calling all San Diegans: American music gets its due throughout the month of January thanks to the San Diego Symphony.

“Our American Music” is a month-long festival that takes over the Jacobs Music Center starting on Jan. 5. It will feature a plethora of events, concerts, interactive installations and panel discussions all focused on the impact and influence of America’s music.

“I am very excited by the breadth and depth of our festival, especially that at the core of it are performances by the San Diego Symphony performing music created by some of our greatest American composers,” said Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO, in a recent press release. “The visiting guest artists, guest speakers, a free concert and the opportunity for San Diegans to create their own San Diego sounds, which will come together to create a brand new composition reflecting our diverse and dynamic city. We hope many people will be touched by their experience and come together to celebrate ‘Our American Music’. We all know that music has the power to bring people together, to unite us and to connect us, and we have created this festival in that spirit.”

It’s that spirit that'll be on display throughout the month of January 2017, starting with a panel discussion and performance of “What Does It Mean to Be an American (Composer)?” The very next day (and on Jan. 8 as well), “Americans and Paris,” a Jacobs Masterworks Concert, will take on works by American composers Aaron Copland, Andrew Norman and George Gershwin. And that’s just the beginning.

The San Diego Symphony, founded in 1910 and the oldest orchestra in California, has tapped into every corner of American music -- with concerts ranging from La Santa Cecilia (Jan. 11), the Grammy-winning cumbia/bossa nova band that got their start on the corners of Los Angeles' Olvera Street; to famed country music singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (Jan. 12), who’ll be celebrating her three-time Grammy-winning album, “The River & the Thread”; and critically acclaimed hip-hop star Talib Kweli (Jan. 13), who has released landmark solo material as well as collaborations with Mos Def, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, J Dilla and Madlib (among others).

As always, the Symphony will also celebrate our homegrown music scene, with San Diego Music Award-winning jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos leading “Birth of the Cool: A West Coast Jazz Salute” on Jan. 14 -- a tribute to Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and of course, Miles Davis.

Of particular interest is the interactive public art installation dubbed the San Diego Soundbooth (a collaboration between the Symphony and David’s Harp Foundation), which invites patrons to compose their own brief works of music using provided samples and sound-mixing software. Each contributor’s composition will be different, and on Jan. 15, the Symphony will host a free community day event during which DJ Shammy Dee will integrate samples of those Soundbooth compositions into an original, entirely new arrangement. It’ll be something truly fascinating to witness.

“At this moment in America’s history, much is being written and spoken about who we are as Americans and what our country believes in and stands for,” Gilmer continued in the press release. “‘Our American Music’ festival is a way for us to reflect and understand the history of American composers … Throughout the festival we will hear music inspired by sweeping landscapes and city sounds, simple folk tunes and jazz rhythms, tap dancing and hip-hop. All of this inspires us to ask ourselves the question, ‘What is our American voice?’ and how can music inspire and move us at this time in history?”

So go, listen in and experience the greatness of American music with the San Diego Symphony in January -- after all, it’s truly something worth celebrating.

For a complete list of events, concerts, tickets and more information, visit the San Diego Symphony’s website here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The San Diego Music Awards Return]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:15:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDMA15-1407.jpg

They’re back: After scrapping the 2016 San Diego Music Awards altogether this past October, the show’s founder Kevin Hellman announced Monday, Nov. 21 that the show will go on -- at downtown’s House of Blues on March 21, 2017.

Hellman, who has organized the show for the last 25 years with the San Diego Music Foundation (SDMF), retired from the nonprofit earlier this year -- a departure that raised questions about the annual event’s future. As we reported in October, the SDMF eventually announced that the 2016 awards show originally planned for Nov. 10 would be postponed to an undetermined place/date in 2017.

Thankfully, Hellman (now with SDS Events) is back in the fold again and the gala is officially scheduled to return, albeit with some changes.

The most obvious differences are the venue and date: Instead of being held at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (as it has been since 2010) in the fall, the show now heads downtown in spring -- and it’ll have a redesigned San Diego Music Award trophy with it.

“After 25 years, it was time for a change,” Hellman said in a press release. “I was asked to step in to once again produce the event. I’m pretty excited to once again have the opportunity to continue what we started 25 years ago … With the new venue, it’s a new era for the event. It just seems to be the right time to create and present a brand new San Diego Music Award.”

The show’s focus remains unchanged though: The gala will still donate a portion of its proceeds to the SDMF, in partnership with the Taylor Guitars for Schools program, to purchase Baby Taylor guitars and place them into elementary, middle and high schools throughout San Diego county. Over 75 schools have participated in Taylor’s program.

As for local musicians, the clock is ticking. The deadline for album submissions is Saturday, Dec. 31 -- and with 2016’s awards ceremony having been skipped, the release date time frame for album submissions now has an extended range from July 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016.

Hopefuls can either mail a physical CD to an address (San Diego Music Awards, 4876 Mount Royal Place, San Diego, CA 92117) or submit a link to digital files at sandiegomusicawards@gmail.com.

Nominees, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and performers are set to be announced Jan. 15, 2017, with SDMA voting taking place between Jan. 16–Feb. 26. Tickets to the show will also be available to purchase starting Jan. 16 at 3 p.m.

For tickets, VIP seating and more information, please visit the official San Diego Music Awards website.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Dream Theater at Pechanga Resort & Casino]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:18:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Dream+Theater+Pechanga+Alex+Matthews+%2825+of+36%29.jpg Consider it a wake up call: Dream Theater blew away an entranced Pechanga Resort & Casino crowd on Nov. 18.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Preacher vs. Choir's New Ritual]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:44:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/Preacher+vs+Choir+press+photo.jpg

On Nov. 13, local rapper Chris Mosher, who performs as Preacher vs. Choir, released his latest album “The Coming of Age Ritual.” Self-produced, it's a calibrated F-U to the powers that be, full of subversion and a healthy distrust of authority that, according to his Bandcamp profile, "is a story about an angry and disenchanted young man reluctantly carving his way into adulthood.”

He starts off, "If you feel revolted / We're successful with our mission,” on the LP's opener “Better Than Ever” with frustration stuffed into wordy bars that scramble over organs and programmed drums. It's a defensive stance; he's drawing a line in the sand but he doesn't sound menacing. Not yet, not here. 

He steps up the intensity on “Zombies” though, his aggressive anti-capitalism slant, entertaining the romantic idea of overthrowing big banks and rebelling against the police who serve them. It's not a new concept but it is current. A spin on the Occupy movement with Mosher picking up where the old guard left off.

Mosher's lost faith in the system as it promised a lot but so far has yet to deliver. Naturally, he's upset by that and it all comes to a head on “Last Days,” with his resentment erupting into angry jabs: “How you gonna live in a world this f—ed up / And not ask any questions / It's a sick, slow death / So they want you to believe that there's no time left/ But until our last breath / We will hunt the enemy until they're laid to rest.”  

It's a slow purge, “The Coming of Age Ritual,” as he shares indignation and discomfort. But it's all worth it since you sometimes have to do a little heavy lifting to clear a proper path.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Aaron Eudaley]]>
<![CDATA[Nothing but Trouble in the Wind]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:23:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/touble+in+the+wind.jpg

It's been awhile since I've gushed over Lou Niles, but the truth is I don't think I would've found this musical path in my life were it not for the many nights when I couldn't sleep and listened to him on Loudspeaker. He's been back on the local scene for some time, but now he's repping North County with his In Your Neighborhood series at Pour House. With Trouble in the Wind headlining tonight's installment, you're in luck if that's your neck of the woods. Down in the central parts of SD, our buddies Quel Bordel should induce some massive Thanksgiving hangovers at the Holding Company and Cash'd Out hope to do the same at the Belly Up. Soda Bar and the Merrow have solid lineups to check out, or head to the Casbah for some pre-Thanksgiving Booty Bassment. This is one of the most fun nights of the year, but be sure to designate a driver or use a taxi or rideshare to keep our roadways safe for the holidays.

Wednesday, Nov. 23:

  • In Your Neighborhood presents Trouble in the Wind, Amiee & Will of Strawberry Moons @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Quel Bordel! @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Cash'd Out, Delta Bombers @ Belly Up 
  • Booty Bassment @ Casbah
  • Atomic Groove's T-Day Eve/MOvember Happy Hour Presented by FM 949 @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Bluetech, Dreamers Delight, Moontribe DJ @ Soda Bar
  • Arise Roots, Ease Up, Cityside, Dubbest @ Music Box
  • Mid-Week Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Thanksgiving Eve '80s Dance Party with the Latin of Lovers (Dave Parley of Prayers & Josexx) @ The Hideout (FREE)
  • Mockingbird, Enter the Blue Sky, Peter Ray Band @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Cirque Du Soleil- Toruk: The First Flight @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Woof Wednesday @ Quartyard
  • Jive Turkey! w/ DJs Kanye Asada & Ikah Love @ The Office
  • Open Oscillator DJ Sets @ Whistle Stop (7 p.m.)
  • Fantasy '90s with Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop (10 p.m.)
  • Dance Klassique: 16th Annual Thanksgiving Bash ft. Cris Herrera @ Blonde
  • Electric Mud, the Chrome Domes @ 710 Beach Club [No Cover]
  • Club Kingston Presents: Psydecar with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Kelly McGarry Presents @ House of Blues
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Artistic & Tramlife @ U-31
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Robin Schulz @ Omnia
  • DJ Mustard @ Parq
  • Party Favor @ Bassmnt
  • Sonny Fodera @ Bang Bang
  • Bernard Battle @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Psilo @ Kava Lounge
  • Gino & the Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club (7-10 p.m.)

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Gogol Bordello at Observatory North Park]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:51:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gogol+Bordello+AM+%281+of+38%29.jpg Gogol Bordello brought their beloved brand of gypsy punk through the Observatory North Park on Nov. 19.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Broken Stems: For All of Mankind]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:56:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/11_19_SDTV_BrokenStems_1200x675_812656195880.jpg On this week's Spotlight, the Broken Stems explain why music should benefit all of humanity. Catch their album release party at the Irenic on Saturday, Dec. 3, with Creature & the Woods.]]> <![CDATA[LIVE: LANY at House of Blues San Diego]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:47:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/LANY+by+Connie+Bolger10.jpg With their mixture of alternative and electro-pop, LANY made the audience go wild at House of Blues on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Warpaint and Peace]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:59:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/warpaint.jpg

If I'm not mistaken, the last time Warpaint was in town was 2014. They played the North Park Theatre and I recall being blown away by their performance. Things are so different today than just two years ago, but even so, I think you'll once again be blown away. Their new single, "New Song," is super catchy and reminds me of '80s girl bands like the Bangles or Bananarama, but without being kitchsy or nauseatingly nostalgic. If you don't have plans, these ladies for sure deserve your attention. Around town, hoever, Red Fang gets together for a pinball shindig at Brick By Brick before their sold-out Casbah show (read our SoundDiego interview with the band here), Radkey slay Soda Bar, and locals Paper Forest play Blonde.

Tuesday, Nov. 22:

  • Warpaint, Goldensuns, Vs Colour @ The Observatory North Park
  • Red Fang, Torche, Whores, Bosswitch @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Radkey, the Fame Riot, San Pedro El Cortez @ Soda Bar
  • Paper Forest, DP3, Steve Flato, DaCTO @ Blonde
  • Tiki Tuesday DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Movember North Park @ Fall Brewing Company
  • Steeltoe, the Mandoshanks, Three Chamber Heart @ The Merrow
  • Ultragash, Tenshun, Mystery Cave, Tightsnake, Umenos, Laje @ Kava Loung
  • (Meeting of the Meyends) with the Skyler Lute Band, the Jefferson Jay Band @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • GSA and ACTA Presents: Board and Brew @ The Loft, UCSD
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey/Fargo/DJ XP #Trapped @ The Office
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Mon Laferte, Jackie Mendez @ House of Blues
  • Red Fang Pinball Party @ Brick By Brick (FREE, 5 p.m.)
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Bayou Brothers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Sweet Deal and Friends @ Winston's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Justice Album Release Party @ El Dorado
  • House Party with Vokab Kompany @ FLUXX
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pube
  • Carlo's Bandana @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[A Method to the Man-ness ]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:08:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Method+Man+by+Alfredo+Flores.jpeg

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, you shouldn't expect to see too many major tours rolling through town, but that doesn't mean you'll be left without some cool events to check out. Tonight, hip hop veterans Method Man and Redman perform at Observatory North Park, and Puddles -- the sad clown who got internet famous with a cover of Lorde's "Royals" -- plays to a seated audience at Belly Up. It's Anti-Monday League at the Casbah with Zombie Surf Camp and Los Angeles' New Language rocks Soda Bar. That's plenty of fun stuff to kick off a short work week and get you in the right groove.

Monday, Nov. 21:

  • Method Man and Redman @ Observatory North Park
  • Puddles' Pity Party: A Seated Show @ Belly Up
  • Zombie Surf Camp, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters, Millionaire Beach Bums @ Casbah
  • New Language, Takahashi @ Soda Bar
  • Metal Mondays w/ Cutwater Spirits @ The Office
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • University Center Presents: The Hunger Games @ The Loft, UCSD
  • '80s w/ Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays w/ Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • 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
  • Double Up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Alfredo Flores]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 20-26]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:44:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Two+Door+Cinema+Club+by+Frazer+Harrison.jpeg On this week's episode, scope your upcoming plans -- Red Fang, Young Thug, Madeon and Porter Robinson, Lee Fields and Two Door Cinema Club all included!

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[The Fresh Sound of Sarah Cahill]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:13:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Sarah+Cahill+by+Bonnie+Wright.jpeg

New music advocate Bonnie Wright closed the 2016 season of her groundbreaking Fresh Sound concert series on Nov. 4 with a daring solo piano set by contemporary classical pianist Sarah Cahill at the multi-arts Logan Heights complex, Bread & Salt.

Cahill began Maggi Payne’s appropriately titled “Holding Pattern,” by placing three “e-bows” inside the piano before resting her forearm across the keys while depressing the sustain pedal. The resulting sound of overtones and layered decays was an inspired and ballsy way to open a show.

That spirit continued with Frederic Rzweski’s “Peace Dance,” which unfolded from glacial dirge to chattering, nervous harmonies. Cahill has a masterful touch, and she was able to transform the small “house piano” into a more luxuriant experience. I have to say, Rzweski’s piece revealed how much he may have influenced jazz pianist Chick Corea, because I have heard many of the same themes in Corea’s early 1980s output.

A relentlessly repeating nine-note ostinato powered “Glass House #7,” by Ann Southam, layering underneath a constantly shifting and incrementally more complex right-hand choreography. The act of following it became almost hypnotic.

My favorite moment came on George Lewis’ “Endless Shout,” a wonderfully creative extrapolation on the “boogie-woogie” piano tradition that sounded like a shotgun wedding uniting Albert Ammons and Cecil Taylor -- totally standing the blues tradition on its head while peering inside for a closer and more illuminating look.

Cahill closed the evening with Terry Riley’s “Be Kind to One Another,” a densely packed lullaby of verdant detail and memorable themes that included snippets of the blues and Tin Pan Alley.

Another glorious night of the unexpected from Bonnie Wright, who will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fresh Sound when her series resumes in February 2017. Until then, the creative music community awaits her next move.

 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[There's the Cherub]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:27:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cherub+by+Christopher+Polk.jpeg

It was just a few years ago that "Doses and Mimosas" was everywhere. It was a hipster brunch anthem, a club hit, a lounge jam and everything in between. Tonight, the duo behind the anthem play at the House of Blues, and while I'm sure they'll play the jam, I'd also like you to know what they've been up to for the past four or so years. At the Observatory, it's all electronic with Brit duo Snakehips or groovy at the Casbah with the psychedelic/garage trip of Screaming Lord Stax, a tribute to Lord Sutch featuring local musicians like Mike and Aja Stax, Pat and Lety Beers and more. Other shows around town include John Mayall at Belly Up, Terrapin Flyer at the Holding Company and Phoenix's Take Over and Destroy at Soda Bar.

Sunday, Nov. 20:

  • Cherub, Boo Seeka @ House of Blues
  • Screaming Lord Stax & the Savages, the Gargoyles, DJ Tony the Tyger @ Casbah
  • Snakehips, AbJo @ Observatory North Park
  • Take Over and Destroy, Fantasy Arcade, Bastardsect @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • John Mayall @ Belly Up
  • Teenage Kicks Presents the Ramones Revisited @ Blonde
  • Terrapin Flyer, Kimmi Bitter @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Veronica May & the To Do List, Lee Coulter, SIR @ Lestat's
  • Gaby Aparicio, Adam Henry, Shane Hall, Corina Rose @ Java Joe's
  • San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Presents the 21st Celebration of Music Education La Traviata @ California Center fo the Arts Escondido
  • Baroque Coffeehouse w/ Cristian Macelaru @ Jacobs Music Center at Symphony Hall 
  • Backyard Bluegrass Brunch feat. Moonsville Collective @ Quartyard
  • Fairy Bones, Paper Foxes, Bosswitch @ The Merrow
  • Sawyer Brown @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Poway Symphony Presents Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak @ Poway Center for the Arts
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • The Sound of Music @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Patrick Yandall @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Soundwave @ Tin Roof 
  • Superstitious Sundays: Live Bands @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Red Fang: Pinball Wizards]]> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:45:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Red+Fang+by+James+Rexroad.jpeg

Judging by the sheer number of beer cans crushed by Red Fang in their multitude of always-entertaining music videos, you might think the guys’ biggest hobby (outside of that whole music thing) is throwin’ back a brew or 10. And while that may not be too far from the truth, for co-singer/guitarist Bryan Giles, there’s one activity in particular he just can’t get enough of: Pinball.

“There’s something really zen about it,” Giles told me during a recent phone call. “You start playing mind games with yourself. I get sort of meditative about it.”

If you are as surprised as I was, don’t blame yourself. For a band that unleashes the type of face-melting, buzzsaw stoner-rock fury that Red Fang has been pumping out for the last 10-plus years (continuing on their just-released Relapse Records album, “Only Ghosts”), I’d think their hobbies ranged from demolition derby racing to Russian roulette. Maybe I assumed that the band had a proclivity for danger and mayhem stemming from the litany of zany music videos that show them routinely dismembered, bloodied and/or detonated. They’re all righteously and hilariously macabre -- even the animated one (in which cute kittens absolutely annihilate a legion of orc-looking monsters). But ... pinball?

“Yeah, it’s a really fun waste of time,” Giles said laughing.

After sheepishly admitting that I have only ever played a competitive game of pinball once in my life -- my wife will attest to that, and also gloat about her victory (“Ah, the key to a happy marriage,” Giles pointed out) -- the singer/guitarist had some words of encouragement and a few tips for any other novices out there.

"The two simplest rules are never hit both flippers at the same time," he explained. "Some people think you’re going to close the gap; if you barely graze it with one flipper and you’ve already got the other flipper up, you’re going to knock the ball down. In general, slow the ball down ... or stop the ball altogether. Cradle it and look at what you need to do. A general rule of thumb: If you don’t know the machine at all -- if it’s blinking, shoot for it."

He also encourages fans to head to Brick by Brick on Tuesday, Nov. 22 (before their show at the Casbah the same night) for a round of -- you guessed it -- pinball on a trusty Pabst Can Crusher pinball game. It’s a chance to meet the band, hang out with the guys, play a few balls and go head to head with Giles himself. After all, it’s one of the main things he looks forward to on tour.

“We usually have a few hours of downtime before every show, so getting dinner and playing pinball are my goals," Giles said. "There’s an app called the Portland Pinball Map that tells you what pinball machines are near you and what condition they’re in, so whenever we’re in a neighborhood that has lots of bars, we’re likely to use that app, or we’ll ask folks where they are.”

So, whether you're crushin' a game of pinball with the guys at Brick or gettin' your head crushed in at the Casbah, Giles (coincidentally a one time San Diegan who used to live above the then-Scolari's Office bar in North Park) promises a good time.

"I've got really good friends down that way, so hopefully a lot of them come out. It's a homecoming show, which is always fun. And Casbah's one of our favorite places to play. The PA has way more power than that room needs. You'll be pulverized -- whether it's a positive beating or a negative one, we'll have to see."

Red Fang headline the Casbah on Nov. 22 with Torche, Whores and Bosswitch. Tickets are available here. The band will also be at Brick by Brick earlier that night for a free Pinball Party.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: James Rexroad]]>