<![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-usSat, 23 Jul 2016 10:22:59 -0700Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:22:59 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Low Strauss Weekend]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:40:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/LittleHurricane722405%281%29.jpeg

Though this week has been exhausting, it is also invigorating to see so much life and action in San Diego. On top of it, homegrown talents like Pierce the Veil, Switchfoot and Blink-182 had massive audiences this week. Tonight, Little Hurricane (another homegrown success) are fresh off of a shoutout from Eddie Vedder himself, and they are playing a show at Karl Strauss Brewery's Pacific Beach distribution center. Arts & Amps has been a fun series over the past several summers, and taking a show outside is ideal given this week's crushing humidity. Around town, Ziggy Shuffledust are going to amaze at the Casbah, RJ gets down at the Observatory and the Verigolds continue to build their own army of die-hard fans with a show at Soda Bar. 

Saturday, July 23 (Comic-Con 2016):

  • Arts & Amps with Little Hurricane @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company, PB
  • Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders From Mars, Electric Warrior @ Casbah
  • RJ @ The Observatory North Park
  • Chris Hardwick: Nerdist Podcast Live! @ Balboa Theatre (7 p.m. & 10 p.m.)
  • Food Truck Festival @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • The Verigolds, Pearl Charles, Garden Echo @ Soda Bar
  • 2016 Chicano-Con @ Border X Brewing
  • Impractical Jokers Block Party @ The Park at Petco Park (3 p.m.)
  • Adult Swim Nighttime on the Green: Rick and Morty @ Convention Way & 5th Ave Pier, behind the Convention Center (free w/ RSVP)
  • Earper Meetup @ Embarcadero Marina Park South (5:30 p.m.)
  • The Aquabats, Nerf Herder @ House of Blues
  • Heroes Brew Craft Beer Fest @ Waterfront Park (3:30 p.m.)
  • Heroes vs. Villains Art Exhibition @ La Bodega (5 p.m.)
  • The Final Girls & the Future of the Midnight Movie @ The Grand Horton Theatre (5:30 p.m.)
  • The Final Girls Midnight Screening @ Ken Cinema (midnight)
  • Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera Screening and Cast Singalong @ 10th Avenue Theater (7 p.m.)
  • The Underground Lightsaber Fighters Battle @ The Fountain, Balboa Park
  • Hollywood Babble On @ American Comedy Co.
  • Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Mittens, Pleasure Fix @ Bar Pink
  • The Robert Cray Band, Hamish Anderson @ Belly Up
  • Phish @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Trio de Janeiro @ Dizzy's
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Conveyer, Prophets, High Hopes, Lords & Wolves @ Soma
  • Fastplants, Selfish Giant @ The Bancroft
  • Gloomsday, JJCNV, French Girls, Badabing @ Tower Bar
  • Shawn Mendes, James TW @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Same as Yesterday, Mango Melody @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • KAABOO Discovery Tour with Broken Stems, Alexa, Bang Pow, Casey Turner, Grim Slippers @ Winston's
  • Sleepwalking: Lowrider Oldies and Old School Funk Dance Party @ Til-Two Club
  • Mezzanine, Of Ennui, Year of the Dead Bird @ The Black Cat
  • SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour @ Brick by Brick
  • Home, Summer Underground @ Lestat's
  • Zero to Billy @ Java Joe's
  • TTNG, Strawberry Girls @ Che Cafe
  • Mega Ran with Bitforce, Kirby's Dream Band, Vic Viper, the Koopas @ The Merrow
  • Weezerton, Spiral Out @ 710 Beach Club
  • Joey Harris @ Tio Leo's
  • Billy Strings @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Butts Ta Nuts @ El Dorado
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Gladiator Challenge @ Sycuan Casino
  • Porter Robinson and Posso @ Omnia
  • Party Favor @ Bassmnt
  • Craze @ Bang Bang
  • Dance For Ecuador @ Kava Lounge
  • Jack Broadbent @ Ramona Mainstage

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

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[The Lulls Video Premiere: "Bruise"]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:16:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lulls-Press+Photo-overlay.png

If you had your ears to the music blogosphere over the last week or so, chances are you heard the online premiere of “Bruise,” the debut single from San Diego art/indie-rock band the Lulls.

While new tracks from local bands are great, why settle for audio-only when you can have visuals too? Since sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too, feast your eyes on the SoundDiego premiere of “Bruise” -- the official music video.

Even though the Lulls (bassist/vocalist Cameron Wilson, drummer/vocalist Ryan Miller, and guitarist/vocalist Rutger Rosenborg) are technically “new,” there’s an instant familiarity with the trio’s sound, mainly because they previously comprised three-fourths of experimental pop group Ed Ghost Tucker (who were one of my local faves, if we're being honest).

And while the current incarnation of the group is now short a member, the Lulls lads haven’t showed any signs of slowing down. In fact, they’ve embraced the minimalistic aspect of being a trio -- with each of them sharing lead vocals on “Bruise,” as well as the other tracks featured on their forthcoming album set to be released this fall. According to Rosenborg (a SoundDiego associate editor btw), it’ll be out in the “end of September, possibly beginning of October, depending on when we get vinyl.”

Say what? The Lulls on vinyl? Take all of my money.

In case you were wondering, the vocals aren’t the only part of “Bruise” that stand out -- the Cameron Wilson-directed video’s cacophony of quick cuts and hypnotic visual effects also adds to the song’s mesmerizing daze -- but its smooth and steady propulsion, occasional French lyric, synth-ified guitar lines, and low-down funky outro confirm what we already know: The Lulls are no laughing matter (lolz).

Visit the Lulls online, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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

<![CDATA[An Epic Summer Splash Finale]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:13:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/sxsw_0048.JPG

With summer in full swing, what better way to soak up the fun than with two killer bands and all the supremely awesome waterworks you could imagine? Well, that's exactly what you'll get with the Aug. 20 edition of our SoundDiego Summer Splash concert series at Harrah’s Resort SoCal!

Get tickets to SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort SoCal on Aug. 20 with Bully and the Donkeys!

If you’ve been out to Harrah’s, you know they’ve got all things water completely covered -- with a swim-up bar, a 400-foot lazy river, 21 cabanas, the main pool and eight hot tubs on site. Honestly, there's no way we could even dream of a better spot to throw our summer concert series!

And as you can imagine, it's been going rather swimmingly. Our three other Summer Splash shows have featured alt-rock mainstays the Boxer Rebellion (May 21), infectious indie-rock darlings the Mowgli's (June 18), and the lo-fi masterminds of La Luz. With one final shindig to go, we're capping it all off with a bang: Grunge revivalists Bully headline our Aug. 20 show!

SoundDiego blogger and beloved DJ Robin Roth -- who is emceeing the show -- gushed about the alt-rock band that's been all the buzz since they started kicking out the jams in 2013.

"The Nashville-based Bully dropped their debut album in June of last year," Roth said, "And they actually recorded it at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio, where frontwoman Alicia Bognanno used to intern. She sings, plays guitar, writes all the songs, and also records and engineers them as well! A great role model for young women: Strong, independent and smart."

And who did we tap to open the show? None other than beloved San Diego kings of chill-out soul/pop/rock, the Donkeys! 

"[The Donkeys] have been around since 2004 and they have a loyal fanbase in San Diego and beyond," Roth told us. "They won a San Diego Music Award for Best Rock Band in 2012, and even had one of their songs featured on the TV show 'Lost.' When you think of the Donkeys, sun, sand and driving with the top down in summertime all come to mind. If you don’t know about 'em yet, they’re gonna be your new favorite band -- or a band you wish you were in."

The hometown boys have been a two-time inductee in our SoundDiego Record Club, and we've also been lucky enough to feature them at a Halloween edition of SoundDiego LIVE where they all dressed up like mummies and blew our collective minds! If you've ever seen them Donkeys boys, you know their shows are unforgettable.

With tickets set at $30, you get to see two incredible bands in one of California’s premier music venues with full access to their pool complex -- and in a summer setting that simply can’t be beat. Better yet, if use the promo code SOUNDDIEGO when you’re purchasing tickets, they’re only $20! 

Get tickets to SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort SoCal on Aug. 20 with Bully and the Donkeys!

And since we know some of you will want to make a stay-cation out of it, Harrah's Resort SoCal has been kind enough to offer a special room deal that includes a $50 resort credit and two free tickets to the show! Hey now! Head to HarrahsSoCal.com to snag your room(s) with the promo code SOUND!

By the way, if you're round-tripping on Saturday night, we'll also have a FREE party bus picking up showgoers at the Pacific Beach Staples at 6 p.m. on the day of the show to get y'all to Harrah's and back! Talk about a win-win.

Splash it up!

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[Win Tickets to Anderson .Paak]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:58:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522357508.jpg

If you haven't noticed, we're in the middle of summer and it's definitely packin' heat this year -- or should we say: Paak-in' heat? On Aug. 3, Anderson .Paak is headlining House of Blues San Diego, and we're giving away two tickets and a $50 Karma Kash giftcard to one lucky winner!

Enter now to win two tickets to see Anderson .Paak at House of Blues San Diego on Aug. 3!

Simply put, .Paak (yes, the period's supposed to be there) is one of music's hottest rising hip-hop stars. He released his debut album (under the Anderson .Paak moniker), "Venice," in 2014 and then appeared on six tracks of Dr. Dre's "Compton" album in 2015, and on two tracks of the Game's "The Documentary 2." .Paak's latest album, "Malibu," dropped earlier this year in January, and it's been nonstop critical acclaim since. Do yourself a favor and make sure you're at his Aug. 3 show, with Little Simz and Pomo on the bill as well. One way to get there? Enter to win tickets through us!

Aside from the two tickets to see the action up close and personal, you'll get a $50 Karma Kash giftcard for use at either/or the House of Blues gift shop and in-house restaurant! You gotta be in it to win, so get in the running while you can -- we pull a winner on July 29 at noon.

Enter now to win two tickets to see Anderson .Paak at House of Blues San Diego on Aug. 3!

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<![CDATA[The Age of Aquabats]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/112259207.jpg

It has been a fun and busy month and now, Comic-Con is upon us. Check out Rosemary Bystrak’s guide to all that is Con here, as you peruse some of my picks for this weekend.

Friday, Cold War Kids kick off the Del Mar Concert Series with local band Otto Pilot performing on the Seaside Stage at 6 p.m. The concerts at the track are free with your track admission. Elsewhere, Blink-182, A Day To Remember and All-American Rejects play night two at Viejas Arena; Boris performing “Pink” and Earth are at the Casbah; Vista Kicks, the Gloomies and Hawai play at Soda Bar; Miss Destiny, Bosswitch and Fictitious Dishes hit the Whistle Stop; and Archons headline at the Tower Bar. Dance options include An-Ten-Nae and Huglife, DatPhat, Galangsta, Yaks, Russ Imperio and SpeakerGhost at Spin; ’80s and ’90s at Bar Pink; Lil Jon at Omnia; and Boombox Cartel at Bassmnt.

Saturday, Little Hurricane play Arts & Amps at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in Pacific Beach; The Aquabats and Nerf Herder take over House of Blues with a special, all-ages matinee show (starts at noon); Phish hits Sleep Train Amphitheatre; Ziggy Shuffledust & the Spiders From Mars and Electric Warrior (T-Rex tribute) are at the Casbah; The Verigolds, Pearl Charles and Garden Echo play at Soda Bar; The Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Mittens and Pleasure Fix are at Bar Pink; and Gloomsday headline at the Tower Bar. Get your dance on with Club Sabbat’s Comic-Con-themed event at Numb3rs; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Sleepwalking at Til-Two; Porter Robinson and Posso at Omnia; Party Favor at Bassmnt; and Craze at Bang Bang.

Sunday, Twenty One Pilots, Mutemath and Chef’Special are at Viejas Arena; The Jayhawks and Fernando Viciconte play at the Belly Up; and Inter Arma, Withered and Strange Planet take over Soda Bar.

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

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Cold War Kids Are All Right]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:41:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Cold+War+Kids+Observatory+%2830%29.jpg

I've been a little Con-centric this week because I'm such a nerd, but that's not all that San Diego has to offer. With the Del Mar Racetrack celebrating opening day just a week ago, the Summer Concert Series is now in full effect and kicking the whole thing off is one of our favorites, Cold War Kids. It was clear from their first show here at the Casbah that they would do massive things, and we like to think of them as honorary locals. The concerts are free with paid track admission as long as you arrive before the final race. Around San Diego, Japanese stoner-rockers Boris celebrate 10 years of their album "Pink," by performing it in full at the Casbah; Blink-182 plays a sold-out show at Viejas arena; Archons come out of a long hiatus with a show at Tower Bar; and of course, there are a million Con-related events all over downtown.

Friday, July 22 (Comic-Con 2016):

  • Cold War Kids, Otto Pilot @ Del Mar Summer Concert Series (after the last race)
  • Boris performing "Pink," Earth @ Casbah
  • Blink-182, A Day To Remember, All-American Rejects @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, SDSU
  • Archons, Bonehawk, Loom, Beira @ Tower Bar
  • San Diego Ska Summer w/ Fixed Idea (El Paso, TX), the Amalgamated, Mochilero All-Stars @ Ken Club
  • An-Ten-Nae and Huglife, DatPhat, Galangsta, Yakes, Russ Imperio, SpeakerGhost @ Spin (costumes encouraged)
  • The Radioactive Chicken Heads and Clark Chimp @ Tenth Avenue Arts Center
  • The Bi-National Mambo Orchestra @ Dizzy's
  • Vista Kicks, the Gloomies, Hawai @ Soda Bar
  • Disciples of the Canyon, KD the Beast, TAC XII, Rashinal @ The Merrow
  • '80s & '90s @ Bar Pink
  • San Diego Brews Cruise @ Hornblower Adventure (6:30-10 p.m.)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest @ Symphony Hall 
  • MTV Private Party @ Fluxx
  • Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque @ Brick By Brick
  • Atomic Groove Mid-Summer Girlz Nite Out @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • Arise Root, Iya Terra, Ital Vibes @ Belly Up
  • Shawshank Redeemed, Suntorn, End Of Flesh, Raw Dawg, Fix Our Eyes, Nebulium @ SOMA
  • SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour @ Brick By Brick
  • Miss Destiny, Bosswitch, Fictitious Dishes @ Whistle Stop
  • Tyler Boone, Andrew Barrack @ Lestat's
  • Songwriter Night @ Java Joe's
  • Tombstalker, Sakrifcer, Impure Consecration, Beastial Slaughter, Tideless @ The Bancroft
  • Hard Fall Hearts, the Upshots @ 710 Beach Club
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Casey Turner @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Hit Bargain, Bastidas, Miscegenation and more @ Che Cafe
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Bomb Squad, DJ OpenOptics @ Winston's
  • Telephone Lovers, Modern Kicks, Dead On the Wire, Chamber 6 @ Til-Two Club
  • Beat Kitchen with QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Boombox Cartel @ Bassmnt
  • Lil Jon @ Omnia
  • Purps and Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • The Groove @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Racetrack Taps Locals for 2016 Concerts]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:50:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Todo+Mundo-4218.jpg

Aside from the big names like Cold War Kids, Chromeo and 311, it looks like the Del Mar Racetrack is placing bets on local music in a big way during their 2016 concert season.

In a partnership with Pacific Records and their director of A&R, Gary Hyde, 10 San Diego acts have been tapped to play the Racetrack’s Seaside Stage a couple hours prior on nights featuring those big Grandstand headliners.

On July 22 (the same night Cold War Kids kick off the concert season), Otto Pilot will perform their acoustic rock tunes, followed on July 29 by indie pop/jazz multi-instrumentalist (and quite the exceptional drummer) Elise Trouw, who’ll play prior to the Fitz & the Tantrums show.

Things heat up in August as the hip-hop production trio the Kneehighs open for Girl Talk on Aug. 5; roots-rocker Ryan Hiller warms up the crowd before Brian Setzer’s performance on Aug. 6 at 2:30 p.m.; Morgan Leigh Band bring the country-pop prior to Chris Young’s show on Aug. 12; indie-rock group Creature Canyon perform at 5 p.m. before 311 and Matisyahu's show on Aug. 13; soul/R&B chanteuse Rebecca Jade treats audiences before Thievery Corporation on Aug. 19; and Sandollar deliver all the beach rock vibes you can handle prior to Pepper’s set (another hometown group by the way) on Aug. 26.

When the Racetrack concert season wraps up in September, we’ll also see local world-music superstars Todo Mundo head up the Seaside Stage right before the Wailers’ main stage set (Sept. 2) and Super Groupie (San Diego purveyors of “beach soul”) on the same night as the red-hot EDM/pop duo Chromeo (Sept. 3).

Needless to say, the opening slots afforded to local acts are huge opportunities to spread the good word about their music.

“I am stoked!” Creature Canyon frontman Austin Steele told SoundDiego. “It’s cool this year too because it’s the first year that there are opening acts for the big headlining bands, and all of the acts are local talent.”

Even when there are stylistic differences between the San Diego artists and the headliners, as in the case with Steele’s band and the 311/Matisyahu show for example, true music fans should be able to appreciate the pairings.

“We have great songs and the guys in the band are amazing musicians, so as long as we are well-rehearsed, I’m sure their fans will dig our stuff,” he said.

For fans of the openers, keep your eye on their respective social media accounts for tickets. Steele (who also plays in Super Groupie) gave us the rundown on how to get in.

“Anyone who buys tickets to the races gets into the show for free! We will also be giving out free tickets through our Facebook and Twitter through contests and fun shenanigans. [Del Mar Racetrack] is giving us a bunch of tickets to give out for free!”

The other local acts scheduled to perform will also be hitting their pages with details on how to score tickets so be sure to check them out. Looks like everyone’s a winner this year. For more information and complete details, visit the official Del Mar Racetrack website.

2016 Del Mar Racetrack Lineup


  • July 22: Cold War Kids, Otto Pilot (Seaside Stage at 6 p.m.)
  • July 29: Fitz & the Tantrums, Elise Trouw (Seaside Stage at 6 p.m.)
  • Aug. 5: Girl Talk, the Kneehighs (Seaside Stage at 6 p.m.)
  • Aug. 6: Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Ryan Hiller (Seaside Stage at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Aug. 12: Chris Young, Morgan Leigh Band (Seaside Stage at 6 p.m.)
  • Aug. 13: 311 and Matisyahu, Creature Canyon (Seaside Stage at 5 p.m.)
  • Aug. 19: Thievery Corporation, Rebecca Jade (Seaside Stage at 6 p.m.)
  • Aug. 26: Pepper, Sandollar (Seaside Stage at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Sept. 2: The Wailers, Todo Mundo (Seaside Stage at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Sept. 3: Chromeo, Super Groupie (Seaside Stage at 5:30 p.m.) 


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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Islands in the Sun]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:18:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Islands+press+photo2.jpg Islands' frontman Nick Thorburn hangs out with SoundDiego TV's Hannah Lott-Schwartz prior to the band's Casbah show to talk the bands new EPs, crowd-funding and "Serial."]]> <![CDATA[LIVE: Pitbull]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:06:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pitbull+Alex+Matthews+7.16.16+%2820%29.jpg Pitbull took a bite out of Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 16, with his wild, high-energy live show and huge hits.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Behind the Comic-Con Veil]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:17:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pierce+the+Veil+cropped.jpg

It was just a couple of weeks ago that San Diego's born-and-bred Pierce the Veil played a sold-out show at the Observatory. If you missed them, tonight might be your chance to catch them perform as they are one of the performers at the MTV Fandom Fest and Fandom Awards. The event is free to Comic-Con badgeholders at Petco Park on a first-come, first-served basis. If you don't have a badge, there are plenty of other Con and non-Con events to make your Thursday feel like a Friday. At the Irenic in North Park, Autolux performs after a bit of a hiatus, while Culture Shock rocks (and skanks) at the Casbah. Meanwhile, if you prefer your ska in Spanish, head to the Observatory for Panteon Rococo or try your luck at tickets for Blink 182 at Viejas Arena. Obviously there are tons of fun things to get caught up in tonight, so don't sleep, San Diego.

Thursday, July 21 (Comic-Con 2016):

  • MTV Fandom Fest & Fandom Awards feat. Kent Jones, Pierce the Veil and Krewella @ Petco Park (6:30 p.m., awards taping at 8 p.m.)
  • Autolux, Eureka the Butcher @ The Irenic
  • Culture Shock, World Inferno/Friendship Society, the Downs Family, La Cantina Beat @ Casbah
  • Panteon Rococo with Nana Pancha, Marujah @ The Observatory North Park
  • Blink 182, A Day To Remember, All-American Rejects @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, SDSU
  • An Evening with Slayer @ House of Blues (sold out)
  • Yidhra, Attalla, the Great Electric Quest, Supersonic Dragon Wagon @ The Merrow
  • Eric D-lux and Kristian Nairn @ Omnia
  • Vinnie Caruana, Brian Warren, Alive & Well, Monk Tamony @ Soda Bar
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Funny Or Die Party with Honus Honus @ Quartyard
  • w00tstock 8.0 @ Balboa Theatre (7-11 p.m.)
  • Reckless Kelly, Nancarrow @ Belly Up
  • An Evening with Straight No Chaser @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Digitour Summer Jake T. Austin, Baby Ariel, Dylan Dauzat, Weston Kourey, Dylan Murray, Ricky Thompson, Plus Many More @ SOMA
  • Solstice, Warsenal, Faethom, Seraphic Disgust, Infernal Conjuration @ Brick By Brick
  • Emmanuel Walker @ Lestat's
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Alexander Jean, Mark Ballas, BC Jean, Alexa Villa, Savannah Philyaw @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke with Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • OB Hip Hop Social #24 (CD Release Party) Alowe, Atlantis Rizing, Left in Company, Fluid @ Winston's
  • Michael vs. Prince with Saul Q, Cobra Kills, B Rose, Goose^Mavrk @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's
  • Girls Girls Girls all female dance night with Lizeth @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity wth Lee Reynolds & Machino @ Kava Lounge
  • Dayna Stephens Quintet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Billy Watson @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Frosty's Winning Formula]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:26:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Frosty+press+photo.jpg

There's an old saying that goes "If it ain't broke don't fix it," because well, whatever "it" is, it's working. On his latest EP, "Authenticated," San Diego hip-hop veteran Frosty does exactly that. Picking up where last year's "Audiograff" record left off, he revisits his winning formula, rapping over chopped samples from producer Steve Vicious in classic b-boy form.

He sticks to the script with six songs that play out over 21 minutes, sharing common sense and good reason via nuggets like, "Hard work means everything / Find satisfaction in that / Adoration in fact / Is usually the product of that." And while his approach doesn't stray far from the "Audiograff" blueprint, his level of depth and reflection do.

If he was testing the waters on the first EP, he's fully submerged here, rapping from the pit of his stomach on the opener "Thorns": "Instinct gives you what your eyes can't see / When opportunity knocks it's not always what you thought it would be / Pride before the fall / I gotta re-evaluate my stance / Never lacking confidence but limit the rants."

Backed by Vicious, there's a genuine sense of soul in some places. And on "Way Out," with its cool-out rhythm and electric piano, Frosty gets introspective. He reminisces about powdered milk, days spent at the social security office, the bottom, struggle and his escape from it -- a way out. It's the pair at their best, mindful, even well-meaning -- all done without sounding pushy or worse, dogmatic.

This isn't a re-invention of the wheel, as "Authenticated" owes a heavy debt to its predecessor. But with the success of his last project, why would he want to change horses in the middle of the race? [Listen/buy "Authenticated" here]

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Pablo Huerta]]>
<![CDATA[The Joy Formidable Luck Club]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:26:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_6423.JPG

Comic-Con is here and I couldn't be more excited. Sure, I enjoy going to the Convention Center and seeing all the cool stuff, but the thing I really love is the thousands of out-of-towners who visit San Diego to see just how amazing our city is, and that it's for a non-sporting event makes me all the happier. After preview night, you can explore San Diego's music scene with tons of great shows. CeeLo Green is at Belly Up for the second night and Kiiara plays a sold-out show at the Casbah. I would be thrilled to catch OMD as they open for Barenaked Ladies at Open Air Theatre, and Tacocat (the coolest palindrome band name ever) play at Soda Bar. I, however, will be catching the Joy Formidable at the Irenic. The all-ages show starts and ends early, so I might even head back downtown afterward to check out the action.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (Comic-Con 2016):

  • The Joy Formidable, the New Regime @ The Irenic
  • Lemolo, Jara, Holling @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Kiiara, Lil Aaron @ Casbah
  • CeeLo, Nikki’s Wives @ Belly Up
  • Tacocat, the Regrettes, Soft Lions @ Soda Bar
  • Barenaked Ladies, OMD, Howard Jones @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Moonwalks, Amerikan Bear @ The Office
  • DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Enchantment Under the SDCC @ Analog Bar (7-11 p.m.)
  • "Aliens" screening @ The Balboa Theatre (7-9 p.m.)
  • Doug Loves Movies Podcast @ American Comedy Co. (8 p.m.)
  • Hop-Con 4.0: The w00tstout Festival @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station (8-11 p.m.)
  • Nickelodeon Private Party @ Fluxx
  • Game of Bloggers @ Dragon's Den (free, 9 p.m.-midnight)
  • Woof Wednesday @ Quartyard
  • Nails, Terrorizer LA, Freedom, Nomads @ Brick By Brick
  • Dirty Revival @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistle Stop
  • Happy Together Tour 2016 @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Club Kingston Presents: Leilani Wolfgramm with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Belanova @ House of Blues
  • Tom Fertsch, Lizzie Waters @ Lestat's
  • Notorious4Comedy @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Working Class Wednesday @ Tower Bar
  • Rosy Dawn @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Fungi Fest @ Kava Lounge
  • WTF Wednesdays @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Widespread Panic]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:05:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Widespread+Panic+SD+Civic+Theatre+7.12.16+%281%29.jpg Stay calm and jam on: Widespread Panic brought their epic live show through the San Diego Civic Theatre on July 12.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Come at Me, Bro-Am]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:36:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SwitchfootIBScottWilson.jpg

I dare you to move up the charts even higher, Switchfoot. The North County-based band's new album, “Where the Light Shines Through,” has debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Rock, Alternative and Overall Digital charts and No. 10 on the Billboard 200, joining fellow San Diegans Blink-182 and Pierce the Veil, who dropped into No. 1 and No. 4 on the Billboard 200, respectively. Released on July 8, Switchfoot’s 10th studio album proves that crusty surfers should never be underestimated (I should know; I have one in my band).

The album’s success caps a great two weekend run for Switchfoot, which began with the annual Bro-Am Festival in Encinitas, where they played with Echosmith on a bill that they shared with American Authors and Parachute. With a full head of steam (and luscious golden locks), they played yet another free show at Imperial Beach Pier on Sunday to thousands, maybe millions -- I was never good at guessing how many jelly beans were in the jar -- an event hosted by local radio station 91x. 

The annual Bro-Am Festival raises money for Switchfoot's Bro-Am Foundation, which in turn provides shelter, food and education for kids in need (or so they say). Just kidding, I trust these guys. Plus, free concerts are pretty generous for a Grammy Award-winning band.

Switchfoot leave for their Looking for America (uh, we’re right here, guys) tour with Relient K on Sept. 19. In the words of Simon & Garfunkel, who also went to look for America, “Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together.” Whaddya say, Switchfoot?

Rutger Rosenborg was 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: Scott Wilson
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<![CDATA[Psychedelic Furs, Baby, Yeah]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/51525073.jpg

This week is inching toward Comic-Con, but as we know around here, there's always amazing music to catch year-round in San Diego. Tonight, you can enjoy a night under the stars as you hang out with early 'college rock' pioneers the Psychedelic Furs and the Church. The two have been touring together for a couple years now and after catching them both last year, I have to say you will not be disappointed. Meanwhile, the Yardbirds are at the Belly Up, Yoni & Geti play the Casbah, and Fear of Men play a special show at the Hideout. Lots to keep your little indie-rock ears happy all week long.

Tuesday, July 19:

  • The Psychedelic Furs, the Church @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Yoni & Geti, Go Dark, Calcutta Kid @ Casbah
  • The Yardbirds @ Belly Up
  • Tiki Tuesday with Alvino and the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Xibalba, Dehumanized, Dysentery, World Of Pain @ Soda Bar
  • Fear of Men, Puro Instinct, Chill Pill @ The Hideout
  • Beira, Irata, Nebula Drag @ The Merrow
  • SoCal Food and Wine Festival @ Ramona Mainstages
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Knocked Loose, Culture Killer, To The Wind @ SOMA
  • Streetlight Manifesto, Dan Potthast, Sycamore Smith @ House of Blues
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Comedy Night @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Trapped @ The Office
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Meeting of the Meyends with the Gentle Giant, Organic Alliance, Wicked Monk, Destructo Bunny @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • The Moneyman @ Tio Leo's
  • Sketch Party & Videdrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Pleasure Presents: Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Hyper Active Slackers, Color Till Monday @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mambo Number Five Horns]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:22:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/gilmanuel722.jpg

Trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos’ ongoing collaboration with the San Diego Symphony reached a glorious zenith on Thursday, July 14 with a tribute to Latin music legend Tito Puente in a performance at the Embarcadero Park for the Bayside Summer Nights series.

This sold out affair featured a large all-star ensemble with a core group of Castellanos and Doug Meeuwsen on trumpets, Dan Reagan on trombone, Justo Almario and Pablo Calogero on saxophones and flutes, musical director Irving Flores on piano, Omar Lopez on bass and the remarkable three drum tandem of Mike Holguin on timbales, Tommy Aros on congas and Latin-jazz legend Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez.

The three drum choir provided a constant roil of activity throughout the opening number “T. P. Special,” which leaned heavily on Almario’s boppish vocabulary and a Castellanos vignette that found the trumpeter scribing wide melodic arcs interspersed with sudden fits of trills. Flores broke the time into delicious segments of block chords while Aros laid down the first in a series of crowd pleasing percussion solos.

There was a sense of almost hyper ebullience on the gorgeously layered “Flight to Jordan,” which benefitted greatly from the soloing expertise of Calogero’s flute, Almario’s tenor (he reminded me of a Latin Sonny Rollins) and the bluesy bluster of Reagan’s trombone. Castellanos and Meeuwsen held a trumpet shootout, while Flores set up an inspiring round robin of solos from Rodriguez, Holguin and Aros.

Flores stood up to clap off the horn-heavy intro to “Calzada de Cerro,” an instant crowd favorite cha-cha-cha that brought vocalists Mariela Contreras, Lorraine Castellanos and Mike Benge onto the stage to alternate between the stream of solos from Castellanos, Almario and Calogero.

“Que Sensacion,” closed out the first set with a super dense thicket of Afro Cuban grooves featuring a protean Almario novella followed by Calogero’s primal baritone saxophone excursion and a Holguin timbale spotlight that had the crowd on their feet.

The brief intermission might have been necessary to marshal the energy of the audience, who greeted the second set opening mambo “Ran Kan Kan,” with wild enthusiasm. It soon transformed into a feature for the growling exuberance of Contreras and another episodic showstopper from Holguin, who was clearly channeling the master.

The full five horn ensemble came alive on “Oriente,” which Lorraine Castellanos cut up and devoured for dinner alongside a superb trombone feature for Reagan, whose aggressive sound encapsulated the joy of the evening.

That evening came to a close with Tito Puente’s most recognized cha-cha-cha, the evergreen “Oye Como Va,” which had the crowd on their feet and dancing over a slew of virtuoso moments, beginning with Calogero’s flute, Meeuwsen’s trumpet and then extending finally to a low-toned essay from Lopez before an ecstatic climax from everyone that brought the house down.

It might just have been the “feel good” concert of the year.

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

Photo Credit: Manuel Cruces Camberos]]>
<![CDATA[Not Country for Old Men]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:25:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/RobertEllisPress.jpeg

San Diego summers are the best, and even though the forecast is calling for some sticky weather, we can still enjoy all of the good stuff coming our way. Typically, Mondays are slim pickins', but whether you're into the country and Americana sounds of Robert Ellis at the Casbah or the synthy indie pop of Vancouver's Rococode at Soda Bar, you have some solid choices. Up at the Belly Up, CeeLo plays his first of two nights to bring you all of the hits, and the Merrow and Che Cafe have worthy shows, too. If you want to be with all of the cool kids tonight, however, head to the Office, where all of your favorite local musicians get together for Undercover. This month, they're playing Madonna, and it is sure to be spectacular.

Monday, July 18:

  • Robert Ellis, Grampadrew & the Gutstrings @ Casbah
  • Madonna Undercover @ The Office
  • Last Broadcast From the Atomic Age zine release by Randall Christopher @ Verbatim Books (5-8 p.m.)
  • CeeLo, Nikki’s Wives @ Belly Up
  • Rococode, Filthy Violets, 8IM @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Sculpture Club, 20xx, Cheeky Cheeky, Axis Evil @ Che Cafe
  • Oryx, Abyssal, We Had a Name, Owain @ The Merrow (9 p.m.)
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Brett Bodley @ Parq
  • 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, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

<![CDATA[LIVE: Summer Splash Makes Waves at Harrah's]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:08:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LaLuzSummerSplash53.jpg La Luz, Botanica Chango and 91x's Tim Pyles made our SoundDiego Summer Splash at Harrah's Resort Southern California night to remember on July 16.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: July 17-23]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:10:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/BullyforHarrahs2.jpeg Live Nation helps us highlight the top shows coming to San Diego, including the Joy Formidable, Slayer, Cold War Kids, the Aquabats and our SoundDiego Summer Splash concert with Bully.]]> <![CDATA[Creature's Teachers]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:25:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/07_16_SDTV_CreatureCanyon_1200x675_726110275762.jpg Creature Canyon got a hand early on from some famous local musicians, and we shine the spotlight on them to find out more. Catch them at Soda Bar on Sunday, July 17. ]]> <![CDATA[Wye Not?]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:30:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WyeOakPress.jpeg

It's been a crazy weekend, so tonight is a good chance to slow it all down. At the Irenic, the lovely music of Wye Oak will warm the room, or at Sycamore Den, catch Seattle's Brian John Appleby. If you want to keep the party going, however, the Pride festival continues all day at Balboa Park with headliner Paul Oakenfold. A retro triple bill brings the '80s nostalgia to Harrah's with Rick Springfield, Loverboy and the Romantics, and Miss Diana Ross plays a sold out show at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The Casbah will get a little wild with the Dickies and the Queers, and Saosin bring their post-hardcore sound to the Observatory. That's a lot to choose from on a Sunday night. Choose wisely.

Sunday, July 17:

  • San Diego LGBTQ PRIDE Festival 2016 @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Wye Oak, Tushka @ The Irenic
  • Brian John Appleby, Austin Burns @ Sycamore Den
  • Rick Springfield, Loverboy, the Romantics @ The Events Center, Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Diana Ross @ Embarcadero Marina Park South (sold out)
  • The Dickies, the Queers, the Widows, Records with Roger @ Casbah
  • Saosin @ The Observatory North Park
  • Hoquinai, Creature Canyon, Cerulean Veins @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Dennis DeYoung: the Music of STYX @ Belly Up
  • Tiago Miranda @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • House of Shem @ Music Box
  • Summer Festival with Gustavo Romero @ The Auditorium at TSRI
  • Neville Page's Creative Process @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • House of Blues Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Diamond Rio @ Sycuan
  • Sam Vicari, Beth Anne Knight @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Bob's Blues Jam @ The Bancroft (3 p.m.)
  • Spirit Tribe @ The Bancroft (9 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • DM & DM, Inus, Hours, Mermort @ Whistle Stop
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Robin Smith @ Humphreys Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • The Plot in You, Erra, Sylar, Invent, Animate, Voidlines @ Soma
  • Big Bloom, Jet Trash, Evyn Oliver @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez ]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Boston]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:25:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/BostonAtHumphreys-4116.jpg Boston took a look back for their 40th anniversary at Humphreys on Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Dizzying Heights]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:16:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DianeMoserLive.jpeg

New Jersey powerhouse pianist Diane Moser returned to San Diego on Friday night to play one of the most consistently enjoyable shows I’ve seen in years, leading a red-hot ensemble featuring contrabass giant Mark Dresser, saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh and drummer Vijay Anderson.

Although Moser’s roots with Dresser date back to the 1970s, this band had never actually performed together as a unit, aside from a brief rehearsal immediately preceding the concert, which was held at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach.

It is a clear testament to the magic possibilities of this music we call jazz that such an event coalesced. Moser’s concert didn’t just feature her own compositions, it also leaned heavily on the pens of Modirzadeh and Dresser who both contributed distinctive and intricate charts that required detailed sight-reading capabilities and superhuman intuitive listening.

She led off the evening with her original, “If You’ll Call Me,” a frenetic freebop anthem where Modirzadeh’s keening alto reminded me of the plaintive cry of Ornette Coleman. Moser pounded jagged, Monk-ian clusters while Dresser and Anderson divided the time into complex multiples. Hearing Dresser play in this context is a joyful experience, and I was instantly attracted to Anderson’s intention and clarity with the ride cymbal, which had amazing focus.

Next up was Modirzadeh’s “Song D,” featuring the composer’s breathy tenor saxophone tracing soft contours of harmony over Anderson’s feathery brushes and Dresser’s pliant throb. Moser has a deft command of pure melodic information that can suddenly veer off into structures of the moment. Dresser was everywhere -- toggling between windmill strums and roiling triplets, his personal sound has a remarkable centering effect.

On Moser’s “Dancing With the Sparrows,” the pianist posited major-key arpeggios against the raw organic bowed harmonics of Dresser as Anderson activated cymbal rolls and Modirzadeh went for a ‘Trane-like reverie. A pensive groove emerged that reminded me of the Keith Jarrett Belonging Quartet – providing Moser with a perfect opportunity to cultivate her cascading melodicism.

Dresser began his provocatively titled original, “I Can Smell You Listening,” alone, coaxing a rich soliloquy from both extremes of his instrument with his bow, and when the rest of the band joined in, it was all about the ability to caress a melody with spiritual gravity. In the blowing sections, a beautiful melange of six releasing into eight surfaced, delineated by Anderson’s uncluttered cymbal pings and Moser’s judicious balance of soft pedal gauze with clanging brutality.

That affinity for dynamic variety also dominated Dresser’s original “M,” which opened with alternate gradients of pizzicato force, exploding into a viscous groove of furious swinging that morphed between a blistering walk and a rather gutbucket half-time, all perfectly shadowed by Anderson, who ratcheted the tension with appropriate waves of volume.

The evening came to a close with Moser’s “For My Mother,” a gorgeous celebration-of-life that unfolded slowly into a labyrinth of expressive emotion -- somehow managing to keep both the melody and the commitment to exploration paramount -- especially on the closing section, when Dresser tuned down to bow an open “D” string as the harmonies faded gently into the night air.

What an amazing night of inspired music.   

 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[Let Luz for Summer Splash]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:41:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La+Luz+-+Andrew+Imanaka1.jpg

There are plenty of things to keep you busy all day and night, but we hear that all the Pokemon are heading up to Harrah's Resort Southern California for our SoundDiego Summer Splash party. We've got La Luz and Botanica Chango for your entertainment as you sip cocktails by the pool. We've got a bus, too, so meet us in PB and get to and from Harrah's safely. Today's events run deep, however, so enjoy yourselves no matter how you choose to celebrate a beautiful San Diego summer Saturday.

Saturday, July 16

  • SoundDiego Summer Splash with La Luz, Botanica Chango @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • San Diego LGBTQ PRIDE Festival 2016 @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival 2016 @ Imperial Beach (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Rubio's CoastFest 2016 with the Mowgli’s, Max and the Moon, Hullabaloo, Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew @ Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier
  • Ducktails, Nic Hessler, Heavy Hawaii @ The Hideout
  • Halsey, Bad Suns @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • Pitbull, Prince Royce, Farruko @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Boss Hog, Krass Bros. @ Casbah
  • San Diego Pride Day Parking Lot with DJ Nikol, Josh Taylor, DJ Heabnasty, Brian Rose, Mike Halloran, DJ Blackbelt Jonez @ The Merrow (12 p.m.)
  • Pride Night Club Party with Le Chien, Marclar, Moonman, Windand C, Bala, Brian Scannell @ The Merrow (9 p.m.)
  • The Deep End Party with Honey Soundsystem, Soul Button, Tim Green, Cris Herrera, Justin Campbell, Third Twin @ TBA
  • FLAUNT: Pride Edition with Tom Staar, Dawna Montell, Noir D Costas, Mad Waves, Janellie, Pandora Boxx, Shokra, Sissy Spastik, Grace Towers, Glitz Glam, Sarah Probblem @ Quartyard
  • The Sleepwalkers, the Mercedes Moore Band, Fanny & the Atta Boys, DJ Action Andy @ Ken Club
  • Skid Marks, Skaal, Social Spit, Vicious Midgets, Tikitronic, Santa Claus, Cousin Bob, Filner Headlock, Horsefly @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat: the Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Todrick Hall @ Balboa Theatre
  • Kendra Shank, Geoffrey Keezer @ Dizzy's
  • Geezer, Smells Like Nirvana, Hey! Ho! Let's Go! @ Music Box
  • DJ Le Silence de LaRue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Fall of Troy, '68, Illustrations @ Soma
  • Strangelove, the Cured, Planet Earth, Sonic Temple @ House of Blues
  • Maggie Rose @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Los Shadows, Jet Trash, Omega Three, the Hollow Forty Fives @ The Bancroft
  • The Fuzz Junkies, NSA & the Bat Lords @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Cityside, Raggabond @ Winston's
  • The Quakes, Cursed Bastards, Pat James & the No Names @ Til-Two Club
  • Down Big, Bill & Sandy @ The Black Cat
  • Slapshot, Poison Idea, Bad Samaritans, Authentic Sellout, Systematic Abuse @ Brick by Brick
  • Sahara Grim, Nathan Olesen, Raena Jade @ Lestat's
  • The Zicas @ Java Joe's
  • KIDS, Good Friends Great Enemies, DNLL @ Che Cafe
  • Way Cool Jr., Radio Thieves @ 710 Beach Club
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • NVM @ Fluxx
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
  • Flamenco @ 98 Bottles
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Cash Cash @ Omnia
  • Etc! Etc! @ Bassmnt
  • The Aston Shuffle, LO'99 @ Bang Bang
  • Divine Species Takeover @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Work presents Eden with Alex Rubio, Lanna B, Michi, Bass Exotic, Ivano @ SPIN (3 p.m.)
  • Overdrive Pride Weekend with DJ Blacklow, DJ Brett Henrichsen, DJ Dan De Leon, Danny Verde,  DJ Dawna Montell, DJ GRIND, DJ GSP, Ivan Gomez, Mad Waves, DJ Nina Flowers, Noir D Costas, Tom Staar, DJ Tristan Jaxx @ SPIN
  • Headphone @ Gallagher's Irish Pub

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

Photo Credit: Andrew Imanaka]]>
<![CDATA[When Bands Brew Beers]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:23:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Harsh+Toke+Tee+Pee+photo.jpg

Call me simple, but on a Saturday in San Diego, my day is made when just two things come together: beer and bands. And when those bands have a hand in that beer (kind of literally?), well spin me around and call me Fred, because the time to tap is now.

The first ever Beers & Bands Thing toots its own hyper-local horn by bringing together celebrated SD brewery Pizza Port and Pour House, an on-the-rise bar in North County that can’t stop won’t stop spreading the local-music word with their regular free shows. For this collaboration, Pizza Port took in three bands to create three new beers, each of which will be tapped at Pour House in Oceanside on Saturday, July 16, when the bands play head-banging sets fueled by the head-rushing creations they helped brew. It’s gonna sound a whole lot like Harsh TokeMonolith and Petyr -- and, if all goes according to plan, it’ll taste a little like them, too.

Acid rockers Harsh Toke have swirled up a batch of what they’re calling Pick 666, a Czech-style pilsner on the lighter side so you can party with the dudes late into the night.

Comin’ in heavy, Monolith brewed the Heavy Met-ale, a golden ale spiked with grapefruit honey and juice that comes in at a solid 6.66% ABV. Because rock & roll.

Petyr, meanwhile, got dirty with some English hops to bring us Grease Lightning Shocking Pale Ale, because “beer is the grease,” says bassist Luke DeVigny in this video, and “you need to lube the bearings,” adds drummer Nick McDonnell.

Now I realize that a lot of you will be out at Harrah’s SoCal for our SoundDiego Summer Splash with La Luz and Botanica Chango -- but if for some reason my car broke down and I wasn’t able to make it to the free round-trip party bus heading out to Valley Center (which picks up at the PB Staples at 6 p.m. btw), you bet your sweet ass I’d be downing some brews with these dudes and trying to touch their hair when they weren’t looking. Lots of locks to love, baby. 

Harsh Toke, Monolith and Petyr play Pour House on Saturday, July 16, at 9 p.m. The show is free, 21+.

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

<![CDATA[LIVE: Rascal Flatts]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:37:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rascal+Flatts+Alex+Matthews+7.8.16+%2811%29.jpg Life is a highway -- and it led country-music royalty Rascal Flatts through Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, July 8.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Make a Weekend Summer Splash]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:29:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+Summer+Splash+Boxer+Rebellion+Verigolds+%2883%29.jpg

Friday, We Are Scientists, the Palms and Billie Eilish are at House of Blues Voodoo Room; Phoebe Ryan, Cardiknox and Secret Weapons play at the Casbah; 88 Fingers Louie, Sic Waiting, Caskitt and Castoff hit Soda Bar; The Falcon, the Copyrights, Sam Russo and Mikey Erg are at the Ken Club; Pins of Light, Cruz Radical, Santa Ana Knights and Birth Defects are at Tower Bar; Hoquinai, Hand of Gavrilo and Pleasure Fix take over the Che Café; and Cowboy Mouth and Euphoria Brass Band play at Music Box. Get your dance on with F---ing In the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Mike Delgado at El Dorado; DJ Ruckus at Omnia; Nora en Pure at Bang Bang; and Jackal at Bassmnt.

Saturday, SoundDiego Summer Splash featuring La Luz and Botanica Chango takes over Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Rubio’s Coast Fest with the Mowgli’s, Max and the Moon, and more hits Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier; Halsey and Bad Suns are at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre; Ducktails, Nic Hessler and Heavy Hawaii hit the Hideout; Geezer, Smells Like Nirvana and Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! play at Music Box; Boss Hog and Krass Bros. are at the Casbah; The Kids tour kick off is at the Che Café; Strangelove, the Cured, Planet Earth and Sonic Temple take over House of Blues; plus the Pride Festival is Saturday (with headliner Kesha) and Sunday. Plenty of dance options including the Pride party at the Merrow; Flaunt at Quartyard; Neon Beat at Bar Pink where I’ll be guest DJing; ’80s vs. ’90s at the Whistle Stop; Adam Salter at El Dorado; Cash Cash at Omnia; Etc! Etc! at Bassmnt; The Aston Shuffle at Bang Bang; and Overdrive Pride at Spin.

In addition to the Pride Festival on Sunday, Diana Ross plays at Embarcadero Marina Park South; the Dickies, the Queers, the Widows and Records with Roger takes over the Casbah; Saosin headlines at the Observatory North Park; Wye Oak and Tushka are at the Irenic; and Hoquinai, Creature Canyon and Cerulean Veins are at Soda Bar

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

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Whistlin' Dixie Chicks]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:54:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/dixie+chicks.jpg

It is such an exciting time in San Diego right now. To go back to back with the All-Star Game, Pride, and Comic-Con next week, maybe the rest of the country will finally acknowledge that we're not just a sleepy seaside town. We already know that San Diego rocks, however, so no matter what anyone thinks, just take a look at tonight's shows to see that we've got it going on. One of my personal faves, We Are Scientists, return to town with a show in the House of Blues Voodoo Room, Pride events kick off throughout Hillcrest and Balboa Park, and even Imperial Beach's Sandcastle tournament has been upgraded to the the "Sun & Sea Festival." The outspoken and amazing Dixie Chicks are at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Seshollowaterboyz bring hip-hop to the Observatory, and Phoebe Ryan and Cardiknox play back to back at Casbah. Keep an eye out for supergroup the Falcon at Ken Club to bring late-night action to Adams Avenue, but don't write off 88 Fingers Louie at Soda Bar or the big New Orleans party that Cowboy Mouth will bring to Music Box. So much to do tonight and all weekend so use your noodle and lay a good base, stay hydrated, get a designated driver, and by all means, pace yourself to last all weekend long.

Friday, July 15:

  • We Are Scientists, the Palms, Billie Eilish @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • San Diego LGBTQ PRIDE Festival 2016 @ Marston Point, Balboa Park
  • Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival 2016 @ Imperial Beach (9 a.m.-5 p.m., free)
  • The Falcon (Brendan Kelly and Neil Hennessey of Lawrence Arms, Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio, Dave Hause of the Loved Ones), the Copyrights, Sam Russo, Mikey Erg @ Ken Club
  • Dixie Chicks, Augustana, Smooth Hound Smith @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Phoebe Ryan, Cardiknox, Secret Weapons @ Casbah
  • Seshollowaterboyz @ The Observatory North Park
  • 88 Fingers Louie, Sic Waiting, Caskitt, Castoff @ Soda Bar
  • Cowboy Mouth, Euphoria Brass Band @ Music Box
  • Kittens (DJ), SPZRKT, Joyce Wrice @ Lamppost Warehouse
  • Sculpins, Strike Twelve, United Defiance, Dum Cumsters @ Til-Two Club
  • The Broken Stems @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Screeching Weasel, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Dead on the Wire @ Brick By Brick
  • F---ing in the Bushes with Dan Sant & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Tony P, Jessica Bell, Benji Burgess @ Lestat's
  • Jeff Berkley, Freebo @ Java Joe's
  • SubWOOFer with DJ Barry Harris @ The Merrow
  • Sozinho (TJ), Kmo (TJ), Silencio de Martha (TJ) @ The Bancroft
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Keleigh Kearney @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jovias and the Have Six @ 710 Beach Club (10 p.m.)
  • The Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Olivia Lane @ Moonshine Flats
  • Hoquinai, Hand of Gavrilo, Pleasure Fix @ Che Cafe
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Pins of Light, Cruz Radical, Santa Ana Knights, Birth Defects @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Piracy Conspiracy with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • DJ Bad @ Fluxx
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Jackal @ Bassmnt
  • Nora en Pure @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Ruckus @ Omnia
  • Swallow Your Pride with John Joseph, SRO @ SPIN
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Progress (deep progressive/techno) @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Deerhoof in the Headlights]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:20:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/201*120/deerhoof0byjoesingh+-+Copy.jpg

Tonight is the battle of adorable music. At the Casbah, quirky noise rockers Deerhoof return with their usually erratic and intriguing show, while eight-piece Japanese WagakkiBand hit House of Blues for what is part of a short California tour. Downstairs in the same venue, Pinegrove and Sports perform, and our friends Big Bad Buffalo open that one. Soda Bar has Idlehands while Brick By Brick deviates from their usual metal lineup with a more folk-rock turn with Sherwood, Mayfield and more. Lots of choices and no matter which one you hit, you're sure to have a great time.

Thursday, July 14:

  • Deerhoof, Skating Polly, Weird Night @ Casbah
  • WagakkiBand @ House of Blues
  • Pinegrove, Sports, Big Bad Buffalo @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Idlehands, A.J. Froman, Dani Bell & the Tarantist @ Soda Bar
  • Sherwood, Mayfield, CJ Hutchins Band, Fialta, Tyson Motsenbocker, Nervous Ends @ Brick By Brick
  • Grown Folk Music with the Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Brawley's Barroom Ball ft. Buzz Campbell, Brawley, Mark Jackson @ Belly Up
  • Lalah Hathaway @ Music Box
  • The Donnis Trio @ Fletcher Cove
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ The Black Cat
  • Soft Lions, the Fresh Brunettes @ The Pour House Oceanside
  • Lauren Derose, Ezekiel Morphis, Andrew Barrack @ Sycamore Den
  • Andrew London, Bliah @ Lestat's
  • Night Owls on the Seine @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Colombian Necktie, Trapped Within Burning Machinery, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Garth Algar @ The Merrow
  • Pisscat (Sacramento), Reckless Disregard, Tarolas Del Hueso @ The Bancroft
  • R:Tyme @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Vampyre(tx), Nebula Drag, Sound Lupus @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Between the Skeets with Saul Q, Julz, Jason Waterfalls, Kev Mighty @ El Dorado
  • Full Strength Full Band @ Winston's
  • SNBRN @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • High 5 Presents Night Skool @ Henry's
  • Astrojump with Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Ticklish @ Kava Lounge
  • The Chris Fast Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: joe singh]]>
<![CDATA[High-rise May Doom Quartyard]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Quartyard+audience.jpg

Quartyard, the East Village outdoor music venue/beer garden/market experiment, may be on the way out.

Civic San Diego (which helps to oversee downtown development) has entered into negotiations to sell the city-owned property (a 28,000-square-foot lot at 1102 Market St. that Quartyard currently occupies) to Holland Partners Group. If the sale is completed, Holland will transform the lot into Park & Market -- a 34-story, 427-unit, mixed-use residential development -- and Quartyard will have to either shut down or move.

East Village residents (along with other civic activists) took to Change.org on July 8 to create a petition entitled Save Quartyard and Secure a Permanent Home for the Urban Park, which has picked up steam on social media over the past few days. It had 1,747 supporters at the time this article was written.

Quartyard's grand opening boasted a concert featuring Madi Diaz and Swim Team in March 7, 2015. The "urban park" began in 2013 as a conceptual idea by Philip Auchettl, David Loewenstein and Jason Grauten, who then turned it into their master’s senior thesis for the NewSchool of Architecture + Design. The idea was simple: Transform vacant city land into a thriving communal space that could be assembled quickly, and torn down just as fast, using shipping containers as structural components instead of spending the time, money and effort required to develop an actual building.

The trio (who operate as the Rad Lab) raised $60,000 on Kickstarter to prove residents' interest in the project to the city, and, after gathering investors, partnering with a contractor and receiving approval from the city, Quartyard was effectively born.

Quartyard has a license for 48 live-music events a year and offers rotating daily food trucks, art galleries, farmers/crafts markets, a coffee shop, a dog park, beer garden and an outdoor music stage, which San Diegans have began to flock to over the last year. According to the Change.org petition, "The gathering space serves an average of 9,000 residents and visitors a month" and hosted more than 160 events during the last 15 months.

The premise of the Quartyard has never changed, however: It was meant to be a temporary space on an empty lot.

"Quartyard was built as a placeholder for future development with the intention to activate a vacant, publicly owned lot, then relocate once the city sells," Auchettl told SoundDiego via email.

While the Change.org petition is new, the impending property sale is not. The San Diego Union Tribune reported in July of 2015 that Civic San Diego committees had heard two separate proposals from two different developers, Cisterra Development and Holland Partner Group, for massive downtown projects. Cisterra’s proposal for a lot on Seventh Avenue and Market Street involves the development of a Ritz Carlton hotel and a Whole Foods. Holland’s took aim at the Park Boulevard and Market Street lot.

According to the article, the Civic San Diego committee members "recommended that negotiations get started with the two developers to craft more specific plans for developing what is city-owned land," and went on to state that full Civic San Diego approval would take six months or more. As the Change.org petition points out, the project is still under review and requires further approval from city planning agencies, along with the San Diego City Council. Holland Partners Group delivered a schematic design for public review on Tuesday at a Downtown Community Planning Council Pre-Design Subcommittee hearing.

Regardless of the public support for Quartyard, Auchettl said that if and when the time comes to move, the venue will uphold its end of the deal.

"Quartyard was set up to be a temporary activation that could last one year or 10 years," Auchettl told SoundDiego. "If the city does decide to move forward with the chosen developers, we will respect their decision and move when the timing is right."

When asked if they had any plans to move to another space downtown, Auchettl’s response was optimistic but vague.

"We hope that Quartyard will not only act as an emerging model of how we can activate vacant land, but also have an impact on the future developments and public space downtown."

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

<![CDATA[MLB All-Star Concert Series]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gwen+Stefani+and+EVE+AM+%2851+of+55%29.jpg The MLB All-Star Concert Series was a grand slam, with Gwen Stefani and Eve joining the fray.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Behind the Pierce the Veil]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:57:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pierce+the+Veil+cropped.jpg Pierce the Veil head to the mall with Daye Salani before their recent Observatory North Park show and chat up their San Diego roots, new chart-topping album -- and the land down under.]]> <![CDATA[Singing Group Apologizes After All-Star Game Controversy]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:13:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The-Tenors-All-Lives-Matter.jpg
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<![CDATA[11 of SD's Best Rock Albums of 2016 (So Far)]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/sounddiego+8-30-12-87.jpg

Since we're at the halfway point of 2016, it seems like as good of a time as any to look back over the last six months and revel in the best rock/pop music that came out of San Diego. While, of course, it's tough to listen to absolutely everything that's been released (and I'm sure there's plenty of great stuff I'm missing) -- if you think I've made a glaring oversight by omitting a record you think should be included here, post a link to it in the comments below and it'll definitely be checked out. And, hey, if the first half of the year is any indication, the rest of 2016 should be outstanding. [Selections listed alphabetically]

AJ Froman, "Phoenix Syndrome" (released Jan. 26): AJ Froman's new album does a good job of capturing the band's raw, considerable in-concert power. Channeling equal parts Mars Volta, King Crimson and Led Zeppelin, they easily maneuver through endless twists and turns in difficult time signatures and intricate song structures only they would imagine. If untamed psychedelic experimentalism (think Yes, not Tame Impala) is your thing, AJ Froman's your guy, er, band. [Listen/buy it here]

The Donkeys, "Midnight Palms" EP (released Feb. 12): The Donkeys don't pull punches: What you see is what you get. And simply put, "Midnight Palms” -- the band's new five-song EP -- will undoubtedly delight listeners. Its straight-ahead blue-eyed soul/pop goes perfectly with the upcoming summer months and rocks all the chill, retro vibes you could ask for. Cue it up, kick your shoes off and crack a cold one. [Listen/buy it now]

Hexa, "Bata Motel" EP (released Feb. 8): The debut EP from Hexa is a wondrous exploration into experimentally forged "darkpop." At their core, the album’s four songs are pop songs -- verses generally precede bigger choruses and so forth -- but there's an underlying gothicness to it all, a creeping and ethereal sorrow pervading through even the most straightforward melodies. Sit back and let it wash over you. [Listen/buy it here]

Mrs. Henry, "Vol. 1" (released June 20): Every now and then, someone somewhere proclaims rock & roll to be dead. If you put on Mrs. Henry’s "Vol. 1," you’ll discover that, quite to the contrary, rock is still kickin' and very much living it up. This four-piece band does free-flowing, '70s-style blues-based jams in the vein of the Band or the Allman Brothers that you'll have to invest some time in to get the full effect (scope the couple eight/nine-minute epics on here). Turn on the lava lamp and ease your soul. [Listen/buy it here]

Mrs. Magician, "Bermuda" (released May 20): The highly anticipated proper studio follow-up to Magician's 2012 debut album, "Strange Heaven," sure doesn't disappoint. The "dismal-pop" quintet deliver ooey-gooey punk-infused rock we've come to love them for, but this time, it's peppered even more with '80s-era synths and an unsettling, yet very welcome, campiness throughout. Even though the songs' melodic surface sound sugary enough -- just wait until you get to the mouth-puckering sour center. [Listen/buy it here]

The Soaks, "Loser" EP (released Feb. 19): There's "garage rock" -- and then there's the sweaty, insulation-tearing, cigarette-butts-smoldering-on-the-floor, PBR-cans-strewn-about garage rock. On their seven-song "Loser" EP, the Soaks channel the reckless, anything-goes abandon of the Ramones or the Clash and the scrappy, pop sing-along melodies of bands like Best Coast and FIDLAR. Which is to say, "Loser" is a complete and utter champion. [Listen/buy it here]

Spooky Cigarette, "As Loud As I Can" EP (released May 20): Spooky Cigarette's debut four-song EP nails that whole '80s New Wave revival thing to a T but with a few upgrades -- namely, lead singer Frank Mindingall's wild energy. Most importantly, there's a fun, chaotic buoyancy about them that belies a general melancholy, which kinda sums up life pretty well when you think about it. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys. [Listen/buy it here]

Tiny Telephones, "The Sleep of a Dreamer" (released June 16): If M83, the Album Leaf or Explosions in the Sky float your boat, don’t be afraid to dive into this 10-song album of ambient electro/post-rock magic. Skittering electronic flourishes, serene guitars and huge crescendos provide the backbone to these instrumental tunes -- which would be best appreciated with quality headphones in a distraction-free zone. Set aside some time and immerse yourself in the waves. [Listen in here]

Trouble in the Wind, "Lefty" (released April 26): It’s almost hard to believe how great this record is. Shades of pop, alt-country, folk and good ol’ fashioned rock & roll burst out of this 13-song masterpiece by these North County lads, where each song is more delectably tasty than the next. Sweeping back-porch ballads hang alongside buzzing barnyard rompers with ease, alternating quite nicely between "Harvest"-era Neil Young love letters and old-school Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-esque power-pop gems. I thought the band's 2014 album “Slide Rock” was good -- turns out it was just an appetizer. [Listen/buy it here]

The Verigolds, "For Margaret" (released March 26): We finally got an album from our favorite Ocean Beach bohemians this year and have had it on repeat since it dropped. Even though it's taken a while, the result was very much worth the wait: On "For Margaret," the band takes majestic strides across blissed-out psychedelic soundscapes -- in turn fusing the best parts of rock, pop, chillwave and subtle electro together for a Technicolor journey that's nearly impossible not to get lost in. [Listen/buy it here]

Western Settings, "Old Pain" EP (released April 15): If gritty indie-punk anthems are your thing (my buddy calls 'em drunk punk -- which also fits), Western Settings deliver them in spades. On "Old Pain," the La Escalera Records band throws down in a six-song knockout bout, landing rock-solid punch after rock-solid punch. These guys somehow just keep getting better and better. Oh, and by the way, their newly dropped EP of acoustic songs, 8-bit renditions and covers, "WS," is available now. [Listen/buy it here]

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

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[What's Eating Gilbert Castellanos?]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:44:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/gilmanuel722.jpg

I'm a little torn tonight, because I certainly love me some outlaw country, but I'm definitely a prude when it comes to raunch and even the slightest hint of sexism, even if it's used in jest. So if you're a prude like me, perhaps the Casbah isn't the best place to be tonight, but if you don't take yourself so seriously and are looking for some beer drinkin' and whiskey-swillin compatriots, Wheeler Walker Jr. is your kind of guy. For the rest of us, there's an intimate night with Henry Kapono at the Belly Up, Gilbert Castellanos' ever popular jazz jam at Panama 66, and the Gorgeous Boyscouts play Soda Bar.

Wednesday, July 13:

  • Wheeler Walker Jr., Birdcloud @ Casbah
  • Intimate Storyteller Evening with Henry Kapono, Paul Cannon's Iron, Sage & Wood @ Belly Up
  • Bahuru Marimba Band @ Coronado Ferry Landing
  • The Gorgeous Boyscouts, Giant Surprise, the Hand of Gavrilo, Pumphouse @ Soda Bar
  • Hot Mustard, Primary Element, Amigo @ The Merrow
  • Taurus Authority @ Bar Pink
  • Carnifex Album Listening Party @ Brick By Brick (FREE)
  • Gilbert Castellanos' Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Wild Planet: New Wave Dance Party @ The Office
  • Tabled: "Ghostbusters" @ The Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston Presents: Krook Tone Classics with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Daydream Tour with Jonah Marais, Sebastian Olzanski, Stew Maloley @ House of Blues
  • Heavy Handed @ Lestat's
  • Notorious4Comedy @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesdays @ El Dorado
  • Family Matters @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Dark Matter Turtles @ 710 Beach Club
  • Ride The Mule @ Henry's Pub

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

Photo Credit: Manuel Cruces Camberos]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:31:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Lyle+Lovett--7.jpg The 'Long Tall Texan' himself, Lyle Lovett, and His Large Band took over Humphreys By the Bay on July 9.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[M. Ward and Peace]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:20:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/She+and+Him+Michel+Dussack+%288%29.jpg

It's Tuesday night and there are some great choices around town tonight, but the show everyone I know is talking about is M. Ward at Belly Up. At press time, there were still a handful of tickets available so get them while you can, because not only will you get to see the incredible M. Ward on the heels of his eighth solo record, but openers NAF feature Jenny Lewis and the band is getting tons of buzz. If the Belly Up isn't your scene tonight, alt-folk act Smoke Season is at Casbah, local post-punk act Underpass is at Soda Bar, and Widespread Panic returns to town for a show at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Tuesday, July 12:

  • M. Ward, Nice As F--- (NAF) @ Belly Up
  • Smoke Season, Caught a Ghost @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Underpass, Soft Kill, Crime Desire, DRAA @ Soda Bar
  • Widespread Panic @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Goldilox and the Bears, Pink Bandana @ Tower Bar
  • Falls of Rauros, Wayfarer, Old Man Wizard @ The Merrow
  • Boston: 40th Anniversary @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Trapped with Ramsey and guests @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • Ne Oblivicarus, Black Crown Initiate, Starkill, Sleepless Under the Earth @ Brick By Brick
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Fabolous @ Parq
  • Comedy Night @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Summer Cocktail Menu Release @ El Dorado
  • Think n' Drink Trivia @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • The Event Horizon, Imagery Machine @ Winston's
  • So the Beat Goes On @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • '50s & '60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Tacky Little Hatshop, the Dead Blue @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[MLB All-Star Concert Series]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:18:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gwen+Stefani1.jpg

The MLB All-Star Concert Series heated up even more on Saturday, July 9 when multi-platinum-selling pop artist Gwen Stefani shared the Embarcadero Marina Park South stage with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star and accomplished actress Eve. In 2002, Stefani and Eve won a Grammy for their collaboration on the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind." On Saturday, the two proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Earlier in the day, the Embarcadero warmed up when acclaimed pop/punk band All Time Low opened for Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Tori Kelly. The concert series was in full swing the day before after OneRepublic and NEEDTOBREATHE threw the first pitch and hit a homerun right off the bat.

If you missed the weekend's All-Star Concert Series, don't fret -- all three shows are also part of MLB’s Pepsi Music Series, which will feature a huge range of artists that will be performing throughout All-Star Week. The full lineup will be announced at a later date, so be sure to stay tuned to SoundDiego.com for more details.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Bon Iver Returning to San Diego]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:07:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BonIverPress.jpg

What makes a good summer? For the French, it’s a “bon hiver” -- a good winter. For us dumb Americans, it’s Bon Iver, the misspelled brainchild of singer/songwriter Justin Vernon, who will be returning to San Diego on Oct. 26 at the Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall.

Now doesn’t that send the best kind of chills up your spine? The guy’s songs are the aural equivalent of a lobster dinner in a hot air balloon at sunset whilst receiving a foot massage.

But how do you get tickets?! The first round of BonIver.org Fan Presale tickets go live on Ticketmaster on Wednesday, July 13 and the next round of local presales go live the following day. Tickets will officially be on sale on July 15 at 10 a.m. through the Casbah website. Prices range from $55 to $75 and it's sure to sell out, so get them quick.

The last time Bon Iver made a stop in San Diego was, ahem, forever ago. In 2011, Bon Iver played with Other Lives at the Spreckels Theatre, and the result was nothing short of spectacular. With Julianna Barwick opening this time, it’s safe to assume we'll get a similar result.

Photo Credit: D.L. Anderson]]>
<![CDATA[Parker & Rec]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:25:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Parker-Millsap.jpg

You've got a few live-music choices this Monday, but don't fret, because they're pretty solid and your forecast for the week is looking pretty bright. If you love singer/songwriters who sound steeped in another era, Parker Millsap is your guy at the Casbah. His record "The Very Last Day" dropped earlier this year and was featured on NPR's "Songs We Love." Meanwhile, the Buffalo-born singer/songwriter Miwi La Lupa performs at Soda Bar. To be honest, the two shows should've probably been combined, but sometimes it doesn't work that way. Whereas Parker might evoke Tom Waits, Miwi calls to mind Paul Simon. Either way, you'll get a great, mellow Monday to kick off the week.

Monday, July 11:

  • Parker Millsap, Travis Linville @ Casbah
  • Miwi La Lupa, Adam Townsend, John Caruso @ Soda Bar
  • "Get on the Bus" Freedom Riders Benefit Concert @Lamb's Players Theatre, Coronado
  • Boston @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • DJ @ Large @ Bar Pink
  • Three One G/Planet B, with Gabe Serbian, Justin Pearson, Luke Henshaw @ The Office
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Baile Do Victinho #MondayNabalada @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Parker Millsap]]>
<![CDATA[Let's Chango at Summer Splash]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:08:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Botanica+Chango.jpg Botanica Chango learn to swim for our Summer Splash show with La Luz on Saturday, July 16.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Botanica Chango]]>
<![CDATA[Heavy Hawaii Keep It Light]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:27:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/07_09_SDTV_HeavyHawaii_1200x675_721509443634.jpg On this week's episode, SoundDiego talks ballads and opportunities with Heavy Hawaii, who are at the Casbah with Ducktails on Saturday, July 16. ]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: July 10-16]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:56:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La+Luz+-+Andrew+Imanaka1.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the top shows coming to San Diego including Howie Day, Kesha and our SoundDiego Summer Splash concert with La Luz.

Photo Credit: Andrew Imanaka]]>
<![CDATA[A Shore Thing]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:01:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/bpktrioResize.jpg

Since emerging from the shadows of a self-imposed exile from the improvised music scene a few years ago, woodwind master Peter Kuhn has taken consistent and rewarding steps toward reclaiming his place as a vital force in the free-music community -- especially as the leader of the Peter Kuhn Trio, the sublimely balanced San Diego unit featuring drummer Nathan Hubbard and young bass virtuoso Kyle Motl.

On Friday, July 1, the Kuhn trio held a CD-release party to celebrate the occasion of Kuhn’s first effort as a leader in 38 years. “The Other Shore” was released on NoBusiness Records at the Logan Heights multi-arts venue Bread & Salt before a large and enthusiastic group of attentive listeners.

The evening began with a meditation to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre with Kuhn’s bass clarinet evoking soft overtones that layered across Hubbard’s malleted tom-toms and the groaning bow of Motl. Kuhn’s reverie soon keyed a sense of transfiguration as he coursed through the registers of his horn, activating growls and shrieks over Hubbard’s agitated percussion and Motl’s violent pizzicato.

Hubbard led off the next piece with a wicked groove combining rimshots and the striking of several conical metal devices he laid across the surface of his floor toms as Motl kept a constant activity of strums and pedal tones in support of Kuhn’s whinnying B-flat clarinet. Soon, the inherent mayhem of Motl’s aesthetic came to the fore with a bowed solo that continued the virtuosic tradition of David Izenson and Mark Dresser. Kuhn’s re-entry was all blue wail, and I couldn’t help but hear the spirit of John Coltrane in the remarkable ebb and flow this trio created.

Mr. Kuhn picked up an alto for an appropriate celebration of the late Marco Eneidi, setting a roil into motion with a sandblasted peel into the bare rafters of the industrial-chic warehouse as Hubbard churned relentless waves of percussive motion -- the drone of their combined cacophony drowning out the quieter output of Motl, whose sound got a little lost in the huge space. I kept wanting to turn his amp up, but having not mastered that whole invisibility idea, thought the better of it.

A dedication to the reedman’s mother Helen (who was in the front row) found Kuhn cradling a super resonant and tender tenor saxophone over Hubbard’s whispering brushes and the pensive throb of Motl’s double-bass. Kuhn used his pliant tone to bore a small tear into the soft flesh of this rubato ballad -- climaxing with a short cadenza of ecstatic screams in the altissimo register. You would have expected the tune to gently wind towards a conclusion -- but at that moment, Motl surfaced with an absolutely monstrous contribution. I had to make sure he hadn’t grown a third hand.

Hubbard’s solo dominated the following piece with floor tom storytelling and lawn sprinkler hi-hat commentary before incorporating the whole of his kit into an ebullient blur of joyful motion -- creating an irresistible bed for Kuhn’s fragmented clarinet and the furious walk of Motl, who began the final number with an astonishing display of two handed “harp-harmonic” flurries that reminded me of African thumb piano (kalimba) music. Kuhn took the baton on alto saxophone with a rhapsodic and abrasive series of squalls, signaling a Hubbard soft-click soliloquy and a hyper vigilant Motl outburst that found the young master inserting drumsticks in between the strings of his bass while drawing long ponticello strokes with the bow. Kuhn returned with warbled vibrato, barely audible key pad clicks and a section where he seemed to be channeling a blend of Lee Konitz and Henry Threadgill, arriving at an ecstatic apex that found him quoting a raw dissertation of Miles Davis’ “Milestones,” as Motl and Hubbard dug deep into the free-swing principle.

These cats are the real deal.

 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[It's Day Time]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:39:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HowieDay.jpeg

For years, there have been rumors that the lounge at Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Arena) would serve as a small venue between major concerts and sporting events. "The Lounge," "The Ramp" and other names floated around with various promoters pitching the idea, but it seems none ever actually got it going. Tonight, however, at Valley View Casino Center, in what is being called the Stella Artois Lounge, there's a special performance by singer/songwriter Howie Day. Most known for his hits "Collide" and "She Says," Day has been consistently releasing music over the years, and his last stint in San Diego was at the now defunct Griffin. This will be a special performance in an underused room, so head down if you have a chance. Around town, Slaid Cleaves is at AMSD, Sub Pop recording artist Kyle Craft is at Casbah and New Madrid is at Soda Bar.

Sunday, July 10:

  • Howie Day, Kathryn Dean, Alfa @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Slaid Cleaves @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Kyle Craft @ Casbah
  • New Madrid, Jimmy Ruelas, Michael McGraw & the Butchers @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The Six String Society: Long Live the 27 Club feat. Hendrix, Joplin and more @ Belly Up
  • Summer Festival with Gustavo Romero @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Intocable, Grupo Reo @ House of Blues
  • Crooked @ Sycamore Den
  • Nina's Showcase @ Java Joe's
  • Cellist Lorie Kirkell & violinist Jorge Soto @ Dizzy's
  • Topshop Summer Hangout @ Quartyard
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Reech @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Fistfights, Wolves @ Whistle Stop
  • Daddy's Home @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Curtis Brooks @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Rowdies and Rum and the Kevin Wallace @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • O.T. Genasis @ FLUXX
  • Sunday Groove with DJ Peso and the Professor @ El Dorado
  • Elevate One @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Matthew Welch]]>
<![CDATA[Got the White Lung, Pop]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 10:26:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/White+Lung+Press+1.jpg

This week has been emotionally draining, but music has always been a lifeline for us, so we shall continue on. In the daytime, you can catch SheFest in North Park Community Park or the afternoon MLB All-Star concert series with Tori Kelly at the Embarcadero. On the heels of their new release, Switchfoot host their annual Bro-Am at Moonlight Beach, and there's a Cheese and Beer fest at SILO. By night, Royal Headache rock Soda Bar, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Rusted Root are at the Observatory and Body Language play the Hideout. My big show for the night, however, is White Lung, whose music is getting a lot of love from Sirius XMU. They are getting the kind of buzz and support that makes you want to be sure to catch them before they're too big for the little ol' Casbah.

Saturday, July 9:

  • DoSD & Stumptown Coffee present White Lung, Plague Vendor @ Casbah
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, Luke Wade @ The Observatory North Park
  • Cheese & Beer Fest @ SILO Makers Quarter
  • Switchfoot Bro-Am 2016 feat. Switchfoot, American Authors, Parachute, Josh Garrels @ Moonlight Beach, Encinitas
  • MLB All-Star Concert with Tori Kelly, All Time Low @ Embarcadero Marina Park South (12 p.m.)
  • All-Star Concert with Gwen Stefani, Eve @ Embarcadero Marina Park South (7 p.m.)
  • Royal Headache, Teenage Burritos, Mexico City Rollers @ Soda Bar
  • SheFest @ North Park Community Park
  • Slightly Stoopid, Eligh, Zion I, SOJA, Fortunate Youth, Zion I Crew, Zion I & the Grouch @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Body Language, Wild & Free, Mothlight @ The Hideout
  • Lunas, Future Age, Sivilians @ Ken Club
  • The Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Livin' on a Prayer, Fan Halen @ Belly Up
  • Shawn Rohlf & Friends @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Trombonist Lizzi Trumbore @ Dizzy's
  • La Septima Banda, Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga, Alfredo Olivas @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Jon Bellion, SonReal @ House of Blues
  • Hotter Than July Comedy Festival feat. Sommore @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • It's Casual @ The Bancroft
  • Strictly Business with DJs EdRoc & Kanye Asada @ The Office
  • Topshop Summer Hangout @ Quartyard
  • Bosswitch, the Night, Foreign Bodies @ Tower Bar
  • The Travel Agents @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Zach Deputy, Addison Scott @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Ash Jetson, Shanny Mac, Axelle Goldie, J-Run, Nate Fitzbutler, R3nd0, Sly Disciple @ Soma
  • Nicey Nice World, Son of Radul @ The Black Cat
  • Metal Tribute Fest: Hellbent, Motorbreath, Noise Pollution, Snakebite @ Brick by Brick
  • Aaron Bowen & Friends @ Lestat's
  • Cassie & Maggie MacDonald @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Foliage, T. Rexico, Caterwall, High Sunn, Neutral Shirt @ Che Cafe
  • Amigo the Devil @ The Merrow
  • Core & Class of '99 @ 710 Beach Club
  • Dennis Jones @ Tio Leo's
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Zaxx @ Bassmnt
  • Cedric Gervais @ Omnia
  • Zen Freeman @ Bang Bang
  • General Malice Fundraiser @ Kava Lounge

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of White Lung]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:38:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81636686-gunsroses.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- for example, a newly reunited Guns N Roses who play Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 22.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[I'm with Slighty Stoopid]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:37:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stoopid-pic.jpg

Friday, Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys, Deke Dickerson & the Ecco-Fonics and Hotshot Drifters are at the Casbah; Margaret Glaspy and Birdy Bardot play at Soda Bar; Seedless take over Music Box; and Law, Perro Bravo and No Kings with DJ Product hit Winstons. Get your dance on with DJ Greyboy at El Dorado; Cazzette at Bang Bang; and DJ Vice at Omnia.

Saturday is the Switchfoot Bro-Am at Moonlight Beach; Toad the Wet Sprocket and Rusted Root with Luke Wade are at the Observatory North Park; Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion I, the Grouch, Eligh and Fortunate Youth are at Sleep Train Amphitheatre; An Evening with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band hits Humphreys Concerts By the Bay; Major League Baseball’s All-Star Concert with Gwen Stefani and Eve takes over Embarcadero Marina Park South; DoSD and Stumptown Coffees present White Lung and Plague Vendor at the Casbah (read the SoundDiego interview with White Lung); Beatles vs. Stones is at Music Box; Royal Headache, Teenage Burritos and Mexico City Rollers are at Soda Bar; SheFest takes over North Park Community Park; and Bosswitch, the Night and Foreign Bodies are at the Tower Bar. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numbers; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Zaxx at Bassmnt; Zen Freeman at Bang Bang; and Cedric Gervais at Omnia.

On Sunday, Howie Day headlines at Valley View Casino Center; Kyle Craft is at the Casbah; New Madrid, Jimmy Ruelas, and Michael McGraw & the Butchers are at Soda Bar; and the Six String Society: Long Live the 27 Club featuring Hendrix, Joplin and more takes over the Belly Up.

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

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

<![CDATA[OneRepublic Fine Day]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:30:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/%28TRAN%29+One+Republic-13.jpg

I often see nights in San Diego that represent a wide swath of music genres  but tonight takes that to the next level. I mean, King Lil G is at the Observatory and Rascal Flatts is at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Hall of Fame songwriter Jimmy Webb is at AMSD (at Sweetwater High) and rockabilly legends Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys are at the Casbah. If you're looking for something new and fresh, catch ATO Records artist Margaret Glaspy at Soda Bar before she makes a "Conan" appearance next week, and if you're looking for something free, try your luck at the NEEDTOBREATHE show at Embarcadero Marina Park South -- though be warned that online tickets (your only way to get into the show) have long been maxed out. Doesn't mean you can't hang out outside the venue and listen for free.

Friday, July 8:

  • All-Star Concert with OneRepublic, NEEDTOBREATHE @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Jimmy Webb @ AMSD
  • Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys, Deke Dickerson & the Ecco-Fonics, Hotshot Drifters @ Casbah
  • Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • King Lil G @ The Observatory North Park
  • Margaret Glaspy, Birdy Bardot @ Soda Bar
  • Dead Kids Get Up DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Beatles vs. Stones @ Music Box
  • CALPhonics Happy Hour @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • Foreverland: The Electrifying 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson, and Graceband @ Belly Up
  • Levi Dean & the Americats, Rosewood & Rye @ The Black Cat
  • Metal Tribute Fest: The Irons, Cowgirls From Hell, Blackout (San Diego), Blaze of Jovi @ Brick By Brick
  • Diane Moser with Mark Dresser, Hafez Modirzadeh, & Vijay Anderson @ Dizzy's
  • Death By Dancing with Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Caitlin Evanson, Kennady Tracy, Tim Connolly @ Lestat's
  • Pop Punk Mayhem, Approaching Fiction, Labor Weight @ The Merrow
  • Terrans, Emphasize, the Profit Heist, False North (AZ) @ The Bancroft
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Pat Hilton @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Fooz Fighters, Mostly Platonic @ 710 Beach Club
  • After Hours with DJs Kid Wonder and Saul Q @ The Office
  • "Open" the Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Root_DIR, Los Pinche Pinches, Entresol @ Tower Bar
  • Skunk Records: Law, Perro Bravo, No Kings, with DJ Product @ Winston's
  • DJ Greyboy @ El Dorado
  • DJ dirtyKURTY @ Rich's Nightclub
  • Don Cannon @ Fluxx
  • Cazzette @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Vice @ Omnia
  • Synaptik Event @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

  • All-Star Concert with OneRepublic, NEEDTOBREATHE @ Embarcadero Marina Park South

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Mudcrutch]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:38:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Mudcrutch+AM+%2810+of+40%29.jpg Mudcrutch, featuring Tom Petty on bass and vocals, reminded Humphreys that it's not all about breaking hearts.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>