<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:32:23 -0700 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:32:23 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Computing Drive Like Jehu]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:31:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Drive+Like+Jehu+Organ+Pavilion.JPG

The sun was setting over San Diego. It had been a sweltering day but at this point, the heat had finally given up -- a welcome reprieve to the day-long broil. Wispy cloud cover rolled across the pristine sky, and a subtle chill descended upon a city aching for relief.

When the opening guitar notes of “Do You Compute” rang out like gunshots -- a hush fell over the eager, waiting masses assembled at Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. We held our breath, terrified that any movement -- any exhale -- could unravel the most unexpected of reunions in the most unlikeliest of places. And then it came: The four original members of Drive Like Jehu eyed each other, reached 19 years into the past, and blasted into the angular stomp of that song’s cataclysmic paean to alienation.

Over the next 45 minutes, guitarist John Reis, vocalist/guitarist Rick Froberg, bassist Mike Kennedy and drummer Mark Trombino thundered through selections off their two, now-classic albums: 1991’s self titled debut and their much-beloved 1994 full-length followup, “Yank Crime.” Joined by organist Dr. Carol Williams on the Spreckles Organ Pavilion’s massive, golden instrument -- the union was simply magnificent.

The band seemed nearly as anxious as we were – frequently looking at each other across the stage; their backs often turned to the crowd while facing the long-dormant Trombino (who literally had to purchase a set prior to the show).

But after launching into the raging chug of “Super Unison,” the guys began settling in with each other; their black-gloved drummer let loose on his gigantic Ludwig kit and Reis laid into his guitar with, well, a John Reis-like frenzy. By the time they seeped into the slow, deliberate crawl of “Sinews,” the group lunged and lurched with acerbic energy – perhaps feeding off our uncontainable anticipation, literally two decades in the making.

Drive Like Jehu perform at Spreckles Organ Pavilion at Balboa ParkThe unmistakable shards of electric guitar led off their fourth cut, “If It Kills You,” which erupted into as close of an anthem as the quartet was ever willing to make. Froberg’s battle-worn Harmony Bobkat wove between Reis’ Gibson Les Paul Custom attack for a crooked guitar duel, while Kennedy’s cavernous bass anchored the mid-tempo stride.

When it was over, a horn-rimmed bespectacled Froberg stepped to the microphone and joked, “Thank you for coming and watching our retarded music.”

On their last offering, Reis eased into the opening drone of “Luau,” before the song’s chainsaw wallop reached its apex. In yet another surprise move, Pinback frontman Rob Crow stepped onstage in a black suit; his pant legs rolled up to reveal his colorful argyle socks. He vigorously gripped the microphone and helped Froberg deliver the refrains: “Aloha, aloha, suit up/Luau luau/Luau luau.” He bowed, and walked off. 

Minutes later, the song would be over -- the momentous reunion finished. The Drive Like Jehu bandmates embraced, waved and departed the stage as equally unassuming as they had walked onto it; perhaps for another 19 years ... maybe forever.

At the end of it all, we hugged, laughed, and communed with each other while basking in a post-show glow. None of us had expected this and even though it was altogether too brief, we rejoiced in as much glory as the band was willing to give. On a day where the smoldering heat had broke and given way to a pleasantly chilled, wind-caressed night -- it couldn’t have been more sublime.

Relive the entire show via the Spreckles Organ Pavilion's ustream feed here. 

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

<![CDATA[A Labor Day Whirr]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:22:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/whirr1.jpg

Today is your chance to recover from a great weekend and enjoy a day off from the usual Monday grind. Touring acts and even locals are laying low tonight, but if you feel the need for live music, Soda Bar hosts Whirr and Sad Actor, Tin Can does it's Country Club Monday with Clint Davis, and Croce's offers a chill evening with Mark Fisher. Beyond that, it's a lot of karaoke or your Winston's mainstay of Electric Waste Band, which is easily the longest residency in the history of the City. Have some fun, but take the time to rejoice with a beautiful day of rest and relaxation with family and friends.

Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day):

  • Whirr, Sad Actor, Northern Tigers, Witness 9 @ Soda Bar
  • The Tin Can Country Club feat. Clint Davis @ Tin Can
  • Monday Night Mass with the Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Thee Cool Cats @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Backwater Blues @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic hosted by Chad Taggert @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Kinetic Soul with Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Industry Night with DJ Fishfonics @ U-31
  • Trivia Night @ Whistle Stop

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Graveface Records]]>
<![CDATA[Win Tix to DJ Superstar David Guetta at Intervention]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:55:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Guetta.jpg

Every year, San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel books some of the world’s greatest DJ/producers at its Intervention events, but one of the venue’s last shows this summer may be the pool party of the year.

DJ David Guetta came to fame as a producer working on “I Gotta Feeling” with the Black Eyed Peas and has gone on to secure a spot in the stratosphere of the EDM ether. The platinum-selling star of “One Love” and “Nothing but the Beat” is going to bring the beats to the Hard Rock Hotel’s rooftop pool – and SoundDiego is giving away tickets.
Two lucky fans will each lay claim a pair of passes to Intervention on Sept. 21, when Guetta, whom DJ magazine gave the nod to this year as the No. 5 DJ in the world, will call San Diego home for one night.



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<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE's Summer Bash]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:56:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sounddiego+Live+083014.jpg Bar Pink was the place to be on Aug. 29, when our SoundDiego LIVE Platinum party ushered in summer with Barbarian, Buddy Banter, Grizzly Business and 91x's Robin Roth! ]]> <![CDATA[Spooktacular SoundDiego LIVE ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:50:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr32.jpg

Trick or treat: We've booked a free SoundDiego LIVE Platinum Halloween spooktacular at the Office with three bands and a Jack Daniel's sponsored happy hour on Halloween, Oct. 31!

With "Terrifying Tim" Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyle hosting the shindig, and the headlining bands due to be announced any minute, this is one party you won't want to miss.

Click HERE to get on the guest list for SoundDiego LIVE on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the Office!

If you remember correctly, our Halloween SoundDiego LIVE last year at the Office was intensely awesome, with music by the Donkeys, the Frights and Gloomsday. We saw some crazy costumes and, somehow, there was even a goat in attendance! It'll be hard to do, but this year's event promises to take it up a notch.

Along with our headliners, we'll also be announcing the contestants in our monthly Garage 2 Glory contest, an online battle of the bands.

With a total of three bands scheduled to play, you won't go hungry for music, but you still might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Get to the Office early and you can enjoy a free VIP happy hour presented by Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey from 8-9 p.m.

On the off-chance you enjoy all that delicious whiskey a little too much, we've got you covered there, too. The folks from Uber will be on hand, offering a discount to new signups and getting you home safe and sound.

So click HERE to get on the Guest List for SoundDiego LIVE on Halloween at the Office! This is going to be one Friday night you don’t want to miss! 

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Welcome Home, Roxy Jones]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:17:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Roxy+Jones.jpg Roxy Jones enlist San Diego jazz luminaries Gilbert Castellanos, Robert Dove and Gabriel Sundy for a performance of "Downtown Tokyo" at North Park's Seven Grand.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Aug. 31-Sept. 6]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:42:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/atmosphere-slug-722.jpg Must-see shows this week include Drive Like Jehu's reunion at Balboa Park, Atmosphere, the San Diego Blues Festival and more.

Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison]]>
<![CDATA[50 Shades of Gray]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:37:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/David+Gray+016.jpg

Ever since Bar Pink revealed that Drive Like Jehu would be reuniting for a one time only show at Balboa Park's Organ Pavillion (read our article on it here), San Diego music fans have been rejoicing. Sure, it's only a half hour set with Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams, but the news spread far and wide, including blogs like Consequence of Sound and even noted in "Rolling Stone." This is a really big deal to anyone who cared about the local music scene in the early '90s. It's free, and you can be sure it will be a who's who of local musicians, radio personalities, bloggers, photographers, and videographers. It is also worth noting that the vast majority of San Diegans have no idea why this matters, and for those people there are plenty of other reasons to get out of the house and catch some live music today. The Casbah hosts a matinee show with some local acts today, and by night Grampa Drew hosts his Flim-Flam Revue, which is kind of like a talent show with especially talented local musicians. Awesome Fest wraps with its final day, Gipsy Kings return to Humphrey's, and Ziggy Marley performs at the track. My big pick for the night, however, is David Gray at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. The singer/songwriter is incredibly talented, and I've lost track of exactly how many times I've seen him perfom (maybe 11?). He will make the hair on your arms stand straight up and the OAT is a perfect venue for his voice to carry under the night sky. And you can probably zip over after Jehu and still catch his full set. It will be totally worth it.

Sunday, August 31:

  • Drive Like Jehu & Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams @ Balboa Park Organ Pavilion (free, 6:45 p.m. )
  • David Gray @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Awesome Fest: Tiltwheel, Turkish Techno, Western Settings, Dudes Night, American Lies, Hate Your Friends @ U-31 (3-8 p.m.)
  • Awesome Fest: U.R.T.C., Shellshag, Benny the Jet Rodriguez, Hi Ho Silver Away!, Hilary Clinton @ The Office (3-8 p.m.)
  • Awesome Fest: Lipstick Homicide, Rational Anthem, Up For Nothing, Old Friends, the Turkletons, the Okerlunds, Boys @ Soda Bar (8 p.m.- close)
  • Awesome Fest: Dan Padilla, Slow Death, Madison Bloodbath Stymie, Horror Squad, the Chill Dawgs, Beside Myself @ The Hideout (8 p.m.- close)
  • Grampadrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Casbah (matinee show)
  • Gipsy Kings, Ole Noys @ Humphrey's By the Bay
  • Ziggy Marley @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
  • LED Presents Tramps Like Us w/Audrey Napoleon, Borgeous, Dannic, Headhunterz, loudpvck, MAKJ, Moby, Moska, New World Sound, Pegboard Nerds, Sander van Doorn, Victor Niglio, Blasterjaxx, Cole Plante, and What So Not @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Super Diamond @ Belly Up
  • Intervention with Sebastian Ingrosso @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Far East Movement @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • Roxy Jones, Madly, Whiskey Circle, Vinyl Mill @ Casbah
  • Spanish Sundays @ Croce's Park West
  • Chase Jackson Quintet @ Dizzys
  • Far East Movement @ Fluxx
  • Lxury @ Bang Bang
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage (7:00AM)
  • Jazzfest @ Humphreys Backstage
  • Young Zion, Underground Revolution Radio @ Kava Lounge
  • Adam Townsend, Connor Correll, Mackenzie Wrape @ Lestat's
  • Recycled Dolphin, Wretched Tween Fantasy, the Sound Grove @ Sycamore Den
  • Tribal Seeds, Mike Love @ Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • Datsik @ Bassmnt
  • Sunday Funday Fest @ Whistle Stop
  • Jose Sinatra Hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Whistlestop

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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Turns Pink]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:54:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pp76.jpg SoundDiego LIVE blew up at Bar Pink on Friday night, thanks to Barbarian, Buddy Banter, Grizzly Business and 91x's Roth Roth.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:39:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/105255051629092043983933626447422n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

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<![CDATA[A Tale of Two Trios]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:59:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/AFullerJW.jpg

The Chase Morrin Trio: The ASCAP-award-winning piano prodigy Chase Morrin was back in town (he is attending both Harvard and the New England Conservatory) to celebrate his 21st birthday with a concert at Dizzy’s, accompanied by bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Charles Weller.

Hunched over the piano, with his ear parallel to the keys, Morrin began “The Pintacree Ferryman,” by creating layers of straight-eighth diatonic harmonies as Grinnell charted an independent course over the shimmer of Weller’s cymbals. Hyper-melodic pastel colors also dominated “Through the Echo,” while classical flourishes dotted the landscape of “The Little Pear,” which also served as a launching pad for a fleet, probing bass solo.

In an evening characterized by Morrin’s originals, the excitement quotient didn’t really crank up until the trio launched into the flamenco groove of Chick Corea’s “What Was,” where Weller’s insistent cross-stick jabs and uppercuts egged the young pianist into his most animated work of the evening. Grinnell then proceeded to steal the show with limber filigree. Morrin’s got chops galore, challenging compositional ideas, and a rich touch at the piano. At this stage in his development – a little more emphasis on risk-taking and tension-building could catapult him to the next level.

The Larry Fuller Trio: The very next night, NYC pianist Larry Fuller dropped into the Pacific Beach venue with an entirely different aesthetic. Years of experience in the bebop ethos (the 49-year-old Fuller was the last pianist in bass-legend Ray Brown’s band) and a repertoire heavy on standards and jazz classics led to a night of heavy, ebullient swing.

Fronting a crack unit comprised of bassist Katie Thiroux and drummer Matt Witek, Fuller came out swinging for the fences on Cole Porter’s “At Long Last Love.” Over Thiroux’s thick, grounding pulse and the feather-dusting brushes of Witek, the pianist unleashed long bluesy phrases with startling velocity. Witek’s hands-on-skins percussion under languid arco primed Fuller for blues-rococo and deft block-chord ornamentation, and Thiroux kept her solo real with raw, primal chunks of meaty fundamentals delivered in synch with her own voice.

In a genius change of pace, Fuller’s long, two-chord improvisation began with swaths of Duke Ellington’s “Reflection in D,” and traversed into a neatly reimagined look into Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” which showcased his rather voluptuous sense of harmony. Then it was back to the races with Clifford Brown’s “Daahoud,” at a tempo somewhat shy of the speed-of-light but faster than one can legally travel on the Autobahn. The trio locked into a wicked 4/4 with gobs of unison accents as Fuller quoted “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise,” before yielding to Witek’s stick-ignited fireworks.

Two nights, two piano trios, two different worlds – equally viable – that’s kinda the beauty of jazz.

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

Photo Credit: Jon Whitledge]]>
<![CDATA[An Awesome Night]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:40:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/FS1166.jpg

What a crazy weekend for music. Awesome Fest is in full swing, and expands to four venues this weekend, with afternoon shows at U-31 and the Office, and night-time shows at Soda Bar and the Hideout. The event is a great place to discover your new favorite gritty punk or garage band but is also worth it for better-known bands like Drag the River, one of my favorite live bands. Still, if Awesome Fest isn't your jam, catch the Rosebuds -- who recently recorded with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon -- at the Casbah, enjoy '90s punk and rock at the Summer Nationals tour at Sleep Train (highlights: Bad Religion, the Vandals) or don your flip-flops and your beachy vibe at RIMAC field for Jack Johnson.  

Saturday, Aug. 30:

  • Aweseomf Fest: Drag the River, Nato Coles, Shallow Cuts, 48 Thrills, Squarecow, the Half Truths @ U31 (3-7 p.m.)
  • Aweseomf Fest: Toy Guitar, the Bertos, Hands Like Bricks, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Payoff @ The Office (3:20-7 p.m.)
  • Aweseomf Fest: Toys that Kill, the Brokedowns, Rumspringer, Murmurs, Pageripper, Drunk Dial, Acid Fast @ Soda Bar (8:30 p.m.)
  • Aweseomf Fest: Terry Malts, Winter Break, White Murder, the Bloodtypes, Model Talk, Peach Kelli Pop, Adder @ The Hideout (8:30 p.m.)
  • The Rosebuds, El May @ Casbah
  • Javier Escovedo & the City Lights, Tomten, Saint Shameless @ Tin Can -- watch our Spotlight video of Javier Escovedo
  • Frampton's Guitar Circus @ The Event Center, Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Vandals, Stiff Little Fingers @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Jack Johnson, Bahamas @ RIMAC Field, UCSD
  • Cody Lovaas @ Carlsbad Village Theatre
  • The Frights, Death Lens, Pilgrims, the Snykes, Grand Tarantula, Buddha Trixie @ Soma
  • Queen Nation, Space Oddity @ Belly Up
  • LED presents Tramps Like Us, with Audrey Napoleon, Borgeous, Dannic, Headhunterz, loudpvck, Moby, Moska, New World Sound, Pegboard Nerds, Sander van Doorn, Victor Niglio @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Designer Drugs @ Spin
  • Mark Farina, Dope Den @ Hotel Palomar
  • Upfull Rising, Lions Roar @ Boar Cross'n
  • Dane Drewis @ Tipsy Crow
  • Intervention, featuring Carnage @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Yavaz @ Croce's Park West
  • Offshore Impact, Hestya, Marielle, the Dead Blue @ Epicentre
  • Groove International @ House of Blues
  • Led Zepagain, Strangelove (Depeche Mode tribute) @ House of Blues
  • DJ Ikon @ Fluxx
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Gallagher's
  • Strangelove @ House of Blues
  • Fabulous Ultratones, the Farmers @ Humphrey's Backstage LIve
  • Kevin Martin, Anatomy of Frak, Matthew Jude @ Lestat's
  • Her Crimson Love, Sever the Century @ The Merrow
  • Pacific Dub, Sunny Rude @ 710 Beach Club
  • Stafford Brothers @ Bassmnt
  • Punch Card (CD release), Just In Case, A New Ending @ The Shakedown
  • Sultan Bathory, Stalins of Sound, Sleeping Ghost @ Tower Bar
  • Rising Star @ Tio Leos
  • The Have Six, Revival, Project out of Bounds, Simmer Down Riddim Section @ Winston's

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Grouplove, Portugal. The Man]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:24:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Grouplove+8.17.14+Bolger+%2813%29.jpg Grouplove, Portugal. The Man and Tokyo Police Club brought an indie-rock ruckus to SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Aug. 17.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Goes Pink!]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:09:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/bar+pink.jpg

There is a heck of a lot of stuff going on this unofficial final weekend of summer, but on Friday, we put all of it aside for one final summer SoundDiego LIVE party. We're taking it back to Bar Pink and have lined up a killer show with Barbarian, Buddy Banter and Grizzly Business. Of course, we woudn't be able to do it without our friends at Jack Daniel's, and we encourage you to come out and hang with our crew in the heart of North Park. If you think about it, it wasn't very long ago that North Park was just another ignored neighborhood, and Bar Pink was a huge part of flipping it into the fun and vibrant neighborhood that it is today. We love Bar Pink and hope you'll join us on this final party of summer.

Friday, August 29:

  • SoundDiego LIVE, with Barbarian, Buddy Banter, Grizzly Business @ Bar Pink
  • Steve Aoki @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
  • Awesome Fest, featuring the Nobody, the Maxies, Too Many Daves, the Raging Nathans, Sunnyside, the Haddonfields, Caskitt @ The Hideout
  • Awesome Fest, featuring Varsity Drag, French Exit, Vene Cava, Spokenest, Tom Grrrl, Dead Bars, Your Pest Band @ Soda Bar
  • Rhythm & the Method, Mimi Zulu, Brothers Burns @ The Merrow
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Belly Up
  • Mark Anthony @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Shake Before Us, the New Kinetics, Stereotypes, Schitzophonics @ Casbah
  • Beehive & the Barracudas @ Whistle Stop
  • The Broken Stems, Belmont Lights, Tiffany Jane, the Chocolate Revolution, Royal Heart, the Liquorsmiths @ House of Blues
  • Andy Mauser, Deadly Birds, DJ Arox @ Gallaghers
  • K Theory, Venice (DJ), Haterade, Gorilla Disko, Mikeey Krook, DJ Adam Bomb, Data Drain @ Somewhere Loud
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Nathan Collins Quartet @ Dizz'ys
  • Mal Hall, Ron Babcock, Chinedu Unaka, Aiko Tanaka @ Tipsy Crow
  • DJ Shift @ Fluxx
  • 73k, Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sophia Bacino, Cordelia Degher, Olivia Wiese @ Lestat's
  • Casey Turner @ 710 Beach Club (5 p.m.)
  • E-40 @ Porter's Pub
  • DJ Vice @ Bassmnt
  • Burns @ Bang Bang
  • Kid Wilderness, AJ Froman @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJs Skate Master Tate and the FILF @ Tower Bar
  • Bhorelord, Weight of the Sun @ Tin Can
  • Stone Horse, Mojave Green @ Brick By Brick
  • Midnight Masquerade @ House of Blues
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • The Devastators @ Winston's

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

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<![CDATA[A SoundDiego LIVE Weekend Kick Start]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:10:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/NQ2C9069Barbarian_2_2.jpg

Labor Day weekend is upon us so plenty of fun events to check out. 

On Friday, SoundDiego LIVE takes over Bar Pink with local bands Barbarian, Buddy Banter and Garage to Glory winner Grizzly Business. I’ll be hosting the festivities. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be sizzling with Steve Aoki and it’s free with your track admission; Awesome Fest kicks off a 3-day event in San Diego; Beehive & the Barracudas play at the Whistle Stop; and Shake Before us are having their Record Release party at the Casbah with the New Kinetics, Schitzophonics and Stereotypes. Plus, get your dance on as Vice brings the heat to Bassmnt and Burns takes over Bang Bang.

Saturday, The Summer Nationals Tour hits Sleep Train Amphitheatre with Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and Stiff Little Fingers; Jack Johnson with Bahamas! play at the RIMAC Arena; Strangelove (Depeche Mode tribute) and Sin (Nine Inch Nails tribute) are at House of Blues; Saint Shameless, Javier Escovedo & the City Lights and Tomten take over the Tin Can; The Downs Family, Duping the Public and Hobo Torch play at the Ken Club; The Frights headline at SOMA; and Queen Nation with Space Oddity – David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie are at the Belly Up. On the dance tip, join me for Naughty School Girl Night at Numbers as Club Sabbat takes over both rooms. I’ll be DJing in the front room with Liquid Grey and Drew Harlander keeps it old school in the back room. Other dance options include Designer Drugs at Spin; Stafford Brothers at Bassmnt and Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop.

Intervention at the Hard Rock Hotel has an action-packed weekend in store for you, with Carnage on Saturday and Chuckie on Sunday. Another huge event in San Diego on both days is LED's Tramps Like Us festival at Valley View Casino Center, which this year features UZ, Anna Lunoe, Brazzabelle, Borgore, Chuckie, Danny Avila, Dirty South and others. Elsewhere on Sunday, Reggae Fest featuring Ziggy Marley is at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; the show is free with your track admission. Plus, the event everyone has been talking about: Drive Like Jehu are playing a free show at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park featuring organist Carol Williams. You can get more details here.

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

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

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Rascal Flatts]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:57:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rascal+Flatts+Sleep+Train+8.17.14+%2845%29.jpg Country music mainstays Rascal Flatts had Sleep Train Amphitheatre thinkin' fast cars and freedom when they hit Chula Vista on Aug. 17, with Gloriana opening.

Photo Credit: John Hancock, photographer]]>
<![CDATA[Wagon Ride]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:45:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BehindtheWagon.jpg

The "Lego Movie" told us that "Everything is awesome," but San Diego's punk scene has always known that. For the last eight years, AwesomeFest has pulled together the latest and greatest in garage rock, punk and more. Independent of the trappings of traditional events, this one uses existing bars without the hassle of seeking sponsors and all the usual shenanigans that "selling out" can bring. Instead, you either buy a writstband or you don't get in. Super simple. Patrons bounce back and forth between Soda Bar and the Hideout, and exorbitant amounts of alcohol are consumed while bands from all over the country rock out and strut their stuff. Thursday's the pre-party, and I suggest you grab a weekend wristband if you haven't already

Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben @ Casbah
  • AwesomeFest Pre-Fest party, with Too Many Daves, TV Microwave, Behind the Wagon, DFMK, Okerlands, Warm Soda, the Wolf, Bat Lords, Homeless Sexuals, Macho Macho, Shallow Cuts @ Soda Bar
  • Awesomefest Pre-Fest party, with the Natives, Swift Beats, Moonshine @ The Hideout
  • Men Without Hats, Betamaxx, DJ Steve West @ Belly Up
  • Candelaria, Cumbia Machin, Viento Callejero @ Kava Lounge
  • Work Drugs, Swim Team, Idyll Wild, DJ Set by Kanye Asada @ U-31
  • The North @ Dizzy's
  • Soda Bar presents Drop Dead, Full of Hell, Noisem, Bumbklaat, Crime Desire @ Che Cafe
  • The Citrus Band, Splavender @ Sycamore Den
  • Tijuana No, Pastilla, el Sonido Callejero @ House of Blues
  • La Jolla Music Society Summerfest @ Athenaeum (12:30 p.m., free)
  • Pleasure @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJs Diana Death and Heather Hardcore @ Tower Bar
  • Brothers Gow, Shaky Feeling @ Winston's
  • Hewhocannotbenamed @ The Shakedown
  • Snoop Dogg @ Fluxx
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • Vamp @ Whistle Stop
  • SoCal Vibes, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Pictographs @ Boar Cross'n

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

<![CDATA[Che Cafe Sues UCSD]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:03:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/The+Che+Cafe+2.jpg

Another chapter has been written in the battle for the Che Cafe's existence. 

In the latest legal twist, the music venue sued UCSD on Monday. The suit, filed by attorney Bryan Pease on behalf the nonprofit collective, alleges that the university "colluded" with members of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to decertify the collective, alleging that students were not given a reasonable opportunity to participate in decisions involving the survival of the venue. The process -- and its legallity -- is what the Che's suit is calling into question.

Read the full court document filed by the Che on Monday

"The purpose is to overturn this resolution to decertify the Che as a student organization that was passed by the GSA without any real public input," Pease said on Wednesday. "The university is trying to get around the space agreement [of 2006], which had a lot of provisions for dispute resolution and would have had the university go through a number of steps before they could kick the collective out of the space. But the way they’re trying to bypass that is to work with the GSA."

The Che is calling for a GSA hearing that would give students the three-day notice required in the GSA's bylaws. Pease maintains that the meeting at which the GSA passed the resolution that decertified the Che was announced via mail, which was sent to the collective three days prior to the hearing. That the school was in summer session and most students were off-campus further complicated the receipt of the announcement and had an effect on attendance of the meeting, Pease said. 

"The GSA should [hold the hearing] in an open and transparent manner so that the studdent body can actually be heard," Pease said. "The process is totally flawed, and totally void of public notice and input, which is the whole point of having a hearing."

UCSD representative Christine Clarke told SoundDiego that the university could not comment because the case is in litigation, but she did say that the statement originally issued on the Che’s closure -- which cited "safety concerns and recent student actions and sentiments" as the grounds for eviction -- still stands.

The Che's operators and its attorney will appear in court on Sept. 3 to request the dismissal of  what Pease called the "unlawful eviction" that UCSD filed in June, attacking the service of the summons. Shortly thereafter, the Che will also push to gain a temporary restraining order against future eviction efforts until the collective’s certification can be voted on at an open GSA hearing.

The dispute between the Che Cafe and UCSD, which has housed the collective since 1980, has seen a lot legal action from both sides this summer. As SoundDiego reported in July, the Che won a temporary reprieve on its eviction by UCSD. That court decision will allow the venue to maintain the status quo until Sept. 1.

In the meantime, the Che continues to book shows in the space that, for the time being, it calls home.

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

Photo Credit: The Frights]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Sheryl Crow]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:57:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Sheryl+Crow+Sleep+Train+8.17.14+%2832%29.jpg Sheryl Crow soaked up the San Diego sun on when she hit Sleep Train Amphitheatre right before Rascal Flatts.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Otto-matic for the People]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:14:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdgfdfgOtto.jpg

There are shows for all kinds of music lovers on Wednesday in San Diego. Octagrape bring the noise at Whistle Stop for the monthly Commune, while singer/songwriter Jenn Grinels is back in town for a show at the Belly Up. Blck Owl keeps U-31 alive with an all-local showcase, and the Sleep Train Amphitheatre welcomes Panic! At the Disco, which is especially notable for openers Walk the Moon and Youngblood Hawke. And then Creedle, that awesome weirdo San Diego band from back in the day, get back together for a show at the Casbah. Even after all that, I'm most excited about Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra. I know you didn't know I was into instrumental guitar picking, but I caught wind of one of his records nearly a decade ago and tried to keep up -- though he's known to put out a couple albums a year -- and I've only had the privilege of a live show once before. He's played sold-out back-to-back nights at the now-defunct Anthology for several years, so it's hopeful that the North Park Theatre can be just as comfortable and welcoming this evening and, perhaps, for years to come. There's no opener, just an evening with the band, and tickets are still available at the box office.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

  • Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra @ North Park Theatre
  • Creedle, Montalban Quintet, Smoota @ Casbah
  • Panic! At the Disco, Walk the Moon, Youngblood Hawke @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Bondurant, Deadly Birds, Christian Taylor, Saint Diego @ U-31
  • Jenn Grinels, Austin Burns @ Belly Up
  • Commune Wednesday, with Octagrape, the Cardielles, DJ Adam Salte @ Whistle Stop
  • B.B. King, Stoney B Blues @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • H.A.M. featuring DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Taco Control, Ugly Lovers, Retainers @ Che Cafe
  • Beard Night @ The Hideout
  • Batwings, Rancho Shampoo, Perros Cobardes, Vampire Slayer, Soft Cock @ Tin Can
  • Kennady Tracy, Phili Villalobos, Sophia Szentes @ Lestat's
  • The Ratts Revenge, DJ Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Young Lion Series @ Croce's Park West
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Club Kingston presents P-Knuckel, Upfall Rising, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Francois Sims @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Electic Tuba Captain Squeegee, DJ Kilbride @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.)

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

Photo Credit: Ottmar Liebert]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Deep Purple]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:14:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Deep+Purple+Pechanga+Hancock+%2843%29.jpg Harrah's Resort Southern California hosted classic hard rock legends Deep Purple.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Fiction Family]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:28:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/leopold.jpg

Coming off a weekend with so much to do might feel like things have slowed down in town, but the fact is you only need one or two great shows to make a great night, and we still have more than a few to pick from. My bets are on the return of Leopold & His Fiction at the Casbah. The band -- and especially frontman Daniel James -- draw heavy from Detroit roots, which mixes influences of gritty rock and punk of the '70s with that Motown sound that is in the blood of all who hail from the Motor City. Joined by the Nervous Wreckords and Jimmy Ruelas, this is going to be a sweaty fun night to party. Meanwhile, the Brick By Brick is back in action, and, tonight especially, the venue returns to its reputation as the place for hard rock, metal, punk and other variations of face melters with a Corrosion of Conformity show. Deluka headline Soda Bar, American Rust takes the Tower Bar, and El Consumption owns the Tin Can.

Tuesday, Aug. 26:

  • Leopold & His Fiction, the Nervous Wreckords, Jimmy Ruelas @ Casbah
  • Corrosion of Conformity, Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork, Lord Dying @ Brick By Brick
  • Tiki Tuesday with Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Deluka, Black Tango, Talk in Tongues @ Soda Bar
  • American Rust, State Line Syndicate, Making Incredible Time, Midnight Track @ Tower Bar
  • El Consumption, Chasing Rainbows, Levi Dean @ Tin Can
  • Jeezy @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Groundation, Pure Roots @ Belly Up
  • The Homesick Hitchers @ Sycamore Den
  • Aubrey Fay @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Scott Pemberton Trio @ Winston's
  • Theo & Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Kiss & Makeup Twee Night @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Night! @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Leopold and His Fiction]]>
<![CDATA[Rain Closes Burning Man Gate]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:14:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/BM+2013-171.JPG

Californians may be praying for rain but that's not the case in the Nevada desert right now.

The main gate into Burning Man was closed Monday due to too much rain according to the festival's main Twitter account.

Consistent rain has shut down the main entrance to the festival with law enforcement officials turning cars around.

"BRC is closed until midday Tuesday due to rain and standing water. Playa is un-drivable," posted @BManTraffic, the festival's Twitter account dedicated to getting participants in and out of the festival area safely.

Burners in the area can get hourly traffic reports on BMIR 94.5 at the top of the hour.

Tens of thousands of people were expected to descend on the desert north of Reno for the festival scheduled to begin Monday and run through September 1.

When tickets for the popular counter-cultural event went on sale in March, fans picked up 38,000 tickets in 44 minutes.



Photo Credit: Josh Keppel]]>
<![CDATA[And They're Off...]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:27:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Iration+X-Fest+2014+Sleep+Train+%286%29.jpg

Yes, the horses are still running during the summer season at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), but track officials are announcing two of the acts slated to perform during the inaugural fall season of the site where the surf meets the turf.

Music fans who were already able to see big names like Jurassic 5 and the Counting Crows this summer can start marking up their autumn calendars with concerts slated for the Bing Crosby Season, which will run from Nov. 7-30. In addition to EDM superstar Steve Aoki (Aug. 29) and reggae icon Ziggy Marley (Aug. 31) -- attendees will now also be able to look forward to the red-hot Iration, who will bring their infectious mix of reggae, dub and rock to Del Mar for Reggae Fest on Nov. 15.

And to prove they’re no one trick pony, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club also announced that alt-rock radio staple Cake will perform on Nov. 29! With a swift one-two punch, the track has us already itching for the holidays.

To kick off their first-ever fall season, the DMTC will host a fabulous Gatsby-style Opening Day party on Friday, Nov. 7. Featuring an "Old Hollywood Fashion Contest," it's sure to draw the classiest and swankiest celebrities and fans in their finest fall threads. And that's just the beginning: For the entire month of November, the track will feature elite Thoroughbred racing, VIP events, as well as  many other special concert performances still to be announced.

Iration originally formed in 2004 in Isla Vista, Calif., where the band (singer/guitarist Micah Pueschel, keyboardist Cayson Peterson, drummer Joseph Dickens, bassist Adam Taylor and engineer Joseph King) started out by playing mostly reggae covers. They released their debut EP, "New Roots," in 2006, and, after building a solid fan base through steady touring and incredible live performances, they embarked on their first national tour in 2008 with San Diego act Pepper. With the release of their sophomore album, 2010's "Time Bomb," Iration topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Their latest album, "Automatic," dropped last year to worldwide critical acclaim. The group is scheduled to play with several other big-name reggae bands during the DMTC’s Reggae Fest, so Del Mar will definitely the place to be on Nov. 15.

With a stable of hits on constant radio rotation, the Sacramento-based alt-rock quintet Cake need no real introduction. Music fans know the unmistakable deadpan delivery of lead singer John McCrea, and the eclectic mix of spaghetti Western, mariachi, funk and rock styles. Massively popular songs like "The Distance," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," "Never There" and their contagious cover of Gloria Gaynor’s "I Will Survive" always seem to be the perfect marriage of humor, horns and groove. Concertgoers will certainly be in for this post-Thanksgiving treat come Nov. 29.

For more information, visit the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's official website.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Zeroing in on Javier Escovedo]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:23:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Javier+Escovedo.jpg Javier Escovedo talks with SoundDiego about his illustrious rock history and how he brought it all full circle with his new single, "See You Around."]]> <![CDATA[Live: Magic!]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:00:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Magic+8.15.14+Band+Music+Del+Mar+Track+%283%29.jpg The red-hot "Rude" reggae fusion rockers Magic! played their song of the summer at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Tub Rock Machine]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:14:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/jacuzzi-boys_142218727873.jpg

Why not kick off your Monday night with a party? Tonight, Jacuzzi Boys hit the Casbah with their "tropical rock & roll", but more important, this is a Burger Records night and those are always a blast. Meanwhile, things will get rowdy at the Irenic for Murder City Devils, Broncho return for a show at Soda Bar, and House of Blues hosts Keyshia Cole.

Monday, August 25:

  • Jacuzzi Boys, Devon Williams, Shady Francos @ Casbah
  • Soda Bar presents: Murder City Devils, Constant Lovers, Corey J Brewer @ The Irenic
  • Broncho, Low Litas, Flaggs @ Soda Bar
  • The San Diego Jazz Orchestra @ Dizzy's
  • Keyshia Cole- Point of no return, Adrian Marcel @ House of Blues
  • The Tin Can Country Club Showcase @ Tin Can
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • The Xception al Tribute to LA @ Belly Up
  • Gorilla Ent presents Progress @ The Hideout
  • Macho Macho @ Tower Bar
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Christian Hastings Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic hosted by Chad Taggert @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Kinetic Soul with Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Industry Night with DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Trivia Night @ Whistle Stop
  • Battle of the Bands @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Family Artists]]>
<![CDATA[The Upward Spiral: NIN and Soundgarden]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:15:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Nine+Inch+Nails+Sleep+Train+8.21+for+Review+%283%29.jpg

“You ready?”

Trent Reznor, the enigmatic mastermind behind Nine Inch Nails, leered past his microphone in front of a stark backdrop of chaotic video imagery – beads of sweat dripping profusely down his scowl. It was more of a warning than a question.

On cue, the band blasted Chula Vista's Sleep Train Amphitheatre with “The Great Destroyer” from their 2007 full-length, “Year Zero” – a primal, machine-like juggernaut which eventually segued into a glitch-filled, beat-crunching solo by the frontman. Hunched over his machinery, Reznor performed digital surgery with knife-like precision -- twiddling knobs, punching keys and smacking buttons while the destruction of binary code assaulted the audience.

Similar to co-headliner Soundgarden, the group’s Thursday night set spanned their career -- and found Reznor prowling the stage in a black leather kilt, frequently circling around the massive stage screens that roadies slid back and forth in orchestrated movement to the industrial ballet.

Like a cold, gear-chewing engine, the band (including longtime guitarist Robin Finck, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin and keyboardist Alessandro Cortini) hit on all cylinders through fan favorites like "March of the Pigs," "Terrible Lie," "Eraser," "Head Like a Hole," "Copy of A," "Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)," "Came Back Haunted," and the eerie, wistful encore "Hurt."

Nine Inch Nails during their Aug. 21 Sleep Train Amphitheatre performanceBut it was during the sleezy squelch and guttural smack of "Closer" (off of 1994’s "The Downward Spiral") that the stark, calculated spectacle became truly otherworldly: Reznor stepped behind his backdrop, stared point blank into a video camera that distorted his face into a malfunctioning video game character, and delivered the song's infamous, animalistic lines: "I wanna f--- you like an animal/My whole existence is flawed/You get me closer to God."

As expected, it was a radical departure from the hard rock thunder of ‘90s grunge titans Soundgarden who hit the stage prior. Amid dense fog and ominous video imagery behind them, the band (consisting of original members guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, guitarist/singer Chris Cornell and tour drummer Matt Chamberlain) powered through their hit-filled catalog that became veritable crowd sing-alongs for "Outshined," "Blow Up the Outside World," "Fell on Black Days," "My Wave," "Rusty Cage," and "Spoonman."

In a surprising move though, the group’s biggest hit, "Black Hole Sun," came off entirely lethargic; the song's unforgettable chorus eruptions were replaced by oozing sludge – the dynamics of the original recording altogether absent.

Thankfully, that lackluster rendition was instantly redeemed by the following heavy thump and blast of "The Day I Tried to Live." Cornell’s glass-shattering voice was in impeccable form, hitting seemingly impossible notes with ease. Soundgarden's Chris CornellThayil was equally impressive -- his lightning quick, double-jointed fingers careening through riff after monstrous riff.

After the deep cut (and set closer), "Beyond the Wheel," off their 1988 debut album "Ultramega OK," Cornell and Chamberlain left the stage while Thayil and Shepherd remained, engaged in a feedback-filled noise session -- until, with one furious chuck of his arm (and to the horror of every music gearhead there), the bassist physically launched his instrument over his shoulder and sent it flying 10 feet behind him, crashing into a row of amplifiers.

It was a small highlight during a night filled with phenomenal stage shows, exceptional performances and some of the biggest hits modern music has ever known. The crowd ate it up like rock candy. We had been waiting for this.

Yes, Mr. Reznor, we were ready.

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[A Garage 2 Glory Showdown]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:07:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/G+2+G+082314.jpg Two bands enter, one band plays: Both Electric Healing Sound and Grizzly Business are fantastic indie rock bands, but only one of them will join our SoundDiego LIVE party at Bar Pink on Aug. 29 -- and YOU decide who it will be. Vote now: http://ulink.tv/m-1609]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Aug. 24-30]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:25:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Panic+at+the+Disco+X-Fest+2014+%284%29.jpg We highlight some of the best shows in town over the next few days with this week's SoundDiego Set List.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Keep on Truckin']]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:56:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cardboard+truckers.jpg

It's a beer and Jack Daniel's kinda night at the Casbah as Cardboard Truckers headline. Along with the Sickstring Outlaws and Hot Mustard, this is going to be a good ole time. You can define the genre however you want -- some call it "outlaw country," some "cowpunk," some just "rock & roll" -- but whatever the term, it's always a great time. Meanwhile, prepare for noise rock over at Tower Bar with Creepoid, while North Carolina's Mandolin Orange return with their mandolin skills at Soda Bar.

Sunday, August 24:

  • Cardboard Truckers, the Sickstring Outlaws, Hot Mustard @ The Casbah
  • Mandolin Orange, the Americans, Lexington Field @ Soda Bar
  • Soda Bar Presents: Creepoid, Tennis System, Scuffs @ Tower Bar
  • Rat Sabbath featuring DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Sully & the Blue Eyed Soul Band @ Belly Up
  • Spanish Sundays featuring Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West
  • Rayford Brothers @ Gallagher's
  • Deep House Night w/ DJ Susio & Friends @ The Hideout
  • Curb Presents Savoy-Mo Lasers Mo Problems @ House of Blues
  • Jason Brown (10:00 a.m.), Robin Smith (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • The Robin Henkel Band featuring Whitney Shay @ Lestat's
  • Frances Bloom Band, Slippin @ Sycamore Den
  • Irieality + City Reef, DJ Red @ U-31
  • Ori Naftaly Band @ Winston's

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cardboard Truckers]]>
<![CDATA[Gipsy Kings Are a Family Affair]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/GNSF117-gipsykings0052_2.jpg

The Gipsy Kings are undoubtedly world-music veterans in a league of their own. The multi-Grammy nominated band of French and Gitano origins are currently on a U.S. tour promoting "Savor Flamenco," their ninth studio album. Not only is it their first release in six years, it also marks the 25th anniversary for the Gipsy Kings, who will make their way to San Diego on Aug. 31 for a sold-out show at Humphrey's By the Bay.

Even if you're not a flamenco music aficionado, it's easy to recognize the rich, raspy voice of Nicolas Reyes, the lead singer of the Gipsy Kings -- it's a vocal style takes you back in time. The band first became popular in the U.S. with the 1987 hit "Bamboleo." The Gipsy Kings sing in their Spanish Gitano dialect and are masters in perfectly revamping covers of such popular U.S. songs as the Eagles' "Hotel California," which was featured in the cult film "The Big Lebowski." They also made a famous cover of Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me," which was featured in "Toy Story 3" and "Dancing with the Stars." According to their bio, "the term gitano comes from 'Egiptano,' a Spanish term for 'Egyptian,' as the English word gypsy comes from Egyptian." Their commanding music has helped to bring back respect to the gypsy community.

The Gipsy Kings’ musical style has been called rumba flamenca, which combines traditional flamenco styles with Western pop, Afro-Latin rythyms, as well as Arabic, reggae and jazz music. Back in 1979, they were called Los Reyes, but after the Reyes' father passed away, his sons, Nicolas and Andres Reyes, teamed up with the Baliardos brothers during the annual Gypsy's Pilgrimage and renamed themselves the Gipsy Kings, an ode to their Gitano parents.

Until last year, the band was sort of the Susan Lucci of the Grammys, with six nominations in the Best World Music category. Then, in 2013, the Gipsy Kings finally won a Grammy in Best World Music Album for "Savor Flamenco." The release also marked the first time the Kings produced all original material for an album.

On their "Savor Flamenco" promo, the Reyes and Baliardo brothers said they were thrilled about passing their musical legacy on to their sons so that they can continue on as the Gispy Kings. Opening their tour are Ole' Noys, the sons of the Gipsy Kings' Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes. Those who were lucky enough to purchase tickets online to the sold-out show will receive a digital download of "Savor Flamenco."

The Gipsy Kings are at Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay on Aug. 31. For more info, go here.

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

Photo Credit: Gipsy Kings]]>
<![CDATA[He's Ours]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:26:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Built+to+Spill.jpg

The Casbah is going to go a little crazy on Saturday, as Polaris Prize winners F---ed Up make their way in support of their latest record, "Glass Boys." This is going to be a hardcore night to remind you what it feels like to melt your face. Meanwhile, Built to Spill perform to a sold-out crowd at the Irenic, Jason Mraz closes out his run at the Civic Theatre, and the incredible vocals of John Legend will fill the sky as he brings his All of Me tour to the Open Air Theatre at SDSU. 

Saturday, Aug. 23:

  • F---ed Up, Tijuana Panthers, Ghetto Blaster, Subtropics @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Built to Spill, the Warm Hair, Slam Dunk @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Jason Mraz, Raining Jane @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • John Legend @ Open Air Theatre
  • Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Mega Crane, the Rotties, Age of Collapse @ Tower Bar
  • Wild Honey Tour Kick Off, Lecherous Gaze, Space Wax, Artic @ Til Two Club
  • Secret Show @ The Hideout
  • Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Ugly Boogie @ Soda Bar
  • The B-Side Players, Arise Roots, Cumbia Machine, DJ Beto @ Belly Up
  • Madlife, the Audio Virus, Aimon, Sinflood @ The Merrow
  • Return of the Monster: California Bleeding, Ash Williams, Witch Prayer @ Che Cafe
  • Gilbert Castellanos & the Park West Ensemble @ Croce's Park West
  • Larry Fuller, with Katie Thiroux and Matt Witek @ Dizzy's
  • Rich Homie Quan @ Fluxx
  • Sandollar, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Led Zepagain @ House of Blues
  • Hip-Hop Night @ House of Blues
  • The Reflectors (5 p.m.), Viva Santana (7 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • David D'Alessio, Connecting Stars, Jessica Teagardin, Science @ Lestat's
  • Indiana Jonesin, the Big Lewinsky, Roann Mesina @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Cheyenne Giles @ Analog Bar
  • The Skank Agents (farewell show), the Whiskey Avengers, Papa's Piranha's, Just Friends, Groms @ SOMA
  • Champ, R.A. Rosengorg @ Sycamore Den
  • Wild Wide @ Tio Leo's Lounge
  • Junior the DiscoPunk @ U31
  • Booty Bassment, DJ Claire & Tim Mays @ The Whistle Stop
  • Landis (5 p.m.), Pixie Stixx Burlesque (7 p.m.), Ocean Boogie (9:30 p.m.) @ Winston's

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

Photo Credit: MySpace]]>
<![CDATA[The Tontons Turn on Soda Bar]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:42:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Tontons.jpg The Tontons may have taken their name from a giant "Star Wars" creature, but there is nothing monstrous about their sound -- their song "So Young" is an exercise in pop dreaminess. ]]> <![CDATA[Lake Street Dives into San Diego]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:43:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/198*120/Lake+Street+Dive+Jarrod+McCabe+Press+Photo.jpg

Dive bars are the number one choice for cheap drinks, entertainment (read: drunken brawls and cover bands), and quarter pool. Rarely, though, do they offer the sort of croon tunes that come from Lake Street Dive, even if the band fancies such jukebox black-holes its namesake. Come Friday night, the catcalls of nearby dives will be drowned out all together by the carefully manicured, bell-clear soul sounds drifting from the North Park Theatre, where Lake Street Dive arrives from Brooklyn by way of Boston.

It’s a big-band sound at times, padded with a heavy cream voice that lead vocalist Rachel Price milks across jazz and swing-influenced trots that round out with indie pop-rock hooks. The "free country" canon upon which Price, Mike Olson (lead guitar, trumpet), Bridget Kearney (standup bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums) formed Lake Street Dive marries jazz improvisation with the honky-tonk charm of dive bars, particularly those on Lake Street in Olson’s hometown of Minneapolis. The result is rich in both composition and performance. But of course, these are classically trained musicians.

The foursome met while students at Boston’s New England Conservatory and came together under Olson’s urging. It took a decade for them to break out of near anonymity, despite the release of a debut album. It wasn’t until they went YouTube viral for a music video they filmed on a street corner in student-occupied Brighton, Mass., in which they huddled around a microphone to sing a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” That video eventually caught the attention of famed producer/musician T-Bone Burnett, who booked the group to perform the show that put them in the public eye and -- securing their imminent rise -- led them to earn the Colbert bump.

But it has been earned. Lake Street Dive’s sophomore effort, “Bad Self Portraits,” which dropped earlier this year, blends the group’s classic roots with contemporary lyrics (the title track is a reference to the ever-hated, always-participated selfies) and a playful bounce that’s driven deep by Price’s dramatic pipes. It’s the sort of performance that’s sure to will any dive into a concert hall, as if by magic. What that means for the North Park Theatre on Friday night, we can only guess.

Lake Street Dive play the North Park Theatre on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. (sold out), all ages. The Dustbowl Revival opens.

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

Photo Credit: Jarrod McCabe]]>
<![CDATA[The Buck-o-Nine Stops Here]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:53:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Buck+O+Nine-6604.jpg

This is a crazy busy and exciting night of music. I know a lot of people who are really bummed not  to be holding tickets for Future Islands at the Irenic, and a lot of people who missed out on their chance to get tickets for Lake Street Dive at the North Park Theatre, but there are other great shows to catch that still have tickets available. Benjamin Booker, for example, is an incredible artist who is newer to the scene, is fresh off a tour with Jack White and just released his self-titled debut albums to positive reviews. You can catch him at Soda Bar. Meanwhil, a San Diego mainstay for more than 20 years, Buck-o-Nine, make a rare appearanceon Friday at the Casbah. Trombone Shorty, Midnight Rivals and Amerikan Bear are some of the other great acts that can be seen around town as well.

Friday, Aug. 22:

  • Casbah and Soda Bar present Benjamin Booker, Low Volts, Badabing @ Soda Bar
  • Buck-o-Nine, the Downs Family, Labeled Victims @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Lake Street Dive, the Dustbowl Revival @ The North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • Casbah presents Future Islands, Operators @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/Galactic @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • Midnight Rivals, Behind the Wagon @ Whistlestop Bar
  • Amerikan Bear, Burning Palms, Electric Healing Sound, DJ Mike Turi @ Tower Bar
  • Shady Francos, Batlords, the Blackjackits, the Lewer @ Til Two Club
  • The Tin Can Country Club, featuring Jon Kruger @ The Tin Can
  • Beatles vs. Stones (8:30 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • The Players Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Exile, One Choice, Take Em Out, Days of Struggle @ Che Cafe
  • Night Riots @ House of Blues
  • In Cahoots, Daddy Issues @ The Merrow
  • Bonkers! Dance Party @ Bar Pink
  • Jenn Bostic, Megan Combs, Mike Genovese @ Lestat's
  • DJ Man Cat @ U31
  • Devine Lights @ Boar Cross'n
  • Jazz Jam Sessions @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Rosy Dawn Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Chase Morrin, featuring Charles Weller and Justin Grinnell @ Dizzy's
  • Bionic 2/ Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • Crown Rootz, DJ Sammi B @ Gallagher's
  • Empire (album release) @ The Hideout
  • Tribal Theory, Los Rakas, Neveready, Reality Changers @ House of Blues
  • Rising Star (7 p.m.), Concert Night (10 p.m.) @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • Helsott, Wither, Gravespell @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Sam Hosking (5 p.m.), the Tilt, the Brothers Weiss @ 710 Beach Club
  • Blue Rhino @ Tio Leo's Lounge
  • Subdvsn @ Winston's

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

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[They're in Good Kompany]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:54:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Vokab+Kompany-6295.jpg

So many great shows to check out this weekend.

Friday has night two of Jason Mraz at the Civic Theatre; the Silent Comedy, Transfer and Vokab Kompany play a local showcase at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; Tribal Theory with Los Rakas, Neveready and Reality Changers hit the House of Blues; Future Islands play a sold-out show at the Irenic; Night Riots take over House of Blues; Lake Street Dive and the Dustbowl Revival play a sold-out show at the North Park Theatre; Buck-o-Nine, the Downs Family and Labeled Victims take over the Casbah; Midnight Rivals and Behind the Wagon play at the Whistle Stop; Benjamin Booker, Low Volts and Badabing are at Soda Bar; XX Fest with Chica Diabla, Pleasure Fix, Zombie Barbie and Poontang Clam are at the Ken Club; and the Grim Imperials, the Singles and Mittens play at the Tin Can. Get your dance on with DJ Man Cat at U-31; and Jacques Greene and Jim-E Stack take over Bang Bang.
Start off your Saturday with the Mira Mesa Festival of Beers. Later that evening, Jason Mraz plays night three at the Civic Theatre; Built To Spill headlines a sold-out show at the Irenic; F---ed Up, Tijuana Panthers, Ghetto Blaster and Subtropics are at the Casbah; The B Side Players 20th Anniversary Celebration is at the Belly Up; Gone Baby Gone, Cult Vegas, Zombie Surf Camp and Johnny Deadly Trio are at the Ken Club; and Whitney Morgan and the 78’s play at Soda Bar. On the dance tip, Club Sabbat takes over Numbers. I’ll be DJing with Dark Angel in the front room and you can get more info here. Elsewhere, Booty Bassment is at The Whistle Stop and Posso hits Bang Bang.
On Sunday, Intervention at the Hard Rock Hotel features ATB; Ozomatli hits Embarcadero Marina Park South as part of the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops concert; Mandolin Orange, the Americans and Lexington Field play at Soda Bar; and Cardboard Truckers headline the Casbah.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor.

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

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Lynyrd Skynyrd]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:21:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lynyrd+Skynyrd+Pechanga+Lead+Photo+Cropped.jpg We're sure the phrase "Play 'Free Bird'!" was shouted about a million times at Lynyrd Skynyrd's Pechanga Resort & Casino show -- and we're sure they didn't disappoint.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Monsters of '90s Rock South Bay]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:27:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trent-reznor1.jpg

I can hardly keep track of these '90s bands. Is this tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden considered a reunion tour or is this a final tour? Well, whatever the case, I know a lot of San Diegans who are more than ecstatic to see these rock & roll powerhouses share a night under the stars at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Jason Mraz, who this week enjoyed City Council honors with his own day, performs the first of three nights at the Civic Theatre, How to Dress Well performs at Casbah, and Balance & Composure perform to a sold-out crowd at the Irenic.

Thursday, Aug. 21:

  • Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Cold Cave @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Jason Mraz, Raining Jane @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • How to Dress Well, Many Mansions @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Balance & Composure, Seahaven, The American Scene @ The Irenic
  • Mad Caddie, Oceanside Sound System @ Soda Bar
  • Floor Notes, City Mouse, International Dipshit @ Bar Pink
  • Save the Che Benefit Show, with Biblical Violence, Too Much Wasabi @ Che Cafe
  • Asleep at the Wheel @ Belly Up
  • Cash'd Out, Nena Anderson @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Moby @ Fluxx
  • Meowmouth @ The Hideout (6 p.m.)
  • Girlz (Ladies Night), with Laura Seidler & Priscilla Castro @ The Hideout (9 p.m.)
  • Roem Bauer, Stephen Rey @ Sycamore Den
  • Gloomsday, Some Kind of Lizard, Cardielles @ Tin Can
  • Puente, featuring Israel Maldonado @ Brick By Brick
  • Chimaira, the Plot in You, Upon This Dawning, Allegaeon, Silence the Messenger @ SOMA
  • PT$G:CALS, Jewels P, G Dollaz, the Black Party, M-D.O.T., WesWes, Kacelynn Vaughn, IRAP: Individual Real As Possible @ Analog
  • The Naked, Sub-Niche, Lindsey Carrier @ Lestat's
  • RAW Artists Showcase @ House of Blues
  • Quiet Morning & the Calamity, Roger!, Second Cousins @ The Merrow
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Teagan Taylor Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Scott Carter & the New Breed Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • La Jolla Music Society Summerfest @ Athenaeum (12:30 p.m., free)
  • Open Jam Hosted by Jamie Thibodeau @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • ID the Poet, Alowe, Nate Flude, Esnine @ Winston's
  • Popof @ Spin
  • Astro Jump, Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Shakedown
  • Eureka the Butcher, Habits, Bur Gur, Bulletproof Tiger, and Mello @ Kava Lounge
  • Maka Roots & the Ih Sight Band, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Bedlams Edge, G.E.Q. @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Drive Like Jehu to Play Reunion Show]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:20:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SpreckelsPavilion.jpg

Seminal San Diego rockers Drive Like Jehu announced Tuesday that they would reunite for a show later this month.

Some music fans who saw Rocket From the Crypt rise from the dead last year wondered if it was only a matter of time till Drive Like Jehu also emerged from the ashes, too. On Tuesday, those fans finally got good news: Drive Like Jehu will play a free show at Spreckles Organ Pavilion on Aug. 31 in conjunction with San Diego civic organist Carol Williams.

The show announcement was confirmed by a post on the band's Facebook page and also by local promoter Dang Nguyen, who will be producing the show (in addition to being a manager of North Park's Bar Pink, of which Drive Like Jehu's John Reis is a co-owner).

"I got elected to the board of trustees for the Spreckels Organ Society this year. We manage and promote and program that the organ itself, not the pavilion," Nguyen said. "We rent out the space for events – the park does. So John and I were talking back in February or March, and he was asking about doing shows at the organ, with the organ, you know the possibility of it."

Nguyen, who had been brought in by the society to try to expand an aging audience, talked to the other trustees, who embraced the idea.

"John had to take it to Rick -- they turned down a hefty offer from Coachella a couple years ago because it wasn't the right thing, but being doing at the organ pavilion with the organ was the catalyst for it, was what made it worth doing," Nguyen said.

Incredibly, the show will be free and open to all ages, kicking off at 7 p.m. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the organ, as all its weekly shows are.

“Basically, John and I and the band's management are making it happen – we have to pay for the organist and curator, and there will be a table for donations for the organ society itself," Nguyen said. "It’s being run as one of the organ-society events, so they will have their usual donation boxes out as they do every Sunday."

Nguyen said the performance will be one hour, with Williams opening with a 30-minutes solo set, then the band will come out and will play five songs with the organ.

"They’ll be new arrangements for the organ -- it's going to be Jehu songs but it will be a little different," Nguyen said.

After forming in the early 1990s, Drive Like Jehu broke nationally after signing with Interscope Records but disbanded in the mid-'90s. The group is led by Rocket From the Crypt lead guitarist/vocalist Reis, who also performs in another San Diego band, Hot Snakes, with Drive Like Jehu rhythm guitarist Rick Froberg. That band has also dabbled in reunion shows, since 2010. The duo also performed with the band Pitchfork. The Reis/Froberg bands have influenced decades of other artists coming up through the San Diego ranks.

In an interesting coincidence, SoundDiego included Drive Like Jehu in a July post on 9 SD Bands That Need to Reunite. Fortunately for us, we were wrong in our prediction that "it doesn't look like we'll be seeing these guys together anytime soon."

<![CDATA[Live: Arcade Fire and Spoon]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:14:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Arcade+Fire+Sleep+Train+8.5.14+%2814%29.jpg Sleep Train Amphitheatre welcomed one of the biggest shows of the year when Arcade Fire and Spoon came to town on Aug. 5.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Slash]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:09:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Slash+Pechanga+8.9.14+%282%29.jpg We got up-close-and-personal with Slash -- the infamous top-hatted guitarist from Guns n' Roses -- when he hit the Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Finding "The Way on Up"]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/applebrown.jpg

Perhaps because he specializes in the relatively obscure sonic world of the baritone saxophone, Gabriel Sundy has often labored in the shadows of the San Diego music scene, which is a shame because the instrument is a majestic beast and Mr. Sundy is one of the best I’ve ever heard make music on it, regardless of geography or genre.

Sundy culled his Applebrown Jazz Ensemble from some of San Diego’s finest, including guitarist Nate Jarrell, tenor saxophonist Peter August, trombonist Andy Geib, bassist Harley Magsino and drummer Dave Pschaida, and the music on "The Way on Up" was years in the making and delightful on all counts. "Captain Darkness" leaps forward on an almost punk beat, powered by Pschaida’s unforgiving snare drum and Magsino’s relentless riffing, until a glorious Cape Town horn-choir ensues. Sundy takes the landscape and rips it open with a wild, squealing epiphany.

Horns punctuate sharp accents around Sundy’s dark, winding ostinato on "Monsters & Hobgoblins," which roars with stop-time bellows and intricate melodic twists opening up for the nasty distortion of Jarrell’s wicked guitar spin followed by Geib’s blustery braying 'bone solo.

There are constant melodic surprises in all of Sundy's compositions -- and if we were back in school. I would have to give him an A in creative writing. The manic surge of "The," (perhaps the ultimate minimalist title?) toggles between stuttering horns and shout-chorus opportunities for Jarrell's burning legato. Over the kaleidoscopic background, Sundy comes alive with kinetic eruptions from the Albert Ayler book of mayhem, and Geib’s boisterous output makes me wish he was more visible in the local dynamic.

On the satirically titled "You Stole My Heart and Now I Want It Back," Sundy nevertheless plays it straight, and after several moments of lush, orchestral horn musings, emerges with an absolutely gorgeous solo -- sublime and full of aching detail -- that had me moaning several times in its duration. If this piece can't make you cuddle with your significant other, you might be looking for a studio apartment soon.

"The Way On Up" succeeds where it counts most: from tight group interplay to compositional architecture to burning solos.


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

Photo Credit: R. Feder]]>
<![CDATA[Naked in North Park]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:09:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/TheNakedandFamous_PhotoBy_DaveMa_5+-+Copy.jpg

Wednesday will be a great night of music if you're a lover of indie. Sylvan Esso, made up of members of Mountain Man and Megafaun, have proven to be a breakout hit this year. Since their debut was released in May, they toured as support to Tune-Yards in June and are selling out as headliners themselves. "Coffee" and "Hey Mami" are hits by indie-rock standards, and no doubt tickets for the Casbah are coveted. The same holds true for the Naked and Famous. How do these bands propel so fast? Well, by being great live acts, for one thing, but word-of-mouth has certainly taken this band to new heights as well. Both shows are sold out, so if you didn't snag tickets, you will be on it a little sooner next time. Still, there's plenty of fine music around town elsewhere to get you over the hump.

Wednesday, Aug. 20:

  • Sylvan Esso, Dana Buoy @ Casbah (sold out)
  • The Naked and Famous, the Moth and the Flame @ The North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • Green Flash Concert Series, with Mark Broussard, Tyrone Wells @ Birch Aquarium
  • Sidewalk Chalk, Euphoria Brass Band, Pool Party @ Soda Bar
  • Lisa Sanders (album release), Josh Damigo, Randi Driscoll, Jasmine Commerce @ Belly Up
  • Inspired and the Sleep, Tiger and the Teller, Wizard Woes @ U-31
  • Stevie & the Hi-Staxx@ Bar Pink
  • Janice Edwards, DJ John Phillips @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Titus Haug, 22 Kings, Travis Luce @ Tin Can
  • The Zombies, Cheers Elephant, Mrs. Magician @ House of Blues
  • Abe Lagrimas Jr. (CD release), Molly Tuttle Trio with John Mailander & Brittany Karlson @ Lestat's
  • Kiefer Shackelford @ Croce's Park West
  • Dane Drewis @ Tin Roof
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand 
  • Club Kingston presents Dub Trinity and Friends, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's 
  • Trophy Motorcycles Vintage Bike Night, DJ Mikey Ratt & Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Age of Collapse, Augurs Usnea @ Til-Two Club 
  • Kenny Eng @ 98 Bottles 
  • King Scha Scha & Friends @ Gallagher's Irish Pub 
  • Open Mic @ The Merrow 
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club 
  • Joe Cardillo, Kenny Eng @ Wonderland OB 
  • Brewers SDTK @ Whistle Stop 
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.) 
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.)

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

Photo Credit: Dave Ma]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Jason Mraz Day!]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jjjjjDSC_0144.jpg

It's finally here, San Diego: The mayor of America's Finest City, Kevin Faulconer declared Tuesday to be Jason Mraz Day in the city of San Diego.

The announcement -- which the mayor surprised Mr. A to Z with -- serves as recognition of Mraz's international success in the music world, as well as his humanitarian efforts. A formal presentation began at 3 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Faulconer's downtown office.

"Jason, on behalf of all of us here in the city of San Diego, we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming tour, and it is my pleasure to declare today, on behalf of of the citizens of San Diego, Aug. 19, 2014, to be Jason Mraz Day," Faulconer said, to applause from the crowd.

Mraz seemed surprised and pleased by the presentation, taking questions from reporters for 20 minutes or so, talking about his work supporting the LGBT community and environmental causes.

"A little surprised .... honored -- as you know, I was not born and raised in San Diego," Mraz said about the recognition. "I chose to as my home in 1999.... I'm honored that you would consider me  a San Diegan and take time out to say that."

About 30 people, including Mraz's band, joined the mayor in his office for the announcement. Faulconer at one point interrupted the Q&A to note that the proceedings were his favorite type of mayoral announcement, where he had very little to say.

When Mraz was asked what if felt like to hear that Paul McCartney -- who will be performing at Petco Park on Aug. 28 -- told a reporter he was listening to Jason Mraz when the former Beatle was asked who was on his playlist, the Encinitas resident said it "makes me feel like it's Jason Mraz Day."

It's not the first time the city council has declared an official day with San Diego musical ties -- earlier this year, interim mayor Todd Gloria declared Jan. 14 as Casbah Day, amid the iconic club's 25th anniversary monthlong celebration.

Mraz, the pop singer/songwriter who got his start here in in 2000, just released his fifth studio album (and first-ever all acoustic record), "Yes!" on July 15. He rose to stardom in 2002 with "The Remedy," a huge hit single off his major-label debut, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," and didn't stop there; after opening for artists such as Alanis Morissette and Rob Thomas early on, he quickly set out on his own worldwide headlining tours.
The song "I'm Yours," off Mraz's 2008 full-length release, "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.,"became his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately spent 76 weeks on the chart. Mraz won two Grammy awards in 2010 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (for "Make It Mine") and Best Pop Collaboration ("Lucky," with Colbie Caillat) and has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.
Rivaling his musical efforts, Mraz is also an active philanthropist, spotlighting such issues as the environment (establishing the Jason Mraz Foundation in 2011), human rights (participating in a 2009 Ghana rescue mission with the Free the Slaves international nonprofit) and LGBT equality. He received the Clean Water Award in 2010 from the Surfrider Foundation for helping to preserve the world's oceans and beaches.
So, happy Jason Mraz Day, San Diego: It's a fitting commemoration for a true hometown role model.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Arctic Monkeys]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:19:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Arctic+Monkeys+SDSU+8.6.14+%2820%29.jpg Arctic Monkeys, and hometown boys Barbarian, played SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Aug. 6 -- and had the sold-out crowd on its feet the entire time.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Matt Hires in the House]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:41:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/matt+hires1.jpg

I'e been doing listings nightly for San Diego for a very long time. Having a thorough list means comprehensively navigating through a regular list of upward of 40 venues and a few random sources I have come to rely on. This is not to pat myself on the back so much as it is to say how glad it makes me when I come across a special show in a nontraditional venue. I could take shortcuts, but then I'd miss out on awesome shows, like Tuesday's private house show with Matt Hires. This is a thing that singer/songwriters do these days -- they ask for volunteers to host a show, and after some basic background information, select homes and designate a tour route. Ticketing is done a number of ways, but in most cases, the artist or their label handles ticketing and the artist can make a decent night's wage and the fans can be up close and devoted, not having to worry about the drunk frat boy in the room talking over the singer or the girl in the corner talking to her besties whom she apparently hasn't seen in decades. House shows are the best way to see an artist, and Matt Hires is an amazing acoustic performer, so this is a win-win. At press time, there was still space for more reservations, and I urge you to seize the opportunity. You get the address after you pay for the ticket.

Tuesday, Aug. 19:

  • Matt Hires @ Private House Show, El Cajon
  • DWNTWN, Travesura, the Hunt @ Soda Bar
  • Quilt, Cosmonauts, Cotillon @ Casbah
  • Lila Downs @ House of Blues
  • Little Daylight, Young Rising Sons, Look Up Here @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Tiki Twos Day with Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Reckless Kelly @ Belly Up
  • Crow King, David Leistman @ Sycamore Den
  • Seeking Alpha, Hot Mustard, the Have Six @ Tin Can
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • David John Carnell, Karina Toriz @ The Merrow
  • Raja Lyon, Ocelot, the Cosmic Kicks @ Winston's
  • Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Night @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[Hear It Here: Blackout Party]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:20:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blackout+Party+Rebecca+Joelson.jpg

Welcome to the Blackout Party. The heavy hitting, alt-country stompers are finally following up their critically acclaimed 2011 album, “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed,” with another barnburner. The local quintet, who won last year’s San Diego Music Award for Best Rock Band (which they hope to repeat at this year’s awards), saddled up their boots and trekked to Zac Brown's Southern Ground Studios in Nashville for the recording of their upcoming full-length, "Float On Towards Our Doom."

To help finance the mixing, mastering and pressing of the band’s new record (including vinyl!), the band announced their new IndieGoGo campaign via a "Vinyl Countdown" YouTube video on Monday that’ll help get a physical, finished product in our hands sooner rather than later. Head to IndieGoGo here to help 'em out.

Indeed, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard new music from the fellas, but the band’s brand new single (the title track) puts them squarely back in the limelight. They waste no time in getting right to it: The thumping, three-and-a-half minute dirge starts off with a lone, unassuming electric guitar before a classic “one, two, three, four” shout-out finds bassist Jesse Bowen and drummer Jeff Hawthorne locking into a steady groove -- before a chorus erupts that sounds like Dave Grohl went on a heavy bender with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. It’s good to have you back, guys.

Hear it for yourself right here.


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

Photo Credit: Rebecca Joelson]]>
<![CDATA[Buddy Banter Break the Bank]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:23:42 -0700 >> http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]> >> http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Buddy+Banter.jpg Local fuzz pop trio Buddy Banter -- set to take charge at SoundDiego LIVE at Bar Pink on Aug. 29 with Barbarian -- talk to 91x's Robin Roth about the funding for their new album ... or the lack thereof. RSVP to our party to get in for free >>> http://bitly.com/UBvwWa]]>