<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2017http://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, 21 Jan 2017 14:13:41 -0800Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:13:41 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[PICS: SoundDiego LIVE Storms Through Casbah]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:53:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Schizophonics+LIVE+by+Be+Water2.jpg It was Inauguration Day, and that meant our first SoundDiego LIVE of 2017 with the Schizophonics, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Spooky Cigarette and Belching Beaver at the Casbah!

Photo Credit: Be Water Photo]]>
<![CDATA[That's So Raveonettes ]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:24:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Raveonettes+Press+Photo.jpeg

One of the great things about live music is that once you navigate the soaked streets and sideways rain, you're inside where the weather shouldn't bother you from the business of rocking out. So, be dry tonight in the comfort of the Music Box as you enjoy the lovely sounds of the Raveonettes. There's also a dry roof at the Casbah where you can catch jazz twins the Mattson 2, or at Soda Bar where you can catch the Generators. If you need a dry spot up north, BFSB (Buckfast Superbee) and Western Settings will bring some raw energy to your Saturday night.

Saturday, Jan. 21:

  • The Raveonettes, Gateway Drugs @ Music Box
  • Mattson 2, Kid Trails, DJ Jordan Blackmon (Toro y Moi), Creature & the Woods @ Casbah
  • In Your Neighborhood With Lou Niles feat. BFSB, Western Settings @ Pour House
  • The Generators, Channel 3, Slaughter Boys @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Miguel Migs, Cris Herrera @ World Beat Center
  • Tainted Love, DJ Hunk Golden @ Belly Up 
  • '80s vs. '90s DJs Gabe Vega & Saul @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • PostCard Radio w/ DJs Trop Pop & Britt Pop @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Lady Lush @ Blonde
  • Chevelle, Black Map, Dinosaur Pile Up @ House of Blues
  • Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds @ Poway OnStage
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • The Moves, Bomb Squad, Joe Marcinek Band feat. Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy @ Winston's  (9:30 p.m.) 
  • Imbalanced, the Noctambulant, Sergulath, Orphic Eye @ Til-Two Club
  • Shen Yun 2017 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Focke-Wolves, the Smoke Bombs, Amigo @ Black Cat Bar
  • Silver Snakes, Aeges, Vagus Nerve @ Brick by Brick
  • Aubryn, Witherward, Chi McClean @ Lestat's
  • ArtPower Presents: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Standing Rock Benefit Show @ Che Cafe
  • SubWOOFer @ The Merrow
  • Chugboat, the Brewhahas, Max Fite @ 710 Beach Club
  • Russian Tremors, Masteria @ The Bancroft
  • Bless Your Heart Burlesque @ Tio Leo's
  • Jessy J. @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado 
  • Chachi @ Fluxx
  • Bobby Detroit @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Craig Shoemaker @ Ramona Mainstage 
  • DJ Vice @ Omnia
  • Strictly Business w/ DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • DJ 4B @ Bassmnt
  • Jesse Perez @ Bang Bang
  • Ocean vs. Orientalis @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Raveonettes]]>
<![CDATA[A True American Idol]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:05:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Daughtry+by+Marissa+Carter+%28resized%29.jpeg

“American Idol” may not be a thing anymore, but the musical careers it launched -- for better or worse -- certainly still are. As for Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard, I think we’d all be plenty content if they made their foray back into the entertainment industry as an electro-pop duo.

But America’s favorite rock & rollin’ baldy -- the Vin Diesel of music, you might say -- doesn’t let all of his success go to his beautiful, smooth head. Chris Daughtry, frontman of his eponymous band, is coming to the Belly Up on Sunday. That’s right, a Grammy-nominated, worldwide sensation with multiple No. 1 hits is playing San Diego’s intimate 600-capacity hangout to the north. Why? Well, ’cause he’s a nice guy. Seriously.

Daughtry will join beachy pop-rocker Kelley James at the Charley Hoffman Foundation San Diego Pro-Am, a charity concert and auction that will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, San Diego Junior Golf Association and Pro Kids.

“We are so excited to add Daughtry to the charity party lineup this year,” Hoffman said in a news release. “He and Kelley are going to provide a fantastic show, and I personally can’t wait to see it.”

Hoffman’s foundation has raised more than $2 million since 2008, donating the proceeds to organizations that encourage education, sports and health programs for children living in San Diego and Las Vegas.

The event is set to start at 6 p.m. and tickets -- which include drinks and appetizers -- are available for a tax-deductible $125 at the Belly Up's website. For more information, please visit CharleyHoffman.com or contact Megan Mahoney at (619) 571-2390.

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

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Break on Through to the Weekend]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:07:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Robby+Krieger+by+Frank+Micelotta.jpg

This Friday night, SoundDiego LIVE is FREE at the Casbah with the Schizophonics, Dani Bell & the Tarantist and Spooky Cigarette -- the show is free and open to the public; the PettyBreakers and SantanaWays hit the Belly Up; A Jim Morrison Celebration Concert with Wild Child is at the House of Blues; Gazebos, Boyfriends and Some Kind of Lizard are at Soda Bar; the Erotic City Prince Tribute with DJ Steve West hits Music Box; Foreign Bodies, Warsaw and Mice Elf play at the Tower Bar; and the Routine perform at Winston’s. Get your dance on with F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Hector at Bang Bang; Bingo Players at Omnia; or Mike Delgado at El Dorado.

Saturday, The Raveonettes and Gateway Drugs play at Music Box; Mattson 2, Kid Trails, DJ Jordan Blackmon (Toro y Moi) and Creature & the Woods are at the Casbah; Chevelle, Black Map and Dinosaur Pile Up perform at House of Blues; the Fabulous Thunderbirds will be at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts; the Generators, Channel 3, Dead on the Wire and Pissed Regardless are at Soda Bar; Tainted Love and DJ Hunk Golden take over the Belly Up; and In Your Neighborhood with Lou Niles features BFSB and Western Settings at the Pour House. Dance cards can be filled with Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Chachi at Fluxx; DJ Vice at Omnia, Jesse Perez at Bang Bang; '80s vs. 90s at the Whistle Stop; Lady Lush at Blonde; or Adam Salter at El Dorado.

Sunday, Robby Krieger of the Doors: Celebrating 50 Years of the Doors' Music takes over Music Box; Rooney and Swimm perform at the Holding Company; The Toasters and Unsteady play at the Casbah; and Warbly Jets and DJ Mario Orduno are at the Whistle Stop.

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

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

Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Schizophonics Top SoundDiego LIVE Casbah Lineup]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:07:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shizophonics+by+Miguel+Mendoza.jpg

For many of us, today is just generally not a good day. In tough times, however, we should gather with friends, enjoy awesome music and perhaps even imbibe heavily. So tonight, gather with your SoundDiego friends as we return to the Casbah for SoundDiego LIVE! We've got Spooky Cigarette kicking off the night, followed by Dani Bell & the Tarantist and the Schizophonics, who headline the night. We happen to think we've got the best lineup of the night, and best of all, it's free! The show is free and open to the public. If for some reason you can't join us, Gazebos play Soda Bar, Ari Hest takes the stage at Brick 15 and Music Box hosts a tribute to Prince.

Friday, Jan. 20:

  • SoundDiego LIVE w/ Schizophonics, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Spooky Cigarette @ Casbah
  • Gazebos, Boyfriends, Some Kind of Lizard @ Soda Bar
  • Ari Hest @ Brick 15
  • Class Project: The Ladies With Professors, DJ Grim, Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Kronos Quartet @ Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Erotic City Prince Tribute, DJ Steve West @ Music Box
  • A Jim Morrison Celebration Concert w/ Wild Child @ House of Blues
  • The Inauguration Consecration w/ Foreign Bodies, Warsaw, Mice Elf @ Tower Bar
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Atomic Groove Happy 2017 @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • The PettyBreakers, SantanaWays @ Belly Up
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Reckless Disregard, N.O.K., Revoltchix, Dr. Bob's Nightmare @ Til-Two Club
  • Ninja Nightrace, Rue Snider, Coretracks @ Black Cat Bar
  • Paul Gilber, Points North, RDG @ Brick by Brick
  • F#ing in the Bushes w/ DJ Dan Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Gran Sonic Theory @ V Lounge, Viejas 
  • Shen Yun 2017 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Rainbow Girls, Caitlin Jemma @ Lestat's
  • Serenade & Strum @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • The Pussy Grabs Back: Burlesque by the People, for the People @ The Merrow
  • ! The Match, the GrooVster @ The Bancroft
  • Super Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • starRo, Graham Elliot @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Kingdom of Lights, Those Darn Gnomes, Ignant Benches @ Soma
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Homesafe, Life Lessons, Chase Huglin @ Che Cafe
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Wildside @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Ocean Beach Comedy Satellite Show for the San Diego Comedy Festival @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.) 
  • The Routine @ Winston's
  • Ginuwine, Dre Sinatra @ Fluxx
  • Mitis, Kicks N Licks @ Bassmnt
  • Hector @ Bang Bang
  • Dubbest @ Manhattan Bar (Chula Vista)
  • Bingo Players @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Marques Wyatt, Purps N Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: Miguel Mendoza]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Enter the "Digital Age"]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:21:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/daniela-andrade.jpg

Back in November, Canadian singer/songwriter Daniela Andrade was scheduled to play the Irenic but the show was postponed. Thursday is the makeup show for that one, and it's only given the anticipation time to build and interest to develop for the girl known for her stripped-down covers. Meanwhile, the Belly Up welcomes the return of Martin Sexton, our friends in Trop Pop play the top spot at the Casbah, and, perhaps the indie-rock top pick of the night, American Wrestlers drop in on the Soda Bar (read our interview here). 

Thursday, Jan. 19:

  • Daniela Andrade @ The Irenic
  • Martin Sexton, The Accidentals, Lee Coulter @ Belly Up 
  • Tropical Popsicle, Blood Ponies, Hours Exasperation @ Casbah
  • American Wrestlers, Lightning Cole, Aviator Stash (formerly known as the Art Dealers) @ Soda Bar  (read our interview here). 
  • Zakk Sabbath, The Shrine @ Brick By Brick
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Phil Crosby Jr. Orchestra, featuring Sacha Boutros, Anna Danes @ Music Box
  • Aesthetic Perfection @ The Hideout
  • Haunted Summer, Lightworks, Amnesia, Deadmatter @ Blonde
  • Ari & the Alibis @ The Holding Company
  • Bad Penny & the Pistols @ Sycamore Den
  • Abigail Stauffer, Lindsay White @ Brick 15
  • Blue Oyster Cult @ Sycuan Casino 
  • L-E-V Dance Company @ Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD
  • The Low Points, Fractions @ The Merrow
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Final Drive, BossFight, Research @ The Bancroft
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (free)
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Welcome Back Cypher - 30 Below @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Variety show with Eva Cassel, Zaid Tabani, Ruben Ramirez, Deep Yogurt @ Che Cafe
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Meeting of the Meyends, with Huggapuppy, Emroze Damf, D Monkey Slap @ Winston's
  • Rios, B. Rose, Bidi, Paola, Saul Q @ El Dorado 
  • Felix Jaehn @ Bang Bang
  • Bad Royale @ Omnia
  • State Of Mind @ Spin
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • DJ Lazer Lizeth @ Whistle Stop
  • Stanton Warriors @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's

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

<![CDATA[PICS: Sublime with Rome at House of Blues]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:44:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Sublime+with+Rome+AM+%289+of+16%29.jpg Love is what I got: Sublime with Rome played two sold-out shows at House of Blues on Jan. 13-14.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[For Your Consideration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:58:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/CTS1.jpg

I cannot pretend to be aware of every band playing in San Diego at all times, but the diversity of shows we get to see on any given night is always pretty impressive. For example, tonight at the Casbah, you can catch New York instrumental trio Consider the Source, who play "Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion," which, if you do a quick YouTube search, sounds pretty damn awesome and like you have a really fun night in store. Meanwhile, things were looking iffy on tonight's Tower of Power show after two members were hit by a train last week in Oakland, but it appears the tour carries on tonight at Belly Up. Lastly, describing a band as "SoCal punk" can really carry a lot of different meaning to a lot of people, but Wanted Noise at Soda Bar is doing it right and take me back to my younger days of hanging out with friends, watching skate videos, then rummaging record stores to find all the bands that were played in those videos. Seems to me you can't go wrong with any of your choices tonight.

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

  • Consider the Source, Thank You Scientist @ Casbah
  • Tower of Power: An Evening With @ Belly Up
  • Wanted Noise, Deep Yogurt, Bearwulf @ Soda Bar
  • Temple Party @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Too Sad to Be Mad! EMO Night with Live Band: Short Stories @ The Office
  • Open Oscillator 2nd Anniversary @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique at Blonde ft. DJ Craig Mac (Chi-SD) @ Blonde
  • Amanda Cogan & the Night Shift Band, Devan Moncrief, Gabriela & La Buena Onda @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Shen Yun 2017 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Club Kingston Presents: Bodhi Rock with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • ASCE Presents: You at the Loft @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Fake Tides, Beach Goons, On Drugs, Cheeks, Horse Movies, Spooky Cigarette @ Che Cafe
  • Grant Austin Taylor @ Lestat's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Karaoke/Open Mic @ The Merrow (8 p.m.)
  • Happy Hour DJ Mike White @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Band Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[American Wrestlers' Big Finish]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:45:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/209*120/American-Wrestlers-Credit-Nathan-Parker-copy1.jpg

If any band I’ve heard in recent memory is the musical embodiment of the adage, “You are what you eat,” it’d be St. Louis indie-pop band American Wrestlers.

While imitation is often considered the sincerest form of flattery, most bands that come across my desk put a healthy buffer between themselves and their influences. There’s a certain reluctance to point out how or who they’ve been inspired by -- perhaps to avoid comparisons, or maybe to seem more original than they actually are. After all, no one wants to be derivative, right? Well, American Wrestler’s frontman/chief songwriter, Gary McClure, has no qualms with putting it all out there.

“I’m always surprised by how each record brings me closer to writing simpler, heavier, catchier songs like those bands who gave me my musical epiphany: Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and that first Foo Fighters record,” McClure has said. “I first learned how to write by copying them and got lost for a decade in intricacy and experimentation. Now, it feels like I’m heading back.”

The band’s sophomore album, “Goodbye Terrible Youth” (released last November via Fat Possum), is a perfect marriage of the aforementioned ‘90s-era distortion, Slowdive/Ride-esque shoegaze, and power-pop hooks that would sound right at home on a Manic Street Preachers record. But the band is much more than just the sum of their influences. Cue the new record’s “Amazing Grace,” which kinda sounds the way a perfect buzz feels -- pure magical, melodic gold.

It wasn’t always this way though: McClure (who moved from Scotland to St. Louis, Missouri in 2014) spent the last couple years posting lo-fi, home-recorded pop nuggets to his Bandcamp account before American Wrestlers really started to take shape. More musicians joined the fold (his wife Bridgette Imperial plays keyboards, Ian Reitz plays bass, and Josh Van Hoorebeke plays drums), and McClure subsequently focused on writing bigger songs to accommodate the heftier lineup -- and he done good. If “Goodbye Terrible Youth” is just the start of the songwriter getting back in touch with his influences, the future seems very bright indeed.

“It’s truly about becoming good enough to write the album you wanted to listen to when you were 15,” McClure said. “Every time I make a new record, I feel like I’m getting closer.”

American Wrestlers play Soda Bar on Thursday, Jan. 19 with Lightning Cola and Aviator Stash. Tickets are $10 and they’re available online here.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Nathan Parker]]>
<![CDATA[We Could Be Royal Teeth]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:12:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Royal+Teeth+screenshot+1.7.17.png SoundDiego TV's Daye Salani caught up with Louisiana indie-pop group Royal Teeth before their packed Soda Bar show on Dec. 15, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[So You Think You Can DNCE]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:52:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/premios-billboard-25.jpg

Local music rules the night tonight as Jovi & the Issues make their Casbah debut. The band features members of the Mice, Death Crisis, Zombie Barbie, the Misfiends and Dogmatic. At Soda Bar, brother and sister indie duo Many a Moon bring performance art and eclectic music, and the Merrow has Hardly Human at the head of their local lineup. Of course, there are some touring acts, too, like veteran David Lindley at the Belly Up or DNCE -- Joe Jonas' band -- at House of Blues. If your resolution was to discover something new this year, tonight just might be your night.

Tuesday, Jan. 17:

  • DNCE, the Skins @ House of Blues
  • Jovi & the Issues, Hocus, Kitty Plague @ Casbah
  • David Lindley, Cindy Lee Berryhill @ Belly Up
  • Many a Moon, Star Jungle, the Twinfins @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Hardly Human, Second Hand, Love Ethic @ The Merrow
  • Filthy (TX), Svelte, DJ Rees Withrow @ Blonde
  • N.I.T.E. (Night in Technology Expanded) with Kaus & Emphasize, the Parker Meridien, DJ Marclar @ The Loft at UCSD (8 p.m.)
  • Synrgy, the Seed Heads, DJ Reefah @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Shen Yun 2017 @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • True Bass Presents: Mirth Is King, Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • R.A. the Rugged Man, A-F-R-O, Atlantis Rizing @ Winston's
  • Clay Colton @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Electric Elms @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:55:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Vince+Staples+by+Michael+Tullberg.jpeg Guess who's coming to town? Well, now you don't have to -- Vince Staples at the Observatory on Feb. 24 and more!

Photo Credit: Michael Tullberg]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Music Award Nominees Announced]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:39:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Andra+Day+by+Fatima+Kelley.jpeg

After several months in limbo, San Diego Music Award promoter Kevin Hellman and the San Diego Music Foundation announced the nominees and performers for the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, which will take place at the House of Blues San Diego on March 21.

This year’s awards will feature performances by Hawaiian reggae-pop sensation Hirie (nominated for Best World Music Album and Song of the Year), the raucously acrobatic Schizophonics (nominated for Best Rock and Best Live Performer) and the glittery psych-rockers the Verigolds (nominated for Best Indie/Alternative Album). The Creepy Creeps (nominated for Best Live Performer), Gilbert Castellanos (nominated for Best Jazz and Artist of the Year) and Steph Johnson (nominated for Best Jazz Album and Artist of the Year) round out the lineup. 

The San Diego Music Academy has carefully selected six nominees for each of the 28 different categories -- categories that have expanded from previous years to include (hallelujah) Indie/Alternative as a genre. Speaking of which, you can vote for nominees in each of the genre categories at www.SanDiegoMusicAwards.com starting Jan. 16. Voting will close on Feb. 26, so get your votes in early! Note: Album voting is reserved exclusively for members of the academy.

Now, if this weren't an award ceremony based on merit, I would offer various platitudes like "it's not a competition" or "everyone's a winner here," but it is a competition, which means -- like it or not -- there will be some losers. As such, I’m sure you’re dying to know: What artist received the most nominations? Turns out, it’s a seven-way, well-deserved tie between Blink-182, Pierce the Veil, Andra Day, the Schizophonics, Hirie, Gilbert Castellanos and Steph Johnson -- all of whom have had an incredibly successful year worthy of recognition.

The hard work that all of these San Diego bands -- and the artists who didn’t get nominated this time around -- make us at SoundDiego proud to be a participating sponsor in this year’s awards. So, without further ado, here they are -- your 2017 SDMA nominees:

Best Singer/Songwriter

  • Nina Francis
  • Lady Rogo
  • Sierra West
  • Raelee Nikole
  • Savannah Philyaw
  • Tolan Shaw 

Best Country or Americana

  • Berkley Hart
  • Brawley
  • Morgan Leigh Band
  • Nancarrow
  • Sara Petite
  • The Moves Collective

Best Jazz

  • Gilbert Castellanos
  • Ian Tordella
  • Joshua White
  • Patrick Yandall
  • Peter Sprague
  • Allison Adams Tucker

Best Blues

  • Chet & the Committee
  • Mercedes Moore
  • Michele Lundeen
  • Robin Henkel
  • Whitney Shay
  • Tomcat Courtney

Best Hip-Hop/Rap

  • Main Flow
  • Parker Edison
  • South Psycho Cide
  • Odessa Kane
  • Tall Can and Generik
  • Lyrical Groove

Best Indie/Alternative

  • Grizzly Business
  • Prayers
  • Big Bad Buffalo
  • Rob Crow's Gloomy Place
  • The Bassics
  • Wild Wild Wets

Best Pop

  • Birdy Bardot
  • Dani Bell & the Tarantist
  • Pony Death Ride
  • Normandie Wilson
  • Ki
  • Sister Speak

Best Rock

  • Amerikan Bear
  • Black Market III
  • Dead Feather Moon
  • Roni Lee
  • The Farmers
  • Schizophonics

Best World Music

  • B-Side Players
  • Brogue Wave
  • Mariachi Garabaldi
  • Quel Bordel
  • Todo Mundo
  • Tribal Theory

Best New Artist

  • Casey Hensley Band
  • Elektric Voodoo
  • Hexa
  • Spitfire Torpedo
  • Skyterra
  • Spooky Cigarette

Artist of the Year

  • Andra Day
  • Gilbert Castellanos
  • Little Hurricane
  • Steph Johnson
  • The Redwoods Collective
  • Tribal Seeds

Best Live Performer

  • Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters
  • Joshua White
  • Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact
  • Schizophonics
  • The Creepy Creeps
  • The Little Richards

Best Country or Americana Album

  • Country Rockin' Rebels: "Ride Rebel Ride"
  • Eve Selis: "See Me With Your Heart"
  • Shadowdogs: "Tangerine"
  • The Midnight Pine: s/t
  • Trouble in the Wind: "Lefty"
  • Ypsitucky: "New Old Lady"

Best Jazz Album

  • "Danny Green Trio: "Altered Narratives”
  • Lori Bell: "Brooklyn Dreaming"
  • Sue Palmer: "The Thunderbird Sessions"
  • Nathan Hubbard: "Furiously Dreaming"
  • Natural Sounds Trio: s/t
  • Steph Johnson: "Music Is Art"

Best Blues Album

  • Give Me Back My Wig Band: "Big Wigs"
  • John Meeks: "On a Sea Darkly"
  • The Fremonts: "Alligator"
  • Wayne Riker Brotherhood: "Blues Convocation"
  • The Holla Pointe Down the Road a Piece"
  • Chickenbone Slim: "Gone"

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album

  • Bloodstone: "Street Ammunition”
  • The Knee Highs: "We Put the Function in Dysfunction”
  • Vokab Kompany: "In Good Company”
  • Dre Cat: "Californ-IPA”
  • Gonjasufi: "Callus”
  • Def Shon: "Hypebomb University”

Best Indie/Alternative Album

  • Imagery Machine: s/t
  • Le Chateau: "Brutalism”
  • Mrs Magician: "Bermuda”
  • The Verigolds: "For Margaret”
  • The Dabbers: "I Am Alien Now”
  • Silent: "A Century of Abuse”

Best Pop or Rock Album

  • Bit Maps: "You, Me and Dystopia”
  • Daddy Issues: s/t
  • Mittens: s/t
  • The Donkeys: "Midnight Palms”
  • The Phantoms: s/t
  • The Routine: "Black Tropics”

Best World Music Album

  • Doornob Collective: "Standing Tall”
  • Dubest: "Live at the Belly Up Tavern”
  • Fluid Foundation: s/t
  • Hirie: "Wandering Soul”
  • Jet West: "Wake Up”
  • E.N. Young: "Call on Me”

Best Local Recording

  • Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas: "Second Pint”
  • Authentic Sellout: "Take Back the Streets”
  • Euphoria Brass Band: "Live & Loud”
  • Soft Lions: "XOXO”
  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: "Out on the Coast”
  • The Sleepwalkers: "Roots Rockin' With the Sleepwalkers”

Song of the Year

  • Blink-182: "She's out of Her Mind"
  • Hirie: "Renegade"
  • Little Hurricane: "Bad Business"
  • Switchfoot: "Float"
  • Pierce the Veil: "Circles"
  • Slightly Stoopid: "Hold It Down"

Album of the Year

  • Andra Day: "Cheers to the Fall"
  • Blink-182: "California"
  • Cattle Decapitation: "The Anthropocene Extinction
  • P.O.D.: "The Awakening"
  • Pierce the Veil: "Misadventures"
  • Switchfoot: "Where the Light Shines Through"

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

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[8 Things Not to Do at a Show]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:25:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gogol+Bordello+Crowd.jpeg

You would think the show-going experience would be a simple one, but more often than not, it seems like people forget everything Mommy taught them when they were in short pants after arriving at a music venue. We're all in this together, so here are eight things not to do.

Don't install a wall: If you're really tall (we're talking 6-foot-plus), don't stand in front of short people. We saw a Grizzly Business show at Soda Bar last weekend, and guess what? Folks related to bassist Brian Vilven (maybe the tallest guy in the scene) were all the way out. Why? They can see just fine there. There’s no law against the altitude-inclined from going up front, but who wants people to hate their back?

Don’t be a loud talker: Depends on the show, but if it's an intimate affair, take your thrilling, coke-fueled convo outside. Hard-working people paid hard-earned money to be at the show; the last thing they need to hear about is what an a--hole Dan in accounting is. You're not "talking" at this point, you're shouting louder than the music. Not cool.

Don't audition for lead singer: We love a good sing-along but there are very few occasions besides that when you should be competing with the band's lead singer volume-wise. You ain't Adele. Leave the karaoke skills in the car.

Don't live on your phone: In the unlikely event your drunk self actually posts them, no one's going to care about that string of awful 18-second videos on Instagram (they sound like crap and they look just as bad), so put the phone down and enjoy the show. Make memories. With people.

Don't be sloppy: We like to have a couple, too, but no one likes Sloppy Guy. Especially when he's spilling his drink (and -- much, much worse -- your drink) all over the neighbors. If you need a sippy cup, it's time to take your infant act home.

Don't skip the openers (or the headliners): We know, this one's tough, but sometimes the best part of a show is who’s playing before or after the band you actually went to see. We've seen countless openers unexpectedly play better sets than the headliners. Be the person who can say, "I remember when ______ opened for ______!"

Don't stiff the staff: Tip often and tip well. If you're a big tipper, chances are better that bartenders will be on the lookout for you when you come back. Also, don't be the person at the bar that doesn't know what they want. There's a time and a place to ask dumb questions, and a show ain't one of 'em. Get in and get out. 

Don't be pushy: Maybe you showed up late, so you grab as many drinks as you can carry and literally push your way to the stage. People, come on: First of all, you're spilling those drinks all over everyone, and second of all, the people you're ramming through did their due diligence and staked out a spot. Why should they be punished? Pay your karma bill and join the Vilvens where you belong.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Return to Lucinda]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:24:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lucinda+Williams+by+Frazer+Harrison.jpeg

I gushed on and on about Lucinda Williams yesterday, but the good news is she has a second Belly Up show tonight, and at press time, there are still some tickets available. Around town this evening, catch an Anti-Monday League show with Captain Auzmo at the Casbah, check out Swedish heavy metal act Entombed at Brick by Brick or pop into the Office for Metal Moday.

Monday, Jan. 16:

  • Lucinda Williams, Aaron Lee Tasjan @ Belly Up
  • Captain Auzmo, Garden Echo, Cochinas Locas @ Casbah
  • Entombed, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Poison Headache @ Brick by Brick
  • Metal Mondays w/ Luis Cendejas & Cutwater Spirits @ The Office
  • Bloom @ Tower Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Monster Movie Mondays @ The Merrow 
  • F*ck 2016 Tribute: Mezcal Monday @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s w/ Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays w/ Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia w/ Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Amon Flies Solo]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:38:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Amon+by+Franchesca+Walker.jpg

While some of us were shaking off champagne hangovers from New Year's celebrations, San Diego rapper Amon was prepping "Pinky Swear," a slow moving single made from go-getter confidence and Southern soul. It's his first song of 2017 and he sounds hungry, but while the track is a fitting way to start the year, his process for releasing music is rooted in a change in workflow that dates back to last August.

After a string of well received one-offs, he decided that instead of releasing a project via the traditional LP/EP format, he was going to put out a new single once a week. Five months later and 23 songs in, we have "Pinky Swear," a self-assured Amon chasing the spoils of success and laying claim to a long lineage of rap royalty: "I work hard, I play hard, I dream even harder, can spit like I'm Wayne, a descendent of Carter."

But it isn't just his wordplay or consistent output that's impressive, it's also his workload. As a one man unit, he not only writes, records and produces his own singles, but he also mixes, masters and designs the artwork for them too. It's a full time operation that requires 40-60 hours a week, but he keeps going.

And right on schedule he's released "All Good." Over closed hi-hats and backward loops, Amon brushes off disappointment, moving through adversity with casual confidence and a simple affirmation: "stressing 'bout the wrong things, stressing 'bout the wrong things, but it's all good, but it's all good, find blessings for the small things, blessings for the small things, so it's all good, so it's all good."

He sounds focused, grateful and ambitious. He's an artist coming into his own, out for the long haul -- beginning to hit his stride.

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: Franchesca Walker]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:10:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Santana+8.31.16+%2830%29.jpg Meander through San Diego's musical hall of fame -- some of these stars might surprise you.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Country's Best Kept Secret]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:21:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lucinda+Williams.jpg

I've heard fans go either way about seeing Lucinda Williams live. Some are surprised when she has a songbook close at hand, wondering why the songs aren't all second nature. But with a musician as prolific and legendary as Williams, I've always found it endearing that she's willing to play some hits, play some deep cuts and sometimes take the audience's suggestions, which is when that songbook comes in handy. And to be honest, the songs are great, but sometimes it's the moments when she gets really personal and honest about song origins or musical anecdotes that make her one of the most amazing live performers. This sold out Belly Up audience is in for a real treat tonight. If you didn't score tickets, catch the New Orleans soul and funk of the Nth Power at the Casbah, central California punks Born Rivals at Soda Bar or, if you still need a Bowie fix, Pants Karaoke kicks off their new residency at Til-Two Club with tonight's theme, Lazarus Rising. 
Sunday, Jan. 15:
  • Lucinda Williams, Aaron Lee Tasjan @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Nth Power, the Sextones @ Casbah
  • Born Rivals, Ash Williams, Castoff, Que Oso @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • The Long Run: Experience the Eagles @ Music Box
  • Gimmick IV w/ DJ Madden (Pacha Ibiza), Mezcal Los Javis @ Blonde
  • Pants Karaoke Presents: Lazarus Rising @ Til-Two Club
  • Tasmanian Brain Exchange @ Sycamore Den
  • Rick Ross @ Parq
  • Cash Cash @ Omnia 
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking w/ Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Joe Diffie @ Sycuan 
  • Fantasy '90s w/ Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Jeanette Harris @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Velour @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • The Sunday Groove w/ the Professor & Juni @ El Dorado
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: LeAnne Gendreau]]>
<![CDATA[Blood Ponies Channel Inner Demons]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:11:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Blood+Ponies+Press+Photo.jpg

You might know him better as Jeff Terich, the guy you send your s----- demos to when you’re crossing your fingers that San Diego CityBeat doesn’t rip you and your band a new one in their annual “Great Demo Review” spread. But as soon as he comes home from a long day at the office, Terich throws off his tailored suit, wingtip Italian leather loafers and gold-rimmed Clark Kent specs and transforms into a gothic superhero -- at least, that’s how I always imagined the glamour of writing by day and playing music by night.

Terich’s stage persona, Jeffrey Cesare, is the singer and guitarist of the post-punk duo, Blood Ponies, a band that he started a couple of years ago with his wife Candice, who drums for the Ponies. Today, “Impose Magazine” premiered a music video for their new single, “Let Me In,” which is perfect timing, because they’re playing an EP release show at the Casbah on Thursday, Jan. 19, with Tropical Popsicle, Hours and Exasperation (the new project from Dave Mead and Garrett Prange of Cuckoo Chaos/Deadphones/Ditches fame).

But while you’re anxiously waiting for Thursday to roll around, check out the music video, directed by Adam Urban and Jeremiah Wessling.

The video actually features a cohesive concept -- rare these days, I know -- and a well-cultivated aesthetic. While the black-white-red color scheme plus duo performer combo might make you think of early White Stripes, you can quickly scrap that from your mind (as the video seems to have done with the protagonist's sanity). It's an homage to Roman Polanski’s 1965 psychological horror film, “Repulsion,” and the song is for listeners more inclined to gravitate toward Bauhaus and Joy Division.

While the Blood Ponies are not full-fledged horses quite yet, they show promise and they’re plenty bloody, so bravo, Mr. Terich, bravo.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Blood Ponies]]>
<![CDATA[Another Brick in the Wall]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:35:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grant-Lee+Phillips.jpeg

Whether you know Grant-Lee Phillips from his '90s rock band Grant Lee Buffalo, as the wandering troubadour from "Gilmore Girls," or as the amazing singer-songwriter he's been for the past few decades, you should be very excited about the prospect of seeing him tonight at Brick 15. The small venue should easily recreate the vibe he works so hard to cultivate at places like Largo in Los Angeles. It's been a while since he's been down this way, so make your best effort to catch him when you can. Meanwhile, apparently legendary Scot, Midge Ure, must've had a great time at the Casbah last year, because he's back tonight with Warsaw, a newish local act featuring members of Ilya. Around town, Soda Bar has Just in Case headlining while Sublime with Rome hit their second night at House of Blues.
Saturday, Jan. 14:
  • Grant-Lee Phillips @ Brick 15
  • Midge Ure Band, Warsaw @ Casbah
  • Tig Notaro @ Observatory North Park
  • Maria Bramford @ Balboa Theatre
  • Just in Case, Alive & Well, Hard to Hit, Hardly Human @ Soda Bar
  • Snow Tha Product, Spooks @ Music Box
  • The Milkcrates DJs feat. a live set by Bady Watt @ Bar Pink
  • Sublime With Rome, Swordbeach @ House of Blues
  • It's a Beautiful Day @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, the Casey Hensley Band @ Belly Up
  • Flim Flam Review @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Booty Bassment w/ Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • Another Night: Saul Q's Birthday w/ Slares (DJ Set), Adam Salter, Saul Q @ Blonde
  • Serenade & Strum @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • NotApologetic Presents: Daygo Stand Up @ Che Cafe
  • Buddha Trixie, Caroline, Pueblo, Creature Canyon, Chris & Allison @ Soma
  • Supersonic Dragon Watch, C.F.A., the Sun Giants @ Tower Bar
  • Summer of Love Band @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Cubensis & the Grateful Bluegrass Boys @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Sleepwalking: Lowrider Oldies/Old School Funk @ Til-Two Club
  • The Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Imagery Machine, Of Ennui @ Black Cat Bar
  • Buttstanuts w/ DJ JasonWaterfalls, Abjo, Juiz @ El Dorado 
  • Spag Heddy @ Bassmnt
  • Abstrack, the Lique @ The Loft, UCSD
  • DAB, Bossfight, Abner, Fuzz Huzzi @ The Merrow
  • Super Karaoke! @ 710 Beach Club
  • Strictly Business w/ DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Chris Freeman @ U-31
  • Native Allen @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Koko & Bayati @ Fluxx
  • Pop Vinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • DJ Ruckus @ Omnia
  • SecondCity @ Bang Bang
  • Ghost Ship Fire benefit feat. Omega Squad @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grant-Lee Phillips]]>
<![CDATA[Musicians Struck By Train in Bay Area]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:55:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/01-12-2017-tower-of-power.jpg

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two members of Tower of Power, a group that has been an R&B institution for nearly 50 years, were hit by a train Thursday night as they walked across tracks before a performance in their hometown of Oakland, but both survived, their publicist said.

Calling it an “unfortunate accident,” publicist Jeremy Westby said in a statement that drummer David Garibaldi and bass player Marc van Wageningen are “responsive and being treated at a local hospital.”

Garibaldi has been with the group since 1970. Van Wageningen is substituting as bass player.

Tower of Power, which performs in San Diego nearly every year, is scheduled to play the Belly Up in Solana Beach on Jan. 18. According to the venue's Show Promotions Manager, Meryl Klemow, the concert is still on and going forward as planned.

Without identifying them, the Oakland Fire Department said earlier that two pedestrians were hit by a passenger train at Jack London Square about 7:30 p.m. and taken to a hospital.

The accident was near Yoshi’s, a jazz and R&B club where the group had been scheduled to play two shows Thursday night. Both were canceled.

It wasn’t clear why the men were on the tracks, but pedestrians often need to cross them in the area with trains running across and in between streets, including right outside Yoshi’s.

Emilio Castillo, the leader of Tower of Power, wrote on the band's Facebook page Friday morning that Garibaldi suffered swelling to his face and head, "but he was lucid and expected to recover." Van Wageningen was taken into surgery and doctors were able to control his internal bleeding, Castillo penned. Doctors, who are waiting for van Wageningen to stablize before conducting additional tests, are "cautiously optimistic" about the bassist's status.

Witnesses said the scene was confusing because one train passed by and the crossing signals went up and lights stopped flashing. They added that the two men may have assumed it was safe to cross.

"We were maybe two feet from a train that was flying by," Hae-Sin Thomas said. "We could feel the rush of it, which is why we kind of leaned back and moved away from the train. The other two gentlemen were not so fortunate."

Amtrak train 547, on the Capitol Corridor line that travels between Sacramento and San Jose, had 26 passengers onboard with no reported injuries to passengers or crew, Amtrak officials said. They added that the two pedestrians struck by the train were trespassing on the tracks. Ambtrack did not address whether or not there was a malfunction with the crossing gate or lights.

The enduring band was founded in Oakland in 1968 and became known for its big, brassy sound blending funk and rock. Their highest-charting song is 1973's "So Very Hard to Go," but the band has continued to record and perform with a rotating line-up, and will turn 50 next year.

Garibaldi joined Tower of Power in 1970, according to the band's website. Van Wageningen, a member of the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, is a stand-in musician for the group, according to the East Bay Times.

Tributes and well wishes were quickly emerging on Twitter, including one from pop star and drummer Sheila E., who tweeted “Pleez pray for my frenz.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[A Creepy Friday the 13th]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:54:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Rocket+From+The+Crypt+Halloween+%286+of+60%29.jpg

It feels like we're being rewarded tonight for a rough week of politics, sports news, and weather. The Music Box is going to be hopping with the return of Ozomatli. Blending Latin rhythms with hip-hop, rock, and even a little reggae for good measure, these veterans have been shaking booties for over two decades. Meanwhile, pop-punk legends MxPx who hail from Washington but very much fall in line with the SoCal surf/skate vibe, make an appearance at The Observatory North Park. Our friends the Creepy Creeps play a special Friday show at Bar Pink, the Little Richards appear with punk legend Alice Bag Band at Casbah, and Le Chateau bring the dance party to Soda Bar.

Friday, Jan. 13:

  • Ozomatli, the Devastators @ Music Box
  • MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, Dogwood @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Creepy Creeps, Alvino & the Dwells, the Goldettes @ Bar Pink
  • The Little Richards, Alice Bag Band, the Widows @ Casbah
  • Matt Hall Quintet featuring Christopher Hollyday @ Dizzy's
  • Le Chateau, Mexico City Rollers, Empty Gods, the New Addiction @ Soda Bar
  • Pussy Galore w/ the Fresh Brunettes @ Blonde
  • Sublime With Rome, Katastro @ House of Blues
  • Nerd Night w/ Battlecast comedy, DJ Dizzy Doom @ The Merrow
  • Atomic Groove Happy 2017 @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • DSB: An American Journey, Generation Idol (Billy Idol Tribute) @ Belly Up
  • Bartenders Bible, Stephen El Rey, Low & Be Told @ Black Cat Bar
  • Winter, Lavendar Blush, Quali, DJ Jon Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Tini Ebla: Female Art Community Launch Party @ Ken Club
  • After Hours in the Office w/DJs Kid Wonder & Saul Q @ The Office
  • R. Kelly @ Valley View Casino Center (cancelled)
  • Ed Gerhard @ Brick 15
  • Lisa Sanders, Levi James Trio @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • The Fooks @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Jack Symes and Nat Lefkoff @ Lestat's
  • Hyper Active Slackers, Selfish Giant @ The Bancroft
  • Shawshank Redeemed, Colossal, Cries of the Captive, Artesyn, Vanguard, Ascensions @ SOMA
  • Saved By the '90s @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Havoc @ U-31
  • DVC Presents: Friday the 13th with DJs NDRU, STNGRVY, DJ Red @ The Loft, UCSD
  • For Love of Rock @ Tio Leo's
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • The Strawberry Moons @ Tower Bar
  • DJ Greyboy @ El Dorado 
  • 13th Ocean Beach Comedy's Funniest Person Contest @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Tomorrows Bad Seeds @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • 13 Wolves (Record Release), JasonXVoorhees, Throw the Goat, DJ Mikey Ratt @ Til-Two Club
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie @ Fluxx
  • Alok @ Bang Bang
  • Tiësto @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Progress feat. Brian Cid @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[When in Sublime with Rome]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:00:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Sublime+With+Rome+AM+%2822+of+40%29.jpg

Friday, Ozomatli and the Devastators perform at Music Box; Sublime with Rome and Katastro are at House of Blues; MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy and Dogwood take over the Observatory North Park; The Little Richards, Alice Bag Band and the Widows hit the Casbah; The Creepy Creeps, Alvino & the Dwells and the Goldettes perform at Bar Pink; Pussy Galore with the Fresh Brunettes, Heather Hardcore and yours truly are at Blonde; Le Chateau, Mexico City Rollers, Empty Gods and the New Addiction play at Soda Bar; DSB -- An American Journey with  Generation Idol (Billy Idol Tribute) takes over the Belly Up; The Strawberry Moons, the Etc. and Madly hit the Tower Bar; and Bartenders Bible, Stephen El Rey and Low & Be Told are at the Black Cat Bar. Dance options include Tiesto at Omnia; Alok at Bang Bang and Greyboy at El Dorado.

Saturday, Midge Ure Band and Warsaw perform at the Casbah; Sublime with Rome and Sword Beach are at House of Blues; Grant-Lee Phillips plays at Brick 15; Just In Case, Alive & Well, Hard To Hit and Hardly Human are at Soda Bar; The Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Imagery Machine and Of Ennui play at the Black Cat Bar; and DAB, Bossfight, Abner and Fuzz Huzzi take over the Merrow. Get your dance on with Club Sabbat and yours truly at Numb3rs; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Slares(DJ Set), Adam Salter and Saul Q at Blonde; SecondCity at Bang Bang; DJ Ruckus at Omnia; Sleepwalking at Til-Two and the Omega Squad benefit for victims of the Ghost Ship Fire is at the Kava Lounge.

Sunday, Lucinda Williams and Aaron Lee Tasjan are at the Belly Up; Born Rivals, Ash Williams, Castoff and Que Oso play at Soda Bar; The Nth Power and the Sextones perform at the Casbah; The Long Run: Experience the Eagles hits Music Box; and Cash Cash takes over at Omnia

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

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Cue the Hysteria: Def Leppard Announce SD Show]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:26:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/199*120/Def-Lep-2012-Nashville-097-Ash-Newell-Photography-1024x619.jpg

If San Diego’s not in a state of hysteria right now, this should do the trick: Rock icons Def Leppard bring their 2017 tour through San Diego’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre on June 16 with none other than hair-metal juggernauts Poison and Tesla!

Def Leppard’s upcoming tour kicks off on April 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire and will come on the heels of a new live concert DVD, “And There Will Be a Next Time: Live From Detroit,” to be released Feb. 10 -- the first clip, “Animal,” was released today via Brave Words.

The band’s three-month run takes them across North America after playing 70-plus cities last year -- and frontman Joe Elliott couldn’t be more excited to get back on the road.

“We're thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn't play in 2016. The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There's a great buzz around the band right now and we're loving the fact that we can do this with the latest [2015 self-titled] album being so well received.”

The tour, sponsored by Live Nation (a SoundDiego sponsor), also features the return of Poison with all its original members (including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett) in five years. In a press release, Michaels explained why the show’s a must-see.

“I could not be more excited," he said. "I know all of us will give 1,000 percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll. Don’t wait because God only knows.”

Tickets to the June 16 Sleep Train Amphitheatre show, which range between $25-$125 plus fees, go on sale on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PST here (link will not be live until 2 p.m. PST, Jan. 12). The Def Leppard Rock Brigade Concert Club presales begin on Jan. 17 at LiveNation.com.

Def Leppard 2017 North American Tour Dates

  • April 8: Manchester, NH -- SNHU Arena
  • April 10: Montreal, QC -- Bell Centre *
  • April 12: Uncasville, CT -- Mohegan Sun Arena
  • April 14: Baltimore, MD -- Royal Farms Arena
  • April 15: Uniondale, NY -- Nassau Coliseum
  • April 17: Grand Rapids, MI -- Van Andel Arena
  • April 19: Green Bay, WI -- Resch Center ^
  • April 21: St Paul, MN -- Xcel Energy Center
  • April 22: Sioux Falls, SD -- Sanford Premier Center
  • April 24: Des Moines, IA -- Wells Fargo Arena
  • April 26: Louisville, KY -- KFC Yum! Center **
  • April 27: Nashville, TN -- Bridgestone Arena
  • April 29: Ft Myers, FL -- Fort Rock ***
  • April 30: Jacksonville, FL -- Welcome to Rockville ***
  • May 2: Tuscaloosa, AL -- Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
  • May 3: Atlanta, GA -- Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • May 5: Charlottesville, VA -- John Paul Jones Arena
  • May 6: Charlotte, NC -- Carolina Rebellion ***
  • May 24: Lincoln, NE -- Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • May 26: Pryor, OK -- Rocklahoma ***
  • May 27: San Antonio, TX -- River City Rockfest ***
  • May 29: Colorado Springs, CO -- Broadmoor World Arena
  • May 31: Bozeman, MT -- Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
  • June 2: Edmonton, AB -- Rogers Place *
  • June 3: Calgary, AB -- Scotiabank Saddledome *
  • June 6: Vancouver, BC -- Rogers Arena *
  • June 7: Spokane, WA -- Spokane Arena
  • June 9: Seattle, WA -- White River Amph
  • June 10: Portland, OR -- Moda Center
  • June 12: Fresno, CA -- Save Mart Center
  • June 14: Ontario, CA -- Citizens Bank Arena
  • June 16: San Diego, CA -- Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • June 17: Las Vegas, NV -- MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • June 19: Salt Lake City, UT -- USANA Amphitheatre
  • June 21: Kansas City, MO -- Sprint Center **
  • June 22: St Louis, MO -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • June 24: Chicago, IL -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
  • June 25: Indianapolis, IN -- Klipsch Music Center

* Def Leppard only

** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla

*** Def Leppard festival dates

Note: Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL on sale Feb. 10

Photo Credit: Photo by Ash Newell Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Win Tickets to Sage the Gemini]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:57:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sage-the-Gemini-Photo-2-Julian-Edward-Tongol.jpg

Put the pedal to the metal because we're giving away four tickets to see Sage the Gemini at House of Blues San Diego on Jan. 26 -- along with a $50 Karma Kash giftcard to use at the venue!

Win tickets to see Sage the Gemini on Jan. 26 at House of Blues San Diego!

Perhaps best known for his huge hit single, "Gas Pedal" (featuring Iamsu!), Sage the Gemini is a massively popular rapper/songwriter/producer from Fairfield, California.

In 2008, Sage (born Dominic Wynn Woods) dropped his first single, "You Should Know," on Myspace -- which became a viral hit, garnering more than 3 million views worldwide. Fun fact: Woods adopted the Sage the Gemini moniker due to the color of his eyes and his zodiac sign.

The hip-hop star released his "Gas Pedal" EP in 2013, which included its namesake hit, along with another big single, "Red Nose."

Sage's debut full-length album, "Remember Me," followed in 2014 on Republic Records -- and his sophomore effort, tentatively titled "Bachelor Party," is slated for a 2017 release on Atlantic Records.

So if you're thinking that this year is your year, kick it off right by entering to win tickets to Sage the Gemini's Jan. 26 show at House of Blues while you can -- the winner's name gets pulled on Jan. 24 at noon!

Win tickets to see Sage the Gemini on Jan. 26 at House of Blues San Diego!

Photo Credit: Photo by Julian Edward Tongol]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: The Devil Makes Three at the Observatory]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:59:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Devil+Makes+Three+Fatima+Kelley+1.5.17+%2810%29.jpg The Devil Makes Three made a two-night stop at the Observatory North Park on Jan 4-5, 2017, with their unmistakable brand of Americana. Lost Dog Street Band opened the shows.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[It's a Schizophonic World]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:55:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Schizophonics+Press+Photo.jpg

I know it must feel like January is the month of the Schizophonics (they headline our SoundDiego LIVE party at the Casbah on Jan. 20), but sometimes our North County friends feel a little left out of the fun, so tonight, catch the frenetic frenzy at the Belly Up, along with Taken by Canadians, the Paragraphs, and Electric Mud. At the Casbah, Luke Wade, Texas singer-songwriter and season seven contestant of "The Voice," makes an appearance with local Michael Tiernan in the supporting slot. At the Observatory, J Boog fuses reggae with hip-hop, R&B, and more, and Tijuana's Mint Field pop into Soda Bar. Those are some pretty great choices to inch us one night closer to the weekend, which sometimes just cannot come fast enough.

Thursday, Jan. 12:

  • The Schizophonics, Taken by Canadians, the Paragraphs, Electric Mud @ Belly Up
  • Luke Wade, Michael Tiernan @ Casbah
  • J Boog @ The Observatory North Park
  • Mint Field, San Pedro El Cortez, Yips Yops @ Soda Bar
  • Grown Folk Music with the Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Protoje, Yaadcore, DJ Richie @ Music Box
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat Bar
  • Chuuwee, Dauche, Caliens, Tall Dark, Tec., Gabonano @ The Hideout
  • Country Night with Jill & Julia and Steven Ybarra @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Michaela Anne @ Brick 15
  • King Taylor Project @ Sycamore Den
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • ILLvibe Live @ The Merrow
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • ArtPower Presents: Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jefferson Jay, MohaviSoul @ Winston's
  • The Loosen Up with DJs Aida, DJ Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Purity Ring (DJ Set) @ Bang Bang
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub
  • Recommended Dosage @ Whistle Stop
  • ODDYSSY @ Kava Lounge
  • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
  • Hyper Active Slackers @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Schizophonics]]>
<![CDATA[Halloran Out at 91x ]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:51:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/208*120/Halloran+cropped.jpg

The on-again, off-again relationship between longtime local radio personality Michael Halloran and XETRA-FM, better known as 91x, is, once again, off.

Staff members were given the news on Wednesday about the program director's departure. Executives at Local Media San Diego -- which oversees a station group that includes Magic 92.5 and Z90.3 -- could now turn to Garett Michaels, whom the organization appointed "director of rock programming" in 2016, though he is now only retained as a consultant for LMSD.

Halloran was stoic about the departure when reached for comment.

"This isn’t the first time -- I’ve lost jobs before," he said. 

The radio jockey demurred when asked about his plans for the future.

"It's still early," Halloran said. "I've got things I've got to work on. But I do love my family at 91x. Always have and always will."

With Halloran no longer filling his afternoon time-slot, either, it's possible that Local Media's HR department could turn its gaze toward FM 949. That station will be broadcasting San Diego Padres games this season and could be making similar announcements in the coming days, with so much programming time that's not about the music. 

It's possible, of course, that economics played a role in Halloran's departure. with the radio industry in economic turmoil in the wake of the online successes of social media, streaming services and YouTube and its competitors. Local radio is no different, with stations requiring growth in market share to ensure survival. Much of Local Media San Diego's competition for dollars and ears comes from the stations covered by iHeartMedia’s umbrella, including Channel 933 and Star 94.1, as well as Entercom’s Sunny 98.1 and the country station KSON.

A major name in local music, Halloran started at the station 30 years ago, and was first a program director at 91x in the '90s. He’s predominantly known for giving early airplay to local artists Jewel and Blink-182, who went on to national prominence. Notably, he was a music director for the station’s in-market alt-rock competitor, FM 949, prior to returning to 91x in 2011, where he helped to launch the station's Sunday-night "FTW" program (which follows the three-hour, local-music-focused "Loudspeaker" show). Both programs are now anchored by SoundDiego contributor Tim Pyles.

Halloran eventually dropped off 91x's airwaves again, returning a third time under the supervision of then-91x program director Christy Taylor, who was in turn supplanted in that role in 2015 by a resurgent Halloran.

SoundDiego is awaiting comment from Local Music San Diego for this article.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Local Media San Diego operated a station group that included the newly re-formatted KFM-BFM, when, in fact, the relationship with the KFM-BFM station ended in 2016. -- Ed.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Under the Cherry Glazerr Moon]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:42:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cherry+Glazerr+screenshot+1.7.17.png Crowd-surfers rejoice: During their Dec. 30 show, Cherry Glazerr had a sold-out Irenic audience diggin' tunes from their upcoming "Apocalipstick" album.]]> <![CDATA[Oh La Santa Cecilia, You're Breaking My Heart]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:27:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lamas-la-santa-cecilia.jpg

Apparently San Diego is about to be oppressed by another big storm, but don't make excuses to stay in tonight because there is some solid music to enjoy all over town. At the Casbah, LA blues-rockers Dorothy make an appearance with the Georgia Flood while folky singer-songwriter Dar Williams plays a 20-year anniversary tour of "Mortal City." Soda Bar hosts an evening with County Lips -- self-described as "Seattle's party country" band -- while our local friends get together for another Grand Ole Office at the Office. The big show of the night, however, is La Santa Cecilia who were originally scheduled to play at Symphony Hall but probably realized the Music Box would be more appropriate to allow their audience to fully immerse in their music, dance, and bounce the band's energy right back to them.

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

  • Dorothy, the Georgia Flood @ Casbah
  • Dar Williams: Return to "Mortal City" -- The 20th Anniversary Tour @ Belly Up
  • Country Lips, the Lowland Drifters, People Might Scream @ Soda Bar
  • La Santa Cecilia @ Music Box
  • Grand Ole Office: Live Country Music Showcase @ The Office
  • Taurus Authority @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique at Blonde ft. A Guy Called Victor & Vinny Bricks @ Blonde
  • Chugboat, Chris McKenna, the Imaginal Cells @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Gonzo with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Happy Hour with DJ Mike White @ Crossroads, House of Blues (4 p.m.)
  • Monster Energy Outbreak presents Kane Brown, Jordan Rager @ House of Blues
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow (8 p.m.)
  • DJ Artistic, Tramlife and friends @ U-31
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Kimberly Jackson @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bon Jovi Announce Opening Act Contest]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:54:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/THINFS+-+Bon+Jovi+full+band+-+credit+Norman+Jean+Roy.jpg

Hey local bands, ready for your big break?

Jon Bon Jovi just announced a contest that will allow local bands across the country (including right here in San Diego) to upload an audition video to open a show on the band’s upcoming national 2017 This House Is Not For Sale Tour.

Needless to say, this could be a massive opportunity for one lucky San Diego act when the multi-Grammy-winning band hits SDSU’s Viejas Arena on March 5. If there were ever a battle-of-the-bands contest to enter, this might just be the one.

According to a Live Nation press release, Bon Jovi’s all about helping out local, independent artists.

“Every great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time,” the frontman said. “That’s the opportunity we were given and now we want to pay it forward. If you’re ready for the arena stage, submit your audition tapes and join us in playing for the best audiences in rock music.”

Any artist with original music can enter the contest, although you best be ready to bring a real experience to the stage: “[Winners] chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open an arena show,” the press release read.

Here’s the rundown: To enter, acts must submit an audition video of original music to this site, or the Bon Jovi or Live Nation Facebook pages. Submissions will be displayed in a live gallery for viewing and sharing. Live Nation will then choose 10 finalists and Bon Jovi management will select the opening act contest winner for each tour date.

For the March 5 show here in San Diego, the winner will be announced on Feb. 8, so if you plan on auditioning, submit your video ASAP!

Photo Credit: Photo by Norma Jean Roy]]>
<![CDATA[Back in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:23:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/BRMC+Screenshot.png Rock & roll stalwarts Black Rebel Motorcycle Club talked with 91x's Tim Pyles prior to their sold-out House of Blues show on Oct. 29.]]> <![CDATA[Dawes Day Afternoon]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:15:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Dawes-2631.jpg

It's hard to believe that it's only been a little over six years since Dawes came on the scene. The first time I saw the band play San Diego was a beautiful summer day in 2010 on a Hornblower cruise. It was a powerful and intense performance and made me an instant fan. Since then, they've been to San Diego several times and it should come as no surprise that tonight's Belly Up appearance has been sold out for months. If you didn't score tickets, read the SoundDiego interview with the band here, and head out to the Casbah for Brown Sabbath, the masked marvels of the Fink Bombs play Bar Pink, and Palomino leads a local lineup at the Merrow.

Tuesday, Jan. 10:

  • Dawes: An Evening With @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT) 
  • Brownout presents Brown Sabbath, Spitfire Torpedo @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Second Hand, Let's Face It, the A-Bortz @ Soda Bar
  • Palomino, Sights and Sages, Dirty Pennies @ The Merrow
  • The Heavy Pets, Brothers Gow @ Winston's
  • John Underwood, Chris Fox, Clint Westwood @ Blonde
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15 
  • Reggae Tuesday with Zolipht, DJ Reefah @ The Holding Company 1502
  • University Centers Presents: Color a Cup @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Stitched Up Heart, Letters From the Fire, Sight Unscene @ Brick By Brick
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office 
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Electricity! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome/Sketch Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Man Mantis, PXLman, Syntax, Prettyhotown, Will Guise @ Kava Lounge
  • Skunkdub @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[More Like Green Days]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:30:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Green+Day+by+Kevin+Winter.jpeg

The folks at Live Nation must have had their Wheaties this morning, because they are on a serious tour announcement rampage, and it looks like your pocketbooks are going to be stretched a little thin this year.

Foreigner and Cheap Trick are coming to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 29, A Perfect Circle will be at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on April 11 and Green Day come back to San Diego on Sept. 13 after only a five month absence. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be having to do the Los Angeles commute to see U2 for their newly announced The Joshua Tree Tour. Sigh ...

It’s hard to believe, but 2017 will mark 40 years of Foreigner’s existence as a band. In celebration, they will be releasing the 40th anniversary album, “40 Hits From 40 Years,” which will include iconic hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded,” in addition to two new songs! Meanwhile, Cheap Trick will be celebrating 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut, and Jason Bonham will be bringing Led Zeppelin (for which his dad was, of course, the drummer) back with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.

“I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent three years as their drummer and had a great time," said Bonham.

Coming up a little sooner than Aug. 29 is A Perfect Circle’s surprise April 11 appearance at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre. The progressive supergroup helmed by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan has stayed relatively quiet since the early 2000s, but it looks like they’ll be going back into the studio to record another album -- the first since 2004’s eMOTIVe. What’s the icing on the cake? San Diego’s own Prayers will open up the show.

And while it seems like only yesterday that we announced Green Day’s return to San Diego as part of their Revolution Radio Tour, turns out they just can’t stay away from America’s Finest City. In addition to their April 8 show at Valley View Casino Center, Green Day have added a Sept. 13 date at Sleep Train Amphitheatre with Catfish & the Bottlemen.

Green Day’s latest album, “Revolution Radio,” is doing wonders for them, with “USA Today” calling it a “bracing return to form.” So, the added tour dates are really no surprise.

What is a surprise? U2’s San Diego snub. The band will revisit their critically acclaimed album, “The Joshua Tree,” on The Joshua Tree Tour, but they will not revisit us. Instead, they will be going straight from Los Angeles on May 20 to Houston, Texas, on May 24. It’s a shame, because a lot of San Diegans would have been happy to also see the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds open up the show. But, alas, it’s not to be.

“If our audience is as excited as we are, it's gonna be a great night," said Bono. Rub it in, whydontcha?

Buy tickets for all of the San Diego shows on the Live Nation website this Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. And if you’re thinking about making the commute to Los Angeles for U2 and the Lumineers, snap those tickets up quick on Tuesday, Jan. 17 -- also at Live Nation.

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

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dani Bell & the Tarantist Take on SoundDiego LIVE]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:58:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dani+Bell+and+the+Tarantist+press+photo+2.jpg Dani Bell & the Tarantist join Tim Pyles for a convo about our upcoming SoundDiego LIVE extravaganza at the Casbah on Friday, Jan. 20!]]> <![CDATA[Modern Me Time]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:36:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Modern+Me+Press+1.jpg

Last week it felt like everything was buzzing. Tons of festivals announced lineups and subsequently sold out of tickets, and it felt like we were energized and ready for a big year of music. And then there's kind of a sputter out. After all, this is the first full week back to work for many, and it's back to school for others, so it's gonna hurt. There aren't a ton of options tonight, but the Three One G night at Blonde should be a good occasion to relieve frustration, there's a tribute to blues legend Mose Allison at Dizzy's and Casbah hosts Anti-Monday League, featuring Modern Me, who happen to be the featured local break this month at 91x. Otherwise, you've got the usual fun of trivia, karaoke, metal and motown around town. I promise it will pick up this week.

Monday, Jan. 9:

  • Creature Canyon, Modern Me, Almost Monday @ Casbah
  • Three One G presents Planet B Night w/ Author & Punisher, Skrapez, Fivepaw @ Blonde
  • Mose Allison Tribute @ Dizzy's
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow 
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Happy Hour w/ DJ Mike White @ Crossroads, House of Blues (4 p.m.)
  • Blabbermouth @ The Loft, UCSD
  • '80s w/ Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Joe Barksdale Jam Session @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays w/ Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Modern Me]]>
<![CDATA[Must Give Us Dawes]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:26:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/217*120/Dawes+Press+Photo+1.jpg

By all accounts, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith is an unwavering realist -- maybe even an optimist. "Things Happen," one of the band's biggest hits, takes aim squarely at all things negative and simply shrugs 'em off as just part of life: "Things happen," he sings over the tune's indie-rock bounce, "that's all they ever do."

However, one look at the title of Dawes' latest studio album, "We're All Gonna Die," and you might think the singer/guitarist has ditched realism for fatalism. Rest assured, he hasn't. Over a recent phone call, Goldsmith explained how he views the human condition.

"I think a lot of us try to get to a place, and I'm a victim of this as much as anyone else, where we get to a place in our lives where we don't have to suffer -- that we can build something around us where we're never lonely and we're never depressed, and the reality is, that's not gonna happen. And the only way to deprive that fear of its power is by embracing it and knowing that it's going to come in strides. And you're going to have to sit with it and deal with it sometimes, but other times, you are going to feel like everything is OK."

With a rare talent for penning hopeful songs without being overly preachy or saccharine, Goldsmith said that he's grown to embrace the idea of writing around the occasional similar theme.

"I was talking to my buddy about it and I was like, 'You know, sometimes it feels like each song I write, the scope gets narrower and narrower as to what I can write about' ... And then he was like, 'Dude, that is total bulls---.' [laughs] If you listen to Dylan or Willie Nelson or Hank Williams especially, Hank Williams has three songs you know? He finds ways of taking you back into those moods and into those emotions in new or different ways, but at the same time, he has no problem talking about how his heart's broken for the 40th time. We, as listeners, not only don't mind, but we love it. Like, Bruce Springsteen wrote about picking up a girl on a motorcycle and taking her somewhere better, but he never says where it is, like, 50 times! [laughs] And you love it every time. Those first few records are almost, conceptually, the same song. And it's not a bad thing! It's an incredible thing. So I had to learn that even if it might have been a road that I've gone down before, I should embrace it, and I should find a new tilt on it but by no means shy away from it."

On "We're All Gonna Die," Goldsmith and his Dawes bandmates (which include bassist Wylie Gelber, drummer Griffin Goldsmith and keyboardist Lee Pardini) continue doing what they do best: Playing whatever they damn well feel like. That may be an oversimplification, but it's true. For fans of the group since their 2009 "North Hills" debut and all its Laurel Canyon-esque folk-rock splendor, Dawes are still the same band you've come to know and love. But they continue to tinker with rock/pop song structures, finding new and interesting ways to branch out from what they've done in the past while retaining the, as Rolling Stone once put it, "authentically vintage" vibe that they started off with. And why wouldn't they? After all, Goldsmith said, they still love their early work.

"Some bands want to stick super close to what they are because that's what's expected of them. But other bands hate who they are so they kind of abandon it, and then you go to shows and they won't even play stuff from their first record or whatever. We're really proud of all the records we've made so we like dipping back into them in each show, but at the same time, when we make a new record, I feel like we sort of expect the same thing that's gonna make the fifth or sixth one work is the same thing that made the first one work -- which was sort of the spirit of invention and the spirit of inspiration."

While they're always experimenting in the studio, the band doesn't try to be weird just for the sake of being weird. Last year, NPR's Jason Heller wrote that they've "crafted their most ambitious record to date" with "We're All Gonna Die," and while that may be true, it's also par for the Dawes course in a way. They've always looked for different ways to approach their songs, but it was just easier to do in the beginning because everything was so new. Now, that thrill of discovery is, of course, a little harder to come by, but it still happens.

"When you're making your first record, that [feeling of excitement] doesn't take much, you know?" Goldsmith explained. "Just an acoustic guitar, a harmony and a drum kit behind your song is enough for you to kind of be flipped out. But as time goes on, you want that high back and you continue to add to the vocabulary of what you do as a group. And that doesn't necessarily mean that every record is going to get progessively weirder, or richer, or whatever term you wanna use ... It's just a matter of what feels like the most inspiring next step. But it's definitely not, 'Let's be different.' To us, we've always done this ... I like that each record has a personality, but I don't think any of our records has strayed too far from what we've always done."

Which is why when Dawes come to the Belly Up for their Jan. 10 sold-out show (billed as "An Evening With"), their two set lists -- which Goldsmith said will span all of the band's five studio albums -- will effortlessly flow together. Consider it a testament to the band's enduring dedication to their craft: No matter where they choose to go, they're unmistakably Dawes.

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

<![CDATA[The Lizard Kings]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:47:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/01_07_SDTV_DigitalLizardsofDoom_1200x675_849389635668.jpg Digital Lizards of Doom talk electronic beach parties and the best night of your life ahead of their appearance at the Merrow on Friday, Jan. 13.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Jan. 8-14]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:26:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Schizophonics+Press+2.jpg On this week's episode, we mark your calendars with the best shows coming to town, including Dawes, Rick Ross, Tiesto and our SoundDiego LIVE party with the Schizophonics.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Schizophonics]]>
<![CDATA[Shine on, You Crazy Diamond]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:05:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Ariel+Levine+screenshot.png

Obviously, 2016 kicked off with some heavy losses, and we went from Bowie's birthday to the release of "Blackstar" to the news of his death. Music fans were stunned. So, what is there to do but pay tribute and celebrate the life and art of Ziggy Stardust? The Casbah has a full celebration in store, including the Schizophonics as Bowiephonics, Ariel Levine performing "Blackstar" in its entirety, and DJs spinning the hits and deep cuts all night long. It's gonna be a party. Makeup is not required, but it is highly recommended. Meanwhile, at Soda Bar, Portland's Hannah Yuen drops in with her "witchy, somber" tunes, Winston's hosts a benefit for Standing Rock and Blonde hosts a benefit for the Women's March on Washington.
Sunday, Jan. 8:
  • David Bowie Birthday Celebration w/ Bowiephonics, Ariel Levine performing Black Star, DJs Claire, Mr Mazee, Little Robert @ Casbah
  • Hannah Yuen, Nylon Apartments, TV Icon @ Soda Bar
  • OB Stands w/ Standing Rock @ Winston's (4 p.m.)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • David Bowie Karaoke @ Black Cat Bar
  • GRRRL Independent Ladies present Benefit Show for the Women's March on Washington @ Blonde
  • Live & Local: Mango Habanero @ The Holding Company 1502
  • SoundON Festival: Rising Currents I & II @ La Jolla Athenaeum (2 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Bryan Sutton @ Brick 15
  • Tina Chong @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Dead Country Gentlemen @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • In-A-Fect @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Mark Dresser Quintet to Play Jazz Live]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:17:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Mark+Dresser+by+UCSD+Music+Department.jpeg

I don’t do concert previews very often, but when I do, it’s for an event that I consider to be vital to the evolution of music. I did exactly one (that I can recall) last year, for the Gary Peacock Trio, and that ended up as my No. 1 pick for 2016.

2017 bursts out of the gates with another show that I am positive will reverberate in the memory banks of witnesses for months to come. That show takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when Jazz Live, the flagship concert program from KSDS Jazz 88 goes rogue with a performance by the Mark Dresser Quintet in the Saville Theatre on the campus of San Diego City College at 8 p.m.

Jazz is an art form that constantly seeks to balance the forces of tradition with those of innovation, but neither of those forces can remain healthy without the constant tug of the other. The rich tradition of this music derives its true value from those who constantly push the envelope.

In this way, icons and iconoclasts are but two sides of the same coin. Dresser executes radical music that pushes the way ahead, yet his aesthetic is firmly rooted in the tradition of innovators like Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Anthony Braxton, with whom he played for 10 years.

Amazingly enough, this is the bassist’s first appearance as a leader on the Jazz Live stage.

“I’ve only done that gig once,” Dresser said in a Skype call from New York City, where he was about to perform with drummer Jerry Granelli at the Stone in the East Village. “I was a sideman in Joe Marillo’s band. That was an unforgettable experience because I broke a string during our set, and all of a sudden, this electric bass sort of floated up through the audience. It turns out [well known bassist] Gene Perla was in town, and passed me his bass while he changed my string! That was in the late '70s.”

I asked Dresser for his thoughts on the band he’ll be bringing Tuesday night, beginning with flutist Nicole Mitchell: “She’s a virtuoso with an expansive spirit. She has such a positive energy and an incredible ear. She can read anything and her skills as an improviser are amazing.”

Concerning his long-time musical partner trombonist Michael Dessen, Dresser was equally enthusiastic. “He’s such an important collaborator. I’ve developed so much music with him. He’s an amazing trombonist, and he’s become a linchpin in the development of my music.”

Joshua White is also crucial to the band. “He’s an extraordinarily gifted pianist,” said Dresser. “He’s got his own sound and he’s really coming into his own as a major player on the scene. I love playing with him. He’s got amazing ears and facility, and he’s always ready to take the music wherever it can go.”

Rounding out the quintet is Swedish transplant Kjell Nordeson, of whom Dresser said: “Kjell is a really versatile and gifted drummer. He’s equally adept at free improvisation and contemporary classical music. He’s a really good cat, and a solid musician.”

Jazz 88 emcee Vince Outlaw said, “I personally am excited to hear a very forward-looking quintet of San Diego-based, but world-renowned and traveled, musicians. An installment like this further rounds out the full spectrum of jazz we music lovers should continue to advocate for.”

Dresser’s music is at the forefront -- the absolute cutting edge of the art form, and as a bassist, he has no equal, simply because he has created and mastered an entire vocabulary of sounds at which others have only hinted. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the master up close and personal. If you can’t make it in the flesh, tune in to 88.3 on the FM dial, or go to jazz88.org to stream it live.

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: Brian Ross]]>
<![CDATA[The Big Pink Color SpringBoard West]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:28:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Big+Pink+by+Ryan+Cowen.jpeg

It's been an eventful first week of 2017, but the weekend is still here to offer us plenty of musical fun to keep it going. At the Belly Up, join local legends for the annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny, including the Paladins, who don't make a whole lot of appearances these days. At Music Box, catch sets of up-and-comers all day long with headliners Frankie J and The Big Pink. The latter had a huge hit with "Dominos" a few years back, and they are presumably celebrating new music to add to their catalog. At Casbah, Fu Manchu had to postpone due to an injured bandmember, but Schizophonics and the Loons have stepped up for a $5 show. Around town, Grizzly Business are at Soda Bar, Lenguas Largas play a matinee at Bar Pink, and the Debonairs play SD City Soul Club at Til-Two.
Saturday, Jan. 7:
  • The Seventh Annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny w/ the Farmers, the Paladins @ Belly Up
  • Springboard West Music Festival w/ Frankie J, The Big Pink (in order of performance starting at 11:40 a.m.): Love Past Blue, Taylor Gayle, Roger Jaeger, Halston Dare, Sam Clark, Dead Day Revolution, WildEyes, Paper Pilots, Warbly Jets, Wild Planes, Ships Have Sailed, The Big Pink, Ray Goren Band, Drew, Frankie J, DJ Beto Set @ Music Box
  • Schizophonics, the Loons, the Grids @ Casbah
  • Fu Manchu, 16 @ Casbah (Canceled due to artist injury)
  • Grizzly Business, Inspired and the Sleep, Spero @ Soda Bar
  • Lenguas Largas, Manatees, Mexico City Rollers @ Bar Pink (5:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.)
  • Harper & the Moths @ Pourhouse
  • SD City Soul Club Presents: The Debonaires, the Revivers, Mochilero All Stars @ The Merrow
  • Saturday Love: Funk and R&B w/ Brian Ellis & PWC @ Blonde
  • Green Today @ The Holding Company 1502
  • DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • 6ONE9, Copycat Killers, Relax Max @ House of Blues
  • SoundON Festival: Festival of Whispers: A Sound Installation by Matthew Burtner @ La Jolla Athenaeum (12 p.m.)
  • SoundON Festival: Rising Currents I & II @ La Jolla Athenaeum (7:30 p.m.)
  • Alice Wallace @ Brick 15
  • Jason Lee & the R.I.P.Tides, Los Sweepers, DJ Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Electric Mud @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Squarecrow, Lowbrow, Chagrin, AK @ Til-Two Club
  • Brooke Unger Memorial Show w/ Godhammered, Aghori, A Hero Within, Orphic Eye @ Brick by Brick
  • Amanda Cogan, Gaby Aparicio @ Lestat's
  • Ocean Boogie @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Nebula Drag, Eclisse, VIGR @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Bacon @ U-31
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Laurence Juber @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Jayceeoh @ Omnia
  • Circle of Fifths @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Craig Smoove @ Parq
  • Hotfire, Petey Clicks @ Bang Bang
  • Ascension w/ Kanga: Kava's 12 Year Anniversary @ Kava Lounge
  • Texture feat. Randall M, Halo Varga, Paulo, RA.MOD. @ Spin
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Hollyday Gifts]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:32:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/190*120/bonnieC.H.1024.jpg

Alto saxophone master Christopher Hollyday made a relatively rare San Diego appearance on Dec. 23, playing to a full house on a rain-swept night at the new Dizzy’s location on Morena Boulevard, leading a red-hot quartet featuring pianist Joshua White, bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Duncan Moore.

Thorsen began the modal Freddie Hubbard tune “The Core,” with a flamenco strum as White assumed the McCoy Tyner template with churning fourths and Hollyday went straight into a blistering essay layered over the rhythmic counter-attack of Moore. White’s contribution focused on teasing a string of nagging repetitions into a sort of delirium before resolving into a glorious release.

Chick Corea’s “Bud Powell,” was next, exploding off the page with note-filled alacrity, and offering Hollyday a chance to swell the air with long strands of bop allusions and blues phraseology. A powerhouse groove caused players to sway to and fro, as if they were all tied to invisible dance partners -- especially on Thorsen’s muscular solo, which swung mightily.

A ballad was now in order, and Hollyday signaled this change in mood by calling the James Williams tune “A Touching Affair.” Smoky and soulful, Hollyday made the most of a yearning vibrato and lemon-honey delivery, while White refracted the diatonic intentions with total commitment -- spinning layers of pure melodic invention pulling against a current of darker dissonance.

Tyner’s “Peresina” followed, introduced by White’s propulsive chording and embellished by the leader’s command of scalar material. But the tune itself belonged to Moore, who burst out of the gates with brilliantly controlled explosions -- raising the bar for the subsequent string of solos from White and Thorsen.

I was sitting close enough to hear Hollyday whisper to his conspirators, “Let’s do it in Ab,” illustrating the flexibility demanded by true progenitors of the art form as they set out on “This Is Always,” an inward-gazing ballad that had the leader pulling directly on the heartstrings over the groaning whole notes of Thorsen and the whispered brushes of Moore.

All hell broke loose on the closer, “Just One of Those Things,” beginning with a punishing drum solo before Hollyday shot off to the bebop races, where he crossed the home stretch in a photo finish. White turned things around, responding to the fervor of Hollyday’s essay by building incrementally, one step at a time before veering suddenly into a mélange of splintered fragments and bruising clusters that somehow synthesized the last 40 years of the jazz piano continuum into five minutes of brilliant Newtonian fluid. Thorsen carried on in the velocity parade -- whipping a strand of inflected notes with machine gun brutality while Moore brought up the rear with ballistic ebullience.

It was an exhausting conclusion to an exhilarating evening. In the final analysis, no quarter was offered to the vanquished, yet everybody emerged victorious. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. 

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[Hooked on Schizophonics]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:41:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sounddiego+Live+5-31-12-71+722.jpg

Friday, Pato Banton and Layne Tadesse are at the Belly Up; Soul Search Council with DJ Claire, Mike Turi, Ms. Angie, Mark Garcia, Pat & Lety Beers, Mr Mazee and Lady Dottie & the Diamonds takes over the Casbah; TV Girl, Lanterns and Poppet are at Soda Bar; SpringBoard West Music Festival featuring Warren G is at Music Box; Misc. Ailments and DJ Mancat are at the Holding Company; Damage Inc, Memory Layne and Up the Irons play at House of Blues; and Revolt-Chix, Zombie Surf Camp and the Pictographs perform at The Merrow. Dance options include Croatia Squad at Bang Bang; WeAreTreo at Omnia; or DJ Junior theDISCOpunk is at U-31.

Saturday, the Schizophonics (who play our SoundDiego LIVE party on Jan. 20 -- RSVP here), the Loons, and the Skids play the Casbah; The 7th Annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny with the Farmers, the Paladins and more takes over the Belly Up; Grizzly Business, Inspired and the Sleep and Spero are at Soda Bar; Frankie J and the Big Pink perform at Music Box; San Diego City Soul Club with Unsteady, the Revivers and Mochilero All Stars is at the Merrow; 6ONE9, Copycat Killers and Relax Max play at House of Blues; and Jason Lee and the R.I.P.Tides, Los Sweepers and DJ Mikey Ratt are at Tower Bar. Get your dance on with Club Ascension and the 12-year anniversary of the Kava Lounge featuring Kanga live and yours truly DJing; Jayceeoh at Omnia; or Hotfire + Petey Clicks at Bang Bang.

Sunday, there is a David Bowie Birthday Celebration at the Casbah with Bowiephonics, Ariel Levine performing Black Star, Ziggy Shuffledust, DJ's Claire, Mr Mazee and Little Robert. Elsewhere, Hannah Yuen, Nylon Apartments and TV Icon take over Soda Bar; and GRRRL Independent Ladies present a Benefit Show for the Women's March on Washington with Soft Lions, Le Ra and Iris at Blonde.

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

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

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Diamonds Are Forever]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:21:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Lady+Dottie+and+the+Diamonds+1261.jpg

It's been commented on a bazillion times that some very influential and legendary artists were lost in 2016, but one that cut especially deep was the loss of Ms. Sharon Jones, who was scheduled to perform at the Casbah on Jan. 1-2. Tonight, consider the Soul Search Council a bit of a tribute to her, as your favorite local selectors spin the soul they love. Lady Dottie & the Diamonds will play in the Atari Room and it will be one heck of a good time. In the meantime, TV Girl comes back to town with a show at Soda Bar, Pato Banton is at Belly Up, and the SpringBoard West Music Festival continues at Music Box (read the SoundDiego preview here), with longer music showcases starting from the afternoon all the way until headliner Warren G (who will presumably have a full set).

Friday, Jan. 6:

  • Soul Search Council DJ Claire, Mike Turi, Ms. Angie, Mark Garcia, Pat & Lety Beers, MrMazee, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ Casbah
  • TV Girl, Lanterns, Poppet @ Soda Bar
  • Pato Banton, Layne Tadesse @ Belly Up
  • First Fridays with DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Springboard West Music Festival with Warren G (in order of performance starting at 1 p.m.): Sami, Zoe Alexander, the Sounds of Ghosts, PERL, the Charlie Rogers Band, Lost Beach, Zach Person, John Lindahl, Mr. Smith, Jouce, Cookie Rabinowitz, Ms. Proper, Stealth, Chrystina Sayers, Warren G, Young Scrap, DJ Set @ Music Box (performers play 20 minutes each)
  • DJ Professor Shadow @ Seven Grand
  • Atomic Groove Happy 2017 Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5 p.m.)
  • Pepe Aguilar @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Mario Esteban & the Blessed Hellhounds, the Brain Ghosts @ Blonde (5 p.m.)
  • The Cookie Crew @ Blonde
  • Misc. Ailments, DJ Mancat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Damage Inc, Memory Layne, Up the Irons @ House of Blues
  • Revolt-Chix, Zombie Surf Camp, the Pictographs @ The Merrow
  • Sister Nancy, SM Familia, Soulective @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock @ Tower Bar
  • 13th Ocean Beach Comedy's Funniest Person Contest @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Psydecar and KL Noise Makerz @ Winston's
  • Deejay Al @ Fluxx
  • Croatia Squad @ Bang Bang
  • Treo @ Omnia
  • Circle of Fifths @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Divine Species @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: T. Loper]]>
<![CDATA[Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Serves Up New Beer]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:21:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dave+Mustaine+cropped.jpg

As the Craft Beer Capitol of America, it's no surprise that San Diego breweries are partnering with big-name bands for extra special brews.

Recently, our buds over at Belching Beaver joined forces with hard rock juggernauts Deftones for their Phantom Bride IPA, and Denmark-based Mikkeller (which opened a brewery in Miramar last year) teamed up with punk legends Descendents for Feel This Coffee IPA. Fall Brewing's also been in on the local music scene action by branding one of their flagship brews the Loudspeaker Rye IPA, after 91x's local music radio show of the same name.

So you'd think when it came time for Megadeth frontman (and noted Fallbrook resident) Dave Mustaine to lend his band's name to a beer, he'd just walk down the street and plop down in the nearest brewery to make it happen. Well, you'd be so wrong. No, Mustaine has curiously paired his love of suds with a brewery well outside county lines. Never one to do anything by the book, the outspoken Mustaine eschewed all 131 (and counting) San Diego breweries for Unibroue -- an operation based in Quebec, Canada.

The Unibroue brewery, which got its start in 1993 and was bought by Sapporo in 2006, has always maintained a focus on Belgian-style beers and some of their best known variations include the amber-red ale Maudite ("Damned"), the La Fin du Monde ("The End of the World") Belgian tripel, and the Don de Dieu ("Gift from God") wheat ale.

In October, Mustaine announced he had partnered with Unibroue for the Megadeth-themed beer, A Tout le Monde. Titled after the band's 1994 song of the same name (which is French for "To all the world" or "To everyone"), the music video for the single was famously banned by MTV after the station claimed it was pro-suicide. The chorus of the "Youthanasia" song (which is sung in French) translates to: "To everyone/ To all my friends/ I love you/ I have to leave."

In a 1994 interview, Mustaine explained the lyrics: "It's when people have a loved one that dies and they end on a bad note, you know, they wish they could say something to them. So this is an opportunity for the deceased to say something before they go."

Either way, Unibroue's A Tout le Monde is a Belgian-style dry-hopped golden saison ale that rings in at a relatively light 4.5 percent ABV. It seems like Mustaine is pretty stoked on it, as evidenced by his appearance on the SiriusXM "Trunk Nation" show and his recount of events that led to the beer's creation.

"We started last summer when we headlined the [Festival D'été De] Québec festival [in front of] 80,000 people," Mustaine told Eddie Trunk. "We had pulled up in the middle of the day and went to the hotel with this guy named Jerry Vietz from Unibroue. And we both had a lot of stuff in common and we hit it off right away. I was kind of sampling some of the different beverages that he had. And [I told him], 'I like this. I like this about this one. I like this about that one.' And we made a second round, brought the liquid down to Nashville and tried it again. And I said, 'Okay, so it's getting really close. I like this about this, and I like this about that.' And then I got to taste the final product for the first time on [Oct. 21] in Orlando [Florida]. And it's just been a huge smash. I heard yesterday they sold 240 cases in one day in Tampa. That's just one city in the nation, and they distribute to five continents."

If you are wondering, the beer is also available at various locations right here in town too including Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights; Bottlecraft, Berkeley Pizza, and Boulevard Wine & Spirits in North Park; and at various BevMo! locations around San Diego (among other spots). For a map of all the locations, visit Unibroue's website.

To be honest, we're kind of bummed Mustaine didn't make use of any of the 100 million breweries right here at home -- but hey, it's his beer and he can do what he wants with it. But is it too much to ask for a hefty, barrel-aged "In My Darkest Hour" Imperial Stout or a super hoppy "Head Crusher" double IPA though? Beerdos, let's make it happen.

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

<![CDATA[SpringBoard West Brings Intimate SxSW Experience to SD]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:58:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coachella_2012_Satruday_TBP5+722.jpg

“We’re not trying to make it big like South by Southwest. We want to keep the quality level up,” Barry Coffing, founder and creator of the SpringBoard Music Festival, told me over the phone on Friday afternoon.

Unlike SpringBoard, South by Southwest (SxSW) is one of the most recognizable music festivals and conferences in the nation -- perhaps the world. As such, the Austin, Texas, festival has, in the eyes of some, become corporatized, straying from its initial incarnation as a grassroots marketplace for new ideas and independent artists.

Barry Coffing doesn’t want that to happen to his festival. Growing up in Houston, Texas, Coffing watched SxSW develop and deteriorate over the years -- in fact, his band was supposed to play the festival at one point. But, according to him, the festival wasn’t representing the artists -- it was representing Doritos and other corporate sponsors.

So, he thought, wouldn’t it be great if someone started something that actually got independent artists noticed by the industry? And that’s exactly what he did.

Houston has been home to SpringBoard for the past five years, which has given Coffing the time he’s needed to work out all of the kinks and ensure that the festival is running as smoothly as possible before exporting it to national markets. This year, he’s bringing the conference to San Diego.

As opposed to SxSW, where there are hundreds of bands playing at any number of Austin venues and tons of ambitious artists jockeying for the slightest bit of attention from some way-too-busy industry professional, SpringBoard West will be localized to the Music Box in Little Italy.

The festival and conference will run Jan. 4-7, which means four days of intimate interaction with the West Coast’s musical higher ups and performances by over 30 national and international bands -- including hip-hop legend Warren G and English electronic rockers, the Big Pink.

While anyone can buy tickets to the performances, there are only 100 conference slots available -- many of which will be what Coffing calls “moment of truth” panels. This means that musicians will be able to show their music directly to a panelist -- the manager of Gun N’ Roses, for example -- and get input or, who knows, maybe even a record deal.

“All of this is being done under a nonprofit, so everyone is doing it for free. It’s not designed to make money. It’s designed to help people,” Coffing said.

What’s the cherry on top? Well, it’s really affordable. The Wednesday and Thursday showcases, for instance, are only $10 -- Coffing described it as a wine tasting, but for music. While Friday and Saturday’s general admission tickets are going for $25 online and $30 at the door each day, it turns out to be well worth it considering doors open at 1 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and performances run until 1 a.m.

But don’t take my word for it. Go to the website, check out the schedule and see everything else that SpringBoard West has to offer.

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

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella Announces 2017 Lineup]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:35:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coachella-blurb-generic.gif

The 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will feature Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar as headliners across its sprawling two spring weekends in Indio, California.

This year's bookends will be on April 14-16 and April 21-23, with Radiohead, who last played the Empire Polo Grounds in 2012, kicking off things on Friday night, followed by Queen Bee on Saturday and Kendrick closing things out Sunday.

Other highlights for music fans include the XX, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Empire of the Sun and Dillon Francis sharing Coachella stages on Fridays, with Bon Iver, Future, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Schoolboy Q and Gucci Mane the following night. Closing-night stages will also feature the return of Lorde to Coachella, as well as Justice, New Order, Porter Robinson and Madeon, and Future Islands.

Concertgoers have been heading out to the Coachella Valley for the annual festival since 1999. Last year, the festival was headlined by LCD SoundSystem, Guns N' Roses and Calvin Harris.

Passes go on sale on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT.

2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Lineup

Friday, April 14 and 21

  • Radiohead
  • The XX
  • Travis Scott
  • Father John Misty
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Dillon Francis
  • Mac Miller
  • Steve Angello
  • Glass Animals
  • Phantogram
  • Mac DeMarco
  • Little Dragon
  • Banks
  • Bonobo
  • Richie Hawtin
  • DJ Shadow
  • Loco Dice
  • Dixon
  • Capital Cities
  • Big Gigantic
  • Crystal Castles
  • SOHN
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Francis and the Lights
  • Broods
  • Guided By Voices
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Sampha
  • Bicep
  • Raury
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Oh Wonder
  • Stormzy
  • Zipper Club
  • Tennis
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  • Kungs
  • Floorplan
  • Denzel Curry
  • The Lemon Twigs
  • Nora En Pure
  • Joseph
  • The Interruptors
  • Sam Gellaitry
  • Klangstof
  • Tacocat
  • Alison Swing 

Saturday, April 15 and 22

  • Beyonce
  • Bon Iver
  • Future
  • DJ Snake
  • Martin Garrix
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Gucci Mane
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Nicolas Jaar
  • Bastille
  • Tycho
  • Tory Lanez
  • Royksopp
  • Local Natives
  • Majid Jordan
  • Dreamcar
  • Four Tet
  • Roisin Murphy
  • Moderat
  • The Avalanches
  • Mura Masa
  • Nav
  • Solomun
  • Warpaint
  • Banks & Steelz
  • Hot Since 82
  • Classixx
  • Kaleo
  • Breakbot
  • Gryffin
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Daphni
  • Brodinski
  • Mitski
  • Floating Points
  • Thundercat
  • Survive
  • Arkells
  • The Atomics
  • Ben UFO
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Blossoms
  • Chicano Batman
  • Autograf
  • Moss Kena
  • Red Axes
  • Shura
  • Honey Dijon
  • Declan McKenna
  • Eli & Fur
  • Swet Shop Boys
  • Chris Cruse 

Sunday, April 16 and 23

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lorde
  • Justice
  • New Order
  • Porter Robinson & Madeon
  • Future Islands
  • Hans Zimmer
  • DJ Khaled
  • Marshmello
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Galantis
  • Kehlani
  • Grouplove
  • Kaytranada
  • Tale of Us
  • Toots and the Maytals
  • Devendra Barnhart
  • Tove Lo
  • Jai Wolf
  • Jack Garratt
  • Sasha
  • Kiiara
  • Real Estate
  • The Belleville Three
  • Maya Jane Coles
  • What So Not
  • PNL
  • Lee Fields & the Expressions
  • NAO
  • GoldLink
  • Allah-Las
  • King Sunny Ade
  • Marcel Dettmann
  • Sofi Tukker
  • Whitney
  • Patrick Topping
  • Honne
  • Twin Peaks
  • Tourist
  • Preoccupations
  • Hinds
  • Ezra Furman
  • Pond
  • Hannah Wants
  • Anna Lunoe
  • Grace Mitchell
  • Los Blenders
  • Show Me the Body
  • Caveman
  • Jen Ferrer


<![CDATA[San Diego Acts Invade 2017 BottleRock Festival]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:55:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dani+Bell+and+the+Tarantist+press+photo+2.jpg

Calling all music fans (and winos), prepare to head into the great wide open. If life is getting "the best, the best, the best, the best of you" -- it might be time to start planning that vacation to the grand grape-crushing land of Napa Valley that you’ve been longing for.

The 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley music/food/wine/brew festival surely has something on tap you’ll like during its May 26-28 weekend with its huge lineup featuring headliners like Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Band of Horses, two different types of Pickups (Silversun and Silverado), two different kinds of Saints (Motel and Lucia), and the Roots (among many others).

The mighty lineup -- which was announced Tuesday, Jan. 3 -- also features a San Diego invasion of sorts as well, with R&B star Andra Day (the 2016 SoundDiego Award-winning Artist of the Year), beloved blues/rock duo Little Hurricane, reggae/pop group Hirie, and the eclectic soul/pop/folk Redwoods Revue (a collective from the San Diego music label of the same name that includes familiar local names like Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, Birdy Bardot, the Midnight Pine, Cardinal Moon, and Dani Bell & the Tarantist) scheduled to perform.

Hometown favorites Little Hurricane are no stranger to the festival circuit, having played at SxSW, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and the Telluride Blues and Brews fest (among others) over the past few years. The same goes for the massively popular seven-piece band Hirie, who -- led by their namesake frontwoman -- have taken their sunny vibes to the big events such as the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, the 2015 Reggae Rise Up Festival, and the huge California Roots Festival in both 2014 and 2016.

Day (who just capped an epic year recently by performing a tribute to Mavis Staples with Bonnie Raitt at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors) has performed at a myriad of national events in 2016 alone, ranging from Milwaukee’s Summerfest to Washington state’s Sasquatch Festival to the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

But it’s a rather big coup for the Redwoods Music label. While we’re spoiled and get to see their Revue take over various San Diego venues every couple months (or Dani Bell & the Tarantist at, say, our next SoundDiego LIVE party on Jan. 20 at the Casbah), BottleRock is the first big step toward taking their massive show on the road. While the Midnight Pine has played the local stage at the first two incarnations of Kaaboo Del Mar, and the Joshua Tree Music Festival for the past couple years (along with some of the label’s other bands), the upcoming Napa fest may be the biggest out-of-town opportunity for the homegrown collective yet. 

2017 BottleRock Napa Valley tickets go on sale on Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets available here.

The full 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley music festival lineup


  • Foo Fighters
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Maroon 5
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Modest Mouse
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
  • The Roots
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Band of Horses
  • Fitz & the Tantrums
  • Dirty Heads
  • Live
  • The Naked and Famous
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • St. Lucia
  • House of Pain
  • Bob Moses
  • Catfish & the Bottlemen
  • Saint Motel
  • The Strumbellas
  • Alunageorge
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Andra Day
  • Galactic
  • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
  • Mavis Staples
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Lewis Del Mar
  • Highly Suspect
  • Judah & the Lion
  • Elephant Revival
  • Warren G
  • Bad Suns
  • Giraffage
  • Gnash
  • The Staves
  • The Barr Brothers
  • Pell
  • Hippo Campus
  • Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
  • Barns Courtney
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • The California Honeydrops
  • The Hunna
  • 888
  • Prinze George
  • Con Brio
  • La Santa Cecilia
  • The Shelters
  • Run River North
  • James Hersey
  • Day Wave
  • Dreamers
  • Hirie
  • Baskery
  • City of the Sun
  • Cobi
  • Partybaby
  • Arizona
  • The Heyday
  • Parade of Lights
  • Little Hurricane
  • Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra
  • Josh Kelley
  • Jessica Childress
  • Corey Harper
  • Wild
  • Saint Mesa
  • Hibbity Dibbity
  • The Helmets
  • Pacific Radio
  • The Redwoods Revue
  • Doobie Decibel System
  • Troubadour 77
  • Silverado Pickups
  • Tracksuit Wedding
  • Secure the Sun
  • Serf and James
  • Kadin Yeahmon
  • Alec Lee
  • Napa Youth Symphony

Photo Credit: Photo by Shannon Wolf]]>
<![CDATA[Pyles' Positive Picks for the New Year]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:21:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Schizophonics+Press+Photo.jpg

You wanted the best, you got the best -- a month full of shows handpicked for you! The first few days are kind of slow, but then we get back into the swing of it, so take a look and plan accordingly. Happy 2017!

Jan. 1: Happy new year!

Jan. 2: Stick to your resolutions!

Jan. 3: Are you sticking to those resolutions? Tomorrow we get back to normalcy ...

Jan. 4: The Devil Makes Three at Observatory North Park. Everything that makes Americana great!

Jan. 5: Voodoo Glow Skulls, Buck-O-Nine and the Porkers at the Casbah. A night of Ska ...

Jan. 6: TV Girl, Lanterns and Poppet at Soda Bar. A couple of former San Diegan's return to their former stomping ground.

Jan. 7: Fu Manchu at the Casbah. Stoner rock -- it's legal now.

Jan. 8: David Bowie Birthday Celebration with Bowiephonics, Ariel Levine performing Black Star, DJs Claire, Mr Mazee and Little Robert at the Casbah. Celebrate a legend!

Jan. 9: Creature Canyon, Modern Me and Almost Monday at Casbah. Support local music, and yes, I booked it!

Jan. 10: Dawes at Belly Up. An evening with Dawes.

Jan. 11: Dorothy and the Georgia Flood at the Casbah. A rock band on the Roc Nation label? Seems strangely appropriate.

Jan. 12: Luke Wade at the Casbah. He was on The Voice as a contestant.

Jan. 13: The Little Richards, Alice Bag Band and the Widows at the Casbah. Seems like the place to be on Friday the 13th. Jason is going ...

Jan. 14: Midge Ure Band and Warsaw at the Casbah. Visage, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox and Band Aid are just a few of his associations. This man is an icon.

Jan. 15: Lucinda Williams at the Belly Up. Real American rock, folk and blues.

Jan. 16: Captain Auzmo, Garden Echo and Cochinas Locas at the Casbah. Support local music, and yes, I booked this one as well.

Jan. 17: Jovi and the Issues, Hocus and Kitty Plague at the Casbah. Same comment as above ...

Jan. 18: Tower of Power at the Belly Up. Creating their own brand of R&B, funk and soul since 1968.

Jan. 19: Zakk Sabbath and the Shrine at Brick by Brick. Metal legend Zakk Wylde comes to town.

Jan. 20: SoundDiego LIVE at the Casbah with Schizophonics plus Dani Bell & the Tarantist. I am your host, so RSVP here.

Jan. 21: The Raveonettes and Gateway Drugs at the Music Box. Danish indie rock band returns to SD as requested by a certain San Diegan for the last several years, and you can buy tickets this time.

Jan. 22: The Toasters and Unsteady at the Casbah. Another night of Ska in our town!

Jan. 23: Jesse Malin and Schizophonics at the Casbah. D Generation frontman gone solo.

Jan. 24: Neutral Milk Hotel Tribute. Live tribute hosted by Jeremiah BZ of the Silent Comedy at Blonde Bar. Local musicians playing Neutral Milk Hotel -- yes please.

Jan. 25: Seratones at the Casbah. Rock 'n' Roll from Louisiana on Fat Possum Records.

Jan. 26: Orgy, Powerman 5000, Death Valley High and Knee High Fox at Brick by Brick. A step back into the late '90s ...

Jan. 27: Ty Segall at the Belly Up. This dude is prolific, so don't miss it!

Jan. 28: July Talk and Mona at Soda Bar. A night of rock with a band from Toronto and one based in Nashville. What's high in the middle and round on the ends?

Jan. 29: 91x Loudspeaker and Karl Strauss present Well Well Well, AJ Froman and Boostive at the Casbah. A new concert series from the people behind 91x Loudspeaker and Karl Strauss.

Jan. 30: Run the Jewels at Observatory North Park.  You can download the group's latest album for FREE.

Jan. 31: Communist Daughter, Cardinal Moon and the Lulls at Soda Bar. A band from Minnesota that takes their name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song and some amazing locals. 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year to you all! Looking forward to seeing some of you at these shows, so please don't hesitate to come up and introduce yourself. 2017 is gonna be great ... Here's to the power of positive thinking ...

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Schizophonics]]>