<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:32 -0700 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:32 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sounds Like San Diego: Oct. 31]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:59:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/96319441.jpg

I'm not here to knock Halloween in any way, but let's talk shows for a minute. On Friday, you can catch the legendary eukelele player Jake Shimabukuro at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, and no doubt he always gives a magical performance -- evidenced in part that he just keeps playing bigger and bigger venues. Meanwhile, Tedeschi Trucks Band perform at Balboa Theatre if you're looking for a show without the chaos of Halloween. That said, there are plenty of spots to enjoy your love of music with the option of dressing up. Unfortunately, the Casbah and the North Park Theatre are off the table, since both shows are completely sold out, but you can still get on the list for our FREE SoundDiego LIVE Halloween bash at the Office with Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker and after-party band Zombie Surf Camp, all hosted by the Local Pyle himself, Tim Pyles -- but get there early, because it's gonna fill up fast, and then you'll need to be on the list for entry. Elsewhere, you can have fun with the Dabbers and Lion Cut at Seven Grand, Soda Bar is throwing a tribute night with some favorite local bands, and Metalachi take mariachi to another level at Brick By Brick. As for parties devoted to the holiday, the list is seemingly endless and no doubt downtown will be a party no matter where you turn, even if it's just to marvel at how many adults get really into this holiday that used to be about the kids.

Friday, Oct. 31:

  • Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker, Zombie Surf Camp @ SoundDiego LIVE @ The Office (free -- get on the guest list HERE)
  • The Creepy Creeps, Burning of Rome, Cramped, Schitzophonics @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Casbah presents Cut Copy, Gemini Club, DJ Adam Salter @ The North Park Theatre (sold out)
  • Ice Cube, 3Lau, Designer Drugs, Justin Jay, Vokab Kompany @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dabbers, Lion Cut @ Seven Grand
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greyhounds @ Balboa Theatre
  • Citizen Cope: Clarence Greenwood Recording's 10th Anniversary Tour @ Humphrey's By the Bay
  • Roxy Jones (covering Snoop Doggy Dogg), Wild Wild Wets (covering the Zombies), Ape Machine (covering the Creedence Clearwater Revival), Sleeping Ghost (covering the Ramones), Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra @ Soda Bar
  • Metalachi, Geezer, Chica Diabla @ Brick By Brick
  • Noche de Brujas, featuring Angel Dust, Northern Tigers, Electrical Healing Sound, the Natives, Baja Bugs, Blood Houds, Young Wants, Gloomsday, the Cardielles, Los Ojos, Batwings @ Til Two Club
  • Squirrelly Arts, They Feed at Night, the Shaolin Signal, Morphesia @ Ken Club
  • Carnage @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • Wildside @ Tin Roof
  • Gary Hankins Summer Knowledge, Champ @ Tin Can
  • Thriller Halloween Party and Costume Contest @ Bar Pink
  • The Lexicons, the Mochilero All Stars, King Dutty @ The Tower Bar
  • Halloween Heat, featuring the Earful and '80s Heat (9 p.m.); Atomic Groove (5:30 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • Smiths, Joy Division Masquerade, Still Ill Tribute Band @ Whistle Stop Bar
  • DJ Beatnik @ Rooftop 600
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • DJ Scotty Boy @ W Hotel
  • Spirit of San Diego Yacht Halloween @ Flagship Cruises
  • Fetish Halloween, with Travis Porter LIVE @ Fluxx
  • Sunny Rude @ Gallagher's Pub
  • DJ Seize @ Fuse
  • Sweater Beats @ Somewhere Loud Event Center
  • Whiiite @ Bassmnt
  • Caroline D'amore @ Inspiration Hornblower
  • Carlo, Gina Caderoni, Bryn, Raw Russ @ Spin Nightclub
  • Mani Dollaz, Honey Cocaine @ World Beat Center
  • Betamaxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Broken Stems, the Verigolds, Sister Speak @ 710 Beach Club
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's Lounge
  • Kid Wonder @ U31

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images for AEG Live]]>
<![CDATA[Stoopid Fun]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:31:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/Slightly+Stoopid+Sleep+Train+Covault+%2832%29.jpg

On Halloween, SoundDiego Live -- with Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker and Zombie Surf Camp -- takes over the Office and it’s free with your RSVP; Cut Copy is playing a sold-out show at the North Park Theatre; The Creepy Creeps, the Burning of Rome, Cramped, and Schitzophonics are at the Casbah for a sold-out event;  Metalachi, Geezer and Chica Diabla take over Brick by Brick; Roxy Jones feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Wild Wild Wets playing the Zombies, Ape Machine playing Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sleeping Ghost playing the Ramones and Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra hit Soda Bar; Squirrelly Arts, They Feed At Night, The Shaolin Signal and Morphesia are at the Ken Club; Art After Dark: Freakshow Sideshow is at the Oceanside Museum of Art; and the Tower Bar has a Ghoulstompin’ Costume Party; The Halloween Reggae & Soul Jamboree with the Lexicons, the Mochilero All Stars and more. So many places to get your dance on including Haunted Harrah’s with 3LAU, Designer Drugs, Justin Jay, Ice Cube, All Gold and Vokab Kompany; San Diego Monster Bash with five stages and over 17 DJs including EC Twins; Lovelife presents EVOL at the Prado; and Whiiite is at Bassmnt.

Saturday, Switchfoot plays a hometown show at the Open Air Theatre; Delta Spirit has a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Slightly Stoopid is doing a Team Parker 4Life Benefit Show at Sycuan Casino;  Ziggy Marley and Cody Lovaas hit the North Park Theatre; Joywave and Leisure Cruise are at the Loft at USCD; and Saint Shameless with Fokke Wolves and Bloodflowers are at the Ken Club. On the DJ tip, join me for Day of the Dead at Club Ascension at the Kava Lounge, along with Baron and Heather Hard Xore; Brazzabelle and Two Shoes are at Bang Bang; and Night of the Dead is at Spin.

On Sunday, get your dark on as O’Death, All Them Witches and Lonesome Leash take over at Soda Bar; Carla Morrison, Haunted Summer and Jandro are at the North Park Theatre; and Chicano Batman headline a Dia de Los Muertos show at the Casbah.

Make it a safe weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor! 

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

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[Rural Delivery]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:11:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rural20Alberta20Advantage03.jpg

Here are a few music secrets I'm going to share with you: The first is that there is a Cold War Kids show happening in the East Village. I don't know how I was invited, but I was, and I don't know how strict they're going to be about the guest list, but if you're the kind of person that wants to take your chances in trying to get into a free private show, this is your calling. Dig around the Internet and you will find enough information to get your way in. The other secret is a band called the Rural Alberta Advantage. RAA have been around for years, working their native Canadian circuit. Now the band is on a new label or under new management or something of the sorts, so it's finally coming to San Diego. It's kind of a big deal, only most people won't recognize it as such because there are a thousand other bands who come here regularly like clockwork. RAA is not one of those bands. If you've even remotely heard of them, you want to be at their Soda Bar show on Thursday. If not, there's the awesome and engaged Honeyhoney, which sends out beautiful invites to their friends for all of their show and tour updates, or the whacky MC Chris and MC Lars at the Casbah to tickle your nerd bone.

Thursday, October 30:

  • The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk @ Soda Bar
  • MC Chris, MC Lars, Spose @ Casbah
  • Honeyhoney, the Walcotts @ Winston's
  • DJ Hevrock @ Bar Pink
  • Moon Hooch, @ The Loft
  • The Tarr Steps, Rick Eliot & the Secondhand Smoke Band, Dawn Mitshele @ Belly Up
  • Hellion, Unicorn Death, Ultimate Sin, Chamber Sixx @ Brick By Brick
  • Rhythm Future Quartet @ Dizzy's
  • Open Mic Night @ Tin Can
  • Clint Westwood, Colt Ford @ Tin Roof
  • DJ Diana Death, Heather Hardcore, Francis Marie @ Tower Bar
  • Choro Sotaque, Therianthorpe, Rebecca Kleinmann Trio @ Lestat's
  • 20 lb Sledge, the Way, Last Day Rising @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Man Cat, DJ Teelyn @ U-31
  • Besos de Coco @ Croce's Park West
  • Lyrical Groove @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • JW Jones @ Tio Leo's
  • Treo @ Fluxx
  • Vamp @ Whistle Stop
  • Subdvsn @ Kava Lounge
  • King Mkr, No Kings @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Oceanside Sound System @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Live: Jenny Lewis]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:36:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/Jenny+Lewis-1-11.jpg Singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis poured herself into the House of Blues for her Oct. 25 performance, with the Living Sisters opening.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Mariachi El Bronx Headline FREE SoundDiego LIVE]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:33:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/meb_2.jpg

Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- are you ready to get served? A bountiful feast of SoundDiego LIVE awesomeness, that is! 
Yep, that’s right: We’ve set the table for one of the best parties America’s Finest City will see all month. November’s installment of our monthly live-music extravaganza comes courtesy of U-31 – situated in the heart of one of San Diego’s hottest spots, North Park – and MC’d by 91X’s radio rock-goddess Robin Roth.

Not only will this popular bar showcase our beloved Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey  hosted happy hour before the live music hits your earholes, we’ve conspired to bring one of our favorite bands ever to town: Mariachi El Bronx.
If you haven’t heard 'em, loosen your belts for a cornucopia of epic audio proportions -- and if you have witnessed the mariachi version of the punk juggernauts the Bronx in person, then you already know it would be absolute foolishness to miss this free show. Plus, guitarist Ken Mochikoshi-Horne is a native San Diegan and a former member of the hometown punk icons the Dragons. Mariachi El Bronx always puts on an amazing show, so get ready.
"Call it an alter-ego if you will; Mariachi El Bronx first started as a diversion for members of the punk band, the Bronx," Roth said. "Seven years, later the band has its third album on the horizon [dropping on Nov. 4] and fans couldn’t be happier. Also playing at the SoundDiego Live event is Pounded By the Surf, a new surf-punk band founded by Joby J. Ford and Vincent Hidalgo, both of Mariachi El Bronx, and Thaddeus Robles [the Heartaches]. Local favorite garage rock band Shady Francos will round out the lineup. This triple bill will make for a great Friday night party."
Shady Francos, formerly known as the nFormals until a lineup change and subsequent change in musical direction, the new incarnation of the band has been making waves in and around San Diego, frequently playing in Tijuana and LA. Word on the street is that the band just went into Earthling Studios to record it debut EP, and we seriously can't wait to hear it.
With three bands scheduled to play, you won't go hungry for music, but you still might get thirsty. Don't worry, we've got you covered: Get there early and you can enjoy a VIP happy hour presented by Jack Daniel's, starting at 8 p.m. U-31 will also be serving free food from their kitchen!

On the off-chance you enjoy all that delicious whiskey a little too much, we've got you covered there, too. The fine folks from Uber will be on hand, giving you a $20 credit on your first ride if you use our "sounddiego" promotional code.


Photo Credit: Mariachi El Bronx]]>
<![CDATA[Everybody Loves Rachael]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:40:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rachaely_photo_gal_5026_pho.jpg

There's some pretty great music lined up for your humpday adventures. Zak Waters and French Horn Rebellion are going to blow up the Soda Bar, while Mountain Standard Time gets country folksy at the Merrow. Gunner Gunner celebrate their album release week at the Casbah, while things certainly get crazy at the Loft with Grizfolk. If you head up to this show, get there early for BØRNS, who is amazing and getting rave reviews everywhere he plays. Still, if you want to stay in central San Diego, the beautiful and talented Rachael Yamagata returns with a show at House of Blues. After many years of touring, she is definitely a pro at winning over crowds to make you feel like you're part of her team. And it is a good one to be on.

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

  • Rachael Yamagata, Hemming @ House of Blues
  • Grizfolk, We the Folk, BØRNS @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Gunner Gunner, Processor, Daddy Issues @ Casbah
  • Mountain Standard Time, Hilltop Ramblers @ The Merrow
  • Zak Waters, French Horn Rebellion, Mackintosh Braun @ Soda Bar
  • Sonic Avenues, Young Wants, Scuffs @ Til Two Club
  • Shawn Mullins, Max Gomez @ Belly Up (Seated Show)
  • Abdon Alcaraz with Veronica Sobrinos @ Dizzy's
  • Broni Lisle, On Fifth, Jesus Gonzalez @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series Julian Davis @ Croce's Park West
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, Ape Machine, Ghetto Blaster @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Psydecar with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • DJ Mikey Ratt & Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Ameerah @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30-close)

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

Photo Credit: BB Gun Press]]>
<![CDATA[Poway Students Video Chat With Superstar Taylor Swift]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:24:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Taylor+Swift+chat+pic-PIC_0.jpg

A Poway middle school class got an extra special English lesson on Tuesday afternoon: a video chat with mega superstar Taylor Swift.

Shrill choruses of “Hi, Taylor!” filled Tiffany Daher’s classroom once the pop star came on the video screen.

Twin Peaks Middle School was just one of two schools in the United States chosen to chat via Skype. It was part of a Scholastic initiative intended to promote the importance of reading and writing.

The pop star was in New York and chatted simultaneously with Twin Peaks students and fifth graders from Troy, Michigan. A group of students from New York also chatted with Swift (in person).

Swift shared about the books that influenced her songwriting and how writing shaped her career.

“I wouldn’t be a songwriter if it weren’t for books I read as a kid,” Swift told the students. Books “train your imagination to believe more exists than what you can see.”

Responding to questions about her writing, Swift said she grew up writing in a journal, noting that’s how she expressed her emotions.

“Journaling is what made me discover that I loved poetry,” she said.

Daher, a language arts teacher at Twin Peaks, said her class was chosen because of her close involvement with a Scholastic national advisory board.

Her students were brimming with excitement.

“It’s really awesome to do this,” gushed Twin Peaks student Megan Chavez. “I’m excited to see what she thinks of things” and her writing advice.

The full video chat will air here starting at 10 a.m. (PST) Wednesday.

<![CDATA["Save the Che": UCSD Students Rally to Save Co-Op ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:59:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/the+che+will+stay.jpg

Students at UC San Diego staged a protest Tuesday to save the iconic Che Café.

Last week, a San Diego superior court judge ruled UCSD had the right to evict the nonprofit collective from campus.

The UCSD Graduate Student Association (GSA) voted in June to take away the Che Café’s co-op status, meaning the university would not extend its lease. The university gave the café 30 days to vacate, but it did not. Che Café supporters argue the GSA did not have the authority to make that decision and the university never gave them the chance to work out a new lease agreement.

Dozens of students marched from the co-op to the chancellor’s office, banging on buckets and pans and holding signs that read “No Eviction” and “The Che Café Will Stay.” They even stopped traffic on Gilman Drive.

Protesters planned to present the chancellor with a petition of 14,000 signatures in support of the co-op staying on campus.

During the Oct. 21 court appearance, the judge ruled the Che Café would have five days to vacate after receiving a written order. However, one week later, no court order has been signed, according to Cecilia Brennan, a volunteer attorney and member of the Che Café Support Network.

The co-op has filed a motion asking for clarification of the judge's decision. The hearing is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Originally named “Cheap Healthy Eats,” the Che Café was founded in 1980 and has hosted many high-profile musical acts, including Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Billy Corgan, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes and Green Day.

Photo Credit: @holliemight on Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Halloween Bash]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:46:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LLLLIve.jpg

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

With "Terrifying Tim" Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyle hosting the shindig, and Dead Feather Moon, Ed Ghost Tucker, and Zombie Surf Camp on the lineup, this is one party you won't want to miss.

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

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

"Dead Feather Moon play their own brand of psych/blues/rock/country that just plain rocks," Pyles said. "Their debut album, 'Dark Sun,' won Best Alternative Album at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards, and this year, they're nominated in the Best Alternative category. They also just completed an IndieGoGo campaign to assist in the release of their second album. Can't wait to see what's in store from these guys."

The Local Pyles was equally enthused about main support act Ed Ghost Tucker.

"This band features three lead vocalists, all singing amazing harmonies in a mix of indie, world, folk and alternative," Pyles said. "They've definitely got their own sound. They are nominated for Best Pop at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, so you know they're killer."

If two killer bands weren't enough, we got downright deadly with our after party cohorts: Zombie Surf Camp.

"Zombie Surf Camp is the perfect Halloween band and will not dissapoint," Pyles told us. "They are a horror surf punk band. As the story goes, supposedly the band was surfing one day near San Onofre and were turned into zombies by a nuclear accident. They may ask for your brains! Brrrraaaaaiiiiiinnnnnssss!"

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

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

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

<![CDATA[CityBeat's Best of Party]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:18:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NQ2C0450LittleHurricane1.jpg Little Hurricane swept the crowd at San Diego CityBeat's Night at the Besties 2014 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Oct. 23, where we picked up our Best Music Blog award -- thanks to you!

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Chula Vista Police Arrest Dozens at Luke Bryan Show]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:24:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sleep-Train-Amphitheatre.jpg

A sweep of the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday netted 41 alcohol-related arrests for Chula Vista police.

Officers conducted the operation during a concert by country singer Luke Bryan, canvasing the theater’s parking lots on the prowl for underage drinkers. They came up with 39 arrests of minors age 17-20 and two other arrests of adults furnishing alcohol to minors.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to minors is a minimum of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service. A minor in possession of alcohol faces a $250 fine and 24 hours of community service. Both are considered misdemeanors and all those arrested were released with citations.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department, the operation was funded by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control through the department's Grant Assistance Program.

<![CDATA[Live: Luke Bryan at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:04:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/x-8940.jpg Country star Luke Perry played to a packed crowd at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Oct. 24.

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Cut Copy: Send Help]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:56:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cut+Copy+Fan+Plea.jpg

Too broke to buy tickets to see your favorite band in concert? We’ve all been there. Heck, as recent as last month, we were debating which internal organs to sell in order to see Paul McCartney at Petco. Most of the time though, nothing comes of it. We move on with our lives; bands come and go -- we hang our heads in disappointment but hold out hope that there will be future opportunities to see them again. It’s a small consolation, but, hey, the struggle is real.

However, that didn’t stop Gina L. -- one particular Cut Copy fanatic -- from taking to the mean streets of Craigslist and posting an ad in a desperate plea for help: “It’s my birthday and I’m too poor to see Cut Copy,” her headline read. The Australian electro-pop band (whom we’ve interviewed before) is set to headline the North Park Theatre on Halloween night, and the show is currently sold out.

Luckily, Gina’s two-paragraph ad swept through the Internet in the way that strange things generally do, was shared by the Merrow’s Facebook page, and came across our desks here at SoundDiego. Normally, we’d let these situations play out on their own, but every so often, if we’re able, we try to lend a hand.

So here it is: Gina’s been down on her luck, and the Cut Copy show is sold out. If anyone has an extra ticket or can obtain a ticket for her out of the kindness of your heart, we appeal to you to do so. Just take a look at her original ad here (excerpt below):

“I just didn’t get a ticket in time. I’ve been broke. And I’m still too broke to buy a ticket to the now sold out show. So I thought. Maybe. Maybe someone will have pity and help me out cause it’s my birthday. Cut Copy is easily my favorite band. Every [sic] since my best friend and I synced up in Ghost Colours on our headphones and danced around San Francisco. It’s been true love ever since. I turn 30 this November 2nd. And all I want is to see Cut Copy on Halloween and wear my electric fairy costume an [sic] light up the night for them.”

Help a fellow music fan out. Pay it forward. The woman just wants to see her favorite band in concert for her birthday. Is that too much to ask? And if someone in Cut Copy’s camp or one of the band members themselves sees this, why not give her a birthday gift she’ll never forget?

We're rootin' for you, Gina. Good luck.

If you can offer any help, or want to reach out to make Gina L.'s dream come true, please feel free to contact us.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gina L.]]>
<![CDATA[Tycho Fever]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:03:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/tycho.jpg

San Diego is a funny town. Tycho was one of the first shows announced at the North Park Theatre a few months back, and this week tickets have been flying off the shelf, so to speak. There are some tickets left for what promises to be an incredible show with the ambient artist, but I wouldn't wait because they'll definitely be sold out before doors open tonight. Meanwhile at the Casbah, who doesn't love Ween? Well, Gene Ween is actually Freeman and performs tonight for fans old and new. And last, if you're looking around town for a throwback, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Guttermouth hit Brick by Brick, and I hear the new Guttermouth is some of the best stuff in years

Tuesday, Oct. 28:

  • Tycho, Com Truise @ The North Park Theatre
  • Freeman (Gene Ween), Arc Iris @ Casbah
  • Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Gunner Gunner, Sensory Station, Weight of the Sun @ The Merrow
  • La Femme, Sego, Les Cardielles @ Soda Bar
  • Horror Vacui, Vivid Sect(or), Man v.s. Man, Mega Crane @ Tower Bar
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls, Guttermouth, Against the Grain, the New Addiction @ Brick by Brick
  • J.D. McPherson, Cactus Blossoms @ Belly Up
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Luca Pisaroni @ Athenaeum
  • Rebecca Ramirez @ Croce's Park West
  • Meeting of the Meyends @ Winston's
  • Sue Palmer Quartet @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrone @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • Donald Glaude and special guests @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Hard Fall Heartbreakers]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:18:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hardfallhearts.jpg Local punkabilly outfit Hard Fall Hearts talk straddling genres while slapping hard bass ahead of their Nov. 22 show at the Shakedown.]]> <![CDATA[Off to Work With P---ed Jeans]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:54:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pissed+Jean+Press+Photo.jpg

"I'm working at the moment."

Pissed Jeans' frontman, Matt Korvette, is on break at his office workplace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- you know, the kind of 9-to-5 job that you and I will probably work for the rest of our lives. I briefly wonder if I called midway through his TPS report. Should I make with the "Office Space" jokes? I do a mean Milton. Nah -- no one's got time for that. After all, I called about his other job.

On the phone, he comes across as mild mannered, polite, calm and soft-spoken -- although he can, and will, get slightly excited by topics that matter to him. In other words, he's quite the normal fellow. Just goes to show: Never underestimate the power of the music. His everyday demeanor is the farthest cry imaginable from his onstage persona that routinely finds him lurching, crawling and prowling stages in a microphone cord-strangling whirlwind of sweat, screams, shouts and howls. It's one explanation why Pissed Jeans don't tour the world constantly.

"I love performing," Korvette told me. "You know, if we were using a USB stick or playing acoustically and sitting on stools, it'd be way easier, and we'd be more predisposed to touring longer. But our show is pretty physical; we get beaten down. We just don't have the stamina."

His equally ferocious band (which headline the Casbah on Nov. 6) got their start in 2004 and released their debut studio album, "Shallow," the next year. Even though they've got three more albums under their collective belts since (including 2013's "Honeys" -- listen here), Korvette thinks they're not all that removed from their original full-length -- which was just reissued by new home and iconic indie-rock label Sub Pop in early October.

"I don't feel that we're that distant from that album. We still play songs off it, and we're still proud of it. I feel pretty connected to myself at that time. I feel that 'Shallow' is kind of the one where we put the template together for what we do. We were still figuring out the guidelines for Pissed Jeans. When we write songs now, we can tell when a song sounds like us. On 'Shallow,' we hadn't established that yet. But I think with all of our records, you could swap out songs from any of them, and they'd still make sense. There's a common thread."

Pissed Jeans in concertIndeed, Pissed Jeans' ruthless brand of in-your-face hardcore and punk-style aggression has never faltered over the years. They know what they do and they do what they like. Minor Threat, Black Flag and Husker Du (among many others) have all furiously assailed audiences with a similar rock fury, but the Allenwood, Pennsylvania, quartet (which is rounded out by bassist Randy Huth, drummer Sean McGuinness and guitarist Bradley Fry) has taken those recipes and added their own twist. Korvette admitted that they were inspired by the sound of those bands when they began playing together, but it grew into something else very quickly.

"We were meant to be a response -- to what was going on in music and in ourselves. We grew up playing hardcore and punk and had been friends forever -- two of us since elementary school -- so we've been playing in bands for a really long time. Throughout high school, you keep getting better at your instruments and songwriting. At 21 and 22, you want to be a virtuoso. Then you want to play something new, get more technical, more precise, play faster. I think hardcore and punk were, at that time, fast and really thrashy. But at some point we were like, 'Let's write the worst riffs we would never allow ourselves to play anywhere.' So we did that and thought, 'This is way more fun and fulfilling!' Your personality starts to come through. And people do connect more with something that's simpler."

While a lot of bands and musicians love to perform onstage -- when something inevitably goes wrong -- living the dream can turn into a waking nightmare. However, for Korvette and Co., that's what they hope for.

"We want to give solid performances but also leave room for the delivery and the energy. We're entertained by being in the band. Something breaking on stage is a joy. That's exciting. Because then it becomes, 'How do we pull this off now?' We're like the creepy firefighter just waiting for a massive blaze so he can rush in and deal with all the carnage. That nervousness is exciting. It's fun."

Pissed Jeans headline the Casbah on Nov. 6, with Stickers, Teenage Burritos and Keepers opening. Tickets are available online.

Dustin Lothspeich plays in Old TigerBoy King and Diamond Lakes. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sub Pop Records]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet as Jarabe]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:10:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_jarabe_de_palo.jpg

It has been really busy in this town, and maybe tonight is evidence that things are settling down for fall. Don't get me wrong -- we still have some great music tonight -- but the choices are definitely narrowing down. Head up to the Belly Up where you can catch legendary musician Leon Russell along with AJ Croce, who is opening the show. For those of you who love your rock en español, Jarabe de Palo appears at the House of Blues. At the Casbah, Aussie alt-rockers the Preatures perform, while across town at Soda Bar, you can get your skate-punk on with Counterpunch.

Monday, Oct. 27:

  • The Preatures, Hills Like Elephants @ Casbah
  • Counterpunch, Castoff, Halo Slipping, Strike Twelve @ Soda Bar
  • Leon Russell, AJ Croce @ Belly Up
  • Jarabe de Palo, Todo Mundo @ House of Blues
  • The Tin Can Country Club Showcase @ Tin Can
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Von Kiss @ U-31
  • The Kracker Jax @ Tin Roof
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Roots Raggae Jah Jah @ Kava Lounge

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

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Sound Prints Quintet Develop at TSRI]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:15:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/daved3.jpg

Athenaeum Jazz continued its groundbreaking fall concert season with a blockbuster show by the Sound Prints Quintet on Oct. 15, an all-star conglomeration co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano which also featured pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Joey Baron.

Once again, jazz program coordinator Dan Atkinson has succeeded in bringing stellar New York talent into our sleepy town, providing another opportunity for cultural advancement. The evening began with "Sprints," a quirky melodic unison that seemed Ornette-ian in nature as Douglas and Lovano weaved short lines layered over Oh’s pulsing bass. The horns continued on to an exciting dual solo with Douglas reaching for the stars as Lovano wrapped gruff, sinewy commentary around him. At one point Lovano’s dark register exploration was catapulted into a parallel reality by an obstreperous Baron fill – Fields responded with melodic cascades when his time came – and Oh kept everything grounded with lithe ostinati.

Next up were two Wayne Shorter commissions, beginning with the thematically twisting and turning "Destination Unknown," where the ebb and flow between Oh and Baron kept a loose, swirling stew of agitation boiling, and concluding with "To Sail Beyond the Sunset," which found Oh and Fields locked in a rhythmic dance while Baron played shortstop to the base-running athletics of Lovano and Douglas.

It was Oh that stole the show here, however with a thick and soulful essay. In an evening dedicated to the spirit of Wayne Shorter, perhaps the highlight came on Lovano’s original, the cleverly titled "Weather Man," which boasted a dramatic unison straight out of "Dolores," from the classic Miles Davis LP, "Miles Smiles." A string of memorable solos—starting with Oh’s spidery fingerings onto Fields’ ebullient right hand, Lovano’s warm purrs and Douglas’ shapeshifting smears ensued – offering everyone but Baron a moment in the spotlight.

That matter was rectified in the set-closing "Power Rangers," a manic Douglas original that opened into a powerful platform for the drummer’s spastic metric layering where multiple rhythms shifted on the gears of gunfire accents, "smart-bomb" sorties and spontaneous logistics. It brought the house down. A perfect end to an expansive and elliptical night of forward leaning music.

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

Photo Credit: Ricky Chavez]]>
<![CDATA[The Surfing Dead]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:17:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Zombiesurfcamp.jpg FM94/9's Tim Pyles gets a little more braaaaaains than he bargained for when he interviews Zombie Surf Camp -- they play our SoundDiego LIVE Halloween after party at the Office! RSVP now: http://bitly.com/1vyEfJ5]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Oct. 26-Nov. 1]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:21:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dead+Feather+Moon+Press+Photo.jpg Our SoundDiego LIVE Halloween party with Dead Feather Moon heads up this week's best shows (RSVP here: http://bitly.com/1vyEfJ5) -- watch our Set List for where you need to be!]]> <![CDATA[Game Set Match]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:10:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tennis.jpeg

As if this weekend wasn't ultra-loaded enough for you, Sunday night really heats up. The public is finally turned on to Tennis, knowing tonight's Casbah show is probably the end of their small club career and you can expect them to fill large venues into the foreseeable future. Meanwhile Asgeir is seeking out all over the place and tonight you can catch an all-ages show at the Irenic. Around town, Matisyahu rocks a new look at the Belly Up, the Spits invite you to join their party at Soda Bar, and Bonobo rocks a DJ set at House of Blues.

Sunday, October 26:

  • Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture @ Casbah (Sold out; check out our Pure Bathing Culture interview)
  • Asgeir, Low Roar @ The Irenic
  • The Spits, Timmy's Organism, the Stalins of Sound @ Soda Bar
  • Bonobo DJ Set, Jeremy Sole @ House Of Blues
  • Matisyahu, Radical Something @ Belly Up
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • State Champs, Handguns, Forever Came Calling, Heart to Heart, Front Porch Step, Brigades @ House Of Blues
  • Aubrey Faye, Patrick Yandall @ Humphreys Backstage
  • Jake Newton and Javier Dunn @ Lestat's
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Heart Sounds @ Tower Bar
  • Maitland Roots Sound System, DJ Showcase @ U-31
  • Highway Poets, Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winstons

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Fat Possum Records]]>
<![CDATA[Pure Bathing Culture Shock]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:14:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pure+Bathing+Culture+Press+Photo+3.jpg

Pure Bathing Culture are a hardworking band. Only two years since the group’s inception, the duo -- multi-instrumentalist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist/vocalist Sarah Versprille -- are already music industry vets. Their excellent debut album, "Moon Tides," was released last year to adoring reviews and they’ve since crisscrossed the U.S. with bands such as La Luz and Gardens & Villa. Currently on the second leg of their national trek with indie pop stalwarts Tennis, they’re scheduled to make a stop at the world-famous Casbah on Sunday, Oct. 26. Truth be told, they’re on the cusp. They can feel it. We can feel it. Honestly, the world is their oyster.

And, coincidentally, right now they’re only thinking about food.

"I’m not gonna remember the name of the place but we did eat some amazing Mexican food last time we played Soda Bar," Versprille said. "We walked 10-15 minutes south and ended up at this amazing restaurant -- like a buffet, but it had everything out on steam plates on a table and you just got what you wanted. We found out after the fact that all the people that made the food were women that lived in the community and they compete to have their food featured in the restaurant. It was amazing."

Admittedly, when you’re on the road as much as Pure Bathing Culture, finding tasty cuisine is one of the few things to look forward to in a never-ending stretch of asphalt, gas station bathrooms and toothless trucker smiles. "We love all kinds of food," she added. "None of us are particularly picky eaters so we search for the best thing we can find."

For those wondering, they had actually stumbled into Super Cocina on University Avenue. But culinary delights aside (this ain’t "Top Chef" after all), they've got a lot more going for them.

Pure Bathing Culture's Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille (pictured, right)The band has been on an upward trajectory since the beginning. Members of indie folk group Vetiver, Hindman and Versprille have been writing music together since 2009, and after moving to Portland, Oregon in 2011, decided to finally branch out on their own for real. Trading earthy, backwoods adulation for the cold, hard plastic of keyboards, shimmering electric guitar and the chirp of digital circuitry, they went to work and quickly released a four-song, self-titled EP in 2012. Their debut full-length would follow a year later, and while they’re still touring on the strength of "Moon Tides," they’re already eyeing the future.

"We’re excited to make our next record," Hindman enthused. "I mean, I love that our first record was simple; I love that it’s honest, and that the sounds are very pure. But I have nothing but excitement about making the next record. I think the first one was nothing compared to what we can do."

They’ll have their work cut out for them. "Moon Tides" isn’t a lackluster affair: Filled to the brim with undeniably beautiful melodies, Versprille’s rich, arching vocals cascade above tranquil, ethereal synths and soft, toy drum machine beats. [Listen to some of it here]

They’ve been labeled "chillwave" or "dream pop" by the press, but if you’re to ask them what they think they sound like, words like "New Age," "adult contemporary," and "slow dance" spill out. Believe me, if I had had Pure Bathing Culture’s latest single, "Pendulum," to initiate my rhythm-challenged feet into the slow dance world when I was 12-years old instead of Celine Dion’s "Because You Loved Me," I might’ve been a tad less awkward. Even so, the band don’t think much of labels.

"We didn’t think about genre at all when we wrote the first batch of songs," Hindman said. "The last thing I’d want is for Pure Bathing Culture to be classified a ‘dreampop’ band, or labeled something in a defining way like that."

It’s not a stretch to say that most bands don’t appreciate the way they’ve been categorized, but it’s almost a necessary evil in my world, in particular -- a fact that isn’t lost on the duo during our interview.

Pure Bathing Culture's debut album, "Moon Tides.""Everyone has valid opinions and I’m not saying that people shouldn’t write what they feel," Hindman said. "[Journalists] offer an observation – but is it meaningful to flippantly criticize something? They take an approach of either they like the band and write about them in whatever way that matters to them. Or they decide they don’t like the band and it becomes a misdirected form of anger, or they kind of want to start showing how knowledgeable they are about music – ‘Her voice sounds like Kate Bush’s lower register meets Blondie,’ you know? A lot of people take a tone of authority when they’re just writing a critical piece. If you think about it in that perspective, it’s almost a little absurd."

According to Versprille, the problem is representative of a larger societal issue: "People should take the time to make their own opinions. Don’t let one negative opinion influence you to not like things. People, in general, should be willing to stand up for themselves and say ‘I do like this.’ If it means something to you, make your own decisions and be more autonomous. Decide what you want for yourselves. In the age of the Internet, we can all benefit by thinking for ourselves a little bit more – in any format – not just about music."

Thankfully, the band (which also features touring members Zach Tillman on bass, and Brian Wright on drums) is in the position to reach the masses. And even though tour life can be exhausting, they show no signs of letting up.

"[Touring is] grueling in the sense that there's so much driving involved," Versprille admitted. "We do get tired from all the traveling, but apart from that, it's so thrilling to get onstage and play our music for people all over the country."

The pivotal question remains: What will they find to eat here this time around? Versprille perked up: "We search for the best thing we can find. We love suggestions from people, so if you know of anything, please pass it along!"

There you have it, folks -- go ahead and help 'em out.

Pure Bathing Culture play the Casbah on Sunday, Oct. 26 with Tennis. The show is currently sold out.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Partisan Records]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:14:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/10731774743090832437132714683953n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

Photo Credit: johnhancockphotos/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego's Going to War]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:05:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/warpaint.jpg

It's funny how it still feels like summer in San Diego. The weather doesn't indicate that fall is upon us, and the big tours just keep on coming. From Phish at Sleep Train Amphitheatre to Daryl Hall & John Oates at the Open Air Theatre, you can definitely enjoy a big show with big names. On a smaller scale, however, the incredible Vacationer appears at the Casbah on Saturday, Griffin House performs at Soda Bar, and Dead Man's Party return to Belly Up. The big picks this evening, however, are Warpaint at the North Park Theatre and Jenny Lewis at the House of Blues. Both have created quite a stir this year on the festival circuit, and both are loved even more for their live performances than their recordings. Regardless of what you choose, you're going to have a great night of live music in San Diego.

Saturday, Oct. 25:

  • Casbah presents Warpaint, Lolawolf, Facial @ North Park Theatre
  • Casbah presents Jenny Lewis, The Living Sisters @ House of Blues
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre , SDSU
  • Vacationer, Brick + Mortar, Monster Rally @ Casbah
  • Phish @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Griffin House, Lee Coulter @ Soda Bar
  • Dead Man's Party, Okapi Sun @ Belly Up
  • Beta Lion, Mariel, Voveri @ Tin Can
  • Mason James, Lindsey Carrier @ Lestats
  • Still Ill (Smiths and Morrissey tribute) @ Tower Bar
  • Monophonics, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ Winstons
  • City Reef @ Boar Cross'n
  • Hardcore Halloween Cover Show, with Black Flag, the Descendents, Youth of Today, AFI, Fifteen @ The Che Cafe
  • Brett Sanders, Tony Muhammad, Ed Kornhauser, Joey Carano @ Dizzy's
  • Chin Chin Optometrist, Fight My Tractor @ Epicentre
  • Junior the DiscoPunk @ U-31
  • Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • The Reflectors, Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • One I Red, the Cobralas, the Beta Collected @ The Merrow
  • Deicide, Septic Flesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren, Helsott @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Roots Covenant, Revival @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Jeff Graves, Lil Smiley, Michelle Rubano @ Til Two Club
  • The Hollywood Stones @ Tio Leos

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

<![CDATA[Stingaree Set to Close]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:04:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stingaree.jpg

Stingaree, once one of the premier nightclubs in the U.S., will close its doors come Nov. 2:

Voted San Diego’s Best Nightclub by a Union-Tribune readers’ poll in 2012, Stingaree, located in the heart of the Gaslamp, played host to a litany of big-name artists and world-class DJs while serving as one of the leaders in downtown’s high-end nightlife scene. Upon opening in 2005, the venue quickly solidified its reputation as a luxurious destination for entertainment and music. The 1,250-person capacity club has state-of-the-art visual and audio systems and boasts three different levels, iincluding GuestHouse, their impressive ultra-lounge "venue within a venue"; the exclusive, chandelier-adorned Mezzanine level overlooking the dance floor with its own private bar; and the Rooftop Lounge located on -- you guessed it – the roof of the club and featuring private cabanas, a fire pit, DJ booth, bars, and tables.

After Stingaree’s closing party on Nov. 2, however, the location will undergo a full remodel. The global hospitality company the Hakkasan Group will take over the space and reopen it in 2015 as Omnia San Diego next spring. With a restaurant portfolio including San Diego’s Herringbone and Searsucker, the group is also no stranger to the nightclub game – another Omnia location set to open inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas next year.

The Abu Dhabi-based investment company promises an unparalleled nightclub experience, according to a news release sent out on Friday.

"The Omnia experience exudes opulence with its classic design while merging with state-of-the-art, modern technology," Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt said in the release. "We are confident that Omnia will enhance the appeal of the Gaslamp Quarter, attracting locals, tourists and even opening the doors to more international guests."

The new venue will have some large shoes to fill. Celeb-studded parties, superstar guest DJs and the best up-and-coming talent in the EDM scene were regular Stingaree fare. In the last year alone, such hip-hop acts as Tyga, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Ink, Xzibit and Riff Raff either performed at Stingaree or threw official after-parties at the club. Remaining scheduled shows include DJ Brett Bodley on Oct. 24, DJ Dynamiq on Oct. 25, their annual HalloWeird party on Oct. 31, and their official send-off party on Nov. 2.

While we’re always sad to see a San Diego music venue close its doors, we’re optimistic about the future and have high hopes for Omnia San Diego. Thanks for the memories, Stingaree.

<![CDATA[Live: KSON's CountryFest]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:30:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Parmalee+CountryFest+%282%29.jpg KSON's CountryFest had the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds bumpin' with the sounds of Sara Evans, Parmalee, Natalie Stovall and more!

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[What a Bunch of Sellouts!]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:53:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alt+J.jpg

There's a magical thing I feel when I look at a night's listings and see three incredible shows that are all sold out. The Afghan Whigs caused a big stir after releasing their first record in more than 14 years, so it's no suprise this one sold out. And then there's Alt-J, who sold out the Casbah on their first outing to San Diego, and who are playing Madison Square Garden in the spring -- it's not shocking that this one is sold out, either. And then, of course, the Melvins, who have had a decades-spanning career, always make their way to the Casbah. Buzz and the crew will certainly bring their A game on Friday night. If you don't have tickets to any of these, St. Lucia (who also sold out the Casbah) have a show at Humphrey's, my friend Matt gets a little country at Sycamore Den, and there's an album-release party for "Sonido de laa Frontera" ("Sounds of the Border") at  theTil Two Club.

Friday, Oct. 24:

  • The Afghan Whigs, Joseph Arthur @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The Melvins, Les Butcherettes, Death Eyes @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Casbah presents Alt-J, Livelife @ SOMA (sold out)
  • St Lucia, Robert DeLong @ Humphrey's By the Bay
  • Matthew Strachota, Trailduster, Heartbeat Trail @ Sycamore Den
  • "Sonido de la Frontera" album-release party, with Solark, DJ Unite, Me Henshaw, DJ V Rock, DJ Bob Green @ Til Two Club
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Kathy Kallick Band @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • Luke Bryan, Lee Bice, Cole Swindell @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Jazz a la Mexicana: Charlie Chaves & His Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Outline in Color, Smarter Than Robots, This Plague Between Us, Vanguard, Voidlines @ Epicentre
  • Gareth Emery @ Fluxx
  • Crucial Blend, Sunny Rude, Dj R2 @ Gallagher's
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Josiah Leming, Sur, Caroline Corn @ Lestat's
  • The Protomen, Urizen, Blood Dancer @ The Merrow
  • Michael Lee Firkins, Points North, RDG, Pet Shark @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Pat Hilton, Splitfinger @ 710 Beach Club
  • Koffin Kats, the Strikers, Hard Fall Hearts, Radio Threat @ Soda Bar
  • The Department of Descriptive Services, MC Trachiotomy, Carisa Bianca Mellado, Nekotizer @ Tower Bar
  • Latex Grenade @ Tin Can
  • Bump n Brass @ Tio Leo's
  • Jimmy Callaway, Deric Callaway, Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • I Wayne @ World Beat Cultural Center

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

<![CDATA[2014 Halloween Musical Best Bets]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:27:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rrr32.jpg The Scream Zone ain't the only game in town, kids. Music fans, take a look at all the haunting events coming your way on Halloween.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Can't Erasure the Past]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:20:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/52856231.jpg

I feel strange even typing the words: Erasure is almost 30. It's hard for me to believe that Depeche Mode/Yaz keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell debuted their first synthpop single in 1985, but it's true. Perhaps that's because the London-based duo has never really taken an extended break in their nearly three decades together.

Their sixteenth studio album, "The Violet Flame," was released last month. It cracked the UK Albums Chart Top 20 for the band's first time in 11 years, and it also made its way onto the Billboard Top 50 for their first time since 1997.

While the seemingly tireless pair didn't expect the overwhelming response they're getting, it's been a welcome surprise and has infused their current tour -- which makes a stop at Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay on Wednesday, Oct. 22 -- with newfound energy. SoundDiego recently spoke with Bell about it all.

Scott McDonald: How are you?
Andy Bell: Very good.

SM: You're in the midst of the U.S. tour. Then it's the UK, Germany, Denmark and then back to the U.S. for New Year's Eve. Seems like you're working more than ever.
AB: At the beginning of the year, I read that 2014 was the Year of the Horse. And one of the things it says is that you have to work. So I said, "OK." But we love being on tour. We're really enjoying ourselves. There's a great vibe every night, and we've got a great team of people. It's such a great job.

SM: You just released "The Violet Flame," and the response has been pretty amazing. It's always great to release new music, but is it extra special when it does this well?
AB: It's fabulous. It's been over 10 years since we've had this much excitement surrounding a record. It's nice to know that you can still cause a stir, you know?

SM: And you worked with [producer] Richard X again on this one.
AB: "Snow Globe" [Erasure's 2013 holiday album] went really well. So it was easy to want to work with him again. He's just so easygoing and enthusiastic. He's also 10 or 15 years younger than we are, so he has a great ear for modern sound but is still able to keep the character and integrity of the band. And I think it was important to follow up "Snow Globe" somewhat quickly. Otherwise, I think people may have thought that we were resting on our laurels or something. I was relieved that we were able to get back writing that fast and produce an album like "The Violet Flame." We've been lucky.

SM: You recently did theater when you starred in and did the soundtrack for "Torsten the Bareback Saint." Did you enjoy being a part of that world?
AB: It's great nourishment. And it's very good discipline. Really, I just love being in the theater. Well, I guess you'd call that experimental theater. Because that's what it is, really. A lot of the songs are gut-wrenching and bitter, but they tell it like it is. And I love singing those songs because they tell it like it is. There are no apologies, and I love that.

SM: And you've got the solo thing going on as well, right?
AB: The track I did with Dave Aude last year [“Aftermath (Here We Go),” which hit No. 1 on the dance charts] has turned into an album's worth of material now. So we're going to get that done very soon. And I'll be doing some new Torsten shows and hopefully bring it to the U.S. as well. It's just one of those things where when the work's there, you just have to grab it. You never know what it's going to be like the next day.

SM: Wow. And I'm still having a hard time believing that Erasure has 16 albums now.
AB: I know. And that's not even including the solo ones. I think it's 21 in 29 years. That's pretty good going. But then, when you look at the back catalog of other artists, especially country artists like Johnny Cash or something, they go into the hundreds.

SM: Is it too early to talk about the future? Have you and Vince spoken about what's next for Erasure?
AB: We haven't. Not yet. I mean, we've had conversations about what we'd like to do. And I think we'd quite like to do a deep house record.

SM: Wow. But that's just in conversation, right?
AB: Right. It's hearsay at that this point.

SM: Well, congratulations on a great run, nevertheless. It just doesn't feel like it's been 30 years to me.
AB: I know! Not at all! It goes by so fast. And that's why we live in the moment and for the next thing that's coming up. We're not a nostalgic band, really. But I love being in Erasure, and Vince is a great guy. Long may it continue.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jenny, Jenny, You're the Girl for Us]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:04:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/jenny+lewis+2.jpg

Friday, if you don’t have tickets to the sold-out shows with the Melvins at the Casbah, Alt-J at SOMA, or the Afghan Whigs at the Belly Up, may I suggest St. Lucia and Robert DeLonge at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay -- or you can get your metal on as Carcass headline Brick by Brick. Elsewhere, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact with Oh, Spirit are at the Whistle Stop; Koffin Kats headline at Soda Bar; Matthew Strachota with Trailduster, and the Heart Beat Trail  take over Sycamore Den; and Deadbolt play at the Bancroft. Get your dance on at the opening weekend of Parq Nightclub (formerly On Broadway); Wobble Halloween Ball at Spin; Bonkers! Dance Party at Bar Pink; Monkey Safari and Klatch are at Bang Bang; and Kava Lounge has a Pre-Halloween Bash.    
Saturday, Jenny Lewis headline at House of Blues; Phish take over Sleep Train Amphitheatre; the legendary Daryl Hall & John Oates are at the Cal Coast Credit Union OAT; Warpaint, Lolawolf and Facial take over the North Park Theatre; Dead Man’s Party with Okapi Sun are at the Belly Up; Vacationer, Brick + Mortar and Monster Rally play at the Casbah; Griffin House and Lee Coulter play at Soda Bar; and Still Ill are at Tower Bar. For your dancing fix, Club Sabbat’s Holloween Party is at Numb3rs with Diskdroid and yours truly in the front room with Liquid Grey keeping it old school in the back room. Cash prizes for the best costumes and you can get more info here; Booty Bassment is at the Whistle Stop; Slaptop and Contemporary Menswear are at Bang Bang; and Bassjackers & Dyro take over Bassmnt.
Sunday, Tennis and Pure Bathing Culture play a sold-out show at the Casbah; Matisyahu has a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Asgeir with Low Roar are at the Irenic; the Spits headline at Soda Bar, and House of Blues features a Bonobo DJ set.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor!   


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

<![CDATA[Storm Watch]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:03:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/LHW.jpg

First of all, we want to thank everyone who voted for the Best of San Diego Awards in City Beat and want to thank you all for again voting SoundDiego's collective of bloggers the Best Music Blog in San Diego again this year. We have a lot of people behind the scenes working really hard to bring you everything you need to know about the San Diego music scene. You can celebrate with all the winners on Thursday night at the Besties party at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center, where we'll be entertained by Little Hurricane and Steph Johnson. If you're just looking for a show, however, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr will be a blast at Belly Up, Wildcat! Wildcat! will bring a dance party to the Casbah, and Daedalus rock on at Soda Bar. If you're looking for something a little more low-key, Jesse LaMonaca and Michael McGraw are at Sycamore Den, and my great friends in Kalashnikov My Wife celebrate a CD release at the Whistle Stop.

Thursday, Oct. 23:

  • San Diego CityBeat Besties, featuring Little Hurricane, Steph Johnson @ Reuben H Fleet Science Center (7-11 p.m.)
  • Casbah presents Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. , Miniature Tigers, Madi Diaz @ Belly Up
  • Wildcat! Wildcat!, White Hinterland @ Casbah
  • Daedelus, Penthouse Penthouse, Tiger Milk Imports, Uhuru Peak @ Soda Bar
  • Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels, Michael McGraw @ Sycamore Den
  • Kalishnikov My Wife (CD release party) @ Whistle Stop
  • Killola, the Maybe Somedays @ Bar Pink
  • Man vs. Man, Fantasy Arcade, Trash Axis, Debt Ritual @ Che Cafe
  • Joanna Borromeo & Her Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Deedu, Pioneer, Bare, Penelope Dyan @ Brick By Brick
  • Preston Reed @ Lestat's
  • The Janoskians @ House of Blues
  • Truth & Salvage Co, Hit Dog Hollar @ The Merrow
  • Bonni Dance @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJ Diana Death, Heaher Hardcore & Francis Marie @ Tower Bar
  • Nashville Nights: Southern Caliber @ Tin Roof
  • One OK Rock, Ghost Town @ SOMA
  • Atlantis Rizing @ Winston's
  • White Mystery, the Lumps, Kids In Heat @ Til-Two Club
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Will Sparks Tour @ Fluxx
  • Alex Matric @ Bang Bang
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration @ Worldbeat Cultural Center
  • Hazmat & DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Rachel Aldous & the Road Home @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Rebecca Wilson]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:04:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/maroon-5-thumb.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Maroon 5, anyone?

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Rules for UCSD in Che Eviction Proceedings]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:25:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/The+Che+Cafe+2.jpg

San Diego superior court judge Katherine Bacal ruled in favor of UC San Diego on Tuesday during an eviction hearing involving the Che Cafe.

Bacal said the university met its burden of proof that it owned the property and that the eviction notice sent to the iconic music venue had been sufficient. The judge also said a written statement of the ruling will need to be provided to the Che Cafe.

Asked for a comment after court on Monday, the collective’s lawyer, Bryan Pease, said Bacal would issue a written notice of the decision to be delivered to the collective, after which the Che would have five days to vacate. Pease also said he thought it was likely the university would write that notice on Tuesday and that Bacal could sign it later in the day. It's possible, Pease theorized, that the Che could be out of the site as early as next week.

Last Thursday, Bacal heard closing arguments in the case. The Che Cafe was served with the notice in June after allegedly losing its co-op status in a Graduate Student Association (GSA) vote. The university terminated its month-to-month lease and gave the collective 30 days to vacate, which it failed to do.

Pease told the court Thursday that the Che is challenging the GSA’s vote to decertify the co-op, arguing that the governing master space agreement does not give them the authority to do so. He argued that, while the GSA can vote to certify, no authority to decertify had been granted to the body.

Representatives from the co-op previously stated they believed they were in an extended holdover period after their term-specific lease expired in 2008, and had occupied the space on a month-to-month basis while lease negotiations took place.

Pease told Bacal that the decertification vote was believed to be a way for the university to bypass dispute resolution and a chancellor’s review, which is why the collective proceeded to file a lawsuit.

“At the end of the day, this is a student organization paid for by student fees, and it’s the student governments who should administer it,” Pease said.

On Tuesday, Bacal said that while dispute resolution is not required, it is an option that must be exercised in order for it to be enforced. She said the Che had the burden of proving that it sought dispute resolution, but there was no evidence that it had tried to obtain it, so the university was allowed to move forward with the eviction proceedings without dispute resolution.

After adjournment for the day on Thursday, Pease addressed the issue of why the Che, despite being certified by the Associated Students and GSA, had not pursued an extension of its lease when it expired in 2008.

“They’re students, and they’re not as sophisticated as a savvy administration that was misleading them and providing contradictory information … and also, there are different entities within the master space agreement, which were the Associated Students and the Graduate Students Association that are separate from the collective, so under the lease, it was actually those student governments that were supposed to initiate this process, or at least it was unclear who was supposed to initiate or how you were supposed to initiate it.”

The university’s legal team, led by Daniel Park, argued that the collective made no effort to obtain its certification or initiate dispute resolution during the allotted 10-day period after the decertification vote. Furthermore, he said the university was acting in its rights as a landlord with a tenant who had a month-to-month lease and that, in fact, no reason was required by law to evict the Che, but that, since the university is a center of reason, the university invoked the decertification vote as the reason. While he acknowledged that the Associated Students body had voted to certify the Che, he maintained that the collective required certification by both student organizations to be on campus.

Bacal ruled on Tuesday that the certification/decertification issues were irrelevant to the decision. The Che had filed a legal challenge to the GSA’s resolution, but, with Bacal presiding over those proceedings as well, it's not clear that they will take place at all. The Che’s suit alleges that the university "colluded" with members of the GSA to decertify the collective, alleging that students were not given a reasonable opportunity to participate in decisions involving the survival of the venue.

One interesting development in court on Thursday, which was mostly a discussion brimming with legalese, Park and the university calculated the Che’s back rent owed -- roughly $2.80 a day, for a total of $263.20 up to and including Thursday.

“Yeah, that was pretty funny,” Pease said, laughing. “They probably paid their lawyers over 50 grand … they’ve gone through two law firms on this case, and they’ve got campus counsel representing them as well.”

Asked for comments after the court recessed on Thursday, Park deferred questions to UCSD’s executive director of marketing, media relations and public affairs, Jeff Gattas, who was not immediately available for comment. On Tuesday, Gattas released a statement for the university that said "The university appreciates the court's decision today. We are hopeful that we will have a smooth transition as we move forward. The university is committed to supporting UC San Diego’s student organizations and providing a broad range of cultural and artistic events and activities on our campus."

This is not the first time the Che faced extinction, according to Pease, who said he believed the cafe faced an unlawful detainer suit in the 1990s, according to Pease, and was saved by student action. On Monday,  a collective member said Tuesday's ruling was not the end of the road for the Che and that the collective will continue to push to be part of the campus. For his part, Pease says he's going over his options with his client.

"If they are physically removed from the space, they can still ask to be let in," Pease said Tuesday. "This is the same kind of thing that happened in the '90s -- this isn’t necessarily something new."

Over the years, the nonprofit collective has booked shows at the tiny venue with such high-profile acts as Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Billy Corgan, Bon Iver, Bright Eyes and Green Day -- before those acts had broken, of course. But the site of thousands of all-ages punk, metal, indie-rock and hip-hop shows (among other social events) has seemingly always been a hot-button issue at UCSD and has faced existential crises before -- most recently in 2012, when the club fell behind on insurance payments and in order to stay open had to raise $12,000 immediately, a story covered by San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

<![CDATA[Live: Elizabeth & the Catapult]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:15:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Elizabeth+and+the+Catapult+%2816+of+18%29.jpg Brooklyn's Elizabeth & the Catapult launched into San Diego, headlining a performance at Queen Bee's that also featured locals Cody Lovaas and Samantha Aiken.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Bear Hands Bring Honey]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:23:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Coachella+2014+Day+2+Band+Daytime+%284%29.jpg

There are so many killer shows tonight in San Diego, it's hard to pick just one. However, we love our radio partners here, and FM 94/9 has been really good to us, so we'd like to say happy birthday to them as they celebrate their 12th anniversary. They joined up with Car2Go (also celebrating an anniversary -- three years) to bring a killer show to the North Park Theatre with Bear Hands and Fences. The tickets are cheap, and it is going to be a really fun and celebratory night, so be sure to drop by. Up at the Belly Up, Tinariwen, a Grammy award winning group from the Sahara Desert region of Mali, return to expand your mind, while at the Casbah, Sinkane invite you out of your comfort zone with a blend of diverse influences, from Sudanese pop to krautrock to free jazz and funk. These are just a couple of ways to make your Wednesday really count, but there's plenty more including the sold-out Erasure show at Humphrey's and indie rockers Allo Darlin' at Soda Bar. Tonight's a night you definitely want to leave the couch behind. 

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

  • Bear Hands, Fences @ The North Park Theatre
  • Sinkane, Helado Negro @ Casbah
  • Tinariwen, Insects v.s. Robots @ Belly Up
  • Erasure, Superhumanoids @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Allo Darlin', Ghost Come Back @ Soda Bar
  • Right 2 Dream Too Charity Concert with Q Ortiz, Pano Rama, Cassandra Saldivar (featuring Dante Esconfani), Charles Fullwood, Cosmic Tourist, Serena Elisheva Elchanan, and more @ Che Cafe
  • Splavender, Pleasure Fix , Little Heroine @ U-31
  • DJ L & guests @ Bar Pink
  • Suicide Silence, the Black Dahlia Murder @ House of Blues
  • Jesse Macht, John Helix, Sophie Szentes @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series @ Croce's Park West
  • Beartooth, Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar, Alive Like Me @ Soma
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • The Tighten Up! @ El Dorado
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge, DK Mikey Ratt & Tiki Thomas @ Tower Bar
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • David John Carnell Band, Karina Toriz @ The Merrow
  • Johnny Tarr @ Henry's Pub (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • DJ Christopher London @ Henry's Pub (9:30 p.m.-close)

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

<![CDATA[Live: Ray LaMontagne]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:45:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/700_8178.jpg Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne got San Diego in deep trouble at the SDSU Open Air Theatre on Oct. 17, with sibling duo Belle Brigade opening.

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<![CDATA[Ain't Life Grand?]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:16:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grand-Tarantula-3jpg.jpg

Tuesday night in San Diego looks like a dance party. From Rufus du Sol at the Belly Up to Charli XCX at the House of Blues, this could be a great night to get shakin'. Meanwhile some local acts heat things up, like We Are Sirens at the Merrow and, my choice, Grand Tarantula at U-31, who lately seem on-again, off-again, so you might as well see them in their latest iteration. No matter where you turn, this night let's you live it up a little midweek.

Tuesday, Oct. 21:

  • Grand Tarantula, the Stupid Daikini @ U-31
  • Tiki Tuesday with Mr Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • We Are Sirens, Social Club, Nicely @ The Merrow
  • Bi-Polar Express, Deadbrrokedown, Wookie Garcia @ Soda Bar
  • Charli XCX, Elliphant, Femme @ House of Blues
  • Rufus du Sol, Hermitude, Lee Reynolds @ Belly Up
  • Grieves, Sol @ Porter's Pub
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, McTuff @ Winston's
  • Theo & Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
  • Art Party & Mixer @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown
  • EDM Night @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Grand Tarantula]]>
<![CDATA[Drum and Bass Brothers]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:02:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mark+dresser.jpg

To the casual listener, an evening of non-scripted improvisation between a double-bass and a drum set might seem tedious, but when those two instruments are powered by local virtuoso Mark Dresser and NYC veteran Joey Baron, that scenario could only lead to a night of delirious communication and joyous music making.

Baron and Dresser have a long history that dates back to the bassist's 18 years in the Big Apple, especially when they were both members of the Tim Berne and John Zorn ensembles. That history came into laser focus time and time again in the rapt dialog between the two old friends.

One doesn't often think of the drums as a quiet instrument, but as the night began with Dresser's ridiculously full, woodgrained plucking, Baron's soft responses with sticks the size of knitting needles set the template for what was to come: give and take, ebb and flow and the glory of small gestures carried out in the spirit of an organic conversation. An invisible pulse dominated even when it didn't always seem obvious, and ostensibly rubato passages eventually revealed a dovetail -tight groove.

Baron led off the second improvisation with a pastel sketch of slow strokes with a mallet in one hand and a brush in the other -- it was more of a melody than a "beat" -- and Dresser responded with eerie bowing near the bridge, producing seagull cries. That singable beat became imbued in polymetric detail as layers of cadence pulled against each other. Dresser's bass tones at times expanded Baron's small kit so that the net effect was that of two drummers, and that integration worked both ways.

The third exploration began with the bassist logging in with two-handed tapping and creaking overtones until Baron's super-articulated ride cymbal morphed into a "sheets of ping" dynamic that drew pedaled strums and unison streams of triplets into the discussion. There were shades of Elvin Jones underpinning tremolo arco and slow descending double-stop glissandi. Baron often played the drumset with his hands, and once he got going, there seemed to be a primordial dimension that evoked the drum songs of Africa and the Caribbean, especially when Dresser slapped both hands along the strings.

Dresser began the last piece with an irresistible line that created a raw swing vamp upon which Baron laid down a rich soliloquy of clicks and rimshots that had all of the joy of a New Orleans parade. A loud and well-deserved ovation ensued. Definitely a night to remember.

Joey Baron and Mark Dresser played the Experimental Theater at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

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

<![CDATA[On the PUP and Up]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:27:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/pup111.jpg

Can you hear that? It's the sound of San Diego slowing down and kicking into fall mode. The weather is a little crisper, and the days a little shorter, but for us that means the nights are even longer! Tonight head to Tin Can Country Club for Shawn Rohlf or up to the Belly Up for Asia. Soda Bar gives you a run for your money with Obliterations, and the Casbah hosts PUP as they put their feelers out and continue to get more and more radio play across the country. You don't need a lot of choice, just a couple good ones that make for a pretty stellar night. 

Monday, Oct. 20:

  • PUP, Hard Girls, Mini Death @ Casbah
  • Obliterations, Baptists, Torch Runner, Griever @ Soda Bar
  • Asia @ Belly Up
  • Shawn Rohlf @ Tin Can
  • Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • DJ Artistic @ Seven Grand
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Ruby & the Red Hots @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Dub Dynamite @ The Office
  • Roots Raggae Jah Jah @ Kava Lounge
  • Antonio Aguilera, Joey Jimenez, Jonny Tarr @ Henry's Pub
  • Fishfonics @ U-31

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

Photo Credit: Yoshi Cooper]]>
<![CDATA[Live: Experience Hendrix]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:39:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/kenny+wayne+shepherd+-.jpg Guitar heroes unite! Fans waded through the purple haze when the Experience Hendrix tour feat. Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang and others hit Harrah's Resort Southern California on Oct. 9.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[The Light of JerVae]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:25:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JerVae+Anthony+Press+Photo.jpg

If imagination is the cornerstone of creativity -- its foundation, the rock that it's built on -- then JerVae Anthony is on her way to constructing a monument.

An experimental soul singer, Anthony makes bits and pieces of songs: part rough-draft recordings, part spur of the moment impulses that she demos on her MacBook. Using GarageBand and a $100 microphone, she's written and recorded nearly 100 of these low-key gems. Some are short, others emotional, and a few sound just plain weird. In them, though, it feels as if Anthony is striving for something. There's a sense she's trying to embrace it all. She can crack a joke, pray, cry, bleed and even sneeze if she feels the need to -- it all makes its way into song. Her music is the result of an active imagination combined with what she calls a "sick sense of humor," and together the two make for an incredibly interesting sound.

Born and raised in southeast San Diego, Anthony started singing in church and admits that television was an early influence. "I would watch a lot of Disney Channel," she says. A life-long student of the arts, she started writing songs in middle school as a form of therapy. After graduating from the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, she went on to major in vocal performance at the California Institute of the Arts. But creatives have a hard time sitting still -- they get antsy, and they get restless. So in her sophomore year, bored with the strict nature of classical training, Anthony left CalArts and decided to pursue a career in social work.

After she spent a few years in the field, though, that restlessness started wiggling around again. Anthony's imagination was having its way with her as she was dreaming in song and seeing paintings in day visions. She couldn't sit still or ignore the desire to create, so she returned to performing, albeit with a new appreciation for the practice of the arts.

Now she spends time tucked away at home experimenting with melody on her MacBook. She's "evolving", she says, still finding her voice. She wants to "minimize the amount of words I'm using [to] create more space," experimenting with not only songwriting but also technique. It's music in flux.

That leads Anthony into interesting territory, like where she reinterprets the tale of Jack and Jill -- yes, the ones that went up the hill -- into a slow, almost sensual, electronic-soul song. Then there's the reggae-tinged ode to, ahem, a lady's monthly bloat -- "I Got My Period" -- where she repeats, "Boy/I got my period, boy/I got my period/Today," drawing out the final vowel in the last word.

Anthony doesn't stay in any one place very long, emotionally or conceptually, as her collection of works finds her moving through styles and genres quite comfortably. Whether she's singing a cover of Rihanna hit "Stay" or scatting, a la Ella Fitzgerald, through original numbers like "Attention Deficit Disorder" -- it all seems so effortless, so easy.

Then there's that voice: It's charged and soulful, like a gift from Nina Simone herself. Anthony's songs are smart and intuitive, and even though she's still finding her point of view, it sounds like she's having a blast doing it. Donning different styles of music as though outfits in a one-women show. Anthony's writing a screenplay and working on an album in what she calls "an effort towards high poetry and soul." If these snippets are any indication of what she has in store, just imagine what it's all going to sound like.

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

<![CDATA[A Lovefool for Nina Persson]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:06:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/ninapersson.jpg

When there are this many great shows in San Diego, it's hard to believe it's a Sunday night. At the Belly Up, Metronomy returns to town after dropping their fourth record, "Love Letters," earlier this year. Meanwhile at Soda Bar, Argentinian Federico Aubele brings his unique fusion of singer/songwriter style with trip-hop beats. Headlining the Casbah tonight is Swedish songstress Nina Persson, who is best known as the voice of the Cardigans -- who have sold, oh, just a few million records worldwide. She's had a few different projects over the years, but just released a debut solo record so tonight is a rare chance to catch someone of such stature in an intimate setting. Still, whichever way you go, tonight is going to be a chill vibe to ease you into the workweek.

Sunday, October 19:

  • Nina Persson (of the Cardigans), El May @ The Casbah
  • Casbah Presents: Federico Aubele, Jesse Lamonaca and the Dime Novels @ Soda Bar
  • Casbah Presents: Metronomy, Dawn Golden @ Belly Up
  • Casbah Presents: Pins, Geyser House, the Lumps @ The Hideout
  • Neon Hitch, Carmen and Camille @ Porter's Pub
  • I Am the Albatross, Foreign Suns, Cardboard Truckers @ The Merrow
  • The Liquorsmiths, Ashley Pond @ Sycamore Den
  • Pier Pressure Yacht Parties feat Scotty Boy, Murphi Kennedy, Jake Talcott @ Flagship Cruises & Events
  • Pro Era, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution @ Worldbeat Center
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Classixx @ Bang Bang
  • Roots Party with Revival, Positive Company, Soulective @ U-31
  • Sirena Huang @ California Center for the Arts
  • Nina Francis(12:00 p.m.), Spanish Sundays: Besos de Coco @ Croce’s Park West
  • Midnight Music featuring Allison Adams Tucker, Mikan Zlatkovich, Gunnar Biggs, Richard Sellers and Tripp Sprague @ Dizzy's
  • Jason Brown (10:00 a.m.), Reggie Smith (8:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat’s
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's
  • G Street Sessions @ Tin Roof (9 p.m.)
  • It's a Dago Thang @ Kava Lounge

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy Rabbler Rouser Publicity]]>
<![CDATA[Re-Tour With La Ley]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:52:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/La+Ley+Press+Photo.jpg

La Ley has reunited for Re-tour, an 18-city U.S. tour, which includes a stop at San Diego's House of Blues on Saturday. The Grammy-winning Chilean rock group realized after a decade of disbanding, they couldn't live without each other -- as in the adage, "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em." Musically, Beto Cuevas, Mauricio Claveria and Pedro Frugone, have been missed greatly by their fans. Cuevas released two successful solo albums with a Grammy win, while Frugone concentrated on family affairs.  

"It feels great -- getting back together with your buddies,” lead singer Cuevas told Fox News Latino. "It’s a good feeling. This gathering finds us with a more mature sound.” The group will perform their greatest hits as well as other great and unforgettable songs like, "Dia Cero," "Desiertos," "Tejedores de Ilusion," and "Prisioneros de la Piel."  

La Ley's music became '90s anthems in the Spanish rock genre. With seven studio albums, including their Grammy-winning "MTV Unplugged" album, La Ley have made their mark in the Latin rock history books. They are the only Chilean group to have won three Grammys.  

La Ley performs Saturday Oct. 18 at House of Blues. Purchase tickets here

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

<![CDATA[Live: Justin Townes Earle]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:45:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/Justin+Townes+Earle+Belly+Up+10.7.14+%285%29.jpg Justin Townes Earle brought his beloved brand of alt-country through the Belly Up on Oct. 7, with American Aquarium opening.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Out With the Old, in With the New]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:50:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/112278227.jpg

Look at this night! There are amazing shows all over town with Rubblebucket doing their second night at the Casbah, Lukas Nelson returning to Belly Up, and legendary rock en espanol band La Ley at House of Blues. I'm particularly excited about the New Pornographers at the North Park Theatre because their latest, "Brill Bruisers," is a great record all the way through and the whole original lineup will be there. After the show I'll probably race over to Soda Bar because Writer is back in town after moving from San Diego to Brooklyn to pursue music and art. It has been too long since these hometown boys have been back, so you might want to grab an advance ticket or it could sell out. Still, there's plenty of greatness all over town to make your Saturday night extra perfect.

Saturday, October 18:

  • Casbah Presents: The New Pornographers featuring A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ The North Park Theatre
  • Rubblebucket, Royal Canoe, Nicky Venus @ The Casbah
  • Low Rider & Hot Rod Gospel Fest @ City Heights Urban Village
  • La Ley with Karma Nation @ House of Blues (read our show preview here)
  • Writer, Scruffles, Ultragash, DJ Nathan Aguilar (Cults) @ Soda Bar
  • Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Vaud & the Villains @ Belly Up
  • Save the Che Benefit: Fast Crowd Records Showcase featuring: Toys That Kill, Tiltwheel, Sunnyside, the Bertos, Nimzo Indians, Western Settings, Dan Padilla @ The Che Cafe
  • Allison Lonsdale, Eben Brooks, Flashbulb Fires, Jon Runion, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat’s
  • Paper Days, Idyll Wild, Tomber Lever @ Tin Can
  • Luxembourg Signal, Gabe and Saul @ The Whistle Stop
  • Black Tango, Witness 9, Super Buffet @ Black Cat
  • Saturday Night Slaughter feat. Chamber Sixx, My Revenge, Hocus, Nutstache @ Facebook
  • Code 3 For A Cure Benefit Concert feat. the Village People @ The Event Center, Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Hot Buttered Rum @ Winston's
  • Mafard @ Seven Grand
  • Jane Lynch @ Balboa Theatre
  • Dark Globe, 29 Years Apart, Captain Viejo @ Bancroft Bar
  • D.R.I., Willie Psycho, the Screamin' Yeehaws, Vlad Arthur@ Brick By Brick
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Mark Fisher (12:00 p.m.), Eve Selis, Hart and Twang (7:00 p.m.) @ Croce’s Park West
  • JazzKatz Project @ Dizzy’s
  • Rossirock Rael J Wallace, Bdotwatt Arttlifted, Magoon Dbrvss, Skrilla Og Fred Burton, DJ Park N Wreck Collective @ Epicentre
  • DJ Karma @ Fluxx
  • Rusko @ Bassmnt
  • Dirty Audio @ Somewhere Loud
  • Danny & the Tramp, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher’s Pub
  • Sister Speak (5:00 p.m.), Viva Santana (9:00 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • The Frights @ The Loft
  • Jonny Tarr @ Tin Roof (6:30 p.m.)
  • Aaron Durr Band @ Tin Roof (9:30 p.m.)
  • Random Movement @ The Merrow
  • Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne guitarist) with Lynam, Rammoth, Blackout @ Ramona Mainstage
  • The Routine & Brehahas @ 710 Beach Club
  • Capture the Crown, For All Those Sleeping, Outlands, Palisades, Mkya Relocate, Youth in Revolt @ SOMA
  • Toombao @ Kava Lounge
  • Abba Mania @ Sycuan
  • Space Wax (CD Release), Christ Killer, Haruka, DJ Mikey Ratt @ The Tower Bar
  • Dreaming Dead, Syrebris, Bio Crisis @ Til-Two Club
  • Joker’s Wild @ Tio Leo’s Lounge

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

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<![CDATA[Joshua White Quintet Blanket the Loft]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:19:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/ajwqbwise.jpg

Piano virtuoso Joshua White’s Oct. 10 Quintet performance at the Loft had been circled on my calendar for months, and to say that they didn’t disappoint is a considerable understatement.

White’s group was populated by the cream of the Southern California avant-garde: LA saxophonist Gavin Templeton, Irvine trombonist Michael Dessen, plus San Diego bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Kjell Nordeson.

After spending a considerable amount of time writing material and experimenting with notational methods for the band, White, inspired by his recent free-improvised set at the SDMA’s decided just before the group’s previous concert at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles to jettison the idea of compositions for a free collective improvisation approach, which they repeated for the San Diego concert.

Dresser led off the first set with bowed harmonics and moaning deep tones while the pianist tinkled softly in the background – suddenly Dessen was out in front with obscene, chortling discourse as Templeton prodded him from the sidelines. As the dynamics approached a fever pitch, White and Nordeson interacted like veteran boxers at a suddenly malevolent sparring session: bobbing and weaving – tripling up on the jab – and seeking the opportunity to land the big punch. Templeton entered the fray – somehow hanging against the gale-force assault of Nordeson to posit acidic squiggles while White and Dresser churned a swirling center of gravity.

This was all pointing to an evening of textural group improvisation – like a five-way conversation – dominance ebbed and flowed in the moment. Dessen’s gutbucket plunger mute brayed against the maelstrom – then it was White, who had been observing from the sidelines – breaking into the spotlight, tattooing the keys with wicked, pneumatic strokes as Dresser turned up the heat with two-handed slaps across the strings. Nordeson kept a constant storm of rattles and pops going without ever playing too loud or reaching for a cliche and Templeton drove his commentary straight to the outer limits with scoured multiphonics. A sudden shift in volume led to a soft dialog between trombone and bass before the pianist reemerged alone with a series of almost Baroque arpeggio sequences that turned on a dime into a violent battery that sounded like Edward Scissorhands on amphetamines.

The second set was opened by a brief, completely-out-of-the-box drum solo from Nordeson, racing around the kit with a mallet in one hand and a small cymbal in the other striking skins, wood blocks and bells with soft knocks and clatter – at one point sounding like what would happen if a ring full of keys were dropped into a blender. When the band surfaced, there were simultaneous vignettes that toggled between the busy conversation of piano and bass and the yearning, mournful glissandi of Dessen, who wailed like an innocent man in solitary confinement.

White had discussed situations that both should and might happen with the band beforehand, which helped shape the narrative arc of density, balance and individual exposition, and I was particularly impressed by the amount of space he allotted while watching the forces he set in motion reach fruition.

Often he simply listened with hands folded – other times, he held those hands suspended in tangent to the keys, waiting for the moment to pounce. At one point, a primal, almost Dixieland sense of swing surfaced, only to shift to an stormy atmosphere through Dresser’s brutal pizzicato and Nordeson’s shape-shifting agogo-bells. Then it was White, seizing the moment with a burst of kinetic energy that sent all ten digits in different directions as his hands became hard-to-track blurs that pounded slugfest clusters into the rafters.

Once again, for the final time, the dynamics downshifted into a pensive hush as glacial chords drifted into focus; Dresser’s bow sighed like a woman in distress, and the horns bickered with mocking commentary. One hammered piano note gathered all of the contributors into a unison decay – and just like that, it was all over.

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

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<![CDATA[Rap the Vote]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:25:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/parker-numberman-mic-rifle1.jpg

There's so much going on in San Diego on Friday: The North Park Theatre hosts Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire in a co-headline show, while the Casbah hosts the first of two nights with Rubblebucket and Royal Canoe. The gorgeous vocals of Perfume Genius should pack a full house for the Soda Bar, and Ray LaMonatagne will certainly delight at the Open Air Theatre. Those are all well and good, but I want to point out the event at the Church in Barrio Logan (linked below), where several local hip-hop artists are performing at the ACLU-sponsored event to get out the word about voting. Many people believe that legal infractions, incarceration and probation prevent them from voting. The LMV (Let Me Vote) Campaign wants to educate people about their voting rights. This is a free and all-ages event, and with a very important election right around the corner, just might be the most important event of the evening.

Friday, Oct. 17:

  • The LMC Campaign, presented by the ACLU, featuring Clyde Price (aka Big June), Miki Vale, Odessa Kane, Parker and the Numberman, Ramel J. Wallace  @ The Church, Barrio Logan (6:30-10 p.m., free, all ages, get info here)
  • Casbah presents Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire, Emarosa @ North Park Theatre
  • Rubblebucket, Royal Canoe, Bakkuda @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim, Island Boy @ Soda Bar
  • Kodaline, Birds of Tokyo @ House of Blues CANCELED
  • Ray Lamontagne, Belle Brigade @ Open Air Theater
  • IACON Studios Open House/Halloween Costume Party, featuring Archons, Chinese Rocks, the Slashes @ IACON Sound (5-10 p.m., get info here)
  • Good, Funky Music with Mr. Blow & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • The Expendables, Jet West @ Belly Up
  • Cult Vegas, Casteform, Aura and Ovation, Bad and the Ugly @ Bancroft Bar
  • Stevie & the Hi-Stax @ Seven Grand
  • Daniel Sant & Rob Moran @ The Whistle Stop
  • Hot Buttered Rum @ Winston's
  • dUg Pinnick (King’s X) & Grinder Blues (album release show), One Foot in the Blues, Mojave Green, Boxcar Chief @ Brick By Brick
  • Watsky, Anderson Paak @ Porter's Pub
  • Waste Age, Walle, Ghost Trade, New Rain @ Che Cafe
  • Chica Diabla, Pharmacy, the Touchies, Night Owl Massacre @ The Merrow
  • The Story So Far, Gnarwolves, Elder Brother, Souvenirs @ Epicentre
  • The Bleeskiez, 4th and Cedar, Radio-Active, the Snykes, Chronemics, Skies of Ossa, Always the Understudy @ House of Blues
  • The Curtis Taylor Quartet @ 98 Bottles
  • Christopher Hollyday Quartet @ Croce’s Park West
  • Reka Parker with Derek Cannon, Jim Weiss, Mackenzie Leighton and Nathan Hubbard @ Dizzy’s
  • Groove International: Superheroes vs. Villains @ House of Blues
  • Random Radio (9:30 p.m.); The Aklis  (6:30 p.m.) @ Tin Roof
  • Kronic @ Fluxx
  • Junglist Fridays @ Kava Lounge
  • The Fooks, DJ RM @ Gallagher’s Pub
  • PopRx (9 p.m.); Breez’n (5 p.m.) @ Humphrey’s Backstage
  • Samantha Aikens Band, the Santana Bros @ Lestat’s
  • Carl Durant, Sierra West @ Across the Street at Mueller College
  • Kenny Eng @ Java Joe's
  • Cyrille Aimee @ The Loft
  • Craig Goldy, Dio Disciples, Vengeance, Foolish Pleasure @ Ramona MainStage
  • Drew Tabor, So Cal Vibes & Piracy Conspiracy @ 710 Beach Club
  • Born of Osiris, Thy Art Is Murder, Betraying the Martyrs, Within the Ruins, Erra, Killing the Messenger @ SOMA
  • Sand Babes, Young Wants, DJ Little Fists @ The Tower Bar
  • Ramp Locals, Christ Killer, D.E.A., Systemic Abuse, Thrashquatch @ Til Two Club
  • Amigo, AJ From An, Sycamore @ Tin Can
  • Minneapolistic @ Tio Leo’s

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

<![CDATA[Music's in the Cards This Weekend]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:28:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Yellowcard+Cropped.jpg

San Diego Comic Fest is Friday through Sunday -- you can grab more details here. Friday night, the Expendables with Jet West take over the Belly Up; Ray LaMontagne plays at the Open Air Theatre; Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire and Emarosa are at the North Park Theatre; Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim and Island Boy are at Soda Bar; Rubblebucket with Royal Canoe and Bakkuda play at the Casbah; Chica Diabla, the Night Owl Massacre, the Touchies and Pharmacy hit the Merrow; and Diatribes and Sand Babies are at Sycamore Den. Elsewhere, one of my favorite dance nights F---ing in the Bushes, with Daniel Sant and Rob Moran, is at the Whistle Stop; New World Sound is at Bassmnt; El Puro Party with Adam Salter, Kid Wonder and Pleasure Victim take over El Camino; and Jason Bentley is at Bang Bang.  
Saturday, there’s a Save the Che Benefit Fast Crowd Release Showcase at the Che Cafe; the New Pornographers and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are at the North Park Theatre; Writer, Scruffles, Ultragash and DJ Nathan Aguilar (Cults) hit Soda Bar; Rubblebucket, Royal Canoe and Nicky Venus are at the Casbah; the Johnny Deadly Trio haunts Hooley’s; Danny & the Tramp take over Gallagher’s; and Chamber Sixx, My Revenge, Hocus and Nustache are at the Ken Club. For your dancing fix, SD Union features Random Movement, DJ Evlo, Ghost M.D., and Dirty Disco at the Merrow; Plastic Plates and Contemporary Menswear take over Bang Bang; ‘80s vs. ‘90s with DJs Gabe Vega and Saul Q is at the Whistle Stop; at House of Blues it’s the Superheroes vs. Villains Bash; and Rusko hits Bassmnt.
Sunday, Metronomy and Dawn Golden play at the Belly Up; Nina Persson (the Cardigans) and El May hit the Casbah; and Federico Aubele with Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels are at Soda Bar.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor! 

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


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<![CDATA[The Belle Brigade of the Ball]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:36:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/belle+brigade.jpg

Siblings Ethan and Barbara Gruska comprise Los Angeles duo the Belle Brigade. Coming from a long line of influential L.A. musicians, Barbara played drums for Jenny Lewis and Inara George before joining forces with her younger brother in 2008. They released their eponymous debut in 2011, and its sunny, Cali-pop harmonies were given a sonic upgrade on this year’s "Just Because." From late April to August, the band both opened for Ray LaMontagne and served as his backing band on each night of the tour.

The band stops at SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Friday during their 5-week second leg with LaMontagne. SoundDiego recently spoke with the younger Gruska about their new change in sound and life on the road with Mr. Ray.

Scott McDonald: Tell me about the direction you took on "Just Because."
Ethan Gruska: There was just so much time in between albums and a lot of life happened. We changed as people. We were on tour for almost two years. But after playing those same songs every night, I think we really just wanted to branch out and get a little more modern. We wanted some variety.

SM: Was the process any different?
EG: It’s funny, but the songwriting process for both of the albums wasn’t different at all. We wrote them in the same way and if you listen to both of the demos, they don’t sound like they’d be very different. It came down to the zone we got into while recording. We were really trying to push ourselves and not just do the Steely Dan/Fleetwood Mac strum sound that we love so much. I think we spent too much time listening to old music and not keeping up with what’s going on now. And it’s not that we wanted to do something that was keeping up with what’s going on now, realizing it just made us want to do something different. And that was that. We don’t think about any of it when we’re making the music. It’s always afterwards that we’re like, "oh, s--t, maybe we should try this here instead."

SM: So much of your family is in music. Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
EG: It was different for Barbara than it was for me. Her rebellion was the "I’m not going to be a musician" route. Like you said, everyone in the family is a musician, and she definitely loved it, but she wanted to do something different. But she’s just so naturally amazing and talented - it was inevitable. And she’d never say anything like that because she’s also totally humble. One day, she just realized it was what she loved to do and decided to go for it. And when that happened, she practiced drums for something like eight hours a day and played with a hundred L.A. bands. It was when she started to go for it that I was first starting to get into music. I was always listening to and loving music, but I started by just dabbling on the piano. But when Barb started playing at clubs and sneaking me in, I thought it was so cool and started to get more serious about it. Later on, we combined a few songs and just ended up saying, "why don’t we just start a band?" It moved pretty quickly after that and we started working on the first record. [laughs] That’s the long-winded, but extremely sped-up version right there.

SM: It had to be crazy growing up in a house with so much going on.
EG: When I was little, I used to think I didn’t have to pay attention in music class. I always thought ‘my dad does this’ or ‘I’ve seen this done a million times’ and I really thought I knew everything. So of course, by the time I did start paying attention, I really wished that I’d been doing it the entire time. But from the very start it’s felt comfortable. I’ve always felt comfortable with all of it, including being in the studio. And that continues to help me even now.

SM: You guys do a bunch of other stuff as well.
EG: Belle Brigade is the main priority for us. We put it first. But last year, around this time, when we were just waiting on the album artwork and the other stuff that could be done by email, Barb got the call to go play drums with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. So when it matches up with downtime for the band, we definitely do other things. And it hasn’t been a problem. Like this opportunity to play with Ray, it’s the both of us.

SM: You guys get the best of both worlds – club dates and festival seating.
EG: It’s really great. We’ve never both been in a backing band together before and it’s been incredibly cool. It’s just so nice to get to play for so long each night. We’re in such awesome venues and we get to play them twice each night. It’s been really fun.

SM: So it’s like, "Thank you! Goodnight! We’ll see you in… a half hour!"
EG: Yeah, totally. [laughs] It’s pretty weird.

SM: But I imagine Ray’s audience loves you.
EG: I don’t know. It’s a great audience to get in front of, for sure. It’s great exposure and the music definitely has a common thread. Also, his new record is very similar to ours in the respect that he’s also trying to break out and try a different sonic approach. But there’s no real way to know what they think of us. That said, we’re learning so much. Ray is such a badass at playing festivals and big outdoor venues. And you have to adjust your set for that. Or, at least, find another way to approach it. Figuring all of that out has been such a learning experience for Belle Brigade on this tour.

SM: Kabuki masks and pyrotechnics next headlining tour?
EG: Totally! [laughs] We’ve hit a wall and it’s time to bust out the Halloween costumes! Absolutely.

SM: What’s next?
EG: Well, it’ll be awesome to finish this tour up with Ray. And then we’ll do a couple of little runs by ourselves. Then, unless something important comes up, I think we’ll be taking the rest of the year off. We’re already talking about logistics for next year, but it’ll be the first part of it when we really work on timing for recording some new material. But really, for right now, we’re just thinking about executing these next few months.

Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com

<![CDATA[Live: The Kooks]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:19:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMG_0296+copynbcsized+2.jpg Calling all Kooks! The British indie rock band popped off at the House of Blues on Sept. 26, with Halsey and Priory opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>