<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 23 Mar 2017 11:53:00 -0700Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:53:00 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kaaboo Drops 2017 Lineup]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:49:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Red+Hot+Chilli+Peppers+Play.jpg

The annual Del Mar festival dropped its 2017 lineup on Thursday, and it features some huge names.

Headlining this year's three-day bash will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Muse.

Also along for the ride are Weezer, Jane's Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Jason Derulo, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Brown, Andy Grammer, Garbage and dozens of other artists new and old, spanning all genres from rap to EDM to classic rock.

This is the third iteration of the festival, which kicked off in 2015 and has featured iconic music acts like Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg and the Killers the last few years.

This year's festival will take place from Sept. 15-17 and takes place again on the grounds of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and fairgrounds. It's expected to draw over 100,000 people over the weekend.

Early birds were able to get cheaper tickets, but on Thursday, prices swelled to $259 (plus fees) for a three-day pass, with VIP packages available for steeper prices, of course.

Some acts with local ties made it on the bill again this year, including the SD-based reggae rockers of Pepper, as well as the San Diego Music Award-winning dirty-blues duo Little Hurricane and Trouble in the Wind, who won an SDMA themselves on Tuesday and will headline our FREE SoundDiego LIVE event on March 30 at Music Box (get on the list here while you still can).

The full Kaaboo 2017 lineup: 

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Pink
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Muse
  • Weezer
  • Jane's Addiction
  • David Guetta
  • Ice Cube
  • Jason Derulo
  • Logic
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Jackson Browne
  • Andy Grammer
  • Kesha
  • Live
  • X Ambassadors
  • Garbage
  • Milky Chance
  • T-Pain
  • Michael McDonald
  • The Wallflowers
  • DJ Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal)
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Pepper
  • Timeflies
  • Pete Yorn
  • The Magpie Salute
  • Smash Mouth
  • The Knocks
  • Dave Mason
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • LANY
  • Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Lost Kings
  • Le Youth
  • The Him
  • The Tubes, featuring Fee Waybill
  • Trevor Hall
  • Fishbone
  • The Motet
  • The Shadowboxers
  • Little Hurricane
  • Sam Sparro
  • Kap Slap
  • Martin Jensen
  • Led Zeppelin 2
  • Emily Warren
  • Lawrence
  • The Stone Foxes
  • One Drop
  • SteevieWild
  • Darenots
  • The Last Internationale
  • Ages and Ages
  • Moonsville Collective
  • Armors
  • Luna Aura
  • Jared & The Mill
  • Ethan Tucker Solo Acoustic
  • The Steppin Stones
  • Tristen
  • Cordovas
  • Lost Beach
  • Mamafesta
  • Josh Arbour
  • Zeal Levin
  • Kira Lingman
  • Trouble in the Wind
  • Barenaked Ladies (Amplify VIP only)
  • The Dan Band (Amplify VIP only)

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Common People]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:51:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/03.13.11_Fluxx_Chrome_385.jpg

Thursday, Electric Guest and Chaos Chaos are at the Casbah; Cro-Mags, the Last Gang, Heat and Pathetic Society play at Soda Bar; Vaud and the Villains -- An Evening With is at the Belly Up; Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Caamp perform at the Irenic; Omni, Teach Me and Sixes hit the Hideout; Lord Howler, Hocus and Low and Be Told take over Bar Pink; Flowers of Romance, Soft Kill, Glaare, Second Still and Hexa are at Blonde; The Bastard Suns, Oceanside Sound System, Punchcard and the A-Bortz perform at Til-Two; Blockhead with Eddie Turbo and Boostive play at Music Box; and Bird Bath (Gary Hankins) hits the Whistle Stop.

Friday, Super Diamond - the Neil Diamond Tribute and Mustache Harbor perform at the Belly Up; Common hits the Observatory North Park; Fu Manchu, 16 and the Freeks are at the Casbah; Slothrust headline at the Hideout; The Winehouse Experience perform at Music Box; Horse the Band, Infinity Shred and Graf Orlock play at Soda Bar; Polyphia, Jason Richardson and Covet take over the Irenic; Japan Nite U.S. Tour with CHAI, Tokyo Chaotic and Walkings is at the Merrow; Le Chateau, Body Song and Vakoum are at the Whistle Stop; Colony House and Knox Hamilton perform at House of Blues’ Voodoo Room; and Geezer: A Tribute to Weezer and DJ Mancat play at the Holding Company. Get your dance on with the National Punk Disco -- all Morrissey, the Smiths, and punk at Til-Two; MSTRKRFT and Klatch at Bang Bang; EC Twins at Omnia; ‘80s & ‘90s at Bar Pink; or Sleepwalking at Blonde.

Start your Saturday with the Tequila & Taco Music Festival at Embarcadero Marina Park South or the San Diego Beatles Fair at Queen Bee’s. Later that night, Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute and Graceband are at the Belly Up; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Vita and the Woolf are at the Casbah; The 10th Annual Mustache Bash with Dumpstaphunk, the Motet, Con Brio, Razor-N-Tape and Stache Bash Family Band takes over Port Pavillion at Broadway Pier; Through the Roots and Seedless perform at Music Box; Punk Rock Karaoke hits Brick By Brick; The Hood Internet 10th Anniversary Tour takes over the Hideout; In Your Neighborhood with Lou Niles is at the Pour House; The Main Squeeze and Apollo Bebop play at Soda Bar; Israelites, Mochileros, Shocks of Mighty and San Diego City Soul Club are at the Ken Club; Jason Lee & the Rip T.I.D.E.S., Tiki Creeps and Dethsurf perform at the Tower Bar; Madonnica: A Metal Tribute to Madonna and DJ Jalil are at the Holding Company; and Local Brews Local Grooves takes over House of Blues. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with yours truly; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Lady Lush at Blonde; Junior the DISCOpunk at U-31; or Jax Jones at Bang Bang.

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

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

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<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Rocks the Box]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:26:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SoundDiego+LIVE+Music+Box+3.24.16+Vito+Di+Stefano+%2813%29.jpg

Get ready for the box, San Diego -- we're bringing SoundDiego LIVE to the Music Box in Little Italy on March 30 with KFM-BFM's Robin Roth hosting!

For our 54th party ("SoundDiego LIV"!), we've decided to head back to the Music Box, where we packed the place last year with help from Little Hurricane and Grizzly Business. We'll have tons of happy hour freebies from our craft-beer partner, Belching Beaver Brewery, and Music Box for those who RSVP beforehand and we'll be showcasing FOUR great live acts! Can't beat that.

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on March 30 at Music Box!

The Music Box -- formerly Anthology -- has three amazing floors to take in a show and has been the site of hundreds of great performances since its re-opening in 2015. 

We took off the gloves booking this one, which will be headlined by the North County boot kickers of Trouble in the Wind, who are got nominated for Best Country or Americana Album at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards. Not entirely sure about that category -- SoundDiego's own Dustin Lothspeich included it in his list of Best San Diego Rock Albums of the first half 2016 -- and our staff called it a runner-up for San Diego Album of the Year. No matter, talent wins out. They'll be joined by psychedelic garage rockers Big Bloom and Oh, Spirit.

"Trouble in the Wind have come a long way since their days as a high school trio in 2006 called Cactus Bob," Roth said. "They won a San Diego Music Award in 2014 and are nominated for one this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing Big Bloom as well. Any band who cites Stevie Nicks, Bikini Kill, Joni Mitchell and Cherry Glazzer as influences is a win in my book. Rounding out the lineup are Oh, Spirit, who'll be bringing the '60s influences and an indie rock vibe. The beauty of this SoundDiego LIVE is that each band brings a different sound to the table."

Bonus: We'll have a very special guest opening up the show: "I love the Dabbers," Roth said. "The noise-pop, bass and drums duo of Zack and Shelby is a great addition to the lineup!"  

The party starts at 7:30 p.m., so be sure to show up early for some Belching Beaver suds, and be prepared to have fun! Of course, a SoundDiego LIVE party wouldn't be complete without dishing out some happy-hour freebies to folks that RSVP -- so get on it! 

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on March 30 at Music Box!

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Win Tickets to Excision at House of Blues]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:19:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-166654066.jpg

On Wednesday, March 29, downtown's House of Blues welcomes in-demand EDM producer Excision and we’re giving away four tickets and a $50 Karma Kash gift card to use at the venue's restaurant/gift shop to one lucky winner!

Enter to win four tickets to see Excision at House of Blues San Diego on March 29!

Jeff Abel, who moonlights under his stage name Excision, is one of the hottest producers on the planet right now. While you might know him from his collaborations with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and Downlink, he's also known for his massive 250,000 watt sound system that he carts along to shows now and then. He released his latest album, "Virus," last year and it featured tracks with Dion Timmer, Space Laces, Sam King and Madi.

You’d be right to assume that come March 29, House of Blues will be straight-up on fire when Excision hits the decks. He's not the only DJ scheduled to perform either: Timmer, Cookie Monsta, Party Thieves, and Barely Alive are all set to take the stage too! The performance will be a 18-plus show if you're there to dance, and 21 and up if you're planning on drinking.

House of Blues San Diego is located at 1055 Fifth Ave., and if you’d prefer to buy tickets (prices range between $37.50-$65) before it sells out, go here.

We pull one lucky winner’s name on Friday, March 24 at noon -- so get in while the gettin’s good!

Enter to win four tickets to see Excision at House of Blues San Diego on March 29!

Note: Winner must be at least 21 years of age, and a San Diego county resident.

<![CDATA[Electric Feel]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:39:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/EG_1834.jpg

I love seeing sold-out shows in San Diego. Tonight, North Carolinian alt-rockers Rainbow Kitten Surprise play a sold-out show at the Irenic while Angelinos Electric Guest bring their synth-pop to a sold-out show at the Casbah. That doesn't mean you're out of options, however. If you're in the mood for some East Coast hardcore, head to Soda Bar for Cro-Mags or if you're in the mood for lo-fi indie-pop, Omni has what you want at the Hideout. Around town, rapper Blockhead is at Music Box, Blonde offers a solid lineup with Flowers of Romance headlining, and Vaud & the Villains return to Belly Up

Thursday, March 23:

  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Caamp @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Electric Guest, Chaos Chaos @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Cro-mags, the Last Gang, Heat, Pathetic Society @ Soda Bar
  • Omni, Teach Me, Sixes @ The Hideout
  • Lord Howler, Hocus, Low and Be Told @ Bar Pink 
  • Vaud & the Villains -- An Evening With @ Belly Up
  • Grim Slippers, Imagery Machine, Noble War @ The Merrow
  • Sexy Kung Fu Katz, DJ Green T @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Flowers of Romance, Soft Kill, Glaare, Second Still, Hexa @ Blonde
  • Blockhead, Boostive, Eddie Turbo @ Music Box 
  • Tomboi @ Sycamore Den
  • Grease The Musical @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Raven Felix, Salma Slims, DJ Bonics @ House of Blues
  • Bird Bath (Gary Hankins) @ Whistle Stop
  • Kelly McGarry Presents the Falling Doves and Barry Sutton (from the La's) @ House of Blues 
  • B-3 Four @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Mothersound @ Bancroft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • "OB Hip Hop Social" Pigeon John, Atlantis, Cook Book Atlantis Rizing @ Winston's
  • TheBastard Suns, Oceanside Sound System, Punchcard, the A-Bortz @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • The Loosen Up with DJs Aida, Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Treo @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Psilo 2 Kombat -- Simpler Times, Battle Sound, Opinicus9, Ego Feeders @ Kava Lounge
  • The Mad Hat Hucksters @ Tio Leo's
  • Mahogany @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[And the San Diego Music Award Goes To...]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:49:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/untitled-0232.jpg

Well, gang, that’s a wrap! The San Diego Music Awards came a little late this season (typically we rally in October), but what matters is that the community came together to celebrate the players who continue to make us America’s Finest City.

On March 21, those players gathered at House of Blues for the annual awards show for an evening of libations and celebrations. This year, however, there was no sweep to be seen, no band or performer to take more than even one award.

Andra Day won Album of the Year for her effort “Cheers to the Fall,” while Song of the Year went to Switchfoot for “Float.” San Diego guitar virtuoso Wayne Riker earned himself the Lifetime Achievement Award, and dished a touching speech on the merits of our community. And of course, a grip of SoundDiego LIVE alums took the gold, including North County’s Trouble in the Wind, who collected a rock for Best Country or Americana Album for “Lefty” -- here’s hoping we hear some cuts from that record come March 30, when the guys headline our next SoundDiego LIVE event at Music Box. (That right there is what we in the biz call a shameless plug. RSVP here to get in for free!)

In other news … the most notable moments at this year’s awards were not necessarily the speeches (no Prayers-level spotlighting here) but instead were the performances. Gilbert Castellanos featured some of his Young Lions -- those up-and-coming generations of performers who, in some cases, aren’t even as tall as the instrument they play but absolutely wail away. Spooky Cigarette, playing before the official start of festivities, and the Verigolds swooned us, while the Creepy Creeps came out with monkey arms swingin’ in full white suits, dedicating their second song to the scat-happy Young Lions.

And then there were this year's Best Rock winners the Schizophonics, who added a third song to their set in honor of the legendary and recently deceased Chuck Berry. It ended with a literal bang as Brian Reilly thrashed his red bass guitar against the stage again and again until pieces shattered offstage and into the crowd. Immediately thereafter, local artist Birdy Bardot (who had been dancing in the front row) fell to the ground, injured. The show took pause as she regained composure, stood up, and walked from the floor with the assistance of security staffers. UPDATE: Birdy Bardot went to the hospital overnight to get checked out and was cleared to leave after being seen by medical staff.

Without further ado, here’s the full list of winners:

Best New Artist

Best Country or Americana
The Moves Collective

Best Local Recording
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - “Out of the Coast”

Best Pop
Sister Speak

Best Indie/Alternative Album
The Verigolds - “For Margaret”

Best Singer-Songwriter
Tolan Shaw

Best Pop or Rock Album
The Donkeys - “Midnight Palms”

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Album
The KneeHighs - “We Put the Fun in Dysfunctional”

Best World Music
Tribal Theory

Best Hip-Hop/Rap
Lyrical Groove

Best Country or Americana
Trouble in the Wind - “Lefty”

Best Indie/Alternative
The Bassics

Best Jazz
Gilbert Castellanos

Best Blues Album
John Meeks - “On a Sea Darkly”

Best Rock

Best World Music Album
Hirie - “Wandering Soul”

Best Blues
Whitney Shay

Best Jazz Album
Nathan Hubbard - “Furiously Dreaming”

Best Live Performer
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact

Song of the Year
Switchfoot - “Float”

Album of the Year
Andra Day - “Cheers to the Fall”

<![CDATA[Jimmy Buffett Announces Surprise Belly Up Show]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:24:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JimmyBuffettGettyImages-629244418.jpg

Parrotheads, break out those pocketbooks: Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band are playing a surprise show on Tuesday, March 28, at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

Tickets went sale at noon on Wednesday and sold out just minutes later. Individual tickets started at $95, and were -- surprise! -- a hot commodity. The show is 21-plus, doors are at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Buffett, of course, is familiar with San Diego County, returning to our version of tropical paradise just last year to play Humphrey’s show in October, as well as headlining Friday night at Kaaboo 2016 in Del Mar, also having played a slew of others shows over the years.

It’s not hard to speculate that the beach boy is in town to check in on the progress of "Escape to Margaritaville," a musical slated for a May 9 premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse.

The singer/songwriter is well-loved by his hardcore fans for such hits as "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," a late-'70s single that ended up giving birth to a restaurant chain of the same name.

<![CDATA[PICS: Umphrey's McGee at the Observatory North Park]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:51:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Umphreys+McGee+3.19.17+Fatima+Kelley+%289%29.jpg 'Local band does OK': Beloved jam band Umphrey's McGee brought the prog-rock through the Observatory North Park on March 19. ]]> <![CDATA[Dark Side of the MØ]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:14:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/MO+press+photo.jpg

There's a whole bunch to talk about tonight and you've got some tough choices to make. At the Casbah, lovers of Resurrection Sundays will be pleased to see "I Melt with You" Modern English is returning. At the Observatory, Danish singer MØ returns, and if you've got tickets, be there early to catch Tei Shi (check out the SoundDiego interview with her here). Soda Bar will be cause for celebration as our friends at ListenSD celebrate their four-year anniversary with Wand and more. Still, the big event of the night will be the benefit for Bob Wilson at Music Box. Having the thankless job of being lighting director at the Bacchanal and other clubs for several decades, "Bob Lights" has fallen on hard times after a stroke last year, so the music community is coming together to help him out. If you can't make the event, donations are also being accepted online

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Modern English, Underpass, DJ Vaughn Avakian @ Casbah
  • MØ, Tei Shi @ The Observatory North Park
  • ListenSD 4 Year Anniversary: Wand, San Pedro El Cortez, Sumatraban @ Soda Bar
  • Bob Wilson Benefit with the Beat Farmers and more @ Music Box
  • Nevermind the '90s: Stone Temple Pilots LIVE Tribute @ The Office
  • Inspired and the Sleep, Aviator Stash, Sights and Sages @ Belly Up
  • Electric Enzymes, the Elegant Lust, Heir Gloom @ The Merrow
  • Mid-Week Boogie with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Bluegrass Jam @ Brick 15
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Lucas Hoge @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Fiction International Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique w/ Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer & Gomez @ Blonde
  • Jimmy Lewis Band @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents:  Mighty Mystic with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Bad Pop @ House of Blues (CANCELED)
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Midnight Wave: Anzio, Ohi2u @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Sublime and AleSmith Brew Up Anniversary Lager]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:35:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Sublime-Photo--%282%29.jpg

Daily life in San Diego wouldn’t be complete with a local brewery announcing a new beer -- but in today’s case, there's a special significance: AleSmith Brewing Company has partnered with the Long Beach reggae/ska/rock group Sublime to release a special Mexican-style lager to commemorate the 25th anniversary the band’s seminal self-produced 1992 debut album, “40oz. to Freedom.”

The beer, appropriately titled Sublime Mexican Lager, will be released initially in special, limited edition 40-ounce bottles -- however the San Diego brewery (which is consistently rated as one of the best breweries in the world by various beer-centric publications) has yet to announce when and where those particular bottles will be released.

Six-packs of the brews are slated for a June release though which will coincide with the official anniversary date of the album. Beer aficionados should be able to pick up the tasty suds nationwide -- and AleSmith (which currently boasts the largest brewery tasting room on the West Coast at 9990 AleSmith Court in Miramar) has stated that it will become a “permanent fixture” in stores going forward.

Maybe the most important thing about it? The taste. AleSmith owner/CEO, Peter Zien, offered up this mouth-watering description in an official March 21 press release.

“The band members are all big fans of this style of beer. We wanted to create our thirst-quenching version of a traditional Vienna-style lager (famously brewed by the Mexican breweries) that showcases a grainy, malt-forward sweetness and easy drinkability. Clean and crisp with subdued hop bitterness to balance, makes Sublime Mexican Lager the go-to beer for hot summer days or pre-concert tailgating.”

Sublime’s remaining founding members (frontman Bradley Nowell sadly passed away in 1996), drummer Bud Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson (who currently plays in Sublime With Rome and is a Fallbrook resident to boot), endorse the hoppy venture.

“It doesn’t taste like anything else,” said Gaugh in the band's press release. “The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!”

Nowell’s widow, Troy Holmes, also weighed in with an official thumbs up: “Being a beer lover, I’m so proud to partner with an elite world-class brewery like AleSmith and I know Sublime fans will absolutely love it! Like Bradley sang, ‘That 2nd beer was such a turn on.’”

Photo Credit: Sublime]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Portugal. The Man at the Observatory North Park]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:41:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Portugal+The+Man+3.16.17+Connie+Bolger+%288%29.jpg We can 'Feel It Still': Psych-rock group Portugal. The Man headlined the Observatory North Park on March 16 -- with HDBeenDope and DJ J Hart opening.]]> <![CDATA[Going for San Diego Music Awards Gold]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:50:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+Summer+Splash+Boxer+Rebellion+Verigolds+%2830%29.jpg

After some shifting and moving and thinking they'd come to an end, the San Diego Music Awards are here yet again! There are a lot of firsts -- first time at the House of Blues, first time a collective (the Redwoods) has been nominated against Artists of the Year, and the first time I'll be presenting an award with SoundDiego TV host, Daye Salani. Needless to say, I'm excited about the event and am really ready to see everyone hanging out again. It's also exciting because with supposedly a two-hour run-time, you can probably still get out and catch a show, like the weekly local lineup at the Merrow with Second Hand, Lead Pony (fka Spero) at Soda Bar, or the one I'm really excited about, Allison Crutchfield at Blonde.

Tuesday, March 21:

  • 2017 San Diego Music Awards with Hirie, the Creepy Creeps, the Verigolds, Gilbert Castellanos, the Schizophonics, and Steph Johnson @ House of Blues
  • Allison Crutchfield & the Fizz, Vagabon, Big Bloom @ Blonde
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Ganja White Night, Boogie T @ Casbah
  • Lead Pony (fka Spero), Palo Duro, the Candelights @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Second Hand, Privileged, the Midnight Block @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Tuesdaze w/ Tunnel Vision @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Bruno Leone does Broadway @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • True Bass Presents: † ManCat † Ramsey 3.21 #Trapped @TheOffice
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Taryn Donath @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Plush, Pardoner, Sway, Daycare @ Che Cafe
  • Mercy Brown, Vanguard, the Crud Guns @ Tower Bar
  • Live Band Karaoke in North Park @ Seven Grand
  • The Roman Watchdogs, the Mandoshanks, Not a Part of It, Potbelly, the Scatterbombs @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Meeting of the Meyends ft. New Fame, Star Jungle, Charles Fullwood, Israel Maldonado @ Winston's 
  • Sue Palmer Swing Night @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • MIDNIGHT @ Kava Lounge
  • Melapelus @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Tei Shi Keeps Running]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:27:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Tei+Shi+by+Danny+Lane.jpg

Like most things, fear tends to follow the laws of physics. A childhood fear of the monster in the closet, for example, doesn’t just disappear -- with age, it gets transferred to some other real or imagined object. So, conquering fear does not mean getting rid of it but acknowledging its existence and standing defiantly against -- sometimes even running alongside -- it.

Valerie Teicher, aka Tei Shi, grew up with a visceral fear of the dark. She was born in Argentina to Colombian parents, but her formative years were largely spent in Canada. It was this move to North America that really encouraged her nyctophobia to take over.

According to Teicher, with whom I spoke over the phone earlier this month, “I started having a hard time at night. I got really, really scared and anxious.”

But her response was not to run away from the dark. Her response, even at that young of an age, was to recognize it and face it -- what’s known as exposure therapy in the field of psychology. “Going into the crawl space of my house and forcing myself to sit in there for a minute every night became a ritual I would do on my own, and it eventually got me over this fear and this issue,” she said.

Teicher’s new album (out March 31) is entitled “Crawl Space” as an homage -- perhaps even an elegy -- to that childhood crawl space. But it’s also an act of transference and metaphor.

Whatever old anxieties or fears she had as a child haven’t dissolved -- they’ve only manifested themselves in other things: negativity in relationships, the existential angst that comes with the passing of time, etc. So “Crawl Space” positions music as Tei Shi’s new defiance, her new crawl space.

Part indie-pop and part experimental R&B, any Ariel-esque personality her self-described “mermaid music” exhibits belies the murky depths just under the surface.

According to Teicher, “I wanted to redefine myself in a lot of ways with [the new album] and break out of an environment that I felt stifled by. The album deals with that and the process of becoming more autonomous, of getting out of an emotionally claustrophobic space.”

Ironically, the Brooklyn-based singer’s lead single is called, “Keep Running.” It’s clear, however, that she’s not running away from the darkness; she’s running toward it -- and past it.

Tei Shi supports Danish pop sensation MØ at Observatory North Park on Wednesday, March 22. Get tickets here before they sell out.

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

Photo Credit: Danny Lane]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Bad Religion at House of Blues San Diego]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:58:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/BadReligion17.jpg Preach, baby, preach -- Dr. Greg Graffin dropped punk rock knowledge as Bad Religion came through the House of Blues on Saturday, March 18.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[The Tempest]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:41:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Kate+Tempest+Press+Photo.jpeg

It wasn't too long ago that Maggie Rogers made a splash by drawing praise from Pharrell while performing at Master Class. It was no surprise, then, when her show at the Irenic sold out right away. If you didn't snag tickets, don't sulk at home. Instead, get to the Casbah for British recording artist Kate Tempest. Her brand of rap definitely holds on to her British flair, and it's obvious that she is a poet and writer, too, with her politically conscious lyrics speaking to life in these times. This is her first U.S. tour, and after an amazing performance on The Tonight Show, you can be sure that her next time through will be a much larger space than the Casbah, so don't miss your chance tonight. Around town, Lucky Keith is at Soda bar, slack-key virtuosos Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson play Belly Up, and Wu-Tang Clan plays a sold out show at the Observatory.

Monday, March 20:

  • Maggie Rogers, Overcoats @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Kate Tempest, Boom Bip @ Casbah
  • Lucky Keith, Runs Deep @ Soda Bar
  • Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson, Moanalani Beamer @ Belly Up (Seated Show) 
  • Wu-Tang Clan @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Shane Koyczan, Jamie Dewolf @ Music Box
  • Metal Mondays with DJ Imperator @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Clayton Brothers Quintet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Archspire, Arkaik, Gravespell, Unblessed Domain @ Brick by Brick
  • Planet B Night with Reptaliens, Fever Creep, Qui, Psychomagic, Planet B DJs @ Blonde
  • Greg Benusa Zydeco Night @ Tio Leo's
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kate Tempest]]>
<![CDATA[Fiesta Del Sol Returns With National Headliners]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:06:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Pato+Banton+3.11+show+screengrab.PNG

Heads up, party people: Fiesta Del Sol is coming to Solana Beach on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21! This year’s headliners include Oingo Boingo tribute band Dead Man’s Party, English reggae star Pato Banton and zoney rockers Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. Together, they’ll be bringing you a genre-bending two-day treat just in time for spring.

The Belly Up is partnering with the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce to put on the free outdoor festival for the 38th year in a row, and it includes everything from arts and crafts, food, rides and a beer and wine garden. Yum. The neighborhood festival takes place adjacent to Fletcher Cove within the area bordered by South Sierra Avenue and Acacia Avenue, and yes, you can bring your kids!

All ages are welcome at Fiesta Del Sol, and, thanks to the Belly Up’s fine curation skills, it features over 20 bands -- and we’re not just talking national headliners. Locals and up-and-comers -- many of which will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival -- are sure to make an appearance. But did we mention San Diego faves Betamaxx, Anuhea, the Pine Mountain Logs and Atomic Groove are already slated to play?

You still have a couple of months to look forward to the festivities, but for more info, and to keep up to date with the exciting lineup and fun offerings, head over to the Fiesta Del Sol website.

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

<![CDATA[PICS: Japandroids at Music Box]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:55:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Japandroids+by+Tim+Fears4.jpg Japandroids made sure everyone at Music Box came "Near to the Wild Heart of Life" on Saturday, March 11.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[High Dive]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:12:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Lake+Street+Dive+by+John+Hancock.jpeg

It's too bad that Monday isn't a holiday, because even on a Sunday, San Diego's scene is fire. Lake Street Dive return with a long sold out show at the Belly Up while Umphrey's McGee play at the Observatory. It's probably unfortunate the two can't just swap venues because it would probably make more sense. Either way, expect those to be good ones. Lettuce is back in town with a show at Music Box, and pop-star-on-the-rise Wrabel plays House of Blues. In my circle of friends, everyone is really looking forward to Andy Shauf and Aldous Harding at the Casbah, and of course I always have a soft spot for the whackiness of Bob Log III, who is returning to Soda Bar.
Sunday, March 19:
  • Andy Shauf, Aldous Harding @ Casbah
  • Lake Street Dive, Joey Dosik @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT) 
  • Umphrey's McGee, Spafford @ Observatory North Park
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Sweet Deal @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Bob Log III, Badabing, the Bassics @ Soda Bar
  • Wrabel, Molly Kate Kestner @ House of Blues
  • Lettuce, Russ Liquid @ Music Box
  • The Sea Life, Den-Mate @ Whistle Stop
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • KILLERPASS, Harada, Spirited Away @ Che Cafe
  • ArtPower Presents: Charenée Wade @ The Loft, UCSD (10 p.m.)
  • Bert Turetzky's Belated Birthday Bash @ Dizzy's
  • Boytoy, Vakoum, New Evil @ Blonde
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • John 5 & the Creatures, Dirty Puppets, Aniridia, Taz Taylor @ Brick by Brick
  • A Human Family, Dillon Casey @ Sycamore Den
  • Burlesque Sunday Tease @ The Merrow (4:45 p.m.)
  • Back Alley Gear Night: Power Play @ The Merrow (7 p.m.)
  • Fish & the Seaweeds @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Order 66, Decayer, Albert the Cannibal, Sleepless Under the Earth @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday with SoCal Vibes, Rootz Dr. @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Marvin Banks & Tyghtship @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • The Sunday Groove with the Professor and Juni @ El Dorado
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • DJ Harvest Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Andy Shauf: The Life of 'The Party']]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:18:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Andy+Shauf+Press+Photo+by+Colin+Medley.jpg

Every once in a while a record comes along that’s so good, you can’t help but throw up your hands in defeat while attempting to describe its merits to someone else. In that vein, consider me at a loss: Andy Shauf’s “The Party” (out via Anti- Records) is the Regina, Saskatchewan, singer/songwriter’s third studio album, and simply put, it's a masterpiece in every way.

Throughout the course of the record’s 10 tracks, Shauf imagines different characters at a particularly lively party: There’s the woman who shows up way too early (“Early to the Party”); the guy who drunkenly confesses his (platonic?) love to his buddy (“To You”); an unfortunate soul who decides to quit smoking and then dies outside puffing on his last cigarette (“Alexander All Alone”); and another lad who unsuccessfully tries to pick up his best friend’s girl (“Quite Like You”). Though perfectly woven together, the record wasn't exactly assembled that way.

“I didn't really start out with the idea of linking the songs together,” Shauf explained in our email exchange. “But as I was writing, there was a common theme that kept coming up and I realized halfway through writing that I could stitch them all together in the context of a party.”

The idea of conceptualizing a full story within a rock/pop album is certainly not new -- some of the greatest bands in the history of popular music have tried their respective hands. The results are generally a mixed bag but where others have come up short (ever listened to Neil Young’s “Trans”?), “The Party” excels. Perhaps it’s because Shauf didn’t try forcing the tracks together.

“I spend a lot of time working out ideas and seeing them through and then sorting out whether I like them or not. I do a lot of rewriting and reworking of songs and lyrics before I get to the point where I feel good about it. I think that having a story arc can be limiting if it's too specific. I think it's a little easier to see a story come out of songs than to try and force songs into a story arc.”

As the characters in “The Party” come and go over the course of its all-too-brief 38 minutes, it’s hard not to read between the lines and imagine there’s more to the album’s various fictional accounts than meets the ear.

“There's always a bit of real life in the songs,” Shauf admitted. “Most of the songs come from things that have happened to me or things that have happened to people I know. There's always some attachment to the songs I guess ... some more than others for sure.”

Lyrics aside, part of the album’s charm resides in the fact that it’s a vast yet quiet affair. Expansive as much as it is restrictive, most songs employ a meager mix of softly strummed acoustic guitar, delicate piano, dampened drums and a dry, wooden bass tone. But those pieces are just building blocks for more ornate add-ons like violins, cellos, clarinet and Wurlitzer. Surprisingly enough, the multi-instrumentalist Shauf recorded the entirety of the record solo (aside from the strings) in the studio.

“I really enjoy working out ideas and recording on my own ... It takes me awhile to sort out the ideas in my head, and I find it's a lot easier to do that alone than make people wait around for it to happen.”

The tales themselves are beautifully written and told in the singer/songwriter’s soft, demure voice, which never rises above a pursed-lipped sigh. Recalling at times the hushed vocals of the late Elliott Smith or an introspective Sufjan Stevens, the songs benefit from the lush arrangements and low volume (“I like trying to play quiet,” he says). Shauf’s journey to “The Party” was apparently a lengthy one. In previous interviews, he’s revealed that he recorded several different versions of the songs during the album process. When asked if those alternate takes would someday surface, he was doubtful.

“I don't think you'll ever hear them,” he said. “I go through a lot of bad ideas to get to the decent ones, it'd be a fairly disappointing listening experience.”

Something tells me he’s probably being a bit too self-deprecating for his own good. But hey, it’s his party.

Andy Shauf headlines the Casbah on Sunday, March 19, with Aldous Harding opening. Tickets are available here.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Colin Medley]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Chase Rice at House of Blues San Diego]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:38:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Chase+Rice+3.5.17+Connie+Bolger+%281%29.jpg Ready set roll: Chase Rice had House of Blues bumpin' for two straight nights, March 5-6 -- and we were there to catch him in action.]]> <![CDATA[Flight of the Graffin]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:41:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Greg+Graffin+by+Tim+Fears.jpeg

I once saw Greg Graffin at a solo show at the Casbah, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him as a keynote speaker at San Diego Music Thing, but it wasn't until last fall's Ye Scallywag festival at Waterfront Park that I finally -- though I considered myself a fan for decades -- got to see Bad Religion live. And that was before the election. I cannot even imagine what Greg might have to say these days, and for the sold out crowd at the House of Blues, I imagine it will be quite a unifying and cathartic experience. Meanwhile, Jungle Fire celebrate a record release at the Casbah with their "Afro-Latin psychedelic funk," Yellowcard return to the Observatory for a last hurrah as they play their final shows and James Chance & the Contortions play Hideout. Of course, Fartbarf -- probably my favorite band name in recent history -- are playing Soda Bar, so you might just want to get down and dirty with them. 
Saturday, March 18:
  • Bad Religion, the Bombpops @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • Jungle Fire (record release show), Krass Bros., DJ SK @ Casbah 
  • Yellowcard: The Final Shows @ Observatory North Park
  • James Chance & the Contortions, Naked Lights, Keepers @ The Hideout
  • Fartbarf, Buddy Banter, Stalins of Sound @ Soda Bar
  • Jay & Silent Bob Get Old (Smodcast) @ Balboa Theatre
  • California Guitar Trio @ Museum of Making Music
  • Neon Beat: The Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • The California Honeydrops, Steady 45s, Secret Goldfish @ Belly Up 
  • Collapsing Stars @ Iron Fist Brewing Co.
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Fooz Fighters, Renegades of Rage, Bo Scott @ Music Box
  • Las Munjitas Del Fuzz, the Loons, Schizophonics @ Tower Bar
  • Ginger Cowgirl @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Postcard Radio with DJs Trop Pop & Britt Pop @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • '80s vs. '90s with Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop (9 p.m.)
  • The Deep End presents @ Blonde
  • Toner, Fake Tides, Blue Smiley, Provoker @ Che Cafe
  • All Emo No GMO Festival feat. Stick Bitz, Hard to Hit, Hideouts, Manifest Illusion, Bad Kid @ Soma
  • Treasure Island: Missoula School @ Poway Arts
  • A Whilhelm Scream, Pour Habit, Runaway Kids, No Skill Required @ Brick by Brick
  • Quel Bordel! @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Veronica May @ Lestat's
  • Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Jack Tempchin, Jeff Berkley @ Brick 15
  • The Deep End @ Bancroft Bar
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Midnight North, Chugboat @ Winston's
  • The Experiments @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Monarch, Loom, Volcano @ Til-Two Club
  • Dirty Pennies, Slum Summer, Super Buffet @ Black Cat Bar
  • Soul Ablaze @ Lestat's
  • Theosis, Nightshadow, Aghori, Malison @ The Merrow
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • San Holo, Droeloe @ Bassmnt
  • DJ Harvest Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Caliber @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • The Buckleys, DJ Nico Nightingale @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Mark Eteson @ Omnia
  • K?D @ Bang Bang
  • Memo Rex @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[SxSW, Day 3: Third Eye Blind, Crocodiles and More]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:05:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CLIP-SXSW_2017_DAY_3_1200x675_900864579818.jpg

The SoundDiego South by Southwest adventure continues: Day 3 in Austin, Texas featured amazing sets courtesy of Third Eye Blind, Crocodiles, Trishes, Mint Field, Delicate Steve, and more! For our Day 2 video recap, go here (http://bit.ly/2mUEnUs), and here (http://bit.ly/2nsRFJv) for our Day 1 activities.

<![CDATA[Day 3: Third Eye Blind, Crocodiles Rock SxSW]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:59:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/yyDSC_0642.JPG SoundDiego's crew in Austin, Texas, covering South by Southwest on Thursday packed its day -- and night -- with artists headed San Diego's way, as well as acts with local connections making a play for the big time.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[Blink-182 Prep 'California' Deluxe Album]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:11:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Blink+182+AM+%281+of+41%29.jpg

Blink-182 fans might be ‘feeling this’: The hometown Grammy-nominated pop-punk juggernauts are prepping the release of a deluxe version of their 2016 studio album, “California” -- and it’ll come replete with, for all intents and purposes, an additional full-length record in tow.

After a much publicized split with founding guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge in 2015, the band hit the comeback trail last year with a No. 1 album; a seemingly never-ending, sold-out tour; and a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Album (they lost, but still).

Continuously full-speed ahead these days, the Poway band that recruited Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba as a full-time band member (after initially replacing DeLonge for previously scheduled tour dates), are revisiting the chart-topping album that brought them so much attention in 2016 -- with 11 brand new songs (and an acoustic version of “Bored to Death”) that includes the just-released anthem, “Parking Lot.”

According to a recent Billboard interview with original members bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, the “California” deluxe edition is more than just a repackaged set of the original album.

“It’s almost, it’s more than a whole other record, it’s a double album at this point and it’s more of an extension of what we did in the studio earlier,” Hoppus said. “Some of the songs were songs that we did not put on the first album, but are great songs. And some are brand new that we just wrote last week, a lot of high-energy songs, punk rock, some more ballad-y songs, a little more electronic experimentation, it’s a good mix. It’s not a collection of throwaway songs, it’s like a whole other album.”

Barker followed that up with even more enthusiasm, explaining that fans will be more than pleasantly surprised.

“We’re working on the deluxe album and I got in a conversation with [producer John] Feldmann this morning. I was like, ‘Dude, we got a problem, the deluxe album might even be better than California.’ It’s a good problem to have, but, oh s---, it’s incredible. It’s kind of like a mind f--- because it should almost be a new album. But it just goes to show how natural and organic things are happening and how fun this process has been because it’s not hard to go write great songs and make fun music that we love creating and listening to. And the results are great. The deluxe album will be neck-and-neck with 'California.' It’s in no way fillers.”

The “California” deluxe version is currently up for pre-order at the band’s official website here. It drops officially on May 19. Various versions include different colored vinyl, random gifts, and a limited double-vinyl collector’s set ranging from $16.90 to $129.90 depending on which iteration you pick up. Meanwhile, the Blink-182 touring machine continues rolling, with North American, Europe, and UK dates scheduled through July.

“California” Deluxe Version track-listing (Vinyl 1 -- side A and B)

  • 1. Cynical
  • 2. Bored to Death
  • 3. She’s Out of Her Mind
  • 4. Los Angeles
  • 5. Sober
  • 6. Built This Pool
  • 7. No Future
  • 8. Home is Such a Lonely Place
  • 9. Kings of the Weekend
  • 10. Teenage Satellites
  • 11. Left Alone
  • 12. Rabbit Hole
  • 13. San Diego
  • 14. The Only Thing That Matters
  • 15. California
  • 16. Brohemian Rhapsody

"California" Deluxe version track-listing (Vinyl 2 – side A and B)

  • 1. Parking Lot
  • 2. Misery
  • 3. Good Old Days
  • 4. Don’t Mean Anything
  • 5. Hey I’m Sorry
  • 6. Last Train Home
  • 7. Wildfire
  • 8. 6/8
  • 9. Long Lost Feeling
  • 10. Bottom of the Ocean
  • 11. Can’t Get You More Pregnant
  • 12. Bored to Death (acoustic)

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

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[All in the Downs Family]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:32:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/downs+family.jpg

Today is St. Patrick's Day, and if you've grown up in San Diego or spent any time here, you know that there is nothing that is more fitting for the occasion than a show with the Downs Family. For more than 25 years, the band has played their punky Irish music, endearing legions of audiences long before everyone else was doing it. Of course, you can also celebrate St. Paddy's with ShamROCK downtown, the Fooks at Holding Company, or Lexington Field at Rosie O'Grady's. If you're just looking for great live music, Xiu Xiu plays A Ship In the Woods, Julieta Venegas returns to the House of Blues, and the Observatory hosts a show with Dance Gavin Dance. That's only some of the awesome stuff happening tonight, so find your sound and go get some.

Friday, March 17:

  • The Downs Family, the Screamin Yeehaws, the Grids @ Casbah
  • "Wake" feat. Xiu Xiu @ A Ship In the Woods  
  • Julieta Venegas @ House of Blues
  • Dance Gavin Dance, CHON, Eidola & Vasudeva  @ The Observatory North Park
  • The California Honeydrops, Euphoria Brass Band @ Belly Up
  • Dead Feather Moon, Maszer @ Pour House 
  • San Diego Music Awards Singer/Songwriter Acoustic Showcase feat. Lisa Sanders, Eve Selis, Steph Johnson, Jeff Berkley, Sara Petite, the Ordeal, Bart Mendoza, Lady Rogo, Sven-Erik Seaholm, Veronica May, Donna Larsen, Sister Speak Music (solo), Voices of Our City Choir, Chili Groove, Gaby Aparicio, Kimm Rogers, Jon Kanis, Suzanne Shea, Peter Hall @ Grass Roots Oasis 
  • Subsurfer, Bad Vibes, Dream Burglar @ Tower Bar
  • Gone Baby Gone @ Black Cat Bar
  • The Fooks @ The Holding Company 1502
  • ShamROCK Block Party 2017 feat. Styles&Complete, Mims, Black Irish Texas, Treo, Escobar, Sulvida, Ayla Simone and more @ Gaslamp Quarter
  • St Patrick's Day Festival @ Campland Raised Cantina
  • Class Project with DJs Grimm and Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Fortunate Youth, Josh Heinrichs, Iya Terra @ Music Box
  • The Routine, AJ Froman, Kid Wilderness @ Soda Bar
  • The Whispers @ Sycuan Casino 
  • F---ing In the Bushes with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Bump! w/ Bob Dazzla, Shige & guests @ Blonde
  • Afrolicious @ Park & Rec
  • Joy, Pharlee, Birth, Petyr @ Til-Two Club
  • Slainte: St. Paddy's Celebration feat. Paul Chesne Band, Forkroot @ Quartyard
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • Lexington Field @ Rosie O'Grady's (5 p.m.)
  • Black Market III @ Rosie O'Grady's (9 p.m.)
  • Mike Zito @ Ramona Mainstage 
  • Atomic Groove St. Patty’s Bash Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Cosmics (album release), the Monsoon, the Thens, Some Kind of Lizard, Spooky Cigarette @ SOMA
  • Ernie Halter, Savannah King @ Lestat's
  • Hard to Hit, the Montell Jordans, Ready Set Survive, Bossfight @ The Merrow
  • Species Unknown, the Rays, Girl Fry @ The Bancroft
  • Van Goat, Monkeys In Space @ 710 Beach Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Trade Winds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Caliber, DJ Von Kiss @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Irish Domain @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • OHM #2 feat. Great Dane Party Wave, Squama, Two Guys On Acid @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Mims @ Fluxx
  • St. Paddy's with DJ Greyboy @ El Dorado
  • DJ Harvest Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Grum @ Bang Bang
  • Sulvida and Clean/Cut @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • DJ Beatnick @ Bar Basic 
  • Turbulance @ Parq Restaurant
  • ATB @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Progress feat. Davi @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[SxSW, Day 2: Eisley, Rocket From the Crypt, Beach Slang and More]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:57:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Eisley+SXSW+2017.jpg

We out here: Our 2017 South by Southwest adventure continued yesterday in Austin, Texas -- with Day 2 performances by Rocket From the Crypt, Eisley, Charly Bliss, Beach Slang, Hideout and more – watch ‘em all in action now! Check out Day 1's video recap here: http://bit.ly/2nsRFJv

<![CDATA[San Diego County Fair Announces 2017 Lineup]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:59:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Toby-Keith1.jpg

Giddyup y’all, the 2017 San Diego County -- I mean country -- Fair hits the Del Mar Fairgrounds on June 2-July 4 (minus the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays). Honky tonk all-star Toby Keith, country crossover Darius “Hootie” Rucker and blue collar funny man Jeff Foxworthy will headline this year’s Toyota Summer Concert Series.

Keith, who is one of the most awarded country superstars in the world, is still riding the success of his last album, “35 mph TOWN,” which featured the lead single, “Drunk Americans.”

While Rucker hasn’t toured with Hootie & the Blowfish in some time, his “Southern Style” has more than made up for it. In 2009, he broke ground by becoming the first African-American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association.

And Foxworthy? Well, he's just as funny as ever.

Now, you might be thinking, “What the hay? San Diego ain’t big enough for reggae and country!” Well, then you haven’t ventured very far into East County, because it’s plenty country out there. So, saddle up and get your badonkadonk to the fair this year.

Even if you’re not into the whole country thing, the fair’s Grandstand lineup still offers quite the spread to appeal to a variety of tastes. ‘60s pop stars Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, soul queen Patti LaBelle and hometown heroes Switchfoot will round out the fair’s musical festivities, and I dunno about you, but I’m already excited about it.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, but since you’re reading this, you can use the code “CACTUS” to jump ahead of the line and get the best pre-sale seats available this Thursday and Friday.

Just don’t say we never did nothin’ for ya, partner.

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

<![CDATA[The Man With a Plan]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:43:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Portugal+the+Man+8.17.14+%283%29.jpg

Thursday, Teenage Fanclub and Britta Phillips perform at the Belly Up; Portugal. The Man and HDBeenDope are at the Observatory North Park; SDMA Showcase with Mittens, Le Chateau, Ypsitucky and Grizzly Business takes over the Casbah; Mike Wojniak, Star Halo, Justin Werner and Ian McCartor play at Soda Bar; Monster Energy Outbreak Presents the Cadillac Three: The Black Roses Tour and Quaker City Night Hawks at House of Blues; Badabing, Chinese Rocks, Slaughter Boys, Goldettes and DJ Duck Egg are at the Hideout; Roni Lee, Eve Selis, Steph Johnson and Nina Francis hit Music Box; Quel Bordel performs at the Holding Company; Keep Safe Concert with DELMA, the Liquorsmiths and Sol Orchid is at Blonde; and Corey Leal and Creature and the Woods are at Sycamore Den.

Friday, don your green attire and check out some live music from the Downs Family, the Screamin Yeehaws and the Grids at the Casbah; Julieta Venegas performs at House of Blues; The Routine, AJ Froman and Kid Wilderness play at Soda Bar; Fortunate Youth, Josh Heinrichs and Iya Terra are at Music Box; Hard to Hit, the Montell Jordans, Ready Set Survive and Bossfight perform at the Merrow; Cosmics (album release), the Monsoon, the Thens, Some Kind of Lizard and Spooky Cigarette take over SOMA; Gone Baby Gone hit the Black Cat; WAKE featuring Xiu Xiu and Kid606 play at A Ship In The Woods; Dance Gavin Dance, CHON and Eidola & Vasudeva are at the Observatory North Park; Dead Feather Moon and Maszer perform at the Pour House; The California Honeydrops and Euphoria Brass Band are at the Belly Up; and the San Diego Music Awards Singer/Songwriter Acoustic Showcase takes over Grassroots Oasis.  Dance options include the Shamrock in the Gaslamp; F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; BUMP! with Bob Dazzla, Shige and more at Blonde; Greyboy at El Dorado, ATB at Omnia; and Grum at Bang Bang.

Saturday, Bad Religion and the Bombpops are at House of Blues; Jungle Fire (record release show), Krass Bros.and DJ SK play at the Casbah; Yellowcard take over the Observatory North Park; All Emo No GMO Festival is at SOMA; Dirty Pennies, Slum Summer and Super Buffet perform at the Black Cat Bar; James Chance & the Contortions, Naked Lights and Keepers are at the Hideout; Fartbarf, Buddy Banter and Stalins of Sound hit Soda Bar; Jay & Silent Bob Get Old (Smodcast) takes over the Balboa Theatre; Quel Bordel plays at the Holding Company; The California Honeydrops and Steady 45's and Secret Goldfish are at the Belly Up; Red Not Chili Peppers, Fooz Fighters, Renegades of Rage and Bo Scott perform at Music Box; and Las Munjitas Del Fuzz, the Loons and Schizophonics are at the Tower Bar. Get your dance on with ‘80s vs. ‘90s at the Whistle Stop; Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Adam Salter at El Dorado; K?D at Bang Bang and San Holo and Droeloe at Bassmnt.

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

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

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Day 2: Rocket From the Crypt, Banks, and More at SxSW]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:41:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/ttDSC_0600.JPG SoundDiego's crew in Austin, Texas, covering South by Southwest on Wednesday caught local heroes Rocket From the Crypt, as well as buzz bands Charly Bliss and Eisley -- and even had time to take in Orange County electro goddess Banks and alt-rock stalwarts Jimmy Eat World.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[Meet You at Le Chateau]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Le+Chateau+Press+Photo.jpg

While many of our friends are in Austin battling crowds to discover the next big thing or catch already famous artists in small showcases, I have to say being left behind isn't so bad. Especially when we have so much good stuff going on here at home. At the Casbah, catch a showcase of our own as four SDMA-nominated bands demonstrate why they're up for awards. Meanwhile, the Observatory will be crowded as fans elbow up for Portugal. The Man, while the Cadillac Three bring rock to the House of Blues. Blonde, Holding Company, Soda Bar, and the Hideout also have pretty amazing shows tonight, but I have to say the one I'm most excited about is Teenage Fanclub at the Belly Up. When I was listening to them years ago, I was too young to ever see them live, so I'll enjoy putting this feather in my cap and finally get to see a band who helped soundtrack my angsty teen years. Just be careful, we've got a big weekend ahead so don't burn all your fuel in one night.

Thursday, March 16:

  • Teenage Fanclub, Britta Phillips @ Belly Up
  • SDMA Showcase: Mittens, Le Chateau, Ypsitucky, Grizzly Business @ Casbah
  • Portugal. The Man, HDBeenDope @ The Observatory North Park
  • Mike Wojniak, Star Halo, Justin Werner, Ian McCartor @ Soda Bar
  • The Cadillac Three, Quaker City Night Hawks @ House of Blues
  • Bikes On Tap @ Amplified Ale Works 
  • Badabing, Chinese Rocks, Slaughter Boys, Goldettes, DJ Duck Egg @ The Hideout
  • Roni Lee, Eve Selis, Steph Johnson, Nina Francis @ Music Box 
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink 
  • Quel Bordel @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Keep Safe Concert with Delma, the Liquorsmiths, Sol Orchid @ Blonde
  • Corey Leal, Creature and the Woods @ Sycamore Den
  • SIRSY, Imagery Machine, Same as Yesterday @ Bancroft
  • Afton Shows presents hip-hop & rock showcases @ The Merrow
  • Thursdaze @ U-31
  • Nashville Nights with Country Rockin' Rebels @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Sam Lachow, Dave B, Ariana DeBoo, Romaro Franceswa @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Jerry Duty @ Winston's
  • Spell, Witchstone @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • PB&J feat. DJs Brose, Bidi @ El Dorado
  • DJ Harvest Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Acid Varsity 'machines come alive' @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Dj dirtyKURTY @ Uptown Tavern
  • The Purple Haze Experience @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

<![CDATA[Symphony Announces Bayside Summer Nights 2017 Lineup]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:15:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/3-13-16-San+Diego+Symphony+Bayside+Summer+Nights+Lineup+Sergio+Mendes+Leslie+Odom+Jr+Tony+Bennett.jpg

"Hamilton" star Leslie Odom, Jr., legendary musician Tony Bennett and internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes are a few of the artists set to perform at the San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights 2017 this summer. 

The season kicks off on June 30 over the 4th of July weekend with a traditional tribute to music from across America, from Broadway to patriotic favorites. Then, on Independence Day, Wynonna Judd will return to San Diego to perform prior to the Big Bay Boom.

In July, "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom, Jr., who portrayed Aaron Burr in the smash hit Broadway musical, will perform for San Diego crowds. His performance will be followed by fireworks. 

On July 12, legend Tony Bennett comes to San Diego. The musician, known for songs like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", "I Wanna Be Around" and "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)", will perform a special concert on July 12.

The Symphony's popular salute to movie music returns again this year with new film clips and all-time favorite songs from the silver screen, followed by fireworks. 

Harry Potter fans will want to save a date in their calendars later this July: aspecial concert on July 29 and 30 will feature a live orchestra to accompany a screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

In August, Brazilian Bossa Nova master Sergio Mendes returns to San Diego to play by the Bay. The artist is best known for album Brasil '66 and hits like "Mas Que Nada", "The Fool on the Hill" and "The Look of Love". 

The previously announced "La La Land In Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration", a live concert experience, now has a date: Aug. 12. The show will include a 100-piece symphony orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble, along with the film's original vocal recordings from Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and John Legend. The movie will play along while the musicians perform.

Broadway fans will not want to miss the Symphony's annual salute to the Great White Way on Aug. 18 and 19, featuring songs from the popular show "Fiddler on the Roof." The show will be followed by fireworks. 

The series closes out on Labor Day weekend with the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular, a brass-blazing and beautiful tribute to the music of Tchaikovsky. Close out the summer with a stunning fireworks display after the concert. 

Individual tickets are not yet available, but you can subscribe to the season by clicking here. Find the full line up of artists and more information on the series by clicking here. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Connie Bolger/Jay Brady
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<![CDATA[SxSW, Day 1: Little Hurricane, 6th Street, and More]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:48:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Little+Hurricane+SXSW+2017+2.jpg

SoundDiego's 2017 South by Southwest adventure in Austin, Texas got kicked off on day one with a rousing set by our beloved hometown blues-rock duo Little Hurricane at the Nat Geo Further Base Camp!

<![CDATA[Day 1: SoundDiego Does South by Southwest 2017]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:25:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/123IMG_8172.JPG SoundDiego sent a crew out to Austin, Texas, to cover local artists performing at South by Southwest, and to preview bands headed to San Diego later this year.

Photo Credit: Eric S. Page]]>
<![CDATA[My Blues Heaven]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:53:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Whitney+Shay-4312.jpg

Some believe that it takes a death to experience a rebirth, and I have to say that I'm pleased with the new direction of the San Diego Music Awards. There are still some areas that could use growth (like offering streaming music of nominees for people to make more educated votes), but these things take a lot of work. This year, there's a whole week of activity, which started on Saturday at Karl Strauss, and gives San Diego music fans an opportunity to see nominees from various genres up close and personal. Tonight you can head to Tio Leo's to catch an all-star blues showcase with several of the nominees including Whitney Shay, Robin Henkel, Michele Lundeen and more. Around town, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play California Center for the Arts Escondido, the Oxen headline at Casbah, Dread Mar I headline Music Box, and Matisyahu plays his second of two nights at the Belly Up.

Wednesday, March 15:

  • San Diego Music Awards Allstar Blues Showcase with Whitney Shay, Robin Henkel, Michele Lundeen, Tom Cat Courtney, the Fremonts, Chickenbone Slim & the Biscuits, Chet & the Committee, and more @ Tio Leo's
  • Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Oxen, Vakoum, Chill Pill @ Casbah
  • Dread Mar I, Piracy Conspiracy, DJ Queendo Tribe @ Music Box
  • Zucchero: Black Cat Live Tour @ Balboa Theatre
  • Matisyahu: Release the Bound - An Evening With @ Belly Up
  • Anna Meredith, Media Jeweler @ Soda Bar
  • Fresh Sound presents "Endangered Blood" @ Bread & Salt
  • Temple Party @ Bar Pink
  • Truckfighters @ Brick By Brick
  • Sam Riggs @ Moonshine Beach
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Femme Forme @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Klassique House Night w/ Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer & Gomez @ Blonde
  • Hey Monea, Paul Pfau @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: 3 Wise with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Matthew Stevens @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Harvest Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Rosy Dawn @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE's Music Box Score]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:34:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/SD+LIVE+3.11+show+screengrab.PNG

SoundDiego LIVE (our 54th!) heads back to Little Italy's Music Box on Thursday, March 30 with Trouble in the Wind, Big Bloom, KFM-BFM's Robin Roth, a Belching Beaver craft-beer happy hour, and much more! Be sure to RSVP for the freebies: http://ulink.tv/119054

<![CDATA['Last Call' With the Frights]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:07:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Frights+Press+Photo+2017.png

Boy, have them Frights boys done good.

While we’ve ranted and raved about the San Diego-based surf-punk group for the last few years, we feel like a proud parent right now: On Monday, March 20, the Frights will appear on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly”!

The show, which airs at 1:35 a.m. PST (and you thought SoundDiego TV was on late), will feature the guys performing at their sold-out El Rey Theatre show filmed this past Valentine’s Day up in LA.

While winning various SoundDiego Awards trophies and stuff is great, we’re pretty sure making their late-night talk-show network television debut ranks pretty high on the ol’ bucket list.

The band (which is comprised of guitarist/singer Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard Dotson, and drummer Marc Finn) have been on a tear since the release of their 2016 infectious LP, “You Are Going to Hate This” -- heading out on the road with FIDLAR, the Garden, the Regrettes, and SWMRS. And since they’re on the road so much these days, it’ll be nice to be able to catch ‘em from the comfort of our own couches.

Well done, lads.

The Frights Tour Dates


  • April 9: Santa Ana, California at the Observatory (When We Were Young Festival)
  • May 10: Henderson, Nevada at Eagle Aerie Hall
  • May 12: Reno, Nevada at Holland Project
  • May 13: Kuna, Idaho at Bernie Fisher Park
  • May 16: Seattle, Washington at the Fun House
  • May 17: Vancouver, British Columbia at the Cobalt
  • May 18: Portland, Oregon at Analog Café
  • May 19: Bend, Oregon at Domino Room
  • May 20: Santa Cruz, California at the Catalyst Club (Atrium)
  • May 21: Santa Barbara, California at Velvet Jones


May 10-21 dates with Hunny

<![CDATA[Meat Puppets Master]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:13:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Meat+Puppets+Connie+Bolger+%287%29.jpg

If you're looking for a night out, Tuesday offers some solid music action all over town. At the Casbah, there appear to still be some tickets left for Meat Puppets. For you kiddos, these guys were rock legends back in the '80s and '90s, and some would say a major influence on the later grunge scene, including Kurt Cobain himself. Meanwhile, Soda Bar has an extra special show with Zach Williams, singer and primary songwriter of Lone Bellow, who is doing just a handful of solo shows on each coast. House of Blues welcomes British metal legends UFO, and Matisyahu -- who just released his ninth full-length record -- plays the first of two nights at the Belly Up

Tuesday, March 14:

  • Meat Puppets, Stonefield @ Casbah
  • Zach Williams (Lone Bellow) @ Soda Bar
  • UFO with Saxon @ House of Blues
  • Matisyahu: Release the Bound - An Evening With @ Belly Up 
  • Coral Bells, the Hotshot Drifters, the Cat Chasers @ The Merrow
  • The Dream Ride w/ the Pesos, Dream Joints, Cosmics, DJ's Andrew & Camilla @ Blonde
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Make Yourself at Home: '90s/'00s emo|pop punk|hardcore @ The Hideout
  • Adelitas, the Black Moods, Letters From the Fire, MANAFEST @ Brick By Brick
  • Reggae Tuesdaze w/ Safety Orange @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Bruno Leone - Movies and Music @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Brick 15
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Blue Largo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Electricity with DJs Deadmatter, Israel, FN1 @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Remedi, Soul Brigade @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome/Skech Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Moldover, B1, Roric @ Kava Lounge
  • Steal Away @ 710 Beach Club

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

  • Coral Bells, The Hotshot Drifters, The Cat Chasers @ The Merrow

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:31:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Depeche+Mode+Press+Photo+2017.jpg Got a bucket list of shows to see before you die? You're in luck: Some of the biggest names in music are coming to San Diego this year. ]]> <![CDATA[New Sublime With Rome, the Offspring Co-Headlining Tour]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:51:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Offspring+91x+X-Fest+2016+%286%29.jpg

Sublime With Rome and the Offspring want you bad -- together, at the same time, when the two bands come to Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Sept. 26 for a co-headlining tour.

Both bands have played San Diego in the last year, but not together. Sublime With Rome played two nights at House of Blues in January, while the Offspring returned to the X-Fest stage in summer 2016.

In 2015, frontman Rome Ramirez -- who joined Sublime With Rome in 2009 when he was just 20 years old, filling in on vocals after the death of beloved original Sublime member Bradley Nowell in 1996 -- spoke with SoundDiego’s Dustin Lothspeich at length about his role in the iconic band and what it was like performing with a group who he’d idolized as a kid. “It’s mind-blowing to me,” Ramirez said, “to know that if you look up Sublime or want to know about Sublime’s history, that I’m going to be a part of that. And for a kid who grew up listening to the band, it’s the craziest thing in the world.”

Tickets for the Live Nation event range from $19.50 to $49.50 before taxes and fees and go on sale to the public on Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m. local time, when they can be purchased at Ticketmaster. A special pre-sale for fans begins Tuesday, March 14, also at 10 a.m. For information on the presale, visit the bands’ sites.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:00:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/tlmd_20130716_jim_morrison.jpg When it comes to musical stardom, San Diego seems to be a good luck charm. Scope these stars with connections to America's finest city. ]]> <![CDATA[Into the Wilderness ]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:46:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coachellaGettyImages-470287344.jpg

Mondays aren't ever easy, but today is especially hard after the daylight saving time leap forward. Reward yourself with live music. At the House of Blues, indie rockers Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness are sure to have a captivated audience. Though only around for a few years, the band saw early success with their self-titled debut album and are already veterans of the big festival circuit, having played Coachella in 2015. The epic, soaring songs lend themsleves to group sing-alongs and joyful piano crescendoes. With Atlas Genius and Night Riots opening the show, this is definitely the hot ticket Monday night. If you're feeling like tap-tap-tapping your feet and swinging to the beat, Minnesota's Davina & the Vagabonds bring jazz and blues to the Casbah, or head to the Hideout for the mesmerizing voice of Quiñ. Some pretty good choices to make your Monday extra worthwhile.

Monday, March 13:

  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Atlas Genius, Night Riots @ House of Blues
  • Davina & the Vagabonds, Casey Hensley Band @ Casbah
  • Quiñ @ The Hideout
  • Sweet Myths, Might Be Taken, Sight & Sages @ Soda Bar
  • Metal Mondays with Cutwater Spirits @ The Office
  • Atomic Monster Movie Mondays @ The Merrow
  • Wheelchair Sports Camp with Slower, Planet B (DJ set) @ Blonde
  • Stolas, Mylets, Icarus the Owl, Sea of Trees @ Che Cafe
  • Stephanie Richards, Phantom Station, Architeuthis Walks on Land @ The Loft, UCSD
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Michelle Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Tie-Dye Party @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31

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

<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: April 1-28]]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:52:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/03_11_SDTV_SetList_1200x675_895262787888.jpg

Live Nation helps us highlight some of the top shows coming to San Diego in April, including the Pixies, Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne and more.

<![CDATA[PICS: Experience Hendrix at Harrah's Resort SoCal]]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:43:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Buddy+Guy+Experience+Henddrix.jpg A who's who of musical virtuosos paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix at Harrah's Resort SoCal on March 4, when the 2017 Experience Hendrix Tour rolled through.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Witty Buddy Banter]]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:52:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/03_11_SDTV_BuddyBanter_1200x675_895264835775.jpg

Learn who Buddy Banter are by hearing what they're not when the guys talk it out for their SoundDiego Spotlight.

<![CDATA[Extra Saucy Sunday]]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:20:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/G.+Love+and+Special+Sauce+Cropped+.jpg

If you're looking for a way to catch music and sunshine today, head to National City's International Mariachi Fest at Pepper Park. It's free and no doubt will keep you entertained all day long. By evening, San Diego still offers up some great music choices, like Philly punk band the Menzingers at the Irenic for an all-ages show. At the Belly Up G. Love and Special Sauce (also hailing from Philly) play a second night. Other shows around town include Willie Porter at Brick 15, local night at the Holding Company with Mad Tantra, and Portland singer-songwriter Jackson Boone is playing Soda Bar -- all making for a pretty great Sunday night.
Sunday, March 12:
  • The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, Rozwell Kid @ The Irenic 
  • G. Love & Special Sauce, City of the Sun @ Belly Up 
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Willy Porter, Carmen Nickerson @ Brick 15
  • 5th Annual International Mariachi Festival @ Pepper Park, National City (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
  • The Tragedy of Carmen @ Balboa Theatre
  • Mad Tantra, Hot Mustard, Ill Tiempo, Giselle, Teddy's Bourbon, The Place @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Jackson Boone & the Ocean Ghosts, Before the Brave, Velour @ Soda Bar
  • Chris Ayer, Adam Barnes @ Lestat's
  • Causers, Soccer Babes, Troubled Minds, Help Me Sleep @ The Hideout
  • Sundown after-party with Hylas @ Blonde
  • Daya @ House of Blues
  • Second Sundays Showcase @ Java Joe's
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Back Alley Gear Night: Wild Things @ The Merrow
  • Kone, Ultragash, Corbo, Repeated Measure, Walter Gross @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Arness Rickets @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[The Menzingers Crash the Party]]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:40:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/227*120/TheMenzingers_MegaImage_qDZX36B.jpg

If you’ve read any amount of music journalism, the concept of artists “maturing” between albums should be fairly familiar. While sometimes it’s a relevant narrative, it’s occasionally used as a crutch. It can be the music-world equivalent of using “cozy” and “charming” descriptors in crummy apartment listings. For some reason, the passing of a couple years between records seems to afford musicians the perfect excuse to explain less-than-stellar results. Released a dullard of an album? “We evolved, man.” Went from glorious to boring us? “We kinda grew up over the last couple years, you know?”

In the case of the Menzingers though (who headline the all-ages Irenic on Sunday, March 12), the concept of maturing isn’t a cliched PR angle, it’s the God’s honest truth for a band on the back end of an impressive decade pumping out rock/punk anthems and nonstop touring -- and band members (singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Gadino) who now find themselves a far cry from the rowdy 20-year-olds that started it all.

Their just-released fifth studio album, “After the Party” (out now via Epitaph Records), revels in full-on catharsis-via-power-chords mode from start to finish: The group didn’t use “growing up” as an excuse to start sucking -- rather, they’ve welcomed the theme with an album-long adios to reckless youth and the reluctant acceptance of adulthood.

“I think that your 20s will always be a time and a place for everybody to look back on this wild experiment of life where you were an adult, but you’re not really an adult,” Barnett told me over the phone one morning. “You have this carefree attitude. I think most people look back fondly on their 20s. But their 30s seem to be the place where you put all the pieces together and form something.”

The Philly-by-way-of-Scranton, Pennsylvania band (yes, the same Scranton that “The Office” put on the map) has always been able to churn out passionate heart-on-your-sleeve rock gems about obliterated relationships and drunken revelry, but the tone on “After the Party” suggests reflection now rather than deflection. There’s an encompassing, palpable sadness to the record -- whether via the lovelorn ‘50s-esque pop melody of “Livin’ Ain’t Easy” or the devastating lyrical perfection of songs like “Lookers” (“Lost in a picture frame / The way our bodies used to behave / The way they smiled in the moment / Before they permanently froze / But that was the old me and you / When we were both lookers”).

But when Barnett confesses “I toss and turn at four in the morning / Petrified of where our future is going / ‘Cause you’re the kind of girl that deserves the world / And I’m just the kind of guy that promises the world” to the foot-tapping pop strut of “Your Wild Years,” the crux of the album is laid bared like an exposed cadaver on a dissection table.

“As the album progresses, there’s a lot of love stories and falling-out-of-love stories, and by the time ‘Your Wild Years’ comes around, it’s the most mature of the adult relationship scenes,” Barnett explained. “It’s like, the idea is, ‘OK, now I really have to take this relationship as serious as possible,’ and I think a lot of what I’ve learned now is that taking relationships more seriously than I have in the past is how important family becomes. Making sure you’re there for your partner and realizing how much their family means to them and how much your family means to you and, you know, that’s kind of what that song is about. Maybe sometimes you don’t have all the money and you can’t afford a down payment on a house … but you can try to be a good person and be there for their family and things like that.

“But that’s definitely a new theme for us,” he said, laughing. “Destructive young relationship stories, I guess.”

Of course, fans and critics alike have responded to the new record and its bittersweet coming-of-age theme. While Barnett laughed rather sheepishly when I brought up all the acclaim they're receiving (“Honestly, it’s wild” he said), the album’s connection with longtime listeners makes sense.

“I think we’ve kind of aged with our fans,” he said. “A lot of our fans are hitting an age, a turning point in their lives. And in this album, it’s like we’re telling the entire story of our 20s, of the decade of us being in a band -- and, especially for people that have been listening to the band for a long time, it really latches on because there’s so many different scenes of where we were as a band, and who we were as people, and who we are today. I think people see that in themselves too. So it’s a really, really cool thing to be able to relate to people in that sense.”

The singer/guitarist also thinks there might be a little over-romanticizing going around too -- a point his father apparently likes to tease him about.

“My dad is always laughing at that. We got a review in the New York Times, and he’s just like, ‘Wow, you’re about to hit 30 years old and you think you’re old -- what a joke,’” Barnett said, laughing. “He just won’t let me live it down.”

But where exactly do the Menzingers go from here? While Barnett’s not totally sure, he’s confident it’ll be, at the very least, authentic.

“In two years, I’ll have a better idea when we’re in the thick of crafting songs. At this point, in my mind, I’ve maxed out my idea of what the band could be in this context … If we’re changing ourselves, we can’t really write about a lifestyle we don’t live anymore you know? I think this record is going to be an end to that chapter. Just because we’re hitting an age where we’re not as reckless as we were. I think the next record has to be taking a completely different approach and we’ll have to see where we are at that point.

“Or maybe,” he said, laughing, “we’ll be just as f---ing crazy.”

The Menzingers play the Irenic on Sunday, March 12, with Jeff Rosenstock and the Rozwell Kid opening. The show is all-ages. Tickets are still available here.

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

Photo Credit: Epitaph Records]]>
<![CDATA[Karl Strauss, Taylor Guitars Join Forces for SD Music Scene]]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:57:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Rebecca+Jade+Cold+Fact+Music+Box+%288%29.jpg

With the 26th annual San Diego Music Awards right around the corner, Karl Strauss and Taylor Guitars look to kick things off in support of the local music scene with a collaborative beer called 614 (Six Fourteen) and a huge event on Saturday, to mark the occasion.

No, the beer isn’t a grinded-down Taylor guitar mixed with malty hops (614 is the model name of one of the company's best-selling guitars) -- although, the beer does consists of sustainable maple along with world class malts (both Taylor and Karl being very environmentally conscious companies after all). 

With the new beer in tow, the two companies will host an official San Diego Music Awards Kick Off Party at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room & Beer Garden in Pacific Beach on Saturday from 3-8 p.m. The show is free if you RSVP here beforehand.

Along with the new brew, the party will feature live performances by SDMA nominees Tolan Shaw (Best Singer/Songwriter), Birdy Bardot (Best Pop), and Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact (Best Live Performer). The latter two acts are also up for Artist of the Year as part of the Redwoods Music collective.

There will also be raffles with chances to win an array of prizes (including Taylor guitars), with all proceeds going toward the San Diego Music Foundation.

The San Diego Music Awards ceremony itself will take place on March 21 at downtown's House of Blues. Performers include Steph Johnson & the Voices of Our City Choir, the Creepy Creeps, the Schizophonics, the Verigolds, Hirie, and Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions All-Stars.

Tickets are $36 and all proceeds go to San Diego County schools, via a partnership between the San Diego Music Foundation and Taylor Guitars -- who have collectively put nearly 3,000 guitars into the hands of area students.

While we encourage everyone to buy tickets to the event -- if you're feeling lucky, why not enter our contest to win 'em? We're giving away four tickets to the San Diego Music Awards to one lucky winner, so get in while the getting's good!

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

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[We're Turning Japandroids]]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:54:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Japandroids_Press_Photo_by_Leigh_Righton.jpg

I know I'm not the only one who's especially excited about Saturday's Japandroids show at the Music Box. The band has been to town a couple times before and even though their recorded music is really, really good, it barely scratches the surface for how energetic and incredible they are live. If you've yet to see them, this is your chance to see your new favorite band. It's not the only worthy show in town, however: G. Love kicks off the first of two nights at the Belly Up with a sold-out crowd, and Big Sandy is at the Casbah for all you rockabilly lovers out there. You can kick off the San Diego Music Awards Week celebration with an event at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room & Beer Garden in Pacific Beach. It's a great weekend to see live music
Saturday, March 11:
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival with the Shamrockers, Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, Tony Cummins, and others @ Balboa Park (6th Avenue & Laurel Street)
  • Japandroids, Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers @ Music Box (read our interview with Japandroids)
  • G. Love & Special Sauce, City of the Sun @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, The Johnny Deadly Trio @ Casbah (9 p.m.)
  • John Murphy's Punk Rock Memorial @ Casbah (1 p.m., free)
  • Death by Unga Bunga @ The Hideout
  • Dum Dum Boys, Revolt Chix, Inciting Riots, Cyka,tThe Dangerfields @ Tower Bar (3 p.m.)
  • San Diego Music Awards Kickoff Event, with Tolan Shaw, Birdy Bardot, Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Blake Shelton, Raelynn, Sundance Head @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Cry Baby's Jukebox Jamboree, with RubyDee & the Snakehandlers, the Upshots, the Sea Monks @ The Lafayette Hotel 
  • Electric Healing Sound, Mojave Daze & Los Sweepers @ Ken Club
  • Mothership, Slow Season, Beastmaker, Red Wizard, Goya @ Soda Bar
  • Sinne Eeg with the Peter Sprague Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Epic (Faith No More tribute), Godspeed McQueen (punk covers), Nurvana (Nirvana tribute) @ The Merrow
  • Jeffery Paradise (Poolside) @ Blonde Bar
  • The MilkCrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Midnight Track, Name the Band, Delma, Sameland @ Tower Bar (9 p.m.)
  • Claudia Villela / Vitor @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Berkley Hart @ Java Joe's
  • Robert Dove Trio @ Harbor Music Hall
  • DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ Blonde Bar
  • Faux Fighters @ The Holding Company 1502
  • NateWantsToBattle with AmaLee and MandoPony @ House of Blues
  • UCSD Tango Club Presents: Milonga Invernio @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Darryl Purpose @ Brick 15
  • Jovias, Fuzz-Huzzi, ShowCash @ Bancroft Bar
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Nebula Drag, Them Evils, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Amigo @ Black Cat Bar
  • Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil @ Brick By Brick
  • Semi Sweet (CD release) @ Lestat's
  • Lies n' Roses, Glorified G @ 710 Beach Club
  • Enter Shikari, Being as an Ocean, plus guest @ SOMA
  • DJ Junior the DISCOpunk @ U-31
  • The Marshall Tucker Band @ Sycuan Casino
  • Native Alien @ Tio Leo's
  • High Tide Society @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Loczi @ Fluxx
  • Lucent, with Binary Finary - Open to Close @ SPIN
  • DJ Autumn Leilani @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Aquile @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • Le Youth @ Bang Bang
  • You Are Loved @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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

Photo Credit: Leigh Righton]]>
<![CDATA[Body Song Video Premiere: "I'm Not Crazy (You Are)"]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:34:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Body+Song+Im+Not+Crazy+Screen+Grab.jpg

Can the real Jeremy Scott please stand up?

You might be left wondering exactly who's who after watching the man battle himself in the SoundDiego video premiere of "I'm Not Crazy (You Are)" from Body Song -- Scott's new project with childhood friend and longtime musical collaborator Jackson Milgaten.

Born from the ashes of the short-lived and criminally underappreciated Deadphones (which was essentially a revamped Cuckoo Chaos, one of San Diego's greatest exports in recent years), Body Song's new single is an easy listen: Equal parts eerie, beautiful, stoic and sonically experimental -- Scott takes his place as the mastermind behind nearly all of the instrumentation (save for Milgaten's sax solo halfway through).

With album No. 1 on the way this summer (tentatively titled "The Multiplier") along with another two-song single (including a cover of Depeche Mode's "Behind the Wheel") set to be released soon -- the video for "I'm Not Crazy (You Are)" is the perfect visual accompaniment to the song, with Scott brilliantly acting out the troubling lyrics in various San Diego locales.

The 5-minute film, edited and directed by Max Cheney (along with Scott), is a powerful testament to the musician's talents.

"The video concept came straight from the lyrics, which tell the story of a person who projects all of their anger and insecurities onto other people," Cheney told SoundDiego over email. "I brought the idea to Jeremy, of these two antagonistic versions of the same person, and we decided to portray one character as a trickster who playfully forces the other to come to terms with his denial, anger, and hypocrisy. The most remarkable part of shooting the video for me was watching Jeremy bring these characters to life. I was constantly freaking out behind the camera and was like, 'You can act too?!'"

Apparently Scott can do pretty much everything -- except slow down. According to Milgaten, the group is continuously plugging away: "We've started working on a batch of new songs that will eventually become record number two."

Download the two-song "I'm Not Crazy (You Are)" single from Body Song's Bandcamp here, and be sure to catch the group in action at the Whistle Stop on March 24 with Le Chateau and Vakoum (no cover), and Soda Bar on April 2 with Delicate Steve and Entertainment Law (tickets are available here).

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

<![CDATA[PICS: Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders at Viejas Arena]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:36:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Stevie+Nicks+3.2.17+Connie+Bolger+%2810%29.jpg The "Queen of Rock & Roll" herself, Stevie Nicks, brought a pop/rock landslide through SDSU's Viejas Arena on March 2, with a little help from Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders.]]>