<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sun, 24 May 2015 10:35:00 -0700 Sun, 24 May 2015 10:35:00 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Sic Waiting Game]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 10:14:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sicwaiting.jpg Sic Waiting's mastermind, Jared Stinson, talks about his love/hate relationship with music while we take a look at their lyric video for "Lines in the Road." Catch the punk band at Soda Bar on May 31.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 24-30]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 10:04:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Slayer+Cropped.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the best upcoming shows headed our way, including the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 91x's X-Fest, Slayer and more.]]> <![CDATA[Exile on Park Boulevard]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 09:54:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/248*120/tlmd_20140324_rolling_stones.jpg

Tonight is the show that everyone is talking about, whether they are ecstatic to be attending or cringing at the spectacle. I personally have never seen the band, but I certainly tried my luck at buying tickets for the small L.A. show at the Fonda. Alas, I suppose I will live my life having never seen these living legends. Expect congestion and parking problems and underserved public transportation (Sunday schedules for MTS are the pits), so plan ahead, make a day of it, call a rideshare and expect to linger around downtown long after the last note is played. Around town, GBH performs at the Casbah while dueling punk night with Negative Approach goes off at Soda Bar. For something free and a little different, drop by Balboa Park as Civic Organist Carol Williams performs for 12 hours for charity.

Sunday, May 24:

  • The Rolling Stones, Gary Clark, Jr.  @ Petco Park
  • GBH, Authentic Sellout, Revolut-chix, Records With Roger @ Casbah
  • Slick Rick @ Porter's Pub, UCSD
  • Taylor Gang Takeover ft. Wiz Khalifa @ Fluxx
  • Negative Approach, Bishops Green, Rat City Riot, Rail Them to Death @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Organist Carol Williams 12-hour Organ Marathon @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
  • Trevor Hall, Dustin Thomas, Tubby Love @ Belly Up
  • Dan Weinstein & the Two-Tones @ Seven Grand
  • Donald Glaude @ Inspiration Hornblower
  • G Street Sessions @ Tin Roof
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's
  • Hexa @ The Bancroft
  • Holydrug Couple, Witness 9 @ Whistle Stop
  • Charlie Arbelaez, Bob Boss, Besos De Coco @ Croce's Park West
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Los Hell Gamblers, Dead at Midnight, Johnny Deadly Trio @ Tower Bar
  • Lexicons, Midnight Track, Real Big Tits @ Til-Two Club
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Mat Zo @ Bassmnt
  • Stay Strange @ Kava Lounge
  • Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Karaoke @ Winston's

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

<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 10:53:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DNC-THUR-P7.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- the Foo Fighters, for example.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Kronomorfic Livens Jazz Live]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 10:13:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/217*120/1kronowise722.jpg

Kronomorfic, the dynamic improvising ensemble co-led by L.A. drummer Paul Pellegrin and UCSD professor and saxophonist David Borgo, blew the roof off of the normally staid Jazz Live program on Tuesday at the Saville Theatre at a recent performance featuring Andy Zacharias on bass, Kjell Nordeson on vibes, Michael Dessen on trombone and Nate Jarrell on guitar.

This group is all about creating complex metric structures where different time signatures coexist in the same linear dimension. Pellegrin demonstrated this to me backstage right before the show by tapping out a rhythm in "four" with his foot while layering a five-beat pattern on one thigh and a seven-beat sequence on the other.

Moments later, he was onstage coursing through the Latin-flavored multiplicity of "Deprong Mori," where the time shifts like the shapes in a kaleidoscope, while Borgo and Dessen sent gruff, grainy declaratives around the room.

Kjell Nordeson’s manic vibraphone intro into "Cellar Door," notable for its audacity, lured Zacharias into a staggered bass vamp and drew some multiphonic testimony from Borgo, while Dessen tended toward wicked dips from the gutbucket. Centering it all was Pellegrin’s relaxed rimshot soliloquy -- somehow both constant and irregular.

Jarrell went for a flamenco-like intro on "Rhizone," layering waves of delayed echoes until the full band exploited tension through loping repetition -- this was one of those times when the multiple layering reached a glorious nexus of art and fractal geometry, and Jarrell’s guitar left burn marks around the tune's slinky contours, which reminded me of Mingus directing a Gamelan orchestra.

Zacharias’ slow, deliberative essay to begin "With and Against" was full of pure sound out of the Haden/Garrison school, and the bluesy groove was further deepened by Borgo’s sandblasted larynx on soprano and Dessen's mocking plunger-mute caterwaul.

"Gnomon" exploded with a free exchange of textural messaging before settling into orchestral layering over the malleted toms of Pellegrin (which took on a supermelodic role) as the distinction between drums and everything else become less defined. A blistering Jarrell solo ratcheted up the excitement factor only to achieve escape velocity with Nordeson's synthesis of Gary Burton and Timothy Leary. Finally, Pellegrin brought it all home with a solo that sang and danced like a drum choir at a joyous wedding.

Even though the crowd was much smaller than usual for a Jazz Live concert, those who were there got to experience a fascinating version of where the music needs to go to honor its own integrity of exploring the new and offending the comfortable.


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


Photo Credit: Barbara Wise]]>
<![CDATA[Generation X]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 09:11:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/165*120/X.jpeg

This weekend is pretty awesome. Friday night was stacked, and Saturday is no different. At the Casbah, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion rocks your face, while X perform their second night at the Observatory in North Park. The Hideout hosts a special reunion of Sleeping People, and Fartbarf -- best band name ever --- play at Soda Bar. Soccer moms will come out of the woodwork for Train and the Fray at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre, while the EDM kids will be dancing into the morning at Valley View Casino Center at My Life Every Day USA. There's really something for everyone tonight.

Saturday, May 23:

  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Krass Brothers, DJ Brian Waters @ Casbah
  • X @ Observatory North Park
  • Casbah presents Sleeping People, KATA, Roland @ The Hideout
  • Fartbarf, Hills Like Elephants, Glass Spells, Batwings Catwings, Prgrm @ Soda Bar
  • Train, the Fray, Matt Nathanson @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Jason Lee & the Riptides, Fink Bombs, Mission Creeps @ Tower Bar
  • My Life Every Day USA presents Sub Focus, Madeon, Feed Me, Kill the Noise, TJR, DVBBS, Bassjackers, and Headhunterz @ Valley View Casino Center
  • The Bedbreakers @ Bar Pink
  • Beatles vs. Stones @ Belly Up
  • Bomb Squad @ Seven Grand
  • Plane Without a Pilot @ Ken Club
  • Jonathon Lee Band @ Tin Roof
  • Contortion, Godhammered, Aghori, A Hero Within, 1001@ Brick By Brick
  • Run From Cover @ Lestat's
  • Dead Rock West @ Java Joe's
  • Booty Bassment@ Whistle Stop
  • Common Kings, Leilani Wolfgramm @ House of Blues
  • Groove International @ House of Blues
  • The Brewhahas, Riotmaker, LAW @ The Merrow
  • Niantic, Lightning Starts Fire @ The Bancroft
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West
  • Lotus the Band, Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sleepwalking @ Til-Two Club
  • Butts ta Nutz @ El Dorado
  • Mercer @ Bassmnt
  • Justin Jay @ Bang Bang
  • MDW, GTA @ Fluxx
  • SHAFT @ Kava Lounge
  • Destructo Bunny, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Loose Nut's (Farewell show), Ambassador @ Boar Cross'n
  • Dazed and Confused @ 710 Beach Club
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Chickenbone Slim @ Riviera Supper 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[LIVE: The Sonics]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:08:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/IMG_3366Sonics_4.jpg Iconic '60s garage band the Sonics from the Pacific Northwest brought the boom to the Belly Up, where Barrence Whitfield & the Savages and Beehive & the Barracudas opened on May 11.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Pinback's Back]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:43:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pinback_722x406_1905537963.jpg

Friday night is jam-packed with some incredible shows for your aural pleasure. The legendary punk band X plays the first of two nights at the Observatory North Park, performing its first two albums, "Los Angeles" and "Wild Gift," in their entirety. Meanwhile Paramore are at the Open Air Theatre, our buddies in Buddy Banter are at Soda Bar, and TikiBeat goes off at the Lafayette Hotel. Sage Francis will sell out the Casbah, so grab tickets early, and Jesse Marchant -- an amazing singer/songwriter who used to play under his initials, JBM -- is playing for free at the Whistle Stop. The big deal of the night, however, is Pinback at the Belly Up, mostly because after some cryptic posts from Rob Crow alluding to quitting music, we really don't know if this is the last San Diego show ever or not. Don't take your chances. See them on Friday to bid farewell or, at least, "until next time."

Friday, May 22:

  • Casbah presents Jesse Marchant, Names of Ware, Gayle Skidmore @ Whistle Stop
  • Casbah presents Pinback, Sleeping People @ Belly Up
  • Sage Francis, Real J Wallace, DJ Artistic @ Casbah
  • X @ Observatory North Park
  • TikiBeat, featuring Roots Covenant, Desi Relator @ Lafayette Hotel
  • Paramore, Copeland @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • Buddy Banter, Ditches, Witness 9 @ Soda Bar
  • Hiatus Kaiyote, Low Leaf @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
  • Jenna Syde & the Watchers, the Falling Doves @ Brick By Brick
  • Bianca Del Rio @ House of Blues
  • DJs Vaughn Avakian and Heather Hardcore @ Bar Pink
  • Ruslan, John Givez, Beleaf @ Themovement Church
  • Triple Deez @ 98 Bottles
  • Soul Organization @ Seven Grand
  • Rafe and Clelia Stefanini @ Java Joe's
  • Luke Wade, Pawnshop Kings @ The Merrow
  • Infidelz, Night Owl Massacre, Big Goat @ The Bancroft
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Sara Petite @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Aragentivas, Man vs. Man, Beekeeper, Discarded Youth @ Tower Bar
  • Hey Ho Let's Go, Generator, Godspeed McQueen @ Winston's
  • Shark Blood, Chango Rey, Chochinas Locas @ Til-Two Club
  • Beat Kitchen @ El Dorado
  • MDW, Grandtheft @ Fluxx
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • For the Love of HipHop @ Kava Lounge
  • Nicole Moudaber @ Bang Bang
  • Etc! Etc! @ Bassmnt
  • The Guilt @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Tatanka, Fear Nuttin, Rakastep @ 710 Beach Club
  • Acid Reign @ Kava Lounge
  • Killing the Messenger, A New Challenger Approaches, Hundred Caliber, Seconds Ago, Hannibal, I Survive @ SOMA
  • Temple of Roots @ Worldbeat Center
  • Jenna Syde, Falling Doves, Blue Halas @ Brick by Brick
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leos
  • Jonathon Lee band @ Tin Roof
  • Sickstring Outlaws @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Archspire, Aborted, Fit for an Autopsy, Dark Sermon @ Ramona Mainstage

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[Video: Rolling Stones Play Surprise Show]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 08:41:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/Stones.jpg Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles of One Direction and other celebs were on hand Wednesday to see the Rolling Stones, who are slated to play Petco Park, on Sunday, play an intimate show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Video courtesy of the Rolling Stones.

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF Productions]]>
<![CDATA[Paramore Top Weekend Picks]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 08:09:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Paramore+93.3+Summer+Kickoff+%2834%29.jpg

Friday, X are at the Observatory North Park playing the albums "Los Angeles" and "Wild Gift" in their entirety; Pinback and Sleeping People have a sold-out show at the Belly Up; Paramore and Copeland take over the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre; Sage Francis, Real J Wallace and DJ Artistic are at the Casbah; Taurus Authority and the Cold Fact will be at Gallagher’s; Jesse Marchant, Names of War and Gayle Skidmore are at the Whistle Stop; Buddy Banter (CD release), Ditches and Witness 9 celebrate at Soda Bar; Luke Wade and Pawnshop Kings hit the Merrow; Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! ( at tribute to the Ramones), Generator and Godspeed McQueen take over Winston's; and the Battle to Open Vans Warped Tour San Diego is at SOMA. Get your dance on with DJs Vaughn Avakian and Heather Hardcore at Bar Pink; Nicole Moudaber at Bang Bang; Etc! Etc! at Bassmnt; My Life Every Day USA (sold out) at the Valley View Casino Center; Borgeous at Omnia; or with Grandtheft at Fluxx.

Saturday, X are at the Observatory North Park again, this time playing the albums "Under the Big Black Sun" and "More Fun in the New World" in their entirety; Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Krass Brothers and DJ Brian Waters are at the Casbah; Sleeping People, Kata and Roland play at the Hideout; the Bedbreakers take over Bar Pink; Fartbarf, Hills Like Elephants, Glass Spells, Batwings Catwings and Prgrm play at Soda Bar; and Jason Lee &  the Riptides, Fink Bombs and Mission Creeps take over the Tower Bar. For your dancing fix, join me for Club Sabbat at Numb3rs; or head to Booty Bassmnt at the Whistle Stop; Night two of My Life Every Day USA (sold out); Sleepwalking at Til-Two; Justin Jay at Bang Bang; R3had at Omnia; and Mercer at Bassmnt.

Sunday, the Rolling Stones and Gary Clark Jr. are at Petco Park; G.B.H., Authentic Sellout, Revolut-chix and Records With Roger hit the Casbah; Negative Approach, Bishops Green, Rat City Riot and Rail Them to Death play at Soda Bar; and it’s the grand opening weekend of Park & Rec.

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

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

Photo Credit: Marissa Carter]]>
<![CDATA[Night of the Dead Feather Moon]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:53:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dead+Feather+Moon+Press+Photo.jpg

No doubt we spend a lot of time talking about shows in San Diego proper. On Thursday, you can find the Brooklyn rockers of the Sinclairs at Soda Bar or the Scottish punkers of the Rezillos along with Kid Congo & the Monkey Birds and one of our local faves, Shady Francos, all appearing at the Casbah. But besides the Belly Up, we don't talk about a whole lot of North County action. Well, you're in luck up north because Dead Feather Moon and Taken By Canadians will both be performing at Boar Cross'n. DFM haven't been playing too much lately, so this is a great chance to catch up with our old friends and enjoy a down-home Thursday night.

Thursday, May 21:

  • Dead Feather Moon, Taken By Canadians @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Sinclairs, Foreign Suns, Taken By Tomorrow, Setback City @ Soda Bar
  • The Rezillos, Kid Congo & the Pink Money Birds, Shady Francos @ Casbah
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • The Sidewinders @ Seven Grand
  • The Eiffels @ Lestat's
  • Joe Marillo, Caroline Spence, Tattletale Saints, Jeff Berkley @ Java Joe's
  • Gothic Tropic, Life Size Maps@ The Merrow
  • Trio De Janeiro, Lori Bell, Ron Satterfield @ Croce's Park West
  • Hot Lunch, the Great Electric Quest @ Brick By Brick
  • Jody Ellen, Marquis of Vaudville @ Queen Bee's
  • Club '80s @ The Bancroft
  • R:Thyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Cassie B Band @ Tin Roof
  • Open Jam, Battle for Warped Tour @ Winston's
  • Myson King @ The Office
  • Alexei AMrtov, Marquay @ Til Two Club
  • Astrojump @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Shoreline Rootz, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Volcano!, Sound Remedy @ Somewhere Loud
  • Feenixpawl @ Bassmnt
  • Brooke Evers @ Fluxx
  • Patrick Rynne, Chris James @ Tio Leo's
  • Second Cousins @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Engineer, DJ Shnootz, Californiacid, MaxBetta @ Kava Lounge

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[LIVE: Festival of Arts in North Park]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:54:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/335C8748.jpg The 19th annual Festival of Arts in North Park brought out the best of America's Finest City, with 25+ music acts over four stages, live art, a Craft Beer Block and more on May 16.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Semi-Secret Stones Show]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 14:27:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP412460868874.jpg

San Diego was slated to host the Rolling Stones for the opening night of their first tour in years, and while that show is still a go at Petco Park on Sunday, the band announced an extra date on Wednesday.

The iconic rock & roll band announced Wednesday that they would be playing a club show that night in Los Angeles. While the L.A. Weekly reported that the show would be at the Fonda Theatre, that has not been confirmed by the band. However, Shakey Graves, who was slated to play the Fonda on Wednesday, announced via a press release that his show was moved to the Belasco.

The announcement on the Stones’ website stated that the band would be playing every song from their revered 1971 album, “Sticky Fingers,” which peaked at the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

Rumor has it that those who scored the tickets -- which sold out in minutes -- shelled out all of $5 apiece (plus a $5 service charge). For context, that’s roughly $1,995 less than some tickets for the Petco Park stadium show are going for.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Flagg You Down]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:21:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Flaggs+Press+Photo+Enlarged.jpg

If you happened to drop by the Festival of Arts in North Park over the weekend, hopefully you got a glimpse of Flaggs, who played on the Bar Pink stage, and Barbarian, who played on the 30th Street stage. Both bands absolutely killed it. Though I have seen both many times, I'm always floored when local acts remind you just how talented they are, that they can step up to the plate when it comes to large stages and outdoor performances to large audiences -- you can imagine these bands taking off on national tours. Wednesday night, Flaggs releases a new record, and you can celebrate with some great local acts, including Barbarian. Soda Bar hosts the very quirky, carnivalesque performance of Quintron & Miss Pussycat, while '80s heartthrob Brian Adams performs at the O.A.T., and Brawley returns with their local country night, the Bar Room Ball, at Belly Up.

Wednesday, May 20:

  • Flaggs, Barbarian, the Two Tens, Gloomsday @ Casbah
  • Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Nots, Ultragash @ Soda Bar
  • Brian Adams @ Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Celtic Woman @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • DJ Claire @ Bar Pink
  • Kulture @ The Hideout
  • Brawley's Bar Room Ball, Sara Petite, the Freightshakers, Brawley @ Belly Up
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Young Lion Series featuring International Academy of Jazz @ Croce's Park West
  • Randi Driscoll @ Java Joe's
  • Westside Infection @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Andy Mauser @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • This and That @ Kava Lounge
  • Quinn McCarron, CLAMR, Karina Torix @ The Merrow
  • Not Happy @ Whistle Stop
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub
  • Soul Majestic @ Winstons
  • Pat Hilton Duo @ Tin Roof

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 Flaggs]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiegoGram Gallery]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:33:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/11272067769443506507218619021225n.jpg Photos of the San Diego music scene, sent to us by you on our free iPhone app or via Instagram with the hashtag #sounddiego.

Photo Credit: sounddiego/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Has Rolling Stones' No. 1 Fan]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 08:13:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mick+Jagger+Superfan+San+Diego.jpg

A decade after the Rolling Stones helped open Petco Park, the band is coming back – and one San Diego woman is more than a little excited about it. 

“I cherish Mick Jagger,” says 49-year-old Kelly Gleeson. “He’s my God.”

Gleeson claims to be his biggest fan. Her proof?

She estimates she has $50,000 in Rolling Stones memorabilia. She evens bakes the rock star a birthday cake each year on July 26 since she has been 16.

“I’m harmless, totally harmless,” Gleeson said, laughing. “I’m totally married, everything, but I love this man. He’s a part of my family almost, isn’t that weird?”

But Gleeson will not be going to the concert at Petco Park on May 24 because the tickets are too expensive and it is sold out. On secondary sites like Stubhub, they range from $174 all the way up to nearly $20,000 apiece.

It's been ten years since the Stones opened Petco Park. Now, they're coming back to kick off a new tour, their only West Coast show.

Gleeson says she can't afford to go, but it won't change the feeling that started when she was four years old watching her parents dance to the Rolling Stones.

"We never had anything else playing in the house but the Rolling Stones,” Gleeson explained.
In Gleeson’s extensive collection, she says her most prized possession is a $10,000 original painting of Jagger.

"When my father passed away he left me $10,000 to pay off my car, and I bought that instead, and I'm sure he's just looking down saying, I knew you were going to do that Kelly," she said.

But to her, the most valuable thing she owns is a book from her father.

"To Kelly from Pop,” she says, reading from the book. “It's only Rock & Roll, but I like it, and he gave this book to me in 1982. (Your Dad?) Yeah, who's in heaven now. So, this is like the most prized thing ever."

<![CDATA[LIVE: Neil Diamond]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 11:04:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Neil+Diamond+VVCC+Covault+%2827%29.jpg Neil Diamond shined his 'heartlight' on America's Finest City with a packed show at Valley View Casino Center on May 15.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[The "Work Epic" of iD]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 12:22:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/iDworkethic.jpg

Across five songs on "Work Epic," released earlier this year, San Diego's Kurt Kohnen (a.k.a. iD the Poet) waxes philosophical about the invasiveness of modern work, its omnipotence and Orwellian feel. He's half Thoreau, wanting to improve the systems current flaws, and half Aesop Rock, a heady wordsmith, all rhythm and timing.

On the surface "Work Epic" is protest music, and it certainly looks the part. There's a genuine workers-of-the-world-unite feel to the cover -- which features an anonymous blacksmith forging the letters "iD" from metal against a decidely communst-inspired background -- and with songs that feel so anti everything, it definitely sounds that way. But beyond the Mao-era graphics and nihilist themes, the EP is also about a personal relationship with the idea of epic work.

At times, iD is in full proletariat poet mode, voicing the emptiness of the have-nots -- the small bits of the machine, the screws, its cogs -- with lyrics like "Provoking us awake / Another busted face / So tired and defeated and late for the race / No appetite for the hustle only hunger for fame / Wasted walking sideways down the alleyway / Wax figurines / Watching their lives and dreams / Vaporize as they drip on to the hot concrete."

While that's a heavy indictment, a sort of sign of the times, it's not the only perspective iD offers. While it'd be easy to adopt the usual counter-culture symbolism, iD (to his credit) avoids the predictable stuff like Marx, manifestos, socialism and the like. He also manages to voice his personal role in supporting the machine, and in a moment of self-awareness, he takes responsibility for it: "Just a piece of the system / I'm the piece that was missing / And I feel this pain / So much that I can't even use my brain / Just a part of the system / The one that's robbing us blind / That's my hand they're using, and that's my mind."

"Work Epic" works because it doesn't hinge on worn cliches or sloganeering. It is about the collective us and our relationship to the system, but it's also iD wrestling with concepts about big work (i.e., greatness): what it takes, how it happens and even the obstacles -- loss of the individual, minimum wage, routine -- that prevent it. It reminds us to create on an epic scale while also articulating the frustrations of the under-appreciated and overworked.

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

Photo Credit: Heather Kohnen]]>
<![CDATA[At Full Speedy Ortiz]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 09:37:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/Speedy+Ortiz.jpg

There are some seriously great shows on Tuesday night that makes it hard to believe it's so early in the week. At the Observatory, Glass Animals perform to a sold-out crowd after their recent performances at Coachella. The Oxford band released their debut last summer and sold out their Observatory show in record time, which was a little surprising to me because they're not exactly a commercial radio act, but they're awesome nonetheless, and I for one am really excited for the show. Meanwhile at Soda Bar, Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz return to San Diego. Great writing chops and strong female-fronted vocals make this a definite must-see band. Casbah keeps it local with Bang Pow, and Seven Grand and the Hideout offer cool lineups -- even Bar Pink gets into the live music mix tonight.

Tuesday, May 19:

  • Speedy Ortiz, Alex G, Kooties @ Soda Bar
  • Glass Animals, Gilligan Moss @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Bang Pow, the Eiffels, Sal Filipelli @ Casbah
  • Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • The Wooden Sky, the Peripherals @ Seven Grand
  • Scott Yoder, Ben Katzman, Amerikan Bear, Howardian @ The Hideout
  • Sandollar, Jagged Lines @ The Merrow
  • Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen @ Belly Up
  • Girl Fry, Batlords, Horsefly, Butt Candy @ The Bancroft
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Rebirth Brass Band @ Winston's
  • Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Anciients & the Atlas Moth @ Brick by Brick
  • Paint Nite, Reggae on the Roof @ Tin Roof

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[LIVE: The Growlers]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 10:31:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Growlers+Cropped.jpg Are you in or are you out? Beach-goth pioneers the Growlers had San Diego feeling those "Humdrum Blues" on May 9 at the Observatory North Park.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[The Pride Music Festival Returns]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 10:23:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Big-Freedia.jpg

The Pride Music Festival is back!

San Diego Pride -- the 501(c)(3) nonprofit behind the festival -- has put together a lineup to be proud of this year for our county’s biggest celebration of diversity and equality. Come July 18-19, artists including Emma Hewitt, Late Night Alumni, Mary Lambert, Ruby Rose, Pierce Fulton, Taryn Manning, Big Freedia, Rocio Banquells and dozens more will take over Balboa Park across five live-music stages. 

Pride Music Festival lineup

Reflecting San Diego Pride's mission to support equality for all people everywhere, the theme for 2015 is “Liberty and Justice for All” -- which comes with an incredible musical lineup, as well as a featured open-air art gallery, food trucks, craft beers and spirits and more than 200 exhibitor booths offering a ton of cool freebies. Heck, even Carmen Electra is hosting the Day 1 festivities! We’ve been in years past, and it’s no joke: Pride is easily one of the best parties around.

More than 40,000 people are expected to visit San Diego for the Pride Festival weekend -- some traveling from across the globe to help the cause. It supports several charitable organizations and has raised more than $2 million throughout the years. It’s almost ridiculous to not get involved -- besides all the fun activities and great music, the festivities are inevitably for an important cause and, through the proceeds raised, does a lot of good for a lot of different people.

"It’s a memorable experience to unite with thousands of people, taking pride in who you are and celebrating each other," San Diego Pride executive director Stephen Whitburn said in a recent press release. "Pride Music Festival is for everyone."

Weekend passes are $20 in advance. Weekend VIP passes are $120 and include VIP entrance, VIP section, VIP restrooms, catered food and four hosted drinks each day. In other words, it’s a complete and total steal of a deal.

We'll see you there!

For more information, tickets and a complete lineup, visit PrideMusicFestival.org.

<![CDATA[San Fermin in San Diego]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:26:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SanFerminBand-DennyRenshaw.jpg

The last time San Fermin played in San Diego, I was completely blown away by their performance. Individually, each member is talented on their own, but the sum of the parts creates the most amazing concoction that -- because or in spite of people calling them "the new Arcade Fire" -- you will be blown away by the talent. They perform on Monday night at the Casbah. Around town, Little Dragon perform a sold-out show at the Observatory, while Acid Mothers Temple play at Soda Bar, and Warren of Weatherbox takes on at the Hideout.

Monday, May 18, 2015:

  • Microwave, Brian Warren (Weatherbox), Traffic Bear @ The Hideout
  • Little Dragon @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Acid Mothers Temple, ST 37 @ Soda Bar
  • San Fermin, Natalie Prass @ Casbah
  • Shakey Graves, Barr Brothers @ Belly Up
  • Mowtown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Shambhu @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Bruce Foreman @ Seven Grand
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Strictly Hip-Hop @ Gallaghers
  • The Bassics, Oak Palace @ Tin Roof
  • Delta Blue Monday, Shane Hall @ El Dorado

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: Denny Renshaw]]>
<![CDATA[Snykes and Ladders]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 10:22:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Snykes+SD.jpg Where's the beef? The Snykes explain their name -- and take aim at a certain surf punk festival (that shall remain nameless). Catch them at the House of Blues on May 28 with Northern Faces.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 17-23]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 10:06:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/alabama-shakes-Autumn+de+Wilde.jpg Live Nation helps us pick the best shows coming to San Diego, including Passion Pit, Paramore, Alabama Shakes and Alt-J.

Photo Credit: Autumn de Wilde, Courtesy of the Fun Star]]>
<![CDATA[The Thrill Ain't Gone]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 09:43:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/84912818.jpg

Sunday Funday is here and after all of the weekend excitement, it might be hard to muster up the energy to hit the town, but you'll be aurally rewarded if you so choose. The Observatory North Park kicks off three consecutive sold-out shows with Passion Pit who will be joined by Coin. The Merrow hosts a "Tribute to B.B. King" with members of the Silent Comedy, Howlin' Rain, the Midnight Pine and others joining in, while the Belly Up hosts Nellie McKay. My recommendation, however, is Hutch and Kathy at Soda Bar. This is two-thirds of the Thermals, so expect a frenetic and fun set of music. If your're feeling adventurous, the Meteors set sonic fire to Brick By Brick.

Sunday, May 17:

  • Passion Pit, Coin @ The Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Hutch and Kathy, S (Jenn Ghetto), Allie Goertz @ Soda Bar
  • "A Tribute to B.B. King" ft. members of the Silent Comedy, Howlin' Rain, the Midnight Pine, Taurus Authority, Creature and the Woods, Neighbors to the North, the Routine, Mrs. Henry, El Consumption, Old Tiger and others @ The Merrow
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Nellie McKay, Nathan Rivera @ Belly Up
  • The Meteors, the Blackjackits, Hard Fall Hearts, the Tramplers @ Brick By Brick
  • Ditch Witch, Hugh Jass Matinee Show @ Tower Bar (5 p.m.)
  • Nothing, Cloakroom, Witness 9 @ The Hideout
  • San Diego Women's Chorus feat. Frenchie Davis @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole
  • The Center Children's Chorus: Songs of America @ California Center For the Arts Escondido
  • An Evening with Tori Roze and Johnny Alexander @ Sycamore Den
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Open Mic with Isaac Cheong @ Java Joe's (6:30 p.m.)
  • Nathan Hubbard, Passengers, Scorpion Decides, OGD Translation Has Failed @ Bancroft Bar
  • Reggae SD: Jah Army Soundsystem @ U-31
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West (noon)
  • Spanish Sundays: Danny Green Trio (6 p.m.) @ Croce's Park West
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • Marvin Banks & Tyghtship @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8 p.m.)
  • The Bleeskiez @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Pali Roots @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Reggae Sundays @ 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: Redferns]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Hits the Beach]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 15:24:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hills+Like+Elephants+press+photo.JPG

To paraphrase that one HBO show about dragons and drama: "Summer is coming."

Well, it’s something like that. But either way, come Friday, June 19, the season of fun arrives in a big way with one of our biggest SoundDiego LIVE parties ever -- and it's all happening at Gallagher’s Irish Pub!

RSVP now for SoundDiego LIVE with Hills Like Elephants, the Verigolds and Diamond Lakes at Gallagher's on Friday, June 19.

Fresh off our standing-room only electro/darkwave extravaganza at the Air Conditioned Lounge with Prayers, Glass Spells and Idyll Wild, we’re heading to the easy-going, free-flowing shores of Ocean Beach with an event you simply cannot afford to miss.

Hosted by 91x’s local music guru (and Loudspeaker host) Tim Pyles, we’ve packed it with a few of the best bands in the San Diego music scene. Hills Like Elephants, the Verigolds and Diamond Lakes head up the night’s lineup and we couldn’t be more stoked about it.

Known for their incredible live performances, Hills Like Elephants will bring their expansive indie pop/rock sound to life on the strength of their just-released album, “Tell Tales” and their recent trip to South By Southwest -- where, coincidentally, we caught them on video doing what they do best: wowing audiences. 

Pyles raved: “Hills Like Elephants have this infectious indie-soul sound that creeps into your head -- and won’t leave it!”

The Verigolds caught our eyes and ears a while ago with their sunny, laidback vibes and chill mix of pop, psychedelia and experimentalism. They truly offer up something a bit different, but lovingly familiar at the same time. According to Pyles, their sound is difficult to pinpoint: “The Verigold’s song, ‘Grunge,’ has been a favorite for the last few months, but the band isn’t grunge. It’s more like indie alternapop with harmonies.” [Watch their SoundDiego Spotlight segment]

Offering up a slightly different kind of ruckus than the other two bands, Diamond Lakes have been making a rowdy splash on the scene lately and we like what we’ve heard so far. With a high-octane throwback rock & roll sound on tap, they fit in perfectly with our idea of the ideal party-starter.

“The first time I heard Diamond Lakes, I was instantly transported to the ‘90s,” Pyles said. “Reminds me of Husker Du or Dinosaur Jr.”

[Ed. note: Full disclosure, the most handsome guy in Diamond Lakes is also a member of the award-winning SoundDiego team, Dustin Lothspeich]

A SoundDiego LIVE party wouldn't be complete without dishing out some happy hour freebies to folks that RSVP early! The party starts at 7:30 p.m., so grab your sunglasses, party hats and join us at Gallagher’s in OB on Friday, June 19, ‘cause hey -- summer is coming.

RSVP now for SoundDiego LIVE with Hills Like Elephants, the Verigolds and Diamond Lakes at Gallagher's on Friday, June 19.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Hills Like Elephants]]>
<![CDATA[Saturday's Plan: North Park Festival of Arts]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 09:58:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/221*120/mr-tube-and-flying-objects_t658.jpg

After this week's storm, this weekend was looking iffy, but it looks like we'll have some brisk weather and blue skies for Saturday's Festival of Arts in North Park. Full disclosure: I have been a part of this festival for several years. though this is my first year booking two stages, the 30th Street Stage and the Observatory Stage on Illinois Street. Bar Pink booked the stage on 32nd and Queen Bee's booked the acoustic stage on Ray Street. There are too many great artists to name, but it will be interesting to keep an eye on drummer Jake Najor, who is performing with Jesse Lamonaca, Erik Canzona & the Narrows, and Najor's own band, Taurus Authority. The only downfall of the festival, in my opinion, is having to choose between all of the music and activities, which takes place on University Avenue and side streets between 30th and 32nd streets and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. By night, walk over to the Irenic for Kyle, catch DC's all-girl power-pop trio Ex Hex at the Casbah or try and get tickets to the nearly sold-out Wolf Alice at Soda Bar.

Saturday, May 16:

  • North Park Festival of Arts! Free! All ages! University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets  (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
    • 30th Street Stage: Barbarian, Blue-Eyed Son, Midnight Pine, Vinyl Mill, Le Chateau, Mayfield, Jesse LaMonace & the Dime Novels
    • Bar Pink Stage (31st St.): Swamp Dogg, Schitzophonics, the Rosalyns, Flaggs, Bangladesh, Mokoto
    • Observatory Stage (Illinois St.): Mr Tube & the Flying Objects, Afternoon Dream Serum, Taurus Authority, Michael McGraw & the Butchers, Erik Canzona & the Narrow, Vinyl Junkies Record Swap
    • Queen Bee Stage (Ray St.): Zymm Zymm Quartet, Super Groupie, Sinai, Daniel Feld, Dan Gindling Band, Love Bloom, Sinai & Rosie
    • Also: Craft Beer Block (ticketed event), Dance Stage, Children's Stage, Vendors, Food, two Beer Gardens and more!!
  • Lana Del Ray, Courtney Love @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre (sold out)
  • Ex Hex, the Shivas, Die Mibildungen des Menschen @ Casbah
  • Wolf Alice, Gateway Drugs @ Soda Bar
  • Neon Beat: Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Stick Figure, Ballyhoo!, Seedless @ Observatory North Park
  • No Duh, Green Today, Godspeed McQueen @ Belly Up
  • Chester See @ Porter's Pub
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Guideline (CD telease), Jara, Essex Class, Pumphouse, Subsurfer @ SOMA
  • Taran Gray @ Society Cabaret La Jolla
  • Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez @ Balboa Theatre
  • Miss Erika Davies, Trio Gadjo @ The Balboa (7 p.m.)
  • Foreign Bodies, Last Days of Ancient Sunlight @ The Balboa (10 p.m.)
  • Fergie DJ @ Omnia
  • Tribe of Kings @ The Hideout
  • Crimson Harps @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Darks of Heaven, Zombie Barbie @ Bancroft Bar
  • Jason Michael Carroll, the Sickstring Outlaws, Alaina Blair @ Brick By Brick
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6 p.m.)
  • Anthony D'amato, Sophia Bacino @ Lestat's (9 p.m.)
  • Robin Henkel @ Java Joe's
  • Lexington Field @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Danny Avila @ Bassmnt
  • Louis La Roche @ Bang Bang
  • '80s vs. '90s, with Saul Q and Gabe Vega @ Whistle Stop
  • S.P.Y. @ The Merrow
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Nina Francis @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Eve Selis & Friends @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • PopRx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Avenue Rockers, Revolut-Chix, the CGS, Machete Dildo, Nutstache @ Tower Bar (2-7 p.m.)
  • Murder By Techno, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, They Feed at Night, Noise-a-Tron & DJ Nasty Nats @ Tower Bar (9 p.m.)
  • Alex Villa Band @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Subdvsn @ Winston's
  • The Nashville Ramblers, the Rosalyns, Diddley Daddies @ Til-Two Club
  • Sid Vicious & Ricky Rocks @ Fluxx
  • Bump n Brass @ Tio Leo's
  • Sandy Cash, Jen Hajj @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church
  • Paradigm Shift @ 98 Bottles
  • Eden @ Spin
  • KL Noizemakers, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Loose Nut's farewell show @ Boar Cross'n
  • Rhythm and the Method, Restoration One, the Charlie Rae Band @ 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 Pall Jenkins]]>
<![CDATA[A Copeland Comeback]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:32:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Copeland+Press+Photo.jpg

Come Friday, May 22, SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union's Open Air Theatre will be rocking with the sounds of Paramore -- and Copeland?

It’s kind of an odd pairing,isn’t it? One band couldn’t be more entertainingly bombastic onstage if they tried, while the other deals in some of the most serene, subdued indie pop around -- with a frontman calmly seated at an electric piano and singing in an aching falsetto for the majority of their shows. The bizarre juxtaposition sure isn’t lost on that man, Copeland’s Aaron Marsh.

"We always think about that a little bit," Marsh told SoundDiego. "Who are we playing for? Who’s our audience? We wouldn’t try to outgun them because they’re such a powerful band. We wouldn’t stand a chance [laughs]. We wouldn’t try to compete with them at all. Instead, we’ll try to do something that complements them and contrasts that in some way -- maybe play some of the poppier stuff, some of the moodier stuff and just try to go the other direction and offer the fans something different. We’re just really grateful to be gone from the scene all this time and come back with this kind of opportunity."

Copeland, "Ixora"Yeah, let’s talk about that for a minute. The last time we heard from Copeland seems like ages ago. After starting up the band (which now also includes guitarists Bryan and Stephen Laurenson and drummer Jonathan Bucklew) in 2001 and finding national success with their first two albums in particular, "Beneath Medicine Tree" and "In Motion," the guys took off in a much-different direction than the guitar-led quasi-emo/indie-rock sound their fans had come to expect from them. Albums like 2006’s "Eat, Sleep, Repeat" and 2008’s "You Are My Sunshine" (which was thought to be the band’s last) were stark departures from their previous work and featured a heavier electro sound, led by Marsh’s increased use of his sky-high falsetto and electric piano. They had evolved into more Radiohead, less Jimmy Eat World. Some fans simply gave up and moved on.

"The big shift was after the second record," Marsh explained. "Once we lost that big rhythm guitar on the third record, I think that’s when we saw people decide if they were still on board or not. It’s cool. It was very freeing. I feel like our fans now would be fine with a heavy record or with all strings. I think we’ve set the precedent that anything goes. It’s very cool, I feel lucky to have the fans we do."

Those fans were similarly blessed with a surprise fifth studio album self-releaed last year entitled “Ixora,” which found Copeland picking up right where they left off with "You Are My Sunshine" -- albeit perhaps a bit more focused and rejuvenated. After all, six years away from a band is a helluva long time, and everyone involved has been through a lot. People get older. Life changes. And those kinds of things tend to make their way onto records.

"Relatability is something I was going for [on ‘Ixora’]," Marsh said. "A lot of the emotions on it are tied to becoming a father -- that’s a huge change of identity. I went from a single dude who lived in a van and played music every night to getting married, owning a home and having a child. It was a massive identity shift."

And it makes for an achingly beautiful record with some of the strongest melodies the band has laid down, bookended with lyrics tackling depression, doubt, lost love and never-ending longing. It’s the sound of a band who has gone through the peaks and valleys of personal and musical growth over the last few years, and emerged from that journey a bit bolder, wiser and better for it.

Welcome back.

Copeland performs at SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Friday, May 22, with Paramore. Tickets are available online here

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

Photo Credit: Tooth & Nail Records]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Trace Adkins]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 10:00:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Trace+Adkins+Harrahs+Covault+%2831%29.jpg Trace Adkins caught us "dreamin' out loud" when he stopped in at Harrah's Resort Southern California on May 8.

Photo Credit: Steve Covault]]>
<![CDATA[A Legit Brotherhood]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:26:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jeffthebrotherhood.jpg Jeff the Brotherhood talk their new album, new members -- and wishful family ties to rock royalty before their recent Soda Bar show. ]]> <![CDATA[Springtime Happiness]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 10:22:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Coachella2014LanaDelRey1.jpg

Friday, the Palace Ballroom (CD release), Birdy Bardot, Grizzly Business and Diamond Lakes take over the Casbah; Howard Jones is at Sycuan Casino; Two Gallants and Black Range are at Soda Bar; the Relationship (members of Weezer, U.S. Bombs and Bravery), Gringo Star and Panic Is Perfect play at House of Blues Voodoo Room; the Waterboys headline at Humphreys Concerts By The Bay; Young Dubliners with the Paragraphs play at the Belly Up; Black Pistol Fire, Low Volts and the Casey Hensley Band are at the Hideout; Neil Diamond’s World Tour is at Valley View Casino Center; Cathedrals and Tunji Ige hit the Loft (UCSD); the Routine is at Seven Grand; MDC, Deathwish, Systematic Abuse, Death Eyes and Sculpins are at Til-Two; and Klingande takes over House of Blues. More dancing with F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Afrojack at Omnia; Doorly and Craig Chambers at Bang Bang; and TJR at Fluxx.

Start your Saturday with the free, all-ages North Park Festival of Arts from 11 a.m. to 6 p. m. featuring Barbarian, the Midnight Pine, Schizophonics, the Rosalyns, Taurus Authority, Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects and more. Later that night, Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love are at Sleep Train Amphitheatre; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds play at Humphreys By The Bay; Wolf Alice and Gateway Drugs take over Soda Bar; Stick Figure, Ballyhoo! and Seedless are at the Observatory North Park; Ex Hex headlines at the Casbah; Tribute bands No Duh, Green Today and Godspeed McQueen hit the Belly Up; Miss Erika Davies and Trio Gadjo are at the Balboa for an early show followed by Foreign Bodies and Last Days of Ancient Sunlight; Kyle is at the Irenic; Still Ill play at Seven Grand; Darks of Heaven and Zombie Barbie are at the Bancroft; the Nashville Ramblers, the Rosalyns and Diddley Daddies play at Til-Two; and Cochinas Locas, Poontang Clam, Cedar Fire and the Touchies are at the Treehouse. Dance party action with Fergie (DJ) at Omnia; Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Louis La Roche at Bang Bang, Danny Avila at Bassmnt; and ‘80s .vs. ‘90s with Saul Q and Gabe Vega at the Whistle Stop.

On Sunday, the Dive Day Club returns to Harrah’s Resort Southern California with the DJ trio Yellow Claw. Later that night, Passion Pit and COIN play a sold out show at the Observatory North Park; and Hutch & Kathy (of the Thermals), S (Jenn Ghetto) and Allie Goertz are at Soda Bar.

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

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

<![CDATA[Palace Ballroom Intrigue]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 08:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hh0119.jpg

Oh, you guys must hate it when I blather on about my favorite bands that are in town playing sold-out shows, but a few years back, Two Gallants said they were going on an indefinite hiatus. When they miraculously performed two shows at Gilman Street in San Francisco, I had to go up for a road trip. Fortunately, the duo has been back on the road since -- after each of them recorded some solo stuff -- and on Friday, they roll through Soda Bar to play a sold-out show. If you didn't get tickets, the Palace Ballroom celebrate an album release at the Casbah on a bill that also features the debut of Birdy Bardot, and Diamond Lakes, featuring SoundDiego's own Dustin Lothspeich. Legend Neil Diamond brings his world tour to Valley View Casino Center, and the Canadian rock duo Black Pistol Fires perform at the Hideout.

Friday, May 15:

  • Two Gallants, Blank Range @ Soda Bar (SOLD OUT)
  • The Palace Ballroom, Birdy Bardot, Grizzly Business, Diamond Lakes @ Casbah -- check out our Spotlight segment on the Palace Ballroom
  • Neil Diamond World Tour @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Black Pistol Fire, Low Volts @ The Hideout
  • The Relationship (members of Weezer, U.S. Bombs, & Bravery), Gringo Star, Panic Is Perfect @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • TJR @ Fluxx
  • Turn It Loose with Mr. Blow and Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Young Dubliners, the Paragraphs @ Belly Up
  • Juice Box, Soft Limits @ The Balboa
  • Howard Jones @ Sycuan Casino
  • Cathedrals, Tunji Ige @ The Loft
  • The Routine @ Seven Grand
  • Smack This, Spiral Out @ Brick By Brick
  • The Waterboys, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Crimson Harps @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Caitlin Evanson, Tim Connolly, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat's
  • Java Joe's CD release with Berkley Hart, Chris Dale, Frank Dennen, Jeffrey Joe, Dave Howard, Robin Henkel, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Steve Harris @ Java Joe's
  • Klingande, Autograf @ House of Blues
  • Happy Heartbreak, the Liquorsmiths, Bad & Ugly @ The Merrow
  • Mainsail, Empty Spaces, Between California, Summer Aura, Ovation @ Epicentre
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Allison Adams Tucker @ Croce's Park West
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Desert Suns, the Well, Chiefs, Amigo @ Tower Bar
  • Atomic Groove Get Fit Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • GrooveSession @ Winston's
  • MDC, Deathwish, Systematic Abuse, Death Eyes, Sculpins @ Til-Two Club
  • F---ing in the Bushes Britrock with Dan Sant & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Deborah Henson Conant @ Museum of Making Music
  • Doorly, Craig Chambers @ Bang Bang
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • DEJ Loaf @ Spin
  • Pandora @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reka Parker, Paul Seaforth Quartet, the Charlie Arbelaez @ 98 Bottles
  • Wildside, DJ RM @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Casey Turner @ 710 Beach Club (5 p.m.)
  • The Pleasure Victims, the Brewhahas @ 710 Beach Club (9 p.m.)

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.

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[Two Gallants Undone]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 10:35:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/TwoGallants2.jpg

The halcyon days are -- by the sounds of Two Gallants’ latest record -- far, far behind us. Widely interpreted as an album that offers little hope for humanity, "We Are Undone" may be lyrically depressed, but the February 2015 release throws the same gruff and fuzz in our faces that has earned Two Gallants recognition. And come Friday, May 15, you can get a faceful at Soda Bar, when the San Francisco duo return to San Diego.

Borrowing their name from a short story by James Joyce, Two Gallants are Adam Stephens (vocals, guitar) and Tyson Vogel (drums), childhood friends who have been playing together under the moniker for 13 years. They’re committed to the two-man-band model. Stephens, the primary songwriter, has noted in past interviews that having to work only with what he and Vogel can do instrumentally isn’t restrictive but a challenge that pushes Two Gallants’ production forward into exploring and inevitably landing on different possibilities within their music.

"We Are Undone," engineered by Karl Derfler (who’s worked with Tom Waits and Roky Erickson, among others), plays to the tune of that truth. Yes, the record offers little light, but not carelessly. Two Gallants share their anxiety that we might be headed in a destructive direction -- and that maybe, in our negligence, that direction has become one-way. What exactly that sounds like -- well, it’s worth a trip to Soda Bar on Friday to find out.

Two Gallants play Soda Bar on Friday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m., 21+. Blank Range open. The show is sold out.

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

Photo Credit: Misha Vladimirskiy]]>
<![CDATA[Family Affair]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 10:54:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/fat+white+family+photo.jpg

Is the Casbah grimy enough for Britain's current "it" band, Fat White Family? We will definitely find out on Thursday as the band makes  its first appearance in San Diego. Fat White Family have been described as depraved, vulgar, and even "diseased, drug-addled and utterly corrupt"; at the same time, theirs is one of the most anticipated tours of 2015. So go see for yourself if they can live up to their raunchy reputation. Meanwhile, Lord Huron play a sold-out show at the Observatory North Park with a free DJ set after the show at the Whistle Stop.

Thursday, May 14:

  • Lord Huron, Family of the Year @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Fat White Family, L.A. Drugz @ Casbah
  • Waka Flocka @ Fluxx
  • Recommended Dosage, with Lord Huron DJ Set @ Whistle Stop
  • Ava Luna, Media Jeweler, Longclaws, Holling @ Soda Bar (Ava Luna has canceled, show will continue)
  • Grown Folks Music with the Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Nipsey Hussle @ Porter's Pub
  • Collie Buddz, Los Rakas & DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Rhythm & the Method @ The Hideout
  • Second Cousins, Tomten, Kithkin @ Sycamore Den
  • Tony Bennett @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • Chad Taggart, Sub Niche, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • ILoveMakkonnen, Key! @ House of Blues
  • Darkwave Garden @ Bancroft Bar
  • Throwback Thursday @ U-31
  • Rob Thorsen Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Francois Sims @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Jam @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Sour Bridges, Frances Bloom @ Winston's
  • Myson King @ The Office
  • Sur un Plage, the Backhomes, Drug Cabin @ Til-Two Club
  • T. Williams @ Bang Bang
  • Chris Antonik @ Tio Leo's
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Layne Tadesse & 7 Seal Dub, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Great Electric Quest @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band 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[Wolf Alice: Rocking Like It's 1995]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:03:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/WolfAlice_PhotobyJamesGrant_2.jpg

Wanna piss off a band? Ask them who influences their sound. Better yet, tell them who you think their influences are and watch their faces tense up as they do their best not to roll their eyes and walk away in a huff. Every artist, no matter the medium, loves to think they're creating something wholly original or that, at the least, they’ve filtered their influences into something that can stand on its own and not be heard as an incidental homage to said influences.

It’s difficult to listen to Wolf Alice’s RCA debut, "My Love Is Cool" (out June 23), and not hear the specter of ‘90s alternative rock looming over the songs. The grungy guitar crunch on the single “Moaning Lisa Smile" sounds like vintage Nirvana or Hole. Crowd favorite "Bros" is cut from the same cloth (flannel perhaps?) as the Smashing Pumpkins' anthem “1979.” The lush “Silk” starts out like a Mazzy Star ballad before segueing into something more closely resembling Sneaker Pimps.

Yes, a lot has been made of Wolf Alice sounding like they're trying to resurrect what is, perhaps at this point, a nostalgic rock sound. But to hear singer Ellie Rowsell tell it, they're just playing what comes naturally.

"I don't really know what ‘90s music is," says Rowsell over the phone in between tour stops. "I listen to Blur, and they're a ‘90s band, and I listen to Nirvana, but they sound nothing like each other -- so which ‘90s band are we supposed to sound like? And then there are ones we get compared to like Elastica and Hole. It's just such a broad concept, ‘90s music. It’s such a broad thing, and I'm not offended by it, and I don't try to distance myself from it. I just hope that people who don't like ‘90s music will give us a chance as well 'cause we're not all about that. We have different sides."

That they do. In fact, much of "My Love Is Cool" sounds more like a band just beginning to grasp what they want to sound like. It's very easy to simply label them an alternative-rock band, if only for the fact that their songs are so stylistically varied. Rowsell admits that most of the band didn't even really know how to play their respective instruments when they first formed almost four years ago.

"I didn't really know how to play the guitar or how to sing," says Rowsell. "Joel [Amey] had only just picked up the drums, but you know, it was very fresh. I think we played a lot of shows that might have sounded very bad, but I think there's a certain charm to that. You have to start from the roots up."

Wolf Alice’s roots begin in 2010, when Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie started playing together at coffeehouses and open mic nights around North London. They released an EP that same year that could best be described as folkish-pop, but Rowsell says that quickly became boring, and the duo recruited Amey and bassist Theo Ellis to try something new.

"I do think I wanted to be in a loud band, but I didn't really know how to go about that," she says. “I didn't really know much about the electric guitar or -- I don't know -- it didn't seem like an obvious option. And then once we started doing it, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this wonderful.'"

The band quickly garnered buzz in the London scene, and their single "Leaving You" began getting spins on BBC Radio 1. Pretty soon, British tastemaking publications like "NME" were knighting them as the next big thing, and they went from having a few people at their shows to playing packed club gigs with lines around the block.

"It was May of last year that we went on a tour, and it was the first time we had people dancing around at our shows," says Rowsell. "Loads of the shows were packed, and people were singing along. That's when you realize like, oh s---, this is pretty legit now."

American critics were just as impressed when the band came stateside to play at March’s South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. Respected Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot called them a "fangs-baring rock band," while the much more hipster-friendly blog Bushwick Daily described them as a beautiful “blend of atmospheric grunge-pop, punk riffs and hushed harmonies." Somewhere around the SxSW shows, they were signed to RCA Records, the label that broke bands like the Strokes and Kings of Leon.

"I was trying not to think about it too much," says Rowsell when asked about SxSW and the band's initial American dates. "Then we first got to South by Southwest, and I thought it was just quite a cool thing, but I did not expect to see anybody at our shows. It was really cool not to see an empty room."

Whether Wolf Alice can connect with American audiences the same way they have with British fans remains to be seen, but given the recent successes of ‘90s-channeling bands like Parquet Courts and Haim, it seems likely Rowsell and company won't be playing to empty rooms any time soon. All of the members are still in their early 20s, so even if "My Love Is Cool" sounds derivative to keener ears, the band has more than enough time to grow and evolve.

"We're not trying to fit into some kind of concept or genre. That would be boring. We're exploring. We're still, in my eyes, a relatively new band, and we're exploring how we play and how we write," Rowsell says. "But it does feel like everything's kind of falling into place, and yeah, I'm happy."

Wolf Alice play Soda Bar on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., $14, 21+. Gateway Drugs open. Tickets are available here.

Seth Combs writes about music for local and national publications. You can follow him on Twitter at @combsseth.

Photo Credit: James Grant]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: David Guetta, Pitbull, Meghan Trainor]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:05:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Channel+933+Summer+2015-131.jpg Channel 93.3's Summer Kick Off Concert brought big-hitters David Guetta, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor and tons more to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on May 8.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Wom Wom Wombats]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 08:53:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wombats+-+Copy.jpg

Wednesday night brings several quality choices to get over the hump, but no venue has a more thorough lineup than the House of Blues. The Wombats [read SoundDiego's interview with them here] have made the journey to San Diego more than a few times over the years, and every show gets better, sweatier and more fun. With support from the jangly Life in Film and Philly's hazy pop of Cheerleader, you're going to want to arrive early enough for the openers. If that isn't your jam, Wayne the Train Hancock returns to the Casbah, The Junk Poets get it on at Soda Bar, and Taurus Authority return to their Bar Pink residency.

Wednesday, May 13:

  • The Wombats, Life in Film, Cheerleader @ House of Blues
  • Wayne the Train Hancock, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones, Fanny & the Atta Boys @ Casbah
  • The Junk Poets, the Burdens, Philosopher's Ray Gun @ Soda Bar
  • Taurus Authority @ Bar Pink
  • Kulture, Mor Elian @ The Hideout
  • Giraffe, Navi Singh @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series featuring Nathan Collins @ Croce's Park West
  • Randi Driscoll and friends featuring Jack Van Cleaf, Lauren Schulz and more @ Java Joe's
  • Latin Dance Party featuring DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records With Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Ambassador with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Maeth, Those Darn Gnomes, Fadrait, Groove of Death @ Til-Two Club
  • Wildside @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Naiz @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Social Club, Digital Lizards of Doom, Dirty Disciple, Goldfingaz @ The Merrow
  • The Fooks @ Henry's Pub

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 Paradigm]]>
<![CDATA[Right Off the Wombats]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 10:47:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TheWombats_G7A6992.jpg

In the Wombats’ recent video for “Greek Tragedy,” the indie-rock lads end up stabbed, electrocuted and choked to death by an overly obsessed fan. Lest they forget, that obsession is the kind of thing their music inspires worldwide. Well, hopefully not that kind of obsession. But hey, their fans love ’em, and with good reason. The Wombats assemble some of the catchiest, energetic indie-pop/rock around; deliver spirited, impassioned performances; and are kinda easy on the eyes. Let’s just say the three Liverpudlians -- who delivered an amusing take on the whole online dating thing with their new “Give Me a Try” video -- won’t be updating any Match.com profiles any time soon. Or will they?

“Never say never, I guess,” the Wombats’ drummer, Dan Haggis, joked. “So far, none of us have got a dating profile. It feels like it would be weird, but it’s such a big part of society, isn’t it? I can totally see how it becomes a game. People are so different online, aren’t they?”

Maybe it’s a good thing that the Wombats don’t spend too much time online. After all, they’ve got a pretty successful thing going with this whole music gig. After meeting at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the band (which includes Haggis, guitarist/singer Matthew Murphy and bassist Tord Overland Knudsen) released a debut album called “Girls, Boys, and Marsupials” in 2006 and found their following singles blowing up the UK charts. It was only a matter of time before they were winning NME awards and playing massive festivals like Glastonbury. Through it all, the trio are still the same guys that met up originally at university -- even getting a bit anxious still before shows.

“I think we all get nervous,” Haggis said. “It sounds worse than it is though. I think there are good nerves and bad nerves -- we get good nerves. You get butterflies in the stomach; your adrenaline starts pumping. Funny though, the smaller shows can be more nerve-wracking. You feel very naked in such a close setting like that.”

One thing they’re not sweating though -- their new album, “Glitterbug.” Featuring the songs from the two aforementioned videos (which have been streamed, like, a bajillion times on YouTube, mind you), it’s some of their best work to-date -- which may be a result of recording in a more relaxed atmosphere.

“Writing these songs and making this album felt so refreshing and invigorating. The second album, we felt a little more pressured, but we’ve learned from the first two. We wanted to take our time and make the album we wanted to. We’ve never been more proud of an album,” said Haggis.

For a band that got their start by pumping out legit rock tunes with an unbridled fury, the new record’s sound borders a bit on the dancier side, which sits right with Haggis.

“The first album, we were in one room in university, playing songs and having fun doing gigs," he said. "Over a couple years, we started finding a sound, and we built up a repertoire of songs that became the first album. After touring for a while, we found that we love playing piano and synths. We love electronic music as well… So we just tried to incorporate different styles of music into what we do.”

So you’ll be doing plenty of rocking and dancing come Wednesday, May 13, if the Wombats have anything to say about it. Samsies for the three Brits.

“It’s been a long winter,” Haggis said. “We’re looking forward to getting to California and getting some sun on our skin.”

The Wombats headline House of Blues on Wednesday, May 13, with Life in Film and Cheerleader opening. The show is all ages. Tickets are $27.50 and are available here.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Wombats]]>
<![CDATA[Dive Into the Dive Day Club]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 11:31:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/3LAU.jpg

Summer’s about to take a dive right into the deep end -- and then wiggle and bob to the sound of heavy bass from the EDM ear-blasting that is the Dive Day Club. This Sunday, May 17, the Vegas-style pool party returns to Harrah’s Resort Southern California for a third season, marking the beginning of a summer full of Sunday fun days.

For the opening-day soundtrack, the DDC booked Yellow Claw, who “Rolling Stone” spotlighted earlier this year as one of their 10 artists to watch, drawing comparisons to RL Grime and DDC alum DJ Snake, among others. The Dutch trio pride themselves on their ability to drop the beats to get you to the dance floor -- or in this case, the pool.

The complete summer lineup is still unfolding, but it’s shaping up to be a season full of madness. DJ Vice of Los Angeles, who's worked with such artists as Rihanna, Teagan & Sara and Capitol Cities, is picking up Memorial Day weekend. Following that, EDM /hip-hop blender Brillz (who you might know from his remix of Jay Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulders") and progessive-house beatmaker Henry Fong (who you might know from his super babe status) coming in after that.

If last year -- which saw monsters like Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Blasterjaxx and Dada Life blowing up the DDC -- is any indication of what's to come, then get thee to the lazy river, my friends (it is 400-feet long). Or to the swim-up bar (the only one in SoCal). Or one of the 20+ cabanas. Whatever your swimsuit pleasure, the summer is just starting -- and a week earlier than usual.

Yellow Claw open the Dive Day Club on Sunday, May 17, at noon. Tickets are available at divedayclub.com. All events are 21+.

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

<![CDATA[The Sound of Timber Timbre]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 08:58:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/timbertimbre.jpg

The last time Timber Timbre was in town was 2011. I remember the band because I worked for them that night, selling their merch. I hadn't heard of them before then, but by the end of the night I was mesmerized by their music and style. I remember it being somewhat hypnotic, and the fans that were there were rabid about the group. Tuesday night, the psychedelic-folk band returns on the heels of the release of their third record on Arts & Crafts, "Hot Dreams." The Canadian band is sure to mesmerize once again and is supported by the also amazing Xiu Xiu, this time to an all-ages crowd at the Irenic. Meanwhile, the Casbah hosts bands from all over the world, so you can catch Vaadat Charigim (from the Burger Records family) with Froth and Muscle Beech, or head over to Soda Bar to catch Aussie indie act Jakubi. It's kind of a great night for music, so go get some.

Tuesday, May 12:

  • Timber Timbre, Xiu Xiu @ The Irenic
  • Vaadat Charigim, Froth, Muscle Beech @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Jakubi, Andy Frasco @ Soda Bar
  • Ex-Cult @ The Hideout
  • Arms Away, Bandalier, No Hope Kids @ The Merrow
  • Eskimo Brothers DJ: Gabonano with DreTrav, Dunga, Teddy Roxpin, Chief Lion, Danny Da Beat'o, TEC @ Bancroft Bar
  • The Piano Guys @ Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
  • ListenLocalRadio.com Showcase @ House of Blues Salvation Alley
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Liz Grace & the Swing Thing @ Croce's Park West
  • Flow Tribe @ Winston's
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • 710 Country 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 Timber Timbre]]>
<![CDATA[Comfortable in Her "Snakeskin"]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 11:57:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/saraperez.JPG

Sara Perez, a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher, is getting geared up to perform in the Tennessee Williams-inspired dance drama "Snakeskin," which debuts May 15-17 at UCSD's Forum Theater. A year ago, the Baltimore-raised musician was invited by composer Krishan Oberoi to become a member of Sacra/Profana, a professional choral organization popularly known as San Diego’s go-to choral ensemble.

Perez, like many U.S. Latinos, has a fascinating story of migration and growing up bicultural: She was born in South Carolina to full-time musician parents. When her Portuguese mother won a music lectureship in Guatemala, the family made the big move down south when Perez was only eight months old. Later, her family planted themselves back in the U.S., and of all places in Baltimore, which she lovingly calls her "hometown." Her parents have since relocated -- her mom to England, her dad to Colombia -- but both are still music educators.

Like her parents, Perez -- a recipient of the Mellon Mays undergraduate fellowship who currently teaches piano, voice and music theory at La Jolla Music -- has a passion for teaching music, and she's spreading that here in San Diego and through the debut of "Snakeskin."

Dita Quinones: Like the musical’s title, there are transformative elements dealing with race and class warfare in your upcoming performance. What are you most excited about in bringing Tennessee Williams’ work to San Diego audiences?
Sara Perez: I'll be doing a lot of keyboard work and singing in this project. This project is most exciting for me because of the bridge between the art forms. Although I'm just starting to become familiar with Malashock's [choreography] work, his creations seem incredibly organic and honest. This coupled with Krishan's sensibilities in a wide variety of musical tastes, audiences can look forward to hearing a large span of emotions in the music, varying from really beautiful folk tunes to Rite of Spring-esque instrumental portions.

DQ: How do your bicultural experiences in the U.S. lend to your art and music?
SP: It makes singing in Spanish really easy! But actually, this is a hard question. Because I am bicultural, I think I have an alternate viewpoint that influences everything I do and take interest in, not just with art and music. I would be lying if I said that I'm primarily interested in bicultural arts, but I think that because of my cultural interests, it alters how I view art and music that draws from Latino culture.

DQ: Your parents are both successful full-time musicians from two different places.
SP: My mother won a Fulbright Lectureship to advise the Minister of Culture on the reconstruction of the string department at the National Conservatory in Guatemala. She also resurrected/re-organized the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, which had not been running in two years -- this all took place over a period of nine months in 1990. My mother is from Massachusetts -- her family is mostly Portuguese and moved to the U.S. just before the Great Depression. She is a cellist and currently the manager of the Bath Philharmonic in England. My father is Colombian. He currently teaches at the Conservatorio del Tolima as the orchestral director and professor of violin and viola. He is a violinist but also a conductor.

DQ: It’s troubling today to know that our children aren’t immersed in or exposed to the dramatic arts -- and reality TV don’t count. What do you do to be a socially responsible musician?
SP: I take an immense amount of joy from working with children, primarily at La Jolla Music. I recently started a children's choir with the director of folklore, Angel Mannion, called Hobbit Choir. We're hoping to expose young children to a contemporary sense of the choir by working in video-game music and pop music as well as some older, traditional choral music.

DQ: How did you wind up in San Diego?
SP: I moved here in 2012 to pursue my master’s degree in voice performance at UCSD. During and after completion of my degree, I performed with several different groups and churches including Sacra/Profana, San Diego Symphony, St. James by the Sea, Kallisti and Ensemble f0, as well as giving two solo recitals while at UCSD. I hope to continue performing in this music scene. I think there is a lot of hunger for good music in this city!

Perez debuts in "Snakeskin" -- a collaboration between Malashock Dance and Sacra/Profana, in partnership with UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance -- at UCSD’s Forum, May 15-17. For "Snakeskin" ticket info go here. For updates from Sara Perez, visit her on Facebook.

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sara Perez]]>
<![CDATA[Kimbra's Miracle]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 11:24:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kimbra+SD.jpg The queen of collaborations, Kimbra talks with Rosemary Bystrak at Observatory North Park about the diverse influences on her new record and her attraction to juxtaposition in the music-making process.]]> <![CDATA[Elvis Is Alive]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 09:39:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elvisperkins2.jpg

When Elvis Perkins released his debut, "Ash Wednesday," in 2007, his folk stylings proved from the get-go that he would be known for his own music and not because he's the offspring of actor Anthony Perkins (best known for his role as Norman Bates). A couple years later, Perkins followed up with "Elvis Perkins in Dearland," continuing his upward trajectory with another beautiful collection of songs. In this day and age, however, you continue producing and staying at the forefront or the instant-gratification generation move along. With six years since that sophomore release, Elvis released "I Aubade" on his own label. Unfortunately for Mr. Perkins, we're a tough town and have a short attention span, so his show at the Irenic has been moved to the much smaller Hideout, but I promise that it will be a great and intimate show if you can get out this Monday night. Be sure to arrive in time for opener Vikesh Kapoor who has been to San Diego and is an incredible singer-songwriter in his own right. Around town, the Skints are at the Casbah, Dipset plays at the Observatory, NKOTB are at Viejas Arena at SDSU, and Listen SD hosts Toronto band Lyon at Soda Bar.  

Monday, May 11:

  • Elvis Perkins, Vikesh Kapoor @ The Hideout (moved from the Irenic)
  • The Skints, Oceanside Sound System, San Diego City Soul Club DJs @ Casbah
  • NKOTB, TLC, Nelly @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Dipset @ Observatory North Park
  • Rittz and KXNG Crooked @ Porter's Pub (moved from Observatory North Park)
  • Unwelcome Guests @ Tower Bar
  • Lyon, Nicky Venus, Walla @ Soda Bar
  • Wreckord Mania @ Bar Pink
  • He Is Legend, Must Be the Holy Ghost, Sever the Century, the Dirty Work, Hitmen & Hookers, La Strange (members of Atreyu) @ Epicentre (moved from Porter's Pub)
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Gio and Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Hip-Hop Mondays featuring Abstract Rude, Myka 9, MC Woes, Atlantis Rising, Gonejah @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Desecrate, Nukem @ Brick by Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night with DJ Fishfonics @ U-31
  • Industry Night with DJ RoyAle & Friends @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist]]>
<![CDATA[The Palace Ballroom's Rock Waltz]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 11:04:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Palace+Ballroom+SD.jpg Timothy Joseph, frontman for the Palace Ballroom, explains the benefits of perspective, his writing style -- and possible self-sabotage. Catch the band at the Casbah on May 15 for their record release show.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: May 10-16]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 10:50:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/456023571LanaDelRey.jpg We highlight the must-see shows headed our way with some help from Live Nation, including Bryan Adams, Train and Lana Del Rey.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for MerchantCantos]]>
<![CDATA[Sonics Highways]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 10:46:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/190*120/80321518.jpg

Today is the final day of the annual Gator By the Bay Festival. Long a Mother's Day tradition in my own family, the zydeco and Cajun music fest has expanded over the years to include five stages, with a broader scope of music including blues, rock, and more. It has been a bit of a chilly weekend but today should shape up to be a nice one for spending the day with Mom. By nightfall, legendary Tacoma band the Sonics perform at the Belly Up. The band has been cited as influential to bands like the Cramps, the Ramones, Nirvana and the Fall. They've recently released their first album in nearly 50 years, and after a successful all-ages show here last summer, tonight they head to Solana Beach.

Sunday, May 10 (Happy Mother's Day!):

  • Gator By The Bay @ Spanish Landing
  • The Sonics, Barrence Whitfield, the Savages, Beehive & the Barracudas @ Belly Up
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Rat Fist, Gloomsday @ Casbah
  • Golden Coast, Swim Team, the Verigolds @ The Merrow (FREE RESIDENCY)
  • Runa @ AMSD
  • Deftones @ House of Blues
  • Dead Men Walking, Barb Wire Dolls, Grids @ Soda Bar
  • The Road To Psycho Tour: Dead Meadow, Elder, Stoned Jesus, Electric Citizen @ Brick By Brick
  • Nina Francis, Danny Green @ Croce's Park West
  • Mundell Lowe, Jaime Valle, Bob Boss @ Dizzy's
  • In Virdian @ Epicentre
  • Dee Lucas @ Humphreys Backstage (8 p.m.)
  • Haiku Group, Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joes
  • Joe Budden @ Porter's Pub
  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars @ World Beat Center
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Gonzo, Beyong I Sight, Maka Roots, Iya Terra @ U-31
  • Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winstons

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[9 of San Diego's Top Entertainers]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 13:00:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Prayers+SoundDiego+LIVE+%2820%29.jpg

"Are you not entertained?" 

Let’s break it down: There’s a big difference between a performer -- and an entertainer. The San Diego music scene’s been gifted its fair share of stellar musicians, talented songwriters and immensely popular acts, but true entertainers are few and far between. They’re just cut from a different cloth than most. They make a lasting impression even after the music is over. When they walk into a room, everything suddenly feels electric, and when they leave, the party’s over. We decided to shine a light on some of San Diego’s finest entertainers taking over stages, hearts and minds these days. Of course, we can’t list everyone -- so if you think of someone deserving of inclusion, let us know in the comments!

  • Joe Aguilar, the Burning of Rome: As the long-haired, bombastic guitarist for his eclectic gypsy punk band, Aguilar hurls himself across stages and audiences alike during shows -– with little to no regard for his body. So much that we’re starting to doubt that he actually has any bones. Dude’s a real-life Gumby!

  • Pat Beers, the Schizophonics: No one, and we mean no one, plays guitar like Pat Beers. Who knew you could play righteous fuzz-rock guitar solos with only one hand, while jumping around like a maniacal cheerleader? Even Hendrix got some help from his teeth.

  • Ryn Foxe, Ghetto Blaster: Even though he’d laugh at us for including him here, he’s still one of the best frontmen in the game –- mainly because it’s clear he has no f---s to give. While his band opened for Hot Snakes last year at the Irenic, dude nailed an audience member with his microphone while swinging it over his head, and then threw out the cash he had in his wallet to the poor guy -- all while barking out a hardcore tune. That’s rock & roll, folks.

  • Lucina Go, Madly: Formerly the frontwoman for Black Hondo, Lucina Go exudes a Jim Morrison-level of dark intrigue and hypnotic attitude while hitting stages in her new indie-rock outfit, Madly. Yet to release an album, the band (and Go in particular) has been wowing us with their performances over the past year or so.

  • Alfred Howard, the Midnight Pine: What can we say? Howard’s been instrumental in bringing the chain/table saw blade game to San Diego. Often to the detriment of his own body, he pounds out ramshackle, stomping rhythms on curious, household items that may or may not pose serious health risks to the general public. No matter what’s going on around him (and he’s usually surrounded by fantastic musicians), you can’t help but watch him go at it.

  • Joshua Kmak, Shady Francos: As you may have guessed from our SoundDiego TV theme song, we’re kinda fans of Shady Francos. While their music definitely rocks, their lead singer/guitarist Joshua Kmak bobs around the mic like Bart Simpson on a pogo stick – and that’s just the start. The band’s energy and furious garage rock are simply infectious.

  • Jake Najor, Taurus Authority: Anyone who’s seen ‘The Naj’ play the drums has been left asking, "Did you see the faces that drummer was making?" While he mans the kit in the background for several San Diego bands such as Birdy Bardot, Erik Canzona & the Narrows, Lion & the Lady and Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact (while logging studio time for bands like TV on the Radio and Kelis), Najor’s unbridled enthusiasm is also likely to steal the show every time he takes the stage.

  • Sarah Norwood, AJ Froman: AJ Froman’s relatively new to the music scene here in town but it hasn’t prevented them from rocketing to the top of the psych rock game. That’s partly due to their Pink Floyd experimentalism and Zeppelin riffage, but a lot of it can be attributed to their charismatic frontwoman, Norwood. Under a mane of curly locks, she crawls, stalks and dominates stages like At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala –- and is nothing short of impressive every single time.

  • Rafael Reyes, Prayers: If the Cult’s Ian Astbury and Blink-182’s Travis Barker are fans of your work, you’re doing something right. Very right. In the case of cholo-goth pioneers Prayers, they’re on the cusp of huge things. Reyes is one of the most confident and fascinating frontmen we’ve ever seen, as we saw firsthand during their standing-room only performance at our recent SoundDiego LIVE party. Visually striking and with a larger-than-life persona that borderlines on dangerous, heads turn and cameras flash when Reyes walks in the room. If that ain’t a sign of a true entertainer, we don’t know what is.

 Here's a few other lists we've put together. 

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Season of the L.A. Witch]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 10:03:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LA+Witch+Press+Photo+Moni+Haworth.jpg

Admittedly, when I first heard the name L.A. Witch, I thought they would sound a whole lot different than they actually do. I expected hair metal from some tired and ruthlessly worn out Sunset Strip party bros, maybe a mullet or two, definitely a lot of studded leather, a couple scarves thrown in for good measure and songs about strippers and blow -- stuff like that. I had no such (bad) luck. Just goes to show: You just never know what you’ll get before you press play.

Instead, a mix of forlorn pysch folk, lethargic lo-fi blues and boozy garage rock drones steeped in moody, drugged-out surf reverb hit my stereo when I turned on L.A. Witch’s debut self-titled EP [listen/buy it here]. Although the band (who are set to play the Hideout on May 25) settle in somewhere between Dum Dum Girls, Velvet Underground and Warpaint, they almost seem like they’re from another dimension altogether.

L.A. Witch, self-titled EPThe trio (comprised of guitarist/singer Sade Sanchez, bassist/keyboardist Irita Pai and drummer Ellie English) just as easily throw down the scuzzy Black Rebel Motorcycle-style jam of “Get Lost” before switching gears entirely for the very next song -- the dreary acoustic, goth sway of “Heart of Darkness.” Never sounding precise or overly rehearsed, the group is all about ramshackle hypnotism -- each song threatening complete disintegration amid broken guitar strings, blown amps, barely-there structure and a monumental amount of ennui.

Knowing that sound is only half the battle these days, L.A. Witch complete their vintage ‘60s psych rock aesthetic with the near-grindhouse feel of their first official video [watch it here], filtered through a kaleidoscope lens and grainy, Super 8 film footage. “Save me from myself,” Sanchez sings throughout, the words falling from her mouth like a slow-cooked insult rather than a request.

With only the odd compilation single here and there and the three-song Manimal Vinyl EP to their name, it’s hard to know exactly what L.A. Witch are all about. If these tunes are any indication, though, they could probably care less about identity, hype and expectations. They'll be just fine.

Even if they’re not hair metal.

L.A. Witch headline the Hideout on May 25. The show is 21+ and starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door.

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

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<![CDATA[What a Bummer]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 09:42:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rob+crow2.JPG

Saturday is jam-packed with music events, but none is more special than Bummerfest, which is happening at the Irenic. Organizer Jordan Krimston (and full disclosure, my intern) is only a junior in high school but put together an event that would put a lot of local event producers to shame. Benefitting two charities, the bands he has assembled are about as diverse as they come, even nudging Pinback's Rob Crow to perform, despite recently declaring an end to performing on his Facebook page. This is an all-ages event, and besides all the music, there will be raffles and art and food and a general cool vibe. Sounds like a perfect Saturday to me. 

Saturday, May 9:

  • 91X Loudspeaker, the Casbah and Clever Void present Bummerfest, with Rob Crow, Pretend, Stage Kids, Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects, Octagrape, Sledding With Tigers, Inspired and the Sleep, Bit Maps, Dawayne Neptune, Big Bad Buffalo, Helix bagpipers @ The Irenic
  • Gator By the Bay @ Spanish Landing
  • OMBAC Beach Music Fest, featuring Matisyahu, the Green, Vokab Company, Betamaxx, the Mike Pinto Band @ Mariner's Point, Mission Bay
  • GrampaDrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Casbah presents the Growlers @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Reason to Rebel, Dead Feather Moon, Mother's Anger @ Casbah
  • Hit Dog Hollar, Michael McGraw & the Butchers (CD release), the Heart Beat Trail @ Soda Bar -- watch Michael McGraw's SoundDiego Spotlight segment
  • The Bangles @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • 3Lau @ Omnia
  • Waking In Sonata, Geneva Pina Riboflavin, Almost Grounded, Hello From Montauk @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty @ House of Blues
  • The Milk Crates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • LIE, TBA @ Tower Bar
  • The Gramalamadingdongs, the Shaolin Signal, the Fever, Batboat, Broyuhas @ Til Two Club
  • Sinner's Music Box, featuring Whitney Shay Quartet, the Pink BoomBox Burlesque Circus @ The Merrow
  • Brain Dead, Madrost, Gravespell, Christ Killer, Santa Claus @ Brick By Brick
  • Maystar's Fashion Whore, DJ R-You @ U-31
  • Triston Palma and Revival, SM Familia @ Winston's
  • Patrick Berrogain, Gilbert Castellanos @ Croce's Park West
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir @ Dizzy's
  • Vilma Diaz y la Sonora @ Queen Bee's
  • The Stache Bash Family Band, the Harry James Conglomerate @ 710 Beach Club
  • Tiranos del Norte @ Over the Border
  • Baby Bash @ Porter's Pub
  • ABBA the Concert @ Sycuan
  • Firebeatz @ Bassmnt
  • Just Kiddin @ Bang Bang
  • Hello, Gorgeous! (tribute to Barbra Streisand) @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • DJ Tay James @ Fluxx
  • Y3K @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Peter Bolland, Dave Howard @ Java Joes
  • Daphine Lee Martin, Emily Kate Boyd, Sahara Grimm @ Lestat's
  • Arsis, Dead Serial Killers, the No Name Gang @ Ramona MainStage
  • The Wild Fires, Splavender, Act Natural, Mayfield, Sydney Blake & the Misters, Raelee Nicole @ SOMA
  • Dance Spirit, Halo B2B, Tara Brooks, Speakerghost, E-Ty, Jwest, Michi Minxx, William Blake, Freckle, Datphat, Galangsta, Kim B, Laser Rot @ Spin
  • Serious Guise @ Tio Leo's

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

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