<![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 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:31:35 -0700 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:31:35 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[LIVE: CRSSD Festival Day 1]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:56:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flaming+lips++%2844%29.jpg The Flaming Lips, St. Lucia and others turned up for the light show that was Day 1 of CRSSD Festival at Waterfront Park on Oct. 10.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Live and Let Other Lives]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:27:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*127/Other+Lives+-+Christal+Angelique.jpg

I just can't stop being amazed by all of these wonderful shows coming through town. I guess that's what happens as we get more venues and competition for big shows. Or maybe it's because bands aren't making music from online and digital plays so they have to be on the road to turn a profit. Whatever the case may be, we surely win. Tuesday we have the return of Alt-J, this time at the Open Air Theatre with one of my favorites opening, San Fermin. Meanwhile, and kind of shocking to a lot of people, Neil Young is appearing at RIMAC Arena at UCSD with Promise of the Real -- featuring Willie Nelson's kid Lukas -- as his backing band, and the amazing Jenny Lewis opening the show. All of that is great, but what I'm particularly excited about is the return of Other Lives. I fell in love with this band's music a few years ago when they played Soda Bar for the first time. I subsequently saw them at the Casbah and then actually traveled to see them -- once to Vegas and once to San Francisco. It has been too long since they've been here, but in the time they've been absent, they opened for Radiohead, relocated to Portland from Oklahoma and had some member changes. Their latest record is phenomenal, and I cannot wait to see this band Tuesday night at the Belly Up.

Tuesday, Oct. 13:

  • Other Lives, Doe Paoro @ Belly Up
  • Neil Young with Promise of the Real, Jenny Lewis @ RIMAC Arena
  • Alt-J, San Fermin @ Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Superhumanoids, Rush Midnight @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday: the Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Age of Collapse, Negative Standards, Ruins, Nü-klē-ər Blast, Suntan @ Che Cafe
  • Stephanie Richards, Conduction Ensemble @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Tenors @ Balboa Theatre
  • East Forest, Goose & Mavrk, Jesus Gonzalez @ Soda Bar
  • Bolzer, Ritual Necromancy, Ghoulgotha, Our Place of Worship Is Silence, Seraphic Disgust @ The Merrow
  • Eskimo Bros @ The Bancroft
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Clay Colton Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Jefferson Jay Band, the Southern Brew Band @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • 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: Christal Angelique, Courtesy Grandstand Media]]>
<![CDATA[Last Radio Show for Half of “Jeff & Jer”]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:47:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jerry-Cesak-retirement.jpg

After more than four decades in the entertainment broadcast business, longtime San Diego radio host Jerry Cesak will be on air for the final time Wednesday as he begins life as a retiree.

Cesak – half of San Diego’s famous “Jeff & Jer” radio duo – announced last month he was retiring from radio, leaving the “Jeff & Jer Showgram” on KyXy 96.5. He said his last show would be on Oct. 14.

On air last week, Cesak said Thursday morning – his first day not going to work – would be the strangest day of his life. He said he’d likely wake up early and hang out in his office at home and, of course, listen to his colleagues on the “Showgram.” Cesak joked that if the show was really bad that morning, he’d return to work immediately.

In a letter addressed to fans last month, Cesak explained the reason for his retirement. In true Jer fashion, he couldn’t resist throwing a number of jokes and jabs at his fellow co-hosts in his “goodbye” announcement.

“Of course, it’s going to be awfully lame without me – but the ‘Showgram’ will still be on,” he razzed.

“The real reason I’m leaving radio can be told in 2 simple words, “It’s time,” Cesak wrote. “I think life comes in chapters, and in my life, the radio chapter is over. And that’s it. It’s just time,” he wrote.

Cesak and his co-hosts said the “Showgram” on KyXy 96.5 will continue to air, even with one man down. Currently, the morning radio program stars Laura Cain, Randy Hoag, Emily Griffiths, producer and on-air sidekick Tommy Sablan and Cesak’s longtime friend and radio partner, Jeff Detrow.

Sablan said last month that CBS and KyXy 96.5 have signed the show for a few morning years and said a new name for the show will be unveiled soon.

Cesak has been in the radio business for 45 years, and “The Jeff & Jer Showgram” has been on the air in San Diego since May, 3, 1988.

Over the past 27 years, the show has been on several different local radio stations, including a four-year run on Clear Channel’s Star 94.1 where the duo had a contract dispute that took them off the air for a couple of years between 2009 and 2011.

In Cesak’s farewell letter to fans last month, he talked about what his fellow co-hosts mean to him, including Detrow.

“Jeff and I have been brothers and partners for 33 years. Professionally and personally we’ve shared so many life experiences. The greatest tribute to our partnership is this: since the beginning we’ve known that from the second we met, we’d be together,” Cesak wrote.

“On the radio, as long-haul truckers, running a bowling alley…whatever – we would have been doing SOMETHING together for the past 33 years. Hopefully, nothing religious. Before I met Jeff, I had a sister. Since 1982 I’ve had a brother,” he added.

Photo Credit: Jeff Herrera]]>
<![CDATA[Megadeth Frontman Dave Mustaine's Home for Sale]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:26:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/11-2632+via+del+robles+-+grounds+%2811+of+34%29.jpg Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Metallica puts his Fallbrook home up for sale. See how a rock star relaxes.

Photo Credit: Michael Asgian / Michael Asgian Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Amon Raps Anew]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:30:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*163/Amon+Raps.jpg

After graduating from Georgia's Morehouse College in May of this year, 22-year-old Amon Ra Cunningham, a.k.a. Amon Raps, moved back to San Diego. He'd finished up fours years in Atlanta with a degree in business administration, and after putting recording on hold in his last semester of focused study, he was itching to release new music.

His latest, "On the House," dropped in September and brims with young-adult charm and college-age charisma, its songs about rap's most popular interests: liquor, money and women. With an ear for Southern bounce over beats sourced from the Internet, Raps weaves his way around stutter-step programming with the ease of a fish in water.

"A Hunnid" is Raps on the viture of saving. Where others are content to wear fortunes on their wrists or thousands around their necks, Raps wants to nest-egg his disposable income, like a CPA, then sit back and watch it grow. If 2 Chainz is financially reckless, then Raps is fiscally sound, rapping, "Stacked in the bank/That's how we want it/Hunnids/On hunnids/On hunnids/On hunnids." It's a new take on new money. He's a first: a frugal rapper.

Amon Raps may be in uncharted waters as a saver, but he's in familiar hip-hop territory on "Hennessy." It's the closest he gets to "turn up" music, repeating, "Hennessy, Hennessy, Hennessy/Hennessy gives me that energy," on the song's hook. The perfect let-go after a long work week, a track tailer fit for Saturday nights and holiday weekends.

"On the House" is only a few weeks old, but Amon Raps has videos lined up for all three songs and plans to release a new clip every Monday over the next few weeks.

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: Shamone Fletcher ]]>
<![CDATA[Nick Diamonds, a Girl's Best Friend]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:58:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/nick+diamonds.jpg

I know that many of you were out and about this weekend, but if you still have some energy and will, Monday night is really an awesome night for music in San Diego. First off, we have the return of Wolf Alice, who sold out Soda Bar earlier this year, play another sold-out show, all ages this time, at the Irenic. Another great offering is Nick Diamonds at the Casbah. Known as the frontman of the Unicorns and Islands, Nick Diamonds has a unique style that makes this a fun show -- and it's only $5. Other hot shows include Kodaline with one of my favorites Good Old War opening, while Trivium is at the Observatory North Park.

Monday, Oct. 12:

  • Nick Diamonds, Lyla Foy @ Casbah
  • Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent @ Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Kodaline, Good Old War @ House of Blues
  • Trivium @ Observatory North Park
  • Amigo the Devil, the Sudden Passion, Black Oak Hymnal @ Soda Bar
  • Wreckord Mania with DJ@Large @ Bar Pink
  • A Tribute to Billie Holiday and Billy Strayhorn @ The Loft, UCSD
  • No Martyr, the Seks, the Touchies @ The Office
  • Morning Bear, Bird & the War @ Tin Roof
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Hank Easton @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Mic Check Mondays with Struble, B Red, Legion X @ Gallagher's
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Jukebox Romantics, Johnny Madcap & the Distractions @ Til Two Club
  • Industry Night with DJ Bacon Bits @ U-31
  • Industry and local night with DJ RoyAle and 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 Force Field]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Oct. 11-17]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:32:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP847935515405.jpg This week's Set List highlights the must-see shows coming our way this week, including Neil Young, Florence & the Machine, Hinds and more.

<![CDATA[A Country of Sickstring Outlaws]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:13:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sickstring+Outlaws+SD.jpg The Sickstring Outlaws talk "Outlaw Country," storytelling and staying authentic in a landscape full of pop artists. See them live on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Merrow in Hillcrest.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Hits New Heights]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:53:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD+LIVE+101015.jpg Relive our SoundDiego LIVE party that took over Park & Rec in University Heights, with Quel Bordel, 9 Theory, the Bassics, 91x's Tim Pyles and a Belching Beaver VIP craft beer happy hour!]]> <![CDATA[The 2015 San Diego Music Awards Roundup]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:49:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDMA15-1407.jpg We take a look back at this year's San Diego Music Awards with all its great live performances, big winners, and unforgettable moments.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[TV on the Radio Head to CRSSD]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:41:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/SAM_0720.JPG

If you're ready to brave the heat, day two of CRSSD Fest is even better than yesterday. Tonight you'll be delighted to hear TV On The Radio as well as Banks, and if you're around earlier in the day, don't miss Chris Baio, aka Baio, of Vampire Weekend, and Big Data. If the festival isn't your jam today, however, you'll be in for a great time seeing Youngblood Brass Band at the Casbah, Off With Their Heads at Soda Bar, or UB40 at Humphreys. For you hip-hop heads, Back 2 Basics is going down at the Observatory starting at 4 p.m. with notable hip-hop names like Hieroglyphics, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Brother Ali.

Sunday, Oct. 11

  • CRSSD Festival (featuring, in alphabetical order): Alunageorge, ANDHIM, Baio, Banks, Ben Klock, Bicep, Big Data, Claptone, DJ Tennis, Hayden James, Hercules & Love Affair, Humans, Jacques Greene, Jai Wolf, Jonas Rathsman, Klatch, Kygo, Mano Le Tough, Matoma, Maya Jane Coles, Nicolas Jaar, Oliver Nelson, Panda Bear, Redlight, Route 94, Todd Terje, Touch Sensitive, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, TV On The Radio @ Waterfront Park (21+, noon-10 p.m.)
  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S. Mollison, El Cajon, noon-9 p.m.)
  • Little Italy Festa! @ Little Italy (10am-6pm)
  • Youngblood Brass Band, G Burns Jug Band @ Casbah
  • Good Food Community Fair by Water Wise San Diego @ Quartyard (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Back to Basics with Jedi Mind Tricks, Hieroglyphics, Brother Ali, Andre Nickatina, Necro, Bizarre Ride II, Keith Murray, 2MEX, Ugly Duckling & more TBA @ Observatory North Park
  • Bert Turetzky & Friends present Dvorák & the Americans @ Dizzy's
  • Off With Their Heads, Spraynard, Lee Corey Oswald, Bainbridge @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Dar Williams, Jenny O @ Belly Up (Seated Show)
  • UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Buckcherry, Sons of Texas, Trust Divided @ House of Blues
  • Battle of the Bands feat. American Rust, Riboflavin, Against the Odds, Lightning Starts Fire, From Chaos, Heaven Home @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues (6:30 p.m.)
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Maya Jane Coles, Claptone, Lee K, and Ben Klock @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Vadym Kholodenko @ The Salk Institute For Biological Studies
  • Wax Motif @ Bang Bang
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Kygo @ Parq
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Haiku Group @ Java Joe's (11 a.m.)
  • Comedy with Sal @ The Bancroft
  • Vishuddah Show Closing Party with the Archons @ Whistle Stop
  • Louis Valenzuela Trio @ Croce's Park West
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Reggie Smith @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Fister, Bloodmoon, Fantasy Arcade, Debt Ritual @ Tower Bar
  • Coyote Blues @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • Double Duchess, Normaling, Memo Rex @ Kava Lounge
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Rosemary Bystrak]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Takes Over Park & Rec]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:28:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoundDiego+LIVE+Park+and+Rec+10.9+%2869%29.jpg SoundDiego LIVE hit Park & Rec in University Heights with Quel Bordel!, 9 Theory, the Bassics, 91x's Tim Pyles and a VIP craft beer happy hour courtesy of Belching Beaver Brewery.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[On Fire at Waterfront Park]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:03:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flaming-lips-722.jpg

II'm sure that, like many of you, I'm just trying to keep cool this weekend, but sometimes you just have to surrender to the sun, decide to wear as little as possible and just enjoy the fact that summer has extended itself. One way to do that this weekend is at Crssd Fest. It's funny that the inauguraul event in the spring saw similar temperatures. Try and keep cool in the fountains and enjoy a festival that celebrates electronic music and can still appeal to people like me, who need to see a band play live to really get my groove on. With the ultimate rock weirdos, Flaming Lips, headlining, this is going to be one awesome day from top to bottom. Of course, this isn't for everyone, so there's still OB and El Cajon Oktoberfests, Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at the Casbah, and some  fun shows after dark, including Redd Kross at Soda Bar, Downs Family a the Ken Club, and And So I Watch You From Afar at the Casbah.

Saturday, Oct. 10:

  • CRSSD Fest, featuring: Anna Lunoe, Autograf, Blonde, Bob Moses, Bonobo, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Classixx b2b Holy Ghost, Client Liaison, Coyote Kisses, Cut Snake, Detroit Swindle, Flaming Lips, Gallant, Giorgio Morodor, Golden Features, Goldroom b2b Le Youth, Jamie XX, Justin Jay, Lee K, Monakr, Monkey Safari, Playmode, Snbrn, St. Lucia, Swimm, Tchami, Toyboy & Robin, Wax Motif, Zhu @ Waterfront Park (21+, 12-11 p.m.)
  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon, 12-10 p.m.)
  • OB Oktoberfest, featuring Brothers Gow, Hirie, the Routine, Superunloader, Jet West, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, DJ Green T, Unite & Peril, the Rey Vinole Oktoberfest Band, Jose Sinatra @ Newport Avenue, OB Pier (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Vinyl Junkies Record Swap @ Casbah (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $3)
  • And So I Watch You From Afar, Mylets, Blis @ Casbah
  • Redd Kross, the Side Eyes, DJ Lee Noise @ Soda Bar
  • The Downs Family, Lexicons, the Killer Hertz @ Ken Club
  • The Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • KPRI presents Concert for the Cure, featuring Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear @ Belly Up (last ever KPRI show!, 5 p.m.)
  • Israel Vibration & Roots Radics, Ginger Roots & the Protectors @ Belly Up (9 p.m.)
  • Ash, Midnight Satellites, Paper Days @ Music Box
  • Get the Led Out @ Harrah's Resort SoCal
  • Gone Baby Gone, Hexxen, the End @ Black Cat
  • The Feds, the Savage Young @ The Balboa
  • Sleep Walk, Adult Crash, Foreign Bodies, Sex Powers @ Che Cafe
  • Super Diamond, Groove Kitty @ House of Blues
  • After Dark San Diego @ The Hideout
  • Kyng, Quor, the Dirty Work, Clean Room @ Brick By Brick
  • Jeffrey Joe, Ben Powell @ Java Joe's
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Cut Up, Midnight Track, Reckless Disregard, American Rust @ The Merrow
  • Pagentry (from Texas) @ The Bancroft
  • Vince Chiarelli @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Charlie Arbelaez @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • OB Oktoberfest @ Winston's
  • Chachi @ Fluxx
  • Fergie (DJ set) @ Omnia
  • Cashmere Cat @ Bang Bang
  • Buku, Stoik, Squama, Soultron, Strt Swpr @ Kava Lounge
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Academy, the Brewhahas, Strange Weather @ 710 Beach Club

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[CRSSD the Universe]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:07:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TV+on+the+Radio+Getty.jpg

On Friday, SoundDiego LIVE, hosted by Tim Pyles, features sets by Quel Bordel!, 9 Theory and the Bassics at Park & Rec -- the guest list closed at 5 p.m. on Friday but you are still welcome at the party; you just can't get in on the happy hour goodness; or you can catch Through the Roots at OB Oktoberfest; Gardens and Villa with James Supercave take over the Irenic; the Redwoods Music Revue with Creature and the Woods, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, the Midnight Pine and Birdy Bardot is at Music Box; Telekinesis, Say Hi and Illuminauts are at the Casbah; Caspian and Circle Takes the Square are at the Hideout; God Module play at the Bancroft; and the Palace Ballroom, the Loons and Saint Diego hit the Merrow. Get your dance on with TJR at Fluxx; Cedric Gervais at Omnia; or Goldroom at Bang Bang.

Saturday, Vinyl Junkies Record Swap is at the Casbah; Day One of Crssd Festival takes over Waterfront Park; OB Oktoberfest continues with Brothers Gow, Hirie, the Routine and more; Red Kross headline Soda Bar; And So I Watch You From Afar, Mylets and Blis are at the Casbah; Super Diamond and Groove Kitty play House of Blues; Ash, Midnight Satellites and Paper Days wind up at Music Box; Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear perform an early show at the Belly Up; Israel Vibration & Roots Radics, Ginger Roots & the Protectors are at the Belly Up later; the Downs Family, Lexicons and the Killer Kertz play at the Ken Club; and Gone Baby Gone headline at Black Cat. Hit the dance floor with Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with DJs Drew Harlander, Liquid Grey and yours truly; Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; Cashmere Cat at Bang Bang; Maystar’s Fashion Whore at U-31; and Fergie (DJ set) at Omnia.

Sunday, CRSSD Festival continues; Youngblood Brass Band and G Burns Jug Band are at the Casbah; UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue are at Humphreys Concerts By The Bay; and Off With Their Heads, Spraynard, Lee Corey Oswald and Bainbridge play at Soda Bar. Dance options include NGHT MVS featuring Maya Jane Coles, Claptone and Lee K at Valley View Casino Center; and Wax Motif at Bang Bang.

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

Robin Roth is a familiar voice in the San Diego scene. She is on the air 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[LIVE: David Cook]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:40:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/David+Cook+Music+Box63+cop3y.jpg "American Idol"-winner David Cook tried out for a San Diego crowd -- this time at Music Box on Friday, Oct. 2, with Andrew Ripp opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[FREE Sound LIVE at Park & Rec]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:06:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Quel-aBordel.jpg

There are a ton of really amazing shows happening all over town on Friday, but nothing would please us more than your presence at another installment of SoundDiego LIVE. We're taking it to University Heights this month -- at Park & Rec, to be exact -- the guest list closed at 5 p.m. but you are still welcome at the party; you just can't get in on the happy hour goodness. The night's opening act, the Bassics, just took home Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards, 9 Theory is a long-time SD favorite, and Quel Bordel! just might be the best party band in town. Come see for yourself and spend the night with us. If you're not quite 21, check out Gardens & Villa at the Irenic, or Aer and Cody Simpson at The Observatory.

Friday, Oct. 9:

  • SoundDiego LIVE, featuring Quel Bordel!, 9 Theory, The Bassics @ Park & Rec -- the guest list closed at 5 p.m. but you are still welcome at the party; you just can't get in on the happy hour goodness.
  • OB Oktoberfest, featuring Through the Roots, Electric Waste Band, AJ Froman, Sandollar @ Newport St (4:20-11 p.m.)
  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S Mollison, El Cajon, 4-10 p.m.)
  • Gardens and Villa, James Supercave @ The Irenic
  • Telekinesis, Say Hi, Illuminauts @ Casbah
  • The Redwoods Music Revue, with Creature and the Woods, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, the Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot @ Music Box
  • Aer, Cody Simpson, Chef'Special @ Observatory North Park
  • The Palace Ballroom, the Loons, Saint Diego @ The Merrow
  • Cannibal Ox, Liam Tracy, Parker and the Numberman @ Soda Bar
  • The Cardielles, Doc Hammer @ Black Cat
  • The Montalban Quintet @ Bar Pink
  • Candelaria, Bang Data, Cumbia Machin, Viejo Lowbo @ Ken Club
  • Atomic Groove Pink & Fit Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Beth Hart, Matt Andersen @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Musica en La Plaza @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Podunk Nowhere, Rodney Hubbard @ The Balboa
  • The Benedetti Trio Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday @ Dizzy's
  • K Camp, Justine Skye, Diggy Simmons, Twayne, Elijah Blake, Jacquees, Anthony Lewis @ Viejas Arena
  • Gabriel Iglesias @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Survay Says!, the Promise Hero, Old News, Watashi Wa Dance Party @ Che Cafe
  • Hell on Heels Burlesque Productions Presents Ole! Ole! Ole! feat Jason Hanna & The Bullfighters @ Brick By Brick
  • Jesse Cook @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • The Amity Affliction, Chelsea Grin, Secrets, Cruel Hand, the Plot in You @ Soma
  • Caspian, Circle Takes the Square @ The Hideout
  • Jamey Johnson, Chris Hennessee @ House of Blues
  • God Module @ The Bancroft
  • David Patrone Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Psydecar @ Winston's
  • Conflict, Total Chaos, Evacuate, Sculpins @ Til-Two Club
  • Them Are Us Too, Drab Majesty, Nylon Apartments, DJ Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop
  • TJR @ Fluxx
  • Goldroom @ Bang Bang
  • Cedric Gervais @ Omnia
  • DJ E Rock @ Parq
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Chet & the Committee @ Tio Leo's
  • Junglist Fridays @ Kava Lounge
  • Joe Nichols @ Sycuan
  • Kahi Lofa Noise Makers, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Groovesession & Sister Speak @ 710 Beach Club
  • Cleric, Halo Varga, Bruno de Mata, Paulo, Michi, John Kaberna, Louiv @ 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: Quel Bordel]]>
<![CDATA[The Fresh Sound of Solo Bass]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:56:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/tinaflorent722.jpg

Solo-bass concerts can be taxing for some, I guess, but to be honest, I often find them exhilarating, and when New Music champion Bonnie Wright opened the fall series of her ongoing Fresh Sound at Bread & Salt with a solo bass and electronics/ video performance by the New York City musician Florent Ghys, I couldn’t have been more pumped.

Ghys flashed images (often of himself, often playing the bass) for a stunning visual counterpoint to what he was doing live, which involved two laptop computers and an iPad mounted to his bass, triggering multitrack loops which layered against his bowed and plucked real-time contributions.

On “Teamwork,” the barefoot musician combined multiple rhythmic and melodic gestures that tended to reveal underlying structures -- kind of like opening a set of nested Russian dolls. Like the composer Steve Reich, Ghys finds much to explore in the pursuit of repetition. The interaction with the video was also quite fascinating, even when -- or maybe especially when -- it forced the listener to divide their focus.

Aside from all the technology, Ghys is a formidable bass player with great intonation and rhythm, and,on “Untitled,” he unleashed an intoxicating melange of arco, pizzicato and what sounded to me like pre-recorded voices, all swirling around the sound of his voice live in the room, producing a dizzying series of overtones that hovered in the air.

The onscreen Ghys stood in front of a meteorology map to deliver a piece, “Blazer and Tie,” that was based on the cadences of announcers reading weather copy in French and Spanish. He also used schematics from Voyager II to pulse along with the throbbing Aphex Twins-inspired electronica on “Melody From Mars,” a definite crowd favorite.

Throughout the evening, the bassist used technology in a very intuitive way to enhance the musical dimension of his approach to solo concertizing -- perhaps engaging more senses than is the norm -- and his performance kept the audience leaning forward and clamoring for more when it was over.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.

Photo Credit: Tina Tallon / SALT Arts Documentation]]>
<![CDATA[Doggin' It on a Thursday]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:51:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/sheepdogs.jpg

This weekend is going to be jam-packed with music, especially with the second installment of Crssd Festival this year, but if you feel like getting your weekend kicked off a little bit early, Thursday night has plenty to offer. Two Canadian bands go head to head, with the boogie rock of the Sheepdogs at the Casbah facing off against the art rock of Braids at Soda Bar. If the spirit of the earth and the positive vibrations run deep in your veins, Xavier Rudd & the United Nations will be performing at the Observatory, while the Hideout will be plenty rowdy with Texas' Riverboat Gamblers. If you want to keep it mellow on the acoustic tip, Tyrone Wells appears solo at Lestat's, and Gregory Page continues a Thurday night residency at Java Joe's. 

Thursday, Oct. 8:

  • The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow @ Casbah
  • Braids, Tasseomancy @ Soda Bar
  • Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, Chadwick Stokes @ Observatory North Park
  • Riverboat Gamblers @ The Hideout
  • The Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Turnpike Troubadours, Mike & the Moonpies@ Belly Up
  • Sully & the Blue Eyed Soul Band @ Music Box
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat
  • Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company & Slippery When Wet @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Chromeo @ Parq
  • 22 Kings, Ves Frank @ Sycamore Den
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard @ AMSD
  • Tyrone Wells (solo), Joe Brooks @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page & His Accompanists @ Java Joe's
  • Don Pardi, Brothers Osborne @ House of Blues
  • The Major Minus, Cult Vegas, Vinyl Mill @ The Merrow
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Rick Parma @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Ben Miller Band @ Winston's
  • Sham 69, Revolt, Grids @ Til-Two Club
  • Riff Raff @ Fluxx
  • Nervo @ Omnia
  • The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio @ 98 Bottles
  • Recommended Dosage @ Whistle Stop
  • Revival @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • Black P---y, Red Wizard @ Boar Cross'n

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

Photo Credit: The Sheepdogs]]>
<![CDATA[Xavier Rudd Unites Nations]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:50:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/Xavier+Rudd+and+the+United+Nations.jpg

Hey! Wanna hear something weird? The Xavier Rudd & the United Nations show at the Observatory on Thursday, Oct. 8, isn't sold out. Yet. 

Maybe you don't get why this is weird, which is maybe why there are tickets still available. Allow me to explain.

Rudd is this Australian super-man of music. He can play approximately 700 different instruments (give or take), and his rootsy singer-songwriter style has drawn comparisons to Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and others. But he doesn't stick to that style, because why not kill it in as many ways as possible? Homeboy goes global. Homeboy is global. And he does it in an environmentally friendly way -- his 2007 tour was entirely carbon neutral! Come on. This dude is everything San Diego eats up. Oh, and with his new band, the United Nations, Rudd is all sorts of reggae. 

Fans of Rudd’s solo work take note: This is not the one-man band, intimately surrounded by instruments -- multiple didgeridoos! A stomp box! Lap steel guitars! -- in lieu of bandmates, taking cue from nothing but his own rhythm as it unfolds. Joined by the United Nations, the Australian singer-songwriter comes to San Diego with reggae in his heart in support of his latest record.

Released earlier this year, “Nanna” is the first studio effort from a United Nations-backed Rudd. With musicians from Australia, Samoa, Africa, New Guinea and Germany comprising the United Nations, Rudd flavors the decidedly reggae-influenced record with world-music salt. It’s a taste that appears in pieces on his 2007 release, “White Moth,” and throughout his discography, but on “Nanna,” Rudd & the United Nations act as one, with Rudd taken from the spotlight and blended into the whole.

Chances are we won’t get a lot of shots to see the Aussie play live, so whatever you didgeridoo, didgeridon’t miss Xavier Rudd & the United Nations at the Observatory on Thursday.

Xavier Rudd & the United Nations play Observatory North Park on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The show is 18+, and tickets are available here. Chadwick Stokes opens. 

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: Jane Rantall]]>
<![CDATA[Rising Dark Star]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:21:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*127/Dark+Star+Orchestra+on+Facebook.png

It's hump day, and Wednesday night there are shows all over to get you over the midweek blues. Dark Star Orchestra keep the dead alive at Humphrey's, while our friends in Soft Lions punch the clock at the Office. Austin duo the Wind & the Wave perform at Soda Bar, and Gregg Allman plays his second sold-out night at the Belly Up. Self-described "white-boy rapper" Lil Dicky performs at the Observatory, and Iamx are at the Casbah, with Austin music collective Wild Child rounding out the night with an all-ages show at the Irenic.

Wednesday, Oct. 7:

  • Wild Child, Max Frost, Flower Punks @ The Irenic
  • Iamx, Mr.Kitty, Nyves @ Casbah
  • Lil Dicky, Iamsu, Alex Wiley & Young California @ Observatory North Park
  • Gregg Allman @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Decline, Castoff, 22 Missiles, Old News @ Til-Two Club
  • The Wind & the Wave, the American Spirit @ Soda Bar
  • Birdie & the Bowtie @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Grandmasta Rats @ Bar Pink
  • Soft Lions, Technicolor Hearts @ The Office
  • Dark Star Orchestra @ Humphrey' by the Bay
  • Max Sounds Like Gibberish Tour, Kenzie Nimmo, Call Me Karizma @ House of Blues
  • First Wednesdays: Sister Speak @ California Center for the Arts San Diego, Escondido
  • Stacy Antonel  @ Croce's Park West
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston Presents: Sol Tribe with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge: DJ Tiki Thomas and Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Blue Rockit @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Live Irish Band @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Seat Belt @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • St. Vitus Dance @ Whistle Stop
  • A.O.K. Musik @ 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.

<![CDATA[LIVE: Royal Blood]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:40:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Royal+Blood+AM+%2818+of+35%29.jpg House of Blues downtown rolled out the red carpet for red-hot UK rock duo Royal Blood on Friday, Sept. 25.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[The Dresser Standard]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:39:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/189*120/dan722.jpg

Mark Dresser’s already formidable music took on an even more profound set of implications on Sept. 27, when the contrabass virtuoso unveiled new music for a septet comprised of Michael Dessen’s trombone, Nicole Mitchell’s flute, Marty Ehrlich’s clarinets, David Morales Boroff’s violin, Joshua White’s piano and Kjell Nordeson’s drums.

The band sprang into action with “Hobby Lobby Horse,” exploiting wide dynamic curves in a curious blend of Charles Mingus and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This music reveals layers of density that twist and turn, and it was often surprising when individual soloists stepped forward, although Mitchell’s toggle from bluesy testimony to guttural hissing was memorable -- as was the ecstatic reverie that White navigated through fractured rhythms.

Nordeson’s tiny bongos set the stage for “Sedimental You,” which seemed to veer into emotional mockery at points -- although Dresser’s glissandi-heavy solo, which sounded like the whirlwind of an alien orchestra, was all too real and all too beautiful. Throughout, there was this magical calculus of power and joy, and even though the music might have looked intimidating on paper, inside the hall at the Scripps Research Institute, joy prevailed.

"FLAC" is an old Dresser chestnut, reorganized for this ensemble, with an even higher octane content, and as soon as the hallucinatory violence inherent in the theme subsided, Mitchell proceeded to chirp and sing and growl, while Dessen and Ehrlich redefined the concept of horn intuition. There were always sets and subsets within this music, which seemed to evolve right in front you.

The duet between Dresser and White was stirring and intimate enough for tears on "Will Well," which also drew out a gorgeous violin solo from Boroff, imbued with detail and passion. But it was Ehrlich’s improvised bass-clarinet intro to the chilling “Newtown Char” that continues to send chills up my spine.

Also unforgettable was the closing dedication to the late saxophone hero Daniel Jackson, “Two Handfuls of Peace,” which unfolded from Dresser’s somber, elegiac probings into superlative essays from Mitchell, Dessen and White.

It’s rare to hear music that soars with such orchestral meaning yet still manages to pump the blood with no less intensity. It’s this blend of the cerebral with the visceral that has always set Dresser’s music apart, and this latest effort sets a new standard. 

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.

Photo Credit: Dan Atkinson]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: San Diego Music Awards 2015]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:20:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SDMA15-1548.jpg The 25th annual San Diego Music Awards brought local industry stars to Humphrey's by the Bay on Oct. 5 for an evening of live music and lively acceptance speeches.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Gayle Force]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:48:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap2013020920h50m52s247.png

Do you understand that it is a random Tuesday in October and at your fingers are a dozen amazing concerts? For one, I don't think that Beirut has ever been to San Diego, so the fact they're at the Open Air Theatre is kind of a big deal, and their new album, "No, No, No," is so super great that this will be a perfect night outdoors now that all the rain is clear. Meanwhile, the Fratellis return for some fun at the House of Blues, and Mod God Paul Weller will bring all the scooter clubs out to the Observatory. Gregg Allman is already sold out at the Belly Up, but there are still some tickets for Garbage at Humphrey's. Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the local lineup at the Casbah, especially because it is one of headliner Gayle Skidmore's last in San Diego before she moves to the Netherlands (plus, she just won a San Diego Music Award! Check out our coverage of the SDMAs here). If you can't find something amazing with all this on Tuesday, I really don't know how we can help you. 

Tuesday, Oct. 6:

  • Beirut, Julia Holter @ Open Air Theatre
  • The Fratellis, GrizFolk @ House of Blues
  • Gayle Skidmore, the Magnettes, Normandie Wilson @ Casbah
  • Paul Weller, Villagers @ Observatory North Park
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Adrian Demain's Exotica-Tronica @ Bar Pink
  • A Wilhelm Scream, Versus the World, Somatic, Caskitt @ Soda Bar
  • Radio Halloran presents Prgm, Foreign Suns, Hexa @ The Merrow
  • Gregg Allman @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Garbage, Torres @ Humphrey's by the Bay
  • Lucybell @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Liz Grace Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Bill Magee 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.

<![CDATA[And the San Diego Music Award Goes To...]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:16:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/186*120/335C1078.jpg

You only turn 25 once -- and the San Diego Music Awards did it in front of us all on Oct. 5 at Humphrey’s by the Bay. It was a relatively tame birthday, with the awards spread across talent (no sweeping like the Burning of Rome’s at last year’s awards) -- until, you know, a little band called Louis XIV played and Prayers took the stage during their acceptance speech with a few choice words for the audience. It wa a different kind of excitement than 2014 brought, watching so many worthy musicians take home a little physical token of our appreciation.

Though there was no surprise on the SoundDiego team when the second award of the night went to the Bassics for Best New Artist! We’ll be seeing these young gents at our next free SoundDiego LIVE party on Friday, Oct. 9 [RSVP here]! Or we’ll be seeing a lot of one of them, anyhow, since most of the group is too young to actually enjoy the party. (Savor that youth, boys. It’s fleeting.)

Former SoundDiego contributor Chris Cantore of the recently R.I.P. station KPRi 102.1 joked with co-presenter Woods of FM 94/9 about not having jobs and being taken on as a new morning show team by 91x -- which, by the way, WAS JUST A JOKE, so cool it, Twitterverse -- while presenting Schizophonics with the Best Hard Rock award! Those Schizos also won Best Live Band. Congrats once, congrats twice. We only wish you guys were here to celebrate with/serenade us.

Also picking up two awards, Slightly Stoopid proved they know exactly what they’re doing. True to San Diego’s unbreakably funky heart, the pop-reggae outfit took top honors when SoundDiego's own host Daye Salani and reporter Dita Quinones presented them Album of the Year to add to their Best Music Video by a San Diego Band award. 

The real excitement of the night came late in the game, however, when SoundDiego LIVE alum Prayers came up to take the award for Best Alternative for their cholo-goth style. “You know we’re the f---ing best,” said Rafael Reyes, the duo’s singer, standing beside his mesh-topped date. “You are in the presence of legends.” Homeboy went on to give an acceptance speech that referenced Kanye West and Donald Trump (in vastly different regards) that made us thank the heavens for Prayers, who keep San Diego interesting.

And the winners are...

Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Sprague

Best World Music
Todo Mundo

Best New Artist
The Bassics

Best Rock
The Routine

Best Hard Rock

Best Americana
Sara Petite

Best Cover Band
Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

Best Blues
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact

Best Jazz Album
Danny Green Trio, “After the Calm”

Best Pop Album
Tolan Shaw, “Chin Up”

Best Music Video by a San Diego Band
Slightly Stoopid, “The Prophecy”

Best Jazz Band
Gilbert Castellanos

Best Blues Album
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, “Sure Fire Soul Ensemble”

Best Pop
Gayle Skidmore

Best Local Recording
G Burns Jug Band, “The Southern Pacifico”

Best Singer-Songwriter
Sierra West

Best Club DJ
DJ Claire

Best World Music Album
B-Side Players, “Dos Generaciones”

Best Hip-Hop Album
1019 and J. Treel, “Treel Tales of Number Running”

Best Hip-Hop
Vokab Company

Best Live Band

Best Rock Album
Barbarian, “Night Blooms”

Best Hard Rock Album
Joy, “Under the Spell of Joy”

Best Americana Album
Nancarrow, “Simple Things”

Best Alternative

Best Alternative Album
Wild Wild Wets, “14th Floor”

Artist of the Year

Song of the Year
Little Hurricane, “Heart Skips a Beat”

Album of the Year
Slightly Stoopid, “Meanwhile...Back at the Lab”

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: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Van Halen]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:34:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Van+Halen+AM+%2830+of+60%29.jpg A David Lee Roth-led Van Halen weren't talkin' 'bout love when they rocked through Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Sept. 30.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego's SDMA Picks]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:20:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Prayers+SoundDiego+LIVE+%2820%29.jpg

A San Diego Music Awards representative confirmed to SoundDiego at 9:45 a.m. on Monday that the event was moving ahead as planned for later tonight. -- Ed.

With the 2015 San Diego Music Awards, like, literally upon us -- it had us wondering: Who’s going to be taking home hardware this year? So, as we’ve done in the past, we’ve conducted a very informal vote here among our SoundDiego staff and contributors to see whom our team would award the biggest honors to.

It’s always a toss-up: Some of our best predictions, which seem to be sure things, come up inexplicably short in years past. You just never know. But given that some of our staff actually sit on the San Diego Music Foundation’s Academy (including SoundDiego executive producer Eric Page, TV host Daye Salani, and contributors Rosemary Bystrak, Scott McDonald, Tim Pyles and Robin Roth), maybe -- just maybe -- our unofficial votes might be onto something.

As always, we support our own and we’d like to wish the best of luck to our staffers who are nominated this year: associate editor Dustin Lothspeich and his band Diamond Lakes are up for Best Hard Rock Album; blogger J. Smith and his rap duo, Parker and the Numberman, are nominated for Best Hip-Hop; and videographer Eric Casas’ video “Misquote,” which he produced for Hills Like Elephants, is nominated for Best Music Video. Good luck, fellas; hope to see you up at the winner’s podium!

So, without further adieu: We’ve chosen five of the biggest categories, tallied the votes -- and the awards go to …

Best Live Band: The Burning of Rome. This category is always tough, as the Schizophonics and Shady Francos are two of our absolute favorite local acts to see live and up close at a show. But there’s just something magical about the punk/goth/gypsy/experimental, no-holds-barred energy that goes into a Burning of Rome show that we just can’t deny. It’ll be quite the feat if they can win two years in a row.

Best New Artist: Shady Francos/Taurus Authority (tie). It turns out the same number of folks on our staff enjoy Shady Francos’ fiery brand of pogo-stick garage surf rock (which, heads up, you can hear every Saturday night playing the SoundDiego TV theme song) as much as Taurus Authority’s futuristic, groove-based electro-funk vibes. While the Francos bounce around like Bart Simpson in a slingshot store, the vibraphone-helmed Taurus revel in a much chiller space; basically, they’re the yin to each other’s yang and, hey, both deserve it.

Song of the Year: “At Home in the Dark,” 9 Theory. Sure, we were impressed when we talked to Gabe Lehner, the mastermind behind 9 Theory, about his debut album, “Against the Odds of Entropy” – which features Killer Mike (from Run the Jewels), Killah Priest (from Wu-Tang Clan) and Sophie Barker (of Zero 7) – but when we heard the album’s lead single, we were blown away. Its soothing mix of hypnotic atmospherics, Dawn Mitschele’s sultry vocals and Lehner’s penchant for melody and electronic arrangement make for some highly addictive ear candy. Tough category but the right call. Bonus: 9 Theory are playing our free SoundDiego LIVE party at Park & Rec next Friday -- get on the list HERE.)

Album of the Year: “Young Gods” EP, Prayers. This was a landslide. Even though it’s only seven songs deep, this record firmly established Prayers as more than just “cholo-goth pioneers.” Not only have they bested their debut LP, “SD Killwave,” and last year’s “Gothic Summer” EP -- by leaps and bounds -- they have proven they were, indeed, here for the long haul. And, hey, enlisting Travis Barker as the record’s producer (and one of its guest stars) sure didn’t hurt.

Artist of the Year: Prayers. Hard to refute this one: Prayers made their mark on American culture in a huge way this year (like we predicted they would), and their “Young Gods” EP is a perfect accompaniment to the group’s intrigue (as mentioned above). It would be one thing if the mystique surrounding Rafael Reyes and Dave Parley were the only thing propping them up, but it’s hard to argue with their music -- with its machine-gun kick-drum pummel; minimalistic electro melodies; defiant, riot-inciting lyrics (“If you have what I want/I’ll f---in’ take it”); and Reyes’ now-patented yelp. With all due respect to the other nominees, Prayers have to be the 2015 Artist of the Year.

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Return of the SD Music Awards ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:14:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_B_SIDE_PLAYERS_SOUNDDIEGO10_03_15_1200x675_538111555594.jpg

For those of us who have supported local music for decades, Monday is a very special night. The San Diego Music Awards celebrates 25 years, and it's a way to bump elbows with all of the local talent who gush blood, sweat and tears to share their art with all of us (officials with the awards said on Sunday that the event was moving ahead as planned, despite the chance of rain). Humphreys will be a place to schmooze, congratulate friends and enjoy some adult beverages, all while taking a step back in awe of this beautiful and diverse music scene in which all of us play a part, whether as business operators, musicians or even fans who regularly dole out their hard-earned cash to see and support live music. This is the music party of the year, and you definitely do not want to miss out. SoundDiego will be there to support and celebrate all of the wonderful reasons why we exist.

Monday, Oct. 5:

  • San Diego Music Awards, featuring Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Louis XiV, Big Mountain, Cody Lovaas, B-Side Players, Berkley Hart Selis Twang, Gregory Page & His Accompanists, Peter Sprague @ Humphreys By the Bay
  • San Diego Music Awards After-Party @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge
  • Toothless George & His One Man Band, Boondock Brothers, Of Ennui @ Casbah
  • The Word, featuring Robert Randolph, John Medeski & North Mississippi Allstars @ Belly Up
  • The Independents, They Feed at Night, Whiskey Avengers @ Soda Bar
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Peter Hall @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Mic Check Mondays: Queens of Hip-Hop, featuring Teal, DJ Peptow, Azul, Inka, Nubia, Jenn Johnson @ Gallagher's
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ 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.

<![CDATA[Quel Bordel]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:56:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Quel+Bordel.jpg The gypsy-folk band Quel Bordel, who will headline SoundDiego LIVE on Oct. 9 at Park & Rec, plan on a set that includes explosions and the occasional circus animal, they told party host Tim Pyles of 91x. Get on the list: http://ulink.tv/7765]]> <![CDATA[B-Side Players Bring A Game to SD Music Awards]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:51:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*158/B-Side.jpg Chula Vista's B-Side Players, who already have 10 SDMAs, will be performing Monday at Humphreys By the Bay at the 2015 award show.]]> <![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Oct. 4-11]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:41:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Florence+335C8457.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the best upcoming shows, including Florence & the Machine, SoundDiego LIVE, and the Crssd Festival with the Flaming Lips and Banks.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Cope-ing Mechanism]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:33:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/citizen+cope1.jpg

San Diegans love their positive, laid-back vibes, and nobody fits that description more than Citizen Cope, who appears on Sunday at the Observatory with a full band -- and don't get it twisted; Citizen Cope was rocking the man-bun before it was a thing. If you're a fan of Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and Bob Marley, you can rest assured Citizen Cope will speak to you. Around town, the Dylanesque vocals and jangly guitars of Hollis Brown will be a treat at Soda Bar, while classic rockers Queensryche perform at House of Blues. For a special night, head to Sycamore Den for an all-female craft-cocktail contest with the music of Lady Parts to entertain.

Sunday, Oct. 4:

  • Citizen Cope @ Observatory North Park
  • Hollis Brown, Jake Loban & the Friendly Fire, Boaz Roberts @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Classic Spanish songs in the style of Eydie Gorme @ Dizzy's
  • DJ Krush, OpenOptics@ Belly Up
  • The Mavericks @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (sold out)
  • Queensryche @ House of Blues
  • I Am Woman, Hear Me Pour! (all-female crafting contest) featuring Lady Parts @ Sycamore Den
  • Heavyweight, Rumor Has It, Hideouts, Hannibal @ Brick By Brick
  • Stray From the Path, Comeback Kid, Being As an Ocean, Major League, Deez Nuts @ SOMA
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Open mic Hosted by Isaac Cheong @ Java Joe's (6:30 p.m.)
  • Holly Miranda, Gracie and Rachel @ The Merrow
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Louis Valenzuela Trio @ Croce's Park West (6 p.m.)
  • Phillip Denny @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-Ke @ Winston's
  • J.Morgan, Hugo Monster, J. Montez, Stevie Boy, DJ L.O.C, Nanci Peral, Tall Can 420, Orlando Bruce, Marlon D @ 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.

Photo Credit: Erica Camille for NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Tim Pyles' Rocktober Picks]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:16:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Coheed+and+Cambria+Michel+Dussack+%288%29.jpg

My September ended with some great shows: I saw AC/DC at Dodger Stadium and Van Halen here in town. AC/DC ruled, Van Halen left some things to be desired, but still great nonetheless. Take a look at Rocktober! New venues means more shows and more options; here are my highlights for the month.

Oct. 3: ABC and Wang Chung at Sycuan Live & Up Close (El Cajon). '80s legends perform their hits.
Oct. 5: San Diego Music Awards at Humphreys By The Bay. A night to honor San Diego music.
Oct. 6: Paul Weller at the Observatory North Park. Modfather legend who fronted the Jam.
Oct. 7: IAMX at Casbah. Former frontman for Sneaker Pimps.
Oct. 8: Sham 69 at the Til Two Club. UK punk legends!
Oct. 9: SoundDiego LIVE with Quel Bordel!, 9 Theory, the Bassics and yours truly at Park & Rec; RSVP here to get in on the Belching Beaver Brewery VIP happy hour
Oct. 10: Ash at the Music Box. Northern Ireland indie/alt rockers from the '90s still killing it.
Oct. 11: CRSSD Festival at Waterfront Park; also on Saturday, October 10. It's an indie/alternative dance party! TV On The Radio and the Flaming Lips to name a few (by the way, enter to win FOUR tickets to CRSSD Festival right here)!
Oct. 12: Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent at the Irenic. Wolf Alice are UK buzzband rockers you don't want to miss.
Oct. 13: Alt-J at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Quirky UK indie-rockers return to SD.
Oct. 14: Bob Forrest at the Whistle Stop Bar. Front man for Thelonious Monster and the Bicycle Thief backing his new solo album.
Oct. 15: Deafheaven, Tribulation at Casbah. Anti Records just released Deafheaven's new album "New Bermuda": Call it experimental black metal, 'cause you can.
Oct. 16: Dan Deacon, Gary Wilson, Island Boy at Lux Art Institute (Encinitas). This looks like a party!
Oct. 17: Fidlar at the Observatory North Park. "F$%& It Dog, Life's A Risk!" I can't stop listening to their new album, "Too."
Oct. 18: Black Lips, Ariel Pink at the Observatory North Park. Can you say party? P-A-R-T-Y...
Oct. 19: My Morning Jacket at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. MMJ loves SD, make them feel at home.
Oct. 20: Yacht, Larry Gus at Casbah. Yacht's new single is "I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler" -- check it out!
Oct. 21: Eagles of Death Metal at the Belly Up. Rock & roll party!
Oct. 22: Flipper with David Yow, Widows, and Stalins of Sound at Casbah. Flipper with the Jesus Lizard frontman behind the mic.
Oct. 23: Bully at the Hideout. Nashville rockers that touch on '90s grunge.
Oct. 24: Mudhoney, Tar Halos, the Grids at Casbah. Grunge started here...
Oct. 25: The Adicts at Black Box (Tijuana). UK punk legends in TJ!
Oct. 26: Marilyn Manson at House Of Blues. For "the beautiful people."
Oct. 27: DIIV, No Joy, Sunflower Beam at Casbah. DIIV's upcoming shoegaze album "Is The Is Are," out soon on Captured Tracks.
Oct. 28: Shakey Graves at the Observatory North Park. Americana from Austin, Texas.
Oct. 29: Coheed & Cambria at the Observatory North Park, Failure at Music Box or Madonna at Valley View Casino Center. Too many choices!
Oct. 30: Ghost at Observatory North Park. A band shrouded in mystery, and metal!
Oct. 31: No Knife, the Dabbers, Ghetto Blaster at Casbah. '90s-era legends No Knife return for another reunion show.

Thanks for reading, now go see a show and support a local or touring band! Life is better with live music in your life -- and if you see me at a show please ask for your free hug...

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

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Duran Duran]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:16:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/163*120/IMG_0171NBCDuran.jpg Hungry like a wolf, Duran Duran took over SDSU's Open Air Theatre, with Clean Bandit opening.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Thieves in the Night]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:14:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-170301746.jpg

San Diego is finally having some moderate summer weather -- in the fall -- but it means you can get out and comfortably enjoy PB Fest, Japan Fair, Oktoberfest or any of a number of events on Saturday and still have plenty of time for music in the evening, including the Lonely Wild at Soda Bar, metal mariachi band Metalachi at the Casbah or Thievery Corporation at the Belly Up. The Gaslamp Killer Experience is canceled at the Observatory, but you can still dance to any number of DJs throughout San Diego instead. It's the first weekend of October, and you should certainly do all you can to live it to the fullest.  

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015:

  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon, 12-10 p.m.)
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest @ Downtown La Mesa (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Pacific Beach Fest @ PB Boardwalk (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free, all ages)
  • Maker Faire @ Balboa Park (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; ticketed event)
  • San Diego Japan Fair @ Liberty Station (12-10 p.m., $5)
  • South Park Walkabout
  • The Lonely Wild, Jim & Sam @ Soda Bar
  • Metalachi, the Fink Bombs @ Casbah
  • Thievery Corporation @ Belly Up (7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.)
  • King Dude, Foie Gras, Crime Desire @ The Hideout
  • Canceled: The Gaslamp Killer Experience @ Observatory North Park
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink
  • Wang Chung, ABC @ Sycuan Casino
  • Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Frankie Ballard @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Musiq Soulchild @ Music Box
  • Gordon Lightfoot @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Boychick, From Chaos and Heaven, Little Heroine, No Hope Kids @ Che Cafe
  • Lazy Cobra, Whores of Tijuana @ The Bancroft
  • The Red Not Chili Peppers @ House of Blues
  • Parade of Lights, featuring LEX, Stefan Pruett @ The Loft UCSD
  • New Years Day. Get Scared, Eyes Set to Kill, Relapse Symphony, DJ Darksiderz, After the Fall @ SOMA
  • Time Machine, Way Cool Jr., Arena @ Brick By Brick
  • Mason James Band @ Lestat's
  • Randi Driscoll, Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Theosis, Raise the Guns, Malison, Blood Dancer @ The Merrow
  • Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • DJ R-You @ U-31
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West (12 p.m.)
  • Eve Selis & Friends @ Croce's Park West (7 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Red Wizard, R3X, Condor @ Tower Bar
  • Full Moon Feaver @ Winston's (5-8 p.m.)
  • No Kings (CD release) @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Ruby the Hatchet, Loom, Wild Honey @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Karma @ Fluxx
  • Eric D-lux @ Omnia
  • Cyril Hahn @ Bang Bang
  • Ascension @ Kava Lounge
  • Charles Burton Band @ Tio Leo's
  • High Tide @ Boar Cross'n
  • Pacific Beach After Party, with Sunny Rude, So*Cal Vibes, Ocean Natives @ 710 Beach Club
  • Marty Friedman, Exmortus, Nukem @ 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[Becoming the Lonely Wild]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:16:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The_Lonely_Wild_JW_157.jpg

Bombastic but soft, the Lonely Wild’s forthcoming record wicks aggression while somehow building intensely fierce energy at the same time. It’s an emotional ride, and not necessarily a happy one, but it’s one you should take when the five-piece come to Soda Bar on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Lonely Wild formed in Los Angeles in 2010, slowly adding members before releasing their debut effort a few years later. While they’ve opened for Lord Huron, John Doe and others, the release of this sophomore album marks a real driving effort to carve their own name into willing hearts.

“Chasing White Light” drops the day before the quintet hits San Diego, which doesn’t give you much time to commit the songs to heart -- but it doesn’t matter. This is approachable music for loving ears, a mix of harmonies and horns, strings and roll-step drum beats. There’s a pleading to it, sure, but the appeal is free from weakness or whine. With this, the Lonely Wild turn loss on its head, looking toward the new beginnings that each end inevitably gives way to -- if only we’re open to taking that first, heavy step.

The Lonely Wild pay Soda Bar on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8:30 p.m., 21+. Tickets are available for $10 here.

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: Jonathan Weiner]]>
<![CDATA[DJ IDeaL Drops the October Beat]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:46:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kaskade+lic.jpg

What’s going on, San Diego?!

No, really: What is going on with San Diego and its recent nightlife changes? San Diego was as surprised and upset by the unexpected closing of Bassmnt (in the Gaslamp) and Old Town’s 18-plus Somewhere Loud venue, as the campers that experienced the great floods of TomorrowWorld last weekend. Even with the news spreading like wildfire all over social media and the end of the summer season having passed us by, the month of October doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon for all of you electronic music enthusiasts!

Kicking off on Oct. 2, one of the hottest names in dance music, Kaskade, comes to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on his tour’s kickoff weekend -- having also just released his latest self-produced album, "Automatic." If you have yet to see him live and missed him at Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival or Coachella, be happy to know that San Diego’s show will exclusively present Galantis as part of the support talent, as well plus CID. If you’re in the mood for a more intimate night out in between big events, and care for some drum and bass or dubstep, Air Conditioned Lounge hosts Organized Grime every Monday with a renovated sound system and great drink specials.

For the weekend of October 10-11, the party rockers at CRSSD present a San Diego takeover with their CRSSD Festival at Waterfront Park featuring the Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Giorgio Moroder, ZHU, Nicolas Jaar, Tchami and many more. Arrive early and enjoy the sun while splashing in the fountains, sipping on craft beer and cocktails, while dancing away to the stacked lineup from start to finish -- and don't forget to refuel with all the gourmet food available too. For night-time action, there are plenty of CRSSD afterparties, including Cashmere Cat at Bang Bang, Kygo at Parq, or catch the hot name on the techno street, Maya Jane Coles, plus the mysterious Claptone at Valley View Casino Arena.

Not slowing down one bit, Gorgon City hits the tour bus for a special Thursday night show at House of Blues Oct. 15. Gorgon City has been making big waves on the radio as well as the festival circuit with their live, house-music joints and head to San Diego with Jonas Rathsman and Amtrac as special guests; you're guaranteed to be dancing all night.

Saturday, Oct. 17, Chris Lake -- no ‘stranger’ to the San Diego house scene -- will be dropping his latest hit “Stranger” on Ultra Records at Bang Bang. If you’re holding out 'til the warehouse parties, on Saturday, Oct. 24, we get a double dose of amplified sound in secret locations revealed the day of the event. At one spot, legendary acid house DJ Josh Wink hits the decks along with Doc Martin for Art of Sound’s anniversary celebration. At a separate secret outdoor location, one of Southern California’s top festival producer and artist, DJ Reza, headlines a pre-Halloween experience along with myself, DJ IDeaL. Prepare to dance a lot and stay up late with plenty of sweaty music lovers!

Speaking of Halloween, everyone’s favorite sexy-outfit day mixed with extravagant movie-quality, special effects costumes will be landing on a Saturday, which translates to an insane weekend of parties and world-class talent. Omnia takes on the duties to kick off Halloween weekend on Thursday, Oct. 29, with none other than EDM’s Steve Aoki (with the rest of their month’s calendar filled with top tier acts), followed by Friday’s Haunted Harrah’s celebration with Bass Jackers and Ashley Wallbridge on multiple stages ending at 3 a.m. If the ghosts and wolves on the streets don’t get you by Halloween Saturday night, there will be plenty of dance floors to hit nothing short of amazing. EVOL at the Prado II: Zombie Prom featuring Doorly and Moon Boots is guaranteed to be another hit by the guys at Lovelife, whose productions keep topping themselves with creative settings and decorations that take you to another dimension at Balboa Park’s Prado (or galaxy, as their last event featured a full "Star Wars"-themed boat party). Hard Rock Halloween sees a return of events to the whole hotel venue with a very anticipated set by Bob Sinclar, while Porter Robinson takes on lead music conductor duties at the Town & Country Resort Convention Center. For any music lovers not in San Diego, join me as I will be opening up for Dirty South at the iconic Avalon Hollywood.

With plenty of party options for all electronic music fans, I hope everyone has a safe and eventful Halloween -- and a word to the guys: Step up the quality of your costumes for the ladies' eye candy, and maybe we can add an official second Halloween in six months!

  • 10/2: Kaskade at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • 10/10-11: CRSSD Festival featuring the Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Zhu, Nicolas Jaar, Tchami, Giorgio Moroder and more
  • 10/10: Cashmere Cat at Bang Bang CRSSD afterparty
  • 10/11: Kygo at Parq CRSSD afterparty
  • 10/11: NGHT MVS with Maya Jane Coles, Claptone; Valley View Casino Arena CRSSD afterparty
  • 10/15: Gorgon City, presented by HARD at House of Blues
  • 10/17: Chris Lake at Bang Bang
  • 10/24: Double warehouse night, one with Josh Wink and Doc Martin; one with DJ Reza and myself, DJ IDeaL
  • 10/29: Steve Aoki kicks off Halloween Weekend at Omnia
  • 10/30: Bass Jackers at Haunted Harrah’s
  • 10/31: Heaven & Hell feat. Porter Robinson at Town & Country Resort & Convention Center
  • 10/31: Hard Rock Halloween with Bob Sinclar
  • 10/31: EVOL at the Prado II: Zombie Prom feat Doorly, Moon Boots

Tomas Serrano, aka DJ IDeaL, is the electronic dance music correspondent for SoundDiego, covering the best of San Diego's electronic music events and culture. Follow his whereabouts on Facebook, Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Motorola Mobili]]>
<![CDATA[Homecoming Kings]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:44:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/rocket-from-the-crypt1.jpg

If you're a San Diego native like me and grew up listening to local music as I did, you probably remember a beautiful period in the early '90s when we were "the next Seattle" (as perfectly captured in the documentary, It's Gonna Blow) and the music scene was electric. Friday's 91x Homecoming show at the Oceanside Pier makes me giddy for the nostalgia of Rocket From the Crypt, Finch and Lucy's Fur Coat, but it's also a reminder of how our scene is always growing and evolving, with bands like Pinback and Mrs Magician, both with more recent successes. Every act on the bill has a San Diego connection, and rumor has it that this could be the last show ever for more than a couple of these bands (though we hope that is not true), so take off early from work and get to Oceanside, where the gates open at 3 p.m. If you can't make the trek, Vacationer are at the Casbah, Ratatat are at the Observatory, and the Dear Hunter are at the Irenic.

Friday, Oct. 2:

  • 91x Homecoming, featuring Pepper, Rocket From the Crypt, Cold War Kids, Pinback, Finch, Lucy's Fur Coat, Mrs. Magician, Reason to Rebel @ Junior Seau Memorial Pier at Oceanside Pier
  • Vacationer, Great Good Fine OK @ Casbah
  • Ratatat, Hot Sugar @ Observatory North Park
  • Michelle Coltrane @ Jacobs Center (404 Euclid)
  • The Dear Hunter, Chon, Gates @ Irenic
  • Agent Orange, the Embalmers, Oddball, PSO @ Soda Bar
  • Kaskade, CID, Galantis @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Resurrection Radio Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, featuring Ivan Neville, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact @ Belly Up
  • David Cook, Andrew Ripp @ Music Box
  • Fast Heart Mart, Cole Washburn, Reclamation Road @ Across the Street at Mueller College
  • Intervarsity and LaFe, UCSD Present: Salsa Y Salsa @ The Loft UCSD
  • Guides @ The Balboa
  • Shady Francos, Fake Tides, the Grinning Ghosts @ Che Cafe
  • Mike Officer @ JSix Rooftop Bar
  • San Diego New Music, Songs Old and New (includes songs from Elizabethan England, an original arrangement of an Italian madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo, the world premiere of Christopher Adler's "Aeneas in the Underworld, Act II: The Underworld," and duets by Paulo Bellinati, Arnold Schoenberg, Franco Donatoni, Mario Lavista and Steve Reich) @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Gamblers Mark, Doug C & the Blacklisted, Johnny Deadly Trio, Seatbelt @ Brick By Brick
  • Tower of Power, Average White Band @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Jel (Anticon), Kynan, Mystery Cave, Ghosttraps, DJ Pyschopop @ The Hideout
  • Mission Zero @ Lestat's
  • Berkley Hart, M.E. Law, Steve Harris, Joel Rafael, Ric Kaestner, Christopher Dale, Sven Eric Seaholm, KeyofBri, Peter Bolland, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Hiatus Kaiyote Live in 3D @ House of Blues
  • Offshore Impact, Three Chamber Heart, Look Up Here, 5nSlime @ The Merrow
  • Padre Nuestro (MX), Antebellum @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Bodyrawk @ U-31
  • Blue Largo @ Croce's Park West
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Hip-Hop vs. Punk Rock @ Tower Bar
  • Neighbors to the North, Creature and the Woods, Bedroom Talk, Little Dove @ Winston's
  • Lurid Memory (EP release), Unicorn Death, Temblad & Mythereum @ Til-Two Club
  • Danny Daze, Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • Monarch @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Polynesian Underground Presents Inna Vision, Bachaco @ 710 Beach Club
  • Jermaine Dupri @ Parq
  • Eddie Trunk, OFU, Deeper Purple, RDG @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Webbie @ 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.

<![CDATA[Spice Up Your Weekend]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:53:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pepper_the_Band.jpg

Friday, the 91x Homecoming concert featuring Pepper, Rocket From the Crypt, Cold War Kids, Pinback, Finch, Lucy's Furcoat, Mrs. Magician and Reason to Rebel is at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre; Ratatat headline the Observatory North Park; the Dear Hunter, Chon and Gates are at the Irenic; Agent Orange, the Embalmers, Oddball and PSO take over Soda Bar; Kascade, CID and Galantis are at Sleep Train Amphitheatre; Vacationer headline at the Casbah; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring Ivan Neville and Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact are at the Belly Up; and Neighbors to the North, Creature and the Woods, Bedroom Talk and Little Dove hit Winston’s. Get your dance on with Danny Daze and Lee K at Bang Bang and Hip Hop vs. Punk Rock at Tower Bar.

Start your Saturday with Pacific Beach Fest and South Park Walkabout. Elsewhere, Thievery Corporation is doing an early and late show at the Belly Up; King Dude headlines at the Hideout; The Red Not Chili Peppers are at House of Blues; and the Lonely Wild, Jim & Sam and the Heart Beat Trail are at Soda Bar. Dance options include Club Ascension with yours truly at the Kava Lounge; The Gaslamp Killer Experience at the Observatory North Park; DJ Mike Delgado at Bar Pink; Cyril Hahn at Bang Bang; and Eric DLUX at Omnia.

Sunday, Citizen Cope with Full Band play at the Observatory North Park; Holly Miranda and Gracie and Rachel hit the Merrow; and Hollis Brown, Jake Loban & the Friendly Fire and Boaz Roberts 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[What a Peach!]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/peaches07.jpg

As we roll into the weekend, your Thursday night is jam-packed with serious talent. At the Belly Up, electro-clash nasty girl Peaches drops in for her first show in town in ages, joined by U.S. Girls for a full-on dance party. Meanwhile, the band that was selected to open The Who's tour just a couple years ago, Vintage Trouble, appears at the Irenic. As with all Irenic shows, doors are at 7 p.m. with a 10 p.m. curfew, so you can still be a responsible adult and catch the show and be home in time for the 11 o'clock news. All my indie-rock friends can't stop talking about Empress Of at Soda Bar, and Aterciopelados play their dreamy tunes --- do we call it indie en Espanol? -- at House of Blues. Fans of Enon will appreciate a band featuring two former members, Crooks on Tape, who appear at the Casbah, and if you're looking for a great freebie show, Oh, Spirit! are at Sycamore Den.

Thursday, Oct. 1:

  • Peaches, US Girls@ Belly Up
  • Vintage Trouble, Greg Holden @ The Irenic
  • Empress Of, ABRA, Lipherma @ Soda Bar
  • Crooks on Tape, the Verigolds, AJ Froman @ Casbah
  • Oh, Spirit!; Split Screens; Nate Hess (Bad & the Ugly) @ Sycamore Den
  • Aterciopelados, Los Hollywood @ House of Blues
  • Ceremony Night @ Bar Pink
  • Chatham County Line @ AMSD Concerts
  • Prelude 2.0, featuring Light Years Ahead @ The Loft
  • Josh Heinrichs, Skillinjah @ Music Box
  • Seawall, Tiger & the Teller and guests @ The Merrow
  • DarkWaveGarden @ The Bancroft
  • Throwback Thursday @ U-31
  • Matt Hall Duo with Jason Shattil @ Croce's Park West
  • Monty Seward @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • The Sun Machine, La Ayahuasca, Creatures Choir, Some Kind of Lizard @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • The New Mastersounds, the Earful@ Winston's
  • Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Christ Killer, Pissed Regardless @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Franzen @ Fluxx
  • Carnage @ Omnia
  • Naughty By Nature @ Parq
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Rockin Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Sadistik, Sapient, Ceshi @ Boar Cross'n

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

<![CDATA[Bassmnt Closing?]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:21:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/lil+jon+rino+nbc+1.jpg

Another San Diego music venue may be biting the the dust.

Downtown's underground nightclub Bassmnt is closed this weekend, a club representative told SoundDiego on Tuesday, adding that the club is in the process of being sold. The spokesman added that the club's future would be in the hands of the new owners. 

Bassmnt opened in downtown just two years ago. In that time, it has played host to a number of big names, including Morgan Page, Lil Jon, Paul van Dyk, Bloody Beetroots and many others.

It was obvious that the downtown EDM landscape began to change, however, when Omnia stepped in and its owners, the Hakkasan Group, began booking many of the appearances that may have otherwise been distrubuted between Bassmnt and others competing in that EDM space. In October alone, Omnia has Nervo, EC Twins, DJ Ruckus and Carnage on its lineup, plus two nights with Steve Aoki.

Another big player, Fluxx, is stil healthy though, with a birthday party for Snoop Dogg on the calendar, along with sets from Riff Raff, TJR and Arkham with Too $hort booked. 

Local dance fans didn't take long to take to social media, including Jeremy Wassink who posted on Facebook that "It has been a long and glorious run with Bassmnt! It saddens me to know that doors are now officially closed. We may have closed the door on a milestone, but I have made so many memories and friendships that I will always cherish. Thank you to all the amazing staff past and present for giving me many years of shenanigans! Much love"

Fans took to Twitter as well, posting love for the venue and sharing memories. Tammy Sidavong tweeted Tuesday, "Damn @Bassmnt_SD sad to see you go thnx for all the memories of getting ratchet and losing my friends everytime and meeting baes there."

Cosmic Game on Sept. 26 may have been the final show at the venue.

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[And the San Diego Music Award Goes To ....]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:06:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/codylovaas_photo_gal_40077_.jpg San Diego Music Award nominee Cody Lovaas and Kevin Hellman of the SD Music Foundation preview next Monday's event at Humphreys By the Bay.]]> <![CDATA[Murs the Word]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:43:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/murs.jpg

Wednesday night there are some big names in town, including Murs at the Casbah and Van Halen at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Even local avocado grower Jason Mraz is in on the fun with Mike Halloran for a secret show at the Belly Up, though from what I've heard, you shouldn't expect that he'll be playing. The Office goes a little bit country with Grande Ole Office, while Ultimate Painting, featuring Jack Cooper (of Mazes) and James Hoare (of Veronica Falls), rock out at the Soda Bar. 

Wednesday, Sept. 30:

  • Murs, Red Pill, King Fantastic, Noa James @ Casbah
  • Van Halen, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Jason Mraz and Halloran present the first ever SECRET SHOW @ Belly Up
  • Grand Ole Office featuring J Burns Jug Band, Robin Henkel, Mike Pope, Gary Hankins, Mike Powell, the Liquorsmiths @ THe Office
  • Ultimate Painting, Dream Boys, the Lulls @ Soda Bar
  • Commune Wednesday @ Bar Pink
  • Chicago @ Humphrey's by the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Halsey @ House of Blues
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Gregory Page and his accompanists @ Java Joe's
  • Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri, Mark Dresser and Anthony Davis @ The Loft UCSD
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Club Kingston presents Heritage with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Water Rats, Roman Watchdogs, Midnight Track @ Tower Bar
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rip Carson & the Valiants @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam, Nothing Special @ 710 Beach Club
  • Botanica Chango @ Whistle Stop
  • A.O.K. Musik @ 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: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Who Announce New San Diego Date]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:52:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Roger+Daltrey++2009+2+.jpg

The Who have announced that they have rescheduled their San Diego appearance for May 27, 2016.

Earlier in September, SoundDiego reported that the iconic rock band, who was supposed to kick off its 50th-anniversary tour at Valley View Casino Center on Sept. 14, had to cancel the San Diego date and others due to an "unspecified virus" contracted by singer Roger Daltrey.

It's since been revealed that Daltrey had viral meningitis, but that he is now "on the mend," according to a media release.

Tickets purchased for the original show date will be honored come May, when the group play Valley View Casino Center.

Photo Credit: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Death Cab for Cutie]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:04:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/300_8147.jpg We followed Death Cab for Cutie into the dark at SDSU Open Air Theatre on Sept. 25 -- and Ben Gibbard & Co. did not disappoint.

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<![CDATA[Years & Years of Fun]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:11:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Years_and_Years_photo.jpg

Tuesday night in San Diego sees some fun music options in town, including British electronic act Years & Years at the Observatory North Park. The trio will be joined by the incredible Tei Shi, so be sure to get there early. Meanwhile, King Dude makes an appearance at the Hideout along with Foie Gras and Crime Desire, and Casbah keeps it local with newish band Omega Three -- though its members are veterans of the local music scene -- along with Pompeya and the Sinclairs, while Talk in Tongues perform at the Loft at UCSD. For big names, however, the Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, make a tour stop at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.   

Tuesday, Sept. 29:

  • Years & Years, Tei Shi @ Observatory North Park
  • King Dude, Foie Gras, Crime Desire @ The Hideout
  • Omega Three, Pompeya, the Sinclairs @ Casbah
  • The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Ranger Doug Green @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Slim Twig, Jack Name, Toothpick @ Soda Bar
  • Radio Halloran presents Mauru, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Heather Nation Band @ The Merrow
  • Talk in Tongues, Inspired & the Sleep @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Sick Balloons, Taken by Canadians, Ocelot @ Belly Up
  • R.Ariel, Two Moons Merging//Diego Emiliano Garcia, Charlie Kelly, Paper Forest @ Che Cafe
  • Eskimo Brothers @ The Bancroft
  • The Browning, Evacuate the City, For the Old Fashioned, A Hero Within @ Brick by Brick
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Pat Dowling @ Croce's Park West
  • The Grizzled Mighty @ Winston's
  • 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.

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<![CDATA[Local Indie Radio Station Sold to Christian Music Network]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:53:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/microphonewydt.jpg

The locally owned independent radio station KPRi 102.1 announced Monday morning that, effective immediately, the station would be under new ownership.

“This is a step we take with very mixed emotions,” Compass Radio president and station co-owner Jonathan Schwartz said in a news release. "We have loved the opportunity to serve San Diego for the last two decades, and we are grateful to our staff, listeners, advertisers and the San Diego community.”

CEO, co-owner and radio host Robert Hughes added, “KPRI has been a true labor of love. All I can say is: I thank each and every one who has helped us create and sustain a truly amazing radio station.”

According to the release, Educational Media Foundation (EMF), which purchased KPRi’s assets, specializes in adult contemporary Christian music. While EMF is seizing control of programming beginning Monday, Sept. 28, the transaction requires approval from the FCC and is expected to close in January.

SoundDiego has contacted EMF to inquire about whether KPRI would be changing its programming format but has not yet heard back.

Schwartz and Hughes sent a personal note via email to the KPRi staff Monday morning, both explaining and lamenting the sale. “We have spent the last year in discussions with potential strategic partners, new investors evaluating opportunities to re-build our business,” wrote the co-owners. “While we considered the types of changes that we would have to make to re-launch the station, EMF approached us with an offer which we have decided to accept.”

The email, which contained the official press release, is also replete with emotion and praise for those who made KPRi what it was: “Because of you and against all odds, we were able to create and sustain a unique radio station that reflects the needs, tastes, and desires of San Diego. While this chapter closes, we know the future holds great promise for you.”

News that the Adult Album Alternative station had been sold came from Twitter Monday morning as well. Drive-time morning-show host (and former SoundDiego contributor and 91x DJ) Chris Cantore tweeted at 10:28 a.m., “Will not be on the air tomorrow morning. KPRi sold to Christian radio.”

Local musician Josh Damigo, who hosted the Sunday night Homegrown show with KPRi’s Mookie, commented as well: “Bummed to hear that @KPRIFM will be closing down. I enjoyed my time as a jock with @MookieSpeaks. Love the staff. Would do it again. #onward”

KPRi also programmed the long-running Green Flash Concert Series at the Scripps Birch Aquarium, which just wrapped its 10th anniversary of shows with performances from Bad Suns, the Oh Hellos, the Lone Bellow, Josh Damigo and others. 

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[Upcoming Concerts]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:07:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/189*120/1535306.jpg Some of the names on the way to San Diego stages may surprise you -- Neil Young, for example.

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<![CDATA[All in the Family: Kate Sprague Spreads Her Wings]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:36:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/KateGC.jpg

Every Wednesday night, trumpet master Gilbert Castellanos holds a showcase called the Young Lions Series for up-and-coming players at Panama 66 in Balboa Park.

Fourteen-year-old Kate Sprague, accompanied by her father, multi-instrumentalist Tripp Sprague, and her uncle, guitar virtuoso Peter -- joined Castellanos for an evening of jazz classics and material that reflected her interests in folk-pop.

The first tune I caught, “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” captured all four musicians with wings fully extended. No one weaves through the changes with relaxed elan quite as gracefully as Tripp, and Castellanos followed with masterful improvising -- including clever quotes from “Fascinating Rhythm” and “Tea for Two.” Bringing up the rear, Peter took the tune into an acapella direction with stunning use of advanced harmonies. Meanwhile, Kate’s voice was warm and pliant, and she even pulled off a short scat solo with aplomb.

Even though she obviously feels more comfortable with more contemporary material, Kate’s intonation and delivery seemed much stronger on standards like “Summertime” and the crowd-pleasing “Sir Duke,” which she handled with the ease and swing of an old pro.

At such a young age, the world seems there for the taking for Ms. Sprague, and with such an illustrious family connection, I’m betting that she will take it far, indeed. 

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.

Photo Credit: Gilbert Castellanos]]>