<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:59:50 -0800Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:59:50 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Go With the Powerflo]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:27:22 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Powerflo+x+POD.jpg

Hip-hop/rock mash-ups have existed since the '80s when Run DMC teamed up with Aerosmith for a remake of "Walk This Way." And while that collaboration was a bit of a paradigm shift for both genres, it only resulted in a single song -- a one-off.

It was also released more than 30 years ago and since then, only a handful of like-minded groups have come together to create a solid unit, a cohesive pairing, a band.

Enter Powerflo -- the brainchild of Cypress Hill's Sen Dog -- a rap/metal hybrid that finds the rapper taking over lead vocalist duties and dishing out hard-knock grit over heavy riffs courtesy of an all-star supergroup lineup: Billy Graziadei from Biohazard on rhythm guitar, Rogelio Lozano from Downset on backing vocals, Fernando Schaefer from Worst on drums, and Christian Olde Wolbers on bass (formerly of Fear Factory).

"It just kinda of fell in our lap. We came up with a name ... and then, you know, we became a band. That's all we've been doing now for the past year and a half," said Graziadei via cell phone.

Their lead single, "Resistance," which dropped in May, is a punishing effort. Made from anger and energy, it features an urgent Sen Dog pushing through hefty power chords and asserting himself: "I come forth with a vengeance / Escaping my death sentence / True rebel and I care not / If I offend you with my presence."

And he sounds right at home, unleashing his inner hessian just as easily as he rides a DJ Muggs beat -- a seamless blend of rap's middle-finger attitude with metal's in-your-face aggression.

This past summer, New Damage Records released Powerflo's self-titled debut and after opening up for San Diego's own P.O.D. on a recent run of shows, they're back on tour now with Brujeria.

Powerflo play House of Blues on Saturday, Nov. 18. Doors are at 6 p.m., and tickets are available here.

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



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<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:05:05 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*125/GettyImages-458217002.jpg Go with the flow: Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Tyler the Creator and more are all en route to San Diego -- get the scoop on the biggest upcoming concerts.

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<![CDATA[Forbidden Planet]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:19:44 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/Diarrhea+Planet+2016.jpg

I feel like I say this every time Diarrhea Planet comes to town: terrible band name, amazingly mind-blowing band. Although, after this crap year we've had politically, maybe they just had incredible foresight in their name. The band is at Soda Bar with Mt. Pleasant, featuring members of New Mexico/Apes of Wrath, so that is an exciting prospect worth checking out. Boris and Torche are sold out at Casbah and Mild High Club are sold out at the Irenic, but you still have a chance to see local legends the Zeros at Til-Two Club, the Expendables at Belly Up, or Mayhem at the Observatory. It's a pretty fantastic night of music so you should definitely get out for some good times leading into Thanksgiving week.

Friday, Nov. 17:

  • Diarrhea Planet, Mt. Pleasant (ex-New Mexico/Apes of Wrath), Slay Dean @ Soda Bar
  • Boris, Torche, Endon @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Mild High Club, Jerry Paper @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • The Zeros, Mr. Airplane Man, Los Sweepers @ Til-Two Club
  • The Expendables, Seedless, Amplified @ Belly Up
  • Mayhem, Immolation, Black Anvil @ The Observatory
  • F---ing in the Bushes: BritPop with DJ Dan Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Bump! @ Blonde
  • "The Stomp" with DJs Boogieman and Funk Freaks @ Space
  • Easy Wind @ Lafayette Hote, Swim Club, & Bungalows 
  • Nathan Hubbard Trio @ Dizzy's 
  • Class Project DJs @ Bar Pink
  • ASCE presents Hullabaloo 2017 @ Town Square & Matthews Quad, UCSD 
  • Sue Palmer @ Panama 66
  • Atomic Groove's Thankful Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Dave Humphries and Friends @ Java Joe's
  • Super Buffet, Mess of Fun @ Black Cat Bar
  • Dance With the Dead, Gost, FacexHugger @ Brick By Brick
  • Malpaso Dance Company @ Mandeville Auditorium
  • T- Chronic @ Lestat's
  • Grant Farm, Finnegan Blue, Coral Bells @ Winston's
  • Highway Starr @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • J Mosley @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Luniz, DJ Omz, Nick Gray @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Kelly McGarry presents A Perfect Tool, Moxie Brixton, Allison Chains, the Jagerbombs @ House of Blues
  • Custard Pie @ Pour House (10 p.m.)
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (5 p.m.)
  • Fishing for Chips, Corre Diablo, World War, Color Til Monday @ The Merrow (7 p.m.)
  • No-Knock Raid, the Yucks, Inciting Riots @ The Bancroft
  • Shocks of Mighty, the Night Doctors @ 710 Beach Club
  • Lord Howler, War Cloud, Gorm @ Tower Bar
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • After Hours in The Office w/DJs EdROC & Ramsey @ The Office 
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Banda Movil @ El Patron Night Club
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Full Strength Funk @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Raney, Evans, Raney @ Navajo Live (9 p.m.)
  • Now & Later with DJ Artisticc and Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • FNGRS CRSSD presents Sonny Fodera, Boys Don't Disco @ Bang Bang
  • Cash Cash @ Omnia
  • Daley, Tiffany Gouche, Mimi Zulu @ Music Box
  • DJ Amen @ FLUXX
  • Lee Curtiss, Staybad and Friends @ Spin
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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



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<![CDATA[PICS: PartyNextDoor at Viejas Arena]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:35:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/PartyNextDoor+11.5.17+Alex+Matthews+%283%29.jpg PartyNextDoor brought -- what else? -- an alt-R&B/hip-hop party through Viejas Arena on Sunday, Nov. 5, while opening for Halsey and Charli XCX.

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<![CDATA[The SoundDiego Black Friday Guide]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:29:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Big+Bloom+SoundDiego+LIVE+3.30.17+%286%29.jpg

With the season of giving currently upon us, it’s nigh time we deliver to you our very own SoundDiego Black Friday Guide. We gathered ‘round and brainstormed some items that’d make any San Diego music fan tingle in their stockings. Got some suggestions, let us know in the comments!

Beer 'em: What’s better than listening to Western Settings, one of San Diego’s best pop-punk/rock bands? Drinking their very own Amplified Ale Works Western Settings Hazy IPA while you’re at it. The extremely crushable 6.5 percent ABV brew packs Cascade, Amarillo and Columbus hops together for an extremely crisp and refreshing finish (and that ain’t some tag line -- we’ve drank a couple and they’re totally killer). Unwrapping a four-pack of these should get anyone pumped. Get ‘em at Amplified Ale Works' brew pub in Pacific Beach (4150 Mission Blvd, #208) or their Miramar tasting room (9030 Kenamar Drive #309) while supplies last.

Bet on Swami: Hot Snakes, San Diego's own recently reunited post-hardcore legends, just signed to Sub Pop and announced vinyl reissues of their three albums: 2000’s “Automatic Midnight,” 2002’s “Suicide Invoice” and 2004’s “Audit in Progress.” Go ahead and pre-order them all here, while we wait for the band’s new record in 2018. Perfect gifts for the Swami John Reis fan in your fam. 

Lessons: Wish you could sing more better? Us, too. Why not get some vocal lessons by one of the best in the biz? Shelbi Bennett, chanteuse in the Midnight Pine, offers those inclined and interested the opportunity to harness and refine their pipes for very reasonable prices. Perfect for the burgeoning singer in your camp. Hit her up at shelbibennettsings [at] gmail.com

Make a record: Trying to figure out what to get your musician BFF? Grab a couple of their tunes, and send ‘em to the bad boys of Petra-Fi Records to get them pressed onto actual vinyl records! This’ll take a little planning on your part (since it takes time to press records and all that) but pricing isn’t exorbitant -- they actually specialize in one-offs and small runs -- and your buddy will be extra stoked to hear their own music on wax. Thank us later.

Memorabilia mania: Instead of buying the latest fidget spinner or boring Starbucks gift card for friends/family, head over to eBay and bid on memorabilia from local legends -- like a guitar pick from Santana's 1999 Supernatural Tour; a 1958 high school yearbook featuring Frank Zappa; a first-edition of Tom Waits' "Seeds on Hard Ground" book of poetry; a rare Blink-182 Christmas sweater; a Jason Mraz-signed guitar; or a Jewel Kilcher-autographed microphone.

Rock the Casbah: Know someone who maybe has an particular affinity for the world-famous rock club that resides on the corner of Kettner Boulevard and Laurel Street? Set your browser to the heart of the Casbah website and snag a pre-order of one of their 25th anniversary hoodies designed by none other than Shepard Fairey. What better way to let people know you’re into local music? And if you're feeling extra generous: Purchase a couple tickets to the club's New Year's Eve extravaganza with one of our local faves the Donkeys and make a great gift even better.

Shop local: We recently published two lists of great local record labels and San Diego musician-owned/operated businesses, and if you're looking to support your music scene while doing some holiday shopping, they'd be a good place to start. For example: Little Dame, a boutique located at 2942 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights (and co-owned by Big Bloom's Katie Howard), has an entire shop full of rad, creative gift options ranging from buttons to ceramics to clothes and a whole lot more.

Shredders unite: Know a special person suffering from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome)? Maybe you’ve got some money to burn on a favorite musician? There are a few big-name local music instrument manufacturers in town (Taylor Guitars, Deering Banjos, Carvin, etc.) but some of our favorites are off the beaten path a bit -- take a look at the six-string offerings from Madrid Guitars (see right) and High Spirit Guitars, and browse the effects/amplifiers (and now guitars) of one of the most highly regarded manufacturers in the music world, Satellite Amplifiers. All local and all great!

Space out: For the ultimate Tom DeLonge fan, the truth is out there and it comes in the form of investing in his recently announced To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science that'll hunt for aliens using "exotic aerospace technologies" (that everyone involved is all a bit mum about). Sounds like a bunch of hogwash, you say? Tell that to the folks who've pledged nearly $2 million to the project thus far. It's no laughing matter and for your UFO-obsessed/DeLonge-sympathizer pal, it could be the ticket to a great gift: Buy shares for $5 a piece ($200 minimum investment) here.

Wax: If you’re a Secret Santa for a music lover, chances are they’re into vinyl. So do ‘em a favor and instead of striking out with a selection of your own that they may not actually want (let’s face it, you probably have suspect taste) -- get a gift card to one, or several, of the awesome record shops around town including Re-Animated Records, Lou’s Records, M-Theory, Red Brontosaurus, Normal Records, Spin Records, Folk Arts Rare Records, Record City and Feelit, among others.



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<![CDATA[PICS: Charli XCX at Viejas Arena]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:27:01 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Charli+XCX+11.5.17+Alex+Matthews+%282%29.jpg Boom clap: Charli XCX trotted out pure electro-pop hits in spectacular fashion at Viejas Arena on Nov. 5.

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<![CDATA[Warped Tour Calls it Quits]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:27:21 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/We+the+Kings+Warped+Tour+2014+%289%29.jpg

Vans Warped Tour is coming to an end.

The cross-country touring music festival that's catered largely to punk, hardcore, emo, ska and metalcore genres since 1995 is calling it quits after next year's run.

Festival founder Kevin Lyman made an official statement on the Vans Warped Tour website on Wednesday morning.

“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour."

To date, the tour has booked more than 1,700 acts including No Doubt, Pennywise, NOFX, Bad Religion, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Fall out Boy, Katy Perry, Green Day, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, Eminem, and Ice-T. The festival has also become known for its community outreach by partnering with more than 90 nonprofit organizations that set up camp at each tour date.

The 2018 Vans Warped Tour kicks off in Pomona, California on June 21 (with a San Diego date the next night) and ends in West Palm Beach, Florida on Aug. 5.

In his statement, Lyman said that while the 2018 fest will be its last full run, there are plans for a special celebration in 2019.

"The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019."

To read Lyman's full statement and get more information, go here.



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<![CDATA[House of Thee Commons]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:46:54 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Thee+Commons+11.11+screengrab.PNG

It's not every day you get to see a psychedelic cumbia band -- which is why SoundDiego TV's J-mar headed to the Casbah recently to catch up with Thee Commons.

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<![CDATA[Mitchy Slick and the Ghosts of Past Trauma]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:24:13 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MITCHY+SLICK.jpg

If you had to brainstorm to come up with a set of perennial rap narratives, songs about weed would probably be in the mix. And with a wide open approach to the subject it's easy to understand why.

Artists like Devin and Cypress Hill have sustained long careers by articulating, simply, how good it feels to get high. Smoking because you like to is obvious. But there can be more to it, as sometimes it goes beyond recreational use and into medicinal use -- a way to cope, or even heal.

And that's the space Mitchy Slick explores on his single "Stressed Out," smoking weed as catharsis, medicinal cannabis is his personal form of therapy. 

But from what? In this case, it's PTSD and the ghosts of past trauma. As a veteran of inner city conflict, it's a symptom of urban warfare and as most soldiers admit, years in the trenches can leave permeant effects.

"Is there a mental disease worse than PTSD, 'cause I seen a girl smoked in my passenger seat," Slick raps, stoic and sincere over pensive piano keys.

It's a heavy admission, death up front and in person, so who wouldn't want relief from the residue of an experience like that, by way of weed or whatever else it might take?

But, to be clear this isn't a song about advocating drug use. No, rather it's an artist weaving together corner stories that reflect the dark bits of street life and how he manages the psychological burdens that come along with them.

There are comrades who have passed and police that don't let up. But he won't allow the nonsense in, using weed as a buffer to protect his sanity, with a serious take on the pot anthem, he sums it up best himself: "Chain smoking top shelf to induce amnesia, go looney, Lark Voorhies, if it wasn't for the reefer."

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

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<![CDATA[Need for Speedy]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:33:44 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/Speedy+Ortiz.jpg

There are many reasons to be enthusiastic about this Thursday night's options, but call me a little biased if three of those reasons are at the Casbah. Tera Melos is exciting enough as a headliner, but I super extra love Speedy Ortiz and am so glad they're back in town, but then throw in Miss New Buddha --featuring members of Meraki, Weatherbox, and Big Bad Buffalo -- and you have quite a triple-header. That doesn't mean that other spots aren't hot tonight, too, because Chad VanGaalen is at Soda Bar, Gryffin plays the Observatory, and Ariel Pink plays the Belly Up. On the local tip, Jesse LaMonaca headlines the Merrow, the Heavy Guilt play up north at Pour House, and Bit Maps play Space.

Thursday, Nov. 16:

  • Tera Melos, Speedy Ortiz, Miss New Buddha @ Casbah
  • Chad VanGaalen, NE-HI, QTY @ Soda Bar (read our NE-HI interview here)
  • Gryffin, Autograf (DJ Set), Ayokay@ The Observatory
  • Jesse Lamonaca, Jesse Lee (of the Paragraphs) @ The Merrow
  • Ariel Pink, Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates @ Belly Up
  • The Heavy Guilt; Oh, Spirit!; Cashmere @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Bit Maps, Dream Joints, O/X, DJs Andrew McGranahan & Camilla Robina @ Space
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Reggae Thursdaze with Strictly Skunk, KNG MKR @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Draemings, Mini Bear, La Ra , Hexorcismos @ Blonde
  • lostboycrow, Prelow, DYSN @ House of Blues
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Robert Dove @ Panama 66
  • I Prevail, We Came As Romans, the Word Alive, Escape the Fate @ SOMA
  • Thursday Late Night Jam Session @ Ken Club
  • Bird Bath @ Sycamore Den
  • Charissa Noble @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Boomboxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Ray Bell & the Feel Good Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Psychostick, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Kissing Candice, Raven Black, Sight Unscene @ Brick by Brick
  • Kevin Mahogany in "An Evening with Kevin Mahogany" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Ellington Jazz Ensemble from the San Diego School for the Creative & Performing Arts @ Dizzy's 
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • DJ Bingo @ De Or Mine Co 
  • DVC Presents Throwback Thursday @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Champions of Magic @ Sycuan
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Highway Starr @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Bands in the Nude: Bill Driskill, Ariel Levine, Andrew McKeag @ Black Cat Bar
  • Sammy J, Lea Love @ Winston's (7 p.m.)
  • Making Movies @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • The Gonads, Corrupted Youth, Rat City Riot, Matamoska! @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • PB&J Presentswith DJs B Rose and Bidi Cobra @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • CRSSD Fest presents Phantoms (live), Pusher, Madnap @ Bang Bang
  • Radio Latina 104.5FM presenta "Friendsgiving" with A Manera de Café @ Music Box
  • GSD presents / Blazing Beats @ Spin
  • Kap Slap @ Omnia
  • DJ Yodah @ 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.

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<![CDATA[PICS: Amine at Observatory North Park]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:19:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Amine+by+Allyson+Ta+5.jpg Portland-born rapper Amine performed at Observatory North Park on Friday, Nov. 10.

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<![CDATA[Java Life]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:36:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/frank+lee+drennen.jpg

I can't begin to tell you the number of Wednesdays I spent at the Ould Sod watching Frank Lee Drennen and Gregory Page as the Hatchett Brothers of trying to see Loam anytime I could. He's been a longtime resident of LA and his band Dead Rock West comes around every once in a while, but tonight he plays Java Joe's and it will be an extra special homecoming show. If you've been a multiple-decades-long supporter of local music, you're going to want to be there. Meanwhile, with "Stranger Things" on a full mission to bring back the '80s, you can expect all the former outcasts and weirdos to check out Gary Numan at the Observatory (read the SoundDiego interview with Numan here), Tijuana's San Pedro El Cortez plays the Casbah, and Fall Out Boy will ask their crowd to "Dance, Dance" at Viejas Arena.

Wednesday, Nov. 15:

  • Frank Lee Drennen, Gregg Stewart, Shane Alexander, Timothy Joseph @ Java Joe's
  • Gary Numan, Me Not You @ The Observatory North Park
  • San Pedro El Cortez, Bad Kids, Fake Tides @ Casbah
  • Fall Out Boy, Blackbear, Jaden Smith @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Slaughter Beach, DogWalter Etc, Shannen Moser@ The Irenic Annex
  • One, Two, Threee w/DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Tal Wilkenfeld, Fahim Anwar, Ryan Hiller @ Belly Up
  • Open Oscillator: Open Mic for Electronics @ Whistle Stop
  • Greenbeard, Amplified Heat @ Til-Two Club
  • Iron Chic, Off With Their Heads, Toys That Kill, Spells @ Soda Bar
  • The Shifty-Eyed Dogs, Hungry Skinny, Blind Mountain Holler @ The Merrow
  • John Craigie @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Rene Marie & Experiment In Truth (with John Chin, piano; Elias Bailey, bass; and Quentin Baxter, Jr., drums) @ The Scripps Ranch Institute
  • Make Yourself at Home: '90s and Modern Emo, Hardcore and Pop Punk with DJ Dileepa Nowalk & Aaron Green @ Space
  • The Beat Concert @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Leon The God @ A/C Lounge
  • Powerballs and TBA @ Bar Pink
  • Exhumed, Arkaik, Condemned, Beekeeper @ Brick by Brick
  • R3X @ Tower Bar
  • Drum Wizard Ari Hoenig @ Dizzy's
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Imagery Machine, Modern History, Murder Pony @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Sol Tribe, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek & Cros 1 @ El Dorado
  • Asi Suena Presents: Ile, Todo Mundo @ Music Box
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[Bad Kids Rep South Bay in a Good Way]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:47:30 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDTV_Spotlight_BK.jpg

On this week's Spotlight, Bad Kids prove why they're one of our favorite bands coming out of the burgeoning Imperial Beach music scene. They headline Casbah on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Garages Spawn NE-HI's Jangling Grit]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:58:40 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NE-HI+by+Bryan+Allen+Lamb.jpg

NE-HI are one of those bands that just exude energy. You can feel it in their recordings, in their live performances and in the way they talk about their music.

Formed in Chicago in 2013, the band has already developed a raucous jangling grit that owes a lot to the heady punk of the Clash and Television. Their sound derives an equal amount from Chicago's DIY and garage scene, which spawned the likes of Twin Peaks and Post Animal. 

"Those guys are all friends of ours, and we’ve all known each other since playing basements. That scene was pretty infectious ... A lot of the spaces have been kind of shut down, so it’s definitely not as widespread and frequent and it’s moved into venues and backroom bar situations. I think it’s still there for sure, but when the shows leave the basement there’s less room for being totally crazy," vocalist and guitarist Jason Balla told me over the phone last month. 

Although NE-HI released a full-length album in February of this year, earlier this month they released a 7" as well. The double-single features "Rattled and Strange" and "Long Time," and an accompanying music video that's all kinds of nostalgic.

"We were all on tour a few months ago and we watched 'The Color of Money' -- a Martin Scorsese movie featuring Tom Cruise as a pool shark. It’s a really beautifully shot film," Balla said.

"That’s one of our tour hobbies: Anytime we find a bar with a pool table we go in. What better excuse to make a music video? We got to ham it up with a lot of nostalgia," he added.

With the music industry in its current state of disrepair, it's easy to find jaded and disgruntled bands, but NE-HI seem to genuinely enjoy what they're doing. And that's important when a band gives off a sense of complacency and boredom with their music.

"In a live setting it’s kind of hard to get too bored playing [our songs] because they’re so fun to play. I can start tweaking little parts or singing things a little differently. I’m not tired of the songs, because I can try different things," Balla said. 

NE-HI bring an energetic night to Soda Bar on Thursday, Nov. 16. Get tickets here.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford poet-neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now fronts the Lulls, plays lead guitar in LA band Velvet and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Instagram and Twitter (@RArosenborg), add him on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Dance Gavin Dance]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:25:39 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/gavin+turek.jpg

There are so many great shows to check out tonight that you might find yourself in a quandary about which to choose. If you're looking for a big touring band, look no further than indie-rockers the Sounds all the way from Sweden. Navigating the Oughts with their synth-heavy and '80s throwback sounds, they're sure to impress tonight at the Observatory. Meanwhile, don your disco shimmer and get in the dance groove with Gavin Turek. While playing perhaps the smallest stage of her tour at the Casbah, the show will feel larger than life as Gavin's active social media photos and videos can attest. Meanwhile, our friends Dani Bell & the Tarantist illuminate the Soda Bar, Belly Up hosts reggae with Jamaican legend Bernard Collins, and Bar Pink hosts a special Tiki Tuesday with the Garners and Thee Unsound.

Tuesday, Nov. 14:

  • The Sounds, Fitness, Ggoolldd @ The Observatory
  • Gavin Turek @ Casbah  
  • Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Edwin, the Morning Yells @ Soda Bar
  • Bernard Collins & the Abyssinians, Reggae Angels, DJ Rashi of Tribe of Kings @ Belly Up 
  • The Garners, Thee Unsound @ Bar Pink
  • Flower Animals, Sweet Myths, Surf Farmer @ The Merrow
  • Bruno Leone @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • AIDSlifecycle Charity Show with RVIVR, Cruz Radical, Se Vende @ Til-Two Club
  • T is 4 Techno @ Blonde
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rebirth Brass Band and Smokey Hoof @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with Zaboomba, Indica @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Crowbar, Tombs, Incite, Godhammered @ Brick by Brick
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • FLQ, Nerve Controli, Pathetic Society @ Tower Bar
  • Chi Chi Rones & Jo Anna in "Dueling Drag Divas" @ Martini's Above Fourth 
  • Trapped with Special Guest DJ ADMC @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Charles Burton Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Problem Children Punk Rock Dream @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Drednotz @ 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: Tiger Tiger/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[From the Replacements to Cowboys in the Campfire]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:57:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Tommy+Stinson+Press+Photo.jpg

It wasn't that long ago that Tommy Stinson passed through San Diego with a performance at the Casbah, but the legendary Replacements bassist is back in town with a special show at Satellite Amplifiers. Some people say it's supposed to be a secret, but nobody told us to keep it mum. It's an early show, so afterward you can head to Blonde to catch New York's EZTV, once described by Stereogum as "stunningly consistent purveyors of high-level pop-rock with strains of retro folk and psych," and you should get there early because people in the know just might pack the place out. At Soda Bar, catch Canada's "doom-soul" singer Cold Specks, and at Casbah see local hardcore act New Crimes. This Monday has some legit music offerings so don't make this the night you skip out on the scene or you just might regret it come Tuesday.

Monday, Nov. 13:

  • Tommy Stinson and Chip “Sippy Fly” Roberts: Cowboys in the Campfire @ Satellite Amplifiers (7 p.m., 1322 Gertrude St., San Diego, CA 92110)
  • EZTV, Nic Hessler @ Blonde
  • Cold Specks, LA Timpa @ Soda Bar
  • New Crimes, Ash Williams, Que Oso @ Casbah 
  • Citizen, Sorority Noise, Great Grandpa @ The Irenic
  • Red Wizard, Greenbeard @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Thugwave DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Windemeres, Wicked Bears, Punch Card @ Tower Bar
  • Smino, Tobi Lou @ The Stage Room (formerly Porter's Pub), UCSD
  • Open Mic Night @ The Office
  • Death From Above 1979, the Beaches @ House of Blues
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Chris Twist, the Dodges, Soul Sweetener @ Til-Two Club
  • Camino Paz @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Sue Palmer @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation: Underground '90s, Chill Hip-Hop and Board Games @ Whistle Stop
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • All That! A Mostly '90s Thang @ U-31

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cowboys in the Campfire]]>
<![CDATA[Gary Numan on Staying Relevant in a Broken World]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:07:30 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gary+Numan+Press+Photo.jpg

Even if you don't realize it, you've definitely heard a Gary Numan song, and that song was probably "Cars." But Numan, who started his career with the new wave outfit Tubeway Army, has a considerably prolific output that trounces his most popular single.

Since the late '70s, Numan has released 18 solo albums, including his newest effort, "Savage (Songs From a Broken World)." 

"I think it’s all created by nature. Everything I wanted to do when I was 17 or 18 I still want to do. I want to explore new sounds -- that desire has never gone away. I find it absolutely easy to go into the studio and make new albums -- the difficulty comes with trying not to repeat yourself, not to live on past glories. There’s a stigma that can attach to you if you’ve been around for a long time, so it’s about keeping yourself relevant as an artist," the now 59-year-old industrial synth-pop pioneer told me over the phone last week.

"Savage," which was released on Sept. 15, was made possible through a fan-backed Pledge Music campaign (like a Kickstarter or GoFundMe for music). And Numan didn't just reach his goal -- he surpassed it, reaching 245 percent of what he was asking fans to pledge. 

Of course, the upshot of having a successful crowdfunding campaign is all of the work you have to do after the fact as appreciation for the amount that each fan decided to donate. 

"I still have to complete just under 400 handwritten lyrics," Numan said, sounding rather overwhelmed.

"I might do it in the future, because it definitely helped. In Britain, the album got to No. 2 on the charts. The pledge campaign really helped that to happen," he added as a qualification. 

"Given the onslaught of the internet and the way the industry has changed, having a closer relationship with fans is extremely important. My relationship with my fans is one of the reasons I’ve been able to stay alive as long as I have. I used to have a fan club and we would go go-karting or laser-tagging, but this was a really good opportunity to extend that even further ... I wanted people to be aware of what it takes to make an album ... think differently about it, enjoy it more, be more invested in it," Numan said.

And it's definitely something to think differently about, considering it's a science fantasy concept album about global warming, Trump and an apocalyptic future. 

"Whether or not I would do it again ... probably but not definitely," he said.

Gary Numan headlines Observatory North Park on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in all of his android glory. Get tickets here.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford poet-neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now fronts the Lulls, plays lead guitar in LA band Velvet and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Instagram and Twitter (@RArosenborg), add him on Facebook or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gary Numan]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 12-18]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:57:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Beaches+Press+Photo.jpg

Our Set List has a little something for everyone this week -- from ravers to outsiders and every fan in-between.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Beaches]]>
<![CDATA[Lion Cut Roar at Casbah]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:20:31 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LionCut.jpg

When we talk about classic San Diego bands, sometimes we keep a narrow view of history and forget about just how big and influential bands like Battalion of Saints were back in the day. Having been around in various iterations since 1980, tonight's Soda Bar show is super rare, so you're gonna wanna dust off your crusty punk gear and check it out. Meanwhile, at the Casbah, hometown feline fanatics Lion Cut celebrate a new record, and the Big Decisions play Sycamore Den's chill Sunday night. Lastly, if you missed LA's recently declared Morrissey Day, you can celebrate a couple of days late with Still Ill and a whole tribute night at Space.

Sunday, Nov. 12 (San Diego Beer Week Events):
  • Battalion of Saints, Opposition Rising, the Cryptics, PSO @ Soda Bar
  • Lion Cut: Territory! (video and single release), PartySsssnake, Necking @ Casbah
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • Sadgirl, Paranoyds, the Fresh Brunettes, Bloody Death Skulls, DJ Mike Delgado (Shark Attack/Moving Units) @ Blonde Bar  
  • Claudia Gomez Sole Collective @ Panama 66
  • November Spawned a Monster featuring Still Ill, DJs Saul Q and Gabe Vega @ Space
  • The Playground: Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • Medicine Tribe presents: Nahko -- My Name is Bear @ Belly Up (sold out) 
  • $UICIDEBOY$ @ House of Blues
  • Lil Xan @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Chris Trapper, Alana Sweetwater @ Lestat's
  • Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Sunday Funday Reggae Jams with Rude Creation @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Edge of West, King Kruk @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Reggae Sunday with Skanks Roots Project, Kill Babylon Coalition, Selektah Olmeca @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Underworld: Gothic Industrial @ Navajo Live 
  • Cerissa McQueen @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Gareth Emery @ Parq
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

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

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<![CDATA[PICS: Live Wire's 25th Anniversary Party at the Observatory North Park]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:05:21 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/RFTC1.jpg Cold beer, warm friends: Live Wire celebrated its 25th anniversary with a blockbuster party at the Observatory North Park on Nov. 4 with Rocket From the Crypt, Mariachi El Bronx, and the Meices!]]> <![CDATA[Cold Specks: Apathy During the Apocalypse ]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:11:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cold+Specks+Press+Photo.jpg

"It reflected my cold dead eyes," Ladan Hussein said, explaining to me over the phone her reasoning for choosing her stage name. 

Cold Specks is originally a phrase from James Joyce's behemoth of a novel, "Ulysses," which is an expansive, fragmentary and sometimes unintelligible masterpiece of high Modernism. 

While the new Cold Specks album, "Fool's Paradise," owes something to Joyce in its approach -- "It’s about detaching in order to care in this crumbling world ... Songs on the record deal with a number of themes: love lost, diaspora dreaming, apathy during the apocalypse," Hussein said -- its unification comes from a more personal set of preoccupations with identity.

Hussein was born in Canada after her family fled Mogadishu, Somalia, so she's "always dancing between [cultures]."

"I’m now 29 years old, so I’ve learned to dance that dance pretty well. I am who I am," she said. 

And her music reflects that dance. Critics and fans have billed her as "doom soul," and according to her, that summarizes her sound best. Her influences range from David Bowie to Grace Jones, and she performs as a session musician with Massive Attack, so I can't say I disagree.

Hussein performs as Cold Specks on Monday, Nov. 13, at Soda Bar. Get tickets here.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford poet-neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now fronts the Lulls, plays lead guitar in LA band Velvet and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Instagram and Twitter (@RArosenborg), add him on Facebook or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cold Specks]]>
<![CDATA[A Dark Night With the Blasters]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:58:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Blasters+Press+Photo.jpeg

The weekend is in full effect here in San Diego, and I can't tell you how good it feels after a long week. Longtime Casbah favorites the Blasters and the Sleepwalkers make an appearance during this long weekend, and Roadkill Ghost Choir pack Soda Bar. During the day, friends and family of Jon Greene should hit up Soda for a special memorial and posthumous album release, and Joni Mitchell is celebrated at Dizzy's by Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn. Bastard Noise are at Space, Pine Mountain Logs return to Belly Up and Panama 66 hosts a special night with Greg Lee of Hepcat supported by Western Standard Time Orchestra.

Saturday, Nov. 11 (San Diego Beer Week Events):
  • Private Island, Mating Ritual, Creature Canyon @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Blasters, the Sleepwalkers @ Casbah 
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir, the Artisanals @ Soda Bar
  • Los Platanos "Vaya Con Dios" (Album Release & Memorial for Jon Greene) @ Soda Bar (free, 3 p.m.)
  • Pine Mountain Logs @ Belly Up  
  • Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn celebrate Joni Mitchell @ Dizzy's
  • Bastard Noise, Age of Collapse, INUS, Nerve Control @ Space
  • Kumite Comedy Contest @ Bar Pink (8 p.m.)
  • Milkcrates DJs @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.)
  • House & Techno @ Blonde
  • Club Sabbat @ The Merrow 
  • Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra featuring Greg Lee of Hepcat, Mochilero All Stars @ Panama 66/Copley Auditorium at Museum of Art 
  • Western Standard Time, Mochilero All Stars, SD City Soul Club DJ @ Panama 66
  • Goapele @ Music Box
  • The Monsoon, Playboy Manbaby, Murderers of Love, Calfornia Rangers, Whit Aadland @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • LinkED-IN (Linkin Park Tribute), DJ OMZ @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Fanny & the Atta Boys, Jillian Calkins @ Black Cat Bar
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Mas Variedad 102.9FM presents Jarabe de Palo @ House of Blues
  • Jesse Cantlay Band @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Martin Nievera @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Struckcout, the Midnight Block @ Tower Bar
  • Pete RG, Donnis Trio, Lee Coulter @ Lestat's
  • Full Moon Light @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • DJ Nicky @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Matte Gray @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Ristband @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Kweko, Bomb Squad @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Goya, In the Company of Serpents, Cryptic Languages @ Til-Two Club
  • Bloodletting North America Tour: Origin, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Dyscarnate, Visceral Disgorge, the Kennedy Veil @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • PB Reggae Groove: Raggabond @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Bacon @ U-31
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Julz, Kev Mighty @ El Dorado
  • Sub Focus @ Bassmnt
  • FNGRS CRSSD presents Billy Kenny @ Bang Bang
  • UBB Presents: Sante & Sidney Charles @ Spin
  • Serious Guise @ Navajo Live 
  • Borgeous, Ameria @ Omnia
  • Jackson Records x Detached Sounds Present: Trent Cantrelle @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Blasters]]>
<![CDATA[Frederick the Younger and the Restless]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:06:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Frederick+the+Younger+11.4+screengrab.PNG

Frederick the Younger -- the on-the-rise Louisville buzz band -- brought their intrepid brand of gritty rock & roll through Soda Bar recently, where we caught them for a SoundDiego TV Sessions segment.

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<![CDATA[Citizen: Evolution]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:17:00 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Citizen+Press+Photo+2017.jpg

Last month, Rust Belt rock outliers Citizen dropped a serious contender for year-end best-of album lists in "As You Please." The record, their third full-length effort in four years on Run For Cover Records, is a smoldering collection of concrete riffs, grungy ambience and elegaic lyricism. It's also the best thing they've done thus far.

Just maybe don't survey their fans.

While talking with vocalist/guitarist Nick Hamm over the phone recently, the conversation turned toward the two camps their audience seems to fall into: Those that recognize "As You Please" as the band's next, most realized, step in their collective maturation as musicians -- and those that insist that their fiery 2013 debut "Youth" represents the pinnacle of the Michigan/Ohio-bred group.

"It is interesting because I feel like one of those camps is right, and one of those camps is wrong," Hamm said, laughing. "I think that if you're really only into something that we did four years ago, I just think that maybe like, us as a band are just not for you. And that's totally fine. [laughs] I mean, 'Youth' totally changed our lives. It allowed for us, pretty much overnight, to do this full time ... so I owe a lot to that record and I don't want people to ever think that 'Youth' is a dirty word for us but at the same time, I just think that not being able to recognize that what we're doing currently is better and more exciting -- well, I kinda feel bad for the people that don't think that. [laughs]

"Whatever, though. Do you."

The lads in Citizen (which, aside from Hamm, includes vocalist Mat Kerekes, drummer Jake Duhaime, guitarist Ryland Oehlers, and Nick's brother Eric on bass) have done a little growing up since their formation in 2009 (while still in high school, mind you) -- and recently found that their evolution as musicians doesn't necessarily mean that their entire audience is willing (or able) to go along with them.

"I don't know if it's like a narrative thing, where people are really connected to the narrative of the first album and maybe it's upsetting in some way that that narrative didn't continue into the next two albums," Hamm said.

"I just think we're trying to challenge ourselves [with every album] and I think we did it this time around in a way that was better than we did with the second [2015's 'Everybody Is Going to Heaven']. You know, we were really interested in being abrasive a few years ago, and that's cool and I don't regret that, but this time around, it was more challenging to ourselves as songwriters to write an album that was adventurous but not abrasive, you know? That's not super easy to do. So, I'm really proud of that -- but, you know, people aren't forced to take that step with us. If they're content with the 2013 stuff, they'll just have to stay there [laughs]."

And that's not to say the response to "As You Please" hasn't been overwhelmingly positive (it has) or that Hamm and his bandmates don't appreciate the folks that got them to this point, but it'd be disingenuous if they dribbled out one "Youth" copy after another. 

"I just feel like we are still hungry and we're still taking in so many new things, so many albums and new influences. I just think that time has a huge impact on us," Hamm said.

For every Citizen fan that may be mired in the past, there seems to be a couple others who embrace the progression. Hamm said it's been obvious when they step onstage these days that the new music is taking on a life of its own -- and he's grateful for it.

"The first show we played, that I would say was really the start of the record cycle, was a show in the UK and we opened with 'Jet' -- and, like, everybody was singing it," he said. "I could've cried ... On some [of the new material], there are moments where they feel like old Citizen songs, you know? Like, people just know them so well. And that's really cool. It feels rejuvenating."

Citizen perform at the Irenic on Monday, Nov. 13, with Sorority Noise and Great Grandpa. The show is all ages and doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available here -- but won't be for long.

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Run For Cover Records]]>
<![CDATA[Guilty as Charged]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:42:54 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Heavy+Guilt1.jpg

This is going to be an awesome weekend of music, so put on your party shoes and get ready for some fun times out. Deer Tick is in town at the Belly Up and the Front Bottoms play House of Blues but both shows are sold out so you'll have to check out some alternatives if you didn't grab tickets. Or if you really want to catch the Front Bottoms, try to catch their afternoon in-store at M-Theory. My pick, of course, is the Heavy Guilt at the Casbah, who are celebrating their record release. From the first time I met Erik and Al while they busked in front of Soda Bar, I was a fan, and I'm so encouraged that they came back after a such a long hiatus because the San Diego music scene is better for having them. If you're looking for a night of punk, head to Brick By Brick for D.R.I., and Minneapolis hip-hop artist Astronautilus plays at Soda Bar. 

Friday, Nov. 10 (Veterans Day Observed, San Diego Beer Week Events):

  • The Heavy Guilt; Oh, Spirit!; Johnny & Molly of Communist Daughter @ Casbah
  • Twice as Nice: An Evening with Deer Tick, Solomon Georgio @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Front Bottoms, Basement, Bad Bad Hats @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • The Front Bottoms (In-Store) @ M-Theory (2:45 p.m., free, all ages)
  • D.R.I., Deathwish, Steeltoe, Big Scary Robot, the Thrill Killers @ Brick By Brick
  • Amine, Towkio, Amon @ The Observatory
  • Astronautalis, Chris Farren @ Soda Bar
  • Charles Owens with Marshall Hawkins @ Dizzy's
  • Dead Leaf Echo, Hexa, Black Mare, Fivepaw @ Whistle Stop
  • Wise Monkey, DJ Ofier @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Sleepwalking @ Blonde
  • Music Video Extravaganza @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows. 
  • Oceans Ate Alaska, Invevnt, Animate, Dayseeker, Afterlife, Here From The Start @ SOMA
  • The Meaning of Love: An '80s Dance Party with Latin Lovers, DJ Deadmatter, Israel @ Space
  • Peter Bolland, Nathan Welden @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Dead Seahorse, Dave Humphries @ Lestat's
  • Reik @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink
  • Zzymzzy Quartet @ Panama 66
  • Matisyahu @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove's Thankful Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Michael Fairchild, Dusty Recor & Indian Joe, the Universe Channel with Ted Stern, Jeff Ousley, Steve Roche, John January & Linda Berry @ Java Joe's
  • The Hot Mustard Show @ Black Cat Bar
  • DJ Williams' Shots Fired @ Winston's
  • The Matte Gray @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Craig Campbell @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Sisster @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Skyterra (CD release), Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues 
  • Elton John & Tim Rice's "AIDA" @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Disastroid, Downtown, Stalins Of Sound @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Joe Wood & the Lonely Ones @ Pour House (Happy Hour)
  • The Electric Healing SOund, Bella Lugosi, Of Ennui @ Tower Bar 
  • Amy Guess, Alpine Circuitry, Daytrip @ Bancroft Bar
  • Niki J. Crawford, the Lyrical Groove @ 710 Beach Club
  • Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic @ Sycuan
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • AfterHours in The Office w/DJs Adam Salter & EdROC @ The Office 
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • Camron Zibaie @ U-31
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Y3K @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Mission From God @ Navajo Live (9 p.m.)
  • Black Tiger Sex Machine @ Bassmnt 
  • Hot Cakes with DJs Mr Hek & LoveSiene @ El Dorado
  • LED presents Robotaki, Erick Diaz @ Bang Bang
  • Tritonal @ Omnia
  • Sullivan King @ Bassmnt 
  • Romeo Reyes @ FLUXX
  • Lucent @ Spin
  • Robotaki, Erick Diaz @ Bang Bang
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Oscuro @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy The Heavy Guilt]]>
<![CDATA[DJ IDeaL's EDM November to Remember]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:16:13 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-521782624+RL+GRime.jpg

[Ed. note: We might be a few days into November at this point, but DJ IDeaL runs on international DJ time -- which is much different than our normal time. Just go with it.]

Have you recovered? I sure hope so because as fun as Halloween was for nearly six days (because there are party warriors that started Wednesday and danced through Halloween Tuesday), November has taken quite the challenge head on and San Diego promoters/nightclubs have ramped it up for our city.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Digital Cocoon celebrates their one-year anniversary at the Kava Lounge. I had the honor of performing in their "cocoon" at YouTopia last month and the attention to detail in their environment production, along with a booming sound system, always guarantees a good time. On the same night at the AC Lounge, a group of legendary San Diego talent is gathered up with DJ Greyboy, Mark Quark and DJ 1979. They'll be throwing down on the decks while the event is enhanced through live painting by Presone. This event is catering to industry networking, so all DJs/producers/promoters and people who want to mingle with fellow artists should stop on by.

Saturday, Nov. 11, is a magical day for many, and the talent is stacked up across town! Trent Cantrelle makes a special San Diego appearance with a very intimate setting at the Kava Lounge. Known for his varied style of house and techno, make your way there for a rare opportunity to see Trent up close and personal. Up the street at Blonde, H&T goes off with house and techno artist Sydney Blu. Hailing all the way from Canada, Sydney is a legend amongst artists as one of the leading female tech artists established with releases on plenty of the top record labels as well as running her own imprint, Blu Music. In addition to her set, she’s also my guest of the week for my new radio show, "In the Mixxx," on FM949’s dance channel Glow Radio -- so tune in for that Friday (7-10 p.m.) and Saturday night (9 p.m.-midnight).

If that’s not enough house music for you, Sante and Sidney Charles double up at Spin that Saturday as well for late-night underground vibes at their finest. Refining the sound of ‘house,’ step into the triple-decker nightclub with a blasting main-room sound system and dance the night away till 4 a.m. If you’re seeking the bass fulfillment, drum n' bass legend and artist innovator Sub Focus turns it up at Bassmnt. With many years under his belt as a headlining act, his recent exploration into the realm of electronica sees him putting out tracks that move past dubstep and d-n-b and into more of a 'four to the floor' vibe.

The underground comes alive with the annual Danksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year, the Turkey Dance Off celebrations enlisted breaks-and-bass music sensation Omega Squad. True to the underdround ideology, the location is set to be disclosed the night of the event, so keep an ear out for this one, as only those who can seek out the party will get to be part of it.

Tapping back into the Gaslamp, on Nov. 22, Borgore lights up the chandeliers and reigns over Omnia with his Blasphemy Tour while RL Grime takes over the Valley View Casino Arena for his Nova Tour with Graves & Kittens.

On Friday, Nov. 24, MK aka Mark Kitchen & Lee Foss join up for a double dose of house music at this special FNGRS CRSSD event at Spin.

Finally closing out the month on Saturday, Nov. 25, at Bang Bang is the multi-talented and genre-diverse artist Matthew Dear. Ranging from a variety of styles from house to commercial crossover tracks, Matthew’s expansive sound history has taken him from traveling the world to being on tour with Depeche Mode. The same night, all the way from Ibiza, Alice Clark returns to San Diego to bring with her some of the magic island vibes featuring balearic melodies and hard-driving house and techno. It all goes down at Blonde.

For those looking to plan their New Year's festivities early, the mini-festival OMFG! NYE by LED Presents returns to town -- this time as a two-day event featuring some of the most sought-after headliners in the world. With Tiesto, Zedd, Dillon Francis, NGHTMRE and many more on board, this is looking like the new year fest to be at in San Diego. Tickets are available now right here -- get 'em before they run out!

As for me, I’ll be dropping a special set at the AC Lounge for Asylum’s celebrations with a special early event featuring special treats and surprises on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Hope to see you all out!

DJ IDeaL's November EDM Events

  • Nov. 9: Digital Cocoon One-Year Anniversary at the Kava Lounge
  • Nov. 9: RetroBox SD feat. DJ Greyboy, Mark Quark, DJ1979 and Presone at the AC Lounge
  • Nov. 11: Trent Cantrelle at the Kava Lounge
  • Nov. 11: "House & Techno" with Sydney Blu at Blonde
  • Nov. 11: Sub Focus at Bassmnt
  • Nov. 11: Sante & Sidney Charles at Spin
  • Nov. 18: Danksgiving with Omega Squad @ TBA on night of event
  • Nov. 22: RL Grime at Valley View Casino Arena
  • Nov. 22: Borgore at Omnia
  • Nov. 24: MK (Mark Kitchen) & Lee Foss at Spin
  • Nov. 25: Matthew Dear at Bang Bang
  • Nov. 25: Soul Work with Alice Clark (Ibiza) at Blonde
  • Nov. 28: Asylum with DJ IDeaL + friends at the AC Lounge
  • Dec. 30-31: OMFG! NYE at Valley View Casino Center with Tiesto, Zedd, Dillon Francis, NGHTMRE and more

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: Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Petty-Signed Strat May Help Save Starlight Bowl]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:48:35 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tom+Petty+Viejas+Arena+8.3.14+%2849%29.jpg

Even the losers get lucky sometimes: If you've always wanted to own a Tom Petty-signed guitar and help resurrect Balboa Park's historic Starlight Bowl while you're at it -- Dec. 2 might very well be your day.

Petty, who sadly passed away at the age of 66 on Oct. 2 from cardiac arrest, and his band the Heartbreakers were in town to headline the 2017 Kaaboo Del Mar music festival on Sept. 17 -- and took time out of their schedule to sign a Fender Stratocaster on behalf of the Save Starlight nonprofit group. It is believed that the guitar is the last instrument the pop/rock icon signed before his untimely death.

In the '80s and '90s, Balboa Park's Starlight Bowl played host to a myriad of big-name musical acts (including Santana, Bob Dylan, the Ramones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Doobie Brothers and more) before it ceased concert operations and eventually closed in 2012 and fell into disrepair. The grass-roots Save Starlight organization hopes to bring the venue back to life, and two of its volunteers, Alan Ames and Jamie McGuffee, started a celebrity auction fundraising campaign to aid in those efforts.

According to a recent Save Starlight press release, McGuffee reached out to Petty's camp and asked if the singer/songwriter and his band would be interested in participating.

"The response was 'yes,' but it had to be a Fender guitar," the press release reads. "[McGuffee] got the word of Tom's involvement to Fender Corporation and [Save Starlight's] Steve Stopper literally overnighted a new Fender Stratocaster donated for this cause!"

On the night of Petty's Sept. 17 performance, Kaaboo Del Mar's Jenn Perell took the guitar backstage, where the frontman played it, liked it, and signed it with the rest of the band.

With guitar in hand, Stopper approached Guernsey's Auction House "simply to get advice on methods and ways Starlight can best auction the guitars" they were collecting for their fundraiser, according to the press release. It was then that Guernsey's founder, Arlan Ettinger, took an extra interest.

While having the last known signed guitar by Tom Petty would make a compelling enough reason to list it for auction, Ettinger found the community effort to save the Starlight Bowl to be just as important.

"Here is a guitar donated by Fender, signed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with all these people involved in an effort to rebuild an abandoned historic theatre," he said to Stopper. "You are looking to make the world aware of this huge volunteer undertaking that has great benefit to your community. You are also looking for others to donate guitars to be signed for Starlight, and then you are asking artists to sign them. You are looking for people everywhere to get involved. You are looking to tell your story.

"Steve, Tom Petty's guitar has the power to do that," Ettinger added. "Let me do that, too."

The guitar is now listed on Guernsey's Auction House e-catalog for their upcoming Dec. 2 auction in New York -- which also features guitars used by Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Jerry Garcia, and Paul McCartney (among others). If you feel like 'runnin' down a dream,' visit Guernsey's website for more information

For more information on getting involved with Save Starlight, contact info[at]savestarlight.org or their office at 619-252-1744.

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



Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Casbah Owner Teams up on New Record Shop]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:48:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/162*120/Vinyl+Junkies+Tim+Mays+Eric+Howarth.jpg

We’re goin’ down to South Park and we’re gonna have ourselves a time: The San Diego borough -- currently home to spots like Hamilton’s Tavern, Kindred, the Whistle Stop, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, and Buona Forchetta (among many others) -- is all set to welcome its newest addition, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack.

The newly announced, used-vinyl-focused shop arrives as a joint venture between Casbah owner Tim Mays and M-Theory Music founder Eric Howarth -- and hosts its grand opening on Nov. 24-25, at 2235 Fern St., directly across the street from the Whistle Stop.

Howarth, who for the last four years has organized and helmed the bi-monthly Vinyl Junkies swap meets (and mobile shop) usually held at the Casbah, told SoundDiego that the idea for the record store came up rather serendipitously between him and Mays.

“I mentioned to Tim that I was looking for a buyer for the [Vinyl Junkies] business to pass the torch on to. I was giving him more of a heads up than thinking Tim had the time or desire to get into another business! I was surprised to hear he was interested, but only if I stayed on as a partner to manage the actual business of buying and selling records, since he doesn’t have experience in that specifically.”

Turns out the partnership affords Howarth a certain amount of extra flexibility he just didn't have as the owner/operator of Vinyl Junkies, which is why he approached Mays about purchasing the operation in the first place.

"We decided that I'd get the store up and running, hire a manager, and then manage from a higher level, freeing up the time I need to pursue my other projects," Howarth explained. "It's essentially the best-case scenario that came out of it. I love records. I just needed more time. So now I'm able to get both. And Tim is excited to be part of a record store, too. I couldn't have picked a better partner."

For the unfamiliar, between 2001 and 2009, Howarth owned and operated M-Theory Music out of South Park before selling it to its current owners (who recently moved its Mission Hills locale a couple doors down to 827 W. Washington St.). Funnily enough, he seems just as amazed at his newest venture as anyone.

“Ironically, over the years, people have asked if I missed or wanted to open a new store and I would dramatically say for effect ‘Hell no!,’ followed with a laugh. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I had other interests and appreciated not having the responsibilities of running a store. But like Michael Corleone says in ‘Godfather: Part III’: ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!’ I guess there’s a reason I named it Vinyl Junkies. It’s tough to give it up!”

Mays was quick to agree.

“I grew up in Barstow and my first record was ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ which I bought the day after seeing [the Beatles] on Ed Sullivan,” he said. “Over my teen years in junior high and high school, I'd go to the record store at least once a week to buy 45s and bring them home to play on my Singer portable record player. To this day, whenever I go into a thrift store, I go straight to the record bins and flip through them, taking in that great musty smell of old record covers. Love that we are going to open this store together in a neighborhood that I, too, spent much time in -- I lived on 31st and Grape back in the early '80s for a few years. Great to come full circle, both for the store and Eric and I.”

Ultimately, skyrocketing rent was the main culprit in M-Theory's eventual South Park demise, even though it was a shop beloved by patrons. However, the neighborhood is a vastly different landscape now than it was then -- and it definitely helps that Sam Chammas (Whistle Stop/Station Tavern/Live Wire owner) is the Record Shack’s landlord.

“[Chammas] has always put a focus on the bigger picture of the neighborhood, keeping it indie, and doing what’s right for the community," Howarth said. "So we’ve got a great partnership there and Tim, Sam, and I have been friends for many years.”

The shop is scheduled to open up, appropriately, on Record Store Day -- even though they won’t be offering RSD titles…just yet.

“We’ll have our hands full pricing all the used records we’ve been buying and getting the shop ready. But it seemed like a great time to celebrate the new shop and we’ll have vinyl gems that people will be very excited about. For the next Record Store Day, we’ll bring in titles,” Howarth added. 

Vinyl won’t be the only thing up for sale at the shop either. Guitar strings, turntables, vinyl cleaning supplies and other items will be offered -- along with tickets to Casbah shows. As the exclusive ticket retailer for the famed Kettner Boulevard club, the Record Shack will charge minimal service charges and act as the Casbah's home away from home -- which comes with a few other perks.

“If [Mays] is doing a show with a band at the Casbah and they’re pushing for an all-ages option as well, then we may do an in-store to support their younger fans,” Howarth said. “One of the cool things about the Record Shack is there’s a back patio. So we plan on inviting our record-collecting friends to throw parties with them DJing and people can BBQ, etc. Kind of like the vibe of the [Vinyl Junkies] record swaps. But at a house. With one vendor!”

When it comes to vinyl, Howarth more than knows his stuff, and his perspective on the culture seems to align perfectly with South Park’s tight-knit community vibe.

“Records are a great way to enhance our lives through developing new relationships and deepening friendships. Collecting for the sake of collecting … has its place. But to me, using records to foster community and a mutual appreciation for the music contained on the record, with the social, economic, political messages inherent in the artist’s work, is more important than how rare that first pressing UK LP is. And that’s the sort of attitude we want to have with the new shop. Not losing sight of the big picture of how music enriches our lives. And we plan on having fun doing that!”

The Vinyl Junkies Record Shack is currently buying as many record collections as they can: Contact them at 619-816-1830 or records [at] vinyljunkies.net. And be sure to join them for their Grand Opening party with DJs, food, bands, and more on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25.

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



Photo Credit: Grant Reinero]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Mastodon at House of Blues]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:31:38 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Mastodon+10.19.17+Jason+Bang+%284%29+edited.jpg Mastodon (who moonlight as white-walkers on HBO's "Game of Thrones") brought the metal thunder at House of Blues San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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<![CDATA[9 of San Diego's Top Record Labels]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:17:42 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dead+Cross+by+Tim+Fears.jpeg

Behind some of your favorite San Diego bands are often just-as-great local record labels. While usually not nearly as visible as the bands themselves, of course, small labels toil in the background and serve a crucial role in helping spread the good word about great independent music. Sometimes they can take on a life of their own, though, by creating their own scene. In San Diego, we've got some good ones, and we've decided to highlight just a few of our faves. Got another one in mind that floats your boat? Let us know in the comments!

Bleeding Gold Records: This local label’s been pumping out awesome releases for a while now, but recent records by Dream Joints (solo project of Wild Wild Wets’ Mike Turi), Low Points and Spooky Cigarette put 'em solidly on here as one of our faves. Must-own release: "Feels" EP by Low Points.

Blind Owl: Founded by Mrs. Henry’s Daniel Cervantes, Blind Owl took off not that long ago but has since released a treasure chest of awesome local records by Mrs. Henry (naturally), Creature & the Woods, Taken by Canadians and the Bad Vibes. Must-own release: "Rise" LP by Creature & the Woods. 

Pacific Records: Specializing mostly in the pop/rock realm, Pacific Records features a huge catalog of releases by the Morgan Leigh Band, Rebecca Jade, Social Club (aka Cameo Kid), Get Back Loretta, Lindsay Perry, Sandollar and Sprung Monkey, among others. Must-own release: "The Dark Revival" LP by Lindsay Perry.

Redwoods Music: Led by honorary San Diego music scene poet laureate Alfred Howard and Transfer’s Matt Molarius, this label harks back to the days of Stax and Motown -- utilizing a house band of sorts fronted by different powerful frontwomen. Its roster includes Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Birdy Bardot, the Midnight Pine and Cardinal Moon. Must-own release: Self-titled LP by the Midnight Pine.

Swami Records: This list wouldn’t be complete without John "Swami" Reis' own label, which, along with releases by his own bands (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt, etc.), also features records by Mrs. Magician, the epic "Hardcore Matinee" compilation, Metz, Beehive & the Barracudas and more. Must-own release: "Bermuda" by Mrs. Magician. 

Three One G Records: This legendary punk/hardcore/noise label was founded by Locust/Retox member Justin Pearson and, over the years, has released records by Dead Cross, Cattle Decapitation, Head Wound City, Hot Nerds, Metz, the Locust (of course), Moving Units, Silent and others. Must-own release: Self-titled LP by Dead Cross.

Thrill Me Records: Founded by Cory Stier (who plays in Mrs. Magician/Cults/Hideout and books Soda Bar), Thrill Me has released albums and 7-inch records by the Willowz, the Gloomies, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Lowlands and Walter Schreifels' (from Quicksand) latest outfit, Dead Heavens. Must-own release: "So Many Hoops, So Little Time" by Hideout.

Topshelf Records: This label got its start in Boston around 2006 but relocated to downtown San Diego’s 13th Street a year or two back with a celebrated catalog that features Sorority Noise, Jay Som, Braid, No Joy, Prawn, the World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and more. Must-own release: "The Cosmic Drama" (repress) by Weatherbox.

Volar Records: Originally founded to release music by Jeremy Rojas and Andrew Montoya after their band the Sess broke up, the label expanded and has released music by Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack), Teenage Burritos, Tar Halos, Beaters, Keepers, Shannon & the Clams, Stalins of Sound, Cosmonauts and others. Must-own release: "A, Who Sings That Beat?" by Ale Mania.



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<![CDATA[Hot Snakes Announce Brooklyn Vegan Tour]]> Sun, 05 Nov 2017 12:17:34 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hot+Snakes+by+Rick+Froberg.jpg

Rejoice! Hot Snakes are slithering their way across the country starting on Wednesday, Nov. 8. 

Ahead of their spring 2018 release of a new album coming out on Sub Pop, the band will be making their way from Long Beach to Philadelphia on a 10-day run that includes stops in Brooklyn, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more. Sadly, the Brooklyn Vegan-presented tour does not include a stop in San Diego.

Hot Snakes, formed in 1999 by Rick Froberg and John Reis, are one of the most well-regarded bands to come out of America's Finest City. Reis, a San Diego native, has been prolific in the Southern California music scene over the past three decades, having formed Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu and Pitchfork, to name a few.

 

As if the Hot Snakes guitarist didn't have enough on his plate, he'll be leaving with Rocket From the Crypt for a 10-day European tour on Thursday, Nov. 30. Luckily, he'll be able to play his beloved guitar, which was stolen and then recovered in June of this year.

While we are a bit bummed that we won't get to see Reis play with Hot Snakes this time around, a hometown show is inevitable once their new album drops. Until then, maybe you'll see The Swami around town -- ya never know.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford poet-neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now fronts the Lulls, plays lead guitar in LA band Velvet and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Instagram and Twitter (@RArosenborg), add him on Facebook or contact him directly.



Photo Credit: Rick Froberg]]>
<![CDATA[The Other Hamilton]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:11:25 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The+Walkmen+Michel+Dussack+%2813%29.jpg

For many, tonight kicks off a weekend, so I can't think of a better way to usher it in than with some live music. Hamilton Leithauser is back for the third time since branching off as a solo artist and his Belly Up show has been sold out for a few weeks. No doubt it will be amazing. Meanwhile, Texan singer-songwriter David Ramirez is back with another show at the Casbah. At Bar Pink, you can find out if local band Polish is pronounced with a long O, as in "a person from Poland" or with a short O, like in "nail polish," or check out the moody rock of Indiana's Cloakroom at Soda Bar. There are great shows all over town tonight and through the weekend, so get out and get some!

Thursday, Nov. 9 (San Diego Beer Week Events):

  • Hamilton Leithauser, Courtney Marie Andrews @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • David Ramirez, Molly Parden @ Casbah
  • Polish, Bosswitch @ Bar Pink
  • Cloakroom, Battery Point, Little Heroine @ Soda Bar
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hard Working Americans @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Crooked Crown, Low Points, the In-Itself @ The Merrow
  • Voice of San Diego Brews and News @ Museum of Man 
  • SDBW: Music in the Gardens with Reid Genauer @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
  • Slappers Only! @ Space
  • Jonny Tarr Quartet @ Whistle Stop 
  • Late Night Jam Session with Robert Dove, Ian Buss, Hugo Sanchez @ Ken Club
  • Club Hemlock presents Author & Punisher, Not Breathing @ Blonde Bar
  • Reggae Thursdaze with Sandollar, AudioPharmacy @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Haas Kowert Tice, Hawktail @ Museum of Making Music
  • Steph Johnson @ Panama 66 
  • Andrew McKeag Band, Grand Old Evils @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Dude Cervantes, Jesse Lee (the Paragraphs), Stephen El Rey @ Sycamore Den
  • Johnny Gatess, Troy Ramey, Savannah Philyaw @ Lestat's
  • Charissa Noble: Post-war Avant-Garde Cliques 1945-1960 @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's 
  • Boomboxx Thursdays 1-Year Anniversary @ U-31
  • ArtPower Presents: Yemen Blues AfterParty @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Bumpasonic @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Dope, Hed PE, One Inch Punch, Warpath, Van Brando @ Brick by Brick
  • Chris Mann in "Urban Songbook: The New Standard" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand 
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Wonder @ De Or Mine Co 
  • Pancho Villa's Skull (Detroit) @ Bancroft Bar 
  • Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic @ Sycuan
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat Bar
  • Magic City Hippies @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • Touchy Feely with Mike Delgado and Friends @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Digital Cocoon 1 Year Anniversary @ Kava Lounge
  • The Floozies, the Funk Hunters, Maddy O'Neal @ Music Box
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Yodah @ 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.



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<![CDATA[Yankee Hotel Foxtrax]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:23:36 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*134/foxtrax.png

It just occurred to me that a lot of people will have Friday off of work for Veterans Day, which means you're pretty much in the home stretch of this work week. For some solid roots music, head to the Belly Up for Will Hoge. The Tennessee native has been in the biz for two decades but just dropped his first record in two years. He also got some headlines this past week for his outspoken response to the CMAs threatening the press if they were to bring up politics or gun control during artist interviews or coverage, which they eventually walked back on. Meanwhile at the Casbah, catch New York's Foxtrax. The alt-rock trio has some heavy press behind them and you can be sure that while this show is a bit low-profile, the band is definitely on the rise. Still, if you're looking for something chill, I'd recommend heading to Soda Bar for Hovvdy. Their record doesn't drop until the new year, but the singles they've released will put you squarely in that warm fuzzy fall feeling.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 (San Diego Beer Week Events):

  • Will Hoge, Dan Layus of Augustana @ Belly Up
  • Foxtrax (Nothing Lasts Forever Tour), the Brevet, Titus Haug @ Casbah
  • Hovvdy, Parker Posey, Thanya Iyer, Boxx Office @ Soda Bar
  • Astra Kelly ("Chasing the Light" Record Release), Jeff Berkley, Podunk Nowhere, Rosa's Cantina @ Music Box
  • Witch Ripper, Fermentor, the Floor Is Lava @ Tower Bar
  • Wednesday Night Live with Mike Ryan @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Nite Lapse, Midnight Opera, Ingemar, Snapghost, DJ Brandy Bell @ Space
  • Shock! with DJ Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Live 'n Local Showcase with LoveSurrender, Jamacha Project, Sweet Tooth, Modern Public, Jasmine Bailey @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Kingston, Kingsland A Little Bit Louder, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy & Nathan Janice Edwards Birthday Bash @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • One, Two, Threee w/DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Yes Lawd @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Radioactive @ Kava Lounge 
  • Karaoke @ Navajo Live 
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • The Emergency Exit @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy Right Angle PR]]>
<![CDATA[Yelle Card]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:20:42 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/yelle_eventfb.jpg

The Casbah is known for hosting a diverse range of bands throughout the year, but dance-pop acts tend to gravitate to either bigger venues or even the dance clubs in town. That's why when an act like Montreal's Yelle comes to the venue, you don't want to miss it. Meanwhile, the call is out for the long-hairs of San Diego as stoner rockers Red Wizard play Soda Bar. A super special shout-out goes to Miss Sue Palmer, the "Queen of Boogie Woogie," who celebrates her 70th birthday at 'Suesday' Night at Tio Leo's. Around town, Black Leather Couch plays a local night at the Merrow, young piano prodigy Janice Carissa plays the Chamber Series at La Jolla Athenaeum, and Long Beach producer and musician Lavender Fields brings her unique style of world music to Winston's.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 (San Diego Beer Week Events):

  • Yelle, DJ Skullcrusher @ Casbah  
  • Red Wizard, Troll, Space Wax @ Soda Bar
  • Black Leather Couch, Rude Creation, Velour @ The Merrow
  • Janice Carissa, Piano: 2017-2018 Chamber Series @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Sue Palmer's 70th Birthday Bash @ Tio Leo's
  • Lavender Fields, the Honey Spelunkers @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Tiki Tuesday with Mr. Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Heather Nation, Helen Rose, Jonah Tolchin, 2 Ton Bridge @ Blonde
  • Taryn Donath Trio @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with Irie G, Mango Habanero @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Tachyon Ghetto Blaster with Kaus & Emphasize, theGenie @ Kava Lounge
  • Sherry Vine in "Adult Content" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Winter Menu Release with DJs Artistic, Hektik, Cros1 @ @El Dorado
  • Videodrome: The Best in Modern Music Videos @ Whistle Stop
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Sweet Myths @ 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[San Diego's Music Stars]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:17:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/98899573.jpg San Diego and classic rock go together like a horse and carriage. From Joe Walsh to Eric Clapton and Steve Perry, our classic rock roots run deep.

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<![CDATA[Say No to Monday With Boychick]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:45:29 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Boychick+Press+Photo.jpeg

It was a busy and crazy weekend of music here in San Diego, but it's Monday night, which means everyone in the service industry is ready for their weekend. Or maybe you're just itching to get out this Monday night. Whatever the case may be, you've got some great choices, including the Dani Bell-fronted band Boychick, playing your Anti-Monday League at the Casbah, or Seattle garage-rockers Naked Giants slaying Soda Bar. Chicago hip-hop artist and slam poet Noname plays a show at the Observatory, and while you're not actually going to walk away with a feline, Austin punk band Free Kittens and Bread headline a show at the Tower Bar. This is where we start getting into the quiet season, but our old faithful venues make sure we have live music all year round, so get out and support them and the bands that keep the music rocking. 

Monday, Nov. 6:

  • Boychick, Slowkiss, AJ Froman @ Casbah 
  • Naked Giants, Acid Tongue @ Soda Bar
  • Noname, Arima Ederra @ Observatory North Park
  • Free Kittens and Bread, Se Vende, Watashi Wa Dance Party @ Tower Bar
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Cracked LCD: Neon Day of the Dead @ The Office
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Philip Wesley, Doug Hammer, Christine Brown @ Encinitas Library Concert Hall
  • Bjork vs. Radiohead Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Eloteria! Build Your Own Elote with Boogieman & DJ Josexx @ Space
  • Aloud @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Karaoke @ Navajo Live
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation: Underground '90s & Chill Hip-Hop @ Whistle Stop
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Salsa & Bachata Dancing @ Tio Leo's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • All That! A Mostly '90s Thang @ U-31

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



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boychick]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Nov. 5-11]]> Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:09:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1254609-deer-tick_Scott-Alario-617-409.jpg

It's that time of the year again -- a chill is in the air and so is the buzz from these touring bands. Check out our new Set List to see who's coming.

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<![CDATA[The Name's Bond, Raggabond]]> Sun, 05 Nov 2017 10:54:52 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDTV_Spotlight_Raggabond.jpg

The band name might not scream prosperity, but this mansion certainly does. Brazilian reggae-rockers Raggabond headline 710 Beach Club on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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<![CDATA[Cults Give Irenic Hometown Love]]> Sun, 05 Nov 2017 10:24:31 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Cults+by+Shawn+Brackbill.jpg

Some weekends end with a whimper, but not tonight, San Diego. Cults will get a lot of local love at their all-ages show at the Irenic while My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult play the Casbah for their 30-year anniversary tour. Fun fact: My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult played the very first Lollapalooza tour, which made a stop at Southwestern College all those years ago. For rock en espanol fans, legends Caifanes will bring the house down at the Observatory and diehard fans no doubt will be lining up early when Halsey returns to town with a show at Viejas Arena. Get your full money's worth and don't miss the openers, PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX, and for those just looking for a chill rock vibe, the Soft White Sixties are back with a show at the House of Blues. It's a pretty solid Sunday night of music, so don't miss out on the fun. 

Sunday, Nov. 5 (San Diego Beer Week):
  • Fall Back Festival @ Gaslamp Quarter
  • Cults, Curls (Christopher Owens of Girls), the Willowz @ The Irenic
  • Casbah presents My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult: 30th Anniversary Tour, Ese and Zain @ Casbah
  • Caifanes @ Observatory North Park
  • Halsey, Partynextdoor, Charli XCX @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • The Soft White Sixties, Dan Luke & the Raid @ House of Blues
  • Half Car Garage, Hurricane Kate @ Bar Pink (4 p.m.)
  • Truckfighters, Mothership, Tzimani @ Soda Bar
  • Cardboard Pioneers, Shane Hall @ Sycamore Den 
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Panama 66
  • November Spawned a Monster: DJs Camilla Robina, Carrie Gillespie-Feller of Hexa, Brandy Bell of Strangers in a Fire @ Space
  • Silent and Warsaw @ Whistle Stop
  • Indigo Mystics, Kiyoshi, Miss Violette, Cloud People, Lukijah & David Larusso @ Belly Up 
  • An Evening With Poncho Sanchez @ Music Box  
  • The Playground: Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow 
  • The Firebird: Dance, Story and Music, City Ballet of San Diego @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Curtis McMurtry, Eric Neilson @ Lestat's
  • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Chipp Corderman & the PC's @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Benefit Concert for the Kids of Barrio Logan featuring Velvet Club, Oak Palace, Nubes, Good Time Girl @ Blonde
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • All Opposed, Shitty Advice @ Bancroft Bar
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
  • Paul M. Lopez @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday with CItyside @ U-31
  • 20 Years of Tribe of Kings with Keznamdi @ The Office
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego's Jewel of the Season]]> Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:18:50 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jewel+by+Alex+Matthews.jpeg

Too soon to be talking about the holiday season? We know, we know. But like it or not, if you’ve been out and about lately, you know the displays are already up and they're coming out earlier and earlier every year. And to drive the point home, one of San Diego’s biggest musical exports, Jewel Kilcher, will be returning to town to usher them in proper.

On Dec. 4, the acclaimed singer/songwriter/author/actress (who got her start performing in San Diego coffeehouses) headlines San Diego Civic Theatre during her Handmade Holiday Tour. There, she’ll be performing holiday classics and originals, along with songs from her celebrated catalog. Kilcher will also be joined by special guests on the tour -- her father Atz, and her brothers Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher.

“With this Handmade Holiday Tour, I am so honored to share some of the traditions I was raised with in Alaska on our family homestead,” Jewel said in a recent press release. “Building memories by sharing handmade moments. Creating unique gifts and sharing songs is a Kilcher family tradition we can’t wait to share with others on this tour.”

Before she gets to America’s Finest City though, Jewel will be joining an all-star cast of performers, entertainers and musical acts at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 for Vegas Cares -- “a benefit concert to honor the brave first responders and the victims of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1.”

Aside from Jewel, Blue Man Group, Britney Spears, Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Mike Tyson, Penn & Teller, Rich Little, Tom Green and many, many more are scheduled to make an appearance either in person or via video. Tickets are available here.

Jewel fans may also be interested in having a look at the latest episode of “In Your Neighborhood,” a web-series created/hosted by 91x Loudspeaker radio DJ (and all-around music scene supporter) Lou Niles -- as his most recent featured guest is none other than Kilcher herself. 

So if you've been waiting for the right time to go see Jewel and didn't know she was coming to town, consider this article our gift to you. Hey, 'tis the season after all.



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<![CDATA[Rocket's Gonna Set This Town on Fire]]> Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:01:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rocket+From+the+Crypt+Halloween.jpeg

The other day I was listening to the Old School show on Sirius XMU, and the host was going on and on about John Reis and Rocket From the Crypt and then got into Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu and other San Diego acts. It's really easy, when you're a born and raised San Diegan, to take for granted the amazing music scene we've nurtured here. It's easy to forget that our bands matter beyond San Diego. For all of this, I am so excited to be going to Live Wire's 25th Anniversary Party tonight at the Observatory. Rocket and Mariachi el Bronx and the Meices are all cool, but the truly exciting thing will be all the people in attendance who have been massive contributors to what makes San Diego so amazing, including all the owners and staff of Live Wire, which has always been a mecca and gathering spot for all of us for 25 years. The show is sold out, however, so if you don't have a ticket, head to Casbah for the Black Heart Procession, Son Little at Soda Bar or Hiroshima Mockingbirds at Bar Pink.

Saturday, Nov. 4 (San Diego Beer Week):
  • Live Wire 25th Anniversary with Rocket From the Crypt, Mariachi El Bronx, Meices @ Observatory North Park
  • SDBW San Diego Brewers Guild Festival VIP Brewer Takeover @ Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier (2-5 p.m.)
  • The Black Heart Procession, Sam Coomes, Strange Ages @ Casbah 
  • A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Son Little, Jade Bird @ Soda Bar
  • Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Strawberry, Mittens, the Ramona Flowers @ Bar Pink
  • Max Frost, Nawas @ The Irenic
  • Tainted Love, DJ Scotto @ Belly Up  
  • Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda @ Dizzy's
  • Rittz, Sam Lachow @ Soma 
  • '80s vs. '90s Dance Party with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Rituals, DJs Israel & Disorder @ Space
  • Manatee Commune, Dave B @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • G Burns Jug Band @ Black Cat Bar 
  • Taipei Symphony Orchestra U.S. Tour @ Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall
  • The Firebird: Dance, Story and Music, City Ballet of San Diego @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Folklore @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Great Silver Sun @ Lestat's
  • '80s Tron Themed New Wave Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Erika Davies @ Panama 66
  • Ekali, Josh Pan, Steeviewild @ Music Box
  • Coral Bells, with DJ Oren Busser @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Berkley Hart @ Java Joe's
  • Rhett & Link's Tour of Mythicality @ House of Blues
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Bear Night San Diego @ The Merrow
  • Rosalyns, Reverberations @ Tower Bar
  • Gutter Candy @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Murder Pony @ Bancroft Bar
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Scotty Alexander @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Brothers Gow @ Winston's (10 p.m.)
  • Parker Meridien, Orko Eloheim, DJ Pnutz, Scribe Sayar @ Til-Two Club
  • Vale of Pnath, Depths of Hatred, Virvum, Gravespell, Defy the Tyrants @ Brick by Brick
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Funk Shui Planet, Boostive @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Shades of Blue @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Liquid Blue @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Amine Edge & Dance @ Bang Bang
  • Jay Lumen @ Spin 
  • UBB presents: Jay Lumen @ Spin
  • LED presents: Amine Edge & Dance, Clyde P @ Bang Bang
  • Club Ascension presents: AL1CE with DJs Robin Roth, Kaerie @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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



Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Little Steven's Baptism By 'Soulfire']]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:00:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10_28_SDTV_LittleSteven.jpg

Scott McDonald chatted with Steven Van Zandt (aka Little Steven) before the musician/director/actor and his all-star band, the Disciples of Soul, got into the groove at a recent Humphreys Concerts by the Bay show -- watch the interview and a performance of "Lyin' In a Bed of Fire" now!

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<![CDATA[$10K Donation Made to Rady Children’s in Ed Sheeran's Name]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:40:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sheeran-Check-1102.jpg

Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego received a big check Thursday on behalf of a big name: Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran.

Valley View Casino Center, a major concert venue in San Diego, made a $10,000 donation to the hospital in Sheeran’s name, as supporting children’s medical care is a cause near and dear to the pop star’s heart.

Ernie Hahn, the general manager of Valley View Casino Center, said Sheeran has played the venue three times since 2013, most recently a sold-out concert this past August.

Sheeran challenged concert venues on his tour to join him in finding ways to support pediatric medical care in communities. Hahn said a donation to Rady Children’s Hospital is Valley View Casino Center’s way of making good on that challenge.

Hahn hopes that when Sheeran comes back to San Diego, he’s able to visit the hospital and pediatric patients as the icing on the cake.

“That money will be well spent here at Rady Children’s Hospital on the many programs that we need funding for,” Carol Damon-Scherer, vice president of development for the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, told NBC 7.

Rady Children's is the only hospital in San Diego dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and the only designated pediatric trauma center in the region. Last year, the facility treated more than 260,000 kids.

Damon-Scherer said donations like Thursday’s gift are critical to keeping the hospital running.

Hellen Rodriguez, a teenage patient at the facility, said she's a big fan of the "Shape of You" singer and this gesture warmed her heart.

"I think that’s really loving of him," she told NBC 7, adding that it's nice of Sheeran to support children who are sick.

For Rodriguez, Rady Children's has been a lifeline.

“When you’re in the hospital, you’re really not feeling that good. All these people caring for you, it’s really nice,” she added.

In addition to the check on behalf of Sheeran, Hahn brought along some players from the San Diego Sockers to the hospital to meet some patients and take pictures.

The kids were all smiles as they chatted with the soccer stars.

“This is really just a great way for the kids to get their minds off being sick. Some of these kids are fighting long and difficult medical journeys,” said Damon-Scherer.

Hahn said the Sockers would donate more than 40 tickets to families and kids at Rady Children’s Hospital for their home game this Sunday. Patients will have a chance to go down to the field and meet the players there, too.

And, to tie it all together, Sunday is national “Love Your Red Hair Day,” so players, Hahn and kids at Rady Children’s sported bright, red wigs as another way to have fun and as a nod to Sheeran and his famous red locks.



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<![CDATA[The Return of the Black Heart Procession]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:36:38 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/170*120/black+heart+procession+fb.jpg

Halloween was such a tease, it made the week drag on, so for a lot of us, the weekend couldn't get here quick enough. I, for one, am super excited about a grip of shows this weekend, I only hope I can make it work to hop around to catch more than just one a night. While the B-52s are sold out for their second night at the Belly Up, the Black Heart Procession kick off their first of two nights at the Casbah, and after seeing some footage from their tour, it's going to be amazing. If you're looking for a night of outlaw country, the Observatory is the spot with the Devil Makes 3 and Scott H. Biram, and for your fill of surf-punk and surf-pop, the Frights and Hockey Dad play SOMA. Don't leave Soda Bar out of your considerations, however, because Whiskey Shivers are going to bring the full-on foot-stompin' party like only an Austin band can. 

Friday, Nov. 3 (San Diego Beer Week):

  • SDBW San Diego Brewers Guild Festival VIP Brewer Takeover @ Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Black Heart Procession, Sam Coomes, Manuok @ Casbah
  • The B-52s @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Devil Makes Three, Scott H. Biram @ The Observatory
  • The Frights, Hockey Dad, Vundabar, On Drugs @ SOMA
  • Joachim Horsley & His Quintet Take Bach to Cuba @ Dizzy's
  • Gregory Porter @ Balboa Theatre
  • Whiskey Shivers & Billy Strings @ Soda Bar
  • Azealia Banks @ House of Blues 
  • First Friday Hip Hop Night with DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Hide and Go Freak: Mike Penthouse, Jared Jackson, Abjo, Blesst, JR Jarris @ Space
  • Ready Set Survive, Plane Without a Pilot, the Rough, Fallen Monuments @ The Merrow
  • Quel Bordel!, with DJ Ofier @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Dance From Above Throwback Electro Party ft. Special Guests @ Blonde
  • Savannah King, Broni, Rob Deez @ Lestat's
  • Emo Night Brooklyn @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Besos Trio/SDBW with Lost Abbey @ Panama 66
  • Meccore String Quartet @ Dept of Music’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • The Knuckleheads @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5 p.m.)
  • Gemini Syndrome, Deadset Society, Spoken, Kill Your Name, Big Goat @ Brick By Brick
  • PartyWave with Amanda Marks , Diamonds of Kailash, jCron @ Winston's
  • Diwali: Festival of Lights by DJ Prashant @ Queen Bee's
  • Scotty Alexander @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Jimmy Patton & Enrique Platas, Hugh Gaskins, Lena Evans @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • The Flipside Burners, Sights & Sages, Inspired & the Sleep @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Bulevar Descarga, Gaby y La Buena Onda, DJ Viejo Lowbo @ 710 Beach Club
  • Amplified Ale Works 5-Year Anniversary Party @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Nosis Oficial @ De Or Mine Co 
  • Los Incomparables De Tijuana, Tribu Chicana @ El Patron Night Club
  • Nite Moves w/DJ Beatnick & guest DJ Ayla Simone @ The Office (9 p.m.) 
  • Nibiru, Mystic Ritual, Morphesia, Mortar, Captain Howdy @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Nightshift @ Tio Leo's
  • Twisted Burlesque Show @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Backwater Blues @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk’s Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • FNGRS CRSSD: Chus & Ceballos, Alex Wax @ Bang Bang
  • The Greyboy Allstars, Jungle Fire, DJ Greyboy @ Music Box
  • Breathe Carolina @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Candyland: Dance Of The Dead @ Spin
  • Positive Flow ft. Sarah Cranberry, Adia Break, Duckman, Joe Pea, Skandar @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, November 4, 2017 (San Diego Beer Week):
  • Live Wire 25th Anniversary with Rocket From the Crypt, Mariachi El Bronx, Meices  @ The Observatory North Park
  • SDBW San Diego Brewers Guild Festival VIP Brewer Takeover @ Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier (2-5pm)
  • The Black Heart Procession, Sam Coomes, Strange Ages @ Casbah 
  • A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Son Little, Jade Bird @ Soda Bar
  • Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Strawberry Mittens, The Ramona Flowers @ Bar Pink
  • Max Frost, Nawas @ The Irenic
  • Tainted Love, DJ Scotto @ Belly Up  
  • Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda @ Dizzy's
  • Rittz, Sam Lachow @ Soma 
  • 80s vs 90s Dance Party with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • RITUALS, DJs Israel & Disorder @ Space
  • Manatee Commune, Dave B @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • G Burns Jug Band @ Black Cat Bar 
  • Taipei Symphony Orchestra U.S. Tour @ Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall
  • The Firebird - Dance, Story and Music, City Ballet of San Diego @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Folklor @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Great Silver Sun @ Lestat's
  • 80's TRON Themed New Wave Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Erika Davies @ Panama 66
  • Ekali, Josh Pan, Steeviewild @ Music Box
  • Coral Bells, with DJ Oren Busser@ The Holding Company 1502
  • Berkley Hart @ Java Joe's
  • Rhett & Link's Tour of Mythicality @ House of Blues
  • Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Bear Night San Diego @ The Merrow
  • Rosalyns and Reverberations @ Tower Bar
  • Gutter Candy @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Murder Pony @ Bancroft Bar
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Scotty Alexander @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Brothers Gow @ Winston's (10pm)
  • Parker Meridien, Orko Eloheim, DJ Pnutz, Scribe Sayar @ Til-Two Club
  • Vale of Pnath, Depths Of Hatred, Virvum, Gravespell, Defy The Tyrants @ Brick By Brick
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Funk Shui Planet, Boostive @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Shades Of Blue @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Liquid Blue @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Amine Edge & Dance @ Bang Bang
  • Jay Lumen @ Spin 
  • UBB Presents: Jay Lumen @ Spin
  • LED presents: Amine Edge & Dance, Clyde P @ Bang Bang
  • Club Ascension presents: AL1CE w/ DJs Robin Roth and Kaerie @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, November 5, 2017 (San Diego Beer Week):
  • Fall Back Festival @ Gaslamp Quarter
  • Casbah presents My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - 30th Anniversary Tour, Ese and Zain @ Casbah
  • Caifanes @ The Observatory North Park
  • Halsey: hopeless fountain kingdom, Partynextdoor, Charli XCX @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Cults, Curls (Christopher Owens of GIRLS), The Willowz @ The Irenic 
  • Half Car Garage, Hurricane Kate @ Bar Pink (4pm)
  • Truckfighters, Mothership, Tzimani @ Soda Bar
  • The Soft White Sixties, Dan Luke & The Raid @ House of Blues
  • Cardboard Pioneers, Shane Hall @ Sycamore Den 
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Panama 66
  • November Spawned A Monster: DJs Camilla Robina, Carrie Gillespie-Feller of Hexa, Brandy Bell of Strangers In A Fire @ Space
  • Silent and Warsaw @ Whistle Stop
  • Indigo Mystics, Kiyoshi, Miss Violette, Cloud People, Lukijah & David Larusso @ Belly Up 
  • An Evening with Poncho Sanchez @ Music Box  
  • The Playground - Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow 
  • The Firebird - Dance, Story and Music, City Ballet of San Diego @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Curtis McMurtry, Eric Neilson @ Lestat's
  • Pool House Sunday@ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Chipp Corderman & The PC's@ The Holding Company 1502
  • Benefit Concert For The Kids Of Barrio Logan feat. Velvet Club, Oak Palace, Nubes, Good Time Girl @ Blonde
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • All Opposed, Shitty Advice @ Bancroft Bar
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Paul M. Lopez @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday with CItyside @ U-31
  • 20 Years of Tribe of Kings with Keznamdi @ The Office
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

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



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<![CDATA[Pyles' November Show Feast]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:45:22 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/newfoundglory_HOB_sandiego-32.jpg

Shows, shows and more shows: I love shows and when I miss one, it takes me a few days to recover. When I create these calendars, I plan on seeing as many of them as I can so let's see how I do. Loads of good choices this November -- just take a gander. 

Nov. 1: The Drums at the Observatory North Park. Great New York City-based indie-pop band.

Nov. 2: A Giant Dog, the Kabbs and Hurricane Kate at Soda Bar. Punk, glam and rock & roll from Austin, Texas.

Nov. 3: The Black Heart Procession, Sam Coomes at the Casbah. Legendary San Diego band reunites for some shows.

Nov. 4: Live Wire's 25th Anniversary show with Rocket From the Crypt, Mariachi El Bronx and the Meices at the Observatory North Park. Congrats Live Wire -- the first "real" beer bar in San Diego and a place for local musicians.

Nov. 5: Cults, the Willowz and Curls at the Irenic. We like to think Cults is part of our local music scene, even though they are based in NYC, they have roots in SD (read the SoundDiego interview with the band here).

Nov. 6: Boychick, Slowkiss and AJ Froman at the Casbah. Disclaimer: I booked this show at the Casbah; two locals and Slowkiss from Chile.

Nov. 7: Yelle at the Casbah. Cool pop sounds from France.

Nov. 8: Foxtrax and the Brevet at the Casbah. Two great bands for the price of one.

Nov. 9: Hamilton Leithauser at the Belly Up. You may know him as the voice of the Walkmen.

Nov. 10: The Front Bottoms, Basement and Bad Bad Hats at House of Blues. The Front Bottoms are like a modern-day Violent Femmes.

Nov. 11: The Blasters at the Casbah. A true rock & roll band from Downey, California.

Nov. 12: Battalion of Saints at Soda Bar. Punk-rock legends from our very own backyard.

Nov. 13: Death From Above and the Beaches at House of Blues. They dropped the "1979," but it's still the same band.

Nov. 14: The Sounds, Ggoolldd and Fitness at the Observatory North Park. Dave Grohl turned me onto the Sounds; I remember he wore one of their T-shirts in a Foo Fighters video.

Nov. 15: Gary Numan at the Observatory North Park. "Here in my car" and no more needs to be said.

Nov. 16: Ariel Pink and Gary Wilson at the Belly Up. Ariel Pink is influenced by Gary Wilson and vice versa.

Nov. 17: Diarrhea Planet at Soda Bar. Don't let the name scare you -- they're good, but must be seen.

Nov. 18: Hibou and Sloucher at Soda Bar. A night of '80s-inspired pop.

Nov. 19: Black Pistol Fire at the Casbah. They are a rock duo from Austin and they are loud.

Nov. 20: Mogwai at the Observatory North Park. Epic Scottish post-rock band.

Nov. 21: Gwar, Ghoul, US Bastard and He Is Legend at the House of Blues. Don't wear clothes you like to this show.

Nov. 22: The APX at Soda Bar. Atlanta-based husband-and-wife duo playing nu disco and electro funk.

Nov. 23: Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

Nov. 24: Barb Wire Dolls, Svetlanas and 57 at Space. Tonight will rock, like really rock.

Nov. 25: New Found Glory at the House of Blues. All the kids will be home for Thanksgiving and want to reminisce about the good ol' days.

Nov. 26: Ninet Tayeb at Soda Bar. Israeli musician, singer-songwriter, composer, DJ, model and actress -- the full package.

Nov. 27: Dhani Harrison at the Belly Up. The son of George Harrison.

Nov. 28: Guns 'N' Roses at the Valley View Casino Center. Hell freezes over again in San Diego.

Nov. 29: The Pack AD at the Casbah. Canadian garage-rock duo.

Nov. 30: True Widow at Soda Bar. Austin-based psych-rock band.

What did I tell you? I'm sure a few of them tantalized you, so pick a couple and bring a friend, make a night of it, share some memories. I love everything about live music, so if you see me at a show, come up and say hello, let's talk music...I don't bite and I love hugs!

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



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<![CDATA[A New 'Offering' From Cults' Royal Family]]> Sun, 29 Oct 2017 15:22:28 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Cults+by+Shawn+Brackbill.jpg

From its opening track, "Offering" envelopes you. Brian Oblivion's warm, blanketing bass synth and Madeline Follin's sweet '60s melodicism make Cults' new album airy and lush from beginning to end.

But the lyricism of "Offering" is an exercise in loss, a testament to the inevitable failure of communication and understanding -- despite one’s best efforts.

"That ties in with the mindset that we were in when we were writing it -- constantly being on tour and recording for six years, trying to re-establish our lives, reconnect with the world," Oblivion told me when I spoke to him and Follin over the phone earlier this month.

By now, the Follins have established themselves as somewhat of a royal family in contemporary music. Madeline Follin is the lead singer of Cults, her brother Richie Follin started the Willowz, Guards and, most recently, CRX, and their step-father Paul Kostabi has been in Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, Psychotica and Walter Schreifels' (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) new band, Dead Heavens. Oh, and Madeline and Richie's mother Heidi? She's Cults' manager and publicist.  

"It’s more connected than you even know," Oblivion said.

Although the Follins call New York City home now, Madeline went to San Diego High School and her bandmate Brian Oblivion attended Torrey Pines High School. Both met at the House of Blues San Diego right before they moved to New York for film school, according to a 2012 San Diego Union-Tribune article.

Still, it goes deeper. Soda Bar booker Cory Stier, who also plays in Mrs. Magician and Hideout, has drummed for Cults since the band's early years -- despite the fact that he lives 3,000 miles away from Follin, Oblivion and Hideout bandmate Gabe Rodriguez (who is also a part of Cults' touring band).

"I don’t remember the first time I met Cory. He used to play with my brother’s band the Willowz. I first saw him play in 2003 or 2004," Follin said.

"I’ve known him for 10 years," Oblivion added.

Cults have come a long way since those very early San Diego encounters, their formative film school years and Oblivion's days of using television static as a sort of inspirational night light.

"It was an old turn knob TV, and the static was just running for a year. We were worried about him," Follin said, laughing.

"I thought it was cool but everyone thought it was weird. Come to think of it, I didn’t pay my electricity bill for a year," Oblivion said.

With their self-titled debut, Cults established themselves as promising '60s pop revivalists. With "Offering," they've matured into their royal threads.

Cults headline the Irenic on Sunday, Nov. 5. Get tickets here.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford poet-neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now fronts the Lulls, plays lead guitar in LA band Velvet and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Instagram and Twitter (@RArosenborg), add him on Facebook or contact him directly.



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<![CDATA[Weezer and Pixies Announce Summer SD Show]]> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:30:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Weezer-Del-Mar-Racetrack+%285%29.jpg

It might be cooling off (finally) but it sure 'feels like summer': Everybody's favorite alterative-rock titans Weezer and Pixies are joining forces for a huge blockbuster show at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Aug. 11, 2018.

That's gigantic news for our little 'island in the sun,' as both groups are San Diego favorites and it gives us a little something to look forward to. Strangely enough, it's the first tour the two giants have ever plotted together. Say it ain't so!

"We're all big Weezer fans," said Pixies' Black Francis in a press release, "so we're really looking forward to this summer. We have a lot of respect for Weezer, they're not afraid to take risks with their music."

Tickets go on sale at this link on Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. PST, while fans who sign up for Weezer's email list will gain access to the band's pre-sale that begins Monday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. PST. For more information, go to weezer.com. Ticket prices for the Aug. 11 show range from $25 to $89.50 plus fees.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of a brand new Weezer single/video -- the aforementioned and appropriately titled "Feels Like Summer" -- off their forthcoming 11th studio album "Pacific Daydream."

The seven-week North American tour kicks off on June 23 in Tampa, Florida and winds across the country, hitting San Diego and then wrapping up in Phoenix, Arizona the very next night on Aug. 12. The Wombats have been tapped as tour openers for the first leg of the tour (June 23-July 15), with another act to be announced for the remaining dates -- so who knows who they'll snag for the San Diego date. Our guess? It'll be somebody awesome. Stay tuned.

Weezer and Pixies 2018 Tour Dates

  • June 23: Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • June 26: New Orleans, Louisiana at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
  • June 27: Dallas, Texas at Starplex Pavilion
  • June 29: Houston, Texas at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • June 30: Austin, Texas at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • July 6: Cincinnati, Ohio at Riverbend Music Center
  • July 7: Tinley Park, Illinois at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • July 8: Noblesville, Indiana at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
  • July 10: Burgettstown, Pennsylvania at KeyBank Pavilion
  • July 11: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio at Blossom Music Center
  • July 13: Clarkston, Michigan at DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • July 14: Toronto, Ontario at Budweiser Stage
  • July 15: Syracuse, New York at Lakeview Amphitheatre
  • July 17: Mansfield, Massachusetts at Xfinity Center
  • July 18: Wantagh, New York at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • July 20: Holmdel, New Jersey at PNC Bank Arts Center
  • July 21: Camden, New Jersey at BB&T Pavilion
  • July 22: Bristow, Virginia at Jiffy Lube Live
  • July 24: Raleigh, North Caroline at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • July 25: Charlotte, North Carolina at PNC Music Pavilion
  • July 27: Atlanta, Georgia at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • July 28: Nashville, Tennessee at Ascend Amphitheater
  • July 29: Rogers, Arkansas at Walmart AMP
  • July 31: Greenwood Village, Colorado at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
  • Aug. 1: West Valley City, Utah at USANA Amphitheatre
  • Aug. 4: Auburn, Washington at White River Amphitheatre
  • Aug. 7: Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Aug. 11: Chula Vista, California at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Aug. 12: Phoenix, Arizona at AK-Chin Pavilion



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<![CDATA[PICS: Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias at Valley View Casino Center]]> Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:29:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/Pitbull+by+Cristian+Rangel+3.jpg Mr. Worldwide and the King of Latin Pop joined forces at Valley View Casino Center on Sunday, Oct. 22.

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<![CDATA[The Parker Meridien's Off-Kilter Minimalism]]> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:42:43 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/The+Parker+Meridien+Live+Shot+by+Jesse+Cannon.jpg

On Saturday, Nov. 4, Til-Two Club hosts an album release party for "Fists Like Gotti" by San Diego trio the Parker Meridien, featuring Nathan Hubbard on drums, John Rieder on bass, and Jack King (aka Parker Edison) on vocals.

They formed nearly two years ago following a performance that resulted from, "Parker getting a gig offer to promote his 'Meridien' EP," Hubbard says. "So we started by doing a live version of Parker's single 'Apefood,' several tracks from the 'Meridien' EP and a Public Enemy cover. The 'Fists Like Gotti' album came out of that process."

It's a hip-hop project that King describes as, "something experimental," with lead singles "Park City" and "40 Foot Tall" setting the tone -- two trippy head-nodders held together by sticky melodies and even stickier grooves.

A synthesis of lyricism and musicianship, it's also an exercise in minimalism, full of open space that allows the musicians room to roam, like on the aforementioned "40 Foot Tall," where Edison twists and stretches: "Game goes swift as Greyhound / I stayed in eight towns / In two nights, pushin' white / Dummy, this is my new life / In my old one, I was on one."

Indeed, these tracks are just a preview but by the sound of them, they've put together a raw, ear-catching debut, filled with vibrant energy, and constructed from an approach just slightly left of center.

The Parker Meridien headline Til-Two Club on Saturday, Nov. 4, with support from DJ Pnutz, Scribe Sayar, and Orko Elohiem. $5 cover, doors open at 9 p.m.

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



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<![CDATA[Party Out of Bounds]]> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:18:46 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/B52s+AM+%2813+of+40%29.jpg

There are some super special shows coming up this month at the Belly Up...bands that are so famous it's kind of ridiculous that they're playing such a relatively intimate venue, but sadly they're sold out, including tonight's show -- the first of two nights with the B-52s. Get on their email list so you don't miss out on the big ones. Meanwhile, the Casbah welcomes Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, two founding members of the Be Good Tanyas, and La Santa Cecilia and Mexrissey join forces for a Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Balboa Theatre. Southern rapper Yelawolf is at the Observatory, A Giant Dog plays Soda Bar, and Museum of Making Music hosts the strange bedfellows of Malian harp master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal, who recently released a record together.

Thursday, Nov. 2:

  • The B-52s @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton (of the Be Good Tanyas), Bonfire Madigan @ Casbah
  • ArtPwr Día de los Muertos Celebration: La Santa Cecilia y Mexrrisey, Flor de Toloache @ Balboa Theatre
  • Yelawolf, Jackson Hunter @ The Observatory North Park
  • Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal @ Museum of Making Music 
  • A Giant Dog, the Kabbs, Hurricane Kate @ Soda Bar
  • The Schizophonics, the Reverberations, the Safes @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Illegal Civ Cinema Tour feat Denzel Curry,  Trash Talk @ Soma
  • Como La Flor: Selena Tribute Band @ Sycuan
  • The Gringos with DJ Green T @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Chocolate: A Night of Deep Dark Afro-Tech-and Techno @ Blonde
  • Space Wax, Clean Room, Loz Feliz, Waldo Oswaldo @ Til-Two Club
  • Cousin Stizz, Levi Carter, Big Leano, Kamzilla @ House of Blues
  • Robert Dove @ Panama 66 (6-8 p.m.)
  • Bobby Cressy @ San Diego Art Museum Auditorium/Panama 66 (8 p.m.)
  • Forkroot @ Sycamore Den
  • Jagged Lines, The-O, Endcastle @ The Merrow
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's 
  • Boomboxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Live Band Karaoke @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Groove Squad @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Bonnie Kilroe in "Divas" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • DJ Bingo @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Deltaphonic @ Bancroft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Novel Ideas with Jason Hawk Harris (of the Show Ponies) @ Winston's
  • Hannah's quarter-century B-day dance party extravaganza! @ Space
  • Charissa Noble: Magic, Mysticism, and Machines @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Day of the Dead @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Throwback Thursday @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Imagery Machine @ 1st Street Bar & Grill
  • Be F-ing Happy tour @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • First Thursday @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
  • Gondwana , Fayuca, SM Familia, DJ Stepwise @ Music Box
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Yodah @ 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.



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