Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, May 27-Sunday, May 31, 2015

I'm so excited to be going to the Belly Up tonight for The Rolling Stones. I mean, what a show of a lifetime! Just kidding. Actually I am going to an event called Zen Den where I'm going to take advantage of free chair massage. So yeah, next best thing to the Stones. We'll probably follow that up with Little White Teeth at Whistle Stop. Tomorrow should be pretty great with Neutral Milk Hotel, and then I'll be working at the Irenic on Friday and Saturday for the Delta Spirit shows, then I'll have to choose between Will Butler or HONEYHONEY on Friday and Saturday I will for sure not miss Diarrhea Planet at the Casbah. Thursday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015:
  • Little White Teeth, Rob Crow (DJ) @ Whistle Stop
  • Mystic Braves, Muscle Beech, The Creation Factory @ Casbah
  • Mae, All Get Out, Mike Mains & The Branches @ The Irenic
  • Commune Wednesday with Dead Heavens, Lowlands, Other Bodies @ Soda Bar
  • Funked Out Wednesday with DJ L @ Bar Pink
  • Cult Vegas, The Roman Watchdogs and The Tortured @ Brick By Brick
  • Ciara @ House of Blues
  • Jamming Out @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues
  • Shawn Welch and Miles Wide @ Lestat's
  • Young Lion Series Jerome Salazar @ Croce's Park West
  • Randi Driscoll and Friends @ Java Joe's
  • SKSS, PCP, B&B @ The Bancroft
  • Latin Dance Party ft DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand
  • Records with Roger @ Bluefoot
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Club Kingston Presents: Something Like Seduction, I-Ways with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Ratts Revenge- DJ Tiki Thomas & Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Debora Galan @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Dan Porter @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Maw Band, Hindsight, Melanie Taylor @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • AOK Music @ Henry's Pub

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Upcoming Shows at Observatory North Park (5/25 update)

It was so much fun working for X last weekend. Shows at the Observatory are trickling in and there are some amazing ones in the pipeline that we just can't announce yet, but in the meantime, there are some good ones coming up. I'll tell you that the 2nd Spoon show is almost sold out and you should drop by the box office to grab tickets for Best Coast, too. The rest of the shows are selling alright, but you can probably just get tickets at the box office if you want to come by. I'm definitely looking forward to Neutral Milk on Thursday. Today, we're announcing MisterWives on October 16, with tickets on sale this Friday.

5/28 Neutral Milk Hotel, The Minders (SOLD OUT) 7pm, 18+

5/29 Chris Robinson Brotherhood  21+ (9:15 Door time subject to change. Show will begin shortly after doors with 2 full sets from CRB)

5/29-31 FilmOut Film Festival

6/1 Spoon, Sweet Spirit (SOLD OUT) 7pm, All Ages
6/2 Spoon, Sweet Spirit 7pm, All Ages

6/3 An Evening with Walk Off The Earth, 8pm, All Ages

More shows after the jump:

6/11 Joey Bada$$ - World Domination Tour 6pm, 18+

6/12 Queens of the Islands Tour feat. Anuhea & Etana 7pm, All Ages

6/13 Jedi Mind Tricks 7pm, 18+

6/15 Lupe Fiasco, Charles Hamilton 7pm, 18+

6/18 The Slackers 7pm, 18+

6/19 J Boog 7pm, 18+

6/21 Misfits 7pm, All Ages

6/22 Jungle 7pm, 18+

6/26 Best Coast, Bully 7pm, All Ages

7/6 Rob Bell 7:30pm, All Ages

7/10 Burger Records Comic Con Party 7pm, All Ages
7/11 Burger Records Comic Con Party 7pm, All Ages
7/12 Burger Records Comic Con Party 7pm, All Ages

7/14 Barrington Levy 7pm, 18+

7/21 Charli XCX & Bleachers present Charli & Jack Do America 6:30pm, All Ages

7/22 Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist 6:30pm, All Ages

7/25 Father 8pm, 18+

8/9 Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Mr T Experience 6:30pm, All Ages

8/22 Snow Tha Product 6pm, All Ages

9/9 The Psychedlic Furs & The Church 7pm, 18+

9/22 Future Islands, 7pm, All Ages
9/23 Future Islands (SOLD OUT) 8pm, 21+

10/4 Citizen Cope (Full Band) 7pm, 18+

10/6 Paul Weller 7pm, 18+

10/16 MisterWives 6:30 pm, All Ages

11/30 John Waters Christmas Show, 8pm, 21+

Monday, May 25, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 25-Tuesday, May 16, 2015

It has been a great but exhausting weekend. I worked for X on Friday and Saturday night. After work on Friday I was off early enough that Darren and I got to catch Gayle Skidmore and Jesse Marchant at Whistle Stop. Saturday I worked a little later, but we still got some time in at Bar Pink and Ken Club. Yesterday was fun, too, with a great BBQ at Tim's house, getting some of these listings done, and then being on The Local FM 94/9. I got home later than planned but we got an hour in at karaoke just for fun. Today is a lazy day though we might saddle up on our bikes or something before Kopecky tonight at the Casbah. Maybe we can even make Lo-Fang first. Anyway, sorry these are so late. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, May 21-Sunday, May 24, 2015

I had to take a day off from everything yesterday, but then it resulted in a marathon night trying to catch up on work. So Casbah shows and Observatory shows are updated, my email is almost manageable, and I'm about ready to go into the Memorial Day weekend with some calm. Tonight I'll be working at both shows with Gad Elmaleh, who is apparently the most famous French comedian, and then I'll be working merch for X both nights. This weekend is also the grand opening of Park and Rec, the Stones are in town, and you better believe there will be barbeques galore. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 5/21)

It's has been a couple weeks since I've updated the full Casbah calendar and it is quite the feat when we're adding so many shows all the time. There are a lot of shows going on sale Friday and many more that are already on sale now. Links for every show are provided below for your convenience. June shows and beyond are after the jump.

Thu May 21 - The Rezillos, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Shady Francos @ Casbah

Thu May 21 - Gad Elmaleh @ The Irenic (7pm, Early Show-SOLD OUT) (9pm, Late Show)

Fri May 22 - Sage Francis, Real J Wallace, DJ Artistic @ Casbah

Fri May 22 - Jesse Marchant, Names of War, Gayle Skidmore @ Whistle Stop (FREE SHOW)

Fri May 22 - Pinback, Sleeping People @ Belly Up

Fri May 22 - X performing "Los Angeles" & "Wild Gift" @ The Observatory North Park

Sat May 23 - X performing "Under The Big Black Sun" & "More Fun in the New World" @ The Observatory North Park

Sat May 23 - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Krass Brothers @ The Casbah

Sat May 23 - Sleeping People, KATA, Roland @ The Hideout

Sun May 24 - G.B.H. , Authentic Sellout, Revolut-Chix, Records With Roger @ Casbah

Mon May 25 - Lo-Fang @ Soda Bar

Mon May 25 - Kopecky, Armors, Spero @ Casbah

Formerly Kopecky Family Band, Kopecky perform at the Casbah on Memorial Day

Tue May 26 - The New Regime, Pumphouse, Jara @ Casbah

Wed May 27 - Mystic Braves, Muscle Beech, The Creation Factory @ Casbah

Thu May 28 - Transfer, Wild Wild Wets, Madly, The New Kinetics @ Casbah

Thu May 28 - Neutral Milk Hotel, The Minders @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)

Fri May 29 - Will Butler, Jo Firestone @ Casbah

Fri May 29 - An Evening With Delta Spirit & Friends @ The Irenic

Fri May 29 - Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ The Observatory North Park

Fri May 29 - HONEYHONEY, John Isaac Watters @ Soda Bar

Fri May 29 - Pinata Protest, Viernes 13, Copper Gamins @ The Hideout

Sat May 30 - An Evening With Delta Spirit & Friends @ The Irenic

Sat May 30 - Diarrhea Planet, Left & Right, Muscle Beech @ The Casbah

Sun May 31 - The Knocks, Phoebe Ryan @ Casbah

June shows and beyond after the jump.

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 5/21)

What a crazy week it was at the Observatory. I checked out part of the Lord Huron show, Darren and I went to Passion Pit, he went solo to Little Dragon, and then I went solo to Glass Animals. This weekend I'll be working at both X shows and am looking forward to hearing the band's four records. There are a lot of shows coming down the pike, so always check their full website at

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I have had such a cool week so far and it's only Tuesday. Darren got his first photo pit experience shooting at Little Dragon and then going to San Fermin, his enthusiasm beyond what I would have had if I had gone instead, so it was kind of magical. Then yesterday, Darren, Nova and I got a tour of the incredible Sector 9 factory by Rob Molt. I had no idea the volume of boards these guys make- it is mind blowing. We learned every process, from where the wood starts as flat sheets to the presses and molds, to the cutting and sanding and shaping and applying graphics down to the laser printed serial numbers. Rob hooked us up with some swag and gave Nova a complete Liquid Metal deck, which he boxed up for us. Then he showed us the Bread Bowl- their onsite skate ramp- and had one of the Sector 9 team riders demo for us before letting Nova skate around it a little. It was truly an experience we won't soon forget. We took her to OB skatepark to skate on the small pools, had a rad dinner at Phil's, and then I went to Glass Animals at the Observatory followed by Speedy Ortiz at Soda Bar. And it's only Wednesday! Wednesday archive after the jump.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 18-Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I'm super sorry I didn't have these posted at 6am per usual, but I am still recovering from an insane weekend. My body is still exhausted from the Festival of Arts in North Park because I was zipping back and forth between the 30th Street and Illinois Street stages. It was an awesome day, so no complaints, but just letting you know why I'm a little behind in work. After the festival I did merch for Ex Hex at Casbah who were awesome, and last night Darren and I got to go to Passion Pit together. Tonight he'll be at Little Dragon and San Fermin so I'll be home with Nova, but tomorrow I'll be at Glass Animals and maybe Speedy Ortiz if they don't overlap too much. Thursday I'll be working at the Irenic and I'll be slinging merch at both X shows, so say hi if you see me. Super huge shout out to Jordan for putting together all of this week's listings. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

It's Here: Festival of Arts in North Park on May 16 (Free, All Ages, Family Friendly)

The Festival of Arts in North Park is upon us! Today, Saturday, May 16, the family friendly event takes over the streets of North Park with three stages of live music, a dance performance stage, a kids performance stage, and a small acoustic area. You and your family can spend the day enjoying all of the offerings of North Park and beyond, as food vendors and craft vendors and visual artists fill the streets. The festival runs from 11am to 6pm and is free and all ages (except for the 21+/ticketed Craft Beer Block and two 21+ beer gardens). I booked the Observatory Stage and the 30th Street Stage this year, along with Dang who booked the Bar Pink Stage on 32nd Street, and Alma who booked the Queen Bee's Stage on Ray Street. This year, we also have a full Vinyl Junkies Record Swap on Illinois Street and I have to plug that Nova just joined a dance class, so Move Studio will be performing on the Kids Stage from 2:50-3:20pm.

Hosted by Tim Pyles
11:00 — Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels
12:00 — Mayfield
01:00 — Le Chateau
02:00 — Vinyl Mill
03:00 — Midnight Pine
04:00 — Blue Eyed Son
05:00 — Barbarian

11:00 — Vinyl Junkies Record Swap DJs
12:30 — Erik Canzona & The Narrows
01:30 — Michael McGraw & The Butchers
02:30 — Taurus Authority
03:30 — Afternoon Dream Serum
04:30 — Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects

BAR PINK STAGE (at 32nd St.)
11:15 — Mokoto
12:15 — Bangladesh
01:15 — Flaggs
02:15 — The Rosalyns
03:15 — Schizophonics
04:15 — Swamp Dogg

11:00 — Sinai & Rosie (Belly Dance)
12:00 — Love Boom (Soul Live Band)
1:00 — Dan Gindling Band (Country Rock Band)
2:00 — Daniel Feld (Solo Sinatra Singer)
3:00 — Sinai / Cumbia Singer / Tango
4:00 — Super Groupie (Hip Hop)
5:00 — Zymm Zymm Quartet (Swing Band)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Upcoming Shows at the Observatory North Park (Updated 5/14)

The Observatory calendar hadn't changed much last week, but this week there are a whole bunch of additions, including Lupe Fiasco, J Boog, Barrington Levy, Jungle, author Rob Bell, Father, and Citizen Cope. The Observatory generously sponsored the stage on Illinois street for the Festival of Arts in North Park this Saturday so please show your love at the venue and at West Coast Tavern. There's some cool show announcements in a couple weeks that you'll definitely want to keep an eye out for.

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, May 14-Sunday, May 17, 2015

What a week it has been! Monday was fun at the Hideout for Vikesh Kapoor and Elvis Perkins and then Tuesday I worked at the Irenic for Timber Timbre, then Darren and I went to the Casbah for Vaadat Chagirim- who were AWESOME, by the way. Wednesday night we went to a fat dinner with Jeff at Solare and then caught The Wombats and Life in Film at House of Blues and finished our night at Bar Pink catching Taurus Authority. The rest of the week is crazy, too.  We have Lord Huron tonight, Two Gallants tomorrow, and the Festival of Arts in North Park all day Saturday, then I'm doing merch for Ex Hex that night and then Passion Pit on Sunday. Yikes. That is some serious sleep deprivation. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday May 11-Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I don't know about you, but I certainly had a great weekend. On Thursday I had a long and fun night seeing the Mowgli's at the Casbah and hanging with my friends at the Ken Club. On Friday, Nova, Darren and I stayed in just hanging with the dog, and Saturday we attended Nova's friend's birthday party before I went to work and sold an insane amount of merch at The Observatory for The Growlers, finishing the night at Bar Pink with Tony and Jake. Mother's Day was mostly spent at Gator By the Bay with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, Godsister, Darren and all of my nieces and nephews so it was pretty awesome though no amount of sunscreen can really protect you from getting fried by the sun.

This week is super busy, too. Note that the Monday night Elvis Perkins show that was supposed to be at the Irenic has moved to The Hideout. The Observatory double-booked and I was told Dipset will be at the theatre and the other show was being moved, so I'm guessing that's at Porter's but I'm not 100% sure. I'll be working at The Irenic on Tuesday for Timbre Timbre and shooting The Wombats on Wednesday and Lord Huron on Thursday, and then hopefully Two Gallants doesn't go too late on Friday because I have to be at the Festival of Arts in North Park at the crack of dawn. Crazy fun week ahead. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 5/7)

There are only a couple Casbah updates this week, but I also know there are a few shows announcing tomorrow, so keep an eye out and you can always see the full Casbah calendar at

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, May 7-Sunday, May 10, 2015

We're approaching the weekend and I couldn't be happier about that, just because it means my inbox won't cause me such distress. I'll get over it, I always do, but sometimes I wish I could publish the ridiculous requests I get. I will say outside of the burden of email, life is pretty great. I had a great time at MS MR at the Casbah on Monday, got to catch up on sleep because Darren is awesome, and there's lots of good stuff this weekend, too, including my family's annual trek to Gator By the Bay on Mother's Day. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.