Wednesday, July 01, 2015

FM 94/9 Announces Free Show with Milky Chancy & X-Ambassadors @ Quartyard 8/3


San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) has announced information on the latest installment of the Loud@ free concert series, featuring Milky Chance and X-Ambassadors.

The two bands will perform a free, all ages show at downtown San Diego’s Quartyard on Monday, August 3rd at noon, sponsored by Shock Top.

“One thing our listeners know about FM 94/9, is that we’re about the music, and our Loud@ series is one more way we prove it,” said Music Director, Assistant Program Director and afternoon host Jeremy Pritchard, “The fact we can bring these shows to our listeners, not for $10 or $5, but for free, is really important to us.”

The series has recently featured bands like Passion Pit, Grouplove, Spoon, Alt-J, Foster the People, Twenty One Pilots and Arctic Monkeys at various venues around San Diego.

“We know it’s expensive to see all your favorite bands every time they come to town,” said midday host Hilary Chambers “The fact we can do our part to help out and bring them great shows like Milky Chance and X-Ambassadors for free is amazing.”

More information about the Loud@ series, including videos and pictures of previous concerts can be found on the station’s website at

About FM 94/9: Owned and operated by Lincoln Financial Media San Diego, KBZT is San Diego’s highest rated Alternative Rock station and was named San Diego City Beat magazine’s Best Local Station in 2014.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 6/29)

I know I just updated these last week, but I decided to spiff up the artwork and make sure that all the new shows added to The Observatory calendar have the full show lineups where available. It's a mellow week but end of summer is going to get pretty insane and I cannot wait. Observatory shows from August to December are after the jump.

7/2 Brad Williams, 7pm, 18+

7/6 Rob Bell 7:30pm, 18+

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+

7/18 The Casualties, 7pm, All Ages

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+

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 29-Sunday, July 5, 2015

I had a cool weekend, working for Bully on Friday and Vic Mensa, but getting off early enough both nights to hang out with Darren at The Casbah and Bar Pink and then Sunday was an awesome day to chill at home, slug around, get some work done, and catch the beautiful sunset. Listings are pretty thin this week. Part of that is because of Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, but El Dorado, Gallagher's, The Hideout, Lestat's, Sycamore Den, and The Balboa all haven't posted their July calendars. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, June 29, 2015:
  • Big Business, Death Eyes, Lord Howler @ Casbah
  • Botanica Chango, Le Chateau @ Whistle Stop
  • Industry Boxing @ Fluxx
  • Puppy, O-Face, Holling, Degen @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • The Whiskey Circle Presents: Open Mic @ The Merrow
  • Makossa Mondays @ Seven Grand
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Liz Grace @ Croce's Park West
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Saint Shameless, Pharmacy @ Tower Bar
  • Metal Mondays with Kaustik @ Brick By Brick
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Industry Night with Fishfonics @ U-31
  • Industry & Local Night with DJ RoyAle & Friends @ 710 Beach Club

Saturday, June 27, 2015


I'm sitting behind a table inside The Observatory North Park, selling t-shirts for headliner Vic Mensa, and I sometimes get a- how do I put it- if I ran the world kind of mindset when I'm slinging merch. Like don't ask me how much shirts are when there's a giant sign that says $30, don't try to negotiate with me, and don't ask me if there's a magical stash of shirts of opposite colors than what you see printed and hanging on the wall. It's comical, I know, and I'm probably way too old to be here anyway, but doing merch is kind of a fun way to get paid while interacting with the public, whom I'd otherwise never see in my own real life at shows or in my day to day work or in my family life. So when I'm asked, I usually say yes, even if it means missing something else where I'd rather be.

But what I really want to talk about is ticket sales. On Friday, Tame Impala tickets went onsale for The Observatory North Park and tickets were gone in the first minute, kinda. Some people were able to snag tickets after that, but not many, and since people ask me how that happens, I thought I'd explain it.

So there you are, circling the website, 9:45, 9:52, 9:59. Your clock changes to 10:00 and boom, action on. I'm only speaking hypothetically here, because I don't have access to Observatory ticketing, but for a show like Tame Impala, there would be about 1100 tickets available for sale. When you're on that magical ticketing page, you use the pulldown to select your tickets, and in the case of this show, with no ticket limit, you could buy up to 10 tickets. So think about that. If people are logged in at 10am, they all click 10 tickets, ONLY 110 actual transactions could sell out a show. Of course, you have a lot of people buying 1, 2, or 4 tickets, but even if everyone only bought two tickets, only 550 people need to be online at 10am for that show to sell out. When we have RFTC shows at the Casbah, with a much lower capacity and a two ticket limit, only 100 people have to be online at that moment to sell it out.

So that being said, I'm going to give you a few tips to be sure you get tickets when a hot show goes on sale.

1. Make sure you have an account on all the major ticketing sites: Ticketmaster, Ticketfly, Ticketweb. About an hour before a show goes on sale, you need to make sure you can log in to your account and that your payment information is accurate.

2. Refresh like crazy. Sometimes a show will go on sale a few minutes before the hour as a test. You should be refreshing your ticket link until you get into the select tickets window.

3. Select the number of tickets FAST and make your clicks fast. Go to another event on the same ticketing site as practice so you know all the things you have to check before the tickets are added to your cart. For example, in Ticketweb, you have to select the number of tickets, choose your method of delivery, accept terms of site, then add to cart. If you have to think about this stuff, you've already taken too long.

4. If you get tickets in your cart, don't change your mind! Say you add 4 tickets to your cart, and then realize you only need 2. Buy all 4 and figure it out later. If you change your order, you go back to the end of the line and those tickets are already gone.

5. If you get a "tickets are not available" message, refresh and refresh again. The venue might decide to add more tickets. Someone could dump their cart. Someone's card could be declined. Those tickets go back into the pool. A friend of mine missed tickets in the first five minutes, but ended up with 3 tickets purchased one ticket at a time because she kept refreshing.

6. Don't get mad if you don't get tickets. Seriously, after Tame Impala sold out, the hateful messages that flooded in were ridiculous. Same with RFTC. The website didn't crash, in fact, it worked exactly as it was supposed to, allowing 100, 300, 600, 800 transactions all to happen at the very same time. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes not.

7. If you're a superfan, prove it. Don't buy from StubHub, and never pay more than face value on Craig's List. I have two friends who show up at a lot of shows. Some they have tickets for. Sometimes they don't. You never know who just got dumped and is selling or giving away an extra ticket. Maybe the artist was holding tickets but didn't need them and they become available at the box office the night of the show. Maybe the door guy is in a good mood. You never know, but if you care enough, you might be able to find a legit and legal way in. Avoid attempts at bribery, and spare the guy your sob story or fake flirtation. Be cool, and you might get advice on a legit way in.

8. Support bands when they're small. You know why a show sells out in one minute? Because the band is popular, and usually across demographics and genre boundaries. You know how many bands playing the Belly Up, The Observatory, OAT, etc. all played at the Casbah and Soda Bar first? Foster the People played to like 14 people at Soda Bar. Imagine Dragons played at least 3 shows as the SUPPORT act at the Casbah before they blew up. The Casbah and Soda Bar have incredible yet underattended shows all the time. Support live music and you never know who might be the next big thing.

Anyway, these were just some little nuggets that I've been stewing on for awhile. Maybe it's helpful, maybe it's just info you already knew, but since I suddenly become everyone's BFF when a show sells out, I thought I'd share a little insider's view. Carry on, Vic Mensa. Nice Gorillaz cover.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, June 26-Sunday, June 28, 2015

It has been quite a week, and since I'm sitting at The Observatory selling merch for Bully, I figured I'd update the post so you don't have to do all that scrolling on your phone while you look for fun things to do this weekend. It was a pretty fun week as we hit up Legoland on Tuesday and then to The Rugburns at Bar Pink and closed the night at Whistle Stop. I worked a lot on Wednesday lingering around the house, took Nova shopping, then went on an activist bike ride with Bike SD to promote bike infrastructure on University, all followed by a great dinner at West Coast Tavern. On Thursday we went boogie boarding in OB before leaving Nova with her mom, then I worked at the Donkeys/Vetiver show while Darren sold merch at the Casbah for Head Wound City, where I met up with him later and was able to have a fun Thursday night. I'm pretty wiped out as I sit typing but Bully goes on in one minute and I suspect it's going to be a pretty great set. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, June 26, 2015:
  • Summer Fun on the 101
  • Best Coast, Bully @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • The Pandoras, The Loons, The Mighty Manfred and The Magnificent, The Gargoyles @ Casbah
  • Wild Wild Wets, New Mexico, Max Pain & The Groovies, Soft Lions @ Soda Bar
  • Mayhem Festival feat Slayer, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Stalins of Sound, Gloomsday @ Whistle Stop
  • 80s vs 90s @ Bar Pink
  • Sully Band's Challenged Athletes Foundation Fundraiser @ Belly Up (5pm)
  • Third World, House of Shem, Animo @ Belly Up
  • Soul Organization @ Seven Grand
  • Raf Deza, Saba @ The Balboa
  • Perla Negra Ensemble @ Dizzy's
  • Acropolisrpm & Skinnie Magazine's Battle for Warped Tour 2015 with The Aura & Ovation, The Tramplers, Chamber Sixx, Oddball, Snapwire @ Brick By Brick
  • Quali, Winter, Witness 9 @ The Hideout
  • Cut Your Losses, The Snykes, Johns Last Ghost, Lobster Party, Leave The Universe, It All Starts Here @ Soma
  • The Village Squares @ Tin Roof
  • Raelee Nikole, 76 Street, Joseph Carroll @ Lestat's
  • 22 Kings, Joshua Taylor, David Ryan, Norguen @ Java Joe's
  • Groove International: The Patriot Palooza @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Charlie Wilson @ Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Electronic Friday with High Frequencies, Royal Zeven @ Rock On Concert Series, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Acoustic Friday Jeffrey James, Aubryn, Adrianna Marie, Noah Rickertsen, Caroline Corn, Trace Jory, Kennady Tracy, Sean Byron, Phili V @ Paddock Series, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairground (Noon-10pm)
  • Glasmus, Sleeping Ghost, The Slashes feat. Muscle Beech, The Cardielles @ The Merrow
  • Josh Madsen @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Beatnik @ Park & Rec
  • DJ R-You @ U-31
  • Curtis Taylor Quartet @ Croce's Park West
  • Y3K @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Spent Idols, Dead On The Wire, The Scandals & The Semi-Automatics @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy with Michael Delvey and Ehsan Ahmad @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Revival, Layne Tadesse and 7 Seal Dub Band, Maitland Roots, TRC Sound Systems @ Winston's
  • Little Heroine, Adult Films @ Che Cafe
  • Marrrakesh with Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • Du Tonc @ Bang Bang
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Illuminati Congo, Noah23, Summon, Trust One @ Kava Lounge
  • Ent Kings Spin Off @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Acoustic Happy Hour with Sam Hosking @ 710 Beach Club
  • V1be and Guests @ 710 Beach Club

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 23-Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nova's summer officially started yesterday, and while she and Darren met up with my nieces at Aquatica, I was chained to my laptop for a 16 hours work marathon. I hope I'm caught up enough that we can enjoy today at Legoland. Hopefully I can make this cold subside. In case you hadn't heard, Wednesday's show at the Casbah with AA Bondy has been canceled due to a loss in his family. Lots of cool stuff this week to make up for it. Tuesday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 6/23)

Another week passes, another bundle of shows is announced. Casbah added new shows with a SayVinyl reunion, Santos y Sinners, Cash'd Out, Nails, ON AN ON, Johnette Napolitano, Shannon and the Clams, Telekinesis, and two El Ten Eleven shows. Around town, we added Whitey Morgan, Eagles of Death Metal, Desaparecidos, Prayers, and more. Things are always great at the Casbah, so don't forget your first love and support live music. There are shows booked into November, so always check out the site.

Tue Jun 23 - Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Stevie & The Hi-Stax @ Casbah ($5, No advance tickets)

Tue Jun 23 - The Rugburns @ Bar Pink (SOLD OUT)

Wed Jun 24 - CANCELED: A.A. Bondy, Jimmy Ruelas @ Casbah

Thu Jun 25 - Head Wound City, Innerds, Crime Desire @ Casbah

Thu Jun 25 - Vetiver & The Donkeys @ The Irenic

Thu Jun 25 - Foy Vance, Ryan McMullan @ Soda Bar

Fri Jun 26 - The Pandoras , The Loons, The Mighty Manfred and The Magnificent, The Gargoyles @ Casbah

Fri Jun 26 - Best Coast, Bully @ The Observatory

Sat Jun 27 - John Doe, Jesse Dayton, Patrick Dennis @ Casbah

Sat Jun 27 - mewithoutyou, Foxing, Lithuania, DJ Santino Romeri @ Soda Bar

Sun Jun 28 - MONO, Holly Hunt @ Casbah

Mon Jun 29 - Big Business @ Casbah

Tue Jun 30 - Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Mrs. Henry @ Casbah ($5, No advance tickets)

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 6/22)

New Shows on sale Friday: Tame Impala, Tove Lo, Aer, Lianne La Havas, Wavves, Xavier Rudd and the United Nations. Full calendar is after the jump.

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

6/27 Vic Mensa 6pm, All Ages

7/2 Brad Williams, 7pm, 18+

7/6 Rob Bell 7:30pm, 18+

FM 94/9 Announces Independence Jam 2015

Lest you feared that Dirty Parts Festival was the big show of the year for FM 94/9, yesterday they announced the 2015 Independence Jam, returning to the Junior Seau Amphitheatre at the Oceanside Pier. The show is September 12, all ages, and gates open at 3pm. The show is headlined by Silversun Pickups, and also features appearances by Houndmouth, Meg Myers, Civil Twilight, Bully and The New Regime. Tickets are onsale now for $28 and can be upgraded to VIP for an additional $15.

Get your tickets and more information here.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 22, 2015

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. Thursday's Jen Kirkman show was super great, and Friday we had a SoundDiego Party at Gallagher's (my first time there, ever), followed by Burning of Rome at Casbah and closing down the night with Darren and Robin and a bunch of friends at Whistle Stop. Saturday I had way too much work to do so we had to forego DPF, but I worked at Surfer Blood and it was really great to see JP and the guys again. Father's Day was great, with a fun picnic at Presidio Park with a massive group of friends. My family was down at Otay Lakes, but we had the plans for too long to switch things up so I'll get some Dad time this week. We also ended up doing a 10 mile bikeride on the Bayshore Bikeway to celebrate the Summer Solstice. It's officially Nova's summer, so besides trying to cram as much work as I can in as few hours as I can, we'll be all over trying to make the most of the time. This week has a lot of great shows, so get out and enjoy some music. Monday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FM 94/9 Dirty Parts Festival Set Times

This Saturday, FM 94/9 Presents the Dirty Parts Festival at the Lakeside Rodeo. Tickets are only $18 and gates open at 3pm. You don't have to bust out your cowboy boots, but you might want to listen to your mama and wear sensible shoes (*not these) so the rest of us don't have to stare at your nasty dirt crusted feet all day.

Get tickets here.

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, June 17-Sunday, June 21, 2015

I have to say I am happy that this is the final week of school for Nova. Summer is always a fun time and it usually involves lots of beach days, parks, family time, and this year, we've added Aquatica to the mix. If you wonder the value, we've already used our passes three times, including yesterday after school, though I was tethered to email a lot of the time because of work chaos. I updated the listings to include Sausage Fest tonight at JSix, as well as Mass Creativity Day and Carlsbad Village Walk on Saturday, and Making Music Day on Sunday. I'll be working at Jen Kirkman tomorrow and can't wait. I love stand-up comedy and she was so rad all the time on Chelsea Lately that I'm really looking forward to the show. Also, on Saturday, though I might have to work, is the Dirty Parts Festival at the Lakeside Rodeo. Wednesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 6/16)

The Observatory has added so many shows that I felt like I had to update again. New shows with Mew, The 1975, Soja, Miguel, Fidlar, Shakey Graves, Leon Bridges, and RAC. Full calendar after the jump.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 15-Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It was a perfect weekend. Friday night was great with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Casbah and on Saturday, Darren and I sold merch at Oysterfest all day. After returning home to shower and entertain Ficus for a while, we saw Hamilton Leithauser at the Casbah, had some drinks at the Lamplighter, and then late night grub at Hong Kong (the restaurant in Hillcrest, not the brothel in TJ). Sunday was for working from home and then seeing DMA's at the Casbah- who were amazing, by the way, for the 15 of us in the room. We followed that with some James Brown and Lupulosa at Seven Grand, a quick drink at Pink, and pizza (mostly for tomorrow) at Florencia's.  This week is full of promise, so get out and see a show or two, won't you? Monday & Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Photos: X- Fest 2015- Modest Mouse, Public Enemy, The Cult, Cold War Kids, Atlas Genius

A week ago today, Darren and I were running errands trying to get our butts in gear to get to X-Fest at a reasonable time. Unfortunately some things just can't be avoided and we got there as Atlas Genius was finishing. I didn't have a photo pass- which was actually a good thing because they have a weird policy of sequestering photographers after the first three songs of each set so they don't take photos- meaning they're sitting alone in a box for the majority of the day. I did manage a few photos throughout the day and figured it was about time my posts were more than just listings and Observatory and Casbah shows. I have to say this was maybe my favorite X-Fest of all time and Public Enemy was the best I'd ever seen them. All the pics are after the jump.