Friday, March 16, 2018

Photos: Gogol Bordello and The Lucky Chops at Observatory North Park, March 3, 2018

A couple weeks back, I had the pleasure of shooting Gogol Bordello and The Lucky Chops at the Observatory North Park. When Darren and I were first dating, he had an old Gogol shirt that he wore and cross-referencing shows we'd both been to without knowing each other was one of those things we did as we got to know each other. It was a super amazing night and The Lucky Chops brought an amazing energy to start the show off.  Gogol's full setlist is here  though we dipped out at the encore because Darren wasn't feeling super well. Anyway, I thought I'd already posted these, but found them sitting in my queue, so here they are now. A bazillion more after the jump, including Lucky Chops.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 13-Monday, March 19, 2018

Last week was a little less exciting because after working the Hot Snakes show on Wednesday night, I got a bit of a bug and decided to keep it low key the rest of the week, though I did catch Thunderpussy at Casbah on Friday. Still, trying to keep it mellow, we went to the Safari Park on Sunday and the nursery was still open in the afternoon, so we got to ooh and aah over the three 9 week old cheetah cubs. We also hit the zoo on Monday and though the animals aren't particularly a fan of Daylight Saving Time, it means you can stay at the park a little longer than you could before DST. This week is SXSW so pretty chill on the touring acts, but lots of SDMA showcases and preparties to keep you entertained. Wednesday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018:
  • San Diego Music Awards Showcase - Sarah Petite, The Hirsohima Mockingbirds, Euphoria Brass Band, Bad Kids @ Casbah  (Free with RSVP)
  • Hibou, Oak Palace, Dream Haze @ Soda Bar
  • We Had a Name, Orenda, Authentic Sellout @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday with DJ GirlGroup @ Bar Pink
  • T Is 4 Techno @ Blonde
  • January Berry Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • WonderDogs @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • San Antonio Rampage vs San Diego Gulls @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Open Mic hosted by Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's 
  • Line Dancing @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Sheckies, The Touchies, International Dipshit, Midnight Block @ Tower Bar
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House  
  • Beer Pong @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Big Time Operator @ Tio Leo's
  • Sketch Party & Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • The Drednotz @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, March 12, 2018

Photos: Real Estate and Bedouine at Music Box, February 27, 2018

i kinda already told you about the Real Estate show a couple weeks back, but to recap, it was Darren's birthday, February 27th. We got there early because we heard Bedouine was amazing, and she certainly lived up to the expectation. Although I missed it because I was in the back of the room for a minute after shooting, apparently she called out the loud talkers in the room, which only makes me respect her more. The last time we caught Real Estate was at the free Casbah show sponsored by Newcastle, and in the couple of years in between, there was a whole lot of controversy with former guitarist Matt Mondanile and his side project Ducktails, which has ultimately mostly disappeared off the face of the earth in light of #MeToo. We love Real Estate though it isn't exactly clear why they left "Talking Backwards" out of their set. Regardless, we had a great time and especially because our friend Joe came and plucked us from the crowd and put us in the owner's box which is on the 2nd level mezannine, adjacent to the soundbox. It's the best view in the room and we felt honored and lucky to be there. A bazillion photos after the jump.

From the Owner's Seats

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 6-Monday, March 12, 2018

It was Darren's birthday last week, and it's super hard to celebrate the person you love when they'd rather just quash any mention of it, but he somewhat relented and we ended up having an amazing week. We had the big dinner with my family the day before his birthday, then we went to Music Box on the actual night of to catch Real Estate and Bedouine, where we were gifted the privilege of sitting in the owners' box after I was done shooting. It was a fairly mellow week besides that, until Saturday when Nova went with her team to an LA bout and we stayed behind for the amazingness of Gogol Bordello and The Lucky Chops. I'll try to get a ton of those pics up this week. In the meantime, this week is looking pretty solid with music and fun stuff to do. Full week larchives are after the jump.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 27-Monday, March 5, 2018

Last week I was freaking out because I was gonna be out every night last week. What I didn't factor into the equation was that I would jack my back and have spasms all week. I was able to shoot Dan Auerbach on Monday and tUnE-yArDs on Tuesday, but I was sitting for the majority of both shows and I had to have my merch gigs covered. I was finally mobile again this past weekend, and Nova had back to back slumber parties, so Darren and I enjoyed getting out for Missing Persons on Friday, and after I got to catch The Spits at Space. It was so damn cold we laid low on Saturday, but I worked on Sunday at the Irenic then hung out with Julie at the Office. Today is Darren's birthday so we had a big family dinner last night and tonight we'll be checking out Real Estate and typical fashion, he really doesn't want any attention but it's a big one so we'll keep trying to find ways to make it special. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mondo Cozmo Pens Blistering and Heartbreaking "The Ballad Of Vegas"

I love Mondo Cozmo. Here's a little secret: we almost exclusively listen to Sirius XMU or playlists on Google Play at home and in the car. So when I'm driving alone, I have Mondo Cozmo in the CD player and it's now been in there for maybe 8 months and it is my solace. I'm terribly sad I missed his other jaunts through town last year after his Casbah show, and if I could get up to his show in LA, I totally would, but it's just not feasible without making Nova ditch school. So I eagerly wait for him to book another Casbah show, or maybe an Irenic show, and listen to him on loop. I know I don't typically use this space for new music (because there are a thousand other music blogs who do that), this one is important and poignant and timely and beautiful. Don't tell me today's artists don't know how to write protest songs. (I mean, you saw my David Dondero videos, right?)

If you would like a FREE DOWNLOAD of this song, simply email

If you would like to support organizations fighting for common sense reform of gun legislation, here are some good ones:

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Newtown Action Alliance

Everytown for Gun Safety

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

March For Our Lives

Typhoon @ Music Box, February 10, 2018

I told you how I went to Vegas a few weeks back for The National. On that trip, Jeff and I had 12+ hours in the car for the roundtrip adventure, and as such, we listened to a ton of new records, including Offerings, the latest from Typhoon. The record is amazing, and weird, and intricate, and heartbreaking, and powerful. Listening through the desert, I'd decided that I had to see what they're about live. Because the record is a cohesive story in four parts, I was curious if they'd just play the whole thing front to back. That would've been awesome, but also maybe too intense, so I was actually surprised how uplifting and fun the show was. Despite the seriousness of the record, and the amazing musicianship, the members themselves don't seem to take themselves too seriously, and the energy from the stage to the crowd and back again was easy to get caught up in. I took a zillion photos, and several of them are after the jump.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

San Diego County Fair Performer Applications Open

I got this a few days ago and thought I'd pass it along from the people at the San Diego County Fair.


DEL MAR, Ca. (Feb. 16, 2018) ­– Hey San Diego – we know you’ve got talent! You have until March 13 to apply to perform at the 2018 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. This year’s Fair runs June 1-July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Each year, the San Diego County Fair showcases the talent of local entertainers on eight stages throughout the Fair. It’s a chance for you to show off what you do best and perform family-friendly entertainment that will spread Fair-time cheer. Whether you are part of a dance group, band, Latin group, or a soloist, the Fair offers a perfect spot to showcase your talent.

March 13 is the deadline to apply to be considered to perform at the 2018 San Diego County Fair. After that date, you will be put on a waitlist. Don’t delay – apply today!

Entertainer applications are available online at

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 20-Monday, February 26, 2018

What a week. I swear, I thought I'd never get these listings done. Last week was a great one though I only made it to Chuck Ragan and Jesse LaMonaca at Casbah before we went on our trip to Phoenix. I love road trips and the desert landscape is beautiful, but I'm not a fan of the AZ. That said, we made the best of it and Nova enjoyed being with her teammates. The Juvenile Dollinquents lost pretty handily to the home team, the Arizona Minor Assaults, but later that day beat the LA Junior Derby Dolls by nearly 250 points, so it would've been nice to see Nova on the track more than she was since we made the effort to be there. After the tournament, we did have an amazing dinner at Lou Magneti's (famous Chicago deep dish pizza) and on Sunday we went on a nice hike at Hole-In-The-Rock before driving home. Plus, I got home early enough to catch Adult Magic, Odd Robot, and Samiam at Awesomefest, and then on Monday got to see the brilliance of Dan Auerbach and The Easy Eye Sound Revue. This week is going to be bonkers, because I'm going to Tune-Yards, selling merch for Superchunk and Willie Watson, then I plan on going to Missing Persons on Friday and Bruno Major on Saturday, then I'm working Enter Shikari at the Irenic on Sunday. Yikes. I might have to reorganize because I don't do well going out that many nights in a row. Anyway, it's a great week for live music so go out and get some. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Locachella: Coachella "Sideshow" Acts In San Diego

I'm ecstatic that San Diego is getting a good cut of this year's Coachella cake. The other day I posted the freshly announced Observatory shows, but obviously there are so many venues getting in on the action, I thought I'd make a more complete list of Coachella artists playing in San Diego before, between, or after Coachella.

  • Thursday, March 29 Declan McKenna, Chappell Roan @ Music Box
  • Tuesday, April 10 Chromeo, Phantoms @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Wednesday, April 11 Hayley Kiyoko @ Observatory North Park 
  • Tuesday, April 12 David Byrne @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Thursday, April 12 Angel Olsen @ Music Box
  • Sunday, April 15 War On Drugs @ Observatory North Park  
  • Sunday, April 15 Fleet Foxes, Amen Dunes @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Monday, April 16 Ibeyi @ Belly Up  
  • Monday, April 16 Jungle @ Observatory North Park  
  • Tuesday, April 17 David Byrne @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Tuesday, April 17 Miguel, SiR, Nonchalant Savant @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Tuesday, April 17 Boogarins @ Casbah
  • Tuesday, April 17 Kali Uchis @ Observatory North Park 
  • Wednesday, April 18 Alvvays, Frankie Rose @ Music Box
  • Wednesday, April 18 The Bronx, NO PARENTS @ Casbah
  • Wednesday, April 18 Tash Sultana @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, April 19 alt-J, Twin Shadow @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Thursday, April 19 Jessie Ware @ Belly Up 
  • Thursday, April 19 HAIM @ Observatory North Park 
  • Friday, April 20 Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, And And And @ The Irenic
  • Friday, April 20 King Krule @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, April 22 Ron Gallo The Nude Party, Twen @ Casbah
  • Monday, April 23 Marian Hill, Michl @ Observatory
    Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Observatory North Park Announces Coachella "Sideshows"

OMG! I have been so curious about what shows would come through for "Localchella" and I got a little heads up last night from the Observatory. All of these shows are now announced.

GRAMMY Award Winners War On Drugs are playing at The Observatory between Coachella weekends.
Photo by Shawn Brackbill Courtesy Pitch Perfect PR
  • Wed, Apr 11   Hayley Kiyoko @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Sun, Apr 15  War On Drugs @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Mon, Apr 16   Jungle @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Tue, Apr 17   Kali Uchis @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Thu, Apr 19   HAIM @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Wed, Apr 18    Tash Sultana @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Fri, Apr 20   King Krule @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Mon, Apr 23 Marian Hill, Michl @ Observatory North Park
Additionally, Casbah announced Ron Gallo @ Casbah on April 22. Tickets are also on sale for this one are on sale Friday at 10am

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 13-Monday, February 19, 2018

We were back at the Safari Park on Sunday and though we missed the new cheetah cubs, we got to see a baby rhino born just a few days earlier. We caught her nursing, then later saw her chasing gazelle, and it even looked like her mom was playing peek-a-boo with her because she was hiding in the little hut and then surprising her. After watching Dagmar's Extinction Crisis the week before and the very graphic video of Thandi, just seeing this little baby made me incredibly emotional. Over the weekend, I also had the chance to catch Typhoon and Mimicking Birds at Music Box (photos to come) and David Dondero at Soda Bar (check out his protest songs Presidential Palace of Pornography and When The Pendulum Swings). This week (besides watching endless hours of the Olympics) I'm thinking I'll check out Chuck Ragan and maybe Mary Timony at Casbah, but for the weekend we'll be missing most of Awesome Fest because Nova has a derby tournament in Phoenix. I hope everyone has a great week. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.