Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Upcoming Shows at Observatory North Park (Updated 4.26.2016)

It was quite the run there for a minute with all of the amazing Coachella acts that rolled through town. Now it's time for a little break and then a more realistic schedule with a couple shows a week instead of stacked night after night. I think my total run was seven nights at the Observatory in 10 days. Fun but exhausting. This week we've announced  new show with Tegan & Sara and the return of Hot Chip. May shows and beyond are after the jump.

Friday, April 29- Immortal Technique, 7pm, All Ages

Saturday, April 30- Flatbush Zombies, 7pm, All Ages

Monday, April 25, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 26-Sunday, May 1, 2016

It was such an insane week last week that I fully took advantage of Nova being sick over the weekend by lingering around the house and diving in to catch up on a ton of work. I'll be posting last week's show photos throughout the week, but we did take advantage of Nova finally feeling better on Sunday with a nice little walk around La Jolla Cove, even finding a hidden tree swing and this little guy, who apparently was waiting for his momma- who was fishing nearby- to return. This is with my zoom, so believe me when I say we were generously spaced away from him and even then, left rather quickly so we didn't draw too much attention to him. This week things slow down a lot, but it doesn't mean there aren't great shows this week. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, April 25, 2016:
  • Gigtown's Local Music Appreciation Night with Switchfoot @ Music Box
  • Undercover 2 Year Anniversary feat. the music of Talking Heads, Devo & Violent Femmes @ The Office
  • DJ Artistic's Hip Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah
  • Lights Out Comedy feat. Ryan Hics, Daunte Cordova, Myles Michaels @ Ken Club
  • Magic Wands, Drinking Flowers, Future Age @ Soda Bar
  • Soultry Monday feat. Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • César Chávez Free Movie Screening @ The Loft, UCSD
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Baile do Victinho @ Spin
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • 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
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry & Local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, April 21- Sunday, April 24, 2016

The week carries on and it has been pretty nuts. In the past eight days, I was at Chvrches, Beach House, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Silversun Pickups, and The Arcs at the Observatory. And also Wild Wild Wets at Casbah, Foxtails Brigade at Soda Bar, and Wild Nothing at Casbah. But lest you think I live some amazing glamorous life, I have also have been dealing with a plumber the same amount of time. He has literally been here every single day and our problems are still not fixed. It would just be nice to go to the bathroom in our house instead of having to go across the yard to my studio. Super annoying. On top of that Nova got sick with a stomach bug (super fun with no toilet upstairs) and I've been fighting off a cold, so there's that, too. I just hope it's all resolved quickly because Darren and I have plans to go to UMO tonight and my DoSD Goose Island boat cruise on Friday, and possibly even CityBeat Festival of Beers on Saturday, but that's all contingent on Nova being well enough to have a sleepover. I'm including this pic of Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups, not because it is a great photo, but one of my favorite things is to see musicians beaming, actually enjoying themselves and having fun onstage. Brian and the Silversuns always do, or at least they fake it really well. Thursday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Thursday, April 21, 2016:
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vinyl Williams@ Belly Up
  • Deafheaven, Youth Code @ Casbah
  • Parov Stelar, Stelartronic & Anduze @ The Observatory North Park
  • Haunted Summer, The Lulls, Annie Girl and The Flight, Garden Echo @ Soda Bar
  • Parachute: The Wide Awake Tour, Jon McLaughlin @ House of Blues
  • DJ Ikah Love @ Bar Pink
  • Anakin Records Presents: Anarkia, SIes N Linea, Sergio Limon @ Music Box
  • Tempora Infernalia-Doom at the Ken Club feat. Demon Eye, Disenchanter, Mojave Green, Desert Suns @ Ken Club
  • The Dustbowl Revival @ The Hideout
  • Duping The Public, Tom Lord @ Sycamore Den
  • Subtropics, Sick Balloons, and Parade of Horribles @ The Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Thursday Night Market with The Gloomies, told @ Quartyard
  • Mike James @ Lestat's
  • Zero To Billy @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Mike White @ Salvation Alley, House of Blues
  • Rude Dog 80s Night @ The Merrow
  • Darkwave Garden @ The Bancroft
  • R:Tyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Dead Winter Carpenters @ Winston's (9pm)
  • The Tighten Up with AIDA, DJ Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Chocolate Puma @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Astrojump (Kill Quanti DJs) @ Whistle Stop
  • Acid Varsity @ Kava Lounge
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Maka Roots @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
Friday, April 22, 2016:
  • Goose Island Migration & DoSD It's A Boat Party with Kitten @ Hornblower High Spirits (Invite Only)
  • Dead Feather Moon, The Nervous Wreckords, Cardinal Moon, Mrs. Henry @ Casbah
  • Deerhunter @ The Observatory North Park
  • Emmer Effer, Systematic Abuse, Aggro Mucho, The Pope Virgins @ Ken Club
  • The Bad Vibes, Gloomsday, Pleasure Burn, Subtropics @ Soda Bar
  • 80s & 90s @ Bar Pink
  • Sister Nancy @ Over the Border
  • Mac Sabbath, The Kabbs, Kids In Heat, Shady Francos @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove Girlz Nite Out, pt.1 Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Songwriter Showcase: BerkleyHart, Robin Henkel, Shawn Rolph, Lisa Sanders, Jerry Gontang, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Johnny Clegg, Jesse Clegg @ Belly Up
  • Entwined Dinner/Music/Wine Pairing @ Loew's Coronodo
  • Eve Selis, Trails and Rails, Guiro Grass @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Rio Peligroso @ Riviera 
  • Crooked, The Vivants, Erin Bower @ The Black Cat
  • Fredo Santana, Sir Michael Rocks and Shorty K @ WorldBeat Cultural Center
  • Prong, Kulteir, Redmond, Dead Serial Killers @ Brick By Brick
  • Shark Toys (LA), Bent Shapes (Boston) @ Whistle Stop
  • Dani Bell & The Tarantist @ Pourhouse (Oceanside)
  • Aaron Bowen, Caroline Corn, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat's
  • Andy Mineo @ House of Blues
  • Fighting Friction, Hard To Hit, Nothing Sacred, Steuer, Riboflavin, So Bored @ Soma
  • Strange Crew (Eric Clapton Tribute), Matchbox Twenty Too (Matchbox 20 Tribute), Jovias @ The Merrow
  • New Rome Quartet, Detangler, Derde Verde, Inward Creature (SF) @ The Bancroft
  • Pleasure Victims and Special Guests @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Carlos Culture, Piracy Conspiracy @ Over the Border
  • Catherine Denise Band @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Ocean Beach Comedy's Funniest Person Contest @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Brother's Gow @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Miggs' 40th with Take Em Out, Haruka @ Til-Two Club
  • Beat Kitchen with QSTN & Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Neil Jackson @ Fluxx
  • Paris Blohm @ Bassmnt
  • Edu Imbernon @ Bang Bang
  • R3hab, BURNS @ Omnia
  • DJ Splyce @ Parq
  • The Charlie Arbelaez Quartet, Doug Webb @ 98 Bottles
  • Fluid In Motion @ V Lounge, Viejas
  • Purps & Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Hazmatt @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, April 23, 2016:
  • CityBeat Festival of Beers with Hills Like Elephants, Mayfield and Oh, Spirit @ El Cajon Blvd in front of Lafayette Hotel (VIP 1-5pm, GA 2-5pm)
  • Encinitas Street Fair: Stone: Ginger Roots and The Protectors, Karlos Paez Music, The Smashup & DJ Carlos Culture. Lumberyard: Blue Rush Blues Band, Michael Tiernan, & Millionaire Beach Bums @ Downtown Encinitas
  • Taking the Title: Spreckels Organ Pavilion takes the title of World's Largest Outdoor Pipe Organ with performances by Robert Plimpton, Russ Peck, Soprano Diane Alexander and actor Miles Anderson, Carol Williams @ Spreckels Organ, Balboa Park. (7pm, Free, All Ages)
  • 46th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration @ Chicano Park (10am-5pm, Free, All Ages, NO PETS)
  • Ellie Goulding, Years & Years, Bebe Rexha @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, SDSU
  • Benefit for Toni Isbelle Memorial featuring Godhammered, Aghori, and more @ Brick By Brick
  • Say Anything, MeWithoutYou, Teen Suicide, Museum Mouth @ House of Blues
  • Roots Factory 6 Year Anniversary - Jungle Fire, LA DIABLA @ Casbah
  • Dilated Peoples @ The Observatory North Park
  • Tribute to Paul Weller with Bart Mendoza & Friends @ Bar Pink
  • Black Sabbich, GayC/DC, The Great Electric Quest @ Soda Bar
  • The Ann Wilson Thing @ Belly Up
  • Jagged Lines, Mario Esteban and the Blessed Hellhounds, Phantom Dissonance @ The Merrow
  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus: California Dreamin' @ Balboa Theatre
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri and Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Hojpodge Festival feat Komox, AamitaMae, Morgan Leigh Band @ Quartyard
  • Takoma Records Guitar Masters @ AMSD
  • Enter Shikari, Hands Like Houses, The White Noise, Lucia @ Soma
  • Club Therapy: Kommunity FK, Texylvania @ The Bancroft
  • The Wind Playing Tricks @ Tower Bar
  • Brother's Gow @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Toychestra, Alexa Daxa @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Lower Class Brats, Channel 3, The Widows @ Til-Two Club
  • The Wizard of Oz @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Tyrone Wells and Opening Savannah Philyaw @ Lestat's
  • Jamie Shadowlight, Sophia Bacino, Angelica Pruitt, Jenna Stevens @ Java Joe's
  • Bixel Boys @ Bang Bang
  • Upfull Rising, KNG MKR & J.A.M. KwesT @ 710 Beach Club
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Almalgamated Ska Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Thomas Connor Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Sugar Crisps @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Kyle Flesch @ Fluxx
  • Michael Woods @ Omnia
  • DJ Karma @ Parq
  • Fluid In Motion @ V Lounge, Viejas
  • LEGENDS @ Kava Lounge
  • The Smash Ups @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
Sunday, April 24, 2016:
  • A Tribute To Prince- DJs Spinning Prince @ Casbah (FREE!)
  • Encinitas Street Fair- Stone Stage: Nancarrow, The Tommy Mitchell Show & Rock The Discotek. Lumberyard: Bayou Brothers & Trevor Green @ Downtown Encinitas
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons @ The Observatory North Park
  • Death Eyes, Low and be TOLD @ Whistle Stop
  • The Funk Ark and guests  @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • The Six String Society, Lady Rogo @ Belly Up (seated show)
  • Holy Holy (David Bowie's Backing Band), Jessica Morgan @ Music Box
  • Tribute Night: Who Generation, With Heart, Love Alive, Journeyman @ House of Blues
  • Mundell Lowe's 94th Birthday Celebration @ Dizzy's
  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus: California Dreamin' @ Balboa Theatre
  • Jonny Craig, Geneva Pina, Leave The Universe, Indio Romero @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Pants Karaoke- A Prince Karaoke Tribute @ The Hideout
  • Moira Smiley @ Museum Of Making Music
  • Million Dollar Quartet @ Sycuan
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2pm)
  • The Wizard of Oz @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Open Mic Night @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Jeanette Harris @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Mother, Clean Room @ Tower Bar (Tim's Potluck)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Anthony Presti Band @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Legends to Outlaws @ El Dorado
  • Cecile @ Spin (Men wear all white, women wear all pink)
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Photos: Foals at Observatory North Park, 4.18.2016

There were a ton of reasons why I was excited to see Foals on Sunday. Besides loving their records, I'd missed their last local appearance at 91X's X-Mas show, and before that, I don't think I'd seen them since their first record. The very first time I saw the band was the show at Brick By Brick and back then they were adhering to a harsh red light only policy, so between them and Crocodiles opening, taking photos was next to impossible unless you're brave/crazy/rude enough to shoot flash in such situations. So here it was, my first chance to really shoot the band and we got this funny directive that we could shoot the last four songs instead of the first three. The instructions couldn't have been more vague. The tour manager, in an effort to give more insight, told me "they play about 80 minutes, and do about 13-14 songs, so please gauge from there."

So I was sitting on the balcony with David & Dustin trying to count along and keep track but I just couldn't. I was looking directly down on the soundboard console, however, and noticed a setlist. So I took a photo, magnified it, copied the setlist into notepad, and found it much easier to follow along.

Here's the setlist as it was written:

Snake Oil
Olympic Airways
My Number
Give It All
Mountain At My Gates
Spanish Sahara
Red Sox Pugie
Late Night
A Knife In The Ocean (noted as AKIO on the setlist)

What Went Down
Two Steps Twice

The problem was that while I was all smug knowing when I should go down, the other photographers and security had no idea. Was it the last four of total setlist, meaning 2 of the regular set and the 2 song encore, or 4 of the set before encore? Security thought the latter, let a bunch of photogs in prematurely, and then made the rest of us wait when they realized their mistake. I don't think this worked for Yannis so much, because he seemed a little agitated. On top of that, his mic was loose and dropping (which frustrated him enough that I narrowly missed being hit by his thrown mic stand) and then sorry, photogs, but get a clue. Everyone knows Yannis jumps into the crowd multiple times. When he's trying to find a clear space and you rush over to shoot, he can't safely clear you to the crowd. Get out of the way and stop interfering with his shtick.

All in all, it was an amazing show, and it felt like there were a couple extra songs slipped into the setlist, but I was too enchanted by the lights, the music, and the vibe to pay enough attention. More photos after the jump.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Upcoming Observatory Shows (4.20.2016)

I just had to update this list for other purposes, so I figured I would update here, too. I am especially excited about Glen Hansard at the Observatory on my birthday. I guess I know where I'll be celebrating 40. Everything on the books is below or after the jump.

Wednesday, April 20- The Arcs, 8pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, April 21- Parov Stelar, Stelartronic & Anduze, 8pm, 18+

Friday, April 22- Deerhunter, 8pm, All Ages

Saturday, April 23- Dilated Peoples, 8pm, All Ages

Sunday, April 24- RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons, 8:30pm, All Ages

Photos: Beach House at The Observatory 4.15.2016

On Friday night, I continued my streak of Coachella bands when Beach House played the Observatory North Park. I'm pretty reluctant to share these photos because they're pretty miserable, but it was a struggle to even get the photo approval, with the label saying no but the management changing course, so I had to appreciate that I was one of two people in the pit for the show. I will say that what you see here are the best of what I took, with over 200 photos deleted. So I wouldn't even share if I wasn't stoked on the other shows I've captured in the past week.

With regard to the show, it was what I've come to expect from Beach House- brooding, dark, heavy overtones of melancholy. From a photography standpoint it was a lot of fog, backlights, and almost no direct lighting on the band. That said, it was a good show, and I was lucky to be with Darren and Nova on the balcony for the majority of it. I was a little bummed I didn't get to catch up with Jake M. He was a former San Diegan who was a sound guy at the Casbah before hitting the road with tons of bands and moving out of town, but now he's on monitors for the band, so I only got a quick wave while I was in the pit. I left during the encore to beat the Uber rush and was off on my merry way to catch Wild Wild Wets at Casbah. More pics after the jump.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 18-Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What a beautiful weekend we had here in San Diego. It was jam packed the whole weekend long...from Friday after school we went hiking in Mission Trails then we hit up Beach House at the Observatory. After Nova and Darren retired for the night, I caught Wild Wild Wets at Casbah then hung out with friends at the Ken Club. Saturday we had a plumber bringing us a shiny new toilet (you know you're old when this is a weekend highlight) then visited my parents, then did 12 miles on our bikes on the Bayshore Bikeway and then came home to unwind and catch my interview with Rob Crow on SoundDiego. Sunday was a return trip by the plumber (oops!), then after I finished my Sunday work we went to dog beach for a few hours before I made my way to see Foals at the Observatory. I was really on the fence after the show- Casbah had Laura Stevenson and Pants Karaoke was at Hideout, but I ran into Jeff and took the available ride home when I could. The reality is that I have a lot of work this week and I'm pretty much committed to at least one show or event per night. We've got a whole week of Goose Island Events with DoSD, and then Casbah has some serious Coachella shows across the board, so late Sunday at home wasn't the worst way to kick off the week. Mondday through Wednesday listings are after the jump. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, April 14-Sunday, April 17, 2016

As I mentioned, I had an amazing time at Chvrches last night, and this picture didn't make the cut on yesterday's post, but I wanted to make sure I updated listings for tonight and this weekend as more things popped up, including Record Store Day on Saturday and Earth Fair on Sunday. You know I have to get political in here and urge you, if you do go to Earth Fair DO NOT SIGN THE CITIZENS INITIATIVE petition. Under the guise of 'saving our river' and 'no public money', they want to lock us in bonds and block what is left of our downtown waterfront. No public land, no public money, no tourist taxes...the NFL and the Chargers are not a charity. Anyway, let the Orange County Chargers form a new rivalry with the Las Vegas Raiders and let's redirect all that funding and tax revenue to infrastructure, parks and public facilities for all of San Diego, for all San Diegans. Okay. End rant. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.  

Photos: Chvrches & Alvvays at Observatory, 4.1416

I generally don't post photos within hours after leaving the show, but I'm so backlogged that if I don't post these now, I probably never would. I will also say that I felt like I'd never been in a photo pit before. My pictures were pretty awful. I can usually get the basic photo gear I have, but I'm no match for the lovely Lauren Mayberry who probably meets my S-Health daily step target in the first 8 minutes of her set. I haven't seen an artist cover that much real estate of their stage in so long, but I guess when you're preparing for Coachella, you've got to do more than just hover at one mic the whole set.

This was a pretty magical show. For one, Darren and I saw Chvrches at House of Blues in our early dating days, so to be able to see them again (after they cancelled the year I was at Outside Lands) was pretty special. This was an all ages show, but after going to Third Eye Blind last week, I just couldn't imagine taking Nova to a sold out show at the Observatory. All the things we love about the venue...the great sightlines, the freedom to move around the room, the tiered flooring...do little to help your experience when you're 8 years old and 4 1/2 feet tall. So I did a significant amount of trying to talk Darren out of bringing Nova. He prevailed, however, and with a little help from my Observatory coworkers, we were magically able to sit in the balcony with no sightline problems whatsoever. It's hard to explain to her that this is special, this isn't how every show will always be, but it's magical nonetheless. Nova tried to predict each song as they were coming and sadly I didn't get a setlist pic, but it was an incredible show from start to finish. We might not get parent of the year awards for not putting her to bed until 11 on a school night, but I don't think she'll forget this night for a long time. Nor will we. More photos after the jump, including a few of Alvvays, who did a lovely job opening the show and redeemed me for missing their Soda Bar show last year.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Upcoming Shows At Observatory North Park (Updated 4.12.2016)

Here's the updated list of Observatory shows for the week.

Wednesday, April 13- Chvrches, ALVVAYS, 8pm, All Ages

Thursday, April 14- Bone Thugs N Harmony - Performing the "Art of War" album plus the classic hits, 8pm, 18+

Friday, April 15- Beach House, Ryan Chavira, 8pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, April 17- Foals, Kiev, 8pm, All Ages

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Update 4.13.2016)

My last update of upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents shows was at the beginning of the month and I swear, I'm just amazed sometime just how quickly things get booked and added. There are too many for me to point out, but some personal highlights for me include Broncho, Rhett Miller, Kurt Vile, The Joy Formidable, and M Ward.  Of course, those are all down the road...tonight I can't wait for Chvrches, and then the next two weeks are kind of insane. I've been a little run down, but hoping I can rally and get back on the scene. Shows after the weekend are after the jump.

Wed Apr 13 - Spencer Moody of Murder City Devils, Iska Dhaaf @ Casbah

Wed Apr 13 - Lord Huron @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

Wed Apr 13 - CHVRCHES, Alvvays @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)

Thu Apr 14 Fundraiser for DFMK - Cruz Radical, Santa Ana Knights, Slums of the Future @ The Casbah

Fri Apr 15 - Beach House, Ryan Chavira @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)

Fri Apr 15 Wild Wild Wets, Soft Lions, Some Kind of Lizard, Fake Tides @ The Casbah

Sat  Apr 16 El Vez Punk Rock Revue Schizophonics, The Little Richards @ The Casbah

Sat Apr 16 - Crystal Fighters, Chela @ Belly Up

Sat Apr 16 - L.A. Witch, Dirty Ghosts, Prism Tats @ The Hideout

Sun Apr 17 - Laura Stevenson, Crying, Chris Farren @ Casbah

Laura Stevenson

Sun Apr 17 - Foals, Kiev @ The Observatory North Park

Sun Apr 17 - Acid Mothers Temple, MOUNDS, Joy @ Soda Bar

Acid Mothers Temple

Monday, April 11, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 11-Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I didn't post all week but nothing super exciting to report. Work has been kind of crushing and I've got a lot of catching up to do. It was a good week, though, with a couple shows at the Irenic, a day at Safari Park, Friday I went to Third Eye Blind and Saturday Darren and I went to the Craft Beer Circus, then followed that with Bar Pink, Bottlecraft, Soda Bar, and Ken Club, all of which I paid for heavily on Sunday. This week I'm super looking forward to Chvrches and Alvvays and Foals at The Observatory, but I think I'm gonna lay low most of the week. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Photos: The Struts @ House of Blues (3.30.2016)

The Struts returned to the House of Blues last week, and as expected, gave another high energy rock show. The energy throughout the sold out venue was unstoppable, and the crowd ate up everything the band was willing to give, especially since first US tour kicked off in the same spot just last year, noted several times throughout the set. Out of habit for all the social media accounts to which I have to post, I kept my camera solely trained on frontman Luke Spiller, but that isn't to say the whole band doesn't deserve props for maintaining high energy throughout the whole show. I shot a ton and you can see some of the photos after the jump.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 4-Sunday, April 10, 2016

It was a pretty great weekend as Nova's spring break came to a close. On Friday, we went up to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to meet up with Nadia and my B-I-L. It was a perfect day up there, albeit pretty busy, but we always get away from the crowds by going up to the Bonsai Garden, the Old World Succulent Garden, around the back side of Tiger Trail, the African lookout, and ended the day checking out the 6 month old cheetah cubs. We had to rush out because I had to be at work by 6:45, but we pulled it off, and Nova helped me work the door at the Irenic for Peter Murphy. On Saturday, we mostly laid low besides dog park, and by night I worked at Geographer, then went to the Casbah for Dan Padilla's "first annual final show", and then closed the night at the Ken Club. Sunday was a work day but we still enjoyed lounging around the house and taking the dog to Grape St. Today is my parents' 46th anniversary, so big love to them today. This week has a ton going on and while San Diego thrives on tourism, it will be nice to have the city back to locals for a bit. Archives after the jump.