Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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. Wednesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018:
  • tUnE-yArDs, Sudan Archives @ The Observatory
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Some Loud Thunder” 10th Anniversary Tour, Steady Holiday @ Casbah  
  • Palehound, Weaves, Exasperation @ Soda Bar
  • Shovels & Rope @ Belly Up (Seated Show, Sold Out)
  • Daikaiju, Fractal, Bosswitch @ Tower Bar
  • Potato Wave, Zombie Barbie, Hot Mustard @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday with Alvino and the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Theory of a Deadman, Spirit Animal @ House of Blues
  • T Is For Techno @ Blonde
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jefferson Jay Band with Big Decisions  @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • John Rankin @ Tin Roof 
  • Open Mic hosted by Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Xavier Omär, Elujay @ East Ballroom, Price Center, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Hillcrest Comedy Night with Jaleesa Johnson @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Trapped Tuesday w/ DJ Byrd & DJ Sliksound @ The Office
  • Graham Gillot @ 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
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach
  • Robin Henkel Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabiilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live  
  • The Utility Players @ 710 Beach Club

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 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
  • Sun, Apr 15  War On Drugs @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • 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 11   Hayley Kiyoko @ 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
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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Things to Do In San Diego: Saturday, February 10-Monday, February 12, 2018

This has been an amazing week and a shit week all at once. I got to see the phenomenal Phoebe Bridgers on Monday, then had time to catch Western Scene with my old friend Tom at the Casbah afterward. I also interviewed Patty Lynn of The Wind and The Wave and caught their show on Wednesday night. There was also some compelling TV (like This Is Us finding their stride again, or the kick off of the Winter Olympics). But it's also shit. I shouldn't let the news or stress or the messes of life get to me but I have sometimes crippling anxiety and insomnia and Friday night was the first night I actually slept this entire week (versus all nighters then 'dozing' in the daytime while Nova is at school). I'm trying to do the things like cutting late screen time or just shutting off the news entirely, but in this line of work and in this day and age it's nearly impossible. So for now it's either nighttime advil or melatonin. I need to get a normal sleep schedule. That said, I was up all shiny and early this morning so I thought I'd update the listings so they're easier to find. Saturday through Monday archives are after the jump.

St. Vincent @ Observatory North Park 1.27.18

I'm not gonna lie. I am kind of embarrassed to share these photos. I was so excited to see St. Vincent at the Observatory a couple weeks back. She's long been one of Darren's favorites and over time has become one of mine, too. I had the chance to see her a few times before, including House of Blues and the tour with David Byrne in Orange County, but this one was even better for numerous reasons-- it was on my home turf, I got to shoot, she was playing solo, I got to see her with Darren, her aunt and uncle Tuck & Patti opened the show after hearing about them for years, Nova was at a sleepover, it was a Saturday night...the reasons are endless. And then I get 50 pictures loaded in and see that the lighting was actually TOO good and got every speck of dust and hair that's just locked in my camera. I have two cats and a dog, I carry my cameras just about everywhere and not in their photo bag, so I'm just always going to have imperfections, but on someone as flawless as Annie Clark--St Vincent--they're just way worse. So my apologies, I don't use lightbox or edit my photos, you get them how I shot them. And if I don't share them then I get backed up and stop sharing altogether and it's a big downward spiral. But I'll spare you and put them after the jump. (Unless you're on mobile, then you'll just get them all in one quick burst).

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 6-Friday, February 9, 2018

Last week turned out to be an exceptional one. I went to Pinback on Monday and Wednesday, Passion Pit on Thursday, Strfker & Reptaliens on Friday, Chris Doherty at Pink then The Belle Game and Wens on Saturday, and Phoebe Bridgers on Monday. That's a pretty solid week of music. We're kinda laying low right now between soccer seasons, so it's been nice not always rushing around and getting to do some fun afterschool stuff. We're looking good in February, but as bands prepare for SXSW, things stay a little slow, so don't skip the good shows when you have a chance to catch them. Tuesday through Friday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 30-Monday, February 5, 2018

I didn't realize sportsball was like a national holiday, but apparently shows just die on Super Bowl weekend.  It's also the beginning of the month, so not everyone is properly represented here. It was a very good week, St. Vincent was AMAZING and it will be hard to beat her live show. I'll get all the photos up soon, but for now, listings archives are after the jump.

Monday, January 29, 2018

San Diego Music Award Nominees Released

The San Diego Music Foundation announced this year's San Diego Music Awards nominees. Public vote categories can be found here. The full press release is after the jump. This year's award ceremony will be at the House of Blues on Monday March 19.

The 2018 San Diego Music Awards nominees are:

Best Singer / Songwriter
Jimmy Ruelas
Lindsay White
Sarah Rogo
Lee Coulter
Shane Hall

Best Jazz
Danny Green
Euphoria Brass Band
Jason Hanna
Montalban Quintet
Nathan Hubbard
Sue Palmer & her Motel Swing Orchestra

Best Blues
Bill Magee Blues Band
Black Market III
Mercedes Moore
Missy Andersen
Stoney B Blues band
Whitney Shay

Best Country or Americana
Berkley Hart
Morgan Leigh Band
Nena Anderson
Sara Petite
Shawn Rohlf
The Moves Collective

Best Hip Hop/Rap
DJ Pnutz
Odessa Kane
Riston Diggs
TC Doe
Vokab Kompany

Best Indie/Alternative
Authentic Sellout
Bad Kids
Buckfast Superbee
The Bassics
The Heavy Guilt
The Verigolds

Best Pop
Birdy Bardot
The Ordeal
Tolan Shaw
The Phantoms
The Midnight Pine

Best Rock
The Farmers
The Oxen
The Routine
The Schizophonics

Best World Music
B-Side Players
Doornob Collective
Split Finger
Todo Mundo
Tribal Theory

Best Jazz Album
Dave Scott - One Big Beautiful World
Lori Bell & Ron Satterfield - Blue(s)
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio - I Am Calm
Patrick Yandall - A Journey Home
Rebecca Jade & Peter Sprague - Planet Cole Porter
Wayne Riker - Soulfully Sliding

Best Blues Album
Chickenbone Slim - The Big Beat
Fuzzy Rankin - The Blues
Robin Henkel - Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed
John January & Linda Berry - Chemistry 101
Mohavi Soul - Hometown Blues
Nathan James - What I Believe

Best Country or Americana Album
Jeff Berkley - Whore House, Hot Sauce & Souvenirs
Nancarrow - Hot Chicken
Ryan Hiller - Big Medicine
Sara Petite - Road Less Traveled
Tim Flannery - Last of the Old Dogs
Trouble in the Wind - Pineapple Moon

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album
1019 The Numberman - Solus Superstes
Audio Cord - Stanz the Six 9teener
Biggie Babylon - Hash Tag Hip Hop N Dance
Bloodstone - Rapolutionary
No1MC - Conditional Struggle
Saviorself - Nasty City

Best Indie/Alternative Album
Aviator Stash - s/t
Grizzly Business - Spanish Old Fashioned
Imagery Machine - Skydriver
Sights & Sages - Double Plus
Skyterra - Over The Edge
Splavender - Hallucinations & Hospitalizations

Best Pop Album
Marie Hadad - Stories from Atlantis
Nina Francis - Between Dreams
Astra Kelly - Chasing the Light
Michael Tiernan - Love & a Gun
Sister Speak - The Stand
Steven Ybarra - The American Dream

Best Rock Album
Electric Mud - Dangerous Promises
Mittens - Endlessly
Superunloader - Twice in Half
Taken by Canadians - s/t
The Paragraphs - It's Always Never
Dirty Sweet - Once More Unto the Breach

Best World Music Album
B-Side Players - California Brown
Mango Habanenro - Live
Marujah - Marujah Rising
Mike Pinto - Hotel Rendezvous
Strictly Skunk - s/t
Tribal Seeds - Roots Party

Best Local Recording
Ambassadors of Soul - Just Make It Funky
Comanche Moon - Derailed
Sham Saints - Out of Tune
The G. Burns Jug Band - The Fever
Veronica May - Awakened
Wish & the Well - Darling Darling

Best Live Performer
Joshua White
Mrs. Henry
Surefire Soul Ensemble
The Creepy Creeps
The Schizophonics
Trouble in the Wind

Best New Artist
Sights & Sages
Well Well Well
Stephanie Brown & The Surrealistics
The Goldettes

Artist of the Year
Casey Hensley Band
Parker Meridien
Gilbert Castellanos
The Redwoods Collective
The Schizophonics
Trouble in the Wind

Song of the Year
Ariel Levine - Sunshine Part 2: On My Color TV
Aviator Stash - Lazy Summer Days
Buckfast Superbee - Sex it Sells
Little Hurricane - OTL
P.O.D. - Soundboy Killa
Switchfoot - If the House Burns Down Tonight

Album of the Year
Cindy Lee Berryhill - The Adventurist
Jack Tempchin - Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Joshua White - 13 Short Stories
Ariel Levine - Let the Machine Get It
Little Hurricane - Same Sun, Same Moon
Parker Meridien - Fists Like Gott

For complete event information or to purchase tickets, visit sandiegomusicawards.com.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Photos: Wolf Parade at The Observatory North Park, January 23, 2018

I'd really been looking forward to seeing Wolf Parade at the Observatory. I'm not sure if I missed something, but as far as I can tell, they played the Casbah, then played Cane's in 2007 and again in 2008, and haven't been back since. It seems impossible that it has been that long, so maybe if you know otherwise, let me know.

We took Nova and a friend to the Safari Park all afternoon, so by the time we were back and I finished my work, I'd kinda lost some motivation to race out of the house and I had a funny feeling, so I decided to text my friend in the box office to confirm that I was on the list with a photo pass. Sadly, I was not. My confirmation was sent to me 5 days prior, and I knew I should've reached out today to confirm, but late night/kid/Safari Park made me a little flaky. So it was approaching 8pm and I had no tickets. I scrambled to reach out to the label and to the venue production manager to see if the tour manager could last minute add me. By 8:30, I hadn't heard back and had kind of resigned myself to staying in, when the rep got back to me with the tour manager's info at the same time the production manager told me it was a go...and it turns out the TM is Lewis, who was last here for Metz, but who I've sold merch for a dozen times for bands like Yuck, Christopher Owens, and several others. So hooray, the pass came through, by 8:45 I was out of the house, and got to the Observatory with 10 minutes to spare before Wolf Parade started. 

All of this is to say that after all that effort (and my little facebook tantrum), I wish I had better photos to share. Sometimes the lighting and the subjects are just magic, and sometimes I just ain't got it. The show itself was great, albeit kinda low energy because, as Spencer explained, the band members had all passed the flu to one another and were still suffering. Throughout the hour and a half set, Spencer had to leave the stage or back off the gear a few times. I expected a lot more of a crowd, but maybe it had been too long, maybe people are just not aware of the new record, maybe everyone is still too poor after the holidays. Whatever the case, I'm glad I rallied, got my shit together, and made it to the show.

Lazarus Online
Soldiers Grin
Grounds For Divorce
You're Dreaming
Valley Boy
Fine Young Cannibals
Baby Blue
Flies on the Sun
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
This Heart's On Fire
I'll Believe In Anything

Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
Shine A Light
Kissing the Beehive

The show finished at 10:30 on the dot, and while it was super great, it was exactly as much show as I could handle because my back was killing me. Between Vegas, going out on Monday night, and spending the day at the Safari Park I was completely wiped out. Thanks to Wolf Parade for coming back to San Diego, I hope you all get better soon. Thanks to Bekah and Rikki and Lewis for scrambling for me at the last minute. I hope they Wolf Parade doesn't wait a decade to come back, and I hope they didn't just give 500 music fans the flu.

Now fingers crossed, let's hope I can secure my photo pass for St Vincent on Saturday.

More photos after the jump.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 23-Monday, January 29, 2018

I hope people still bother looking at these listings because they seem to take longer and longer every week. We have sooo much music in San Diego, as well as a ton of venues with super terrible websites, and I look through all of them. Anyway, to catch up, besides my weekend trip to Vegas, last week Nova tried out for the Blast (because her AllStar coach recommended trying out even if no way we're joining). On Tuesday night I went to the Buck-O-Nine and Mustard Plug show and Thursday I went to Surfer Blood. This week I'm looking forward to Wolf Parade, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Deep Dark Woods, St Vincent, and Pinback. We're going to Safari Park today, too, so of course I'm looking forward to that. Tuesday through Monday listings are after the jump.