Monday, May 22, 2017

Things to Do In San Diego: Monday, May 22-Monday, May 29, 2017

I had a pretty exhausting week. As much as I love watching Nova's soccer and derby and stuff, I'm definitely looking forward to soccer season ending because driving to Clairemont twice a week blows. On Tuesday, I checked out Tow'rs at Soda Bar, then caught The Roosevelts at Blonde. On Thursday, I went to see DIIV at Music Box then caught the end of Matthew Logan Vasquez at Casbah, and on Friday, Darren and I went to Thundercat and had a fun night at Bar Pink while the kid had a slumber party. I was hoping to catch some of the fun festivals on Saturday but it was hot af, I was having lady problems, and I was just not feeling particularly social. I had to work at Irenic and generally that is a fun and easy job, but four patrons wanted to make sure my night was shit and it left me unmotivated to go to a show afterward. Instead I downloaded the new San Diego Library cloud app, downloaded some books, and read all night long. There are a few shows I look forward to this week, but hope it's not quite as crazy as last week. I did listings through Memorial Day so you can plan the holiday weekend. Tuesday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Monday, May 22, 2017:
  • Danny Black (from Good Old War), Mel Washington, Nate Hess (from The Bad & The Ugly),  J. Holland (from Lead Pony) @ The Merrow
  • Bryan Adams @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Omega Three, Spice Pistols, Dream Burglar @ Casbah
  • Crooked Bangs @ Whistle Stop
  • Flynt Flossy, Turquoise Jeep, DJ Mancat @ Soda Bar
  • Ones to Watch Presents Blackbear - Digital DrugTour with 24hrs, Elhae, Lil Aaron, Yung Pinch @ House of Blues
  • Metal Monday with DJ Luis Imperator @ The Office
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rancho Bernardo High School Band Spring Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Joshua Thompson @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Melody Makers Live Band Karaoke @ Navajo Live
  • Movie Madness @ Martini's On Fourth
  • Collapsing Scenery, Ese & Zain(ex Moving Units) @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's 
  • Baile Do Victinho/Brazilian Party Classic @ Spin
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, May 15, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21, 2017

 Oh my gosh. I told you I was laying low over the weekend, but that meant that my beautiful family let me sleep all day as they cleaned the house. I was super sad that I had to miss Nova's Sunday soccer, but I worked at the Irenic, then caught Conor Oberst at the Observatory, then caught All Them Witches at Casbah.  I have to say that just hitting all three shows makes me super happy.  I'm also happy because every week we're one more week closer to 45 making himself completely guilty, we just have to let him feel all comfy and happy before we can Zing the piece of shit in his dumb-ass guilt. It's gonna happen. Listing archives are after the jump.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nova was still a little sick as this week kicked off, so besides catching the Gabriel Garzon-Montano show at the Casbah on Wednesday, I've spent most of the week just spending time with my little familia once Nova was healthy enough for derby, soccer, and figure skating. It's Mother's Day weekend and I'm a little broken-hearted that we won't be taking my mom to Gator By The Bay this year. My dad isn't healthy enough to leave alone for that stretch of time and with Nova's soccer, Twin Forks at the Irenic and Conor Oberst at the Observatory, my Sunday is pretty jam-packed. It would be great to just sneak in an hour or two on Saturday, but it doesn't seem likely at this point. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What I'm Watching: The Handmaid's Tale, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, "You've Seen This Before, We Know", Career Suicide

I've mentioned more than a few times that I vacillate between being obsessed with politics and burying my head.  One minute I'm reading about what stupid thing the piece of shit in the White House, and the entire Republican House, for that matter, is doing to sell off our country to the highest bidder, and the rest of the time I'm just trying to hide from it all. When I'm not out at shows, I'm ass on couch, worming down the daily 300 emails I get while parked in front of the TV with some mind numbing nonsense on in the background (Naked and Afraid, any Housewives franchise, Escaping Polygamy, to name a few). In my hiding from politics, I've watched A LOT of television, and I think I've mentioned I've read more books this year than I had in the last twenty years combined.

The other night, I was desperate to find something to watch that wasn't Housewives. I'd already caught up on Last Week Tonight and Chelsea Handler and my other regular go-tos, (I'm kinda over Bill Maher's islamophobia and sexism, but still watch anyway),  and disappointed that the Paste list I usually use seems to just have the same movies on the month after month, I found this list by Den Of Geek. And so it was that I watched The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I thought I'd share with you this and other things I've been watching lately, and maybe you'll let me know what else I'm missing? More after the jump.

Dilemma: Conor Oberst vs Twin Forks

I have a dilemma an I can't stop thinking about it. I can never really plan my life too far out in advance so it only just occurred to me that such a dilemma was just waiting to be addressed. On Sunday night, Conor Oberst plays at the Observatory North Park. And on Sunday, the very same night, less than a mile away, Chris Carrabba (of Dashboard Confessional) plays at The Irenic with his Americana band, Twin Forks. What is a girl to do?

Look, I try to play it cool. I've met a lot of amazing musicians in my life and I try not to be such a fangirl. I was at the Pond show next to Kevin Parker practically the whole time and I never once bothered him. But some artists are just so super awesome, and then you find out they're nice, too, and it's hard not to feel that little excitement when they come to town.

I was completely committed to the Conor Oberst show. I might even be doing an NBC interview, so I was just planning on having someone else work my shift at the Irenic. I think I've only ever seen Bright Eyes twice in my life, plus if you count the magical night when Conor appeared with the Felice Brothers on the eve of my birthday. He was by the bar and I asked if we could snap a photo, that it had just become my birthday at midnight and he exclaimed, "Your birthday? Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" And then he kissed me. A big, giant, sloppy, wet kiss right on my lips. Sean missed that moment and instead got this goofy face, and you can see me quizzical, "DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?" I also remember his t-shirt smelled like he'd worn it every night of tour. But I didn't care. Conor Oberst just smacked my lips with a wet one and nobody besides Sean would ever believe me.

And then there's Chris Carrabba. I liked my share of Dashboard Confessional music, I have seen him solo, with Twin Forks, and with DC over the years. I remember buying a DC hoodie at Street Scene one year because it was only 20 bucks and I hadn't accounted for it being so damn cold once the sun dropped, but then I never wore it again because the silkscreen on it was kind of bizarre and I thought myself a little too old to be an emo kid. It wasn't until this year, when I got to interview him at the House of Blues that I was just smitten. And not in weird creepy hookup kinda way, just in that he was so relatable, so comfortable, and so sweet, like someone you'd want to be your BFF.

So I have to do ads for the Casbah and it wasn't until both shows were demanding my attention that I realized I'm stuck with this super difficult and challenging decision of which show to attend. Or maybe both? But the way I figure it, Observatory set times will typically be 8 for Phoebe Bridgers and 9/9:15 for Conor Obserst. And The Irenic will most likely be 7pm for Dan Layus (of Augustana!), 7:45ish for The Social Animals, and 8:45ish for Twin Forks. So by my best estimates, it would be impossible to catch both. And so I'm torn. What the hell is a supergroupie to do?

I can't make decisions for you, but tickets are still available for both shows:
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers  @ The Observatory, $33   GET TICKETS
Twin Forks, The Social Animals, Dan Layus (of Augustana) @ The Irenic, $18 adv/$20 day of GET TICKETS

Monday, May 08, 2017

Things To Do in San Diego: Monday May 8-Friday, May 12, 2017

I'm obsessed with politics but I can't even delve in here. So I will say Nova's birthday party, even when it rained, was AMAZING, and it was super awesome that all our friends stuck around in a huddle under our canopies long enough that the rain ended and all the kids had a blast on the playground, essentially having the whole park to themselves. Thanks to everyone who helped make it awesome, I'm going to just duck out right now and skip the politics and just say it was great and thanks to all involved. Party on. Monday through Friday archives after the jump.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Summer Concerts In The Parks Line-Ups Roll Out For 2017

We pay a hefty sunshine tax in our rents, sales taxes, and general cost of living here in San Diego, but that's all the more reason to love the free events offered every summer. Besides amazing street fairs like Adams Avenue Street Fair, Festival of Arts in North ParkFiesta del Sol, (to name just a few), we also get a ton of "Concerts In The Park".  Many of San Diego's parks have already rolled out their summer series, and I'll do my best to update the one who haven't when they finally get around to it. Every year I fail to include these in my listings because they're a total pain in the ass to hunt down, but I'm an insomniac, so this year I've at least put this together. Note: Street Fairs and other annual events can be found here. Let me know if I missed anything!! (Find them all after the jump. Click the park links for parking, park rules, and any other special event info.)

Fletcher Cove

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7, 2017

I mentioned I was gonna lay low this week. We took Nova and Jo to Fuddrucker's for Nova's birthday and then kicked around a soccer ball in the park until sunset, which was pretty mellow, but also exactly what she loves. She has a late soccer practice on Tuesdays, so besides that and her mission project, nothing exciting to report, and then Wednesday she had a derby scrimmage and then she and Darren worked on her mission until bedtime, when I decided to catch Jesse Lamonaca and the Dime Novels at Soda Bar. The rest of this week should remain pretty mellow for me, but there's lots of cool stuff happening if you're itching to get out. Boar Cross'N, Black Cat Bar, Che, and Ken Club still have no updates, but I've filled in some more venues and Cinco de Mayo stuff for ya. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Monterey Pop Festival Releases Daily Lineups

I've only ever driven through Monterey once in my life, but I'm kind of obsesses since watching Big Little Lies--though I realize many of the homes and sweeping views used on the show weren't actually in Monterey. But since California has a wealth of festivals, I'll continue to share them. The 50th Annual Monterey International Pop Festival takes place June 16-18, 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds. The lineup has been announced for awhile, but now the individual day lineups are announced and go on sale Thursday at 10am PST. Get tickets to the whole thing or individual days here.

Leon Bridges
Father John Misty
Regina Spektor
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Sara Watkins

Jack Johnson
Norah Jones
Jim James
Dr. Dog
Jamtown feat. Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter And G. Love
Jackie Greene
North Mississippi Allstars
Jacob Banks

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
The Head and the Heart
Gary Clark Jr.
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Booker T's Stax Revue
Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Hiss Golden Messenger

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

LiveNation offers $20 "All In" Tickets

It seemed a little anti-climactic to post about "National Concert Day" on May 1, a day that literally had like four shows in San Diego, but alas, LiveNation is celebrating the day (that I think they actually invented)  with $20 "all-in" tickets to a bunch of summer shows. The offers are good through May 9. You can see all of the shows here, but if I was inclined, had no commitments, and money was raining from the sky, here are some of the more notable shows:

May 10- Barns Courtney @ House of Blues
May 30- Modest Mouse @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 7- Rise Against & DefTones @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 21- Third Eye Blind & Silversun Pickups @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 28- Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Aug 24- Young The Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Aug 27- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue,  St. Paul & The Broken Bones @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Monday, May 01, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 1-Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Today is a super duper special day because it's Nova's 10th birthday. It feels especially symbolic because when I was first being introduced to her life, I was forbidden from her birthday party and I swore that it would be the first and last one that I'd ever miss. Now here we are and she's in double digits and I couldn't be more proud of who she is, how strong she is, how funny she can be, and how inquisitive she is about the world. She hasn't had it easy in her young little life but she's smart and capable, and has a great head on her shoulders and I'm lucky to be included in the adventures to come.
I definitely think I overextended myself the last couple weeks, so I hope to mostly lay low this week while we plan and prepare for the kid's birthday party and while she continues to recover from a gnarly cough she caught last week. There are some good picks this week and I'll try to update when all these slackers get their listings up: Black Cat Bar, Boar Cross'n, Che Cafe, El Dorado, Harbor Music Hall, Ken Club, Sycamore Den, Whistle Stop. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photos: Local Natives and Tennis @ Observatory, 4.17.17

I've been quite a mess lately. In a matter of weeks, I'd lost my phone, my laptop casing became so cracked it became miserable to use, I lost my keys, and then when it came to load my Local Natives photos, I lost my HD card. I replaced the phone once I acknowledged it was stolen, Darren bought me a new laptop, my keys turned up where Darren had put them (in the car glove compartment), and then while sipping a cocktail at the Casbah, I realized I'd tucked my card in a tight corner in my wallet so I wouldn't lose it. Because of course I did. I can't help it that anxiety has been high lately, but I'm trying to get it together and we're trying our best to deal with the batshit crazy person with whom we can't escape in our life. Sometimes it is just overwhelming.

Originally Nova was to be in St. Louis for her Spring Break, but her trip was canceled last minute and we were happy we'd be able to take her along to several of the Localchella shows, including Local Natives, who she totally fell in love with after their last show at the Observatory. I had some trouble getting my photo pass squared away, so I didn't get to shoot Tennis from the pit, but thanks to the help of Nik Ewing, it was squared away by the time the band took the stage.

The show was amazing and Local Natives plaued a set that included a lot of older stuff to please the San Diego audience. I had called the band "honorary San Diegans" in my SoundDiego piece, and it was cute that the band reiterated that sentiment throughout the night talking about their history in the city, their grandparents who worked here for years, their many times playing over the last several years.  I feel super lucky to have been to just about every San Diego show they've ever played, and I'll keep following as long as I can.

Without further ado, here's some photos from that awesome night. Pictures after the jump.


Photos: The Head & The Heart and Dreamers @ Soma, 4.9.17

There's no question that I love The Head and the Heart. I've lost track of how many times I've seen the band between their very first Casbah show, House of Blues, The Observatory OC, Coachella and others, but I was especially excited when they were booked in San Diego because I knew I'd be able to take Nova and Darren along for her first backstage experience at Soma. She had a soccer game that evening, we grabbed dinner, then went to Soma with enough time for a quick drink at Modern Times, then walked to the show.

I had a photo pass, which isn't super fun at Soma because there's no easy access to the pit, but once you're in, the lighting, the energy of both the band and the diehard fans along the rail make for an exciting show. It was also great catching Dreamers again and I'll probably get fired for implying they're coming back to town, but all I can say is stay tuned.

I was fully feeling both bands and just a quick funny story, after Dreamers, Nova said she needed to use the bathroom. We walked through the lobby and the line was crazy long, so we asked to use the backstage bathroom which is upstairs. Turns out we were waiting for the lead vocalist who diligently brushes his teeth while humming his songs before a set (we know this because he opened the door and did that talking with the toothbrush in his mouth thing to us), then let the other guitarist ahead of us, and Nova got to hear what vocal exercises sound like. They were super cute to her or I wouldn't mention it otherwise, and eventually we went back to our places on the side of the stage until I left to shoot. It was past Nova's usual bedtime as TH&TH came onstage, so eventually they left early. Later, I was able to find my friend Regina and bring her and her friend backstage which was awesome because she does so much for me at the Observatory even though I'm no longer employed there. Anyway, it was an amazing night and was made all the more special when we were able to hear their Coachella set on SiriusXM and think we'd only just seen them a week prior. I cannot wait for them to come back.

More pictures of The Head and the Heart and Dreamers are after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, April 26-Sunday, April 30, 2017

In case you haven't noticed, I've been trying to post a lot more frequently. Part of it is that my new laptop is so much more pleasurable to use. My last one had broken hinges that would make my screen fall when I worked, the mouse pad stopped working so I had to use an external mouse, and certain keys would stick, slowing my typing down to pure frustration.

But the other part is just that the volume of email I getting so massive that it just feels like I should share more stuff when it comes through my inbox, and I'd rather focus my energy here than on Facebook for those kinds of posts and my photo collections, which have also increased massively in volume. Perhaps you noticed there's actually a Facebook page using the title of this very blog post? Well, that jerkoff page is actually a ticket reseller and I HATE them and it makes me crazy every time I see them post. It gets under my skin a lot. So while I never intend on going click-bait on you to get an edge on all the other sites in town, hopefully I can get back in the habit of posting more here like I did before I became a Facebook zombie.

On Monday we were able to catch Vieux Farka Toure at the Casbah and he was amazing, and it was a diverse and engaged crowd. I haven't seen so much dancing at the Casbah in a long time. Tuesday was a soccer and work night so I could save myself for Elefante and The Office Undercover tonight. Perhaps I'll see you there.  The rest of this week has a ton of good stuff coming, specifically San Fermin at the Casbah on Thursday and Demasiado on Saturday.  And I guess I have to jump headfirst into planning the soon-to-be 10 year old's birthday. Ack. Who am I? Wednesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.