Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Eulogies Live At KEXP

Eulogies stopped by KEXP a few weeks back to record a session and it is making me nothing but happy today. Believe me, I am making it my personal mission to get these guys back to San Diego.

Eulogies have a very special show coming up on July 1st in Los Angeles at The Echo with Bad Veins

Tune into hear Eulogies LIVE on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic on July 1st

Eulogies - The Fight I've Come To Like (Live on KEXP) from KEXP RADIO on Vimeo.

Eulogies - Bad Connection (Live on KEXP) from KEXP RADIO on Vimeo.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 30, 2009

Tuesday June 30, 2009:

  • John Vanderslice, The Tallest Man on Earth @ Casbah
  • Club Up & Up featuring The Burning of Rome, QQC, DJ Lord Nelson, DJ James Barak @ Belly Up
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring The Cheap Leis @ Bar Pink
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Onyx Room
  • Post Honeymoon @ Soda Bar
  • 52nd Street (Tribute to Billy Joel) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jack Tempchin @ Calypso Cafe
  • Too Cool For Karaoke: The return of Too Cool for American Idol @ Ruby Room
  • The Outlaws @ San Diego County Fair ( Paddock Stage)
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Pullman Standard @ San Diego County Fair ( Rock On Stage)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited @ San Diego County Fair ( Grandstand Stage)
  • Santos, Audios, Tidepool, None Other, DJ Ant Bo @ Beauty Bar
  • Black Skies (North Carolina) @ Radio Room
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Tongue In Cheek Tuesdays Featuring San Diego's finest comedians. Lineup TBA @ Brick By Brick
  • Deblois @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Dubba Deez @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ Kraken
  • Bill Magee Blues @ Patrick's II
  • Sqirrelly Arts, Platypus Egg, Black Ambulance, Draind @ Second Wind Santee
  • Soul N Funk featuring Sax Master Skerik, McTuff @ Winston's
  • Utopia Rush, Death On Mars, The Napolean Complex @ O'Connell's
  • Adeiana Smith and the Ghost in the Graveyard, The Unruly Bangs, The Pears @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Mursic @ San Diego County Fair
  • Clay Colton Band @ Hennessey's Carlsbad
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club
  • Twisted Tuesdays featuring Miki Vale @ The Office

Monday, June 29, 2009

Crocodiles Are Spin's "Band To Watch" & Wavves Speaks

Crocodiles are Spin's "band to watch". Read the article here. Or don't.

"If you live there, then you slowly die." That's how Brandon Welchez,
frontman and beat programmer for drone-pop duo Crocodiles, describes his band's
hometown of San Diego. "A lot of the nastiness in our music comes from reacting
to the boring culture there, and the sunshine," adds guitarist Charles Rowell.
"The sunshine can be oppressive."

Obviously I disagree.

In other 'get over yourself' news, Wavves finally spoke about the meltdown in Barcelona on Pitchfork.

Even before Barcelona, there were shows just like that, where it was just a mess and it fucking sucked. But it was to like 25 people in Little Rock, Arkansas or something. I don't really know what to say, but the fact of the matter is that I'm not really that good. I wouldn't say that I'm really like a guitar guy or anything like that. I can get by on the stuff that I play. I like writing and playing the songs. If people think that I'm not going to fuck up, then they're wrong. And if they think this is like the last time I'm going to fuck up, they're wrong too. Because I'm young. I'm kinda stupid. I'm human.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 29, 2009

Monday June 29, 2009:
  • Anti Monday League and 91X presents the Next Big Thing with Ida Maria, The Fascination @ Casbah (91 cent show, no presale, first come first served)
  • Clint Black @ San Diego County Fair (Grandstand Stage)
  • Danielle Tucker @ San Diego County Fair (Rock-On Stage)
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Industrie de Lundi @ Soda Bar
  • Stewed Screwed and Tattooed free art show with Mothfight (Austin), Donkeys DJs @ Ruby Room
  • She Rides, What I Did @ Radio Room
  • Extreme Animals, Volts, Moon Pearl and tba @ Che Cafe
  • Cover Me Badd's Musical Pursuit Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Astra Kelly, Podunk Nowhere, Cathryn Beeks @ Dublin Square
  • Sing or Die Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Robin Henkel @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Heather Hardcore and Mayhem Mondays @ Club Kadan
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ Kraken
  • Ronnie Lane and The Twisters @ Patrick's II
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Drunk Poet's Society, Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Shoreline Roots @ Calypso Cafe
  • Fed To The Wolves @ Sports Arena Music Trader

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 27-28, 2009

There are a TON of bands playing at the San Diego County Fair. Click here for full daily schedules.

Saturday, June 27, 2009:

  • O.B. Street Fair & Chili Cook-off @ OB (10a-8p)
  • DAYTIME BBQ! River City, Silver Sparrows @ Beauty Bar (3pm)
  • Yacht Rock feat DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (5-8p)
  • A.A. Bondy and guest @ Casbah (early show 6:30pm)
  • Swim Party, Cuckoo Chaos, Gray Ghosts, Two Sheds (atari lounge) @ Casbah (late show 9:30pm)
  • The Victorians, Holy Rolling Empire, Long Live Logos, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Switchfoot Bro-Am After Party featuring Fiction Family, Stripes and Lines, Alex Woodard, Molly Jensen @ Belly Up
  • DJ E-Rock @ Lucky D's (Grand Opening Weekend, 8th & Market)
  • Singer/Songwriters Showcase feat. Greg Laswell, For Strangers & Wardens, Recordable Colors, The Predicates, Kenny Eng, Katy Wong, Dave Booda and more @ San Diego County Fair (Paddock Stage)
  • Sight & Sound presents Apes of Wrath, Caburlesque Kittens @ Planet Rooth
  • Knives!, Besides Daniel (Atlanta), LMA @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Jefferson Jaye's 24 hour Music Party feat. over 70 performers @ Portugalia (2am-2am)
  • Reggae Brunch with Ismael & The Peacemakers @ House of Blues
  • Shugadriver Lounge Night @ Ruby Room
  • Sophie @ 103.7's Birthday Bash feat. Sugar Ray, Mat Kearney, Kate Voegele, Angel Taylor @ House of Blues
  • The Choke(nyc), The Mice @ Soda Bar
  • Gospel Festival: Israel and New Breed, Tonex @ San Diego County Fair (Mainstage)
  • San Diego International Beer Festival @ San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Arena)
  • California Strong Man @ San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Arena)
  • No Duh (No Doubt tribute) @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • DJ Rags, DJ Schoeny @ Onyx/Thin
  • DJs John Johnson & Danarchy @ Bar Pink
  • Club Dead Line @ Radio Room
  • The Fast Takers, Lady Vain, Chango Rey & His Reymen @ Ken Club
  • Cotton Fever, Brett Bixby, Girlyman @ Lestat's
  • O.B. Street Fair Party feat. The Screaming Yeehaws, Bastard Winos, The Carlos Blues Experience, Dueling Pianos @ Winston's (no cover till 9pm)
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Guava Belly, Erick Macek, Lady Danville @ 710 Beach Club
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Iron Maidens (All Female Tribute to Iron Maiden), Empyre (Queensryche Tribute) , Dirty Leslie @ Canes
  • Necrophagist, Suffocation, Darkest Hour, Winds Of Plague, Dying Fetus, Born Of Osiris, Origin, Beneath The Massacre, After The Burial, Blackguard @ Soma
  • Unwynd, Roxy Monoxide, Pick Up Girl, Land On Fire, The Rumblers @ Dreamstreet
  • DJ Adam Powell @ Confidential
  • Depressed Buttons, The Faint Z(Dj Set)@ Spin
  • Original jazz compositions from pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, tenor saxophonist Brian Levy, & trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, plus Danny Weller bass & Brett Sanders drums @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Roman Palacios (CD Release) @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (6-8p)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9p)
  • Rolling The Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute), Help (Beatles Tribute, Viva Halen(Early Van Halen tribute) @ 4th & B
  • Back To The Garden (CSNY Tribute) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Crossroads (Eric Clapton Tribute) @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • The Useless Idols, The Skains, Silent Lune, Of Mice And Them, Are We Not Boys @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Daedelus, Dub Traffik Control, DMProgress, DJCollagey @ Kava Lounge
  • Foo U @ Surf n Saddle
  • Joe Wood & the Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Gladys Knight at Tux n Tennies @ Summer Pops at the Embarcadero

Sunday, June 28, 2009:

  • Kerrie Caldwell Voice Recital @ St. Luke's Lutheran Church (5150 Wilson, La Mesa, 3pm)
  • The Local 94/9 Presents Pullman Standard, The Minor Keys, The Perry Edwards, Roxy Jones + more and LIVE broadcast of The Local 94/9, Free food from Lucha Libre Taco Shop @ Casbah (Free! Doors at 7)
  • Double Dagger, Hialeah @ Soda Bar
  • Drew Andrews, Trashcan Fires @ Bar Pink
  • Rhythm and Blues Matinee w/ Nathan James and Blue Largo featuring Taryn Donath and Johnny Vaui @ Belly Up (4pm)
  • Salsa Sunday feat. Orquesta Primo @ Belly Up
  • Stereo House @ Beauty Bar
  • ReVive feat Jon Bishop, Death Metal Brian, Jef Phillips @ The Flame
  • Charity Paws for Cures Fundraiser with Satan Dance Party, Dead Ponies, Lilith Velkor, Autotonic, DJ Icaro @ Ruby Room
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Intocuble, Patrulla 81 @ San Diego County Fair (Mainstage)
  • Demolition Derby @ San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Arena)
  • Bayadera @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Mondo Generator, Its Casual, Gusto, Nick Oliver @ Radio Room
  • DMP Entertainment Presents Reggae on 5th @ House of Blues
  • Derek James, Jordan Reimer, Melissa Ruth @ Lestat's
  • Stacey & The Stimulus Package @ Winston's (5-8p)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Citizen Video Matinee "Road Warrior" @ Whistle Stop (4p)
  • Too Many Creeps feat. Mario O & friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Reggae Sundays - Project Out of Bounds @ Canes (4-6p)
  • The Optimators, Self Made Men, Steel Foundation @ Dreamstreet
  • Double Bass Summit feat. Bertrum Turetzky, Marshall Hawkins, Bob Magnusson, Mark Dresser, Jeremy Kurtz, Rob Thorsen, & Danny Weller @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (11a-1:30p)
  • Daryll Williams @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8p-12m)
  • Kate Herzig @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Art Show, Live Music @ Kava Lounge
  • This is Music Listening Party@ Hensley's Flying Elephant

Today: Zombie Pub Crawl

A couple weeks ago I saw some flyers for a zombie pub crawl happening in my area, so I dug around and found the organizers and the event which is happening today (though it would've been SO. MUCH. BETTER. if they did it during Taste of Adams tomorrow):

The Zombie Pub Crawl is set for tonight starting at 7pm at the Triple Crown Pub. We will be going down Adams Ave visiting The Ould Sod, Lou's, Rosie Ogrady's, then down to Kadan & AC Lounge. We have arranged drink specials at most of the bars for those in the crawl. This is event is sponsored by SCR2P.COM. We are an online social calendar for people that like to meet new people and have a fun time.

You can meet the organizers at the event, just ask for Steven or Brent!

This event is free to attend and your encouraged to bring your friends. Arrive early at the Triple Crown for makeup from professional makeup artists.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Killers: Tickets Onsale Sat, June 27

The Killers concert tickets go onsale on Saturday, June 27 at noon. You can buy tickets here.

Details on the show:
* Cox Arena
* All Ages
* Friday
* 09/18/09
* at 8:00 PM

Hopefully we can get road updates from Ray again this tour (though we'll have to be a bit more creative so he doesn't get in trouble).

Death Cab For Cutie Performing At Belly Up!

I thought I was supposed to keep this like a secret until Monday, but since the Belly Up has let the cat out of the bag (and Seth posted on Last Blog On Earth), I'm so excited to share that Death Cab For Cutie is performing at Belly Up on July 3rd.

The show is a bit of a preview, as they're touring with The New Pornographers and Ra Ra Riot playing venues like The Hollywood Bowl and Red Rocks. The San Diego show will feature opener Matt Costa.

Needless to say, this is a very rare and special show. Tickets go on-sale on Monday at 10a.m.. To prevent scalpers, tickets will only be sold to people on the Belly Up's e-mail list (join here). There is a 2 ticket limit per person. Tickets are $30. Tickets will be will-call only and are non-transferable. Death Cab Fan Club members can buy via presale on Saturday.


Things To Do In San Diego: June 26, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009:

  • Get Back Loretta (CD Release), Crash Encore, Writer @ Casbah
  • The Dirty Heads, Stranger presented by Hurley and Sun Diego @ Belly Up
  • RENO 911! Carlos Alazraqui & Cedric Yarbrough @ The DreamCatcher at Viejas
  • Switchfoot @ San Diego County Fair (Mainstage)
  • Royal Campaign, Normandie @ Bar Pink
  • Angela Correa, Joanie Mendenhall, John Meeks @ Lestat's
  • Woven Bones, Sunday Times, The Anasazis, Heavy Hawaii @ Soda Bar
  • Buck-O-Nine, Voodoo Glowskulls, Knock-Out, Social Green, Bucket Of Fish, The Demeanors @ Soma
  • Tape Deck Mountain, Jamuel Saxon, The Feelings Mutual @ Whistle Stop
  • Deadbolt, The Embalmers, The Rotten Livers @ Ken Club
  • Kevin Kinsella (John Brown's Body), Raiz Muzik, The Makepeace Brothers @ Winston's
  • Electric Feel w/ DJs Andrew Decade, Office Twins, Colour Vision & Lady D @ Beauty Bar
  • Critical Mass official after party @ Ruby Room
  • Eric Diaz @ Syrah Wine Parlor
  • San Diego International Beer Festival @ San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Arena, $25)
  • Thee Mike B @ Lucky D's (Grand Opening Weekend, 8th & Market)
  • California Strong Man @ San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Arena)
  • Politik (Coldplay Tribute) @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Feel The Noise presents AdamandEvil (LA), DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Mikey Show Summer Tour 2009 featuring Mikey, Eddie, Sky, Ashlee and Boston Rob presented by MGD 64 @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5pm)
  • Hard Fall Hearts, Voodoo Swing(AZ), The Bleeding Irish @ Radio Room
  • Sold - Art Show featuring a film and Bayside Bridge Club @ Tin Can Ale House
  • The Cured (Tribute to The Cure), Blasphemous Rumours (Depeche Mode Tribute), Sun King (Tribute to The Cult) @ Canes
  • Mattson Family Art Benefit feat Mattson 2
@ Surfindian (4658 Mission Blvd., PB, 7-9p)
  • Club Lucky @ House of Blues
  • Emarosa, Our Last Night, In Fear & Faith, I See Stars, Burden of a Day, Broadway, A City Serene @ Epicentre
  • Northstar, Uncle Daddy @ 710 Beach Club
  • Hypnotic Odyssey, Strike The Design, City By Storm, Creem City @ Dreamstreet
  • Sander van Doon @ Spin
  • BLITZ electro dance party @ Kava Lounge
  • Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Makai @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Lee Ritenour @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Medford Falling, Vinyl Film, Oculus Sinister, Publicists!, Only On Wednesdays @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Cabron, Hillstreet Stranglers, Pass the Axe @ Royal Dive
  • Lizardfish @ Surf n Saddle
  • The Hank Show @ Hensley's Flying Elephant

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Presales Galore: N.E.R.D., Padres Tailgate, Sunny Day Real Estate

Just a reminder that Friday is the last day to buy presale tickets to N.E.R.D. at the Hard Rock Hotel, August 2. Click the flyer to go directly to ticketing.


Additionally, Friday is the last day to buy the super-low price tickets for the StayClassy.Org tailgate featuring Del Tha Funky Homosapian, Cage The Elephant, The Knee-Highs, and more. The tailgate party is happening on July 18 at Tailgate Park, adjacent Petco Park. For info and tickets, click here.

Last, Sunny Day Real Estate has reunited and while they're not playing in San Diego, they will be at the Music Box @ The Fonda on October 11. Presale tickets are available on Friday from 10am to 10pm. Click here for tickets and use presale code SUNNYDAY.

Street Scene 2009 Lineup Update & Partial Daily Schedule

Just a reminder that Street Scene is coming back to the streets of downtown San Diego on August 28-29, 2009. There've been some additions (and the cancellation of MSTRKRFT since the original announcement), so here are the updates.

of Montreal, Delta Spirit, Busta Rhymes, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, and Cage The Elephant were all added in the last two weeks. Also, if Street is correct and Grand Ole Party actually broke up (no confirmation from Kristin yet), then I suppose we can scratch them off the lineup.

As your diligent blogger, I've visited Pollstar, compared to Outside Lands, and checked the personal pages of many of the bands in order to break down much of the lineup. May not be 100% accurate, but here's the gist (alphabetically because I'm a spreadsheet geek):


Anya Marina
Band Of Horses
Black Eyed Peas
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
Donald Glaude
Girl Talk
Grand Ole Party*
Holy Fuck
Matt and Kim
Modest Mouse
Shooter Jennings


Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Blue Scholars
Los Campesinos
No Age
Ra Ra Riot
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Silversun Pickups
The Dead Weather
Thievery Corporation
West Indian Girl
Zee Avi

Unconfirmed Date:

Busta Rhymes
Cage The Elephant
Delta Spirit
Devendra Banhart
Extra Golden
LA Riots
of Montreal
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Once again, click here for the official site of Street-Scene.

If you're on twitter, follow @Street_Scene for announcements and giveaways. Use hashtag #SS09 for aggregating information.

Spotlight Events: Lucky D's, 24 Hour Music Marathon, Kerrie Caldwell

There are a couple events that I included in this weekend's listings that deserve a little explanation; more than I usually give in a one line listing.

Friday night is the opening of Lucky D's in downtown. I know I'm not the biggest fan of downtown, but this bar seeks to lose the pretentiousness of most clubs and offer an environment that I'd call a down-to-earth with a rock n' roll edge. Mike D designed the drink list with his mad mixology skills and I got to sample some menu items and the chef is amazing with his Asian-influenced small bites. This will fit right in for fans of El Dorado and Voyeur.

On Saturday, you'll notice Jefferson Jay's 24 Hour Music event at Portugalia. Here are some snippets from the press release:

Jefferson Jay’s 24 Hours of Free Music event will feature 70 musicians from all genres -- rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, acoustic songwriters, and more.

Artists scheduled to perform include Dropjoy, Jefferson Jay Band, Destructo Bunny, Mary Dolan, Rhythm and the Method, Hugh Gaskins, The Greens of Mind, Rob Deez, Wes Davis, Melissa Eisler, Beehive, Chris Zach, Jake Allen, Charbra, Lou Evans Jr., Richard Romero, Joe Khoroosi, Blowski, Jason Burleson, Beer Money, Seven Seas Grey, Levon, Dylan Avery, Edem Bastos, and many more.

The show begins at 2AM on Saturday, June 27 and ends with a jam session at 2AM on Sunday morning, June 28. The event is FREE and an all ages event (with respect to curfew laws, I guess). Portugalia is located at 4839 Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach

Music will begin on Saturday at 2 a.m. (also known as Friday night) and play until 2 a.m. Sunday morning (a.k.a. Saturday night) during the 30th Annual OB Street Fair on June 28. Arrive early and stay late at Jefferson Jay's 24 Hours of Free Music.
Music Lineup for 24 Hours of Free Music
2:00-6:00 Black Belt Jonez - DJ Soul Smile - Cloud Monster
6:00-6:25 Randy “The Cat” Chiurazzi
6:30-6:55 Canyon Elliot
7:00-7:25 EJP
7:30-7:55 Rev. Tommy Dahill
8:00-8:25 Carl D
8:25-8:50 Patricia Mueller
8:50-9:10 Carlos Soriano
9:15-9:35 Jennie Buss
9:40-9:50 Shivaji Shinde
9:55-10:15 Charlie Brown
10:20-10:45 Edem Bastos
10:45-10:55 Dylan Avery
11:00-11:25 Blowski
11:30-11:55 Joe Khoroosi
12:00-12:25 The Ambassador
12:30-12:55 Hester and Jason
1:00-1:25 Tuna Boot
1:30-1:55 Lou Evans Jr.
2:00-2:25 Charbra
2:30-2:55 Wes Davis
3:00-3:25 Melissa Eisler
3:30- 3:55 Jake Allen
4:00-4:25 Chris Zach
4:30-4:55 Ean Greene and The Authentics
5:00-5:25 Levon
5:30-5:55 Beer Money
6:00-6:25 Seven Seas Grey
6:30-6:55 Hugh Gaskins
7:00-7:25 Richard Romero
7:30-8:00 Mary Dolan
8:05-8:35 Jason Burleson
8:40-9:10 Rob Deez
9:20-9:50 The Greens of Mind
9:55-10:15 Beehive
10:25-11:00 Rhythm and The Method
11:10-11:45 Jefferson Jay Band
11:55-12:20 Destructo Bunny
12:30-1:15 Dropjoy
1:25-2:00 Jeff Dewine

The other event worth an explanation is Kerrie Caldwell's Voice Recital. You might know Kerrie from her motown cover band, The Heavy Love, that bring down the house everytime they play. Well, Kerrie's gonna bring down another kind of house this Sunday.

From Kerrie:
I will be singing an array of repertoire including German and French art songs & exciting and emotional opera arias (yes, emo is not a new thing). There will be printed lyrics and translations so you can follow along and know what the heck I'm singing about! I'm excited to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions :)

The FREE performance is on Sunday at 3 pm and will followed by a reception.

St. Luke's Lutheran Church
5150 Wilson Street
La Mesa, CA 91941

Things To Do In San Diego: June 25, 2009

Thursday June 25, 2009:

  • (political) San Diego For Gavin Newsom @ Universal Hillcrest (6-8p)
  • SD Tweetup feat. Shawne Merriman @ Stingaree (doors @ 7)
  • The Donkeys, Papa Derek @ The Ken Club
  • The Zeros (original line-up) @ Bar Pink
  • Gary Jules @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • U.S. Airsex Championships @ Casbah
  • Carbon Leaf, Trevor Hall @ Belly Up
  • Mia Valentine, Aaron K. Swanton (Scarlet Symphony), Street of Little Girls @ Tin Can Alehouse
  • The Beatnuts, Brendan B, Higher Minds, DJ Ratstar @ Canes
  • Cash'd Out, Holding Air Hostage, Sara Mesirow @ Winston's
  • The B-52s @ San Diego County Fair ( Grandstand Stage)
  • LMA, The Flowerthief, Nicole Torres, Tori Roze and the Hot Mess, DJ P Prez @ Beauty Bar
  • Boombox Thursdays feat. DJ Edgartronic & DJ Groundfloor @ A/C Lounge (Hosted Corralejo Tequila 9-11p)
  • Birthdays For Better Days Benefit feat. Kyle Smith, Full Blown Stown @ Bare Back Grill (downtown)
  • Poco @ San Diego County Fair ( Paddock Stage)
  • Nothing Ever Stays @ San Diego County Fair ( Rock On Stage)
  • Michael Tiernan @ Indulge La Jolla
  • Tommy James and The Shondells @ San Diego County Fair (other location)
  • Sycuan Presents Xavier Rudd with Jeremy Fisher @ House of Blues
  • 80's & 90's Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros1 @ U-31
  • Expressway To Yr Skull @ Soda Bar
  • Club Purple @ Radio Room
  • Fattburger @ Anthology
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Uli Jon Roth w/ guests: Deeper Purple (Deep Purple tribute) @ Brick By Brick
  • Irish Night with Skelpin @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Psychobilly @ Club Kadan
  • Josh Damigo, Jesse Johnson, Leonard Morris @ Lestat's
  • Citizen Video Best Chase Scenes @ Whistle Stop
  • Michele Lundeen @ Patrick's II
  • La Mejor Party feat Larry Hernandez y Roberto Tapia @ 4th & B
  • Collagemenage, Sub Zero @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Whiskey Wisetales, 2 TBA @ Second Wind Santee
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Capt. Kirk & The Beam Me Fahr Up Scotty's @ Calypso Cafe
  • Fuzz-Huzzi, Vonzeles, Parents, Elm Street Rockers, Summerset @ Jumping Turtle
  • One I Red, Tiny Teeth, The Ghost Orchid @ Dream Street Live
  • DJ Bill E Knight @ Red Circle
  • The Gaslamp Comedy Show: Patrick DeGuire, Eddie Pence, Mal Hall @ The Bitter End
  • An Acoustic Evening with Jefferson Jay @ Portugalia
  • Therapy Dance Music @ Kava Lounge
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another Street Scene Addition

Busta Rhymes is the latest to be added to the Street Scene 2009 lineup.

For more information, go to www.street-scene.com

Things To Do In San Diego: June 24, 2009

Wednesday June 24, 2009:

  • The Moviegoers, Roosevelt, Arms Entwined @ Casbah
  • Pretty Too Bad, Boyscout, Sex Mannequin @ U-31
  • Sir Splendid @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Kipper's Moving Back to Kakalak Party @ Soda Bar
  • BCMG Presents: Sounds of Summer @ House of Blues
  • Commune Wednesday feat. The Anasazis, Art Fag DJs, fashion + art @ Whistle Stop
  • Austin Nicolai, So Many Wizards, Dakotafish @ Beauty Bar
  • Linnzi Zaorski @ Bar Pink
  • Patty Smyth and Scandal @ San Diego County Fair ( Paddock Stage)
  • Eileen Carey @ San Diego County Fair ( Rock On Stage)
  • Bill Engvall @ San Diego County Fair ( Grandstand Stage)
  • The Abyssinians, Etana, Roots Revealers @ Belly Up
  • Black Cherry Group Presents: F Bombers, Immovable Objects, 1989, Eternal Unborn @ Ruby Room
  • Bill Cardinal, Whiskey Wisetales, DJ Heather Hardcore @ Radio Room
  • Charles McPherson, Gilbert Castellanos @ Anthology
  • Never Say Die Presents TBA @ Canes
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Henry's Pub
  • Method Rising, Translation: Audio @ Brick By Brick
  • Special Guest @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Drum and Bass @ Club Kadan
  • Oculus Sinister, Veras Veil @ Lestat's
  • Jeff Moore & The Witch Doctors @ Kraken
  • Shelle Blue @ Patrick's II
  • Fuzz Huzzi @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Big Fat Soul, J. Bradley Band & Second Wind Santee
  • The Optimators, Dr. Echo @ Winston's
  • Honkys, Soup, The Mitchell Schaffer Band (LA) @ O'Connell's
  • Brick with Michael Virgin @ Calypso Cafe
  • PPP Presents A Night of Hip-Hop & Dance @ Jumping Turtle
  • Listen On Mute, Ruckus, The Shadow @ Dream Street Live
  • Tokyo Swatt, Damian Israel Shiner, People, Rachel (Switchyard), Paul Cannon, @ Backstage at The Bitter End
  • Clay Colton Band @ Dublin Square
  • Private Domain @ Dick's Last Resort
  • Rhythm & The Method, Shayna and more @ Portugalia
  • Starline Theory @ Kava Lounge
  • Opus Dai @ 710 Beach Club

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 24-25, 2009

Street Scene Adds More Bands To Lineup

Last week, Street Scene added Delta Spirit and of Montreal to the 2009 lineup. This week, they're teasing via twitter (tweasing?) that 3 more will be announced. The first of those just spilled and it's Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.

Follow @Street_Scene on twitter for more announcements and the chance to win tickets throughout the summer.

Rosie's Family Daycare Has Openings

What kind of daughter would I, Rosey, be, if I didn't pimp my mom, Rosie, and her family daycare? A fully licensed daycare out of their home in Chula Vista, and run by my mom for most of my life, my dad has been assisting in the children's care since his retirement about a decade ago. For anyone thinking Chula Vista is far, it takes less than 15 minutes from my place in Kensington, and that's in my hooptie.

They accept newborns all the way up to kindergarten, though there are also a couple lifers that my mom is still taking care of as they move through elementary school. If you or someone you know is in need of daycare, please feel free to contact me and I'll put you in touch with my mom. On occasion, they're also willing to take care of kids in the evening for parents catching a show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre as they live very nearby.

Someone recently mentioned that I hadn't been posting pics of Johanna of late, so here she is with her boyfriend/nemesis Jaxon.

Jaxon & Johanna

Things To Do In San Diego: June 23, 2009

Tuesday June 23, 2009:

  • Firethorn (Celebrating their 100th show!), The Gift/Curse, Lazerwolf and Thunderbolt, Feet Feet Feet Parachute @ Casbah
  • Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin & Buddy Miller @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Original "P" Parliament Funkadelic @ San Diego County Fair ( Paddock Stage)
  • Nautical Disaster, Behind the Wagon, Gertrudestien @ Winston's
  • Colin Armstrong @ San Diego County Fair ( Rock On Stage)
  • Too Cool Karaoke: In The Year 2000 (Pants Guests Hosts) @ Ruby Room
  • The Guess Who, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels @ San Diego County Fair (Grandstand Stage)
  • The Pseudo Dates, The Fall Trees, Day of Anomie @ Beauty Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Adrian Demain's Exoticatronica @ Bar Pink
  • Reggae Unplugged High Tide, Mike Pinto and Stone Senses @ Belly Up
  • Mechanical Bull Riding, DJ Pretty Penny @ U-31
  • Echoes of Harpers Ferry, Reverse The Curse @ Radio Room
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Tongue In Cheek Tuesdays (Comedy) Lineup TBA @ Brick By Brick
  • Taryn Donath @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Private Domain @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Dubba Deez @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen @ Kraken
  • Blue Four @ Patrick's II
  • Pivotal Motion, Steel Foundation @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Ghost In The Graveyard, Hocus, Bedpost Buzzards @ O'Connell's
  • Jack Tempchin @ Calypso Cafe
  • Hands of Hope, In Desperation, Lord of War @ Jumping Turtle

Monday, June 22, 2009

N.E.R.D. Presale Tickets Now Available


N.E.R.D. will be performing at the Hard Rock Hotel to jumpstart their newly launched concerts. The show is August 2nd @ 8pm. Tickets are $40. Click on the picture to buy tickets now.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 22-25, 2009

I'm going to have very limited wi-fi over the next couple weeks as I'll be chasing tots around the daycare, but Jeff was kind enough to get this week's listings started. If there's anything we missed, leave a comment. The weekend listings will be up sometime before the weekend.

Monday June 22, 2009:
  • Anti Monday League Presents Chairlift, Tropical Depression, illuminauts @ Casbah
  • Roxy Jones, Minmae, DJ Red October @ Bar Pink
  • Spirit Photography, Fist Fite, You And Me Too @ Soda Bar
  • The Styletones @ Ruby Room
  • Andre Rieu @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Musical Pursuit Pop Music Trivia hosted by Adam Gimbel @ Whistle Stop
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • David Landon @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Dawn Mitschele @ Dublin Square
  • Drunk Poet's Society, Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ Radio Room
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Heather Hardcore and Mayhem Mondays @ Club Kadan
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ Kraken
  • Rastus Kain @ Patrick's II
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Cactus Twang @ Calypso Cafe

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. Setlist and stuff


Dinosaur Jr. are pretty nice dudes, and their tour manager is awesome (I love that he set up all the merch, by size and design, way before I got here). He let me snap a photo of the setlist before the show, too.

The band after sound check:
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And here's just some random crowd photos:

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I just wish I could see inside because Murph told me it was so hot it was gonna be hard to keep his clothes on...ooohlala.

Dinosaur Jr At The Casbah

Life is so funny, isn't it? Today I'm selling t-shirts for Dinosaur Jr., watching the daytime drinkers and smokers blinded by the sunlight, yet at this time tomorrow I'll be making lunch for daycare kids that I'll be watching for the next two weeks.
Earthless is on stage right now, I think Dinosaur Jr wandered off to get coffee at Gelato Vero, and people are really excited for this show. Let this be how the week continues because last week (personally) sucked ass.


By the way, O was shooting photos throughout the entire soundcheck, so be sure to check out his blog What O Saw in the photo links in the sidebar later this week for more pics. As I'm working I probably won't be shooting anymore today.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 22, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009:

  • Dinosaur Jr., Earthless @ Casbah (3pm Matinee, SOLD OUT)
  • Evervess, Thee Headliners, Team Abraham, The Touchies @ Ruby Room
  • The Minor Keys, The Modlins @ Beauty Bar
  • The Queers, The Mansfields, Atom Age, The Glossines @ Casbah
  • PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
  • Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), Moontucky Risin @ Belly Up
  • Tom Brosseau, Shelley Short @ North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe
  • Ultimate Music Challenge @ Viejas Dreamcatcher
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Citizen Band (CD Release)@ Brick By Brick
  • Sal’s Sketchy Porn Night @ Radio Room
  • Banda El Limon, Los Creadorez Del Pasito Duranguense @ San Diego County Fair (Main Stage)
  • Tommy and the High Pilots @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Reggae Sundays @ Canes (4-6p, Free)
  • Rick Ortiz presents West Coast Hip Hop Invation @ House of Blues
  • Jake Allen, Paul Cannon, Ryanhood @ Lestat's
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Lating Love 4 feat. Locura @ Kava Lounge
  • Rastus Kain Band @ Winston's (5-8p)
  • Jose Sinatra’s OB-o-ke @ Winston’s (9-close)
  • Eclipse 79, Snake Babies, Adams and Eves @ Soda Bar
  • Fire Whiskey @ Hensley’s Flying Elephant
  • Too Many Creeps with Mario O & friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (10a-2:30p)
  • Reggie Smith @ Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge (8p-12a)
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Anthology (Early Show, 7:30p)

Recap: Ben Kweller, Local Natives, Jones Street Station

Tonight I went to House of Blues to see Jones Street Station, Local Natives, and Ben Kweller. The show was supposed to be a mainstage show, however low ticket sales resulted in the show moving into the 5th Avenue Voodoo Stage. I have a lot to say about that and honestly I don't feel it reflects on the artists whatsoever, so I'll save it for another time.

I made it to the show early because I wanted to make sure to catch both opening bands. I think Local Natives were slated to play first, but since they're from LA and had tons of people out to see them, Jones Street Station started off the night. The band is made up of five guys who met in Brooklyn but who come from various locales (Minnesota, Jersey, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois) and it just reminds me how much I love boys from the Midwest. Their rootsy, Americana songwriting is addictive, and their harmonies are stellar. Throw in the various instruments (mandolin, stand up bass, keys, harmonica, accordion, tambourine) and I was sold upon first listen of their sophomore CD, In Verses.

For the rest of the recap, click 'keep on reading'.

Find more music like this on Jones Street Station
I had a photo pass to the show but the lighting just doesn't work for my camera so here are just a couple shots. The rest, sadly, make the band appear like they're possessed. This is definitely a band I will be paying attention to in the future. There's not really a lead vocalist to the group... John belts it out and plays a mean harp, which he pulls out of a hunting belt; Danny's got more hushed vocals while strumming a guitar, banjo, or mandolin, which reminded me a bit of Ian Ball from Gomez. The rest of the guys sing, too, however the sound board they soundchecked with failed just before their set, so they had half the inputs they needed so we didn't quite get the full band harmonies.

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Standout songs for me were "Evergreen" which definitely hit an emotional nerve for me and "Tall Buildings", which was the last song of their set. The entire band stood singing without mics while Danny played his acoustic guitar completely unplugged. Aside from the rude assholes that talked throughout the show, it was a pretty specatacular performance. I couldn't shoot video, but here's video of a similar performance in NY a few months back.

Between bands I was in a crowd of kids with their parents sharing that it was their first concert. An older lady got in a conversation with the people around me and she was in her early 80s, there to see her grandson in Local Natives. As the band was about to start, I maneuvered over for pictures only to then get screamed at from the sound guy. Even though I was where I was supposed to be. Dick. Anyway, after the first song he grabbed me and said I could shoot for the next two songs. Not that anything I attempted worked anyway...

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I caught Local Natives when they played the loft a couple months ago and they're genuinely entertaining. I guess there's a vibe that some bands have...Local Natives, Port O Brien, Builders and Butchers, Blitzen Trapper and Dusty Rhodes all come to mind, where the band members are all clearly multi-talented, they play every show with the same heart, and they appear to be a happy family onstage, and there's really no way to fake that and it makes for really amazing live shows. These kids are good.

Jake had arrived by that point, so after a few photos I watched the set from the back of the crowd. Jake told some yuppies to shut up which made me laugh. Maybe people don't get out enough? I don't know. How someone can talk non stop for an band's entire set just floors me. And if you have so much to say, can't you just move it outside, or at least lean in to your friend's ear so you don't scream over a a band that is playing- That other people paid to see.

Anyway, I bought the band's EP since I didn't have cash last time around. After the set I introduced myself to 3/5 of Jones Street Station: JB, Danny, and Sam who couldn't have been nicer guys. We chatted a bit about the tour, about the "House of Rules", about the rest of the tour, and some random shit, like how JB wrote the bacon bacon beef jingle for Wendy's and when Sam came down with Poison Oak (he builds stuff, including hiking trails) he was in a clinic for treatment and the Wendy's ad came on. The way they spoke, riffing off each other, finishing sentences, I felt like we should all go sit around a campfire together. While we spoke, Ben Kweller walked up and they introduced me and then I let them be so they could talk about plans to join Ben onstage for his finale.

I also spoke briefly to Kelsey from Local Natives and (fingers crossed) might have them back in town soon, since they're based nearby. I'll let you know how that goes.

I went back into the venue to catch Ben Kweller and was happy to see that the crowd has swelled significantly. He started off the set with Gypsy Rose and naturally I love any song with my name in it. Kweller's songwriting and countrified music is mellow without being boring and he continued on playing a pretty lengthy set.

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Again, after some pics, I hung with Jake along the side wall which is where we made our mistake of the evening and left. It isn't that we weren't enjoying the show, it was just that I had planned to catch Ghostbird at the Ruby Room. By the time we walked to his car, got caught up in gnarly post-Padres and regular Saturday night downtown traffic, we got to Hillcrest and searched aimlessly for parking for over half an hour. You can only cruise Essex so long before getting annoyed, both of us realizing we should've just stayed for the full set at House of Blues, especially since there was gonna be a big Ben Kweller/Jones Street Station/Local Natives finale that I'm sure was incredible. Can't win em all. With that, I turned in for the night, catching 120 Minutes on VH1 Classics and bid adieu to another Saturday night.

Triumph The Insult Dog Covers Bonnaroo

Kinda the best music festival reporting ever, right?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 20, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009:

  • Ben Kweller, Jones Street Station, Local Natives @ House of Blues
  • Found Magazine Tour with The Watson Twins, Brett Loudermilk, and DJ Andrew Cohn @ Ruby Room (8pm)
  • Ghostbird (CD/Video Release), Republic of Letters @ Ruby Room (10pm)
  • Fing, Dead Wasps, Music For Animals @ Soda Bar
  • Get Back Loretta (CD Release), The Material (CD Release), Flight To Athena (CD Release), Madder Yellow, The Color of Glass @ Soma
  • Da Bears, Nurses, Cuckoo Chaos, Prussia @ Che Cafe
  • Gallery AKA Opening @ Disconnected Salon (Hosted Stone beer & Rock Canyon wine, 6-10p)
  • Better Class of Flying Man, The Fascination @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Anna Troy, Marasol, Irradio, DJ Lord Nelson @ Beauty Bar
  • The US Air Guitar Championships - San Diego Regional, plus the Cameltones @ Casbah
  • Urbanist Launch Party (Open to public after 11) @ U-31
  • Sneaky Sound System(Live)@ Spin
  • Digital Leather, Earthmen & Strangers, Braaiins @ Ken Club
  • EOTO (Featuring Michael Travis & Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident) w/ Delta Nove, Alfred Howard, Swiv Tackle Circus, J. Wail, DJ OSaL8 @ Belly Up
  • Listen Local Party with Podunk Nowhere, Happy Ron, Nicole Torres, Paul Cannon, Sven, Tori Roze @ Winston’s (4-8p)
  • Vicente Fernandez @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Neon Beat feat DJ Junior The Discopunk & Atari@ Bar Pink
  • David Archuleta @ San Diego County Fair (Main Stage)
  • Blasphemous Rumours @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Drum n Bass Nite @ Radio Room
  • Mad Traffic, Science Fiction @ O'Connell's
  • Psydecar (reggae brunch, 10 am) @ House of Blues
  • Brett Bixby, Girlyman @ Lestat's
  • Allison Lonsdale @ Lestat’s (6-8p)
  • Dub Smugglers @ Kava Lounge
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
  • The Pack, The Divine, Somato Sensory, Hello Marquee, Love Beats War @ Epicentre
  • Psydecar, Through The Roots @ Winston's
  • Thicker Than Thieves, Full Blown Stone, Irieside @ 710 Beach Club
  • Transport 80s vs 90s with Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Wild Child (Doors Tribute), That 70's Rock Show @ Canes
  • Celebrating the life and music of Paulette Valenzuela of The Abuse feat. Force of Habit, Aggronauts, Awaiting Samsara, 25th Hour, Suspects of a Crime @ Dreamstreet
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Juneteenth Unity Summit @ 4th & B
  • Hiromi @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • On My Honor, A Vintage Dream, Yttrium, Audrina @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Special Guest @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • RetroFit feat. DJ Professor CC and DJ Brother Darkness @ Stout House
  • Mainly Mozart Festival @ Balboa Theatre
  • Re$e Entertainment presents A Night of Laughter feat. Gary Owen, Luenell, Red Grant @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Yanni Voices: Yanni, Nathan Pacheco, Leslie Mills, Ender Thomas, Chloe @ Cox Arena

Tonight: Ben Kweller, Jones Street Station, Local Natives

Honestly, it's not often that I'm excited about a show at the House of Blues, especially on a Saturday night, but it also isn't very often that I'm equally or more excited to see the openers than I am the actual headliner. Tonight is such a case when LA's The Local Natives and Brooklyn's Jones Street Station open for Ben Kweller.

Instead of gushing...take a listen to both for yourself.

Jones Street Station

Local Natives

And if that's not enough goodness, Ben Kweller is pretty damn awesome, too. Tonight will be a good night for some rootsy Americana.

Ben Kweller - Fight

(after the show, there will be plenty of time to catch Ghostbird's CD/Video release at Ruby Room.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 19, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009:

  • Pancakes for Penguin, Your Yellow Dress, and Adams and Eves @ Habitat House (1008 21st, 7pm, 21+, Free, BYOB)
  • The Feelings Mutual, Low Red Land, The Fling, Jalopy Gods @ Radio Room
  • Ragdoll City, Breakhouse, The Blackwater Conspiracy, The RNRs @ O'Connell's
  • The Creepy Creeps, The Loons, The Omens, DJ Tony the Tyger and guests @ Casbah
  • Tropical Depression, Doves And Desperados, Primitive Noyes @ Tin Can Ale House
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Vanity with Lisa The Lush, The Bloodflowers, The Old In Out, DJ C Wizard @ Beauty Bar
  • Death On Mars, Desert Diamonds, The Verso @ Ken Club
  • Pocket @ Whistle Stop
  • The Farmers @ Tio Leos
  • K'NAAN, Rootbeer (Happy Hour with Atomic Groove) @ Belly Up
  • Pau Hana @ Ruby Room
  • Color of Glass, The New Archaic @ Lestat's
  • Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
  • Feel The Noise feat. DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Loretta Lynn @ San Diego County Fair (Main Stage)
  • Lee Rocker @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Naked Funk, Diego’s Umbrella @ Winston's
  • Hawnay Troof, BAADD, Ale Mania, DJ Mario Orduno @ Soda Bar
  • MC Battle with House of Rep @ Kava Lounge
  • The Dan Band @ House of Blues
  • Jeffrey Star, Von Iva, A Dull Science, So Long Davey, Talk Cute! @ Soma
  • Kicking K8, Canobliss, Sunday Girl, Interim Devine, Scarless, Middle Finger @ Dreamstreet
  • The Effort, 7 Generations, Final Fight, Outrage, Touche Amore, Cold Stare @ Che Cafe
  • Revival, Roots Covenant, Tribal Theory @ 710 Beach Club
  • Concrete Project (CD Release Party), The Kneehighs, Pyramid, DJ GarGar @ Canes
  • Sillan & Young @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rick Estrin & The Night Cats @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • NOIP Productions Present: Slapshock, Mindstress, 3rd World, Murder’d By Demons @ Epicentre
  • Danny Tenaglia @ Spin
  • Duck II Dawn Presents Fahrenheit feat. DJ ARod, DJ Ar0o, Carlo Crush, DJ Ricker, DJ Tim and more @ 4th & B
  • The Subdudes @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Candye Kane (CD Release) @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Midnight Rising, The V Dubs, Dawsonia, Vantage @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Graceland (Elvis Tribute) @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Underground feat. DJ Professor CC & DJ Brother Darkness @ Stout House
  • Len Rainey & The Midnight Players @ Patrick's II
  • Mainly Mozart @ Balboa Theatre
  • Wayne Newton @ Viejas Dreamcatcher

Thursday, June 18, 2009

U.S. Air Sex Championship Coming To San Diego

Perhaps you noticed that the U.S. Air Sex Championship is coming to the Casbah next week and thought, "What the hell is air sex?"

Well, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like and YOU are the contestant. Get your costumes and lose your dignity and compete in the regional competition to represent in the national championship.

The show was initially inspired by Air Guitar competitions and has spread across the country and the world with a series of events in dozens of major cities and a World Finals event in Finland. In Air Guitar, of course, competitors pretend to play an instrument that isn't there. Air Sex is similar, except competitors get up on stage and pretend to make love with a partner who isn't there. In Austin last year, the competitions were dominated by the city's top comedians and improv performers.
Pictures from the New York competition can be found here.

Before you watch the video, be warned there is strong language and sexual content. Probably not something you wanna open at the office.

Del Mar Racetrack Announces Summer Concert Series

I know the County Fair has only just begun, but racing season is just on the horizon and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced this year's summer concert series. Gone are the days of 4 o'clock Fridays (now the first post is at 3) but the amazing music returns no matter what you call it. Also note, there are a couple weekend shows. More info here.

July 24 - G Love & Special Sauce

July 31 - The Wailers

August 7 -- The Airborne Toxic Event

August 14 -- Common Sense

August 21 -- Pinback

August 28 -- Super Diamond

September 4 -- Pete Yorn

Infield Shows:
Saturday August 15- The Flaming Lips, The White Dwarfs
Saturday August 22- Steel Pulse
Sunday September 6- Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival

StayClassy.com Announces 2009 Tailgate

StayClassy.com, the guys behind the Elemental Experience (some day I will post the photos) and who also had a hugely successful tailgate last year are back again with a stellar lineup.

The Padres Tailgate will take place on July 18, 2009, with two stages.

Performers include Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Cage The Elephant, The Kneehighs, Vokab Kompany as well as a slew of DJs. Buy early and tickets are only $11, steadily increasing to $25 for day-of tickets.

Find out all the details here.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 18, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009:

  • No Knife, The Focus Group, The John Foothills Band presented by The Local 94.9 @ Belly Up
  • Manuok, By Sunlight, Bright Light Fever @ Bar Pink
  • Farmers CD Release Party with special guests, food, etc. @ Casbah (Free Show!)
  • W.P.A. (featuring Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek & Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • The Cutaways, Action Andy @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Vinyl Film, Revolution 89, The Fascination @ Beauty Bar
  • Project Out of Bounds feat Awesome New Republic @ Ruby Room
  • “Public Enemies” Promo Party @ Prohibition
  • DJ Artistic & Cros1 @ U-31
  • Hit The Switch(Nitro Records), Skipjack, Carson White & The Rancho Rats @ Radio Room
  • Lucybell @ 4th & B
  • Heavy Glow, Chimney Fish, Like Wise, Vera's Veil, Project Analogue @ Canes
  • David Cook @ San Diego County Fair (Main Stage)
  • Cash’d Out @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Super Diamond @ San Diego County Fair (Paddock Series)
  • Super Diamond @ San Diego County Fair (Solid Gold Series)
  • Ghettotron @ Kava Lounge
  • Zank, Eclipse 79, Perfect Blue @ Bitter End Backstage
  • Anthony Smith’s Trunk Full of Funk @ Winston's
  • Boombox Thursday feat. DJ Edgartronic @ A/C Lounge
  • Expressway To Yr Skull @ Soda Bar
  • Caboose! Dance Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Rock Out Karaoke (7p), Dueling Pianos (10p) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Justin Bobby, Sid Vicious @ Envy (at Ivy Hotel)
  • Circle Jerks, The Briggs, Channel 3, Authentic Sellout @ House of Blues
  • John Hull, Lisa Pollack, Rob Deez @ Lestat's
  • Dance Gavin Dance, The Audition, Endless Hallway, The Day Sets Fire @ Soma
  • Ringo Jones, Welcome To Nothing, I Am The Heart Attack, The Vera Psing@ Dreamstreet
  • Ruby and The Redhots @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Johnny Vernazza @ Patricks II
  • Flock of 80s @ Henry's
  • Irish Night w/ Skelpin @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Mainly Mozart Festival @ Balboa Theatre

Rhett Miller on Hornblower Inspiration

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking another cruise around San Diego's big bay with one of my favorite performers. Believe me, after the disaster of a show earlier that week (with a band that shall not be mentioned but shares the name of a sour citrus candy), it was great seeing a musician that is happy and at least by all appearances, has his shit together. The boat was a bit chilly and windier than usual which is pretty evident in the videos, but I still think these are some reasonably decent recordings. Oh, and after the show I chatted with Rhett about NARM (the convention for record merchandisers where he played a showcase at On Broadway) and music and just about how awesome he is. A glance from those eyes could knock anyone out. *swoon* Huge thanks to KPRI and Hornblower for continuing to deliver amazing music to San Diego.

Here's a video. The rest if you 'keep on reading'.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 17, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009:

  • White Rabbits, The Subjects, Hotel St. George @ Casbah
  • Bright Light Fever, By Sunlight, Modern Rifles, Black Mamba @ Che Cafe
  • Buckfast Superbee, State To State, The Gift/Curse @ Soda Bar
  • This Is Manic, Breakhouse, Makai @ Radio Room
  • Social Green, Endoxi, Syndicate @ Belly Up Furcast, One I Red @ Beauty Bar
  • Death On Two Wheels, Silverleaf @ Lestat's
  • Marshall Crenshaw @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Owl, Murder My Sweet @ U-31
  • Bret Michaels @ San Diego County Fair (Main Stage)
  • Iron Maidens @ San Diego County Fair (Rock On Stage)
  • Foghat @ San Diego County Fair (Paddock Series)
  • Hit The Switch(Nitro Records), Skipjack, Carson White & The Rancho Rats @ Bar Pink
  • Reik @ House of Blues
  • Dinosaur, Ricksha, The Bleeding Irish @ O'Connell's
  • Tribe of Kings Presents Kings Club @ Ken Club
  • Spineshank, Despite The Wolves, Streamview @ Brick By Brick
  • Outformation @ Winston's
  • Rolando Garza, Los Incontenibles Del Amor @ Canes
  • Defamation League, Watch Us Burn, French Kiss Coma, Team Trivia Plus hosted by Ed Decker (6-9) @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Reverend Stickman, Shant Salakian, Roxy Blue, Randi Driscoll @ Bitter End Backstage
  • Joe Wood & The Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Bill Magee Blues @ Patrick's II
  • Saffire Uppity Blues Women @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Reverse Cowboys, Francis Bacon, Sidro Punks, The German Kites, Taz Taylor Band @ Dreamstreet

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 16, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009:
  • The Airborne Toxic Event @ Anthology (Sophie 103.7 Private Show)
  • Ben Johnson's Birthday - Heavy Cessna, Titanarum, The Beat-less @ Casbah
  • The Midwinters, Deleted Scenes, A Beautiful Noise @ Beauty Bar
  • Analog Empire, Says Rally, Marquez, Deer or the Doe @ Soda Bar
  • The Predicates, The Turtle Project @ Ivy
  • Eve 6 @ San Diego County Fair ( Paddock Stage)
  • Radio Star @ San Diego County Fair ( Rock On Stage)
  • Phil Vassar @ San Diego County Fair ( Grandstand Stage)
  • xTime For Changex, Abandon, Lockstep, Destroy All Of Them, Despite Despair, Active Aggression @ Che Cafe
  • Too Cool For Karofe: Bizarro Night @ Ruby Room
  • Sly and Robbie @ Worldbeat Center
  • Ken Club Karaoke @ Ken Club
  • KillWhitneyDead, The Demonstation, and more @ Epicentre
  • Mainly Mozart @ Balboa Theatre
  • Jack Tempchin @ Calypso Cafe
  • Tiki Tuesday w/ Craig Prior @ Bar Pink
  • King Sunny Ade @ Belly Up
  • Mechanical Bull Riding w/ Junior the Disco Punk @ U-31
  • Pressure Drop, Skarina, Jeff Graves @ Radio Room
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Tongue In Cheek Tuesdays (Comedy) Lineup TBA @ Brick By Brick
  • The Room: Comedy Night, hosted by Rich the Stitch @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Dubba Deez @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen @ Kraken
  • Missy Andersen @ Patrick's II
  • Squirrelly Arts @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Passafire, Sandollar @ Winston's
  • The Barrett Trap @ O'Connell's

Sneak Peeks: 4 o'clock Friday/ Street Scene

My friend Xavie sent over some recon he did on Pollstar.com

First 2 acts of 4'o clock Fridays:

July 24 - G Love & Special Sauce
July 31 - The Wailers

Also, here is Street Scene info:

Anya Marina
Band of Horses
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
Girl Talk
Grand Ole Party

The Dead Weather
No Age
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Silversun Pickups

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hard Rock Hotel Announces First of Concert Series

I haven't quite done a full post about my tour of Hard Rock Hotel last week and their intention to give San Diego another venue with which House of Blues will compete, but the first of their concerts was announced today. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon. The bonus? Tickets will be sold via Frontgate (the same as the Casbah) so while you might pay a couple bucks for a service charge, you won't be paying the exorbitant fees that you would spend on Ticketmaster. Hells yes.

N*E*R*D* will perform in The Legends Ballroom on Sunday August 2nd

Doors 8pm
Show 9pm
21+ show

Tickets go on sale for $40 via http://hardrockhotelsd.frontgatetickets.com/ starting at 10am on Saturday June 27th. A fanclub and Rock Royalty presale will begin this Saturday June 20th.

Ticket can only be purchased online. If tickets are still available on the day of the show, guests may buy them at the door.

This show will sell out in advance, all parties are highly encouraged to purchase these tickets as close to the on sale date as possible to avoid disappointment.

Check out the band at http://www.myspace.com/nerdofficial

Silversun Pickups Hit #1

A couple weeks ago, I postedabout Silversun Pickups and their huge accomplishment in cracking the top 10 for Panic Switch, but I'm happy to say they went even further and have now hit #1. Click 'keep on reading' for the full announcement from Dangerbird Records. I cannot say enough how amazing they're going to be at Street Scene.


Silversun Pickups Hit #1 With Lead Single "Panic Switch"
Monday June 15, 2009

It’s been 11 years since an independent artist ranked #1 on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Songs chart (Everlast’s “What It’s Like” hit #1 in December 1998) and today, Silversun Pickups are the proud title-holders. Lead single “Panic Switch,” from Swoon, has impressively jumped over tracks from Linkin Park and Green Day, which were also in the running. This is truly a triumphant day for Dangerbird and the band, as only three songs by artists on independently distributed labels have reached this position: The Offspring’s “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” [#1, July 1994], the aforementioned Everlast, and now Silversun Pickups this week.

As co-founder of Dangerbird Records, Jeff Castelaz appreciates the significance of infiltrating a predominantly major label-ruled chart. “’Panic Switch’ hitting number one proves that the moving parts of the rock and roll experience are still in good working order: great band, great song, great listener response,” he says.

The quartet is currently making their way across Europe and will return in August for festival appearances, as well as a string of newly announced tour dates.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 15, 2009

Monday June 15, 2009:
  • Anti Monday League Presents Sunday Times, Northern Towns, Los Sweepers @ Casbah
  • Kipper's (Final) Pop Trivia Challenge @ Whistle Stop
  • Ty Segall, The Moonhearts, The Pant Hoots @ Bar Pink
  • Lonely Hearts World Tour 2009 with Easy Star All Stars, Blue King Brown, DJ Emmanuel @ Belly Up
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Industrie de Lundi @ Soda Bar
  • Stewd Screwd & Tatooed Industry Night w/ My New Vice @ Ruby Room
  • Exile (TX) @ Radio Room
  • Astra Kelly, The Theory of Funkitivity, The Flowerthief @ Dublin Square
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Chet Cannon's Blue Monday Blues Party @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Heather Hardcore and Mayhem Mondays @ Club Kadan
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ Kraken
  • Bayou Brothers @ Patrick's II
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Drunk Poet's Society, Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Linnzi Zaorski @ Calypso Cafe
  • Warscroll, Age of Collapse, Koppojutsu, Chaz @ Music Trader (Point Loma)
  • Ron Bell @ Larry's Beach Club (Oceanside)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Save The Date: Friday, June 19 At Radio Room

Were you at the SD:Dialed In 2nd Anniversary show last November? If you were, you might recall catching Low Red Land, one of my favorite San Francisco bands. The boys will be back in town this coming week and I highly recommend checking them out.

Listen to them on MySpace and be at the show Friday night, when they join locals The Feelings Mutual, LA band The Fling, and Jalopy Gods.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 13-14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009:

  • Rhythm Turner Benefit feat Guava Belly, Marie Haddad, Veronica May, MC Laura Jane and more @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge. (Noon-4pm, $5, Live Music, Silent Auction, Raffle Prizes, 50% off food and drinks and more!)
  • Love is All, Still Flyin, So Cow, Christmas Island, DJ Mario Orduno @ Casbah
  • Tape Deck Mountain, Boomsnake, The Illuminauts @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Firehouse Swing Dance w/ The Swingin' Kings, Meeshi Anjali @ Belly Up (4pm)
  • Peter Murphy @ Canes
  • Sora An, Says Rally, ...Students, Incomplete Neighbor, The Urban Renewal Projekt DJs @ Beauty Bar
  • Battalion of Saints, Bankers Hill @ Brick By Brick
  • Live, Trevor Davis @ House of Blues
  • The English Beat, Chris Murray Combo @ Belly Up
  • Sunnyside, Dude Jams, John Wayne Gacy Daycare @ Ken Club
  • 4 minutes to midnight, 11 fingered charlie (Austin), Kenta, Juanita and the Rabbit @ Ruby Room
  • Melissa Etheridge: Live and Alone, Don't Stop Believin @ San Diego County Fair
  • ray@nite Rock N Roll Stew with DJs Mikey Face and Angie @ Bar Pink
  • Staring At Strange, Unset @ Radio Room
  • 944 Poolside Party with DJ's Benji Madden & Stretch Armstrong @ Harrah's Rincon Casino
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents...Black Square (HI), The Amalgamated @ O'Connell's
  • Lisa Sanders, Mary Dolan, Shawn Rohlf @ Lestat's
  • DJ Vadim, Vokab Company @ Winston's
  • Drowning Men, A.M. Vibe @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Summer Sports Showdown; Pop vs. Screamo @ Epicentre
  • Uproot, Chimney Fish, Natural Incense @ 710 Beach Club
  • One Nation Under A Groove @ Whistle Stop
  • Strung Out, Death By Stereo, This Is A Standoff, Grandoff @ Soma
  • Over & Under Exposed Featuring Photography @ Che Cafe
  • Kasket Krawlers, Dead As Dillinger, fortyonesix, Jordan Reimer @ Dreamstreet
  • Cedric The Entertainer @ Palomar Starlight Theatre
  • Flosstradamus @ Spin
  • The Gilbert Castellanos New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Mainly Mozart Festival @ Balboa Theatre
  • Thomas Connors @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (6-8p)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30p)
  • Darryl Doc Carter (50th b-day bash comedy show and roast) @ 4th & B
  • Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm; late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Peter Sams & The Murder City Irregulars, Signs and Signals, We'll Never Last, Avenue of the Dead (formerly Funky Zkunk), Mesita, The Human Record @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Neon Dragon/Dragon Lounge feat. R.A.W. aka 6BLOCC, Peacemaker vs. MK Ultra, Probable Cause, Arkon @ Kava Lounge
  • Buzzbombs @ Surf n Saddle
  • KSON New Face Showcase @ Viejas Dreamcatcher

Sunday, June 14, 2009:

  • The Felice Brothers, Willy Mason @ Casbah
  • Grand Ole Party, Pink Snowflakes (PDX psyche), Ride the Sun, RDG @ Ruby Room
  • Nikka Costa, JD Webb @ Belly Up
  • She Wants Revenge, IO Echo, Great Northern @ House of Blues
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • The Tighten Ups @ Bar Pink
  • The Riders @ San Diego County Fair
  • Jamuel Saxon, Dozal Bros., Unsexxxynerdponi @ Soda Bar
  • Jeff Miles Group @ South Park Grill
  • Black 7, Race Against Space, The Black Clouds, Decomposeurs @ Radio Room
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents...Prosthetic Arms, Eken is Dead, My New Vice (OR) @ O'Connell's
  • Los Tucanes De Tijuana, So Long Davey @ San Diego County Fair
  • Albert and Gage, Deblois @ Lestat's
  • Joey Harris & the Mental (CD Release), Mojo Nixon, Scottie Maddog Blinn, Caren & Paul Kamanski @ Brick By Brick
  • Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe @ Winston's (5-8p)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Reggae Sundays - T-Irie Dread (Free, 4-6p)@ Canes
  • Too Many Creeps DJ Mario O & Friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Capillary Action, Vaginals, Red Pony Clock and The Miniature Tree @ Che Cafe
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Jerome Dawson @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (11a)
  • T Fox & The Fox City Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8p)
  • Oli Silk, Cindy Bradley @ Anthology
  • MSG, Michael Shenker Group, Doug Doppler, Mojave Green, Split Finger @ 4th & B
  • Madera @ Dreamstreet
  • down right fierce @ Kava Lounge
  • Old Timey Session @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Nicky Awards 2009 @ Birch North Park Theatre

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Letter To Esquire Magazine

My friend Beezeley (Nautical Disaster) sent this letter out. I'll let it speak for itself.

I just wanted to share a letter I've just sent off to Esquire in response to their "America's Best Bars" article. Once again, San Diego has been dissed so I figured I'd share my thoughts with them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! And if you're trying to wrap yer head around why I'm reading and writing to Esquire, well, let's just keep it moving folks, nothing here to see...
The full San Diego loving letter if you 'keep on reading'.

Dearest Esquire,

I would like to thank you for once again perpetuating the undisputed truth that San Diego is a vapid cultural vacuum that has nothing to offer but Shamu and disappointing sports franchises. After reading your recent "Best Bars In America" article I checked the online database and sure enough there is only ONE San Diego bar mentioned. While the Red Fox Room is surely a fine place to down a few you definitely missed out on not mentioning that if you go to the Hotel Bar next door and order a drink you get to use their pool FOR FREE. Sun, pool, drinks; sure bet for some good times. As thanks for making sure we aren't inundated with pesky outsiders looking for "the San Diego Experience," I will not mention where to go for the best dirty Hendrick's martini that also happens to have great live music for free and inebriated elephants painted on the walls that'll tickle you "pink". I also won't tell you where to get one of the best burgers in town in a fantastic "waterfront" dive bar just a few blocks from the world famous Casbah. I certainly wouldn't want to tell you about one of San Diego's oldest neighborhood bars where you don't need an "alibi" to order one of their spicy Bloody Marys with pickled green beans! Yep, definitely no reason to visit the Capital of Small Breweries (believe it!) And just in case you were wondering, there is absolutely no Local Music Scene to speak of so please don't come here expecting to be entertained by anything resembling a vital community of bands. There are so many more I won't be telling you about (hey Beach Communities, you'll have to lobby yourselves for all the reasons no one should visit the half million or so dive bars in your neighborhoods!) 'cause really, LA and San Francisco are truly the only noteworthy cities in California and you really wouldn't want to bother yourself with us. We thank you and our hard working bartenders thank you! By the way, I believe there was a mistake in your listing for Tucson. The Buffet is the Scariest Bar in America. It's like walking into a David Lynch film without all of the Magical Wonder leaving only a sinister dread that something terribly terribly wrong is about to happen. At two in the afternoon.

San Diego's Warmest Regards,


Eulogies HearYa.com Session

I absolutely love Eulogies, their label Dangerbird, and their recent performance at Casbah with The Dears and Great Northern was great (not to mention they gave me their drink tickets before they left back to LA). This is "Bad Connection" off their most recent release Here Anonymous. The session was recorded in downtown Chicago at Shirk Music on May 13th.

Pick up Eulogies music here.

Eulogies - "Bad Connection" - HearYa Live Session 5/13/09 from HearYa.com on Vimeo.

Things To Do In San Diego: June 12, 2009

Where did this week go?

Friday, June 12, 2009:

  • Scarlet Symphony, Apes of Wrath, PAPA @ Casbah
  • Gray Ghosts, Hotel St. George, The Save Point @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Kelli Rudick, Manuok, JFK, Team Abraham @ Ruby Room
  • The English Beat, Chris Murray Combo @ Belly Up
  • The Drowning Men, Qu’est-ce Que C’est @ Bar Pink
  • Alpha Channel, Wizard Wolves, Dr. Yes @ Ken Club
  • River City, Golden Red (cd release), Silverleaf @ Soda Bar
  • Classic Debut Album Live show - Geezer - The Blue Album, Penny Royal - Bleach, Vitology - Ten @ Canes
  • Electric Feel: The Frail, DJs Andrew Decade, Halloween Hallowdays, Colour Vision @ Beauty Bar
  • Black Square(Hawaii), Johnny Wadd & The Stiff Sheets @ Radio Room
  • Free Confusion, One Inch Punch, Anthem, The Suicide Chords @ O'Connell's
  • Elijah Emmanuel & The Revelations @ Winston's
  • Feel The Noise with Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Lisa Lampinelli @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, H.I. Roots, True Temper @ Soma
  • Crown City Rockers, Vokab Company, Dirty Modelo, Ellis Bancroft @ Brick By Brick
  • Club Pussy Galore @ Whistle Stop
  • The Upstarts, Bedford Grove, Missing Digits @ Anthology (Late Show 10:00 pm)
  • SD Rocks @ House of Blues
  • Dinosaur Party (CD Release), Sevilla, Misc. Ailments, Stage Kids, The Author's Notes @ Epicentre
  • Michael Tiernan Trio @ Carlsbad Museum Of Making Music
  • Autumn Boukadakis, Chuck Cannon, Thomas Ian Nicholas @ Lestat's
  • Heroes of Woodstock, Led Zepagain @ San Diego County Fair
  • Splitfinger, Likewize, Ricerockit @ 710 Beach Club
  • The ESP Quintet @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Atomic Groove @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • One Theory, Kavena, Aghori, Destinial, The Fight Back @ Dreamstreet
  • Infected Mushroom @ Spin
  • Monsters of Rock, Alice and The Cooper Gang @ 4th & B
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Makaha Sons: Take a Walk in the Country World Tour featuring Willie K, Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho. Guest Emcee Augie T. @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • The Fine Line, Dress To Kill, The J.V. Allstars, Bewilderness, Gloomcookies @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Beatles Tribute @ Surf n Saddle
  • Billy Watson @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Mainly Mozart Festival: St Petersburg String Quartet @ Balboa Theatre

Videos: I love percussion

I guess I never realized how much I vibe on percussion, but I've noticed lately that I'm really, really digging on the interesting drumming happening. Here are three videos that all just really work for me, and I hope you dig on them as well. Happy Friday!

Violens // "Doomed" from Violens on Vimeo.

By the way, Monahans "Dim The Aurora" is one of my favorite releases I've received this year. I highly recommend you check it out. Same is true for White Rabbits, but I'd say if you are on the fence, just go see them live at the Casbah next Wednesday, and when you're blown away, just pick up the album from the band.

Whatever Works FREE Advanced Screening

Been awhile since I have posted something on here so I figure I might as well hook you guys up with some free schtuff.

Whatever Works is a new movie written and directed by Woody Allen. The film is a black comedy featuring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Kristen Johnston, Ed Begley, Jr., Michael McKean, and Henry Cavill. David stars as Boris Yelnikoff, an eccentric, misanthropic physicist from Greenwich Village who becomes entangled with a young girl from the south (played by Wood) and her parents.

Its scheduled release date is June 19th, but the fine folks over at www.nerve.com and Sony Pictures Classic have presented us with a advanced screening of the flick at the Hillcrest Cinemas (3965 5th Avenue) on Monday June 17th at 7PM. Check out the HD trailer for the movie here:

You can RSVP at the link below for FREE!

Thanks to Billy from Babble Media for hooking this up!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 11, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009:

  • Jay Reatard, The Oh Sees, Earthmen and Strangers @ Casbah
  • John Meeks w/ Bill Cardinal, The Midnight Choir, DJ Gonzo @ Belly Up
  • Lights On, The Dabbers, The Lanterns @ Radio Room
  • 'Zzzz-Sound of Quiet Punx' hosted by Drew Andrews @ Whistle Stop
  • 2Mex, Flux City, Spam, Future Friends, Artoo, Pupil of Society, Isor @ Beauty Bar
  • More Super thursdays: grindhaus with DJs Shane Baker and The Pied Piper @ Ruby Room
  • Dj Artistic, Cros 1 @ U-31
  • The Pheromones @ Porter's Pub, UCSD
  • Boombox Thursday feat. DJ Edgartronic @ A/C Lounge (Hosted Corralejo tequila 9-11p)
  • Lustkillers, Mr. Gnome @ Bar Pink
  • Buckfast Superbee, DJ Cheap Shot @ Ivy
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Roosevelt @ Ken Club
  • Dead Jams, Extra Ticket @ Winston's
  • Expressway To Yr Skull @ Soda Bar
  • Blue Sky Blonde, Archery For the Blind, Spero Lumina, Even Break @ Canes
  • Rock Out Karaoke (7-10p), Dueling Pianos (9-close) @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Orb, Orchard Lounge @ House of Blues
  • 5 a.m., Miggs @ Lestat's
  • The official Sagebaby Mixtape Release Party hosted by Chris Loos, feat FINGAZZ @ Stage Saloon
  • Summer Sessions feat. Roots Covenant, HRC Sounds, Rasta Nation and more @ Kava Lounge
  • Run Town, Patrick Lanzetta, Hector Aramburo, Evan Bethany, Jaden, Megan Combs, Elaine Fay @ Dreamstreet
  • Band Showcase Competition @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Tokeli & the Samba de Toquali Band @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • The Flower Thief, Myras Hands @ Bitter End Backstage
  • Irish Night with Skelpin @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Mainly Mozart, Festival Orchestra, David Atherton, Conductor, Adam Neiman, Piano @ San Diego Civic Theatre

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 10, 2009

Wednesday June 10, 2009:
  • Children Collide, Black Hondo @ Casbah
  • The Church, Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Bolts of Melody@ Belly Up
  • Arms Entwined, Soup, Westfire @ Beauty Bar
  • Caskets On Parade, Gortuary, Shatterred Eyes, Draind@ Ruby Room
  • Tribe Of Kings presents Kings Club @ Ken Club
  • Meluplus, Vinyl Film, Dying To Wake, Someday Assassin@ U-31
  • The Antlers, Robin & DJ Edgartronic@ Bar Pink
  • Hopewell (NY), Street of Little Girls@ Radio Room
  • Revolver Presents Testament with Unearth@ House of Blues
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Henry's
  • A Night of Belly Dancers and Music @ Lestat's
  • Buzzbombs @ Patrick's II
  • Elisabeth Rebel, Treading Gravity, Dead Wasps (UK)@ O'Connell's
  • Manwhore Wednesdays @ Ken Club
  • The Napolean Complex/ Veritas/ the Notice @ Brick By Brick
  • Womama, Wsg's Echo, Afra @ Winston's
  • Never Say Die Presents - Bands The 25th Hour, Alessa Is Red, Citradora, Loked, InMost, Stiletto Silhouette@ Canes
  • Di Nigunim, 2nd St Ragstompers, Black Death Allstars, Satan Dance Party@ Soda Bar
  • Max Daily's Make-shift Magic Lantern, DJ Night Rocker, The Bill Wesley Array Orchestra @ Whistle Stop
  • Team Trivia Plus hosted by Ed Decker @ 710 Beach Club
  • Clay Colton@ Dublin Square
  • Open Blues Jam@ Portugalia
  • Haywire Hefe & Reef Present Sweatervest & Facemelt@ Surf n Saddle
  • Joe Wood & the Lonely Ones@ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Blue Rockit @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • JD Souther, Jill Sobule@ Anthology
  • The Soul Revue @ Jimmy Love's

Nico Vega Cancels Tonight's Casbah Show

We’re sorry to say that we have to cancel the following shows in San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose due to strict doctors orders. The cancellations are necessary and unavoidable. We apologize for the inconvenience to our fans as well as IAMX and Children Collide who we were to share the billing with. They are both amazing bands and we highly recommend you go check out their shows. We hope you understand and we promise to make up the dates as soon as possible.

Much love,
Nico Vega

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Things to do in San Diego: June 9, 2009

Tuesday June 9, 2009:
  • Constantines, Crystal Antlers, I Was a King @ Casbah
  • NARM @ Night featuring Rhett Miller, Glasvegas, Clipse, Rootbeer, Kydd Trell, DJ Davey Rockit and more @ On Broadway
  • Yellowman, The Night Doctors, Organika Music Sound @ Belly Up
  • The Predicates, Silverleaf, The Primitive No Yes @ Beauty Bar
  • Mechanical Bull Riding with Richy the Kid @ U-31
  • Diamond Sleeper, Endless Time, Jeans Wilder, Horse Head @ Soda Bar
  • Too Cool for Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Exotiki @ Bar Pink
  • Rich White Males, The Leftovers, The Accoutrements @ Radio Room
  • Ken Club Karaoke @ Ken Club
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Tongue In Cheek Tuesdays Featuring San Diego's finest comedians. Lineup TBA @ Brick By Brick
  • America's Lip Sync Star Contest - Preliminary #2 @ Canes
  • Nero's Day at Disenyland, Mincemeat or Tenspeed, Fortress of Amplitude, Civilized Man and The Judy Experience @ Che Cafe
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Songwriters Showcase Competition @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Dubba Deez @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Delta Heat @ Patrick's II
  • Jonathan Terrell (solo), Greg Gibson @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Drive By Jones, Phavian @ O'Connell's
  • Skirt Alert @ Winston's
  • Jack Tempchin @ Calypso Cafe
  • Mainly Mozart Festival @ Balboa Theatre

Jeremy Enigk "OK Bear" KEXP Session

My dear friend Marco Collins is busting his ass doing radio shows up in Seattle and LA (in the meantime, we all know he belongs to San Diego and dream of his return home). Anyway, I've had my hands on Jeremy Enigk's album OK Bear for about a month, but Marco is working with him and busting ass to spread the good word. And it is definitely good. Here's one video with a full orchestra. The rest if you 'keep on reading'. By the way, follow Marco on Twitter @notmarcocollins. Often hilarious, always informative.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: June 8, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009:
  • Anti Monday League Presents Lemonheads, Fluf @ Casbah
  • Transfer, Dead Confederate, DJ Myson King @ Beauty Bar
  • NARM@Night feat. Julien K, The Fabulous Miss Wendy, Pensive, Will Dailey, Big B, Aimee Allen, Butterfly Boucher, Crooked X, DJ Davey Rockit @ On Broadway
  • The Styletones @ Ruby Room
  • Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Mike Keneally (solo acoustic) @ The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
  • Industrie de Lundi @ Soda Bar
  • Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows, Hard Fall Hearts, The Watchmen, Kasket Krawlers @ Radio Room
  • Sara Petite @ Larry's Beach Club (Oceanside)
  • Astra Kelly, The Allegra Collective, Soundescape @ Dublin Square
  • The Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Charles Burton @ Humphrey's Backstage Music Club
  • Heather Hardcore and Mayhem Mondays @ Club Kadan
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Road Dogs @ Patrick's II
  • King, Wings Of Lead, Murder On The Dancefloor, Aphotic Murder, Liberty @ Soma
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's