Monday, May 31, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: May 31-June 1, 2010

Monday May 31, 2010 (Memorial Day):
  • Emily Jane White, Brothers Grimm, guest @ Soda Bar
  • The Strange Days Tour 2010: Tech N9NE , Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Prozak, Cognito, Die Nasty @ House of Blues
  • Monarques, Marquez @ Tin Can
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ U-31
  • Vanilla Ice @ Fluxx
  • Smokejumper, Rev Success, Save Amos @ Ruby Room
  • Burnsville Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Pyrate Punx Mayhem Mondays Presents: Abject, Blood Stained Reality, San Deviants @ Radio Room
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Missy Andersen @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Fabulous Woodies @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Ron Bell @ Cafe La Maze
  • Rob Thorsen @ Croce's

Tuesday June 1, 2010:

  • Miike Snow, Canon Blue @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • An Evening with The Melvins, Totimoshi, Rats Eyes @ Casbah (Sold Out)
  • X (Australia), The A-Frames, Christmas Island, Nude Boy @ Soda Bar
  • Yeah Buddy Tuesdays with Cat Family, The Morning of Glass, Starcrossed @ Radio Room
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Adrian Demain's Exoticatronica @ Bar Pink
  • Crooked Still @ AMSD (Acoustic Music San Diego)
  • Pat Travers, The West Coast Bandits, Lizardfish, Circa Now @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Dave Booda Acoustic @ Tiki House
  • Rhythm and The Method @ Winston's
  • Too Cool for Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • Upright Citizens Brigade Tourco @ The Loft (6:30 & 9:00)
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Stress Free Stand Up Comedy @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Jeff Moore's Witchdoctors @ Patrick's ll
  • Songwriters Showcase Competition @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Singers Concert @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • Rich the Stitch Comedy Show @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Roxy Blue and The Handfull @ The Office
  • Music on the Mountain Concert Series: Michael Nigro, Lisa Schroeder, Noteworthy @ Julian Library
  • Daddy-O's presents: Dangerous Curves Ahead Burlesque on the Go Go with New Yorks Hottest Stars: Anita Cookie, Clams Casino, Darlinda just Darlinda, GiGi La Femme, Minni Tonka @ Brick by Brick

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Emily Jane White @ Soda Bar Monday May 31, 2010

California folk singer Emily Jane White will be performing a Memorial Day show at Soda Bar on El Cajon Blvd. Even if you have been festive over the long weekend, there is no better way to cap it off than by watching this talented young woman sing songs from her latest effort, Victorian American. Although she would be the first to tell you her songs are sad , I feel drawn to her style and subject matter more with each listen. This is the voice of an artist that has experienced much in her lifetime. Although it would be easy to compare Emily to other female folk singers, those comparisons are not necessary. She has a certain way of expressing her feelings with her music that is worthy of the listener's undivided attention. In a time when so much music is disposable, Emily Jane White's songs should provide those in attendance with a performance that will not soon be forgotten.

Brothers Grimm set the stage.

Watch a video of Wild Tigers I Have Known below.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Alpha Rev at West Coast Tavern

It's kinda scary that I had to actually look at a calendar to make sure this show happened only one week ago because it already feels so long ago. Before I get to Alpha Rev, there's a backstory. I really wanted to get into KPRI's private listener soundcheck for Broken Bells last Tuesday, but the label limited the amount of people to ten. Apparently 5 lucky people (and their guests) won, but at the actual event, only one pair showed up. My friends at the station called me but my stupid cell phone doesn't get reception in my house, so I missed the call. Later when I talked to Oz, he broke my heart about missing the soundcheck, but during our conversation he asked me if I knew of a place that had a built in happy hour crowd for a last minute show on Friday. I suggested True North. They parlayed the message to West Coast, and suddenly there was an Alpha Rev show booked at West Coast Tavern just a few days later.

Of course I went. And of course I filmed. And of course some chick talked into my camera telling me I was in her way. (You can hear her in video 2) I think my post about assholes that annoy me at shows is about due. One in the list is people who sit down then expect that nobody will get in front of them. Anyhow, here's the show (which I really enjoyed). Alpha Rev is from Austin and to me have a very straightforward sound that is perfect for AAA radio; brings to mind bands like Vega 4 or Tonic or Sister Hazel. Easy on the ears, made for singalongs.

West Coast Tavern doesn't traditionally have music, but they made accomodations for the station which was pretty cool, and ended up being the perfect spot for the afternoon session. I have to also say that yesterday there was the big Casbah show at the Birch North Park Theater, and beforehand Tim Pyles and I were treated to dinner. oh.mai.gawd. I'd had the three hummus dips and some fries before, but yesterday we ate and if you're planning a night in North Park, do yourself a favor and try the food.

We sampled several menu items, including the fries (with garlic aioli), mac n cheese ($8), lamb sliders ($8), seared ahi ($11), and the crab cakes ($11), all aided with the "Donkey Punch" ($12) which is kinda like a mule but with Bourbon instead of vodka, served in a copper mug. It was delicious and the small tapas-style servings allowed for sharing (just don't try and take one of Mr. Pyles lamb sliders unless you want to see a grown man cry). West Coast Tavern might not be the kinda place I hang out on a Friday or Saturday night, but it's definitely a spot I'd hit for happy hour or dinner before a show.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: May 28-30, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010:

  • Casbah presents Transfer, Dirty Sweet, Silent Comedy, Apes of Wrath @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Blackout Party, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, El Monte Slim, The Howls @ Casbah (Half price entry with ticket from Birch North Park Theatre)
  • Spectrum (Spacemen 3, Sonic Boom), Pearl Harbor, Heavy Hawaii, Jeans Wilder@ Soda Bar
  • My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult w/ Psychotica, DJs DiskDroid, Liquid Grey @ Beauty Bar
  • The Cutaways, Action Andy, The Baja Bugs, DJ Miggs & Victor Penalosa @ Tower Bar
  • Behind The Wagon, Tippy Canoe, Low Volts @ Tin Can Ale House
  • The Smart Brothers, J. Thoven @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Mad Martigan, Da Bears, Republic of Letters @ Ruby Room
  • Fundraiser for Norton feat. Adam Salter, Mr. Biggs, Colour Vision, Turbo Teen, Kimbo @ Super El Camino
  • Blessure Grave, Pushin Rope, DJs Dan Sent, Ethan, Jeans Wilders, Rob & Dmitri @ Whistle Stop (All proceeds go to Brandi M Hollett Memorial Fund)
  • The Piss Pops, Broken Bottles, bonecrusher, Rat City Riot @ Radio Room
  • Junior the DiscoPunk, Mr. Atari @ Bar Pink
  • GrandMastaRats @ El Dorado
  • Star Wars In Concert @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • The Devastators, Stained Glass Saints @ Soundwave
  • Feel the Noise feat. Gabe Vega, Office Twins/Headshake, Halloween Hallowdays @ U-31
  • Frank and Derol, The Inheritance, Eyes Out, THELADYthetiger, Daniel Sumstine @ Epicentre
  • The Expendables, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Big B, Dirty Penny @ Belly Up
  • The Mar Dels @ Belly Up (Happy hour, 5:30 pm)
  • Silent Lune, Family Jamm @ O'Connell's
  • Doug Benson (comedy) @ House of Blues
  • Jordan Reimer, Ramekage, Rob Deez @ Lestat's
  • Break The Chain, Despite Atrophy, Sicarus @ Brick By Brick
  • Hightide, Jet West @ Winston's
  • Battle of the Bands @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Farmers @ Tio Leo's (Morena)
  • Heart @ Open Sky Theatre, Harrah's Rincon Casino
  • Lower Definition, Comes The Horsemen (CD Release), Casino Madrid, Vanguard, Tragedy + Triumph (CD Release), Deadbeat Nightlife, Lindbergh Skies, City Delivered @ Soma
  • Nihilist, HeXen, Bastard Saints, Assault, Moment of Silence @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Earth at Night, The Grey Beards, Windser, 321 Stereo, Joker Face @ Dreamstreet
  • Chini & Camberos @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7 pm)
  • The Mighty Untouchables @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30 pm)
  • The Dread Crew of Offwood @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Hip Hop Explosion 2010 feat. Jaz, Rog D, special guests @ 4th & B
  • Average White Band @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Glow, EK Party, Rockers @ Gallagher's
  • Markus Schulz, Victor Dinaire @ Voyeur
  • Lange @ Spin
  • DJ Vice, Zen Arts @ Fluxx

Saturday, May 29, 2010:

  • Get Back Loretta, Or, The Whale, Swim Party, The New Archaic @ Casbah
  • Scarlet Symphony, The Constellation Branch, Lands On Fire @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Stripes and Lines, Dynamite Walls, The Spells @ Belly Up
  • Lord Howler, Ghetto Blaster, Die Sabotage, Brian Holwerda @ Ruby Room
  • Gun Runner, Diversion Sound @ Radio Room
  • Earthmen & Strangers, Lenguas Largas, Becky Lee & Drunkfoot, Cat Party, The Kabbs, The Strychnin DJs @ Tower Bar
  • Boomsnake, Hosannas, Superhumanoids, Snuffaluffagus @ Che Cafe
  • Enrique Experienced Art Show feat. music by Rob Deez, Adam Traub (The Burning of Rome)@ Glashaus (1815 Main Street, Barrio Logan)
  • Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly, psychostick, Screamin Yeehaws, The Riot Brides @ Brick By Brick
  • Red Hand, Dot, Monkeys In Space @ Soda Bar
  • Emerson (CD Release) @ Lestat's
  • The Dabbers, Kata @ Bar Pink
  • Randi Driscoll @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Strike Twelve, Loser By Default, Londons Falling, DC Fallout @ O'Connell's
  • Miss Toats @ El Dorado
  • Got Locked out of Eden @ Winston's (6-8 pm)
  • Polynesian Underground presents Tribal Theory, Sputhtown Generals @ Winston's
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Way Cool Jr., UFC 114 @ 710 Beach Club
  • Caboose @ Whistle Stop
  • Cobra Starship, 3OH3!, Travis McCoy, I fight Dragons @ Soma
  • The Atomic Punks, Dazed & Confused @ Soundwave
  • Zion I, Kiwi, Rocky Rivera, RSS Feed and more @ Epicentre
  • Southern Storm, Dive Bomber, Vetta, Cherish & Buckshy @ Dreamstreet
  • Ian Tordella & his quarted (CD Release: "Magnolia") @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rock Against MS @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (4-8 pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30 pm)
  • The Optimators, Hazmatt @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Kaskade @ 4th & B
  • Jane Monheit @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Gina Turner, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
  • Tropical Beach Party with Kimberly S @ Spin
  • The Leprechanz, UFC 114 @ Gallagher's
  • Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), DJ Cobra, Ricky Rocks (Live drum show) @ Fluxx
  • High Plains Drifters @ Chico Club

Sunday, May 30, 2010:

  • FM 94/9 & The Local Pyle presents Jivewire feat D-Pain, Lion Cut, Smile Now Cry Later, Free*Stars @ Casbah (Free, Doors at 7, Free food from Lucha Libre)
  • Deadmau5 @ Intervention Pool Party, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Cash'd OUt, The Midnight Choir, Little Hurricane, DJ Gonzo @ Belly Up
  • Cute Is What We Aim For, Friday Night Boys, The Bigger Lights, Down With Webster @ Soma
  • NAS/Damien Marley @ Open Sky Theatre, Harrah's Rincon Casino
  • Ox Eyes, The Hot Toddies, Dreamboat @ Tin Can Ale House
  • 16 Volt, Chem Lab, Left Spine Down @ Ruby Room
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnston @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates @ Bar Pink
  • The Big Weezy Quartet, The Eastern Seaboard, Nothingful, Riddle The Roar, DJ Mongo @ Radio Room
  • Happy Ron's Open Mic @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Satellite Run, Baghdad, Mark Mallman, Post Crush @ O'Connell's
  • Victory Nightlife presents Block Party @ House of Blues
  • Alyssa Graham, Trio Gadjo @ Lestat's
  • DJ Artistic & Beatnicks @ El Dorado
  • Gk, Ten Boys, D'Poitt, Granzlam, Nick Diaz, Shotti4-Ce3, The Clairemonstaz, Bomb Squad, Turfbugz, Da Limelite Boiz, City Boi & Thony Saba na, Ca$h Keds, Boogie B, The Infantry, O.F.I., Tony Ro @ Brick By Brick (6:30 pm)
  • The Lady Luck Review @ Winston's (6-9 pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Dirty South, LA Riots, Anthony Ross @ Voyeur
  • Icebox @ 710 Beach Club (6-7:30pm)
  • Sing or Die Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps DJs feat Mario O & friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Labor of Love @ Gallagher's
  • Knights of Apollo, Bong Star, Mr. Ricky G @ Dreamstreet
  • Duo LaRue @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Aubrey Fay @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch, (10a-2p)
  • Memorial Day Jazz Festival @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (6 pm)
  • Jane Monheit @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Black Keys Vinyl Giveaway

Last week The Black Keys released their record, simply called "Brothers". I'd tell you how great it is except someone with sticky fingers snaked my copy after I'd only given it one solid listen, (I know who it was and he is gonna be sorry), but the Black Keys are awesome, and since my first listen was over the speakers of the Casbah when the bar was empty, I'd say that I'm definitely a fan of this record and will be giving it some heavy rotation, just as soon as I get it back. But my problems are not your problems, and I've got a special giveaway just for sd:dialed in readers.

Of course, there's a spiel, so here it is. Warner Brothers Records, as an umbrella company, has launched an all vinyl online platform called "Because Sound Matters", where you'll be able to find vinyl from artists on Reprise, Sire, Atlantic, Nonesuch, and many other labels. You see that banner at the top of the site? Click it, explore it, love it. They asked me what vinyl my readers would want and I knew Black Keys was the way to go.

Of course, The Black Keys are touring this summer and the Casbah is presenting their September 25th show at Soma. Tickets are available here.

To enter, send me an email (sddialedin at gmail) with the subject "Black Keys" and a photo of your record collection. I don't care if you have one measly 7" that you got as a promo or a million out of print records, or if you dig out your mom's 45s to claim them as your own. Include your name and phone number and one lucky winner will be contacted next week.

Just for the fun of it, here are some of my Black Keys photos from last year's 94/9 Independence Jam- horrific lighting, tragic photography and all. (side note, this year's Indie Jam is gonna kick ass, so tune in to FM 94/9. I don't know when they're gonna reveal the date or bands, but trust me, you're gonna want to get your tickets as soon as they're available)

Finally, if you missed the group on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, you can see the performance here.

Hollywood Bowl Announces 2010 Season

I know, I know, this is SAN DIEGO: Dialed In, not L.A. Dialed In, but my friends up at Filter sent the following my way and after having the good fortune of seeing Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem at the Bowl a few years back, I'm a HUGE fan of the venue (BYOB!!!). They put together stellar summer schedules that create experiences that just can't be duplicated anywhere.

The Hollywood Bowl is set to open their 89th Summer season under the Los Angeles
skyline and are gearing up for some of this year's most memorable concerts!
Check out what's on the docket for June, as well as what's sure to be circled on
your calendars!

June 20th: Baaba Maal With Special Guests Yeasayer, Fool's Gold, Tinariewn and Playing For Change
Earthy African sounds of Baaba Maal and Tinariwen meet tribal electro-prog Yeasayer and tropical Afro-pop of Fool’s Gold in this extraordinary bill assembled to kick off the summer season. Buy Tickets

June 25th: Grease Sing-A-Long
Bring your best poodle skirt & saddle shoes, biker jacket & shades for the pre-show parade, and your heartiest vocals for a frolicking ‘50s sing-along to Grease, for the first time on the Bowl’s giant screen, and hosted by Frenchy herself, Didi Conn!! Grease is the word! Buy Tickets

June 27th: Goldfrapp, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Featuring Omara Portuondo and tUnE-yArDs
From the dance floor princess of electro-pop to the queen of Cuban music, women are celebrated in this outstanding triple bill. A deliciously unpredictable lo-fi phenom opens the show. Buy Tickets


July 18th: The Swell Season/She & Him/Bird and the Bee Tickets

August 29: Chemical Brothers/Chromeo/Yacht Tickets

Sept. 18th: Phoenix/Grizzly Bear/Girls Tickets

Sept. 19th: Viva Mexico! Tickets

Sept. 26th: Vampire Weekend/Beach House/The Very Best Tickets

Sept. 30: Pavement/Sonic Youth/No Age Tickets

Giveaways for Friday's Dirty Sweet, Transfer, The Silent Comedy, Apes of Wrath show!

You can win a custom painting by Hearts and Stuff's Martha Martin, a limited edition photographic print by San Diego's own Rebecca Joelson, and more just by buying tickets in advance online for Friday's show at the Birch North Park Theatre! The show features Dirty Sweet, Transfer, The Silent Comedy, and Apes of Wrath in an environment unlike any you've seen them in before! Check out the video below for more details.

Things To Do In San Diego: May 26-27, 2010

Humpday! Thursday listings are after the jump.

Wednesday May 26, 2010:

  • Isis, Jakob @ Casbah (Sold Out)
  • Cousins, Le Ra, Mothlight @ Soda Bar
  • 2000 Tons of TNT, Ottly Mercer @ Radio Room
  • The Shade, Torches in Trees, St. Mawr, Duchess @ Tin Can
  • Commune Wednesday: Sunday Times @ Whistle Stop
  • Benefit Show for Savina feat Knockout Bell, Carson White & the St. Cloud Sleepers, Ryan Blue, The Walking, The Flowerthief, Our Dear Friends, DJ Gonzo @ O'Connell's
  • Live Wednesday Presents: Ape Machine, Scarlet Symphony @ U-31
  • Drew Grow & The Pastors' Wives @ Bar Pink
  • Rock 105.3 and 101 KGB Present: Steel Panther, 6ONE9 @ House of Blues
  • Monique - Comedy Show with Kyle Fitzgerald @ Belly Up
  • Legends of the San Diego Rock Scene @ Anthology
  • Little Brother @ 4th & B
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
  • Roberto Carlos @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • Jason Liebman @ Lestat's
  • Jetwash, Cookie @ Winston's
  • Youth Envy, The Dropouts, Blow Me Down, San Deviants @ Brick by Brick
  • Christopher Dale, Sven-Erik Seaholm @ Postcards American Bistro, Handlery Hotel
  • 4 Way Street @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallaghers
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • The ESP Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Johnny B. Blues @ Coyote Bar
  • Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick's ll
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • The Crabs @ Tiki House
  • Chamber Opera @ Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD
  • Tommy Price @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Pearl, Jodi V, Karim, Fubar, The Movement, Mr. Williams, The Science, C Mayjah, J-Bizz, Steve Harris @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Jeff Moore @ The Kraken
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Camo UFO's @ El Dorado
  • Hypercrush @ Voyeur

Thursday May 27, 2010:

  • Frog Eyes, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band @ Casbah
  • Landon Pigg, Madi Diaz @ Anthology (Late show, 9:30pm)
  • Pepper Rabbit, Arrows, Longstay, Colour Vision @ Beauty Bar
  • It Was a Firefight, Titatnarum, Hummingbird of Death, Koppujutsu @ Ken Club
  • Madhouse II with Hyena, Mr. Biggs, DJ Leif, Rich Walker, Alex Julian, Rick Rodriguez @ Belly Up
  • Little Fowl, The Rebel Set, Echo Revolution @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Blessure Grave, PussyGutt, (a)Story of Rats), Cascavell @ Soda Bar
  • Stealing Love Jones @ Bar Pink
  • 91x Presents: Angels and Airwaves, Say Anything @ House of Blues
  • The Napoleon Complex, Bella Novella, Incomplete Neighbor @ Ruby Room
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Shawn Rohlf & 7th Day Buskers @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Twiggs Unplugged with Rob Deez & Jordan Reimer @ Twigg's
  • Mose Allison @ Anthology (Early show, 7:30 pm)
  • Jamm Kwest, Roots Vision @ Winston's
  • Brenda Xu @ Lestat's
  • Hands Down South, The Infamous Swanks @ Radio Room
  • Theleventhour @ Queen Bee's
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • Rhythm Method, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guillano, Marty Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Jefferson Jay @ Portugalia
  • Michele Lundeen's Blue Streak @ Patrick's II
  • Chamber Opera @ Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD
  • Firefly @ Valley View Casino
  • The Bumbershoots @ Tiki House
  • The Ratbirds, Ruletta, Heather Green, Suite 88, My Kind of Strange @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Pitbull, Jump Smokers @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • In Silence, Remnants of Man, October Burning, In Every Breath, Etched in Red @ Second Wind Santee
  • Pali Roots @ Gallagher's
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Darwin Johnson, Joshua White, Stefan Sieman, Rob Thorsen, Duncan Moore @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Generations Party with DJ Artistic, Felt 1, Cros 1, Mr. Hek @ U-31
  • ES Jay @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • All Things Rad: Iron Mike @ El Dorado
  • Eddie Halliwell @ Fluxx
  • Nihilist, Silence Betrayed, Tragedy & Triumoh @ Boar Cross'n
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Goatwhore, The Dolemite Project, The Abominable Iron Sloth, Helsott, Downspell, Medius @ Ramona Mainstage Nightclub
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • V.A.M.P. Presents: Art, Words & Music @ Whistle Stop
  • Therapy, DJs Serhat & Shane, Percusssion by Federico & Marcio @ Kava Lounge
  • Justin James @ Hennessey's PB
  • Inhale @ RT Lonbord's Grill
  • The Devastators @ Eastlake Tavern & Bowl
  • Dirty Modelo @ 710 Beach Club
  • Sophia Elizabeth @ The Stage Saloon
  • Fearless in Fairweather @ Soundwave
  • A Dull Science (acoustic) @ Hot Topic Parkway Plaza, 5pm
  • So Long Davey (acoustic) @ Hot Topic Mission Valley, 6:30

not so newsy news bits...

I haven't posted newsy bits in a while...I figure you're all up to date via Twitter and Facebook, right? Well, just in case you're not, have your head in the sand, or your work has blocked every social media site, Google, and blog except for sd:dialedin, here are some things you might've missed in the past few weeks. Too bad the really good juicy stuff I have to keep to myself. I hate secrets.

1. Del Mar Racetrack released their concert schedule for the summer. You can always refer to the Del Mar Scene website

7/23: Pinback
7/30: Common Sense
8/6: The B-52s
8/13: The Soft Pack
8/14: Jimmy Cliff & Matisyahu *
8/20: Ozomatli
8/21: Weezer *
8/27: Super Diamond
8/28: Craft Microbrew Festival & Local Music Showcase **
9/3: The English Beat
9/4: ZZ Top *

-This year the Four O'Clock Friday Concerts will be held at the Seaside Stage next to the Seaside Terrace Cabana.
* Saturday Concerts are held at the Infield Stage.
** Local Music Showcase is held in the Infield Pavilion Stage.

The concert is free with track admission. Following the last race, concert prices are $20. Make sure you get there before the last post to save yourself some cash. Concert starts after the races.

2. It's already old news, but the 91X Morning Show got the axe. You can read Mat's blog about it here. Best of luck to him in any future endeavors. At least now I'll probably get to see him at more shows since he doesn't have to wake up at 4 am.

3. There will be no Street Scene this year. Really?? Didn't we all know this last year? Regardless, several news outlets felt obligated to resurrect the issue that kinda feels like kicking a dead horse. So just to reiterate, no Street Scene in 2010.

4. If you missed it, the U-T/SignOnSanDiego put together a great list of free summer concerts. Save it to your bookmarks. Sara also has a list that includes summer festivals.

5. A few weeks ago I wrote about Seth Combs leaving CityBeat. I didn't follow up, but Peter Holslin was named the new music editor and I believe this week's issue is his first at the helm. The online version was being a little wonky, but they reported on the juicy tidbit that Radio Room is being sold to Scot Blair, owner of Small Bar and Hamilton's. All the info is here, but that should certainly make for a helluva beer crawl between Hamilton's, Bluefoot, Toronado, Ritual, Small Bar, Soda Bar, Blind Lady, and now whatever the Radio Room is to become.

6. Finally, 944 Magazine's music issue is coming out and guess what site was named the number one music blog in San Diego? Kinda cool. Check it out here.

Things have certainly been chaotic lately, so if you're missing any features, or there's specific content you'd like to see, please feel free to comment. I have a backlog of photos and videos that I haven't and probably won't post, but if there's something you know I caught that you want to see, just ask. I'll try and get Hockey and Alpha Rev videos up soon, as well as photos from OK Go, Shout Out Louds, et. al.

Remember you can always follow me on twitter @sddialedin, fan or friend me at Facebook, or check out my contributions at SoundDiego. If you're interested in advertising on this site or hiring me for work (open to just about anything these days), shoot me an email at sddialedin at gmail.

Need last minute weekend plans? Try Lightning in a Bottle!

photo by Aaron Gautschi

This weekend, thousands will convene in Irvine at The Do LaB's 5th annual Lightning in a Bottle Festival. If you've been to Coachella, you're familiar with the DoLab and the type of art installations and music that have become iconic year after year.

The "music, arts and green living worlds" will converge at Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine, California on May 28-31, 2010. The four-day, three-night festival will be headlined by San Diego's own Album Leaf among many other musical guests. Additionally, you can catch live vaudeville performances by Lucent Dossier, art installations, sustainability workshops, yoga classes and more...

Tickets are $190 for the whole weekend. Purchasing and additional information can be found at the official Lightning in a Bottle site, or click 'keep on reading' for the full press release with info and details. And, since I asked, The Album Leaf performs on Sunday at 9pm. Not sure if it will be Jimmy Lavalle performing solo, as a 3 piece, or some other formation, but he knows how to handle such situations.

With a lineup that is equal parts music, art and green workshops, Lightning
in a Bottle will envelop its guests in a myriad of activities throughout the
festival. Three-day passes are available at this time to encourage a sense
of community among all of the artists, musicians, performers, friends and
families. Tickets are available in advance starting at $190 online at This year¹s festival includes:

* Three stages of music featuring Booka Shade, The Album Leaf, Adam
Freeland, Apparat, EOTO, Daedelus, Beats Antique, The Glitch Mob, Sandra
Collins, The Very Best, Krazy Baldhead, Nosaj Thing, Lee Burridge,
Vibesquad, KRADDY, Bluetech Live, John Tejada, March Fourth Marching Band,
MiMoSA, BLVD, Eliot Lipp, Ott, Dj Garth, Rey Fresco, Big Gigantic, Random
Rab, MartyParty, An-ten-nae, Daddy Kev, Emancipator, David Starfire Live
Ensemble, Treavor Moontribe, Obscure, Patricio, R/D, Fishtank Ensemble,
Jupit3r, El Papachango, The Bodyrock Dj¹s, Lynx & Janover, Vagabond Opera,
Saynt, Dj Laura, Shawna, Solillaquists of Sound, Govinda, Rena Jones, Jesse
Wright, Heyoka, Sidecar Tommy, Kitty D, The Luminaries, Geno Cochino, The
Makers, Ron Levy, Michael Hart, Manny Greensector, Terrakroma, Motion
Potion, Dj Wolfie, Jokton Strealy, The Ianator, Sammy Bliss, Blue Insomnia,
Vokab Kompany, Red Sonya, Cohen, Timonkey, Bass Cadet, Wyse, Peter Goetz,
micah j, Auditory Canvas, Pumpkin, SaQi, Faith

* Art installations curated by Marsi Frey and an art gallery curated by Mike
Russek and Deborah Vogt

* Green living workshops dedicated to providing practical, do-it-yourself
lessons on creating a healthy, low-cost, sustainable lifestyle, including
"Small space container gardening", " How to make raw chocolate", "Growing &
using medicinal herbs" and more

* Yoga and dance classes taught by industry leaders

* Children¹s activities featuring an interactive kid zone filled with arts
and games

* Lightning in a Paintcan Project, curated by Carmen Zella, will feature
local artists who will transform over-sized mural panels, set up throughout
the site, into paintings with 100% used and recycled paint. The art pieces
will be sold in a silent auction where proceeds will benefit Sonic Muze, a
non-profit that provides underfunded schools with music instruments and art

* Live performances by various dance troupes such as Lucent Dossier, Vau de
Vire Society, Ricochet- Poetic Acrobats, Fire Groove, Shakti Sunfire, Stilt
Circus and the Wandering Marionettes

* Organic Food Vendors and alcohol for sale plus free filtered drinking
water on site for attendees who bring their own containers

Lightning in a Bottle will take place at Oak Canyon Ranch located at 5305
Santiago Canyon Rd.., Irvine , California. The festival is all ages (kids
are welcome and encouraged). For more information, including festival
hours, gate times and to purchase tickets, go to Lightning in a Bottle.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: May 25, 2010

Tuesday May 25, 2010:

  • Club NME Presents: Freelance Whales, The Union Line @ The Loft
  • Sweethead, The Old In Out @ Casbah
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
  • Shelby Lynne, Findlay Brown @ Belly Up
  • Old Tiger, Some Kind of Nightmare, The Speks @ O'Connell's
  • Revolutions Per Minute Tour feat. Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, U-N-I , Strong Arm Steady @ House of Blues
  • Ape Machine, Roxy Jones, guests @ Soda Bar
  • Yeah Buddy Tuesdays with Leatherface, Tiltwheel, Ninja Gun, Breaker Breaker One Niner @ Radio Room
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Hollowpoints, Roadside Affair, The Natives @ Ruby Room
  • Analog Wave with DJs Blk Pnts & Autumn Child, Spider Fever @ Tin Can
  • The Neverout @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Craig Prior @ Bar Pink
  • Dave Booda Acoustic @ Tiki House
  • Kali Lofa @ Winston's
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Stress Free Stand Up Comedy @ U-31
  • Cathryn Beeks Acoustic Showcase feat. Ristband Underpowered & Overdriven, Speaking Idly @ Gallagher's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • 145th Street @ Patrick's ll
  • 4 Way Street @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Jaime Muehlhausen @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Circus @ Voyeur
  • Gospel Choir @ Mandeville Auditorium @ UCSD
  • Vanessa Graziano @ Bare Back Grill

Nada Surf & Telekinesis at the Belly Up, 5.24.10

Nada Surf and Telekinesis performed at the Belly Up last night. The show wasn't sold out, but it appeared that there were a lot of walkups, so it might've come close by showtime. Telekinesis are from Seattle, and it was obvious they were thrilled to be touring with Nada Surf, and clear that they're a big influence on the band who played sweet pop tunes with vocals that reminded me of Derek from Kite Flying Society and Grey Ghosts.

As for Nada Surf, they sealed a great week of music for me personally, as I got to see 3 of my favorite bands in 3 consecutive nights with Frightened Rabbit on Saturday and The National on Sunday. As Telekinesis were finishing their set, I stepped outside and ran into Daniel, bassist of Nada Surf, and we chatted about San Diego, about the lack of good all-ages venues around the country ("I got to see The Ramones when I was 15! That would never happen nowadays!"), about their recent European tour, and that the band had spent 9 days in his family's home in Ibiza which sounded's solar powered with 4 foot thick walls, so after playing dates with virtually no sleep, hopping from city to city around Spain and Switzerland, it sounded like quite a break, though they also had fun DJing and experiencing local life. He also told me they had a "secret weapon" for the show, that Doug Hillard of Guided By Voices was playing guitar on the tour. He was so sweet, apologizing that he had to ask my name a second time and gave me double cheek kisses as they do in Spain, and it reconfirmed my love of the band. He left to work out the setlist, and I went in to grab a spot as close to the stage as I could find.

I guess I didn't realize that if i had a hi-fi isn't in stores until June 8th (via the band's label Mardev Records) since I had an advance of the record, but the covers they played were well received by the crowd. There were a couple songs I was bummed they skipped, "I Like What You Say", "88 Windows", and "Inside of Love", to name a few, however since they played with two extra band members, the set deserved to be more rockin and there was no way to leave that show feeling disappointed.

Official video of "Electrocution"

Here are the videos from the show. Shaky at times and sometimes Matthews vocals are drowned out, not to mention the chick in front of me who thought Daniel was looking at her and flipped her hair about 300 times, but they'll have to do for a handheld cybershot. Click the side arrows to see all the videos.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I keep getting information about the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, so I thought I'd put one big post together and be done with it. I haven't read the books, nor did I see the first film, but only because I haven't rented a DVD in close to a decade. When it's on HBO, I'll watch it. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available in stores and online June 8th. Put together by my hero, Alexandra Patsavas, of Chop Shop Music Supervision, the first movie soundtrack sold over 2.5 million copies.

The full track listing was released a couple weeks ago:

1. Metric—“Eclipse (All Yours)”
2. Muse—“Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”
3. The Bravery—“Ours”
4. Florence + The Machine—“Heavy In Your Arms”
5. Sia—“My Love”
6. Fanfarlo—“Atlas”
7. The Black Keys—“Chop And Change”
8. The Dead Weather—“Rolling In On A Burning Tire”
9. Beck and Bat For Lashes—“Let’s Get Lost”
10. Vampire Weekend—“Jonathan Low”
11. UNKLE—“With You In My Head” (feat. The Black Angels)
12. Eastern Conference Champions—“A Million Miles An Hour”
13. Band of Horses—“Life On Earth”
14. Cee Lo Green—“What Part of Forever”
15. Howard Shore—“Jacob’s Theme”

Below is Muse's "Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)" from the soundtrack that was released last week.

For additional information on the soundtrack, click here.
To see the full trailer and extras, click here.

On a side note, did you see the thing about kids claiming to be werewolves and running around in packs? Kids these days...

Frightened Rabbit and Maps & Atlases at the Casbah, 5.22.10

I just realized just how many shows I haven't written about and I'm really only capable of handling one task at a time, so I'll hammer out what I can before sleep comes calling. I've been to a lot of shows lately and some photos are better than others, but since I actually took the time to title my videos from Frightened Rabbit, that's what you get first.

I had been anticipating this show for a very long time. I followed closely as the band got stuck in London and missed Coachella because of the cloud of volcanic ash that hung over Europe. I also tried to set up a session at Undercarriage, but that didn't work out, so I'll have to be a little more aggressive next time.

We got there early to lock space up front and the band was awesome as always. The show was opened by Our Brother The Native, which had a few too many knobs, pedals and effects for my small brain, and Maps & Atlases who were awesome and are returning to the Casbah in July.

By the time Frightened Rabbit hit the stage, the bar was packed. Scott commented about the Casbah, that the band's first US headlining show was there, and said that no matter how big the band gets, they'd always be happy to return there. Needless to say, there was no need to win over the crowd...the audience was devoted from the first note to last.

And, of course, there's the videos. Below, here's the entire show except the first song ("Skip The Youth"). Click the right or left arrows on the playlist to see all videos.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: May 24, 2010

Monday May 24, 2010:

  • FM 94.9 Presents: Nada Surf, Telekinesis @ Belly Up
  • Anti-Monday League Presents: Patrick Watson, Greg Gibson @ Casbah
  • The Moviegoers, Social Studies, The Endless Bummer @ Soda Bar
  • Bringing It All Back Home: A Celebration of Bob Dylan's 69th Birthday feat. Gregory Page, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Berkley Hart, Cici Porter, & Dave Howard @ Dizzy's (This event will be held in dizzy's ORIGINAL location, the warehouse @ 344 7th Ave, between J & K Streets)
  • Space Nature, The Love Dimension , John Foothills Band @ Tin Can
  • Quartet Onomatopoetic @ The Loft
  • Chris Pureka, Fences @ Ruby Room
  • Camera Lucida @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • Pyrate Punx Mayhem Mondays Presents: Man vs Man, Clocked In, The Ruiners @ Radio Room
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ U-31
  • Robin Henkel @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Bayou Brothers @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Ron Bell @ Cafe La Maze

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Transfer, Dirty Sweet, The Silent Comedy, Apes of Wrath @ Birch North Park Theatre Friday May 28, 2010

This blogger has been accused of only touting touring bands, while tending to bypass the local San Diego bands. I cannot disagree with those sentiments entirely, but I have definitely made an effort recently to watch more of our home grown talent on a regular basis. This Friday is your chance to catch four of the best bands San Diego has to offer in what promises to be one great show. As a bonus, the event is taking place at the beautifully renovated Birch North Park Theatre. Having seen several shows there, I can easily give my stamp of approval since all the proper elements are in place for a great live performance: great sound, lighting and comfortable seating in an intimate venue. Plus the cost is what one would pay to see just one of these bands much of the time.

Dirty Sweet has just returned from a European tour and have released a new album, American Spiritual. Transfer also released their latest effort, Future Selves, which shows more diversity within the songs. The Silent Comedy are gaining popularity with their energized live show. Apes of Wrath gets it done with fewer members, but their songs are so frenetic and catchy at the same time.

If you haven't been to the Birch, you owe it to yourself to support all these great bands as a great way to kick off the upcoming holiday weekend. This is a Casbah produced show, and the venue is almost all ages (5+).

Dirty Sweet - Marionette from Dirty Sweet on Vimeo.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ticket Giveaway- HoB 5th Anniversary feat. Shout Out Louds, OK Go, Earl Greyhound, & Freelance Whales

Last week, Josh posted about OK Go after interviewing bassist Tim Nordwind. If you missed it, you can read it here. OK Go, however, are not the only reason to be excited about this show, with headliners Shout Out Louds touring on their third release, Work, Earl Greyhound touring on their sophomore release, Suspicious Package, and a band I've grown to love in the two times I've seen them perform live, Freelance Whales, whose debut Weathervanes is quickly making a name for the Brooklyn band.

I'll spare a long-winded post and just say that I am giving away a pair of tickets to the show, courtesy of Freelance Whales and Cornerstone Promotion. The show is Saturday, May 22 (TOMORROW!) and because it's a special anniversary show, it is a DAYTIME show, with doors opening at 1 pm.

To enter, send your full name and phone number to sddialedin at gmail and I'll pick a winner this afternoon.

Things To Do In San Diego: May 21-23, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010:

  • John Meeks (CD Release), The Donkeys, Drew Andrews, Tobyn Clarke and Friends @ Casbah
  • Casbah Presents Sweet & Tender Hooligans @ Soundwave
  • The Very (Album Release), Secret Apollo, Semi Sweet (OC), Postcrush @ Tin Can
  • The Bloodflowers, Long Live Logos @ Ken Club
  • Fever Sleeves, By Sunlight, Manuok @ Soda Bar
  • Lauren DeRose, DJ Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • The Heroes @ Belly Up (Happy hour, 5:30 pm)
  • Stepping Feet (DMB Tribute), Damaged Goods, Misdirection @ Belly Up
  • Dead Feather Moon, Skyline Union, Archery For The Blind @ Beauty Bar
  • Gloomsday (Knives!), 4 Minutes Til Midnight, Reverend Mothers @ Ruby Room
  • Sene Africa (CD Release) @ Worldbeat Center
  • The Urinals, The Creepy Creeps @ Bar Pink
  • The Black Crowes, Citizen Band @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Trouble In The Wind @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Muck & the Mires, The Deep Ones, Cedar Fire @ Radio Room
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Friends @ U-31
  • Lisa Olson @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • As I Lay Dying, Demon Hunter, Bless The Fall, War of Ages @ Soma
  • Warring States of Mind, Analogue Playground, The Happy Smoke, Joe Mason @ O'Connell's
  • The Styletones, DJR2 @ Gallagher's
  • Welcome to the Circus Tour feat. Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans, Our Last Night, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Thy Kingdom Come @ Epicentre
  • The Jerry 'Hot Rod' DeMink Band @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Grungapalooza: Pearl Jam & Nirvana Tribute Night @ House of Blues
  • Curtis Peoples, Eric Sage @ Lestat's
  • Smoochknob & The Smoochgirls, Young Goodman, The She Bops @ Brick By Brick
  • Eric Lindell, The Knuckles @ Winston's
  • Astra Kelly @ The Waterfront
  • Meet Me At The Pub @ 710 Beach Club (Happy hour set, 6-8pm)
  • Mower, Unset, Vaude Villain, Dave The Butcher, @ 710 Beach Club
  • Sean Bonnette, The Vision Of A Dying World, Jehova's Fitness @ The Che Cafe
  • Hypnotic Odyssey, Bewilderness, Liquid Blue @ Dreamstreet
  • Delta Nove @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • The Red Elvises @ Tio Leo's (Morena)
  • Queensryche Cabaret Show @ 4th & B
  • Edgar Winter Band @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Bart B More, Anthony Ross @ Voyeur
  • DJ Unite & Jay Dread @ El Dorado
  • School of Rock @ Queen Bee's
  • Homegrown (Johnny Quest + Barry Weaver) @ Spin
  • Sarah Geronimo @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Tchaikovsky's Violin Concierto @ Copley Symphony Hall

Saturday, May 22, 2010:

  • House of Blues 5th Anniversary Show feat. Shout Out Louds, OK Go, Earl Greyhound, Freelance Whales @ House of Blues (1 pm)
  • Frightened Rabbit, Maps and Atlases, Our Brother The Native @ Casbah (Sold Out)
  • Casbah Presents Minus The Bear, Everest, Young The Giant @ Soma
  • Screamin Yeehaws, The Bertos, Sunnyside @ Tower Bar
  • An Evening with Atomic Groove @ Belly Up
  • Say What? Opening Reception feat. music by Black Mamba; Art by Wes Bruce, Cara Heslip, Miki Iwasaki, Sean Kelley, Christopher Puzio, Dawn Whitmore, Brandon Zeller, @ Say Lula Salon (955 S. 16th St., Downtown, 6-10pm)
  • Justin Pearson From The Graveyard of the Arousal Industry book discussion, music by Bastard Noise, stand-up by Michelle Willis @ Pokez (7pm, Free)
  • The Flowerthief (Album Release), Mia Valentin, The Paragraphs @ Tin Can
  • Bobby Fantasy, Roswell That Ends Well, guests @ Ruby Room
  • Ikah Love and the El Camino House Band @ Super El Camino
  • The Watusis, Annabel, Dreamboat, Joy @ Soda Bar
  • Red Hot and Cool feat. DJs Trevor Young & Charlie Rock @ Bar Pink
  • Cell Therapy, Someday Assassin, Day of Anomie @ Radio Room
  • Kelsea Rae Little, John Huse @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Boombox Renaissance, The Crush, Live Zion @ O'Connell's
  • Oculus Sinister, Travis Larson @ Lestat's
  • The Blasters, Far Away Boys, Hardfall Hearts, The Watchmen @ Brick By Brick
  • Particle, Virtual Boy @ Winston's
  • Monkeys In Space (CD Release), The Sun Doctors, Tim and the 23's @ 710 Beach Club
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Benefit for Hospitalized Children feat. At The Surface, Awaken The Alchemist, To Build An Empire, Good Sir, For The Legends, We Remain The Sea, With Every Breath @ Epicentre
  • Gilbert Castellanos, bassist Marshall Hawkins, & Daniel Jackson @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Weatherbox, Look Mexico, Writer, Helen Earth Band @ Che Cafe
  • AB Quintanilla y Kumbia All Stars @ Shamu Stadium, Sea World (free with park admission)
  • Monday's Alibi @ Teo Leo's (Morena)
  • The Nards @ Tiki
  • Party Like It's The 80s feat Luv'n Rockets, Radio Star @ Wavehouse
  • School of Rock @ Queen Bee's (1pm & 7pm)
  • Wheatstone @ Dreamstreet (7-9 pm)
  • Absence of Light, Unified Vision, 30-30, Disaster Magnet @ Dreamstreet
  • Rockola @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Fire Whiskey @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • California Celts, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Vienna Teng, Alex Wong, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Rock Out For Hunger @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Depressed Buttons, The Faint (DJ Set) @ Voyeur
  • Videodrome feat. Gabe Vega @ El Dorado
  • Brett Henrichson @ Spin
  • Body Rock Dance Comp @ Civic Center
  • Tchaikovsky's Violin Concierto @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, May 23, 2010:

  • Nokie Edwards (of the Ventures), Venturesmania, Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-fonics @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents The National, Ramona Falls @ Spreckels Theatre
  • The Eagles Long Road Out of Eden @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Kaki King, An Horse @ Belly Up
  • Bill Staines @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park (7pm)
  • Klub Isolation feat Luv'n Rockets, DJs Bryan Pollard & Am Bones @ Ruby Room
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnston @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • SunDaze with Menage-a-trois: Miss Lisa, DJ Diamond, DJ Frances @ Wavehouse
  • Box Elders, Wild Thing @ Bar Pink
  • Chayanne @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • Sparge, Padorama, Amigo @ Radio Room
  • Elvis Crespo @ Shamu Stadium, Sea World (Free with park admission)
  • School of Rock (Vista) @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Happy Ron's Open Mic @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Flat Wheeler, Fire Whiskey, The Milli Vanillies@ O'Connell's
  • School of Rock @ Queen Bee's (2 pm)
  • Fred Saxon's Real Hollywood Stories, Aaron Bowen, Jon Ji @ Lestat's
  • Kat Hopkins, Mad Bronson, Leo James & guest, Doggy Daddy & Fry Katz, Matt Markin, My Last Challenge, Malistad, Northern Lights @ Brick By Brick
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Sing or Die Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps DJs feat Mario O & friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Rasta Nation Posse @ Dreamstreet
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch, 10a-2p
  • Marcus Johnson @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Straight No Chaser @ Balboa Theatre
  • Tchaikovsky's Violin Concierto @ Copley Symphony Hall (2 pm)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Say What? Saturday Night at Say Lula Salon

This Saturday catch Say What?, an art exhibit featuring New Work by Wes Bruce, Cara Heslip, Miki Iwasaki, Sean Kelley, Christopher Puzio, Dawn Whitmore, & Brandon Zeller.

Date: May 22nd - June 6th

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 22nd, 6 to 10pm

Say Lula Salon
955 S. 16th St.
San Diego, Ca 92113

Salon Hours: 10-7 Tuesday - Saturday

Say Lula Salon is an active, urban workspace that facilitates local artists to display their work in a professional manner while contributing to the salon's personal aesthetic.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tonight: Benefit for Local Musician/Artist Jona Tellez-Giron at Soda Bar

Local musician and artist Jona Tellez- Giron, formerly of The Vision of a Dying World and the Paddle Boat, recently had a major back surgery which has put him out of commission for 1-2 years. This means he will not be able to resume his job, or perform any sort of labor. We are pooling together to improve his situation with a series of benefit shows around San Diego, CA.


The first benefit will take place Wed. MAY 19TH @ SODA BAR (36th and El Cajon Blvd.) 9pm, 21+
BANDS: Jamuel Saxon, Illuminauts, Primitive Noyes + DJ Jane W
ART: by JONArt (jona's paintings)

100% of the proceeds will go towards Jona's surgery fees and supplemental living expenses.

You can read more about Jona Tellez - Giron and his studio visit on

Additionally, check out music from Primitive Noyes for free.

Photos: North Park Festival of Arts 2010

I mentioned earlier this week that I was absolutely pleased with the North Park Festival of Arts. Though I had to get up earlier than I'm used to, the day was fun and the May Gray kept the day bearable. It was my first go at stage production and though I thought I'd be stressed out, when you have great bands that show up on time, an amazing sound man Sean, a great MC like Tim Pyles, and the help from a couple off duty SDPD officers helping out with our loading area parking, the day went incredibly smooth. From the opening set by The Elephant Project all the way to the final notes from Wirepony, and the sets by Trouble In The Wind, Martian Horses, Josh Damigo and Republic of Letters in between, I couldn't have asked for a better day. Thanks to all the participating bands, to all the people who came to the festival, and to my family for bringing my nieces to hang out for the afternoon.

Broken Bells Kick Off Humphrey's 2010 Concert Season

Broken Bells kicked off their first tour with the opening of Humphrey's 2010 concert season. The show never reached any epic peaks, but if you've listened to their self-titled release, you didn't expect any major showboating, and if you've seen James Mercer perform before, you know that he delivers a straight-shooting show. The crowd wasn't limited to the indie rock set, which means there were plenty of people there just to enjoy a night out by the bay and spend gobs on adult libations.

Morning Benders opened the night with a set of material mostly off their latest release, Big Echo, and when they asked people to come to the front to dance, you could see Elite security losing their minds, attempting to let the crowd enjoy one song but promptly sending everyone back to their seats. This is the curse of a seated show; the crowd can't agree whether to sit or stand, and with the narrow chairs and cramped rows, there's not much wiggle room. I've seen Morning Benders about half a dozen times now, though always in small venues, so it was nice seeing them spread their wings a bit on a huge stage.

With just one album under their belts, Broken Bells performed just under an hour, including their two song encore, topping out at 12 songs including a cover of Crimson & Clover, which incidentally was the song that got the people in my section to all finally stand and the chatterboxes behind me to declare their love for the song only to then continue talking through it (and the whole set). If the music is playing, you have NO REASON to be flapping your lips. period. Shut the hell up during shows. Treat it like a movie. Or church. Or kindergarten.

Aside from that, I enjoyed the show. I especially appreciated how smoothly things went when I got my photo pass (Thanks, Nikki!). They accidentally gave me a VIP pass instead of Photo, but once we figured that out, it was smooth sailing and the Elite security were friendly to me as I asked the parameters, since there was no waiver or rule sheet to sign and no specific photo area. There were a handful of real photographers there (or at least people with professional cameras), but it was still fun attempting to shoot the stage that was taller than me with my Sony Cybershot.

If you wanna know more about the show, there's a great review of the show at SDNN. Last, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Jeff for buying such awesome tickets (4th row!).

For more photos, click 'keep on reading'

Broken Bells