Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Two Door Cinema Club @ Belly Up Wednesday November 3, 2010

The power of the Internet caused lifelong friends Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday to quit their college studies to pursue music on a full time basis. This seems to be an ever increasing way for young bands to get noticed and break out into the indie mainstream. Simply posting songs on Myspace is not enough, the music has to generate interest and create the subsequent buzz. Suffice it to say, Two Door Cinema Club, hailing from Northern Ireland, deliver the goods with their brand of danceable electropop. Tourist History was released earlier this year to favorable reviews. Extensive touring, mostly on the European summer festival circuit, has given the three piece a decent fan base which is growing all the time. Opening for indie darlings Phoenix in the US was a big boost for the band. Now headlining on this side of the Atlantic brings the young band to the Belly Up this Wednesday. It is highly recommended that all attendees wear comfortable shoes, since the music will no doubt get the crowd moving.

Generationals and Funeral Party set the stage.

Watch a video of I Can Talk below.



Saturday, October 30, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 30-31, 2010

Here are the weekend listings for you to consume. So much awesome. By the way, if you're going to Underworld tonight at 4th & B, the set times are as follows:

Doors 8:00 PM
DETH HERTZ 9:00 - 9:45
Blaqk Audio 10:00 – 10:35
Underworld 11:15 – 12:45
Reset Afterparty 1-4 am

See you there, or in Sherman Heights, or at the Casbah, or wherever. I'll be out. Follow my adventures on Twitter @sddialedin.

Saturday, October 30, 2010:

  • Dia De Los Muertos Festival @ Sherman Heights Community Center (altars, arts & crafts, Aztec dancers, food, workshops, like performances, tours and more. Free. 9a-9pm)
  • Get Out and Vote Rally with Gavin Newsom @ UCSD International House Great Hall (free, open to the public, 1:30-3pm)
  • It Came From The Garage: Pre-Halloween Garage Rockin sale feat live music from The Hot Moon, The Widows, The Moviegoers, The Old In Out @ Space 4 Art (325 15th St. $3/$1 if costumed, food & drinks available, 1pm)
  • Underworld, Blaqk Audio @ 4th & B
  • Erika Jessup/Gabe Vega/Dizzy Cat present a Halloween Extravaganza feat. Hyena, Shark Attack, DJs Gabe Vega, Adam Salter & Erika Jessup, and a Zombie Walk @ Casbah
  • Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates, The Fresh @ Bar Pink
  • Agent Orange @ The Shakedown
  • Halloween Party with Still Ill (Smiths/Morrissey Tribute), The Old In Out (performing as Velvet Underground), Space Nature (as The Cramps), Roxy Jones (as Warren Zevon) @ Soda Bar
  • The Cetaceans, Lovers, White Arrows, The Kabbs @ Tin Can
  • A Scribe Amidst The Lions, Golden Red @ Eleven
  • Seedy Soiree Halloween Party feat. The Burning of Rome (Misfit's Tribute Set), burlesque, Hannibal Selector @ Ruby Room
  • USO Halloween Festival @ San Diego Harley-Davidson, Kearny Mesa
  • B-Side Players @ Ken Club
  • XBox360 Presents Justin Bieber "My World Tour", Burnham @ Valley View Casino Center (SD Sports Arena)
  • 80's Heat presents Halloween Heat feat. Blasphemous Guitars @ Belly Up
  • "Sleepwalking" (Lowrider oldies & Old School Dance Jams) feat. DJs Jeff 'Guero' Graves & Michelle Rubano, Smile Now Cry Later live @ Whistle Stop
  • Da Udda Band, 56 Hope, DJ Shaw @ Soundwave
  • Psychobilly Halloween Show feat. Metal Fury, Boneshakers, Frighteners, Zombie Cartel, The Grims, Knock'em Stiff @ O'Connell's
  • Victory Nightlife Presents The Halloween Block Party @ House of Blues
  • The Macaroni Club Show, Aaron Bowen @ Lestat's (free, arts & crafts, costume contest and more)
  • T'was The Night Before Halloween Monster Bash feat. Dirty Birdz and the Horn Starz, Esjay Jones, DJ Shawn Temple and the Temple of Boom @ Brick By Brick (costime contest, door prize, haunted house, spanking booth, giveaways, etc.)
  • Canobliss, Mokshya, In Every Breath, Sunday Girl @ Winston's
  • Red Not Chili Peppers Halloween Bash, Fayuka, The Sun Doctors @ 710 Beach Club
  • Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, This Is Hell, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes @ Soma
  • Something Eerie This Way Comes- Strange & Haunting Tales by San Diego Storytellers @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • Anti Citizens Halloween Show @ Queen Bee's
  • Tricks & Treats Halloween Party @ Che Cafe (haunted woods, costume contest, vegan food, hosted by DVC, Bass Music at UCSD, West Coast Entertainment)
  • Ska vs Hip-Hop Halloween Show feat. Shame & Skandal, The Demeanors, Squirrel Plague, Chronic Tardiness, COA & JayR, Dee Makkin @ Epicentre
  • Club Sabbat presents The Black Widows Ball feat. David J (Bauhaus & Love and Rockets), Robin Roth, Liquid Grey) @ The Flame (costume contest)
  • Fucklordz, Up For The Count, Six Cents, Dead Daze (CD release), The Get Down, Hocus @ Dreamstreet
  • Zapf Dingbats @ The Marble Room
  • L.E.D. Presents Miike Snow (DJ set), Crowdkillers, DJ Ah! Lex @ Voyeur
  • BLUSD Finals @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (1-4 pm)
  • Rockola Halloween Party @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30 pm)
  • TRC Soundsystems @ Portugalia
  • White Trash Halloween feat Cheyenne Giles, appearance by BeeHive @ Analog
  • Nights of the Living Shred @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Hiroshima @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Keola Beamer and Raiatea in Concert @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Machine Funk Halloween Party with DR. Indulgent, Mark E Quark, Le Chien, Sleepwalkerz live @ Kava Lounge
  • Rock The Horrow Halloween Party @ Kadan
  • Pre-Halloween Party feat. Kahilofa, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Black Light Halloween Party feat. Office Twins, SQZMYLMNS (Saul Q & Kid Wonder), Havoc @ El Dorado
  • Haunted Mansion on Hancock feat Manny Lehman, Luis Perez, Davina Love & Friends, DJ Marcel @ Spin
  • San Diego Monster Bash feat. Lady Gaga tribute, Metro Band, The Disco Pimps and more @ Gaslamp Quarter
  • Heaven & Hell Halloween Party & Music Festival feat. Fedde Le Grand, Wolfgang Gartner, Dada Life, Bart B More, Joachim Garraud, Hyper Crush and more @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Prelude feat. DJ Cobra, DJ Mac Luv @ Fluxx
  • Halloween Bash feat. Warrant @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Broadway SD presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast @ Civic Theatre
  • Misa Azteca feat Southerwestern College Concert Choir @ California Center For The Arts, Escondido
  • Halloween 2010 feat 15 DJs in 5 rooms including J-Sin, Al Squared, Rebirth, Ryan Kelver, Rival, Devoy, A-Rod, Matt Ciel Kalen, Scott Sanders and more @ W Hotel

Sunday, October 31, 2010:

  • Dia De Los Muertos Festival @ Sherman Heights Community Center (altars, arts & crafts, Aztec dancers, food, workshops, like performances, tours and more. Free. 9a-8pm)
  • Monotonix, The Burning of Rome, Ghetto Blaster, Weatherbox @ Casbah
  • Casbah Presents Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Deth Hertz, Brazzabelle @ House of Blues (18+, show at 8pm)
  • Zombie Surf Camp (CD release) @ Lou's Records (6pm. Free. All ages. Costume contest)
  • 80's Heat presents Halloween Heat feat Freeze Frame @ Belly Up
  • Halloween Party with The Dabbers & Street of Little Girls @ Whistle Stop
  • Halloween Party with Transfer, Bella Novella, Mad Mummies @ Eleven
  • Strictly Roots & Culture feat Rough & Steady International, Piracy, The SouthBay Wailers @ The Roots Factory (1878 Main St., Barrio Logan, 6pm, all ages, Dia De Los Muertos Altares, live screenprinting)
  • Band of Orcs and more @ Ruby Room
  • DJHere Halloween Ball feat. DJ Scooter, Craig Smoove @ The Prado
  • The Sultans @ Bar Pink
  • Halloween Party feat. Tangonero @ Tango Del Rey (Costume contest, workshops & lessons 4-8 pm, music 8pm-1am)
  • Halloween Bash feat Birth, Erleen Nada, Hocus, VV Morgue, Shaolin Signal @ Kava Lounge
  • Lindsay White CD Release/Halloween Bash, with Rob Deez, Kenny Eng, Veronica May @ House of Blues (Free. Voodoo Stage. All ages. Benefit for Barefoot Kids Foundation. Bring a new pair of kids shoes size 5-14, receive a raffle ticket & a chance to win prizes)
  • Anne Margaret Redding @ Lestat's
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (open mic rap) @ Kadan
  • Halloween Party hosted by May*Star and Wendy Monroe, DJs Mazz, Press $$$, Colour Vision, Andrew Decade @ Analog
  • The Halloween Jam with Armory Massive, Sleeping Giant Music @ El Dorado
  • Halloween Salsa Party @ Queen Bee's
  • Wild & Tame Comedy presents Halloween Standup & Costume Contest feat. Leeann Tooker, Yuri Bohlen, Kristy Darrenouge, Jiavani Linayao, Sid Singh. Live music from Love Mason, Harow, and special guest @ Dreamstreet
  • Sharon Cuneta and Pops Fernandez @ Harrah's Rincon Casino Pavilion
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnson @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Nights of the Living Shred @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Reggie Smith Halloween Bash @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8 pm)
  • Carnevil feat. DJ Skribble, DJ Kurch & Mr. Deejay @ Stingaree
  • Heavy Metal Halloween Bash & Costume Party feat. Dust n' Bones, Priest Heavy, Best of Both Worlds, A Bad Name, Malice Cooper @ 4th & B
  • L.E.D. Presents Riva Starr, Yusef @ Voyeur
  • Halloween Karaoke Carnival hosted by Laura Jane & Jazz @ Wit's End
  • West Coast Tavern presents Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Nightmare on Hornblend St feat. DJ Travis Howe @ barWest
  • Nocturnal Halloween @ Barfly La Jolla
  • Fetish feat. 2 Live Crew, DJ Loczi, live freak show @ Fluxx
  • Broadway SD presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast @ Civic Theatre

Family Fun: Things To Do In San Diego

I have to admit that I didn't search very hard for family events this week, and though I intended to post about these yesterday, I got sidetracked. Now it's raining outside and I imagine most San Diegans have no desire to leave the house. If that's the case, hopefully you're watching the "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on Comedy Central. But if you do wanna explore, go check these things out.

On Wednesday, I dropped by the Sherman Heights Community Center and along with picking up the best tamales I've had in a long time (made by volunteers at the center), I got to preview the beautiful Dia De Los Muertos altars created by people in the community. Stupidly I left my camera in the car, but trust me, they're beautiful and this weekend there's a whole festival to check them out.

There's also a spooky festival at Balboa Park. Kids under 17 free with paid adult admission ($35 for a 5 museum pass) but there are also free things happening around the park today. In fact, as I'm writing, the sun is peeking through the clouds, so go see some double rainbows and enjoy the day in San Diego.

Last, I already posted about the big garage sale up over at Space4Art, but in case you missed it, check out the info here. The event starts at 1pm with music starting at 3.

While I'd love to keep posting, it's time for me to get out and enjoy San Diego. ciao, babies.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Video: Jeremy Messersmith "A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard"

If you happened to tune in to FM 94/9 when I was on the coup d'├ętat a couple weeks ago, you heard me play my own my own attempt at an October theme. Included in that playlist was Jeremy Messersmith's "A Girl, A Boy, and A Graveyard" and they've released a Halloween video to match the song. I had the pleasure of seeing him live twice this year and highly recommend checking out his phenomenal records.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 29, 2010

I hate to be a scrooge but I seriously do not like Halloween. I think of it like other amateur nights (New Year's Eve, Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day), only now you add the element of a disguise which allows for even more stupidity, and there are no rules, so pretty much every night this weekend will have grown-ups in costumes everywhere you go. I know, I'm a total sourpuss, but I just cringe at how adults hijacked a holiday for kids. All of that said, there are dozens of things to do every night this weekend and I'm sure there are things I missed, so you can email or leave a comment if you know of something I missed.

And just to throw it out there, I've never had any serious desire to go to 207, but the hottest of hotties Joe Manganiello is hosting a night there. Hey Joe- after you finish with the bourgie crowd, I'll put you on the list at the Casbah if you wanna hang out. Just saying. For weekend listing, click 'keep on reading'.

Friday, October 29, 2010:

  • Portugal. The Man, White Denim, Honeychild @ House of Blues
  • House of Elements Halloween Party feat. Agua Dulce, Southtown Generals, Chunky y Los Alacranes, Cumbia Machin @ House of Elements (1712 Logan Ave., San Diego, 7 pm)
  • fun., Steel Train, Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title) @ Porter's Pub, UCSD
  • HOWL Multi-Media Fright Night feat. Michael Trigilio, Agitprop ft. Chris Warren and Sean Francis Conway, Company 157, Joe Yorty, Elizabeth Chaney, Jessica Sledge, Sadie Barnette, Meghann Welsh, Island Boy, Frankie Martin, Nomads Theatre Company, Troubled Singers, Bombshell Boom Boom, Vabianna Santos, Suzanne Wright and more @ Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD (Free, 8pm-midnight)
  • The Visual Underground Presents Zombie Prom, The Lords of the New Removed Church with Stiv Shuffler, The Creepy Creeps, plus spooky movies and art @ Casbah
  • 91X Boos Cruise feat. Dynamite Walls, The Nervous Wreckords @ Hornblower Inspiration
  • ARTS (A Reason To Survive) Benefit for Daniel Delacruz (Slightly Stoopid) feat. live music by Daniel and friends Mike Pinto, Mark Boyce, Tommy Dubs, Ryan Hiller, Shoreline Roots, Alysse Fischer, members of Slightly Stoopid and more @ Bar Leucadian (Free, 8 pm)
  • Stepping Feet (DMB Tribute), Dave & Tim Acoustic Tribute @ Belly Up
  • Mr. Rock Dude presents Jail Weddings, Mrs. Magician (7" release show), Dreamboat @ Soda Bar
  • Greg Gibson, Spare Parts For Broken Hearts @ Eleven
  • Genius of Soul (album release), Inspired Flight @ Whistle Stop
  • Channel 3 @ The Shakedown
  • White Ring, King Dude, Raw Moans, Nike 7-Up, Robert Disaro DJ set @ Tin Can
  • Halloween Costume Party @ Sunset Temple (Kansas Street, North Park)
  • Home Mercantile Party @ Bar Pink
  • pyrate punx presents a punk/metal/hip hop mixer with Wake, Juicy Karkass, Basura, Nikki and the Mongoloid @ Ruby Room
  • "you've got a very soft vision of art" with music by Trademark, Psychopop, DJ Tenshun @ 989 Kalmia Street, San Diego
  • Boobies at the Belly Up feat. The Brokers (Keep Abreast Foundation Benefit) @ Belly Up (5:30 pm)
  • Dia De Los Muertos Art Show @ Subtext Gallery (6-10pm)
  • Dia De Los Muertos Group Art Show @ Flying Panther Tattoo (2323 Broadway, Ste 101, San Diego)
  • Faux Mama Brass Band @ Ken Club
  • The Styletones, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
  • Family Wagon Halloween Party, Strange Vine @ Lestat's
  • Dead Man's Party (Oingo Boingo Tribute) 10th Annual Halloween Bash @ Soundwave
  • Felabration! feat. AfroBeat Down, Bateke Beat @ Worldbeat Center
  • afterschoolspecial (CD/video release), Magnetic North, Paul Dateh, Taiyo Na @ The Loft, UCSD (Free album to first 75 guests)
  • Get Back Loretta @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Platypus Egg, Trash Axis, Dead Animal Mod, Gloomsday @ Che Cafe
  • Red Hand, Monkeys In Space, Race Against Space @ O'Connell's
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Friends @ U-31
  • The Accidental Experiment, Unset, Fuzz Huzzi, October Burning @ Brick By Brick
  • Satramote @ Queen Bee's
  • Temptress Presents The Lady Luck Revue @ Winston's
  • Dirty Modelo, Dive Bomber, Thrillrazr @ 710 Beach Club (free with costume)
  • US vs UK Soundclash feat. DJ JFX vs Mixmaster J @ Kava Lounge
  • Beheading The King, Aventdale, Sixth Day, Vysim, Metatonic @ Dreamstreet
  • Brazilian Jazz feat. Irving Flores (Piano), Louisa West (Flute), Rob Thorsen (Bass), Duncan Moore (Drums) @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Moonshake Halloween Party @ Kadan
  • Acme Rhythm & Blues Revue @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay (9:30 pm)
  • Cancelled: MANster's Ball Giant Gay Halloween Party feat. Lady Gaga Tribute, ABBA Tribute @ 4th & B
  • awkward congregation @ Wit's End
  • Emerging Leaders Arts Crawl @ Birch North Park Theatre (Crawl starts at 6pm)
  • Rock Star Karaoke (live band) @ Portugalia
  • Vokab Company, DJ Mike Czech (CD release) @ Analog
  • Piano Man John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • L.E.D. Presents Dirty South, Anthony Ross @ Voyeur
  • May*Star's Alice In Wonderland Masquerade Ball (Electro Dance party & Couture costume fashion show) @ Vin de Syrah
  • DJ Here Presents Halloween Weekend hosted by Joe Manganiello, DJs Cheyanne Giles, Mikey Beats, Tara Brooks, Myron Eugene @ 207 & Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Yelloween feat. Sid Vicious with Rico DeLargo (live trumpet) @ Fluxx
  • Dead At Dawn:: Syblmnl 2 Year Anniversary feat. Liquid Stranger, Austin Speed, CRMNL, Osal8, Dstro, Mr Bigg, Headshake and more @ Spin
  • Halloween Playboy Mansion Madness @ Ivy Nightclub, Andaz Hotel
  • Ice Cold Halloween Pre-party feat. Hoff, Huge Euge, Damn Juelz, Kimbo @ El Dorado
  • Broadway SD presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast @ Civic Theatre

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 28, 2010

For October 28 archives, click keep on reading below.

Thursday October 28, 2010:

  • Owl and Bear & SoundDiego Present: Miss Erika Davies, The Smart Brothers @ Analog Bar
  • Red Fox Tails @ West Coast Tavern
  • Trashcan Sinatras @ AMSD Concerts
  • Gorillaz, N.E.R.D. @ Viejas Arena
  • Grand Tarantula, D/Wolves @ El Dorado
  • Sky White Tiger @ Andrews Gallery
  • Heavy Hawaii, Coleen Green, Raw Moans @ Til Two Club
  • JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys @ Belly Up
  • Skid Roper Combo, The Fairmounts, Shadowcasters @ Casbah
  • The Billy Nayer Show, Roxy Jones, Conceptus @ Soda Bar
  • The Displaced, The Mashtis @ Eleven
  • Rock 105.3 & KGB Present: Steel Panther @ House of Blues
  • The Heart Beat Trail, Little Fowl, Black Hondo @ Tin Can
  • Duchess, The Victor Ship @ Bar Pink
  • Curtis Peoples, Josh Hoge, Peter Mulvy, Jeffrey Foucault @ Lestat's
  • Suicide Silence, MyChildrenMyBride, Tony Danza Tapdance, Extravaganza, Molotov Solution, Conducting From The Grave, Division Divide @ Soma
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Evarusnik @ Winston's
  • Jesse Davis & Darci Daniels Duet @ Anthology
  • The Grossmont College Jazz Ensembles @ Dizzy's
  • L.E.D. Presents: Harvard Bass, Justin Martin @ Voyeur
  • Riviera Jazz Jam @ Riviera Supper Club
  • River Bottom Rockers, Save Amos, Someday Assassin, Republic of Letters @ Ruby Room
  • Mr. Dubie, Willie Psycho @ 4th & B
  • BoomSnap, Full Blown Stone, Science Fiction @ Soundwave
  • Afton Presents: Suspekt Style & Father'd, Z-Row, Seed In Tha Dirt, OG, $ince re, Imani Chyle @ Brick By Brick
  • Len Rainey & The Midnight Players @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Flock of 89's @ Henry's Pub
  • Gatsby Nights feat. Pocket, DJs Laura Jane, Erica J, Meeshi @ The Office
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • VAMP: "Altered States" art show, music by Shapes of Future Frames @ Whistle Stop
  • 145th Street @ Patrick's II
  • Justin James @ Hennessey's Gaslamp
  • Rhythm Method, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Ron's Duo @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Roxy Monoxide @ Tiki House
  • Steel Foundation, DJ Skitz @ Gallagher's
  • The Fabulous Pelicans @ Valley View Casino
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Generations Party- Hip Hop & Club Anthems from the 80s, 90s and 2000's @ U-31
  • Banshee Brothel, Silence Betrayed @ Boar Cross'n
  • It Was a Firefight, To Walk the Night, Spreading Evictions, Sika @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Danny & The Tramps @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Metal Priestiss, Disaster Magnet @ Second Wind Santee
  • Cory Wilkins Band @ Second Wind Navajo

More Art Events: Howl & Space4Art Garage Sale

These events come to you from my friends Jessica and Richard of the Moviegoers:

The first event is a performance extravaganza up at UCSD called "Howl" - Friday night at Mandeville Center - 8 pm - midnight. Richard and I will be playing a duo set as Island Boy, a side project that we're excited about. Here's the press info:

The University Art Gallery at UCSD is pleased to collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students from Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts to host a multi-media fright night on October 29 from 8pm – midnight entitled HOWL. Michael Trigilio, Agitprop ft. Chris Warren and Sean Francis Conway, Company 157, Joe Yorty, Elizabeth Chaney, Jessica Sledge, Sadie Barnette, Meghann Welsh, Island Boy, Frankie Martin, Nomads Theatre Company, Treble Singers, Bombshell Boom Boom, Vabianna Santos, Suzanne Wright and MORE!

The second event is a fundraiser for SD Space 4 Art called It Came from the Garage - Saturday - 1 pm - 6 pm. It is a garage sale with bands. Here's the info:

GARAGE SALE featuring carefully hoarded treasures from Space 4 Art tenant/artists and donors: no junk! 50% of proceeds benefit the space, so buy some art, something you never knew you wanted, or your Halloween costume, and help us raise money for Space 4 Art! Starts at 1pm. LIVE MUSIC from the Hot Moon, the Widows, the Moviegoers, and the Old In Out. Music starts at 2pm.
ONLY $3 at the door...and only $1 if you are in costume! We'll have food and snacks and beverages for sale (and the taco truck will be back!).

Tonight: Sky White Tiger Make San Diego Debut

There are so many incredible things to do tonight, including another SoundDiego Live party at Analog featuring Miss Erika Davies and The Smart Brothers, (Click here to RSVP) and I booked Red Fox Tails once again over at West Coast Tavern, but I bumped into my friend Drew the other night and he asked me to share some info about an event at his gallery. Here's what he sent.

Time: Thursday October 28, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Brooklyn-based musical ensemble Sky White Tiger is coming to San Diego for the first time to play a free show at The Andrews Gallery. Also on display will be some collaborative video musings by SD-based artists Micki Davis and Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli.
Sky White Tiger front man Louis Schwadron started this new project after playing with the Polyphonic Spree, Rufus Wainwright, and other awesome people (Bowie!). Check out their website to learn more.

The Andrews Gallery's studio may or may not look like outer will be up to you to find out. Face paint highly encouraged, and as a special treat, drinks will be on the house.

Like all events at The Andrews Gallery, this one is free, all ages, and open to the public.

Click here for directions to Andrews Gallery

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 27, 2010

For October 27, 2010 archives, click keep on reading below.

Wednesday October 27, 2010:

  • Seabear, Grandchildren, guests @ Casbah
  • Filter Presents: Kate Nash, Gold Motel @ House of Blues
  • Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles, Bryan Free, The Midwinters @ Soda Bar
  • Built To Spill, ReVOLTReVOLT, Finn Riggins @ Belly Up
  • Asteroid #4, The Lovetones, Spindrift @ Bar Pink
  • End of the World Party feat. Night Rocker, Jamuel Saxon @ Whistle Stop
  • Young and Broke @ Tin Can
  • Republic of Letters @ Palomar College (11:00 am)
  • El Monte Slim @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Anna Troy, Charlie Imes, Criadillas @ Lestat's
  • FM 99.3 Presents: Duelo, los Mas Buscados, LeandroRios @ 4th & B
  • New Country 95.7 Presents: Troy Olsen, Sunny Sweeny & Jerrod Niemann @ Dreamcatcher Showroom, Viejas Casino
  • Juggernaut, Mr. Biggs, Headshake, Austin Speed @ El Dorado
  • Stelita's Groove @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Jukebox Voodoo Presents: Johnny Deadly and The Rattlerockers, The Frighteners, The Bandits @ U-31
  • Jason Marsalis @ Anthology
  • Club Kingston w/Tommy Dubs @ Winston's
  • Knockout Bell, DJ Gonzo, Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Missy Andersen @ Patrick's ll
  • Battle of the Bands @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Frankie-Dee & Funk-Natra @ The Kraken
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ El Camino
  • Justin James @ Handlery Hotel
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's
  • Alpha Channel, The Suicide Chords @ Ruby Room
  • Citizen Band @ Stage Saloon
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • White Elephant, Back2black @ 710 Beach Club
  • Carlos Rock Experience @ Tiki House
  • Pedelay The Boss, D-Business, Likwit, Certified Entertainment, I-B Hollywood, B-Hop, Submission, Black Sancho, Nicki & The Mongoloid @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Laguna @ McP's Irish Pub

The Visual Underground Returns to CASBAH - Oct 29th.

The dirty pirate hookers of film+rock+art are back. I cannot tell you how surprised I am to be doing another show as a member of The Visual Underground. I can even go as far as to say that at one in my life I swore I would never do one again. Well, like the oath I made about never drinking again, I broke my promise.

It was 2003 (or 2002), when Gavin Allen and myself (John-Ryan Shea aka AVicious), then film students at San Diego State, went to Sundance to work the NoDance Film Festival. Gavin was a pompous ass I knew that like Billy Wilder movies and looked like a reject from a Chico State catalog. Trying to save some scratch to get there we shared the gas bill and set off on the road to independent film land. When we arrived at Sundance and got to the condo we found they had us bunking up with the preverbal "guy on the couch" and a bunch of other guys discussing the relevance of old George Lucas vs. new George Lucas - yeah, fucking lame. We tried to join in the conversation but soon said screw it and went back to our shared room to crash for the night. Well, he couldn't sleep because of the time change and I couldn't sleep because he kept farting. I would like to think that no homoerotic thoughts were part of the night but after an uncomfortable hour and half of lying there and wishing for fresh air Gavin broke the silence...

"Let's get out of here and go get a drink," he said.

From that moment on we hit to the lily white bars of Park City and binged on the delicious 2.5% alcohol beers and doubles where we needed to pour the second shot in ourselves. Needless to say it took quite some time to garner an adequate buzz. The time allowed us to get to know each other. To dig deep and discover that going to movies about the Ramones & sitting through shitty short films is just much easier with alcohol. It was beautiful to find out that a pompous ass who likes Billy Wilder movies and a wildly attractive and yet rouged guy who likes Francious Truffaut movies could co-exist if they could drink together. Hell, they might even form a bond that would forge the beginning of what would become The Visual Underground.

Returning to San Diego with the west coast premiere of "The Ramones: End of the Century" documentary we hit the Ken Club, sold out and knew we had an awesome idea. People like to drink shit and do shit. We started at the Ken Club, moved to the Whistle Stop & were graduated to The Casbah.

7-8 or so years later with over 50+ shows, 3 Venues, 400+ films, 80+ bands and 60+ artists having worked with - THE VISUAL UNDERGROUND RETURNS!!!

This Friday October 29th, Gavin Allen, John-RyanShea & David Mishoulam will reunite for TVU Presents:SPOOKY VUE 6 "The Zombie Prom" at the Casbah.

We will be joined by artists:
JJ Hynes
Kelly Hutchinson (Dark Vomit)
The Infusion Project
Wendy Teague
Lindy Ivey.

Performing will be:
The Creepy Creeps &
The Lords of the New Removed Church (featuring Gary Shuffler)

The film fest continues and we surely will not disappoint - Let's just say a vampire and a menstrual cycle are part of it.

We would love to see you down there and to be part of one of San Diego's all time best Film+Rock+Art Shows (even though the beautiful and wildly talented Rosey panned one of our last shows - love you girl!).

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 29th @ The Casbah - Doors 8:30pm 21+
2501 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101




SAVE $2 at Door with phrase "Everybody Gets Brains"

Contest: Dawes Prize Pack

You can officially consider me obsessed. It started with a simple listen to Dawes' CD and then there was that day earlier this year when I caught three of the four members on a KPRi private listener show on the Hornblower. I've been blogging here for nearly four years and I really didn't get a camera until a couple years ago, but in that time I've uploaded over 1300 videos to YouTube, and honestly I don't think there are any of my videos I've watched any more than I've watched those of Dawes. It was an incredibly beautiful San Diego day, and the stripped down nature of the performance made it one of my favorite private listener shows of the year, if not all time.

All of that said, I'm laptopping in bed as I slowly start my day, and I've got the band's CD playing and thought it was time to hook you up. The band is signed to ATO Records and the label was kind enough to send me some freebies to share. The band will be setting out on tour with their final night of tour at the Casbah on November 27, so I'm gonna offer the first of my prize packages this week. You'll get the band's full-length CD, North Hills, a 7" vinyl that has a live version of "When My Time Comes" (split with a live version of "In The Deep End" by Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons), and a pair of tickets to their show at the Casbah (21+). To enter, shoot me an email (sddialedin at gmail) with "Dawes" as the subject (include first and last name and a phone number) and tell me your favorite song from the video playlist. Or tell me why you wanna see Dawes. Or tell me how much you love me. Or tell me about your hometown. Or tell me about your dog. Whatever...just no sob stories about how broke you are and how you can't afford the $12 advance cover charge because those are the lamest and I'll just delete them. You can buy tickets here if you're not a winner. I'll close this one on Friday, but stay tuned because I have three more identical packages to offer leading up to the show and all entries will be considered, so if you don't win, your entry will roll over into the next contest.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 26, 2010

For October 26, 2010 archives, click keep on reading below.

I thought I would knock out a couple more posts today but I think I'll just say that if you wanna check out some of my recent videos, you'll have to go look at my YouTube page and make sure to sort by 'recently added'.

Tuesday October 26, 2010:

  • Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons, Saint Motel @ Casbah
  • Stone Temple Pilots, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Viejas Arena
  • Analog Wave w/ DJS Blk Pnts & Autumn Child, Titans’ve Industry, Centerlight Pop, The Walking @ Tin Can
  • 91X Presents: Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Oedipus @ 710 Beach Club
  • Lotus, Mux Mool, DJ Gage @ Belly Up
  • 90 Proof Pissers @ Eleven
  • Vinyl Lions, Hypnotic Odyssey, The John Compton Band @ Ruby Room
  • Local Brews Local Grooves: Ephraim Sommers, Lenny Morris, Beggar and the Pen, Scott West Band, Nekter @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Nena Anderson @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Blow By Blow (Jeff Beck Tribute Band) @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • The Derailers, Brawley, The Tractormen @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Craig Prior @ Bar Pink
  • Live Music Showcase @ O'Connells
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • L.E.D. Presents: Calvin Harris (DJ set), Burns @ Voyeur (18+)
  • Batusis, Pass The Axe, Fucklordz @ Brick By Brick
  • Haunted Hoedown @ The Loft
  • Local Mediums Art, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Gregory Page @ El Dorado
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Sezio Pumpkin Carving @ El Take It Easy
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • The Grady Champion Revue @ Patrick's ll
  • Kyle Sorrell and Friends @ Tiki House
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hennessey's Vista
  • Open Mic w/ Jefferson Jay @ Gallagher's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Open Mic @ O'Connell's
  • 7 Walkers @ Winston's
  • Jim Moore @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Dia De Los Muertos @ WorldBeat Center

Rocktoberfest 2010

Over the weekend, San Diego experienced the first annual (as it is definitely going to continue) Rocktoberfest. Put together by the great minds at FM 94/9, West Coast Tavern, and the Casbah, the event had a strong turnout for what was a pretty gloomy day. The event started at 11 (!!!) and as I understand was lightly attended earlier in the daytime, but by the time I arrived around 4 pm a good crowd has assembled to enjoy the bands split among two stages. It was nice being able to enjoy the day without worries of being too far from home and I definitely look forward to more events like this, put together by local businesses whose interest is in providing a great experience for the community. It really is days like this that you appreciate the amazing community we do have. Everywhere I went I ran into old friends and it was really nice to catch up with so many people, like Tom and Paul from Dynamite Walls (who are really funny with a couple beers and no sleep).

My friend Ryan was one of the beermeister's for the night and I hardly recognized him in his getup (and through my beer goggles). I have to say I was proud that I mostly avoided twitter and though I could've taken more pictures, this event felt more about being in the moment and enjoying what North Park and San Diego have to offer. And though I'm biased (since I have close ties to both the Casbah and West Coast Tavern), I'd say it was a pretty incredible night for the inaugural year. I'm not without feedback (like it probably doesn't need to be a twelve hour event), but feedback is part of what I do. If you have comments, good or bad, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email and I will see to it that your opinions are heard.

As for the music, I caught Cash'd Out, Fitz & The Tantrums, Get Back Loretta, and The Silent Comedy and I was especially impressed by the amount of people who were unfamiliar with some or all of the bands who participated anyway. I saw a lot of merch being sold and it was another chance for people to see what kind of amazing talent we have in this city.

I'm sorry that I missed the earlier acts, like Little Hurricane, The Styletones, and the Midnight Rivals, but believe me, I didn't need an extra 3 hours of beer drinking, and I was able to catch Midnight Rivals later that night at Eleven.
As I said, my camera was mostly in my purse the duration of the night, but I did grab some video of Fitz because I never quite pull it off at the Casbah when they play. Here are three videos from the band, and if you didn't see my post last week, make sure you watch the band's episode on Live From Daryl's House.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 25, 2010

For October 25, 2010 archives, click keep on reading below.

I hope your weekend was as awesome as mine was. This week is looking to be a pretty darn good one, too, if you don't wuss out and let the rain spoil your fun.

Monday October 25, 2010:

  • Anti-Monday League Presents: Schitzophonics, Northern Towns, Kera & The Lesbians @ Casbah
  • O'neill's Cold Water Classic feat. Mishka, The White Buffalo, Chris Velan @ Belly Up
  • Bleach Bloodz, The Watusis, Wax Bones @ Soda Bar
  • Melly Frances and The Distilled Spirits @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Robin Henkel @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Pyrate Punx Present: Countdown to Armageddon, Frustration, Age Of Collapse @ Ruby Room
  • BassdriveFM Live DNB @ Ruby Room (5-7 pm)
  • L.E.D. Presents: Calvin Harris (DJ set), Burns @ Voyeur
  • Lofty Mondays @ The Loft
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Dirty Mondays with Gabe Vega @ The Saloon
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • The Grady Champion Revue @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • The Get Down @ Club Kadan
  • Dave Scott @ Croce's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Comedy Night w/ Eric Andre, Brendon Walsh, Moshe Kasher @ Soundwave

Robin Roth Returns to Radio

Robin Roth has a long history on radio in San Diego, and as the radio tide has it's ebb and flow, another shakeup brings the sexy siren back to the airwaves. Robin will be taking over middays at 91X in a move that is believed is a move to tweak the sound of the station, taking it closer to its roots. Robin's middays follow Oz in the morning, and puts her on the same time slot as her good friend Hilary over at FM 94/9. This is a win for San Diego and I couldn't be more happy for my friend.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 23-24, 2010

For October 23-24, 2010 archives, click keep on reading below.

Saturday, October 23, 2010:

  • Rocktoberfest! feat. The Silent Comedy, Fitz & The Tantrums, Get Back Loretta, Cash'd Out, Midnight Rivals, The Howls, The Styletones, Little Hurricane @ North Park (University & 29th, 11am-10pm, $15 online or at West Coast Tavern, $20 day of show)
  • Alan Wilder (Recoil/Depeche Mode), DJ Edgartronic @ M-Theory Instore (Free, All Ages, 5pm)
  • Steve Poltz, Bushwalla @ Belly Up
  • Wallpaper, Butterfly Bones, Rafter @ Casbah
  • El Ten Eleven, Jamuel Saxon, Weatherbox @ Soda Bar
  • Mark Sultan, Slang Chickens, DJ Mikey Face @ Bar Pink
  • Danzig @ Pala Casino
  • The Flowerthief, Matt Curreri and the Ex-Friends, Wires on the Walls @ Tin Can
  • D.I., Tim Raldo & The Filthy Fuks @ The Shakedown
  • "Black And Blue Just Like You" art show by O, music by Little White Teeth @ Subtext, 6pm
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • MEX (Mario Escovedo Experience) @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Glen Campbell @ Sycuan "Live & Up Close"
  • Two Year Anniversary Party feat. Arnocorps, Neverland Ranch Hands, Minor Talent (Ruby Room staff covers Minor Threat), Revenge Club @ Ruby Room (Free PBR 9-10pm, Raffle, Giveaways and more)
  • Midnight Rivals, Behind The Wagon @ Eleven
  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth @ Soundwave
  • Brooke Mackintosh @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • Christopher Dale (CD release), Lindsay and the White Lies @ O'Connell's
  • Jordan Reimer (book release) @ Lestat's
  • Psydecar, The Legacy, Calamas, Israel Maldonado, Cumbia Mackin @ Brick By Brick
  • Ryan Montbleau Band @ Winston's
  • Rich Hardesty, Erick Macek @ 710 Beach Club
  • Four Year Strong, Comeback Kid, the wonder years, american fangs, A Dull Science @ Soma
  • Outspoken, Run With The Hunted, A Better Hope Foundation, One Choice, Sleep Walk, Capsize @ Che Cafe
  • Johnny Vato's Dead Man's Party @ 4th & B
  • The Eleventh Hour, A Cadillac Murder, The Fight Back, Wrath, Mikura Suzuki @ Epicentre
  • You (Open Mic) @ The Loft, UCSD
  • He Is The Painter, Black Widow Prophecy, Disaster Magnet, Calamitous Intent, The Pilots, "High Minded Culture" (Video Premiere) @ Dreamstreet
  • The Paul Seaforth Quartet @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • The Weener Pigs @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Nick Moss & The Flip Tops @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30 pm)
  • Tribute to Sade feat. Taboo Band @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Recoil (feat. Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode) @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Rock Paper Tiger @ Wit's End
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • John Sebastian @ Acoustic Music San Diego (sold out)
  • Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel (feat. Mark Curran & Tom Haney) @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Club Sabbat feat. John C, Precursor, Synexx, hosted by Robin Roth @ The Flame
  • Blake Miller (Moving Units) DJ Set, Bubblegum Sci Fi, David Afterlife, Blancnoire @ El Dorado
  • Dueling Pianos @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • IDL (Intelligent Digital Life), Saul Q, Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Designer Drugs (CD Release), Peace Treaty @ Voyeur
  • DJ Chelu, UFC 121 @ Gallagher's
  • Night of a Thousand Stars feat. DJs John Joseph, Nikno, Big Chris, Marcel, Ideal, Little Chris @ Spin
  • DJ Homicide, DJ Schoeny @ Fluxx
  • Propatingz (aka BreakBeat Budda), Osal8, Prestune, Puppykicker @ Kava Lounge
  • Dvorak's New World Symphony @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, October 24, 2010:

  • Rockabilly Fundraiser for Thomas Yearsley (of the Paladins) feat. The Rocketz, Graceland Mafia, Lady Borgia & Budoir Burlesque, Gino & The Lone Gunman, Exo Tiki, The Palominos, Sandbox Bullies @ 4th & B (doors at noon)
  • Octopus Project, Starfucker, Strength @ Casbah
  • K'naan, Paper Tongues @ Belly Up
  • Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule @ Open Sky Theatre, Harrah's Rincon Casino
  • The Harmony Tour feat. Never Shout Never, The Maine, I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business @ House of Blues
  • Harpco BBQ Jam @ Eleven
  • U.K. Subs, Total Chaos, D.P.I., Systematic Abuse @ Brick By Brick
  • "Affinity Sundays" feat. Jaws Went Swimming (live), DJ David Afterlife, Dr. Diggs, Art by Hannah Cowan, Mofo, Gumaro Pina, E-Man, True, Sabrina Sade @ Se Hotel (1047 5th Ave)
  • Klub Isolation feat. DJs Bryan Pollard + AmBones @ Ruby Room
  • Roots Explosion w/ TRC Soundsystem, Reefah, Young Chavez, Schlepp, M.C. Patrick B@ O'Connell's
  • Craig of Suede, The Workday Release @ Lestat's
  • Steve Lawler, Leon, David Pher @ Voyeur
  • "luminance" feat. Joseph Vincent, Kat Badar, Leejay, Jesse Barrera @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Wild & Tame Comedy presents Willy Wilson's Birthday with Rocky Osborn, Rick Gene, Lindsey Palmer, Dave Sparling, music by Chet Harrison @ Dreamstreet
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnston @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Anything Goes DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Mark E Quark, Le Chein, Pavlic, Holbach @ El Dorado
  • Sonny Rollins' The Freedom Suite (performed by Gerard Nolan, Richard Sellers, Rob Thorsen)@ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Matt Marshak @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch (10a-2p)
  • Matt Marshak @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8pm)
  • "Luscious Noise" feat. members of San Diego Symphony @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • John Sebastian @ Acoustic Music San Diego (sold out)
  • Dubistan @ Kava Lounge
  • Dvorak's New World Symphony @ Copley Symphony Hall (2 pm)
  • Keyboard Conversations® “Three Great B’s — Bach, Beethoven and Barber!” featuring Jeffrey Siegel @ California Center for the Arts Escondido

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Portugal. The Man @ House of Blues Friday October 29, 2010

Portland based rock band Portugal. The Man has always had curiosity seekers wondering why there is punctuation in the group's name. Co-founders John Gourley and Zach Carothers could give you the answer, so I will just give you a glimpse into their music. Originally from Alaska, the band moved to Oregon and filled out its lineup. The band just released its sixth studio release in less than five years, titled American Ghetto. A more electronic approach differentiates this album from its predecessors. The result is a highly accessible sound, with the band stretching itself in a very effective manner. Not to downplay the earlier releases (which are all very good), this shows the band's willingness to experiment without leaving its signature sound. All this translates into a terrific live performance with bluesy guitars and soulful vocals at the forefront. Currently touring to promote their latest offering, Portugal. The Man will be performing at the House of Blues downtown this Friday. Sounds like a great way to kick off the weekend.

White Denim and Honeychild set the stage.

Watch a video of The Dead Dog below.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rocktoberfest Is Tomorrow!

I'm really looking forward to Rocktoberfest tomorrow and so what if it's a little cold out? There's a reason why I have 30 hoodies in my closet. I'll be there all day so come and join me. You can still grab tickets for $15 today or pay $20 at the gates. Click the flyer to buy tickets. Set times are below.

Main stage:
The Silent Comedy - 8:30 - 10:00
Fitz and the Tantrums - 6:30 - 8:30
Midnight Rivals - 4:30 - 5:30
The Styletones - 2:30 - 3:30

Second Stage:
Get Back Loretta 7:30 - 8:30
Cash'd Out 5:30 - 6:30
The Howls - 3:30 - 4:30
Little Hurricane 1:30 - 2:30

Also, if you missed my tweet earlier this week, Fitz & The Tantrums recently performed on "Live From Daryl's House", a popular webshow hosted by Daryl Hall. You can watch the full episode here. Here's one track, "Breakin The Chains Of Love".

Things To Do In San Diego: October 22, 2010

I feel like my weekend listings just keep growing and growing which isn't necessarily a bad thing except that the sun is about to come up and I'm just barely finishing.

Friday, October 22, 2010:

  • Elf Power, Half Handed Cloud, Red Pony Clock @ Che Cafe
  • Envy, La Dispute, Touche Amore, And So I Watch You From Afar @ Casbah
  • Longsleeves, I's and the Oculist, Kelsea Rae Little, Bobby Pena & The Stowaways @ Tin Can
  • Super Diamond, The PettyBreakers @ Belly Up
  • Starcrossed, The Safes,The Very, The Verso @ Soda Bar
  • Stalins of Sound (Record Release), San Pedro El Cortez, DJs Tyrone Clean Cut, Juliancito @ Whistle Stop
  • The Brave Ones, The Yucks, The Reservoir Tips @ The Shakedown
  • Lord Howler, In The Red @ Eleven
  • The Smart Brothers, The Makepeace Brothers @ Jitters Coffee (Oceanside)
  • "Boozing For Boobies" feat. Manchest & Her @ Ould Sod
  • Lady Cellie, DJ APR, Creation Sound, DJ Danny Bread @ O'Connell's
  • Sqwonk @ Sushi Art
  • The Western Set @ Riviera
  • Flyleaf, Story of the Year @ House of Blues
  • C-Money, Hunter Green, Abalze, Dre Gipson @ Soundwave
  • Happy Hour with Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5:30 pm)
  • Chris Clark, Joseph Pfeifer, Michelle Lewis @ Lestat's
  • The Devastators @ Winston's
  • Alzheimer's Benefit Show feat. 145th Street, The Big Decisions, The Buzzkills @ 710 Beach Club
  • Kiss The Concrete Presents Raelin, Lindbergh Skies, One Hot Minute, OkayOkay!, Make It Last Kid, Pigs Can Fly, Blow Me Down @ Epicentre
  • City Delivered, To Build An Empire, Breaking The Aura, Globe And Beast, For The Legends, To Each His Own @ Soma
  • Red Hand, Nothing Haunts Me, Three Fifths Human, Silent Lune, A Bad Name, Bedpost Buzzards @ Dreamstreet
  • Gilbert Castellanos & his new Latin Jazz Quartet @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Gabriel Iglesias (comedy) @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Raiz Music @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Rockhill & Seedless present Barrington Levy, Martin Campbell, Fully Fullwood, Southtown Generals, Cualli, DJ Unite @ 4th & B
  • An Evening With Kathy Griffin @ Civic Theatre
  • Bret Michaels @ Viejas Casino
  • Ommegang Brewery Happy Hour @ Wit's End (6pm)
  • Steven Flex (Fam Royale Crew), DJ Pnutz (Sun Dialect/SDTI) @ Wit's End (9pm)
  • Joan Osborne @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Griffin House, Tyler James @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Dead//Technology feat Joe Nice, Austin Speed, CRMNL, EshOne @ Kava Lounge
  • d.a..n.c.e. feat. aWang and DJ Ry @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Feel The Noise feat Hotroxx, Gabe Vega, Saul Q @ U-31
  • "Art of Sound" feat. Doc Martin, Halo, Chris Herrera @ Brick By Brick
  • "Bonkers" feat. Vaughn Avakian, Junior the DISCOpunk @ Bar Pink
  • Social Green, Destructo Bunny @ Gallagher's
  • Glen Campbell @ Sycuan "Live & Up Close"
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Shiloh's Birthday feat. MC Jre + The E-Team and more @ Ruby Room
  • Dueling Pianos @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Wookie Garcia @ Portugalia
  • Grandmasta Rats, Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Christopher Lawrence, Victor Dinaire, Sharky @ Voyeur
  • DJ Serafin with Ricky Rocks, Joey Jimenez @ Fluxx
  • The Clairmonstaz, G, Hanibal MC, 8L!ve8, Sixty-Two, Guap Inc & R.M.E., L.Y.R.I.K., MoodyLoc-Da Moody Assassin, Kali Krew, Yung Blaze, Mike SaV, Mason James, Kelsey Decoito, Christina Louise @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Dvorak's New World Symphony @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Pasha Tseitlin and Company @ California Center for the Arts Escondido

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 21, 2010

Thursday October 21, 2010:

  • Ra Ra Riot, Villagers, Givers @ Belly Up
  • Taming The Fox @ West Coast Tavern
  • Interpol, White Rabbits @ Soma (sold out)
  • Azure Ray, Tim Fite @ The Loft
  • Echo Revolution, Wendy Bailey & True Stories, Eclipse 79 @ Soda Bar
  • POSTPONED: Corey Feldman's Lost Boys featuring Truth Movement @ House of Blues
  • Russian Circles, Keelhaul, Call Me Lightning @ Casbah
  • The Last Years, The Accroutrements @ Eleven
  • Luna is Honey , Conceptus, DJs Tropical Popsicle and JR @ Tin Can
  • Third Thursdays with Brawley @ Bar Pink
  • Jessica Bell, The Carter Twins @ Lestat's
  • Caboose: DJ Trail-Mix-A-Lot & Mane 1 @ Whistle Stop
  • Greensky Bluegrass @ Winston's
  • Stanley Clarke, Hiromi @ Anthology
  • L.E.D. Presents: Sound of Stereo, Erick Diaz, Adam Salter @ Voyeur
  • Aaron Swanton, Mr. Loveless @ Til Two Club
  • Jazz West @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Republic of Letters @ Grossmont College
  • The Rescues @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Mad Traffic, The Bloodflowers @ Ruby Room
  • Local Showcase: Subliminal Trip, Stone Senses, Sandollar @ Soundwave
  • Matt Markin, Habitat, Cardiac Kidz, J Grace, OverCast Encore, TES., ACME Rhythm & Blues Revue, The Frighteners, Chris Carpenter @ Brick By Brick
  • Taj Mahal, Vieux Farka Toure @ Dreamcatcher Viejas
  • Scott Carter & New Breed @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Steve Tyrell @ Club M, The Grand Del Mar (8:00 pm)
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • DJ Profile & Iron Mike @ El Dorado
  • Buick Wilson @ Patrick's II
  • Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Croce's
  • Tommy & Tina @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Roman Alexander and The Robbery @ Hennessey's Carlsbad
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Pete Johnson @ Tiki House
  • The Jones Revival @ Valley View Casino
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Oceanside Sound Sysrtem, The Amalgamated @ Boar Cross'n
  • Summerset, The Barret Trap, Comma Tom, Not Machines @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

O's Big Art Show

O's got an art show and you don't wanna miss it. Many of the paintings have already been sold, so this is your chance to see the collection before the pieces make their way to their private collectors. And if you haven't checked in awhile, go see some of his photos and stuff at WhatOSaw or check out his new site focused on guitars and gear at EFXPorn.

All of O's paintings are on trash bags or wood. The show will be on Saturday, October 23 at Subtext Gallery, across the street from the Casbah and will feature a performance by Little White Teeth. The show is one night only, from 6-10pm.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: October 19-20, 2010

I love waking up to the sound of rain in San Diego, but I also know that means that everyone shrivels up and can't leave the house because god forbid you get wet...but there are some really great shows tonight and for the rest of the week. This weather is supposed to clear up by the weekend (if you ever wanna believe meterologists) and though it might still be cool, it's fall and you should take advantage when we actually have seasonal weather because it doesn't happen very often, and seriously, Rocktoberfest is going to be awesome! Tickets are only $15 if you buy in advance and there are NO service charges whatsoever, so you're not gonna get tricked at checkout.

Tuesday October 19, 2010:

  • Women, Manchild, d/wolves @ Casbah
  • One eskimO, Honeyhoney @ Anthology
  • Paul Oakenfold, Kenneth Thomas @ House of Blues
  • Mutant Space Boy, Schmaltz, Fractophone @ Soda Bar
  • Mystery Cave, Elephant & Castle, James and Evander, Vegetarian Werewolf @ Tin Can
  • The Fairmounts @ Eleven
  • The PB Dumpsters, Nods to Nothing, Plane Without a Pilot @ Ruby Room
  • Nena Anderson @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Bozzani Brothers Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Local Brews Local Grooves: Brad Roth, Jason Yamaoka, Dave Sawyer, The Ballad Mongers, Kenny Eng, The Chi Club @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Zapf Dingbat @ El Dorado
  • Live Music Showcase @ O'Connells
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Incite, Gemini Syndrome, The Pain @ Brick By Brick
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Chet Cannon & The Committee @ Patrick's ll
  • Kyle Sorrell and Friends @ Tiki House
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Pinktober Pinkout @ Hard Rock Cafe
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hennessey's Vista
  • Open Mic w/ Jefferson Jay @ Gallagher's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Open Mic @ O'Connell's
  • Tim and The 23's, The Last Unicorns @ Winston's
  • Fervor, Loose Nuttz @ Second Wind Santee
  • Gene Warren @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Jon Ji @ Old Poway Park (6:30 pm)

Wednesday October 20, 2010:

  • Broken Social Scene, The Sea & Cake @ House of Blues
  • Electric Six, The Constellations, Schitzophonics @ Casbah
  • Justin Rodriguez and the Brothers and Sisters, All On Seven, Shaun T. Morgan @ Tin Can
  • Miss Erika Davies, Greg Gibson @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Maren Parusel, Pacific Hurt @ Bar Pink
  • Born Ruffians @ The Loft
  • The Gift/Curse, Vanja James, Flatwheeler @ U-31
  • Manic Diffusion, Schitzophonics, Satellite Run @ Soda Bar
  • Lyrics Born, Rakaa, DJ GarGar @ Belly Up
  • Bryan Beller, Kira Small @ Lestat's
  • Barfly Promotions Presents @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Manny Cepeda Orchestra @ Anthology
  • Club Kingston Presenrs: Dubtronic Kru, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Pastafarians, Baja Bugs, Cardiac Kidz @ O'Connell's
  • Adrianna Marie Trio w/ LA Jones @ Patrick's ll
  • Jeffery Smith @ Soundwave
  • Northstar @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Chad Cavanaugh @ Comedy Palace
  • Nena Andersen @ M-Theory (Mission Nights)
  • Skynyrds Innyrds, Hendrix Lives @ Second Wind Santee
  • Metal Fury Band, Hypnogaja @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Jeff Moore & The Witchdoctors @ The Kraken
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ El Camino
  • Justin James @ Postcards American Bistro, Handlery Hotel
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Fuzzy @ Croce's
  • Tribe Of Kings, DJ Artistic @ Ruby Room
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Sister Speak @ Portugalia
  • Makeout Weird @ Whistle Stop
  • Ron's Duo @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Cherish @ Stage Saloon
  • The Octopus vs SandBag @ Kava Lounge

Some Thoughts On Bullying #itgetsbetter

There’s a lot of talk about bullying these days and while I attempt to be detached, I can’t help but feel completely connected to all of it. I do not have kids, and if I did, I’m not sure what I would say to them, however, it seems like everyone is telling their story, so I’m going to tell mine, too. (Click 'keep on reading' for more)

While I know that there are kids who only get one side of the stick, I think that there are a lot of kids who have seen both sides of bullying. In elementary school, I was the person that befriended the underdog. In preschool I was a nosepicker and a booger-eater, but even at a young age, I thought by kindergarten I could graduate from that reputation. Fat chance of that. (I should also mention that from as early as four years old, I was the girl that would crush on boys, setting me up for the “slut” label later on in life. I can recite the first and last names of every boy I crushed on since preschool. Yes, preschool. Eric Miranda, I still hope to find you on Facebook someday. )

Booger eaters, kids with glasses, bed-wetters, chubbies…all of us were already fodder for bullying as early as kindergarten. I seemed to always link up with the underdogs. Having been to preschool, I didn’t cry when I was dropped off at kindergarten, but I already saw the ways that kids teased one another, throwing sand in the playground (and giving everyone a good lice scare), and the way parents would stand and coddle their own and encourage toughness. The stinky kids especially felt the pain. Like most districts and lines drawn, there were kids who lived in dilapidated apartments and kids who were fortunate enough to live in big elegant houses, all attending the same school. The funny thing for me was that it wasn’t until late in high school that I felt privileged to be a house-dweller, third mortgage and all, versus my friends who lived in air conditioned townhouses. To me, they were rich and we were poor. The fact that this notion even entered my mind at such a young age disgusts me.

At 9, I started getting tennis lessons (at a discount for being the first to enroll) and all the girls had cute tennis skirts and my mom was buying me culottes from the cheap clothing section of a Lucky supermarket for $3.99 a pair. I have to admit that I was always a flat out dork (still am). I was picked on, but I never had a hard time picking back, because unlike them, I was “gifted”, so I could say that my best friends from 2nd through 5th grade were my teachers (Mrs. Smitko for 2nd & 3rd, Mr. Baurmann for 4th, and Mr. Banner for 5th) and I never felt alone. I had this strange confidence that lead me to run for student council in fourth grade and win (and again in 5th & 6th grade), though I was getting dead birds and dead lizards in my desk as gifts from my peers. I was the tomboy, but the first of the girls in my class to wear a bra. Suddenly the boys that were my best friends and I was challenging athletically saw me as the most dreaded thing, a girl, and I found myself without friends because they now took aim at snapping my training bra. This didn’t get any easier for the rest of my elementary school days.

My friends were always the transient ones…they’d live in Chula Vista for a year then move away. Jenny L. in first grade; Jennifer C. in second; Tracy T. in fourth. Tracy was the badass. She had monumental trophies for her martial arts, so people generally didn’t fuck with us, but when she moved, the Rosey Hater’s Club formed. They went so far as to make ID cards and had a song. “My name is Rosey/I come from Posey/I am so nosey/My name is Rosey”. Seriously. I would’ve been more butthurt but I felt above their lack of lyrical skills and just carried on mostly oblivious…besides the dead animal gifts in my desk. I carried on through elementary school, ended up in the class that mixed 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in one room. I was in patrol (crossing guards) and learned to mute who I really was because with the biggest tits in 6th grade, you’re a slut just for developing. I got slapped in the face once for liking “Juan” without knowing he was “going around with” Becca who knew him as “Johnny”.

By the time junior high came around, there was no chance I’d make it at the local school without a slut reputation (again, just for being the first with a bra), so I made an intra-district transfer to Hilltop, the whitest school in the district besides Bonita. I was able to create who I wanted to be, to be an outsider but quickly find new friends, and then turn those friends over when I realized they were exactly what I didn’t want to be. This is where I went from being bullied to perhaps being a bully. I didn’t have to take shit from anyone, and if I wanted to like a boy, I didn’t have to think about who he was with in 4th grade. At the same time, I don’t think I was ever cruel, I just never gave in to the crap. In no time before or after junior high have I ever experienced such an element of “fake” and perhaps that’s the greatest gift ever. I was friends with the girl who ended up being homecoming queen in high school, but I was also friends with the girl who invited everyone to her Bat Mitzvah except for me, and we’re best friends nearly twenty years later.

Perhaps my greatest saving grace was that I was lucky enough to meet Xan in ninth grade. She was American, but raised most of her life in France. She was different and so cool for it. I remember seeing her for the first time in my math class in a Rolling Stones t-shirt, men’s 501s, and a fresh pair of black chucks, and she seemed like a rock star. She had stories that weren’t about impressing or showing off, it was just who she was, and she seemed so above the vapid bullshit going on at the time. We were quick best friends and my experiences with her were amazing…she lived in Tijuana and thus time together wasn’t about cliques and boys, it was about seeing a whole new world, and knowing she would be gone just as soon as she had arrived. People assumed we were lesbians and though it wasn’t even close to true, we really didn’t give a fuck, and the 14 or so months that we went to school together were the turning point in my life…of living as I wanted, being true to myself, shit…discovering exactly who I was…

I was a girl who got beat up at the bus stop for not being Mexican enough, and I was challenged at school just as much for not being white enough, which seems hysterical now because I don’t really know what any of that means. I was smart and I really cared about learning. I was athletic and really cared about excelling in tennis, and I was loved enough by my family and a few friends that got me through a whole bunch of bullshit. By the end of high school, I ended up being class president, being on the homecoming court (to the dismay of many girly girls), and proud to say that I pretty much knew everyone in my graduating class by first and last name.

The thing that I think about now, for girls who are going through that same bullshit is that you never really know what leads someone to be a dick. And NOBODY has the stranglehold on being dicks like junior high girls…they’re starting their periods, they’re fighting over girlfriends, they’re fighting for the affections of boys, and they…WE…are fucking cruel to one another. We don’t realize until years later that we, as women, are being raised to fight each other. I was lucky to live in home with both of my parents, a couple who met in their late teens /early twenties and are still together forty years later…but my peers mostly experienced divorce and disastrous love/hate situations that make them competitive…not academically, not athletically, but competitive with love. Where does the cycle end? I have no idea, but I might have an idea of where it starts. Add to that politics, reality TV, talking heads on “news” channels, and you fucking wonder where bullying comes from? Are you fucking kidding me?

I can’t say I came out unscathed. I had fights. I still have fights. Only now as an adult we call them “haters” instead of “bullies”. “They’re just jealous”, we say, or perhaps we just develop an image of them in our minds and then realize maybe they’re just shy like us. They are us. We are them. I don’t know, to be honest. But what I do know is that no matter what, we are loved. I am loved. Everyone has darkness and feels alone. Horrible shit happens all the time. But really good things happen, too. I am not nearly in a position of comfort or wealth or professional success that I thought I would be at this point in my life, but there is so much good shit happening all of the time that it DOES NOT FUCKING MATTER. I am not a believer in “everything happens for a reason” nor do I necessarily believe that everything works out in the end. I believe that a lot of those bullies…those fucking assholes that are so overconfident early in life completely fail…but I also believe those are the fucking assholes that end up playing on your stupid pro sports teams or running corporations or stealing billions from taxpayers because they can, or worst of all, being your dickhead boss. But FUCK ALL OF THEM. They will exist and carry on. But so will we. The fighters of the underdog. The creatives. The dreamers. The believers. We’re the smarties. We’re the ones who carry the torch for evolution and education and art and living and loving and being the best we can at being exactly who we are. Fuck them. Yay, us. We are the scrappers. We will survive.

We have to.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blues Legends BB King & Buddy Guy "Stay Around A Little Longer"

I guess I'm having one of those days. I let stupid people get under my skin, then I watched far too many segments about teen bullying (if you haven't seen the Joel Burns video at the the Fort Worth City Council meeting, watch it NOW), I listened to some downer music, and then I went outside and it's really gloomy and it's just making me emotional. Don't get me wrong, I generally love this weather, but paraphrasing from a really cheesy "Everybody Loves Raymond" episode, sometimes it feels really good to have a good cry. The topper was when I got this video emailed to me. Nobody really wants to think about death or dying or even aging, for that matter. See what happened when 74 year old Buddy Guy and 85 year old B.B. King get together and put some thoughts to music. (Since I posted, they might've disabled the embed, in which case, you can see the video on

Things To Do In San Diego: October 18, 2010

I know when "winter" hits San Diego that there will be a lull in music (and I'll be scrapping for rent money) but in the meantime we should enjoy the fact that October and November are great touring months for bands that wanna enjoy our mostly mild San Diego weather, so take advantage of the fact that there are some incredible bands coming through our town, and this week is no exception. For Tuesday-Thursday listings, click 'keep on reading' below. And I suppose with that intro, I should say that I'm always open to advertising, sponsorships, donations, partnerships, merch gigs, writing gigs, consulting, what have you...anything to keep me afloat and protect me from ever having to return to psycho-corpo "Office Space" world. All my contact info is to the right of this post.

Monday October 18, 2010:
  • Anti-Monday League Presents: Kenan Bell, Hesta Prynn, guests @ Casbah
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd, guest @ Belly Up
  • Scout Niblett, Street Of Little Girls, Nothingful @ Soda Bar
  • Nude Boy, Sex Church, Christmas Island @ Tin Can
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ U-31
  • Melly Frances and The Distilled Spirits @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Chet Cannon's Blue Monday Blues Party @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Pyrate Punx Present: Putrid Feedback, Blood Stained Reality, Spreading Evictions @ Ruby Room
  • Jaeryoung Lee Jazz Trio @ Athenaeum Music & Arts Libary @ noon
  • Lofty Mondays @ The Loft
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Shelle Blue @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • The Get Down @ Club Kadan
  • Dave Scott @ Croce's
  • Trivia Night @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Stimy at Livewire, 10/9/10

Remember the era of Inch and Congress of the Cow?

Stimy at Live Wire 10910 © Michael Klayman-002
Stimy was back in town and playing a solo set of all of your old favorites.

Stimy at Live Wire 10910 © Michael Klayman-007

Stimy at Live Wire 10910 © Michael Klayman-008

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Blind Pilot & Cory Chisel "Bring It On Home To Me"

The Blind Pilot and Cory Chisel show last Wednesday at the Casbah was fantastic yet again, though as expected the crowd was quite chatty during Cory Chisel. Regardless, it was awesome and I shot video of the whole thing, though the lighting was dismal. I'm still uploading and putting titles on stuff, but in the meantime, this was a magical collaboration to celebrate the end of their tour together. Here's a cover of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me" with everyone sharing the stage.

The Habitat Carries On

If you were one of the lucky people to ever attend a show at the Habitat House, you know that there were some very special performances over the past few years. "Roybot" lived in the space and used it as a performance space for local artists as well as touring musicians who needed an intimate space, as well as a recording space for himself and some friends. Every show there was special and easy on the wallet, too, as guests were invited to bring their own beverages and save their money to buy band merch or leave a donation for touring bands. The spacious living room was host to many acts and left some very unique impressions in my mind. Roy has been updating email subscribers with news and has finally sent one with a complete picture of what is going on with the Habitat.

The long and short of it is that Roy bought a house in North Park and is planning on building a small home recording studio, so he is no longer occupying the beautiful Golden Hill spot. The good news is that the new occupants are none other than Zack Nielsen, of, Jackson Milgaten of The Boat House, The Paddle Boat, and Single Screen Records, and Dylan Ousley, a graphic designer and culture jammer (see

So that means The Habitat has new beginnings as well. Just as I said in a previous Myspace blog, I left open a 1% chance that shows at The Habitat might return. And return they will! The new boys are planning to resume house shows and they've already got one on the books for November. They also plan to utilize the space for art showings. So the future is very bright for that old Craftsmen in Golden Hill.

Zack has set up a site for the new Habitat here. Be sure to follow them on twitter for upcoming show announcements.

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up Thursday October 21, 2010

In less than five years, Syracuse indie rock band Ra Ra Riot have come from relative obscurity to frenetic live show fan favorites. Led by front man Wes Miles, who is accompanied by two guitarists and a violinist, cellist and drummer. This mix of strings and guitars gives the band its unique chamber pop sound, bringing a high energy to its live performances. Signed by Barsuk Records in 2008, The Rhumb Line was the band's initial full length release. Constant touring in the US and in Europe brought increased notoriety to the group. Ra Ra Riot offered its sophomore LP, The Orchard, this past August. Critics have been somewhat mixed with regard to this album. I believe it is all part of the maturation process, since the band members are still quite young. Maybe it is just a case of doing what you do best while not taking too much advice from others. What one cannot dispute is the passion the group possesses, and it will be on display this Thursday at North County's premier venue. Should be a great night indeed.

Villagers and Givers set the stage.

Watch a video of Boy below.

Ra Ra Riot - Boy

RA RA RIOT | MySpace Video

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Guest Review:The Weepies & Lucy Schwartz @ Winston's

(My friend Melanie (@mediamelanie) took me up on the offer of free tickets to see The Weepies and Lucy Schwartz and decided to review the show. This is her review below.)

Lucy Schwartz opened for The Weepies at Winston's in Ocean Beach, San Diego on Wednesday the 13th of October. Her flowing melodic femininity was an immediate refreshment in the small sold-out venue. A sea of 20, 30 and 40 somethings were mesmerized with this emerging songstress, only 20-years old, with an innate musical talent far beyond her years. The mellow and mostly female crowd appreciated the short but perfect set that set the cheerful tone for the rest of the night.

A few minutes before hitting the stage, The Weepies created a whimsical moment with some bubbles - always a welcome idea. They finally went on around 11 pm, the somewhat restless looking crowd couldn't have been more ready for their mellow pop-folk sound. California duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen truly imparted upon the crowd their likable chemistry through a display of fun melodies and relatable lyrics. They had a son together 3 years ago, affectionately referencing him between songs in a gesture that shed some light on their well-crafted tunes that clearly came from the heart.

One high point was a new, upbeat song, "I Was Made for Sunny Days," off their August 2010 album, "Be My Thrill." With lyrics like:

Found the look you gave me, when we were first in bloom; when I thought that you might save me from the dark side of the moon. Instead we both went walking to the shadows and the plume, and we never did stop talking; you still light up the moon

they make it seem effortless to be so real. The soulful sound carried smoothly throughout the crowd, creating a sense of happiness that made everyone want to keep swaying along and listening intently. The Weepies met in a Cambridge folk club 9 years ago and haven't toured since 2006. Welcome back guys, it's great to have you on the scene again. Their show was reminiscent of a condensed version of a romantic comedy, since they sang like a true life soundtrack.

Lucy Schwartz and The Weepies complemented each other very well. This was the perfect way to spend a girl's night with a good friend; nothing beats great live music at a local beach club, a couple of drinks and quality time out of the house. Connect with the weepies at and be sure to visit to stay in the loop with Lucy. Thank you again Rosey at for the tickets to the show!

Things To Do In San Diego: October 16-17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010:

  • David Bazan (with full band), Wye Oak, Nothingful (Atari Lounge) @ Casbah
  • Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, One Republic @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Christopher Cross @ Moonlight Amphitheatre (1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista)
  • Cave Punk Records Superduper Showcase feat. The Heartaches, Pure Country Gold, The Widows, Rats Eyes, Spider Fever @ Til Two Club
  • Little Hurricane, River City, Milktooth, Longstay @ Tin Can
  • The Invalids, Madison Bloodbath, The Maxies, Sunnyside @ Soda Bar
  • The Moviegoers, Hello Echo @ Eleven
  • The Aggrolites, Stranger, Ease Up @ Belly Up
  • Tan Sister Radio, Pilots, Inspire Into Sleep, The Color of Glass @ Che Cafe
  • Rezurex, Knock Em Stiff @ The Shakedown
  • Neon Beat feat Vaughn Avakian & Junior theDISCOpunk @ Bar Pink
  • 80s vs 90s: Gabe Vega vs. Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • SD Union: Dubstep, Breaks, DnB @ Ruby Room
  • Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back: Tribute to Frank Sinatra @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Beauty In The Beats feat DJ Ignite @ Soundwave
  • Old Devil, The Fuck Lordz, Throatcloser, Concussion, Imballanced @ O'Connell's
  • Pink Party feat. Soul In The Machine @ House of Blues
  • Allison Lonsdale @ Lestat's (6-8 pm)
  • John Hull, Meg & Brian, Trevor Davis @ Lestat's
  • Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, Pathology, Dissolution, Aenea, Beheading The King @ Brick By Brick
  • The Hip Replacements @ Winston's (4-7 pm)
  • Bass Quake feat Dub Step DJs Reactivity, Austin Speed, CRMNL, Cool Breeze, Peligro, Mexichron @ Winston's
  • Audiodub, Inhale, Circus Junkies @ 710 Beach Club
  • Endless Hallway, Children of Nova, Meseta, Fires In France, One I Red, The Elephant Project @ Soma
  • The Ghost Inside, First Blood, A Loss For Words, Deez Nuts, Hundredth, Vanguard, Colossal @ Epicentre
  • Southern Storm @ Dreamstreet (7-9 pm)
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • Black Sancho, The Even Keel, Fab, MZ Chief, Problumz, Nutty Buddies, Out of Hell Records @ Dreamstreet
  • Catherine Denise @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7 pm)
  • Rockola @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30 pm)
  • Iza Moon Dance Collective @ Portugalia
  • Shoreline Rootz @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Devin The Dude, Black Resume @ 4th & B
  • Irma Thomas @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30 pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Grum & Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Cash'd Out @ Gallagher's
  • Latin Jazz Barbeque feat. Trece de la Suerte @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Etienne De Crecy, Douster, Florence & Normandie @ Voyeur
  • Underwear Party feat. Kimberly S. @ Spin
  • Official Concert After Party feat Big Boi, DJ Gusto, DJ Matty A @ Fluxx
  • Lynch Mob @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Las Vegas Dueling Pianists @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Funk Deluxe feat DJs Danny Massure, Jon Wesley @ Kadan
  • Silent Film Night: A Chaplin Quartet @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Burn The Floor @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Fusion Electro/Dubstep @ Kava Lounge

Sunday, October 17, 2010:

  • Valient Thorr, Red Fang, Ghetto Blaster @ Casbah
  • Fluxx Live feat. Dan Black, White Apple Tree, Lesands @ Fluxx
  • Lee Ving, Blag Dahlia @ The Shakedown
  • Jimmy Webb @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Balboa Theatre
  • Gaelic Storm, Sara Watkins @ Belly Up
  • Stevie & The Hi-Stax, DJ All Good @ El Dorado
  • Paper Forest, Hermit Convention, Trees Falling @ Tin Can
  • M.E.X. BBQ Jam @ Eleven (3 pm)
  • Vultures 2012 and guests @ Ruby Room
  • Camille Bloom (CD release), Nicole Torres @ Lestat's
  • Arsonists Get All The Girls, Ion Dissonance, Within The Ruins, And Hell Followed With, Destruction of A Rose, As They Burn Alive, Mortify Your Enemies @ Soma
  • Deer Tick, J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Songwriters Acoustic Night feat. Reverend Stickman, BViolin, David Brown, Connors & Schettino, Jesse Eisner, Justin Froese @ Swedenborg Hall (1531 Tyler Ave, San Diego)
  • The Nautics @ Winston's (early show)
  • The Nautics @ Tango Del Rey
  • The Avey Brothers @ Patricks II
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnston @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Stelita @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch (10a-2p)
  • Patrick Yandall @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Stepping Feet @ The Marble Room
  • Celebrity Chefs Tours @ Anthology (Noon-4pm)
  • Tommy Lee & DJ Aero, Skrillex, Steve Duda, Deth Hertz, Circuit Freq, Bareback DJs @ Voyeur
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Open Mic Rap @ Kadan
  • The AntiDivision, DJ Dogrr, Liquid Gray, Lady Borgia burlesque @ Kava Lounge
  • Burn The Floor @ San Diego Civic Theatre

Friday, October 15, 2010

Now Open: URBN Coal Fired Pizza North Park

On Monday, URBN North Park finally opened their doors and I couldn't be happier. My BFF (and occasional sddialedin contributor) Kristian was hired as a bartender so I decided to pay him a visit on Wednesday night. Much like Bar Basic, the place has an open floor plan with a modern yet warm feel. The brick walls and organic textures lend this to being quite a hangout. I love Blind Lady Alehouse and I think there's enough demand in the area that both places will thrive with their great pizzas and beers. In fact, I saw a BLAH cook at URBN while I was's just another spot where friends and families can congregate.

The pizzas at URBN are for sharing and can feed 2-3 people, or one very hungry person. The prices are reasonable ($15 for my mashed potato with pancetta pizza from the specialty menu) or you can order a plain pie and add toppings as you wish. There's also a great beer and wine selection, with a good range of prices so you can have a tasty glass or an expensive bottle depending on your tastes.

I'm a fan of Bar Basic, but I really don't spend a lot of time downtown, so my visits are few and far between. With the similar layout and menu of URBN, I'm sure I'll be back often. Kristian wanted me to note that families are always welcome and that they serve food until close. If you order a pizza after 1:30 am, you have to take it to go, but you can order right up until 1:59 on weekends, which makes it a good alternative to all those late night taco joints.

URBN is locatedat 3085 University, across the street from U-31.
URBN is open Sun-Wed 5pm - Midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-2am

You can follow the bar on twitter @URBN_NP, text URBN to 91944 for specials, deals, and info, or check out their website here.