Thursday, September 29, 2011

Things To Do In San Diego: September 29-30, 2011

What an amazing week this has been! I feel so loved, so thank you for all of the birthday messages, tweets, facebook wall postings, dinners, shots, and a MASSIVE thank to my awesome friends at the Hard Rock Hotel. I'm in my room right now with my sisters and nieces, they delivered birthday cake, snacks and beer to my room, and we're gonna go spend a little time at the pool before I head to the Casbah for SoundDiego Live at the Casbah. Doors are at 7 pm and we have far more RSVPs than capacity, so get there early and plan on staying late! Matt, you're awesome and I'm eternally grateful. See you all tonight!!
Listings archived after the jump.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tonight: Release The Sunbird vs. AA Bondy

I really hate when there are two shows that I love that make me have to choose but tonight, AA Bondy is at the Casbah while Release The Sunbird is at the Soda Bar. You gotta make a choice, but since you might not be familiar, Release The Sunbird is the side project of Zack Rogue of Rogue Wave. There are plenty of tickets for both shows, so take your pick.


Things To Do In San Diego: September 28, 2011

Thank you a million times for all of the sweet birthday wishes and I can happily say it is off to a great start. Thanks to Andy and Jayme from Writer for the lovely dinner last night and to my friends at the Ken Club who kicked off my night with some hangover inducing fun times. I hope to see everyone tonight at AA Bondy or tomorrow at the SoundDiego live party. Just keep in mind, there are over 300 RSVPs and capacity it 225, so be sure to come early and plan on staying late!
Listings archived after the jump.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This Thursday: SoundDiego Live At The Casbah


We're just a couple days away from this month's installment of SoundDiego Live! This Thursday, we're taking over the Casbah with free food from Gaglione Brothers, free beer from 7-8pm from Cold Spring Brewing Co., and a great lineup of music with Dead Feather Moon, The Get Down Automatic, and the winner of our Garage To Glory competition. And since that will all wrap up relatively early, Jesse LaMonaca will take the stage after Dead Feather Moon to keep the night going a little bit longer.

Check out this video of Dead Feather Moon from SoundSystem, then make sure you RSVP to the event here or just click on the flyer.

White Horse Sessions: Dead Feather Moon "Always Around" from Sound System on Vimeo.

Things To Do In San Diego: September 27, 2011

I'm having a lovely week and I hope you all are, too. Listings through Sunday are after the jump. Let me know if I missed anything. I've got a couple shows coming up that I'm booking so without harassing me, feel free to send me your music if you haven't already given it to me.
Listings archived after the jump.

Monday, September 26, 2011

THE HORRORS W/ The Stepkids FRIDAY 9.16.11 CASBAH







As the droves of San Diegans were descending upon Spreckels Theatre downtown Friday night for the first of two sold out shows from Bon Iver, I was headed to the Casbah to see the sold out Horrors show. It's kind of funny how both Casbah presents shows were polar opposites, the sweet sultry vocals of Justin Vernon compared to the dark menacing vocals of Faris Badwin. A contrast of heaven and hell, if you will.

I showed up to the Casbah about 5 minutes into The Stepkids set and went straight in, as I greeted Faris Badwan from the Horrors with a hello and handshake I cringed a little bit. The jazz influenced space jammy psychedelic tunes coming from the stage were just a little too much for me, especially with a white sheet behind them and projections being strewn across their bodies by ex San Diegan David Khan. The first song I heard was probably close to 8 minutes long with a 4-5 minute guitar solo in the middle. Someone tipped me that he was Alicia Keys touring guitarist, which would make a lot of sense. Don't get me wrong, they were entertaining but not my cup of tea and definitely not the reason I was there. They'll be back Sunday October 30th at Soda Bar with Trap Gold so go see for yourself.

One thing I noticed about this night was the lack of prominent faces in the SD music scene, no one was to be found ... the Art Fag set, CityBeat heads, nobody. Instead it was a handful of familiar faces and the spattering of 40-50 somethings with the usual "bros and hoes" mixed in, really random crowd for a show of this caliber. After an hour long interlude, the main room quickly filled up with everyone clamoring for a spot. Forget the spidery androgynous demeanor and spazzy mannerisms - these guys bring it when it comes to live performance, pure and simple. Their new album is a brilliant piece of work, a considerable triumph over their previous and an exciting sampling of their creative evolution. The band opened with the first song off the new album Skying called "Changing The Rain", fearlessly putting their newest foot forward in a challenge to those hung up on the band's earlier sounds. We took the evolution in stride; however, we were delightfully treated with the Primary Colours standout "Who Can Say"played second in the set, bodies writhing in motion, sweat already beginning to pour from peoples pores so early in the set. The night was young and as I was already thrilled at what I had witnessed, they moved back to Skying with "I Can See Through You". The song seemed to be a crowd pleaser and most of the attendees knew every single word to the new album. For the remainder of the night the Horrors flipped back and forth between Skying and Primary Colours leaving out any songs from 2007's Strange House. My favorite of the night would have to be a tripped out version of "Scarlet Fields" in which they had replaced the synths for guitars. If you weren't in attendance this time, the next time they return I'd definitely recommend you going. Loud, dark, brooding, perfectionists, are all words I would use to describe what I had bestowed upon me. This is a band with some serious staying power-- I remember picking up the debut EP in the fall of 2006 and to see their progression at such a young age is quite remarkable. I raise my glass to Horrors and I am proud to be a fan. Special thanks to the Casbah, the guys from Hotel St. George, Rosemary Bystrak, and Donna Chang.


Here's the entire set list:

Changing the Rain
Who Can Say?
I Can See Through You
Scarlet Fields
Dive In
Three Decades
Endless Blue
Sea Within a Sea
Still Life
Mirror's Image
Moving Further Away

Halloran Reveals SoundSystem (((*)))

[I wrote this blog post on August 17, but didn't want to post without Halloran's consent. In light of the announcement today that he'll be hosting Loudspeaker and a new show, FTW, when he returns to 91X on October 2, I remembered that it was just sitting in my queue, and since George Varga mentioned it, he said it's okay to talk about, so here's my original post. Halloran says the show has been picked up to air on TV. Broadcasts are expected to begin in late October. -rosey]

A few weeks ago, my friends at Gaglione Brothers hosted a small party at their Mission Gorge location to celebrate the one year anniversary of the store. Along with their delicious garlic fries and samples of their amazing cheesesteaks, I was hanging outside with Michael Halloran and his family catching up on...well, everything, I guess. Conversation is never reduced to small talk with Hal. Anyway, he was telling me about a project he's been working on but told me I wasn't allowed to say anything until the time was right. I believe he said something to the effect of me having a big mouth and anything he tells me would be blabbed all over the internet before we were finished talking. I promised to keep it quiet, but now it's out...it was on facebook, the site is up (in beta) and the Vimeo Channel has been unlocked from the private setting, so I guess it's okay to spread the good word.

Sound System Sizzle Film from SoundSystem on Vimeo.

CityBeat's Best Of San Diego: Voting Ends Today!

Today is the last day to vote for Citybeat's Best Of San Diego Readers' Choice Poll. This here website is nominated in the "Best Local Music Blog" category with my friends at Owl & Bear. There are too many things and people I love who are nominated to mention them all, but the Casbah is in there a couple times, as are Riviera and Starlite. The Local Pyle is on there, and consider me biased, but I had to write in West Coast Tavern for best brunch and added Chef Eli Freebairn to the best chef category.

It takes a while to get through and you should vote in as many categories as you can (though why the hell would I know about best spray tans?). I always think these things are a little silly, they should be called "favorites" not "best" because few people have experienced all nominees in a specific category, but the announcements are usually made at a really fun party with free food and booze. So yeah. Go vote. (voting ends at midnight, The 2011 Best of San Diego winners will be announced in San Diego CityBeat and on sdcitybeat.com on Wednesday, October 19).

Things To Do In San Diego: September 26, 2011

It's my birthday week and as promised, I already took care of all of the listings through the weekend so I don't have to worry about them later when I celebrate at AA Bondy on my actual birthday, at SoundDiego Live on Thursday, and at a little shindig on Saturday at URBN in North Park (4 pm...consider this your invitation). I'm also hugely excited because I have a room at the Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday night after the SoundDiego party. Woot!! I will not let turning 35 slow me down. Not all venue calendars were updated, so let me know if I missed anything.
Listings archived after the jump.

Don't Sleep SD - Neon Indian (w/Com Truise) at the Belly Up 9/27


How lucky are we tomorrow night?! We are getting a show that is usually reserved for the likes of LA, SF, CHI and NYC. Alan Palomo (quite possibly one of the best Mexican producers of our modern dance music era) is bringing his electro/dream rock outfit Neon Indian to north county to serenade us with straight up booty shaking music from the future! Get ready for a dizzying array of synths, lazers and video game samples as Neon Indian will give you plenty of reasons to dance like it's your 1986 senior prom. Check out the new video for Polish Girl here.


Now if Neon Indian wasn't enough to get you out on a Tuesday night, new Ghostly Records signing COM TRUISE will be opening up! Yes, that's right, the man that sounds like he's producing music from inside a TRON arcade game will be gracing us with his warm, synthy beats. I have been waiting to see him for a long time and I'm really excited about this one. If you are a fan of Boards of Canada than this will be one of your new favorite artists. Check out the video for his track Sun Dripped, one of my favorites here.

Conclusion: Come to Belly Up tomorrow, see two incredible electronic artists, have mind blown, drink, be merry. See you there.

Meat Puppets @ Casbah

[I was looking for an old blog post and came across this unpublished post from Philip from JUNE. I didn't realize it was there. Sorry to Phil for not ever posting. For more of his photos from the show, click on 'keep on reading' at the bottom -rosey]














Halloran Returns To 91X

I really planned on sleeping in, but couldn't resist checking email while letting Pascha out to handle her business and I just thought I had to share this with you before I crawl back into bed: Michael Halloran is going back on the air at 91X. He'll be the new host of Loudspeaker after the spot was left vacant when Rowley accepted an amazing opportunity at Slacker. As you can read in the full press release below, Hal will also have a new program called "FTW", certainly a spin on "FTP" which he started at 94/9 years ago but is currently hosted by Tim Pyles from 7-8pm on Sundays. Pyles and Halloran will then go head to head on their respective local shows from 8-10pm. Having Hal back on the air is a smart move on all sides and certainly will be an outlet to pimp some visibility for that other thing that Mike's been working on that I'm not sure if we're talking about yet. Congrats to 91X and Halloran. Sundays just got a little bit more interesting.

Press Release:

Mike Halloran will return to the airwaves on San Diego alternative rock station 91X (XTRA-FM, 91.1) beginning this Sunday, October 2 as the permanent new host of “Loudspeaker,” San Diego’s longest running radio program dedicated to local music.

Loudspeaker will air 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Sunday nights. Immediately following, Halloran will also air a new program from 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Sunday called “FTW.” The free-form program will adopt a “no rules, no gimmicks” moniker, driven by the unpredictability and immeasurable music knowledge Halloran is known for.

“I am honored to take part in the ongoing resurgence of my first home and my first love in San Diego, 91X,” says Halloran. “Oddly enough, October 2 is two days before the 25th anniversary of my original start date of October 4, 1986. Seems like yesterday, not last century.”

“Simply put, Mike is the perfect host for Loudspeaker as well as our new musical brainchild “FTW.” New music, unreleased music, and tasty nuggets from the 91X archives,” says 91X Program Director Garrett Capone. “We are absolutely stoked to welcome Mike back to the 91X family and I assure you that San Diego radio on Sunday nights will never be the same!”

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Leaving on Tour! (Official Tour Video Posted!!!)

You guys are gonna crack up when you see this... :-P

Shows Include:

Los Angeles,CA, Room 5, September 25th
San Francisco,CA, Hotel Utah, September 27th
Redding,CA, The Post Office, September 28th
Portland, OR, The Buffalo Gap, September 29th
Bend, OR, The Sound Garden, September 30th
Seattle, WA, El Diablo Coffee, October 1st
Coeur d'Alene, ID, Calypsos Coffee, October 2nd
Moab, UT, Eddie McStiff's, October 4th
Durango, CO, Derailed Saloon, October 5th
Denver, CO, The Walnut Room, October 6th
Denver, CO, The Walnut Room, October 7th
Boulder, CO, The Laughing Goat, October 8th
Dallas, TX, Opening Bell Coffee, October 10th
Austin, TX, Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse, October 11th
Albuquerque, NM, October 12th
Phoenix, AZ, Hob Nobbs, October 13th
Tucson, AZ, The Hotel Congress, October 14th
San Diego, CA, Lestat's West, October 15th
Santa Barbara, CA, Savoy, October 22nd

Let somebody know!!! :-D

Adams Avenue Street Fair Schedule: Sunday

Here's the Sunday schedule for the Adams Avenue Street Fair:

Lestat's Coffeehouse Stage - Felton & Adams
11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Saba
12:30 - 1:15 pm - Scott West
1:30 - 2:15 pm - Nicole Vaughn
2:30 - 3:15 pm - Robin Henkel
3:30 - 4:15 pm - Trevor Davis
4:30 - 5:15 pm - Ramekega
5:30 - 6:15 pm - John Hull

33rd Street Rock Stage - 33rd & Adams
11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Old Tiger
1:15 - 2:15 pm - Cuckoo Chaos
2:45 - 4:00 pm - The Creepy Creeps
4:30 - 6:00 pm - Davie Allan & The Arrows

Rosie's Roots Rock Stage - 34th & Adams
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Jinx King
12:30 - 2:00 pm - Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels
2:30 - 4:00 pm - Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio
4:30 - 5:45 pm - The Beat Farmers

Hawley Boulevard Blues Stage - Hawley & Adams
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Mercedes Moore Blues Band
1:30 - 2:45 pm - Brothers of Praise Phase II
3:15 - 4:15 pm - Taryn Donath Suo
4:45 - 6:00 pm - Arthur Adams

Adams Park Worldbeat Stage - Adams Park Mansfield entrance
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Cumbia Machin
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Mattson 2
3:00 - 4:15 pm - J.D. All Stars
4:45 - 6:00 pm - El Chicano

DiMille's Variety Stage - 35th & Adams, DiMille's Restaurant parking lot
11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Subsurfer
12:45 - 1:30 pm - The Fire Eaters
2:00 - 3:00 pm - The Red Fox Tails
3:30 - 4:30 pm - Country Rockin' Rebels
5:00 - 6:00 pm - Nathan James Trio

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Adams Avenue Street Fair Schedule: Saturday

I will be at the street fair all day, but in case you don't pick up a schedule and think the Adams Ave site is a pain in the ass, here's the schedule for Saturday.

Lestat's Coffeehouse Stage - Felton & Adams
11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Chris Carpenter
12:30 - 1:15 pm - Jarrod Dickerson
1:30 - 2:15 pm - Jon Ji
2:30 - 3:15 pm - Ruby Summer
3:30 - 4:15 pm - Josh Damigo
4:30 - 5:15 pm - Caroline Brooks
5:30 - 6:15 pm - Mia Dyson
6:30 - 7:15 pm - Aaron Bowen
7:30 - 8:15 pm - The Travis Larson Band
8:30 - 9:15 pm - Larry Mitchell

33rd Street Rock Stage - 33rd & Adams
11:15 am - 12:00 pm - The New Kinetics
12:30 - 1:30 pm - Joey Harris & The Mentals
2:00 - 3:15 pm - The Loons
3:45 - 5:00 pm - A Scribe Amidst The Lions
5:30 - 7:00 pm - Black Hondo
7:30 - 9:00 pm - Dengue Fever

Rosie's Roots Rock Stage - 34th & Adams
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Action Andy & The Hi-Tones
12:30 - 1:30 pm - Jeff Clark Band
2:00 - 3:15 pm - Skid Roper Combo
3:45 - 5:00 pm - The Roosters
5:30 - 7:00 pm - The Blackout Party
7:30 - 9:00 pm - El Vez

Hawley Boulevard Blues Stage - Hawley & Adams
12:00 - 1:00 pm - The Bedbreakers
1:30 - 2:30 pm - The Amandas
3:00 - 4:30 pm - The Styletones
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Lady Star & The Bustin Loose Band
7:00 - 9:00 pm - The Cedric Burnside Project

Adams Park Worldbeat Stage - Adams Park Mansfield entrance
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Todo Mundo
1:30 - 2:45 pm - Maiz
3:15 - 4:45 pm - Euphoria Brass Band
5:15 - 6:45 pm - Los Alacranes
7:30 - 9:00 pm - Bi-National Mambo Orchestra featuring Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo

DiMille's Variety Stage - 35th & Adams, DiMille's Restaurant parking lot
11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Gayle Skidmore
12:30 - 1:30 pm - Bianca Paras Band
2:00 - 3:00 pm - Fred Thompson & The Ukulele Orchestra of Southern California
3:30 - 5:00 pm - The Earthlings
5:30 - 7:00 pm - The Midwinters
7:30 - 9:00 pm - Folding Mr. Lincoln

Things To Do In San Diego: September 24-25, 2011

Weekend listings. Finally. The bad news is they took me forever to do. The good news is I already did next weekend's listings so I can completely tune out starting on my birthday on Wednesday and not have to think about work until the following Monday. For now, Sunday listings are after the jump.
Listings archived after the jump.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bright Eyes & Kurt Vile at Soma, 9.21.2011


Wednesday night was the Bright Eyes show at SOMA. I took my friend Nick who has done work with Conor and played in Neva Denova and is all tied into that little Saddle Creek circle, so I was a little surprised that Conor was back to his reclusive ways and wasn't backstage at all before or after his set. Bummer. It was still an awesome show, especially when during their final song, he requested someone on timpani and that someone ended up being Tim Pyles. I was by the soundboard and Matt made sure I caught Tim on video. These are some of my shakiest videos ever...the further from the subject, the more dramatic any movement on my little handheld, but hopefully you enjoy them nonetheless.

See Photos of Kurt Vile and Bright Eyes here

Click the "next" button to see all six videos.

GROUPLOVE September 24th, 2011 at House of Blues with Two Door Cinema Club and The Lonely Forest


Courtesy of Grouplove and Atlantic Records

Despite the California prohibition on using cell phones while driving, I have been reaching for my phone’s music discovery app more and more on my drives home. One of my recent finds was GROUPLOVE, a dynamic five piece band whose single “Colours” has been receiving plenty of radio play. Their first full length album Never Trust a Happy Song was just released on September 13th while they have been out on a headlining tour. They have been receiving lots of press and acclaim due to celebrated festival performances at Outside Lands and Lollapalooza as well as an appearance last night on Conan to perform their single.
The band has taken a short break from their headlining tour to support Two Door Cinema Club ending in San Diego tomorrow September 24th at the House of Blues with The Lonely Forest opening. GROUPLOVE’s bouncy and optimistic energy does well to compliment Two Door Cinema Club’s jittery dance rock vibes to keep every one’s feet moving all night long. Doors open at 8 P.M. and tickets are still on sale here. You can watch after the jump their music video for the single "Colours" and their performance on Conan.

Things To Do In San Diego: September 23, 2011

I'm still feeling sick and going back to sleep, so you get abbreviated listings for tonight and I'll get to the weekend later.

Friday, September 23, 2011:
  • D Generation, Prima Donna, Biters, Thousand Watt Stare @ Casbah
  • Casbah Presents Ladytron, Geographer @ House of Blues
  • Skyline Union (CD release), Archery For the Blind (CD Release), Chad Cavanaugh, Natalie Rae, Trent Hancock @ The Griffin
  • Veronica Falls, Plateaus, La La Vasquez, Divers, DJ Mario Orduno & Guests @ Til Two Club
  • The Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers @ Belly Up
  • Jumbo Trout and the Fishpeople, They're Heading West @ Tin Can
  • Sims + Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter @ Soda Bar
  • Greg Gibson, Megan Slankard & Jeff Campbell, Riki Michele & Tim Tormey @ Lestat's
  • Bonkers Dance Party with Junior and Vaughn @ Bar Pink
  • Gematris with DJs Eddie Turbo & Prince Zohar @ Whistle Stop
  • RF7, the Voids, American Jihad & Vietnam @ The Shakedown
  • Pathology, Gigan @ Ruby Room
  • Arson Academy, One I Red, East Of Sweden, The Alligator Republic @ Eleven
  • Lenguas Largas, Stalins of Sound, Amoebas @ Tower Bar
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Friends @ U-31
  • Jon Lall, Summer Menchin, Vignette, Phil Alvarez, Love Henry, Mike Trenicono, Taken By Canadians, Sage @ Brick By Brick
  • Inspired Flight, Audios, Atlantic Rizing, DJ Marsellus Wallace, DJ Existence 76 @ Winston's
  • The Swift Decent, Dick Justice, Hit Dog Hollar, Summersfall @ 710 Beach Club
  • Herbie Hancock @ Anthology (8:30pm)
  • Charlie Rock, Grandmasta Rats @ El Dorado

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Things To Do In San Diego: September 22, 2011

Last night with Bright Eyes was so awesome but today I'm fighting a cold that I felt coming on earlier this week but ignored. I'm sure last night's tequila just helped it take over my body. Hopefully I can rest up and still be able to make it to the Hard Rock Hotel tonight for MaryJane's Underground with The Fling and The Short Eyes. If you were wondering about the blog tantrum I threw last week, it was because I found out West Coast Tavern was canceling their Thursday night live music because very few people ever bothered to show up. So yeah, I was pissed. When you're "dating the scene" as Tim Pyles likes to say, sometimes the scene will break your heart (and yank your income). Now I'm sick and I don't know when I'll get around to the weekend listings because my eyeballs feel like they might explode from looking at this screen. Maybe at some point. For now, here are tonight's listings.

Thursday September 22, 2011:
  • The Fling, The Short Eyes @ Maryjane's @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • Weekend, Talk Normal, Dark Thirty @ Casbah
  • Coda Reactor, Smooth Sailing, Razorhoof, Moosejaw @ Eleven
  • Ceschi, Rickolus @ Bar Pink
  • Club Mercy & Y1 Studios Present: Sean Hayes, Michael Musika @ Soda Bar
  • Ian Taylor and The Guilty Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Lukas Nelson and The Promise of The Real. Revoltaire @ Belly Up
  • Marc Anthony @ Viejas Arena
  • Sacha Boutros feat. Llew Mathews, John B Williams, Gerrick King @ Anthology
  • Il Abanico, Maren Parusel, Tori @ Tin Can
  • Joey DeFrancesco feat. Rick Zunigar, Ramon Banda @ Dizzy's
  • Michael Grimm, Corey Crowder, Ten Sugar Coffee @ 4th & B
  • Christian Taylor, Royal Campaign, SO3 @ Ruby Room
  • The Office Twins, Girl Friday @ The Griffin
  • The Good Foot @ Til-Two Club
  • Broni, Son of Man @ Lestat's
  • Dark Star Orchestra @ House of Blues
  • Illuminauts, guest DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Rick McCurdy @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • The Ratt's Revenge @ Tower Bar
  • Little Monsters @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Croce's
  • Mark Stuart @ Tiki House
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • Johnny Tarr @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Sister Speak, Laura Meyer, Groove Session @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • ASC, Calculon, Guise @ Kava Lounge
  • L.E.D. Presents: Dillon Francis @ Voyeur
  • iParty Thursdays @ Henry's Pub
  • Club 80's @ Club Kadan
  • Fish Out of Water @ Winston's
  • Sunny Rude @ Gallagher's
  • Hard Fall Hearts @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Fabulous Pelicans @ Valley View Casino
  • Skrillex, Foreign Beggars @ Petco Park
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Entropy @ Hennessey's Gaslamp
  • Intransit Audio @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Gutbucket Bo, Big Dan McDowell @ Mr. Peabody's

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tonight! Bright Eyes & Kurt Vile and The Violators at SOMA

I stayed up all night working just so that I could call it an early day and head to the Sports Arena area. Pre-drinks at The Shakedown followed by Bright Eyes at SOMA. For fun, here's the playlist of Conor's appearance at the Casbah last year with the Felice Brothers. 8 videos and I don't think I ever posted them here. Check em.

There are tickets available at the box office. Don't miss it.

Things To Do In San Diego: September 21, 2011

Exciting stuff this week! I'll consider it my birthday season of amazing shows that kicked off with Bon Iver and includes Bright Eyes (tonight), AA Bondy (9/28), the SoundDiego Live show (9/29), Blind Pilot (10/2), Rocky Votolato (10/4), Liam Finn (10/8), Blitzen Trapper & Dawes (10/9), Megafaun (10/10), and Ryan Adams (10/11). There are tons more but these are definite highlights.

Wednesday September 21, 2011:
  • Bright Eyes, Kurt Vile & The Violators @ Soma
  • Systems Officer, Phantom Works @ Casbah
  • Santana, Michael Franti and Spearhead @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • KPRI Presents: Green Flash Cocert Series w/ Brett Dennen, Paul Cannon @ Birch Aquarium
  • Ghetto Blaster, Hope Is Noise @ Bar Pink
  • Buddy Guy, Moreland & Arbuckle @ Belly Up
  • Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Kirby Brown, The New Kinetics @ Soda Bar
  • Hank 3: Attention Deficit Domination Tour @ House of Blues
  • The Vacant Lots, Tomorrows Tulips, Trap Gold @ Tin Can
  • French Quarter, Kera and The Lesbians, Trouble In The Wind, Falling Trees @ Che Cafe
  • Secret Samurai @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Johnny A @ Anthology
  • Felisa (acoustic) @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Tim Flood @ La Paloma Theater
  • Comedy Night @ Eleven
  • The Sound Doctors @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Jupiter, Mayfield, Simple Mantra, Social Club, Hyyrokin @ Ruby Room
  • Sister Speak @ 710 Beach Club
  • Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Austin Hartley Leonard, Rhiannan Rath @ Lestat's
  • Klub Isolation @ Til-Two Club
  • Wreck Shop Wednesdays w/ @ The Office
  • Fuzzy @ Croce's
  • Now.Hear.This! (DJ plays all local releases) @ Whistle Stop
  • Frankie Dee and The Funk Natra Band @ The Kraken
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ El Camino
  • Ben Powell @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Wednesday Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Kingston Presents: Karlos Paez and Maiz @ Winston's
  • Taryn Donath @ Marble Room
  • Evolution @ Club Kadan
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallagher's
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Rebecca Jade @ The V Lounge Viejas Casino

Handsome Furs w/ Suuns @ Casbah- 09.01.11



Early September brought a trio of acts to the Casbah for a show that picked up steam as the night went on. Portland (OR)- based Talkdemonic opened up with their special brand of instrumental electronica (I was outside during their set and unfortunately didn't make it inside in time to get any pix. They sounded great from the patio though). Suuns of Montreal, Quebec followed up with a straight-to-the-point set of drone-y art rock. Behind the icy stare of lead man Ben Shemie the four-piece ripped through a 45 minute set under the glare of bright red light. Having previously experienced them only via their debut LP Zeroes QC, their live show is a force to be reckoned with.

Suuns:












Headliner Handsome Furs brought the energy level up multiple notches as they took the stage and immediately jumped in to an outstanding set relying almost exclusively on their newest album Sound Kapital. Be it the apparent assistance of Bolivian marching powder or maybe just them feeding off the energy of the crowd, husband and wife duo Dan Boeckner (also of Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry were in constant motion. Make no mistake- the music was exceptionally executed and kept the crowd moving, but the show was the whirling dervish on stage. Dan did his part to keep everything moving in linear fashion while Alexei provided the visual entertainment, alternately stalking, jumping and crawling all over the stage. It was clear that their tour-happy ways have allowed them to fine-tune both the musical performance and their stage presence as these elements combined to produce one of the better shows the Casbah has seen this year.

Handsome Furs:













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Save The Date: SoundDiego Live at the Casbah - 9.29/2011

Earlier this spring, I programmed a SoundDiego Live show at Anthology with The Blackout Party and Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels. It was an awesome show, but after that, I was in a meeting with Tim Mays and he asked why we hadn't ever done a SoundDiego Live show at the Casbah. I explained that planning is hard when the Casbah is booked out so far in advance and SoundDiego generally looks for a last Thursday of the month that wouldn't get bumped. Still, we tentatively locked in September 29. Perfect, I thought, it can double as my birthday party.

Well, the time is here and we have our big show locked in for next Thursday, and not only will I be celebrating my birthday (a day late, but at my age, who really cares?), but Sean and Gwen from SoundDiego and Cory from Gaglione Brothers, who'll be bringing some free food.

We've got Dead Feather Moon, The Get Down Automatic, and the winner of our 2nd "Garage to Glory" contest. I'm also honored that Robin Roth will be hosting. As always, the party is free and we'll have free ColdSpring beer for the first hour to wash down those free cheesesteaks. And since the doors are at 7 and this will be a bit early for the Casbah, I'm working on some more musical guests to keep the party going after Dead Feather Moon is all wrapped up, so stay tuned.

Click on the flyer to RSVP to NBC, and let us know you're coming on Facebook, too!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Graffiti6 at House of Blues, 9.19.2011



I get so much music sent to me that sometimes I just don't have the time to listen. And I go to so many shows that sometimes I'll go blindly. Sadly, this means sometimes I'll go to one show over another based on buzz or bar preference or sometimes based on a name.

Last night I didn't have any idea what to expect from Graffiti6 except that I knew they played X-Fest earlier this summer, I wasn't particularly moved by their name, and I only listened to a few tunes Jeff played on the way to the show. "This show might not change your life, but it's free and at least it's something to do," he said.

So let's just say I went to the show with no expectations, and when we arrived around 8, the doors hadn't opened. By 8:30, there were six people there. I searched my blackberry and found a press release.:
Get ready to fall in love with Graffiti6 as they come through San Diego on September 19th playing House Of Blues!!

Graffiti6 is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Scott and songwriter-producer TommyD, both London-born multi-instrumentalists who began making music together in 2009 and decided to call the resulting collaboration Graffiti6.
...
Graffiti6’s upcoming album Colours — a genre-defying blend of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production.


Yes, this is sometimes how I do my research. 30 minutes before the band takes the stage. Fortunately when Graffiti6 started at 9, more people arrived, and I think the 30 or 40 of us there were certainly thrilled at the hour+ show we got. I was just going to shoot a couple photos, maybe capture a couple videos. Instead, I filmed the whole set (minus one song for battery changes) and absolutely loved the band. There was definitely a One Eskimo vibe to singer Jaime Scott and I wish my camera fully captured the intricate beauty of his vocals. How does this kid from the UK have so much soul?

Anyway, the band was awesome with grooving bass lines and percussion, beautiful and fitting keyboard flourishes, and the two guitars backed with occasional synth tracks kept the music upbeat without devolving into the resurrected 80s thing that everyone is doing that really drives me up the wall. I have to say my only wish for the night was that it was more like a Casbah show...the band should've been 'shaking hands and kissing babies' and meeting and greeting everyone in the room before and after the show to really make the extra impact on the few people there so they run and tell all of their friends about the awesome new band they saw, so the next time they come around, there will be a line out the door. But maybe there will be anyway. This band was that good.

YouTube changed their playlist settings on me, so you have to click the >| 'next' button on the youtube nav bar to go from video to video. They're in the order of the setlist. Foxes was the only song I missed. Be sure especially to check out "This Man", "Never Look Back", and their very unique cover of "Best Friend". Also, apologies for the smurf lighting and everyone looking like they're from Avatar. That room just blows for lighting.

Things To Do In San Diego: September 20, 2011

Where has this day gone? I just can't keep up. Here are your listings. Tickets for Bright Eyes are still available for tomorrow, so get excited and see you at the show. Tonight I'll be at Riviera listening to Blackout Party's new record. Come hang out! Wednesday through Thursday listings are after the jump.

Tuesday September 20, 2011:
  • Blackout Party (CD Listening Party), Trailduster @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Twin Shadow, Diamond Rings @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • We Barbarians, ANR, The Howls @ Soda Bar
  • Candlebox, Cowboy Mouth, Miggs, Lotus Crush @ House of Blues
  • Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and Soul Rebels Brass band @ Belly Up
  • Devotion, Griever, Give, Fell To Low, Remission @ Che Cafe
  • Underoath, Comeback Kid, The Chariot, This Is Hell, A Shattered Hope @ Epicentre
  • Tiki Two's Day feat. Mr. Adrian Demain and Mr. Rob Thorsen @ Bar Pink
  • Tou Me and Apollo, tbd @ Tin Can
  • American Rev Presents: Tik-Tok, Time Is Up, Tribe of Kings @ The Griffin
  • King Legond, Eukaryst. Caskets On Parade @ Winston's
  • Sketchy Black Dog @ Dizzy's
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Tori Roze Presents: Ruby Tuesday w/ Gal Holiday, Thea Tochihara, Christy Bruneau @ Ruby Room
  • Local Brews Local Grooves w/ Carmen Casserta, James Morris, Candice Graham Band, The Civil Siblings, Sharon Hazel Township @ House of Blues
  • Stoney B. Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trent Hancock @ Tiki House
  • The Natives, Infected, Johnny Castle, Revenge Club, The Accoutrements @ Eleven
  • Cute Lepers, Something Fierce, Jungle fever, The Regressions @ The Shakedown Bar
  • Eve Selis, A.J.Croce @ Croce's
  • Missy Andersen @ Valley View Casino
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Til-Two Club
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Big Slim & The Blues Invaders @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Tommy Price & The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Quintinn @ Davina's Cago Grill
  • Kendrick Dial @ Onyx Room

Cuckoo Chaos "Jamb Song"

Cuckoo Chaos have a new awesome video for their "Jamb Song". You should watch it. I promise that the song will get stuck in your head in a really good way.

Cuckoo Chaos - "Jamb Song" Music Video from Don Cheney on Vimeo.



Big things are happening for Cuckoo Chaos. Pay attention and check out their site, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire (Out October 11)

If you like to hear Ryan Adams rock, go check out III/IV on his SoundCloud and feel free to crank it up because the forthcoming (October 11) Ashes & Fire is not the record for you. But if you're like me, and your Ryan Adams collection goes back to Whiskeytown and you love all the sad bastard ballads more than the rockers, Ashes & Fire is your dream album. With 12 tracks, the record comes in around 48 minutes. Songs about being at the very end of your rope ("Save Me") and commitment ("I Love You But I don't Know What To Say") and being there for another person ("Come Home") are all there and completely relatable. These tracks are less countrified than Cold Roses or his work with The Cardinals, but still have familiar layers of pedal steel, piano, and organ while Ryan plucks his guitar to create a beautiful and emotionally raw record that keeps him firmly in place as one of my all time favorites.

Invisible Riverside by ryanadams

Lucky Now by ryanadams

Follow Ryan Adams and Pax-Am on Facebook. They've been releasing tracks, videos, and acoustic performances of some older tunes, all leading up to the release on October 11.

The record can be preordered here and will begin shipping on 10/6 and icludes a full record download the day of the release as well as entry into weekly drawings for bonus prizes. Ryan Adams performs at the Balboa Theatre on the day the record is released. The show is sold out, but you might wanna keep an eye out for production hold ticket releases the day before or the day of the show.



Monday, September 19, 2011

Things To Do In San Diego: September 19, 2011

A few things for tonight...the Thievery Corporation show that was supposed to be on 9/8 was rescheduled because of the blackout. Then last night, for the rescheduled show, there was a flood in the electrical room at the House of Blues, so the show was once again postponed. Hopefully third time is a charm and the show will finally happen tonight. AM & Shawn Lee are not on this show, instead Inspired Flight is playing. Also, the Graffiti6 show at the House of Blues (not sure if it's in the Delta Room, 5th Avenue Sidestage, or Salvation Alley) is now free.

Monday September 19, 2011:
  • Anti-Monday League Presents: Sleep Lady, Pruitt Igoe, Just Like Jenna, Ted Washington (Book Release) @ Casbah
  • Rescheduled: Thievery Corporation, Inspired Flight @ House of Blues (tickets from 9/8 or 9/18 will be honored)
  • Return to Forever IV, Zappa Plays Zappa feat. Dweezil @ Humphrey's Concerts by The Bay
  • Graffiti6 @ House of Blues (Delta Room, Free)
  • Country Bucks, Woodgrain, Heavy Glow @ Soda Bar
  • Fuzzy Cloaks, Shiva Trash, Northern Tigers @ Tin Can
  • Firefall, The Rocksliders w Jack Tempchin @ Belly Up
  • Dirty Mondays w/ DJ Gabe Vega @ The Saloon (Encinitas)
  • April Ventura @ Riviera Supper Club
    Pyrate Punx Present: You Are Plural. Lovesoul, Sunday Hustle @ Ruby Room
  • Rehab @ Brick By Brick
  • Acoustic Night w/ Bosen & Suede @ Eleven
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Martini Jazz Show @ House of Blues Delta Room
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • The Accidentals @ Tiki House
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Monday Night Mic @ Club Kadan
  • Three Chord Justice @ Bar Leucadian
  • Dave Scott & Monsoon Jazz @ Croce's

The Kooks - FM 94/9 Session


The Kooks are on a small promotional tour in support of their new release, Junk of the Heart, which means they're travelling to record stores and random spots to tease their new material. They played on Sunday for FM 94/9 at Bird's Surf Shed. The band performed a mere four songs, but judging by the amount of people who showed up (and were still showing up after it was already over), I'd say people have been waiting for this one for a while. I was just happy to hear them sing my name in the first song. As a kid, I was always sad at souvenir shops that the keychains and monogrammed tchotchkes never had my name, in adulthood this comes in a lack of song with Rosie, Rosey, or Rosemary. So thanks to The Kooks. I dig my new song.

Use the >| along the bottom of the YouTube window to see the rest of the videos.
1. Rosie
2. Junk Of The Heart (Happy)
3. Eskimo Kiss
4. Ooh La

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Other Lives & Bon Iver at Spreckels Theatre, September 17-18, 2011

There really are no words for how awesome Bon Iver and Other Lives were this weekend. I'll be posting photos on SoundDiego and you can also see them on my Facebook Page. Kinda dismal lighting for my little point and shoot, but hopefully the video compensates for what I lack in equipment and skill. Thanks to the Casbah, Other Lives, Justin and crew, Phil, Jesse, Jeff, and all of the awesome tweets and facebook messages for picking me up this weekend when I was really, really down. I'm going into this week really trying to figure my shit out, but at least for the weekend, I remembered why I do all of this. Enjoy the video playlist from Saturday night. Click the >| button to jump from video to video.

Playlist videos:
  1. Other Lives "As I Lay My Head Down"
  2. Other Lives "Fiction" & "Tamer Animals"
  3. Bon Iver "Perth"
  4. Bon Iver "Beach Baby", "Hinnom, TX", "Wash"
  5. Bon Iver "Holocene" & "re: Stacks"
  6. Bon Iver "Creature Fear" & "Flume"
  7. Bon Iver "Beth/Rest" & "For Emma"
  8. Bon Iver "Skinny Love" & "The Wolves (Act I & II)"

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Things To Do In San Diego September 17-18, 2011

Thanks to everyone for the nice messages yesterday. Jeff couldn't stand the thought of a weekend without listings, so he stepped up and did these for you, so feel free to thank him.

Things To Do In San Diego Saturday September 17, 2011

Bon Iver, Other Lives @ Spreckels Theatre (sold out)

The Bloody Hollies, The Old In Out, Low Volts, Hocus @ Casbah

Tainted Love, DJ Le Chud @ Belly Up

Operation: Mindblow Presents: White Hills, Plant Tribe, Joy @ Soda Bar

Straight Arrows, Tropical Popsicle, Trmrs, Everything @ Tin Can

Neon Beat feat. DJs Junior the Discopunk and Mr. Vaughn Avakian @ Bar Pink

Ron White @ Copley Symphony Hall

San Diego Blues Festival @ Embarcadero Marina Park North

Klub Therapy, DJ Bryan Pollard, DJ Severin @ Til-Two Club

Pedro Fernandez @ Harrah's Open Sky Theater

Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Crosstown Traffic, Steve Miller Band Tribute: Wild Mountain Honey @ The Griffin

Eventvibe Presents: Claude VonStroke & Justin Martin @ House of Blues

One Drop, The Devastators, Irieside, Live Like Giants, Bare Feet @ Soma

Bullet and Barbara's Birthday Bash w/ The Long and Short Of It, Archons, In The Red, Marsupials @ Eleven

The Grims, Ghost Town Hangmen, The Quaranteds @ The Shakedown

Bike The Boulevard w/ Free BBQ @ Til-Two Club noon-1:50 pm

Street Fighter II Tournament of Champions @ Soda Bar 2 pm

Bloody Mary BBQ w/ Got It Covered, The Schitzophonics @ Eleven 5 pm

Reclaim Summer w/ DJ Nikno, DJ Luis Perez, DJ Fernando Garibay @ Wavehouse

80s vs 90s w/ DJs Gabe Vega & Saul @ Whistle Stop

Sleazy Listening, DJ Dancer & Mikey Ratt @ Tower Bar

Josh Damigo Night, Omar Velasco, Savannah Philyaw @ Lestat's

Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club

Psydecar @ Winston's

For The Faint and Friends @ Winston's 5 pm

Periphery, The Human Abstract, Textures, The Contortionist, Globe and Beast, I Magnified @ Epicentre

Bill Magee Blues Band @ Marble Room

Blues Doctors @ Claire de Lune

Chris Botti @ Humphrey's Concerts by The Bay

Will Donato @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge

Old Man Markeley @ Hensley's Flying Elephant

Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, FOA, Raymond Raye & The New Sideshow Roundup @ 4th & B

Floyd FX (Pink Floyd Tribute Band) @ Anthology 7:30 & 9:30

Tbd @ Gallagher's

Boys and Girls Presents: Special Guest, Adam Salter @ El Dorado

Aqua Dulce @ Croce's

Joey Harris and The Mentals @ Tiki House

Sultan & Ned Sheppard, Jay Idol @ Voyeur

Sid Vicious Saturdays w/ DJ Brett Bodley @ Fluxx

Big Shot Rueb & The Reloaders, DJ Paul D @ Coyote Bar & Grill

145th Street @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub

Detour Underground w/ Giano, Juan Carmona, David Fai @ Kava Lounge

KYXY96.5 Party Mix feat. Fresh @ Dreamcatcher Viejas

Caliber @ V Lounge Viejas

Ulta, The Buckley's @ Valley View Casino

Fishboy, Googolplexia, Matt Bear @ Park Gallery 1 pm

Offbeats @ McP's Irish Pub

Stepping Feet @ RT's Longboard Grill

Product @ Davina's Cabo Grill

Blue Heat @ The Kraken

The Tightenups @ Bar Leucadian

Rootsicali @ Boar Cross'n

Entropy @ Hennessey's Gaslamp

Shocks of Mighty, Reeform, Rokislafornia Collective @ The Jumping Turtle


Things To Do In San Diego Sunday September 18, 2011

Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs, Katie Leigh and The Infantry, Wendy Bailey and True Stories @ Casbah

Thievery Corporation, Inspired Flight @ House of Blues

Caught In Motion, Mojave Wild, Aaron Bowen @ Tin Can

Finding Fiction, Shapes Of Future Frames @ Bar Pink

Casbh Presents: T.S.O.L., Retox, Junk, Unit F @ Brick By Brick

Ke$ha, LMFAO, Spank Rock @ Open Air Theatre

Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Justin Moore @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Natural Heights, DJ Carlos Culture @ The Griffin

Polar Bear Club, Fireworks, Balance & Composure, Make Do & Mend @ Soma

Trevor Hall, Stripes and Lines @ Belly Up

Fake Four & Fill In The Breaks Present: AWOL One, Ecid, Leif (Kolt), Destructo Bunny, Solicit @ Soda Bar

Jet Kill Radio, Dirty Legs @ Tower Bar

Mary Gauthier @ AMSD Concerts

Cecilio & Kapono @ Humphrey's Concerts by The Bay

James Cotton @ Museum of Making Music (Carlsbad)

Party Rock w/ Sky Blu + Red Foo @ Fluxx

Steve Aoki @ Hard Rock Hotel

Gilbert Castellanos & His Hammond B3 Trio @ Dizzy's

Paul Frank's Academy of Awesome Tour @ Wavehouse

Slumberland Records Party feat. Veronica Falls Album Release, DJ Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop

You Are Plural, LoveSoul, Sunday Hustle, Tori Rogg @ Ruby Room

Eddie Spaghetti, Behind The Wagon, Trailduster @ The Shakedown Bar

AKA Productions Presents: Little Joe Y La Familia, Bobby Guajardo & The Latin Breed @ 4th & B

Ladies and Gentlemen, Paulina, Sammy Seaver @ Lestat's

Karaoke w/ Scotty Pants @ Eleven

HoB Gospel Brunch w/ Ray Sidney and Firm Soundation @ House of Blues 11 am

Lamb's Players Cabaret Theatre @ Anthology 7 pm

Howie Day @ Anthology 9 pm

Jose Sinatra Hosts O.B.-o-ke @ Winston's

Daniele Spadavecchia & His Trio @ Dizzy's

The Archtones @ Croce's

Nocturnal Scientist, tba @ Kava Lounge

Stelita-Smooth Jazz Brunch @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge

Reggie Smith @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge 10 am

Jereome Dawson @ Coyote Bar & Grill

Paradise w/ Michele Lundeen @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub

Viejas Casino & Jack 100.7 FM Present: Ultimate Music Challenge @ Dreamcatcher Viejas

The Mighty Untouchables @ Valley View Casino

Zig Zag Jones @ RT's Longboard Grill

The Brokers @ The Kraken

Things To Do In San Diego: September 16-18, 2011

I am spent. Seriously. I give all my energy to the music scene, and sometimes that is the best feeling in the world, but today I feel kicked in the gut eighteen times over and it is taking everything in me not to just throw in the towel completely. I'm not doing listings this weekend because the 7 hours it takes me is starting to feel like completely wasted time. I don't get paid for this shit and sometimes that is incredibly frustrating. Like this weekend. So pick up CityBeat or the Reader and figure it out for yourself. Sorry. I need a fucking break.

Friday, September 16, 2011:
  • Bon Iver, Other Lives @ Spreckels (Sold Out)
  • The Horrors, The Stepkids @ The Casbah (Sold Out)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
  • Bon Iver, Other Lives @ Spreckels (Sold Out)
  • The Bloody Hollies (record release), The Old In Out, Low Volts, Hocus @ Casbah
Sunday, September 18, 2011:
  • Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Katie Leigh and the Infantry, Wendy Bailey and True Stories @ Casbah
  • T.S.O.L., The Junk, F Unit, Retox @ Brick By Brick

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thievery Corporation Rescheduled for 9/18 @ House of Blues


The nearly sold out Thievery Corporation show from last Thursday, September 8, which was cancelled because of the GREAT BLACKOUT OF 2011!!! has been rescheduled for 9/18. Inspired Flight has been added as the new opener for the show. Tickets are still on sale, all tickets from 9/8 are being honored. For those who are unable to attend the new date, tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. Last time I checked, there were a few tickets still available for the show, so I highly recommend grabbing some.

Deadmau5: 10/26 at Soma Cancelled; Tickets Honored At Petco Park 10/28

Press Release:


deadmau5's
SAN DIEGO STOP OF THE Meowingtons Hax Tour
NOW SET FOR
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 at PETCO PARK

Avicii, Tommy Lee & AERO, Feed Me AND SOFI
JOIN ELECTRONIC MUSIc'S top live act FOR HIS FIRST EVER BASEBALL STADIUM SHOW

"The level of spectacle that the Canadian electronic musician/producer commands is not just beyond any other electronic act, it's beyond any other act period; even the Muses and Coldplays of the world seem like community theater by comparison."

SPIN.COM (August 8, 2011)


Due to popular demand, world-renowned electronic music producer/performer deadmau5 will now be bringing his Meowingtons Hax tour to downtown San Diego's PETCO Park Friday, October 28. Tickets for deadmau5's first ever baseball stadium show go on sale Friday, September 16 at noon PST. The show was previously set for October 26 at SOMA. Tickets for the original SOMA date will be honored at PETCO Park or refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Named after his cat Professor Meowingtons, deadmau5's Meowingtons Hax tour encompasses over 40 shows across North America and made its debut at Lollapalooza in Chicago where SPIN.com SPIN hailed it as the #1 set at the festival. It features incredible production—a menagerie of lights and LED (check out a clip from Lolla here: VIMEO—which complements the electronic artist's live repertoire of hits, classic cuts and brand new music. During his set, deadmau5 is joined by his mau5trap label artist vocalist SOFI on "Sofi Needs a Ladder" and "One Trick Pony." (Look for her Locked and Loaded EP to be released in October). The evening also features sets from his mau5trap label artists Tommy Lee & Aero and Feed Me with SOFI, along with special guest Sweden's Avicii for his only appearance on the tour.

Meanwhile, Ultra Music—deadmau5's North American label—has made available deadmau5-LIVE @ EARL'S COURT, a live DVD that captures deadmau5's 2010 performance as the first electronic artist ever to sell out London's historic 19,000-capacity Earl's Court. The package includes the hour-long performance with the electronic artist performing a selection of his songs from his catalog enhanced by captivating visuals and of course his one-of-a-kind LED face mau5head all helmed from his cube. Check out the trailer at: HERE.

There is also the Meowingtons Hax tour trax album via mau5trap. The Beatport exclusive compilation features new and exclusive tracks from deadmau5 and a host of artists featured on the tour, as well as a selection of tracks from new additions to the label that you can expect to hear a lot more from in the coming months: Skrillex, Feed Me, Tommy Lee & Aero, Excision & Datsik, Zedd, Moguai featuring SOFI, Al Bizzare and James Njie. The video for "Static," from the compilation (featuring Lee & Aero along with deadmau5, SOFI and other friends) is available for viewing and reposting at:
YOUTUBE.


About deadmau5
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced 'dead mouse') is one of the world's most respected electronic producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles "Sofi Needs A Ladder," "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" and "I Remember," he has also released three critically acclaimed albums 4x4=12, For Lack Of A Better Name and Random Album Title. The GRAMMY-nominated artist is ranked #4 in the world by DJ Mag followers and was recently voted Artist of the Year by the Beatport Community. His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan-base, of which counts almost 4,000,000 on his Facebook page. deadmau5's current offerings include a remix package for "Raise Your Weapon" and the new deadmau5 Touch Remix app. deadmau5-Live At Earls Court, a live DVD is available now on Ultra Music.

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Things To Do In San Diego: September 15, 2011

Earlier today I saw a comment on Facebook by a promoter that support for the Arts is down in San Diego. I have to disagree. I think there's plenty of support, it's just spread really thin among all of our available choices. Yes, it bums me out when shows are underattended, but I think we do a pretty good job of getting bodies off the couch and to shows and galleries and restaurants. Maybe last week's blackout will make everyone do the same this week...turn off the lights and kill your television and go experience all that San Diego has to offer.

Thursday September 15, 2011:
  • Trevor Garrod, Black Sands (acoustic) @ West Coast Tavern
  • sd:dialedin Presents: Everready, The Bertos, The Regressions @ Casbah
  • Eastern Conference Champions, Roxy Jones, Bangladesh @ Bar Pink
  • Kill Quanti Presents: Teengirl Fantasy, Total Freedom, Illuminauts, DJ Keithxsn @ Soda Bar
  • Pogo, That 1 Guy @ Belly Up
  • Viva Mariachi! Viva Mexico! Mexico Independence Day w/ Jeff Nevin, Garibaldi @ Anthology
  • Bankers Block Party @ Tin Can
  • Slaid Cleaves @ AMSD Concerts
  • Helen Sung, Reuben Rogers, Marvin 'Smitty' Smith @ Dizzy's
  • Old Tiger @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Split Seeds, Big Tooth Comb @ Brick By Brick
  • NSD Presents: Hip Hop Showcase feat. Tha Committee, Jack Red, Urban Super Stars Ent, Super Groupie, Mike Snow, Nasty Boy Mackin, Lyrik @ 4th & B
  • Batwings, Monogamy Party, Stripper Pussy, Vaginals @ Ruby Room
  • French Kiss Collective, Aglow, Wolfray, DJ Wreckrd @ The Griffin
  • The War Admirals, Misspent Warhead Youth @ Eleven
  • Josh Damigo, Astra Kelly, Carmen Caserta @ Lestat's
  • Project Ethos @ House of Blues
  • The Fire Eaters @ Marble Room
  • Theory of Funkativity @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • The Ratt's Revenge @ Tower Bar
  • Missy Andersen @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • SoulJazz @ Croce's
  • Tim Malley @ Tiki House
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • Jimmy & Enrique @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Liquid Geometry Presents: tba @ Kava Lounge
  • L.E.D. Presents: Crookers, Nick Catchdubs @ Voyeur
  • EDM Presents: Manufactured Superstars DJs @ Fluxx
  • iParty Thursdays @ Henry's Pub
  • Club 80's @ Club Kadan
  • Irieside @ Gallagher's
  • Jefferson Jay Band, Destructo Bunny, Brett Walling, Charbra @ Winston's
  • Bozanni Brothers, DJ Paul D @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Go- Girls Music Fest @ Queen Bee's
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Last Call @ Hennessey's Carlsbad
  • SummersFall @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Hazmatt @ RT's Longboard Grill

This Weekend: Bon Iver & Other Lives @ Spreckels


I know, I know, these shows both sold out in less than an hour combined, but let me let you in on a little secret (for those of you who might not already know this). When big bands tour, generally a certain number of tickets are set aside for each show among the promoter, the venue, and the bands performing. Sometimes it's just a few, sometimes it's hundreds (which major acts like Bon Jovi and Britney Spears then resell at ridonkulous prices for profits to secondary ticketers like StubHub). I don't know how Bon Iver and Other Lives fare in this, but with every other show I've been to at Spreckels, "production holds" and "obstructed view" seats have been released at noon the day of the show. I believe some tickets for Friday might have actually been released today, but you might wanna try the box office tomorrow or Saturday if you're looking for tickets to either show.

But what I really want to tell you is that if you already have tickets, don't casually show up to the show when you think Bon Iver is gonna start because you DO NOT WANT to miss Other Lives. The blew everyone away that was in the room when they played the Soda Bar earlier this year, then again at the Casbah, and I even went out to Vegas to see them during their residency at the Cosmopolitan. Trust me.



Where my AwesomeFesters at?

I have two shows booked tonight (!!) One is my weekly show at West Coast Tavern, tonight featuring Trevor Garrod and Black Sands (acoustic), which will be beautiful and definitely worth seeing. Sounds like Mike Beebe's birthday party is gonna roll up here, too, so if you know Mike, this will be the spot tonight.

On the other side of town at the Casbah, I've got a show for the Fast Crowd, with Everready, The Bertos, and The Regressions. I'm not worried about the shows competing because few of the people who would go to one would really go to the other, but that is why I love this city and the music diversity we have. I believe Bullet's birthday party is gonna roll out to this this one after their dinner at the Lincoln Room, so you can come check this one out if your preferences lean toward aggressive garage punk and rock.



RSVP to the show on Facebook

Whatever you choose, remember that every time you come to a show I book, you're helping me keep my livelihood and this site alive, and of course, big Happy Birtdays to Mike and Lety.

Bright Eyes & Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Soma, September 21



Next week, Bright Eyes returns to San Diego to perform at Soma in support of their most recent album, The People's Key.
Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People’s Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band’s own ARC Studios, The People’s Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.

It has been just short of a year since the surprise performance by Conor Oberst at the Casbah last year with the Felice Brothers (I remember exactly that it was September 27th because I got a birthday kiss from Conor at midnight- *blushing*) and what Soma lacks in intimacy, they'll make up for with that massive stage with a full sound and Bright Eyes' usually creative and colorful lighting schemes and live projections.

With Kurt Vile and The Violators opening, there is no doubt that this show is going to be pretty amazing. I've even been talking to "friends" on Turntable.FM who have seen the tour along the way and know that fans will not be disappointed.

The show is on Tuesday, September 21 at Soma and is ALL AGES. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets are $25 here.
For a lucky few, I am giving away three (additional) pairs of tickets between now and Sunday. "Like" my page on Facebook and leave me a Bright Eyes memory/favorite song/ on my wall and I'll pick the best comments by Sunday.

Here are a couple downloads from The People's Key:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Things To Do In San Diego: September 14, 2011

What a week! I have so much to catch up on and since I've been slacking, if you're reading this right now and LIKE my Facebook Page, leave a Bright Eyes memorty and I'll randomly select someone for a pair of tickets to next week's show. That will leave me with four more pair to giveaway this week.

Wednesday September 14, 2011:
  • Robbers On High Street, Allah-Lahs @ Bar Pink
  • Dead Feather Moon, Nena Anderson, Old Tiger @ Belly Up
  • Schitzophonics, Heavy Glow, Joy @ Casbah
  • Wreck Shop Wednesdays w/ The Plastic Revolution, Foreign Film, The Troubadours, Misc. Ailments @ The Office
  • Yo! Majesty, Miki Vale, Parker & The Numberman, Addiquit @ Soda Bar
  • HoB and Polnesian Underground Present: Katchafire, Elan Atlas, White Elephant @ House of Blues
  • The Dirty Legs, The Cypress Project, tbd @ Tin Can
  • Thee 90 Proof Pissers @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Karaoke @ The Griffin
  • Eliane Elias @ Anthology
  • David Ramirez @ Tiki House
  • Comedy Night @ Eleven
  • The Hips @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Infusion Project and No Sucker DJs Present: Spinn Cycle w/ 2Mex, Shames Worthy, Day-Go Produce @ Ruby Room
  • Chet & The Committee @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • A Night of Belly Dancers & Music @ Lestat's
  • Klub Isolation @ Til-Two Club
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's
  • Jeff Moore and The Witchdoctors @ The Kraken
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ El Camino
  • Jeff Bristol @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Wednesday Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Kingston w/ Tommy Dubs, Synergy @ Winston's
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Satin Blue @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Evolution @ Club Kadan
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallagher's
  • Ikah Love & Dash Eye Present: Top Shelf @ Kava Lounge
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Reggie Smith @ The V Lounge Viejas Casino
  • Toni Pope @ Art of You (3060 Adams Ave)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Silent Comedy: Going Viral?

In the nearly five years of this site, I have amassed over 2,000 videos on my YouTube Channel with over 1.3 million views combined. I don't especially promote my videos or try and get subscribers, I just put them up, occasionally repost them here, and if people find them, then great. I do, however, pay attention to comments. Everytime someone comments on a video, I get it in an email, and I remove all the nasty and mean comments from YouTube trolls or respond to someone trying to find out more about a specific show or artist. Lately I've noticed a spike in the views and comments of a few of my videos of The Silent Comedy, so when I saw Josh and Jeremiah on Sunday at the Casbah, I asked if they'd posted them somewhere new. I wanted to know why the sudden TSC spike.

Well, it turns out that The Silent Comedy's "Bartholomew" was recently used in a video game trailer for Dark Souls. The video was posted on August 17 and already has over a million views! They also told me that they're analytics changed drastically from 30-40 year old women to 13-19 year old boys. Not shocking, but pretty amazing. This is the power of the video game industry. Keep this in mind when people come asking to license your music, both in terms of the reach and exposure for your band and when negotiating to make sure you're being properly compensated.



A lot of people have taken the video and uploaded the song with a still photo, but this one had us quite entertained at the merch booth.



You know you've "made it" when someone makes a dubstep remix of your song.



Anyway, thanks to Josh & Jeremiah for sharing the fun with me on this. I better go back and title all of those older videos I shot!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rocktoberfest Lineup Announced



The Rocktoberfest lineup was released today and thank goodness because I have never been very good about keeping secrets:

Everest

Transfer

The Soft Pack

Dead Feather Moon

The Styletones

Low Volts

The Heavy Guilt

Rocktoberfest takes place in the lot behind the Birch North Park Theatre on October 22 from 3-10pm with two facing stages alternating music all night, so you don't have to choose one band over another. The show is put together by your friends at West Coast Tavern, The Casbah, and FM 94/9. You can buy tickets here for $15. Click here for the Facebook event page to RSVP and share with friends.