Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: October 30-31, 2012

I'm back. I flew back from Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, but since Monday is my designated day off, I prolonged my long weekend. But I'm back now and just stayed up all night to read/sort/archive 700 emails (wish that was an exaggeration) and now it's back to work and life in San Diego. I've got some videos to post, some photos from the past couple weeks, some voting guides, and some newsy bits that I never got around to posting. I'll also be giving away THREE PAIRS of tickets to Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots for next week when the show opens on Tuesday at the La Jolla Playhouse. Huge thanks to Jeff and Elliott for posting while I was gone, and to Chase for holding down the fort and taking care of my babies. Hopefully I'll have your weekend listings sometime today or tomorrow, and while I'm thinking about it, I might be on KPBS this Thursday for the weekend preview and I believe my Bowerbirds interview will air on this weekend's episode of SoundDiego. Expect a flood of posts, contests, bragging, and diaries. But first, I should go to sleep a few hours so I can enjoy a bike ride later this morning once the fog clears. Tuesday and Wednesday archives are after the jump. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Lord Huron @ The Casbah Thursday November 1, 2012

Ben Schneider has been performing under the name Lord Huron for a couple of years. During a visit to his Midwestern birthplace (Michigan) he penned the first songs while enjoying the natural beauty of the area. Constant touring without a proper full length album to his credit has not deterred the Los Angeles based musician. In fact, since signing to independent label IAMSOUND, Lord Huron is now armed with new songs from the recently released Lonesome Dreams. Leaning to the folk side of the indie rock spectrum, the album reveals a very polished production. The songs definitely show his talent as a songwriter. There are several styles evident throughout the album, and each subsequent listen evokes different feelings. One thing is certain: Lord Huron follows a path carved out his very own life experiences, and it is a joy when he shares a glimpse of them with the listener.

Once again, the nice people @ Sezio are presenting the live show, this time at the intimate Middletown venue. With twice the songs in the repertoire, a great night of music awaits those in attendance. Tickets can be purchased here.

Pacific Air and Jeans Wilder set the stage.

Watch a video of Time to Run below.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Night Late: Lost in the Trees @ Soda Bar October 27, 2012

Carolina folk rock band Lost in the Trees will be performing songs from their latest release, A Church That Fits Our Needs, tonight at Soda Bar. The orchestral style band is fronted by the imposing Ari Picker, who sings with a delicate softness to his tone. Formed in 2007, the band has members playing violin, tuba, french horn among its instruments. The resulting sound is songs that lure the listener in, like moths to a flame. The sophomore album is truly a thing of beauty and the live show should prove to be a memorable one. Having seen the band a few years ago and recently performing a live session on KCRW, it is readily apparent to see how the group is growing as a cohesive unit. Everyone is invited to see the band perform live tonight.

Midtown Dickens set the stage.

Watch a video of Red below.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Tree Ring perform Saturday at the Birch North Park Theatre

Photo Courtesy of the Tree Ring

This article should only contain: “The Tree Ring, album release show, Saturday, Birch North Park Theatre” and that should be enough to convince you to go. But I am in the unique position of being a Point Loma Nazarene alum, which means I only had to look for the closest find a feather-hair-extension or a mustache (student’s or professor’s) to find a fan. The local five-piece chamber-pop group includes the prolific Joel P West, who recently wrote the music for the film “I am not a Hipster”, the multi-talented Kelly Bennett, who spends her days as the Arts Editor for Voice of San Diego, Douglas Welcome, Darla Hawn, and Jon Titterington. While the idea of strings-and-organ-heavy rock may turn off some, The Tree Ring’s music is always engrossing and often transcendent. They’re bringing their intimate and complex music to the Birch North Park Theatre tomorrow night to celebrate the release of their new album, "Brushbloom". You can listen to a few tracks embedded below before the album releases this Tuesday. The Shivers are opening. Be sure to get your tickets early here.


Things To Do In San Diego: October 25-29, 2012

By the time this posts in the morning, I'll be at the Tijuana airport waiting to board my flight to Puerto Vallarta. I am really looking forward to a weekend out of town, though I have to say I'm a little bit nervous because I don't know the last time I was without a mobile phone for any extended period of time. I did buy a Google tablet, so hopefully I will not be completely without wi-fi while I'm gone. I'll be back on Sunday, so I hope that you all have a fun pre-Halloween weekend. The Casbah is going to be super fun tonight so unless you have Puerto Vallarta as an excuse, you should definitely be there. Saturday through Monday archives are after the jump. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Under the Radar: Night Moves @ Soda Bar Friday October 26, 2012

While it normally takes most bands a while to gain their footing musically, Minneapolis indie rockers Night Moves seem to have come out of nowhere packing quite a punch. The foursome (5 piece live) recently re-released a slightly changed version of their initial full length, Colored Emotions, via Domino Records. The album is a combination of many styles such as psychedelic, pop, soul, country twang and pop to name a few. The sound is their own and has been honed for the live setting. The current tour is the first chance for those in the cities on their tour map (lucky us) to see the band and find out what the buzz is all about. Don't miss the chance to see Night Moves this Friday @ Soda Bar. You can tell those who weren't there just how great the show was that they unfortunately missed.

Ditches and Future You set the stage.

Watch a live video of Horses below.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Music Video from The Silent Comedy

Recently, we (The Silent Comedy) teamed up with the folks from The History Channel on a new project. After working with them for the Kevin Costner show, Hatfields and McCoys, we were happy to provide the trailer song for their latest show, The Men Who Built America.

We recorded the song Blood On The Rails especially for the trailer at Lost Ark Studio here in San Diego. The History crew also shot a music video for it, with scenes from the show scattered throughout. Take a look, and check out the song on iTunes if you dig it!

-Josh Z.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Calexico @ Belly Up Thursday October 25, 2012

Few bands evoke the sounds of the desert Southwest better than Tucson-based collective Calexico. Joey Burns (guitar, vocals) and John Convertino (drums) formed the band over 15 years ago. Many styles comprise the sound the band is noted for, including Latin, country, jazz, and Americana to name a few. My overall impression is that of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. In fact Calexico has written several film soundtracks. Addition of a horn section many years ago has created a more distinct orchestral sound. One of the first Casbah shows I witnessed featured Calexico as the headliner. Playing on the bigger stage at the Belly Up Tavern is an ideal venue to watch the band perform. This show will feature songs from Calexico's latest release, Algiers, as well as fan favorites from previous releases. Algiers was recorded in New Orleans and features songs that remind the listener just how far the band has traveled. The journey is still ongoing and if you have not seen this band before, now is the perfect opportunity to catch them in Solana Beach. A great way to get an early start on the weekend.

The Dodos set the stage.

Watch a video of  Splitter below.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 23-25, 2012

I had very specific plans for Monday, my designated day off. I was going to go buy a Google tablet, go costume shopping with Darren, and do all of my laundry in preparation for my trip. Instead, it was a lazy morning in bed with coffee and online shopping, with no tablet purchased and no costume found, but it was still a lovely morning. We eventually walked to have lunch at Tacos de Mexicali (which I was happy to find out is staying put on El Cajon Blvd at Swift, and am also happy that I am officially without crutches). Instead of laundry, well, I slept. A lot. I guess the weekend was more exhausting than I realized. I only really say this because this means I went to the Jason Lytle show at the Casbah prepared to work all night long after the show. I thought I'd get through the 400 or so unread emails, but instead, I got your listings together. Jordan sent in the weekend and Jeff did M-W for next week, but I wanted to make sure that we had it all covered for all of your Halloween fun while I'm away later this week, so five hours later, these are finally ready to post. There are a TON of events, and I even threw in a lot of the downtown clubs for good measure. I'm sure there are still some things we missed, but hopefully this will help you plan your weekend and Halloween night. KPBS has a great list of pumpkin patches and haunted houses, too. Tuesday through Thursday archives are after the jump. Now on to that inbox...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wednesday Night Preview- Matt & Kim w/ Oberhofer @ HOB

 Photo Credit- Greg Andrews

This Wednesday night the House of Blues plays hosts to Brooklyn- based firecracker Matt & Kim.  Notorious for their imminently entertaining live shows, the indie rock duet brings a tenacious stage presence and exceptional musicianship along wherever they find themselves.  Playing in benefit of the recently released Lightning, Wednesday's show guarantees a high-energy set of danceable music to match their outstanding light show and intense performance.

More from their press release:

After blowing out New Year's Eve at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom, Matt and Kim wrapped nearly two years of headlining and selling out their biggest venues yet, while making waves with festival appearances around the world. Matt and Kim set out to write and record their newest lp LIGHTNING. With their high energy shows very much in mind, the indie dance duo wrote a true-to-Matt-and-Kim-style album with Lightning and are beyond anxious to hit the stage and share live versions with their fans. There will be plenty to dance to and shout along with when the latest songs, as well familiar crowd favorites, are brought to life in an all-new stage show.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 22, 2012

On Sunday night I was in the middle of updating listings, Facebooking and Tweeting for the Casbah, and trying to decide if I was going out and I got a call requesting me to do merch at Soma for Crystal Castles. I'm not a big fan of doing merch at Soma, to be honest. At the Casbah, you deal with a capacity of 250 and figure maybe 10-20% of people might buy something or chat. At Soma, you're looking at 2000-2300 kids who all think they're the only person in the world and kids will literally throw money at you. And you have the people who ask to see every shirt in multiple sizes only to realize they don't have any money or a card to buy stuff anyway. It is kinda brutal and not especially enjoyable, but they were desperate so I headed down and completely forgot to repost the listings for the week. For that, I apologize. Here are this week's listings, and hopefully I'll have the weekend up in the next day or two before I jet off to Puerto Vallarta. This weekend is when all of the Halloween stuff typically goes down, so I'll have your usual shows on here, but if you know of parties or events that might miss my radar, please feel free to leave them in the comments so I can make sure everything is accounted for before I leave. Monday archives are after the jump.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rosey's Diary: I Gotta Say It Was A Good Day

I got home a bit earlier than usual tonight so I thought I'd recount the weekend instead of waiting a couple weeks and trying to go through all the good stuff in one go. Plus it's raining outside and judging by the level of intoxication I witnessed tonight, Darren is probably going to be working pretty late tonight taxiing half of San Diego home. Also, judging by the number of my friends who asked about my crutches, apparently none of them actually read my blog anyway, so I can pretty much say whatever the hell I want without filters. Except you, Mom. I know you're reading. Don't mind the thing about the boobs.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ume on Sunday at the Belly Up Tavern

Ume Photo Credit: Sandy Carson

With the recent flood of folk and electronic bands pouring into San Diego and popular music, it is always refreshing when a band melts your face off. Ume is going to be bringing the loud this Sunday night at the Belly Up Tavern. The three-piece outfit are quickly setting the standard, alongside the Joy Formidable, for what the next generation of alternative bands need to do to return to the heavier roots. Anthony Bourdain liked them enough to interview the band on an episode of "No Reservations" which can be viewed here. Ume is opening for the old guards of alternative rock that night, The Toadies and Helmet, two bands that have had an incredible influence on the genre. So make sure you get to the show early to hear why these two and other great bands like Jane’s Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins have asked Ume to open for them with songs like “The Conductor” and “Captive”, the latter can be listened to below.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Rocktoberfest Settimes

Rocktoberfest is here! On Saturday, the block behind West Coast Tavern converts to a full on rock show and alcohol garden. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Lineup & Settimes:

Mariachi El Bronx: 8:45-10pm (Main Stage)
The Silent Comedy: 7:55-8:40 (Second Stage)
Transfer: 7:10-7:50 (Main Stage)
Hyena: 6:25-7:05 (Second Stage)
Blackout Party: 5:45-6:20 (Main Stage)
Grand Tarantula: 5:10-5:40 (Second Stage)
Family Wagon: 4:35-5:05 (Main Stage)
New Mexico: 4:00-4:30 (Second Stage)

Euphoria Brass Band: 3:00-4:00 (roaming the parking lot)

There is an open photo policy in and out privileges with your wristband. This is a 21+ event.

See you there.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 19-21, 2012

Are you ready for the weekend? I certainly am. There are so many great things going on and you'll definitely have to weed through the listings to plan your days carefully. Personally I'm hoping for some fall weather and good times with Casbah shows everywhere, Rocktoberfest, and some QT with my special one. Somewhere in all the weekend madness, I hope to sleep and enjoy long relaxing mornings before diving back into the madness. Firday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

GABF and SDBW: Two of My Favorite Acronyms...

The Great American Beer Festival. Such a grandiose name for a beer festival; and it should be, considering there are over 2,700 beers, 666 breweries, 49,000 attendees and endless amounts of pretzel necklaces all within the confines of the Denver Convention Center. This past weekend marked the 31st year of the festival and it was nothing short of amazing, minus all the cropdusters walking around the convention floor. I was fortunate enough to make it out to the Mile High City and even though I wasn’t able to taste all 2,700 beers, I am proud to say that San Diego breweries took home 17 medals this year. That’s right, San Diego’s finest breweries got their taste of the gold, silver and bronze medals that were awarded to 84 different categories of beer. For your reading pleasure, here is a list of the local winners:

AleSmith Brewing Co. - Alesmith Decadence ‘10 Old Ale - Old Ale or Strong Ale - Bronze Medal
AleSmith Brewing Co. - AleSmith Grand Cru - Belgian Style Stong Specialty Ale - Bronze Medal
Alpine Beer Co. - Duet - American-Style India Pale Ale - Bronze Medal
Green Flash Brewing - Silva Stout - Wood and BarrelAged Strong Stout - Silver Medal
Green Flash Brewing - Green Flash Trippel - Belgian Style Abbey Ale - Gold Medal
Green Flash Brewing - Le Freak - American-Belgo-Style Ale - Gold Medal
Port Brewing Co. - Hot Rocks Lager - Indigenous Beer - Bronze Medal
Pizza Port Solana Beach - Oats - Oatmeal Stout - Gold Medal
Pizza Port Solana Beach - Seaside Stout - Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout - Gold Medal
Pizza Port Carlsbad - Twerp - Session Beer - Gold Medal
Pizza Port Carlsbad - 547 Haight - Imperial Red Ale - Bronze Medal
Pizza Port San Clemente - Way Heavy - Scotch Ale - Gold Medal
Pizza Port San Clemente - Order in the Port - American Style Stout - Gold Medal
The Beer Co. - The Manhattan Project - Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer - Gold Medal
The Lost Abbey - Track #8 - Experimental Beer - Bronze Medal
The Lost Abbey - Saint’s Devotion - Belgian and French Style Ale - Gold Medal
The Lost Abbey - Red Poppy - American Style Sour Ale - Silver Medal

Now that you’ve seen the winners, it wouldn’t hurt to pay them a visit and see if they have some of their award winning beers on tap! I’m particularly proud to see Alpine’s Duet amongst the winners.

You would think that after a Great American Beer Fest weekend, I would decide to take a break, right? Wrong! This weekend I’m heading up to the Santa Barbara Beer Festival where a whole lineup of central and southern California breweries will be pouring their finest brews. My band, The Green Almighty, is going to be playing a set at the fest, which I am extremely excited about, but I’ll make sure to keep an eye out for some of the San Diego breweries.

Also, don’t forget that San Diego Beer Week is coming up soon. Nov. 2nd - Nov. 11th to be exact. If you haven’t already, cruise on over to their events page here and start planning now because there are already some amazing events lined up! Are you gonna’ skip out of work early for some the events? I know I am!

Charles Eck

Rosey's Diary: San Diego, Livin' The Dream

It's been a couple weeks since I've written a diary post, so I'll try and catch up with the things I've forgotten to post or failed to mention since the last post (10.3.2012), but you how these get all long winded and such...to be perfectly honest, I write them more for myself than for you anyway, but if you have any interest, click 'read more' below. Oh, and remember how I told you that North Park was named the #13th hippest neighborhood in the country? My friends Pat & Kristian and their team and My SMN put together this cool little video series for North Park Main Street after getting a flood of media requests from people all over the country (and internationally) whose interest was piqued by the designation. You can see my nephew, Baby Ziggy, at 1:35.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bowerbirds this Friday at the Casbah

 Bowerbirds: Phil Moore and Beth Tacular

San Diego will be treated to another great male and female fronted band this week as the Bowerbirds perform this Friday night at the Casbah. I was able to enjoy their rich, orchestral, folk music last time they performed at the Casbah and while their most recent release, “The Clearing”, has them drifting to louder regions than they have explored before, their performances never drift from feeling intimate. The harmony between Phil Moore and Beth Tacular is hard-earned, their relationship goes well beyond being bandmates and they have had their fair-share of troubles and conflict. Despite that, the Casbah will showcase such poignant songs as “In the Yard” and a personal favorite, “Tuck the Darkness In”, which can be listened to below.  Opening for the Bowerbirds is the dark folk band Strand of Oaks.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

91X Announces Wrex The Halls

I am sooo sorry for not posting this earlier in the week, but time just slipped by and I've more or less been offline for the last 30 hours. Enough about that...here's the lineup for this year's Wrex The Halls.
You have ONE HOUR left for presale tickets (Click the flyer) , or you can snatch them up tomorrow after 10am.





91X PRESALE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 8AM to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 10PM – password is: 91X


Tickets range from $19.91-$74.91

Visit 91X for further information.

Under the Radar: Exitmusic @ Soda Bar tonight (Thursday)

The seemingly nonstop parade of touring bands visiting our beautiful seaside city continues tonight with Brooklyn-based Exitmusic playing at Soda Bar. Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino are partners in both the group and in life (married). To say that the duo have been busy would be putting it mildly, since Aleksa is also an accomplished actress, having recently appeared in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The balancing act between the two professions can be a delicate one, but one that has only strengthened the resolve shown in their music. Touring around the globe to promote Exitmusic's latest full length, Passage, is part of the process. The music is very immediate, with dreamy pop and heavy almost goth like undertones. There is a lot of contrast evident in the music, with Aleksa's pulsating vocal delivery at the forefront. Two other members have been added for live performances. I urge those who are on the fence to head over to the City Heights venue for a great night of music.

Idyll Wild and Odd Shapes set the stage.

Watch a video of The Modern Age below.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Terraplane Sun Ticket Giveaway

Last week we previewed the Terraplane Sun show happening tomorrow Thursday, October 18, at The Belly Up in Solana Beach with Del Sol Project and Loose Snakes.  Now if you are lucky you can win a pair of tickets to the show.  We are doing this unconventionally, all you have to do is leave your name and email address in the comment section below by 3:00 pm October 18 and we will use a random number generator to select the winner.  Make sure to look at your email to see if you won and good luck.  If you do not win you can still purchase tickets here .

Things To Do In San Diego: October 17-18, 2012

Time just keeps flying by. I don't know how it went from 9am to 3pm so quickly, but these were supposed to get up earlier today. I still have to comb through Facebook and other events to make sure we have you covered, but you should start planning your weekend early so you know what's coming. Saturday is just ridiculous with amazing shows all over town. I have a lot to talk to you about, but it will have to come a little bit later. I might even stay home tonight because I feel kinda buried with updates. Wednesday-Thursday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stars at House of Blues this Wednesday

Stars L to R: Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, Torquil Campbell, Patrick McGee, Chris Seligman
Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle

Indie pop mainstays Stars are lighting up San Diego’s House of Blues Wednesday, October 17th, in support of the release of their new album “The North”. The Canadian band has come a long way from their beginnings in 2000 and have scored several hit albums along the way, such as 2004’s “Set Yourself on Fire” and 2007’s “In Our Bedroom After the War”. This time around, they’re adding some synth to their already lush dreamy tunes, evident in such bubbly songs as “The Theory of Relativity” and “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”, both of which can be listened to after the jump. If you’re uninitiated to the Montreal-based five-piece band, come prepared to be charmed by the many duets between Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan alongside melodies that make deft use of the multi-instrument talents of the other bands members. Opening for Stars tomorrow night are Diamond Rings and California Wives, both acts gaining steam for the electricity of their live shows. Tickets for the show, presented by the Casbah, can be purchased in advance here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Bombay Bicycle Club @ House of Blues Tuesday October 16, 2012

October is well regarded as a great month for touring bands to hit the road for one last time before the holidays. As evidenced by the multitude of shows in our beautiful city during the last month; the trend continues with a great show downtown tomorrow when North London indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club take over the stage at the House of Blues. This is a show presented by the Casbah, where the band played a wonderful set in February. This means all ages are welcome to experience the band in a live setting. Jack Steadman leads a foursome of very talented (and young) musicians touring in support of their third full length, A Different Kind of Fix. This album is more guitar driven than the previous effort. The songs seem to drift by while capturing the listener in the process. This should be a great venue to witness the British band and see why they recently played  in Hyde Park as part of the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics.

Philadelphia based Vacationer set the stage.

Watch a video of Leave It below.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 15-16, 2012

I'm gonna just enjoy this Monday post-weekend haze of awesomeness, if you don't mind. There is a lot going on this week and I'm slacking a little, but if you go to my YouTube channel, you can see some of the videos from the past couple weeks: The Head and the Heart, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne & St Vincent, and more. I'm also looking forward to this week of shows, though I think I might have to surrender and use the crutches again because all this hobbling around means my foot is this horrible shade of plum.  So this week the Casbah has a bunch of outisde all ages shows: Bombay Bicycle Club at the House of Blues on Tuesday, Stars at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Dan Deacon at the Irenic on Friday, and the sold out Frightened Rabbit show at the Irenic on Saturday. There's also plenty of 21+ fun with the regular calendar, shows at Soda Bar and the Belly Up, and Rocktoberfest this Saturday. That is a lot of great stuff! Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Night & Day Street Fest

Tomorrow Saturday October 13, from 4:00 pm to midnight is the Inaugural Night & Day Street Festival on 14th and L (festival map).  If you do not have tickets good news, there are still some tickets available, and better news, use the promo code: sddialed at checkout and save five dollars a ticket.  That means you get 9 bands for $20, you can purchase tickets here.

What you need to know about the Night & Day Street Fest:
Food trucks, vendors and craft beer will be onsite
Drink tickets are $5
This festival is 21+ so make sure to bring a valid form of identification
There are no in-and-out privileges
Dogs will not be allowed
No outside food or beverages
Shirts and shoes are required for entrance
If any disorderly conduct is witnessed or reported the participant will be escorted off the property

Set Times:
Main Stage:
G. Love 10:00
Donavon Frankenreiter 8:00
Pato Banton 6:30
The Mattson 2 5:00

14th+Imperial Stage
The Styletones 10:30
Everest 9:00
The Nervous Wreckords 7:30
Low Volts 6:00
The Legacy Pack 4:30

Things To Do In San Diego: October 12-14, 2012

I am on a serious time crunch today but had to add a bunch of listings, so hopefully your weekend is wide open and you can fit in some of the awesome stuff happening in town. Tonight's Old Tiger CD release party at the Casbah is going to be awesome, though I'm heading to Orange County for the evening, so hopefully we fly back down the freeway to get there for some of the late night fun. I also just heard from the Soul Cal Gourmet Food Truck and they'll be parked at the Casbah all night long, so come hungry and try their amazing empanadas. I'm such a happy kid right now and there's really not much more to say than I hope you're taking full advantage of this city. Weekend archives are after the jump.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Night: VP Debates vs Amazing Music

Tonight your TVs will be broadcasting the Vice Presidential debates. Frankly, these don't mean anything to the election except to strengthen your own views for your guy, though I'm sure Biden will trip over his own words and might even lose his cool at just how ridiculous and blatantly false the things we will hear coming out of Paul Ryan's bougie neocon mouth as he tries to convince us that he is just like all of us. Basically it is going to be nothing more than fodder for Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, so instead of letting your stomach twist in knots or throwing bricks at your television, why not see a show instead? Tonight the Casbah is presenting FOUR shows and Soda Bar is presenting two, and if I could be at six places at once, you know I would be. So here's the rundown.

Casbah presents The Raveonettes, Melody's Echo Chamber, The Howls @ The Belly Up (21+, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. $20.) There are plenty of tickets left for this show, so save yourself service charges by buying at the box office.

Casbah presents Sean Hayes, Birds of Chicago @ The Casbah (21+, doors at 8:30. Band settimes will likely be 9:45/11pm or thereabout. $15.) Again, plenty of tickets for this one so just pay at the door.

Casbah presents Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, Myth @ Porter's Pub, UCSD (All ages. SOLD OUT. Doors at 7pm. I will update settimes later, but show will be over by 10:30 or so, so plan accordingly. Update: Settimes: Myths 7:30-8pm, Elite Gymnastics 8:15-9pm, Grimes 9:30-10:30pm  Give yourself extra time for parking/walking to the venue)

Casbah presents The XX, John Talabot Live @ Soma (All ages, Doors at 7pm. I will update settimes, but expect John Talabot Live around 7:45 or 8, The XX around 8:45 or 9pm. UPDATE: John Talabot 8pm, The XX 9:15)

Soda Bar presents Bad Books, The Drowning Men, Harrison Hudson @ The Irenic ((All ages. Doors at 7pm. $17. Tickets available at the door. Expect settimes to be approximately 7:30, 8:15, and 9pm. The Irenic is located at 3090 Polk in North Park. It is a residential neighborhood, 2 blocks east of 30th and a couple blocks south of El Cajon Blvd. Allow yourself time for parking. Beer and wine will be available for those 21+.) Bad Books features Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine.

Soda Bar presents Lord Howler, Joy, Kodiak @ Soda Bar. (21+, $5, 8:30pm. Settimes are whenever they damn feel like it, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 9:30/10:30/11:30)

There are a ton of other great shows tonight, too, so get out and get some. Don't let the rain or the lame debates keep you home tonight. Below, enjoy some Biden hilarity from your friends at The Onion.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 11, 2012

One of the perks of my job is getting comp tickets to shows and the occasional VIP upgrade or free dinner or other similar benefit. Because these are generally fun, I also have to remember that I work really hard, am pretty much on call 24/7, and I have to almost always be tethered to the web to get such perks, not to mention the implied requirement that I document all of these activities/shows/events for your eyeballs. But sometimes, I don't get the free tickets, and I'm reminded not only how sweet it is when I do, but that this whole site evolved from me being somewhat resourceful and making due with what I have, and a genuine love of music and of San Diego that enables me to enjoy myself no matter my budget. Such was the case last night. Darren really wanted to see St. Vincent but I wasn't about to let him shell out $140 for a pair of tickets when I couldn't source some free ones. Instead, we dropped by Trader Joe's and Point Loma Seafoods for some snacks and clam chowder, busted out my old army blanket, and laid under the stars in the grass of Shelter Island as we listened to the entire concert. It was a beautiful night and just as enjoyable as being inside the show, if not more so. There are always free ways to enjoy this city and it is great to explore. You're paying "sunshine tax" to live here, why not live it to the fullest? 

I've added some more shows to these listings (shows at Harrah's, Spreckels, Viejas Arena, Balboa Theatre, Lux Institute, OB Oktoberfest), but if you still see something missing, please let me know.  Thursday archives are after the jump. 

Next Week Terraplane Sun @ Belly Up

Terraplane Sun are releasing a new EP entitled Friends and are celebrating the release at the Belly Up Thursday, October 18, with Del Sol Project and Loose Snakes.  The new release Friends produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket) features dance provoking crowd favorite "Get Me Golden," (listen below) which you may recognize from national television ads including 21 Jump Street, What To Expect When You're Expecting and MTV's Teen Wolf.  Terraplane Sun fine tuned the EP by having a residency at the Satellite in Los Angeles/Echo Park where they showed off their great psych-blues rock intensity.  The relationship between the band and the crowd fuels Terraplane Sun's performances, an energy that cannot be replicated in any other medium.  Get Your Tickets Early Here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Django Django w/ Vinyl Williams & HOTT MT @ The Echo- 09.26.12

The UK's newest buzz band Django Django lit up (figuratively speaking) The Echo's stage in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago with a small bit of help from supporting acts Vinyl Williams and HOTT MT.  More words and pix below...

Things To Do In San Diego: October 10, 2012

I'm starting to feel like Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. I mean, Thursdays are usually awesome nights and are generally my kickoff to whatever greatness the weekend has in store, but Wednesday means I get a jump on the day, we have our Casbah pow-wow about upcoming shows, I usually get an awesome lunch somewhere with Mr. Pyles, and since I've been up all night on Monday and Tuesday to sort through email and catch up on work, I have a completely open afternoon to explore the city, while keeping email and such to a minimum via my Blackberry. I will be posting photos and video from The Head and The Heart & Blitzen Trapper, Peter Gabriel, and Divine Fits in the next few days, but mostly I'll be enjoying this amazing city and catching as many shows and events as possible. I'm also happy to say that whatever stupid thing happened to my leg on Sunday while playing tennis was obviously no big deal because I only needed crutches for a day and now I'm slightly hobbling but can get back to my normal business, even if that means walking a bit slower with shorter strides. I'm going to go ahead and post listings through next Thursday, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Jeff, Jordan, and Chase, though I know I haven't really needled through Facebook and Ticketmaster and street fairs and other one-off shows. I will add those as necessary, but if you have something to send to make my life easier, please feel free to leave a comment or reach me via Twitter, Facebook, or email. Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Joshua James: New Record Preorder

Joshua James premiered the first track, "Queen of the City," off his upcoming third album From The Top Of Willamette Mountain, which will be released on November 6th, 2012 via Intelligent Noise. The album is currently available for pre-order in multiple formats and packages via Joshua James website. He's one of my favorite musicians of the last few years and if you saw him at his last show here at the Soda Bar, you know just how great he is (even playing through a bar power outage).

Here's the skinny from his press release:
Produced by Richard Swift (Damien Jurado, Gardens and Villa, The Mynabirds), From The Top Of Willamette Mountain is a collection of 11 songs that hone James' singular voice and further establish him as a formidable artist. Sweeping album opener "Mystic" immediately sets the tone with its evocative dynamics and soul-searching lyrics, while "Surrender" is a classic, early '60s pop waltz through existential angst, and "Wolves" moves from a sparse beauty to a symphonic gale. "Doctor, Oh Doctor" highlights the album's softer contemplations and the gently swinging title track, "Willamette Mountain", name-checks James' farm in rural Utah, where he's learned to live off the land and appreciate a simpler pace. Innovative yet with an intimate, familiar feel, From The Top Of Willamette Mountain marks a time of transition and acceptance, a deeply personal record about finding one's center in a world of differences.
James was raised in Lincoln, NE but now resides in American Fork, UT, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range. He has spent the majority of the past five years on the road, as a headliner and with artists including The Swell Season, Ben Harper, and Ani DiFranco. His previous albums The Sun Is Always Brighter and Build Me This both reached #1 on the iTunes Folk Chart, as well as earning 'Best of iTunes' album honors in their respective years of release. James will launch a UK tour on October 18th and North American dates will be announced soon.

Admiral Fallow @ House of Blues Sidestage, October 6, 2012

I'm all out of order on photos and videos from last week, so I'm just going to go ahead and post these videos of Admiral Fallow from Friday night despite the fact that I still have a bunch of photos to share from Wednesday, some newsy bits from last week that might still matter, and who knows what else I've been slacking on. I will say that this band, though there were maybe 20 people in the room when they played the 5th Avenue Sidestage of the House of Blues, were fantastic. They're from Glasgow, have two full-length albums out (which I've embedded below the video), and I am grateful that Jeff took me to this one because it wouldn't have otherwise been on my radar. Check out the video playlist below. Be sure to watch the entire group sing with just one guitar on "Four Bulbs".

Jeff's Weekly Pick: The Raveonettes @ Belly Up Thursday October 11, 2012

One of the hardest working bands, both touring and in the studio, are Danish indie rockers The Raveonettes. Hard to believe the band recently released their sixth full length, Observator, to very favorable reviews. While the band is famous for its signature sound of fuzzy guitars droning along simple chord songs, their latest release shows a much softer sound from the outset. There is no mistaking the familiar heavier sounds as the album comes to its conclusion. It is always interesting when a band attempts new things, and even better when the result is successful. The vocal harmonies of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharon Foo provide the key to what makes this group click. If you have never experienced them live, your chance to see them perform songs from their latest album as well as back catalog comes this Thursday at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. This promises to be a memorable night for those in attendance. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please make sure to arrive early for the opening band, Melody's Echo Chamber, fronted by Parisian Melody Prochet. Her eponymous album is excellent, filled with catchy dream pop songs.

Watch a video of She Owns The Streets below.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: October 8-9, 2012

So you may have noticed that things have been a little bit different for me lately. Instead of my life being almost exclusively shows and working online, I've been mixing things up, trying to get a little more balance in my life. Nothing specific and no specific goal, but I suppose the recent birthday is always a reminder to get off my ass an do something. Lately this has included going places (the Zoo, Safari Park, downtown, the Embarcadero) as well as mixing it up with fun stuff like ping-pong and archery and road testing a bike I might buy from a friend. It has been really awesome but like an idiot, I took my own body for granted, and attempted to play tennis this weekend which resulted in some loud *pop* in my calf that has dependent on crutches for at least a couple days. I started playing tennis at 8 years old and played through college and even taught for a few summers in Coronado, so it was great to jump back on a court and sweat out in the sun, to get that forehand groove back, or to hit a serve in the sweet spot. It is also why it is so utterly disappointing when your body doesn't do what you want it to, so I suppose I'll be laying off the sporty spice stuff for a few days. In the meantime, this week has some great shows so it isn't so bad. I'll be the girl sitting down. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, October 05, 2012

On The Horizon: The Helio Sequence @ The Irenic Saturday October 6, 2012

It seems music fans have always had a love affair with bands comprised solely of two members. A reason might be the crucial need for duos to effectively work in sync with one another. Once this harmonious relationship achieves success the group reaches a certain level of popularity which may or may not grow. This brings me to the Portland-based indie band The Helio Sequence. Forming in 1999 the duo has shifted their sound from a more ambient to a more structured sound. Interestingly, much of the paradigm shift was due to singer/guitarist Brandon Summers damaging his vocal chords during previous touring. This required a different vocal approach, hence the newer relaxed vocals on their latest release, Negotiations. This marked the bands third release for indie label Sub Pop Records. The other band member, Benjamin Weikel, plays drums and keyboards. It is easy to become transfixed on his impressive live delivery.

In short, this is a band that has been able to move forward in spite of losing their previous recording space due to major flood damage. The resulting relocation to a larger space has resulted in a fuller sound from THS. It has been some time since the band has played San Diego, and The Irenic should be the perfect space in which to see them in a live setting. Please remember this in an all ages show with an early start. This is a show which should be well worth the time. Tickets can be purchased here.

Slowdance sets the stage.

(Update: Jeff posted this in late September, but the show is Saturday, October 6, so I thought it was worth reposting. It is all ages and tickets are still available. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm and will be over by 10:30pm)

Watch a video of Hall of Mirrors below.

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

Earlier this week I mentioned that October is a month of anniversaries but there are few more special than the fact that on this day in 1999, I walked into the old San Diego County Animal Shelter on Gaines Street and was adopted by my dog, Pascha. They have extended hours on Tuesdays, and I had been going to every Tuesday for a few weeks just waiting for a dog to ask me to take her home. I thought I was looking for a pug or a beagle or a little Boston Terrier (all of which are almost never up for adoption). This was before the amazing renovations to the facility. It was actually quite a sad sight, with way too many dogs and a small canal of waste ran in front of the kennels. I always made a point to greet every single dog along the way, even if they'd bark in my face, you can pretty much always calm them down and pet them. So I did my ritual petting of every dog and got to the very last kennel. There were four dogs eagerly barking and tail wagging and then out from the back, this shivering mutt looks at me and slightly raised her eyebrow. Do dogs have eyebrows? Whatever, you get the point. I was already in love. She had to be carried to the yard for visitation because she was so terrified, and she peed all over the Animal Control person. She was pretty much completely uninterested in me until the very end where she made a feeble attempt to retrieve a tennis ball and came over and sat near me. "That's the most interaction she has ever displayed!". The lady told me that they pretty much figured she was unadoptable so if I wanted her, I'd have to wait a day so they could fix her. On October 6, I brought Pascha home, much to the dismay of Kiwi, who pretty much sprung three feet straight up from the ground when they met.

In my life, I've had several pets. We had Iggy, the German Shepherd when I was little, then had P.A. (short for Party Animal, a family joke probably taken from "Alf") and Sugar, our half beagle/half bassett hound who finally passed a couple years ago after , our family dogs. I've had cats, too, first there was Sydney, then Kiwi and Monkey and Boo Radley. Kiwi still remains. All of these animals were either from the shelter, or were shelter-bound. There is something about owning a pet that just makes you a better person. A little bit softer, a little less selfish, a little bit kinder. Pascha has my heart in ways only other dog people can understand.

This month is Adopt An Animal Shelter Dog month and so I thought I'd share and tell you that if you have room in your home and room in your heart, let a mutt choose you and your life will never be the same. For local information, go to the San Diego Department of Animal Control site for a list of all county and city shelters. They usually have discounts for adopting older pets and they give information on low-cost vets, too.

Things To Do In San Diego: October 6-8, 2012

Is it really already October? Holy shit...where does the time go? I was gonna rant here a little bit, but I'll stock it up for a more clear-minded and level-headed constructive post and just say that I am constantly thrilled by the rollercoaster of life and I hope that people who come to my site can share this exasperated feeling of wonder. And not to say it is without bullshit...like the guy that tried to steal a box of vinyl last night...um, yeah, I busted your ass and don't think for one second that we won't remember you forever.

I have been telling you that we have been working on a new website over at ye olde Casbah and it finally launched. If it looks crazy in your browser (i.e. Google Chrome), all you need to do is clear your cache to get to the new look. Hopefully this site simplifies things and you can see all of the shows at the Casbah and outside of the Casbah in one glance.

As far as life is cookin', I gotta say that shit is pretty great right now (all unicorns & double rainbows), so I realize that is pretty boring, so let's just get to the shows already. On top of all the listings (thanks to Jordan and Chase), there are Oktoberfests and art shows and free events galore, so I hope to update these listings later, but until then, I hope that your week was as good as mine and that your weekend turns out to be pretty awesome, too. All of the weekend listings, Friday through Sunday, can be found if you click "read more" below. Unless you're reading this on your mobile, then you're already where you need to be.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Hoptober Has Arrived... San Diego Beer Events

(It's been awhile since we've heard from my beer bloggers, but Charles made this nice little calendar of beer events for you. Personally, I would've gone with OctoBEER, but we know how those Southern California hopheads can be. I know there are a lot of Octoberfest events in San Diego that don't fall into the craft beer world, but they can be pretty fun, too, so I've added those with italics, lest you think Charles would be anywhere near yellow fizzy beer. Thanks to Charles for the post! If we missed any beer-centric events, feel free to let us know!)

Ah, October. It’s that time of the year again where the pumpkin flavored beers start hitting the shelves, where you can come home from a long day of work and pop open that pumpkin beer, where you can bundle up on the couch to catch up on your DVR’d episodes of the Walking Dead and Dexter. Sounds nice and cozy, right? Well, it would be if there wasn’t triple digit weather in October. Pumpkin beer is almost a bad choice in this heat. Well, I’m not going to let it stop me, and you shouldn’t too!

With San Diego Beer Week just about a month away, there are plenty of events leading up to it throughout October that are sure to keep you thirsty for more craft beer! Here’s a list of what might be some of the best events going down this month!

Oct. 6th - 3rd Annual OktoberFest at Hamilton’s/Monkey Paw/Eleven/Small Bar

Oct. 6th - Taste of North Park - 53 Tastes within 1 Day in North Park

Oct, 6-8 - German-American Societies of San Diego Oktoberfest
Oct. 7th - Stone’s Pour It Black Festival featuring over 100 Dark Brews from around the Planet

Oct. 14th - Belgian Beer Dinner at O’Brien’s Pub

Oct. 15th - The First 70 Free Movie Screening at Green Flash Brewing

Oct. 20th - Rocktoberfest at Birch North Park Theatre Parking Lot Music&Beer!

Oct. 31st - Second Annual Halloween Party hosted by Hess Brewing Company

All of October - Alpine Brewing Releases their One True Seasonal Beer “Ichabod 2012”

Ok, I know the last one really isn’t an event, but it’s one of my favorite breweries down here and if you haven’t been to their brewpub, you are missing out. That’s all I got for now but if there are any other honorable mentions, post it in the comments section and we’ll make sure to update the masses!

Charles Eck

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Rosey's Diary: Birthday Pt. II

Last week I posted about the week leading up to my birthday and if I recall correctly, I wrote it the afternoon of my actual birthday, so there was still more celebrating to come. I know it comes off as completely narcissistic that I drag my birthday out as long as I do, but I guess in my world, everyday can seem like a celebration. Believe me, I don't take that for granted, ever, and I worked really hard to get where I am, with major obstructions, frustrations, sleep-deprivation, and heartache along the way. I still have a long way to go, but I'm just feeling like I'm in a good place and I'll continue to share these adventures  as they come, in whatever form they come in, even if at the moment they're in nauseating double-rainbow happiness gushing wonderment. If you can stand it, after the jump.

Wednesday Night: Casbah presents The Head and the Heart, Blitzen Trapper, and Bryan John Appleby at Spreckels Theatre

I am exploding with happiness for a whole lot of reasons lately, but at this moment specifically, it's because I am so looking forward to tonight. The Casbah is presenting an incredible lineup with The Head and The Heart, Blitzen Trapper, and Bryan John Appleby. I have seen the co-headliners many times, but earlier this summer had the chance to see both of them in the same week. Jeff and I traveled to Santa Ana to see The Head and the Heart at the Observatory and two days later, we drove to the desert to see Blitzen Trapper at Pappy and Harriet's. Believe me, individually the bands warrant the $30 ticket price, but getting to see them together, along with Bryan John Appleby, at the beautiful Spreckels Theatre will certainly make for a great night. There are still plenty of tickets available and you can avoid most of the service charges by buying directly from the box office.

For the show tonight, doors are at 7pm with the first act starting promptly at 7:30. I'll tweet exact set times when I get them, but I'd suggest getting downtown early because there's a ton of construction on and around Broadway so parking might be a little challenging. This is an all-ages show, so bring the kiddos for some real music.

Update: Just got the settimes- Bryan John Appleby 7:30-8:05; Blitzen Trapper 8:20-9:05; The Head and The Heart 9:35-10:50.

These are my video playlists from those early-summer shows.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Wolf Gang invades The Casbah tonight!

The solo project of London resident Max McElligott has transformed into a full touring band called Wolf Gang. In short, this is music that will get you moving so get off the couch and head to the Casbah for what promises to be a great night of music. There are three bands so get there early and show your support for all the great music that you will hear tonight. Last night LA sold out The Troubadour, so what does that tell you...this is a show worth seeing.

Watch the video of The King and All of His Men below.

San Diego Rocktoberfest Returns!

I feel like I failed you, San Diego, because if you weren't following me on Twitter or Facebook, my only mention of the $5 blind ticket sale for Rocktoberfest was in one of my Things To Do posts, but now that the lineup has been announced, tickets can still be purchased for just $15, so that ain't too shabby for an event that has become a not-to-miss party in the past few years. Yes, the joint effort of The Casbah, West Coast Tavern, and FM 94/9 is back and offers a great lineup.

Here's the skinny:

Saturday, October 20, 3pm - 10pm
Buy tickets at sdrocktoberfest.com for $15. Prices go up the day of show.
2 Stages
9 Bands
Beer/Full Bar
University Avenue and 29th Street (parking lot behind North Park Theater)

The lineup features Mariachi El Bronx, The Silent Comedy, Transfer, Hyena, Blackout Party, Mrs. Magician, Family Wagon, New Mexico, and Euphoria Brass Band.

I know there are a ton of great shows that night, but if you're like me, this is definitely where you'll start off your day, even if you have to cut out early for Frightened Rabbit, the Livewire Anniversary Party, or any other show that night. This doozy of a lineup runs from 3-10pm, so you can still hit up all of the other places, and keep in mind that this is an event that allows re-entry so you can eat/drink inside the party, or leave to patronize local surrounding businesses.

Grouplove and Alt-J @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay tomorrow, October 3, 2012

Tomorrow, October 3rd Grouplove make their return to San Diego at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, show time 7:30 pm (tickets), with Alt-J as support.  If you were lucky enough to see Grouplove on the 91x Halloween Boo's Cruise or at Porter's Pub then you know the type of high energy the LA based quintet bring to their live shows.  If you were not able to attend  those shows make sure you do not miss Grouplove at one of San Diego's best outdoor concert venues.  Grouplove is touring their critically acclaimed debut album "Never Trust A Happy Song" a solid album including hit songs Tongue Tied, Itchin On A Photograph and my favorites Colours and Lovely Cup.  To learn more about Grouplove below is a recent in studio performance by Grouplove performed for YouTube including a Q&A.

Make sure to get to the show early to check out Alt-J who just released their debut album titled "An Awesome Wave" recorded with the great producer Charlie Andrew.  "An Awesome Wave" is a diverse alt-pop album which has received great reviews from NME, BBC, The New York Times, and Brooklyn Vegan.  I am excited to see how their electronic/psychedelic/pop/folk sound translates from album to live concert.  Click the link and give a listen to Alt-J's An Awesome Wave before checking them out before Grouplove.              
                                                                                                                            Photo by Jory Cordy

Again make sure to get your tickets in advance here


Monday, October 01, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: October 1-4, 2012

October is here and my, how time flies. I suppose I can declare the official end of my birthday weekend, and it continued to be just as amazing as the first part of the week, which I guess I can talk about in my next diary post if I can puzzle all of the pieces together and have enough content without crossing into NFB (not for blogging) and TMI territory. As I mentioned in this post, the Casbah has some killer shows this week so it looks like I'll continue my vampire trajectory of sleeping by day, shows by night, and working overnights online, though I've been enjoying being a bit more active in the daytime with my new found interest in archery, my reinvigorated interest in ping-pong, and hopefully increasing my activity with some tennis, bowling, and the purchase of my bicycle, which I hope to close this week. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump, and I'm hoping to get weekend and next week's listings up earlier in the week because it seems to have some minor effect on YOU participating in the abundantly rich San Diego music scene.

Casbah Shows This Week: October 1-7, 2012

There are a ton of great shows at the Casbah and presented by the Casbah this week and I know this is a walk-up town and nobody likes to commit to anything by buying tickets in advance, but as far as I can tell, none of these are sold out just yet, so start navigating your week and get your fill of amazing talent (run-on sentences be damned). As always, you can check out the Casbah site here.  I know it is a little challenging to navigate (you have to check the featured, "simple", "extended", and "outside shows" separetely, but we're really close to being done with the new site which will have an easier interface as well as a mobile version. Fingers crossed we'll be ready to launch this month.

Shows at the Casbah:

  • Monday, 10/1: The Jezabels & Yukon Blonde ($16) TICKETS
  • Tuesday, 10/2: Wolf Gang, The Royal Concept, Frank and Derol ($10) TICKETS
  • Wednesday, 10/3: Blood Red Shoes, Hills Like Elephants, Baby Buffalo ($10 adv/$12 day of) TICKETS
  • Thursday, 10/4: Wallpaper, Midi Matilda ($10) TICKETS
  • Friday, 10/5: The Burning of Rome (CD Release Party), The Long and Short of It, Black Hondo, Operation Mindblow Lightshow ($10) TICKETS
  • Saturday, 10/6: Rochelle Rochelle, The Makeup Sex, The Beautiful View, The Palace Ballroom ($8 adv/$10 day of) TICKETS
  • Sunday, 10/7: JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Roxy Jones ($10 adv/$12 day of) TICKETS

Show Outside the Casbah: 

  • Wednesday, 10/3: The Head and the Heart, Blitzen Trapper, and Bryan John Appleby @ Spreckels ($30, ALL AGES, Doors at 7pm) TICKETS
  • Thursday, 10/4: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Dam Funk @ the Irenic ($18 adv/$20 day of, ALL AGES, Doors at 7pm) TICKETS
  • Friday, 10/5:  Stepdad, Rich Aucoin, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt @ Soda Bar ($10, ALL AGES) TICKETS
  • Saturday, 10/6: The Helio Sequence, Slowdance @ the Irenic ($15, ALL AGES, Doors at 7pm) TICKETS
  • Saturday, 10/6: Dr. Dog, Cotton Jones @ 4th & B ($22.50, 21+, Doors at 8pm) TICKETS
  • Sunday, 10/7: Dry The River, Houndmouth, Michael McGraw and the Butchers @ Soda Bar ($10, ALL AGES) TICKETS

Just to be clear, for shows at the Casbah, doors are at 8:30 and are 21+. Generally the first band goes on at 9 (when there are 3 or more bands) or 9:30 (for bills with just two bands), with headliners onstage by 11 (or 11:30 on weekends).

For the shows at the Irenic, doors are at 7 and tend to be over by 10pm. Beer & wine is available for purchase for those 21+ with ID.  Spreckels is about the same. Soda Bar has a schedule similar to the Casbah, with headliners on around 11. 4th and B is a little bit earlier, with doors at 8 and the opener on by 9pm. With a 30-45 minute set, you can expect Dr. Dog to hit the stage around 9:45 or 10pm.