Friday, July 31, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2, 2015

My vacation is coming to a close and it has been a great week in Hercules and the surrounding area, but as we all know, there's no place like home. I can't wait to see Ficus and Kiwi and am so grateful to Sean and Elliott for taking care of them. I wish the drive wasn't so long, because I'd love to be home in time for the rad show at the Casbah tonight, which was a last minute scramble due to Lucy's Fur Coat's sudden cancellation earlier this week. I will be around for tomorrow's show however, and that one is a great lineup, too. I'll also say for the record that I tried to have an open mind about a Bay Area taqueria, but they ain't got nothing on San Diego's tacos and burritos. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 7/29)

I'm on a family vacation at the moment, but Darren and Nova are out handling family business with Darren's nephew, so I'm hanging at Grandma's house is Hercules to take advantage of the wi-fi. When I first planned the dates of this trip, Tim gave his blessing and said "that should be an easy week" meaning that the shows would sell out or come close all week so I could back off on promotion. What we didn't account for was the untimely passing of Steve Rodriguez nor the sudden hospitalization of a member of Lucy's Furcoat, so this week kinda went a little nuts, so it's good to be able to update this list and the newsletter so we can make sure our friends are all covered. Plus, since I did this list last Friday, there have been AMAZING shows announced like Cat Power and Jose Gonzalez (separately) at the Belly Up, Matt Nathanson, Fucked Up, and Small Black at the Casbah, Craft Spells, Ought, and Dirty Fences at the Hideout, and plenty more. The most important thing is that Friday and Saturday of this week have new lineups and Sunday has an early show and memorial with doors at 6pm. Archive after the jump.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 27- Thursday, July 30, 2015

As I've mentioned a few times, I'm on vacation. I'm feeling so proud of myself because I finally upgraded my cell phone to include wi-fi hotspot, so after driving through the night on Saturday and arriving in Hercules and hanging out with Darren's family for a bit (though I took a long sleep after being up 24 hours straight), I posted up in the room to get my work done. These listings were done by Jordan who is also out on the road right now on a tour, so I tried to make sure everything was covered and the calendars that weren't posted for August were added in, however if you see anything we missed, leave a comment and I'll make sure to get it up. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Shows at Observatory North Park (Updated 7/26)

It's been a couple weeks since the last Observatory update and there are a bunch of new shows if you look on down the list. I'm particularly excited about Minus The Bear with Murder By Death, but there are new shows with Sturgill Simpson, Owl City, some more hip-hop and punk shows, and a lot more dates filled in the calendar. If you're ppolitically minded, the Official Bernie Sanders San Diego Kickoff is happening on Wednesday night at the Obsevatory. You can see details and RSVP here. September shows and beyond are after the jump.

7/31- Alborosie & The Shengen Clan Band Doors at 7pm.

8/4 Tame Impala 8pm, 18+ (SOLD OUT)

8/9 Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Mr T Experience 6:30pm, All Ages

8/20 Morrissey, 7pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)
8/21 Morrissey, 7pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)

8/22 Snow Tha Product 6pm, All Ages

8/28 The Great Love Debate with Chris Soules (The Bachelor)  7pm 18+

Friday, July 24, 2015

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (7/24)

It's been a couple weeks since I've updated the full Casbah calendar and there were so many shows added I lost track. I'm heading outta town so, expect infrequent updates, but until then, support the Casbah and catch a show there or at any of the other rad venues that host Casbah shows. (See new updated list. Archived list after the jump)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 20-Sunday, July 26, 2015

I don't know about you, but I loved hanging around the house most of the weekend and just listening to the rainfall and thunder & lightning. We did go to see CHAPPO at Soda Bar on Friday which was a pretty amazing show and then the band crashed at our place so it was a fun night hanging out. But really, other than that, it was a lot of hours online trying to catch up with work before we take off for vacation later this week. There are some really good shows this week, so even if the rain keeps up, don't let it keep you cooped up. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Morrissey at The Observatory San Diego- 2nd Show Added

So, that little Morrissey show at the Observatory went on sale at 10 am today and sold out rather quickly, so we've got a 2nd show for you to try your luck again in case you didn't get your tickets to the first one. Tickets go on sale TODAY, Friday, July 17, at 2pm. Here's some inside news: West Coast Tavern will become a vegetarian restaurant while Moz is in town. Anyway, get your tickets because I can't help you.

MORRISSEY at The Observatory North Park
Friday August 21, 2015

All Ages
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, July 16- Sunday, July 19, 2015

There is so much rad stuff going on today, but we're off to La Jolla Shores for the time being, where I can at least have a beautiful view while I respond to inane emails. This week has been cool and with the Morrissey news finally out, I can focus on the rest of my work. I'll be at Dick Diver tonight, CHAPPO tomorrow, and then the Lemon Zest and Garlic Fest on Saturday. Hoping to go to that Deering Banjos shindig, too.  Steer clear of Del Mar if you're not actually going to the races today. Anyway, Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 7/14)

Comic-Con was a pretty fun week at the Observatory. Thanks for everyone who came out to the shows, even with their very late announcements and all. I was able to check out Comedy Bang Bang on Thursday and Hannibal Buress & Eric Andre on Saturday and I had a blast at both. There were some new show announcements since my last update, including Owl City, Alborosie and the Shengen Clan Band, Mobb Deep, The Underachievers, and of course, the big news is Morrissey is coming to town. All shows have links to tickets except where already sold out, like Leon Bridges, Tame Impala, and The 1975. The box office is open two hours before posted door time on show nights only. Tickets are cash only at the box office. August and everything after are after the jump below.

7/14 Barrington Levy 7pm, 18+

7/18 The Casualties, 7pm, All Ages

7/21 Charli XCX & Bleachers present Charli & Jack Do America 6:30pm, All Ages

7/22 Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist 6:30pm, All Ages

7/25 Father 8pm, 18+

7/31- Alborosie & The Shengen Clan Band Doors at 7pm.

Just Announced: Morrissey at The Observatory North Park

If you pay attention to music in San Diego. this announcement shouldn't come as a surprise thanks to a BandsInTown and a Morrissey fansite leak, however, it is true that Morrissey is coming to The Observatory. The show is on August 20. It is all ages, tickets are $85 general admission standing, and they go on sale Friday at 10am. Make sure you have your Ticketweb account active when the clock ticks 10am and make your selections quickly. Remember, with a 4 ticket limit it only takes fewer than 300 ticket transactions to sell it out. There is no artist/fan presale, there are no ticket holds, and I don't have a special link for you to jump the line to get tickets or for comps or anything else of the sort. I will say that you should reread my post about shows selling out so you recognize the need to refresh again and again whenever you get that "no tickets available at this time" message.  

Morrissey at The Observatory North Park
August 20
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
All Ages

Friday Night: CHAPPO, Yukon Blonde, Fort Lean @ Soda Bar

On Sunday night, Darren and I were hanging out at the Bar Pink 8 Year Anniversary Party, and this guy is like, "DUDE, you going on Friday?!" We were confused for a minute, until I realized he was looking at Darren's CHAPPO t-shirt and was referring to their show this Friday night at Soda Bar. "Yeah, we'll be there," I responded, and then he went on to tell everyone else standing around us how amazing CHAPPO is and how he randomly saw them at Bar Pink for the first time a while back and "my mind was totally blown." Then I started thinking of all the times I've seen the band- SXSW 2011 was my introduction, and since then they've had shows at Casbah, Bar Pink, and Soda Bar, usually passing through once or twice a year. The shows are mostly headlining now, though there was the time they were support for Imagine Dragons at the Casbah (anyone know what ever happened to those guys?). I adore this band as musicians and as the cool humans that they are. Their latest record, Future Former Selves, is pretty damn great, and with support from Yukon Blonde and Fort Lean, this is a seriously great lineup to plan for on Friday night. Grab tickets here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Fall CRSSD Festival Announced: October 10 & 11 at Waterfront Park

Over the weekend we were all so consumed with Comic-Con that I didn't post this announcement for the new CRSSD Festival that was announced for the fall. Save the date for October 10 and 11 at the Waterfront Park. Once again, this festival is 21+ and tickets go on sale Friday at Noon. Info to be announced here.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 13-Wedneday, July 15, 2015

I'm not gonna lie. While I did wander around downtown on Wednesday and hung out at the Wired Party on Thursday, I didn't really take advantage of Comic-Con. Instead, I took advantage of quiet time at home by day. I still was able to catch Comedy Bang Bang at the Observatory and Land Lady at Casbah on Thursday, I worked for Son Lux on Friday, and we went to Hannibal Buress at the Observatory followed by a stop at Bottlecraft, Mr. Tube at the Casbah, drinks at Bar Pink, and late night food at Bar Pink. Sunday I was stuck at home catching up on work but caught some karaoke and the Bar Pink Anniversary Party for a bit, too. This week is supposed to be hot, so I suspect we'll be spending a lot of time between the beach and Aquatica this week. The Observatory is going to have some MASSIVE concert announcements this week, so make sure you have your Ticketweb account all set up so you're not whining about missing out on tickets when they sell out. I can't help you with these ones at all. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Things to Do In San Diego: Thursday, July 9-Sunday, July 12, 2015: Comic-Con Edition

Wow! So first day of Comic-Con was pretty awesome though I'll talk about it in a separate post. I'm sitting at Wired Cafe at the Omni Hotel, which has cut back to one day from three, so an hour into it being open, it is already at capacity. I'm hanging out with Tim Pyles and DJ Artistic, though Pyles is gonna ditch me to go to Conan at 3. There's a ton of stuff going on today and throughout the weekend, so I'm just gonna post and hopefully you can navigate to find yourself a good time. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 7/7)

This Casbah is closed tonight, but that doesn't mean we're not still working. This calendar is super-challenging to update, because as soon as I publish, we go and add more shows, but I wanted to get this out with lots of new show, like William Fitzsimmons, Big Talk, Federico Aubele, Young Empires, Turquoise Jeep, Legendary Shack Shakers, Metalachi, No Knife, Bully, Weekend, and more. Everything on the books is posted below, with direct links to tickets. August and everything after (see what I did there?) are after the jump.

Tue Jul 07 - Juan Wauters, Walter TV, Bloom @ The Hideout

Wed Jul 08 - Dopapod, Vokab Kompany @ Casbah

Thu Jul 09 - Landlady, Longclaws, Island Boy @ Casbah

Thu Jul 09 - Spirit Family Reunion, Wild Reeds @ Soda Bar

Thu Jul 09 - Burger Records Comic-Con Party feat. Comedy Bang! Bang! starring Scott Aukerman & Eugene Mirman, Awkwafina @ The Observatory North Park

Fri Jul 10 - Son Lux, Olga Bell @ Casbah

Fri Jul 10 - Prayers, MXMS, Mystery Cave @ The Hideout

Fri Jul 10 - Burger Records Comic-Con Party feat. Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger, Barry Rothbart @ The Observatory North Park

Sat Jul 11 - Mr. Tube & The Flying Objects, Schitzophonics, Shake Before Us @ Casbah

Sat Jul 11 - Burger Records Comic-Con Party feat. Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre @ Observatory North Park

Sun Jul 12 - Trans Am, Sleeping People, Life Coach (Phil Manley of Trans Am), CBOT And The Paperwork @ Casbah

Mon Jul 13 - CHROME, Homeless Sexuals @ Casbah

Tue Jul 14 - Cayucas, Hibou @ Casbah

Wed Jul 15 - Avalon Tattoo 26 Year Anniversary Party feat. Santos y Sinners, Action Andy & The Hi-Tones, Ypsitucky @ Casbah (FREE!)

Thu Jul 16 - Soft Lions, Some Kind of Lizard, Other Bodies, Summer Twins @ Casbah

Fri Jul 17 - The Helio Sequence, Quarto Negro @ Casbah

Fri Jul 17 - Trails and Ways @ The Hideout

Fri Jul 17 - CHAPPO, Yukon Blonde, Fort Lean @ Soda Bar

CHAPPO return with a show at Soda Bar on July 17

Fri Jul 17 - Built to Spill, Slam Dunk, Genders @ Belly Up

Sat Jul 18 - Quel Bordel, Whisky Avengers, Vinnie & The Hooligans @ Casbah

Sun Jul 19 - Big Talk, The Nervous Wreckords @ Casbah

Mon Jul 20 - Patrick Dennis, Oh, Spirit!, Little Dove @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jul 21 - DJ Artistic's Hip Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jul 21 - Charli & Jack Do America feat. Charli XCX, Bleachers, B├śRNS @ The Observatory North Park

Wed Jul 22 - Federico Aubele, Creature and the Woods @ Casbah

Thu Jul 23 - Alpha Rev Unplugged, Uncle Lucius, Drew Chadwick @ Casbah

Thu Jul 23 - The Adolescents, Weirdos, The Creepy Creeps @ Belly Up

Fri Jul 24 - Joseph Arthur @ Casbah

Sat Jul 25 - Pokey LaFarge, Quiet Life @ Casbah

Sun Jul 26 - Heems, Pictureplane, Grammatical B and the B-Verbs @ Casbah

Sun Jul 26 - Emmanuel Jai @ Soda Bar

Mon Jul 27 - CANCELLED: Jaz Coleman: Letters from Cythera Spoken Word Tour @ Casbah

Tue Jul 28 - Melt Banana , Torche, Hot Nerds @ Casbah

Wed Jul 29 - Melt Banana, Torche, Death Eyes @ Casbah

Thu Jul 30 - Stiff Little Fingers @ Belly Up

Thu Jul 30 - High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer @ Casbah

Thu Jul 30 - Zongo Junction @ The Hideout

Fri Jul 31 - Lucy's Furcoat, Takahashi @ Casbah

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 7-Wednesay, July 8, 2015: Comic-Con Edition

So this week is crazy, we already know that. I listed out all the Comic-Con specific events in their own post, and then mostly tucked them on the bottom of the regular stuff we have going on in San Diego for the regular listings. Let me know if I missed anything major, otherwise, you can check all the CCI links on my Comic-Con page. I hope you know I'm missing a day at the waterslides to get all this stuff handled. Tuesday and Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Comic-Con 2015- Parties & Events

So, despite not having a Comic-Con Press Badge this year, I decided I wouldn't be sddialedin without listing all the events that I could get my fingers on. I once again updated my Comic-Con Page (accessible on mobile, too!) with several links to great resources, particularly for the fan experiences happening off site that are free and not ticketed or guest listed. That's usually where most of the fun is to be had anyway. I will post my regular listings in the regular format, but this is just the Comic-Con specific events around town. Find them after the jump.

Monday, July 06, 2015

KRPi Hosts iSession with Calexico at Lestat's, 7/6/2015

The Casbah and Observatory have been keeping me so busy that I'm slipping on catching all the secret shows that happen around town throughout the year. Fortunately, my friend Jeff is always paying attention (I mean, he already bought tickets for Jose Gonzalez and the show isn't until 2016!), so when he called me at 3:20 to ask if I wanted to see Calexico at Lestat's (like 4 blocks from my house) at 4pm, I adjusted my schedule, hopped on my bike, and was there for a very special and exclusive performance, with my 25 people in attendance. It was a KPRi iSession, so they had to keep the crowd small, but I felt so happy to see it since the band doesn't have a local stop on their current tour. They played four songs: Falling From The Sky, Bullets and Rocks, When The Angels Played, and my favorite of the set, Cumbia de Donde. You can see all four songs in the playlist below.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 6, 2015

Normally this time of year, I feel the buzz of Comic-Con as I'm scrounging for every detail of every party and event to include in my listings. Unfortunately, this year I was snubbed by CCI and didn't get a press credential. I'm not sure if it's because I submitted my paperwork incorrectly or they just don't need stupid San Diego bloggers, but regardless, I won't be a part of it this year. Of course, I'm hoping I can still manage my way into the Wired party at the Omni and the Burger Records events at the Observatory, and Casbah has pretty rad shows, and there's Epic Future Radness at Tower Bar, too, so it's not like I'll be sulking at home, but hopefully next year I can get back into the game. Anyway, it was a really great week last week, so sorry for no updates. I put in a lot of work hours, but was still able to do a ton of fun stuff for Nova's Summer Break. We did a day at Aquatica, Nighttime Zoo, Nova did a Nature Camp at Mission Trails, we went to the County Fair, climbed trees at J Street Marina, and spent Independence Day at Shelter Island with my parents. I didn't go to a lot of shows, but Jacco Gardner and Calvin Love were great, as was the amazing Redwoods Review at the Casbah on Friday. I'll add Comic-Con events as I hear of them. Monday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

FM 94/9 Announces Free Show with Milky Chancy & X-Ambassadors @ Quartyard 8/3


San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) has announced information on the latest installment of the Loud@ free concert series, featuring Milky Chance and X-Ambassadors.

The two bands will perform a free, all ages show at downtown San Diego’s Quartyard on Monday, August 3rd at noon, sponsored by Shock Top.

“One thing our listeners know about FM 94/9, is that we’re about the music, and our Loud@ series is one more way we prove it,” said Music Director, Assistant Program Director and afternoon host Jeremy Pritchard, “The fact we can bring these shows to our listeners, not for $10 or $5, but for free, is really important to us.”

The series has recently featured bands like Passion Pit, Grouplove, Spoon, Alt-J, Foster the People, Twenty One Pilots and Arctic Monkeys at various venues around San Diego.

“We know it’s expensive to see all your favorite bands every time they come to town,” said midday host Hilary Chambers “The fact we can do our part to help out and bring them great shows like Milky Chance and X-Ambassadors for free is amazing.”

More information about the Loud@ series, including videos and pictures of previous concerts can be found on the station’s website at

About FM 94/9: Owned and operated by Lincoln Financial Media San Diego, KBZT is San Diego’s highest rated Alternative Rock station and was named San Diego City Beat magazine’s Best Local Station in 2014.