Monday, August 29, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 29- Monday, September 5, 2016

I can't even begin to talk about my life right now. Work is a bit out of control, and I'm still just trying to find some balance with the demands on my time and the stuff I love doing, like going to shows and events and basically I never feel caught up. Last week I did get to shoot Culture Club, however, which was AMAZING, being that they were the first record I ever purchased on my own. I also went to The Black Heart Procession, Darren and I also enjoyed the Best of San Diego Party at Liberty Station, Nova had her first soccer scrimmage, I worked at Face to Face, went to the Blackout Party record release party, went to the DoSD Bay Sessions at Loews with Creepxotica, and caught Black Joe Lewis at the Casbah. So how have your last 6 days been? It's the end of the month so I'm missing listings for Black Cat Bar, Sycamore Den, Whistle Stop. Full archives through Labor Day are after the jump.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 22-Sunday, August 28, 2016

Last week was pretty great, though I skipped out on David Bazan to be with my family, knowing I would also be out Sunday night for the Redwoods Revue at Loews Coronado Resort. I definitely enjoyed the weekend, and Gregory Alan Isakov was pretty amazing at the Belly Up on Friday, we did some shopping on Saturday, and then the Bay Sessions was pretty incredible, with gorgeous views of the bay and sunset, and lots of good friends and warm vibes. This week is going to be a bit nuts but I'm kinda counting down to a trip we're taking in a few weeks. I hate starting the week with lots of catching up to do, but it appears that's the way it's gonna go. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, August 19-Sunday, August 21, 2016

This weekend has been so dreamy for me when it comes to music. I got to see Rhett Miller on Sunday, one of my most favorites Joshua James on Wednesday, tonight I get to see Gregory Alan Isakov, and David Bazan tomorrow. I can't say it's been all good however, as Nova was kinda sick for her first week of school and work was exhausting. If there's anyone in the world who uses Trello or Asana or any other project management software and finds it actually cuts your work, please let me know how because both are a total pain in my ass. I'm hoping things slow down this weekend, and am looking forward to some good shows, some beach time, some family time, and hopefully catching up on sleep. Don't forget that on Sunday DoSD and Casbah present the first Bayside Session of the year at Loews Coronado Resort for The Redwoods Revue. It's free with RSVP (21+). I'm really hoping to share some Rhett and Joshua videos with you, too, since I haven't posted any in a very, very long time. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 15-Thursday, August 18, 2016

Another weekend behind us and a busy week ahead. After a nighttime swim with Nova's friends on Friday evening, I went to see Lucy Dacus at the Casbah and she definitely exceeded expectation and is someone you should look out for, especially when Matador re-releases her record on September 9. From there, I went to Bar Pink, then the Ken Club. It was a good night. The kiddo was a little sick on Saturday so we all laid low and hung around the abode. On Sunday, Nova and Darren spent the day volunteering at the Dollhouse with paint and construction jobs while I worked at home (to make sure you have these listings and stuff) and by the time they came home, I was pretty much out the door to catch Rhett Miller at Soda Bar. It was an awesome show, and the first time in ages that I posted up front and center stage for an entire show. When it was all done, I went to Casbah for Dillinger Escape Plan, then closed the night at Scotty Pants' Karaoke at the Hideout. This week has so many amazing shows and Nova goes back to school, so I will be trying again to reestablish the work/life balance. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Upcoming Observatory Shows (Updated 8.12.2016)

The Observatory had some big changes this week. Friday's Jeremih show has been postponed but no new date announced. Same with Cold War Kids. Additionally, three shows-- Young Dolph, Rich The Kid, and RiFF RAFF-- have all been moved to Music Box. The good news is that several new shows were announced and go on sale today: Warpaint, Jai Wolf, Rae Sremmurd, Post Malone, Clams Casino and more. I'm not sure I'm going to keep posting these shows here because they're no longer providing me art, but we'll see what happens. All shows on the books are after the jump.

POSTPONED! New Date TBA. Friday, August 12- Jeremih, 7pm, All Ages

Sunday, August 14 - Young Dolph, Cap1, 7pm, 18+ (MOVED TO MUSIC BOX)

Monday, August 15 - Rich the Kid & Famous Dex, 7pm, 18+ (MOVED TO MUSIC BOX)

Thursday, August 18 - RiFF RAFF : The Peach Panther Tour with DOLLABILLGATES and Trill Sammy & Dice Soho, 7pm, 18+ (MOVED TO MUSIC BOX)

Friday, August 19- The Used (15 Year Anniversary Tour: Self-Titled), 8pm All Ages
Saturday, August 20- The Used (15 Year Anniversary Tour: In Love and Death) 8pm, All Ages
The Used 2-Day Pass

Thursday, August 25- Todd Terje & The Olsens, 8pm, All Ages

Friday, August 26- Hot Chip, Marcus Marr, 8pm, All Ages

Saturday, August 27 - Face To Face, 8pm, All Ages

Sunday, August 28 - Pouya , Germ, Ramirez, Shakewell, 7pm, All Ages

Tuesday, August 30- Baroness, Pallbearer, 8pm, All Ages

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 8.12.16)

It's been a couple weeks since I've updated this list and there are so many new shows to be excited about. In the past couple weeks, Casbah added shows with Chuck Ragan, Papa, Cosmonauts, July Talk, Bob Log III, Federale, Astronautilus, Sam Outlaw and more. There are also shows with Clams Casino, IAMX, The Crookes, La Sera, Trails and Ways, The Julie Ruin, Lewis Del Mar, July Talk, Warpaint, Jai Wolf which all go on sale today.  Casbah's full list of shows are after the jump.

Fri, Aug 12 - Lucy Dacus, Casey Hensley, Karl and the Hornets @ The Casbah

Sat Aug 13 - the Donkeys, Heavy Hawaii, Hills Like Elephants @ The Casbah

Sat Aug 13 - The White Buffalo, Alice Drinks The Kool Aid @ Belly Up Tavern (SOLD OUT)

Sun Aug 14 - The Dillinger Escape Plan - Limerent Death Tour 2016, Author & Punisher @ The Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Sun Aug 14 - Rhett Miller, Andrew St. James @ Soda Bar

Mon Aug 15 - Ala Fringe. Melvus, The Fresh Brunettes @ The Casbah

Tue Aug 16 - Lincoln Durham, G Burns Jug Band, Toothless George and His One Man Band @ The Casbah

Tue Aug 16 - LA Witch @ The Hideout

Wed Aug 17 - Chastity Belt, So Pitted, Teach Me @ The Casbah

Wed Aug 17 - James Supercave Bad Kids, Pueblo @ The Hideout

Wed Aug 17 - Guided By Voices, Broncho @ Belly Up Tavern

Thu Aug 18 - Beware Of Darkness, Pleasure Fix @ The Casbah

Thu Aug 18 - Downtown Brown, Pinky Doodle Poodle @ Soda Bar

Fri Aug 19 - Chica Diabla Record Release Show, The Touchies, Mittens, Chamber Sixx @ The Casbah

Sat Aug 20 - David Bazan, Michael Nau @ The Casbah

Sat Aug 20 - Digable Planets, Camp Lo @ Belly Up Tavern

91X Announces BeerX San Diego 8.27.16

This came through the inbox yesterday and I thought I'd share in case you hadn't heard:

91X and Rockstar Beer Present "BeerX San Diego," happening Saturday, August 27 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Liberty Station in Point Loma, 2640 Historic Decatur Road.

Over 100 craft beers have been curated by organizers, and will be offered in unlimited samples to beer fans during the event.

A main stage will feature live music by bands with members who are also notable in the craft beer community, including Paul Segura, Brewmaster of R&D at Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and his band Rifftide. Additional performing bands include local favorites Zebrahead, and tribute bands Blink 180 True and Green Today.

“Beer and rock and roll have always been synonymous, and a lot of local musicians are also really skilled brewers,” 91X Program Director Halloran. “Brewing is a task done almost completely behind the scenes, so I think it’s pretty cool to bring guys like Paul Segura on stage and give them the spotlight they deserve, plus I would like to see these guys all coiffed-up onstage while we all quaff down the brews they have proffered.”

VIP tickets are available for early entry at 6:00 PM. All attendees must be 21+ years of age.

All event details and tickets available at

Photos: The Last Shadow Puppets @ Observatory North Park, 8.5.2016

I haven't posted any photo sets in awhile, so I don't know why now, but although these aren'tmy greatest photos ever, I had so much fun having my camera in hand again. It was also super challenging. The pit was full of photogs, the lighting was mostly red and saturated from behind, and then there were bursts of white light from the front. Still, it was an amazing show and I'm not one to refer to musicians as sexy, but the whole performance, from having a full string section to the interplay between Alex and the crowd and between all of the musicians on stage was pretty damn sexy. I do my best with the gear I've got, but my objective is a few nice photos for Instagram for my various account responsibilities, so if you want a photo set of the whole band, you'll have to look up someone else's pics. Mine are after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, August 12-Sunday, August 14, 2016

In San Diego, where summer lasts through October, it's hard to believe our summer is already coming to an end. Nova starts 4th grade on Tuesday so it's our de facto "last weekend of summer". Of course, school doesn't necessarily limit our adventures, but it certainly changes our sleep schedules and work schedules. This week Nova started a new soccer league, we visited the Cove and the little secret tree swing, Darren and I went to see Kurt Vile, we played table tennis at Park & Rec, we took the dog to OB for an afternoon, and spent a couple evening in Balboa Park at the dog park and kicking around the soccer ball. It was a pretty good week, indeed. This weekend has a lot going on and mostly I'm looking forward to a break in email. Friday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 8-Thursday, August 11, 2016

Weekdays and weekends never made much of a difference to me, as I pretty much work several hours every day, even when I'm technically on "vacation", but lately I've come to appreciate weekends just for the fact that most people stop emailing me come 5pm on Friday before it kicks in again at 4am Monday. All that to say, weekends just aren't long enough. I had a pretty fun night Friday shooting The Last Shadow Puppets and then hanging out at Bar Pink and Ken Club. Nova did Roller Derby Camp on Saturday and Sunday, so Darren and I got to enjoy some Anniversary time and e all went out to dinner at Volare once her camp was finished. On Sunday I mostly worked, but we met up with my family in Shelter Island and it's always beautiful there. I'm definitely looking forward to this week of music with Kurt Vile, Monsieur Perine, and more, and it's also a little bittersweet since Nova starts school next week, so hopefully we can get some final fun in this week before it's back to the grind. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, August 5-Sunday, August 7, 2016

Just wanted to do a quick update on listings before you head into the weekend. Things around here are crazy as ever, work is non-stop and keeping an only child busy for the summer is challenging, though we've definitely been enjoying things like night time zoo (Open till 9pm!!), swimming, and slumber parties with my nieces. We're off to Skate World, so I just wanted to share the listings before I bounce. If you're going to The Last Shadow Puppets tonight, remember it's an all ages show so expect the headliner on about 9. Give yourself time to get through security (I hear lighters are now prohibited, so check your bags and pockets before you go.) Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Photos: Savages & Headwound City @ Observatory North Park

Many stated that the Savages show at the Casbah in 2015 was the best show of the year, and knowing how history tends to repeat itself, I'd say their set at the Observatory in North Park lived up to the expectation for the show to beat for 2016.

Super group Headwound City consisting of two seminal local lads Justin Pearson & Gabe Serbian set the stage. Savages mowed us all over with just the right amount of intensity, tight sound, searing looks, minimalist lighting, and crowd interaction. I felt like Goldilocks while Savages tucked me into the perfect musical set... sweet dreams, ladies!


Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Headwound City

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Tim Fears Photography: Savages&HeadwoundCityObservatory7-29-16 &emdash;

Here's a link to the entire photo set courtesy of Tim Fears Photography. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 1-Thursday, August 4, 2016

It was an eventful weekend, though I've been on a bit of a music hiatus lately. I was really fired up for trying to hit Zella Day and Savages in the same night, and then when it came to it, I was so wiped out from like 16 straight hours of work that I just slept. I guess around here we're alljust readjusting to Nova being back and all. We did have an amazing Saturday as we celebrated my niece's 9th birthday at Fanuel Street. The kids paddleboarded and kayaked all day and we were all pretty wiped after. Sunday was a work day for me, but after doing online research on whether or not it was appropriate, we all binge-watched Stranger Things together. I'm looking forward to this mellow week, and celebrating 4 years with Darren. It's the beginning of the month, so some of the listings are missing from Black Cat Bar, El Dorado, and Whistle Stop. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.