Sunday, January 31, 2016

Photos: Ty Segall at the Belly Up, 1.13.2016

I was working last night and decided I needed to post more pictures. I might as well since I bother carrying my heavy camera around with me on the daily, just need to get over photographer insecurity, I guess. So here are some pictures of Ty Segall from the Belly Up a couple weeks back. The show was sold out, I was only familiar with him in as much as Sirius XMU worships him, and I was shooting from the seated area over by the smaller side bar instead of trying to be up front. It was a fun night, but it went a little later than expected, so I only made it to the Casbah in time for 2 songs from the Bowie memorial show. Shout out to Rachel Frank of ListenSD.com, who was up front with her panda costume for the majority of the show until she was kicked out for crowd surfing, but was in good spirits about it. A small selection of photos are after the jump.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Video: The Donkeys Unveil "Hurt Somebody"



It has been a long time since I posted a video release, but I kinda love this one, and since it's by our hometown buddies, The Donkeys, I thought I'd share. This is "Hurt Somebody", off their forthcoming EP, Midnight Palms (Is that the opposite of Midnight Pine?), which is out on February 12. They're actually playing the night before--February 11--at Soda Bar, and you can probably get your hands on the EP a night early. Tickets for that show are available here, and you can pre-order the EP on iTunes.


About Midnight Palms:

Tracked largely live-in-the-studio with veteran producer, longtime friend, and fellow traveler Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart), Midnight Palms was recorded at the end of one of the bands blitzkrieg road runs (which might see the band playing as many as 28 shows in 29 days).  The collection's lived-in live feel should surprise few.

The core founding trio of Tim Denardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague drive the proceedings.  The fourth Donkey on Midnight Palms is The Hold Steady's Steve Selvidge, stepping in after the (amiable) departure of long-time guitarist Jesse Gulati.  Selvidge hopped on stage with the Donkeys during a show in TX and would end up joining the band for a fair number of those 150 RTBW shows. His pointed, tasteful leads are peppered throughout Midnight Palms.

"The Donkeys are a Californian band through and through. There's no escaping it. A four-piece from San Diego, they've spent the past few years developing a close relationship to distinctly homegrown source materials, bridging the gap between the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, and the Grateful Dead."-  - Pitchfork

"Over the course of The Donkeys' more-than-a-decade-long career, the band has fallen into that special sort of Southern Californian sway. Percussive drum strokes sound like rustling palm fronds on Donkeys songs, and random psychedelic freak outs seem like the sonic equivalent of aimless driving through the Hollywood Hills.”  - Paste

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, January 29-Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's Friday and I've once again been up all night trying to get everything ready to go for all of today's onsales...which means lists and posts and links and since right now the Casbah is about to transition to a new site and since DoSD is in the preparation for our public launch, my work is a bit tedious. Darren and I were able to find a last minute sitter (THANK YOU, JULIA!!) so we could see David Cross on Tuesday, and I was stoked to have a photo pass, though my lens isn't quite powerful enough to shoot from the balcony. The rest of my week was nothing but work until Thursday afternoon when I insisted on some sunlight--my first real dose since the river cleanup over the weekend--and it was nice hiking around Oak Canyon in Mission Trails with my little family and our exuberant dog. It's gonna be a busy weekend, as I'm working for Hood Internet tonight and for Mike Gordon tomorrow, and hopefully get out in time to catch Silent Comedy at the Casbah. Lots of good shows, so get out and enjoy. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.



Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 1.29.2016)

The number of shows added to the Casbah's calendar this week is kind of ridiculous. With that in mind, I left the X-s to mark new shows that were from Monday, but also added all the new shows through today. It's great to be busy and it's good knowing I've got some job security, but wow, that is a lot to take in. Shows from mid-February and beyond are after the jump. I'll be slinging merch for Hood Internet tonight, so come hang out with me!

Fri Jan 29 - The Hood Internet, Dino Soccio, KYWO, DJ Velvet Touch @ Casbah

Sat Jan 30 - Casbah 27th Anniversary Celebration feat. The Silent Comedy, Creature and the Woods, Robert Jon and the Wreck @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Sun Jan 31 - Corners, Wild Wild Wets, San Pedro El Cortez, DJ Holswagg @ Casbah

X- Mon Feb 01 - Blaise Guld and KillChord, The Montell Jordans, Svelte @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

X- Tue Feb 02 - The Hand Of Gavrilo, Headphone, Cloudside @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Thu Feb 04 - Hills Like Elephants, Bit Maps, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah ($7 at the door)

Fri Feb 05 - SAINTSENECA, Des Ark @ Casbah

Sat Feb 06 - VINYL JUNKIES RECORD SWAP @ Casbah ($3 at the door)

Sat Feb 06 - Adolescents, Widows, The Touchies @ Casbah


Upcoming Observatory Shows (Updated 1.29.2016)

As I mentioned earlier this week, we had a ton of show announcements in town, many associated with Coachella. Not just at the Observatory, but the Casbah, Belly Up, Humphrey's, and the Irenicall get in on the action. I've included links to all of the onsales at the Observatory below, but in testing, it has been easier for me to get to Ticketweb through Firefox instead of Chrome and direct from the Observatory site over linking from here; but you might try the both browser trick from here and there, and maybe even Ticketweb from your mobile device, too. Also, make sure you have a Ticketweb account before you buy so you can try to add tickets to your cart. And, if you get the no tickets available message, refresh and refresh again. I can't see ticket sales so I won't be able to tell you when the shows sell out, but inevitably people's carts get dumped, sometimes tickets are added, etc. Also note that some of the new shows are on sale at 10am (Third Eye Blind & Charles Bradley), while the Coachella artists are on sale at noon (Chvrches Beach House, Foals, The Arcs., Deerhunter) Good Luck!! (All shows if you click "read more")

1/29 Bryson Tiller, 6pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)



1/30 Mike Gordon, 7pm, All Ages



2/5 Jhene Aiko, 6pm, All Ages



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Show Preview: PWR BTTM @ The Hideout - Thursday, January 28



Queer garage punks, PWR BTTM, bring their raucous and glammy live show to the Hideout on Thursday night, January 28th. Best friends, Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, met at Bard College in New York where they bonded over a mutual interest in bringing elements of performance and drag artistry to DIY culture. Expect outlandish makeup and costuming, punchy power-pop riffs, and witty (often naughty) banter as they rip through their well received debut album "Ugly Cherries", released last Fall on Miscreant Records. The record sounds like early Weezer or White Stripes, but with lyrics that chronicle the experiences of young, genderqueer party boys. This one's gonna be FUN. Come early for support acts Gone Baby Gone and The End.

Tickets are only $10 and not at risk for sell out, so save on service charges and just pay at the door.
Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp



Monday, January 25, 2016

New Concert Announcements: CHVRCHES, Beach House, Foals, The Arcs. and More

Updated: I've added many of the ticket links for the new shows announced in market.

So I lied a little bit-- these aren't all "Localchella" shows, it's just a big announcement week along with many of the between Coachella shows. I'm giving you as much information as I know. I'll update links when I can. As far as I know, tickets for all of these shows go on sale Friday at 10am but you might be able to scour the web for artist presales. Obviously Casbah and Belly Up are all 21+.
(Updates: Purity Ring is NOT part of this list; I was given inaccurate information. Believe me, nobody is more disappointed about that than me. I also corrected the date for The Wild Feathers and Shelters and added Lord Huron.)


CHVRCHES
Mar 9 - Waka Flocka Flame @ Observatory (All Ages, Doors 6pm)

Mar 25- Napalm Death, Melt Banana, Victims @ Casbah ($25)

Apr 4 - The Wild Feathers, The Shelters @ Belly Up

Apr 8 - Third Eye Blind @ Observatory (All Ages, Doors 7pm - (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 13 - CHVRCHES @ Observatory ($35, All Ages,  Doors 7pm- (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 13-  Lord Huron @ Belly Up ($27, 21+, Doors at 8pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 15 - Beach House @ Observatory ($35, All Ages,  Doors 7pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Beach House
Apr 15- The Summer Set @ The Irenic ($17, All Ages, Doors 6pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 17 - Foals @ Observatory ($25, All Ages, Doors 7pm - On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12am PST)

Apr 17 - James Bay @ Humphrey's ($35, 21+ - On Sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 18 - Ex Hex @ Casbah ($13 adv/$15 day of show- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 18 - Protoje @ Belly Up ($20 adv/$22 day of show- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 19 - The Damned @ Belly Up ($28 adv/$30 day of show- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 20 - The Arcs. @ Observatory ($35, All Ages,  Doors 7pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

The Arcs. (credit: Richard Swift)

Apr 21 - Parov Stelar @ Observatory (7pm, 18+, previously announced)

Apr 21 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Belly Up ($20adv/$22 day of -On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 22 - Deerhunter @ Observatory   ($25, All Ages, Doors 7pm- (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)


Apr 24- RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons @ The Observatory (All Ages, Doors 7:30pm)

May 2- The Subways @ Casbah ($20)

May 12 Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires, 8pm, 18+ (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

June 2- Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Belly Up ($16 adv/$18 day of)


Here are how some announces are shaping up in other markets:

Savages
4/18 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
4/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
4/20 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater - w/ Death Grips

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Apr. 13 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
Apr. 14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club
Apr. 21 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

THE ARCS LIVE
April 11     Vancouver, BC                              Commodore Ballroom
April 12     Seattle, WA                                     The Moore Theatre
April 13     Portland, OR                                       Roseland Theater
April 15     San Francisco, CA                                          The Fillmore
April 16     Indio, CA                                                       Coachella
April 19     Los Angeles, CA                              Henry Fonda Theatre
April 20     San Diego, CA                           The North Park Theatre
April 22     Pomona, CA                                        The Glass House
April 23     Indio, CA                                                       Coachella
April 25     Denver, CO                                             Ogden Theatre
April 26     Lawrence, KS                                               Liberty Hall
April 27     St. Louis, MO                                               The Pageant
April 29     Austin, TX                                                    Levitation
April 30     New Orleans, LA                                       House of Blues

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 1.25.2016)

Since I've just been up all night working, I'm going to go ahead and publish this one now. Obviously any new shows announced today will eventually get incorporated into this list, but there were plenty of new shows added last week that are worth looking over (indicated by the X in front of them.) February shows and beyond are after the jump. If you get the Casbah newsletter, you saw these last week. If you're not subscribed, make sure you have a Ticketfly account, and add Casbah in your email subscriptions. February shows and beyond are after the jump.

Mon Jan 25 - Little Heroine, The Natives, Bad Kids @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jan 26 - The Soft Moon, Sextile, Hexa @ Casbah
Tue Jan 26 - Killing Joke, Soft Moon @ The Belly Up (CANCELED)

The Soft Moon (photo credit: Vincent Arbelet)

Upcoming Observatory & Observatory Presents Shows (Updated 1.25.2016)

So I've decided I'll do two posts for the Observatory today. This post includes all the shows we added the past two weeks...since I thought I posted this on Friday. (whoops.) There are a ton of shows announcing today and tomorrow and going on sale this week-- not just in our market, but LA, Pomona, San Francisco, Vegas, and probably a couple at Pappy & Harriet's, too. If you have favorite artists, make sure you're following your favorites so you can jump on presales and whatnot. In the meantime, here's the usual update. Check back at 10 for the betwixt Coachella artists swinging through. The full list is after the jump (click "read more")

Jhene Aiko (2/5), DJ Quik with Warren G (2/6), Rachel Platten (2/9), Hippie Sabotage (2/25), Joyce Manor & Andrew Jackson Jihad (2/27) Andra Day (3/1), Anuhea & Through The Roots (3/3), Atreyu with Devil You Know (3/5), Ben Rector (3/18), Natalie Lafourcage (3/20), William Singe (4/2), moe. (4/7), Parov Stelar (4/21), Flatbush Zombies (4/30), Explosions In the Sky (5/3 & 5/4), Magic Man & The Griswolds with Panama Wedding (5/7), and J Boog (5/20), Moderat (5/27)

1/26 David Cross: Making America Great Again!, 7pm, 18+ (SOLD OUT)



Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 25-Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another crazy week in paradise. Work has been so insanely busy, as you'll find out later today as we roll out a ton of shows happening in the week before, between, and after Coachella. In LA, they call it Localchella, but I think we're a little less catchphase-y around here. I got called in to work for Chuck Ragan on Thursday, only to arrive and find out 20 minutes before his set (after being there 3 hours), that his merch was stuck at FedEx. But I had my laptop and I suppose sitting at the merch booth with cocktails and live music beats sitting in my living room while the household sleeps and working to the white noise of the Lifetime Network, so I'm not complaining. On Friday I really wanted to be at the Casbah for SoundDiego Live, but Darren committed us to Saturday morning river cleanup and I couldn't let my family down. So Saturday rolled around and we were up at 5:30 am to canoe the San Diego River Estuary and pick up trash. Afterward, we unloaded our canoe at home, showered, packed our things and drove to Anaheim for NAMM. We ended up getting about 3 hours of walking the floor in, and it was cool that so many instrument manufacturers were cool with Nova tinkering with their instruments, and I'm afraid we've just turned this kid into a future gearhead. From there, we drove to Silver Lake to see my cousin's new house and have dinner, and then we made our way to Teragram Ballroom. The place is an amazing room with great sound, though the lighting & fog machine combo left a lot to be desired. Nova was right up against the stage the whole show and she was definitely a trooper, though the car naps hopefully helped. We lasted the whole show, then I drove us back from LA. No doubt it was a long day, and I pretty much spent the entirety of Sunday preparing for the massive work week ahead. I'm definitely looking forward to David Cross on Tuesday, and I'll be working for Hood Internet on Friday and Mike Gordon on Saturday. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, January 21-Sunday, January 24, 2016

I had to finally end my streak. After seven straight nights out/working, I did a three-stop night on Monday, working at the Irenic, shooting Josh Ritter at the Observatory, then catching Car Seat Headrest at the Casbah and closing the night down at the Office. So the rest of this week I've been laying low as far as shows go- a little bummed I missed Martin Courtney, but I was happy to stay home Wednesday so Darren could see James Supercave. I really can't call it laying low, however, as I feel like I've been online for the majority of the last few days trying to get all of my little projects in line. And, while I know I'm really still behind, I feel good about all the things this year is going to bring. I'm excited to share DoSD with all of you very soon, and this weekend I'm looking forward to a day trip to LA. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump...and don't forget to get on the list for SoundDiego Live on Friday at the Casbah to score comp beverages.

Josh Ritter at the Observatory 1.18.2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 18-Wedneday, January 20, 2016

My winter lull is definitely over, so I'm sorry I didn't post update listings last week, but it's been busy in my little world. I had only been only going out once or twice a week over the holidays, and this week managed to hit Oh, Wonder at the Casbah on Tuesday, Ty Segall at the Belly Up and Ziggy Shuffledust's Bowie Tribute on Wednesday, then I worked for Earthless on Thursday and Friday and worked for Sweet and Tender Hooligans on Saturday. We're getting closer to our soft launch for DoSD, the Casbah never stops being busy and shows at the Observatory are picking up again, too. I've been trying to work in new SoundDiego interviews, too, but these damn labels and their video restrictions make it challenging...so I didn't interview Oh Wonder and I won't be interviewing Car Seat Headrest. I will however be working at the Irenic tonight, then shooting Josh Ritter, then checking out Car Seat Headrest at the Casbah. I intend to catch Martin Courtney and James Supercave this week, too, but we'll see how the week flushes out, because then it's SoundDiego Live on Friday, San Diego River Cleanup on Saturday morning, then NAMM in Anaheim and Chairlift in LA, and then back home so Nova makes it for soccer on Sunday. Sheesh. If I fall asleep while talking to you, you'll know why.
Monday through Wednesday archives after the jump.

Ty Segall in the scariest baby mask, ever

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 1.16.16)

Since I'm updating the Observatory, I have to update the Casbah. Lots of new shows and a couple that have sold out since the last time I posted. February shows are after the jump.

Sat Jan 16 - Sweet and Tender Hooligans @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)


Upcoming Observatory & Observatory Presents Shows (Updated 1.15.2016)

A bunch of new shows were added this week, and since Monday is a holiday, I decided to post a little early. New shows include Jhene Aiko, DJ Quik with Warren G, Andra Day, Atreyu & Devil You Know, Ben Rector, Flatbush Zombies, Moderat. February shows and beyond are after the jump.

1/18 Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival, 8pm, Age 18+


1/22 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek - Reflection Eternal, 7pm, 18+ (at Music Box)

1/22 Tuxedo, Bang Pow, 7pm, All Ages


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Photos: Oh Wonder at the Casbah

I like to think I keep up with new music, but when Oh Wonder was announced and then quickly sold out, I was just wondering who they were and how so many people were already on board with the next 'it' band. So it seems the band became known for their one new song a month stunting on SoundCloud, but I was trying to find out if they'd gotten some sort of music placement somewhere or some club mix that all the kids have downloaded. I still don't know, because I'm an old lady who doesn't understand kids today, but I'm glad I listened to the record enough to check out the show, because they were awesome. Like take some of the pop and sweet vocals of Chvrches and mix it with the XX or In The Valley Below, and you're getting close to their sound. Vocalist Josephine Vander Gucht looks a lot like Winnie Cooper (I told you I'm old. If you don't know, GOOGLE it.)

The band kicked off their first US tour right here in San Diego at the Casbah. "This is the smallest gig we've ever played," they exclaimed, seeming both overjoyed and horrified at the same time. They repeated that this was their first time in San Diego, that they loved it, that they loved the crowd, and the crowd never stopped cheering for them, even as the show was over without an encore and the house music and lights came up. You can be sure this band will be back. You can also be pretty confident the next go-round will be at a much larger venue. More photos after the jump.




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

San Diego Celebrates The Life & Mourns The Loss of David Bowie

Photo by Phil DeFalco, Wiltern, 2003. Used with permission.

I obviously don't need to tell anyone that on Sunday night, the world was delivered the sad news of the passing of David Bowie, just a few short days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, "Blackstar". The response was immediate and deep from fans worldwide, and San Diegans joined in remembering concerts, songs, records, and other moments of transformation catalyzed by David Bowie. There are a million articles and posts and tweets and whatnot, but one of my favorites is a blending of interviews by George Varga of the U-T, called David Bowie: In His Own Words. Naturally, people want to share the heaviness of the loss and places like the Office and Livewire and the radio airwaves have busted into spontaneous tributes, but we're also an organized group here in San Diego. So far, these are a few of the upcoming local tributes and memorials for David Bowie.

Wednesday, January 13 at the Casbah (9pm, FREE)
91X presents Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed - a Celebration of David Bowie with Ziggy Shuffledust and Schizophonics Live!

The music of David Bowie - all night long - this is a free event to celebrate the life, impact, and all around amazing talent that is David Bowie! Live sets by Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders from Mars, Schizophonics! DJ Mr Mazee & guests

Friday, January 15 at the Hideout (9pm, FREE)
SOUND + VISION - A Celebration of David Bowie at The Hideout

DJs
Handsome Skeleton (St. Vitus, Blood Ponies)
Timothy Hines (Tropical Popsicle)
Davey (Tiltwheel, Santa Ana Knights)
Ryan Hand (Wild Wild Wets, Tropical Popsicle)
Selector Beardon (Santa Ana Knights)

Sunday, January 17 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion (2pm, FREE)
Tribute to David Bowie

San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams pays tribute to David Bowie during Sunday's Spreckels Organ Concert

Sunday, January 17 at the Hideout (8:45, Free)
Pants Karaoke Presents: Goodbye Spaceboy

All Bowie Karaoke, All Night. Sign up here.

Saturday, January 23 at Whistle Stop (5-8pm, Donations)
Hunky Dory Happy Hour: A Tribute to Bowie

Celebrate the life and music of David Bowie -- and help fight cancer!
DJ Claire & friends will be playing their favorite Bowie and Bowie-inspired/influenced records.
Proceeds will support cancer research.
Guest selectors include: Alfred Howard (Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, The Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, and Dani Bell & the Tarantist), Lety Beers (The Schizophonics), Pat Beers (The Schizophonics), Diana Death, Mark E Quark, Ikah Love, Heather Hardcore, and more to be announced.

Saturday January 23 at Numb3rs Nightclub
Club Sabbat presents A Night Honoring David Bowie (9pm, $5)

San Diego's classiest Gothic, Industrial, Fetish event
On this night we join together in music, fashion and dance to honor the life of the legendary David Bowie. All proceeds from this night will be going to fight cancer at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

DJs: Diskdroid (Sabbat, Cydonia), Ladynoir (Darkwave Garden, Cathedral), Vaughn Avakian (Neon Beat)

Along with playing David Bowie songs, Bowie-inspired tracks, plus the best in Gothic, Industrial, Ebm and Darkwave throughout the night, you are encouraged to dress in theme.

Hosted by Robin Roth (91X, Sabbat, Ascension, Pussy Galore)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows ( Updated 1.11.2016)

Here's your updated Casbah show list for the week. New shows once again marked with the X. There are some new shows announcing this week and I'll update as I can. Listing archives are after the jump.

Mon Jan 11 - Super Buffet, Pumphouse, Caroline Corn @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jan 12 - Oh, Wonder, GEMS @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Tue Jan 12 - Langhorne Slim & The Law, Jonny Fritz @ Belly Up

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 1.11.2016)

Things have been pretty mellow around the Observatory for the last few weeks, but their 2016 concerts are about to heat up after last night's show with The Game and next week's show with Josh Ritter and Tuxedo, but personally I cannot wait for David Cross. Of note, the Talib Kweli shows was finally moved to Music Box, so check the updated ticket link below. February shows and beyond are after the jump.

1/18 Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival, 8pm, Age 18+


1/22 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek - Reflection Eternal, 7pm, 18+ (at Music Box)

1/22 Tuxedo, 7pm, All Ages



1/26 David Cross: Making America Great Again!, 7pm, 18+

1/29 Bryson Tiller, 6pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)

1/30 Mike Gordon, 7pm, All Ages



Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 11-Sunday, January 17, 2016

It's a little rough going into the workweek so exhausted, and on the heels of the sad news about the passing of David Bowie, but such is life- ashes to ashes and all that stuff, right? Over the past several days, we went hiking around Oak Canyon in Mission Trails, we spent some time at La Mesita Park, hung out with my nieces, I went to see the Downs Family at Soda Bar and hung out with old friends at the Ken Club, I got a ton of work done, Nova started her first soccer league, and we braved the traffic to go play in the snow around Lake Cuyamaca. It was a blast but I'm really beat. This week, there are some great shows in town and we're closing in our soft launch for DoSD so I expect a whole lot of down time, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of things to look forward to, like Ty Segall, Sweet and Tender Hooligans, and Devotchka, to name a few. Have a great week! Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.


Monday, January 11, 2016:
  • The Gloomies, Jimmy Ruelas, The Fresh Brunettes, DJ Gary Hankins @ Soda Bar
  • Super Buffet, Caroline Corn, Captain Viejo @ Casbah
  • Dogtooth & Nail, No-Knock Raid, Hungry Livers, Kitchen Creek, Sin Tierra @ Tower Bar
  • Simpkin Project, Trevor Green, Project Out of Bounds @ Belly Up
  • Wreckord Mania w/ DJ @Large @ Bar Pink
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Clay Colton Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Mic Check Mondays with Sloat Dixon, Locness, Overtime @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Til Two Club
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry & Local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

Tuesday, January 12, 2016:
  • Oh Wonder, GEMS @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Langhorne Slim & The Law, Jonny Fritz @ Belly Up
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. The Fink Bombs @ Bar Pink
  • Dogs On Acid, Winter Break @ Che Cafe
  • Voice Actor, Electric Healing Sound, Comet Calendar @ Soda Bar
  • Jessica Lerner, Radios Silent, Raelee Nikole @ Music Box
  • Mike Dillon Band @ Winston's
  • Radio Halloran presents: Flatlands, Dome Dwellers, Mariel @ The Merrow
  • thingNY @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Grease Monkeys @ Croce's Park West
  • Comedy Night @ Til Two
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Farm To Turntable @ FLUXX
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's@ Winston's
  • Sketch Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays with Big City Dawgs @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Roots of a Revival & Creative Impulse @ 710 Beach Club
Wednesday, January 13, 2016:
  • David Bowie Tribute/Memorial. Details TBA. @ Casbah
  • Ty Segall & the Muggers, CFM, Wild Wild Wets @ Belly Up
  • Taurus Authority @ Bar Pink
  • Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, and The Maxies @ House of Blues
  • The Tip, Kill Matilda, The Anomaly @ Soda Bar
  • Dave Mason's Traffic Jam @ Music Box
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dorkbot SD @ Whistle Stop (6pm)
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistly Stop (9pm)
  • Bumpasonic @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Winter Arts & Crafts @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Hilary Scott, Eliza Rose Vera, Josh Jones @ Lestat's
  • Jody Mulgrew @ Croce's Park West
  • Clairo Beats @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Club Kingston Presents: Euphonics and Shocks of Mighty with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Interrobang Brass, Balinger, Quel Bordel @ The Merrow
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

Thursday, January 14, 2016:
  • Earthless, Sacri Monti, Loom, Operation Mindblow Light Show @ Casbah
  • Paula Cole - An Evening With & Seated Show @ Belly Up
  • Andy Frasco & The U.N., Battlehooch @ Soda Bar
  • Jeff Berkley, Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • Blue Oyster Cult @ Sycuan 
  • Grown Folk Music with The Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Polynesian Underground Presents: Psydecar, AOK, Twisted Relatives, KNG MKR @ Music Box
  • Adam & I @ Folkey Monkey
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ The Black Cat
  • Landis, Fusebox @ Sycamore Den
  • Authentic Sellout, Revolt-Chix, Obligerant, The Profit Heist @ Brick By Brick
  • Broni, Isaac Cheong, Kelsea Rae Little, Rob Deez @ Lestat's
  • Philosopher's Ray Gun, Sundrop Electric, Future Age, Diamond Lakes @ The Merrow
  • Steph Johnson & Rob Thorsen @ Croce's Park West
  • Walter Gentry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • The Theory of Everything @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Jerry Seinfeld @ San Diego Civic Theatre (7 & 9:30pm)
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Modern Day Moonshine @ Winston's
  • Kennedy Jones @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Anderson M, Eli M, BALA, Nomad @ Kava Lounge
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • King Scha Scha, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Tribute Night @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
Friday, January 15, 2016:
  • Earthless, Joy, Harsh Toke, Operation Mindblow Lightshow @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Pine Mountain Logs - An Evening With @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Soft Lions, Gloomsday, Mint Field @ Soda Bar
  • Atomic Groove Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Lord Of War, Aethere, Parasitic Ejaculation, The Prevalant Reaping, Triumph Over Shipwreck, Mythraeum @ Soma
  • Marcela Mendez @ Park&Rec
  • Charlie Arbelaez @ 98 Bottles
  • Kitty Plague, The Focke-Wolves, Crow Squawk @ The Black Cat
  • Warhead, Nukem, Brain Dead, Tormenter, Monarch @ Brick By Brick
  • San Diego Symphony's Upright & Grand Piano Festival @ Poway Center For The Performing Arts
  • F#ing in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Telegraph Quartet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Leave the Universe, Elisia Savoca @ Lestat's
  • The Expendables, Zach Deputy, Tunnel Vision @ House of Blues
  • The Zicas @ Java Joe's
  • Philosopher's Ray Gun, Sundrop Electric, Future Age, Diamond Lakes @ The Merrow
  • Swords of Fatima, Georgio "The Dove" Valentino @ The Bancroft
  • Graham Elliot, Austin North @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Give Me Back My Wig @ Tio Leo's
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Monette Marino @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Skaal, Boss Fight, Horsefly @ Tower Bar
  • Subdvsn @ Winston's
  • Broken Gold, Western Settings, Diamond Lakes @ Til-Two Club
  • Neon Party with Jordan V @ Fluxx
  • Steve Aoki, TiĆ«sto @ Omnia San Diego
  • Madeaux @ Bang Bang
  • Purps n Turqs with Rybo, Justin Campbell, J Blaze @ Kava Lounge
  • Crucial Blend, Midnight Track @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n 
  • The Gringos, The Soulside Players & Special Guest @ 710 Beach Club
Saturday, January 16, 2016:
  • Sweet and Tender Hooligans @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Salt n Pepa, Spinderella @ Sycuan 
  • Andy Rourke of the Smiths (DJ Set), DJ Saul Q @ The Hideout
  • The Lulls, Bit Maps, Lost Pets @ Soda Bar
  • Monterey Jazz Festival 2016 @ Balboa Theatre
  • Ruth Moody Band @ AMSD Concerts
  • Joshua White Quintet @ Dizzy's 
  • Steam Powered Giraffe @ Spreckel Theatre
  • Neon Beat - The Best and the Worst of the 80s @ Bar Pink
  • Tower Of Power, Hamish Anderson@ Belly Up
  • The Expanders, The Devastators, Piracy Conspiracy @ Music Box
  • 80s vs 90s with Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Led Zepagain @ House of Blues
  • Sideshow, The Undesirables, The Dangerfields, Repeat Offenders, Wet Brain @ Tower Bar
  • Stone Horse @ Winston's (5-8pm) 
  • Ryan Bowers, Atlantis Rizing and Friends @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Deadbolt, The Mission Creeps, The Fink Bombs @ Til-Two Club
  • The End, Jason Hanna & The Bullfighters @ The Black Cat
  • "Never Surrender" Benefit Show with Aghori, Godhammered, Contortion @ Brick By Brick
  • Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks @ Lestat's (6-8pm)
  • Lightning Starts Fire, Savannah Philyaw, Kennady Tracy @ Lestat's (9pm)
  • Nicholas Payton and Ravi Coltrane @ Balboa Theatre
  • DJ Ruckus @ Omnia
  • Low Steppa @ Bang Bang
  • Le Ra, Northern American, The Rosalyns @ The Merrow
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • The Profit Heist @ Tio Leo's
  • Patrick Berrogain @ Croce's Park West (12pm)
  • Curtis Taylor @ Croce's Park West  (7pm)
  • Lotus The Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Karma @ Fluxx
  • Kahi Lofa @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Traumatics & Special Guests @ 710 Beach Club
Sunday, January 17, 2016:
  • Devotchka @ Belly Up
  • Christian Death, The Maension, Sleep Money, DJ Heather Hardcore @ Soda Bar
  • Death Eyes, The Grids, Cruz Radical @ Whistle Stop
  • The Tighten Ups, Alvino & The Dwells, The Shenanigans @ Casbah
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Flight Plan @ Winston's (5-8) 
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Kid Ink @ Parq
  • Tori Roze & Johnny Alexander @ Sycamore Den
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2pm)
  • Open Mic with Isaac Cheong @ Java Joe's (6pm)
  • Kid Ink @ Parq
  • Kill Liberal @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West (12pm)
  • Louis Valenzuela Trio @ Croce's Park West  (6pm)
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Martin Luther King Jazz Fest @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Salsa Sunday @ Til-Two Club
  • Sulcus Subtle System Live @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, January 7-Sunday, January 10, 2016

There are a million things for me to write about this week, even though my only show this week has been Omega Three at Casbah. First is the crazy-ass El Nino three storm system that has rolled through this week. It's a beautiful thing with regard to our drought, but it is certainly causing mayhem and havoc on our small businesses and residents. Our decrepit city infrastructure certainly isn't helping matters, so I'll take the opportunity to plug the San Diego River Park Foundation. Darren and I volunteer for cleanups when we can, but if you're not involved, you have no idea how much goes into preserving, restoring, cleaning, and reclaiming public lands along our river, from the mountains all the way to Ocean Beach. This is public land that belongs to us and should be maintained and preserved for all of us. Of course, that leads into the terrorists taking over the wildlife refuge in Oregon. Seriously?! Call it what it is. This is the best article I've seen about the situation thus far. I'm plugging away working my ass off for DoSD and trying to get this all built for our launch, so do me a favor and sign up for the emails, won't you? In the meantime, I would have an inflated sense of self to consider myself part of the birder community, but here's a sweet little hummingbird in the rain at Mission Trails from Tuesday. (Also, if anyone has recommendations on where to get my camera cleaned, please let me know!!!) Friday through Sunday listings are after the jump.


Thursday, January 7, 2016:
  • Muse, Phantogram @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Tim Heidecker featuring some brand new songs, Heidecker & Wood and the Yellow River Boys, JP Inc. @ Casbah
  • Nicely, Dani Shivers, Eraserhead, Stage Kids @ Soda Bar
  • Rude Dog DJs @ The Black Cat
  • Ceremony Night @ Bar Pink
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Music Box
  • Levi Dean, Heidi Hughes @ Sycamore Den
  • Reign OvTerror with Dark Measure, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Planet Flesh, Gortuary @ Brick By Brick
  • Kilo and the Dew, The Other Half, Animal Soul @ Lestat's
  • Jeff Berkley & Veronica May @ Java Joe's
  • SoundOn Festival @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah, Jimmy Ruelas, Mario Esteban and the Blessed Hellhounds @ The Merrow
  • DarkWaveGarden @ The Bancroft
  • Ke'ahi @ Croce's Park West
  • R:Tyme @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sister Speak, Craig Marker, On Fifth @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Zolopht and Soul Ablaze @ Whistle Stop
  • Sinbad @ Sycuan Casino
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Tio Leo's
  • Wyatt Lowe @ Tin Roof 
  • Maka Roots, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Will Locken and the Euphonics @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Metal Allegiance (Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, Troy Sanders, Mark Osegueda, Phil Demmel) with Doll Skin @ Ramona Mainstage

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Credible Best Of: Sirius XMU Top 41 of 2015

I didn't have a lot to say about my favorite albums of the year, or even my favorite shows. There were just so many shows, and besides a handful of records we listened to on repeat like Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Lady Lamb, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Kurt Vile, the reality is that I spend very little time absorbed in music. I don't have a commute, and on most car rides we're all just singing along to XMU or Nova's playlist (which was very Shamir, MIA, and Katy Perry heavy), and when Nova's not around, I have quite a habit of tuning in to Doctor Jenn.  So that all being said, Darren has always looked through XMU's year end list to see how many of the acts we saw live. Of course, with Nova mostly full time with us this year, Darren has been on SuperDad duty and didn't get to quite as many shows as he would've liked, but I did. A lot. Sometimes by choice, sometimes because I was working, and sometimes because I felt like I had to, but I went. Below is the top 41 of Sirius XMU and an X indicates that I saw this band live in 2015. My biggest regret for missed show was probably Sufjan Stevens and just barely missing Baio at CRSSD, but I also probably should've seen Ratatat, Foals, and Deerhunter, Mac DeMarco, and Youth Lagoon. Sometimes work and life and sleep just come first. I've attached pics where I have them. You can peep the whole list after the jump.

41 Wavves – Way Too Much
X 40 Waxahatchee - Air


39 Youth Lagoon – Highway Patrol Stun Gun
38 Mac DeMarco – The Way You'd Love Her

X 37 Decemberists – Make You Better

Monday, January 04, 2016

Coachella 2016 Lineup Announced





Today the good folks at Goldenvoice released the official lineup for Coachella 2016. This year's event at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Californiia will take place Friday, April 15-Sunday, April 17 and Friday, April 22-Sunday, April 24. The lineups are supposed to duplicate, however, as we know something always comes up and so you really never know what you're going to get either weekend. Imagine if the SoCal El Nino is really so intense that it pours both weekends!?

Anyway, I'm sure everyone is chiming in about the hits and misses on the lineups, I honestly have no opinion except that I always get excited about what secret shows are going to happen between the weekends. Grimes, if you're listening, please play an all ages show in San Diego and you will make Darren and Nova's life.

The bigger question is HOW DO YOU GET TICKETS? Well, good luck with that. But seriously, you can start buying tickets on Wednesday, January 6 at 11am. You can read full instructions here, and follow this to the purchase link.

Here's my sage advise: Coachella is ticketed through Frontgate. Make sure you have a Frontgate account with a current credit card. Like now. Long before Wednesday. And have a Coachella account. These may or may not be the same thing. I'm not that sage.

When you try to purchase tickets, know exactly what you are trying for: Weekend 2 GA, Weekend 1 GA + Shuttle, Weekend 2 GA + Shuttle, Weekend 1 VIP, or Weekend 2 VIP. If you can't get in, can't get through, or otherwise think all has failed, instead of bitching on FB (or bragging because nobody GAF), refresh your browser. Refresh it a million times. Or at least 20. As I've said before, transactions time out, people change their mind on how many passes to buy, credit cards bounce back, and eventually those tickets release back into inventory, so even if it looks sold out in the first minute, or 5 minutes, or 10 minutes, it might not actually be. And we're talking about a 99,000 or so capacity event each weekend.

So good luck. Come April, I'll be watching drinking some craft beer at home, enjoying Couchella on YouTube on our giant plasma TV.

If you need the text lineup, I took the time to type it out after the jump.

New Radio in San Diego: Jack-FM flips to KFM-BFM "True Variety That Rocks"



As you may or may not recall, a few weeks back 100.7 Jack-FM announced that Garett Michaels would be returning to the San Diego market as Program Director of the station. This also happened shortly after Midwest and LMA, the group behind 91X, combined promotional and sales forces (kind of), and then they announced the station would be taking a new format, for which we've been  patiently waiting. Today, it was revealed.

For background info, check out this piece on SoundDiego and this one in the Reader and my little blurb from last month.

From this day forward, the station will be known again as 100.7 KFM-BFM (with the pause after the first M). They kicked off with history of the spot on the dial, then played a promo with snippets of Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Green Day, INXS, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, The Cars, White Stripes, and AC/DC with tag lines like "True Variety That Rocks" and "We play whatever, whenever." They kicked off the new format with Rush into The Ramones to Pearl Jam to Modern English into The Who, and Midnight Oil. (Then Tom Petty, The Black Keys, AC/DC, Foo Fighters). This is a dad rock station for your dad bod to chill in your man cave. Don't expect to hear many (any?) female artists on this format aside from maybe some tokens like Joan Jett, Blondie, or The Pretenders.

So there you have it. Let's see how it goes and grows. You can find the station online at KFMBFM.com.









ICYMI: CRSSD Preliminary Lineup Announced



CRSSD Festival is returning to the San Diego County Waterfront Park on March 5 & 6, 2016. Over the holidays the preliminary lineup was announced and tickets went on sale. You're definitely not too late to grab tickets but don't wait as prices will definitely go up and both the spring and fall versions sold out in 2015.

Get all of your info here, or go straight to the ticket link here.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 4-Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I have to admit that I have really been enjoying being completely mellow. We stayed home on NYE since it was the first in a long time that I didn't have to work. We played board games and had an awesome night at home. Then over the weekend, Nova slept over with my nieces so though we didn't make it to Tijuana this year, Darren and I did have a fun night out at the Ken Club for karaoke on Friday and got to just lounge around trying to catch up on sleep and catching some outdoor time, too. I'm not entirely looking forward to this week--I feel like my email is going to be completely out of control and the new project is in full effect so deadlines are going to steamroll me, but hopefully I can keep it all together and get 2016 off to a great and productive year. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.  



Friday, January 01, 2016

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 1.1.2016)

It was an amazing year at the Casbah and I'm so proud to work for such an awesome venue and with a great team of people. January is always the anniversary month of the Casbah, and at 27, the legendary venue lives on. Once again, new shows have an X in front of them, and expect a gush of new announcements in the next couple of weeks as Tim will be back from vacation and all of the great bands are locking in their 2016 tours. 2015 was a blast, lets look forward to more in 2016. February shows and beyond are after the jump.

Sat Jan 02 - Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Fanny and the Atta Boys @ Casbah

X- Tue Jan 05 - Bandalier, Just Like Jenna, The Sinclairs @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

X- Wed Jan 06 - Omega Three, Sundrop Electric, Velvet Club @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Thu Jan 07 - Tim Heidecker featuring some brand new songs, Heidecker & Wood and the Yellow River Boys, JP Inc. @ Casbah

Fri Jan 08 - The Paladins, Blue Largo, The Bedbreakers @ Casbah



X- Sat Jan 09 - The Redwoods Revue feat. Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah

Sun Jan 10 - Nobunny @ Soda Bar

X- Mon Jan 11 - Super Buffet, Pumphouse, Captain Viejo @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jan 12 - Oh, Wonder @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Tue Jan 12 - Langhorne Slim & The Law, Jonny Fritz @ Belly Up

Wed Jan 13 - Ty Segall & the Muggers, CFM @ Belly Up

Thu Jan 14 - Earthless, Sacri Monti, Loom, Operation Mindblow Light Show @ Casbah
Fri Jan 15 - Earthless, Joy, Harsh Toke, Operation Mindblow Lightshow @ Casbah

Sat Jan 16 - Sweet and Tender Hooligans @ Casbah



Sun Jan 17 - Devotchka @ Belly Up

Mon Jan 18 - Car Seat Headrest, Octagrape, The Cardielles @ Casbah

Mon Jan 18 - Stuff You Should Know @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)

Mon Jan 18 - Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival @ The Observatory North Park

Tue Jan 19 - Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Matt Kivel @ Casbah



Wed Jan 20 - Half Moon Run @ Casbah

Wed Jan 20 - The Bright Light Social Hour, James Supercave @ Soda Bar

Thu Jan 21 - Chuck Ragan accompanied by Todd Beene on pedal steel @ Casbah

X- Fri Jan 22 - SoundDiego Live with Botanica Chango, The Palace Ballroom, Jesse LaMonaca, Mayfield @ Casbah (FREE!)

Fri Jan 22 - Tuxedo @ The Observatory North Park




Sat Jan 23 - All Them Witches, L.A. Witch, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah

Sun Jan 24 - Vanessa Carlton, Skye Steel @ Casbah

X- Mon Jan 25 - Little Heroine, The Natives, Bad Kids @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jan 26 - Killing Joke, Soft Moon @ The Belly Up

Wed Jan 27 - Mustard Plug, Dan Potthast, Duping the Public @ Casbah

Thu Jan 28 - Wanda Jackson, Action Andy & The Hi-Tones, Recommended Dosage DJ's @ Casbah

X- Thu Jan 28 - PWR BTTM @ The Hideout

Fri Jan 29 - The Hood Internet, Dino Soccio, KYWO @ Casbah

Sat Jan 30 - Casbah 27th Anniversary Celebration feat. The Silent Comedy, Creature and the Woods, Robert Jon and the Wreck @ Casbah


Upcoming Shows at the Observatory North Park (Updated 1.1.2016)

It was just about a year ago that we found out the North Park Theatre had been bought by The Observatory. Nobody knew what 2015 would bring, and despite some trials and missteps and certainly some bumps in the road, above all else was a year of awesome shows. Some standouts for me were The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, TV on The Radio, Father John Misty, and Glass Animals. 2016 is already lining up to great with more excellence coming to us in San Diego. Since last update, Tyga and two shows with The String Cheese Incident have been added. February shows and beyond are after the jump. I've had some technical problems, so please let me know if any of these links don't work for you.

1/10 The Game, 7pm, 18+



1/18 Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival, 8pm, Age 18+


1/22 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek - Reflection Eternal, 7pm, 18+

1/22 Tuxedo, 7pm, All Ages



1/26 David Cross: Making America Great Again!, 7pm, All Ages

1/29 Bryson Tiller, 6pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)

1/30 Mike Gordon, 7pm, All Ages