Monday, June 19, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 19-Sunday, June 25, 2017

I know a lot of parents whose kids are already on summer break, but we've got three more days of school before our official summer begins. We still made the most of the week and weekend. I worked at the Robyn Hitchcock show on Tuesday, and Circa Waves and Dreamers on Wednesday. Thursday night we had a potluck and awards ceremony for Nova's soccer team, and Friday I spent the day at the Fair as a judge for the Battle of the Bands which actually had some great talent. On Saturday I found out my interview with Evan Dando had canceled, so I packed a bag and met Darren and Nova and my sister and a whole slew of friends at Law Street where the weather and water were perfect. I could've stayed all day and night, but then I heard my interview was back on. I was at the Casbah by 7pm, but Evan showed up super late, and the condition he was in was pretty heartbreaking. I'll save it for another post, but the whole show was just pretty sad. Father's Day was pretty low key--I worked most of the afternoon while watching Netflix with Nova so Darren could just chill then stayed at my parent's house so I can help my dad with some stuff this morning. This week is gonna be awesome, we are doing Father 's Day for real tonight as Nova and I agreed to a canoe night to King Crimson, and I intend to check out My Jerusalem, !!!, The Heavy Guilt, and Peter Bradley Adams. Have a great week and here's to summer!! Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, June 19, 2017:
  • King Crimson @ Humphrey's Concerts 
  • Donavon Frankenreiter, Slapbak @ Belly Up
  • PigPen Theatre Co., Plo, Rexx Life Raj @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues 
  • Traffic Bear, Uber Monk, Shades McCool, Waldo @ Casbah 
  • Short Stories @ Normal Records
  • First Blood, Colossal, Bonebreaker, Legions @ Soda Bar
  • Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • R.I.P., Birth Sigil @ Til Two Club
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • P-Lo, Rexx Life Raj @ House of Blues 
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Taryn Donath @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Tennessee Tina @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Electric Relaxation @ Whistle Stop
  • Greg Benusa @ Tio Leo's
  • 1Lady @ The Harp
  • Tom Tice Band Camp @ Navajo Live 
  • Harry Potter Industry Party @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club
  • Movie Madness @ Martini's Above Fourth

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

91X Announces BeerX Lineup - August 12 at Waterfront Park

On the heels of X-Fest, 91X made a big show announcement for what they're calling BeerX, taking place at the Waterfront Park on August 12, 2017 at Waterfront Park. Presale will kick off on Wednesday with general onsale Friday at 10am. The Lineup features IrationJ Boog, Magic!, Chicano Batman, Trouble in the Wind, and Splavender. Click here for all your info.

91X Presents BeerX
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego

Featuring unlimited tastings of more than 150 beers from some of the BEST breweries in Southern California and beyond! Plus killer food, amazing live music, and more!
VIP packages available while supplies last.

Pre-sale Info:
Starts: Wednesday, June 14 at 10am (password BEERX)
Ends: Thursday, June 15 at 10pm
General On-sale: Friday, June 16 at 10am

FM 94/9 Announces Indie Jam for September 9

Just a day after SPF, FM 94/9 made a big concert announcement revealing the lineup for their late summer Indie Jam. It's gonna take place on Saturday, September 9th once again at the Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier. This year's show features Portugal. The Man, Misterwives, Sir Sly, Dreamers, Magic Giant and The Wrecks.

General admission tickets are on sale for only $30 (+ fees).
VIP tickets available for just $55 (+ fees).
Details and purchase info can be found on the station’s website at

See the full press release after the jump.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 12-Sunday, June 18, 2017

I gotta say, I'd gotten into the routine of  going to more shows during the week and having weekends more devoted to family time, but this weekend never let up. I went to the Overcoats show on Thursday and they were amazing, and then Friday I worked the whole day at Oysterfest. The weather was absolutely perfect, the bands were all super, and my belly was happy as I had some rad grub, including a delicious shrimp sandwich and a plate full of oysters. On Saturday I had lunch and day drinks with my sister and cousin and then worked for Earthless at the Casbah until the wee hours. And if that all wasn't enough, Sunday was a marathon with Joshua James playing an early show at Soda Bar, then catching Phoenix at X-Fest with Nova and Darren, and then closing the night with The Builders and the Butchers at Casbah. It was an awesome weekend, but today and tonight will be nothing but time at home, sleeping in, and hopefully finishing my latest read. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Recap: The In-Ko-Pah 4 Weekend

A few years ago, I was invited to a weird ass festival in Jacumba around the hot springs. The music was cool, but it was mostly high teenagers trying to bum booze, I was laughed at when I checked in for a press pass, and it was unbearably hot and dusty, resulting in us staying for just a few bands and returning home before sunset. If only those people had it half as together as The In-Ko-Pah.

I knew The In-Ko-Pah wasn't at the same location and found an article online to be helpful in giving us some idea where we were going. It was hotter than we expected in the desert this past weekend, and there was music, but that's where the similarities of the two events end. The In-Ko-Pah takes place at The High Desert Tower, a privately owned property in Jacumba, just north of the 8 freeway off exit 77. You know when you go somewhere or do something and you can't believe you never did it before and you kinda kick yourself? That's kinda how I was. I was just in awe the whole time, from the location to the participants to the attendees to the amenities and planning, it was just an incredible experience. I'd heard that the wind was especially brutal last year, so it was probably best that we waited to pop our cherry this year, but still, I can't believe I ever missed it. The In-Ko-Pah was an amazing experience.
Read more after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11, 2017

I've hardly been outside this week. I recovered from camping but between working, reading, writing, and sleeping super odd ours of the day, I haven't caught any shows this week. In fact, I have barely left the house besides a fun morning hike at Mission Trails and a trip to the library to get more books. Part of that is because this is going to be a huge weekend. I'll be working for RFTC all day Friday at Oysterfest, Saturday we've got a birthday party and I'll be working for Earthless at the Casbah, and Sunday should be a marathon of music, which also means I've got to get next week's listings done earlier than usual plus some posts I've been researching and will try to get out soon. Yikes. This week in San Diego has been interesting, between Monday's Council meeting and Wednesday's brawl at the Observatory, it's easy to go down the news rabbit hole, but I promise I'll get out today and hopefully make it to check The Overcoats tonight. Friday through Sunday listings are after the jump.
Soccer season ended on Sunday. Gonna miss these girls, but we've surrendered and will be coaching this fall. 
Thursday, June 8, 2017:
  • Kevin Devine, Chris Farren, Bad & The Ugly @ Soda Bar
  • Overcoats ,Yoke Lore @ Casbah
  • Peter Cetera @ Grandstand, San Diego County Fair 
  • Sam Gellaitry, Geotheory, Lakim @ Observatory
  • Valerie June, Lynn Cardona @ Belly Up
  • The Heavy Guilt, Dani Bell & The Tarantist, Electric Elms @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Forever 27 with Winehouse Experience, Nirvanish, Purple Haze, Janis Lives @ Music Box
  • Sensations Fix (Franco Falsini & Ariel Pink), Spooky Cigarette @ Space
  • Tommy Guerrero, Pall Jenkins @ Panama 66
  • Slower @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Westgate Rooftop Jazz Series with Lori Bell Trio @ Westgate Hotel
  • Grown Folk Music with The Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat Bar
  • Bosswitch, Birth Waters, ANA, Polish @ The Merrow
  • Boom Boxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Jerry 'Hot Rod' Demink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • B-3 Four @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Picturebooks, Mike Vallely & The New Arms @ Tower Bar
  • Pandora Boxx in "*Insert Title Here*" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • HAYDEVIL(LA), The Range, Same as Yesterday @ Bancroft
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Gene Evaro Jr, Full Revolution @ Winston's
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Sabor! Cumbia & Reggaeton @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Digital Cocoon @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Strange Crew, Roadog @ Boar Cross'n
  • Thirty House @ 710 Beach Club (7:30pm)
  • Liquid Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Quintino @ Omnia

Observatory North Park: Fight Breaks Out as XXXTentacion Sucker Punched During Performance

Apparently the Observatory North Park was quite the scene on Wednesday night as headlining performer XXXTentacion was sucker punched on stage while performing. According to various accounts on social media, the alleged perpetrator was San Diego based rapper Rob $tone (or someone from his crew. Apparently they've had a beef brewing for quite some time.

The Observatory in mellower times

I was not at this show. Several people reached out to me on social media so I thought I'd reiterate that my employment at the venue ended in October 2016. I very much frequent the venue and I will continue to do so, but only in the capacity of a fan and photographer, and occasionally to sell merch when requested.

If you've been to a show at the venue, you know that security is very tight, as aggressive as TSA in a lot of ways. They're strict about all items coming into the venue, all the way down to lighters and pens. There is an armed San Diego Police Department officer at every show the venue holds. Still, and why when I worked there I often argued security was over the top, the inconveniences in time don't really prevent incidents from occurring, and in my if-I-ran-a-venue beliefs, I'm for open cameras, a quick bag check, and treating adults like adults.

It isn't clear if the perpetrator was, in fact, Rob $tone. It also isn't entirely clear if reports of a stabbing in the venue are accurate (or even connected to what happened onstage). What is known is that this tour is supposed to play at the Observatory Santa Ana on Thursday night, and the strongest message that could be sent would be to make a public statement, cancel the show, and ban all artists involved from ever playing either venue again. The money isn't worth it. It is the Observatory's duty to set the tone for their expectations of artist and fan behavior and not doing so sends a message, at best, that this is glossed over as a random incident and at worst, that this behavior is totally acceptable and will be tolerated. It is an invitation for escalation and destruction, and in my opinion, not making an official statement and keeping Thursday night's show would be a grave mistake.

Coverage of the incident:

NBC San Diego

Hip-Hop DX


Fox 5

SD Union Tribune


Statement from Councilman Chris Ward:

Last night's dramatic episode at the Observatory in North Park is obviously unacceptable from a public safety perspective, and I commend our police officers for their quick action to prevent circumstances from getting even worse. The incident also underscores the ongoing tensions between North Park's nightlife and surrounding neighbors. The community cannot be expected to sacrifice basic standards of public health and safety, and we must critically reevaluate our approach to maintaining a workable balance that keeps North Park such a great place to live and visit.
I will be meeting with SDPD, management at the Observatory, and community members to make sure all necessary safety protocols are in place to prevent this from happening again.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

This Weekend: Oysterfest 2017 at Embarcadero Marina Park North

This weekend is Oysterfest at Embarcadero Marina Park North . Tickets are still available for purchase here or you might still be able to grab them on Goldstar with a quick search. I'm pretty impressed this year because I really dig the way the lineups are separated. While there's certainly some crossover interest, for the most part, the people I know who love the Friday lineup wouldn't touch the Saturday one and vice versa, and that's just fine. Both seem to offer pretty robust and diverse music options, and to be perfectly honest, most of the time you're going to be perusing the variety of oyster options and finding the beer and booze lines anyway. I predict this June gloom will clear in a day or two and you can count on perfect weather for this super fun annual event.
Pro-tip: Take a significant amount of cash with you for the vendors. The on-site ATMs are a total rip.

What I'm Watching: If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast | Downward Dog | Radio Dreams

I got a really positive response to my last post about my indulgent television habits, so I've decided to do another post. The main seasons of shows seem to be on pause until summer series drop or the full schedules return in fall, so there's this horrible glut of game and talent shows right now which maybe aren't so bad if you fast forward all the bullshit backstories with DVR, but I don't have that function so I just have to dig deeper. Still, there were a few things that caught my attention in the past couple weeks (besides San Diego City TV of course...some of those Council meetings have been pure comedy fire!) Check it after the jump.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Things To Do in San Diego: Monday, June 5- Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I am exhausted. If you need to reach me today, send telepathic messages through my dreams because I have some sleeping to catch up on. The In-Ko-Pah 4 was beyond what I could've imagined and I look forward to telling you all about it, plus we had Nova's final soccer game of the season, and I worked at the Irenic on Sunday night, but for now, let me just get this week's events posted for you and I'll fill you in on the other good stuff later this week. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, June 3-Sunday, June 4, 2017

Posting one of me and the kid from a few weeks ago, because I can't wait to take her on her first camping trip ever. 

There was a time in my life when I loved camping. With my family, it meant loading up our camper, going to a campsite, my dad with his little TV inside our camper, the kids roaming around, mom doing the grill or the stove inside our camper, and just having total freedom. In my early twenties, I had a group of friends who did an annual trip and it was always awesome, though they kinda took care of everything and I kinda did nothing but hang out, drink, eat, hike, and enjoy the weekends. That sorta fell apart when our glue, Mikey, died of cancer and the rest of us lost touch. These days, I love roadtrips, I love getting out of town (even though inevitably our dog will pee on the bed for Elliott, who so kindly looks after her) but we three have never camped together. So of course, today we went to four stores (Big Lots, Harbor Freight, Sprouts, Vons), and still need more stuff with a CostCo run in the morning. On top of that, we have soccer and I have work on Sunday when we return, so I stayed up all night watching my shows (Vice, Real Time, Chelsea) while I plotted out next week's listings for Monday posting. And when I thought, maybe I should drink the camping beer while I work, I was strong and resisted. As a compromise, I popped a bottle of cheap chardonnay I had chilling for months and got my shit handled. Because that's how I roll. I'll be mostly off the grid while at In-Ko-Pah, so have a great weekend, and catch ya on the flip.

Saturday, June 3, 2017:
  • The In-Ko-Pah feat. Mrs. Magician, The Mattson 2, Zig Zags, Playboy Manbaby, Birdy Bardot, The Widows, The Mission Creeps, Buckfast Superbee, Creepseed, The Strawberry Moons, The Bassics, Stephen El Rey, Archons @ Desert View Tower, Jacumba
  • Art Around Adams @ Adams Avenue (Normal Heights, Kensington, North Park)
  • Sam Hinton Folk Festival 2017 feat. Patty Hall and Gregory Martin Campbell, Cowboy Angels, Nena Anderson, Rusty Gait, Baja Blues Boys and more @ Old Poway Park (11am-5pm, FREE) 
  • Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival 2017 feat. Bush, Gin Blossoms, Tonic, The Kickback @ Lake Skinner County Park, Temecula
  • 80's New Wave Invasion - Nowhere Fast, Imaginary Boys, DJ Saul Q @ Casbah 
  • Aloe Blacc @ San Diego County Fair 
  • Animals As Leaders - The Madness of Many Tour, Veil Of Maya, Alluvial @ The Observatory North Park
  • JOY, Feral Ohms, Amerikan Bear, Pins of Light @ Soda Bar
  • Lewis Del Mar, Anna Wise @ Belly Up  
  • Bebop & Beyond with Christopher Hollyday & Matt Hall @ Dizzy's
  • AJ Froman, Imagery Machine, The Hand of Gavrilo @ Ken Club
  • Saved By The 90s featuring DJ GarGar @ Music Box
  • The MilkCrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Boogie Down w/ DJs C.Funk, Boogieman and Cookie Crew @ Spacec
  • Music Is 4 Lovers presents Spank w. Jimbo James and guests @ Blonde
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • The Bedbreakers @ Panama 66
  • The Peripherals @ Seven Grand 
  • Runs Deep, Oh Spirit, The Kabbs, The Tighten Ups @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Del Mar Ballet presents Alice In Wonderland @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • A Musical Adventure with Ken Waldman @ Museum of Making Music
  • 90s Night Tribute to Chris Cornell, with Core & DJ Mancat @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Gregory Page CD Release @ Java Joe's
  • Led Zepagain, The Ultimate Stone @ House of Blues
  • Goodbye June, Badflower, Miklo @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Martini's On Fourth
  • KIDZ BOP "Best Time Ever" Tour @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Latitude, The Allyrgic Reactions @ Tower Bar
  • Clueless @ Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park
  • Gutter Candy @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Dead Country Gentlemen @ Bancroft Bar
  • Block Market @ Quartyard
  • Scotty Alexander @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Brodie Stewart @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Loud On Mute, Satellite Sky @ Winston's (5:30pm)
  • Cubensis @ Winston's (10pm)
  • DJ Stack-aly, Mikey Ratt @ Til-Two Club
  • Nukem, Void Vator, Temblad, Malison @ Brick By Brick
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Split Finger, J.A.M. Kwest @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Bacon @ U-31
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Shades Of Blue @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Butts Ta Nuts with DJs Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Luca Lush, Naisu @ Bassmnt
  • Warehouse Takeover with SANGO @ Spin
  • Relax Max @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ Ruckus @ Omnia
  • Hunks- The Show @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Ascension @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, June 4, 2017:
  • Rock n Roll Marathon (Throughout San Diego)
  • Rock N Roll Marathon Finish Line Concert with Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Waterfront Park
  • Summer Kickoff with SOl e Mar @ Horton Plaza Park (Free, 11am-2:30pm)
  • Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival 2017 Josh Turner, David Nail, Cassadee Pope, Chris Carmack and more @ Lake Skinner County Park, Temecula
  • Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Brokeback @ Casbah
  • Great Good Fine OK, Morgxn, Pretty Sister @ The Irenic
  • Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • New Orleans Swingin' Gypsies @ Panama 66
  • Alborosie, Yellowman @ The Observatory North Park
  • La Arrolladora Band El Limon @ San Diego County Fair 
  • Justin Townes Earle, The Sadies @ Music Box 
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls, Pinata Protest, Tagada Jones @ Space
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead, Paul Cannon @ Belly Up 
  • Hot 8 Brass Band, Euphoria Brass Band @ House Of Blues
  • Gravespell, Fadrait, Christ Killer, Orphic Eye @ Soda Bar
  • Al Jarreau Tribute @ Dizzy's
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Hosanna Aim @ Lestat's
  • The Civic Youth Orchestra presents Music Celebration Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pool House Sunday@ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Clique Crew @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Earl Thomas Band @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Sundown Party with Hylas & friends @ Blonde
  • Kimmi Bitter & The Night Howls @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Extreme Cream with Mike Keneally, Pet Shark, Taz Taylor @ Brick By Brick
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Mandapa ft. Arkon, Austin Speed, Doc Till, Swandive @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Randy Valentine, Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Ginger Cowgirl @ Navajo Live 
  • Evidence Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Friday, June 02, 2017

The In-Ko-Pah Weekend is Here!

The In-Ko-Pah weekend is finally here, and word on the street (ok, actually, word on Facebook) is there are still some spots available.

For those that have been asking there are still some tickets available until 10 AM tomorrow morning online at We will also have some for those that show up as well at the gate, for those who show up last minute. 

Tsk tsk, slackers! We're heading out for the fun since it's FINALLY on a weekend I can attend. We've never been camping as a family so wish us luck in our first foray into the wild. Of to Costco we go!!
Apologies to the Juvenile Dollinquents for making Thunder Cheetah miss Dapper Night.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 30-Friday, June 2, 2017

What a perfect weekend. Darren, Nova and I went to Foster the People on Friday night and after I went to Casbah for San Diego Freak Out which was super fun and packed. Saturday the little one had a derby party where she got the "Small But Deadly" Award voted by her team. Afterward we all motivated for a Balboa Park takeover with a huge group of friends and kids and it was an amazing day in the sun. My Godsister came by, too, so I could shoot their prom photos which is always fun to do around the park. Our picnic group eventually moved to Panama 66 before calling it a day. I went home to catch up on work, then met up with my sister & her friends at Tribute Pizza followed by the birthday girl dragging us all to U31. Eventually that little party split up around midnight and I went to Bar Pink to be among my kinda people and closed out the night. Sunday we went to Tim's Memorial Day BBQ and that left Monday as a work day. This is a big week ahead, with tons of great shows all week and then In-Ko-Pah this weekend. I am missing updated June calendars for Bar Pink, Black Cat Bar, El Dorado, FLUXX, Harbor Music Hall, and Sycamore Den, but otherwise archives through Friday are after the jump.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29, 2017

It's been a pretty great week that kicked off with the Spice Pistols at the Casbah on Monday night. I told you I was gonna lay low this week, so Darren went in my stead on Tuesday to see Hoops and Wednesday we chilled at home. I hung out at the Ken last night and just got word I was cleared to shoot Foster the People tonight, so we're getting ready to bail soon. I'm excited for this weekend because maybe my inbox won't be so ridic and we've got picnics and bbq and festivities galore. I hope everyone has a great and safe weekend. Saturday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Friday, May 26, 2017:
  • Balboa Park After Dark @ Various Museums/Extended Hours to 8pm
  • Summer Movies in the Park Kickoff- Moana @ Waterfront Park (5-10pm, Movie at 8ish, Free)
  • Foster the People, Tijuana Panthers @ Observatory North Park
  • Los Lonely Boys, Lisa Morales @ Belly Up
  • San Diego Freak Out presents Dream Joints (record release), Vakoum, Hexa, Body Song, fivepaw, DJ's Andrew McGranahan & Camilla Robina @ Casbah
  • John Brown’s Body, Stranger @ Music Box
  • Steve Poltz, Calman Hart, Lisa Sanders, Nina Francis, Oh! Ridbe, Gaby Aparicio, Rpb Deez, Kenny Eng, Dave Easton, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Teros Gallery Art Show w/Stella Parish, Angel Food & Kan-Kan @ Space
  • Remembering Joe Marillo @ Dizzy's
  • 80s & 90s @ Bar Pink
  • Lorraine Castellanos @ Panama 66
  • Trails and Rails, MohaviSoul, Jefferson Jay @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Screamin Yeehaws @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Jahja Lings Finale @ Jacobs Music Center at Symphony Hall
  • Ten Foot Pole, Surface Report, Fallen Monuments @ Soda Bar
  • Always The Understudy, A Hero Within, Upon The Water, Wolfwaker, Plus Guests @ Soma
  • Through Being Cool SD's Original Emo Night with Steven Oira of My American Heart & Derek Hubbard @ Blonde
  • 80s vs 90s @ Bar Pink
  • One the Cinder, Punchcard, Making Incredible Time, Dangerfield @ Tower Bar
  • Friyay! @ Quartyard
  • Dan Walsh, with Lady Rogo @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • The Jimmy Lewis Band @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Atomic Groove’s Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Andrew McKeag Band, Finnegan Blue Trio @ Black Cat Bar
  • Taake, Infinitum Obscure, Empyrean Throne, Sicarius @ Brick By Brick
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's On Fourth
  • Cassandra Jenkins @ Seven Grand
  • Rage Again, Xanadoodz @ Navajo Live
  • All Shook Up @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Deva Premal & Mitten with Manose @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Sandollar, Wise Monkey Orchestra @ Winston's
  • Abner, The Paragraphs @ Lestat's
  • Paul van Dyk, Solarstone@ House of Blues
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Inspired and the Sleep, Aviator Stash, Grim Slippers, Joe Wood @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • DLOD House Party - Pirate with DJ Dizzy Doom @ The Merrow
  • CitySide, Pali Roots @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Chris Freeman @ U-31
  • For Love of Rock @ Tio Leo's
  • High Tide Society @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • The Matte Gray Band @ Moonshine Flats
  • DJ Abell @ Moonshine Beach
  • Rising Star @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • BB and Company @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino 
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Bamboozle @ Fluxx
  • Supa Fly Friday with Charlie Rock & DJ Kidriz @ El Dorado
  • Spin Off II Feat. Crowd Control & Staybad @ Spin
  • Jeremy Olander @ Bang Bang
  • Hardwell @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Stereo @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Get FM 94/9 SPF Tickets For Just $20!!

I work closely with a lot of venues and radio stations and so I try not to jeopardize those relationships by spilling the beans on announcements or promo codes, but this one is too good not to share.  Better to ask for forgiveness than permission, right?

The 94/9 App revealed that there's a special friend and employee code to get tickets for just $20 instead of the usual $30...I'm not sure how many tickets can sell before someone catches the mistake, but just assume they're all off for Memorial Day Weekend and it won't get fixed until someone techie enough is back in the office.  Use this link and promo code FRIENDS949. I can't guarantee it still works, but it's worth a shot for this rad lineup.  (This is an older poster; apparently VIP at $55 is already sold out). Get these while you can!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ATTN: Kaleo Venue Change (From HOB to OAT)

I'm posting this because it's pretty unusual for a such a big venue change for any show, but to go from House of blues to Open Air Theatre is a huge leap... if you have tickets to the original show, you should exchange them sooner rather than later to get the best seats being traded.

AUGUST 29TH, 2017
Tickets on sale Thursday, May 25th at 10AM PST

Due to popular demand, this show is now scheduled to play a larger venue. The show will now take place at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University on August 29th, 2017.

Because this venue is seated, you will need to exchange the ticket you purchased for the House of Blues show with a new one at the Viejas Arena venue box office by TUESDAY, JULY 25TH.  The ticket exchange will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will be located in the sections closest to the stage.  House of Blues ticket holders may also request a refund at the point-of-purchase and purchase a new ticket for the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre show, but the location may not be in the same premium locations that are being held until July 25th for those who opt to exchange their ticket.   The Viejas Arena box office is located next to Gate 2 on 55th Street, and can be accessed from Aztec Walk, across from Peterson Gym and Parking 7 (previously PS5).

5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
PHONE: (619) 594-0429
INFORMATION LINE: (619) 594-6947

Box Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Monday, May 22, 2017

Things to Do In San Diego: Monday, May 22-Thursday, May 25, 2017

I had a pretty exhausting week. As much as I love watching Nova's soccer and derby and stuff, I'm definitely looking forward to soccer season ending because driving to Clairemont twice a week blows. On Tuesday, I checked out Tow'rs at Soda Bar, then caught The Roosevelts at Blonde. On Thursday, I went to see DIIV at Music Box then caught the end of Matthew Logan Vasquez at Casbah, and on Friday, Darren and I went to Thundercat and had a fun night at Bar Pink while the kid had a slumber party. I was hoping to catch some of the fun festivals on Saturday but it was hot af, I was having lady problems, and I was just not feeling particularly social. I had to work at Irenic and generally that is a fun and easy job, but four patrons wanted to make sure my night was shit and it left me unmotivated to go to a show afterward. Instead I downloaded the new San Diego Library cloud app, downloaded some books, and read all night long. There are a few shows I look forward to this week, but hope it's not quite as crazy as last week. I did listings through Memorial Day so you can plan the holiday weekend. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21, 2017

 Oh my gosh. I told you I was laying low over the weekend, but that meant that my beautiful family let me sleep all day as they cleaned the house. I was super sad that I had to miss Nova's Sunday soccer, but I worked at the Irenic, then caught Conor Oberst at the Observatory, then caught All Them Witches at Casbah.  I have to say that just hitting all three shows makes me super happy.  I'm also happy because every week we're one more week closer to 45 making himself completely guilty, we just have to let him feel all comfy and happy before we can Zing the piece of shit in his dumb-ass guilt. It's gonna happen. Listing archives are after the jump.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nova was still a little sick as this week kicked off, so besides catching the Gabriel Garzon-Montano show at the Casbah on Wednesday, I've spent most of the week just spending time with my little familia once Nova was healthy enough for derby, soccer, and figure skating. It's Mother's Day weekend and I'm a little broken-hearted that we won't be taking my mom to Gator By The Bay this year. My dad isn't healthy enough to leave alone for that stretch of time and with Nova's soccer, Twin Forks at the Irenic and Conor Oberst at the Observatory, my Sunday is pretty jam-packed. It would be great to just sneak in an hour or two on Saturday, but it doesn't seem likely at this point. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What I'm Watching: The Handmaid's Tale, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, "You've Seen This Before, We Know", Career Suicide

I've mentioned more than a few times that I vacillate between being obsessed with politics and burying my head.  One minute I'm reading about what stupid thing the piece of shit in the White House, and the entire Republican House, for that matter, is doing to sell off our country to the highest bidder, and the rest of the time I'm just trying to hide from it all. When I'm not out at shows, I'm ass on couch, worming down the daily 300 emails I get while parked in front of the TV with some mind numbing nonsense on in the background (Naked and Afraid, any Housewives franchise, Escaping Polygamy, to name a few). In my hiding from politics, I've watched A LOT of television, and I think I've mentioned I've read more books this year than I had in the last twenty years combined.

The other night, I was desperate to find something to watch that wasn't Housewives. I'd already caught up on Last Week Tonight and Chelsea Handler and my other regular go-tos, (I'm kinda over Bill Maher's islamophobia and sexism, but still watch anyway),  and disappointed that the Paste list I usually use seems to just have the same movies on the month after month, I found this list by Den Of Geek. And so it was that I watched The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I thought I'd share with you this and other things I've been watching lately, and maybe you'll let me know what else I'm missing? More after the jump.

Dilemma: Conor Oberst vs Twin Forks

I have a dilemma an I can't stop thinking about it. I can never really plan my life too far out in advance so it only just occurred to me that such a dilemma was just waiting to be addressed. On Sunday night, Conor Oberst plays at the Observatory North Park. And on Sunday, the very same night, less than a mile away, Chris Carrabba (of Dashboard Confessional) plays at The Irenic with his Americana band, Twin Forks. What is a girl to do?

Look, I try to play it cool. I've met a lot of amazing musicians in my life and I try not to be such a fangirl. I was at the Pond show next to Kevin Parker practically the whole time and I never once bothered him. But some artists are just so super awesome, and then you find out they're nice, too, and it's hard not to feel that little excitement when they come to town.

I was completely committed to the Conor Oberst show. I might even be doing an NBC interview, so I was just planning on having someone else work my shift at the Irenic. I think I've only ever seen Bright Eyes twice in my life, plus if you count the magical night when Conor appeared with the Felice Brothers on the eve of my birthday. He was by the bar and I asked if we could snap a photo, that it had just become my birthday at midnight and he exclaimed, "Your birthday? Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" And then he kissed me. A big, giant, sloppy, wet kiss right on my lips. Sean missed that moment and instead got this goofy face, and you can see me quizzical, "DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?" I also remember his t-shirt smelled like he'd worn it every night of tour. But I didn't care. Conor Oberst just smacked my lips with a wet one and nobody besides Sean would ever believe me.

And then there's Chris Carrabba. I liked my share of Dashboard Confessional music, I have seen him solo, with Twin Forks, and with DC over the years. I remember buying a DC hoodie at Street Scene one year because it was only 20 bucks and I hadn't accounted for it being so damn cold once the sun dropped, but then I never wore it again because the silkscreen on it was kind of bizarre and I thought myself a little too old to be an emo kid. It wasn't until this year, when I got to interview him at the House of Blues that I was just smitten. And not in weird creepy hookup kinda way, just in that he was so relatable, so comfortable, and so sweet, like someone you'd want to be your BFF.

So I have to do ads for the Casbah and it wasn't until both shows were demanding my attention that I realized I'm stuck with this super difficult and challenging decision of which show to attend. Or maybe both? But the way I figure it, Observatory set times will typically be 8 for Phoebe Bridgers and 9/9:15 for Conor Obserst. And The Irenic will most likely be 7pm for Dan Layus (of Augustana!), 7:45ish for The Social Animals, and 8:45ish for Twin Forks. So by my best estimates, it would be impossible to catch both. And so I'm torn. What the hell is a supergroupie to do?

I can't make decisions for you, but tickets are still available for both shows:
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers  @ The Observatory, $33   GET TICKETS
Twin Forks, The Social Animals, Dan Layus (of Augustana) @ The Irenic, $18 adv/$20 day of GET TICKETS

Monday, May 08, 2017

Things To Do in San Diego: Monday May 8-Friday, May 12, 2017

I'm obsessed with politics but I can't even delve in here. So I will say Nova's birthday party, even when it rained, was AMAZING, and it was super awesome that all our friends stuck around in a huddle under our canopies long enough that the rain ended and all the kids had a blast on the playground, essentially having the whole park to themselves. Thanks to everyone who helped make it awesome, I'm going to just duck out right now and skip the politics and just say it was great and thanks to all involved. Party on. Monday through Friday archives after the jump.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Summer Concerts In The Parks Line-Ups Roll Out For 2017

We pay a hefty sunshine tax in our rents, sales taxes, and general cost of living here in San Diego, but that's all the more reason to love the free events offered every summer. Besides amazing street fairs like Adams Avenue Street Fair, Festival of Arts in North ParkFiesta del Sol, (to name just a few), we also get a ton of "Concerts In The Park".  Many of San Diego's parks have already rolled out their summer series, and I'll do my best to update the one who haven't when they finally get around to it. Every year I fail to include these in my listings because they're a total pain in the ass to hunt down, but I'm an insomniac, so this year I've at least put this together. Note: Street Fairs and other annual events can be found here. Let me know if I missed anything!! (Find them all after the jump. Click the park links for parking, park rules, and any other special event info.)

Fletcher Cove

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7, 2017

I mentioned I was gonna lay low this week. We took Nova and Jo to Fuddrucker's for Nova's birthday and then kicked around a soccer ball in the park until sunset, which was pretty mellow, but also exactly what she loves. She has a late soccer practice on Tuesdays, so besides that and her mission project, nothing exciting to report, and then Wednesday she had a derby scrimmage and then she and Darren worked on her mission until bedtime, when I decided to catch Jesse Lamonaca and the Dime Novels at Soda Bar. The rest of this week should remain pretty mellow for me, but there's lots of cool stuff happening if you're itching to get out. Boar Cross'N, Black Cat Bar, Che, and Ken Club still have no updates, but I've filled in some more venues and Cinco de Mayo stuff for ya. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Monterey Pop Festival Releases Daily Lineups

I've only ever driven through Monterey once in my life, but I'm kind of obsesses since watching Big Little Lies--though I realize many of the homes and sweeping views used on the show weren't actually in Monterey. But since California has a wealth of festivals, I'll continue to share them. The 50th Annual Monterey International Pop Festival takes place June 16-18, 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds. The lineup has been announced for awhile, but now the individual day lineups are announced and go on sale Thursday at 10am PST. Get tickets to the whole thing or individual days here.

Leon Bridges
Father John Misty
Regina Spektor
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Sara Watkins

Jack Johnson
Norah Jones
Jim James
Dr. Dog
Jamtown feat. Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter And G. Love
Jackie Greene
North Mississippi Allstars
Jacob Banks

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
The Head and the Heart
Gary Clark Jr.
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Booker T's Stax Revue
Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Hiss Golden Messenger

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

LiveNation offers $20 "All In" Tickets

It seemed a little anti-climactic to post about "National Concert Day" on May 1, a day that literally had like four shows in San Diego, but alas, LiveNation is celebrating the day (that I think they actually invented)  with $20 "all-in" tickets to a bunch of summer shows. The offers are good through May 9. You can see all of the shows here, but if I was inclined, had no commitments, and money was raining from the sky, here are some of the more notable shows:

May 10- Barns Courtney @ House of Blues
May 30- Modest Mouse @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 7- Rise Against & DefTones @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 21- Third Eye Blind & Silversun Pickups @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 28- Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Aug 24- Young The Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Aug 27- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue,  St. Paul & The Broken Bones @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Monday, May 01, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 1-Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Today is a super duper special day because it's Nova's 10th birthday. It feels especially symbolic because when I was first being introduced to her life, I was forbidden from her birthday party and I swore that it would be the first and last one that I'd ever miss. Now here we are and she's in double digits and I couldn't be more proud of who she is, how strong she is, how funny she can be, and how inquisitive she is about the world. She hasn't had it easy in her young little life but she's smart and capable, and has a great head on her shoulders and I'm lucky to be included in the adventures to come.
I definitely think I overextended myself the last couple weeks, so I hope to mostly lay low this week while we plan and prepare for the kid's birthday party and while she continues to recover from a gnarly cough she caught last week. There are some good picks this week and I'll try to update when all these slackers get their listings up: Black Cat Bar, Boar Cross'n, Che Cafe, El Dorado, Harbor Music Hall, Ken Club, Sycamore Den, Whistle Stop. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photos: Local Natives and Tennis @ Observatory, 4.17.17

I've been quite a mess lately. In a matter of weeks, I'd lost my phone, my laptop casing became so cracked it became miserable to use, I lost my keys, and then when it came to load my Local Natives photos, I lost my HD card. I replaced the phone once I acknowledged it was stolen, Darren bought me a new laptop, my keys turned up where Darren had put them (in the car glove compartment), and then while sipping a cocktail at the Casbah, I realized I'd tucked my card in a tight corner in my wallet so I wouldn't lose it. Because of course I did. I can't help it that anxiety has been high lately, but I'm trying to get it together and we're trying our best to deal with the batshit crazy person with whom we can't escape in our life. Sometimes it is just overwhelming.

Originally Nova was to be in St. Louis for her Spring Break, but her trip was canceled last minute and we were happy we'd be able to take her along to several of the Localchella shows, including Local Natives, who she totally fell in love with after their last show at the Observatory. I had some trouble getting my photo pass squared away, so I didn't get to shoot Tennis from the pit, but thanks to the help of Nik Ewing, it was squared away by the time the band took the stage.

The show was amazing and Local Natives plaued a set that included a lot of older stuff to please the San Diego audience. I had called the band "honorary San Diegans" in my SoundDiego piece, and it was cute that the band reiterated that sentiment throughout the night talking about their history in the city, their grandparents who worked here for years, their many times playing over the last several years.  I feel super lucky to have been to just about every San Diego show they've ever played, and I'll keep following as long as I can.

Without further ado, here's some photos from that awesome night. Pictures after the jump.


Photos: The Head & The Heart and Dreamers @ Soma, 4.9.17

There's no question that I love The Head and the Heart. I've lost track of how many times I've seen the band between their very first Casbah show, House of Blues, The Observatory OC, Coachella and others, but I was especially excited when they were booked in San Diego because I knew I'd be able to take Nova and Darren along for her first backstage experience at Soma. She had a soccer game that evening, we grabbed dinner, then went to Soma with enough time for a quick drink at Modern Times, then walked to the show.

I had a photo pass, which isn't super fun at Soma because there's no easy access to the pit, but once you're in, the lighting, the energy of both the band and the diehard fans along the rail make for an exciting show. It was also great catching Dreamers again and I'll probably get fired for implying they're coming back to town, but all I can say is stay tuned.

I was fully feeling both bands and just a quick funny story, after Dreamers, Nova said she needed to use the bathroom. We walked through the lobby and the line was crazy long, so we asked to use the backstage bathroom which is upstairs. Turns out we were waiting for the lead vocalist who diligently brushes his teeth while humming his songs before a set (we know this because he opened the door and did that talking with the toothbrush in his mouth thing to us), then let the other guitarist ahead of us, and Nova got to hear what vocal exercises sound like. They were super cute to her or I wouldn't mention it otherwise, and eventually we went back to our places on the side of the stage until I left to shoot. It was past Nova's usual bedtime as TH&TH came onstage, so eventually they left early. Later, I was able to find my friend Regina and bring her and her friend backstage which was awesome because she does so much for me at the Observatory even though I'm no longer employed there. Anyway, it was an amazing night and was made all the more special when we were able to hear their Coachella set on SiriusXM and think we'd only just seen them a week prior. I cannot wait for them to come back.

More pictures of The Head and the Heart and Dreamers are after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, April 26-Sunday, April 30, 2017

In case you haven't noticed, I've been trying to post a lot more frequently. Part of it is that my new laptop is so much more pleasurable to use. My last one had broken hinges that would make my screen fall when I worked, the mouse pad stopped working so I had to use an external mouse, and certain keys would stick, slowing my typing down to pure frustration.

But the other part is just that the volume of email I getting so massive that it just feels like I should share more stuff when it comes through my inbox, and I'd rather focus my energy here than on Facebook for those kinds of posts and my photo collections, which have also increased massively in volume. Perhaps you noticed there's actually a Facebook page using the title of this very blog post? Well, that jerkoff page is actually a ticket reseller and I HATE them and it makes me crazy every time I see them post. It gets under my skin a lot. So while I never intend on going click-bait on you to get an edge on all the other sites in town, hopefully I can get back in the habit of posting more here like I did before I became a Facebook zombie.

On Monday we were able to catch Vieux Farka Toure at the Casbah and he was amazing, and it was a diverse and engaged crowd. I haven't seen so much dancing at the Casbah in a long time. Tuesday was a soccer and work night so I could save myself for Elefante and The Office Undercover tonight. Perhaps I'll see you there.  The rest of this week has a ton of good stuff coming, specifically San Fermin at the Casbah on Thursday and Demasiado on Saturday.  And I guess I have to jump headfirst into planning the soon-to-be 10 year old's birthday. Ack. Who am I? Wednesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Life Is Beautiful (Las Vegas) Tickets On Sale Thursday, April 26

Now in it's fifth year, Life Is Beautiful is another annual music festival competing for big festival names that takes place in downtown Las Vegas. Calling Las Vegas "our region" may be a stretch, but considering you can get there in 4-6 hours in a car from here, it's definitely close enough if you've got the scratch for the tickets. Check out all the details and get your tickets here starting Thursday at 10am.

Hard Summer 10-Year Anniversary Lineup Announced

The 2017 Summer Festival announcements keep coming, and today, Hard Summer announced their 10 year anniversary lineup. Check it out, and follow the running list of stuff here.

Hard Summer Music Festival- 10 Year Anniversary
The Speedway in Fontana
Saturday, August 5-Sunday, August 6

The HARD SUMMER line-up is:

DJ Snake * Justice DJ Set * Rae Sremmurd * Zeds Dead
Tchami * Cashmere Cat * Skepta * Ty Dolla $ign * Malaa * A-Trak * Mobb Deep
Yehme2 * Doctor P * Anna Lunoe * Kayzo * E-40 * Brodinski * Charli XCX
Mercer * Busy P * AC Slater * Nina Las Vegas * Wax Motif * Soul Clap * Ellen Allien
Wiwek * Chris Lake * Chris Lorenzo * Amine Edge & Dance * Drezo * Mustdie!* Saymyname
Problem * Uffie * Egyptian Lover * Ghetts * Gina Turner * Nick Monaco * Vincent * Uncle Jxmi
    Dj Heather B2B Collette * Doc Martin * Sita Abellan * Oshi * Josh Pan * Mad Zach * GG Magree
Cray * Jubilee * Oski * Qrion * Phlegmatic Dogs * Nukid * Masha * Whipped Cream

Snoop Dogg Performing Doggystyle * Dog Blood * Bassnectar * Migos
Jai Wolf * Snakehips * Claude Vonstroke * What So Not * Baauer * Kill The Noise * JME
Mike Will Made It * Destructo * 12th Planet * Tinashe * Madeintyo * Brillz * Party Favor  
Shiba San * MK * Ekali * Giraffage * Jackmaster * Jimmy Edgar * J. Phlip * Floating Points (DJ Set) *  Motez
Kim Ann Foxman * Whethan * Thugfucker * Kap G * LA Leakers * Graves * 4B * 24HRS * Dave * AJ Tracey
London On Da Track * Nancy Whang * Louisahhh * Tink * Walker & Royce * Hotel Garuda
Christian Martin * Madam X  * Kittens *  J. Worra * Lookas * Uniiqu3
Volac * Brohug * LDRU * Colby J * Deux Twins

An easy drive from downtown Los Angeles, The Speedway in Fontana boasts an expanded foot print reaching over 500 acres and convenient parking.  Enhancements to this year's festival experience include more shaded areas, doubling entry and exit points, expanded camping and increased mobility overall around the festival grounds.

Photos: Little Dragon @ Observatory North Park, 4.16.17

I love Darren. He is the best partner in life I could ask for. For that reason, when I hear one of his all time favorite bands, Little Dragon, is playing the Observatory during Localchella, I don't even think about not going, even if there are other shows the same night, even if it means I have to hunch over my laptop all weekend to make up for the work I usually save until Sunday. It was a really fun show to shoot, mostly because Yukimi is super expressive on stage, with tulle and metallic materials draped over her body, dramatic lighting, and lots of little tambourines, cowbells, and other percussion to bang on around the stage. Unfortunately it also made me realize how terribly dirty the inside of my camera is, so I'm not looking forward to the expense or the wait it will take to clean, but I'll make it happen soon enough. It was a fun night, it was a great show to be able to take Nova to, and we've found a new favorite spot at the Observatory since I'm no longer privy to the balcony. More pictures after the jump.

Photos: Pond @ Casbah, 4.15.17

It was a sold out Saturday at the Casbah. The room was packed, Coachella was in full effect in the desert, and everyone wanted to be on the guestlist. Pond was performing and everyone wanted a piece of the Aussie action. I'm sure part of it was a hope that there would be some secret appearance by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala on the stage that night, instead, he used me as a blockade, hiding between me and the sound guy while I shot photos from the back of the room. Later he was trying to chill on the patio until everyone started recognizing him and he  bailed into the office for privacy. Can't say I blame him. The show was incredible, definitely worth the buzz and hype, and the projections kept the visuals interesting. I took a ton of photos, a handful of which are after the jump.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Photos: Kristin Kontrol at The Hideout, 4.10.17

After leaving the of Monreal show at Music Box, I headed to The Hideout to catch Kristin Kontrol. Formerly known as Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, and as San Diegans might remember, Kristin of Grand Ole Party, it was nice to see her back in town after quite some time. Last time the Dum Dums played Casbah to a packed house, and this show was very well attended...especially considering how many other shows were happening that same Monday night. Additional photos after the jump.

Photos: Of Montreal at Music Box, 4.10.17

I have been shooting a lot of pictures lately and so I thought I could post a bunch now that I have a functioning laptop. Rewinding to Monday, April 10, I was able to catch of Montreal at Music Box. I love Kevin Barnes and his performance art and you never know what each show will bring. Throughout the night there were interesting projections, a dominatrix, a giant snow monster, several costume changes and more. I didn't hear my favorite song (Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse) because I scooted out early to catch Kristin Kontrol at the Hideout, but it was an energetic and exciting show to a packed venue. More photos after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 24-Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I am kinda glad Coachella is over because I could hardly keep up with all the shows that rolled through town last week. I was able to catch Tennis and Local Natives, Springtime Carnivore and Mitski, Arkells and Blossoms, Hinds, Chicano Batman and Lee Fields, Califone, and Cold Cave. Of all those, I chose to post this photo because it took the most work...I was on the third floor of the Music Box, sitting on the ground under a dude who kept putting his ass in my face, as I had my camera hanging through the wire railing. I also spent the weekend listening to more amazing Coachella sets on Sirius XM like Local Natives, Head and the Heart, The XX, Bon Iver, Lorde, New Order, and Bon Iver. Nova's spring break is over so life will get back to normal around here. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Record Store Day is Coming Up: Saturday, April 22

This weekend is Record Store Day and while music shops have dwindled over the years, including the loss of Off The Record which stunned plenty in San Diego, we still have some thriving shops in town. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty disappointing that many of them have out of date websites (if they have them at all) and social media accounts with scant updates, but if you want to support the shops we have left, check out some of these locations. Lou's, Folk Arts, Spin and M-Theory all have posted RSD events lined up for Saturday, but tune in and maybe more will update. And to the stores themselves, is it REALLY that hard to have your staff throw up a Facebook post every once in awhile??

Beat Box Records - Barrio Logan

Cow Records - Ocean Beach

FeeLIT Records - East Village

Folk Arts Rare Records - North Park

Lou's Records - Encinitas

M-Theory Records - Mission Hills

Nickelodeon Records - Normal Heights

Normal Records - North Park

Record City - Hillcrest

Red Brontosaurus Records - North Park

Spin Records - Encinitas

Taang! Records - Hillcrest

United Records & Sound - North Park

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 17-Sunday, April 23, 2017

It was a pretty great week. Nova's first week of spring break was fun, and though I still have a lot of file transferring to do from my old laptop to my new one, but I'm feeling good about work and home life and music life. On Friday we went to Panama 66 for The Midnight Pine, then enjoyed some of the #Couchella broadcast on YouTube. On Saturday, Nova jumped into a Baby Doll derby scrimmage because they were short some girls, and after we met up with my mom, cousin, sister, and nieces to celebrate my sister's birthday at Point Loma Sea Foods. Afterward, my mom took all the kids home and we had some beers at BP, before everyone split and I went to see Pond at Casbah. I guess it was a big deal that Kevin Parker was there, next to me while I shot and later as I uploaded my photos, but I kinda felt bad for him that people wouldn't leave him alone. On Sunday we went to my parents house for Easter until it was time to head to Little Dragon. This week has so many amazing shows I feel like I might explode. Monday I'll be at Local Natives & Tennis, The Wild Reeds on Tuesday, on Wednesday I'll be at Mitski, Thursday I'll try to pull off a triple header catching Hinds, Chicano Batman & Lee Fields, then Califone and Friday I'll try to catch  Dead Feather Moon & Cold Cave. There will also be plenty of work, soccer and derby practices, and hopefully a chance to catch Butterfly Jungle at Safari Park before it ends. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16, 2017

It has been quite a lovely week though I can't really believe the first week of Nova's spring break is over so quickly. On Monday I pulled off a double header, catching of Montreal at Music Box then Kristin Kontrol at the Hideout. On Tuesday we went to Magic Mountain until our insides were sufficiently mixed up. On Wednesday, we spent the afternoon at CostCo where Darren got me this new laptop, which I've been spending way too much time setting up and getting back all of my things the way I like them, but I love it nonetheless. That night, Pyles picked me up early to hit Bali Hai mai tais before going to Father John Misty at Humphrey's Concerts (no photo pass, thus the grainy phone photo). The show was amazing though I still hate that the venue uses Elite. Afterward, we tried to catch Grace Mitchell at Casbah, but she had just finished, so we stayed long enough for Birdy Bardot before Tim Fears and I caught the end of Grande Ole Office. Thursday was pretty much a computer day and soccer evening. So here we are on Friday. We're heading to Balboa Park to catch The Midnight Pine at Panama 66, but most likely we'll lay low this weekend, watching "Couchella" on YouTube or listening on Sirius XM. I'll be working at POND on Saturday and we're planning on going to see Little Dragon on Sunday and Local Natives on Monday. It's also my sister's birthday and we'll probably have a family gathering for Eastra, too. Hope you all have a great weekend!! Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 10-Thursday, April 13, 2017

I meant to update the weekend listings for you but I have to be honest, Friday took it out of me. Without being too specific, if you think a book + overpriced supplements + "biohacked" coffee and wine is going to change your life, more power to you, but to me, I throw my guard up and try to fight off your tentacles trying to eat my soul. This one particular woman kept putting her arms around me, leaning into me way beyond comfort and asking if I was okay. As a result, I decided to get my listings done, binge watch 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, and skipped weekend shows until Sunday when I knew Head and the Heart would replenish my soul. Nova is officially on spring break, and with her trip to St. Louis cancelled, I'm looking forward to being a tourist in my own City, doing some hikes, getting to the mountains, the desert, the beach, the zoo, Safari Park, and probably a trip to Magic Mountain thrown in for good measure. Tons of great shows this week, I've been adding to the events and festivals page, and you'll definitely catch me out over the next few weeks. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Outside Lands Lineup Revealed

Last week, I told you about "Eager Beaver" presale tickets for Outside Lands. On Tuesday, the festival finally announced but I was running around going to Nova's soccer then Casbah and Blonde for some fun times. So here ya go. Regular priced 3-day and VIP tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 6th at 10am PT exclusively at

Outside Lands 2017 lineup is below:

Metallica * The Who * Gorillaz * Lorde * A Tribe Called Quest * alt-J * Queens Of The Stone * Age * Above & Beyond * Fleet Foxes * Empire Of The Sun * The Avett Brothers * Belle and Sebastian * Solange * Future Islands * ScHoolboy Q * Rebelution * Young The Giant * Little Dragon * Vance Joy * Kaytranada * Bleachers * Tove Lo * Action Bronson * Sleigh Bells * Louis The Child * Royal Blood * Shovels & Rope * Thundercat * Dawes * Warpaint * Dr. Octagon * Rag’n’Bone Man * Bomba Estéreo * Real Estate * James Vincent McMorrow * RAC * Temples* K.Flay * Hamilton Leithauser * Maggie Rogers  * Sofi Tukker * Foxygen * How To Dress Well * SOHN * Electric Guest * Goldroom * Hundred Waters * Noname * Khruangbin * Kamaiyah * S U R V I V E * Kali Uchis * San Fermin * Joseph *  The Japanese House * Mon Laferte * Lee Fields & The Expressions * The Lemon Twigs * Grace Mitchell * Porches * Jacob Banks * MUNA * Mondo Cozmo * John Moreland * Frenship * Sam Dew * Oliver Tree * Lawrence * The She’s

Read the full press release spiel after the jump.