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 I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty disappointing that many of them have out of date websites (if they have them at all) and social media accounts with scant updates, but if you want to support the shops we have left, check out some of these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. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, April 17, 2017:
  • Local Natives, Tennis @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Toots & The Maytals, Leba @ Belly Up 
  • Steely Dan @ Humphrey's Concert
  • Splavender, Low Points, Slay Dean  @ Casbah
  • PC Worship, The Dreebs, Polish @ Soda Bar
  • Short Stories @ Normal Records 
  • Moonshine Bandits, Country Rockin' Rebels @ Brick By Brick
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru @ House of Blues
  • Jimmy Whispers, Special Guests tba @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • University Centers Presents: Color and Chill @ The Loft, UCSD
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ 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
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

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 http://sfoutsidelands.com.



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.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

OB Playhouse presents The Who's Tommy

I haven't covered musicals or theatre often (since the Globe cut me from their media list), but I'm going to make a special exception to share that the OB Playhouse currently has The Who's Tommy on their stage. Besides being a classic Tony Award winning musical, there's a particularly special castmember that I think you should see. Owen Schmutz plays the Young Tommy and the kiddo is amazing. He's the son of Devlin--my favorite Ken Club bartender, friend, and unofficial therapist. Owen has quite taken to the fine arts and on occasion is known to take the stage at Martini's On Fourth. For more information on this presentation of Tommy, click here. Or to go straight to buying tickets, click here.


Remaining Dates are:

Fri, Apr 7th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 8th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 9th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Apr 14th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 15th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Mon, Apr 17th, 2017 at 8:00 pm (pay what you can with proceeds going to KICKcancER.
Fri, Apr 21st, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 22nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

In Your Neighborhood Block Party


The Pour House, Dizzy Spells, and In You Neighborhood with Lou Niles presents...
A FREE / ALL AGES EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY 
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
At the Pour House (1903 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA)
Featuring live music and local businesses
12pm–8pm

Scope the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8aAn_KE3WE

Oysterfest 2017 Drops Lineup- June 9 & 10, 2017

Oysterfest is back for the 7th year and just dropped a doozy of a lineup, mostly because of Ghostland Observatory and homegrown legends Rocket From The Crypt, but there are plenty of other local favorites to consider opening up those wallets to buy tickets to the event. It takes place on June 9 & 10 and is a strictly 21+ event at Embarcadero Marina Park North. For full info and ticket info, click here.

Full weekend lineup includes: Matisyahu, Ghostland Observatory, Magic!, Rocket From The Crypt, Dam Funk, The Shelters, Vokab Company, Dance Yourself Clean, Josh Heinrichs, The Verigolds, Janelle Phillips.

The spiel:
The 7th Annual San Diego Oysterfest brings an amazing live music performance to the beautiful bayside setting of Marina Embarcadero North. The mixture of a music festival featuring national and local acts and an oyster festival featuring oysters from a variety of oyster farms throughout the shores of America creates a stimulating effect on the festival goers. Throw some beer, wine and/or alcohol on all of that and you end up with memorable moments to talk about at the water cooler on Monday.


Alternate art after the jump.


KAABOO Lineup 2017

I know I'm really, really slow on the draw on KAABOO, which was announced two weeks ago, but I was so busy reading everyone's comments about the event (snicker, snicker) that I never had the chance to actually post about it. And I'm gonna stay neutral on this. As an old friend reminded me, Candlebox and Counting Crows were my most listened to records my senior year of high school, so while I'd like to think I'm an uber-cool indie music snob, I'm not, and there are as many bands on the lineup that I'd be cool with seeing as not cool with seeing. In fact, I've seen 20+ of these bands in my lifetime already. I'm just not willing to drop $250 or whatever to be a part of it, but I'm certainly not gonna knock you if you do. Get all the info and ticket pricing, festival restrictions, and more here.


Summer Music & Camping Returns to In-Ko-Pah 4!

In-Ko-Pah is back! If you love a low key, DIY style festival, In-Ko-Pah should definitely be on your radar. Taking place at the Desert View Tower in Jacumba, this all-in BYO-everything camping and music fest takes place on June 3-4, 2017. For all camping info, ticketing, age restrictions, helpful hints and other info, check the official site here.



From the organizers:

The In-Ko-Pah emerged from the desire for a classic desert 'High Jinks.' We wanted to recapture the raw, non-commercial experience of outdoor music in a beautiful and unique location. Now in its fourth year, this non-profit event offers an evening of music and frolic under the wide-open sky at the Desert View Tower. Perched on a rocky hillside, the site hovers over the Anza-Borrego Desert, approximately one hour east of San Diego. In-Ko-Pah 4 offers music lovers and naturalists alike a chance to experience an authentic overnight event within our Southwestern region.

You will need to purchase a ticket before coming to the event and sales are available at http://inkopah4.brownpapertickets.com/


CURRENT LINEUP
The Mattson 2 • San Diego, California
Zig Zags • Los Angeles, California
Mrs. Magician • San Diego, California
Playboy Manbaby • Phoenix, Arizona
Birdy Bardot • San Diego, California
Buckfast Superbee • Encinitas, California
Creepseed • San Diego, California
The Widows • San Diego, California
The Mission Creeps • Tucson, Arizona
The Strawberry Moons • San Diego, California
The Bassics • Imperial Beach, California
Stephen El Rey • San Diego, California
Archons • San Diego, California
ETC • San Diego, California

Effects and lighting by Operation Mindblow

April 8 - Desert Generator Festival @ Pappy & Harriet's


I'm trying to work through all of these festivals, and being that this one is relatively close and features San Diego's own Earthless, I thought it was worthy of sharing. Full press release after the jump.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Annual Events and Festivals

So, I've been trying to find this old site I found last year that tracked festivals for vendors, and when I couldn't find it, I decided it was time for me to put together my own list. Finally. I've pretty much put it off for 11 years. I know I'll be adding to this forever, as more beer fests, fall CRSSD, bike events and others are announced, but I've made a permanent page link with this working list for your (and my own) reference.



April 8-9 When We Were Young  @ Observatory Orange County
April 14-16/April 21-23 Coachella @ Indio Polo Fields
April 15 Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival @ Handlery Hotel
April 22 CityBeat Festival of Beers @ El Cajon Blvd between Texas & Louisiana
April 23 EarthFair @ Balboa Park
April 29 Adams Avenue Unplugged @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights & Kensington
April 29-30 ArtWalk Little Italy @ India St between Date & Grape
April 29-30 Encinitas Street Fair @ Hyw 101, D St to J St.
May 5-7 Cinco De Mayo @ Old Town
May 13 Tacotopia @ Golden Hill Park
May 11-14 Gator By The Bay @ Spanish Landing Park
May 20 Festival of Arts in North Park @ North Park, University Between 30th & 32nd
May 20-21 Fiesta Del Sol @ Solana Beach, Hwy 101
May 26-28 BottleRock 2017 @ Napa Valley
May 27 Fiesta Botanica @ Balboa Park
June 3-4 In-Ko-Pah
June 3 Art Around Adams @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights & Kensington
June 2-July 4 San Diego County Fair @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
June 9-10 Oysterfest @ Embarcadero Marina Park North
June 11 FM 94/9 SPF @ Junior Seau Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier
June 11 91X X-Fest @ The Green at Qualcomm
June 29-July 2 High Sierra Music Festival @ Quincy, CA
July 8 Tour De Fat @ Waterfront Park
July 21-23 FYF @ Exposition Park, LA
July 20-23 Comic-Con 2017 @ San Diego Convention Center
Aug 5 Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium
August 11-13 Outside Lands @ Golden Gate Park
August 11-13 Artwalk Liberty Station @ Liberty Station
August 25-27 Carlsbad Music Festival @ Carlsbad, Various Locations
Sep 2-4 Festival Of Sail @ San Diego Big Bay Harbor
Sept 8-10 Ohana Fest @ Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Sept 15-17 KAABOO @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
Sep 30-Oct 1 Adams Avenue Street Fair @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights & Kensington
Sept 29-Oct 1, Oct 6-8 Oktoberfest @ German American Societies, El Cajon 
Oct 7-8 Maker Fair @ Balboa Park
Dec 1-2 December Nights @ Balboa Park



Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 3-Sunday, April 9, 2017


The weekends are never long enough. Generally it doesn't make a difference to me if it's a weeknight or weekend, except it means two days without a deluge of email, and I'm just not prepared for all the Monday nonsense. I still have a ton of stuff to post about this week, and I think I'll have to find the time later today to focus. It was a pretty good last few days. I worked at the Orwells show on Friday, and Saturday after Nova skated 256 laps for her skateathon, we reconvened and met up with my nieces for dinner, then she went off with them for a slumber party, so Darren and I had a fun date night seeing Black Joe Lewis at the Casbah and then finishing the night at the Ken Club. On Sunday, Nova played my niece's team for her first soccer game of the season. She's a pretty good little player, but this league is endlessly frustrating. For one, she was supposed to be placed on Johanna's team but the league director is, uh, difficult, to put things mildly. And, for the second year, she's with an inexperienced coach. I will bite my tongue another season, I guess. This week has some good stuff and I'm excited to catch some shows this week. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.