Friday, June 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, June 30- Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oh, man. This week has been super fun. Monday night was White Reaper and Ron Gallo at Soda Bar, and Tuesday I interviewed Jackson Phillips, aka Day Wave, before running to PB to draft our fall soccer team and then returned to the Casbah for the show. On Wednesday, I was not going to miss Chris Cornell UnderCover at the Office and that was a blast, but after three nights in a row, it was nice to pick up Nova and her friend after camp and spend the afternoon at Law Street. Tonight we've got the big SoundDiego party, CatPower on Saturday, and then a long 4th of July weekend, which is pretty bittersweet as we're now less than a week out from Nova leaving for four torturous weeks. Lots of fun stuff to do in the meantime. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

UPDATE:  My site is currently experiencing major malfunctions due to my ancient Photobucket account changing their hosting settings. I will fix them as quickly as I can.

Friday, June 30, 2017:
  • SoundDiego Live feat.  The Memories, Colleen Green, Creepseed @ Space (FREE with RSVP)
  • Blink-Fest, Bleed American, Dressed to Kill DJ"s Steve Oria & Derek Hubbard @ Casbah
  • The Vandals, Guttermouth, The Dickies @ The Observatory North Park ($10 Show!)
  • Dream Joints, Ese' & Zain @ Bar Pink
  • RAEN Presents: Tijuana Panthers, Amerikan Bear, The Paragraphs @ Belly Up
  • CANCELLED: Bit Maps, Rob Crow @ Whistle Stop 
  • Songwriter Showcase: Berkley Hart, Nina Francis, Jimmy Lansford, Lady Rogo, Jeff Lee, Cici Artemisia, Rob Deez, Kenny Eng, Sven Eric Seaholm, Robin Henkel, Lindsay White, Brothers Burn @ Java Joe's
  • Kelly McGarry Presents Lies N Rose (Tribute to Guns N' Roses), Epic (Tribute to Faith No More), Rage Again (Tribute to Rage Against the Machine), XANADOODZ (Tribute to Rush) @ House of Blues
  • Baby Girl: the Ladies of Hip-Hop and R&B @ Music Box
  • Bayside Summer Nights with Star Spangled Pops @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Jenny Don't And The Spurs, Ypsitucky, Trailduster @ Soda Bar
  • Michael Tomlinson @ AMSD 
  • 80s Tron Themed Indie Dance Party with Amnesia, Derek Hubbard & The Latin Lovers @ Blonde
  • Mission Hills Concerts in the Park feat. Liquid Blue @ Pioneer Park (6pm)
  • Dan + Shay @ Grandstand, San Diego County Fair 
  • Electronic Friday feat. Malukino, BB_Live, Gestek @ Paddock Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Killing The Messenger, Avoid, Redeem/Revive, ASCENSIONS., Upon The Water, Petrichor @ Soma
  • Lorraine Castellanos @ Panama 66
  • Family Thief, Mainman, Modern Me, Wanderer @ The Merrow
  • Pseudo @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Greener Grounds @ Winston's (5pm)
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Ease Up, Hazmat @ Winston's 
  • Jerry Jacobs @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Marujah, VIm Furor, Sisster @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Red Hots, DJ Oren @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The 5150 Rangers, Lotus the Band @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Sandollar, Twisted Relatives @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Viva El Diego with Johnny Deadly Trio @ Queen Bee's
  • Riva Rebels, The Kegels, 22 Missiles, Neck Down @ Tower Bar 
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Broken Record, Midnight Track, Batlords, Dr. Bobs Nightmare @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • Camron Zibaie @ U-31
  • The Emergency Exit @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • I-90 @ Navajo Live 
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • TrollPhace @ Bassmnt 
  • BUMP presents DJs Dazzla, Shige, Filoso, Arruza @ El Dorado
  • Dijital @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Chevy Woods & DJ Heartattak @ FLUXX
  • Prok & Fitch @ Bang Bang
  • NGHTMRE @ Omnia
  • Grand Sonic Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Rising Star,  DJ Nightengale @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • United By Bass Presents: Gardens Of God @ SPIN
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Purps 'N Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Somme new music for you

Local musician Jordan Cantor (Traffic Bear/Moat Swimmers) is now Somme.

Somme writes bonafide pop bangers in the vein of contemporaries such as Lorde, The Weeknd and Ryn Weaver, but with the musical capacity of artists such as Daft Punk and Bon Iver.

Check out the new video for her debut single 'Long Time' below :

NYLON write up:
Somme FB:

Free Dizzy Spells compilation (40+ free tracks)

Dizzy Spells is a creative assistance agency that specializes in helping artists with everything from show flyers to tour booking to music videos. Basically, if you need any help with an artistic project, the Dizzy Spells team is eager and willing to work with you. The Dizzy Spells team consists of local musicians, photographers and Graphic Design graduates. 

The latest Dizzy Spells endeavor was creating 'Volume 1', a massive compilation featuring over 40+ tracks for free on their bandcamp. The compilation includes new, exclusive tracks from local bands such as Weatherbox, Schitzophonics, The Bassics, Big Bad Buffalo, Future Crooks and many more. 

Check it out here: 

Dizzy Spells FB:
Dizzy Spells IG:

CRSSD FALL 2017: Earlybird Tickets On Sale Today at Noon

In case you missed it, the Fall CRSSD lineup recently dropped and the cheapest tier of tickets go on sale today at NOON!!

The event will be back at Waterfront Park on September 30 and October 1.

Get tickets:

Full Lineup:
Rüfüs, Chromeo, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, Hot Since 82, The Magician, The Black Madonna, Emancipator, Cut Copy, Mura Masa, Broods, FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), Breakbot, Marcel Dettmann, Patrick Topping, KiNK, Floorplan, Gerd Janson, Prins Thomas, Destructo, Solardo, Chris Lake, SOHN, Damian Lazarus, Phantoms, Mathew Jonson, Prok & Fitch, Bedouin, Jesse Rose, Detlef, Latmun, Palms Trax, Denis Sulta, SAINT WKND, Dena Amy, Elohim, Lophiile, Cooper Saver, Julia Govor, Ashworth, Lee K, Hito, Alex Wax

I just wonder if this lady is still around, angry tweeting about the first CRSSD Fest:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 26-Thursday-June 29, 2017

It was another great week in San Diego. I got to catch My Jerusalem at the Hideout, I worked for !!! on Wednesday, had a couple fun movie nights at home with my family, and caught the Birdy Bardot album release show on Friday. The kiddo is finally out of school so we'll be desperately trying to keep her busy. There's tons of fun stuff happening this week including the big opening of Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, July 1. We're at the end/beginning of the month, so a couple venues haven't updated (Black Cat Bar, Sycamore Den). Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ditch The Kids: Super Cool Summer Camps in San Diego

I know that summer kid stuff isn't typically what I post around here, but summer is here and with that comes the responsibility of filling up those kids' schedules. Nova is in derby year-round, we'll be getting our fall soccer roster soon, we're loaded up with our passes to Aquatica, Magic Mountain, and the San Diego Zoo, and we plan on lots of time at parks, at the beach, and hiking around San Diego, and pretty soon she'll be taking off to St. Louis for four weeks, but it still leaves us with stuff to plan, stuff we wish she could do but can't, and stuff maybe one day she can do should our summer arrangement ever change. So while thinking of all this stuff, I just kept getting more and more cool camp offers that I thought I'd share with you. Of course, San Diego County YMCA, San Diego Parks and Rec, and San Diego County Parks have plenty of activities, too, in addition to most of the 19 cities of San Diego County, plus all of your typical martial arts, sports, music, and arts facilities. Comment your favorites and I'll add them to the list!!

Mission Trails Summer Day Camps-
$125 per week. $100 per week for all four. Ages 6-12.
M-F, 10am-2pm
June 26 to 30 - River Camp
July 10 to 14 - Creepy Crawly Camp
July 24 to 28 - Nocturnal Creatures Camp
August 7 to 11 - Nature Detectives Camp

San Diego Humane Society Animal Adventure Camps
M-F, 9am-3pm, $240/wk, K-8
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4
August 7-11

Digital Gym 2017 Summer Camps
Summer Youth Media & Tech Camps 
Weekly (June 19 – August 25), 8:30am-3:00pm, Ages 6-14, $245/week

Mesa Rim Indoor Rock Climbing 4-DAY SUMMER ADVENTURE ROCKS! 
Camp at a Glance:
 $335 for 4-Day Adventure Camp, 9am-3pm, Ages 4-14.
Max capacity of 15 kids (smaller ratio of camp staff to climbers)
Snacks are included, bring your own lunch

Bilingual Kids Summer Camps @ Centro Cultural de la Raza
Offering Spanish or Mandarin Immersion, Ages 4-12
Full day $295 (8am-4pm) | Half day $195 (8am-12pm) | Single day $65
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4
August 7-11

Rock n' Roll Camp For Girls San Diego @ San Diego Performing Arts Center
July 24-28, Showcase Concert on July 29 at House of Blues
M-F, 9:30am-5pm, Ages 8-17, $375, (financial aid available)

Lux Art Institute:
GRADES K-12 | 9:00AM-2:00PM (extended day options available)
COST | $275 members| $350 guests per week
Week 1: (June 26th- 30th): Time Machine- Registration Closed
Week 2: (July 10th - 14th): Cultural Studio
Week 3: (July 17th-21st): Do-it-Yourself
Week 4: (July 24th-28th): Good Earth
Week 5: (July 31st - August 4th): 20th Century
Week 6: (August 7th - 11th): Building Design

Balboa Park Day & Week Camps (Various Locations/Pricing)
UC San Diego Youth Camps and Enrichment Programs (Various Ages/Locations/Pricing)
Summer Camp Programs at UC San Diego (Various Ages/Locations/Pricing)
Computer Science Summer Camps in San Diego - ThoughtSTEM
Aztec Science Camp (Various Ages/Locations/Pricing)

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!! Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

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. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.
Soccer season ended on Sunday. Gonna miss these girls, but we've surrendered and will be coaching this fall. 

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 and Sunday archives are after the jump.

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.