Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 24-Monday, April 30, 2018

I have tons of photos I'm working my way through, but this one is of Peelander-Z crowdsurfing at the Casbah last week. It was a nutso week, and as memorable for as many shows as I got to attend as for how many I had to miss. Sometimes you can't do it all, and with so many simultaneous shows I had to sit a few out. I did get to go to an awesome EDSD event last Tuesday in South Park, on Wednesday went to see Alvvays and Frankie Rose at Music Box and The Bronx at the Casbah, Haim on Thursday at Observatory, Friday I worked at Japanese Breakfast at the Irenic then went to the Casbah for Brian Karscig and Dead Feather Moon, and then had a chill Saturday with a movie night sleepover with my nieces and a chill Sunday around the house, then watching my niece play soccer and a little hang at the cliffwalk of OB, and then catching Marian Hill at the Observatory on Monday night. All in all a great week, and much more balanced with my family and shows and getting actual sleep at actual human hours, so I'm just in general feeling better than I had been and I cannot complain about that one bit. Full week listings are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018:
  • Emo Nite San Diego @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Coast Modern, Mikey Mike, Bikini Trill @ House of Blues
  • Prof, Mac Irv, Cashinova, Willie Wonka @ Soda Bar
  • Daytrip, Michael McGraw, Retra @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday with The Garners @ Bar Pink
  • Open Mic by Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's 
  • Sara Evans @ Sycuan Casino 
  • T Is For Techno @ Blonde
  • Backwater Blues Band – Pro / Am Jam Session @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Thicker Than Thieves, Cappo Kelley (from Diego Roots) @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • True Bass Tuesdays with DJ Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Kenkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House  
  • Beer Pong @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jazz and Cocktails @ Tio Leo's
  • Sketch Party & Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • T.J. Hooker @ 710 Beach Club
  • Open Mic Night, House Concert Series hosted by Ash Foster @ El Dorado

Monday, April 23, 2018

Photos: Declan McKenna & Chappell Roan @ Music Box, March 29, 2018

I'm catching up on life, so here's another show from March with Declan McKenna and Chappell Roan at Music Box. Darren and I went to this one and the line was around the block when we arrived, but we got in right as Chappell Roan started and you know how people throw around things like "the voice of an angel"? I've never really experienced that, but Chappell was charming and sweet and she had an amazing voice that silenced the often chatty room. You can catch her cover of the Cranberries after the jump. But of course we were there for Declan McKenna. He played at the Irenic a while back, so I thought I knew what to expect with his show and crowd, but in the time since that show, he's certainly grown as a performer and showman, was super glammed up, and the mostly-female crowd kinda lost their shit for anything he did or said. It was super fun, the music was great, and poor Darren survived the time while I was shooting and he was left alone looking like the older creepy man alone at the show. A note, they closed the photo section so the crowd could bump right up to the stage, so all my shots are from side stage or the back of the room.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrate 420: MC Flow Invites You To The Dispensary

I try to steer clear of 420 cliches, but my friend Abby, aka MC Flow, sent me this video last week and to be honest, I can't get the tune out of my head. She's got a new EP dropping today and will be appearing at the inaugural Bayked Festival going down this afternoon at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Flow's press release is after the jump. Click here for tickets and info to Bayked.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Photos: lovelytheband at Music Box, March 27, 2018

I've mentioned that the dumb little jack where my laptop charges hasn't been working, so I had a few days without any charge at all, and now even with two different and new power cables, I still need the whole thing opened up so that little jack isn't all wiggly. That said, I am super far behind in photo posts and with more and more photos just accumulating, I have to get up these pics of lovelytheband, who played the first 91X Inspired By Music show at Music Box on March 27. First, I have to say it was super fun because, as you probably know, Music Box is mostly a 21+ venue, and sometimes they will make a show 18+, but it is super rare for them to host all ages shows, so I let Darren off the hook and took Nova with me to the show.

All ages shows means a little bit tighter security, however, so when we got there the line was quite a line, but we made our way in, and she was able to get a nice little spot up front with a friend of mine and his kid who was about Nova's age. In fact, there were a lot of kids there, and especially lots of teen and tween girls. It was pretty great to watch the show through their lens, and the band engaged the fans, while addressing mental illness, depression, and self-esteem in a meaningful way. It was clear they were elated to be there, and the love was coming from the stage to the crowd and back again.

All in all, it was a super fun night and having the kiddo there made it that much cooler. We shot some video and tons more pics which you can find after the jump.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 17-Monday, April 23, 2018

Well I certainly had a good week. On Monday we caught Soccer Mommy and Madeline Kenney, then I went to Kevin Morby. On Tuesday, Darren, Nova and I decided to walk to Queen Bee's and caught Frankie Cosmos and Ian Sweet. On Thursday we got to see Angel Olsen and Priests, and watched tons of Couchella through the weekend. I worked at Murder City Devils on Saturday night and on Sunday after celebrating my sister's 40th, I got to shoot The War On Drugs, then went to Peelander-Z at the Casbah then Birdland at Blonde. Phew. I've got a ton of shows on the agenda this week, too, but not until I catch up on some serious sleep. I hope to get a ton of pics up this week, too, just gimme time. Full listings for this week are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018:
  • David Byrne - American Utopia Tour, Perfume Genius @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Kali Uchis @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • Miguel, SiR, Nonchalant Savant @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Boogarins, The Kabbs, Takahashi @ Casbah  
  • Hey Ocean!, Beginners, Coral Bells @ Soda Bar
  • Tank and The Bangas, The Seshen @ Belly Up 
  • Alborosie & the Shengen Clan, the Originators, DJ Stepwise @ Music Box
  • Mortar, Know Ending, Steeltoe @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • T Is For Techno @ Blonde
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sole & Paperback, PVC, Stuntdouble & tenshun, DJ Willy Guttz @ Til-Two Club
  • Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Open Mic hosted by Bobo Czarnowski 
  • Comedy Night hosted by Jaleesa Johnson @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • True Bass Tuesdays with DJ Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Joe Robinson @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House  
  • Beer Pong @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jukebox Kings @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Introspective Culture @ 710 Beach Club
  • Open Mic Night House Concert Series hosted by Ash Foster @ El Dorado

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 10- Monday, April 16, 2018

I was in broken computer hell last week but I have at least temporarily solved the problem so I didn't get out for a whole lot of shooting. We had fun seeing Courtship, Coasts, and The Hunna at House of Blues, and Nova came back from Spring Break on Wednesday. That night I went to the Casbah to catch Elise Trouw open for Moonchild. On Thursday, we hung out at Ziggy's benefit at URBN. On Saturday, Nova had early derby and soccer and after getting torched in the sun, I got a nice long nap before working at the Irenic, picking her up from my mom's, then heading to the Casbah for Low Volts, Scott H Biram, and JD Wilkes and Legendary Shack Shakers. On Sunday, Nova had a derby game but had to get there early, so we snuck off to the Jameson Your Neighborhood Block Party at Maverick's before returning for her game. They killed and she only skated three jams, but got the best jammer award anyway. I'm looking forward to some amazing shows this week and hopefully will get some more pics than I've had the past couple weeks. Tuesday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Monday, April 09, 2018

A Ship In The Woods Music and Art Festival Announced In Escondido June 16-17

A new entry in the local music festival scene, A SHIP IN THE WOODS presents their inaugural Music and Art Festvial at Felicita County Park on June 16-17.

Built To Spill, No Age, Bill Callahan(SMOG), and Shabazz Palaces to Headline the Inaugural 2018 A SHIP IN THE WOODS Music & Art Festival at Felicita County Park in Escondido, California.

A SHIP IN THE WOODS is a 501c3 nonprofit.

Tickets are on sale now with Early Bird Weekend pricing until April 20 for just $80.

Get your tickets here, just don't stare at the website too long our you might have a seizure.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

91X Announces Beer X Festival on June 23rd at Waterfront Park

Today, 91X announced their 4th Annual Beer X event, taking place at Waterfront Park on June 23rd.

4th Annual
91X Presents BeerX
Saturday, June 23
At Waterfront Park In San Diego, CA

With Performances From Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Pepper, 
Fishbone, Ethan Tucker Band, Marujah

 Festival Features Extensive Craft Beer Selection
Highlighting Some Of Southern California’s Best Breweries
Over 150 craft beer offerings from the best breweries from So Cal and beyond!

21+ from 1PM-4PM with unlimited craft beer tastings until 4PM.
Pre-sale starts Wednesday, April 4 at 8am
Ends Thursday, April 5 at 10pm

General on sale Friday, April 6 at 10am
Password: 91X

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Outside Lands 2018 Lineup Announced

 This morning, Outside Lands dropped their 2018 lineup. The festival will take place on August 10-12, 2018, in Golden Gate park. To me, Outside Lands and Sasquatch! are always the most desirable lineups and at the most desirable time of year, so though traveling for festivals isn't in my budget or lifestyle these days, it's still fun to dream a little. There's a whole press release about the whole deal, so I'll post that after the jump with the full lineup. What you really need to know is that 3-Day general admission and VIP passes go on sale this Thursday, April 5 at 10am PT. Info and tickets can be found on the Outside Lands site here.

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 3-Monday, April 9, 2018

I am a chronic procrastinator. I'm not especially good at dealing with life and adulting and shit. I'd rather just let it all build up, give me some major panic attacks, then hide under the covers until I have to suck it up, bite the bullet, and do whatever it is I was putting off. In this immediate case, it was replacing my computer charger. They're such a pain in the ass and so specific to each model computer that you can get a really good deal on the web but not get it for weeks, or get it right away but blow way too much money on it. So I'm in limbo right now, I ordered one and don't know when it will come, but until then, my laptop is basically a paperweight and I can't retrieve any of my docs or photos or anything. Super annoying. Luckily, we still have a couple older functional ones around the house, so all is not lost, but I'm not gonna get around to posting pics of lovelytheband or Declan McKenna or any others I was stalled on. Apparently I'm not the only procrastinator, however, so this week's listings are missing Sycamore Den, El Dorado, Black Cat Bar, and a few others. Maybe I'll update as they trickle in. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay Announces 2018 Full Season

On Sunday, Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay announced their 2018 concert season. I'll be busting out the canoe on a couple nights, but apparently housing in San Diego isn't the only thing outrageously priced in San Diego. I included the base ticket prices by show, but obviously you can check their full site for details on dinner or room packages. Shows that have already been on sale or sold out are in italics, the new announces are on sale Saturday, April 7th at 10am online or at the Humphrey's Box Office.

  • Tue, Apr 10 7:30 PM Chromeo, Phantoms (On sale. GA. Standing Only. $43.50)
  • Fri, Apr 13 7:30 PM Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (On sale. $59)
  • Sun, Apr 15 7:30 PM Fleet Foxes, Amen Dunes (On sale. $60)
  • Tue, Apr 17 7:00 PM Miguel, SiR, Nonchalant Savant (Sold Out. GA. Standing Only)
  • Thu, Apr 19 7:30 PM alt-J, Twin Shadow. (Sold Out. GA. Standing Only)
  • Sat, May 12 7:30 PM "Weird Al" Yankovic - The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, Emo Philips. (Sold Out)
  • Sun, May 13 7:00 PM An Acoustic Evening with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & Friends (On sale. $32.50)
  • Sun, Jun 03 8:00 PM The Monkees present The Mike & Micky Show (On sale. $65)
  • Mon, Jun 04 7:30 PM Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Joe Purdy ($70)
  • Thu, Jun 07 8:00 PM Michael Franti & Spearhead - Stay Human Tour, Victoria Canal & Dustin Thomas ($58.50)
  • Fri, Jun 15 7:30 PM Eric Burdon & The Animals, Edgar Winter Band ($59)
  • Fri, Jun 22 6:30 PM Dark Star Orchestra (GA. Standing Only. $35)
  • Sat, Jun 23 7:00 PM Trampled by Turtles, Deer Tick (On sale. GA. Standing Only. $45)
  • Mon, Jun 25 7:30 PM Violent Femmes, Blaise Garza, John Sparrow. ($45)
  • Fri, Jun 29 7:30 PM The Go-Go's ($66)
  • Tue, Jul 10 8:00 PM Straight No Chaser ($59)
  • Thu, Jul 12 7:00 PM Happy Together Tour 2018 ($59)
  • Sun, Jul 15 8:00 PM Pink Martini ($62)
  • Tue, Jul 17 7:30 PM Chris Isaak ($85)
  • Fri, Jul 20 7:30 PM Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ($40)
  • Mon, Jul 23 7:30 PM George Thorogood and The Destroyers Rock Party Tour 2018 ($58)
  • Tue, Jul 24 7:30 PM Supertramp's Roger Hodgson - Breakfast In America World Tour ($60)
  • Thu, Jul 26 8:00 PM Joe Bonamassa - The Guitar Event of the Year (On sale. $149)
  • Fri, Jul 27 8:00 PM Joe Bonamassa - The Guitar Event of the Year (On sale. $149)
  • Sun, Jul 29 7:30 PM Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour ($50)
  • Mon, Jul 30 7:30 PM The Decemberists, Whitney (On sale. $64)
  • Fri, Aug 03 8:00 PM Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons ($105)
  • Sun, Aug 05 7:30 PM The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo ($87.50)
  • Tue, Aug 07 7:30 PM Toto - 40 Trips Around The Sun (On sale. $67)
  • Wed, Aug 08 7:00 PM Hippiefest 2018 ($50)
  • Fri, Aug 10 7:30 PM Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss ($185)
  • Thu, Aug 16 7:00 PM Brandi Carlile ($66.50)
  • Thu, Aug 23 8:00 PM Rodriguez ($50)
  • Fri, Aug 24 8:00 PM The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute ($47)
  • Sun, Aug 26 7:30 PM George Benson ($79)
  • Mon, Aug 27 8:00 PM YES - 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman ($75)
  • Fri, Aug 31 6:30 PM Lost 80's Live ($67)
  • Fri, Sep 07 7:30 PM The Australian Pink Floyd Show - Time 2018 (On sale. $58)
  • Sat, Sep 08 8:00 PM Jake Shimabukuro ($50)
  • Sun, Sep 09 7:30 PM The Stylistics, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Eddie Holman ($55)
  • Tue, Sep 11 8:00 PM An Evening with Lyle Lovett & his Large Band ($65)
  • Wed, Sep 19 7:30 PM Kenny G ($55)
  • Fri, Sep 21 7:30 PM Air Supply ($63)
  • Wed, Sep 26 7:30 PM Boz Scaggs ($100)
  • Thu, Sep 27 8:00 PM Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band ($148)
  • Fri, Sep 28 7:30 PM A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour ($52)
  • Fri, Oct 05 7:30 PM America ($70)
  • Sat, Oct 06 7:30 PM The B-52s ($80)
  • Fri, Oct 12 8:00 PM Jesse Cook ($45)
  • Sat, Oct 20 7:30 PM Allen Stone, Nick Waterhouse. ($34.50)
  • Tue, Oct 30 7:30 PM Joan Baez - Fare Thee Well...Tour 2018 (Sold Out)

Team Ziggy: Fundraiser for Epilepsy

My brother-from-another-mother Kristian, his beautiful wife Carrie, and their little boys, Ziggy, Ozzy, and Jonze are once again raising money for Team Ziggy and their participation in Sharon's Ride.Run.Walk. To join in the fun, they're hosting a night at URBN Pizza in North Park on Thursday, April 5th from 4-7pm, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. We love this family so very deeply and whether you know them or not, no doubt this is a worthy cause and worth supporting. Besides, Kristian is pretty much the most awesome person ever and pretty much has the most amazing and beautiful network of friends, so it'll be a veritable who's who in San Diego.  If you can't make the event, you can donate directly to Team Ziggy right here. If you want to take it a step further, join the team and walk on April 15th at De Anza Cove.

From Carrie:
It's been a little over a year since our Zig was diagnosed with Partial Epilepsy (Dec. 2016) and over that year we have had our share of challenges, as well as breakthroughs when it comes to Ziggy’s epilepsy.  I’m happy to say that he’s doing really well!  I wish that I could say that we’ve found all the answers and solved the riddle that is Ziggy’s condition but that is just not the case.  We have only begun to scratch the surface of what is going on inside his 6 year old body and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t wonder if we’re doing all we can for him and have made the right choices for him.  This is the never ending battle of having a child with epilepsy.  You can’t trust anything will stay the same, that another seizure won’t happen when you least expect it or that these new behaviors are part of he epilepsy.  You just don’t know.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Photos: Flogging Molly, Jon Snodgrass, Scott H Biram @ The Observatory, March 14, 2018

I always mean to post photos the day after a show, but stuff comes up and then I feel like nobody really cares anymore anyway, but real people go out of their way to make it possible for me to be able to shoot, so eventually I acknowledge the photos deserve to see the light of day, even if they're spotty and hazy from my dirty camera. That said, I hadn't intended to go to the Flogging Molly show, and then I realized Jon Snodgrass was opening and though I knew it was sold out, I had to ask anyway, and so I got to be one of the lucky ones in the photo pit. I've been missing the openers at the Observatory a lot lately because they tend to come on at 8 and I always feel bad heading out before Nova's bedtime, but I made an exception for this one.

Scott H Biram opened the show and he's always great to see. He plays the Casbah a few times a year, so I feel like I see him often and I'm fully onboard with the scruffy punk guys doing the twangy outlaw country-tinged singer-songwriter thing. He'll be back at the Casbah on April 7th with JD Wilkes and The Legendary Shack Shakers, where he and Low Volts can have a duel of the best one man band.

Hopefully Jon Snodgrass comes back soon, too He was next onstage and I love his voice so much and he played a few of my favorite Drag The River tunes among his set and made some relatable dad-rock comments throughout the show, too. I've also included an embed (shot with my phone) when O came out to play with him. He has a long history in San Diego and with Cargo Records and gave a nice shout out to Larry Munroe and O and others.

Finally, Flogging Molly hit the stage. It's hard to say anyone is energetic after Gogol Bordello just the week before, but Flogging Molly is certainly up there when it comes to onstage energy. The last time I saw them was at Street Scene what seems like forever ago. I was on the 9th floor of the Clarion watching the street below and a thousand bros in a massive circle pit, and at no fault of the band, having that feeling that Street Scene was over, it had grown too big while downtown open spaces were diminishing. I wasn't wrong, but that's why seeing the band in the contained space of the Observatory felt both nostalgic and hopeful, that all good things come back around. I took hundreds of pictures but have trimmed it down after the jump.

Local Radio News: 98/9 TJ-SD To Launch March 31 and other radio tidbits...

You may or may not have heard that More-FM is modifying their format to be a multilingual and 'Borderless' station branded 98/9 TJ-SD. As much as it pains me to link to a KL penned article, The Reader primarily focuses on the fact that Cesar Gonzalez--owner of the now defunct Mama Testa (home of the best salsa ever but never served without attitude)--will be the first on-air personality at the station, then digs in a little on Halloran, who will be playing three hours of cross-border local artists every weeknight from 9pm-Midnight. As someone who has known Hal for years, and worked with station owner Mario Mayan and sales director Randy Phillips for several years back in the day, I'm super excited about a new radio format to stir the San Diego pot.

From a local music perspective, Halloran and crew are trying to build their local music catalog. Bring CDs to Pitbull Audio in National City 2 pm on Saturday, March 31, or April 7 at 2 pm at Secret Garden [Jardin Secreto] on Manuel Doblado in Tijuana. If you plan on submitting music, note that they are specifically requesting CDs. Don't email links or MP3s. If you don't have CDs, burned ones are usually acceptable, but LABEL them. The CD itself and the case should both include your Band Name, a contact phone number and/or email, web address and track titles. On the case, you might suggest one or two "singles" from the record, bio, band photo, and other pertinent or more specific info. (Perhaps my old San Diego Music Thing notes might help in this situation.)

In other radio news, 91X recently launched a new morning show...The Moug Show...and you know I'm not commuting or listening to radio in the mornings (or even awake) to have an opinion about it. Meanwhile, Woods is back on the air at The Mighty 1090 with the Ben and Woods show, offering up morning sports talk weekdays from 6-9am.
 And on Monday night, I was made aware of the disgusting, tacky, and insensitive photo posted on social media by the new Kevin Klein Live show on 97.3, which has flipped from Energy 97.3 to The Machine 97.3, which will be a classic rock format and taking the Padres broadcasts from Alt 94/9.  The dude's morning show starts today. I'm not posting his shit photo here, but I'm sure you've seen it, and you can see the backlash on NBC, the U-T here  and HERE  and even the Padres. If what he wanted was attention, mission accomplished. I'm not the demo so my not listening doesn't mean shit to them, but for the record, fuck that guy and all the assholes defending the post.

If radio news interests you, you should always keep up on SanDiegoRadio.org and you can see press releases, news, and quarterly radio ratings, and marvel at the fact that country is the 3rd ranked station in San Diego, and more people listen to Christian Radio than to your favorite alternative station. Gag.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 27- Monday, April 2, 2018

It was a bit of a rough week, I have to be honest. The night of the Music Awards I was already feeling a little sick, enough that I'd almost given up my ticket. It ended up being a long and crazy night and has left me with a hacking cough, achy body, and more jacked up sleeping hours than usual. I rallied enough to catch Lucy Dacus and And The Kids on Wednesday then laid low the rest of the week. I missed the march, but caught Sure Fire Soul Ensemble at Soda Bar then L.A. Salami at Casbah on Saturday, and wasn't up for working a whole Casbah shift but did catch Rhett Miller's set on Sunday, and then Monday was hell because I was feeling better but Darren got some bug or food poisoning so we were tied home. Fortunately Nova was off with my nieces, getting some time in before she leaves to Missouri so hopefully we can at least keep her germ-free before her trip. Supposing Darren's thing is just a quick blip, this week should be a whole lot better.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

KAABOO 2018 Lineup Announced

The 2018 Lineup for KAABOO was released this morning. The festival takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds the weekend of September 14-16, 2018. I'm going to just give you the full press release after the jump.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 San Diego Music Awards at House of Blues

It was another great night on Monday as the San Diego Music Awards were held at the House of Blues. The air was electric, the vibe celebratory, and the beverages flowing. I got to sit with our SoundDiego crew, which was especially awesome as several of our own crew were presenters, performers, and a couple even honored with awards. You can see the full story at SoundDiego. More than the awards, however, it's super awesome to see and hear so much talent in the same room at the same time, and the after party at the Casbah was off the chain and a great chance to catch up with so many old friends. Full list of winners below and more phone cam pics after the jump.

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
2018 San Diego Music Awards•Official Winners List

The following are the winners of the 27th annual San Diego Music Awards, presented on Monday, March 19, 2018 at House of Blues.

Best Singer/Songwriter- Lindsay White
Best Jazz-Danny Green
Best Jazz Album-Rebecca Jade & Pete Sprague Planet Cole Porter
Best Blues-Whitney Shay
Best Blues Album-Robin Henkel  Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed
Best Country or Americana-Sara Petite
Best Country or Americana Album-Trouble in the Wind Pineapple Moon
Best Hip Hop/Rap-Vokab Kompany
Best Hip Hop or Rap Album-1019 The Numberman Solus Superstes
Best Indie/Alternative-Authentic Sellout
Best Indie/Alternative Album-Grizzly Business Spanish Old Fashioned
Best Pop- Birdy Bardot
Best Pop Album-Marie Haddad Stories from Atlantis
Best Rock-The Farmers
Best Rock Album-Mittens Endlessly
Best World Music-B-Side Players
Best World Music Album- Marujah Marujah Rising
Best Local Recording-Wish & the Well Darling Darling
Best Live Performer-The Creepy Creeps
Best New Artist-Jumbotron
Artist of the Year-Trouble in the Wind
Song of the Year-Ariel Levine-"Sunshine Part 2:On My Color TV"
Album of the Year-Little Hurricane Same Sun, Same Moon
Lifetime Achievement Award– The Paladins

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 20-Monday, March 26, 2018

Another crazy week in the books and another crazy one to come. After spending last Sunday at Safari Park and Monday at the Zoo, we went to see the La Jolla Seals on Tuesday. During the week, I also got to shoot the Flogging Molly show (with Jon Snodgrass and Scott H Biram opening), followed by the Mowgli's at the Casbah in the same night. Friday I hit up the Redwoods Revue, on Saturday we took Nova and my nieces to see Wrinkle In Time, and Sunday night we went to see C.W. Stoneking at Soda Bar after spending the day at Nova's piano recital and hanging out at the Cabrillo Monument tidepools and Monday doing the SDMA's. So yeah. Busy but fun.  Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Photos: Gogol Bordello and The Lucky Chops at Observatory North Park, March 3, 2018

A couple weeks back, I had the pleasure of shooting Gogol Bordello and The Lucky Chops at the Observatory North Park. When Darren and I were first dating, he had an old Gogol shirt that he wore and cross-referencing shows we'd both been to without knowing each other was one of those things we did as we got to know each other. It was a super amazing night and The Lucky Chops brought an amazing energy to start the show off.  Gogol's full setlist is here  though we dipped out at the encore because Darren wasn't feeling super well. Anyway, I thought I'd already posted these, but found them sitting in my queue, so here they are now. A bazillion more after the jump, including Lucky Chops.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 13-Monday, March 19, 2018

Last week was a little less exciting because after working the Hot Snakes show on Wednesday night, I got a bit of a bug and decided to keep it low key the rest of the week, though I did catch Thunderpussy at Casbah on Friday. Still, trying to keep it mellow, we went to the Safari Park on Sunday and the nursery was still open in the afternoon, so we got to ooh and aah over the three 9 week old cheetah cubs. We also hit the zoo on Monday and though the animals aren't particularly a fan of Daylight Saving Time, it means you can stay at the park a little longer than you could before DST. This week is SXSW so pretty chill on the touring acts, but lots of SDMA showcases and preparties to keep you entertained. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Photos: Real Estate and Bedouine at Music Box, February 27, 2018

i kinda already told you about the Real Estate show a couple weeks back, but to recap, it was Darren's birthday, February 27th. We got there early because we heard Bedouine was amazing, and she certainly lived up to the expectation. Although I missed it because I was in the back of the room for a minute after shooting, apparently she called out the loud talkers in the room, which only makes me respect her more. The last time we caught Real Estate was at the free Casbah show sponsored by Newcastle, and in the couple of years in between, there was a whole lot of controversy with former guitarist Matt Mondanile and his side project Ducktails, which has ultimately mostly disappeared off the face of the earth in light of #MeToo. We love Real Estate though it isn't exactly clear why they left "Talking Backwards" out of their set. Regardless, we had a great time and especially because our friend Joe came and plucked us from the crowd and put us in the owner's box which is on the 2nd level mezannine, adjacent to the soundbox. It's the best view in the room and we felt honored and lucky to be there. A bazillion photos after the jump.

From the Owner's Seats

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 6-Monday, March 12, 2018

It was Darren's birthday last week, and it's super hard to celebrate the person you love when they'd rather just quash any mention of it, but he somewhat relented and we ended up having an amazing week. We had the big dinner with my family the day before his birthday, then we went to Music Box on the actual night of to catch Real Estate and Bedouine, where we were gifted the privilege of sitting in the owners' box after I was done shooting. It was a fairly mellow week besides that, until Saturday when Nova went with her team to an LA bout and we stayed behind for the amazingness of Gogol Bordello and The Lucky Chops. I'll try to get a ton of those pics up this week. In the meantime, this week is looking pretty solid with music and fun stuff to do. Full week larchives are after the jump.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 27-Monday, March 5, 2018

Last week I was freaking out because I was gonna be out every night last week. What I didn't factor into the equation was that I would jack my back and have spasms all week. I was able to shoot Dan Auerbach on Monday and tUnE-yArDs on Tuesday, but I was sitting for the majority of both shows and I had to have my merch gigs covered. I was finally mobile again this past weekend, and Nova had back to back slumber parties, so Darren and I enjoyed getting out for Missing Persons on Friday, and after I got to catch The Spits at Space. It was so damn cold we laid low on Saturday, but I worked on Sunday at the Irenic then hung out with Julie at the Office. Today is Darren's birthday so we had a big family dinner last night and tonight we'll be checking out Real Estate and typical fashion, he really doesn't want any attention but it's a big one so we'll keep trying to find ways to make it special. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mondo Cozmo Pens Blistering and Heartbreaking "The Ballad Of Vegas"

I love Mondo Cozmo. Here's a little secret: we almost exclusively listen to Sirius XMU or playlists on Google Play at home and in the car. So when I'm driving alone, I have Mondo Cozmo in the CD player and it's now been in there for maybe 8 months and it is my solace. I'm terribly sad I missed his other jaunts through town last year after his Casbah show, and if I could get up to his show in LA, I totally would, but it's just not feasible without making Nova ditch school. So I eagerly wait for him to book another Casbah show, or maybe an Irenic show, and listen to him on loop. I know I don't typically use this space for new music (because there are a thousand other music blogs who do that), this one is important and poignant and timely and beautiful. Don't tell me today's artists don't know how to write protest songs. (I mean, you saw my David Dondero videos, right?)

If you would like a FREE DOWNLOAD of this song, simply email mondocozmoPEACE@gmail.com

If you would like to support organizations fighting for common sense reform of gun legislation, here are some good ones:

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Newtown Action Alliance

Everytown for Gun Safety

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

March For Our Lives

Typhoon @ Music Box, February 10, 2018

I told you how I went to Vegas a few weeks back for The National. On that trip, Jeff and I had 12+ hours in the car for the roundtrip adventure, and as such, we listened to a ton of new records, including Offerings, the latest from Typhoon. The record is amazing, and weird, and intricate, and heartbreaking, and powerful. Listening through the desert, I'd decided that I had to see what they're about live. Because the record is a cohesive story in four parts, I was curious if they'd just play the whole thing front to back. That would've been awesome, but also maybe too intense, so I was actually surprised how uplifting and fun the show was. Despite the seriousness of the record, and the amazing musicianship, the members themselves don't seem to take themselves too seriously, and the energy from the stage to the crowd and back again was easy to get caught up in. I took a zillion photos, and several of them are after the jump.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

San Diego County Fair Performer Applications Open

I got this a few days ago and thought I'd pass it along from the people at the San Diego County Fair.


DEL MAR, Ca. (Feb. 16, 2018) ­– Hey San Diego – we know you’ve got talent! You have until March 13 to apply to perform at the 2018 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. This year’s Fair runs June 1-July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Each year, the San Diego County Fair showcases the talent of local entertainers on eight stages throughout the Fair. It’s a chance for you to show off what you do best and perform family-friendly entertainment that will spread Fair-time cheer. Whether you are part of a dance group, band, Latin group, or a soloist, the Fair offers a perfect spot to showcase your talent.

March 13 is the deadline to apply to be considered to perform at the 2018 San Diego County Fair. After that date, you will be put on a waitlist. Don’t delay – apply today!

Entertainer applications are available online at www.sdfair.com/perform

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 20-Monday, February 26, 2018

What a week. I swear, I thought I'd never get these listings done. Last week was a great one though I only made it to Chuck Ragan and Jesse LaMonaca at Casbah before we went on our trip to Phoenix. I love road trips and the desert landscape is beautiful, but I'm not a fan of the AZ. That said, we made the best of it and Nova enjoyed being with her teammates. The Juvenile Dollinquents lost pretty handily to the home team, the Arizona Minor Assaults, but later that day beat the LA Junior Derby Dolls by nearly 250 points, so it would've been nice to see Nova on the track more than she was since we made the effort to be there. After the tournament, we did have an amazing dinner at Lou Magneti's (famous Chicago deep dish pizza) and on Sunday we went on a nice hike at Hole-In-The-Rock before driving home. Plus, I got home early enough to catch Adult Magic, Odd Robot, and Samiam at Awesomefest, and then on Monday got to see the brilliance of Dan Auerbach and The Easy Eye Sound Revue. This week is going to be bonkers, because I'm going to Tune-Yards, selling merch for Superchunk and Willie Watson, then I plan on going to Missing Persons on Friday and Bruno Major on Saturday, then I'm working Enter Shikari at the Irenic on Sunday. Yikes. I might have to reorganize because I don't do well going out that many nights in a row. Anyway, it's a great week for live music so go out and get some. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Locachella: Coachella "Sideshow" Acts In San Diego

I'm ecstatic that San Diego is getting a good cut of this year's Coachella cake. The other day I posted the freshly announced Observatory shows, but obviously there are so many venues getting in on the action, I thought I'd make a more complete list of Coachella artists playing in San Diego before, between, or after Coachella.

  • Thursday, March 29 Declan McKenna, Chappell Roan @ Music Box
  • Tuesday, April 10 Chromeo, Phantoms @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Wednesday, April 11 Hayley Kiyoko @ Observatory North Park 
  • Tuesday, April 12 David Byrne @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Thursday, April 12 Angel Olsen @ Music Box
  • Sunday, April 15 War On Drugs @ Observatory North Park  
  • Sunday, April 15 Fleet Foxes, Amen Dunes @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Monday, April 16 Ibeyi @ Belly Up  
  • Monday, April 16 Jungle @ Observatory North Park  
  • Tuesday, April 17 David Byrne @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Tuesday, April 17 Miguel, SiR, Nonchalant Savant @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Tuesday, April 17 Boogarins @ Casbah
  • Tuesday, April 17 Kali Uchis @ Observatory North Park 
  • Wednesday, April 18 Alvvays, Frankie Rose @ Music Box
  • Wednesday, April 18 The Bronx, NO PARENTS @ Casbah
  • Wednesday, April 18 Tash Sultana @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, April 19 alt-J, Twin Shadow @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Thursday, April 19 Jessie Ware @ Belly Up 
  • Thursday, April 19 HAIM @ Observatory North Park 
  • Friday, April 20 Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, And And And @ The Irenic
  • Friday, April 20 King Krule @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, April 22 Ron Gallo The Nude Party, Twen @ Casbah
  • Monday, April 23 Marian Hill, Michl @ Observatory
    Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Observatory North Park Announces Coachella "Sideshows"

OMG! I have been so curious about what shows would come through for "Localchella" and I got a little heads up last night from the Observatory. All of these shows are now announced.

GRAMMY Award Winners War On Drugs are playing at The Observatory between Coachella weekends.
Photo by Shawn Brackbill Courtesy Pitch Perfect PR
  • Wed, Apr 11   Hayley Kiyoko @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Sun, Apr 15  War On Drugs @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Mon, Apr 16   Jungle @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Tue, Apr 17   Kali Uchis @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Thu, Apr 19   HAIM @ Observatory North Park - Onsale Feb 16
  • Wed, Apr 18    Tash Sultana @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Fri, Apr 20   King Krule @ Observatory North Park - SOLD OUT
  • Mon, Apr 23 Marian Hill, Michl @ Observatory North Park
Additionally, Casbah announced Ron Gallo @ Casbah on April 22. Tickets are also on sale for this one are on sale Friday at 10am

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 13-Monday, February 19, 2018

We were back at the Safari Park on Sunday and though we missed the new cheetah cubs, we got to see a baby rhino born just a few days earlier. We caught her nursing, then later saw her chasing gazelle, and it even looked like her mom was playing peek-a-boo with her because she was hiding in the little hut and then surprising her. After watching Dagmar's Extinction Crisis the week before and the very graphic video of Thandi, just seeing this little baby made me incredibly emotional. Over the weekend, I also had the chance to catch Typhoon and Mimicking Birds at Music Box (photos to come) and David Dondero at Soda Bar (check out his protest songs Presidential Palace of Pornography and When The Pendulum Swings). This week (besides watching endless hours of the Olympics) I'm thinking I'll check out Chuck Ragan and maybe Mary Timony at Casbah, but for the weekend we'll be missing most of Awesome Fest because Nova has a derby tournament in Phoenix. I hope everyone has a great week. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Things to Do In San Diego: Saturday, February 10-Monday, February 12, 2018

This has been an amazing week and a shit week all at once. I got to see the phenomenal Phoebe Bridgers on Monday, then had time to catch Western Scene with my old friend Tom at the Casbah afterward. I also interviewed Patty Lynn of The Wind and The Wave and caught their show on Wednesday night. There was also some compelling TV (like This Is Us finding their stride again, or the kick off of the Winter Olympics). But it's also shit. I shouldn't let the news or stress or the messes of life get to me but I have sometimes crippling anxiety and insomnia and Friday night was the first night I actually slept this entire week (versus all nighters then 'dozing' in the daytime while Nova is at school). I'm trying to do the things like cutting late screen time or just shutting off the news entirely, but in this line of work and in this day and age it's nearly impossible. So for now it's either nighttime advil or melatonin. I need to get a normal sleep schedule. That said, I was up all shiny and early this morning so I thought I'd update the listings so they're easier to find. Saturday through Monday archives are after the jump.

St. Vincent @ Observatory North Park 1.27.18

I'm not gonna lie. I am kind of embarrassed to share these photos. I was so excited to see St. Vincent at the Observatory a couple weeks back. She's long been one of Darren's favorites and over time has become one of mine, too. I had the chance to see her a few times before, including House of Blues and the tour with David Byrne in Orange County, but this one was even better for numerous reasons-- it was on my home turf, I got to shoot, she was playing solo, I got to see her with Darren, her aunt and uncle Tuck & Patti opened the show after hearing about them for years, Nova was at a sleepover, it was a Saturday night...the reasons are endless. And then I get 50 pictures loaded in and see that the lighting was actually TOO good and got every speck of dust and hair that's just locked in my camera. I have two cats and a dog, I carry my cameras just about everywhere and not in their photo bag, so I'm just always going to have imperfections, but on someone as flawless as Annie Clark--St Vincent--they're just way worse. So my apologies, I don't use lightbox or edit my photos, you get them how I shot them. And if I don't share them then I get backed up and stop sharing altogether and it's a big downward spiral. But I'll spare you and put them after the jump. (Unless you're on mobile, then you'll just get them all in one quick burst).

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 6-Friday, February 9, 2018

Last week turned out to be an exceptional one. I went to Pinback on Monday and Wednesday, Passion Pit on Thursday, Strfker & Reptaliens on Friday, Chris Doherty at Pink then The Belle Game and Wens on Saturday, and Phoebe Bridgers on Monday. That's a pretty solid week of music. We're kinda laying low right now between soccer seasons, so it's been nice not always rushing around and getting to do some fun afterschool stuff. We're looking good in February, but as bands prepare for SXSW, things stay a little slow, so don't skip the good shows when you have a chance to catch them. Tuesday through Friday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 30-Monday, February 5, 2018

I didn't realize sportsball was like a national holiday, but apparently shows just die on Super Bowl weekend.  It's also the beginning of the month, so not everyone is properly represented here. It was a very good week, St. Vincent was AMAZING and it will be hard to beat her live show. I'll get all the photos up soon, but for now, listings archives are after the jump.

Monday, January 29, 2018

San Diego Music Award Nominees Released

The San Diego Music Foundation announced this year's San Diego Music Awards nominees. Public vote categories can be found here. The full press release is after the jump. This year's award ceremony will be at the House of Blues on Monday March 19.

The 2018 San Diego Music Awards nominees are:

Best Singer / Songwriter
Jimmy Ruelas
Lindsay White
Sarah Rogo
Lee Coulter
Shane Hall

Best Jazz
Danny Green
Euphoria Brass Band
Jason Hanna
Montalban Quintet
Nathan Hubbard
Sue Palmer & her Motel Swing Orchestra

Best Blues
Bill Magee Blues Band
Black Market III
Mercedes Moore
Missy Andersen
Stoney B Blues band
Whitney Shay

Best Country or Americana
Berkley Hart
Morgan Leigh Band
Nena Anderson
Sara Petite
Shawn Rohlf
The Moves Collective

Best Hip Hop/Rap
DJ Pnutz
Odessa Kane
Riston Diggs
TC Doe
Vokab Kompany

Best Indie/Alternative
Authentic Sellout
Bad Kids
Buckfast Superbee
The Bassics
The Heavy Guilt
The Verigolds

Best Pop
Birdy Bardot
The Ordeal
Tolan Shaw
The Phantoms
The Midnight Pine

Best Rock
The Farmers
The Oxen
The Routine
The Schizophonics

Best World Music
B-Side Players
Doornob Collective
Split Finger
Todo Mundo
Tribal Theory

Best Jazz Album
Dave Scott - One Big Beautiful World
Lori Bell & Ron Satterfield - Blue(s)
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio - I Am Calm
Patrick Yandall - A Journey Home
Rebecca Jade & Peter Sprague - Planet Cole Porter
Wayne Riker - Soulfully Sliding

Best Blues Album
Chickenbone Slim - The Big Beat
Fuzzy Rankin - The Blues
Robin Henkel - Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed
John January & Linda Berry - Chemistry 101
Mohavi Soul - Hometown Blues
Nathan James - What I Believe

Best Country or Americana Album
Jeff Berkley - Whore House, Hot Sauce & Souvenirs
Nancarrow - Hot Chicken
Ryan Hiller - Big Medicine
Sara Petite - Road Less Traveled
Tim Flannery - Last of the Old Dogs
Trouble in the Wind - Pineapple Moon

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album
1019 The Numberman - Solus Superstes
Audio Cord - Stanz the Six 9teener
Biggie Babylon - Hash Tag Hip Hop N Dance
Bloodstone - Rapolutionary
No1MC - Conditional Struggle
Saviorself - Nasty City

Best Indie/Alternative Album
Aviator Stash - s/t
Grizzly Business - Spanish Old Fashioned
Imagery Machine - Skydriver
Sights & Sages - Double Plus
Skyterra - Over The Edge
Splavender - Hallucinations & Hospitalizations

Best Pop Album
Marie Hadad - Stories from Atlantis
Nina Francis - Between Dreams
Astra Kelly - Chasing the Light
Michael Tiernan - Love & a Gun
Sister Speak - The Stand
Steven Ybarra - The American Dream

Best Rock Album
Electric Mud - Dangerous Promises
Mittens - Endlessly
Superunloader - Twice in Half
Taken by Canadians - s/t
The Paragraphs - It's Always Never
Dirty Sweet - Once More Unto the Breach

Best World Music Album
B-Side Players - California Brown
Mango Habanenro - Live
Marujah - Marujah Rising
Mike Pinto - Hotel Rendezvous
Strictly Skunk - s/t
Tribal Seeds - Roots Party

Best Local Recording
Ambassadors of Soul - Just Make It Funky
Comanche Moon - Derailed
Sham Saints - Out of Tune
The G. Burns Jug Band - The Fever
Veronica May - Awakened
Wish & the Well - Darling Darling

Best Live Performer
Joshua White
Mrs. Henry
Surefire Soul Ensemble
The Creepy Creeps
The Schizophonics
Trouble in the Wind

Best New Artist
Sights & Sages
Well Well Well
Stephanie Brown & The Surrealistics
The Goldettes

Artist of the Year
Casey Hensley Band
Parker Meridien
Gilbert Castellanos
The Redwoods Collective
The Schizophonics
Trouble in the Wind

Song of the Year
Ariel Levine - Sunshine Part 2: On My Color TV
Aviator Stash - Lazy Summer Days
Buckfast Superbee - Sex it Sells
Little Hurricane - OTL
P.O.D. - Soundboy Killa
Switchfoot - If the House Burns Down Tonight

Album of the Year
Cindy Lee Berryhill - The Adventurist
Jack Tempchin - Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Joshua White - 13 Short Stories
Ariel Levine - Let the Machine Get It
Little Hurricane - Same Sun, Same Moon
Parker Meridien - Fists Like Gott

For complete event information or to purchase tickets, visit sandiegomusicawards.com.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Photos: Wolf Parade at The Observatory North Park, January 23, 2018

I'd really been looking forward to seeing Wolf Parade at the Observatory. I'm not sure if I missed something, but as far as I can tell, they played the Casbah, then played Cane's in 2007 and again in 2008, and haven't been back since. It seems impossible that it has been that long, so maybe if you know otherwise, let me know.

We took Nova and a friend to the Safari Park all afternoon, so by the time we were back and I finished my work, I'd kinda lost some motivation to race out of the house and I had a funny feeling, so I decided to text my friend in the box office to confirm that I was on the list with a photo pass. Sadly, I was not. My confirmation was sent to me 5 days prior, and I knew I should've reached out today to confirm, but late night/kid/Safari Park made me a little flaky. So it was approaching 8pm and I had no tickets. I scrambled to reach out to the label and to the venue production manager to see if the tour manager could last minute add me. By 8:30, I hadn't heard back and had kind of resigned myself to staying in, when the rep got back to me with the tour manager's info at the same time the production manager told me it was a go...and it turns out the TM is Lewis, who was last here for Metz, but who I've sold merch for a dozen times for bands like Yuck, Christopher Owens, and several others. So hooray, the pass came through, by 8:45 I was out of the house, and got to the Observatory with 10 minutes to spare before Wolf Parade started. 

All of this is to say that after all that effort (and my little facebook tantrum), I wish I had better photos to share. Sometimes the lighting and the subjects are just magic, and sometimes I just ain't got it. The show itself was great, albeit kinda low energy because, as Spencer explained, the band members had all passed the flu to one another and were still suffering. Throughout the hour and a half set, Spencer had to leave the stage or back off the gear a few times. I expected a lot more of a crowd, but maybe it had been too long, maybe people are just not aware of the new record, maybe everyone is still too poor after the holidays. Whatever the case, I'm glad I rallied, got my shit together, and made it to the show.

Lazarus Online
Soldiers Grin
Grounds For Divorce
You're Dreaming
Valley Boy
Fine Young Cannibals
Baby Blue
Flies on the Sun
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
This Heart's On Fire
I'll Believe In Anything

Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
Shine A Light
Kissing the Beehive

The show finished at 10:30 on the dot, and while it was super great, it was exactly as much show as I could handle because my back was killing me. Between Vegas, going out on Monday night, and spending the day at the Safari Park I was completely wiped out. Thanks to Wolf Parade for coming back to San Diego, I hope you all get better soon. Thanks to Bekah and Rikki and Lewis for scrambling for me at the last minute. I hope they Wolf Parade doesn't wait a decade to come back, and I hope they didn't just give 500 music fans the flu.

Now fingers crossed, let's hope I can secure my photo pass for St Vincent on Saturday.

More photos after the jump.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 23-Monday, January 29, 2018

I hope people still bother looking at these listings because they seem to take longer and longer every week. We have sooo much music in San Diego, as well as a ton of venues with super terrible websites, and I look through all of them. Anyway, to catch up, besides my weekend trip to Vegas, last week Nova tried out for the Blast (because her AllStar coach recommended trying out even if no way we're joining). On Tuesday night I went to the Buck-O-Nine and Mustard Plug show and Thursday I went to Surfer Blood. This week I'm looking forward to Wolf Parade, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Deep Dark Woods, St Vincent, and Pinback. We're going to Safari Park today, too, so of course I'm looking forward to that. Tuesday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Road Trip: The National at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, 1.20.18

Over the weekend I took a road trip to Vegas with my friend Jeff to see The National at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It's been awhile since he and I have done a road trip show but knowing he bought the tickets months ago and who am I to argue? It was a quick trip, just 30 hours away from my family...We left San Diego early Saturday morning, arrived in the afternoon and checked in to the hotel, gambled a little, had an amazing fancy steak dinner at MB, then caught the show. I had a photo pass to the band's show in San Diego back in October so I reached out to the publicists again, and after some back and forth, I was still holding out hope for a photo pass in Vegas. It never happened, but fortunately we chatted with the box office before the show and they seemed to have an open policy so long as there's no "detachable lens", so I decided to take my Samsung point and shoot into the venue. I was afraid I wouldn't pass the metal detectors, but clearly cameras aren't what they were looking for, and despite the massive line to get into the show, getting in took very little time at all.

The show was incredible. There was no opener but before they came to the stage, the lights dimmed and the house music went to Big Thief's "Shark Smile", probably because the band will be opening some 2018 tour dates in the Southeast, and then, because it was the day of the Women's March, played "Women of the World Take Over".

So let me say something about my pictures...I'm 5'3" and was about 6-10 rows of people from the stage, depending on how many people tried to shove in front of us. Several people had their phones out and above their heads almost the entirety of the show, so I'm trying to focus my camera over the shoulder of the guy in front of me, working around cell phones, trying to not be obnoxious myself. The band members are barely lit with the exception of Matt. I think it's intentional, but I really tried to get pics of the others, especially Bryce and Aaron, who are also up front, but nothing decent came out. It would definitely appear I'm trained just on Matt, but I think that's kind of the way the band prefers it.