Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Photos: The Fratellis at the Observatory, May 4, 2018

Here's another post that got caught in my drafts but never posted. This was back in May at the Observatory with the Fratellis. I can't remember anything particularly noteworthy of the night. Not to say the band wasn't great---they were and are--but I remember racing to get to the show on time, feeling a little flustered once I actually arrived, and then seeing a show with great lighting all in the shade of a kinda ridiculous fedora/Panama hat kinda bummed me out. I'm no stylist, I'm defnitely no fashionista, but if men never wore hats on stage again, I'd be super okay with it. I guess that and chewing gum are my two big stage peeves. That's neither here nor there. The band is super energetic and it's definitely infectious with their audience. More pictures are after the jump. 

Toxic Masculinity and the Safety of Girls & Women

Some things on my mind that I had to share, after the jump.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 28-Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Seeing as I already updated my week on Friday, I'll mention that later that night I went to the Casbah and it was insano. I didn't even bother shooting that night, but it was a pretty fun night. On Saturday night, I went to the Observatory to shoot Madison Cunningham, the opener for Punch Brothers. I shot them a little, too, but it was challenging because we weren't allowed in the pit because the show was being filmed for KPBS. After that show, I met up with Darren at Soda Bar for Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever. It was the first night of their US tour and it was super great. The rest of the weekend was super mellow, Nova and I have been hanging out a ton while Ddarren works, and of course I had to catch the Sharp Objects finale. This week is super chill, I might head to the Office on Wednesday and I might try to find an in for the Observatory on Thursday. Other than that, I'm just gonna go with the flow. Since it's Labor Day weekend, I've done listings through Tuesday. You can find the after the jump.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018:
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, Robert Ellis @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Emo Nite LA presents Emo Nite San Diego @ Casbah
  • Corsicana, Free Paintings, Chutes @ Soda Bar
  • The Phantom of the Opera @ Civic Theatre
  • Color Coated, Turtle Click, Hug @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday with The Garners @ Bar Pink
  • La Escalera Records presents Hilltop Rats, War Fever, JSR @ Tower Bar
  • Cave Bastard, Wretched Fuck, Flaunt @ Til-Two Club
  • Karaoke! @ Space
  • T Is For Techno @ Blonde
  • Casey Hensley @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Maturation Sol, House Gone Wild @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • A Killer's Confession, Tallah, New Fiction, Pigweed @ Brick by Brick
  • Open Mic by Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Line Dance Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Leigh Scarritt Productions presents "Stars of the Future" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • True Bass Tuesdays with DJ Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ 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
  • The Coffee Club Sextet @ Tio Leo's
  • Sketch Party & Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live
  • Skanks Roots Project, Wakane @ 710 Beach Club
Wednesday, August 29, 2018:
  • Taste of the Cove
  • Peter Frampton @ The Events Center, Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, Marc Scibilia @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • New York Dolls Undercover @ The Office
  • GRRRLs Independent Ladies present Lucy & La Mer, Tulengua, Los Hollywood, DJ Laura Se Fue @ Casbah
  • Tyrone Wells, Michael Tiernan @ Music Box
  • Moon Ensemble, Twin Ritual, Downers @ Soda Bar
  • Gili Yalo @ San Diego Center for Jewish Culture
  • The Exploited, U.S. Bombs, D.I., Total Chaos @ The Observatory
  • Instant Crush w/DJs Nastea & Anna Zeltins @ The Office
  • The Phantom of the Opera @ Civic Theatre
  • Chloe Lou and the Liddels, Normandie Wilson and friends @ Bar Pink
  • Jak Night and guests- Live Stand-Up @ Whistle Stop
  • House Party Wednesdays @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Paul Gregg @ Sycamore Den
  • Fresh Pots! Presents: Terminally Chill @ Space
  • Escalera Sessions @ Bar Sin Nombre
  • Latin Jazz with Kali Rodriguez-Peña Quintet- Dinner and Wine Concert @ Queen Bee's
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House  
  • Club Kingston Presents: Ital Vibes, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Ria and Kevin @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Chad & Rosie @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Rosa's Cantina, Spiritual Motels @ Navajo Live
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Open Mic @ Midnight Jack
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • January Berry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
Thursday, August 30, 2018:
  • Inspector, Marujah @ The Observatory
  • Mrs. Henry, Sacri Monti, Volcano, Professor Colombo, Stranger Liquids Light Show @ Casbah
  • The Expendables, Nattali Rize, Bikini Trill, Amplified @ Belly Up
  • Radio Latina presents: HA-ASH @ Music Box
  • Los Blenders, Minor Gems, Los Shadows, Pout House @ Soda Bar
  • Family Thief, Lighterburns, Mammoth Indigo, Daytrip @ The Merrow
  • Cemetery Lipstick Presents: New Skeletal Faces & Dominator @ Space
  • The Phantom of the Opera @ Civic Theatre
  • Trivia @ Space (7-9pm) 
  • Remo Drive w/ Field Medic, Beach Bunny @ Che Café Collective
  • Wyatt Blair, The Slashes, Ariel Levine @ Blonde
  • Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Polaris @ Soma
  • Rebecca Jade @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (6pm)
  • Big Time Operator - Thursday Evening Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Hard Fall Hearts, The Zipheads @ Pour House  
  • Night Owls presents Mix Tape: Members’ Choice @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Burlesque Boogie Nights @ Sycamore Den
  • Redneck Rodeo @ Dive, Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • Shuffle & Bang @ Panama 66
  • VAMP: Burned- Local Storytelling Showcase @ Whistle Stop
  • Solace @ U-31
  • Summer Beach Party with The Mar Dels @ Bahia Hotel (6-9pm)
  • Robert Allen Shepherd @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Kimberly Jackson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Old City, Se Vende, Missing Limbs @ Tower Bar
  • Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off Bash: DiVad, Blunites, Blameless, Casual Yak, Servants of Sound, Thread the Lariat, Suburban Park @ Brick by Brick (6pm)
  • Ty Herndon in "Under the Covers with Ty Herndon" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Comedy Night @ Midnight Jack
  • Kick-Stomp Ensemble @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Alejandro Hilton @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • DevvLov, DJ Milky Wayne @ Black Cat Bar
  • Ocean Beach Hip Hop Social with SCARUB from the Living Legends - Hosted by Atlantis Rizing @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • No Duh @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Rachet Shit with DJ Kev Mighty and guests @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Undone on Thursday @ Omnia
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Liz Grace & The Swing Things @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • A Night To Honor The Horse Fire Victims & Heroes @ FLUXX
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub
Friday, August 31, 2018:
  • Cafe Tacvba @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • Goldfinger, Buck-O-Nine, The Suicide Machines, Suburban Legends @ House of Blues
  • Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • Lost 80's Live  feat A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Bow Wow Wow, Missing Persons, Naked Eyes, Animotion, Gene Loves Jezebel, Boys Don't Cry, Farrington & Mann, Dramarama @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Black Friday - an evening of Gothic, Dark 80's, and Post Punk Dance Music - DJ Vaughn Avakian, DJ Mario Orduno, DJ Camila Robina, DJ Bidi Cobra, DJ Jon Blaj, Quali @ Casbah
  • The Loons, The Heartaches, Teazed @ Che Café Collective
  • Black Uhuru, The Originators @ Belly Up
  • The Phantom of the Opera @ Civic Theatre
  • Koffin Kats,Systematic Abuse, The Cat Chasers @ Soda Bar
  • 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Swing Dancing Finale: Zzymzzy Sextet @ California Center For The Arts Escondido
  • Christopher Hollyday's "Telepathy" CD Release @ Dizzy's
  • Dance Punk! Indie X Blog Haus X Electro @ Blonde
  • Fang, Authentic Sellout, Billyclub, Revolt-Chix, Filner Headlock @ Ken Club
  • Modern Day Moonshine, Fresh Veggie Brass, Jefferson Jay @ Winston's
  • Fishing for Chips, Midnight Block, Neurotic Mirage, Smarter Than Robots, Ready Set Survive, Lineup Rookie @ Soma
  • Low and Be Told, Shoot the Glass @ Bar Pink (8pm)
  • DJ Mike Turi @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • Ypsitucky @ Panama 66
  • Voices & Vibrations @ Space
  • Collie Buddz, New Leaf @ Music Box
  • Norm Macdonald and Colin Quinn @ The Events Center, Harrah's SoCal Resort 
  • Vigil and Thieves @ City Pub
  • Giuliana, SISSTER, Carlos Se @ Manhattan Bar
  • True Stories Live Recording Show@ Lestat's
  • UltraSound Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Skull Drug, Terminally Ill, Surface Report, Sculpins @ Tower Bar
  • Meadow, Belladon, AJ Froman @ Black Cat Bar
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Cyan Rising @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Dylan Gardner @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Nowhereland, Bosswitch, Joan and the Rivers @ Midnight Jack
  • In Your Neighborhood with Lou Niles feat. The Oxen, Red Wizard @ Pour House  
  • The Nightengayles @ Pour House (5pm)
  • Trick: On the DL, Victor Rodriguez @ The Merrow
  • Smomid, Poor @ Bancroft Bar
  • The Debonaires, Mochilero All Stars, DJ Non-Profit (SD City Soul Club) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Atta Boys, Alex Sharps & Nate Copeland, Leah Keane @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Cool Party Bro. feat Heminguey & Ikah Love @ The Office 
  • Live Acoustic Sessions @ U-31 (7:30-9:30pm)
  • DJ Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, The Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Mal Hall presents The Gaslamp Comedy Show @ The Tipsy Crow
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Asteroids, Blaze of Jovi @ Navajo Live  
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Bump with DJs Dazzla, Shige, The Andres Affair and guests @ El Dorado
  • NGHTMRE @ Omnia
  • FNGRS CRSSD feat Fisher, Harvard Bass @ Spin
  • Catch + Release feat Fisher, Omnom @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (3-9pm)
  • Hotel Garuda @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Bar1ne @ FLUXX
  • E-Rock @ Oxford Social Club, Pendry
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • D.C. & Friends: Labor of Love @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, September 1, 2018:
  • Sunset Cliffs Music & Art Fair @ 4700-4800 Blocks of Pt Loma Ave.
  • Slothrust @ Casbah 
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Aimee Mann @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
  • The Smashing Pumpkins: Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, Metric @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Sam Smith, Beth Ditto @ Valley View Casino Center
  • The Vandals, Down By Law, The Creepy Creeps @ The Observatory North Park
  • Midge Ure & Paul Young @ Belly Up  
  • The Phantom of the Opera @ Civic Theatre (2pm & 7:30pm)
  • 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • The Widows, Gross Polluter, Slaughter Boys, Geese @ Soda Bar
  • Jake Najor & The Moment of Truth @ Panama 66
  • The Colour Monday, Blacks Beach Boys, Rockford @ Bar Pink (8 pm)
  • DJ Rocket Rio @ Bar Pink (10:30 pm)
  • B Side Players, the Routine, Puscie Jones Revue @ Music Box (9pm)
  • The Rinds, Material Boys, The Shed, Sideyard, Mdrn Hstry @ Soma
  • Country Music Beer Fest with The Morgan Leigh Band, Nancarrow, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, DJ Famous Dave @ Music Box (2pm
  • Escorted Trips: Music and Art Festival @ Che Café Collective (1:30pm)
  • grampadrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5pm)
  • 80s vs 90s Dance Party with DJs Saul Q & Gabe Vega @ Whistle Stop
  • Reggae Splash feat. Sister Nancy, DJ Unite, DJ Artistic, Mike Pinto @ Inspiration Hornblower   
  • Pocari Sweat + Vaporwave + Future Funk w/ sp. guest Literature @ Space
  • Tron Themed '80s & New Wave Dance Party with Aaron Wallace, Josex, Dave Parley (Prayers) @ Blonde
  • Beatles Brunch with Come Together @ Quartyard
  • Daniel Champagne @ Lestat's
  • Don Cardenas' Punk Show @ Pour House (9pm-12am)  
  • Coyote Blues Redemption @ Pour House (5-8pm)
  • Whit Aadland @ Pour House (1-4pm)
  • Clinton Ross Davis with Dominick Gambini @ Black Cat Bar
  • The Who Generation, Heart Love Alive @ House of Blues
  • Joanne Baduria and Soul Fire @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Rocketz, Screamin' Rebel Angels, Hard Fall Hearts, The Zipheads @ Tower Bar
  • Josiah and the Uplift @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Mean Friends, A Dozen Letters @ Bancroft Bar
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Pysdecar, Eldorado Slim & the Commodore Hotel Orchestra - Celebrating Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus! @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Fire Train @ Atomic Gaslamp
  • A Benefit Honoring the Heroes of 9/11 with A Hero Within, Contortion, Godhammered, Nightshadow @ Brick By Brick
  • Bear Night San Diego with DJ Jon Williams @ The Merrow
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Bulevar Descarga @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Qenoe @ U-31
  • Provocative Showcase Salsa Extravaganza with DJ Sonero @ Tio Leo's
  • Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Funk’s Most Wanted @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • DJ Drama @ FLUXX
  • Mat Zo @ Bang Bang 
  • Sunburn Pool Party @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (12-8pm)
  • Nightswim @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (8pm-2am)
  • Spin Fighter II feat. Cristo vs Memo, Mitch Dodge vs DJ Ideal, Cole Vabballo vs Evlo, ?? vs Susio @ Spin
  • Serious Guise @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ Vice @ Omnia
  • DJs Robin Roth, Ladynoir, Kaerie @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, September 2, 2018:
  • In Your Neighborhood presents Moments from the Seen - Photos by Eric Rife, Sean McMullen, Miki Vuckovich, Ted Drake, Greg Jacobs, Mark Water, Cari Veach @ Casbah ($5, 3pm)
  • Ice Cube @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • Work It! Bar Pink Day Drink Fest feat Super Buffet, The Powerballs, the touchies, The Heart Beat Trail, The Downs Family, Hurricane Kate @ Bar Pink (2-9pm)
  • The Phantom of the Opera @ Civic Theatre (1pm & 6pm)
  • 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Booty Bassment @ The Casbah ($10, 9pm)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • New Kingston, Tatanka @ Dive, Harrah’s SoCal Resort  
  • Jenna and the Pups, Spirited Away, Charlie Kay @ Che Café Collective
  • Sarah Rogo @ Sycamore Den
  • Matthew Smith Music feat. Rob Thorsen and Tamir Kedem @ Panama 66
  • Pedal Steel Party SD with Adam Gimbel @ Nates Garden Grill (1-3pm)
  • Labor Day Luau @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (12pm)
  • An Aural History of Femme Punk- Vinyl DJ Set @ Tower Bar
  • One Drop, Tunnel Vision @ Belly Up 
  • Fantasy @ Whistle Stop
  • The Steely Damned II @ Music Box 
  • Lisa De Novo, Sky Noblezada, Dave Dersham @ Lestat's
  • Keep It On The DL @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • LDW, Betamaxx @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Playground - Sunday Night Dance Party with DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow
  • Drum & Bass @ Blonde
  • The Night Howls @ Pour House (9pm-12am)  
  • Whit Aadland @ Pour House (1-4pm)
  • Bachateando Salsa Extravaganza with DJ Travieso @ Tio Leo's
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Young Dolph @ FLUXX
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Becca Jay Band @ Navajo Live 
  • LED presents Adventure Club @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel (2-9pm)
  • Major Interval @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Robin Schulz @ Omnia
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Stay Sweet- '80s Labor Day Weekend Party @ 710 Beach Club
Monday, September 3, 2018:
  • Rocking Balboa:  A Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin Tribute @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (Free, All Ages, 7:30pm)
  • Agave, BirdRock 319 @ Winston's (2pm)
  • Rudy's Foodies @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Motown On Monday @ The Office
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • The Vibrators, Kids In Heat, Heavy Cessna @ Tower Bar
  • DJ’s Mia and Matty @ Bar Pink (4-9pm)
  • DJ Morosi @ Bar Pink (9 pm)
  • Blue @ Blonde
  • Karaoke! @ Space
  • Sexy Salsa and Sensual Bachata with DJ Sonero @ Tio Leo's
  • Forty Feet Tall @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Strictly Acoustic @ Navajo Live
  • Live Prize Trivia @ Pour House  
  • Whitney Shay @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation - 90s Hip Hop Chill and Board Games @ Whistle Stop
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Trivia with Arnie @ Bancroft Bar
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
Tuesday, September 4, 2018:
  • The Lagoons, Tim Atlas, Harry Paradise @ Soda Bar
  • The Marcus King Band, Bishop Gunn @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Teyana Taylor, Dani Leigh, Jade Novah @ The Observatory
  • Tiki Tuesday with Mr. Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Young's Market Industry Battle of the Bands @ Humphrey's Concert Lawn
  • Fiddler On The Roof @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Soundwave, Black Leather Couch @ 710 Beach Club
  • T Is For Techno @ Blonde
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic by Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Line Dance Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Deadset @ Tower Bar
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Bass Music Tuesdays with DJ Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House
  • Beer Pong @ U-31
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Suesday Sue Palmer Quintet @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live

Friday, August 24, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, August 24-Monday, August 27, 2018

This week has been a pretty great one so far, but I thought I'd update the listings since I'd omitted the Records Collecting Dust II screenings. Apologies for the oversight. Tuesday was just a chill night at home, and Nova and I watched "The Breadwinner" on Netflix, which I HIGHLY recommend, especially if you have tween kids, but even if you don't. On Wednesday I went to The Merrow for the first time in ages to see Micah Schnabel, then closed down the night at The Office's emo night. Thursday I went to see "Once" at the Lamb's Players Theatre, and it was excellent. When I came home, Darren had never seen it, so we watched the movie. It was kind of a perfect night. It's gonna be an awesome weekend and I hope to see some of you out on the town. Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Photos: Nada Surf Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of ‘Let Go’ at Belly Up, May 14, 2018

Another show from back in May. I was on a roll that month and I guess these took me so long to post because they're mostly terrible. The lighting just wasn't working for me, I super suck at shooting through hazers and fog machines, and I'm kinda there welling up with tears as Nada Surf celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Let Go. Every song was amazing, but dudes, gimme something with that lighting!!

 I'd heard that after other shows on the tour, Matthew Caws had been going to the merch booth and playing an acoustic song. So I went back and waited at the end of the show, and then awkwardly got trapped in the corner. The lighting is even more awful than the rest of the concert, but because Matthew and I were literally shoulder to shoulder, the sound was amazing, so I thought it was still worth the share. Anyway, it was another fantastic Nada Surf show and I can't wait to hear them do it again, hopefully sooner rather than later. More photos after the jump.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Photos: Trashcan Sinatras- 1 Night, 2 Albums at Casbah, May 16, 2018

Between getting photo passes and shows that I just shoot at Soda Bar, Casbah, and The Irenic, I have a grip of photos I've never posted. On top of all of that, When I actually had the time to upload photos, I thought I'd published and did not ever pull the trigger (or click the button, in this case) so let's go back to before summer, shall we?

On May 16th, Trash Can Sinatras kicked off their national tour at the Casbah. I fell in love with the band back around 9th or 10th grade and have tried to see them any chance I've gotten since then-- which is not very often. On this particular tour, they were playing Cake and I've Seen Everything in their entirety, though they kicked off with some favorites from outside those records, like one of my favorites, "Got Carried Away".

This was a sold out show and partially seated--which as you know doesn't happen very often--but obviously there aren't seats for everybody. This didn't please a lady behind me who got a barstool and wanted me to move from the sidestage area. I think she calmed down when she realized another 25 people would eventually fill in the area from her stool to the stage, or else she just death-stared the back of our heads the rest of the night. I didn't particularly care, just wante dot make sure that I got some video of that first record. It was doubly cool because my sister was able to come to the show with me, something else that doesn't happen often. 

Needless to say, it was an incredible show and though it might be awhile before they return, this night will stay fresh in the brain for awhile. Full video playlist and some photos after the jump.

Things To Do in San Diego: Tuesday, August 21-Thursday, August 23, 2018

Nova started middle school last week and she seems to be adjusting well, and it also means we have a little more adult time around the house and our days aren't completely devoted to trying to entertain an 11 year old, so it's good for all of us, I think. Massive thanks to the Krimston family who are loaning her a flute so she can join sixth grade band. I got to see some great shows last week, like Brandi Carlile at Humphrey's, American Aquarium at Casbah, Snow Patrol at Harrah's, and Rooney at the Casbah. We also spent an amazing Sunday at Balboa Park with a bunch of friends and so it was a very good week. This week I intend to lay low, but there's some cool free stuff, like a free show with LA Witch on Friday at the Casbah (RSVP here), some fun street fairs, and a free show with the Schizophonics at Broadstone, (RSVP here) a new housing building in North Park. I'd love to see the Punch Brothers, too, but I haven't sorted that one out as yet. Full archives through Thursday are after the jump.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 14-Monday, August 21, 2018

We're in the middle of August which means Nova starts middle school today. I'm excited for her in many ways, but I've also probably been watching far too many teen dramas, including Eighth Grade, which was supposed to put me at ease but really is just a reminder that we might grow older without ever really "growing up". We had a good week--after doing two days of the Facebook seminars, we had school orientation, some school shopping, and the usual soccer practices to keep our days busy, all the while working, catching some shows, like Jesse Marchant (above) and Howard Ivans at Soda Bar and double dipping on Friday with Vinyl Williams and Winter at Blonde before catching Ben Nichols at Casbah. Of course, we didn't quite do some things we'd hoped, like catching Safari Park International Extravaganza or even get back to the beach, mostly because both were insanely hot. This is a good week of stuff, I'm not committed to much, but I'm definitely catching Brandi Carlile at Humphrey's and Snow Patrol at Harrah's. Full listings for the week are after the jump.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 7-Monday, August 13, 2018

Man, sometimes these listings feel like they're going to kill me. It was a great week...I got to shoot The Decemberists and Whitney on Monday at Humphrey's, and we spent Tuesday at La Jolla Cove.  That night, Darren and I had a blast at the Casbah celebrating the Loudspeaker 30th Anniversary. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling super great on Wednesday, sometimes paralyzing anxiety is a symptom of PMS for us ladies, so I interviewed Givers for NBC but didn't make it back for their actual show. Thursday was pretty low key, Nova had a sleepover so Darren and I went to see Eighth Grade. By Friday I got to shoot American Football and Phoebe Bridgers, then went to the Casbah for Rebecca Jade, and closed the night at Bar Pink with Jakey. On Saturday, we spent the day at Mission Bay for my niece's birthday then I took Nova to her end of season Derby Party. After all day out, I had planned on staying in, but Vacationer's tour manager asked if I was gonna be there and I couldn't say no, but fortunately we all got to sleep in on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon we had to do a store run for all the ice and water to sell at Hop Along, so we got to see their soundcheck then grabbed dinner to return and work the show, which was amazing, by the way. On Monday I made Nova spend the day with me at the free "Facebook Community Boost" marketing event and we actually ended up having a really fun time listening and learning, and we'll be back on Tuesday before her( sixth grade middle school orientation. (Lordy, help us.) I don't really have any shows locked in this week, but I'm hoping to see Jesse Marchant and Ben Nichols, and probably check out the Bay Sessions at Loew's on Sunday. Hoping to throw in another beach day and Safari Park, too. I hope everyone has a super awesome week. Listings are after the jump. FYI, Facebook doesn't autopost my listings link anymore, so if you don't mind liking and sharing the link, I'd super appreciate it.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

91X Brings the Return of Scallywag! to Waterfront Park

I know, I know, this was announced on Monday, but whatever. Stuff comes up sometimes.

Waterfront Park, 1PM-9PM
SCALLYWAG! is a day-long music and craft beer festival. Over 150 craft beers, unlimited tastings until 4:00PM, and live music throughout the day featuring Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters, and Beach Goons.

Festival-goers show up early to receive their complimentary SCALLYWAG! tasting glass to enjoy unlimited complimentary tastings from 1pm-4pm {noon for early entry + VIP ticket purchasers}
Locally sourced food trucks and vendors will be on site to serve great nibbles all day long!

After 4pm, Scallywag will have several brewers and wineries on hand to serve you drinks to purchase.

The Festival Area boasts sprawling grassy areas that you can relax in and watch the bands.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Less Than Jake
The Interrupters
Beach Goons

Tickets are on sale Friday, August 3rd, but pre-sale is happening right *meow* if you use 91X as your pre-sale code. 

GA tickets with tastings are $45.50 + $10.17 fee. (All Ages & 21+ available)
VIP tickets are $129.50 + $18.98 fee. (21+)