Concert Reviews

Blink is back!

Local pop-punk trio packs the house at Soma

San Diego pop-punk band Blink 182 returned to their roots by playing the all-ages Soma last Friday night. Tickets for the 2300-capacity venue sold out in, well, a blink. The buzz surrounding the concert was ...

Greene country

Americana master Jackie Greene entertains a packed Observatory

Fans danced, fans whooped and sang along as Sacramento-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene performed for a packed Observatory North Park. With his fingers flying over the neck of his guitar and his voice effortlessly reaching every ...

Fish party!

Annual celebration of all things Pisces hits high-water mark

Pisces people began circling the Merrow early for birthday-girl Laura Jane Willcock’s annual Fish Party. Ensuring this year’s festivities would hit the high-water mark, Willcock booked three hyperactive rock-and-roll bands to school the multitude of ...

Swervedriver — sneaky good

British shoegaze greats kick off their tour at Casbah

Swervedriver arrived in San Diego for the first date of a tour in support of their new album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You. Absent when they hit the stage was long-time bassist Steve George, ...

Jimmy the Magnificent

Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins spellbinds Bar Pink with solo acoustic set

Several songs into his solo acoustic set at Bar Pink, Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins let the crowd know how the evening was going to shake out. Vowing to play a mix of brand-new ...

Khatib the killer

Garage-rock done right on this three-band night

Fans of rock via the garage were treated to a night of the genre done right with this triple-header at Casbah. First up was one of the local bands of the moment, Shady Francos. The ...

Rebel rebel

Patti Smith rocks the house (and one young soul) at Balboa Theatre

January 31 was a Saturday night to remember for anyone who had the opportunity to attend Patti Smith’s concert at the Balboa Theatre downtown. Smith shined throughout this special night with an inspired and inspiring ...

An all-star affair ensued

Daniel Jackson tribute concert at 98 Bottles

Bassist Marshall Hawkins organized the Daniel Jackson tribute concert at 98 Bottles with a specific thought in mind: “No other musician, as far as I know, has the honor of a whole week named after ...

Make a wish with Mariachi El Bronx

Casbah's 26th birthday a sellout blowout

One year removed from its month-long 25th birthday party, the Casbah celebrated the big two-six by inviting mariachi-punk band Mariachi El Bronx and a sold-out crowd. But the iconic club wasn’t the only one who’d ...

Harp attack!

Big Jon's Harmonica Blues Blast tore it up at Proud Mary's

Never let it be said that San Diego isn’t a blues town. To start the year off with a bang, Big Jon Atkinson brought some of his friends together for a winter blast of blues ...

Nocturnal meditations in the key of jazz

Eighteen-member Night People ensemble interprets tunes of Joe Garrison

San Diego composer Joe Garrison has reemerged into the local jazz scene in the past few years, and his concert at the Loft in La Jolla made waves with the full-house assembled to witness the ...

Dick Dale surfs into Solana Beach

King of Surf Guitar shreds it at Belly Up

Dick Dale returned to San Diego for a holiday show at the Belly Up Tavern. The “King of Surf Guitar” seemed fit and healthy, engaging with the audience and showing some camaraderie with the rhythm ...

Jump, jive, and Ho ho ho!

Brian Setzer blasts through Temecula with a holiday showcase and a little rockabilly for your stocking

Though he has made music for decades, Brian Setzer’s own influences extend to the early 20th century. Which is why it only makes sense that one of his guitars now hangs in the Smithsonian Museum ...

America, meet your new heartthrob

Aussie artist Vance Joy wows 'em with simple sounds

When Taylor Swift announced she was taking Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy on her 2015 World Tour, I was surprised. His hit “Riptide” is catchy and charming, but the acoustic vibe of his debut album doesn’t ...

Capital Cities' spirited retro sound

Electro-pop act packs House of Blues and gets everyone moving

I got my introduction to the L.A.-based electro-pop band Capital Cities — beyond the megahit “Safe & Sound” — at Coachella this year. There I discovered their penchant for lazy hooks and lofty horns, which ...

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