Concert Reviews

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Yoni & Geti park the Testarossa at Casbah

Why? trio lights a fire under Chicago rapper Serengeti

Serengeti and Yoni Wolf’s second collaborative full-length, Testarossa, is a concept album speaking to the difficulty inherent in maintaining a relationship across distance, specifically in a profession requiring perpetual travel, and of the longing, infidelity, ...

One hot Headache

Aussie pub-rockers Royal Headache get Soda Bar bouncing

Before Royal Headache started their set, I spotted their bassist, Joe, taking a stab at the NFL Blitz ’99 arcade game nestled in the club’s main room. Perhaps he was using it to learn the ...

Stage sick — Flight of the Conchords

Music-comedy duo use the sore throat for comedic effect

Musical-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords didn’t care that several fans in the front row had brought small children to their sold-out gig at San Diego State: nothing was going to stop them from boasting ...

Buckethead — mad scientist of electric guitar

Worshippers wore buckets on their heads, played along on air guitars

Without a live band, Buckethead kept the packed Music Box of hardcore fans salivating over his axe handling. A souped-up guitar capable of making you breakfast and doing the dishes, buzzed, ripped, soared, and dominated ...

Fusion nostalgia with Al Di Meola

...and there's no better band leader to get you there

Jazz-rock guitarist Al Di Meola brought his Romantic Warrior Meets Elegant Gypsy Tour to the Music Box for a standing-room-only exercise in fusion nostalgia that leaned heavily on crowd favorites. Di Meola’s concept has always ...

Takin' It to the Fair with Michael McDonald

Doobie Brother infuses jazz and his husky voice into classic rock favorites

“Nothing says rock ’n’ roll like whipping up the crowd with a bingo game,” quipped Michael McDonald, referring to the pre-show entertainment at his San Diego County Fair appearance. Actually, one might argue that the ...

Switchfoot — a perfect kickoff to summer

Alt-rockers highlight opening night at the Fair

San Diego natives Switchfoot made a triumphant return to the main stage at the San Diego County Fair. Opening night saw the band in fine form as they delivered a tight set of favorites and ...

The Who. The Hits

Standing in ovation, the crowd bridged the (my) generation gap

Thirty-four years after their first farewell, mod-rockers the Who hit San Diego on their latest (rescheduled) swan song. With only two surviving members, this really could be the last time… Okay, it's not the classic ...

Bad Co. and Joe Walsh deliver "One Hell of a Night" to Chula Vista

A rock-and-roll fantasy comes true at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Classic-rock acts Bad Company and Joe Walsh wowed the gray-haired and balding crowd at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on their “One Hell of a Night” tour. As co-headliners, they rotate the main spot each night ...

Billy Joel hits a homerun at Petco

For his first visit to San Diego in 20 years, the Piano Man pulls out all the hits

The Piano Man, Billy Joel, played his only 2016 California show at Petco Park Saturday night, May 14. Joel started the show with “Miami 2017” and the sold out crowd of 42,000 sang and danced ...

California Beach Slang

Two live acts with Casbah written all over them...

Before Beach Slang played, patrons at the Casbah were treated to a new supergroup of sorts in the backroom. The trio brave enough to call themselves “California” includes one member of Green Day (Jason White) ...

New York Philharmonic: Great and not great

Rhythmic intensity and lyrical insensitivity

The New York Philharmonic gave a concert at Symphony Hall on Wednesday night, May 4. It was loud. The concert was presented by the La Jolla Music Society as a part of their Celebrity Orchestra ...

Switchfoot has come a long way

San Diego alt-rock band a spotlight act at "Local Music Appreciation Day"

It’s exciting when a local band that has sold nearly 6 million copies of their nine studio albums returns to their hometown for a concert, especially when they play at an intimate venue like Music ...

Black Mountain rock

The Vancouver quintet's spacey, colorful tones mess with your head...

The Casbah is one of the few places in San Diego where you can pee next to rock stars and hang out with the band backstage, aka, the sidewalk. Vancouver band Black Mountain began their ...

Purple reign remembered

A tribute to Prince at the Casbah

Under a cloud-filled sky, fans gathered at the Casbah in sadness and anticipation to honor Prince: music and dance magician. The night started with a “U Got the Look” mood. Fans donned themselves in a ...

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