Middletown News & Stories

Neighbors cheer three-story Stay hotel on India and Olive

Budget truck rental lot replaced by Dominique Houriet design

A vacation spot named “Stay” is in the works for the corner lot on India and West Olive in Middletown. The property owner (Indio Live LP/Mark Mandell) of the 0.35-acre site located at 2801 India ...

Midge Ure remembers Bowie during Casbah concert

"...a man who changed the face of music forever"

Midge Ure, at 63 years of age, can still rock the house. The former member of Ultravox, Visage, and Thin Lizzy brought his three-piece band to the Casbah, where they played songs spanning his career. ...

Bowie's birthday bash

Three acts offer highlights of his musical life

Have you ever had a magic night involving music? This was one of those nights. Led by my psychedelic bolo tie, I walked into the Casbah with no expectations. Ziggy Shuffledust started us off. Having ...

No OFF! switch

Hardcore survivors/revivers can't seem to take a break

Hardcore revivalists OFF! are supposed to be on hiatus right now, but the band has unexpectedly switched ON! ahead of schedule. “We’re supposed to be on a year-long hiatus and we are, maybe, seven months ...

Not just a gas station under the flight path

Beer and wine sales will be opposed by Little Italy group

While 2499 Pacific Highway in the Little Italy neighborhood is currently an empty lot with a former car-rental office building, it could become a Valero service station. Civic San Diego has started the approval process ...

Canada band Sloan averts disaster in San Diego

Singer Chris Murphy deems the evening "awesome" from the stage

In the 1990s, four Canadians known collectively as Sloan took their home country by storm with a collection of albums that fused the alternative nation with the paramount aspects of classic rock. The group never ...

Add some Phantoms to your day

Local quartet will punk-up ’70s-inspired glam rock at Casbah's Anti-Monday

Victor Penalosa has played multiple instruments in a number of area bands, with a partial list including the Burrito Brothers, the Melanies, Sidewalk Scene, Riot Act, Unruly Bangs, Baja Bugs, Got it Covered, ADD/C, the ...

Punk dreams come true

Punk Rock Karaoke's Greg Hetson talks about his human jukebox

Greg Hetson cut his punk-rock teeth playing in Redd Kross and the Circle Jerks before embarking on a nearly 30-year run with Bad Religion. Hetson recalls shows at the local Jackie Robinson YMCA as being ...

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, ...

Back on the road with Joe Pug

The folk-singer's latest Windfall

He was about to quit music three years ago, the folk singer Joe Pug claimed to anyone in the media who would listen. And, there were many. A couple of years earlier he’d ditched school ...

Gory reunion

Get the details on Diana Death's Gory Details

“I’m getting my old band back together.” Diana Death is jet-lagging from her recent trip to London and back. She tells me the original plan was to travel as part of the El Vez Punk ...

Eaten by Canadians

San Diego band Taken by Canadians releases its creepiest set yet

Based in Oceanside, Taken by Canadians features fiddler/keyboardist Anna Zinova, bassist Marco Savoia, drummer Tristan Faulk-Webster, and singer/guitarist Ben Ambrosini, who’s currently prepping Oceanside’s Silver Cloud Lounge for a grand re-opening. “We Eat You Like ...

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) ...

Beach Slang campfire test

Philly quartet rides a rising new record into town to play Casbah Friday night

After releasing a pair of EPs, Beach Slang dropped their debut album, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, last October. A couple of months later, the band watched as it ...

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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