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There's a 16-year-old girl living in all of us

Vanessa Carlton brings Casbah crowd more than "A Thousand Miles"

This concert was full of Vanessa Carlton fans, many of who didn’t realize that she has consistently produced music since her 14-year-old hit song “A Thousand Miles.” Carlton's opener was the one-man band Skye Steele, ...

GNR in their DNA

The Montell Jordans put the rock back in party rock

For the Montell Jordans, news that Guns N’ Roses is regrouping at Coachella could go either way. “I know that time in history will never be re-created,” says guitarist Ryan Baghai. “But we want to ...

A man called Car Seat Headrest

Bedroom rocker and internet hit Will Toledo on tour

Car Seat Headrest is drawing comparisons to underground band Guided By Voices for the stage-via-bedroom (in GBV’s case it’s a basement, actually) nature of their music. Guitarist, singer, and band mastermind Will Toledo has been ...

Vanessa Carlton navigating parenthood while on tour

How chill I am

Singer, songwriter, keyboardist Vanessa Carlton brings her new stark tunes from her album Liberman to the Casbah on Sunday, January 24. She took questions over email on working with producer Steve Osborne (New Order, U2), ...

Holly Golightly Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

British duo the Brokeoffs play Casbah Saturday night

When finally we connect by telephone, Holly Golightly is in transit somewhere in Minneapolis, recovering from two weeks of road flu. The conversation is abbreviated by random bouts of coughing. The Brokeoffs — two people, ...

The Sloths are back from the grave

Hollywood High garage-rock group — 50 years later!

When the Sloths play the Casbah November 9, the 1960s-era garage band will have a famous guest: Jason from the Friday the 13th films. “There’s a guy I know down there who does a great ...

Mudhoney likes it small

Seattle grunge band plays Casbah behind their new record, Vanishing Point

Steve Turner met Mark Arm in the fall of 1982. They were introduced by a mutual friend (Alex Shumway) at a concert. According to Turner, Shumway said, “Stevie, this is Mark. He’s straight-edge too,” which ...

Barlow-fi

Lou Barlow talks about Brace the Wave and this week's gig at his beloved Casbah

Lou Barlow grew up in Massachusetts and stumbled into Dinosaur Jr., which helped define an era of alternative rock when they weren’t marinating in backstage passive-aggression. Solo, Barlow started Sebadoh, pioneered the entire “lo-fi” thing, ...

Lucy's Fur Coat is resurrected

...and it's serious as a heart attack

When Lucy’s Fur Coat sold out a Friday/Saturday stint at the Casbah two months ago, the five guys in the band, once signed to Sony/Relativity, were getting together for the first time in seven years. ...

Metz concerts not for the weak-stomached

Canadian noise-rock trio mercilessly pummels a Casbah crowd

A live performance by the Canadian noise-rock trio Metz is a force to be reckoned with; in fact, it’s not something that can be handled by the weak stomached. Metz is a band that plays ...

Lucy's drenched in sweat

Lucy's Fur Coat reunites for two nights at Casbah

The promise of San Diego as “the next Seattle” was never fulfilled. But that creatively fertile time was saluted with the release of the feature film It’s Gonna Blow: San Diego’s Music Underground 1986–’96. Many ...

Pokey LaFarge beats the street

Busker makes old-time rags new again

Ragtime bluesman Pokey LaFarge is the creation of Andrew Heissler. Pokey, he maintains, is what his mother called him as a child; LaFarge is his own invention. He grew up in Normal, Illinois, and the ...

Down to Cow

Hanging in an O.B. record shop, Al and Birdy hatch a album

A couple of years ago, Birdy Bardot went on a cross-country road trip but eventually found her way back to Ocean Beach. Upon her return, she began trekking down to Cow Records on Newport Avenue, ...

Ten years — Clap Your Hands!

Indie-rock act Clap Your Hands Say Yeah celebrates its decade-old debut at Casbah on Friday

Dude, you are old. One of the first underground hits born of the internet is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Slap those palms together in honor of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s debut album tour! So, ...

Where do you keep your Dracula Boots?

Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds on the bill of this week's Gig To Get To at Casbah

In January, Brian Tristan announced that he would assume the identity of his alter ego, Kid Congo Powers, full-time, at least onstage. Not such a bad move — Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds’ ...

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