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Stories by Marcus Perez

Vance Joy's Dream Your Life Away

After hearing the catchy, upbeat song “Riptide,” fans of Vance Joy have been awaiting the Aussie’s debut album. Dream Your Life Away will please followers of his four released songs that have been circling the ...

Keane sing-alongs at House of Blues

Since 1997 the band from East Essex named Keane has been producing piano-driven melodies much to the delight of fans both here and overseas. The quartet showcased their music library for the sold-out crowd at ...

Diamond Rings glitters at Soda Bar

John O’Regan, who has sanctioned the stage name Diamond Rings, brought his ’80s pop show to Soda Bar. In support of his sophomore release, Free Dimensional, the Canadian had been opening for the band Stars ...

Babel, by Mumford & Sons

If anyone were to give credit for making it “cool” to play banjo again, that credit would be due to Mumford & Sons. Since appearing on the Grammys in 2011 with Bob Dylan, the quartet ...

SoCal Music Fest — There's Always Next Year

The inaugural SoCal Music Festival took over the streets of East Village downtown for what could evolve into an annual street festival brought back to “America’s Finest City.” Since the end of Street Scene in ...

FM 94/9's Sandy Parts Festival

In its third year of existence, the annual FM 94/9 concert took place at the Oceanside Pier for what was titled the FM 94/9 SPF (Sandy Parts Festival). Headlined by producer-turned-artist Santigold, the lineup included ...

Satan Said Dance — Clap Your Hands at Casbah

Hailed as the hottest unsigned act in 2005, the Brooklyn-via Philly Clap Your Hands Say Yeah kicked off their current North American tour with a first-rate performance in front of a sold-out crowd at the ...

"Ho Hey," Introducing the Lumineers

Prior to their self-titled debut, set for release on April 3, the Lumineers kicked off a tour with a stop at the Casbah. The threesome from Colorado create alarming folk-rock music accompanied by an ethereal ...

Rooms Filled with Light, by Fanfarlo

Thanks to NPR.org, fans of Fanfarlo were able to get their first listen to their new release Rooms Filled with Light. The London-based indie band once again delivers a solid album of pop melodies. Similar ...

Conatus, by Zola Jesus

Born Nika Roza Danilova, Russian-American singer/songwriter Zola Jesus issued two EPs in 2010 that created a buzz around the young artist. In 2011, Zola Jesus compiled the stylistically impressive full-length Conatus, which ranges from synth ...

The Pope of Mope Visits Escondido

Long live the legacy of the crooner from Manchester, England. May his presence instill in you a feeling of natural...moodiness? Random as it is, the “pope of mope” played a sold out show in the ...

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