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Switchfoot's arena-sized set at Casbah

The Casbah’s 25th anniversary, celebrated throughout the month of January, featured some of San Diego’s best bands from years gone by, playing the way we remember them: a little too fast, a little too sloppy, ...

"The Last Time" for Exile on Kettner?

At first glance, the three-page set list that Mario Escovedo and friends followed during their annual “Exile on Kettner” show looked like little more than an intimidating list of randomly assorted Rolling Stones songs. But ...

Jack Johnson fans win lottery

The last time Jack Johnson played in the Gaslamp, the crowd watching his 2004 Street Scene set seemed to stretch a mile from the stage. So when his latest gig at the intimate Balboa Theatre ...

Herrera in the sun

For someone who has made his living for the past two decades playing punk rock in gloomy Washington state, things were going a little too smoothly for MxPx frontman Mike Herrera. The weather for his ...

Rocket roars back at Ink-N-Iron

And you thought Rocket from the Crypt ended abruptly the first time around... Nearly eight years after prematurely bidding its career farewell, Rocket roared back to life as part of the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival on ...

Let's go crazy: Prince packs 'em in at the Hard Rock Hotel

When Prince sang the words “let’s go crazy” during the third of his four Hard Rock Hotel shows, was he talking about the people who forked over an eye-widening $250 a ticket? Was he referring ...

Muffs revisit glory days with a full Soda

If Muffs front woman Kim Shattuck regrets days gone by, as she sang during the final song of her band’s 100-minute set at Soda Bar, you’d never know it — she and bandmates Ronnie Barnett ...

Comedy Roadshow Rolls into Town

News out of Hollywood suggests that Tom Cruise is considering coming back for a Top Gun sequel. If that movie gets made, we'd all better hope it's nothing like the version Vince Vaughn and Kevin ...

Stone Temple Pilots Surprise Viejas

After nearly 20 years of live performances, it might not be fair to expect Stone Temple Pilots to bring anything new to the table. But, during the band's rescheduled date at Viejas Arena, often-aloof singer ...