4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Soft and dangerous

In This Moment, Shortly, Birdtalker, Todd Rundgren

In This Moment at Harrah’s on August 24
In This Moment at Harrah’s on August 24
In This Moment at Harrah’s on August 24
Past Event

Halestorm and In This Moment

Few metal bands take their theatrics as seriously as LA’s In This Moment, who have been known to wear costumes themed to the music, with masked guests onstage enacting bits of scene-setting that make performances as much dark carnival as concert. Founding duo Maria Brink and Chris Howorth at first seemed inspired by the worst excesses of Queensryche and Dream Theater when they formed their band around 2005, though they had clearly embraced their dark side by the time their fourth album, 2012’s Blood, carried them into the Billboard top 40 for the first time, debuting at number 15. A follow-up, Black Widow, reached number eight, but by that time the world was being overrun by goths-gone-Broadway like Muse, Motionless in White, Avatar, etc. Last summer’s Ritual album debuted at number 23 but never climbed any higher, perhaps due to the more stripped down sound and the less stripped down wardrobe of singer Maria Brink, who told interviewers that the band intentionally wanted to focus less on sexuality and more on strength. They’ve definitely gone from Linda Carter Wonder Woman to Gal Gadot, as evidenced by a new action-packed live video featuring a log-splitting performance of “River of Fire,” and things are taken to an even more Wagnerian level of epic histrionics in the video for “Black Wedding,” which features a guest turn from Judas Priest singer (and occasional Hillcrest neighbor) Rob Halford. Arriving with them at Harrah’s on August 24, headliners Halestorm have also gone from blush to butch on recent efforts like their new single “Uncomfortable,” previewing a full-length called Viscious due later this month, and the bill includes fellow female-fronted rockers New Years Day.

Shortly and Mom Jeans at Irenic on September 8.
Past Event

Mom Jeans and Shortly

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Irenic, 3090 Polk Avenue, San Diego
  • $13 - $15

Detroit songstress Alexandria Maniak, aka Shortly, has a voice that comes up on you like that creepy little girl in the well from The Ring, both soft and dangerous and haunting as hell. On the strength of her first high profile single “Matthew,” produced by Citizen singer Mat Kerekes, she soon found herself being invited to open for other dark pop whisperers like Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, the Decemberists, Title Fight, and now Mom Jeans, who’ll bring her to the Irenic on September 8. It’s the second date of a short tour sponsored by her new label, Triple Crown Records, which just dropped her second single “Spare Time,” recorded in Philadelphia with Hop Along guitarist Joe Reinhart, who moonlights as a producer for Modern Baseball, Smidley, and others. Headliner Mom Jeans hails from San Francisco and presents itself as an emo group, but their sophomore full-length dropping this week, Puppy Love, indicates a band with aspirations more akin to contemporary melodic punkers like Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise. The bill includes funk ‘n’ soul group Just Friends, who dropped a new full-length in June, Nothing But Love.

Birdtalker at Soda Bar on November 8.
Past Event

Birdtalker

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $12 - $14

This seems to be the age of musical marriages and power couples, e.g. Jay-Z and Beyonce, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, etc. It’s a noble tradition in music going back at least as far as Ike and Tina Turner and Johnny Cash and June Carter, continuing up through John Lennon and Paul McCartney with their respective matrimonial mates, Richard & Linda Thompson, the Captain & Tennille, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Tuck & Patti, Exene Cervenka & John Doe, and even timeless collaborations that long outlast the unions that produced them, like the best of Timbuk 3, the White Stripes, and Sonny & Cher. Add to the tuneful team-ups Nashville duo Zack and Dani Green of Birdtalker, who had already been married since 2012 when they decided to start writing songs together, soon recruiting a drummer, guitarist/mandolinist, and – around a year later – a bassist. Though many of their songs are variations on tried and true themes of love and loss, there’s also a mildly sharpened edge of social awareness and wit, with Zack’s guitar providing an occasionally frenetic backdrop to his wife’s more pastoral, free-flowing keys. Their debut EP in 2016, Just This, was a refreshing blast of intricate Byrdsy harmonies and hook-heavy folk guitar. They sound positively Dylanesque on the first single from their new album One, “Outside the Lines,” a scathing screed that calls out hypocrisy in everything from relationships to politics. A support tour hits Soda Bar on November 8.

Todd Rundgren at the Belly Up on November 14.
Past Event

Todd Rundgren

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+ / $57

When cult rock star Todd Rundgren isn’t dying streaks into his hair and backing up Ringo Starr on tour, he sometimes makes short side trips with his Unpredictable Evening showcases, which he brought to town last September at the Music Box. Another night of requiems, requests, and deep cuts from throughout his career (including possibly his ‘60s group the Nazz or even his brief tenure standing in for Ric Ocasek in the Cars) is promised for the Belly Up on November 14, where his website indicates he’ll be backed by recently reunited Utopia bandmates Prairie Prince (on a break from the Tubes), Kasim Sulton, and Jesse Gress. However, sticking to songs he’s already known for would hardly be unpredictable, so among the other oddities known to make his hit list are offbeat covers like Cheap Trick’s “Hello There,” Tony Bennett’s “Are You Havin’ Any Fun,” “Fire” (the Crazy World of Arthur Brown), “Muskrat Love” (the Captain and Tennille), and even “Endless Prairie” by Lorne Greene. Last year’s San Diego setlist included Rebecca Black’s pop anthem “Friday” and a tribute to San Diego’s own Strawberry Alarm Clock with “Incense and Peppermints.” Maybe this year, we’ll be treated to something by locals like Tom Waits, Jewel, or Blink 182? Maybe Frank Zappa? I know I’d hock a used Honda for a chance to hear a Runt version of the Monroes’ “What Do All the People Know.”

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Daniel Atkinson’s big jazz venture

Opening more slots for all that jazz
Next Article

The massive, small molcajete at La Sinaloense

How regionally inspired mariscos fill a restaurant patio in La Presa
In This Moment at Harrah’s on August 24
In This Moment at Harrah’s on August 24
In This Moment at Harrah’s on August 24
Past Event

Halestorm and In This Moment

Few metal bands take their theatrics as seriously as LA’s In This Moment, who have been known to wear costumes themed to the music, with masked guests onstage enacting bits of scene-setting that make performances as much dark carnival as concert. Founding duo Maria Brink and Chris Howorth at first seemed inspired by the worst excesses of Queensryche and Dream Theater when they formed their band around 2005, though they had clearly embraced their dark side by the time their fourth album, 2012’s Blood, carried them into the Billboard top 40 for the first time, debuting at number 15. A follow-up, Black Widow, reached number eight, but by that time the world was being overrun by goths-gone-Broadway like Muse, Motionless in White, Avatar, etc. Last summer’s Ritual album debuted at number 23 but never climbed any higher, perhaps due to the more stripped down sound and the less stripped down wardrobe of singer Maria Brink, who told interviewers that the band intentionally wanted to focus less on sexuality and more on strength. They’ve definitely gone from Linda Carter Wonder Woman to Gal Gadot, as evidenced by a new action-packed live video featuring a log-splitting performance of “River of Fire,” and things are taken to an even more Wagnerian level of epic histrionics in the video for “Black Wedding,” which features a guest turn from Judas Priest singer (and occasional Hillcrest neighbor) Rob Halford. Arriving with them at Harrah’s on August 24, headliners Halestorm have also gone from blush to butch on recent efforts like their new single “Uncomfortable,” previewing a full-length called Viscious due later this month, and the bill includes fellow female-fronted rockers New Years Day.

Shortly and Mom Jeans at Irenic on September 8.
Past Event

Mom Jeans and Shortly

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Irenic, 3090 Polk Avenue, San Diego
  • $13 - $15

Detroit songstress Alexandria Maniak, aka Shortly, has a voice that comes up on you like that creepy little girl in the well from The Ring, both soft and dangerous and haunting as hell. On the strength of her first high profile single “Matthew,” produced by Citizen singer Mat Kerekes, she soon found herself being invited to open for other dark pop whisperers like Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, the Decemberists, Title Fight, and now Mom Jeans, who’ll bring her to the Irenic on September 8. It’s the second date of a short tour sponsored by her new label, Triple Crown Records, which just dropped her second single “Spare Time,” recorded in Philadelphia with Hop Along guitarist Joe Reinhart, who moonlights as a producer for Modern Baseball, Smidley, and others. Headliner Mom Jeans hails from San Francisco and presents itself as an emo group, but their sophomore full-length dropping this week, Puppy Love, indicates a band with aspirations more akin to contemporary melodic punkers like Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise. The bill includes funk ‘n’ soul group Just Friends, who dropped a new full-length in June, Nothing But Love.

Birdtalker at Soda Bar on November 8.
Past Event

Birdtalker

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $12 - $14

This seems to be the age of musical marriages and power couples, e.g. Jay-Z and Beyonce, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, etc. It’s a noble tradition in music going back at least as far as Ike and Tina Turner and Johnny Cash and June Carter, continuing up through John Lennon and Paul McCartney with their respective matrimonial mates, Richard & Linda Thompson, the Captain & Tennille, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Tuck & Patti, Exene Cervenka & John Doe, and even timeless collaborations that long outlast the unions that produced them, like the best of Timbuk 3, the White Stripes, and Sonny & Cher. Add to the tuneful team-ups Nashville duo Zack and Dani Green of Birdtalker, who had already been married since 2012 when they decided to start writing songs together, soon recruiting a drummer, guitarist/mandolinist, and – around a year later – a bassist. Though many of their songs are variations on tried and true themes of love and loss, there’s also a mildly sharpened edge of social awareness and wit, with Zack’s guitar providing an occasionally frenetic backdrop to his wife’s more pastoral, free-flowing keys. Their debut EP in 2016, Just This, was a refreshing blast of intricate Byrdsy harmonies and hook-heavy folk guitar. They sound positively Dylanesque on the first single from their new album One, “Outside the Lines,” a scathing screed that calls out hypocrisy in everything from relationships to politics. A support tour hits Soda Bar on November 8.

Todd Rundgren at the Belly Up on November 14.
Past Event

Todd Rundgren

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+ / $57

When cult rock star Todd Rundgren isn’t dying streaks into his hair and backing up Ringo Starr on tour, he sometimes makes short side trips with his Unpredictable Evening showcases, which he brought to town last September at the Music Box. Another night of requiems, requests, and deep cuts from throughout his career (including possibly his ‘60s group the Nazz or even his brief tenure standing in for Ric Ocasek in the Cars) is promised for the Belly Up on November 14, where his website indicates he’ll be backed by recently reunited Utopia bandmates Prairie Prince (on a break from the Tubes), Kasim Sulton, and Jesse Gress. However, sticking to songs he’s already known for would hardly be unpredictable, so among the other oddities known to make his hit list are offbeat covers like Cheap Trick’s “Hello There,” Tony Bennett’s “Are You Havin’ Any Fun,” “Fire” (the Crazy World of Arthur Brown), “Muskrat Love” (the Captain and Tennille), and even “Endless Prairie” by Lorne Greene. Last year’s San Diego setlist included Rebecca Black’s pop anthem “Friday” and a tribute to San Diego’s own Strawberry Alarm Clock with “Incense and Peppermints.” Maybe this year, we’ll be treated to something by locals like Tom Waits, Jewel, or Blink 182? Maybe Frank Zappa? I know I’d hock a used Honda for a chance to hear a Runt version of the Monroes’ “What Do All the People Know.”

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Daniel Atkinson’s big jazz venture

Opening more slots for all that jazz
Next Article

In effort to reach out to vaccine hesitant, County introduces mobile health drones

The Empire Likes Vaxx
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close