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Snoop Dogg — coaxed south of Irvine

Snoop Dogg — coaxed south of Irvine

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Snoop Dogg and Warren G

For a while in the early 2000s, weed-loving rapper Snoop Dogg avoided the San Diego area. Really, who could blame him, after the first date of his 2001 Puff Puff Pass tour ended early, with alleged gang members pelting him with debris and Chula Vista police taking the stage in what Lt. Dan Linney described as a “skirmish line,” attempting to wrest back control of the unruly crowd? That same night, Snoop’s tour bus didn’t even make it past Temecula before being pulled over and searched by cops, resulting in a member of his entourage being arrested for possession of around 300 grams of pot. It took a few years for promoters to coax Snoop into steering his rolling caravan south of Irvine again, but he finally returned to Chula Vista in 2008 and has since played over a dozen local dates at nearly as many venues. His April 5 appearance at the Observatory is only his second time at the North Park theater, which he first visited in 2015. West coast rapper Warren G will open.

Brian Karscig — ubiquitous flirt

Brian Karscig — ubiquitous flirt

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Brian Karscig and Dead Feather Moon

  • Friday, April 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $10 - $12

Brian Karscig once flirted with rock stardom as the frontman of local glam band Louis XIV, one of the most sexed up and lowdown groups of self-described degenerates ever to sneer their way across America. You could see a bit of that bad boy persona all the way back to his days with Dishwater and Convoy, though without the Queen-level pomp and bombast that he brought to Louis XIV, as seen on TV with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Carson Daly. Despite getting signed to bigtime Atlantic Records and being cited one of Rolling Stone’s Ten Artists to Watch in 2005, that band splintered, and he ended up cofounding the Nervous Wreckords in 2009, alongside keyboardist-guitarist Anthony Saffery of the UK band Cornershop. The Wreckords seem to have become an on-and-off endeavor (as has the occasionally reunited Louis), though he certainly hasn’t remained idle. Over the past few years, he’s been producing albums for bands like locals Subsurfer, Transfer, the Silent Comedy, and Anya Marina, as well as co-writing songs, recording, and appearing onstage with the Killers. Currently performing around town as a solo act, expect his April 20 set at the Casbah to include vintage tracks by Convoy, Louis XIV, and the Nervous Wreckords, as well as more recent solo numbers said to be planned for an upcoming full-length. The bill includes North County psychedelic alt-country act Dead Feather Moon, bluesy classic rock band Hiroshima Mockingbirds, and guitar-synth rockers Twin Ritual.

Kiefer Sutherland — tackling his own material

Kiefer Sutherland — tackling his own material

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Kiefer Sutherland

  • Friday, April 27, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 21+ / $25 - $27

Even if Designated Survivor star Kiefer Sutherland someday becomes the most successful and accomplished actor-turned-musician since Jamie Foxx, his most viewed and beloved performance will probably always be that viral Youtube clip where he drunkenly tackles an unlucky Christmas tree. The 51 year-old’s side gig as a country music singer-songwriter isn’t as ridiculous as that, nor as suspicious as Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career, nor as unbearable as Russell Crowe’s attempts to rock out, as evidenced by Sutherland’s 2016 debut album, Down in the Hole. It should come as no surprise that his paint-by-number guitar playing isn’t going to win him any Grammys, but his singing voice often brings to mind young Glen Campbell, both hopeful and weary, and the songs seem tailor made for whiskey soaked barrooms and honkytonks. The sideline as a songsmith isn’t a complete left turn, as he co-founded a record label back in 2002 in order to sign and promote select indie bands. That’s when he first tried his hand at recording demos of his own. He originally intended to sell other artists on his tunes, but those who heard the tracks urged him to tackle the songs himself. Over a hundred gigs later, Sutherland is coming to the Music Box on April 27, part of a lengthy tour that includes an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry and a trip across Europe. Though he mostly performs his own originals, recent setlists indicate he’s not averse to occasional covers, including a version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” that somehow manages to meld Dylan’s original mellow arrangement with the screeching Guns N’ Roses cover.

The Paladins — evolving but enduring

The Paladins — evolving but enduring

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The Paladins

  • Friday, June 1, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $20

The members of the Paladins were still attending local high schools when they began melding rock, blues, and rockabilly, riding a wave of sonically similar contemporaries like the Beat Farmers, Los Lobos, X, the Blasters, and the Stray Cats. This was a band that lived what they played, taking the stage an average of 200 times a year and keeping the music machine lubricated with homemade beer that they brewed themselves backstage. Though the membership has evolved over the ensuing decades, with players often living hundreds of miles apart, they’ve managed to keep it together most of the time for nearly 40 years now, minus a break from 2005 through 2011, earning themselves a Lifetime Achievement trophy at this year’s San Diego Music Awards. The lineup appearing at the Casbah on June 1 includes founding duo Dave Gonzales and Thomas Yearsley, backed by longtime drummer Brian Fahey.

Roger Daltrey — blitzing the media

Roger Daltrey — blitzing the media

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Roger Daltrey

When not fronting the Who, Roger Daltrey occasionally releases solo albums, such as his upcoming As Long As I Have You, featuring a mix of originals and covers by Nick Cave (“Into My Arms”), Stephen Stills (“How Far”), and Stevie Wonder (“You Haven’t Done Nothing”). The full-length is only part of a year-long media blitz that also includes orchestral performances of Tommy and an autobiography set to be published in August, as well as a tour that brings him to Embarcadero Marina Park South on August 15, as part of this year’s Bayside Summer Nights lineup. Daltrey will be backed by members of the Who’s touring band, including Simon Townshend, Frank Simes, Jon Button, Loren Gold, and Scott Devours. Setlists from as recently as this month show a predominance of Who tracks, as well as cuts from his various past solo albums and covers like “Giving It All Away” (Leo Sayer) and the vintage Who staple “Young Man Blues” (Mose Allison). You’ll also likely be treated to the title track of As Long As I Have You, originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964, the year an up-and-coming British quartet named the High Numbers decided to instead call themselves the Who. Bayside Nights subscription packages are available now, with single event tickets going on sale April 29.

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The Toven March 30, 2018 @ 8:23 a.m.

When Baby Boomers cover Hip Hop to bring attention to boring stories by bashing interesting Hip Hop artists, who are the real rock n rollers of today. Defecate on Hip Hop artist and praise everyone else. I think you need some competition in the journalism world!!!!! Hold tight. -The Toven- Cash In Ep New single ZONE out now www.thetoven.com Real San Diego artist

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