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Latest San Diego concert announcements

Bullets & Octane, Zola Jesus, Andrew Belle, Mutemath, Carla Morrison, Iron & Wine, Deer Tick

Heavily tattooed rockers Bullets & Octane will visit Brick by Brick on July 14, mainly to promote their new single and video for “Bad Motherfucker,” the first track from their yet-to-be-scheduled eighth album, Waking Up ...

Action Andy won't exclude the local-hit long-goners

"Getting records out was either costly or something they never considered."

“I aim on creating a series of compilations based on San Diego music from the ’50s into the ’70s,” says Action Andy & the Hi-Tones frontman Andy Rasmussen. “This first volume will focus on rock ...

Musicians kick out the books

"I wrote it in honor of my son Dillon and our cat Cake."

“I work eight hours a week for a yoga studio, but the rest of my money is currently made playing music on the streets, in venues, and selling my first book,” says Martin Stamper, aka ...

San Diego concert stops

U2 announces first show in San Diego in 12 years

On August 26, the Salk Institute celebrates 22 years of Symphony at Salk with David Foster & Friends, performing outdoors in the courtyard overlooking the ocean. Like Alan Parsons, it was Foster’s stellar production work ...

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The Del Mar Summer Concert Series, Shaggy, and Lauryn Hill

The outdoor Del Mar Summer Concert Series at the Racetrack can always be relied on for the usual reggae-flavored bro-tation of festival acts like this year’s season opener Tribal Seeds (July 21), as well as ...

Superunloader back with album after 20 years

Lost one member to a yurt in Big Sur

“We’ve been a band since the early ’90s and are probably up on the list as one of the longest running San Diego bands,” says drummer Chad Farran of Superunloader. “We started playing shows as ...

Veronica May's sweetest 30 seconds

"It’s dirty and trashy and condescending."

"I’m a big fat lesbian,” says singer/songwriter Veronica May, never one to dance around any topic. “I’m the youngest child of the oldest children, there are seven of us. I was the youngest for a ...

New shows, just announced

See Holly Hofmann, Dead Cross, Penny and Sparrow, Marshall Crenshaw...

The Westgate Hotel Rooftop Jazz series runs June 1 through August 31, featuring 13 poolside concerts with the cream of our local crop playing outdoors amid a skyscraper backdrop. Highlights include Coral MacFarland Thuet, who’s ...

New music in San Diego announced

Including but not limited to Cigarettes After Sex, The National, and Nick Murphy

Any musician will tell you what a challenge it is to cover Steely Dan in concert. Not just the mathematical precision of the arrangements and the individual styles of the various guest guitarists, but because ...

Freshmen be advised, Birdy's a sophomore

Al Howard skips the "organic" cliché and describes how it happened

“We’re all releasing our albums at the Casbah in a 3D release party,” says Shawn P. Rohlf (7th Day Buskers) of the May 27 event he’s staging with Jeff Berkley and Veronica May. “My new ...

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This week we have FutureCastle, Halsey, San Cisco, and more

If concept albums are a dicey proposition in the age of digital singles, then a thematic mini-rock opera built from cover tunes may seem the height of commercial folly. Try telling that to Rare Futures ...

Guitar Center refugee

Of corporate greed and Bossfight's "Green"

“It’s about the greed that exists within corporations, specifically venture capitalists, and it has deep personal meaning,” says Bossfight guitarist David Settimi of the band’s new single “Green.” Settimi spent nearly 20 years working for ...

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New shows announced for Circa Wave, Michelle Branch, Fallout Boy, lots more

The final date of Circa Waves’s headline tour supporting their sophomore album Different Creatures hits the Casbah on June 14. The Liverpool lads have beefed up their somewhat twee sound, thanks in no small part ...

Brian Karscig helps launch Instagram of music

"I had a great video of my friend drunkenly eating cupcakes at a party."

“My business partner Nick Venti and I set out to make a music social app called BLKBOX that allows friends to share music and images with the moments of their lives,” says Brian Karscig (Louis ...

No man is an island or sky except maybe Daniel Isle Sky

“I didn’t smoke and didn’t drink enough to keep up with my bandmates.”

In the early days of Daniel Isle Sky’s music career, which essentially started by playing piano for church functions, he still managed to make time to earn a degree in aerospace engineering. Soon, however, he ...

New shows in San Diego

Black Lips, Dopapod, Blues Traveler, more...

Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013, and the song they wrote together the next morning, “You’re the One for Me,” went on to hit number one on Hype Machine ...

San Diego record roundup (May)

Mayor Taco Ghost couldn't wait for April to be through

Experimental pop group Mayor Taco Ghost and drone/doom vocal duo Vas Hermeticum both released new albums at the Black Cat on April 29. Acoustic songstress Elise Trouw will celebrate both her 18th birthday and the ...

To know A Veil is to know Chad Ackerman

"You can call it goth or dark, but I’m a musician that loves horror.”

“A Veil just released our next single, ‘Calyptra,’” reports frontman Chad Ackerman (Destroy the Runner, As I Lay Dying, Chapter 14) of the band’s first new music in around a year. “The song is about ...

New shows announced

PotterCon, Beach Fossils, Deslondes, and the blues in Julian

At least a dozen variations of Jefferson Starship have toured through the years, but the version hitting the Belly Up on May 25 was revised yet again after the January 2016 death of cofounder Paul ...

And then the singer went crazy...

Chuck Duerr's alleged killer committed suicide

“It’s a power-pop ballad based on the true and tragic story of the murder of San Diego musician Chuck Duerr, a friend and coworker of mine,” says Scott Samuels of his single “Not Far Enough.” ...

Tickets just went on sale...

Mount Kimbie, Hellyeah, and Colin Hay lead the pack

Tix just went on sale to see Woods on May 19 at the Casbah, where the Brooklyn folkies will be plugging their new full-length Love Is Love, 32 minutes of jazz-flavored psychedelic rock recorded between ...

Leaders in the Clubhouse include the anti–San Diego stuff

Snubbed by the San Diego Music Awards — but so what?

“Our sound is like the stupid man’s Randy Newman,” says drummer Spud Davenport (Messy Necessities, Shamey Jays), one half of comedic power-pop-rockers Leaders in the Clubhouse. “Or what if Warren Zevon joined Weezer,” offers pianist ...

A new column for new music in San Diego

Parachute pants, Hispanic classic, and Portland sludge

Relive the age of parachute pants and brick-phones on May 9 when Fuel and Marcy Playground provide your funky ’90s flashback at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Fuel’s sole founding member Brett Scallions promises ...

April showers of San Diego record releases

...the latest from local artists

New Orleans-style jazz outfit Euphoria Brass Band will debut their new CD at Panama 66 in Balboa Park on Friday, March 31. Santee reggae band Strictly Skunk has a CD release planned for April 1 ...

Jovi's choice

Bon Jovi chooses San Diego band Daring Greatly to open his Vegas show

“We had to arrive at the arena at 1 p.m. and we were playing at 8 p.m.,” says guitarist Dail Croome of Daring Greatly, who won a contest to open for Bon Jovi at Las ...

Los Santos has that '70s feel

“They say I have an uncanny resemblance to Ron Jeremy. But only from the waist up.”

"Our band members have a varied range of influences, from punk to metal to classic ’70s hard rock,” says drummer Brock Scott of power trio Los Santos. “I like to classify our music as straight-up ...

I wanted to tear the guitar out of his hands

Greg Douglass wrote “Jungle Love.” Do not play it — or any other Steve Miller song — wrong.

Best known for co-writing the Steve Miller Band megahit “Jungle Love,” guitarist Greg Douglass recently released the most solid and engaging solo album of his long and varied career, Flight of the Golden Dragon. Favorite ...

A concept clubs should get back to

Sue Palmer would like to see things like Haight Ashbury in the ’60s and ’70s, and L.A. in the ’80s.

Blues belter Sue Palmer who became known as the “Queen of Boogie Woogie” during her reign fronting Tobacco Road, currently holds down a Tuesday residency at Tio Leo’s with her Motel Swing Orchestra. Which local ...

Slick backline

Cathryn Beeks is a bit of a picker

Longtime San Diego music booster Cathryn Beeks promotes weekly Listen Local events around town, provides musician photo services, and performs with bands such as the Ordeal, Groove Kitties, and CalAmity. Best free photo backgrounds? “I ...

Ducks and mannikins

Gary Wilson, gifted musician

Since the late 1970s, the freaky lounge music made by occasional duck owner and mannikin enthusiast Gary Wilson has been championed by everybody from Beck to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. Favorite locals to share ...

Springtime record releases from San Diego's own...

Manuok, Mike Wojniak, Pinback, Mattson 2, Michael Tiernan, and more

New age guitarist Shambhu, who studied with Carlos Santana and meditation guru Sri Chinmoy, will introduce his third studio album, Soothe, with a solo performance at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga on March 11. “There’s ...

Justin Werner running wild

San Diego singer/songwriter lands a tune in the new Sharon Stone film

“I landed my song ‘Without a Bang’ in the new Sharon Stone film Running Wild, just recently released in theaters,” says singer-songwriter Justin Werner. The placement came about from knowing the film’s sound designer. “I ...

Roxy reunion

Power-pop four-piece Roxy Monoxide reunites for a night for the Big Stir Powerpop Show

“The Big Stir Powerpop Show was something I first organized last year in San Diego in conjunction with L.A. band the Armoires, who hold monthly Big Stir shows up in North Hollywood,” says singer/guitarist Scott ...

San Diego Comic Fest — so (intentionally) not Comic-Con

The annual festival has a musical side

The fifth annual San Diego Comic Fest makes its debut in a new venue, Four Points By Sheraton, running February 17 through 20. Music-themed events will include discussion panels, a live band trivia contest, and ...

You can call her Babbalicious Neezbite

“The secret is puff pastry. But is it really a secret? A shoe would taste good inside a puff pastry.”

"I miss the ocean,” says songstress Barbara Nesbitt, who left San Diego in 2011 for the musical mind-meld that is Austin, Texas. Her new album, Right as Rain, debuted January 13, sporting production and guest-playing ...

Singer/songwriter's "Alternative Facts" finds footing online

A few seeds of humanity from Matthew Stewart

“The phrase ‘alternative facts’ immediately hit me as being very Orwellian,” says Matthew Stewart, who used the phrase coined by presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway as both title and topic of a new tune currently popping ...

Record-release roundup for February

San Diego bands with new music coming out this month

Two years after their debut full-length, Hideout’s sophomore album, So Many Hoops, So Little Time, is due February 3 via Small Plates Records, preceded by singles for “Doctor” and “I Got Your Message.” 500 vinyl ...

Flingin' Swingin'

Action Andy & the Hi-Tones on kneecap bustin' vinyl

“Relampago-go Records is releasing Songs 4 Swingin’ Sinners on marble blue vinyl,” reports Andy Rasmussen of the upcoming EP from Action Andy & the Hi-Tones. It’s the latest wax offering from the band, which also ...

In-a-gadda-Sinatra

“I freak out completely whenever I see a possum. They remind me of myself in some ways.”

I first caught Jose Sinatra and the Troy Dante Inferno back at one of those mid-1980s Comic-Cons, doing a raucous lounge act that veered somewhere between Bill Murray and Tom Jones, with a touch of ...

No lunch for Lenny Morris

Singer/songwriter returns to the stage — or tries to — and finds Gigtown on the way

“Now that my son has grown older, I’m reinserting myself into the local restaurant and bar scene,” says singer-songwriter Lenny Morris, who’s kept a low profile since his 2012 release No Secret. Up until his ...

Record-releases to kick off 2017

San Diego bands dropping discs in the new year

When Grizzly Business plays a release party for Spanish Old-Fashioned on January 7 at Soda Bar, “Attendees can definitely expect a ghost of Christmas past to join us on the stage,” according to cofounder Walter ...

Now you know: San Diego singer/songer, boss juggler Sam Bybee

Sam likes open mic

"Here’s why open mics are important to me,” says Sam Bybee. “Fifteen years ago, there wasn’t much in the way of outlets for artists of any kind who were welcome to come and hone their ...

Sounds of freedom from Fishbone

Fishbone offshoot Trulio Disgracias hits O.B.'s Holding Company on Wednesday, December 28

“The very first time Fishbone played the Belly Up,” recalls bassist Norwood Fisher, “our [former] guitarist Kendall Jones jumped up and cracked his cranium on the side of one of the hanging speakers during our ...

Jingle Bell Rock

Out and about on Christmas Eve

New Year’s Eve guides are a dime a dozen, but what to do if you find yourself out and about on Christmas Eve? The Infinity stage at Pala Casino is hosting Help!, a Beatles tribute ...

Teenage singer/songwriter Marissa Grace lists her faves

Her life changed after her spoof of “Rude” by Magic earned Grace airplay on the local Jeff & Jer radio show

"I play pop rock, infused with some folk, funk, and jazz,” says La Mesa’s Marissa Grace, who started studying piano at age four. The 13-year-old took vocal lessons with local stars Eve Selis and Mattie ...

In Standing Rock, the world is the bubble

Local singer/songwriter/videographer Scott Wilson posts a short film on the North Dakota pipeline standoff

“I just got back from the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline protests [in Cannonball, North Dakota],” says singer/songwriter Scott Wilson. “I edited a short video on the issues surrounding why they’re protesting the construction of ...

Mike Spent feels fairly compensated

Punk lifer gives up the nuclear power trade and returns to the stage

“We started in 1979 in the garage, ended in 1982, reformed in 1992, disbanded in 1997, and reformed in 2002,” says Mike Sainz, aka Mike Spent of Carlsbad punk rockers Spent Idols. “Along the way, ...

Record roundup for Christmastime

New releases from San Diego bands in time for the holidays

New releases this week include the debut full-length from local rapper (and former convicted bank robber) Manistylez, People in High Places, plus a compilation on Accretions Records featuring defunct early-2000s noise rockers Quibble and Jon ...

Where is Joe Strummer when you need him?

San Diego songsmith Jon Kanis about to drop his new album, Fundamentalism Is the Only Way

Jon Kanis spent around two years working on his upcoming full-length, Fundamentalism Is the Only Way, co-producing with Christopher Hoffee (Atom Orr, Truckee Brothers) at Chaos Recorders in Escondido. “The album was conceived to be ...

The Obama effect

Interview with U.S. president gets local 'tween singer some internet love

As revealed in the recent Reader cover story “What WikiLeaks reveals about San Diego,” former Blink-182 player Tom DeLonge is apparently obsessed with interviewing federal and military bigwigs about the truth behind UFOs. However, local ...

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