Monthly Archives: August 2013

BLACK MARKET III READIES NEW RECORD AND 13th INTERNATIONAL TOUR

Black Market III Black Roses

Black Market III is one of the hardest working, hardest rocking bands in San Diego. You can usually catch their high energy, blues-drenched, leave-nothing-behind live show multiple times a week up and down the coast. But come fall, you’re going to need a passport to catch up with this three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band.

SHAKE BEFORE US – SHOW REVIEW

Shake Before Us

August 15th at Carlsbad’s Boar Cross’n, Shake Before Us cooked up a livid set of measured chaos. They have a fine knack, whether on purpose or not, of tilting on the edge of derailment. They seem to get some guilty pleasure from taking their songs to the edge, finding a shaky balance, and then returning to safer, steady ground for their landing.

BOY KING – MASTER – ALBUM REVIEW

Boy King

Boy King’s new album, Master, is a face full of fuzzed out power chord guitar grinds, hammering back beats, and a wailing blast furnace lead vocal. With a respectful nod to early Sabbath and Zeppelin, Boy King conjures up a punishing three-piece rock sound loaded with punk rock boldness.

JOSH DAMIGO – KICKIN’ IT CROSS COUNTRY

Josh Damigo

Josh Damigo is about to embark on a 3,000 mile trek, bringing his singer/songwriter talents to 30 different tour stops across the country. With momentum and a list of dos and don’ts learned from a similar tour last year to support his album Hope, Damigo has established a Kickstarter campaign to offset costs. Between packing, rehearsing, and doing the multitude of other things a completely independent artist (no help from a label here) does to prepare for a tour, we were able to sneak in a few questions.

DARIUS DEGHER’S LEUCADIA LOVE SONG

Darius Degher

There haven’t been too many songs that have name-checked San Diego over the years. Tom Waits gave us “San Diego Serenade;” Springsteen throws in a mention about a french restaurant in “Rosalita;” Bing Crosby crooned about when the surf meets the turf in Del Mar; and more recently, Paul Cannon offers the San Diego (Padres semi theme?) song “Homegrown.” None of these, though, possess the hometown adulation that Darius Degher pours into his single “Leucadia Love Song.”

AMSD: ONE OF SAN DIEGO’S MOST UNIQUE VENUES CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

AMSD Church

Hats off to AMSD (Acoustic Music San Diego) as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary this month! One of San Diego’s most unique concert venues and housed at the Normal Heights United Methodist Church, AMSD is the love child of Carey Driscoll. Here’s an interview I did with Carey last year where he talks about how this all came together, why he works so hard at this, and what keeps him and the church rocking after all these years.

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