Obviously, at San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll we slant towards covering rock. But, Tori Roze and The Hot Mess’ soulful performance on the just released video “Little Black Ballerina” grabbed us, and it’s just too good to ignore.
The two piece dirty blues band Little Hurricane is back at it again with the release date announcement of their new album GOLD FEVER. What direction are they headed? Here’s the new single and a hint from the band at what’s in store.
Four records were sent to me last year that I listened to a lot and really wanted to write about before the ball dropped but, for one reason or another, just wasn’t able to make it happen. The new year equals a new effort towards time management along with a promise to finish what I start. Cheers!
Over the years, I have heard of and seen my fair share of Battle of the Bands. But artists battling onstage while bands play? You certainly don’t see that very often. On Tuesday, January 14th at The Belly Up, On Point Promotions is promoting a Live Art Battle hosted by Carlos Culture where four artists will battle for 100 minutes during live musical performances by The Devastators, Brothers Gow, and The Tarr Steps.
What does it take to open up for a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer like Gregg Allman? San Diego artist Nena Anderson has been tabbed to do the honors on January 9th at downtown’s Balboa Theatre. Here’s what she has to say about the gig.
For the next four Mondays in January, Family Wagon will post up at The Casbah, using it as base camp for a month’s residency. The momentum they have built up over the last year, using an all out, balls-to-the-walls live show as their calling card, has more than qualified them for this showcase. After speaking with them about the coming Monday’s, it sounds like they are more than ready to go. Here’s what else they had to say about their January Casbah residency.
Feeding The Soul, the non-profit organization that does concerts for causes, is about to drop a whole lot of love under their beneficiary’s tree this December at their Holiday Spectacular December 1st at the Star Theatre in Oceanside. Melissa Grove from Feeding The Soul took time out of her busy schedule to speak to me not only about how this event came together, but why Feeding The Soul is so committed to giving back.
Two time San Diego Music Award winner Colin Clyne is set to release his new EP “Doon Tae The Wid” November 21st. The four songs on the live EP are a nice glimpse into one of San Diego’s finest talents. Recorded live in Woodland, CA on the 2011 West Coast US Doricana tour, Clyne is joined by James Hood on guitar and backing vocals, and Steve Haney on percussion.
Locally, this year has been one to remember in the way of new music. It’s no easy task to nail down a Top 5, but these records definitely deserve the high praise. Here’s our Top 5 San Diego Albums of the Year.
The new release from Black Market III, Songs That Shake The Cage, features Scottie Blinn powering through an album of mostly covers with a gritty growl, creating a rough and tumble landscape for his three piece band to ride rough shod over. Usually an album of covers is enough to stop me from giving it more than a listen, but “Mad Dog” Blinn grabs these songs by the throat and chokes the truth out of them.
Jack Tempchin is a master songwriter, a crafter of songs that feel tranquil but run layers deep. He is a San Diego treasure who, for years, has relied on the lasting power and longevity of a well-constructed song to cement his legacy. Live At Tales From The Tavern throws a tight spotlight on Tempchin and his songs and serves as a showcase to his far-reaching talents.
Singing from the top of his lungs, “I will give you all I have,” Drew Douglas opens the Grampadrew album Cut From the Cloth with a bold declaration. And for the next 13 songs, he manages to follow through on this decree by presenting a personal journey through a landscape that is not only easy and accessible to follow, but one that entertains on many levels.
The “Beasties,” played spot on by Kyle McDonald, OG, and De La from Slightly Stoopid, hit the stage with a cannon ball of energy. Dressing the part, complete with gold chains swinging, hats backwards, and the Beastie swagger in tow, the trio came out hitting the three part raps with style. Karl Denson’s tribute to the Beastie Boys was booked solid at The Belly Up for two nights in a row last week. And if the Thursday night opening show was any indication of what the crowd and the performance was like on the second night, they could have easily done a third.
Even though The Family Wagon wasn’t headlining the show Friday night at the Casbah, it didn’t stop them from playing like they were. This is a band that, when seen live, leaves you with no doubt in your mind that they’ve given you everything they got. The energy they put into their last song of the night was enough to kill most bands.
Revoltaire uncorked their 40 minute set Sunday night at The Belly Up with “Black Water,” the deep soul groove shaker from their self-entitled first album. With no desire to waste a moment of their opening slot’s time limit, the band came out with a big, bold, loud statement.
Mickey Hart brought his world renowned legacy and his world beat skills to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach the night of December the 3rd. Perched behind an elaborate array of percussion instruments, Hart played the mad scientist throughout the night, mixing a blend of organic and electronic sounds and beats.
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