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Aug. 25 2015
Of all the shows lined up after the Del Mar races this year, Weird Al’s is the one that got me pretty excited
Aug. 18 2015
As FYF Fest draws closer, more bands playing it are descending upon our city, and Metz is a band you have to catch
Aug. 11 2015
FYF Fest is taking place later this month in L.A., and a lot of its bands will be hitting San Diego. Cold Cave is the first, and their dark synth-pop sound is best heard in a more intimate, dark space
Aug. 4 2015
Chris Isaak made an appearance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but I've always thought of his music more like the unofficial soundtrack to David Lynch productions
July 28 2015
Baltimore's Spank Rock made a splash around 2006 for some highly danceable hip-hop jams with oversexed lyrics
July 21 2015
Heems used to be an emcee in the ultra-clever but short-lived group Das Racist, but his solo material shows even more versatility
July 14 2015
Mavis Staples is a treasure. Whether it's her history of singing with The Staples Singers, or the recent work she's recorded with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, her catalog is rich in soulful, powerful melodies
July 7 2015
If you slept on Open Mike Eagle's 2014 album Dark Comedy, go back and listen to the L.A. rapper's surreal and often hilarious hip-hop jams
June 30 2015
Post-rock/emo outfit The Appleseed Cast have a long history of stunning (and underrated) pop songs with intricate instrumentation and dreamy textures
June 23 2015
Chicago emcee Vic Mensa hasn't yet released an album, but if you've heard his house-tinged 2014 single "Down On My Luck," then you know that the dude's going to drop something amazing any day now
June 16 2015
Steve Earles been making outstanding roots rock for three decades, as well as having a key role in The Wire as Waylon
June 9 2015
Joey Bada$$ is still pretty young, but he's grown a lot as a rapper in the last couple years. His new album B4.DA.$$ heavily recalls the best of the '90s hip-hop renaissance
June 2 2015
Christopher Owens is the former frontman for San Francisco's Girls, and he's been known to write some powerfully emotional, psychedelic rock songs.
May 26 2015
Will Butler's full-time gig is with Montreal indie rock heroes Arcade Fire, but he's launched a new solo career with his first album, Policy
May 19 2015
Gary Wilson is a living legend, and a homegrown weirdo that San Diegans should be proud to call their own
May 12 2015
Read my feature this week on Washington, D.C. trio Ex Hex, fronted by Mary Timony, formerly of Helium. They play power-pop and punk with a reverence for hooks and big melodies. Warning: You'll have their...
May 5 2015
I first caught wind of Elvis Perkins' intricate and melancholy indie folk back in 2007, but I'll admit I haven't really kept up with his output
April 28 2015
Helmet's Betty was the first CD I ever bought. So I can't help but feel a certain nostalgia trip knowing that the band will be playing the album in its entirety at this show
April 21 2015
Wednesday, April 22 PLAN A: Young Fathers, Mas Ysa, Taurus Authority @ The Casbah. If you haven't had a chance yet, read my feature in the April 15 issue on U.K. eclectic pop group Young Fath
April 14 2015
Shoegaze pioneers Ride are playing their first shows in almost two decades, and they just happen to be making a stop in our fair city


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