Experimental-music guru Bonnie Wright is ending her partnership with Sushi Performance & Visual Art, the East Village performance space, taking her music series “Fresh Sound” to The Loft, the venue located in the Price Center at UCSD, Wright's alma mater. Wright says The Loft's intimate, more academic setting is an ideal fit for the series. “It feels kind of like coming home to me. I'm just delighted because I really like The Loft because I go to concerts there all the time,” she says. “They have all the equipment we need. They have a stage. They have everything.” She's parting with Sushi on good terms, she says. “I wish them well, and they wish me well.” This year's series, themed around “Voice and Electronics,” will kick off on Saturday, March 12, with a performance by San Francisco electro-acoustic artist Pamela Z.
Alt-rockers Transfer will perform at a memorial for Justin Jay—a local drummer who died two weeks ago—at The Casbah on Friday, Jan. 21. New Mexico and D/Wolves will also play, and DJ Claire will spin records. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Electro-pop act Jamuel Saxon will release Time is Money, a three-song EP, on Thursday, Jan. 20. Tracks on the EP feature The Album Leaf's Jimmy LaValle and MC Scarub, a member of L.A. hip-hop group Living Legends. Jamuel Saxon will perform that night at The Casbah with Lesands, TV Girl and Dirty Gold.
Keep an eye out for White Sea, a new band featuring Ray Suen, a San Diego-bred violinist (he moved to Los Angeles last year) who's been playing with The Killers lately. White Sea have played only four shows so far, Suen says, but they digitally released a debut EP in October that takes inspiration from '70s disco and Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti western scores. They'll play their debut San Diego show at The Casbah on Wednesday, Jan. 19. White Apple Tree and Gun Runner will also perform.
Correction: This article originally reported that The Album Leaf's Jimmy LaValle is featured on the title track of Jamuel Saxon's Time is Money EP, but he is actually featured on a different track. We apologize for the error.