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Live Review: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, March 22, 2014


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

A cancer-free Sharon Jones led the crowd in a celebration of life



Live Review: The Donkeys at Soda Bar, March 7, 2014


The Donkeys

The Donkeys were supported by genre-bending newcomers Awahnichi



Live Review & Photos: River City and John Meeks at Soda Bar, February 21, 2014


Andrew Armerding of River City

The two country bands made San Diego feel like Nashville



Live Review & Photos: Ed Kowalczyk at the Belly Up, December 10, 2013


Ed Kowalczyk

The former Live singer struggled in Solana Beach



Ed Kowalczyk to Play Belly Up December 10


Ed Kowalczyk

The former Live singer will play acoustic versions of his hits



Live Review and Photos: The Postal Service at Open Air Theatre, July 21, 2013


Jenny Lewis The Postal Service

The Postal Service brought nostalgia and big butts to SDSU



Live Review: Built to Spill at the Casbah, May 5, 2013


Built to Spill

The band played two sold out shows at the Casbah



Live Review and Photos: Josh Ritter at the Belly Up, March 18, 2013


Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Ritter put on an awe-inspiring show with an assist from Lake Street Dive



Songwriter Jason Molina Has Died


Jason Molina

Molina fronted Magnolia Electric Co and Songs: Ohia



Live Review and Photos: Toad the Wet Sprocket at the Belly Up, March 7, 2013


Photos by Webb Valarezo

The Santa Barbara band is back



Interview: Toad the Wet Sprocket


Toad

Not to be confused with Toad of Toad Hall



Live Review: Ben Folds Five at House of Blues, January 27, 2013


ben-folds

The reunited ’90s band has something new to say



Live Review & Photos: Calexico and the Dodos at the Belly Up, October 25, 2012


Photo credit: Dirk Hansen

Some people attended just for the trill of it



Live Review & Photos: Takahashi, Lyon Crowns, and Gloomsday at the Soda Bar, September 20, 2012


Photos by Webb Valarezo

Takahashi Nation was thoroughly defeated!



Live Review: Old 97′s and Those Darlins at the Belly Up, August 29, 2012


Alt-country heartthrob Rhett Miller turned back time to ’97



Live Review: Andrew Bird at Spreckels Theatre, August 11, 2012


Photo credit: Samaria Daniel

The talented troubadour brought his signature sound to San Diego



Live Review: Marcy Playground at 4th and B, July 2, 2012


Marcy Playground

The band played to a not-so-sexy crowd



Live Review: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at Humphreys, May 30, 2012


Photo credit: Mark Seliger

The show was no rodeo



Repeated Listens: Guster – “Easy Wonderful” (Review)


We take a look — well, actually five looks — at Guster’s new album.



Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame


Dr. Dog sound exactly like somebody.



Review: The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You


I and Love and You

The Avett Brothers are all about feeling. On Emotionalism, their last proper full length, the Avetts certainly didn’t shy away from feeling; they celebrated it. The songs from Emotionalism were mostly led by banjo, upright bass, occasional strings and the just-twangy-enough vocals of one or both brothers. Everything about that setup said these guys were […]



High Fiving Hipsters or: San Diego Loves the Avett Brothers


High Fiving Hipsters

The last time I was at the Belly Up I high fived a hipster. The results were fascinating and hilarious; I came out after the show to see my “victim” sitting on a ledge outside being consoled by his girlfriend. “It was a good show though, right baby?” she said with a hopeful and worried […]