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Live Review & Photos: M. Ward and Nice as Fuck at the Belly Up, July 12, 2016


M. Ward at the Belly Up

Jenny Lewis’ new band brought out M. Ward’s inner rocker



Live Review: Toad the Wet Sprocket and Rusted Root at Observatory North Park


Rusted Root

The two bands proved they’re just as vital now as they were in the ’90s



Toad the Wet Sprocket Conquer Their “Fear”


Toad the Wet Sprocket

The band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album “Fear” in San Diego



Live Review: Eric Bachmann and John Meeks at Soda Bar, June 5, 2016


Eric Bachmann

The Archers of Loaf singer and the San Diego crooner made for a great team



Live Review: Andrew Bird at the Music Box, May 13, 2016


Andrew Bird

The minstrel and his band battled jet lag in San Diego



Live Review: David Cross at the Observatory North Park, January 26, 2016


David Cross at the Observatory North Park

The comedy favorite treated San Diego to his first standup show in over 5 years



Live Review: Heartless Bastards and Slothrust at the Belly Up, October 19, 2015


Heartless Bastards

The band overcame some sound issues in Solana Beach



Live Review and Photos: Patrick Watson and Villagers at the Casbah, June 6, 2015


Photos by Sylvia Borgo

The Canadian singer-songwriter created a magical atmosphere at the Casbah



Live Review: The Rentals at the Irenic, June 4, 2015


The Rentals

Matt Sharp’s band wrestled with some spooky acoustics



Live Review: Neutral Milk Hotel at the Observatory, May 28, 2015


Neutral Milk Hotel

The legendary band played an invigorating set in San Diego



Live Review: Belle & Sebastian and Perfume Genius at Observatory North Park, April 17, 2015


Photo credit: Mariel A.M.

Some obnoxious attendees threatened to spoil the show



Live Review: The New Pornographers at North Park Theatre, October 18, 2014


The New Pornographers

The power-pop supergroup was in fine form at its San Diego show



Live Review: The Drums at Soda Bar, October 13, 2014


The Drums

You can’t have your dessert before you finish your dinner



Live Review: Iron & Wine at Humphreys, August 11, 2014


Iron and Wine

Sam Beam let fans call the shots at his San Diego show



Live Review: Toad the Wet Sprocket at the Belly Up, August 9, 2014


Toad the Wet Sprocket

The Santa Barbara band tried out new material at the Belly Up



Live Review: The Donkeys at the Irenic, June 6, 2014


The Donkeys

The Donkeys were joined by John Meeks, Octa#grape, and Extra Classic



Live Review: First Aid Kit and Willy Mason at El Rey (LA), May 28, 2014


First Aid Kit

The Swedish sisters kept the Gram Parsons legacy alive in LA



Live Review: Damien Jurado at the Casbah, May 19, 2014


Damien Jurado

A solo Damien Jurado brought a taste of Seattle to San Diego



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