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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

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

Photo by Webb Valarezo

The Santa Barbara band is back

Interview: Toad the Wet Sprocket


Not to be confused with Toad of Toad Hall

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


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