Author Archive

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

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