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Live Review & Photos: Volbeat and Trivium at the City National Grove, April 6, 2014 (Anaheim, CA)


Danish rockers Volbeat played to a devoted audience in Anaheim

Live Photos: Ume, White Murder, and Schizophonics at the Soda Bar, April 2, 2014


Soda Bar patrons were treated to three high energy sets

Live Review & Photos: ZZ Top at Pechanga, March 30, 2014

ZZ Top

Same three guys, same three chords

Live Photos: Kings of Leon and Local Natives at Sleep Train Amphitheater, March 22, 2014

Photos by Garcia Borgo Photography

The crowd at Sleep Train was thrilled to be there — maybe a little too thrilled

Live Photos: Sam Roberts Band at the Casbah, March 17, 2014

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

The Juno-winning songwriter kept the Casbah crowd on its toes

Live Review & Photos: St. Vincent and Noveller at House of Blues San Diego, March 19, 2014

st vincent

Annie Clark melted faces at a sold-out House of Blues

Live Photos: Hills Like Elephants, Boy King, and Jimmy Ruelas at the Casbah, March 8, 2014

Hills Like Elephants

Hills Like Elephants headed up a top-shelf lineup for their EP release party

Live Photos: Dum Dum Girls at the Casbah, March 7, 2014

Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls kicked off their ‘Too True’ tour in San Diego

Live Photos: Angel Olsen at Soda Bar, March 1, 2014

Angel Olsen at Soda Bar

The folk musician’s San Diego set left the crowd speechless

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: Augustines and My Goodness at the Soda Bar, February 13, 2014

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

The Brooklyn trio put on a cathartic Soda Bar show

Live Review & Photos: White Denim and Clear Plastic Masks at the Casbah, February 9, 2014

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

The Austin psych-rockers played a jam-packed two hour set

Live Photos: Flaggs and La Luz at the Soda Bar, January 25, 2014

Flaggs by Chris Maroulakos

Flaggs said goodbye to bassist Leslie Schultze at Soda Bar

Live Photos: Janelle Monáe at House of Blues, January 13, 2014

Janelle Monae at House of Blues

Janelle Monáe’s San Diego show was electrifying

Live Review & Photos: Chain and the Gang at the Til-Two Club, January 3, 2014

chain and the gang

Ian Svenonius proves once again that he’s a cool-blooded killer

Owl and Bear’s Top 13 Posts of 2013


Our most popular posts of the year

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

Ed Kowalczyk

The former Live singer struggled in Solana Beach

Live Review & Photos: Wrex the Halls at Valley View Casino Center, December 8, 2013

Cage the Elephant

With Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, and more

Live Photos: Soft Lions at Soda Bar, December 6, 2013

Soft Lions

The local trio celebrated the release of their ‘No Peace’ EP

Live Review & Photos: Pearl Jam at Viejas Arena, November 14, 2013

Photo credit: Sylvia Borgo

Pearl Jam played a three-hour show at Viejas Arena last week

Live Photos: Deerhoof at the Irenic, November 3, 2013


The San Francisco band played a daring show without a net

Live Review & Photos: Father John Misty at House of Blues, November 1, 2013

Father John Misty

The prolific songwriter played solo to a talkative crowd

Live Photos: Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque at House of Blues, October 27, 2013

Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque

Suicide Girls’ traveling burlesque show is like a Comic-Con cabaret

Live Photos: Sleigh Bells at Block No. 16, October 19, 2013

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells delivered a knockout punch to the downtown crowd