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Live Review: Cursive, Beach Slang, and Twinsmith at the Casbah, February 22, 2015


Cursive

The Omaha band led fans down the rabbit hole



Live Review: Wild Child, Desert Noises, and Goodnight, Texas at the Casbah, February 21, 2015


Wild Child

Wild Child led the sold-out crowd in a night of singalongs and slow dances



Live Review & Photos: Catfish and The Bottlemen at the Merrow, February 8, 2015


Catfish and the Bottlemen by Sylvia Borgo

Welsh quartet Catfish and The Bottlemen whipped fans into a frenzy



Live Review & Photos: John 5 at Ramona Mainstage, February 8, 2015


John 5 at Ramona Mainstage

The Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson guitarist struck out on his own



Live Review & Photos: Nothing at the Soda Bar, January 30, 2015


Nothing by Rocío Flores

Noise rockers Nothing played an earsplitting show at the Soda Bar



Live Review: Jukebox the Ghost, Twin Forks, and Secret Someones at Soda Bar, February 2, 2015


Jukebox the Ghost

Three bands delivered enthusiastic performances at the sold-out Soda Bar show



Live Review & Photos: RVIVR, Western Settings, and DFMK at the Til-Two Club, January 8, 2015


RVIVR by Rocío Flores

At the Til-Two club, RVIVR shined a light on San Diego



Live Review: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Belly Up, January 6, 2015


Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty brought New Orleans to Solana Beach



Album Review: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – “Club Meds”


Dan Mangan by Sylvia Borgo

Vancouver songwriter Dan Mangan is out with an immersive new album



Live Review & Photos: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Interrupters at House of Blues, December 21, 2014


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The ska veterans were joined by Tim Armstrong’s band of protégés



Live Review and Photos: 91X Wrex the Halls Featuring Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Vance Joy, Interpol, Billy Idol, Spoon, Banks, and Schitzophonics, December 12, 2014


Cage the Elephant by Sylvia Borgo

Music devotees braved a rainy Friday night for 91X’s annual Wrex the Halls concert



Live Review and Photos: X at the Casbah, December 11, 2014


X by Rocio Flores

L.A. legends X brought a more serene sound to the Casbah last week



Live Review: Mike Birbiglia at Balboa Theatre, December 5, 2014


Mike Birbiglia

The “Thank God for Jokes” tour marks a turning point in the comedian’s career



Live Photos & Review: The 1975, Cruisr, and Young Rising Sons at Soma, November 21, 2014


The 1975

The Manchester band played to an intense American fan base



Live Review & Photos: Tristen at the Loft, November 22, 2014


Tristen by Tristan Lope

Tristen Gaspadarek reminded fans that she has some serious pipes



Live Review & Photos: Bear’s Den, Dan Mangan, and Christof at the Casbah, November 9, 2014


Bear's Den by Sylvia Borgo

Bear’s Den played a magical set at The Casbah



Live Review & Photos: The Black Keys and Jake Bugg at Viejas Arena, November 9, 2014


The Black Keys by Leslie Kalohi

The Black Keys put on an impeccable sounding show at Viejas Arena



Live Review: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 in Austin, TX


Fun Fun Fun Fest

FFF is safe from corporate festival bloat and pretension — for now



Live Review & Photos: Delta Spirit at The Belly Up, November 1, 2014


Delta Spirit by Sylvia Borgo

Two San Diego bands brought down a packed Belly Up house



Live Review & Photos: Zac Brown Band at Sleep Train Ampitheatre, October 19, 2014


Zac Brown Band

Brown and Co. put their country stamp on an eclectic series of covers



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



Film Review: Birdman


Birdman

The excellent new film gives Michael Keaton the role of a lifetime



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 and Photos: Justin Townes Earle at the Belly Up, October 7, 2014


Justin Townes Earle by Leslie Kalohi

Justin Townes Earle brought his typical unpredictability to Solana Beach