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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



Live Review & Photos: The Experience Hendrix Tour at Harrah’s, October 9, 2014


Buddy Guy at the Experience Hendrix Tour

An all-star tribute kept Hendrix’s fire burning



Live Review: Beck and Jenny Lewis at Bayou Music Center (Houston, TX), October 9, 2014


Beck

Jenny Lewis soared while Beck bored in Houston, TX



Live Review & Photos: Saintseneca at Soda Bar, October 8, 2014


Saintseneca

The Columbus, OH band unfurled some beautiful folk harmonies



Live Review & Photos: Crosby, Stills & Nash at Civic Theatre, October 1, 2014


Crosby Stills & Nash

The classic rock band put on a harmonious show in San Diego



Live Review & Photos: The Pixies and Royal Blood at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, September 27, 2014


The Pixies by Leslie Kalohi

The Pixies engaged the crowd in a night of controlled chaos



Film Review: This is Where I Leave You


This is Where I Leave You

The new dramedy lets its ensemble cast shine