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“A Concert for Nepal” to Benefit Earthquake Victims

The benefit show will be held at the Merrow on June 28

A Concert for Nepal

Two large earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May, leaving a death toll of over 15,000 and many more injured. An estimated 450,000 people were displaced and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley were destroyed.

The earthquakes and after-shocks of Nepal rippled their way across continents and struck a chord with local singer-songwriter Steph Johnson, which provoked movement of another kind.

“I wanted to get involved in putting together a benefit for Nepal,” says Johnson. “I imagined myself there and what I would be thinking, about my fate and the world. I would probably feel like the world was coming to an end. I wept for my friends and the people of Nepal.”

With Nepal plucking at her heartstrings, Johnson immediately reached out to local musicians and artists about playing together for a benefit concert. The response? Resounding. Continue reading…

Video Premiere: Soft Lions – “Waitress”

We premiere the San Diego band's dark new video

Soft Lions - Waitress

Back in October, we premiered the first music video from one of our favorite local bands, Soft Lions. That video was in support of the trio’s second EP, Earth Energy, which enjoyed plenty of spins in the Owl and Bear offices.

Now Soft Lions are back with another release, and wouldn’t you know, they’ve got another video to go with it. Continue reading…

Live Review: Jonathan Richman at the Belly Up, June 16, 2015

The Modern Lovers legend played an unpretentious show in Solana Beach

Jonathan Richman

Photo credit: Quique López

At 23 bucks a ticket, Jonathan Richman isn’t exactly gouging fans to come see him. Continue reading…

Live Review and Photos: Patrick Watson and Villagers at the Casbah, June 6, 2015

The Canadian singer-songwriter created a magical atmosphere at the Casbah

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

As I was waiting in line at the Casbah to see Patrick Watson, I saw the man himself jauntily skipping to the door while whistling a little tune.  Continue reading… 


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