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Live Photos: FM94/9 Independence Jam at the Oceanside Pier, June 5, 2011

Photos by Natalie Kardos

Despite a last-minute cancellation by Lykke Li, a sold-out crowd showed up Sunday for the FM94/9 Independence Jam in Oceanside. Several local bands on the Casbah stage traded sets with the main stage acts as the smell of kettle corn wafted through the air. The sun was out, the surf was near, and the music was top-notch as usual.

Photos of Everest, Heavy Hawaii, Surfer Blood, Band of Skulls, The Soft Pack, Crocodiles, Peter Bjorn and John, The Silent Comedy, and Cold War Kids are below. Continue reading…

Live Photos: J Mascis and the Black Heart Procession at the Casbah, May 7, 2011

Photos by Natalie Kardos

Last Saturday night, after an intense (and dimly lit) opening set by The Black Heart Procession, J Mascis took the stage alone. With only an acoustic guitar and a small half-circle of monitors and amps – which seemed paltry compared to his customary wall of Marshall stacks – he performed songs off his new record, Several Shades of Why, as well as a few Dinosaur Jr. tunes. As he effortlessly bent the strings of his acoustic guitar during one solo after another, he also proceeded to show the crowd that he was a better at guitar than any of us could ever hope to be. Continue reading…

Live Photos: Donald Glover and Childish Gambino at the Belly Up, April 26, 2011

Photos by Natalie Kardos

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Last Tuesday night, Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Mr. On-Your-Girlfriend’s-List) entertained a sold-out crowd at the Belly Up Tavern with a mix of comedy and music. The multi-talented actor/writer/rapper opened up for himself, performing a 20 minute stand-up routine before launching into an impressive set of serious hip-hop. Check out the photos below…