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Live Review & Photos: Chris Cornell and Craig Wedren at Balboa Theatre, December 17, 2011

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

Stream: Chris Cornell – “Cleaning my Gun” (from Songbook)
MP3: Craig Wedren – “I Know”

At San Diego’s Balboa Theatre on Saturday, Chris Cornell told the audience, “No matter what happens, I play for a really long time.” Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: White Denim (List)

Austin quartet White Denim released D, their fifth studio album in May; now, they’ve announced plans to release an EP, Takes Place in Your Workspace on October 25.

The experimental indie band has been compared to the Minutemen and Randy Newman (yes, both), and is known for infusing anything from punk to funk to piano ballads into their songs. White Denim has wowed crowds across the ‘States and abroad, even catching the ear of Jack White, who invited them to record a live LP at Third Man Records in Nashville.

To prep yourself for the show, check the above video for their 60’s rock-inspired single “Drug,” from D. After that, scroll down to read singer/guitarist James Petralli’s Poetic Memory. White Denim will play House of Blues on October 26. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: The Love Language (List)

MP3: The Love Language – “Lalita”
MP3: Telekinesis – “Coast of California”
MP3: The Howls – “Weight”

As previously mentioned, amorous indie artists The Love Language will play the Casbah tonight with label mates Telekinesis and San Diego’s own The Howls. It’s sure to be a fun show, as The Love Language and Telekinesis are a Merge match made in heaven, and The Howls are offering “free money” to anyone who shows up early enough to catch their set. Free money! (Offer only valid in Alaska and Hawaii.)

In anticipation of their show, The Love Language sent us a Poetic Memory list of their top five “Innocent Pleasures.” With picks like Keith Sweat and Phil Collins, it’s hard to tell whether it’s serious or not, but either way, it’s effing funny. Check it out below.