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Top 5 Picks: La Luz

Top 5 Picks: La Luz

Check out La Luz‘s Top 5 Picks and don’t miss out on seeing them tonight at Soda Bar!   1. Wye Oak – Sick Talk Currently obsessing over Sick Talk by Wye Oak. It starts with a simple one note groove with tasty bass fills and drum pauses that sit underneath a very interesting vocal melody. By the time they get to the first chorus the whole song opens up and blasts you into a cosmic wonderland. – Lena 2. Unknown […]

September 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Gardens & Villa at the Casbah

Gardens & Villa at the Casbah

By: Amanda Martinek It’s hard for me to write objectively about a Gardens & Villa show, considering after meeting them earlier this year at ListenSD’s One Year Anniversary show, little cartoon hearts pop up in my eyes every time I see them. Not only are these guys some of the nicest, most genuine human beings I’ve ever met in my entire life, but their live performance only seems to get better with time. But first things first, the show opened […]

September 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM

ODESZA at Belly Up

ODESZA at Belly Up

Last Sunday night, ListenSD caught ODESZA play an amazing set at our local Belly Up Tavern. The electronic music duo from Seattle blew away the crowd, playing an array of songs from their latest album, In Return, and previous EPs: My Friends Never Die and Summer’s Gone. Check out some of our photos from the show! Photos by: Summer Luu

September 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Review: Lowell and Young Summer at Soda Bar

Review: Lowell and Young Summer at Soda Bar

By: David Lopez de Arenosa If you couldn’t get tickets to ODESZA’s sold out show at the Belly up on Sunday then indie pop sensation Lowell and equally sensational Young Summer were a more than adequate Plan B. Playing to about thirty people at the ever intimate Soda Bar on El Cajon Blvd, just about everyone got a piece of the action as the two female fronted bands rocked the stage with their dance-y beats and sweet ballads. Young Summer […]

September 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

King Tuff: “Black Moon Spell” Review

King Tuff: “Black Moon Spell” Review

Artist: King Tuff Album: Black Moon Spell Release Date: September 23, 2014 Label: Sub Pop Records By: Samantha Shaffer “King Tuff is my name/ I got madness in my brain/ Pleased to meet ya/ I’m gonna eat ya/ cuz I’m batshit insane” is how King Tuff kicks off the wild track, “Madness” on his upcoming album Black Moon Spell. This track basically explains everything you need to know about King Tuff, which is that he’s totally bananas. This fact is […]

September 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

ListenSD Exclusive Interview: King Tuff

ListenSD Exclusive Interview: King Tuff

We got the chance to chat with King Tuff before his show this coming Thursday at The Irenic! Check it out below and don’t miss out on seeing him live. You can purchase tickets here. Interview by: Sami Shaffer ListenSD: What was it like growing up in Vermont? Do you think your Vermont roots have had an influence on your music and personal style? King Tuff: It was beautiful and boring and I think both those things made me who […]

September 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The Breeders at The Casbah

The Breeders at The Casbah

By: Alex Packard It’s been twenty years since The Breeders‘ monumental album Last Splash hit the top of the alternative charts. During rehearsals for the group’s eight-month LSXX Tour, where they performed the album in its entirety, The Breeders wrote a setlist of mostly new songs (and some classics, of course). And they went on the road again for a small string of dates leading up to a Sept. 18 show at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Neutral Milk Hotel and […]

September 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Mad Decent Block Party Review

Mad Decent Block Party Review

By: Dennis Moon Let me get something out of the way: this year’s Mad Decent Block Party was not for the faint of heart. The Diplo-led festivities featured 9 artists, overpriced burritos, 100-degree temperatures and thousands upon thousands of Southern California’s zaniest music fans all converging on a converted parking lot. Sound like a lot to take in? It was. This 8-hour electronic music odyssey was an all out assault on the senses. Among the sights and sounds were 10,000 […]

September 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Liars, Hills Like Elephants and The Frights at San Diego Music Thing 2014

Liars, Hills Like Elephants and The Frights at San Diego Music Thing 2014

Liars, Hills Like Elephants and The Frights rocked out for The San Diego Music Thing at North Park Theatre. Our photographers, Josh Claros and Amanda Martinek, caught up with the magic. Check it out below.  

September 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Staff Picks: Music that Defined Summer 2014

Staff Picks: Music that Defined Summer 2014

Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for music lovers, it becomes a special season, where long-lit days blend into warm nights, where new music and old favorites intertwined are blasted through headphones alongside summertime activites, and where we finally have the space and time to sit, listen, and reflect. There are the songs and albums that defined Summer 2014 for a few of the ListenSD staff members. Enjoy. Arlene Ibarra: “No Rest for the […]

September 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

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