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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 at SDMT

Liars at SDMT

Liars rocked out for The San Diego Music Thing at North Park Theatre. Our photographer, Josh Claros, 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

Interpol: “El Pintor Album Review

Interpol: “El Pintor Album Review

Artist: Interpol Title: El Pintor Release Date: September 8th, 2014 Label: Matador Records By: Dennis Moon Twelve years after Turn on the Bright Lights, Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino and Daniel Kessler are still mired in the challenge of recapturing the lightning in a bottle so evident on their debut. What Bright Lights contributed in dark, confident and emotive rock songs was given an unforeseen cultural significance after 9/11 and lauded by critics as one of the best of the year, […]

September 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Ryan Adams: “Ryan Adams” Album Review

Ryan Adams: “Ryan Adams” Album Review

Artist: Ryan Adams Album: Ryan Adams Label: Pax-Am Release Date: September 9th, 2014 By: Dustin Lothspeich After a series of bland, edgeless, mom-jean rock records, Ryan Adams has finally released an album everyone hoped he would make. The highly prolific musical chameleon, perhaps more renown for consistently disappointing the critics that championed his potential following his solo debut Heartbreaker than for his actual output, returns in earnest with this self-titled collection. Since 2005’s country throwback tour de force Jacksonville City […]

September 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM

San Diego Music Thing 2014

San Diego Music Thing 2014

Don’t miss San Diego Music Thing! This annual 2-day music and media conference not only gives partcipants the opportunity to learn more about the music business, but there over 150 local, regional and national bands performing in venues around San Diego. PLUS proceeds benefit the San Diego Music Foundation’s experiential music programs in 75 schools around San Diego County. You can purchase tickets here. Here are a few of our must-see SDMT shows: Thursday Sept 11th: San Diego Music Thing […]

September 8, 2014 at 10:38 PM

The Young Wild at the Irenic

The Young Wild at the Irenic

By: Samantha Shaffer The Young Wild held a record release show to celebrate the release of their debut EP, For Now Not Forever at the Irenic last Thursday. Formally known as Family Wagon, The Young Wild stripped their old identity and stepped on stage with their new name and new songs oozing with the confidence of seasoned professionals. Before The Young Wild stepped on stage, fellow San Diegan natives of Dr. Seahorse had a chance to drop some serious beats. […]

September 8, 2014 at 10:08 PM

ListenSD Interview with Big Bad Buffalo

Big Bad Buffalo. Photo by Michael Klayman.

By Dustin Lothspeich Big Bad Buffalo frontman Jordan Krimston talks with a measured, sure-footed cadence that belies the fact that he’s all of 16 years old. To say the kid is confident (and highly intelligent) would be putting it lightly. Knowing his affinity for any John Reis vehicle, I’ve asked the curly-haired guitarist/vocalist to share his thoughts on the recent Drive Like Jehu reunion in an attempt to shake his calculated mind. He didn’t bite. “It’s pretty unreal. When I […]

September 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Local Obsession Night: Hills Like Elephants, Ed Ghost Tucker & Amerikan Bear

Local Obsession Night: Hills Like Elephants, Ed Ghost Tucker & Amerikan Bear

ListenSD Local Obsession Night Hills Like Elephants, Ed Ghost Tucker and Amerikan Bear Soda Bar | September 2nd, 2014 By: Amanda Martinek After booking solid monthly events for three quarters of 2014 at U-31 in North Park, ListenSD changed their game and hosted their first Local Obsession Night at Soda Bar off El Cajon Blvd. The response was incredible, as lots of members of the community came out in droves to support their local scene. With a lineup including indie […]

September 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Top 5 Tuesday: Ed Ghost Tucker

Top 5 Tuesday: Ed Ghost Tucker

If you didn’t already love Ed Ghost Tucker than you will now. Not only do these guys have great taste in music, they are amazing live. Check out their eclectic top 5 playlist and catch them at our 1st Soda Bar show tonight!   1. Noel Rosa – Gago Apaixonado  A stuttering lover attempts to declare his love, turning stutter to samba. -Rutger   2. Radiohead – Bloom  Cause it’s hard leave Radiohead off of any list. Trippayy. – Ryan   3. Rhye […]

September 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

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