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Thus Owls and The Antlers at The Belly Up Tavern

Thus Owls and The Antlers at The Belly Up Tavern

By: Becky Foreman Imagine the setting. Dim lighting, giant vintage birdcages hanging above the stage, and a Florence Welch-Kate Bush-Victoria Legrand hybrid of a woman, tambourine in hand, arms outstretched. Thus Owls, had started the show. Montreal-based, husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell, immediately had the crowd’s attention. Their songs took us through a journey of stories centered around the home and neighborhood Erika Angell grew up in. They kept the crowd entranced with their crescendo of intensity […]

22 July, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Third Thursdays with The Chain Gang of 1974, Empires & Nicky Venus

Third Thursdays with The Chain Gang of 1974, Empires & Nicky Venus

By: Amanda Martinek If you like hanging downtown but are sick of getting sucked into uber expensive nightclubs, tourist-trap restaurants or EDM blasting bars, the Hard Rock Hotel’s “Third Thursdays” events at 207 Club host live rock music on the third Thursday of every month and offer a welcome change of scene in the Gaslamp. Thursday’s show brought the national acts The Chain Gang of 1974 and Empires, alongside 91X’s local break Nicky Venus, together for a night of bright lights, big sounds, and girls in […]

21 July, 2014 at 11:10 pm

ListenSD Panda Doesn’t Give a Fuq

ListenSD Panda Doesn’t Give a Fuq

Sometimes you get an email that pisses you off. Sometimes you get a creepy message from an ex on Facebook that pisses you off. Maybe your boss gives you a huge project 10 minutes before you’re about to leave on a Friday afternoon. This is what the ListenSD panda has to say about all that.

21 July, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Dot Hacker: How’s Your Process (Work) Album Review

Dot Hacker: How’s Your Process (Work) Album Review

Artist: Dot Hacker Album: How’s Your Process (Work) Release Date: July 1, 2014 Label: Org Music By: Dennis Moon Musical confidence can be a polarizing and dangerous concept. Many would argue that showmanship and bravado are key elements in the ‘total package’ of a rock star’s carefully constructed image. Others tend to dissociate music with its creators and therefore take less stock in their personalities. Performers like Muse’s dynamic frontman Matthew Bellamy and the uber-talented yet perennially controversial Kanye West […]

21 July, 2014 at 5:34 am

ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

Interview by: Dennis Moon ListenSD got the chance to chat with Kamtin Mohager of The Chain Gang of 1974. Don’t miss out on their show TONIGHT at The Hard Rock Hotel! RSVP here for free entry: http://sos.me/dFQuT/1 ListenSD: How do you think you have progressed or evolved as a musician and person from Wayward Fire to Daydream Forever? Kamtin Mohager: I didn’t have any boundaries with Daydream Forever. Unlike my mentality with Wayward Fire, I went into the writing/recording process with nothing […]

17 July, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Cloud Nothings at Soda Bar

Cloud Nothings at Soda Bar

Last Friday night, the Cloud Nothings graced San Diego with their hearty garage rock presence and brought along a crowd of head-bangers, indie folks, hipsters and garage band lovers alike. The Wytches, their stark contrast of an opener, brought along British accents as well as long surfer hair. Check out ListenSD’s photos of the show! Photos by: Summer Luu

16 July, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Beverly: Careers Album Review

Beverly: Careers Album Review

Artist: Beverly Album: Careers Release Date: July 1, 2014 Label: Kanine By: Samantha Shaffer Girl power is alive and dreamier than ever, thanks to the latest album from Beverly, a project composed of San Francisco native Drew Citron and former Vivian Girls/Crystal Stilts member Frankie Rose. The two met through mutual friends when Rose was recording her 2012 solo album Interstellar. She was in need of a backing vocalist at the time; Citron agreed and accompanied Rose on tour. While on […]

16 July, 2014 at 1:08 am

Wye Oak at The Belly Up

Wye Oak at The Belly Up

By: David Lopez de Arenosa Last Wednesday Maryland based indie-folk turned newgaze pop band Wye Oak took to the stage at Belly Up Tavern, touring in support of their newest record Shriek. On the drum riser was multitasking master Andy Stack, rocking the one-handed drums whilst filling in the soundscape on the other hand with synth bass lines and keyboard parts. And the other half of the indie duo was lead singer Jenn Wasner, who traded off between the signature screaming […]

15 July, 2014 at 4:57 pm

ListenSD Presents: Local Obsession Night

ListenSD Presents: Local Obsession Night

        LOCAL OBSESSION NIGHT at U-31 July 16thLive Music:Island Boyemerald rats Citrus & Katie DJ: Mike Delgado Artists: Sara Jenner Wolfstache Tyson King Caitlin Petersen Luis Gomez Chris Berger Arlene Ibarra Brandon Johnson Celebrating the birthday of Sara Jenner Hosted by: Free The Marquee  

14 July, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Island Boy: Basic Instincts Review

Island Boy: Basic Instincts Review

Artist: Island Boy Album: Basic Instincts Release Date: June 17th, 2014 Label: Rita Records   By: Samantha Shaffer Summer wouldn’t be complete without the elusive perfect summer album. What makes the ideal summer album is hard to define, but it must be appropriate for relaxing by the pool as well as dancing your responsibilities away. Above all, it must have that certain je ne sais quoi that just screams summer. San Diego native Richard Hunter-Rivera, who goes by the stage […]

11 July, 2014 at 12:12 am