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Run The Jewels: “RTJ2″ Album Review

Run The Jewels: “RTJ2″ Album Review

Artist: Run the Jewels Title: RTJ2 Label: Mass Appeal Release Date: October 27, 2014 By: Dennis Moon When veteran MC Killer Mike first worked with rapper/producer extraordinaire El-P on 2012’s R.A.P. Music, he knew, “I was supposed to be rapping on El-P beats for the rest of my career.” The fiery chemistry present in those first sessions didn’t immediately result in the partnership of the lethal aggro-rap kingpins we know today as Run the Jewels. In the following weeks, Mike […]

October 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Alt-J at SOMA

Alt-J at SOMA

By: Amanda Martinek All-ages shows at SOMA were always reserved in my mind as sweaty punk dens with black eye-linered teens hurling their bodies in pits, off the stage, at each other’s faces, etc. I used to sigh when I saw a band I liked booked at this venue, grimacing at the thought of getting trapped next to all these sweaty teenagers. And yes, this thought crossed my mind when I saw Alt-J was playing at SOMA. SOMA, of all […]

October 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Exclusive Interview with RÜFÜS DU SOL at Belly Up Tavern

Exclusive Interview with RÜFÜS DU SOL at Belly Up Tavern

By: David Lopez Last week we caught up with Jon and James from RÜFÜS DU SOL before their amazing set at the Belly Up. We talked about everything from plans for their new album to bronzed pecks jiggling in the sun…. The Australian 3-piece has been tearing it up on their USA tour supporting their new album Atlas, out on Columbia records. Their sound is a mix of danceable indie and deep electronic, with a twist of summertime good vibes and tropical […]

October 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Moon Block Party Recap

Moon Block Party Recap

By: Ty Velasques Ain’t no party like a Moon Block Party cause a Moon Block Party won’t stop! With the onslaught of phenomenal artists for the festival at the Pomona Fairplex Saturday, there was no shortage of fun to be had. Unfortunately, the Thursday before we received some devastating news. Leah the drummer of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club would not be performing because of a rare condition that was affecting the fluid in her spinal column and brain. Alas, the […]

October 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Washed Out at North Park Theatre

Washed Out at North Park Theatre

By: David Lopez de Arenosa Last Thursday, Washed Out played a stellar show at the North Park Theatre, supporting the release of their second studio album Paracosm. The crowd was put into a daze as the blurry vocals and enveloping synths took control of the room, the steady dance-beat driven by the live drums and bass guitar keeping everyone moving the whole time. Known for pioneering the ‘Chillwave’ genre, their music feels like a warm bath of sunlight on a […]

October 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Video Premiere: Soft Lions – “Soft as Lions”

Video Premiere: Soft Lions  –  “Soft as Lions”

Check out the brand new music video for Soft Lions, “Soft as Lions” created and produced by Owl and Bear‘s very own Chris Maroulakos! 

October 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Chromeo at Soma

Chromeo at Soma

By: Becky Foreman The lights dim in the already-packed venue, and then you hear it: “Chrom-e-oh, oh-ohhh”. (Think the Wizard of Oz monkey-chant meets 80’s-esque funk-rock). Their INTRO has begun! The transition into their first full song, Night by Night, blends seamlessly and so begins the dance party. Dave 1 and P-Thugg make up the duo that is Chromeo, and they’ve brought the funk to San Diego this Wednesday night. In an all-ages venue that can be hard to fill, […]

October 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

World Premiere: Spero’s “Living in the Night” Music Video

World Premiere: Spero’s “Living in the Night” Music Video

On a midnight voyage deep into the San Diego desert, the ListenSD crew get weird while filming a music video for the El Cajon band Spero’s song “Living in the Night”. With circus freaks, creepy crawlers, face paint, scary masks and more, director and producer Summer Luu captured a eerie mystical magic that only happens when the sun goes down. Here is the exclusive world premiere of Spero‘s “Living in the Night”:

October 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

King Tuff at the Irenic

King Tuff at the Irenic

By: Samantha Shaffer Halloween came early this year with King Tuff’s first stop of his Black Moon Spell tour at the Irenic last week. The venue was decked out in spooky, psychedelic skulls and creatures, which surprisingly did not seem out of place for this tiny church venue. Up first were local punks, Grand Tarantula, who were sadly performing their last show under that name for legal reasons. Despite that, they started their set with a bang almost as electrifying […]

October 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

The Pixies and Royal Blood at Humphrey’s By The Bay

The Pixies and Royal Blood at Humphrey’s By The Bay

The coolest people were hanging out at a sold-out Humphrey’s show last Saturday night. Fans were there to rock out to legendary rock band, The Pixies. And those who arrived a little bit late missed out on one of the greatest opening bands I’ve seen in a long time, Royal Blood, who sound like Jack White and Muse put together. Photos by: Garcia Borgo Photography

October 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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