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Staff Picks: Best Set of FYF Fest ’14

Staff Picks: Best Set of FYF Fest ’14

Although out of San Diego, many of the ListenSD clan trekked up to Los Angeles last weekend for FYF Fest, a yearly two-day indie music extravaganza that always brings a killer lineup, lots of friends, and hipster’s as far as the eye can see. These are some of our favorite sets from the weekend. Dennis Moon: Killer Mike issued a challenge early in Run the Jewels‘ triumphant Saturday evening set at the Trees stage. “Let’s tear this motherfucker down,” he […]

August 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Panic! at the Disco and Walk The Moon at Open Air Theatre

Panic! at the Disco and Walk The Moon at Open Air Theatre

By: David Israel It turns out, when you say doors are at 7:30 at a show on a college campus, the first band plays nearly immediately. Sorry, Youngblood Hawke, I was really hoping to see you a third time. I imagine your set was as fun as ever, incorporating the drumming between songs to keep things moving. Next time. The good news is that the set wasn’t missed by the SDSU Open Air amphitheater full of an audience with a […]

August 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

ListenSD’s August Local Obsession Night Review

ListenSD’s August Local Obsession Night Review

ListenSD Local Obsession Night Wizard Woes, Tiger and the Teller, and Inspired and the Sleep U-31 | August 20, 2014 By: Aaron Turcios What a night! August 20th’s Local Obsession night at U-31 was definitely not one to miss. Besides great acts, the event featured some amazing local artists with Balm in Gilead and Luis Gomez being my personal favorites. Tunes for the night were provided by three acts that are sure to make some noise and gain popularity quickly […]

August 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Michael Cera: “true that” Album Review

Michael Cera: “true that” Album Review

Artist: Michael Cera Album: true that Label: N/A Release Date: August 8, 2014 By: Samantha Shaffer Millions of indie boys’ and girls’ hearts sang after Michael Cera released his first full-length album by surprise via his bandcamp earlier this month. The album is titled “true that”, written in all lower case letters to maintain casual and understated style of Cera’s lo-fi creation. true that mainly consists of wandering piano melodies, a few plucks of a guitar, and -if you’re lucky- […]

August 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

ListenSD Exclusive: Avi Buffalo Interview

ListenSD Exclusive: Avi Buffalo Interview

Photo Credit: Renata Raksha   We got the chance to chat with the talented young, Avi Buffalo, on his new album, creative inspirations and what’s next for him. Check it out and don’t miss out on seeing him live at The Casbah on September 14th. Interview by: Ty Velasquez ListenSD: Where does the nickname “Buffalo” come from? Avi Buffalo: My friend Isaac Cruz made it up when we were 14   ListenSD: Other than music, do pursue any other artistic expression? Avi Buffalo: I […]

August 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Future Islands at The Irenic

Future Islands at The Irenic

By: Dennis Moon Future Islands mean a lot of things to a lot of people, and frankly, they don’t seem to know it yet. If they do, it hasn’t shown. 2014 has been their biggest year, as the release of their fantastic fourth album Singles, a transition to larger label 4AD and a banner performance on Letterman have resulted in a surge in popularity: they seemingly emerged from the obscurity of indie circles and onto the posters of major festivals […]

August 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Top 5 Tuesday: Idyll Wild

Top 5 Tuesday: Idyll Wild

We chatted with Idyll Wild on their Top 5 Songs! Catch them at our next show at U-31 with Swim Team and Work Drugs! You can purchase tickets here.   1. David Bowie – Fame This is real party music. Real funky. Pitch shifted John Lennon singing FAME, FAME, FAME, FAME…   2. Prom Body – My Paradise This can take you to your real paradise, where your lover is a seagull, and you are also a seagull. I want […]

August 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The Naked and Famous at North Park Theatre

The Naked and Famous at North Park Theatre

By: David Israel The Naked and Famous played the newly renovated North Park Theatre Wednesday night in support of their new album, In Rolling Waves. The band showed great growth in their stage show since playing 91x’s Wrex the Halls in 2012, where they played an early set while the Sports Arena still filled in. The North Park Theatre provided the perfect venue for the show. The former theater, connected to West Coast Tavern, has had the seats cleared out, […]

August 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Sylvan Esso at The Casbah

Sylvan Esso at The Casbah

By: Ty Velasquez  Serendipitous. One of my favorite words explains the way up-and-comers Sylvan Esso became a duo. Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath met when he opened for her acapella band, Mountain Man, with his solo project, Made of Oak. The two became instant friends bonding over their dorky dance moves and their love for similar music. Since Amelia admired Nick’s production work, she asked him to remix a song she had recorded. The rest is kismet. The unlikely billing of an […]

August 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Augustines Kick Starter Campaign

Augustines Kick Starter Campaign

The last time the Brooklyn-based band Augustines came to San Diego they played to a sold out crowd and reduced audience members to sniffling and wiping away tears of joy and heartache throughout the band’s set. Their powerful and emotional performance is an obvious result of the band’s history – and now that story is being told in the upcoming documentary Rise by Big Vulture Productions. Big Vulture Productions has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the movie. Backers of the project […]

August 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

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