Top Ten Bands at Street Scene 2009

August 16, 2009 at 7:07 am (Uncategorized)

streetsceneyo whats up everyone!

street scene is san diego’s best music festival and its only 13 days away (august 28th and 29th)!

i’ve taken the liberty of making a list of ten bands that i recommend everyone check out

feel free to comment

10) Girl Talk- the king of the mash-up, he screwed me by canceling a show at USD, but I’m really into electronic/dance/dj/electronic music lately

9) The Faint- keeping with the dance theme

8 ) Cake- so many great songs (“The Distance”, “Short Shirt/ Long Jacket”), I’ve been wanting to see them for a really long time

7) Busta Rhymes- unbelievable energy, I like his new CD “Back on my B.S”, this set will get crazy

6) The Dead Weather- Jack White’s (of the White Stripes and Raconteurs) new project should add some bluesy grit to the weekend

5) Thievery Corporation- my favorite band at Coachella ’09, very impressive “trip hop” sound

4) Black Eyed Peas- I gotta get that Bow Bow Bow, Mazel tov!

3) Silversun Pickups- my favorite indie rock band of the year, new album “Swoon” sounds gorgeous

2) Ozomatli– latin hip hop rock fusion, easily one of my favorite bands

1) Chromeo– RAGE!


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Dirty Sweet

April 28, 2009 at 5:53 am (concert reviews, Uncategorized)

I’m really excited to see Dirty Sweet for the first time at the Elemental Experience Fest this Saturday. They’re also playing the 94.9 Independence Jam, which unfortunately I won’t be able to attend. This local band has a bluesy swagger to their indie rock sound. Lots of soul. Seems to me that this is one band I should have booked in my days as the Director of Concerts at USD.

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Del tha Funkee Homosapien at Canes

April 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve lived within a mile of Canes for three years. Still, this was only my third concert there. The rooftop bar is a great spot. How many venues offer an ocean view like that? It’s a great beach venue.

Del was a good performer… I only knew a few of this songs but the sound great. I only wish I knew more about him before I checked out the show. I saw him at Street Scene last year too and really liked it. Too bad there is no smoking in the venue.

Concerts at Canes are awesome. I’ll probably check out Immortal Technique next week.

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Nextstep Tour- The College Concert Experience?

May 29, 2008 at 9:37 am (Uncategorized) today announced the lineup for the fall 2008 Nextstep Tour- Cartel, Yung Joc, and MC Lars. Concert Ideas dot com is a  “middle agency” specializing in booking big name concerts for colleges looking to entertain apathetic students. They promote these traveling tours to build their brand, and provide a one size fits all concert experience for students across the country.

This year’s lineup doesn’t really impress me, but still has some value. I don’t know Yung Joc outside of his hit “It’s goin down”. Cartel will surely please  the suburbanites, but is this really the best ConcertIdeas can come up with? Still, I can see this being a popular draw crosscountry, as the girls will want to get their collective grinds on to Yung Joc. Cartel will get the jocks movin’. Fun!

Where is the art? Where is the raw expression?

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Beat branding

May 28, 2008 at 1:50 am (Opinion) (, )

“Artists should use recordings to build a brand so that they can make money on concerts and T-shirts.” said Bob Pitmman, founder of MTV. Trends in Music Distribution

All this talk regarding the end of recorded music as a valuable commodity seems to be gaining credibility. However, I am wondering if Bob Pittman understands the value that is prepackaged music. Would anyone argue that there will always be a market for great art? Some artists need to charge for their music for credibility purposes alone.

Still, I agree that many artists would be better off using promotional giveaways to build their brand. However, would not some of the “top-shelf” artists be harming their brand by giving away their music for free? I believe Bob Pittman’s comment to be shortsighted. However, it is true to say that all artists need to use whatever distributional methods they choose as a vehicle to build their sonic brand.

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Make Yourself by Incubus

May 27, 2008 at 9:05 am (album reviews) ()

Make Yourself

For me, Make Yourself is a classic piece of alternative music. Hearing this album not only inspired me to learn to play guitar, but also to explore some of the philosophical concepts rooted in the lyrics. Make Yourself sounds assessible to just about any music fan, but provides a great depth of meaning and instrumentation coupled with a glossy, sci-fi production sound. Incubus continues to put out great music, but Make Yourself will forever be their masterpiece. This is one of my favorite albums.

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Sun God Festival 2008

May 27, 2008 at 3:15 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

This year’s edition of the University of California- San Diego’s Sun God Festival offered a new twist on the age-old tradition of getting drunk and feeling awkward at UCSD.

The format of the festival was different this year. Last year, Rimac Arena (a large outdoor field on campus) had side to side stages to allow for concert goers to stay in one place and see both stages. What a great way to play on our low attention spans, I love it! This format, which I prefer, was flushed for the 2008 edition of Sun God. This year the festival played more like a traditional music festival, with one main-stage and a smaller side stage off in the distance. There was also an additional stage for comedians, which really was a great touch.

Matt Costa

Matt Costa provided a sun-soaked, chill out session complete with slide guitar and a non-existent rhythm section. Matt Costa’s music is perfect for standing and socializing, which much of the crowd was doing.

After Costa’s set, I checked out the side stage. Unfortunately, there were only about 10 other people rocking to to Modlins with me. The Modlins are a local, throwback rock group with Beatles haircuts and (if memory serves right) the classic Hofner bass. They were very appropriate for the sidestage, but lacked a catchyness to their melodies. I’m not saying all songs need a giddy chorus, but I felt that the Modlins sound was a hit and miss without it.

The Living Legends

The Living Legends are my new favorite hip-hop troop. Murs (a member of the group) is a star in his own right, with a real buzz. Eligh’s speed rhymes made me wish I could slow down time and analyze each of his cadenced lines, nevertheless very crowd pleasing.

And then there was Say Anything. Poor choice UCSD. These guys sounded like a prepackaged, preteen combination of Simple Plan and the Jonas Brothers. Their brightly colored shirts and boring powerchords seemed appropriate for anyone who doesn’t like rock and roll, or fashion, or guitar.

Sean Kingston was an improvement over Say Anything, but that doesn’t say much for either artist. My favorite part of Kingston’s set is when he yells “jump!, jump!” instead of singing his lyrics. Not bad for a kid from the ghettos of Jamaica. I think he “sang” one of his song’s (Me Love) three times. Wait, how to do spell repertoire?

Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria headlined this year’s show. These guys have more talent than they know what to do with. Compare this to Sean Kingston, and you see the bipolarity of the Sun God Festival. Anyone who would find Sean Kingston entertaining probably wouldn’t understand the complexities of Chris Pennie’s drumming, formerly of the Dillinger Escape Plan. Call it diversity in taste, but Sean Kingston’s set completely lacked any music subtleties while Coheed’s set provided a musical trip to another planet. Too bad the crowd dwindled during their set.

During Coheed’s set, I noticed a group of students dancing near one of the food booth’s. Upon investigation, they were bouncing to Lil Wayne’s smash Lollipop being blasted over someone’s PA. This proves Dane Cook right, sometimes you just gotta dance.

While Sun God had a diverse lineup, it lacked any sense of cohesion. Perhaps a reflection of what life might be like at UCSD, culturally diverse but not culturally powerful. Fun (or $30) !

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May 27, 2008 at 2:05 am (Uncategorized)

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