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2017 Music Reviews

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The Paragraphs
The Ha and The Bad Vibes

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March 21st

Based in Encinitas and Carlsbad, the Paragraphs were founded in early 2009 by Mike Hunt (drums) and Jesse Lee Hofbauer (vocals, guitar). After two EPs (2009's Gallows EP and 2010's Hey! EP) and a couple of tours, they were joined by the mutual friend who introduced them, Abel Perez (bass). After releasing a split 7-inch with Trouble in the Wind in 2011, second guitarist Adam Feilmeier joined in 2012. Later, Kyle Areford manned the guitar.
The band's debut full-length +/-, recorded at White Horse Recorders and engineered by Aaron Swanton, was released October 7, 2012, with its first single "There is Nothing You Can Do." Two other new songs, "Gone Away Bluebird" and "Turns to Dust," were recorded at Lost Ark for the Lost Ark Studio Compilation Volume 4. The studio has also recorded singles with Blackout Party and others.



1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

March 31st

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw[3] (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their influential debut single, "Electricity", in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song "Enola Gay". The band achieved broader recognition via their album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its three singles, all of which were international hits.

Circles Around the Sun
April 6thth


Few albums have the creation myth of Interludes For The Dead by Neal Casal's Circles Around The Sun. The 10 instrumental jams that encompass the release were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann, the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, to accompany the biographical visuals he was compiling to be shown during set break at the "Fare Thee Well" concerts the living members of the Dead played in the summer of 2015.
As guitarist in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and a sometime participant in Dead bassist Phil Lesh's Phil & Friends jam sessions, Casal was a natural for the project; he, in turn, brought on Brotherhood keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy. At the shows, their music was a smash sensation: deeply familiar to the reunited Deadheads in how it tonally, rhythmically and melodically mimicked the Dead's songs, yet possessing its own weirdo majesty. Some pieces were explicit in their reverence, while others applied the Dead's freewheeling modus operandi and took their own course.

45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

March 25th

With 'Dig In Deep', her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. The follow-up to 2012's triumphant 'Slipstream', the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt's remarkable career for more than forty-five years.
In many ways, 'Dig In Deep' is a continuation of a new chapter for Raitt that started with the release of 'Slipstream'. That album marked her return to studio recording after seven years and the launch of her label, Redwing Records. A huge success, 'Slipstream' sold over a quarter-million copies in 2012, making it one of the top-selling independent albums, and earned Raitt her tenth GRAMMY Award, for Best Americana Album. From the New York Times to People Magazine, 'Slipstream' was also lauded in numerous critics' lists for album of the year.

American Utopia Tour

April 12th & 17th

I was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. It was what was called a breech birth … which often means butt first... which was probably exceedingly difficult for my mother and may have been indicative of a bad attitude on my part. I was there, but I don't remember.
My parents had what was called a mixed marriage, which made life difficult. And there was little work in Scotland in those years. We moved to Canada on a boat, the QE2, when I was very young and after some years in Hamilton, the family moved to Baltimore, where I had my primary and secondary education. I loved art class and was asked to leave the school choir. I played guitar in a band with some friends; I think Ricky Brewster was the singer. At a high school battle of the bands, a rival band pulled the plug on us. We lost the contest.
Now I’ve made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people. I suspect that like me it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for.-David Byrne

Every ticket purchased online for David Byrne includes a CD of the new album American Utopia, released on 3/9/18.

2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

Qpril 13th
Kate Nash with Miya Folick

Kate Nash is an English singer songwriter from London England, who has achieved chart success with her number one album, "Made of Bricks", which featured the number 2 hit "Foundations".
Due to an injury in 2005, where she fell down the stairs, breaking her foot, Nash started to record at home. With enough songs to perform a live set, she began to play gigs. It was after she uploaded her music to MySpace when everything fell into place seeing Nash find manager and then producers to work with. She released her first single "Caroline's a Victim" through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007 which sold out 3000 copies. The song featured on MTV2 and the B-Side, "Birds" made it to the track list of her debut album, "Made of Bricks".
Kate Nash signed to Polydor Records in April 2007, and released the single "Foundations" in the June of that year, which shot up the UK Singles Chart, making it to number 2. Nash's record label decided to bring the release date of the album forward to be released in August 2007. The album reached number 1 in the albums chart, and that same year she went on to perform at many major festivals including Wireless, Bestival and Glastonbury. She also made her television debut on Later...with Jools Holland. The album had by this point been certified Platinum.

Editor's Note: "Next time you break your foot use your time wisely and you too could make a Platinum album!" -Marcus Walton

Human Nature

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March 22nd

HUMAN NATURE are one of Australia’s greatest musical success stories and exports. The foursome which features brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney together with high school friends Toby Allen and Phil Burton have sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 27 platinum awards, 17 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide. They have performed sell out shows around the globe since they signed with Sony Music Australia over two decades ago, a partnership that continues today. Since arriving in Las Vegas in 2009 to commence an unprecedented residency for an Australian act, the pop-vocal group has garnered international critical acclaim.

May 18th

With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet, Earth, Wind & Fire’s legendary journey has set the standard for music of all genres and made a profound and lasting impact on popular culture. Join us Friday, May 18 at 9pm in The Events Center.

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March 23rd

Beatles vs. Stones

For decades, the battle has raged: Beatles or Stones? Through their heyday, fans accused London's Rolling Stones of stealing ideas - even entire albums - from their Liverpool counterparts. At the same time, the Beatles secretly envied the Stones' "bad boy" image and attitude, often copying their style. Both bands are unmistakably great, scoring an array of hits that changed musical history, but only one can be the best. The most infamous rivalry in rock and roll never played out in a public arena until now as Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Shoot Out
Members of both Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash have taken great care to recreate the experience of seeing these incredible bands live so as to please casual fans and purists alike. That 'All You Need is Love' spirit appears to be lost on Messrs. Hutchison and Clarke, who continue trading barbs. "The Beatles wrote Let It Be, but the Stones countered with Let It Bleed!" snarls Hutchison? "Listen, mate," counters Axel. "The song John and Paul gave to the Stones ('I Wanna Be Your Man' in 1963) was one they let Ringo sing...that says it all!" Ouch.
Beatles or Stones? You decide!

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

March 17th & 27th

Michele Lundeen

Michele Lundeen, dubbed the "QUEEN OF STEAM" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as "Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt" (or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a powerful, soulful vocalist with an incomparable style all her own.She and her band effortlessly blend classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both Northern Nevada and Southern California, Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right.

Michele's love for music not only exudes on stage, but compliments her strong belief that music can have a dynamic impact on people's lives. As a editor/publisher of monthly blues society newsletters for over a decade, founding editor for the internationally distributed Blues Festival Guide (BFG) recipient of the Blues Foundation's 2006 "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for Print Media, and current weekly BFG e-Guide editor, Michele helps to promote, educate and inform readers about the history, tradition, and current happenings in the world of music.

In her homebase of San Diego she's involved as one of the leaders in the Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) "Blues in the Schools" workshop programs providing live musical instructional and historical views into the blues as an American art form. She's appeared in a documentary segment on San Diego CH 4 TV "Insider" and is featured in a San Diego Dept. of Education film short.

Michele is also the vocal instructor and program assistant for BLUSD's annual Blues Summer Camp and is musical staff member at the Carlsbad Flower Fields Kids program providing an interactive music program to 100's of children a day in the Spring.

5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

March 24th

Stephen Bennett

One of the most prolific and original finger-style guitarists of his generation, Stephen Bennett is also a leading exponent of the harp guitar. A challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of great sensitivity, the Toronto Finger-Style Guitar Association once referred to him as "the Jedi Master of Finger-style Guitar".
Stephen has performed around the world, shared the stage with some of the finest guitarists there are, and created a body of work that is respected (and loved) in many places.
He is the founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering, an annual event that brings players, luthiers, scholars and fans of this instrument together for a weekend of performances, workshops and camaraderie.

Kali Uchis

May 28th

3500 SportsArena Blvd

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has released 7 albums, sold over 40 million albums, 65 million singles, over 1 million DVDs worldwide and has had 14 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (4 at #1).
In addition, 15 of P!nk's singles have reached #1 in at least 1 or more countries. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Awards, 2 People's Choice Awards, and many more. P!nk's most recent effort, The Truth About Love debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as in 6 other countries. The album marks P!nk’s first #1 debut in the US and a personal first week sales best. The album is certified platinum in the US and was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. The Truth About Love produced the smash singles "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Try" and "Just Give Me A Reason" ft. Nate Reuss which marks P!nk's 12th, 13th and 14th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. "Just Give Me A Reason" has sold over 4.5 million singles, makes P!nk's fourth #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for 2 2014 Grammy Awards for the coveted Song of The Year category and Best Pop Duo/Group. P!nk recently wrapped her The Truth About Love World tour after playing 140 shows in 13 countries. In December 2013, P!nk received the honor of being named Billboard's Woman of the Year.

Heartache Tonight
A tribute to The Eagles


11154 Hwy 76 Pala CA 92059

March 31st

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