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Music Video Review

Mason Summit – Video Review

December 13, 2017
Mason summit melodies in general have a very nostalgic rhythms complemented by his melancholy vocals. Listening and watching the single/video “Right Mind”, Mason’s voice seductively swoons reminiscent to Roy Orbison in the early years.
Mason has a very confident and expressive voice. His very expressive voice compliments the touching lyrics. Expect to hear great things about Mason in future.
Record Review

New Crimes – Inauguaration Demo Review

November 15, 2017

If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in San Diego punk and hardcore, you may have already heard about New Crimes. They’re a four-piece act that formed in 2016 to follow in the punk rock tradition of combating and giving their biting feedback on the current sociopolitical climate of the U.S., and they’ve already laid solid groundwork as far as their Inauguration Demo goes. New Crimes describes their music as having “wide-ranging influences in aggressive music”, something that definitely comes across as you take a listen and are greeted by tones reminiscent of sounds like the early 80’s Hermosa Beach scene and even some later powerviolence heaviness. It’s a familiar cacophony of sound, but a much welcomed one. For being a new band, they have already played a good number of shows at venues like Tower Bar and The Casbah, and I’m sure they will have more coming up. Keep an eye out for New Crimes and check out their two demos on their bandcamp by following this link. Thanks for looking!

– Ari

Concert Reviews

Private Lives Concert Review

November 9, 2017

Private Lives played a 30 minute set  for “Through Being Cool’ at The Blonde Bar in San Diego on 10/21/17 The 30 minutes Private Lives played was a musical experience; the four piece band played a robust set that was musically powerful w imaginative sounds. The layers of music with deep and dense undertones were juxtaposed by Nate Barcalow’s voice. Only Barcalow’s voice could take us on a “Razor’s Edge”, type of journey- visceral to the bone. With Music this tight w such detailed compositions keep us on the edge of our seats for more shows.

Concert Reviews

Alive & Well Concert Review

January 19, 2017

Alive & Well Live at Soda Bar 1/13/2017

Alive and Well prefaced their set with a bonding scrum that confirmed how tight these guys are as a group.

The lead vocals were very confident and edgy with a surprise of Matt's interesting range and dynamics.

Very original lyrics seemed to be known by everyone in the house because they belted them out in perfect timing with each song.

A very devout fan base to say the least.

We look forward to hearing what Alive and Well has in mind for 2017; Hoping for more of that energetic and positive music with interesting arrangements for San Diego and beyond. Bring it on Alive and Well!

Music Video Review

Stray Monroe Video Review “Broken Records”

December 29, 2016

Stray Monroe's Video Review " Broken Records"

The song Broken Record by the Stray Monroe is a tuneful melody with the strongest accompaniment coming from a very expressive guitar. The singers voice is rhythmic and droney in a really appealing way-very Wallflowers like. It will be interesting to see how the group grows into their own.

Concert Reviews

Mandala Concert Review

December 17, 2016


Mandala Live at Soma Concert Review

The four-piece metal band, Mandala, played a very solid performance at SOMA's Santa Slam on December 9th,2016. The guitarists provided background movement that complimented the lead singer, Garrett's, tribal-like pacing on the stage. Original pieces with a lot of musical shape from guitarists that were very in-sink and a strong foundation from the percussion. Vocals and instruments were well composed with a lot of thought to balance of aggressive and atmospheric sounds. Very positive metal experience


Concert Reviews

Miike Snow Concert Review

December 9, 2016

Miike Snow December 5th, Observatory North Park

The band Miike Snow played a solid set of indie and electro rock sounds at the Observatory on Monday night. Opening up with Genghis Khan was the right move; the song brought down the house and put the show on a good track. Singer Andrew Wyatt charmed the crowd with his cute, wintery, ear-muffed, hunting cap and Jageresque moves. It would have been nice to hear Wyatt’s voice come in stronger throughout the night, but his fans filled in robust sounds for him.

Concert Reviews

Bush Concert Review

December 9, 2016

Bush November 9, 2016 Observatory North Park

Bush played from their repetoire of six albumns spanning 20 years as a group. They opened up with Everything Zen.  Rossdale never lost a beat and his voice sounds as good as ever. He had the audience eating from his hand as he shared space with us on the floor. The band played robustly and cohesively throughout the night with a very, very solid set.

Concert Reviews

Young the Giant Concert Review

December 4, 2016

Young the Giant – Live at House of Blues San Diego

Musicians played with attention to detail; each instrument was articulately played and robust. All the way through the rhythms and back beats were solid and engaging and grabbed the audience into the experience of each song along with Sameer’s body- his other instrument. 

On that note, Ghadia’s vocals were flawless and unselfish. He graciously invited fans to join in; the audience sang along with as much melodic enthusiasm as he did. The house came down when they swooned us with Cough Syrup, Something to Believe In, and Mind Over Matter.