Acid Mothers Temple Return to SD April 17 at the Soda Bar!!


Acid Mothers returns to San Diego at the Soda Bar on April 17th with their new lineup!  Acid Mothers Temple The Next Generation.
Thundering bassist Tsuyama Atsushi has retired from the band after 17 years and is being replaced by S/T, who is also responsible for Space and Time.  This tour is called Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era Tour 2016.  See the complete dates below.  Don’t miss it!


13th (sun) @ “Festival Nrmal 2016″ – Mexico City MEX

15th (tue) @ Echo – Los Angeles CA

16th (wed) @ Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco CA

17th (thu) @ Studio On 4th – Reno NV

18th (fri) @ Mississippi Studios – Portland OR

19th (sat) @ The Cobalt – Vancouver BC

20th (sun) @ Logan’s Pub & Liquor Store – Victoria BC

21st (mon) @ The Shakedown – Bellingham WA

22nd (tue) @ The Sunset – Seattle WA

23rd (wed) @ Treefort Music Fest – Boise ID

24th (thu) @ Metro Bar – Salt Lake City UT

25th (fri) @ Hi Dive – Denver CO

26th (sat) @ Reverb Lounge – Omaha NE

27th (sun) @ 7th St Entry – Minneapolis MN

28th (mon) @ The Frequency – Madison WI

29th (tue) @ Empty Bottle – Chicago IL

30th (wed) @ Marble Bar – Detroit MI

31st (thu) @ Club Cafe – Pittsburgh PA



1st (fri) @ The Garrison – Toronto ON

2nd (sat) @ Mohawk Place – Buffalo NY

3rd (sun) @ Cafe Nine – New Haven CT

4th (mon) @ Great Scott – Allston MA

5th (tue) @ Mercury Lounge – New York NY

6th (wed) @ Knitting Factory – Brooklyn NY

7th (thu) @ Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA

8th (fri) @ Comet Ping Pong – Washington DC

9th (sat) @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom – Carrboro NC

10th (sun) t.b.c.

11th (mon) @ Gasa Gasa – New Orleans LA

12th (tue) @ Rudyards British Pub – Houston TX

13th (wed) @ Three Links – Dallas TX

14th (thu) @ The Sidewinder – Austin TX

15th (fri) @ Lowbrow Palace – El Paso TX

16th (sat) @ Valley Bar – Phoenix AZ

17th (sun) @ Soda Bar – San Diego CA

Cool Ghouls w/ Bad Vibes at the Whistle Stop


by Keith Boyd

Sometimes it pays to know a bit about a band you’re going to see. I could have avoided any number bruised body parts and ringing ear sessions by following that advice. That being said, what’s better or more thrilling than a happy accident? Such was the situation I found myself in last night at local dive bar outpost and SD treasure, The Whistle Stop. I hadn’t heard either band before but I had a vague notion that Cool Ghouls were a part of the amazing, 60’s inflected music scene in San Francisco. Well, they are and an utterly delightful accident seeing them it was indeed!

First up were San Diego band Bad Vibes. I dug their meaty, full throttle approach to things. There was a definite whiff of Doors wafting through their sound. Also what I would characterize as Biker bar Pink Floyd. I’m not saying that their sound was just derivative and lacked any originality though. Far from it! Their tunes were dynamic with sudden pivots in rhythm and tonality to keep the ear engaged. Great guitar playing from both of the players and special mention must be made of the relentlessly blissful stage presence and power of the bass player. He was a hair dervish! For nearly an hour while dancing, leaping and gyrating, his playing was completely solid. I like the band’s name and while I get where they’re coming from (a darkish, rocked up Nick Cave zone) I think they pump out just as many good vibes as “Bad” ones!

What can I say about headliners, Cool Ghouls? I was instantly won over by their sound. It was all chiming, jet plane guitars, limber yet grounded bass and their secret weapon? Beautiful 3 part harmonies. I for one, simply don’t hear vocals done like this in a “Rock” idiom very often. Pop music is replete with backup singers on stage and in studios. This wasn’t that. It was three equally adept singers taking the turns at the lead while the others blended seamlessly. At times recalling the soaring sound of The Byrds at their most heart-warming, Cool Ghouls made a beautiful noise.

I may be wrong about this but according to my observations and calculations the (contemporary) Grandaddies of the SF Psych soaked sound are Wooden Shijps. I’m sure there are others who were (according to whomever) first, different, more original or better but when I heard Wooden Shijps several years ago I thought to myself, “Finally the kids are getting weird again!”. And while many of these bands are excellent they tend to skew towards the noisier Punk infused side of the garage. Cool Ghouls plays it much smarter. They can rock for sure! However, they seem to have an instinctual grasp of dynamics and hence they paint with a very broad sonic brush. They have tunes from all over the spectrum and ply them all with equal skill.  After the gig I bought their (excellent) newest album, A SWIRLING FIRE BURNING THROUGH THE RYE and having basically had it on locked repeat all day have recognized several of the selections they played. One song that, while not on the album, was an instant favorite was the Green Tambourine-esque, The Creature that I Am.

If you are looking for some of the echoes that flow through their sound think The (aforementioned) Byrds, early Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and a dash of Electric Prunes, Blues Magoos and Moby Grape. Please don’t mistake these signifiers as some sort of jumbled, grab bag of tropes and put ons. Cool Ghouls might be rooted in another era but they are flowering in this one.

A special thanks must be given to my fellow LAME OLD COP ON A NIGHT OUT-PMK. In heaven, instead of angel wings he will receive a Gold-Chain and Cheetah tunic!

“Starting from Scratch” New Art by Matt Beard – March 18-25


NEW Misfit HQ!
565 Pearl St.
La Jolla, 92037

25 paintings from start to finish in the gallery in one week? We look forward to seeing how this goes.When Matt Beard told us what he wanted to do we thought two things: he’s bonkers, and he’s even more  bonkers than we thought… but were game to let me take a swing at it in our brand new gallery/headquarters in La Jolla, CA.

During one frantic week in the new gallery he will be painting ten 30″ x 30″, five 20″ x 20″, and ten 10″ x 10″ original paintings. There will be tacos, donuts, beers, drums, friends, enemies, skateboards, and possibly even parakeets.**  Stop in during the course of the week to check out the work in progress, or just wait to see them all finished at the opening reception on March 25 …times and more details coming real soon.

Super Complicated Pricing:

Blind Faith Commitment (available until March 18): 30×30 canvas – $950   | 20×20 canvas – $550 | 10×10 canvas – $348
Work in Progress Special (available March 19-24): 30×30 canvas – $1250 | 20×20 canvas – $650 | 10×10 canvas – $349
Finished Work (available March 25): 30×30 canvas – $1500 | 20×20 canvas – $750 | 10×10 canvas – $350

First come, first serve, quantities limited. Contact Pierce or Petra Kavanagh for purchase inquiries.Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 8.37.37 PM

**bring your own tacos, donuts and beers… and friends… and skateboards… and parakeets… but leave your enemies elsewheres

Los Sweepers, The Loons, Mystic Braves Casbah 3/11/16


by Keith Boyd

Last night I saw Los Dug Dug’s, The Pretty Things and The Standells at The Casbah! Or maybe it was Los Spiders, The Small Faces and Buffalo Springfield? Nah…Actually it was Los Sweepers, The Loons and Mystic Braves and it was ON FIRE! I’m a complete and utter devotee of the vast catalog of known and unknown mid-60’s bands who in one way or another defined the Beatles-inspired Garage Music scene. More likely than not these bands had no intention of staying in the confines of the garage, basement or bedroom. They probably had their sights set on The Avalon, Matrix or any number of 1960’s clubs and festivals but we all know how it goes with Rock bands…Between the Vietnam War, drugs, an indifferent industry and life in general countless numbers of these Freakbeat combos spawned, mushroomed and faded from the scene in a remarkably short period. Compilations such as the amazing Nuggets series brought many of these groups to broader attention in the 80’s and just as the 1st generation of groups grew seemingly overnight in places as wide-ranging as Spain, Australia, Indonesia and yes, the deserts of Southern California a new groundswell of incredible musicians picked up the mantle and ran with it. San Diego has long been a hub of bands in the key of Garage. The 80’s were a particularly fecund time for it and last night Mike Stax’s group The Loons showed everyone how it’s done.

Los Sweepers opened the night and blew minds with their day at the races energy. I can’t say for certain but I think they might have played EVERY hit from 1966 AND sang them in Spanish! You could be forgiven of rethinking you’d stumbled into an El Centro High School gymnasium dance sponsored by Wolfman Jack. Despite playing such well-worn tunes as Wild Thing (Transfored into “LOCO”!!) and Hang on Sloopy (reworked as “Vamos Lupe”!!) they managed through the simple equation of bass, guitar, drums and ENERGY to win the crowd over and make a joyful noise.

The Loons are a San Diego treasure. Incredible playing by all members is channelled into a seriously punchy frenzy by lead singer, music historian and all around Rock Lifer Mike Stax. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing The Loons a few times over the years and while they’ve always been great, they continue to get better and better. Among their relentlessly powerful set were a few favorites, ‘My Desolation”,  “Inside Out Your Mind” and “I Don’t Live There Anymore” but the whole show was fantastic. At one point Stax was bashing away on a tambourine with the phrase, ACID BLUES splashed across it. It was a fitting theme for this band’s music. Truly The Loons are a San Diego Treasure. Get out and see them whenever you can.

The headliners of the night were the LA-based Mystic Braves. They have their sound absolutely dialed in. Swirling organs, plucky, reverb soaked guitars and beautiful harmonies were in deep abundance. The band’s incredible albums were all represented in the set and the tightness that comes with frequent touring was powerfully evident. While Los Sweepers and The Loons generated Iggy levels of energy Mystic Braves vibe was much more chilled. I kept thinking that their music would fit nicely on the Easy Rider soundtrack.

Despite my numerous references to vintage bands, sounds and styles I simply must add that this wasn’t just a dress-up, look backwards retro type of deal. Yes, these musicians have all done a deep study of EVERYTHING from roughly 1965-1974 but…they all made these influences serve their own unique musical vision. It was just a euphoric, Cave-Stomping good time. The always excellent Casbah did it again.

Camera Lucida UCSD – Prebys Concert Hall – March 14th

Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Opus 95
Shostakovich (arr. Derevianko): Symphony Nr. 15 for Piano Trio and Percussion, Opus 141a
Under the artistic directorship of UCSD professor and cellist Charles Curtis, and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony principals, UCSD performance faculty and guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, yet with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.
Monday, March 14th, 2016
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General: $25.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $20.00
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Noura Mint Seymali Live at UCSD



Noura Mint Seymali and her band lifted worldly spirits Thursday night at the Price Center Ballroom East.  The dark ballroom was filled with some 150 chairs and the high-ceilinged room.  Noura’s band entered first,  tuned up and settled in.

Many of the songs were played in different modalities so the guitar player and Noura’s husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly,  was constantly tuning between songs.  For Californians, his guitar playing was out of this world.  For Western references, think Sir Richard Bishop for scales and attack or Richard Thompson for tones and textures.


The audience could tell right away that the music for the evening would gather forces from another hemisphere and transit over oceans and deserts to create a magical and unique musical sensation.  All the hammer-ons and runs Jeiche was doing in warm-ups only heightened the anticipation.

The couple herald from an historic musical lineage in Mauritania, where the Sahara and the Magreb meet and what blooms is an honest explosion of the West African Arabic world.  A couple of the songs they played in their 60 minute set were written by Noura’s father (himself a popular and famous Mauritanian musician).

The sounds of the guitar and Noura’s 9 string harp were textured and filled with the gritty sand they have touched from years of playing desert locales.  It felt authentic and raw.  The combination of traditional songs mixed with modern pop styles of blues and psychedelia fused places and times.

When Noura came out and began singing with the guitar and the rest of the band, it all came together.  The semi-formal room took a little bit of time to warm up.  Noura’s voice was full and loud, empty of the standard reverb that so many western pop acts employ.  The long and lush vocal runs intertwined with the beautiful and unique guitar styling to set the foundation for the evening.

As the night gained momentum, the band, Noura’s voice and the crowd all warmed up.  The audience let go a little bit, Jeiche started smiling more and the voice began to transport the listener.  Her long Arabic runs imagined far away places, where cultures intertwine and complexities spice meaning.  Her spiritual nods to Mohamed settled over the mixed crowd and opened eyes into smiles and brought people together in ways that only great music can.

Every time I see an Art Power event, I am transformed and transported.  The unique selection of the avante guard artists across the multiple mediums is tricky and can be very powerful when done right.  Bringing Noura Mint Seymali to San Diego was a great move that collected many different groups together for a night at UCSD.  The normal Art Power crowd was infused with young Muslims and African Americans celebrating the authentic spirit of an honest joyful expression.

Anthony Burr Plays Feldmann


The show includes Charles Curtis on cello,  Erik Carson and Keir GoGwilt on violin and Caterina Longi on viola.

Fresh off a sabbatical that took him to Reykjavik, Berlin, Brisbane and Melbourne, ace clarinetist Anthony Burr of the music faculty performs a program centered on Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet—which he recently released on a CD. He will be joined by violinists Erik Carlson and Keir GoGwilt, violist Caterina Longhi and cellist Charles Curtis. Curtis performed on the recording. The concert program also includes Aldo Clementi’s Impromptu for Clarinet and String Quartet, which, like the Feldman, is a late work of the composer that reflects nineteenth century chamber music in an inscrutable and mysterious way.


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