Concert Review

  • KAABOO gets Shakey on Sunday

    KAABOO gets Shakey on Sunday

    A heavy marine layer had enveloped KAABOO Del Mar when Shakey Graves started his set on Sunday afternoon. But the billowy blanket of clouds above Trestles stage didn’t prevent things from heating up below ― even if it did take things some time to get started. With a capacity crowd filling the confines...

  • Chainsmokers hold their own at KAABOO

    Chainsmokers hold their own at KAABOO

    Like any big festival, fans are forced to deal with overlapping set times and choices must be made. On Saturday night at KAABOO Del Mar, two polar opposite headliners split the biggest crowd of the weekend in two. With matching 90-minute set times of 8:25 to 9:55 p.m., New York’s DJ duo The Chainsmokers...

  • Guns N’ Roses rocks Qualcomm to end tour

    Guns N’ Roses rocks Qualcomm to end tour

    Band returns to San Diego after 23-year absence

  • Pierce The Veil surges with new album & tour

    Pierce The Veil surges with new album & tour

    Now embarked on 16-city concert trek, the 10-year-old San Diego band is rocking with vigor while playing the most ambitious music of its career

  • Prayers take Coachella to church on Sunday

    Prayers take Coachella to church on Sunday

    When we last caught up with Prayers, San Diego’s cholo-goth duo and the city’s only Coachella representatives, they were busy preparing for their first time on stage in Indio. And shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Prayers’ Leafar Seyer (Rafa Reyes) and Dave Parley became part of the long and storied...

  • Why Coachella might have a pop-star problem

    Why Coachella might have a pop-star problem

    Hey, Coachella, it's time for another special guest." That was Guy Lawrence, half of the British dance duo Disclosure, on the main stage Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Specifically, Lawrence was referring to singer Jillian Hervey of the duo Lion Babe, who was about...

  • Calvin Harris closes out Coachella with Rihanna

    Calvin Harris closes out Coachella with Rihanna

    The most surprising thing about Calvin Harris’ show Sunday night at Coachella? That this efficiency-minded Scottish DJ — a festival pro so accustomed to the grind that his video display featured images of moving gears — went on nearly 20 minutes late, a delay even greater than the one put up by...

  • Ice Cube insists he's still a gangsta at Coachella

    Ice Cube insists he's still a gangsta at Coachella

    “Can I keep it gangsta tonight?” Ice Cube asked as he took the stage Saturday at Coachella. Yes, please, the crowd responded. And so he did — for about half his show. Going into the festival, the West Coast rap pioneer was widely expected to reunite the living members of his seminal late-’80s group,...

  • Coachella 2016: Kesha's appearance proves that singing is freedom

    Coachella 2016: Kesha's appearance proves that singing is freedom

    For a few minutes on Saturday night, Kesha was free. The singer's brief cameo with EDM producer Zedd was easily Coachella's most dignified and poignant guest appearance. Though it came in the middle of a high-octane set of Zedd's pop-friendly dance music, her one song with him spoke volumes about...

  • Quantic winds up the Music Box

    Quantic winds up the Music Box

    To call Will Holland’s musical path diverse is an understatement. Under the moniker Quantic, the British-born/Brooklyn-based DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist spent the last 15 years tackling an incredibly varied range of genres and projects. Last year, Holland played a special DJ set in San...

  • Allen Stone revved up KAABOO crowds on Friday

    Allen Stone revved up KAABOO crowds on Friday

    Allen Stone had his work cut out for him on Friday at KAABOO Del Mar. Before he took the stage, Latin funksters Ozomatli delivered an energetic set that had most of the packed crowd dancing to their cumbias and singing along to the music. But Stone was not deterred. From the time the self-proclaimed...

  • Taylor Swift fan subdued on stage at SD show

    Taylor Swift fan subdued on stage at SD show

    A ticket-less fan somehow avoided detection and got on stage, where four security guards wrestled him into submission.

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