The Joy Formidable – The Irenic, San Diego – July 20, 2016

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The Joy Formidable, a Welsh band that mixes elements of 90’s alt-rock (Garbage, Cranberries), shoegaze (Slowdive, Lush) and modern all-over-the-place indie rock, played the Irenic this week for a good sized and very enthusiastic crowd.  Sometimes I wonder how groups like this get discovered by so many people.  There is really no rock-radio or video channel supporting bands like this but tours with groups like Muse and Editors must have helped them build a solid following. Continue reading

The Big Pink + Sundrop Electric – Soda Bar, San Diego 4/20/16

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I’ve got to admit, I had this Big Pink show on my calendar for some time, but as it approached I wasn’t sure if I would make it. I really only knew the band from their first album,  A Brief History of Love, from 2009, and remembered two of the stronger tracks from it: “Velvet” and “Dominos”.  After that, though, I lost track of the band and they didn’t come back on my radar until I saw this show coming up at the Soda Bar.  As the day of the show arrived I decided not to go after all – I had a really busy week and it wasn’t the best night to head out.  Then about an hour before the show I figured I’d better listen to that CD just to be sure.  By the mid-point of the first track, “Velvet”, with its pulsing synth line and massive, droning  guitar chords, I knew I was going and within the hour I was walking up the sidewalk toward the venue.

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