Reptaliens and Cults Come Are Coming To the Soda Bar!

 Photo: Facebook ( Cults )

Photo: Facebook (Cults)

Tickets: $20
Doors: 7 pm / Show: 7:30 pm                                                                                                       Doors: 10 pm / Show: 10:30 pm 21+

 Photo: Reptaliens 

Photo: Reptaliens 

Reptaliens are playing at the Soda Bar on May 18th! The band, hailing from Portland, is fronted by the husband and wife duo of Cole Browning and Tammy (Bambi) Barnes. Reptaliens’ lyrics are full of references to their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories. The band has  evolved from a bedroom-recording project to artists capable of exploring fringe pop culture through their analog synthesizers, electric guitars, melodic bass lines, and Bambi’s lulling vocals.


 Photo: Facebook ( Cults )

Photo: Facebook (Cults)

Cults will be headlining the show. The duo consists of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin. Their sound was known to be reminiscent of Motown and other 60’s style pop but has evolved to more grittier and atmospheric. Brian and Madeline met in San Diego at a concert at the House of Blues and both from San Diego. One of the biggest bands in the indie music scene, you must watch them perform at one of the two shows on May 18th!

For tickets for both shows, you can find them on Ticketfly and here. RSVP and invite friends to the event here and on the Facebook event.

Katelyn Tarver Interview

 Photo: Twitter ( @Katelyntarver )

Photo: Twitter (@Katelyntarver)

AMG had the opportunity to speak with Katelyn Tarver over the phone. Katelyn is a singer-songwriter who's already written a #1 hit in the UK and was on the TV show, Big Time Rush. We talk about her influences when she was younger, how red carpets are overrated, and what we can expect from her for the rest of 2018. If you want to hear the full interview then just listen above. . 

AMG: Was there a song or album when you were younger that made you want to become a singer?

KT: I'm sure there were a bunch of different influences or  things that I would just do that made me want to like sing like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. Big voices that you would put on and dance around in your living room but I remember back vividly listening to Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” and singing along to it. You know I'm sure I didn't hit the note really. I felt like I did! I remember running to my mom doing laundry or something and being like “Listen! I hit the note! I can sing it!”. I just remember loving and kind of getting lost in those songs. I felt that’s when I felt in love with music and where it can take you.

AMG: How did you first get into acting? Was it because you moved to LA and you had to because everyone else there basically acts as well?

KT: (Laughs) Not far off from that. I actually always had this love of performing when I was younger in the form of singing. As I got into the industry more, people asked me if I wanted to try acting and I said “Yeah! That seems fun.” As I started auditioning and getting more familiar with it, I really enjoyed it. I got an agent early on thanks to American Juniors and my first real gig was was Big Time Rush and I did some commercial stuff before that. BTR was the first major thing I booked and it was a great experience. It was the best “first” kind of role you would want for where I was at, at the time.

AMG: I feel like you’ve been to red carpet events for almost half your life now.

KT: (Laughs) Don’t remind me.

AMG: Do you think they’re overrated?

KT: Yes. I feel like i’m not the right person to say that as a fact but I would say there’s definitely an element to all these events that feels exciting and gives off that vibe of “This is Hollywood. This is glamour. This is cool.” They’re not that fun most of the time (laughs). I feel like i’m saying the wrong thing but I say that only because there can only be such an idea that if you’re not a part of those events or this industry/glamour/Hollywood. It feels so cool and so exciting but most of the time, you’re going and looking around for someone you know to hang out with. It can be fun but it can also be not that exciting as you thought it would be.

AMG: Your music career started when you were on American Juniors. I think you were 13 around that time which is around middle school age so what type of music were you listening to back then?

KT: In middle school, I was a pop girl. I loved pop music, I loved the radio. I grew up in Georgia and my mom would put on Amy Grant and all these Gospel/Christian contemporary singers when I was young. I loved it but when I got to middle school, I realized my friends were listening to the radio and I never really listened to it. So when I finally turned on the radio and I started listening to Brittany, Christina, N’SYNC, and Backstreet Boys, I loved it like everyone else. That’s still a big influence on why I want to do pop. I remember watching all those artists and going to a N’SYNC concert and it was cool. It was one of my first arena shows so there’s that energy and there’s this magic. I almost get emotional when I go to arena shows (laughs). It’s just the coolest thing I can think of and I guess that’s why i’m trying to do what i’m doing. I definitely listened to pop music and my dad would also put on James Taylor, Carole King, and all these good singer-songwriters so I feel like I have alot of those influences on me as well.

AMG: You mentioned boy bands that influenced you around that time such as N’SYNC and Backstreet Boys. You actually have a connection with the Backstreet Boys, right?

KT: Yeah? I’m curious where this is going.

AMG: Didn’t Howie D used to manage you?

KT: (Laughs) Yeah, he did for a second! That’s so funny. I was working with this other manager at the time and Howie wanted to test the waters and see if managing artists was something he would like to do and develop them. We worked together for a little moment in time and it was a pretty weird, cool full circle moment.

AMG: So your brother, Drew Tarver, is a comedian.

KT: Yes.

AMG: Does he ever get jealous that you’ve opened up for Jeff Foxworthy?  

KT: (Laughs). You’re really bring back some classic moments of my career that even i’ve almost forgotten about. That’s so funny. Maybe he does get jealous that i’ve done that? That was pretty cool. I’m from a small town in Georgia and Jeff Foxworthy came to town so they put me on before him. It’s so funny to think about now but yeah that was interesting. My brother now is a pretty successful in comedy and doing his thing so I don’t think he’s jealous of me. I did give him his start but now he’s spread his wings.

AMG: I heard the name of your fanbase is called the “Tarvernators”?

KT: I have seen that.

AMG: Is that not official?

KT: We can make it official. That’s fine with me. I haven’t given it a ton of thought but I have seen Tarvernators and if they like that, then that’s fine with me.

AMG: I guess it’s official now.

KT: (Laughs) I guess it is. SPREAD. THE. NEWS.

AMG: You’ve progressed so much from your first album, Wonderful Crazy and you’ve come a long way since then. Your latest project is called the Kool Aid EP. What can you tell me about that?

KT: That’ll be coming out later this summer and it’s just going to be new music. I’ve released a couple of songs that’ll be on it. I already released “LY4L” and “Never Fade” and the EP is called Kool Aid because there will be a song called “Kool Aid” on there.

AMG: What can we expect from you for the rest of 2018?

KT: We talked about the EP, i’ll be on the season of HBO’s Ballers, and i’ll be on tour in San Diego, Anaheim, Santa Barbara, LA, and San Francisco. The rest is tbd.

AMG: Anything left to say to the fans?

KT: Thanks for listening to my music and sharing it with your friends and that's really all I can ask for. So I appreciate it.

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Catch Katelyn at the Soda Bar in San Diego on May 9th, 2018! 

Find Katelyn on her websiteFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can find her music on Spotify, YouTube, and other music streaming platforms. 

Ryley Walker Concert Review & Interview

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On April 16th, AMG had the opportunity to interview Ryley Walker, an indie-folk singer who hails from Rockford, Illinois. You’ll get to hear another side of Ryley Walker that has been never seen before. If you want to hear the interview then listen to the audio! Also, read the review of the show Ryley Walker did at the Soda Bar in San Diego below.

Ryley Walker made a triumphant return to San Diego. With a new album on the horizon for the singer-songwriter, Ryley Walker came back to San Diego to perform at the Soda Bar. His album which is set to be released later in May, Deafman Glance, is highly anticipated. I haven’t heard much of Ryley before seeing him live but when I listened to some of his songs on Spotify, my ears were hooked right away. There’s so much realness in his lyrics and his voice is fantastic. Listening to his songs cause me to paint such vivid images in my head of whatever he is singing about. This made me excited to see him perform.

The opener was a band called Ditches. The band was local and actually from Encinitas. Ditches hasn’t performed at Soda Bar in over a year so it was great to see them play there. I found out the band recently released an album back in late April too. Their performance was good but just stuck in my head was the thought of what Ryley’s set was going to be like. I just interviewed Ryley right before his set and he had such insightful answers and a great sense of humor. All of this made me wonder what his performance would be like after seeing his personality was as wonderful as his music.


Ryley Walker walked on to the stage and performed in front of the crowd alone. It was a shame to see him performing without a backing band but at the same time, it was interesting because it felt more intimate. He played many of his fan-favorites such as “The Roundabout” and “Telluride Speed”.  The songs featured great guitar work and I my ears could not help but grip to every lyric he was belting out. He had some great banter in between songs as well. He had hilarious stories about the double-edged sword that are breakfast burritos and how he envied how schools in San Diego had outdoor lockers.


A highlight of the night was near the end of his set where he played “Opposite Middle”. It was a very touching song and caused me to come to the conclusion that he was one of the best acts i’ve ever seen at the Soda Bar. I was a bit bummed out that he did not perform one of my favorite songs, “Sullen Mind” but getting to see whole set more than made up for him not performing that song. There was just something about him singing his deeply introspective lyrics on the Soda Bar stage that was captivating. You could not help but ignore everyone surrounding you and just focus on Ryley Walker singing his beautiful songs. Ryley Walker is the real deal, and a treat if you have the opportunity to see him live.

Make sure to listen to his latest album, Deafman Glance, when it is released on May 18th!

Seeing Japanese Breakfast Live Makes You Feel Like You're In Heaven

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One of the breakout artists from 2017, Japanese Breakfast came back to San Diego to perform at The Irenic. After the release of her second record, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, Michelle Zauner (aka Japanese Breakfast), has continued her ascent as a critical darling. Her emotionally-driven songs along with her intimate performances at her live shows makes her someone worth seeing. Even with artists such as King Krule and Big K.R.I.T. playing on the same night in San Diego, Japanese Breakfast delivered.


The openers for the show were And And And and Snail Mail. I ran late to the show and was only able to catch Snail Mail but they were great. I remember seeing the band last year as well when they opened up for Girlpool. I remember talking to them for a little bit after her set and they told me it was their first time in San Diego. I told them to get some Mexican food from a 24/7 spot but I digress. Snail Mail’s set was mainly just emotional and guitar-driven. The crowd swayed to most of her songs and it was great to see how far her and the rest of her band have come. Watching her perform last year while she was still relatively new to touring to now playing at Coachella makes me feel like a proud parent. She ended her set with just a solo performance of her and her guitar.

After Snail Mail’s fantastic set, everyone was now awaiting for the headliner. You can tell everyone was ready to hear Japanese Breakfast sing. She came out to a hooting crowd wearing a beautiful white dress while clutching her guitar. She started off her set with “In Heaven”, off of Psychopomp. “In Heaven” was a fitting song to begin with due to her attire.

After the song was finished, she thanked the crowd for coming out and seemed so grateful. I remember seeing her perform  for the first time last year ironically at The Irenic and she was great. I never heard of her before that and it was captivating seeing her sing songs like “Road Head” before it was even released. Watching her perform tonight made me reminisce of seeing her open up for Sandy (Alex G) and just be in awe at how far she has come. She was fresh off of playing at Coachella as well and her anecdotes in between some of her songs were cool to hear.


The crowd did not let her down as they fed off her energy and returned it. When she played “Machinist” off her latest album, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, the crowd was jumping up and down along with her. Things only got more exciting when she played “Roadhead” and the crowd still kept up with her. In the middle of her set, she stated how the show she was playing at San Diego was special to her because her dad flew all the way from Thailand to see her. She even added how she wouldn’t let him go to Coachella so he had to see her in San Diego instead.

The crowd continued to go wild as she sang other fan-favorites of her’s such as “Boyish” and “Diving Woman”. She had great vocal performances throughout her set and you can tell the crowd was enamored by her. One fan even brought her wings and she even ate one onstage. She ended her set with “Everybody Wants to Love You” and it was a fitting since everyone in the crowd seemed to be in love with her.


Japanese Breakfast put on an even more memorable show than when I saw her last. Even when she was singing some songs with the most heartbreaking lyrics, you could not help but sing along with a smile on your face. If you have not seen her live before, I highly recommend it. If your ears are hungry for some good music then Japanese Breakfast will leave them satisfied.

You Will Always Have Fun at an Alvvays Show

 Photo: Reddit (u/BertMacklinMD)

Photo: Reddit (u/BertMacklinMD)

On April 18th, Alvvays came to San Diego to perform at The Music Box. The band released their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Antisocialites, back in September and came to town after performing at Coachella a week before. Alvvays has always been a band i I have heard much about and after finally listening to them through Antisocialites, I was immediately enamored with them. Normally with indie pop bands live, you will have an enjoyable time but nothing usually stands out between seeing them in-person and listening to their album. Alvvays was an exception.

Despite the show being on a Wednesday night in Downtown San Diego, the show was sold out. I do not go to The Music Box too often so my friend taught me a concert hack and took me to the balcony section on the third floor of the venue, which I thought was only for VIPs previously. The opener was Frankie Rose and her sound was reminiscent of the 80’s. Her songs sounded like a mix between synth pop and new wave. At first, I was not too much into her set but soon I got into it as well as the crowd.


Alvvays came on fifteen minutes after and I was wondering how their music would be live. Their sounds on their albums were full of echoing vocals and distant instruments but that doesn’t seem to translate well live. The band started off by playing “Hey” and then followed with “Adult Diversion”. They were fun songs and got the crowd dancing around. I was hooked onto their set after they played “In Undertow”, one of my absolute favorite songs from them with this video being a main reason why.

The banter in between some songs were just fantastic too. Molly Rankin, the lead singer, had the crowd laughing with her talking about how she wouldn’t want to be a tortoise because they can’t swim. She even talked about how she saw a rabbit eating by her hotel’s swimming pool. The crowd definitely helped energize the band and Molly even commented how the crowd has the energy of a “Friday crowd” despite the show being on Wednesday.

One of my favorite moments of the night was when the band played “Marry Me, Archie” as I watched atop from the balcony and the whole crowd is just jumping up and down while some were even moshing. The song is another one of my favorites and it just sounds incredible live compared to the studio version. It was a memorable show and this concert solidified my love for the band even more. If you have the chance to see Alvvays, you need to take it.

Up in the Cosmos at Queen Bee's

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It has only been less than a year and Frankie Cosmos has graciously returned to San Diego for another show. This time she is back with her new album, Vessels, through Sub Pop records. A band with years of hype and now on a major indie label (oxymoron) could fall into the pressure of needing to sound grandeur but instead she has consciously chosen to refine her sound for this release. A bold move in itself to the internet hype cycle that a band can fall into. I have seen Frankie Cosmos last summer, which was a great show but I am getting the feeling she didn’t like San Diego.  There was a feeling of frustration for the audience who was very rowdy and moshing at the show. It’s very understandable on her part because sometimes mosh pit can be unwanted by the other audience members and it pushes people who aren’t moshing to the back or the side who don’t want to get injured. This time around, a lot of growth has and maturity has happened for Frankie Cosmos. They have a new album on Sup Pop records, Vessels, to tour behind and they have brought two bands, Lomelda and Ian Sweet in support of them. Frankie Cosmos had returned to a sold out show at Queen Bees and they have never sounded so powerful.

Before I get into covering the show, I want to bring up how unintentionally perfect Queen Bee’s was as a venue for this show. I think the show was originally billed to be at the Quartyard, but was changed to Queen Bee’s. When walking in, the mood was already set with purple lighting which matched the front woman Greta Kline’s guitar. The stage looked like one for an auditorium for a middle school dance. That was very fitting to the intimacy and the honesty of the music.

The band opened with “Carmelized” which doubles as the opener to the album. There is nothing flashy about the band. They are dressed modestly and preferred to look at their instruments than at the crowd. This is not because they aren’t confident in their music but they’re focus in a very amicable way. Though the band was radiating coy energy, their sound was as big as ever. The simplicity of the pop instrumentation is direct and to the point. It is beautiful as it is, without having to beat around the bush or anything. Some highlights for me were “Alive” when the band backs up the chorus, which also includes singer of Lomelda who is touring with them. They end the set with “Too Dark” off their previous release, “Next Thing.” The set was beefed with a lot of songs, but knowing how daunting her discography is, left hardcore fans a little more to be desired. All in all, it was another wonderful performance from Frankie Cosmo. Ian Sweet and Lomelda played equally great sets and its really cool to see a such a great lineup touring together. I thank the Soda Bar for booking such a great show to San Diego. I also want to recognize the venue Queen Bee’s which an amazing staff that were very accommodating to the audience as well as to all the bands.

Seeing Soccer Mommy Live Was Cool

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Who says you can’t raise hell on a Monday night? Yes it’s the return to the work week and people have to endure the hard transition to that. But the weekend fun doesn’t have to end. On Monday night of April 9, Soccer Mommy with touring support from Madeline Kenney played rock music to soothe our weeknight blues. The show interestingly enough was originally set to be at the all ages venue, the Che Café, but most likely due to construction, it had moved to the Soda Bar.

With that being said, the audience was really quite noteworthy due to its wide range in age diversity. I can see fresh faced 21 year olds to people who were as old as 50. This is a testament to how diverse Sophie Allison’s band, Soccer Mommy’s fan base truly is. She seemed surprised by it too.

The Nashville native donned the stage at ten o’ clock on a Monday night to a full crowd.  With her checkerboard strap, she literally wears her influences as she and the rest of the band open with “Last Girl.” It was a really strong opener and shows the vibrancy of the band. The band is really professional and concise; it’s worth noting all of their names as well. Julian, who plays the lead guitar, was really an instrumental (heh) part of the show as well as the recordings. On bass was Gram, who was the band’s anchor and Gabe on drums too.

They played their hits, “Your Dog” and “Flaw” which harkened back to the overdriven guitar sounds of 2000s alternative rock. I always think that “Your Dog” is the answer to the proto punk, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” for obvious reasons. There is a great banter between Sophie Allison and the audience all throughout the night. It could have been easily a sleepy audience, ready to go to work early in the morning, but the audience were such willing participants of the show. Sophie is a naturally funny person and it’s easy to understand how her songwriting reflects that as well. Someone in the crowd shouts that they couldn’t wait to see them open for Liz Phair in Boston.

She seemed both modest and confused about how dedicated her fans really were. The night was full of surprises as the band steps down for her to do her some solo songs. The first song was a Bruce Springsteen cover, “I’m on Fire,” which got a humorous reaction from the audience. As she announces the Bruce Springsteen song, everyone was cheered for it but someone booed.

“Did someone just booed for Bruce Springsteen?” she asked.

One audience member jokingly says, “No, they were saying Boo-ruce.”

With only guitar and vocals, she carried the song quite beautifully. The strip down sound was showed full range of her talents as she could have done the whole set this way and the audience would still be pleased. For her last song, she asked the band to come back for “Scorpio Rising” to finish the set. There is an appreciation to how climatic she builds her song list set with rise and fall like the plot to a Hollywood movie. After the song, the audience calls for an encore with much enthusiasm she obliged. She plays one more solo song, this time her transformation is complete as she is slowly turns into Avril Lavinge with her cheetah print top and the checkerboard strap on her guitar to complete the look.

All in all a strong Monday night show from the Soda Bar. The opener, Madeline Kenney, really set the mood. They will be back again in the summer to open for Wye Oak at the Soda Bar. I really appreciate the female fronted lineup that reinforces the notion that women have rocked and have been rocking since its conception. Monday night shows are not a bad idea, it’s nice to have time to listen to music and reflect about the day as one listens to music. Who says you can’t raise hell on a Monday night?

Dumbfounded at Dumbfoundead’s Show

There is no better way to start off your week than with a concert. That’s exactly what I did on Monday, April 2nd, as Korean-American artist Dumbfoundead came to San Diego for his Yikes Tour at Soma. In front of a packed crowd at Soma’s side stage, the openers were Manila Grey. The duo consists of two childhood Filipino-Canadian rappers who showed the crowd why they were worthy of opening up for Dumbfoundead. Neeko and Soliven were skillful on the mic and were able to appease the audience with their charisma and the way they performed on stage. The duo performed only a few tracks but the most memorable ones were "Timezones" and "Youth Water".

North Carolina rapper, G Yamazawa, was up next and straight up brought some heat for his set. It only took a few minutes for the crowd to realize that the rapper came to make a statement. His set consisted songs that were full of political issues, cracks about his Japanese ethnicity, and experiences from his life. Before he was a rapper, G Yamazawa was a professional poet and you can tell as his set consisted of some interesting renditions of covers along with his songs. Even after he finished his set, the crowd was still ready for the main event.

For the people that don’t know, Dumbfoundead is a legend in the Asian-American hip-hop scene. I remember first finding him on YouTube and being blown away by his skills. He doesn’t have the appeal of other rappers like Kendrick Lamar or Drake but that does not make his work any less significant as a rapper. Dumbfounded is a trailblazer who has inspired so many Asian artists in not just the hip-hop scene but in the entire music industry. Without him, rappers like Rich Brian, Kevin Ape, and Nav, may not be able to break onto the scene. We have Dumbfoundead to thank for his part in the creation of 88rising and the influence he has had with his past in the battle rap scene.

With his reputation for those that know of him, the crowd was willing and ready to get wild once he came on to the stage. I was able to get in because I was press but the rest of the crowd got their money’s worth with what the Korean-American rapper performed for his set. Dumbfoundead performed the songs off his latest EP, Rocket Man, while also providing some of his trademark humor. The way he worked the crowd on stage was reminiscent of a comedian and showed he could had the ability to connect with the audience with other ways than just his music. Although, his music played a big part on why the crowd came to see him at Soma. After he finished up his set, the crowd unsurprisingly shouted for an encore and Dumbfoundead obliged. He came back for an encore but made sure he gave the crowd a night to remember. He brought out his first openers, Manila Grey and many others. The encore was full of energy and hype and made this writer ready to come again when Dumbfoundead performs next time in San Diego.

It's Not Almost Everyday You Get to See Matt And Kim Live

 Photos: Christian Hill ( @Christianhillphotos )

Photos: Christian Hill (@Christianhillphotos)

On April 9th, Matt and Kim came to perform in San Diego at The Observatory North Park. On April 9th, I had some of the most fun i’ve ever had at a concert. The indie-electronic duo headlined a sold-out show with openers, TWINKIDS and CRUISR. I admit, I was never the biggest fan of Matt and Kim. Of course, I loved their song “Daylight” but seeing them live with all the energy and everything they incorporated into their set made me become a huge fan.

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Matt and Kim came out to a roaring crowd who were awaiting them to go on stage. The pair started off right away with their song, “It’s Alright”. Right away, I was captivated by how the instant they came on to the stage, they were just full of energy. The energy was infectious too as the crowd got rowdy as Matt and Kim did. Early off in the set, Kim was dancing and standing on top of her chair and just feeding off the energy of the crowd. 

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Despite the concert being on a Monday, the crowd was more of a weekend crowd. Matt and Kim were playing song after song and the crowd did not relent and was still matching their energy. Not even at punk shows have I ever seen so many people crowd surf before. Matt and Kim made sure the crowd was very involved as well by bringing balloons, blow-up dolls, and even an inflatable lounge chair for someone in the audience to crowd surf on. One of my favorite moments of the concert was the duo asking the crowd to separate into two sides in order to do the wall of death. 

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They closed off the show by playing everyone’s favorite song, “Daylight” and just seeing everyone in the crowd dancing and singing along to them playing was just an amazing thing to see. Matt and Kim said goodbye but came back for an encore and ended the night perfectly. When they played “Let’s Go”, confetti and balloons dropped from the ceiling and ended what was one of the best concerts i’ve ever seen. 

Make sure to see them on the rest of their tour and make sure to listen to their album, “Almost Everyday”, when it comes out in May!
 

I Wish Kate Nash's Concert Lasted Forever

 Photo: Twitter ( @Katenash )

Photo: Twitter (@Katenash)

While it’s been over ten years since the release of Kate Nash’s smash hit, “Foundations”, she’s still good as she was back then. Hailing from across the pond from the UK, the singer-songwriter is an international star.  Already releasing three previous albums, it was exciting to finally get into her music and see her perform in my home town. Coming off the release of her fourth album, Yesterday Was Forever, Kate Nash came to San Diego to perform at the Observatory North Park in San Diego on April 12th.

Kate Nash kicked off the show by playing “Play” off her iconic debut album, Made of Bricks. It was great finally able to hear some of the songs off the album live. You can tell she’s worked hard to develop herself to perform as well as she has on stage and her experience definitely showed. Kate Nash as so young when she she released Made of Bricks so it was great to see how much she has grown as a performer since then. 

She’s a treat to see live and I highly recommend seeing her if you can. The new songs show how Nash has evolved as an artist since her debut. "Foundations”, is fantastic to hear live and her newer songs really connected with the crowd. Kate Nash is a hell of a performer. She was playing the guitar and piano during her entire set but still kept the crowd involved by talking with them. She has such a relatable and friendly personality that was refreshing to see when you’re watching someone perform live. 

She has such a fantastic singing voice but whether she is singing, rapping, screaming, you cannot help but recognize how talented and gifted Kate Nash is.You can tell why this show was sold out because everyone in the crowd were loyal fans of her’s or just loved her music. It’s easy to see why people love Kate Nash and it’s amazing to see how she has continued to improve as a singer and performer. If you want to have a good time while listening to good music, Kate Nash is a safe bet to have both.
 

AMG Interviews Thirdstory!

AMG Interviews Thirdstory!

AMG got the opportunity to interview Thirdstory. Thirdstory are a trio of amazing singers who have even sang with Pusha T and Chance the Rapper. Watch as we talk about their past before becoming Thirdstory. Get to know more about Thirdstory as a band but also Elliott Skinner, Ben Lusher, and Richard Saunders individually. These guys are some of the nicest and most talented people on the planet and it really shows in this interview.

Video Interview with Spendtime Palace

Video Interview with Spendtime Palace

On April 7th, AMG got to interview Spendtime Palace. The band has collaborated with Finn Wolfhard, actor from Stranger Things, on their music video, “Sonora”. We talk to them about how the band has grown since when they first started out and the band’s name change. Watch until the end to see us die of laughter from talking about Paul Walker (R.I.P.) and Vin Diesel.

 

AMG Sits Down with Marc E Bassy!

AMG Sits Down with Marc E Bassy!

AMG had the chance to interview Marc E Bassy when he was performing at The House of Blues in San Diego. We talk about his admiration for 2Pac, talk about his friends and family back up in NorCal, and his connection with Zac Efron. Things get even more interesting when rapper, Rob $tone, drops by in the middle of the interview.

Concerts Through the Lens: Lost In Translation Tour

Aztec Music Group photojournalist Sara Bluhm (SaraSaysPhotography) hit House of Blues San Diego March 8 to catch The Wrecks, Dreamers, and New Politics on the Lost In Translation Tour! View the full photo gallery from the gig here:

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Video Interview with Hip Hop Producer Blockhead

AMG’s Christian Le interviews Blockhead on St. Patrick’s Day at the Soda Bar. Listen to them talk about the influence of public access television in his music, how Aesop Rock is much a better rapper than him, his rap verse as a gnome, and playing basketball with Adam Sandler.

 

Video Interview with DJ / Singer-Songwriter Mako!

We were lucky enough to sit down with San Diego’s very own Mako for an interview. Mako is one of the most diverse DJ’s in the music scene with working on music for companies such as Ford and Coca-Cola and videos games like League of Legends. We chat about his background in music, getting an autograph from one of his biggest inspirations, and working as a bartender while at Julliard.

 

Get Your Tickets to What So Not's Concert Here!

Get Your Tickets to What So Not's Concert Here!

After splitting with Flume, DJ and producer What So Not, finally released his highly-anticipated debut album, Not All the Beautiful Things. In support of the album, he announced the Beautiful Things Tour. Make sure to catch his performance in San Diego, the rest of the U.S., Europe, or even at festivals. What So Not will be performing at The Observatory North Park in San Diego with Duckwrth and James Earl opening.