I double-parked a red Jetta toward the back of Off Broadway's parking lot as I tossed the butt of my smoke through the cracked window. Hold Steady fans of various ages milled through the parking lot and headed on across Lemp Ave. with a hungry gate that could only be satiated by bar rock. I crunched across the gravel of Off Broadway's entrance/porch and found myself amidst other like-minded music fans, basking in the warmth of Tim Barry's acoustic folk.
Jessica Maros and Tyler James formed Escondido and recorded their February 2013 debut album, "The Ghost of Escondido," in a single, live session.
I don't know why I hadn't realized before, but Ween and Halloween go together better than their morphemes.
This year, Mike Doughty released a crowd-funded album that included re-recordings of old Soul Coughing songs -- mainly the best of "Ruby Vroomm" (1994), "Irresistible Bliss" (1996) and "El Oso" (1998). The record's name ridiculously lists all 13 tracks, but Doughty shortens it to "Circles" or "Circles Super Bon Bon..." for press purposes.
Bits of the crowd ascended to their perches on the balcony of the Pageant as Deradoorian began the opening set. Singer Angel Deradoorian unwound a hypnotic batch of tunes that included tracks from her 2009 "Mind Raft" EP. "Holding Pattern" relied on a crushed-out wall of sound.
Still reveling in the success of rising to No. 11 on Billboard's alternative chart in 2013, the Mowgli's offer a sound rooted in their sun-dappled Southern California home. Their songs burst with love for life, fellowship and good times.