Jen Van Tieghem

Friday Find – “We’re Gonna Get You High” by Grand Tarantula

The long wait for new tunes by Grand Tarantula is (almost) over. Their Slime Times EP will be out at the end of July and to end June they’re playing a kick ass show hosted by our friends at OfShowsAndBurritos.com. This Saturday, June 28 at Ken Club with the likes of Teenage Exorcists (another Friday Find […]

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Friday Find – “Something to Lose” by Second Cousins – 6/20/14

I’ve been impatiently waiting for Second Cousins to release some music since catching them live last year. And it’s finally time! The young quartet will celebrate their EP release next Wednesday, June 25 at the Belly Up with Inspired and The Sleep and Taken by Canadians (a previous Friday Find artist). The first single off the […]

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Friday Find – “Shadow Valley” by The Whiskey Circle – 5/23/14

While The Whiskey Circle‘s self-titled EP has been out for a few months now, I still return to it regularly and give it several spins. It opens with the vibrant “Shadow Valley” – a wicked romp of surfy guitars, quick beats, and singer Leanna May Patterson’s powerhouse vocals. The song is a departure from the band’s more […]

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Friday Find – “The Tragedy” by Taken by Canadians – 5/16/14

North County band Taken by Canadians are about to release their album Here’s to Returning All the Tragedy We Saw and were kind enough to let me have an early listen. The track “The Tragedy,” from which the album title is derived, got my attention immediately and I found myself humming it long after listening. With a little […]

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Friday Find – “At The Seams” by Trouble in the Wind – 5/9/14

Friday Find – “At The Seams” by Trouble in the Wind – 5/9/14

The latest Trouble in the Wind album, Slide Rock, contains a whopping 16 tracks. Picking a favorite from the collection of tightly knit tracks is difficult but “At The Seams” is high on my list. I only wish it were twice as long. The song is a shining example of what TITW does so well- building urgency and power as […]

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Friday Find – “Rise Up For Love” by Sister Speak – 4/25/14

Friday Find – “Rise Up For Love” by Sister Speak – 4/25/14

Sister Speak are one of those bands I wish I’d found sooner! The luscious vocals delicately flutter around swimming acoustics and dreamy beats.  I haven’t had a chance to see the band live yet, but luckily they’ve got some upcoming gigs so that shall soon change! My Friday Find is the title track from Sister […]

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Upcoming House of Blues San Diego shows & ticket giveaway

Upcoming House of Blues San Diego shows & ticket giveaway

House of Blues San Diego is no stranger to great lineups- I personally have seen some of my favorite big name shows there over the years. But, what’s extra rad is that they also make room in their solid schedule for up-and-coming artists. The venue’s prime location and relatively intimate setting make it a superb spot […]

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Friday Find – “Kind of Blue” by Teenage Exorcists – 4/18/14

One wonderful side effect of being friends with other music writers in town is being turned on to great music. Marissa Mortati of Of Shows and Burritos and I regularly send each other info on local bands and touring acts coming to town. But when the fabulous Miss Mortati suggested I check out Riverside group Teenage […]

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Movie & a wine – Back to the Future: Part III & perhaps the weirdest wine pairing in history

My good buddy Cody Thompson, of ThreeBZine.com, and some friends of his – Dr. Gonzalo Quintero of Craft Beer Tasters LLC and Eugene Abano of Reviews Galore – have been doing something a little out of the ordinary with their respective websites (visit the links to catch up): They take movies they know (love?) and pair them with their drink of choice. […]

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Friday Find – “The Shortcut” by Brothers Weiss – 4/11/14

Brothers Weiss returns from their first tour tonight! [More on that over at San Diego Uptown News.] In honor of the dudes’ homecoming I chose my favorite song from their EP Conversations for this Friday Find. I particularly like the plaintive vocals on this one which match the poetic lyrics. Plus I’m impressed any time the word […]

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