Street Scene Preview (Part 1 of 2)

San Diego’s renowned music festval Street Scene is just around the bend.  The 2 night, 5  stage, 45+ band musical circus will take over the streets of San Diego’s East Village on August 28th and 29th. Since its debut in 1984, Street Scene has began one of the States’ largest and most well attended festivals. Check out some of the artists storming the streets this year:

Beastie Boys: Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock may be 30 years out of the gate since they first hit the streets of New York, but anyone who doesn’t find themselves with feet movin and head bobbin to the Beasties’ music is either deaf or just an avid advocate against enjoying life.
07-intergalactic “Intergallactic”

Thievery Corporation: The DC-native duo’s eclectic work has been labeled everything from bossa nova to Classical Indian to dub to Acid Jazz. But regardless of what you name it, it’s excellent. And if Kaitlin’s review of their EDC performance is any indiciation, this is a definite don’t miss at SS.
12-doors-of-perception-featuring-gunjan “Doors of Perception”

Band of Horses: My friend told me I was living in 2006 when I put on their album  “Everything All The Time” the other night. But it’s just been that good enough alone to last several years, and “Cease to Begin” will keep me content til 2025.  Additionally, their 2009 Coachella set confirmed Torero senior Brittney Carratelli’s affirmation that their live show was a religious experience. Go see this em you are at SS.
“The Great Salk Lake”


Dead Weather: Since Jack ditched Meg and toured with the Racounteurs, he’s now formed a new “supergroup”–if the term still applies–with the Kill’s vocalist Alison Mosshart, guitarist Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone age and Raconteur bassist Jack Lawrence.  The just released a new album “Horehound”.
02-hang-you-from-the-heavens “Hang you From the Heavens”

of Montreal: The Athenian (Georgia, not Greece) pop-psych band will be finishing up a European tour with a few pitstops in the States before heading to SD’s East Village. Their live shows are as much theatrical performance as musical show. A definite entertaining set to see.
02-lysergic-bliss “Lysergic Bliss”

Devendra Banhart: Devendra’s melodies are as close to  a 1967 Golden Gate Park, Free Love flower child acoustic pow-wow as you’ll find, at Street Scene or otherwise.  And a perfect juxtaposition to however the  Dead Weather’s rock might leave you feeling.
02-its-a-sight-to-behold“It’s A Sight to Behold”

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: Ted Leo’s revolving set of accompanying musicians will be backing up their time-tested frontman. With 5 albums since their 1999 debut– 2007’s “Living with the Living”  being the most recent– the band’s got a deep catalogue of diverse music from solid punk rock to more reggae oriented tunes to keep the crowd satisfied.

Calexico: Joey Burns and John Convertino formed the Tucson, AZ based back in 1996 and have been producing an excellent and unique blend of Tex-Mex, Southwest flavored, alternative country that lead the band to aptly name themselves after the bordertown of Calexico, California.  The band’s toured with the likes of Iron & Wine and knows quite well how to take over the stage.
Garden Ruin Single

Ra Ra Riot: The Syracuse University quartet graduated on to release “The Rhumb Line” album in 2008 with Barsuk. They’ve played and toured with Bow Wow, Art Brut, Tokyo Police Club, Death Cab and others since. Their combo of indie rock, strings and lead singer Wes Miles’ voice has drawn comparisons to Vampire Weekend.
ra-ra-riot-can-you-tell “Can You Tell”

Look forward to an excellent end of August weekend with Street Scene