It is with great regret that we announce that the June 2 date for the Sonic Indie Music Expo has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. As true music fans just like you, the organizers of the event are just as disappointed to tell you this news as you are to hear it, and we thoroughly sympathize with your disappointment. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Our plan is to retool and bring the event back at a later date this year. Sonic will happen, you may rest assured of that.
If you have already purchased tickets to the event, you can expect a full refund of your original purchase price within 7 to 10 business days. Refunds are automatic, so there is no need to take further action. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Sonic is a music expo held in support of independent record stores and to promote the hobby of music collecting. On June 2, 2012 at The Stage near Porter’s Pub and Grill on UCSD campus in San Diego, music enthusiasts from all over southern California will be coming to check out the exhibits set up by mom-and-pop record shops, to browse, buy or trade records, and to listen to some fantastic indie bands perform live. Beer and ale will be available to satisfy thirsty 21+ patrons, and there will be a kitchen preparing food on site to make people of all ages happy. TICKETS ARE $11.50 PRESALE, $12 AT THE GATE. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Association of Music Merchants, proprietors of the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California.
DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 5 to the Gilman Drive exit. Go west on Gilman until you arrive on the UCSD campus. The venue is just past the overhead walk bridge on the left hand side. Parking is free on campus on the weekends.
One of the highlights of Sonic Indie Music Expo is daytime musical performances for lovers of independent music. We think all the bands in our lineup are awesome, and when you see them, we’d be willing to bet you’d agree.
(click on the band name to go to their Facebook page)
For the music collector, independent record sellers are indispensable. Sadly, they are slowly disappearing in America. With the advent of mega-stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, who are able to sell recorded music for extremely low prices, it is almost impossible for the little record shops to compete. Plus the internet and the mp3 player have convinced people that there is no longer a need for actual hard copies of musical compositions. But we think the mom-and-pop record stores still have great value, and Sonic is our way of showing them our love and support. They still are the favorite hangouts, not only of record collectors, but also of bands, musicians, and music enthusiasts far and wide, who rejoice to be within their walls. Now we are bringing them out of those walls and out into the open to celebrate their greatness.
“Long live independent record stores! In my youth the record store was a place of discovery, a place you could spend hours scouring the aisles for new music to explore. With vinyl making a comeback, that feeling can be rediscovered. I’ve even heard of some new stores opening up. Plus it’s not just about vinyl–cassette tapes too! Get away from the keyboard and head down to Sonic to see your favorite record stores all in one place!” ~Tim Pyles, host of the Local 94/9.
Known for their incredible live show, stellar harmonies and “genre-bending” sound, rock quintet The New Limb are one of a kind. Their approach to music, both creatively and professionally, is as genuine as it is impressive. Pulling influences from a century’s worth of song writers, The New Limb truly has a unique but familiar sound. With comparisons spanning from Arcade Fire to the Zombies to Stars to the Shins it would be challenging for any other modern Indie band to find it’s place in today’s listeners’ iTunes collection.
Originally from Costa Mesa, The New Limb released their debut album “Sounds People Can Hear,” produced by Tom Mgrdichian, in April 2010. It has since been recognized nation-wide with comments like: “This is a band that could probably find themselves at Coachella or Bonnarroo…. A lofty statement sure, but this band is indeed this good.” (absolutepunk.net) “I caught The New Limb when they opened for Miniature Tigers and Freelance Whales… and they stole the show.” (creamteam.tv)
The New Limb currently resides in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and is working on their next full-length album with producers Nolan Sipe and Ryan Petersen. Fans are already excited about new songs “Tell Us Your Name” and “Refugees”, being featured live online and at shows. Gaining fans across the country with their catchy hooks, driving rhythms, four part harmonies and flawless arrangements, The New Limb has already begun what will prove to be a very successful career in music.
Fresh off of show dates with Grouplove. Eve 6, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Colourist is made up of Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar), Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), Kollin Johannsen (guitar, bass), and Justin Wagner (bass, keys). The pop-fueled, indie-bred rock band (who, ironically, are not from the UK) first came together in the off-hours of an industrial warehouse in Orange County, where guitarist Adam Castilla and drummer Maya Tuttle made a last-minute decision to take on vocals — a choice that led to unintentionally discovering the guy/girl harmonic chemistry that would shape the band’s bright, anthemic signature sound.
Bullet & Snowfox is the musical lovechild of Kristen Wagner and Josh Shapiro. What began as a “casual encounters” ad on Craigslist has quickly evolved into LA’s hottest dance party. With influences ranging from Siouxsie and the Banshees and Blondie to Elastica and Garbage, they have created a unique brand of dance-rock with an infectious energy that can’t be stopped. Their combination of intoxicating synth-pop beats, aggressive guitar hooks and piss and vinegar attitude guarantees an ass shaking good time whenever these savages are around.
In 2009, Kristen and Josh teamed up with Manimal Vinyl’s own dance producer, Baron von Luxxury (Little Boots, Glass Candy), to begin crafting their self-titled debut EP. After attending the duo’s first live show in 2010, drummer Matteo Eyia hopped on board and together, they have been wowing crowds with a blazing hot set all over Southern California ever since. This fiery threesome, joined on stage by bass player Dave Hawkins, have made their mark playing festivals such as KCRW’s Bloomfest LA in 2010 and 2011, famed LA venues including Bardot, Viper Room and Silverlake Lounge and took to the runway with a performance at LA Fashion Week 2011 at Sunset Gower Studios. Their electro-pop-rock sounds have also been heard pulsing out of television sets with music featured on MTV and The CW. The blogosphere tastemakers have taken note, creating a viral buzz that is undeniable. The Culture of Me writes “The songs are truly the real deal and the center of the story. It’s punk, it’s new wave, it’s dance, it’s pretty brilliant and still hard edged… and boy is it fun.”
Currently, Bullet & Snowfox are spending their days writing and recording their forthcoming full-length album as they continue to hit the stages of Southern California’s most rockin’ venues. These scoundrels have already taken L.A. by storm and show no signs of slowing down. So grab some dancing shoes and a pack of your favorite smokes because just like any good sexual encounter, Bullet & Snowfox will leave you satisfied and craving a cigarette.
The New Kinetics garage-y post-punk swagger & infectious melodic hooks bring an allure reminiscent of Exile era Stones. Birdy’s vocals soar in an inferno of ’60s brit rock influence evidence of Reilly’s guitar, Leslie’s bass and Bonser’s drumming. A dynamite live show that’ll keep you coming back.
The New Kinetics were formed when Birdy became tired of writing solo and started playing with Brian (Hotel St George). When the two had a few tunes put together they went on the hunt for a proper drummer. After trying out a LOT of drummers they played with Jon (Death on Mars), and it was an immediate fit. The band was walking through the park one day talking about how they needed a bass player when suddenly they heard a loud crash. They ran towards the Museum of Man in Balboa Park when they saw a girl taking on 9 ninjas armed with swords all at the same time. After she had defeated them the band asked her if she also played bass. She said she did and Leslie joined the band.
While playing extensively in the San Diego area, the band recorded and released an EP, “Rock and Roll Has Got to Go,” in late 2010. Their first full-length album, Contact, was released on September 27, 2011.
What happens when you mix forty strings, a meadowlark, a basket of garden vegetables, and a cup of warm tea with a shot of honey? Most likely you’d end up with a young imaginative girl from the mountains of California named Kelsea Little, and her faithful sidekick Neil. By the way, Neil is a five foot-tall harp.
Kelsea began taking harp lessons around the corner from her childhood home at just 8 years old. She moved through school excelling in literary and musical studies, and her interests eventually gravitated toward songwriting. After a successful three year run with her first band, The Wrong Trousers of YouTube fame, she has recently emerged onto the indie folk scene as a solo artist and is making quite an impression already.
While often compared to Regina Spektor and Joanna Newsom, Kelsea has a style all her own. With honest, enticing lyrics and an ear for evocative melodies, her music is relatable and yet excitingly brand new at the same time. Even more enchanting than her songs is her stage presence. She speaks so colloquially with each new audience that, after seeing her live, you may have the strange feeling that you just made a new best friend. And if you told her, she’d probably oblige.
In 2010, Kelsea released a self-recorded album, “Art vs. Craft,” a whimsical collection of experimental recordings from her early years of songwriting. On November 29, 2012, she released her first professionally recorded full-length LP, Personal Myth. With its much fuller sound, reflects Kelsea’s maturation as a musician, but the unique way in which she views the world will certainly still shine through each track.
Kelsea and her new backing band, The 78s, have just returned from a successful west coast tour and are finishing up work on a video for her song, “Now is All We Have.”
If you have rocking guitars and ’80s keyboards reverberating in your ears, one fab guy and two fashionable girls sparkling in your eyes, chances are you’re at a show of San Diego’s newest new new wave band, The Very. Consisting of Phil Inzunza (guitar/lead vocals), Lex Pratt (keyboard/vocals), and Diana Death (bass/vocals), the band takes their name from an oft-quoted line in the dark comedy Heathers: “you are so very….”
The Very’s music is inspired equally by brooding teen angst and nostalgic cool. Their sound is full of elements from the past and present with a wide range of influences, from the Pixies to the B-52′s. The Very’s lyrics, which are generated organically according to the mood of the music, are playful and purposely nonsensical, but deeply passionate, edgy, and clever enough to keep you interested and wanting more
Formed in 2009 by principal songwriters and romantic pairing Phil and Lex, the duo had a musical vision of catchy, retro-modern tunes that were to be both dark and fun. Sick of the modern offshoots of 90′s grunge, they focused on composing anti-power chord rock songs. Their vision became reality with the addition of rhythm section rebels Diana and Gigo Marquez on drums. The band released their debut album of anthemic, new-new wave tunes through local indie label Aural Gravy Records. Entitled The Discovery, it dropped on April 5, 2011.
Now a threesome (Gigo left the band in the winter), The Very are currently writing songs for their upcoming sophomore album.
This Time With FEELING is a four piece indie rock band from Orange County, CA. With heights ranging from the down to earth 5’4″ to the mountainous 6’3″ and everywhere in between, they’ve begun to carve themselves a comfortable niché in the Southern California music scene. They’ve played the beaches of San Diego! The beaches of Orange County! The beaches of Los Angeles! Did we mention they like beaches?
Nearly internationally renowned for the voluptuous bass stylings of Tony Dean, the coveted, sensual percussion of drummist Matthew Craven, the keys and guitars and stuff of Eliot Cossaboom, and the unexplainable guitar playing and introspective cooing of Ali Coyle, it’s unbelievable that you can see these guys whenever you want. I mean, really!
They’re preparing to release a new face-melting rollercoaster into the jaws of rock! New EP, coming soon! Be on the look out!
Born of the stacked suburban boxes of southern California, Tan Sister Radio, its 20-year old members known colloquially as Sadie, Eye Lid Kid, Dirty Girl, and Mr. Landis, were weened on Westerberg, danced with Dylan, and spent their sleepless teen years staring at their eyelids with Al Green singing them sweetly in love, but they now write songs for the latter generation, and for nearly half a decade they have been forcing Dirty Projectors or Sonic Youth or the White Stripes into their mold. They always look to the music to be their giving mother and guiding father, their toy and their gun. They’ve locked themselves in hot rehearsal rooms, headlined shows in their garage for the neighborhood girls, toured dirty floors, and shifty stages up and down the west coast.
“Music with an imagination, a crazed drive through the backwoods of a huge sleeping city, Tan Sister Radio seems to write the songs you didn’t know you needed to hear but after you do you need to hear them again. This band is a car wreck, an asylum escape, a burning field of your dreams” -James Otwest (Razzle Dazzle Records)