Helen Zhao

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots @ La Jolla Playhouse

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots @ La Jolla Playhouse

In 2001, the Flaming Lips released an album with a rather curious name: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. From November 6 – December 16, 2012, the album and two other albums—the Soft Bulletin (1999) and At War with the Mystics (2006)—from the Flaming Lips came to life in a musical of the same name at […]

 Helen Zhao

INTERVIEW: Joshua Radin

INTERVIEW: Joshua Radin

After Joshua Radin picked up his first guitar at age 30, it didn’t take long before his songs began appearing on popular television shows and in films. His fourth studio album, Underwater, marks some significant lifetime experiences—finding inspirational peace his first time immersing himself underwater since age four and fulfilling a childhood dream of traveling […]

 Helen Zhao

Jason Mraz @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – 9/29/2012

Jason Mraz @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – 9/29/2012

I’ve been belting Jason Mraz ballads for a long time. They always seem to roll right off the tip of your tongue—easily accessible when you feel like singing. When singing, words come out in melody as lines of poetry—a rare occasion when actively expressing oneself (oftentimes in the privacy of one’s home or vehicle) to […]

 Helen Zhao

Amon Tobin @ House of Blues – San Diego 9/27/2012

Amon Tobin @ House of Blues – San Diego 9/27/2012

Amon Tobin is another Wizard of Oz—just a regular guy behind an astonishing display—with the tools and machine-power to bring an element of hypnosis to his show on September 27 at the San Diego House of Blues. He hasn’t got a microphone, electric guitars, and a series of amplifiers. Instead, it’s just him and his […]

 Helen Zhao

Owl City @ House of Blues – San Diego – 9/22/2012

Owl City @ House of Blues – San Diego – 9/22/2012

Saturday at the House of Blues—in a dark intimate building in the middle of downtown San Diego—Adam Young, who goes by Owl City, managed to elevate his crowd into the starlit skies with songs off his fourth studio album, The Midsummer Station. From up there, the urban sprawl transforms into a dazzling needle bed of […]

 Helen Zhao

The Dirty Heads / Matisyahu @ Humphrey’s – 09/19/2012

The Dirty Heads / Matisyahu @ Humphrey’s  – 09/19/2012

The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu may lay claim to the same core genre of music—reggae—and share a stage from time to time as they did at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego on September 19, but as far as I can tell, the similarities end there. With the first day of fall three […]