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Tuesday, Mar 31
Doors 8pm / Show 8:20pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $12.00 general

DOORS: 8PM
SoKo: 9PM

Within every punk, there’s a kid who just wants to be loved. Armed with loss, heartbreak and a voice that cries for help, multitalented French enchantress Soko is the kind of rebel who gives out kisses instead of black eyes, who steals hearts instead of wallets, and gets trashed on tea instead of liquor. However, she won’t hesitate to wreak havoc and cartwheel on stage whenever she can, alternating between playing reverbed-out electric guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums and singing her heart out with total abandon.

Once a soft-spoken singer-songwriter, Soko’s music quickly caught up with her untamable persona. Three years after her debut album “I Thought I Was An Alien,” she has revamped her once innocent yet morbid folk into an insolent follow-up record, “My Dreams Dictate My Reality,” due March 2015. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (who also produced her favorite band, The Cure) the album features the hypnotic duet “Lovetrap” with friend and lo-fi wizard Ariel Pink.

Being a sensitive punk is no small task. For Soko, everyday is an exercise in balance. “I’m completely torn between needing to be strong and steady in my life, but then doomed with the curse to be a hypersensitive crybaby 24/7 and write all about the torment of being so. I’m an absolute control-freak, workaholic. I get depressed if I’m not constantly creating. I’ve always written from a place that feels vulnerable, about things that feel absolutely vital to me. Whether it is trying to understand what’s really going on in my head and heart, question my life’s purpose or enquiring about my fear of death. I want my songs to be a true reflection of my quirky mind, almost like taking a musical picture of what’s in my head and then pouring blood and sweat and tears all over my tracks so that it captures the feeling of my soul, cracked open and damaged goods.”

My Dreams Dictate My Reality brims with angst, shouts, and beautiful chaos throughout, but it’s clear from Soko’s pleas for redemption on “Temporary Mood Swings” that her volatility is the product of being “the victim of her own desire.” On “Peter Pan Syndrome,” she expresses a hyperawareness of her own mortality, her voice charged with a fiery resistance to growing old. Her intensity expresses more of a need to revert than revolt. Before she became a twenty-something punk, Soko was a self-assured adult at sixteen, courageously leaving her French village outside Bordeaux all on her own. She pursued an acting career that would eventually earn her César nominations and the Best Actress award at Mar Del Plata International Film Festival for her performance in the film Augustine. Her bold venture out into the world was the culmination of a childhood spent as an outsider and struggling to comprehend the losses she faced at an early age. Soko’s upcoming album is as much a confrontation of that dark past, as a manifestation of a new reality.

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Wednesday, Apr 1
Doors 5:30pm / Show 6:30pm
FREE

Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the controversial nationally syndicated daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha," and is a prolific editorial cartoonist. Lalo is currently a producer and writer on Seth MacFarlene's upcoming animated Fox program, "Bordertown." Lalo's recent books include "A Most Imperfect Union" graphic US history book with IIan Stavans, (2014 Perseus Books), and "Latino USA: A Cartoon History, 15th Anniversary Edition" (2012 by Basic Books). He heads the satirical website Pocho.com, and co-hosts KPFK Radio's satirical talk show, "The Pocho Hour of Power"

This event is presented by the UC San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Month Celebration Committee

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Friday, Apr 3
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Join us for the return of the Matt Hall BeBop Explosion featuring:

Rickey Woodard - tenor sax
Charlie Arbelaez - alto sax
Matt Hall - Trombone
Jason Shattil - piano
Rob Thosen - bass
Matt Smith - drums

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Friday, Apr 3
Doors 9:30pm / Show 10pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

"Few have the skill with words, the deftness with arrangement and the ambition with the sonic palette that Bryan John Appleby has. Even fewer are able to deliver both their words and their music with a voice that simultaneously expresses innocence and optimism on the one hand, and weary experience on the other." - Andrew Dubber (bandcamp)

Members: Bryan John Appleby; Jesse Hurlburt, Kyle Zantos, Joe Ruppert, and Cole Mauroembers

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Saturday, Apr 4
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students

This is a UCSD Student only show (with valid UCSD ID)!

Formed by singer and guitarist Isaiah Silva after his former band the Rambles dissolved, the Eeries was originally created as a songwriting outlet for the introverted songwriter. After working on material himself, he began to share his new work with friends, eventually teaming up with guitarist Brandon Sweeney, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Nadir Maraschin to form what would become the Eeries. The band found their career suddenly jump-started when the famous L.A. radio station KROQ added the unsigned band's first single, "Cool Kid," to the station's rotation. The alt-rock revivalists were quickly snapped up by Interscope Records, picking up famous fans like Gerard Way and Courtney Love as they went.

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Monday, Apr 6
Doors 4pm / Show 4pm
FREE

Come join the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) for a social mixer! 4pm to 6pm, FREE, with food and beverages available through Zanzibar at The Loft, UCSD.

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Monday, Apr 6
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

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Tuesday, Apr 7
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

The UCSD Department of Music, in collaboration with The Graduate Student Association, UCSD, kick off Spring Fest 2015, showcasing:

Open Loose ft. Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, 9pm

The Marks Brothers (Mark Dresser and Mark Helias), 8:30pm

Kyle Motl and Tommy Babin (duo), 7:30pm

Open Loose Bio:

Open Loose has toured the US, Australia and Europe during the last 15 years.

Open Loose has released six CDs -
“Come Ahead Back” (1998)
“New School” (2001).
“Verbs of Will” (2004),
“Atomic Clock” (2006),
“Strange Unison” (2008)
“Explicit” (2011) on French label, Futura Marge

http://www.markhelias.com/

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Wednesday, Apr 8
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE

The UCSD Department of Music, in collaboration with The Graduate Student Association, UCSD, present Spring Fest 2015, Day 2, featuring:

Trio Set (8:30pm)
Josh Charney - piano
Andrew Munsey - drums
Kyle Motl - bass

Ensemble Set (9:30pm)
Drew Ceccato - saxes
Peter Kuhn - saxes
Josh Charney - piano
Tommy Babin - bass
Kyle Motl - bass
Andrew Munsey - drums
Nathan Hubbard - percussion

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Friday, Apr 10
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Brazilian singer, songwriter, and actress, Thalma de Freitas was born into a home filled with music and creativity, as the daughter of famed maestro Laercio de Freitas. Access to such a musical upbringing proved to be instrumental in shaping De Frietas's ear at an early age. As crooner in Rio’s legendary big band Orquestra Imperial, De Freitas’ silky and sensual voice captured the very essence of samba. In her stunning San Diego debut, Thalma will illuminate the many spectacular and beautiful nations that Brazil contains through her music, paying special attention to its African roots. From the terreiros of Candomble (birthplace of the modern samba) to the apocalyptic jazz visions of Jose Mauro and Tim Maia’s Racional, she will be our enchanting guide to the other Brazil.

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12
Icons: Bites; ArtTalks! After Parties

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Saturday, Apr 11
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

A Bay area native and a New Orleans rapper come together to bring you the best fell-good music around. Pell and Kehlani have both learned resilience, Pell when Hurricane Katrine hit Louisiana, and he had to flee with his family during devastating times, and Kehlani when a knee injury kept her from pursing ballet and instead got her into making music. A hip-hop artist and R&B/Soul singer on the same night? You can't miss this one.

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Tuesday, Apr 14
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Jim Black & Friends features:
Oscar Noriega - reeds
Anthony Burr - clarinets
Erkki Veltheim - violin
Mark Dresser - bass
Jim Black - drums

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Thursday, Apr 16
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Jazz aficionados welcome the dawning of the next generations of talented musicians who boldly stride into progressive territory. Among the most important young jazz stars in that vein is vibraphonist Warren Wolf. An incredible multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums and piano since age three, Wolf is also following in the footsteps of vibraphone masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective (both of whom precede him in the vibes chair). “Warren Wolf appears on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist” (Jazz Times). With his talented Wolfpack in tow, jazz fans are certain to be drawn in by the magnetism of Wolf and his impressive musicality.

Quote: “My dad played vibraphones, drums, and piano. As a young child I saw him doing it and I just decided to copy him. I got good at it, so he started giving me lessons at the age of 3 and I played my first professional concert at 5. “
- WARREN WOLF

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12

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Monday, Apr 20
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

From Los Angeles / Brooklyn

Kneebody ft.
Adam Benjamin
Shane Endsley
Kaveh Rastegar
Ben Wendel
Nate Wood

Special Guests Matthew Smith & Juice Box

Bio:
Kneebody blends a hip hop beat and swagger with the forceful certainty and conviction of rock...tied it up with steady collective improvisation and an obsession with structure.

"Not a lot of extended solos just a tight, shifting musical landscape of emotionally charged texture and tempo rendered with extraordinary musicianship and technical precision.

http://kneebody.com/

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Tuesday, Apr 21
Doors 3:30pm / Show 4pm
FREE

Join us for the GSA Community Awards Ceremony, honoring top UCSD graduate students who have made an outstanding difference in our community.

Social Mixer: 3:30pm / FREE
Awards Ceremony: 4:00pm / FREE

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Tuesday, Apr 21
Doors 6pm / Show 6pm
FREE

Join us for a fun and free Social Mixer presented by the Advance Professional Degree Consulting Club, UCSD.

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Wednesday, Apr 22
Doors 8pm / Show 2:30am
FREE UCSD students / $5.00 general

LA native Zak Waters is a young, multi-talented singer/songwriter and producer who has his biggest song out to date in the UK (as of September) with DJ giant 'Madeon' called “The City.” "

The City" hit #1 on Hype Machine within 3 days of its release. MtvBuzzworthy.com wrote, “The L.A. musician's new jams sound like Foster the People getting pumped with Maroon 5, all high-energy Saturday-night synths and soulful, Adam Levine-y vocals.”

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Saturday, Apr 25
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $5.00 general

Huj throws the CD release concert of the year, with an outstanding line up that features San Diego local favorites, The Frights, along with up and coming ndie artist, Paper Days.

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Thursday, May 7
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend.

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Monday, May 11
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE

The ladies are back!!!! Bitchy Bingo has quickly become one of the most anticipated and attended events at The Loft, so youre going to want to come early! The infamous drag show is punctuated by games of bingo, which gives 3 lucky people a chance to win cool prizes. Come join us for an evening of fun, laughter, games and entertainment that is sure to make you LOL.

Doors: 8:00PM
Show: 8:30PM

FREE

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Friday, May 15
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Do you have a talent you want the world to see? Then, come to You at the Loft and share it with us!

Don't have a talent, but want to watch others perform? The, come on by for some great food from Zanzibar and catch some great performances!

If you're interested in performing, email avpconcerts@ucsd.edu to guarantee your spot!

We welcome all performances including music, comedy, spoken word, rants, and everything else!

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Friday, May 15
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

The symbiotic convergence of music and art. Not just music as art, but when art is at the crux of every step of the musical process, to the point where sonic elements ooze with a visual journey of the mind; a multisensory experience. San Francisco electro dream-pop duo Cathedrals, whose debut Cathedrals EP came out in September on Neon Gold Records, is a product of this very concept.

A lot has gone right for this band thus far, especially the release of the Cathedrals EP on Neon Gold Records. The label, owned and operated by MSMR frontwoman Lizzy Plapinger, has quickly become a go-to label for budding electro-pop artists. Neon Gold caught wind of Cathedrals’ first single, “Unbound” on Hype Machine. “Next thing you know, we’re at Dolores Park (a classic San Francisco hill-top urban park) with Lizzy, talking about music and sharing our dreams,” says Hwin.

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Saturday, May 16
Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm
FREE

Salsa Night at The Loft returns!

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Monday, May 18
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $12.00 general

The Loft is bringing you another awesome show with two bands that you will fall in love with!

Tickets to go on-sale soon.
UCSD Student: $6
General: $12

Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm

PRIDES Bio

Prides are a Scottish synthpop band formed in Glasgow in 2013. Made up of Stewart Brock (piano, lead vocals), Callum Wiseman (guitar, piano, vocals) and Lewis Gardiner (drums). On the 17th of February 2014, the band released the EP named "The Seeds You Sow" which contains 3 songs. Their song Out of the Blue is in FIFA 15.

Magic Giant Bio

Like a banjo player and a DJ rocking a club show in a barn, Magic Giant is a band on a mission to move bodies and souls. The group kicked off 2015 with a performance on KEXP hosted by John Richards (credited for discovering The Lumineers' "Ho Hey"). They have since been featured on Spotify's New Music Tuesday, Billboard for 'Artist on the Verge,' and NPR's Songs We Love, which proclaimed, "This L.A. indie-folk band has a summer festival anthem on its hands."

The trio just wrapped up self-producing its debut EP, notably featuring Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band and Spencer Ludwig of Capital Cities. The band's communal live shows are inspired by experiential groups like The Grateful Dead and events like Woodstock. Described by some as "rave-folk," Magic Giant has been turning clubs into dance parties on their maiden US headline tour, concluding with a full house at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Magic Giant continues to build a reputation for its anthemic sing-alongs, blending organic instruments with big drums and electronic beats. The band is composed of Austin Bis on lead vocals; Zambricki Li on banjo, mandolin, and fiddle; and Brian Zaghi on upright bass and acoustic guitar.

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Wednesday, May 20
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Akiko Tsuruga Bio ~

AKIKO has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since 2001. Being of Japanese origin, this talented musician began playing the Organ at the age of three. She launched her career in jazz immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While living in Osaka, she had opportunities to play with world-renowned jazz
musicians from the United States. Grady Tate, in particular, had the strongest influence on her professional career and convinced her to move to the U. S, and performed on her
Japanese debut album. Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of Akiko’s greatest mentors, and she considers him as her biggest influence.

Early in her New York career, she had the great pleasure to play several gigs with Frank Wess and Jimmy Cobb. While she has made a great reputation performing with her own band, she has also enhanced her name on the jazz scene playing with Lou Donaldson at Carnegie Hall, as well as jazz festivals and jazz clubs all over the world, including tours in Japan. Going to Europe with Lou Donaldson has become an annual event for her since 2012.

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Friday, May 29
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $12.00 general

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Born in July 2010
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Mikey Maramag - Production, Samples, Instrumentation
Hometown
Honolulu, Hawaii
Record Label
Om Records/Lavish Habits
Affiliation
Affiliated with Vibes
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All songs and images are owned by Mikey Maramag unless otherwise noted.
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Mikey Maramag - byebyeblackbirdx@gmail.com

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Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of San Francisco-based wünderkind Mikey Maramag. His unique style of dreamy folktronica recalls influences from all ends of the musical spectrum; deeply textured, hypnotic songs pay homage to psychedelic pop the likes of Caribou and Washed Out, while the warmth of analogue instrumentation spliced with digital artifacts hints at contemporaries James Blake, Four Tet and Mount Kimbie.

Anthemic, dream-driven themes inspire Blackbird Blackbird's work, where layers of electronic texture drape over organic sounds and ghostly vocals. Within elongated song structures, Blackbird Blackbird harnesses thematic elements of dynamism and composition to create depth and complexity, while never losing sight of his pop sensibilities.

Blackbird Blackbird's debut album Summer Heart was lauded by modern tastemakers, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Fader, XLR8R, Rcrdlbl, and more. Recently returning from a whirl-wind European tour, Blackbird Blackbird has been signed to the Lavish Habits imprint out of San Francisco. His upcoming Boracay Planet EP features remixes from the likes of American bass music virtuoso Grenier (aka DJ G) and Atlanta’s foremost proprietor of rave music, Distal. This highly-anticipated EP is slated for release October 16 2012.
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Saturday, May 30
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Soda Pants is a group of young, talented folk-rock virtuosos. The group formed at UCSD in March 2012 when musicians Erin Bower, Will Chapman, Mike Sierks, and Grady Kestler met and entered the Battle of the Bands. The folk rock four-piece began touring across the west coast, opening for eclectic acts such as Matt & Kim, Capital Cities, Portugal the Man, Andrew McMahon, the Mowglis, Youngblood Hawke, Run River North, and many more. Soda Pants was later given the San Diego Music Award for Best New Artist in 2013, opened for Conan O' Brien during a visit to UCSD, and received airplay on 102.1 KPRI, 94.9 FM, and 88.1 KPFZ.

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