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The band Hum continues to be led by Matt Talbott. (Hum publicity photo)

Review: Hum’s sound draws dedicated crowd to The Belly Up

Layla Marino October 18, 2015

The grunge and metal scenes of the 1990s produced many bands that gained purchase in the pop charts in a way previously unseen in indie music. Many of these groups, such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and The Red...

Helmet lead singer Page Hamilton performs with the band April 29 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Review: Helmet could’ve been more solid in Belly Up performance

Layla Marino May 18, 2015

The 1990s indie/grunge band Helmet burst onto the scene in 1990 with a sound that was completely different from most of the alternative rock bands of the time. With fast, driving guitars and heavy, intense...

The Juliana Hatfield Three perform to a modest but devoted crowd March 18 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Review: Juliana Hatfield Three prove they deserve brighter spotlight

Layla Marino April 20, 2015

Even in the 1990s, a period in indie music when there weren’t a lot of limits, Juliana Hatfield checked too many boxes to adhere to just one alt rock genre. Then again, she seemed like the Groucho Marx...

The Dead Kennedys’ raucous show at the Belly Up on Jan. 15 in Solana Beach attracted viral attention online. (Photo by Jesus Ruiz)

Review: Dead Kennedys’ punk style alive and relevant in 2015

Layla Marino February 12, 2015

The Dead Kennedys are a punk band from the 1980s with near legendary status. From their iconic rune-inspired logo to the antics of frenetic frontman Jello Biafra, this loud, hardcore and marginally silly...

Cracker lead singer David Lowery performs with the band Dec. 30 at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. (Photo by Layla Marino)

Cracker, Camper van Beethoven a perfect pairing at Belly Up

Layla Marino January 8, 2015

The Belly Up has done it again. You’d think this venue would be slowing down after having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, but December saw another fabulous lineup of shows, parties and charity...

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