Front Pages


Published:

(page 1 of 6)

Backtrack Band

THE GUYS in local breakout band Augustana had dreams of signing with a major recording label. They just didn’t expect to ink the deal with Epic Records so soon. The early-twentysomething band members were living in Del Mar and cultivating local fans with gigs at college parties and clubs like Epicentre and Soma. They’d also worked their way up to a standing slot at House of Blues. Still, their 2005 Epic debut album, All the Stars and Boulevards, didn’t receive the attention they’d hoped for.

“We had to work our way backward and build a fan base,” says Jared Palomar. For the past two years, they’ve done just that, opening for hugely successful groups Snow Patrol, Counting Crows, The Fray, Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot (another local breakthrough band). Appearances on the late-night TV circuit and The Ellen Degeneres Show further fueled album sales, and their smash hit “Boston” climbed to the number-two spot on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown.


After an East Coast tour this summer with O.A.R, Augustana will start recording their highly anticipated follow-up record, Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt. Amid all that, they’ll squeeze in visits home for burritos (those at Mexico Viejo’s are a band favorite) and beach trips. And maybe an impromptu concert? “I want to do an acoustic show at the Belly Up,” says Palomar.

More »Related Stories

Shop for a Cause!

Della, a supercute and socially responsible fashion line from West Africa, hits stores July 8

The Art of Saving Animals

San Diego artist helps special needs and senior pets find a home

Remembering Tony Gwynn

San Diego Magazine says goodbye to one of our most prolific athletes.

Most Popular

  1. Best of San Diego Party
    The Best of San Diego Party features unlimited food samplings paired with wine, beer and cocktails plus live entertainment
  2. FIRST LOOK: The Patio on Goldfinch
    The Patio on Goldinch opens in Mission Hills with twin plant walls, aiming for LEED certification.
  3. The Best of Ensenada
  4. FIRST LOOK: Don Chido
    RMD Group and chef Antonio Friscia partner to open Don Chido in San Diego's Gaslamp
  5. Win an Ensenada Weekend Getaway
    From golf to spa, win one of four amazing weekends in Ensenada
  6. The Ultimate Fourth of July Guide
    Festivals, food, and fireworks—the essential combination for celebrating Independence Day in San Diego. Here’s what’s happening around town this weekend.

Promotions

Best of Ensenada 2013

Where to eat, drink, sleep & play

Hawaii: Island Fresh

A handy guide to Hawaii's farmers markets

Connect With Us: