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March 24, 2021

Hotel Lobby

By: Laurie Gallardo

Jessica Pyrdsa vividly recalls the turmoil that took place in the lobby of some fancy hotel in San Diego. Her boyfriend made an abrupt exit after an argument by driving off, leaving her to collect her shattered thoughts. It was a tear-soaked mess.

But my, what a conveniently-placed baby grand piano can do to therapeutically purge the soul. The song practically wrote itself because of the timeless scenario. Welcome to the oldest story in the book, rife with universal emotion that still cuts like a knife.

This was the birth of the single “Hotel Lobby” by Datura, the first official release from the forthcoming album slated for release this year. The album has been some years in the making, but songwriter and vocalist Pyrdsa is pulling the final pieces together to develop a more conceptual piece before letting it out into the world. You’ll have a chance to hear some of the new music when Datura performs on The Long Center’s Good Vibes Only streaming series, starting at 8 p.m. (Central) tonight, Wednesday March 24, at Luck Stream.


October 30, 2023


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October 28, 2023

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October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

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October 26, 2023

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October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.