Blurt Music News

Rob Thorsen's bass is the space

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 22-28

Monday 22 Brass quartets are a bit unusual, but the Westerlies will blow into town with Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpets and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombones for a show ...

When Bird calls...

Joshua White's had a busy 2016 and getting busier

Pianist Joshua White’s year has been a whirlwind of opportunities, which began when he was drafted into a European tour with award-winning saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa last October and concluded last week when he finished his ...

Harley's hobby

The scariest band in the land, Deadbolt, getting busy again

I told Deadbolt frontman Harley Davidson that the funniest line I’d ever heard uttered by a rocker onstage was at Belly Up. His voodoobilly band was playing to a full house at the Solana Beach ...

Planets realigned

Jazzy hip-hop trio Digable Planets reunite, tour

Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, having spent many years with the psychedelic hiphop team Shabazz Palaces, reunited with his earlier band, Digable Planets, for their first tour since 2005. They land at Belly Up on August 20. ...

Welcome to the Pearsphere

New Orleans punk four-piece sets up at Soda Bar on Saturday

New Orleans–based quartet Pears is a modern spin on the punk bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s — groups such as the Victims Family, Nomeansno, and My Name, bands that employed the Minutemen’s ...

John Blackwood McEwen: Outlaw or composer?

The esoteric pick of the week is back

John Blackwood McEwen was a Scottish drifter who killed nine men in gunfights between 1889 and 1895. He was the scourge of the New Mexico territory and finally had his neck stretched in 1899. He ...

The Don(ald) Giovanni

Don Giovanni abuser of power at Opera Neo

It’s been an operatic week in mid-August. There was Opera Wednesday, then on Thursday I went to The Elixir of Love at Point Loma Opera Theatre, and on Saturday night I caught Don Giovanni presented ...

Cecile McLorin Salvant and the International Academy of Jazz at Embarcadero South

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 17-21

Wednesday 17 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos has two gigs at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) beginning at 6 p.m. when he hosts the Young Lions Series on the patio and continuing inside at 8:30 when he ...

Pt. Loma Opera performed The Elixir of Love

...and the puppies went on a romp through Donizetti’s comedic gem

The Elixir of Love by Donizetti is a bel canto opera, except when it’s not. Sometimes it’s not bel canto and it’s just opera. The most present understanding of bel canto is based on the ...

A return to Opera Wednesday

Old musical friends and new discoveries in La Jolla

I haven’t been to an Opera Wednesday in quite some time, so I went on over to the La Jolla Community Center on Wednesday night and listened to four solid singers sing three pieces each. ...

"I Like It Small" of Mudhoney's latest, Vanishing Point

"One True Love"

Astra Kelly live from Higher Ground

"When I Go"

...from Joel Rafael's new album, Baladista


Official Dumb Numbers video, directed by David Yow

"Just a Girl" No Doubt, played live at Global Citizen 2015

"My Favorite Things"

Mary Poppins meets John Coltrane on Peter Sprague's take of the classic track

"Just Give Me a Call" of Josh Damigo's latest — and SDMA-nominated — I Will Be There

"Teenage Love Gone Wrong" Subsurfer, off of their Devil's Lounge album

Pat Hilton's Gigtown jingle

...a mobile app jingle contestant

Shotgun Tom on the air 136KGB circa 1972

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