Of Note

The restless mind of Sonny Smith

SanFran band Sonny & the Sunsets brings Moods Baby Moods to Soda Bar

Sonny Smith seems like one of those individuals who has no trouble whatsoever bending people to their various whims. One example: half a dozen years ago, the Bay Area author/songwriter/filmmaker invented 100 bands, none of ...

Mundell Lowe and television jazz

San Diego notable plays a freebie at the Handlery

An 80-year gig: jazz-guitarist Mundell Lowe was with Peggy Lee at the White House in 1970; he played Playboy Jazz in the ’80s when it still meant something; spent years as music director with the ...

Before there was reggae there was reggay — and there was Toots

Toots & the Maytals take the stage at the Observatory Wednesday night

Toots and the Maytals have been coming around for so long now that news of their arrival is taken in stride, much like the way one might embrace a change of season or impending weather. ...

Acid-funk Allstars

Greyboy, Denson, Vokab, Belly Up

Doubtless that anybody in the Green Circle Bar in San Diego in 1993 heard a future Rolling Stone when the house deejay introduced his latest project, a collaborative between the turntables and live music he ...

Junk-shop glam band Giuda

Rockers from Rome touring behind their latest, Speaks Evil

This band Giuda is for real. No, not a sardonic comedy act, although when I first heard them I thought they were jesting a couple of my favorite eras in pop music — punk and ...

It's a new Nada day

New Yorkers Nada Surf continue their alt-rock ride

They got older. And as a band, they got better. But, where does Nada Surf fit into the bigger picture today? There’s good argument that Nada Surf is a one-hit wonder. Lightning struck only once ...

Hello, my name is Tom Brosseau

One-time local folkie returns to play Java Joe's

And now, here’s Tom Brosseau on the radio, on NPR, and while a listener does not straightaway recognize the cadence and distinct voice, there comes that smile of recognition when the identity is finally laid ...

The Guitar Shorty story

The backflipping bluesman from Texas

David William Kearney, from Houston, tells many entertaining stories about music-industry luminaries such as Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy and Guitar Slim, and for all I know, they’re true. Even though his own star never ...

Texas Music Hall of Famer Augie Meyers

Keyboard great joins Action Andy & the Hi-Tones at Ken Club Saturday night

The keyboard player from a long-defunct San Antonio band digs deep into his memories to come up with the last time he played San Diego. “I think it was back in the ’90s,” says Augie ...

The Funk Ark lands in San Diego

D.C.'s global funk journey makes a stop at Soda Bar Sunday night

Don’t let the name the Funk Ark fool you. Taken together, the words funk and ark imply some kind of salvage of the old-school (James Brown, P-Funk, Maceo Parker). Not the case. The Funk Ark ...

"Right Time"

...off of Nikki Lane's new one All or Nothin'

"Desperate Heart"

...from Gram Rabbit's Welcome to the Country album

New Orleans Suspects

...live onstage at SPACE

"Flavor"

...by Twin Peaks off of their sophomore record Wild Onion

"Run to the Hills"

Steve 'n' Seagulls perform the Maiden classic live

"Waves"

...the Aristocrats, a live performance

"Hello"

...by the Teagan Taylor Band...after a snack...in the kitchen

"The Swimmer"

...off of the Toronto trios post-core sophomore set Metz II

"Jenny Says"

...by Cowboy Mouth

"Multi-Love"

From Unknown Mortal Orchestra's album of the same name.

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