Blurt: San Diego Music News

Summer records by San Diego bands

The season's start sees new releases by Big Bloom, Kneehighs, and Freedom Fries

Country Rockin’ Rebels will play two release parties for Ride Rebel Ride, with an acoustic set at Rosie O’Grady’s July 1 and an electric gig at Mother’s Saloon on July 22. Levi Dean & the ...

Janey's deeper tensions

The Tree Ring's Joel P. West finds a future in film

“Joel was once the director of photography on a film about a guy who had a watermelon for a head,” filmmaker Jared Callahan tells me by phone from Atlanta. Joel P. West, member of local ...

Day of the dolphins

Insect Surfers out to save the vaquita with surf-rocking shark guitars

“Vaquita? Tastes like chicken,” quips Insect Surfers founder David Arnson, who studied marine biology before forming “Planet earth’s longest-running modern surf band” in Washington, D.C.’s mid-’70s alternative-rock scene. After we reconnect at a private Surfers/Sand ...

Moshing with Methodists

Church sets up a hardcore hangout called the Industry in Chula Vista

The most surprising thing about last Friday’s “Mosh for Orlando” show in Chula Vista wasn’t that local punks played for free for the Pulse/Orlando victims, it’s that it was held by a church. And moshing ...

San Diego Opera Maestro remembered

Edoardo Müller was willing to send a message in opera

Years and years ago, a famous opera singer was singing a famous aria from a famous opera during an orchestral dress rehearsal. When the aria ended the music continued but that appeared to be an ...

Alt-rock jock Hilary Chambers returns to 91X

DJ musical chairs or is FM 94/9 not "about the music" anymore?

Is it a case of DJ musical chairs or a key player jumping off of a sinking ship? Hilary Chambers, who just uses her first name on the air, started as a local alt-rock DJ ...

Peter Kuhn Trio record-release party

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 28-July 3

Tuesday 28 There’s an All-Star Trumpet Summit at KSDS Jazz Live (14th & C streets) featuring Bobby Shew, Chuck Findley, Steve Huffsteter, and Ron Stout, with Mike Wofford, Dean Hulett, and Duncan Moore at 8 ...

Macbeth and Verdi

The Scottish play in operatic form

Macbeth is opening at The Old Globe this weekend and it has me thinking about musical settings of Shakespeare. Besides Goethe, Shakespeare is the most influential author in classical music. Perhaps Shakespeare supersedes Goethe’s influence. ...

A ban on all music for the glory of Islam?

Fundamental threat to music

As a musical apologist — and I am certainly more of an apologist than a critic — I often have ideas about how to get great music into the ears of more people. Once it’s ...

Horse with no permit

Former GG Allin bandmate talks busking in San Diego

“Federal law says we can busk, ’cause we’re entertaining for tips, not panhandling, or begging,” says Brian Demers, who used to play guitar in GG Allin’s hard-rock band Malpractice but now can be found busking ...

Bi this song by Alicia Champion

New single about bisexuality may not be a hit with the LGBT community

Alicia Champion knew she was bisexual from a young age. “When I was nine or ten [years old], I remember watching Power Rangers,” she recalls. “I had a crush on the pink ranger but was ...

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