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Singer/songwriter's "Alternative Facts" finds footing online

A few seeds of humanity from Matthew Stewart

“The phrase ‘alternative facts’ immediately hit me as being very Orwellian,” says Matthew Stewart, who used the phrase coined by presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway as both title and topic of a new tune currently popping ...

Tchaikovsky's 4th at San Diego Symphony

A stunning comeback

Super Bowl Sunday was one of the greatest comeback performances in history. After a shaky start the team came together and finished like the champions they are. I speak not of the selfish and immature ...

Drummer's revenge

Caskitt kills the frontman, sings from behind the kit

There aren’t many bands with lead singers who drum. The list includes “Phil Collins, Don Henley, [the Band’s] Levon Helm, and the guy from the Romantics. I watched all the biographical documentaries on those guys. ...

Stop humming and learn math

Music is a map of consciousness but that's not very productive

“Music stays the same across time but also transforms across time and it is full of layered patterns and the patterns interact harmoniously with one another. I was fascinated with music because it gives people ...

Rob Thorsen plays benefit For Music in Schools

...and other jazz happenings in San Diego this week

Monday 6The jazz week begins with a free, noon-time concert by the Gilbert Castellanos Trio at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street.) All ages… Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich plays “acoustic fusion” with a ...

Classical music doesn’t care if you think it is long and boring

Immature and Selfish, the bill has come due

Immature and selfish. Are there any two more undesirable attributes? You might say cruel and unfeeling but cruel and unfeeling are just different iterations of immature and selfish. As positive as I feel I’ve tried ...

Record-release roundup for February

San Diego bands with new music coming out this month

Two years after their debut full-length, Hideout’s sophomore album, So Many Hoops, So Little Time, is due February 3 via Small Plates Records, preceded by singles for “Doctor” and “I Got Your Message.” 500 vinyl ...

Stories from NAMM

Music Merchants madness

The annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention just wrapped in Anaheim, and San Diego musicians were well represented, as performers, consumers, and product endorsers. Guitarist Wayne Riker has been attending the convention for ...

Big wall realities

Mexican-American artist Cruz Radical on thumping Trump with punk

The October record-release show for Cruz Radical’s self-titled album at the Whistle Stop had one snafu: no vinyl. “We held out hope until the last minute they would show up. Part of it was our ...

Punk-rock Patriots

Dave Smalley and Down By Law will rock Soda Bar on Super Bowl Sunday

Dave Smalley is about to roll through San Diego with the same line-up of Down by Law that played on 1994’s Punkrockacademyfightsong. The band has gone through its fair share of membership fluctuations over the ...

Peak performance on the horizon at San Diego Symphony

What the hell are we all doing?

Have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself, “What the hell are we all doing?” It’s a legitimate question. What are we all doing and who decided gold is valuable? Every morning when we ...

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