Blurt: San Diego Music News

Riker's lifetime achievement

San Diego guitarist Wayne Riker honored at this year's SDMAs

This year’s winner of the San Diego Music Awards’ “Lifetime Achievement” prize is guitarist Wayne Riker, who is still kind of processing that information. “Having worked in all the different genres professionally, I can name ...

Modern English melts fantastic

English new wave group tours through town behind their latest, Take Me To The Trees

Modern English will always be “I Melt with You” to America — an essential ’80s love song that singer Robbie Grey once admitted is about sex during nuclear war. They’re back with a new album, ...

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

You can't follow the money if the money isn't there...

Is nonprofit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model? I’ve been watching some content from an entrepreneur named Gary ...

Teenage song stew

Scottish alt-rock band Teenage Fanclub returns with Here

Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque was the platter that Spin magazine deemed their Album of the Year in 1991. At the end of those 12 months, pristine harmonies complemented by fuzzy guitars beat out grunge (Nirvana’s Nevermind), ...

Endangered Blood at Bread & Salt

This week in San Diego jazz happenings

Monday 13Start off the jazz week in San Diego with a free, noon-time concert featuring pianist Joshua White and trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos at the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza)…. Stephanie Richards + Phantom Station: Conduction ...

A childlike concert at San Diego Symphony

How do you make Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 fresh and new?

When it comes to concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, the one turned out by the San Diego Symphony on March 4 was special. Never in my life could I have imagined anyone conducting like ...

Springtime record releases from San Diego's own...

Manuok, Mike Wojniak, Pinback, Mattson 2, Michael Tiernan, and more

New age guitarist Shambhu, who studied with Carlos Santana and meditation guru Sri Chinmoy, will introduce his third studio album, Soothe, with a solo performance at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga on March 11. “There’s ...

Rasta redemption

Local radio rediscovers reggae

The positive vibrations championed by Bob Marley are not exactly what’s driving the increase in reggae airtime on local airwaves. A few weeks ago, 91X brought back Brunch with Bob and Friends. The 10 a.m.-to-noon ...

Open Oscillator host Jeff Trageser talks sonic 'tronics

Electro-noodle

“We weren’t connected to the electronic scene in San Diego when we started in January 2015, but we really dug the vibe of the ‘singer/songwriter’ events like Grampadrew’s Flim-Flam Revue,” says Jeffrey Trageser, host of ...

Hold Steady hangover

Alt-rock's urban poet Craig Finn on rolling solo

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady is playing a string of dates opening for Vancouver’s Japandroids. For these shows, he has recruited a trio going by the name of the Uptown Controllers. During a stop ...

Justin Werner running wild

San Diego singer/songwriter lands a tune in the new Sharon Stone film

“I landed my song ‘Without a Bang’ in the new Sharon Stone film Running Wild, just recently released in theaters,” says singer-songwriter Justin Werner. The placement came about from knowing the film’s sound designer. “I ...

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