Blurt: San Diego Music News

Myaskovsky and the return of esotericism

It's summer and the esoteric pick of the week is back

As much as I think I know about classical music I continue to be humbled by how much I don’t know. As we turn toward summer, the esoteric pick of the week is back on ...

Stop being silly Mainly Mozart

A literal silly symphony begins the conclusion of Mainly Mozart

The Mainly Mozart Festival concluded on Saturday night with a program of music which was both brilliant and, shall we say, curious? The Toy Symphony by Leopold Mozart was the first piece on the program. ...

In the flow with Sonny & the Sunsets

"Yeah, it would be fun to live in San Diego like those two…"

When not writing, singing, sharing one-act plays or investigating psychic phenomena (see below), Sonny Smith from Sonny & the Sunsets stumps for his new album Moods Baby Moods. The band hits Soda Bar on the ...

Claudia Quintet plays Wall Street

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 22–26

Wednesday 22 The Gabriel Sundy Jazz Trio with Harley Magsino and Matt Smith play Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) at 9:30 p.m. 21+, no cover… Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos has two gigs at Panama 66 (1450 ...

Papa Haydn's got a brand new bag: Mozart and Schubert at Mainly Mozart

A guest review of The Mainly Mozart Festival

I’ve been touting the quality of the Mainly Mozart Festival for a few years now, and as I was unable to attend the Wednesday night concert I sent Stanwell Andersen in my place. I would ...

Nothing like a headbanger

After a mugging in Oakland, Nothing's Nicky Palermo releases his best record yet

Domenic “Nicky” Palermo began recording songs as Nothing about five years ago in Philadelphia. He was depressed and in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Nothing’s initial demo couldn’t be deemed a “bedroom project,” as ...

Dance your acid off

Kava Lounge's experimental electronic showcase turns two

“It’s pretty humbling when big names agree to come play our event here at the Kava Lounge,” says Tyler Detweiler, whose live, hardware-based electronic music monthly, Acid Varsity, curates members of veteran acts, such as ...

Splinters of Saint-Saëns at Mainly Mozart

Saint-Saëns is great while the Master Chorale does what it does

In general, I’m not a happy clappy person. I’ll applaud a great performance, for sure, but I tend to be more polite with my appreciation instead of exuberant. It’s a personal flaw, but I’m working ...

O.B. Doves

Chris Leyva and his Falling Doves make a Hollywood record

“I just could not make another band with people in every other band, which is what San Diego will do to you,” says Chris Leyva, whose group Falling Doves features two locals (him and Oceanside ...

Latin for Wolves

Melvus keeps the voice of their dead brother alive

On June 5 the Los Angeles Times noted how bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns ’N Roses survive while the scenes they created 30 years ago have “withered” due to fewer ...

Al Di Meola's Elegant Gypsy comes to Music Box

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 14–19

Tuesday 14 Rob Thorsen performs an evening of solo double-bass and poetry at Café Cabaret (3739 Adams Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday 15 Fusion guitar pioneer Al Di Meola presents the Romantic ...

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