Blurt: San Diego Music News

Nations no longer matter in classical music

Music is about humanity experiencing humanity

In reviewing the most recent San Diego Symphony concert, I made something of a big deal about countries of origin not being important in classical music. While that is true when it comes to performing ...

Brahms, Beethoven, the San Diego Symphony, and Mr. Cohen

Symphonic forces conspire

The San Diego Symphony put Beethoven and Brahms together on Friday night at Symphony Hall. The Beethoven was his Symphony No. 6: The Pastoral. The Brahms was his Piano Concerto No. 1. The sound of ...

Joshua White (((CODES))) at the Loft

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 1–7

Monday 1 The Steph Johnson Trio with Rob Thorsen and Fernando Gomez play the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza) from 12 to 1 p.m. in a free concert. Tuesday 2 Ben Wanicur leads a trio ...

Bands for Bernie

San Diego bands lineup at WorldBeat in Balboa Park to back Bernie Sanders

The five organizers of Saturday’s fundraiser for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders are amateurs. They have never promoted a music event or fundraiser before. “We did a [pro-Bernie] rally called ‘Enough Is Enough’ at the fountain ...

Classical music and mind tricks

How we fool ourselves into thinking we're supporting when we're not

I’ve often heard people say how important it is to support the arts. If you’re reading this then you’ve probably said something along those lines yourself. Often this sentiment is then followed up by a ...

GNR in their DNA

The Montell Jordans put the rock back in party rock

For the Montell Jordans, news that Guns N’ Roses is regrouping at Coachella could go either way. “I know that time in history will never be re-created,” says guitarist Ryan Baghai. “But we want to ...

Some of the first San Diego releases of 2016

Record-release roundup

Local bands with new releases include shoegaze-influenced quartet Voice Actor, whose debut full-length Runaway comes via Tijuana-based label Prima Crush (Dani Shivers, Late Night Howl, Eric Curiel), issued on cassette with an enclosed download card ...

Vacation songs

Big Ass Robot will soundtrack your holiday

“We had all these songs on our website that nobody cared about, so we thought, We’ll do videos so people will care,” says T.C. Johnston. “Of course, nobody really cared, but we were having fun.” ...

Croce's Park West says goodbye

San Diego jazz community is reeling

Restaurateur Ingrid Croce, who owned San Diego’s longest-running jazz venue (in one form or another) has suddenly shuttered the doors at Croce’s Park West, the nightspot she and husband Jimmy Rock opened in Bankers Hill ...

More Beethoven is more Beethoven

An unexpected flurry of attendance

As I scrolled through the Flipboard app checking out various articles on classical music, the “typical” quality of the topics became oppressive. There were a few articles on presenting classical music in new ways which, ...

Netflix, Žižek, and Beethoven

A fertile documentary on Netflix includes a gem about Beethoven

Slavoj Žižek has a documentary on Netflix called The Pervert's Guide to Ideology in which he discusses the pervasiveness of ideologies and our general inability to recognize them. He uses several examples from movies to ...