Blurt: San Diego Music News

Enter the Fro zone with AJ Froman

O.B. band hopes the Zappa rock documentary provokes interest in odd prog

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freak Out!, the first of some 60 Frank Zappa albums. Last weekend a new documentary called Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words was released to ...

Royal Headache and festivals for fuel

Aussie indie act storms our shores on the way to Pitchfork

Though they come from “the land down unda,” Australia’s Royal Headache has been growing a loyal following in the states. That’s not bad for a quartet two LPs into the game. The group is about ...

New biopic project for Cate Blanchett

Ethel Smyth is the greatest woman you've never heard of

I had promised to feature some women composers here, and this summer lull provides an excellent opportunity. Once August comes around the La Jolla Music Society cranks up the Summerfest and then September is upon ...

Happy Ives of July

Charles Ives gives an alternative yet accurate 4th of July

I want to write about an American composer for the Fourth of July, but I’m tired of the same ol’ group of characters — Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Barber. Let’s go with Charles Ives and the ...

Time to check the Met

As the Metropolitan goes, so goes opera

Each summer it feels as though we need to check in with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. I’m not sure it’s an accurate barometer but there is a general feeling that as the Met ...

Diane Moser returns to San Diego

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 5–10

Tuesday 5 Extend the holiday weekend feeling by attending Jazz Live, sponsored by KSDS Jazz 88, with a tenor saxophone extravaganza featuring L.A. hornmen Rickey Woodard, Justo Almario, and Charles Owens at the Saville Theatre ...

Bayreuth being Bayreuth

Wagner's homage to Wagner continues its tradition of drama

There is no lack of drama behind the scenes at the world’s most exclusive and prestigious music festival. Conducting super-star Adris Nelsons has canceled his appearance at this year’s Bayreuth Festival in Germany. Nelsons was ...

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 ...

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