Blurt: San Diego Music News

Then the circus came to town

Why roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo bailed on Austin

Roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo jumped ship from his longtime base of Austin, Texas, to what would be considered a less-hip locale — Dallas. So, is this the Lone Star State version of ditching San Diego for ...

Brazilian tapestry

Allison Adams Tucker's Brasil Jazz Festa in its tenth year

“Before we started this nine years ago,” says vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, “many San Diegans had no experience with Brazilian culture — the language, the music, the dances. Now it’s become a part of the ...

Whiskey practice with the Ass Pocket Fellas

These guys played Cameron Crowe's Ridgemont (Clairemont) High

The Clairemont High rock scene honored in Cameron Crowe’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High lives on, more or less, in the eight-piece rollicking Irish-rock band Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas. “We’re all from Clairemont,” says guitarist ...

High school survivalists the Regrettes

With a Warner Brothers record deal, no regrets for these four teens

They’re too young to hold office and at least two of them can’t vote, but the Regrettes, four teens pushing back against conventional notions of beauty, status, and worth, have a Warner Brothers recording contract, ...

San Diego Comic Fest — so (intentionally) not Comic-Con

The annual festival has a musical side

The fifth annual San Diego Comic Fest makes its debut in a new venue, Four Points By Sheraton, running February 17 through 20. Music-themed events will include discussion panels, a live band trivia contest, and ...

Besos de Coco at Panama 66

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 13–19

Monday 13There’s a Monday jam session going down at Busalacchi’s (3707 Fifth Avenue) with Louis Valenzuela on guitar, Mackenzie Leighton on bass, and Kevin Higuchi on drums from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover ...

Do not bend the knee to the NFL

Why change a timeless concert for a temporary Super Bowl?

I must take responsibility for not double checking the time of Sunday’s concert at the San Diego Symphony. I along with about a dozen or so others assumed that the concert started at 2 p.m. ...

Wussification of music

Squinty-eyed Clint Westwood rides into town this week

Clint Sobolik’s latest project takes on the nickname he picked up in his last band, the Whiskey Avengers. “I squint a lot and I’m a man of few words, so I guess I just gravitated ...

Music before poetry for Robert Pinsky

Former poet laureate tours through town behind his Poemjazz

It turns out that Robert Pinsky is also a sax player. We spend minutes talking about the beloved Buescher 400 series tenor sax he once owned but that got stolen. “Tenor sax,” he tells me ...

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 ...

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