Concert Reviews

Rolling Stones set fire to the Gaslamp

Plus four of Daniel Knighton's Pixel Perfect photos from the show

In the hours leading up to Sunday's opening night of the Rolling Stones 2015 Zip Code Tour at Petco Park, the atmosphere in the Gaslamp Quarter was on fire. Every bar, every restaurant was at ...

Is it all about brand recognition?

Observations from last weekend’s fantastic, sparsely attended Spanish Rhapsody concert

The hall was about half full for the Spanish Rhapsody. Previously the hall had been 95% full for Carmina Burana. To my mind and heart, the Spanish concert had the greater merit musically and artistically ...

The Waterboys pour it on at Humphreys

Touring behind this year's Modern Blues, Scottish rockers show they are more than a new-wave nostalgia act

The Waterboys stormed the stage at Humphreys by the Bay and delivered a high-energy set that encompassed their career. Mike Scott and the band delivered a tight set with highlights throughout the evening. The six-piece ...

My name is Inigo Montoya, I play the violin, prepare to die

A Spanish lovefest at Symphony Hall

The San Diego Symphony concert on Saturday, May 9, was as hot as Seville in August — maybe hotter. (I’m not sure, since I’ve never been to Seville, but I can imagine.) Violinist Ray Chen ...

New Kids on the Block: The Main Event

Pop group joins the crowd at Viejas Arena

It was about halfway through New Kids on the Block’s two-hour set at Viejas Arena that a female fan ran past security guards and onto the stage, only to be corralled and removed seconds later. ...

They Might Be generous Giants

Alt-rock act plays two sets, two encores, and even buys the beer!

Solana Beach got a treat with two full sets and a double-dose of encores from popular alt-rockers They Might Be Giants. The band had no problem filling the extended time by taking a heaping helping ...

Show thief!

Conrad Tao runs away with the entire evening at San Diego Symphony

Conrad Tao stole the show twice on Saturday, May 2, at Symphony Hall. He tore the place apart with the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 and then upstaged that monster with the conclusion of Prokofiev’s ...

Helmet's thinking-man metal enlightens Belly Up

Happy birthday, Betty!

Entering the Belly Up while Helmet performed their classic album Betty was like walking into a ’90s time warp. Front man Page Hamilton, the only original member of the band, has changed very little in ...

Blue Largo swings into Tio Leo's

Local dance band recalls golden age of jazz and blues in the Southland

There are a number of swing-dance blues bands performing in Southern California, but none more genuine than San Diego’s own Blue Largo. On dance night at Tio Leo’s, guitarist Eric Lieberman and his versatile lineup ...

Antemasque provides sonic spark to combustible Belly Up crowd

Former Mars Volta duo strip it down and turn it up

When guitarist and vocalist Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes gets onstage, things get weird, and Sunday night’s opening performance was no exception. With the casual mannerisms of a human-hearted automaton and a fierce stage ...

Bouncer-friendly Punch Brothers tuck 'em in at the Observatory

Here’s a phrase that’s probably never been uttered by man: “the banjo player with mystique.” That’s Noam Pikelny in a nutshell. Decked out in a white suit, Pikelny’s deep voice and deadpan banter served as ...

The Zombies come to life at Bar Pink

Tribute show features Sixties-influenced San Diegans

On taking a run at the Zombies, Bart Mendoza (who orchestrated the tribute show) relates, “As a kid, I was intrigued by the way they dressed. Paul Atkinson was my inspiration — I wore a ...

Immediate masterpiece at San Diego Symphony

Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony was an instant classic at release

"There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery." I'm going to switch up that Tolkien quote and say, "There is no sufficient honor in Elvish, Entish, or the ...

Blink is back!

Local pop-punk trio packs the house at Soma

San Diego pop-punk band Blink 182 returned to their roots by playing the all-ages Soma last Friday night. Tickets for the 2300-capacity venue sold out in, well, a blink. The buzz surrounding the concert was ...

Greene country

Americana master Jackie Greene entertains a packed Observatory

Fans danced, fans whooped and sang along as Sacramento-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene performed for a packed Observatory North Park. With his fingers flying over the neck of his guitar and his voice effortlessly reaching every ...

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