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Claypool + Lennon = Delirium

Monolith of Phobos builds on '70s psychedelia

The quirky darkness off Les Claypool (Primus) blended with the experimental flair of Sean Lennon creates the mind-altering experience of the Claypool Lennon Delirium — it sounds as if the Beatles and Pink Floyd had ...

Fusion nostalgia with Al Di Meola

...and there's no better band leader to get you there

Jazz-rock guitarist Al Di Meola brought his Romantic Warrior Meets Elegant Gypsy Tour to the Music Box for a standing-room-only exercise in fusion nostalgia that leaned heavily on crowd favorites. Di Meola’s concept has always ...

Unreleased master — Herbie Mann at the Whisky, 1969

Pop songs become springboards. Into the air, a double-flip, then deep down.

Coltrane was dead. And flautist Herbie Mann's band didn't boast the jaw-dropping hive mind of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet. What Mann had was a splendid band of creative misfits. Among others: incendiary guitarist Sonny ...

Takin' It to the Fair with Michael McDonald

Doobie Brother infuses jazz and his husky voice into classic rock favorites

“Nothing says rock ’n’ roll like whipping up the crowd with a bingo game,” quipped Michael McDonald, referring to the pre-show entertainment at his San Diego County Fair appearance. Actually, one might argue that the ...

Impossible Kid worth the wait

Aesop Rock's latest parallels an old-school rap record

The Impossible Kid hits harder than any other Aesop Rock record. The rapper adds to his vocabulary palate with the usual flow of intelligent well-executed rhymes, blowing any mainstream rapper out of the water. None ...

Switchfoot — a perfect kickoff to summer

Alt-rockers highlight opening night at the Fair

San Diego natives Switchfoot made a triumphant return to the main stage at the San Diego County Fair. Opening night saw the band in fine form as they delivered a tight set of favorites and ...

Nanana — Chica Diabla do what they want

Local punk'd-rock quartet drops a dilly of a debut

Have you spent years lamenting the fact that this city doesn’t have a worthy Joan Jett/Runaways/Donnas-style female-fronted rock-and-roll juggernaut to call our very own? Well, lament no more. Chica Diabla has arrived and they have ...

The Who. The Hits

Standing in ovation, the crowd bridged the (my) generation gap

Thirty-four years after their first farewell, mod-rockers the Who hit San Diego on their latest (rescheduled) swan song. With only two surviving members, this really could be the last time… Okay, it's not the classic ...

Bryan Deister — jack of all trades, master of none

Art-rock hopeful's sprawling Spines of the Heart reviewed

Publicity materials for Bryan Deister assert that he's a student at Berklee School of Music and that he has extensive experience in studying and performing music of all sorts, be it classical, jazz, straight-ahead rock, ...

Bad Co. and Joe Walsh deliver "One Hell of a Night" to Chula Vista

A rock-and-roll fantasy comes true at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Classic-rock acts Bad Company and Joe Walsh wowed the gray-haired and balding crowd at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on their “One Hell of a Night” tour. As co-headliners, they rotate the main spot each night ...

Bad branding aside, the 1975 deserve to be heard

I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It reviewed

The 1975 aren’t going to win any best band name contests. And the lengthy title of their sophomore release — I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of ...

Billy Joel hits a homerun at Petco

For his first visit to San Diego in 20 years, the Piano Man pulls out all the hits

The Piano Man, Billy Joel, played his only 2016 California show at Petco Park Saturday night, May 14. Joel started the show with “Miami 2017” and the sold out crowd of 42,000 sang and danced ...

California Beach Slang

Two live acts with Casbah written all over them...

Before Beach Slang played, patrons at the Casbah were treated to a new supergroup of sorts in the backroom. The trio brave enough to call themselves “California” includes one member of Green Day (Jason White) ...

Immerse yourself in A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead's latest revitalizes the album-format art form

The album is a dead art form. In a world dominated by digital downloads, shortened attention spans and an industry with a fetish for singles and airplay, music has lost it’s artistry. Gone are the ...

New York Philharmonic: Great and not great

Rhythmic intensity and lyrical insensitivity

The New York Philharmonic gave a concert at Symphony Hall on Wednesday night, May 4. It was loud. The concert was presented by the La Jolla Music Society as a part of their Celebrity Orchestra ...

Colorado comfort — the Lumineers

A review of the folk-rock trio's sophomore set, Cleopatra

Behind a relentless touring schedule, the Lumineers gathered a fan base of a variety of music lovers. The pace at which their eponymous debut album caught on garnered a continuous cycle of music festivals and ...

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