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PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?

Well, well, well. It looks as though an orchestra is making a serious effort to fling itself into the not so new century. The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York — which calls itself PONY — ...

New shows announced

PotterCon, Beach Fossils, Deslondes, and the blues in Julian

At least a dozen variations of Jefferson Starship have toured through the years, but the version hitting the Belly Up on May 25 was revised yet again after the January 2016 death of cofounder Paul ...

There was Elvis and then...the Wedding Present

Chart-topping Leeds band rolls well-oiled machine into the Casbah

The Wedding Present is all about David Gedge: he’s been the one constant member of that band. It’s been 35 years since he and a friend plugged in their amplifiers and began making records that ...

The Richie Kotzen songs people love and expect

Dual-octave, scorched-earth-voiced Pennsylvanian says to expect a show

“Where’s that place in San Diego where they have all those little galleries and restaurants — is it the Gaslamp?” Richie Kotzen asks. “Is that what they call it?” He checks in by phone from ...

Verdi is a deceptive bastard

SDO's La Traviata both solid and uneven

The value of a solid production is somewhat undervalued by the experienced opera aficionado. If you’re around opera long enough then you will have a handful of peak experiences by which you judge every other ...

La Traviata's cheap trick

Wait, I'm better. No, I'm not. The end.

Since La Traviata opened at San Diego Opera on Saturday, April 22, I’m going to use it as an excuse to float a theory about the final lines of the opera. Just before Violetta dies ...

Young singers still love opera

Audiences decline, but students keep studying voice

The challenges facing young singers are becoming ridiculous. The art form is in transition, but thousands of students continue to study the art of operatic singing. Why? Why does opera continue to resonate with a ...

The Verigolds standard: mystique

"Technicolor journey that’s nearly impossible not to get lost in.” Zowie.

Having formed in 2014, the Verigolds are fairly new to the San Diego music scene. But the Pacific Beach foursome, known for their pastiche of ‘60s psychedelic rock and spacey synths, have made an impact ...

Tickets just went on sale...

Mount Kimbie, Hellyeah, and Colin Hay lead the pack

Tix just went on sale to see Woods on May 19 at the Casbah, where the Brooklyn folkies will be plugging their new full-length Love Is Love, 32 minutes of jazz-flavored psychedelic rock recorded between ...

Point Loma Opera Theatre's radio operetta

Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief is cheeky, clever, and sometimes funny

Having gone on an unscheduled rant about opera and higher education let us return to the performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief by Point Loma Opera Theatre. Director, Jordan Miller, ...

Pond from Perth

Nihilistic Beatles-ish punk psych band to lather Casbah

They’ll be here a couple of weeks ahead of the release of their latest full-length album The Weather when they next play San Diego. Pond is a band out of Perth, Australia, a gene pool ...

A new column for new music in San Diego

Parachute pants, Hispanic classic, and Portland sludge

Relive the age of parachute pants and brick-phones on May 9 when Fuel and Marcy Playground provide your funky ’90s flashback at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Fuel’s sole founding member Brett Scallions promises ...

A room with a view of ignorance

How many students graduate with no idea what opera is?

The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti was originally written for radio broadcast and has now become a staple of opera workshops at colleges and universities across the country. Point Loma Nazarene ...

The Hot Nerds blend includes sarcasm

“Being inside your head too much is kind of what the record is about, just sabotaging yourself...”

"You’re just in time for the cupping,” Hot Nerds keyboardist Alia Jyawook says as I enter Modern Times Beer in Point Loma. Images of medieval hack medicine and bizarre sex moves flash through my mind ...

Elijah could have ended the drought

Mendelssohn's Elijah at First United Methodist Mission Valley

Where was Elijah when we needed him? I would say dead, but Elijah never died. He was taken up to heaven in a “fiery chariot” — ancient aliens. Why did we need Elijah? We needed ...

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