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Five classical music clips in the movies

Some lesser known classical music appearances in the movies

With the massive celebration of pop culture over (Comic Con), I’ve been inspired to take a look at the best use of classical music in movies. This is not about original motion picture scores but ...

The Legend of Zelda at the San Diego Symphony

Symphonic video game music at Symphony Hall

I will admit that I missed the phenomenon that is The Legend of Zelda. The reason I missed it is clear. I’ve never had a Nintendo. In spite of my non-participation in the Nintendo world, ...

Curtis Taylor plays hometown gig

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 27–31

Wednesday 27 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos has two gigs tonight at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) beginning at 6 p.m. when he hosts the Young Lions Series in the patio, and continuing inside at 8:30 when ...

Female composer Clara Schumann let her opinions be known

"I despise Liszt to the very depths of my soul."

The next woman in our line of female composers is Clara Schumann. She might be the most famous of the early women pioneers in classical music. Nannerl Mozart was not allowed to play in public ...

Yoni & Geti park the Testarossa at Casbah

Why? trio lights a fire under Chicago rapper Serengeti

Serengeti and Yoni Wolf’s second collaborative full-length, Testarossa, is a concept album speaking to the difficulty inherent in maintaining a relationship across distance, specifically in a profession requiring perpetual travel, and of the longing, infidelity, ...

Durans' empty chair

How the British pop band still records, tours without a dedicated guitarist

Duran Duran, still Duranimal after all these years, brings their new multimedia blitz and their new album, Paper Gods, to the Sleep Train Amphitheatre Tuesday, August 2. From his home near Hammersmith, London, drummer Roger ...

John Meeks, darkly

San Diego Music Award winner tosses the genre

“I’ve spent the past couple of years trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin and get a little less genre-specific,” says John Meeks, who won Best Americana or Country Album at the ...

Events you can come to without a Comic-Con pass

Con and on and on...

You don’t need a Comic-Con pass to enjoy these Con-themed music events around town. Darkwave Garden at the Bancroft has a costume dance party planned for Thursday, July 21, as do other weekend DJ events ...

Another indie music store swan song

One more North County music merchant readies to shutter-up

The music store credited for helping launch the career of country artist Barbara Mandrell is folding after 60 years. Oceanside Music Supply, which maintained the same old-school, full-service music-store vibe it had from when it ...

The Jayhawks regroup, record

...and tour through town behind this year's Paging Mr. Proust

Yes, they are getting on in years, but, somehow they don’t sound like it. Indeed, the Jayhawks — now touring in support of their latest release, Paging Mr. Proust — could just as well be ...

Autolux and Boris vs. Blink and the Cold War Kids

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 21L.A. alt-rock threeway Autolux takes the all-ages stage at the Irenic. After giving this year’s Pussy’s Dead a couple of jogs and a dog walk, I can tell you that the most human thing ...

Jayhawks, Big Business, Escort

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 24With a little help from their friends in R.E.M., Gary Louris and this year’s Jayhawks, which is one of the original versions of the Jayhawks (1995–2000), dropped the stylistically sprawling Paging Mr. Proust, an ...

The other Butterfly

Mascagni's tale of a Japanese girl destroyed by circumstances

Before Madama Butterfly there was Iris, the tale of a young and exploited Japanese girl. The opera was written by Pietro Mascagni, the king of verismo. Mascagni is the composer of the quintessential verismo masterpiece ...

Final Symphony at San Diego Symphony

Comic-Con's collaboration with the San Diego Symphony continues

I feel like an idiot saying this, but Comic-Con is coming. If you didn’t know that then, in reality, you’re the idiot — or maybe just new to San Diego. Comic-Con has had a running ...

Dayna Stephens occupies Wall Street

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, July 19-24

Tuesday 19The week in jazz kicks off with Jazz Live from KSDS Jazz 88 and the Jeff Hamilton Trio with Christoph Luty on bass and Tamir Hendlemen on piano, at the San Diego City College ...

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