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Wave of the baton creates political intrigue

Daniel Barenboim's global approach has displeased major powers

Politics in classical music is not new. Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovich, and countless other composers were politically active and, at times, censored. Almost every mid-20th-century conductor, singer, and instrumental soloist was politicized by World War ...

Charlie Arbelaez Quartet at Croce's Park West

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 2-6

Tuesday 1Bassist Ben Wanicur's monthly jam session returns to 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Robert Dove and Matthew Smith for $5 cover. Wednesday 2 Catch Tin/Bag and the Nathan Hubbard Quartet with Kris Tiner, ...

All are welcome in the Yours Truly family

Anaheim-based rapper Phora gets real in the Voodoo Room

Phora connected with fans, his “family” to use his words, with intimacy in the House of Blues’ Voodoo Room. At a time in hip-hop when artists are preoccupied with describing often fictitious material possessions and ...

Miguel's provocative Wildheart might make you blush

The Grammy-winning R&B artist takes the stage at the Observatory on Tuesday, September 1

Warning: listening to Miguel’s Wildheart in mixed company might make you blush. On his third album, the R&B raconteur advances from 2012’s sultry, Grammy-winning “Adorn” to “the valley,” a triple-X homage to SoCal’s porn capital. ...

Conceptual art as a reference for conceptual music

Does the conversation determine what is art?

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. This is the title of a piece of art from 1991 by Damien Hirst. The work of art is a tiger shark in a ...

Shotgun ambassador

Deejay "Shotgun" Tom Kelly goes radio silent

San Diego’s most recognized radio deejay has learned that his gig is over. After 18 years at L.A.’s classic hits station KRTH-101, Shotgun Tom Kelly was told his contract as the afternoon drive-time host would ...

Gregory Page and friends to perform free Balboa Park concert

"This is a gift from us and the city of San Diego."

While a Balboa Park centennial committee blew through $2 million before it was disbanded after coming up with nothing, a group of accomplished acoustic artists are banding together for an old-timey, low-tech, free-admission concert Saturday ...

Damned North Park

The Damned's drummer Pinch finds solace in Spring Valley

“I know what the weather’s like back home. My wife keeps bloody complaining about it.” This, followed by a case of the giggles. It’s Pinch, the Damned’s drummer of the past 16 years, on the ...

Foreign exchange with Quel Bordel

How to tour Europe and come home with cash, and other advices from the local gypsy-rock act

Follows is some “how to” advice from San Diego band Quel Bordel. How to get a tour in the south of France and come home with money: Quel Bordel singer/guitarist Jakovich Skolnick met the band ...

Drummer comes to town and gets Slightly Stoopid

Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, talks 20 years of Stoopid and submits his favorites list

Reggae-rockers Slightly Stoopid had already been around a few years before hiring drummer Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, who moved to town from Northern California in 1994. “I came to San Diego to study music at ...

The Aristocrats — hippies on jazz

Trio makes a meal of the Kentucky Meat Shower of 1876

Stranger than fiction by a country mile: the Kentucky meat shower, as reported by the New York Times in March of 1876 was a filthy (and thankfully short-lived) rain of little pieces of raw meat ...

Record-release roundup

The Reader's all-local monthly record-release report

Authentic Sellout, fronted by Iacon Sound Studios honcho Sulo King, will play a record-release party at the Casbah on Friday, August 28, for a bill headlined by Sprung Monkey and supported by Processor. Chickenbone Slim’s ...

The woman singing in the kitchen

Acoustic duo Triumph of the Wild chase big dreams out of their little town

“[Anza] is a tiny town at the top of the mountain in between Temecula and Palm Springs,” says Christy Barrett. “There’s a Dairy Queen when you pass through, there’s a Mobil, there’s a Circle K, ...

Like two violins doing it

Plus Volar Records turns six, celebrates at Whistle Stop; and another San Diego Freakout at Casbah

Thursday 27So, the Melvins/Big Business gig sold out Casbah Thursday night. Go ahead, take a minute.... Okay? Okay. The power-pop singer/songwriter Thomas Walsh, aka Pugwash, is a hit in his native Ireland, where he’s flourished ...

Calliope Musicals brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight

Plus the Cure Undercover at the Office and Lee Scratch Perry goes Super Ape at Belly Up

Sunday 30From Austin, Texas, the “psychedelic party folk and disco honky-tonk” sextet Calliope Musicals head west and hit Soda Bar on Sunday. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” says of the traveling circus, “Who brings a confetti ...