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Consider the mystery of the feminine and masculine in balance

Make a playlist, check it twice

For Christmas we’re going to move our curated playlist over to The depressed Disneyland dad at Christmas when his ex has the kids playlist. This list is also known as a brief contemplation on the ...

Charlie Hunter Trio returns

...and other happenings around San Diego December 1-6

Tuesday 1 The Ben Wanicur Trio with special guest Jonathan Karrant hold court at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Ed Kornhauser and Matthew Smith from 8 p.m. for a $5 entry. Wednesday 2 Rob ...

Puccini's ode to Paris

A fitting tribute

In the opera La Rondine by Puccini, the young Ruggero arrives in Paris for the first time and Puccini lets him sing an ode to the City of Light. The aria is difficult to find. ...

Not just Beirut, but Gibraltar and Holland

Zach Condon's latest, No No No, travels the world in 29 minutes

A disclaimer: heightened anticipation gave this album, upon first listen, the sonic equivalent of rose-colored glasses. So what’s with the eagerness for Beirut’s first record in four years? Perhaps it’s tied to the first single, ...

Three-guitar Heart attack

The Wilson sisters cash in at Harrah's with a brief but rocking set

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 inductees Heart performed about a dozen of their own songs over an hour-long show, including hits such as "Kick It Out," "Heartless," "Straight on," "These Dreams," "Crazy on ...

December's discs due to drop

Record-release roundup

Following up their debut full-length, slack-pop rockers the Drabs have a holiday-themed EP out this week, Here Comes the Joy, available on CD and featuring original tracks “Santa’s Got Toys,” “This Year,” “Mary Christmas,” and ...

Honky-tonker Nikki Lane

Country-rock outlaw wants All or Nothin'

Yep, it’s country music through and through, with plenty of South Carolina drawl, reverb, guitar twang, and liberal amounts of pedal-steel guitar to close the deal. But don’t be fooled by Nikki Lane’s alt-rock roots ...

All Jehu's Parties

San Diego post-rock quartet Drive Like Jehu to curate All Tomorrow's Parties 2016

The long-dormant Drive Like Jehu entered the 21st Century with a much-publicized concert at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion alongside civic organist Carol Williams, and now the San Diego post-rock quartet has been asked to ...

Zoom Zoom

X guitarist Billy Zoom is back in business after cancer scare

X guitarist Billy Zoom was diagnosed with bladder cancer this past July. The band performed summer shows with Texan Jesse Dayton (who’s played guitar for Willie Nelson, among others) sitting in while Zoom commenced treatment ...

After the Blow

Local filmmaker Bill Perrine and his camera follow Octagrape on tour

In the early 1990s, British radio disc jockey John Peel created UK stars out of San Diego’s post-punk band Trumans Water. He thought Trumans was a seasoned band that had spent years playing together. He ...

Rumble Fest II coming at you!

"My friends used to call me Danger Dave, now I'm Decent Dave"

“I guess it was just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Tijuana Rumble Fest organizer David Villegas. “This random crook popped out of nowhere and tried to pick ...

Clash undercover, Dead Cross revealed

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

Sunday 29Ghost town saloon band Dani Bell & the Tarantist rolls into Whistle Stop Sunday night. Their debut Dark West is cinematic, chilling, and tons of fun to listen to. I am addicted to its ...


Monk's crunks for Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday 26Have a tryptophantastic holiday, Crawler followers, for tomorrow we rock! Friday 27The band that has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box, Nashville Pussy, is on tour this winter celebrating the release of their ...

Timpani and Prieto go gigante

San Diego Symphony tours Mexico, Argentina, and Spain

Never in my life did I expect to hear a timpani concerto, let alone two, and those two in back-to-back seasons. Opening weekend of 2014 included a timpani concerto by William Kraft, and this last ...

Monk tribute at 98 Bottles

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 24-29

Tuesday 24Pianist Robert Parker plays solo at the Real Bar & Bistro (124 Solana Hills Drive) at 6:30 p.m. No cover charge, but there is an expectation that food and drinks are moved… Steph Johnson ...

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