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Grunge heaven, Chula Vista

I spent a small fortune on some good tickets to the Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails concert at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. And those pricey tickets were worth every penny! If only to hear Nine ...

Library book, book, book, book

A San Diego Opera preview concert with young singers.

The book, the book, the book, the book, the book.” Believe it or not, someone was singing about “the book” at the Central Library. That someone was Jennifer Wu, and it was awesome. The Central ...

Classical and grotesque

Ken Russell made some interesting movies about composers.

We’ve looked at the great, the okay, and now for the third and final segment on composer films — Ken Russell. Ken Russell defies any categories we might want to come up with. Great? Perhaps. ...

Reunite Like Jehu

It almost seemed like a prank, the Facebook announcement that Drive Like Jehu planned to reunite, at least long enough to play one free show on the big concrete stage at the Balboa Park Organ ...

Back to innocence

Javier Escovedo’s return to local music has been gradual. The guitarist/songwriter is an on-again, off-again San Diegan. He lived in Huntington Beach before moving to Chula Vista in his teens. In the mid ’70s, Escovedo’s ...

Record-release roundup

This week’s new releases include Kris McCoy’s Toes in the Sand CD, which he says was inspired by “summer, Ocean Beach, and meet-ups at Tower 2 for family beach days and surfing”; Reverend Stickman’s More ...

Shake Before Us blends the old

A contemporary rock-and-roll band using vintage gear from the 1960s — but not to make modern music so much as to keep that old party going. Shake Before Us are like the ’60s never ended. ...

Safety dancers, crunk kickers

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

Thursday 28“You can dance if you want to” Thursday night, when Belly Up hosts an ’80s dance party, featuring new-wave acts Men Without Hats (“Safety Dance”) and Betamaxx, a seven-human jukebox of all things ’80s. ...

Hip-hop U

While much attention has been given to the plight of the Ché Café, the larger Porter’s Pub (550-person capacity) has been proceeding with little fanfare, presenting national artists, often to a packed house. In the ...

Ché Café digs in its heels, lawyers up

Attorney Bryan Pease says UCSD colluded to decertify the on-campus co-op.

The attorney who helped stopped the removal of the seals from Children’s Pool in La Jolla, has signed on to halt the removal of live music and healthy food from the Ché Café, UCSD’s 34-year-old ...

Yoo-hoo, it's Jehu

...and more Labor Day weekend and back-to-school sets to see

Sunday 31So, this blew up local social media (and several national sites) last week: 20-years-gone post-punk locals Drive Like Jehu will reunite at the organ pavilion in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. ...

Okay-to-good, but not great

Movies about composers tend to miss the point.

If Amadeus is the only great composer movie, what about some others that are good? I’m not sure there are any that are good-to-great but there are a few that are okay-to-good. Immortal Beloved comes ...

Heavy metal hits hip-hop backstage

Live Nation cancels Sleep Train hip-hop concert because of "an active investigation" into last week's backstage murder

The canceled hip-hop show that was supposed to happen Saturday, August 23, at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista may trigger some big changes in the concert industry. Headlined by Wiz Khalifa, the “Under ...

Nathan Collins does Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, August 25–31

Monday 25 The San Diego Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Brad Steinwehe, play creative big-band charts at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) at 8:00 p.m. $15 cover … the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra with Dr. ...

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

The misogyny trilogy still rankles, lyric-wise anyway, although “All the Girls Love Alice,” which can’t even decide if Alice’s customers rank with the young girls or “middle-aged dykes,” seems to have grown some cred of ...

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