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Weekend scramble

The classical schedule is a little different for January 29-31

With conductors canceling and the San Diego Symphony doing double duty at Symphony Hall and the Civic Theater, it’s time to shuffle things around this week. I want to talk first about Opera on the ...

Rhymes about guns

"I’m just speaking about urban life. I’m a storyteller, nothing more."

This is the first weekend that Brandon Duncan has seen his family since June 17, when he was taken from his Lincoln Park home and booked into the George Bailey Detention Center. His grandfather died ...

Musical genius dies at age 25

The esoteric pick of the week is all about the big symphony

There is one piece of esoteric music which I wish, above all others, the San Diego Symphony or La Jolla Symphony would perform. That music is Hans Rott’s First Symphony in E major. Rott wrote ...

Marshall Hawkins celebrates Daniel Jackson Week!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 26–February 1

Monday 26 Melodic piano group Triosence with Bernhard Schuller on the ivories, Ingo Senst on bass, and Stephan Emig on drums arrive in San Diego to play Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) at 8:00 p.m. ...

Make a wish with Mariachi El Bronx

Casbah's 26th birthday a sellout blowout

One year removed from its month-long 25th birthday party, the Casbah celebrated the big two-six by inviting mariachi-punk band Mariachi El Bronx and a sold-out crowd. But the iconic club wasn’t the only one who’d ...

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, by Belle & Sebastian

There hasn’t been a new Belle & Sebastian record in five years. The Scottish pop group made good use of that time to develop fresh ideas for Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Sonically, the ...

Sweet suite

How it all started, the composition of a ballet by a career jazz musician: “I have a daughter,” Charles McPherson tells the Reader by phone from his Talmadge home, “who’s a dancer with the San ...

Thing fingers

“The methods used to make this video and the crazy effect shots are unique and technical and haven’t been seen much before in music videos,” says Tolan Shaw of his new promo clip for “Eyes.” ...

Not a punk-rock film

“The first record I ever bought?” deadpans John Reis. “It was the Jackson Five’s ‘ABC’.” Sure enough, there’s a faded purple copy of it on the table next to a child’s plastic phonograph player. “I ...

Familiar but different

No degrees of separation between Sal and Archie and Sly

“Don’t ask me to work on your car. I don’t currently have the right tools.”

March Fourth! to the Belly Up

Like no other marching band you’ve ever seen: March Fourth! blends elements of the horn-band ’70s with gospel, funk, jazz, rock, and the circus into a marching band that does not actually march. This begs ...

Extension accord

Two ill-fated UCSD music venues, Ché Café and Porter’s Pub, appear to be back in business. The Ché Café is a 35-year-old nonprofit run by a student collective with support of well-connected student alumni. Since ...

Pennies an hour

Success, failure, and hope on the Great Sea of Apps

In April 2013, Ryan Grainger and Bobby Sullivan found themselves faced with a particular First World problem at Coachella. The then-20- and 19-year-old University of San Diego students could not see all 190 performances. Although ...

Cult of Youth and the Devil Makes Three

...and the rest of the highlights from Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 25You probably know that the Russian Circles show at the Soda is sold out...but maybe your crying eyes missed that Boots Riley and the Coup will be at Casbah, rapping their agenda-rap while hip-hopping ...

Jukebox jazz, subway Hooch, king of the Beat

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

Thursday 22From Long Island, interwebs sensation Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox plug in at House of Blues. Bradlee’s a piano man and composer versed in jazz, the ragtime kind, which he uses to infuse ...

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