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Heaven & Earth, by Yes

“Wimps,” Robert Christgau sneered, comparing them to Talking Heads — who were wimps, he proclaimed, without “vagueness or cheap romanticism.” But that was ’77; the Heads (whom I love) left us; and four Englishmen, fronted ...

Jump, jive, and Ho ho ho!

Brian Setzer blasts through Temecula with a holiday showcase and a little rockabilly for your stocking

Though he has made music for decades, Brian Setzer’s own influences extend to the early 20th century. Which is why it only makes sense that one of his guitars now hangs in the Smithsonian Museum ...

All you want for Christmas

Wages are stagnant, album sales miserable, and download revenues a joke. In this harsh, wintry economic climate, musicians are more dependent than ever on Santa Claus to deliver the goods. Circa 2014, it seems as ...

Despite the rumors, San Diego has soul

Although it may not be the first genre one associates with San Diego, soul music is experiencing a resurgence here, with over a dozen soul bands playing and recording around town. Two of the groups ...

Blame it on college

Ed Ghost’s “long hair, don’t care” drummer lists his hits.

“I’m pretty dang happy right now...a steady paycheck would be groovy, though.”

Cash’d Out Christmas with Rosie Flores

A double-header with Cash’d Out and Rosie Flores for your holiday pleasure. Cash’d Out is a Johnny Cash tribute act. They’ve been around San Diego now for close to a decade. For what it’s worth, ...

Our plan Everything

Touring bands and booking agents will tell you local opportunities are few compared to the thriving hard rock scenes in L.A., the Bay Area, or Texas. But the five guys in A New Challenger Approaches ...

Adolescents at play, Hideout at Soda Bar, Cured for your holiday hangover

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

Thursday 25Happy hols, y’all. Fa la la la, la la la. Friday 26Belly Up stages a Cash’d Out Christmas featuring the top-shelf JC tribute with wicked special guest Rosie Flores. Flores is Dave Good’s Of ...

Going once, going twice...

“Is that the actual key?” Eric Denton says with obvious delight. “And it still works?” It does. “We should raise the price,” he says, only half joking about the $99 price tagged onto an old ...

There are midnight lips to kiss

Camper, Cracker, Mrs. Magician, and the rest of Monk's crunks for New Year's week

Sunday 28From Los Angeles, “dirty reggae” act the Aggrolites (“1960s soul music, funk, and skinhead reggae”) skank into Belly Up Sunday night. The Aggrolites’ 2006 self-titled Hellcat Records release is an essential set to get ...

Unbrighten the season

Playlist for the "depressed Disneyland Dad at Christmas when his ex has the kids"

We’ve all heard about people being depressed and alone on Christmas and if you haven’t heard about that, you have now. There are several tips on how to avoid holiday depression such as reading a ...

Silent Night of unrelated music

PBS broadcast of new opera is more of the same.

I tried to watch Silent Night on PBS on Sunday, December 21. I was drawn in by the promise of one of my favorite stories. The story is the Christmas Eve truce of 1914. German ...

Christmas Eve with Peter Sprague & Friends

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, December 23–27

Tuesday 23 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo will commence to making beautiful music together at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) beginning at 6:00 p.m. and continuing until 9:00 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday ...

Stevie Nicks's 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

The too-expensive deluxe version, which this isn’t, adds two of the most righteous songs, including one about a rendezvous with God; neither version omits the weakest cut, “Cathouse Blues,” an arched cat back before the ...

America, meet your new heartthrob

Aussie artist Vance Joy wows 'em with simple sounds

When Taylor Swift announced she was taking Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy on her 2015 World Tour, I was surprised. His hit “Riptide” is catchy and charming, but the acoustic vibe of his debut album doesn’t ...

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