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One fan–funded

“We took this album to Nashville to record at the famous Blackbird Studio, owned by Martina McBride,” says singer-songwriter Rob Bondurant of his new album, Hurricane. “I wanted a sound, a vibe, a story, and ...

Cookie Monster rock

Call it “screamo” or call it “post hardcore,” locals Focus in Frame say they have no intention of backing away from the guttural groans that identify many modern metal bands. Detractors slag the incomprehensible singing ...

Hardcore roots

Itai Faierman on John Waters and his fifth-grade teacher

“John Waters asked for my number so we could talk about our mutual love of pre–World War II documentaries. He never called.”

Charlie Arbelaez, explosive bebop alto saxist

The liveliest of jazz jams happens on Friday nights in La Mesa. A chance move brought it here: “I lived just up the hill, off University Avenue,” says Charlie Arbelaez, 27. Recently out of the ...

Rocking the half-pipe

Cass McCombs is a road dog. On tour, he has witnessed a mix of cultures across the U.S. and often travels solely for the sake of learning about a new regional music scene. Though he ...

Pulso del Barrio

B-Side Players founder Karlos Paez makes it clear that he’s a benevolent bandleader. He’s still friends with his former B-Side bandmates. All 52 of them. “We just had our 20th reunion at the Belly Up,” ...

Meat Puppets vs. the great Pretender

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

Thanksday 27Gobble gobble zzzzzzzz. Friday 28As the Paladins, San Diego guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his high school pal and double-bass mother plucker Thomas Yearsley have anchored one of the tightest little rootsabilly combos this side ...

Fleetwood Mac vs. the Modern Lover

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

Sunday 30The all-ages Epicentre in Mira Mesa will go Off! on Sunday, as the hardcore supergroup (Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Hot Snakes) moshes through town with Nasa Space and Gay Kiss. With their latest, Wasted ...

A question of safety...and address

UCSD close to getting its way with the Ché Café, but the collective is resolute

UCSD pulled the trigger last week. The school went to court November 19 to obtain a writ of possession for the Ché Café, to evict the collective that has operated the café and venue for ...

Mahler Seventh? No problem.

San Diego Symphony capably delivers Tchaikovsky and even Mahler's "problem child."

“It’s kind of like a road trip, you’ve gotta at least try.” I was trying to be jocular during intermission on Saturday night but the gentleman I was trying to engage with my humor stared ...

Jazz and turkey at the U.S. Grant Hotel

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 27–30

Thursday 27 Celebrate Turkey Day in style and some irony with committed vegetarians Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo at the U.S. Grant Hotel (326 Broadway) from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. adults $87, children $35. Friday ...

Mahler's problem child

Maestro Ling discusses Mahler's Seventh Symphony.

Let’s talk a little more about Mahler. His Seventh Symphony is this weekend at San Diego Symphony and I was able to speak to non other than Maestro Ling about Mahler’s “problem child”. We spoke ...

Can new conductor beat Ling's $429,960 deal?

No replacement yet set for departing big-money symphony leader

The price of fine music could be going up even more for the San Diego Symphony with the departure of conductor Jahja Ling. The Indonesian-born Ling said on Thursday, November 20, that he will be ...

Run the Jewels put a beat on Porter's Pub

El-P and Killer Mike make for a weaponized rap attack

“This place is ratchet as f##k!" exclaimed a damp El-P to the Porter's Pub crowd, summoning cheers from the dank pit of restless angst. The recently formed duo Run the Jewels, an amalgam of former ...

We Are Nots, by Nots

Slow songs are overrated

Any band that says they’re punk but then tries to sneak in a slow song — imposters. If you’re looking for authentic, brazen punk, the four women in Nots have it. There’s a bold intensity ...

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