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The Zeros score big

Local punk pioneers play The Thing at Bar Pink

“We’re the Zeros from Chula Vista, California,” said punk-rock pioneer Javier Escovedo to a packed and sweaty crowd during a “Music Thing” showcase at Bar Pink. Despite their show of local pride and deep San ...

Vance Joy's Dream Your Life Away

After hearing the catchy, upbeat song “Riptide,” fans of Vance Joy have been awaiting the Aussie’s debut album. Dream Your Life Away will please followers of his four released songs that have been circling the ...

The Paws like the lo-fi indie-rock

The guys in Paws like the lo-fi indie-rock of the 1990s. And why not? At their respective ages, the ’90s scene is vintage. They’ve not been around too long, having released their debut seven-inch single ...

Rewritten Law

It is not surprising that Unwritten Law is still going. The pop-punk band had radio hits (“Seein’ Red,” “Up All Night,” “Save Me [Wake Up Call]”), six albums, Warped Tours, and plenty of fans who ...

Folk Arts V

“Right here? This is the shop’s fifth location.” Earlier this summer, Brendan Boyle bought out Folk Arts Rare Records, founded nearly half a century ago by Lou Curtiss. Inside the new location on El Cajon ...

Folk arts IV

“It’s euphoric to sing in a four-part harmony band,” says Jeff Berkley, one-fourth of Berkley Hart Selis Twang. “It’s joyful and feels like you’re gonna lift off the ground. I think the audiences feel that, ...

Pure Daniel

“He wanted to stay around Southern California, you know he never ventured into New York. That’s where you’ve got to go to get an international reputation. Had he been exposed to a larger audience, he ...

Buzzcocks, a Bang! day, and all the Epic Future Radness you can fit in your earholes

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

Thursday 18Rock writer Robert Christgau called the Buzzcocks punk’s “most incandescent singles band,” and in the next sentence charged the English group of “defying punk’s party line and inventing ‘power pop’ in the process.” All ...

Three Total Slackers, two Bots, and a Zammuto

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

Sunday 21Brooklyn garage-rock trio Total Slacker follows Florida’s space-punk Flashlights into Casbah Sunday night. Total Slacker’s an appropriate name in that they tend to appropriate (the other meaning) ’90s mush-mouthed slack rockers Pavedoh and Sebament. ...

Buenos Avenue freeze-out

“The reaction has, by and large, been great.” Clay Hackett checks in with the Reader to talk about his newest creation, the Catalyst. “The Catalyst is an online magazine that covers [San Diego] rock and ...

Tragic and comic, listen and sing

Verdi's Rigoletto opens Saturday and Gilbert and Sullivan opens Sunday.

Pacific Lyric Association is running three performances of Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto starting on Saturday, September 20th at 7 p.m. The venue is the Escondido Center for the Performing Arts. The remaining performances are on Friday ...

Back in the air!

Steve West brings his Sunday morning classic-alternative show to FM 94/9

No one has lasted longer on the local radio airwaves than Steve West. On Sunday, the Resurrection Sunday cat begins another life, resurrecting himself with a new show on FM 94/9. The British-born West, inspired ...

Please don't tell me about your influences

Things seem to end up being unfair to both the old and new works.

If there is one idea that gets me worked up, it’s the “inspired by” idea or the “based upon” idea. O Brother Where Art Thou borrows incidents and characters from Homer’s Odyssey but I’d rather ...

Catch the Charles McPherson Quintet for free!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 15–21

Monday 15Guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos and bassist Evona Wascinski perform in duo at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 to 9 p.m. for free! Tuesday 16 Steph Johnson on guitar and vocals and Rob ...

Aviara Trio free concert

San Diego libraries provide great concerts all year.

The Rancho Bernardo Public library has a chamber music series. Several libraries have similar programs. They are a rich source of music in San Diego County and they’re all free. I bring up Rancho Bernardo ...

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