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What we need is a musical cold war

Trade guns for violins and let the battle be joined

What if, instead of a military industrial complex, we had an arts industrial complex? What if we had about a dozen for-profit, hard-core, unethical, manipulative corporations that ran music programs? I mean the dirty, money-hungry, ...

May the Force be with Titus Andronicus

...and not the police force

The Titus Andronicus van rolled into town on the same night as the Foo Fighters traveling circus. Whereas Dave Grohl and Co. most likely played to a sold-out Sleepy Train Amphitheatre, Patrick Stickles and his ...

Little change in the Dead Weather

Supergroup's latest still sounds like a Jack White project

The Dead Weather open up their third LP with "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).” It’s a robotic but robust mixture of screeching vocals from Alison Mosshart (The Kills), and the repetitive rhythm from Jack ...

Chemistry of Garbage

Shirley Manson and bandmates arguing over title of new album

Shirley Manson’s back together with her Garbage bandmates Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker. They hit Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on October 6. She took some trans-Atlantic phone questions from the Reader. What ...

Party at Pier Plaza with Pepper

Brooklyn of the West

“I plan on stumbling home that night,” singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman says about his show Friday at Oceanside’s Pier Plaza Amphitheatre. It’s five blocks from his house. Pepper moved to North County from Hawaii 16 years ...

What it was like to sit next to Lester Bangs for six years

Lester the person

On October 6, rock critic Jaan Uhelszki appears at Grossmont College, spotlighting her friend and fellow critic Lester Bangs, who grew up in El Cajon and attended Grossmont. Uhelszki took some questions from the Reader. ...

Trending: Rock bands that do R&B

Leading the way: Vintage Trouble

It’s the new big thing: pairing a soul-singing frontman with a hard-driving rock outfit. Vintage Trouble may be to blame (in part) for the success of the trend. They’ve been strong ever since they went ...

October album drops

Record-release roundup

New releases this week include a full-length from Brian Ellis called In the Dark, as well as a fifth studio album from Wavves, titled V, and Lurid Memory’s Dematerializing EP, which premieres October 2 at ...

Kick off with star power

San Diego Symphony prepares to open its 2015-16 masterworks season

The transition begins with the 2015-2016 San Diego Symphony season on Friday, October 9, at 7 p.m. The transition refers to Jahja Ling’s stepping down as the music director for the symphony after the 2016-2017 ...

Butt heads with the artist bio

Can we get something besides a resume from musicians?

I’ve mentioned the asinine quality of the artist bio a few times in the past but it’s time to take this thing on like bighorn sheep butting heads during the spring rut. That is to ...

KPRI finds Jesus

"K-Love" Christian radio format takes over KPRI 102.1 FM

“What would Jesus do? Certainly not fire 20 people.” That’s how one local radio pro joked about the transition of KPRI (102.1 FM) from a locally owned, locally programmed rock station to a contemporary Christian ...

A brief history of the San Diego music scene

The Hardback Lester Bangs Somewhere between life and literature. I think it’d really be groovy to give the readers an idea of what it was like growing up in El Cajon and reading Burroughs and ...

Go to feeling, not mere comparison

Why do opera lovers fall into the familiar trap?

After the René Barbera concert I was tempted to compare the young phenom to other singers. It’s a typical response. Yet comparing one singer to another is not a fair game. Some singers might even ...

Florent Ghys opens Fresh Sound

... and other jazz happenings around San Diego this week

Monday 28 The Fresh Sound fall series begins with a solo bass + electronics/video performance by Florent Ghys at Bread & Salt at 7:30 p.m. $15 general admission, $10 students. Wednesday 30 The Loft (911 ...

They invented punk rock

This Is the Sonics

Something burning this white hot, might out-vie language itself. For those joining us late, the Sonics started out in Tacoma, Washington, as teenagers. They invented punk rock — and anyone who doesn’t believe that can ...

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