Of Note

Take that slow ride with Foghat

British hard-rock band bellies up to Belly Up

Through classic-rock radio’s reliance on one song, over the decades Foghat has been reduced to a footnote in the pantheon of rock and roll. Listeners young and old seem never to tire of hearing, yet ...

Folk Violator Kurt Vile

The Violators tour through town in support of this year's trip, b'lieve i'm goin' down

Yeah, that’s his real name. Kurt Samuel Vile, from Philadelphia, fronts a psych-pop band called the Violators and he plays his guitar with banjo-like sincerity. That was his first stringed instrument, the banjo, and he ...

Gary Clark Jr. — not your daddy's blues

Two sets of Sonny Boy Slim at Humphrey's this week

Although you wouldn’t know it by the way he plays the blues, Gary Clark Jr. calls Michael Jackson’s Bad tour one of his earliest musical influences, perhaps the first big push that had him playing ...

The Jayhawks regroup, record

...and tour through town behind this year's Paging Mr. Proust

Yes, they are getting on in years, but, somehow they don’t sound like it. Indeed, the Jayhawks — now touring in support of their latest release, Paging Mr. Proust — could just as well be ...

Bad Suns rise on the Open Air stage

Los Angeles alt-pop four piece drops Disappear Here this year

“Superstars in the making,” is what Los Angeles tastemakers KROQ radio once called them. Bad Suns is a young band (ages range from 20 to 23), and they started in a garage in a Los ...

Death-jump blues rocker "Hot Rod" DeMink

Local showman plays a death-defying freebie at House of Blues

Something to see, when the dude pulls off a headstand using his big fat red Gibson as a counterbalance, and not missing a beat while grinding out a note-for-note textbook-perfect guitar solo. The deep back-bends, ...

Back on the road with Joe Pug

The folk-singer's latest Windfall

He was about to quit music three years ago, the folk singer Joe Pug claimed to anyone in the media who would listen. And, there were many. A couple of years earlier he’d ditched school ...

The restless mind of Sonny Smith

SanFran band Sonny & the Sunsets brings Moods Baby Moods to Soda Bar

Sonny Smith seems like one of those individuals who has no trouble whatsoever bending people to their various whims. One example: half a dozen years ago, the Bay Area author/songwriter/filmmaker invented 100 bands, none of ...

Mundell Lowe and television jazz

San Diego notable plays a freebie at the Handlery

An 80-year gig: jazz-guitarist Mundell Lowe was with Peggy Lee at the White House in 1970; he played Playboy Jazz in the ’80s when it still meant something; spent years as music director with the ...

Before there was reggae there was reggay — and there was Toots

Toots & the Maytals take the stage at the Observatory Wednesday night

Toots and the Maytals have been coming around for so long now that news of their arrival is taken in stride, much like the way one might embrace a change of season or impending weather. ...

Acid-funk Allstars

Greyboy, Denson, Vokab, Belly Up

Doubtless that anybody in the Green Circle Bar in San Diego in 1993 heard a future Rolling Stone when the house deejay introduced his latest project, a collaborative between the turntables and live music he ...

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