Andrew Hamlin

Articles by Andrew Hamlin

High school survivalists the Regrettes

With a Warner Brothers record deal, no regrets for these four teens

They’re too young to hold office and at least two of them can’t vote, but the Regrettes, four teens pushing back against conventional notions of beauty, status, and worth, have a Warner Brothers recording contract, ...

Sprinkle Stephen Pearcy over Southern California

The Ratt frontman is back with solo Smash...and suggests Ratt may be right behind him

Back to work on Ratt and related projects, singer Stephen Pearcy celebrates the release of a new solo album, Smash, on January 27. The former San Diegan took some questions from L.A. Been back to ...

Tour Italy with Keith Jarrett

Multi-disc Multitude of Angels offers the piano mans final solo tour

“Over the Rainbow” would be the last piece he’d play in public for a few years. As he remarks in his liner notes, he was already sick when he did these concerts. He didn’t know ...

Mr. Robinson's frontier spirit

Psych-n-blues-rock band Chris Robinson Brotherhood takes the stage at the Observatory on Friday

Ex–Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson brings the Chris Robinson Brotherhood to the Observatory North Park on December 16. In between the phone signal cutting out in Appalachia, he took some questions. Where am I reaching ...

Pansy Division's Chris Freeman on Beatles, Kiss, and Trump

Soundtrack of my life

Out-and-proud punk-poppers Pansy Division hit Soda Bar November 4. Co-founder Chris Freeman took some email queries. What are the band’s most memorable San Diego gigs? “Opening for Green Day at the Sports Arena on Halloween ...

The biggest kit in the world

Drummer Terry Bozzio sets it up at Dizzy's

Drummer Terry Bozzio’s survived playing with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and a slew of prog-rock lineups. He brings a concert-length solo performance on “the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion” set to Dizzy’s on October ...

Cyndi always sang

Ms. Lauper is back on the charts — the country charts

Cyndi Lauper’s sung R&B, electronica, classics, obscurities, and picked up a Grammy and a Tony for writing the Kinky Boots musical. She brings her new country album, Detour, to Humphreys by the Bay October 3 ...

Gary Wilson's flour power

Still catchy, still creepy, still obsessive, still (mostly) masked...

Still catchy, still creepy, still obsessive, still (mostly) masked, still rocking the white-framed cat’s-eye sunglasses he’s favored for decades, longtime San Diego resident Gary Wilson has a new album out, Friday Night with Gary Wilson, ...

Planets realigned

Jazzy hip-hop trio Digable Planets reunite, tour

Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, having spent many years with the psychedelic hiphop team Shabazz Palaces, reunited with his earlier band, Digable Planets, for their first tour since 2005. They land at Belly Up on August 20. ...

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