Andrew Hamlin

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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. ...

Chastity blog

“We’ve always had a good time going to the beach and eating burritos in San Diego. Really great burritos!”

Guitarist/singer Julia Shapiro, guitarist Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm formed Chastity Belt mostly for laughs at Whitman College, then moved to Seattle and got serious. They visit the Casbah on Wednesday, ...

The London Suede's aquatic Night Thoughts

Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish

We won’t have the new Meat Loaf until the kids go back to school this September, so lucky for us the Suede decided to carry on in the face of lineup changes and, dare I ...

Durans' empty chair

How the British pop band still records, tours without a dedicated guitarist

Duran Duran, still Duranimal after all these years, brings their new multimedia blitz and their new album, Paper Gods, to the Sleep Train Amphitheatre Tuesday, August 2. From his home near Hammersmith, London, drummer Roger ...

In the flow with Sonny & the Sunsets

"Yeah, it would be fun to live in San Diego like those two…"

When not writing, singing, sharing one-act plays or investigating psychic phenomena (see below), Sonny Smith from Sonny & the Sunsets stumps for his new album Moods Baby Moods. The band hits Soda Bar on the ...

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