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Stories by Kip Lyda

World Party trio stirs Solana Beach

Wallinger and company re-imagine the hits

World Party concluded its U.S. tour with a dynamic performance at the Belly Up Tavern. The Karl Wallinger–led trio transcended the expectations of the crowd, which led to several standing ovations. Wallinger, comfortable in his ...

M.I.A.'s Matangi

M.I.A. has once again delivered an engrossing platter of ear candy with her latest effort Matangi. From the opening of “Karmageddon” through the closing track “Sexodus,” M.I.A. brings the listener along as she dominates the ...

The Next Day, a new Bowie classic

David Bowie’s latest is a testament to his iconic status as a musical and artistic chameleon. The Next Day ranks as one of the most surprising and rewarding efforts produced this year. This album deals ...

Mindbending Mexicali

Musicians and fans from around the globe descended upon Mexicali for Baja Prog 2013 lured by the possibility of aural utopia. This international festival brought out many musical giants in the progressive-music world, including the ...

Midge Ure captivates Brick by Brick

Midge Ure, former singer and guitar player for seminal new wavers Ultravox, stopped by Brick By Brick as part of his current tour. Playing before a loyal, enthusiastic crowd, Ure covered much of his solo ...

The Soft Pack storm the Griffin

Former San Diegans the Soft Pack stormed back into town for a one-off at the Griffin in Bay Park. Playing short, sweet, three-minute pop-punk songs, the band entertained the sparse rain-dampened crowd for over an ...

Peter Gabriel Transports Valley View

Peter Gabriel arrived in San Diego to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his commercial breakthrough album So. Beginning with a short yet stunning acoustic set that featured such highlights as “Shock the Monkey” and “Come ...

Matisyahu's Spark Seeker

Matisyahu's Spark Seeker is not a reggae album. On the first offering from the artist since his break with the Hasidic faith, Matisyahu deftly weaves traditional Hebrew chants and Middle Eastern textures with the ego ...

Wavves Crash at Del Mar Track

San Diego's Wavves took the stage in the inaugural event of this season’s 4 O'clock Fridays at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Despite playing in front of one of the smallest crowds in the events ...

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