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The classic rock artist

East county painter captures the essence of rock and roll's past

Of the subjects that appeal to fine artist Jessie Buddell, only one of them is still alive. That would be ...

Caged Lizards and Mayhem: a lifetime in music

Anthony Smith tells all in his self-penned memoir about life in the music industry fast lane

There was farting and crude lyrics sung over familiar songs, gay jokes, butt jokes, frequent and loud belly laughter, rough-housing, ...

No curtain call for Anthology

"Nothing has changed from your company's article a few weeks ago. Just a careful reminder: I won't hesitate to slap ...

2012: the music year in review

Musicians and music industry locals name their favorite hometown CD releases of the year

DIANA DEATH / Rock N Roll Preservation Society: The New Kinetics In Stereo "I'm stoked they put out their second ...

Jamming in the blue room

Local jazz musicians gather in a private jam session to sharpen their skills

I'm traveling north on the 15 freeway in a small car with a drummer and a trumpet player. It gets ...

In her cups

Jessica Crosby of IB re-invents that scene from the movie Pitch Perfect, the one where Anna Kendrick sings and gets jiggy at the same time with a drinking cup

A commercial photographer named Jessica Crosby sent me a link to a music video she made and posted on Youtube. ...

No beheadings this year

East County high school marching bands perform for each other in the season finale

"Last year, I beheaded someone." Heather Luck, flutist, is the instrumental music director at Steele Canyon High School in Rancho ...

You gotta hear this: Lullabies for the Cursed

B-grade Hollywood thrillers and drive-ins were the inspiration for this collection of spook rock tunes released by local duo Picus Maximus.

When nighttime has fallen and the township retires, a flutter awakens a young woman's desires. --Rick Sparhawk Nothing better than ...

Bruce Cameron: jazz any way you like it

A local jazz legend jams and talks about then, and now.

The jam at Haritna, in La Mesa: on an achingly hot Thursday evening my friend Mousa, a giant of a ...

BETAMAXX Band to Host Benefit 10-24

"He's blinking," says Breanne Arrigo Reilly, "and he's swallowing. They said he never would." She is talking about her nephew, ...

Meet the band: this is Dive Bomber

"I'm 43," says Catfish Comstock after he sets a heavy Mesa Boogie amp down on the backstage loading dock. "And ...

Bonnie has the Wright stuff

“Bonnie Wright has given new artists and different genres of music, including ‘contemporary’ classical, not only a home, but an ...

Ariel Levine wants to be an Elvis impersonator. No, not that Elvis.

Pump it up when you don't really need it. Pump it up until you can feel it. "It's a big ...

Tribute planned for former Back 2 Black guitarist

Cap Lillard has died. The word from his family is that he passed away peaceably sometime early Monday morning in ...

The world vibrates: Sharon DuBois

I live in my dream world. A lot of my songs come from dreams. Sharon DuBois and I have been ...

How can anything that sounds this damned sweet be good for you?

"There are some genres that are harder to play than others." Brittni Paiva (pronounced pie--vah) 23, of Hawaii, is a ...

Absolutely Crappy Instruments: the Record Company

"I dated a girl who was a schoolteacher and a yoga instructor for two years. She lived in Pacific Beach. ...

Indie Fertility: five local bands you should be listening to

Back 2 Black AC/DC tribute During a grand entrance Paul Howie, in the role of Angus Young, does a stage ...

On High: an end to the rock and roll ice age

A couple of weeks ago while at the grand opening of Rock and Roll San Diego, I heard a sound ...

Lynn Willard: Talkin' with the Master

"I'm so excited about this!" It's Lynn Willard on the phone, talking about his latest band. He calls it the ...

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