Of Note

Mastodon helps let out the scream

Count on "survivor bond" after House of Blues show

I used to think the Black Crowes were a loud band until I experienced Mastodon. The back story: I’d been granted a working-category stage pass back when San Diego still hosted Street Scene weekend concerts. ...

Repurposeful Rising Appalachia

Sisters weave folk and bluegrass with jazz, hip-hop, and Southern gospel

“I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’/ Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world.” Not surprised to hear Bob Dylan early in the soundtrack of ...

Walter TV channels ABBA

But the haunted-house version of the ’70s Swedish pop quartet

I’m going out on a limb to say this, but I hear echoes of ABBA here and there in Walter TV. Which is not meant as a bad thing. In fact, it’s the haunted-house version ...

Len Rainey, here when Mission Valley was hopping

Bassist and band to bring a lot of R&B, some soul, and rock to Adams Avenue

“They’ve been calling me blues all these days,” says Len Rainey. “But I do a lot of R&B, some soul, some rock. I even used to play jazz fusion,” he says, sounding a little surprised ...

Toadies unzip the bodybag

Play Belly Up Saturday with Local H

“The band never went all the way away.” Vaden Todd Lewis would know. As one of the Fort Worth band’s founding members, he is also one of its survivors. The band broke out in 1994 ...

Southern Avenue, streetwise beyond their years

"Truth, honesty, pain, love, growth, and peace through our music.”

Southern Avenue is the name of a street in Memphis. On it, at 1932, is Soulsville, the original home of the legendary Stax Records. It is also the name of a band, a brand new ...

A swim with the Sharks and Dennis Quaid — CANCELED

A celeb band that won't necessarily trip your odious meter

After publishing this preview, the Dennis Quaid and the Sharks show was canceled so a benefit could be held for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Art imitates life, which is busy imitating art: not exactly ...

No one calls Thundercat Stephen Bruner

Call him a mighty fine R&B and funk singer instead

Thundercat claims Miles Davis as an inspiration, along with jazz bassist Ron Carter and a pianist named Mary Lou Williams who was mostly active during the golden era of jazz, but you’d have to dig ...

U.S. Bombs target Soda Bar

The less you have to say about this band, the better

If there is any truth to the rumor, the last thing Joey Ramone heard in this life was U2’s In a Little While. He died in a New York hospital in 2001. But, there are ...

Lafayette Falkquay's purple Strat shoots straight

Two decades of club-hopping gets blues man to a rare place

Pure and greasy, raw, nasty, sexy, down-home Texas-style blues: there are possibly three or four authentic blues performers in San Diego, and Lafayette Falkquay is at the top of the stack. He’s a product of ...

"We Are the Problem," by U.S. Bombs

"Right Time"

...off of Nikki Lane's new one All or Nothin'

"Desperate Heart"

...from Gram Rabbit's Welcome to the Country album

New Orleans Suspects

...live onstage at SPACE


...by Twin Peaks off of their sophomore record Wild Onion

"Run to the Hills"

Steve 'n' Seagulls perform the Maiden classic live


...the Aristocrats, a live performance


...by the Teagan Taylor Band...after a snack...in the kitchen

"The Swimmer"

...off of the Toronto trios post-core sophomore set Metz II

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