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Reggae-ready for 2018

Longtime President's Day concert rebranded "Boomshaka"

As noted in a September 6 “Blurt” article, the popularity of reggae was pointing to a resurrection of the all-day reggae festival that had been held at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) every ...

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, ...

Modern Me scores a direct hit

Fallbrook indie rockers toss their disc into the 91X ring and hit Halloran

Adam Lamah is the frontman for Modern Me, a six-piece indie-rock band from Fallbrook that’s been compared to the 1975. In an attempt to get radio play for Modern Me’s new single, “Waters,” Lamah called ...

Where is Joe Strummer when you need him?

San Diego songsmith Jon Kanis about to drop his new album, Fundamentalism Is the Only Way

Jon Kanis spent around two years working on his upcoming full-length, Fundamentalism Is the Only Way, co-producing with Christopher Hoffee (Atom Orr, Truckee Brothers) at Chaos Recorders in Escondido. “The album was conceived to be ...

Soma gets wet

After 30 years, the all-ages place opens up some beer space

After 30 years as an alcohol-free establishment, Soma, the all-ages rock venue that played a role in launching local bands Blink-182 and Pierce the Veil, just hosted its first show serving beer. Soma owner Len ...

Small Culture in the famine spot

To remain solvent, like many musicians, Jerik Centeno does the computer-app taxi thing

Jerik Centeno of Small Culture moved to San Diego three years ago to pursue a career in audio production. “All through high school [in Kau’i] all I wanted to do was record and mix bands. ...

The Who. The Hits

Standing in ovation, the crowd bridged the (my) generation gap

Thirty-four years after their first farewell, mod-rockers the Who hit San Diego on their latest (rescheduled) swan song. With only two surviving members, this really could be the last time… Okay, it's not the classic ...

Protest at Sports Arena Verizon store

Telecom union workers speak out against jobs being sent abroad

As many as 100 local telecom union workers converged on a Verizon Wireless storefront on Sports Arena Boulevard Thursday afternoon (May 5) in support of striking Verizon workers. The workers they're supporting, however, are call-center ...

The Shadows of Nasty City

Surf-punk four-piece outgrows hip-hop high school

If you go to Sweetwater High, chances are good you are into hip-hop. “That’s just what all the kids from National City are into,” says Andy Saldana, singer/guitarist of Los Shadows. “Our area is gangster ...

It's the end of the world as Muse knows it...

The setlist pulled the most paranoid and apocalyptic songs from their seven albums

It was the end of the world inside the Valley View Casino Center, and the audience couldn’t have been happier. The destruction and mayhem was courtesy of British space rockers Muse, who are currently on ...

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