Blurt: San Diego Music News

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"Underhero" of the San Diego music scene asks for help and gets it

“It started as a joke,” says veteran rock jock Mike Halloran about the fundraising concert he’s spearheading for a fellow veteran of the local music scene. “I announced on Facebook that Chris Cantore, Steven Woods, ...

La Jolla Symphony performs Verdi's masterpiece

There is nothing more important for you to do this weekend.

The La Jolla Symphony is doing Verdi’s Requiem this weekend. If you happen to be reading this and have never been to a live performance of the Requiem then I would say there is nothing ...

Creature marinade

Super Groupies out, Creature Canyon in

Austin Steele learned the hard way that it’s hard to play pop music in San Diego. “There is no scene for our music at all,” the singer/songwriter told the Reader three years ago about his ...

Riker's lifetime achievement

San Diego guitarist Wayne Riker honored at this year's SDMAs

This year’s winner of the San Diego Music Awards’ “Lifetime Achievement” prize is guitarist Wayne Riker, who is still kind of processing that information. “Having worked in all the different genres professionally, I can name ...

Modern English melts fantastic

English new wave group tours through town behind their latest, Take Me To The Trees

Modern English will always be “I Melt with You” to America — an essential ’80s love song that singer Robbie Grey once admitted is about sex during nuclear war. They’re back with a new album, ...

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

You can't follow the money if the money isn't there...

Is nonprofit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model? I’ve been watching some content from an entrepreneur named Gary ...

Teenage song stew

Scottish alt-rock band Teenage Fanclub returns with Here

Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque was the platter that Spin magazine deemed their Album of the Year in 1991. At the end of those 12 months, pristine harmonies complemented by fuzzy guitars beat out grunge (Nirvana’s Nevermind), ...

Endangered Blood at Bread & Salt

This week in San Diego jazz happenings

Monday 13Start off the jazz week in San Diego with a free, noon-time concert featuring pianist Joshua White and trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos at the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza)…. Stephanie Richards + Phantom Station: Conduction ...

A childlike concert at San Diego Symphony

How do you make Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 fresh and new?

When it comes to concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, the one turned out by the San Diego Symphony on March 4 was special. Never in my life could I have imagined anyone conducting like ...

Springtime record releases from San Diego's own...

Manuok, Mike Wojniak, Pinback, Mattson 2, Michael Tiernan, and more

New age guitarist Shambhu, who studied with Carlos Santana and meditation guru Sri Chinmoy, will introduce his third studio album, Soothe, with a solo performance at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga on March 11. “There’s ...

Rasta redemption

Local radio rediscovers reggae

The positive vibrations championed by Bob Marley are not exactly what’s driving the increase in reggae airtime on local airwaves. A few weeks ago, 91X brought back Brunch with Bob and Friends. The 10 a.m.-to-noon ...

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