Blurt: San Diego Music News

Sophie Webber’s Escape combines cello with choristers of local St. Paul’s Cathedral

And other music news from Tolan Shaw, Steve Poltz, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jason Mraz, more

“I’m working on a new presentation of the Bach Cello Suites, B2C: Bach Cello Suites to Choir, a recording project of Bach Suites Nos.1 and 3 for Solo Cello, alongside my own original arrangement for ...

Taylor Guitars’ master guitar designer, Andy Powers has built guitars for Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, Edge from U2 and others

“It’s a rare breed, with maybe a few hundred worldwide, and probably no more than three of us in San Diego.”

Andy Powers plays a little ditty he made up on the spot on a guitar he built by hand, in the home he rebuilt to perfection. Powers, who ranks among the best guitar makers in ...

RIP Marshmallow Highway guitarist John Ruckle

Also played with Clemson Weed Band & Heat Show Band

Marshmallow Highway formed in the late 1960s, with its definitive lineup of guitarist John Edward Ruckle, drummer Rod Howard (whose family home in Linda Vista served as their rehearsal studio), and Marc Intravaia, who played ...

Levi Dean & The Americats: now Free and Untethered

“When we wouldn’t comply we were kicked off stage and asked to leave with no pay”

Levi Dean, born in Virginia, late of the Rocky Mountains, late of Nashville, lately seen around University Heights, Normal Heights, and North Park, has had good and bad shows all over the country. “One of ...

Immigration through Migration: Pat Metheny drummer and composer of Birdman soundtrack Antonio Sanchez releases new album

Grammy Award winner is “completely repulsed by what the United States is doing to immigrants”

The cover photo of drummer Antonio Sanchez’s new CD Lines In The Sand, which dropped in January, should be familiar to most San Diegans. It depicts the U.S. border wall at Imperial Beach as it ...

San Diego Comic Fest to feature album art painter William Stout, Rhino Records artist Scott Shaw!, Digital Lizards of Doom

Happening March 7-10 at Four Points by Sheraton

“We always try to make it clear that we’re not on some kind of anti-Comic-Con crusade,” says San Diego Comic Fest co-founder Mike Towry. “We just miss the kind of event we had back in ...

From iPhones and Venmo apps to Joy Division minor-key urgency — a collective interview with L.A. band Liily

Sometimes it’s time to break out the masks, and incinerate a Christian virgin

Singer Dylan Nash and bassist Charlie Anastasis, half of L.A. band Liily, wish to inform you, dear reader, that they’ll answer all of the below interview questions collectively, as a united front. Only one exception. ...

Crowdfunding collapse between Allison Adams Tucker and PledgeMusic

“I’m up to my eyeballs in debt”

“I had premonitions that something was amiss,” says vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, whose latest recording project got caught up in the apparent collapse of the crowdfunding organization PledgeMusic, after she spent a considerable amount of ...

"Rising white nationalism & the current U.S. administration, respectively"

A Freudian trilogy from electro-opera singer-songwriter Trishes

“Ego is the first of three releases that describe the struggle between parts of oneself, each named after Freud’s constructs of self,” says electro-opera singer-songwriter Trish Hosein, aka one-woman band Trishes. “Ego will be followed ...

Stephanie Richards’ New York tribute album drew titles from Allen Ginsberg, Maya Angelou, Jack Kerouac

Plus March releases from Jake Najor, Josh Rosenblum, Ready Set Survive, Touchies, more

Jazz trumpeter Stephanie Richards pays tribute to New York City on her sophomore album Take the Neon Lights, due March 1. A video is streaming online for “Brooklyn Machine,” named from Allen Ginsberg’s poem “My ...

How Bang Bang Jet Away’s “Cocaine Company” landed a top spot on 91X Loudspeaker

Matt Binder contrasts experimental music to his strict approach to authoring books

Hotel St. George formed in 2007 and was kaput five years later in 2012. “Yeah, I got frustrated that we stayed at the same level for a long time,” singer/guitarist Matt Binder explained. “There wasn’t ...