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Berlin Philharmonic turns away from new music

New director, Kirill Petrenko, getting flak

The new music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, Kirill Petrenko, is receiving some flak for his opening concerts with the orchestra. He is too conservative with his programming. In the words of Alex Ross, critic ...

Something akin to a live action Disney movie as imagined by Salvador Dali

Diego’s Umbrella, Blood Ponies, Bostich & Fussible, The Routine, Whitney Shay

Although this column tends to focus on homegrown acts, and Diego’s Umbrella certainly sounds like a locally coined band name, the gypsy rockers are actually from the Bay Area. Still, they certainly wouldn’t look out ...

SSI release Resurrectionem Ex-Mortuis on Shepard Fairey’s Obey Records

Fairey will also help with prizes planned for a remix competition SSI is doing with software company Native Instruments

Electronic rockers Sonic Solutions Inc features two Encinitas brothers from an earlier band called Physics, John Goff (drummer and bagpiper for Crash Worship) and Will Goff, who plays guitar and keyboards. When Physics split, Jason ...

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnelle embraces fantasy with In League with Dragons

“Wizards grow more practiced in their craft as they age”

In League with Dragons, the new LP by the Mountain Goats, began its life as a concept album. John Darnielle, the band’s chief architect of songcraft, had grand plans for a fantasy rock opera that ...

As I Lay Dying dropped from Resurrection Fest

And other music news from Pathology, Schizophonics, Chon, Deaf Club, and the Swedish Models

Spanish organizers of the 2019 Resurrection Fest have dropped the reunited As I Lay Dying due to negative backlash over singer Tim Lambesis’ conviction and imprisonment for trying to hire an undercover police officer to ...

Happy birthday John Cage

Toy Piano Festival, Brian Wilson & the Zombies, Peter Pupping Band, Blues Against Hunger Jamboree, The Loons

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival to pay homage to the birthday of experimental composer John Cage, who wrote “Suite for Toy Piano” in 1948. Its Geisel Library ...

Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road to San Diego

“Rap is very far from new to country”

Some San Diego hip-hop fans I spoke to said they didn’t like “Old Town Road” when it first dropped on local airwaves and the club scene — but what was it like for our country ...

San Diego Opera's Aida – more music, less moving

Sometimes costumes and the set obscure the sound

The San Diego Opera opens their 2019-2020 Season with Verdi’s Aida. I will be in the chorus, for the fourth time. However, this is the first time I will be in a production which is ...

We don't need a dabbler at the Met

None of these conductors has opera in his blood

I recently watched a YouTube video from a channel entitled *This is Opera*. The video demonstrated just how much Yannick Nézet-Séguin understands the human voice. If you watch the masterclasses which Nézet-Séguin held at Juilliard, ...

Los Texmaniacs joined by Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos for local gig

“We’re expecting a large crowd” at Adams Avenue Street Fair says Steve Kader

“I love exposing people to all types of music,” explains Steve Kader, the talent buyer for the Adams Avenue Street Fair, a gig he’s held for the past 15 years after logging seven with 4th ...

Death metal-lite

Pathology, Angels & Airwaves, Just in Case, Alice in Chains, SM Familia

Heavy metallers Pathology used to be a local joke. Formed in 2006 by Dave Astor (the Locust, Cattle Decapitation) and Levi Fuselier (Disgorge), later joined by fang-wearing vocalist Matti Way (Disgorge, Liturgy), they quickly found ...

Bleached and sober

The natural high of newfound sobriety is evident all over their latest album

Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough is a fitting title for the new Bleached album. The release marks the first time the Clavin sisters (Jennifer and Jessie) have written and recorded an album completely sober. ...

Record Release Roundup: Jordan Krimston ready to Turn the Page

Big Bad Buffalo & Miss New Buddha vet going solo in September

Jordan Krimston is a vet of bands like Big Bad Buffalo (whose 2012 debut self-titled three-song EP was released while Krimston was still in high school), Band Argument (an analog-digital hybrid), Weatherbox, and Miss New ...

nkoda – egalitarian sheet music

Reader writer tested Aida for singing in this fall's opera

While I generally embrace digital technology, I don’t consider myself to be an app guy. I don’t follow the top app charts in the App Store or play any games on my phone or iPad. ...