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Has large hair, check. Takes on weight of world, check.

But check Ron Gallo's music before you judge

“Let’s get a house/ you and me/ and your 12 cats,” sings Ron Gallo. “You’ll gird my mattress with nails/ one for/ every time something psycho came out of your mouth.” Remember Neil Young and ...

Adam Gnade finds love in this meatgrinder called life

“‘America,’ in the post-colonial sense, was a slaughterhouse from the get-go.”

According to Adam Gnade’s latest album, Life Is the Meatgrinder That Sucks in All Things, recent American history is split into two distinct parts: before and after September 11, 2001. The spoken narrative serves as ...

Latest San Diego concert announcements

Bullets & Octane, Zola Jesus, Andrew Belle, Mutemath, Carla Morrison, Iron & Wine, Deer Tick

Heavily tattooed rockers Bullets & Octane will visit Brick by Brick on July 14, mainly to promote their new single and video for “Bad Motherfucker,” the first track from their yet-to-be-scheduled eighth album, Waking Up ...

Rock en español? Naw, Rock en ingles.

"I was really inspired by Tijuana No!" says Latinized Hawk Auburn guitarman

When XETV Channel 6 went off the air last month, guitarist Raul Gonzales was one of some 60 employees who lost their jobs; he was a programming engineer in the station’s master control studio in ...

Action Andy won't exclude the local-hit long-goners

"Getting records out was either costly or something they never considered."

“I aim on creating a series of compilations based on San Diego music from the ’50s into the ’70s,” says Action Andy & the Hi-Tones frontman Andy Rasmussen. “This first volume will focus on rock ...

XXXTentacion and neighbors unload on Observatory North Park

“Our guards are internal employees who work diligently for all our shows."

Shortly after regaining consciousness after he was blindsided onstage at the Observatory on June 7, XXXTentacion went on Instagram Live. He seemed to claim that the venue’s security team played a part by hiding the ...

Rob Stone — the guy with the glasses? — did it?

No, he says, on XXXtentacion assault, but "I knew it was gonna happen."

Rappers beefing in real life may be good for lyrics but it can cost you gigs. Consider local rapper Rob Stone, best known for his breakout 2015 hit “Chill Bill.” He tells how Florida rapper ...

Prokoviev-ing

Platonic forms and divine muses make an appearance at Mainly Mozart

We now have a peak experience to add to the list for Mainly Mozart, but it came from Prokofiev and Beethoven. The Mainly Mozart Festival is taking a chronological journey through Mozart’s life over the ...

If you can use The Force, then use it

Mainly Mozart's second concert

Two concerts into the Mainly Mozart Festival and all is well. The second concert on Thursday, June 15, was a mixed bag for moi. This was the third time I’ve been to a Mainly Mozart ...

Strauss raised wife jokes to the level of art

How would the "I'm with her" crowd react to Strauss's Intermezzo?

What is an intermezzo? There are several famous musical intermezzi such as those found in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci but there is also an entire opera entitled Intermezzo by Richard Strauss. What gives? In the ...

The Tao of Mozart

Conrad Tao brings the ancient nature of the cosmos to the Mainly Mozart Festival

Taoism, with its principles of effortless action, naturalness, humility, simplicity, spontaneity, compassion, and frugality, was a perfect fit for the evening. Which evening? The opening evening of The 2017 Mainly Mozart Festival on Saturday, June ...

Mariachi man

“I was just starting high school when my parents got a letter of deportation."

Southwestern College professor Jeff Nevin has been teaching Mariachi music for 20 years. Proceeds from concerts he organizes fund $20,000 in annual scholarships for music students. His teaching clinics help keep Mariachi alive. But Nevin ...

55 gigs in 24 hours is a big enough wow

“We didn’t break the record on our first try, which was okay.”

The Guinness Book of World Records achievement for “Most Concerts in 24 Hours” (65 gigs set in Norway, 2012) is safe for now. Local vocalist Leonard Patton and his group with pianist Ed Kornhauser, bassist ...

Grimy Black Lips to smack the Belly Up

The high school remains in these boys

How these things sometimes get started: in the case of the Black Lips, from Dunwoody, Georgia, the lo-fi garage-rock band may have never come to exist if two of the founding members had not been ...

Musicians kick out the books

"I wrote it in honor of my son Dillon and our cat Cake."

“I work eight hours a week for a yoga studio, but the rest of my money is currently made playing music on the streets, in venues, and selling my first book,” says Martin Stamper, aka ...