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San Diego Symphony gives us messy Beethoven

Those unsustained phrases

I take no pleasure in what follows. The San Diego Symphony has now given two perplexing performances of a Beethoven symphony in as many weeks. The fourth symphony was played on the weekend of January ...

Emmanuel Ax’s hands were 100 percent water

San Diego Symphony shines with Beethoven Piano Concerto

The San Diego Symphony has been holding a January festival for the past several years. This year, the topic is Beethoven at 250. The festival started with performances of Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No. 3, Piano ...

Worst-ever touring stories from Caspian

“We got chased out of Milan by the Russian mob one time.”

“If one word sticks in my mind about shows in San Diego, it’s ‘sweat.’ We all get pretty soaked during shows, because we love to get into it. But San Diego is always next-level.” Jonny ...

Live Five: La Jolla High alumni

Avenue Army, Ten Bulls, Los Lobos, The Paladins, Low Volts

“Avenue Army relocated from Saint Paul, MN to San Diego specifically because they felt that their sound would fit nicely in Southern California, and because they strongly felt that this was the place to build ...

Big in Spain: The Loons and The Rosalyns rock León

New Spain label compilation records also feature Skid Roper and Manual Scan

San Diego acts remain big in Spain, a longstanding trend that arguably kicked off when the Zeros stormed out of Chula Vista in the late 70s. The influential punk band has a new single on ...

Beethoven is gravity

A few of the best San Diego Beethovens I recall

We are now in the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth and there will be content created like never before. The internet is already dripping with articles about the grim master of the human condition. ...

Queensrÿche: The music between the notes

“It’s the subtleties that make it great”

Queensrÿche, who will be 40 years into their prog-metal run by the time you read this, are painfully aware that they’ve got some members from the classic years who aren’t around anymore; and some songs ...

Moving and grooving with San Diego Autism Society

Chadwick Stokes, Parker Meridien, Vokab Kompany, Hullabaloo, Cardinal Moon

Most bands favored by Deadheads are content with providing psychedelic spinners with the requisite groove to get their tie-dye twirling. Chadwick Stokes likes to use his folky jam band style to educate, engage, and yeah, ...

Lil Yachty sails into town

Keeping that “surreal Willy Wonka” vibe

“I miss the old Yachty, the ‘bubblegum trap’ Yachty,” said fan Jhueller, “the never, switch up-Yachty.” “I’ve got songs that sample Mario Bros., Charlie Brown, the Rugrats theme, the music that plays when you turn ...

Music composers of 1920 vs. 2020

So much for Philip Glass, John Adams, Thomas Adès, Jake Heggie, Matthew Aucoin, Mason Bates, Aaron Schoenberg, David Bruce

As we enter the 2020s, I thought it would be interesting to look back to 1920 and get a feel for what was going on in classical music at the start of that notorious decade. ...

Renegade country stars

TSOL, Sickstring Outlaws, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Beat Farmers Hootenanny, Chase Morrin Trio

Local concert attendees now pushing their fifties still swap war stories about the times that T.S.O.L. (which stands for True Sounds of Liberty) played around town at punk-friendly places like the Adams Avenue Theater and ...

Oceanside's first public painted piano

“It was actually a gorgeous instrument before it was painted”

“I guess I am the force behind the Oceanside Art Piano Project,” admits musician Robert Parker, about the intricately hand-painted piano that now calls the Oceanside Museum of Art its home. “But it’s a collaboration ...

Mrs. Henry, Jack Daniels, and Dr. Feelgood

A whirlwind 48 hours in New York City

“It was sponsored by Jack Daniels, who put up money and booze so we could do this thing, and as you can imagine that night was a whiskey-soaked endeavor,” says singer-guitarist Daniel Cervantes of Mrs. ...

"Everyone thought we were sellouts" - the Penetrators' punk POV

Gary Heffern recalls San Diego’s punk heyday of the late 70s and early 80s

An interview with Gary Heffern of the the Penetrators. What are your best, worst, and oddest stories of playing San Diego over the years? The best times were the early days, people don't realize the ...

My kids liked Rosenkavalier at the Met

One singer chewing air

As a member of the San Diego Opera Chorus, I don’t often have a chance to review an opera but I’ve got one now. I went to see Der Rosenkavalier, by Richard Strauss, at The ...

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