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San Diego Symphony: rambunctious list for next season

Lotsa Beethoven, but why not Dvorak 7 or 9?

The San Diego Symphony has announced its 2019-2020 season and it is a rambunctious list of symphonic music. For the past few seasons, I’ve felt as though the San Diego Symphony has been getting away ...

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 ...

Aerosmithian rock balladry

Deaf Havana, Jamila Woods, Aly & AJ, Smashing Pumpkins

It sometimes seems as if British alt-rockers Deaf Havana are embarrassed by the top-five chart success of their biggest release, 2017’s All These Countless Nights. Formed in 2005, their fifth album from last year, Rituals, ...

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 ...

Robert Spanos personality, Vaughn Williams' glory show up at San Diego Symphony

Beethoven not great before 3rd Piano Concerto, 3rd Symphony

We are having a proper winter in San Diego and on Saturday, March 9, we had a proper symphony performed by the San Diego Symphony at the Jacobs Music Center. Before we received the proper ...

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 ...

Effortless proficiency on Dobro, mandolin, acoustic bass, piano, sax, and even the clarinet and bassoon

John Jorgenson, Damned Things, Supersuckers, Citizen

John Jorgenson is one of the first and few guitarists since the late Dick Dale or Stanley Jordan to so quickly establish an instantly recognizable signature sound. His playing can easily be picked out from ...

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 ...

Sugaray Rayford’s Electric blues: a heavyweight jam with Al Kooper, Slash, Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell and others

The ex-Marine has soul gravel in his pipes and the ghost of Teddy Pendergrass running through his veins

Sugaray Rayford is a heavyweight of the electric blues. Born in Texas, the 6’5” Rayford has said that by the age of four, he was in church seven days a week, singing in choirs. His ...

James Agee and Joélle Harvey made me like Samuel Barber

San Diego Symphony's A Village Romeo and Julietand Knoxville Summer of 1915

Soprano Joélle Harvey was my favorite part of the San Diego Symphony concert on Friday, March 1, at Symphony Hall. Over the years I’ve been critical and disappointed with the vocal experience at the symphony ...

"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 ...

10 Best lists for classical music

The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Otello, Trout Quintet – everyone would agree

In speaking with a friend the other day, the topic of “10 pieces of classical music everyone should hear before they die” came up. We came up with three pieces before the parameters of the ...

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 ...

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