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Pirates sail into San Diego Opera

It promises to be a treat... because Greer Grimsley

The last time Greer Grimsley was in a production at San Diego Opera I was accused, in so many words, of having an unhealthy man-crush on the steely voiced bass-baritone. I don’t deny it. Although ...

Falling Doves hold formation after Mexico quake

“We can’t just sit at home on our ass and play it safe."

“Our show at Mexico City’s Imperial House will either be postponed or we may turn it into a benefit,” says Christopher Leyva of Falling Doves, who was about to launch a world tour that included ...

Two words for rehearsal-space rockers: renter's insurance

"Everything was just covered in brown smoke.”

The storefront for Global Tile & Marble, a Kearny Mesa tile-and-marble contractor specializing in home renovations, had a major fire on February 13. The structure suffered extensive damage and, afterward, was basically “just a black ...

Virtual Strangers see bluer grass in Nashville

"All they can think of when they hear it is hillbillies and blacked-out teeth.”

Mike Tatar has been proudly playing bluegrass for 40 years, in spite of the hayseed prejudice. “I know a lot of [venue owners] who say, ‘I love your music in general,’” he says. “But they ...

Hot tickets: Caifanes, Sports, and the L.A.M.F. tribute show

Plus Randy Rogers Band and Enter Shikari now on sale

It’s been a few years since Caifanes headlined in San Diego, which is strange since this would seem a tailor-made audience for their prog-leaning, British-inspired, Latin-branded rock en español. They first emerged in the late ...

Despite Monty Python's best efforts, Billy Elliot exists

The comedy troupe torched the idea 30 years earlier

One would think that by the year 2000 the whole Northern England coal mining family with a son who “just wants to sing [or dance]” trope would have played itself out. Especially after repeatedly being ...

Warpath follows ancestors, inspired by Pantera

“We’re in that dog-eat-dog industry. Everybody in rock has a gimmick."

If you’ve ever hiked in the woods near Julian, you’ve seen those holes in hillside boulders where the native Americans used to grind acorns for food. Dean Osuna, drummer of hard rockin’ Warpath, explains what ...

Repurposeful Rising Appalachia

Sisters weave folk and bluegrass with jazz, hip-hop, and Southern gospel

“I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’/ Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world.” Not surprised to hear Bob Dylan early in the soundtrack of ...

Cattle Decapitation rolls through Deathfest

“It’s a mellow community based on a brotherhood or sisterhood.”

It’s unusual that a local band can share stories about their latest tour to Europe. Cattle Decapitation, the extreme metal band that goes whole hog to support animal rights and other environmental issues, did its ...

Walter TV channels ABBA

But the haunted-house version of the ’70s Swedish pop quartet

I’m going out on a limb to say this, but I hear echoes of ABBA here and there in Walter TV. Which is not meant as a bad thing. In fact, it’s the haunted-house version ...

Seems any band can work with Joe Troutman

"They had to remove their swastika belt buckles before we let them back in.”

Joe Troutman, one of the few local independent music promoters, has outlasted most the venues he’s booked over 16 years. North County’s Jumping Turtle, Royal Dive (formerly owned by this reporter), Metaphor Café, Del Dios ...

New shows for your consideration

Psychostick, Judah & the Lion, Willie Watson, and the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience among them

What do you get when you cross Green Jelly, Kid Rock, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse? Probably something very much like Psychostick, whose four albums and two EPs are very much in the tradition of comedic ...

Endless Mittens

Pop-rock through a ’50s-’90s filter

“I consider Mittens to be pop rock,” says guitarist Paul Ryu. “When we started, we were mostly indie pop, but then we absorbed a lot of other styles, too. We tend to process a lot ...

Click on this for Zex allegations

Pitchfork punked by Oceanside label's Canadian band?

A bizarre rift between Oceanside-based Magic Bullet Records and one of its bands, a Canadian four-piece punk band named Zex, makes one wonder if there was a real label-versus-band issue or if the beef was ...

Mex med-metal Thanatology gets the gig

"They come out wearing scrubs and then they bust out with ripping grindcore."

Although they’ve dressed up like doctors onstage during their 18 years as a band, don’t expect any messy Gwar-like antics from Thanatology. “We try and set ourselves apart from that cliché that many bands have ...

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