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Reader writer backup dancer for Vanilla Ice at Waterfront Park

The emoticons and selfies

“Last Nite! #SquadGoals #TacoFest2017 #VanillaIce” were a part of HipHopTrooper‘s descriptors which garnered him 1,231 likes on Instagram. The photo was of him in red Star Wars-esque gear, and his cosplaying-squad dressed as two ninja ...

Holla Pointe lets 'er rip clean out of the socket

Roots electric harmonica-guitar duo goes extreme

Pass This Way, the new Holla Pointe song collection, reminds me a little of the John Spencer Blues Explosion: guitars frying on overdrive that melt away into the larger grip of some concussive, sexy, groove-blues-rock ...

Sportscasting now the "real" alternative radio?

Padres don't deliver ratings for FM-94/9

Does Linkin Park mix with Petco Park? Not really, according to newly released Nielsen ratings showing the results of the first full month Padres play-by-play aired on alt-rocker FM-94/9 — the station took a ratings ...

Sonics' sound grounded in garage

After career flying jets, Rob Lind pleased to be back on sax

In the late ’60s, Rob Lind joined the Navy and became an aircraft-carrier pilot. He flew in the Vietnam War, and he followed his love of aviation into a long career as a commercial pilot ...

New music in San Diego announced

Including but not limited to Cigarettes After Sex, The National, and Nick Murphy

Any musician will tell you what a challenge it is to cover Steely Dan in concert. Not just the mathematical precision of the arrangements and the individual styles of the various guest guitarists, but because ...

Whitney Shay's "away" game

Brazilian Mississippi Delta Blues Festival was just the start

A chance encounter at the Doheny Blues Festival two years ago proved to be a pivotal moment for North Park blues woman Whitney Shay, who met a Brazilian guitarist/concert promoter named Igor Prado. “A couple ...

Freshmen be advised, Birdy's a sophomore

Al Howard skips the "organic" cliché and describes how it happened

“We’re all releasing our albums at the Casbah in a 3D release party,” says Shawn P. Rohlf (7th Day Buskers) of the May 27 event he’s staging with Jeff Berkley and Veronica May. “My new ...

The Mainly Mozart is coming

I take my annual ride from borough to borough

Round about this time of year I begin to feel like a musical Paul Revere. Instead of riding from town to town shouting, “The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!” I begin posting from ...

San Diego Symphony on Saturday night — the best concert ever

Yes. I’m going to go with that.

Well, I guess the May 20th concert by the San Diego Symphony was the best one I’ve heard them perform. Yes. I’m going to go with that. Charles Dutoit conducted the living fire out of ...

One-sided conversation at San Diego Symphony

Schumann’s themes tend to stick in the ear

Every concert is a conversation between the performers and the audience regarding a particular composer. This conversation isn’t quite fair, because the audience always has the last word. The audience’s response is the final verdict ...

The future is Robin Trower

Brit better at power-rocking than when he was younger and hairier

Three years out of a stint with Procol Harum, Robin Trower in 1974 released an album that would accomplish many things all at once. Bridge of Sighs introduced pop culture to the actual prison bridge ...

Is this the end of Harbor Music Hall?

“The street traffic is louder than our saxophone player."

San Diego jazz fans might be on the verge of losing another music venue now that Harbor Music Hall (1506 India Street) has been threatened with the potential loss of their beer-and-wine license due to ...

Paradox Effects — serious gear for those who play

"That's our robot," built from a streetlight, a heater, old speakers, and hoses

The workshop of Paradox Effects looks a lot like what you might picture when you imagine “Tijuana do-it-yourself boutique guitar pedals.” The low-ceiling warehouse overlooks TJ’s affluent Hipódromo neighborhood from the lower-class residential hillside of ...

Tickets! Get your tickets here!

This week we have FutureCastle, Halsey, San Cisco, and more

If concept albums are a dicey proposition in the age of digital singles, then a thematic mini-rock opera built from cover tunes may seem the height of commercial folly. Try telling that to Rare Futures ...

Guitar Center refugee

Of corporate greed and Bossfight's "Green"

“It’s about the greed that exists within corporations, specifically venture capitalists, and it has deep personal meaning,” says Bossfight guitarist David Settimi of the band’s new single “Green.” Settimi spent nearly 20 years working for ...

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