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Pirates of Penzance skewer Victorian Culture

Good Gilbert and Sullivan singing, for a change, at San Diego Opera

What of The Pirates of Penzance at San Diego Opera? The production is good and includes some excellent singing. My YouTube search for Pirates clips to include with this article brought home to me just ...

Jason Lee in orchestral ecstasy

"I wrote 11 different charts. It took me three months.”

“When Metallica [played with an orchestra], it blew me away,” says Jason Lee, a veteran rocker who has fronted the surf-guitar-inspired Riptides for 13 years. Lee took the orchestral plunge with his other band called ...

Digital is ephemeral, print is permanent

Ugly Things fanzine poised to rock into year 35

“The ’80s was a nadir: hair metal, New Romantic synth-pop, Foreigner, Hall & Oates, Men at Work — it was horrible,” says Mike Stax about the inspiration behind launching his ’60s music mag Ugly Things ...

Upcoming shows: Kacy Hill, Tal Wilkenfeld, Fates Warning...

...and Dave Koz, Jeffery Osborne, St. Vincent

Up until around ten years ago, the way one usually became a pop star was to get a record contract, appear on a TV show, or be a moonlighting movie star, and that was pretty ...

Vandals on the straight and narrow

“We’re playing a cruise ship with the Offspring and the Buzzcocks."

Orange County proto-punkers the Vandals haven’t had a new member since 1989. Joe Escalante joined shortly after the band formed in 1980. “If you told me back then I’d still be playing in my 50s ...

Hank Sax's ode to a crusty Devil Dog

"Most of the veterans remembered the battle as if it were yesterday."

“My new digital single ‘Have One More for Chesty’ is dedicated to Chesty Puller, the most highly decorated Marine in history,” says singer-songwriter Hank Sax of his upcoming release. “Modern-day Marines use the phrase ‘Have ...

Mastodon helps let out the scream

Count on "survivor bond" after House of Blues show

I used to think the Black Crowes were a loud band until I experienced Mastodon. The back story: I’d been granted a working-category stage pass back when San Diego still hosted Street Scene weekend concerts. ...

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 ...

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