Of Note

Single-minded Joshua White

“I don’t like saying the word ‘jazz.' I play music."

“It’s a celebration of my new music,” is how pianist Joshua White describes 13 Short Stories when he checks in by phone. “The new album, it tells a story of the band, of us as ...

Troubling lullabies by Chad VanGaalen

"You’d like us on top of a cake/ But you won’t let me take a bite.”

Chad VanGaalen’s got a troubling voice. The Canadian singer/songwriter sounds like a cross between another Canadian named Neil Young and a smoke alarm. He uses that singing voice to bait a listener into simple-sounding little ...

Son Little's 21st-century blues

Electronica, loops, and beats partner with dated reverberations

Blues for millennials. Which is another way of saying blues for an audience that doesn’t necessarily dig the blues. Or gospel either, for that matter. No bad on millennials. Blues, gospel, and soul is not ...

Band name and credo rolled into one

The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

Different, yes, but not so much so as to strand a listener in that “I want to like this band, but...” purgatory. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Len Rainey, here when Mission Valley was hopping

Bassist and band to bring a lot of R&B, some soul, and rock to Adams Avenue

“They’ve been calling me blues all these days,” says Len Rainey. “But I do a lot of R&B, some soul, some rock. I even used to play jazz fusion,” he says, sounding a little surprised ...

Toadies unzip the bodybag

Play Belly Up Saturday with Local H

“The band never went all the way away.” Vaden Todd Lewis would know. As one of the Fort Worth band’s founding members, he is also one of its survivors. The band broke out in 1994 ...

Southern Avenue, streetwise beyond their years

"Truth, honesty, pain, love, growth, and peace through our music.”

Southern Avenue is the name of a street in Memphis. On it, at 1932, is Soulsville, the original home of the legendary Stax Records. It is also the name of a band, a brand new ...

A swim with the Sharks and Dennis Quaid — CANCELED

A celeb band that won't necessarily trip your odious meter

After publishing this preview, the Dennis Quaid and the Sharks show was canceled so a benefit could be held for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Art imitates life, which is busy imitating art: not exactly ...

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