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They said they’d only reunite “When Hell freezes over.”

Catch shows by the Eagles, Psychedelic Furs, Kyle Craft, Pale Waves, and Lido Pimienta this year

For most locals who spent time in our cars listening to the radio in the ’80s, one could almost guarantee that any skip across the dial would find the Psychedelic Furs oozing out the back ...

It's good to be King Taylor Project

"We all have a big part in writing new music for the band.”

“The band started as something Josh and I joked about when we got engaged, that we were starting a ‘King Taylor project’ together,” says singer Sandi King of her collaboration with singer/guitarist Joshua Taylor. The ...

Local record releases in January

From traditional blues to songs "about things that keep me up at night"

Brazilian imports by the Salton Sea

"I got stuck inside the Taco Tuesday lifestyle.”

“We’re three foreigners playing punk-rock music in America,” says Fernando Nepo of O.B. trio Sameland, who all grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. “Back in 2010, I had just finished college and I wanted to ...

Get tickets: Louie Fontaine, Jack Tempchin, K. Michelle

And Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves

Imagine if O.B. karaoke host Jose Sinatra was from Denmark and fronted a Nordic version of Tom Petty’s Heartbeakers and that’s pretty much Louie Fontaine and the Starlight Searchers. Danish-born and now a son of ...

Be first in line for Glaare, Stone Foxes, and Antibalas

Or how about Yacht Rock Revue and the Mammals?

One of the strangest things you can do with music, among the most feel-good notions ever concocted by humankind, is to make it depressing. Even the blues manages to celebrate rising above, or at least ...

2018 concerts: Money Chicha, Charlie Puth, Dave Alvin, Flogging Molly

Shows coming to San Diego in the new year

Imagine that ’60s acid rockers Strawberry Alarm Clock were actually a South American cumbia band based in the epicenter of weird, Austin, Texas, and you either just imbibed a mind-expanding drug or you’re listening to ...

Check out the Wallows, Pheobe Bridgers, Brett Dennen, and Yanni

New shows coming to San Diego

The first time I heard “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” by L.A.’s Wallows, I had to check the readout twice to make sure a new Strokes track didn’t slip into the playlist. I was impressed enough ...

Violinistic rock

Alex DePue spilled out of the airplane with a suitcase and a fiddle

“I moved to San Diego from Philadelphia, and nothing really changed for me besides the weather,” says classically trained violinist Alex DePue. “I spilled out of the airplane with a suitcase and a fiddle and ...

Stalking Pete Best

"There was a man in his underwear with peppered hair, like a silly movie."

“We were shooting a documentary about the Beatles and [original drummer] Pete Best’s first journey to Hamburg about a year and a half ago,” says Christopher Leyva of how he came to be outside Best’s ...

Some surprises, some not for next year concerts

Ty Segall, Fozzy, John Prine, Juanes and Mon Laferte, Foreigner and Whitesnake

The sheer quantity of music on Ty Segall’s new album, Freedom’s Goblin, fills up four sides of its vinyl incarnation, a full 19 tracks due the same week he opens his 2018 tour at the ...

Broke San Diego musicians

"I owned a Jeep Wrangler, and I had to sell the doors and top to eat."

With paying gigs becoming scarcer, and the economic outlook not too bright, we asked several current and former locals to share their best “I was so broke...” stories. Marcia Claire (Coyote Problem): “In 1986, I ...

Hot tickets in cold December

Michael Rose, Mammoth Grinder, and Soft Moon, Jinger and Andrea Bocelli

Jamaican singer Michael Rose (or Mikal, as he now prefers to be called) came up in the heartland of the original reggae movement, Kingston, part of the same scene that spawned the Wailers, Sly & ...

Record Roundup, month 12

Switch it to 33 rpms and fire up the cassette deck

The new EP from Miramar-based pop-punk rockers Hard to Hit, Better Than I’ve Been, drops on December 1 at Soma. “This is our first show since March, as we had a lineup change, losing both ...

New shows in San Diego

Ziggy Shuffledust & the Spiders from Mars, Reverend Horton Heat, Kristin Chenoweth, and more

Over the past few years, a lot of great local players have shuffled through the David Bowie tribute Ziggy Shuffledust & the Spiders from Mars, including members of Creedle, but the central figure with the ...

Concert tickets make great stocking stuffers

Deep Dark Woods, Grace Mitchell, X Ambassadors, and more

Blame the Lumineers and Alabama Shakes for pop music’s sudden and unlikely fascination for turned-on-bluegrass, that blend of prairie folk and electric Appalachian blues that nowadays turns up everywhere from top-40 radio to the soundtrack ...

Unapproved by Country Dick (22 years ago)

Chris Giorgio has come a bit of distance since 1995

“It seems to me, Ocean Beach has long been a place for songwriters to feel creative and free,” says drummer and bandleader Chris Giorgio, whose upcoming album as Jackslacks, Earthling Sessions, includes an ode to ...

The 411 on 311 and Queens of the Stone Age

Plus Zebra, Bruno Major, and Crooked Colours

Back in early ’83, when a newly opened musicians’ shop out near Morena Boulevard was running TV ads starring a mullet-headed rock singer who crooned “Music Mart, your complete music stoooore,” one commercial announced an ...

Latest concert announcements in San Diego

Typhoon, Dan Auerbach, Dears, Front Country, more

There have been a few different Al Stewarts through the years. His first few albums were ambitious folk operas with a tendency toward epic historical storytelling. Then producer Alan Parsons helped the Scottish-born troubadour tap ...

Record-release roundup

Mittens, Parker Meridien, and Astra Kelly want to party with you

Singing airline pilot Sluka drops his 11th full-length, Colorful Radiation, on November 3, in a “visual album” combination of 3D, 4K, and Blu-Ray releases, with the first single, “Rise,” streaming online. “‘Rise’ is my reaction ...

Coming to a venue near you

Buckethead, Cake, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Boomshaka Music Festival, Eric Johnson, and more

The first time you heard about the guy who plays guitar while wearing a Michael Meyers mask and an empty KFC bucket on his head, you probably thought someone was either pulling your leg or ...

Be first in line for Chris Mann, Third Eye Blind, and Shovels & Rope

And do you like L.A. Witch or Converge?

Hillcrest’s Martinis Above Fourth has been mining a rich vein of TV-music-competition vets, often selling out the house, thanks to instantly famous faces who arrive with a built-in boob-tube fan base. In 2012, singer Chris ...

Harley Magsino ladles it up from a melting pot

“I’m always intrigued with textures and timbre manipulation."

"My music is a fusion of styles, really,” says multi-instrumentalist Harley Magsino. “With Moth & Sons, it’s a style drawn from trip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, ’90s R&B, grunge, and jazz concepts and principles. I’m also ...

Behind the fire at Mission Hills' ultimate Halloween house

Letters from Persephone

Over the course of 25 years of handwritten correspondence with my pen pal Persephone, none had ever been returned. Imagine my confusion when my last letter reappeared a couple of weeks later, unopened and defaced ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Get your tickets to Chase Atlantic, Gin Blossoms, and Jewel

Plus Muriel Anderson and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Australian trio Chase Atlantic would at first seem to be just another dark alt-pop band slung against an increasingly worn-out and shrinking wall by the frequently clueless dinosaurs at Warner Brothers, in the hope that ...

October record releases (lil early)

Starts heavy, ends heavy, with some jazz in between

On October 4 at the Casbah, the Archons will debut Lord of Light and Thunder, described by the band as “A space rock opera, a thematic album that focuses on the classic concept of Good ...

Chris Daniels, plugged in since 1969

"For someone most people have never heard of, I’ve had a lot of opportunities."

“When I graduated, I got lucky with a road trip that paid me for the tour,” says the frontman of the Chris Daniels Project, who grew up in Mission Hills and went straight from graduating ...

Famous locals and other upcoming shows

Jason Mraz, Black Heart Procession, Off with Their Heads, Jesse Royal, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

On October 14, famous former neighbor Jason Mraz returns to the town where he launched his platinum music career, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his debut full-length, Waiting For My Rocket to Come, at ...

Any John Wayne Gacy fans in the house?

Glen Meadmore is a different sort of guitar-toting chap

“I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of art would come out of the mind of a serial killer, so I decided to have him paint a picture of me,” ...says cowpunk ...

Upcoming concerts you may not be aware of

Will Hoge, Pere Ubu, Dreamcar, Moving Units, Wolf Parade

If John Mellencamp is entry-level Springsteen, then what to make of a storytelling songwriter who so slavishly emulates the former that you might think he’s a tribute performer with access to unreleased tracks? Nashville’s Will ...

New music coming your way

Concerts by Black Star, Lawrence Rothman, Red Fang, Korey Dane

Back in the late ‘90s when hip-hop duo Black Star first surfaced with their only album, Yasiin Bey was still known as Mos Def and fellow Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli wasn’t really known much at ...

Big Toe’s big show

"I think he just wanted to see me eat with my feet!”

“I’m going to Miami to be on a popular Telemundo show, on the heels of an arena tour with Maná,” said Mark E. Goffeney just before taping his TV appearance on August 31. The frontman ...

Hot wax and new ones and zeros

September's San Diego record roundup

Bastille Day, the new full-length from instrumental-experimental dream-jazz trio Gunther’s Grass, debuts September 8 at Teros Gallery. “In the past ten years, we’ve only performed two or three times,” says Marcelo Radulovich. “I’ll be droning ...

Fall's hottest concerts

Les Nubians, Parachute, Dreadnought, and Black Pistol Fire announce dates

Jazzy French afrobeat duo Les Nubians is on their Up Close and Personal tour, celebrating 20 years of being one of the few French-language musical groups to score hits in America, like the R&B-flavored “Makeda,” ...

San Diego concert stops

See XX, Dustbowl Revival, Paul Cauthen, and Gwar

They used to be considered wannabe vampire rockers, but the mumbling English minimalists known as the XX have taken the dual-vocal sound that earned them their goth bones and applied an indie electro-pop patina that ...

Thanks for the Grys-Grys, Loons

Locals pull French band across the ocean

“We actually love them so much, we got them a whole tour in California, so that people can see them,” says Anja Stax, who can be thanked for bringing Les Grys-Grys, often billed as “the ...

Taz Taylor will drive trucks for rock

"I couldn’t imagine having a job where I’d have to be around other people constantly."

"I have dual British and USA citizenship,” says guitarist Taz Taylor, who grew up in England before moving to San Diego in 1997. Since settling in Imperial Beach, he’s released a series of guitar-centered albums, ...

Was Big Boy Groves another rap daddy?

Graveyard encounter unburies info on '50s-'60s songwriter

“Its rhyme and lyrical style has made collectors call it one of the first rap songs,” says archivist Andy Rasmussen of the song titled “Bucket O’ Blood.” Rasmussen will soon reissue the 1962 track recorded ...

San Diego concert announcements

Including Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar, Delicate Steve, and Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys

Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar will perform as a duo at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall on September 9, a benefit concert in support of NAMM’s Museum of Making Music. Lee probably needs little or ...

The Local band not yet big in Ethiopia

"I see it as a chance to concentrate on songwriting."

“Scott is presently on some sort of trek with hippos and crocodiles in southern Ethiopia,” says Amy Day, whose band the Local suddenly finds itself minus cofounding singer-guitarist Scott Walsh just as their debut album ...

Tickets just went on sale

Todd Rundgren, Post Malone, Trevor Sensor, and Facial

Locals were disappointed to hear the August 28 Yestival at the Balboa Theatre — despite most dates featuring Todd Rundgren alongside Yes and Carl Palmer — would not include Rundgren. We don’t know why the ...

Pony Death Ride Realty Co.

“Initially, we didn’t want people to know we were in a band."

“We were surprised how being an agent is so similar to being in a band,” says Joe MacAskill. “Lots of marketing, having a website, maintaining connections, networking.” Along with his wife Jaye, MacAskill brokers real ...

New shows in San Diego

Babe Rainbow, Thievery Corporation, Cold Specks, and Tera Melos

What do you get when you mix Foghat, Ziggy Marley, and a Mariachi band? What sounds like a sure way to get your DJ beat up is just another day on the bandstand for Tempe, ...

Get tickets to Vicky Chow, Coast Modern, and the Kickback

Coming soon to San Diego

Chicago indie rock quartet the Kickback is touring in support of their sophomore full-length Weddings & Funerals, released last month and produced by Dennis Herring (Ben Folds, Mutemath, Elvis Costello). Coming two years after their ...

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