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John Hargrove Apr 01, 2015 The former SeaWorld orca trainer will sign and discuss his first-hand account of the lives of captive killer whales, Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. 39 other events on Wednesday, April 1
 
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Wednesday, March 11,2015
Music feature

Quantic pursues a love of 45s

New York DJ embarks on a vinyl-only journey

By Scott McDonald
Will Holland, aka Quantic, was born in the small English town of Bewdley. Located near the Wyre Forest Nature Reserve in Worcestershire, Bewdley boasts a population of fewer than 10,000 and is a good 130 miles away from London. But it does have a record shop. 
Wednesday, February 18,2015
Music feature

Falling in love, with Lucinda Williams

Veteran songwriter enjoys resurgence of creativity

By Scott McDonald
Lucinda Williams' 2007 album, West, was a revelation. Mining the impossible emotions of losing a parent, and guided by her new relationship with Overby, Williams wrote enough material for two albums.
Tuesday, January 20,2015
The Family Issue

Big bangs for the buck

Stretching your dollars at San Diego’s best kid-friendly attractions

By Scott McDonald
There are many reasons why investing in a yearlong commitment to one attraction makes sense, but none stronger than economy and flexibility. Saving money is awesome.
Wednesday, December 10,2014
Music feature

Johnny Marr hits his solo stride

Former Smiths guitarist moves beyond his storied past

By Scott McDonald

Johnny Marr has new goals. You’d think the guitarist for The Smiths would be content more than 30 years into his storied career. He’s not.

Wednesday, December 3,2014
Music feature

The sun-baked sound of Allah-Las

L.A. psych-rockers navigate the eternal summer

By Scott McDonald
A band like Allah-Las couldn’t come from Brooklyn. They couldn’t be from Austin or Portland or any other hipster-band enclave across the country. They’re just too California.
Wednesday, September 17,2014
Music feature

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are hip-hop historians

Duo crafts show from Afrika Bambaataa’s massive vinyl collection

By Scott McDonald
Armed exclusively with albums from hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa’s 41,000- piece record collection, the preeminent DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are back on the road together for the 28-date “Renegades of Rhythm” tour.
Wednesday, September 10,2014
Music feature

The Breeders make another splash

Iconic indie rockers get the cannonball rolling again

By Scott McDonald
To coincide with the Last Splash’s 20th anniversary, the Deal sisters, Wiggs and MacPherson reunited for a tour that found them playing Last Splash in its entirety every night.
Wednesday, June 25,2014
Music feature

Lee Fields’ soul salvation

R&B singer preaches the gospel of feeling good

By Scott McDonald

Lee Fields may have to get a pulpit. The man can preach. Put aside the fiery funk jams and sweet soul serenades that define his remarkable 45-year career—when the veteran singer talks, it’s a different kind of sermon.

Wednesday, April 16,2014
Music feature

The evolution of The Men

Brooklyn punk quintet transform again on Tomorrow’s Hits

By Scott McDonald
The Men’s new album, Tomorrow’s Hits—released in March via Sacred Bones Records—is a wild synthesis of all that’s come before it: keys, slide guitar, harmonica and horns over frayed-edge rock ’n’ roll.
Wednesday, November 20,2013
Music feature

Sinéad O’Connor is ready to be happy again

Throughout her 28-year career, Irish chanteuse has gotten a lot off her chest

By Scott McDonald
Sinéad O’Connor is an artist who speaks her mind. Throughout her uncompromising 28-year career—in which she’s released nine critically acclaimed albums—the Irish musician has never been shy about sharing her opinions.
 
 
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