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Venice Baroque Orchestra Feb 27, 2015 Founded in 1997, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is one of the world’s premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance, with a focus on bringing freshness and experimentation to early music. 62 other events on Friday, February 27
 
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Wednesday, February 18,2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Wednesday, October 9,2013
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The coronation of King Khan

Infamous garage-rock jester shows his serious side

By Scott McDonald
Notoriety is a funny thing. While the adage that “Any press is good press” still seems to hold true, it’s always tricky business when drunken antics or wild getups steal thunder from a musician’s genuine skills. Such is the case with Arish Ahmad “King” Khan.
 
 
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