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Lester Bangs Memorial Reading Oct 21, 2014 Grossmont faculty and alumni writers, along with special guests, read their original works of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in tribute to “America’s Greatest Rock Critic.” In Room 220 of Building 26. 54 other events on Tuesday, October 21
 
Fall Arts
Epic San Diego Museum of Art exhibition promises a textbook lesson in the evolution of modern works
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer’s likely to tack left on sustainability
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
News
With few specifics on who they were looking for, officers held the wrong man at gunpoint
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays

 

 
 
Music feature

The Afghan Whigs’ not-so-quiet storm

Soulful rockers are fueled by a sensual darkness

Indeed, sex and melancholy are two of the most prevalent characteristics in The Afghan Whigs' songwriting, dating all the way back to their aggressive 1990 Sub Pop Records debut, Up In It.

By Jeff Terich
A Trolley Show

Benjamin Francis Leftwich: A Trolley Show

U.K. artist performs 'Atlas Hands' on the MTS

Just like José González, Benjamin Francis Leftwich seems to use his status as a lone guitarist not to solicit sympathy (“guitar guy”), but to provide a soundtrack into isolation.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

Perfume Genius, Charli XCX and more San Diego concerts

The New Pornographers, Pup, The Body and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

Perfume Genius' new album, Too Bright, is easily one of the best records of the year.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Bondurant announces investor-funded new album OCT 14 | By Jeff Terich Plus, Gabriela Sanchez leaves Okapi Sun
Notes from the Smoking Patio What songs annoy San Diego bands? OCT 14 | By Jeff Terich We ask musicians what tunes they never want to hear again
Music feature Island Boy is bound by rhythm OCT 08 | By Jeff Terich Richard Hunt-Rivera crafts a hypnotic dance-music fusion

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San Diego Music Awards winners: The full list

The Burning of Rome take home three awards, Jason Mraz two

After two years of predictions and partying at the San Diego Music Awards, I've reached a solid conclusion: I'm absolutely terrible at predicting which artists will take home awards. Hell, I'm not even sure you can come up with a logical system of figuring it out. But while I went zero for five this year in my own reading of the music scene's entrails, I was pleasantly surprised to find that three of the artists I wanted to win—Nathan Hubbard, Odessa Kane and Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact—actually did! I'll call that a moral victory, if not an actual one.Meanwhile, perennial why-is-he-even-nominated favorite Jason Mraz won both Artist of the Year and Best Music Video, accepting his award via phone. The Burning of Rome, meanwhile, had the most wins at three: Best Live Band, Best Alternative Album and Song of the Year. Have a look at the full list of winners below. ...
Read more 2014-10-07

Live review: Paul McCartney at Petco Park

Three hour, 39-song set included lots of Beatles, some Wings and new tunes

Watching Paul McCartney perform at Petco Park Sunday night, I realized how inherently sad Beatles songs are. There are the obviously sad songs like "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday." Then there are the songs where the sad sneaks up on you, like the refrain in "Getting Better": "I've got to admit it's getting better" (backing vocal: "Better") "A little better all the time" (backing vocal: "It can't get more worse"). Bummer, right? ...
Read more 2014-09-30

Photos: Drive Like Jehu at Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Band plays live for first time in 20 years

After playing coy with fans for the last year or so, post-hardcore San Diego band Drive Like Jehu performed live last night for the first time in 20 years. But it wasn't your normal rock show. The one-hour set was accompanied by San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park—and it was free! And all ages! And it started at 7 p.m.! Meaning an audience of post-hipsters, kids—and kid-sized noise-supression headsets. Consensus: Awesome event. More, please. The only thing that would have made it better is if drummer Mark Trombino set up a Donut Friend booth. And now, scroll on down for some photos from the show. ...
Read more 2014-09-01

Nine Inch Nails live at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Industrial legends soundtrack a baffling arena sideshow

I've never been much of a fan of seeing shows in arenas or stadiums. And yet, I've still seen my share—David Bowie at Irvine Meadows, Garbage at RIMAC, an FM 94/9 Christmas show about four years ago...
Read more 2014-08-22

Drive Like Jehu reunites

Band playing free show at Balboa Park

It's finally happening. After 20 years, Drive Like Jehu has announced that they're getting back together. Pretty much since the local post-hardcore outfit broke up in 1994, fans have been clamoring for a reunion—and that includes me—though the best we ever got were some pretty frustrating hoaxes. ...
Read more 2014-08-19
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Ovation and Artist Concerto Competition Finals Oct 21, 2014 Music San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's most advanced students compete for the prestigious opportunity to perform the concerto of their choice with full orchestra at the Ovation and Artist Series Concerts. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, October 21
 
Talea Ensemble Oct 22, 2014 Music The contemporary classical ensemble will perform alongside soprano singer Susan Narucki. The program includes music from Charles Wuorinen, Aaron Helgeson, Oscar Bettison and Rand Steiger. Read more 0 other events on Wednesday, October 22
 
Minguet Quartet Oct 23, 2014 Music One of Europe’s most sought-after chamber music quartets, the night's program will include selections from Mozart, Gould and Mendelssohn. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, October 23
 
Crescendo Oct 23, 2014 Music The premier concert of the 50-voice men’s Chamber Chorale who will be performing classical and modern masterworks from around the world. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, October 23
 
I Wayne Oct 24, 2014 Music The roots reggae singer is known for his hit singles, "Living In Love" and "Can't Satisfy Her." Read more 1 other events on Friday, October 24
 
 
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