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Axline Lecture: Alfredo Jaar Apr 23, 2014 The San Diego Museum of Art and MCASD present the 14th annual Axline Lecture featuring Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar, whose work, Muxima, a looping video installation featuring multiple iterations of a popular Angolan folk song, is on view at SDMA. 60 other events on Wednesday, April 23
Canvassed | Art & culture
A tale of near-death, bloody steaks and unprecedented opulence
Why the city can’t maintain enough emergency trucks
Meet ‘Jackie,’ one of the many faces of sex-trafficking
Documentary about ill-fated project leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Ten bucks an hour just ain’t enough


Music feature

The evolution of The Men

Brooklyn punk quintet transform again on Tomorrow’s Hits

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.

By Scott McDonald
A Trolley Show

San Diego Symphony: A Trolley Show

Strings, percussion and woodwinds perform on the MTS

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the San Diego Symphony performs Bach for the lucky commuters. As much as we like the rock musicians who usually perform, we couldn’t be more excited to switch things up with a symphony.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

Thou, Temples and more San Diego concerts

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Kids, Tropical Popsicle and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

There's heavy and then there's heavy. And Baton Rouge sludge-metal band Thou is definitely heavy

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact groove on debut record APR 15 | By Jeff Terich First album by San Diego supergroup is extra funky
Notes from the Smoking Patio The Long and Short of It’s Ben Johnson to publish a novel APR 15 | By Jeff Terich ‘A Shadow Cast in Dust’ is due out later this year
Notes from the Smoking Patio Kill Holiday gets back together APR 08 | By Jeff Terich Both lineups of the band will play Soda Bar in May
Music feature Five alternatives to Coachella APR 09 | By Jeff Terich A roundup of musical events happening during and around the festival weekends

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A guide to Record Store Day 2014 in San Diego

In-stores, swag and other notable happenings

Tomorrow—Saturday, April 19—is that chaotic, frantic, lines-around-the-block, limited-edition geek-out celebration of mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar retail that we call Record Store Day. Some people love it, some people hate it, but whether you’re an eBay pirate looking to make some cash on reselling limited-edition Dave Matthews Band box sets or just looking to take advantage of some sidewalk vinyl sales and maybe grab a David Bowie picture disc, it’s at least worth checking out. ...
Read more 2014-04-18

Coachella proxima

Checking out some of the desert fest's side parties

If you haven't been to Coachella, sure, mourn the missed opportunity of rushing to pre-purchase (and then get on the payment plan—yes, there was a payment plan) your ticket, only to discover later the lineup's less than perfect. ...
Read more 2014-04-15

A Best of the First Quarter 2014 Playlist

The War on Drugs, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent and more

The first quarter of 2014 has almost come to a close, and in just three short months, a lot of great music has come across my desk and inbox. And I wouldn't be here if I weren't interested in passing along these great sounds to you, the reader. So I assembled a playlist—around 74 minutes long—of favorites of the first quarter of 2014, including The War on Drugs, Dum Dum Girls, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Big Ups, Indian, Katy B, Real Estate and a whole bunch of others. I plan to do this again at the end of June, September and December, but so far, the year's shaping up nicely. Now turn up the jams. ...
Read more 2014-03-28

The Lawrence Arms live at The Casbah

Chicago punks age gracefully; their fans do not

It's been eight years since I've seen punk band The Lawrence Arms. The last time I saw them was at an all-ages venue in Salt Lake City, supporting their 2006 album Oh! Calcutta! They'd been a favorite...
Read more 2014-02-17

More details emerge about The Hideout

The space that formerly housed The Void shifts into neighborhood bar

More details have emerged about The Hideout, the new venue opening up at 3519 El Cajon Blvd.The owners—who have chosen not to identify themselves—have invested in some upgrades to the bar and tent...
Read more 2014-01-22
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Hauschka Apr 23, 2014 Music A concert from Volker Bertelmann, who makes his piano sound like an ensemble of musicians and instruments by outfitting the strings or mallets with objects such as ping-pong balls, aluminum foil, and leather. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, April 23
San Diego Concert Band Apr 23, 2014 Music The SDCB presents “An Evening to Remember,” its 25th annual spring orchestra concert that will feature special guest artist Ryan Anthony, the principal trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, April 23
Therianthrope Apr 24, 2014 Music The official CD release debut of their eponymous album, the musical duo of tabla artist, Miles Shrewsbery and nylon string guitarist, Dusty Brough play music inspired by everything from flamenco and Balkan to Indian Classical, jazz, Persian and pop. Read more 0 other events on Thursday, April 24
Beethoven's Fifth Apr 25, 2014 Music One of the most respected conductors, Christoph von Dohnányi, conducts the San Diego Symphony in a performance of Mozart's first true piano masterpiece (the Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major), Brahms' great second piano concerto and closing triumphantly with a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's immortal Fifth Symphony. Read more 1 other events on Friday, April 25
Midori and Ozgur Aydin Apr 25, 2014 Music The La Jolla Music Society closes the Celebrity Recital Series with violinist Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin, who'll perform Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, Bloch’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major and Fauré’s Sonata in A Major. Read more 1 other events on Friday, April 25