Author Archive

Book Review: Clash By Night


We interview the editors of a new poetry anthology inspired by London Calling



Live Review & Photos: Tristen at the Loft, November 22, 2014


Tristen by Tristan Lope

Tristen Gaspadarek reminded fans that she has some serious pipes



Live Review & Photos: Those Darlins at Soda Bar, August 10, 2014


Nashville’s Those Darlins melted faces in San Diego on Sunday night



Live Review and Photos: Wye Oak and Pattern is Movement at the Belly Up, July 9, 2014


Wye Oak at the Belly Up, 2014

Two duos thrilled a Solana Beach crowd



Film Review: Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia


A new film lets the quotable commentator speak for himself



Film Review: Alan Partridge


Steve Coogan brings inane banter to the big screen — and it’s a good thing



Video: Califone – “Magdalene”


Califone releases another excellent video



Live Photos: Ume, White Murder, and Schizophonics at the Soda Bar, April 2, 2014


Soda Bar patrons were treated to three high energy sets



Live Review & Photos: St. Vincent and Noveller at House of Blues San Diego, March 19, 2014


Annie Clark melted faces at a sold-out House of Blues



Live Review & Photos: Chain and the Gang at the Til-Two Club, January 3, 2014


Ian Svenonius proves once again that he’s a cool-blooded killer



Interview: Califone’s Tim Rutili


We interview the mastermind behind some of the best music around



Live Review: Lucinda Williams and Doug Pettibone at the Belly Up, January 9, 2013


Lucinda Williams

The songwriter and her guitarist played a rare show without a backing band



Live Review: David Byrne and St. Vincent at Humphreys, October 10, 2012


The live experience doesn’t get much better than this



Live Review & Photos: The Tallest Man on Earth and Strand of Oaks at Birch North Park Theatre, September 2, 2012


The Swedish songwriter played to a sold-out crowd on Sunday



Live Review & Photos: Sharon Van Etten and Tennis at the Belly Up, August 14, 2012


The Brooklyn songwriter treated San Diegans to a stunning show



Live Photos: Wilco and White Denim at Copley Symphony Hall, January 22, 2012


The Chicago band brought the rock to the symphony



Interview: Richie Havens


Richie Havens talks Woodstock, Hendrix, and songwriting.



Poetic Memory: Sin Ropas (List)


One of our most evocative lists yet.



Review: Brandi Carlile; March 11, 2010; House of Blues, San Diego


Brandi Carlile and her band brought the love to House of Blues.



Poetic Memory: April Smith and the Great Picture Show (List)


If I was only allowed to say one thing about April Smith, it’s that she can sing.



Poetic Memory: Tristeza (List)


Tristeza drummer James Lehner talks about his influences.



Vic Chesnutt Talks Life, Death, and ‘At The Cut’ on NPR (MP3)


Vic Chesnutt - At the Cut

At age eighteen, Vic Chesnutt went from a reckless young man to a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic. All of his close family died off by the time he hit 25. He’s struggled with substance abuse. He owes $50,000 in medical bills. And yesterday, the 45-year old songwriter confessed to NPR’s Terry Gross (stream) that he’s tried—unsuccessfully—to kill himself at least four times.



Poetic Memory: Fruit Bats (List)


Eric D. Johnson’s most influential 1990s records