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