Entries for April 2015

  • Nathan James Books the Brooks

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    With the festival season well underway it feels as if your weekends are crammed with more blues than the Pacific horizon and yet, about mid-week you notice they all but dry up. Oceanside guitarist Nathan James has a plan to alleviate your hump day blues. Together with a few local, and a few more ‘not […]

  • San Diego’s most talented youth perform to benefit children battling heart disease

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    by Kristine Vandenberg What do San Diego’s 16-year-old Best New Artist Cody Lovaas, UCSD’s award-winning acapella group the Tritones, and Food Network star Marc Summers all have in common? They will be featured at the 4th annual Heart of a Child benefit concert on Saturday, April 25th at the Irwin M. Jacobs Hall at Qualcomm. […]

  • San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase Series Celebrates Five Years of Great Local Music

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    by Ross Moore It was on a weekday morning of early 2010 when I walked into a Starbucks in Clairemont and first met Veronica Graciano. I had recently moved to San Diego from Kentucky and was exploring an idea for a music project. New to San Diego and not knowing anyone, or for that matter […]

  • For Your Information

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    This month we speak with singer/guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner of East Coast rockers, the Slim Kings, and review a couple of cool new releases. Introducing the Slim Kings: To West Coast music fans, the Slim Kings name is still a new proposition, but on the East Coast, this rock, blues and more quartet is already a […]

  • The Roots of Hawaiian Music: Slack-Key Guitar

    While Hawaiian music has become mostly overlooked in Americana-roots music culture, it has influenced rock, blues, folk and country music on the mainland over the last century with its emphasis on passion, melody, lap steel guitars and ukuleles. Today, George Kahumoku Jr. represents a kind of embodiment of Hawaiian culture and its awakening over the […]

  • Telly Pathetic

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    “I want my yoga pants to smell like I sweat money,” the babe on my television’s screen confessed, and against every decent fiber of will I may have possessed at that moment, I was bitch-slapped into submission by a rush of shock and lust. This was the latest pinnacle conquered in the ongoing evolution of […]

  • Three Chord Justice: Fanning the Flames of Tradition

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    Justice: [noun] conformity to truth, fact, or reason: correctness. All you need to write a country song is three chords and the truth. — Harlan Howard Traditional values and the evolution of consciousness make for uneasy bedfellows in the post-modern world. It’s a living/breathing contradiction, and at its best, a precarious tightrope ride. According to […]

  • M.E. LAW: Peace, Love, Death, & Chocolate

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    Peace, Love, Death, and Chocolate is a batch of interesting songs from M E (Marion) Law, a local resident and Canadian native who has been playing since the late ‘80s in locales as far flung as Vancouver, Japan, and… San Diego. She has performed at folk festivals and recorded four CDs, including her newest, specializing […]

  • DANNY GREEN TRIO: After the Calm

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    The Danny Green Trio has released their first CD, After the Calm, and it is one of the most engaging jazz recordings, or any type of recording for that matter, that I’ve heard in recent years. From the first time I put this CD in the disk player, I was absolutely drawn in by this […]