Front Porch

  • James Taylor Gets Reimagined at Folkey Monkey

    People in the folk community—those who enjoy hearing a good song sung by a good guitar slinger—have been wise to Folkey Monkey for a long time. Through Folkey Monkey, Joe Rathburn, who is a great guitar slinger and fine singer of songs, asks other prominent local musicians to join him for a couple hours of […]

  • All in the Family: The Brother Brothers Make It Personal

    The phrase “blood harmony” is generally used to describe the sonic effect of siblings singing together, interlocking their vocal similarities to create a sensation inimitable in its natural beauty. In the case of the Brother Brothers, an aptly named indie folk duo from Brooklyn, New York, the effect is that of identical twins. And it […]

  • Putumayo: Bringing Home the Music of the World for 26 Years

    bIf you’ve ever stepped into OB People’s Coop or waited in line under the mermaid for your Caramel-Frappo-Ocasio-Cortez-Americano-Latte, you’ve probably noticed the simple, almost childlike artwork of certain CDs, with its rich colors of amber, ocher, and burgundy. They remind you of your sister’s Guatemalan shawl, reduced down to a crisp 5″ x 5″ square. […]

  • This Ain’t No Party, This Ain’t No Disco: Tiki Oasis Goes New Wave

    Anyone who came of age in the late ’70s or the rock of the ’80s should find the theme of this year’s Tiki Oasis to be nostalgia of a more recent vintage. Whether you feasted on the ground-floor primitivism of the Ramones or the cool and calculated synth pop of the Human League, Mohawk hair-dos, […]

  • 33⅓—House of Dreams The Story of Stan Ross, His Recording Studio, and Lots of Hit Records

    On the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Vine St. 50, 60 years ago, a placard shouted MEN’S CLOTHING AT FACTORY PRICES! Inside, while men picked over bargain corduroy and gabardines, little did they know that next door, in an unassuming former storefront, musicians such as Ike and Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, […]

  • The Texas-California Connection: Music Fest Brings Austin to SoCal

    Pop quiz: what city is known for its scenic waterfront, its world-class Mexican-American food, and its dynamic music scene? A. San Diego B. Austin C. All of the above Christopher Dale has chosen answer C (of course ) and leveraged it into a one-day musical-cultural mash-up on August 10. The TexaCali Music Festival will feature […]

  • Spend a Dog Day Afternoon at a Free Concert Showcase

    Ah, the dog days of August are upon us, and the propensity to play hooky from work or other normal routines is great. Some will take Bing Crosby to heart and venture “where the surf meets the turf in old Del Mar.” Other locals will flock to other beach towns and bump elbows with Arizonans […]

  • Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Swing, and a Whole Lot More With the Garners

    Jon Garner sits back in his chair. “Cowboy, bebop, Gypsy crawl, that’s us. That’s what is says on our website.” He speaks a bit on the slow side, as though he were explaining a chemical formula to a student. Lorelei Garner chimes in, her brown eyes lighting up as she speaks. “We’re not contented to […]

  • Women on the Rise: Inaugural Lady Brain Fest Kicks Off July 7

    A recent survey by Pitchfork, a music website, found that women make up only 19% of the average festival lineup, so San Diegans may want to take note that a 100% female-fronted music and art festival is headed their way. On Sunday, July 7, the first annual Lady Brain Fest will kick off at Heritage […]

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