Music

  • Rapper Coolio and porn star Cherie DeVille plan 2020 White House run

    Rapper Coolio and porn star Cherie DeVille plan 2020 White House run

    President Trump may have some colorful competition for the White House in 2020. On Tuesday, porn star Cherie DeVille and Grammy Award-winning “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio announced their bid to become, respectively, president and vice president. The online announcement was made on a website...

  • Taylor Swift announces 2018 'Reputation' tour

    Taylor Swift announces 2018 'Reputation' tour

    Taylor Swift is hitting the road in a big way next year. On Monday morning she announced the first 27 tour dates of her 2018 “Reputation” stadium tour on Twitter with a tweet that reads: "WE'LL SEE YOU SOON!" The tour is in support of her new album, “Reputation,” which was released Friday and sold...

  • iLe, with Calle 13 under her belt, is happy to pursue solo career

    iLe, with Calle 13 under her belt, is happy to pursue solo career

    Ileana Cabra only released her arresting debut album, the Grammy Award-winning “iLevitable,” in 2016, but she’s no newcomer to music. As the younger sister of Calle 13’s Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra Martínez and Rene “Residente ” Pérez Joglar, she spent a decade performing — under the stage name PG-13...

  • Fall Out Boy tour brings a bit of controversy

    Fall Out Boy tour brings a bit of controversy

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Chuck D are among the prominent musicians to voice support this year for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem at each NFL game he played in last season....

  • Country singer Craig Campbell fulfilling dreams and aiming for bigger ones

    Country singer Craig Campbell fulfilling dreams and aiming for bigger ones

    Performing at the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come true for any country musician. In Craig Campbell’s case, that dream has come true — 50 times. On Oct. 20, he celebrated his 50th performance on the legendary Nashville stage. “It’s one of those things growing up that you dream about — it’s definitely...

  • Queens of the Stone Age adds new 2018 tour dates, starting in San Diego

    Queens of the Stone Age adds new 2018 tour dates, starting in San Diego

    There’s good news for fans of Queens of the Stone Age. The hard-rocking band’s newly announced 2018 Villains tour leg will include 17 new shows across North America beginning with a pair of March concerts at San Diego’s Observatory North Park on March 21 and 22. The just-announced shows also include...

  • Country singer Craig Campbell fulfilling dreams and aiming for bigger ones

    Country singer Craig Campbell fulfilling dreams and aiming for bigger ones

    Performing at the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come true for any country musician. In Craig Campbell’s case, that dream has come true — 50 times. On Oct. 20, he celebrated his 50th performance on the legendary Nashville stage. “It’s one of those things growing up that you dream about — it’s definitely...

  • The Drums keep the beat going

    The Drums keep the beat going

    Even before they released their self-titled 2010 debut, New York pop outfit The Drums was comprised of Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham. The childhood friends met at Bible camp as pre-teens, and were in an electro-pop band together long before ever they released music as The Drums. After a trio of...

  • Weezer and the Pixies announce joint 2018 tour

    Weezer and the Pixies announce joint 2018 tour

    Weezer and the Pixies are joining forces for a joint 2018 concert tour that will open on June 23 in Tampa and conclude Aug. 12 in Phoenix. The Wombats will open the first leg of the tour. The itinerary includes an Aug. 11 stop at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. All tour dates and ticket...

  • Gregory Porter hails vocal giant Nat "King" Cole in song and as a father figure

    Gregory Porter hails vocal giant Nat "King" Cole in song and as a father figure

    Multiple-Grammy Award-winning California singer-songwriter Gregory Porter had a unique reason for being two hours late for his recent evening phone interview from London. He had received an invitation from English Prime Minister Theresa May to attend her speech on race relations at 10 Downing Street...

  • Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys announces Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour

    Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys announces Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour

    Dan Auerbach, the guitarist, singer and primary songwriter in The Black Keys is hitting the road on his own in 2018 for his Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour. The tour's full title is: Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue, featuring Robert Finley & Shannon Shaw, with special guests Shannon & the Clams....

  • Bloody Beetroots return with The Great Electronic Swindle

    Bloody Beetroots return with The Great Electronic Swindle

    Masked Italian producer and performer Robert Rifo (aka The Bloody Beetroots) is back on the road. His current 10-date My Name Is Thunder Tour is taken from the first track of his just-released new album, The Great Electronic Swindle.   After last appearing under the moniker of SBCR (the initials...

  • Violin star Nicola Benedetti elated to do concerto by jazz great Wynton Marsalis

    Violin star Nicola Benedetti elated to do concerto by jazz great Wynton Marsalis

    As one of the world's most acclaimed young violinists, Nicola Benedetti has earned a stellar reputation for her ability to perform some of the most challenging works in classical music with flawless technical mastery and deep emotional conviction. So what did this Scottish-born virtuoso tell  jazz...

  • Iron & Wine goes into beast mode

    "I let the songs tell me what to do." Sam Beam is, of course, referring to the entirety of his 15 years making albums. But the singer/songwriter, who performs and records under the moniker of Iron and Wine, is also speaking about his new album, Beast Epic. Released in August, the 11-track collection...

  • Kaki King Still Building Her Bridge

    Kaki King Still Building Her Bridge

    Guitarist Kaki King has packed a lot into her nearly 15-year career. The musician and composer has released eight full-length albums, toured with Foo Fighters, contributed to film and TV soundtracks, and performed at Carnegie Hall. But the artist Rolling Stone once called a "guitar god" struck...

  • For Australian musician, a name change amid viral success

    For Australian musician, a name change amid viral success

    The last time Nick Murphy toured San Diego, things were a bit different. Aside from still using his artist moniker Chet Faker - a pseudonym he's since dropped - Murphy was also adjusting to the bright lights of fame after a variety of his tracks went viral online, including a revamp of Blackstreet's...

  • Under the covers with Allah-Las

    L.A. psych-rock quartet Allah-Las is winding down the last leg of a lengthy tour. It started all the way back before the release of the group's third full-length album, Calico Review, last September. The run has taken them across the globe, and most recently, to British Columbia surf mecca Tofino,...

  • Songhoy Blues and the celebration of music

    Songhoy Blues and the celebration of music

    After a civil conflict in 2012, Islamic jihadists forced many to flee Northern Mali when they imposed an extreme version of Shariah law on the region. Among other things, radio stations were destroyed and all non-religious music was banned. Exiled in the West African nation's capital of Bamako,...

  • Pink announces new world tour for 2018

    Pink announces new world tour for 2018

    Fresh from a successful concert at KAABOO Del Mar last month, pop singer Pink on Thursday announced a new world tour. Her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 is a 40-date engagement in North America, and it begins in Phoenix on March 1 and ends in Los Angeles on June 2. It will make a San Diego stop...

  • South Bay band P.O.D. announces free 2018 concert in I.B.

    Get ready  Imperial Beach  for another free rock show at the city's pier. South Bay natives from the three-time Grammy Award-nominated rock band P.O.D. (Payable On Death), announced Thursday, with Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, that it will play the concert next summer. The concert will be...

  • Love 'em or hate 'em, Coldplay's coming to San Diego

    Talk about phoning it in. When Coldplay performs Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, fans will not only be able to sing along, they can also provide live instrumental accompaniment - in a manner - for the band's recent single, "Hypnotised." The tour is part of the hugely popular English quartet's "A Head...

  • Jason Aldean cancels concerts in L.A., San Diego and Anaheim

    Jason Aldean cancels concerts in L.A., San Diego and Anaheim

    Two days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, country singer Jason Aldean has announced he is canceling three concerts this week, all of them in Southern California. The singer's They Don't Know Tour had been scheduled to make stops in Los Angeles on Friday, San Diego on Saturday and Anaheim on...

  • Jason Aldean calls Las Vegas shooting 'beyond horrific'

    Country star Jason Aldean posted a statement on social media Tuesday, a little over 24 hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where he was performing on stage when bullets rained on 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival. His statement: "Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots...

  • Gillian Welch is coming for your record player

    Gillian Welch is coming for your record player

    It can be argued that Gillian Welch is simply one of the best singer/songwriters working today. Alongside her partner David Rawlings, the pair have meticulously crafted a catalog of Americana and roots-infused, Grammy-nominated albums - both under Welch's own name and as the Dave Rawlings Machine....

  • Algiers doubles down on Underside of Power

    Algiers doubles down on Underside of Power

    It's difficult to distill the essence of any musical act in just a few sentences. Even if brick-and-mortar facts are succinctly recounted and current inspirations are engagingly discussed, it's near impossible to do more with a band write-up than (maybe) lobby the reader into further exploration...

  • Benjamin Booker Provides Key 'Witness'

    Benjamin Booker Provides Key 'Witness'

    Benjamin Booker was actually planning to write about music, not perform it, when he first took the stage in his adopted home of New Orleans. After an evangelical upbringing in Virginia and college in Florida, he first went to the Crescent City to work for a non-profit. The 28-year-old guitarist...

  • Adams Avenue set to rock with fairer than fair musical fare this weekend

    Adams Avenue set to rock with fairer than fair musical fare this weekend

    This weekend's 36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair will feature at least one guitar virtuoso (Larry Mitchell), two of San Diego's most durable and dynamic blues artists (Len Raney and Bill Magee) and dozens of rising young area musicians. Near the top of the bill at the free, all-ages music festival...

  • For Imagine Dragons, a 'surreal' string of triumphant success

    For Imagine Dragons, a 'surreal' string of triumphant success

    When Imagine  Dragons  hits San Diego's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Thursday, it'll mark a special show for the superstar quartet. For one, it'll be a sort-of homecoming gig. "We love San Diego," says Daniel Platzman, the band's rollicking drummer. "We have a lot of familiarity because Ryan Walker,...

  • Review U2 majestic in San Diego leg of 'The Joshua Tree Tour'

    Review U2 majestic in San Diego leg of 'The Joshua Tree Tour'

    It could have easily been 1987 in San Diego Friday night when the iconic Irish band  U2 performed its revolutionary album "The Joshua Tree" in its entirety, all 50 minutes and 11 seconds of it in chronological order. It could have been 1987, but it wasn't. "Nothing's changed; everything's changed,"...

  • CRSSD up: Waterfront music festival returns

    It's time again to head back to Waterfront Park for another weekend of CRSSD Fest. It seems hard to believe, but this is already the sixth edition of the bi-annual festival since debuting in 2015. In just two short years, CRSSD has become San Diego's premier EDM festival, if not one of the most...

77°