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Trio Gadjo performs jazz with tap dancer Claudia Gomez at San Diego City College, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2022

VIDEO: Jazz trio, tap dancer showcase talents for City College

Trio Gadjo and Claudia Gomez share European jazz style
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist November 1, 2022
Approximately 20 students and faculty gathered to listen to the European-style jazz group Trio Gadjo play their music and watch Claudia Gomez dance on a sunny afternoon in San Diego City College’s Curran Plaza on Oct. 20.
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Community Recording Studio Night musicians

Student musicians: Deadline coming to apply to play in City College spring concert

SOUNDsation concert applications due Friday, Oct. 28
Sophia Traylor, Multimedia Journalist October 27, 2022
San Diego City College musicians have the opportunity to show off their musical talents this spring. The SOUNDsation concert will take place at Curran Plaza on Wednesday, Dec.14 from 1 to 4 p.m.
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Zane Mahaytik and Mike setup microphone

City College music studio opens to the public

Community Recording Studio Night invites guests to participate in a showcase of how a professional recording studio works
Philip Salata, News Editor March 23, 2022
City’s commercial music program prepares students for the highly technical profession of studio sound engineering, but it is also made unique by Espar who puts particular attention on the collaborative and community-oriented aspect of music making.
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The band Fanny

REVIEW: ‘Fanny: The Right to Rock’

City College to host in-person and virtual screening of documentary showcasing one of the first all-women rock bands
Susana Serrano, Multimedia Editor March 16, 2022
“Fanny: The Right to Rock” is a documentary about the first all-women rock band ever to release an LP with a major record label. They started with two Filipina-American sisters and their teenage girlfriends in the 60's.
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The Knight Life, March 13 Edition

RADIO: The Knight Life brings student voices return to air

The Knight Life is back for the spring 2022 semester with some of the best podcasts from last term
Will Tran, Programming Director March 13, 2022
On the debut episode of the Spring 2022 semester, we hear from familiar voices Jakob McWhinney and Skylar Epplar on their respective shows “The Listening Machine” and “San Diego Local Spotlight.”
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experimental pop duo Vákoum

Warm up with CTM’s local music playlist for February

Bounce this month with Dezzy Hollow’s West Coast hip-hop, Golden Hours’ serene jams and Parque De Cometas’ “revuelto pop”
Jakob McWhinney and Philip Salata February 25, 2022
The world’s pretty heavy right now. I’m not going to qualify that, or try to make some clever joke, it’s just the truth. But you’re not here to listen to me wax poetic about geopolitics, or theorize about the rising cost of everything, or complain about the sandwich I accidentally left on the bus today. You’re here for some local music.
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The powerful vocals of Josh Lane (center) and Jensine Benitez (left), the focal point of Thee Sacred Souls’ “sweet soul” sound, conjure up hazy thoughts of better days. Photo by Aaron Flores Arteaga, from @TheeSacredSouls Instagram

CTM’s first monthly local music playlist of 2022 features hip-hop, funk, hardcore

Tune in to Lee Wires’ lazy afternoon guitar pop, Doc Hammers’ metalcore “call to attention,” and Bubabza’s funky, fuzzy electronic sounds
Jakob McWhinney and Philip Salata January 20, 2022
Even if your holiday plans perished due to the pandemic (as mine did) City Times Media is here to keep your love for local music alive and well. From the washed-out, nighttime pop of Headworm to the acid jazz of Ebaugh to the hazy sweet soul of Thee Sacred Souls, we’ve put together a batch of songs to keep you company during your next 10- … or 5-day (?) isolation.
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The Reckless practice at one of the band members houses

MAGAZINE: New music from the South Bay emerges after pandemic

A glimpse into why new San Diego musicians are coming from south of 8
Marlena Harvey, Editor In Chief December 17, 2021
“You have to find a way of managing time between your job and your passion, and maybe that means doing a job that pays less so you have more freetime,” Fritz Fayman, guitarist in The Reckless, said.
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Album art of Ella Fitzgerald

City College students review, recommend selection of jazz albums

Appreciation of jazz through the ears of City students
Aldo Ramirez, Multimedia Journalist December 17, 2021
Each semester, the students of professor Michael Espar’s jazz history class are assigned to review a jazz release. We’ve gathered some of the best of this semester’s reviews together. They range from classic jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald to the new sound of contemporary jazz of Orin Evans.
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The artist Your Smith sings as opening act to sold out show at the San Diego Music Box venue on Oct. 13.

San Diego music scene navigates the uncertainty of pandemic life

Surviving music venues steer through reopening amid a precarious economy
Will Mauriz, Assistant Editor, CityScene December 6, 2021
Surviving music venues in San Diego deal with reopening amid a precarious economy and uncertainties imposed by COVID-19.
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Makeda Dread Profile

WorldBeat Center’s founder connects with the community after the pandemic

A journey into Makeda Dread's life and her impact on San Diego
Aldo Ramirez, Multimedia Journalist December 2, 2021
Supporting and organizing reggae concerts since 1980, Cheatom has produced 39 annual music festivals, although as we all know with COVID-19 came the closing of music venues and cultural centers and with that WBCC closed from March, 2020 until its recent reopening in September.
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Matt Lamkin was the frontman for the The Soft Pack, one of a flurry of buzzy San Diego bands to emerge in the late aughts, pictured here performing at the now-defunct Bar Pink circa 2008. From left to right Matt Lamkin on the mic, Matty McLoughlin on guitar, Dave Lantzman on bass, and Brian Hill on drums.  Photo by Chad Kelco

Former frontman of The Soft Pack gets weird on his new pandemic-tinged release

"Dirty Job" is an infectious mix of weirdo pop and pandemic-era anxieties
Jakob McWhinney November 30, 2021
As Matt Lamkin thinks about his new album “Dirty Job,” the former frontman for The Soft Pack finds humor in the fact that it may be his weirdest. At times infectious, and at others perplexing, “Dirty Job” channels all of the wild, uncertain nature of pandemic life. 
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