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Ian Hill

Ian Hill is a Web content producer for Recordnet.com. In 2007 he helped found 209Vibe, the first newspaper and Web site covering music and entertainment in Stockton and Modesto. Prior to that he served as The Record’s local music and entertainment reporter and columnist. Ian has more than a decade of journalism experience, having worked at newspapers in New York and Ohio before moving to California. A native of Western New York and a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Ian now lives in Stockton’s Miracle Mile with his girlfriend and their four cats.

Leaving The Record

It’s kind of amazing, actually. A little more than five years ago I was a member of a union on strike from a newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio. It was miserable: I was getting paid $300 a week for spending three hours a day on a picket line, the temperatures were near freezing and I no […]

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Photos: Wells Fargo donates to local organizations

Ten San Joaquin County non-profit organizations and schools recently received a total of $10,000 from Wells Fargo during the bank’s Community Partners Breakfast at Stockton Golf and Country Club. You can read more about the donations in today’s myRecord; the slideshow includes photos of representatives of the some of the organizations accepting the funding.

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Video and more: Adam and Alicia Messinger and “The Amazing Fist”

Adam Messinger is offering several incentives to encourage potential fans to donate to his comic book project “The Amazing Fist,” which I wrote about in my (final Record) story in today’s LENS section. For $1, a donor can receive a .pdf of issue no. 1 before prints are available and get his or her name […]

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Coming to Stockton: John Legend, Vicente Fernandez, Thunder hockey and more

Venue manager IFG-Stockton has added more events to the fall calendar for the Stockton Arena and Bob Hope Theatre. Here’s who’s coming to town, according to IFG’s latest Stockton Insider email blast:

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Stephen Colbert vs. Pavement

Pavement, the influential indie rock band that formed in Stockton, is set to perform tonight on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Here’s the tease for the show from the Comedy Central Insider. “Monday, September 20 “Pavement – A California indie rock band, recently re-united after a ten-year hiatus. Tune in to see if Stephen […]

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Terri Sterner, 1974-2010

Terri “Temptress” Sterner, a long-time supporter of the 209’s music scene, passed away Wednesday after a two-year fight with breast cancer. Friday would have been her 36th birthday. Some area music fans may recognize Sterner as co-founder of the Northern California Plastics, a local chapter of an international organization of professional groupies. She could often […]

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More from the Blackwater jazz jam, part two: Mike Rocha and full jam video

Trumpeter Mike Rocha, above, features prominently in my video of Monday’s jazz jam at the Blackwater Cafe in Stockton. He also was one of the night’s main attractions, as the jam served both as his birthday party and going-away party. Rocha is leaving Stockton to pursue his music education in southern California.

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More from the Blackwater jazz jam, part one: Suicidal Tendencies

My video from Monday night’s jazz jam at the Blackwater Cafe drew a comment on Facebook from Stockton musician Erin Odessa, who wondered if I had footage of a particularly amazing drummer from later in the evening. I do not; I left the Blackwater when my shift ended at 10 p.m. But according to local […]

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Stockton duo Craft Spells featured on Pitchfork

Congrats are due to the Stockton’s Justin Vallesteros and Frankie Soto – also known as the indie act Craft Spells – for earning praise and recognition from online critics across the country, including Pitchfork. The Chicago-based music site, which has been credited with helping to break Modesto Mouse and Arcade Fire, featured the duo’s track “Party […]

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Ports visit Stockton elementary school

The Stockton Ports sent us this photo of Ports players Justin Murray, left, and Lance Sewell, right, during a recent visit to Wilhelmina Henry Elementary School in Stockton. The school had the highest percentage of students participate in the Ports’ Baseball by the Books five-week reading program. That accomplishment also earned the school a check […]

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