Musician Interviews

Gary Wilson's flour power

Still catchy, still creepy, still obsessive, still (mostly) masked...

Still catchy, still creepy, still obsessive, still (mostly) masked, still rocking the white-framed cat’s-eye sunglasses he’s favored for decades, longtime San Diego resident Gary Wilson has a new album out, Friday Night with Gary Wilson, ...

Dark-rock duo Blood Ponies tracking that fuzz all over town

Feral ponies

"Our music is dark, heavy post-punk, made by two people who make a surprising amount of noise," says Jeff Terich, who partners with Candice Renee in Blood Ponies. “It sounds best at night when our ...

The uncontrollable Dani Bell

Ms. Bell talks tarantism and being part of the Redwoods collective

Tarantism is “a psychological illness characterized by an extreme impulse to dance, prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th Century, and widely believed at the time to have been caused by the ...

Between Hell and the Bollocks with Chica Diabla

“Every time we get momentum going, my stupid cancer thing happens and I’m, like, ‘Oh, my god!’”

Chica Diabla vocalist Elizabeth B. and bassist Rachel Bunz had a homespun, three-song demo of material in the can when their future drummer happened upon a posting they had placed on Craigslist. “I moved out ...

Switchfoot switches gears this year

Guitarist Drew Shirley talks up a cause, the new album, and a record-release at sea

It’s easy to forget that multi-platinum alt-gospel rock act Switchfoot was an indie band from its recorded debut in 1997 all the way through 2003. The glory days came with their major-label releases such as ...

Jakob Nowell's Sublime dad

The son of a reggae-rock father fronts the Law

‘Our very first show in 2013 was with Mike Watt & the Missingmen,” says Law frontman Jakob Nowell, son of the late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell. The 21-year-old, who grew up in San Diego, was ...

Lorraine Castellanos — an introverted extrovert

Singer/guitarist on gathering groups and repertoire

‘It’s so new that I don’t know where it’s going to go,” says musician Lorraine Castellanos over coffee at Lestat’s on Adams Avenue on a windswept afternoon. She is speaking of her latest project, a ...

Silly Rabbit

"I just played the keyboard player in the new Cyndi Lauper video 'Funnel of Love.'”

Try as you might, describing Jesika von Rabbit’s music/performance is not an easy task. She’s been referred to as everything from a “postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur” to “part pop princess parody, part desert gypsy.” When ...

Record Dust redux

Jason Blackmore finds crew and cash to back Records Collecting Dust II

"Records Collecting Dust is a documentary centered in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,” says Jason Blackmore. “Those were the three cities I focused on the first time around, on the underground punk-rock scene ...

Eat at Shady's

Shady Franco Josh Kmak talks bubbles and spurts

“I’m gonna just lose it. I’m gonna give people a reason to talk about what they saw.”

"I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are"

Roni Lee performs her gold-record song live at 4th&B

"Jesus Was a Vato"

...off of Mr. Tube's debut, Listen Up

"Don't Stop"

...by Slightly Stoopid

"Get Out"

...by Cardiac Kidz

"Sittin' Around in a Restless Dream"

...by San Diego psych-rockers Sacri Monti

"As One," Odessa Kane

Reclaiming the Community album promo. The record is due to drop Tuesday, July 28.

"Gone Daddy Gone"

Violent Femmes' official video

Acid Varsity

Live acid music events in San Diego

Pushin' Too Hard

Theatrical trailer

Ticket to Write

Theatrical trailer

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