Spring Valley

Blackwater crash recovery

When one band stalls another starts for Syren Franco

“As of now, all the songs we were ready to record had to be rewritten musically,” says frontwoman Syren Franco, whose Jamul-based Blackwater Prophecy was recording their second album earlier this year, a symphonic rock ...

The Mice embrace the weird

Twenty-year punk trio and their bar the Bancroft bring a new sound to East County

The three punk Mice have been playing for 21 years. “We actually started two years before as Billy Club,” explains singer/bassist Travis Poe. “Our lead singer Matt went away to rehab and never came back. ...

I've made thousands off those idiots

San Diego artists on their Gigtown gigs

While the local booking company Gigtown remains controversial, one San Diego band and a hardcore critic are glad they’re here. Launched last year by Andy Altman with a reported $3 million investment by his father, ...

Liberty Call's new liberties

New law allows Spring Valley distillery to get more creative with its small-batch booze

Earlier this year, a Reader cover story highlighted changes to California law allowing small batch distilleries to sell bottles out of their tasting rooms. Only a few months later, this change is helping Spring Valley ...

San Diego Distillery won't compete with Kentucky

Trent Tilton's whiskey kick includes the definitely different

Spring Valley doesn't boast any craft breweries, but it's playing a pivotal role in San Diego's burgeoning craft-distillery movement. Kill Devil Spirits Co. started out there back in 2011, Liberty Call Distilling Co. in 2014, ...

Scene Not Heard

A second compilation from San Diego's unsung punks

“All these people said they would use our music on their comps. The problem is, those comps never came out.” That’s why longtime punker Ugly Lenny of Inciting Riots became Ugly Lenny record producer when ...

Going green

Area man celebrates Irish heritage all year 'round

Saint Patrick's Day has come and gone, but for at least one San Diego County man, "the wearing of the green" isn't something you do for one day a year. It's a way of life. ...

Something feral this way comes

With springtime's approach, the kitties are homeless again

La Mesa resident Tiffany heard the distinctive sounds of cat courtship in January and knew she would again face the issue of feral cats near her home. "We've been struggling [with it] since we moved ...

Spring Valley bar to ditch liquor license

Hookah bar owner turns attention to beer and “well-behaved clientele”

Andrew Somo, the owner of A-1 Hookah Bar in Spring Valley, is trading in his liquor license for a beer license because he wants a nicer clientele. But to do that, he has had to ...

Spring Valley hatchet attack committed by fugitive

Witnesses and dog help nab parolee, now facing attempted-murder charges

A fugitive in violation of his parole terms is back in custody after adding robbery and attempted-murder charges to his rap sheet over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, April 12, 24-year-old Harold Hill entered the ...

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