With over 3,700 band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, we’re constantly chronicling updates and changes, from albums dropping or in progress to current video releases, breakups and reunions, plus new and departing members.
Flaggs, who made their concert debut last July at the Casbah, originally featured guitarist Lindsay Matheson (formerly of the Nervous Wreckords), bassist Leslie Schulze (of the now-defunct New Kinetics), and drummer M. Franco. Having recorded one self-titled EP with the group, bassist Leslie Schulze will be leaving the band in February, moving to Oklahoma City to attend air traffic control school.
Longtime local Wendy Bailey is also moving away from San Diego, with a send-off performance scheduled for February 6 at the the Merrow in Hillcrest. She’ll appear with Super Buffet, and the bill also includes the Touchies and Listening to Rocks.
Roger! guitarist Josh Cherichetti has left town as well, having graduated SDSU and relocated back to OC, leaving the band with “Quite a void to fill,” according to frontman Ernie Garcia. “We’ve been through about five guys since. We’ve had friends fill in at shows and brought in Ritchie Orduno to finish the last few tracks on the recording. We’ve also enlisted Greg Irwin from the Flowerthief to help out with a few shows. We really hope he sticks around.” The band’s new album Wishing For Boredom drops March 22 at Rosie O’Grady’s in Normal Heights.
“Saturday, we will be debuting our new soul singer in the lineup” says Get Groovin' frontwoman Sandi Shaner. “Come out and discover that three girls are better than two! Stephanie O’Dell is a highly trained vocalist [and] dancer, and a great addition.’” O’Dell will make her first appearance with the group on February 1 at Second Wind Navajo in San Carlos.
“I just inked a deal with Universal Music Group and am changing my name and getting some new music that we are going to push,” says rapper Biggie Babylon, who was formerly known as Entre-P (not to be confused with fellow San Diego rapper Entra-P, at least not any more!). Born in San Diego to Chaldean Iraqi immigrants, Babylon grew up in Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon. Beginning in 1972, his family operated Mike’s Market liquor store in a low income neighborhood of Southeast San Diego, where the 1999 Valhalla High grad later ran his own check cashing and cellular phone store across the street.
“We’ve had a slight lineup change with a new ‘girl in pink,’” says the titular leader of kids’ rock band Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew. “My wife Stephanie Perry has taken over the role.” In addition, “We just picked up a partnership with Spirit Hoods, they supply us with awesome hoods for use in songs relating to animals.” A record release party for the group’s new CD Time of Our Lives (featuring previous “girl in pink” singer Sabrina Hoffman) happens February 15 at Belmont Park, with Sesame Street regular Michael Raynor also performing.
Belying their announcement that the band was going into “suspended animation,” Carnifex's fifth full-length Die Without Hope drops March 4, via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, Six Feet Under), the cover art was created by longtime band collaborator Godmachine.
As for bands and performers newly added and updated in the Database, Michael May -- aka Meidai -- is a hip-hop MC who launched his own label, Off Da Wall MusiQ, to release his music. “My hip-hop alias Meidai, pronounced Mayday, means a very strong individual in Greek,” he tells the Reader. “It’s also a three-headed horse ram dragon.”
A full-length called Death Before Dishonor was released in 2011. “My best show was 2013. I had the flu, but I was also the headliner, and I still went on stage and rocked out. The entire place was packed people screaming my name, I'll never forget that moment. My worst show was at Across the Street at Mueller College. The soundman was drunk, there was about twenty people there, and it was an all-around bad vibe.”
His Legendary album will be released this summer. “It’s not confined to just one style,” he says. “It’s hip-hop, R&B, soul music, rock, country, and very much orchestral. What the title means is anyone can be a legend in their own right. You don’t need someone else’s opinion to dictate what is or isn’t legendary, or who is a legend. I touch on topics such as the Illuminati, the government, and my life experiences, so this album to me is different from what other hip-hop artists are doing. I’m putting everything on the line with this release, my heart my soul, everything from the production to the lyrics.”
“A lot of people will be able to relate to me.”
So, do you know or have a band that you’d like to see included in the Local Music Database? To add or edit a page, begin at Band Page Edits.