Blurt: San Diego Music News

A kidney between friends

“I am asking my friends to help me at this scary time,” says bassist David Ybarra. The 51-year-old South Park resident has been a mainstay of San Diego’s music community since the early 1980s, a ...

Vista’s lavender vortex

While at a desert music festival last November, Jarrod Heidt hooked up with some of the bands he’d book at his new Vista venture. “It was the third annual Borrego Mi Diego. It was like ...

Breaking down the stages

At this time, the Reader’s Local Music Database lists 1610 upcoming music events on our Shows page, taking place at 224 venues. Over 1300 are live-music events, with the rest mostly DJ and karaoke sets. ...

Acoustic fusion with Rez Abbasi at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 9-15

Monday 9 Start off the jazz week with a free, noon-time concert by Allison Adams Tucker, with pianist Irving Flores and drummer Richard Sellers at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street)… the ...

Loony Tunes: The Loons don’t mind being Misunderstood

Retro recording and teaming up with a garage-band legend

“Although we take our time between albums, the actual writing and recording usually comes in short bursts,” says Mike Stax of the Loons, a PrettyThings/Love/Yardbirds-inspired band extant for nearly twenty years now, with around five ...

Record-release roundup

This week, Dead Rock West’s 2011 album Bright Morning Stars is being re-released on 180-gram vinyl, which will be available at their Pappy and Harriet’s show on February 7, and Sledding with Tigers is reissuing ...

Saxy Sammy

Rain or shine, summer or winter, Sam Schildkraut, or “Saxy Sammy,” as he likes to call himself, goes to work each night, busking on the sidewalk outside of the Skechers Shoe Store on Mission Boulevard ...

Captain Beyond DNA

A critical mass of local bands is thriving, owing to the loud, expansive psych-metal of Earthless. “It’s all based around an underground, heavy psychedelic vibe,” says Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba, a former pro skater and ...

Catch Jen Shyu at The Loft for free!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, February 2-8

Monday 2Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker brings her trio with pianist Danny Green and drummer Julien Cantelm into the Lyceum Theatre (79 Broadway Circle) for a free, noontime concert… Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jen Shyu with special guest Mark ...

Video spin

Around 400 local music videos are sprinkled among the 3900-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, all playable from our video jukebox. Here’s our spin on the most recent additions. From the Lovebirds ...

Imperial Bassics

The Martinez brothers say their cue to start their band was an omen. “We found these two guitars sitting right outside a neighbor’s fence,” says Sam Martinez, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the Bassics. “It was ...

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