Blurt: San Diego Music News

The Gloomies' synthy surf trip

North County trio has a hit with "LSD"

Andy Craig likes to surf. He grew up soaking in Encinitas beach bliss. But he also needs to rock. The mellow overload caused Craig to escape to New York. “San Diego is a good surf-culture ...

Chango voodoo

Local indie act Botanica Chango plays a record-release at the Irenic on November 4

Josh Becker (aka Chango Chango) from the group Botanica Chango sums up his band’s sound as being “voodoo pop.” What is voodoo pop? Well, let’s examine “BB and the Beat,” currently available on the band’s ...

Theme park celebrity

Lakeside native Natalie Emmons makes it big in Japan

Natalie Emmons’s road to becoming a Japanese pop star began with a meeting of foreign-exchange students six years ago. “I always had a fascination with Japan,” says Emmons, who was raised and still lives in ...

Record-release roundup

New music from San Diego bands

Victoria Wasserman’s release party for Victoria Naomi STFU happens October 29 at House of Blues. “I’ll be giving out CDs and performing some of my favorite Amy Winehouse songs, as well as my own material,” ...

Fresh Sound: Vicky Chow at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 26-November 1

Monday 26 The Ian Tordella Trio with Ben Wanicur on bass and Charles Weller on drums play the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) at noon for free! Wednesday 28 Guitarist Louis Valenzuela ...

Videospin: New additions to the Local Music Database

Local videos reviewed

Browsing the 4100-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, you’ll find many performers are uploading their newest video clips to their band pages, all viewable on the website’s Video Jukebox. Here’s our spin ...

Charlotte, Sean, and the Sinclairs

Brooklyn band leaves winter behind for San Diego climes

“We had become a little spent on some of the superficiality and oversaturation of the New York music scene,” says David Hyman of the Sinclairs, which originally formed in Brooklyn around 2008. “We were having ...

The Slim Shady of punk

Infidelz frontman Kelly English gets back to promoting punk in the Southland

Kelly English’s big-bang moment happened at age 12. “My dad was the high school marching band director. I had the sax, trumpet, and French horn shoved down my throat. In sixth grade I heard ‘Bodies,’ ...

Dead Man's Party can't call themselves an Oingo Boingo tribute?

Ersatz Oingo

Oingo Boingo, the musically complex octet that was the centerpiece of California ’80s new wave has been dead for 20 years. But Dead Man’s Party, an Oingo Boingo tribute band, has been a SoCal Halloween ...

Daybreaking with morning party people

Rise 'n' Shiners don't get the whole night-time's-the-right-time thing

The mood inside Grotto Climbing off of Alvarado Road is opposite the flaring tempers in morning-drive traffic outside. People dance to thumping bass beats, climbers scale the bouldering walls, an artist paints psychedelic images, and ...

Charles Lloyd returns to La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 19-25

Monday 19 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Tuesday 20 Jazz legend Charles Lloyd returns to La Jolla with ...

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