Blurt: San Diego Music News

Moments of Clarity with Whales Whailing

San Diego soul quester returns to hometown with spiritual folk outfit

Peter Ryan has played percussion in a number of projects from his hometown of San Diego, on to Seattle with Kusikia (whose record was put out by fellow San Diegan-gone-Northwesterner Alex Miranda on his vinyl ...

They are killing the Walrus

Goo goo g'joob

The tusked mascot tasked with filling San Diego’s airwaves with oldies is getting harpooned. The station will soon be rebranded as the New Max 105.7. The Walrus handle was installed five years ago by then-station ...

When wood sings

“I’m starting over again. I mean, this move is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” says instrument repairman/musician Dave Millard, taking a break from shuttling materials from his former home workshop in South ...

I need a bigger amp!

Nik Turner, Hawkwind founder, amphetamine mystic of space rock, nominally of England but probably from a few solar systems over, has been known to sport full-head makeup, paisley camouflage, and alien armature. But according to ...

Rock ’n’ roll therapy

Singer/songwriter Josh Blevins knows Gunner Gunner’s reputation as the band that really hustles with posters, social media, and intense person-to-person lobbying. Blevins tells the Reader that it’s the best way to keep getting the prime ...

Record-release roundup

With the New Archaic on indefinite hiatus, Tolan Shaw has been writing songs with Jason Mraz for an upcoming collaborative project. The latest installment in the Album Leaf’s collaborations series is a new track featuring ...

Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton play Northern Spirits

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 5-10

Tuesday 5 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Avenue) with pianist Jason Shattil and drummer Duncan Moore at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. Musicians are encouraged to ...

Mr. Kilgour’s SoCal holiday

When you think New Zealand, quality rock isn’t usually what comes to mind. Back in the early ’80s, though, a small label called Flying Nun Records began churning out stimulating releases by bands such as ...

Rockers who write

The local music scene abounds in literary aspirations, with new and reissued books from players such as Ben Johnson, Alfred Howard, J.D. Boucharde, Wayne Riker, Justin Pearson, and Jon Kanis. Drummer and longtime Casbah bartender ...

Hold Steady Deathtrap

After a four-year hiatus, Brooklyn-based alt-rock band the Hold Steady is back on the road supporting a new disc, Teeth Dreams. They’ll be at Belly Up Thursday night, July 31. The band toured relentlessly during ...

Hard to swallow

“The letter came registered mail — signature requested on July 3.” It was an eviction notice. Katie Halvin says it gave her until November 1 to vacate her Parkway Bar. She and her husband Doug ...

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