Blurt: San Diego Music News

Report from Tiki Oasis

Musical tributes to the unbeaten generation

The last chapter of 2014’s beat-novel party “Tiki Oasis” continues the theme with pop artists the Loons, Love Revisited (with Johnny Echols), and “Dirty Water” legends the Standells. The Loons are gearing up for the ...

Fast-track Frights

Singer/guitarist Mikey Carnevale has no idea why the Frights was nominated as Best Live Band for this year’s San Diego Music Awards. The punk trio from Poway has no dancing go-go girls, matching suits, or ...

Charitable Stones

Stones ink an axe for local teens.

“I was blessed to meet Mick Jagger’s assistant through one of our Photocharity board members.” Jeffrey Sitcov calls the Reader to talk about his latest good fortune: a pair of electric guitars, each one autographed ...

Worst. Headache. Ever.

Ben Bartel is the 29-year-old singer/guitarist for local acoustic-rockers Mayfield, a group whose sound Bartel equates to “a guy and a girl arguing with each other musically.” The argument almost came to a crashing halt ...

Hard drive intact

“We thought we might get our music seized,” says Rick Elliot, whose Secondhand Smoke Band’s upcoming full-length, First Hand, was recorded in Escondido. “Lambesis Studios was the studio co-owned by Daniel [Castleman] and the now-infamous ...

Reunite Like Jehu

"Dude, we gotta do a Jehu show with the organ... It'll be like jamming with Godzilla."

It almost seemed like a prank, the Facebook announcement that Drive Like Jehu planned to reunite, at least long enough to play one free show on the big concrete stage at the Balboa Park Organ ...

New York City pianist Larry Fuller comes to Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 20-24

Wednesday 20 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos begins his busy night presenting the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) featuring a young, up-and-coming jazz player at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. He’ll ...

Carnival of danger

Our border reporter braves a new Tijuana punk fest

“Someone will die,” posted Carlos Arreguin on his Facebook page minutes before the Carnavalito Peligroso I music festival began at Plaza Fiesta. The singer of the power-violence band Calafia Puta was one of the organizers ...

Baja’s next big thing?

Like most people who live in Calexico — the border town about 90 miles east of San Diego — Anthony Ramirez often heads south to the much larger Mexicali, on the other side of the ...

Italian for circus

“We’re opening a café in the side yard. Actually, it’s a mobile coffee cart with outdoor seating.” Valerie Power checks in to tell the Reader about new plans involving the Technomania Circus, which she and ...

Toy Economics 101

“So far, it’s been $100,000 in gross sales since I’ve been in business, which has been just over two years,” says singer/songwriter Lenny Morris of his side gig selling pop-culture memorabilia online. “I basically started ...

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