Musician Interviews

Stickles's march to the sea

"If the guitar is not loud enough, then my brain is louder, and it’s not gonna work”

"Tell the world my story. Nobody believes me. They think I’m bullshitting them.” The story Titus Andronicus mastermind Patrick Stickles is referring to is a complicated one. Much of it is peeled away within the ...

Mr. Tube talks Freddie Feelgood and Flying Objects

Pall Jenkins shares his muse — a Chinese chatting ex-con train conductor and TV repairman

Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects is back in action supporting their first new record since 2006’s Listen Up. The local 11-piece continues their tradition of “Mexican funk music” on their new disc, No Wrongs, ...

Drummer comes to town and gets Slightly Stoopid

Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, talks 20 years of Stoopid and submits his favorites list

Reggae-rockers Slightly Stoopid had already been around a few years before hiring drummer Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, who moved to town from Northern California in 1994. “I came to San Diego to study music at ...

Cardiac Kid Jim Ryan remembers when...

San Diego punk-rock staple submits his list

When it comes to pioneers of the local punk scene, only a few still manage to engage, some 30-plus years later. For my money, the city’s most evergreen purveyors have been the Injections, the Zeros, ...

Sacri Monti skate, but they’re no skate band

Stoke for krautrock

“The only fans that come up to you after the show are music nerds or prog-rock dads.”

Rewriting Southeast San Diego

Hip-hop collective sings the praises of another side of the notorious neighborhood

Google search "Southeast San Diego" and the first three links will be Wikipedia,, and But then the tone changes — "Just HOW Dangerous is Southeast San Diego?"…"It's A War Zone Down Here"…"Detectives Probe ...

Young Goodman Gano

Violent Femmes frontman talks religion and rock with the Reader

If you don’t know of the Violent Femmes, you surely know “Blister in the Sun,” so popular I once heard a frat-boy chug-a-lug singalong with it at my college — which doesn’t have frat boys. ...

Acid means freedom

“Anytime a genre of music is basically outlawed and pushed out like that, it makes my blood boil.”

Ticket to Write taps into rock journalism’s main vein

“The big struggle to emerge in the film is print journalism versus the Video Age.”

Just pretend with James Kruk

“The King is a powerful aphrodisiac. I sang to my wife and that got her!”

"I never dress as Elvis in my ‘real’ life,” says James “King” Kruk, a former English teacher who’s carved out a living by reenacting the King’s comeback era, 1968 to 1974, complete with meticulously re-created ...

Wax is back!

Will teens want Judas Priest forever?

“There was more of a connection going on between the artist and the public with vinyl.”

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