Musician Interviews

Switchfoot switches gears this year

Guitarist Drew Shirley talks up a cause, the new album, and a record-release at sea

It’s easy to forget that multi-platinum alt-gospel rock act Switchfoot was an indie band from its recorded debut in 1997 all the way through 2003. The glory days came with their major-label releases such as ...

Jakob Nowell's Sublime dad

The son of a reggae-rock father fronts the Law

‘Our very first show in 2013 was with Mike Watt & the Missingmen,” says Law frontman Jakob Nowell, son of the late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell. The 21-year-old, who grew up in San Diego, was ...

Lorraine Castellanos — an introverted extrovert

Singer/guitarist on gathering groups and repertoire

‘It’s so new that I don’t know where it’s going to go,” says musician Lorraine Castellanos over coffee at Lestat’s on Adams Avenue on a windswept afternoon. She is speaking of her latest project, a ...

Silly Rabbit

"I just played the keyboard player in the new Cyndi Lauper video 'Funnel of Love.'”

Try as you might, describing Jesika von Rabbit’s music/performance is not an easy task. She’s been referred to as everything from a “postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur” to “part pop princess parody, part desert gypsy.” When ...

Record Dust redux

Jason Blackmore finds crew and cash to back Records Collecting Dust II

"Records Collecting Dust is a documentary centered in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,” says Jason Blackmore. “Those were the three cities I focused on the first time around, on the underground punk-rock scene ...

Eat at Shady's

Shady Franco Josh Kmak talks bubbles and spurts

“I’m gonna just lose it. I’m gonna give people a reason to talk about what they saw.”

Gluten-free rock

The well-traveled Mike Wojniak is back

‘I was living in Columbus, Ohio when I first played a gig in San Diego, and I liked it so much that I ended up moving here,” says singer-songwriter Mike Wojniak. After releasing his debut ...

Down the rabbit hole with Birdy Bardot

Birdy has three bands in hand...

Emily Reilly. It’s a name you might not naturally associate with San Diego’s music scene. And yet, she’s one of the busiest in the biz, lending her vocals to no less than three bands: Birdy ...

San Diego tube amped over SoundDiego TV

“Daye was just a huge music fan who was out and about and going to shows all the time.”

Note to music fans who want to get on TV: it pays to be seen at shows. Or at least it did for the host of SoundDiego, the weekly half-hour music-and-interview show that is starting ...

Donkey Water

“We do see San Diego beers on the road and it’s an entry point of discussion with others.”

How does a band stay together for more than ten years? For the Donkeys, chemistry is key, but having little faith in one’s own abilities doesn’t hurt either. “I think we all share a lack ...

Jamie Shadowlight — hired gun

San Diego violinist explores classic rock at 98 Bottles Friday night

In a town full of virtuoso violinists and fiddlers, Jamie Shadowlight cuts a unique figure as she bears the bow down on her five-string NS WAV electric violin, feeding the resulting sounds through various processors ...

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