Musician Interviews

Keith Milgaten Is Pre-Madonna

Keith Milgaten cofounded Vision of a Dying World with his brother Jackson while the two were growing up in Las Vegas. After the duo moved to San Diego in 2006 and hooked up with local ...

Was 2011 the Year of the Sax?

By the end of last year, music journalists were tagging it the Year of the Sax. Why? Because Lady Gaga hired Clarence Clemons to play on “Born This Way.” But that’s not all: Odd Future ...

Chris Leyva & Black Cherry

“I have a new covers album called 1957 that’s mixed and done,” says busy Blizzard frontman Chris Leyva, who plans to release a new solo CD on Valentine’s Day. His 2008 solo debut, Singled Out, ...

Rolle Love & the Beat Farmers

A haircut changed Rolle Love’s life. At 17, he was a hard-rocking bassist with a crash pad in North Park. “We furnished it with cases of beer, and we drank our furniture.” A major life ...

I Had to Leave Daygo to Get Respect from Daygo

Sumach Ecks, aka Gonjasufi, went from under-the-radar beat producer and rapper to a dreadlock-shrouded icon with the 2010 Warp Records A Sufi and a Killer, a collection of psychedelic hip-hop tracks featuring Ecks’s craggy, overdriven ...

Gary Ra’chac, Keith Moon, and a Sofa

San Diego native Gary Ra’chac spent several years working at Tasha’s Music downtown before becoming a singer-songwriter and radio personality. His songs have been recorded by Ray Brandes and Nick Castro & the Young Elders. ...

We Are Stars: Subsurfer

“We call our music ‘grit pop,’” says Subsurfer bassist/singer Deric Fernandez. “Really gritty with a pop sensibility.” After making their live debut in January 2011 at 710 Beach Club in PB, they released their debut ...

Celia St Croix Digs Bar Eleven

I first came across acoustic singer/songwriter Celia St Croix on Twitter via local-bandleader and fellow-tweeter Scott West, who cowrote the four songs on her debut EP. Even though St Croix, a student at City College, ...

Penetrating Questions with Chris Sullivan

The rough cut of Eric Rife’s rockumentary Garageland begins with the shrill alarm of “Walk the Beat” by the Penetrators. And rightly so — some local rock historians say that the Penetrators, in 1978, were ...

Fuzz-Huzzi Revival

Based in Imperial Beach, Fuzz-Huzzi is fronted by singer/guitarist Allen Camp. His late-’80s hardcore punk band Misguided Children was once booked by Eddie Vedder when the future Pearl Jam singer was organizing local shows. “We ...

David Patrone Tips His Hat Toward Sinatra

“I never really knew much about Frank Sinatra as a kid,” says crooner David Patrone, whose decade in the United States Marine Corps was spent as a fan of classical and blues music. That is, ...