Musician Interviews

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, ...

The Kelsea Little Story, starring Zooey Deschanel

“My music sounds like Joanna Newsom meets Wilco meets Gershwin meets Rilo Kiley,” says Kelsea Little, who first earned widespread attention in 2006 with local teen-trio the Wrong Trousers. Their acoustic performance of the Buggles’ ...

The Farmers Plow Ahead

The hellbillies formerly known as the Beat Farmers are no strangers to lineup changes. Their longtime pedigree assures that some folks will find fault with any version of the band, including the omission of those ...

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