Donovan Roche

Articles by Donovan Roche

Shins return to sound if not form

Indie rockers' Heartworms better than the band on this night

The Shins’ return to San Diego after a five-year hiatus — for two nights at the Observatory — was special for more reasons than just the long absence and mini residency. To start, for many ...

Slim Cessna's hillbilly hootenanny

Gothic Americana act takes Soda Bar a little higher

How does one begin to describe Slim Cessna’s Auto Club? The band, forming 25 years ago in Denver, defies categorization, though many have tried. Some have labeled their sound — a wickedly enchanting mix of ...

Haunted bossanova

Creepy Creeps, aka Creepxotica, getting busy in 2017

Even if you’ve seen the Creepy Creeps perform several times, you’d likely never recognize any of the bandmembers in public. The reason: onstage, their appearance ranges from dapperly dressed apes to skeleton faces with fezzes. ...

Schizophonic freak-out

Mr. and Mrs. Beers tell their tale

The Schizophonics’ appreciation of different musical styles comes through in everything they do. Led by husband and wife Pat (guitar, vocals) and Lety (drums) Beers, the band offers a potent blend of punk, rock, and ...

Childish Gambino gets funked up

Actor Donald Glover's rapping alter-ego finds his groove

These days, Donald Glover is known more for his acting (in the critically-acclaimed FX series Atlanta, and before that, Community) than his musical endeavors as alter-ego Childish Gambino. But he’s about to even the score ...

Heartache at 100bpm

“We try to honor traditional styles, but I’m not from the 1920s — I grew up playing punk rock and skateboarding.”

With roots music on the rise, it’s a prime time for Wish & the Well to be prepping their debut album for release. The Oceanside-based five-piece fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Corey Leal is finishing up mixing ...

Fourth-wave surf rock

Jason Lee isn't a kid anymore, so who's taking the next surf-rock set?

Local surf rocker Jason Lee and his bandmates are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore release, Monsters and Mai Tais, due out in Spring, 2017. Featuring members from both of his bands — the ...

Was Guns 'N Roses worth the wait?

After 23 years, a packed Qualcomm stadium screamed to think so

“Do you know where the fuck you are? You’re in the jungle, San Diego!” Axl Rose screamed as he and his Guns N’ Roses bandmates launched into “Welcome to the Jungle” at Qualcomm Stadium, the ...

The uncontrollable Dani Bell

Ms. Bell talks tarantism and being part of the Redwoods collective

Tarantism is “a psychological illness characterized by an extreme impulse to dance, prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th Century, and widely believed at the time to have been caused by the ...

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