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Videospin: New additions to the Local Music Database

Local videos reviewed

Browsing the 4100-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, you’ll find many performers are uploading their newest video clips to their band pages, all viewable on the website’s Video Jukebox. Here’s our spin ...

Charlotte, Sean, and the Sinclairs

Brooklyn band leaves winter behind for San Diego climes

“We had become a little spent on some of the superficiality and oversaturation of the New York music scene,” says David Hyman of the Sinclairs, which originally formed in Brooklyn around 2008. “We were having ...

Roni Lee plays like a girl

...and she wouldn't have it any other way

"I love the live-rock sound, with real guitars, real vocals, and no backing tracks,” says Roni Lee, whose career as a rock guitarist started in Hollywood with Venus and the Razorblades, a cheeky Kim Fowley ...

SDSU rock-and-roll anthropologists dig deep into campus music history

Ella was a badass

“Jaime and I have become rather obsessed with the history of live music at SDSU,” says Seth Mallios, professor of anthropology at San Diego State and co-author of Let It Rock!, a five-volume book series ...

Kitty Plague was getting back to rocking, then Miss Kitty got preggers

Wookie Plague

“When we first started recording this album over 18 months ago with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Studio, Stephen Case was on drums and John Falk was on bass,” says sole Kitty Plague survivor Mark Haemmerle ...

October album drops

Record-release roundup

New releases this week include a full-length from Brian Ellis called In the Dark, as well as a fifth studio album from Wavves, titled V, and Lurid Memory’s Dematerializing EP, which premieres October 2 at ...

Astra's ex and a drunken text

Breaking up is hard to do...unless you get a song out of it

“Over the past two and a half years,” says Astra Kelly, “in the midst of a serious musical reinvention and a shifting of life focus, I have started — and not completed — three new ...

San Diego musicians busy writing books

All words, no music

Area musicians who’ve moonlighted as authors over the past year include Ben Johnson, Alfred Howard, JD Boucharde, Wayne Riker, and former Bauhaus bassist David J. Add to that list of literary locals Kevin Lydy (Vinyl ...

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 ...

Record-release roundup

The Reader's all-local monthly record-release report

Authentic Sellout, fronted by Iacon Sound Studios honcho Sulo King, will play a record-release party at the Casbah on Friday, August 28, for a bill headlined by Sprung Monkey and supported by Processor. Chickenbone Slim’s ...

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, ...

Mr. Patrone's napkin diaries

San Diego supper-club crooner jots poems at the bar between sets

“Basically, it’s a collection of my poems from barstools and other musings that I’m going to do in a small run on actual cocktail napkins,” says supper-club crooner David Patrone of his Napkin Diaries project, ...

Product coming in August from San Diego bands

Record-release roundup

The band formerly known as Ed Ghost Tucker will release a final EP under that name while debuting their new incarnation, the Lulls, at the Soda Bar on August 1. Now a trio since the ...

Comic-Con rocks!

The Reader breaks down the Con's companion concerts

Comic-Con-themed music events around town on Thursday include Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions at Embarcadero Marina Park South, with orchestral arrangements performed to visuals drawn from video games. The House of Blues will host its annual musical ...

A month of local record releases

Author & Punisher’s newest mechanical mashup, Melk en Honning, drops June 30 via Housecore Records, a label headed by the album’s producer, Phil Anselmo (Pantera). Expect a slick permutation of Tristan Shone’s usual drone machinery, ...

Surprise! Three Rugburns reunions next week

Shows in North Park and Normal Heights

“Yes, we decided we wanted to play a show because [bassist] John Castro was gonna be in town from NYC,” Rugburns ringleader Steve Poltz revealed to the Reader about the band’s surprise reunion next Tuesday, ...

Lennon's heavy hand

Local players share the experience of playing the lost-and-now-found John Lennon acoustic

“John McCaw has been bringing his old Gibson to my Tuesday night Potluck Players guitar group since 2009,” says Sanctuary Music and Art Studio honcho Marc Intravaia of the guitar that has since been confirmed ...

John Lennon's guitar found in San Diego

Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills calls it “one of biggest finds in music history”

John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J160e guitar, once thought lost, has been discovered in San Diego at Marc Intravaia’s Sanctuary Art and Music Studio in Sorrento Valley and is about to go up for one of ...

Raelee Nikole offering her Answers May 29 in East Village

Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter's debut full length

“My best local gig ever happened last year on my nineteenth birthday, when I was a final contestant in the San Diego County Fair’s Singer/Songwriter Competition,” says Raelee Nikole. “Although I only performed two songs, ...

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 ...

Record-release roundup

Upcoming releases from San Diego bands

On the cusp of her 20th birthday, Raelee Nikole is debuting her full-length Answers on May 29 at Moniker Warehouse in East Village. Heavy metallers Raise the Guns will play a release party for their ...

Now you know: Radio Bandiego

"We’re working with the bands to help bring a higher-level attendance to clubs and concerts.”

Shambhu's debut

New age player leaves New York for soulful San Diego

“San Diego offers the best combination of wellness, spirituality, and business opportunities for me,” says guitarist and electric sitarist Shambhu, aka Neil Vineberg, who arrived in San Diego late last year. Specializing in meditative and ...

Revival brings Jamaican reggae star Triston Palma to O.B.

Album release party to feature cross-collaborative sets

“Triston Palma has been doing this for about forty years, he was recording reggae hits as a teen and is a longtime favorite of the guys in the band,” says Revival bassist Luis Medina of ...

May record-release roundup

The release party for Steven Ybarra’s What I Really Want to Say happens May 1 at Valley View Casino Center. “We have exclusive access and use of the VIP lounge,” Ybarra says of the event, ...

Shake Before Europe

San Diego’s space-rock–inspired Shake Before Us will play the Cosmic Trip Festival in France next month. “We will be playing ten shows in five different countries,” singer/keyboardist Will Lerner tells the Reader. “We were approached ...

You’ll laugh, you’ll weep

“The production and arrangements on this album feel very Louisiana Delta to us,” says Calman Hart of the upcoming Berkley Hart full-length. “It’s really a double album. Twenty songs.” “It’s named after a song on ...

Record-release roundup

Tolan Shaw chose San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas to host the April 3 release of his Chin Up EP. “The Performing Arts Center is a brand new theater at my old high school, which is ...

Happy coincidences

“‘Fabulous reality’ was a phrase a high-school English teacher drummed into our heads in a writing class,” says Scott Samuels of the title to his upcoming fourth full-length. “It’s also referenced in a song on ...

A thousand Overheard conversations

I never wanted to be a cartoonist. And yet, I’m about to draw the 1000th weekly edition of Overheard in San Diego. Sure, I loved and collected comic books as a kid, and even drew ...

March record releases

New releases this week include two songs by Gayle Skidmore, “Rag Doll” and “Barrel, Trigger, Gun,” issued March 2 on a split cassette with Minor Bird. Griever’s debut full-length, Our Love Is Different, will be ...

Hello (and goodbye)

Several new local acts and team-ups are prepping debut releases and performances. British invader Dave Humphries has been collaborating with Bass Clef Experiment Trio, with their next joint performance set for Java Joe’s on February ...

Breaking down the stages

At this time, the Reader’s Local Music Database lists 1610 upcoming music events on our Shows page, taking place at 224 venues. Over 1300 are live-music events, with the rest mostly DJ and karaoke sets. ...

Loony Tunes: The Loons don’t mind being Misunderstood

Retro recording and teaming up with a garage-band legend

“Although we take our time between albums, the actual writing and recording usually comes in short bursts,” says Mike Stax of the Loons, a PrettyThings/Love/Yardbirds-inspired band extant for nearly twenty years now, with around five ...

Record-release roundup

This week, Dead Rock West’s 2011 album Bright Morning Stars is being re-released on 180-gram vinyl, which will be available at their Pappy and Harriet’s show on February 7, and Sledding with Tigers is reissuing ...

Video spin

Around 400 local music videos are sprinkled among the 3900-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, all playable from our video jukebox. Here’s our spin on the most recent additions. From the Lovebirds ...

Singles seeking ears

The Reader’s Local Music Playlist currently features over 1100 playable MP3s, with the following mini-reviews representing several of the most recently uploaded tracks. The Liquorsmiths, “Let It Come”: This new folk-rock trio (which plays House ...

Thing fingers

“The methods used to make this video and the crazy effect shots are unique and technical and haven’t been seen much before in music videos,” says Tolan Shaw of his new promo clip for “Eyes.” ...

Familiar but different

No degrees of separation between Sal and Archie and Sly

“Don’t ask me to work on your car. I don’t currently have the right tools.”

Did he say free beer?

Like cable and cell-phone providers, promoters increasingly turn to “bundling” to attract a wide selection of customers. Events like the Exchange series offer a variety-show format that mixes music, spoken word, comedy, foodie fare, and ...

Record-release roundup

Marujah’s release party for Gringolandia happens Thursday, January 8, hosted by Tim Pyles at Mary Jane’s, inside the downtown Hard Rock Hotel. “Gringolandia is the story of the musical melting pot and the influence of ...

Despite the rumors, San Diego has soul

Although it may not be the first genre one associates with San Diego, soul music is experiencing a resurgence here, with over a dozen soul bands playing and recording around town. Two of the groups ...

Blame it on college

Ed Ghost’s “long hair, don’t care” drummer lists his hits.

“I’m pretty dang happy right now...a steady paycheck would be groovy, though.”

Record-release roundup

New releases this week include Poor Life Choices by alt-country band Mark Kramer and the 12 Steps, Hurricane from Rob Bondurant (release party December 12 at 7 Grand), and 21st Century ShatMan by William Shatner ...

MP3s, please

Over 1100 MP3 songs currently grace the 3900-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, playable from the performer pages as well as on their upcoming event pages and via the website playlist at ...

One fan–funded

“We took this album to Nashville to record at the famous Blackbird Studio, owned by Martina McBride,” says singer-songwriter Rob Bondurant of his new album, Hurricane. “I wanted a sound, a vibe, a story, and ...

Hardcore roots

Itai Faierman on John Waters and his fifth-grade teacher

“John Waters asked for my number so we could talk about our mutual love of pre–World War II documentaries. He never called.”

Record-release roundup

Brothers Gow is releasing their fourth studio album, Reflections, on November 14 at 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach. “We’ll be performing tunes from the record, as well as new covers and other originals,” says ...

Channel your inner Jackson Pollock

“Paula and I love what we do, so it’s been very easy for us to spend much of our time at the studio without feeling overwhelmed or consumed by the business,” says guitarist Marc Intravaia, ...

Sans anesthesia

“Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” wrecked Sam Lopez

“Piercing shards of explosive feedback. Dissonant swirls of mutilated musical notes. Guttural shrieks of broken guitar.”

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