Ken Leighton

Ken Leighton contributes regularly to the Reader's Blurt music column.

Articles by Ken Leighton

Putting the new in Newport

O.B. bar Holding Company steps out of the neighborhood's stereotype

Keeping the O.B. vibe intact was a priority when Noodle House owner Steve Yeng bought the beach bar Gallagher’s and renamed it the Holding Company last May. After all, that was the name of the ...

Come on in, Daring Greatly, now go home

Canada band blocked from U.S. work visas forced to take the show on the road

For their Whisky a Go-Go show January 7, Daring Greatly brought along two busloads of fans. “They brought 100 people who each paid $50 to go up and see them play in Hollywood,” says promoter ...

Modern Me scores a direct hit

Fallbrook indie rockers toss their disc into the 91X ring and hit Halloran

Adam Lamah is the frontman for Modern Me, a six-piece indie-rock band from Fallbrook that’s been compared to the 1975. In an attempt to get radio play for Modern Me’s new single, “Waters,” Lamah called ...

Vinyl in the pink

Western Settings' Will Castro talks about his La Escalera Records and the good news for vinyl sellers

Will Castro lives and dies by the pressing plants that make the vinyl releases for his local label La Escalera Records. Demand for vinyl keeps increasing. But turnaround time is getting worse. Castro says it ...

San Diego music news year in review

The Reader's top music stories of 2016

Arriving in 2016: Local gypsy rockers Quel Bordel launched a 35-artist, four-stage Gypsy Fest at the Jacumba Hot Springs nudist colony in August. It returns June 10. Maybe the most unlikely of venues debuted when ...

Jefferson Jay, every day for 365 days straight

San Diego troubadour talks sports-song parodies and the parody-worthy Chargers

When South Bay rap/rockers P.O.D. played to thousands at a 2008 Chargers rally/concert before a post-season game outside Qualcomm, lead singer Sonny Sandoval proudly belted out the lyrics to “San Diego Chargers Anthem” with homer ...

Crash Worshipper John Goff talks Noise

San Diego's Goff and Shepard Fairey getting radio play with "Little Lions"

According to former Crash Worship member John Goff, everyone knew there was no future for his band after Great White’s 2003 Rhode Island nightclub gig that ended with 100 fans dead from a raging fire ...

Aquile — a son is born

Voice contestant talks life after reality TV

Carlsbad-based singer/songwriter Aquile watched last week’s season finale of The Voice. It was the first time he’s seen an episode since he appeared on the chair-spinning talent show in 2012. “It can get hard to ...

First one's free at Blowhole studio

Record-maker Scott Lehman's got plans for bands on a budget

Scott Lehman left Canada a year ago when his wife got a plum job as a cancer researcher at Salk Institute. The guitarist/keyboardist had spent three years in Acronycal, a Foo Fighter-ish band that had ...

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