Ken Leighton

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

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Party at Pier Plaza with Pepper

Brooklyn of the West

“I plan on stumbling home that night,” singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman says about his show Friday at Oceanside’s Pier Plaza Amphitheatre. It’s five blocks from his house. Pepper moved to North County from Hawaii 16 years ...

KPRI finds Jesus

"K-Love" Christian radio format takes over KPRI 102.1 FM

“What would Jesus do? Certainly not fire 20 people.” That’s how one local radio pro joked about the transition of KPRI (102.1 FM) from a locally owned, locally programmed rock station to a contemporary Christian ...

Coconut & Canoe

TikiTronic plays bachelor pad lounge you can dance to

“We are fans of the tiki culture,” says Andy Tolley, who as Captain Coconut plays with Freddy Canoe (Rick Roessler) in TikiTronic. “We’re very retro culture. Bachelor-pad lounge mixed with space age.” It’s not Nick ...

"Cholo goth" duo gets ripped off at Riot Fest in Chicago

Stolen Prayers

“We are mostly a San Diego/L.A./New York band,” says Rafa Reyes, half of cholo goth duo Prayers. The release of their Young Gods album took them on a 14-city, three-week tour, which ended September 11 ...

Bob disrespected at Fallbrook pot bust

JAH Healing Caregivers get the SWAT-like treatment

On September 10, a Fallbrook neighborhood was woken up by a SWAT-like operation that included closed-down streets and a bashed-down door. “They had two fire trucks, two Marine tanks, and a SWAT team van,” says ...

Lucy's Fur Coat is resurrected

...and it's serious as a heart attack

When Lucy’s Fur Coat sold out a Friday/Saturday stint at the Casbah two months ago, the five guys in the band, once signed to Sony/Relativity, were getting together for the first time in seven years. ...

Woody Guthrie called it music about folks

...and Valley Center's Joel Rafael agrees, finally plays a hometown show

In 1972, folkie Joel Rafael planted roots in Valley Center, where he built a home studio, Lilac Sound. In 2000, he signed to Jackson Browne’s Inside Recordings label, which in April of this year released ...

Welcome to the Pit

...a new all-ages venue in Pacific Beach

San Diego’s newest music impresario isn’t even old enough to drive. “I wanted to promote the music I like,” Jack Habegger told the Reader last week on his 16th birthday. He co-promoted the Burger Revolution ...

No glamping at Kaaboo — say what?

Del Mar's inaugural music festival kicks off next Friday, September 18

Like La Jolla tennis instructor Rob Hagey whose love of music led him to launch the San Diego Street Scene (1984–2009) as a music industry outsider, Kaaboo creator Bryan Gordon drops into the concert business ...

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