Ken Leighton

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

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Newspaperless Oceanside

Union-Tribune vacates office, heads east to San Marcos

For the first time in over 130 years, Oceanside will not be home to a newspaper office. At the end of this month, the Union-Tribune is moving out of its leased headquarters in Oceanside and ...

He got bikers to go against me

Sickstring Outlaws learn about band brotherhood the hard way

A gooey mess regarding band finances led to an ugly departure of a four-year member and some malicious slurs between bandmates including “thief” and “deadbeat.” Singer/guitarist Ron Houston founded the Sickstring Outlaws 12 years ago. ...

Bands for Bernie

San Diego bands lineup at WorldBeat in Balboa Park to back Bernie Sanders

The five organizers of Saturday’s fundraiser for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders are amateurs. They have never promoted a music event or fundraiser before. “We did a [pro-Bernie] rally called ‘Enough Is Enough’ at the fountain ...

GNR in their DNA

The Montell Jordans put the rock back in party rock

For the Montell Jordans, news that Guns N’ Roses is regrouping at Coachella could go either way. “I know that time in history will never be re-created,” says guitarist Ryan Baghai. “But we want to ...

Fallbrook Golf Course headed for the rough?

Nearby residents fear potential sale will lead to abysmal conditions

“Look at these pictures. It’s shocking. Does that look like rehabilitated wetlands to you?” Retired Fallbrook elementary school teacher Joan McConnell had just returned on Sunday (January 24) from the site of the former San ...

Zaraguey is the cat

The Donald is the rat

Eight years ago Cuban musicians who played bars and restaurants in Ensenada told me that while they enjoyed playing for visiting gringos, they were forbidden from crossing the border and playing for them in the ...

Donut panic, the music and vegan doughnuts are back

...after a five-month closure due to vehicular store slaughter

A driver plowing into the building and wall-punching punks can’t stop the music at a Grantville doughnut shop. After a five month remodeling, the reopened Donut Panic segues from punk to Persian this Sunday. Linda ...

Slayed by Slashes

Borderland goth-rock band slashing its way into San Diego music scene

Esteban Rene admits this Saturday’s venue of choice isn’t the usual place for a live rock show. La Bodega is located in a converted church in Barrio Logan. “They don’t have a real setup for ...

Independent internet radio stations stifled by fees

New royalty fees may be too much for smaller operations, like the local

A new royalty rate fee went into effect January 1 based on a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board. It impacts all U.S. internet radio stations that play music and snuffed one popular station. “Rates ...

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