Ken Leighton

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

Latest Articles

Anti-Trump spitting

Cypher at the Hostel welcomes rapping world travelers

The aggro spirit present in many rap lyrics bubbled up when an impromptu curbside verbal battle between two local crews got physical outside the Tower Bar in May of 2013. Don’t expect any inter-artist aggression ...

Music scene emerging in Tijuana's southern neighbor

Ensenada rocks DIY

Maybe the best sign that Ensenada’s music scene is starting to get active is that its world-famous strip joint just shifted gears. Drummer Jehovah Boggeano says Anthony’s was around way before he moved to Ensenda ...

And the winner is...

San Diego Music Awards back on at House of Blues

Kevin Hellman says he was convinced to come back and resurrect the San Diego Music Awards, which will be held March 21 at the House of Blues downtown. Hellman told the Reader two weeks ago ...

Kids still get a hardcore voice

San Diego teens pick up where their big brothers' bands left off

Take Offense lead guitarist Greg Cerwonka says playing at Saturday’s hardcore five-band mosh-fest is just part of the circle of punk-rock life. “When we were younger we would see older bands we looked up to,” ...

Late life for the San Diego Music Awards

After being announced it was off for 2016, the awards are back on

It was announced on 91X’s Loudspeaker show November 6 that the San Diego Music Awards was taking a year off this year with hopes to return next year. Through November 7 the SDMA website was ...

Vintage vinyl victory

Beat Box Records in Barrio Logan turns two

Access Hip Hop in P.B. and Beat Box Records serve the hip-hop community from different angles. Access sells new hip-hop albums by current artists. Beat Box sells the 40- and 50-year-old soul, jazz, and funk ...

Hip-hop believin'

Rapper Biggie Babylon's "Small Town Girl" scores a hit with a Journey riff

In 2006 local Iraqi-American rapper Timz got national attention when his anti-war video got him exposure on Fox News. “From there it went viral,” says Alvin Shamoun, who, like Timz, was also a member of ...

Pirate promotion

Orange County–based concert promoter John Reese doesn’t want to take on the "two behemoths"

A former bouncer who launched his own security company and then parlayed his concert access into a gig as the tour manager for Guns ’N Roses, penetrated San Diego’s closed-shop concert business. “I think its ...

SeaBase — all about that bass

All-star all-bass San Diego band covers all bases — lead, rhythm, utility?

Tom Perry hates it that the bass player gets ignored. “Usually you can’t even remember the bass player’s name. But ladies love the bass. Can you imagine...when we play it’s three times the estrogen.” Perry, ...

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