Ken Leighton

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

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Ms. Moz

Tijuana No's Ceci Bastida reimagines Morrissey

Ceci Bastida fronted ska-punk band Tijuana No, considered by many to be Tijuana’s most successful band. Between 1989 and 2000 Tijuana No toured the U.S. and Mexico and released three albums, spearheading Tijuana’s thriving ska ...

The Bulbs: high-watt rock

Borderland band joins SoundDiego at Blonde Bar

Anytime the Bulbs rehearse or play a show, border crossings are involved. Two of the Bulbs live in the U.S. The other two live in Tijuana. “I guess you could say we are a bi-national ...

Keeping up with the Kinmans

San Diego punk originals the Dils now do blues-rock with new outfit Ford Madox Ford

Don’t expect the Dils to throw a 40th-anniversary show honoring the birth of punk in San Diego. Along with Chula Vista’s Zeros, Carlsbad’s Dils created local punk from scratch. Because of their leftist tunes like ...

Alternative air

“Millennials who care about hipness aren’t going to listen to traditional radio anyway.”

San Diego does not seem to be able to support two alternative stations. In the latest Nielsen ratings, FM-94/9 was again in a sorry 18th place among all local stations while 91X was even worse ...

Status Ché

The latest from the UCSD campus collective that was on the brink of expulsion

Jorge Arriaga, guitarist with hardcore band Frontside, is a volunteer with the Ché Café Collective, which oversees UCSD’s food café and music venue. He attends the Monday-night meetings when the Collective decides which shows get ...

Soma gets wet

After 30 years, the all-ages place opens up some beer space

After 30 years as an alcohol-free establishment, Soma, the all-ages rock venue that played a role in launching local bands Blink-182 and Pierce the Veil, just hosted its first show serving beer. Soma owner Len ...

Quartyard concept

Urban venue loses its space but finds its way

Good news: you get a 30,000-square-foot lot of prime downtown real estate to hold events. Bad news: the East Village property is so in demand that plans are afoot to plop a highrise on the ...

Grand Daddy Purp will be protected

Marijuana — the new legal specialty

Oceanside attorney David Branfman has no doubt that marijuana will become legal for recreational use statewide in November. He is so sure that he has already reconfigured his four-person law practice anticipating what seems to ...

A flamenco twist

Jimmy and Enrique give popular rock the Latin treatment

Jimmy Patton plays a nylon-stringed guitar. Enrique Platas handles percussion (cajon and bongos) and while the duo is primarily instrumental, when Platas sings, he sings in Spanish. Their seven-year-old flamenco White Stripes act has served ...

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