Susan Luzzaro 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7
Stories by Ken Leighton
Interview with 91X DJ Steve West, here since 1983, playing the “classic alternative” hits when they were new, alternative — not classic. Meanwhile, competitor FM94/9 played the same three hits every two hours on November 25. Bad FM94/9! or giving the people what they want?
Local starlet appears with Justin Bieber in his new video "All That Matters"
It wasn't her dad that got Cailin Russo a gig to costar with Justin Bieber in his new video for “All That Matters.” Russo was born a couple years after her singer/guitarist dad Scott Russo ...
Sprung Monkey regrouped five years ago. Their fifth studio album (“sweat-drenched, down-and-dirty rock and roll,” according to Summers) is set for release on November 26.
"This is just one more death knell for live rock and roll in San Diego.”
Why is the Tiki House closing after 39 years of hosting bands in Pacific Beach? Could it be that the roadhouse couldn't keep up with the much larger bars? Was P.B. becoming too precious for ...
Former 4th&B concert venue won’t open under Avalon name as expected this fall. New owners say they are lining up permits before they begin construction; insiders say the city doesn’t want electronic dame music.
No pews for you
A new pastor plans to remove the pews at United Methodist Church in Normal Heights so he can interact more with congregants. But, no pews means that Carey Driscoll will have no seating for his Acoustic Music San Diego audiences. So, he’ll end the ten-year-long series of shows.
Oceanside’s Ocean House was poised to become a big nightspot, say investors; then, Sun Diego, a surf-shop chain, allegedly agreed to pay $29,000/month in rent, $7000 over the price that was to be paid by the disappointed investors, a group of Carlsbad businessmen that included owners of the Boar Cross’n and Mas Fina Cantina nightspots.
Mario Carrillo, singer/songwriter/guitarist of Cloud Feather, is a Native-American member of the Juaneño tribe. About a fourth of his band’s repertoire is about how rich tribes are not helping the poor ones.
GG Allin and GWAR had a baby, and they named it Sloat Dixon
At Mission Bay High, Sloat Dixon sported a mohawk and played in punk bands such as Common Ground and Black Republic. Now he plays drums for Yuma-based cow-punk band the Tramplers. Thanks to a random ...
Leave Mexico out of it
Erik Thompson wonders why no one has made a movie about the 91X he worked at 30 years ago. Driven by an exploding new wave and punk culture, 91X was one of the first commercial ...
Grunge-shunning Dark Globe regroups two or three times a year, even though they broke up in 1994.
Blues singer Earl Thomas, whose same-sex marriage is imminent, explains the circumstance of being a performer in a genre that is typically hetero oriented.
Sean Peck, front man of San Diego heavy metal band Cage, talks about their heyday ’90s and how the gigs started drying up in Europe after he punched out Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden.
Purple Church drummer Michael Prince found dead in Oceanside.
Both concert venues RIMAC and Jenny Craig Pavilion (at UCSD and USD, respectively) have had a sharp decline in shows presented there, largely due to the fact that booze can’t be sold when school is in session.
Mark Alan Hamilton bought a downtown record store in 2007 (Fiesta Records) and his timing couldn’t have been worse. Now he says vinyl is making a comeback (probably so we’ll publish an article about his record store).
Shane Culpeper, a studio owner/producer/promoter, talks about his experience in attempting to bring back the Metaphor Café and how it didn’t work out; he’s still looking for a venue.
KGB/101.5 airs commercials for Bad Company with Paul Rodgers featuring the music of Bad Company with Brian Howe. This is a big deal (to some).
Chris Cote, cofounder/drummer/singer with Kut-U-Up, extols the wonderful offerings of the Garage, a music-and-art venue in Encinitas that opened last year.
The Wave House in Mission Beach will present Barrington Levy July 4. Promoter Eat.Drink.Sleep is charging only $10 for tickets but will raise the price as the date comes closer.
Vista's fertile ground
Darrell Waterman remembers the names of the local hip-hop artists who drove a healthy local hip-hop scene when he was in high school (Oceanside’s El Camino, class of 2002). “The old-school cats that inspired me ...
Dallas McLaughlin says his days in Bad Credit (a comedy hip-hop crew that thrived at local clubs from 2002 to 2008) led to his hook-up with the Aquabats TV show and with an upcoming Padres post-game show on Fox Sports San Diego.
Former Padres owner John Moores reputedly in talks to buy radio stations 91X and FM94/9.
The gigs just keep coming
“December 31, 1982, was the last New Year’s Eve that we didn’t work. Last year we played the Hotel Del. We’re booked to go back again this year.” Mar Dels founder Doug Allen admits he ...
A May 3 “Hip-Hop vs. Punk” event at Tower Bar gets physical outside.
A recounting of the arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, suspected of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.
Former Humphrey’s talent-buyer Shawna Aguirre hopes to revitalize Kona Kai as the hotel’s entertainment director.
John Lyons, one of the owners of the venue who will take over 4th&B, has an unusual challenge. He will be competing for business with the nearby House of Blues, a chain he cofounded with ...
Carlsbad resident Cody Lovaas, 14, begins his recording career with Hurley and Bill Silva Management.
Carlsbad’s Flying Elephant closes; to reopen as a British-style pub but with no bands.
4th&B may reopen as an electronic dance music nightclub
The 4th&B concert hall was forced to close in December following the eviction of business owners Vince and Judy Puma. The Pumas were hit by lawsuits from building owner Crown Investments and former owner Ali ...
Jensen Rufe was a 1991 graduate of rock and roll high. “The guys in blink-182 were a little younger than us,” says Rufe about Poway High. “But we were pretty much the same age as ...
Brandon Van Ekelenburg (aka Van Brando) switched from heavy metal to rapping.
The building formerly known as Canes and then SoundWave is coming back as a club, but with less emphasis on big-name concerts.
Longtime San Diego DJ Rich “Brother” Robbin, back on the air at 105.7/The Walrus.
Interview with lounge singer David Patrone, who has teamed up with cabaret and burlesque dancers.
Talent buyer/manager of Humphreys Backstage Lounge, Jeremiah Smith, was arrested for felony drunk driving. Will that change the Shelter Island venue’s ability to book shows?
4th&B nightclub may reopen, this time as a dance club featuring electronic music.
The Calypso Cafe, which opened in Leucadia in 1995 and featured music seven nights a week for most of its existence, held its final show this New Year’s Eve. Located in a converted house, the ...
Little Italy venue Anthology to close in 2013 for repairs and renovations
With the court’s recent 4th&B verdict, will Public Enemy still take the stage at the downtown venue on December 12?
Interview with Ghoulgotha founder/guitarist Wayne Sarantopoulos about death doom metal.
Are Arbitron’s Portable People Meters fairly measuring the San Diego listenership of FM 94/9?
SDSU student/musician Ariel Schwartz says Associated Students has stopped paying to host bands and only includes DJs for entertainment.
Show Palace gets raided by multiple agencies on night of Alejandra Guzman show. Nothing was found, show proceeded. Insiders suggest state bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control was exerting pressure.
Jason Lee of Oceanside started doing Kiss tributes 36 years ago. “I remember being six years old and putting the pillows in a semicircle around the couch like a stage. I would air drum with ...
Vokab Kompany and other San Diego bands sign on to do jingles for Metropolitan Transit District.
Hip-hop promoter Reggie Sinatra to bring Talib Kweli to the Show Palace, a Latin-music venue.