Local bands and musicians

Band Genre
Rabbitlight Electro | DJ
Race Against Space Rock
Rachael Gordon Acoustic, Rock
Rachel Drexler Jazz, Pop
Rack of Bones Covers | Standards, Jazz
Radical Classical Classical, Covers | Standards, Latin | Tejano
Radio Moscow Rock
Radios Silent Rock
RadioStar Metal | Hardcore, Rock
Raelee Nikole Acoustic
Rael J Hip-Hop & Rap
Rafael Reyes Electro | DJ, Noise | Xprmntl, Rock
Raf Deza & the Avenue Acoustic, Rock
Rafter Pop, Punk, Rock
Raggabond Hip-Hop & Rap, Reggae & Ska, Rock
Raggle Taggle Acoustic, Jazz, World
Raggle Taggle’s Le Jazz Hot Jazz
Raise the Guns Metal | Hardcore, Rock
The Ram Acoustic
The Ramblin' Outlaws Country, Metal | Hardcore, Punk
Ramekega Rock
Ramona Rock
Ramona (Tijuana) Latin | Tejano, Rock
Ramshackle Rock
Rancho Penasquitos Flute Choir Classical, Covers | Standards
Rancho Shampoo Rock
Randam Luck Hip-Hop & Rap
Randi Driscoll Acoustic, Jazz, Rock
Ran Diego Acoustic
The Randles Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Rock
Randolph Clay Wood Blues & Soul, Covers | Standards, Pop, Rock
Random Gibberish Rock
Random Order Covers | Standards, Rock
Rand Steiger Acoustic, Classical, Jazz
Randy Chiurazzi Rock
Randy Fontaine and the Swingers Covers | Standards, Jazz
Randy Lane Acoustic, Rock
Randy Phillips Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Jazz
Randy Porter Acoustic, Jazz
Randy Seol Covers | Standards
Randy Sterling Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Rane Vega Electro | DJ, Hip-Hop & Rap
Range Rover Pop, Rock
The Rapture Electro | DJ, Pop
The Rarities Rock
Rat City Riot Metal | Hardcore, Punk
Rats Eyes Rock
Ratt Metal | Hardcore, Rock
Raul Blaze Cervantes Hip-Hop & Rap
Raumicio Blues & Soul, Latin | Tejano, Rock
Ravens Blues & Soul, Pop
Ravi Shankar World
Raw Moans Electro | DJ, Noise | Xprmntl, Rock
Ray Brandes Country, Punk, Rock
Ray Mo Blues & Soul, Rock
Raymond DiGiorgio Group Acoustic, Alternative, Rock
R. Barry Knox Blues & Soul, Electro | DJ, Pop, Reggae & Ska, Rock
R.C.K. Hip-Hop & Rap
Ready Set Survive Punk, Rock
The Reaganomics Covers | Standards
Really Idol Covers | Standards, Rock
The Real Spectra Rock
Rear View Mirror Rock
Reason to Rebel Reggae & Ska, Rock
Rebecca Jade Blues & Soul, Jazz
Rebecca Tang Acoustic, Covers | Standards, Pop, Rock
Rebelle Jacobs Acoustic
Reckless Disregard Rock
Recordable Colors Alternative, Rock
Red Circle Underground Rock
Red Dye No. 5 Rock
Red Fish Blue Fish Classical
Red Flag Electro | DJ, Noise | Xprmntl, Pop
The Red Fox Tails Blues & Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock
Redhanded Blues & Soul, Country, Rock
Red Headed Stranger Country
The Redlands Symphony Orchestra Classical
Red Llama Dog Hip-Hop & Rap, Rock
Red Lotus Klan Hip-Hop & Rap
The Red Lotus Revue Blues & Soul, Rock
Redmond Rock
Red Not Chili Peppers Covers | Standards
Red Pony Clock Latin | Tejano, Pop
Red Room Dance Cabaret Jazz
Redwave Rock
Red Wizard Rock
Redwoods Revue Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Pop, Rock
The Reed Street Sessions Blues & Soul, Rock
Reeve Oliver Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Refuse Metal | Hardcore, Punk, Rock
ReggaePartySD Reggae & Ska
Reggie Push Hip-Hop & Rap
The Regime Rock
Reina Mystique Blues & Soul, Jazz
Relax Max Rock
Relentless Nation Metal | Hardcore, Rock
Remedeux Electro | DJ, Rock
The Reo Collective Blues & Soul, Funk, Jazz, Latin | Tejano, Rock
Republic of Letters Alternative, Rock
The Resentments Punk, Rock
The Resevior Tips Metal | Hardcore, Punk
The Resizters Acoustic, Covers | Standards
The Restraining Orders Rock
Retox Rock
Retrolust Electro | DJ, Pop, Rock
The Retro Rocketts Covers | Standards, Rock
Return of Mr. Blackshirt Alternative, Punk
Revelation 69 Rock
Revenge Club Alternative, Punk
Revenge Death Ball Metal | Hardcore, Rock
Reverend Stickman Alternative, Pop, Rock
Reverend Thomas Shaw Blues & Soul
Revival Reggae & Ska, Rock, World
Revolt-Chix Punk, Rock
Rex Hermogino Acoustic, Pop, Punk
Rhino Rock
The Rhumboogies Blues & Soul
Rhythm and the Method Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Rock
The Rhythm Jacks Rock
Riboflavin Classical, Jazz, Rock
The Rice Kryspies Acoustic, Bluegrass & Roots
Richard Filaccio Rock
Richard Thompson Classical
Richie Furay Acoustic, Country, Rock
Rich McGee Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Rick & Carm Acoustic
Rick Elias Gospel, Rock
Rick Elliot & the Secondhand Smoke Band Country, Rock
Rick Froberg Rock
Rick Gazlay Noise | Xprmntl, Rock
Rick Harchol Acoustic
Rick Mendoza Band Rock
Rick Ross Covers | Standards, Jazz, Lounge, Pop
Ricksha Rock
Rick Wolfman Rock
Ricky Ruis Rock
Ricky Small and the Talls Acoustic, Pop, Rock
The Riders Rock
Ride the Sun Metal | Hardcore, Rock
Rifftide Covers | Standards, Rock
The Rightovers Rock
Rightside Gospel
Rihanna Blues & Soul, Hip-Hop & Rap, Lounge, Pop
Riki Michele Blues & Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Ringo Jones Gang Alternative, Bluegrass & Roots, Country, Rock
Rio Covers | Standards, Rock
Rio Peligroso Alternative, Country, Rock
The Riot Act Pop
Rip Carson Rockabilly
Rise of the Speedmen Rock
Rising Star Covers | Standards, Pop, Rock
Ristband Rock
Riston Diggs Hip-Hop & Rap
Rita Cantos Cartwright Classical
Rita Coolidge Acoustic, Country, Pop
Ritual Torture Metal | Hardcore
River City Acoustic, Country, Rock
Riververb Funk, Noise | Xprmntl, Rock
Road Noise Rockabilly
Roadog Covers | Standards, Rock
Road Work Ahead Jazz
Rob Bondurant Rock
Robby Nelms Jazz
Rob Crow Alternative, Noise | Xprmntl, Rock
Rob Crow's Gloomy Place Rock
Rob Deez Acoustic, Hip-Hop & Rap
Robert Dove Jazz
Robert M Electro | DJ, Jazz, Noise | Xprmntl
Robert Parker Jazz
Robert Vaughn & the Shadows Acoustic, Rock
Robert Walter's 20th Congress Blues & Soul, Funk, Jazz
Robert Zelickman Classical
Rob Halford Metal | Hardcore
Robin Adler Covers | Standards
Robin Henkel Blues & Soul, Funk, Jazz
Robin Lee Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Rob Machado Rock
Rob Moran Rock
Rob Stone Hip-Hop & Rap
Rob Thorsen Jazz
Rob Whitlock Acoustic, Jazz
Rochelle Rochelle Alternative, Rock
Rocket from the Crypt Punk
Rocket Surgery Covers | Standards, Rock
The Rockin’ Dogs Alternative, Punk, Rock
Rockola Covers | Standards, Pop, Rock
Rock Out Karaoke Covers | Standards
Rockslyde Covers | Standards, Rock
Rocks Off Covers | Standards, Rock
Rockstar Albatross Alternative, Rock
Rock Steady Rock
Rockstreet Covers | Standards, Rock
Rodello's Machine Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Rock
Roger! Rock
Roger Friend's Rhythm Village Blues & Soul, Jazz, Rock
Roger Reynolds Classical, Noise | Xprmntl
Rogue Stereo Metal | Hardcore
Roland Lee Ware II Rock
Rolle Love Alternative, Blues & Soul, Punk, Rock, Rockabilly
The Rollers Covers | Standards, Rock
Rollers Pop, Rock
Rolling the Stones Covers | Standards, Rock
Roman Holiday Covers | Standards, World
Roman Palacios Jazz, Latin | Tejano, Lounge, Pop
The Roman Spring Blues & Soul
Roman Watchdogs Reggae & Ska, Rock
Ronald Shaheen Classical
Ron Fountenberry Rock
Roni Lee Rock
Ron's Garage Acoustic, Rock
Ron Shaheen Classical
Ron Shumate Country, Rock
Ron Silva Alternative, Jazz, Rock
Ron Silva and the Monarchs Blues & Soul, Rock
Rookie Card Alternative, Country, Punk
Room E Electro | DJ, Hip-Hop & Rap, Noise | Xprmntl
Roosevelt Rock
the Roosters (1960s) Pop, Rock
The Roosters (1980s) Punk, Rock
Roots Covenant Reggae & Ska, Rock
Rootsicali Reggae & Ska
The Rosalyns Rock
Rosa's Cantina Bluegrass & Roots, Blues & Soul, Country, Jazz
The Rosery Acoustic, Alternative, Pop
Roses on Her Grave Rock
Rose Winters Acoustic
Rosewood & Rye Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Hip-Hop & Rap
The Rosicrucians Punk
Rosie Flores Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Rock
Rosie & the Originals Pop, Rock
Rossi Hip-Hop & Rap
Rossi Rock Hip-Hop & Rap, Latin | Tejano
Ross Moore Acoustic
Roswell That Ends Well Rock
The Rothko Quartet Jazz
The Rotten Johnnies Covers | Standards, Punk
Rotten Scaliwag & the Low Lifes Punk, Rock
Roudydoggs Hip-Hop & Rap
The Rough Rock
Roundabout Covers | Standards, Rock
Route 77 Blues & Soul, Funk, Reggae & Ska, Rock
The Routine Blues & Soul, Funk, Rock
Roxy Blue Blues & Soul, Rock
Roxy Dioxide Rock
Roxy Jones Rock
Roxy King Pop
Roxy Monoxide Pop, Rock
Royal Campaign Rock
The Royals Covers | Standards
Roy Ansell Acoustic
Roy Freesinger Acoustic
Roy Rapid Rockabilly
Roy Ruiz Clayton Acoustic, Bluegrass & Roots, Blues & Soul, Rock
Ruby Blue Blues & Soul
Ruby Clouds Blues & Soul, Latin | Tejano, Rock
Ruby & the Red Hots Blues & Soul, Rock
The Rugburns Pop, Rock
Ruines ov Abaddon Metal | Hardcore
Ruletta Rock
The Rumblers Country, Punk, Rockabilly
Rumble with the Socs Punk, Rock
The Runabouts Rockabilly, Surf
Runhoney Rock
Run Luca Electro | DJ, Pop, Rock
Rushed Covers | Standards, Rock
Russell Bizzett Blues & Soul, Jazz, Latin | Tejano, Pop, Rock
Russian Tremors Punk, Rock
Russ Peck Covers | Standards
Rust Rock
Rusty Jones Acoustic, Bluegrass & Roots, Blues & Soul, Pop, Rock
RV & The Hubcaps Pop, Rock
Ryan Anthony Hip-Hop & Rap
Ryan Dart Trio Funk, Jazz, Latin | Tejano
Ryan Hiller Rock
Ryan Hughes Hip-Hop & Rap, Reggae & Ska, Rock
Ryan Vernazza Acoustic, Alternative, Rock
Ryn Weaver Country, Pop

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Local Music News

Warish

Fronted by singer-guitarist Riley Hawk (Petyr), son of skateboard star Tony Hawk, the band's new single "Woven" comes at the beginning of a tour with tour the Black Lips, followed by an appearance at Soda Bar on March 10.

Beehive & the Barracudas

Tracy Wooley, who also played with Tourette's Lautrec and Tammy Faye and for a time adopted the pseudonym Tracy Haze, has passed away.

Steve Poltz

"Sharon and I got married a couple days ago on Cayamo," reports Poltz. "There were a lot of folks there. The whole thing was planned in three days. @sxmliveloud are awesome and mapped out the whole shebang and there were about 1500 folks there. Insane that this could even be organized so fast. We were just gonna go to the courthouse in Nashville."

Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra

SDSU English Department alumni Michael Buchmiller, aka Professor B. Miller, and his singing robot SPO-20 have a new video for their track "Abraham Lincoln," from their album Conjure the Paranormal.

Mike Pinto

He has a new single, "Come A Long Way," featuring Jack Johnson's drummer Adam Topol, as his band prepares for a tour that kicks off February 26 in Austin and wraps May 30 in Ohio.

Justin Pearson

A documentary about Pearson is in production, Don't Fall in Love With Yourself, which explores his life from childhood tragedy through his appearance on Jerry Springer's show and his role in the local music scene. Interviewees include Dave Lombardo, Eric Paul, Gabe Serbian, Bobby Bray, Travis Ryan, Jeremy Bolm, Alexis Marshall, Jon Syverson, Molly Neuman, Becky DiGiglio, and other material is sourced from dozens of VHS and mini-DV tapes recorded over three decades.

Hot Snakes

Four 7-inch singles are being released in advance of their next album, beginning with “Checkmate” (November 2019) and the just-issued “I Shall Be Free.” A support tour kicks off February 27 in Phoenix, AZ and wraps March 12 at the Belly Up.

Rebecca Jade

She was seen during the TV broadcast of the Oscars ceremony singing backup for Elton John,.

Stone Temple Pilots

Their "An Evening With" acoustic tour of North America was cancelled due to new lead vocalist Jeff Gutt suffering a severely herniated disc. Once Gutt recovers, they still plan a tour of Australia with Live and Bush, and summer tour with Nickelback. Their new acoustic album Perdida is Gutt's second studio release with the band following a 2018 self-titled record. A new single "Fare Thee Well" was recorded at drummer Eric Kretz's Bomb Shelter Studios, with a video directed by P.R. Brown (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Prince), and another new single dropped, "Three Wishes."

The Kabbs

"We've been working on our full length over the past year," reports the band, whose newest single "Something to Lose" debuts at Bar Pink on February 21, for a bill that includes the Strawberry Moons and Daggers86. The single precedes a full-length due in Spring.

Author & Punisher

The tour opening up for Tool will continue as the bands make their way across Australia.

Lenny Morris

"It's a clear departure from my escapades as a freelance acoustic songwriter, as I have now focused on a career writing carefully crafted lyrics with messages I hope to resonate with the masses," says Morris of his new hip-hop single "Dear World," streaming on all platforms with a video on Youtube as well.

Reverend Stickman

"I’ve been spending much of my creative time working with Bahman Violin and Dan Ochipinti on a brand new original musical theater production, Refugee Songs, after we received a grant from UCSD," reports Stickman. "In addition to recording a soundtrack EP for the show with Mystic Groove Collective, I’m also working in the studio again with my friend and co-producer Bob Bartosik...I recently bought an electric sitar/guitar which I have been exploring. I am now ready to gig with the Mystic Groove Collective, Sita Rose and TJ Moss, Ari Marsh, and others who appreciate the exotic sound it creates."

Chad Farran

The Superunloader drummer released his first solo album since 2012, After All, featuring guest players such as Chris McGreal and Jimmy Lewis of Superunloader and David Carano of Wise Monkey Orchestra. "Think if Paul Simon and Paul McCartney started a band with James Mercer and Dan Auerbach," says Farran. "It might sound something like this."

The Gloomies

Their new album, Are We Getting Better, due March 6, is so far preceded by singles for “Moonlight” and “Sick Like You” (both released late last year) and the newest, "Sideways," which frontman Andy Craig describes as "A hazy and fuzzy reflection on feeling lost in your own life...the song captures the depth of intense, muted emotions surrounding this notion of aimlessness, which can so often be as anxiety-provoking as its lyrics suggest."

Carnifex

In their latest lineup change, lead guitarist Jordan Lockrey (who joined in 2013) is out, and Devildriver's Neal Tiemann will take his place on their upcoming tours with 3TEETH (hitting San Diego's Brick by Brick on April 16) and Thy Art Is Murder.

Switchfoot

They're celebrating the one year anniversary of their Native Tongue album with a 5-song Reimagine/Remix EP, featuring "re-imagined versions of select songs." Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling contributes "Voices," for which she also directed the accompanying music video along with Joshua Shultz, and other contributors include Brent Kutzle (One Republic), Will Chapman (Colony House), John Painter on horns (Fleming and John), and Mason Self. The band also shared a music video for the new version of "Wonderful Feeling."

Flogging Molly

They'll headline their annual St. Patrick's Day Festival on March 17 at the Hollywood Palladium, with a lineup featuring Mad Caddies, Street Dogs, LA icons the Briggs, Celtic rockers Hoist the Colors, Texas grit punk group Vandoliers, a Live Broadcast from Frosty, Heidi and Frank on KLOS 95.5, and Irish dancing from Power Academy of Irish Dance. The Festival will be preceded by a free outdoor pre-show in the Palladium parking lot with performances from members of Flogging Molly with Matt Hensley & Dennis Casey taking the stage as an Irish acoustic duo, and a DJ set from bassist/vocalist Nathen Maxwell.

Wavves

An upcoming tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2010 album King of the Beach kicks off April 10 in Phoenix, Arizona and wraps May 28 in Los Angeles. The album will be rereleased by Fat Possum Records April 10 as a purple kush vinyl with alternate art that was originally slated to be the cover, before it was scrapped and a bonus 7-inch with “Mutant” and “Stained Glass (Won’t You Let Me Into Yr Heart).”

Death Eyes

Frontman Alberto Jurado has passed away.

Watkins Family Hour

Brother Sister drops April 10 via Family Hour Records/Thirty Tigers, the first release from the former Nickel Creek siblings in five years. Produced by Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Mandy Moore, J.S. Ondara), it features seven original songs co-written by Sara and Sean Watkins as well as three new covers: Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton’s “Neighborhood Name,” Warren Zevon’s “Accidentally Like A Martyr” and Charley Jordan’s “Keep It Clean,” which features guest vocalists David Garza, Gaby Moreno, and John C. Reilly.

Jacob Turnbloom

He has a comedic new video for his track "Ride Past the Waves of the Future."

Falling Doves

"We're going on tour to Australia for the third time," frontman Christopher Leyva tells the Reader. "We're doing a few benefits we created along our tour to benefit the https://www.wires.org.au, they help the animals burned by the wildfires. The main benefit in Australia will be in Brisbane at the Crowbar Feb 21 where along with a couple locals we will be selling our shirts and collecting cash...we teamed up with a great poster artist, Diego De Grandi from Brazil, to create a tour shirt and benefit poster, he's done art for Oasis, Tom Petty, and the Rolling Stones. We'll sell the shirt on tour, and all funds will go to the Wires charity." Over the coming year, the band will also visit hit China, Turkey, Dubai and South America for the first time, as well as a return to the UK, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Mexico, France, Germany, and Australia.

The Frights

They're playing the Spreckels Organ Pavilion February 15 as part of their new album promotion for Everything Seems Like Yesterday, as well as appearing at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival, running May 22 through 24 and headlined by Chili Peppers, Stevie Nicks, and the Dave Matthews Band. A video is streaming online for "Leave Me Alone."

P.O.D.

Drummer Noah "Wuv" Bernardo Jr. has teamed up with members of Flyleaf for a new band called Belle & the Dragon.

Marie Haddad

The video for her song "JDITA" won Best Music Video at the 2019 San Diego Film Week Awards.

The Cardiac Kidz

In addition to their recent 40 Years of Punk CD, a new album on local Blindspot Records called Empty Chairs spotlights the power pop punk side of the group, featuring two new songs and a track previously only found on a compilation, with all original recordings dating from 1976 - 2018.

MohaviSoul

Their fourth full-length, Live at the 42nd Annual Huck Finn Jubilee, includes three new original songs written by Randy Hanson, Mark Miller, and Orion Boucher, as well as a cover of the Waylon Jennings classic "Lonesome, On’ry and Mean."

Manganista

The title track of their Hillbilly Bomb Shelter album, due February 1, is "about a couple of hillbillies who stumble across a bunch of old underground bomb shelters," says Matt Rhea. "They decide to fix up the bomb shelters and sell them to doomsday believers. Dave Talbott painted the album art and kept the theme going from our last two releases."

Whitney Shay

The release show for her Stand Up album happens March 26 at the Belly Up and features the 44's and the Anthony Cullins Trio.

Psychotic Waltz

The God-Shaped Void, their fifth full-length and first new album in 23 years, is due February 14 via InsideOutMusic, so far preceded by a single for “Devils And Angels.” A lyric video by Cloud Music Typography is streaming online.

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