Blurt: San Diego Music News

Awesome Fest creator wants to change name

Fest tentatively dubbed "Happy Birthday" slated for February

Did the punk rawker in you notice something odd this year? Labor Day weekend came and went minus an Awesome Fest. Fear not, faithful festival attendee, the event is still on for its 11th year ...

Punk Yacht Club's silly sailors

"We wanted the goofball approach of the Bloodhound Gang or Blink-182.”

Punk Yacht Club happened after Connecticut-raised Jesse Goodwick and ex-Bostonian Greg Marsh moved out here from the East Coast. For a while, Goodwick had a real job that used his mechanical engineering degree. “Then I ...

Bad Kids on reverb

South Bay four-piece doesn't hesitate to respect the word of law

After four and a half years, two albums, and two EPs, Bad Kids are finally getting a buzz. The poppy surf punkers from Imperial Beach played to a standing-room-only audience at the House of Blues’ ...

Happy as a Lamkin

Matt's trip notes from Soft Pack garage to Ensenada experimental

Matt Lamkin and his girlfriend moved down to Ensenada in 2012. At the time, Lamkin was still playing in the Soft Pack and, as he explains it, “If we went on tour it didn’t really ...

Godfathers of vinyl

"I thought I was out, but they pulled me back in."

After a five-year break, former M-Theory owner Eric Howarth is getting back into the brick-and-mortar record-store business. His new shop will be a mere stone’s throw away from the old M-Theory location on the corner ...

Unapproved by Country Dick (22 years ago)

Chris Giorgio has come a bit of distance since 1995

“It seems to me, Ocean Beach has long been a place for songwriters to feel creative and free,” says drummer and bandleader Chris Giorgio, whose upcoming album as Jackslacks, Earthling Sessions, includes an ode to ...

Pedal to the metal

"There are at least 1000 guitarists for every steel-guitar player."

When retired veterinarian Jim Palenscar opened the Steel Guitars of North County store 15 years ago, he knew his storefront was destined to be more about personal gratification than a business slam-dunk. “It’s such a ...

Youngblood blues

Casey Hensley's record deal avoids the sometimes messy

To help launch her career internationally, North County blues belter Casey Hensley turned to Vizztone Records’ more streamlined approach to market her first album, Casey Hensley Live, featuring Laura Chavez, released three weeks ago. “This ...

Goodnight, Irenic

North Park church rumored to be ending band appearances

The Irenic, the 70-year-old North Park church building that for the past six years doubled as a 450-capacity music venue, seemed to be the perfect place for headliners who wanted an all-ages venue but were ...

Tal's got serious jazz-fusion chops

Bass prodigy tries on the singer/songwriter hat

Who didn’t see it coming? If you witnessed Tal Wilkenfeld in concert with Jeff Beck in the past couple of years and thought of her as the bass player, you were only partly right. Yes, ...

Spice Pistols aim to entertain

"What was missing was the visual aspect of a live show."

The point of the Spice Pistols — a bunch of middle-aged rocker dudes who sing Spice Girls songs as if they were played by the Sex Pistols — is not just about gender-bending camp. ”It’s ...

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