Blurt: San Diego Music News

Oceanside’s link to “Once Upon a Time in the West” pedal steel great Buddy Emmons

“Cheeks” is not for sale at any price.

Nothing cries as convincingly as a pedal steel guitar. While that sound breaths emotion into Hawaiian, country, and even rock n’ roll music on occasion, it is more often associated with Nashville than Oceanside. Yet ...

Monster Paws’ Mario Rivera edits Strange 80s documentary for charity

Documentary is about mental health is perceived and how depression can impact everyone

Once again Mario Rivera has proven that operating a video editing console can be as valuable to your band as playing an instrument. The video he created for “Champagne Bike Ride” not only helped him ...

30-year-old Guitar Trader commercial outtakes with Mojo Nixon, Country Dick, Rolle Love, Thom Beebe and more now on YouTube

“The whole gist of the thing was to have fun.”

Near the end of 2018, an artifact of the San Diego music scene from over 30 years ago began making the rounds on local social media. It was a collection of outtakes from a series ...

Band Argument's analog-digital hybrid

“We have samples of banjos, steel drums, didgeridoos, flutes, and synths, among other things.”

“This project is an analog-digital hybrid,” says former Big Bad Buffalo drummer Jordan Krimston of his new group, Band Argument. “It’s a classic rock band setup — two guitars, bass, drums, vocals — but everything ...

Douglas Kvandal’s Hammond B-3 organ donorship

“They make smaller compact electronic versions now, but it’s not the same thing"

“There is a real organ renaissance happening throughout the country right now,” claims Hammond B-3 specialist Douglas Kvandal, who is gearing up to present the Jazz Organ Summit Concert on February 17 at Dizzy’s (1717 ...

The influence of Krautrock, Zamrock, Northern soul, blues, and prog on San Diego’s Volcano

“We just wanted to put together heavy bluesy jam bands”

The San Diego all-star band Volcano, who release their debut album The Island on February 15, blend the sounds of Fela Kuti, Can, James Brown, and the Allman Brothers. Asked how a bunch of stoners ...

The loony and chaotic ways of On Drugs

“I always joke and call it flat-Earther rock”

When Derek Housh, Cameron Gates, and Elias Avila started creating music together it was noisy experimentation for the most part. A plan was launched for the trio to relocate to Maryland, but Gates and Avila ...

Monday night jam packed at Rosie O’ Grady’s

“It’s always slammed and everyone says it’s a fun hang”

Guitarist Louis Valenzuela was looking for a specific type of vibe when he was considering setting up a new jam session for local players. “I remember there was another Monday night session back in the ...

Will 13 Point Brewing make Lemon Grove the new La Mesa?

Brewery will also focus on live original music

“I think the last show I played in Lemon Grove was a place called the Pelican Pub a million years ago and, prior to that, an all ages venue called Mesopotamia,” says Manganista singer-percussionist Matt ...

North Park hipsters don’t bother Zydeco musician Ruben Moreno

“Reminds me of parts of Houston today. Minus the southern cooking.”

Zydeco musician Ruben Moreno admits that, strictly speaking, he doesn’t live anywhere — or at least not for very long. But he proudly counts the Sun Dog City as one of his somewheres. “I live ...

How Gang of Four’s Andy Gill survived the Balboa Park Carousel

This year marks the 40th anniversary of their Entertainment! debut

Andy Gill’s the guitarist, lyricist, political and cultural commentator, record producer, photographer, and last remaining founder member in Gang of Four, and surely no shrinking violet. But he just about met his match at the ...