Blurt: San Diego Music News

Big in Spain: The Loons and The Rosalyns rock León

New Spain label compilation records also feature Skid Roper and Manual Scan

San Diego acts remain big in Spain, a longstanding trend that arguably kicked off when the Zeros stormed out of Chula Vista in the late 70s. The influential punk band has a new single on ...

Queensrÿche: The music between the notes

“It’s the subtleties that make it great”

Queensrÿche, who will be 40 years into their prog-metal run by the time you read this, are painfully aware that they’ve got some members from the classic years who aren’t around anymore; and some songs ...

Lil Yachty sails into town

Keeping that “surreal Willy Wonka” vibe

“I miss the old Yachty, the ‘bubblegum trap’ Yachty,” said fan Jhueller, “the never, switch up-Yachty.” “I’ve got songs that sample Mario Bros., Charlie Brown, the Rugrats theme, the music that plays when you turn ...

Oceanside's first public painted piano

“It was actually a gorgeous instrument before it was painted”

“I guess I am the force behind the Oceanside Art Piano Project,” admits musician Robert Parker, about the intricately hand-painted piano that now calls the Oceanside Museum of Art its home. “But it’s a collaboration ...

Mrs. Henry, Jack Daniels, and Dr. Feelgood

A whirlwind 48 hours in New York City

“It was sponsored by Jack Daniels, who put up money and booze so we could do this thing, and as you can imagine that night was a whiskey-soaked endeavor,” says singer-guitarist Daniel Cervantes of Mrs. ...

SAYMYNAME: The Godfather of Hardtrap

“I thought that remixing a child’s song like Barney could harm my career”

On December 11, I called BASSMNT to see if they’d permit our preschooler to access their club in two weeks; nobody answered and I left a message. Our preschooler and his playground homies love SAYMYNAME, ...

Grossmont College’s Raul Sandelin releases short film on Gary Heffern

“When hardcore kicked in, the innocence and joy of just being yourself became lost.”

Heffern’s a hugger. “The best times were the early days. People don’t realize the hours of rehearsal and also how many parties and benefits we did… Country Dick Montana and I were on our usual ...

Comethazine’s SoundCloud bait-and-switch

Many SoundClouders didn’t know sound_clout_xxx was an impostor

Comethazine was part of a digital bait-and-switch occurrence last year, which some say helped boost the career of the 21-year-old rapper known as Frank Childress to his family and squad back home in Illinois. In ...

Murderers of Love Motel EP based on the short stories of guitar maker Creston Lea

Songs are “slices of some characters’ lives.”

Based in Carlsbad, Americana band Murderers of Love features singer-songwriter and graphic designer Jaimie Muehlhausen, a one-time open mic host at Drowsy Maggie’s (which helped launch Steve Poltz and Jewel). His new five-song EP Motel ...

Gilbert Castellanos mentors Pink Trio into jazz world

“I do most of my homework in the car on the drive up to L.A.”

One of San Diego’s most promising musicians is pianist Brenda Greggio, a high school sophomore at the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills. She makes the daily trek down from her home ...

Fanboy film shot at Ken Club, Whistle Stop, Black Cat

What are the things that we can use that would cost other people money but would not cost us any money?

Besides managing the Casbah, Ben Johnson has played in local bands (the Long and Short Of It, Hostile Combover, Grammatical B), and he’s authored a couple of books (A Shadow Cast In Dust and Blood ...