Blurt: San Diego Music News

Belly Up County

Tavern's talent-buying blokes expand territory

Having Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett, and the Rolling Stones drop by for a show may be the Belly Up Tavern’s most visible triumphs. But behind the scenes the booking staff of the Solana Beach venue ...

Jason Hanna, brassman to the bone

After Herb, it's on to schmaltz-free Mendes, Bowie, Ellington...

Jason Hanna can walk from his home in I.B. to the beach where, on a clear day, he can see the bullring where Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass made one of the first music ...

Blind guitarman's blues

Cory Wilkins: "Don’t invest in music if you are risk-averse."

Cory Wilkins was playing eight gigs a week in Sarasota, Florida, before he moved to San Diego 13 years ago. He can sing, play guitar, and write songs. But he can’t see. “I had some ...

Homeless in the House

Voices of Our City Choir dissed at premier venue?

When the San Diego Music Awards approached musician and homelessness advocate Steph Johnson about having her Voices of Our City Choir open the show at House of Blues last month, she and the group were ...

In-Ko-Pah 4 a go

Rock out in the whipping wind above Ocotillo

For the past four years and for the price of a few burritos and a couple beers, Jim Ko-Pah’s and John Ko-Pah’s high-desert “High Jinks” has been one of San Diego’s best kept secrets among ...

Gypsyfest: a party of magnitude

"Nudists were there but it was not overwhelming."

About 20 miles east and a week after In-Koh-Pah 4, on June 10 San Diego Gypsyfest returns, to be held again at the nudist De Anza Springs Resort. Like last year, there will be 35 ...

Brian Karscig helps launch Instagram of music

"I had a great video of my friend drunkenly eating cupcakes at a party."

“My business partner Nick Venti and I set out to make a music social app called BLKBOX that allows friends to share music and images with the moments of their lives,” says Brian Karscig (Louis ...

Batman and Rodin — welcome to Perry Vásquez's world

"Today, the meaning of corruption hasn’t changed but there is a new cast of villains."

Artist and musician Perry Vásquez recently released a concept album designed to prod at the listener’s sense of morality, justice, and personal responsibility. The Gates of Heck began as a visual arts project in 2008, ...

Random DNA created the Oxen of rock

“I was gung ho to find a band but nothing shook out."

Drummer Matt Nelson says his band the Oxen (which has been likened to the Breeders, Love and Rockets, or “a less drugged-out Spiritualized”) has quite the random DNA. “I was a pop-punk drummer from Cleveland, ...

San Diego record roundup (May)

Mayor Taco Ghost couldn't wait for April to be through

Experimental pop group Mayor Taco Ghost and drone/doom vocal duo Vas Hermeticum both released new albums at the Black Cat on April 29. Acoustic songstress Elise Trouw will celebrate both her 18th birthday and the ...

To know A Veil is to know Chad Ackerman

"You can call it goth or dark, but I’m a musician that loves horror.”

“A Veil just released our next single, ‘Calyptra,’” reports frontman Chad Ackerman (Destroy the Runner, As I Lay Dying, Chapter 14) of the band’s first new music in around a year. “The song is about ...

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