Blurt: San Diego Music News

RC Krueger and the Villains Records story

“We just couldn’t afford to do anything”

Escondido native RC Krueger got heavy into music circa eighth grade. A No Knife record from his friend’s step-brother sealed the deal. It opened up a new world of music that he could enjoy as ...

Relaxed and in the moment with Steph Johnson’s So In Love

Explore new ideas and arrangements on her victorious fifth album

Not worried about being perfect “We did 10 songs, and we booked the studio (Tritone in Glendale) for two whole days, which gave us enough time to incorporate a few arrangements from [pianist] Josh Nelson, ...

Jazz drummer Fernando Gomez gets serious about being the solo “Nondoh”

“Sometimes you have to step back and let go”

“It’s a little scary to be doing this,” confessed musician Fernando Gomez, speaking of his journey from jazz drummer to electronic-dance-music solo artist with a new single titled “Let It Happen.” “Because all of my ...

Psychotic Waltz: nearly as big as David Hasselhoff

InsideOutMusic will soon release their first new album in 23 years

“The band was over, obituary written, done,” says Psychotic Waltz bassist Ward Evans. “It stayed that way from 1997 to 2008 or so. There was minimal contact between any of us during that time. Everyone ...

Bridges built with the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

“It’s a mixture of funk, soul, jazz, and Afrobeat.”

“The album dropped on September 12,” says Sure Fire Soul Ensemble bandleader Tim Felten. “And it hit #1 on the Contemporary Jazz charts.... It’s awesome to be recognized at that level, and I’m super confident ...

The Ed Kornhauser shuffle

He’s been on the San Diego jazz scene for 14 years

“It’s something I’ve been putting off for years,” confessed pianist Ed Kornhauser, referring to the completion of sessions for his first album as a leader. It features all original music. “I’ve been writing music as ...

M. Hernandez and Armin Van Buuren: from raving to raging

“Just chill on the binkies, candy beads and super-oversized Dickies”

M. Hernandez scoffed when he saw the “rave safe with these 10 essentials” list posted on the iEDM site last summer. Hernandez, now in his 40s, is prepping to watch EDM veteran Armin Van Buuren ...

Belladon’s last show with Anastasya

“This show really is the end and beginning of two eras”

“One side will have all our dream pop songs, and the other has our gothy nasty ’80s songs,” says Belladon’s Aimee Jacobs of the band’s upcoming Dreaming/Dreading EP. “Both sides will have a collection of ...

The peculiar genesis of Super Buffet

Pete Bayard: “My sketch demos are skeletal”

Pete Bayard had performed in a series of bands in St. Paul, Boston, and New York City before he landed in San Diego and started playing in the local outfit Inigo in the mid-2000s. He ...

Sullivan King, Yakz, and Grabbitz: what gamers play

Fans say it sort of sounds like Pac-Man chomping on the ghosts

It seems that local concert promoters are nodding ‘yes’ in unison with my basshead brethren lately, and following the lead of video gamers. On January 24, Sullivan King, Yakz, and Grabbitz will perform their dubstep ...

Worst-ever touring stories from Caspian

“We got chased out of Milan by the Russian mob one time.”

“If one word sticks in my mind about shows in San Diego, it’s ‘sweat.’ We all get pretty soaked during shows, because we love to get into it. But San Diego is always next-level.” Jonny ...