Musician Interviews

SSI release Resurrectionem Ex-Mortuis on Shepard Fairey’s Obey Records

Fairey will also help with prizes planned for a remix competition SSI is doing with software company Native Instruments

Electronic rockers Sonic Solutions Inc features two Encinitas brothers from an earlier band called Physics, John Goff (drummer and bagpiper for Crash Worship) and Will Goff, who plays guitar and keyboards. When Physics split, Jason ...

Record Release Roundup: Jordan Krimston ready to Turn the Page

Big Bad Buffalo & Miss New Buddha vet going solo in September

Jordan Krimston is a vet of bands like Big Bad Buffalo (whose 2012 debut self-titled three-song EP was released while Krimston was still in high school), Band Argument (an analog-digital hybrid), Weatherbox, and Miss New ...

A Snapshot of Curtis Taylor

“I’m very much in a transitional time right now”

“I’ve got a nice crew with me and I’m excited we we’re able to put this album together,” says trumpeter Curtis Taylor about Snapshot, his latest record that dropped last month. Snapshot was recorded live ...

Tom Brosseau’s and Sean Watkins’ Carter Family tribute

New album is the first to introduce the songs of Joe and Janette, the only children of A.P. and Sara Carter

“Of the hundreds of songs the Carters produced, only a small lot of them are performed or even recorded,” says acoustic crooner Tom Brosseau, whose album with Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), In the Shadow of ...

Bassist Omar Lopez’s good fortune with the Wailers and the B-Side Players

“The bass is like the foundation — you are the glue between the harmony and the rhythm.”

Local bassist Omar Lopez (Áfrojazziacs, Juice Box) came to San Diego in 2006, to study at San Diego State. He’s originally from Calipatria, down in the Imperial Valley. Lopez just turned 31, and he’s been ...

Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell creates piano-and-rap song “No Problem” with GoDaddy

“He (Drake) was just saying ‘congratulations’, man”

When Lincoln High alumnus Norman Powell and SDSU alumnus Kawhi Leonard helped bring the Toronto Raptors the 4-2 “W” over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals (May 30 through June 13), San Diego ...

Whitney Shay: blues purge

“There’s a much greater appreciation in Europe for the blues”

San Diego blues belter Whitney Shay had a definite vision in mind when she cut her last album, A Woman Rules the World. That vision turned out to be prescient. “I was very specific about ...

The inside story of how John Lennon's longlost guitar was found in San Diego

Nobody knew they were handling a treasure worth over 2 million dollars

In 2014, John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J160e guitar, once thought lost, was discovered in San Diego at Marc Intravaia’s Sorrento Valley Sanctuary Art and Music Studio. The following year, it went up for one of ...

How Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact began

“We know each other a lot better and there is a different, deeper camaraderie happening”

Vocalist Rebecca Jade has had a busy year. Between local gigs all over the county and out-of-town touring as a backup singer for pop-star Sheila E., she still managed to record a follow-up album, Running ...

Pharlee melds Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and others for their brand of psychedelic speed rock

San Diego’s newest heavy rock supergroup

You summon that heavy-metal-but-high-ballin’ sound of Deep Purple circa Machine Head, cover it with sweet thick-fug mysterioso, swell up the organ, and top off with a commanding female wailing through astral planes and supreme beings ...

Wayne “The Train” Hancock back on tracks

The deep-fried country singer/songwriter releases new album Slingin’ Rhythm

A 2014 motorcycle crash left Wayne “The Train” Hancock with a cracked sternum, fractured elbow, punctured left lung, and multiple broken ribs. “Yeah. I survived,” he relates, with a raspy laugh hinting at decades of ...

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