Musician Interviews

Adam Gnade finds love in this meatgrinder called life

“‘America,’ in the post-colonial sense, was a slaughterhouse from the get-go.”

According to Adam Gnade’s latest album, Life Is the Meatgrinder That Sucks in All Things, recent American history is split into two distinct parts: before and after September 11, 2001. The spoken narrative serves as ...

Paradox Effects — serious gear for those who play

"That's our robot," built from a streetlight, a heater, old speakers, and hoses

The workshop of Paradox Effects looks a lot like what you might picture when you imagine “Tijuana do-it-yourself boutique guitar pedals.” The low-ceiling warehouse overlooks TJ’s affluent Hipódromo neighborhood from the lower-class residential hillside of ...

No man is an island or sky except maybe Daniel Isle Sky

“I didn’t smoke and didn’t drink enough to keep up with my bandmates.”

In the early days of Daniel Isle Sky’s music career, which essentially started by playing piano for church functions, he still managed to make time to earn a degree in aerospace engineering. Soon, however, he ...

The Verigolds standard: mystique

"Technicolor journey that’s nearly impossible not to get lost in.” Zowie.

Having formed in 2014, the Verigolds are fairly new to the San Diego music scene. But the Pacific Beach foursome, known for their pastiche of ‘60s psychedelic rock and spacey synths, have made an impact ...

The Hot Nerds blend includes sarcasm

“Being inside your head too much is kind of what the record is about, just sabotaging yourself...”

"You’re just in time for the cupping,” Hot Nerds keyboardist Alia Jyawook says as I enter Modern Times Beer in Point Loma. Images of medieval hack medicine and bizarre sex moves flash through my mind ...

Los Santos has that '70s feel

“They say I have an uncanny resemblance to Ron Jeremy. But only from the waist up.”

"Our band members have a varied range of influences, from punk to metal to classic ’70s hard rock,” says drummer Brock Scott of power trio Los Santos. “I like to classify our music as straight-up ...

Haunted bossanova

Creepy Creeps, aka Creepxotica, getting busy in 2017

Even if you’ve seen the Creepy Creeps perform several times, you’d likely never recognize any of the bandmembers in public. The reason: onstage, their appearance ranges from dapperly dressed apes to skeleton faces with fezzes. ...

You can call her Babbalicious Neezbite

“The secret is puff pastry. But is it really a secret? A shoe would taste good inside a puff pastry.”

"I miss the ocean,” says songstress Barbara Nesbitt, who left San Diego in 2011 for the musical mind-meld that is Austin, Texas. Her new album, Right as Rain, debuted January 13, sporting production and guest-playing ...

Schizophonic freak-out

Mr. and Mrs. Beers tell their tale

The Schizophonics’ appreciation of different musical styles comes through in everything they do. Led by husband and wife Pat (guitar, vocals) and Lety (drums) Beers, the band offers a potent blend of punk, rock, and ...

In-a-gadda-Sinatra

“I freak out completely whenever I see a possum. They remind me of myself in some ways.”

I first caught Jose Sinatra and the Troy Dante Inferno back at one of those mid-1980s Comic-Cons, doing a raucous lounge act that veered somewhere between Bill Murray and Tom Jones, with a touch of ...

Now you know: San Diego singer/songer, boss juggler Sam Bybee

Sam likes open mic

"Here’s why open mics are important to me,” says Sam Bybee. “Fifteen years ago, there wasn’t much in the way of outlets for artists of any kind who were welcome to come and hone their ...

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