Of Note

Scratching and beat juggling like Grandmaster Flash

Blondie rapped about Flash’s turntable prowess in the 1980's "Rapture"

My dad never understood how I broke his turntable attempting to mimic parts of “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5. The 1981 song was ...

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle embraces fantasy with In League with Dragons

“Wizards grow more practiced in their craft as they age”

In League with Dragons, the new LP by the Mountain Goats, began its life as a concept album. John Darnielle, the band’s chief architect of songcraft, had grand plans for a fantasy rock opera that ...

Bleached and sober

The natural high of newfound sobriety is evident all over their latest album

Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough is a fitting title for the new Bleached album. The release marks the first time the Clavin sisters (Jennifer and Jessie) have written and recorded an album completely sober. ...

RIP Billy Bacon of Forbidden Pigs

Founding singer/songwriter/bassist/frontman had just moved to Nebraska

William Seth Russell, aka Forbidden Pigs founder, singer/songwriter, bassist and frontman Billy Bacon, passed away Tuesday evening, August 20. "Last time I spoke with him, he was planning on selling his place in Texas and ...

Wonderfront: Ernie Hahn’s homage to Street Scene

“I think we have a chance to really fundamentally change the festival experience.”

Kaaboo filled a void when it landed in Del Mar in 2015. San Diego once again had a major music festival. This November, the Wonderfront Festival will give San Diego a second music festival — ...

Iration and Chali 2na guest on reggae band Hirie’s latest

And other new releases from Carnifex, Pathology, Vokab Kompany, Crimson Moon, and Warish

Carnifex’s seventh studio album World War X, which drops August 2 via Nuclear Blast, will be supported on the Summer Slaughter tour with the Faceless, Rivers of Nihil, Nekrogoblikon, and Brand of Sacrifice. The first ...

Saxophonist Robert Dove’s Blind Lady Ale House ally

He’s pumped about his new Thursday night jam session

“I came out here six years ago from Columbus, Ohio because of an ex-girlfriend,” says saxophonist Robert Dove. “But San Diego is one of the world’s best kept secrets, musically, and I fell in love ...

Comic-Con co-founder Barry Alfonso, back in his hometown

His recently published A Voice of the Warm covers the life of Rod McKuen

“When we first came to San Diego, we lived in Golden Hill, then on Florida Street in the University Heights area. From there, we moved to a little bungalow on Eads Avenue in La Jolla. ...

Power-punk-pop trio Potty Mouth releases new album SNAFU

Soda Bar will host band on July 18th

Asked about favorite haunts when her band, Potty Mouth, comes to San Diego, drummer Victoria Mandanas replies, “The place where the seals are” — leaving unresolved whether she’s talking La Jolla, SeaWorld, or possibly both. ...

Morgan McRae’s plan for Headphone and Foxhole Studios

“You can put out a single or three or ten,”

Many musicians seem to stumble into their profession. Morgan McRae was not one of these. He had a plan from the start. While attending St. Louis University he studied piano and business management. He is ...

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