Of Note

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 ...

The High Gallery catalyst

The band’s third album is another grab-bag of Mark Wiskowski’s varied musical influences

For ten years, Mark “Busfare” Wiskowski played bass in the local cover band the Jones Revival. This ended about two years ago when the band, according to Wiskowski, “fizzled out.” About five years into his ...

Poway’s Victor Baker once commissioned by guitar-making icon D’Angelico

Arch-top jazz guitars “aren’t cheap, but they are reasonably priced for a professional player.”

Two years ago, Victor Baker arrived from the East Coast and set his one-man arch-top jazz guitar shop — initially, in Lemon Grove. Since then, he’s moved everything into his large home in Poway. What ...

Psych-jazz duo Mattson 2 drops new album Paradise June 7

And other new records from Bordertown singer Cici Porter, Taken By Canadians, Allweather, Shambhu, and Chon

Paradise, the new album from identical twin psych-jazz duo Mattson 2, drops June 7, with three mildly surfy singles so far preceding the release; “Essence,” “Naima’s Dream,” and “Wavelength.” The video for “Essence” is a ...

New Rightovers’ album, Die Cruisin’ hits ’90s vein

“Kind of like a My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Guided By Voices distorted thing”

Chris Holmes and Matthew Baab grew-up going to indie and punk shows in the 1990s. The music seeped into their souls, and eventually played a major role in the songs that they contributed to the ...

Bassist Ben Wanicur’s jam session on the rocks

“We’re looking to strike a balance between that extreme and one that coddles younger players.”

Bassist Ben Wanicur knows a thing or two about hosting a jazz jam session, having led one for five years in University Heights at the work-share studio 3rd Space. Part of Wanicur’s expertise came about ...

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