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Dive into STIG and their complex world of musical improvisation

“Basically, I was playing guitar untrained for years”

Dive into STIG and their complex world of musical improvisation

A little bit of scene

Open mic nights cater to the “industry crowd”

A little bit of scene

Never want to stop

Documentary chronicles the “third-wave” of ska

Makers of the documentary Pick It Up! Ska In The 90s recently waged a quite successful Kickstarter campaign. The filmmakers set-out to crowdsource a rather modest $40,000 and (as of early August) have nearly tripled ...

People will go nuts

The band imitated a band imitating another band

After a two-year break, the very elderly men of (primarily) Weezer tribute act Geezer are back action. The band’s retirement in Florida did not proceed as smoothly as planned. “Our guitar player [Dylan Martinez Sr.] ...

East County native

“How do I continue to generate income in a streaming world?”

Gayle Skidmore may call Amsterdam her home now, but she recently returned to San Diego before embarking on an eight date US tour — a “quick three-week jaunt out to Cleveland and back.” She has ...

Overthinking too much

"I just fell in love with the whole idea of just sort of living your life based on catching these waves."

Dennis Sheridan attended many shows in the Louisville DIY punk circuit while he was in high school, but never picked up an instrument until he was in college. When he finally did, it was an ...

Twenty miles of bike trails for Pamo Valley

What the Forest Service came up with

The Pamo Valley is situated to the north of Ramona. It is part of the Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest. The region is bookended by Lake Sutherland to the east, and Rancho ...

Punk Rock Food Drive

"Put something together and make a change on your own.”

Jason York (Parade of Horribles, Civil Unrest) has been organizing the Punk Rock Food Drive since 2009. The initial event at Bar Leucadian included a performance by his old band, Black Seven, and raised about ...

A Ship in the Woods

"It was a big step to do a full festival."

A Ship In the Woods is a creative collective that was founded in 2010. The original location was in the hills of Del Mar, but in 2015 the ship sailed to a property adjacent to ...

Donkeys' Disneyland trash album

Inspired by a notebook found in a garbage can

Longtime Donkeys Timothy Denardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague have been visiting Disneyland together since they were kids. In early 2017, they added trash-picking to their theme park itinerary. “We were just in line at ...

James Supercave's San Diego roots

Big in LA, playing in SD

Don’t get rid of all the guitars - Andrés Villalobos grew-up in Chula Vista. He has memories his mothers “cleaning the house with Bee Gees just blaring in the kitchen.” The first show he ever ...

Spice Girls songs Sex Pistols-style

“We were all dressed up, we killed it, and they loved it."

“Sppike” Mike Muellenberg has been a musician in Southern California for nearly his entire life. He has played in bands for most of that time period, and knows first-hand how difficult it is to draw ...

Cursed Encinitas bluff

Another friendly developer bets 5.9 million

Early last fall, a developer named Weston Harmer hosted a meet-and-greet with neighbors who live adjacent to a bluff known as The Gateway to Encinitas. The property is just south of La Costa Avenue and ...

Miss New Buddha’s elder statesman

He played this role in the band Small Talk

Though their name was inspired by the title of the Bubba Sparxxx single “Ms. New Booty,” Miss New Buddha are a far cry from mid-2000s, sugar-shaker rap. Instead, the band traffics in a sound reminiscent ...

Andrew McKeag "sh!t-canned" upcoming shows

After he ate sh!t on a dirtbike

In early April, Andrew McKeag (Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver) was hanging out with some friends in Santa Paula. The crew were working on motorcycles all day, and, on a whim, decided to fire up ...

Have a seat on the Dusty Futon

Salty players who don't give a sh*t

Jon Gates had a lot of on-air practice while he was working as a producer on the Bob and Coe morning show on KGB 101.5. Outside of the studio, he developed a rapport with Tyler ...

Little Feat on Adams Avenue

Kind of like honky-tonkin'

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett met at a Little Feat recording session in the mid-70s. Barrere was a full-time member of the band, and Tackett was a hot session musician. After Little Feat broke-up in ...

San Diego Guitar Repair moves to College Area

Hip location traded for better parking

After 12 years, San Diego Guitar Repair recently left their storefront in University Heights and moved to a new location on the 6700 block of El Cajon Boulevard, about a mile from San Diego State. ...

Bands deserve what they can earn

A few smaller San Diego scene makers

Everybody loves a great underdog story, even when it comes to live music venues. Instead of focusing on some of the bigger players (Belly Up/Observatory/Casbah/HOB), let’s zero in on some of the smaller venues that ...

Dockless bikes and hepatitis

They put them in the furniture zone

Representatives from three of the dockless bikeshare companies attended an East Village Association meeting at the San Diego Central Library on March 8. Dockless bikes are a relatively new experiment in San Diego, but their ...

Material witnesses at Adams Avenue Theater

As fabric store winds down the biz, punk heydays surface at former venue

The Reader recently reported that Discount Fabrics on Adams Avenue will be shutting down due to the sale of their building. The story mentioned that the establishment (located at 3325 Adams Avenue) was once a ...

The Wasteland Weekend guys

Authentic Sellout finds their place under the sun

When Authentic Sellout guitarist Christian Borja pens songs, he tends to envision images that correlate with the lyrics. While he was writing “Radiate,” many of these images were post-apocalyptic. Vocalist Sulo King landing the band ...

Superbean's punkish frustration

"I personally think young people are great." However...

After graduating from Helix High School in 1985, Steve Moramarco left San Diego to study theater at UCLA. He befriended Jack Black in college and went on to front a series of bands, most of ...

Mountain-bikers don't want illegal trails either

Open-space protectors and riders do lap around compromise

The future of public access to the Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve for the recreational set appears to be up in the air once again. After trails were closed last summer, an unofficial truce seemed to ...

New Year's Eve is a job

"We just go through it. People fall down in front of us all the time."

After spending time performing with Cape May and the Swedish Models, local bassist Mark Wiskowski joined the Jones Revival in the late 2000s. The cover band plays all over town, but perhaps most often at ...

In pursuit of Nirvana

Ex-91X DJ Marco Collins talks about the storage unit that got away

Former 91X DJ Marco Collins resides in Seattle now, but he still rents a storage space in San Diego. The unit is notable because it houses a large amount of unique music memorabilia that he ...

Get out the Blue Guitar case

Shop to close in February after 57 years

The Blue Guitar has undergone many changes since it was founded in 1961. It appears as if its final transformation may be an upcoming disappearing act. “Yuris Zeltins was our shop founder, he has now ...

Satellite Amps shop rock

Cowboys in the Campfire tour sparks up the small room

When Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and his buddy Chip Roberts announced their “Cowboys in the Campfire” tour, the idea was that they would play unusual venues — rooms that don’t usually host rock shows. Andrew ...

Awesome Fest creator wants to change name

Fest tentatively dubbed "Happy Birthday" slated for February

Did the punk rawker in you notice something odd this year? Labor Day weekend came and went minus an Awesome Fest. Fear not, faithful festival attendee, the event is still on for its 11th year ...

Happy as a Lamkin

Matt's trip notes from Soft Pack garage to Ensenada experimental

Matt Lamkin and his girlfriend moved down to Ensenada in 2012. At the time, Lamkin was still playing in the Soft Pack and, as he explains it, “If we went on tour it didn’t really ...

The (often moronic) emotions of NFL fans

Are local Chargers fans back on bandwagon?

For a number of years now, I have pedaled eastward from my house near Morley Field with the goal of eventually depositing myself on a stool at True North Tavern, on 30th Street just south ...

Godfathers of vinyl

"I thought I was out, but they pulled me back in."

After a five-year break, former M-Theory owner Eric Howarth is getting back into the brick-and-mortar record-store business. His new shop will be a mere stone’s throw away from the old M-Theory location on the corner ...

The plumeria thief drives a Mercedes

"Oh, man, hey, I’m so sorry. Can I buy this plant off you for 50 dollars?”

At around 11 p.m. on Monday, October 30, Tommy Sayles headed out to walk his dog in front of his apartment on Kansas Street in University Heights. He quickly stumbled upon a crime in progress. ...

Chi Club offers short membership

O.B. band defunct since 2013 to funk it up twice this month

The Chi Club played its first official show at an apartment party in Ocean Beach in 2005. There would be many more gigs and lineup changes before the band called it a day in 2013, ...

Screw live music. TV’s where it’s at.

Mother's Saloon adjusts entertainment offerings

Mother’s Saloon, one of a handful of venues in Ocean Beach that hosts live music, recently canceled all their upcoming shows. The venue had primarily been having live bands on the weekends, but the bar ...

Two words for rehearsal-space rockers: renter's insurance

"Everything was just covered in brown smoke.”

The storefront for Global Tile & Marble, a Kearny Mesa tile-and-marble contractor specializing in home renovations, had a major fire on February 13. The structure suffered extensive damage and, afterward, was basically “just a black ...

Drones over San Carlos

No solution to stop peeping-Tom aviators

Stefanie Sekich has dealt with drones near her home in San Carlos on three occasions. The first time, she was outside enjoying a glass of wine and didn’t think much of it. She thought it ...

Can't harsh Wally World's mellow

Moonlight Beach video surfaces from 2010 — the worst in history?

A short article from the website DeadState has been making the local rounds on Facebook of late. The title is, “This is quite possibly the worst music video in the history of earth.” The “possible ...

They're Dirty, they're Sweet, they're back

"There were so many nails in so many coffins..."

During their initial run, local rock revivalists Dirty Sweet took to the road in epic fashion. Early on, they got lucky and scored the opening slot on Jimmy Eat World’s 2004 tour. But it was ...

The Indians Who Rocked the World

Rumble opens at Ken Cinema September 1

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, is a new documentary that celebrates the contributions Native American musicians made to popular music. The film tells the stories of artists such as Link Wray, Robbie Robertson, ...

Al Howard fertilizes the Redwoods

“We have five records right now that we have started."

The Redwoods collective started its musical journey in 2015. Designed akin to a modern-day Muscle Shoals or Stax, the Redwoods use an in-house collection of session players that back the label’s individual artists. The label ...

Music Trader veteran opens La Mesa record shop

"I know what kind of product just walks through the door and falls in your lap."

When you think of genius business moves in 2017, opening a used-record shop doesn’t immediately spring to mind. Since the advent of Napster in 1999, the general trend for record stores has been death as ...

Shuggie raked in the Bud Lite ad money

"Hey, can you do this dumb thing that everybody else thinks they’re too cool to do?"

“I was sitting at Satellite Amps where I work part-time,” Andrew McKeag explains, “and Tommy Garcia, who’s in Mrs. Magician, was telling me about how they sold a song to Guitar Center for a TV ...

Neighbors sound off about Observatory in North Park

“Sit down. You’re embarrassing yourself. Sit the hell down.”

"When she [Cameron Holloway] was speaking I was listening to her words and not paying attention to the crowd’s reaction,” said Jeanette Moore, “until that woman became belligerent and disrespectful towards the speaker [Holloway].” Moore ...

Grape Street dogs poisoned?

"I really couldn’t find out anything”

On June 21, word started spreading through local social media that two dogs had become ill and one had died after (according to a post that originated on the South Bark Facebook page) “presumably ingesting/sniffing ...

How Bird Park Summer Concerts made it to 15

"That skyline view with the stage looking over the city and the bridge...”

The first concert at Bird Park was held in 2002. The Tami Thomas Big Band performed. At the time, Bird Park Summer Concerts founder Nellie Harris Ritter asked Jay Turner (head of North Park Main ...

XXXTentacion and neighbors unload on Observatory North Park

“Our guards are internal employees who work diligently for all our shows."

Shortly after regaining consciousness after he was blindsided onstage at the Observatory on June 7, XXXTentacion went on Instagram Live. He seemed to claim that the venue’s security team played a part by hiding the ...

Fish and Wildlife squeeze bikers from Carlsbad's Lake Calavera

Locals told "they don’t need to experience it"

Retired firefighter Rick Minnick has been riding and hiking the trails in the open space near Carlsbad’s Lake Calavera for about 25 years now. In the early days, Minnick and his buddies were able to ...

Sonics' sound grounded in garage

After career flying jets, Rob Lind pleased to be back on sax

In the late ’60s, Rob Lind joined the Navy and became an aircraft-carrier pilot. He flew in the Vietnam War, and he followed his love of aviation into a long career as a commercial pilot ...

Pile on fast food and the van problem

East Coasters roll into Soda Bar

Rick Maguire started Pile as a solo project in the late 2000s. Legend has it that the name was inspired by the metaphorical pile where Maguire’s rejected songs from his previous band were amassed. Over ...

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