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Stories by Dryw Keltz

Appellate court turns back Hosking's fake cattle ranch

Blue brothers wanted to subdivide Julian land

Inhabitants of Julian who oppose the development of 1416 acres of local back country have a newfound victory to celebrate. An appellate court has reversed the decision by the county board of supervisors which would ...

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 — ...

San Diego rat tales

In spite of DeMaio report, it doesn't seem to be our homeless

A few weeks ago, I was startled to find an unwelcome visitor climbing up a wall inside our North Park garage—a rat. My wife and I had dealt with mice at our last house (also ...

INUS: Education with a Power Point presentation

Worlds apart from for-profit institutions

Bobby Bray spent over a decade singing and playing guitar in the Locust —a well-known local hardcore act that, by comparisom, transformed fellow hardcore acts into Wham. The Locust specialized in a calculated lunacy that ...

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 ...

Whether to kill San Diego mountain lions

Julian bow hunter weighs in after Peñasquitos attack

At approximately 2:30 pm on May 27 (Memorial Day), a 4-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. The child survived the attack and was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital ...

DJ Roob’s Not So Serious Radio calls it quits?

Twelve bands are currently sitting on a waiting list to play a program that no longer exists

Rob Blackwell discovered KEXP about twenty years ago. He was visiting a friend in Seattle and was blown away by the radio station they were listening to in his car. When he returned home, he ...

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 ...

North Park and South Park – say goodbye to 30th Street as it is

Plans to delete parking in favor of bike lanes

The main roadway connecting North and South Park may be on the eve of a massive transformation. Councilmember Chris Ward is spearheading an ambitious plan to improve the bikeways on 30th Street that run from ...

City College prof collects rainwater on Mt. Helix

Anyone with roof can do it

Chris Baron purchased a home on Mt. Helix in 2007. The house sat on a half-acre of land, so he would have a rather large canvas to work with when it came to landscaping. He ...

San Diego Reader 2019 Music Issue

Guitar-based bands, children of hip-hop, jazz stories, funk scene, record label turmoil, art of music

Guitar bands spotted in the wild Here’s a fun-fact: contrary to popular opinion, guitar-based bands aren’t on the endangered species list. They may not generate the national coverage they once did, but if you venture ...

Ranch Guejito opens doors to San Diego mountain bikers

Dirt roads were used by the original ranch hands circa 1845.

On Saturday, March 16th, the San Diego Mountain Bike Association’s Ride the Rancho event gave cyclists a rare opportunity to explore a property where visitors are seldom permitted, Rancho Guejito. The ranch is an enormous ...

How Bang Bang Jet Away’s “Cocaine Company” landed a top spot on 91X Loudspeaker

Matt Binder contrasts experimental music to his strict approach to authoring books

Hotel St. George formed in 2007 and was kaput five years later in 2012. “Yeah, I got frustrated that we stayed at the same level for a long time,” singer/guitarist Matt Binder explained. “There wasn’t ...

30-year-old Guitar Trader commercial outtakes with Mojo Nixon, Country Dick, Rolle Love, Thom Beebe and more now on YouTube

“The whole gist of the thing was to have fun.”

Near the end of 2018, an artifact of the San Diego music scene from over 30 years ago began making the rounds on local social media. It was a collection of outtakes from a series ...

The loony and chaotic ways of On Drugs

“I always joke and call it flat-Earther rock”

When Derek Housh, Cameron Gates, and Elias Avila started creating music together it was noisy experimentation for the most part. A plan was launched for the trio to relocate to Maryland, but Gates and Avila ...

Performance Bicycle Shops shutting down – what does it mean?

Edison Cycle, Bicycle Warehouse offer contrast

The retail apocalypse has caught up with local cyclists. All of the Performance Bicycle shops in the United States are in the midst of store-closing sales. The San Diego region had six stores between Chula ...

Math Rock

"We were always trying to push the boundaries of live music.”

Formed in 1994, Chinchilla started as a trio of female musicians hailing from local acts Drip Tank, Liquid Sunshine, and Crash Worship on the hunt for a bassist. They found their low-end via Krista Kansas ...

Flashpants flashback

Their persistence on The Gong Show paid off

It took the producers from ABC’s reboot of The Gong Show three attempts before they got Flashpants to bite. Their persistence paid off. The group decided to go for it, even though they knew crashing ...

Finest City Improv jumps from Lafayette to Sixth Ave.

Heart of Hillcrest gets long-form comedy

Earlier this year, news broke that a longtime eatery in North Park, The Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar, was going to vacate its current location in the Lafayette Hotel. It came as a surprise ...

Pop punk pusher

Cinematic Century: Poway’s newfound torchbearer of pop-punk

Quan Nguyen recently found two new members to play in his fledgling pop-punk band, Cinematic Century. It wasn’t as easy of a search as he had anticipated. “It was a lot harder than I thought ...

San Diego Reader 2018 Holiday issue

SD Mission candlelight, Borrego's Christmas Circle, Oceanside boat rides, Rose Parade floats, Jewish Christmas, Julian tea, Tierrasanta lights, North Pole train, Kumeyaay solstice, Irish New Year

You don’t have to do anything this holiday season. Despite what the song says, you don’t have to deck the halls, join the chorus, or don any sort of gay apparel. You don’t have to ...

Yard sale bounty

An insane keyboard collection for a non-keyboardist

Most people familiar with Alfred Howard know him as the lyricist for the bands associated with the Redwoods music collective. When acts such as Dani Bell & the Tarantist and Birdy Bardot gig, Howard can ...

San Diego Reader 2018 winter fun issue

Hot springs, Sleeping Giant at La Jolla Cove, pickleball, puppets, special trails, minus tides, snow, poinsettias, wind tunnels, San Diego Gulls

Drums, giants, and Mother Goose Stargazing in Anza-Borrego 652 Palm Canyon Drive Borrego Springs This year, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was officially designated an International Dark Sky Community, thanks to years of concerted effort to ...

Old-time country roots with gourd banjo fabricator Chris Prieto

“Generally, no frets up until the late 1800s"

Chris Prieto’s only prior experience with a musical instrument was playing saxophone in the fifth grade. After becoming enthralled by old-time and country roots music a decade ago, Prieto decided to play the banjo. Four ...

Live music and automobile dealership at the multi-use Centre in Escondido

"The deck is a really beautiful setting. The view of the hills and the sunset."

Live music and automobile dealership at the multi-use Centre in Escondido

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 ...