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Chris Giorgio has come a bit of distance since 1995

“It seems to me, Ocean Beach has long been a place for songwriters to feel creative and free,” says drummer and bandleader Chris Giorgio, whose upcoming album as Jackslacks, Earthling Sessions, includes an ode to ...

The 411 on 311 and Queens of the Stone Age

Plus Zebra, Bruno Major, and Crooked Colours

Back in early ’83, when a newly opened musicians’ shop out near Morena Boulevard was running TV ads starring a mullet-headed rock singer who crooned “Music Mart, your complete music stoooore,” one commercial announced an ...

Latest concert announcements in San Diego

Typhoon, Dan Auerbach, Dears, Front Country, more

There have been a few different Al Stewarts through the years. His first few albums were ambitious folk operas with a tendency toward epic historical storytelling. Then producer Alan Parsons helped the Scottish-born troubadour tap ...

Record-release roundup

Mittens, Parker Meridien, and Astra Kelly want to party with you

Singing airline pilot Sluka drops his 11th full-length, Colorful Radiation, on November 3, in a “visual album” combination of 3D, 4K, and Blu-Ray releases, with the first single, “Rise,” streaming online. “‘Rise’ is my reaction ...

Coming to a venue near you

Buckethead, Cake, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Boomshaka Music Festival, Eric Johnson, and more

The first time you heard about the guy who plays guitar while wearing a Michael Meyers mask and an empty KFC bucket on his head, you probably thought someone was either pulling your leg or ...

Be first in line for Chris Mann, Third Eye Blind, and Shovels & Rope

And do you like L.A. Witch or Converge?

Hillcrest’s Martinis Above Fourth has been mining a rich vein of TV-music-competition vets, often selling out the house, thanks to instantly famous faces who arrive with a built-in boob-tube fan base. In 2012, singer Chris ...

Harley Magsino ladles it up from a melting pot

“I’m always intrigued with textures and timbre manipulation."

"My music is a fusion of styles, really,” says multi-instrumentalist Harley Magsino. “With Moth & Sons, it’s a style drawn from trip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, ’90s R&B, grunge, and jazz concepts and principles. I’m also ...

Behind the fire at Mission Hills' ultimate Halloween house

Letters from Persephone

Over the course of 25 years of handwritten correspondence with my pen pal Persephone, none had ever been returned. Imagine my confusion when my last letter reappeared a couple of weeks later, unopened and defaced ...

Upcoming shows: Kacy Hill, Tal Wilkenfeld, Fates Warning...

...and Dave Koz, Jeffery Osborne, St. Vincent

Up until around ten years ago, the way one usually became a pop star was to get a record contract, appear on a TV show, or be a moonlighting movie star, and that was pretty ...

Hank Sax's ode to a crusty Devil Dog

"Most of the veterans remembered the battle as if it were yesterday."

“My new digital single ‘Have One More for Chesty’ is dedicated to Chesty Puller, the most highly decorated Marine in history,” says singer-songwriter Hank Sax of his upcoming release. “Modern-day Marines use the phrase ‘Have ...

Falling Doves hold formation after Mexico quake

“We can’t just sit at home on our ass and play it safe."

“Our show at Mexico City’s Imperial House will either be postponed or we may turn it into a benefit,” says Christopher Leyva of Falling Doves, who was about to launch a world tour that included ...

Hot tickets: Caifanes, Sports, and the L.A.M.F. tribute show

Plus Randy Rogers Band and Enter Shikari now on sale

It’s been a few years since Caifanes headlined in San Diego, which is strange since this would seem a tailor-made audience for their prog-leaning, British-inspired, Latin-branded rock en español. They first emerged in the late ...

New shows for your consideration

Psychostick, Judah & the Lion, Willie Watson, and the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience among them

What do you get when you cross Green Jelly, Kid Rock, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse? Probably something very much like Psychostick, whose four albums and two EPs are very much in the tradition of comedic ...

Endless Mittens

Pop-rock through a ’50s-’90s filter

“I consider Mittens to be pop rock,” says guitarist Paul Ryu. “When we started, we were mostly indie pop, but then we absorbed a lot of other styles, too. We tend to process a lot ...

Get your tickets to Chase Atlantic, Gin Blossoms, and Jewel

Plus Muriel Anderson and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Australian trio Chase Atlantic would at first seem to be just another dark alt-pop band slung against an increasingly worn-out and shrinking wall by the frequently clueless dinosaurs at Warner Brothers, in the hope that ...

October record releases (lil early)

Starts heavy, ends heavy, with some jazz in between

On October 4 at the Casbah, the Archons will debut Lord of Light and Thunder, described by the band as “A space rock opera, a thematic album that focuses on the classic concept of Good ...

Chris Daniels, plugged in since 1969

"For someone most people have never heard of, I’ve had a lot of opportunities."

“When I graduated, I got lucky with a road trip that paid me for the tour,” says the frontman of the Chris Daniels Project, who grew up in Mission Hills and went straight from graduating ...

Famous locals and other upcoming shows

Jason Mraz, Black Heart Procession, Off with Their Heads, Jesse Royal, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

On October 14, famous former neighbor Jason Mraz returns to the town where he launched his platinum music career, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his debut full-length, Waiting For My Rocket to Come, at ...

Any John Wayne Gacy fans in the house?

Glen Meadmore is a different sort of guitar-toting chap

“I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of art would come out of the mind of a serial killer, so I decided to have him paint a picture of me,” ...says cowpunk ...

Upcoming concerts you may not be aware of

Will Hoge, Pere Ubu, Dreamcar, Moving Units, Wolf Parade

If John Mellencamp is entry-level Springsteen, then what to make of a storytelling songwriter who so slavishly emulates the former that you might think he’s a tribute performer with access to unreleased tracks? Nashville’s Will ...

New music coming your way

Concerts by Black Star, Lawrence Rothman, Red Fang, Korey Dane

Back in the late ‘90s when hip-hop duo Black Star first surfaced with their only album, Yasiin Bey was still known as Mos Def and fellow Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli wasn’t really known much at ...

Big Toe’s big show

"I think he just wanted to see me eat with my feet!”

“I’m going to Miami to be on a popular Telemundo show, on the heels of an arena tour with Maná,” said Mark E. Goffeney just before taping his TV appearance on August 31. The frontman ...

Hot wax and new ones and zeros

September's San Diego record roundup

Bastille Day, the new full-length from instrumental-experimental dream-jazz trio Gunther’s Grass, debuts September 8 at Teros Gallery. “In the past ten years, we’ve only performed two or three times,” says Marcelo Radulovich. “I’ll be droning ...

Fall's hottest concerts

Les Nubians, Parachute, Dreadnought, and Black Pistol Fire announce dates

Jazzy French afrobeat duo Les Nubians is on their Up Close and Personal tour, celebrating 20 years of being one of the few French-language musical groups to score hits in America, like the R&B-flavored “Makeda,” ...

San Diego concert stops

See XX, Dustbowl Revival, Paul Cauthen, and Gwar

They used to be considered wannabe vampire rockers, but the mumbling English minimalists known as the XX have taken the dual-vocal sound that earned them their goth bones and applied an indie electro-pop patina that ...

Thanks for the Grys-Grys, Loons

Locals pull French band across the ocean

“We actually love them so much, we got them a whole tour in California, so that people can see them,” says Anja Stax, who can be thanked for bringing Les Grys-Grys, often billed as “the ...

Taz Taylor will drive trucks for rock

"I couldn’t imagine having a job where I’d have to be around other people constantly."

"I have dual British and USA citizenship,” says guitarist Taz Taylor, who grew up in England before moving to San Diego in 1997. Since settling in Imperial Beach, he’s released a series of guitar-centered albums, ...

Was Big Boy Groves another rap daddy?

Graveyard encounter unburies info on '50s-'60s songwriter

“Its rhyme and lyrical style has made collectors call it one of the first rap songs,” says archivist Andy Rasmussen of the song titled “Bucket O’ Blood.” Rasmussen will soon reissue the 1962 track recorded ...

San Diego concert announcements

Including Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar, Delicate Steve, and Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys

Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar will perform as a duo at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall on September 9, a benefit concert in support of NAMM’s Museum of Making Music. Lee probably needs little or ...

The Local band not yet big in Ethiopia

"I see it as a chance to concentrate on songwriting."

“Scott is presently on some sort of trek with hippos and crocodiles in southern Ethiopia,” says Amy Day, whose band the Local suddenly finds itself minus cofounding singer-guitarist Scott Walsh just as their debut album ...

Tickets just went on sale

Todd Rundgren, Post Malone, Trevor Sensor, and Facial

Locals were disappointed to hear the August 28 Yestival at the Balboa Theatre — despite most dates featuring Todd Rundgren alongside Yes and Carl Palmer — would not include Rundgren. We don’t know why the ...

Pony Death Ride Realty Co.

“Initially, we didn’t want people to know we were in a band."

“We were surprised how being an agent is so similar to being in a band,” says Joe MacAskill. “Lots of marketing, having a website, maintaining connections, networking.” Along with his wife Jaye, MacAskill brokers real ...

New shows in San Diego

Babe Rainbow, Thievery Corporation, Cold Specks, and Tera Melos

What do you get when you mix Foghat, Ziggy Marley, and a Mariachi band? What sounds like a sure way to get your DJ beat up is just another day on the bandstand for Tempe, ...

Get tickets to Vicky Chow, Coast Modern, and the Kickback

Coming soon to San Diego

Chicago indie rock quartet the Kickback is touring in support of their sophomore full-length Weddings & Funerals, released last month and produced by Dennis Herring (Ben Folds, Mutemath, Elvis Costello). Coming two years after their ...

Record Roundup

Be ready for Cavity Search and other easy-listeners

Piano-based alt-rockers Imagery Machine debuts their second EP Skydriver on July 27, at Soda Bar. “The set will include songs from both EPs, some Led Zeppelin and Prince covers, and extra special face paint and ...

Get your tickets to Regina Spektor, Echosmith, Tori Amos...

San Diego tour stops

Thornton Winery has been promising for weeks to add two more marquee headliners to its already packed schedule of jazz concerts, with the first now revealed to be returning sax symbol Boney James on September ...

Notes and quotes of Jeffrey Joe Morin

“In 1969, I killed three Viet Cong fellows in a face-to-face firefight."

Blues singer/guitarist Jeffrey Joe Morin passed away on July 17. “My checkered past includes skippering a tugboat on the San Francisco Bay and sinking boats as a brown-water river sailor with the Vietnamese Navy,” Morin ...

Welcome, Comic-Con men and women, girls and boys

There will be beer and live riffing

The convention center isn’t the only place to find Comic-Con themed events over the next few days. Local publisher IDW (Kiss comics, Jem & the Holograms) presents “Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet” at the ...

Brothers Gow road stories

“In Tucson, I was robbed at gunpoint...."

“We’ve already played 65 shows this year from coast to coast,” says Matt Collier of O.B. rockers Brothers Gow. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, the band relocated to San Diego in 2012 and built up a ...

Barefoot Hockey Goalie injects the humor

"Playing the same old ‘my baby left me’ blues gets so boring."

“The band is stretched out, due to life, work, and families, so we don’t get to gig much anymore,” says Barefoot Hockey Goalie bassist Matthew Pray. “I currently reside in Chino and run a martial ...

Must-see concerts

Peking Duk, Flesh Eaters, CRSSD Festival, more

It’s taken a long time for Australia to develop a homegrown electronic music act that can hold its own on the world stage like Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, aka Peking Duk. After their first ...

Hear ye! Hear ye! New San Diego concerts

Together Pangea, Boris, Shakira, lots more

“This show may have set a record for me in terms of fewest days between booking and show date,” says AMSDconcerts honcho Carey Driscoll of the John Jorgenson Quintet event happening July 29 at host ...

Sweet release

July's local record roundup

Multicultural dub-rockers Marujah will play their new full-length on June 30 at Del Oro Mine Company. “The title Marujah Rising came to me when I realized I was going to make an album with one ...

Just announced San Diego concerts

MC Chris, Daring Greatly, Marty Friedman, Kali Uchis, XYLØ, JR JR, Son Little

Back when Chris Ward, aka MC Chris, was still voicing Cartoon Network characters like hip-hop diaper-man MC Pee Pants on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, he seemed perfectly happy to be considered part of the nerdcore ...

Latest San Diego concert announcements

Bullets & Octane, Zola Jesus, Andrew Belle, Mutemath, Carla Morrison, Iron & Wine, Deer Tick

Heavily tattooed rockers Bullets & Octane will visit Brick by Brick on July 14, mainly to promote their new single and video for “Bad Motherfucker,” the first track from their yet-to-be-scheduled eighth album, Waking Up ...

Action Andy won't exclude the local-hit long-goners

"Getting records out was either costly or something they never considered."

“I aim on creating a series of compilations based on San Diego music from the ’50s into the ’70s,” says Action Andy & the Hi-Tones frontman Andy Rasmussen. “This first volume will focus on rock ...

Musicians kick out the books

"I wrote it in honor of my son Dillon and our cat Cake."

“I work eight hours a week for a yoga studio, but the rest of my money is currently made playing music on the streets, in venues, and selling my first book,” says Martin Stamper, aka ...

San Diego concert stops

U2 announces first show in San Diego in 12 years

On August 26, the Salk Institute celebrates 22 years of Symphony at Salk with David Foster & Friends, performing outdoors in the courtyard overlooking the ocean. Like Alan Parsons, it was Foster’s stellar production work ...

Hot concert tickets

The Del Mar Summer Concert Series, Shaggy, and Lauryn Hill

The outdoor Del Mar Summer Concert Series at the Racetrack can always be relied on for the usual reggae-flavored bro-tation of festival acts like this year’s season opener Tribal Seeds (July 21), as well as ...

Superunloader back with album after 20 years

Lost one member to a yurt in Big Sur

“We’ve been a band since the early ’90s and are probably up on the list as one of the longest running San Diego bands,” says drummer Chad Farran of Superunloader. “We started playing shows as ...

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