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Stories by Jay Allen Sanford

Native Americans who rocked the world

Self-taught guitarist Stevie Salas is a Mescalero Apache Indian who was attending high school in Oceanside when he first picked up guitar at age 15. Choosing a music career over joining the Coast Guard, he ...

August 6, 2020
If sci-fi glam really makes a comeback, UNI will rule them all

A perfectly adequate little lipstick-n-laser glam rock throwback, UNI, just stepped up their game with a potent new track and video for "Debris" that looks and sounds for all the world as if it beamed ...

August 1, 2020
Disneyland Haunted Mansion technique

Due August 19, singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau’s The Prairie will feature eight Brosseau originals and a cover of John Prine’s “They Oughta Name A Drink After You.” Guest players include Sheldon Gomberg, Robbie Robinson of Robinson ...

July 30, 2020
Puerto’s “Lineas” is worthy of active listening

“Lineas is the Spanish word for lines,” says Puerto singer-guitarist Zachary Polletta of the surf duo’s new single “Lineas.” “I envision corduroy lines of incoming swell. Or the line a surfer takes while riding a ...

July 30, 2020
San Diego lovers and families

When Your Love is Locked Up During the two days that the jury deliberated, the rest of the world seemed on freeze-frame, and I spoke with no one besides Dee's mom. We spent the time ...

July 25, 2020
Weird Living

Kendrick Dial - aka Keymon - made his local mark with the Lyrical Groove, who won Best Hip-Hop at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2014 SDMAs. He also ...

July 23, 2020
A select view of San Diego history

My Highschool Days With Lester Bangs When Lester Bangs moved to Detroit to join the staff of Creem magazine, we kept in touch with letters and phone calls that came less and less often. The ...

July 19, 2020
Alfred Howard collaborates with friends to stream new songs

“We’re documentarians, and this year seems important,” says bandleader and record label honcho Alfred Howard, who launched a new 2020-themed streaming site, Alfred Howard Writes With Friends. “A pandemic, a social justice movement, a heated ...

Now, more than ever - let's all go to the drive-ins!

They're the last soldiers standing in what used to be a packed battlefield of screens, in a city that used to host over two dozen outdoor theaters, spread out all the way from the border ...

July 15, 2020
Liquor store bong rock

Locals who’ve made headlines by joining bands of established international players include Justin Pearson, who teamed up with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo to form Dead Cross, former area Yes tribute bandleader Jon Davison actually fronting Yes ...

July 15, 2020
“I Come From the Andromeda Galaxy”

“Last week, I released a song called ‘America’ about the recent and not so recent systemic racism in this country,” says man-of-a-hundred-bands Alfred Howard of his new collaboration with local singer Rebecca Jade, who on ...

July 9, 2020
San Diego's punk music, goodbye to Lennon

Soundtrack: Notes gave pathos to clouds My father bought my first piano from the Briscoes in Sumter, South Carolina. We knew the Briscoes from church and because Brother Briscoe, as we called him, was in ...

July 5, 2020
Dead Cross cover Black Flag’s “Rise Above” in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

“I started playing the saxophone when I was 11 years of age because I thought it might get me girls, and I ended up really loving it,” says Jonny Tarr. Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Tarr ...

July 2, 2020
Matthew Stewart’s protest song earns heavy spins online

Matthew Stewart blends electronics, synths, piano, and rock guitar to create a lush, futuristic sound on albums such as his A World Bathed in Sunlight full-length, a science fiction epic about the destruction of the ...

July 2, 2020
Tough times pick-me-up

Laura Jane Willcock (Tell Mama, the Tighten Ups) and her paramour Thomas Yearsley (the Paladins) founded blues-rockers ThunderLux in 2013, soon joined by Leo Dombecki (Jazmin, Ike Turner) and Emily O’Bannon-Robles (the Tighten Ups, Runhoney). ...

June 25, 2020
Livestreaming at Seaport Village

The ongoing Seaport Sessions pop-up music and arts festival has been livestreaming the Seaport Village performances online, presented by the Casbah, Vinyl Junkies, and 91X FM. The January 18 edition will feature Mrs. Magician/First Wave ...

June 18, 2020
Zach Phillips is back with The Wine of Youth

“I recorded The Wine of Youth mostly in secret during the summer and early fall of 2019 at producer Gregg Montante’s San Diego home studio, after a 13-year hiatus from performing and recording” says Zach ...

Rules for a cuddle party

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lyla Jett says she moved to San Diego in 2017 to expand her musical opportunities. She’s gone on to perform at local venues such as the Music Box, Sea World’s Seven ...

June 11, 2020
A queercore cacophony

Founded in 2017 and calling themselves homo riot hardcore punks, the Gay Agenda features David Hurtt (Stalins of Sound), Luis Soraire (who played bass with Temblad before switching to drums), Matt Penning, and Garrett Ficacci. ...

June 4, 2020
The Kabbs: lost and found

“We got lucky right off the bat as far as playing shows. We honestly thought we would just play house parties,” says singer Brian Clinebell, whose band the Kabbs was about to celebrate a decade ...

Here's the scoop on Switchfoot's Drive-In Concert June 7

Switchfoot will play in the Petco Park parking lot for California's first post-pandemic concert on Sunday, June 7, headlining an evening bill that includes Hirie. An additional noon show features locals Los Sleepwalkers, SM Familia, ...

May 31, 2020
Record + coloring book

After stealing her father’s guitar so she could learn to play at the age of 11, Gayle Skidmore moved to England to study at Oxford University. While overseas, she performed on a local TV channel, ...

May 28, 2020
Mother's Saloon in OB is closing its doors

"We are saying goodbye to an incredible chapter in our live," posted Mother's Saloon operator Colin Wickersheim online today. "It is with much reservation and sadness that we are forced to shut our doors permanently. ...

Queen-style pomposity and Spinal Tap-ish humor

In the early ‘70s, Horsefeathers was known a progressive rock band that blended Queen-style pomposity and a sly sense of humor that one would now call Spinal Tap-ish. Fronted by colorful lead singer Mick Garris ...

May 21, 2020
Louis Petrella & Sam Adgate work with punk producer Geza X

“Louis’s dad had known Geza X for some time and sent some of our original demos to him on a whim, and fortunately he liked what he heard,” says Sam Adgate of how he and ...

Unusual instrumentation

Scott Wilson, League of Assholes, Adam Lambert, Bella Kaye, Pall Jenkins Singer-songwriter Scott Wilson got his start with bands like VFX and Cruel World before moving to San Diego in 1997 to pursue acoustic balladeering. ...

May 14, 2020
Longtime local comic book shop closes after pandemic halts distribution

"It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you I'll be closing San Diego Comics with the end of May," posted the current owner of longtime local comic book store San Diego Comics ...

May 9, 2020
Stark Shay dedicate song to Greta Thunberg

“These days, everyone is talking about flattening the curve,” say Cleopatra and Cordelia Degher, known collectively as Stark Shay. “After this crisis, maybe we’ll also start thinking about how to flatten the carbon curve. How ...

May 7, 2020
Killer vegan tacos

Belle and the Dragon, featuring P.O.D. drummer Noah “Wuv” Bernardo and members of Flyleaf, took an impromptu tour of the streets of San Diego for the music video for their track “Trees.” “We shot this ...

May 7, 2020
Songs From Self-Isolation

Reunited 1970s punk originators the Zeros have a new song called “Don’t Take Any Chances,” now available courtesy of Burger Records, as part of Quarantunes: Songs From Self-Isolation #2. The seven volume series will feature ...

April 30, 2020
Tales Of Tomorrow: The Inside Story of TV's 1st Sci-Fi Anthology

The one about the little kid with supernatural powers. The shopkeeper who can magically materialize exactly what a customer needs. The episode with an invisible creature attacking people in the jungle. The show where an ...

Alone Together

“We released a new video for an original song called ‘Alone Together’ about life in quarantine,” says Amy Day of indie-folk band the Spiritual Motels. “We did this by getting video clips from our friends, ...

April 23, 2020
Thee Sacred Souls: analog champions

“Our commitment to analog contrasts the quick-fire nature of many other artists within the increasingly digital industry,” says vintage soul-inspired trio Thee Sacred Souls. The band insists on recording their tracks on vinyl and debuting ...

San Diego history you never knew

90 Years of Curl Elwell says Kahanamoku surfed the OB Pier, and when he did, he asked a teenaged lifeguard named Charlie Wright if he could store his board in Wright's beach shack. By Jeannette ...

April 19, 2020
Bring Back the Plague

Originally formed by members of the Locust and known for wearing beef jerky masks onstage, heavy metal vegetarians Cattle Decapitation have a new pandemic themed music video for their song “Bring Back the Plague” featuring ...

April 16, 2020
Indie bedroom pop

Nobody was surprised in 2014 when Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying changed their name to Wovenwar. After all, their lead singer Tim Lambesis had just pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit the ...

April 9, 2020
MFTJ: Neoclassical prog experiments from Mike Keneally and Scott Schorr

“A lot of popular music in the last couple decades has been really vapid,” says Scott Schorr, one half of prog-rock duo MFTJ with former Frank Zappa/Joe Satriani guitarist Mike Keneally. “I think people are ...

Live Five: Kids stuff!

Being home with the kids can be an opportunity to explore online, with events streaming soon featuring kid-centric music, art, theater, and education. Little Fish Comic Book Studio Online Classes are available online right now, ...

April 4, 2020
B-sides, studio outtakes, and live performances

Grand Forks, North Dakota native Tom Brosseau moved to San Diego in 2001 and quickly became one half of the American Folk Singers alongside Gregory Page. The duo’s first album was taped in Page’s living ...

April 2, 2020
"I’ve contracted the Coronavirus" says San Diego guitarist Drew Andrews

"I had test results come back positive for Covid 19 today," says local guitarist Drew Andrews. "I’ve contracted the Coronavirus. I’ll share more when I feel up to it. I’m doing okay, and am in ...

March 29, 2020
Live Five: Coming soon to a couch near you

Living Room Live presents Tamsin Waley-Cohen playing multiple concerts over the coming month, all livestreamed from home. The March 31 edition features guest player Ann Beilby, for a program set to include Passacaglia for violin ...

March 29, 2020
Happy Ron Hill: drop a dollar in the e-bucket

With the closure of area bars and sit-down restaurant service, several locals who lost gigs are choosing to telecast performances for stay-at-home viewing. “We uploaded a full concert, professionally filmed,” says Ron Houston of the ...

March 26, 2020
A little nod to Joy Division

Assuming the concert lockdown is over by June, Tulpa Luna - formerly known as Warsaw - will embark on a west coast tour with former local Adam Gnade (Three One G, Pioneers Press) in support ...

March 26, 2020
Live Five: Local music happenings online

“Since mid-last year, Johno [Wells] and I have been co-hosting a series of once-a-month concerts at Morley Field called Modular On The Spot,” says Matthew Stewart (who has a band with Wells, June Water). “We ...

March 24, 2020
Daily DVD & Download: Space 1999 - the complete series & then some

I finally got through the 17-disc Space 1999 set, a show I'd never watched before other than on early Mystery Science Theater 3000s. Most episodes failed to keep my attention for long, but I definitely ...

Live Five: Locals staging live music feeds and debuts

Jewel will be hosting Live From San Quarantine: A Livestream Concert via Instagram and Facebook, to raise funds for her Never Broken program powered by the Inspiring Children Foundation. A planned fundraising event was cancelled, ...

March 21, 2020
Daily DVD & Download: Buck Rogers VS Nolan's Batman

I finally slogged thru most of the Buck Rogers complete series DVD set, and it was pretty much as dismal as I feared, other than a small – very small - handful of exceptions. The ...

RIP Kenny Rogers, Barona Casino songsmith

Singer Kenny Rogers - who composed, sang, and starred in popular ads for Barona Casino -- has passed away at the age of 81. Rogers reportedly died peacefully at home from natural causes, while under ...

March 20, 2020
Old concerts for a new world

I kind of feel like I unknowingly prepared myself for the entire world changing, as the past few years have been unlike any other period of my life. Up until the 2000-teens, I not only ...

March 20, 2020
Daily DVD & Download: Capsule reviews before you buy or binge

I've got over 1000 DVDs I can watch during this stay-at-home shutdown, including several crates I recently purchased full of obscure horror movies, recent blockbusters, plus plenty of grindhouse oldies, including a 1983 Chuck Norris ...

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