Ken Leighton

Ken Leighton contributes regularly to the Reader's Blurt music column.

Articles by Ken Leighton

Los Cruzadores invite all to ride and rock show

15-mile transnational bike ride ends at Moustache Bar

Subtropics bassist Dana Chavarria just got a master’s degree in Peace and Justice from USD after completing studies on both sides of the border. He knows what an American president who decries Mexican “rapists” and ...

No rap against Putin

“It’s not that I don’t want to get political, it's just not safe.”

Now seems like the time for a locally based Russian rapper to come up with some rhymes about Moscow election scams. But Anton Romashev, who performs locally as Tonik Slam, won’t be. “It’s not that ...

Chargers and Raiders — on our airwaves but not in our stadium

Rock radio station recasts hint at more changes afoot, says insider

For the first time, two key San Diego FM music stations are giving up part of their Sundays for out-of-town NFL teams. Radio insiders say there’s a master plan behind why KGB/101.5 carries the L.A. ...

Mohawked moshers and girls with tutus don’t mix

“People have a tendency to fear what they don’t understand."

Zak Prescott, drummer with Lemon Grove punk band P-S-O, suggests culture clash caused Industry, an all-ages music venue in Chula Vista’s Eastlake area, to close in January. The 250-capacity Industry hosted eight to ten shows ...

Ché Café okay to stay

“It was always lower-level administrators who had an axe to grind.”

Thanks to an intervention by UCSD chancellor Pradeep Kholsa, the Ché Café has been saved. A lease has been signed by members of the Ché Café Collective that will allow the all-ages venue to reopen ...

The Littlest Hurricane

“Hopefully we’ll find a place to live after the baby arrives.”

“I think it’s safe to say I’ll be the only pregnant drummer playing at Kaaboo,” says C.C. Spina of Little Hurricane. “I will be almost nine months pregnant. That will be our last show of ...

Blind Mountain Holler, like family

"‘Cheese Sandwich’ is about when Kelley and I were living in the back of a U-Haul."

Scotty Bones’s gritty, plaintive vocals and soul-bearing lyrics remind many of early Tom Waits. Scotty and Amanda Bones’ husband/wife harmonic wailings bring to mind Johnny Cash/June Carter or Southern Culture on the Skids. With cello ...

Shock jock Mikey Esparza finds way back to airwaves

"He will not be doing religious rants. He will be doing a compelling rock-and-roll radio show.”

After five years of radio silence, Mike Esparza, namesake of The Mikey Show, is set to return to the airwaves Thursday, July 27, where he will hold down an afternoon DJ shift on KFMB-FM. Esparza ...

Dead Man's Party still standing

Finite universe for Oingo Boingo tribute bands?

Dead Man’s Party doesn’t get many gigs outside of California because their tribute focus, the quirky, new-wave mini-orchestra Oingo Boingo, was mostly a West Coast phenomenon during their 1984–’95 glory years. Maybe because Oingo’s music ...

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