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Spike Steffenhagen

Articles by Spike Steffenhagen

Gonzo Report: Secret show in the Cajon Zone

If you don’t know, you’re not invited I’m easily distracted on the best of days. Just now, with my Rangers in the playoffs, the timing of this “secret show” could not have been worse. The ...

June 23, 2022
Sprung Monkey’s sobering moment

“I watched a bandmember of mine almost die a couple of times, and I still didn’t get it,” says Sprung Monkey guitarist Will Riley. “I was a drug addict, and I didn’t understand that. A ...

Gonzo Report: Opening Day at Goblin Shark Emporium

“This place was built on alcohol, weed, and ‘shrooms,” says the blonde man behind the counter at Goblin Shark Emporium. “The true Oceanside way, for the last 30 days.” It’s May 1, and the doors ...

Stevie Salas was destined for the MC5

MC5 guitarist and co-founder Wayne Kramer replies without hesitation when asked where Oceanside’s Stevie Salas ranks among the guitarists with whom he’s worked. “He’s just…my hero. I would say he’s just about the best. He ...

What San Diego Reader writers would shell out cash for

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a music writer isn’t going to get rich plying his trade, but at least he’ll get free stuff: albums, concert tickets, swag, perhaps even the occasional backstage pass. ...

Violinist Alex DePue killed in Mexican car accident

On January 27, a car accident in Mexico claimed the life of violinist Alex DePue, The Modern Paganini. DePue lived up to that 2018 album title, winning competitions from an early age and playing with ...

Trash Lamb Gallery hosts Rick Froberg’s illustrated history

“He has a book out? I love that guy! I love that band!” Rick Froberg shows the enthusiasm of a teenage metalhead when discussing former Hillcrest resident and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who recently ...

Cable TV’s newest Fooz fight

“Him [Jimmy Fallon] and [Foo Fighters frontman] Dave Grohl are good friends, so I think they looked around and tried to find Foo Fighters tribute bands, and it was slim pickings,” says Fooz Fighters guitarist ...

Documenting KGB’s FM Radio Revolution

“There’s something magical about a transmitter sending music across the airwaves, music that becomes unscrambled in your car to become the soundtrack of your life,” says Professor Raul Sandelin about his latest documentary project, KGB ...

November 25, 2021
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