• Paul McCartney in San Diego

    Paul McCartney’s show on September 28 at Petco Park was just short of incredible. For starters it had better sound than his previous Southern California visit on August 10 at Dodger Stadium.  Also, audible from the street, there was a 14-song rehearsal on September 27  as well as a 14-song sound check the day of, […]

  • San Diego Music Awards: A Win for All

    This month we have a look at the annual San Diego Music Awards, from some of the musicians nominated as well as music reviews. The rest of the San Diego Music Thing reviews will follow next month. San Diego Music Awards There are really no losers at the annual San Diego Music Awards. Held this […]

  • This month we take a look back at the recent Sonics / Mrs. Magician gig and of course, include a few reviews. The Sonics – Live / The Irenic A sold out house of just over 400 people greeted legendary Tacoma garage rockers the Sonics at the !renic on August 16. Featuring three original members, […]

  • A Conversation with David Miano of Aural Gravy Records

    Started up only four years ago, Aural Gravy has made an impact, working with notable acts such as The New Kinetics, The Peripherals and Kelsea Rae Little, as well as reissuing out of print favorites from the likes of The Modlins and Secret Apollo. Headed by David Miano, the label is driven by his love […]

  • A Conversation with Wally Salem

    This time out we have an in depth conversation with Wally Salem, head of Canadian independent label, The Beautiful Music. The label is perhaps best known for its series of tribute albums dedicated to British indie legends the Television Personalities, as well as a worldwide roster of artists that include Dot Dash and Yellow Melodies. […]

  • Of Mice and Men: Family Wagon and Reviews

    Remember the movie, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School? There’s a gag that runs through that cult classic. It seems the Ramones music is “lethal” to rodents. While the end results were on the more humorous/non fatal to rodents, side, a similar thing happened to rockers, Family Wagon. Their music once stopped lab rats from breeding. […]

  • A Few Words from Joey Harris

    This month out we share a few reviews and a few words from local icon Joey Harris. Few musicians in San Diego could touch on the accomplishments of Mr. Harris. Working with John Stewart, Fingers, The Speedsters, The Beat Farmers, Powerthud, The Tightenups and many more, Harris’s guitar work, vocals and songs are the perfect […]

  • For Your Information

    This month I feature reviews and the latest in a series on international artists and their performances in San Diego – past articles have spotlighted the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elvis, and now: SPRINGSTEEN AND SAN DIEGO Notably, San Diego is mentioned in three Bruce Springsteen songs: 1973 “Rosalita”- from the […]

  • Analog Chew: Sound Bites

    One of the indicators that San Diego has arrived as a music town is, obviously, the sheer number of musicians taking local stages. But perhaps the biggest sign that things are going well is in the surrounding business that have sprung up to cater to musicians’ needs. From instrument repair to labels, music schools to […]