Interview: Couch Dog is Bad and Better than Ever

If you type in “Couch Dog” on Google, what you’re going to find are variations of an article titled “Should Dogs be Allowed on the Furniture?” After talking with the SLO-based, surf rocky band Couch Dog I have the answer: no. Their self-described thrashy, fast, hectic, and anxious sound is bound to get you up…

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Emotional Rupture in the Streaming Age — A Conversation with L’Impératrice

In the digital age, with almost everything available at the push of a button or through a screen, it is interesting to see how culture and personal tastes develop. When it comes to music, we have access to almost everything ever recorded and currently being released all over the world. Over the course of the…

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Cowboys in the City — A Night with Mapache

Last weekend, San Luis Obispo was visited by two cowboys — Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch. The western duo called themselves “Mapache”; to the delight of the townspeople, the outsiders came with one purpose: to play their music and dance all night. News of their arrival spread about the town with gusto — it was…

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Sidekicks of the Grateful Dead — An Interview with Circles Around the Sun

After playing for an estimated 25 million people live, providing Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream with the iconic ice cream flavor “Cherry Garcia”, and being responsible for the colorful bear stickers on the back of most Jeeps, The Grateful Dead celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2015. More than 360,000 tickets were sold to the…

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Be A Late Bloomer – A Heartfelt Conversation with Amo Amo

Los Angeles is somewhat of a free-for-all. With a population of around four million people and 88 sub-cities, there is truly something for everyone. This encompasses the richness and diversity present within the music scene, with bands all over the world seeking to make it in the big city. With a flurry of genres spread…

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SPOTLIGHT: Dante Marsh – A Mission to Make People Dance

San Luis Obispo is a special place — then again, maybe we’re biased. This small-but-large, rural-but-city-ish college town attracts musicians from all up and down the California coast. Every once in a while, it snags a gem from another state; this is the case with Nashville-raised musician Dante Marsh, an active member of the ever-growing…

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Traffic Cones, Cave Music, and the Universe – An Introspective Conversation with Moon Hooch

The Roaring Twenties brought about the popularity of jazz and swing, as well as the prominence of the curved metal instrument that is the saxophone. Fast-forward 100 years to the 2020s and we’re now experiencing the rise of saxophone cave music, an absurd genre brought about by New York subway sensation, Moon Hooch.  Starting out…

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THIRTYBYTHIRTY Spotlight: The Printer, The Photographer, and The Businessman

As we become more conscious of the footprint we leave on the world around us, Gen Z has been at the forefront of making do with what we have and making good art out of it too. THIRTYBYTHIRTY is a San Luis Obispo-based clothing brand operated by Lupin Boylan, William Blankenship, and Erica Flojo that…

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Hip-hop, Quarantine, and the Virtual Future: An Interview with Local Artist Hakeem Sanusi

Over the past couple years, SLO county has gone through vast change and development. For those that are newer in the area, you might be surprised to know that the music scene went on a hiatus and only recently began rebuilding itself to its former glory. Along for the ride has been r&b artist and…

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Uncut Gems: An Interview With Piezas Únicas

It happened in the Cal Poly craft center during the last session of in-person classes, shortly before the end of the world. Sophia Rivera and Julianna Quihuiz had been friends since their freshmen year when they had met working at the campus market. Julie trained Soph on the job, perhaps predicting a trend for the…

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