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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Interview: The Nude Party’s Shaun Couture talks Midnight Manor, Roadtrippin’, and Farm Animals

The Nude Party mixes ‘60s garage & psych, a hint of western, and a bit of nudity to make one hell of a cocktail (think Rolling Stones meets Velvet Underground); their head-banging three albums are sure to get you out of your rocking chair. The band formed at the Appalachian college dorms in Boone, North…

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Catching up with Pancho & The Wizards: New Album Coming Soon

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from San Luis Obispo’s favorite psychedelic punk band, Pancho & The Wizards. Starting as “Pancho and the Mucho Wizard Jam Band” in 2015, they gained traction through releasing tapes online and opening for local band Ragged Jubilee at SLO Rock & Brew, a landmark venue in San Luis…

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Invoking Resilience Through Music and Community: An Interview with Local Jazz Performer Deborah Gilmore

Hampered by a seemingly ceaseless and destructive pandemic, I think it’s safe to assume we all yearn for a return to live music, whether that be as the performer or the appreciator. I had the privilege of coming close to that radiant experience when I sat down in the presence of sparkling jazz singer Deborah…

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Doo-wop’ing into the ’20s: An Interview with Oliver from Trudy and the Romance

In present times, it feels like we’ve come full circle in terms of genre. Within the cluster of new music influenced by sounds of the past, ‘50s mutant pop band Trudy and the Romance is doo-wop’ing into the ‘20s. The band started up back in 2014, released their debut album Sandman in 2019, and has…

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