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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Everyone Needs a Bit of Boogie Chill – An Interview with Angus Dowling from Babe Rainbow

When you listen to Babe Rainbow, it is as if you’ve suddenly gone back in time to the ‘60s and decided to get a little trippy dippy with friends. Releasing their debut EP back in 2015 and debut album in 2017, the band has amassed over 550,000 monthly Spotify listeners with their most listened track…

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Honeyboys Frontman Ari Eisenberg Talks Progressive Pop and the Slocal Music Scene

Ari Eisenberg, frontman of the SLO-based, genre-bending band Honeyboys, is humble. This isn’t to say he shies away from the spotlight; you wouldn’t be able to detect his deference onstage. But when we sat down to talk the formation of Honeyboys, the death of the genre, and the SLO DIY scene, Ari told me Honeyboys…

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Local Rapper Sareem Talks the SLO D.I.Y. Scene, Conscious Rap, and the End of the World

If you’re familiar with the animated series The Boondocks, Bible verses (I don’t know), or local rapper Sareem, you may have come across this phrase: “I am the stone that the builder refused.” It alludes to the cornerstone, the bit often discarded due to its inability to fit in with the rest of the structure.…

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