Posts tagged ‘rawk’

December 27, 2012

…………………..2012: A List………………

(Hope you don’t get seasick) p.s. it’s all local


Cassettes were all the rage this year. Massenger was my favorite band.

Recorded Music
The Pullmen
D on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers



Live Music
Wussy at Zoey’s
Pangea at Indie West Fest
The Pullmen at Bombay
Kapeesh at Red Cove
Alexandra and the Starlight Band at Zoey’s
Miguel Garcia & the Vaquetones at Yolie’s
OFWGKTA at the Ventura Theater (for the sheer spectacle of it)


Outstanding film! Bob Forrest actually remembered me from the old days.

Bob and the Monster at Indie West Fest


Shenanigans at the Scavenger Hunt. (Appropriately, I stole this photo.)

The Local Rock Picnic
86 Scavenger Hunt (I was a secret weapon. Plus, I sacrificed my son’s innocence. See pic.)
Westside ArtWalk

comics comics

Comics and Comics at Hypno Comics

Comics and Comics at Hypno Comics


I purchased one of these pieces from Sean Tully. Can you guess which one?

Sean Tully at The WAV
Stacie Logue’s guerrilla bluebirds
Paul Lindhard’s gateway to Ventura
Evan Ames’ and Lauren Mosinka’s yard sale
Everything at Sylvia White Gallery
Michael Pearce at Carnegie Art Museum
Art of Autism at Westside ArtWalk
MB Hanrahan’s Scabenue Calendar


End Transmission: The Life and Death of the People’s Radio

April 9, 2009

… Seattle, Austin, Portland . . . Ventura?


VCReporter’s Local Music Issue is on the stands so pick it up and drink deep.  This last six months working as arts editor for the paper has given me tangible evidence for what I already knew intuitively: there is a music scene.

Beyond that, the level of talent here is getting ridiculously high.  A while back, I was challenged by someone here to find something like 20 good local music recordings.  At this point I’m challenged to make room for everything that’s worthy of coverage.

I’m not alone in thinking that Ventura County’s music scene is positioned for national attention. Seattle, Austin, Portland . . . Ventura? It’s not outside the realm of possibility. That said, it occurs to me how much money is funneled into highbrow ventures like the Ventura Music Festival (rightfully so) but homegrown local rock-oriented music is sort of dismissed despite its ability to generate significant revenue for the city.  Not to mention what we could do event-wise with all the venues downtown.

It’s my hope that next year we can pull out all the stops and create a live music event to happen in tandem with our annual music issue (which, in my scheme of things, would be a pull-out resource). A girl can dream, right?

November 15, 2008

Shoutout: Viceroy the girl

v-28copy“Let the good times roll,” is her credo and she’s one of the rare few not waiting around for someone else to make it happen. A musician turned promoter, Viceroy (not her real name) is putting on shows in Camarillo with 4-5 band bills on almost a weekly basis. Anyone who’s ever taken a stab at promoting local music or anything in Ventura County knows this is often a thankless job and getting people out to live events is challenging.  Anyway, we’ll be featuring this super cool female in VCReporter next month. Stay tuned!

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November 6, 2008

The Return of The Pretty Uglys

After a 5+ year hiatus, the Pretty Uglys who have reformed with their original lineup, opened for the New York Dolls at the Ventura Theatre last week. Apparently, most people couldn’t justify the $35 ticket price (dinner or the dolls?) making for an embarrassingly meager draw; It’s the economy, stupid. Regardless, the Uglys blazed through a skin tight, louder than love set of Church of Rawk worship songs. Welcome back, boys. (Thanks Jeanette for the pic).


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