Author Archive for lacy.ottenson

Promoter works hard for local musicians

Probably one of the nicest, hardest working people you’ll ever meet in the local music scene is Jen “Supa Jen” Leas. In a scene where people are often standoffish, introverted, and too wrapped up in themselves to be approachable after a show, Supa Jen is a breath of fresh air. Her high energy and passion […]

Boar Cross’n is the new scene for Carlsbad locals

Anyone who has ever trolled the Carlsbad Crawl — you know, the craze where you hit every awesome bar in downtown Carlsbad’s four-block radius — knows that there are really only a couple places to see live music. And really, what’s better than seeing and hearing live music when you’re getting totally plastered? Unfortunately, no […]

Arm the Angels wait for big break

Some bands are the perfect package. In this do-it-yourself day and age, many bands are producing, managing, styling and marketing themselves. I have to say, Arm the Angels are doing it better than everyone else so far. Although the band originally formed in Poway, the boys spend much of their time here in North County […]

Local reggae band set to embark on Texas tour

Unfortunately when it comes to music these days, “originality” is a word lacking in most descriptions. I’ve seen and heard (no pun intended) countless bands that I can honestly say I wish I never had. So many bands in the local scene bite off from those who actually accomplish their own sense of personal style, […]

The beat goes on: Music store in Carlsbad here to stay

If you’re anything like me, and I like to think that you are, you cringe the moment you step through the automatic doors of Guitar Center, deep in anticipation of the throngs of lame-haired salesmen who eagerly await your approach, clamoring over one another to greet you first (and thus claim your sale). Why does […]

Local musicians getting involved with indie labels

It’s no secret that the record industry is in a state of emergency; it has been in crisis-mode for several years. The industry witnessed the rapid demise of many of the major record labels like Capitol Records, leaving in its aftermath only a handful of majors still carrying the flag of perseverance. But what of […]

New American Mob is back

Probably one of the most prolific punk bands ever to emerge from the gritty beachside barrios of Carlsbad is New American Mob. The band has captured the hearts and minds of those who dwell within its rabid underground punk scene — where liberty spikes and safety pin fashion reigned supreme. New American Mob has redefined […]

Where to record your first album in North County

It’s one the biggest steps an emerging band can take toward success and glory: recording your first album. Sure, you’ve got some shows under your belt, written some pretty good songs that people seem to like, and you have people asking afterward where they can buy the CD. Well, lucky for us San Diegans, we’re […]

Shows to die for this Halloween

The fall months of September and October not only usher in the cool evenings and sweet smells in the air that have made this my favorite time of year, they also bring with them Halloween, my favorite holiday (next to Thanksgiving where I get to crash many a Thanksgiving dinner). Halloween is great for many […]

Despite the Wolves scratches out a niche

There’s a big buzz going around San Diego about progressive metal band Despite the Wolves. Although the band has been together since late 2006, they’ve taken their time in developing not only their unique sound but their fan base as well by playing a slew of shows around the county. Their music is not for […]