Top 13 music stories of 2013

The Reader's most viewed music news of the past year

1 ) Sun Diego drops in on Nineteen Nineteen — Oceanside’s Ocean House was poised to become a big nightspot, say investors; then, Sun Diego, a surf-shop chain, allegedly agreed to pay $29,000/month in rent, $7000 over the price that was to be paid by the disappointed investors, a group of Carlsbad businessmen that included owners of the Boar Cross’n and Mas Fina Cantina nightspots.

2 ) Rent hike terminates Tiki House — "This is just one more death knell for live rock and roll in San Diego.”

3 ) We just got handed an envelope, man... — Did Purple Church take money meant for Gypsyhawk?

4 ) Sixties hitmaker Mark Lindsay makes surprise appearanceUgly Things Magazine's 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Casbah delivered the goods for fans of '60s-inspired music, complete with a surprise appearance from '60s icon and former Paul Revere & The Raiders front man, Mark Lindsay.

5 ) Prince is coming to downtown's Hard Rock Hotel?! — $250 "standing room only" tickets

6 ) What 4th&B will be — Avalon "will be sensibly elegant, not gimmicky.”

7 ) As I Lay Dying in jail — A recounting of the arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, suspected of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

8 ) Drummer found dead — Purple Church drummer Michael Prince found dead in Oceanside.

9 ) No changes afoot after arrest of Humphreys’ talent buyer — Talent buyer/manager of Humphreys Backstage Lounge, Jeremiah Smith, was arrested for felony drunk driving. Will that change the Shelter Island venue’s ability to book shows?

10 ) Not necessarily on the comeback trail — Jake E. Lee breaks a long silence

11 ) Cholo goth — Rafael Reyes, a self-described “cholo goth” musician who says, “Killwave, occultwave, shadowave are all outlets that I use to expose and celebrate fragments of who I am, may it be my vulnerability or, at times, my ego.” Jeepers.

12 ) Elephant vanishes in Carlsbad — Carlsbad’s Flying Elephant closes; reopening as a British-style pub but with no bands.

13 ) Kona Kai relaunch — Former Humphrey’s talent-buyer Shawna Aguirre hopes to revitalize Kona Kai as the hotel’s entertainment director.

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