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Milo Starr Johnson is a San Francisco native singer/songwriter, who performs in an imaginative rock’n’roll cabaret style. For more than two decades, Milo worked in film, experimental theater, and comedy in Los Angeles. These experiences formed the basis of her rich artistic and musical vision. 

Sophisticated and unapologetic in her approach, Milo pairs humor with cinematic production on her debut album, The Perambulator. She invites listeners on a genre bending sonic journey, drawing inspiration from influences as diverse as Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, The Cramps, and Roxy Music. Every song echoes of the 60’s and 70’s. Skillfully produced with It Thing’s Mark Zanandrea and award-winning sound engineer Matt Cohen, The Perambulator spins tales of homecoming and transformation.



Imaginative rock’n’roll with a hint of cabaret



Look Away

Look Away hints at Bacharach/David and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. 

Vampire Daddy

Vampire Daddy is a shout- out to The Cramps. 

Family Album

Family Album, inspired by The Kinks’ Village Green period, features a Beatles-esque vocal arrangement. 

 The perambulator

The Perambulator describes a cheerful yet philosophical walk in San Francisco.  

Read The signs

Read The Signs is a personal story told in a cinematic, Americana style.


  • Independently released debut album of original songs, The Perambulator. Co-produced and co-arranged material, played additional keyboards and sang lead and backing vocals. 

  • Received LA Times Best Bet for full-length, original, self-produced solo theater show, Recycled Starlet. 

  • Received LA Weekly Pick Of The Week for Recycled Starlet. 

  • Awarded a Certificate Of Excellence from the All Stars of LA Performance Art. 

  • Performed (via video exhibit) at the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Los Angeles, 1999. 

  • Awarded a Screenwriting Fellowship to the American Film Institute. 

  • Partnered a video production company, Take One Video, (music videos & industrials) while completing BA in Television Production at San Francisco State University. 


(Vampire Daddy) Waves of distortion and a suavely confident vocal delivery makes this track enticing from the get-go... plenty of charisma, showing Milo Starr Johnson as an act full of potential.

(Family Album) ...playful and narrative lyrics alongside brisk piano-led pop progressions - reminds me of Squeeze, and fondly so. Great use of backing vocals throughout... really great piano flourishes... This track is enjoyably understated from a stylistic point, but certainly shows an artist I’d love to listen more of.
— MIKE MINEO, founder/editor of Obscure Sound; music PR professional
There is a genuine grittiness to Milo Starr Johnson’s music, the sort that is not manufactured but rather one that is honed from life experience... ‘Look Away’ exposes Milo’s soft underbelly in the sweetest of ways... a voice that squeezes every ounce of passion from a performance that levitates. This is absolutely gorgeous, a break from the incessant noise of modern life and is a recommended tonic for anyone who has paused in delight at the sound of an unknown piece of music.
— KEVIN HUGGER, music blogger, record label owner, PR executive
(Vampire Daddy) ... definitely had me hooked from its down ‘n’ dirty, swamp- blues sound... sweetly ripe, seductive vocal delivery. Love the zig-zagging rock ‘n’ roll guitar reverb, punchy drum beat... - all very The Cramps-like... amusing, story-telling lyrics... like I was listening to the audio track of and soundtrack for a campy, Rocky Horror Picture Show- like film! Well done!
— JEN DAN, music reviewer and artist interviewer at The Big Takeover, Stereo Embers Magazine, Rebel Noise
(Look Away) Much to like here. Vocals are lovely and on point... intriguing and charming, and I’d love to include it on shows and playlists.
— ANDREA YOUNG, artist development agency, record label, new music radio show
Look Away, it’s all the best of k.d. Lang’s adventurous album Ingenue... Enchanté Monsieur... Totally fell for this one halfway through first listen!
— GEORGE MERRILL, Boy Meets Girl, songwriter for Whitney Houston
(Look Away) I kept thinking of music by Nico, Marianne Faithfull and Dusty Springfield as I was listening, but there’s more contemporary inspiration afoot that reminds me of Martha Wainwright or solo stuff by Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl... great voice with some raw edges...
— BILL SMITH, Toronto's music blogger BILLCS Music Blog and the BILLCS Top 30


Friday, September 16th

Hotel Utah Saloon

It Thing, Milo & The Assassins, and Bernie Jungle

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Sunday, October 16th

Doc's Lab

True Margrit and Milo & The Assassins



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