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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
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Wednesday, October 22,2014
Music feature

Hall and Oates are a guilt-free pleasure

There’s no shame in this duo’s game

By Jeff Terich

Pick and choose certain moments from throughout Hall and Oates’ career, and you’ll come away with a pretty ridiculous picture. But whether you choose to ignore this or embrace it, it doesn’t overcome one important fact: As songwriters, Hall and Oates have a résumé that’s hard to argue with.

Tuesday, October 14,2014
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The Afghan Whigs’ not-so-quiet storm

Soulful rockers are fueled by a sensual darkness

By Jeff Terich
Indeed, sex and melancholy are two of the most prevalent characteristics in The Afghan Whigs' songwriting, dating all the way back to their aggressive 1990 Sub Pop Records debut, Up In It.
Wednesday, October 8,2014
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Island Boy is bound by rhythm

Richard Hunt-Rivera crafts a hypnotic dance-music fusion

By Jeff Terich
Island Boy’s new album, Basic Instincts, which was self-released in June, is a sensual and sensorial journey through the far corners of dance music’s past, present and future.
Wednesday, October 1,2014
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Underdogs of the San Diego Music Awards

Picks and predictions for this year's ceremonies

By Jeff Terich

The San Diego Music Awards carries a lot of buzz around its Artist and Album of the Year categories, and anything that involves guitars. But there’s a lot more diversity than that.

Wednesday, September 24,2014
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Indie rockers Ought come together

Montreal band thrives on the dependence they have on each other

By Ben Salmon
The Montreal-based band Ought is home between tours, but that doesn’t mean its four members are giving each other the kind of space they crave after weeks on the road.
Wednesday, September 17,2014
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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are hip-hop historians

Duo crafts show from Afrika Bambaataa’s massive vinyl collection

By Scott McDonald
Armed exclusively with albums from hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa’s 41,000- piece record collection, the preeminent DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are back on the road together for the 28-date “Renegades of Rhythm” tour.
Wednesday, September 10,2014
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Sebadoh and the art of feeling

Legendary indie-rockers confront a new era

By Peter Holslin
For years, this venerable indie-rock band has plumbed some of humankind’s most awkward feelings. Anxiety, self-pity, resentment, confusion—this is where Sebadoh shines.
Wednesday, September 10,2014
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The Breeders make another splash

Iconic indie rockers get the cannonball rolling again

By Scott McDonald
To coincide with the Last Splash’s 20th anniversary, the Deal sisters, Wiggs and MacPherson reunited for a tour that found them playing Last Splash in its entirety every night.
Tuesday, September 2,2014
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Liars are a perpetual-motion machine

Ever-evolving art-rockers headline San Diego Music Thing

By Jeff Terich
There's nothing easy or orderly about the music that Liars make. Since forming in 2000 in Brooklyn, the band has been consistently on the move—both figuratively and literally.
Wednesday, August 27,2014
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Terry Malts’ punk is scuzzy and wonderfully weird

Trio’s latest EP focuses on pop hooks

By Ben Salmon
The promotional blurb that accompanies Terry Malts’ new Insides EP floats the idea that this might be the band’s most “pop” effort yet.