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Carlsbad Music Festival and Village Music Walk Sep 19, 2014 Now in its 11th year, this year's fest will feature over 50 performances in three days with concerts in Magee Park and Carlsbad Village Theater. Almost all genres are represented, from country and jazz to indie-rock and classical. 76 other events on Friday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 17,2014
Music feature

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.
Wednesday, August 20,2014
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Benjamin Booker keeps it simple

Singer / songwriter plays a manic, raw style of punk-blues

By Jeff Terich

 Benjamin Booker never set out to be a rock star. Watching his recent, high-energy performances on The Late Show with David Letterman or Conanyou might think otherwise.

Wednesday, August 13,2014
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Future Islands are new romantics

Baltimore synth-pop group is free of cynicism or irony

By Jeff Terich
In a crowded and often unwieldy universe of indie rock—where irony-dispensing frontmen like Stephen Malkmus and Robert Pollard are regarded as patron saints—Future Islands stand out for evoking feelings of sincerity and romanticism. 
Wednesday, August 6,2014
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Eukaryst pledge their commitment to the riff

San Diego death-metal band takes shredding seriously

By Jeff Terich
At first glance, the members of San Diego death-metal band Eukaryst don’t seem like the type to take themselves too seriously.
Wednesday, July 30,2014
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Courtney Barnett breaks out

Australian singer / songwriter pairs infectious melodies with peculiar anecdotes

By AnnaMaria Stephens
Barnett’s first EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, put her name out there, but the follow-up, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose—which includes “Avant Gardener” and the infectious “History Eraser”—landed her international acclaim.
Wednesday, July 23,2014
Music feature

The Aquabats are saving the world!

Costumed ska heroes spread a positive message

By Peter Holslin
For some, the image of The Aquabats looms large in the imagination. Years before the advent of YouTube, they made their live show a multimedia experience, with video interludes, onstage battles, bopping beach balls and toddlers crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts.