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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Jul 29, 2014 Who needs school when you can spend your time dancing in downtown parades, driving fast cars and dining at posh restaurants? 64 other events on Tuesday, July 29
 
News
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Film
Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
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Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
Arts & Culture feature
A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life

 

 
 
A Trolley Show

The Young Wild: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Moment Goes' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the band performs “Moment Goes.” Note to future bands: If you want to devastate the heartstrings, go with a child’s choir. 

A Trolley Show

American Authors: A Trolley Show (again)

Brooklyn band performs 'Believer' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

The last time we had American Authors on this show, they performed “Best Day of My Life,” which has since gone on to soundtrack the general emotion of happiness. It’s hard to turn on the TV with

A Trolley Show

Cali Cam: A Trolley Show

San Diego hip-hop artists peforms 'Both Sides Now' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, Cali Cam performs “Both Sides Now,” a deceptively simple song about the good and hardships in life.

A Trolley Show

Chappo: A Trolley Show

Brooklyn band performs 'I Don’t Need the Sun' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Back in 2010, Chappo benefited from Apple using their song “Come Home” for an iPod Touch commercial, and as anyone who’s familiar with the tech behemoth’s advertising strategy, it takes a certain kind of musical whimsy and energy to make that cut.

A Trolley Show

Iration: A Trolley Show

Santa Barbara band performs 'One Way Track' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Iration, whose 2013 album Automatic topped Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart upon its release, is the perfect band to lead us into an easy-going, seasonal daze.

A Trolley Show

The Midnight Pine: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Caution' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

It’s always a treat to see hometown heavyweights perform on A Trolley Show, and The Midnight Pine perform with the swagger of rock stars who don’t need to prove themselves.

A Trolley Show

Dan Croll: A Trolley Show

British singer-songwriter performs 'Maway' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the British singer-songwriter performs “Maway,” a light, breezy tune that musically encapsulates the nonchalant trajectory of his career.

A Trolley Show

Blackout Party: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Cold Bitch's Heart' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

It’s a little hard to be believe that the blackout that crippled San Diego occurred nearly three years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the darkness forced us away from our screens, out of

A Trolley Show

Switchfoot: A Trolley Show (again)

San Diego band performs 'Hello Hurricane' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

 This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Switchfoot on A Trolley Show, but they were kind enough to provide us with two performances that showcase their status as one of San Diego’s most expansive and cathartic exports. 

A Trolley Show

Lost in Los Angeles: A Trolley Show

Band performs 'Waiting For Your Car' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Anyone who’s familiar with the films of David Lynch, classic L.A. pulp-noir novels or modern hardcore music appreciates the darkness and weirdness that city can produce, and the band Lost in Los Angeles seems to wear that weirdness on its sleeve.

Below the Belt

Porky's Place is a never-ending '80s party—sort of

The Tijuana club brings back a bygone era, then ruins it with Sublime

By Alex Zaragoza

For those who refuse to get over the “Where’s the beef?” era, there’s Porky’s Place on the corner of Calle Sexta and Avenida Revolución in Tijuana.

Below the Belt

Go with the tamarind blend at Tijuana's El Tinieblo

Your one-stop shop for mezcal slushies, taxidermied deer heads and cumbia beats

By Alex Zaragoza

Growing up partly in Tijuana means many things to me, but for the purpose of this column, it means this especially: Bars and I are very old friends.

Below the Belt

There's life in the alleyways of Tijuana

Checking out the clubs of Callejón del la Sexta

By Alex Zaragoza

Last Friday night, I found myself hanging in one off Calle Sexta and Avenida Revolución, but it was nothing to fear. Unless you fear awesomeness.

Below the Belt

Tranny time in Tijuana

Mike’s Disco stacks up

By Alex Zaragoza

Weeks ago, when I told a friend I’d be writing about Tijuana nightlife, he looked at me with the eyes of a fat child at Hometown Buffet.

Below the Belt

A mellow Moustache

A new feature on Tijuana’s burgeoning nightlife scene

By Alex Zaragoza

“TJ is a shitty town where you can get really fucked up.” So slurred a friend on Saturday night as we smoked a cigarette outside Moustache, a teeny, two-story bar between Calle Sexta and Calle Septima on Madero that takes the ironic-facial-hair thing to the next level by making it the theme of the entire place.

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Moving in unison

The difference between subcultures and the mainstream continues to dissolve

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Believe in Steve

Steve Albini continues to speak his mind, without apology

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Growing pains

Trying to cope with age through musical obsessions

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

The drugs don't work

How romanticizing substance abuse in rock 'n’ roll is missing the point

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Six degrees

Why a passé website is still the best way to discover new music communities

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Cleaning out the closet

How purging might save me from collector-nerd exile

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Louis C.K. and Wavves

Two guys who are turning bad vibes into good entertainment

By Todd Kroviak

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Post pattern

Attempting to tiptoe around the most dreaded of conversations

By Todd Kroviak

I found myself at a multimedia art show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location about a month ago, spending much of my time wondering how I ended up there in the first place. Let’s just say my reaction to the sort of social hobnobbing I tend to observe at these kinds of things is not very positive, to say the least. I guess it’s just not my crowd.

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

The pleasure principle

Why you should like what you like—and not feel guilty about it

By Todd Kroviak

People consume cultural products for pleasure. Music, films, television, literature, visual art, video games— these things wouldn’t exist if their goal weren’t to provide us with a heightened sense of joy or a greater appreciation for life. That said, I find the concept of the “guilty pleasure” to be one the most trite, annoying and unforgivable clichés in our cultural lexicon.

Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Freedom of choice

Is file sharing a major-label slayer or simply a detriment to artists?

By Todd Kroviak

Listening to an interview with Devo’s Gerald Casale on American Public Media’s Marketplace radio show the other day, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how prophetic a vision the band once had—that humans had passed the point of any real progression and are in a constant state of “de-evolution,” despite any technological, social or scientific advancements that may seem like evidence to the contrary.

If I Were U

Peaking Lights, The Burning of Rome and more San Diego concerts

Boris, Municipal Waste, Thee Oh Sees and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Psychedelic dub duo Peaking Lights are a peculiar group, but a good peculiar, incorporating the rhythms and pulses of dub into a dream-pop sound.

If I Were U

The Antlers, Bob Log III and more San Diego concerts

Zongo Junction, Some Ember, Kawehi and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

New York’s The Antlers have been making dreamy indie rock for nearly a decade and grow more interesting with each release.

If I Were U

La Roux, Goatwhore and more San Diego concerts

Wye Oak, ‘For the Fucking Kids Fest’ and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

U.K. electronic duo La Roux have a much more impressive presence than many of their peers, and not just because of vocalist Elly Jackson's bright-red, asymmetrical hair.

If I Were U

Ronnie Spector, Peter Murphy and more San Diego concerts

Reigning Sound, Ringo Deathstarr, Amen Dunes and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Ronnie Spector is a founding member of girl group The Ronettes, a pop-music legend and an all-around badass.

If I Were U

EMA, Deafheaven and more San Diego concerts

The Thermals, Sly and Robbie, Pity Sex and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Last year, Deafheaven played the entirety of their amazing new album, Sunbather at The Void (R.I.P.), and it was, hands-down, one of the best shows I saw all year.

If I Were U

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Owl John and more San Diego concerts

The Menzingers, Tweak Bird, Island Boy and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Jessica Lea Mayfield has worked with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in the past, but her new album, Make My Head Sing, is mostly self-produced—and her best yet.

If I Were U

Sage Francis, Guided by Voices and more San Diego concerts

Failure, Dawn of MIDI, The Both and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Rhode Island MC Sage Francis has broken a lot of hip-hop's rules since day one, his DIY and straight-edge ethos more in line with hardcore punk than rap music.

If I Were U

Wanda Jackson, tUnE-yArDs and more San Diego concerts

Brownout, King Buzzo, Lionel Richie and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Merrill Garbus' oddball, cartoonish pop music is kind of an all-or-nothing proposal. Either you dig it (like me) or you absolutely can't stand it (like Chuck Klosterman).

If I Were U

M.I.A., Eagulls and more San Diego concerts

Kelis, Kill Holiday, Blackalicious and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

M.I.A. has a high publicity-stunt factor, whether it's flipping the bird during the Super Bowl or having Julian Assange open her shows.

If I Were U

Against Me!, Papercuts and more San Diego concerts

Nothing, Matt Pond PA, Baths and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Against Me!'s newest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, is both a concept album about a transgender prostitute and a semi-autobiographical reflection on singer Laura Jane Grace's own experience with sexual-identity issues.

Music

Iceage has a brutal mystique

Copenhagen punks are open to interpretation

By Jeff Terich

Some performers choose to embrace openness. And then there's Copenhagen punks Iceage. Maintaining a healthy level of ambiguity, they never reveal too much at once. 

Music

For Hills Like Elephants, it’s anything but Swift

Local rockers explore the realm between indie and pop

By Peter Holslin

Hills Like Elephants—Davenport (keyboards, vocals), Armerding (guitar), Gregory Theilmann (synth, guitar), Daniel Gallo (bass), David Tye (drums)—is the type of band that fits comfortably in the space between “indie” and “pop.” 

Music

Merchandise’s extreme midnight

Florida indie-rockers get extra-dark on their new album

By Jeff Terich

Back in 2009, the members of the Tampa outfit—Carson Cox, Pat Brady and Dave Vassalotti—began recording and releasing 7-inches and cassettes of fuzzy post-punk songs, with titles like Gone Are the Silk Gardens of Youth and Terminal Jagger Jane's Addiction Box Set.

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.

Music feature

Boris’ amplifier worship

Tokyo trio obliterates expectations

By Jeff Terich

 Named after an epic track by The Melvins, Boris isn't a band that entirely makes sense on paper.

Music feature

Cloud Nothings work hard, play hard

Cleveland indie rockers are light on frills, heavy on melody

By Ben Salmon

Let’s get this out of the way: Dylan Baldi, the founder and core of the Cleveland post-hardcore band Cloud Nothings, is 22 years old.

Music feature

Wye Oak divide and conquer on new album

Baltimore duo use geographical obstacles to their advantage

By Jeff Terich

Jenn Wasner didn’t play guitars on Wye Oak's Shriek, instead focusing on bass and vocals, while Andy Stack took up synth duties.

Music feature

Lee Fields’ soul salvation

R&B singer preaches the gospel of feeling good

By Scott McDonald

Lee Fields may have to get a pulpit. The man can preach. Put aside the fiery funk jams and sweet soul serenades that define his remarkable 45-year career—when the veteran singer talks, it’s a different kind of sermon.

Music feature

The sonic redemption of Prayers

Cross-border duo combines contrasting subcultures with ‘cholo-goth’ music

By Dita Quiñones

In Sherman Heights, where Prayers frontman Rafael Reyes grew up, summers were far from picturesque.

Music feature

Tombs strike gold on third album

New York metal band opens up their extreme sound

By Jeff Terich

Savage Gold, released Tuesday, June 10, via Relapse, simultaneously sounds like the work of the band that recorded Path of Totality and something new altogether.

Music feature

The rebirth of Failure

Alt-rock innovators return to play for a new audience

By Jeff Terich

In late 1996, Los Angeles alternative-rock trio Failure seemed on the verge of something huge. They’d just released their sprawling third album, Fantastic Planet, and its lead single, “Stuck on You,” earned them airplay on stations like 91X and KROQ

Music feature

Pink Mountaintops’ summer jams

Stephen McBean captures a feel-good psychedelic sound

By Ben Salmon

But Get Back, the fourth album by McBean's experimental pop-rock project Pink Mountaintops, was pushed back for years while McBean tried to find the right players and environment to not only make it, but to actually be properly prepared to make it.

Music feature

Protomartyr’s Motor City murk

Detroit band's post-punk is darkly satirical

By Jeff Terich

When asked why he got into music, Protomartyr vocalist Joe Casey attributes it to one simple thing: “Boredom.”

Nightgeist

Mixed party nuts

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

In this space, I like to have an overarching theme so that anyone who's into one of the events has two other options that may also pique their interest. It's like Pandora.

Nightgeist

Guiltless partying

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Waking up after a night of raging, one often feels a tad unfulfilled. Other than a hangover and a stranger snoring next to you in bed, what was the point of all that?

Nightgeist

Love in the club

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day won’t be spent on a bearskin rug in front of a crackling fireplace. It won’t even involve drinking a combination of red wine and salted lonely tears.

Nightgeist

Another round of jazz

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Ever since I downloaded Spotify’s Blue Note app, which allows you to access the entire Blue Note Records catalog, I’ve been on a major jazz bender.

Nightgeist

Battle of the bands

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

In the movie Pulp Fiction, Mia Wallace, as played by Uma Thurman, says there are two kinds of people in the world: Elvis people and Beatles people. Someone can like both, but never in the same amount. This is a test that reveals a lot about a person. 

Nightgeist

Shake your rump

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Dancing is a hell of a drug. Maybe it’s because I’m a somewhat young woman who enjoys a good groove, but hitting a dance floor after a long, stressful week has some sort of healing effect on me.

Nightgeist

Where to party in Chula Vista

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Recently, a good friend asked me which bars and clubs are cool places to hang in Chula Vista. Despite being from “The Chul,” as no one but me calls it, I was at a loss for good ideas.

Nightgeist

Everyone loves the ’80s

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

If that teaser got you jonesing for an ’80s night where you can Wang Chung harder than Lamar from Revenge of the Nerds, head to The Flame (3780 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest) on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Nightgeist

Jazz it up

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

The last few weeks have been pretty stressful. Christmas, the Mayan apocalypse and then New Year's Eve were all major events. (OK, so the apocalypse turned out to be not so major.) 

Nightgeist

New Year’s Eve stragglers

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Last week, we wrestled down a major project, our annual New Year’s Eve Guide—or, as I refer to it, the Stress-Induced Nightmare-Causing Guide. We listed a whopping 100 parties, dinners and shows, but, as it usually goes, there were some events that came in late. 

Rockers in Exile

Q&A with Rick Froberg

Obits frontman talks fish tacos, The Casbah and more

By Scott McDonald

Obits frontman Rick Froberg spent 20 years playing guitar and singing in legendary San Diego indie-rock bands Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes.

Shot on Scene

The last Shot on Scene

By Seth Combs

It’s a bit annoying when your photographer’s trying to take a photo of the two of you for the last Shot on Scene and you’re photobombed by two hipster cuties making duckfaces. Thanks, l

Shot on Scene

Horsing around at Henry's Pub

By Seth Combs

You know what’s great about a place like Henry’s Pub that separates it from all the corporate-bullshit bars that come and go in the Gaslamp? The fact that you can show up on a Thursday night

Shot on Scene

Up in the 'trub'

By Seth Combs

Touristy clubs—let’s call them “trubs”—are a dime a dozen in the Gaslamp, and the reigning trub queen is Whiskey Girl, which just reopened in a new location.

Shot on Scene

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

By Seth Combs

Remember when Mardi Gras was just about a little indulgence before fasting for Lent and not about getting shit-faced, collecting worthless beads and showing your privates to strangers? Yeah, well, nob

Shot on Scene

Mother's Ocean Beach

By Seth Combs

Remember Dreamstreet? It’s likely that every local-music fan saw a bad band or three at the Ocean Beach venue before it closed last May. It was replaced by a sports bar called Mother’s Ocean

Shot on Scene

Self-defeating Democrats at Stingaree

By Seth Combs

Last Wednesday, James Brennan, co-owner of Stingaree nightclub, wrote an op-ed in the U-T San Diego that railed against Democrats for wanting to raise capital-gains taxes. Then, on Saturday night, a b

Shot on Scene

Quality Social: The new Downtown hipster destination?

By Seth Combs

Is U-31 turning into a Pacific Beach-style bro bar? Is Quality Social the next Downtown hipster destination? The booker for U-31 jumped ship for QS, while U-31’s Saturday night was a UFC fight. T

Shot on Scene

Year of the cougar at Club M at the Grand Del Mar

By Seth Combs

 Let’s just put aside the fact that the name sounds like a kids cartoon that may cause epileptic seizures. The funniest part about The Dragon Ball at Club M at the Grand Del Mar on Saturday

Shot on Scene

Getting trashy

By Seth Combs

And here I thought nothing would rival the Great Potato Famine, Bennigan's restaurants and Lucky Charms when it came to terrible events in Irish history.

Shot on Scene

For the love of dubstep

By Seth Combs

Really?! ’Cause I heart dubstep about as much I heart the whole circa-2002 trucker-hat trend. 

Soundwaves

A new album from Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed

Experimental group’s music is even more interesting than its name

By Peter Holslin

With its unpredictable forays into funky samba drumming and churchy pipe organ, the varied effort brims with wonderment.

Soundwaves

Mrs. Magician drop a fantastic debut

Locals are more than just another garage-rock band

By Seth Combs

One could argue that every “garage rock” band throughout history was actually nothing but a wannabe pop band that didn’t have the pipes or   the chops to make something wholly original. They know how to craft a hook, and they can harmonize a little, but they sure as hell ain’t The Rolling Stones.

Soundwaves

Johaz pops up with ‘The Alina Marin Theory’

Deep Rooted member raps about ladies on new EP

By Quan Vu

Johaz The Alina Marin Theory (self-released) Johaz has been relatively quiet. While fellow Deep Rooted member Mr. Brady has released a bevy of EPs and albums since the group’s last album in

Soundwaves

Another nutty effort from The Big Thank You

Experimental trio’s new release is solid even without drugs

By Peter Holslin

The Big Thank You Guardian Angel Roadside Chapel: Demos & Retakes (self-released) My copy of Guardian Angel Roadside Chapel came with two curious little pills and a handwritten note instr

Soundwaves

Jesse LaMonaca drops a new album

Americana singer-songwriter offers something for everyone

By Seth Combs

The good news about Jesse LaMonaca’s new album is that, while it lacks cohesiveness, the singer-songwriter makes up for it with an enlightened sense of pop songcraft and a voice that the listener just can’t help but believe.

Soundwaves

Endoxi drop a new album

Pop-rock album appeals to chicks who love rockers and nobody else

By Seth Combs

One thing that Endoxi does have going for them is the production, which is crisp for a self-released affair.

Soundwaves

Room E gets exuberant on ‘Penguin Child’

Instrumental hip-hop producer way more cheerful than his peers

By Quan Vu

Room E Penguin Child (Brilliant Something) Once you discover that Room E is a skinny Asian dude who produces instrumental hip-hop, you might be tempted to think of that other skinny Asian dude who produces instrumental hip-hop: Nosaj Thing, who sits at the center of L.A.’s thriving beat scene. But the labels —musical and ethnic—are where the similarities end. While Nosaj Thing and his cohorts mine production glitches to conjure new shades of darkness, Room E embraces a lighthearted aesthetic on Penguin Child, his first full-length album.

Soundwaves

Gonjasufi returns with a mini-album

Unmistakably weird singer / rapper dials back sonic experimentalism

By Seth Combs

In many ways, Gonjasufi’s 2010 album A Sufi and a Killer was the most underrated and overrated release of that year. 

Soundwaves

The Howls get rootsy on new album

But they struggle to harness what makes them 'them'

By Peter Holslin

Well, spank that mechanical bull and call me Sally—San Diego is crawling with Americana bands! 

Soundwaves

B.Slade gets boisterous on ‘Stealth’

Gospel singer-turned-pop producer channels all the greats on his new full-length

By Peter Holslin

With his undeniable talents, B.Slade has earned the right to be a little pompous.

The Buzz Files

Moombahton madness

Emerging electronic dance-music genre takes hold at U-31

By Peter Holslin

At the Sept. 21 kickoff of Bajaton, a new moombahton night at U-31, the bar was only about half full, but something about the music—perhaps it was the combination of manic synths and massive, syncopated bass drums—was driving people crazy.

The Buzz Files

Kelsea Little pushes boundaries with a harp named Neil

The local musician makes the classical instrument 'cool'

By Melissa Martin

Kelsea Little named her bundle of joy after the three great Neils—Diamond, Young and Innes, the comic songwriter of Monty Python fame. But her Neil isn’t a baby; it’s a 7-foot-tall harp.

The Buzz Files

Beaters back in action

Local mutant-punks return after year and a half hiatus

By Seth Combs

Back when I first reported on Beaters in early 2009, I had a good feeling that their skuzzy, drug-punk anthems would soon make every indie hipster from here to Williamsburg cream in his jeggings. Sure enough, once pubs like Vice and Stereogum caught wind of the single, “Fishage,” next-big-thing fever took hold and a lot of black-frame glasses were fogged up in the process.

But then frontman Jeremy Rojas did something unexpected. Instead of striking while the lo-fi iron was hot, he stopped making Beaters music.

“It wasn’t really a conscious decision to focus on other things. It was more circumstantial,” Rojas says. “Beaters lost our bass player because he moved to New York, so that put a little hold on things.”

This might not necessarily be a bad thing. A lot of bands tend to rush out a follow-up single once that initial song garners attention. But fickle music geeks tend to write the new single off and just move on to the next hot, shiny band of the moment. And if bands like Salem, Cults and The Weeknd have proven anything, it’s that taking your time helps lend an air of mystery to a group and build up anticipation for the next release.

Lately, Rojas has been focusing on the band Ale Mania with his musical soulmate Andrew Montoya (who plays bass in Beaters). But Rojas says he’s ready to get back to Beaters. They’ll play their first show in nearly a year-and-a-half at Soda Bar on Saturday, Aug. 20 (along with Bleached, Heavy Hawaii and Plateaus), and Rojas plans to debut new songs on the group’s Bandcamp page (beaters.bandcamp.com) during the next few months, with a full-length to follow.

“I’ve been working on new Beaters material this whole time,” says Rojas, who plans to unleash at least one new song on Saturday. “I definitely want to pick up where we left off.”

So, wash your pants and clean your glasses. They’re back.

The Hit List

Ghouls night out

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Halloween night has a lot to offer. If you find yourself Downtown among the sexy nurses and Miley Cyruses and feel the need to escape, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway) will throw The Munsters vs. The Addams Family Halloween Party.

The Hit List

Drag queens, Yacht and taco-karaoke

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

I pride myself of being a lady of various tastes and interests. Variety never hurt anyone, I say. In the spirit of keeping it random and fun, here are three nocturnal happenings that sound like a good time.

The Hit List

All up in your jazz

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

One of my favorite things about the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation—and there are a lot—is Ron Swanson’s smooth-jazz sax-man alter-ego Duke Silver (both awesomely played by Nick Offerman).

The Hit List

Punk, rap and tats

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

First, The Void (3519 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights) introduces a new hardcore-rap night to the mix. B.Y.S., which I can only assume stands for “Butt-shaking? Yes, Sir!,” kicks off Thursday, Oct. 3

The Hit List

Mad Decent and mad cocktails

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Sunday, Aug. 25, was a sad day for club rats. Miley Cyrus’ poor twerking skills, showcased during her performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards, threatened to make the booty-popping dance move epically uncool.

The Hit List

Enter the 619 chambers

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

A good rap night ain’t nothin’ to fuck with. I mean, twerking is pretty much dead, thanks to Miley Cyrus’ embarrassing popping skills, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dip it low on a dance floor to positively twerkable tunes.

The Hit List

No labor on Labor Day

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

Having a job blows. I envy trust-fund kids who are so flush with cash that they can have "jobs" like "wardrobe consultant" or "candle designer."

The Hit List

Shop on, party on

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

You’ve heard the old “women be shopping” joke. I mean, yes. Women do be shopping, but let’s be fair. Everyone be shopping. It’s not like men are walking around wearing burlap sacks as clothing.

The Hit List

Total newbs

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

It’s nice when new stuff pops up in the local bar scene. While I enjoy a glass of wine (or six) while watching one (or four) episodes of [insert TV show title here], putting on pants and checking out a new nighttime establishment also has its merits

The Hit List

Tiki drinks, farewell drinks and cumbia beats

Let our Hit List guide your nighttime activities

By Alex Zaragoza

During my luxurious vacation, I got to check out a fun luau thrown at a small restaurant in Kauai. With a mouthful of macaroni salad and roasted pig, I watched Polynesian dancers put even the best twerker to shame with their skills.

View from a Stool

Hot Snakes tear it up at The Casbah

Newly reunited San Diego icons finish off West Coast tour

By Peter Holslin

Abandon all hope, ye who enter the pit at a Hot Snakes show. 

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A poetry reading with Crocodiles

Three of the band's members share their verse

By Andrew Scoggins

With his black jacket, greased-back hair and trademark sunglasses hanging from the collar of a red Hawaiian shirt, Crocodiles singer Brandon Welchez looked like a hipster rock star at Ducky Waddle’s Emporium last Wednesday. 

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New Mexico is still among the best

The formerly known as Apes of Wrath rocks out at The Casbah

By Seth Combs

New Mexico is still one of the best bands in San Diego. Period.

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The Album Leaf in the Mississippi Ballroom

Indie-electro band puts on an engrossing show at a venue built for jazz bands

By Seth Combs

Once LaValle took the stage a little before midnight, joined by a cast of new and old bandmates, the crowd seemed a little restless. Luckily, they stuck around for LaValle’s 13-song set.

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Coda Reactor brings back the hardcore at Eleven

Punk band's wild performance gives frontman a busted lip and a bloody face

By Peter Holslin

Coda Reactor wants to bring hardcore back, one mosh pit at a time. At Eleven in City Heights last week, the local punk band threw down a 30-minute set of supercharged, three-chord rock.

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Late-night bonanza at All My Friends Music Festival

Dani Shivers and San Pedro el Cortez were some of the Tijuana fest's highlights

By Peter Holslin

Last Saturday, I headed to Tijuana to check out All My Friends Music Festival, a daylong event held at a tacky, rundown mansion on the edge of a cliff.

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Los Macuanos come to San Diego

Where can you find a proper ruidosón experience?

By Peter Holslin

During the past year, Los Macuanos have been garnering quite a bit of buzz: The Tijuana electro band has played in San Francisco and New York City and at South by Southwest, and they’ve been praised by NPR and MTV for their forward-thinking brand of ruidosón music.

 
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