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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
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered

 

 
 
A Trolley Show

Benjamin Francis Leftwich: A Trolley Show

U.K. artist performs 'Atlas Hands' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Just like José González, Benjamin Francis Leftwich seems to use his status as a lone guitarist not to solicit sympathy (“guitar guy”), but to provide a soundtrack into isolation.

A Trolley Show

The Burning of Rome: A Trolley Show

San Diego band peforms 'Melina' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Wow, give it up for our friends at A Trolley Show, who’ve just hit their 100 performance! Anyone who knows anything about video production, scheduling and band management should recognize that it’s no easy task to produce a show like this. 

A Trolley Show

Sister Speak: A Trolley Show

San Diego duo performs 'Lady Love' on the Hillcrest Trolley

By Ryan Bradford

As much as we dig the indie and blues rock that are often featured on this show, the lack of ladies represented in those genres is always a bummer. Besides the obvious misrepresentation and cliched exclusivity, the lack of diversity can create a homogenized music scene, which is why Sister Speak’s performance feels revelatory.

A Trolley Show

The Short Eyes: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Buddy Holly, We Hardly Knew Ye'

By Ryan Bradford

The Short Eyes aren’t a band anymore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t preserve their memory by taking a trip to the ol’ Trolley Show archives. It’s a bittersweet reminder that musicians in any local scene burn bright and fast. 

A Trolley Show

The Plastic Revolution: A Trolley Show

San Diego pop-punks perform 'Since You Left' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

As our music editor, Jeff Terich, can tell you, I’m an unapologetic fan of pop-punk. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of—and I’ve tried to deny it during certain periods of my life—but I’ve come to terms with it.

A Trolley Show

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers: A Trolley Show

San Francisco band performs 'Till I'm Blue' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers’ folk music has perennial appeal—it’s not breaking any molds, but it’s timeless and completely appropriate for a rolling train ride. 

A Trolley Show

Magic Man: A Trolley Show

Rhode Island band performs 'Texas' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the Rhode Island band performs “Texas,” a bouncy, anthemic song with just enough urgency to give it a disarming punch.

A Trolley Show

The Sheepdogs: A Trolley Show

Canadians perform 'Alright OK' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

It makes sense that The Sheepdogs would hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Simultaneously rugged and earnest, they'd be right at home in a group of lumberjacks.

A Trolley Show

Oliver Trolley: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Moment Goes' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the San Diego band performs a frills-free version of a song that loses no potency in its unplugged form.

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. 

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

Carcass, Jenny Lewis and more San Diego concerts

Big Ups, Tinariwen, The Spits and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Jenny Lewis spent a good five years without releasing any new music, but her new album, The Voyager, is one of my favorites this year.

If I Were U

Perfume Genius, Charli XCX and more San Diego concerts

The New Pornographers, Pup, The Body and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Perfume Genius' new album, Too Bright, is easily one of the best records of the year.

If I Were U

David Bazan, The Horrors and more San Diego concerts

Saintseneca, Ana Tijoux, Mark Gardener and all the other shows we're stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

David Bazan made a name for himself as the songwriter and singer behind Pedro the Lion, but on this tour, he's performing with Passenger String Quartet, who lend his music a haunting elegance. 

If I Were U

Justin Townes Earle, Ought and more San Diego concerts

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, Pinback, Sondre Lerche and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Justin Townes Earle—son of Steve Earle and named in part after Townes Van Zandt—does both his daddy and his namesake proud with his earthy, folk-rock songs imbued with passion and compelling storytelling.

If I Were U

King Tuff, The Album Leaf and more San Diego concerts

Temples, Orenda Fink, Felice Brothers and all the other shows we're stoked about this week

By Seth Combs

Wednesday, Sept. 24 PLAN A: LP, Zella Day, Island Boy @ The Casbah. Despite her highly ungoogleable moniker, LP (Laura Pergolizzi) has developed a devoted following thanks to a soaring vocal r

If I Were U

The Buzzcocks, The Tree Ring and more San Diego concerts

The Bots, The Avengers, Zammuto and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

I've always preferred The Buzzcocks to The Sex Pistols. That might sound like heresy to some, but Pete Shelley and Co. have a pretty strong track record of unstoppable punk-rock singles. 

If I Were U

Hot Snakes, Chuck Ragan and more San Diego concerts

Earth, Owen Pallett, Accept and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

I've never been that big of a fan of Hot Water Music, the Gainesville, Florida, punk band that Chuck Ragan fronts.

If I Were U

Strand of Oaks, She Keeps Bees and more San Diego concerts

The Baseball Project, The Donkeys, The Burning of Rome and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

If you like beards, reverb, jangly guitars, piano or earnestness, then you're probably going to like Strand of Oaks.

If I Were U

Drive Like Jehu, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and more San Diego concerts

The Rosebuds, Creedle, Men Without Hats and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

It's been a little shy of 20 years since Drive Like Jehu last performed on stage together, and they're finally doing a show, and it's going to be bonkers.

If I Were U

The Zombies, How to Dress Well and more San Diego concerts

Fucked Up, Nine Inch Nails, Corrosion of Conformity and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Nine Inch Nails skipped San Diego on their fall 2013 tour, but Trent Reznor's making it up to us by bringing along fellow alt-rock legends Soundgarden.

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

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.

Music feature

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.

Music feature

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.

Music feature

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.

Music feature

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.

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.

Music feature

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.

Music feature

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.

Music feature

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.

Music feature

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.

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.

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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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