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Nite Owls: The Darkroom Apr 24, 2014 A fun music and art mixer for 21to 40-somethings. This one includes a discussion with photographer Omar Lopez, a DJ playing old jazz records, collaborative art projects and darkroom photography activities. 60 other events on Thursday, April 24
 
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A Trolley Show

The Features: A Trolley Show

Nashville band performs 'Content' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

The Features produce tunes with welcome undertones of dread that give the group more intrigue than most rough-and-tumble bands.

A Trolley Show

San Diego Symphony: A Trolley Show

Strings, percussion and woodwinds perform on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the San Diego Symphony performs Bach for the lucky commuters. As much as we like the rock musicians who usually perform, we couldn’t be more excited to switch things up with a symphony.

A Trolley Show

Crystal Fighters: A Trolley Show

An encore performance from one of our favorite Trolley bands

By Ryan Bradford

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Crystal Fighters on A Trolley Show, but they’re such a fun, poppy band, and so appropriate for the sudden uptick in temperature, that we felt they deserved an encore performance. 

A Trolley Show

Cody Lovaas: A Trolley Show

San Diego native plays 'Land of Azul' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

Dear Cody Lovaas, Please consider that we cannot enthusiastically recommend your Trolley Show performance to anyone because anything we say about it would come from dark feelings of pitiful jealousy.

A Trolley Show

Jesse Harris: A Trolley Show

Grammy winner performs 'It's Been Going 'Round' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the Grammy winner performs “It’s Been Going ‘Round”, a tune that skips along to a bossa nova beat.

A Trolley Show

The Lonely Wild: A Trolley Show

L.A. band performs 'Everything You Need' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, Los Angeles band The Lonely Wild perform “Everything You Need,” a lovely ballad that would make Roy Orbison proud. 

A Trolley Show

American Authors: A Trolley Show

Brooklyn band performs 'Best Day of My Life' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, well-coiffed Brooklyn outfit American Authors perform their hit with the enthusiasm of a band in love with its music.

A Trolley Show

Passenger: A Trolley Show

English songwriter performs 'Let Her Go' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, Passenger (nom de plum of English songwriter Michael David Rosenberg) performs “Let Her Go,” a sensitive tune which gets a boost from Rosenburg’s excellent finger-picking.

A Trolley Show

Switchfoot: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'When We Come Alive' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

It’s been more than a decade since San Diego’s Switchfoot released “Dare You to Move,” an emotionally charged rocker that has undoubtedly been the soundtrack to countless wedding / graduation / baby slideshows.

A Trolley Show

Brian Warren: A Trolley Show

Weatherbox member performs 'Anchors Away' on the MTS

By Ryan Bradford

In this episode of A Trolley Show, singer Brian Warren performs “Anchors Away,” a slow-builder that speaks of heartbreak, betrayal and catharsis—typical subject matter for the genre, but no less touching.

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

Ghost, The Men and more San Diego concerts

Curren$y, David J, Dana Falconberry and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Ghost—or Ghost B.C. as they're sometimes known because of a conflict with a psych-rock band of the same name—are a group of masked ghouls with a frontman who's basically a Satanic pope.

If I Were U

Thou, Temples and more San Diego concerts

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Kids, Tropical Popsicle and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

There's heavy and then there's heavy. And Baton Rouge sludge-metal band Thou is definitely heavy

If I Were U

Mobb Deep, Mogwai and more San Diego concerts

Ghoul, The Dodos, Vertical Scratchers and all the other shows we're stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Mobb Deep at The Casbah? Now that's a hell of a Plan A!

If I Were U

Lo-Fang, Adolescents and more San Diego concerts

Cyne, Ilya, Burnt Ones and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Wednesday, April 2 PLAN A: Ume, White Murder, Schitzophonics @ Soda Bar. Austin, Texas' Ume have been around for more than a decade, and in that time, they've released three solid albums of

If I Were U

Brad Mehldau, William Tyler and more San Diego concerts

Saintseneca, the San Diego Experimental Guitar Show, Swarmius and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Wednesday, March 26 PLAN A: Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Deke Dickerson @ The Casbah. Psychobilly legends Reverend Horton Heat sold out their first show at The Casbah so quickly that the

If I Were U

Sharon Jones, Lydia Loveless and more San Diego concerts

English Beat, Weekend, Ana Tijoux and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Last year, Sharon Jones had to cancel her tour and album-release plans because she was undergoing cancer treatment. But she's back.

If I Were U

Perfect Pussy, Jamuel Saxon and more San Diego concerts

Yellow Ostrich, Purling Hiss, Stalins of Sound and all the other concerts we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

You shouldn't Google "Perfect Pussy" if you're at work, but you can take my word for it that this innovative, noise-addicted Syracuse punk band will blow your mind.

If I Were U

Gary Numan, Russian Circles and more San Diego concerts

Tacocat, Kronos Quartet, The Pizza Underground and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Gary Numan is a new-wave legend. I'd guess anyone reading this right now already has his hit "Cars" memorized, and a fair amount are likely familiar with some of his even better songs, like, "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Down in the Park."

If I Were U

Angel Olsen, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel and more San Diego concerts

Dave Hause, Com Truise, Deadphones and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

My favorite album to be released during this still-young year is Angel Olsen's Burn Your Fire For No Witness, a powerful mixture of ragged indie rock and haunting, Leonard Cohen-style folk.

If I Were U

Marissa Nadler, R. Stevie Moore and more San Diego concerts

Ringo Deathstarr, Gary Wilson, Yuna and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich

Marissa Nadler's July is one of my early favorite albums of the year. Nadler has consistently released album after album of delicate and beautiful indie folk, and this one is yet another in an ongoing hot streak.

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

Nathan Hubbard embarks on an ambitious project

Drummer pays tribute to Encinitas with an avant-garde series

By Peter Holslin

The jazz of Encinitas and Everything After is decidedly avant-garde—you won’t hear any chill surf licks on these records.

Music feature

The evolution of The Men

Brooklyn punk quintet transform again on Tomorrow’s Hits

By Scott McDonald

The Men’s new album, Tomorrow’s Hits—released in March via Sacred Bones Records—is a wild synthesis of all that’s come before it: keys, slide guitar, harmonica and horns over frayed-edge rock ’n’ roll.

Music feature

Five alternatives to Coachella

A roundup of musical events happening during and around the festival weekends

By Jeff Terich

For the next two weekends, tens of thousands of festival-goers will descend upon the Coachella Valley for three days of live music, debauchery and the occasional nude wizard being Tasered by security.

Music feature

The Dodos reignite their spark

Meric Long discusses his band’s recent creative streak

By Jeff Terich

The Dodos—who’ll play at The Loft at UCSD on Friday, April 11—changed a lot about their approach with Carrier. They recorded in a new studio (Tiny Telephone) with a new set of collaborators, including The Magik Magik Orchestra.

Music feature

The resurrection of The Appleseed Cast

Chris Crisci revives his group after a seven-year absence

By Ben Salmon

Crisci planted the seeds of The Appleseed Cast in Southern California before moving to Lawrence, Kan., between the release of Ring Wars and the band’s 2000 sophomore effort, the concept record Mare Vitalis.

Music feature

Skrapez are rebels without a pause

Psychopop and Tenshun deliver hip-hop terror

By Peter Holslin

Albert Camus once wrote that a rebel is a man who says no. By that rubric, Skrapez is without a doubt the most rebellious hip-hop group in San Diego.

Music feature

The kingdom of St. Vincent

Annie Clark explores a powerful new dynamic

By Jeff Terich

“When I sit down to write a record, I think about it like [I’m] a person putting on a suit and tie and going to a day job,” Annie Clark says.

Music feature

The private world of Dum Dum Girls

Dee Dee Penny finds inspiration in personal space

By Jeff Terich

Dee Dee, along with producers Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes and Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Richard Hell), creates a more immersive sensory experience on Too True, from the reverb-laden post punk of “Rimbaud Eyes” to the über-catchy, dream-pop hooks of “Too True to Be Good.”

Music feature

Five border bands you should know

A roundup of rising Latin alternative artists

By Dita Quiñones

Living in a border town makes for a remarkable fusion of Mexican and American culture. And that fusion is being interpreted in fascinating ways by artists on both sides of la frontera.

Music feature

Skeletonwitch is metal to the bone

Ohio thrashers deliver high-velocity music with blue-collar pride

By Peter Holslin

Skeletonwitch—who’ll play at House of Blues on Sunday, Feb. 16—stand in marked contrast to some of the more technical growlers out there. 

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

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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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