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Distinguished Speaker Series: Barry Edelstein Jan 28, 2015 The theatre director, author and educator will discuss his upcoming directorial effort at The Old Globe, The Twenty-Seventh Man. 59 other events on Wednesday, January 28
 
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Tuesday, January 27,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

What’s in San Diego musicians’ ears?

Local artists tell us what they’re listening to

By Jeff Terich
 A semi-regular feature in which we ask local musicians about the music they've been digging lately.
Tuesday, January 27,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Topshelf Records moves to San Diego

Boston-based label sets up camp locally

By Jeff Terich
Topshelf Records is relocating to San Diego from its former home base of Boston. The independent label, which was founded in 2006 by Seth Decoteau and Kevin Duquette, has released records by bands like Braid, Into It. Over It. and You Blew It!
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Wild Wild Wets make wonderful noise on their debut

‘14th Floor’ shows off various facets of the band’s psych-rock sound

By Jeff Terich
Since forming in 2012, Wild Wild Wets have established themselves as one of San Diego’s best live bands, mixing noisy, psychedelic garage grooves with trippy, colorful visual projections for a multisensory spectacle.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

North Park Theatre is now Observatory North Park

New owners retain staff and plan big increase in bookings

By Jeff Terich
The North Park Theatre is now Observatory North Park. On Jan. 15, the owners of the Santa Ana-based venue The Observatory took ownership of the theater and the adjoining West Coast Tavern from Verant Group and have rebranded it with a new name and a new logo.
Tuesday, January 13,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Six Coachella bands that should play San Diego

A wishlist for festival acts to perform local shows

By Jeff Terich
Last week, Coachella announced its three-day lineup, and now it’s totally sold out. This is no surprise—it happens every year, and it’s too expensive anyhow (not to mention the heat, the crowds
Tuesday, January 13,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Riot House Records launches benefit auction

The Locust, Hot Snakes albums being sold to benefit Digital Gym

By Jeff Terich
Indie label Riot House Records has launched an online auction to raise money for a scholarship fund set up by Digital Gym, a lab and movie theater in North Park run by Media Arts Center San Diego.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Ed Ghost Tucker showcase eclectic sounds on new EP

Group blends a variety of styles on ‘Channels’

By Jeff Terich
In the few short years that Ed Ghost Tucker have been playing music together, they’ve progressed a lot. They’ve gone from acoustic-heavy folk-rock to a more jazz-influenced sound and then to an indie-rock sound that incorporates elements of Latin and calypso music.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Wild Wild Wets to release debut album

Psych rockers will drop ‘14th Floor’ this month

By Jeff Terich
Wild Wild Wets are getting ready to release their debut album. After playing together for roughly three years and releasing a series of singles, the psychedelic-rock group has finally wrapped up work on a full-length, which will be released this month.
Monday, December 29,2014
Notes from the Smoking Patio

The best San Diego albums of 2014

The cream of the crop of this year’s local music

By Jeff Terich
I listened to a lot of great albums by San Diego County artists this year, which made picking my favorites particularly challenging. But these seven releases stood out above the rest.
Monday, December 22,2014
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Timothy Joseph is now hosting ‘The Local 94/9’

Plus, a list of new releases to look for in 2015

By Jeff Terich
Timothy Joseph, singer and guitarist in The Palace Ballroom, is the new host of The Local 94/9. Joseph took the reins from the radio show’s former host, Tim Pyles, after Pyles left 94/9 to start a new job as a DJ with 91X. 
 
 
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