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Tuesday, February 24,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Kodiak announce their breakup

Hardcore band will play one final show

By Jeff Terich
After four years, the hardcore / sludge-metal group Kodiak is coming to an end. "Thanks if you ever made it to one show," the band said in a statement on Facebook.
Monday, February 23,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

A critical look at the Kaaboo lineup

Festival has potential, but focus seems too narrow

By Jeff Terich
Ever since Street Scene ended its long run in 2009 after declaring bankruptcy, San Diego's had a music festival void just waiting to be filled.
Tuesday, February 17,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Griever make churning yet accessible sludge on debut

‘Our Love is Different’ is a powerful hardcore / metal hybrid

By Jeff Terich
Our Love is Different, the debut album by melodic sludge slingers Griever, has been a long time coming. The group released its debut EP, the brutally badass Inferior, back in 2011.
Tuesday, February 17,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Midnight Pine’s song is featured on Bravo’s ‘Girls Guide to Divorce’

Plus, The Styletones call it quits

By Jeff Terich
Viewers of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce got a dose of San Diego music last Tuesday when a song by The Midnight Pine was featured on the show.
Tuesday, February 10,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

What’s new on Bandcamp?

More digital releases from San Diego artists

By Jeff Terich
If you search for albums tagged “San Diego” on Bandcamp, you’ll find some interesting stuff. In this semiregular column, we sift through recent postings and report on our findings. 
Tuesday, February 10,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Tin Can to become The Balboa

Bankers Hill venue undergoes some changes

By Jeff Terich
The Tin Can is becoming The Balboa. After a three-month hiatus from live music, the Bankers Hill venue is undergoing a rebranding and will reemerge in March with a new name and a new concept. 
Tuesday, February 3,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Retox aim for non-stop intensity on new album

Hardcore group goes for the jugular on ‘Beneath California’

By Jeff Terich
Retox don’t need that much time to inflict an incredible amount of damage. Much like The Locust, Justin Pearson’s previous band, hardcore stage-wreckers Retox make their mark by delivering blasts of aggression in highly compact packages. 
Tuesday, February 3,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Drew Andrews announces debut novel

Bit Maps frontman to release ‘The Shepherd's Journals’ in March

By Jeff Terich
Drew Andrews, the singer and songwriter behind Bit Maps, has announced that he’s releasing a novella this spring. The book is called The Shepherd’s Journals, and it’ll be released on March 15 via Portland-based Blue Skirt Productions.
Tuesday, January 27,2015
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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!
 
 
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