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Wednesday, March 18,2015
Local Music Issue

Hot Nerds is the sound of survival

This geek squad’s weirdo-punk music is joyful and bizarre

By Seth Combs
The fact of the matter is that even Hot Nerds don’t exactly know how to describe their music. It’s certainly weird, and the members of the group (Joyner, O’Connell and Alia Jyawook on keyboards) are just some straight-up weirdos.
Wednesday, March 18,2015
Local Music Issue

The ins and outs of booking live music in San Diego

A rundown of the risks and benefits from three scene veterans

By Jeff Terich
Bringing those out-of-town bands to San Diego is a fairly structured process. It usually begins with a booking agent, who’ll ask the venue to hold a series of dates for their band, after which point the venue is expected to make an offer for how much the band will get paid.
Tuesday, March 17,2015
Local Music Issue

The Great Demo Review 2015

You sent in your music; we listened to it

By CityBeat Staff
Every spring, more than 100 demo CDs, tapes and MP3 files pile up in CityBeat’s mailbox and email inbox as we prepare for that great annual tradition: The Great Demo Review.
Wednesday, February 26,2014
Local Music Issue

The Great Demo Review of 2014

You sent it in, and we reviewed—whether you like it or not

By CityBeat Staff
This batch also comprises a pretty wide range of music. We still got the expected garage rockers, punks and reggae jam bands—and more than a few familiar names—but we also heard a lot of bands this year that think outside the box, with results that range from inspired to baffling.
Tuesday, February 25,2014
Local Music Issue

Ed Ghost Tucker’s feel-good sound

Reinvention is key for San Diego indie-pop group

By Jeff Terich
Despite having been a band only since 2012, the members of Ed Ghost Tucker have a long history together. 
Tuesday, February 25,2014
Local Music Issue

Gary Wilson: king of the weirdos

A San Diego legend’s remarkable rebirth

By Peter Holslin
Gary Wilson's live shows—he's been known to incorporate bizarre costumes, sexy mannequins and messy onstage antics involving bags of flour and other unlikely items—freak out the squares and inspire the freaks in equal measure.
Wednesday, March 6,2013
Local Music Issue

Silly styles for 2013

Some genres to watch out for

By Peter Holslin
It used to be that music snobs would turn up their noses at genres like pop-punk or soft-rock. These days, though, even the most uncool sounds are cool again, as we’ve seen with the rise of sentimental soft-rockers like Bon Iver and M83.
Wednesday, March 6,2013
Local Music Issue

Aki Kharmicel is a man with a plan

Hip-hop artist is full of brilliant ideas

By Peter Holslin
Aki Kharmicel can’t stop. A local rapper and self-described “beat head,” he keeps his two Akai MPC beat machines on 24/7, and brings them along whenever he travels.
Wednesday, March 6,2013
Local Music Issue

The Great Demo Review of 2013

Behold and beware: It’s our annual critique of local music submissions

By CityBeat Staff
We got a lot of demos for this year's Great Demo Review. No, seriously. We got a lot—way more than we usually do. We got 223, to be exact. 
Tuesday, March 5,2013
Local Music Issue

Dustin Illingworth steps out of the wilderness

Scene vet channels his grief into a gorgeous folk-pop tribute

By Seth Combs
Dustin Illingworth has always been a scrupulous songwriter. He has an innate, some would say God-given talent for pop hooks and composition, but it doesn't always come easy to him.
 
 
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