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Alvy Ray Smith: From Pixels to Pixar Nov 24, 2014 The cofounder of Pixar and Altamira gives patrons a quick tour through computer graphics with amusing stories, vintage pictures and videos, and much more. 49 other events on Monday, November 24
 
The Floating Library
A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist
Backwards & in High Heels
Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?
Film
New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Film
New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Theater
First production by the latest troupe to launch in San Diego leads our rundown of local plays

 

 
 
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Wednesday, September 10,2014
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.
Wednesday, July 23,2014
Music feature

The Aquabats are saving the world!

Costumed ska heroes spread a positive message

By Peter Holslin
For some, the image of The Aquabats looms large in the imagination. Years before the advent of YouTube, they made their live show a multimedia experience, with video interludes, onstage battles, bopping beach balls and toddlers crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts.
Monday, April 28,2014
Music feature

The rise and fall of Deadphones

How hard work and dedication helped do in the promising San Diego band

By Peter Holslin
Members of the band tell CityBeat they're throwing in the towel. Though Deadphones aren't "breaking up" officially, they aren't pursuing new opportunities, either.
Wednesday, April 23,2014
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.
Wednesday, March 19,2014
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.
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, February 12,2014
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. 

Wednesday, December 11,2013
Music feature

The carefree sound of Icona Pop

Swedish duo delivers electro anthems

By Peter Holslin
Icona Pop—a duo composed of Caroline Hjelt, 26, and Aina Jawo, 27— hail from Sweden, a nation famed as much for its functional home furnishings as its polished pop music.
Wednesday, October 23,2013
Music feature

Brooklyn’s The Blow titillate and confuse

The long, weird road to the duo’s new album

By Peter Holslin
For their new, self-titled album, Brooklyn’s The Blow decided to do things the hard way. During the span of several years, the artsy electro-pop duo hunkered down to record samples of analog instruments and vintage synthesizers.
Wednesday, September 18,2013
Music feature

Dirty Beaches follow the way of the wanderer

Indie-noir act’s moody experimental sounds come from a life on the road

By Peter Holslin
In recent weeks, Hungtai’s made the road a temporary home as he and his bandmates tour in support of their latest album, Drifters / Love is the Devil, a beautiful double LP—which came out on Zoo Music, the label run by Crocodiles’ Brandon Welchez and Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny.
 
 
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