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Music of Zimbabwe Apr 21, 2014 Part of the SDSU World Music Series, San Diego-based ensemble Zimbeat performs the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa. 47 other events on Monday, April 21
 
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Wednesday, June 5,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

My goodbye playlist

On the way out, some rad acts that I really dig

By Peter Holslin
This week, I step down as CityBeat’s music editor. (The new guy is Jeff Terich.) As a goodbye present, I’m giving you a list of artists who’ve done some cool stuff I would’ve written about if only I’d had more time.
Tuesday, June 4,2013
If I Were U

GZA, Cut Hands and more San Diego concerts

The Dwarves, Teenage Burritos and The Tree Ring are just some of the bands we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
 A master of chess with a bulletproof flow, the GZA has always seemed like a smart guy. But the Wu-Tang Clan co-founder (alternate nickname: The Genius) really shows his wisdom on his upcoming new album, Dark Matter, which is themed around the Big Bang.
Tuesday, May 28,2013
If I Were U

Captured! By Robots, Miss Erika Davies and more San Diego concerts

Chvrches, Trixie Whitley and Snail are just some of the acts we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
If you've ever wanted to see a kooky rocker perform onstage with a cast of robots that look like extras from an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, well, with Captured! By Robots, your dream will come true.
Tuesday, May 28,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Grand Tarantula vs. The Tarantulas

Indie-rockers come up against Arizona surf outfit in trademark faceoff

By Peter Holslin
Indie-rockers Grand Tarantula are considering a name change after having a run-in with an obscure Arizona surf-rock band called The Tarantulas who are on a crusade against musical groups in the United States that have "Tarantula" in their name.
Tuesday, May 28,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

There's money to be made in the DJ booth

Sleeping Giant Music celebrates its ninth anniversary

By Peter Holslin
With record sales slumping and many bands struggling, being an indie-rocker isn't exactly the most lucrative career. But being a DJ? Now we're talking!
Wednesday, May 22,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

New compilation gives a fresh take on bad music

Plus, details are announced for San Diego Music Thing

By Peter Holslin
As you might’ve seen with his recent alternate-universe Coachella poster, Sledding With Tigers frontman Dan Faughnder has a special talent for Internet gags.
Wednesday, May 22,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Retox polish up on ‘YPLL’

Second album finds punk shredders sharper but just as angry

By Peter Holslin
When Retox charged onto the scene in late 2011 with their debut album, Ugly Animals, the time was ripe for a brutal punk awakening.
Tuesday, May 21,2013
If I Were U

Mikal Cronin, Mobb Deep and more San Diego concerts

Twin Shadow, Joyce Manor and Black Pus are just some of the bands we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
There's something incredibly sweet and earnest about Mikal Cronin's acoustic-tinged power-pop. On his new album, MCII, he chases his open-hearted lyrics down with big, satisfying riffs.
Monday, May 20,2013
Music feature

Amigo the Devil: murder man

San Diego folkie sings about serial killers—and dabbles in cannibalism

By Peter Holslin
San Diegan Daniel Kiranos, the 25-year-old murder-folk songwriter who performs under the name Amigo the Devil, is fascinated by serial killers.
Tuesday, May 14,2013
If I Were U

Ariel Pink, Janka Nabay and more San Diego concerts

Hanni El Khatib, Damien Jurado and The Presidents of the U.S.A. are just some of the acts we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
A notorious wild card, Ariel Pink is just as adept at pulling off warped sonic shenanigans as sublime songwriting feats. 
 
 
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