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Tuesday, April 16,2013
Music feature

All aboard with Black Bananas

California band is a twisted rock ’n’ roll free-for-all

By Peter Holslin
Fronted by veteran rocker Jennifer Herrema, Black Bananas thrives on a collagist, anything-goes approach. Their 2012 album, Rad Times Xpress IV, is a runaway choo-choo train of butt-rock riffage, electro-funk groove, bruising snarl and bong-hitting humor.
Wednesday, April 10,2013
If I Were U

Nick Cave, Kurt Vile and more San Diego concerts

Rihanna, Mudhoney and The Evens are just some of the acts we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
Thanks to Coachella, several rad acts have set up shows tonight, including brooding Aussie Nick Cave. Critics have been heaping praise on Cave's tense, atmospheric new album, Push the Sky Away.
Wednesday, April 10,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

After 13 years, i*wish*i regroups

Obscure local band celebrates the release of a new album

By Peter Holslin
The rocking emo quartet will celebrate the release of a new album, Convolutions—their first in 16 years—at Soda Bar on Saturday, April 13. 
Wednesday, April 10,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Mrs. Magician frontman gets gear back

Plus, an online prankster hits a local band

By Peter Holslin, Crystal Tellez-Giron
Jacob Turnbloom of Mrs. Magician is one lucky guy. In March, someone swiped all of Turnbloom’s gear and some of the band’s merchandise from his car as it was parked outside his apartment in La Mesa. Last week, he got some of it back.
Tuesday, April 2,2013
If I Were U

Phosphorescent, Mac DeMarco and more San Diego concerts

The Heavy Guilt, The Silent Comedy and Amigo the Devil are just some of the acts we’re stoked about this week

By Peter Holslin
Critics have been going wild over Phosphorescent's new album, Muchacho. Partially dreamed up while main man Matthew Houck was taking refuge in a seaside Mexican community, the album's mix of gorgeous, heartrending country rockers and ballads would make even the rowdiest bar fall quiet.
Tuesday, April 2,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Music fans pay tribute to Paul Williams

Pioneering music writer, 64, died last week

By Peter Holslin
Pop artists, music writers and fans of rock 'n' roll have spent the past week paying tribute to Encinitas resident Paul Williams, a pioneering rock critic who died at age 64 last Wednesday after struggling for years with early-onset dementia.
Tuesday, April 2,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Rocket from the Crypt’s surprise show

Newly reunited rockers put on bruising performance at Bar Pink

By Peter Holslin
It was 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, and I was just laying down for a nap when I looked at my phone and noticed a tweet from CityBeat staff writer Alex Zaragoza: "At Bar Pink for a super not so secret Rocket from the Crypt show. Are you aware of this shindig @PeterHolslin?"
Wednesday, March 27,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Locust reunite for London festival

No other shows planned for bug band—plus, more music news

By Peter Holslin
Fans of The Locust may want to consider booking a trip to the United Kingdom. The sci-fi grind champions recently signed on to perform at I’ll Be Your Mirror, a London music festival curated by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzly Bear that goes down in early May.
Wednesday, March 27,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Heavy Hawaii get bizarre on ‘Goosebumps’

New album does something new with surf-y sounds

By Peter Holslin
On their new album, Goosebumps, Heavy Hawaii veer more toward sludge than pop.
Tuesday, March 26,2013
If I Were U

Foxygen, Icona Pop and more San Diego concerts

Joey Bada$$, Peelander-Z and Acid Baby Jesus are just some of the acts we're jazzed about

By Peter Holslin
On their new album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen distill a sweeping range of rock 'n' roll styles into a smart, lush, silky-smooth sound.
 
 
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