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The Casbah’s 25th Anniversary Wrap Party Dec 21, 2014 The local music venue celebrates the end of its 25th year with live performances from The Burning of Rome, Barbarian and Low Volts. The outdoor rock show will also include food trucks and alcoholic beverages 62 other events on Sunday, December 21
Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
Seen Local
City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
The World Fare
Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town


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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.
Wednesday, March 20,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Local musicians go for glory at SXSW

Joel P West wrote the score for an award-winning film

By Peter Holslin
The filmmaker behind I Am Not a Hipster got big props at South by Southwest’s film festival last week, winning the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature for a new film he directed, Short Term 12.
Wednesday, March 20,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Wavves grow up on 'Afraid of Heights'

New album finds them getting deeper and more complex

By Peter Holslin
On Afraid of Heights, Wavves’ fourth album, Williams suggests that he’s not as much of an idiot as one might think.
Wednesday, March 20,2013

For Hills Like Elephants, it’s anything but Swift

Local rockers explore the realm between indie and pop

By Peter Holslin
Hills Like Elephants—Davenport (keyboards, vocals), Armerding (guitar), Gregory Theilmann (synth, guitar), Daniel Gallo (bass), David Tye (drums)—is the type of band that fits comfortably in the space between “indie” and “pop.” 
Tuesday, March 19,2013
If I Were U

Jeff Mangum, Black Lips and more San Diego concerts

Merchandise, Doldrums and Parker & The Numberman are just some of the acts we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
For many indie-rock fans, Jeff Mangum needs no introduction: With his odd voice and surreal lyrics, the former Neutral Milk Hotel frontman has penned a number of timeless, bewitching tunes.
Wednesday, March 13,2013
If I Were U

Alicia Keys, Carl Stone and more San Diego concerts

Dengue Fever, re:Trio and Odessa Kane are just some of the acts we’re stoked about this week

By Peter Holslin
Alicia Keys will kill it, no doubt, but make sure to see fast-rising R&B star Miguel. His songs are catchy, innovative and super-duper suave.
Wednesday, March 13,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Shakedown Bar is changing hands

Punk dive will keep its edgy vibe, current owner says—plus, more music news

By Peter Holslin
Sports Arena punk-rock dive The Shakedown Bar is changing owners. Ted Thompson, the bar’s owner, tells CityBeat that he’s selling the venue to North County booking agent Anilee Griffin.
Wednesday, March 13,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

What’s fresh on Bandcamp

Our new column centering on the online music-distribution platform

By Peter Holslin
If you run a search for albums tagged “San Diego” on Bandcamp, you’ll find some interesting stuff. In this new column, we sift through the recent Bandcamp postings and report on our findings.
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.