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Video Games Live Jul 24, 2014 Popular game music themes given the full symphonic treatment with synchronized lighting and even some real on-stage game-playing. Concert will feature music from Zelda, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock and more. 80 other events on Thursday, July 24
 
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New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
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Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
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Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
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San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
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Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope

 

 
 
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Wednesday, January 23,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Lessons with Greg Vaughan, guitar wizard

San Diego musician and instructor takes a holistic approach to shredding

By Peter Holslin
Greg Vaughan shreds like a motherfucker. A veteran San Diego guitarist nicknamed The Wizard, he has the skills of a kung-fu master, pulling off gnarly solos and heavy riffs with lethal precision.
Wednesday, January 23,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Hip-hoppers are heading to Headquarters Cafe

New College Area venue is bringing in local rap, reggae acts

By Peter Holslin
San Diego may have lost two concert venues recently, but hip-hop and reggae fans have a newish haunt to scope out: Headquarters Cafe, a coffeehouse at 5841 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area.
Wednesday, January 23,2013
Music feature

91X at 30

It’s an older, wiser, slightly less cool alternative rock station

By Peter Holslin
The party was bopping at House of Blues on Saturday, Jan. 12. The alternative-rock station 91X was celebrating its 30-year anniversary, and hundreds of listeners had turned out, their tickets secured solely through 91X contests and promotions.
Wednesday, January 16,2013
If I Were U

Cannibal Ox, Erik Deutsch and more San Diego concerts

Muse, Sea Wolf and the Red Bull Thre3style are among the shows we’re jazzed about this week

By Peter Holslin
In 2001, New York City duo Cannibal Ox dropped an underground hip-hop classic with The Cold Vein, a debut album full of smoky, futuristic beats and bleak, lyrical rhymes.
Wednesday, January 16,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Eleven becomes The Void

City Heights club is getting yet another name change

By Peter Holslin
After coming under new ownership in late 2012, City Heights rock ’n’ roll club Eleven appears to be getting a name change.
Wednesday, January 16,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Musicians talk about their favorite tunes

From Crimekillz to Johann Sebastian Bach, the music locals have been digging lately

By Peter Holslin
A semi-regular feature in which we ask local musicians what they’ve been listening to lately.
Tuesday, January 15,2013
Retro Issue

Stephen Rey is working-class cool

San Diego rocker is a badass with a heart of gold

By Peter Holslin
Stephen Rey's house looks like something out of a Wild West movie. Fronted by a bulky wooden gate, it's 102 years old and designed like an old saloon, with sun-bleached blue paint on the exterior and hand-crafted woodwork inside. 
Wednesday, January 9,2013
If I Were U

Steve Earle, Han Bennink and more San Diego concerts

Gregg Allman, Camp Lo and Mister Lies are just some of the shows we’re stoked about this week

The alt-coun-try icon himself is still kickin’, putting on stellar live shows with the help of a ridiculously good backing band.
Wednesday, January 9,2013
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Anthology closure has concert organizers reeling

What does the end of the jazz venue, as well as 4th & B, mean for San Diego?

By Peter Holslin
As concert venues, 4th & B and Anthology couldn’t have been more different. The former was a bulky space that regularly brought in hip-hop, indie-rock and pop acts—as well as the occasional dwarf-wrestling competition. 
Monday, January 7,2013
Music feature

Wild Wild Wets will be your trip advisors

San Diego psych-rockers want people to party

By Peter Holslin
You don’t have to be on drugs to enjoy the music of Wild Wild Wets. But it helps.
 
 
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