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So You Think You Can Dance Tour Jan 26, 2015 The top dancers from the hit Fox competition TV show show off their moves in front of a live audience. 59 other events on Monday, January 26
 
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Wednesday, January 21,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

North Park Theatre is now Observatory North Park

New owners retain staff and plan big increase in bookings

By Jeff Terich
The North Park Theatre is now Observatory North Park. On Jan. 15, the owners of the Santa Ana-based venue The Observatory took ownership of the theater and the adjoining West Coast Tavern from Verant Group and have rebranded it with a new name and a new logo.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Wild Wild Wets make wonderful noise on their debut

‘14th Floor’ shows off various facets of the band’s psych-rock sound

By Jeff Terich
Since forming in 2012, Wild Wild Wets have established themselves as one of San Diego’s best live bands, mixing noisy, psychedelic garage grooves with trippy, colorful visual projections for a multisensory spectacle.
Tuesday, January 20,2015
If I Were U

Helms Alee, Weyes Blood and more San Diego concerts

The Coup, Ras Kass, Los Lobos and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich
Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, makes dramatic music. Sometimes it’s in the form of slow, piano-driven ballads, and sometimes it’s eerie, folk-influenced art rock. But no matter what, it’s layered, beautiful and rich in melody.
Tuesday, January 20,2015
Music feature

The pernicious visions of Cult of Youth

New York group showcases an accessible darkness

By Jeff Terich
In early 2014, when Sean Ragon was writing the songs that would become Final Days, New York post-punk group Cult of Youth’s fourth album, he was struck by an eerie and overwhelming feeling—a feeling that everything in his life was about to go suddenly, horribly wrong.
Tuesday, January 13,2015
If I Were U

Castle, Wild Wild Wets and more San Diego concerts

Mimi Zulu, Curren$y, Mariachi El Bronx and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich
Bay Area group Castle are generally considered a metal band, but they’re more accurately a rock band that tunes its guitars to C-sharp and lets the roaring riffs fly.
Tuesday, January 13,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Riot House Records launches benefit auction

The Locust, Hot Snakes albums being sold to benefit Digital Gym

By Jeff Terich
Indie label Riot House Records has launched an online auction to raise money for a scholarship fund set up by Digital Gym, a lab and movie theater in North Park run by Media Arts Center San Diego.
Tuesday, January 13,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Six Coachella bands that should play San Diego

A wishlist for festival acts to perform local shows

By Jeff Terich
Last week, Coachella announced its three-day lineup, and now it’s totally sold out. This is no surprise—it happens every year, and it’s too expensive anyhow (not to mention the heat, the crowds
Wednesday, January 7,2015
Music feature

Eric Church is an alternative to bro-country

His new album ‘The Outsiders’ is more rock, less schlock

By Jeff Terich

Eric Church certainly has room for growth ahead of him, he’s already left a heavy impact by offering an ambitious alternative to mainstream country.

Tuesday, January 6,2015
If I Were U

Aesop Rock, California X and more San Diego concerts

The Flesh Eaters, Jayhawks, Midge Ure and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

By Jeff Terich
esop Rock has enough dynamite singles in his back catalog to make one hell of a best-of collection. But it just so happens he’s working with producer Blueprint on something new.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Wild Wild Wets to release debut album

Psych rockers will drop ‘14th Floor’ this month

By Jeff Terich
Wild Wild Wets are getting ready to release their debut album. After playing together for roughly three years and releasing a series of singles, the psychedelic-rock group has finally wrapped up work on a full-length, which will be released this month.
 
 
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