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A Night at the Besties Oct 23, 2014 Celebrate CityBeat's "Best of San Diego" issue with live music from Little Hurricane and Steph Johnson, performances from the Fern Street Circus, an art exhibit from the Dream Machine Arts Collective, a mobile video arcade by Coin Op North Park and more. 60 other events on Thursday, October 23
 
Fall Arts
Epic San Diego Museum of Art exhibition promises a textbook lesson in the evolution of modern works
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer’s likely to tack left on sustainability
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
News
With few specifics on who they were looking for, officers held the wrong man at gunpoint
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays

 

 
 
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Wednesday, August 27,2014
Music feature

Terry Malts’ punk is scuzzy and wonderfully weird

Trio’s latest EP focuses on pop hooks

By Ben Salmon
The promotional blurb that accompanies Terry Malts’ new Insides EP floats the idea that this might be the band’s most “pop” effort yet.
Wednesday, July 9,2014
Music feature

Cloud Nothings work hard, play hard

Cleveland indie rockers are light on frills, heavy on melody

By Ben Salmon

Let’s get this out of the way: Dylan Baldi, the founder and core of the Cleveland post-hardcore band Cloud Nothings, is 22 years old.

Tuesday, May 27,2014
Music feature

Pink Mountaintops’ summer jams

Stephen McBean captures a feel-good psychedelic sound

By Ben Salmon
But Get Back, the fourth album by McBean's experimental pop-rock project Pink Mountaintops, was pushed back for years while McBean tried to find the right players and environment to not only make it, but to actually be properly prepared to make it.
Wednesday, March 26,2014
Music feature

The resurrection of The Appleseed Cast

Chris Crisci revives his group after a seven-year absence

By Ben Salmon
Crisci planted the seeds of The Appleseed Cast in Southern California before moving to Lawrence, Kan., between the release of Ring Wars and the band’s 2000 sophomore effort, the concept record Mare Vitalis.
Wednesday, January 29,2014
Music feature

Cate Le Bon lets music do the talking

Welsh singer/songwriter returns with raw third album

By Ben Salmon
The soft-spoken Cate Le Bon—who’ll play Soda Bar on Saturday, Feb. 1—prefers to let her music do the talking.
Tuesday, December 24,2013
Music feature

Califone’s search for clarity

Chicago band soldiers on with a new lineup and a new home

By Ben Salmon
For a decade, Califone—the long-running experimental folk-blues band founded in Chicago—had a solid, static lineup: founder and principal songwriter Tim Rutili and multi-instrumentalists Joe Adamik, Jim Becker and Ben Massarella.
Wednesday, November 27,2013
Music feature

Speaking Julianna Barwick’s language

Vocalist creates expansive pieces with only her voice

By Ben Salmon
In the first 90 seconds of “One Half,” the third song on Julianna Barwick’s new album, Nepenthe, something unexpected emerges from her familiar, reverberant haze: actual, discernible English words.
 
 
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