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VAMP: Neighborhood Watch Aug 28, 2014 So Say We All's monthly live storytelling show featuring stories about the Neighborhood Watch, whether its literal tales about the self-appointed protectors of the block, run-ins with wannabe cops or any other take on the theme. 62 other events on Thursday, August 28
 
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Wednesday, January 18,2012
Soundwaves

Christmas Island back with a new 12-inch

Local indie-rock band serves up perfect DIY pop

By Seth Combs
It’s been a while since we last heard from Christmas Island. Back in mid-2009, the indie-rock quartet was often mentioned in the same articles as Crocodiles and Wavves as the next band to emerge from what Rolling Stone dubbed San Diego’s “seedy” lo-fi underground.
Wednesday, January 18,2012
Shot on Scene

For the love of dubstep

By Seth Combs
Really?! ’Cause I heart dubstep about as much I heart the whole circa-2002 trucker-hat trend. 
Wednesday, January 11,2012
Soundwaves

Jamuel Saxon shows growth on ‘Pre-Madonna’

New album puts the ‘intelligent’ in ‘intelligent dance music’

By Seth Combs
What’s immediately evident is how much Milgaten has grown, both personally and musically.
Wednesday, January 11,2012
Shot on Scene

Player play on

By Seth Combs
There’s a huge difference between being the most interesting man in the world and being, well, just the old dude in the club. But when it comes to this guy, I can’t hate, just congratulate.
Wednesday, January 4,2012
Soundwaves

Beaters drop a long-awaited debut LP

Is ‘Fishage’ worth the wait?

By Seth Combs
Beaters Fishage (Volar) I could argue that the long-awaited debut LP from Beaters has arrived too late for anyone outside of San Diego to care much and that it’s the closest thing I%u201
Wednesday, January 4,2012
Shot on Scene

New Year's Eve in the Gaslamp

By Seth Combs
Oh my God, Becky. No, it’s not a Sir Mix-A-Lot video shoot for “Baby Got (Even More) Back”; it’s just one of the many scenes from the Gaslamp Quarter on New Year’s Eve. Let%u2
Wednesday, December 28,2011
Shot on Scene

Milkin' it at El Dorado

By Seth Combs
It’s Christmas night, and the bar just realized that Santa drank all the milk the night before. So, what do you do, hot shot? Grab the nearest guy with man boobs, a pair of scissors and get those
Wednesday, December 28,2011
Music feature

Not one, but five No. 1 albums of 2011

Our writers share their favorite releases of the year

By Seth Combs, Jeff Terich, Quan Vu, Sammi Skolmoski, Peter Holslin
We music writers at CityBeat have diverse, sometimes wildly divergent tastes. So, it’s hard for us to say what album deserves to be called the best in 2011.
Wednesday, December 21,2011
Shot on Scene

Onesie pajama parties are everywhere

By Seth Combs
Since when do the holidays mean getting eggnogged drunk while looking like Ralphie unwrapping a BB gun? Yes, the onesie pajama parties were everywhere last weekend. Whether it was El-D’s Pajama J
Wednesday, December 14,2011
Shot on Scene

El Camino celebrates two years

By Seth Combs
The folks at El Camino spent the entire weekend celebrating the club's second anniversary with local celebutantes coming out en masse to dance to DJs like Hoff and Mike Delgado. But as evidenced by t
 
 
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