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Wednesday, September 14,2011
Notes from the Smoking Patio

Where’s your soul, San Diego?

Singer Rodney Hubbard laments the lack of R&B-friendly venues

By Seth Combs
San Diego is the most soulless city I’ve ever been in. OK, before you get all, like, “Oh, that Seth Combs—what an asshole,” or start flooding my editor’s inbox with love-it-or-leave-it letters, let me explain:
Wednesday, September 14,2011
Nightgeist

Industry insiders on HookItUpBro.com

Shedding light on San Diego's nightlife scene

By Seth Combs
Dunn says he’s been “overwhelmed by the positivity” from his nightlife peers. Anybody with a story is welcome to contribute, and Dunn is working on a feature that will allow contributors to text stories to the site while still on the job.
Wednesday, September 14,2011
Shot on Scene

Best part of San Diego Music Thing

By Seth Combs
My favorite part of North by North Park, er, North Park Music—um, wait a minute here—San Diego Music Thing? The awesome set from Crystal Antlers at Bar Pink?
Wednesday, September 14,2011
Far Afield

San Diego’s crazy for Zumba

Dance-exercise instructors pay to learn something they already know, but it seems to be worth it

By Seth Combs
Whether Zumba is like Yoga (here to stay) or Tae Bo (a passing trend) remains to be seen. Peña says she’ll continue to teach it primarily because she knows that there are so many people like her in the gym who hate working out on treadmills and spinning classes.
Wednesday, September 7,2011
Shot on Scene

Undressed to impress

The DiscoverSD Hosted No Pants Dance Industry Mankini Competition

By Seth Combs
Voyeur gave Chippendales a run for its money last Tuesday night. Helping raise money for a colleague with steep veterinary bills, dudes from the local nightlife scene undressed to impress for The Disc
Wednesday, August 31,2011
Soundwaves

John Meeks & Joanie Mendenhall, ‘From My Grave’ (Loud + Clear)

Superb EP calls to mind some of the most grandiose co-ed country duets

By Seth Combs
Anyone who’s seen John Meeks live knows that, while there are many highlights, the real sparks fly when the country troubadour asks Joanie Mendenhall to join him on stage.
Wednesday, August 31,2011
Shot on Scene

Hyena's chickenheads

By Seth Combs
Look, I know the guys in local electro-rock duo Hyena are dreamy and all, but I haven’t seen this many Downtown chickenheads and bottlerats at a Friday-night Casbah show since -- well, since Hyena played there last time. What’s next? Bottle service in the Atari Lounge? Fifteen-dollar Appletinis at the bar? Tim Pyles poppin’ bottles? Clean bathrooms?! Madness!

Wednesday, August 31,2011
Music feature

Atari Teenage Riot reactivates

’90s cyper-punk band hates reunions -- except when they mean something

By Seth Combs
Let’s face it -- most of the time, rock reunions are pretty stupid. Sometimes they can be kinda cool, allowing music fans another chance to see a beloved group. Some bands do it right (Led Zeppelin, Wire, Pavement), but most just end up looking like a bunch of farcical geezers in it for a quick buck.
Wednesday, August 24,2011
Shot on Scene

Face licks

The return of Lip Lock

By Seth Combs
What had this young lady so happy that she was willing to lick the face of this mustachioed John Holmes lookalike? Was it the $4 Gummi Bear-flavored Jell-O shots? The disco boogie of Cosmic Dan? No, i
Wednesday, August 24,2011
Music feature

Will San Diego ever host another large-scale music festival?

Local promoters talk about the obstacles in the way

By Seth Combs
While San Diego has many smaller-tier music fests, the debate continues as to why the city doesn’t have a large-scale event.
 
 
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