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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered

 

 
 
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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.
Wednesday, August 17,2011
Shot on Scene

Music award mayhem

The San Diego Music Awards get punked

By Seth Combs
 The big winner at the San Diego Music Awards this year? None other than Wade Youman. The former drummer of Unwritten Law pulled a Kanye last Monday night, storming the stage during The Little St
Wednesday, August 17,2011
The Buzz Files

Beaters back in action

Local mutant-punks return after year and a half hiatus

By Seth Combs
Back when I first reported on Beaters in early 2009, I had a good feeling that their skuzzy, drug-punk anthems would soon make every indie hipster from here to Williamsburg cream in his jeggings.
Wednesday, August 10,2011
Shot on Scene

Freaks & Femmes

By Seth Combs
Here’s a funny joke I heard at the Freaks & Femmes Carnivale Extravaganza at Brick by Brick on Friday night: “What’s the difference between a stripper and a burlesque dancer? A stri
Wednesday, August 3,2011
Music feature

A look at The Penetrators’ riotous past

The veteran punk rockers raised hell, became local legends and fizzled too early, but they wouldn't have had it any other way

By Seth Combs
It's a story as old as rock ’n’ roll itself: They were a band ahead of their time and who never got the big break they deserved.
Wednesday, July 27,2011
Music feature

Anti-rock star

He’s awkward, aloof and anything but trendy. So, why do people love Kurt Vile?

By Seth Combs
Vile, a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, is, at the moment, a critics’ darling thanks to his fourth full-length LP, the recently released Smoke Ring for my Halo.
 
 
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