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Rocky Road Irish Comedy Tour Sep 02, 2014

Laughter delivered Irish style, with two of Ireland's top comedians, Joe Rooney (Father Ted, BBC) and Andrew Stanley (Republic of Telly, RTE), along with openers Jennifer Hartnett and David Nihil.

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Second in a two-part series about how the county does and doesn’t support cultural organizations
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Music feature

Terry Malts’ punk is scuzzy and wonderfully weird

Trio’s latest EP focuses on pop hooks

The promotional blurb that accompanies Terry Malts’ new Insides EP floats the idea that this might be the band’s most “pop” effort yet.

By Ben Salmon
A Trolley Show

The Plastic Revolution: A Trolley Show

San Diego pop-punks perform 'Since You Left' on the MTS

As our music editor, Jeff Terich, can tell you, I’m an unapologetic fan of pop-punk. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of—and I’ve tried to deny it during certain periods of my life—but I’ve come to terms with it.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

Drive Like Jehu, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and more San Diego concerts

The Rosebuds, Creedle, Men Without Hats and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

It's been a little shy of 20 years since Drive Like Jehu last performed on stage together, and they're finally doing a show, and it's going to be bonkers.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Desert Suns turn up the fuzz on their debut album AUG 26 | By Jeff Terich Band is ‘desert rock’ in spirit, if not location
Notes from the Smoking Patio Drive Like Jehu reunite for one show AUG 26 | By Jeff Terich Band's first performance in 19 years will be at Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Music feature Benjamin Booker keeps it simple AUG 20 | By Jeff Terich Singer / songwriter plays a manic, raw style of punk-blues
Notes from the Smoking Patio 8 best Hot Snakes songs AUG 19 | By Jeff Terich A brief hits collection of the punk rockers’ greatest

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Photos: Drive Like Jehu at Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Band plays live for first time in 20 years

After playing coy with fans for the last year or so, post-hardcore San Diego band Drive Like Jehu performed live last night for the first time in 20 years. But it wasn't your normal rock show. The one-hour set was accompanied by San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park—and it was free! And all ages! And it started at 7 p.m.! Meaning an audience of post-hipsters, kids—and kid-sized noise-supression headsets. Consensus: Awesome event. More, please. The only thing that would have made it better is if drummer Mark Trombino set up a Donut Friend booth. And now, scroll on down for some photos from the show. ...
Read more 2014-09-01

Nine Inch Nails live at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Industrial legends soundtrack a baffling arena sideshow

I've never been much of a fan of seeing shows in arenas or stadiums. And yet, I've still seen my share—David Bowie at Irvine Meadows, Garbage at RIMAC, an FM 94/9 Christmas show about four years ago...
Read more 2014-08-22

Drive Like Jehu reunites

Band playing free show at Balboa Park

It's finally happening. After 20 years, Drive Like Jehu has announced that they're getting back together. Pretty much since the local post-hardcore outfit broke up in 1994, fans have been clamoring for a reunion—and that includes me—though the best we ever got were some pretty frustrating hoaxes. ...
Read more 2014-08-19

San Diego Music Awards announce nominees

The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane top the list of nominated artists

It's San Diego Music Awards season, and this year's nominees have just been announced. There are a lot of worthy entries on the long list of nominations, including local MVPs The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane and The Midnight Pine, as well as newcomers like Soft Lions and hard-working underdogs like Eukaryst, who are profiled in this week's CityBeat.And then there's Jason Mraz and Switchfoot. It wouldn't be the San Diego Music Awards without a few ringers, no matter how cliche it is for Switchfoot's name to show up—again. But Jason Mraz seems a little more of a stretch. Is Mraz even really a "San Diego artist" at this point? I'm inclined to say no, considering he's only scheduled three shows here this year, all in stadium-sized venues and all sold out. That, to me, doesn't say "local artist," but your mileage may vary. In any case, here's the full list of nominees: ...
Read more 2014-08-11

Interview: Boris

Tokyo trio discuss their changing sound and new album

This week’s CityBeat features an overview of the experimental, shape-shifting Tokyo trio Boris, whose new album Noise was released last month via Sargent House. The group’s sound is a bit difficult to pinpoint, since all of their albums sound pretty radically different from one another. But the one (almost) constant in their sound is heavy rock ‘n’ roll—in various shapes and forms.I conducted an email interview with the band’s guitarist Takeshi and drummer Atsuo through a translator, in which the group discussed their changing sound, different versions of their albums, and the departure of fourth member Michio Kurihara. ...
Read more 2014-07-18
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Eric Dickerson Sep 02, 2014 Music Eric Dickerson performs music for classical guitar. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, September 2
WOW First Wednesdays: The Saxations Sep 03, 2014 Music The San Diego-based, all-female saxophone quartet performs popular music, jazz, funk, soul and blues for a powerful, high energy, entertaining show. Read more 0 other events on Wednesday, September 3
Charlie Chavez Quartet Sep 04, 2014 Music The Afro-Cuban jazz band will perform on the Westgate's pool terrace as part of their Sunset Poolside Jazz Series. Read more 0 other events on Thursday, September 4
Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello Sep 05, 2014 Music An exclusive recital with piano featuring soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello who were dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” by the Associated Press. Read more 1 other events on Friday, September 5
Toy Piano Festival Sep 05, 2014 Music At this annual event, you’ll hear new works for toy piano and be able to peruse the "Toy Piano Collection" at the Geisel Library which consists of actual instruments, audio recordings, extant literature, and commissioned works. Read more 1 other events on Friday, September 5