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Music feature

Idyll Wild builds a rich sonic world

Quintet takes time to get their sound right

When the members of Idyll Wild close the door to their cozy Ocean Beach studio and rehearsal space, the outside world disappears.

By Jeff Terich
If I Were U

Youth Code, The Growlers and more San Diego concerts

Big Sandy, Dick Dale, Corrections House and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

Los Angeles' Youth Code make dark, ominous music that you can dance to.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Songs that irritate local musicians DEC 16 | By Jeff Terich A selection of tracks that San Diego artists can't stand
Notes from the Smoking Patio Hideout to make their live debut DEC 09 | By Jeff Terich Bicoastal duo expand to a four-piece for their first show
Music feature Johnny Marr hits his solo stride DEC 10 | By Scott McDonald Former Smiths guitarist moves beyond his storied past

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Blonde Redhead at House of Blues

A few issues ago, CityBeat music editor Jeff Terich recommended Blonde Redhead's live show show with this: "It’s pretty much all good, and all stylish, so expect a great set." The art-pop band, arou...
Read more 2014-12-02

Judge upholds eviction of Che Cafe

UCSD wins battle with DIY venue in court

The Che Cafe has suffered another setback after a long series of conflicts with UCSD over the music venue's ability to keep its space. A judge ruled today in favor of the university in a two-day trial determining whether the UCSD had the grounds to evict the Che Cafe Collective. UCSD originally served The Che with an eviction notice back in June, following a vote from the student-run University Centers Advisory Board to rescind funding for the venue’s much-needed repairs. The eviction was temporarily put on hold when The Che was granted a stay in court one month later. After UCSD’s victory in court, however, it would appear that The Che is running out of options. ...
Read more 2014-10-21

San Diego Music Awards winners: The full list

The Burning of Rome take home three awards, Jason Mraz two

After two years of predictions and partying at the San Diego Music Awards, I've reached a solid conclusion: I'm absolutely terrible at predicting which artists will take home awards. Hell, I'm not even sure you can come up with a logical system of figuring it out. But while I went zero for five this year in my own reading of the music scene's entrails, I was pleasantly surprised to find that three of the artists I wanted to win—Nathan Hubbard, Odessa Kane and Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact—actually did! I'll call that a moral victory, if not an actual one.Meanwhile, perennial why-is-he-even-nominated favorite Jason Mraz won both Artist of the Year and Best Music Video, accepting his award via phone. The Burning of Rome, meanwhile, had the most wins at three: Best Live Band, Best Alternative Album and Song of the Year. Have a look at the full list of winners below. ...
Read more 2014-10-07

Live review: Paul McCartney at Petco Park

Three hour, 39-song set included lots of Beatles, some Wings and new tunes

Watching Paul McCartney perform at Petco Park Sunday night, I realized how inherently sad Beatles songs are. There are the obviously sad songs like "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday." Then there are the songs where the sad sneaks up on you, like the refrain in "Getting Better": "I've got to admit it's getting better" (backing vocal: "Better") "A little better all the time" (backing vocal: "It can't get more worse"). Bummer, right? ...
Read more 2014-09-30

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
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Dave Koz & Friends Dec 23, 2014 Music The Grammy nominated sax man and special guests perform jazzy takes on holiday classics, along with some of their own most popular songs. Read more 1 other events on Tuesday, December 23
Blind Boys of Alabama Dec 23, 2014 Music The five-time Grammy award-winning groups mixes gospel tinged versions of seasonal favorites along with gospel classics in a joyous evening of holiday music. Read more 1 other events on Tuesday, December 23
HiFi Brass Trio Dec 24, 2014 Music A special holiday concert with fresh arrangements of upbeat carols and creative renditions of holiday classics. Read more 0 other events on Wednesday, December 24
Christian Taylor Dec 26, 2014 Music The singer-songwriter will play a concert of covers and originals in the loungey Marriott restaurant. Read more 1 other events on Friday, December 26
Persian Music Concert Dec 26, 2014 Music A night of intercultural and "intracultural" musicking with bands like Dornob, Áfrojazziacs, Jazmahalis, and Los Bandaritos. Read more 1 other events on Friday, December 26