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Mojalet Dance Collective and Rhythm Talk Oct 01, 2014 The contemporary dance company teams up with Swiss percussion band Rhythm Talk to present a collaborative piece that celebrates both music and movement. 54 other events on Wednesday, October 1
Errol Flynn biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
A very loud Diversionary Theatre offering tops our coverage of local plays
Chamber of Commerce, led by the former mayor, launches all-out campaign to regain control of San Diego
One-woman San Diego Rep production tops our coverage of local plays


Music feature

Indie rockers Ought come together

Montreal band thrives on the dependence they have on each other

The Montreal-based band Ought is home between tours, but that doesn’t mean its four members are giving each other the kind of space they crave after weeks on the road.

By Ben Salmon
A Trolley Show

Sister Speak: A Trolley Show

San Diego duo performs 'Lady Love' on the Hillcrest Trolley

As much as we dig the indie and blues rock that are often featured on this show, the lack of ladies represented in those genres is always a bummer. Besides the obvious misrepresentation and cliched exclusivity, the lack of diversity can create a homogenized music scene, which is why Sister Speak’s performance feels revelatory.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

King Tuff, The Album Leaf and more San Diego concerts

Temples, Orenda Fink, Felice Brothers and all the other shows we're stoked about this week

Wednesday, Sept. 24 PLAN A: LP, Zella Day, Island Boy @ The Casbah. Despite her highly ungoogleable moniker, LP (Laura Pergolizzi) has developed a devoted following thanks to a soaring vocal r

By Seth Combs
Music feature DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are hip-hop historians SEP 17 | By Scott McDonald Duo crafts show from Afrika Bambaataa’s massive vinyl collection
Notes from the Smoking Patio SDSU professor Michael James Roberts tackles labor and the music business SEP 23 | By Seth Combs He’ll discuss his book ‘Tell Tchaikovsky the News’ at D.G. Wills on Sept. 27
Notes from the Smoking Patio San Diego’s Jason Blackmore makes a documentary SEP 16 | By Seth Combs Plans are for ‘Records Collecting Dust’ to hit the festival circuit

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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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Crosby, Stills and Nash Oct 01, 2014 Music Forty years after first forming in the L.A. Laurel Canyon folk scene, the group is still performing songs from their extensive catalogue as well as new material from each member. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, October 1
Midori and Özgür Aydin Oct 01, 2014 Music The violinist and pianist present an evening of pieces from contemporary composers like Xenakis, Schnittke, Hartke, Adams and more. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, October 1
The Cookers Oct 02, 2014 Music The San Diego debut of a true all-star septet comprised of some of the leading instrumentalists in jazz from the past 40 years and led by trumpeter David Weiss. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, October 2
Nightingale Music Oct 03, 2014 Music Nightingale Music will visit NCM to introduce children to a variety of music types, from traditional nursery songs to rock 'n' roll with percussion instruments. Read more 4 other events on Friday, October 3
POPS! Concert Oct 03, 2014 Music The 54th Annual POPS concert in the Fellowship Hall will feature church choirs singing popular music. Popcorn, pie and soft drinks available for sale. This annual event raises funds for the Sanctuary Choir to help support the choral scholar program. Read more 4 other events on Friday, October 3