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The Darrell Hammond Project Jan 31, 2015

Darrell Hammond, the longest-tenured cast member in the history of Saturday Night Live, tells his own life story in a one-man show.

80 other events on Saturday, January 31
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Environmentalist Nicole Capretz takes on SDG&E with new watchdog group


Music feature

You Blew It! rise up from the basement

Florida indie-rock group rides the emo-revival crest

You Blew It! started as a side project in 2009, and the band’s gone through a lot in the six years since—including something like 12 lineup changes, Jones says.

By Peter Holslin
If I Were U

Wale, Nothing and more San Diego concerts

LA Witch, Jukebox the Ghost, Chateau and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

Baltimore rapper Wale first turned heads with 2008’s Mixtape About Nothing, in which he used Seinfeld as a theme for some innovative conceptual ideas.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Topshelf Records moves to San Diego JAN 27 | By Jeff Terich Boston-based label sets up camp locally
Notes from the Smoking Patio What’s in San Diego musicians’ ears? JAN 27 | By Jeff Terich Local artists tell us what they’re listening to
Music feature The pernicious visions of Cult of Youth JAN 20 | By Jeff Terich New York group showcases an accessible darkness
Notes from the Smoking Patio Wild Wild Wets make wonderful noise on their debut JAN 21 | By Jeff Terich ‘14th Floor’ shows off various facets of the band’s psych-rock sound

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North Park Theatre sold to Orange County venue owners

Observatory to take over historic location

Just a little more than a year after West Coast Tavern owner David Cohen took ownership of The North Park Theatre, the venue is changing hands once again. Cohen and The Verant Group have sold The Nort...
Read more 2015-01-06

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
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