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Lights Out Comedy Jun 29, 2015 A monthly stand-up and sketch comedy variety show featuring local and Hollywood comedians like Ryan Shores, Emily Allyn, Damian Holmes and more. 66 other events on Monday, June 29
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Comic strips come to surreal life in new clip
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Music feature

Constant Gardner

Playing, producing, dream-catching–Dutch polymath Jacco Gardner does it all

Jacco Gardner is a self-proclaimed dreamer. And not the inspirational-quote-on-a-bumper-sticker type, either. The 27-year-old Dutch singer/songwriter is much more of the literal kind.

By Scott McDonald
If I Were U

Vic Mensa, Slayer and more San Diego concerts

Vetiver, Head Wound City, Best Coast and other shows we’re stoked about this week

Chicago emcee Vic Mensa hasn't yet released an album, but if you've heard his house-tinged 2014 single "Down On My Luck," then you know that the dude's going to drop something amazing any day now.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Amerikan Bear preparing release of debut album JUN 23 | By Jeff Terich Self-titled record out on vinyl this summer
Notes from the Smoking Patio Author & Punisher expands on new album JUN 23 | By Jeff Terich 'Melk en Honing' is his best record yet
Music feature Head Wound City are back after 10 years of build-up JUN 16 | By Seth Combs Meet the hardcore supergroup—featuring members of The Locust, Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs--that almost never was
Notes from the Smoking Patio Dustin Lothspeich new talent buyer at The Merrow JUN 16 | By Jeff Terich Local musician takes the reins from outgoing promoter

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Deadphones share animated video for "Shattered Anchors"

Comic strips come to surreal life in new clip

Deadphones have been on a bit of a hiatus since last year, after releasing their excellent self-titled debut album, but while it's been a little quiet on the live show front, they've just debuted a ne...
Read more 2015-06-03

Hot Nerds share a weird, 12-minute short film

'Pre-Tension' is a surreal, behind-the-scenes clip

Weirdo art-punk trio Hot Nerds will release their new album, Strategically Placed Bananas, on March 10 via Three One G. And as a preview, the group has released a 12-minute faux documentary on the mak...
Read more 2015-03-02

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
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Carol Williams Jun 29, 2015 Music The Civic Organist of the City of San Diego plays a special concert as part of the Centennial International Summer Organ Festival. Read more 1 other events on Monday, June 29
IDEAS Performance: Generative Audio Visual Media Jun 29, 2015 Music The second performance of the Qualcomm Institute's IDEAS season will feature this audio-visual work by composer and UC San Diego Ph.D. student Paul Hembree from the Department of Music. Read more 1 other events on Monday, June 29
Marshall Tucker Band Jun 30, 2015 Music The southern-rock band behind hits like “Can’t You See" and “Heard It In A Love Song" play the Fair's San Diego County Ford Dealers Paddock Stage. Reserved seating available. Read more 1 other events on Tuesday, June 30
Metalachi Jun 30, 2015 Music The first and only heavy-metal mariachi band performs Mexi-flavored takes on AC/DC, Motley Crue and Metallica at the Coors Light Rock-On Stage. Free with fair admission. Read more 1 other events on Tuesday, June 30
Cash'd Out Jul 01, 2015 Music The local Johnny Cash tribute band will perform on the Coors Light Rock On Stage. Free with fair admission. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, July 1