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Wacky Wonky Walk & Kids Festival Oct 25, 2014 A walk and festival featuring a Willy Wonka theme, games and activities everywhere. There will also be Phil's BBQ available for purchase and proceeds benefit the San Diego Center for Children. 88 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
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Listen to Todd Bosnich's June interview with KFMB's Mike Slater

 

 
 
Music feature

Hall and Oates are a guilt-free pleasure

There’s no shame in this duo’s game

Pick and choose certain moments from throughout Hall and Oates’ career, and you’ll come away with a pretty ridiculous picture. But whether you choose to ignore this or embrace it, it doesn’t overcome one important fact: As songwriters, Hall and Oates have a résumé that’s hard to argue with.

By Jeff Terich
A Trolley Show

Benjamin Francis Leftwich: A Trolley Show

U.K. artist performs 'Atlas Hands' on the MTS

Just like José González, Benjamin Francis Leftwich seems to use his status as a lone guitarist not to solicit sympathy (“guitar guy”), but to provide a soundtrack into isolation.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

Carcass, Jenny Lewis and more San Diego concerts

Big Ups, Tinariwen, The Spits and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

Jenny Lewis spent a good five years without releasing any new music, but her new album, The Voyager, is one of my favorites this year.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio 10 19 The Numberman trips out on new release OCT 21 | By Jeff Terich Cassette-only ‘The Natalie Rose EP’ brings the funk and the fuzz
Music feature The Afghan Whigs’ not-so-quiet storm OCT 14 | By Jeff Terich Soulful rockers are fueled by a sensual darkness
Notes from the Smoking Patio Bondurant announces investor-funded new album OCT 14 | By Jeff Terich Plus, Gabriela Sanchez leaves Okapi Sun

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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

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
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A Little Fandango Oct 25, 2014 Music The new MIXX Concert Series held inside Bread & Salt's new Camarada performance space will feature a perforance of classical Latin music by Boccherini, Rodrigo, Zimbalist and more along with a catered dinner. Read more 10 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
Charlie Musselwhite Oct 25, 2014 Music One of the most revered blues harmonica players in the world, Musselwhite has collaborated with giants like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, John Lee Hooker and more. Read more 10 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
Dan Levenson Oct 25, 2014 Music The troubadour plays a mean banjo and fiddle while signing songs and telling stories of the road. Also the last chance to check out the Museum's The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument exhibit. Read more 10 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
Greg Osby Four Oct 25, 2014 Music Celebrated alto and soprano saxophonist Osby and an all-star band play music the New York Times calls "highly interactive, serious mainstream jazz, with great rhythm section ideas about bending and warping the music." Read more 10 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
Hagen Quartet Oct 25, 2014 Music Recognized as one of the finest string quartets in the world, they will play three works, each considered masterpieces, from Mozart, Shostakovich and Brahms. Read more 10 other events on Saturday, October 25
 
 
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