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Barrio Art Crawl Jul 26, 2014 A free self guided tour consisting of murals, open studios, galleries, and local businesses throughout the Barrio Logan Arts District. Come enjoy art, live music, food, and vendors at places like La Bodega Gallery & Studios, Roots Factory, Union Barrio Logan, Glashaus, and more. 91 other events on Saturday, July 26
Arts & Culture feature
New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
Spin Cycle
Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope


Music feature

Boris’ amplifier worship

Tokyo trio obliterates expectations

 Named after an epic track by The Melvins, Boris isn't a band that entirely makes sense on paper.

By Jeff Terich
If I Were U

The Antlers, Bob Log III and more San Diego concerts

Zongo Junction, Some Ember, Kawehi and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

New York’s The Antlers have been making dreamy indie rock for nearly a decade and grow more interesting with each release.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Brick by Brick reopening this month JUL 15 | By Jeff Terich Bay Park venue now owned by members of Wovenwar
Notes from the Smoking Patio Erik Canzona takes a subtle tack on his debut JUL 15 | By Jeff Terich The Heavy Guilt frontman plays a splendid, dark blues
Music feature Cloud Nothings work hard, play hard JUL 09 | By Ben Salmon Cleveland indie rockers are light on frills, heavy on melody
Notes from the Smoking Patio Mrs. Magician is back together JUL 08 | By Jeff Terich Band plans to record a new album soon
A Trolley Show

American Authors: A Trolley Show (again)

Brooklyn band performs 'Believer' on the MTS

The last time we had American Authors on this show, they performed “Best Day of My Life,” which has since gone on to soundtrack the general emotion of happiness. It’s hard to turn on the TV with

By Ryan Bradford

Check 1, Check 2

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

Che Cafe granted a stay in court

Venue gets more time to fight eviction

After months of setbacks, The Che Café got a victory during a court hearing today, which allows it to remain in its current space until September. A judge ruled that the Che can remain in possession ...
Read more 2014-07-11

Che Cafe repairs funding voted down

Venue to close by September

The UC San Diego University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB), a student-run board that oversees how student fees are spent, voted today to cut The Che Cafe’s maintenance costs from its 2014-2015 budget, putting the future of the long-running, all-ages DIY music venue in doubt. ...
Read more 2014-05-23

Ghost live at House of Blues

Swedish ghouls bring theater back to heavy metal

Some of the best musical theater of the last 40 years has come straight out of hard rock and heavy-metal concerts: King Diamond’s ghoulish presence and operatic vocals; W.A.S.P.’s meat-pelting and models-on-torture-racks spectacle; and, of course, Alice Cooper’s death at the end of every show. Sure, there are plenty of earnest, plain-clothes metal bands that rely on musical performance over high drama, but to some degree, metal has always been about escapism. And no band in recent memory has embodied metal’s escapist tendencies better than Sweden’s Ghost. ...
Read more 2014-04-28

A guide to Record Store Day 2014 in San Diego

In-stores, swag and other notable happenings

Tomorrow—Saturday, April 19—is that chaotic, frantic, lines-around-the-block, limited-edition geek-out celebration of mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar retail that we call Record Store Day. Some people love it, some people hate it, but whether you’re an eBay pirate looking to make some cash on reselling limited-edition Dave Matthews Band box sets or just looking to take advantage of some sidewalk vinyl sales and maybe grab a David Bowie picture disc, it’s at least worth checking out. ...
Read more 2014-04-18
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#HACKINGIMPROV Jul 23, 2014 Music Composer and performer Blair Robert Nelson explores over a century of audio technology alongside violinist Kristopher Apple that attempt to reveal our relationship with musical memory and how we adapt to emerging discoveries. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, July 23
Michele Lunde Jul 23, 2014 Music The blues musician will play a set as part of Balboa Park's Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts series. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, July 23
SDYS International Youth Symphony Jul 24, 2014 Music San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's International Youth Symphony will play chamber music pieces by both small winds and strings groups. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, July 24
Video Games Live Jul 24, 2014 Music Popular game music themes given the full symphonic treatment with synchronized lighting and even some real on-stage game-playing. Concert will feature music from Zelda, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock and more. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, July 24
Yale Strom Jul 24, 2014 Music Klezmer violinist and author Yale Strom presents stories and songs from the hinterlands of Eastern Europe. Read more 2 other events on Thursday, July 24