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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Jul 29, 2014 Who needs school when you can spend your time dancing in downtown parades, driving fast cars and dining at posh restaurants? 64 other events on Tuesday, July 29
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Music feature

The Aquabats are saving the world!

Costumed ska heroes spread a positive message

For some, the image of The Aquabats looms large in the imagination. Years before the advent of YouTube, they made their live show a multimedia experience, with video interludes, onstage battles, bopping beach balls and toddlers crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts.

By Peter Holslin
A Trolley Show

The Young Wild: A Trolley Show

San Diego band performs 'Moment Goes' on the MTS

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the band performs “Moment Goes.” Note to future bands: If you want to devastate the heartstrings, go with a child’s choir. 

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

Peaking Lights, The Burning of Rome and more San Diego concerts

Boris, Municipal Waste, Thee Oh Sees and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

Psychedelic dub duo Peaking Lights are a peculiar group, but a good peculiar, incorporating the rhythms and pulses of dub into a dream-pop sound.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio A live-music guide to Comic-Con JUL 22 | By Jeff Terich Grimes, Exodus and more bands are playing special shows
Music feature Boris’ amplifier worship JUL 11 | By Jeff Terich Tokyo trio obliterates expectations
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

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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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North Coast Symphony Pops Picnic Jul 29, 2014 Music Broadway and movie score favorites will comprise most of the program, including a medley of songs from the recent hit, Frozen. Anna Roberts, a San Diego musical theater enthusiast and singer, will be the featured vocalist. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, July 29
SantanaWays Jul 30, 2014 Music The Carlos Santana tribute band performs as part of the Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts series. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, July 30
Summerfest Under the Stars Jul 30, 2014 Music A free concert to kick off the annual music festival featuring LJMS music director Cho-Liang Lin, SummerFest artists and special guests, the San Diego Youth Symphony's International Youth Symphony. Read more 1 other events on Wednesday, July 30
Dream of Life: A Tribute to Carmen McRae Jul 31, 2014 Music A local jazz quintet performs music written by Thelonius Monk, Billie Holiday, George Benson and McRae, an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, July 31
Sunset Poolside Jazz Series Jul 31, 2014 Music Every Thursday starting June 5, jazz enthusiasts are invited to sway and groove to the sounds of Southern California’s finest Jazz talents at the Westgate Hotel’s eclectic poolside jazz festival. See website for lineup and details. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, July 31