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Literary Arts Festival Apr 27, 2015 This 19th annual fest features a diverse range of readings, workshops, signings, panel discussions and more from established and respected authors from around the country. From Monday, April 27 to Thursday, April 30. 60 other events on Monday, April 27
Seen Local
The second in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund
Nibbles | Food & drink
MEAT San Diego event with Dona Esthela and Javier Plascencia
Well, That Was Awkward
Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop
Notes from the Smoking Patio
A round-up of new San Diego releases now streaming
Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson are seduced by A.I. in Alex Garland’s new sci-fi film


Music feature

Waxahatchee keeps it like a secret

Katie Crutchfield creates a world of lush, intimate songs

It’s not all about Katie Crutchfield. The 26-year-old Philadelphia singer/songwriter, who performs and records under the name Waxahatchee, has released three albums of detailed and intimate indie-pop songs that sometimes feel like closely held secrets.

By Jeff Terich
If I Were U

Nikki Lane, Drive-by Truckers and more San Diego concerts

Lindi Ortega, Sir Richard Bishop, Matt Pond PA and other shows we’re stoked about this week

Wednesday, April 22 PLAN A: Young Fathers, Mas Ysa, Taurus Authority @ The Casbah. If you haven't had a chance yet, read my feature in the April 15 issue on U.K. eclectic pop group Young Fath

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio What music bugs local musicians? APR 21 | By Jeff Terich We ask bands what songs they never want to hear again
Notes from the Smoking Patio aMiniature to play first show in three years APR 21 | By Jeff Terich Band schedules one-time reunion show at Kensington Club
Music feature Young Fathers go pop APR 15 | By Jeff Terich Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh trio challenges the mainstream
Notes from the Smoking Patio Shake Before Us plan European tour APR 14 | By Jeff Terich Garage rockers cross the pond for 10-date jaunt
Notes from the Smoking Patio Gletscher make prog-rock suitable for the masses APR 14 | By Seth Combs Local guitar hero shines on 'Die Einöde'

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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

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
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Conrad Tao Apr 27, 2015 Music The young piano star makes his Chamber Series debut with a fascinating mixture of traditional and cutting edge chamber music. Read more 0 other events on Monday, April 27
Art of Elan Epilogue Apr 28, 2015 Music The final concert of the Art of Elan season features a captivating mix of 21st century works from composers Missy Mazzoli and Judd Greenstein. Read more 0 other events on Tuesday, April 28
Carmina Burana May 01, 2015 Music The San Diego Symphony play Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," one of the best known (and most borrowed from) choral works in the classical repertoire. Read more 1 other events on Friday, May 1
Kjell Nordeson May 01, 2015 Music The Swedish percussionist presents "Walking with Mirabeau," a solo concert oscillating between composed music and improvisation. Read more 1 other events on Friday, May 1
Carmina Burana May 02, 2015 Music The San Diego Symphony play Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," one of the best known (and most borrowed from) choral works in the classical repertoire. Read more 7 other events on Saturday, May 2