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Chicano Park Day Apr 19, 2014 Celebrate the park's status as an internationally recognized art site with traditional dance performances, live bands, keynote speeches and a display of classic low-rider cars. 80 other events on Saturday, April 19
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Music feature

The evolution of The Men

Brooklyn punk quintet transform again on Tomorrow’s Hits

The Men’s new album, Tomorrow’s Hits—released in March via Sacred Bones Records—is a wild synthesis of all that’s come before it: keys, slide guitar, harmonica and horns over frayed-edge rock ’n’ roll.

By Scott McDonald
A Trolley Show

San Diego Symphony: A Trolley Show

Strings, percussion and woodwinds perform on the MTS

In this episode of A Trolley Show, the San Diego Symphony performs Bach for the lucky commuters. As much as we like the rock musicians who usually perform, we couldn’t be more excited to switch things up with a symphony.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

Thou, Temples and more San Diego concerts

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Kids, Tropical Popsicle and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

There's heavy and then there's heavy. And Baton Rouge sludge-metal band Thou is definitely heavy

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact groove on debut record APR 15 | By Jeff Terich First album by San Diego supergroup is extra funky
Notes from the Smoking Patio The Long and Short of It’s Ben Johnson to publish a novel APR 15 | By Jeff Terich ‘A Shadow Cast in Dust’ is due out later this year
Notes from the Smoking Patio Kill Holiday gets back together APR 08 | By Jeff Terich Both lineups of the band will play Soda Bar in May
Music feature Five alternatives to Coachella APR 09 | By Jeff Terich A roundup of musical events happening during and around the festival weekends

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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 peopl...
Read more 2014-04-18

Coachella proxima

Checking out some of the desert fest's side parties

If you haven't been to Coachella, sure, mourn the missed opportunity of rushing to pre-purchase (and then get on the payment plan—yes, there was a payment plan) your ticket, only to discover later the lineup's less than perfect. ...
Read more 2014-04-15

A Best of the First Quarter 2014 Playlist

The War on Drugs, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent and more

The first quarter of 2014 has almost come to a close, and in just three short months, a lot of great music has come across my desk and inbox. And I wouldn't be here if I weren't interested in passing along these great sounds to you, the reader. So I assembled a playlist—around 74 minutes long—of favorites of the first quarter of 2014, including The War on Drugs, Dum Dum Girls, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Big Ups, Indian, Katy B, Real Estate and a whole bunch of others. I plan to do this again at the end of June, September and December, but so far, the year's shaping up nicely. Now turn up the jams. ...
Read more 2014-03-28

The Lawrence Arms live at The Casbah

Chicago punks age gracefully; their fans do not

It's been eight years since I've seen punk band The Lawrence Arms. The last time I saw them was at an all-ages venue in Salt Lake City, supporting their 2006 album Oh! Calcutta! They'd been a favorite...
Read more 2014-02-17

More details emerge about The Hideout

The space that formerly housed The Void shifts into neighborhood bar

More details have emerged about The Hideout, the new venue opening up at 3519 El Cajon Blvd.The owners—who have chosen not to identify themselves—have invested in some upgrades to the bar and tent...
Read more 2014-01-22
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Gator By The Bay Kickoff Apr 19, 2014 Music Art, food and fashion trucks with live performances from The Swamp Critters and Friends, The Gypsy Swing Cats, Deeja, April West and more. Read more 6 other events on Saturday, April 19
Kendra Shank and John Stowell Apr 19, 2014 Music Exploring original compositions, standards, and songs generated spontaneously in the studio, the vocal/guitar duo creates a series of arresting soundscapes, with Shank contributing textures and sonic design via live looping and effects. Read more 6 other events on Saturday, April 19
Masta Ace Apr 19, 2014 Music After Chicano Park Day, check out this afterparty featuring live performances from Hood, Mr Brady, Guzzle, Cumbia Machin, La Diabla, and more, plus a live graffiti mural by Shark and Arest150. Read more 6 other events on Saturday, April 19
Ocean Drops Band Apr 19, 2014 Music The local nine-piece previews songs from their forthcoming album, Rumi's Hidden Music which features poems of Rumi, Hafiz and other mystics set to acoustic music. Read more 6 other events on Saturday, April 19
Record Store Day Apr 19, 2014 Music Celebrate the independently owned record store. Stores throughout San Diego will have exclusive releases, special sales and live performances. Participating stores include Cow, FEELIT, M-Theory, Record City, Off the Record and more. See website for full list and details. Read more 6 other events on Saturday, April 19