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Norm Macdonald Sep 18, 2014 The star of Norm, Dirty Work and pretty much the greatest host of SNL's "Weekend Update" ever gets back to his stand-up roots. 64 other events on Thursday, September 18
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Band plays live for first time in 20 years
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Music feature

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are hip-hop historians

Duo crafts show from Afrika Bambaataa’s massive vinyl collection

Armed exclusively with albums from hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa’s 41,000- piece record collection, the preeminent DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are back on the road together for the 28-date “Renegades of Rhythm” tour.

By Scott McDonald
A Trolley Show

Sister Speak: A Trolley Show

San Diego duo performs 'Lady Love' on the Hillcrest Trolley

As much as we dig the indie and blues rock that are often featured on this show, the lack of ladies represented in those genres is always a bummer. Besides the obvious misrepresentation and cliched exclusivity, the lack of diversity can create a homogenized music scene, which is why Sister Speak’s performance feels revelatory.

By Ryan Bradford
If I Were U

The Buzzcocks, The Tree Ring and more San Diego concerts

The Bots, The Avengers, Zammuto and all the other shows we’re stoked about this week

I've always preferred The Buzzcocks to The Sex Pistols. That might sound like heresy to some, but Pete Shelley and Co. have a pretty strong track record of unstoppable punk-rock singles. 

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio San Diego’s Jason Blackmore makes a documentary SEP 16 | By Seth Combs Plans are for ‘Records Collecting Dust’ to hit the festival circuit
Music feature Sebadoh and the art of feeling SEP 10 | By Peter Holslin Legendary indie-rockers confront a new era
Music feature The Breeders make another splash SEP 10 | By Scott McDonald Iconic indie rockers get the cannonball rolling again

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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

Drive Like Jehu reunites

Band playing free show at Balboa Park

It's finally happening. After 20 years, Drive Like Jehu has announced that they're getting back together. Pretty much since the local post-hardcore outfit broke up in 1994, fans have been clamoring for a reunion—and that includes me—though the best we ever got were some pretty frustrating hoaxes. ...
Read more 2014-08-19

San Diego Music Awards announce nominees

The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane top the list of nominated artists

It's San Diego Music Awards season, and this year's nominees have just been announced. There are a lot of worthy entries on the long list of nominations, including local MVPs The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane and The Midnight Pine, as well as newcomers like Soft Lions and hard-working underdogs like Eukaryst, who are profiled in this week's CityBeat.And then there's Jason Mraz and Switchfoot. It wouldn't be the San Diego Music Awards without a few ringers, no matter how cliche it is for Switchfoot's name to show up—again. But Jason Mraz seems a little more of a stretch. Is Mraz even really a "San Diego artist" at this point? I'm inclined to say no, considering he's only scheduled three shows here this year, all in stadium-sized venues and all sold out. That, to me, doesn't say "local artist," but your mileage may vary. In any case, here's the full list of nominees: ...
Read more 2014-08-11

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
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Gilbert Castellanos Hammond B3 Trio Sep 18, 2014 Music The local jazz threesome specializing in Afro-Cuban rhythms will perform on the Westgate's pool terrace as part of their Sunset Poolside Jazz Series. Read more 3 other events on Thursday, September 18
Kembang Sunda Sep 18, 2014 Music The first in Cuyamaca College’s fall concert series, this Indonesian Gamelan ensemble based in San Diego performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java. Read more 3 other events on Thursday, September 18
Third Thursday Concert Series Sep 18, 2014 Music As part of North Park's monthly 3rd Thursday event to promote local businesses, this inaugural concert will include Christine Sako, The Klay, and The Village Squares. Read more 3 other events on Thursday, September 18
Youth Orchestra of the Californias Sep 18, 2014 Music A binational student orchestra comprised of players from the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and The Centro des Artes Musicales will celebrate Mexico's Independence Day with a program that features composers such as Marquez, Moncayo and Monge. Read more 3 other events on Thursday, September 18
Carlsbad Music Festival and Village Music Walk Sep 19, 2014 Music Now in its 11th year, this year's fest will feature over 50 performances in three days with concerts in Magee Park and Carlsbad Village Theater. Almost all genres are represented, from country and jazz to indie-rock and classical. Read more 1 other events on Friday, September 19