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Elias String Quartet Apr 02, 2015 The acclaimed chamber music foursome will play a program that includes music from Mozart, Dutilleux and Beethoven. 38 other events on Thursday, April 2
Bill would require City Council approval of city-funded nonprofit's decisions
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Ed Decker talks with Jack Tempchin
Also, a review of Lamb’s Players’ ‘You Can’t Take it with You’ and a rundown of all the other plays in local production


Music feature

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble bring funk to San Diego

Nine-piece group provides a soulful soundtrack

Nine-piece instrumental funk outfit The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble doesn’t share much in common with blink, Mraz or Bob Marley, but since forming in 2012, they’ve been offering their own unique soundtrack to their home city. 

By Jeff Terich
If I Were U

Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane and more San Diego concerts

The Shrine, Dirty Fences, Loom and other shows we're stoked about this week

he progressive bluegrass beat is a little outside my wheelhouse, but Punch Brothers—which features Chris Thile of Nickel Creek—is some string-pluckin' I can get behind.

By Jeff Terich
Notes from the Smoking Patio New bands: April edition MAR 31 | By Jeff Terich Feed The Ape, Freak Bologna and other bands you’d be a fool to miss
Notes from the Smoking Patio Hills Like Elephants prepare new release MAR 31 | By Jeff Terich 'Tell Tales' takes inspiration from post-punk
Music feature Pile is a band of perpetual nervousness MAR 25 | By Jeff Terich Boston band mixes volume with anxiety
Notes from the Smoking Patio Sleep Lady makes a move MAR 24 | By Jeff Terich Bandmates/married couple are leaving San Diego
Notes from the Smoking Patio Culture of Collaboration MAR 24 | By Jeff Terich Death Crisis + Rats Eyes = Death Eyes

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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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Elias String Quartet Apr 02, 2015 Music The acclaimed chamber music foursome will play a program that includes music from Mozart, Dutilleux and Beethoven. Read more 0 other events on Thursday, April 2
Pour Les Enfants Apr 03, 2015 Music Opera singer Kasondra Kazanjian shares the stage with 2013 America’s Got Talent finalist Branden James to benefit Project Edeline, an educational charity based in Haiti. Read more 1 other events on Friday, April 3
The Dustbowl Revival Apr 03, 2015 Music San Diego Folk Heritage will host the energetic Southern California music collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and swing. Read more 1 other events on Friday, April 3
CBI Spring Jazz Benefit Concert Apr 04, 2015 Music Saxophonist Brandon Primus and songstress Daneen Wilburn play an evening of jazz, blues, gospel with proceeds benefiting the Community Business Incubator's youth business programs. Read more 2 other events on Saturday, April 4
The Music of Wonderland Apr 04, 2015 Music One of Frank Wildhorn's most compelling musical scores is brought to the stage by Sound Odyssey, Monte Vista High School’s award-winning show choir. Read more 2 other events on Saturday, April 4