San Diego CityBeat - Music feature <![CDATA[Five alternatives to Coachella - A roundup of musical events happening during and around the festival weekends]]> For the next two weekends, tens of thousands of festival-goers will descend upon the Coachella Valley for three days of live music, debauchery and the occasional nude wizard being Tasered by security.]]> <![CDATA[The Dodos reignite their spark - Meric Long discusses his band’s recent creative streak]]> The Dodos—who’ll play at The Loft at UCSD on Friday, April 11—changed a lot about their approach with Carrier. They recorded in a new studio (Tiny Telephone) with a new set of collaborators, including The Magik Magik Orchestra.]]> <![CDATA[The resurrection of The Appleseed Cast - Chris Crisci revives his group after a seven-year absence]]> Crisci planted the seeds of The Appleseed Cast in Southern California before moving to Lawrence, Kan., between the release of Ring Wars and the band’s 2000 sophomore effort, the concept record Mare Vitalis.]]> <![CDATA[Skrapez are rebels without a pause - Psychopop and Tenshun deliver hip-hop terror ]]> Albert Camus once wrote that a rebel is a man who says no. By that rubric, Skrapez is without a doubt the most rebellious hip-hop group in San Diego.]]> <![CDATA[The kingdom of St. Vincent - Annie Clark explores a powerful new dynamic]]> “When I sit down to write a record, I think about it like [I’m] a person putting on a suit and tie and going to a day job,” Annie Clark says.]]> <![CDATA[The private world of Dum Dum Girls - Dee Dee Penny finds inspiration in personal space]]> Dee Dee, along with producers Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes and Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Richard Hell), creates a more immersive sensory experience on Too True, from the reverb-laden post punk of “Rimbaud Eyes” to the über-catchy, dream-pop hooks of “Too True to Be Good.”]]> <![CDATA[Five border bands you should know - A roundup of rising Latin alternative artists]]> Living in a border town makes for a remarkable fusion of Mexican and American culture. And that fusion is being interpreted in fascinating ways by artists on both sides of la frontera.]]> <![CDATA[Skeletonwitch is metal to the bone - Ohio thrashers deliver high-velocity music with blue-collar pride]]>

Skeletonwitch—who’ll play at House of Blues on Sunday, Feb. 16—stand in marked contrast to some of the more technical growlers out there. 

<![CDATA[The virtual ethereality of Oneohtrix Point Never - Daniel Lopatin talks about his journey through synthetic landscapes]]> Oneohtrix Point Never (pronounced “one-oh-trix”)— who’ll play at The Irenic on Feb. 8—“won’t let other people meddle with,” it’s constantly evolving and complex, often as concerned with the technical aspects of his process as the end result.]]> <![CDATA[Cate Le Bon lets music do the talking - Welsh singer/songwriter returns with raw third album]]> The soft-spoken Cate Le Bon—who’ll play Soda Bar on Saturday, Feb. 1—prefers to let her music do the talking.]]> <![CDATA[Mutual Benefit’s musical pursuit - Singer / songwriter Jordan Lee goes where inspiration takes him]]> Jordan Lee, the singer / songwriter behind Brooklyn’s Mutual Benefit, is an artist prone to contradictions. He plays gentle, beautifully arranged indie folk, yet tends to follow more of a DIY punk ethos.]]> <![CDATA[Volcano Choir’s new math - Justin Vernon & Co. explore more exciting ideas on ‘Repave’]]> If you’ve listened to any indie music in the last five years, there’s a good chance you heard something made by Justin Vernon.]]> <![CDATA[Barbarian’s indie-rock quest - San Diego post-punk group returns from the desert with a new album]]> When Barbarian formed in 2011, one thing that Edgerton and Mills decided was that music wouldn’t be a lower priority than their day jobs.]]> <![CDATA[The best albums of 2013 - Seven writers pick their favorites]]> After 12 months of listening to new music and being buried alive by promo CDs, we’ve selected our favorite records of the year. Here are seven albums that made the top of our list.]]> <![CDATA[Califone’s search for clarity - Chicago band soldiers on with a new lineup and a new home ]]> For a decade, Califone—the long-running experimental folk-blues band founded in Chicago—had a solid, static lineup: founder and principal songwriter Tim Rutili and multi-instrumentalists Joe Adamik, Jim Becker and Ben Massarella.]]> <![CDATA[The Andrew W.K. party program - America’s good-times guru embarks on a holiday tour]]> Andrew W.K., whose real name is Andrew Wilkes-Krier and who plays a guitar that resembles a slice of pizza, didn’t launch a career with his 2001 debut, I Get Wet, so much as he launched a lifestyle and a brand.]]> <![CDATA[The carefree sound of Icona Pop - Swedish duo delivers electro anthems]]> Icona Pop—a duo composed of Caroline Hjelt, 26, and Aina Jawo, 27— hail from Sweden, a nation famed as much for its functional home furnishings as its polished pop music.]]> <![CDATA[Swearin’ gives ’em indie rock - Philadelphia group keeps it DIY]]> Since forming in 2011, Philadelphia indie-rock quartet Swearin’ have put their self-reliant work ethic into practice full-time.]]> <![CDATA[Speaking Julianna Barwick’s language - Vocalist creates expansive pieces with only her voice]]> In the first 90 seconds of “One Half,” the third song on Julianna Barwick’s new album, Nepenthe, something unexpected emerges from her familiar, reverberant haze: actual, discernible English words.]]> <![CDATA[Sinéad O’Connor is ready to be happy again - Throughout her 28-year career, Irish chanteuse has gotten a lot off her chest]]> Sinéad O’Connor is an artist who speaks her mind. Throughout her uncompromising 28-year career—in which she’s released nine critically acclaimed albums—the Irish musician has never been shy about sharing her opinions.]]>