San Diego CityBeat - Music feature http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-115-1-music-feature.html <![CDATA[Idyll Wild builds a rich sonic world - Quintet takes time to get their sound right]]> When the members of Idyll Wild close the door to their cozy Ocean Beach studio and rehearsal space, the outside world disappears. ]]> <![CDATA[Johnny Marr hits his solo stride - Former Smiths guitarist moves beyond his storied past]]>

Johnny Marr has new goals. You’d think the guitarist for The Smiths would be content more than 30 years into his storied career. He’s not.

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<![CDATA[The sun-baked sound of Allah-Las - L.A. psych-rockers navigate the eternal summer]]> A band like Allah-Las couldn’t come from Brooklyn. They couldn’t be from Austin or Portland or any other hipster-band enclave across the country. They’re just too California.]]> <![CDATA[Pallbearer transcend through doom - Arkansas metal band thinks outside the riff]]>

 Pallbearer, a metal quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas, have sadness and loss encoded in their name.

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<![CDATA[Alvvays keep jangle-pop alive - Toronto quintet stay true to DIY and C86]]> In the summer of 2013, Canadian indie rockers Alvvays (pronounced “always”) were rounding out two years of living in Toronto after relocating from Nova Scotia and had slowly amassed an album’s worth of studio recordings. ]]> <![CDATA[United Nations are an intense art-punk committee - Hardcore group blends satire with a furious sound]]> Even though Geoff Rickly is the only constant in United Nations, he concedes that even he’s not essential to the survival of the band.]]> <![CDATA[Rhye are masters of sensual balladry - Los Angeles duo crafts emotion-soaked love songs]]> “I don’t hear this woman in me that everyone hears.” Michael Milosh, half of the indie electro / R&B duo Rhye, doesn’t understand the worldwide fascination with his voice. It is, admittedly, a curious instrument.]]> <![CDATA[10 terrifying songs for Halloween - An extra-scary phantom playlist]]>

 If you go to a Halloween party this year, you’ll almost certainly hear some combination of “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” and, at the cooler parties, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” That’s all fine and good, but in order to tap into the menacing potential of All Hallow’s Eve, why not take a scary music playlist to its illogically traumatizing extreme?

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<![CDATA[Hall and Oates are a guilt-free pleasure - There’s no shame in this duo’s game]]>

Pick and choose certain moments from throughout Hall and Oates’ career, and you’ll come away with a pretty ridiculous picture. But whether you choose to ignore this or embrace it, it doesn’t overcome one important fact: As songwriters, Hall and Oates have a résumé that’s hard to argue with.

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<![CDATA[The Afghan Whigs’ not-so-quiet storm - Soulful rockers are fueled by a sensual darkness]]> Indeed, sex and melancholy are two of the most prevalent characteristics in The Afghan Whigs’ songwriting, dating all the way back to their aggressive 1990 Sub Pop Records debut, Up In It. ]]> <![CDATA[Island Boy is bound by rhythm - Richard Hunt-Rivera crafts a hypnotic dance-music fusion]]> Island Boy’s new album, Basic Instincts, which was self-released in June, is a sensual and sensorial journey through the far corners of dance music’s past, present and future.]]> <![CDATA[Underdogs of the San Diego Music Awards - Picks and predictions for this year’s ceremonies]]>

The San Diego Music Awards carries a lot of buzz around its Artist and Album of the Year categories, and anything that involves guitars. But there’s a lot more diversity than that.

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<![CDATA[Indie rockers Ought come together - Montreal band thrives on the dependence they have on each other]]> The Montreal-based band Ought is home between tours, but that doesn’t mean its four members are giving each other the kind of space they crave after weeks on the road.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[The Breeders make another splash - Iconic indie rockers get the cannonball rolling again]]> To coincide with the Last Splash’s 20th anniversary, the Deal sisters, Wiggs and MacPherson reunited for a tour that found them playing Last Splash in its entirety every night.]]> <![CDATA[Sebadoh and the art of feeling - Legendary indie-rockers confront a new era]]> For years, this venerable indie-rock band has plumbed some of humankind’s most awkward feelings. Anxiety, self-pity, resentment, confusion—this is where Sebadoh shines.]]> <![CDATA[Liars are a perpetual-motion machine - Ever-evolving art-rockers headline San Diego Music Thing]]> There’s nothing easy or orderly about the music that Liars make. Since forming in 2000 in Brooklyn, the band has been consistently on the move—both figuratively and literally.]]> <![CDATA[Terry Malts’ punk is scuzzy and wonderfully weird - Trio’s latest EP focuses on pop hooks]]> The promotional blurb that accompanies Terry Malts’ new Insides EP floats the idea that this might be the band’s most “pop” effort yet.]]> <![CDATA[Benjamin Booker keeps it simple - Singer / songwriter plays a manic, raw style of punk-blues]]>

 Benjamin Booker never set out to be a rock star. Watching his recent, high-energy performances on The Late Show with David Letterman or Conanyou might think otherwise.

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<![CDATA[Future Islands are new romantics - Baltimore synth-pop group is free of cynicism or irony]]> In a crowded and often unwieldy universe of indie rock—where irony-dispensing frontmen like Stephen Malkmus and Robert Pollard are regarded as patron saints—Future Islands stand out for evoking feelings of sincerity and romanticism. ]]>