San Diego CityBeat - Music feature <![CDATA[Courtney Barnett breaks out - Australian singer / songwriter pairs infectious melodies with peculiar anecdotes]]> Barnett’s first EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, put her name out there, but the follow-up, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose—which includes “Avant Gardener” and the infectious “History Eraser”—landed her international acclaim.]]> <![CDATA[The Aquabats are saving the world! - Costumed ska heroes spread a positive message]]> For some, the image of The Aquabats looms large in the imagination. Years before the advent of YouTube, they made their live show a multimedia experience, with video interludes, onstage battles, bopping beach balls and toddlers crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts.]]> <![CDATA[Boris’ amplifier worship - Tokyo trio obliterates expectations]]>  Named after an epic track by The Melvins, Boris isn’t a band that entirely makes sense on paper.]]> <![CDATA[Cloud Nothings work hard, play hard - Cleveland indie rockers are light on frills, heavy on melody]]>

Let’s get this out of the way: Dylan Baldi, the founder and core of the Cleveland post-hardcore band Cloud Nothings, is 22 years old.

<![CDATA[Wye Oak divide and conquer on new album - Baltimore duo use geographical obstacles to their advantage]]> Jenn Wasner didn’t play guitars on Wye Oak’s Shriek, instead focusing on bass and vocals, while Andy Stack took up synth duties.]]> <![CDATA[Lee Fields’ soul salvation - R&B singer preaches the gospel of feeling good]]>

Lee Fields may have to get a pulpit. The man can preach. Put aside the fiery funk jams and sweet soul serenades that define his remarkable 45-year career—when the veteran singer talks, it’s a different kind of sermon.

<![CDATA[The sonic redemption of Prayers - Cross-border duo combines contrasting subcultures with ‘cholo-goth’ music]]> In Sherman Heights, where Prayers frontman Rafael Reyes grew up, summers were far from picturesque.]]> <![CDATA[Tombs strike gold on third album - New York metal band opens up their extreme sound]]> Savage Gold, released Tuesday, June 10, via Relapse, simultaneously sounds like the work of the band that recorded Path of Totality and something new altogether.]]> <![CDATA[The rebirth of Failure - Alt-rock innovators return to play for a new audience]]>

In late 1996, Los Angeles alternative-rock trio Failure seemed on the verge of something huge. They’d just released their sprawling third album, Fantastic Planet, and its lead single, “Stuck on You,” earned them airplay on stations like 91X and KROQ

<![CDATA[Pink Mountaintops’ summer jams - Stephen McBean captures a feel-good psychedelic sound]]> But Get Back, the fourth album by McBean’s experimental pop-rock project Pink Mountaintops, was pushed back for years while McBean tried to find the right players and environment to not only make it, but to actually be properly prepared to make it.]]> <![CDATA[Protomartyr’s Motor City murk - Detroit band’s post-punk is darkly satirical]]> When asked why he got into music, Protomartyr vocalist Joe Casey attributes it to one simple thing: “Boredom.”]]> <![CDATA[Lower leave the darkness behind - Denmark post-punks seek warmer climes]]> In June, Lower will release their long-awaited full-length debut, Seek Warmer Climes, via Matador Records, and it’s likely to catch some listeners by surprise.]]> <![CDATA[Survival Knife pursue a progressive punk agenda - Olympia group features ex-members of Unwound]]> This is significant, given how prolific Trosper was in his 20s. From 1991 to 2002, he fronted Unwound—an influential post-hardcore trio that released seven albums and toured frequently. ]]> <![CDATA[The rise and fall of Deadphones - How hard work and dedication helped do in the promising San Diego band]]> Members of the band tell CityBeat they’re throwing in the towel. Though Deadphones aren’t "breaking up" officially, they aren’t pursuing new opportunities, either.]]> <![CDATA[Nathan Hubbard embarks on an ambitious project - Drummer pays tribute to Encinitas with an avant-garde series]]> The jazz of Encinitas and Everything After is decidedly avant-garde—you won’t hear any chill surf licks on these records.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![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.]]>