Seth Combs, former CityBeat staffer and current contributor and one-time editor-in-chief of Pacific San Diego, confirmed this week that he plans to launch a new website called GFYSanDiego.com on Jan. 11, 2011. Combs will work with contributors to cover music, art, food, sex and nightlife with an irreverent twist, he tells CityBeat. The website doesn't have financial backing, and contributors will work for free until the site starts making money, he says. Drop by a pre-launch party at Soda Bar on Saturday, Dec. 11, to pick up a printed 'zine with sample articles. Pretty Too Bad, a new band featuring members of The Transit War and Irradio, will perform along with Roxy Jones and Primitive Noyes.
Keep an eye out for Dirty Gold, a new indie-pop band from North County. They've been playing as a band for just two months, but the high-schoolers have already signed to Autumn Tone Records, an L.A.based label run by the people behind the Aquarium Drunkard blog. Autumn Tone plans to release Dirty Gold's debut EP early next year. They'll play their first show at Tin Can Ale House on Friday, Dec. 17. The Never Never, Catwalk and The Clouds will also perform.
Indie-rockers Goodbye Blue Monday, who've been on hiatus since 2007, are getting back together to play a 10-year anniversary show at The Casbah on Feb. 4. John Meeks and Manuok will also perform. In conjunction, Loud Clear Records will release a new compilation of GBM rarities. It's unclear, however, what the band has planned beyond that. “Right now, we just want to work hard to make sure Feb. 4 is the best we can make it,” guitarist Demetrius Antuna says via e-mail.
Singer-songwriter Gary Jules will perform at the San Diego Museum of Man on Friday, Dec. 10, to kick off a benefit concert series dubbed “An Evening Under the Dome….” Tickets are $75 to $125.
'Tis the season for toy drives.
Alas, there are so many this week that we couldn't fit them into this column. Check our music blog— Check 1, Check 2—for a full listing.