Nov. 24 2015
Alex Capella performs and records under the name Bakkuda. She also stands apart from much of the music that characterizes San Diego. In a scene heavy on guitar-based indie rock, Capella is a performer...
Nov. 18 2015
When it came time to start writing songs for their third album, the members of Seattle-based punk/metal band Black Breath ran into some trouble: their own ambition and artistic restlessness
Nov. 11 2015
Yo La Tengo just might be the best cover band in America. There’s just one catch: They’re not actually a cover band. For 31 years, the Hoboken, New Jersey, band has been steadily amassing a...
Nov. 4 2015
It’s apparent within a few moments of speaking with Leon Bridges that the cool he exudes is genuine. The singer/songwriter’s subtle southern drawl and off-the-cuff humility are infectious
Oct. 28 2015
The first sound you hear on Windhand's new album Grief's Infernal Flower is the comforting crackle of fire. The second sound is one familiar to fans of the Richmond-based five-piece: an electric guitar
Oct. 21 2015
Flipper’s reputation precedes them. The San Francisco punk band became legends for their slow-churning, noise-addled sound, which mixes a DIY hardcore spirit with a penchant for feedback and the...
Oct. 13 2015
San Diego is a town of perpetual sunshine, but it casts a long shadow. This is no surprise to those who have dwelled in the dank corners of San Diego's musical community
Oct. 7 2015
At its best, metal can provide a form of escapism that few other musical genres can. There's an inherently cathartic aspect to music played loud, fast and heavy
Sept. 30 2015
The votes have been cast, the social media campaigns have run their course and soon we'll find out who will take home trophies at the 25th anniversary San Diego Music Awards ceremony
Sept. 23 2015
Whether you love her or hate her, it's hard to ignore Peaches. The Canadian singer and performance artist has engaged and polarized audiences for two decades with musical takes on recurring themes of gender,...
Sept. 16 2015
Pop artist and Las Vegas native Shamir Bailey has penned his own paean to his home city, “Vegas” but it's one that comes with the authority of someone who spent his formative years coming up...
Sept. 9 2015
The man playing that saxophone, Kamasi Washington, was a crucial supporting player in the making of that album, having also arranged all of the strings that appear on To Pimp a Butterfly. Washington has...
Sept. 2 2015
These days, Diet Cig—a budding young band based out of New Paltz, New York—is becoming known far and wide for its ultra-catchy pop-rock, penned by Luciano and powered by punk energy and the...
Aug. 26 2015
Funk lives on, generations after its renaissance in the '60s and '70s, and few artists have done more in recent years to keep that pocket deep than Los Angeles musician Damon Riddick, better known as Dâm-Funk
Aug. 19 2015
Live performance is the essence of who Savages are and what they do. In a phone call from a hotel room in Italy between festival performances, Thompson explains that, for a while, it was the only thing...
Aug. 12 2015
Raekwon the Chef isn't much of a destiny guy. The Staten Island rapper is more of the you-create-your-own kind. But it's impossible not to think that Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is the album he was destined...
Aug. 5 2015
Circuit des Yeux's new album In Plain Speech, released in May via Thrill Jockey, is also indirectly a result of Fohr's own soul searching about the role of an artist and her relationship to the audience
July 29 2015
Modern rock can mean any number of things, but for the Delta Saints it's a swampy sound with a kick, born of their native bayou surroundings
July 22 2015
When he picks up the phone to chat with CityBeat, Matt Pike is in his part-time home of New Orleans, where he's nursing a painful broken toe-it looks like a "huge sausage," he says-and a nagging case...
July 15 2015
"It`s hard to talk about this stuff as if I know what I'm talking about." Doug Martsch doesn't give himself enough credit. The guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who has fronted Built to Spill...


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