March 18 2015
The fact of the matter is that even Hot Nerds don't exactly know how to describe their music. It's certainly weird, and the members of the group (Joyner, O'Connell and Alia Jyawook on keyboards) are just...
March 18 2015
Bringing those out-of-town bands to San Diego is a fairly structured process. It usually begins with a booking agent, who'll ask the venue to hold a series of dates for their band, after which point the...
March 17 2015
Every spring, more than 100 demo CDs, tapes and MP3 files pile up in CityBeat's mailbox and email inbox as we prepare for that great annual tradition: The Great Demo Review
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Feb. 26 2014
This batch also comprises a pretty wide range of music. We still got the expected garage rockers, punks and reggae jam bands-and more than a few familiar names-but we also heard a lot of bands this year...
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Feb. 25 2014
Despite having been a band only since 2012, the members of Ed Ghost Tucker have a long history together.
Feb. 25 2014
Gary Wilson's live shows-he's been known to incorporate bizarre costumes, sexy mannequins and messy onstage antics involving bags of flour and other unlikely items-freak out the squares and inspire the...
March 6 2013
It used to be that music snobs would turn up their noses at genres like pop-punk or soft-rock. These days, though, even the most uncool sounds are cool again, as we've seen with the rise of sentimental...
March 6 2013
Aki Kharmicel can't stop. A local rapper and self-described "beat head," he keeps his two Akai MPC beat machines on 24/7, and brings them along whenever he travels
March 6 2013
We got a lot of demos for this year's Great Demo Review. No, seriously. We got a lot-way more than we usually do. We got 223, to be exact.
March 5 2013
Dustin Illingworth has always been a scrupulous songwriter. He has an innate, some would say God-given talent for pop hooks and composition, but it doesn't always come easy to him
March 7 2012
We don't put together the Great Demo Review to pick on the music scene. We want to discover new sounds, highlight great artists and clue you in to music that might've otherwise been over looked
March 7 2012
Ask anyone who pays attention to local music and they'll tell you that the scene is getting bigger each year. Nowadays, San Diego has more buzz-worthy acts, a wider array of live-music venues and a growing...
March 7 2012
Orko Eloheim is one of San Diego's most influential and prolific hip-hop artists, but he remains an enigma
March 7 2012
Tim Lowman has big plans for Low Volts, his one-man band. Think bottom-heavy riffs tearing out of a stack of amplifiers. Pounding drums with the power to crack sternums. An enormous structure of two lightning...
March 2 2011
Ever since we started doing the Local Music Issue in 2004, CityBeat's Great Demo Review has worked like a musical game of Russian roulette
March 2 2011
I've just made Gayle Skidmore cry. “Stop the tape,” she requests, pointing to my voice recorder
March 2 2011
Let's face it: You can't be a rock star anymore. Record sales have plummeted, and major labels are looking for the next Justin Bieber
March 2 2011
If you follow music trends, chances are you've heard of Art Fag Recordings, the record label that Mario Orduno runs out of his two-bedroom house in North Park
March 9 2010
Even after an accident nearly killed them, these screamo kids never thought about giving up
March 25 2008
Compassionately waterboarding kittens or, in other words, reviewing local demo albums


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