April 7 2015
It's a Wednesday afternoon, and Josh Tillman is in a glade. A lemon glade, to be exact. The 33-year-old songwriter, better known as Father John Misty, is speaking to me by phone from another part...
Feb. 11 2015
I recently spoke with Juicy J over the phone, and he imparted some hard-earned lessons that are certain to help us all find success in this fast-changing world
Jan. 28 2015
You Blew It! started as a side project in 2009, and the band's gone through a lot in the six years since-including something like 12 lineup changes, Jones says
Nov. 26 2014
Pallbearer, a metal quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas, have sadness and loss encoded in their name
Sept. 10 2014
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
July 23 2014
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...
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April 28 2014
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
April 23 2014
The jazz of Encinitas and Everything After is decidedly avant-garde-you won't hear any chill surf licks on these records
March 19 2014
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
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...
Feb. 12 2014
Skeletonwitch-who'll play at House of Blues on Sunday, Feb. 16-stand in marked contrast to some of the more technical growlers out there.
Dec. 11 2013
Icona Pop-a duo composed of Caroline Hjelt, 26, and Aina Jawo, 27- hail from Sweden, a nation famed as much for its functional home furnishings as its polished pop music
Oct. 23 2013
For their new, self-titled album, Brooklyn's The Blow decided to do things the hard way. During the span of several years, the artsy electro-pop duo hunkered down to record samples of analog instruments...
Sept. 18 2013
In recent weeks, Hungtai's made the road a temporary home as he and his bandmates tour in support of their latest album, Drifters / Love is the Devil, a beautiful double LP-which came out on...
Aug. 28 2013
Scout Niblett's It's Up to Emma (released on Drag City in May), is one of the most emotionally rich albums to come out this year. Tightly wound with brooding guitars, raw drums and pained lyrics, it's...
July 24 2013
Ever have a 311 moment? Let's say you're at a party, sipping on a tall can of PBR and joking around with friends. All of a sudden, you remember the words to "Down," the 1995 anthem by Omaha rap-rock quintet...
June 19 2013
Hillcrest venue The Ruby Room closed its doors Monday, and will reopen July 1 as The Merrow. The Ruby Room co-owners Sean and Brittni Cute an nounced last week that they're...
June 5 2013
This week, I step down as CityBeat's music editor. (The new guy is Jeff Terich.) As a goodbye present, I'm giving you a list of artists who've done some cool stuff I would've written about if only...
June 5 2013
Don't expect to hear new music from indie-rock gloom merchants The Black Heart Procession any time soon. Black Heart main man Pall Jenkins says he and co-frontman Tobias Nathaniel have put the band...
June 4 2013
A master of chess with a bulletproof flow, the GZA has always seemed like a smart guy. But the Wu-Tang Clan co-founder (alternate nickname: The Genius) really shows his wisdom on his upcoming new...


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