Seth Combs has covered the San Diego arts and music scene for over a decade. He's also written for Spin, Zagat and The Hollywood Reporter. He likes dogs and comic books, but is pretty iffy on your band.
Oct. 15 2013
I got my singing voice from my mom. When I was young, she used to wake me up by singing New Kids on the Block songs. I'd scream at her to stop her torturous pterodactyl screeching of "Hangin' Tough."
Oct. 15 2013
I love authentic soul food. When I first moved here from Atlanta more than 10 years ago, I had a pretty rigid idea of how soul food should taste
Aug. 7 2013
"In my paintings, I like to explore themes of isolation, disconnection and hypocrisy, all within grander themes of love, religion and society," says Krissy Fernandez, who grew up in the Philippines and...
July 31 2013
Charles Bergquist has built a solid résumé while working for the likes of Vice, Fuel TV, Pitchfork, Oakley and Bebe, as well as shooting music videos for acts like Matthew Dear...
May 28 2013
Nowadays, there really is a smartphone application for just about everything. Need a Zippo lighter to raise up at a concert? There's an app for that
April 10 2013
The frontman of the local folk-punk group Sledding with Tigers, Faughnder has nearly two hours of music available to download-mostly for free-on his band's website
April 2 2013
"Hello," says a voice on the other line. "Is this, uh, Mr. Haggard?" "Why, yes it is." Holy shit! I think. What do I ask?! This is Merle. Fucking. Haggard!
March 20 2013
Neko grew up around that scene and has been participating in it since 1991, after he was initially inspired by the Old English graffiti lettering he saw at Grant Hill Park. He points out the Golden Hill...
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
Feb. 20 2013
There's just something about Kelly Vivanco's eyes. Well, not so much her eyes, although they are a striking bluish-gray. Rather, it's the eyes in her signature mix of pop-surrealism and...
Aug. 22 2012
1. Mean Nothings, Dead TV News (2004): Described as a combination of "music, theatre and spoken-word," this rough cut of an impending album is the musical equivalent of taint.
Aug. 22 2012
In no particular order, we give you the artists we couldn't stop listening to from 2002 to 2012
March 28 2012
In 2010, The Locust and All Leather frontman Justin Pearson made his literary debut with autobiography From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry. Now, he's back with another memoir, which can...
March 21 2012
It's a bit annoying when your photographer's trying to take a photo of the two of you for the last Shot on Scene and you're photobombed by two hipster cuties making duckfaces. Thanks, l
March 14 2012
You know what's great about a place like Henry's Pub that separates it from all the corporate-bullshit bars that come and go in the Gaslamp? The fact that you can show up on a Thursday night
March 14 2012
One could argue that every "garage rock" band throughout history was actually nothing but a wannabe pop band that didn't have the pipes or the chops to make something wholly original. They know...
March 7 2012
Touristy clubs—let's call them “trubs”—are a dime a dozen in the Gaslamp, and the reigning trub queen is Whiskey Girl, which just reopened in a new location
Feb. 29 2012
Remember when Mardi Gras was just about a little indulgence before fasting for Lent and not about getting shit-faced, collecting worthless beads and showing your privates to strangers? Yeah, well, nob
Feb. 22 2012
Remember Dreamstreet? It's likely that every local-music fan saw a bad band or three at the Ocean Beach venue before it closed last May. It was replaced by a sports bar called Mother's Ocean
Feb. 22 2012
New Mexico is still one of the best bands in San Diego. Period


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