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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.
Dec. 28 2011
It’s Christmas night, and the bar just realized that Santa drank all the milk the night before. So, what do you do, hot shot? Grab the nearest guy with man boobs, a pair of scissors and get those
Dec. 28 2011
We music writers at CityBeat have diverse, sometimes wildly divergent tastes. So, it’s hard for us to say what album deserves to be called the best in 2011
Dec. 21 2011
Since when do the holidays mean getting eggnogged drunk while looking like Ralphie unwrapping a BB gun? Yes, the onesie pajama parties were everywhere last weekend. Whether it was El-D’s Pajama J
Dec. 14 2011
The folks at El Camino spent the entire weekend celebrating the club's second anniversary with local celebutantes coming out en masse to dance to DJs like Hoff and Mike Delgado. But as evidenced by t
Dec. 7 2011
There aren’t that many cool dives left in San Diego that haven’t been taken over by a bunch of fist-pumpers or hipsters (been around 30th and University lately?), but Tower Bar in City Heigh
Nov. 30 2011
A whiskey drinker, I’m getting a little sick of all the scenesters co-opting my drink. Seemed like everywhere I looked on Sunday night at Cafe Sevilla’s new club, some trend-hopping boozehou
Nov. 23 2011
The king of the Downtown fist-pumping clubs, Fluxx, went with a rather pedophilic “Sweet Shoppe” aesthetic for its new winter theme, complete with candy-cane forests, go-go dancers inside gi
Nov. 23 2011
It’s just another day at Game Empire, the Kearny Mesa store where people with a predilection for roleplaying and fantasy-style games have been congregating for more than a decade
Nov. 16 2011
It might be unfair to judge this newish band by what ncould be considered clear influences. But if they can’t channel those ninfluences into something less referential, then their music is fair ngame...
Nov. 16 2011
I was telling someone just the other day how much I miss Landlord Jim’s
Nov. 9 2011
Despite six years at the same location and Saturday night’s models looking like extras from a Fischerspooner concert, Fashion Whore is still going strong at The Ruby Room. Attendance was a bit sp
Nov. 9 2011
I first met Hammond when I was sitting in my car in the parking lot at the Educational Cultural Complex in Southeast San Diego, when he stealthily approached and asked, “Hey man, are you listening...
Nov. 9 2011
For Peter Wolf Crier, no angle could be more important than whether the listener wants to listen to their music
Nov. 2 2011
On any given weekend, walking around the Gaslamp after last call makes for some great people watching. Often resembling some kind pre-walk-of-shame ritual, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see pl
Oct. 26 2011
Sorry, that’s not Paul Wall and, no, he’s not dating Scary Spice. It’s just a guy who thinks mouth grills are still cool and a go-go dancer who’s a wee bit past her prime (pilates
Oct. 26 2011
There’s just nothing particularly polarizing about the guy; the closest he’s ever gotten to offensiveness is naming his tongue-in-cheek metal side-project Goblin Cock
Oct. 19 2011
It’s a dispiriting thing to see one of San Diego’s best bands or artists pack up and leave for a more buzz-friendly city like L.A. or Austin, only to blow up once they get there. I
Oct. 19 2011
For the uninitiated, this might just sound like some uninhibited, unadulterated fun. But for Freedia, bounce—and all the popping, locking, vibrating and wiggling that comes with it—is a core...
Oct. 12 2011
I was just thinking the other day, God, I miss Moose McGillycuddy’s. I wish Downtown had another faux-Irish, corporate chain pub, ’cause there certainly aren’t enough already. And behol
Oct. 12 2011
Once LaValle took the stage a little before midnight, joined by a cast of new and old bandmates, the crowd seemed a little restless. Luckily, they stuck around for LaValle’s 13-song set

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