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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.
May 11 2011
High-profile acts like Los Lobos, My Chemical Romance and Kanye West boycotted tour stops in the state; former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha started an organization called Sound...
May 4 2011
It wasn’t until I saw Lord Huron’s gorgeous video for “The Stranger” (off their second EP, Mighty) that I realized how unfairly dismissive I had been
April 12 2011
You’re probably not going to like Innerds. I’m not going to sit here and write about how you’ll love their music and how you simply must go see them live. It’s just not fair
March 30 2011
Jon Piotrowski might not be a household name, but he just released a greatest-hits record. Well, kind of
March 15 2011
Whether you noticed or not, goth-rock has made an impressive return despite the genre being often shunned by critics and musicians. Consider the elements of the genre—heavy keyboards, tribal drumming,...
March 2 2011
I’ve just made Gayle Skidmore cry. “Stop the tape,” she requests, pointing to my voice recorder
Feb. 16 2011
Barely a minute into a conversation with Lou Russell and you can hear melancholy in his voice. When asked to describe the state of Lou’s Records, the iconic Leucadia record store that Russell’s...
Feb. 9 2011
I blame the goth chick in high school for my predilection for “different” girls, but sub-gentrification of cliques is so 10 years ago. These days, anyone with a generally apathetic attitude...
Jan. 19 2011
If you were around in the late ’90s and you weren’t busy stockpiling cans of tuna for Y2K, chances are you remember The Verve hit “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” Funny thing about that...
Dec. 22 2010
Pinpointing when rockers accepted rappers as artists and peers is a matter of opinion. For Jeff Chang, who wrote the definitive hip-hop tome Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, and Chuck Klosterman, a...
Dec. 22 2010
“Polo Joe” with a can of spray paint For the first three weeks, I was just like everyone else in the scene—tweeting about Shepard Fairey sightings or inquiring on Facebook as to the whereabouts...
Dec. 8 2010
TV: Being Human It sounds like the premise for a slapstick fantasy sit-com: A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost try to share a flat in Bristol, England. But BBC 3’s Being Human is a lot darker and...
Dec. 1 2010
Most drummers throughout rock history have had a bad case of frontmanitis. It’s a syndrome that goes by many other names and has degrees of severity, but the symptoms are all too familiar: Wistful...
Nov. 24 2010
About a minute or two into Tobie Milford’s affected and affecting debut EP, ALYOSHA, you might get the sense that something’s not quite right. What is it? You close your eyes while listening,...
Oct. 27 2010
At some point, music fans got a little too greedy with subgenres. In music, everybody wants to be different. Everybody needs to be an individual. Everybody believes his band or her music is special when,...
Oct. 13 2010
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” That’s how the saying goes. So it was a little awkward to see the Rock Church getting a little dirty by hosting the “Great porn Debate”...
Aug. 4 2010
Locals Only As music fans began placing their votes for the San Diego Music Awards this week, hiphop blog SDRaps.com launched a write-in campaign for Mitchy Slick, a gangsta rapper from Southeast San Diego...
June 1 2010
Writer and poet Lizz Huerta seduces her audiences with a uniquely frank outlook
May 18 2010
The king of surf rock, an all-star hip-hop reunion and some brainwashing noise rock are just three of the 19 shows we’re excited about this week
May 18 2010
Lauren DeRose and Linda Perry form a mutual-admiration society, Jimmy LaValle splits from longtime backing musicians, Enrique experiences 2Pac overload and we get the lowdown from some Ears We Trust

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