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.
Album Leaf
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
Oct. 5 2011
Fall is here, the weather's getting cooler, and that means I'll be seeing a lot more stupid headgear at El D's “Dub Dorado” on Wednesday nights. I thought the whole “spir
Oct. 5 2011
Recorded primarily in a San Diego apartment during a rainy winter, Dreamers has roots in both Phil Spector's “wall of sound” and late-'70s no-wave, but repeated listens reveal an array...
Sept. 28 2011
Analog proved its street cred on Saturday night by booking Miami house DJ Lazaro Casanova, all but announcing that it's gunning for Voyeur's and El Dorado's PBR dollars. But, alas, even with
Sept. 21 2011
This space is usually dedicated to nighttime shots, but when everybody's favorite, uh, domestic partners, are caught drinking Coors and smoking cigs while our photographer is making his way back
Sept. 14 2011
Dunn says he's been “overwhelmed by the positivity” from his nightlife peers. Anybody with a story is welcome to contribute, and Dunn is working on a feature that will allow contributors...
Sept. 14 2011
My favorite part of North by North Park, er, North Park Music—um, wait a minute here—San Diego Music Thing? The awesome set from Crystal Antlers at Bar Pink?
Sept. 14 2011
Whether Zumba is like Yoga (here to stay) or Tae Bo (a passing trend) remains to be seen. Peña says she'll continue to teach it primarily because she knows that there are so many people like...
Sept. 14 2011
San Diego is the most soulless city I've ever been in. OK, before you get all, like, “Oh, that Seth Combs—what an asshole,” or start flooding my editor's inbox with love-it-or-leave-it...
Sept. 7 2011
Voyeur gave Chippendales a run for its money last Tuesday night. Helping raise money for a colleague with steep veterinary bills, dudes from the local nightlife scene undressed to impress for The Disc
Aug. 31 2011
Look, I know the guys in local electro-rock duo Hyena are dreamy and all, but I haven't seen this many Downtown chickenheads and bottlerats at a Friday-night Casbah show since -- well, since Hyena played...
Aug. 31 2011
Anyone who's seen John Meeks live knows that, while there are many highlights, the real sparks fly when the country troubadour asks Joanie Mendenhall to join him on stage
Aug. 31 2011
Let's face it -- most of the time, rock reunions are pretty stupid. Sometimes they can be kinda cool, allowing music fans another chance to see a beloved group. Some bands do it right (Led Zeppelin, Wire,...
Aug. 24 2011
What had this young lady so happy that she was willing to lick the face of this mustachioed John Holmes lookalike? Was it the $4 Gummi Bear-flavored Jell-O shots? The disco boogie of Cosmic Dan? No, i
Aug. 24 2011
While San Diego has many smaller-tier music fests, the debate continues as to why the city doesn't have a large-scale event
Aug. 17 2011
The big winner at the San Diego Music Awards this year? None other than Wade Youman. The former drummer of Unwritten Law pulled a Kanye last Monday night, storming the stage during The Little St
Aug. 17 2011
Back when I first reported on Beaters in early 2009, I had a good feeling that their skuzzy, drug-punk anthems would soon make every indie hipster from here to Williamsburg cream in his jeggings
Aug. 10 2011
Here's a funny joke I heard at the Freaks & Femmes Carnivale Extravaganza at Brick by Brick on Friday night: “What's the difference between a stripper and a burlesque dancer? A stri
Aug. 3 2011
It's a story as old as rock 'n' roll itself: They were a band ahead of their time and who never got the big break they deserved
July 27 2011
Vile, a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, is, at the moment, a critics' darling thanks to his fourth full-length LP, the recently released Smoke Ring for my Halo