September 12, 2018 Issue

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Ruins, the first album to be released since First Aid Kit’s self-imposed sabbatical, is a mature effort featuring their signature vocal harmonies, which are as gorgeous as ever. Read more

Music Feature

Yesterday I again listened to “Cover Me Up” (for about the 100th time) and thought a lot about the perfection of it. The passion in that song gives me tears and chills every time. Read more

Letters to the Editor


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Hey, it’s early. No need to panic. That’s the upshot from local Republican stalwarts Spin spoke to this past week. Read more

Spin Cycle 2 Comments


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This was just too much. When I watched Williams’ “fall,” as it was described by The New York Times’ Wesley Morris on Monday, I did not see a “meltdown” or a “temper tantrum,” but rather, as Malcolm X once put it, chickens coming home to roost. Read more

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Photo by Aaron Rumley

This veddy English trifle (though it’s a two-hour, 40-minute trifle) opens North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 37th season. Read more


Anyone who suffered through the Four Loko craze of a decade ago knows the deal: combining uppers and downers is one of the most sought-after drug experiences of all time. Read more



Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

“This is a totally volunteer-ran space and we need more people here,” Rios-Mathioudakis says. “This Centro will represent our community if we have people from our community here.” Read more

Fall Arts


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Inheritance spotlights America’s epidemic of gun violence via the story of Sarah Winchester. Read more

Fall Arts


Photo by Josh Goldy

“In the future,” Binder recalls the doctor saying, “people will have to work harder to make themselves indispensible.” Out of this warped bootstrap view of the world, The Absolved was born. Read more

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The Driver is Red deftly balances the imposing weight of historical trauma with the immediacy of procedural tension. Read more

Fall Arts


Photo by Julia Dixon Evans

Trolley Dances, founded by Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater in 1999, takes audiences on a scenic route for site-specific dances peppered along select San Diego trolley stops and lines. Read more

Fall Arts


Photo by Eden Orfanos

In researching what would eventually become a one-woman show titled Women at War, Johannsen, the former artistic director of San Diego’s Stone Soup Theatre Company, spoke with the four woman soldiers who’d served in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2013. Read more

Fall Arts


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Our grievance? The shrouded-in-secrecy brutalization and subsequent death of Earl McNeil. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Those in desperate need of a cinema fix this fall won’t be disappointed. Read more



Photo by Ben Rayner

By and large, Dance On the Blacktop is a melancholy record, but it’s something that the band balances out with moments of hope and beauty. Read more

Music Feature


Photo by Margaret Nee

Margarat Nee was introduced to punk rock when she was just a kid, when her brother bought her father, an orchestra conductor, a copy of The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks as a gag gift Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

This month, I’m focusing on the latest in local rap, from a cross-border group, a goofball duo, a blissful cloud rapper and a strange satire. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Jesse Karras

"As an appreciator of music, I kind of want to know how much of this is being made from scratch, and how much of it is pre-sequenced?” says Jesse Karras, when asked about seeing live DJ performances. Read more

About Last Night


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For us, the second week in September signifies the beginning of fall much more accurately than Labor Day. Why? There’s always a new crop of visual art openings to indicate the seasonal change. Read more

Short List Event Picks

L.A. R&B artist Miguel has made an impressive arc from early, Prince-like jams to eventually having his music appear in the Pixar movie Coco. Read more

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