April 17, 2019 Issue


Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

It seems fitting that, back in 2014, Rolling Stone knighted Cory Branan as one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” It wasn’t like Branan was some kind of spring chicken, having already released four records over 15 years. Read more

The Spotlight

It’s four sonic blasts of bouncy, pissy garage-rock that, given enough people enclosed in a small space, has the capacity to get people moving. A few listens and each song has the capacity to get stuck in your head, remaining there for days. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Joe Biden’s mistake is a mistake this entire culture has been making for too many decades now [“He’s from a different time,” From the Editor, April 3]. Read more

Letters to the Editor 1 Comments


Photo by Cathleen Berenyi

Mario Orduno's bringing some of his favorite groups together for Dream ’19, a two-night showcase of post-punk and synthwave happening at The Casbah on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Jackie Bryant

Smoking weed at Zacaz has been allowed for as long as anyone can remember. Rumors abound as to why that is, seeing as how consuming cannabis in Mexico is illegal and has been since 1920. Read more

CannaBitch 4 Comments

The words of Lizzie Wann will strike hard and fast for anyone who has an aging parent. Throughout The Hospice Bubble & Other Devastating Affirmations, her debut collection for Puna Press, she reminds the reader of the preciousness of time. Read more

Seen Local 1 Comments


Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

On Tuesday, April 9, the County Board of Supervisors accepted the Probation Department’s new approach report, which includes closing the day site in La Mesa and Reflections Youth Day Center in San Marcos. Read more


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Photo via Flickr / Nick Doty

This was a common refrain throughout February and March as San Diego seemed inundated with rainfall. For those who live on or near one of San Diego’s many canyons, such as myself, these rains can be particularly stressful. Read more

From the Editor

In December, the oversized toddler in the White House signed the 2018 Farm Act and removed industrial hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC) from the Schedule I controlled substances classification. Read more

A Side-Eye of Sanity


Images courtesy of Jason Gann

Around San Diego, other dispensaries are getting in the spirit of 420 with their own events and promotions. Read more



Photo courtesy of Cannabis Corpse

As if it wasn’t clear from the name, Cannabis Corpse is a cannabis-centric death metal band from Richmond, Virginia Read more

Music Feature

As a relatively new parent, the lacerating baby screams in the otherwise hushed first sequence of High Life hit especially close to home Read more


Mike Leigh’s Peterloo is proof that political cinema doesn’t need to be flashy or incendiary to be effective. Read more


For this 420 issue of CityBeat—while other writers celebrate the magic and the pleasure of Tetrahydrocannabinol—I’d like to share a cautionary tale. Read more

Sordid Tales

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Photo by Ingrid Pop

Both St. Louis’ Smino and Atlanta duo EarthGang have put out a steady stream of solid tracks over the last couple of years, but we’re particularly excited about Phoelix, a Chicago producer and singer who’s set to break out big this year. Read more

If I Were U

Is Shane a misunderstood young man who exaggerates rumors about himself to create a persona that’s larger than life? Or is he a violent psychopath who is one bad day away from ruining the lives of everyone in his path? Read more

The Floating Library

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Photo by Jim Cox

Jerrie Cobb has been rescued from obscurity thanks to Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her The Moon, which just made its West Coast premiere at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Read more



Image courtesy of the artist

It’s very difficult for younger generations to imagine a world without the internet, smartphones and social media. These days, it doesn’t seem like anything that’s underground or counter-culture remains that way for long. Read more

Short List Event Picks

Aries (March 21 - April 19): It’s important to be yourself, except on your tax return. There you should be someone who is buying a lot of things for your business. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo courtesy of Thorn Brewing Co.

Cannabis beer is not a thing. Marijuana beer is not a thing. I don’t care what it’s called, there’s no such thing as beer that will get you high and buzzed. Read more

Final Draught