Jeff Terich


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Out-of-print gems? Racks and stacks? The best spots for finding vinyl records, old and new Read more

Best of San Diego


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Sushi and dancing? Goth nights? The best clubs for all sorts of musical revelry Read more

Best of San Diego


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King Khan’s been known to perform with a variety of different acts, but psychedelic garage group The Shrines are by far his best project. Read more

If I Were U


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Kenseth Thibideau, who is probably best known for playing in bands such as Sleeping People and Howard Hello, has launched a new project called Welcome to San Diego. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Shone never relents on the heaviness, here, but from what I can tell, that’s no longer the primary driver of his musical direction. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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Chelsea Wolfe is one of my favorite contemporary artists and she seems to get better with each album. Her most recent, last year’s Hiss Spun, is her best yet. Read more

If I Were U


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The intimacy of the record is certainly matched by the narratives in Nadler’s lyrics. A great deal of For My Crimes deals with grief, separation and heartbreak, as evident in “I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore” or “Are You Really Gonna Move to the Read more

Music Feature


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In fact, while Dream has been around for six years, it’s now one of many labels based in San Diego that regularly release cassettes. Read more

Music Feature


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Earlier this year, Warsaw’s Demetrius Antuña and writer Adam Gnade released a collaborative EP through Three One G titled Voicemails from the Great Satan. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Improvement Among Guests is the third Mr. Foxx release in 2018, and it’s an unconventional release in that it’s a single track that spans the length of an album. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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There’s only one festival in San Diego that’s free, all-ages and features two days worth of great music, including a long list of the best local bands Read more

If I Were U

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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


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This week I’m devoting some space in this column to some of the albums and EPs to look forward to from underground and indie artists in San Diego. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Within the first minute of “Circle,” the leadoff track from new album Vol. II, the band set themselves apart as something epic and heroic. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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Glasgow’s Chvrches have released three albums’ worth of tuneful, richly produced synth-pop, and I’m a sucker for it. Read more

If I Were U


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

Fall Arts


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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


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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

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

If I Were U

Lost Transmission is a much more diverse set of songs than fivepaw’s debut EP, making connections between ambient and progressive electronic sounds with Krautrock, darkwave and pop. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio