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Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Lulls began life as Ed Ghost Tucker, one of the best new local bands in recent years, with a dreamy and diverse indie rock sound that recalled the likes of Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors while offering a versatile instrumental approa... more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Singer/songwriter Pall Jenkins, of Black Heart Procession and Three Mile Pilot, has launched a new non-profit campaign called Basic Rules. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

San Diego's music scene lost one of its MVPs earlier this month when Jon Greene died unexpectedly on Nov. 8. He was 35 years old. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

A lot of us are still in a state of shock after Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, but that doesn't mean that people are remaining silent about it. more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

San Diego Music Thing returns to San Diego in a slightly more scaled back form this year. Yet there are still lots of great bands to see. Here are nine recommendations for those planning to show-hop. more

Nov 8, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

New Mexico is calling it quits. The long-running indie rock band, which changed their name from Apes of Wrath in 2010, will play their last show on Wednesday, November 9 at The Casbah. more

Nov 7, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Photo by John Brady

Members of Ilya and KATA have formed a new darkwave band called Warsaw. The group—which comprises vocalist/guitarist Demetrius Antuna, keyboardist/vocalist Rebecca Antuna, bassist John Mattos and drummer Lance LaFavre—are releasing their de... more

Nov 1, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

The Midnight Pine aren't the same band they used to be. Not exactly. As of 2015, they became a part of The Redwoods, a local artist collective and label that was co-founded by The Midnight Pine percussionist and songwriter Al Howard. more

Nov 1, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Whether or not you're the party-on-Monday type, there are plenty of options for live music and mischief on All Hallows' Eve. more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Queen Bee's Arts and Cultural Center has released a video critical of Donald Trump. "La Rata Blanca" ("The White Rat") features a salsa song that takes Trump to task for his derogatory remarks about the Latino community. more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Sleeping People are working on new material. The post-rock quartet has announced their first show in more than a year, taking place at Whistle Stop on Nov. 11. more

Oct 18, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Silent's debut album, A Century of Abuse , finds them arriving with a complete, albeit intense first full statement as a band. more

Oct 18, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Photo by Cari Veach

Heavy post-punk outfit Hours are getting ready to release their debut single. The group—which features members of Hexa, Nylon Apartments and Bleak Skies—is preparing to release "Different Executions" and "See the Way." more

Oct 11, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

One of the best shows I saw in 2015 was one of the most under the radar. During Make Music Day at Balboa Park, Esteban Flores, better known as Monochromacy, performed a set of abstract ambient guitar drones inside a small chapel adjacent to... more

Oct 4, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Belching Beaver Brewery has teamed up with The Deftones on a new collaborative beer. more

Oct 4, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Access Hip Hop is getting ready to close its doors. The Pacific Beach-based record store, which has been in business since 2001, is staying open for a little over a month before a tentative permanent closure in November. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

It’s hard not to be impressed by Big Bad Buffalo. The indie rock trio comprises former students of School of Rock San Diego, and the lessons clearly paid off. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Acid Varsity is becoming a radio show. The electronic music event, which happens every third Thursday at Kava Lounge, will now have a companion one-hour program on KNSJ 89.1 FM, every Wednesday night from 9-10 p.m. more

Sep 13, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

Seeing as how this is the Fall Arts issue, it only made sense for me to devote some space in this column to the new music releases on the horizon this fall. more

Sep 13, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio