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Club nights come and go, but Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St.) in South Park is getting ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Britpop night, F#!kin’ in the Bushes, on Friday, Aug. 16. Read more

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Five years went by between Be Forest’s last album and their most recent, Knocturne. To hear lead singer Costanza Delle Rose tell it, a lot happened in that span of time. Read more

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Machacek spent a good part of the past three years in his studio. During that time, he has married paper with ink, paint and a myriad of other media to give life to his upcoming exhibition, Music in the Key of Blue. Read more



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Some may say The Marías are quite literally a product of true love. They wouldn’t be wrong. Read more

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Of all the words that could be used to describe San Diego-based musician Dani Bell, prolific is probably the most fitting. Read more

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Saying that local hip hop artist Miki Vale stumbled upon playwriting wouldn’t be completely accurate. Read more

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The record is McMahon’s complex attempt at finally letting go of his identity, relinquishing his past, forgiving his foes and finding humanity in himself through others. Read more

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Photo by Kristin Cofer

In Call of the Void, the third full-length album from Lumerians, the band doesn’t completely distance themselves from who they were. Read more

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Steffanie Strathdee is the associate dean of global health sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Read more

People of the Year

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Deeply immersed in motherhood, aware of her self-worth and grateful for the women around her. This is the Chan Marshall behind Wanderer, her 10th full-length album as Cat Power. Read more

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It’s an old refrain. People have been saying it since the ’60s, but apparently now it’s real: Rock ‘n’ roll is dead. And electric guitars aren’t feeling too well either. Read more

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For most queens, coronations are once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, but local hip-hop artist MC Flow wants to keep her special, cannabis-infused party going for as long as she can. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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Photo by Hollie Fernando

The multiple faces of womanhood and all the experiences that come with it—from friendship and sex to love and assault—are mirrored in each of the songs on Dream Wife. Read more

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Many political podcasts have popped up since the 2016 election, and Mueller, She Wrote is unique in the regard that it aims to help listeners navigate the intricate roads of the Trump-Russia investigation. Read more