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For anyone who’s ever wondered what growing up and living in Oceanside is like, it’d be difficult to find a better window into that life than rapper Dezzy Hollow’s latest album, Fireside. Read more

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Tatsuya Nakatani has become something of a legend among fans of noise music in San Diego. A percussionist and sound artist from Osaka, Japan, he plays with gongs, drum toms and other percussion instruments. Read more

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Even at its most mechanized, there’s a very human sensitivity at the heart of O/X’s work. Read more

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Julian Klincewicz is only 23 years old, but he’s already achieved huge success as an artist and videographer. Known for his dreamlike, lo-fi shooting style, he’s traveled to iconic locales like New York, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo Read more

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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

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A quick listen to Mdou Moctar’s outstanding new album, Ilana (The Creator), and it’s evident that the West African guitarist draws heavily from the “desert blues” roots of Tuareg guitar bands, such as the legendary Tinariwen from Mali. Read more

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Flipper is one of those bands that every fan of punk seems to know about, even if they’ve never listened to them before. Read more

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God bless Record Store Day. At a time when many retail shops are struggling due to online shopping, this annual event—now in its 12th year—keeps customers interested in local, brick-and-mortar record shops. Read more

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“The American dream is such a universal idea,” Ondara says, explaining that Kenyans back home think of the United States as a beacon for economic opportunity and personal freedom. Read more

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The ghost of controversial rapper XXXTentacion has come to haunt a local band. Read more

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When a proper funk album comes out in San Diego, that’s cause for celebration. And local saxophonist and singer Karl Denson’s new effort, Gnomes & Badgers, is damn funky. Read more

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Rhythm Box is the second of 12(!) full-length albums that Rafter (who performs under his first name) plans to release over the next 12 months. Read more

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Back in the 1980s, hardcore punks gave San Diego the nickname “Slow Death” because it was the scariest place you could go to see a show. Read more

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In May 2015, Transfer played a final show at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival. Then they quietly took a hiatus to focus on other things like raising kids, jobs and other music projects. Read more

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According to Lucas Rohm and Brendan McCourt of local party-rockers Chugboat, more and more musicians have been straying from the reggae path in pursuit of other feel-good sounds. Read more

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Coakley and his friends have no idea who Karp is, but for years they’ve been captivated by his image. A glossy, black-and-white headshot found in a dumpster in 1994 has been the engine behind what they call a “profoundly irrelevant” art movement. Read more

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Peter Holslin, CityBeat music editor and master of this blog, is roughing it at the Civic Center for the third night in a row to cover Occupy San Diego. Or the "We are the 99 Percent" movement. Or <a href="h... Read more


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Some question the point of the city's effort to publicly release reviews of police shootings Read more