Peter Holslin


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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Notes from the Smoking Patio

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



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

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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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

Notes from the Smoking Patio


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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

Notes from the Smoking Patio

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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