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Warpaint doesn't care what you think. Over the course of 12-plus years, the Los Angeles quartet has worked to refine their genre-busting brand of moody, atmospheric rock without a care for much outside of their own creative impulses. more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

For years, Leaf has been using art to document the lives of Olango and others killed by San Diego police with various graphic designs, including a series of portraits he calls “San Diego Stolen Lives.” more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

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

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Local artist Susie Ghahremani has done well with her Boygirlparty brand of merchandise. She’s developed a base of loyal customers who seemingly can’t get enough of cutesy animal characters that adorn everything from baby clothes to stationa... more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local

Well Well Well’s music isn’t as heavy as that of the members’ other band, instead blending folk, psychedelia and synth-pop into an eclectic mixture. more

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

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Photo by Chris Lee

As Digable Planets get ready for the next leg of their tour, however, Doodlebug says they’re also planning on doing something they haven’t done for a long time: Make new music. more

Aug 17, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

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Photo by Otis Caldwell

For as much press has been given to a supposed resurgence of vinyl, the increase in demand (and by extension, supply) has only added to the hurdles that record stores face. more

Aug 10, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

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Photo by Darren Bradley

Frank Green, multi-instrumentalist, describes the album as being more aggressive than its predecessor, though he notes that the basic elements of their sound are still there. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Notes from the Smoking Patio

A monthly feature where we track down the stories behind San Diego’s most colorful murals. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local

It’s this facet that makes Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum one of the best-kept secrets in San Diego. Spread out over 55 acres in the heart of Vista, the museum recently celebrated its 40th year and just wrapped up its annual Antique Engi... more

Jun 29, 2016 12:00 AM Features

It takes three U.S. Border Patrol agents to unlock the gate and pry open its salt-eroded door. Holding her 10-year-old daughter Yvette’s hand, Castañon walks nervously across the dirt and rocks leading up to the border fence, stumbling a bi... more

May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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These days, Michael James Armstrong spends a lot of time just looking. That’s not to imply he has too much time on his hands. Quite the opposite. In addition to installing a show from Spring Valley-based graffiti artist Saratoga Sake at Ice... more

May 18, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local

Mosquito. That’s the name Chicago post-rock pioneers Tortoise went by at the beginning of their career. Not exactly an image that conjures the longevity and sturdiness that’s been synonymous with the genre-defying instrumental quintet for n... more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

When it comes to art-heady, psychedelic art, we like to think there's something for everyone. Whether you're a pale metalhead or a tanned surfer, a comic book geek or a steampunk burner, the artists below will speak to your proverbial spiri... more

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Jordan Smith is ready to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when your band is named Diarrhea Planet. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

The members of Chicago’s Meat Wave had their collective minds blown by the rebellious sounds of punk at a young age. In a phone interview, guitarist and vocalist Chris Sutter remembers the time and place where punk rock left its biggest imp... more

Feb 10, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Is it local media, which depicts the District 1 race for San Diego City Council as pivotal—a battle for one political party to hold a 5-4 majority? Or do you believe the two candidates are really “independent” and “nonpartisan?” One is a De... more

Jan 27, 2016 12:00 AM News

The opening track on Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, the third album by All Them Witches, could sound like it was a carefully planned product of focused writing and collaboration. more

Jan 20, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Ranging in age from 37 to 47, the Fab Five aren’t what you would expect of bidders for a button-down nonpartisan job—the top legal adviser in City Hall and prosecutor of misdemeanors. And note: A sex-harassment case is spicing things up in ... more

Jan 20, 2016 12:00 AM News