Seth Combs

Seth Combs has covered the San Diego arts and music scene for over a decade. He's also written for Spin, Zagat, and The Hollywood Reporter. He likes dogs and comic books, but is pretty iffy on your band.

On this episode of STP, we have: notorious music critic, Seth Combs, a reading and discussion of the recent Sordid Tales column "<a href="‘vagina.html"... more

Aug 5, 2014 12:00 AM Podcasts

If people are "shivering in the cold with no place to go," why don't you take someone in? I have. Why don't you get involved with the local churches to help out? Ours does. Finally, try saying "Thank you" sometime and see how much furthe... more

Feb 15, 2012 12:00 AM Letters to the Editor

Seth Combs, CityBeat's former arts and culture editor and one-time editor-in-chief of Pacific San Diego magazine, plans to launch a new web 'zine called GFYSan... more

Dec 6, 2010 12:00 AM Music

A few weeks ago, CityBeat received an e-mail under the subject line: "NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!.....more Seth Combs?" "Yay!," I thought. "My first irate letter!" I've had this job for almost six months now and, yes, that was my... more

Nov 17, 2010 12:00 AM Music

Is graffiti removal an art form unto itself? Are the people tasked to “remove” the graffiti somehow channeling repressed creativity with each rectangular blotch of paint? more

Sep 20, 2017 9:33 AM Features


Photo courtesy of Homeless News San Diego

While examining the dire state of the ongoing and seemingly never-ending homelessness crisis in our city, it’s important to remember the importance of marketing. more

Sep 20, 2017 9:15 AM From the Editor 1 Comments

I don’t smoke weed, but there was a point on Monday afternoon where I thought to myself that I should really start. more

Sep 13, 2017 9:48 AM From the Editor

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On the new album, she has found a way to merge her earlier, crestfallen sound with the pop treatments she used on Taiga. more

Sep 12, 2017 5:24 PM Music Feature


Photo by Torrey Bailey

Over the last few months especially, Passons has stepped up his platform to focus heavily on affordable housing. more

Sep 6, 2017 9:44 AM News


Image by Roberto A. Camacho

Just as with the Chicano Park trolls, murmurings about the end of DACA had been circulating since late last week. more

Sep 6, 2017 9:37 AM From the Editor 3 Comments

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Photo by Robert Andrade

Four Women, named after the iconic Nina Simone song, features portraits of four female musicians—Simone, Grace Jones, Erykah Badu and Sade—that, for Wilson, exemplify societal conceptions of Black women. more

Sep 6, 2017 8:46 AM Seen Local

We’ll be having a proper celebration of our 15th anniversary in October with the release of our annual “Best Of” issue. Leading up to that and continuing into 2018, we will begin to unveil some new features and content. more

Aug 30, 2017 11:41 AM From the Editor


Photo by Abigail Barnett

What mainly stands out is how Gossett manages to capture the essence of fandom without coming across as cheesy or as if he’s pandering to the Padres. more

Aug 30, 2017 10:00 AM Seen Local

For years, photographer Alanna Airitam was tired of not seeing people who looked like her in fine art. more

Aug 30, 2017 9:45 AM Seen Local

My ancestors were slaveholders. I don’t think I’ve ever divulged that in print, much less to anyone in person. As one could imagine, it’s not something I can easily get my head around. more

Aug 23, 2017 10:00 AM From the Editor 3 Comments


Photo by Torrey Bailey

On Friday, Aug. 11, Lissa Corona resigned her position as San Diego Art Institute interim director and left her keys on her desk at the Balboa Park arts space. more

Aug 16, 2017 11:14 AM Seen Local 3 Comments

Local politicians who had, as of the time this issue went to press, said nothing: County Supervisor Greg Cox, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County Supervisor Kristen Gaspar, County Supervisor Ron Roberts... more

Aug 16, 2017 10:44 AM From the Editor

This week’s pothole comes from our own Senior Account Executive and bike lane enthusiast Jason Noble, who has to travel over this series of cracks and holes while riding his bike into work. more

Aug 16, 2017 10:15 AM Pothole of the Week


Photo by Seth Combs

Honestly, I’ve never understood the point of desserts. I’ve just eaten a large meal and now I’m doing what exactly? Rewarding myself for being a massive glutton? more

Aug 9, 2017 11:20 AM Food Issue

I’ll never forget the first time I met Doug Manchester. It was at some fancy societal gala (that was part of my beat in those days) sometime around 2007. more

Aug 9, 2017 9:19 AM From the Editor

This week’s pothole comes from David Blumberg, who had a lot to say on his find. “Let’s begin with the fact that the city simply striped right over the manhole. Work order closed. Check.” more

Aug 8, 2017 6:04 PM Pothole of the Week


Photo by Seth Combs

Millennial Pink, a new group show that runs through Sept. 3 at the San Diego Art Institute, explores the “evolution of queer aesthetics.” more

Aug 2, 2017 11:27 AM Seen Local

Make no mistake: This is a smoking gun. One that will likely result in (we hope) resignations by SANDAG’s leadership and a complete overhaul in their economic forecast systems. more

Aug 2, 2017 10:11 AM From the Editor

This week’s pothole comes from staff writer Jamie Ballard, who noticed this peninsular atrocity near her neighbors’ house on Dorothy Drive near SDSU. more

Aug 2, 2017 9:00 AM Pothole of the Week

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