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

There were many lessons to take away from the San Diego Women’s March back in January. These lessons were not lost on City Councilmember Chris Ward (District 3), who last week formally announced a proposal for a San Diego Equal Pay Ordinance. more

Feb 22, 2017 10:40 AM From the Editor

Known mostly for his large-scale photographic work, Mansfield has turned the space into something of an interactive dossier on the conceptions and misconceptions of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). more

Feb 21, 2017 6:06 PM Seen Local


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The last year has been pretty great for Peter Halasz. He had a successful show at the Quint Projects space where nearly every piece was sold, and all of those pieces were painted in his East Village loft space. more

Feb 21, 2017 5:30 PM Seen Local


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While there were a few supporters of the ban in attendance, the vast majority of the dozens of speakers who addressed the council were there to encourage our local representatives to stand up against the Trump administration. more

Feb 15, 2017 11:10 AM From the Editor 2 Comments


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Artists, by nature, are an opinionative bunch. Stick them in a room or, better yet, let them air their grievances on a Facebook thread with a bunch of other artistically inclined people and the likely result will be chaos and disorder. more

Feb 14, 2017 6:00 PM Seen Local 1 Comments

While I’ll stop short of defending DeVos, I do find her to be slightly less awful than other Trump appointees. more

Feb 7, 2017 4:09 PM From the Editor


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In addition to Høurs, who play a Valentine’s Day show at The Casbah, Feller also plays guitar and keyboards in the more synthy, darkwave band Hexa and recently started another project called Pleasure Model with Mitch Wilson of No Knife fame. more

Feb 7, 2017 4:00 PM Music Feature

For those unfamiliar with the ongoing saga, Kasparian is legally accused of quid pro quo sexual harassment, gender discrimination, physical disability discrimination and wrongful termination of a former employee. more

Feb 1, 2017 10:44 AM From the Editor 1 Comments


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For many women who marched on Saturday, the immediate answer to the otherwise proverbial question of “what’s next?” meant heading up the hill to Helmuth Projects in Bankers Hill. more

Jan 24, 2017 5:00 PM Seen Local


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For his eponymous solo show at Quint Projects in Bay Ho, which opens Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., DeMello gets back to his roots as an illustrator. more

Jan 24, 2017 4:48 PM Seen Local


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On the way into the State of the City this past Thursday, I made a $5 bet with a friend and local tourism official on whether or not Mayor Faulconer would mention the Chargers at all. more

Jan 18, 2017 11:17 AM From the Editor


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An Iraqi Chaldean (a sect of the Catholic Church), Ray originally moved to the U.S. in 1993 after fleeing Baghdad in 1991 during the Operation Desert Storm conflict. more

Jan 17, 2017 4:53 PM Family Issue


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I’ve found it to be quite the task to find someone who could fully encapsulate what, exactly, is the function of the San Diego Board of Supervisors (abbreviated as BOS because, well, BS would be too apropos). more

Jan 11, 2017 11:24 AM From the Editor

You know it's going to be a weird year when one of the first reasonable voices of 2017 is none other than Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump. more

Jan 4, 2017 10:55 AM From the Editor


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Let's just start calling it what it is: San Diego's skid row. It's a rather ugly and outdated name for an impoverished area of town where, more often than not, a city's most impoverished population lives. more

Dec 28, 2016 11:00 AM From the Editor 3 Comments


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When reflecting on the best art shows and exhibitions I’d seen this year, I found that it wasn’t so much individual art shows that moved me (although there were many), but rather the forces and feelings behind those shows. more

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When it comes to New Year's resolutions, getting out to see more art should not be one that goes by the wayside by the time February rolls around. Here are a few must-see exhibitions that we feel should be added to any art lover's 2017 calendar. more

Dec 21, 2016 11:00 AM Seen Local


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Morgan Mandalay has a pretty good grasp on these pre-conceptualized notions. He's a San Diego native who went to art school in Chicago and returned a few years ago to get his MFA at UC San Diego more

Dec 21, 2016 10:30 AM Seen Local

The way 2016 played out, 2017 surely has to be better, right? Right. We won't judge readers if they just want to stay home, play Prince records and cry, but why not kick 2017 off in style? more

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To paraphrase Rachel Maddow on Monday night, you don't have to be a journalist to be worried about the state of journalism. more

Dec 20, 2016 3:30 PM From the Editor