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


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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 It's a rather ugly and outdated name for an impoverished area of town where, more often than not, a city's most impoverished population lives.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

Dec 20, 2016 6:30 PM , , , Culture


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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


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I'd like to reiterate that statement here. Moving forward, with the support and backing of the CityBeat staff, I have decided that the use of the word "alt-right" will not be used in the pages of CityBeat. more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor


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Then the presidential election happened, and suddenly the need for a place like the New Americans Museum seemed so much more profound. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:25 PM Seen Local


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It's worth pointing this out in light of the recent release of a 140-page study from San Diego State University that concluded that blacks and Latinos were more likely to be searched and questioned by San Diego Police officers after a traffic stop. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor


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The next few years are going to be hard on everyone, but readers can depend on us to be true to our roots. To be real. To be alternative. To be newsy. It's who we are. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor


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While new galleries come and go and Barrio Logan itself continues to go through rapid changes, the fact that Castañeda is a local to the neighborhood has likely helped Chicano Art Gallery thrive in an already popular arts district. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local


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As he prepares for his 11th Father Joe’s 5K, it’s genuinely shocking to learn that August Castille is 90 years old. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor

"This is my smallest truck," exclaims Jean Wells, referring to the giant, bright red Ford F-150 Raptor that's parked in front of her Miramar studio. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local


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Everyone should collect art, but for anyone who's thinking about collecting, there's something they should know: It's addictive. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local

Like many others facing the reality of a Trump presidency, Adam Powers is afraid. She's afraid for herself, friends in the LGBTQ community and other minorities. more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local


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Melissa Dueñas realizes she's a little obsessive. The local DJ and self-proclaimed "vinyl junkie" becomes visibly emphatic when she starts to talk about her love of "lowrider oldies more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Sunny Rey isn't interested in being a stereotypical poet. The subtitle of her second collection of poetry pretty much says it all: Poetry and Advice from a Nobody . more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 AM Seen Local

Never ask a musician about their influences. It's bad form. A rookie mistake. To paraphrase that Boromir meme, one does not simply ask a musician about their influences. I've lived long enough more

Nov 8, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature