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

With last week’s inaugural column focusing on a downtown pothole, we thought surely we’d get more letters from that area or the East Village. Nope. more

May 24, 2017 11:36 AM Pothole of the Week

Sure, Abedi might be an evil loser, but guess what else he was: He was British. Born and raised in the very city he decided to terrorize. more

May 24, 2017 10:44 AM From the Editor

This week’s pothole comes from Acacia Collins, a Golden Hill resident who often bikes to work Downtown. more

May 17, 2017 12:11 PM Pothole of the Week

As this issue was going to press, Mayor Faulconer released a revised $3.6 billion budget (he called it a “May Revise” at a Tuesday morning press conference) for fiscal year 2018. more

May 16, 2017 6:02 PM From the Editor

For many women, dreams of becoming an artist begin to fade after having a child. For the creators below, all of whom are at different stages of their journey as mothers and artists, finding the balance between working as an artist and being a mother more

May 10, 2017 10:53 AM Features 1 Comments


Photo by Kinsee Morlan / Voice of San Diego

Hundreds of people, in fact, and of all artistic stripes—from gallery owners and curators, to theatre directors and choreographers—came out to the council’s city budget hearing to voice their concerns with the cuts. more

May 10, 2017 10:11 AM From the Editor


Photo via Facebook

A few weeks ago, I posted a rather insensitive Facebook post about my annoyance with the United Airlines incident. more

May 3, 2017 10:21 AM From the Editor 2 Comments

Local politicians don’t seem to see the big picture here. After all, they seem unfazed by the murders and weekly raids on encampments, not to mention the fact that our streets are looking more and more like “Calcutta.” more

Apr 26, 2017 11:46 AM From the Editor 5 Comments


Photo by Matt Baldwin

As Trump recently rolled out a federal budget that saw deep federal cuts to the arts and humanities, it was certainly concerning when, this past Thursday, Mayor Faulconer released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. more

Apr 26, 2017 10:48 AM Seen Local


Photo by Kinsee Morlan

"I don’t just say things; I make them happen, too.” With those words, Ginger Shulick Porcella introduced herself to CityBeat readers back in May of 2014. more

Apr 18, 2017 6:04 PM Seen Local

Make no mistake, legalization has not been a disaster in any of the states that have chosen to legalize it. more

Apr 18, 2017 11:04 AM From the Editor


Image courtesy of Concrete Contractors Interstate

CityBeat readers should and must resist the idea of this wall in whatever way they can. Whether it’s a piece of art or a nuclear waste-filled trench, this particular “fence” is a waste of money, resources and time. more

Apr 12, 2017 8:30 AM From the Editor


Photo by Amy Gizienski / Flickr

Look, I like kids. I really do. But Bread & Salt looked like Lord of the Flies this past Saturday. I saw kids touching and mishandling art that wasn’t meant to be touched. more

Apr 12, 2017 8:16 AM Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

It seems strange to call May-ling Martinez a mid-career artist. However, given that term’s arbitrary parameters, I do feel comfortable saying that I at least consider the sculptor and paper artist to be hitting something of a creative plateau. more

Apr 12, 2017 8:04 AM Seen Local


Photo by Torrey Bailey

"In Tijuana, everyone is an assistant director without you asking. It’s great.” So says local artist and filmmaker Omar Lopex when asked what it’s been like to shoot and direct his new feature-length film—titled Ana, Who They Pulled Out of the River. more

Apr 11, 2017 8:33 PM Features 1 Comments


Photo by Jamie Ballard

It seems that Faulconer just wants voters to forget all that and focus solely on the fact that they’re not the ones being taxed. more

Apr 4, 2017 6:21 PM From the Editor 3 Comments


Photo by Alex Kershaw

Whether it’s a matter of trendiness or simply to show solidarity, Solaimani believes it’s cultural capitalization either way. more

Apr 4, 2017 3:45 PM Seen Local 2 Comments

"I’m starting to feel bad for Duncan Hunter.” Those are eight words that I never thought I’d utter. Well, perhaps “I’d really like to go to Burning Man” would be slightly less likely, but I digress. more

Mar 29, 2017 10:55 AM From the Editor 2 Comments


Photo by Seth Combs

Some people look forward to new iPhones. For me, however, one of the highlights of my year is when UC San Diego grad-student artists open up their studios to show off what they’ve been working on for the past year. more

Mar 28, 2017 3:09 PM Seen Local

Three and a half years. Even with every major news outlet in the city beating the drum on what has become a truly dire situation, this is the first time in years that the City Council has thought to directly address the issue of homelessness. more

Mar 22, 2017 11:00 AM From the Editor