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


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


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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


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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


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"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


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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


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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


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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


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Life continued to get in the way of them collaborating again, but then in August of 2016, Reece went to the hospital after suffering from incessant pain. It turned out to be a rare form of stage IV cancer called adenocarcinoma. more

Mar 15, 2017 11:19 AM Local Music Issue

“I was blown away when [Issa] confronted me and wouldn’t let me ask my question,” Levin told CityBeat. “He was rather patronizing and his answer wasn’t at all persuasive.” more

Mar 15, 2017 11:04 AM From the Editor

For local artist Shinpei Takeda, there are humbling experiences, and then there’s driving a rickshaw through the streets of downtown. more

Mar 8, 2017 11:55 AM Features

I think what struck me the most this past week in local politics was Cate’s letter to Gov. Jerry Brown concerning the recent parole approval of Jesus Cecena. more

Mar 8, 2017 10:40 AM From the Editor

Alluri’s strength as a writer shines in pieces like “A Declaration, Love” and “Mirage,” where he manages to give voice to the invisible people that we pass in everyday life. more

Mar 7, 2017 5:55 PM Seen Local

Leticia Gomez Franco, who curated both exhibitions, says that while Shoulders attempted to look at the history and impact of the Chicana movement. more

Mar 7, 2017 5:18 PM Seen Local

Back in December, I used this space to admit my ignorance when it came to the journalistic acronym JDLR, which stands for “just doesn’t look right.” more

Mar 1, 2017 11:00 AM From the Editor

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