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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Longtime CityBeat readers have likely noticed we’ve changed our looks lately. Gone are the glossy covers and the staples that once held the paper together, replaced with an all-newsprint, staple-free format. more

Jan 10, 2018 10:52 AM From the Editor

While I’d love to believe that the Virginia and Alabama elections are a sign of things to come, I don’t share the same enthusiasm when it comes to local races and elections. more

Jan 3, 2018 11:25 AM From the Editor 16 Comments


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The list below isn’t intended to be some definitive best-of list or achievement award for the people discussed. Rather, it is intended to highlight and encourage a scene that made national headlines this year. more

Dec 27, 2017 1:56 PM Features

All of them came a close second to local labor leader Mickey Kasparian, who closed out 2017 with a fourth lawsuit against him for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, and more. He more

Dec 27, 2017 1:42 PM , CityWeek


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One year ago, I used this space to lament the dire situation unfolding on the streets of San Diego. more

Dec 27, 2017 1:27 PM From the Editor 1 Comments

Last year in this space we wrote “2017 surely has to be better, right?” Well, eh, so much for that sentiment. But hey, 2018 surely has to be better, right? Right? more

Dec 20, 2017 12:16 PM , , , Features

Democratic U.S. Rep. Scott Peters is not a progressive. Never has been. By all accounts, he is as centrist as they come. more

Dec 20, 2017 11:22 AM From the Editor

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Melody Godinez became the fourth female activist within the local labor union community to sue Mickey Kasparian, the former president of San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council and UFCW Local 135. more

Dec 20, 2017 11:05 AM , CityWeek


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Anyway I know your busy, but it be hella chill if you hooked up some sweet vape. I like cherry or Dragon Blood flavor. Call of Duty would be dope to. God Blest america, Duncan Hunter more

Dec 20, 2017 10:39 AM , Features

The city council finally got around to voting on a plan to address the issue of short-term vacation rental (STVRs) units and services like AirBnB. Unfortunately, there were two proposals the council had to consider. more

Dec 13, 2017 3:43 PM , CityWeek 2 Comments


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n this semi-regular department, Seth Combs reviews a notable new art show or exhibition. more

Dec 13, 2017 11:25 AM Seen Local

Locally, there’s the case of Sacheen Silvercloud, who was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of first-degree felony burglary after she was reportedly discovered looting an evacuated home in Bonsall during the Lilac Fire. more

Dec 13, 2017 9:56 AM From the Editor

Last Wednesday, San Diego State University unveiled a $3 billion, 166 acre “SDSU Mission Valley” plan for the SDCCU Stadium site. more

Dec 6, 2017 11:14 AM , CityWeek

What’s especially sad about the LA Weekly situation is that this type of model—one where owners, investors and publishers dictate editorial policy—is increasingly becoming the norm. more

Dec 6, 2017 10:38 AM From the Editor 4 Comments

The GOP tax plan, which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, would eliminate several programs and low-income housing tax credits that have supported the development of affordable housing. more

Nov 29, 2017 11:36 AM , CityWeek

“What’s that,” asked the boy, likely curious because the picture included app logos he was familiar with. “Uh, well…” I started. Shit… how do I explain net neutrality to this kid? more

Nov 29, 2017 11:15 AM From the Editor


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For years, decades, we progressives have had to eat our holiday turkey being assailed by that relative. Maybe there’s more than one of these types of characters. Maybe it’s the entire family. more

Nov 22, 2017 9:34 AM From the Editor 2 Comments


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After months of filming, the film Tony became not only a character study on one man’s experience, but a study of the homelessness situation in San Diego as well. more

Nov 21, 2017 1:49 PM Features

The issue: San Diego needs more affordable housing, and there are a few potential local ballot measures that aim to make that happen. more

Nov 15, 2017 11:53 AM , CityWeek

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