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"... Read more


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... Read more

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... Read more


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... Read more


As a child of the ’80s, I can testify to the fact that there used to be a time when saying that a band sounded like Santana was a huge compliment. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

If San Diego artists received the same amount of national attention as places like L.A. and San Francisco, local Karla Cordero would surely be in the discussion as being one of the best Chicanx poets working today. Read more

Seen Local


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When readers think of San Diego design and architecture, what comes to mind? Go ahead. I’ll wait. Read more

From the Editor


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And while it’s fun to pretend the past two years didn’t really happen, to deny it only serves as a convenient excuse to keep burying our progressive heads in the sand. Read more

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Really though, this is a pretty cool show. It features three old-school metal singers (Ripper, along with Sean Peck and Harry Conklin) combining forces like some kind of heavy metal Voltron. Read more

The Spotlight


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Welcome to Emo Nite San Diego, one of the many local club nights devoted to playing the somewhat obscure subgenre of indie-rock. All around me, young people are mulling about. Read more

Love and Sex Issue


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Whether or not Trump decides to use his executive powers to declare a state of emergency, now or in the future, California state lawmakers also see the writing on the wall. Read more

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Jay James released his debut LP, when all is said and done, in March of last year. Listening to it now, it’s hard not to kick myself. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

I think that bears repeating: JFS will run the temporary migrant shelter at no cost to the county. How could anyone possibly object? Well, they found a way. Read more

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Songs like “Damaged Goods” and “At Home He’s a Tourist” still pack a punch in a live setting and Sterry does sound a lot like original singer Jon King. Read more

The Spotlight


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Walter, who used to work at NASA before devoting herself full-time to art, says her initial ideas often “defy physics.” Read more

Seen Local

There’s been a lot of attention paid over the last few weeks about who will be running against Donald Trump in 2020, which may have drowned out the news that San Diego has a few declared candidates running for mayor that year. Read more


There’s a certain amount of cognitive dissonance when it comes to the overall tenets of YIMBYism. Do we do it at the cost of the environment? What about parking spaces? Public transit? Rent control? Read more

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For over two decades, Bonnie Wright has been curating the Fresh Sound concert series, but even she’ll admit that devoting all of her free time to showcasing experimental musical artists can sometimes be a thankless affair. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Just as is the nature of pop-surrealism and lowbrow art, Tran’s music is a statement on the zeitgeist, as well as a tribute to it of sorts. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Recorded just before the death of drummer Tim Reece of a rare form of glandular cancer, the album could be seen as both a lamenting farewell and a eulogistic celebration of Reese, although it’s doubtful he’d want it to be seen as either. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

“Although I still consider myself a noise artist, I feel that The Sorcerer Family is folk music and music that speaks for the earth,” says Lopez. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

There is more rain coming. And sure, that could be taken in a literal sense, given the forecast, but I’m more referring to the coming battles between our Republican mayor and the solidly Democratic, veto-proof city council. Read more

From the Editor

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Don’t let anyone ever tell you that music doesn’t save lives. Read more

The Spotlight

What is post-punk music if not a bunch of musicians who are jaded, but just not that jaded? Read more

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