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

San Diego’s recent influx of dockless bike-sharing options has become a point of contention, with many residents complaining that the sidewalks are now overrun with bikes. more

Mar 21, 2018 10:43 AM , CityWeek

While I don’t agree with many of the concerns of the residents, one resident pointed out that a solution “has to include all of us” and that they weren’t “brought to the table” to discuss this facility. more

Mar 21, 2018 10:14 AM From the Editor


Photo by Torrey Bailey

So yes, Jake Najor is the ultimate “cool hang,” but if he won’t say it, I will: He’s also a hell of a drummer. Ask Big Daddy Kane. Ask TV on the Radio. Ask Redman or Kelis. Ask Joss Stone or Jason Mraz. more

Mar 14, 2018 1:42 PM Music Feature

President Trump visited San Diego on Tuesday to tour the border wall prototypes and to talk to soldiers at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. more

Mar 14, 2018 10:02 AM , CityWeek


Illustration by Adam Vieyra

In the nearly 20 years I’ve been writing about music and arts in this town, the one common thread, the one crucial element to making the scene better has always come down to support. more

Mar 14, 2018 9:42 AM From the Editor

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For five years now, the annual Women in Light exhibition has shifted thematically and stylistically, but there were always two defining rules: The medium was photography and the photographers had to be dealing in broad themes of femininity. more

Mar 13, 2018 3:32 PM Seen Local

This week marked the deadline for Congress to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] after President Trump announced an end to the program back in September. more

Mar 7, 2018 10:47 AM , CityWeek


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“Now I know what you’re all thinking, and it’s always the first question I get,” Strabone begins telling the crowd before pausing. “What does the San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk actually do?” more

Mar 7, 2018 10:22 AM News

As this issue was going to press, the City Council was meeting to decide on dozens of changes to the San Diego housing code and, more specifically, the Land Development Code. more

Mar 7, 2018 10:06 AM From the Editor


Photo by Seth Combs

One thing that has always frustrated me about being a progressive is the vehemence in which my fellow progressives will not settle. We want what we want and we want it now! We won’t settle (ahem, Jill Stein. *cough* Ralph Nader)! more

Feb 28, 2018 11:11 AM From the Editor 1 Comments

Two weeks after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, state and federal policymakers are still grappling with how to best move forward with sensible gun control legislation. more

Feb 28, 2018 10:53 AM , CityWeek

City officials and state assemblymembers are addressing San Diego’s housing crisis by introducing new legislation to address it. more

Feb 21, 2018 9:45 AM , CityWeek

As I’m writing this, the Florida House just voted down a motion to consider a ban on assault weapons. This, as actual teenagers, survivors of the terrorist attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, looked on in shame, anger and confusion. more

Feb 21, 2018 9:36 AM From the Editor 1 Comments

Over 100 people gathered at a  public hearing at City Hall on Monday to voice their comments and concerns with incoming police chief David Nisleit. more

Feb 14, 2018 11:31 AM , CityWeek

So what did those lawyers do? They made Davis a party to the lawsuit, serving her a subpoena and filing a motion to compel that would force her to give up her notes, research and sources for all of her jail stories. more

Feb 14, 2018 10:58 AM From the Editor 1 Comments

Tempers flared yet again when a few dozen nationalists showed up to Chicano Park on Saturday for the “Patriot Picnic 2.0.” more

Feb 7, 2018 11:47 AM , CityWeek


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A lot has been made about the Encinitas-based Jacobs’ age (if she wins, she’d be the youngest woman ever to be elected to the House) and her family (yes, that Jacobs, as in Qualcomm)... more

Feb 7, 2018 10:04 AM From the Editor 4 Comments

As this issue went to press, the President’s State of the Union speech was just beginning and many local representatives in Congress are gearing up for a showdown over immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program [DACA]. more

Jan 31, 2018 11:43 AM , CityWeek

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“I think it’s a slippery slope. If we create a situation where we are saying that some people are allowed to receive food in the park, but some people aren’t, then what we’re essentially saying is that some people are more human than others." more

Jan 31, 2018 10:52 AM From the Editor

In a shocking story in The New York Times earlier this month, it was revealed that Facebook had been testing a new version of its News Feed. more

Jan 24, 2018 9:59 AM From the Editor