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


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

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


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


When it’s all said and done, let’s take that post-Kavanaugh energy and refocus it on local races that matter. more

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Tiny trains? Secret science projects? Our picks for what’s fresh in San Diego’s most storied park more

Best of San Diego

We all care about education and the fact of the matter is that one of the three community colleges in the SDCCD is where the majority of students in San Diego will start before moving on to a university. more

From the Editor

We can pat ourselves on the back in that we were the first local publication to write about Levin’s candidacy, but even we were surprised when he pulled off what many considered to be an upset victory in the primaries. more

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This incident, where I witnessed a helmetless man strike a vehicle on an East Village street, happened a few weeks ago. He didn’t die, but he did hit his head so hard against the street that blood gushed out. more

From the Editor


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This was just too much. When I watched Williams’ “fall,” as it was described by The New York Times’ Wesley Morris on Monday, I did not see a “meltdown” or a “temper tantrum,” but rather, as Malcolm X once put it, chickens coming home to roost. more

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It was more than a year and a half ago when San Diego State University published a rather damning study on whether or not the San Diego Police Department engaged in racial profiling. more

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One of the more uplifting results of our current times has undoubtedly been the Nasty Women art exhibitions that began popping up around the country. more

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If Hunter is reelected in November, and he most likely will be, it will be yet another crack in our standards. more

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Every Grrrl Independent Ladies showcase is well worth your time, and this one features indie folk-pop singer Lucy & La Mer, along with local bilingual hip-hop group Tulengua, who are donating money from sales of their debut to Border Angels. more

If I Were U


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Just as with the people we end up falling in love with, some songs and some albums find their way into our lives at the exact right moment. more

Music Feature 1 Comments

While I might be in the minority here, I quite appreciated the mayor’s response when the city council declined to place the mayor’s convention center tax measure on the November ballot. more

From the Editor

But people’s support doesn’t necessarily need to be financial. The real newsmedia isn’t and has never been in the business of telling people what they want to hear, but rather what they need to hear. more

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I honestly can’t remember a time where I felt as frustrated with local officials more than I did this past week. more

News 3 Comments

I’m not claiming the places on this food gorge (a tour de fat, if you will) are the best in the city, although all of them were very good. more

Food Issue 1 Comments

Over the weekend, San Diego CityBeat had the pleasure of hosting the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia [AAN] convention. more

From the Editor

At a time when our county is reeling from another controversy surrounding the death of a Black man while in police custody, we need these kinds of reforms more than ever. more

From the Editor


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Hough knows he still has an “uphill fight,” but he’s quick to point out that fighting is in his blood. more

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I’ve been beating the drum with readers on the importance of paying attention to the all white, all Republican Board of Supervisors. more

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All together, I’m at a loss as to think of a more moving installation that I’ve seen in San Diego in recent years. more

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