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

Sure, there is a great roundup of Comic-Con-related events in these pages, but we here at CityBeat are entirely too busy being all [eye roll emoji] and throwing out sick burns like “that’s so 2000 and late” to get around to crafting listicles. more

Jul 18, 2017 6:42 PM From the Editor

There are potholes and then there’s just gigantic death holes that may or may not be a portal to the Upside Down. It makes sense to us that such a parallel dimension may exist in the La Presa neighborhood of Spring Valley (after all, it’s Spring Vall more

Jul 18, 2017 6:39 PM Pothole of the Week


Photo by Seth Combs

A tertiary glance at the images could give the viewer the sense that the illustrations, while nonlinear, are based on pictures of his uncle, but they’re actually sketched from found images that Rae would pull from ‘60s and ‘70s-era magazines. more

Jul 12, 2017 11:29 AM Features

This week’s pothole comes from our very own associate editor, Torrey Bailey. While driving through Golden Hill this week, she couldn’t help but notice this stunner on 22nd Street, between E Street and Broadway. more

Jul 12, 2017 10:56 AM Pothole of the Week


Photo by Torrey Bailey

One of the more admirable aspects of the Housing Commission and the mayor’s plan is how it emphasizes housing first, as well as homeless prevention via the “Homeless Prevention & Diversion Services.” more

Jul 12, 2017 10:35 AM From the Editor

This week’s pothole comes from Erik Johnson, who sent us this rather clever picture of a toy cop car in a pothole near his home. “In Linda Vista, our potholes have potholes,” says Johnson. more

Jul 5, 2017 10:05 AM Pothole of the Week

When America’s longest-serving defender of the Second Amendment comes out and calls for their members to “fight” kids in the streets protesting police violence, then, I’m sorry, they’ve lost me. more

Jul 5, 2017 9:42 AM From the Editor 2 Comments

It’s tempting to call Andrew Alcasid a jack-of-all-trades. Well, maybe not trades, but at this point in his journey, the Mira Mesa-raised artist has certainly dabbled in nearly every conceivable medium. more

Jun 28, 2017 9:56 AM Seen Local

Located off the Friars Road exit ramp of the 8 freeway near Qualcomm Way, Wolfcale is only half joking when he says “that thing tries to kill me everyday.” more

Jun 28, 2017 9:20 AM Pothole of the Week


Photo by Stacy Keck

Becoming and remaining a political activist is a lot like fireworks displays. It’s easy to get cynical over time, especially in our “now, I’ve really seen it all” political climate. more

Jun 28, 2017 9:10 AM From the Editor

Look, I don’t doubt that an MLS team would be a great thing for San Diego (especially if we go with that Footy McFooty Face nickname), but let’s be clear about something: San Diego is not a sports town. more

Jun 21, 2017 11:36 AM From the Editor 2 Comments

This week, Javier Velazquez spotted a pothole fit for a swim next to Westfield UTC Mall. “It uniquely combines broken asphalt with a swimming-pool size hole,” Velazquez says of the crater near the intersection of Genesee Avenue and La Jolla Village. more

Jun 21, 2017 11:08 AM Pothole of the Week

San Diego’s annual contemporary art fair Art San Diego is relocating from the Balboa Park Activity Center to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. more

Jun 21, 2017 9:47 AM Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

Walter continues with her artistic study of science (or is it a scientific study of art?) with Dark Energy, which is up through July 9 with a viewing reception scheduled for June 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. more

Jun 21, 2017 9:44 AM Seen Local


Photo by Joseph Mustin

Wonderspaces is neat. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:49 PM Seen Local


Photo by Seth Combs

I reckon if readers are at this point in the feature, they’re likely to be receptive to hearing about the one classic cocktail that actually serves as a relief to drinking too many of the others. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:23 PM Drink Issue


Photo by Seth Combs

This week’s pothole comes from, well, us. We ran into this beaut in our own backyard when we were driving north on the 3700 block of 32nd Street in North Park more

Jun 13, 2017 6:07 PM Pothole of the Week

Longtime readers of CityBeat may remember the series of election columns that ran from 2010 to 2012 titled “Turds & Blossoms.” more

Jun 13, 2017 5:45 PM From the Editor


Rendering of SoccerCity courtesy of FS Investors

The big news coming out of this session was the council overwhelmingly voting against the mayor’s $5 million-plus proposal for a special election for a soccer stadium and convention center expansion. more

Jun 7, 2017 8:39 AM From the Editor

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Photo by Adam Hahn

The 29-year-old photographer, filmmaker and owner of London Lane Productions has had a whirlwind journey to get to this point, one that includes growing up around drug addiction and the gang culture of Southeast San Diego. more

Jun 7, 2017 8:21 AM Seen Local