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


I felt it was time to take a look at some of our city’s ongoing issues and offer a few predictions for 2019. more

From the Editor

Curses! Foiled again! All I wanted this year was to get that pesky gas tax repealed. And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling liberals! more

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The time seems ripe for the music of Demasiado. more

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Still, rather than rest on their laurels, the band has recently been playing shows with help from Mad Alchemy Light Show. more

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Looking at the sports page of the Union-Tribune, one could easily assume that the Chargers never moved away. more

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Local indie-rock bands Daytrip and Pocket Hole encompass the "California sound" in beautiful ways. more

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The holiday season is filled with indie shopping events showcasing any number of local artisans and crafters, but for Charlie Garia, there was a market that he felt just wasn’t being tapped into. more

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If speaking up in support for progressive immigration policies can seemingly only help local progressive politicians, why aren’t more doing just that? more

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Iconic rock club The Casbah is turning 30 years old in January and the venue has been steadily rolling out show announcements for its anniversary month. more

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The best we can hope for at the end of our lives is that we touched enough people to be remembered. And perhaps, that we will die peacefully in our sleep. Lou Curtiss did both. more

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Gone are the days where I could unflinchingly criticize Mayor Faulconer for his lack of leadership when it came to San Diego’s seemingly unending homelessness crisis. more

From the Editor


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Megan Pogue is the executive director of the Timken Museum in Balboa Park. Before that, she worked for the San Diego Symphony for over a decade. more

People of the Year

Dilkhwaz Ahmed is the executive director and co-founder of License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. more

People of the Year


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Shelbi Bennett is truly one of the hardest working women in show business. She plays and sings in multiple bands, performs at countless shows and is also a music teacher. more

People of the Year

We should be worried. And, yet, here we are, satiated by the fact that Democrats won the House. more

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Since that show in 1990, Brady has seen hundreds of shows in Tijuana venues, most of which have since been shut down. At the age of 19, he began playing in Tijuana venues himself with his band Swing Kids more

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While Nite Lapse’s music is certainly rooted in the past, there’s a futuristic or, at the least, a present-day approach to the songs. more

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The bicycle’s influence on artists has always been something more behind the scenes than something that’s overly stated. more


On the off chance that there’s someone between the age of 18 and 30 reading this, I’d like to say this to you: I get it. Really, I do. more

From the Editor

Natasha Kozaily is arguably one of the most prolific and underrated musicians in San Diego. In addition to being the owner of the Kalabash School of Music + The Arts, she’s also the leader of the Kate Bush tribute group Baby Bushka. more

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