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


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

From the Editor 2 Comments

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

News 2 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

News 1 Comments

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

From the Editor

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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

Seen Local

For as long as I can remember—or at least as long as I’ve lived in San Diego—I’ve been fascinated with Perry Vásquez’s fascination with comic books. more


On Monday, the San Diego City Council voted 6 to 3 to drastically overhaul the city’s laws on short-term vacation rentals. more

From the Editor 10 Comments


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This year’s San Diego Pride theme is “Persist with Pride” and I can’t think of a slogan more apt in the age of Trump. more

From the Editor


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There’s something immediately unnerving about the works of Corey Dunlap. more

Seen Local

We expect our governor, as well as our assemblymembers and senators in the State Legislature, to be consistently pushing back against the overreaches of the Trump administration. But just because we expect it, it doesn’t mean they actually deliver more

From the Editor 1 Comments

As of last week, at least eight governors had recalled the National Guard troops the Trump administration had requested at the border. more

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I’m not the first writer to compare leftist Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (who often goes by his initials AMLO) campaign to that of Bernie Sanders. more

From the Editor


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Eventually it was decided that Mitchell, whose background is mainly in music and sound production, would carve out a baobab tree from the stump of the eucalyptus tree. more

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If there’s a thematic element that ties the EP together, I suppose it can be seen as both a lament and a testament to aging; a vulnerably honest reflection on the traps we continue to fall into despite becoming older and wiser. more

Notes from the Smoking Patio 1 Comments

Last week marked another chapter in the years-long debate over short-term vacation rentals (STVR), including online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO, in San Diego. more

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These kids are not coming here to steal jobs, nor are they members of MS-13. They’re fucking kids! more

From the Editor


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It has recently come to be that my once ubiquitous use of hot sauce has now been replaced with putting lime juice on just about everything. more

Drink Issue