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This Year's Soundcheck

San Diego Music Issue 2014

"Your favorite band sucks" — T-shirt Oh, Lord, has it come to this? We’re quoting T-shirts now? Well, yes — if only to illustrate a point about how good things can come from anywhere. Which ...

To My Dear and Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife were happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. I prize ...

The Men go from punk to Huey Lewis

The Men is a five-piece Brooklyn guitar-rock band, somewhat new, and in touch with their inner Huey Lewis. Not the same band as the Men, a ’90s era Santa Monica group with two women as ...

Mix CDs passé?

Nothing says love like an herb garden made of used craft-beer bottles.

Dear Hipster: I was thinking of making my girlfriend a custom mix CD for her birthday. Good idea or bad idea? — Jamie Yeah. Sure. Great idea. If you guys still listen to CDs, which ...

Sarah tells us about bad beer

Sniff a can of corn, drink a Rolling Rock.

Post Title: Bad Beer Post Date: October 28, 2013 Have you ever had a craft beer that didn’t taste right? Maybe it’s all the years I worked in a lab with bacteria and yeast, but ...

Rothko is extremes

The stage picture seems to move.

When courting his second wife-to-be, Mark Rothko gave her a copy of The Trial. In Franz Kafka’s uncompleted novel, an unnamed accuser arrests Josef K for an unnamed crime. According to his biographer, James E.B. ...

Jude Law luxuriates in role of Dom Hemingway

The lyrical gangster.

Dom Hemingway opens with an extended (snicker) shot of a bare-chested and beefy Jude Law delivering an equally extended (snicker) panegyric on his penis. An encomium for his erection. A tribute to his tallywacker. On ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, April 20–23

Sunday 20When you’re done being Easterly Sunday, mashing all them ’mallow peeps and jelly beans, get out to Casbah, where Leopold & His Fiction will split a bill with Soft White Sixties. Fueled by peanut ...

Hot, cool, beautifully squishy at La Fachada

This courtyard is an oasis from the streets of Sherman Heights.

Sherman Heights. Around seven in the evening. I’m standing over the grilled onions, breathing in their fumes. And the blackened green jalapeños. Man. You cannot beat this. With most Mexican food trucks, the health authorities ...

Plastic Bag People

Fate and fortune turn quickly in San Diego politics, for none more so than Kimberly Hale Miller and Phil Rath, influence-peddlers once employed by a lobbying firm owned by Tom Shepard, political consultant to fallen ...

Exploring a rare commodity in Anza-Borrego

Hike where modern California began and Cahuilla Indians died.

Make your way through a lush riparian area and loop back to an overview of a historic spring.

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, April 17–19

Thursday 17Like a psychedelic Elvis one minute and Chuck Berry on a blues-punk bender the next, New York City staple Jon Spencer and his Blues Explosion — the irrepressible, irreplaceable rock-rolling backbone Judah Bauer and ...

Racism is not cool

I, as your so-called hipster, am cool.

Dear Hipster: My sister’s boyfriend let fly a few racist remarks at a recent family gathering, and I’m pretty sure his bigotry runs deeper than that. Am I out of line if I just hit ...

Smoking, not pot

Smoking giant R.J. Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been handing out some big money lately to California politicos, including $1500 each to Democratic state senator Ben Hueso and Republican assemblyman Brian Maienschein. GOP senator ...

Diazepam dandelions

The first thing you notice is the whistling: this sprightly ditty that feels familiar at first, but you can’t put your finger on it. Then he rounds the corner, a willowy, relaxed figure with a ...

Del Mar's North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofitted

Four-year-long project makes span good for at least another 50 years

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Tuesday morning, April 15, marked the completion of the lengthy restoration process for a historic bridge between San Diego and Del Mar. The North Torrey Pines Bridge, named in 1996 at ...

Pearls, petroglyphs, and desert shipwrecks

U.S. naval bombing range before pearls.

The Spanish ship was loaded with pearls when it ran aground in the spring of 1615. The shipwreck lies six miles northwest of present-day El Centro inside an active U.S. naval bombing range. The ship ...

Country conundrum

Country music makes KSON San Diego’s second-most-popular radio station. So, why are there are so few venues for live country music? Sure, country superstars such as Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw can be ...

The Falconer: Part 3

Finishing with Kate Marden, master falconer and owner of West Coast Falconry, an establishment that provides falconry classes and services. Marden says, “If you have a bird of prey, and you’re not hunting with that ...

All things head-banger

Hard rock and heavy metal are not the same. They are often joined at the hip by outsiders, but to the true fan they are as different as Pantera and Britney Spears. Not to mention ...

Jazz came knocking

“He’s like a breath of fresh air to our community. I don’t have to worry at all about the direction the music is taking because when you play with Joshua, he’s going to bring it. ...

Syncopated space rockers

Progressive rock occasionally goes overboard with showy virtuosity and enough time-signature changes to induce epileptic fits. But contemporary Rush-loving, concept album-inclined bands are gaining popularity once again. One instrument endemic to the genre is the ...

The Chapel at Grossmont in La Mesa

Pastor Hilton wasn’t meant for work in a lab the size of a closet.

To be absent from the body is to be present to the Lord.

Those people are like rats. You'll never get rid of them.

New Moon = No Moon Re: “Naked and Alone in the Ocean at Night,” April 10 cover story. Near the end of the story it says that she entered the water “sometime around midnight.” Two ...

Local cops have a soft spot for pop-punk?

San Diego may never get the national recognition of being a trendy musical hotbed alongside the likes of Seattle, Austin, and Brooklyn, but for the adventurous fan seeking quality indie and garage rock, the city ...

April 10 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Tony Abboud, Coronado, 3. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Tom Burgeson, San Diego, 3. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 3. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Tommy D. , Scottsdale, 3. * ...

April 10 Crossword Contenders

* Mary Arana, Encinitas, 3. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. * L. Barling, El Cajon, 3. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. * Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 3. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 3. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 3. ...

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