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Dishonor among dopers

Nico tried to get out.

Definitely done with Sergio.

A month of local record releases

Author & Punisher’s newest mechanical mashup, Melk en Honning, drops June 30 via Housecore Records, a label headed by the album’s producer, Phil Anselmo (Pantera). Expect a slick permutation of Tristan Shone’s usual drone machinery, ...

Party on Wall Street

An investment officer at San Diego’s city employment retirement system has been traveling for free of late, thanks to some big-money pension outfits. On April 16, Jaime Hamrick headed off to New York City for ...

F the Snykes

Surf-punk trio on self-promotion and the vans Battle of the Bands

The winner of Friday night’s Battle of the Bands at Soma wins a slot in this year’s San Diego Warped Tour show, August 5, in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. The pop-punk Snykes are one ...

Director Alan Rickman talks up the virtues of A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos tells the story of Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), who convinces Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to let her design one element of King Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles, despite her devotion ...

Young Lions roam

New generation jazz jam led by Gilbert Castellanos moves from Croce's to Panama 66

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos sent out a press release on June 4 announcing that his mentoring program, the Young Lions Series, would be entering its final month in residency at Croce’s Park West, after a 16-month-long ...

Certified fat cat at Sevilla

Taking stretch-dollar business to the Gaslamp

It’s sunset on Fifth, Friday night. Gaslamp’s rocking. Pedicabs strain by with tourists squeezed three across in the back and reggae music blasting out. The cyclo guy’s calf muscles bulge as he hauls his load ...

Bully for Bully

The death of grunge left Alicia Bognanno wanting more

The voice does not sound like it should be coming out of that singer’s body. I’m talking about Bully’s front person Alicia Bognanno, and I love it when that happens. The unexpected vocal skirmish that ...

Reverse "rape of the ratepayer"

Consumer group retracts opinion regarding San Onofre shutdown

In a strongly worded statement, San Francisco–based consumer group TURN (The Utility Reform Network) asked the California Public Utilities Commission to set aside its decision to stick ratepayers with an almost $3.3 billion bill for ...

Wild Wild Wets play the waiting game

San Diego pysch-rockers did DIY, this time they want a record label

Seeing Wild Wild Wets live is more of an experience than a musical performance. The psychedelic rock group, which describes their sound as a post-punk, krautrock version of Velvet Underground, has a full-time projectionist in ...

Acid means freedom

“Anytime a genre of music is basically outlawed and pushed out like that, it makes my blood boil.”

Jason Schwartzman uncut

We caught up with Jason Schwartzman en route to a doctor’s visit. Our talk was frequently (and amusingly) interrupted by a confused driver unable to locate the office. Here’s our conversation, minus the directions. Jason ...

“Off the Pond” and “Stardust”

Off the Pond Sunset off the pond, uncountable sparks; Faces. Blood-fall color of oak shimmering On the path — rough, cheeks of grandfather arch Along the trail to the pier’s end. Standing Out over the ...

Golfers left, nature right

Golfers provide the surreality on the Santa Fe Valley Trail.

A hike along a river and golf course for an overview of the San Dieguito River.

The patriarch is dead

Rest in peace, Papa Grimm

When he passed away on June 15, 2015, my dad William “Bill” Grimm was grandfather to 136 souls, the last my own little William. He was great grandfather to 69. When you have 17 kids, ...

We all have a little genocidal maniac inside

People are “just joking” about locking all the hipsters up — right?

Dear Hipster: I read the Reader regularly enough to notice the absolute flood of letters coming in from people on all sides of the issue regarding pit bulls. Is “inundated” too strong a word? I ...

Yellowtail bite strong this year

The most popular saltwater game fish caught in the San Diego area is yellowtail. Each week, anglers step aboard one of San Diego’s sport-fishing vessels in hopes of landing one. Usually abundant in migrating schools ...

David Gordon Green on the greening of Manglehorn

Bonus: see the short that inspired the feature

By the time I’m fortunate enough to get a shot at interviewing a director whose work I admire, their finest output is generally two, three, sometimes eight films behind them. It’s unheard of for me ...

Stuck in the rough

They won their election battle with Michael Schlesinger, but residents around the former Escondido Country Club golf course where the controversial Beverly Hills developer wants to build condos now have to reckon with the state’s ...

Outdoor living in Santa Ysabel

A family-fun compound

Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Current Owner: David Batchelder Asking Price: $17,500,000 Los Robles Ranch is a private 720-acre estate built in 2006 near Santa Ysabel, a small rural community situated between Ramona and Julian. The ...

Learn Latin or buy bicycle insurance? Hmm...

Call the cops. Get a lawyer.

It’s late in the afternoon, not quite dusk. I’m driving a Dodge pickup truck along a residential street I’ve driven over for 15 years. Up ahead is a stop light. I’ll make a left there, ...

Ethical breakpoints

Start snitchin'

Dear Hipster: I have a friend who held down a 4.0 GPA this past term, but I have it on good authority that he wildly plagiarized some, if not all, of his final papers. I ...

Letters on Polacks, Italians, politicians, and, of course, pit bulls

Ask Any Polack I just have a comment on your cover story, “Keep Out” (June 18). I think Mr. Bob Kuczewski’s a little bit of a nut, but he does have a point. It’s a ...

Swiss secrecy bolsters soccer corruption

Bribes, kickbacks part of the game for two generations

Sports and secrecy go together. Hut-hut and hush-hush are almost one and the same. Look at all those disguised traps in the stadium task force’s plan for a Chargers subsidy that could purloin a billion ...

Listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit

Isolation is hell

Membership: 1800 Attendance: 1200–1300 Pastor: Bruce Humphrey Age: 63 Born: Moscow, ID Formation: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston Campus) Roxbury, MA; San Francisco Seminary, San Anselmo, CA; Trinity Theological School, Newburgh, ...

I must write my play

Pondering Dave listens to the voices

In October of 2012, a good three years into thinking about writing my play, I found sandiegowriters.org. I went to a few workshops and decided to join. I became a member just in time for ...

Fishing for dollars

Birch Aquarium at Scripps still seeks executive director

Already well into the term of its second temporary chief, Birch Aquarium at UCSD’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography is still trying to find a permanent executive director to run the multimillion-dollar operation. It is said ...

Ramones Under Cover

Plus Two Cow Garage, Jacco Gardner, and Tanya Tucker in San Diego this week

Sunday 28Speaking of the rurals, Micah Schnabel of Bucyrus, Ohio, and his Two Cow Garage pull into the Tower Bar Sunday night for a night of rust-belt rock that “takes the twangy melodies of vintage ...

Paisley underground rising

Casbah's got a killer three-night run, with Head Wound City, the Pandoras, and John freaking Doe

Thursday 25From the hinterlands of the shape-shifting freak-folk scene, singer/songwriter Andy Cabic and this year’s version of his SanFran band Vetiver take Complete Strangers to the Irenic. Unlike genre heavyweights Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, ...

Finescale triggerfish wanders north; another sign of El Niño

Looks like the barracuda are starting to bite in numbers, the tuna are still in town, and a finescale triggerfish decided to move north of its normal haunts. A few are caught each year from ...

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