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We roast to sweetness

About as micro as a micro-roaster can be

Experienced third-wavers the Bonner family have been quietly building their business in Golden Hill and Sherman Heights.

Digital tip jar

Like many music fans, Jeff Storm loves the selection he gets from streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora. Unlike most of them, he feels guilty that the artists he loves are getting streamed ...

They Might Be Giants rocks science

The problem with confetti

“The frightening afterbirth of grunge lives on with bouncers enforcing photo policies with the death penalty.”

Vista’s Belching Beaver to construct second brewery in Oceanside

Damn, the Beav sure is growing fast!

Few brewing companies have shown such a burning desire to grow — and grow now — as Vista-based Belching Beaver Brewery. Less than a year after their early 2012 debut, they became one of the ...

Enter Shikari has no bad reviews

Judge for yourself at Soma this Friday

Enter Shikari brings the full menu to the stage: post hardcore, alt metal, metal core, electronica, trance, industrial, and that sound that is death to most subwoofers, dubstep. They’re from Hertfordshire, a city that is ...

Ex Machina belongs in the success column of AI movies

Interview with writer-director Alex Garland

Artificial intelligence — the notion of a sentient machine — has had a bit of a run at the movies of late, with some entries (Her) more successful than others (Chappie). I’m putting Ex Machina ...

Betty turns 21

Helmet to play album in its entirety on tour

In 1992, New York–based alt-metal band Helmet released its major-label debut, Meantime, which featured the single “Unsung.” The song’s video was in heavy rotation on MTV. The following year, Helmet released Betty, an album that ...

The 100th anniversary of Anzac Day approaches

They clung to cliff faces

On April 25, 1915, Allied assault troops, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey. Their fighting force was 16,000 men against an entrenched 12,000 mostly Turkish fighters. Put ...

Photogenic fun at the Truckhaven Rocks outside Borrego Springs

Mountain range in miniature

These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.

Instead of dying, they just go to Live Wire

Over it before you were into it

Look past the uniform and into the youthful soul of the ones who won't let go.

Mayoral aides turned lobbyists

During the eight-year reign of Republican San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, his chief media gatekeeper Darren Pudgil was famous for tightly controlling access to the higher reaches of city hall. At the mayor’s news conferences, ...

Meet the men (and woman) from Man from Reno

Boyle, hard-boiled

With a title like Man from Reno, one would half expect it to end on a dissolve of Glenn Ford riding off into a Columbia Pictures sunset. Instead, we get a departure in form from ...

Shake Before Europe

San Diego’s space-rock–inspired Shake Before Us will play the Cosmic Trip Festival in France next month. “We will be playing ten shows in five different countries,” singer/keyboardist Will Lerner tells the Reader. “We were approached ...

Resurrected

“Obviously, as kids we didn’t know the story, and if you don’t know the story, you don’t know how extraordinary, how incredible, how...horrible it is.”

But, but — what about the Boomers?

If only we knew what the 76 million people with all the money and power were thinking.

Just Asking: Are hipsters really so endlessly fascinating that they need an entire column devoted to answering questions about them every week? How about a weekly column called Ask a Baby Boomer? That would be ...

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