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Stories by Justin O'Connell

County supervisors vote against adult pot use

“There’s overwhelming reason to oppose" Prop 64

With San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis and sheriff Bill Gore in attendance, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unaminously on Tuesday, October 4, against Proposition 64. In a move that drew ...

Where Gandhi and C-3PO converse

Writers, artists, musicians floated to San Dieguito Academy.

SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY’S DESIGN would fit better amid the incohesive architecture of Tijuana than the square sterility of Southern California, where rows of beige-and-white dwellings and office buildings cloak themselves in the camouflage of each ...

International refugee crisis reported south of San Diego

“Thousands” more are coming, say those who have arrived in Tijuana

On May 26 at high noon, Casa del Migrante in Tijuana received a phone call from the regional delegate of Mexican immigration for a 2:00 p.m. emergency meeting. Casa del Migrante representatives learned that refugees ...

All Tomorrow's Parties pulls the plug on Jehu and friends

The Drive Like Jehu–curated event, which would have brought several San Diego bands to England, is canceled

The Drive Like Jehu–curated All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0 festival, reported in the Reader last year and promising rare performances by bands such as Wire and Flamin’ Groovies from April 22–24 in Manchester, England, has been ...

Mr. Crow needs a nap

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place wraps a month-long tour at Casbah on Sunday

“My wife works full-time as a labor-and-delivery nurse, and I have the kids,” Rob Crow explains. “Our daughter is too young to go to school, so she naps all day, and there are piles of ...

Mosh for Life

Ché Café hosts a suicide prevention slam dance on Saturday afternoon

“About a year ago I was going through a difficult time, and I found getting information about low-income therapy really difficult,” said Charles Peckham, organizer of this weekend’s Mosh for Life at Ché Café. “I ...

Loving or hating #KanyeWest is a political act

West's Life of Pablo drops, finally

Just like the soul food on your dinner plate, loving or hating #KanyeWest is a political act. This is the man whose website features solely the-artist-formerly-known-as #MosDef rambling about the “World Passport” on his website ...

Octagrape rediscovers Minutemen land

Local band books its own tours, like in the DIY days...

Octagrape singer/guitarist Glen Galloway is “crazy proud” of the band’s new double-record, Aura Obelisk, released January 23 on Sounds Familyre Records. The band will soon release a music video for the song “Dirigibles.” A documentary ...

4518 pipes call to the "Starman"

Organist Carol Williams pays tribute to David Bowie in Balboa Park

After other organ tributes went viral online, another “breathtaking” performance took place to honor the late David Bowie at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. City Organist Carol Williams, with the sun setting to the ...

Deported veterans inspired by Bernie Sanders

Presidential candidate singles out group as due for justice

“I will expand the use of humanitarian parole to ensure the return of unjustly deported immigrants, including our veterans,” Bernie Sanders said in an address posted to YouTube the day before Thanksgiving. “The United States ...

Demos and espressos

Ben Moore talks about his record production rampage

“The guitar tones were super legit, using 1960s guitars through the right 1960s amps.”

Crushing it with Octagrape

Locals drop a 19-song rock bomb with Aura Obelisk

The new Octagrape album is like a long run on a breezy day, twisting and turning around corners, through alleyways, main roads, and side streets. Despite shortness of breath and sore muscles, you feel cleansed ...

Tim Flannery gets Americosmic on Three Ring Circus

Former baseballer swings for the fences with his genre-defying latest

Three-time World Series champion Tim Flannery’s newest album, Three Ring Circus, is his best. His all-star band the Lunatic Fringe, featuring Douglas Pettibone, Dennis Caplinger, and Dean Smith, helps Flannery come into his own on ...

One night in a Tijuana parking garage

Rumble Fest stumbled but went the distance, and then some

More than a dozen Baja and southern California bands came together atop a parking garage for Rumble Fest Tijuana. The second edition of the DIY-defined event offered a location that’s also the best view in ...

All Jehu's Parties

San Diego post-rock quartet Drive Like Jehu to curate All Tomorrow's Parties 2016

The long-dormant Drive Like Jehu entered the 21st Century with a much-publicized concert at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion alongside civic organist Carol Williams, and now the San Diego post-rock quartet has been asked to ...

After the Blow

Local filmmaker Bill Perrine and his camera follow Octagrape on tour

In the early 1990s, British radio disc jockey John Peel created UK stars out of San Diego’s post-punk band Trumans Water. He thought Trumans was a seasoned band that had spent years playing together. He ...

Montage of Heck: The unnecessary recordings

Home recordings bring the larger-than-life Kurt Cobain back down to Earth

The documentary Montage of Heck does a great job of making Cobain look crazier than he seems to be in every interview on YouTube. So, only once one gets over the fact that this “album” ...

Encinitas rail trail to fail or sail?

Though approved by council, vocal detractors include the mayor

A “frankenstein monster of a concrete path” threatens the coastal community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea in Encinitas, according to No Rail Trail organizer Joe Alkhas. Plans for a Coastal Rail Trail in Encinitas have inspired more civic ...

The anti-Trump: open the border, wide

University City grad runs for San Francisco mayor's seat

A longtime University City resident (he moved there when he was seven) and UC High graduate, Stuart Schuffman, is running for mayor of San Francisco. In the November 3 election, he'll have to defeat Democrat ...

Fatality at La Jolla Indian Reservation

Man falls dead on dance floor at post–Burning Man party

Details surrounding a recent death at the La Jolla Indian Reservation are limited. An estimated 3000 people camped at the reservation over the October 15-18 weekend for YOUtopia, “San Diego's Regional Burning Man Event.” A ...

Weezer plays the hits

...closing out 2015 at the Del Mar races

Weezer doesn’t need to play non-hits. As the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club closed the shed on 2015, thousands of 18-and-ups amassed before the Weezer “W” hung behind the stage. No stranger to Del Mar, Rivers ...

Thievery Corporation sets the pace at Del Mar

World-music group bridges the divide between the elites and the cheap seats

In an elite atmosphere, bohemia gathered. On a recent Friday at the Del Mar Racetrack the unlikely mélange of horseracing and the anti-fascist world music of Thievery Corporation created a temporal space in which one ...

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