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Courtney Brown , Staff Writer

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San Diego experiences killer weekend at KAABOO

San Diego experiences killer weekend at KAABOO

September 24, 2015

Night fell at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, settling a cool buzz after a day of 90-degree heat. Thousands of people filed into the Sunset Cliffs stage, where...

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KAABOO offers SDSU discount

KAABOO offers SDSU discount

September 16, 2015

San Diegans might have recently heard the word “KAABOO” and wondered what everyone was talking about. To enlighten those who are curious, KAABOO...

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Teen band rides wave to success

Teen band rides wave to success

April 9, 2015

When they’re not skateboarding, at the beach or hanging out at 7-Eleven, Luis Mireles, Sal Samano and Kalani Lomu are making sweet, sweet sounds for...

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Walk the Moon and The Griswalds invade House of Blues

Walk the Moon and The Griswalds invade House of Blues

March 19, 2015

March 15 was a blur at San Diego’s House of Blues. It was the opening night for indie-pop band, Walk the Moon, as it embarked on its headliner tour,...

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Vince Vaughn stars in new comedy

Vaughn returns to the big screen in typical fashion with ‘Unfinished Business’

March 2, 2015

It’s been a while since audiences have enjoyed an authentic Vince Vaughn movie on the big screen, but rest assured, Vaughn is back and he means business....

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Local rocker rides wave of success

February 15, 2015

Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake are coming to the Casbah for a night of surf music Sunday, Feb. 15. Local surf-rock legend John Reis, also known as...

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Tattoos etch into workplace

Tattoos etch into workplace

February 12, 2015

The 21st century brought about many changes and challenges to social norms. The growing popularity of tattoos, for instance, is challenging the public...

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Wrex the Halls Preview

December 11, 2014

The annual 91X Wrex the Halls returns to Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 12. The San Diego station has brought an impressive lineup of alternative music...

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Farrelly Bros dumb down sequel

Farrelly Bros dumb down sequel

November 22, 2014

In 1994, the Farrelly Brothers introduced America’s favorite idiots, Harry and Lloyd, in the smash-hit “Dumb and Dumber.” Two decades later, Jim...

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Belly Up hosts annual benefit show

Belly Up hosts annual benefit show

November 9, 2014

The third annual Rob Machado Foundation Benefit Concert is set to take place Nov. 10 and 11 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. This year features...

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Switchfoot frontman in the crowd

San Diego native band rocked under the rain at SDSU

November 3, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 1, Switchfoot put on a hometown show at the San Diego State Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Two other SoCal rock bands, The...

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Switchfoot swings home on tour

Switchfoot swings home on tour

October 30, 2014

San Diego’s homegrown rock band Switchfoot brings its Fading West tour to the Open Air Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1. The unique tour features the band’s...

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‘Ouija’ spooks audiences out of their seats

October 24, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, the horror flick “Ouija” hit theaters Oct. 24. Everything from the overly suspenseful score to the ridiculous situations...

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Scary flicks return to Landmark theater

October 23, 2014

The beloved Ken Cinema brings its annual frightening flick fest to Adams Avenue. Landmark Theaters’ Ken Cinema continues its Saturday midnight movie...

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UK garage band puts on a bloody good show

September 27, 2014

Ben Thatcher of the rock band Royal Blood was eye to eye with a live tiger in Little Rock, Arkansas when it was time for his phone interview with The Daily...

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Boyhood flick matures into classic

Boyhood flick matures into classic

September 18, 2014

Leave it to director Richard Linklater to take something ordinary and craft it into a work of cinematic genius. His latest film, “Boyhood,” is an epic...

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Gia Coppola creates a compelling teenage wasteland with “Palo Alto”

May 23, 2014

Gia Coppola brilliantly makes her feature debut with “Palo Alto,” an independent film inspired by James Franco’s collection of short stories. “Palo...

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Wye Oak gets deep on fourth album

Wye Oak gets deep on fourth album

May 2, 2014

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of the indie-folk duo Wye Oak might be the deepest, most cosmically-aligned artists the music world has seen in a while. Known...

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Nothing beats a California fest

Nothing beats a California fest

April 10, 2014

It’s spring and you know what that means. This is the time of year when hippies, punks and cowboys flock in massive waves to music festivals around the...

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'The Sounds' of early spring break are in the air

‘The Sounds’ of early spring break are in the air

March 25, 2014

What’s the best way to kick off spring break early? Obviously, by getting your groove on at a rock show. Luckily for San Diego State students, Swedish...

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‘Bad Words’ can be sensitive too

‘Bad Words’ can be sensitive too

March 20, 2014

Imagine a man smearing ketchup all over the face of a middle school girl in front of an audience on the same day that he introduces a ten-year-old to a...

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Painted Palms lit souls at The Griffin [VIDEO]

Painted Palms lit souls at The Griffin [VIDEO]

March 10, 2014

Local San Diego venues have been hosting more up-and-coming bands that are perfect for students looking for new music. For instance, the band Painted Palms...

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If Daryl dies, we riot

If Daryl dies, we riot

March 2, 2014

The following contains spoilers Following of one of its most intense and dramatic finales, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns with a tragic plot...

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Don’t fall asleep on this young band

Don’t fall asleep on this young band

February 17, 2014

On Monday, Feb. 17, the House of Blues will open its doors to New Politics, Sleeper Agent and Magic Man. The Aztec recently had a chance to get to know...

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Kick off the new year with the band, Augustines

February 4, 2014

Augustines is not just any indie-rock group on the rise. The soulful, raw and entrancing band is a captivating rarity among music lovers. The now Seattle-based...

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New Beat Fund catapults on the scene

December 5, 2013

It started when four guys "catapulted" a piggy bank jar with the words “New Beat Fund” written on it through a corporate building window. On that historic...

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House of Blues brings the G-Punk and the funk

December 5, 2013

After rolling through 31 cities throughout the country, the "Journeys Noise" Tour ended things righteously. On Nov. 25, New Beat Fund, Wallpaper, The Summer...

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SDSU to host local bands tonight

November 22, 2013

San Diego State University is hosting a lineup of local bands at Rhapsody Hall beginning at 7 p.m. One group of musicians worth checking out is Platypus...

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Atlas Genius rocks the house

Atlas Genius rocks the house

November 14, 2013

The House of Blues, known for its wide variety of music, presented a stellar lineup the week of Nov. 3. Headliner Atlas Genius was accompanied by Family...

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Switchfoot 'fades west' but its future is bright

Switchfoot ‘fades west’ but its future is bright

November 12, 2013

Combine 17 years, 8 albums, sold-out world tours, intense dedication and passionate music with a homegrown San Diego surf culture and you get Switchfoot....

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Rob Machado Foundation gets down at The Belly Up

Rob Machado Foundation gets down at The Belly Up

November 9, 2013

The Rob Machado Foundation presents its 2nd Annual Benefit Concert on Monday Nov. 11 at the Belly Up Tavern. The intimate event will feature the acoustic...

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Time for Pottheads to get their fix

Time for Pottheads to get their fix

November 8, 2013

“Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience” hit the stage for opening night at the Balboa Theater on November 5th. Families, hard-core Potter...

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Calling all muggles

Calling all muggles

November 6, 2013

The San Diego Balboa Theatre welcomes “Potted Potter” this week from Nov. 6 to 10. The two-man parody takes on the challenge of giving audience members...

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The band from down-under makes its way to the top

The band from down-under makes its way to the top

November 2, 2013

Atlas Genius has embarked on its second headlining tour, and its next stop is San Diego’s House of Blues on Sunday, Nov. 3. The brothers from Down Under...

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Jump ship to annual Boo’s Cruise experience

Jump ship to annual Boo’s Cruise experience

October 31, 2013

Still don’t have Halloween plans? San Diego’s local independent radio station 91X is inviting you to the annual Boo’s Cruise on Halloween night....

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A 'classy' affair at annual festival

A ‘classy’ affair at annual festival

October 24, 2013

The 12th annual San Diego Film Festival, which took place during Oct. 2- 6 was a major success for the San Diego Film Foundation, aspiring filmmakers and...

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Far From Kona Town: Pepper at House of Blues This Friday

October 18, 2013

Pepper will bring its sweet sounds of summer to the House of Blues, San Diego on Friday Oct. 18. The boys of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii have a way of connecting...

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'Gravity' defies viewer experiences

‘Gravity’ defies viewer experiences

October 11, 2013

Alfonso Cuarón masterfully captures the fragility and magnificent simplicity of life through the lens of his hypnotic space odyssey, “Gravity.” Crowds...

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32 Years of San Diego Culture

32 Years of San Diego Culture

October 7, 2013

Courtney Brown: Sept. 28 and 29 welcomed one of the most historic, cultural, jam-packed block parties in California. The 32nd annual Adams Avenue Street...

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Leave your cash at home for free fair

Leave your cash at home for free fair

September 26, 2013

For more than three decades, the annual Adams Avenue Street Fair has been a cultural San Diego tradition and has grown in size as well as variety each...

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