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What’s New In Local Music

Above: Local experimental electronica musician Mystery Cave is featured in San Diego CityBeat's annual Local Music Issue.

Aired 3/7/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Peter Holslin is music editor for San Diego CityBeat.

Quan Vu writes about hip-hop and founded the blog


Since 2004, San Diego CityBeat has produced an annual music issue that delves deep into the city's diverse music scene. One of the highlights of the issue, which is out today, is the "Great Demo Review", which according to CityBeat music editor Peter Holslin, "has worked like a musical game of Russian roulette".

Each year, the publication puts out a call for bands to submit their demos, EPs or latest albums—and then reviews everything it receives. As Holslin writes in last year's issue, "Occasionally, what we hear is great. Usually, it’s so-so. Often, it’s terrible. Whatever the case, we give you our honest opinion—no matter how ugly or mean that opinion is."

San Diego hip-hop group Parker & The Numberman will be performing Thursday, M...
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Above: San Diego hip-hop group Parker & The Numberman will be performing Thursday, March 8 at the Casbah as part of CityBeat's Local Music Issue Party.

While San Diego has produced some notable musicians and bands who have gone on to national and international fame, there are many local artists that many haven't heard of yet. The city's music scene runs the gamut in terms of genres and styles, reflected in this year's music issue, which spotlights the experimental electronica of Mystery Cave, underground hip-hop group Parker & The Numberman and rapper Orko Eloheim, and the raw, one-man bluesy rock of Low Volts, among many others. The issue also features cover art by local artist Dusty Dirtweed, whose distinct, retro, hand-drawn style can be seen on posters and album artwork for various local bands.

KPBS's Midday Edition speaks with San Diego CityBeat music editor Peter Holslin and local hip-hop writer Quan Vu ( about what's new and exciting in San Diego's music scene. And you can hear for yourself at the Local Music Issue Party happening tomorrow night at The Casbah.

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