Lounge Against the Machine!

Phil Shane is on a mission to revitalize the lounge act

"The album took a full year to make," Shane says. "It had to be recorded in short sessions because when it was being made, I had obligations to play clubs almost every night of the week."

Only a few months old, the album is obviously his biggest priority now, unless you include his real passion: Las Vegas. "That's what I really would like," Shane says, and he grins as if he were daydreaming about being on the main stage at Caesar's Palace. "It's fun playing [Orange County]—exposing people to a good lounge act—but I'd really like to play the main room in a major Vegas hotel."

For now, he's happy conquering OC—even if it's still unclear whether all of his audience gets his act.

Phil Shane performs at the Fling, 2370 N. Tustin Ave., Ste. D, Santa Ana, (714) 834-9872. Mon.-Thurs., July 5, 9 p.m. Free. 21+; and at Harpoon Henry's, 34555 Golden Lantern Ave., Dana Point, (949) 493-2933. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.
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