Nate Jackson is the gatekeeper to your dreams of local dive bar stardom. If he writes about you, expect your band to be offered at least one more drink ticket than the rest of the bands on the bill. Get his attention with some groovy tunes and he might just do it. Then, boy will you feel special.
10 hours ago | R.I.P.
Joshua Fischel, beloved Long Beach musician and curator of last weekend's Music Taste Good Festival, died yesterday at the age of 47. He was apparently suffering from a long time illness, though no further details have been reported at this time.&...
11 hours ago | R.I.P.
OC hipsters owe a debt of gratitude to Rex "Tartarex" Thompson. Back in the early '90s, the lanky, attractive Newport Beach-bred surfer was of the first counter culture warriors who made it cool to live and breathe the '70s despite having missed o...
2 days ago | Audiophilia
Though they don't always get the credit they deserve, local music shops are the backbone of any good music scene. Few successful bands to come out of OC would be where they are if they didn't have a neighborhood place to buy and try new equipment....
4 days ago | Music Festivals
Music Tastes Good (Day 2) Downtown Long Beach 9/24/2016 11:48 a.m. While the venue is still finishing final setup, suddenly I catch a trumpet hook from the Long Beach Blvd Stage (the main stage of the festival) for sound-check—The Specials “Ghost ...
7 days ago | Concerts
Fifteen years ago, Dan Sena’s frustration with guitar definitely played a role in his decision to abandon hardcore music. After his last show with Adamantium (one of his many former bands) at Showcase Theater in Corona, he thought his playing days...
9 days ago | Longform
Even 10 years ago, Orange County's pub-quiz scene was mostly sad electronic games or drunks yelling out answers as a blurry television broadcast Jeopardy! But in this decade, trivia contests have become a mainstay at nearly every craft-beer bar an...