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2009 Stories by Nate Jackson

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  • Modest Mouse

    published August 27, 2009

    Since 1993, Modest Mouse has proved itself to be a whale of a band. That fact came to our attention in a different (and much more literal) way... More >>

  • [Locals Only] I&I Have Street (and Harbor Boulevard) Cred

    published August 20, 2009

    If the Minivan Is Rockin’ . . . It’s easy to snicker at the prospect of “true hip-hop” coming... More >>

  • Wulf Bane

    published August 20, 2009

    It’s too straight ahead to be metal, but packs far too much testosterone to have the word “indie” anywhere near it. However,... More >>

  • Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang

    published August 13, 2009

    Nathen Maxwell (bassist for seminal Celtic punk band Flogging Molly) and the Original Bunny Gang present a sound that has been a decade in the... More >>

  • [CD Review] Roman Alexander and the Robbery (Self-released)

    published August 6, 2009

    Paired against the reckless wiles of vintage hipster mimicry, Fullerton’s Roman Alexander and the Robbery seem tame at first listen. But... More >>

  • Scrabble Tournament

    published August 6, 2009

    You thought using proper word placement in journalism was tricky? Try Scrabble. Sure, not knowing the value of words can make it tough to find a... More >>

  • Dawes

    published July 30, 2009

    At this point, it’s safe to say that Northridge natives Dawes are no strangers to the realm of indie rock residencies. Blending sentimental,... More >>

  • The Two Placentia Teenagers Behind La Chupacabra Records Hope Success Is More Than a Myth

    published July 23, 2009

    Label MakersThe two Placentia teenagers behind La Chupacabra Records hope success is more than a mythIt’s... More >>

  • The Living Suns

    published July 23, 2009

    For weeks now, the Living Suns residency at The Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest has read like a who’s who of our Locals Only section. This... More >>

  • Bedouin Soundclash

    published July 23, 2009

    Despite being trimmed down to a duo earlier this year, Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash have been having a pretty successful... More >>

  • Smokey Robinson

    published July 9, 2009

    Encompassing the passion and brilliance behind Smokey Robinson’s 50 year run in the music industry could fill up more than a few volumes.... More >>

  • Seal Beach's Well-Traveled Rx Bandits Return With a New Album and Tour

    published July 2, 2009

    Call the DoctorRx Bandits return well-traveled and with a new album and tourWith skeletal fingers tapping the glass... More >>

  • [Locals Only] Death Hymn Number 9 Give You Grave Matters

    published June 25, 2009

    Grave MattersIn George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, there’s a point at... More >>

  • Parker Macy Blues

    published June 25, 2009

    With a raspy tenor and revolution on the brain, Parker Macy Blues is one of the few young artists in OC that truly makes an effort to embody the... More >>

  • De La Soul

    published June 18, 2009

    It took a few months but we knew Long Island legends De La Soul would eventually make a run for the OC. After their original date at the Galaxy... More >>

  • Huntington Beach DJ Duo Colossal KNXN Bring Style to Local Dance Floors

    published June 11, 2009

    Style & SubstanceHuntington Beach DJ duo Colossal KNXN bring larger-than-life beats to local dance floors The... More >>

  • Burlesque Body

    published June 11, 2009

    There are some things you just don’t expect to encounter on a Wednesday night. Usually, the idea of a beautiful woman creeping from behind a... More >>

  • Old School Saturdays

    published June 4, 2009

    As much as you might try to hide it, there’s something inherently amusing about watching a gang of over-the-top white dudes doing hip-hop... More >>

  • Prison Dreams, Nocturnal Butterflies and 4th St.

    published June 4, 2009

    It’s not often that those who spend everyday taking freedom for granted get a chance to see the dreams of a caged human being spilled out... More >>

  • [Locals Only] Long Beach's Mashed Potatos Fill Clubs with Starchy Goodness

    published May 28, 2009

    Starchy GoodnessGrowing up, chances are you were chastised at least once for playing with your food. Eventually, most... More >>

  • Big Business

    published May 21, 2009

    Inside one of Costa Mesa’s dimly lit sonic caverns, the grandiose riffs of Big Business, an econ-savvy, LA three-piece, will surely be the... More >>

  • Personal Kingdoms

    published May 21, 2009

    In an endless barrage of awkward social situations and annoyances, most would gladly trade the thorns of the human experience for a few moments of... More >>

  • Grouch and Eligh

    published May 14, 2009

    The thing that makes Living Legends so “legendary” is the lyrical dynamite that emerges when they mix and match their skills. And when... More >>

  • Personal Kingdoms Opening Reception

    published May 7, 2009

    In an endless barrage of awkward social situations and annoyances, most would gladly trade the thorns of the human experience for a few moments of... More >>

  • B-Side Players

    published April 30, 2009

    There was a time when asking a band “what kind of music do you play?” was a simple question that required a simple answer, often... More >>

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