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  • Toejamz's Beats Get Stuck in Your Head

    published September 30, 2010

    If there’s a universe where the frazzled genius of Fela Kuti co-mingles with the warped electro of Black Moth Super Rainbow, Toejamz... More >>

  • Dynamite Walls Are On the Verge

    published September 23, 2010

    It may have taken five years, but the members of Dynamite Walls can finally say the band are ready to blow up—for real this time. A... More >>

  • Nekromantix

    published September 16, 2010

    Personified by towering coifs and coffin-shaped basses, the Nekromantix legacy is a jet-black treasure that will follow most psychobilly fans to... More >>

  • White Arrows

    published September 9, 2010

    When New York-based band White Arrows decided to cross the country and land in LA, they had one goal: to get stuck in our heads. And despite any... More >>

  • Don't Call Them a Sublime Cover Band

    published August 26, 2010

    The members of Seedless all remember their motivation to play reggae back in 2006: Sublime songs were easy to cover. Four years later, their... More >>

  • Moonshine and the Drugs: Self-Medicated

    published August 19, 2010

    Imagine for a second that Mr. Bungle managed to funnel their cross-dressing madness into a formula suitable for FM radio. Then pretend that the... More >>

  • Yonder Mountain String Band

    published August 5, 2010

    Bridging the gap between hippies and hillbillies is a sacred art for the Yonder Mountain String Band. Washing their Dead Head influences down with... More >>

  • Psychedelic Cock Rock

    published July 29, 2010

    Sorry, OC and LA, but real experimental musicians come from South Dakota. Just ask the guys in Roosterhead. Spontaneously emigrating from the... More >>

  • Big Cisco: Style & Substance

    published July 22, 2010

    You probably won’t hear it in his glossy, Top 40 flows, but Big Cisco’s life is about as grisly as it gets. Recounting his past as... More >>

  • Katchafire

    published July 22, 2010

    Without Katchafire’s authentic island rhythms, stellar harmonies and stoned guitar strumming, some would never get to witness New... More >>

  • Royal Rumble at the OC Fair

    published July 15, 2010

    Even though roller coasters and deep-fried carbs are essential to the Orange County Fair, concerts at the Pacific Amphitheater are its main... More >>

  • Gram Rabbit

    published July 15, 2010

    Every once in a while, a dull desert is capable of producing sparkling sounds. Such is the case of Joshua Tree-based electro-psych outfit Gram... More >>

  • Pirates' Radio

    published July 8, 2010

    Whammified reverb and barreling drum beats remain powerful sonic weapons on the OC shoreline. Just ask the wise-ass, beach-savvy swashbucklers... More >>

  • Dead Poets Society

    published July 1, 2010

    How does a boarding school poetry teacher get a bunch of pubescent, tight-ass yuppies to give a damn about Walt Whitman? If you’ve ever seen... More >>

  • Lay It Down, Clowns!

    published June 24, 2010

    Starting an ordinary cover band was never something that appealed to the Yeastie Boys. So instead of standing onstage like a bunch of wannabe... More >>

  • I Hate You Just Kidding

    published June 24, 2010

    We’re not sure if there’s a genre sweet enough to describe the music of headliners I Hate You, Just Kidding. Sure, words like... More >>

  • From Dusk Till Dawn

    published June 17, 2010

    Remember when vampire movies were actually good? We long for the days when directors allowed satanic, sharp-toothed bat creatures to explode,... More >>

  • Matt Pond PA

    published June 10, 2010

    Despite his embrace of the sensitive-bearded-guy-with-a-guitar routine, Matt Pond’s music employs a myriad of subtle styles and colorful... More >>

  • Voxhaul Broadcast, Going Live

    published June 3, 2010

    Just because a band leave the OC for greener pastures doesn’t mean we’ll stop thinking of them as Locals Only material. Case in... More >>

  • Drums and Color Keep the Beat Going

    published May 27, 2010

    In many ways, Drums and Color are no different from other aspiring bands who transition from their parents’ garage onto the local stage.... More >>

  • Dan Black

    published May 27, 2010

    Looking for an example of the uncharted metamorphosis of today’s underground pop music? Try listening to a Dan Black song. Basking in a Day... More >>

  • Sweethead

    published May 20, 2010

    Fresh from the release of their self-titled US debut (released May 11), the members of Sweethead take their sound back to the wild and gritty bar... More >>

  • The Eclectic Company Experience

    published May 13, 2010

    Orange County isn’t known as the bastion of avant-garde music. But pull up the rug from its local music scene, and you’ll find... More >>

  • Citizen Kane

    published May 6, 2010

    Whatever box office success Citizen Kane may have missed out on during it’s debut in 1941 seems like a small price to pay for now being... More >>

  • Newport Beach Jazz Festival

    published April 29, 2010

    Rarely do the words "three day music festival" and "smooth" belong in the same sentence. But in the case of the Newport Beach Jazz Festival,... More >>

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