Search More

Locations

Constellation Room at the Observatory

3503 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92704 | Santa Ana | 714-957-0600

Location Description:

Step right past the bar inside The Observatory and you'll notice another little venue that unites OC'ers from just about everywhere in one place. The Constellation Room, sometimes considered The Observatory's smaller, more alternative music-loving sibling, is a quaint space that welcomes up-and-coming buzz bands as well as local acts to perform for their adoring all-ages fans. While few people get the chance to sit down on one of the large leather sofas, there's plenty of standing room space to dance and mosh around to your heart's content. Plus, the start of a new month means a new monthly residency of a cool indie band with special guests each week, completely free. With so many great acts in any given week, the Constellation Room is definitely one of the best places in Orange County to catch new music.


Related Stories (155)

Upcoming Events

Related Stories

  • Calendar:
    Warning to OC readers: This is not punk band The Stitches. Instead, this is Florida rapper-slash-Internet-viral-maniac Stitches, whose “Brick in Yo Face” video catapulted him to...
  • Calendar:
    Ultra cute megababe Melanie Martinez breezes through the Constellation Room tonight, an anticipated live music event for her legions of fan-dolls. Many were introduced to Martinez on Season...
  • Calendar:
    When the project was first presented on SoundCloud last year, people didn’t know what to make of the Pizza Underground. Led by child star Macaulay Culkin, the group of quirky New...
  • Calendar:
    Just two months after the announcement that Viva Brother, a tumultuous indie band from England, was breaking up, the majority of the members regrouped as a completely different animal. In...
  • Calendar:
    Twangy honky-tonk indie folk gets polished to a gorgeous sheen with The Rural Alberta Advantage, a Canadian three-piece that produces a sound twice their size. They sing songs about the...
  • Calendar:
    Formed in Oxford, England, in 2004, TTNG originally named their band This Town Needs Guns, a cleverly ironic nod to the fact that no one in England really owns firearms. Then, as the group...
  • Heard Mentality: concert review
    Thurston Moore The Constellation Room 10/11/14 Sonic Youth has always had a cult following. Thus, it was appropriate that folks wanting to see Thurston Moore (the founder of the dormant...
  • Calendar:
    There hasn’t been a new release from Animal Collective this year, but that doesn’t mean the band hasn’t been busy—they might not be touring new music, but...
  • Calendar:
    They're the kind of poppy punk that likes to lend itself to the tag "post-punk revival," but if you've still got the Strokes' Is This It on your iPod, then Drowners could be your new...
  • Calendar:
    Though he released his last album, Go Fly a Kite, back in 2012, Ben Kweller has continued touring on and off—his current run features a date in Texas before a quick sprint through...
  • Calendar:
    Tomorrows Tulips are out there on the edge of the Burger Records roster, where known space dissolves and communication with home base starts dissolving into static. (That’s where the...
  • Calendar:
    At first glance, vocalist Jessica Hernandez will mesmerize you with her dark beauty and Bettie Page bangs, leaving you unprepared for the soulful vocals she's about to unleash. Along with...
  • Calendar:
    Some producers use the recording studio as an instrument—Lee “Scratch” Perry used his as a spaceship or maybe a time machine, warping through the fourth dimension to make...
  • Calendar:
    The indie rock world fell for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back in 2005 when the Philly band released their self-titled debut album, a series of light and bouncy tracked anchored by Alec...
  • Calendar:
    LA rapper Blu is a polymath, a visionary, a documentarian and an iconoclast all at once, doing what he needs to do exactly how and when he needs to do it. His 2007 full-length Below the...
  • Calendar:
    Upon the release of his third album and major label debut Daydream Forever, indie-electronica musician Kamtin Mohager (better known to the masses as The Chain Gang of 1974), has officially...
  • Calendar:
    Tonight's showcase at the Constellation Room is a little bit of country with the likes of The Curly Wolf and Wicklow Atwater, while Vinnie and The Hooligans provide a mighty rootsy Americana...
  • Calendar:
    Cloud Nothings is founder Dylan Baldi with vision, voice, guitar and command of American indie history, put into service for a sound that started in a lonely bedroom but now (on new album...
  • Calendar:
    LA-based foursome Kiven are off to a pretty formidable start as far as the college rock scene is concerned—besides honors like Entertainment Weekly's nod as one of the Great Indie...
  • Calendar:
    "Danger! Danger! High Voltage!!" So goes the chorus to Electric Six's most electrifying disco pop song that caught people mesmerized back in 2003 with its tongue-in-cheek music video. Other...
  • Calendar:
    LA duo Uh Huh Her named their most recent album Future Souls to honor—and hopefully keep alive—that certain undefinable human something that makes even electronic music something...
  • Calendar:
    Teen dream trio Cherry Glazerr have basically reached rock n' roll stardom through their bold feminist-leaning lyrics and exciting '90s-esque alt rock sound. Their debut album Haxel Princess...
  • Calendar:
    The music of Baths comes with many surprises. The LA-based artist Will Wiesenfeld first started piano at the young age of 4, and since has reinvented his sound from his first musical foray...
  • Music:
    Singer/songwriter Irene Diaz is often described as a modern torch singer in the making, spilling rich, dark puddles of lovesick emotion with every note. Her lyrics are from the Nina Simone...
  • Calendar:
    Los Angeles Duo In The Valley Below have a harmonious union between their two members Jeffrey Jacobs and Angela Gail, so it's surprising to know that the two only got to know each other...
  • Calendar:
    Canada’s Tokyo Police Club is a super easy-feeling band. Generating melodic and hooky songs that are unthreatening in every way possible, it’s that band you like enough to turn...
  • Calendar:
    Edinburgh anarcho-punk band Oi Polloi are the kind of people who plant baby trees on tour to offset the carbon they’re burning, and then get on stage that night to bellow through...
  • Calendar:
    LA band Bad Suns is a pop machine—they’re a quartet of teen-to-twenty-somethings with members who’ve been playing music since before puberty, and on their new Transpose EP...
  • Calendar:
    There's something really youthful and nostalgic about Miniature Tigers' music, which plays off of the sounds of late '90s alt rock and applies a modern indie pop edge to it. Their debut...
  • Calendar:
    According to British producer William Phillips (the electronica newcomer also known as Tourist), he makes "dance music for people who don’t like to dance." That translates to soft,...
  • Calendar:
    For those who just can't get enough dance beats in their indie rock, this concert is for you. Kings, who have taken the stage in various venues throughout OC are returning to the...
  • Calendar:
    They named their record Helium Head after our fuckin’ favorite-ever Sir Lord Baltimore song—you got an internet, look it up!—and they deliver their overcranked shreddery...
  • Calendar:
    Not since the '80s has neon been so in vogue; but Con Bro Chill's fun party vibes and high energy dance entertainment calls for the dazzling day glo colors in their visual aesthetics....
  • Calendar:
    Celebrating the just-confirmed gig touring alongside the Colourist for their West Coast tour, LA-by-Chino-Hills indie pop group Max and the Moon have a lot to be excited...
  • Calendar:
    New Politics' single "Harlem" has rightfully been getting generous airplay on the radio these days for its catchy pop rock energy and playful vocals, but imagine shifting that excitement...
  • Calendar:
    Across all genres (and pretty much across time and space, too) come Secret Chiefs 3, the hallucinogenic brain child of Trey Spruance (of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle). Blending as many...
  • Calendar:
    The explosive pop of Brisbane's Dune Rats is quite the pick-me-up as it resonates in your ears and permeates blissfully through the inner workings of your brain. These titans of stoner pop...
  • Calendar:
    Let's dance! When you're listening to the frantic ska-punk of Mad Caddies, why not trip the light fantastic? The seven-piece set from Solvang have been kicking out the skank- worthy jams...
  • Calendar:
    More big changes from Hindu Pirates, who seem like they’ve left behind the world of garage—even a garage can only hold so much stuff—and disciplined themselves into the...
  • Calendar:
    Named one of 2014's Artists to Watch by Time, Betty Who is a sparking chanteuse of '80s pop elation—and we can't keep our eyes off her. Infectiously upbeat, Who's musical style is...
  • Calendar:
    If there were another attempt at a Lilith Fair, say, Lilith II, featuring the roster of iconic singer-songwriter women from the '90s on the main stage (Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant,...
  • Calendar:
    The exciting, sun-kissed guitar and lo-fi vocals of Echo Park's own Mystic Braves is undoubtedly reminiscent of mid-'60s fuzz predecessors The Seeds, but also bursting with youthful...
  • Calendar:
    Swedish quartet Holograms adventurously plunder through the post-punk sounds of yesteryear through their 2013 album Forever, their second album since first meeting in 2011. Singer/guitarist...
  • Calendar:
    Musician Pete Yorn and artist/musician J.D. King both carry the effervescent sound of retro pop mixed with contemporary indie rock in their collaboration called The Olms. Filled with a...
  • Music:
    Pete Yorn and J.D. King's new band have nothing to do with fiery, four-chord rebellion. But if not for the wife of a punk legend, the Olms might've never existed. Yorn first met Johnny...
  • Calendar:
    For those who have the deep soul of American folk music in their hearts, this band is for you. Brimming with a melodic folk beat with numerous string instruments over an indie rock sound,...
  • Calendar:
    Leave it to Burger Records to resurrect long-forgotten (but damn good) bands the rest of us looked over. This time the Burger babes are presenting The Three O'Clock, one of LA's better...
  • Heard Mentality: live review
    Autolux The Observatory 11/20/13 It's easy to describe Autolux by placing them alongside the big names they have toured with: Queens of the Stone Age, the White Stripes, Secret Machines,...
  • Calendar:
    Long before bands like The XX were lulling crowds into alt-rock bliss, Autolux was pushing shoe-gazing rock and roll into experimental waters. Since their inception in 2000, the trio...
  • Calendar:
    Two-tone-haired beauty Melanie Martinez first captured hearts on Season 5 of the hit singing talent show The Voice with her breathy, provocative vocals covering Britney Spears and The White...
  • Calendar:
    Canadian songsters Islands have been on the radar of many since their 2005 debut album Return To Sea released a burst of fun indie pop for all to hear. Enjoying success and hype four albums...
  • Calendar:
    Starting off her North American tour, pint-size spitfire Little Boots lands in Orange County and kicks in the door of the Constellation Room. Taking inspiration from such varied artists as...
  • Calendar:
    Virginia’s Parachute make pop music that probably sounds better and better as the sound system gets bigger and bigger—this is mass-market rock that’s more about the mass...
  • Calendar:
    Everything about Tesla Boy seems out of this world, from their cosmic new wave aesthetic to their funky synth pop jams. Heavily influenced by his love of American pop music, Anton Sedidov...
  • Heard Mentality: Artists We Love
    In this day and age, with most of our attention spans and tastes dictated by the flow of social media and Youtube, release dates filled with "event albums" from the likes of Jay Z, Kanye,...
  • Calendar:
    Blonde Redhead, the ethereal, painfully cool, dreampop alterna-noise trio sent to earth from another world (or maybe New York), have delicately walked the line between cultish obsession and...
  • Heard Mentality: live review
    By: Kyle Cavaness Tijuana Panthers The Constellation Room 8/23/13 The three members of Tijuana Panthers knew who center stage belonged to at the Constellation Room Friday night, and it...
  • Calendar:
    Dutch trio Noisia take leave from hometown Groningen to once again journey stateside—but instead of playing major festivals like Coachella, they perform at the intimate Constellation...
  • Calendar:
    With phrases like "up-and-coming," "buzz," and "rising star" consistently attached to his name on music blogs, KYLE (and that's in all caps if you don't mind) has a lot of fire power fueling...
  • Calendar:
    Perfectly in sync with headliner Stacy Clark is another acoustic indie act presenting strong vocals and carefully orchestrated productions. Gardeners Logic have been gaining momentum here in...
  • Calendar:
    The only thing to grieve about Mt. Ossa's music is that a full album has not been released yet, but hey- listening to their Sound Cloud will help give you an idea of what you're in for....
  • Calendar:
    Chances are if you came of age in the last couple of decades listening to bluesy country with a surfin' twist, you would have heard Southern Culture On The Skids. Encompassing the Southern...
  • Calendar:
    Behind this up and coming hip hop artist's music is a most interesting and surprising background. Long before making it as a rapper, Stud was actually an accomplished baseball player with a...
  • Heard Mentality: Locals Only
    Pop songstress Stacy Clark greets an early-morning telephone call with the unlikely combination of grogginess and upbeat charm. In a whirlwind of conversation that spans her career and...
  • Calendar:
    The different influences behind this group's sound include funk, '60s garage, R&B and soul, altogether creating a highly-stylized audio experience not too far removed from that of a...
  • Calendar:
    Indie songstress Stacy Clark knows how to turn on the charm. Her calming melodies and pop savvy form a sound that’s both pleasant and youthful, which arguably explains her broad...
  • Calendar:
    Owen is the brainchild and solo project of singer-songwriter Mike Kinsella, who previously had performed as part of bands Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc (to name a few), and damn if the guy...
  • Calendar:
    When the stress of the modern world threatens to pop your skull like a watermelon under a Kardashian ass, we recommend taking a breath and finding your happy place. Should you require help...
  • Calendar:
    Los Angeles duo Papa are feeling the love from audiences on their current tour through the US, as we're feeling the warmth from their catchy body of work. Light piano and synthesizer...
  • Calendar:
    The music of The Twelves is based mostly in part by heavy improvising in their remixes of infectious dance songs; that being said, no two live shows would be alike. What they would have in...
  • Calendar:
    The indie pop four piece from Southern California are a force to be reckoned with, musically of course. The flurry of elements Max and the Moon incorporate come together as one in an...
  • Calendar:
    Chicago’s Outer Minds do the '60s like the '80s did the '60s—or even like the '00s did the '60s with bands like the Deadly Snakes and Reigning Sound, whose revved-up songs proved...
  • Calendar:
    The diverse range of sounds from this Fullerton band is unbelievably catchy and undeniably fun. If you like harmonious vocals mixed in with your dance beats, The Steelwells can oblige; and...
  • Calendar:
    Two sides of the same alien planet are revealed at once with Texas’ Indian Jewelry and OC’s Black Bananas, who don’t so much play shows together as fulfill ancient...
  • Calendar:
    The explosion of sound from this indie pop duo's two releases Bad Veins and The Mess We've Made will set off harmonious waves of joy through your ears. Cincinnati's own Ben Davis and...
  • Calendar:
    After initially teasing audiences with an EP in 2012, Peace have proven themselves to be next up in a long line of great English indie bands. Oscillating between moody, ferociously noisy...
  • Calendar:
    Listening to Blank Tapes' 2013 release of Vacation right now feels truly relevant in the wake of recent warning signs for summer. Matt Adams, the Orange County native behind Blank Tapes,...
  • Music:
    "All our love and all our pain/is gonna make us precious/if it don't make us insane/You have a calling." For Cloud Cult bandleader Craig Minowa, these lines are his favorite to sing live....
  • Calendar:
    The Lonely Forest is sick! YouTube comments such as this might at first seem misleading, but “sick,” as a compliment, is apparently back in style (see 1997). It’s fitting...
  • Calendar:
    Former Spaceshits bandmates and all around amazing punk rock freaks Blacksnake and Mark Sultan are King Khan and BBQ—and this night is their Show. Playing raw, gritty garage punk laced...
  • Music:
    It's lunch time, and Action Bronson is walking around Brooklyn, stopping at a taco truck and ordering, in Spanish, a torta de bistec, mushroom quesadilla and tamales. He's come in from his...
  • Calendar:
    Mondays in April are Moxi Mondays. Along with special guests every week, the dreampop chanteuse takes over the Constellation room for a month-long residency. If the dreampop genre makes you...
  • Calendar:
    A self-taught guitarist, Hawaiian songbird Anuhea rose steadily on the iTunes charts with her 2007 self-titled debut album. Before long, Anuhea would find herself touring worldwide and...
  • Calendar:
    Denver’s Air Dubai grew their emphatically hooky version of Flobots or Gym Class Heroes-style hip-hoppy radio pop from Macbook demos to an actual garage band (with like seven people)...
  • Calendar:
    Long Beach’s Vespertines do prickly prog-psych in a way that teaches you to expect the unexpected—and to expect the introspective, the contemplative and the explosive, too....
  • Music:
    For his newest, self-titled recording, Huntington Beach troubadour Matt Costa decided early on that he needed a change of scenery—a serious change. For years, he has made an art form...
  • Calendar:
    LA band Blackfeet Braves have just released a full-length on local label Lollipop, and it's 12 tracks of Standells/Seeds-style garage that really wring out everything the genre has to offer....
  • Calendar:
    A Silent Film is an alternative band who hails from the other side of the pond and have been at it since 2005. Why they're only playing the tiny Constellation Room (inside the larger...
  • Calendar:
    Brent Knopf was the polymath co-founder of Portland’s Menomena, the impressively (or was that intimidatingly?) creative band that would reverse-engineer their live songs from an insane...
  • Calendar:
    For the purposes of this blurb, St. Lucia is not the Swedish figure known for wearing a wreath of candles in her hair bearing gifts for Scandinavian children. Rather, it's the nom de plume...
  • Music:
    The first time he heard Black Sabbath through a pair of speakers, Al Cisneros was in a record store with his father in 1979. He admits to having one simple reaction, one that mimicked the...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    What better night to throw a hardcore punk/metal show than on Super Bowl Sunday, a night when many people are already drunk by 6 p.m. The Constellation Room inside the Observatory was...
  • Calendar:
    Free The Robots founder (and Crosby impresario) Chris Alfaro is one of the most agile and idiosyncratic beatmakers in greater LA—he’s got anything-goes and an everything-rules...
  • Music:
    For two friends and performers who grew up to be so close to each other, you wouldn't think one of Tyson Vogel's earliest memories of Adam Stephens would involve hand-to-hand combat. Though...
  • Calendar:
    Though they're Los Angeles-based, indie dance outfit Pop Noir hail from the UK (doesn't it always go down like that?) And though they're an indie dance outfit, one shouldn't expect to hear...
  • Calendar:
    Tycho is the stage name of Scott Hansen, a rising star out of San Francisco whose sound craft centers in the electronic/ambient music genre. Though his music is sufficiently unique enough to...
  • Calendar:
    Hindu Pirates are no longer anything you’d call a surf band, although they can still peel out a nice guitar lead when they need one. Instead, Hindu Pirates do garage-y pop the way the...
  • Calendar:
    The Colourist is an Orange County band of the indie variety. Known for an oft dreamy, lush sound— not unlike Death Cab—singer Adam Castilla's vocals are complimented by drummer...
  • Music:
    For an enterprising band with a Facebook account, maximizing the value of the "Genre" category is a fast and handy way of announcing your character. Most groups use the space for basic sonic...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night
    This year has been one of re-releases and anniversary tours, and though Interpol is gearing up to drop the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of its lauded debut album, Turn on the Bright...
  • Calendar:
    In case you didn't know, Paul Banks is the lead singer of post-punk band Interpol. No longer operating under the nom de plume Julian Plenti, he makes music that sounds suspiciously like Ian...
  • Heard Mentality: interview
    When lead singers go on solo jaunts, it usually is a cause for alarm. But not in the case of Interpol lead singer Paul Banks. Having culled material before he joined the New York post-punk...
  • Calendar:
    It's violin dubstep from a sci-fi-loving, eccentric little 26-year old with a knack for interpretive dance. This is Lindsey Stirling and she was born right here in OC. Her sound is a...
  • Calendar:
    Some things just flow naturally—and for the trio of Josh Cocktail, Loggy and Big Red (yes, those are their names), they met, decided to make some music, and two months later had a...
  • Calendar:
    So often when singers from across the pond do their thing, their native accent is buried in the music. But Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchinson (of Scotland), doesn't lose that...
  • Music:
    At pretty much any local show he goes to, Bill Bennett is the tallest, quietest guy in the room. And while he rarely has a problem finding a good view during small shows, he also has a...
  • Music:
    Just months after releasing "No Rest," the first single off their debut album, the song title is becoming more and more apropos for East London's Dry the River. The band are booked solid...
  • Heard Mentality: incoming
    Monday, September 24Pawn Shop Kings The Constellation RoomA unique musical style often comes from superior talent and vision, though it can also be a product of geographical diversity. Case...
  • Heard Mentality: Bands We Like
    Introspective, horn-filled electro-funk tribe Rubblebucket are going through changes. Mostly of the growing pain variety. One year ago, if you'd told the eight-piece Brooklyn band that...
  • Music:
    Indie rapper Brother Ali has his mind on his country and his country on his mind. A contemplative meditation on the promises and perils of the United States frames his latest album, Mourning...
  • Calendar:
    A unique musical style often comes from superior talent and vision, though it can also be a product of geographical diversity. Case in point: Pawnshop Kings. They're a musical melting...
  • Calendar:
    The Fresh & Onlys have concocted, seemingly in a garage, an indie-style of music that deftly melds haunting guitar work with pop sensibilities. Hailing from the Bay Area, they formed in...
  • Calendar:
    Currently based in Dana Point, Micah Brown is a homegrown talent who makes OC proud. The recipient of past honors by the Orange County Music Awards, Brown is known for a bluesy, folksy style...
  • Calendar:
    Mixing latin rhythms and rhymes with electronic beats, Anita Tijoux spins a sultry sonic tapestry. Her parents, both Chilean nationals, fled their homeland during the rule of brutal dictator...
  • Calendar:
    Ska fans will remember Matt Embree from his days with Rx Bandits. In the wake of that band's demise, Embree went on to produce a respectable body of work including contributions to a band...
  • Calendar:
    Conceived in a college philosophy program, raised during a seven-month sailing trip and guided through adolescence by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Tennis is a band seemingly bred for...
  • Calendar:
    When it comes to the sweet sounds of low-fi pop punk, Bleached is all sugar. The Los Angeles band sings songs about love and associated craziness with fuzzy guitars and gorgeous girly...
  • Calendar:
    It's time for everybody's favorite Hawaiian pop starlet. Anuhea, sings along with ukulele songs about simple love evoking images of black sand beaches. Think of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, but...
  • Music:
    Inside a dimly lit Constellation Room in Santa Ana, strobe lights flash, chest piercing bass drops and dubstep moshing create a scene that you rarely find in a venue that typically caters to...
  • Calendar:
    Sea Wolf is another one of those bands that just got too big for the bedroom, or the living room in the case of Alex Brown Church, who started writing these songs while a member of...
  • Heard Mentality: interview
    Like the protagonists of the Jack London novel, the LA-based folksters Sea Wolf, led by Alex Brown Church, returned home for the creation of the band's third full-length album Old World...
  • Calendar:
    Jayme Dee traffics in the R & B pop of Adele or the late Amy Winehouse. Granted, her voice is ersatz compared to the greats, but the music is toe- tappingly infectious. Her song "Rules" was...
  • Music:
    Royal Thunder are currently dealing with a stalker. In the Atlanta band's case, the culprit isn't a human being they could press charges against, but rather a trio of numbers that has long...
  • Music:
    Before he started working on a record called Nootropics, Lower Dens bassist Geoff Graham had never heard of the term, but you can hardly fault him for that. Odds are you haven't either....
  • Music:
    Getting stoned and having a great idea isn't a rare convergence. Smoke rises to the ceiling, and ideas that begin with "Man, you know what would be really rad?" bounce around the smokers'...
  • Calendar:
    Here’s the skinny on rotund rapper Action Bronson: he’s a culinary enthusiast by day and an MC by night, recording fastidiously well-worded tracks with the precision of Ghostface...
  • Calendar:
    If you're curious about the sound of Chicago band Maps & Atlases, think Kings of Leon meets Tears for Fears. Singer Dave Davison's voice calls KOL's Caleb Followill to mind while the...
  • Music:
    We're not sure if JD McPherson is as strait-laced as he says he is. Sure, he may have cropped, slicked-back hair, a crisp denim jacket and choirboy looks, but it's hard to imagine the...
  • Music:
    For a band touting such a heady approach to indie rock, it's surprising Maps & Atlases began with no real plan in mind. Meeting in 2004 at Columbia College Chicago, the quartet started...
  • Calendar:
    The name Diego Garcia can refer to an atoll in the Indian Ocean used as a satellite station and emergency landing strip for the space shuttle. But today, we're writing about the Latin folk...
  • Calendar:
    This band has a wonderful knack for sounding at once lush and lo fi. Building on a foundation of tremolo-infused guitar, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos pile on the violin, pedal steel and...
  • Music:
    Ah, summer, that special time when the sounds that seeped through our earbuds into our brains turn to tangible, aural bliss in the form of tours beckoning us to part with our hard-earned...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night
    Flight To Mars The Constellation Room 5/14/12 Generally, opening nights of tours are when the small kinks that audiences don't notice are worked out. It could be the sound is off or that...
  • Calendar:
    Dum Dum Girls are a band from San Pedro whose sound is deliciously lo-fi. Part Shangri-Las, part Bikini Kill, they sing sweet pop songs backed by fuzzy guitars and slightly off-key vocals....
  • Calendar:
    Flight to Mars is a tribute to '70s band UFO. Featuring guitar virtuoso Mike McCready of Pearl Jam fame—it appears he's taking a break from making Target commercials and flooding the...
  • Calendar:
    It's hard to believe that of all the bands to emerge from the era of Nirvana, the Melvin's are one of the few to still be going strong. Though the band never quite achieved the glittering...
  • Calendar:
    Psychobilly kids—this is your day. The Meteors, London's own founders of the subgenre and, to this day, still one of the few "true" bands to the cause, make a rare appearance at the...
  • Calendar:
    In hipster indie circles, Tennis is the It band right now. Rocking sweet doo-wop melodies, this duo reportedly started recording after a months-long sea voyage. Singer Alaina Moore's voice...
  • Calendar:
    Don't ask Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers to paint a vulgar picture. His PG-rated tunes conflate gentle-breezing optimism with reverberant pianos and sleepy, narcotic falsetto. It's the sound...
  • Music:
    If, for some reason, you've been on the lookout for a lonely sounding record by a musician from Idaho, you can call off the hunt. Youth Lagoon's The Year of Hibernation captures desolation...
  • Music:
    It wasn't surprising AJ Jackson, lead singer and guitarist for Saint Motel, returned our call while on the road somewhere—if touring is what's keeping bands going these days, the LA...
  • Calendar:
    Whether you're from Orange County or some far-flung realm, you definitely want to make an attempt to catch these local boys. With a sweet, yet at times aggressive indie sound, the Gromble...
  • Calendar:
    Guitarist and singer Micah Brown does have a bit of Jack Johnson’s surfer-friendly, laid-back, roots-y style, but he can also fire off a wildly intimidating blast of dexterous...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Surfer BloodFebruary 23 2012Constellation Room at the Observatory"That last one was my second favorite song," John Paul Pitts, lead singer and guitarist for Surfer Blood, announced after...
  • Heard Mentality: Free Tix Tuesdays!
    We are giving away two pairs of STRFKR tickets for their show at the Observatory on Feb. 23. And you know you don't want to miss it, because STRFKR = therapy. Just ask frontman Josh Hodges,...
  • Calendar:
    Surfer Blood are angling to become the go-to cute-rock mixtape leaders of the 2010s, but they’re starting to push past the basics, too. New EP Tarot Classics isn’t quite their...
  • Music:
    Over the past five years, singer/songwriter David Choi has wooed millions with his lulling voice and charming lyrics. And he's mostly done so while sitting with his guitar in his bedroom in...
  • Calendar:
    This month's residency at the Constellation Room is being filled by local band I Hate You Just Kidding. Known for a delicate and, at times, smoldering sound, they're fronted by vocalist...
  • Calendar:
    Don't let the name of this band keep you from checking them out. We promise they bear no resemblance to the horrific tropical disease that causes grotesque swelling and fever—though...
  • Music:
    With his long brown hair, an intimidating beard and his don't-fuck-with-me look, the White Buffalo—who was born into this world as Jake Smith—is a throwback to a time when...
  • Calendar:
    Fuzzy guitars, electronic handclaps, thy name is Handsome Furs. The Montreal duo, signed to Sub Pop, will be on hand to play jams inspired by club culture from their catalogue of three...
  • Music:
    For the layman who has never picked up an instrument, technically complex, guitar-based music can be a daunting subject. It involves jargon such as "time signatures" and "math rock" (not to...
  • Calendar:
    San Antonio power trio Girl in a Coma is not to be missed. Featuring impassioned lyrics about lust, both requited and unrequited, they play live with furious punk intensity. Vocalist Nina...
  • Calendar:
    The New Limb are possibly Orange County's most talented indie band. Their music, which blends the circumspect lyricism of the Shins with plenty of crunch and punch is just that good. Vocal...
  • Music:
    Gauntlet Hair didn't spring up overnight, but it sure seems like it. Their recently released self-titled debut has all of the right pieces in place to be a quintessentially contemporary...

Best of Award Recipient

Business Description

Orange County's premier music venue.

Loading...