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

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If you visited the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana a couple years ago, you would've been met by cover bands, one-hit wonders or closed doors. It had its moments, of course, but those moments were rare thanks to a lengthy closure and lackluster booking. Enter Jon Reiser, former partner and booker for Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. Reiser purchased the venue and made several significant changes: booked popular acts, upgraded the sound system, added a smaller venue-in-a-venue called the Constellation Room. The Observatory now hosts popular acts such as Method Man , GWAR, Tiesto, Waka Flocka Flame and many, many more. That also includes residencies from local acts. Selling out shows is now a habit for this place. Most of all, it provides a valuable service to the whole county by bringing in acts we could usually only see by driving to Los Angeles. Oh, and it even—gasp!—makes Angelenos cross the Orange Curtain for a show.


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  • Heard Mentality: Free Ticket Tuesdays
    A little over a month after announcing their "indefinite hiatus," the L.A. darkwave duo She Wants Revenge is coming out to play one more show in OC. Just before the end of July,...
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    See Also: *Nora Kirkpatrick: The Accordion Goddess of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros  *Milo Greene Made Their First Full-Length Film With Zero Movie Making...
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    How do the Swedes manage to nail American culture so deftly? We don't have the answer, but we can tell you that watching the Hives will give you a lesson in Rock n Roll swagger our homegrown...
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    After 35 years of performing throttling, provocative LA punk, the members of X have every right to close the book on the band. But ask Exene Cervenka how much passion she still has for the...
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    Don Carlos is best known for his association with legendary reggae act Black Uhuru. With a sound both catchy and anthemic, his voice resonates handsomely over up-strummed grooves. Thought...
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    New Swedish export The Royal Concept hit the States by way of Phoenix with a big bag full of catchy dance pop. The group's self-titled EP debut, released only this June, is already making...
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    Chiddy Bang broke onto the scene a couple years back with their remix of the MGMT song "Kids." It was a bit predictable, but the infectiousness of the track can't be denied. Hailing from...
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    There's always baggage that comes with being the child of a legend, including the endless shirking of comparisons from just about everyone who knows your last name and lineage. In theory, a...
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    The Kills were two kids from two different places on two different continents—Jamie from England, Alison from Florida—who took the chance when their old bands broke up to start...
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    It's time for everybody's favorite beer swilling garage rockers—the Black Lips are breezing through town like a tornado on meth (or perhaps a really potent booze). In their more than...
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    Here's an interesting bit of trivia: Kim Nekroman, frontman of iconic rockabilly band Nekromantix, was once a submarine operator in the Royal Danish Navy. Perhaps all that time spent in a...
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    San Diego’s Silent Comedy spend plenty of time touring now, but founders and brothers Josh and John Zimmerman traveled the world before they traveled by band van. Their Pentecostal...
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    Bomba Estéreo, a quintet exported from Colombia, fuses cumbia with Latin dance and electronica to create what they call "electro tropical," which is exactly as fiery as it sounds. The...
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    Hailing from the Dirty South we have rap music's latest phenom. Big K.R.I.T. caught the attention of Def Jam big wigs after he released the mix tape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here in 2010. Known for...
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    Considering they're the most taboo of taboos, rape, incest, necrophilia and pedophilia rarely receive simultaneous play on the silver screen. But in 2010, Serbian director Srdjan Spasojevic...
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    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...
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    With some amateur rappers, you can count on a few clichés at their concert: a not-so-subtle line about allegedly being a gangbanger; terrible metaphors referencing either sex or drugs...
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    Continuing its quest to be the premier music venue in OC, the Observatory is stepping squarely on the toes of the House of Blues with tonight's lineup. South bay Reggae band Fortunate Youth...
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    The woob woob base and distorted robotic sound of Dubstep music is finding its way into everything from our car stereos to our commercials. Like Beatle Mania of the '60s, Dubstep comes to us...
  • Heard Mentality: Over the Weekend
    Jenny Lewis6/22/12The ObservatoryAs promised, Jenny Lewis's excellent Friday night show at the Observatory delivered a few surprises. Before the end of the second song "Run Devil...
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    Formed in 1981 Negative Approach is considered by many to be pioneers of the hardcore sound in the Midwest. Though the band has gone through lineup changes since the '80s they reunited in...
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    It seems like modern music has made a significant return to the '80s as of late. Los Angeles band Magic Wands demonstrates this trend with a sound reminiscent of the greed decade's signature...
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    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'...
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    We always thought there was way more to Jenny Lewis than the press cared to grant her—even back on her first solo album, there were moments of honesty and personality that almost hurt...
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    Alternative rock band and Irvine locals, Thrice, are bidding farewell to the music scene following their Major/Minor album promotion tour. The tour began in California earlier this year and,...
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    Using the world "destiny" to describe Fashawn's trajectory toward a hip-hop career might be a bit much. He'd prefer to think of it as more of a calling. At 3 years old, Santiago Leyva wanted...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Delta Spirit The Observatory6/3/12In the land of high-water, skin tight jeans, TOMS shoes and beanies, the Long Beach-based band Delta Spirit seems to break through audience fashion...
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    Think about all the bands who've traveled through Southern California—how many are never heard from again?  The list is endless.  But this Monday, hear a Seattle-based band...
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    Witnessing a group of masked faces scream while banging on objects may sound a lot like the type of activity you’d find at your grandmother’s house on Sunday, but take away the...
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    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...
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    Devendra Banhart comes to OC with a wandering-troubadour backstory that took him from boho megacities like San Francisco and Paris to an official debut on Michael Gira’s Young God...
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    In 2004, Greg Sullo was a college sophomore spending a semester in the West African country of Mali, and a musician still four years away from launching Dinosaur Feathers. Thanks to a chance...
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    It may say something about the manic online nature of music these days, but there's something perversely interesting—maybe even inspiring—about a musician who isn't really on the...
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    Behold Devo, kings of rock—or maybe just kings of this rock called Earth that we all happen to live on, lauded for their proto-posto-punko not-really-new-wave music and laughed at by...
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    For the past 21 years, Mike McCready has provided the flair to Pearl Jam's sound. Blending elements of classic rock, blues and metal, McCready is responsible for two of Guitar World's 100...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Washed Out and Memoryhouse The Observatory May 6, 2012 A Sunday following a major drinking holiday isn't the best time to put on a show. The day is meant to be spent recovering, nursing...
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    Have you ever noticed how Silversun Pickups singer Brian Aubert sounds like Lush's Meriel Barham? No matter. The alterna-rock band from Los Angeles creates a sound hearkening back to the...
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    Washed Out might be the most perfect band name ever. In two simple words, it captures the gist of Ernest Greene's music. Bright, explosive hues could have easily ruled his synth-driven pop,...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    A veteran of high-profile labels such as No Limit and Cash Money, Shante Scott Franklin finally just decided to start his own imprint under a deal with Warner Bros. Records, Jet Life...
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    For many of us, April 20th is a high holiday—one of the most anticipated (and poorly planned for) days of the year. But the fun doesn’t have to end when you wake up next to the...
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    Though a relative newcomer, Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy has been turning heads these past couple years. In 2010 he released From the Westside with Love. and is currently touring in...
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    The general word is that outta-nowhere indie It band Cults sound like a ‘60s girl group—and for once, the general word is correct. The half of the tracks that don’t sound...
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    Louis Jones doesn't have much to complain about. As the 22-year-old in charge of Spectrals—another entry into the long line of bedroom-projects-gone-indie-buzz-bands—this isn't...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    TygaThe ObservatoryMarch 28, 2012 Warning: This review contains explicit language, and your children should not read this--too bad you let them attend this concert.If you were at the...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Meg Strouse/OC WeeklyOFF!View our photo slideshow here!?Burgerama: OFF!, Ty Segall, White Fence, FIDLAR The Observatory March 24, 2012 Saturday night the Fullerton-based label/store hybrid...
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    Brazilian art pop group CSS might be tired of being sexy (the title of their debut album, Cansei de Ser Sexy, is something only Brazilians could get away with), but every other aspect of...
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    Fans of late '90s electronica rejoice. Orgy has officially ended their hiatus and promises to bring their synthy goodness to the Observatory stage. Known for hits such as "Fiction" and "Blue...
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    Whether or not you're tolerant of neo-hippy culture shouldn't determine whether or not you see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Yes, their visual aesthetic skews a little granola, but...
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    Gungor is Michael Gungor and family, spiritual and otherwise, unfurling the kind of overpowering anthemic pop (with which the Arcade Fire won over the secular world) and they came just shy...
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    Before we talk about Wanda Jackson, let's first speak of Nick Tosches, one of the greatest rock & roll scholars (and stylists) music writing has ever known. He felt Jackson was a vitally...
  • Navel Gazing: What You Missed
    Aww crap. The weekend's over already? Well, before workweek reality ??sinks in and bogs you down for the next five days here's a collection of photos to remind you want you missed...
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    Though English Dogs are rightfully categorized as a punk band, they have an undeniable metal influence. Founded in 1981, these hardcore pioneers rock the pit with some wicked growling. The...
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    “This is not a goodbye,” explained Ra Ra Riot’s cornerstone cellist and singer Rebecca Lawn barely a week ago, but she’ll be leaving the band just the same—and...
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    Joel Grind has devoted a long time—12 years, to be exact—to reminding the world we can all be exterminated by a nuclear bomb at any moment. Toxic Holocaust's guitarist/vocalist...
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    For the past 10 years, Adam Glassco—known to the world of bass drops and wobbles as Flinch—has been deejaying around the world, making the Midway City resident one of the...
  • Navel Gazing: What You Missed
    John Gilhooley/OC Weekly?What did you miss this weekend? We caught Social Distortion at the Fox in Pomona, Ron Jeremy signing bottles of booze (and sucking on...things) in Westminster, the...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Dr. DogFebruary 9 2012The ObservatoryYou know a band is going to give a good set when they have a plush lion's head hanging from a coatrack on the side of the stage.Despite having probably...
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    One of the changes that came to the old Galaxy Theatre—now the Observatory —is a monthly artist-in-residency gig in the Constellation Room. This month, electro pop band Polaris...
  • Navel Gazing: Gimme That OC Religion
    Editor's note: Ladies and germs, you might've noticed a new byline invading our asylum, that of Josh Dulaney--an Orange County boy who spent the past couple of years at the San Bernardino...
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    Who says all Rockabilly music has to be virtuosic? As long as it's played with a raucous energy, such as the case with Luis and the Wildfires, it doesn't matter if it's a little low-fi....
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    Science can’t even begin to count how many rainy afternoons are spent concocting the perfect rapper name. While Lil’ Fluffy may have seemed a perfectly acceptable alternative to...
  • Heard Mentality: lists
    As Eminem's protege, the Alabama-raised Yelawolf is the latest rapper to tap into a niche you could politely call white trash rap. His debut album on Shady Records, Radioactive, openly...
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    We heard that Dutchman and platter spinner extraordinaire Tiesto has issues with at least one Village Voice publication. We're not certain, but it might have something to do with LA Weekly...
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    On paper, Kreayshawn’s rhymes read like a litany of clichés. She smokes strong, has a trunk full of work, and her paper is thick. But the erstwhile femcee speaks to an...
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    When one is strung out, it usually refers to suffering from a long-term drug addiction—but California punk band Strung Out has conveniently side-stepped the embarrassment of a fan...
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    The Growlers are one show into a winter West Coast tour, and they've already drawn blood. Singer Brooks Nielsen is speaking via phone as he parks the band bus—you've heard of Ken...
  • Heard Mentality: Free Tickets
    About six months ago, Kreayshawn--white chick rapper, music video director--dropped the polysaturated video of her infectious single "Gucci Gucci" on the interwebz. Twenty-eight million...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Check out our photo slideshow here!Young The Giant The Observatory (formerly the Galaxy Theatre) 12/16/11 Last Friday night's gig at the Observatory in Santa Ana was a victory lap of sorts...
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    With the release of a couple tunes this past Black Friday, it looks like Pinback is making good on its talk of a new album. Scheduled for release sometime in 2012, it will mark the San Diego...
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    If you've spent five minutes listening to alternative radio in recent weeks, you've no doubt heard The Naked and Famous. Their song "Young Blood" is currently being played ad nauseum....
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    Last February, a user named Lorolyon created a thread on Pinbackfreak, Pinback's official forum, with a compelling title: "Any strange effects from Pinback? Supernatural properties of...
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    By his own admission, Thom Powers—guitarist/vocalist in the Naked and Famous, a fresh-faced five-piece who have effectively become New Zealand's great white indie-rock hope—has...
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    Leimert Park rapper Dom Kennedy has been tipped to blow up for maybe two or three mixtapes now—from last year’s From The Westside With Love to this spring’s The Original...
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    The stellar LA quartet Warpaint will return to Orange County on Friday for the first time in nearly a year and a half for a show at the Galaxy Concert Theatre that will also include sets by...
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    It's close to noon on a Saturday, and Drew Best is having breakfast. No, he's not the world's laziest man. In fact, he's quite the opposite. The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident runs Smog, a...
  • Heard Mentality: show announcement
    Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver fans (...you're out there, right?): We just got a tip that Scott Weiland will perform at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana on December 8.Ticket will go on...
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    If your favorite part of rap duo Outkast was its straight forward R&B flavored jams, then you're probably a Big Boi fan. The Georgia native is known for the hit "The Way You Move," as well...
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    As with so many important stories, the one about Wild Records starts with an Irishman walking into a bar. That'd be Reb Kennedy, a lifelong punk rocker who'd spent his recent years getting...
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    HARLEQUIN DINNER PLAYHOUSE, 1974-1989Orange County was the epicenter of dinner theater in the 1980s, and the Harlequin Dinner Playhouse in Santa Ana was one of its main players. The...
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    Sean Michael Anderson has been waiting for this moment for a while now. Although he didn't release his first official project until 2008's Finally Famous Vol. 1: The Mixtape—after he'd...
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    "It's where local bands go to die." At least, that's what people used to say about Santa Ana's Galaxy Concert Theatre, with its blood-red carpet, walls and patent-leather seats of the same...
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    Brace yourselves, everybody's favorite ode to rock star excess is back in town. The Black Lips are known for their raucous live shows, which emphasize members' snotty attitudes more than...
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    Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common form of the degenerative disease made famous by decades of Jerry Lewis telethons. The most severe of the nine major types, it's also incurable....
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    When Atlanta garage punks the Black Lips went into the New York City studio to record their latest, Arabia Mountain, they brought with them the dried-out skull of some dude once possibly...
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    Oakland's High on Fire represents some stoner metal tonight (that's traditional heavy metal laced with blues and psychedelic rock) as the trio hits the Galaxy and tests the limits of the...
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    Argentina’s Babasonicos are ten albums in and still confidently exploring a sound that combines glam swagger and wit—although Bryan Ferry is now a staunch supporter of the...
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    Ever since Oingo Boingo played their last show on October 31 1995, Halloween just hasn't been the same. But we should still consider ourselves lucky because Halloween has at the Galaxy has...
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    He’s My Brother She’s My Sister’s sultry swagger is created by a pair of siblings and a vaudevillian troupe of musicians. The LA-based group spend much of their time...
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    Hailing from San Diego, the Hexxers represent surf-flavored Rockabilly fun. With songs about knocking on gravestones and beating drums, they have a bit of the spooky cinema motif going, but...
  • Heard Mentality: shows
    Dan Mangan, a Vancouver folk singer, is on the beginning stretch of his U.S. tour, bringing with him a new album, Oh Fortune, and his now-permanent band members. Together, all three elements...
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    Things are starting to change over at the Galaxy. No longer content with booking once large acts now on the verge of obscurity, they've brought in some exciting new artists to play their...
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    Don't call him Kid Cudi's wingman—well, you can, the two rappers are good friends, but Charles Worth, aka Chip Tha Ripper is bouncing out from behind his bud's shadow and gaining...
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    Behold Fear: the rulers of loud-fast-rules punk, with awesomely boneheaded lyrics and precision-machined music that made them one of the most formidable bands in L.A. punk. (Fear was like...
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    Let's start with probably one of the best birthdays Foster the People front man Mark Foster ever had. Now, of course, playing to tens of thousands of panting fans is just a normal day at...
  • Heard Mentality: show announcement
    It's no secret that Irvine's Playground Festival was a catastrophe Saturday. Among some of the larger acts at the festival, including a headliner failed to show up. The Game and Too Short...
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    The battle of the L.A. Guns' has been raging for quite some time now. While the original lineup formed in 1983, they disbanded a few years later following a merger with another band to...
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    If you weren't at this year's Hootenanny—congratulations; it was fucking sweltering. Even though you missed some kick-ass bands, you're in luck, Three Bad Jacks are back. One of the...
  • Heard Mentality: Venue News
    UPDATE, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. : The Memphis Group has clarified a facts regarding Detroit Bar; read throughout. ORIGINAL POST, Aug. 24, 8:47 a.m.: The Galaxy Theatre is under new...
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    In the 1970s, San Francisco gave birth to arch-punk satirists the Tubes—and what the Tubes brought to the world was a theatrical, chaotic live stage show, White Punks on Dope, and the...
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    After drummer Pat Pengelly left amiably for law school in 2009, Canadian band Bedouin Soundclash found themselves becalmed for a moment. But just for a moment. They launched their own label,...
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    For many people, the 1996 album Beautiful Freak was their introduction to Eels, the eccentric pop band led by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett—otherwise known simply as E. Although...
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    James Mattock can't remember when he first heard punk rock. Ordinarily, letting an event like that slip through the cracks of your memory would be no biggie, but considering Mattock has...
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    I remember watching a mid-1990's interview with MTV in which 1980's rock goddess Lita Ford lamented the state of music (see: grunge popularity) and predicted that people would soon demand...
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    Who knew? Powerman 5000 are still around. Fronted by MC Spider—sci-fi fan, distorted-voice maniac and kid brother of Rob Zombie—the band bring their trademark...
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    Spring break isn’t usually the time for detoxing­—in fact, it’s usually dedicated to pushing livers to their breaking points­— but detoxing is a befitting theme...
  • Heard Mentality: Q&As
    Leatherwolf's old singer, Michael Olivieri, is performing at the Galaxy Concert Theatre tonight, and he gamely answered a few questions from our intern Mi Tran about his new solo album,...
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    The St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans aren’t over just yet—Celtic rockers the Young Dubliners bring their raucous, whiskey-soaked live show to the Galaxy this weekend. The...
  • Heard Mentality: Q&As
    Time to break out the hair pomade: Lee Rocker, the man behind the giant upright bass in The Stray Cats, is back with his latest solo set, The Cover Sessions EP. It's not a...
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    After enduring the marathon listening session that is the OC Music Awards, one thing comes across loud and clear: Orange County is no slouch when it comes to producing talented bands. Sure,...
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    The inked-up, punk-inspired rockers of Franki Doll and the Broken Toys have always given off a tight-knit vibe, like that of a coed street gang or even a family. As of Feb. 20, singer Franki...
  • Heard Mentality: Wedding Announcement
    UPDATE, FEB. 21, 3 P.M.: All in all, the day was magical for Mr. and Mrs. Avery. Everyone had a great time and kept rocking all night to the music. "We're leaving in 20 minutes for our...
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    Time to bust out the Aquanet and have those leather pants taken out. After all these decades, not even the grim reaper himself could stop Quiet Riot from coming to town. Despite the fact...
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    In the abstract, the idea of the supergroup brims with promise. Every semi-obsessive music nerd contemplates his or her fantasy band at least once, and with fair reason: Consider the...
  • Heard Mentality: Last Night reviews
    Old 97's January 20, 2011Galaxy Theatre, Santa AnaPlaying sweaty clubs and smoky bars for the greater part of seventeen years, Old 97's have refined their hard driving alternative...
  • Heard Mentality: Q&As
    Langhorne Slim (a.k.a. Sean Scolnick) is the latest descendant of a storied line of troubadours steeped in Americana and rusty folk--an aging ancestry built on stark guitar work, broken...
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    It’s fortuitous that Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s nickname was Bonzo, a Buddhist word for self-immolation. It’s the perfect moniker for one of rock’s most...
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    Twelve years ago, on the phone with Old 97’s bassist Murry Hammond, he predicted longevity for the then-young band.“We’re hoping we can just develop something over a long...
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    Like punk rock bands, musicians in the psychobilly genre have a tendency to follow a large herd of their peers. Three Bad Jacks are the exception. Yes, they sport the classic elements of the...
  • Heard Mentality: Q&As
    Icarus Witch are a band behind the times. However, that statement isn't an affront to the Pittsburgh outfit. Rather, it's an acknowledgment of their traditional metal stylings--a clean,...
  • Heard Mentality: Free Ticket Tuesdays
    Rejoice, it's Tuesday. This week, we have two very different artists, both performing at the Galaxy Concert Theatre: We're giving away three pairs of tickets each to Paul Di'Anno's show on...
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    Nostalgia may be the most powerful force in the universe. How else to explain the possibility of spending the first day of 2011 with A Flock of Seagulls? The band haven’t released a...
  • Heard Mentality: Free Ticket Tuesdays
    Yes, you are reading this right. A band that hasn't released a studio album in 15 years will be performing live on New Year's Day. As an addition to yesterday's Free Ticket Tuesdays, we are...
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    For the past decade, San Diego’s Unwritten Law have fought through more than their fair share of adversity. Since releasing seven full-length records on nearly as many labels, the...
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    The Misfits founder/lead singer Glenn Danzig left the band 27 years ago, longtime guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (not his real name, sadly) departed nine years ago, and the band...
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    Remember Dokken? Yeah, we didn't think so. But there was a time when this heavy metal outfit sold millions of records world wide. With their acoustic blended hard rock, they may have been...
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    Fewer bands mainstream bands of the 1980s afforded more sonic surprises and prolific output as Oingo Boingo. It's a shame the band met its end in the mid-90s. Although we have the cinematic...
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    The members of Seedless all remember their motivation to play reggae back in 2006: Sublime songs were easy to cover. Four years later, their shallow reggae roots have grown into a sprawling...
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    Let’s cut to the chase: Far East Movement, an Asian-American hip-hop outfit hailing from Los Angeles, rightfully get tagged as an inspiration to other Asian-Americans who want to make...
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    Although his accent lingers, English Beat leader Dave Wakeling has been based in California for more than 20 years. “I’m a dude,” says the native Brit with a laugh. A...
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    Reintroducing Rhett Miller The Old 97’s front man on the making of his superb, self-titled solo album As introductions go, Rhett Miller shouldn’t need one. Fronting alt-country...
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    No Longer Angry, But Still ShoutingIndustrial dance icons Nitzer Ebb get back in the flow English industrial dance pioneers Nitzer Ebb were finished. At least that’s what most people...
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    If the Minivan Is Rockin’ . . . It’s easy to snicker at the prospect of “true hip-hop” coming from Orange County. And maybe a video featuring two bald white guys...
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    Within a few notes, you know it's Johnny Winter's guitar—coiling, serpentine slide slashes; billowing clouds of power chords interjected with fleet-fingered, screaming, weeping lashes...
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    Photo by Matt OttoThe Von Bondies, Blood Arm, Sweet and Tender Hooligans Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana Saturday, Aug. 28 Opening act the Von Bondies were great as usual; the groove-punk...
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    If you're a P.C. warrior, then stay far away from the Galaxy Concert Theater this Cinco de Mayo, where OC's O.G. punk veteranosManic Hispanic will ese a good hour of the most stereotypical...
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    It's 1999, and there's a hundreds-deep line around Tower Records in Hollywood, everyone hoping to meet and get autographs from '80s new wave deity Morrissey. José Maldonado is maybe...
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    AM RADIO CHAIN REACTION, ANAHEIM SUNDAY, JAN. 26 So, mixed in among the unsolicited CD-ROMs of bands doing Pennywise-by-numbers punk and the misspelled press releases that we usually get...
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    Julieta Venegas doesn't grab you at first. The born-in-Long Beach/raised-in-Tijuana/now-living-in-Mexico City singer seems—on first listen—like a pretender against the towering...
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      ENRIQUE BUNBURY FLAMINGOS EMI LATIN For the past couple of years, devout fans have swallowed former Héroes de Silencio front man Enrique Bunbury's solo projects like they're...
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    The Angry Samoans are good shit to skate to, seethe at your parents to, or just roil around in the testosterone-addled throes of puberty to. We're all agreed on that. But don't start...
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    Duane Peters & the Hunns/Smogtown/Le Shok/Nemirah/Fast Forward at Chain Reaction Friday, Oct. 20 To get to the high-quality stuff, we had to wade through swill, starting with Fast...

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