Friday, August 30
Since the band's formation in 2007, they've been writing and touring relentlessly. Everest put out two albums on Warner Bros., but it wasn't the right fit. Despite having the support of their day-to-day people, Everest ultimately parted ways with the label, which for whatever reason couldn't put the band in the position to succeed. For the unfamiliar, the band's sound fuses alternative, folk and straight-forward rock. Judging by the ingredients of the band's songs, Everest at minimum, should at least be an alt-country or alt-folk favorite, especially on the strength of Ownerless, their well received third album released in 2012 via ATO Records. (Daniel Kohn)
Saturday, August 31
House of Blues Anaheim
Enanitos Verdes are a band that cultivated the roots of the rock en español, a movement that started in the early 80's and continues to grow. Their music is a blend of melancholy and outrage. Songs such as "lamento boliviano" (Bolivian lament) and "tu carcel" (your jail) are anthemic melodies amongst the hardcore rockeros and even the stuck up fresas, so pair their music with a cold Corona and you got yourself a killer duo that will make any macho weep. Enanitos Verdes will be performing two sold out shows at the House of Blues Anaheim this Saturday and Sunday as part of the HOB 20th Anniversary celebration. Bring your loudest voice, your significant other and mucho dinero for chelas. (Josue Rivas)
Brick to Ya Face's DIY Music & Fashion Fest
The Glass House
The Common Ground nights at Riverside's Vibe are the center of a ferocious Inland Empire hip-hop (and beyond!) scene, and that's why it makes perfect sense to name this the DIY fest--if anybody is doing it by themselves, it's the promoters/bloggers/all-around architects at BrickToYaFace, the people behind Common Ground who put together this event with a strong selection of Southern California artists. Some highlights: headliner Speak used his writing credit for Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" to reveal his true maniacal self to the world, while BrickToYaFace's Noa James comes with colossal philosophy and up-and-comer Curtiss King is/has the unofficial motto of this whole thing, "You questioning my dedication? I should question your medication!" (Chris Ziegler)
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Shoreline Jam Session
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The Entrance Band
For those who've become accustomed to the crowded, sweaty underbelly of OC/LA's hipster rock scene, chances are you've probably encountered The Entrance Band before. You're no stranger to their psychedelic savagery, heavy-handed rhythms and wailing blues. But if you haven't heard of them, now is the perfect time to get acquainted. Their roster includes Guy Blakeslee on guitar and vocals, Paz Lenchantin (formerly of A Perfect Circle) on bass and Derek James on drums. (Nate Jackson)