I got a text on Sunday from the mysterious Ben Dayhoe of SanTana that the Grilled Cheese Spot--the latest culinary effort of the Crosby guys, this one focused specifically on grilled cheese sandwiches--was doing a soft opening. Was I interested?HELL YA! Unfortunately, I had just polished off a garga ... More >>
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What's up ese? Santa Ana's Free The RobotsSanta Ana's multitasking Chris Alfaro, a.k.a. Free The Robots, is a busy man. Somehow finding time between co-running Orange County's beacon of all things hip the Crosby, he's written and produced one of the year's strongest local albums.
Chris VictorioHot pants, check... now where are the ugly sweaters? We demand a total weekend do-over. Like, right now. Our weekend? Well, our weekend was kind of, sort of filled with T&A. Hooray?First, on Friday night we headed over to Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa for their Ugly Sweater, Hot Pa ... More >>
The latest issue of Giant Robot checks in with Chris Alfaro, he of musical outfit Free the Robots and one of the trio who runs SanTana hipster heaven/emerging restaurant the Crosby. I don't have the copy on me, and GR's website is impossible to navigate, but I do remember this: Alfaro ate scorpions ... More >>
Chris Alfaro--DJ, Free the Robots whiz, co-owner of the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana and former OC Weekly co-cover subject--is featured in a Q&A in the latest edition of Giant Robot magazine, seen here with this nifty cover by Oakland-based artist Deth P. Sun. In it, Alfaro talks about his May t ... More >>
Answer: It gives him the runs.At least that's what can be surmised from the latest issue of Giant Robot, the excellent magazine of all things Asian and Asian-American co-created by OC native Martin Wong. In it, he interviews Chris Alfaro, one of the three guys behind The Crosby, the downtown SanTana ... More >>
We like the Crosby, we really do. We cheered their fight against the idiot SanTana bureaucrats. We like co-owners Chris Alfaro, Phil Nisco and Marc Yamaoka 'cause they always sport a smile and some weird-ass T-shirt (one of their workers was wearing one with Steve Urkel's mugshot--I remember that ep ... More >>
Better late than never? Sure!
Weekly cover boys Phil Nisco, Chris Alfaro and Mark Yamaoka turned a weekend long extravaganza into The Crosby’s Official Grand Opening Party. So what if they opened two months ago? According to Nisco, the lineup of events this weekend just seemed like the perfect opp ... More >>
LA DJs Gaslamp Killer and Kutmah kick off their monthly event Spit (happening on first Thursdays at 9 p.m.), bringing the rhythmic fire tonight at the newly opened Crosby club in Santa Ana (we missed the "soft opening" April 1 because we were out of town, damn it). Want to hear hip-hop being mold ... More >>
The Hard Sell Tour with DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist, Kid Koala
House of Blues (Anaheim)
February 14, 2008
Better Than: Damn near every DJ set you’ve ever witnessed.
Download: Excerpts from the Hard Sell set.
I missed opening DJ Kid Koala’s set by five minutes, but Free the Robots' Chris Alfaro said ... More >>
Phil Nisco and Chris Alfaro of Free the Robots/The Crosby. Please. Open.
Via this video of a Free the Robots practice session for their NYC show. Plus, you get some Big Apple footage.
Progress definitely has been made at The Crosby, the venue that, we predicted back in September, would revoluti ... More >>
Saturn: Currently shopping demos to several labels.
With a sound that's been honed over billions of years, the planet Saturn has developed quite a beguiling musical signature. It's doubtful that many Earthlings will hum along to it, but I think it may be my favorite strain of music of the spheres. ... More >>
Free the Robots, about to drop some next ish.
From noon till 2 p.m. Pacific Time, Santa Ana's Free the Robots/DJ Urthworm (Chris Alfaro) “will be DJing, possibly doing some live shit, and leaking some new cuts” on the LA-based Dublab, one of the webwide world's finest sources of beat-centric m ... More >>
Click the photo for more snaps from the show.
I had absurdly high expectations for Free the Robots' OC live debut—and, knock me over with a feather, those expectations were exceeded. That experience is so rare, I'd almost forgotten what it feels like. Seeing Free the Robots (SanTana impresario/mu ... More >>
Alfaro (far left) and Nisco (second from right) will be soundbombing Detroit Bar tonight.
Recent OC Weekly cover boys Chris Alfaro (aka Free the Robots) and Phil Nisco (Black Lung Pop) will be joining forces tonight for their first live performance in an Orange County venue. The Santa Ana musicia ... More >>
Chris Alfaro, putting on airs.
Santa Ana musician/DJ/entrepreneur Free the Robots (Chris Alfaro) alerts us that his soon-coming club/restaurant The Crosby now has a video blog (wittily titled Kenny Bloggins) that will provide several entertaining hours of “mindless escapism.” It includes the ... More >>