Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>
14. Reel Big FishZany, wacky, ska-rooted (though they rock harder now) Reel Big Fish elevate self-deprecation to an art form, thanks to a malcontent lead singer in Aaron Barrett, who beats you to the punch with peppy lyrics like "I'll never be anything, anything at all." He lays down these anti-What ... More >>
Not actually from last week's Glass House show, but this is pretty much what it looked like.The Hype: If you had to pick a handful of bands that pretty much own the Glass House anytime they take the stage, Rx Bandits would undoubtedly be carved near the top of that list. On the heels o ... More >>
Last Night: Rx Bandits, Tera Melos, Polar Bears and Peba Luna at Chain Reaction.Better Than: Most of the shows you go to see at Chain Reaction.Download: "Live From Bonaroo" (2007) on MDB/ Sargent House Records.Anyone who frequents the storied all-ages venue Chain Reaction can usually look forward to ... More >>
In the decades since the sounds of ska infiltrated Orange County, the local music scene has definitely gone through some changes. Live music junkies have been left to fend for themselves in a sea of emo, screamo, hardcore and other intricately titled audible slop.
But last night at The Grove in An ... More >>
The last place you would expect to find members of an OC band that managed to claw its way out of the depths of obscurity and into some money is underneath the dim lights of a cramped stage at a neighborhood sports bar and family restaurant.
Yet that's where we ran into Chris Tsagakis, drummer for ... More >>