The Hype: Today's unveiling of Long Beach indie pop darlings Avi Buffalo's full-length, Sub Pop debut couldn't have come at a better time. The sun is out, the birds are chirping and young, twitterpated hipsters are already jonesing for a soundtrack to their summer.
OC Weekly contributor Doug Wallen interviews Cinematic Sunrise founding guitarist Bryan Beeler for this feature on the fun-loving indie side-project band with a sound of their own.Featuring recently departed Chiodos singer Craig Owens as well as still-in-Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell,
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Last Night: Azure Ray, Tim Kasher, Janu and the Whalesharks at the Glass House, Pomona; July 18, 2009.Better than: The quesadilla at nearby Juan Pollo (seriously, it's not very good).Snubbed song: "New Resolution," from Azure Ray's 2003 record Hold On Love.Brought back to life after nearly six years ... More >>
As they say, Thursday is "little Friday." (Who says that? I dunno. Dorks.) And we're proving it here, as were at not one, but two hoppin' shows around town last night. Show the first: Jason Lytle, former lead singer of Grandaddy, at Art Theatre in Long Beach. Andrew Youssef took some pictures of tha ... More >>
There is a ton of stuff happening around our towns tonight, not the least of which is former Grandaddy lead singer Jason Lytle at the Art Theatre in Long Beach.Sounds like a promising show, just for the venue alone. I was at Greater California's album release concert there a couple of months ago, an ... More >>
Ace Enders and the periodic table of rock.When Ace Enders plays Chain Reaction in Anaheim on July 10, the former lead singer and guitarist of the Early November won't just be playing songs from his latest solo album, When I Hit the Ground. He'll also, apparently, be leading a pre-show BBQ for fans t ... More >>
A lot of neat shows going on around town tonight. Let's look at some of them, eh?We told you this week in the Weekly about Grand Duchy, the latest project from Frank Black, y'know, the frontman for the Pixies (I've heard they're good!). Doug Wallen's article is here, and that show is tonight at Detr ... More >>
Jesse Hughes might be tough to love at times--calling President Obama a communist in a recent interview, for instance-but there's no denying that he knows to rock out. And no matter what his politics may be, he's got one of the most charming on-stage presences out there (he's adorable!). All good re ... More >>
Even if you're not making it out to Coachella this weekend, there's plenty of runoff 'round these parts to keep you satisfied, with a plethora of artists playing the festival hitting us up on the way to Indio.
If you're one of those nervous-neddy (nellie?) types that avoid Chain Reaction in Anaheim because you're worried about looking like the creepy old dude/dudette among a sea of teenyboppers, you probably don't know anything about this show. Which is a shame. I'll admit that I don't know a ton about he ... More >>
PR photoNick offers a hand to cut off.Last Night: Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Check out pictures from Andrew Youssef here.Better Than: Listening to either of these bands' recorded output.Download: "It Doesn't Matter" by Cut Off Your Hands and ... More >>
Are you sick of hearing about Ra Ra Riot yet? Y'know, the indie band from Syracuse that have been riding a crest of Vampire Weekend-esque buzz for the past few months. Well, you can stop hearing about them and actually hear them, tonight at Detroit Bar. Their record, The Rhumb Line, was Rolling Ston ... More >>
Couple shows coming to Detroit Bar in the near future with tickets going on sale tomorrow: veteran soCal punks Strung Out are playing on April 3, with support from Year Long Disaster. They played Chain Reaction back in November; Doug Wallen wrote about them for us in advance of that gig. $15, on sal ... More >>
Sweden's Lykke Li, whose 2008 debut record Youth Novels attracted seemingly endless praise from critics and bloggers, is in concert tonight at the Glass House. Check out Doug Wallen's interview with the singer, from last week's Weekly, here. My friend Nick saw her in NYC a couple weeks ago, and came ... More >>
Photo by Andrew YoussefOur photographer Andrew Youssef was a busy guy this weekend, shooting not one but three shows: The Submarines and Morning Benders (pictured) Friday night at Detroit Bar, Nickel Eye and Low vs. Diamond at the same venue on Saturday night, and Meshuggah and Cynic last night at t ... More >>
If you missed last night's Meat Puppets show--or if you were one of the many that packed into Alex's Bar in Long Beach and would simply like to re-live it--we've got a slideshow up by Kenny Davis, with plenty of pictures from both the legendarily influential Phoenix band, as well as openers The Shak ... More >>
Radio is dead. MTV, as you have no doubt heard by now, doesn't play music videos anymore.
The best bet for bands these days is to get their song played on a TV show or commercial, as crass as that might sound—just ask Sia, whose "Breathe Me" became a hit after appearing in the series finale of "S ... More >>
This flier isn't especially innovative, following in the same vein as most Detroit Bar fliers, but it does its job more than adequately: getting you interested in the show.
Look at this crew. These are the type of folks I want to spend an evening with, for the fashion alone. Blue hair? Very nice. ... More >>
MARK OF ZORRO, 8 p.m.
Silent film live orchestra = winning combination.
Meng Concert Hall, 800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton
THE MARS VOLTA, 7 p.m.
Long Beach prog-rock, anyone? See Doug Wallen's writeup from last week's OCW.
Bren Events Center, Mesa Rd. and W. Peltason Dr., Irvine
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