Indie Rock and Indie Pop

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    November 17, 2014

    The Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Monday, November 17 The Moan The Wayfarer The latest band to grab the coveted Monday night residency over at the Wayfarer is The Moan, a throwback rock outfit hailing from Santa Ana. They play '60s gritty garage for the most part ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Drones Were Flying Around Coachella

    By: Andrea Domanick Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performan ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Modest Mouse - The US Open Of Surfing - July 26, 2013

    Modest Mouse US Open of Surfing 7/26/13 This year's US Open of Surfing's musical event day number two was as crazy and chaotic as always, prompting the drunkest, sun burnt, and heat exhausted audience members to turn it into the US Open of Crowd Surfing. Indie musicians Modest Mouse headlined this ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    KROQ Weenie Roast 2013 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - May 18, 2013

    KROQ Weenie Roast 2013 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre May 18, 2013 The lineup for KROQ's Weenie Roast provides a good time capsule of what is currently popular on terrestrial radio, including a number of bands who played Coachella this year and a host of newer, up-and-coming bands who could potential ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Is Being Labeled a "Christian Rock" Band Toxic For Our Career?

    By: Jessica Hopper Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She i ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Freelance Whales


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    October 3, 2012

    The Shins - Gibson Amphitheater - October 2, 2012

    The Shins GibsonAmphitheater October 2, 2012  Many fans of The Shins began to grow wary of the indie outfit's direction as each of the original members left the band over the last few years. Though James Mercer has always been the bandleader, it's never the same without the original l ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Fingerprints in Long Beach

    [Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]See Also:*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/ VIDEO]*Top Five Hits: Left of the Dial in Seal ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Highlands Pride Themselves On Keeping It Loud, Weird

    [Locals Only] The Long Beach band deliver heavy, sweeping shoegaze you can actually look up to

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    June 7, 2012
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    January 17, 2012

    Cold War Kids Announce New Guitarist, Free Singles

    ​Late last year, we found out that Cold War Kids' guitarist Jonathan Russell was quitting. Our source told us not to break the news; there were tours and albums to be released. Not wanting to burn our source, we waited to see what happened--and today, the LA Times reports that former Modest Mouse ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Dinosaur Jr. at the Samueli Theater last night

    Andrew Youssef​Dinosaur Jr. Samueli Theater December 12, 2011 Last night's Dinosaur Jr. show at Costa Mesa's Samueli Theatre was a three-part affair, each of which seemed slightly out of place in the upscale-but-welcoming Segerstrom Center for the Arts digs. Opening act Pierced Arrows put on ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    It's Pink Floyd Week on Jimmy Fallon

    ​More than any other reissue of collectors' box sets and unreleased music, Pink Floyd's campaign with EMI, Why Pink Floyd? is being presented with the most hoopla. The campaign launches tomorrow, also with unreleased music from the archives and complete studio recordings remastered. How is EMI cel ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Long Beach's Cold War Kids Announce Fall U.S. Tour

    ​ Long Beach's very own Cold War Kids just announced the second leg of their fall North American tour in support of their latest release, Mine Is Yours (Downtown/DGC/Interscope Records).

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    May 12, 2011
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    December 30, 2010

    A Flock of Seagulls

    Galaxy Theatre

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    December 22, 2010

    Eight Instruments Indie Bands Should Stay the Fuck Away From

    Wendy Lynch/MyspaceModest Mouse​Ever notice what bizarre instruments indie rockers have been using on stage? It may enhance the sound at times, but whipping out a melodica or tuba always makes me wonder what the hell were they were thinking. Artists like Sufjan Stevens and Modest Mouse need to cut ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Weezer to Play Surfing Event

    [Mental Notes] Also, Yellow Red Sparks have residency in LA, Pinback sucked live, and Guided By Voices reunites

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    May 26, 2010

    5 Great Acts That Suck Live

    ​The main reason Lauryn Hill's rumored Rock the Bells performance got everyone's panties up in a bunch isn't because it was untrue. It's because everyone misses The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill  Lauryn. Everyone knows her recent live sets have been harrowing--audiences were subject to two hour ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Happy Avi Buffalo Day! Part 1: An Album Review

    ​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. 

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    March 25, 2010

    Local Natives Get Texas-Sized Buzz at SXSW

    [Mental Notes] The music press falls all over itself in praise of the LA-by-way-of-OC band

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    February 12, 2010

    Dan Smith and Darren Parkinson of the Dear & Departed

    Dan Smith​Orange County's the Dear & Departed are about to depart on a national tour in support of their new EP, Chapters, released Jan. 5. They will be opening for mopey pop-punk heroes Alkaline Trio and Cursive. The Dear & Departed will unleash material from the freshly mi ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Hits!: Second Spin's Top 10 This Week

    ​Top 10 selling records from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20 at Second Spin in Costa Mesa. The shop specializes in a wide variety of used music and movies. And it's one of the Internet's largest buyer and seller of used CD's, DVD's, and video games. Here are the big music sellers for the past week:  1) Ph ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Last Last Night: Modest Mouse at the Grove

    ​Last Saturday, really: Modest Mouse and The Night Marchers at the Grove of Anaheim, Aug. 29, 2009.Better than: Getting into a thumb war during a night at the opera. Read on...I don't remember a whole lot from the last time I saw Modest Mouse, which was in 2004 at Soma in San Diego, but I do remem ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Band of Horses

    Pomona Fox Theater

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    July 21, 2009

    Built to Spill Playing at the Galaxy Theatre!

    Built to Spill are playing the Galaxy Theatre on August 25--yes, Built to Spill, the Boise-based icons of '90s and '00s indie rock. Pretty nifty.This is at least a mild surprise, given the types of shows that usually come to the Galaxy: pop/hip-hop/dance (LMFAO and Shwayze both their earlier this mo ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Saturday Night: Dinosaur Jr., Earthless at Detroit Bar

    Andrew YoussefSatuday Night: Dinosaur Jr., Earthless at the Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa; June 20, 2009.Better than: Going to Guitar Center in search of the perfect fuzz pedal.Download: Stream the whole new album on their MySpace.Speak softly and have six Marshall amplifier cabinets behind you. My hearin ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    June 1, 2009

    San Diego Street Scene Lineup Announced

    Tired of the Black Eyed Peas yet? No? Great! Well, they're headlining the 25th installment of San Diego's Street Scene, happening on August 28 and 29 (three weeks after playing the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa on August 7). Also playing: M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, the Dead Wea ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Beating a Dead Horse: Coachella Third Day Pics, Easy Access Links!

    Coachella may be a distant, sweaty, sticky memory at this point, but that doesn't mean that I'm willing or able to shut up about it quite yet. Beth Stirnaman had some car troubles, causing her arduous trek from Indio to be delayed (and nothing's better than being stuck in Indio when there isn't a hu ... More >>

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    April 19, 2009

    (About to Be) Live from Coachella: The H is O

    Get ready for the longest, hottest day yet! Forecast is for 100 degrees! The Cure will probably play for like three hours! What a time to be alive. If you can manage to stay alive, at least. Never a guarantee. Huge, huge day for shows: Cure, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, Public Enemy, Paul W ... More >>

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    April 19, 2009

    (One Day Ago) Live from Coachella: Day Two Pictures!

    Thank goodness for Beth Stirnaman. If not for her, our Coachella coverage would consist of my blah blahing and iPhone pictures of stages from the crowd, many yards away. Thankfully, she's got a bundle of great images from day two here, so you can put a face to my inspid ramblings. Remember me raving ... More >>

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    April 18, 2009

    Live from Coachella: Blitzen Trapper, Other Stuffs

    Watching Blitzen Trapper RIGHT NOW in the Gobi tent. Rootsy rocky. Y'know. Pleasant enough. "Kinda boring," said OC Weekly''s Nate Jackson. "Not bad if I was seeing them at the Gypsy Den." Or maybe he said Gypsy Lounge? Who could say. Saturday has gotten knocked for not being up to par, but it's mor ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009
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    March 11, 2009

    Incoming: Silversun Pickups at the Glass House

    The Glass House's pre-Coachella week--already boasting Jenny Lewis, TV on the Radio, Conor Oberst and The Black Keys--has added another Coachella artist playing a pre-festival gig, LA's Silversun Pickups on Sunday, April 12. Tickets are $12.50 and go on sale this Friday, March 13 for $22.50. Silvers ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Last Night: Cut Copy, Matt & Kim at the Glass House

    Last Night: Matt & Kim, Cut Copy at the Glass House in Pomona. Monday, March 9, 2009. Better Than: The 1980s. The word "shtick" might have been invented to describe Matt & Kim, the Brooklyn power-pop married-couple bangers that opened last night's show. It's curt, brash-sounding, ugly little ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Last Night: Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands at Detroit

    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 "Can You Tell" by Ra Ra Riot.Props to ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Daily Coachella Update: Still No Lineup, but There is a Fake One

    It's getting to the point where the idea of the Coachella lineup is actually more appealing than whatever the eventual Coachella lineup will be, even if the actual lineup is really impressive. It's like Spock said, "having is not such a pleasing thing as wanting."So yeah, still no official Coachella ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Cold War Kids, Matt Costa to Tour with Death Cab for Cutie

    Death Cab for Cutie--led by the newly slimmed down (and engaged to Zooey Deschanel) Ben Gibbard--are going back on tour this spring in support of last year's Narrow Stairs, and they're getting help from two acts from 'round here; Long Beach-based Cold War Kids and Huntington Beach singer/songwriter ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Great Job

    Tim and Eric Awesome Show

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    January 12, 2009

    Rumored/Confirmed Coachella Artists Start to Trickle In

    LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Last Night: Bloc Party, The Blood Arm at the Grove of Anaheim

    Last Night: Bloc Party at the Grove of Anaheim, Dec. 15th, 2008.Better Than: Sulking at home while it rains.Download: The "Mercury" video from Bloc Party's Web site.Rain didn't scare away the throngs of kids who soaked up a mesmerizing performance Monday night by noted Britain indie rockers Bloc Par ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    High Beams

    Dear and the Headlights

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    June 16, 2008

    San Diego Street Scene lineup announced

    The two-day lineup for this year's San Diego Street Scene was just announced today, and it doesn't look half bad, in this humble ex-music editor's opinion. Headliners include Beck, the Black Crowes, X, Tegan and Sara, Justice, plus Spoon, TV on the Radio, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), Michael Franti ... More >>

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    June 2, 2008

    Last Night: The Cure @ Shrine Auditorium

    Last Night: The Cure at the Shrine Auditorium June 1st, 2008 Better Than: Trying to find parking at the Hollywood Bowl. Download: "The End Of The World" from The Cure Homepage. After selling out the Hollywood Bowl, The Cure added another stop to their itinerary as they played the Shrine Auditori ... More >>

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    April 12, 2008

    Last Night: Crystal Castles at the Detroit Bar on 4/11

    Better Than: Dissecting your old Colecovision trying to recreate the sounds of Crystal Castles. Download: "Alice Practice" from their self-titled album Video games were certainly the underlying theme of the night, as Crystal Castles and Sparrow Love Crew laser blasted the roof off of Costa Mesa's ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008

    Guitar Solos?

    Built to Spill

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    March 20, 2008

    O Canada

    Tokyo Police Club

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    January 22, 2008

    Coachella lineup announced

    Via FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>

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    December 21, 2007

    The Worst Things in Music This Year

    Freelancer Ben Westhoff (you may recognize the name from "The Efron Scandal") posted this provocative list on our sister paper Pitch Weekly's blog. We reprint it here because this is a time of giving (said the atheist). By BEN WESTHOFF 1. Worst Album: Arcade Fire, Neon Bible This cerebral garbag ... More >>

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