Local Natives

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    October 3, 2013

    The 50 Worst Things About the OC Music Scene

    Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>

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    April 13, 2013

    A Tale of Two Coachella Bros

    By: Ben WesthoffIt may be a bit early, but Coachella 2013 seems to be the Year of the Bro. For the ladies, it's business as usual, but the bros are really bringing it, from humorous neon t-shirts to costumes to all-around chiseledness. But there's more to being a bro than just looking good. Bros ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Top 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time: #10-1

    For the past 18 years, faithful readers of the OC Weekly have counted on our music section for the continuous cycle of sniffing out the local albums. It goes something like this: We search for them (yeah, we get a shit ton in the mail too), we listen to them, separate the wheat from the chaff, remin ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    OC Music Awards: Night 4 Offers Old-Timey Acts Of All (Too Many?) Shapes and Sizes

    OCMA'sThe Constellation RoomJanuary 29, 2013Listening to bluegrass band Moonsville Collective play a jam at last night's Orange County Music Awards showcase about a Tennessee moonshiner named Popcorn, it occurred to me why this competition is so difficult to judge. Not only do I have zero points of ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Coachella "Leaks," Confirmations and Rumors

    It's almost crunch time and Coachella line-up announcements should come about at the end of the month. Yet, this still leaves a couple of weeks of fake-line up posters, rumors, speculation and "leaks" to go around the internet and spread like wildfire. Remember when we could buy tickets at the door ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Young the Giant Are OC's Next Great Band

    The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet

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    April 18, 2012

    Producer Jon O'Brien: "I have no desire to record a reggae band or a metal band"

    Producer Jon O'Brien's portfolio is busting at the seams, having produced and engineered OC's most prominent indie acts, from Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band, Moostache, Parker Macy, The Gromble, to Young the Giant. Working out of his home studio in Irvine, Jon O'Brien Recording is quickly becomin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Five Local Bands Who Should Be Huge in 2012

    ​Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    OC Music Awards Showcase 1: The Gromble, Jeramiah Red, James Fletcher and More at Detroit Bar Last Night

    ​OC Music Awards Showcase 1: Best Live Band, with Jeramiah Red, Paulie Pesh, the Gromble, Strange Birds and James FletcherJan 3, 2011Detroit Bar, Costa MesaLast night saw Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar kick off the first in a series of showcases comprising the OC Music Awards. The five groups, competing ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    The OC Music Awards at the Lab Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Click here to see the slideshow!OC Music AwardsJan. 26, 2011The Lab, Costa MesaLast night saw round two of the Best Live Acoustic Act category, and the competition was hit or miss. Of the five groups who performed, only two stood out.  Here's the breakdown.

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    January 19, 2011

    OC Music Awards at the Gypsy Lounge Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyStrange Birds​OC Music AwardsJan. 18, 2011The Gypsy LoungeIt's been a long day, so here's what you need to know: last night's competition was held at the soon-to-be-shuttered Gypsy Lounge. Five bands performed, each rocking their full electric lineup. They played in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Orange Bits: The Growlers Recognized By The Black Keys, Jesse Rich Memorial, Pithy Sweet's New EP and More

    Tom Maxson​In this week's addition of news we didn't write, you can purchase Pithy Sweet's new EP, or listen to Andrea Babinski of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band's new holiday tune.Check it out after the jump.

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    October 29, 2010

    Orange Bits: Shakira, Nickelback, Chrissie Hynde and Local Natives On Tour

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​From interviews with Chrissie Hynde to Shakira shaking things up in Anaheim here's the local music news we didn't cover.An actual music review of Shakira's hip shaking at the Honda Center involves commentary on her weight ("thinner than usual") and how she "tore off ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Young the Giant's Sameer Gadhia Thinks OC's Living Through an Indie-Rock Reawakening

    Gadhia's on the left.​While working on last week's cover story about Orange County's music scenes, we ended up talking with Sameer Gadhia, lead singer for Irvine-born Young the Giant, formerly known as the Jakes. The group's self-titled debut is out digitally on Oct. 26, and come next week they'll ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Locally Grown

    [Mental Notes] OC musicians talk about their scenes

  • Music

    September 16, 2010

    See and Be Scenes

    The many subspecies of OC bands in their natural habitats

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    FYF Fest @ Los Angeles State Historic Park Over the Weekend

    Mary Bell/OC WeeklyThe Rapture closed out the festival​Check out our FYF Fest slideshow here!FYF FestLos Angeles State Historic ParkSeptember 4, 2010Don't let anyone mislead you about  FYF Fest. It was not held in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles. The daylong  celebration of all thing ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Orange Bits: Lilith Fair, Billy Kernkamp, Pacific Amphitheatre and More

    Meg Strouse / OC WeeklyEmmylou Harris at Lilith.​This week in local music coverage that isn't ours: Lilith Fair gets positive-yet-bored reviews, Billy Kernkamp gets real, big-name touring acts get money problems.

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    July 9, 2010

    Orange Bits: Jordin Sparks, Hootenanny and More

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyA womblike (maybe?) car interior from our Hootenanny slideshow.​This week in OC music news from other venues: Jordin Sparks is cheesy, Hootenanny gets people talking, a local music blog gently slams local music players. And more!

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    July 7, 2010

    Pop Noir By The Numbers

    ​Since 2004, people around Orange County have known of dance rock trio Pop Noir, founded by singer/bassist/keyboardist Luke McGarry and twin brother guitarist Joe McGarry (now with drummer Nico Saavedra). Audiences familiar with local music know, for example, that the McGarrys were born in the UK ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Coachella Day Three: Superlatives for Gorillaz, Thom Yorke and More

    Andrew Youssef / OC WeeklyGorillaz is happy, feeling glad.​Click here for photos from Day Three!​So it's over. Whew. After a late-night drive from the desert, bed looks promising. But first, our thoughts on Coachella's final day--in the form of superlatives. No, we're not going to crown a "best ... More >>