Matt Costa

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    January 23, 2014
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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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    July 18, 2013

    US Open: Modest Mouse

    PCH and Main St.

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    May 2, 2013

    The Hindu Pirates' Musical Growth Is a Joint Venture

    If there's one thing the Hindu Pirates have learned during the rising tide of their rock & roll stardom, it's the value of teamwork. Especially when it comes to rolling a joint at a moment's notice. Sitting on the back patio of the Echo in Los Angeles, preparing to open for the Smith Westerns, their ... More >>

  • Music

    March 14, 2013

    Matt Costa Pulls Some Strings to Make His Music Soar

    Influenced by Mozart and Ennio Morricone, the indie folkster goes orchestra big for his latest album

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    February 28, 2013

    Top 10 Skateboarders That Became Musicians

    Skateboarding and music mingle nicely, from the soundtracks of skate videos to the shredders themselves hitting notes. For some skaters, it's hard to say what comes first, the music or the maple. It's not uncommon while learning about a band to find that a member or two has skateboarding in their pa ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Matt Costa's Favorite Stage is Still the Sidewalk

    By: Arrissia OwenHuntington Beach-bred troubadour Matt Costa headed to the misty moors of Scotland to record his latest self-titled release, out February 12 (yeah, that's today!). He intended to record a rootsy, melancholy album entrenched in Americana, but once the jet landed things got a bit cucko ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Mitchell Townsend, This Week's Lesbros, Name Checks Kim Deal, Kim Shattuck, Miki Berenyi, Joan Jett and Red Five​Aww, how cute! Huntington Beach resident and all around guitar dude Mitchell Townsend (he's played with Matt Costa, Jack Johnson, The 88 and The Watson Twins and is co-founder of music house Sword & Shield Music Co.) has a lengthy interview on, where he's touted a ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    James Fletcher Takes the Stage at Detroit Bar's Monday-Night Residency​Luckily for OC, James Fletcher is not too sexy for Detroit Bar--or just about anywhere else, he insists. The jet-setting drummer last fall self-released his first solo CD, The Booze & Clocks, after 10 years of constant touring and gigging in support of others' lyrical prowess.&nbs ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    What You Missed: Uncommon Burlesque, Weezer, Patchwork Festival, Matt Costa

    Mary Bell/OC Weekly​What'd you do this weekend? Did it involve some pre-Thanksgiving burlesque? Ours did! This long holiday weekend, we saw Uncommon Burlesque in Newport, Weezer perform the Blue Album in Los Angeles, crafty DIY-ers at the Patchwork Festival, Matt Costa perform a hometown show at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Matt Costa at the House of Blues Anaheim Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​Check out our Matt Costa slideshow here!Matt CostaNovember 24, 2010House of Blues AnaheimEschewing the laid back surfing vibe of his prior albums, Matt Costa returned with a slice of Americana filtered songs on his latest album Mobile Chateau. Backed by the Mothers Sons, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Matt Costa Tells Us Why His Songs Sound Old on 'Mobile Chateau'

    John Gilhooley/OC Weekly​Matt Costa--he of the pro skateboarding past, smooth voice and palatable singer-songwriter appeal--is back with his third album, Mobile Chateau. The latest set definitively wears its influences on its sleeve--a lot of the songs have that old, laid back, '60s pop vibe that ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Matt Costa


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    September 15, 2010

    Matt Costa's 'Drive' Sounds Suspiciously Like the Zombies' 'This Will Be Our Year'

    ​So Matt Costa's third (and latest) album Mobile Chateau is out next week on Brushfire Records. It's streaming on SoundCloud right now if you'd like to listen to it here. Most of it is pretty typical, palatable Costa stuff...until you hear the song "Drive," which sounds a lot like the Zombies' 196 ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010

    Lilith In Trouble

    [Mental Notes] All-female music fest seeks free labor, Matt Costa has a new album, and Bush is reuniting

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Matt Costa Announces New Album, Mobile Chateau, and Fall Tour

    ​It's been over two years since the release of Matt Costa's second studio album, Unfamiliar Faces, with its infectious lead single "Mr. Pitiful." But now the Huntington Beach resident has finally announced plans for his third full-length, titled Mobile Chateau, due out September 21... along with p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Detroit Bar Owner Jon Reiser Shares A Secret

    Danielle Bacher​Even if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Salo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    What You Missed: Dia de los Muertos, Matt Costa, Sutra Lounge, Mum

    David Pond​So what'd you do this weekend? Or, more importantly, what'd you not do? On Saturday, we headed down to Downtown Santa Ana to help celebrate the dead.  Día de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where people commemorate and remember their family members and fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    News and New Material from Matt Costa

    A few things have happened since we last checked in with Brushfire artist and Huntington Beach resident Matt Costa. Though he's been MIA for the last few months, it seems like he's back, but not without a few new developments. His Facebook page just posted this semi-new (recorded in August, it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Tomorrow: Free In-store performance by Zee Avi at Finger Prints

    If there were ever a study to test the boundless possibilities of music via You Tube, I'm thinking Malaysia might be a good place to start. For there is probably no other way to explain how the beautiful, chirpy talents of singer song writer Zee Avi landed on the roster of Jack Johnson's Brush Fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    More Slideshows? We Can't Be Stopped! (The Ringers, Matt Costa)

    Just yesterday, we showed you some pretty pictures from the Faint and Ladytron at the Grove of Anaheim and Protest the Hero at Chain Reaction. For some folks, that would be enough. But we are not men. We are Devo OC Weekly. So here are a couple more slideshows for your viewing pleasure--Huntington B ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    April 21, 2009

    Matt Costa to Play Free Show at Cal State Fullerton Wednesday

    All of a sudden, Cal State Fullerton is some type of hotspot for shows. Just a week ago today they played host to Britian's Friendly Fires, and tomorrow at noon Huntington Beach's favorite son Matt Costa will play CSUF's Becker Amphitheatre. Free, natch.Call it a warm-up of sorts for Costa's show at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Last Night: Oasis, Ryan Adams, Matt Costa at the Staples Center

    Last Night: Oasis, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Matt Costa at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, Dec. 4th, 2008.Better Than: Fighting with your brother.Download: New single "I'm Outta Time" from the album Dig Out Your Soul at the Oasis MySpace.Anglophiles filled the Staples Center Thursday to watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Matt Costa Models Oliver Peoples Eyewear

    Matt Costa's future is so bright, he's gotta so on and so forth.The dreamy (I'm using that word to describe his music, honest!) Huntington Beach singer/songwriter is featured in the new advertising campaign for upscale eyewear retailer/maker Oliver Peoples. Also featured is similarly adorable actres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Matt Costa Releases Second Single

    The Malloys, the brotherly director-ly duo who've worked previously with artists like the Kooks, Jimmy Eat World, Cold War Kids, Santana, the White Stripes, Will Ferrell (?) and others, have teamed up once again with Huntington Beach's Matt Costa for the video to his second single, "Cigarette Eyes," ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 29, 2008
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    May 14, 2008

    Matt Costa on Morning Becomes Eclectic

    Huntington Beach's Matt Costa will be performing live on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" today at 11:15 a.m. Tune in to 89.9 FM, or if you're stuck at work, you can listen online at For iTunes users—aren't we all?—there's a link embedded in the "Radio" section of iTunes. Costa wil ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2008
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    February 18, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part X

    Cobra Starship landed at the Pomona Glass House Friday night for the closest-to-OC leg of their "Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking Tour." Christopher Victorio caught the main act and support band Metro Station (but missed out on We The Kings and The Cab, also on tour with Cobra). The venue was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2008

    Matt Costa's gear stolen

    More bad news for a local band: Matt Costa and his band, currently in the middle of the North American leg of his worldwide tour, had their gear stolen after playing a show in Winnipeg, MB. For any struggling musician trying to bring their music to your cities, this is probably the worst thing tha ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2008

    [CD review] Matt Costa

    Unfamiliar Faces (Brushfire)

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Songs He Sings

    Matt Costa

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    Matt Costa at Detroit, 8/26

    And now for the something-like-43rd time Matt Costa's been mentioned in the Weekly: What's there left to say? On Sunday night, the Detroit Bar was packed. And it wasn't really for their usual Karaoke Sundays, or even for any announced show at all. The Huntington Beach resident with the curio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Matt Costa, Unfamiliar Faces

    Huntington Beach's Matt Costa may just be the most marketable, popular act out of Orange County since... well, No Doubt. And that's not a bad thing, either. Signed to Brushfire Records, Costa's latest full-length, Familiar Faces, is set to be released on October 2nd. Check out the teaser EPK release ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Aural Reports

    Guided Missions: Nick Bogardus works the angles for Cold War Kids, Thrice and others

  • Music

    January 18, 2007
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    January 3, 2007

    Good shows coming up!

    Happy new year! If 2007 goes right, you'll be able to count on this wee blog to keep you informed on all things . . . well, all things that we think you should like, I guess. That means: show reviews, band recommendations, random stuff from Ziegler and more contributions from (hopefully) more contri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    MySpace Genre Semiotics!

    If you didn't know, bands don't like telling you what they sound like. Here's an example why: Let's say I play in a band, we're called "Stillborn Leper", and my boss asks me what we sound like, and I say "We're like a mix of Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, but our guitarist is really into The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    Elvis Perkins at Spaceland

    Providence's Elvis Perkins plays Club NME at Spaceland tonight, along with Pernice Brothers. Perkins' despondent (yet somehow soothing) vocals are somewhat reminiscent of crooners Jeff Buckley, Colin Meloy (eh) or Rufus Wainwright—but minus all that excessive theatricality. And recently sign ... More >>

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    No Marshall Stacks!

    No. 2: In case you havent heard, OC has a new sound

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Matt Costa

    The musician shares some of his favorite things

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    The Costa Fame

    A year ago, he was just Matt Costa. Now hes a singing sensation. Can a mere man survive having his dreams come true?

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    Two Days in the Valley

    Coachellas always gritty and stinky and yet were still going. Again

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Live Review


  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Get Out!

    Kill them all

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    September 22, 2005
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    August 4, 2005

    Small World

    Matt Costa: Local boy makes 1956

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    January 6, 2005

    Aloud and Alive In 2005

    Our favorite bands of next year, predicted this year

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