Nicole Vaughn

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    October 16, 2013

    The 50 Best Things About the OC Music Scene

    Hey, Orange County--I know you don't hear this a lot, but we're sorry. Our musicians came down pretty hard on you a couple weeks ago, telling you how bad you suck and all that. It was harsh, nay, uncalled for--and it's kind of our fault for egging them on. The truth is, well, you're pretty great. N ... More >>

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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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    August 5, 2013

    Jeramiah Red - Grand Romance Riverboat - August 2, 2013

    Jeramiah Red Grand Romance Riverboat (Long Beach) 8/2/13 See Also: [Photos]: Jeramiah Red's EP Release Party on a Riverboat! 8/2/13 An uneven line of palm trees hung in a pink, glowing sky at the Long Beach Harbor on Friday night, where a who's who of the Orange County roots rock scene bustled in fr ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Jeramiah Red Take a Riverboat Gamble For Their New EP Release

    Most album release parties are so predictable. Bands secure a location, round up fans, hope for a decent drink special and sell some CD's. But throwing an EP release party on a riverboat with a full bar? Things could get interesting. Quickly. While the majority of OC bands clamor to venues with a re ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    February 27, 2013

    OC Music Awards: Robert Jon & The Wreck Win It All

    OC Music Awards Best Live Band Finals House of Blues Anaheim February 26, 2013 Last night, the final round of the Orange County Music Awards battle for best live band gave us one big-bad ass rock show that tested our attention to detail. Rolling out a well-crafted line-up (not a filler band in sight ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Yellow Red Sparks Make "Emotional Vomiting" Sound Like a Good Thing

    It's clear that Yellow Red Sparks are the kind of band committed to fighting the good fight. In the years since their heartfelt folk rock sound branched out of the OC music scene, they've managed to hold onto the work ethic that elevated them to one of the must-see acts in places like Detroit Bar, L ... More >>

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    August 18, 2012

    TOMORROW: Woodystock 2012 at Elks Lodge Park in Garden Grove

    See Also:*Long Beach Funk Fest: Five Acts You Can't Miss*Top Five Acts You Can't Miss at Rock the Bells*Eclectic Roots Festival - Irvine Lake - 5/12/12With no shortage of festivals happening this month, it's always our job to make sure you're aware that for every massive, corporate event, there's on ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Top 10 Things About Covering Music for OC Weekly

    Nine years ago, I was in this wannabe new-wave band based in Santa Ana. Back then, our big goal in life was to get featured in OC Weekly. The band imploded, as bands are wont to do, way before we even got a concert listing in the Calendar section (not even a Locals Only, sob!). The funny thing was, ... More >>

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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 >>

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    March 5, 2012

    The OC Music Awards Ceremony at the Grove, Mar. 3, 2012

    ​The OC Music Awards Ceremony City National Grove of AnaheimMar. 3, 2012Judging by the throngs of people leaving their tables before the award for best video was announced, it seems I'm not the only one who found this weekend's OC Music Awards Ceremony to be a two-hour snore fest. Those of us ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Nicole Vaughn's McDonald's Commercial is Better Than the Product it's Pushing

    ​Nicole Vaughn may not eat chicken, but her song for the McDonald's Chicken McBites ad is finger-lickin good. The commercial, released last week, has Vaughn's light and airy ditty floating through it, with the lyrical soundbyte "Time don't wait/ the road is calling you my friend." Damn if it doesn ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Bands That Should Be Huge in 2012

    [Mental Notes] Who will be this year's Young the Giant?

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    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 >>

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    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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    December 1, 2011

    OC Music Awards Announces the 2012 Showcase Series Artists and Schedule

    ​The 2012 OC Music Awards Showcase Series kicks off at Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar on Jan. 3, leading into seven weeks of free showcases at different venues across the county. This year, 35 local artists will compete for the titles of "Best Live Band" and "Best Live Acoustic," a performance slot at t ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Nicole Vaughn Goes Big

    [Locals Only] Laguna Niguel's folk songstress branches out with a backing band

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    January 21, 2011

    OC Music Awards Nominees Are Out Now!

    Dagha Bloom nominated for Best New Album​​Finally, the nomination ballots are in, and the 2011 nominees have been announced. Some artists are past winners, while other nominees are fresh faces to the OC scene. The OC Music Awards added two new categories for this year: Best Youth Artist and ... More >>