Rx Bandits

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Rx Bandits Write a Proggier Prescription For Their New Record

    Don't call it a comeback, because technically, Rx Bandits only broke up for a year. But about three years ago, it sounded like the Long Beach ska/punk-turned-prog outfit were calling it quits for good: The guys announced that they would stop touring back after a 36-date summer excursion across North ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013


    Detroit Bar

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    October 11, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: The Complete List

    Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: 14-6

    14. Reel Big FishZany, wacky, ska-rooted (though they rock harder now) Reel Big Fish elevate self-deprecation to an art form, thanks to a malcontent lead singer in Aaron Barrett, who beats you to the punch with peppy lyrics like "I'll never be anything, anything at all." He lays down these anti-What ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Local Record Review: 'Carny Life' by Pebaluna

    Pebaluna"Carny Life"See Also:*Local Record Review: 'This One's For Terminal Boredom' by Roman Candles*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red SparksIt seems that RX Bandits are getting as well known for their ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Matt Embree


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    August 3, 2012

    C-Gak's Drumming Fuses Man With Machine

    See Also:*No Use For a Name Frontman Tony Sly Dead at 41*Exclusive Song: Hindu Pirates, 'Be My Friend'*Nick Waterhouse Comes to Long Beach to Dance in the Street Though Chris Tsagakis' main gig as drummer for Rx Bandits was put on ice when the band went on indefinite hiatus last year, his kit hasn't ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012

    C-Gak's Drumming Fuses Man With Machine

    [Locals Only] Chris Tsagakis of Rx Bandits perfects his hybrid electro sound at Harvelle's

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Concerts Sprawling With Sound

    [Summer Guide 2012] The perfect aural schedule for your OC summer

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Win! Three Tickets to See Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Matt Pryor of Get Up Kids and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice at Yost Theater for Where's the Band?

    ​Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, Chris Conley of Saves The Day, Ace Enders of the Early November and Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. are are all doing solo acoustic performances on Where's the Band? this Tuesday at Yost Theater in Santa Ana. (Check out our interview with Pryor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Battles at the Glass House Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​BattlesOctober 16th, 2011Glass HousePomona was a hotbed of activity on Sunday night as Battles headlined the Glass House while Foster the People sold out the Fox Theater across the street. In a perfect world, Battles should have been headlining the Fox Theater as they engi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    RX Bandits Announce Break Up

    ​Seal Beach's RX Bandits, formed in 1995, last night announced that they were calling it quits after their final tour. They released this statement on their site, saying "the last tour is upon us":Dear friends,We would like to express our love and appreciation for all that you've done for us and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    What You Missed: Willie Nelson, Agent Orange, Old 97's, RX Bandits

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​What'd you miss this weekend? We caught Willie Nelson at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Agent Orange at the Tiki Bar, Old 97's at the Galaxy Concert Theatre (there was even an onstage proposal!) and the RX Bandits at the House of Blues in Anaheim. As usual: More info and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    TGIF: RX Bandits, Cold War Kids, Motörhead and More

    RX Bandits​On Saturday, Ty Segall plays Alex's Bar in Long Beach, headlining a bill featuring Tijuana Panthers and Okee Dokee. His hyperactive role in a slew of bands had already won him local fame, but the release of Melted seems to have woken up the rest of the musical world to what's been going ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2011

    Rx Bandits

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Incoming: Love You Moon Show at Cal State Fullerton, noon, May 6

    ​Got any lunch plans this Thursday? Wanna hang out at an underground pub/bowling alley/pizza parlor with Matt Embree of RX Bandits? We thought so.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Friday Night: RX Bandits at the Glass House

    Not actually from last week's Glass House show, but this is pretty much what it looked like.​The Hype: If you had to pick a handful of bands that pretty much own the Glass House anytime they take the stage, Rx Bandits would undoubtedly be carved near the top of that list. On the heels o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    TONIGHT: RX Bandits and Zechs Marquise at the Glass House

    ​If you missed their sunburned Coachella performance and want to catch the Long Beach prog rock alchemists Rx Bandits before they head off to Europe, you're in luck. Their second-to-last gig is happening tonight, at the Glass House. 

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    RX Bandits, "Hope is a Butterfly, No Net Its Captor"

    In case all of you RX Bandits fans haven't already seen it, the Long Beach-based band has a new music video for their song "Hope is a Butterfly, No Net Its Captor (Virus of Silence)" from their latest album Mandala (read about it here). After reviewing it thoroughly, we have one simp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Show of the Day: Dios, Forcefield ON, Bella Novela,Triceratops and Eugene and the 1914 at Alex's Bar, Long Beach

    Tonight, Alex's Bar--Long Beach's favorite hard-to-find-haunt--is packing in a lengthy lineup of innovative indie rock featuring LA band Dios (pictured) as well as local favorites Bella Novela, Forcefield ON, Triceratops (featuring members of RX Bandits) and Eugene and the 1914. Just in case you wer ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
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    December 22, 2009

    Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 10: Rx Bandits, March 8, Chain Reaction, Anaheim

    Editor's Note: Having spent the better part of the past couple days perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Jan. 1, I've come up with a list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. I'll post one per day fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    RX Bandits Performance Airs on Fuel TV...Again

    ​It's sort of last minute, but if you're chilling in front of your computer surfing music blogs this morning, then you probably have time to check out a repeat performance of RX Bandits this afternoon on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit (for those still rocking basic cable, you'll pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Recently Added: RX Bandits Join Mini Tour with Glassjaw

     We recently got word RX Bandits (whose members are hail from Long Beach, Seal Beach and Santa Rosa)  have been invited by Glassjaw to join their long-awaited mini tour. The outings include just three shows at The Mayan Theater in L.A., the Glass House in Pomona an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Interview Extra: RX Bandits

    In less than 24 hours, 4th of July celebrations will officially be in full swing. But if you're an RX Bandits fan, you're probably busy thinking about July 8th. Only five days until the band takes the stage in front of their rabid hometown crowd at The House of Blues in Anaheim along side Dredg on t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 2, 2009
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    June 30, 2009

    Final Lineup for July 24 Local Show at House of Blues Anaheim

    The House of Blues in Anaheim plays host to a cadre of vaunted national acts each week--Yes and Asia on Sunday, for instance, with Rx Bandits, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Pete Yorn coming there soon--but they also have been known to give local bands a chance to play the 1,000-person capacity venue ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    On-Sale Now or Soon-Ish: Azure Ray, Yes and Asia, More

    Saddle Creek mid-2000s stars Azure Ray are back! Again! After breaking up in 2004 and playing a one-off in LA late last November, they're back for good-ish, with a new album and a handful of shows planned, including this July 18 at the Glass House. Tickets for that go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Last Night: RX Bandits at Chain Reaction

    Last Night: Rx Bandits, Tera Melos, Polar Bears and Peba Luna at Chain Reaction.Better Than: Most of the shows you go to see at Chain Reaction.Download: "Live From Bonaroo" (2007) on MDB/ Sargent House Records.Anyone who frequents the storied all-ages venue Chain Reaction can usually look forward to ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
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    March 28, 2008

    Last Night: English Beat, RX Bandits at The Grove

    In the decades since the sounds of ska infiltrated Orange County, the local music scene has definitely gone through some changes. Live music junkies have been left to fend for themselves in a sea of emo, screamo, hardcore and other intricately titled audible slop. But last night at The Grove in An ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2008

    Beat Skank

    The English Beat

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Love You Moon at Koos in Long Beach on 02/02

    It takes a special kind of person to singlehandedly spark a thunderous clapping session in a dark room full of too cool twenty-somethings. But by the end of Matt Embree's acoustic set at Koos Art Center in Long Beach, any worries of judgment or anxiety had been sucked out of the front doors of the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Chris Tsagakis on his solo act: Technology

    The last place you would expect to find members of an OC band that managed to claw its way out of the depths of obscurity and into some money is underneath the dim lights of a cramped stage at a neighborhood sports bar and family restaurant. Yet that's where we ran into Chris Tsagakis, drummer for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2007

    The 100 Most Important OC Musicians of All Time

    DJ Nobody: Twice as important as most OC musicians. Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this import ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2007

    Emo Money, Emo Problems

    Metalcore Populists Atreyu Shed No Tears for the OC Scene They Left Behind

  • Columns

    August 23, 2007


    "At least now we know that the 'new' weekly is picking up a bunch of non-gay, non-liberal readers"

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Rx Unlock the Vault

    The crowd merely tolerated the preceding bands. Sure, the scant opener-faithful were present but the overarching feeling, the predominant urge was in favor of the headliner. “RXB! RXB!” the crowd began to chant the moment the last note of the undercard rang out, and they settled down to endure ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Prescription for Progression

    Rx Bandits continue to evolve and inspire fervor—and tattoos

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    CD Review

    The Appearance, Lost in Aurora (Adrenaline)

  • Music

    July 27, 2006

    Tapping All Levels

    Veteran hip-hopper V.I.T.A.L. Emcee steps out on his own

  • Unknown

    October 6, 2005

    Swamp and Overflow

    Nightlife and more:
    Sept. 29 - Oct. 6

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    February 28, 2002
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    December 14, 2000
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    February 24, 2000

    Hippos Not Extinct

    Even as third-wave ska tumbles to a close, the Hippos stomp

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    February 3, 2000
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    January 13, 2000
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    November 19, 1998

    Localer Than Ever!

    Shameless self-promotion! Your handy track-by-track rundown