It may be hard to believe, but it has now been 20 years since 1991. "The Year That Punk Broke" may not have completely lived up to the eponymous documentary title, but it remains a watershed year in musical history, and not solely for the grunge-/alternative-rock breakthrough that defined the tim ... More >>
If I had to make the guess, I'd say they call it Platypus Beats because it's made up of a little of everything and it's totally unique--and like Plato Platypus above, the folks at Platypus Beats find beautiful music everywhere. In honor of my upcoming DJ set at Saturday's Platypus-Beats-Presents ... More >>
The Hype: Trifecta Tuesday nights at the Crosby featuring LA's Pearl Harbor (profiled here and in current OC Weekly print edition) and Animal Style. How can you go wrong with a free show with a laid-back vibe at the cozy, Santa Ana venue? Andrew YoussefPearl HarborThe Show: Who says an electr ... More >>
Travis SchneiderOur talk with Army Navy's Justin Kennedy was lengthy enough to (hopefully!) justify two separate blog posts--last time we talked about the LA band's return to Orange County and the acts that helped shape their refined pop sound, this time we talk about their excellent self-titled deb ... More >>
Travis SchneiderReally, it's almost embarrassing how much I like LA-based pop band Army Navy. After seeing them open up for the Shys last October at Detroit Bar, I pushed their self-titled record (released on their own label, Fever Zone Records) on anyone that would listen. Songs like "Slight of Han ... More >>
House of Blues
Shows, shows, showy show show shows. So many concert announcements lately! And a bunch of neat stuff, like Camera Obscura (pictured), is coming to the Glass House in Pomona, making that long, lonely drive worthwhile.
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