The Joy Formidable

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Free Ticket Fridays: The Joy Formidable at the Observatory, Mar. 18

    Few bands mix animalistic energy, experimentalism and pop sensibility like the Joy Formidable. The subject a feature in this week's paper, the band stop through OC once again to prove that fact on the heels of their latest release, Wolf's Law. The intense English trio, fronted by doll-eyed derv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The Joy Formidable Exercise Their Inner Animals on 'Wolf's Law'

    Even when Ritzy Bryan is cursing the classical-music instructors of her youth, she still sounds charmingly regal. "My harp teacher was an absolute bitch," she declares with a crisp annunciation that betrays her Welsh heritage. "And every time I'd play the fucking flute, I'd pass out." Luckily for us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Predicting the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup

    In a month, alternative rock radio behemoth KROQ will be throwing down their annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concerts. After some sleuthing and perusal of other regional radio holiday shows, the dates for KROQ will be December 8th and 9th at the Gibson Amphitheater. Let's look at the potential line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    3hree Things: My 12 Favorite Albums Of 2011, Vol. 2 of 4

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. Read the archives here. ​ Last week, I said I'd probably rearrange this list every time I took a look a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Miss the '90s? You Don't Have To; Five Bands That Relive Your Youth

    Nicole NodlandLana Del Rey sounds like someone from the 1990s--find out who after the jump​There's a reason old people are curmudgeonly at rock shows: It's because they've heard it all before, new music sucks, it's boring, yada yada yada. But no, really, when someone over 30 tells you a new band s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    The Joy Formidable Last Night at Detroit Bar

    Stacy Schwartz/Minn. City PagesJoy Formidable at SXSW this year​The Joy FormidableSept. 11, 2011Detroit Bar, Costa MesaI feel bad for youngsters whose first experience with live music is UK power trio The Joy Formidable. After watching these guys (and gal) do their thing on the Detroit stage last ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2011

    A Joy Formidable Ride

    The Welsh trio goes small before they go big

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    What You Missed: Disney-Inspired Burlesque, Girl Talk, Pet Days, SXSW Round-Up, Huy Pham Vigil

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWhoa, Tink. Whoa.​Another year, another Disney-inspired burlesque show put on by Peepshow Menagerie. What year would be complete without watching Minnie Mouse strip down to her nipple tassels? Girl Talk performed at the Fox Pomona Theater, while the OC Fairgrounds in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    The Arkells Want to Tan and Eat Salads in Orange County

    ​​Remember when Broken Social Scene and Feist and Metric and the New Pornographers  were all over the music blogs because they were awesome and also Canadian? Well, the days of glorifying our neighbors to the North for health care and cold weather are over, but the Arkells still do a p ... More >>