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Tonight: Pop Noir, The Colourist at Detroit Bar

8 Jul

Two Orange County faves — Pop Noir and The Colourist — are both in concert tonight, playing a last minute-ish show at, you guessed it, Detroit Bar. Pop Noir have been keeping busy a of late, and we got word from singer/bassist/twin Luke McGarry about what they’ve been up to.

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Album Review: Hindu Pirates, ‘Pelican Daze’

8 Jul

It seems that whenever someone writes a positive review about artists in their teens, it’s legally obligated to include phrases like “you would never guess (name of performer) is only (age),” “talented beyond their years,” or “their music defies their youth.” Well, why is that always so great? There is a certain universal appeal that comes with fully embracing youthful energy, with all of the novel discoveries and awkward growing pains that come with it.

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Q&A: Mississippi Man

16 Jun

In April 2009, Mississippi Man released their debut EP, Snake Oil Salesman, with a show at the much-missed eVocal venue in Costa Mesa. It’s been an eventful sixteen months since—the band’s gone on tour, steadily increased their profile throughout Southern California, seen publicity in places like LA Record and puzzling onlookers with a nomination for Best Blues at this year’s OC Music Awards.

Though they didn’t take home that trophy, there’s still plenty to be excited about for Mississippi Man, including a July Monday night residence at the Echo, and an upcoming full-length album, A-OK. We caught up with guitarist and vocalist David Knight to find out the latest on the band, their favorite Orange County music and if they consider their music to be “blues,” or any other color.

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Everyday News: Voxhaul Broadcast Misses Gypsy Lounge Show, Billy Kernkamp Fills In

4 Jun

Photo by Gordon Dooley

So, just yesterday we brought you a Q&A with Echo Park’s Voxhaul Broadcast, in anticipation of their show tonight at the Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest. Seems straight-forward enough, except that now they’re not gonna make it, due to an illness in the band. Per a tweet from about a half hour ago, bassist Phillip Munsey was hospitalized last night, thus the show is a no-go.

We are sending positive health vibes Phil’s way, and also bringing this pleasant news: Billy Kernkamp, pictured, this year’s “best acoustic” winner at the OC Music Awards and the best custom action figure builder I’ve ever met, is stepping in and performing at the 10:15 p.m. slot (“it may change but that should be right,” says bassist Justin Deckert). Cover is $8. Fingers crossed that Phil recovers for the next scheduled Voxhaul show, an awesome-sounding lineup tomorrow at the Bootleg Theater in LA with Local Natives.

Song Review: Venus Infers, “(They Stole Today But They Won’t Take Away) Tomorrow”

2 Jun

If you follow local music closely, you’ve probably already formed an opinion on Huntington Beach’s Venus Infers. Their music—bombastic and intentionally epic—stands in contrast to the contemplative, coffee house rock prominent in much of Southern California. Their style—leather jackets and rock star posturing—is a far cry from the unassuming, humble stage presence you’ll see at most local venues. And guess what? It’s working, as seen by the three OC Music Awards Venus Infers scored in 2009, high-profile opening gigs for Chris Cornell and Peter Murphy and song placement on shows like The Real World.

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Everyday News: Belle & Sebastian coming to LA, Dahga Bloom, more

1 Jun

The benefits of living in Southern California: Belle & Sebastian are touring for the first time in years, and have announced just nine North American dates, but one of them is Oct. 3 in LA at the Hollywood Palladium.

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This Sunday: Drums and Color, Bobby Pena & the Stowaways at the Lab

27 May

It’s a good weekend for bands with “and” in their names.

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