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Video: Interview with Melanoid at Zion Studios

26 May

A couple of months ago, we interviewed John Hanson—the incredibly talented frontman behind elegantly nuanced Orange County band Melanoid—and did a short little session (two acoustic songs) with him at Zion Studios. Ashley made a video out of it, too, but for one reason or another it never really saw the light of day outside of Facebook. But no longer! Here it is, and you can enjoy the way-too-long hair I was sporting at the time (rest assured it was cut soon after filming). We even left some awkward moments in at the end, just for funsies.

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MP3: Canvas, ‘The Habit’

25 May

Our pals in Santa Ana crew Canvas—playing the House of Blues in Anaheim this Friday, May 28, with, believe it or not, ’80s faves Berlin—have gifted us with the worldwide exclusive (!) of a new tune, tentatively titled “The Habit.”

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June 1: Everyday Noise presents The Vespertines and more!

24 May

Get psyched: we’re headed back to Detroit Bar.

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Album Review: Semi Sweet, ‘A Little Bitter’

19 May

With their self-titled debut EP last year, Costa Mesa’s Semi Sweet established themselves as Orange County’s premier purveyors of female-fronted, lo-fi, moody indie rock. (Not that there’s many contenders to that title right now, but it’s an accomplishment nonetheless.)

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Album Review: So Many Wizards, ‘Love Songs for When You Leave Me’

30 Apr

In and of itself, the act of acquiring new music is rarely an inspiring experience. Most local acts will hand you a CD-R, languishing inside a jewel case with their band name hastily scrawled in Sharpie across the disc. Even more impersonal is the mp3 download—directing your browser to SendSpace to download a zip file of data meant to replicate what was once a very tactile experience.

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