Spring Music Guide

Plenty of options abound for Orange County concert-goers   Fri. 1/25 MARTIN TAYLOR It says much about the dexterity and intimacy of Martin Taylor’s fingerstyle gypsy-jazz guitar that audiophile hi-fi maker Linn signed him to their record label in the 1990s to help demonstrate their equipment’s legendary fidelity. A protégé of Ike Isaacs and former longtime Stéphane Grappelli band member, this affable Englishman has carved out a formidable solo career …

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Shows Not to Miss at The Observatory in 2019

If your favorite artist announces a tour, chances are they are coming through The Observatory in Santa Ana. Proudly standing as the premiere music venue in Orange County, this venue hosts a wide array of musical talent from up-and-coming to top-tier to legends. Often times, there will be two shows happening simultaneously, one in the intimate Constellation Room which holds 300, and one in the spacious main room of The …

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X to Perform at the OC Observatory December 27th and 28th

Watching a performance of the resilient punk band, X, you get the sense that until their dying breath, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake will be giving everything in their soul to the fans. It’s been like that for decades. Last year, the dynamic group – remarkably still together since day one – celebrated its 40th year in music when “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los …

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Caroline Grace Chats About Career, Goals and Work Ethic

Caroline Grace is here to prove dreams really do come true, if you work hard and stay true to yourself. At 22 years old, the pop and R&B songstress has already opened for KYLE on select dates of his Lightspeed World Tour, including San Diego and Hollywood. Somewhere in between those two cities is where she is bred, in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. Moving to L.A. four years …

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Catching Up with Huntington Beach’s Own Yung Pinch Ahead of Rolling Loud This Weekend!

While most artists may be proud of where they come from, Yung Pinch wears his boastfully on his sleeve. Hailing from Huntington Beach and fittingly deeming himself the “beach boy,” the “Rock With Us” rapper proves why he’s a star in the making. Taking from both rock and rap influences growing up, the 21-year-old blends both genres while adding his own wavy vibes, both literally and figuratively. With the release …

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O.C.’s Fling with Phil Shane, Eddie Day and the Lounge Music Revival

In the 1950s and ‘60s, easy listening lounge music made a splash in record sales and cocktail bars all over the world. Although its heyday passed without much public notice, the trend of live lounge music has continued with limited fanfare in small bars and clubs. In Southern California, the scene has been kept alive mostly by music geeks and dive bars, but in the mid-1990s there were two events …

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Sofar Sounds: The Intimate, Pop-Up, Concert Experience

Music junkies rejoice. Orange County has opened its doors to a secret musical portal by welcoming Sofar Sounds. Sofar Sounds is the ultimate place for fans looking to have a more intimate experience with not only local artists in their community, but some of the biggest up-and-coming names in the music industry. Started in 2009, Sofar Sounds’ goal was to transform everyday spaces such as living rooms, coffee shops and …

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In Praise of the Firm Soundation’s Gospel Brunch

As you learn in the introductory video at Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim, the Biblical music genre has unique roots. Dan Aykroyd, co-star of Blues Brothers and co-founder of the House of Blues chain, narrates the short film to a background of scraping forks and humming mouths. He describes the history of Gospel as a cousin to the Blues – begun by African-Americans who used it to …

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ComplexCon 2018 Took Over Long Beach For Its 3rd Year!

Taking place over two days (November 3 and 4) at the Long Beach Convention Center, tens of thousands of fans gathered in the 500,000 square feet space to bring to life Complex’s underlying vision of pushing culture forward: ComplexCon 2018. With endless music, fashion, art, food, style, sports, activism and education (the list goes on and on), the highly anticipated tradeshow festival hybrid can best be described in three words: …

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