Band Of Horses Were Rusty, But Riveting at the Observatory

Categories: live review

By:Taylor Morgan
Band of Horses
The Observatory

On January 13th when the Grammy winning, indie-rock band announced they'd make a pit stop at OC's Observatory before heading off to Riviera May, Mexico, to perform at the festival One Big Holiday, they didn't think they would be facing a sold out show.

"Wow! We haven't played an electric show in so long. This is going to be loose, loose as diarrhea, let's have some fun" yelled Ben Bridwell, the band's founder, lead singer and guitarist who possesses a style similar to an early Neil Young. They jammed to "Electric Music" and baby blue wrist bands launched toward the ceiling as girls with wavy locks dragged their flannel wearing man totes throughout the crowd, bumping shoulders with anyone in their path to reach the dreamy Band of Horses.

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Morgan Delt Proves That Good Underground Music is Ageless

Categories: interview

For most of his life, Morgan Delt has been quietly making music. Unlike others, Delt has rarely let what's created out for the masses to hear. In 2013, he released Psychedelic Death Hole on cassette before the formal release in 2014 via Trouble In Mind, and the sound is exactly as kaleidoscopic and hazy as one would expect. He also caught the attention of fellow psych rockers the Flaming Lips who brought him on tour and to record with them.

"It was scary getting up in front of so many people," he recalls. "Our first show with them was like our sixth show ever."

Since then, he's signed to Sub Pop and is working on a follow-up album. But first, Delt has a few live shows upcoming, like at the Observatory this weekend for the Indigo Music Fest. We caught up with him to hear about his new album, Sub Pop and why he enjoys working as a one-man wolfpack.

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The Five Best Rocket from the Crypt Songs

Greg Jacobs
You know that old saying parents love to use about how impossible it is to pick their favorite child? Well, I don't have kids, but I bet choosing little Marisa over that brat Johnny is much easier than having to choose the five best Rocket from the Crypt songs. Don't believe me? Consider these three facts:

1. Most kids suck, so if one is good it's gotta be pretty easy to figure out your favorite.

2. According to the all-knowing, the San Diego sextet has released seven full-length albums, a live record, three compilations, two EPs and more than 20 7-inches. Them's a lot of songs.

3. Rocket from the Crypt is the greatest band in the world. Similarly, Rocket from the Crypt has been, since its inception in 1990, the greatest band in the world, was the greatest band in the world even when they took a hiatus from 2005-2013 (and when they took a hiatus from their hiatus for 2011's appearance of the children's television program Yo Gabba Gabba!) and will continue to be the greatest band in the world until the day all humans die and robot cockroaches take over.

So picking the five best songs ain't easy. Also not easy is seeing Rocket from the Crypt this weekend as San Diego's finest are playing two sold-out shows as part of Alex's Bar's 15-year anniversary. And even harder is the fact that the band was supposed to play Sunday at the Observatory as part of the Indigo Fest, but that has been canceled.

Here, then, are the five best Rocket from the Crypt songs to get you through if you can't see them this weekend. And, in full disclosure, I love this band so much this list could be
completely different if I wrote it tomorrow.

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Shoos Off Overcame Tragedy and Prepare to Kick Out a New Album

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Melissa Espiritu
After a bad breakup with his first band, Patrick Killeen thought his second outfit, Yogurt Brown, were poised for success. Formed with a few friends, Yogurt Brown had an EP and played a packed show. But just as the band was beginning to pick up steam, Killeen's father passed away, devastating him.

Unable to commit to making music after his loss, Killeen quit the band. He then decided to give standup comedy a try as a creative outlet.

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Five Classic West Coast Rap Albums Turning 20 in 2015

Categories: Hip-Hop

Interscope Records
2Pac was Against the World in '95

While 1994 was undeniably a great year for hip-hop, fans have plenty of 20th anniversaries to celebrate this year as well. Whether getting "Sumpin' New" from the mainstream or seeing boundaries pushed until they "bounce" in the underground, 1995 had something for everybody and its influence is still being felt today.

Here are five classic West Coast rap albums turning 20 in 2015.

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The Melvins' Commitment to Oddity Makes Them Influential

Categories: Bands We Like

Mackie Osbourne
Just after 2014 became 2015, the Melvins' drummer Dale Crover experienced one of his proudest moments in the band. Though their New Year's show was canceled, he and Buzz Osborne, the band's co-founders, decided to play an acoustic set at Permanent Records in Los Angeles. The duo were expecting a crowd and a nice showing; they didn't expect to have to play two packed shows in order to meet the demands of a line of rabid fans who circled an entire block to see the short set.

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New Plays Push Boundaries at STAGESTheater

Categories: Culture, Theater

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A lusty chorus of huzzahs to STAGES Theatre! The county's longest-running storefront (going on 20-plus years) has chosen two new, or relatively unfamiliar, plays to local audiences, to begin 2015. And why should you give a shit? Well, new plays mean new voices, new stories. And while the umpeenth production of Dial M for Murder or the Pirates of Penzance might be great for a theater's bottom-line, it does absolutely nothing to grow the medium, or to suggest why people who aren't already into it should care in the slightest.

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Cambodian Rockers Dengue Fever Dug Deep to Reclaim Their Sound on The Deepest Lake

Categories: Bands We Like

Marc Walker
Dengue Fever thrives on the alchemy of old music. Derived from Cambodian pop of the 1960s and '70s, their style is a danceable, delightfully mutated mix of American surf, garage-rock psychedelia and the emotive, snaky crooning of Khmer folk songs. It's a style of music that was almost lost during the Khmer Rouge regime of the late '70s. Prior to the release of their latest album, The Deepest Lake(released today), the band feared that they might also be in danger of losing their sound.

"We were a bit disappointed with Cannibal Courtship," bassist Senon Williams says of the band's 2011 release on the heavyweight Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group label. "A lot went into making that record, and the label didn't do a great job. They said a bunch of stuff about how they knew what to do with us, [but] they had no clue, and that became apparent very quickly."

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The First Shot Photo Contest Winner Is...

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Heather Feibleman
Over the last couple months, we've been in search of a winner for our inaugural First Shot Photo Contest in memory of late Weekling photographer Andrew Youssef. Back in December, we put a call out to all aspiring local photographers to see who had the skills and the ambition to represent Youssef's attitude and work ethic (not an easy task for any photog, let alone a beginner).

Today we congratulate winner Heather Feibleman, a senior at Corona Del Mar High School. We gladly interrupted her study time during finals week to deliver the news. Not only can she tell a pretty good story from behind the lens, she also has an interesting one of her own.

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Nuclear Comics Still Caters to Today's Comic Book Fan

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Kenny Jacobs
Nuclear Comics in all its glory
At 24 years old, OC native Kenny Jacobs acquired a small business loan, enabling him to buy the barebones of a local comic shop. It hasn't been an easy journey, selling comics over the last two decades. The first year and a half that he owned the store, he worked at Trader Joes and when the economy crashed in 2009 he began working there again to keep the store alive. Despite the ups and downs, Jacobs still lives and breathes comics. Feel like having a stimulating conversation about characters, plot and art? Jacobs is the man to see.

On Dec. 1, Nuclear Comics in Laguna Hills officially celebrated 20 years in business. In honor of the shops big birthday, Jacobs talks with us about the resurgence of OC comic book lover's in the last decade and what makes a good comic preparing us for Wonder Con, coming to Anaheim in April.

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