Unknown bands battle to break out at Bamboozle Left


This weekend, while your band is hot boxing in the drummers van, it might be worth while to put down the bong and see what more enterprising young rockers are doing. Chain Reaction in Anaheim is giving local acts a chance to take the main stage at the 2009 Bamboozle Left Festival. This Sunday, seven bands are gearing up to compete in the Bamboozle "Break Contest", which, as you can probably guess, basically amounts to an average high school battle of the bands....times a thousand. Over the next three weeks, dozens of bands will battle it out in front of a live audience and a judging panel of "industry experts" to find out who will be sharing the stage with acts like 50 Cent, The Deftones, and Fall Out Boy. Runners-up are also given a chance to perform on one of the side stages. From the looks of the Break Contest website , it looks like some stragglers may still have a chance to sign-up. Although, the contest requires bands to sell tickets (not the best scenario if no one really gives a crap about your band). On that note, good luck and hopefully YOUR band wins the whole darn thing!

More info on the contest HERE

Slideshow: Everest at Detroit Bar

Categories: Slide Shows

Not only did OC Weekly clubs editor Vickie Chang write this swell piece on LA's Everest for the Weekly, she also was at the show Thursday night, and came back with these pictures. Full service! Two Guns and Billy Kernkamp opened.

This Weekend: Jewlicious Festival 5.0 in Long Beach

Categories: this weekend

Currently ongoing at the Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach is the fifth annual Jewlicious Festival, a three-day cultural celebration
featuring music and more, including a performance from (get ready to be shocked!) Matisyahu, pictured. Also scheduled: Israeli artist Aharit Hayamim, Moshav, Y-Love, and more; check out their full list here. Starts today, goes through Sunday.

Sublime reunion in...WTF??? Nevada???

The Internets are abuzz with the rumors of a potential reunion of Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh, also known as the two living members of Sublime. The fact that Wilson and Gaugh performed in the Long Beach Dub Allstars and a slew of bands pre-Sublime makes this a tad less exciting as say, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl playing together, it's still news because it sounds like they might be gearing up for a Sublime reunion/tribute/whatever that lasts more than one show.

According to Gaugh's myspace page, his latest group, Del Mar, is playing with "VERY VERY special guests performing. Trust us, you will kick yourself in the ass with spiked steel-toe boots if you miss this show." Now, as some of you may or may not know, I don't just spout off random tidbits of information and post them online. Sometimes I do actual reporting and just yesterday I called a very reliable source who confirmed the duo is playing. Everything sounds very up in the air at this point, but if Wilson and Gaugh continue, I'll have more to say at a later date.

For those looking to travel to Nevada (and time-travel back to the '90s), the venue is called Cantina Los Tres Hombres. According to the homepage, the bill for Feb. 28 is Del Mar and "S*blime."


'Idol' Update: Well, That Was Quick

Categories: American Idol, TV
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Yep. Both of the Orange County folks in the top 36--Mishavonna Henson and Kai Kalama--were eliminated last night during the American Idol results show. Not really surprising, given the thoroughly lukewarm responses to their performances last night, but still, a bit of a letdown, no? They do have a chance to return via the exciting new "wildcard" round on March 5 ("wildcard, bitches!" to echo Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), so we'll see how all that goes. I knew Train was a bad idea.

Last Night: The Bird and the Bee, Melanoid, Stacy Clark at the Yost Theatre


Last Night: The Bird and the Bee, Melanoid, Stacy Clark at the Yost Theatre, Santa Ana, Feb. 26, 2009.

Better than: Breaking into the Yost during its dormant period and attempting to put on your own show. Folks, that's illegal, and also pretty weird.

Best fashion choice: The bow on Bird and the Bee singer Inara George's retro-chic black and white dress.

Aside from a few--well, quite a few--snags with the sound during the Bird and the Bee's headlining set, the first show at the historic Yost Theatre (they might as well just add the word "historic" to the name so it always appears before it in print) in downtown Santa Ana since November's Sound Downtown was successful by any reasonable definition: good tunes, healthy attendance and a general pleased feeling over what Dennis Lluy's Koo's Inc. has done with the nearly century-old theater.

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Free Crap That Came In The Mail: The Slow Poisoner Strikes Again


I feel some definite cognitive dissonance (cog dis, if you will) for calling this "Free Crap That Came In The Mailm" because the negative connotation of crap--things that are worthless and lame--doesn't seem to apply. This is actually all kind of cool. But the more non-judgmental meaning of "crap," as in, just a lot of random stuff, as in "I got to clean up the crap in my apartment." (Because it's probably not literal crap that's making your apartment messy, it's probably your belongings, that you enjoy! But if it is literal crap, y'know, eww.)

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TONIGHT: The Yost Returns with the Bird and the Bee and Melanoid

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We've written a lot about the resurrection of the historic Yost Theatre
in downtown Santa Ana--now operated by Dennis Lluy
 and booked by Ashley Eckenweiler. It started with November's SoundDowntown, and continues tonight with a show from LA's delightful The Bird and the Bee. I last saw them in fall of 2007 opening for Rilo Kiley, and they were wonderful--and seemed like lovely people! I'm tickled to see them again even if their latest, last month's Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future, has received some mixed reviews. Opening up is OC's Melanoid, celebrating the album release of Asleep in the Wake, which we'll be covering in print very soon (ooh! suspense!). Stacy Clark and DJ Rob TV are also on the bill. Show's $10, starts at 8:30.

Trying to Make Sense of the OC Music Awards Nominees


Everyone I've talked to about the OC Music Awards nominee list, released yesterday, seems to have the same reaction: Huh? Why are young, unsigned bands like The Jakes competing against veteran, internationally known acts like The Offspring, who had Billboard's #1 Hot Modern Rock Track for 11 weeks last year?

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Tonight: Lots of Girls in Bands at Alex's Bar

Ladies, I swear I'm not one of those machismo types. I wear sweaters, watch HGTV, have five cats and prefer books over television. But sometimes I just can't help myself.

One major area of weakness for me (and I suppose many other men) is females in bands. If they're a 6 before the show, they are at least an 8 after. Sometimes even a 9 or 10 depending on the situation.

With that said, I feel like a total lame-ass for writing about "girl night" or whatever taking place at Alex's Bar tonight. The way I can justify this is by saying that some of these groups are actually pretty good.

The bill includes Tsk Tsk, Bella Novella, Soon and the Black Tales. And the fans will probably include a bunch of lookey-loo dudes too cheap for the Fantasy Castle. But that's another story.