Best OC Musicians By Genre
Hey guys, our Best of OC 2013 Issue is out today! The moment you've all been waiting for. In the spirit of cheer leading for our weird little corner of the world, we've broken down a list of the best rockers, rappers, DJs and singers, etc. that we have to offer. The following winners are broken up by genre:
Best Live Band
Feel like leaving a show with a few scrambled brain cells, the stench of sweat and cigarettes on your clothes, and an enormous smile on your face? Pay a visit to Dahga Bloom's next gig. Cultivated in the dankest corners of OC's warehouse-show scene, Fullerton's favorite psychedelic quintet live to throttle your senses with undulating rhythms, spacey reverb, acid trip projections and primordial screams. Though four-fifths of the band are sitting down (including the guitarists), it's the frenzy they conjure around them--akin to that of snake charmers in a pit of vipers (or, in this case, hipsters)--that makes every set truly memorable. Paying their dues for years in OC has earned them the kind of respect and trust that ultimately convinces you to lose your bullshit too-cool pose for the duration of the performance, strip off an article or two of clothing, and do exactly as they say.
Readers' Choice: Flashback Heart Attack
Best Hip-Hop Act
Innate and EP
In this day and age, there seems to be a dearth of good times and positive hip-hop. San Clemente's Innate & EP stepped outside of the group Rock Bottom for a quick moment to offer much-needed uplifting rhymes. Live instrumentation, smooth deliveries, smart lyricism and golden-age-inspired rap beats frame the resulting album, Such As I, throughout its expertly crafted offerings. For as clean as it sounds, Innate & EP are even better live. No stranger to OC's stages, they've shared bills with veteran underground hip-hop heroes, as well as taking part in the Back to Basics Festival this summer. If boasts about "Bugattis and bitches" ain't your thing, Innate & EP bring hip-hop back to where good music does what it should: make people vibe right to this limited-time offer called life.
Readers' Choice: Snoop/ Tha Dogg Pound