Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Honda Center - October 7, 2014

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John Gilhooley
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Honda Center
10/7/14

"How ya doing tonight!" Tom Petty exclaimed after a rousing version of "American Dream Plan B." "We're going to give you a full-length, extra strength rock and roll show!"

Needless to say, the veteran rockers didn't disappoint. Playing a chunk of his greatest hits both with the Heartbreakers and solo, Petty gave the crowd what they wanted to hear. The usual batch of sing-alongs like "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down," and "Refugee" had the crowd screaming with the singer, who couldn't help but show his pleasure in the form of a devious smirk.

Touring behind the July release of Hypnotic Eye, the group's 13th studio album, and first extensive U.S. tour since 2010, Petty and the Heartbreakers demonstrated why they've become one of the most beloved bands in American rock history. Like other bands in the advanced stages of their careers, it would be understandable if they were putting out new, uneven music in order to stay on the road. Yet the album was the group's first to top the Billboard 200.

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The Dwarves and The Queers - Alex's Bar - July 16, 2014

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Ryan Ritchie
The Dwarves
The Dwarves and The Queers
Alex's Bar
7/16/2014

As far as Dwarves shows go, last night's at Alex's Bar was fairly uneventful. And by that, I mean no one got naked, stabbed, punched or vomited on. Then again, the self-proclaimed best band ever (seriously, they have a song called "The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever") ditched their infamous on-stage debauchery sometime in the mid to late 1990s, so if you went to Long Beach looking for sex and violence, you were probably let down.

That said, the current Dwarves -- singer Blag Dahlia, guitarist The Fresh Prince of Darkness, bassist Chip Fracture and drummer Gregory Pecker -- still fucking rule. Of course, the absence of long-time guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed was sorely missed, but anytime a naked man in a wrestling mask isn't somewhere, absences will be sorely missed.


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The Foo Fighters Played a Secret Show Last Night

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Jena Ardell

While you were sipping on discounted margaritas in a drunken Cinco de Mayo stupor last night, the world's most industrious band--the Foo Fighters--were partying in the country's capital, performing an intimate secret show at the 9:30 Club to a crowd of 1,200. The set list (see page 3) will make you wish you lived on the east coast for a day.

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RAC - The Observatory - April 9, 2014

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Photo by Brenda Wong
The man himself
RAC
The Observatory
April 9, 2014

How does one of the most prolific and talented remix producers working today go on a live tour? He grabs his MacBook, a magical music box, and finds a keyboardist, bassist and drummer and takes them all on the road.

André Anjos, better known as the man behind RAC (formerly the Remix Artist Collective) played the Observatory last night in support of his new album, Strangers, which was released last week. It was his second time playing at the Observatory in less than a year, but his first in the main room as his last trip to Orange County for some reason saw him playing the Constellation Room after multiple sold out shows in LA.


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The G-Funk Fest - The Observatory - March 15, 2014

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Yes, that's Spice-1 and MC Eiht on the same stage at the same time.
The G-Funk Fest
The Observatory
March 15, 2014

It's been three years since west coast hip-hop's most respected crooner Nate Dogg passed away. Like all other hip-hop artists who have passed, his death only seemed to bolster his impact and bring it back to the spotlight. It's well deserved too; what would California summers and springs even be like without hearing a Nate Dogg hook somewhere during your daily routine?

Though the G-Funk era seems pretty dated in 2014, it lives on through the artists of the era who still produce music and do shows, and through its impact on the current West Coast revival. The Observatory celebrated the life of Nate Dogg and and his contemporaries in the fashion it knows best: hip-hop bills filled with west coast rap veterans, including Warren G, MC Eiht, Spice 1, Kokane & Big Hutch of Above the Law, and 2nd II None. That's four musical sectors of California -- Long Beach, LA, the Bay Area, and Pomona -- covered within a few hours.

See also: The Top Rappers in OC


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Our St. Paddy's Irish Bar Breakdown

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Jackie Connor
The crowd at Silky Sullivan's is spirited in more ways than one
Since Thursday evening, slowly but surely I've been training my body for Tuesday's inevitable hangover with shots of whiskey and Guinness, corned beef and hash and shepherds pie like a good Irish girl, bikini season be damned.

Whether you decided to sacrifice a sick day to the HR gods or at 5 p.m. you're butt will be glued to the bar stool with a guinness in hand, there are plenty of watering holes worth your time this St. Patrick's Day, each with their own drunken charm. Strap on your green beer goggles and lets take a look at a few, shall we?

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The Funniest Tweets From the Oscars

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@TheEllenShow
Stupid Twitter crashing selfie!!

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Another award show and another chance for us to troll Twitter and find some perfected wit to make us laugh our balls off. This year, the 86th Academy Awards were hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and while we personally think she did a pretty decent job (minus her wardrobe choices, the whole "pizza" timewaster, and breaking Twitter for a lame "selfie" retweet), the fact remains that you can't please everyone. Kind of like when it comes to the lucky winners that got to take home that coveted golden Oscar statue last night. Either you agreed and beamed your pride across social media like you were going to get the award shipped directly to you or your pick for your favorite movie or actor "got robbed" and you pouted. Yeah, we saw some of you and it was utterly shameful. We scoured Twitter to bring you some of the grade-A comments from last night's Academy Awards.

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The Grand Finale - Detroit Bar - February 28, 2014

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Jackie Connor
Dirty Science pumps up Detroit Bar

The Grand Finale (Abstract Workshop and Dirty Science)
Detroit Bar
February 28, 2014

Orange County D.J. collectives Abstract Workshop and Dirty Science closed out Detroit Bar's 13 year history with a bang to the beat of classic hip-hop tracks last Friday night. The packed house barely fit into the balmy interior of what was left of Detroit Bar as hundreds of people dwarfed the average sized venue's capacity on the cold and rainy evening. Getting a drink at the bar was, how should we say this...a challenge. But considering it was the bar's last hurrah, most people didn't let a little struggle for booze get in the way of a good time.

See also:
*13 Detroit Bar Shows Worth Remembering
*Goodbye, Detrot Bar

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Five Songs To Get You Over Last Night

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psychalive.org
After a shame shower, you'll be juuuust fine.
Hey, it happens to the best of us. We screw the wrong person and in the morning, the regret is unbearable. And let's be honest, the walk of shame is the least of your worries because once you get home, you become one with your thoughts. All alone. What do you do from there? Do you tell your friends? Do you "sub-tweet" your misery and then troll for "favorites" from people that might be in the same boat as you? Do you Facebook stalk? How about "none of the above" instead!

It's been proven that in the worst and best of times music helps so after you take a shower (seriously, wash that remorse off), try pumping up these jams and you will be back to normal in an instant. Well, you might not be back to "normal" but who the fuck is normal anyway these days? After all, you can't call and cry to your mommy so what else are you going to do? Our suggestion is to crank up this shit, grab a beer, bag of chips, or maybe some Ben and Jerry's and attempt to laugh it off. Listen, you really aren't alone. Okay, all better now?


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Sting and Paul Simon - The Honda Center - February 16, 2014

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Katrina Nattress

Sting and Paul Simon
The Honda Center
2/16/14

Last month, Paul Simon and Sting spoke with Rolling Stone about their "On Stage, Together," tour. "We come from very different places, culturally," Simon explained. "Our voices are different, our accents are different, our sense of rhythms are different." And he's absolutely right. Where the beloved half of Simon & Garfunkel pulls influences from folk music and worldbeat, Sting's roots are in rock, pop, soul and reggae. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how these two seemingly different icons could possibly pull off a collaborative tour, and to my delighted surprise, they proved to me that it can be done, and done well.

The duo began their set covering Sting's "Brand New Day," followed by Simon's "The Boy In The Bubble," with each musician playing his signature bass and acoustic guitar, respectively. From the first note of the first song, it was evident that this pairing was not by mistake. To an objective observer, it was impossible to tell which of the songwriters originally penned each track. They shared the reins on every song, taking turns singing verses and producing spectacular harmonies. Their chemistry was organic, and to someone who didn't know better, it would seem as though these two had played in a band together. It was like a reunion for a group that never existed.

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