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

Categories: Last Night, Lists

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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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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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Robert DeLong - The Constellation Room - January 30, 2014

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Katrina Nattress

Robert DeLong
The Constellation Room
1/30/14

I do not like EDM concerts. A DJ masking the fact he's simply pressing "play" on his laptop by distracting his audience with mind-bending visuals does not impress me. Rolling on ecstasy to enjoy live music does not appeal to me. That sick bass drop does not make me lose my shit. Let's face it, we all saw it coming. But these are generalities, and as with any genre, EDM is more than the sum of its stereotypes. It has an underground. There are outliers. And one of those is Robert DeLong.

The Los Angeles by way of Bothell, Washington electronic musician is not your typical EDM mascot. Sure, he flashes safety-cone-orange "X"s on his clothing, his gear, and his face (or at least a variant thereof). Yes, the average age of his standard fan is 20 years old. It's true, his songs are poppy and dance-inducing. But here's where he's different: He's actually a musician, and a damn talented one at that. The 27-year-old studied drums at Azusa Pacific University and played in numerous indie rock bands while in college. Last night, both of these influences and more shined at The Constellation Room.


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Of Montreal - Art Theatre of Long Beach - January 23, 2014

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Of Montreal
Art Theatre of Long Beach
1/23/14

Before the holidays, Kevin Barnes and his band embarked on an extensive national tour, including a stop in Los Angeles. And now, after the celebrations have waned, the troupe decided to give a few smaller cities in Southern California a show before heading to Asia and Europe. One of those cities was Long Beach. And the venue was an old theater aptly titled the Art Theatre of Long Beach.

But you see, this wasn't one of those theater-turned-venue types. This was an actual theater. Like, movie theater. Like, Inside Llewyn Davis played there at 1:30 this afternoon kind of theater. (Hell, it even served popcorn and candy at the concession stand.) And by the time Of Montreal stepped foot on stage, the snack laden aisles transformed into a dance floor. Well, gradually.

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The Jenni Rivera Tribute Drag Show Was As Awesome As It Sounds

Categories: Last Night

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Sarah Bennett
Ms. Luna as Jenni Rivera
After a full day of watching banda music videos and drawing mariposas on our hands in honor of Jenni Rivera's first deathaversary, we hoofed it over to the new Hamburger Mary's in downtown Long Beach last night for an opening night so perfect, it couldn't help but fill the house.

For its first full day in business at the Pine Ave. location, the Mary's usual Latin-themed Margarita Mondays drag show became a massive tribute to La Diva de la Banda--an honor in the drag world--with nearly 90% of the show dedicated to lip synced performances of her top songs.


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Albert Hammond, Jr. - The Observatory - November 19, 2013

Categories: Last Night

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Albert Hammond, Jr.
The Observatory
11/19/13

"It was, like, oxycontin and cocaine at 24, 25, 26. and then I became [addicted to] heroin around then," Albert Hammond, Jr. admitted to NME in early September. "So from 26, 27 'til 29. It's not so much that I wasn't in a happy place. I was just... God knows where I was. I was just very high. That's where I was." In the revealing interview, The Strokes guitarist discussed his drug addiction in depth for the first time. And now, four years sober, the songwriter has embarked on his first solo tour since getting clean, and from the crowd's reaction at The Observatory last night, it's been a success.

Last month, Hammond, Jr. released AHJ, an EP to follow his 2006 debut full-length, Yours To Keep and 2008 sophomore effort, ¿Cómo Te Llama?. Released by bandmate Julian Casablancas' label, Cult Records, the new five-song collection sounds oddly reminiscent of The Strokes' front man's own solo material - a blast from the '80s. And though I'm admittedly not all that into the new songs (except "St. Justice," how could you not like that track?), the singer/guitarist couldn't have done a better job translating them into a live setting.

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