The Offspring Bring Out the Dads at Pacific Amphitheatre

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Josh Chesler
They're '90s punk royalty, but they're 2015 dad-rock.

The Offspring
Pacific Amphitheatre
7/30/15

It's hard to argue against the importance of the Offspring in shaping the punk scene of the 1990s, but it's been over two decades since Smash came out, and the band's lost a lot of what made that record so iconic.


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Phish Remind Us Why We Keep Swimming Back to See Them

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Scott Dudelson
Trey Anastasio of Phish (file photo)
Phish
The Forum
7/25/15

Phish made its return to The Forum in Inglewood Saturday night, their second show there in the span of nine months, a one-off evening in a string of two dozen concerts starting in the Pacific Northwest, down though California, across to Texas and the South, then up through the midwest before turning back East for the Magnaball festival in upstate New York.

For those keeping score at home, and many do, the Forum show is the one to beat this year--and might be for a while to come. The bar has been set, and it is a high one.

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Aloe Blacc Brings the Soul to Wayfarer Benefit Concert

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Josh Chesler
He's the man. He's the man. He's the man.
Aloe Blacc
The Wayfarer
7/25/15

Saturday night at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa was one of those nights you don't see often enough, regardless of location or music scene.

People of all backgrounds, races, and walks of life filled the small venue. Preppy white guys boat shoes rubbed elbows with cholos in snapbacks as Coby Smith's mom and sister thanked everyone for coming out to the benefit concert his brothers at Abstract Workshop were holding for him. Hipsters with man-buns peered over cornrows and afros to get a peek of Exile working the turntables on stage, knowing that the biggest performer of the night was soon to take the stage.


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MxPx Spans Catalog for Live Recording at the Observatory

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Josh Chesler
MxPx has been around for decades, but they're not as old as you might think.
MxPx
The Observatory
7/24/15

Time and time again, one thing in the music industry has always held true: a post-prime rock band is really only as good as their aging frontman. Thankfully for MxPx, 38-year-old Mike Herrera hasn't lost a step in his musical ability or his stage presence.


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Badflower Hold Tight to Their Rock Roots at the Slidebar

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Jason Leonti
Badflower
By: Alexander Vincent
Badflower
The Slidebar
7/23/15

We stopped by Slidebar in Downtown Fullerton last night to catch Los Angeles locals Badflower put on a set presented by KROQ Locals only. The show was opened up by Ghostel, an Indie pop band who's ace in the hole is their female backup singer with a surprising set of pipes. Next in line was Swimm, a poppy folk rock band, akin to Foals.

The headliners took the stage at 10 p.m. As they dive into their first song, it's clear the singer's microphone isn't working, but fortunately the couple dozen loyal fans in the audience are able to hold down the vocals to "Animal" until it starts working at the top of the first chorus. When it comes to rock n roll, these guys are by no means re-inventing the wheel. They've stuck by the tried and true formula: two guitars, bass and drums. What they lack in memorable verses they make up for on their choruses ...though what is important to note is that the band proves that this formula still works pretty damn well.


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Shwayze Gets the Observatory Shwaysted

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Josh Chesler
What happens when you go out in the middle of a Shwayze crowd to get a photo.
Shwayze
The Observatory
7/19/15

Sunday night, the Observatory in Santa Ana decided to throw a good ol' college frat party. Instead of the $5 cover charge getting you an empty red Solo cup to fill with the cheapest beer and mixed drinks imaginable (yes, Jungle Juice is technically a mixed drink), you got a ticket to see Shwayze perform.


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Art of Rap Festival Goes Nostalgic, Encounters Scheduling Hiccups

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Josh Chesler
Seriously, why wasn't this guy on the main stage?
The Art of Rap Festival
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
7/18/15

"I shouldn't have worn my J's today, man," a twentysomething said to his friend as they stood in the rain, waiting to be patted down outside of the Art of Rap Festival at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

"I told you not to," the plastic poncho-wearing buddy directly in front of me replied.

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Morris Day and the Time Condensate at the Santa Monica Pier

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Christine Terrisse
Morris Day
Morris Day and The Time
Twilight Concert Series
Santa Monica Pier
7/9/15

"A feeling just came over me. I'm feeling sexy right now. I want to share that sexiness with each and every one of you" said Morris Day on Thursday night as he held court from a large, futuristic stage set up on the Santa Monica Pier. Day and his seven-piece touring group, The Time, were there to open the 31st annual Twilight Concert series at the pier, free to the public.

One only needs to look to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's 'Uptown Funk' to understand the influence the band and its fearless pimp-suited leader have had on a younger generation. Day acknowledged as much when about midway through the hour-long set he said: "I can kiss myself I'm so pretty...where do you think he gets that stuff from, Santa Monica?"

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Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan Try Channeling the Old Days at Irvine Meadows

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Matthew Micah Wright
Marilyn Manson
Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
7/9/15

When Marilyn Manson stepped on to a smoke-filled stage at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre at 7:58 p.m. on Thursday, it was still light out. The sun was beginning to set behind the mostly empty venue, and there were almost definitely more people in the parking lot and the food court than in their seats.


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Jerry Only Does His Best Misfits Impersonation at the Observatory

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Josh Chesler
Even terrible iPhone photos can't make Jerry Only look any younger.
The Misfits are one of the most important punk bands of all time, there's no denying that. Unfortunately, the current version of the group doesn't exactly represent the rock royalty they truly should be remembered as.

As much as Jerry Only wants to keep the Misfits' magic alive, the band just isn't the same as it was in the 20th century. It's never easy to keep the same feel of a group together when only one original member remains (unless the band was more of a one-man show from the beginning, like Smashing Pumpkins or Social Distortion), and it might just be time to let this one go.

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