The Casualties - The Observatory - April 3, 2013

Categories: Punk as Fuck

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Alex Distefano

The Casualties
The Observatory
April 3, 2013

The stench of street punk filled the air at the Observatory in Santa Ana, as NYC legends the Casualties brought their obnoxious, sped-up brand of 80s hardcore punk to a room full of rabid fans. As part of this year's 'Resistance' tour, openers included Havok, Goatwhore, and a special performance by Dr. Know.

Two songs into the set, the Casualties guitarist Jake Kolatis insisted that the Observatory remove the huge barricades in front of the crowd in an attempt to get closer to their fans. He certainly got what he wanted. More than 100 skanking stage divers joined the band onstage, eventually, Kolatis and company became part of a beer-fueled mosh pit. Even with all the chaos swirling around them, the band wanted to ensure that there was no bad blood in the crowd.

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MusInk Days 2 & 3 - OC Fairgrounds - March 9-10, 2013

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Marina Martinez
Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.
MusInk Days 2&3 
OC Fairgrounds
March 9-10, 2013 

The art of ink slinging took over OC this weekend, as the sixth-annual, three-day Musink Festival came to the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, in what was turned out to be a 72-hour celebration of body art (including tattoos and piercings), beer, cannabis vaporizers and, of course, punk-rock music.

Saturday's musical lineup featured hometown heroes T.S.O.L., Santa Barbara locals Lagwagon and Hermosa Beach-based Pennywise; while Sunday's show was more oriented toward the rockabilly/country-type crowd, with the Reverend Horton Heat Lucero and Johnny Two Bags and Salvation Town. 

See Also: 

*MusInk Day 1 Coverage 

*Pennywise Guitarist Fletcher Dragge Shares the Stories Behind His Tattoos

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OC Music Awards: Rock Rage of Night 3 Makes Earplugs a Requirement

Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
Beneath The Buried

OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 3

The Slide Bar Rock-N-Roll Cafe
January 22, 2013

The OC Music Awards Showcase continued it's excursion on the quest to find OC's best live band for night three at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Cafe in downtown Fullerton. To test the nominated bands originality, stage presence, crowd participation and overall appeal where a few of the elite members of the OC Music Awards Academy which is comprised of music journalists, radio personalities, booking agents and industry professionals who help support our local music scene. Starting at 8 p.m., the showcase featured and interesting array of bands including Anna Vexa, Snakebit Drifters, Fiction Reform, Beneath the Buried and Death Hymn Number 9 who all brought their own eclectic crowds and energy to the Slide Bar stage.

See Also:

*OC Music Awards: Night 2 Puts Singer-Songwriters On a Frosty Pedestal
*OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 1-Detroit Bar-January 8, 2013
*Coachella "Leaks," Confirmations and Rumors

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Vicious Circle, Early Incarnation of TSOL, Issue Limited Edition Vinyl

Categories: Punk as Fuck

Though Jack Grisham denies it now, many referred (and still refer) to Vicious Circle--otherwise known as "The Cult"--as a violent "punk rock gang" based out of Long Beach and Huntington Beach.

Lead singer Grisham, who would later go on to front TSOL, was just a teenager at the time, and the band was short-lived--around for eight to ten months. Grisham started the band with drummer Todd Barnes (also of TSOL), guitarist Steve Houston and bassist Laddy Terrell in 1979.

Unfortunately, the brief history of Vicious Circle isn't well-documented, limited to just a few fanzines here and there. Luckily for those interested in this slice of Orange County punk rock history, Grisham has announced a limited edition vinyl release of 100-percent previously unreleased tracks.

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*Novel by TSOL's Jack Grisham, 'An American Demon' On It's Way to Becoming a Movie

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Novel by TSOL's Jack Grisham, 'An American Demon,' On Its Way to Becoming a Movie

John Gilhooley

In Spring 2011, TSOL's Jack Grisham released his first novel--and much to our (and yours. And maybe everyone else's, too) surprise, it wasn't your typical autobiography from an aging, larceny prone punk rocker turned father of two. The book was an autobiography, but with an added twist: The addition of a demon within Grisham himself, the source of sociopathic behaviors ranging from stabbings to sex with an 80-year-old woman standing in the crypt of her dead husband.

The book, titled An American Demon, was indeed Grisham's first novel--but really, it was his first anything when it came to the written word: "It was supposed to be 'Gimme stories of violence, T.S.O.L., Orange County.' That's what the publisher wanted. I actually wrote a whole book about it and threw it out," Grisham explained to OC Weekly in April of 2011. "I've never done what I've been told to do."

Just confirmed by Grisham himself, An American Demon is officially on its way into becoming  a feature-length film. The script is ready to go and there's even a director signed onto the project.
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The Murder City Devils - The Observatory - December 22, 2012

Katrina Nattress
The Murder City Devils
The Observatory
December 22, 2012

The world didn't end last Friday, and as a result The Observatory got to party with The Murder City Devils. Though the band reunited back in 2006 after a five-year hiatus, live shows have been few and far between in recent years, and Santa Ana was lucky enough to be part of a short three-day-long California jaunt this weekend.

While others embarked on holiday destinations, a packed house welcomed the garage punk six-piece on Saturday night, ready to let lose one last time before the year's end. And though it was only the band's third performance since February of 2012, the members played as tight and precise as ever. Beginning with the raucous "Murder City Riot," off their self-titled 1997 debut, the sextet hit the ground running and quickly set the tone for the rest of the night.

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Duane Peters Slidebar Show Rescheduled After Car Accident

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A little less than a month after being hit by a car, OC's skateboarding punk legend Duane Peters rides again. His band, Duane Peters Gunfight, recently announced that they've rescheduled their postponed show at The Slidebar Rock 'N' Roll Cafe in Fullerton to next Tues., Dec. 11. The news comes just weeks after the 51-year old Peters was forced to cancel the show after being hit by a car while riding his skateboard in Long Beach. His injuries included a ruptured lung, bruised kidney, sprained left wrist and a smashed (not broken) left foot. After the accident forced him to postpone his band's show Nov.11, he did what any good, hard-headed punk would do...he took a little while to walk it off.

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10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die


Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares?

Second, the best material of many (if not most) punk bands is featured on singles, not full-length records. That's why you won't see Minor Threat on this list because even though they are punk rock royalty, their sole album (1982's Out of Step) isn't as good as their EPs. Or, on the flipside, you got a band like Red Cross, whose first EP is
unfuckwithable, but EPs aren't albums and therefore not included in this list.

That said, there are still plenty of full-length punk records that everyone should most definitely hear and more than likely own.

Here, in no particular order, are 10.

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*10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

*Top 25 Greatest OC Bands of All Time

*Top 10 Band Wally George Band Interviews From the Hot Seat

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The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/ VIDEO]

John Gilhooley / OC Weekly
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, lead vocalist for The Hives

The Hives
The Observatory
September 11, 2012

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*FIDLAR On What It's Like To Party With The Hives
*The Best Of Coachella: Sunday, April 22, 2012
*Ceasefire - House of Blues Anaheim - 6/16/12

When we first learned the The Hives were stepping out of their American touring hiatus and coming to Orange County, we couldn't wait to hear their signature audience engaging, garage rock/punk band sound. Currently promoting their self-produced studio release Lex Hives, the title coming from the Roman term meaning "Law of the Hives," we were anxious to join this Hives Nation and channel our inner punk rocker, crowd surfing fan who just doesn't give a fuck!

The Observatory, known for being an intimate venue with a quality sound system and security that lets performers and audiences engage each other pretty unrestricted, was the perfect place for one of rock's best live acts to unleash all their greatness. Lead vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist leaped onto speakers, jived as he thrusted his mic stand and shouted into his microphone with jokes and banter in typical Hives fashion. His brother guitarist Nicholaus Arson followed suit - literally as all band members were dressed in penguin like tuxedos with top hats and shiny shoes - with similar stage antics which lasted throughout the entire 90-minute set.

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Refused at the Glass House, April 12, 2012

The Glass House
April 12, 2012

Prior to Refused's intensely anticipated show at the Glass House, frontman Dennis Lyxzen posted a Youtube video on his Facebook artist page of punk legends The Germs performing "Lexicon Devil" at the Whisky in 1979. Lyxzen remarked that "we are going to do some last minute rehearsals so that we can sound at least as good as the Germs!" The performance he was speaking of was a perfect example of the repertoire of the early punk rock spectacle: raw, noisy, and driven more by the crash-and-burn minded forces behind the instruments than the actual physical parts controlling them. After so many years out of the live performance circuit, would he and Refused be able to capture the crux and core of what made Darby Crash and his band of punks so extraordinary? Only early Friday morning could say.
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