Justin and Christian Martin - Yost Theater - January 17, 2012

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Justin Martin at the Yost Theater

Justin & Christian Martin
Yost Theater
1/17/2012

Straying away from their usual format the White Rabbit Group hosted a Dirtybird Record Label party last night at the Yost Theater featuring the deep grooves of Justin Martin and Christian Martin along with the resident DJs at Focus Tuesdays (the local house joint right here in Orange County). The Bay Area brothers allowed us to tag along with them both during and after the show for a night that was unparalleled and special to what we normally see in Santa Ana. After lots of beer, dancing and after party madness we are still trying to piece together the evening as we cure our massive hangover.

The Focus crew which includes Nonfiction, Wobs and Josh Billings played a unique back to back opening set to warm up the crowd as the room began to fill with house heads, burners and dance music aficionados up until a little past 11p.m. The guys did an awesome job of syncing together to splice deep house and tech house tracks in seamless fashion for this 18 and over crowd, much like they do at Focus in Newport Beach every Tuesday. Our favorite was a Pablo Fierro track titled "I Want It" which had us grooving as we knocked back a few beers and waited for the Martin brothers to arrive.

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*Free Ticket Tuesday: Justin Martin at the Yost Theater
*Five EDM Artists We'd Like to See at Coachella This Year
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The Sky Catching Fire
This Is a Protest Album
(self-released
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The Wingard Manor
If You Could See Yourselves
(Primitive Electro
)

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Rebecca Black
"Friday"
Ark Music Factory


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Her Voice Remains
Fifty Fathoms
(OCR Records
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C is For Carlo EP
Drift Theory
 
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Big Bad Wolf
Big Bad Wolf
www.soundcloud.com/bigbadwolfmusic

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Bullets for Breakfast
Tea, Crumpets and Loneliness

FatKid Records

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Tomorrows Bad Seeds
Sacred for Sale
Urbantone Records

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Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Suite 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. You can also e-mail us digital downloads at lbose@ocweekly.com.

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Hell and Half of Georgia

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