Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Upcoming Events 11/24 - 12/01

JERAMIAH RED AT THE GYPSY LOUNGE 11/26 photo by Austin Ruiz

11/24 - DJ Chris Lake at Sutra Lounge. 9:30 p.m. $15.

11/26 - DJ Metric at Sutra Lounge. 9 p.m. $15

11/26 - Dick Dale with Jimmy Dale, Ken Garcia at The Coach House. 8 p.m. $25.

11/26 - Jeramiah Red at The Gypsy Lounge. 10:30 p.m. $6-$8.

11/26 - Static Fridays at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. Free admission before 10:30 p.m. $10 after.

11/26 - Attack Attack! with Emmure, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice and Men, In Fear and Faith at The Fox Theater Pomona. 7 p.m. $17.50 adv. // $20 dos.

11/26 - The Fab Four (Beatles tribute) at Grove of Anaheim. 8 p.m. $30-$35 (prices vary due to level seating).

11/26 - GOT-OC presents House of 80's with Flashback Heart Attack, Rocktane, and Clique at House of Blues Anaheim. 8 p.m. $10 adv. // $12.50 dos.

11/27 - DJ E-man at Sutra Lounge. 9 p.m. $15.

11/27 - Brother with Jack Avalon, Trevor Green, Deal by Dusk at The Coach House. 8 p.m. $15.

11/27 - Dimmu Borgir with Enslaved, Blood Red Throne, and Dawn of Ashes at The Fox Theater Pomona. 8 p.m. $20 adv. // $23 dos.

11/27 - Spincycle feat. S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Pete Spinning, Flinch, Trip Simmons, ZEROone, Mista Maxx, Brainchild at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. Free Admission.

11/27 - Darkest Hour with Veil of Maya, Periphery, Revocation, The Slow Forward at Glass House. 2 p.m. $15 adv. // $17 dos.

11/27 - The Wiseguys Big Band Machine at House of Blues Anaheim. 8 p.m. $20 adv. // $22.50 dos.

Dark Star Orchestra: for an "adventure seeking audience"

            The sounds of The Grateful Dead are coming to The Grove. Dark Star Orchestra will be taking the stage in Anaheim, performing classic hits from the legendary touring jam band. Dark Star Orchestra formed in 1997 under the concept to tour and perform real Grateful Dead show as they had been performed during the Dead’s original tour days.
            The band is comprised of seven members; Jeff Mattson, Rob Eaton, Kevin Rosen, Lisa Mackey, Rob Koritz, Dino English, and Rob Barraco. As the band tours they pick out a Grateful Dead show that was performed near the venue that they are performing, and play the same set list as the Dead had.
            The bands current tour crosses the country from Los Angeles to New York, adding to their already impressive touring resume. Over the past thirteen years Dark Star has performed nearly 1,900 shows all over the country.
            Dark Star’s lead guitarist, and somewhat of a newcomer to the band, Mattson has performed 124 shows with the band since November of 2009. Mattson’s a veteran to the road touring with a number of bands over the past 30 years, including The Zen Tricksters and Phil Lesh and friends.
            “Yeah I was sort of a disciple of Jerry Garcia if you will,” said Mattson musingly.  Mattson first saw The Grateful Dead perform in 1973, “all around the same time I started playing their music.”
            Mattson has performed Grateful Dead songs before, “just not in this particular context where it’s kind of taken to a higher place,” said Mattson. Playing in Dark Star Orchestra isn’t easy, especially when you’re filling the shoes of the immortal Jerry Garcia. “To join this band you have to be really familiar with the music because there’s a lot of music to learn and a lot of understanding of style.”
            To capture the essence of The Dead and receive critical praise across the country has been Dark Star’s mission for the past 13 years and there are no slowing down, impressing audiences with musical skill and great energy. “It’s definitely for a more adventure seeking audience,” said Mattson. “It’s almost like a jazz concept in the rock world, and that’s The Dead.”

-Fred Randall

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Upcoming Events 11/17 to 11/24

GWAR at The Glass House 11/22

11/17 - Club Lucky at House of Blues Anaheim. 9 p.m. $10 before 10 p.m. $12 after 10 p.m.

11/18 - The Legendary Pink Dots with special guests at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. $16. 21+

11/18 - James Zabiela with Boris M.D., Ozzie at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa. 9:30 p.m. $10 before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP.

11/18 - Arms Like Yours with My Enemies Hero, Divergence, On the Shoulder of Atlas, JC Villafan, Above Me at Chain Reaction. 7 p.m. $10.

11/18 - Hey Monday with Cartel, The Ready Set, This Century, We Are the in Crowd at The Glass House. 6 p.m. $15.

11/18 - Belanova with DJ Eduardo at House of Blues Anaheim. $37.50 adv. $42.50 DOS.

11/19- Skeetox with confirmed performances by Warren G, Jesse McCartney, DJ Eye at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. $15.

11/19 Static Fridays at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. Free before 10:30 p.m. $10 after. 21+

11/19 - Unwritten Law with THE PRICKS, Pacific Dub, Super Groupie at The Galaxy in Santa Ana. 8 p.m. $19.99 adv. $22 DOS.

11/19 - Wild Child (The Doors Tribute) with Full Revolution, Hemispheres (Rush Tribute) at The Coach House. 8 p.m. $20.

11/19 - People Under the Stairs with Express French, Delta 9 at The Glass House. 7 p.m. $15.

11/20 - Moving Units with LESANDS, Lexicon Don at The Glass House. 7 p.m. $20.

11/20 - The Bouncing Souls and The Adolescents with Heartsounds at House of Blues Anaheim. 9 p.m. $15.50 adv. $17.50 DOS.

11/20 - The 88 with VENUS INFERS, Red9, Chris Amodeo at The Coach House. 8 p.m. $13 adv. $15 DOS.

11/20 - Danzig with Posessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust, Withered at Grove of Anaheim. 7 p.m. $30.

11/21 - RRIICCEE feat. Vincent Gallo at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. $15.

11/21 - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus with Oh My Stars, Walk the Rio, Next Door at House of Blues Anaheim. 7:30 p.m. $13.50 adv. $16.50 DOS.

11/21 - Kenny G (2010 Holiday Show) at Grove of Anaheim. 8 p.m. $45 - $75 (pricing based on seating levels).

11/21 - New Riders of the Purple Sage with Groove Session, Heavy Water at The Coach House. 8 p.m. $20.

11/22 - GWAR with The Casualties, Infernaeon, Mobile Death Camp, Sick Sense at The Glass House. 6 p.m. $23.50.

11/23 - Live and Local Tuesdays feat. Dalai Sonido, May McDonough, Little Desert, Time and Energy at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. No cover charge.

11/24 - Matt Costa with Everest at House of Blues Anaheim. 8:00 p.m. $17.50 adv. $20.00 DOS.

11/24 - DJ Quik at Grove of Anaheim. 8 p.m. $27.50.

11/24 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Winter Tour 2010) at Honda Center in Anaheim. 8 p.m. $34.45 - $79.50 (pricing based on seating levels).

11/24 - Jeramiah Red at The Continental Room. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Upcoming Events 11/10 - 11/17

                                         Blonde Redhead. Photo courtesy of 4AD Records.

11/10 - Masters of Reality with Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss at House of Blues Anaheim. 8:00 p.m. $17.50 adv. / $20 dos.

11/11 - Sean Hayes at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9:00 p.m. $12.

11/11 - John Mayall with This Side Up Blues Band at The Coach House. 8:00 p.m. $25.

11/11 - San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Presents: Face to Face (punk band) with The Darlings at House of Blues Anaheim. 8:00 p.m. $25 adv. / $27.50 dos.

11/11 - Chayanne at Honda Center Anaheim. 8:00 p.m. $43.60 to $145.85 (prices vary due to seating levels).

11/12 - Static Fridays: Electronic Music Every Friday Night at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9:00 p.m. Free admission before 10:30 / $10 after.

11/12 - Mae with Terrible Things, Windsor Drive, Beta Wolf at The Glass House. 7:00 p.m. $13 adv. / $15.00 dos.

11/12 - Carl Palmer Band with Twice Fooled, Agent 22 at The Galaxy in Santa Ana. 8:00 p.m. $25.

11/13 - Outbreak with Dropdead FM (former OCC students), Hour of the Wolf, Smartbomb, Vultures United, Laced at Chain Reaction. 7:00 p.m. $10.

11/13 - Margot and the Nuclear So and So's at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9:00 p.m. $12.

11/13 and 11/14 - Misfits with Juicehead, The Returners, Jahmbi, Fiction Reform at The Galaxy in Santa Ana. 8:00 p.m. $22 adv. / $25 dos.

11/13 - Yellowcard with He is We, The Coulourist at The Glass House. 7:00 p.m. $20.

11/14 - STARS with The Pains of Being, Pure At Heart, Geographer at The Glass House. 7:00 p.m. $18.

11/14 - Usher with Trey Songz at Honda Center Anaheim. 7:00 p.m. $42.15 to $146.90 (prices vary due to seating levels).

11/15 - Jeramiah Red with TOEJAMZ and DJ Snacks at the Commonwealth Lounge. 10:00 p.m. Free.

11/15 - Blonde Redhead with Ólöf Arnalds at The Glass House. 7:00 p.m. $25.

11/17 - Every Time I Die with Trap Them, Howl, The Sparring at Chain Reaction. 7:30 p.m. $15.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kanye's runaway hit video

When I say Kanye you say…actor?
Probably not, but rapper/producer Kanye West recently released Runaway, a short-film/music video filled with imagery and symbolism to promote his upcoming album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
                                                   Courtesy of Island Def Jam
            The movie was filmed in Prague over the course of four days in the summer. West describes it as a parallel of his own career, and when you look at the short film deeper than what’s on the surface, West’s vulnerability shows.
            The short begins with Kanye running towards a giant explosion, which reveals a half woman-half Phoenix laying in the aftermath of the explosion. This represents something better being born out of Kanye West. Through his recent struggles in his personal life and through the media, the Phoenix is a representation of Kanye himself.   
            The Phoenix wakes up in Kanye’s room with the news playing the background. Kanye shows up behind her turning off the TV and declaring, “First rule in this world baby, don’t pay attention to anything you see in the news.”
            Kanye goes on to teach the Phoenix proper etiquette, such as walking on two feet and eating with a knife and fork, symbolizing his own struggles to fit in with society.
            He then takes her to a dinner party which looks like the Last Supper, with all the people dressed in white showing their purity. Once they sit, a guest asks them whether Kanye realizes his girlfriend is a bird.
This shows the industries disapproval of Kane West. Following the man’s comment, Kanye gets up to begin playing a song on the piano. Many ballerinas come out of nowhere and start gracefully moving to Kanye singing and playing the piano. Despite the “industries” disapproval, society seems to accept his uniqueness, for now.
As quickly as they appeared, the dancers freeze in motion then leave Kanye standing by himself. A representation of not only how quickly the media, but also how anyone can vanish as quickly as they came around, and how you should only depend on yourself at the end of the day.
Despite Kanye’s persistence to assimilate his Phoenix girlfriend in society the dinner takes an extreme turn. For dinner they place a turkey right in front of the Phoenix, she violently screams and leaves, which defines Kanye’s opinion on his own career.
Kanye may not have brought an Oscar worthy acting performance, but the genius was there, behind the surface masked by vibrant colors and music. The incorporation of light and dark, the imagery of fire and the drastic color contrast make Runaway not only a must see, but a short film/music video that will take its place amongst the greatest in music history.

-Cyrus Mehrfar

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Upcoming Events 11/03 - 11/10

The Cold War Kids at The Glass House 11/5 (

11/04 - Circa Survive with special guests at House of Blues Anaheim. 8 p.m. $16 adv. / $18.50 dos. (day of show).

11/05 - I Love Electro Concert Series feat. Mustard Pimp, Ruth Flowers and more at Grove of Anaheim. 7 p.m. $20.

11/05 - Cold War Kids with We Barbarians at The Glass House. 8 p.m. $20.

11/06 - Senses Fail with Bayside, Title Fight, and Balance and Composure at House of Blues Anaheim. 8 p.m. $14.00 adv. / $16.50 dos.

11/07 - The Dodos with special guests The Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. $12 adv. / $13 dos.

11/09 - Brandon Flowers with Fran Healy at The Fox Theater. 8 p.m. $27.50 adv. / $30 dos.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Call the cops, literally

Call the Cops Events lived up to their name Wednesday when the police actually were called to the scene in response to a reported fight between security and club-goers. The irate crowd slowly dispersed through the parking lot lingering in clusters trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

The fights started before Glen Christensen, a 20-year-old undecided major at OCC, was able to perform his set as Glendulum. Christensen was disappointed that security shut the whole club down as opposed to keeping the brawl an isolated incident.

DJ DOESBURG AT CALL THE COPS [photo by Fred Randall]

However his spirits about the night were still high. “I’d say tonight was pretty drum and bass,” Christensen said. “It was a pretty drum and bass fight too.”

Numerous DJ’s, some of whom are Orange Coast College students, performed electro, dub-step, and drum and bass at the "Freaks Come Out at Night" event at the Chateaux Lounge in Irvine.

The club was packed as costumed clubbers and OCC students alike got crazy on the dance floor. The music was playing loud and fast as the group of seven DJ’s performed encompassing genres such as hip-hop, reggae and electro.

DJ’s Faz, BLK LST, Fuss, 3 Kilos, Rankin, Thompson and Glendulum were scheduled to perform. However, fights broke out between security and club goers well before the night was over.

Kip Armstrong, a 21-year-old undecided major at OCC, was performing Drum and Bass under his DJ alias Thompson as the fights broke out. The situation became critical as punches began to be thrown in the back of the club.

Within minutes security had shut down the music and emptied the club, herding and shoving patrons through the exit. In the confusion that followed there was little to comprehend other than the intense ringing in my ears.

When reaching the exit the hostility of this evacuation became quite clear. Shouting and shoving between security and club goers, my immediate instinct was to stay low and get well out of arms reach.

What had become of a great night of dancing, costumes and music? Where had all this negativity come from? And why was security dishing out punches at an 18 and over event?

If you're into an unpredicatble night of drum and bass, dub-step and electro keep your eyes out for more Call the Cops Events on their website.

-Fred Randall