Win Tickets To See Sufjan Stevens & Kurt Vile!

Hollywood Bowl on August 7 – be there or be square

July 26th, 2016
Lexi Kelson
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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Sufjan Stevens & Kurt Vile are teaming up for a show at The Hollywood Bowl, and this double-header will be just what your Sunday night needs to gear up for the always-dreaded Monday. And, if you’re lucky, you could go for FREE! I told you we had your back.
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ESH Giveaway: Trainspotting / [Naomi]

Don’t miss this giveaway!

July 25th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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Join Ewan McGregor this Saturday on an expedition to cut his heroine habit in Edinburgh. The 1996 film Trainspotting reveals the underlying drug abuse in his city and how it influenced kids at the time. Here’s a chance to catch the film at Eat|See|Hear along with a performance by a member of the LAmb family!
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New Album Releases: July 22, 2016

Thought-provoking is the theme for today’s albums

July 22nd, 2016
Lexi Kelson
Category: Lead Story, News
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Here’s the deal. Everyone needs new music now and then to mix things up and surprise the ear drums. That’s where we come in — we’ve got ten albums for you to experience and chew on. Whether your thing is metal or folk, you won’t leave without a few new tracks.
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Festival Review: Taste of Chaos 2016

Nostalgia-fueled event proves emo alive and well

July 20th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Last Saturday, fans of emotional rock flocked to San Manuel Amphitheater for a nostalgia-fueled night featuring some of the biggest, most influential bands of the genre in the past decades (including a few from last year’s tour). The annual Taste of Chaos festival’s stellar lineup caused thousands to brave the heat and long lines in the name of screaming lyrics held near and dear to their hearts.
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Not Just (White)Boys’ Fun: Banshees Pt. II

Banshee babes back to rock your face

July 18th, 2016
Lex Voight
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You know the drill.

Beware! Here thar be self-deprecating sarcasm:

As a brief yet triumphant intermission, it occurred to me that perhaps you are not like me. Perhaps you don’t like your music to sound vaguely like someone being attacked by a giant blender. Perhaps bloodcurdling screams are not to your delight. I know. It’s a long shot, but stranger things have happened. Somewhere out there, there is someone saying, “You know what? I like my music to sound sort of human.” And that’s ok. Let us not judge that person.

This is a safe space, after all. Everyone is welcome here. Even fans of *gasp* “normal” rock ‘n’ roll.
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Beach Goth 2016 Announces Lineup & New Venue!

OC fest boasts the most impressive roster to date

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Lead Story, News
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When The Observatory in Santa Ana announces its lineups each year for Beach Goth, Burgerama, and Indigo Fest, I want so desperately to resist the lure of the impressively curated rosters and the attractive price tag. Why? Because the venue is flooded with Orange County teens trampling each other through the claustrophobic halls to get from stage to stage, with no regard for stepping on each others’ feet or copping an accidental feel.

But that enthusiasm and unwavering persistence amidst the stuffiness and sweltering heat is a true testament to the authenticity of these smaller fests. And it’s specially a testament to the consistently impressive lineups that The Observatory, in conjunction with the efforts of psych-rock band The Growlers, continue to assemble.
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New Album Releases: July 15, 2016

Music filled with love in a time that needs it

July 15th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Lead Story, News
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Dark times lie ahead of us, and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.
– Albus Dumbledore

When so much is going on in the world, it’s easy to get lost in the darkness. It can overshadow everything else. Thankfully, this week’s list of new album releases features several LPs guaranteed to help bring a little bit of light to an otherwise bleak week.
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Banks Debuts New Song: “Fuck With Myself”

Announces Sept. 30 release date for sophomore LP

July 13th, 2016
Lexi Kelson
Category: Lead Story, Video
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As you can tell from her new song’s title, Banks doesn’t hold anything back. What you see is what you get, and it couldn’t be more refreshing.
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