Posts Tagged ‘Comadre’

As much as I hate to believe it, all good things must come to an end. So when Californian post-hardcore band Comadre announced a final tour, naturally I had to travel to a show, no matter the cost. When the chance arrived, I headed out to Downtown Pomona to see Comadre perform for quite possibly the last time ever. Last Friday night, Comadre headlined a show at Aladdin Jr, a venue so small that you could only fit two cars in it. Due to lack of sufficient ventilation, the temperature inside the room skyrocketed to abnormal heat compared to outside. This sweltering heat did not stop Comadre, Ghostlimb, End On End, No Sir, and Holy Fever from delivering one killer show. For just an $8 show, why pay any mind to a temperature problem?

With more kids in the crowd than adults, I could tell that most of them came to this show only to see Comadre, not caring about the opening bands. Sadly, the crowd reacted generally the same to the first four bands – standing around, occasionally bobbing their heads, and with a few kids moshing like crazed monkeys. Admittedly, when listening to post-hardcore music live, unless you already memorized the lyrics, you can barely understand the vocalists. I had not heard any of these bands’ music prior to this night, so while I did not comprehend the words, I still could appreciate the musicianship behind the faces. Holy Fever opened the night, followed by No Sir, End On End, and Ghostlimb. In a live setting, first-time listeners like me absorb all the same sound. However, after hearing their recorded music, you can better hear how well the music comes together.

Holy Fever

No Sir

End On End


After they set up their equipment, Comadre announced that they did not create a set for the night, opting to run purely off requests from the crowd, based on a possible 27 songs that they would play. Taking three songs at a time, their improvised set lasted at least 18 songs. I do not know if the band or the nature of the genre caused it, but vocalist Juan Gabe got very close to the fans to the point where the crowd would jump onto the stage and have some sort of moment with him. Some of the audience members dragged him down to the pit at one point, and some jumped over him. One guy kept doing flips into the crowd off of the drum set. Perhaps I should attend these types of shows more often to see if this trait copies over to more shows. Anyways, Comadre never disappoints at a show, and this show did not let anyone down. Their fan interaction combined with relentless intensity and hardcore punk sound made for an unforgettable show, despite the obscene amount of heat and skin contact with other guys.

Missed Comadre’s final tour? You have ONE ABSOLUTE FINAL CHANCE to see Comadre perform. Mark your calendars for Saturday June 15th, as they play as part of a show up in Berkeley. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for when they announce details for that show. Trust me, you do not want to miss this one and only chance to see Comadre live before they finally split up.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

Sample dozens of chocolates and chocolate treats this Tuesday night at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa. The tasting requires no admission fee, and all ages can attend.

Lindsey Stirling w/ The Vibrant Sound – SOLD OUT
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 2
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 4
April 2: House of Blues, Anaheim
April 4: The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles

Witness true musical talent as Lindsey Stirling wraps her tour this week, as the tour sweeps through Southern California. Tickets have officially sold out, and after-market tickets currently sell for more than double the face value. If you did not obtain tickets, you will have to shell out a pretty penny to get into this show.

Friends of the Old Doll Hut – Reunion Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

In honor of the recently closed Doll Hut in Anaheim, Argyle Street, The Blob, Not A Chance, Rodents Of Unusual Size, and more will perform this Wednesday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $5.

The Casualties, Dr. Know, Goatwhore, Havok @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Soak in multiple music genres at this show on Wednesday night, from punk rock to metal to thrash to possibly more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 5
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Comadre, No Sir, End On End + more @ Aladdin Jr
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 5
Aladdin Jr, Pomona

Post-hardcore band Comadre has announced their FINAL tour, which wraps this weekend. Do not miss this last chance to see Comadre perform. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5-6
RVCA Warehouse, Costa Mesa

If you like RVCA, check out their warehouse sale this weekend. Not only do you get to visit their warehouse, but you can score some great deals on apparel, accessories, and more. Visitors may purchase speed passes online for $25 to bypass the long lines; otherwise, guests can enter for free after waiting in an absurdly long line. No one under 13 may enter.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Guitar Center Musician’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Check out tons of the latest music equipment, meet & greet with industry reps, and browse through many music vendors at this one-day music expo. Guitar Centers sell tickets to this all-ages expo for $5, or you may purchase tickets at the door for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so you may opt to take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest – SOLD OUT
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 6
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

The LA Beer Festival has grown to such intense popularity that they hold TWO sessions. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. Since tickets have officially sold out, those wanting to attend need to search for after-market sales. Alternatively, check out another beer fest going on this same day…

Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 6
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 15 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

4th Annual Edge of LA International Wine Festival
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, April 6
The Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro

Sample from over a hundred different wines from around the world at this wine festival in San Pedro this Saturday. If you like any of the wines you sample, you may purchase bottles of wine to-go! Residents of San Pedro, Harbor City, Wilmington, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Long Beach may purchase tickets to this wine fest for $45. For everyone else, general admission costs $55.

2013 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 6

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 6
Broadway Pier Pavilion, San Diego

Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $85 and allows entry at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm. I highly recommend carpooling to the fest – also consider that groups of 10 or more may receive discounted tickets!

A Taste of America in the OC
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 6
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana

For $50, guests get treated to a multi-course dinner from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries in Orange County. Guests may also browse and bid on items  in a silent auction available at the dinner. Guests may park for free on the street. The venue will not sell tickets at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Comadre, Ghostlimb, No Sir, Holy Fever, & Malon @ Ché Café Collective
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Ché Café Collective, La Jolla

Post-hardcore band Comadre has announced their FINAL tour, which wraps this weekend. Do not miss this last chance to see Comadre perform. Tickets to this show cost $10.

Pig Out Pig Roast @ SummerSalt
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 7
Saltbox, San Diego

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door, and includes one beer, courtest of Mission Brewery.

Once a punk, always a punk. Punk rock never died, despite what naysayers may claim. Music genres fluctuate in popularity over time like a wave, and when a genre begins to decline, old genres resurface or new genres arise. Where do you think dubstep or trap music came from? Punk rock may have seen some downtime last decade, but certain developments helped bring it back. Some video games, like the Tony Hawk series or Guitar Hero series, enlightened the musically lacking public, paving the way to new music tastes. With the steady resurgence of punk rock, many bands have jumped into the industry, while others have returned to recording or touring, such as At The Drive-In and Refused last year. Post-hardcore also saw a revival a few years ago – as screamo faded away, post-hardcore evolved from it and steadily grew. Punk rock remains a niche genre, so the vast majority may not immediately recognize the good bands from the bad, and believe me – anyone who does not listen to punk rock cannot truly discern punk rock from a different genre. With that said, listen to some music from the following five punk rock or post-hardcore bands expecting to make an impact in the music industry this year.

5. Sederra

We start off this list with an OC Music Awards nominee for the Best Rock category, Sederra, despite the existence of a Punk category. Veterans in the music industry met up and formed Sederra for the lack of a good rock/punk rock band back in 2006, and since then, Sederra has made history. Keeping it DIY punk style, Sederra relies on social media and word of mouth to get their name out and around, opting to remain an independent band. No strangers to the stage, Sederra has toured with some of the greatest punk rock bands like Lagwagon, Face To Face, Strung Out, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and more. They show no signs of throwing in the towel, and based on their cryptic posts, they may come out with something big this year. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to their music while we wait for word from the band.

4. Comadre

California has a way with bands of many genres. No one can surely pinpoint what causes this phenomenon to occur, but historically, California yields some of the world’s greatest bands. Without exception, the bay area has graced the music world with Comadre. For almost a decade, the same five guys have released a handful of albums and toured in so many different places, leading to the question of why do they not have more fans than they currently do. Largely resembling Kid Dynamite, Comadre utilizes fast-paced riffs to intensify the energy of the venue they play at, while occasionally toning things down for a more melodic sound. Comadre has also seemingly mastered the synergism of instruments, as everything they play just feels right and right in tune. Listen to a single from their album that just released earlier this week to understand what I mean. Listen to how well every instrument fits in with each other. Not many bands can grasp this concept, but luckily, Comadre understands music and has delivered with their new album. Go buy the album and feel the amazement.

3. Touché Amoré

They say that the lyrics to music a person listens to represents everything that person fears vocalizing. If that statement holds validity, I feel confused for the troubled souls that listen to more depressing emo music. Luckily, no one should ever have to feel like that when listening to the post-hardcore sounds of Touché Amoré. As one of the bands responsible for rising with the post-hardcore scene, Touché Amoré wants nothing to do with any screamo labels. Unlike screamo music that talks about love, relationships, and heartbreak, songs by Touché Amoré deal with life situations, such as growing up or dealing with adversities. Refreshingly, punk rock and post-hardcore fans do not want to rock out to songs about love – they care about real life, as real life relates to everyone in the world. Although Touché Amoré has not released a full album in over a year, they recently released a music video, so give it a listen, as fans expect great things to come this year.

2. Fiction Reform

Who said chicks cannot rock? As 7 Seconds puts it in their song, “If we can walk together, why can’t we rock together?” When given the chance and the heart, anyone can accomplish anything. Give a guitar to Brenna Red, and you have the start of an incredible journey leading to the creation of Fiction Reform. Based out of Southern California, Fiction Reform plays catchy tunes with a punk rock influence. One could say their sound closely resembles The Descendents. Although Fiction Reform does not ring too many bells, do not discount them, as they have toured with some of the major names in punk rock, such as Mike Ness from Social Distortion and Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs. Their tour continues on, as they just released an a new album back in November 2012. This year, OC Music Awards has nominated Fiction Reform for the Best Punk category for their effort in getting their latest album out. Still not a believer? Listen to one of their older songs and tell me you do not love this.

1. United Nations

When you combine members of some of the most influential bands of all time into one group, you get more than a supergroup – you end up with a powerviolence group. Constructed with individuals with enough power in the music industry to lead a revolution, United Nations revives the post-hardcore noise bands like Refused and Orchid and channels it into raging outbursts of sound and rock. Performing members wear Ronald Reagan masks because of the band name’s liability, so the masks hide the identities of the performers. However, true music fans cannot stay in the dark forever, so founder Geoff Rickly, former frontman of Thursday, revealed the rotating band roster, which included Glassjaw‘s Daryl Palumbo and Converge‘s Ben Koller. Although United Nations has only released one album since their founding, they recently announced some show dates, possibly hinting at a new album or something else greater. If you live on the east coast, you simply must make it to one of their limited shows to experience this heartpounding show. Listen to a United Nations song, and recognize the sheer musical talent.