Posts Tagged ‘Destruction Made Simple’

12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 17-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

10th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Various locations

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Bottle Flight Night – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Logsdon Ales will make a rare Southern California appearance at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 19
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Harvelle’s Downtown Long Beach

The ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will perform two burlesque shows this week at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach. Check their website for the prices of each show. No one under 21 may attend.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Sriracha & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 21
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

The Adicts: On Tour in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, House of Blues, Anaheim

Legendary punk band The Adicts will headline two shows in Southern California this week. The ticket prices for these all-ages show vary, so click on a venue’s link for pricing details.

3rd Annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 22
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 23
11:00 am – 2:30 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Ballast Point Beer Pairing Dinner
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 22
Grits, Fullerton

For $100 per person, receive a six-course dinner at Grits in Fullerton complete with beer pairings courtesy of Ballast Point. No one under 21 may participate.

The Gears: Don’t Be Afraid To Pogo
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 22
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana

Check out this documentary about the rise of punk rock in the early years, as well as a Q&A with the film’s director. Admission to this all-ages viewing costs $10.

T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

2016 Golden State of Cocktails Los Angeles
January 23-26
Majestic Hall, Downtown Los Angeles

A plethora of seminars, tastings, and other events about cocktails will take place in Los Angeles this weekend going on to next week. All events cost under $40 to attend – see the website for a full schedule of events and links to purchase tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

13th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 23-24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Saint Archer Beer Pairing Brunch @ Restauration
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 23
Restauration, Long Beach

Enjoy a three-course brunch paired with four different Saint Archer beers this Saturday late morning. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Taco Asylum’s Fifth Birthday Party
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, January 23
Taco Asylum, Costa Mesa

Taco Asylum turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some specials available this Saturday. Expect to find some exclusive tacos this Saturday, as well as an exclusive beer brewed for them by the nearby Barley Forge.

Phat Con 2016
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 23
Dave & Buster’s, Orange

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 23
Phoenix Club, Anaheim

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 23
Cable Airport, Upland

Celebrate Dale Bros Brewery’s 13th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

VRLA Winter Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

Founders/Green Flash/Ballast Point/Deschutes Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 23
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita

Amazing Grapes will feature beers from four select breweries this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Los Angeles Uncorked Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 23
Union Station, Los Angeles

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Iron Triangle Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles

A new brewery opens its doors to the public this Saturday evening. Check them out in Downtown LA, along with food trucks and live music, free to attend.

OC Roller Girls – Heroes vs. Villains
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.

Be Like Max @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

American Jihad: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Destruction Made Simple @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Rock out to some local hardcore punk bands this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5 if arriving after 9pm, or free if arriving before. Guests can park for free on nearby streets and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

A Pretty Mess – 10th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles

Rock out with local punk bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Kites Festival 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Bayshore Park, Long Beach

Come fly kites with a bunch of other people this Sunday afternoon in Long Beach near Belmont Shore. Admission starts at $10 for admission, with rates going up based on how many will attend and how many kites to purchase.

Eagle Rock Brewery 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 24
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Blatoidea: Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

A UK punk band comes to the United States this weekend to tour, starting with a show in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Destruction Made Simple performing 21 Year Plan at Los Globos in Silverlake, CA. Filmed on July 20, 2013.

6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
September 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 21-26
Various Restaurants, San Diego County

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Sip LBC – Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week
September 21-27
Various Restaurants, Long Beach

Various restaurants, bars, lounges, pubs, clubs, hotels, and more will have drink specials all this week in Long Beach.

2014 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $60 presale tickets now, or pay $70 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Authority Zero: Rise To The Fall Tour 2014
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 23, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego

Authority Zero currently tours across the nation, and their tour strolls through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show range from $13 to $15.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 24
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Meeting Of The Guilds – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 26
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park

Three Californian brewers’ guilds unite to take over the taps of Mohawk Bend in Echo Park this Thursday night. Come celebrate LA Beer Weer in style by indulging on all sorts of beers.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 26-28
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

19th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 27
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 28
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

6th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 26
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, September 27
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, September 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Shorebreak Hotel for an opening reception and a dog fashion show. On Saturday, participate in a dog yoga class in the morning, spectate various dog contests, and visit the Canine Expo at The Strand on 5th. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Brewers Karaoke
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 26
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

LA Beer Week needed one of these. Free to attend, brewers from breweries around Los Angeles County will grace Alex’s Bar with their presence and their attempted singing vocals. Come for the beer, stay for the karaoke. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Captain Wheels Benefit Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Get your weekly Friday fill of punk rock at this benefit show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $5 presale or $8 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

Centerfield Ska Night 5
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 29
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 27
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

2014 Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

13th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 27
Bill Barber Park, Irvine

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

33rd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27-28
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

8th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 27
The Pasadena Center, Pasadena

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

2014 Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 27
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. Tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door.

Ales & Tails – Pet Adoption Fair
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 27
Alosta Brewing, Covina

Free to attend, Alosta Brewing will host a pet adoption fair this Saturday at their tasting room in Covina.

The Crazy Last Will of Dr. Mad
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 27
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 28
The Glass House, Pomona

Join teams of six and put your brains together to solve an extremely challenging puzzle. Use your intuition, street smarts, and logic to solve the puzzles and discover the complete solution. Registration to this all-ages event costs $25 presale or $30 at the door.

2014 Fullerton Uncorked
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 27
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $62 presale or $65 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ultimate Flight Night V
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 27
38 Degrees, Alhambra

Filed under LA Beer Week events, 38 Degrees will receive some rare and highly sought-after beers this Saturday to serve as flights to customers.

Neon Dash – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27
StubHub Center, Carson

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $60 and includes an event t-shirt. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Naked Aggression in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

A handful of local punk rock bands will head to Baldwin Park this Saturday to play one heck of a show. The cover for this all-ages show cost $8.

Isolated Victims @ Comic Book Hideout
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 27
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton

Ska, punk, and hardcore collide at this all-ages show this Saturday night in Fullerton. The cover for this show costs $5.

La Infinita – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

Enjoy a night of ska punk in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

FEAR & T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Punk rock legends FEAR and T.S.O.L. will headline a show at The O this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early and park for free at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive later, and end up parking at a parking lot down the street for $10.

16th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
7:30 am – 1:00 pm, September 28
Brookside Park, Pasadena

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

11th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, September 28
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

6th Annual Orange County Accordion Festival + The Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Experience
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 28
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa

Sam Adams hosts an Oktoberfest event this Sunday in Costa Mesa, full of random shenanigans. Admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with four 12oz beer pours, a bratwurst, and a pretzel. Typical Oktoberfest entertainment will take place, such as a stein-holding contest, accordion musicians, and more. Attendees gain access to a variety of gourmet food trucks, plus the Orange County Market Place that takes place there every weekend.

30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Whittier ARTcrawl Fest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier

At this FREE and all-ages art walk, find art, music, food, entertainment, and more. For those 21 or over, join in on a Tasting Crawl, where visitors can receive food & drink specials at participating restaurants.

Strong Ales & Jerky
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 28
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Enjoy FREE jerky samples this Sunday afternoon at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. In addition, The Factory will have a handful of strong ales on tap for you to try.

Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 28
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood

Gaslight Anthem and Against Me! will perform at the Palladium this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost about $50.

The Descendents @ Fox Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 28
Fox Theater, Pomona

Legendary punk band Descendents will headline a show in Pomona this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Sometimes in dire places like East LA, one can only throw a killer birthday party with a brutal punk rock show. Skunk & Pedz did that last Friday night in East LA with a show filled with great local hardcore punk bands. This show saw many lineup changes in the few days prior to this show, and as a result, the show did not start until close to 9pm.

Opening the night, new band Evul Maniax opened to a small crowd. Coined as thrash punk, they sound very much like old D.R.I. with some metal or thrash influences. If you take D.R.I. vocalist Kurt Brecht and place him in a metal band, you get Evul Maniax.

Up next and still downstairs, we get a set from Underground Alliance. I had seen these guys at shows in the past, but never actually saw them perform until this show. Luckily I got to finally see them play, as they have a nice unique hardcore sound to them thanks to their vocalist. The instrumentals aside, vocalist Tony has what I can only describe as a comedian’s voice, yet applied to a punk rock background. I hope to see more of these guys soon.

Moving upstairs, we move to License To Kill. For such a generic name, they carry a darn good sound. If you have listened to songs from The Unseen, then you could say that License To Kill sounds like a harder version of The Unseen.

Skunk decided to make something happen for his birthday by drumming for the next band, Poor Ignorant Nuisance A.K.A. The P.I.N.s. Imagine the instrumentals of The Casualties and add the vocals of Narcoleptic Youth. This more or less describes how The P.I.N.s sound.

Skunk returned to play guitar for Empty Pockets up next. If these guys all look familiar, Empty Pockets represents a supergroup of the local music scene, including Justus from Slow Children. Fans of F-Minus will love Empty Pockets, as they sound like F-Minus that came from the backyard shows of East LA.

At long last, Destruction Made Simple could finally get onto the stage to bring the house down. I see these guys perform a lot, and they never disappoint. As a band that has existed for over a decade, they have not allowed the test of time to wear them down. Expect to see some great things from these guys in the near future.

The headliner finally came on right before the venue started to close, so Resilience wasted no time jumping into their set. As the headliner, they naturally drew much of the crowd towards the front of the stage. Their old school oi sound resonates well with any punk fan, bringing back memories of 80’s punk or British punk. If you like to see classic punk in action, head to a Resilience show while they still have their youth in them.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages to stay up to date with all the news about the bands. Every band has shows coming up now that September has arrived indicating the year’s end when all the best shows come around.

California Brewmasters Book Signing Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 9
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach

Join brewers from local breweries at Beach City Brewery this Wednesday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Guests may park and attend for free. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
Downtown Los Angeles

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Deschutes – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 10
The Rookery, Pomona

Oregon’s own Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at The Rookery in Downtown Pomona this Thursday night. Come on down and enjoy a nice cold one.

2014 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 11
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 11 with the final day on August 10. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
House of Blues, Anaheim

Have a ball with The Aquabats and The Interrupters at this all-ages show this Friday night. Tickets cost $22 presale.

1st Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Four 4-hour sessions, July 11-13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The OC Brew Ha Ha team has struck again with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering four 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. Tickets per session cost $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and all ticket-holders receive 15 beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 6-10pm on Friday, 12-4pm and 5-9pm on Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday. The two afternoon sessions occurring at 12pm also include a free concert ticket to a performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre later that night. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

Read up on the last event put on by the OC Brew Ha Ha team.

Twisted At The Pike
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Friday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

The Offspring & The Adolescents @ The Pacific Amphitheatre
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa

Orange County natives The Offspring and The Adolescents will headline the opening night of the 2014 OC Fair this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $40 and includes admission to the fair.

Agent Orange & Guttermouth @ Borderline Bar & Grill
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks

Punk rock heavyweights Agent Orange and Guttermouth will headline this local show this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out a great lineup of local bands this Friday night in Downtown LA. The page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend this show.

Weird Band Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood

For just $10, guests of all ages can check out this show featuring some of the weirdest bands in the industry.

2014 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 11
Location TBA, Los Angeles

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

6th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 12
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

1st Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 12
Shannon’s On Pine, Downtown Long Beach

The streets of Downtown Long Beach at Pine & Broadway will shut down to traffic for this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival. Enjoy live music from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event costs only $10.

Grindcore Fest 2014
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
333 Live, Los Angeles

Can you handle this many hours of hardcore music? Test your stamina at this lengthy grindcore show this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page has released limited information about the event, so have cash ready on you, or prepare to not even enter if the event has an age minimum.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Colorado Street Bridge Party
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 12
Historic Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena

Celebrate the history of a really old bridge by partying on it this Saturday night. Catch a night of music, dancing, classic cars, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more all on the bridge. Tickets to this event cost $16 presale or $18 at the gate.

Neon Dash – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $30 online and $40 on the day of the event. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Smut Peddlers – Album Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers have a new album coming out, and they will celebrate with this album release show this Saturday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $10. Arrive early and park in the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a parking lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Jerm & Merrie’s Birthday Bash
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Screamin’ Chicken, San Bernardino

Enjoy some of Southern California’s hardest rocking punk rock bands this Saturday night all the way out in San Bernardino. The cover for this show costs only $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Creepers @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Rock out to some hardcore street punk in La Habra this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 13
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $95 for a solo rider. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

101st Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 13
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

Los Angeles Cuban Festival
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Bring out your family to this Cuban festival this Sunday in Long Beach. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the gate, and allows full access to all the Cuban food, drinks, music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

Ballast Point 18th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 13
Maritime Museum, San Diego

Ballast Point Brewing turns 18 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Punk Rock N’ Fiesta
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Relax with this daytime punk rock show this Sunday afternoon, with catering available. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The English Beat @ The OC Fair
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Old school ska band The English Beat will headline a show inside the OC Fair’s Hangar this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 and includes admission to the fair.

Oi everyone,
Due to a tight schedule this week, this post will contain reviews for two shows instead of the usual one.

Last Friday night, the Lower Class Brats headlined this stomper of a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. For just $10, this show featured an outstanding lineup of five hard-hitting bands that pumped up the room from the get-go. As a major venue, they would not allow me to bring in my main camera since I do not write for a major publication, so I had to settle with my old camera for this show.

Our good neighbors from Orange County, The Bananarchists, opened the night. Remember these kids from a few months ago? Back then, they played at a small venue that could only hold so many people. Now at The Observatory, this venue provided the band with a much richer, bolder sound. This made them sound much better than they did at that one show. I also noticed that their lineup changed, as I only recognized their vocalist. Regardless, they still look like a nice group of kids, so I hope they get some good gigs in their near future.

Up next we get a surprise from the bay area, as Kicker came to visit Orange County. How else can I describe them other than a British crust punk band? Sure they only started as a band not too many years ago, but they sound like they have played since the dawn of punk rock itself. With a hard crust punk sound paired with their vocalist’s British accent, they sure satiated many of the rowdy kids in the audience.

This show basically had three headlining acts, and the first of them, the Old Firm Casuals, would start up next. For those unfamiliar with the Old Firm Casuals, their vocalist, Lars Frederiksen, came to fame as a member of Rancid. Much of the Old Firm Casuals songs may feel reminiscent of some older Rancid songs as well as Lars’ side project with The Bastards, yet at the same time will feel like a brand new experience. Going to an Old Firm Casuals show will surely please punk rock fans of new and old.

Some may argue that the night’s true headliners did not play last. When you put things into perspective, JFA does hold more of a legacy than any of the other bands in the night. All other bands acknowledged the significance of JFA playing at this show, yet JFA only went second-to-last. This truly tested the energy of the crowd, as it appeared that the entire room expended all of their adrenaline into this one set. This did not happen without meaning – JFA always delivers a brutal performance not fit for the faint of heart. Check out a JFA show soon and experience why so many punk rock bands and fans regard them as legends.

Lars Frederiksen called the Lower Class Brats‘ vocalist “the skinniest man in punk rock.” When you can rock out in skinny jeans like that, I guess that comes off as more of a compliment than an insult. But anyways, Lower Class Brats got off to a welcoming start as the crowd roared for their appearance through the dark stage. Once the lights turned on, the entire room turned into a living pit. Their set included new songs as well as fan favorites, such as Just Like Clockwork, Psycho, Ultra Violence, Addicted To Oi, New Seditionaries, and more. Something about their catchy music seems to persist in the heads of many punk rock fans. Their music plus their natural knack for entertaining combine for one heck of a show that will leave people talking.

That wraps up the Friday night show. On to the next show!

This past Saturday night, legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. played their only Southern California show this year at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. This show cost $15 to get in to, and only originally featured three bands. At one point, the venue booked a fourth band that would end up opening the night. In fact, that band never really identified themselves, so now I present to you: mysterious unnamed punk rock band!

Moving on to the official lineup, we begin the night with Destruction Made Simple. The first punk rock show I attended back in the early 2000’s featured not only T.S.O.L., but also Destruction Made Simple, so this show made me go full circle. Age has not deteriorated Destruction Made Simple – with time, they continue to hone in their sound and develop new music to adapt to the new times. Sure they still can blast out that original Los Angeles hardcore punk sound, but new music from these guys now carry undertones of ska and reggae. This show also marked the first time I heard them perform a cover song with Astro Zombies, albeit I do not know why the set list says Ramones right before it when The Misfits actually performed this song.

Pushing on through the night, we come up to the Bedlam Knives. I will admit that I had not heard of them prior to this show. However, upon learning about this band’s bio, I knew I had recognized the vocalist from elsewhere – he performed with The Generators, a band that I had not seen in years. The Bedlam Knives consists of members from multiple bands, and those previous bands’ music reflects in the way that the Bedlam Knives sound. I would not go on record of calling them fully punk rock – instead, they sound like a mix of east coast punk and west coast rock ‘n roll. To understand their sound, I suggest attending one of their shows in the near future to hear this unique combination.

As time ticked away and the crowd anxiously awaited for T.S.O.L., the room filled with more and more people, pushing the blob ever closer to the stage until my legs touched the stage. Once the music started, a full pit could not get going due to the tight space available. Nonetheless, the crowd eventually turned into a living pit, and rocked this little bar from the front to the back. T.S.O.L. mainly stuck with classic songs for this show, including fan favorites like Code Blue, Superficial Love, and Abolish Government \ Silent Majority. For a small show, they played no encore – they simply played the duration of their set list, then bid their farewells.

Now that April has arrived expect to see tons of shows around the area coming up. Find your favorite bands on Facebook, and look through their pages, as the busy season has officially gone under way.

Middle Class Rejects Backyard Party with The Rikk Agnew Band
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
House of Blues, Anaheim

Some local punk bands hit up the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Death Hymn Number 9 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Check out some funky rock music this Thursday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba, or in the neighborhood across the street.

2nd Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the second year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale and $35 at the door, and include ten 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Perverts – Final Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
Café NELA, Los Angeles

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night in Los Angeles. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats, Old Firm Casuals, JFA, and More @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Some famous names in punk rock will perform this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to find free parking in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive late, and pay $10 to park in a parking lot down the street.

Guitar Center Musician’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 29
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.

2014 Hammerhead Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 29
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 29-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Guests can try different styles of ramen from all around the world at this all-ages ramen festival this weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Parking per vehicle costs $4, and entry to the festival costs $5 per adult, or free for children under 18. All ramen bowls within the festival cost $8 each.

Latitude 33 Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 29
Latitude 33 Brewing, Vista

Latitude 33 Brewing celebrates two years of their tasting room this weekend, and to celebrate, they will invite local bands and foodtrucks to join in on the festivities as they tap many of their rare beers, plus their 2nd anniversary brew, Biere de Mars. Anniversary packages cost $25 and include a t-shirt & eight beer tasters. Guests may opt to visit the brewery like a normal visit: pay for beer and food at regular price.

2014 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 29-30
Seaport Village, San Diego

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

Bottle Share #12
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

JFA, Naked Aggression, and More @ The Church on York
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29
The Church on York, Eagle Rock

Punk rock fans will not want to miss this all-ages show this Saturday night in Eagle Rock, which features JFA, Naked Aggression, and more. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale and $15 at the door.

8Kalacas & South Central Skankers @ The Black Castle
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29
The Black Castle, Los Angeles (Inglewood)

Enjoy some South Bay music at this show this Saturday night between Inglewood and Southgate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

One of the most popular independent hardcore punk bands of this generation will headline a show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may attend.

T.S.O.L. @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 29
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Catch legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. in their only Southern California show this year this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area, so avoid paying unnecessary parking fees.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $7 per person and comes with free parking.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 30 – April 5
Participating locations, Long Beach

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Los Angeles punk rock truly has a style of its own, evident at a show headlined by Union 13 last Friday night at The Airliner east of Los Angeles. This show demonstrated the chaotic and unpredictable nature of punk rock with the lack of knowledge of which bands would play next, coupled with the bands playing in a bizarre order. The originally planned co-headliners in fact did not play the last three slots, while some of the opening bands did not play at all. In other words, welcome to a Los Angeles punk rock show.

F.U.X. allegedly played first; however, I had arrived right when they finished their set, well before the first band should have even started. An hour later, Empty Pockets finally played at the first floor stage. Another band should have played on the second floor stage in the meantime, but some technical difficulties prevented any band from playing upstairs at the beginning. Empty Pockets did not mind the disorganization – they just rocked out until some of the rowdy bunch in the tiny pit knocked over some equipment. This venue does not allow for a large pit downstairs, so they had to make do with the limited space.

With the second floor stage still under inspection, Operation Milo took care of the crowd downstairs. As a tribute band to The Descendents and Operation Ivy, everyone present immediately recognized all of the songs. The improvised circle pit even spilled over into the bar and kitchen area. They played a reduced set that lasted only about twenty minutes, but consider that songs by The Descendents and Operation Ivy do not last that long in the first place.

At last, the second floor stage opened up to the crowd, allowing for Destruction Made Simple to rip it up. Following their show from two weeks ago, Destruction Made Simple played as a 4-piece band, with Andy and Adrian alternating between guitar and bass. This time, their set mixed in some of their new content with fan favorites, bringing back 21 Year Plan that they did not play at that last show. Whereas their original sound mainly covered hardcore punk, their new album borrows elements from multiple genres, incorporating reggae, ska, and metal into their punk rock sound. After their set, they treated all the attendees by giving out free merchandise from their booth. Check out Destruction Made Simple soon, and experience true Southern California hardcore punk rock, and perhaps even score some band swag!

With the first of the night’s headliners already completed, the first floor stage saw Los Enhierbados performing next. Much of the crowd remained upstairs as they had found out that the night’s headliners would all perform upstairs. Los Enhierbados still rocked their punk and psychobilly set for the few that wanted to run a pit. Like the rest of the night’s opening bands, they performed for about 20 minutes before cutting their set off.

Los Creepers could not wait to finish setting up to start performing. Given the chance, they got started right when the first floor band finished, albeit some of the band did not get into place by then. Also catching the crowd off guard, many unsuspecting bystanders took tumbling falls into the middle of the pit as the guys downstairs rushed upstairs to get in on the action. Once you hear the music of Los Creepers, you will want to get in on the action too. Their fast-paced instrumentals paired with their vocalist’s intense lyrics would get anyone’s heart-rate soaring in seconds. At the end of it all, Los Creepers left the crowd gasping for more.

Returning back downstairs, continuing the trend of the night, Anti Social played their brief set. The last time I saw these guys, they opened a show for Guttermouth. Surprising to see them again but performing so late, most of the attendees remained upstairs in anticipation of the night’s final headliner. Anti Social did not let that phase them, as they still delivered a great set.

Starting so late in the night, Union 13 got right into their set with amps blazing and the pit storming. Due to the reduced time, they could not play their full set, and had to cut out a handful of songs, such as Never Connected. Regardless, the energy in the room soared once vocalist Edward got on the mic and the band jumped into their set. The dangers of no security presented its face clearly here, as no barrier stopped the crowd from reaching onto the stage. Nothing drastic actually occurred, but this poses the question of the safety of the performers. Still, anyone at a punk rock show like this should fully comprehend the risks of attending a show, and thus unknowingly release liability upon entering the venue. Towards the end of the set, the band rushed through their songs, and even got to Raices Radicales (Roots Radicals) rather early. Once that song finished, 1:30am had hit, and the sound guy cut them off.

Although the sound guy cut Union 13 short because another band had yet to perform, the venue starting expunging people out. Sadly for Infirmities, they showed up yet never got a chance to perform. Welcome to the chaotic nature of a punk rock show organized by a third party unaffiliated with the venue. Remember to always check out each band’s Facebook pages and give them a Like so you can stay up-to-date with the latest news on each band.

Any punk rock fan living in Southern California would immediately recognize the significance of all the bands that played at Skate Punk Fest 2014. This all-ages concert took place at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona last Saturday night, and cost a paltry $15 to enter. Featuring a lineup of some of Southern California’s most popular independent (not on a major record label) punk rock bands, this show brought out fans from all over to rock out to the best Southern California has to offer, with some fans traveling from Europe as well. Many of the bands paid homage to the late Showcase Theatre, a nearby venue infamous for some of the craziest punk rock shows of its time. The enthusiasm in the crowd carried strong all night, even transferring well between sets, as a large portion of the pit continued their pit to house music between sets. This show also proved that if a venue does not staff enough security, the punks will play.

Kicking off the night, Destruction Made Simple arrived with a new 2014 set. A lot has changed since the last time I saw these guys, as they now played with only four band members, with Andy and Adrian switching off between guitar and bass throughout their set. Their set also changed with the songs they played, as they now mainly focused on new content from their latest release. During their set, vocalist Raul mentioned that by the end of the night, the circle pit would stretch from wall to wall within the venue, a vision that would come into fruition later on in the night. Normally a fan favorite, Destruction Made Simple strangely did not perform 21 Year Plan, one of their most recognizable songs. Their latest album does deviate away from their original hardcore punk sound, carrying some elements of ska and metal – a sign of the progression of Destruction Made Simple. What direction will the band head in from here? They play again next week, so perhaps you can obtain a (free) CD from them at that show!

The night progressed forward when Whitekaps took to the stage. I like to attribute Whitekaps as an acquired taste, as you have to attend some of their shows to get to know them. Upon first seeing them live, one may feel put off by their lewd & crude demeanor. Once you listen to their lyrics, everybody can relate to them. In a nutshell, Whitekaps would like everyone to respect the women in their life. Songs like American Dream and Girl In The Pit highlight respecting women and valuing their presence in men’s lives, not necessarily empowering them like Beyoncé does with her songs. In the end, everyone can all agree – a Whitekaps performance will lead to a fun time indeed.

With the next band, we wondered why they would play so early in the night. Narcoleptic Youth carries a huge following and often headlines their own shows, so to see them perform this early feels unknown. This meant little to the band, as they started their set strong without relinquishing any setbacks. They teased us during their sound check by covering We Are 138 by The Misfits, a move that turned Destruction Made Simple’s vocalist Raul’s declaration into a reality – a wall-to-wall circle pit. Once that got going, Narcoleptic Youth jumped right into their set with Is This Punk, a classic that they usually start with. Narcoleptic Youth wasted little time with their set, quickly transitioning from song to song with hits like McAnarchy, Classified, and Mini Van Soccer Mom, closing out their set as they always do with Bitch Needs A Muzzle. Of course the crowd wanted more by the end of the set, by the band adhered well to the schedule, leaving the crowd hungry for more as the crowd continued the circle pit even into the setup time for the next band.

So much mayhem had already transpired in the pit, and the night had only reached the halfway point! Naked Aggression would test the energy of the pit, and inject some life back into anyone who stepped out. If you ever wanted to see an angry band, look no further than Naked Aggression. With songs like Why Do They Fuck Up My World, Lies, and Bitter Youth, teenage angst wafted all over the venue. Everything came into place when they played their When Life Gives Me Shit I Fuck Shit Up song (whose title slips out of my mind at the moment), and some guys in the crowd attempted to jump onto the stage. At least for now, the few security staff present could wrangle the rowdy punks, but the staff would greatly underestimate the crowd during the next band.

At last, the big moment of the night arrived when JFA appeared on stage. In fact, albeit JFA did not play last in the night, the majority of the audience attended primarily to see JFA. They started with We Know You Suck, and from there, chaos ensued as the venue’s security could not maintain the crowd any longer. One by one, fans jumped over the railing, onto the stage, then jumped back into the crowd, kicking any unaware fans in the front, including me. Other songs in their set included Lowrider, Johnny D, Skateboard Anarchy, Walk Don’t Run, and Beach Blanket Bongout. After about half an hour of getting pressed into the front railing and getting kicked by crowd surfers, I stepped out to the side, so I missed most of the remaining action. I remained put for the next band, but pondered how the rest of the crowd still had anything in them.

After a slow setup, the Angry Samoans finally started their set to close the night. Playing the exact same set that they play at all of their shows, the Angry Samoans did not pull off any tricks or anything different – they just performed like they know how to. Prior to their set, some of the audience members mentioned having a copy of their set list, indicating that they have the set list saved and that they print it for every show they perform at. The long set included fan favorites like Right Side Of My Mind, Steak Knife, and Lights Out, which many fans yelled out during the set. I always enjoy seeing the Angry Samoans, but sometimes a little variety would go a long way.

Remember to LIKE all of the bands’ individual Facebook pages to stay updated on the news of the bands and where they will perform next. You do not get an epic lineup like this often, so check back weekly for news on upcoming shows! In the meantime, check out this awesome preview video for Skate Punk Fest 2014 released a few weeks prior:

Los Angeles Fashion Week
Now through October 20
All over Los Angeles

The latest in fashion goes public all this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

57th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 19
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 20
William Peak Park, Buena Park

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

1st Annual Punktoberfest
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles

Catch D.I., Naked Aggression, Narcoleptic Youth, Fang, Circle One, Social Conflict, Corrupted Youth, and Mr Whiskers as they play an unforgettable show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Guests can park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Real Friends, Mixtapes, Forever Came Calling, Pentimento, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19, Chain Reaction, Anaheim

This tour of pop-ish punk bands comes through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to both all-ages show costs $12.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18-19
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Haunted Halloween
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood

Catch a raunchy Halloween-themed burlesque show this Friday night at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood. They have not specified the admission amount, so have about $10-12 available for it. No one under 18 may enter.

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 19
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 9th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

6th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 19
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

Ultimate Beerfest Orange County
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
OC Fair & Events Center

Sample brews from some of California’s top micro breweries while indulging in cuisine from food trucks and mobile food vendors. Proceeds benefit Villa Chardonnay, a 501c3 non-profit horse rescue in Temecula. Session 1 runs from 12pm-3pm and Session 2 runs 6pm-9pm. VIP admission can enter an hour early and judge the beers. General admission costs $50 per session, while VIP admission costs $75, and parking costs $7 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vandals @ Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
6:30 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
Fairplex, Pomona

The Vandals, TSOL, The Dickies, and Duane Peters play at this haunted Halloween escapade this Saturday night. Test your fortitude at all of the haunted attractions, and stick around for a night of punk rock and Halloween fun (no costumes allowed). Presale tickets cost $30, while tickets at the door cost $35.

Mad Monster Party #10
6:30 pm – 1:30 am
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Get your psychobilly fix this Saturday night at The Vex in Los Angeles. This all-ages event will have six local psychobilly bands, a costume contest, live DJ’s, food & drinks, vendors, and lots of candy. Admission costs $20. Guests can park in the alley behind the venue, but avoid parking too far in, or those arriving afterwards may block the way.

Hate Meditation Fest
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

This all-ages show costs $3, where Angels of Mischief will celebrate their 6th year anniversary by headlining this local street punk show.

Pistol Grip Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 19
Character’s Sports Bar, Pomona

Old school punk band Pistol Grip reunites with a show this Saturday night in Pomona, along with The Misguided, Destruction Made Simple, and The Failures. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Pour It Black
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 20
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $45 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Howling Halloween in the Park
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20
Fountain Valley Recreation @ Sports Park, Fountain Valley

Bring out the entire family, including your pups, to this Halloween fair and dog show this Sunday afternoon. This FREE event will have trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, vendors, pet adoptions, food trucks, opportunity prizes, and more.

3rd Annual Ska Day at Disneyland – It’s A Ska World After All
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
Disneyland, Anaheim

Rendezvous and mingle with ska fans at Disneyland this Sunday. Participate in multiple activities, such as a scavenger hunt, a ska outfit contest, a group picture, meet & greet lunch, and more. Please note that no ska show will actually take place.

Punk Halloween Costume Party @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles

Don your best Halloween costume and rock out to local punk bands at this Halloween show this Sunday night at Los Globos in Silverlake. This all-ages show costs $12 to enter, or less with a costume, depending on the effort level of the costume. Guests can park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Spooktacular
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm, October 20
TRiP, Santa Monica

Catch a raunchy Halloween-themed burlesque show this Sunday night at TRiP. They have not specified the admission amount, so have about $10-12 available for it. No one under 21 may enter.