Posts Tagged ‘November 2013’

D.I. performing Guns at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Johnny’s Got A Problem at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Amoeba at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

Glassjaw (FB) performing Two Tabs of Mescaline at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 2, 2013.

Glassjaw (FB) performing Tip Your Bartender at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 2, 2013.

After a rough day of shopping during Black Friday sales, why not release some aggression and stress at a punk rock show? Lots of shows took place last Friday night, but no other shows featured as many acts as the O.C. Psycho Punk Fest #2. With 19 bands scheduled to perform at this all-ages concert, this follow-up show that cost $7 proved the best deal for that Black Friday, compared to other shows costing significantly more. Sure this show did not see the great number of people that other shows pulled that night, but everyone who did attend does not regret going to this show.

I arrived at the venue during Reverse Cowgirl‘s set, which contained a large amount of people in and around the pit already. For a small band out of Long Beach, they sure perform like more well-known bands. If quality bands like this start playing this early, this would set a precedent for the night.

Angels of Mischief originally had the stage to perform next. However, they never showed up. The crowd waited patiently for the next band, Beneath The Cellar. At this point, I realized that the headliners would perform earlier, leaving the end available for more openers. The quality of the music just kept rising with each passing band.

The first of the night’s headliners, Hard Fall Hearts, began playing next. This rockabilly band came all the way up to this venue from San Diego County. Along with the next band, they provided an unforgettable hour of rockabilly music.

The Rocketz played next on the main stage as the night’s second headliner. As another rockabilly band from San Diego, they perfectly followed up from Hard Fall Hearts, providing the sounds of that genre that everyone present had just heard. After this though, we would only get punk rock until the end of the night, which does not bother me.

Now moving into the “After Dark” bands, we start with Destruction Made Simple. As always, they brought the energy and intensity that they always bring to shows. At this particular show, they mainly played songs from their latest album, now available for listening online. They still ended with 21 Year Plan, like they always should.

The night’s third and final headliner started playing on the main stage. The Returners resembled some sort of horror punk band, similar to The Misfits. The crowd had started to slowly trickle down, but those who waited got The Returners’ full set and in person.

Rottbite originally had the stage next, but did not set up on time. Instead, 21 Skulls went on early. Sadly, a large chunk of the audience left after The Returners, resulting in less than 30 people in the venue. People would slowly start to leave towards the end of the night.

Corrupted Youth performed as the main stage’s final band of the night. Vocalist Nacho had had too much to drink prior to this night. Although he still could perform regularly, he mysteriously left the stage during their second-to-last song. Learned learned: do not drink without a large audience.

Rottbite finally showed up and played their set from the smaller stage. However, by now, no more than 20 people remained to watch the performance. In fact, I left after Rottbite’s set, not sticking around to see if Wife Beaters would ever go on.

Miss out on this show? The first O.C. Psycho Punk Fest took place roughly half a year ago. If the pattern holds up, we can expect a third show no sooner than May 2014. Make sure to Like all of the bands’ pages on Facebook to stay updated on their upcoming shows, which may include a O.C. Psycho Punk Fest #3!

What better way to kick off Thanksgiving weekend than with a punk rock show? Last week on Thanksgiving Eve, Guttermouth headlined a local show at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Featuring a slew of other punk bands from California, this show attracted hundreds of eager fans to this tiny venue on a night filled with other great shows in Southern California. Guttermouth played at this same venue earlier this year, so those who attended that show may find this one extremely familiar.

The night started early with Anti Social. At this point in the night, people slowly started filing in to Characters, so Anti Social did not play to such a huge crowd. However, they still rocked, and the few fans that did show up this early showed everyone that an opening band can generate buzz.

Infected took the stage next. Every time I looked at their vocalist, I pictured the vocalist from Wasted Ones from a show not too long ago. Infected started their lengthy set nice and heavy. Just when we thought they would come off as just some other opener, along comes a really drunk guy in a red shirt trying to get on stage to do something. He only ends up yelling into the mic and stumbling around. His drunken stupor provided a healthy dosage of entertainment to not only the crowd, but to the band.

After the drunk guys calmed down, The Trenches began playing their set. Their main vocalist sounds like he carries a country accent, making for a blended sound of two otherwise unrelated genres. They did not see the same type of pit as the previous band, seeing as the main driving force of that pit had stepped out to the patio to rest up. The Trenches still played an enjoyable set that any punk fan would like.

Playing with a different lineup, The Plexikill stepped up to the stage. I barely recognized any of the members, mainly since they had a different drummer that night. Despite not having the original lineup for thise show, they still played their songs to a nearly-full room.

The night’s sub-headliner Y.A.P.O. finally made their way to the stage. I should have seen Y.A.P.O. at least once more earlier this year, but they did not make it to one show. The lead vocalist claimed to have a sickness that affected his throat. However, his raspy voice actually made them sound more genuine. Perhaps more punk rock vocalists should perform with a sore throat or other similar sicknesses?

As informal and vicious as kindergarten kids with leashes, Guttermouth finally set up with huge anticipation from the crowd. It appeared that everyone wanted a piece of the band, as they all stormed the stage during many of the songs. Peculiarly, no one ever truly spit in the pit, contrary to the rumors started of a local Guttermouth show. As they began their set, they clearly showed that they did not follow their posted set list. Instead, they just played songs that they felt like playing, and in random order. For example, they ended the night with I’m Destroying The World.

Also, props to the fan in a wheelchair. I have seen him at other shows, and he can surely survive in the pit when it gets close to him.

Miss this Guttermouth Thanksgiving show? You can catch them again in two weeks in West Hollywood, along with more great local bands. Keep it clean, and enjoy yourself when Guttermouth finally started performing at the next show you attend.

The 2013 Long Beach Comic & Horror Con wrapped up this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This two-day expo of comics, video games, anime, manga, and toys brought together fans, artists, designers, and more. With plenty of speakers and workshops, the expo ensured that any attendee would find something to stay occupied. Occasionally, some dynamic event would break out for all attendees to spectate, such as Elvis singing or a duel between two individuals. The main floor consisted of merchandise on the sides and artists in the center. This year added some new vendors from last year, a result of expanding the space and adding more aisles for visitors to browse through.

What comic convention can rightfully call themselves a Comic Con without cosplay? Hundreds of attendees displayed their creativity and craftsmanship with the various costumes donned to this expo. Sure the majority wore costumes less original than anticipated (such as Star Wars characters – sorry Slave Leia fans), but for those who put on something new or different, I ensured that I would obtain a photo. Check out some of the good costumes from Sunday afternoon:

Did you attend this year? Remember that the Long Beach Comic Con occurs twice a year, so if you cannot attend the San Diego Comic Con, Long Beach also has a great turnout. Never underestimate an event similar to a big one, as Long Beach proves each year that the people truly love this expo.

The 2nd Annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival took off this past weekend at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park. This free and all-ages event displayed short films and film trailers of independent film enthusiasts from around the world. Hundreds of film hopefuls have submitted their work to hoping to make the finals, with 40 videos making it to the final voting round. Although all of these original films fit into many different categories, most of the films revolved around geek culture – video games, comics, sci-fi, etc. To see all of this year’s entrants into the film festival, click here for the YouTube playlist, which includes some videos not shown at the actual festival.

An opening night reception took place Friday night, complete with complimentary food and drinks from local food trucks plus Lucky Buddha Beer. This reception would see the bulk of the entire weekend’s attendees, filling up the entire venue to capacity. Attendees also did not shy away from posting tons of pictures of drinking the free beer, showing the packed crowd of the reception night. I did not attend the reception, but attending the following day revealed that not many more people went back to the venue following the Friday night reception. Still, this meant that I could watch the various films peacefully without much exterior noise or distractions.

By clicking on the YouTube playlist linked above, you can watch all of the film submissions at your leisure. I watched a handful while at the festival, and I personally enjoyed these videos, in no particular order:

Of particular note, I truly enjoyed Controller. This Japanese film trailer depicts a girl who has absolute control over everything in the world via her mind, her struggle to want to live a normal life with her boyfriend, and the corporation who wants to seize her for their own malicious plans. If this film ever gets westernized, I can foresee a large anticipation for such a movie.

Interested in the results of the voting? Like Machinima on Facebook for the latest in their film festival, and to hear about the results first-hand when they report it. Make sure you save this weekend on your schedule for next year too, when returns for their third year of film submissions.

Pints For Presents
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 26
The Factory Gastrobar, Long Beach

Donate an unwrapped unopened toy worth $10 or more and receive a 12oz pour of any beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing, which will do a partial tap takeover this Tuesday.

Vegan Thanksgiving
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, November 27
Claremont Craft Ales, Claremont

For $26, enjoy a vegan pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Claremont Craft Ales. For $6 more, receive a gluten-free meal instead.

Polar Bear Club @ Chain Reaction
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 27
Chain Reaction, Anaheim

Polar Bear Club just released a new album and currently tours throughout the nation playing shows, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to their all-ages Orange County show this Wednesday night cost $12 presale and $14 at the door. Guests can find free street parking on S Loara St.

Skacore Night in Hollywood
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 27
Hollywood Anti-Social Club, Los Angeles

For just $5, ring in Thanksgiving at this skacore show in Hollywood. No one under 21 may enter.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Original punk band CH3 headlines a show this Wednesday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost just $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Guttermouth @ Character’s in Pomona
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 27
Character’s Sports Bar, Pomona

Guttermouth headlines this pre-Thanksgiving show in Pomona this Wednesday. Presale tickets cost $13, while tickets at the door cost $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby.

Long Beach Turkey Trot 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 28
Belmont Olympic Pool, Long Beach

This fun run takes place on Thanksgiving morning. Participants should pick up their bib and packet from Belmont Olympic Pool prior to that morning – see the site for schedules. Four different runs start at 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. The registration fee now costs $40 per person for any run. As a fun run, participants do not receive any actual prizes – only bragging rights. Participants may park in nearby beach parking lots for free until the end of the event, upon which officials will enforce the parking meters.

Dana Point Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 28
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point

Another Thanksgiving fun run takes place in Dana Point. Registration costs $40 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.

Santa Monica Gobble Wobble
6:30 am – 11:00 am, November 28
Emerson Reed Park, Santa Monica

Combining a fair with a race, the Gobble Wobble adds to the main run with a costume contest, turkey calling contest, potato sack races, and other fair-themed activities. Registration currently costs $35, but will increase to $40 starting Thursday.

OC Psycho Punk Fest #2
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 29
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim

19 local bands will play across two stages at this all-ages punk rock fest in Orange County this Friday night. Tickets cost only $5 presale and $7 at the door. Guests can park for free on the street.

Piss N’ Blood @ Detroit Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 29
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

$5 gets you into this punk/indie show in Costa Mesa. No one under 21 may enter.

Suicidal Tendencies @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Suicidal Tendencies headline an all-ages show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25. Arrive early to find parking in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and park down the street for $10 per vehicle.

3rd Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 30
Eagle Rock Blvd & Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock

Several shops in Eagle Rock will participate in this local Small Business Saturday celebration with sidewalk sales and other specials. Every shop will host their own specials, and some will have public activities, such as bounce houses or arts & crafts.

Bottle Share #9
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 30
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.

Free Show @ Regal Inn
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 30
Regal Inn, Lakewood

Catch a FREE show with some local bands this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 1
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Phoenix, Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

San Diego Indie Craft Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 1
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego

Check out lots of local indie arts & crafts at this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park.