Posts Tagged ‘Polar Bear Club’

In the past few years, we have seen many revivals and reunions of bands, musicians, or other music acts at a live show. Back in 2012, at least three acts reunite for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, Refused, and At The Drive-In. This year’s Coachella will have Outkast reuniting. Apart from reunions, other bands or musicians have returned from varying hiatuses, such as Glassjaw and Destruction Made Simple. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some bands have either called it quits, like Just Like Before or Save The Swim Team, or some have split to pursue something else. Lastly, some acts just never perform in certain cities, states, regions, or countries, such as the Toy Dolls, who will break boundaries by performing at Coachella this year. Regardless of why some local citizens have never seen a particular act in person, many music acts never embellish the true concert experience because they either do not play in some areas, or their shows pose too much difficulty getting into, whether by selling out tickets or for other miscellaneous reasons. Over the past few years, I have made it a priority to attend shows of bands that I either have never seen or rarely see, which drives most of my decisions on what weekly shows to attend. For this year, I truly must see these five bands or musicians to satiate my music thirst. If I must travel or shell out ridiculous amounts of money, I may have to do so.

5. The Toasters

As one of the first bands of third-wave ska, The Toasters ring a bell around the world. This international ska phenomenon defined today’s ska culture, from the musical styles to the fashion that everyone now recognizes when attending a ska show/concert. More often than not, when you view a ska video, the video will have The Toasters playing the background. Their iconic music lays out the foundation for ska today, and anyone even remotely into ska must go to see The Toasters sooner than later.

4. Polar Bear Club

The post-hardcore industry used to revolve around the vocalist’s ability to scream as defined by the old screamo genre. Although deriving from hardcore punk, post-hardcore took on an identity of its own not too long after hardcore punk’s peaking popularity in the early 80’s. Since then, the genre has evolved to encompass the musical style rather than the vocals, so a handful of today’s post-hardcore bands fit into the genre yet do not emphasize the screaming parts, such as Polar Bear Club. As a mixture of punk rock and post-hardcore, Polar Bear Club follows a melodic hardcore model, striving on instrumental prowess to portray emotions rather than a vocalist bleeding their lungs out. Their popularity outnumbers the small venues that they play at often, leading to sold-out shows whenever they announce something. The next time Polar Bear Club swings by your area, do not dawdle – get on the bus and go buy a ticket fast.

3. Billy Talent

Whereas Polar Bear Club’s attraction lies in their instrumental capabilities, Billy Talent delivers the full package. This melodic punk rock band from Canada has transformed their music greatly since inception in the early 1990’s. What started as an independent indie rock band has slowly progressed into a punk rock band, and eventually into the melodic post-hardcore band that fans recognize them as today. Once Billy Talent hit mainstream success in the early 2000’s, the history books tells the rest of the tale. Billy Talent tour across the world extensively, hitting up as many countries as possible to delight fans everywhere. I have yet to see a show that does not sell out within a few days of the initial announcement. When Billy Talent books a show in your area, everyone buys tickets, even if they have no intention of going. Should Billy Talent play in your area this year, I suggest you do the same and buy tickets instantly.

2. Geoff Rickly (Thursday/United Nations)

In a shocking turn of events, my favorite band falls to the number two spot on this list! At least…. what remains of my favorite band has fallen to number two. Having broken up in November 2011, Thursday has greatly influenced the post-hardcore scene during their run as a band, and generally receives credit as the band that forever changed the face of post-hardcore. Since discovering Thursday, I have seen them exactly three times all prior to attending college, before I truly understood the emotion and passion behind the music. Once I understood the lyrics and messages, Thursday had already broken up. Now frontman Geoff Rickly has moved on to perform with supergroup United Nations along with Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Head Automatica. Regardless of which act he performs with, I would never pass up an opportunity to see Rickly perform live again. If Thursday reunites this year… I can kiss my savings goodbye.

1. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi)

We all saw this coming in this list, and every punk rock fan will tell you: It will never happen. Despite all the fake posters and flyers from last year, Minor Threat will NEVER reunite. Minor Threat’s frontman Ian MacKaye (the man, the myth, the legend) sees no point in reuniting Minor Threat, and by now, he has moved on to other things in his personal life. Sure he went on to form Fugazi, another amazing band in its own right, but ask punk rock fans around the world for the one show they truly want to see, and you will hear Minor Threat over all other bands by a landslide. Some fans that I have spoken to at shows in my area have pledged that they would spend thousands of dollars to see a Minor Threat show one more time. If it has to come down to it, believe me – I will spend that much money too to see Minor Threat live.

Pints For Presents
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 26
The Factory Gastrobar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/243320142499187/

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
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/507736

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
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/369905

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/668336049867718/

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
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/154061

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
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/153935

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
http://justinrudd.com/trot.html

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
http://www.turkeytrot.com/

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
http://www.santamonicagobblewobble.com/

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
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/511086

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/591795047552797/

$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
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/suicidal-tendencies

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
http://wehearteaglerockblock.blogspot.com/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/252038118283131/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1423344147896174/

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
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/558614010890344/

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