Posts Tagged ‘Rottbite’

Old habits sure die hard, but old traditions will never fade away. Many trends gain their initial 15 minutes of fame, and while many of those eventually falter, some persist and last for decades, whether people want it to or not. Much like how food trends constantly change, the music industry changes often too. New genres crop up every year, while a few songs may go viral throughout the year. While music fans tend to try to keep up with the changing times, fans of specific genres will stick with that genre and search for more bands similar to their favorites. Attending an entire show or concert headlined by a particular band can expose early attendees to similar bands from the local area. By showing up within an hour of when the show doors open, attendees can discover other great local bands of the same genre as the headliner. Check out some of this year’s memorable Southern Californian bands that have opened for bigger names in punk rock.

5. Bombay Snakes

Bombay Snakes has yet to expand to a headlining act at a sizable venue, but do not let their fan base size fool you, as their fans show heart and commitment. For a band usually opening a show, they play a solid set with very little downtime and a strong sound similar to Civet. Should they play another show locally, I encourage you to attend their show to appreciate and support local music.

4. The Interrupters

If you appreciate female-fronted ska bands, you will love The Interrupters. The Interrupters play a much more mellow ska/punk music similar to Save Ferris or The Barrymores. They emphasize having fun and enjoying the night rather than getting rowdy in the pit. Vocalist Aimee Allen also manages her own solo singing career, so check out her work when you get a chance. If you miss Save Ferris, you owe it to yourself to check out The Interrupters very soon.

3. Not A Chance

The music of Not A Chance carries the fast element of Falling Sickness, but they sound more like older Against All Authority. Their energy never fades, and they string together all their songs as best as they can, minimizing down time. They play a handful of original songs, and they also cover Bloodhound Gang and Ol’ Dirty Bastard at one point in their sets. I can see Not A Chance going far – they just need their big break.

2. Rottbite

I would go so far as to call Rottbite the most underrated punk band of Southern California. Unlike your typical hardcore street punk band that only screams and plays loud music ad nauseum, Rottbite actually has some variety in their music. This local street punk band from Orange County does not just hit everything at once – they follow a method to the urban madness in their music. When you hear Rottbite’s music, you would expect to hear something like this on the radio by now. With talent this great, I expect to see a lot of Rottbite in the near future.

1. Slow Children

Slow Children has come a long way to carve out their musical style and build a unique brand of their own. They have broken out of the rookie’s vibe and now plays like professionals. Their developed sound now resembles a younger version of A Wilhelm Scream, not just because their bassist wore the shirt, but because Slow Children actually sounds like old A Wilhelm Scream. At this rate of progress, Slow Children will go far in the music industry.

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Seal Beach Restaurant Week + Chili Cookoff
November 12-16
Various locations, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/

Seal Beach sees their first-ever restaurant week starting this Tuesday. Over ten of Main Street’s restaurants will offer food & drinks specials during this time. In addition, catch the Chili Cookoff this Saturday from 2pm to 5pm at Hennessey’s Grill. For $10, sample chili from all the participating restaurants, and vote for your favorite too.

Murder City Devils and T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/mcd-night-2

Catch some original punk this Tuesday night at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early enough and you may park for free at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking down the street at a parking lot for $10.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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.

Los Gatos Locos @ The Other Place
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 14
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/638201462869568/

For $8, check out this show with psychobilly and punk bands playing all night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Misfits, The Dickies, D.I., and The Attack
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15, House of Blues, Los Angeles http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82329
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/misfits-dickies

Some big names in punk rock come to Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25, but will likely sell out, so act quick!

OC Punk Night
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 15
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/680033795349529/

Local punk bands play at Malones this Friday night. Guests should park down Halladay St. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 16-17
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://ntfcon.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this weekend in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests on Sunday receive a goodie bag! Cosplayers will want to stick around on Sunday for the costume contest at 2pm.

2013 Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 16
Pine Avenue & 7th Street, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

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. Early bird tickets cost $5, while seniors older than 75 and children 12 & younger can enter for free.

Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-gifts-bazaar-2/

Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.

Helm’s Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16
Helm’s Brewing, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/485835

Helm’s Brewing turns one this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a festival complete with beer, food, live music, and more. General admission costs $30, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited beer tasters plus the souvenir cup. VIP admission costs $40, and starts an hour sooner. Select from over 14 beers, both old and new, and enjoy your day at Helm’s Brewing.

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 16-17
Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City
http://beverlyhillswinefestival.com/

At this premier gala, over 50 chefs will prepare culinary samples for guests, while they sip on drinks from the over one hundred available wines, beers, and spirits. A VIP pass costs $300 and starts at 1pm, while general admission costs $150 and starts at 2pm. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 17
Birch Theater Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 17
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/locations-long-beach.php

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Culver City, 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. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

L.A. Works Holiday Beer Garden
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 17
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://laworks.eventbrite.com/

Enjoy live local music and local craft beer at this beer garden this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer tasters plus a souvenir cup. VIP admission costs $90, and also includes free food plus no line-waiting. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 10
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/151727981691632/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $5, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 10
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/696338460395848/

Sample all-natural breads with artisanal jams this Tuesday evening at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, all for free.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 11
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/427579

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.

Spanish Punk Night w/ Destruction Made Simple
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
The Stardust Club, Downey
http://www.facebook.com/events/500692410024663/

Check out this FREE punk rock show this Wednesday night in Downey. Two punk bands from Spain will join the show that already consists of great local bands like Destruction Made Simple. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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.

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 15
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Reserve, Silverado
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence2013/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $30, or click here to pay only $15 for admission. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/712429488783795/

Come to Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Saturday morning and sample seasonal tarts, chocolate bark, toffee, pastries, buns, and breads, all for free. Every eighth customer that makes a purchase will receive a free t-shirt!

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

1st Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 14-15
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this free and all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Guests park and enter the fest for free, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8.

Long Beach Fleadh – Irish Music & Oyster Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 14-15
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachfleadh.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Downtown Long Beach, with Irish music, oysters, food, whisky tastings, film screenings, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Guests will find fresh oysters, champagne, Guinness, whisky, and other delicious Irish foods to consume, all while enjoying the Irish music all weekend. General admission costs $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Click here to purchase a one-day admission that comes with two free drinks. All attendees must cover their own transportation expenses. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Immelmann Release & End of Summer Bash
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 14
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2751

Immelmann makes its long-anticipated return this Saturday at Hangar 24. Get your bottle from the tasting room for $20 this Saturday, where the tasting room will also have other special beer releases, food from The Big Easy, and three local bands.

Wet Electric SoCal
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.wet-electric.com/wet-electric-socal-september-14/

I cannot understand the website’s description of this event. To me, this looks like an all-day dance party at the beach, complete with live DJ’s and lots of people dancing at the beach in their swimsuits. General admission starts at $75, while VIP admission starts at $140 and comes with perks such as exclusive entry and VIP areas.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431562

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $35, while tickets will sell for $40 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition. All attendees must bring valid ID to show at the gate. Attendees may park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 14
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.greatwinefestival.com/

Over 50 wineries will gather to sample their tasty wines at this wine festival this Saturday afternoon at OC Great Park. For $75, attendees will receive unlimited wine tastings & food, while getting treated to live music, a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing. No one under 21 may attend.

SoCal Zombie Walk
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.socalzombiewalk.com/

Practice your zombie walk this Saturday evening in Pasadena. Meet up in Central Park in Pasadena, congregate with the other zombies there, and show Pasadena the collective force of a zombie invasion. This FREE and all-ages zombie walk will start early on in the night – guests not in zombie outfits or makeup will have to walk behind the main peloton of zombie walkers.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $60.

The Detours in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/201844143317481/

Before legendary punk bands like The Adolescents and D.I. started their thing, The Detours helped to pioneer today’s punk rock. You can see them perform all of their original hits this Saturday night in Baldwin Park, along with plenty of other local bands. This all-ages show costs $10, and has a full bar inside. Guests can park here for free.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235613353253497/

Check out some local punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 14
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449031

Catch Guttermouth and other great local bands this Saturday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. Presale costs $12, and will likely sell out, so act fast! If any tickets remain, you can purchase admission at the door for $15. If the venue’s parking lot fills up, guests can park on North St. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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!

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 15
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. All tickets to this event have officially sold out, but you can still find after-market tickets on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Rock Comp Finals
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193736110798388/

Say farewell to the old Tropics Lounge as they close the doors after one final show this Sunday night until they move to a new location. Check out this 11-band show for only $2! No one under 18 may attend.

8 Kalacas @ Los Globos
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/8-Kalacas-wSurprise-Headliner/187043

Spanish punk and ska come to LA this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

The Adicts, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts

Punk rock giants hit the stage this Sunday night at The Observatory, as The Adicts headline a show along with Agent Orange and Narcoleptic Youth, two more extremely popular punk bands in their own right. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot – arrive too late and end up paying for parking in neighboring lots.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Strip Down
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/237167809772803/

Enjoy a fun burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it, as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows, such as one that they wrapped up last Saturday night at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. This show had so many bands playing that it started at 2pm in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for attendees to find something else to do following the show, such as stick around for live DJ’s all night or head down the road to a Manic Hispanic show. Taking place on a weekend filled with many other great punk rock shows, including the massive FYF Fest, JFA had to do something to bring out the crowds, so they also invited local punk rock legends D.I. to play as well. In addition, seven other great local bands played this show, making for one everlasting day of punk rock in Long Beach.

Rottbite opened the show with their street punk music set. Much like the last time I saw them, Rottbite followed a similar set list with songs that highlight their instrumental range. While the vocals did not come off as well as their last show, the hollowness of the venue allowed their instrumentals to resonate well within the walls. Although I enjoyed seeing them again, I would have liked to see them play later in the day rather than open the show.

Local Long Beach band Carpit set up on stage next. Since seeing them last October, they have not deviated far from their reckless set. Carpit plays like a typical punk band from the street, with elements of skate punk and hardcore punk. They really appear to love stickers, as they handed out Carpit stickers the entire time, and more after their set the rest of the time that they spent here at the Gaslamp. Their music bears a close resemblance to Whitekaps, but not as defined.

Another local Long Beach band, Speakout, played next. As probably the youngest band of the day to play, they carry more of a pop sound, similar to that of Slick Shoes. In fact, they even dared to cover a Linkin Park song, and people who know me know that I do not care for Linkin Park. The crowd seemed to love them, although at this point, the crowd consisted of mostly teenagers running around the pit without direction. I believe Speakout has their fan base, but they need a different type of show than this one, a more hardcore show.

The local bands continue with ComPreHend next. Lying somewhere between Rottbite and Carpit, ComPreHend play hardcore punk music with instrumental variety. By this point of the day, we now start to see the older fans gather in the pit, while the kids continued to slam dance around them. Nothing truly stood out during this performance – they played a good set that allowed the kids to expel their aggression.

Moving along in the day, Jurassic Punx played next. In a rush to get their set started, they forewent the routine sound check to start playing immediately, only to produce a completely illegible opening song. Not one of the instruments synced with one another, leading to what sounded like band practice. They eventually got everything squared away, and started their set for real, which contained many cover songs from 80’s punk bands. As a tribute band to the first generation of punk rock, they played hits from bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Adolescents, and more. They could not contain their excitement on the stage, so once they had finished their set, they marched down to the pit to slam with the rest of us.

The S.C.A.B.S. (Social Critics Against Bullshit Systems) played on stage next. The S.C.A.B.S. play hardcore punk music akin to Black Flag with Henry Rollins. They spent a good amount of time during their set attempting to goad the crowd into moving forward to unintentionally start a pit. When all but a little girl remained put, the band themselves had to take matters into their own hands, and following Jurassic Punx’s lead, they got into the pit once their set had ended.

The night’s trio of headliners would now kick off, starting with Amerikan Made. Since their inception in 1992, Amerikan Made has lived the real punk rock life of partying hard, rocking out, and offending people. If I could name a band that most loves hecklers, I would choose Amerikan Made. Their no-nonsense songs combined with big-balled lyrics makes for the perfect punk show, including songs like Quit Being A Pussy. Once Amerikan Made had reached the final song in their set list, they received word that D.I. still had not yet arrived – as a result, Amerikan Made played two more songs to buy time. This would turn out more in vain than for benefit, as D.I. never appeared until way later in the night.

With D.I. nowhere in sight, JFA started setting up on stage, giving everyone in attendance an earlier headline show than expected. Even a private party off to the side completely unrelated to the show took interest and lined up along the side of the stage for a clear view. Fans who attended a JFA show in February would recognize the set list, as they played nearly the same songs in the same order. This did not daunt the fans, as they raged around the pit tirelessly all through the night. But by the end of JFA’s originally scheduled set list, D.I. still had not arrived at the venue. A phone call from the show organizer revealed that they did not know that the show started in the afternoon. To stall for some more time, JFA played some extra songs, but they could only play so much, as they had nearly exhausted all of their known songs and covers.

About fifteen minutes after JFA played their last song, D.I. finally arrived. Once set up, they started with On The Western Front, which led me to believe that they would play the same set list as the last two shows that I saw them at. Regardless, they still entertained the crowd, thanks in part to vocalist Casey Royer’s random ramblings between songs. Other than that, they performed exactly as they do in previous shows, so nothing exciting truly occurred during their set.

Miss out on this show? You can catch another JFA CD Release Show this Friday night in West Los Angeles. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend. If you want to know about more punk rock shows coming up, feel free to contact me via Twitter or my Facebook page, both linked on the left side of this window.

Last Friday, punk rock fans in Southern California amped themselves up for an all-ages Agent Orange show in Baldwin Park. However, for reasons unknown, Agent Orange had dropped out of the night’s lineup, leaving a gigantic hole in the night that would leak out all of the potential attendees. In Agent Orange’s absence, all the other bands scheduled to play the night continued on with the show, and still delivered an entertaining hardcore punk show. Featuring a mix of local bands and a few from Arizona, with no other major punk shows going on this night, punk rock fans would not have wanted to miss this show. Strangely for a punk rock show, all the bands followed the schedule quite nicely, adhering to 30-minute sets and 15-minute setup times consistently throughout the night.

First up, No Paradigm opened the night. As one of the night’s Arizona bands, they understand the Southern California hardcore punk sound. They describe themselves as a mix of The Voids and The Adolescents, but to me, they sound much more like F-Minus than the former two. Overall, No Paradigm provided a solid performance as the opening band, and set the tone for the energy for the rest of the night.

Next up, Rottbite took to the stage. I would go so far as to call Rottbite the most underrated band of the night. Unlike your typical hardcore street punk band that only screams and plays loud music ad nauseum, Rottbite actually has some variety in their music. This local street punk band from Orange County does not just hit everything at once – they follow a method to the urban madness in their music. When you hear Rottbite’s music, you would expect to hear something like this on the radio by now. With talent this great, I expect to see a lot of Rottbite in the near future.

The next of the night’s Arizona bands, Unstable Youth, set up on the stage next. If you recognize some of their members from No Paradigm, reverse the thought with these two bands. No Paradigm actually derived from Unstable Youth, not the other way around. As a result, the two bands share a similar sound, except where No Paradigm carries a female vocalist, Unstable Youth represents the traditional hardcore punk band with a guy on vocals. We also now go back to the in-your-face style of hardcore punk, with the extremely loud music and screams of frustration from the band, not that this comes off as bad in any way. It did the job of getting the pit riled up, and we ask for nothing more.

Street punk band Infirmities blasted their way onto the stage next. This high-energy band from Salinas plays the type of street punk that does not necessarily involve tons of screaming, but involves a lot of rocking out to. One would expect to hear Infirmities playing in the background of either a skateboarding game or some other live action sports show. In fact, they bear a very similar sound to Avail, but with a deeper angrier tone. For as good of a performance as they delivered, the crowd mainly wanted to see Whitekaps next.

At last, Whitekaps made their way to the stage. For their set only, the venue turned down the lights so the crowd could enjoy Whitekaps after dark. We all know and love Whitekaps for their lewd & humorous lyrics and interesting stage moves, and all the gals in the pit can attest to that. For nearly the entire duration of the set, the pit consisted of all the ladies dashing around the pit, with the occasional guy thrown in there. When it comes down to it, no one can resist traditional 90’s Southern California punk rock. For sticking around the scene this long, Whitekaps has proven their reign in the punk rock music industry, and their fans more than prove it at each and every single one of the Whitekaps shows.

The night’s lineup also included Y.A.P.O. However, I stuck around the entire time and never saw them. I have received confirmation that they did play that night, so they either played extremely early, or way after Whitekaps had ended. Regardless, I regrettably missed their performance, especially for a band I had never seen live before. I feel positive that they will play another show again soon, so I will ensure that I do not miss it. You can ensure that of yourself too by keeping up with the weekly events that I post every Monday here, so see yesterday’s post for this week’s shows and other events in Southern California!