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Live Photos: Sleigh Bells at Observatory North Park, November 11, 2016

The noise-pop duo made their long-awaited return to San Diego

Sleigh Bells

Photos by Chris Maroulakos

Lights strobed in fit-inducing flutters. Full-stack amps loomed like monoliths on the stage. Dentist-drill guitar riffs punctured the teeth-rattling low end. Singer Alexis Krauss acted as her own hype man, alternating between delicate falsettos and forceful exclamations. It was wild, it was head-splitting. It was infectious, it was an assault on the senses. It was a Sleigh Bells show, and it was a damn good time. Continue reading…

Video Premiere: Barbarian – “Last Call Withdrawal”

The San Diego band hits the desert

Last Call Withdrawal

San Diego band Barbarian are back with the new video for “Last Call Withdrawal.” Continue reading…

Live Review & Photos: Gwen Stefani at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, October 30, 2016

An all-O.C. lineup bid a final farewell to Irvine Meadows

Gwen Stefani

Photos by Andy Bartotto

Irvine Meadows held its final concert on Sunday, October 30 with a show headlined by Gwen Stefani and supporting acts Young the Giant and Save Ferris on the line-up. Continue reading…

Live Review & Photos: FIDLAR, SWMRS, and The Frights at Observatory North Park, October 28, 2016

The three bands delivered a strong punk-rock punch in North Park

FIDLAR

Photos by Andy Bartotto

The “Too Much” tour, headlined by FIDLAR (aka Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk), had its opening opening night at the Observatory North Park. The date occurred a little over one year since FIDLAR last played the same venue. Continue reading…


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