Ten Places In The OC To Check Out Live Local Music

Looking for a good drink and some great music in Orange County? We put together a list of venues to check out to hear some live music and discover local bands.

The Wayfarer

843 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 764-0039
wayfarercm.com

The Wayfarer, which used to be The Detroit Bar, is a great local venue that is dedicated to local acts and touring giants. Once a punk music venue in the 80s, the place features a local band every Monday as part of a month-long residency. DJs, karaoke, and open mics fill in the gaps between concert nights, but if you are looking for a smaller venue with old-fashioned rock n’ roll, this is your place. Read more

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Singer-Songwriter and ‘The 26 LGBTQ’ Creator Camille Ora-Nicole Seamlessly Blends Talents

Camille Ora-Nicole is a southern California-based singer-songwriter who has been writing creatively since the age of six. She creates songs that she loves and that is true to herself and finds the space to seamlessly blend her love for music with her love of crafting pieces of art and graphic design. When she is not creating music or making art, Camille works on managing a digital publication called The 26 LGBTQ that celebrates queer intersectionality and creativity. Read more

Kittenhead Uses The Power Of Rock To Spark Social Change

There’s something deeper behind the rock and roll lyrics of California-based indie band, Kittenhead, than a passion for music and self-expression. There lies a sense of responsibility to use the platform of the musical stage to be advocates for the disenfranchised and a voice in the movement for more social justice. Read more

How “Caught A Ghost” Influenced Film And Music

Before we knew Tessa Thompson as a famous A-List actress and the romantic partner of award-winning singer-songwriter musician, Janelle Monáe, we knew her as one of the members of the indie electro soul band, Caught A Ghost.

The band was originally made up of fellow Angelinos, songwriter and producer, Jesse Nolan, Stephen Edelstein, Tessa Thompson, Erik Hughes, Tim McKay, Michael Czaja, Brandon Smith, Justin Glass, and Keith Patterson before it just became Jesse Nolan and Stephen Edelstein.
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Frequency Within Releases New Music Video At Packed Pomona Show

Lights from a projector cast a grungy scene of four local Southern Californian musicians in, what appears to be, an abandoned structure in front of a packed bar in Pomona, California. The crowd erupts in cheers as the song, “Vindictive,” by the band, Frequency Within, begins to play, and the picture comes to life to reveal the indie/alternative rock band performing their song from their debut album.

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Frequency Within

The band members, Erica Torres (Vocals, Guitar), Jenna Alonzo (Vocals, Guitar), Oli Navarro (Bass), and Jeannette Lawler (Drums) successfully released their new music video, “Vindictive,” from their “Blissfulmess” album at Dba256 Bar & Gallery in downtown Pomona, California. The foursome played the video, which was filmed and directed by K Enagonio Photography, to the crowd after performing a highly energetic and engaging set that got the crowd dancing.

Frequency Within’s sound has been compared to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, and Nirvana. The band noticeably has an American Southwest influence of alternative rock with a sound that brings in elements of punk and a dash of grunge. The set, along with the previous acts, was streamed live and followed three other talented bands. However, the music video was only shared with the crowd that was there at the show in person.

Read the full article on The26.

What We’re Listening To… “Where the Kids Are” by Blondfire

The Los Angeles indie pop band Blondfire was a brother-and-sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll. They were born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and hold citizenship in two countries due to their American father and Brazilian mother. The 2011 song, “Where The Kids Are,” actually came right before their signing with Warner Bros. Records and Primary Wave Music in 2012. Read more