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Lucy Dacus at Observatory OC by Steven Ward
Lucy Dacus brings her urgent anthems to the Observatory OC; Miya Folick floors the crowd with opening set

There is an urgency with which Lucy Dacus unwinds her poignant anthems that never fails to enrapture the crowds that find themselves the happy target of her beguiling lull. Whether hushed to silence by the woeful heartache that unfolds on “Christine,” or driven to shout-along to the Springsteen-esque rhapsody of “Hot & Heavy,” the crowd […]

The Naked and Famous at the Observatory by Steven Ward
The Naked and Famous strip down for intimate debut of new album “A Still Heart”

Living up to their name, Los Angeles-based indie-rock band The Naked and Famous set aside the synth-fueled love affair that their music has been awash in since their debut for a night of intimate retouchings of their discography. Playing in a completely packed Constellation Room in Santa Ana, duo Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers peeled […]

Steven Ward |
Beach House at Observatory OC by Andrew Gomez
Beach House mesmerize with their musical sorcery at Observatory Santa Ana

This past Friday night, Beach House kicked off their final tour stop of 2017 at the Observatory in Santa Ana. The beloved duo played a perfect mix of songs from albums Teen Dream, Beach House Depression Cherry, Thank Your Lucky Stars and B-Sides and Rarities. The show began once the lights in the venue dimmed […]

LANY at The Observatory shot by Danielle Gornbein
LANY rocks the Observatory, welcomed with deafening screams by adoring fans

LANY brought his feel-good pop party to Orange County this past Wednesdy night. The Observatory sold out to see frontman, Paul Klein shut it down and that’s exactly what he did. First up was up and coming electronic pop-rock trio, machineheart. I was blown away by the frontwoman, Stevie Scott’s eclectic style and energy. She demanded […]

Danielle Gornbein |
Vince Staples at Observatory Santa Ana -- Photo by Andrew Gomez
Vince Staples roars through stunning performance at Observatory Santa Ana

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples brought the Life Aquatic Tour to the Observatory in Santa Ana and dished out an energetic and visually stunning set. At 10pm sharp after a theatrical and bizarre performance from Kilo Kish the house lights dimmed and all eyes were on a giant panoramic split screen backdrop lit up with […]

Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Travis Scott New Year's Eve at Observatory1
Travis Scott Purges the Angst of 2016 at the Observatory on New Year’s Eve

2016 has been… demoralizing. Reviewing the reasons why would be redundant, and quite frankly, triggering. We just want to forget. We just want to hide. But like all times of national despair in history, we can at least count on the musicians of the world to stand by us. Frank Ocean came back. System of […]

Jamie Lawlor |
Beach Goth 2016 photos
Future Islands and RL Grime redeem catastrophic finale for Beach Goth day two

It all started with a drizzle. Like some cruelly designed Rube Goldberg device, Beach Goth 2016 on day two began with a promising overcast skyline that eventually deteriorated into a full-blown catastrophe that led to an entire stage being shut-down, the cancellation of headline acts, and utter confusion due to virtually no communication from the festival’s […]

The Temper Trap at The Observatory
Temper Trap let their waxing romances burn bright at the Observatory

For a venue that really likes give the fire marshall a heart attack by packing as many people as they can into one room, the Observatory was woefully empty Monday night as it welcomed back Australian indie-rockers The Temper Trap. The pit, which is typically a tightly squished wall of sweaty bodies for pretty much […]

Steven Ward |
Phantogram gives fans at the Observatory a crazy cool taste of Three

Orange county’s Observatory reached max capacity Sunday night for alt synth pop duo, Phantogram. Their performance was a thrilling one right from the jump. From the crazy cool images projected on the backdrop, to leading lady Sarah Barthel’s fierce getup (patent leather thigh-high boots included), Phantogram gave one helluva performance. Touring in support of their third […]

Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Echo and the Bunnymen at Observatory Santa Ana
Echo and the Bunnymen envelop fans at The Observatory with dazzling post-punk nostalgia

The stage at the Observatory in Orange County was dark and the backdrop displayed a distorted bunny(man) as the iconic Echo and the Bunnymen made their entrance. As Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant walked on stage, the crowd roared with excitemet. Echo and the Bunnymen were just now kicking off their North American tour, and […]

Wes Marsala |