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Senses Fail at When We Were Young Fest -- Photo: Steven Ward
Santa Ana gets the gritty rock festival it deserves with inaugural When We Were Young festival

As the bedrock venue for a large portion of the burgeoning punk rock and rap scene of Orange County’s counter-culture, the Observatory in Santa Ana tapped into its first niche audience with the 90’s/early 00’s R&B, soul, and hip-hop tailored Soulquarius late last year. Mosh heads and hardcore lovers wouldn’t have to wait long to earn […]

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Crystal Fighters bring the Basque hills to Orange County for an alluring evening

Originally from London, the cultural fusion that is Crystal Fighter’s is something of a contradiction when held up against the urbanness covers not only the city where they started but many of their stops on their current tour. On one such stop, which took them deep into the grid of office buildings and warehouses that criss-cross […]

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Gang of Youths end tour at Constellation Room in a bloodied tribute to personal tragedy and glory

Bringing to life the ferocious crucible through which their baroque-rock anthems were born, the inferno of rambunctious adolescence that is Gang of Youths took to the Constellation Room in Santa Ana for the final stop on their tour, to offer up their tragedies for our catharsis. Centered around the bloodied hardships of lead singer David […]

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Warren G Takes Us Back to the “Regulate…G-Funk Era” at the Observatory

It doesn’t get any smoother than Warren G. The Long Beach rapper packed The Observatory in Santa Ana this past Thursday to bring back his classic album, Regulate…G-Funk Era in all its smooth-ass 90s entirety. That’s right, Warren G played the whole damn thing in full. No doubt about it, it was pure 90s hip hop bliss […]

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Band of Horses plug in and blast pure rock ‘n’ roll at one-off Observatory performance

Indie / alt country rockers, Band of Horses played to a rapt sold out crowd at The Observatory in Santa Ana last night. Packed like sardines, the audience was treated to favorites and new tracks from their forthcoming album (no release date as of yet). They took the stage with an announcement from lead singer […]

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Saosin shed blood at intense performance at the Observatory Santa Ana

There was blood shed Monday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. The newly reunited Saosin, featuring frontman Anthony Green and the entire original lineup pulled in a packed house of early Saosin fans. Right off the bat, the band was was going crazy on stage, and like that nasty flu that’s going around, Saosin’s intense stage energy […]

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Del the Funky Homosapien and 2Mex blast the Observatory with hip hop greatness

Del the Funky Homosapien treated fans to a $5 show at the Observatory in Santa Ana this past Thursday. Most commonly known for his mainstream work with the Gorillaz, old school hip hop heads know Del tha Funkee Homosapien (aka Sir Dzl) for his signature work with Oakland clique Hieroglyphics, as well as Deltron 3030. […]

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Burgerama Photos: Black Lips, The Spits, Pharcyde & More – March 22 , 2013

Check out our photo gallery from last night’s adventures at Burgerama (Day 1) featuring The Black Lips, The Spits, Nick Waterhouse, The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride, Fuzz (Ty Segall’s new band), Lovely Bad Things, Pangea, Feeding People, White Fang, and more! Photography: Monique Hernandez Black Lips The Spits Nick Waterhouse The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride Fuzz Lovely […]

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Matt and Kim with Papa at the Observatory – Photos Review – March 8, 2013

Matt & Kim headlined The Observatory last night with support from Papa! Check out our photo gallery below of Matt & Kim with Papa at the Observatory! Photography: Monique Hernandez Matt & Kim Papa Click through the photo gallery below for more photos of Matt & Kim with Papa at the Observatory!

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