Tag Archives: the observatory

Foster the People
Foster the People bring their “Sacred Hearts Club” to the Observatory

Sacred Hearts Club, the title of Foster the People’s third album, has begun to take on new meaning with each subsequent show the band plays in support of the record. Cutting the proverbial rug last night at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Mark Foster and his band of synth-peddling romantics have clearly breathed into existence […]

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Lucius bring the harmonies and smooth the discord at Observatory show

Indie-pop outfit Lucius took the Observatory by storm Sunday night, filling the venue with their swelling love songs and enchanting two-part harmonies of frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Rooted firmly in the obvious folk-country inspirations that trace their music, Lucius are defined by the angelic hollers of its lead singing duo, which on their […]

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BEACH GOTH 2016 LINEUP
Beach Goth 2016 lineup and new location at Oak Canyon Park: Bon Iver, Future Islands, James Blake, more

Check out our photos and review from Beach Goth Day 1! Check Out Our Beach Goth Day 2 Coverage (Shit Show)!   The Growlers have announced the lineup for their annual Beach Goth festival. Taking place in its new home at Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, Beach Goth 2016 will pop off Saturday, October […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
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Father John Misty Brings Pure Country Soul Swagger to Sold-Out Show at The Observatory

Wednesday’s show was the first night of tour for Father John Misty, and the first night out of two consecutive performances at The Observatory. Fans of all ages piled in, filling in any possible space allotted. In fact, packed may even be an understatement. The evening began with close friends of FJM—Long Beach natives, Tess […]

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The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood quenches fans’ thirst for more at The Observatory

“Oh, I know once you come to California/You would never look back/Oh, just a little bit can make you wonder/You got it in,” so began The Neighbourhood’s nearly two hour set at The Observatory, in Santa Ana, as frontman Jesse Rutherford cut through the cloud of anticipation that had been building in the sold-out building […]

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Steven Ward |
la dispute
La Dispute give fans an intense and emotive show experience at The Observatory

La Dispute This past Wednesday at The Observatory in Santa Ana, post-hardcore band La Dispute shook things up with the help Baltimore indie rockers, Wildhoney and Japan’s Envy. It was an interesting night of music with each band delivering a unique sound and style. Wildhoney consider themselves a “guitar pedal pop band”. Their set was strengthened by […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
smallpools
Smallpools’ set at Constellation Room burned like an undying supernova of frenzied synth-pop

Packed into the tiny bar/sideroom of The Observatory that is known only as the Constellation Room, Los Angeles-born indie-pop quartet Smallpools offered fans one last emotionally effused performance as they wrapped up their LOVETAP tour in their hometown. As the second tour they’ve embarked on in less than a year, the group shone like the bright […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
Passion Pit
Passion Pit sets a fully-packed Observatory ablaze

At the end of his nearly two hour set at the Santa Ana Observatory, Michael Angelakos stood at the edge of the stage beaming brightly, high-fiving screaming fans as he walked above them. Standing there in the afterglow of an insanely raucous performance, the 27-year-old artist and creative demon behind synth-pop outfit Passion Pit seemed […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
social distortion
Social Distortion deliver unforgettable hometown heroes show at Observatory Santa Ana

Social Distortion came out Sunday night to do the first of three nights at the Observatory in Orange county. They were celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their self-titled album. People of all ages showed up from eight-year-olds to sixty-something-year olds. Mike Ness hit the stage wearing a Jerome’s boxing t-shirt, bearded and obviously fully tatted. […]

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Wes Marsala |
tokyo police club
Tokyo Police Club and Max and The Moon fire up the indie at The Observatory

This past Friday, Tokyo Police Club headlined the Observatory in Orange County with support by Max and The Moon. It was a vibrant night of music with solid performances by both bands. Max and the Moon opened up the night with their robust flavor of indie rock. For someone who has never heard of them […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
ryn weaver
Ryn Weaver shines at Constellation Room with incredible stage energy

Ryn Weaver played in front of a sold out show last Saturday at the Constellation Room. Weaver performed her debut studio album, The Fool, in its entirety. Opening with “Runaway” really got the crowd excited and screaming for the excellent performer that is Ryn Weaver. So young and full of energy, Weaver danced all night […]

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the growlers
The Growlers announce Beach Goth 4 with vivid performance at Constellation Room

This past Tuesday, The Growlers played last-minute “secret” show at the Constellation Room at The Observatory. The show was in celebration of their Beach Goth 4 announcement, and the only way fans could get in was by purchasing $1 lottery tickets where winners were selected at random. All proceeds from the lottery were donated to […]

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The Growlers announce “secret” show tonight at Constellation Room

In celebration of the upcoming Beach Goth 4 announcement, The Growlers have announced a last-minute show tonight (Tuesday, July 7) at the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Not only will The Growlers be performing, but they will announce the official lineup for Beach Goth 4 happening October 24-25 at The Observatory in […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
misfits
Misfits give new and old fans at The Observatory a most memorable “Static Age”

It was a high-energy show last Thursday at The Observatory. Misfits have been scheduled to play three days and play three classic albums in their entirety. Thursday night was Static Age. It was an all ages show and I would say that it was cool to see all ages actually there. There were some very […]

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Wes Marsala |
j mascis
J Mascis performs stunning acoustic set at Constellation Room

On Monday, J Mascis performed a very intimate show at the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. The crowd filled the room and waited as the iconic frontman/guitarist of 90s grunge era band, Dinosaur Jr. took to stage.  He slowly climbed the steps to the stage, walked over to his stool and acoustic guitar. He took his […]

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Wes Marsala |
Refused
Refused whips through The Observatory Santa Ana revealing new songs and classics

As part of their highly anticipated run of small club tour dates, Refused pummeled the Observatory in Santa Ana this past Monday, along with supporting acts White Lung and Turbo Negro. It was truly a perfect lineup of punk music. The influential Swedish hardcore punks made their triumphant return loud and clear. Touring in celebration […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
Deftones play a jaw-dropping 21-song set at The Observatory Santa Ana

Deftones put on quite the magnetic performance this past Friday at the Observatory. Setting the tone with a dark lit stage full of red hues, Deftones played a jaw-dropping 21-song set fueled with passion, emotion and riveting sound arrangements. Kicking off their performance with “Cherry Waves” off Saturday Night Wrist, the crowd was instantly lost […]

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faith no more
Faith No More at The Observatory: An incredible performance (regardless if Mike Patton was rude and pompous)

When I was a kid I moved around a lot. I lived in different cities and always had to sever friendships and get new ones. Things were not as well connected as they are now with smartphones and Facebook. So as you can imagine, this could make an eleven to thirteen year old quite angry. […]

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Wes Marsala |
refused
Refused to headline The Roxy West Hollywood and The Observatory Santa Ana

Refused are back in Los Angeles with an intimate show date scheduled for May 26 at The Roxy! The band has announced a small club tour run scheduled for May 25 – June 5 of this year. As previously reported, Refused will headline the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas on May 24. Directly […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
Thee-Oh-Sees
Burgerama 4 delivers a successful festival weekend full of good music and good vibes

In it’s fourth year, Burgerama has evolved to represent a hot bed mashup of angst-y teen culture and retro musical resurgence. Pulling in a line-up that impresses with it’s musical diversity (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dengue Fever to Ty Segall) and inspires with its up and coming greats (The Garden, Michael Rault to Jacco Gardner). But what Burgerama really […]

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