Kevin Norris

Interview: Caleb Quaye

Interview: Caleb Quaye

At 61-years of age, legendary guitarist Caleb Quaye shows no sign of slowing down. The former Elton John and Hall and Oats guitarist checks in with us to discuss life as a solo artist, his years playing with Elton John, and what it was like to hear fellow guitarist, Eric Clapton deem him the “world’s […]

 Kevin Norris

Coachella – Day 3 4/18/10

Coachella – Day 3 4/18/10

Whether it’s running across the vast polo fields dodging in-and-out of crowds to catch the next band, attempting to stay hydrated before the scorching sun zaps all of your energy, or trying not to get separated from your pack of friends, day three of the Coachella marathon ends up being a test of endurance more […]

 Kevin Norris

Interview: Michael Shepard of Lovedrug

Interview: Michael Shepard of Lovedrug

Ohio-based indie-rock outfit, Lovedrug has felt the effects of a rough economy. Two years ago their longtime label, the Militia Group, went bankrupt leaving them without a home and causing their last album, “The Sucker Punch Show,” to not get the proper recognition it deserved. But what might have capsized any other band has only […]

 Kevin Norris

MGMT – “Congratulations”

MGMT – “Congratulations”

Accessibility is not a word that comes to mind when listening to MGMT’s much anticipated sophomore release, Congratulations. The follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, Oracular Spectacular, is a negligent affair, with obtuse arrangements piling on top of wild meanderings from the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. Offering their own spin on […]

 Kevin Norris

Interview: Edson Choi of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band

Interview: Edson Choi of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band have long established their legacy as one of the premier live acts to emerge from Orange County. Guitarist/bassist, Edson Choi, of the psychedelic, folk outfit recently caught up with us to discuss the struggles of making their soon to be released Self-Titled album, leaving their label, and the hardship […]

 Kevin Norris

Dr. Dog – “Shame, Shame”

Dr. Dog – “Shame, Shame”

Guaranteed to grab the attention of new fans and hold that of the old, Dr. Dog’s fourth studio LP, and first on a major-label (Anti-), Shame, Shame is a retro-flavored narrative of the pop sensibilities that made the Beach Boys and the Beatles kings of harmonies and sun drenched melodies. The album rages with a […]

 Kevin Norris

The New Limb – “Sounds People Can Hear”

The New Limb – “Sounds People Can Hear”

The stats tell the story of this debut: 14 songs, 48 minutes, pristine vocals, meticulously laid out orchestrations and gigantic hooks that make Coldplay’s look microscopic. It’s a recipe for success, and that’s exactly what the first full-length from this Orange County foursome is – a explosive blast of power-pop that finds itself flirting with […]

 Kevin Norris

Surfer Blood @ Detroit Bar 3/28/10

Surfer Blood @ Detroit Bar 3/28/10

With their critically acclaimed debut album, “Astro Coast,” just two months removed from it’s birth, the lo-fi enthusiasts of Surfer Blood made their first appearance in Orange County on Sunday night. Performing at the packed Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, the South Floridians turned the intimate setting into a raucous dance party with their turbocharged […]

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