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Long Beach Garage Band On The Rise

Long Beach Garage Band On The Rise

Local band, Hearts Like Lions, start to roar cross-country, but it isn’t easy… By EMILY RASMUSSEN Hundreds, if not thousands, of teenage garage bands have their roots right here in Long Beach. Everyone around the city knows someone in a...
Dawn of Big Sun

Dawn of Big Sun

*Disclaimer: This article originally ran in The Daily 49er’s special issue Localmotif on March 8, 2016. We bring this to you under the author’s permission. Since publication, Big Sun has headlined the summer festival, Live After 5: Psychedelic Summer, released two...
Falling Into Place

Falling Into Place

Chelsey Sanchez Parachuting Adventure Got Her Singing Career out of Free-Fall By Kevin Flores Chelsey Sanchez sits at the front of a dimly lit café backroom holding a borrowed guitar in her lap. Seoul, her regular guitar, is at the...
Walking Around, Purposely

Walking Around, Purposely

The Captain’s Son is reminiscent of The Beach Boys, mixed with a hint of The Growlers, and full of ambition. By HOPE GETTLER Sitting around a bench at Pike Bar and Restaurant, The Captain’s Son boys are on their own...
Tall Walls and Big Hopes

Tall Walls and Big Hopes

The sunny, “ska-pop” band is slated to release their debut album with a party at Fingerprints Music. By CHEANTAY JENSEN It’s rehearsal day, but only one band member is here, and he’s busy challenging how fast a person can make...
An Esoteric Occasion

An Esoteric Occasion

Creeping out from the shadows and into heart of Long Beach is a four-day festival meant to unify all those who revel in the darker side of existence. By CHEANTAY JENSEN An intimate three-day festival known as Midnite Communion IV...
Piecing Together Future Endeavors

Piecing Together Future Endeavors

Spare Parts For Broken Hearts Own A Sound Hard Enough To Stop You Mid-Conversation, Lyrics Dark And Surreal, And Display A Technical Ability That Is Unquestionably Solid. By CHEANTAY JENSEN From previous band members and songwriting dynamics, to crazy touring...
Under The Radar: The Meat Flowers

Under The Radar: The Meat Flowers

A Meat Flower is a cactus-like succulent that smells of rotting corpse, but this band by no means stinks. By CHEANTAY JENSEN It’s day two of the Music Tastes Good Festival. You’ve been braving the scalding heat, applying and then...
The Power of Simplicity

The Power of Simplicity

Long beach band Spirit Mother is combining power-pop melodies with dark, impassioned songwriting. BY CHEANTAY JENSEN Amidst the jumble of genres that exist among the diverse music scene in Long Beach today, a new rock band has emerged, known by...
Pepperoni and Chaos

Pepperoni and Chaos

Crimewave 5150’s punk-infused gangster rap wreaks havoc at latest Grown Ass Pizza Party, announcing new album next month. BY Brooke Becher Even with the lights out, the pitch-black room pales in comparison to what’s being spat into the mic. “Convicted...