Young the Giant – One of Irvine’s Greatest Music Success Stories

From a distance, Irvine might look like a rock ‘n’ roll wasteland: a city of over a quarter million people that boasts only one regular rock venue (FivePoint Amphitheatre) and just three bands who’ve “made it” in the city’s nearly 50-year history: veteran post-hardcore heroes Thrice; defunct Christian rock band East West; and hard-to-define indie darlings Young the Giant. But look closer – or, even better, talk to local musicians …

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Fall Show Preview: Must See Live O.C. Music

Thu. 10/18: MAGGIE ROGERS Maryland singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers shot to viral-video fame after her song “Alaska,” penned in just 15 minutes, moved Pharrell Williams to tears during a New York University masterclass. Since then, she’s ushered her prior trad-folk towards a synthier signature, with last year’s Now That The Light Is Fading EP, which includes the falsetto-capped “Alaska,” straddling organic outdoorsy-ness and chilled digital delights. At The Observatory, Santa Ana – Click here …

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Spring Music Guide

Plenty of options abound for Orange County concert-goers   Fri. 1/25 MARTIN TAYLOR It says much about the dexterity and intimacy of Martin Taylor’s fingerstyle gypsy-jazz guitar that audiophile hi-fi maker Linn signed him to their record label in the 1990s to help demonstrate their equipment’s legendary fidelity. A protégé of Ike Isaacs and former longtime Stéphane Grappelli band member, this affable Englishman has carved out a formidable solo career …

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