ComplexCon 2018 Took Over Long Beach For Its 3rd Year!

Taking place over two days (November 3 and 4) at the Long Beach Convention Center, tens of thousands of fans gathered in the 500,000 square feet space to bring to life Complex’s underlying vision of pushing culture forward: ComplexCon 2018. With endless music, fashion, art, food, style, sports, activism and education (the list goes on and on), the highly anticipated tradeshow festival hybrid can best be described in three words: …

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Fallout Continues from Shocktoberfest’s Sudden Cancellation

The fallout from University of California, Irvine’s Shocktoberfest continues, with many students wondering if they are getting a refund to the event. The annual fall concert, which kicks off the university’s basketball season, was shut down after rapper Famous Dex jumped into the crowd during his set on Friday, October 19, propelling many fans to rush the stage. After it was announced that the sold-out Shocktoberfest was canceled, the mayhem …

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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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In Praise of the Firm Soundation’s Gospel Brunch

As you learn in the introductory video at Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim, the Biblical music genre has unique roots. Dan Aykroyd, co-star of Blues Brothers and co-founder of the House of Blues chain, narrates the short film to a background of scraping forks and humming mouths. He describes the history of Gospel as a cousin to the Blues – begun by African-Americans who used it to …

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