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Remember when you were 17 and all you wanted to do was to be able to see your favorite band that never played any all-ages venue? EVER? Well the Chain Reaction solves all that. This is like the introductory venue for every band that passes through Orange County--everyone's played the Chain at some point in their careers. It's a small, slightly dingy venue located in a sketchy Anaheim shopping center surrounded by car dealerships. The floors are sticky, the stage is small, dusty T-shirts of bands that have played the venue grace the walls and any space that's free is covered in bumper stickers. But since when was rock and roll ever clean? This place is a no-fuss, straight to the point venue where covers are cheap and indie bands are frequent. Everyone wins.
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MellowHypeChain ReactionDecember 21, 2012This week seems to be Orange County's unofficial "Odd Future" week. The LA-based hip-hop collective has scheduled two performances here for the week before Chr... More »
Chase Long BeachChain ReactionDecember 19, 2012For the past 10 years, local ska act Chase Long Beach, has been evolving and performing throughout the U.S. since their kickoff in 2002. A little more th... More »
Saturdays were made for shaking off the dust of a shitty work week. And there's no better way to shake a shit ton of dust than to hop into a seething pit grooving to the raging strains of Lionheart. Known for their chugging, aggressive sound,... More »
The Planet Pluto is an indie band with an eclectic sound. Though perhaps they didn't get the memo about the celestial body, which was cut from the solar system years ago. Though young they may be, they play a gypsy-infused style with the deftness... More »
When combining the terms all ages with Orange County, there's only one definitive spot to discuss: Chain Reaction. Here, boys with flat-ironed hair and eyeliner resemble girls and still manage to do well for themselves with the ladies. Here, marginalized teens from a variety of subcultures (from emo to screamo) come to listen to bands with banal names such as As I Gently Lactate and Lions Versus Eohippus and look their best while bobbing their heads to the sweet sounds of youth. In business... More »
Orange County's finest all-ages club is the physical representation of an angsty teenage boy. It looks (and smells) like a sweaty locker room. Every time you visit, Chain Reaction will be packed to the gills with 15-year-olds bouncing off the walls from too much . . . youth. Enjoy it. Get a buzz from eating a shitload of candy and drinking a ton of soda (as that's all they sell--duh), raise your fist up high and prepare to mosh. If nothing else, adrenalin is super-contagious. More »
For more than a decade, Chain Reaction has seen its share of big names cross the stage--either scheduled and sold-out shows or surprise appearances. Now, Orange County's premier all-ages venue is the place to play if all your band members are still in high school. Hosting shows every night (except Mondays) means the kids have a good excuse not to do their homework, but moms needn't worry: Chain Reaction's concerts start at 7:30 and end at 11 p.m., so little indie-rockers and... More »
For more than a decade, Chain Reaction has seen its share of big names cross the stage—either scheduled and sold-out shows or surprise appearances. Now, Orange County's premier all-ages venue is the place to play if all your band members are still in high school. Hosting shows every night (except Mondays) means the kids have a good excuse not to do their homework, but moms needn't worry: Chain Reaction's concerts start at 7:30 and end at 11 p.m., so little indie-rockers and screamo enthusiasts can make it home before curfew.
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