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Dressed up in a mixture of mod and art deco fixtures decor, it's pretty apparent that Detroit Bar is a slice of the Memphis Group pie. The intimate bar/venue not only serves as a must-play venue for all up-and-coming Orange County bands, but also hosts a slew of well-established artists blowing through town. You can experience everything from the likes of Elliott Smith (RIP) to Stereolab at this local hot spot. The crowd is skewed young and hip, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed by snooty scenesters. Drinks are strong and the best of rock, indie rock, soul and more are played nightly by impeccable DJs. Hip-hop/dance and karaoke nights are also quite popular. Whether you're visiting for the bands, drinks, pool table or consistently awesome music, Detroit's laid-back atmosphere makes it one of the best hangouts in Orange County.
Let's all get drunk and sing! Every Sunday night, Detroit Bar, one of OC's most prominent venues for stylish, up-and-coming musical acts, frees its...
The newest single from LA-based Peachy Keene "Slowly But Surely" features more of Christine Clement's breathy vocals along with their usual texture...
Orange County punk is in good shape, thanks in part to psych-punk five-piece The Shrills. In between raucous percussion and '60s garage-soaked guitar are the crazed, desperate vocals of Dan Simmons, which altogether make their band name credible... More »
Refrigerators don't get much love in rock music, save for This Time with FEELING's subscription to the label of 'fridge rock' to describe their music, infused with genius melodies and coy vocals by the band's resident chanteuse Ali Coyle. TTWF... More »
This one forced us to do quite the double take. Is this some sort of hipster band with an ironic name? The answer is: sort of. Tonight, Detroit Bar hosts the third anniversary of the Gentleman’s Beard and Mustache Coalition, a group that... More »
Modern Disco Ambassadors like to call their new La Boite Funk night “dance floor therapy”—and when you’re lining up deeply skilled local DJs like Wes the Mes or bringing in the indefatigable Pop Noir brothers to select a set, naturally there’s... More »
Why does this perennial favorite win again? Let us count the ways: One, it's small, which means you can look the lead singer in the eye . . . as he's a foot away from you. Two, it books great acts. And by great, we mean Cat Power great. Peter Murphy great. Yo La Tengo great. Melvins great. Three, booking the same caliber acts that often sell out in LA means Detroit Bar saves you the trouble of driving north for an hour, spending dough on gas and parking. (Parking at the strip mall is free!)... More »
A band has to have some sort of local following to be booked to play each Monday in a month at Orange County's premier rock club; recent highlights have included Young the Giant, Free Moral Agents and the Steelwells. So, there'll usually be a decent-sized crowd here at 9 p.m. on the week's most dreaded day. There's no cover, and the slew of opening bands varies, so there's not much risk in venturing out on Monday nights, pretending it's a Saturday, having a few drinks... More »
This joint gets a lot of love around these parts, and with good reason: What other venue is going to bring cutting-edge indie rock acts such as Deerhunter, Mew and Ida Maria to the county? Or alt-rock legends such as Dinosaur Jr. and Frank Black? What about hip-hop names such as GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan and People Under the Stairs? Or host regular DJ nights such as Bristol Sessions and Busywork? Or regularly support budding local talent through its Monday-night residencies and New Music... More »
Yes, it's more than a bar--it's a venue that books the best bands OC has to offer and amazing touring acts. But it still has that unassuming, pull-up-a-stool, whaddaya-have feel. You can kick back with friends and play pool in front of a fireplace and, of course, get wasted. Head in to groove to the live music or just lounge with a cocktail at one of their comfy booths that you don't have to be a high-roller to enjoy. The drinks are stiff but affordable, and the parking is... More »
This Costa Mesa fixture is really three clubs in one. There's the semi-intimate main room, where rock bands rock; there's the sleek, stylish lounge area, where one can hear rock bands rocking, or listen and/or dance to DJs deejaying, and/or get one's drink on, and/or buy band merch; and, finally, there's the homey back room, where one can play tunes on the digital jukebox and watch rock bands on television screens and shoot pool, or engage in the ancient art of conversation without wrec... More »
Yes, it's more than a bar—it's a venue that books the best bands OC has to offer and amazing touring acts. But it still has that unassuming, pull-up-a-stool, whaddaya-have feel. You can kick back with friends and play pool in front of a fireplace and, of course, get wasted. Head in to groove to the live music or just lounge with a cocktail at one of their comfy booths that you don't have to be a high-roller to enjoy. The drinks are stiff but affordable, and the parking is always ample. (Being in a big-ass strip mall does have its advantages.) Sure, the patrons are—here comes that word again—hipsters, but they're mostly really nice! Don't be intimidated; just think of them as slightly scruffy men in skinny jeans and ladies with fabulous taste in shoes.
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