Everyone looked great this past weekend in Southern California: young, dirty and loose kids ran wild in the business parks of Santa Ana at the Observatory — Orange County’s blooming music venue tucked between parking lots and sanitized cubicles. After this weekend, I think the area has a bit more color on the walls after the wildly eclectic lineup came through town. From big name celebrity headliners like Weezer, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Gang of Four, Ty Segall, Ariel Pink to tiny bands on Jack in the Box diets grinding in the midday sun, gathering fan bases, there was good things happening wherever you looked. Here’s some of what we saw and liked:
Comedic punk rockers No Parents kicked off the first day on the big outdoor stage as loads of excited sweaty kids piled in. What Youth favorites Corners, Tomorrows Tulips, Wyatt Blair and Beach Fossils helped pick up the day one momentum.
Legendary psych artists The Black Angels and Roky Erikson of 13th Floor Elevators played back-to-back, making for an exotic transition from day to night, making the Weezer set all the more surreal.
Day two drew in an even bigger crowd and even more bad kids out.
King Khan & the BBQ Show, White Fence, Shannon and the Clams and Thee Oh Sees laid the foundation for massive day-long ruckus that began. Midday brought in some solid performances by Craft Spells, Tennis, and Ariel Pink. They instigated dance parties in every corner of the venue.
Hip Hop legends Bone Thugs and Harmony brought out a whole different side of the burger crowd as they wooed everyone with their classic hits and tributes to Biggie, Tupac and the legend who signed them, Eazy-E.
Night time brought out easy festival favorites: Atlanta’s The Black Lips and local favorite Ty Segall, who ended his set by covering “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, not once but three times. Fuck that was good.
Between a number of heavy acts like Meatbodies and Audacity, there were also some more notable dream-gaze bands to top the weekend off: Jacco Gardner, Part Time, Froth and Gap Dream provided appropriate come-down tunes and sent everyone home star gazing.
The success and phenomenon of Burger Records continues to grow and between SXSW, Burgerama and the upcoming psych fests and Coachella weekends and Desert Daze, you’d be hard pressed to have a bad time going outside this spring. Music is in the air.—Asal Shaindoust
The Black Lips
The Black Angels