Jeramiah Red @ House of Blues, Anaheim 4/11/13

With the title of Orange County’s Best Rock Band under their belt from this year’s OC Music Awards, a new partnership with the renowned management group Secret Chief, and a highly anticipated brand new album entitled “The Winter Tick” being whispered about through the networks of facebook and Orange County, Jeramiah Red have never been more prepared for the next natural step in their musical careers. After riding the waves of their most recent acclaimed EP, “Ghost Tracks from the Getty,” for the last 2 years, the band has slowly been introducing new material into their set over the last year. This new material has marked a change for the band not only regarding the songs they play, but how they are performed as well. As their new music suggests, the songs and band are taking a more serious approach to all they do including, but not limited to, song writing, stage presence, and overall band performance. This new approach is separating this crew of moose-branded-misfits from a beloved local talent, to a, “I knew them when…” hit, that the local scene wouldn’t be surprised to hear on the radio in the near future. In fact, locals are beginning to expect it.

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Trampled by Turtles @ The Observatory, Santa Ana 1/18/13

On Friday, January 18th Trampled by Turtles blew through Orange County on the tail end of their national tour toting their in-your-face, machine gunning bluegrass sound. They brought along with them, and adding appropriately to the evening in general, Nashville natives Honeyhoney who opened the evening bringing their rich country-meets-rock-meets-folk-meets-blues styling to the stage. Never before has Santa Ana’s Observatory been bombarded with so much energy while showcasing roots music in the form of bluegrass. Further, little did I know that so many banjo loving rednecks found their home in Orange County. I am kidding, and I know this a stereotype. With that said, whether the venue’s sold out crowd was composed of generations of inbreeding, firework accidents and deer hunting is irrelevant because the fact of the matter is, Trampled by Turtles made a lasting impression on an emphatic group of show goers to a point where it might as well have been a Mumford and Sons concert. The fan following filled up every last space of breathing room in the Observatory’s main stage room, and watched in awe and amazement as both bands flawlessly stampeded through their sets. The night was electric, not a single fan was disappointed and, judging by the reception of Honeyhoney, a new beloved act was discovered on this evening dedicated to song writing and musicianship.

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Devious Means at House of Blues, Anaheim 12/20/12

It’s endearing to watch a band grow. It is exciting to see them blossom and reach the potential that you know they are capable of and know that they have worked hard to achieve. They consistently blow you away a little bit more with every show, with every month, with every new song, and with every new step taken. This is how I feel about the Devious Means. This review will cover not only the band’s set at the House of Blues, Anaheim last Thursday but also shed some light on the glorious transformation I have witnessed in the Devious Means from a ‘B’ act with untapped, nuclear potential; to a crowd pleasing, rhinoceros plated steam engine (an ‘A+’ act). Judging by their performance last Thursday, the band is set to not only take Orange County by hurricane, but have also aligned themselves in a way that they are hard not to be recognized by industry pros. Yes, this show was that good.

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