Reel Big Fish to Release First New Album in 6 Years – New Single Out Now!

Legendary Southern California ska-punk band, Reel Big Fish, is set to release their first new album in six years. Founding member and frontman Aaron Barrett said that the band began recording the album, titled “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!” in January 2018, and took their time with it. “Our friend and engineer David Irish just finished building his new studio “Pot of Gold” in Orange, CA, and we loved how everything sounds there, and there’s just really good energy and good vibes there,” Barrett recently told press.

The new single was is a surprise release, described as a “high energy skank-athon that is sure to please both longtime fans and new converts.”  The single, titled “You Can’t Have All Of Me,” is one of 14 new tracks that makes up the upcoming album.

Regarding the video for the single, Barrett added, “We just wanted to keep the new video simple, just the band playing in the studio and rocking out…mostly because all of us were out of town after warped tour till the night we left for this current tour so we only had a few hours to shoot a video.”

“Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!” will be released on December 21st, but the new single is out now and available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music. Fans can listen and buy here.

Watch the video for “You Can’t Have All of Me” below:

 

The Top 5 Family-Friendly Haunts in Southern California

While many of the amazing haunted houses in Southern California are not recommended for younger guests, there are plenty of pint-size horror fans who would love some thrills and chills too. For those looking for some more family-oriented halloween frights, here is a list of family-friendly haunts in Southern California – in order by age appropriate-ness.


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Haunt at Heritage Hill Opens Friday the 12th!

 

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The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California (UPDATED for 2018)

If Horror is your thing, Southern California is a great place to get your scare on. With a variety of haunts that go from skipping a beat, to stopping your heart completely, SoCal has something for everyone. We’ve listed our favorite haunts in order of slight fright, to unescapable terror. Do you dare visit one of our Top 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California?

(This post was updated October 9th, 2018. Questions or comments? Leave them below!)

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Dad Brains Releases Inaugural Father’s Day EP

Does having kids make you any less punk?  SoCal-based punk band Dad Brains doesn’t think so.

The Oxnard/Ventura-based quartet of punk rock dads, comprised of ex-members of notable punk/”Nardcore” bands like No Motiv (Vagrant Records), The Missing 23rd (Sessions Records), Creep Division (American hardcore/punk band that featured members of Good Riddance) and The F-ing Wrath, is releasing a self-titled EP this Friday, June 15. 

Dad Brains’ first single, Baby Jail, chronicles those sleepless nights and bleary-eyed days that all parents face after bringing a new baby home.

Im so hungover but didn’t have a drink and I feel so tired that I can’t even think. I’m so confused and feel stuck inside, I need to get outside….
baby….jail. Baby….jail is this the drunk tank? Baby Jail.
I think I need a break.

Dad Brains consists of four members:

Patrick Pedraza – Vocals
Matt Kash – Guitar
John Crerar – Drums
Craig Kasamis – Bass

We had a few question for the guys, and guitarist Matt Kash was kind enough to answer. Check out our brief interview below:

SoCal Locale: Dad Brains new EP perfectly captures the struggles and the joys of parenthood and some of the changes that come with it. Has being a dad changed the way you write, record or perform music?

Matt Kash: When we wrote this EP, Pat came over to my house on his lunch break while my kids were in school. We wrote all the songs in about an hour. We’re busy dads and didn’t have time to overthink it. Which was a good thing. The same goes for recording, I think we recorded the whole EP in 2 or 3 hours. It’s not perfect and we’re cool with it!

SCL: Speaking of performing: Will we be able to look forward to any Dad Brains shows soon?

MK: We hope so. Know any good baby sitters?

SCL: What is the main message you hope dads (and other parents) take away from your new EP?

That you don’t have to become a completely different person after you have kids. Staying true to yourself and continuing to play makes us happy and that’s important for the kids to see. We grew up singing along to punk songs about the government, our parents and the various other challenges one faces while growing up. We saw it only fitting to start a band that addresses this next stage in our lives and hopefully other dads can relate along the way!

The Dad Brains EP drops Friday, June 15th! You can buy Dad Brains merch and pick up the EP on their Bandcamp page.

Music Tastes Good Announces 2018 Festival Lineup

Music Tastes Good returns to Southern California for its third year of celebrating music, food and art!


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Music Tastes Good, a two-day music, food, and arts festival presented by 89.9 KCRW returns to Marina Green Park, along the picturesque Downtown Long Beach shoreline, on September 29 and 30th, with iconic British New Wave legends New Order and Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize-winning English singer-songwriter James Blake headlining.

This year, an expanded and more inclusive Taste Tent with the theme “Port Cities of the West Coast” will offer all attendees (not just VIPs) a chance to immerse their taste buds in culinary samplings from some of the best coast’s most talented and acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including:

Wesley Young of Vancouver’s Pidgin
Jeffery Vance of Seattle’s No Anchor
Cameron Hanin on Seattle’s Ma’Ono
Pat Manning of Portland’s Toro Bravo
Rachel Aronow, independent (formerly of San Francisco’s Alembic)
Sincere Justice of Oakland’s Tacos Sincero
Edward Martinez of Sacramento’s Milk Money
Michael Thiemann of Sacramento’s Mother
Dawna Bass of Long Beach’s Under the Sun
Jason Witzl of Long Beach’s Ellie’s
Aliye Aydin of Long Beach’s A Good Carrot
Dina Amadril of Long Beach Creamery
Arthur Gonzales of Long Beach’s Roe/Panxa Cocina
Christine Rivera of San Diego’s Galaxy Tacos
and Nancy Leon of Tijuana B.C.S.’s Chan’s Bistro.

A great lineup of chefs will be complimented by a monumental lineup of bands and musicians on both days.

Saturday’s lineup will also include: influential Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene, Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer and Manuel The Band.

Sunday’s bill promises performances by: The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, The Church, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), The Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui and NO BS! Brass Band.

Tickets are on sale now!

For more information or to purchase single-day or weekend passes visit musictastesgood.com.

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park in an epic way!

On Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, Universal Studios Hollywood visitors are invited to take part in an exclusive event to honor the blockbuster action-adventure that brought dinosaurs out of extinction a quarter century ago.

The Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration will roar to life with a private screening of the original Jurassic Park at Universal CityWalk’s all-new, state-of-the-art Universal Cinema. Afterwards, guests will head inside Universal Studios Hollywood, to enjoy the rest of the event, adjacent to the theme park’s thrilling “Jurassic Park—The Ride.”

Guests will receive a special commemorative lanyard and unlimited access to all things Jurassic, from the action-packed theme park ride, to viewing original props – including the Gyrosphere as seen in the record-breaking Jurassic World – as well as original dinosaur models from the movie, costume displays and an interactive expo area. Live entertainment, themed food and merchandise will also be available to complement the event.

Guests are also invited to dress up as their favorite character from the franchise! Costume guidelines requirements can be found here.

This epic event requires a separate ticket purchase to attend, and it will sell out! Get your tickets here before they’re extinct!

Winter Fest Returns to Orange County on December 21st!

Orange County’s biggest winter tradition is returning! Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center will run from December 21st, 2017 through January 7th, 2018 – giving families more time in the new year to enjoy the wide variety of wintry activities offered at Winter Fest OC!

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Santa Barbara’s Sanderlings Release New Single and Jawbreaker Cover

Sanderlings is a four-piece ocean-themed pop-punk band out of Santa Barbara, CA. Their humble beginnings stemmed from a solo project from frontman Woody Locke, who released a home-recorded EP in early 2016. [Read more…]

Fall for the Flavors of The Public House in Downtown Fullerton

(SoCal Locale was invited as a guest to try the seasonal menu and drink offerings at The Public House and share our thoughts.)

Downtown Fullerton is ripe with amazing bars and eateries, and one such gem is hidden inside an unsuspecting building off of Commonwealth Avenue.  [Read more…]