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!


(Photo courtesy of Music Tastes Good)

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

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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.)

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Kat Meoz “Christmas In Hollywood” Video Premiere with LA Radio Legend Rodney on the Rocks

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Santa Gets High-Tech at Santa HQ

In partnership with HGTV, three SoCal shopping centers are hosting an interactive Christmas experience – Santa HQ. We were invited to check out the big guy’s arrival at Lakewood Center and enjoy some fun activities and a free photo package.

Santa HQ adds a special twist to your typical mall Santa. In the digital era we live in, it’s only natural that Santa gets an upgrade too! The interactive experience is fun for the whole family, and keeps the kids engaged and in awe while they wait for their turn with the big guy. [Read more…]

Juice It Up’s Seasonal Favorites Are Back!

Juice It Up! recently announced the return of their all-time seasonal guest favorites, the Merry Mocha Mint Smoothie™, the Pumpkin Pleaser Smoothie™, and its heartier counterpart, the Pumpkin Pleaser Smoothie Bowl™. They sent us a gift card to try out these limited-time flavors, so we popped in for a taste! [Read more…]

Islands’ NFL Happy Hour Menu

Islands’ new NFL Happy Hour, kicked off on September 7th with the start of the NFL season. As their guest we were able to try some of the food and drink items and hear more about what’s new at Islands! [Read more…]