April 3, 2014
Last Call for Alcohol — The Farewell Mixtape

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When Music In Press got started, we wanted a publication where we could share music in the same way one makes a mixtape and gives it to a friend. We wanted a publication about the ecstasy, emotions and experiences of live music without the compromises of big media companies. We then got really lucky: the writers we attracted shared our passion, and the musicians we covered believed in what we were doing. Out of nowhere, we had our creative dream “job.”

mixtape MIPHow 5 people and bold ideas turned into 23 friends with a thousand wild stories is well beyond what we ever dreamed of, but that adventure is coming to an end in April.

After two years as part of the Orange County and SoCal music scene, life as it happens, is taking some of us in different directions, and instead of fading away or lowering our quality, we’ve decided it’s more Rock & Roll to call it a day and say good night.

MIP has been home to many writers, photographers, videographers, designers and musicians who embrace simple pursuits: do your best, break conventions and have fun. That last part we took very seriously. Yet, what mattered most to us throughout these years is the enthusiasm we received from this incredible community of artists, venues and fans.

To you all, drunk with appreciation as we are now, thank you for being part of this adventure.

Until we see you at the next live show, here’s what the MIP has been listening to lately. Hope you enjoy it as much as we always did…

The Music In Press Team

Reigen:
Play it Cool

Hicks Canyon Band:Mostly Me

Andrew London: (not the MIP photographer, but a musician with the same name)Back to Old Street

Kiev:3rnd

Swampland:Axeman of New Orleans

Evan Geesman:Holy Mountains

This Time With Feeling:
Worst Enemy

Nilu:
Breakdown

NO:Stay With Me

February 28, 2014
Detroit Bar: The Velvet Curtain Calls

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“That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight”

That place, that place right at the corner is Detroit Bar. It shares the asphalt with a superstore and a laundrymat, but might as well own the entire parking lot on a good night. And that’s what Detroit bar is reknown for; for putting pretty-damn good nights.

Tapioca & the Flea at Detroit Bar

Tapioca & the Flea at Detroit Bar

This ostensibly unpretentious locale is responsible for some memorable, fun and absurd nights of my life. I won’t revisit them now, but I’ll tell you why I got nostalgic when I heard Detroit Bar is closing down:

Orange County has the bad reputation of being too mellow, and home to a toothless youth. That can be blamed on the clean streets, unpolluted beaches and breathable air; but behind the appearances, we always had issues being worked on at the scruffy corner of Federal and 19th St. This was trench away from the sane sameness.

I went to UC Irvine, and at the time, nothing felt more rebellious than to smoke a cigarette in the cage by the door at Detroit bar. Nothing contrasted better to the Irvine life than coming to Costa Mesa for live music, drinks and a healthy intake of second hand toxins.
When I imagine what it will be like once the new owners take over, I imagine clean tables, a clean floor and a no-smoking sign. My heart is getting sick to the stomach just thinking about it.

Detroit Bar is responsible for some of the most resounding nights of my life, including amazing concerts, drunken stories and WTF moments, and the best part is that most times it was for free. This place is my CBGB, and I’m watching it go away, as it should be, with a “Grand Finale” concert.

However, this isn’t a valentine to my favorite OC bar; this is a middle finger in the air to a friend who is going away. Because when you say goodbye to the trenches, you talk about the one time, during an Aloe Blacc concert, when a crowd surfing girl dropkicked you with boots, and gave you a bloody nose. Yes, that was fun. F-you, D., I’m going to miss your troubled artist temperament.

On another good night, Joel Pott of the band Athlete told me point-blank to “put the camera down and fucking enjoy the music” Ever since, whenever I’m at a concert, his words come to mind, “…enjoy the music.”

The Lonely Wild at Detroit Bar

The Lonely Wild at Detroit Bar

Yet, the longer list are the new-names witnessed here and how we came of age watching them become household names. Bands like Young the Giant, Venus Infers, The New Limb, Jeramiah Red, The Spell, Robert Jon & The Wreck, This Time with Feeling, Randsburg, Tapioca & the Flea, Well Hung Heart and so many more, made me realize that the OC has a wild beating heart, and it only needed the right venue to bring it to life.

Tonight, as the velvet curtain calls, and we see that iconic Detroit Bar metal sign one last time, I hope the place is packed, and that many of us leave unceremoniously, I’m sure we’ll forget some of the things that happened here, but I truly wish that the attitude this place represented never fades.

Friday, February 28th, 2014 / 21+ / 8:00PM
Blu and Exile
Dag Savage ft. Choosey & Co$$
Denmark Vessey & Scud One

January 30, 2014
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January 30, 2014
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January 28, 2014
Tonight at @slidebar @ocmusicawards /// @citybystormofficial @rebelrevive @thelastgangmusic @beneath_the_buried @sederra http://ift.tt/1neNXuf

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January 28, 2014
The Lonely Wild Live Footage at Detroit Bar

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The Lonely Wild. Photos by David Reeve

The Lonely Wild. Photos by David Reeve

I like the radio. I listen to Spotify in the office, but I truly enjoy when I hear a DJ’s voice, and his/her sincere impressions on new music. As much as I click on Spotify “recommendations” from time to time, I rather have a human than an algorithm tell me what I may like.

NPR’s Bob Boilen posted a Best Live Concerts of 2013 recently and I noticed that one of my favorite secrets is not a secret anymore. Word has been getting around about The Lonely Wild. These guys are not just touring, they are proselytizing wild hauling-to-the-moon parties. People who like hypnotic wild trance states have been telling people who may like hypnotic wild trance states.

MIP had a chance to sit down with The Lonely Wild last week in a pretty cozy conversation by a fireplace at Detroit Bar. If you were trying not to like them anymore, this video is not going to help.


Videography by Kevin Silva and Rob Dumitrescu

The Lonely Wild residency at Detroit Bar culminates tomorrow (1/28), and it is absolutely unmissable. They’ll be joined by Jeramiah Red and A House for Lions. In fact, we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away and if you tell us why you want to be there tomorrow night, it may just be you who gets to join us.

Check our YouTube Channel for more live footage on The Lonely Wild:

The Lownely Wild Upcoming Tour Dates
Jan 28 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
Jan 29 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
Feb 19 Zanzabar Louisville, KY
Feb 20 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
Feb 21 Do317 Lounge Indianapolis, IN
Feb 22 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Feb 23 Highdive Champaign, IL
Feb 24 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 27 The Frequency Madison, WI
Feb 28 The Turf Club St Paul, MN
Mar 01 Maintenance Shop Ames, IA
Mar 04 The Rozz-Tox Rock Island, IL
Mar 05 Mojo’s Columbia, MO Tickets
Mar 06 The Old Rock House St Louis, MO
Mar 07 Czar Bar Kansas City, MO
Mar 08 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK

January 27, 2014
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January 26, 2014
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January 25, 2014
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January 24, 2014
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January 23, 2014
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January 23, 2014
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January 21, 2014
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January 19, 2014
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January 18, 2014
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