LIVE: The Growlers

Are you in or are you out? “Beach goth” pioneers the Growlers had San Diego feeling those "Humdrum Blues" on Feb. 16-17 at the Observatory North Park, where Jonathan Richman opened.

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The Growlers (singer Brooks Nielsen, pictured) headlined the Observatory North Park on Feb. 16 and 17.
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They’re touring in support of their newly reissued EP, “Gay Thoughts,” and 2014’s full-length, “Chinese Fountain.”
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Singer/songwriter Jonathan Richman opened both shows.
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The band originally formed in Dana Point, California, in 2006 before eventually moving to Costa Mesa in Orange County.
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They released their first album, "Are You In or Out," in 2009.
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Aside from Nielsen, the band includes Matt Taylor on lead guitar, Scott Montoya on drums (pictured), Anthony Braun on bass and Kyle Straka on keyboards/guitar.
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The band is known for its unique brand of music, affectionately dubbed "beach goth," which includes psychedelia, surf, pop, rock and reggae.
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They've toured with the likes of the Black Keys, Dr. Dog, Devendra Banhart, Julian Casablancas and others.
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Their shows often include a bit of fun theatricality, like wigs, make-up, women's dresses and props.
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The Growlers host the annual Beach Goth Party, a music festival, at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California.
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Last year's Beach Goth Party featured artists (aside from the Growlers) such as Grimes, Die Antwoord, Mac DeMarco, FIDLAR, the Drums, Ghost, Warpaint, DIIV, Cherry Glazer, Eagles of Death Metal and many others.
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They've released five studio full-lengths, including "Chinese Fountain."
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The band is featured in a scene from Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "Inherent Vice."
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Jonathan Richman is a singer/songwriter originally from Natick, Massachusetts.
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In 1970, he founded the Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band.
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He is known for his quirky pop songs that typically feature him playing a Spanish-style acoustic guitar.
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Richman also famously provided a musical narration of the plot throughout the 1998 film “There’s Something About Mary.”
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