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  • Kaskade Masters Time, Space and Big-Room Electronica

    published December 29, 2011

    On New Year's Eve, San Clemente electronic musician and DJ Kaskade has to be on two stages on the same day—at the Anaheim Convention... More >>

  • Mark Hix Big Band

    published December 29, 2011

    Trumpeter Mark Hix and his Big Band have been a fixture at Steamers since 1995, and they haven’t lost any of their enthusiastic bigness.... More >>

  • OC Music Awards Showcase: Best Live Band

    published December 29, 2011

    Last year—after trials untold, commitment unmatched and discipline unimaginable—Fullerton’s Steelwells fought and sweat and... More >>

  • The Growlers Go Further, Fursure!

    published December 22, 2011

    The Growlers are one show into a winter West Coast tour, and they've already drawn blood. Singer Brooks Nielsen is speaking via phone as he... More >>

  • Good Foot Christmas

    published December 22, 2011

    One of the nicest traditions Long Beach has going for it is Dennis Owens’ seasonal funk-soul Good Foot nights, where both holiday orphans... More >>

  • Ice Cream Man's Xmas Extravaganza

    published December 15, 2011

    Lucky us for getting to live in the town Ice Cream Man calls home, which means when he stays local for the winter, we all get warmed up with free... More >>

  • Free Moral Agents

    published December 15, 2011

    Long Beach’s Free Moral Agents are one of the most consistently interesting bands in the city—capable and confident psychonauts whose... More >>

  • Gremlins

    published December 8, 2011

    God bless ‘em, everyone who made the movie Gremlins way back in 1984. It’s the over-cranked, under-tasteful antidote to wholesome... More >>

  • Margaret Cho

    published December 1, 2011

    Margaret Cho just launched her newest full-length concert DVD into a world foaming at the mouth with anticipation—it’s called Cho... More >>

  • Dom Kennedy

    published December 1, 2011

    Leimert Park rapper Dom Kennedy has been tipped to blow up for maybe two or three mixtapes now—from last year’s From The Westside With... More >>

  • Los Lobos

    published November 24, 2011

    From early punk label Slash Records to doing an album of all Disney covers—it’d be great if that was Darby Crash’s career arc,... More >>

  • Wild Records' Old-School DIY

    published November 17, 2011

    As with so many important stories, the one about Wild Records starts with an Irishman walking into a bar. That'd be Reb Kennedy, a lifelong... More >>

  • Wale

    published November 17, 2011

    Before Wale, Washington DC had the strange status of being the only major American city never to produce a significant hip-hop star—and... More >>

  • Thanksgiving Extravaganza

    published November 17, 2011

    OC Weekly’s favorite DJ and one of Long Beach’s favorite bartenders team up with a night for people who might have finished... More >>

  • Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin

    published November 10, 2011

    There’s pop art and then there’s art that makes your eyeballs pop out and scream—that’s where Robert Williams comes in. In... More >>

  • The Soft Hands

    published November 3, 2011

    The Soft Hands’ revitalization continues! After a long hiatus following the release of their album Hours Pass By on local label Fidotrust,... More >>

  • Babasonicos

    published October 27, 2011

    Argentina’s Babasonicos are ten albums in and still confidently exploring a sound that combines glam swagger and wit—although Bryan... More >>

  • Walking Sleep

    published October 27, 2011

    Walking Sleep’s Tarp Sessions album—named after the tarp factory in which Walking Sleep recorded, which is astounding not as much... More >>

  • Social Distortion

    published October 20, 2011

    Do other places have their own versions of Social Distortion? Can you run into the Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba strutting down the... More >>

  • Young Frankenstein

    published October 20, 2011

    That’s FRONK-enshteen to you, and if you stagger out of the most adorable—if not simply the best—of the Mel Brooks classics with... More >>

  • Flamin' Groovies: The Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

    published October 6, 2011

    His mom's water broke while she was at the circus, says Flamin' Groovies guitarist/songwriter Cyril Jordan, and that's when he must've first... More >>

  • State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970

    published October 6, 2011

    L.A.’s Pacific Standard Time is less an exhibition—or a series of exhibitions—than an event, or even an explosion. Right now,... More >>

  • Bacon Brothers

    published September 29, 2011

    There isn’t anyone with the money and charm or at least industry pull to make this happen, but if brothers Kevin and Michael Bacon—yes,... More >>

  • Dracula

    published September 29, 2011

    Steven Dietz’ often-produced 1996 version of Bram Stoker’s original 1897 Dracula is known for being wedded to its source material. (Til... More >>

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    published September 22, 2011

    1984 was a strange and scary time to be a kid in America, with things like the (false) McMartin preschool Satanic abuse cases here in California... More >>

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