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  • '80s Movie Night: Gleaming the Cube

    published July 26, 2012

    Gleaming the Cube is a classic for so many reasons, crescendoing somewhere between the unbelievable roster of ‘80s skate cameos—this... More >>

  • The Ettes

    published July 19, 2012

    The Ettes are a power trio powered by whatever was generating electricity in Detroit, New York City and even LA between 1967 and 1976, and between... More >>

  • Richard Lewis

    published July 19, 2012

    Richard Lewis is the other Man in Black—the comedian who starts his autobiography by explaining how he chose “applause over tears and... More >>

  • Sea Wolf

    published July 12, 2012

    Sea Wolf is another one of those bands that just got too big for the bedroom, or the living room in the case of Alex Brown Church, who started... More >>

  • Jack Grisham

    published July 12, 2012

    Jack Grisham is the renaissance man from Hell—did Orson Welles ever surf? Or bust heads before and/or during a T.S.O.L. show? His punk... More >>

  • LCD Soundsystem: Shut Up and Play the Hits

    published July 5, 2012

    Shut Up and Play the Hits is a movie about one night that’s only coming out for one night—a 24-hour window to watch a documentary on... More >>

  • SOBECA Summer Sounds Series

    published June 28, 2012

    There’s a nice little tradition of dropping bands into the Lab, but this summer the SOBECA Summer Sounds Series is going for broke. The... More >>

  • Otik Records Night

    published June 14, 2012

    South Bay indie Otik has been quietly filing away little pieces of local music history—the Happy Squid Records of 2012?—and their live... More >>

  • Jenny Lewis

    published June 14, 2012

    We always thought there was way more to Jenny Lewis than the press cared to grant her—even back on her first solo album, there were moments... More >>

  • Eagles of Death Metal

    published June 7, 2012

    What a buncha wild-ass freaks—Jesse the Devil (also playing out solo as Boots Electric when he leaves his Eagles back in the nest) and his... More >>

  • Circus Vargas

    published June 7, 2012

    Circus Vargas started as a revival circus in 1969 to restore and revitalize a more Barnum-ian ethos, but by 2005, it had fallen on hard times.... More >>

  • The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary

    published May 31, 2012

    Been so long, says the song, so let’s get together and do it again—and so for the first time since at least the '80s, Brian Wilson is... More >>

  • The Avengers

    published May 24, 2012

    Like their song says, the Avengers were second-to-none—a fireball punk quartet out of San Francisco in 1977, who opened for the last-ever... More >>

  • Christina Pazsitzky

    published May 24, 2012

    Born out in the Valley—possibly a Sherman Oaks Food Court, though specific evidence is murky at best—comedian Christina Pazsitzky... More >>

  • Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2012

    published May 17, 2012

    Dating back to the heady—or should we say “head”-y, and then pretend like we just inhaled deeply?—days of ‘70s... More >>

  • Devendra Banhart

    published May 17, 2012

    Devendra Banhart comes to OC with a wandering-troubadour backstory that took him from boho megacities like San Francisco and Paris to an official... More >>

  • Devo

    published May 10, 2012

    Behold Devo, kings of rock—or maybe just kings of this rock called Earth that we all happen to live on, lauded for their proto-posto-punko... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man

    published May 3, 2012

    Big things for Alaska-by-way-of-sleeping-five-per-minivan-in-Portland band Portugal. The Man, who recently signed to the same label as Led... More >>

  • 'Random Acts of Time'

    published May 3, 2012

    It sounds like a Ballard short story and that’s probably on purpose because this new OCCCA exhibit is a dissection of the subjectivity of... More >>

  • Audacity Gets Wiser

    published April 26, 2012

    Orange County already had the Adolescents, but when they got Audacity, they got the prepubescents—larval punks who started in second... More >>

  • 5th Annual Punk Rock Picnic

    published April 26, 2012

    Behold the holiday in the sun come to life—dozens of punk bands pushing genre prefixes like “old school” and... More >>

  • Mark Sultan

    published April 26, 2012

    If there was a rock ‘n’ roll song in the last ten or so years that sounded pretty much perfect from the first note—whether it... More >>

  • Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

    published April 19, 2012

    Not sure if “bathe,” “wallow” or “gorge” is the appropriate method of experience for weaponized-comedy duo Tim... More >>

  • Let 'Em Riot!

    published April 19, 2012

    Alan Oakes is Let Em Riot, the man-machine synth-pop band that’s just sticky with fearless ‘80s references—Flock of Seagulls,... More >>

  • tUnE-yArDs Are Chaos in a Box

    published April 12, 2012

    As the loopy mastermind behind the ferociously acclaimed band tUnE-yArDs, singer/percussionist/ukelele innovator Merrill Garbus is used to... More >>

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