Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>
14. Reel Big FishZany, wacky, ska-rooted (though they rock harder now) Reel Big Fish elevate self-deprecation to an art form, thanks to a malcontent lead singer in Aaron Barrett, who beats you to the punch with peppy lyrics like "I'll never be anything, anything at all." He lays down these anti-What ... More >>
An oral history of OC's greatest band and their newest album, 'Push and Shove'
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Their sunny, Huntington Beach-bred ska endures with 'Candy Coated Fury'
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"April 26, 1992. There was a riot in the streets tell me where were you?" Does it matter that "April 29, 1992," Bradley Nowell's take on the LA riots had the wrong date in the lyrics? Nope--it's still one of the most memorable historical documents of the riots, which took place over six days, wh ... More >>
Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk, known to the real world as Ian Fowles, is the newest member of the sonic shredder and Aquabats guitarist. Fowles joined the Aquabats in 2010, and the guitarist (who, FYI, is also an author) was best known as the guitarist for the hardcore punk band Death by Stereo befor ... More >>
Why are we so into the Aquabats? It might be because their show, which airs on the Hub Saturdays at 8 a.m., is hilarious. (Have you seen it? It would do you good to record it on your DVR.) And of course there's the fact that the members of the Aquabats are really nice guys. So, yeah, after we pu ... More >>
The Aquabats and Reel Big Fish have a long history together; they started out playing the same lineups in the third-wave ska revival of the '90s, and supported each other through the years. Most recently, the two bands toured together in 2010, to the delight of many fans dying to relive 1997. Wik ... More >>
Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'
[Mental Notes] The news that kept us talking this year
Flickr user inrsoulEveryday can be International Beer Day when you don't need an excuse to drink beer. In honor of the world's favorite amber-brown drink (screw you, rum) raise a glass and count down the Top Five songs about beer.
Reel Big Fish Reel Big Fish, one of OC's stawarts from the mid-'90s ska phenomenon, have been touring hard lately. They just came back from Europe, are headed to South America in October this year and just kicked off their US summer tour with Streetlight Manifesto in Texas! The band have two mus ... More >>
Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago today, leaving behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and Orange County. This week's cover story pays tribute to the man who put Garden Grove on the map, who sang about the perils of date rape and invented the surf punk r ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyBradley Nowell, February 22, 1968 - May 25, 1996.Fifteen years ago today, Sublime front man Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. And every year on this day, friends and family visit his grave in Westminster Memorial Park to drink, smoke, leave memorabilia and re ... More >>
Aaron Barrett (center) with his band, Reel Big FishSublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago this month, left behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and the rest of Orange County. This week's cover story pays tribute to the man who put Garden Grove on the map, who ... More >>
courtesy Jim NowellFor more photos of Bradley Nowell, check out our slideshow hereCheck out our Bradley Nowell slideshow here!Sublime front man Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago this month, left behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and the rest of Orange County. This week' ... More >>
The press release called the event an "all-out bash of the ska punk titans," and we'd have to agree. In a previous interview with OC Weekly, Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett said they'd performed in Brazil with Goldfinger earlier this year; it was so much fun they decided to set out and do ... More >>
Meg Strouse/OC WeeklyCheck out our Reel Big Fish slideshow here!Chase Long Beach, Starpool, Suburban Legends, Reel Big FishSeptember 18, 2010Grove of AnaheimThird-wave ska, that unapologetically goofy genre, was born and raised in Orange County. Turn on the radio in the mid-1990s, and there was n ... More >>
In this week's story about Reel Big Fish, Aaron Barrett talked about Orange County's old ska scene, and how that's propelled their career. But ultra-charming Reel Big Fish front man also talked about a few other things--regarding karaoke, his iPod and the term "skafather," which came from an OC R ... More >>
Orange County purveyors are still skankin' to the beat
You could probably call Half Past Two the band that Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish built. Notwithstanding the fact that members of the band have been together since they were members of the Los Alamitos High School marching band, ska veteran Barrett has been instrumental in their development. He ... More >>
The Hype: A homecoming show for Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues Anaheim along with musical comrades Starpool and Chase Long Beach was a guaranteed sell out.Andrew YoussefReel Big Fish Live at House of Blues, AnaheimThe Show: I was taken aback by the energy of the sold-out crowd as the horn secti ... More >>
The Littlest Man Band gets sloshed
Forces of Evil gathering strength
The dark side of Reel Big Fish