Alex Knost

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    The Five Best Acts Playing at Viva Pomona

    Local music festival, Viva Pomona highlights some of the biggest Southern California acts in it's second year this Saturday, July 27th. With headliners Allah-Lahs being backed by more than 20 other artists, the two-staged event will be one of Pomona's biggest music events of the year. With so much t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    December Surf Events: Signings, Films, Art Shows, Sales, Grand Openings And Socializing

    Getting out of the house begins tonight!​​Need somewhere to go, something to do? Is that recent paycheck burning a hole in your pocket? Have an interest in surfing, beach culture or anything that takes you away from your re-runs? Here are a few surfing/beach-type events going on in the OC area i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Forking Around With... Nolan Hall

    Alex KnostNolan Hall chowin' down.​Welcome to Stick A Fork In It's newest weekly feature, "Forking Around With...," where we quiz local notables on what they're currently eating, what they're currently obsessed with and what they can't get enough of. Since the dissolution of his Costa Mesa-based r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Dum Dum Girls at Detroit Bar Over The Weekend

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe Dum Dum Girls sing harmonies​Dum Dum GirlsJuly 3, 2010Detroit BarTwo Holy Grail reverb pedals and a multi effect reverb/fuzz pedal sat in front of Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls. These pedals, combined with her vintage Silvertone guitar, recreated a jangly hollow guitar s ... More >>

  • Film

    April 15, 2010

    'Living It Forever': Positively 22nd Street

    [Newport Beach Film Fest] The documentary about Newport Beach's early surf scene was a labor of love for an OC couple

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Wax On, Wax Off: Vans Store Opens in Costa Mesa

    by John Gilhooley This past weekend saw the opening of the latest Vans store in Costa Mesa. More rainy weather threatened to put a damper on the celebration, but in the end, the sky remained just clear enough to pull it off. The "What If?" bus (a uniquely weird skate prop) was there, and pros a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Wax On, Wax Off: Documentary on Early Newport Surf Scene

    An anonymous reader was kind enough to send in this video about the early Newport Beach surf scene, circa 1950s and 60s. Apparently an early look at an enigmatic documentary project called Living it Forever  (coming in spring 2010) the clip includes conversations with a diverse selection of New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Wax On, Wax Off: Surfing the Newport Beach Harbormouth

    Flickr user Talo66 Newport Harbor InletCivil disobedience has always been a part of surfing's core. From 18th century Hawaiians whose naked surfing upset the sensibilities of white missionaries, to early California crazies like Mickey Dora, all the way through to the dime-a-dozen rebels and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Flier(s) of the Week: the Growlers with Tomorrows Tulips at the Boat Haus, Costa Mesa, Jan. 21

    ​Normally the title of Heard Mentality's "Flier of the Week" feature is a prestigious honor bestowed on one lucky scrap of colorful show info. But seeing as how both the the Growlers and Tomorrows Tulips created equally crafty fliers for their gig at the Boat Haus in Costa Mesa (featuring mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Q&A: Alex Knost on Tomorrows Tulips Signs with Papermade; Future of Japanese Motors and their Unreleased Album

    Costa Mesa garage rockers Japanese Motors shocked the local scene when they informed OC Weekly last Tuesday that they were ditching their Jan. 20 gig with Vice label mates the Black Lips at Detroit Bar, canceling all upcoming shows including SXSW dates and going on "indefinite hiatus." Alex Knost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Breaking News: Japanese Motors on 'Indefinite Hiatus'

    It's late yesterday and I'm proofing the Black Lips feature that will run in the OC Weekly that streets Friday. In the middle of some fact-checking I visit Japanese Motors' MySpace page and notice the Costa Mesa-based Vice Records act canceled their opening slot for the Jan. 20 date with fellow Vic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: The Black Hole Surf Shop Makes Waves in Costa Mesa Scene

    ​Friday, August 28th: Black Hole Surf Shop Opening Reception"I can remember your name if I just stop trying," he said, "don't tell me. I can get it if I just stop trying." He was a sixty-something man known locally as "The Dude." Sabre Vision makes a pair of sunglasses called The Dude, named after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Catching Up With Ryan Hurley

    ​In addition to being his father's son, Ryan Hurley is a leading designer at Hurley International. He's worked on such projects as the company's now-famous Phantom boardshorts, and plays a critical role in determining and maintaining Hurley's relevance and style. But today we're talking to Ryan no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: "You Scratched My Anchor!"

    ​​Mitch Abshire's latest project, a surf flick called You Scratched My Anchor! premiered at RVCA's headquarters in Costa Mesa on July 22. A few hundred surfers, skaters and art types showed up to drink beer and eat veggie burgers from the grill and listen to the haunted mansion rock sounds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: U.S. Open of Surfing Preview

    I'm Brad. I grew up here in Orange County, surfing all our beloved beaches and points, from Seal Beach down to San Onofre. In "Wax On, Wax Off," I'll discuss the news, gossip, culture, sports and everything in between from Orange County's world of surfing, both in and out of the water. As a local su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Looking Back at 2008: The Ecstasy and the Irony

    This is not a look back at disgraced Sheriff Mike Carona, the Little Sheriff, the Debs, the Little Debbie Snack, the Freeway Complex Fire, Rick Warren, Wiley Drake, any lantern-jawed preacher with the last name of Schuller, pedo-priests, the 241 toll road extension, Proposition 8, fluctuating gasol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    The U.S. Open of Surfing & RVCA Team Signings

    The U.S. Open of Surfing might bring obnoxious swarms of people to Huntington Beach every summer, but it also brings the world's best surfers, BMXers, skaters and motocross riders to town. The event spans over nine days which includes surf competitions for men, women, juniors and long boarders. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008
  • Music

    July 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: RVCA x Dim Mak x Cobrasnake Yard Sale

    I don't usually approve of the Cobrasnake/Dim Mak/Steve Aoki thing at all, or at least, definitely not fashion-wise, but the hipster beacons will be hosting a yard sale in conjunction with RVCA over at RVCA's Costa Mesa headquarters. And we love RVCA. So here you go: Cobrasnake (sometimes along wit ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2007

    Tooting Our Own Horn

    One California Day

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    Mike Conleys 7 Favorite Things

    Avalon Bar proprietor

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Aural Reports

    Making Strange Waves: The Growlers mix surf rock, gypsy, folk, reggae--and green consciousness

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Wild in the Streets

    No. 7: Everybody wins with RVCA

  • Features

    January 27, 2005

    Uglier Losers

    RVCAs New Image skate art show has everything Beautiful Losers doesnt