An environmental documentary that was still a work in progress when it played at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival makes its television premiere in completed fashion on the PBS series American Masters tonight. Mark Kitchell's A Fierce Green Fire effectively presents five different decades of eco- ... More >>
Remember when the Orange County Register wondered if a stoned seaman caused the August 2012 wreck of the Aegean, a Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race entrant that crashed off the Coronado Islands, killing four men? Well, family members of the skipper, who was not on the pot, are suing the ... More >>
Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk-rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Contact her via email@example.com. In 1976, Nancy Kaufman lent a friend money to rent a 125-square-foot store on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's a good book on ranchera music?
By: Liz OhanesianI'm not going to begrudge anyone for not knowing who Coachella headliners The Stone Roses are. The simple fact is that their first album, (the only one that really matters), came out in 1989. If you're in college now, you most likely weren't even born then. Plus, The Stone Roses wer ... More >>
The fest's best are the films to watch in the year ahead.
Some critics have declared that Death By China is fueled by warmongering, anti-Chinese sentiment and others call the film/book another important wake up call to a looming disaster.You can make up your own mind Friday night in Anaheim when there will be a special showing of the controversial, 79-minu ... More >>
Justin Soileau's been a running favorite of ours here at Heard Mentality ever since the native born Texan moved out to California and began recording and performing throughout the county and elsewhere. He's just released his first full album, a self-titled effort, last week via Bandcamp, iTune ... More >>
Yellow Red Sparks Four Steps in Corsets ORG Musicwww.yellowredsparks.comThe pure poetry of singer-songwriter Josh Hanson is accentuated by tightly interwoven arrangement on Four Steps in Corsets, the debut EP from OC's premiere indie folk-rockers Yellow Red Sparks. Released by ORG Music, the reflect ... More >>
http://thedeviousmeans.com/The Devious MeansSongs We All Are SingingWe here at the Weekly have covered the Devious Means a few times -- here's a short introduction from a few months back -- though it seems we're a little late with an actual review of their second EP, which appeared back in ... More >>
Every week, writers for OC Weekly and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing--a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Ant ... More >>
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill ... More >>
The Grammy-winning Nu Metal legends, Korn co-headlined with Sublime with Rome for this past weekend's Smokeout Festival at the NOS Events Center. We caught up with Korn's guitarist, James "Munky" Shaffer, about the Smokeout Festival and the future of the band.
When I hear the term "Broadway," I think of lots of things, but mostly I think of New York City, bright lights, people wearing pea coats, taxis and how bummed I am that I never got a chance to see those failed "Spider-Man" previews. However, thanks to Saturday's Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert, ... More >>
Scott Ibex--Costa Mesa resident, entertainment lawyer and national touring artist who has performed with members of Chicago, The Rastafarians, Pato Banton and other famous artists--just released Low Budget ROCKSTAR: The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide to Booking, Surviving and Making a Profit on ... More >>
Christina Pazsitzky is pure comedy: honesty and a lot of outspokenness. She's been on Chelsea Lately, has a hysterical podcast along with her husband Tom Segura, headlines comedy clubs nationwide, has a new comedy CD, and is on the upcoming Showtime special filmed in Amsterdam, Red Light C ... More >>
Like watching football or having a nap after stuffing yourself with turkey, Black Friday shopping has become a Thanksgiving tradition for millions of Americans. If you're a smart shopper and a gamer, there's no doubt that you've saved many of your video game purchases for the weekend following Th ... More >>
Nielsen Soundscan's mid-year numbers are in, and despite the economic doom and gloom being reported by news outlets across the land, it would seem Americans have a lot to be optimistic about. Soundscan is the music industry's data information service and tracks sales at the point of purchase. It' ... More >>
As Lille pointed out earlier today, our cover story this week is on T.S.O.L. front man and author Jack Grisham and his journey exorcising An American Demon--himself. You can read the article in its entirety right here, but what we didn't have room for in the story you can get right here.In his ne ... More >>
Taxes must be suffering from battered women's syndrome about now. We're all like, "Aw come on, baby. You know I loves ya," Then--BAM!--corporations and rich people rap taxes upside the head, saying they ain't returning to Clinton-era levels. Then we get all lovey-dovey again and--WHAM!--House Rep ... More >>
HayekIt seems Hollywood can't get enough of Laguna Beach, our county's best seaside town.Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone is building a cast for a crime thriller film based Don Winslow's Savages novel about two Laguna Beach marijuana growers who piss off a Mexican drug cartel. According t ... More >>
Studio Happy Chicken Pink is one of the leading producers of videos of Japanese gravure idols--models who pose in swimsuits, lingerie and schoolgirl uniforms and leave little to the imagination in doing so.In Japan, Studio Happy Chicken Pink and its gravure idols have a legion of fans, so to hono ... More >>
Peter Mai/OC WeeklyReleasing in Japan in about a month, the much-hyped Nintendo 3DS has impressed the gaming world with its ability to push some impressive graphics and display 3D gaming without the need of those embarrassing glasses. Because the system is an update to the second-highest-selling ... More >>
Jameson We're at the home stretch of 2010 and Christmas is rapidly approaching; local bands are also "winning best of 2010 contests" left and right. (See: Young the Giant and Walter Trout.) Also, several bands such as Jameson and Melanoid are getting in the Christmas spirit by playing ... More >>
It's always fun to see new crafty supplies that are out there and share them with you, and it's even more fun to give them away. This week, thanks to the folks at the Xyron company we'll be taking a look at some fabulous new photo albums they've got available, along with a charitable take on on ... More >>
There's lots of bizarre lore surrounding the legend of Walt Disney. Just off the top of our heads, we've heard he's a Communist (despite him being a founding member of the anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals), a Nazi, a fascist, a racist, a homosexual, a ... More >>
www.myspace.com/museMuse's song, "Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)" is the lead single off The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's original motion picture soundtrack, due in stores June 8. The movie will be in theaters nationwide on June 30.
parl @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Don't give people you hate weapons they can use against you.Every February, some snarky person writes an article about nasty Valentine's gifts you can send the person you've recently dumped (or been dumped by). It usually centers around those little colored sugar ... More >>
Andrew Breitbart: From Fox News to Newport BeachWhat would you do if you found out conservatives Andrew Breitbart, Jim Lacy, Tom Fuentes, Bruce Herschesohn, Sir Eldon Griffiths, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Meg Whitman, Chuck DeVore, Jeff Miller, Ralph Reed, Da ... More >>
Hirax with Katon De Pena, third from right.Interviewing Hirax singer Katon W. De Pena is sort of a waste of time. You see, journalists (me) are supposed to find news and then announce said news to readers (you). But I shit you not when I say that everyone knows De Pena and De Pena knows everyone. ... More >>
William Lobdell, the voice you regularly hear discussing Orange County issues with Steven Greenhut of the Register and our very own Gustavo Arellano on KPCC-FM, won a positive review of his book in today's New York Times. "There are many great books about finding God," according to reviewer Mark Op ... More >>
Carousel News & Trader--A Sun Valley-based trade mag for the mighty carousel industry--previews a book about Orange County amusement parks that pre-date Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Early Amusement Parks of Orange County trades on author and former Disney/Knott's ride operator Richard Harr ... More >>
After coming to terms with the fact that I have to purchase some kind of hands-free device for the car, I weighed my options. Of course, you and I both know the majority of the gadgets work via Bluetooth—which can be a mystifying subject for some. Bluetooth, named after a 10th century Danish ki ... More >>
Pretentious (but in a good way) purveyors of grandiose, prog-rock concept albums the Mars Volta return to the fray Jan. 29 with The Bedlam in Goliath. An online game based upon that album—called Goliath the Soothsayer—can be accessed at amazon.com/music from Jan. 2-29. You don't need to order t ... More >>
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