American Idol

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    2013 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival Line Up Announced

    After Six years of doing the Flights & Sounds Summer Festivals, Orange County Great Parks has put together the best lineup yet. This year's headliners include American Idol star Casey Abrams, Los Angeles based Reggae group The Aggrolites, ska super-group Western Standard Time, and the soundtrack to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Former American Idol Contestant Victim of Theft By Dummy

    Remember Todrick Dramaul Hall? If you don't, don't worry because we kinda forget his face too, but he was on American Idol back in 2010. But that's not why he's in the news this week. Hall was the victim of a theft while performing at a retirement ceremony for Hazard Elementary School's principal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Youngblood Hawke Are Flying High After Being Flat Broke

    Sometimes it takes the demise of a semi-successful band to spawn a hugely successful one. That's what happened to Youngblood Hawke. The principal members of the Iglu & Hartly, Sam Martin and Simon Katz, used the lessons learned from their first band in order to propel Youngblood Hawke to heights the ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 29, 2012

    Love Nail Tree Make Cool Tees

    [Trendzilla] Tyler and Michelle Madsen make their mark with hipster tees and jewelry

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    [UPDATE on Telling Kids of Pornin':] Nadya Suleman Celebrates Her First Octorgasm, But "Sexy Party" Listeners Aren't Getting Off

    See the update at the end of this post on our Mother of the Year telling her children she made a porn video.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 11:11 A.M.: So Octomom Nadya Suleman now says that while making her self-pleasure porn video, she achieved her first-ever orgasm.The TMI and truth factors not withstand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    A Taste of Fall Event Features Sustainable Menu

    ​ This Friday, 11/11/11 from 7 to 11 p.m., presents a special event featuring sustainable dishes prepared by some of our top local chefs. Haven Gastropub, Avanti Cafe, Sol Cocina, Taco Asyum, Sage, Duke's, Xanh Bistro, and Haute Cakes are those expected to serve signature s ... More >>

  • Film

    November 3, 2011

    'The Other F Word' Shows Punks All Grown Up

    Because 'being there for your kids is the punkest thing of all'

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Camille Bloom Wants to Get Intimate With You (But Not at a Women's Festival)

    ​Vocalist Camille Bloom is a one-woman show. In between working on her new album, Never Out of Time, which drops in November, and prepping for her fall tour (which is her favorite season), the artist has found time to run a rock camp every summer and promote her work. Though Bloom refuses to adher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    MTV's 10 Coolest Videos From Michael Jackson to Metallica

    ​Today is MTV's 30th anniversary (30! OMG), so we thought we'd let loose with a list of some of the cooler/mind bending/watchable videos to grace the venerable network juggernaut's air waves.  Despite all of MTV's shortcomings as a commercial cable network channel, which has blighted our scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Five Red Flags Marc Anthony Missed From Jennifer Lopez Herself

    What was once (and still could be, who the hell knows) ​ There some people who are blinded by love, then there others who are addicted to it--sadly Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are each of these things, respectively. Some were surprised when the pair announced their separation less than a wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Kathleen Hanna is Wrong About Female Musicians Today

    CNN Entertainment​ CNN Entertainment published an interview on Tuesday with iconic '90s riot grrl Kathleen Hanna. For those out of the loop, Hanna was a member of the seminal punk band Bikini Kill. A documentary co-produced by Hanna titled Who Took the Bomp? about her days touring with electro-pun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Buy One, Get One Free Offer From Chipotle for Watching America's Next Great Restaurant Video

    What do beautiful chefs and burrito bowls have in common?  A new culinary competition  starting March 6 on NBC.  America's Next Great Restaurant will feature judges Bobby "I'd rather throwdown than admit your food is better than mine" Flay, reality-show cutie (untainted by Food Networ ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Rock of Ages

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Celebrity Perfumes by Musicians: Justin Bieber (Yes, Him Again), Katy Perry, Kate Walsh and Jordin Sparks

    ​If being a celebrity and having a perfume line is the true mark of success, the sad corollary is that audiences think dousing themselves in the "wet ozone" notes of Paris Hilton's product will make you fun and vacuous as well, or that wearing "Unforgivable Woman" by Puffy Combs (aka. P. Diddy/Sea ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    In the Heights

    Orange County Performing Arts Center

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Have Video Games of the Past Predicted the Future?

    Games of the past have very interesting interpretations of the future. Nobody truly knows what it is going to be like, and it is the limitless possibilities of the future that make this time setting such a great backdrop for video game fiction. Want a story that involves flying cars, cyborgs, or las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Orange Bits: Jordin Sparks, Hootenanny and More

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyA womblike (maybe?) car interior from our Hootenanny slideshow.​This week in OC music news from other venues: Jordin Sparks is cheesy, Hootenanny gets people talking, a local music blog gently slams local music players. And more!

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Four Real Housewives Show You How To Break Into The Music Industry Without Joining American Idol

    ​Apparently, you don't need to stand in line at an American Idol audition to have a shot at getting a music career started on television. There's another reality show that can do that for you: The Real Housewives series on Bravo has recently become the launching pad for singing cougars. Of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Today in Music News: Rage Against the Machine, Simon Cowell, Steven Tyler, F.B.I. confirms Michael Jackson's alien ancestry

    Rage Against the Machine tops U.K. chart with the classic 1992 single "Killing in the Name," pissing on Simon Cowell's parade.Speaking of Satan, is Simon Cowell leaving American Idol? Will the show go away, too? Maybe there is a God.Steven Tyler admits to popping pills, returns to rehab, and pledg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Fox's "Glee" to Return With More Music Per Episode

    ​Glee, Fox's twisted high school musical series that seems inspired by Orange County High School of the Arts (and stars former OCHSA attendee Matthew Morrison), will have more music per episode when it returns April 13 from hiatus.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: Morrissey, Dokken, More

    ​OK, we can stop complaining about the Morrissey show at the Fox Theater in Pomona on December 7 not going on sale yet.

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Heavy Symbolism Steamrollers Comedy in "Casi Divas"

    Yesenia (Daniela Schmidt, left) and Francisca (Maya Zapata) get down.Suppose someone made a comedy based on American Idol (I know, been there, done that with American Dreamz; just work with me, people). Now let's say the parts spoofing Idol were clever, at times hilarious. But then the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    New Releases: The Mars Volta, Dinosaur Jr. and (gasp) Ginuwine!

    Wow, what a great day to spend your disposable income (even if its not so disposable). After a quick scan of all the new albums that drop today, I have to say that this is probably one of the biggest days for summer releases that you're likely to see. I counted about 20 new sonic gems that include j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    eVocal 'Selling' Free Jakes T-Shirts

    As noted here in this very blog, Newport Beach's the Jakes are playing a Tuesday night residency all May long at eVocal in Costa Mesa--check back here later for lead singer Sameer Gadhia's thoughts on last night's show. To celebrate the gig, eVocal is providing a free t-shirt on their Web site.The s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Taylor Hicks is Signing at the Wal-Mart in Orange. Apparently.

    As music editor, I'm trained to be on the lookout for HOT SCOOPS wherever they may be. Like a couple days ago when I was at the Wal-Mart at the Village at Orange, and made this enticing discovery: that American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks will be signing CDs at that store this Thursday, May ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009
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    February 27, 2009

    Milkalicious Mamas' Live Feed to Seacrest Radio Show

    The "Manny on the Street" segment of KISS-FM's Ryan Seacrest Show is scheduled to come to Aliso Viejo's favorite "community-based lactation destination" between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. "Expectant and breastfeeding couples, family and friends are invited to attend, have fun, win prizes, see what w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    'Idol' Update: Both of Our Local Contestants Perform

    Oh boy. Both of our remaining local American Idol hopefuls--Mishavonna Henson and Kai Kalama--performed on the shizow last night.Videos and surely insightful commentary after the jump, yep.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    'American Idol' Update: No News is Good News

    Our two Orange County "American Idol" hopefuls, Mishavonna Henson (left) and Kai Kalama, are still alive after last night's show--mainly, because neither were in this week's first group of 12 to perform live. So there you go. Probably a good thing, too; not too many folks last night impressed, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Opeth, The Kills, Coming to the Glass House

    Couple of new shows added to the Glass House's schedule, both on sale tomorrow at noon (Friday, for the time displaced).

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Tickets for KIIS 102.7 FM Jingle Ball Going Fast

    As far as these things go, the lineup for this year's "KIIS 102.7 FM Jingle Ball," Dec. 6 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, is fairly impressive. And by "these things," of course I mean a concert where pre-fab, manufactured teeny bopper acts perform 15 minute sets in the name of promoting a radio stat ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    July 3, 2008


    Don McLean

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    June 5, 2008

    Odd Mann Out

    Aimee Mann

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Last Night: Gigantour at the Long Beach Arena

    Better Than: Watching the American Idol Finals. Download: "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" from Megadeth's Myspace page Shred is still alive and continues to thrive as the Megadeth curated band, Gigantour unleashed the demons of heavy metal at the storied Long Beach Arena. Megadeth is one of the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2008

    Cal State Fullerton student: American Gladiator?

    Car keys, check. Protein bar, check. Sleeveless workout shirt, check. Reebok Classics laced up tight, check. Short-shorts, neon green...double check. There comes a time in every man’s life when he must answer the call to greatness. For my friend Garret and I, that call rang loud and clear with on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    Last Night: Poison the Well and The Locust at the Glass House

    Review by Waleed Rashidi Poison The Well, The Locust (and a bunch of openers that we missed) at The Glass House, Pomona Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Better than: Being on the receiving end of a razor-wire enema (credit: Rich Kane, "Now We're Deef," OC Weekly, 8/31/2000) Download: The Locust's "We ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Silent Night-please

    An agnostic sifts through tons of bad holiday music to find a few aural Xmas treats

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises

    “Luckiest Day of the Century!”: Jumped out of bed this morning, rushed to the online Vegas papers and expected to read all about our nation's newest millionaires who cashed in on 7-7-07. There was not one big winner story in either local daily. Instead, I read about likely casinos profits from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    American Idolatry

    The battle between lame and lamer is over. After months of weeding out kids with a sprinkling of talent, American Idol's sixth season came down to annoying Justin Timberlake-wannabe Blake Lewis and not-quite-powerhouse Jordin Sparks. Tonight, 17-year-old Sparks took the title. But you probably al ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 18, 2007

    They Watch

    Joint Venture shows us our world, seen from without

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Prostate Orgasm

    GET OUT! Nightlife and more: Dec. 7 - Dec. 14

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2006

    Foothill-South: "The Wrong Direction To Take"

    Don't worry about the Transportation Corridor Agencies getting their lawsuits moved to federal court. Federal regulations may be less stringent than any state restrictions, but it's not all bad news. Today the State Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 met to discuss, among other matters, a staff reso ... More >>

  • Film

    April 20, 2006

    Tube Boobs

    American Dreamz nation of idiots lands a little close to home

  • Culture

    August 25, 2005

    Aural Alchemy

    Mr. Karaoke makes stars of its cast

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Pop Off the Tops

    Ten to score in 2004, plus a few more

  • Culture

    September 25, 2003
  • Culture

    July 31, 2003

    Smirk at This!

    Stung by Cupid

  • Columns

    May 15, 2003

    From OC to Shining Sea

    90210 now outfoxed by Newports 92660

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