Burger Records improves its scrappy indie festival by having it its way
If there's one thing the Hindu Pirates have learned during the rising tide of their rock & roll stardom, it's the value of teamwork. Especially when it comes to rolling a joint at a moment's notice. Sitting on the back patio of the Echo in Los Angeles, preparing to open for the Smith Westerns, their ... More >>
Burgerama 2 The Observatory 3/23/13 Beer was flowing, burgers grilling and music blaring as day two of Burgerama picked up where Friday left off. By the end of the night, the walls of the venue were moist sweaty and the concertgoers were sweaty and smelly. Both hallmarks of a good punk/garage/indie ... More >>
Drafthouse Films brings you Richard Park's kung fu '80s electro-funk flick of your dreams
We get it. There are some pressures of rockstardom that no mere mortal should ever have to endure. But for some, it goes beyond the typical frustration of playing the same songs night after night, brutal scrutiny from the press, copious amounts of drugs, and road fatigue. Take the volatile combinati ... More >>
Monday, September 24Pawn Shop Kings The Constellation RoomA unique musical style often comes from superior talent and vision, though it can also be a product of geographical diversity. Case in point: Pawn Shop Kings. They're a musical melting pot--a whole lot of Arkansas blended with SoCal's sunshin ... More >>
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Anton Newcombe is ready to do his interview, but he's not truly ready to do his interview until he reaches back to grab his red aviator sunglasses. Once he's suited up, then we're set, and this Newport Beach native who can trace his family's local history back to the days before farms turned into pa ... More >>
Rebecca ArandaOmar Souleyman July 12, 2011 The Echo Was I in Los Angeles last night? Or was I in a Syrian discotheque? Omar Souleyman is a machine. He's been performing a mix of traditional Syrian folk and dance synth for 17 years, producing over 500 albums. This effort, while long, has not gone ... More >>
He drops equal parts Euclidian thoughts and serene beats
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Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at Detroit Bar, August 7, 2010.After a nondescript set by the pains of being pure at heart, we ambled over to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Pink didn't play anything from his last album that we remembered, but he did manage to blow me away ... More >>
Now that Coachella set times are FINALLY out, we can map out our weekend without tearing our hair out. So which days are we running across the Empire polo field to catch 10 minutes of which act? What time of the day will we be snoozing outside the Sahara tent? When are we doing potty breaks and e ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyAerosmithIt's terribly difficult to condense a whole year of spectacular concerts into 25 photos, but here we are: OC Weekly's best concert photos of the year. If you missed these shows, relive the moment through our slideshows.1. Aerosmith Aerosmith was a spectacle ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyAriel Pink at the Detroit Bar in AugustAriel Pink and the Klaxons both play psychedelic art rock music that hipsters love; but today's launch of their respective videos garnered a mish mash of unexpected reactions. In fairness, the boobage that Ariel Pink is fighting with ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyAriel Pink: Chill wave?Bet no one ever realized that the hipster label "chill wave" started out as a joke on the Internet, and was earnestly followed up by every single blog in America. Thanks, Hipsterrunoff!
Brandon Ferguson/OC WeeklySo Many WizardsOctober 25, 2010Alex's BarThe Show: Sunday night at Alex's Bar proved to be a nice end-of-the weekend diversion. Best of all, the evening's performances were presented free: the price was right. Headlining the show was Long Beach band So Many Wizards. ... More >>
[Locals Only] Irvine band experiments with a multitude of sound-and members
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyAriel Pink at the Detroit Bar last August Say you missed Ariel Pink at this weekend's awesome hipsterfest, FYF in LA. Say you missed Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at the Detroit Bar last August, or at the Echo when the album Before Today was released.Well, never fear: This ... 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 Ave. ... More >>
It's official then: with the addition of Local Natives to the bill, FYF has the best festival lineup this summer (or, post-summer, since the show is on Labor Day weekend).
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyAriel Pink's Haunted GraffitiAugust 7, 2010Detroit BarCheck out our Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti slideshow here! Is Ariel Pink a genius? Or is he mad? Or is he a mad genius? At the Detroit Bar on Saturday night, Ariel Pink exhibited moments of genius and madness with an o ... More >>
The lo-fi marvel releases a gem of an album after spending time in a real recording studio
L.A. Record has much to celebrate this weekend, which is why head honcho and OC Weekly contributor Chris Ziegler gifts you with not just a mix tape to celebrate the 100th issue of L.A. Record (check it here or download it here), but also a closing party in downtown LA tomorrow. In the m ... More >>
Interviewing Chris Ziegler, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of dark horse music mag, LA Record, is way more complicated than your run of the mill conversation with a person-of-note. Intellectually speaking, the 32-year-old music enthusiast, DJ, and former OC Weekly music editor is sort of like ... More >>
www.myspace.com/arielpinkWhat has a surfing footage, Ariel Pink being held hostage at a girl's school, and getting rescued with a cardboard Trojan Horse, and psychedelic visuals? You guessed it: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's video of "Bright Lit Blue Skies" from the new album, out today on 4AD, ... More >>
Natasha Leggero has been hitting the stand-up scene for years while maintaining ample face time on such favorites as Chelsea Lately, Reno 911, and voicing Callie Maggotbone on Ugly Americans. It's no wonder Natasha was tapped to be a judge on the upcoming season of Last Comic Standing--this woman ... More >>
One day I was poking around MySpace looking for good music (so 2005) and I found Fort Wife on Avi Buffalo's friend's list. I fell in love instantly: Fort Wife's songs were sweet and gentle (like pillows!), but not simperingly sweet, and they're especially good for daydreaming.
Daffodil J. Altan takes a look at Orange County launderer, Prudential Overall Supply, in "Taken to the Cleaners." Is the Irvine-based industrial-laundry company cheating workers out of a living wage? Three cities say yes. In "The D Files" Gustavo Arellano takes a look at the declassified FBI files ... More >>
One of the fringe benefits of spending an afternoon at Mike McHugh's Distillery Studios recently to watch LA cult-pop figure Ariel Pink and band work on their next album was discovering the existence of a 1964 Russian film titled Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, directed by Sergei Parajanov (sometime ... More >>
Philanthropy and Eccentricity: KUCI Benefits from CD Activity, Ariel Pink and Brad Laner Tweak Pop Deep Into Left Field