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  • Calendar

    October 3, 2013

    Maroon 5

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    The Five Must- See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, September 30 Toro Y Moi The Observatory Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes pure vibe music--actually, he kind of makes pure vibes, with every song a snapshot of its own moment and its own world. On most recent album Anything In Return, he glides through a post-chillwave--we can say that now, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Top Five Blues Songs According to Jim Belushi

    Jim Belushi is a man of many trades. He's entertained us through movies, TV, in theatre, and with his incredible improvisation skills. Not to be outdone by his late great older brother John, his knack for the blues is sensational as well (see: his band the Sacred Hearts) leaving us to wonder, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    OC Death Fest - Mirror Image Studios - September 28, 2013

    OC Death Fest Mirror Image Studios 9/28/13 To celebrate OC's underground extreme metal scene, the OC Deathfest took place on Saturday, in an otherwise quiet industrial corner of Anaheim between the 91 and 57 Freeways at Mirror Image studios. In what was a day (and evening) devoted to all things de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    [Exene says...] Still On the Road With Blondie

    [Editor's Note: 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. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Title Fight - The Glasshouse - 9/26/13

    Last night, the floor of the Glasshouse floor was packed. Pushed tight up against the stage, crowd surfers climbed over, jumped on, and smashed into one another. For one hour, Pennsylvania punk rockers Title Fight put on an amazing performance. The set included older songs like "Symmetry" and "No On ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2013

    Bellhaunts

    Shanghai'd Room

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2013

    Noah and the Whale

    House of Blues

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2013

    David Burnham: Mostly Broadway

    Carpenter Performing Arts Center

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    10 Rappers Who Have Changed Their Names

    Rappers are often quick to change the names we've grown accustomed to. Religion and maturity usually account for the swap, but sometimes, like in Diddy's case, the change is completely unfounded. In many cases, however, the name change has happened before the artist has blown up. Here are 10 rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Ten John Coltrane Tracks For People Who Don't Know Anything About John Coltrane

    Saxophonist John Coltrane would have been eighty-seven years old today, had he not passed away from liver cancer cancer in 1967. This untimely death means the icon is preserved at the peak of his artistic powers. As both a fiery tenorman and a sensitive balladeer, Coltrane inspired hundreds of thous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    [Exene says...] On the Road, Part 2

    [Editor's Note: 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. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Bad Religion's Greg Graffin Challenges Authority Through Science

    By Jason Roche For over 30 years, Bad Religion have carved out a niche as the thinking man's punk rock band. When they formed in Los Angeles in 1980, the inspiration for their lyrics came from the topic of corporate greed and the conflicts between philosophy, science, and religion. The band's 16th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 19, 2013

    Anything Goes

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    In Honor of Xzibit's 39th Birthday, Our Six Favorite Mr. X-to-the-Z Moments

    Today, Wednesday September 18th, is everybody's favorite ride pimp Xzibit's 39th birthday. From his Alkaholiks affiliation to his time on MTV's Pimp My Ride through becoming the subject of one of the all time great internet memes, Mr. X-to-the-Z has brought us a bevy of entertainment over the the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    After Almost Dying, Aston Matthews Became a Rapper

    At the age of 18, Lakewood rapper Aston Matthews was barely a legal adult. Yet, it was at this age that his life was forcibly set on the course he is now on. On an otherwise normal night out partying, the kind of evening that for Matthews at worst resulted in passing out from too much liquor, ended ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Black Behind the Orange Curtain, New Documentary Partly Inspired by OC Weekly Cover Story, Releases Trailer

    Shandell Maxwell was already planning to make a documentary short film on the black experience in Orange County when a friend handed her a copy of this infernal rag's special issue "Where the Black People At?" back in late May. The provocative title made her heart race. "I wanted to say, 'Hey I'm ... More >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2013

    DNA Project: Straight Outta OC

    How the sons of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre plan to write the next chapter of NWA's legacy in . . . Lake Forest?!

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Top Five Saves the Day Music Videos

    In the glory days' of emo (let's say late '90s to early '00s), New Jersey outfit Saves the Day paved the way for other upcoming emo bands of the time like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance to produce more elaborate and original videos funded by their labels. With the rise of channels like Fuse an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Rapper G-Eazy's Style Stretches From the East Bay to the Dirty South

    If Monday night's show at the Observatory is any indication of what's to come, then fans who are heading to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday for Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted Festival, they better braves the traffic and get there early. Why? G-Eazy, that's why. Born Gerald Gillum, the Bay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Top 10 Creepiest Black Sabbath Songs

    When it comes to the history of head-banging heavy metal, there is no doubt that it was created by the one and only Black Sabbath. Formed in 1968 initially as a blues band, in Birmingham, England, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward invented metal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    MTV VMAs: A Sexual Retrospective

    We're not sure why parents are in an uproar over Miley's VMA performance since sexual content has been a staple on MTV for over twenty years. Let's look back on controversial VMA performances from twenty and ten years ago. See also: The Funniest 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Tweets

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Adolescents - Alex's Bar - August 23, 2013

    By: Jesse La Tour The Adolescents Alex's Bar 8/23/13 The Adolescents, The Middle Class, and The Crowd are all iconic original Orange County punk bands who have inspired thousands, maybe millions, of young people to turn their suburban angst into musical art. They inspired me, a 30-year-old English t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

    By: Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Richard Blade Explains Why '80s Music Still Beats Most of the Crap You Listen to Today

    There's no denying that Richard Blade is the voice of '80s music, and the torch bearer for a generation of loud synths and even louder clothes. So those who grew up watching him interviewing acts like Morrissey on KTLA's "Video One" and "MV3" or listening to him spin hours of Reagan-era classics as ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 22, 2013

    'OC-centric': Got Next

    Moulton Center's Studio Theater at Chapman continues to let local emerging playwrights stage their stuff

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Lee Meriwether, '66 Batman Flick's Catwoman, Won't Be Pussyfooting Around at QFilm Fest

    If we couldn't have Julie Newmar (and we apparently couldn't) for the 1966 Batman film that spun out of the spoofy TV series, Lee Meriwether was a solid stand-in. That figure, eyes and especially eyebrows--meeeeow! But that's not the film that brings the veteran actress to Long Beach next month for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 22, 2013

    Memphis Music Fest

    Cerritos Center

  • Calendar

    August 22, 2013

    Yellowman

    Tiki Bar

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Stryper - The Coach House - August 15, 2013

    Stryper Coach House 8/15/13 "It's mind boggling that we've been around for 30 years," said Stryper front man Michael Sweet to a crowd of several hundred fans at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, during an intimate all acoustic performance with his band mate, guitarist Oz Fox. The guitar duo st ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2013
  • Film

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    10 Songs With Hidden Messages When Played In Reverse

    Christian McPhate For years, uptight people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backward. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Avenged Sevenfold Used Cover Their Groupies in Piss

    By John Wiederhorn and Katherine Truman Avenged Sevenfold have always occupied a weird space in the annals of OC metal, or metalcore, whatever you want to call it. Despite being rejected by some old-school metal fans (i.e. anyone with a sleeveless denim jacket, a Napalm Death concert stub and tattoo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 8, 2013
  • Calendar

    August 1, 2013

    The Brombies

    Muckenthaler Cultural Center

  • Film

    July 25, 2013

    How Friends Illustrates the Depressing Insularity of Our Lives

    I'll be there for you . . . and others in our census bracket

  • Calendar

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Top Five Nirvana Samples in Hip-Hop

    Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Catching Up, Catching On, and Catching-22: Report from 2013 Community of Writers

    The predictable if happy consequence of spending time with fellow book peeps is that discussion, however beautifully untethered from wage slavery, free as scrub jays, elevated (here at 6,500 feet in the High Sierra) is that it is so darn bookish. As a result, I will return to OC this week with recom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    The Classic Q Is an Unlikely Cosmopolitan Player in Newport Beach's Bar Scene

    [Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our Mexican-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Top 10 Glam Metal Bands of All Time

    Call it what you will, Glam Metal, Hair Metal, Cock Rock or plain old '80s metal, there is something to be said for an entire subculture that extended from the late '70s and into the early '90s that still has the power to influence art, music and culture today, as a force that refuses to wash off i ... More >>

  • Music

    July 4, 2013

    Face to Face Are Heading for Hootenanny

    Trevor Keith tells us why the band's style of punk is just right for OC's rockabilly fest

  • Film

    July 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Is Dr. Dre's Son's 'DNA' Album Destined to Become 'The Chronic' 2.0?

    The latest contribution of the Dr. Dre's lineage to West Coast hip-hop continues to write itself in lily-white Lake Forest. We know, it'll take people a while to get used to hearing that. Maybe you never will. But to feel that way is to deny the indo-smoking inventiveness laced inside the beats that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Beat Out J.Coles 'Born Sinner' in First-Week Album Sales. But Was it Really the Better Album?

    Going head to head on hip-hop album release dates is nothing new for Kanye West. His September 11, 2007 Graduation album topped 50 Cent's Curtis in first week sales after a much publicized face-off where 50 Cent declared he would quit his solo recording career if he finished second. Unfortunately fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Bleached to Van Thief: 'Give Us Our Stuff Back or We'll Break Your Neck!'

    Sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin have been making music for years. Whether it was in Mika Miko or on their own, the self-described rock-n-roll/post-punk rockers always had the desire to form a band on their own terms. That's what they did with their current project, Bleached. After releasing three earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Outside Lands 2013 Full Lineup Announced

    The single day lineup for Outside Lands 2013 was announced today. Taking place at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 9 - 11, the bill is topped by Paul McCartney on Friday, Nine Inch Nails on Saturday and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday. Other highlights include Pretty Lights, The Nati ... More >>

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