Austin (Texas)

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    15 Signs You Grew Up Eating Tex-Mex Food

    I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013

    Night Beats

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Gabrielle Jane Nestande, Killer of Nanny Out for a Walk, the "Great White Defendant?"

    Is Gabrielle Jane Nestande, a politically connected former Newport Beach debutante, the "Great White Defendant?"That's how a conservative online magazine is characterizing the 25-year-old convicted of criminally negligent homicide and recently sentenced to six months in jail for the hit-and-run slay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Questions

    By: Nick LucchesiEditor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    SXSW Sucks. Here's Why

    Over the past few weeks, if you work in and around the so-called music biz, you've received hundreds of incessant emails about the shit show down in Austin called South-by-Southwest. As tens of thousands of people descend upon the city, everyone and their sister are going to try to check out as many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Bart Griffin Waits in Vain for an Apology from the Family of His Daughter's Killer, Gabrielle Jane Nestande

    On what would have been the late Courtney Griffin's 32nd birthday, her father in Austin was hoping to receive this gift from someone in the Nestande family of Newport Beach.An apology.It had not arrived despite Gabrielle Jane Nestande being found guilty a week before of criminally negligent homicide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Green Day Announce Fox Theater Show to Kick Off 2013 Tour

    You know a band is huge when they list the Fox Theater in Pomona as an "intimate club date." Of course having seen Green Day at the Tiki Bar and Alex's Bar over the years, we know the true meaning of that statement. But today, the band announced they'd be heading to P-town on March 10 for the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Texans Invent a Taco Cannon, a Cannon That Shoots--Yep--Tacos

    For all our obsession with Mexican food in Southern California, I gotta hand it to Texans--they're even more obsessed. They're the people, after all, who historically have contributed more to the combo plate of Mexican food in this country than any other region--including the combo plate. In San Ant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Scott H. Biram Ain't a Poser When it Comes to the Blues

    See Also:*Hopscotch: Downtown Fullerton's New Beer and Whiskey Joint Also Serves Hillbilly Tunes*The Reverend Horton Heat Makes Out a Legacy at Hootenanny*Nick Waterhouse Comes to Long Beach to Dance in the StreetIf you need a crash course on American rock-n-roll music, pick up or download a Scott H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    New Artists Just Added to SXSW's 2012 Lineup

    Mary Bell/OC WeeklyDelta Spirit at BuskerFest in Long Beach in 2010​South By Southwest revealed a whole slew of new acts confirmed to play at official showcases during the annual music and film conference in Austin. This is the third list of musicians to be released. The venues and dates they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Gabrielle Jane Nestande, Ex-OC Supe's Daughter, Chided by Hit-and-Run Victim's Father

    ​Speaking out in the media about the death of her daughter, who a former Orange County supervisor's daughter is accused of killing, has mostly fallen to Courtney Griffin's mother. But now the father of the late 30-year-old Austin, Texas, nanny, is chiming in for the first time, vowing that the que ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Gabrielle Nestande, Former OC Supervisor's Daughter and Rick Perry Campaign Worker, Indicted on Single Charge in Woman's Hit-and-Run Death in Texas

    ​Gabrielle Jane Nestande--the 24-year-old daughter of former Orange County Supervisor and state Assemblyman Bruce Nestande, half sister of Riverside Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande and former campaign worker for Texas Gov. Rick Perry--has been indicted by the Travis County grand jury on a si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Long Beach's Cold War Kids Announce Fall U.S. Tour

    ​ Long Beach's very own Cold War Kids just announced the second leg of their fall North American tour in support of their latest release, Mine Is Yours (Downtown/DGC/Interscope Records).

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Missives from SXSW: Exene Cervenka (of X) Sings With Old 97s, Thinks of Japan

    Most famous as a punk rock icon and artist, Exene Cervenka (front woman for X, Knitters and Original Sinners) is documenting her adventures for Heard Mentality on the way to Austin's South By Southwest, the country's biggest music festival. Check out her complete tour diary archive here.Raven Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Missives From SXSW: Exene Cervenka Finally Arrives at SxSw

    Most famous as a punk rock icon and artist, Exene Cervenka (front woman for X, Knitters and Original Sinners) is documenting her adventures for Heard Mentality on the way to Austin's South By Southwest, the country's biggest music festival. Check out her complete tour diary archive here.Christoph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Missives From SXSW: Exene Cervenka (of X) Blogs On the Road

    Most famous as a punk rock icon and artist, Exene Cervenka (front woman for X, Knitters and Original Sinners) is documenting her adventures for Heard Mentality on the way to Austin's South By Southwest, the country's biggest music festival. Read Day One here. Raven LorthosArizona!​I'm in Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Sandra Bullock and Jesse James' OC Home Sells For $4.5 Million

    First Team Real Estate​The oceanfront home in Sunset Beach where Sandra Bullock sometimes lived with her cheating biker boy ex-husband Jesse James has been sold for $4.5 million, the Register reports.   

  • Food

    September 9, 2010

    Puffy the Magic Taco

    [Hole In the Wall] Arturo's Puffy Tacos may be in Whittier, but La Habra loves it all the same

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Watch: Local Natives Perform for Pitchfork

    Pitchfork's love for OC-turned-LA quartet Local Natives has been well-documented around here. So, too, has been the clutch of local bands who ventured to Austin last week for the South by Southwest festival. Here's a late-breaking melding of those two themes: Local Natives performing in some ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Videos: Local Bands play SXSW

    We know how much you wanted to go to SXSW last week. But for those not willing to take a week off work and spend a butt-load of cash to get there, here's an entertaining set of live videos from Austin showcasing some of our hometown talent on stage, spreading the gospel of rock & roll in a varie ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    OC/LBC Bands Representing at SXSW

    Local acts aim to create buzz in Austin

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    Carrie Rodriguez on Touring with Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo

    Carrie Rodriguez gained fame in the alt-country world after releasing three great albums with Chip Taylor, a singer/songwriter who cashes fat royalty checks for standards like "Wild Thing," "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" and "Angel of the Morning"--and is also known for being a badass professional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Disneyland Women's Triathlon Lacks Water

    Photo by Rick Kent An Amy Poehler look-alike crosses the finish line at the Trek Women Triathlon in Austin, Texas, where she had to get wet first.The caps are their's as the Trek Women Triathlon Series bills itself as "the ONLY women's triathlon series CREATED BY WOMEN, RUN BY WOMEN, EXCLUSIV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Guest Blogger: Sameer Gadhia of the Jakes Shares Thoughts on First Night of eVocal Residency

    Keith MayEach Tuesday in May, Newport Beach's the Jakes will be playing--along with a rotating cast of bands from OC and beyond--at eVocal. And also each week this month, Sameer Gadhia, lead singer of the Jakes (pictured) will be sharing his thoughts on the shows. Here's the first installment:BY SAM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    'Heard Mentality': Definitely Not Going to SXSW

    A lot of people are packing up and headed to Austin, Texas as we speak, but none of us here at OC Weekly are among then. I know, sad, right? I've never even been to Texas. I'm not even sure it exists.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    First Crop of SXSW Acts Announced, OC/LB Bands Conspicuously Absent

    A certain music festival and conference held annually in the sleepy hamburg of Austin, Texas announced their initial slate of performers this year, and there's not an Orange County or Long Beach band among them. We had several acts in last fall's CMJ Music Marathon, so this is kind of a bummer. Keep ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part XIII

    Patrick Chavis got a taste of Pinoy pop culture at UCI Friday night, where he caught Bambu, Rhythm Natives and the Fighting Cocks. Pat also ran into a tagger who dreams of letters. Read his review and see some photos here. Rich Kane spent his Saturday morning reviewing the past week in the Orange C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Looking Ahead to South by Southwest

    The annual sonic bacchanal known as South by Southwest goes down March 12-16. Every year, several thousand music-biz types, musicians and ordinary mortals with more money than sense descend upon downtown Austin, Texas, cramming five months of musical activity into five days. I'll be blogging about a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Ghostland Observatory Sneak Preview

    Austin, Texas' Ghostland Observatory are poised to blow up with their Feb. 26 album Robotique Majestique (on their own Trashy Moped label). Here's a track, “Dancin' on My Grave (Let There Be Vinyl Remix),” from that album to whet your appetite for it. Sounds pretty tough and noisy for an indie-d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Crystal Antlers' Van, Gear Stolen

    How many times have we heard this same exact story? Too many. Rising Long Beach rock group Crystal Antlers' vehicle, containing all of their equipment, was stolen last night. This always sucks, of course, but what's worse is that Crystal Antlers are slated to play the South by Southwest fest in Aust ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Endless Music Vs. Endless Promotion

    Recapping South by Southwest

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2007

    South By Southwest, Part 1

    Well, it's 8:35 Austin time and I've finally got my room, internet access, and festival badge. Haven't had a chance to see any actual music yet, but I've certainly seen plenty of jaded industry types, giddy young music writers, and desperate publicists. I'm headed out into the evening to actually fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    Omar in Qatar

    Last year Omar Chatriwala moved from Austin, Texas to Orange County to help get Squeeze OC off the ground. Recently he decided to move again, this time from Orange County to Qatar to help get Al Jazeera's English-language channel off the ground. Chatriwala's blog, OC in OC, is among the most popular ... More >>

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    Denim, Diamonds and Dudes

    Meet the new face of country: Nashville Star

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Everything Come Through

    Black Angels move right in

  • Features

    March 24, 2005

    Give Him Some Water so He Wont Die

    South By Southwest by OC Weekly

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    Low Ball Ass Chatter

    Texas is the reason

  • Music

    March 25, 2004


    Our annual South By Southwest report

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    Barrels of Fun!

    Register engages in reckless gunplay

  • Unknown

    March 21, 2002
  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Sick of Bad Music?

    The Alejandro Escovedo is for you

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    The Great Uniter

    Bluesman W.C. clark brings the races together

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Accidentally Legit

    Inside Americas most ostentatious, alternative music fest

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    SXSW Slices

    Vignettes on a barbecue-sauce-stained notebook

  • Features

    September 14, 2000
  • Music

    March 30, 2000
  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    They Coulda Been Contenders

    It mightve been great for the Goods

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