Depeche Mode Staples Center 9/28/13 Depeche Mode shadow danced into town aboard the Delta Machine tour at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. On the first of a three-night stint, the arrival of the Essex-bred quintet was sure to make every aging goth/emo/new wave fan around SoCal bust out th ... More >>
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 >>
For over twenty years, Judah Friedlander has been burning up the comedy scene with his lax style of stand-up. We're pretty positive that the secret to his success has got to be his confidence. And let's be clear, Judah is confident as fuck. Sure you might know him from his kick-ass book "How to Bea ... More >>
Today, veteran action icon and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie The Last Stand hits theaters. Being the face of pulse-pounding action for almost four decades, Schwarzenegger's butt-kicking (and occasional comic mischief) has often been accompanied by the most bombastic mu ... More >>
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 >>
Adam Shankman, et al. make you happy you missed the Sunset Strip, circa 1987
Well, I guess it's safe to say that the original lineup of Guns N' Roses, you know, the one that everyone knew and loved, will never, ever reform. This morning, Axl Rose penned (or typed, depending on your point of view) an open letter that was published by the LA Times, not only stated that the mer ... More >>
This week, Pat Carney of The Black Keys 'apologized' to Nickelback regarding his 'controversial' yet true comments about the Canadian quintet. In my eyes, the drummer of the Akron-bred band had no reason to apologize, true or not true. Over the past decade or so, rock (not hip-hop, which deserves ... More >>
Check out our slideshow of the Palladium show here!Guns 'N' Roses House of Blues SunsetMarch 12, 2012Axl Rose's version of Guns 'N' Roses (he was the only original member of the band onstage last night) should've given me up and down and inside out goosebumps at the House of Blues on Sunset last ... More >>
Kevin Lara/OC WeeklyHoneypieHoneypie, Skee, I Hate You Just Kidding, Button Willow Locomotive, Kacie YoshidaMalone'sJan. 24, 2012And the gold star for best performance goes to--in this critic's humble opinion--Honeypie. Simply put, they were head and shoulders above the other four bands in last n ... More >>
As Eminem's protege, the Alabama-raised Yelawolf is the latest rapper to tap into a niche you could politely call white trash rap. His debut album on Shady Records, Radioactive, openly embraces his less-than-classy roots, with brags about his body being totally tatted up, rocking "dirty ass jeans ... More >>
Andrew YoussefGuns N' Roses The Forum 12/21/11 This isn't your older brother's Guns N' Roses, and hell, they aren't even MY Guns N' Roses, but they're not trying to be nor do they give a shit what you and I think. Last night at the Forum, Axl Rose and the latest incarnation of GN'R took the stag ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plus, 'Slayer Bob' lights up your holidays
See also: KROQ Acoustic Christmas Night One The Intranets (it's a series of tubes -- look it up) is reporting that Sublime With Rome drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh has quit the band. Now, before anyone freaks out and burns all their Sublime With Rome merchandise, there is a sweeter, softer side t ... More >>
The following is an excerpt from Duff McKagan's memoir, It's So Easy: And Other Lies, out now via Simon & Schuster. McKagan is a weekly columnist at our sister paper, seattleweekly.com/reverb. He's be signing books at the Barnes & Noble at South Coast Plaza at 2 p.m. on Saturday (901 B So ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyJane's AddictionOctober 3rd, 2011John Anson Ford AmphitheatreLasers, confetti, scantily clad dancers, and the intimacy of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre served as a perfect back drop for an explosive set by Jane's Addiction. Gearing up for the release of their new album ... More >>
We're certainly no strangers to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's musical talents on this blog, but last night on Jimmy Fallon's late night show, he was pretty spectacular. Actually, both Fallon and Gordon-Levitt were spectacular, channeling David Bowie and Axl Rose (respectively) on the most unlikely songs ... More >>
For some reason, Guns N' Roses announcing they are going to tour isn't irritating at all. For their first major U.S. tour in five years, the group, which really is only Axl Rose and an all-new band, will play more than 30 concerts starting Oct. 28.
Celebrity Deathmatch was a very fulfilling television show. There were the cheesy yet humorous puns from commentators Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond, the marathons during the Super Bowl and the satisfaction of seeing celebrities you love to hate get maimed in hilarious ways. In honor of MTV's birt ... More >>
Some pirate music blog called Headphones Up just leaked Lady Gaga's latest, "Judas." It's premiering on Vevo and E! tonight, but it's apparently all over the Internet already. Here are my thoughts on this: OMG Videos are being leaked now?! How did this happen?What's with the Axl Rose bandann ... More >>
[via Anti Music] Before Fergie and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas ruined it with their Superbowl version, the signature riff from Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" was an era-defining moment in rock & roll. And the video for it was filmed in a ballroom in Huntington Beach, 23 years ago. T ... More >>
The news that Charles Manson had a cell phone under the mattress of his Corcoran State prison cell probably doesn't surprise the mother of a young Anaheim woman who, as a teen, donned a "Free Manson" T-shirt, shaved her head, carved an "X" into the flesh between her eyebrows, and told friends ... More >>
[via RadarOnline.com] Axl Rose is suing Activision Blizzard Inc, the owner of the hit video game Guitar Hero. The company, which is based both in Santa Monica and Irvine, is being sued for over $20 million dollars for fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment, among others claims.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyParamoreSeptember 19, 2010Honda CenterThe show: Honda has found quite an impressive marketing tool in psuedo-punk band Paramore. By teaming up for the Honda Civic Tour, the two have effectively lured legions of true believers into stadiums where the auto giant can as ... More >>
"Avril Lavigne Vs. Robert Smith: Whose Alice Song Is Better?" asks BeatCrave, in regard to tracks off the new Alice in Wonderland soundtrack for the Tim Burton-helmed remake out March 5. Lavigne penned "Alice (Underground)." Smith's "Very Good Advice" is a very cool cover of a number from the 1951 D ... More >>
It came as a pretty big surprise to learn tonight's show featuring Sugarcult with Call the Cops, Prima Donna and Venus Infers has been canceled. When I interviewed Sugarcult guitarist Marko DeSantis for this Q&A he sounded completely psyched about the gig, playing for friends and family, and ha ... More >>
My never-ending quest to have fun in the middle of the week led me to karaoke at Alex's Bar last night. The room wasn't packed, but there were plenty of people for a Tuesday around midnight. After watching a few decent singers romp through tunes such as "Rapper's Delight," "Seven Nation Army" and "T ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were de ... More >>
Tiny, undisciplined athletes race for glory
Sea Wolfs piratical wear is having the best year ever
Band manager John Reese fought his way to the top
Oi to the world!
Slash thinks Carters still prez, rocks on!
Game musician Tommy Tallarico hopes a Grammy will make him big in the U.S.