Though their music may suggest a relaxed energy and mellowness, Robyn Rosencrantz and Michael Glover, aka Bright Blue Gorillas are all about hard work and ambition. Conquering the incredible feat of surviving as musicians and artists, BBG have covered the music, theater and film bases abroad in Euro ... More >>
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 >>
For at least one Friday night this month, the Yost Theater will be on par with Las Vegas' hottest nightclubs. Presented by ClubKillers.com, House of Dreamz is the brainchild of KIIS-FM DJ and Anaheim native Alex Dreamz (born Alejandro Becerra). The "Wicked Wonderland" theme--dressed by Costa Mesa se ... More >>
After two decades, the legendary DJ still creates music that leaves us entranced
The biggest party of the summer for electronic dance music aficionados is finally here. 345,000 18-and-over festival attendees are expected to take over Las Vegas this weekend and even more are bound to attend the insane amount of club nights, pool parties and special events surrounding Electric Dai ... More >>
Life's been good since Thomas Gold befriended the mafia. Well, the Swedish House Mafia, anyway. His inclusion into the the SHM family last year on Axwell's Axtone Records catapulted his career to the next level. Now with his own Fanfare Bus World Tour, residency at the new Las Vegas Light Nightclub ... More >>
Los Angeles Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant is receiving an assistant this morning in his legal battle to permanently block his mother and an auction house from selling more than $1.5 million worth of his personal memorabilia to the public in June. Sharia Washington, Bryant's sister, filed a May 11 d ... More >>
If you consider trance music a religion, then Armin Van Buuren is God. The DJ, producer, remixer, composer, musician, pianist and songwriter has taken trance to world renowned heights through his A State of Trance radio show, Armada Music record label and vast discography which spans over the course ... More >>
Amidst the crazy sea of hipsters, hippies, old folks, pre-teens and babies(!), the first weekend of Coachella was also packed with EDM revelers ready to get their fist-pumping music fix over the course of the three day bacchanal. In fact it seems that dance music lovers are growing in numbers so muc ... More >>
Don't be fooled by the slew of hipsters and bros traipsing around the polo fields of Coachella - the festival itself has long been a pioneer of bringing electronic dance music to the states even dedicating it's own stage for EDM lovers for years. The Sahara tent has seen the likes of everyone from S ... More >>
By: Jessica HopperAre you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is ... More >>
Breathe In, the latest film from former Orange County theater wunderkinds Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones, has been picked up for non-North American distribution following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month.
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A Santa Ana artist who has created an institute dedicated to the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci has joined visions with a former Huntington Beach museum director opening a new exhibit on citizen space exploration "to dream, conceptualize and build the world of tomorrow." You can't see the fruits ... More >>
Who would have thought five years ago that super star DJ's like Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Andy Moor, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Nero would be headlining separate major EDM festivals right here in California on New Years Eve? Since Insomniac Events and Go Ve ... More >>
Wanda Jackson The ObservatoryDecember 29, 2012 Over the past few years, Wanda Jackson's career revival has been unparalleled. The singer has lived through the many changes in both the sound and face of music, and will likely be the only person in modern music to truly say that she's seen it all. ... More >>
The expansive Jewish Film Festival continues tonight at University Synagogue of Irvine--and, yes, that's continues as your humble servant was slow on the uptake to promote the full schedule of movies that started rolling in October and continue through April at the synagogue, Regal's Westpark 8 in I ... More >>
Monday, October 1 The Two FoscariSegerstrom Center for the Arts The LA Opera makes a one-night-only appearance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to perform Giuseppe Verdi's The Two Foscari. Verdi based his three-act opera on the historical play of the same n ... More >>
"Life's short," says the promotional postcards for Long Beach's cutesy neighborhood bakery Shortnin Bread. "Eat dessert first!" So one morning I decided to take that advice and held out on breakfast for what I thought would be a dessert-filled lunch. Except when I arrived at Shortnin Bread's corne ... More >>
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Hardcore, Canadians and Europeans, oh my! This week we've got a host of international bands from the top five selling records of Bionic Records, 6012 Ball Road in Buena Park, (714) 828-4225. Most of them are pretty hardcore, but nothing's sold more than American hardcore band Nile's latest record, A ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyDelta Spirit at BuskerFest in Long Beach in 2010South 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 >>
Photo by Laila DerakhshanianHe may not be French (he's Hispanic), but Christian Murcia can make an authentic crepe. His business acumen has enabled him to launch Brats Berlin, a German-themed luxe lonchera featuring bratwurst, which debuted over the weekend. Join us as we tap the creativity behin ... More >>
On this day in 1945, legendary guitarist Robert Fripp was born. Known best for his work in the prog rock band King Crimson, his career has spanned five decades, a variety genres, and several hundred releases, including iconic works with Roxy Music's Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, Blo ... More >>
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It's madness to think how fast the week has gone. Friday, and I'm still pinching myself, expecting to wake up. An informal study I've been conducting via highly advanced methods of verbal interaction (having a conversation, some call it) seems to indicate most filmmakers here, including myself, a ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyBlonde Redhead at the Glass House on Nov. 15. Let's be real: Orange County isn't exactly the mecca for the greatest concerts of all time. But when national bands play around here, we expect some great music. And no, I'm not talking about Justin Bieber--we just like to m ... More >>
Celebrity living has its downside in 'Somewhere'
www.MichaelJackson.comSo we heard that Michael Jackson's estate and Cirque du Soleil are going to launch Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour next fall. In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, the show will use Jackson's choreography, hit music, and life experiences to interpret the King of Pop's s ... More >>
Fran Healy seeks out adventures by touring alone, just him and his acoustic guitar
If you were born after 1989, you're probably not going to know what the hell this blog is about. It follows the tale of a platinum-blonde haired, crimson lipped, Orange County pop starlet named Katalina. If in 1996, you were in your mother's womb, I won't hold out any hope that you hear ... More >>
Jim Ladd (KLOS radio), Grace Slick and Michelle Mangione at the Grammy MuseumRock-and-roll icon Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) and OC singer-songwriter Michelle Mangione wrote a song called "The Edge of Madness" to raise money for aid to Louisiana. The song ... More >>
Andrew YoussefPeter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubClick for slideshow.The Hype: After selling out three nights at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club visited the House of Blues Anaheim in support of their new album, Beat The Devil's Tattoo. Boasting such song titles as "Ri ... More >>
Some would credit Europe with this thing we call electronic dance music by pointing back to the pioneering work of Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder and Can. They would be half right: Contemporary electronic dance music, like blues, rock and jazz, is a progeny of the interplay between black and white music ... More >>
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