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Eric Rachmany and his Santa Barbara outfit thrive on balance and groove in more ways than one
The post-hardcore outfit reunites for the 10th anniversary of their album 'What It Is to Burn'
Most of us are trained to think of thrash metal as pure, self-indulgent destruction in sonic form. Whether we're absorbing deafening, indecipherable screams, relentless guitar shredding, or the savagery of Tommy-gun drum fills, the objective is an all-out assault on your ears. So it's clear a band s ... More >>
Tuesday, January 22 Cat Power The Observatory No, it's not a feline liberation movement (although that would be rad), but rather the on-going musical project of singer/songwriter Chan Marshall that spans the musical spectrum from punk and folk to blues and electronica. Known for her unconventional ... More >>
It's almost crunch time and Coachella line-up announcements should come about at the end of the month. Yet, this still leaves a couple of weeks of fake-line up posters, rumors, speculation and "leaks" to go around the internet and spread like wildfire. Remember when we could buy tickets at the door ... More >>
On November 10, 1992, Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut assault of rap-rock radicalism upon the music world. Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford combined their collective talents together as the Epic release would eventually peak at No. 1 on the Billbo ... More >>
The godfather of goofy parodies could very well be here until the apocalypse, or the 'Alpocalypse'
Their sunny, Huntington Beach-bred ska endures with 'Candy Coated Fury'
When a film is made, part of the main process of getting the soundtrack together is finding the right musician's to play for the album. Sometimes it's a single song or it is an entire soundtrack. These top five albums made for a movie by handpicked musicians have been, for the most part, nominated ... More >>
In a piece of data that may have gone unnoticed due to the holiday, SoundScan announced the leading album and singles for the year so far. And while it might not be surprising considering their songs are literally everywhere, Adele and Gotye are leading the pack on the strength of songs that, frankl ... More >>
Last week, metalheads across the country shook their heads in disgust when they found out that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine endorsed Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race. In Music Radar, Mustaine said, "I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it ... More >>
Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>
The most-searched subject on Google for 2011 was not Steve Jobs, nor Casey Anthony. Occupy Wall Street? Psh. Didn't even make the list. According to the Google Zeitgeist, the device that tracks how often something is searched and how fast the search catches speed, the OC's very own Rebecca ... More >>
The controversy surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement has hit the fashion world, thanks to a controversial T-shirt that was supposed to be released by hip-hop artist and clothing designer Jay-Z.
Manny Pacquiao can knock a dude out, but can he hit falsetto? The Filipino boxing champ and congressman has long moonlighted as an amateur crooner--check out these five YouTube videos--but now he's turning his passion into a full-fledged third career. This week, his single, "Sometimes When W ... More >>
Making it big on the big screen is rough. Judging by the forgettable attempts by the cast of Friends--sans Jennifer Aniston, whose most memorable roles involve playing some semi-neurotic version of herself in intellectually-gutted rom coms--transitioning to movies isn't made any easier through su ... More >>
I bet seeing Chuck D's photo below the headline "Top Five Worst Black Rappers Ever" almost made you shit your shorts, huh? Believe me, I love Chuck D. I just put him up there to grab your attention.Remember when I wrote this post about the top five worst white rappers ever? And then remember how ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Megan Mullally performs with TSOL keyboardist, plus five Asian-American acts to watch
Asian-American hip-hop outfit Far East Movement "rightfully get tagged as an inspiration to other Asian-Americans who want to make it big musically."Rhyme-slinger Kev Nish says promoting Asian-American artists is something they do "out of love for our community and family." The group helped ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Disney parodies viral video to market Rapunzel movie 'Tangled,' Glee's Matthew Morrison hooks up with 'NSync's JC Chasez
Today we found out that both Rockstar's Uproar Festival headliners' albums debuted at No. 1 this summer. Avenged Sevenfold held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart just a few weeks ago with their new CD Nightmare, and the eponymous single has also been No. 1 on rock radio for the thre ... More >>
Last July, the oceanfront condo in downtown Huntington Beach where the Avenged Sevenfold drummer was found dead was put up for sale. Jimmy Sullivan found dead of an accidental overdose in the condo last December. The 28-year-old, also called "The Rev," had a music studio in the ... More >>
Riley Breckenridge, the drummer of our favorite Irvine alt-rock band, Thrice, starts his weekly column today. He's going to blog about everything from local haunts to his favorite bands, so watch out for your weekly dose of Riley's 3hree Things. Thrice's drummer Riley Breckenridge is starting a week ... More >>
After the Weenie Roast, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was littered with flyers. This one was particularly interesting because there was no official announcement (yet) that Sublime With Rome and its ever-present ally the Dirty Heads were going to be playing a local show after the Weenie Roast. ... More >>
This could be the best Google logo ever. EVER!!! I played it for 15 minutes before I realized I was supposed to be searching for something. And by then I'd forgotten what it was. So as a tribute to the brilliant folks at Google, who created the logo to celebrate Pac-Man's 30th anniversary as a g ... More >>
The Dirty Heads announced their summer tour dates with Sublime with Rome, but because of logical deduction, we already knew that. What we didn't know is that they now (officially) have a No. 1 hit.
Andrew YoussefVampire Weekend prefers Del Taco over Baja Fresh.Click here for the slideshow, also by Andrew Youssef!The Hype: Can you feel it? It's Coachella fever. It strikes Southern California a few days prior with warm up shows dotting various venues, as bands tune up for their moment under t ... More >>
All Time Low are currently experiencing an all time high (I'm sorry, really) amount of exposure through their new album, Nothing Personal--which defied expectations by debuting #4 on Billboard and got them an appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Ride the wave of their success on Nov ... More >>
The Grove of Anaheim
Awww shiiiiiiit! It's about to get grown and sexy at the Cantina Lounge tonight as this freshman Fullerton night spot welcomes the 90s R&B mega duo K-Ci and Jojo (two of the founding members of Jodeci) to the stage. First of all, where the hell have these guys been? Second of all, what the hell ... More >>
Hey! Did you see me at the Orange County Performing Arts Center Friday night? If you were there, you couldn't miss me. I was the young guy.OK, all jokes aside, I really was at OCPAC Friday night for the Blue Note 70th Anniversary tour. It was the early show and my friend Rick and I got there about f ... More >>
Better Than: Breaking up with a girl friend and writing a sappy song about it...leave that to the pros. I didn't quite believe my eyes when I stumbled across The Grove's Oct. 16 concert listing a few weeks ago. As a perpetual sucker for hip hop bands, a chance to watch The Roots, Gym Class Heroes ... More >>
Rappers' billfold braggadocio is getting ridiculous
Underground auteur unearths hits from hell
Reader Pat O'Connor called this morning to inform us that former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died of a cerebral hemorrhage April 5. He was 51. St. John's death has received little attention in Orange County media, but it has been reported by Billboard's website, Reuters, msnbc.com, Wikipedia, and o ... More >>
X Clan back from the East, blackwards
Anyone can be an American Idolbut a star? Not so much
Create (!)s spontaneity is the message