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 >>
By: Alex Distefano Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse The Observatory May 16, 2013 It's been a while since this many bodies were packed so densely for a metal show at the Observatory. But, when you have two of the most brutal bands on the planet--Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse--performing back to b ... More >>
How a modern soul band from OC scored a tour with Social Distortion
I never covered the 1994 Orange County bankruptcy, being a sophomore at Anaheim High School when the whole chingadera arose and starting journalism way too late to ever figure in the aftermath. So when news emerged last week that former Orange County tax collector-treasurer Robert Citron passed away ... More >>
Question: How do you drink hard cider without looking like an Birmingham ASBO boy or a girl at her 21st birthday party? It's not exactly a reputation-making drink, though the cider made with our local apples stands up well against anything to come out of Washington, Michigan, or New York.Answer: You ... More >>
Front man Dave Wakeling Explains how a bunch of UK punks became kings of island riddim
Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
It's a simple formula: Read story, win money
For too long, John Taylor and the boys have been a pop group without a hit. They mean to change that
We lost another great musician today. Warp Records (the band's label) announced that lead singer Trish Keenan of British electronic-pop band Broadcast has died from pneumonia-related complications this morning. Her manager, Martin Spoke, announced, "She had been in Australia and had stayed on to ... More >>
Fronted by Sam James Velde--once singer of LA's Bluebird and co-founder of Cold Sweat Records, which deployed records by Devendra Banhart, Lavender Diamond and pre-No Age trio Wives from the same mighty mailing address--and reinforced with several members of saga-song heavy band Ancestors, Night ... More >>
Am in Chicago right now for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) conference, and during a meeting at a bar, three good ol' boys went up to me. "So you're from Orange County, California," one drawled. Yep. "Home of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history?" Why yes. "We're ... More >>
The Grove of Anaheim
Hurley Entertainment is hosting a day-long music/fashion/sports event Wed. June 18 at its Costa Mesa headquarters (1945 Placentia Ave.). Action starts at 2 p.m., with bands playing at 4 p.m. Vans Warped Tour 2008 acts Beat Union (Clash/Jam/Joe Jackson-style new wave/punk from Birmingham, England), ... More >>
The English Beat
Rude Guerrilla turns its focus to the most important playwright you’ve probably never heard of
How the English Beat goes on
Eric Clapton polls low
Ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg recalls his three-year journey through Americas war on terror
July 5 - July 11
The English Beat have another go at America
Hurricane Melvin, meet Hurricane Jeanne
Because were family-friendly like that!
Kat Jetson on Broadcast
The final 24 hours of Martin Luther King Jr.
An interview with Rob Halford
Social commentator, Radio Host/Producer (SP Radio One, The Ska Parade), Filmmaker, Breakdancer, Street Poet, Music Historian
Are OC's cops a little too excited about busting men for gay sex?
It's in the first act of Curtains-but it does get better