No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>
Black Flag The Observatory 7-12-2013 Black Flag, or Flag, or whatever they are calling themselves these days, played at the Observatory for their first show in Southern California. To be honest, after witnessing the first performance of the two-night stint in Santa Ana, I have a new name for them, D ... More >>
Sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin have been making music for years. Whether it was in Mika Miko or on their own, the self-described rock-n-roll/post-punk rockers always had the desire to form a band on their own terms. That's what they did with their current project, Bleached. After releasing three earl ... More >>
Monday, June 10Levitation RoomDetroit Bar Just as their name suggests, Levitation Room's music instills the listeners' ears with the light feeling of floating. The dreamy guitar and lo-fi projections of psychedelic rock and garage are reminiscent of deep 1960s-era rock, but still grounded in an alte ... More >>
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Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>
MusInk Days 2&3 OC Fairground March 9-10, 2013 The art of ink slinging took over OC this weekend as the sixth annual, three-day Musink Festival came the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, in what was turned out to be a 72-hour celebration of body art(including tattoos and piercings), ... More >>
The San Francisco duo achieve sonic balance on their new album, 'The Blight and the Bloom'
Known as one of the most political and hard working punk bands since their inception back in 1978, punk rockers D.O.A. announced that they'll be calling it quits after their upcoming, final run of tour dates. One of those select shows lands them at The Observatory on Friday, Feb. 1. Beginning with ... More >>
Friday, November 9Haymarket SquaresSlidebar The Haymarket Squares specialize in a quick clip brand of folk music. Using mandolin, piano, and whistling, they weave a folk tapestry while busting lyrics about righteous anger and the songs of Britney Spears. N ... More >>
Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares? Second, the best material of many (if n ... More >>
See Also: *Former Korn Drummer To Plead Not Guilty In DUI Case *How Alabama Shakes Turned a Shitty Career Break Into a Major Score *Of Monsters and Men - The Observatory - 8/8/12 For as much old-school, OC punk culture as like to dig up here at the Weekly, we always get a little giddy whenever we c ... More >>
For this week's top five we called Factory Records, 440 E 17th Street in Costa Mesa, (949) 722-8101. Besides a couple really strange (really good, but so very strange) releases off Lavish Womb, the top spot this week goes to the one and only Ty Segall Band and their first release as a band, Slaughte ... More >>
If your vehicle was sturdy enough to get you to this year's Punk Rock Picnic at Oak Canyon Ranch (aka the middle of nowhere) -- meaning your car didn't overheat during the uphill slaloms or get stuck in the makeshift loose-dirt road parking lot -- then you experienced what was probably the best Punk ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.I'm not gonna lie. I didn't spend my formative years as a music listener (late-80's/earl ... More >>
After 20 years, the band still look forward to touring and making music
Kinda?We promised you "surprise guests" in this week's cover story on Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary shows--and Black Flag has let the cat out of the bag on Facebook.
A couple months ago, we learned that Oxbow's Eugene Robinson linked up with Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski for a new project called Black Face, which features Flag's Duk on bass, Oxbow's Robinson on vocals, Insect vs. Robots' Milo Gonzalez (Duk's son) on guitar and Oxbow alum Tom Dobrov on dru ... More >>
Because 'being there for your kids is the punkest thing of all'
Thirty years later, he says their legacy is just beginning.
Charles Moore / Black StarIt seems like you hear about the police more often than usual these days. Whether it's the death of Mark Duggan that's inciting the London riots or the killing of Kelly Thomas that's shaking up the Fullerton PD, the news is rife with reports of police misconduct, and it' ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTSOLClick here to see the slideshow!4th Annual OC Punk Rock PicnicApril 9, 2011Hidden Valley ParkFor the modern day punk-rock enthusiast, there is something quite affirming about attending an all-day punk rock festival. Perhaps its that sense of acceptance finally, t ... More >>
Brad "Daddy" X has long earned his reputation as the voice of Placentia "rip-hop" crew the Kottonmouth Kings, but before the vocalist would spend most of his career rapping about weed, his roots were in punk rock. Years ago, in a different period of his career, he fronted punk bands Doggy Style a ... More >>
Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris' new project is even more punk
A few weeks ago, Frontier Records announced that for their 30th anniversary, they were hosting a show featuring a reunion by Santa Ana hardcore pioneers Middle Class. The label (which released punk classics such as The Circle Jerks' Group Sex," The Adolescents self-titled ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMike Vallely at the Musink Tattoo and Music Festival at the OC Fairgrounds, Feb. 20, 2010. Just in time to hit the road with Duane "the Master of Disaster" Peters for his Glory Bound Skatepark Tour, Mike Vallely announced July 13 he's leaving longtime sponsor Element to fl ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyJerry Roach is not dead.Controversy and the Cuckoo's Nest--it's as if Jerry Roach never left us. But many assumed the owner of the former Costa Mesa punk rock club had left permanently. "People thought I was dead," he tells me with a chuckle.
If the answer to that question is yes, then do you want to be in a book? Because if you do, you can. According to a Myspace bulletin posted by former Black Flag singer Ron Reyes, a book of people with the Black Flag bars is in the works. Here's what Reyes typed:"so I got a friend on Myspace who i ... More >>
...and a form of cancer. According to a press release, the man born Adam Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left parotid gland. This means the Beastie Boy's latest record, Hot Sauce Committee, will be pushed back and all current shows have been cancelled. But more importantly, this ne ... More >>
Well, here we are again. Monday....ew. But for those of you who came along for the ride at Coachella 2009, the memories are probably still cycling around in your brain somewhere. Otherwise, you'd probably be getting some work done instead of trolling the internet looking for the next Albert Ching bl ... More >>
HB's Guttermouth is playing Alex's Bar tomorrow night. If I wasn't going to San Diego for the weekend (and leaving in about two hours), I'd go in hopes of getting a healthy dose of adolescent flashbacks. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but Guttermouth was one of the first punk bands I got into ... More >>
The Voids are one of the best local punk bands. They've been playing since 1998 and for some reason, they aren't bigger than they are. They should be huge, but what do I know? Singer Adri and guitarist Chris have gone through more members than Black Flag and Spinal Tap combined, but their cur ... More >>
Ron Reyes -- also known as Chavo Pederast, also known as the right answer to the question "who's the best Black Flag singer?" -- has seemingly been living under a rock since bailing on the South Bay punk band more than two decades ago. Rumors swirled that Reyes moved to Vancouver, Canada, and had fo ... More >>
Let's face it, good local punk bands are hard to come by these days. Seldom does one find the kind of balls-out, hundred-mile-an-hour fury that fuels sweaty mosh pits and unshakable spiky-haired camaraderie on a consistent basis. And behind the Orange curtain, this is an especially harsh reality. Th ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dr ... More >>
Review by Waleed Rashidi Circle Jerks, Hit Me Back at the Glass House, Pomona Friday, January 25, 2008 Better than: Spending all night watching VH1 Classic — though hey, that's a pretty close second right there. Download: "Deny Everything." Sometimes you just gotta wonder — where's the real ... More >>
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