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  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    We Still Hang People in Orange County

    The Halloween season fills a very important need in America. It is a time when society collectively derides its lasting Puritanical bent and celebrates demonic imagery. With the season come haunted attractions; some, like Knott's Scary Farm, are SoCal institutions, and in addition to the mazes and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Most Surprising Moments

    Who doesn't love a little Bone Thugs-n-Harmony? A favorite group of rap fans young and old, they've given the hip-hop nation such timeless classics as "Tha Crossroads" and "1st of the Month," both of which will certainly be heard at this weekend's show at The Observatory. Even with a harmonious styl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Burgerama Day Two - The Observatory - March 23, 2013

    Burgerama 2 The Observatory 3/23/13 Beer was flowing, burgers grilling and music blaring as day two of Burgerama picked up where Friday left off. By the end of the night, the walls of the venue were moist sweaty and the concertgoers were sweaty and smelly. Both hallmarks of a good punk/garage/indie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Product Placement in Music Videos = Tacky

    We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Why the Hell is Psy So Popular?

    See Also:* Advice to Every New Band: Stop Putting Out Records* No Doubt In Their Own Words* Matisyahu on Acting, His Growth and His BeardBy now, most Southern Californians, if not the entire world where there is an internet connection, should know, in one way or the other, Psy, a South-Korean r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Emblem3 Talk About X Factor, Trying to Avoid Being Labeled a Boy Band

    Last week, OC represented itself in the world of reality show contests yet again thanks to a teenage trio called Emblem3 who took the stage on Fox's the X Factor for a live audition. The Huntington Beach group, featuring Drew Chadwick, 19, and brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg (18 and 15 res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival: Critic Karina Longworth Weighs In

    By Karina Longworth This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimmin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex

    See Also: *Remix Exclusive: Boys Noize - XTC (MMM REMIX) *Best of HARD Summer, Day 1 - Los Angeles State Historic Park - 8/3/12 *Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move Revered as one of the best electronic artists on Beatport for three years in a row, Alexand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    World EDM Vixen Hayla to Headline OC Pride Festival

    By: Katrina NattressWorld electronic dance music may not be a genre you hear too often, but Hayla is among its proudest, scantily clad practitioners. Though currently residing in Los Angeles, the multi-talented singer and percussionist draws inspiration from her European and Middle Eastern roots, re ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 19, 2012

    Kaba Modern Created a Dance Dance Revolution

    Popping and locking with UC Irvine's dance crew and the movement it helped to create

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Black Keys' Video Appropriated? Director Chris Marrs Piliero Says Definitely Not

    ​A New York artist/model/filmmaker/musician who gave herself the nom de plume Bon Jane is claiming that the Black Keys stole the idea for one of their videos without giving her credit. In a release, Bon Jane says she gave the Black Keys a video treatment proposal for the song "Ten Cent Pistol" tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Octomom Nadya Suleman vs. Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher: The Donnybrook of the D-Listers

    ​Finally, Octomom Nadya Suleman of La Habra has been matched with a Celebrity Boxing opponent worthy of her immense status: ultimate homewrecker-turned-prison skank-turned-adult film stunt cast member Amy Fisher. Indeed, Celebrity Boxing Federation promoter Damon Feldman struck the D-list motherlo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera--Plagiarism and Female Singers: Who Did it Best?​Nicki Minaj was celebrated for her originality and gusto after being spotted at Carolina Herrera's Spring 2012 runway show sitting beside Anna Wintour in a neon pom-pom-laden sweater. Now designer Jessica Rogers, 21, of SomedayNewYorker, is accusing Minaj and her team of copying he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Top 5 YouTube Cover Artists

    Karmin​Many big-name talents like Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson and the now infamous Rebecca Black were discovered on YouTube, so it's no surprise that thousands of aspiring singers have taken to the video website in hopes of launching their own music careers. There are so many self-proclaimed YouTu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Katy Perry: Cashing in on that Normal Niche

    Flickr user florencia.tomasConsider Katy Perry--who, a few years before her rapid rise to stardom, was best known as "the girlfriend of that guy from Gym Class Heroes."  Now, Perry sells out stadiums. She's gotten so popular that she's performing at the Nokia Theatre in LA for three nights in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Kreayshawn Gets Nominated Best New Artist at the VMAs--and Other WTF Moments This Year

    ​I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    Justin Timberlake to Hold Office in Irvine?

    [Mental Notes] Pop star buys a piece of the old-school Internet. Plus, Paul Leary on Rome Ramirez

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Oscar Muzak: Five Nominees Marginally Worth Rooting For

    ​Oscar time is upon us once again, and buried somewhere underneath all the hype over "Best Actor/Actress,"Best Picture" and "Best Nipple Hard-on in a Scene" (wait, that last one might not be a real category), are the music nominations. And buried rightly so, since most Oscar nominated music is b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Last Night: OC Music Awards Showcase No. 5, Chain Reaction, Anaheim

    The Hype: This week's OC Music Awards showcase convened at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, OC's most recognizable (and sweaty) all-ages venue. Five bands competed for the category of "Best Live Band," including high-velocity hip-hop trio BLOK, who've recently earned multiple OCMA noms for "Best New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Times Columnist Dana Parsons Bids Farewell

    If you've been following the self-destruction of the LA Times throughout the past year or so, you probably know that next week, the paper is killing off its "California" section, the paper's increasingly anemic attempt to convince readers it actually cares about local news.As its name suggests, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    NBFF: Concrete translations, Indian burns

    Okay, filmgoers, it's time for a linguistics lesson. CEMENTO ARMATO is the title of an Italian film. In English, would you call that movie... (a) ARMORED CEMENT (b) CONCRETE ROMANCE (c) both of the above NBFF has opted for (c). But which is it really? IMDB says (b) is the international English ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Head Butting Cars Isn't Healthy

    Not Sure Why His Head Continued to Slam Into My Baton: Norberto Santana, Jr. at the Register reports that an unidentified “28-year-old inmate at the Orange County jail died Friday after deputies used a taser gun to subdue him.” Damon Micalizzi, the taxpayer-paid flack assigned to get Sheriff Mic ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 1, 2005

    Diary of a Mad County

    Awwww hell. Angels owner Arte Moreno tells Bill Shaikin...

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Culture

    March 24, 2005

    Behind the Blue Door

    Legs McNeil gatecrashes the other Hollywood

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    Something Innaway

    Everybody Lets Get Stonered

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    Richard Thompson Sips From the Bathwater of Time

    1,000 years of popular music comes to the Barclay

  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    Richard Thompson Sips From the Bathwater of Time

    1,000 years of popular music comes to the Barclay

  • Columns

    August 26, 2004

    No, You Shut Up

    Artists are Americans, too, You Jackasses

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    Its Only Rock & Roll

    Spontaneity rules at Memphis Cafes Easy Rider

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    Fertile Folkie

    Mary Black enjoys her wild Irish ride

  • Columns

    February 12, 2004

    In Defense of Gay Marriage

    So just shut up and buy Adam and Steve a nice present already

  • Features

    October 30, 2003
  • Music

    February 27, 2003
  • Columns

    February 13, 2003

    Two-Buck Chuck

    Let them drink Charles Shaw

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Hes The Bomb

    Edward Teller turns 95

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Columns

    February 7, 2002

    We Love You Just the Way You Arent

    New Years resolutions for the rest of yall!

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Wonderlovin' From the Oven!

    Two great flavors: familiar and fresh

  • Culture

    June 28, 2001

    Ad Infinitum

    A crafty BMW campaign turns directors into shillsbut is product placement really the problem?

  • Film

    March 29, 2001

    Sex, Drugs and Narcissism

    The fifth annual Calleys

  • Music

    May 18, 2000
  • Music

    May 11, 2000

    Get on the Good Foot

    Goda.k.a. James Browncomes to Anaheim

  • Music

    April 27, 2000

    Visiting With Buddy!

    Nostalgia acts, and nostalgia acts in training

  • Columns

    April 13, 2000
  • Columns

    February 3, 2000


    Hope and heartbreak, with supersecret special guest appearances!

  • Food

    November 11, 1999


    Antojitos, where the sauce is so green

  • Music

    November 4, 1999
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