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    March 11, 2014

    Six Types of Music Nerds We Tolerate

    By: Rachel Brodsky Much like the dreaded hipster, "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates, and Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker, or anything--nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech bo ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2013

    Cloud Cult's Higher Calling

    Bandleader Craig Minowa embarks on latest tour with a new sense of purpose

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    April 11, 2012

    On the Line: Ryan O'Melveny Wilson of Five Crowns and SideDoor, Part Two

    Before this chef hopped on a plane to Chi-town for business (to work on a burger blend and attend a quarterly financial meeting), Ryan O'Melveny Wilson had enough time to answer those burning questions, such as what he thought of his Chiquita-banana costume. Maybe his answer belonged in part one, bu ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Bahamas is Already Yours

    ​Afie Jurvanen, who takes on the stage name Bahamas when he's playing his sparse, beautiful compositions, is poised to take on the world, one love song at a time. As we caught up with him over the phone, driving home from his mother's house in Toronto, we talked to him about his songwriting simila ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Descendents, Broken Social Scene and More at FYF Fest Last Saturday

    Brandon Ferguson​FYF FestSept. 3, 2011Downtown LAThis year's Fuck Yeah Fest was much like previous ones. It was held in the dusty, weed-strewn urban splendor of Los Angeles State Historic Park, it was attended by tens of thousands of people who turned out for 34 top-shelf indie bands spread across ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Long Beach's Cold War Kids Announce Fall U.S. Tour

    ​ Long Beach's very own Cold War Kids just announced the second leg of their fall North American tour in support of their latest release, Mine Is Yours (Downtown/DGC/Interscope Records).

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    June 15, 2011

    Descendents Headline FYF Fest

    Chad Sengstock/OC Weekly​The lineup for the eighth annual FYF festival in downtown Los Angeles was announced today and if bloggers mean anything, it sounds like lots of people are excited. Bands such as Death From Above 1979, Explosions in the Sky, the Dead Milkmen, Guided By Voices, Broken Social ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Kathleen Hanna is Wrong About Female Musicians Today

    CNN Entertainment​ CNN Entertainment published an interview on Tuesday with iconic '90s riot grrl Kathleen Hanna. For those out of the loop, Hanna was a member of the seminal punk band Bikini Kill. A documentary co-produced by Hanna titled Who Took the Bomp? about her days touring with electro-pun ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    J Mascis with the Black Heart Procession at Alex's Bar Last Night

    ​The Black Heart Procession and J MascisAlex's Bar, Long BeachMay 5, 2011Maybe it was unfair to assume that the crowd last night would be full of mostly men slinking towards middle-aged, wearing vintage Dinosaur Jr shirts, who knew every word of everything J Mascis has ever written, but we were mo ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    J. Mascis is Playing at Alex's Bar Tonight; Watch His Cover of Edie Brickell's 'Circle'​ J. Mascis performs at Alex's Bar tonight, solo! The Dinosaur Jr. founder (also: skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer, and musician) is touring to promote Several Shades of Why, his first solo studio record. On the album are a bunch of people who no doubt have been ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Last Night at the Glass House: Broken Social Scene

    Jacob Khan​Broken Social Scene's set clocked in at a robust, marathon-length two-and-a-half hours. By night's end, the nugget of wisdom once uttered by TV bufoon George Costanza rang through my mind like a gong: Leave on a high note. 

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    April 14, 2011

    Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning Gives the Easiest Interview Answers to Transcribe

    Kristan Lieb/Riverfront Times​Brendan Canning, founding member of Broken Social Scene, gave the Weekly a cryptic interview a few weeks ago to preview their show tonight at the Glass House. He's not a man of many words; if you want to learn more about their latest set or just want to see what Canni ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    3hree Things: My 9 Favorite Albums Of 2010, Vol. 1 of 3

    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've been writing and publishing "Best/Favorite Of..." lists for music sites and/or blogs for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    TGIF: Pilar Diaz, Stars, Blonde Redhead, The Misfits, Usher!

    Blonde Redhead​Friday is when Pilar Diaz, one of our featured acts in this week's music section, takes a bow at the Orange County Center of Contemporary Art in Santa Ana. With some years of solo work under her belt after she broke from LA's shoulda-been-really-famous Los Abandoned, the Chilean-bo ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010

    Stars Light Up

    Life gets in the way of Stars' music-in a good way

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    October 11, 2010

    Land of Talk, Besnard Lakes at Detroit Over the Weekend

    ​Land of TalkOctober 9, 2010Detroit Bar Costa MesaThe Show: Hailing from the incestuous indie music scene of Montreal, we have the Land of Talk. And in case you were wondering, they are in fact another band associated with Broken Social Scene. (The session players from the Band Stars appeared on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Margaret Cho: Yes She Can (Sing, That Is)

    Lindsey Byrnes​These days, you can tack on whatever label to Margaret Cho and it would be accurate--comedian, actor, reality TV star, singer. Yup, singer. On her first musical full-length, Cho Dependent, she collaborated with  Andrew Bird, Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Patty Gri ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Local Natives on Fuel TV's 'The Daily Habit'

    Jason Stoff/Denver Westword​On Tues., Aug. 17, the Local Natives are performing on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit, telecast week nights at 6 p.m. with a replay at 9 p.m., and the following week day at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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    August 4, 2010

    The Arkells Want to Tan and Eat Salads in Orange County

    ​​Remember when Broken Social Scene and Feist and Metric and the New Pornographers  were all over the music blogs because they were awesome and also Canadian? Well, the days of glorifying our neighbors to the North for health care and cold weather are over, but the Arkells still do a p ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Hook of the week: New Pornographers' "Crash Years"

    ​ Despite sporting a hook that's a tad derivative of the Edward Sharpe single "Home", "Crash Years," off The New Pornographer's latest album Together, is bursting with enough sonic surprise to be intriguing. The intro to the song is unremarkable. A jangly start accompanied by some thundering cello ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    3hree Things: Thrice's Riley Breckenridge's New Weekly Column

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Ice Cream Man, Back Online

    Photo by Craig Hattori​It's almost summer, so you know what that means: Ice Cream Man Matt Allen is back. Officially, too, in the web series called Road Trippin' With Ice Cream Man on Babelgum. The Long Beach resident is going to be at all the music festivals, giving away free ice cream and hangin ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Last Night: Owen Pallett at Fingerprints Records

    Andrew Youssef​The Hype: Making his only stop in the Southern California area before hitting a few festivals in Europe, Owen Pallett stopped by Fingerprints Records to pull back the curtain on his sweeping violin magic enhanced by some pedal-looping wizardry. Owen was a busy fellow on this particu ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Local Natives Get Texas-Sized Buzz at SXSW

    [Mental Notes] The music press falls all over itself in praise of the LA-by-way-of-OC band

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    March 22, 2010

    Local Natives Shine at SXSW; Earn Rave Reviews from BBC, RS, NME, NPR and More

    Chad CheverierLocal Natives, originally from Orange County, rock SXSWLocal Natives crushed at South by Southwest, returning home to LA with massive momentum leading up to their April 18 Coachella date. The other OC/LBC acts that made appearances in Austin surely turned heads but nothing like Lo ... More >>

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    February 25, 2010


    Detroit Bar

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    February 15, 2010

    Another Festival We'd Rather Go To: Long Beach's Avi Buffalo Added to Sasquatch!

    ​The line-up for this year's Sasquatch was just announced and hey, turns out it's another festival line-up we'd much rather go see than Coachella.Sasquatch, which is famously held at the Gorge in Washington (two hours outside of Seattle), will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30. The line ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Plow Boys (and Girls)

    Los Campesinos!

  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Pop Goes Britannia

    With a New Four-CD Retrospective, Rhino Records Captures the Agony and Ecstasy of Modern English Rock’s Golden Age

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    November 8, 2007
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    November 1, 2007

    CD Review

    Holy Fuck, LP (Young Turks/Beggars)

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    May 31, 2007

    Locals Only

    Sacre Bleu! Eet's Thursday Night! Le French Kanadian throws ze illest parties

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    March 8, 2007

    Canadian Collectives

    Do Make Say Think

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    May 18, 2006