Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>
By: Kyle Cavaness Tijuana Panthers The Constellation Room 8/23/13 The three members of Tijuana Panthers knew who center stage belonged to at the Constellation Room Friday night, and it wasn't any of them. Their setup was simple--bassist Dan Michicoff in the corner, stage right, guitarist Chad Wacht ... More >>
Friday, July 26th Weezer Pacific Amphitheater Although Weezer's image and reputation has faded over the years with albums Raditude, Hurley, and Death to False Metal seriously lacking in what Weezer is known for, most Weezer fans are die hard enough to stick with them anyway. With the bands first se ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week ... More >>
The OC Music Awards kicked off its weekly seven-part series at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa Tuesday night and featured five local Orange County bands who rocked the house while several D.J.'s kept the party flowing. Local standouts like Robert Jon and The Wreck left one hell of an impression as their e ... More >>
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La Santa Cecilia represents a generation of genre-mashing Latino musicians raised in Los Angeles. Their preferred forms of expression remain the Latin American realms of boleros, rancheras, cumbias and salsa; nevertheless, they expand far beyond them. The band possesses an impressive talent for inte ... More >>
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With what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday fast approaching, record companies are predictably shifting to tribute mode and cashing in. Late June witnessed the release of Fantasy Records' compilation Rave On Buddy Holly, which featured covers of the rock pioneers songs by Paul McCartney ... More >>
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Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly Click here to see more images.WeezerAugust 4, 2011Pacific AmphitheaterSo that was weird.Seeing front man Rivers Cuomo run, jump and dance around; start and finish the set in the audience; sing a track off Pinkerton; touch his band mates ... it was a different Weezer ... More >>
I thought using bricks as weapons during stick-ups went away with the Edsel. But that's not what happened in Texas last week.
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyJorge Garcia makes a cameo at Weezer's first night in LACheck out our Weezer slideshow here!WeezerNovember 26, 2010Gibson AmphitheaterUnderstandably dubbed the "Memories" tour, Weezer dug up plenty of memorable older tunes to go along with a tidal wave of flashbacks at the ... More >>
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On Monday, Weezer dropped the news that Jorge Garcia, more recently known Lost's Hurley, was on the cover of their eighth album. Is it weird to have my boyfriend's face on the cover of Weezer's new album titled Hurley? Yes. Is it also awesome? Yes. "I'm excited to know that t ... More >>
If someone rear-ends you while driving, you usually stop and get the person's insurance information. If someone rear-ends you while in a Taco Bell drive thru, RUN! That is, SPEED OFF! At least this is the lesson learned from--where else?--Texas.
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Christopher Owens, singer/songwriter for the San Francisco band Girls, which performs Monday at Detroit Bar, has captured the fancy of rock critics looking to tout the Next Big Thing. Despite my general leeriness of buzz bands, I found Album, the group's debut, to be a winning set of songs built on ... More >>
Girls AlbumAlbum is a seemingly pill-popping-induced record that has its ups and downs--just like life, and just like pills. Girls are a San Francisco two-piece made up of Christopher Owens and Chet JR White. Now, there's no doubt that Album is made from the churning aftermath of a terrible break ... More >>
The Raveonettes are gracing us with their presence once again this year at the Detroit Bar. The Danish duo, consisting of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, makes music that can be described as a graceful, but highly destructive hurricane--a whirling sound with feedback and overloaded guitars... a ... More >>
Andrew YoussefNo, you da man.Last Night: Blink-182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine; September 17, 2009.Better Than: Growing up.Hostile Territory: Blink-182 is doing a huge promotion with the T-Mobile Sidekick, and advertisements were plastered ... More >>
Former Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein has a blog on NPR called Monitor Mix (stick with me), and yesterday she called out Weezer for being "the ultimate novelty band." Specifically, she targeted two of their new songs, "I'm Your Daddy" and "The Girl Got Hot," which the band debuted ... More >>
Bands the Cold War Kids never heard but could have: loose songs by righteous outsiders with scuffy guitars
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Uber-blogger/radio host Hugh Hewitt doesn't like a lot of things: liberals, liberal journalists, liberal movies, liberal societal mores--and now, liberal oldies. Hewitt tells readers on Jan. 3 that KRTH-FM 101.1's Top 300 Songs of All Time countdown over the New Year's weekend was the "Worst Top 300 ... More >>
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