Chris Martin

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Here's the List of OC Register Reporters Who are Taking a Buyout or Getting Laid Off: UPDATED

    Will be updated through June 20, if not beyond... CURRENT COUNT: 66 gone. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 9, 8:03 A.M. The last time the Orange County Register announced massive layoffs, we had a running tally of who was getting the axe. That list topped out at about 31; the list expected this time might be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Pop Critic Ben Wener Finally Leaves The Register : Our One-Sentence Goodbye Note

    [Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    OC Punk Community Launches a Benefit Concert to Help China White Guitarist Frank Ruffino

    Frank Ruffino, the guitarist for China White, is in serious trouble. Recently released from the hospital after months in intensive care, the Huntington Beach axeman braces for a miracle. About four years ago, the 51-year-old was diagnosed with liver problems, a biproduct of years of hard drinking, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney To Play With Nirvana Tonight At The 12-12-12 Concert? Unfortunately, Yes

    For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Wayne Coyne On Celebrating His World Record and Collaborating with Ke$ha

    See Also: *Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips *Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex *Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move In our print feature this week, we caught up with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne who outlin ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips

    After breaking a Guinness World Record, the Oklahoma psych rockers have much more in store

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips

    See Also:* Pacific Festival: The Dunes Announced* Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy MoveAs the Flaming Lips pulled into New Orleans for the final show on a marathon, eight-city, 24-hour jaunt acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Coldplay - Hollywood Bowl - 5/1/12

    ColdplayMay 1, 2012Hollywood BowlColdplay's first of three nights at the Hollywood Bowl kicked off in a most impressive fashion. Eighteen thousand rabid Coldplay fans soaked up every note as the band held the audience in the palm of their hand from the beginning notes of "Mylo Xyloto" till the very ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco: 'These Ain't Bars, This is Barbarity!'

    ​ When I first downloaded Lupe Fiasco's free Friend of the People mixtape on Thanksgiving, I had no clue what to expect. Like many fans of the rapper these days, everything new that he does comes with the preoccupation as to whether the music industry will clamp down and restrain his genius. The i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Top 10 Noel Gallagher Songs While in Oasis (Bonus: and His 10 Funniest Quotes!)

    ​ Things you should know by now: Noel Gallagher is a rock & roll star. He is no longer in Oasis. Although his little brother Liam was the face and main voice of Oasis, Noel was the leader. Noel only sang lead vocals on about 15 percent of the songs, but he wrote about 95 percent of them. Noel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Glee's Matthew Morrison to Join NKOTB Tour

    ​In a move surprising to none, Matthew Morrison, the  actor who plays eternally optimistic teacher Will Shuester on Fox's Glee, is taking a new direction and joining '80s boy band New Kids on the Block for their summer tour.  It makes perfect sense. In addition to his acting credits, Mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Five Ridiculous Music Lawsuits to Top David Byrne's

    ​ David Byrne celebrated a legal victory this week against former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who used Byrne's song Road To Nowhere in a campaign last year without permission. Along with pocketing an undisclosed sum of cash, Byrne's victory led to Crist releasing a stammering, videotaped apo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Five Songs We'd Love To See On Glee (and Storylines to Go With Them)

    ​ Last week, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters entered into a minor public spat with Glee overlord Ryan Murphy when he announced that none of his music would ever appear on the FOX-TV hit. Grohl is not the first rock star to issue a No Glee statement to the press-- Coldplay and Guns n' Roses did th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    And Now, for Some Battles In Your Life (New Album, Tour, ATP Curation)

    bttls.comBattles, now a trio!​ I must admit I cried a bit when multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton left Battles last year . . . but that doesn't make the announcement of their new album, Gloss Drop, and the tour fronting it any less exciting. Gloss Drop, which will feature appearances by Chilean ... More >>

  • 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 14, 2011

    Everybody Must Get Stoned: The Six Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

    EPA/The Independent​In honor of Aaron Carter getting out of rehab (who, by the way, looks like absolute shit), we wondered, "Hey, just who were the most fucked-up rockers ever?" Yes, there are some very deserving people not here (David Crosby, Station to Station--era Bowie, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2010

    On the Road

    Fran Healy seeks out adventures by touring alone, just him and his acoustic guitar

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Travis Barker Battles Paparazzi, Pete Wentz Named UNICEF Spokesperson, Lil Wayne on Twitter, New Coldplay Album

    Travis Barker battles paparazzi and--you guessed it--TMZ shares special moment with the world.Pete Wentz lands UNICEF gig. No, really."Aint it funny how love finds you in your darkest place...?" muses Lil Wayne on his new Twitter page.Chris Martin chats with Spin about new Coldplay album. Is their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2009

    TONIGHT: Coldplay at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Chris VictorioWell, that kind of sneaked up on us: Coldplay, doubtlessly one of the biggest bands in the world, is playing tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.Nothing against the dudes, natch, it's just that they were here less than eight months ago at the Honda Center in Anaheim. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Meat Free Monday Goes Mainstream

    Of course, by 'mainstream' I mean that celebrities are now endorsing the campaign. Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney today launched a new website, Meat Free Monday, which encourages everyone to, yes, you guessed it, give up meat on Mondays. Other famous names weighing in include Kevin Spacey, Sheryl C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Last Night: Coldplay at the Honda Center

    Photo by Christopher VictorioLast Night: Coldplay at the Honda Center, Anaheim, Nov. 25, 2008.Better than: Staying home to watch the six-hour long "Dancing with the Stars" season finale.Most mixed message: Booths in the lobby promoting anti-poverty organization Oxfam, just mere feet away from merch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Last Night: Coldplay, Shearwater, Jon Hopkins @ The Forum

    By Andrew Youssef Better Than: Watching the video for "Viva La Vida" on your new iphone. Download: Previously unreleased track "Death Will Never Conquer" from the It's fitting that the Forum is primarily used as a church these days, with the occasional concert scheduled for variety. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Saturday - 11/24

    Travis at the House of Blues, GWAR at the Glass House, Scarlett Sisters Circus at the Bowers Museum

  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    CD Review

    Kanye West, Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)