Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>
BuskerFestEast Village Arts District (Long Beach) 8/25/12 See Also:*Long Beach Funk Fest: Five Acts You Can't Miss* Fingerprints Celebrates its 20th Anniversary With a Big 'Ol Record Sale* Nick Waterhouse Comes to Los Angeles to Dance on the StreetSorry Echo Park Rising, FYF Fest and, yes, even the ... More >>
[Checking In On . . .] Different format, same literary geniuses
Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>
The new venue for Mars Hill Church Orange County. On the same stage where his former bands have rocked out for wild crowds, pastor Nick Bogardus will preach the Gospel of Jesus for a different congregation.Mars Hill Church Orange County, which Bogardus leads, has a new home at The Galaxy Theatre ... More >>
Brandon FergusonFYF 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 >>
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).
Musical festival season is in full swing, and that means you're either already on a plane to attend this weekend's Bonnaroo Music Festival or staying at home and wishing you were there. This year, the likes of Eminem, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant and Lil Wayne are part of the star-studded lineup in Man ... More >>
An old Menomena photo with Brent KnopfOn May 24, you can see for yourself why Riley Breckenridge from Thrice is such a Menomena fanboy. The Portland band kicks off Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Indie Band Series in Samueli Theater, with local band Kiev (winner of the Best Indie Band at th ... More >>
It's Monday, and what better way to celebrate than with another mixtape? We've put together a 12-song video compilation so you can discover or rediscover some great music. You can thank us once you get to work and need something to distract yourself.
UPDATE, JAN. 26, 2:40 P.M.: It's official--Coachella tickets have sold out. Stay tuned for details on whether more will be released. ORIGINAL ITEM, JAN. 18, 10 P.M.: Forget those fake posters; it's finally here: The official lineup for Coachella 2011. After the jump, the full flier. Be war ... More >>
RX BanditsOn Saturday, Ty Segall plays Alex's Bar in Long Beach, headlining a bill featuring Tijuana Panthers and Okee Dokee. His hyperactive role in a slew of bands had already won him local fame, but the release of Melted seems to have woken up the rest of the musical world to what's been going ... More >>
Will 'Mine Is Yours' propel the former Fullertonians beyond their current midlevel stardom?
Jennie Warren(Click on the band's picture to hear their new holiday tune!) This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Two Guns--comprised of Kevin Poush, Aaron Bradford, Brad Lindsay, Harris Pittman and Gabe P ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyGreen Day at Verizon Amphitheatre on Tuesday.This week, we discovered another OC music magazine to link to. Guess what it's called! In local music news, we've got Runner Runner, Green Day, Snoop Dogg and more...
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWeezer at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last yearAhem, 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing. I think it's awesome that you're adding to the appeal of hot, bronzed guys surfing at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier for five days by getting Weezer to headline your event. A ... More >>
MySpace / Jennie Warren To celebrate the 14th anniversary of OC Weekly's annual summer guide, we're co-hosting a party with the Kona Brewing Co. at The Strand, 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach on Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. It's all ages, and free--so you have no excuse to miss it! There ... More >>
John GilhooleyYou got a prescription for that? So what'd you miss this weekend? We took full advantage of the non-rain and were all over the county and beyond. First, photographer John Gilhooley went to say hi to Snoop Dogg at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. Where he met this gal. Coolest gal ev ... More >>
Michael Jackson to be next 2Pac? "Unreleased Michael Jackson song hits the web."Vampire Weekend, Spoon and OC's Cold War Kids on Pitchfork's guide to upcoming releases for winter 2010. Chris Cornell tweets Soundgarden reunion. More details courtesy of Spin. And New York Times. And even though I ... More >>
This picture looks racier than it really is.Tonight is your chance to be among the first to watch Cold War Kids drummer Matt Aveiro's new short film, Jen in the Painting. It's premiering tonight at 9:45 p.m. at Art Theatre in Long Beach; and you can learn tons more about it through our chat with ... More >>
The next person who says "there's nothing to do around here" is officially wrong. This can be scientifically proven. Or just be clicking on the jump.
For some unknown reason, the abbreviation for "Summer and Music" is officially "SAM," not "S&M." How odd!Anyway, the latest installment of the Long Beach summer music series is the Busker Fest in the East Village Arts District on Friday, August 21. It's pretty much as it sounds: bands take to ... More >>
If you were stuck at home with pink eye or the gout this weekend, well, you've got some problems that we can't help you with. But what we can help you with is these wonderful slideshows from some 'certs this past weekend, like Chad Sengstock taking pics of Long Beach-by-way-of-Fullerton indie rock f ... More >>
Being new in town, I'm on the lookout for music wherever I can find it. And a young band looking to make a name is in no position to turn down a gig, no matter where it may be. So it might have been kismet that I found myself listening to Los Angeles-based four piece End Roulette last night at, o ... More >>
We Were a Handful
The Malloys, the brotherly director-ly duo who've worked previously with artists like the Kooks, Jimmy Eat World, Cold War Kids, Santana, the White Stripes, Will Ferrell (?) and others, have teamed up once again with Huntington Beach's Matt Costa for the video to his second single, "Cigarette Eyes," ... More >>
The two-day lineup for this year's San Diego Street Scene was just announced today, and it doesn't look half bad, in this humble ex-music editor's opinion. Headliners include Beck, the Black Crowes, X, Tegan and Sara, Justice, plus Spoon, TV on the Radio, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), Michael Franti ... More >>
Cold War Kids
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Derrick Brown lives to read another day
Photo: Suzie Ahn Leviathan Brothers' keyboardist (and occasional OC Weekly contributor) Sean O'Connell announced from the DiPiazzas stage: “This week marks the sixth year of the five-year anniversary of Tupac's death. To commemorate the occasion, we're going to play an original.” Now that's w ... More >>
Guided Missions: Nick Bogardus works the angles for Cold War Kids, Thrice and others
If you didn't know, bands don't like telling you what they sound like. Here's an example why: Let's say I play in a band, we're called "Stillborn Leper", and my boss asks me what we sound like, and I say "We're like a mix of Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, but our guitarist is really into The ... More >>
You've probably seen Borat, and if so you've probably seen Borat drunk, and you may actually be drunk now, and that puts you in a good state of mind to process this scene-by-scene dissection from Salon. Philosophical guy, the Borat: not many other movies this year have everybody asking questions lik ... More >>
Cold War Kids suggested discography
May 11 - May 18: Mad Like Eldridge Cleaver
Aug. 11 - Aug. 18
Aug. 4 - Aug. 11