January 29, 2013
We don't know if you knew this or not, but Local Natives are kind of a big deal. In fact, they're such a big deal that they could go three years between releasing their first and second albums--even amongst new music spewing out of every digital orifice--and st ... More >>
The average gabacho music fan must be scratching their head at the concert that'll happen this Saturday at the Gibson Ampitheatre. "Margarita La Diosa de la Cumbia"...is it a Mexican band? Cumbia...is that the one with the horns? Margarita...so there'll be booze? And what the hell is something Mexic ... More >>
It's the dawn of a new year, which for those of us who love music means a whole new year of live shows and another Coachella. Speaking a bit more specifically, it means another period of buzz surrounding possible Coachella lineups, rumors, definite answers, and photoshopped posters. This list is non ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Houston to do a book signing for my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Afterward, I went with friends and fans to enjoy some awesome Tex-Mex at El Real Tex-Mex, and among those who attended were two colleagues/pals from our sister paper, the Houston P ... More >>
*See end of post for update with Blanco's Orange County booking photo from 1985.ORIGINAL POST, Sept. 4, 9:41 a.m.: According to a story that broke in yesterday's Miami Herald, Griselda Blanco, the ruthless Colombian drug trafficker made famous in the documentary Cocaine Cowboys, has been assassinate ... More >>
At 4-feet-9 and 79 pounds wet, Orange County's Lupe Fuentes is an international porn superstar. In 2011, AVN--AKA Adult Video News--named the then-24-year-old Fuentes--AKA Zuleydy Vergara, Zuleydy Piedrahita and "Little Lupe"--"Top Web Starlet."A year earlier, she or her online operations had been n ... More >>
In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia.
Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music.
On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>
Two female filmmakers come to UC Irvine this week to discuss their projects about women caught in the middle of war and children mostly caught up in human slavery around the world.One, entertainment brand heir Abigail E. Disney, is bringing even more star power: Academy Award winner Geena Davis. ... More >>
Part two with Gloria Mogollon goes al dente, as we inquire about desserts, beach houses and Franco's whereabouts. Get ready for a hearty recipe tomorrow. For now, have a helping of part one. [Editor's Note: And be sure to utilize that 10 percent student discount. Isn't Pepperdine across the stree ... More >>
When the femcee duo Krudas Cubensi was in Santa Ana a few months ago for a show, I personally reiterated to them my long-held opinion that Cuban hip-hop was the best in the world. Later on, they delivered a scintillating performance that only served to solidify that belief. Fortunately, if ... More >>
It was way back in 1995 when none other than KRS-One himself rapped in the DJ Premiere-produced "MCs Act Like They Don't Know" that "Now we got white kids callin' themselves niggas!" Fast forward 16 years later, a Colombia Records deal for white rapper Kreayshawn has put the issue on the fo ... More >>
ACLUHalime SatA woman who was barred from flying out of the Long Beach Airport is among 10 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the American Civil Liberties Union is representing in its constitutional challenge of the government's "no-fly list."Halime Sat joins a disabled veteran of the U ... More >>
Hirax with Katon De Pena, third from right.Interviewing Hirax singer Katon W. De Pena is sort of a waste of time. You see, journalists (me) are supposed to find news and then announce said news to readers (you). But I shit you not when I say that everyone knows De Pena and De Pena knows everyone. ... More >>
Pablo Escobar, now dead and probably not of Huntington Beach.The LA Times reports today that Burt Reynolds, Dionne Warwick and Sinbad are among the 250 folks who owe $143 million in back taxes, according to the California Franchise Tax Board's list of the top state tax delinquents.Orange County may ... More >>
Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, and that shoul ... More >>
*Update: Garden Grove Unified is stricter with the book than earlier reported. See after the jump.
The proposition that was once about the state constitution and a ban on same-sex marriage has been whittled down to an argument over schools, sex education and, most entertainingly, a little children' ... More >>