Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature 'Tent City Rivival' sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had The Boss been raised on the Bayou, not Long Branch) ... More >>
It's time to break out the golden popcorn as the 2014 MTV Movie Awards are here! This Sunday's live broadcast, hosted by Conan O'Brien, looks to continue the show's 22-year-long tradition of being cinema's least predictable night. With the first show, where Terminator 2: Judgment Day swept the categ ... More >>
Comedian Pete Holmes juggles a lot already including a successful stand-up career, hosting a hilarious podcast called, "You Made it Weird," making incredibly funny shorts complete with goofy impressions, and being a witty and talented writer. He's even the voice of that "E-Trade Baby." And just when ... More >>
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals The Fox Theater June 7, 2013 VIEW OUR PHOTO SLIDESHOW HERE Invariably, the first word that comes to mind when describing Grace Potter is "badass." The Vermont native did plenty to demonstrate her badassery during her performance at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Friday. ... More >>
It's also a metaphor for the OC-ification of America
The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
While many of musicians, studio types, instrument and accessory vendors from across the globe descend upon Anaheim for NAMM, there's another music expo that's taking place as well. Deke Dickerson is presenting his 10th annual Guitar Geek Festival in Anaheim this weekend, which will be the last time ... More >>
When it comes to the humor this beatboxing madman, it's best to not overthink it
For as much rollicking folk music as we seem to have in this here county, OC music fans definitely aren't opposed to checking out some imported banjo twanging. Especially when you add some fiery fretwork, sweet facial hair and flannel to the mix. So yeah, in that respect you could say Duluth, Minnes ... More >>
We're not sure if JD McPherson is as strait-laced as he says he is. Sure, he may have cropped, slicked-back hair, a crisp denim jacket and choirboy looks, but it's hard to imagine the gravelly soul erupting in his voice is the product of anything but hard drinking and wild living. After all, why els ... More >>
The Oklahoma singer/songwriter likes his rockabilly with a dash of Wu-Tang
[Trendzilla] The Cypress-based company creates a fundraiser for high school arts programs
Everyone thinks they're a comic, but in truth, there are a very few that have what it takes to get up there, kill a crowd, and stand beside the greats. Comics come and go, but if they are lucky, they can attain staying power and become legendary. Kind of like Daniel Tosh. (Speaking of, we heard T ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyUPDATE, NOV. 21, 1:10 P.M.: We just received a press release confirming the show. Get more details on how to get tickets at the bottom of the post. ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 20, 2011, 1:21 A.M.: While checking out the Pixies tonight in LA, we heard whisperings of an unanno ... More >>
Here's the fascinating thing about Rebecca Black's "Friday," written and produced by Patrice Wilson for Ark Music Factory. When it was released as a single last March, no one knew that all the haterade would give the song--and Anaheim native Rebecca--legs. Way beyond its 167 million views on YouT ... More >>
[SUMMER GUIDE] Superheroes, sequels and TWO Conans!
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Comedian Jimmy Pardo's Never Not Funny podcast is already a huge hit; on November 26, Friday, they'll be having their annual Pardcast-a-thon with all proceeds going to Smile Train. For 12 hours (beginning at 6 p.m.) the Pardcast-a-thon will have 24 comedians donating their time and their funnies, ... More >>
Pitchfork posted the improvised, spoken-word single from Conan O'Brien called "And They Call Me Mad" today, where the comedian does a Vincent Price impression as Frankenstein. The track comes out on 7" vinyl via Jack White's Third Man imprint tomorrow, as we reported last week.Listen to it ... More >>
How'd we miss this?Last week the Hollywood Reporter said that Conan O'Brien is releasing two albums prior to launching his new TBS talk show. They actually got it wrong, says our sister pub LA Weekly--Jack White's label, Third Man Records, will actually be "releasing a Conan O'Brien album a ... More >>
Edwin GoeiHere we go again. The shack in front of Tustin's Sushi Wasabi at Newport Avenue and Walnut Street, which used to house a DIY Korean BBQ called Hebaragi, has changed hands yet again. At this point, I have no other conclusion than to say that this location is cursed.
Edwin GoeiName: Crunky Ball Chocolate Origin: Korea Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: $3.49 Ingredients: Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Corn, Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Whey Permeate Pwder, Emulsifer (Soy bean), Arabic Gum, Salt, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Artificial Flavor (V ... More >>
Conan O'Brien's live comedy/music review, which is aptly titled "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television," lands April 24-25 at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk, poignantly close to where the tall drink of redhead taped The Tonight Show before NBC fucked him over.
This evening Conan O'Brien fans will have one last chance to catch the funny man with the towering hairdo host the Tonight Show. Sure, O'Brien will likely resurface somewhere--the safe bet is Fox--shortly, and with a 45 million exit deal, he won't exactly be standing in the unemployment line in ... More >>
Adam Carolla has made a career of riffing on everything from pressing social issues to campus blow job etiquette with just the right mix of street smarts, snark and locker room charm. A generation of young men (and probably even some women) learned about sex, partying and having a blast pissing peop ... More >>
By the time you read this, the ink may already be dry on a $30 million to $40 million settlement that would allow Conan O'Brien to leave NBC so Jay Leno can reclaim The Tonight Show.Meanwhile, one of the many comedians backing CoCo has compared Leno's late-night TV ascension to the political maki ... More >>
When something big hits the news, it's always interesting to see how that translates on Etsy. Take the big Jay Leno / Conan O'Brien controversy on NBC right now. It seems that the Etsy community leans more in favor of Conan (and rightfully so!) - do a search for Jay Leno and ... More >>
An Irish bookmaker is offering short odds of 2/1 that Conan O'Brien quits as The Tonight Show host before June 2010.
So now that Conan O'Brien has decided he will not do the Tonight Show if it means following Jay Leno, we're sort of, kind of, well, livid, that NBC is seriously jeopardizing our nightly dosage of Conan. After almost a week of speculation, it's clear that the network--which has history of not-s ... More >>
Those rubes in Boston probably find this pretty.UPDATED WITH CORRECTIONS . . . Before Angel fans can truly hate the Boston Red Sox--actually, if 1986 playoffs didn't do it, nothing will--they must first hate the team's fans, the residents of the town surrounding Fe ... More >>
Conan O'Brien has been doing his show on the west coast since June, but it took him until last night to make it to Orange County. Well, technically speaking, this segment was filmed at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention at the Hilton Anaheim and Honda Center, which took place Ju ... More >>
All Time Low are currently experiencing an all time high (I'm sorry, really) amount of exposure through their new album, Nothing Personal--which defied expectations by debuting #4 on Billboard and got them an appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Ride the wave of their success on Nov ... More >>
In another edition of what this writer's going to call "Free Things to Do This Weekend" (it's unofficial!), So-Cal's own barbershop quartet, The Alley Cats, comes home Friday night with a free concert at Chapman University. Formed in 1987 at Fullerton College, the group is considered as "Am ... More >>
A lot of times "Free Crap That Came In The Mail" is just taking shots at easy targets. Why not? It's, you know, easy. But this installment is actually something sort of cool, that I probably would have otherwise ignored if not for the fact that it (you guessed it) came in the mail.
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien - Disney CutbacksA few weeks ago, the Walt Disney Company reported a 26 percent drop in profits, thanks to a decline at its many theme parks and media networks like ABC and ESPN. Conan O'Brien, meanwhile, offered his own suggestions on how Disneyland should ... More >>
Earlier today, Weekly food blogger Lesley McCave forwarded a video from The Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien featuring William Shatner reading from Sarah Palin's goodbye, Alaska speech:Its reign as the Greatest Video Ever only lasted a few minutes, however. That's because a scroll through LA Time ... More >>
Last Night: Jenny Lewis, Beachwood Sparks, Pierre de Reeder at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, Oct. 30, 2008. Better Than: Staying home and watching the season premiere of "30 Rock." Which isn't a dis of "30 Rock," because that show is fantastic, it's a testament to how great this show was. (Pl ... More >>
Last Night: The Airborne Toxic Event and The Fratellis at the House of Blues Anaheim September 15, 2008. Better Than: crying over all the money you lost in the stock market. Download: The Airborne Toxic Event live at KCRW The three pronged attack of Electric Touch, The Airborne Toxic Event and Th ... More >>
Sometimes you get way more good quotes than you can use in a story, and such was the case with my year in horror piece in today's issue. Here in cyberspace, we have a lot more room, so enjoy these bonus interviews. ELI ROTH, director of HOSTEL PART II On the need for familiarity With HALLOWEEN and ... More >>
FEEDBACK: Rock en espanol and the Perils of Assimilation
My chief complaint about the Black Keys is that they don't release something new every single day of the week, or go on month-long tours of my immediate neighborhood. Thankfully, the Keys released a complimentary four-song live EP earlier this week via their Myspace page, free of charge. A small ... More >>
Watching yesterdays broody leading men fall down the stairs
John Pizzarelli: People not stupid
Ben Kweller happy to be a retread at 21