www.myspace.com/bobbypenamusicAside from the fact that it's a free show, indie/folk band Bobby Pena & the Stowaways are performing an acoustic set. LA's Toy Robot are performing with a full band.
The Hype: Drawing comparisons to such rock luminaries as Neil Young and the Band, relative newcomers Alberta Cross have been touring in support of their first full-length album, The Broken Side of Time. Signed to ATO records (founded by Dave Matthews), it's obvious that these guys have done somethi ... More >>
The Colourist - 04 Yes Yes.mp3The Colourist, made up of Kollin Johannsen (bass), Justin Wagner (keys), Adam Castilla (guitar), and Maya Tuttle (drums), describe their music as "majestic jungle rock." If that translates to eclectic harmonies, dance-y pop and each member playing multiple instrument ... More >>
Thanks to a nasty bus accident that left Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo hospitalized with a punctured lung and a boo-boo on his spleen, the band has postponed their January 11 show at the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine. If there's good news to be had, the word "postponed" implies that the band w ... More >>
Weezer, those guys who brought you the absolutely flawless Pinkerton in 1996 and a bunch of other less inspiring records after that, have released a new video for their song "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To." The song made its Orange County premiere last month when ... More >>
Remember that Dan Deacon show tomorrow that Ned Raggett wrote about in last week's Weekly? Not happening, sadly.
Out-of-date publicity photo!No joke, Moostache really seems like one of those bands that we'll soon be able to say "we knew them back when."
Andrew StevenPlaying the House of Blues in Anaheim is a big deal for a national touring act, but for a local band, the opportunity to gig at one of Orange County's premier venues--nestled in Downtown Disney, no less--has to be even more of a treat.
It's easy to hate Venus Infers. Out of any yet-unsigned Orange County band, they get the most awards (three trophies at the OC Music Awards earlier this year), the most critical acclaim (just check out all the quotes on their MySpace, and, yes, a plurality of them are written by me), getting the ... More >>
Newport Beach's Saosin just released their their second album, In Search of Solid Ground, this past Tuesday. Rather than rest on their hard-rockin' laurels, they're preparing a headlining show at the House of Blues in Anaheim: well, on December 20. So lots of preparation. Tickets are on sale this ... 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 >>
Sorry, classic rock fans. Steven Tyler falling off the stage in a much-publicized incident at a concert last week in Sturgis, South Dakota means that Aerosmith has to cancel the remainder of their summer tour with ZZ Top. Logically, this includes the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine date s ... More >>
Oh Goodbye - Music Video - The Colourist from The Colourist on Vimeo.Last Friday's EP release show for the Colourist at the Yost in downtown Santa Ana was a real gala event (even if the magician scheduled to perform got into a motorcycle accident and couldn't make it, which the band at first though ... More >>
Though Fullerton's Audacity called Orange County's music scene "a joke" in a recent interview with the District, we still heart them and their sloppy poppy ways. So it's cool to see them about to embark on a 15-date national tour, starting this Thursday in Tucson, AZ, and joined by a variety of o ... More >>
Pulling off two shows in one day can be a real bitch. But I guess when you're on a label called Park the Van Records, you gotta be ready to move at any given time, which ends up being a good deal for all you Floating Action/Generationals fans out there. Tomorrow night, both bands are criss-crossi ... More >>
Last Friday I wrote something about Long Beach's Delta Nove playing a free show that evening. Well, allergies nearly prevented me from not attending, but the thought of disappointing you, the loyal Heard Mentality reader, forced me out of the apartment for this here report.I got to the show around ... More >>
It just kinda rolls of the tongue doesn't it? "Free Show Thursday." Though I'm not certain that's exactly what they're calling it, The Gypsy Lounge is showing mercy on you poor rock-n-roll souls this month by offering four bands every Thursday Night, no cover. And from the looks of the calendar, the ... More >>
It's common sense that bands of a feather rock together. In the case of tonight's FREE show at La Cave, you've got three different bands flying high on the surf, folk and rock influences of the California Coast. While they may all encompass different flavors of the sounds we've grown accustomed arou ... More >>
Now that Mark McGrath is no longer the host of daily celebrity wankfest Extra, he has time for his band Sugar Ray to play events like the 5th annual Taste of Ladera: which he is indeed doing, headlining tonight at 6:30 p.m. (headliners going on at 6:30! Bunch of party animals at Ladera Ranch!).I don ... More >>
Some people might say "free is always a good thing," but that's not really true. What about, like, a free jar of infectious diseases? That'd be pretty lame. Luckily, tonight's show at Detroit Bar is not only free to get in, but completely free of jars of infectious diseases. Hurray! It's your last c ... More >>
As bull shit as it sounds, you've got to give a dance club credit for at least THINKING about the relevance of Earth Day. So much so that they dedicate a full-blown rave to the holiday (er, what ever you would consider it). And tomorrow Heat Ultra Lounge is blazing the trail with it's Rave the Earth ... More >>
It's late, and I should probably sleep (or something resembling it) at this point (big day tomorrow: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, Public Enemy, Friendly Fires, the Cure, PB&J, Lykke Li, Okkervil River etc. etc.!) but I thought I'd share the setlist (and some totally astute observations) ... More >>
Like any local fan, I'm always excited to see bands we've written about in the Weekly get some solid recognition elsewhere. Okay, so maybe Pomona is not too far elsewhere, but the April calendar at The Glass House has great OC/LB talent opening up for some Coachella caliber acts. The jazzy jam artis ... More >>
As much as some people might hate me for saying this, I've always thought of The Adicts as the U2 of the punk world. One, they have always had an established look about them (though I doubt Bono would ever have the balls to rock the joker make-up like Keith "Monkey" Warren). Two, they're live perfor ... More >>
There are some things that are hard to imagine. It's the kind of stunning news that you usually have to hear a couple of times before you actually believe it. When a flyer for a live performance by the GZA of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appeared on the Detroit Bar website, you probably thought it had ... More >>
Yeah, sorry for the risque subject title--I guess I still have this week's "sex issue" on the brain.
British prog-rock icons Yes have had to cancel their upcoming 26-city tour commemorating 40 years of incredibly long, complicated rockin'—including dates at Honda Center (Aug. 20) and Gibson Amphitheatre (Aug. 22)—due to singer Jon Anderson's health problems. “In the wake of my recent respir ... More >>
It may sound shameful, but after living in Orange County for—oh, I don't know—22 years, this is the first time I'd made the trip down to OCPAC's Samueli Theater. Okay, maybe it's not that shameful. It's just that the place seems way too nice a venue for most rock bands I've seen lately. But last ... More >>
Last night marked the final weekend for Bad Religion's relentless assault on the Anaheim House of Blues. Since February 29, the elder statesmen of Los Angeles punk have embarked on a blistering "World Tour of Southern California" packing in sweaty, fanatical fans night after night. Los Angeles, Sa ... More >>
Cold War Kids at Samueli Theater, March 26, 2008 A review by Andrew Youssef Better Than: Seeing the Cold War Kids open for the White Stripes at The Forum. Download: Heavy Boots from their long out of print Mulberry St. EP Cold War Kids dropped by the Samueli Theater for the third installment of t ... More >>
Much-hyped Euro-folk reviver Beirut plays a free show tonight at the Hollywood Amoeba Records at 6:30 p.m. He'll be supporting his new album The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing), which OC Weekly reviewed here. Amoeba is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. (323-245-6400). In the meantime, enjoy this video of ... More >>
Holy Fuck, generating more aural ecstasy. Photo by Jalapeño I raved about the Holy Fuck live experience (no, it's not a nun/clergy orgy, but isn't that a pretty thought?) before in this Heard Mentality post, but that show was a mere warm-up for what transpired last night. From start to finish at ... More >>
UPDATE: Photos of F.I.L.T.H.E.E. and co are up! "Blaze it up!" yells flashy front man F.I.L.T.H.E.E. ( say that five times fast! ) a.k.a Brickmanraw, and no, he's not referring to the music, but apparently, "They said it's ok!" What was ok? I wondered. Suddenly a disembodied hand appeared from ... More >>
The talent-heavy hip-hop festival Rock the Bells (which we previewed here) will now take place at Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen Saturday, Aug. 11. Performers include Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and MF Doom. All tickets for the originally scheduled National Orange Show Events Center will be hon ... More >>
I watched the 49th Annual Grammys just long enough to see the Police jam out an extended version of "Roxanne" and Tony Bennett throw out an awkward plug for Target. I couldn't really ask for any more. As far as the actual awards go, the Dixie Chicks were the night's big winners, taking home five awa ... More >>
Providence's Elvis Perkins plays Club NME at Spaceland tonight, along with Pernice Brothers. Perkins' despondent (yet somehow soothing) vocals are somewhat reminiscent of crooners Jeff Buckley, Colin Meloy (eh) or Rufus Wainwright—but minus all that excessive theatricality. And recently si ... More >>
Lifetime and the Loved Ones
Neko Ikon (and the New Pornographers)
Black Mountain, obscured by clouds
Pepe Aguilar vs. Alejandro Fernandez: ?Quien es mas macho?
60s blues pioneers are due to get their due
Sunday, Jan. 16 House of Blues, Anaheim
SNOOP DOGG, HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM, SUNDAY, OCT. 12
How not to become a star
Kottonmouth Kings prepare to sue HB over Op Beach Fest cancellation