Concerts and Tour Dates

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    You Should Watch: Bobby Pena & the Stowaways, Free At Beach Pit BBQ​Aside 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.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Last Night: Alberta Cross, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Local Download of the Week: The Colourist's 'Yes Yes'

    The Colourist - 04 Yes Yes.mp3​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Weezer's Irvine Date Postponed

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    New Weezer Video

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Outgoing: Dan Deacon Cancels UC Irvine Show

    ​Remember that Dan Deacon show tomorrow that Ned Raggett wrote about in last week's Weekly? Not happening, sadly.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Moostache Play Acoustic Set, Give Away Acoustic EP for Free (Kind Of)

    Out-of-date publicity photo!​No joke, Moostache really seems like one of those bands that we'll soon be able to say "we knew them back when."

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    The Shys, Steelwells, More Set for House of Blues Anaheim

    Andrew Steven​Playing 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.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2009

    Venus Infers Roam Around Northern California with the B-52s

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: Saosin, Los Lobos, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: All Time Low, Paramore, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Outgoing: Aerosmith Cancel Remainder of their Summer Tour

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    August 4, 2009

    VIDEO: 'Oh Goodbye,' The Colourist

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Fullerton's Audacity Start US Tour This Week

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Double Booked: Floating Action and Generationals

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2009

    Last Friday: Delta Nove in Long Beach

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Free Show Thursdays all this month at Gypsy Lounge

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    TONIGHT: The Fling,Tijuana Panthers and Gantez Warrior at La Cave

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2009

    THIS WEEKEND: Taste of Ladera at Founders Park

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    TONIGHT: Last Chance to See Huntingfield and The Ringers for Free at Detroit Bar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Club Pick: Rave the Earth at Heat, Thursday April 23

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2009

    Live(ish) from Coachella: Killers? Headliners? Sure!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    OC Weekly faves land Glass House gigs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    TOMORROW: The Adicts at House of Blues

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Club Pick: GZA at Detroit Bar TONIGHT!!!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Albert Loses His Acrobatics Everyday Virginity

    Yeah, sorry for the risque subject title--I guess I still have this week's "sex issue" on the brain.

  • Music

    July 17, 2008
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    June 4, 2008

    Oh No! Yes Cancel 40th Anniversary Tour

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Matt Costa and Satisfaction at OCPAC's Samueli Theater

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Bad Religion, Death by Stereo, The Darlings @ HOB Anaheim 4/3

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    Last Night: Cold War Kids at the Samueli Theater

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Beirut In-store at Amoeba Tonight (Free)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Holy Fuck, Free Moral Agents, The Prospector, September 16, 2007

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Citrus Lounge Squeezes Hip Hop Into Garden Grove

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007
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    June 14, 2007

    Rock the Bells Fest Venue Change

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    The Police, Ted Danson Tour World

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    Elvis Perkins at Spaceland

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    This Week in Brutally Catchy Reunions

    Lifetime and the Loved Ones

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Catchier Than Vonnegut

    Neko Ikon (and the New Pornographers)

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Black to Comm

    Black Mountain, obscured by clouds

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    How Are the Huevos?

    Pepe Aguilar vs. Alejandro Fernandez: ?Quien es mas macho?

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Born in Chicago, Buried Alive in OC

    60s blues pioneers are due to get their due

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    The Hives

    Sunday, Jan. 16 House of Blues, Anaheim

  • Music

    October 23, 2003

    Doggy Fizzle


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    August 3, 2000
  • Columns

    July 27, 2000

    30 Years of Rocking in Place

    How not to become a star

  • Music

    March 4, 1999
  • Music

    September 10, 1998

    Konstitutional Krisis

    Kottonmouth Kings prepare to sue HB over Op Beach Fest cancellation

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