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.
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 >>
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 >>
Andrew YoussefMuse at the Gibson AmphitheaterClick for a comprehensive slideshow of night one. Click here for photos from night two.The Hype: Seventeen bands in two nights at the cozy Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City served as the annual Almost Acoustic Christmas party for the staffers at me ... 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 >>
A festival-type show on a Tuesday? Hey, sure, why not? That's the day of LA 101, a concert put on by our sister paper, LA Weekly, up north at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City.
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Out-of-date publicity photo!No joke, Moostache really seems like one of those bands that we'll soon be able to say "we knew them back when."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 >>
Sarah BussDetroit Bar in Costa Mesa has distinguished itself for many things, but one element is definitely their monthly Monday night residency, where a Southern California act plays a weekly free show. Last month it was LA's Dawes, before that, Costa Mesa heavy metal outfit Pistolero. Well, non ... 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 >>
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I have any specific gripes against the Melbourne-based rockers of Jet, except for maybe this photo. Any band that has managed to brave the music business in the heart of the download era for more than one album deserves a little credit. Plus, you know they're all fa ... 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 >>
Good show going on Friday at downtown Long Beach's Rhythm Lounge. It's called Summer Bliss A Solstice Celebration and there are some cool bands playing.Headlining is EOTO, an improv electronic duo featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann from String Cheese Incident. Also on the bill is Long Beach's D ... 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 >>
Keith MayFor the second week in a row, Newport Beach's the Jakes played a free show Tuesday at eVocal in Costa Mesa. Makes sense, given that they're playing free shows every Tuesday at the venue this month. Also for the second week in a row: Sameer Gadhia, lead singer of the Jakes is sharing with us ... More >>
It's a surprisingly busy Monday, which is most definitely a good thing. After finishing up watching No Doubt's guest appearance on Gossip Girl tonight--they're playing a band in an '80s flashback and will do their cover of "Stand and Deliver," fun--mayhaps head over to the Continental Room in Fuller ... 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 >>
Here's fair warning on some cool events going on tomorrow for some good causes, and even better: they're across the street from each other!
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.
Costa Mesa's Japanese Motors, are wrapping a national tour tonight with a hometown show at Detroit Bar. It's been a busy few weeks for the band, they played a CMJ showcase and were praised on Pitchfork - twice! Here's their video for "Single Fins and Safety Pins."
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 >>
Sonic Youth are old yet still great
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
Los Lobos turn 30, and are still to be trusted
SNOOP DOGG, HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM, SUNDAY, OCT. 12
How not to become a star
Here comes the Psychic Rain again
Kottonmouth Kings prepare to sue HB over Op Beach Fest cancellation