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 22, 2010

    Neil Young to Perform "Fuckin' Up" on Conan O'Brien's "Tonight Show" Finale? He Should!

    ​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 >>

  • 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 14, 2009

    Over the Weekend: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with Muse, AFI at the Gibson Amphitheater

    Andrew YoussefMuse at the Gibson Amphitheater​Click 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 >>

  • 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 20, 2009

    Santa Ana's Aushua Added to Next Month's 'LA 101'

    ​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.

  • 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

    September 8, 2009

    No September Residency at Detroit Bar This Week, Local Shows Fill Gaps

    Sarah Buss​Detroit 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 17, 2009

    Two Reasons to Be at House of Blues Tonight (Even If You Don't Like Jet)

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Columns

    July 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Tomorrow: Summer Bliss at the Rhythm Lounge

    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 >>

  • 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 14, 2009

    Guest Blogger: Sameer Gadhia of the Jakes Recaps eVocal Residency Day 2

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    TONIGHT: Free Show with The Living Suns and Thee Makeout Party!

    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 >>

  • 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 11, 2009

    TOMORROW: Two Chances to Rock Out for a Good Cause

    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!

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2008

    Tonight: Japanese Motors at Detroit Bar

    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."

  • Music

    July 17, 2008
  • 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 >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Twenty-five Years of Reliable Service

    Sonic Youth are old yet still great

  • 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

    April 29, 2004
  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Year of the Wolf

    Los Lobos turn 30, and are still to be trusted

  • Music

    October 23, 2003

    Doggy Fizzle


  • Unknown

    February 22, 2001
  • Columns

    July 27, 2000

    30 Years of Rocking in Place

    How not to become a star

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Stormy Weather

    Here comes the Psychic Rain again

  • News

    July 15, 1999
  • 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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