John Hamilton came to your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim with a big stick and a lot of baggage. The first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft spent most of his first eight seasons in the minors or suspended due to drug and alcohol addiction. He's gone on to become a lifetime .295 hitter ... More >>
I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>
By: Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>
The director finds life in the Texas rubble
Day two of the Vans Warped Tour brought out the masses of music fans once again to the Fairplex in Pomona for another sun-soaked day full of eclectic bands, vendors, and fans of all ages and backgrounds. This year's festival was dominated by up and coming popular emo, indie rock, metalcore bands, ... More >>
To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention
By: Nick LucchesiEditor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? ... More >>
Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey
Under George W. Bush, federal funding for education increased 59.8 percent from 2000 to 2003. I don't know if American schools performed better than they had before during those years, but a "Global Report Card" from the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute suggests richer school districts do bette ... More >>
How a small village outside Houston influences the Asian restaurants of Little Saigon, Long Beach and beyond
A local supporter of the call by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and four other House members for an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood's "infiltration" into the Obama administration is using a couple Orange County incidents to build his case.One happened at UC Irvine--although it's not t ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it the Rio Bravo or Rio Grande?
The mother of a popular South County high school student whose prescription drug overdose death helped inspire an anti-drug documentary making its world premiere at the upcoming Newport Beach Film Festival has been arrested for participating in a $4.2 million real estate "flipping" scheme that inclu ... More >>
A Camp Pendleton Marine and drug dealer was sentenced today to 28 years and eight months to life in state prison for murdering a fellow Marine in a secluded area of San Clemente in 2008.Lance Cpl. Christian William Carney, 25, of Manorville, New York, was found guilty by a jury in December of ... More >>
Newport Beach author Dean Koontz has contributed $2,500 to former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, one of three Republicans hoping to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson as U.S. Senator in Texas.Unfortunately for Cruz, his $3.9 million collected so far puts him behind Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ($8.2 million) ... More >>
[Web Exclusive!] Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend
UPDATED, DEC. 20, 3:51 P.M.: Lance Cpl. Christian William Carney, who besides being a Camp Pendleton Marine was a dealer of cocaine and ecstacy, was convicted today of murdering a fellow Marine who was shot and left to die in a secluded San Clemente ditch because he stole drug money. A Santa Ana ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyDelta Spirit at BuskerFest in Long Beach in 2010South By Southwest revealed a whole slew of new acts confirmed to play at official showcases during the annual music and film conference in Austin. This is the third list of musicians to be released. The venues and dates they ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker—and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide
Now they've done it. Jay-Z and Kanye West have formed a hip-hop supergroup called The Throne. And yes, there will be an album, and yes, there will be a tour called (wait for it) Watch the Throne. It will be available digitally on August 8, exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be ... More >>
90 minutes of violence nets whopping prison sentence for BrantleyCrystal, a former 23-year-old Texas stripper, worked as a prostitute for Christopher Lamont Brantley, her pimp, in Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and, around the time of the 2008 Super Bowl, Orange County.Based on ... More >>
Courtesy of the California Department of CorrectionsSirhan Sirhan's latest prison photoSirhan Sirhan is scheduled to go before a California parole board for a 13th time Wednesday, bringing to my mind two memories.The most recent involves Shane O'Sullivan's documentary RFK Must Die, which I caugh ... More >>
The alt-country Texans, which takes a page from Dylan's songbook-literally
©ASP/RobertsonHis win in Tahiti was Andy Irons' last before passing away.Controversy and questions have surrounded the tragic passing of world champion surfer Andy Irons, who was found dead in a Grapevine, Texas hotel room on Nov. 2, 2010.There was talk of drugs and foul play, or possibly a bad ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
Wikimedia CommonsAndy Irons, 1978-2010Three-time surfing World Champ and legend Andy Irons has passed away at age 32. While the cause of death is still unconfirmed at the moment, Surfer reports that family sources say he passed during a layover flight from Puerto Rico to his home in Kauai, Hawaii ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
www.lilithfair.comNorah Jones was supposed to play five Lilith dates in August; her management says the shows have been cancelledReports all over the Interwebz say that Sarah McLachlan's all-female music festival Lilith Fair, now simply called Lilith, is quietly cutting more dates from the tour ... More >>
The Dirty Heads announced their summer tour dates with Sublime with Rome, but because of logical deduction, we already knew that. What we didn't know is that they now (officially) have a No. 1 hit.
Jason Rodriguez and Joe FosterIf you missed Sublime With Rome at the Palladium just a few weeks ago (don't worry, we were there--check out the photos here), worry not: The band has just announced their first leg of their 2010 summer tour.
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
Laundry can be this awesome.The coin-operated Lavanderia at the intersection of East Santa Ana and French Street, in downtown Santa Ana, has an old jukebox inside. Late Thursday night, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" is playing over the repetitive squeak of a dryer as the clothing in it spins aro ... More >>
For the third straight year, the Vans Warped Tour--46 dates in 2009-will be kicking off at the Pomona Fairplex, this time on June 26. Pre-sales for tickets start April 1 (not a prank), with the "regular" on-sale date being April 18. They've also announced the list of bands performing, though we don' ... More >>
A certain music festival and conference held annually in the sleepy hamburg of Austin, Texas announced their initial slate of performers this year, and there's not an Orange County or Long Beach band among them. We had several acts in last fall's CMJ Music Marathon, so this is kind of a bummer. Keep ... More >>
The country is abuzz with President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Saddleback Church's Rick "Purpose-Driven Life" Warren to offer the invocation at next month's presidential inauguration. Let others debate the merits of the choice--I personally think Warren's beginning to wade into the political wat ... More >>
One of the pleasures of belonging to Village Voice Media is that the company hosts the best roster of food critics in the country--but you don't have to believe my boosterism? Who's the only food critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize? Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly. Who's going to be releasing a memoir of ... More >>
Set aside your negative bias toward Yes—and while you're at it, lose your knee-jerk hatred of prog rock. Yes fuckin' rock—albeit in a long-winded, redonkulously complex manner. And Chris Squire's bass playing? Completely slaughters Les Claypool's. Ask Squarepusher. He'll vouch for me. As thos ... More >>
'Rude to sing along? Never'
Although short, Molly's life was writ large. She was as eloquent a speaker and teacher as she was a writer, and her quips will last at least as long as Will Rogers'. She dubbed George W. Bush "Shrub" and Texas Governor Rick Perry "Good Hair." Molly always said in her official résumé t ... More >>
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