[Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with rapper Kurupt from Tha Dogg Pound and DJ Nik Bean, a West L.A.-based mixtape impresario who has worked with Snoop and Tha ... More >>
See also: *The Craziest Danzig Stalker of Them All *Glenn Danzig VS. the Internet * Reviewed: Danzig at the Grove-11-22-10 Glenn Danzig is a hard man to get face time with, so we were extremely psyched to meet up with him at his management company's Wilshire Blvd. office. The veteran metalhead cut ... More >>
Former Weekly cover guy and T.S.O.L. lead singer Jack Grisham went on the record with our sister publication LA Weekly's sex blog, After Dark LA about his sexual history and current Christian leanings. It's super candid and fun, care of erstwhile writer Danielle Bacher. Read our favorite parts ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, Brandon Seger on keeping lyrics simple, and Riley Breckenridge on a big, bad burrito.
Mike McDougal/LushbeatUPDATE, FEB. 21, 3 P.M.: All in all, the day was magical for Mr. and Mrs. Avery. Everyone had a great time and kept rocking all night to the music. "We're leaving in 20 minutes for our honeymoon," says the bride. "You are seriously the only call I have taken all day." W ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyClick here to see the photos!The OC Music Awards really give new meaning to the phrase "awards season." A months-long competition like this really starts to test the resolve of even the most intrepid music blogger. Last night saw the Gypsy Den's small stage hosting p ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also Coachella Craigslist craziness
[Mental Notes] Also, a new drummer for A7F, a new name for the Grove, and new nominees for the OCMAs
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyClick here to see the slideshow!OC Music AwardsJan. 26, 2011The Lab, Costa MesaLast night saw round two of the Best Live Acoustic Act category, and the competition was hit or miss. Of the five groups who performed, only two stood out. Here's the breakdown.
[Mental Notes] Also, Josh Freese fills in with Paramore and WAR remembers Teena Marie
Doug NeilDid you wait until the last minute to make plans for New Year's Eve? Instead of truckin' to LA, you can enjoy some celebratory fun right here in Orange County. Although we don't have any major bands floating through, we found some cool venues, ideas and hotspots to ring in the new year.
Courtesy of Sanctuary RecordsRonnie James Dio, we thank you.With the news of the death of Teena Marie over the weekend, it seems 2010 still hasn't quite finished its toll yet. In 2010 we saw some truly tragic losses to the world of music--Lena Horne, Kate McGarrigle, Marvin Isley--but here's our ... More >>
It was three days before Christmas, and the rain poured down from the clouds, turning the evening from a deep blue to a deeper black. I walked into Travis Rich's recording studio in Long Beach and was seized by the sadness of what had happened, the finality of Jesse Rich's death just 14 days prio ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, an MJ video in Tustin, Fauxchella and Young the Giant
Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyFolk singer Jake Smith, a.k.a. the White Buffalo, has released his new five-track EP entitled Prepare for Black & Blue. Smith captivates his audiences with his folksy jangles, earthy vocals and poetic lyrics. Even though he doesn't quite understand the compariso ... More >>
Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyThere is only one episode left in the fifth season of Dexter, and the suspense is killing everyone...perhaps even Dexter himself. The wickedly enjoyable Showtime series centers on the protagonist Dexter Morgan, a forensics expert by day and a serial killer by night, an ... More >>
Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyJack Grisham's life has taken more twists and turns than the PCH. The 49-year-old gained early notoriety as the lead singer of seminal Orange County punk rockers TSOL. After five years fronting the group, Grisham left amid rumors of substance abuse and acrimony from the ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Megan Mullally performs with TSOL keyboardist, plus five Asian-American acts to watch
Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyMost people recognize Megan Mullally as the outrageous, booze-swilling Karen Walker from the hit sitcom Will & Grace. What you may not know is that she is a genre-straddling theater actress and singer as well. On Oct. 7-10 at the Orange County Per ... More >>
Janet MacoskaCherie Currie performing with The RunawaysTalking with Cherie Currie on the phone is easy. What's not easy is fitting several lifetimes' worth of crazy days and recovery into 50 years in this planet. Who would ever dream of attaining the level of success that she achieved by 17 years ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, Yellow Red Sparks have residency in LA, Pinback sucked live, and Guided By Voices reunites
[Mental Notes] Plus Weenie Roast highs and lows
[Mental Notes] Also, more concert cancellations, Rage against Arizona, and Minus the Bear show review
If you've read today's interview with Matt Aveiro of Cold War Kids, you'll know that Long Beach-based indie/psych rock trio known as We Barbarians--singer/guitarist David Quon, bassist Derek Vanheule and drummer Nathan Warkentin--have just released their newest video. "There's This There's ... More >>
There's more to Matt Aveiro than meets the ear. Besides drumming for Long Beach band Cold War Kids, he's also an auteur. He debuted his independent short film Jen In The Painting last year, and is now trying his hand at music video direction. Fellow LBC rockers, We Barbarians asked him to helm th ... More >>
Danielle BacherThe Hype: Sweden's Shout Out Louds decided to take a break after the release of their second album, Our Ill Wills, and its attendant world tour. Now, however, the five members--frontman Adam Olenius, bassist Ted Malmos, guitarist Carl Von Arbin, drummer Eric Edman and keyboardist B ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also: Obey vs. the Feds, lackluster Lilith, Coachella's broken record, new No Doubt?
Danielle BacherEven if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Salo ... More >>
Danielle BacherBilly Kernkamp is releasing his full-length debut album, 1976, on May 15 at the Detroit Bar. Last week, he gave us a glimpse of his life in Orange County. After the jump, he gives OC Weekly a sneak preview of 1976 with the song "Ounce of Hope" and talks about his servants -- ... More >>
Danielle Bacher "All the attention has been wonderful, but it's a little embarrassing," Billy Kernkamp admitted after showcasing his talent on a show called "Turning the Verge" at Time Warner Studios. "It's the hardest thing I'm coming to terms with. I'm finally being recognized and it' ... More >>
Danielle Bacher "All the attention has been wonderful, but it's a little embarrassing," Billy Kernkamp admitted after showcasing his talent on a show called "Turning the Verge" at Time Warner Studios. "It's the hardest thing I'm coming to terms with. I'm finally being recognized, and i ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also: the New Limb's homey debut, Coachella's late-night special
In case you haven't already taken a gander at Danielle Bacher's Locals Only piece featuring the Relative Strangers, be sure to do that. Their tales of unusual pre-show rituals--slapping each other and doing the Running Man on stage--will make it worth your while.
[Mental Notes] Also: 'Total Surfer Blood Live,' the Morning Benders, andent with don't count on camping at Coachella
[Mental Notes] Also: Little Boots kicks ass and the identity of Social D's new drummer
Danielle BacherRailroad to Alaska get rowdyThe Hype: Rising from Midway City, Railroad to Alaska are rowdy and unpredictable. After listening to LuckyBearClawDoom, the band's expertly crafted EP released in February, it's easy to understand why singer/ guitarist Justin Suitor might feel so much p ... More >>
Danielle BacherThe Hype: After building a reputation over the past two decades as one of the most inventive jam bands on the circuit, Medeski Martin & Wood could engage scruffy, neo-hippie Phishheads as well as a packed venue of jazz enthusiasts. The band's latest project is the three-disc Radi ... More >>