[Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>
The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
It's almost crunch time and Coachella line-up announcements should come about at the end of the month. Yet, this still leaves a couple of weeks of fake-line up posters, rumors, speculation and "leaks" to go around the internet and spread like wildfire. Remember when we could buy tickets at the door ... More >>
By: Daniel Hopkins[Editor's Note: Welcome to Ask a Failed Musician, in which I help struggling musicians make sense of their careers and even offer some advice. Whether or not it will work, who knows? It obviously didn't work for me. But then again, I was on Kimmel once, so there's that.]Dear Failed ... More >>
This column appeared in print as "Concentrated Chaos."
[Locals Only] The OC foursome learn to harness their aural masochism on record at the Distillery
Degree-holding math rockers say they aren't too smart to dance
This modest blog's ostensible focus is OC reading, writing, literary people and generally what the highly-opinionated Mr. Bib deems bookly about our benighted, beatific and beloved county but, of course, no county is an island entire of itself, every county is a piece of the continent, a part of the ... More >>
This week, Pat Carney of The Black Keys 'apologized' to Nickelback regarding his 'controversial' yet true comments about the Canadian quintet. In my eyes, the drummer of the Akron-bred band had no reason to apologize, true or not true. Over the past decade or so, rock (not hip-hop, which deserves ... More >>
FoxBehold! The Simpsons' 500th episode is upon us! The show, titled "At Long Last Leave," entails the Simpson family being evicted from Springfield. When Marge and Homer try to sneak back into town, they're shunned by former neighbors and friends. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stars as himself ... More >>
With today being the official kickoff of the NAMM convention, expect Anaheim to be flooded with musicians instead of the usual Disneyland crowd. That being said, below are some of the best signings and events of the next few days, beginning this afternoon).
We'd love to tell you all about the plot twists contained in Long Beach band Bella Novela's forthcoming album, the Archeress--but our words will definitely fail us. It's probably better to let singer Jackie Ojeda handle the specifics in the interview below, but let it be said, it's fucking ... More >>
Portugal. The Man Portland indie rockers Portugal. The Man have just completed their sixth album, with the latest making its major record label debut this summer. Before their show at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday, frontman John Gourley talks about the post indie record label life, ... More >>
For too long, John Taylor and the boys have been a pop group without a hit. They mean to change that
The year 2010 is old news. Here are 10 to watch out for in 2011
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyA Perfect Circle performed their entire first album, Mer De NomsA Perfect CircleNovember 8,2010Avalon Emerging from a five year hiatus, A Perfect Circle descended upon the Avalon in Hollywood to perform their platinum debut album Mer De Noms in its entirety to the del ... More >>
Our handy-dandy guide to sorting the wieners from the dogs
The Hype: Before the recent revival of Stone Temple Pilots, some may have been happy to let the band wander into the pages of rock-n-roll history. But nine years and several side projects after their underwhelming 2001 release, Shangri-La-Dee-Da, the grunge gods of yesteryear emerge wielding ... More >>
One day I was poking around MySpace looking for good music (so 2005) and I found Fort Wife on Avi Buffalo's friend's list. I fell in love instantly: Fort Wife's songs were sweet and gentle (like pillows!), but not simperingly sweet, and they're especially good for daydreaming.
Ron Martinez (pictured, right) has had his hand in lots of Orange County cookie jars. Many know him as the front man for punk band Final Conlfict, but the Buena Park native also shaped the area's musical landscape by turning thousands of kids onto good bands behind the counter of now-defunct Gree ... More >>
Last Night: Bloc Party at the Grove of Anaheim, Dec. 15th, 2008.Better Than: Sulking at home while it rains.Download: The "Mercury" video from Bloc Party's Web site.Rain didn't scare away the throngs of kids who soaked up a mesmerizing performance Monday night by noted Britain indie rockers Bloc Par ... More >>
Well, then, you should probably attend KUCI's DJ Training Class, which begins July 8 at 7 p.m. in HICF 100-P on the University of California Irvine campus (map here). You don't have to be a student at the school to participate; you just need a powerful urge to become a component of what the Weekly h ... More >>
Beirut, The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing)
About a Son’s Director Portrays the Late Nirvana Front Man Through Other People’s Music
A Quirk in Progress: Dancing Lethargic’s low-budget eccentricity
The Pity Party (photo by ionnehendrix) The Pity Party are in mid-set as I arrive at Detroit Bar, projecting an LA-hipster refraction of the White Stripes—on first impression. But female drummer/vocalist/keyboardist Heisenflei and guitarist/vocalist Maurice-Robert quickly quash that knee-jerk reac ... More >>
Chris Burdens tiny Armageddon
Arthur and the Invisibles; Guru; Primeval; Stomp the Yard
TV on the Radio
A Flock of Seagulls
Dungen: One man, one band, one monument
David LaChapelles dance doc Rize pops when its booty-shakin
But at Irvine Dance/West Coast Dance,
competitive dance is good training
The District ditches the drunken Betties for more Lounge-y crowd
Kiss or the Killers?
Are You Too Late for the Trend?
28 Local Greats
Fullerton College looks back at sex, sex and the Old West
The summer music preview!
Two great flavors: familiar and fresh
Pud-pounding prose with punks Blood Brothers
Lunatics, lunatics all
My Big Mouth/Hyphen/The Good Kind
Saturday, June 5