Gustavo note: Back in 2008, I interviewed Louie Perez of Los Lobos for a gig he was doing alongside fellow wolf David Hidalgo. We struck up a friendship since then that mostly consists of me taking him to hole-in-the-wall restaurants in OC, given he's a big foodie and has lived in OC now for almost ... More >>
Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>
5. Thrice Most teenagers who strapped on a guitar during the beginning of the second Bush administration could can easily call out Thrice as an inspiration for the angry, distorted racket they created in their parent's garage. Knowing what concrete influence their music had on scores of current l ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans have different words for dark skin?
John Gilhooley/ OC WeeklyMike NessSocial DistortionJanuary 12, 2011House of Blues AnaheimCelebrating their ten-year anniversary, House of Blues Anaheim smartly booked Social Distortion for a high-energy, sold-out birthday party. Social D is no stranger to the House of Blues Anaheim, having played ... More >>
Mike Ness and crew embark on a new chapter in the story of their lives
Michael MinichielloThe Wonder YearsOn Friday, the Wonder Years play at Chain Reaction in Anaheim--and yes, we feel your eyes rolling a bit at the name. We still haven't quite gotten over Crystal Castles and Final Fantasy ourselves, to name just two. But the Philadelphia-based band, who look more ... More >>
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