How a mild-mannered Huntington Beach columnist became OC's fiercest critic of a proposed beach fire pit ban
While it's true that even the best tribute bands will never grace the same stages as the icons they emulate, a hoard of talented pretenders are about to tune up for a very important gig next week. On January 20, eight bands will strap on their wigs, glittery axes and unitards for a concert benefitin ... More >>
If Lookout! Records still existed, Orange County foursome the Hoagies would be the ideal group for the label. Take one part three-chord punk a la the Queers and one part '70s rock a la the Donnas and you've got the Hoagies.However, there's more to the Hoagies than just a fascination with '90s Bay Ar ... More >>
Def Leppard Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 6/22/12 Having a Broadway play named after one of your signature songs is a compliment, but seeing it turned into a bloated studio film featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood is a whole different story. But that's what Def Leppard's legacy has ... More >>
Adam Shankman, et al. make you happy you missed the Sunset Strip, circa 1987
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Children of the '80s unite! British hard rockers Def Leppard announced that they'll be hitting the road along with Poison and Lita Ford this summer, including a June 22 date at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre. The band that's best known for hit singles like "Photograph," "Pour Some Sugar On Me ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMarcy Playground, Dramarama, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Everclear, Heart, Def Leppard at Jack FM's Sixth Show September 10, 2011 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine Holy cluster fuck!! I can easily say the theme for Jack's Sixth Show was pissed. After a morning full of t ... More >>
Aled ThomasWTF:Perhaps this week's post is a more pathetic cautionary tale than a bonafied WTF. In any event, it demonstrates that iconic stars everywhere might benefit from the stern benefactoring of MASH's own Mike Farrell, who once consulted fallen stars on how to manage their fortunes.
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyLit Jan. 29, 2011House of Blues, AnaheimIt was fitting that Lit helped to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the House of Blues in Anaheim, as they opened the venue a decade ago. A sold-out HOB was a solid testament to Lit's continued ability to fill venues. Big thi ... More >>
Tribute bands are all about authenticity. From the wigs to the clothes to the gestures, a tribute band knows how to honor their heroes. But can some bands take it too far? We think so. According to NME, Dallas-based Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania have posted an ad on Stereogum ... More >>
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Av ... More >>
NOIRtorious is a weekly comic brought to you by the Fantastic Heat Brothers, also known as Pop Noir's Luke and Joe McGarry. Every Thursday, they'll give us their musical musings in panel form. (You can also listen to their music here.)Check out the inaugural strip featuring Bob Geldof and D ... More >>
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First, look at that picture to the right. See that hat? About half of the attendants at the Orange County Beer Festival on Sunday were wearing one of those. Singha Beer realized what this event was: A chance to promote their brand to people willing to pay $40 for three hours of unlimited beer.[[F ... More >>
Beth StirnamanDo you not know Chromeo by now? Really? Well, that's them up there, playing Street Scene in San Diego this past Friday night. They were awesome. Also awesome: Beth Stirnaman's photographs from day one and day two of the festival. It was like Coachella, but less people, not as many b ... More >>
Just got this email regarding two-for-one tickets on sale only today. Here's the info I was sent. HALF PRICE TICKETS; Get 2 for the Price of 1 -- Tomorrow! -- Starting at 12:01 midnight on Wednesday, July 22 for 24 hours: -- A pair of lawn tickets to participating Live Nation amphitheate ... More >>
The Fray kicking back.Sure, it's fun to hate Live Nation for being a giant corporation that seems to control every big concert tour in the world, but they're making it pretty tough to do so this summer. Since starting "no service fee Wednesdays" last month, they've (as one might guess) dropped those ... More >>
Let's get let's get let's get rocked. Def Leppard, Poison (pictured, duh) and Cheap Trick are coming to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on August 30. Tickets are on sale 11 a.m. this Saturday, March 7. No word on prices yet, or if the arsenal of Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels skanks ... More >>
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
June 15 - June 22: Os Mutantes!
June 1 - June 8: Skulls and Whiskey
Turbonegro arent gaytheyre just really, really good-looking
Five more musicians who put the pedal through the metal
Metal Skool learn us good
The Muffs are back!
Evaporators front man Nardwuar keeps his past and present mythic
Is the best thing about the Moseleys their clean, close shave?
No, its waking up in their arms.