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    September 29, 2014

    QUIZ: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014
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    April 10, 2014



  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Revolver Golden Gods Awards - Club Nokia - May 2, 2013

    Golden Gods Awards Club Nokia May 2, 2013 The Fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show celebrating the heavy metal and hard rock community had some unplanned extra heaviness with the untimely passing of legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. At the opening of this star filled extravaganza, h ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2013

    Finch Get Fired Up Again

    The post-hardcore outfit reunites for the 10th anniversary of their album 'What It Is to Burn'

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Quicksand - The Glass House - January 23, 2013

    Quicksand The Glass House January 23, 2013 It still felt surreal seeing the first performance of Quicksand in fifteen years at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary party at the Glass House in June of 2012. Even though their five song set had me drooling for more, one could never imagine that Qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Dillinger Escape Plan Talk About Sneaking Into OC to Record New Album

    By the time you read this, most of The Dillinger Escape Plan will be back home on the East Coast, settling down for the holidays with lady friends and family members. But for the last two months, members of the legendary mathcore/metal band have been living under the radar behind the Orange Curtai ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Epicenter - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - September 22, 2012

    Epicenter Verizon Wireless Amphitheater September 22, 2012 See Also: *Deftones Interview with Chino Moreno *Deftones at Fox Theater in Pomona *The Five Best Shows in OC This Weekend Unseasonably warm temperatures fittingly provided earthquake weather for the Epicenter Festival at Verizon Wireless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Top Five Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, September 21Lila DownsCity National Grove of AnaheimSince she emerged in 1999, Lila Downs has developed into one of the world's quintessential world music artists. Combining powerful, multilingual vocals and culturally diverse musical arrangements, songs like "Ojo de Culebra" help ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Epicenter Festival 2012

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

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    September 19, 2012

    Chino Moreno Says New Deftones Album is a Little Bit Meshuggah, a Little Bit Depeche Mode

    "Change (In The House Of Flies)" from the Deftones' third album White Pony maybe the archetypical song for the band. It represented a shift from their primary aggressive in your face assaults to one of tortured beauty while retaining heavy elements to the song. Deftones have shed their Nu-Metal moni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Top 10 Rock Star Backup Vocal Collabortions

    Every now and then, rockstars align to bring us a classic we never saw coming. No matter what the genre, you have plenty of examples of two (sometimes three or more) powerhouses coming together to back each other up with a set of voices that are usually so different that they sound like they were ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    3hree Things: On Meshuggah's New Album, Koloss

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​ If I were to have made a Most Anticipated Albums of 2012, Meshuggah's Koloss would have ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012



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    February 7, 2012

    Chi Cheng, Deftones Bassist, Showing Signs of Emerging From Three Year Coma

    ​Bassist Chi Cheng of the Deftones was involved in a high-speed car accident in Santa Barbara in November 2008. Cheng, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from his vehicle and consequently fell into a coma. Now, three years and two months later, Cheng is finally s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Latin Alternative Explosion: Probable or Inevitable?

    Sicilia WolfLatin Alternative Songstress Carla Morrison​ The music is great and the demographics are there for the taking, so is it only a matter of time before a Latin Alternative explosion occurs Stateside? Producer and songwriter Desmond Child weighed in with his opinion in a recent Al Borde pi ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    311, the De Facto Jam Band

    The Omaha outfit stay the course and deliver good-time music

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    August 17, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'Move Like Music' by Move Like Music

    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 A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Wacky Musical Genres, from Witch House to Chopped and Screwed

    ​Pitchfork reported yesterday that Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has released a new ep for his side project, cryptically named ††† (or, Crosses, if you want to say it out loud). The five-song release features Moreno's trademark echo-moans, which listeners usually hear soaring above the chug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    The Bad Rabbits Talk Origins and How Touring Makes You Gay at the Warped Tour

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyAt the Warped Tour in Ventura​Join the Urban Nomad as he profiles old friends and rising stars Bad Rabbits on Vans Warped Tour in Pomona. They discuss their origins, how to take control of an indie music career, working with Teddy Riley and Chino Moreno of the Deft ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Deftones at the Fox Theater Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe Deftones at the Gibson Amphitheater last year​DeftonesJune 15, 2011Fox Theater PomonaOne of the benefits of seeing a show in Pomona is that one can usually park for free. Arriving in Pomona 15 minutes after the doors opened proved to be a costly mistake as I was forced ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011


    Fox Pomona Theater

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    December 21, 2010

    3hree Things: My 9 Favorite Albums Of 2010, Vol. 2 of 3

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, the drummer of Orange County's favorite alt-rock band, Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. I've been writing and publishing "Best/Favorite Of..." lists for music sites and/or blogs for several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    3hree Things: My 9 Favorite Albums Of 2010, Vol. 1 of 3

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​I've been writing and publishing "Best/Favorite Of..." lists for music sites and/or blogs for ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    (Possible) Multi-night Deftones Fundraiser in Fullerton Announced​Chi Cheng, the Deftones bassist, was in a car accident in November 2008. Since then, he's been in a minimally conscious state, and his friends and family are trying to raise enough money to get him under the direct care of the International Brain Research Foundation.Another benef ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    The Birthday Massacre: A Vampire Band for the 'Twilight' Set

    ​2005 was the breakout year for the Birthday Massacre. That was the year they signed two label deals, one with Repo Records in Europe and the other with Metropolis Records, the perfect label home for their dark vampire rock. The band first surfaced in 2000 in Ontario as Imagica. Two years later ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Alice in Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon at the Gibson Amphitheater Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​Check out our Alice in Chains, Deftones and Mastodon slideshow here!Alice in Chains, Deftones, MastodonGibson AmphitheaterOctober 12, 2010Taking snippets from the album titles of Alice in Chains, Deftones and Mastodon, the Blackdiamondskye tour descended upon the Gibson Am ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    The Union Line Set to Tour

    [Mental Notes] Plus, Steelwells power through multiple SoCal residencies, Thrice's drummer has a Heard Mentality column and cute girls use abrasive name for Cock Sparrer cover band

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    June 15, 2010

    3hree Things: Thrice's Riley Breckenridge's New Weekly Column

    Riley Breckenridge, the drummer of our favorite Irvine alt-rock band, Thrice, starts his weekly column today. He's going to blog about everything from local haunts to his favorite bands, so watch out for your weekly dose of Riley's 3hree Things. Thrice's drummer Riley Breckenridge is starting a week ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Over The Weekend: The Weenie Roast

    Andrew YoussefScott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots​Check out our slideshows here and here!Last week, I put together a Weenie Roast guide for Saturday's event, where I talked about incredible buzz bands you shouldn't miss, along with the bands to skip so you could go to the bathroom. Well, after sp ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    What You Missed: KROQ Weenie Roast, the Buzzcocks, Kitchen Ink

    Andrew YoussefA surprisingly sober Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots.​It was KROQ's annual summer kick-off concert with a line-up that didn't totally suck: Weenie Roast! The 2010 roster included Sublime with Rome, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Devo, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, Spoon, Cage ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Watch The 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast Live (On Your Computer)

    ​If you didn't get tickets to the sold-out show tomorrow, you can watch the concert here on Heard Mentality or's Webcast at Aside from live performances, there will also be backstage interviews with Sublime with Rome, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, The Temper Tr ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Weeding Out the Weenie Roast

    Our handy-dandy guide to sorting the wieners from the dogs

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    Lightning In a Bottle, The Return of the Ice Cream Man, the New Limb News

    [Mental Notes] It's almost summer, and the festival scene is heating up

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    May 20, 2010

    Thank God It's Thursday: Our Weekend Picks

    Sweethead perform at Alex's Bar on Friday​Don't know where to go this weekend? Heard Mentality makes it easy--here's the rundown of great music coming to town.

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    May 20, 2010

    The New Limb Get Sponsored By Etnies, Start Podcast, Talk About Random Stuff

    ​Those aching for an update on Costa Mesa's the New Limb are in for some excitement. 

  • Music

    May 13, 2010

    Weenie Roast Lineup Doesn't Suck

    [Mental Notes] Also: Buzz about the Golden Bear, the Dirty Heads' no. 1 hit and how you can get on the warped tour next year

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    May 10, 2010

    KROQ Weenie Roast Line-Up Announced!

    ​It is indeed that time again: Summer's coming and so is the annual KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, June 5. And, actually? The bill looks pretty solid, with something for everyone--from Stone Temple Pilots, Spoon and Devo to yes, Huntington Beach's the Dirty He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Sublime Reunion Part Deux

    ​Bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh are hitting the stage as Sublime, just like they did in February. But unlike the previous gig, held at some tiny Mexican restaurant in a Nevada town no one's ever heard of, this show is actually pretty big.It's part of Cypress Hill's Smokeout, a gathering ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    The Vandals, Asher Roth, More Added to Bamboozle Left

    With less than a month to go before Bamboozle Left, a whole mess of new acts have been announced for the two day festival, set for April 4 and 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Pleasantly, a couple of the acts are even from Orange County--like punk legends the Vandals (on April 5) an ... More >>

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    February 28, 2009

    Unknown bands battle to break out at Bamboozle Left

    This weekend, while your band is hot boxing in the drummers van, it might be worth while to put down the bong and see what more enterprising young rockers are doing. Chain Reaction in Anaheim is giving local acts a chance to take the main stage at the 2009 Bamboozle Left Festival. This Sunday, seven ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Taking Back Sunday, Deftones, Added to Bamboozle Left

    We told you earlier in the week about headliners 50 Cent and Fall Out Boy being added to the Bambooze Left lineup, and now, guess what: there's even more bands!You can "Tell All Your Friends" (ahaha, get it?) that Taking Back Sunday will be playing on Sunday, April 5. So will the Deftones. You remem ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Punk Rock Gets Malled to Life

    Twelve years on, Vans Warped Tour goes through a difficult adolescence

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    April 12, 2007

    Strong Work Ethics

    Jonah Matranga

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    December 14, 2006


    Bionic Records

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    November 23, 2006


    Music Revolution

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    June 21, 2001
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    April 5, 2001

    Darren Roberts

    Freelance sculptor and painter, bassist for Handsome Devil

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