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 >>
[Locals Only] Dustin Apodaca is back, with a new band and a penchant for Yacht Rock
www.jurassictechnology.com Dre Babinski, the sweet-faced violinist of the late, great Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, is heading up to San Francisco right this minute with bandmate Edson Choi (also of the late great DRRB). The duo, collectively known as Miracle Days, will perform a live session ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly Arctic Monkeys performed at the Fox Theater Pomona on June 2, 2011. Click here to see more images! We've pulled together the very best concert shots from June 2011 for your viewing pleasure. After the jump: Awesome pictures from Peter Bjorn & John, Weenie Roast ... More >>
Local legends put on one last roots-rockin' extravaganza before going their separate ways
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.
Myspace.comFor a long time, a major topic of discussion between music journalists and musicians alike has been: how does Orange County measure up to the other metropolitan creative hot spots around the country like Austin, Portland, Los Angeles and New York. Is the OC a musical universe unto itse ... More >>
Tom MaxsonIn this week's addition of news we didn't write, you can purchase Pithy Sweet's new EP, or listen to Andrea Babinski of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band's new holiday tune.Check it out after the jump.
We're nearing the end of Movember--the month where men grow a mustache for the 30 days of November to raise awareness for prostate cancer--so we thought we'd do our bit by bringing you a list of the hottest musicians with mustaches.A lot has been said about John Oates', Freddie Mercury's and Frank Z ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Dusty Rhodes and the River Band front man Apodaca takes his campaign seriously. Will voters?
With less than two weeks away until election time, more than a dozen candidates are vying for two open seats on the Anaheim City Council. Dustin Apodaca, frontman of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, is the only one listed as "musician" under official ballot designations. The charismatic ... More >>
The upcoming Anaheim City Council race, which has already seen the entry of a write-in candidate who impersonates Mickey Mouse, has on the official ballot an office-seeker who lists his occupation as "musician."He's Dustin Apodaca, frontman of the soon-to-be defunct, indie-folk-rock Dusty Rhodes ... More >>
Luke Holwerda/Phoenix New TimesJimmy BuffettHere's what we didn't write about this week in Orange County music news. Aside from perhaps Dusty Rhodes, much of the leftover news this week is about old guys. Enjoy!
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyHere it is! The weekly list of links to music coverage (that we didn't write) around the OC music blogosphere.
Young the Giant's Sameer Gadhia's Q&A with Spencer Kornhaber last week may have gotten all kinds of reactions about the state of the OC music scene, but the OC Music Awards are definitely making a case for local bands. Last week, the organization released a compilation featuring 14 songs from ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Mundanities of celeb life include Hurley on Weezer's cover, Mike Ness selling homes
If there seems to be a slew of bad news in music that you can't do anything about (Tyondai Braxton leaving Battles, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band calling it quits), you can at least listen to a new song from The 88 called "They Ought To See You Now."
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLast Wednesday, Heard Mentality had a rambling conversation with Dusty Rhodes and the River Band's charismatic frontman, Dustin Apodaca, where talked about running for a position in the Anaheim city council. "I've always wanted to do it," Apodaca said. "It was just a ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThere's been talk of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, our favorite live act, calling it quits for a while now, but in a phone conversation yesterday, lead singer Dustin Apodaca confirmed the news. He also confirmed that he is running for a spot in the Anaheim Ci ... More >>
www.myspace.com/dustyrhodesDusty Rhodes and the River Band have been touring a LOT. If you've been wanting your Dusty fix, you'll be relieved to find out that they're back in OC and performing at the Grove of Anaheim this Thursday, where they're headlining OC Weekly's Locally Grown ser ... More >>
(Alt-pop four-piece the New Limb went on tour for the first time EVER, so they're sending Heard Mentality missives from the road. They've taken turns guest blogging; keyboardist and vocalist Lauren Salamone sends us the latest. Read their first entry here, their second one here and their third ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plus, grubbin' with Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, making the band with Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants
What reason do you have to miss the OC Foodie Fest? As Dave Lieberman said, "34 food trucks have committed; the organizers are hoping for a total of 50. Proceeds will go to three OC charities: Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine, Child S.H.A.R.E., an outreach program to find foster famil ... More >>
If only Dusty Rhodes and the River Band had waited a year to win OC Music Awards Best Live Band award.Even though it's way to early for us to start thinking about the 2011 OC Music Awards, we recently got word of a special offer made by Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman that involve ... More >>
Our friends over at LA Record tipped us off with a new video of the song "All One" from our favorite Fullerton bombasticos, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Watch it after the jump.
Chris VictorioDusty Rhodes and the River Band accept their award for Best Live Band. Hell yeah!What'd you do this weekend? We started out by attending the OC Music Awards on Saturday night. After months of nominations, showcases and finals, it's over--for now! The Orange County music scene conver ... More >>
Two months of packed showcases and memorable performances and surprises all come down to the Orange County Music Awards presentation, happening this Saturday, Mar. 6 at the Grove of Anaheim. For the devout faction of local music fans who came to every one of those free gigs, this is your chance ... More >>
Lit in 2010Lit, one of the most commercially successful alternative rock bands to emerge from Orange County in the 1990s, will perform at the OC Music Awards. The event takes place Saturday March 6 at the Grove of Anaheim. It also features such local standouts as the Dirty Heads, which are the newl ... More >>
Despite the conventional wisdom that tells us that Sunday nights are meant for sleep, it's good to see that the crowd at Alex's Bar continues to know better. Opting to drain every last drop of weekend fun from the seventh day, fans of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Olin & the Moon, Yellow R ... More >>
Don't go to the Costa Mesa brewery for the run-of-the-mill food, but do go for the beers. This Saturday, at noon, $20 ($25 on the door) gets you five tastings and admission to the onsite concert, which has a not-bad lineup (The Colourist, Dusty Rhodes and The Fling). For full details, and to buy ... More >>
You would think that a band on a well-known national indie label like SideOneDummy Records would have all the money in the world; free to spend it on whatever bizarre whims they might devise. Well, you would be really, really wrong, actually.
Fullerton's Dusty Rhodes and the River Band experienced a bit of a setback last month--namely, bassist Brad Babinski being hit with both mono and shingles (yeesh), forcing the band to scrap their east coast tour.
Here's some truly unfortunate news: Fullerton's eminently likable Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, riding high on the success of their second SideOneDummy Records release Palace and Stage, have been forced to cancel the east coast leg of their tour due to bassists Brad Babinski's health issues.
Monica VillalongaBY BECKA DELANEYAfter touring across the country, Orange County's Dusty Rhodes and the River Band returned to Southern California with a visit to the Echoplex last night; playing material off their latest record (and Side One Dummy debut), Palace and Stage. After first witnessing th ... More >>
After a couple months of pre-ordering, downloading, and file sharing, today you'll finally be able to do it old school and walk into a record store to cop the new album by Dusty Rhodes and the River Band. The release of the band's sophomore effort, Palace and Stage, marks another chapter in th ... More >>
Get your pompadours, rolled jeans, Pabst Blue Ribbons and Converse ready because the Hootenanny is right around the corner.This year's lineup includes the Reverend Horton Heat, Los Lobos, Horrorpops, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Supersuckers, Lee Rocker, the Blasters, 3 Bad Jacks, Roger Alen Wade, Dust ... More >>
The chance to thrash on stage at Anaheim's House of Blues is a dream that most local band in Orange County will frankly never accomplish. So the fact that Fullerton favorites The Living Suns and Dusty Rhodes and The River Band are making a repeat trip to Downtown Disney's only worthy night spot is ... More >>
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
The annual sonic bacchanal known as South by Southwest goes down March 12-16. Every year, several thousand music-biz types, musicians and ordinary mortals with more money than sense descend upon downtown Austin, Texas, cramming five months of musical activity into five days. I'll be blogging about a ... More >>
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