Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, beloved Long Beach musician, producer and the keyboardist of Jack White's touring band, has died. According to Third Man Records' website, "Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled."
Last Saturday night, a well-dressed army of local music fans, press and artists packed into the City National Grove of Anaheim for the 12 annual OC Music Awards. Like most awards shows, the night's festivities went bit longer than necessary with a few fumbles here and there and a mixture of in ... 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 >>
Get your hands on Dusty Rhode's tasty synthThis week's edition of news stories we didn't write: Buy a piece of Dusty Rhodes- their Prophet 5 synthesizer is now for sale on eBay. Perfect for if you are planning on creating a River Band cover band after they break up. [eBay]
North Orange County's The Rambles are warriors in the battle of reclaiming pop music from acts like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Their pop revival army is made up of guitarist Eric Plunkett, rhythm guitarist and singer Isaiah Silva, lead vocalist and tambourine player Kevin Fry, bassist Brad Babin ... More >>
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Jail WeddingsSept. 30, 2010Troubadour The show: Some of the most intense music listening experiences I've ever had have been while listening to Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Orange album in my car. The fuzzy, blues-infused punk trio fronted by an E ... More >>
Dusty Rhodes & the River Band gave what likely is one of their final performances at Saturday's OC Foodie Fest, and they brought the right amount of Skynyrd-inspired rocking to show why they'll be sorely missed. But don't despair too much: Out of the band's demise comes a sweet campaign poste ... More >>
Chad Sengstock / OC WeeklyJohn Mayer at Verizon in 2008.School is back in session, and that means that most local college papers have started putting out music stories again. They're in the mix below, along with news of an OC act's breakup.
(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're going to take turns guest blogging; on their third and fourth days on the road, Dan Perez and Lauren Salamone give us the scoop. Read their first entry here.-- ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, Stacy Clark signs to Vanguard
Huntington Beach band tours in April as opener for Sublime with Rome
A whopping 35 local acts will participate in the OC Music Awards Showcase Series. The seven-week event launches Tuesday, January 7, at Detroit Bar in Cost Mesa. It will continue at various venues countywide. All showcase dates are free. The artists are competing for Best Live Band or Best Live ... More >>
Last night was a busy one for Orange County bands--Make Moon, the Growlers, the New Limb, Janu and the Whalesharks at the Yost Theater; the Union Line and Yellow Red Sparks at Detroit Bar; and the final night of Handsome G's residency at the Gypsy Lounge. We made it to the first two.
It's no secret that many of us "alt-weekly" types like to puff out our chests and proudly claim the bands that manage emerge successfully onto the world stage from our little sliver of local culture. But now and then it's important to remember that at one time none of us knew who they were. They ... More >>
Oh, the simple joys of rocking out in a garage band. Most aspiring musicians can reminisce about the countless days spent hashing out future rock classics not yet born, sweating out their angst between a dusty tool bench, crappy Christmas ornaments and a broken lawn mower. And in many respects, th ... More >>
During his interview with OC Weekly, Austin touched on numerous subjects beyond his new movie career. There wasn't room enough to cover all of them in print; here, for the fans, he offers up some additional uncensored opinions. On rumors of a WWE-brand beer: Oh, we were going to come out with a be ... More >>
Adam Spriggs, talent buyer, Coach House Entertainment
Big Nothing: Big Japan, Big City Rock at the Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, Sunday, June 4
2MEX and Ikey Owens work-for-hire Look Daggers
April 20 - April 27: Now Leave Me Alone