After breaking the news three years ago they were adding Skrillex-influenced electronic beats to their nu-metal sound in "The Path of Totality," Korn have not only transformed their musical direction, but have shifted the band perspective with positive morale that is audibly noticeable in their lat ... More >>
The biggest news as the Newport Beach Film Festival opened its 15th run last night was not the opening night world premiere of Lovesick, a romantic comedy starring Matt LeBlanc of Friends and Episodes fame. It's that after more years and hangovers than I can remember, the official vodka sponsor is n ... More >>
See Also:*Cannibal Corpse Take One Last Bite Out of Festival Season*Heretic to Film Live DVD in Santa Ana This Weekend*Everything You Wanted to Know About Metal But Were Afraid to AskGetting a hold of Paul McGuire, founder and guitarist of death metallers Cerebral Bore, proved to be a bit of an ... More >>
The OC Music Awards Ceremony City National Grove of AnaheimMar. 3, 2012Judging by the throngs of people leaving their tables before the award for best video was announced, it seems I'm not the only one who found this weekend's OC Music Awards Ceremony to be a two-hour snore fest. Those of us ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Who will be this year's Young the Giant?
Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>
UPDATED:Yesterday we talked to the OC Music Awards about claims that the nomination process isn't exactly transparent, with some OC Music Awards Academy members also nominated as musicians in various categories (see more after the jump.) Today I got an email from Weekly reader Nathan Hoffmann, as ... More >>
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On Oct.15, the House of Blues Anaheim will be one of 200 venues around the country teaming up with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund's annual event. Every year the non-profit raises money for musicians who are struggling to make ends meet. According to Sweet Relief, over 65 percent of professional ... More >>
Last October, amid much glitz, glamour but light attendance, the first ever Anaheim International Film Festival premiered, and while it's not quite one-and-done, organizers plan this year to sprinkle festival screenings in with regular UltraLuxe of GardeWalk programming throughout the fall. Meanw ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsLithuanian-styley vareniki: As killer good?As entertaining and weird as eating contests are, the nastiness involved is always below the surface. Vomiting, gross faces, intestinal discomfort--but one thing that happily never happens often is death.Unfortunately, that's not what ha ... More >>
So the big news for today is Mila Kunis' bilingual verbal slap at a press conference. Promoting Friends with Benefits in Russia, she replied to a reporter who asked Justin Timberlake why he was doing movies and not more music. The Russian to English translation wasn't fast enough for Timberlake, ... More >>
Reel Big Fish Reel Big Fish, one of OC's stawarts from the mid-'90s ska phenomenon, have been touring hard lately. They just came back from Europe, are headed to South America in October this year and just kicked off their US summer tour with Streetlight Manifesto in Texas! The band have two mus ... More >>
The Moon Block Party served as a crash course in the gems of our local music scene. The festival was a first of what's to be an annual arts and music festival in the Pomona Arts Colony. It benefited the Pomona School of the Arts.Several big hitters from LA and OC music scene came out and played o ... More >>
A few days ago, Kiev--made up of Robert Brinkerhoff (vocals, guitar), Brandon Corn (drums), Derek Poulsen (bass), Alex Wright (keys), and Andy Stavas (keys, saxophone)--caught up with us to talk about how much things have progressed since OC Weekly last interviewed them, and how the OC Music Aw ... More >>
The OC-by-way-of Portland group doesn't have enough hands but still puts out gems
Kiev is opening for Menomena at Segerstrom Center's Indie Band Series next week, and apparently they have a few gimmicks they didn't roll out at the OC Music Awards when they won Best Indie Band this year.
An old Menomena photo with Brent KnopfOn May 24, you can see for yourself why Riley Breckenridge from Thrice is such a Menomena fanboy. The Portland band kicks off Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Indie Band Series in Samueli Theater, with local band Kiev (winner of the Best Indie Band at th ... More >>
Ahhh, the weekend, finally. From local bands to a nostalgia trip at Knotts' Studio K and Ice Cube at the Grove--there's never enough time to do everything you want.
Today is Wednesday, and you know without a doubt that two days from now, someone on the Internet will be playing the Rebecca Black song brought forth by vanity production company Ark Music Factory. CEO Patrice Wilson, a.k.a. the rapper who calls Rebecca "RB" while driving his car, tells Gawker th ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also: The winners of two OCMA awards, Amateur Chemist is on hiatus
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe SteelwellsOC Music Awards Best Live BandFeb. 25, 2011Galaxy Concert TheaterThe best live band of the 10th-annual OC Music Awards was announced last Friday night at a showcase at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana. And the winner is . . . drumroll, please . . ... More >>
Galaxy Concert Theatre
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWell folks, it's finally here. After navigating the sonic marathon that is the OCMA's, we are near the light at the end of the tunnel: the two-night award show finals event. The top five artists were picked from both the Best Live Band and Best Live Ac ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe five finalists for Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic Showcase Series have been chosen! These 10 bands will perform at the Showcase Finals on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 where the category winners will be announced on stage at the end of each night. Find out who wo ... More >>
Dagha Bloom nominated for Best New AlbumFinally, the nomination ballots are in, and the 2011 nominees have been announced. Some artists are past winners, while other nominees are fresh faces to the OC scene. The OC Music Awards added two new categories for this year: Best Youth Artist and ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyStrange BirdsOC Music AwardsJan. 18, 2011The Gypsy LoungeIt's been a long day, so here's what you need to know: last night's competition was held at the soon-to-be-shuttered Gypsy Lounge. Five bands performed, each rocking their full electric lineup. They played in t ... More >>
Sarah BussAs we mentioned in December, the Gypsy Lounge will host the Orange County Music Awards tonight. Sadly, this will be one of the last shows there before the venue closes its doors. The five acts on the bill--Gromble, Strange Birds, May McDonough, Kiev and California Condors--will ... More >>
Flickr user crossfirecwOrange County is a hotbed of innovation and new ideas, but I think people here would never try, or admit, to want to hire someone to drink alongside them. Who's desperate enough for company to try and do that?The Ukraine, of course!
It won't get the press or audience of Christmassy shows such as SCR's A Christmas Carol. or the Maverick's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but the Hunger Artist Theatre's production of Peter Barnes' The Spirit of Man, might actually come closer to capturing some sense of genuine humanity t ... More >>
Flickr user ehfisherIn honor of National Pickle Day, The Counter Custom Burgers slashed prices on their Fried Dill Pickle Chips to a dollar this Sunday, November 14 (go while you can!). There are two OC locations: Irvine and Newport Beach. You can also get fried pickle chips at Beachwood BBQ, Luc ... More >>
Todd Barnes/OC WeeklyCheck out our Starfucker slideshow here!StarfuckerOctober 29, 2010Detroit BarLast night's gig at Detroit Bar was the last stop for Oregon indie-electro band Starfucker. Despite being on the road for weeks, it didn't appear they had lost any steam. Playing synthy, catchy ... More >>
[Mental Notes] We're reviewing local releases. In other news, you can buy the Sublime tour van, watch the Growlers at HOB or go to Fearless Records' tour
Rebecca ArandIn an effort to capture every last drop of Orange County's hipster fan base, Fullerton bands Dahga Bloom (featured in this week's Locals Only column) and My Pet Saddle confirmed yesterday that South county's psych rock kingpins, the Growl ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyA womblike (maybe?) car interior from our Hootenanny slideshow.This week in OC music news from other venues: Jordin Sparks is cheesy, Hootenanny gets people talking, a local music blog gently slams local music players. And more!
Sarah Buss PhotographyThe Hype: The release of the New Limb's debut album, Sounds People Can Hear, has been a long time coming. Especially after a year of surging popularity, packed local gigs and doting write-ups in all sorts of local papers and magazines (including ours).  ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyDan Perez of the New Limb at the Gypsy Lounge.There's a lot that's new in the world of Costa Mesa indie-pop quartet The New Limb, recently named best indie band in the county by the OC Music Awards. They already have "new" in their name, so they're kinda used ... More >>
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Last Night: Gogol Bordello at Fox Pomona on Thursday, May 21st.Better Than: Being an actual gypsy in Eastern EuropeDownload: Super Taranta on Side One Dummy RecordsFor years, night life in down town Pomona usually meant parking the car, catching a show at The Glass House and making a clean exit. For ... More >>
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