First Aid Kit - 11/10/14The Observatory, Santa AnaIt's always a surprise to see how indie folk singers can rock out on stage -- just because their album is personal and familiar, their songs confined to your four walls in the dark, doesn't mean it translates to a quiet, intimate show live. First Aid ... More >>
"Orange County's country music scene is kind of asleep right now," Alice Wallace says, despite a fan base that has supported acts everywhere from the late, great Crazy Horse to the Honda Center. "There's a lot of indie, punk rock, even some blues. Country is buried and kind of underrepresented." In ... More >>
Record Store Day is like Christmas in April for both fans and independent record shops. Fans make pilgrimages to local shops seeking limited edition releases, free shows, band signing, bonuses, sales and if you're lucky, free food. The releases are hyper-limited--smaller stores may only get one ... More >>
Most famous as a punk rock icon and artist, Exene Cervenka (front woman for X, Knitters and Original Sinners) is documenting her adventures for Heard Mentality on the way to Austin's South By Southwest, the country's biggest music festival. Check out her complete tour diary archive here.Raven Lo ... More >>
Meg Strouse / OC WeeklyEmmylou Harris at Lilith.This week in local music coverage that isn't ours: Lilith Fair gets positive-yet-bored reviews, Billy Kernkamp gets real, big-name touring acts get money problems.
Megan StrouseWatch our slideshow here!Due to family obligations, day jobs and matters of taste, OC Weekly couldn't cover the Lilith fair stop at Irvine (which their Web site called the LA stop, duh) last Saturday. As Entertainment Weekly said, "by the time Lilith rolled into Irvine, Calif.'s Veri ... More >>
Keith May Break out the vuvuzelas! What'd you miss this weekend? We were in Long Beach's 2nd St. visiting all the World Cup viewing parties, checking out the gals of the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque (straight outta Huntington Beach!), dropping in on the PETA protest of the Ringling Bros. circus ... More >>
As a teen, Brandi Carlile was a huge Lilith fan. Now she's in its lineup
www.sarahmclachlan.comIf you buy tickets today you can watch Sarah Mclachlan for $10!Live Nation is offering $10 tickets for the last 10 days of June, where the concert promoter is hosting the "No Service Fee June" promo. That means every day until June 30, select shows will have $10 ticke ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also: Obey vs. the Feds, lackluster Lilith, Coachella's broken record, new No Doubt?
Can you smell the estrogen in the air? For the first time in a decade, festival founder Sarah McLachlan is bringing the celebration of women in music back to Orange County.
The Long Beach band have gone from zero to Sub Pop before Avi Zahner-Isenberg has reached drinking age
Lilith Fair to return after 10-year hiatus with Tegan and Sara (Tegan and I were pals for 30-minutes once), Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and many more.The White Stripes to release a "seriously awesomely sounding" live box set March 16.Lil Wayne's rock record, Rebirth, delayed for t ... More >>
This album review runs in OC Weekly this week--summer guide issue!--but why wait until then? The record's out now! Yeah!Elvis CostelloSecret, Profane & Sugarcane(Hear Music)In this phase of his career, Elvis Costello seems determined to convince people he can do just about anything--jazz (2003's ... More >>
Everyone knows and loves indie rock-country darlings the Watson Twins
Not-so-young Neil confronts death with elegiac hymns to family, friendship and love
The Crazy Horse is demolished, the Golden Bears Rick Babiracki passes on
Mary Black enjoys her wild Irish ride
The art of the John Prine non-interview
Daniel Ahearns electro-country road songs
Patty Griffin does it her way
Can we kick you in the pants, too?
Michael Franti seems more intent on winning people over than on pissing them off, but hes okay with pissing them off
Will the OC Fair finally stop blowing corn-dog chunks?