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    April 16, 2014

    The Top Five Pet Shop Boys Covers

    By: Darryl Smyers Hard to believe that England's Pet Shop Boys have been doing the synthpop/alternative dance thing for over three decades. During that time, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe has managed to evolve with the musical tides while maintaining a sizable audience. Although known for ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

  • Film

    November 7, 2013
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    October 4, 2013

    Vincent Gerard Lopreto and Ronald Bell Allegedly Sold Counterfeit Damien Hirst Art

    Two Laguna Beach art gallery owners are awaiting extradition to New York City for allegedly selling counterfeit art by Damien Hirst, reportedly England's wealthiest artist. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, the owners of Jazzart studio at 1452 South Coast Hwy., are being held in Orange Coun ... More >>

  • Film

    August 15, 2013
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    June 28, 2013

    Bleached to Van Thief: 'Give Us Our Stuff Back or We'll Break Your Neck!'

    Sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin have been making music for years. Whether it was in Mika Miko or on their own, the self-described rock-n-roll/post-punk rockers always had the desire to form a band on their own terms. That's what they did with their current project, Bleached. After releasing three earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    The 10 Geekiest Metal Bands of All Time

    By: Adam Steininger Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These b ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 6, 2013

    Is There Any Good Mexican Food in England?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the difference between Tex-Mex and New Mexican food?

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Ska Band The Skeletones Are Not Too Old To Out-Skank You

    During the 1990s, the Skeletones used to play every friggin' show from the Inland Empire to Orange County. After search the Internet, you might assume that the 10-piece ska group from Riverside still maintains a busy schedule.But look closer and you'll notice that a few newer bands have also taken t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse - The Observatory - May 16, 2013

    By: Alex Distefano Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse The Observatory May 16, 2013 It's been a while since this many bodies were packed so densely for a metal show at the Observatory. But, when you have two of the most brutal bands on the planet--Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse--performing back to b ... More >>

  • Film

    May 2, 2013
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    May 2, 2013

    [Exene Says . . .] DIY Till I Die

    Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk-rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Contact her via In 1976, Nancy Kaufman lent a friend money to rent a 125-square-foot store on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, April 29 The Originalites Gallagher's Pub & Grill Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene in the span of only five year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    How to Destroy Angels - Fox Theatre Pomona - April 10, 2013

    How to Destroy Angels Fox Theatre Pomona April 10, 2013 Primed with a midnight set at the Mojave tent this Friday at Coachella, How to Destroy Angels orchestrated a visual and auditory assault at their debut show at the Fox Theatre in Pomona that make them a must see act at Coachella. One could sen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Five Worst British Import Bands

    ​ By: Gavin Cleaver While we might have done some wonderful things for y'all with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Radiohead, we have also sent you some terrible crimes against music. And while none of this really compares to Canada foisting Avril Lavigne and Nickleback on you, it's st ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, March 18 The Vespertines The Constellation Room Long Beach's Vespertines do prickly prog-psych in a way that teaches you to expect the unexpected--and to expect the introspective, the contemplative and the explosive, too. (Plus, expect a trumpet--sure, it might startle you when it blooms ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The Joy Formidable Exercise Their Inner Animals on 'Wolf's Law'

    Even when Ritzy Bryan is cursing the classical-music instructors of her youth, she still sounds charmingly regal. "My harp teacher was an absolute bitch," she declares with a crisp annunciation that betrays her Welsh heritage. "And every time I'd play the fucking flute, I'd pass out." Luckily for us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Five Awesome Murals Honoring Dead Musicians

    By: Rae AlexandraThe Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a recent revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    On The Line: Roy Hendrickson Of Zimzala, Part Two

    "I just like to see the locals come in, try new things and just come back, and back and back. Most hotel guests you never even see again. I know this community pretty well, so it's a lot of fun to be out shopping somewhere and see someone who just dined here."Read our interview with Roy Hendrickson ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    On The Line: Roy Hendrickson Of Zimzala, Part One

    Calm. That's the vibe we get from chef Roy Hendrickson. Perched in the Shorebreak Hotel, Zimzala's bustling exhibition kitchen is between both lounge and dining room. But for our interview, we converse at a quiet table in the back before lunch service. With experience that includes stints at Sam's S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Adam Ant Isn't a Goody Two Shoes Anymore

    By: Shelley LeopoldAdam Ant, the charismatic post-punk British pop star responsible for a generation of pirate shirts, returns to the U.S. after a long absence. Now 57, he's picked up more tattoos and a smoking habit since we saw him last; despite being battle scarred from years in the music busines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2012

    The OCeeker: Friends Church Yorba Linda and the Vapors

    A friend in need is a friend indeed. And if you need Jesus ye heathen, Friends Church Yorba Linda may be the place for you. Your pomade-powered prophet visited the historically Quaker fellowship on Saturday night, taking his place among the lily-white saints and trying to stay awake among a rat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    MxPx's 20th Anniversary: Mike Herrera Explains The Secret to Band Longevity

    For fans of pop punk, it may be hard to believe, but Bremerton, Wash., natives MxPx are in the middle of their 20th anniversary tour, which came together in part  after learning that drummer Yuri Ruley was going to retire, until the band's fans begged him not to. The band ended up releasing a n ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2012

    Muffin Spencer-Devlin Is the Best Lesbian, Manic-Depressive, Glass-Blowing Golfer of Them All

    The Laguna Beach resident made history when she came out while on the LPGA Tour. That was the easy part

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    George Thorogood on the Black Keys, Jack Johnson and Current Acts He Likes

    ​It's fair to say George Thorogood has been around the music biz a little while. When he was in his 20s, the blues/rock guitarist best known for being "B-b-b-buh-bad to the bone" briefly moved to England just so he could play guitar 12 hours a day without any distractions. In 1973, the Delaware-br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    17-Year-Old Woman Has Lived on Chicken McNuggets Diet for Past 15 Years, Or: How I Started Developing a New Onomonopeia for Vomiting

    ​ I'm not going to lie. I enjoy the occasional trip to McDonald's. Whenever I'm feeling particularly unhealthy, I can polish off a 20 piece and fries on my own, no problem. What Stacey Irvine's been doing for the past 15 years, though? Hukkeughhh (That's attempt number one).

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Huntington Beach Forensic Genealogist Traces Cold-Case Killer's DNA Back to The Mayflower

    ​A fresh new lead in a 20-year-old murder investigation in King County, Washington, has come from a Huntington Beach forensic genealogist who traced the killer's DNA back to The Mayflower passenger list.That's not Mayflower as in the popular nationwide moving company of today but Mayflower as in t ... More >>

  • Food

    January 12, 2012

    Tamarind of London Offers Curry for the Cultured

    This Newport Coast eatery introduces great Indian cuisine to the rich folks

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Last Night

    Andrew Youssef​KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night TwoDecember 11, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterSee also: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One  After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011

    The Huntington Beach Surf Riot: A New Perspective

    An English photographer unearths his shots of burning cop cars and surfboards from 1986, then brings them back to SoCal

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Calle 13 Bring Their Latin Grammy Nominated Music to the House of Blues Anaheim

    ​ Calle 13, the alternative rap duo from Puerto Rico, dominated Latin Grammy nominations announced last month. With a number of Grammy and Latin Grammy awards already held between them, René "Residente" Pérez and Eduardo "Visitante" Cabra racked up a record in 2011 for nominations in ten cat ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 15, 2011

    'Cockroach' Documents War In the Time of Love

    The Monkey Wrench Collective finds a stunner in this high-school drama

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    The Day Green Day Came to Costa Mesa

    [Mental Notes] They played for 300 people, and we got in to see them!

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    June 17, 2011

    Five Pop Stars More Deserving of Abduction than Joss Stone

    ​Two men were arrested in England this week for trying to abduct the soul singer Joss Stone. Making the case stranger, the suspects reportedly had in their possession a Samurai sword and written plans to kill Stone and dump her into a river. Call us a bunch of softies, but we're perplexed that an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Las Vegas

    Javier CabralFans eager for Cock Sparrer to play​Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival May 27-31Downtown Las VegasHow do I even begin to describe the degree of epic-ness for an event like the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas? A lineup of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    James Fletcher Takes the Stage at Detroit Bar's Monday-Night Residency​Luckily for OC, James Fletcher is not too sexy for Detroit Bar--or just about anywhere else, he insists. The jet-setting drummer last fall self-released his first solo CD, The Booze & Clocks, after 10 years of constant touring and gigging in support of others' lyrical prowess.&nbs ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    On the Line: Renieri Caceres of Rustica in Fashion Island, Part One

    Photo Courtesy of Moxxe PR​There has been a changing of the guard at Rustica in Fashion Island. Grant MacPherson left the kitchen sometime last November, leaving it to the very capable hands of his chef de cuisine, Renieri Caceres, who, like his predecessor, came from Sin City. Executive chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Six Most Anticipated Albums of 2011

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyRadiohead at the Henry Fonda Theater on Jan. 25, 2010​Last year looked like it might be bleak in terms of truly great albums, but a few artists (Beach House, the National, Yeasayer, Kanye West) managed to produce some future classics in 2010. And now that we've turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Distinguished UC Irvine Professor Treated Like a Terrorist by French

    Ngugi wa Thiong'o and wife, stranded​After attending a Nairobi literary festival, UC Irvine professor and author Ngugi wa Thiong'o and his wife needed to catch a Virgin Atlantic flight to London in route to LAX, but a snow storm in England forced the flight to land in Lyon, France.The airline arra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Top Five Bands That Should Join the Sound Strike

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyRage Against the Machine at the Hollywood Palladium last Friday​The Sound Strike campaign started by Zack de la Rocha to counter Arizona's soon-to-be in effect SB1070 law reached its sonic zenith Friday night with Rage Against the Machine rocking the Hollywood Palladium. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Cinco de Mayo 2: Electric Boogaloo

    plasticpeople, under Creative Commons license​There were fans running through the streets of downtown Long Beach this afternoon, blowing vuvuzelas like they were in Polokwane, South Africa. They wore Dos Santos, Marquez, Fernandez and Blanco El Tri jerseys because, yes, Mexico just beat France in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    Edward II

    Empire Theatre

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    May 25, 2010

    Over The Weekend: The National at the Wiltern

    Andrew Youssef​Check out our slideshow here!The Hype: Who doesn't love the National? Everyone got a little weepy and emotional when news broke that the band was working on its fifth release. High Violet came out this month, and while it's much more of a grower than 2007's Boxer, the fact that Matt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Getting Over Bitter in Little Phnom Penh

    Bitter is not a flavor generally loved by the American palate. Bitter is a flavor we cover up--with cream and sugar in our coffee, with sweeter, baby bitter greens in our salads. Elsewhere around the globe--and in many an ethnic restaurant in Orange County--bitter is a flavored loved and enjoyed alo ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 18, 2010

    Special San Diego Edition

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] Smells like more Know Nothing myths!

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    October 29, 2009
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    August 31, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special Mother Edicion

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    June 15, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special FIFA World Cup/three question edition

  • Food

    January 16, 2003

    Bloody Tube Steak and Cherie Blair

    Gaga over black pudding and the PMs wife

  • Food

    March 29, 2001

    Andean Heater

    Inka Grill keeps things spicy, Peruvian-style

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