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 >>
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 >>
After playing five shows last year in London and the greater New York area, the Rolling Stones announced this morning that they'll be embarking on a nine show run of North America as part of their 50 & Counting Tour including a date in Anaheim. The show will take place at Honda Center on May 15, wi ... More >>
The American blues sound overtook England in the 1960s like no other. Limey guitar slingers like John Mayall, Peter Green and Jimmy Page worked up their tolerance to whiskey, mastered the blues scale and made more money than every American blues musician that came before them. In the early 1970s, tw ... More >>
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Friday, February 22Angry SamoansThe Observatory First wave punk rockers everywhere are alive and kicking. Just look at the Angry Samoans, hailing from Los Angeles, they've been doing their thing since the late 70s. And since their inception, they've made a career out of being offensive. Rumor has it ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Deborah Cooper-Ramos teaches you how to touch up antique furniture at her new Costa Mesa shop
McDonald's has been getting slammed by the media lately for insisting that some of their stores remain open on Christmas Day. This next story isn't going to change recent headlines that have condemned them as Scrooges.In England, McDonald's has just settled a lawsuit filed by an employee who sued th ... More >>
Bill Murray gets manhandled as FDR
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]1) Our lead feature this week shines a spotlight on the pop culture parody enigma "Weird Al" Yankovic. Y ... More >>
Dave MauBy Dave Mau As the culinary world turns, so do the fads and foibles that inhabit restaurant culture. Food truck mania (except for some standouts) is slowly fading into the past, joining others like taco Tuesday, gastro pubs and overly-gourmand street tacos in realm of passé food OC concepts ... More >>
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 >>
While Taco Bell foists another Frankenstein's monster food item on us made from the interchangeable parts of its existing menu, the other parts of the world get actual innovation from their fast food restaurants. We heard about the Pizza Hut in England's hot-dog-stuffed pizza crusts and the gri ... More >>
Chapman University today and tomorrow hosts what is billed as "a major international conference" on religion, economics and culture. Participants include Chapman's Nobel laureate in economics Vernon L. Smith and academics not only from the Orange campus and UC Irvine but Yale, Harvard, Notre D ... More >>
Although Black Friday is known for shopping, it is also known as the beginning of the leftover parade. If you want to make room for non-gravy doused foods in your fridge, you'll need all the help you can get. Here are five golden oldies that can help lessen the blow of a week's worth of leftovers ... More >>
Edwin GoeiChaparosa Grill at The District in Tustin has closed. When it was open, the place was noted for its Caribbean totems, color-splashed walls, and numerous ceiling fans that swoop the air as if the place was in the tropics. A large framed photo of their bald chef, Tony Corke, a native of E ... More >>
Thirteen years after their last North American tour, pioneering British trio Portishead are back to finally make the rounds in support of their latest album, Third, released in 2008. It's been a while, but for good reason; between having babies and working on new musical projects, they've been qu ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do matanzas only happen in New Mexico?
Beacon Radio (Creative Commons NC)Watching footage of the UK riots has been shocking, scary and difficult, but the British have a history of taking to the streets in times of social upheaval as an act of defiance. The proof is in songs by its musicians: everyone from the Clash to Morrissey to Mot ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThis week the Black Eyed Peas announced at their Staffordshire show that it was the "last time we're going to be in England for a long time." So yes, the group is taking a break, but they're not breaking up--at least, not according to Fergie and will.i.am.Sure, there ... 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 >>
South Coast Repertory's annual showcase for new works gears up
Celebrate Big Willy style....While all eyes will be on William and Kate next week in a wedding of epic proportions, Brits will toast the newlyweds with all sorts of bubbly, including one named Royal Virility Performance. This isn't the only commemorative beverage made for the special day, but it' ... More >>
[Locals Only] A. Wesley Chung's chamber-pop combo plugs their new, 23-song album.
Aled ThomasWTF:Perhaps this week's post is a more pathetic cautionary tale than a bonafied WTF. In any event, it demonstrates that iconic stars everywhere might benefit from the stern benefactoring of MASH's own Mike Farrell, who once consulted fallen stars on how to manage their fortunes.
Friday finds DJ Ron Sleezy holding court at the Commonwealth Lounge and Grill in Newport Beach--which is an understandable thing, given that he works there. Even more understandable is that he's out to help continue what has been a thriving--and not always appreciated--continuum of DJs and venues ... 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 >>
La Mirada Theatre
Flickr user handyandy88On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to meThree small desserts, two tiny spoons and a minuscule cup of coffee.Orange County, the time has come for you to embrace the Gallic wonder known as the café gourmand, or as we say in American, the dessert sampler.
The Coach House
You could say that the 88 is the ultimate indie pop act, a shining example of a band making a living playing shiny, happy pop music (read: no day jobs needed) without skyrocketing to fame, pandering to crowds or being a household name. They release their own albums, tour at their leisure, are ful ... More >>
Stephen Frears' cosmetically altered heroine, Tamara Drewe, bounds through his self-consciously rustic, broadly played flick
Edwin GoeiName: Heinz Spotted Dick Origin: England Found at: Fresh & Easy, Fountain Valley Cost: $3.99 Ingredients: Wheat, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Raisins, Partially Hydrogenated Canola and Palm Oils, Nonfat Dry Milk, Partially Inverted Sugar Cane Syrup, Leaveners (Sodium Diphosphates, S ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Nestlé Aero Origin: South Africa Found at: Garden Patch Market, Irvine Cost: $3.79 Ingredients: Cane sugar, full cream milk solids, cocoa mass, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat, whey powder (milk), cocoa butter, emulsifiers (soy lecithin E322, e476), flavourants.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Smells like more Know Nothing myths!
Born Victoria Hesketh, the 25-year-old is already a star in her native U.K.
John GilhooleySnoop Dogg at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana , Jan. 21Remember back in 2006 when Long Beach native Snoop Dogg and his entourage allegedly brawled at a British Airways VIP Lounge? And how the British Government went apeshit and banned the rapper from ever entering their boring ... More >>
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