• Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Five Hottest White Rappers According To Comedian Sharon Barragan

    Sharon Barragan has a soft spot for white rappers--so sue her. While often derided as novelties who rarely last in the hip-hop game, there's something about these artists and their anglo flow that the comedienne can't stay away from. Since the dawn of the 90s, there's been quite a few that have mad ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2012

    Junior Watson Gets High on Jump Blues

    The Founding Member of the Mighty Flyers continues to sail toward cult status

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2012

    Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show

    METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12 The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    The Reverend Horton Heat Makes Out a Legacy at Hootenanny

    The Reverend Horton Heat's memories of headlining the Hootenanny are getting pretty foggy--lost in a sweltering haze of hard living, hellfire and hillbilly guitar riffs. And considering he rarely seems to take a breath between touring and recording, it's only natural the Rev (born Jim Heath) would l ... More >>

  • Music

    July 5, 2012

    The Reverend Horton Heat Makes Out a Legacy at Hootenanny

    From mosh pits to man kisses, the rockabilly icon celebrates 10 years at the Oak Canyon Ranch festival

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2012

    Doheny Blues Festival

    Doheny State Beach

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Thrice Announce Farewell Tour

    ​Well, this is it. Irvine prog-rockers Thrice are really doing it--taking a break after 13 years together. Singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge and drummer Riley Breckenridge (our 3hree Things columnist) will go on tour on May 4 in San Diego and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Mos Def and Talib Kweli to Perform at the House of Blues Anaheim as Black Star

    ​We bear good news for people who aren't fans of driving out to San Bernardino for shows! Mos Def and Talib Kweli, who performed their stellar set Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star at the hip-hop festival this summer, are currently touring the album, and will be at the House of Blues in Ana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    July 3rd Marks the 40th Anniversary The Doors' Jim Morrison Death, We Remember Him Now With Five of the Most Surreal Theories Surrounding His Passing

    ​July 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the Doors' legendary frontman Jim Morrison's death. Fans worldwide will celebrate his life and his massive contribution to music--just imagine how many bands now owe their sound to the Doors--with tribute shows, exhibits, and even ceremonies. The Rock and Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Portugal. The Man on Creating an Alter Ego and Writing an Album for Grandparents

    Portugal. The Man ​ Portland indie rockers Portugal. The Man have just completed their sixth album, with the latest making its major record label debut this summer. Before their show at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday, frontman John Gourley talks about the post indie record label life, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Train at the OC Fair Over The Weekend

    Mark Stouffer ​​TrainJuly 18, 2010OC Fair It's hard to feel sorry for Pat Monahan, lead singer for the San Francisco-based Train. Sure, the band may have peaked 10 years ago, when its Drops of Jupiter--fueled in large part by the inescapable titular song--sold more than three million copies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Something Corporate Fall Tour Announced! gaiz! Can't wait to see you again!​Guitarist Josh Partington may have gotten a law degree and vocalist/pianist Andrew McMahon may have formed Jack's Mannequin since the quintessential OC alt-rock band Something Corporate toured the country, but that doesn't make fans miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Avi Buffalo to Play Wilco's First Solid Sound Festival

    Andrew YoussefAvi Buffalo performing an in-store at Fingerprints on April 27, 2010.​Solid Sound Festival, Wilco's first music festival, is set to take place at MASS MoCA on August 13-15 in North Adams, Massachusetts. And it's just been announced that Long Beach's Avi Buffalo will be joining the Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Even Our Sister Paper Thinks Orange County Is Lame

    I'm not naive--I knew before coming here that Orange County didn't have the best reputation among outsiders (too conservative, not hip enough, not enough to do, etc.). I didn't think it was a big deal; where I come from doesn't exactly have the most street cred, either, and I've really enjoyed my ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    True West at Anaheim House of Blues Tonight

    '80s California psych-rock group True West reunited in 2006 after a two-decade hiatus and now they're opening for Violent Femmes on the latter's dates at Anaheim House of Blues tonight and Aug. 4 at San Francisco's Fillmore. And, finally, True West have their canon reissued on CD, with the nicely pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2007

    Comic-Con 2007: Jericho

    Surprisingly easy to get into this panel, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the future of Jericho on CBS. Saved from cancellation by rabid fans, it's gonna need more support to survive a full second year. I walk in on the tail-end of a panel for 4400 with Jeffrey Combs and blue-bearded Ira St ... More >>

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Everlasting Sounds

    Ten of the years most timeless records

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2006

    Dead Kennedys still Dead

    Jello Biafra is angry. Not exactly news, I realize, but at least there's a new occasion for his anger– the April 8 "Fab Mab Reunion" concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, which is being promoted as a revival of the great days of punk rock in SF, featuring the Dead Kennedys. Only it's not e ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Black to Comm

    Black Mountain, obscured by clouds

  • Music

    March 14, 2002

    Sushi Bar or Dennys?

    Wilcos food for thought

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Soul-Soothing Magick

    Joe Louis Walker makes you proud to be an American

  • Music

    November 2, 2000

    Happy Helloween!

    Holidays with the quarter-century-old Cramps

  • Music

    April 27, 2000

    Visiting With Buddy!

    Nostalgia acts, and nostalgia acts in training