Will be updated through June 20, if not beyond... CURRENT COUNT: 66 gone. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 9, 8:03 A.M. The last time the Orange County Register announced massive layoffs, we had a running tally of who was getting the axe. That list topped out at about 31; the list expected this time might be ... More >>
[Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>
The Pixies El Rey Theater 9/9/13 For anyone who was lucky enough to see The Pixies play a last-minute gig Friday night at The Echo, we're jealous of you. Like super jealous. However, the rest of us were introduced to the new Pixies lineup at the first of their four formal area shows (three at the E ... More >>
Just like the Wu-Tang Clan, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is for the children. If they weren't, the group wouldn't be presenting a family-friendly concert Sunday at the Engine Company No. 8 fire station in Long Beach at 4 p.m. The event, part of LBSO's "Sound & Space" concert series, is an inte ... More >>
By: Katherine Turman He's a man of many monikers and moods, and he rocks under any name. Charles Thompson / Frank Black / Black Francis has 23 albums to his credit, beginning in 1988 with Surfer Rosa by the Pixies, a band where the tired journalistic cliché "seminal" actually applies.
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The PixiesThe Music BoxNovember 20, 2011See the slideshow of more images here. It was a rough start for the Pixies on Saturday. They opened with "Bone Machine." Kind of. At the first break--"Your bone's got a little machine"--the band stopped abruptly. Someone(s?) had missed their cue. Fran ... More >>
Like vampires, old bands are best left buried deep in the earth, secure in their lead coffins and unable to drain vitality from unsuspecting new victims. Either because their most desperate fans demand it or because their mortgage notes are past due, the rock bands of yore keep punching thro ... More >>
Rebecca Aranda/OC WeeklySleigh BellsRepeater, Sundelles, Pictureplane, Sleigh Bells October 19, 2010 Detroit Bar The Hype: A couple years ago, a kindergarten teacher named Alexis Krauss went to a restaurant with her mother. Their waiter told them that he was working on a music project, and was l ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPete Yorn at the House of Blues in Anaheim last yearThis edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...At The Coach House Tuesday, Pete Yorn gave fans a taste of his new self-titled album that was released on the same day. The album was produced by Fr ... More >>
Three new albums in about a year means he's ready to make the ladies swoon again
The Hype: By now, any Mark Linkous fan worth his/her sparkle has studied, read about and certainly pirated Dark Night of the Soul (out today on Capitol Records). Originally set for release by Linkous (a.k.a. Sparklehorse) producer Danger Mouse and filmmaker David Lynch back in 2009, this mam ... More >>
Danielle BacherEven if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Salo ... More >>
Andrew YoussefThe Hype: Surfer Blood have been riding a wave of buzz behind their catchy debut album, Astro Coast. A sign posted outside of the Detroit Bar informed patrons that the evening's performance was being filmed for Carson Daly. It seems that both the Detroit Bar and Surfer Blood we ... More >>
Beth StirnamanDon't be fooled! This picture was taken in May at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, during Frank Black's Grand Duchy show; his project with wife Violet Clark.Last Night: The Pixies, No Age, at the Hollywood Palladium; November 4, 2009.Better Than: Watching the Pixies play other notable alb ... More >>
The Glass House
Yeah, it's in Hollywood, but so what? The goddamn Pixies are playing again and that's big enough news to report on.Everyone's favorite underrated '80s'/90s-band-that-became-everyone's-favorite-00s band is hitting the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doolittle, a 1989 record that included ... More >>
It was a busy weekend in OC Weeklyville, but what else is new? Here's some of the cool stuff we were at the past couple days:Wango Tango at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Black Eyed Peas! (Pictured.) Kelly Clarkson! Flo Rida! Lady Gaga! Somewhat inexplicably, All-American Rejects! Chris Victorio hun ... More >>
Friday's Grand Duchy show at Detroit Bar was a real treat. For some reason, I kind of forgot that the show was that day, and hadn't made the proper arrangements to attend, and was essentially turned away at the door when I got there. That was a bummer, for sure. I was able to check out Venus Infers ... More >>
A lot of neat shows going on around town tonight. Let's look at some of them, eh?We told you this week in the Weekly about Grand Duchy, the latest project from Frank Black, y'know, the frontman for the Pixies (I've heard they're good!). Doug Wallen's article is here, and that show is tonight at Detr ... More >>
Mike Watt, Moris Tepper, Crystal Antlers
Better Than: Watching the Olympics. Download: "Threshold Apprehension" from the official Black Francis Myspace page. I would estimate that sixty percent of indie/alternative rock bands formed in the last ten years would directly cite The Pixies as an influence. Who can forget the closing credits ... More >>
AUDIO OVERLOAD BATTLE FINALS, 7:30 p.m. We've got ourselves a spin off (the DJ kind, not the sitcom variety). Chain Reaction 1652 W. Lincoln Ave. Anaheim CA 92801 714-635-6067 LECTURE: COLE PORTER, 1 p.m. I've got you under my skin. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art 2002 N. Main St. Santa Ana CA 92701 ... More >>
Pixies mainman Frank Black (a.k.a. Black Francis and Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) will play Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar Aug. 21. You can get tickets here. I'd post a video right about now, but YouTube appears to be broken at the moment.
DJ Nobody: Twice as important as most OC musicians. Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this import ... More >>
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