Physicists Daniel Whiteson of UC Irvine and Michael Mulhearn of UC Davis swear they are not--in the words of the late, great Frank Zappa--jiving us with their cosmik debris, claiming to have designed an app to turn the global network of smartphones into a planet-sized cosmic ray detector.
Christian McPhate For years, uptight people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backward. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of h ... More >>
Burgerama 2 The Observatory 3/23/13 Beer was flowing, burgers grilling and music blaring as day two of Burgerama picked up where Friday left off. By the end of the night, the walls of the venue were moist sweaty and the concertgoers were sweaty and smelly. Both hallmarks of a good punk/garage/indie ... More >>
What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder that might actually d ... More >>
The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet
Vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman formed the Turtles in 1965. After a successful cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," the group went on to have several hits including "Happy Together," "Elenore" and "You Showed Me." Amid contractual disputes the group disbanded in 1970, leaving the Turtles ... More >>
It's taken a lot of celebs, dopers, hookers, runaways and other assorted freaks to make a mile-and-a-half stretch into a mecca for music, fashion and sex. It took San Diego-bred, LA-based documentary filmmaker Hans Fjellestad (Moog, Frontier Life) to put the at once glitzy and grimy Sunset Strip int ... More >>
Believe it or not, today is one of the most important days in our country. For those not in the know, it's National Boob Day. Throughout the years, there have been songs that have either alluded to, commented on or praised boobs. Here are some of our favorite songs that honor mammory glands.
Had he not passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, beloved hip-hop producer J Dilla would have turned 38 years young Tuesday. In honor of J Dilla's birthday, his passing (Dilla suffered from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, although is official cause of death is cardiac arrest) and his awesomeness, w ... More >>
House of Blues
We can't get enough of Blue Ivy Carter here at Heard Mentality. In honor of her birth, we decided to do a little bit more research to find more fun baby names. After paying tribute to the oddest names in hip-hop and R&B yesterday, today we're going to take at their rock brethren, who named th ... More >>
[Locals Only] The LBC trio talk influences and working with Ikey Owens of the Mars Volta
Courtesy of Sanctuary RecordsRonnie James Dio, we thank you.With the news of the death of Teena Marie over the weekend, it seems 2010 still hasn't quite finished its toll yet. In 2010 we saw some truly tragic losses to the world of music--Lena Horne, Kate McGarrigle, Marvin Isley--but here's our ... More >>
The world has lost another mad genius today. Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, passed away at the age of 69. Best known for his groundbreaking musical work that melded blues, free jazz and art-rock lunacy. Van Vliet's career included poetry and graphic art, as well. Sadly, Rolling Stone ma ... More >>
We're nearing the end of Movember--the month where men grow a mustache for the 30 days of November to raise awareness for prostate cancer--so we thought we'd do our bit by bringing you a list of the hottest musicians with mustaches.A lot has been said about John Oates', Freddie Mercury's and Frank Z ... More >>
Courtesy George KatzenbergerProtected SpeciesAs Billie Holiday sang the blues over the Starbucks speakers, I paged through a box of George Katzenberger's serene landscape photos as he sat next to me, sharing anecdotes about the individual pictures.Shot in Infrared (IR), the photos are hallucinat ... More >>
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June 15 - June 22: Os Mutantes!
Bob Marley lives forever
Don Preston and Project/Object raise Frank from the grave
The case against David Lee Roth
On the pot with Mark Farner
These throat singers are deep
The greatest blues show in the universe. Plus, Ode to Nugent
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Sax player Charles Owens wants to school you
The sublime poetry of the motels Martha Davis
Union 13 let it burn
On the many lessons in Randy Newmans education
John Lee Hookers spooky tone poetry
And thank God for that!
The versatile virtues of Ernie Watts
And Gatemouth Brown is some kind of man
Films to hunt down in this year's Newport Beach International Film Festival
Eight Comix creators who pricked America's dark underbelly