Franz Ferdinand

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    April 7, 2014

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Tuesday, April 8 Foster the People Fox Theater Pomona Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the vide ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014

    Bad Suns

    Constellation Room

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Richard Blade Explains Why '80s Music Still Beats Most of the Crap You Listen to Today

    There's no denying that Richard Blade is the voice of '80s music, and the torch bearer for a generation of loud synths and even louder clothes. So those who grew up watching him interviewing acts like Morrissey on KTLA's "Video One" and "MV3" or listening to him spin hours of Reagan-era classics as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Last Shot: Coachella 2, Cancer 0

    [Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer and fellow Weekling Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of other freelance work and holding a day job at a hospital, of all places. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    SXSW Sucks. Here's Why

    Over the past few weeks, if you work in and around the so-called music biz, you've received hundreds of incessant emails about the shit show down in Austin called South-by-Southwest. As tens of thousands of people descend upon the city, everyone and their sister are going to try to check out as many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

    BY ERIK THOMPSON The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Lollapalooza Lineup Released: Black Sabbath Reuniting!

    In an attempt to possibly take some of the spotlight off Coachella this week, Lollapalooza released a "same, same but different" lineup for the eighth installment of the Chicago festival in Grant Park. As at Coachella, the Black Keys and At the Drive-In are performing. But unlike Coachella, the Red ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012

    Ra Ra Riot

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Top Five Harry Potter Musician Cameos

    ​No one is immune to Harry Potter's magic -- not even rock and roll icons. The Top Five bewitched musicians after the jump.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    A Latin Alternative Music Guide to Coachella​ Although the Latin Alternative offerings of this year's Coachella Music & Arts Festival are few and far between, the acts that did make it onto the roster of performing artists are diverse and definitely worthy of attention. Of course, the biggest draw is the highly touted Caifa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Eight Instruments Indie Bands Should Stay the Fuck Away From

    Wendy Lynch/MyspaceModest Mouse​Ever notice what bizarre instruments indie rockers have been using on stage? It may enhance the sound at times, but whipping out a melodica or tuba always makes me wonder what the hell were they were thinking. Artists like Sufjan Stevens and Modest Mouse need to cut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Today in Music News: 'Alice in Wonderland' Soundtrack, Slash, the Beatles, Mos Def

    Soundtrack for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland remake starring Johnny Depp to feature Wolfmother, Franz Ferdinand, Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz, Owl City, Avril Lavigne and many more.Slash claims to have turned down "seven, eight digit kinds" of money to reunite with Guns N' Roses.Actors being cast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Last Night: Franz Ferdinand at the Hollywood Palladium

    Andrew Youssef​Last Night: Franz Ferdinand, the Blood Arm, Neverever at the Hollywood Palladium; August 27, 2009.Better Than: Being assassinated by Gavrilo Princip.Unfortunate Timing: Rousing Franz Ferdinand hit "This Fire," featuring a chorus of "this fire is out of control, gonna burn this city, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    [Sound Guy] Extended Remix Edition! More Summer Songs from Local Peeps!

    This beach is not actually in Orange County, but it's fun to pretend.The New York Times has long held the motto "all the news that's fit to print." And you know, sometimes, even here at OC Weekly, all the news just doesn't fit.So, please to enjoy some more summer songs picked by some more local musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Last Night: We Are Scientists, the Blood Arm at Detroit Bar

    Andrew YoussefLast Night: We Are Scientists, the Blood Arm at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, May 31, 2009.Better than: Staying home and watching the MTV Movie Awards--even though Akiva Schaffer, the Lonely Island mate of host Andy Samberg who popped up on the award show's "Doubt for Sega Genesis" sketch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2009

    Live(ish) from Coachella: Final Friday Thoughts!

    About to head out to take on another day. Whee! Beth Stirnaman is here in OC Weekly Central (Motel 6 in Palm Springs) uploading pics, so soon you'll have some stuff to look at instead of just these awesome plain text posts. Heard Mentality blogger Nate Jackson is here, too. Say hi, Nate!Before shovi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Coachella: Where We'll Be. Maybe.

    Oh gosh. It's almost here. Coachella. Three mind-melting days in the desert. Since the set times are up and all, let's look at what we're expecting to hit for suresies. Though of course, reality (fatigue, giant crowds, changing your mind, passing out from dehydration) may always get in the way.Here' ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009
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    April 2, 2009


    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    This Week in the OC Weekly

    In "South Side Story" Daffodil J. Altan investigates whether a popular legal weapon is putting an end to a 30-year-old gang rivalry in South County or just catching innocent bystanders in its net.And Spencer Kornhaber takes a look at Mission Viejo Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht in "Woman on a Mission." ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009
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    January 28, 2009

    Daily Coachella Update: Still No Lineup, but There is a Fake One

    It's getting to the point where the idea of the Coachella lineup is actually more appealing than whatever the eventual Coachella lineup will be, even if the actual lineup is really impressive. It's like Spock said, "having is not such a pleasing thing as wanting."So yeah, still no official Coachella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Album Review: Franz Ferdinand, 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'

    New Franz Ferdinand album out today! We've got a review this week in the Weekly, but here it is, a couple days early. It's like we traveled through time somehow!Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)Bowing in early 2004, Franz Ferdinand's superb self-titled debut album hit at the exact ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Free Crap That Came In The Mail: Sally Kellerman, 'Sally'

    Of course, one of the perks of writing about music is getting albums before anyone else. You know, that unique sense of smug self-satisfaction that comes from getting promo CDs weeks before the rest of the world. (Sure, albums being routinely leaked online early has tempered the novelty of this, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Pop Noir Provides No Deeper Understanding of OC Cities, Still Worth Seeing Tonight

    Today is the Weekly's last working day in Santa Ana. We'll be relocated to Costa Mesa by Monday. For guidance and commemoration in these turbulent times, we turn to the MySpace of Costa Mesa band Pop Noir, hoping to find some lyrical closure in their track entitled "Santa Ana."We put on ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Musical Advent Calendar: Death Cab for Cutie, 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'

    At this point, who hasn't covered the Phil Spector co-written classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"? Mariah Carey sang it on her 1994 Merry Christmas album, U2 on the 1987 Christmas compilation A Very Special Christmas. Original singer Darlene Love performs the tune every year on "The Late Sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    The Cure, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie Announced for KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    It's radio station concert day! Apparently! KROQ has announced their lineup for day two (Dec. 14) of Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, and it is predictably pretty great: The Cure, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Franz Ferdinand (!), Scott Weiland, ... More >>

  • Music

    April 17, 2008
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    October 18, 2007

    CD Review

    Fire Engines, Hungry Beat (Acute)

  • Music

    October 18, 2007

    Musical Trash Compactor

    The Go! Team Create Funtastic Mash-ups for People Who Don’t Like Mash-ups

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    Locals Only

    Mission Viejo Band, Accomplished: Cavil At Rest get some jam in their pop

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Spencer's Gifts

    Electric Six are still pumping irony

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2007

    In Brief: The Official Will Swaim Playlist

    I'm sure by now that most of you who read this are aware our editor-in-chief, Will Swaim, has resigned. What you may not be aware of, however, is our boss's penchant for singing—constantly. Seriously. Dude sings more than Rebecca Schoenkopf does. Which is A LOT. Anyway. In memorium, I'm posti ... More >>

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Take Me Out (to Eat)

    Franz Ferdinands tour-food diary . . . yum!

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    Books and Shows to Save Your Life!

    Been slowly feeding my New Year's hangover, and I'm just starting to realize it's time to start going out again and also . . . reading! Recently, I finished Sound Bites by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. Kapranos's account of all the meals he ate on wheels (on tour, a few years ago) is at ... More >>

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    The Atlantic Divide

    WEB EXCLUSIVE!: Ten bands that werent singing Yankee Doodle Dandy in '06

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    MySpace Genre Semiotics!

    If you didn't know, bands don't like telling you what they sound like. Here's an example why: Let's say I play in a band, we're called "Stillborn Leper", and my boss asks me what we sound like, and I say "We're like a mix of Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, but our guitarist is really into The ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Blog Bands

    The Spinto Band

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Mediocre? You Can't Be Serious

    In defense of Coachella

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Get Out!

    True Poison
    March 9 - March 16

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin

    Warrant and the writing on the wall

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Get Out!

    Here, Honey: Feb. 9 - Feb. 16

  • Music

    September 15, 2005
  • Film

    August 4, 2005

    Big Bang Theories

    9 Ways of looking at 9 Songs

  • Unknown

    August 4, 2005


    Aug. 4 - Aug. 11

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2005

    Gorge Away

    The light pours out of Bloc Party

  • Columns

    December 30, 2004

    The Year the Music Died

    First They Came for the Communists . . .

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    If They Have a Plane, I Hope It Crashes

    Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower gives back to the kids

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    Comeback Players of the Year

    The Trashcan Sinatras

  • Music

    July 15, 2004
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