• Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    The Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Monday, November 3 GWAR Observatory We didn't think it was possible for theatrical gross-out metal band Gwar to get any more bad-ass--then came the recent announcement of a new front-woman Vulvatron (aka Kim Dylla) joining the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    8 Scariest Musical Halloween Costumes

    Halloween is that awesome time of year where you can be completely creepy and simultaneously showcase your musical obsessions with costumes that turn you into your favorite singers and band members. So forget the sexy nurse and boring pirate costumes. Why not make yourself into one of the guys from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Long Live the Enduring, Absurd Glory of GWAR

    If you call GWAR's Brent Purgason to chat about his band, you're presented with not one potential interview subject but two. The first is Purgason himself, who has played guitar for the Richmond,Va. thrash metal veterans since 2012, taking over that role after Cory Smoot's 2011 death from coronary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Five Best Metal Shows in April

    Motorhead with special guests Graveyard April 11 Club Nokia What is amazing about this legendary band, is the dedication that heavy metal iconic front man Lemmy Kilmister has for the fans. Despite the numerous health problems the 68-year-old has endured over the past few years--including heart surg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Metal Bands Say Goodbye to GWAR's Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus)

    Our pathetic human words fail to describe the loss of GWAR mastermind and frontman Davie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, who passed away last weekend at age 50. Though we couldn't consider ourselves formal acquaintances of the shock rock god, we did bathe in his blood, bile and other bodily fluids at many a ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    OC's Scariest People 2013

    Murderers, Todd Spitzer, pervy teachers, Arte Moreno and so many more!

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The 10 Goriest Album Covers

    One of the best parts about buying a physical album (if you still do that sort of thing) is always going to be the album cover art. And if you're a metalhead or crusty punker the more brutal and bloody it is, the better.After all, metal and punk have never been about bowing down to political correct ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 3, 2013

    Here Lies Wally George

    The story of the father of combat TV as told by female wrestlers, punk rockers and a furniture-throwing pacifist

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Six Music Acts That Should've Been Pro Wrestlers

    Did you watch Wrestlemania XXIX a few months back? I didn't. I also haven't had a Mountain Dew in seven years. I guess this means I'm finally an real adult, which means I should do the mature thing and write a list for an audience of people who are mostly hung-over and sitting in cubicles. This week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    The 10 Geekiest Metal Bands of All Time

    By: Adam Steininger Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These b ... More >>

  • Music

    June 13, 2013

    Who Stole the Punk Rock Picnic?

    How OC's biggest backyard party went from mosh pit to money pit

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Promoter of Cancelled Punk Rock Picnic Finally Sued By Fed-Up Vendor Who Wants His Money Back

    So remember that whole Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival thing that a lot of people paid money for but never happened? Finally, after three months of ticket holders and vendors waiting for refunds from the cancelled fest, someone has finally launched a lawsuit in small claims court against the show's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Oderus Urungus of GWAR Says the Presidential Election Should Be Decided With Gladiatorial Combat

    By: Alex DistefanoIt has been nearly 30 Earth years since the infamous, killer mutant heavy metal space creatures known as GWAR first visited this planet. Anyone who has ever had blood and entrails splattered on them at one of their shows knows that life on this planet has never been the same since. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Top 10 Wally George Band Interviews From The Hot Seat

    Come Friday, it'll be nine years since Wally George, the ultimate crotchety conservative, left this world for the big public access talk show in the sky. The self-proclaimed father of "Combat TV" died of pneumonia in 2003 at age 71 inside Fountain Valley Hospital. He left behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Tool at Mandalay Bay Events Center Last Night

    ​ToolJanuary 14, 2012Mandalay Bay Events CenterWith Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan touring heavily behind his own project Puscifer, it was a surprise to hear Tool hastily announce a winter tour. It is approaching six years since Tool has released their last album 10,000 Days. Since Califo ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011

    Gary Tovar Has His Goldenvoice

    The iconic concert production company birthed Coachella, helped punk-rock luminaries early in their careers—and isn't done yet

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    [UPDATE: An Interview with Gas Station Manager Who Found Cory Smoot] Flattus Maximus, GWAR Guitarist, RIP

    Update: Our sister paper Minneapolis City Pages has an interview with the gas station manager who discovered Cory Smoot dead and called 911. "It really, really shook the band," says Dan Anderson. "Pretty much all of them were crying, teary eyed. It broke them up pretty good." Read the whole intervie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Twitter Reacts to the Death of Steve Jobs

    ​Never has the passing of a CEO of a giant corporate entity enticed such a reaction from the world: We've weeded through the thousands and thousands (and thousands) of tweets expressing their condolences for Steve Jobs and pulled together the most interesting--or, in the case of GWAR lead singer O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    A Perfect Circle at the Gibson Amphitheater Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​A Perfect CircleJuly 28, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterAfter a smattering of dates on the West Coast back in November, A Perfect Circle returned for a triumphant homecoming show at the Gibson Amphitheater. Sitting down in front of a small toy piano, Billy Howerdel plunked out the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011

    The Eyesores

    The Doll Hut

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    TGIF: Eddie Spaghetti, OC Music Awards, Autolux, the Scion Fest and More

    ​Just in case you don't have plans yet this weekend, we've chosen the best of what's around for your perusal, with tidbits of Eddie Spaghetti, OC Music Awards, Autolux (pictured above), the Scion Fest and more.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Local Record Review: The Aquabats

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 18, 2010


    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Top 5 Epic Interviews with GWAR

    ​How do you sum up 25 years of blood-drenched stage shows, rubber-mutant costumes, cannibalized pop-culture effigies and heavy-metal savagery? You can't. But Oderus Urungus sure can. As the quasi-satanic frontcreature of GWAR, the galaxy's most brutal band of man-eating mutants, Urungus (aka Dave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: Saosin, Los Lobos, More

    ​Newport Beach's Saosin just released their their second album, In Search of Solid Ground, this past Tuesday. Rather than rest on their hard-rockin' laurels, they're preparing a headlining show at the House of Blues in Anaheim: well, on December 20. So lots of preparation. Tickets are on sale this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Too Much for a Monday: Japanese Motors, Pistolero Finish Up Residencies

    ​Monday? More like FUNday, at least tonight (oh, that was clever). Not only do we have the shows that Ryan and Nate told you about earlier today, two Orange County bands are closing out their July residencies tonight: Japanese Motors (pictured) and Pistolero, both from Costa Mesa.

  • News

    November 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    This Week in the OC Weekly

    In "Less is Mor" Vickie Change educates us about Hollywood nightlife mogul Anton Posniak, who set out to remake the OC scene. Now he’s got more lawsuits than restaurants here. Gustavo Arellano mocks California's fires in "The Fire All the Time: Create Your Own Inferno News Story!". And Matt Co ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008
  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Saturday - 11/24

    Travis at the House of Blues, GWAR at the Glass House, Scarlett Sisters Circus at the Bowers Museum

  • Music

    August 2, 2007

    Extreme Projectiles

    Sounds of the Underground Summer 2007 Tour

  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Full Metal Racket

    SiX turn OC into Oh!Rage! County

  • Music

    April 19, 2007

    Mutant Puppet Rock Band Roolz

    Radioactive Chicken Heads Carrot Topp declares GWAR

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Get Out!

    April 20 - April 27: Now Leave Me Alone

  • Music

    February 2, 2006
  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Monster Mash

    Five hits from Hell

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Best Music Writing 2004

    Special web Exclusive Anthology

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Joyful Noise

    Tons of tunes for your holiday mixtape

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    When The Sick Get Serious

    Gwar Now Rip from the Headlines

  • Culture

    October 28, 2004


    Guignol doesnt ooze like she used to

  • Music

    December 20, 2001

    A Walrus Shrugged

    AWOL One, the rapper laureate of La Habra

  • Columns

    July 12, 2001

    Windex Rocks!

    I love things I hate!

  • Features

    September 14, 2000