By: Heidi Darby
In the midst of a repartee about accountability and freedom of expression, Nico Vega
vocalist Aja Volkman trails off into an unexpected silence. Snapping back into the
conversation she giggles, "Okay, I don't want to take you out of the interview, but let
me tell you exactly what's ... More >>
Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 31, 2012
As tempting as it would be to hang out with Kim Kardashian at some upscale club in Las Vegas, seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Cosmopolitan seemed like a great way to usher in the New Year. The Chelsea Ballroom was packed with party r ... More >>
I'll admit...I feel good about talking to someone that I might actually be taller then. It's few and far between in my life. As they say, good things come in small packages and when it comes to comedian Brad Williams, don't let his miniature frame fool you because this guy is supplying gigantic laug ... More >>
November 13, 2012
How does one transform a small intimate venue like the Fonda Theatre into an arena like rock show? Few people can accomplish such a task. Richie Sambora easily managed to pull off this feat while touring in support of his new solo album Aftermath of th ... More >>
GibsonAmphitheater October 2, 2012 Many fans of The Shins began to grow wary of the indie outfit's direction as each of the original members left the band over the last few years. Though James Mercer has always been the bandleader, it's never the same without the original l ... More >>
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 >>
Danielle Bacher/OC WeeklyPaul SimonOctober 19, 2011Gibson AmphitheatreSeventy years is a long time. Some countries in history did not manage to make it that long. Paul Simon, however, has endured. From teenage troubadour in Queens to one-half of the biggest folk-rock duo ever to solo superstar, h ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe Deftones at the Gibson Amphitheater last yearDeftonesJune 15, 2011Fox Theater PomonaOne of the benefits of seeing a show in Pomona is that one can usually park for free. Arriving in Pomona 15 minutes after the doors opened proved to be a costly mistake as I was forced ... More >>
Another busy weekend: Buzzy hip-hop group Odd Future stopped by the Glass House, dreamboat/renaissance man Brandon Boyd showed off some art at Hurley, Studio K returned to Knott's, KROQ's April Foolishness hosted another big show, Ani DiFranco re-stole our hearts and Fitz and the Tantrums brought ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCheck out our slideshow here!Kevin & Bean's April FoolishnessApril 2, 2011 Gibson AmphitheatreFeeling like a herded cow, we fought through the crowd just in time to enjoy Cleto & The Cletones, who were the house band once again for this year's Kevin & Be ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyWhat'd you do this weekend? Did it involve some pre-Thanksgiving burlesque? Ours did! This long holiday weekend, we saw Uncommon Burlesque in Newport, Weezer perform the Blue Album in Los Angeles, crafty DIY-ers at the Patchwork Festival, Matt Costa perform a hometown show at t ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyA few weeks ago, Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo got on the phone with us to talk about the band's Memories Tour, the collection of B-sides, Death to False Metal, the Pinkerton reissue and their latest set, Hurley. During the interview, he talked about their reissues ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWTF?Let's just start by saying there's probably any number of aspects in Rivers Cuomo's life that would make good fodder for this weekly blog post: His one extended self-imposed celibacy, his choice to live for a stretch in an unfurnished apartment, his decision to put roc ... More >>
www.myspace.com/thisisdrakeDrake gave fair warning about the volatile nature of his shows when he expressed his apprehension by spitting "Everyone nervous/'Cuz them hipsters gone have to get along with them hood niggaz," on the "Ignant Shit" track off So Far Gone. This Thursday's show at th ... More >>
Still so dreamy!"I know it's gonna happen someday."It's been nearly a month since Morrissey tour dates throughout Southern California started popping up on fansites like Morrissey Solo, and official announcement of almost all of them (eventually) followed. There's Morrissey at the Fantasy Springs ... More >>
Teehee, "Train tickets."At the end of the month, October 27 to be exact, Train--you know, "Drops of Jupiter," "Meet Virginia" Train--will release their first new studio album in nearly four years, Save Me San Francisco (named after their city of origin). Just two days before that, Train will play ... More >>
Arguably (?) the most famous band in Orange County history, No Doubt, played their first official show in about five years last night at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, headlining the second day of the Bamboozle Music Fest out there (not to be confused with the Bamboozle Left that to ... More >>
(Yes, I could have used another No Doubt picture to illustrate this blog, but I'm using this Katy Perry pic instead. Deal with it. We need hits.) Waaay sold out. No Doubt has added yet another Verizon Wireless Amphitheater show--their fourth!--to their triumphant reunion tour, this one happening on ... More >>
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 >>
British prog-rock icons Yes have had to cancel their upcoming 26-city tour commemorating 40 years of incredibly long, complicated rockin'—including dates at Honda Center (Aug. 20) and Gibson Amphitheatre (Aug. 22)—due to singer Jon Anderson's health problems.
“In the wake of my recent respir ... More >>
Set aside your negative bias toward Yes—and while you're at it, lose your knee-jerk hatred of prog rock. Yes fuckin' rock—albeit in a long-winded, redonkulously complex manner. And Chris Squire's bass playing? Completely slaughters Les Claypool's. Ask Squarepusher. He'll vouch for me.
As thos ... More >>
Awesome Mexican folk-metal group Rodrigo y Gabriela have had to cancel the rest of their North American tour (which was going to hit the Grove of Anaheim Sept. 13) due to the latter's exhaustion. They hope to return to the road in October.
You can read Rex Reason's feature in this week's OC Weekly ... More >>