Yesterday's news that the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will be closing in September was met with mixed reaction. Haters weren't too fond of the venue's location, (frankly who wanted to navigate through thousands of clueless tourists?) nor the ridiculous parking fees. But one thing that was ... More >>
Is it musical overload to celebrate National Record Store Day at Coachella? Pop up store Zia Records (located on the festival premises) proved it is not. Although the store drew many bands on the festival lineup for special signings, Record Store Day drew even bigger crowds than usual, with attendee ... More >>
Daniel KohnYoung The Giant The Observatory (formerly the Galaxy Theatre) 12/16/11 Last Friday night's gig at the Observatory in Santa Ana was a victory lap of sorts for Young The Giant. A successful 2011 saw the Irvine-based quintet tour across the globe (including many of the country's huge fes ... More >>
Yes, Jessi J, you made the list. Stop pouting. Tis' an exciting time of year for music critics. From January through November, carpel-tunnel prone wordsmiths like us are often faced with editorial pressure to "go easy" on certain releases. Or perhaps we are encouraged to throw praise upon hyp ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyBig Audio DynamiteAug. 11, 2011City National Grove of AnaheimHow do you know you're in the presence of greatness? That's a tough question to answer, especially when you're watching a front man who has been part of two majorly influential musical acts. The thing about watch ... More >>
Making it big on the big screen is rough. Judging by the forgettable attempts by the cast of Friends--sans Jennifer Aniston, whose most memorable roles involve playing some semi-neurotic version of herself in intellectually-gutted rom coms--transitioning to movies isn't made any easier through su ... More >>
Welcome to the world of technology. It's pretty cool that musician Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett created Gorillaz, their virtual cartoon band consisting of lead vocalist/keyboardist 2D, bassist/guitarist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Noodle and drummer/percussionist R ... More >>
Myspace.comHot artists from Gorillaz to Lupe Fiasco are releasing new material. The cool part? The songs will be available online for download, and the cost ranges from totally free to "name your own price." These artists are among the most creative and challenging in popular music today, so ... More >>
Wendy Lynch/MyspaceModest MouseEver 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 >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyDamon Albarn isn't even finished touring with his other supergroup, Gorillaz (read our review of the LA show here) before he's confirming that he's almost done recording his album with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.Talk about keeping busy!
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyGorillazOctober 27, 2010Gibson AmphitheaterSee the slideshow here! After playing a solid headlining slot at Coachella, Gorillaz brought their full stage production and a slew of guest all-stars for a blistering performance last night at the Gibson Amphitheater. The first a ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Despite numerous reasons to be underwhelmed, the crowd at Coachella was determined to have a moo-ving experience
Andrew Youssef / OC WeeklyGorillaz is happy, feeling glad.Click here for photos from Day Three!So it's over. Whew. After a late-night drive from the desert, bed looks promising. But first, our thoughts on Coachella's final day--in the form of superlatives. No, we're not going to crown a "best ... More >>
Andrew YoussefClockwise from top left: Alison Mossheart of the Dead Weather, Jay-Z, Zooey Deschanel of She & Him, Matt Bellamy of Muse.It's all over! Three long days of music, crowds, tents that smell like armpit and more--Coachella 2010! We hope you kept up with us throughout our up-to-date ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyYup. That guy.Getting to Coachella aint easy, fun or cheap. That fact weighs heavily on nearly everything that happens in Indio--in a good way.
Andrew Youssef / OC WeeklyYo La Tengo: Charisma you can't see.What, exactly, were Yo La Tengo doing on the main stage?
Andrew YoussefCoachella dwellers won't be seeing the Cribs today after allIt looks like Thursday's Icelandic volcano eruption is causing a few of Coachella's European acts to cancel their performances. Bummer.
Flickr user clevercupcakesTiny titans.Though it's looking increasingly less likely that prior rumblings of globally gigantic Comic-Con International moving from San Diego to Anaheim will come true, Anaheim does have a comic convention of their own to look forward to: this weekend's inaugural, apt ... More >>
[Coachella 2010] Finding these items in the illustration may be easier than finding them at Coachella
Here's what's flying off the shelves at the quirky-retro-cool Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach.
Top 10 selling records from last week at Fingerprints in Long Beach. The shop specializes in a wide variety of underground music, introducing customers to new bands while still selling mainstream stuff. Don't forget to check out the free live performance by Exene Cervenka at Fingerprints Apr ... More >>
Billie Joe Armstrong inducts the Stooges--and a shirtless Iggy Pop--into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The White Stripes will return. We hope!American Idol idiots butcher Rolling Stones songs--sounds so bad almost wished I saw it.Did the Gorillaz really rip off Eddy "Electric Avenue" Grant??
Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach is a venerable record store with an incredible reggae selection and albums from local artists. The store opened in the late 1960s and remains a small time capsule of Laguna from back then. The shop has some sweet finds, like original psychedelic calendars and gifts. Ow ... More >>
Pavement fans: the reunion that hits Coachella has begun (in New Zealand). Stereogum has the set list. Coachella co-headliners Gorillaz debut video for "Stylo"--first single off Plastic Beach album out March 9--starring everybody's favorite action hero Bruce Willis in bad guy role. Click to watch ... More >>
I review the sophomore release from The Shortwave Set in the Weekly this week, but seeing as how the album's been out for like, forever, overseas, and it's out today in the states, why wait to read it? Read it here, now! The future is now! But actually the past! Think about it. The Shortwave SetRepl ... More >>
Do you want to waste your time? And, perhaps, become another casualty of society? Well, then you're probably not interested in seeing Sum 41 at the Glass House on March 29. But those of you who are fans would probably be psyched to hear that tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at noon, and are only ... More >>
Del, in his more bizarre days. [We didn’t have space in the paper to run this feature by Ben Westhoff, but we think it’s worth posting on Heard Mentality in advance of West Coast underground-rap luminary Del’s appearance Wed. Feb. 20 at the Vault 350.] Richmond, California emcee Del The Fu ... More >>
Shock! Rapper Common links public and private issues with thoughtfulness!
Todays hip-hop owes a huge debt to De La Souland the tab keeps growing
Del tha Funky Homosapien
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My Little Boy's First Gang!
The year I temporarily gave up trying to love Orange County
A problem with no solution
Now we only eat guitars
Now we only eat guitars