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 >>
Standing backstage before a show in London, the Rival Sons had a lot to look forward to. They'd relentlessly toured Europe, opening for such legends of rock as AC/DC and Guns N' Roses, but nothing could have prepared them for the praise that was about to be heaped upon them by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy P ... More >>
This morning, Billboard.com confirmed our worst reunion fears: the Jackson 4 will not only be touring this summer, but working on recording a new album. Only one phrase can sum this up. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING?
Although the Jacksons have a long and illustrious history of going against conventional ... 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 >>
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
April 7, 2012
As the lights went down, the crowd cheered on the Latin guitarists
as they took the stage; and as soon as the first few riffs were heard, the
entire venue exploded with excitement. Not necessarily because the kick ass
guitar duo had just se ... More >>
CNN reports that Etta James has died from leukemia complications in Riverside. She was 73. The singer, known for her definitive rendition of "At
Last," was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. She had been battling Alzheimer's disease for a few years, and also had hepatitis C. Her husband, Art ... More >>
With today being the official kickoff of the NAMM convention, expect Anaheim to be flooded with musicians instead of the usual Disneyland crowd. That being said, below are some of the best signings and events of the next few days, beginning this afternoon).
In order to broach the subject of musicians appearing in video games, we're legally obligated to mention Rock Band and Guitar Hero in the first sentence, so there. Putting aside those big franchises, several other games have featured musicians in increasingly unusual capacities. Both The Beatl ... More >>
When I was in high school I briefly worked at a crappy little hot dog stand in Milwaukee.One day, a dumb-ass friend of mine thought it would be hilarious to throw an ice cube into the deep fryer I was working as he walked by. Rather than investigate and find out the truth behind the grease geyser ... More >>
Today is MTV's 30th anniversary (30! OMG), so we thought we'd let loose with a list of some of the cooler/mind bending/watchable videos to grace the venerable network juggernaut's air waves. Despite all of MTV's shortcomings as a commercial cable network channel, which has blighted our scre ... More >>
Courtesy of Josh FreeseUPDATE, APRIL 1, 7:40 P.M.: Well, that was fast. The $75,000 fan package has been sold to a man named Connor Trivers from Medford, Oregon. The package includes Josh Freese joining your band for a month (or he becomes your personal assistant); one of Freese's drumsets; an en ... More >>
Susan Sabo/OC WeeklyJosh Freese gets his hair cut by a fan in a parking lot in Downtown Long Beach. No big deal. According to SPIN Magazine, Long Beach resident and session drummer (and former OC Weekly cover man) Josh Freese has been pegged as the fill-in drummer for Paramore's upcoming tour dat ... More >>
Axl Rose is suing Activision Blizzard Inc, the owner of the hit video game Guitar Hero. The company, which is based both in Santa Monica and Irvine, is being sued for over $20 million dollars for fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment, among others claims.
"Avril Lavigne Vs. Robert Smith: Whose Alice Song Is Better?" asks BeatCrave, in regard to tracks off the new Alice in Wonderland soundtrack for the Tim Burton-helmed remake out March 5. Lavigne penned "Alice (Underground)." Smith's "Very Good Advice" is a very cool cover of a number from the 1951 D ... More >>
You think you know Lil Jon's musical taste? You have no idea. There's probably a lot you don't know about this Atlanta-born King of Crunk. For instance, are you aware that he's an established vinter--owner of Little Jonathan Winery? He's also a crazy NHL enthusiast. But you mi ... More >>
"Extremely sad to hear of Jay's passing," writes Beck about death of Jay Reatard. "Only got to play with him once, but had the honor of doing a split single together. Thanks for the songs Jay---you will be missed." Click for "In Memory of Jay Reatard." Click here for interview I did with Jay Rea ... More >>
Editor's note: Here's the debut post from our new scribe Ali Lerman. She digs the OC Locals Only scene and is an open-minded music lover whose tastes range from Eddie Money to DJ Quik.Cat Party's Ryan Nichols will pull your chainFor a local band, Costa Mesa's Cat Party doesn't really fit into the ty ... More >>
Timothy CochraneDon't be fooled! This picture was taken at the 2006 Latitude Festival in England.Last Night: Regina Spektor at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles; October 28, 2009.Better Than: Moving to Regina, the second-largest city in the province of Saskatchewan.MVP of the Night: Dancing dude tha ... More >>
First Zach Braff, now this? Yeah, as we type, right now the top two trending topics on Twitter are "RIP Kanye West" and "#LongLiveYeezy." Don't be fooled; this is another sad sign that the "microblogging" site is, as I've spent so long denying, sometimes kind of dumb. Or actually harmful. The inf ... More >>
"They're rookies," some one said about the promoters as the DJ fudged Ronny Rios's entrance song twice before finally hitting the only track that would coax young Ronny out from his warm up room and into the ring. Born and raised in Santa Ana, 19-year-old Ronny missed the Olympic team by a hair in l ... More >>
Holy shit! Last night I saw a commerical for the deluxe edition of Pearl Jam's debut Ten. I've been on this Earth for a mere 29 years, but suddenly I feel very, very, very old.
This re-issue includes a remastered version of the record and a remix done by long-time PJ producer Brendan O'Brien, six bo ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>
Better Than: Breaking up with a girl friend and writing a sappy song about it...leave that to the pros.
I didn't quite believe my eyes when I stumbled across The Grove's Oct. 16 concert listing a few weeks ago. As a perpetual sucker for hip hop bands, a chance to watch The Roots, Gym Class Heroes ... More >>