• Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The Sandpiper, Ozzy Osbourne and Marele

    [Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our weekly nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Tuesday, July 16th Ted Nugent The Grove Going to see a Ted Nugent concert is like nothing you've ever experienced. Whether you're witnessing some of the most insane acrobatics on Earth to the shredding to "Cat Scratch Fever," the heat of some of the biggest concert pyrotechnics ever done, or some ... 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

    April 21, 2013

    A Coachella Pedicab Driver Shares His Craziest Stories

    By: Ryan Cox It's near triple digits in the hot Indio sun and there's a brown dust haze filling the sky from the continuous foot traffic. You pass your first round of security, weak from exhaustion and dehydration when out in the distance you catch glimpse of a group of men in blue. Are they cops? N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: Japandroids at the Glass House

    There's plenty of room for celebration on Heard Mentality this week. With weekend one of Coachella under our belts, we're already scrubbing ourselves off and re-sharpening our focus as we prepare for another foray into the sweaty badlands of Indio. We've also dusted off the 'ol free ticket giveaway! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Partying in Vegas With Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend

    While the masses flocked to Indio to scorch themselves at Coachella this weekend, I decided to die of heat exhaustion in another desert--Las Vegas. You see, all those festival bands have to kill time between weekends somehow, and what better way to skip up to Sin City for a show? It works out well f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella: Weekend One

    Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 7, 2013

    Florian-Ayala Fauna: Art Magickian

    The charmed, young, multidisciplinary career of the Indio artist/musician

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Mariscos Becerra: Smoking By the Water's Edge

    The sun was in our eyes as Greer and I headed west toward Playas de Tijuana on the border-hugging Avenida Internacional; we'd skipped lunch, knowing that gastronomic wonders awaited us past the new El Chaparral border checkpoint."I know a great place for a seafood lunch," I said knowingly. Then--it ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012

    'Great Western Wanderlust' Takes the Last Train to Nowheresville

    The Hunger Artists production chugs its way to satisfaction

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    The Jackson 4 Will Record A New Album After Touring

    This morning, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster

    Aging hipsters--the very same people Coachella targeted when it began holding the music fest in Indio--are usually easy to spot on the Empire Polo Fields. They're the ones who can't be bothered to walk over to Gobi and check out a new band because "It's too hot!" (or, in Friday's case, "It's too col ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Jeffrey Thomas Sackman, Facebook Rape Suspect, Hands Down Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week

    ​Jeffrey Thomas Sackman, 44, of Cathedral City, is accused of posing as a 17-year-old Italian boy on MySpace, mbuzzy and Facebook. You can imagine the visions of " Giovanni Antonio Corsentino" in the head of a 15-year-old Buena Park girl who unwittingly met Sackman on social networking sites two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Odd Future Tour Dates (Plus: MellowHype's New Video for '64')

    ​ Here's your chance to catch the cresting wave for the Odd Future hype machine--the trash-rap collective is playing three Southern California dates before they go around the world. They'll be in Indio at the Indio Performing Arts Center tomorrow, in San Diego on June 16 at Epicenter and the House ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    What's Odd Future Doing in Indio in June?

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Odd Future just announced a few more California dates on their Tumblr, squeezing in a stint at the Indio Performing Arts Center  and San Diego in between stops at Spain, Australia and Belgium.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    DOs and DONTs at the Big 4 Festival

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​ On Saturday, metal legends Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth will share the stage for the first time ever in the U.S. at the Big 4 Festival at Indio's Empire Polo Club. While the ninnies in your life will warn you that the punishing (yet cathartic) volume of each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Six Major Don'ts At Coachella:Your Guide To Appropriate Behavior

    ​ We know what you're experiencing right now. The thrill of getting on the road to Indio is too much to stomach (perhaps its made you barf already). You've strategically panned out your setlist, who to see, and how to get there the fastest. But somewhere through the mountains of people, unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Saul Hernandez Talks Caifanes, Coachella and Crossovers

    Going solo and getting the band back together--at the same time!​Saul Hernandez, founding vocalist-guitarist of seminal rock en español band Caifanes, had a lot to say in his recent interview with the Weekly--more than we could fit into this week's cover piece about the band reuniting to play Coa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Today's Concert-Going Lesson: Don't Buy Tickets Off Scalpers

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​According to the LA Times, a woman from Hermosa Beach who allegedly sold dozens of fake tickets to a Lady Gaga concert on Craigslist has been ordered to pay at least $7,000 in restitution.  

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    The Big Four 4--Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax--Coming to Indio

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMetallica at the Honda Center, Dec. 10, 2009​There have been whispers all week about the Big Four Festival--that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at one festival--and details were announced just this morning.

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Did an Enjambre Cover Influence the Coachella-Bound Caifanes Reunion?

    Elizabeth Hernandez​Now that Coachella's three-day musical lineup has been officially released, it's confirmed that reunion performances will include Mexican rock legends Caifanes. No more speculation is necessary (and really, it was a no-brainer), with the band set to take the stage in Indio on A ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2010

    Caifanes Reunite to Play Coachella?

    [Mental Notes] Also, the Fling get signed (woo-hoo!), Kottonmouth Kings get high (duh!)

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2010

    Day One at Coachella: Long Lines, LCD Soundsystem... and Beyonce!

    Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyOf course there were unicorns.​Click here for a slideshow of Day One performances!It would have been cute if it wasn't so appropriate: a mass of half-dressed hipsters outside of Coachella, waiting to get to the front of the mass for wristbands to get into the festival, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Icelandic Volcano Kills Several Coachella Performances

    Andrew YoussefCoachella dwellers won't be seeing the Cribs today after all​​It looks like Thursday's Icelandic volcano eruption is causing a few of Coachella's European acts to cancel their performances. Bummer.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Giddily Appraising Three Coachella Set-Time Conflicts

    Jim Rugg / OC WeeklyHave you played our Coachella scavenger hunt thingy?​GAH! It's Coachella tomorrow!!! Are you in the desert? We are about to be!

  • Music

    April 8, 2010

    Multiple Sounds for MS Benefit at the Yost

    [Mental Notes] Also: the New Limb's homey debut, Coachella's late-night special

  • Music

    April 8, 2010

    Local Natives: Going Places

    [Coachella 2010] Buzz band soars from OC squalor to the Coachella stage, with stops in Silver Lake, Austin and the U.K.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Show of the Day: Morrissey at Fox Theater, Pomona

    "Polarizing," "love him or hate him," "no middle ground"--all pretty vague, cliche terms, and all rather accurate when it comes to Morrissey.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    THIS WEEKEND: Another Festival in the Indio Desert (Stagecoach)

    You may have heard that something called Coachella went down last weekend at the Empire Polo Field about an hour and a half from here in Indio. This weekend, the ground will once again be plagued by people and water bottles, as it's time for the third annual Stagecoach Festival, affectionately known ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Losing Your Coachella V-Card

    Apatow-comedy parallel alert! By my age, most rock-lovin' dudes who grew up in Southern California are able to sit around -- maybe at a beach bonfire, maybe around a Lake Forest hookah set-up, or maybe over a steaming bag of Pedro's Tacos -- and swap tales of how "experienced" they are with the Coac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    No Sleep till Indio: Huge Week of Shows Leading up to Coachella

    Even if you're not making it out to Coachella this weekend, there's plenty of runoff 'round these parts to keep you satisfied, with a plethora of artists playing the festival hitting us up on the way to Indio.

  • Music

    April 9, 2009
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    April 9, 2009

    Puff Puff Passing at Coachella

    I've been to one Coachella and that was in 2003. Although the motive behind the hellacious trek from Long Beach to Indio was to see the first Stooges gig in nearly three decades, I ended up witnessing something way cooler than a shirtless Iggy. Elephants. You heard me. I saw a train of circus elepha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    A Blast from Bishop Cirilo Flores' Child-Abuse-Condoning Past!

    Blessed are the anonymous sources, for they bring justice to the little ones...Turns out newly ordained Diocese of Orange Bishop Cirilo Flores has a proud past of defending and condoning child abusers--and I'm not even talking about his treatment of numerous Orange diocese pedophile priests. Nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Friends: Lend Us Your Coachella Stories!

    Exactly one month from now we'll be in the midst of Coachella, that annual sweaty, magical musical festival in the brutal yet glorious desert of Indio. It's also the 10th anniversary of the thing (well, kind of--the 1999 one took place in October).In the spirit of getting ready for this glorious eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Incoming: Silversun Pickups at the Glass House

    The Glass House's pre-Coachella week--already boasting Jenny Lewis, TV on the Radio, Conor Oberst and The Black Keys--has added another Coachella artist playing a pre-festival gig, LA's Silversun Pickups on Sunday, April 12. Tickets are $12.50 and go on sale this Friday, March 13 for $22.50. Silvers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Nothing's Shocking: Amy Winehouse Removed From Coachella Lineup

    (Yes, that's a picture of Amy Winehouse. Weird, right? It's from her MySpace. It's been up there since 2006.)Everyone--even us!--made the same joke when Amy Winehouse was announced back in January as performing at this year's Coachella. "No way she'll actually make it there!" Well, we were right, of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    So Many Awesome Pre-Coachella Shows Coming to Glass House

    They have hotels in Pomona, right? You might want to invest on one for the week of April 13, where the Glass House is taking advantage of their proximity to Indio with a stellar slate of boner-shattering acts coming to the venue before Coachella kicks off that weekend.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Kevin Costner (Yes, That Kevin Costner) Added to Stagecoach

    Kevin "Swing Vote" Costner--actor, Academy Award-winning director, former Orange County resident and apparent musician--has been added to the line-up for Stagecoach, "California's County Music Festival" (the "country Coachella;" it takes place on the Empire Polo Club in Indio the weekend after the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Coachella, Stagecoach Dates Announced

    Goldenvoice announced today that next year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - the world famous annual haven of indie rock, electronic music and sweating at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio - will take place Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. Yes, that's the third we ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008
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    Do You Hear the Drums, Fernando? We look under rocks in Joshua Tree

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    September 23, 2004

    Another Man Done Gone

    Guitar string pioneer Ernie Ball, RIP

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    May 27, 2004
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    January 22, 2004

    Numb at NAMM 2004

    The Music Industry Descends on Anaheim and Gives it a Hickey

  • Music

    May 1, 2003

    Flower of the Desert

    Coachellas sonic supermarket

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    December 28, 2000

    Real Purty

    Buddys 10 best of two-oh-oh-oh

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Skie Bender

    Painter, writer, voice and bass player for the Fireants

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