This month came the somewhat surprising news that, 14 years after its release, The Roots' album Things Fall Apart has finally gone platinum. An album whose reputation as the group's most critically acclaimed has made it the go-to entry point for new fans as their popularity has grown, it's still kin ... More >>
We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement ... More >>
Anton Zaslavski, better known by his DJ alias Zedd, is no stranger to the music world growing up in Germany with two musician parents. By age four, he'd began playing the piano and drums and receiving training in classical music. "I played classical music until I was 12 years old and realized it was ... More >>
This week's print feature profiled rapper Mickey Avalon ahead of his show next Wednesday night at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Here are some of the things that we discussed with the Los Angeles-based rapper that didn't necessarily make it into the piece.What are your feelings on Orange Co ... More >>
Here are the top five selling records this week from Second Spin, 1781 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870. This week's top seller is (still) the Jack White solo album, Blunderbuss.
The dirty-rhyme slinger's first album in six years is loaded and ready to party
As agent provocateur Marilyn Manson prepares for the May 1 release of his latest album Born Villain, a recently released music video "No Reflection" by the rocker is ghoulish and controversial. The scene is a dinner party and Manson plays host to women clad in white. Something goes terribly awry as ... More >>
Speaking of two-decade anniversaries, the album that started it all, No Doubt's eponymous debut, dropped on March 17, 1992. No Doubt recorded No Doubt independently, and by 1990, the band was signed by Interscope. The label insisted they rerecord the album, which had no radio singles, and it so ... More >>
Unless you were awake at 12:30 am PST or a part of their mailing list, then you'd be surprised to know that rock icons Van Halen announced they are going on tour in 2012, with tickets on-sale January 10. What happens from here no one knows since there aren't any dates or cities listed, only three ... 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 >>
Far East Movement is on the move. Still riding high on the success of Free Wired, its debut album that brought the airwave-flooding hits "Like A G6" and "Rocketeer," the Los Angeles electro-hop quartet is wasting no time cranking out its follow-up--and this time they're doing LA-style dirty bass. ... More >>
Here are the top five selling record this week from Second Spin, 1781 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870.This week's top seller is Irvine-based post-hardcore band Thrice, who graced the cover of last week's issue.
[Locals Only] Clothing store Moonlight Graham transitions to becoming a record label, thanks to an unlikely connection with X's singer
Long Beach's very own Cold War Kids just announced the second leg of their fall North American tour in support of their latest release, Mine Is Yours (Downtown/DGC/Interscope Records).
This whole week we've been inundated with everything Lady Gaga. (Seriously, I've read more stories about Born This Way's album release than the tornado in Joplin.) From Amazon's 99-cent download to GagaVille to appearances on American Idol and Letterman, it's hard to go on the Internet without seein ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Antoine Dodson beyond the Internet, plus Justin Bieber in comic-book form
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe OC Register reported that two lawsuits were filed against the Black Eyed Peas yesterday. The allegations? That the Peas copied the songs "I Got a Feeling," and "Boom Boom Pow" from demos submitted to their record label Interscope. The lawsuits were filed in Los ... More >>
When Bilal's debut album 1st Born Second was released in 2001, things were looking bright for the soul/jazz musician's solo career. As a member of the Soulquarians, Bilal brought his voice not only to the collective's all-star lineup, but also to the numerous albums its members would go on to pro ... More >>
Twenty year anniversary's comin' up for this one.The latest wacky, unsubstantiated Coachella rumor comes from Rolling Stone, which means it's maybe true! At least, it's something we don't feel dirty for repeating.
Could Long Beach quintet Call the Cops, which recently signed to MySpace/Interscope Records and excel at sugary power pop, be next year's local breakout band? They've just been added to the Hot Topic Presents 2010 Sub City Take Action Tour that kicks off January 25 in Atlanta and closes March ... More >>
The cover of this album kinda says it all. 50 Cent's empire is crumbling. Some would say it's been a long process beginning around about 2007. You can almost time it with the public's growing disinterest in the record industry's profits. Since the less-than-stellar release of his last album ... More >>
As part of their Lights In The Sky North American tour, Nine Inch Nails will play the Forum Sat. Sept. 6. Atlanta space/drone rockers Deerhunter will open (a surprisingly, bold choice by Mr. Trent Reznor). Tickets go on sale June 28 at 10 a.m. through LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. Since Rezn ... More >>
Although M.I.A.'s new album Kala (Interscope) wont come out in the U.S. until August 21, here is a little clip of her collaborating with Diplo on an early rendition of "Paper Planes".
Ex-Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave vocalist Chris Cornell recently released a solo album, Carry On, which is an effortfully mediocre and thoroughly undistinguished collection of 40-something-former-hard-rock-guy-tentatively-enters-maturity songs. Ordinarily, I would let its arrival go without mention or s ... More >>
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
Kill them all
Helmet straps it on again
Out on the street with Rye Coalition
No ones on the street with Rye Coalition
The realities of being the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Kennas color-blind new wave
Rocket From the Crypts locomotive breath
As told to Alison M. Rosen
If Black Eyed Peas are hip-hop radicals, theyre also business pragmatists
Everythings going right for Lefty?
The Killingtons on the Verge of a Verge
Hip-hop and rave worlds collide at Audiotistic
Ugly Duckling quack old-school beats
Randy Cash is a promoter and a swell guy