Isaiah Ikey Owens

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Ikey Owens Was Long Beach's Ultimate Sonic Wingman

    For an interview in 2011, at 10 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens insisted on meeting for drinks at the V Room, a dive bar on 4th Street in Long Beach. As he sipped a Jim Beam neat, he talked about hanging out in the early days with pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas (who were playing the Sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Ikey Owens, Long Beach Legend, Dead at 38

    Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, beloved Long Beach musician, producer and the keyboardist of Jack White's touring band, has died. According to Third Man Records' website, "Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled."

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013

    Look Daggers

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Free Moral Agents Exhibit Their Growing Strength on 'Chaine Infinie'

    There are plenty of people who will pick up the new Free Moral Agents record, Chaine Infinie, and remark on how the sound and style of Ikey Owen's studio project has blossomed into such an unexpected full band experience since the release 2010's sophomore album Control This. No longer a hazy collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Ikey Owens in Jack White's Band: Watch the Surprise Appearance on Saturday Night Live

    ​Yep, that's Ikey Owens of Free Moral Agents playing the keyboards for Jack White's solo project over the weekend on Saturday Night Live. White guested on SNL to promote the release of his first solo album, Blunderbuss, and it marked his first-ever solo appearance in front of a TV audience. (Linds ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2012
  • Music

    December 22, 2011

    Free Moral Agents Have a Gift for You

    Ikey Owens and his band plan to work out some new material at their free Monday-night residency at Detroit Bar

  • Calendar

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Free Moral Agents Release Two New Videos From 'Control This'

    Mary Bell​While Free Moral Agents are getting ready to release a new EP in September, they've been keeping busy with video shoots. The result? Two new pieces for your viewing pleasure (both from Control This). "Sound at Sea" was recorded at the Sunken City in San Pedro. Directed by Jeremey von S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Crytal Antlers to Tour with Wu Lyf

    Mary Bell​We've been loving Crystal Antlers' sophomore set Two-Way Mirror, to death (read all about it here), so we're excited to hear that the Long Beach band is touring with Wu Lyf this fall. (Incidentally, Ikey Owens of Free Moral Agents produced the album.) Jonny Bell, chimney sweep by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'Two-Way Mirror' by Crystal Antlers

    ​Crystal AntlersTwo-Way MirrorRecreation Ltd.Long Beach's Crystal Antlers have been steadily building up both their reputation and back catalog for a while so little surprise that there's already plenty of attention being focused on their forthcoming July release. Two-Way Mirror feels like the rel ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Biebs at La Cave (It's Not a Joke)

    [Mental Notes] Plus: Ikey Owens remembers Sublime's heyday.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    The Odist, Chicano Batman, Bella Novela, Free Moral Agents at Alex's Bar Friday Night

    Sarah BennettFree Moral Agents​The Odist, Chicano Batman, Bella Novela, Free Moral AgentsApril 22, 2011Alex's Bar, Long BeachAlex's Bar was packed full of people who looked like they were there by accident--it was just another Friday night in a cool bar and four awesome bands just happened to be p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Meet Free Moral Agents: A Mini Documentary on YouTube

    ​ Here's a really interesting 10-minute clip about Ikey Owens' Long Beach band Free Moral Agents; it talks about how the band formed, what they're looking forward to, and strangest things that ever happened to them as a band, with as much live music you can squeeze into 10 minutes. If you haven't ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 19, 2010

    Posse on Broadway

    Downtown Santa Ana

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Free Moral Agents' Ikey Owens Has Control Issues​Isaiah "Ikey" Owens--more known as the (Grammy winning) keyboardist for Mars Volta and occasional cohort of Flying Lotus, Danger Mouse, Crystal Antlers, Shuggie Otis, Sublime, Mastodon, EL-P, and Saul Williams--is a busy, busy man. But for now, he's concentrating on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Q&A: Teen Heroes Reunite For One Show This Sunday at the Glass House

    ​When the Killingtons perform a reunion show at the Glass House this Sunday, they'll have another band from the class of '00 alongside them. That'd be OC's much-loved Teen Heroes, who rated number 79 on this paper's list of the best local bands ever and whose Weezer-style power-pop got them just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    New Music: Free Moral Agents, "Systole" (Live Audio From the Prospector)

    ​Though we haven't written too much about them lately, we've recently gotten wise to the fact that Long Beach's Free Moral Agents have a lot of new genre-bending, eclectic gems waiting to be downloaded. 

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Record Review: Eugene and the 1914, 'Troubles EP'

    ​Woven delicately and deft in purpose, Eugene and the 1914's Troubles EP  proves that serene, no-frills songwriting will always satisfy the soul, especially in the face of a storm. And Troubles definitely qualifies as inspired rainy day music. The EP is officially released next month, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Free Moral Agents Announce Tour, No California Dates Yet

    ​Yesterday, it was announced that Long Beach psych-rock jam artists Free Moral Agents (pictured) are hitting the road with their El Paso compadres Zechs Marquise. Their tour, which starts November 7 in ZM's hometown, is set to run for about three weeks at this point, with dates to be added shortly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2009

    Last Night: On Blast at Alex's Bar

    ​We talked to On Blast earlier in the week, so the next natural step? Seeing their show at Alex's Bar last night.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    TONIGHT: RAEKWON of Wu-Tang Clan at Detroit Bar

    ​As the legendary members of Wu-Tang make their trek one by one to the Detroit Bar stage, you have to wonder if  the club's owner, Jon Reiser, made some kind of pact with the devil to get such a great reputation among New York's finest emcee collective. Already the club has hosted GZA (twice) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2009

    Look Daggers Re-Emerge at The Prospector this month

    Okay, so maybe this blog post is a bit premature considering the Look Daggers' show at The Prospector is a solid 10 days away. After all, 10 ten days in the bloggosphere, might as well be 10 years. But somehow, I'm convinced that fans of Ikey Owens' progressive hip hop side project will need some ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    New Releases: The Mars Volta, Dinosaur Jr. and (gasp) Ginuwine!

    Wow, what a great day to spend your disposable income (even if its not so disposable). After a quick scan of all the new albums that drop today, I have to say that this is probably one of the biggest days for summer releases that you're likely to see. I counted about 20 new sonic gems that include j ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Last Night: TV on the Radio at Glass House

    Last Night:  TV on the Radio and Free Moral Agents at Glass HouseBetter Than: Trying to literally watch t.v. on a radio.Download: Dear Science by if you already haven't.    It's rare and weird to feel a sense of victory going to a concert before it even starts. But as the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    OC Weekly faves land Glass House gigs

    Like any local fan, I'm always excited to see bands we've written about in the Weekly get some solid recognition elsewhere. Okay, so maybe Pomona is not too far elsewhere, but the April calendar at The Glass House has great OC/LB talent opening up for some Coachella caliber acts. The jazzy jam artis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Slideshow: Free Moral Agents at Detroit Bar

    Just one day after winning a Grammy with the Mars Volta, Ikey Owens brought his group Free Moral Agents to Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa for the second night of their February Monday residency. Also on the bill was LA bands Warpaint and Mode. Also also there? Our own Vickie Chang, who came back with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 2/9

    Free Moral Agents, 9 p.m.Assembled by Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens, this Long Beach clan has made quite a name for themselves all over Southern California and beyond, so you can bet they won't have any trouble drawing a massive head-count. Get there early.Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Watch Ikey Owens (and the Rest of the Mars Volta) Win a Grammy

    The Mars Volta--featuring Long Beach's Ikey Owens, of Free Moral Agents and Look Daggers, on keyboards--won the "Best Hard Rock" Grammy last night for "Wax Simulacra." Since the Grammys only show a handful of the awards on the telecast (there are a lot of Grammys, like a lot) their award was accepte ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2009

    Known Residency

    Free Moral Agents

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    TONIGHT: Free Moral Agents Kick Off February Residency

    February is, of course, the shortest month of the year. But you can still expect four free shows this month from Long Beach's Free Moral Agents, the latest performers in Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa's regular residencies. Seeing as how it's the first Monday in February and all, things start tonight. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Last Minute Fun: Free Moral Agents Score Silent Film in LA

    This is a neat event: Long Beach's Free Moral Agents, led by the inimitable Ikey Owens, have a unique performance tonight at Cinefamily in LA: They're performing a "live score" of the 1927 silent film Berlin: Symphony Of A Great City. $14, starts at 8 p.m. The event is part of a series; more in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008

    Round and Round

    Long Beach Loop

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    Hip Hop Heads

    Look Daggers

  • Music

    October 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Last Night: Free Moral Agents at The Prospector

    Better Than: Being at the RNC Download: The song "Ageless" on As I walked into the balmy darkness of this hallowed Long Beach hangout, the crowd seemed even more cramped than usual. Sure, a late night set by freestyle jam junkies The Free Moral Agents probably had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Last Night: Look Daggers, LD & Ariano @ The Prospector in Long Beach

    Last Night: Look Daggers, LD & Ariano @ The Prospector in Long Beach 5/29 Better Than: Being a San Antonio Spurs fan last night Nothing caps off a Thursday night like a swirling mix of basketball, break beats and booze. Hell, it’s a good night if you can manage to enjoy even one of those things. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Live Review: Let's Be Friends at The Vault 350 on 03/01

    Review by Jeff Phifer. Photos by Fever Dragon. First there was the Rock and Roll Circus (Cirque du Rock and Roll), then there was the Circus of the Sun (Cirque du Soleil) and now there is the Circus of the Moon (Cirque du Lune) a.k.a. “Lets Be Friends” at The Vault 350. The bands on the bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    L.A. Record Xmas Party, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, December 16, 2007

    Magic Lantern peaked "At the Mountains of Madness." Weekly poster/music zine L.A. Record cashed in on its good karma and booked a strong lineup to celebrate this obscure, esoteric holiday at the renovated library known as Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. Featuring savvy DJs with deep crates of psych ... More >>

  • Features

    November 15, 2007

    The Musical Gospel According to Ikey Owens

    FEEDBACK: 10 Bands from OC/Long Beach You Need to Know

  • Music

    June 14, 2007

    CD Review

    Various Artists, ArtDontSleep Presents From L.A. With Love ((Milan)

  • News

    December 28, 2006

    The Bright Side

    Dance Party 2006 at Alexs Bar

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Before You Say No

    2MEX and Ikey Owens work-for-hire Look Daggers

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Get Out!

    May 11 - May 18: Mad Like Eldridge Cleaver

  • Music

    July 15, 2004
  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Nothing to Prove

    Ikey Owens and the sonic politics of race

  • Columns

    June 14, 2001

    More Les for Me!

    Dont do the House like you did Lindas Doll Hut

  • Music

    June 1, 2000
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