Garage rockers SoCal Tennis Pros' band house--a quaint, midcentury home in the middle of a quiet street west of downtown Fullerton--is a punk-rock paradise. It's owned by front man Carlos Torres, and he has gutted the living room and filled it with drums, amps, guitars and a PA system. Outside the g ... More >>
Friday, April 26 DJ Shadow The Observatory Boasting one of the most extensive vinyl record collections ever--at a whopping 60,000 LPs--DJ Shadow's range is overwhelmingly impressive and his influence well-known. The Davis, California native rose to the ranks of DJ notoriety with London-based recor ... More >>
Long Beach is a city for musicians who like to spread themselves around. It's nothing new to hear about a guitarist or drummer who happens to play in four or five bands at a time. Sure, we wouldn't call that exclusively LB behavior. But we'll be damned if musicians in any other city do it as effortl ... More >>
Their sunny, Huntington Beach-bred ska endures with 'Candy Coated Fury'
This week, our Locals Only feature highlights the fuzz-tastic fury of Douglas and the Furs. We watched the Anaheim trio pull off a pretty daring maneuver last Thursday, playing a guerrilla-style rooftop show atop a parking garage behind the Wiltern for unsuspecting Jack White fans after the second n ... More >>
Jack White The Wiltern, Los Angeles May 30, 2012 Jack White's first solo offering, Blunderbuss, is the only album of 2012 that I've liked so far, yet I was ready to be a naysayer last night at the Wiltern. Maybe it has something to do with the way everybody worships White and his various mythologi ... More >>
"April 26, 1992. There was a riot in the streets tell me where were you?" Does it matter that "April 29, 1992," Bradley Nowell's take on the LA riots had the wrong date in the lyrics? Nope--it's still one of the most memorable historical documents of the riots, which took place over six days, wh ... More >>
Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago today, leaving behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and Orange County. This week's cover story pays tribute to the man who put Garden Grove on the map, who sang about the perils of date rape and invented the surf punk r ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyBradley Nowell, February 22, 1968 - May 25, 1996.Fifteen years ago today, Sublime front man Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. And every year on this day, friends and family visit his grave in Westminster Memorial Park to drink, smoke, leave memorabilia and re ... More >>
Sublime front man Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago this month, left behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and the rest of Orange County. This week's cover story pays tribute to the man who put Garden Grove on the map, who sang about the perils of date rape and invented ... More >>
courtesy Jim NowellFor more photos of Bradley Nowell, check out our slideshow hereCheck out our Bradley Nowell slideshow here!Sublime front man Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago this month, left behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and the rest of Orange County. This week' ... More >>
[Locals Only] The LBC trio talk influences and working with Ikey Owens of the Mars Volta
Who is the band of the week?Greetings all! Maybe it's the fact that Valentine's Day is coming soon, or maybe it's the increased pollen count. But something has us feeling service-y. To that end, we've decided to share with you some of the unsung heros and undiscovered shining stars of the Orange ... More >>
Mary BellFree Moral Agents at the Prospector, Jan. 8, 2011Free Moral Agents don't sound like anyone else, in the good kind of way. You wouldn't be wrong to say there's a distinct blend of trip-hop, funk, psychedelic, soul and rock at play in their vibe, but it's a fresh kind of take. The quintet ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyAs we mentioned a few months ago, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Long Beach-based, Grammy-award-winning keyboardist for Mars Volta, is now taking some time off Mars Volta to focus on Free Moral Agents.As Ikey expanded his 2002 solo project into a full band five years ago, he corral ... More >>
B. Dolan and Sage Francis...how'd you like to be staring at this from the front row?Rapping politicos Sage Francis and B. Dolan have a lot in common. They're both from Rhode Island--one of (if not the most) pissed off states in the Union. They both spit wickedly educational f ... More >>
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.
I was thinking about hitting up last night's Juana Molina show at Detroit Bar, and depending on your perspective, I guess it's both good and bad that I was too tired to go out.
Long Beach's Crystal Antlers received a coveted “Best New Music” recommendation from popular webzine Pitchfork today, along with a lofty 8.5 rating for their self-released EP (produced by Ikey Owens). Expect the stormy rock quintet to enter a new tax bracket any minute now. (Check out Erin DeWit ... More >>
Year-End Revelries: Living it up in clubland as 2007 dies
Don't have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving? Or maybe your family eats at 3 o'clock in the afternoon and you need something to do at night since everyone usually passes out around nine. Either way, I recommend you head over to The Prospector in Long Beach for a special Thanksgiving night show with Cry ... More >>
Pretentious (but in a good way) purveyors of grandiose, prog-rock concept albums the Mars Volta return to the fray Jan. 29 with The Bedlam in Goliath. An online game based upon that album—called Goliath the Soothsayer—can be accessed at amazon.com/music from Jan. 2-29. You don't need to order t ... More >>
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band Raise Classic Rock to a Higher Power
Holy Fuck, generating more aural ecstasy. Photo by Jalapeño I raved about the Holy Fuck live experience (no, it's not a nun/clergy orgy, but isn't that a pretty thought?) before in this Heard Mentality post, but that show was a mere warm-up for what transpired last night. From start to finish at ... More >>
No. 2: In case you havent heard, OC has a new sound
Visionaries are the ones weve been waiting for
Feb. 23 - March 2
Commie Girl goes on holiday, Paul Frank gets richer, somebody owes me one
Tons of tunes for your holiday mixtape
Winter Music Issue
Good Foot at year six
Our third local-band compilation CD!