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  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday Playlist

    That's right folks, it's Mardi Gras. The day before Lent kicks off with the solemn Ash Wednesday where absurdly excessive partying hits its absolute peak. Of course, whether you're a Catholic or not, Fat Tuesday is a fantastic excuse to cut loose and have the absolute most fun one can have on a Tues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Following Kurupt and DJ Nick Bean From L.A. Video Shoot to Anaheim Gangsta Party

    [Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with rapper Kurupt from Tha Dogg Pound and DJ Nik Bean, a West L.A.-based mixtape impresario who has worked with Snoop and Tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Asher Roth: Frat-Rapper Turned Hip-Hop Nostradamus

    Tonight, rapper Asher Roth plays the Yost Theater. In the almost-four years since his single "I Love College" propelled him into regular radio rotation, he and his legacy have gone under a particularly curious metamorphosis. Like him or not, his celebration of the white-stoner millennial lifestyle w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Second Spin in Costa Mesa

    See Also: *Top Five Acts You Can't Miss at Rock the Bells*Top Five Hits: Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach*Top Five Hits: Pepperland Records in OrangeFor this week, we got in touch with Second Spin, 1781 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870. This week's top seller might be the first rap albu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. Keeps His Beats Homemade and His Rhymes Country

    See Also: *Spaceghostpurrp is Here to ElevateMississippi native Big K.R.I.T.  makes it cool to be country, and it's not just because of the southern drawl in his voice, or the leaned back cadence splashed all over his discography.  The 25-year-old has a strong enough flow to please purists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Road to Paid Dues: Q&A with Skeme

    ​Name: Skeme Age: 21 Reppin: Inglewood, CA Where You Might Heard Him: Dom Kennedy's "Left Side, Right Side"  or "Play On"; Kendrick Lamar's "I Do This [Remix],"  Overdoz's "Don't Wanna Be Your Girlfriend,"  Mann's "Kickin it With the Lingo"  Projects to Date: Pre Se ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2011

    Winter Jam 2011

    Anaheim Convention Center

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Rage Against The Machine at the Hollywood Palladium Over The Weekend

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​Check out our slideshow here!Rage Against The Machine and Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley BandHollywood PalladiumJuly 23, 2010In 1992, I witnessed some band called Rage Against The Machine open for Pearl Jam at the Hollywood Palladium. It was an intensely riveting perfo ... More >>

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Big Respect

    The Up in Smoke tour means hip-hops all grown upand safe