Hey, Orange County--I know you don't hear this a lot, but we're sorry. Our musicians came down pretty hard on you a couple weeks ago, telling you how bad you suck and all that. It was harsh, nay, uncalled for--and it's kind of our fault for egging them on. The truth is, well, you're pretty great. N ... More >>
Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>
Jeramiah Red Grand Romance Riverboat (Long Beach) 8/2/13 See Also: [Photos]: Jeramiah Red's EP Release Party on a Riverboat! 8/2/13 An uneven line of palm trees hung in a pink, glowing sky at the Long Beach Harbor on Friday night, where a who's who of the Orange County roots rock scene bustled in fr ... More >>
Most album release parties are so predictable. Bands secure a location, round up fans, hope for a decent drink special and sell some CD's. But throwing an EP release party on a riverboat with a full bar? Things could get interesting. Quickly. While the majority of OC bands clamor to venues with a re ... More >>
OC Music Awards Best Live Band Finals House of Blues Anaheim February 26, 2013 Last night, the final round of the Orange County Music Awards battle for best live band gave us one big-bad ass rock show that tested our attention to detail. Rolling out a well-crafted line-up (not a filler band in sight ... More >>
After Tuesday's seventh and final preliminary showcase at the Yost Theater, the finalists for this year's Best Live Band Showcase Finals have been announced. After 35 bands competed, only five have advanced to compete next Tuesday at the House of Blues in Anaheim.
OC Music AwardsSegerstrom Center, Founders HallFeb. 12, 2013Night six of the 2013 Orange County Music Awards featured performances both raw (Jeramiah Red) and electrically charged (Devious Means.) Though not all of the five bands hit the high mark set by the aforementioned groups (we'll talk about S ... More >>
Monday, February 11 St. Lucia The Constellation Room For the purposes of this blurb, St. Lucia is not the Swedish figure known for wearing a wreath of candles in her hair bearing gifts for Scandinavian children. Rather, it's the nom de plume of musician Jean-Philip Grobler (doesn't sound pretenti ... More >>
Now that we've shaken off the hangover of 2012, we've double checked our watches and realized that the first full week in January is time for one thing and one thing only: a new season of OC Music Awards madness. Today, the nominees for the 2013 Awards ceremony (hosted at the City National Gro ... More >>
Assuming the Mayan's apocalyptic predictions are a little off, we'll all be around to catch the next round of OC Music Awards goodness this year, starting with their eight-week stint of annual live showcases to decide the winner of OC's best live band. Today, the OCMA's announced the lineups for eac ... More >>
Monday, October 15Big BusinessAlex's BarFor those not familiar with the genre Sludge Metal, meet Big Business. Hailing from Seattle and signed to Gold Metal Records, they traffic in crunchy, chugging jams with wonky, drop-tuned strings. Reminiscent of instrumental metal band Pelican, Big Business fe ... More >>
[Best Of 2012] The tallest, quietest guy in the room on his favorite things about Orange County
This week we got in touch with Parker Macy of Creme Tangerine at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 932-0552. Looks like Jack White is back in the game! Or at least he is at Creme Tangerine, where Blunderbuss earns yet another top spot.
Nine years ago, I was in this wannabe new-wave band based in Santa Ana. Back then, our big goal in life was to get featured in OC Weekly. The band imploded, as bands are wont to do, way before we even got a concert listing in the Calendar section (not even a Locals Only, sob!). The funny thing was, ... More >>
The OC Music Awards Ceremony City National Grove of AnaheimMar. 3, 2012Judging by the throngs of people leaving their tables before the award for best video was announced, it seems I'm not the only one who found this weekend's OC Music Awards Ceremony to be a two-hour snore fest. Those of us ... More >>
This morning, the OC Music Awards announced the finalists for Best Live Acoustic and Best Live Band for 2012. The contenders, who were picked by four judges, including the Weekly music editor Lilledeshan Bose, were among a slew of bands who competed in venues across the county during the past seven ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Who will be this year's Young the Giant?
Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>
[Mental Notes] What does this have to do with the Kelly Thomas case?
UPDATED:Yesterday we talked to the OC Music Awards about claims that the nomination process isn't exactly transparent, with some OC Music Awards Academy members also nominated as musicians in various categories (see more after the jump.) Today I got an email from Weekly reader Nathan Hoffmann, as ... More >>
OC Music Awards Showcase 1: Best Live Band, with Jeramiah Red, Paulie Pesh, the Gromble, Strange Birds and James FletcherJan 3, 2011Detroit Bar, Costa MesaLast night saw Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar kick off the first in a series of showcases comprising the OC Music Awards. The five groups, competing ... More >>
Tonight's the night! The 2012 OC Music Awards Showcase Series kicks off at the Detroit Bar with a free showcase of bands nominated for "Best Live Band." Jeramiah Red, the Gromble, Paulie Pesh, Strange Birds and James Fletcher are all performing.The show starts at 8 p.m., and for the next seven we ... More >>
For most drunks, there's nothing remarkable about getting banned from a downtown Fullerton bar. Shit, stroll along Harbor on Friday between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., and you'll see sidewalks teeming with wayward boozers, some spilling urine and other bodily fluids along the planters. But ... More >>
The 2012 OC Music Awards Showcase Series kicks off at Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar on Jan. 3, leading into seven weeks of free showcases at different venues across the county. This year, 35 local artists will compete for the titles of "Best Live Band" and "Best Live Acoustic," a performance slot at t ... More >>
www.facebook.com/thecopperdoorbarStarting November, about 50 craft beers isn't the only thing Santa Ana's Copper Door bar will have. They're also going to have regular live entertainment!According to a press release, Tuesday nights will feature sets from DJ Hansoul. Every Wednesday, they'll ... More >>
Friday kicks off a busy weekend, first with Devil's Brigade playing Alex's Bar in Long Beach with Roger Miret and the Disasters and Viva Hate. Devil's Brigade just released their debut album, but it's been ten years in the making--as Rancid fans well know. The group is a long-running side project ... More >>
Dagha Bloom nominated for Best New AlbumFinally, the nomination ballots are in, and the 2011 nominees have been announced. Some artists are past winners, while other nominees are fresh faces to the OC scene. The OC Music Awards added two new categories for this year: Best Youth Artist and ... More >>
[Locals Only] OC's own brand of Americana
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>
www.myspace.com/jeramiahredmusicWe're giving away tickets to Jeramiah Red's show at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Oct. 7, with the Rambles, the Relative Strangers and the Alternates. If you've never heard of Jeramiah Red before, the band's name is actually JerAmiah Red, not JerEmiah Red as the ... More >>