For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert ... More >>
Why it's still misunderstood by most African-Americans
If there's one mash-up artist we at the Weekly adore, it's Girl Talk. Who else could have given us an appreciation for elements of songs we wouldn't have noticed without their being re-contextualized, while simultaneously tapping into our nostalgia and rocking a party all night long? While we would ... More >>
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Royal Thunder are currently dealing with a stalker. In the Atlanta band's case, the culprit isn't a human being they could press charges against, but rather a trio of numbers that has long followed them into the strangest corners. "Right before we left on tour, I had to go get a tag for the van. My ... More >>
See also*The Best Of Coachella: Saturday, April 14 *Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs*Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster*Radiohead at Coachella: No Alarms and No SurprisesThis year's Coachella lineup mostly favored artists not necessarily known for guitar prowess, but let it be ... More >>
If you're the kind of person who loves public parks and famous musicians who died at 27 of drug-related causes, Washington is about to become your favorite tourist destination.The Jimi Hendrix Park is set to open in Seattle in 2012, the year the legendary guitarist would have turned 70.
It's sort of mind bending to think that the county responsible for nurturing the careers of such establishment-defending squares as Richard Nixon, Mike Carona and Deborah Pauley also produced a prolific harbinger of rock & roll. We speak of course of Leo Fender, instrumental creator of the St ... More >>
The Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off today in the final mission of NASA's shuttle program. The mission: run supplies to the International Space Station, and bring home as much trash as can fit in the shuttle. Exciting stuff. To lively up this otherwise dull swan song, here are five tracks t ... More >>
Jimi HendrixFebruary is Black History Month, and we felt it the perfect time to do one of our patented lists. Today, we are naming Top Ten Rockin'-est songs by black artists. As much as white artists get criticized for performing "black" genres like R&B, hip-hop and blues, many black artists ... More >>
Renzo Podesta; Inset: W. Scott ForbesThere's a perverse romance to the rock 'n' roll aesthetic of living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse. The fatalistic edict is both empowering and life-affirming, even if it's ultimately just an over-the-top, immature "fuck you" to one's mort ... More >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record StoreA few weeks ago, the people behind Record Store Day announced their plan to host "Back to Black Friday," where indie music stores will be carrying exclusive and limited vinyle and CD releases by Metallica, U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbre ... More >>
Thanksgiving, Schanksgiving. As a music geek who lives to shop, Black Friday gimmicks are near and dear to my heart.This year has a bunch of Black Friday gimmicks that sound pretty interesting.
Long Beach Playhouse
Here are the top ten selling records from April 23-30 at Fingerprints, 4612 E. 2nd St. in Long Beach, (562)-433-4996.
Here's what's flying off the shelves at the quirky-retro-cool Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach.
Top 10 selling records from last week at Fingerprints in Long Beach. The shop specializes in a wide variety of underground music, introducing customers to new bands while still selling mainstream stuff. Don't forget to check out the free live performance by Exene Cervenka at Fingerprints Apr ... More >>
Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach is a venerable record store with an incredible reggae selection and albums from local artists. The store opened in the late 1960s and remains a small time capsule of Laguna from back then. The shop has some sweet finds, like original psychedelic calendars and gifts. Ow ... More >>
Green Day, Lady Gaga and Soundgarden rumored to play Lollapalooza reports Spin. Is yet another festival landing better lineup than Coachella?Jimi Hendrix soon to have own Rock Band game. No word yet on playing-with-your-teeth feature or if you get extra points for lighting faux guitar on fire. New ... More >>
"New" Jimi Hendrix album, Valleys of Neptune, featuring choice, previously unreleased material (officially anyway), due out March 9 via Sony Legacy. Click to hear leaked version of title track. And another one with vocals. Album also includes only studio version of "Hear My Train A Comin'" (see cli ... More >>
Whether or not you ever took the time to memorize the lyrics, it's virtually impossible to escape the age-old New Year's anthem "Auld Lang Syne." First penned by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 (hooray for geeky trivia), this poem-turned tune has been sung by scores of orchestras, guitar wieldi ... More >>
Long Beach has a lot of bands, but none of them exemplify pure rock 'n' roll as well as D-Strutters. The group--singer/guitarist Joe Roads, guitarist George Velvet, bassist Tony and drummer Heath--leave all pretense behind for a straight-ahead bombastic blast like the Stones would be writing if t ... More >>
To boring people, April 20 means two things: the anniversary of the Columbine massacre or Hitler's birthday. To stoners, it's something way cooler.Because stoners can't agree on anything other than, yes, they should smoke another bowl, the origins of 4/20 vary. Some say it's police code. Some say it ... More >>
As tragically bad or corny as some might be, good cover bands (or tribute bands, whatever) are the salt of the earth. You take a group of reasonably talented musicians who all love one band enough to copy their songs for a room full of drunk people that could never afford tickets to see the real thi ... More >>
Blank Blue's Elvin Estela, right, picks five watery/blue classics (and is Joni Mitchell pissed). In this week's Sprawl of Sound column, I review Blank Blue's Western Water Music, Vol. II. I had hoped to include a list of the duo's favorite albums with the words “blue” or “water” in their ... More >>
The Upper Crust’s Hard Rocque Has Ignoble Intentions
John Van Hamersveld
Saturday night was the opening of Voo Doo, a new club-show-concoction at the Basement Lounge in Long Beach. Advertised as a “burlesque show” to begin at 11 p.m., I brought my friend Angie who is a burlesque dancer herself, that way I could get an opinion from a professional’s point of view. ... More >>
Arthur Lee, R.I.P., again
The vaults of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon COMBINED got nothing on those fab Nixon tapes -- now on their way to Yorba Linda! Recent listenings revealed that: * The Dick referred to the Warren Commission report that concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone killing JFK as "the greatest ho ... More >>
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