The Calfornia boys ride a wave of confidence into their latest tour
A rehearsal space adjacent to the Burbank airport is almost as far away as a band can get from the rigors of the road. It's also miles away from the last big SoCal date we saw them play, strumming stoned eighth notes before a massive crowd at the Cali Roots festival in Monterey, with a sea of cute b ... More >>
Will be updated through June 20, if not beyond... CURRENT COUNT: 66 gone. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 9, 8:03 A.M. The last time the Orange County Register announced massive layoffs, we had a running tally of who was getting the axe. That list topped out at about 31; the list expected this time might be ... More >>
[Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>
Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she interviews Toshiro Konishi, one of Peru's most famous chefs. Enjoy!
The American blues sound overtook England in the 1960s like no other. Limey guitar slingers like John Mayall, Peter Green and Jimmy Page worked up their tolerance to whiskey, mastered the blues scale and made more money than every American blues musician that came before them. In the early 1970s, tw ... More >>
Standing backstage before a show in London, the Rival Sons had a lot to look forward to. They'd relentlessly toured Europe, opening for such legends of rock as AC/DC and Guns N' Roses, but nothing could have prepared them for the praise that was about to be heaped upon them by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy P ... More >>
Random notes, observations and stuff plucked off the cutting room floor from the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday night.The hierarchy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is the main antagonist in Macky Alston's excellent documentary Love Free or Die, which is a ... More >>
So what if Foreigner's Mick Jones is the less seminal/famous Mick Jones? The guitarist and songwriter of the schmaltzy arena-ready pop-rock band of the '70s is still making more money from Foreigner albums than the Clash ever did (with over 50 million records sold worldwide). At any rate, Jones i ... More >>
Hubert SumlinBluesman Hubert Sumlin has died. He was 80 years old. The Chicago Sun Times reports that the Howlin' Wolf guitarist passed away on Sunday in a hospital in Wayne, N.J., due to heart failure. Sumlin -- one of the most revered blues guitarists of the last half century -- was best k ... More >>
Brandon FergusonPhyllis Fender speaks at the grand opening of the visitor center at the Fender manufacturing plant in CoronaThough it moved a relatively short distance from the quaint shopping district surrounding downtown Fullerton to the bucolic splendor of Corona (cough), Fender has truly ... More >>
Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, died 33 years ago today in 1978. The man contributed a great deal to rock and roll, from naming one of the greatest classic rock acts, creating awesome collaborations with his legendary contemporaries, or setting the precedent for the decadence of the rock star lif ... More >>
Jimmy Page will be launching a new website on July 14. The site, JimmyPage.com, currently features a sand hourglass and a link for subscription, as well as the number of days (in Roman numerals) until the launch of the site's full content on July 14. Because it's so cryptic, everyone's theor ... More >>
tacoasylum.comCosta Mesa's taco asylum welcomes independent filmmakers looking for a space to screen their projects. With productions costs being what they are, you're going to turn down a free screening room with a big HD screen? And one that serves great beers and food to watch by? There is a c ... More >>
In an effort to further differentiate themselves from those other happy hours, the crazies behind taco asylum are premiering weekly "music-only" movies beginning tonight.Paired with Happy Hour specials of discounted taco-ish fare, $2 off canned craft brews and $3 draft options, the flat-screen wi ... More >>
The Coach House
Hubert Sumlin, guitarist and sideman to Howlin' Wolf for most of his career, became an unwitting inspiration for a generation of British rockers including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards. When the Big Head Blues Club rolls out in celebration of Robert Johnson's 100th birthday, Sumlin, ... More >>
Photo by Tracy Powell House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible: affordable seafood in Laguna Beach. And it does it with that tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek name that's as fun to say as it probably took them to make up. The chef and ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyAthlete AthleteJune 20, 2010Detroit Bar, Costa MesaWatch our slideshow here!The Hype: Making their first ever appearance in Orange County, London's Athlete stopped by the Detroit Bar in support of their latest album, Black Swan. Anglophile indie rock enthusiasts everywhere ... More >>
If you have ever felt overwhelmed by stepping into a music store like Sam Ash or Guitar Center, then NAMM, the massive music trade show that kicked off Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Convention Center and runs through Sunday, is not for you. Andrew YoussefYour senses are bombarded by the errant ... More >>
The Hype: The acoustically-pristine Fox Theater in Pomona seemed to be a perfect launch pad for Sonic Youth's trademark feedback. Thanks to Mark Ibold on bass, the show also served as a miniature sneak peak of sorts of the highly anticipated Pavement reunion. Lee Ranaldo--which we recently interv ... More >>
Pamela LittkyThere are many reasons to dislike Owl City, the electro tweepop project spearheaded by Owatonna, Minnesota 23-year-old Adam Young. For one thing the moniker is horrible. You can name yourself after a town or a continent - say, Boston or Chicago or Europe - but you can't name yoursel ... More >>
Have you ever tried to write, play and record a song in 10 minutes? It's probably a bit tough for the average mortal. But Jack White sure makes it look easy as he sits down to scribble out an impromptu track in a rickety old chair next to a microphone, a scene from the sure-to-be-epic documentary ... More >>
Les Paul, the man behind the signature guitar of the same died, passed away today at the age of 94. I had already been playing guitar for a few years after I realized that not only was Les Paul a real guy, but he was still alive. Somehow I think Jimmy Page, Slash, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Ke ... More >>
It Might Get Loud is a documentary starring Jimmy Page, the Edge and Jack White, talking about the history of the electric guitar. It's also directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth. So, yeah, it sounds pretty cool.It opens in just seven theaters nationwide tomorro ... More >>
The Dead WeatherHorehound(Third Man)Jack White is a really good guitar player. In the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, he's shown off his proficiency in a variety of styles and genres (six years later, the faux-bassline of "Seven Nation Army" is still stuck in a lot of heads). He's a focus of upcom ... More >>
[The Sex Pistols are playing only one US date on their current tour. Ben Marcus went to Las Vegas to file this review of their opening date for Heard Mentality.] Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1FM is a guilty addiction we’ll have to live without for most the next three months—all summer long w ... More >>
Angels & Airwaves
Anti-occult Hero: Meet Heru John Basil, OC’s most far-out psychedelic loner
The Cult get their mojo risin again
'If you dont like him, dont listen to him, you fuckin moron'
SIR RICHARD BISHOP: THOSE SECRETS WILL NEVER BE REVEALED Sir Richard Bishop might be a gypsy jazz guitarist because he could probably and sometimes does play like Django, but he's got gypsy restlessness in more than his fingertips; he's the Indiana Jones of the fingerstyle guitar, taking research ... More >>
Sir Richard Bishops earth tones
Winter Music Issue
Johnny Winter: Not dead yet
Chicken and chai chat with Steve and Anna
Will the OC Fair finally stop blowing corn-dog chunks?
Slash thinks Carters still prez, rocks on!
And Southside and the Yardbirds are kickin!
Will the Wolves survive?