John Stanier

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Tomahawk Are Not Dungeons & Dragons Rock

    Last Sunday night, the noise rock/experimental metal stylings of Tomahawk promise to shake up the Observatory. The intrepid, multi-city-based group--whose ranks include personnel from the Jesus Lizard, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Battles and Melvins Lite--are currently promoting the thrillingly moody ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, February 15 The Ziggens Slidebar If you don't know much about Orange County ska/ surf/punk/garage band the Ziggens, it's ok, somehow they've been over shadowed by one time label mates such as Sublime. But unlike Sublime, who burned out before becoming massively succesful, the Ziggens have ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Tomahawk Take a Swipe at Tunes From a Native American Songbook

    Tomahawk deserve to have their own Bat Signal or non-copyright-violating equivalent. Once every few years, Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) and John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) converge and produce a sudden flurry of activity--specifically, a new record and tou ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    3hree Things: (A Few Of) My Favorite Drummers At the Moment

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​the above image was respectfully borrowed from Kick/Snare/Hat and taken by Sangsouvanh Khounvic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Five Best Parts of Battles' 'My Machines' Video

    ​ 1. Well, there's the actual dude falling down the up escalator for, like, a full three minutes and 10 seconds.2. Then there's Gary Numan singing deadpan throughout most of it.3. And Battles squished into a descending escalator, playing their instruments (yes, even John Stanier, who plays the dru ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Battles at the Glass House Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​BattlesOctober 16th, 2011Glass HousePomona was a hotbed of activity on Sunday night as Battles headlined the Glass House while Foster the People sold out the Fox Theater across the street. In a perfect world, Battles should have been headlining the Fox Theater as they engi ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2011

    Battles Come Back As a Trio

    After losing a member, the purveyors of contemporary prog take on a slew of new vocalists

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    July 5, 2011

    3hree Things: Awesome Records That Aren't The New Bon Iver

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.

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    May 3, 2011

    Battles at The Echoplex Last Night

    ​BattlesThe EchoplexMay 2, 2011With the release of their second LP Glass Drop a month away, Battles gave the LA prog set a sneak peak at its sans-Tyondai Braxton lineup at a sold-out performance at The Echoplex last night. When Braxton left the band in August while they were still finishing the fo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Men At Work

    Helmet straps it on again

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    Jazz Destroyers

    A nod and a wink at the Days End