When a band writes a single timeless song, nevertheless a catalog filled with them, it generally sounds great regardless of who is singing. Though it may be awkward and even a bit strange if a different member of said band sings it, that doesn't mean it isn't goo ... More >>
The KillersThe CosmopolitanDecember 29, 2012Going to Las Vegas to party for New Year's has long been the southern Californian's go-to tactic for no-frills debauchery in a state where it pays to be a degenerate. And while most of the time ringing in the new year is reason enough to brave the traffic, ... More >>
The Deepsea GoesWorship the Futurehttp://www.thedeepseagoes.com/The OC/LA-based the Deepsea Goes, who play a record release party this Tuesday at Detroit Bar, are looking to reclaim a bit of momentum after some substantial hibernation from the studio. Worship the Future, their ninth formal release s ... More >>
UPDATED: Feb. 2, 9:32 p.m.: That shirt is now available for a month to the general public. According to the Cubopop site (which touted itself as the "home of 21st Century Absurdism, Surrealism & PostCuboFuturism. An ode to new imaginations & a burial ground for modern popular culture"): D ... More >>
In 1962, Neil Sedaka said everything that needs to be said about ending relationships when he sang, "breaking up is hard to do." It's simple in an "aw shucks" 1960s pop song sort of way, but the tune's direct approach has not meant the end of the break-up song. In fact, we've got some pretty dand ... More >>
First off, Peter Hook just told the LA Times that he appreciates the irony of Disney riffing on a Joy Division album cover. While Disney didn't as the surviving members of Joy
Division for permission to replicate the image, he says, "If I had a pound for every time someone
bootlegged Joy Divisi ... More >>
You know Dave Noise over at Factory Records, right? Well, it turns out that he not only sells records, he's hilarious and pretty good with the Photoshop. Hence his brand spankin' new Tumblr account called "Mickey Mouse Meets Ian Curtis," featuring parodies of the Joy Division-inspired Mickey shir ... More >>
Let me bring you up to speed: Disney recently began selling t-shirts on their online store that feature a design that is a creative nod to the cover art of Joy Division's 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures (see above).Certain people (i.e. music snobs and people who are still upset with Ian Curtis ... More >>
Nicole NodlandLana Del Rey sounds like someone from the 1990s--find out who after the jumpThere's a reason old people are curmudgeonly at rock shows: It's because they've heard it all before, new music sucks, it's boring, yada yada yada. But no, really, when someone over 30 tells you a new band s ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPeter Hook and the LightSeptember 16th, 2011El Rey TheatreIt isn't easy being a Joy Division and New Order fan these days. New Order had supposedly broken up with founding members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris forming Bad Lieutenant while Peter Hook assembled his band ... More >>
Ian Curtis once said, "Existence
is.. well.. what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can. The
past is now part of my future. The present is well out of hand." Thirty-one years ago today, he committed suicide, on the eve of Joy Division's first North American Tour. His last performance ... More >>
Jezebel yesterday published a story saying kids who listen to music are most likely to be depressed, while kids who read books were least likely.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 106 teens, 46 of whom were clinically depressed, over five weekends, and surveyed ... More >>
Adam StockstillIn the December issue of Esquire Magazine, San Antonio rockers Girl in a Coma find themselves atop "The Best Unknown Songs You Probably Haven't Heard" list of 2010. The ladies lead the collection of "eight recent under-the-radar tracks that happen to make us very thankful for this ... More >>
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 >>
Since 2004, people around Orange County have known of dance rock trio Pop Noir, founded by singer/bassist/keyboardist Luke McGarry and twin brother guitarist Joe
McGarry (now with drummer Nico Saavedra). Audiences familiar with local music know, for example, that the McGarrys were born in the UK ... More >>
Editor's note: Here's the debut post from our new scribe Ali Lerman. She digs the OC Locals Only scene and is an open-minded music lover whose tastes range from Eddie Money to DJ Quik.Cat Party's Ryan Nichols will pull your chainFor a local band, Costa Mesa's Cat Party doesn't really fit into the ty ... More >>
The Glass House in Pomona has a huge week coming up--Silversun Pickups on Sunday, Jenny Lewis on Monday, TV on the Radio on Tuesday, Conor Oberst on Wednesday and The Black Keys on Thursday--but, always looking towards the future, they've also got some shows coming up beyond that.
Last Night: Peter Hook DJing at Detroit Bar, July, 3 2008
There’s usually nothing like watching an aging icon get up in front of an audience at a venue to show us they still got it. You can’t help being drawn in by the powerful sense of tension. You might find your self echoing certain question ... More >>
How to go about this, when I've already written so much about this week in film?
Well, for starters, SAW IV is only a pick for hardcore SAW fans like me, and it's still likely to disappoint them a little bit.
FINISHING THE GAME, the Justin Lin comedy about the making of Bruce Lee's GAME OF DEATH, ... More >>
Sneakerhead culture's always been a little baffling to me. I think everyone knows of someone by now who dedicates their lives and entire paychecks to collecting limited edition, rare, exclusive or original sneaks... and then doesn't wear them. Ever.
They'll fly to Tokyo for the latest neon patent l ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I walked into the office and caught Steve belting out the chorus of "Love Will Tear Us Apart." As surreal and surprisingly awesome as it was, you astute readers out there will know that it was simply practice for his piece "Emotional Rescue," in which he explains why when we'r ... More >>
If you didn't know, bands don't like telling you what they sound like. Here's an example why: Let's say I play in a band, we're called "Stillborn Leper", and my boss asks me what we sound like, and I say "We're like a mix of Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, but our guitarist is really into The ... More >>