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    August 11, 2014

    The Best and Worst of Outside Lands 2014

    Now in its seventh edition, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival has become a reliable, regular staple on the summer festival calendar. Though it's not quite in the same stratosphere of Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza, OSL has its own distinct quirks that reflect its Northern California home. ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Schoolboy Q


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    September 9, 2013

    20 Songs to Get the Angels Over This Horrible Season

    The halo around the Big A at Angels Stadium has hardly been lit up this season--32 times to date--warranting lots of talk of an ousting of Mike Sciosia after 13 years as our skipper. Consequently, the discussion not being had is one of postseason projections and it's certain the Angels will have fro ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013


    Laguna Playhouse

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    June 25, 2013

    Rachael Yamagata is a Fan of KickStarter, Twilight and Original Baby Names

    Late last year, Rachael Yamagata released her fifth EP, Heavyweight, to warm critical reception. While the release may have flown under the radar for many (like a lot of her contemporaries who were a blip on the music scene in the mid Aughts), what remains the same is the singer's knack for showcasi ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Top 10 Concert Highlights From Gibson Amphitheatre

    Yesterday's news that the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will be closing in September was met with mixed reaction. Haters weren't too fond of the venue's location, (frankly who wanted to navigate through thousands of clueless tourists?) nor the ridiculous parking fees. But one thing that was ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Dilated Peoples


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    October 23, 2012

    Five Hip-Hop Artists Who Would Make Absurd Adult Film Stars

    Careers in music, especially today, are among the rockiest paths of employment one could venture into. That said, it's understandable certain artists would want to make a little extra on the side or have a safety net if music stops paying the bills. But when rap artist Mystikal recently boasted that ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Top Five Classic "South Park" Musical Guests

    For 16 seasons now, "South Park" has been delighting viewers with its signature brand of absurdity, skewing any and everything in pop culture along the way. There's been quite a few music superstars immortalized on "South Park," some whose appearances were made without them even being consulted. Wit ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in O.C. This Week

    See Also: *Free Ticket Wednesday: She Wants Revenge at the Observatory*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/Video]*Jim Norton Wants to Sleep With You, if You Can Stand His Sleep ApneaMonday, September 17Martin Sanchez (Residency)Detroit Bar Martin Sanchez is an absolutely manic rappe ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Adventure Club

    The Observatory

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    May 8, 2012

    Top Ten Rap Albums For People Who Don't Know Shit About Hip-Hop

    Our good friends over at LA Weekly ran a post today recommending ten rap albums for people whose knowledge of the genre is limited to Kanye West -- and only then because Obama called him an asshole for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. Naturally, the comments section has exploded with " ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Bon Iver

    Fox Theater

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    December 29, 2011

    Top 10 Craziest Outfits Worn By Musicians In 2011

    ​Once a year, the normal people of the world take the opportunity to dress oddly in public. But in the music industry, there's no real need for Halloween--every day and every award ceremony is the opportunity for a new (and increasingly weird) costume debut.  We bet you can guess who tops the ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne Tour Dates Changed

    ​According to a press statement sent out today, the demand for Jay-Z and Kanye West's groundbreaking Watch the Throne tour is so overwhelming, additional shows are being added as we speak. As a result, the tour schedule has been modified. The new presale date moves to Tuesday, August 2, and the n ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Kanye West Jay Z = The Throne: They're a Hip-Hop Supergroup About to Go on Tour

    ​Now they've done it. Jay-Z and Kanye West have formed a hip-hop supergroup called The Throne. And yes, there will be an album, and yes, there will be a tour called (wait for it) Watch the Throne. It will be available digitally on August 8, exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Kreayshawn Gets Nominated Best New Artist at the VMAs--and Other WTF Moments This Year

    ​I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Mid Year Music Sales Numbers Are In--and Up

    ​Nielsen Soundscan's mid-year numbers are in, and despite the economic doom and gloom being reported by news outlets across the land, it would seem Americans have a lot to be optimistic about. Soundscan is the music industry's data information service and tracks sales at the point of purchase. It' ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon: From Bluegrass to Kanye

    Lilledeshan Bose​Pitchfork refers to Justin Vernon of Bon Iver as a "bearded dude with an instrument that feels warm and personal and close regardless of setting." But, as every modern day hipster knows, there's more to Vernon than Bon Iver. A look into the various projects of Justin Vernon after ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Ice Cube

    Honda Center

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    March 10, 2011

    The 2011 OC Music Awards

    [Mental Notes] Stan Freese, Wildboys, Dahga Bloom, Micah Brown and BLOK all made the OCMA pretty memorable

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    February 17, 2011

    Top 5 Most Hilarious Comedy Songs

    ​We all know comedians are funny (at least they'd better be), but they really take "funny" to a whole new level when they parlay their humor into a song. Whether it be a parody of something that deserves to be made fun of or an original bit, comedic genius is usually the outcome. Here are our top ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Kanye West to Produce Justin Bieber's Next Album?

    ​In what sounds like something made up specifically for or by the music blogosphere, Kanye West has expressed interest in producing at least one song for the Biebs. West already released a Justin Bieber remix with Raekwon, so maybe this turn of events isn't all that shocking. However, Consequence ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Kanye West: An Appreciation (Or, Why George W Isn't a Kanye Fan)

    The MOST disgusting moment, Dubya? Really?​As Republicans were taking over of the House of Representatives, the first excerpts of former President George W. Bush's interview with NBC's Matt Lauer were released last night. Ahead of his new book, "Decision Points," which comes out next Tuesday, Duby ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Jimmy Buffett

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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    July 30, 2010

    Five Rock Stars Who Should Be 'American Idol' Judges

    Now that both Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell are leaving American Idol, rumors abound over who's going to be the next arbiter of taste on the Fox show. J Lo's supposedly signed a deal. Allegedly, Steven Tyler's been asked to join the show. P Diddy's thrown his hat into the ring. Elton John, Jessic ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Record Review: Rick Ross, 'Teflon Don'

    ​Borrowing the nickname of iconic crime boss John Gotti, Rick Ross' newest effort employs an Escalade-full of gaudy, bone-rattling beats to remind us exactly how hard he's shining with his latest album, Teflon Don (out today on Def Jam).

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    June 10, 2010

    Chiddy Bang Talk the Hip-Hop Talk

    Can the teenage rap duo live up to it?

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    December 31, 2009

    New Year's Eve Party Playlist

    Looking for some tunes to blast at the bash you're hosting tonight? Or maybe to crank up in the car on your way to a slamming soiree? Here's my New Year's Eve Party Playlist, featuring the best from the past year and stone cold classics. Enjoy. Flickr user Sada 1988Click song title for YouTube clip ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Lady Gaga Announces Tour, Skips Orange County

    ​OK, so we all know by now that the Kanye West/Lady Gaga show at the Honda Center, once scheduled for November 15, isn't happening. Heck, the whole "Fame Kills" tour isn't happening. But even though Kanye is dealing with his own post-Taylor Swift issues, the hope still remained that the seemingly ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Kanye West and Lady Gaga Set to Bring VMA Controversy to Anaheim

    Chris Victorio​Heard anything about Kanye West lately? The usually reserved rapper/producer/tireless self-promoter has uncharacteristically made a tiny amount of headlines these last couple of days, but you've probably missed them. (Seriously, though, it must be weird to be called a jackass by the ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Last Night: The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Vedera at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    ​Last Night: The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Vedera at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine; July 29, 2009.Alternative rockers The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Vedera paid a visit to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Wednesday; entertaining a sold-out crowd of teenyboppers, college kids, and post- ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Jamie Foxx

    The Grove of Anaheim

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    April 9, 2009

    Before It Gets Old: 'Kanye West' on 'South Park'

    Though some have decried recent seasons of South Park for being a bit too smug in its satire--"South Park has gotten so self-important it should be parodied by South Park," a friend of mine said just now--I still think it's mostly great, deftly tackling targets that (usually) deserve it. The latest ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009


    The Cellar

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    December 17, 2008

    The Year in Music: 2008's Top Ten Pop Songs

    BY ANNIE ZALESKIPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The foll ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008
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    June 5, 2008

    Decon’s Fresh Rhymes & Videotape Tour at HOB Anaheim Tonight

    Fill your backpack with the essentials: Underground-rap heat will be in full effect tonight at House of Blues. Indie label Decon is hyping a stacked lineup, featuring Dilated Peoples, the Alchemist, Aceyalone and 88-Keys, plus video installations. Expect surprise guests, too. Decon’s newest artis ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008

    Panic! DJ Night At The Continental Room

    Not panic-inducing at all but rather jovial (and free!), The Continental Room in Fullerton has dubbed Monday nights the place to be for incredibly eclectic DJ showmanship. How eclectic you might ask? A veritable shmorgasborg of music genres that spanned the decades. Like this: - Primus - Data Rock ... More >>

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    February 12, 2008

    Kanye West LA Date Announced

    Recently crowned Grammy Award-winning rapper/producer Kanye West will be performing at LA's Nokia Theatre April 21. Joining him on the Glow in the Dark Tour are Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna and N.E.R.D. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. And are available at Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.c ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    October 18, 2007


    Stacks the Vinyl Authority

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    July 26, 2007

    Passing Stones

    Precious Gems

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    January 26, 2007

    In Brief: The Official Will Swaim Playlist

    I'm sure by now that most of you who read this are aware our editor-in-chief, Will Swaim, has resigned. What you may not be aware of, however, is our boss's penchant for singing—constantly. Seriously. Dude sings more than Rebecca Schoenkopf does. Which is A LOT. Anyway. In memorium, I'm posti ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006

    Get Out!

    Special Summer Festival Edition: You are the star!

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    January 26, 2006

    'Everyone's a Character'

    Crown City Rockers get hype

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    December 1, 2005

    Wotta Country

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    November 10, 2005

    Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def

    House of Blues, Anaheim
    Friday, Nov. 4

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    October 6, 2005
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    September 1, 2005
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