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    September 29, 2014

    We Still Hang People in Orange County

    The Halloween season fills a very important need in America. It is a time when society collectively derides its lasting Puritanical bent and celebrates demonic imagery. With the season come haunted attractions; some, like Knott's Scary Farm, are SoCal institutions, and in addition to the mazes and r ... More >>

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    April 19, 2014

    Death Will Never Kill Coachella's Drug Culture

    Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday, was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often. This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drug ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2014
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    August 1, 2013

    Free Ticket Wednesday: Jessie Ware at the Observatory Aug. 10

    In the shallow pit that is Top 40 pop music lies few hopes of finding something of substance. However, once every couple years something emerges that isn't a heaping pile of overproduced bullshit. In a sea of Ke$ha singles there was Adele. Drowning in Chris Brown and Usher albums, Frank Ocean put ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, June 28th CH3 and The Simpletons Alex's Bar It's an 80's punk's dream in Long Beach this weekend as Ch3 and The Simpletones play Alex's bar proving punk still lives in Orange County (well, at least Orange County area.) The two Posh Boy Records bands did a lot for the LA punk and hardcore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Inauguration 2013: Loretta Sanchez Hangs with Katy Perry, Republicans Dismiss Obama Speech

    Can you guess who Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is standing next to in this Twitter pic from yesterday's inauguration ceremonies in D.C. (No, it is not the rest of the animal from which the thing on her head came from.)This and more from grumpy Orange County Republicans after the jump . . .

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    January 21, 2013

    Top 15 Things That Annoy the Shit Out of Your Local Sound Guy

    Imagine for a moment that your job's sole requirement was to make live bands sound great every night. Pretty awesome right? Late nights, live music, an endless supply of nightlife encapsulate a typical day at the office. Then after actually doing it for a few minutes you start to realize something: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Here's How Some of Your Favorite Musicians Spent the Holidays

    Man, how time flies; Christmas feels like it were only three days ago--we're still recuperating from our aunt's homemade eggnog and eating stale dinner rolls for breakfast--but before you pack away your ugly Christmas sweater, lets take a stroll down Internet lane and see how some of our favorite (o ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2012

    The Top 10 Films of 2012

    The end of cinema? Hardly

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    KCON - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - October 13, 2012

    SEE OC WEEKLY'S FULL KCON SLIDESHOW HERE! From the parking lot, you could hear the screams. Inside the festival area of Verizon Amphitheater, giddy fans crowded in a massive white tent. A sea of hands holding cameras and cell phones shot up into the air. "Oh, my Gooooood!" girls squealed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Did MTV Really Snub Waka Flocka Flame's Rapping Rooster?

    See Also:*Remembering Sherman Hemsley's Electro-Funk Legacy  *Monday Night Raw's Six Most Memorable Musical Moments *Snoop Dogg Finally Smokes Too Much Weed and Creates a Reggae Album as Snoop LionYesterday, MTV announced the nominees for their 2012 Video Music Awards. While much was made of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    World EDM Vixen Hayla to Headline OC Pride Festival

    By: Katrina NattressWorld electronic dance music may not be a genre you hear too often, but Hayla is among its proudest, scantily clad practitioners. Though currently residing in Los Angeles, the multi-talented singer and percussionist draws inspiration from her European and Middle Eastern roots, re ... More >>

  • Music

    June 14, 2012

    Take a Whiff of YACHT's Electropop Perfume

    The band's fragrance to commemorate their latest album smells like a quirky success

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    March 7, 2012

    Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball; Do We Expect Too Little From Our Pop Stars?

    ​The United States is finally showing signs of recovering from the malaise that's plagued it for the past four (or so) years, and yet I haven't heard a significant voice in music dedicate a body of work to the alarming social inequities. It seems like people would rather listen to mindless pop mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    The Beatles' 1 album Is Available As Ringtones...Why Now?

    ​File this under "if everybody else is doing it, we may as well be doing it as well." After years of resistance, the Beatles have finally given into the temptation (or have adapted to the times) and have allowed the songs of their #1 album to be sold as ring tones. Though this would have been in n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    3hree Things: Random Thoughts About The 2012 Grammys

    Watch out for 3hree Things (usually) 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.​ Because a column that usually runs on Tuesdays should run on a Monday. Because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Justin Bieber and Five Other Musicians with Jesus Tattoos

    ​So Justin Bieber gets a Jesus tattoo and the whole world goes crazy, citing its provenance (a Rubens painting of Jesus called Ecce Homo, which dates back to 1610) and importance (the Beebs has always invoked his Christian faith). But Jesus statues are nothing new for pop stars--check out our list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Top 10 Most Annoying Songs Of 2011

    ​As I mentioned once before, there's a shitload of really, really bad and annoying music out there. The music released in 2011 is no exception (No hate to Kreayshawn, but "Gucci Gucci," anyone?). Whether it's overexposure, repetition, or just a terrible melody, each of the songs below are some of ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Rebecca Black Is 2011's Most-Searched Subject on Google

    ​The most-searched subject on Google for 2011 was not Steve Jobs, nor Casey Anthony. Occupy Wall Street? Psh. Didn't even make the list. According to the Google Zeitgeist, the device that tracks how often something is searched and how fast the search catches speed, the OC's very own Rebecca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Rebecca Black's and Patrice Wilson Now in a Documentary About Internet Memes

    ​Here's the fascinating thing about Rebecca Black's "Friday," written and produced by Patrice Wilson for Ark Music Factory. When it was released as a single last March, no one knew that all the haterade would give the song--and Anaheim native Rebecca--legs. Way beyond its 167 million views on YouT ... 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

  • Music

    September 8, 2011

    Rebecca Black, the Gift That Keeps on Giving

    [Mental Notes] Plus, Young the Giant deal with fame

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Top 14 WTF Costumes at Katy Perry Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Since when has it been de rigeur to like the star you're watching at a concert? Lady Gaga's Little Monsters do it. At Glee: Live, people were wearing cheer outfits and letter jackets. And at Katy Perry, blue wigs abounded. Really, it's not enough to wear jeans and a ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2011

    Rebecca Black Tries Again

    [Mental Notes] Info on Thrice's new album and Pennywise guitarist's tattoo parlor

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Sander Kleinenberg at Sutra This Thursday

    ​ Catch Dutch producer Sander Kleinenberg at Sutra on Thursday, where he stops to promote his debut 5K, out today on his label This Is Recordings. His songs (called "the next level of electronic music") are described as "elegant," "entrancing," "energetic," with "airy dreamscape" thrown in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Kathleen Hanna is Wrong About Female Musicians Today

    CNN Entertainment​ CNN Entertainment published an interview on Tuesday with iconic '90s riot grrl Kathleen Hanna. For those out of the loop, Hanna was a member of the seminal punk band Bikini Kill. A documentary co-produced by Hanna titled Who Took the Bomp? about her days touring with electro-pun ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    Coachella 2011: Hits and Misses

    [Mental Notes] Kanye kills it, Duran Duran's '80s dance party and more

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    April 18, 2011

    Coachella Day Three: Kanye West Did Not Bring out Katy Perry or Rihanna, but Still Owned the Fest

    Laila Derakhshanian/OC WeeklySing along, everybody...​By the time Kanye West performed on Sunday night, everyone was stationed at the main stage. And by everyone, we mean that it looked like all 70,000 concertgoers had decided that Mr. West would be the cherry to their ice-cream Sunday of a weeken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    All Time Low Front Man Alex Gaskarth Talks About Pop Music and Why Rebecca Black's 'Friday' is Terrible

    ​Something about All Time Low's front man Alex Gaskarth is immensely appealing. It's unnerving, especially since I am not a 15-year-old girl. But Gaskarth is charmingly candid, and is much more thoughtful than your idea of a pop-punk singer with highlights. After the jump, read about why he loves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Black Eyed Peas, Blink-182, Simon Cowell and More Host Benefits for Japan Via Shows, T-Shirts, Albums, Vids, Tweets

    ​In the wake of the unfathomable disaster in Japan, musicians are showing their support through benefit shows, merch and other creative endeavors, rallying fans to help the country. Their efforts can make a real impact--Gaga's Japan-relief wristbands raised $250,000 in just 48 hours.  Here's ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 24, 2011

    Jeremy Scott's x Adidas Originals Marks the Sneaker

    [Trendzilla] Get the latest buzzed-about Adidas shoe at South Coast Plaza

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    February 23, 2011

    Thom Yorke's Dancing Inspires Mash-Up Videos

    ​Radiohead's new album The King of Limbs and its accompanying video for single "Lotus Flower"  had barely been released on Friday when a multitude of parodies based around Thom Yorke's interesting dance moves popped up on YouTube. You can check out all of the funny parodies aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Arcade Fire Win Album of the Year in a Shocker

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​Surprisingly, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire won album of the year for the 53 Grammy Awards last night. Shocked? We are, too. They beat out Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster, Eminem's Recovery and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. The Grammys seemed to get ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011

    Lady Gaga Coming to OC

    [Mental Notes] Also, Josh Freese fills in with Paramore and WAR remembers Teena Marie

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Boob Wars: Katy Perry Gets Knocked Down a Cup Size on the Newsstand

    ​Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Katy Perry was the unquestionable Boob War victor of 2010, two dark horses decided to strut their stuff this month on magazine covers, proving once again that a Boob War never truly ends. The time between cease fires just changes.Here is Katy's app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Parties by Panache of Brea Featured on Food Network's Cupcake Wars

    ​In one of my few circle of friends, the show that's a punchline for The Last Thing On Earth We Want To See is Cupcake Wars. Really--three rounds of cupcakes? When can we expect Bagel Battles? Or Strudel Skirmishes? Overwrought production on an overwrought food trend.But while flipping channels la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    WTF of the Week: The Grammy Noms

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEminem, nominated for 'Recovery'​WTF:Despite the fact that the way the world listens to music has changed radically over the past decade, the Grammys ostensibly continue to reward bands based on a model en vogue 50 years ago. This year's list of nominees reflects that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Jeffree Star On Being Dubbed 'the Next Lady Gaga' by Akon, Why Ke$ha is Not a Singer, and Being the First Gay Artist to Work in Hip-Hop

    ​A few weeks ago, Akon called OC native Jeffree Star the next Lady Gaga. Akon had just signed the gay shock pop purveyor, and many critics called him delusional. Luckily, Star is used to haters. In a recent phone interview, Jeffree Star clarified what Akon meant. "I think what he meant was when Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    The Rambles Fight the Good Fight for Pop Music

    North Orange County's The Rambles are warriors in the battle of reclaiming pop music from acts like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Their pop revival army is made up of guitarist Eric Plunkett, rhythm guitarist and singer Isaiah Silva, lead vocalist and tambourine player Kevin Fry, bassist Brad Babin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Sesame Street vs. Yo Gabba Gabba! The Musical Battle for Your Kids' Coolness

    Sesame Street​Sesame Street wants your kids to be cool. And not by learning the alphabet, easy addition or "good government bullshit" (sorry, it's the 20th anniversary of the release of GoodFellas).No, they're doing it through pop music.This week, The Street (I hear that's what the cool toddlers a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Truce Colors: MTV VMAs Gives the World One Night Without Cleavage Carnage ... Almost

    ​Where's Lil Kim when you need her?Historically, the MTV Video Music Awards have been the scene of mammary massacres for Boob Wars since time immemorial (or at least 1984). But this year, it looks like a cease fire was imposed. Just check out how chaste superpowers like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga--c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Achtung, Baby! Are Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's Dueling Titzkriegs Desperate Cries for Help?

    Rolling Stone/Mark Seliger; Vanity Fair/Nick KnightAt this point, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga need to get their raging narcissistic tendencies a hotel room and let them scissor each other into submission. Neither can go 72 hours without finding an 85-mm lens and a light kit to shove their cans in front ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Boob War Fourth of July Special: 13 Original Pairs of Breasts That Made America Great

    ​A holiday is a great excuse to run an overused concept into the ground. That's why the Fourth of July is a perfect opportunity for a Boob War Special Edition (cue percussive theme music) that takes a historical look at the pioneering woman--and their breasts--responsible for making our country g ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Note to Jeff Mangum: Do Something Worthwhile Already!

    ​According to Pitchfork, the long-stalled art film Major Organ and the Adding Machine has finally been assigned a DVD release date. On Sept. 14, record label Orange Twin will release the film along with a double CD featuring the music of various artists as well as additional film footage.  A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Out Takes: No Doubt & Katy Perry at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Andrew YoussefWelcome home.​ Have you seen our slideshow of night two of No Doubt at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine yet? No? Well you should. Then you should come right on back over here and view our awesome outtakes that we just didn't have room for. And a BONUS: Katy Perry photos fr ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009
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    April 10, 2009

    Last Night: Travis, Republic Tigers at the House of Blues, Anaheim

    Photo by Andrew YoussefLast Night: Travis, Republic Tigers at the House of Blues, Anaheim; April 9, 2009.Better Than: Seeing Travis Barker or Randy Travis (I've only seen the former, but I'm making an educated guess).Least Appealing Snack Offer: "Delicious Parmesan potato chips basket for $2.00," wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Akon Added to Jingle Ball

    As if the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball could get any more awesome, this morning Senegalese-American rapper Akon, he of "Don't Matter" and simulated sex with a 15-year-old and pulling a dude on stage and throwing him off fame, has been added to the bill. I notice you noticing him.Akon just released a new albu ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Last Night: MC Chris, Totally Michael, Sirah at Chain Reaction

    Last Night: MC Chris, Totally Michael and Sirah at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Oct. 21, 2008. Better Than: All three of the "Star Wars" prequels. Sorry, "Revenge of the Sith" apologists. Download: Totally Michael's self-titled debut, released last week and on iTunes. MC Chris isn't a fan of the "n ... More >>

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