• Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Funniest Kidz Bop Renditions of Your Favorite Songs

    This Saturday afternoon, Kidz Bop's Dream Big, Sing Loud Tour is coming to The OC Fair. All the big name Billboard #1 Kidz Bop stars will be on hand, including Ashlynn Chong, Bredia Santoro, Grant Knoche, Jayna Brown and Matt Martinez. In observation of our favorite squeaky clean kid-friendly bop-fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    LA's Bullhook Ban Creates One Less SoCal Stop for Annual Honda Center Visitor Ringling Bros.

    And then there were two? When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its annual Southern California swing, the venues are in Anaheim, Ontario and Los Angeles. But LA has effectively dropped out effective 2017 with the City Council's ban on bullhooks, goads and prods used to wrangle elep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Film

    June 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Five Radio Hits That Don't Need Any More Airplay, According to John Heffron

    Comedian John Heffron has a pretty hectic life and yet somehow, he always manages to stay full of energy while consistently keeping it funny. Just how busy is this guy? Well, he's getting ready to shoot his fourth comedy special, working on a book, he invades earholes via his hilarious podcast "Heff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Top Five Old-School Dance Floor Jams, According to Brad Williams

    If there is something we've learned about OC native and comedian extraordinaire Brad Williams over the years, it's that he is one hell of a dancer. We know there's no denying he's funny as hell and gets plenty of well-deserved standing O's, but that aside, this guy has moves for days. With an upcomi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    What We Learned from the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

    This past Saturday, award show season officially ended with the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. The 26th installment of the only award show where "kids rule," it was a star-studded night that legitimately out-shined plenty of its contemporaries. You may think we're kidding, but how many awards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Five Highlights From Nervo's West Coast Travels

    The past six months have been a whirlwind of success for the Australian-born NERVO twins. They were the only female DJs on the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, landing at No. 46, the third-highest new entry among EDM's elite. The only other female to ever make the list was Claudia Cazacu, who squeaked in at No. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    30 Facts About Ke$ha We Learned From Her New Book 'My Crazy Beautiful Life'

    By: Brian McManusIf you listen closely to Ke$ha's songs (and is there any other way to listen to Ke$ha? ), you already know quite a bit about her. She wakes up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. She uses a bottle of Jack to brush her teeth (which sounds dangerous). Etc. Etc. So on. So forth. ANYW ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Product Placement in Music Videos = Tacky

    We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Matisyahu Sheds Old Sonic Habits, Among Other Things

    See Also:* [Slide Show]: Matisyahu with Flobots at City National Grove of Anaheim*Wayne Coyne on Celebrating His World Record and Collaborating With Ke$ha*No Doubt in Their Own Words Staring at yourself in a mirror can be as daunting as looking down the barrel of a gun, especially if you don't like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Wayne Coyne On Celebrating His World Record and Collaborating with Ke$ha

    See Also: *Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips *Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex *Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move In our print feature this week, we caught up with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne who outlin ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips

    After breaking a Guinness World Record, the Oklahoma psych rockers have much more in store

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips

    See Also:* Pacific Festival: The Dunes Announced* Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy MoveAs the Flaming Lips pulled into New Orleans for the final show on a marathon, eight-city, 24-hour jaunt acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Coachella Spotlight: The Midnight Beast

    ​"We're just another boyband/The girls are underage but we don't care/And when you throw your panties at a boyband/After the shows we keep your underwear," or so the trio from the Midnight Beast sings in "Just Another Boyband." These young lads from the U.K. are a comedy musical group, and will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    OC 'Weirdos' Road Trip to Flaming Lips Singer Wayne Coyne's Home, Write Song

    ​Spending 22 hours in a car is a crazy idea in itself. Match that with driving halfway across the nation to knock on the door of rocker Wayne Coyne's house is taking stalker status to the next level. "Some weirdos just showed up on my porch...They drove all the way from LA to bring me a birthday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    KROQ's Almost Acoustic Lineup Is Out

    [Mental Notes] Jack Grisham is writing another book, and Chris Marrs Piliero is giving away music-video mementos

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Director Chris Marrs Piliero Gives Away Music Video Memorabilia

    ​One of our favorite contemporary music video directors, OC native Chris Marrs Piliero, is giving away a ton of ultra cool music memorabilia from videos he directed. The contest is open on his site, until Nov. 19, and the mementos include items from the sets of of Ke$ha, the Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Katy Perry: Cashing in on that Normal Niche

    Flickr user florencia.tomasConsider Katy Perry--who, a few years before her rapid rise to stardom, was best known as "the girlfriend of that guy from Gym Class Heroes."  Now, Perry sells out stadiums. She's gotten so popular that she's performing at the Nokia Theatre in LA for three nights in ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2011

    Chris Marrs Piliero Shot Britney Spears

    And other tales of music-video directing from former local musician Chris Marrs Piliero

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    2011 Vans Warped Tour in Ventura Last Sunday

    ​Vans Warped TourVenturaJuly 3, 2011Since its 1995 inception, the Vans Warped Tour has tried to be a youthful, day-long gritty, grimy window into festival culture, all while representing the punk rock music market. A check-in with the 2011 tour confirms that on the first front, at least, Warped h ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    Summer Music: What Kind of Fan Am I?

    [SUMMER GUIDE] Can't decide which shows are worth opening your recession-lightened wallet for? We're here to help!

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Five Pop Stars More Deserving of Abduction than Joss Stone

    ​Two men were arrested in England this week for trying to abduct the soul singer Joss Stone. Making the case stranger, the suspects reportedly had in their possession a Samurai sword and written plans to kill Stone and dump her into a river. Call us a bunch of softies, but we're perplexed that an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Did Ke$ha Rip Off OC Real Housewife Gretchen Rossi?

    Gretchen Rossi​Ke$ha​First of all, yes, there's a Real Housewife of Orange County who sings. In between muzzling her ex-boyfriend and being obsessed with Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi has found time to launch a cute little music career. "Revelation" is the sorta-catchy autotuned dance t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    The Best of Riley's 3hree Things: He's BACK!

    ​Last January, Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice and author of the snarky, often hilarious and mostly thoughtful column Riley's 3hree Things, took a hiatus due to family matters. On Tuesday next week, he'll finally be back to give us more of hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Rebecca Black to Guest on MTV's O Awards

    ​First the DigiTour, and now Rebecca Black is going to be at the MTV O Awards. Why does the world keep proving the Onion right again and again?As you all know, "Friday" has racked up more than 122 million views on YouTube. This is apparently enough to merit an appearance on MTV's inaugural O Award ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Britney Spears Confirms Honda Center Date

    ​Britney Spears just announced her SoCal dates with Nicki Minaj. Nervo and Jessie and the Toy Boys will also be opening. Spears will be at the Staples Center on June 20 and the Honda Center June 24. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

  • Culture

    April 14, 2011

    Coachella Couture

    [Trendzilla] What the hipsters will wear at the annual Indio indie-fest

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Too $hort at the Grove

    ​Just in case you didn't know that Too $hort had a dollar sign in his name waaaaaay before Ke$ha was even a zygote in her Auto Tuning producer's eye, we're giving away a LOT of tickets to Too $hort's concert at the Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, December 11. The rapper formerly known as Todd Anth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Three Products Ke$ha's Selling in the 'We R Who We R' Video

    [via Idolator]​Ke$ha's new video is set in an gritty, urban, '80s Mad Max glitter fest where people are partying and drinking all night long. Obviously, dirty isn't the most unusual part of Ke$ha's aesthetic, but random product placement in videos are a new thing (at least for her). See if you'll ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Tomorrows Bad Seeds Aren't So Bad

    In fact, they're more inspiring than Ke$ha

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Akon Signs Jeffree Star

    [Mental Notes] Also, Weezer's 'Pinkerton' 180.

  • 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

    November 2, 2010

    3hree Things: The Top Three Singles on iTunes And How Old And Out Of Touch They Make Me Feel

    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.I remember playing select cuts from my rapidly expanding (and mostly horrible) music collection ... More >>

  • Music

    October 21, 2010

    Oh Girl's Got Sunshine

    [Locals Only] Is this duo as funny onstage as they seem in real life?

  • 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 4, 2010

    The Arkells Want to Tan and Eat Salads in Orange County

    ​​Remember when Broken Social Scene and Feist and Metric and the New Pornographers  were all over the music blogs because they were awesome and also Canadian? Well, the days of glorifying our neighbors to the North for health care and cold weather are over, but the Arkells still do a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Lady Gaga Bio Comic: Low On Gaga, Big On Bill

    ​Bluewater Comics has made a name for itself in non-comics circles thanks to its line of biographical books featuring such luminaries as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Nancy Pelosi and Stephenie Meyer. Last week, the publisher released the Fame: Lady Gaga bio comic, and with it, Bluewater d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Simpsons Weighs in on Comic-Con Moving to Anaheim

    ​We've spilled a good amount of digital ink on what a truly terrible idea Comic-Con International moving from San Diego to Anaheim (or Los Angeles) is, even if there are still about 3,000 people on Facebook who think otherwise. Luckily, our side has gotten some noteworthy support, as the vastly in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The Hood Internet Performing at the Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, 3/26

    ABX and STV SLV on the cover of their third mixtape.​Scroll past the gimmicks, the melodrama, and the overly recycled Auto-Tuning of mainstream rap, but keep the bass and beats. Keep going deeper, a few clicks past the most obscure, and unheard of indie rock and before you know it, you're in the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Today in Music News: Lady Gaga Is So Gay, Johnny Cash, Ke$sha, Vampire Weekend

    Lady Gaga steals thunder from Madonna again, honored by Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.Final Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin collaboration--featuring another batch of intriguing covers--due out Feb. 26.LA's sexiest robot, ah, pop singer, Ke$ha, knocks out Susan Boyle to top Billboard 200.Vam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Today in Music News: Ke$sha, Susan Boyle, Michael Jackson, Roland Howard

    LA party girl Kesha--or Ke$ha if you're cool like that--tops Billboard 100 with her raunchy, robot single "TiK Tok." She's first female to have debut single go No. 1 since Lady Gaga.Speaking of pop tart chart-toppers, Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream remains No. 1 on Billboard 200 for fifth consecuti ... More >>