• Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Korn's Bassist Fieldy Talks About Braving Bomb Scares and Sobriety

    After breaking the news three years ago they were adding Skrillex-influenced electronic beats to their nu-metal sound in "The Path of Totality," Korn have not only transformed their musical direction, but have shifted the band perspective with positive morale that is audibly noticeable in their lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Lucky 7 Newport Beach Film Festival Live Action-Meets-Animation Mind Melds

    The biggest news as the Newport Beach Film Festival opened its 15th run last night was not the opening night world premiere of Lovesick, a romantic comedy starring Matt LeBlanc of Friends and Episodes fame. It's that after more years and hangovers than I can remember, the official vodka sponsor is n ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 25, 2013
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    March 5, 2012

    The OC Music Awards Ceremony at the Grove, Mar. 3, 2012

    ​The OC Music Awards Ceremony City National Grove of AnaheimMar. 3, 2012Judging by the throngs of people leaving their tables before the award for best video was announced, it seems I'm not the only one who found this weekend's OC Music Awards Ceremony to be a two-hour snore fest. Those of us ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012

    Bands That Should Be Huge in 2012

    [Mental Notes] Who will be this year's Young the Giant?

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Five Local Bands Who Should Be Huge in 2012

    ​Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    OC Music Awards 2012 Nominees Announced: How the Process Works

    ​UPDATED:Yesterday we talked to the OC Music Awards about claims that the nomination process isn't exactly transparent, with some OC Music Awards Academy members also nominated as musicians in various categories (see more after the jump.) Today I got an email from Weekly reader Nathan Hoffmann, as ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2011


    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Kiev for Sweet Relief: Raising Money, Awareness and Releasing an EP in One Night

    ​On Oct.15, the House of Blues Anaheim will be one of 200 venues around the country teaming up with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund's annual event. Every year the non-profit raises money for musicians who are struggling to make ends meet. According to Sweet Relief, over 65 percent of professional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Over the Weekend: Moon Block Party in Pomona

    ​The Moon Block Party served as a crash course in the gems of our local music scene. The festival was a first of what's to be an annual arts and music festival in the Pomona Arts Colony. It benefited the Pomona School of the Arts.Several big hitters from LA and OC music scene came out and played o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Kiev Wants You to See the Color of Music

    ​ A few days ago, Kiev--made up of Robert Brinkerhoff (vocals, guitar), Brandon Corn (drums), Derek Poulsen (bass), Alex Wright (keys), and Andy Stavas (keys, saxophone)--caught up with us to talk about how much things have progressed since OC Weekly last interviewed them, and how the OC Music Aw ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2011

    Menomena Is Menomenal

    The OC-by-way-of Portland group doesn't have enough hands but still puts out gems

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Kiev in 3D at Segerstrom Center PLUS Five Local Bands We Wish Would Put On a 3D Show

    ​Kiev is opening for Menomena at Segerstrom Center's Indie Band Series next week, and apparently they have a few gimmicks they didn't roll out at the OC Music Awards when they won Best Indie Band this year. 

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Menomena and Kiev Kick Off Segerstrom Center's Indie Band Series

    An old Menomena photo with Brent Knopf​On May 24, you can see for yourself why Riley Breckenridge from Thrice is such a Menomena fanboy.  The Portland band kicks off Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Indie Band Series in Samueli Theater, with local band Kiev (winner of the Best Indie Band at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    TGIF: Ice Cube, Studio K Reunion, Fitz and the Tantrums and More!

    ​Ahhh, the weekend, finally. From local bands to a nostalgia trip at Knotts' Studio K and Ice Cube at the Grove--there's never enough time to do everything you want.

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Bob Dylan Opens OC Fair

    [Mental Notes] Also: The winners of two OCMA awards, Amateur Chemist is on hiatus

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Last Night at the OC Music Awards Best Live Band Finals

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe Steelwells​OC Music Awards Best Live BandFeb. 25, 2011Galaxy Concert TheaterThe best live band of the 10th-annual OC Music Awards was announced last Friday night at a showcase at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana. And the winner is . . . drumroll, please . . ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    What You Missed: Chuck Allen Paddle-Out, OCMA Finals, Stone Temple Pilots, Glassjaw, Infected Mushroom

    Jacob Kahn/OC Weekly​What'd you miss this weekend? We attended the OC Music Awards Live Band Finals, caught Stone Temple Pilots at the Fox, Glassjaw at the Glass House and Infected Mushroom at the City National Grove of Anaheim. On Sunday, we headed out to the Huntington Beach Pier to help pay tri ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011

    OCMA Best Live Band Final

    Galaxy Concert Theatre

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    OC Music Awards Finals Starting Tomorrow Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Well folks, it's finally here. After navigating the sonic marathon that is the OCMA's, we are near the light at the end of the tunnel: the two-night award show finals event. The top five artists were picked from both the Best Live Band and Best Live Ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    OC Music Awards Finalists Announced!

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​The five finalists for Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic Showcase Series have been chosen! These 10 bands will perform at the Showcase Finals on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 where the category winners will be announced on stage at the end of each night.‬ Find out who wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    OC Music Awards Nominees Are Out Now!

    Dagha Bloom nominated for Best New Album​​Finally, the nomination ballots are in, and the 2011 nominees have been announced. Some artists are past winners, while other nominees are fresh faces to the OC scene. The OC Music Awards added two new categories for this year: Best Youth Artist and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    OC Music Awards at the Gypsy Lounge Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyStrange Birds​OC Music AwardsJan. 18, 2011The Gypsy LoungeIt's been a long day, so here's what you need to know: last night's competition was held at the soon-to-be-shuttered Gypsy Lounge. Five bands performed, each rocking their full electric lineup. They played in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    OC Music Awards at the Gypsy Lounge Tonight

    Sarah Buss​​As we mentioned in December, the Gypsy Lounge will host the Orange County Music Awards tonight. Sadly, this will be one of the last shows there before the venue closes its doors. The five acts on the bill--Gromble, Strange Birds, May McDonough, Kiev and California Condors--will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    OC Music Awards Announce Live Showcase Series and New Submission Categories

    ​Can you believe the OC Music Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary? The newest season kicks off on Jan. 4, and as usual, there will be seven weeks of free showcases at different venues around OC. Today, they announced the Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic Showcase series (see the schedul ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 4, 2010
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    October 29, 2010

    Starfucker at Detroit Bar Last Night

    Todd Barnes/OC Weekly​Check out our Starfucker slideshow here!StarfuckerOctober 29, 2010Detroit BarLast night's gig at Detroit Bar was the last stop for Oregon indie-electro band Starfucker.  Despite being on the road for weeks, it didn't appear they had lost any steam. Playing synthy, catchy ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    Wanted: Local Music

    [Mental Notes] We're reviewing local releases. In other news, you can buy the Sublime tour van, watch the Growlers at HOB or go to Fearless Records' tour

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    The Growlers added to Dahga Bloom and My Pet Saddle's Record Release Show at House of Blues, Anaheim, July 31

    Rebecca Arand​In an effort to capture every last drop of Orange County's hipster fan base, Fullerton bands Dahga Bloom (featured in this week's Locals Only column)  and My Pet Saddle confirmed yesterday that South county's psych rock kingpins, the Growl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Orange Bits: Jordin Sparks, Hootenanny and More

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyA womblike (maybe?) car interior from our Hootenanny slideshow.​This week in OC music news from other venues: Jordin Sparks is cheesy, Hootenanny gets people talking, a local music blog gently slams local music players. And more!

  • Music

    July 8, 2010

    Pirates' Radio

    [Locals Only] Now that most of the band have graduated from high school, the Hindu Pirates are ready to launch their offensive on the airwaves

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Over the Weekend: The New Limb Record Release Party at House of Blues, Anaheim

    Sarah Buss Photography​​The Hype: The release of the New Limb's debut album, Sounds People Can Hear, has been a long time coming. Especially after a year of surging popularity, packed local gigs and doting write-ups in all sorts of local papers and magazines (including ours).  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    A Look Inside the New Limb's Sounds People Can Hear Listening Party

    ​For a bunch of reticent rockers from Costa Mesa, the New Limb crew likes to make a lot of noise. Made up of brothers Joey (vocals) and Adam Chavez (drums), Dan Perez (guitar) and Lauren Salamone (keys), the band releases its first full-length recording, Sounds People Can Hear, April 3, kicked off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    New Songs, New Show, New Album from The New Limb

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyDan Perez of the New Limb at the Gypsy Lounge.​There's a lot that's new in the world of Costa Mesa indie-pop quartet The New Limb, recently named best indie band in the county by the OC Music Awards. They already have "new" in their name, so they're kinda used ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Last Night: OC Music Awards Showcase, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    The Hype: The OC Music Awards has to be one of the cooler things going on around here. From now until the big bash March 6 at the Grove of Anaheim, it features a slew of free weekly showcases featuring the county's best bands. Tuesday's roster included the Union Line, which won an OC Music Award las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Tomorrow: OC Music Awards Kick Off, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    San Juan Capistrano ensemble the Union Line, which thrilled a seriously packed Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest on Dec. 17 with summery vocal harmonies and a boisterous horn section, is scheduled to perform at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa Tuesday as part of the 2010 OC Music Awards debut showcase. It's fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    OC Music Awards Announces Artists for Free Showcase Series

    ​A whopping 35 local acts will participate in the OC Music Awards Showcase Series. The seven-week event launches Tuesday, January 7, at Detroit Bar in Cost Mesa. It will continue at various venues countywide. All showcase dates are free. The artists are competing for Best Live Band or Best Live ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009

    Fidotrust Fest 2009

    Alex’s Bar, The Prospector, The Cellar, Que Sera

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Prostate Orgasm

    GET OUT! Nightlife and more: Dec. 7 - Dec. 14

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Keeping It Real

    Bobby Brinkerhoff, Kiev

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Get Out!

    June 29 - July 6: Handjobdrugscum

  • Columns

    August 11, 2005


    I Only Wish the Register or The Blade Had Your Balls.

  • Columns

    February 26, 2004


    My Liev as a dog

  • Unknown

    September 21, 2000

    Tom Mitchell

    Bassist/Vocalist for the Over-Reactors, Insomnia Sufferer