By: Tom Cowell Where there be drugs, there be songs. The Velvets will rhapsodize their smack, Redman will tell you How to Roll A Blunt... musicians just can't help writing odes to the junk that messes 'em up. But where is the Meth songbook? The charts aren't exactly packed with serenades to the meth ... More >>
By: Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>
Last weekend marked twenty wonderful years since MTV aired the first episode of "Beavis and Butthead." While the duo changed the way the world viewed Generation X, as well as ushered in one of the sharpest satires of the 90s, it also popularized the idea of video "riffing" to a brand new audience. N ... More >>
Comedian Margaret Cho would like you to know something about the musical taste of the average lesbian. It's not just k.d. lang and Tori Amos shuffling around in their iPods. Their musical tastes can vary as much as anyone's. And sometimes they're looking for tunes with some serious balls. As a celeb ... More >>
Prior to parking my car on Day 2 of the NAMM convention (which incidentally was my first time ever), I'd already pumped myself up for a day full of musical exploration in this temporary gearhead paradise. But after scanning the parking lot on a rainy afternoon on my way into the Anaheim Convention ... More >>
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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I Love This City Festival Cricket Wireless Amphitheater 5/27/2012 This Memorial Day Weekend, the new electronic music festival produced by Live Nation Entertainment and LED Presents made its debut. The San Diego edition of I Love This City drew a sea of EDM fans at the Cricket Wireless Amphith ... More >>
[Checking In On . . .] Rob Wallace and Steve Krolikowski aim to take their sound in yet another new direction
See also: *Our complete Coachella coverage*Coachella: Let's Talk About Weed*Coachella: The Best of Friday, April 20, 2012Over the past 30 years, alternative Britpop rockers James have been one of the most underrated bands to come from Manchester. Having toured across the globe and played some of th ... More >>
For over 20 years Korn has been at the forefront of Nu Metal. Winner of many awards for their distinct aggressive sound and innovative music videos (including two Grammys for "Freak on a Leash" and "Here to Stay"), the LA-based metal monsters are proving to the world that they are not done yet. Las ... More >>
The Grammy-winning Nu Metal legends, Korn co-headlined with Sublime with Rome for this past weekend's Smokeout Festival at the NOS Events Center. We caught up with Korn's guitarist, James "Munky" Shaffer, about the Smokeout Festival and the future of the band.
Smokeout 2012 NOS Events CenterMarch 3, 2012Guerilla Union threw another successful festival in Cypress Hill's Smokeout 2012. The all day mind opening experience showcased a unique lineup with a wide variety of talented artists including hip-hop, heavy metal, dubstep, experimental, reggae and ele ... More >>
On Sunday, Skrillex won three Grammys: Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. So why didn't he win the Grammy for Best New Artist?
With today being the official kickoff of the NAMM convention, expect Anaheim to be flooded with musicians instead of the usual Disneyland crowd. That being said, below are some of the best signings and events of the next few days, beginning this afternoon).
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 >>
Full disclosure: I've known Lauren Boquette of Lords of Ruin for approximately seven years and I consider him a friend. But the first time we met, I wasn't so sure we'd have much in common. Allow me to explain.Without ever meeting him, I hopped in a van with Boquette, my friend Gabe, someone who ... More >>
Getty imageJonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn, says he feels Barack Obama has "basically dragged this country down into the worst it's ever been," and calls the president an "Illuminati puppet." The nu-metal band, who played Los Angeles last night, released their latest, a "dubstep" album, ... More >>
Sal Rojas/Psycho RealmPsycho Realm -- ooh, scary!Halloween has arrived, and its time to break out the spooky sounds once more. Fake spider webs, fog machines, and the right props can make a trick-or-treater think twice before mustering up the courage to come to your door. Or, if you're one of tho ... More >>
The Omaha outfit stay the course and deliver good-time music
Take some "shots, shots, shots, shots" and get crunk with Lil Jon this Sunday at Sutra, when the DJ representing Atlanta makes an appearance. Lil Jon paved his way to fame with hip-hop group, The Eastside Boyz and the song "Get Low" (which became so popular even Sandra Bullock paid a tribute to t ... More >>
Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeath and Slayer on one bill Really.
whitesnake.comApparently, Whitesnake is still around, and making new music! In fact, they just announced a new keyboardist for their upcoming tour to support their new album Forevermore. His name is Brian Ruedy, and was born July 24, 1961 in Orange County. (No, seriously, this is what the announc ... More >>
Avenged SevenfoldOC-based Avenged Sevenfold and drummer Josh Freese of A Perfect Circle will be headlining the hard-rock music fest Rock on the Range. The 5th annual celebration will be held on May 21 and May 22 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio. It will commence early Friday evening with ... More >>
Charity records often bring together oddball combinations of musicians (or semi-musicians; see Aykroyd, Dan and "We Are the World"). According to Rolling Stone, a brand-new anti-nuclear-weapons benefit album titled Prayer Cycles 2: Path to Zero will do just that. Artists ranging from Sting to Sin ... More >>
WTF?Here's a twist on an OC Weekly blog from a few weeks ago. You may remember that last month's Hotlist in Rolling Stone deemed the muse du jour of rappers across the nation to be fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy. This month's RS reported on an unlikely rapper du jour for off-kilter hip-hop ... More >>
Peace Corp back in the dayGeorge Fryer is still pissed. Maybe you've seen the former Peace Corp frontman in his more recent, unperturbed project, the George Fryer Combo. He spends Sundays nursing others' hangovers at King Neptune's, or Saturday nights singing sweet love to trophy wives at places ... More >>
Keith MayRuh roh.And just like that, the greatest holiday of the year is alllll over. So what'd you do? We had another action-packed weekend, of course, with our first stop at Long Beach's adorable annual tradition, the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade and Pet Adoption Fair. Dogs? Way cuter than babie ... More >>
Find yourself all trick-or-treated out? Too tired to bedazzle your buttocks and head out to the mayhem in West Hollywood? Well, get a load of this list of the Halloween hi jinx taking place right here in Orange County before you decide to retire your cleverly constructed Ben Bernanke costume to ... More >>
Way back in May, we told you about how Long Beach band Repeater were hand-picked by big-time producer Ross Robinson (the Cure, Korn, At the Drive-In, buckets of other various stuffs) to serve as his next project. We met with them at Robinson's home studio in Venice Beach--where the band lived for ... More >>
Whoa, it's like the Newport Beach Film Festival is all "I'll be bawck" and stuff. Huh? What we're trying to say is, the recently concluded NBFF will be presenting a special preview screening of the upcoming Terminator: Salvation -- tomorrow night!Tickets are $20, and proceeds go to the film festival ... More >>
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