In a new era of double-weekend extravaganzas, of-the-minute EDM rockstars and insanely overpopulated venues, the quality of the music festival circuit is always in question, even as it continues to expand. Those of us spending hundreds of dollars due to ever-increasing ticket prices are often underw ... More >>
Coachella is less than a full day away, which means you should get ready for our annual deluge of posts about our reckless, wild time in Indio. We'll be out there in force with our sister paper LA Weekly (they also got festival pre-coverage for dayyyyys) Before that happens, we thought it best to ta ... More >>
Except for the occasional Octomom update, we don't write about La Habra much (and she doesn't even live there anymore), It's so gosh-darned out there it's practically in LA Weekly's juridiction. Even though I grew up there, I remember eating out in Fullerton, Brea and Rowland Heights more than ... More >>
In just the latest and perhaps harshest example of the schizophrenic nature of California's medical marijuana industry, the owner of a trio of Inland Empire medical marijuana clubs has been sentenced to serve a decade in federal prison. As Dennis Romero of the Weekly's sister paper LA Weekly just re ... More >>
By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post a ... More >>
The Los Angeles Press Club has recognized the Weekly with three award nominations for their fifth National Entertainment Journalism Awards. The awards ceremony will also honor Jane Fonda with their first Visionary Award (as introduced by Robert Redford) on Nov. 18th at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Ange ... More >>
Speaking of LA Weekly, their print feature this week on Fidlar, the garage punks from Highland Park, revealed that Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel, and Elvis and Max Kuehn have pretty solid OC ties. The Kuehn brothers' dad is T.S.O.L. keyboardist Greg Kuehn. According to the Weekly, the "young Ku ... More >>
Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyHARD Haunted MansionShrine Expo HallOct. 28-29, 2011 When I spoke to HARD founder Gary Richards about his goals with the festival series, he made it clear that he wanted to disassociate HARD from the raver scene. His attempts have been semi-successful--though there were no ... More >>
At least 39 people, many fed up with the death of the American dream, made their voices heard last night thanks to the magic of telephonic conferencing. People with degrees ranging from business management to graphic design, some struggling to find decent paying jobs in a dire economy, called in ... More >>
Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyLA's own No Age was another band we were wrongfully excited to see. We believed the hype. Their set began abrasively with screeching feedback and not singing, but more stylistic caterwauling. They had a very primitive punk sound, similar to one a thirteen-year-old ... More >>
Edwin Goei/OC WeeklyAnQi's basic $9 pho. Pretty good, but will $4,991 in gourmet ingredients (and some cash for charity) make it better? We would hope. The pho experience is anything but fancy, and that's just fine for all of us at SAFII. Tarnished napkin holders, murky ice water, tattered booths ... More >>
The Smashing Pumpkins have been releasing their 44-track opus, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, one song at a time, and our sister publication LA Weekly today premiered track no. 10, "Owata."
The eyes of the sports world, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco, have been focused on the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on April 1.What has received far less notice was the beating of a pregnant woman and her brother, apparent Dodger fans, at Angel Stadium three nig ... More >>
Gustavo Turner/LA WeeklyThis week's cover story of our sister paper LA Weekly had music editor Gustavo Turnergoing deep into Insane Clown Posse territory to get an exclusive interview with the group's Joe Bruce and Joey Utsley; read his cover story here. The best part of it, though, are the ... More >>
Los Angeles-based crime novelist and essayist James Ellroy makes the trip south Saturday as the Orange County Screenwriters Association's latest speaker.The author of The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, The Cold Six Thousand and his autobiographical My Dark Places, speaks at 10 a.m. ... More >>
It may not hold a Roman candle to being a perennial winner of awards and journalist-of-the-year nominations from the likes of the Los Angeles Press Club, but at least the fine investigative reporting of frequent Weekly contributor Christine Pelisek has received national exposure.Moments ago, CNN' ... More >>
OC Weekly won three awards at the Los Angeles Press Club's 52nd annual SoCal Journalism Awards Sunday night at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.Competing for the first time in the large newspapers division (not because our circulation increased that much but because everyone else's has shrunk), ... More >>
See our fourth finalist staffer in the update near the end of this post. Three Four OC Weekly staffers are finalists for awards in the Los Angeles Press Club's 52nd annual Southern California Journalism Awards, including nominees for journalist and designer of the year.As previously announced, R. ... More >>
From PeepersDennis Romero over at our big sis' paper LA Weekly has a post about a craigslist rental advertisement that sent a bunch of lookiloos to a San Clemente pad that was going to be leased out for $3,500 a month.The problem was the couple living in the 2,800-square-foot home had not yet pla ... More >>
Alan Rich, former classical music critic of our sister paper LA Weekly and Orange County resident, died last Saturday. He was 85. Read more about it here.
Dash Snow and daughter, Secret.Former LA Weekly staffer Daniel Hernandez tells of artist Dash Snow's elusive, invigorating essence in a moving tribute today on the LA Weekly blog. Dash, a generous, relentlessly defiant graf artist and photographer born into the arms of art world nobility, who lived ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano and his ¡Ask a Mexican! column was honored in the large ciculation category at last week's 2009 AltWeekly Awards presentation during the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) convention in Tuscon, Arizona. Arellano received honorable mention in the "Column: circulation 50,0 ... More >>
Photo by Karyn LawrenceA scene from Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble's "W.A.C. Iraq: A Work in Progress," which Beers reviewed.Yes, that does seem like an odd headline given that Orange County is not located in neither the city nor county of Los Angeles. Despite this, three Weeklings were awar ... More >>
The LA Weekly is announcing that Editor in Chief Laurie Ochoa and the paper are parting ways after eight years. A former intern, contributor, and special sections editor at the LA Weekly from 1984-1988, Ochoa returned to take over the editor in chief role in 2001. LA Weekly wishes her luck in all ... More >>
The OC Weekly--as in ORANGE COUNTY Weekly--plot for Los Angeles media market domination has been slow to achieve but persistent, as evidenced by the impressive showing Weeklings make on the Los Angeles Press Club's list of finalists for the 51st annual SoCal Journalism Awards.Winners will be announc ... More >>
StarDUST (Adventures in Conciousness)
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were de ... More >>
Last night, I had the privilege of attending the LA Weekly Christmas party. The food was good (meat skewers, hummus, empanadas, brownies), the Coronas free-flowing...but the comment I heard the most whenever I mentioned I was from the OC sister-paper was this: "Man, you guys' Christmas party looked ... More >>
Months ago, while I was in New York for business, I asked my editor at Scribner if the rumor was true: Was the best damn publishing house on Earth really talking with Daniel Hernandez about bringing him into our familia? My jefe said sí, and I rejoiced. Hernandez, for those of you who aren't famil ... More >>
The family that wears eyeshadow together, stays together. Click the image for more photos of goths at the Magic Kingdom: Oh, and read the related LA Weekly article.
The traveling rap festival hit San Bernadino on August 11. Our sistah paper, LA Weekly, has some nifty snaps. Click the image to see the footage:
On newstands now is what we wrote about last month: A Nation piece by UC Irvine professor Jon Wiener criticizing the Weekly's new ownership and the tumultuous turnover here earlier this year. Rumor has it the Nation will print a response by Weekly jefe Ted Kissell, which means our own must be out of ... More >>
Web Exclusive! Robert Altman, R.I.P.
Nikki Finke at our sistah paper LA Weekly gets the scoop you won't read in the LA Times about their high-level shake-up, where the current publisher has been fired, a Tribune toadie has been hired and editor Dean Baquet has shown himself to be a gutless wonder.
LA Weekly Detour Music Festival
Check it out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dopey/190585237/ This was sent by our pal Mark Mauer at LA Weekly. As we informed him, this Coker fellow has certainly been called Dick. Tracy? Not so much. But Dick: definitely.
David Chute, who has reviewed for us and LA Weekly many Bollywood films that play at the Naz 8, passes this along. You'll also want to follow the links to the story that quotes David and scroll down to his comments about the You Tube video.
Hooray for the Evil Queen! Crazy sex, evil, awards top local communists perfect month!
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