Have you ever ordered a meal only to have every hue in it be a crispy golden brown? Have you ever had so much deep fried batter that your gut begged you to stop and eat a salad? Have you ever eaten at a restaurant where the closest thing to salad is the cabbage inside of the deep fried egg roll? I ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the difference between Tex-Mex and New Mexican food?
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Is The Olde Ship really that "olde" if it's just celebrating its 20th year? When you consider that most restaurants are lucky to make it two years let alone ten, then yes, that's quite old indeed. To celebrate, our county's Brit pub staple is holding a bash this Sunday, April 21st, at Muckenthaler C ... More >>
This Friday night, Eric Burdon, one of the last standing icons from the golden age of rock, will be hitting the stage at The Coach House, one of only a handful of shows the singer has planned in 2013. Over the past few years, Burdon has experienced a revival of sorts. At last year's South-by-Southw ... More >>
This year as opposed to any other year of Coachella serves a reminder that the branding of the event is bigger than any of the bands playing, including headliners. While there was plenty of grumbling by younger, pre-Brit pop fans about The Stone Roses, overlooked is the head scratching move to put P ... More >>
Friday, April 5 Feeding PeopleFingerprints Feeding People play a delightful brand of fuzzy-buzzy garage rock seasoned with reverby vocals and spooky-circus guitar riffs. At times, they're reminiscent of the Doors (but if the Doors had made it to the late '70s.) Another way to conceptualize Feedin ... More >>
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Disney is the latest conquest by the growing chain
By: Liz Tracy The S.S. Coachella set out to sea rather unceremoniously. There weren't horns, not a streamer in sight, and no one smashed bottles against the body of the ship. But we'd all been aboard the Celebrity Silhouette for about four hours at that point, and Father John Misty was launching ... More >>
North Korea (and audiences) go home unhappy
Written by our resident Brit, Jack Grimshaw... Sexy, ketchup ain't. If your shining moment is being the punch line of a joke (albeit one told by the delectable Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction), then you have, in PR and advertising lingo, an image problem. And Dana Point's Beach Cities Ketchup aims to ch ... More >>
This adaptation of Brontë braves lines of color
By Karina Longworth This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimmin ... More >>
You probably won't meet Bourdain or the comely Brit, but you will have a chance to audition this Saturday in LA if you're interested in competing for what they promise is an "exciting" new cooking show for ABC hosted by the pair.The requirements for being considered are pretty lax. You don't have to ... More >>
Hipsters of the world unite! After a long wait, the Coachella lineup has been announced. The festival, as promised, will span six days over two weekends in April (13-15, 20-22). As usual, the festival features an indie-friendly lineup; however, there are a couple of prominent names returning to t ... More >>
Teen movies, in general, have great music. I don't know how that is, but when you think about it, teenagers take music more seriously than any other demographic I can think of, so if you're making a movie by/for them, it's gotta have a great soundtrack. Some of the choices may be silly, but, the ... More >>
Oh, don't be such a cynic. Matt Damon needs your love
Yes, Jessi J, you made the list. Stop pouting. Tis' an exciting time of year for music critics. From January through November, carpel-tunnel prone wordsmiths like us are often faced with editorial pressure to "go easy" on certain releases. Or perhaps we are encouraged to throw praise upon hyp ... More >>
Written by our resident Brit, Jack Grimshaw...It was a vision from hell. For seafarers in the 17th and 18th centuries, there was no sight more bowel-loosening than a horde of no-quarter-given-or-sought pirates swarming over your taffrail with cudgels, cutlasses, battle axes and bad intent. (If E ... More >>
It's time for our weekly round-up of all the tasty news you may have missed (see awesome popsicle to the right).Taste it all after the jump!
UPDATE, AUG. 9, 12:08 P.M.: Despite that rock-throwing incident in Pennsylvania last week, Brit T. Mark Allison reached Coney Island just after 2 a.m. this morning to complete a 3,100-mile charity run that began May 1 in Huntington Beach.He only missed his goal by two hours of reaching the fabled ... More >>
27 is rock and roll's most hazardous number.On Saturday, Amy Winehouse joined an exclusive club after the five-time Grammy winner was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. It is the age at which a number of pop stars have died from overdoses, suicides, murders, or in some cases, just ... More >>
Dave Green of the Brit band the Filthy Souls is performing at the House of Blues in Anaheim tomorrow; he talks to OC Weekly about what his performance is like without the band and working with Bishop Lamont.
Getting to know the ambitious Signal Hill restaurant beyond the first crush
Last week while we were eating lunch, a six-year-old told me "Mustard is the opposite of ketchup". After I laughed and laughed, I realized how cogent a statement it really was. This kid should have a Twitter feed, I thought.It seems it's an idea that some fans of Parks and Recreation took and ran ... More >>
Britney Spears has had a busy week, announcing a pair of June SoCal shows as part of her Femme Fatale tour and popping up unexpectedly at a club with Nicki Minaj, causing such a stir that six fans collapsed from hyperventilation. Not wanting to miss out on the excitement, we used our connecti ... More >>
Last week, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters entered into a minor public spat with Glee overlord Ryan Murphy when he announced that none of his music would ever appear on the FOX-TV hit. Grohl is not the first rock star to issue a No Glee statement to the press-- Coldplay and Guns n' Roses did th ... More >>
Far*Out, the West Covina trio with the hard-to-look up name, formed in high school after hearing Oasis' Definitely Maybe. Now that they have a full length that they can call their own, they're celebrating with a release show at Chain Reaction on Saturday. Bassist Charles Gray tells you why you sh ... More >>
Who's Alex Pettyfer? That's the same question I'm asking, but the E! side of the celebrity universe is pumping him up as the next It Boy--good for him.For our purposes, though, we only care that the Brit ate at In-N-Out.
The British are coming. The British are coming. And they're bringing their Indian food. Tamarind, a Michelin-starred London restaurant that also got kudos from none other than Gordon Ramsay himself, is opening at Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Coast. In the Irvine Company press release tha ... More >>
EPA/The IndependentIn honor of Aaron Carter getting out of rehab (who, by the way, looks like absolute shit), we wondered, "Hey, just who were the most fucked-up rockers ever?" Yes, there are some very deserving people not here (David Crosby, Station to Station--era Bowie, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac ... More >>
You may have heard of Chicago-based Smith Westerns from any of the big music blogs or because they are touring all around U.S. in support of their sophomore LP, Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum). Their musical influences stem from the likes of the Beatles, T.Rex and the best parts of '90s Brit-pop.  ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyHere it is! The weekly list of links to music coverage (that we didn't write) around the OC music blogosphere.
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyAdvocates of the overturning on Proposition 8 gathered at Bixby Park in Long Beach on Aug. 4, 2010With all due respect to Ms. Diana Ross, there are more gay anthems than "I'm Coming Out." Here are five that also deserve a wave of the rainbow flag, since today is officially Comi ... More >>
He might've just popped the champagne, but thanks to the strategically placed bottle between Mick Jagger's legs, this thick-lipped legend puts the "hard" in this week's Hard Days Night at Proof Bar in Santa Ana.
Charles Gray, bassist of Brit-pop-esque band Far*Out, shares a fashion tip: "Leave the skinny jeans for the skinny kids. I'm looking at you, chubby emo kid on the skateboard!"
Timothy NorrisThe Morning Benders reinterpreting The HangoverIf you're not at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa for at least one of the next three nights then, well, we just don't know what.A bold claim, but here's the evidence...
Coolio with DJ Squigs, 9 p.m. See what's cooking with this has-been rapper and his DJ friend! Sutra Lounge Triangle Square, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Ste. 200 Costa Mesa, CA 949-722-7103 Matisyahu; Flobots, 7:30 p.m. View images from the concert tomorrow at ocweekly.com/slideshows The Grove of Anaheim 220 ... More >>
Coco B's, Gran Ronde, Brookline At Detroit Bar February 8, 2008 Better than: Accordion lessons with Weird Al Yancovic. Download: On and On by Gran Ronde. About 30 minutes after parking myself at stool at Detroit Bar, I had downed a Whiskey Sour, a Vodka Cranberry and a glass of Guinness. Usually ... More >>
"The Barstow Boyz are to good taste what Kevin Federline is to good taste," Alison Rosen wrote in last week's issue. "Which is to say they wouldn't recognize it if it were a boat in their driveway." Which is a really cute and clever way (that's our Alison!) of saying that the Barstow Boyz play good ... More >>
Where to eat during the FIFA World Cup
Health, thy name is hooch