[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold editor-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find cr ... More >>
Green Day Fox Theater March 10, 2013About 40 minutes or so into Green Day's set, Billie Joe Armstrong begin what seemed to be an acoustic version of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" off what has become the band's seminal album, American Idiot. After the first verse, he paused before motioning ... More >>
Joey "CoCo" Diaz isn't really the guy you'd expect to go around singing songs in public. But we'll be damned if he doesn't post them on Twitter. Every day, the hefty, foul-mouthed comic wakes up his followers with a blast of noise, whether it's Tool or 2Pac. It's the kind of ritual that proves there ... More >>
See Also:*Cafe Tacuba - The Observatory - 8/13/12*Tri Tone FINALLY Gives Southern California a Latin Alternative Music Festival* Leo Dan Brings Latin Baby-Makin' Music to West Coast TheaterAs if you needed another excuse to hate Mexicans and their Latino cousins, here's another one: rock en español ... More >>
See Also:*Duran Duran speaks: John Taylor Says Twitter Helped Bring Their Fanbase Back to the 80s*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move*Young the Giant are OC's Next Great BandPlaying at the Soundland Festival in Nashville last fall should have been the high wa ... More >>
By: Joseph LapinSee Also:*Best Coast - Huntington Beach Pier - 8/1/12*Top Five Hits: Burger Records in Fullerton*Ink-N-Ion - The Queen Mary - 6/8-6/10/12The Jacuzzi Boys were supposed to land in Southern California on Tuesday to play a show at Burger Records, but due to a booking fiasco--they schedu ... More >>
Royal Thunder are currently dealing with a stalker. In the Atlanta band's case, the culprit isn't a human being they could press charges against, but rather a trio of numbers that has long followed them into the strangest corners. "Right before we left on tour, I had to go get a tag for the van. My ... More >>
Or at least a really spooky trend
I've attended nearly all of the previous 16 years of the annual Los Angeles Times books festivals, this one again on the campus of USC. There was that one year I missed, when the bibliochild was born and some friends, fellow writers and Santa Monica Review volunteers staffed the SMR booth, ... More >>
It's fair to say George Thorogood has been around the music biz a little while. When he was in his 20s, the blues/rock guitarist best known for being "B-b-b-buh-bad to the bone" briefly moved to England just so he could play guitar 12 hours a day without any distractions. In 1973, the Delaware-br ... More >>
Rooney Mara stars in Stieg Larsson's juggernaut
Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, died 33 years ago today in 1978. The man contributed a great deal to rock and roll, from naming one of the greatest classic rock acts, creating awesome collaborations with his legendary contemporaries, or setting the precedent for the decadence of the rock star lif ... More >>
Most of us have found ourselves embroiled in passionate arguments defending or blasting artists who "sell out." Those who rail against musicians who use their product to amass wealth will often cite Minor Threat as a shining example of a band who successfully avoided the monetary pitfalls of fame ... More >>
[Locals Only] The LBC trio talk influences and working with Ikey Owens of the Mars Volta
Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeath and Slayer on one bill Really.
Like vampires, old bands are best left buried deep in the earth, secure in their lead coffins and unable to drain vitality from unsuspecting new victims. Either because their most desperate fans demand it or because their mortgage notes are past due, the rock bands of yore keep punching thro ... More >>
[Locals Only] The Costa Mesa residents snag Detroit Bar residency
The Unkindest Cut: David Lynch's Blue Velvet When I scribble a good review, the people on the receiving end are generally so grateful for the kudos, they never question or bother to ask about my internal criteria that determines how their work was superior (or just more interesting) ... More >>
Batman image: DC/Mike AllredLost in the pomp, glamour and sweet smells that swirl around the attendees of San Diego Comic-Con</sarcasm> are the mind-numbing blocks of boredom as you wait in line for panels, autographs, food, bathrooms and opportunities to sexually harass booth babes. O ... More >>
I would have figured a Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or Michael jackson disc would have topped the chart. But no, Michigan rocker Bob Seger's Greatest Hits "is officially the decade's best-selling catalog album," reads the press release from EMI. It has sold "close to 9 million copies." I have ... More >>
The sun finally reappeared today and I decided to play tourist. I've been promising my family pictures of where I live for the past two weeks. I'm from Florida. My parents have never been to California. Only one of my three younger siblings has visited the state. So, I got on my bicycle and clic ... More >>
Renaissance Dana Point
There were Web sites back in 1998? Sure were! After all, that's the year Travis Keller and Aaron North started LA-based Buddyhead, the influential, infamous (Keller once sneaked into Fred Durst's office to steal red baseball caps and sell them on eBay!), shit-talking and genuinely beloved (well, pro ... More >>
Portugal. The Man Prove That Alaskans Got Soul to Burn
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies
Franz Ferdinands tour-food diary . . . yum!
Ray Barbee and his mild guitar
Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu
Innaway Before And After Science
Everybody Lets Get Stonered
Eye love SeriPop!
363 days before everybody else!
From Finland to Fullerton with Sideswipe
Timmy The Lonely Satellite Looks Down Upon This Ever-Changing, Rootless Thing
Two great flavors: familiar and fresh
G. Love is the funkiest, bluesiest white boy ever
Will the Wolves survive?