Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Friday, September 19 Drake vs. Lil Wayne Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Two of hip-hop's best buds are sharing a stage together this week. Aww. We know the whole thing is supposed to be a Capcom-sponsored "battle" between two of t ... 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 >>
Celebrities and reporters gathered Sunday night at the Millennium Biltmore's Crystal Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles for the 54th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards and OC Weekly staffers grabbed seven honors.Three of the Weekly's awards were for first place: Michelle Woo for Best Persona ... More >>
Aging hipsters--the very same people Coachella targeted when it began holding the music fest in Indio--are usually easy to spot on the Empire Polo Fields. They're the ones who can't be bothered to walk over to Gobi and check out a new band because "It's too hot!" (or, in Friday's case, "It's too col ... More >>
This morning, the OC Music Awards announced the finalists for Best Live Acoustic and Best Live Band for 2012. The contenders, who were picked by four judges, including the Weekly music editor Lilledeshan Bose, were among a slew of bands who competed in venues across the county during the past seven ... More >>
Wow, 2011 sure went by fast. And while our most popular posts had all the elements that make up the Interwebz (cats, Kreayshawn and Lil Wayne all made the list) we found that our biggest hits are made up of solid news coverage. Read on to see our most popular posts of 2011!
[Mental Notes] Also: Dischord launches Fugazi concert archive, Prince Paul explores garage music
Lilledeshan BoseShonen KnifeNov. 3, 2011Alex's Bar, Long BeachShonen Knife's been playing incredibly cute and powerful punk music since 1981. That's not an easy combination, so when the all-girl Japanese trio hit Long Beach last night and played for an hour and a half, more than a few bodies were ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseNo photos allowed, so I drew him insteadRyan AdamsBalboa Theater, San DiegoOct. 11, 2011Sometimes I feel like audiences need a primer for Ryan Adams concerts. There will be no laughing, singing along out loud or clapping in time with the songs; there will be no screaming out song ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plenty of finger-pointing about the epic fail of "OC's Coachella."
Lilledeshan BoseExplosions In The Sky has a new video from their latest set, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care called "Be Comfortable, Creature." It was interpreted into a romantic fable by director Paul Logan, who says, "Their music has always been evocative and there's nothing better for me t ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, Poreotics and the trans-Pacific dance heist.
[Mental Notes] Also, Brandon Seger on keeping lyrics simple, and Riley Breckenridge on a big, bad burrito.
Flickr user pasukaru76Kinda like this, but not as cool.So if Oakland preacher Harold Camping and hundreds and hundreds of other crazies are right, the world will be ending this Saturday, May 21--around 6 p.m., to be exact. Which got us thinking: What would we spend our last hours doing? Stuffing ... More >>
Other musicians have a few Brad Nowell stories to tell
Lilledeshan BoseMaybe you're all tore up about being stuck in Orange County, while LCD Soundsytem is saying goodbye--forever--in New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Here's a way to make your presence felt at his show: Give them your cloud footage! Lance Bangs, the director in charge of ... More >>
Lilledeshan Bose/OC WeeklyA somber send off for Nate Dogg ended at 4 p.m. today in Long Beach. His wake, held at the New Hope Baptist Church, was attended by friends, family and fans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The church was where Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel Hale) got his musical start by s ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseRolling Stone says that Bon Iver's follow up to the awesome 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago will be out in June. In the interview published today, frontman Justin Vernon says that for this set, holing up in the woods of Wisconsin to write songs of heartbreak wasn't really feasibl ... More >>
Wendy Lynch/MyspaceModest MouseEver notice what bizarre instruments indie rockers have been using on stage? It may enhance the sound at times, but whipping out a melodica or tuba always makes me wonder what the hell were they were thinking. Artists like Sufjan Stevens and Modest Mouse need to cut ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseNext Tuesday, Feist's documentary Look at What the Light Did Now will be out on DVD with a 13-track bonus CD. Some of the songs are unreleased live tracks; others are studio covers of the Canadians' songs by collaborator Chilly Gonzales.
Call it a throwback to a time when Johnny Cash ruled the airwaves and Ennio Morricone made soundtracks for movies, but Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's "it's beer-swillin', foot tappin', shit kickin' country and western" music--straight from Seattle--is the antithesis of every wanna be hipster band t ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseNope, not a Christian rock band. But that's a label that much of the music press would attempt to tag the Cold War Kids with following their breakout success in 2006. When they were new, the Cold War Kids dominated pop and indie radio with a pair of quirky hits-- "Hang Me Out t ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseWhy yes, Virginia, it is a Tuesday. And we're giving away tickets to the English Beat's show at the House of Blues on Friday and Tiger Army at the Grove of Anaheim on Saturday.Why? Because Dave Wakeling (pictured, left) is still at it, and because Tiger Army is perfor ... More >>
In this week's story about Reel Big Fish, Aaron Barrett talked about Orange County's old ska scene, and how that's propelled their career. But ultra-charming Reel Big Fish front man also talked about a few other things--regarding karaoke, his iPod and the term "skafather," which came from an OC R ... More >>
Soon after pop punk band Every Avenue released the video for the single "Tell Me I'm a Wreck," it went to No. 2 on MTV.com, while KerrangTV made it the featured video of the week. After getting more than 200,000 online views in two weeks, singer Dave Strauchman talks to us about the making of t ... More >>
Pamela LittkyOwl City (real name: Adam Young) may not be a household name yet, but he's certainly making a name for himself opening for bands such as Maroon 5 and John Mayer. His debut, Ocean Eyes, got him recognized (think a poppier Postal Service); now he's hoping that his earliest se ... More >>
www.myspace.com/freemoralagentsIsaiah "Ikey" Owens--more known as the (Grammy winning) keyboardist for Mars Volta and occasional cohort of Flying Lotus, Danger Mouse, Crystal Antlers, Shuggie Otis, Sublime, Mastodon, EL-P, and Saul Williams--is a busy, busy man. But for now, he's concentrating on ... More >>
Lilledeshan Bose This week, we're giving away tickets to shows by performers that aren't household names--but should be. That's five pairs for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and Far East Movement and 10 pairs of tickets to Blok and Railroad to Alaska's show. All you have to do is tell us w ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseTyondai Braxton performing with Battles at Lee's Palace in TorontoSinger/guitarist Tyondai Braxton has left mathy, experimental rock band Battles. The announcement was made today on their record label, Warp.net.
Lilledeshan BoseDahga BloomJuly 31, 2010House of BluesHere's the thing: I was so ready to write off Dahga Bloom as just another wanna-be exoticized lo-fi psychedelic band after their OC Weekly interview, where they said an African god came to them in their dreams and instructed the ... More >>
Now that both Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell are leaving American Idol, rumors abound over who's going to be the next arbiter of taste on the Fox show. J Lo's supposedly signed a deal. Allegedly, Steven Tyler's been asked to join the show. P Diddy's thrown his hat into the ring. Elton John, Jessic ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseJames Taylor and Carole KingJuly 20, 2010Honda CenterThere are two reasons to watch classic acts: one, you want to say you saw them before they died, and two, well...they're just great performers. There's something to be said, after all, for more than a gazillion years of experien ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseThe English Beat headline the Giant Orange FestivalPerhaps even more than the OC Fair, the Giant Orange Festival over in Irvine's Great Park is a classic example of "put everything together and see what works" in action--all in the space of a day.
Lilledeshan BoseUPDATE: The public onsale is Monday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com On July 23, Rage Against the Machine will be performing in LA for the first time in 10 years to support organizations combating SB 1070, Arizona's immigration law. The Sound Strike, Zack de la Rocha's or ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California, being an OC native and, of course, music. I've spent a healthy portion of the past decade in one of two places: On to ... More >>
Justin ShadyLucha VaVoom at the Mayan, June 24Last night, I saw Lucha VaVoom at the Mayan Theater. Having never seen a wrestling match in my life, I was unprepared for the gaudy fun of it all--the masked Mexican wrestlers prancing around the ring throwing each other around, midgets in chicken c ... More >>
To celebrate the 14th anniversary of OC Weekly's annual summer guide, we're co-hosting a party with the Kona Brewing Co. at The Strand, 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach on Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. It's all ages, and free--so you have no excuse to miss it! There'll be a Kona Beer Garden, a ... More >>
Lilledeshan Bose[Via Consequence of Sound]Since U2 canceled their North American tour due to Bono's back injury, Interpol also had to postpone a few headlining shows originally scheduled around the band's opening dates for U2.
Lilledeshan BoseOn Tuesday, Zack de la Rocha gathered up a few of his friends to protest the Arizona state law (SB 1070) that legalizes and sanctions racial profiling on the site Soundstrike.net. Artists who joined forces to boycott Arizona (by "not allow(ing) our collective economic power to b ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of Joel Beers' theater blog, which will feature news and notes about everything theater-related in Orange County. - Lilledeshan Bose It's hard to find a bigger name in American stage directing than Warner Shook. He led Seattle's Intiman Theatre to national prominence ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseThe Hype: Because of Olin and the Moon's numerous residencies at the Echo and Spaceland, we were pretty interested in checking them out at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. They were playing with fellow alt-country buddies Wires in the Walls, who just released an EP a few weeks ago. It wa ... More >>