Jet-black clothing, high-fashion good looks and a hell of a light show seem to be the staples of a build-an-indie-pop-band kit in 2014. While eyes may roll at that short list, The Naked And Famous, the buzzing electro-rock band from New Zealand that now calls L.A. home, were doing it long before it ... More >>
By: Andrea Domanick Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performan ... More >>
Ever since Coachella expanded to two weekends in 2012, the dirty little secret is that both weekends are almost exactly the same. With some exceptions, the lineups are the same, the order the bands play is the same and, often, the songs they play and the order they play them in is the same. This isn ... More >>
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Tuesday, April 8 Foster the People Fox Theater Pomona Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the vide ... More >>
By: Kyle Cavaness Tijuana Panthers The Constellation Room 8/23/13 The three members of Tijuana Panthers knew who center stage belonged to at the Constellation Room Friday night, and it wasn't any of them. Their setup was simple--bassist Dan Michicoff in the corner, stage right, guitarist Chad Wacht ... More >>
Modest Mouse US Open of Surfing 7/26/13 This year's US Open of Surfing's musical event day number two was as crazy and chaotic as always, prompting the drunkest, sun burnt, and heat exhausted audience members to turn it into the US Open of Crowd Surfing. Indie musicians Modest Mouse headlined this ... More >>
Friday, May 17 Sederra House of Blues Anaheim Anytime the punk shredders of Sederra come to the House of Blues Anaheim, they have a habit of bringing the entire Fullerton punk scene with them. Last time they played the Mouse House for free, they stuffed the place to capacity to the point where they ... More >>
The lineup for FYF Fest 2013 was just announced this morning. The two-day festival features Saturday headliners My Bloody Valentine and Sunday headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. TV on the Radio, Flag, Deerhunter, MGMT, Beach House, Yo La Tengo, The Breeders, Devendra Banhart, Solange, Shlohmo and Toro ... More >>
Starfucker The Observatory Feb. 24, 2012 Starfucker was last in Orange County in January, but they might as well never have left.The first of their two-show Southern California mini break from recording left fans cheering their name as they dispersed across the parking lot of The Observatory.
Mary Carreon/OC WeeklyPhantogram Nov. 4, 2011 The Music Box A contagious energy spread through the Music Box as the electro-pop band Reptar (yes, like giant green dinosaur from the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats) opened up the Phantogram show. The quartet, which sounds like an '80s ve ... More >>
More than any other reissue of collectors' box sets and unreleased music, Pink Floyd's campaign with EMI, Why Pink Floyd? is being presented with the most hoopla. The campaign launches tomorrow, also with unreleased music from the archives and complete studio recordings remastered. How is EMI cel ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyUPDATE, Aug. 9, 2011, 10:38 a.m.: Apparently if you actually got a chance to watch the band, unlike our reviewer, you'd see that MGMT's James Richardson told the crowd: "Everybody give me your left shoe right now!" A few seconds later, after a volley of shoes hit the stage ... More >>
There's free music everywhere at the US Open of Surfing--not only are MGMT and Jimmy Eat World performing at the main stage, but there's also after parties galore. "Buck Up Chuck," hosted by Converse and Fearless Records, will be held at the Black Bull Chop House (300 PCH, Suite 112, Huntington B ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyOk, so if the Nike US Open of Surfing schedule had gotten to us sooner, it would've had a prominent role in our summer guide music quiz, highlighting the best show this summer for the kind of music fan you are. Since it didn't, you're just going to have to settle for this ... More >>
LA-based foursome thrive on change, have eschewed teenybopper past for a more Motown sound
Sesame StreetSesame Street wants your kids to be cool. And not by learning the alphabet, easy addition or "good government bullshit" (sorry, it's the 20th anniversary of the release of GoodFellas).No, they're doing it through pop music.This week, The Street (I hear that's what the cool toddlers a ... More >>
The golden boys of Local NativesIt's been a short week, so we have a short list for you of items on OC-music related items from other publications. Read on...
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMGMT wrapped up a two-night stand at Radio City, with Tuesday's opening night documented in full by NYC Taper (download it here). Too bad they didn't tape last night's show, when, according to PopCandy, MGMT started playing Kids as the last song of their proper set. About ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMGMTJuly 18, 2010Fox Theater in PomonaLast April, a sea of people crowded Coachella's Outdoor theater for MGMT's set. It was easily one of the more anticipated sets of the day. When they finally played, MGMT had strategically omitted their biggest hit--"Kids"--leaving most ... More >>
www.myspace.com/mgmtSee MGMT out of their natural habitat on Sunday, for free!Just in case you think we don't do anything for you: this week, Heard Mentality is giving away a pair of tickets to Hawthorne Heights show at the Troubadour in LA on Thursday, and three pairs of tickets each to Thrice's ... More >>
Today we're recommending something slightly different: bowling. That truly American pastime- just ask Homer Simpson-remains straightforward at its core, but the trappings have changed with the years; some will still remember the legendary and now sadly long gone Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa and its s ... More >>
[Summer Guide] Choose your own musical adventure this summerregardless of time, money or personal taste, we've got the concert for you
Can the teenage rap duo live up to it?
The main reason Lauryn Hill's rumored Rock the Bells performance got everyone's panties up in a bunch isn't because it was untrue. It's because everyone misses The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn. Everyone knows her recent live sets have been harrowing--audiences were subject to two hour ... More >>
Photo by Craig HattoriIt's almost summer, so you know what that means: Ice Cream Man Matt Allen is back. Officially, too, in the web series called Road Trippin' With Ice Cream Man on Babelgum. The Long Beach resident is going to be at all the music festivals, giving away free ice cream and hangin ... More >>
Here are the top ten selling records from April 23-30 at Fingerprints, 4612 E. 2nd St. in Long Beach, (562)-433-4996.
The Hype: Today's unveiling of Long Beach indie pop darlings Avi Buffalo's full-length, Sub Pop debut couldn't have come at a better time. The sun is out, the birds are chirping and young, twitterpated hipsters are already jonesing for a soundtrack to their summer.
Our sister paper SF Weekly posted a few darling videos of ukelele covers of Train and MGMT songs found on YouTube. After milking the banjo as the alternative instrument of choice, the ukelele is now apparently all the rage. And how can you argue with this?
[Mental Notes] Despite numerous reasons to be underwhelmed, the crowd at Coachella was determined to have a moo-ving experience
Andrew Youssef / OC WeeklyGorillaz is happy, feeling glad.Click here for photos from Day Three!So it's over. Whew. After a late-night drive from the desert, bed looks promising. But first, our thoughts on Coachella's final day--in the form of superlatives. No, we're not going to crown a "best ... More >>
Andrew YoussefClockwise from top left: Alison Mossheart of the Dead Weather, Jay-Z, Zooey Deschanel of She & Him, Matt Bellamy of Muse.It's all over! Three long days of music, crowds, tents that smell like armpit and more--Coachella 2010! We hope you kept up with us throughout our up-to-date ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyYup. That guy.Getting to Coachella aint easy, fun or cheap. That fact weighs heavily on nearly everything that happens in Indio--in a good way.
Andrew YoussefMatt Bellamy of Muse reaches out.Click here to see many, many more photos from Day Two!We'll make this fast... just escaped the hellish Coachella parking lot. Phone's dead. Need to get feet surgically replaced with new ones.But first, three lessons learned at day two of Coachella 20 ... More >>
Beth StirnamanChris Chu, singer of the Morning Benders.Click here for the slideshow!The Hype: In the past four years, Berkeley indie-pop quartet the Morning Benders have dropped two self-released EPs (Loose Change and Boarded Door), released one full-length album (2008's Talking Through Tin Cans) ... More >>
Local acts aim to create buzz in Austin
The line-up for this year's Sasquatch was just announced and hey, turns out it's another festival line-up we'd much rather go see than Coachella.Sasquatch, which is famously held at the Gorge in Washington (two hours outside of Seattle), will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30. The line ... More >>
Top 10 selling records from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20 at Second Spin in Costa Mesa. The shop specializes in a wide variety of used music and movies. And it's one of the Internet's largest buyer and seller of used CD's, DVD's, and video games. Here are the big music sellers for the past week: 1) Ph ... More >>
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I have any specific gripes against the Melbourne-based rockers of Jet, except for maybe this photo. Any band that has managed to brave the music business in the heart of the download era for more than one album deserves a little credit. Plus, you know they're all fa ... More >>
Tim and Eric Awesome Show
Via Coachella.com: FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>