By: Rachel Brodsky Much like the dreaded hipster, "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates, and Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker, or anything--nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech bo ... More >>
Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>
Dear New York City: I love you. No, really: I do. I try to get there at least once a year when business takes me back East. So whenever it comes to the inevitable conversation people have with me about your supposed lack of Mexican food, I gladly defend your honor. When people from Southern Califor ... More >>
[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 weekly nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week ... More >>
Armin Van Buuren The Palladium May 3, 2013 This weekend, the super-star DJ/producer Armin Van Buuren launched his highly anticipated tour for his new album Intense at the legendary Hollywood Palladium. Armin chose Los Angeles ,believe it or not, even after his famed "A State of Trance" radio show i ... More >>
For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert ... More >>
The Black Keys The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las VegasDecember 30, 2012It was pretty obvious that theThe Black Keys were in a league of their own this year. Some of the highlights of their year include a top slot at Coachella, selling out the Madison Square Garden and numerous nights at Staple ... More >>
For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Gibson Amphitheatre December 9,2012 Gwen Stefani's appearance at the first night of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas made for a memorable evening. The rumors had circulated early in the evening that those in attendance would be treated to a surprise set from N ... More >>
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Coheed and Cambria Fingerprints October 5, 2012 On Friday night, I was flipping through the television and waiting for my ride to the Coheed and Cambria show at Fingerprints. "The Song Remains the Same," the legendary film of Led Zeppelin's show at Madison Square Garden, was on VH1Classic ... More >>
James Murphy and a new concert doc reflect on the end of LCD Soundsystem
Mike Doughty The Coach House April 12, 2012For a guy that's been to hell and back, Mike Doughty has a funny way of showing the gravity of what he's been through. The man who used to front the New York-based Soul Coughing brought his Book Of Drugs tour to The Coach House last night, as he promised in ... More >>
In this week's print edition, we're profiling former Soul Coughing frontman and singer/songwriter Mike Doughty, who will be in San Juan Capistrano at The Coach House on Thursday. He recently released an autobiography, The Book Of Drugs, which chronicles his drug and alcohol addiction along with his ... More >>
Van Halen finally announced their tour dates today, and it is massive. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced the dates at an intimate performance in New York's Café Wha?. The tour will begin on Feb. 18., with Kool & The Gang joining Van Halen for select tour dates. And as the ... More >>
Andrew YoussefKROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night TwoDecember 11, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterSee also: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson ... More >>
The controversy surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement has hit the fashion world, thanks to a controversial T-shirt that was supposed to be released by hip-hop artist and clothing designer Jay-Z.
Charles Moore / Black StarIt seems like you hear about the police more often than usual these days. Whether it's the death of Mark Duggan that's inciting the London riots or the killing of Kelly Thomas that's shaking up the Fullerton PD, the news is rife with reports of police misconduct, and it' ... More >>
tacoasylum.comCosta Mesa's taco asylum welcomes independent filmmakers looking for a space to screen their projects. With productions costs being what they are, you're going to turn down a free screening room with a big HD screen? And one that serves great beers and food to watch by? There is a c ... More >>
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 >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPhoenix at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 18, 2010A few weeks ago, we talked about why Phoenix as a band is a gamechanger as they exemplified how concerts in the age of social media and internet memes are different. At their Hollywood Bowl show, every act was theatrical--from s ... More >>
www.myspace.com/arcadefireofficialNow that The Suburbs is a bonafide hit (it debuted at No. 1), Arcade Fire has announced that its coming to Southern California. The band will be at the Shrine Auditorium in LA on Oct. 7 and 8. To be clever, though, the band should've scheduled ... More >>
www.myspace.com/arcadefireofficial [via Pitchfork] The Suburbs, Arcade Fire's third LP, is set for release on Aug. 3 on Merge. Obviously, no one on the Internetz can wait, which is why Seattle radio station The End has provided you with 30 second snippets of every song from the record streaming ... More >>
Christopher VictorioJack Johnson, wearing a Save Trestles T-shirt, performing at the Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on August 29, 2008.Chief mellow music maker Jack Johnson has announced a new slew of tour dates for his upcoming To The Sea Tour, spanning from early July on the East Coast ... More >>
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