• Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Ramen Samurai Returns to Battle Ninjas in Manchester

    Remember Nissin's Ramen Samurai from when he did battle in Brazil? Well, he's back, and this time he's doing battle in Manchester. And he's not just fighting some random street tough. No, this time the ramen company has him squaring off against three ninjas during what looks like a soccer half time ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 31, 2013

    The 1975

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Johnny Marr: 'Modest Mouse Was My Favorite Band That I Was In'

    Johnny Marr -- Smiths guitarist, Modest Mouse producer and more -- released his solo debut early this year. After touring the album around the world, he hits the House of Blues Anaheim next week. In the print issue, we spoke to Marr about the Smiths, being a good frontman and what he's been up to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    President's of the United States of America The Observatory May 22, 2013

    Presidents of the United States of America The Observatory May, 22, 2012 Lately we're seeing a lot of '90s bands seemingly come back from the grave, or at least back into our consciousness again thanks to the almighty "anniversary/reunion tour." It was certainly the case again last night as Presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    [UPDATED with Charges:] Bruce Allen Ohlwine Held in Murder of Wife Saori Ohlwine in Hotel

    See Update No. 2 on page 2 with the murder charges identifying the victim.See Update No. 1 on the next page with the police identification of the suspect and the crime-scene hotel.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 13, 11:11 A.M.: It sounds like the beginning of a late-night-TV whodunit: Cops arrive at a hotel to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Become a Music Geek Using Four Simple Steps

    By: Liz OhanesianI'm not going to begrudge anyone for not knowing who Coachella headliners The Stone Roses are. The simple fact is that their first album, (the only one that really matters), came out in 1989. If you're in college now, you most likely weren't even born then. Plus, The Stone Roses wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, January 14 Pop Noir The Constellation Room After spending a year laying low, Huntington Beach's own Pop Noir are ready to resurface with a month-long residency at The Constellation Room in The Observatory. Brothers Luke and Joe McGarry have used this time out of the limelight to carefully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Pop Noir Returns With More Songs and Just As Much Hair

    After spending a year laying low, Huntington Beach's own Pop Noir are ready to resurface with a month-long residency at The Constellation Room in The Observatory. Brothers Luke and Joe McGarry have used this time out of the limelight to carefully craft some new tunes, including a cover of British el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, December 28Sweet and Tender HooligansHouse of Blues Anaheim It's an understatement to say that fans of the Smiths are rabid. Obj ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 27, 2012
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    August 9, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    Star Slinger Talks New Album, Remembers Notorious B.I.G.

    Darren Williams' life as polymath producer Star Slinger is a series of genre-defying leaps and bounds. One day, he's working on a track for Stunnaman and Lil B, the next he's producing R&B, and somehow, before night falls, he manages to churn out a collaboration with Bay Area club rap weirdo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2012

    James' Tim Booth On Why Coachella Kicks (The Old) Lollapalooza's Ass

    See also: *Our complete Coachella coverage*Coachella: Let's Talk About Weed*Coachella: The Best of Friday, April 20, 2012Over the past 30 years, alternative Britpop rockers James have been one of the most underrated bands to come from Manchester. Having toured across the globe and played some of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Quark Henares on the Movie 'Rakenrol' and the State of Philippine Rock & Roll (It's Screen Free at UCI Today!)

    ​ Why is Rakenrol so cool? The Philippine movie, screening today at 5 p.m. at UC Irvine, doesn't have a groundbreaking plot: it's the story of an indie band trying to make it big, where the members come of age, and there's a love story (natch) to boot. It's not just that the motley cast is endeari ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2012

    Surfer Blood


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    October 4, 2011

    Ashton Kutcher's Apparent One-Night Stand-in Sara Leal said to be Spotted in Newport Beach

    ​According to Nik Ritchie, who broke the bit of gossip about Ashton Kutcher supposedly having sex with Sara Leal in a San Diego Hard Rock Hotel suite's balcony hot tub on his sixth anniversary with wife Demi Moore, the previously unknown one-night stand-in "has been hiding out in a 3 million dolla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Watch Bonnaroo from Home

    Musical festival season is in full swing, and that means you're either already on a plane to attend this weekend's Bonnaroo Music Festival or staying at home and wishing you were there. This year, the likes of Eminem, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant and Lil Wayne are part of the star-studded lineup in Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2011

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Rob a Bank, Grab a Taco, Get Nabbed!

    ​There's an opening line bandied around by reporters as one of the best openers in history, something along the line of "[Some criminal] died hungry," a story that dealt with a robber getting killed in the process of robbing a restaurant--or something like that. The following story is the opposite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    'Streaker Fail' Stuntman's Surf City Connection

    ​A British builder who became an Internet sensation by streaking before bouncing into a glass wall on a tennis court has a Huntington Beach connection.Tom Annandale, a 28-year-old from Manchester, U.K., spent a year playing rugby for a Surf City-based team.He presumably kept his uniform on back th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Pop Noir By The Numbers

    ​Since 2004, people around Orange County have known of dance rock trio Pop Noir, founded by singer/bassist/keyboardist Luke McGarry and twin brother guitarist Joe McGarry (now with drummer Nico Saavedra). Audiences familiar with local music know, for example, that the McGarrys were born in the UK ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Record Review: The Fall, Your Future, Our Clutter

    ​The Hype: Now well into its fourth full decade of existence, the Fall has been around long enough that bands that have followed in its wake have not only broken up but had their own reunion tours. (Just ask Pavement sometime.)

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    "If We Don't Get On, We Don't Get On" -Liam Gallagher Talks About His Brother, Makes Beatles Movie​Liam Gallagher's newly formed film Production Company In 1 Productions has confirmed that they will develop and produce a feature film about the The Beatles' Apple Corps, adapted from the book "The Longest Cocktail Party" by Richard DeLillo. That's after Paul McCartn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Cold Cave, Avi Buffalo, Best Coast at Glass House, Pomona

    Andrew YoussefWesley Eisold of Cold CaveThe Hype: Cold Cave's dark, synthpop 2009 album Love Comes Close is the complete amalgamation of 1980s New Wave laced with dark electro. Started by ex-American Nightmare and Give Up The Ghost frontman Wes Eisold, Cold Cave began as a solo project but has evol ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    Cold Cave

    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Last Night: Pop Noir at Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    ​Orange County dance rock trio Pop Noir closed their November residency at Detroit Bar with a gripping, good times performance that transformed this first-time attendee into a full-fledged fan. Singer/bassist/keyboardist Luke McGarry and twin brother guitarist Joe McGarry played precise, guitar po ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009


    House of Blues

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    May 11, 2009

    Incoming: We Are Scientists, Dinosaur Jr. Coming to Detroit Bar

    There aren't too many bands, at least to those with  quirky sensibilities, as appealing as New York trio We Are Scientists. Just check out their official site--it features "good new jokes" on the front page, like "Between Judas and the Romans, Jesus got double-crossed!" and "What did the happy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Tim Barry Q&A

    In case my story in this week's print edition wasn't enough for you, I was kind enough to transcribe my interview with singer/songwriter Tim Barry for your reading pleasure. Tim's a great person to talk to and I hope you have half as much fun reading this as I did conducting the interview.

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Locals Only

    Costumed in Doom: Repeater, Forcefield ON, Maritime Academy Scare Up Covers for Helloween

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Joy Division sneakers?

    Sneakerhead culture's always been a little baffling to me. I think everyone knows of someone by now who dedicates their lives and entire paychecks to collecting limited edition, rare, exclusive or original sneaks... and then doesn't wear them. Ever. They'll fly to Tokyo for the latest neon patent l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007
  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Locals Only

    Twin White Dukes: Animated Anglophiles Pop Noir bring some Manchester to OC

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Dinosaur Eating a Donut

    GET OUT! Nightlife and more: Dec. 14 - Dec. 21

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Grease Bandits

    How I learned to stop worrying and love the grease

  • Culture

    July 27, 2006
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    May 4, 2006

    Fall Art Threat

    The last band lasts forever

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    Pretty Awesome Christ Pose

    The Hacienda Tour 2006

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Better Than Being Dead

    New Orders Peter Hook says its nice to please people

  • Film

    August 4, 2005

    Sex & Drugs & Sex & Rock & Roll

    Michael Winterbottom's monomaniacally intoxicating 9 Songs

  • Unknown

    July 7, 2005


    This week in nightlife and more: July 7-14

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    June 9, 2005
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    February 3, 2005
  • Features

    June 3, 2004

    There and Back again with dios

    Chris Ziegler spent 25 days on the road with diosmaybe the 25 most important days of their careerand he ended up in a Detroit hospital.

  • Music

    September 18, 2003
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    August 7, 2003

    The Boys With the Morrissey in Their Side

    Mimicking Moz with the Sweet and Tender Hooligans

  • Film

    July 3, 2003

    Undead Do Dance

    Danny Boyles 28 Days Later and Guy Maddins Dracula

  • Features

    May 30, 2002

    War! Huh?

    Welcome to the summer of love at a theater near you

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    June 1, 2000
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    October 21, 1999
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    September 3, 1998

    Group Therapy

    Airport foes share their pain online

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