The hottest crowd-funding project in the world right now is Washington DC resident Erick Sanchez's admirable Kickstarter effort towards getting yacht rock great Kenny Loggins to play a 75 minute acoustic set in his living room. You read correct, Sanchez's quest to raise the $30,000 in order to bring ... More >>
Matching A.D. socialites to real OC socialites
Just when you thought the '90s rock scene was threatening to reemerge with a vengeance, take a deep breath and relax, for your fears are unwarranted. This week, things took a turn for the worse for fans of stalwarts like Stone Temple Pilots, Sugar Ray and even our beloved No Doubt. We'll address eac ... More >>
Summerland TourGreek Theatre 6/29/12 The nostalgia factor has always been an easy way for bands that have become culturally irrelevant to join forces in order to tour and make a quick buck. It's a tried and true formula that has worked since the one-hit wonders of the '60s realized that there was ... More >>
Orange County's longest-running and best-attended barbecue contest returns to the Fairgrounds this Saturday June 9, and Sunday June 10. I have participated as either a cook or a judge in every edition since 2007, and I'm proud to see this home-grown event expand each year. Close to 70 teams from all ... More >>
Something was odd, I thought. After congratulating tired runners at the Rock n' Roll Marathon in Pasadena last Sunday, I entered the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden not really expecting much. About half of the people there were busy procuring free beer, some others looked too tired to still be standin ... More >>
The divine secrets of the Eskimo sisterhood
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMark McGrath accepting the Orange County Impact Award with his band Sugar Ray at the 2010 OC Music AwardsMidlife is rarely kind to anyone, most of all rock stars. For every 40something badass like Dave Grohl, there are hundreds of mopes from the alternative rock e ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe phrases "family act" and "hip-hop" seem incompatible--the combination conjures images of squeaky-clean congregants waving their hands gleefully while rapping about such subjects as being down with G-O-D. But just because Orange County rap trio Blok likes to keep it i ... More >>
Photo by Eric "ARAB" GroffRon Emory, guitar player of Long Beach's punk grandfathers TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), is releasing his debut album, Walk That Walk, on his Web site Friday. In it: collaborations with Mike Ness, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Fletcher Dragge from Pennywise, Dexter Holl ... More >>
Adam Carolla has made a career of riffing on everything from pressing social issues to campus blow job etiquette with just the right mix of street smarts, snark and locker room charm. A generation of young men (and probably even some women) learned about sex, partying and having a blast pissing peop ... More >>
Some notable releases for July 21, 2009:Sugar Ray-Music For CougarsAfter a six year hiatus to pursue other interests (like lead singer Mark McGrath hosting Extra), Sugar Ray have returned to produce music for... um.. judging by the title, middle aged women who frequent clubs in pursuit of stra ... More >>
Now that Mark McGrath is no longer the host of daily celebrity wankfest Extra, he has time for his band Sugar Ray to play events like the 5th annual Taste of Ladera: which he is indeed doing, headlining tonight at 6:30 p.m. (headliners going on at 6:30! Bunch of party animals at Ladera Ranch!).I don ... More >>
Two films make their world premieres at the Regency Lido Theatre tonight as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival's 2009 Action Sports Film Series.First, at 6:15 p.m., it's Out of the Pond, Irvine-based, action-sports clothier Billabong USA's new film from director Chris Heffner that follows the c ... More >>
As you no doubt have heard by now, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was seriously injured in a car accident today. As you probably heard from Mark McGrath by now, Freeman's accident is now being lumped in with a supposed “Curse of The Dark Knight,” a spate of recent tragedies suffered by other ... More >>
Our Congressional delegation tops this year’s list of 33 villains (31 for October, plus two more to get to the Dia de los Muertos, ese)
Pizzarelli patriarch shatters young jazzbos dreams!
Im gonna live forever
And white dopes are punks
Which means Orange County must be finished
Look, Ma! I'm Dian Fossey!
Local musicians ponder the eternal, wrenching dilemma
The baby-sitter economy
Big Jay McNeely's back in town
What's your Wu-Tang tag?
Wed still eat there
Humorless feminist just says no to strippers and porn stars
We get Lit at the Weenie Roast
Lightweight champs! And loving it!