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  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Local Record Review: 'Just South of Los Angeles' by the Ultimate Bearhug Ultimate BearhugJust South of Los AngelesIt has to be said that Santa Ana's the Ultimate Bearhug are pretty much spot on with that album title of theirs -- or at least near to it (if you want to be technical, more like southeast). But the duo of Barrett Johnson and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Burgerama This Weekend: Not Bill Murray-fied, But You Can Still Pogo Til You Puke With Wavves, OFF!, Strange Boys and More

    ​There's a very special moment in a musical career that happens only to the luckiest and generally most righteous people--the kind of thing that confirms not only that you've arrived, but that you're headed to even better places in the future. This is called the Bill Murray moment, because it's wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Top Five Hits: Factory Records in Costa Mesa

    ​Here are the top five selling records from Factory Records, 440 E 17th Street in Costa Mesa, (949) 722-8101. This week's top position goes to The Spits' fifth self-titled album.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats: on Cassettes, Gogol and Sriracha

    ​John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has spent nearly 20 years making music, a length of time that for many artists can simply mean diminishing returns on an initial burst of inspiration. But if anything Darnielle has constantly moved from strength to strength, as his band's performance this Tues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Archers of Loaf to Tour

    ​North Carolina's 1990s noise rockers Archers of Loaf are touring, marking the band's first tour since 1998. The band saw significant airplay on alternative radio, and was perhaps best known in indie circles for their 1993 debut album Icky Mettle, which featured fuzzy, guitar-driven rock with squa ... More >>

  • Music

    May 5, 2011

    Record Stores Revinylize OC

    The vinyl boom is fueling a resurgence of record retailers

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Free Ticket Tuesdays: Talib Kweli Hi-Tek, Shout Out Louds and Kaki King!

    Christian CoinberghThe Shout Out Louds​Here's the deal, people: we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal) show at the Grove in Anaheim, a pair of tickets to the Shout Out Louds show at the Glass House, and a pair of tickets to the Kaki King show at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Listen to This: Shout Out Louds remix

    ​Can you ever have too much Swedish indie-rock? Can you ever have too many remixes by bands with umlauts in it? That would be no, and then I think so. Case in point: the Fontän take on the Shout Out Louds' single "Walls."  Like most remixes, it seems a little gratuitous and overdone. Howev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Record Review: She & Him, 'Volume Two'

    ​The Hype: Considering how gentle their music is, it funny--yet fitting--how loudly critics praise the tag team of She & Him, better known as Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward (that's M. Ward to you). Any skepticism about a bubbly indie actress colliding with Portland's prolifi ... More >>