Growing up in New York, the Velvet Underground was always prevalent. It could be in the music of young bands or seen in people's fashion choices as you walk down the street. It could have been as simple as seeing a banana and thinking of Andy Warhol's iconic album cover or walking through Chelsea hu ... More >>
Straddling the line between '80s NorCal thrash and '90s SoCal punk, Stuck Dickens play hard, fast, loud and technical, as evidenced by the band's face-forward single "Holden," which clocks upward of 190 beats per minute (think "Motorbreath" by Metallica) and is rife with pop/punk whoa-oa-oas, wallop ... More >>
If you were at the March 22, stop of the 3rd annual Metal Alliance Tour, you might have noticed that one thrash metal band was not the bill at the House of Blues in Anaheim. As it turns out, we can blame the Disney Corporation for that. Northern California thrash metal band Exodus now finds itself ... More >>
Joey "CoCo" Diaz isn't really the guy you'd expect to go around singing songs in public. But we'll be damned if he doesn't post them on Twitter. Every day, the hefty, foul-mouthed comic wakes up his followers with a blast of noise, whether it's Tool or 2Pac. It's the kind of ritual that proves there ... More >>
Did the annual event really save the vinyl record industry?
MegadethVIEW OUR SLIDESHOW HEREGibson AmphitheaterFeb. 24, 2012 With Megadeth's recent success (they just received their tenth Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance), the multiplatinum metal gods Megadeth returned to headline the critically acclaimed Gigantour, showcasing metal's ... More >>
The Espinoza brothers blend metal, hair metal and mariachi
Brandon FergusonFYF FestSept. 3, 2011Downtown LAThis year's Fuck Yeah Fest was much like previous ones. It was held in the dusty, weed-strewn urban splendor of Los Angeles State Historic Park, it was attended by tens of thousands of people who turned out for 34 top-shelf indie bands spread across ... More >>
Michael Rapaport observes the vibe and checks out the scenario
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyOzzy OsbourneFebruary 1, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterClick here to see the slideshow!Ozzy Osbourne has been labeled many things throughout his storied career. Some of the tags include legend, icon, the prince of darkness, and the godfather of metal. One characteristic that is o ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyA few weeks ago, Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo got on the phone with us to talk about the band's Memories Tour, the collection of B-sides, Death to False Metal, the Pinkerton reissue and their latest set, Hurley. During the interview, he talked about their reissues ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyAtreyuSee the slideshow here!Atreyu, Bless the FallOct. 20, 2010House of BluesThe Show: There's nothing inherently wrong with Orange County's Atreyu. The metal core band who's been rocking out for more than a decade brings incredible intensity to the stage combi ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklySlayerCheck out our Slayer, Megadeth and Testament slideshow here!Slayer, Megadeth and TestamentAugust 30, 2010Long Beach ArenaOriginally scheduled for January yet postponed due to Tom Araya from Slayer requiring emergency back surgery, the American Carnage tour finally co ... More >>
Memories of growing up in OC mean no nostalgia from front man Bryan "Dexter" Holland
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California, being an OC native and, of course, music.Flickr user striaticThere are certain songs that are inescapable, that ... More >>
Andrew YoussefThe Hype: Armed with their latest album Fever, Bullet For My Valentine made a stop at the Grove of Anaheim for a sold-out show. Chiodos, Airbourne and Arcanium were packaged together as openers to span the different genres of metal to widen the overall appeal of the tour. The second ... More >>
Andrew YoussefSevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon roarsThe Hype: A rare heavy metal show at the House of Blues Anaheim featured the one-two punch of Sevendust and Drowning Pool. Sevendust is gearing up for the release of their eighth album, Cold Day Memory due April 20 while Drowning Pool are set to ... More >>
The Hype: A homecoming show for Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues Anaheim along with musical comrades Starpool and Chase Long Beach was a guaranteed sell out.Andrew YoussefReel Big Fish Live at House of Blues, AnaheimThe Show: I was taken aback by the energy of the sold-out crowd as the horn secti ... More >>
It's time to stop looking back and focus our attention on 2010. Sure, many more concerts will be announced in the coming months. But here are the hot ones, already scheduled, taking place in local clubs, halls, baseball stadiums and hockey arenas. These are the shows you don't dare want to miss. Unl ... More >>
Hirax with Katon De Pena, third from right.Interviewing Hirax singer Katon W. De Pena is sort of a waste of time. You see, journalists (me) are supposed to find news and then announce said news to readers (you). But I shit you not when I say that everyone knows De Pena and De Pena knows everyone. ... More >>
Had he not passed away in 2001 at the age of 49, Joey Ramone would be turning 58 years young today. It's hard to believe that three of the four original Ramones are no longer with us. Yeah, there's always that "as long as the music's here, they're here, maaaann" bullshit, but I don't buy that. The t ... More >>
Holy shit! Last night I saw a commerical for the deluxe edition of Pearl Jam's debut Ten. I've been on this Earth for a mere 29 years, but suddenly I feel very, very, very old. This re-issue includes a remastered version of the record and a remix done by long-time PJ producer Brendan O'Brien, six bo ... More >>
Rodrigo y Gabriela spice heavy metal with Mexican folk flourishes
Metalcore Populists Atreyu Shed No Tears for the OC Scene They Left Behind
Saturday night is costume contest time at Comic-Con.Let's try live-blogging this mofo while vaguely inebriated. Logging in a bit belatedly. Line for free nachoes was huge -- they went instantly. Most costumes so far are cute li'l kids as Huntress, Rayden/Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, other similar ... More >>
SiX turn OC into Oh!Rage! County
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The Over-Reactors are over Orange County
Salman Ahmad really does rock the Casbah
The week in nightlife and more: Sept. 1 - Sept. 8
The return of Dinosaur Jr.
Kiefer Sutherland likes Rocco DeLucanow its your turn
Compiled by Greg Stacy
Holiday Brings Us to Our Knees
Jazz and barbecue are the guts of Coalesce
We get out-hoochied at the Chris Isaak show!
The Offsprings weird, weird realm
We get Lit at the Weenie Roast
Will the coffeehouse circuit trap Trespassers William?
When did Barney Fife transfer to the Costa Mesa PD?
Getting over the Girl, getting on with the music