Since its inception in 2007, the fandemonium over Record Store Day has only grown. Drak,
owner of Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach, expressed his awe of fans last
year who flooded into his store "like mice after a piece of cheese. It's
amazing." It's no wonder they do--each year on the third Sa ... More >>
We're at the home stretch of 2010 and Christmas is rapidly approaching; local bands are also "winning best of 2010 contests" left and right. (See: Young the Giant and Walter Trout.) Also, several bands such as Jameson and Melanoid are getting in the Christmas spirit by playing ... More >>
If there's one thing that I've learned about Orange County during my time here, it's that in the early-to-mid '90s, ska was apparently the only genre that bands were allowed to play. Sadly, the "scene" seems to be pretty quiet these days, but for tonight at least, that changes with the "ska circu ... More >>
I'll have some more thoughts on the more, uh, interesting choices made by the academy (which I am not a part of, despite what their Web site says) a little later, but for now here's the full list of nominees, unedited from the OC Music Awards press release.
In my book, the modern folk artist falls into one of three categories. First, you have the weepy, self-deprecating Conor Oberst types, followed by the ultra-groovy, "look at me I play a million instruments because I'm so talented" hippies. And then you've always got the straight ahead rocker whose f ... More >>