A Laguna College of Art + Design exhibition highlights the grotesque genius of John Kricfalusi
The OC Tastefest is being held this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. It starts tonight at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.; tomorrow, June 29th, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and concludes Sunday, June 30th, from noon to 8 p.m.
Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters makes no bones about the fact that his occasional hard rock side project Chevy Metal is basically a wedding band. That is, if you feel like getting married in the Church of Satan. Since 2002, he's manned the drum kit behind a three (sometimes four)-piece outfit tha ... More >>
The biggest party of the summer for electronic dance music aficionados is finally here. 345,000 18-and-over festival attendees are expected to take over Las Vegas this weekend and even more are bound to attend the insane amount of club nights, pool parties and special events surrounding Electric Dai ... More >>
The Rolling Stones Honda Center May 15,2013 You have to hand it to The Rolling Stones. If you told any rock fan, critic or musician that they'd be playing live shows nearing the age of 70, they would have laughed and you would have been ridiculed. Just think back to the Jimmy Fallon character in Al ... More >>
Last night at the Observatory, freak folk superstar Devendra Banhart played an excellent set of acoustic wonder to a more than receptive audience, capturing hearts with his Mick Jagger-esque preening on the stage and lilting vocals. And then everybody went home. But if you happened to be at In N' Ou ... More >>
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Laying bare David Chase's rock & roll heart
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Houston to do a book signing for my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Afterward, I went with friends and fans to enjoy some awesome Tex-Mex at El Real Tex-Mex, and among those who attended were two colleagues/pals from our sister paper, the Houston P ... More >>
Even with the surprising, okay, VERY surprising news that Taylor Swift's latest album sold a whopping 1.2 million copies in its first week, almost everyone can agree that the music biz is in a heap of trouble. Labels and artists alike are scrambling to make a buck any way they can. Sometimes this co ... More >>
It might sound random that a comic would open for a musician like Kenny Loggins but as Craig Shoemaker put it when he talked to OC Weekly last year, "It's actually not too random because a lot of artists did it. It's really a smart move because laughter cuts through any negative impatience." For som ... More >>
No summer is complete without an update on Detroit's Insane Clown Posse. Following the success of the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos festival, the Posse unleashed their latest album The Mighty Death Pop on August 14th. Available in three special editions, each with their own bonus disc, the "Red Pop ... More >>
"I think it's time that Orange County made its mark in the country by being a restaurant scene. It's going to take some time. . . It's simmering, but we need to make it boil."It's unfair to associate Pascal Olhats with only one establishment, since he's spent the last 20-something years parlaying hi ... More >>
When is a reunion not really a reunion? When the principal member of a band doesn't participate (or, in this case, is dead), then it can't really be called a reunion without insulting your fans, right? Common sense would normally dictate yes, but in the case of the Jacksons, that apparently doesn't ... More >>
According to Rolling Stone, Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst is developing an autobiographical sitcom called "Douchebag," news that prompted dozens of showbiz bloggers to declare it the most accurate sitcom title ever.
For the last few months, a kooky religious group has been plastering North America with billboards and placards announcing that the world will end on May 21. Call us warped, but we're thrilled by the prospect of Armageddon. With millions of the faithful lifted skyward by the Rapture, their hom ... More >>
Glee star Matthew Morrison revealed this week that he is recording a duet with Sting, an announcement that thrilled middle-aged virgins worldwide but confirmed to fans of The Police that Sting's transformation from a wiry and literate songwriting innovator into a squinting, washed-up blowhard w ... More >>
Jimi HendrixFebruary is Black History Month, and we felt it the perfect time to do one of our patented lists. Today, we are naming Top Ten Rockin'-est songs by black artists. As much as white artists get criticized for performing "black" genres like R&B, hip-hop and blues, many black artists ... More >>
When Mick Jagger saw a red door, he wanted to paint it black, as is widely acknowledged (by me) in the greatest Rolling Stones song of all time (any girl who claims otherwise gets cut!).So, the federal investigation of the San Gabriel Valley-based Red Door gang--which just ... More >>
He might've just popped the champagne, but thanks to the strategically placed bottle between Mick Jagger's legs, this thick-lipped legend puts the "hard" in this week's Hard Days Night at Proof Bar in Santa Ana.
Say it ain't so! "Weezer's Rivers Cuomo hospitalized following bus accident."Kennedy Center honors Bruce Springsteen, jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubek, opera singer Grace Bumbry--plus Robert De Niro (seen chatting with the Boss) and Mel Brooks, who probably gave the best acceptance speech. Morriss ... More >>
No band likes to be turned into a "virtual karaoke circus act." But that's exactly what No Doubt's manager Jim Guerinot is saying about the band's disapproval about having their likenesses placed in Band Hero, the latest abomination of button-pushing musicianship created by Activision. Yesterday, ... More >>
The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, passed away Wednesday in Chicago due to complications following a May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80 years young.The woman born Cora Walton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, was nominated for eight Grammys and one won i ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scenes ... More >>
In an interview with MTV, famed Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg shared a few of his New Year's resolutions with the kids. No, he's not talking about leaving his weapons and/or marijuana at home before he tries to board airplanes, and no, he's not promising to finally release a rap album that doesn't to ... More >>
Review by Shawn Smith Better Than: Sitting home listening to raindrops hitting the pavement outside your bedroom window while watching reruns of I Love New York 2. The Bird and the Bee's Inara George rocks a granny dress like no one's business. But we'll get to that later. First, we must wax o ... More >>
Some of the Monkees' prefab music-by-committee attains classic status
Learning to like Ambrosia
JAMES BROWN! WHOS HE?
Gary Burger, 1966
American Gun, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Stay Alive, Stoned
From nostalgia-peddling dreck to sci-fi satire, the peril-fraught subgenre of the rockstar movie
Hedwig clicks, but still needs more Jagger
Ladies and gentlemen: Blondie!
Task me a freaking sandwich!
This kind of Rain we like
If this is hell, where do I sign, Mr. Wilhelm?
Doug MacLeod's got nothin' but the blues
And the annual 2002 Puss award!
The rebirth of the DayGlo Abortions
Early Dylan documents the creation of modern rock
Early Dylan documents the creation of modern rock
The Teenage Frames rescue real music