• Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Coachella 2014: What to Watch, What to Avoid

    Ever since Coachella expanded to two weekends in 2012, the dirty little secret is that both weekends are almost exactly the same. With some exceptions, the lineups are the same, the order the bands play is the same and, often, the songs they play and the order they play them in is the same. This isn ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    MusInk Days 2 & 3 - OC Fairgrounds - March 9-10, 2013

    MusInk Days 2&3 OC Fairground March 9-10, 2013 The art of ink slinging took over OC this weekend as the sixth annual, three-day Musink Festival came the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, in what was turned out to be a 72-hour celebration of body art(including tattoos and piercings), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    War Beast Front Man Bruce Corbitt Remembers a Fallen Thrasher

    On Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy struck the world of heavy metal once again, as thrash metal guitarist Mike Scaccia, from the Texas old school thrash metal band Rigor Mortis (then later Ministry) passed away at the age of 47, while on stage, doing what he loved with his band. Scaccia may not be a househol ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Hey, Metal Scene: Where's All the Black People?

    Why it's still misunderstood by most African-Americans

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Hey Metal Scene, Where's All the Black People?

    By: Nicholas Pell Long Beach-based metal band Hirax has a unique sound, blending the galloping beats of the new wave of British heavy metal with the intensity of thrash. Katon W. De Pena's operatic and aggressive vocals lead the way. Since 1984 De Pena, who is 49, has fronted the legendary thra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Product Placement in Music Videos = Tacky

    We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Megadeth at the Gibson Amphitheater, Feb. 24, 2012

    ​​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 >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011

    Gary Tovar Has His Goldenvoice

    The iconic concert production company birthed Coachella, helped punk-rock luminaries early in their careers—and isn't done yet

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at Big 4

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMetallica!​Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica April 23, 2011Empire Polo Field, Indio Check out our slideshow here! What happens when more than 50,000 metal fans descend on a city? Church burnings, goat slaughter, egregious depletion of the Pabst Blue Ribbon rese ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011

    Civet: Now With Boys!

    The Long Beach group ditch the all-girl punk-combo concept and release their best effort to date

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Lee Rocker Says You Don't Have to Cuff Your Jeans to Be Rockabilly

    Andrew Youssef / OC WeeklyLee Rocker rocks with the Stray Cats in 2008 at the OC Fair.​Last Friday, we posted a Burger Records interview that didn't make it into this week's feature about Orange County's music scenes. Today, we've got a Q&A that we did while trying to figure out what was up wi ... More >>

  • Music

    May 20, 2010

    Sweethead: Blood And Rockets

    Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen brings the reckless abandon he showed in Queens of the Stone Age to his new band

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    David Coleman of Michael's on Naples, Part 2

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Today, we continue on our interview with David Coleman of Michael's on Naples. Missed the first part? Then click HERE. Otherwise read on after the jump.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Sevendust with Drowning Pool, House of Blues, Anaheim, 3/13

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2010

    Railroad to Alaska at Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest

    Danielle BacherRailroad to Alaska get rowdyThe Hype: Rising from Midway City, Railroad to Alaska are rowdy and unpredictable. After listening to LuckyBearClawDoom, the band's expertly crafted EP released in February, it's easy to understand why singer/ guitarist Justin Suitor might feel so much p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: Better Than Ezra, G. Love & Special Sauce, More

    Some people might hear that Better Than Ezra are coming (Sept. 27 at the House of Blues, Anaheim), and say, "who cares? They haven't had a hit since the mid-'90s." Well, actually, lots of people care. Like "*~* CoUrTnEy *~*" on the band's MySpace, who commented on the above picture with, "You guys a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Incoming: Metallica at the Honda Center

    Way back when, there was this radio station called KNAC. They were based out of Long Beach and played metal. I was in middle school, so needless to say, I loved it.Every freakin' night, KNAC had a program called Mandatory Metallica. It was hosted by Poundin' Pat and it had this killer intro that wen ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008
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    May 11, 2006

    Talk About the Passion

    Why Hot Topic matters

  • Film

    April 27, 2006

    Tumble and Flop

    Disneys gymnastics routine cant stick its landing

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    4,100,000,000 Flies

    How High On Fire do Hadean (not Hitchcockian) heavy

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

    Dale Crover and the unstoppable killing machine

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
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    March 24, 2005


    Big Business ram metal up your alimentary

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Guaranteed Tasty

    Satisfaction declare war on mellow

  • Music

    March 13, 2003

    Such Nice Boys!

    Mae are innocent, pure and almost totally sober

  • Music

    February 6, 2003

    How Swede It Is

    Five bands besides Laura Lee

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    Best Albums of 2003!

    363 days before everybody else!

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
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    May 30, 2002

    Cereal Killers

    Count Chocula would approve of Tiger Army

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Irony Maiden

    Tyranis: Heavy metal. Put that with an exclamation point

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    The Laziest Band in the World

    But the Bananas could also be the last of the great flip-out bands

  • Music

    May 31, 2001

    Monsters of Rock

    Theres something in this Frankensteins pants

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    March 22, 2001
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    December 14, 2000

    Beating Off

    Ron D Cores techno-metal-porn obsession

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    Not Da Ramones

    The Groovie Ghoulies G-rated horror rock

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    California Dreaming

    Fu Manchus dude-rock ethos

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    November 18, 1999
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    September 3, 1998

    The Happy Booker

    Randy Cash is a promoter and a swell guy