Why the fallen king of social media was actually pretty damn good
By: Moses SumneyWith Facebook's stock and growth rates skydiving, it's time to say something that should have been said a long time ago: Myspace was better. Maybe not when it came to its coding or those garish "personalized" pages, but definitely when it came to music. Back in the day -- say, about ... More >>
[Locals Only] All-Girl band from Irvine want to party
Various online media outlets have been reporting Facebook is experiencing a numbers slump. Sky news writes approximately 6 million North American users deleted their accounts in May, in addition to 100,000 British users. This is a drop in the bucket when considering Facebook reportedly has roughl ... More >>
According to TechCrunch, MySpace is definitely going through layoffs; the organization is apparently being slimmed down so it will be attractive to buyers. Gawker says that two bidders--a digital ad network and a private equity firm--are offering $20 million to $30 million. Pretty sad, consideri ... More >>
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myspace.com/therealjvJennifer Velarde etched her initials into hip-hop history as the first Chicana rapper to ever put out an album. Signed to Thump records, JV hit the scene in 1994 with her first single (and title track to the album) "Nayba'hood Queen." Backed by the subwoofer-stressin' bass be ... More >>
Yesterday, MySpace said they were going to announce the official Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack today, after previously letting on that author Stephenie Meyers' favorite band Muse gets the first single. The catch, of course, was that they were only going to do it one at a time. And in no parti ... More >>
MPowerOC, "Orange County's premiere men's social group for gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 & 29," on Sunday, Feb. 28, presents its free "2nd Annual Newport Beach Gay Whale Watching Expedition."Which begs the question . . .
UPDATE: Orange County District Attorney levels charges; suspect's telling MySpace page . . . MySpace.comPasqual Loera's user photo.The Orange County District Attorney today charged the man arrested in Las Vegas in the shooting and killing Sunday of a Westminster woman and critical injuring of her ... More >>
Could Long Beach quintet Call the Cops, which recently signed to MySpace/Interscope Records and excel at sugary power pop, be next year's local breakout band? They've just been added to the Hot Topic Presents 2010 Sub City Take Action Tour that kicks off January 25 in Atlanta and closes March ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District AttorneyJason Ara Erpinar, 20, of Yorba Linda, could get 45 years in prison if the rape charges against him stick.The Orange County District Attorney's office is reaching out to the public today to determine if there are other victims of a 20-year-old Yorba Lind ... More >>
Noted gender-bending Internet celebrity (and, oddly enough, Orange County native) Jeffree Star has more than a million MySpace friends and nearly 80,000 Twitter followers. And, not surprisingly, an album coming out, scheduled for September 22, called Beauty Killer. Before that happens, though (we ... More >>
Sort of a weak field for fliers this week--probably because of the long weekend and all that. People's minds are on cookouts and celebrating the fruits of our labor, not on designing fliers. But this one has a nice, simple layout (as opposed to the crammed fliers with pictures of every act lifted ... More >>
Big time late slip to us on this one, but Tustin/Long Beach band Vast Atlantic have broken up. Sad times.They've been favorites of ours for a while, having been profiled last fall in Locals Only by Erin DeWitt, and included in our "Citizen Blast" compilation last year, so we're bummed. They annou ... More >>
After a late night-ish trip to the Barnes and Noble in Santa Ana the other day (is there any cooler Tuesday night activity?), I made a distressing discovery: it looks like Go Rilla! Gallery across the street from Main Place mall in Santa Ana with a downstairs vinyl toy shop called Go Zilla!, has ... More >>
The Galaxy Concert Theatre
A traffic cone with teeth? Sure, why not!Nate Jackson blogged earlier in the week about Park the Van tour headliners Floating Action and Generationals, but here's let's focus on two key things: the fun artwork on that flier, and opening band Golden Boots, from Tucson, Arizona.
In a world where people are losing jobs over blog posts, websites, and MySpace and Facebook photos, we're just left wondering how long until we all start learning of career-death by tweet. Then again: Some people still don't care. Eh. Here's our weekly roundup of some of the best--and worst--tw ... More >>
That's a pretty fun one, right? I like it mainly because the guy on the left is dressed as Solid Snake. The rest are all video game characters, too, and there's even more video game fun on their MySpace (Squirtle!). Plus, it promises a party. Who doesn't like parties? Punch bowls, pin the tail on th ... More >>
Long Beach's The Valley Arena (pictured) have a new record--their third!--entitled We Died. Based on the songs up on their MySpace, "The Dig" and "Bait and Switch" (which you should go listen to on their MySpace right now) it seems to be a goodly burst of energetic, punky, noise-rock.
If there were ever a study to test the boundless possibilities of music via You Tube, I'm thinking Malaysia might be a good place to start. For there is probably no other way to explain how the beautiful, chirpy talents of singer song writer Zee Avi landed on the roster of Jack Johnson's Brush Fire ... More >>
Dear local bands,Are you trying to get booked? Try Alex's Bar in Long Beach! Per a recent MySpace bulletin, they are looking to fill some July and August holes in their schedule. They get shows, you get some exposure. Everybody wins!Here's what they're asking for: "your contact info, website and mys ... More >>
You (probably) know the drill: each month, a different band (or pair of bands) play free Monday night shows for a month at Detroit Bar, theoretically gaining much-needed exposure in their relatively young careers. Last month it was LA bands Huntingfield and the Ringers, this time it's two acts from ... More >>
Okay, I guess we all saw this coming. Local Natives have officially changed their origin to Silver Lake on their Myspace page....sigh, okay guys. Well, hopefully you and the OC can still be friends. For those of you who have followed the harmaonizing echoes, rumbling rhythms and spangly guitar chord ... More >>
I got this MySpace message from these people who claim to be opening an all ages venue in Huntington Beach. It looks like the spot might be called Do It Yourself. Or maybe not. It's a little confusing.Whatever it's called, an all ages venue in HB (brah) is a good idea. Back when I was a wee lad, I s ... More >>
All-girl Anaheim band Mystery Hangup have called it quits, at least for a while, according to a post on their MySpace blog.Stopping short of saying anything too final, they write, "Mystery Hangup is taking on new challenges and exciting new goals," while specifying "this isn't a goodbye," as they wi ... More >>
"FREE MORAL AGENTS TONIGHT! QUEENS OF STONE AGE TOMORROW FREE"That was the subject of a MySpace bulletin posted last night on Detroit Bar's account; now, I don't think they actually thought anyone would be fooled into think that the Queens of the Stone Age would be playing there free tonight, but it ... More >>
Long Beach's Repeater has posted a new demo song on their MySpace called "Some Girls Leave."Dark and brooding save for Steve's shining vocals.Excellent as always.
In a show so secret that information is readily available about it on several places online, The All-American Rejects--who released their third studio album, When the World Comes Down, today--are playing a free gig at Chain Reaction in Anaheim tomorrow.
Alright, so it's been out for a while but, hey, it's new to us. Anaheim's Thee Makeout Party's album Play Pretend is a rollicking jam of fun-loving pop. Until you get your hands on a copy (if you don't already have one), check out a sampling on the band's MySpace. Specifically:- 2 EZ 2 Luv U- Change ... More >>
Yes, most advent calendars start on Dec. 1. Eat it.Christmas is awesome. Sorry non-observers; I love you but it's true. You get presents, you get to give presents and spread holiday good tidings and so on. And come on, Candy Cane Joe-Joes.Since Christmas music is perhaps the most awesome part of the ... More >>
Wonderlove, one of a bunch of great OC bands that coulda-shoulda-woulda made it huge back when I was the Weekly's Music Editor---they broke up 'round about 2003; I swear it wasn't my fault---have announced that they're getting back together for a November 14 show at Lake Forest's much-beloved Gypsy ... More >>
Meet the bloodiest blogger in OC
Here's a repost from Weekly contributor Joel Beers' MySpace blog. Title: FUCK YOU FOX NEWS: "Even the local station is staffed by mental incompetents. Like the dumb as dirt field "reporter" in Modjeska Canyon (at least she got that right) who says if the fire gets past the residential neighborhoo ... More >>
He Is the Robots: Free the Robots twists music into weird new shapes
'Take you, your family and all the shit-smelling pho houses back to SE Aisia'
Bugged by MySpaces clutter and limitations, some musicians are turning to smaller, artist-friendly alternatives
The Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, Ekranoplan, Tee Pee Records
Mark Reynado, Marketing Director, the Block at Orange
If you didn't know, bands don't like telling you what they sound like. Here's an example why: Let's say I play in a band, we're called "Stillborn Leper", and my boss asks me what we sound like, and I say "We're like a mix of Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, but our guitarist is really into The ... More >>
Adam Spriggs, talent buyer, Coach House Entertainment
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