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  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Travis Barker Says Getting a Head Tattoo Really Isn't That Bad

    It's a well known fact that Travis Barker's obsession with tattoos is more than skin deep. Since his teenage years growing up in Fontana, the Blink 182 drum god has spent countless hours under the needle. Even in the years since he survived a fatal 2008 plane crash, the layers of skin grafts on his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Friday, October 25 Tav Falco's Panther Burns Alex's Bar Something wild and even a little spooky is coming to Alex's Bar, and he comes bearing gifts of lo-fi blues-infused rockabilly. Tav Falco's Panther Burns is one the of origi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Avenged Sevenfold Used Cover Their Groupies in Piss

    By John Wiederhorn and Katherine Truman Avenged Sevenfold have always occupied a weird space in the annals of OC metal, or metalcore, whatever you want to call it. Despite being rejected by some old-school metal fans (i.e. anyone with a sleeveless denim jacket, a Napalm Death concert stub and tattoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    OC Weekly Slaughters at OC Press Club Awards

    The Orange County Press Club held its annual awards dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort last night, and as the Mexican himself would say, we slaughtered the Special Olympics. Once again, we dominated the awards portion of the evening -- as well as the wine consumption.This infernal rag took home a whopp ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Don't forget to check out our constantly-updated Orange County Concert Calendar Friday, June 21 Intocable House of Blues Anaheim Mickey Mouse and Norteño music this weekend? Why not. Intocable will provide just that.With their accordion/guitar sounds paired with romantic lyrics, these guys from C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    World Star Hip-Hop's Founder Tells Us Which Web Videos Are Too Vulgar, Even For His Site

    Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star HipHop.com, is an unlikely figure in the canon of modern hip-hop success stories. The reserved, 40 year-old Hollis,Queens native of Haitian descent is probably one of the first and most controversial examples of hip-hop's ability to create moguls out of tech wi ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2013

    Where the Black People At In OC?

    A special report on Orange County's embarrassing lack of African-Americans

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Free Moral Agents Exhibit Their Growing Strength on 'Chaine Infinie'

    There are plenty of people who will pick up the new Free Moral Agents record, Chaine Infinie, and remark on how the sound and style of Ikey Owen's studio project has blossomed into such an unexpected full band experience since the release 2010's sophomore album Control This. No longer a hazy collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, May 24 LA Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel Segerstrom Concert Hall Classical music isn't exactly "hot" right now as most of the original artists are long-dead. But with the talent of the Los Angeles Phil Harmonic Orchestra and the leadership of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the works of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, May 20 Dillinger Escape Plan Chain Reaction Dillinger Escape Plan, the New Jersey mathcore band (that's mathrock-meets-hardcore for those who were wondering) stops by the all ages venue Chain Reaction this Monday night, giving hoards of angsty teenage boys something to yell and thrash and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, May 17 Sederra House of Blues Anaheim Anytime the punk shredders of Sederra come to the House of Blues Anaheim, they have a habit of bringing the entire Fullerton punk scene with them. Last time they played the Mouse House for free, they stuffed the place to capacity to the point where they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, May 10 Lil' B The Observatory Lil B, the heavily tattooed Berkeley, California rapper with a gleaming grill and oversized earrings, entered the hip-hop game in 2006 as part of Bay Area rap group The Pack. Over the last three years he's garnered a tremendous Internet following, popularizing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, May 6This Time With FEELINGDetroit BarFor being a "four-piece fridge rock band" This Time With Feeling sure know how to heat up a dance floor at an indie rock show. Embracing sharp pop structures,  full bodied rhythm, and Ali Coyle's vocals seething with attitude, the punchy four-piece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, May 3 Basscon The Yost Theater Friday night's alright for partying down, so make your way over to Santa Ana's historic Yost Theater for Basscon tonight. The Yost has been putting out great EDM and trance music nights for a while now, but Basscon looks like its going to be an intense night o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Zakk Wylde Once Went 77 Days On Tour Without Brushing His Teeth or Showering

    Zakk Wylde's gut punching distortion and furious guitar solos have caused plenty of irreparable damage to our ear drums in the name of metal since his days touring with Ozzy Osbourne. Even after the heyday of old-school metal, his riffs remain savage, his leather jacket game always on point. These d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend One

    Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella: Weekend One

    Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, April 5 Feeding PeopleFingerprints Feeding People play a delightful brand of fuzzy-buzzy garage rock seasoned with reverby vocals and spooky-circus guitar riffs. At times, they're reminiscent of the Doors (but if the Doors had made it to the late '70s.) Another way to conceptualize Feedin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    OC Music Awards - City National Grove of Anaheim - March 9, 2013

    Last Saturday night, a well-dressed army of local music fans, press and artists packed into the City National Grove of Anaheim for the 12 annual OC Music Awards. Like most awards shows, the night's festivities went  bit longer than necessary with a few fumbles here and there and a mixture of in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, March 1 Super Diamond House of Blues Anaheim Remember the movie Saving Silverman with Steve Zahn and Jack Black? It was about a couple of lovable loser musicians whose idol was none other than Neil Diamond, the psuedo-rock crooner from your parent's generation. Sometimes truth is stranger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 18 DJ Hype The Observatory Pre-iPods, pre-laptops, pre-everyone's-a-DJ, DJ Hype was circling the globe, bringing his turn table skills to millions of party people. Born in Belgium, Kevin Ford began as a DJ on Fantasy FM, a pirate radio station in London. But he hit mainstream ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, February 15 The Ziggens Slidebar If you don't know much about Orange County ska/ surf/punk/garage band the Ziggens, it's ok, somehow they've been over shadowed by one time label mates such as Sublime. But unlike Sublime, who burned out before becoming massively succesful, the Ziggens have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 4 Social Distortion House of Blues Anaheim With few shows happening this Monday, you might consider trying to check out Social Distortion's umpteenth gig at the House of Blues this month. Perhaps setting a record for the most shows played at the Anaheim venue by a single band in o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2012

    Young Dubliners Can't Wait to Return to the OC Pub That Scammed Them

    It's not often that a band can look back fondly about a time they were tricked into a playing a venue. But fortunately for world-traveled Celtic rock band Young Dubliner's the luck of the Irish was on their side the first time they were asked to play Muldoon's Irish Pub in Newport Beach. For a band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Tuesday, Dec. 4Bruce Springsteen Honda Center Some rock 'n' roll shows simply fill a Tuesday night with enough noise to free the audience from the minutiae of the work week. The band sings a couple songs and flashes some strobe lights--whoopity doo. Then there are concerts that are spiritual, st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Eats Everything is Pudgy, But Gets a Better Onstage Workout Than the Average DJ

    Sure, talk shit on his weight if you want. But in an EDM landscape filled with stoic, overly-polished, stereotypical Euro types, Bristol-born DJ Eats Everything is a big man who knows to move. Should you be one of the fortunate revelers to watch him spin his pulsing, percussive mish-mash of house, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Weekend: Adam Ant, Frightenend Rabbit

    Friday, October, 19 Crocodiles, The Soft Pack The Glass House Two new bands--"new" as in they post-date the Feelies and the Psychedelic Furs, respectively, even if they've both been around for a couple years--with two new albums on which they make some perfect new choices and deliver us some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Jillionaire Says Major Lazer Can Free The Universe From Boredom at EDM Shows

    If you've been to a Major Lazer show recently, you realize that their name has become a bit of a misnomer. Not that we're complaining--after an endless summer of EDM shows spent watching one identical laser-light party after the next, it's nice to see a group take a notably different route in their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    The Best Five Shows in OC This Week: Big Business, Major Lazer

    Monday, October 15Big BusinessAlex's BarFor those not familiar with the genre Sludge Metal, meet Big Business. Hailing from Seattle and signed to Gold Metal Records, they traffic in crunchy, chugging jams with wonky, drop-tuned strings. Reminiscent of instrumental metal band Pelican, Big Business fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Weekend: Sound Asylum, Agent Orange

    Friday, October 12 MeikoThe Yost TheaterThe Yost Theater puts on three musical events in one night--the festivities start off with a co-headlining act of Meiko and Bobby Long at the early hour of 6 p.m. Local transplant folk musician Meiko, a native of Georgia, came to Los Angeles at a young ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: 25-15

    Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: Conor Oberst, Dr. Dog

    Monday, October 1 The Two FoscariSegerstrom Center for the Arts The LA Opera makes a one-night-only appearance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to perform Giuseppe Verdi's The Two Foscari. Verdi based his three-act opera on the historical play of the same n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    The Best Five Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, September 24Pawn Shop Kings The Constellation RoomA unique musical style often comes from superior talent and vision, though it can also be a product of geographical diversity. Case in point: Pawn Shop Kings. They're a musical melting pot--a whole lot of Arkansas blended with SoCal's sunshin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Emblem3 Talk About X Factor, Trying to Avoid Being Labeled a Boy Band

    Last week, OC represented itself in the world of reality show contests yet again thanks to a teenage trio called Emblem3 who took the stage on Fox's the X Factor for a live audition. The Huntington Beach group, featuring Drew Chadwick, 19, and brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg (18 and 15 res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in O.C. This Weekend

    See Also:*Free Ticket Wednesday: She Wants Revenge at the Observatory*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/Video]*Jim Norton Wants to Sleep With You, if You Can Stand His Sleep ApneaFriday, September 14She Wants RevengeThe ObservatoryIs that the sound of the 1980s reemerging from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    FYF Fest 2012: Five Reunited Bands We Really Want to See

    See Also:*FYF Fest Two-Day Line-up Announced*The Growlers Announce New Album Release* Pacific Festival: The Dunes AnnouncedPlenty of people tend to associate FYF Fest with bands that will soon be filling their iPods with fresh sound for the fall. This year, its lineup of subterranean, local and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Tricia Freeman: The Blond-Haired Blues Ambassador of South County

    See Also:*Hank III Doesn't Aim to Be Legendary, Just Original*Brandi Carlile Explains Why She Had to Record Her New Album in the Middle of the Woods*Iris DeMent: Ass-Kicking, Outlaw Country Singer Talks Growing Up in OCSure, places like San Clemente and Dana Point aren't exactly the Nashville of the ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 5, 2010
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    July 23, 2010

    Five Questions With Gram Rabbit's Todd Rutherford

    ​Last night, Gram Rabbit brought their brand of desert psychedelia to the Detroit Bar. (Read the review of the show by Nate Jackson here). After playing LA and OC, and doing the requisite KCRW rounds (watch it here), the duo is touring the Southwest to support their latest, Miracle & Metaphors ... More >>

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    Lightning In a Bottle, The Return of the Ice Cream Man, the New Limb News

    [Mental Notes] It's almost summer, and the festival scene is heating up

  • Music

    May 6, 2010

    Sublime With Rome With Tour Dates

    [Mental Notes] Also: Re-liking the Like, running with Letterman, and much love for Avi Buffalo

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    TONIGHT: Buskerfest in Long Beach, E-40 at Galaxy, More

    ​The next person who says "there's nothing to do around here" is officially wrong. This can be scientifically proven. Or just be clicking on the jump.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Showgazing: Death Hymn Number 9, Head Sounds at Detroit Bar

    ​"You wrote about the Dig, and you missed their set. You're the worst music editor ever!"Those (good-natured, assuredly!) words from DJ Oldboy--at Detroit Bar last night in his capacity as a percussionist for Death Hymn Number 9--greeted me as I walked through the parking lot.It was kind of late. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
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    January 21, 2009

    Last Night: Crystal Antlers at The Smell

    BY NATE JACKSONLast Night: Crystal Antlers, Ancestors, Slang Chickens and Magic Lantern at The Smell, Los Angeles.Better Than: Missing Obama's inaugural address because you were stuck at your crappy job. Good thing there's TiVo.If you could choose one place to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2009

    Last Night: Boogaloo Assassins, Allensworth at Detroit Bar

    BY NATE JACKSONLast Night: Allensworth, Boogaloo Assassins at Detroit Bar; Saturday, January 10.Better Than: Break dancing on hot coals.Despite years spent incessantly trolling for talent on the local music scene, there is still something oddly special about showing up early to a great gig. You know ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 8, 2009
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    July 13, 2008

    Last Night: The Living Suns, The Entrance Band, Cavil at Rest, My Pet Saddle, The Union Line @ HOB Anaheim 7/12

    By Nate Jackson After almost three years or wrestling with their debut album Self, the Living Suns finally let their finished product see the light at the House of Blues. When I read the lineup for the band’s record-release party, I had to hand it to the Suns for putting together a great OC/LA in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part XIV

    Dave Segal and Tom Child spent the weekend in Austin for the South By Southwest Festival, which they live-blogged out of Heard Mentality. Browse the SXSW blog for their coverage here, and do scroll down and flip through some slide shows while you're there. Chelsea Ide wraps up the SXSW weekend quite ... More >>

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