This Sunday, MTV airs the highly anticipated 31st installment of their Video Music Awards. Always an unpredictable raucous night, there's unfortunately a black cloud looming over Sunday's telecast. That is the complete and total snubbing of Florida rapper Stitches. Ever since "Brick In Yo Face" h ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold editor-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find cr ... More >>
Ten years ago, 'Shock and Awe' airstrikes by U.S. forces in Iraq marked the onset of another invasion of that country. President George W. Bush led a so-called 'coalition of the willing' mocked by anti-war activists as a 'coalition of the shilling' into hostilities under the pretext that Iraqi dicta ... More >>
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but vene ... More >>
Even a man needs a hanky for his take on 'Ohio'
Today's Weekly features a chat with director Jonathan Demme about his third music documentary on rock god Neil Young.Jonathan Demme Gets His Emotion On with Neil Young JourneysBut Village Voice Media's Aaron Hillis doubled down, interviewing Demme and Young together, after they took a stroll through ... More >>
Is it musical overload to celebrate National Record Store Day at Coachella? Pop up store Zia Records (located on the festival premises) proved it is not. Although the store drew many bands on the festival lineup for special signings, Record Store Day drew even bigger crowds than usual, with attendee ... More >>
The Glass House
Call them Los Disbanded no more! Lady P, Don Verde, Vira Lata, and Dulce will reunite as Los Abandoned for a special one-time only concert at the Echoplex. It will mark the first time the Los Angeles-based Latin Alternative band has taken the stage since their farewell performance at the Tar Fest ... More >>
Buffalo Springfield, the 1960s band known for briefly employing Neil Young and Stephen Stills, announced a six-date reunion tour this summer and an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival. Since half of Buffalo Springfield's original members are dead, the tour is less an actual reunion than a pl ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyYo La TengoFebruary 24, 2011Detroit BarIt was the most soothing of times, it was the most startling of times--it was the tale of two dramatically different sets. It was a night of answers, it was a night of variety, it was a packed-house show at Detroit Bar; it wa ... More >>
Singer/songwriters David Crosby and Graham Nash will launch a spring tour in the U.S., including a stop at Long Beach's Terrace Theater on March 25 at 8 p.m. They will be accompanied by a backing band comprised of James Raymond (keyboards), Dean Parks (guitar), Kevin McCormick (bass) and Steve Di ... More >>
Danielle BacherThe Hype: Sweden's Shout Out Louds decided to take a break after the release of their second album, Our Ill Wills, and its attendant world tour. Now, however, the five members--frontman Adam Olenius, bassist Ted Malmos, guitarist Carl Von Arbin, drummer Eric Edman and keyboardist B ... More >>
Here's what's flying off the shelves at the quirky-retro-cool Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach.
NSFW: Lady Gaga wants you to wrap it up with designer condom--studded, ribbed, or sheer--to help Planned Parenthood. Wonder which one she prefers to wear? Bootleg worth hearing: Billy Corgan covers Velvet Underground, Neil Young, the Beatles and Donovan at recent Chicago-area benefit show.EMI ca ... More >>
This evening Conan O'Brien fans will have one last chance to catch the funny man with the towering hairdo host the Tonight Show. Sure, O'Brien will likely resurface somewhere--the safe bet is Fox--shortly, and with a 45 million exit deal, he won't exactly be standing in the unemployment line in ... More >>
The Hype: Drawing comparisons to such rock luminaries as Neil Young and the Band, relative newcomers Alberta Cross have been touring in support of their first full-length album, The Broken Side of Time. Signed to ATO records (founded by Dave Matthews), it's obvious that these guys have done somethi ... More >>
"The Drummer." Kick ass!Two foreign films that received OK notices roll tonight as the film societies of Orange County and Laguna Beach present competing screenings. Laguna Beach Film Society shows 2007's The Drummer, a Hong Kong by way of Taiwan production that features Jackie Chan's son Jaycee ... More >>
The Prospector in Long Beach is about to get a little bit classier tonight. Victorians and ribbons, oh my! Okay so maybe Long Beach band The Victorians don't exactly sound anything like their prim and proper name would suggest, but the sound is pretty polished. This local four piece founded by Br ... More >>
Live music when dining can leave you cold or, worse, embarrassed (think maudlin violin players and shuffling trios of Christmas carolers).But if you enjoy the smooth sounds of 60s and 70s guitar classics, combined with a smoky voice, head down to Renaissance Bistro in Brea this Friday or Saturday ni ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantasti ... More >>
The Time: Thanksgiving, 1976. The Place: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco. The Occasion: The final concert by the original lineup of the Band, with a jaw-dropping number of guests (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, ... More >>
Colleague Matt Coker recently tipped me off to a cameo appearance I kinda-sorta make in Deja Vu, the new documentary flick about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 2006 Freedom of Speech tour of America, when the foursome hit the road in support of Neil Young's politically pointed Living With War album. ... More >>
In the new issue of the Weekly, you'll find Greg Stacy's list of 25 reasons why John McCain sucks. To this, I'd like to add reason #26: He once referred to Bridget, his adopted Bangladeshi daughter, as "this ugly, black thing." Maybe. Or probably? You be the judge, and read this first-person story ... More >>
Oh, sweet, sweet irony. Remember in the mid-'80s when major labels crowed about how the advent of compact discs would hasten the death of vinyl? A quarter century later, it looks like the (turn)tables are reversed: vinyl's popularity is resurgent while the CD's fortunes are looking as bleak as Iraq' ... More >>
Band of Horses, Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Neil Young, Live At Massey Hall (Reprise/WEA)
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The folk-tinged chaos of Wires on Fire
A couple of weeks ago, I walked into the office and caught Steve belting out the chorus of "Love Will Tear Us Apart." As surreal and surprisingly awesome as it was, you astute readers out there will know that it was simply practice for his piece "Emotional Rescue," in which he explains why when we'r ... More >>
Eleventh Dream Day, Zeroes and Ones (Thrill Jockey)
Date Movie; Eight Below; Freedomland; The Second Chance; Tamara
Not-so-young Neil confronts death with elegiac hymns to family, friendship and love
John Fogerty should be bigger than Neil Young
The Distillery, Costa Mesa
CSN&Y: The new radicalsonly old!
What's humming through the skulls of Orange County?
Big-Ass Music Weekend!