[Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>
The Coach House
For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert ... More >>
The road-tested U.K. band are changing the perception of English folk rock one show at a time
See Also: *Outside Lands Spirit Guide: Top Five Do's and Don't's For the Festival Folk*Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Outside Lands Festival, 8/10/12*More Outside Lands Festival news from SF WeeklyStevie Wonder, in theory, is an American artistic treasure. He's more than our Beatles or Rolling Stones ... More >>
The PixiesThe Music BoxNovember 20, 2011See the slideshow of more images here. It was a rough start for the Pixies on Saturday. They opened with "Bone Machine." Kind of. At the first break--"Your bone's got a little machine"--the band stopped abruptly. Someone(s?) had missed their cue. Fran ... More >>
The Mumlers June 20, 2011 Commonwealth Lounge, FullertonSan Jose's The Mumlers, whose vintage-rock stylings were the point of focus in Fullerton last night, represent an interesting bit of musical irony in the post modern indie scene: they sound incredibly soulful--for a bunch of disaffected pro ... More >>
jmascis.com J. Mascis performs at Alex's Bar tonight, solo! The Dinosaur Jr. founder (also: skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer, and musician) is touring to promote Several Shades of Why, his first solo studio record. On the album are a bunch of people who no doubt have been ... More >>
[Locals Only] OC's No. 1 acoustic act teams up with a full band for a House of Blues show
While you may scoff "adult-indie contemporary" at teh mention of Fleet Foxes, nothing on our radar has been more eagerly anticipated than the Seattle band's sophomore release, Helplessness Blues, out May 3. Now that they've released the first video from that set, singer Robin Pecknold talks about ... More >>
20th Century Fox"The Star-Spangled Banner" has an image problem. That is, no one likes it.Oh sure, everyone respects and reveres what it stands for, what it evokes in us as nation and as a people. But no one really admires it on its merits as song, and singers and sports fans have long detested t ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseThe Hype: Because of Olin and the Moon's numerous residencies at the Echo and Spaceland, we were pretty interested in checking them out at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. They were playing with fellow alt-country buddies Wires in the Walls, who just released an EP a few weeks ago. It wa ... More >>
One day I was poking around MySpace looking for good music (so 2005) and I found Fort Wife on Avi Buffalo's friend's list. I fell in love instantly: Fort Wife's songs were sweet and gentle (like pillows!), but not simperingly sweet, and they're especially good for daydreaming.
[Locals Only] The South County hip-hop trio goes for a 'crew vibe'
It's getting to the point where the idea of the Coachella lineup is actually more appealing than whatever the eventual Coachella lineup will be, even if the actual lineup is really impressive. It's like Spock said, "having is not such a pleasing thing as wanting."So yeah, still no official Coachella ... More >>
LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>
Review by Reza Allah-Bakhshi The Helio Sequence with Modern Memory and The Builders and the Butchers Detroit Bar Feb. 28, 2008 Better Than: Not going to see a rad band. Download: "Keep Your Eyes Ahead" off the Helio Sequence Myspace page. I arrived at Detroit halfway into Modern Memory's set. ... More >>
FEEDBACK: Rock en espanol and the Perils of Assimilation
I haven't been excited by any music in a long, long time. Wait, wait. Was that pretentious enough for you? No? Well, how about this: I haven't been excited by any new music in a long, long time. But Friday night's My Morning Jacket show at the House of Blues, Anaheim was the first concert in awhi ... More >>
Children of Men and the value of an unedited shot
Dead Moon, Echoes of the Past double CD (Sub Pop)
It's been a few slow days for blogging 'round here (what could I possibly show you that Brit-Brit already hasn't?) so I let our rockin' intern Miles Clements do a little work while I took a four hour lunch. Let's read what he has to write: There needs to be more bands willing to crank out good ol' ... More >>
Buck Owens is Black Sabbath and Totimoshi knows why: distinctive guitar tone and songs about Satan make a boy from Bakersfield do good, and Totimoshi guitarist Tony Aguilar learned the necessary lessons from both. Central Valley-raised—where he grew up on country/western as much as rock & ... More >>
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