Walk into the chain clothing store Forever 21 and you'll see mannequins sporting faded, high-waisted denim, a Nirvana t-shirt and a red lumberjack flannel tied around the waist. In vintage stores, old Pearl Jam shirts and grungy looking pants that are actually from the 90's are being sold for big bu ... More >>
Following the success of 1991's Nevermind, Kurt Cobain and producer Steve Albini wanted to make a record that predated polished, commercial sounding tracks like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that took over the radio and launched Nirvana to success. By this time, Cobain was struggling with fame. At its c ... More >>
Constellation Room at the Observatory
Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
A few months into 2013 and we're less than a week away from the first big live hip-hop experience of the year. Last year was filled with immensely enjoyable shows all across Southern California, from Nas at Rock the Bells to Juicy J and ASAP Rocky at the Observatory. And, here we are, ready to start ... More >>
Dave Grohl and other rockers toast LA's Sound City
For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>
Freeform artist Lorin Ashton reflects on the release of 'Vava Boom' and his journey in EDM
Kurt Cobain died 18 years ago today. Excuse me while I catch my breath and shake my head in disbelief. It's still unfathomable that after only three years in the spotlight, and in the midst of his creative prime that the Nirvana singer committed suicide. Enough stories have been written about him, b ... More >>
[Mental Notes] The news that kept us talking this year
First, we told you what OC record stores are having Black Friday Record Store Day sales. Now, we're letting you know what RSD releases you should look out for. Here are 15 essential Black Friday Record Store Day releases you might be able to score this Friday. (No guarantees, though -- most of th ... More >>
Melody Kohn (guitar/vox) and Kendall Brinkley (drums) make up the Long Beach duo Lazy Mary creating double trouble at the Scripps College-sponsored AthenaFest, a punk rock music festival featuring an estrogen overdose (read: all-female lineups) on Saturday. AthenaFest is a benefit event wi ... More >>
Shonen KnifeIt's been three decades since beloved all-female Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife formed, and although they have only one remaining original member, singer/guitarist Naoko Yamano, they still pump out an endearing mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy that has attracted fans all ov ... More >>
Nicole NodlandLana Del Rey sounds like someone from the 1990s--find out who after the jumpThere's a reason old people are curmudgeonly at rock shows: It's because they've heard it all before, new music sucks, it's boring, yada yada yada. But no, really, when someone over 30 tells you a new band s ... More >>
The Bakersfield band inject all their influences, from Nirvana to norteno, into their music
UPDATE, Sept. 7, 9:44 a.m.: And what do you know, there's a 20th anniversary edition of Pocket Full of Kryptonite that features the album "as you remember it." Original post, Sept. 6, 10:36 a.m.: Nostalgia for the 1990s has been surging lately, spurred, as nostalgia often is, by a yearning by s ... More >>
BBCUPDATE, August 10, 2011, 2:41 p.m.: Sony issued a statement today regarding its plans following Monday's disastrous warehouse fire set by London looters which destroyed significant quantities of independent label merchandise. According to the statement, the company is operating from a new co ... More >>
Today is MTV's 30th anniversary (30! OMG), so we thought we'd let loose with a list of some of the cooler/mind bending/watchable videos to grace the venerable network juggernaut's air waves. Despite all of MTV's shortcomings as a commercial cable network channel, which has blighted our scre ... More >>
In our earlier post, we gave you part one of the ultimate music geek list--songs with a girl's name in the title for each letter of the alphabet from A(lison) to L(una). This second part goes from M(ykel and Carli) by Weezer to Z(ebulon) by Rufus Wainwright.
It's been a while since I've watched Saturday morning cartoons, so I don't know if the shows are what they used to be. In my time (and believe it or not, there was a time when the best cartoons weren't on during prime time and were actually geared toward those under the age of 15) the adults mak ... More >>
tacoasylum.comCosta Mesa's taco asylum welcomes independent filmmakers looking for a space to screen their projects. With productions costs being what they are, you're going to turn down a free screening room with a big HD screen? And one that serves great beers and food to watch by? There is a c ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, Brandon Seger on keeping lyrics simple, and Riley Breckenridge on a big, bad burrito.
Tag, You're It is Heard Mentality's weekly interview feature. The concept is simple: One local artist picks another local artist to interview, then the interviewee becomes the interviewer of an artist of his or her choice the following week.Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyUpon meeting Brandon Seger ... More >>
Tastebud.com, a music and dating site, published their (most likely unscientific) research today asking their users how likely they were to have sex on the first date. Basically the site figures that people who listen to the same music are more likely to get along in the bedroom, and the re ... More >>
Ahh, Kurt Cobain, we miss you so. Seventeen years after your death, commemorative Tweets and blogs are standard issue, but some people went the extra mile. (Probably not the extra mile the Nirvana frontman would've wanted, but oh well.)
House of Blues
It's true. Creator Mike Judge's animated series is returning to MTV later this year. The network announced on Wednesay that Beavis and Butt-Head will return with all-new episodes after a 14-year hiatus. Judge will provide the voices for both characters. Exciting, right?
myspace.com/philmrocksFor Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, the musical philosophy "less is more" guides PHILM, his newly formed metal power trio. For him, the downsizing goes right to his storied drum kit, which he has scaled down to a four-piece set for the band. Joining Lombardo in the ambitious ... More >>
www.myspace.com/veloriomusicVelorio covered Nirvana's classic "All Apologies" at the Juke Joint in Anaheim this weekend. According to our resident cumbia expert Gabriel San Roman, "Usually cumbia songs are mashed up on a System of a Down video on YouTube...to make it seem like a hard rock band wa ... More >>
Except not in the way you think. Krist Noveselic and Dave Grohl--who were two-thirds of Nirvana, and producer Butch Vig get together in video for the first time since, well, maybe Nirvana. Watch it after the jump.
Just look at this flyer and tell me it's not the most punk rock thing you've ever seen. Look--the Nirvana baby with a mohawk! Mismatched fonts! Seventeen different bands on the lineup! Three-chord-songs from 11:30 a.m. to whenever! Aaaaaand the Dickies!
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyHelmetSeptember 24, 2010Galaxy TheaterWhile bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden experienced lots of popularity during the early '90s as part of the grunge movement, Helmet found their own niche with their sharp metallic guitar riffs and odd time signatures. After ... More >>
This is a cool one: the newly reunited Germs, featuring actor (and UC Irvine alum) Shane West, is coming to the House of Blues, Anaheim on September 6. The Germs disbanded back in 1980 after the suicide of lead singer Darby Crash (Pat Smear went on to play guitar with Foo Fighters and on Nirvana' ... More >>
Holy shit! Last night I saw a commerical for the deluxe edition of Pearl Jam's debut Ten. I've been on this Earth for a mere 29 years, but suddenly I feel very, very, very old. This re-issue includes a remastered version of the record and a remix done by long-time PJ producer Brendan O'Brien, six bo ... More >>
Ex-Nirvana/current Flipper bassist Krist Novoselic discusses his four favorite 4-stringers over on our sister paper Seattle Weekly's blog. Hint: They're all from British bands except one, the exception being Chaim Witz, that enterprising gent with the extraordinary tongue. Here's another hint:
Ex-Nirvana bassist/current political activist Krist Novoselic hosts an exclusive live Flipper track in his column this week on our sister paper Seattle Weekly's blog. The song's recorded by Jack Endino, the studio wiz who produced Bleach about 18 years ago. Novoselic currently plays bass in Flipper, ... More >>
First, it was the break-up of Dead Moon, whom you might remember from Oliver Hall's CD review a few weeks back. And today, we learned of the unfortunate passing of Shocking Blue lead singer Mariska Veres, whose stunning voice you might remember from the original version of "Venus." The band also r ... More >>
Has it only been a year since TV news went All Dead Pope, All The Time? Apparently so– April 8 marks the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II's funeral. Interestingly enough, April 8 is also when many in East Asia (particularly in Japan) celebrate the birthday of the Buddha, who, of course ... More >>
The other day, while getting the website that mirrors your favorite OC alt.-weekly pub ready for ya'all, Clockworken noticed something interesting upon opening Gustavo Arellano's popular column !Ask a Mexican! (Special Cesar Chavez Edition). Along the top of the virtual page was a Google advertiseme ... More >>