Nirvana (Band)

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    November 12, 2014

    Quiz: Are You a Geriatric Gen-Xer?

    By: Alex Rendon It just seems to creep up on you, doesn't it? Suddenly one morning, you notice a few gray hairs have commandeered space on your scalp. This is precious real estate, considering how far that hairline has receded in the past year. Most of your old high school pals are popping out bab ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    QUIZ: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Today's Band T-Shirt Trends Are Getting Ridiculous and Awesome

    By: Jamie Lees Band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. It was a method of claiming allegiance without saying a word, a way to help find other like-minded people. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. Back in the day you couldn't just creep on ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    In Defense of Sublime

    By: Bree Davies I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, probably too many, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Ninjapalooza LuWow

    House of Blues

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    April 15, 2014

    Courtney Love Fan Art, You Really Must Own

    Mrs. Courtney Love Cobain kept it classy at Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Thursday. "I have a big speech, but I'm not gonna say it," Love said. "We all start bands when we're kids and this is my family I'm looking at right now." She later tweeted kind words to and ab ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Nirvana's Best Underrated Songs

    It's hard to imagine, if not impossible, to wonder what Kurt Cobain would be doing today. When I first got word on April 7, 1994 that the singer, who was well on his way to reluctantly becoming a rock icon, was found dead in his Seattle home, I was in utter disbelief. For any person who grew up duri ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Title Fight Embraces the '90s

    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 >>

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    September 25, 2013

    A Bunch of People Got Matching Nirvana Tattoos Yesterday

    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 >>

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    August 15, 2013

    The Polyphonic Spree

    Constellation Room at the Observatory

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    July 17, 2013

    Top Five Nirvana Samples in Hip-Hop

    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 >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

    Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

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    March 26, 2013

    Top Five Acts at Paid Dues 2013

    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 >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2013

    Kings of the Stone Age

    Dave Grohl and other rockers toast LA's Sound City

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney To Play With Nirvana Tonight At The 12-12-12 Concert? Unfortunately, Yes

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Bassnectar Rumbles Through Lightning In a Bottle Festival

    Freeform artist Lorin Ashton reflects on the release of 'Vava Boom' and his journey in EDM

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    May 10, 2012


    Constellation Room

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    May 10, 2012

    Vendetta Red

    Detroit Bar

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    April 5, 2012

    In Memory of Kurt Cobain: 5 of Nirvana's Most Iconic Songs

    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 >>

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    January 26, 2012


    Detroit Bar

  • Music

    December 29, 2011

    The Biggest Music Headlines of 2011

    [Mental Notes] The news that kept us talking this year

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    November 23, 2011

    Top 15 Essential Black Friday Record Store Day Releases

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano: 'I'm Ashamed to Write Songs About Love'

    Shonen Knife​It'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 >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Miss the '90s? You Don't Have To; Five Bands That Relive Your Youth

    Nicole NodlandLana Del Rey sounds like someone from the 1990s--find out who after the jump​There'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 >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2011

    Velorio Mix Up Their Sound

    The Bakersfield band inject all their influences, from Nirvana to norteno, into their music

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    [UPDATED with Spin Doctors Album Info] Four Reasons 1990s Nostalgia Should Be a Felony

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    [UPDATE With Comment From Polyvinyl Owner Matt Lunsford]: Rioters Torch Sony Warehouse and Burn Many UK and Ireland Record Stocks to the Ground

    BBC​UPDATE, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Songs About Girls From A(lison) to Z(ebulon), Part 2

    ​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.

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    June 30, 2011

    From Glamstars to Beavers: Top Five Cartoon Bands

    ​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 >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Filmmakers Wanted At Taco Asylum​Costa 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Tag, You're It: Singer Justin Suitor From Railroad to Alaska Interviews Singer Brandon Seger From OMAHA

    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 Weekly​Upon meeting Brandon Seger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Metallica, Nirvana and Linkin Park Fans More Likely to Have Sex on First Date, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Top Three WTF Kurt Cobain Tributes: Jared Leto Goes Tasteless, a Hometown Statue and Miley Cyrus Fantasies

    ​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.)

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    February 24, 2011
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    February 4, 2011

    'Beavis and Butt-Head' Return to MTV This Year

    ​​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?

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    PHILM: Slayer's Dave Lombardo's New Power Trio​For 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 >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Cumbia-Style 'All Apologies' by Velorio​Velorio 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 make it seem like a hard rock band wa ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010


    Pike Bar

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    November 4, 2010

    Noveselic Grohl Vig - Kurt = An Honest-To-Goodness Nirvana Reunion!

    ​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.

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    October 7, 2010
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    September 27, 2010

    Helmet at the Galaxy Theater Over The Weekend

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​HelmetSeptember 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 >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Cheap Girls

    Joey's BBQ

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    October 22, 2009
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    March 25, 2009

    "Ten" is still "Alive"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Getting Down to Bass Tacks with Krist Noveselic

    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:

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    January 10, 2008
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    December 6, 2007
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    November 28, 2007

    Krist Novoselic on Flipper—and in Them

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2006

    sad week for rock

    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 rec ... More >>

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    April 8, 2006

    Dead Pope, Baby Buddha, and Plenty of Firepower

    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 >>

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