OC Music Awards

  • Music

    April 3, 2014

    The Offspring Are Still Smashing

    A look back at the making of the OC band's accidentally influential record, 20 years later

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Haster Gathers a Storm of Hard Rock Potential

    By: Rachael Mattice Bad weather is rarely something we have to deal with in sun-laden OC. But after getting stuck in the middle of a severe downpour on a drive to San Diego, Huntington Beach native David Heida knew "Haster"--meaning a violent rainstorm--would be a perfect name for his budding alte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The Top 10 Hip-Hop Groups in OC

    In our quest to further map out OC's hip-hop scene, we return with another playlist! As our two top 10 rappers and top five femcee features zeroed in on solo acts, the Weekly now turns it attention to Juice County crews. Before compiling the post, we were jokingly asked "Are there enough groups to m ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2014

    The Gals and Guys Every OC Native Has Probably Dated

    An illustrated version of our infamous listicles from last year

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    OC Weekly's Year In Review 2013

    Tacos and terrorists, chopped-off dicks in the desert, and drinking with Marines in Coachella cap off our year that was

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Ten OC Guys You've Probably Dated

    Last week, we brought you a list detailing the 10 types of girls OC men have probably dated in their life, classic archetypes ranging from the Christian to the Mexican to--of course--the MILF. Of course, sensitive types got on our case, castigating us for stereotyping our gals as such and deeming us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Nancy Sanchez Has a Seasonal Serenade Ready for Her Performance at the Muck in Fullerton

    Orange County's own Nancy Sanchez is busy putting the final touches on her full-length album debut, but is taking time to grace the outdoor amphitheater stage of 'The Muck' in Fullerton. The jazzy singer-songwriter's performance is just the latest in the historic hilltop mansion's strong and steady ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Railroad to Alaska - La Cave- August 3, 2013

    By: Kyle Cavaness Railroad to Alaska La Cave August 3, 2013 Railroad to Alaska's Saturday night out at La Cave was promoted in part as a celebration of lead singer/guitarist Justin Suitor's birthday, and the band bashed through their eight-song set with an efficiency that suggested much, much drinki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Yellow Red Spark's Josh Hanson Wins International Songwriting Competition

    The rest of the world is finding out what Orange County has known for years...that Josh Hanson of Yellow Red Sparks can write a damn good song! The singer took top honors in the annual International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for "Monsters With Misdemeanors" off the indie folk/rock band's self-ti ... More >>

  • Film

    April 18, 2013

    NBFF: Smaller, Shorter & Uncut

    The fabled film festival has learned that less is more

  • Music

    April 4, 2013

    Suedehead's Secret to Success

    How a modern soul band from OC scored a tour with Social Distortion

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    GOGO13 Are Right Where They Want to Be . . . Finally

    After 20 years, OC's most underrated ska band release their debut album

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Endz's Boom Bap Beginnings

    Alan Navarro doesn't like starting what he can't finish. It's a motivating factor that inspired the moniker Endz, though it's only the beginning for the MC with endless potential. Back in the day, hip-hop was there when he was a kid trying to get his act together. "In high school I just never gave a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Bad Religion's Jay Bentley and Brian Baker Talk Biz With KROQ's Kat Corbett

    Have you ever wanted to get advice from your favorite band and hear directly from them about the ups and downs of the biz? Well that's what happened last night at the Yost when the OC Music Awards teamed up with Red Bull to sponsor a Q&A session with Bad Religion's Jay Bentley and Brian Baker that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Franki Doll Tells Us Why She and Her Band The Broken Toys Are Breaking Up

    It feels a little early in the year to be saying goodbye to a band as irreverent and irreplaceable as Franki Doll and the Broken Toys. Sadly, we've recently learned that the miniskirts, two-toned wigs and octane-fueled antics of Huntington Beach performer Franki Doll will be no more. On Saturday (Fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Annie McQueen's Country Sound Prefers Not to Fit In

    In a genre in which fashion practically forces allegiance to all things plaid, paisley and plain, folk artist Annie McQueen easily qualifies as a conscientious objector. Studying her from the soles of her black platform boots to the fur to the mystical, Stevie Nicks-esque accessories all the way up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Top Five Best Jazz Concerts in Orange County This Weekend

    Often when people imagine jazz concerts, they think about a smokey room filled with clinking glasses, beatniks, and a time and generation distant from our own.  A galaxy far far away.  It's hard not to believe that our generation missed out on witnessing the icons of jazz, the iconoclasts, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: The Complete List

    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 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

    August 31, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Creme Tangerine in Costa Mesa

    [Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]See Also: *Five Unexpected Cover Songs from the Insane Clown Posse*Top Five Hits: TKO in Fountain Valley*Top F ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Young the Giant Are OC's Next Great Band

    The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet

  • Food

    July 5, 2012

    Fifty Years of La Cave

    Costa Mesa's steakhouse shrine to young hipsters and elderly cool cats alike knows the best is yet to come

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Concerts Sprawling With Sound

    [Summer Guide 2012] The perfect aural schedule for your OC summer

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Allensworth - The Copper Door - 4/27/12

    Allensworth The Copper Door April 27, 2012 The Copper Door in downtown Santa Ana has pros and cons. The eclectic beer bar turned live music venue is a haven for local talent and an incredible melting pot of college students, hipsters, fine beer connoisseurs and the occasional gangster. In the past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Devious Means Release Their New EP Tonight at the House of Blues Anaheim

    ​The Devious Means' album release show tonight at the House of Blues Anaheim has been garnering a buzz for several weeks now, and is even projected to sell out. They've been in the studio since last fall have now they've taken the extra steps to make sure they send deliver their hard work into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Detroit Bar Benefit for Rebecca Willis Tomorrow Night

    ​Detroit Bar is hosting a benefit tomorrow night for Rebecca Willis, a 22-year-old Newport Beach resident. While crossing Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa early last Saturday morning, Willis was hit by a car. The Register says "Willis broke bones throughout her body and is in an induced coma." Family ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    The Devious Means, Robert Jon and the Wreck, Ethan Hulse and More at the OC Music Awards Showcase 7 at the Constellation Room

    Ethan Hulse​Ethan Hulse, Robert Jon & the Wreck, Italian Japanese, The Devious Means and MphaseThe Constellation RoomFeb. 14, 2012Despite the almighty lover's holiday, The Constellation Room was crawling with fans for the Orange County Music Awards Best Live Band Showcase. (We hope you got you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    OC Music Awards Night Three Recap: In Pictures!

    ​The OC Music Awards' live band showcase season is always an exciting time for the local music community. We at the Weekly love going to the showcases each week to check out the rising talent around us at some of our favorite local clubs. Thursday was kind of a sleeper in terms of exciting new act ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012

    Bands That Should Be Huge in 2012

    [Mental Notes] Who will be this year's Young the Giant?

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    [PHOTOS] Detroit Bar Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

    courtesy of Detroit Bar​Detroit Bar is officially 10 years old, and last Saturday, the venue celebrated a decade of taste-making by hosting a private party with Orange County's music community. (Read our story on Detroit Bar's evolution here.) Peanut Butter Wolf, Charles Feelgood, Scotty Coates, D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Kiev for Sweet Relief: Raising Money, Awareness and Releasing an EP in One Night

    ​On Oct.15, the House of Blues Anaheim will be one of 200 venues around the country teaming up with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund's annual event. Every year the non-profit raises money for musicians who are struggling to make ends meet. According to Sweet Relief, over 65 percent of professional ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    The Family Business: Stan Freese and Sons Josh and Jason

    The music of the Freeses is ubiquitous. And they talk a good game, too

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    'Viva Mujer Sessions' Set to Serenade Fullerton

    Carla Zarate​ For singer-songwriter Fadia Mosri, leaving Taller Sur after five years to pursue a solo venture was wrought with uncertainty. "It was a very sad moment for me," the Downey-based musician recounts. She was resolute in her desire to begin recording songs she had written, however, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'A Simple Song' by Justin Soileau

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011

    Echo Echo

    House of Blues

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Foo Fighters at Fingerprints!

    [Mental Notes] Record Store Day, Andrew W.K. and Honeypie at Detroit Bar

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    Orange Effect Go Live

    [Locals Only] This Anaheim quartet show off their heart through music

  • Music

    January 27, 2011

    Grrl Fair Turns 10

    [Mental Notes] Also, a new drummer for A7F, a new name for the Grove, and new nominees for the OCMAs

  • Music

    January 21, 2010