OC Music Awards

  • Music

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The 50 Best Things About the OC Music Scene

    Hey, Orange County--I know you don't hear this a lot, but we're sorry. Our musicians came down pretty hard on you a couple weeks ago, telling you how bad you suck and all that. It was harsh, nay, uncalled for--and it's kind of our fault for egging them on. The truth is, well, you're pretty great. N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    5 Best Music Videos from Newport Beach Film Fest's Program Premiering Tonight

    Tonight at 8 at The Triangle, the Newport Beach Film Festival debuts its Music Videos program, which is part of the three-year-old Music Series of features and documentaries that focus on musicians. Confession time: I had my doubts about the video program when I first heard about it. Who wants to se ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 28, 2013

    The Originalites

    Gallagher's Pub

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The Best Concerts to See in OC This Weekend

    Friday, March 8 Death Hymn Number 9 Unit B Studio Once, there was a band called the Gories, and there was a guy called Hasil Adkins, as well as a dude named Tav Falco, and they played like maniacs. If they weren't sweating blood, it was only because someone else bled on them first. That's what Deat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, February 22Angry SamoansThe Observatory First wave punk rockers everywhere are alive and kicking. Just look at the Angry Samoans, hailing from Los Angeles, they've been doing their thing since the late 70s. And since their inception, they've made a career out of being offensive. Rumor has it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    OC Music Awards: Finalists For Best Live Band Announced

    After Tuesday's seventh and final preliminary showcase at the Yost Theater, the finalists for this year's Best Live Band Showcase Finals have been announced. After 35 bands competed, only five have advanced to compete next Tuesday at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    OC Music Awards: Night 6 Rock Acts Leave Us Both Satisfied and Scarved For Life

    OC Music AwardsSegerstrom Center, Founders HallFeb. 12, 2013Night six of the 2013 Orange County Music Awards featured performances both raw (Jeramiah Red) and electrically charged (Devious Means.) Though not all of the five bands hit the high mark set by the aforementioned groups (we'll talk about S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Top Five Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 11 St. Lucia The Constellation Room For the purposes of this blurb, St. Lucia is not the Swedish figure known for wearing a wreath of candles in her hair bearing gifts for Scandinavian children. Rather, it's the nom de plume of musician Jean-Philip Grobler (doesn't sound pretenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    OC Music Awards: Night 5 Becomes A Not-So-Subliminal Tribute to Sublime

    Last night, the fifth installment of the Best Live Band showcase for the OC Music Awards led us down the long and beaten path of rim shots, scatting guitar and melodic bass lines as rastafied rock acts represented themselves to the fullest. Why they always group bands of the same genre together on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 4 Social Distortion House of Blues Anaheim With few shows happening this Monday, you might consider trying to check out Social Distortion's umpteenth gig at the House of Blues this month. Perhaps setting a record for the most shows played at the Anaheim venue by a single band in o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2013

    Social Distortion

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, January 7 Big Monsta Detroit BarThe latest youthful band to grab the coveted Monday night residency over at Detroit Bar is Huntington Beach-based Big Monsta. But their sound is anything but what that name would suggest (read: not some douchy club DJ wearing fake gold chains, nor a band playi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Your Nominees for the 2013 OC Music Awards

    Now that we've shaken off the hangover of 2012, we've double checked our watches and realized that the first full week in January is time for one thing and one thing only: a new season of OC Music Awards madness. Today, the nominees for the 2013 Awards ceremony (hosted  at the City National Gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The Devious Means Break Into Commonwealth Lounge Tonight

    It seems every week an incredible shows popping out of the woodwork, and tonight in Fullerton The Devious Means will head to the Commonwealth Lounge (112 East Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton) to play a free concert for a birthday extravaganza.  This OC indie-rock quintet have been accumulating a to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    BLOK to Headline an Extra-Spooky Edition of Plugged Into Local at Alex's Bar, Oct. 24

    We don't give a fuck that it's happening a week before Halloween, Plugged Into Local can and will scare the shit out of you this month. October's installment of our lil' monthly concert series returns with three bands who trade in bone-cracking agression, blood-curdling screams, and three signature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Where Are the Female MCs in OC?

    When considering the hip-hop scene in OC, one question arises over and over again. Where are the women on the mic? Of course, there are other elements to the culture -- DJs, B-girls, etc -- but these days MCs are front and center. When women from outside OC come to do shows, the local talent that se ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival's Sounds and Fury

    Its music series makes more noise

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Producer Jon O'Brien: "I have no desire to record a reggae band or a metal band"

    Producer Jon O'Brien's portfolio is busting at the seams, having produced and engineered OC's most prominent indie acts, from Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band, Moostache, Parker Macy, The Gromble, to Young the Giant. Working out of his home studio in Irvine, Jon O'Brien Recording is quickly becomin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 5, 2012
  • Calendar

    March 1, 2012

    Micah Brown

    The Observatory

  • Music

    February 17, 2012

    Signa Muddle Up Genres

    [Locals Only] It's Latin-alt and Christian—but it's all rock & roll for Signa

  • Music

    February 2, 2012

    Mandie and Ruby Have a Message for You

    [Locals Only] The Fullerton duo want to expand, sing and win!

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Slime Kings, Red9, Death Hymn #9, Snakebit Drifters and Railroad to Alaska at Night Five of the OC Music Awards Showcase - Tiki Bar

    ​Red9, Slime Kings, Death Hymn #9, Snakebit Drifters and Railroad to AlaskaTiki Bar, Costa MesaJan 31, 2012Night five of the OC Music Awards saw the most consistent lineup of bands in the series thus far. That's not to say there weren't a few dips in what proved to be an exciting evening, but ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Local Record Review: 'Anna Vexa' by Anna Vexa

    ​Anna VexaAnna Vexahttp://annavexa.comWe here at Beat Blvd. have been along long enough to know a few truths, and one of them has become clearer with time -- there are always going to be some form of goth/prog/metal bands out there doing something anthemic, sometimes cryptically and sometimes open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    OC Music Awards: Free 'Best Live Band' Showcase Tonight!

    ​Tonight's the night! The 2012 OC Music Awards Showcase Series kicks off at the Detroit Bar with a free showcase of bands nominated for "Best Live Band." Jeramiah Red, the Gromble, Paulie Pesh, Strange Birds and James Fletcher are all performing.The show starts at 8 p.m., and for the next seven we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    An Open (Love) Letter to Nancy Sanchez

    ​Hi Nancy,My name is Ryan Ritchie and I'm pretty sure I'm in love with you. Let me explain.A few days ago, I was browsing this here blog when I came across Gabriel San Roman's post about how you created a Kickstarter page in hopes of coming up with $15,000 for your full-length debut. One thing I a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 29, 2011
  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    The Gromble Make a Loud Buzz

    [Locals Only] The Laguna Niguel boys are getting their quirky indie-pop out to the masses

  • Calendar

    October 6, 2011

    Railroad to Alaska

    House of Blues

  • Music

    September 29, 2011

    Nicole Vaughn Goes Big

    [Locals Only] Laguna Niguel's folk songstress branches out with a backing band

  • Calendar

    August 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Kiev Wants You to See the Color of Music

    ​ A few days ago, Kiev--made up of Robert Brinkerhoff (vocals, guitar), Brandon Corn (drums), Derek Poulsen (bass), Alex Wright (keys), and Andy Stavas (keys, saxophone)--caught up with us to talk about how much things have progressed since OC Weekly last interviewed them, and how the OC Music Aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Kiev in 3D at Segerstrom Center PLUS Five Local Bands We Wish Would Put On a 3D Show

    ​Kiev is opening for Menomena at Segerstrom Center's Indie Band Series next week, and apparently they have a few gimmicks they didn't roll out at the OC Music Awards when they won Best Indie Band this year. 

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Menomena and Kiev Kick Off Segerstrom Center's Indie Band Series

    An old Menomena photo with Brent Knopf​On May 24, you can see for yourself why Riley Breckenridge from Thrice is such a Menomena fanboy.  The Portland band kicks off Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Indie Band Series in Samueli Theater, with local band Kiev (winner of the Best Indie Band at th ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011

    Micah Brown: Top Picker

    [Locals Only] OC's No. 1 acoustic act teams up with a full band for a House of Blues show

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    The 2011 OC Music Awards

    [Mental Notes] Stan Freese, Wildboys, Dahga Bloom, Micah Brown and BLOK all made the OCMA pretty memorable

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    Lightning In a Bottle, The Return of the Ice Cream Man, the New Limb News

    [Mental Notes] It's almost summer, and the festival scene is heating up

  • Music

    April 8, 2010

    Multiple Sounds for MS Benefit at the Yost

    [Mental Notes] Also: the New Limb's homey debut, Coachella's late-night special

  • Music

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Full List of OC Music Awards Winners

    Venus Infers, a band we've (along with just about everyone else, it seems) been singing the praises of for a while, were the big winners Saturday at the OC Music Awards, picking up the victory in three categories--best indie, best alternative (not sure how those two are defined, but OK) and best alb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Cory Case, The Union Line, Win OCMA Showcase Finals

    This past Friday and Saturday's OC Music Awardslive music finals are over and done with (seeing as how it's, y'know, Monday), and they have winners.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    TONIGHT (and also tomorrow): OC Music Awards Live and Acoustic Finals

    The OC Music Awards are now a week (OK, eight days) away, and their speeding towards April 4 at the Grove of Anaheim with their "best acoustic" and oddly broad "best live band" finals tonight and tomorrow.Melanoid, Yellow Red Sparks, AJ Degrasse, Cory Case and Hong Kong Six (pictured) will be acoust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    OC Music Awards Nominees Announced

    I'll have some more thoughts on the more, uh, interesting choices made by the academy (which I am not a part of, despite what their Web site says) a little later, but for now here's the full list of nominees, unedited from the OC Music Awards press release.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    TONIGHT: OC Music Awards Showcases Continue at eVocal

    The OC Music Awards showcases just keep going--after tonight, they'll have featured 36 local acts, if my math is correct--and tonight's free, all ages show at eVocal will include Costa Mesa's The New Limb, who are not only pictured here, but also featured in Locals Only in the latest Weekly. They're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Thoughts/Slideshow: OC Music Awards Showcase Night Five at Chain Reaction

    We were at night five at the OC Music Awards showcases last night, the first (of two) at Chain Reaction. John Gilhooley took some fab pics, check them out here. My thoughts? They're after the jump!

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    TONIGHT: Fourth Week of OC Music Awards Showcases

    It's the fourth and final week of the OC Music Awards showcases at Detroit Bar--starting next Tuesday, they move over to Chain Reaction in Anaheim for a couple of weeks.Tonight they've got Huntington Beach piano rockers Champagne Blvd, Starving for Gravity, Fullerton's Sederra, and fellow Fullertoni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    This Week in the OC Weekly

    In "Cry-Baby" R. Scott Moxley relays how ex-Sheriff Mike Carona used all the weapons in his arsenal to trick the jury in his federal trial, and still lost.And Spencer Kornhaber takes a look at the problems of the Capistrano Unified School Board in "Political Animals." Have they been solved after the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XVI

    This weekend found OCW's Le Receptionist, Leslie Agan, at the opening night of Phantom of The Opera at OCPAC. While our oh-so-fabulous Music Editor Dave Segal was at Kitsch Bar in Costa Mesa catching the diverse and excellent Steve "aDJective" Fisch. As usual, Managing Editor Rich Kane spent Satur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    R.I.P. Lance Romance, Lead singer of The Attraction

    Martin Brown, producer of the Orange County Music Awards, gives us the news that Lance Romance, lead singer of longtime OC band the Attraction, died of a heart attack in his Huntington Beach home on Saturday, November 10th. He was only 36. Writes Martin: "Lance (real last name: Faulk) was living on ... More >>

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