• Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Soulific Records Brings Rare Funk, Jazz and Latin Vinyl to Long Beach

    Long Beach's Soulific Records isn't your typical record store. Inside the second-floor, 12-foot-by-12-foot converted office the 5-month-old store calls home, a few wooden racks hold impeccably maintained vinyl copies of funk, jazz, soul and Latin albums so obscure that most of the producers, collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Jinbei Thinks Different

    I usually avoid using the too­-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2013

    Colin Oyama Wants to Fight

    The former trainer of legends Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson on the champions, his career and MMA's future

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    This Means Trade War: Toyo Tires of Cypress Files Unfair Trade Practices Complaint

    Cypress-based Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. has filed a formal unfair trade practices complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission against 22 manufacturers, importers and sellers of passenger and light truck tires. Toyo alleges these entities "have engaged in unfair trade practice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Vans Warped Tour- Pomona Fairplex - June 21, 2013

    Day two of the Vans Warped Tour brought out the masses of music fans once again to the Fairplex in Pomona for another sun-soaked day full of eclectic bands, vendors, and fans of all ages and backgrounds. This year's festival was dominated by up and coming popular emo, indie rock, metalcore bands, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    KFC Japan Offers A Trip To Osaka To Eat All-You-Can-Eat Chicken

    About this time, every year, someone out there like me writes an article about how the Japanese have made eating KFC a Christmas tradition as we have made eating roast turkey and stuffing. I know this because I tried to write one last year only to be informed by our web editor that she already wrote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    EDM vs the Beat Scene: A Fun, Illustrated Guide

    By Jena ArdellDance music is all the rage these days. That time you thought giant robots were battling at your recent family reunion? Nope, that was just your 12-year-old niece listening to dubstep. See also: *Moon Rocks: The Best High on Earth *What the Hell Is Trap Music (and Why Is Dubstep Invo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Who Invented The California Roll?

    For sushi novices, it's the gateway dish. The California roll can be found everywhere from grocery-store fresh-food aisles to cafeteria menus in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Typically packed with crab or imitation crab, avocado and cucumber, then rolled "inside out," the nonthreaten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    PS Vita's Six Most Glaring Flaws (So Far)

    ​I can't wait to buy the PlayStation Vita. Considering how much mileage I got out of Sony's previous handheld, the PSP, it's a no-brainer that the Vita will be of great use to gamers on the go like me. The device can play games that look almost as good as the PlayStation 3, and compared to Nintend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Top Five Hits: Fingerprints in Long Beach

    ​Here are the top five selling records this week from Fingerprints, 420 E. 4th Street in 
Long Beach, (562) 433-4996.This week's top seller is Tom Waits' latest album, Bad as Me.

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011

    'That Was a Good Club'

    The Good Foot ends on a high note

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Anthrax's Scott Ian to Skip Touring Due to Birth of First Child

    ​Scott Ian, Anthrax's rhythm and lead guitar player, just announced he's not going to be touring with the band he formed 30 years ago due to the upcoming birth of his first child. He said, "This decision to miss these shows was a deeply personal one. I co-founded this band July 18, 1981, and for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    So, How's Mexican Food in Japan?

    Flickr user marshallkiyoshihigaHappy person enjoying a meal at El Pancho.​Maybe you have some preconceived notion of what it would be like to work in the same office as Gustavo Arellano. Maybe you imagined that whenever you announce you're leaving the country for a vacation, Gustavo says something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Three Signs of OC in Japan

    ​OC Weekly sent this reporter to Japan for two weeks to study karaoke. Or, this reporter took a vacation. Not saying either way. Regardless, even in the land of the rising sun and the plentiful vending machine, Orange County wasn't ever far from mind. Three examples follow...

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Guest Blogger: Sameer Gadhia of the Jakes Shares Thoughts on First Night of eVocal Residency

    Keith MayEach Tuesday in May, Newport Beach's the Jakes will be playing--along with a rotating cast of bands from OC and beyond--at eVocal. And also each week this month, Sameer Gadhia, lead singer of the Jakes (pictured) will be sharing his thoughts on the shows. Here's the first installment:BY SAM ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008

    Dancing Snow Shoes

    Good Foot Christmas

  • Music

    November 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    New Flavor at Beard Papa's in Costa Mesa

    Unless you follow foodie bulletin boards and blogs, chances are you haven't heard of or had a Beard Papa's cream puff. That goes double if you don't normally venture out of Orange County, where there are only two outlets of this Osaka-based chain. There's one at Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Prepare Thyself for a Miracle: Boredoms Live in SoCal

    Yet another post about Boredoms? I'm afraid so. I consider these Osaka geniuses to be among the greatest live bands on the planet. Boredoms bring their transcendental, chaostrophic [sic] psychedelia to Canes in San Diego March 15 and to Henry Fonda Theater in LA March 16 (no OC date, naturally), re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    DJ Rodi at Alex's Bar Dec. 31

    DJ Rodi is an experienced pro in helping homo sapiens get on the good foot. Just received word that soul/funk selector supreme DJ Rodi and guests will be spinning New Year's Eve at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. All night. For free. Whoa. While most of you probably have your NYE plans set, for the unde ... More >>

  • Food

    February 15, 2007

    Behind Closed Doors

    Osaka Kappo brings Japanese street food in from the cold

  • Features

    December 8, 2005

    Give It Up for the Geisha

    The exquisitely phony charms of the Asian bourgeoisie—Hollywood style

    By Scott Foundas

  • Film

    December 8, 2005

    Give It Up for the Geisha

    The exquisitely phony charms of the Asian bourgeoisie—Hollywood style

  • Unknown

    September 9, 2004
  • Columns

    March 4, 2004
  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    The Indigent Girls

    From Finland to Fullerton with Sideswipe

  • Features

    January 31, 2002

    Nice Dish!

    100 things you should put in your mouth

  • Features

    September 27, 2001

    Costa Mesa

    Its got the rest of OC licked when it comes to dining

  • Food

    September 28, 2000


    No-frills thrills at Osaka

  • Food

    March 16, 2000

    Eat Cheap

    Part Two

  • Food

    March 16, 2000

    Eat Cheap

    or expensive. or somewhere in between

  • Food

    October 21, 1999

    The Land of the Rising Beer

    And thats why were here