Jet-black clothing, high-fashion good looks and a hell of a light show seem to be the staples of a build-an-indie-pop-band kit in 2014. While eyes may roll at that short list, The Naked And Famous, the buzzing electro-rock band from New Zealand that now calls L.A. home, were doing it long before it ... More >>
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 >>
Passion Pit Club Nokia April 11, 2013 Before embarking on the desert as part of Friday's Coachella lineup, Passion Pit made a pit stop (no pun intended) to Los Angeles' Club Nokia. Led by frontman Michael Angelakos, the electro-pop quintet made quite a spectacle during its pre-festival performance. ... More >>
Friday, April 12CoachellaEmpire Polo ClubThis year's granddaddy of Southern California rolls into Indio for weekend one of an insane three-day sprawl of sound, now in its 12th year. Friday's lineup topped by Britain's revived rock legends The Stone Roses and features other marquis acts likeTrent Rez ... More >>
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Even when Ritzy Bryan is cursing the classical-music instructors of her youth, she still sounds charmingly regal. "My harp teacher was an absolute bitch," she declares with a crisp annunciation that betrays her Welsh heritage. "And every time I'd play the fucking flute, I'd pass out." Luckily for us ... More >>
Festival season is less than a month away for the electronic dance music community, and with it comes the time-honored tradition of skimpy outfits, three-day ragers, pool parties, and plenty of dancing until the sun comes up. Starting in March, a slew of your favorite DJs will be on tour in the spri ... More >>
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Gibson Amphitheatre December 9,2012 Gwen Stefani's appearance at the first night of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas made for a memorable evening. The rumors had circulated early in the evening that those in attendance would be treated to a surprise set from N ... More >>
This morning KROQ affirmed some of our early predictions when it announced the lineup for both nights of their 23 Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas. Linkin Park and Rise Against are slated to headline Night 1 along with an outfit of nostalgic, monosyllabic hard rock acts--Bush and Garbage--bolstered ... More >>
In a month, alternative rock radio behemoth KROQ will be throwing down their annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concerts. After some sleuthing and perusal of other regional radio holiday shows, the dates for KROQ will be December 8th and 9th at the Gibson Amphitheater. Let's look at the potential line ... More >>
BY REED FISCHER See Also*Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You*Top Five Memorable Bands From This Year's Lollapalooza*Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather ConditionsReady for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FO ... More >>
See Also:*Best of HARD Summer, Day 1 - Los Angeles State Historic Park - 8/3/12*HARD Summer Night 2: Top Five Performances*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer was a Gutsy MoveSince 2005, Lollapalooza has descended upon Grant Park in Chicago every August to bring some of musi ... More >>
"When savory trucks are looking to expand their lot -- or trying to bring more attention to certain menus -- if you're a popular dessert truck, you add a different dimension," says George Wu of Waffles de Liege. Want more insight on Liege waffles? We receive a history lesson tomorrow.Read our interv ... More >>
In an attempt to possibly take some of the spotlight off Coachella this week, Lollapalooza released a "same, same but different" lineup for the eighth installment of the Chicago festival in Grant Park. As at Coachella, the Black Keys and At the Drive-In are performing. But unlike Coachella, the Red ... More >>
Starfucker The Observatory Feb. 24, 2012 Starfucker was last in Orange County in January, but they might as well never have left.The first of their two-show Southern California mini break from recording left fans cheering their name as they dispersed across the parking lot of The Observatory.
Dave Green of the Brit band the Filthy Souls is performing at the House of Blues in Anaheim tomorrow; he talks to OC Weekly about what his performance is like without the band and working with Bishop Lamont.
[Mental Notes] This week in unusual Orange County concerts
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyWhat'd you miss this weekend? Ours started off at KROQ's annual Miss Double D-Cember contest at the Slidebar in Fullerton, hosted by Kevin and Bean. Then there was the 20th Annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Festival grounds. We relived our punk days with Dead Kennedys at the ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyFor more photos, check out the Passion Pit slideshow here So Michael Cera can play bass for real, and not just in movies. On Saturday, Cera played bass in Mister Heavenly, Passion Pit's opening band, at Fox Theater in Pomona. He didn't look much different from the characte ... More >>
Universal StudiosMichael Cera as Scott PilgrimUPDATE: Passion Pit is playing at the Fox Theater on Saturday, Dec. 4, with We Barbarians, Pepper Rabbit...and Mr. Heavenly, making a Michael Cera sighting a 99.9 percent possibility! Yesterday, Pitchfork broke the news that actor Michael Cera ( ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPassion Pit at the Honda Center opening for Muse Forgettable name aside, Passion Pit's synthesizer heavy barrage is probably worth seeing...especially for free. We're giving away three pairs of tickets to their show at Fox Theater in Pomona this Saturday; find out how to g ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMuseSeptember 23, 2010Honda CenterClick here to see the slideshow!Besides their headlining appearance at Coachella, Muse hasn't stopped nearby Orange County since their sold out at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater back in 2007. A completely sold out Honda Center enthusias ... More >>
Today we're recommending something slightly different: bowling. That truly American pastime- just ask Homer Simpson-remains straightforward at its core, but the trappings have changed with the years; some will still remember the legendary and now sadly long gone Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa and its s ... More >>
Andrew YoussefA surprisingly sober Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots.It was KROQ's annual summer kick-off concert with a line-up that didn't totally suck: Weenie Roast! The 2010 roster included Sublime with Rome, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Devo, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, Spoon, Cage ... More >>
If you didn't get tickets to the sold-out show tomorrow, you can watch the concert here on Heard Mentality or Ustream.tv's Webcast at http://www.ustream.tv/kroq. Aside from live performances, there will also be backstage interviews with Sublime with Rome, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, The Temper Tr ... More >>
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www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclubFile this under: These days, it's not enough to just give out your whole albums for free anymore. Tokyo Police Club's new album is called Champ, out June 8 on Mom Pop. So they're hosting The Champ Championship Contest, where the rules as proclaim ... More >>
Andrew YoussefClick here to see our slideshow.The Hype: A lot of excitement was generated upon the announcement of the collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins and producer extraordinaire Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton in the form of Broken Bells. It was the second night of their tour ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also: Buzz about the Golden Bear, the Dirty Heads' no. 1 hit and how you can get on the warped tour next year
It is indeed that time again: Summer's coming and so is the annual KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, June 5. And, actually? The bill looks pretty solid, with something for everyone--from Stone Temple Pilots, Spoon and Devo to yes, Huntington Beach's the Dirty He ... More >>
Here are the top ten selling records from April 23-30 at Fingerprints, 4612 E. 2nd St. in Long Beach, (562)-433-4996.
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyOf course there were unicorns.Click here for a slideshow of Day One performances!It would have been cute if it wasn't so appropriate: a mass of half-dressed hipsters outside of Coachella, waiting to get to the front of the mass for wristbands to get into the festival, ... More >>
Jim Rugg / OC WeeklyHave you played our Coachella scavenger hunt thingy?GAH! It's Coachella tomorrow!!! Are you in the desert? We are about to be!
[Mental Notes] The music press falls all over itself in praise of the LA-by-way-of-OC band
Chad CheverierLocal Natives, originally from Orange County, rock SXSWLocal Natives crushed at South by Southwest, returning home to LA with massive momentum leading up to their April 18 Coachella date. The other OC/LBC acts that made appearances in Austin surely turned heads but nothing like Lo ... More >>
The line-up for this year's Sasquatch was just announced and hey, turns out it's another festival line-up we'd much rather go see than Coachella.Sasquatch, which is famously held at the Gorge in Washington (two hours outside of Seattle), will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30. The line ... More >>
With a sound surrounded with laser zaps, 8-bit nostalgia, Kraftwerk and cheesy elevator music, it's as if 21-year-old Alan Paolma (aka Ghosthustler, aka VEGA, aka some other hip moniker not-yet-named) had actually been old enough to make music in the 80s, instead of just shitting his diapers.Like ... More >>
Shows, shows, showy show show shows. So many concert announcements lately! And a bunch of neat stuff, like Camera Obscura (pictured), is coming to the Glass House in Pomona, making that long, lonely drive worthwhile.
Last Night: The Faint, Kool Keith, Passion Pit at the Grove of Anaheim, Nov. 3, 2008. Better Than: "The Jagermeister Music Tour" with Hinder, Trapt and Revelation Theory at the Grove the night before. Well, I'm sort of guessing, but I feel pretty confident. (How great is it that those bands are spo ... More >>