By: Katherine Turman
He's a man of many monikers and moods, and he rocks under any name. Charles Thompson / Frank Black / Black Francis has 23 albums to his credit, beginning in 1988 with Surfer Rosa by the Pixies, a band where the tired journalistic cliché "seminal" actually applies.
See Also:*Billy Kernkamp Headlines Plugged Into Local Aug. 29 at Time Out Tavern*Billy Kernkamp Covers the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation"*Jack Grisham's Band the Manic Low Headlines Plugged Into Local
On Wednesday, the second round of Heard Mentality's new Plugged Into Local concert series dipped its ... More >>
See Also:*Billy Kernkamp Headlines Plugged Into Local on Aug. 29 at Time Out Tavern*Jack Grisham's New Band the Manic Low to Headline Plugged Into Local, a New OC Weekly Concert Series*[Slideshow] Plugged Into Local: The Manic Low at the Observatory-July 25Tomorrow night, the Weekly's new concert se ... More >>
Yes, it's really been a year since Parker Macy opened Creme Tangerine, the record store in a trailer at the Lab on March 1. It's been a challenging one for the blues guitarist-turned-entrepreneur, to say the least. There was a break-in a couple of months ago, and Macy also lost his partner Jon St ... More >>
The PixiesThe Music BoxNovember 20, 2011See the slideshow of more images here. It was a rough start for the Pixies on Saturday. They opened with "Bone Machine." Kind of. At the first break--"Your bone's got a little machine"--the band stopped abruptly. Someone(s?) had missed their cue. Fran ... More >>
Derby DeliHere's your guide for this long Labor Day weekend! TODAYDinner and a Movie at Taco Asylum What: Gourmet tacos and a rockumentary--not a bad way to spend a Thursday night. For this happy hour event, the hipster joint will be screening loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies, gi ... More >>
Like vampires, old bands are best left buried deep in the earth, secure in their lead coffins and unable to drain vitality from unsuspecting new victims.
Either because their most desperate fans demand it or because their mortgage notes are past due, the rock bands of yore keep punching thro ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPixiesMusic.com launched today, which means the Pixies now have a real website for fans instead of squatting on 4AD's site.
As the email said, "It feels like the right time for the band to have a proper home, share some music, and provide a place for fans and the band to c ... More >>
Apparently, no one sent Maroon 5 the memo that we're in middle of a Boob War. How do we know? Just look at the cover to the band's newest release. It features a sexy woman erotically caressing her naked body with her two pairs of arms. That's a good start. But why cover up the breasts? Where's ... More >>
Camp OutJune 25, 2010Beach Pit BBQThis will teach me to make assumptions. Though they're alumni of the ultra-selective UC Berkeley, the NorCal indie-pop duo Camp Out play music that is unexpectedly modest. Formed in 2007, the band is comprised of singer/guitarist Maddy Hanks, and keyboardist/sing ... More >>
Original Fullerton darlings the Cold War Kids stopped by the KCRW studios this morning and performed on everyone's fave program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. The group performed fresh material off their newly released EP, Behave Yourself, and even threw in an awesome Maxence Cyrin cover of the Pixie ... More >>
Lilith Fair to return after 10-year hiatus with Tegan and Sara (Tegan and I were pals for 30-minutes once), Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and many more.The White Stripes to release a "seriously awesomely sounding" live box set March 16.Lil Wayne's rock record, Rebirth, delayed for t ... More >>
The Pixies are nice. If they weren't, would they be giving away a four-song live EP FOR FREE??? I think not. Click here to get the tunes. And if for some reason you're on the fence about this, the tunes are "Dance the Manta Ray," "Monkey Gone to Heaven," "Crackity Jones" and "Gouge Away." Now tha ... More >>
Beth StirnamanDon't be fooled! This picture was taken in May at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, during Frank Black's Grand Duchy show; his project with wife Violet Clark.Last Night: The Pixies, No Age, at the Hollywood Palladium; November 4, 2009.Better Than: Watching the Pixies play other notable alb ... More >>
In the '90s, Pavement were the band to mention liking if you wanted to sound cool, even if all you really knew was "Cut Your Hair." There's probably no current act that fills that role--thanks to the Internet, everyone knows every band and is sick of them after a couple of weeks.They haven't play ... More >>
Yeah, it's in Hollywood, but so what? The goddamn Pixies are playing again and that's big enough news to report on.Everyone's favorite underrated '80s'/90s-band-that-became-everyone's-favorite-00s band is hitting the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doolittle, a 1989 record that included ... More >>
Friday's Grand Duchy show at Detroit Bar was a real treat. For some reason, I kind of forgot that the show was that day, and hadn't made the proper arrangements to attend, and was essentially turned away at the door when I got there. That was a bummer, for sure. I was able to check out Venus Infers ... More >>
A lot of neat shows going on around town tonight. Let's look at some of them, eh?We told you this week in the Weekly about Grand Duchy, the latest project from Frank Black, y'know, the frontman for the Pixies (I've heard they're good!). Doug Wallen's article is here, and that show is tonight at Detr ... More >>
Better Than: Watching the Olympics.
Download: "Threshold Apprehension" from the official Black Francis Myspace page.
I would estimate that sixty percent of indie/alternative rock bands formed in the last ten years would directly cite The Pixies as an influence. Who can forget the closing credits ... More >>
Not panic-inducing at all but rather jovial (and free!), The Continental Room in Fullerton has dubbed Monday nights the place to be for incredibly eclectic DJ showmanship.
How eclectic you might ask? A veritable shmorgasborg of music genres that spanned the decades. Like this:
- Data Rock ... More >>
By Jeff Shaw at our sister paper, Citypages.
Love is a many-splendored thing and all, but it's also dependent upon a relationship's context -- and so is the associated music. You don't want Al Green's "Let's Get Married" to stream through the car speakers during your third date, you don't want your ... More >>
I could never understand why the biggest Southern California music festival is in the middle of the desert. To me, enduring triple-digit temperatures to catch the Pixies reunion just seemed like pure sadism on behalf of Goldenvoice. Nevertheless, Coachella always draws a crowd. And this year, the fe ... More >>
If you didn't know, bands don't like telling you what they sound like. Here's an example why: Let's say I play in a band, we're called "Stillborn Leper", and my boss asks me what we sound like, and I say "We're like a mix of Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, but our guitarist is really into The ... More >>