Pop-Punk and Emo

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    September 4, 2013

    Top Five Saves the Day Music Videos

    In the glory days' of emo (let's say late '90s to early '00s), New Jersey outfit Saves the Day paved the way for other upcoming emo bands of the time like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance to produce more elaborate and original videos funded by their labels. With the rise of channels like Fuse an ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    New Found Glory

    Chain Reaction

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    November 1, 2012

    All American Rejects

    City National Grove of Anaheim

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    June 21, 2012
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    March 2, 2012

    The Complete (But Quick) Guide to Every Lagwagon Cover

    Since their start in the early 1990s, Santa Barbara-based skate-punk rascals Lagwagon have penned tons of great tracks: "Razor Burn" (the best song ever written about looking like a member of ZZ Top), "After You My Friend" (the best song featuring an elevator music interlude), "Leave the Light On" ( ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Where's The Band? At The Yost Theater Last Night

    ​Where's the Band? Tour Yost Theater, Santa Ana Feb. 7, 2012 Whatever happened to the golden days of emo when the singers on stage were just as weepy and insecure as our high school selves? Stalwarts, such as those who played the second installment of the Where's The Band? tour, apparently are dr ... More >>

  • Music

    February 2, 2012

    Matt Pryor Ditches His Band

    The Get Up Kids singer gets ready for the annual Where's the Band? tour

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    February 2, 2012

    Where's the Band?

    Yost Theater

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    January 19, 2012

    Tom DeLonge Pays Tribute

    The Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves guitarist honors his muse and producer

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    January 5, 2012

    The Cab

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2011

    KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One Last Night

    Andrew Youssef​KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night OneDecember 10, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterStarting off 22 years ago as a one-night affair with a handful of acoustic performances, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has swelled into a two-night, predominately plugged-in festival. Night one, usually b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Thrice Announces Indefinite Hiatus

    ​Dustin Kensrue of Thrice announced via the band's website yesterday that after 13 years of playing together, the Irvine-based experimental post-hardcore outfit have decided to take an indefinite hiatus following their upcoming tour.

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    KROQ's Almost Acoustic Lineup Is Out

    [Mental Notes] Jack Grisham is writing another book, and Chris Marrs Piliero is giving away music-video mementos

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    November 14, 2011

    Director Chris Marrs Piliero Gives Away Music Video Memorabilia

    ​One of our favorite contemporary music video directors, OC native Chris Marrs Piliero, is giving away a ton of ultra cool music memorabilia from videos he directed. The contest is open on his site, until Nov. 19, and the mementos include items from the sets of of Ke$ha, the Bl ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Five of the Biggest Thrice Fans We Know

    ​See also: Thrice are Family GuysThrice talk about their evolution in albumsThrice drummer Riley Breckenridge's column, 3hree ThingsBack in September we held a contest asking Thrice fans to tell us why they considered themselves the band's biggest fans. After reading a liberal amount of submission ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Blink 182 at the Honda Center Last Saturday Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Check out our slideshow for more blink-182 pictures here!Blink-182 and My Chemical RomanceOct. 1, 2011Honda CenterIf you've been keeping up with Blink 182 news, you know they've spent the last two months trucking along with the decade-old Honda Civic Tour and are pla ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011

    Thrice Are Family Guys

    After nearly two years of both tragedy and triumph on the home front, Irvine's favorite post-hardcore band work it all out with their new album, 'Major/Minor'

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    August 8, 2011

    Dustin Kensrue On New Thrice Album and Folk Music

    Taylor Hamby/OC Weekly​Dustin KensrueAugust 5, 2011US Open of Surfing, Pac Sun StageDustin Kensrue's acoustic strums seem like a good soundtrack to the lively and carefree party that is the US Open of Surfing. The Huntington Beach pier and Pacific Ocean waves framed Kensrue's performance perfectly ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    We Are the Arsenal Are Big in Fullerton

    [Locals Only] Next up: The world

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    June 8, 2011

    My Chemical Romance and blink-182 Headline the 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyBlink-182 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater​The 2011 Honda Civic Tour is bringing together pop-punk purveyors blink-182 and pop-emo purveyors My Chemical Romance to co-headline this year. They'll be at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, October 1.

  • Music

    May 5, 2011

    The Polar Bear Club Shows the Importance of Being Earnest

    The Syracuse band aim to wring the most from of real-world moments

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Happy Jawbreaker Day As Well!

    ​ In case you hadn't heard, today is Star Wars Day. And if you hadn't heard, I guess I should explain that today is Star Wars day because "May the fourth" sounds an awful lot like a lispy nerd who lives in his parents' basement saying "may the force" as in, "May the force be with you." But the dor ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011


    City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Music

    January 28, 2011

    The Get Up Kids Are Alright

    The reunited band know that being emo means never being afraid to say you're sorry

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival at OC Fairgrounds

    Thrice​What goes together better than punk rock and tattoos? Nothing, in our opinion. The creators of the Musink Tattoo and Music Festival would undoubtedly agree. This year marks the fourth installment of the annual event, and Thrice, Circa Survive, The Used and Hot Water Music are on tap to prov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    WTF of the Week: Hayley Williams Won't Admit She's a Tool​The set-up:Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams is responding to a strongly worded letter penned by former members Josh and Zac Farro following their sudden exit from the band. As you may have heard, the siblings, who played guitar and drums respectively, published a scathing treatise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    [UPDATED With Statement From the Farros] Paramore's Josh and Zac Farro Leave the Band

    ​UPDATE, 10 A.M., DEC. 22: The Farro brothers have put out a rather scathing statement on  their departure and Hayley Williams. See bottom of post for entire statement.ORIGINAL ITEM, 12:45 P.M., DEC. 20: Say farewell to at least two members of pop/punk band Paramore. According to Paramore's ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One at the Gibson Amphitheater Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklySmashing Pumpkins headlined. For more photos, check out our slideshow here.​KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas Night OneDecember 11, 2010Gibson AmphitheaterIt doesn't feel like the end of the concert year until KROQ throws their annual Almost Acoustic Christmas shows at the Gibson A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Terrible Things: 'When You Leave a Band That's Doing Really Well, Very Few People on Earth Can Understand Why'

    ​ Terrible Things is an all-star trio with ex-Taking Back Sunday guitarist Fred Mascherino, former Coheed and Cambria drummer Josh Eppard, and Hot Rod Circuit guitarist Andy Jackson. "I did side projects for a couple of years after leaving Taking Back Sunday," says Mascherino. "When that didn't w ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2010

    Know Fearless Records

    The OC label that first signed Plain White T's has a plan for keeping the next big thing from bolting to the majors

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    November 2, 2010

    Predicting the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Line Up

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​It is that time of the year again when people start talking about who will appear at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas shows. Traditionally held at the Gibson Amphitheater, the venue has a glaring hole in their calendar: there are no shows scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Circa Survive

    House of Blues

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    September 20, 2010

    Paramore at the Honda Center Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​ParamoreSeptember 19, 2010Honda CenterThe show: Honda has found quite an impressive marketing tool in psuedo-punk band Paramore. By teaming up for the Honda Civic Tour, the two have effectively lured legions of true believers into stadiums where the auto giant can as ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010

    Sure Thing

    Paramore satiates the 'Twilight' set with hooky pop-rock songs and becomes the biggest band of its generation

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    The Emo To Hipster Special: Win Tickets to Hawthorne Heights, Thrice, and MGMT! MGMT out of their natural habitat on Sunday, for free!​Just in case you think we don't do anything for you: this week, Heard Mentality is giving away a pair of tickets to Hawthorne Heights show at the Troubadour in LA on Thursday, and three pairs of tickets each to Thrice's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    New Found Glory, House of Blues Anaheim, 3/20

    Andrew YoussefNew Found Glory deliver pop punk anthems at House of Blues AnaheimClick for slideshow.The Hype: In between the multiple nights of celebrating 30 years of Bad Religion, the House of Blues Anaheim switched gears as New Found Glory stopped by for a sold-out, two-night stand commemorating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Dan Smith and Darren Parkinson of the Dear & Departed

    Dan Smith​Orange County's the Dear & Departed are about to depart on a national tour in support of their new EP, Chapters, released Jan. 5. They will be opening for mopey pop-punk heroes Alkaline Trio and Cursive. The Dear & Departed will unleash material from the freshly mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Where's the Band? Featuring Dustin Kensrue, Matt Pryor, Chris Conley, and Anthony Raneri, House of Blues

    The Hype: Featuring a solo acoustic performance from Orange County's own, Thrice front man Dustin Kensrue, plus Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Chris Conley (Saves the Day) and Anthony Raneri (Bayside), the Where's the Band? tour, which stopped at Hous eof Blues, Anaheim, Saturday, might have more  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Saturday Night: Sunny Day Real Estate at the House of Blues, Anaheim

    Andrew Youssef​Saturday Night: Sunny Day Real Estate at the House of Blues, Anaheim; October 10, 2009. Better Than: The Creed reunion. The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, and Sunny Day Real Estate all made waves in the early '90s with their heart-on-a-sleeve lyrics and alternating quiet/loud guit ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Last Night: Blink-182, Weezer at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Andrew YoussefNo, you da man.​Last Night: Blink-182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine; September 17, 2009.Better Than: Growing up.Hostile Territory: Blink-182 is doing a huge promotion with the T-Mobile Sidekick, and advertisements were plastered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Travis Barker: More Hip Hop than Hip Hop

    ​Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has had plenty of side gigs over the years. Box Car Racer and 44 both featured other Blink members, while a duo called TRV$DJAM included his friend Adam Goldstein. Known as DJ AM, Goldstein, of course, was with Barker in a Learjet crash that killed four people in ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    August 28, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: All Time Low, Paramore, More

    ​All Time Low are currently experiencing an all time high (I'm sorry, really) amount of exposure through their new album, Nothing Personal--which defied expectations by debuting #4 on Billboard and got them an appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Ride the wave of their success on Nov ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    No Doubt w/ Paramore, The Sounds

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

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    June 8, 2009

    Friday Night: The Offspring at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    (Placeholder image to soon be replaced by live photo by Robert Fayette!)BY DAVID J. NICOLASFriday Night: The Offspring, Alkaline Trio at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine; June 5, 2009.Say what you will about the Offspring. Yes, their heavy punk-pop distortion seems to be a better fit in a diffe ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Last Saturday: KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Andrew YoussefLast Night: KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater; Saturday May 16, 2009. (More pictures here.)Better Than: Wango Tango.Download: Videos from the day at KROQ Weenie Roast is typically full of surprises. With Blink 182 reuniting the night prior at a private ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Blink-182 coming to Irvine

    The recently reunited Blink-182 is bringing its summer tour to the Corporate Sponsored Outdoor Venue formerly known as Irvine Meadows Sept. 17. The show (and subsequent tour) also includes Weezer, Fall Out Boy and the All-American Rejects. I hated Blink-182 when I was a teenager, but I've grown to ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Warped Tour to Launch in Pomona This Year, Lineup Announced

    For the third straight year, the Vans Warped Tour--46 dates in 2009-will be kicking off at the Pomona Fairplex, this time on June 26. Pre-sales for tickets start April 1 (not a prank), with the "regular" on-sale date being April 18. They've also announced the list of bands performing, though we don' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    The Vandals, Asher Roth, More Added to Bamboozle Left

    With less than a month to go before Bamboozle Left, a whole mess of new acts have been announced for the two day festival, set for April 4 and 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Pleasantly, a couple of the acts are even from Orange County--like punk legends the Vandals (on April 5) an ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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