Ngheim Chinh Khac Tran lived in an upscale Santa Ana neighborhood close to South Coast Plaza, where legal commercial transactions occur everyday. But Tran--who uses the nickname "Tommy" and kept numerous weapons, like a Glock, in his possession--had his own successful business: drug dealing. You w ... More >>
A homeless man was sentenced today to 26 years to life in state prison for the beating murder of another transient with a piece of wood.A jury on Feb. 13 convicted Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 38, of murdering Andrew Petrusiak and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weap ... More >>
A special report on Orange County's embarrassing lack of African-Americans
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.
A jury in Santa Ana today convicted a homeless man of killing another homeless man by beating him in the head with a piece of wood.Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 39, faces up to 26 years to life in state prison at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for April 5. He was found guilty of murder, with a person ... More >>
Trial is scheduled to begin today for a homeless man accused of murdering another homeless man by conking him on the head with a piece of wood.Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 39, is charged with felony murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon that could fetch him up to ... More >>
The evils of social media dragged an OC Weekly contributor into the middle of Friday's mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.Portland, Oregon-based Matt Bors, whose cartoons you may recall from our Hey, You! column--and whose work has also graced the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and Village Voice, ... More >>
Nineteen Orange County men were banned from scouting over sexual abuse allegations between 1959 and 1985, according to the so-called "Perversion Files" the Boy Scouts released Thursday under court order.Coupled with previous known cases, that makes 47 within the Orange County Council of the Boy Scou ... More >>
An ex-bandmate of the Sikh temple shooter recalls their shared OC hate-rock past
The band's fragrance to commemorate their latest album smells like a quirky success
Don't cry if you didn't get a Man Overboard ticket to the Chain Reaction show tonight in Anaheim. Thank your technology gods, because the band is streaming the show on ElectricVenue.com. Fans can log in at http://www.electricvenue.com/#/man-overboard-show/4559960491and watch the show for $2.99.&n ... More >>
Joel Grind plays sincerely apocalyptic thrash music
Well, this is it. Irvine prog-rockers Thrice are really doing it--taking a break after 13 years together. Singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge and drummer Riley Breckenridge (our 3hree Things columnist) will go on tour on May 4 in San Diego and e ... More >>
After visiting Occupy sites in L.A., Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Boston and New York, Amanda Palmer has teamed up with Boston filmmaker and friend Michael Gill to create a video montage of images from the Occupy movement, backed with Palmer's ukulele version of Leon Rosselson's 1975 so ... More >>
Marian Bergeson was a Salt Lake City-born, Brigham Young University-educated mom who raised four children and taught school in Newport Beach before launching a long and storied career as a politician that included stints as a city councilwoman, school board trustee, state senator, assemblywoman, ... More >>
Whatever happened to all the Nickelodeon stars of our childhood? Oh No They Didn't has answers: They track down Michael C. "Mike" Maronna (Big Pete on The Adventures of Pete n Pete), Michael Bower (Eddie "Donkeylips" Gelfen on Salute Your Shorts) and Jason Zimbler (Ferguson W. Darling on Clariss ... More >>
Photo by Kevin LaraChef Greg OngThis week's On the Line is a twofer: We hear from two people instead of just one. Daniel Woo is the owner and Greg Ong is the chef at Sushilicious, the Irvine revolving-sushi restaurant that has its waitstaff use an iPod Touch instead of a notepad and features fanc ... More >>
DigiTour 2011 hopes to turn viral audiences into the real thing for YouTube stars during a live six-week 27-city US tour. Their videos may range from cinematic to DIY-simple, but they all have one thing in common: extravagant numbers of Internet views.
Jon Gitchoff/Riverfront TimesPearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder today announced a tour to support his soon-to-be-released solo album, Ukulele Songs. He's performing at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre on July 6 and The Wiltern on July 8.
Marijuana graduated from being just a garden variety intoxicant in the Kottonmouth Kings' world a long-ass time ago. Instead, the self-ordained "rip-hop" outfit from Placentia have spent their decade-plus-long career exalting the plant as if it were some kind of transcendental manna made to be co ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyAs we mentioned a few months ago, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Long Beach-based, Grammy-award-winning keyboardist for Mars Volta, is now taking some time off Mars Volta to focus on Free Moral Agents.As Ikey expanded his 2002 solo project into a full band five years ago, he corral ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMaybe Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and co. will take a tip from opening for a whole slew of bands (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse and Japandroids) this summer; Sub Pop just announced that Avi Buffalo is going on a 17-date headlining tour in early October. Check out the compl ... More >>
(Alt-pop four-piece the New Limb went on tour for the first time EVER this week, so they're sending Heard Mentality missives from the road. They're going to take turns guest blogging; first up is lead singer/guitarist Joey Chavez about Santa Cruz and San Francisco--Ed.)These past two days have be ... More >>
It's been over two years since the release of Matt Costa's second studio album, Unfamiliar Faces, with its infectious lead single "Mr. Pitiful." But now the Huntington Beach resident has finally announced plans for his third full-length, titled Mobile Chateau, due out September 21... along with p ... More >>
Laundry can be this awesome.The coin-operated Lavanderia at the intersection of East Santa Ana and French Street, in downtown Santa Ana, has an old jukebox inside. Late Thursday night, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" is playing over the repetitive squeak of a dryer as the clothing in it spins aro ... More >>
Courtesy of City of Long BeachBicyclists feel boxed in--and safer--at this Long Beach intersection.Long Beach is inviting two-wheelers to check the city's first bike boxes along Second Street at Bayshore and Marina Drive.
Taylor HerronThe Growlers are gettin' busy on the road in November. In the month that saw the launch of their glamorous debut on NBC LA, Costa Mesa's psychedelic surf-rockers embark on a new tour up the West Coast to support their latest LP Are You In or Out (Everloving Records). The t ... More >>
Maybe you noticed I didn't blog last week. Or maybe you didn't. OK, you probably didn't. Anyway, I hit the road and spent the week in Portland, Ore., a city I hope to call home one day. The trip was amazing -- tons of killer vegan food, the weather was nice and the beer flowed all day and all night. ... More >>
When you hear the word yarn, do you automatically think of Red Heart? Sure, 100% acrylic's definitely got its perfect uses, but I think you'll back me up when I say it can be less than a joy to work with. If you've never used 100% wool (or cotton or other natural fibers), you're totally missing out ... More >>
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 >>
Review by Andrew Youssef The Bravery, Wild Sweet Orange and The Dead Trees at Spaceland March 18, 2008 Better Than: Seeing the actual Wyld Stallons from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure since the secret show was billed as such. Download: "Believe" from their Myspace page. Fresh off an app ... More >>
"The same women who complain about ‘sleazy’ Mexican men go to France and giggle about ‘how flirtatious’ French men are"
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White Rainbow Prism of Eternal Now (Kranky) Release date: October 1, 2007 Curb Your Cynicism is a recurring blogtastic feature in which the music editor pithily enthuses about new releases and reissues he thinks will enhance your life and erode your cynicism about the state of music, circa now. W ... More >>
'Rude to sing along? Never'
Happy holidays, from some of the joyless jerks who bring you this music section:
New evidence reveals former OC Bishop Norman McFarland knew more about the pedophilic priests roaming county parishes than he ever admitted
Cultures clash in A Dream in Hanoi
Theyre up! Theyre down! But dont call the Pinehurst Kids emo
Dodge Dart takes a Fastball, reunites influential band