Punk Rock

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    October 24, 2011

    Social Distortion at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Last Saturday Night

    John Gilhooley/OC Weekly​Social DistortionOct. 22, 2011Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, IrvineMike Ness took a scan of the audience after the opening song, "California Hustle and Flow," and said, "There's a little more people here than we played for at the Fullerton Pub. I remember one fucker t ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers: On Punk Rock, Rick Rubin and Social Distortion

    Crackerfarm​One would be hard pressed to find more honest music than what the Avett Brothers are crafting these days. With songs about lost love, alcoholism, familial bonds and everything in between, the Avett Brothers have their collective finger on the pulse of the common man. Their lyrics are r ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Album Attack: Fugazi's 13 Songs at The Prospector Saturday Night

    David Thornton​Album Attack, Fugazi's 13 SongsOctober 15, 2011The ProspectorAs has become the custom in Long Beach, a hodgepodge-supergroup of local musicians took the stage at The Prospector on Saturday to play through an influential indie album in its entirety. In the spotlight this month--Fug ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Dwarves' Blag Dahlia: Ready to Piss On OC, But Not Tea Partiers, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents

    J Fischer​Dwarves, legendary punks who intentionally offend those around them -- faking the death of their guitarist, HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, is said to have gotten them dropped from Sub Pop, for instance -- are descending into Orange County for a good ol' fashioned punk show with fellow legends LA ha ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    10 Songs About Police Brutality

    Charles Moore / Black Star​It seems like you hear about the police more often than usual these days. Whether it's the death of Mark Duggan that's inciting the London riots or the killing of Kelly Thomas that's shaking up the Fullerton PD, the news is rife with reports of police misconduct, and it' ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    June 20, 2011

    Gnarmageddon Fest 2011 at The Glass House Saturday Night

    Javier CabralBrian Brannon of JFA has been around the punk-rock block a couple of times​Gnarmageddon Fest 2011 June 18, 2011The Glass House The American Hardcore scene has produced (and destroyed) lots of amazing punk-rock legends. Darby Crash of The Germs, Stevo of The Vandals, John Macias of Cir ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    Cerebral Ballzy Are Barfing Their Way to the Top

    How can you not love a group with a song called 'Puke Song'?

  • Music

    June 9, 2011

    The Buzzcocks: Possessed by the Spirit of '76

    Steve Diggle says the punk rock way of looking at the world is just as relevant today as it ever was.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Las Vegas

    Javier CabralFans eager for Cock Sparrer to play​Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival May 27-31Downtown Las VegasHow do I even begin to describe the degree of epic-ness for an event like the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas? A lineup of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Descendents Documentary 'Filmage' Looking for Old Band Pics and Footage

    ​Directors Deedle LaCour and Matt Riggle are professional video editors (commercial and news, respectively) and are also in the pop punk band 41 Gorgeous Blocks, a band with a bunch of media people in it. (Their singer Matt Riggle also wrote for Dallas Morning News's publication Quick.)They're als ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Welcome to Sharks Week!

    Come sink your teeth into some old-school young-guy punk rock

  • Music

    April 28, 2011

    Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.: Bedeviled

    In his new book, the infamous OC punk rocker describes how he exorcised 'An American Demon': Himself

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    April 20, 2011

    Top Five Punk-Rock Songs About Pot (Old and New School)

    ​Pogo, pot and punk-rock! Here are some fast paced songs from both the old and new school's of to celebrate today's hazy holiday.

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    April 11, 2011

    4th Annual OC Punk Rock Picnic at Hidden Valley Park Saturday Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTSOL​Click here to see the slideshow!4th Annual OC Punk Rock PicnicApril 9, 2011Hidden Valley ParkFor the modern day punk-rock enthusiast, there is something quite affirming about attending an all-day punk rock festival. Perhaps its that sense of acceptance finally, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    [UPDATE: Tonight! $2 Show!] Exene Cervenka (of X): On Folk Being the New Punk Rock and Why She's Performing a Benefit Show for Sweet Relief​UPDATE, MARCH 11, 8:12 A.M.: See Exene Cervenka tonight at Big's for $2! Info after the jump.ORIGINAL ITEM, MARCH 8, 9:54 A.M.: On Friday, Exene Cervenka--writer, artist, punk-rock prototype of X fame--will perform at a benefit show for Sweet Relief hosted by Heard Mentality ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    Getting Exene Cervenka

    The approachable punk-rock icon is one of several OC acts off to Austin for the South By Southwest festival

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    February 23, 2011

    OC Music Awards Announces Impact and Lifetime Achievement Recipients

    John Gilhooley/ OC WeeklyMike Ness of Social Distortion​The OC Music Awards picks two outstanding recipients each year in the categories Orange County Impact and Lifetime Achievement. The Impact Award recognizes a local artist or band who obviously "impacts" the community. This year, the award goe ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    The Social Distortion Network

    Mike Ness and crew embark on a new chapter in the story of their lives

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    January 11, 2011

    Brad X of Kottonmouth Kings Gets Back to Punk Roots With the X Pistols

    ​Brad "Daddy" X has long earned his reputation as the voice of Placentia "rip-hop" crew the Kottonmouth Kings, but before the vocalist would spend most of his career rapping about weed, his roots were in punk rock. Years ago, in a different period of his career, he fronted punk bands Doggy Style a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2011

    The Wonder Years

    Chain Reaction

  • Culture

    December 16, 2010

    Edward Colver's Greatest Hits

    Hibbleton Art Gallery goes into the pit with the iconic photographer's 'The Eye of the LA Punk Scene'

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Punk Rock Karaoke at Alex's Bar Last Night

    Ryan Ritchie​Punk Rock Karaoke December 9, 2010 Alex's Bar Punk rock is supposed to be cool. Karaoke, while often barrels of fun, is not. So imagine the conundrum the members of Punk Rock Karaoke--drummer Derek O'Brien (Social Distortion, the Adolescents), bassist Steve Soto (the Adolescents, ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Sic Waiting


  • 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

  • Music

    June 24, 2010

    Lay It Down, Clowns!

    [Locals Only] Yeastie Boys fight for their right to play punk covers

  • Music

    May 6, 2010

    Fucked Up Perform at the Fuck Yeah Fest

    Canadian punk hardcore band Fucked Up headlines the Fuck Yeah Fest (no relation)

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2010

    Jerry Roach of Cuckoo's Nest: Not Dead

    Photo by John GilhooleyJerry Roach is not dead.​Controversy and the Cuckoo's Nest--it's as if Jerry Roach never left us. But many assumed the owner of the former Costa Mesa punk rock club had left permanently. "People thought I was dead," he tells me with a chuckle.

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    April 8, 2010

    Malcolm McLaren, Former Manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, Dies

    Flickr user ...stormy???Malcolm McLaren, 1946 - 2010​Malcolm McLaren, punk impresario and former Manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, died today in New York after a long battle with cancer at the age of 64.EDIT: 8:15 P.M.--Turns out Les Molloy, who the British media had thought was M ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Hugh Cornwell Gets a Grip

    Former front man of punk pioneers the Stranglers has a firm hold on the present

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Bad Religion's Recipe for Longevity

    The kings of highbrow power-pop-punk are still overwhelming millions every day

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival at OC Fairgrounds

    Andrew YoussefNOFX performing SundayClick for slideshows of Day One, Day Two and Day Three.The Hype: Three days of tattoos, punk, metal, rockabilly and skateboarding descended upon the OC Fairgrounds under the umbrella of the Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival Friday through Sunday. The l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Last Night: the Adolescents, Pennywise and More at Mike 'Gabby' Gaborno Benefit at House of Blues, Anaheim

    The Hype: It's a bit unsettling to think of punk rockers undergoing bypass heart surgery. And when a purveyor of youth sub-culture such as Mike Gaborno goes under the knife, it sort of reminds us all of our mortality (after all, we're not talking about Sinatra here). But lest we forget, punks are h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    TONIGHT: Joe Sib's one man show "California Calling" at The Boathouse in Costa Mesa

    ​If you ever hang around a group of aging punk rockers, you're ultimately going to get an earfull about the mayhem and magic of the glory days when legendary bands walked the earth and tore up the stage. Splice that in with a bag of comical life lessons, misadventures and a pinch of borderline&nbs ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Got a Black Flag Tattoo?

    ​If the answer to that question is yes, then do you want to be in a book? Because if you do, you can. According to a Myspace bulletin posted by former Black Flag singer Ron Reyes, a book of people with the Black Flag bars is in the works. Here's what Reyes typed:"so I got a friend on Myspace who i ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009
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    May 19, 2009

    Happy Birthday Joey Ramone

    Had he not passed away in 2001 at the age of 49, Joey Ramone would be turning 58 years young today. It's hard to believe that three of the four original Ramones are no longer with us. Yeah, there's always that "as long as the music's here, they're here, maaaann" bullshit, but I don't buy that. The t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Green Day on tour...not coming to OC

    Green Day's going on tour to promote 21st Century Breakdown, the follow-up to the mega-successful American Idiot. For better or worse, the Bay Area trio (plus the seventeen sidemen they employ) aren't hitting Orange County. The closest the are getting is an August 20 date at the Cox Arena in San Die ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    OC Punk Rock Picnic

    Tickets for the OC Punk Rock Picnic 2 are on sale now. The lineup includes the Adolescents, Cadillac Tramps, SiX, Franki's Broken Toys, Noise Attack, Terezodu and lots of other bands I've never heard of. The event goes down Saturday at Irvine Lake.   While I'm in favor of this, the idea of a pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Tomorrow: Guttermouth at Alex's Bar

    HB's Guttermouth is playing Alex's Bar tomorrow night. If I wasn't going to San Diego for the weekend (and leaving in about two hours), I'd go in hopes of getting a healthy dose of adolescent flashbacks. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but Guttermouth was one of the first punk bands I got into ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Cool Internet find

    I never made the trek to New York's CBGB, the birthplace of punk rock. But thanks to the Intranets, I can now feel like I'm in a dingy NY club when I'm really typing in a Long Beach apartment.Click this link for a CBGB virtual tour. I suggest doing what I did: Pump the Ramones, spill some beer on yo ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009
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    March 18, 2009

    Ron Reyes lives!!!!!!!!

    Ron Reyes -- also known as Chavo Pederast, also known as the right answer to the question "who's the best Black Flag singer?" -- has seemingly been living under a rock since bailing on the South Bay punk band more than two decades ago. Rumors swirled that Reyes moved to Vancouver, Canada, and had fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Listen to the Band: Wastey Face

    Let's face it, good local punk bands are hard to come by these days. Seldom does one find the kind of balls-out, hundred-mile-an-hour fury that fuels sweaty mosh pits and unshakable spiky-haired camaraderie on a consistent basis. And behind the Orange curtain, this is an especially harsh reality. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: LynnMarie & the Boxhounds, "Squeeze Box" (plus Grammy rant)

    God, I hate the stupid fucking Grammy Awards, an annual music industry wank-off that I've seriously been railing against ever since I was 12 -- in 1980, the year wus-pop icon Christopher Cross swept all the big awards, beating out classic recordings like Pink Floyd's The Wall (which somehow flew und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Dead Milkmen Singer Performs in Long Beach; Sadly, No One Cares

    Last night I attended the Neil Hamburger show at at Alex's Bar. It was a weird show overall: opened up with some thoroughly average stand-up from Jason Boggs, then an acoustic solo set from Joe Jack Talcum, followed by the inventive yet oddly laughless musical comedy of Pleaseeasaur and ending with ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    On Sale This Weekend: NOFX, Bad Brains, More

    Every week, more shows from old punk bands are announced. It's uncanny. NOFX, Feb. 19 at the Grove of Anaheim On sale: Noon Friday, Oct. 31 ($20) Veteran punk band fronted by the irascible Fat Mike, owner of Fat Wreck Chords. He also founded the Rock Against Bush effort in 2004, so he must be prett ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008

    Last Night: Fear, Agent Orange and Dr. Know at The Grove

    Last Night: Fear, Agent Orange and Dr. Know at the Grove of Anaheim, Oct. 19, 2008. There's much to be said for old school punk rockers that manage to make it to middle age a) alive and b) with a bloodstream full of fury running through their veins . In the case of Fear frontman Lee Ving, his vei ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008

    Major Talent

    Ian MacKaye

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