Kinda?We promised you "surprise guests" in this week's cover story on Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary shows--and Black Flag has let the cat out of the bag on Facebook.
The iconic concert production company birthed Coachella, helped punk-rock luminaries early in their careers—and isn't done yet
Jim LIndberg's 2008 book Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life described how the Lindberg, the man who sang "Fuck Authority" for the punk rock band Pennywise, raised three daughters. It was such an inspiring story that director Andrea Nevins offered to make a documentary on Lindberg and his fam ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Yeastie BoysDirt Clown of Yeastie BoysThe Yeastie Boys might be simultaneously the best and worst band in Orange County right now--a good old-fashioned punk rock cover band that takes itself so un-seriously it's got a circus theme. Started three years ago as a way to replace ty ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 10, 10:43 A.M.: The Cuckoo's Nest documentary We Were Feared rolled on a screen at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood Wednesday night, and contributing photographer John Gilhooley was there, just as he had been for the world premiere at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.Click here to s ... More >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklySocial 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 >>
CrackerfarmOne 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 >>
David ThorntonAlbum 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 >>
J FischerDwarves, 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 >>
Charles Moore / Black StarIt 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 >>
Javier CabralBrian Brannon of JFA has been around the punk-rock block a couple of timesGnarmageddon 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 >>
How can you not love a group with a song called 'Puke Song'?
Steve Diggle says the punk rock way of looking at the world is just as relevant today as it ever was.
Javier CabralFans eager for Cock Sparrer to playPunk 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 >>
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 >>
Come sink your teeth into some old-school young-guy punk rock
In his new book, the infamous OC punk rocker describes how he exorcised 'An American Demon': Himself
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.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTSOLClick 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 >>
www.exenecervenka.netUPDATE, 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 >>
The approachable punk-rock icon is one of several OC acts off to Austin for the South By Southwest festival
John Gilhooley/ OC WeeklyMike Ness of Social DistortionThe 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 >>
Mike Ness and crew embark on a new chapter in the story of their lives
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 >>
Hibbleton Art Gallery goes into the pit with the iconic photographer's 'The Eye of the LA Punk Scene'
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 >>
Ryan RitchiePunk 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 >>
The OC label that first signed Plain White T's has a plan for keeping the next big thing from bolting to the majors
[Locals Only] Yeastie Boys fight for their right to play punk covers
Canadian punk hardcore band Fucked Up headlines the Fuck Yeah Fest (no relation)
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.
Flickr user ...stormy???Malcolm McLaren, 1946 - 2010Malcolm 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 >>
Former front man of punk pioneers the Stranglers has a firm hold on the present
The kings of highbrow power-pop-punk are still overwhelming millions every day
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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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 >>
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 >>