By: Tom Cowell Where there be drugs, there be songs. The Velvets will rhapsodize their smack, Redman will tell you How to Roll A Blunt... musicians just can't help writing odes to the junk that messes 'em up. But where is the Meth songbook? The charts aren't exactly packed with serenades to the meth ... More >>
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Standing backstage before a show in London, the Rival Sons had a lot to look forward to. They'd relentlessly toured Europe, opening for such legends of rock as AC/DC and Guns N' Roses, but nothing could have prepared them for the praise that was about to be heaped upon them by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy P ... More >>
It's Election Day and that means not only will millions of Americans be making their way to voting booths in order to participate in our great democracy, but chances are they'll first have to work through that dreaded pre-election anxiety as the fateful hour draws closer. What better way to pass the ... More >>
In the summer of 2013, movie fans will likely be rolling in the aisles to The Hangover Part III, which is to reunite "The Wolfpack" (a.k.a. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and our bearded opener page boy, Zack Galifianakis).But the road to boffo box office pisses off some locals who reported ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]See Also: *Five Unexpected Cover Songs from the Insane Clown Posse*Top Five Hits: TKO in Fountain Valley*Top F ... More >>
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but vene ... More >>
Good news No Doubt fans. Yesterday, the Anaheim-bred band released a slew of news pertaining to their long-awaited sixth album. The band announced in a message posted on their website that the title of their first record in 11 years is Push and Shove. They'll also be filming a video for the album's ... More >>
Ceremony, the Rohnert Park punk band that's been labeled everything from punk rock to shitgaze (yes, that genre exists) just released their new album Zoo last Tuesday, and they'll be at the Center For The Arts in Eagle Rock, then Chain Reaction in Anaheim on Friday (along with Cold World, ... More >>
Lou Reed in 1973. If this was fat in the '70s, it's no wonder we're all considered obese now.The online music-journalism archive Rock's Backpages is 10 years old this month. If you've never heard of the site, it's probably because a) you're not a music geek or b) you don't want to have to pay to ... More >>
Persephonemagazine.comIf this blog seems less than timely, I apologize. But I just can't get last Thursday's episode of Project Runway featuring Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs out of my mind.
UPDATE, Sept. 7, 9:44 a.m.: And what do you know, there's a 20th anniversary edition of Pocket Full of Kryptonite that features the album "as you remember it." Original post, Sept. 6, 10:36 a.m.: Nostalgia for the 1990s has been surging lately, spurred, as nostalgia often is, by a yearning by s ... More >>
Ahh, No Doubt's new album. While we have a bunch of song titles from various Twitter posts and Rolling Stone/Entertainment Weekly articles, we haven't heard anything from the new album. We did hear that daggering proponents Major Lazer (made up of Diplo/Switch) were collaborating with the g ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyRolling Stone came out with an interview with No Doubt, this time to talk about the deets of their newest album, the band's sixth. The part you definitely want to know about is that the album is "about two months from completion."
Is Martin Wisckol one of the liberal media meddlers a right-sided journalism watchdog warned us about?Let us seek the clues in a recent write-up by the Orange County Register political reporter on one Michele Bachmann.
It's been a Lady Gaga overload for the past year. She graced the cover of this week's Rolling Stone, and she's been featured in almost every blog almost every day for months. Frankly, I'm sick of reading about what eccentric outfit (meat dress, pregnant suit) she's sporting, what "little monster" ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCheck out our slideshow here!Bedouin Soundclash June 3, 2011 Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana What's that old cliché, don't judge a book by its cover? Well, the same can be said for parking lots. Don't judge a concert by the amount of cars in the lot. One would think ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseRolling Stone says that Bon Iver's follow up to the awesome 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago will be out in June. In the interview published today, frontman Justin Vernon says that for this set, holing up in the woods of Wisconsin to write songs of heartbreak wasn't really feasibl ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly Unfortunately, The Steelwells will not get to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. The magazine today announced the eight finalists who go on to the next round: Empires, Fictionist, Lelia Broussard, Mod Sun, The Romany Rye, The Sheepdogs, Skyler Stonestreet and Tha Boo ... More >>
UPDATE: Today is the last day of voting! Give our local boys some love before midnight!The editors at Rolling Stone picked 16 bands to compete in a contest for Best Unsigned Artist. The prize includes one of the biggest honors any musician can garner: the chance to grace the cover of Rolling ... More >>
Invading the Long Beach Convention Center (and our Twitter streams) today is the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference, the invite-only gathering of "world-shaping minds," aka Woodstock for nerds.Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman will launch the week-long event over a live video ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plus, vote early and often for the Steelwells in Rolling Stone's contest
According to Rolling Stone, guitarist Gary Moore, who jammed with Thin Lizzy and had a solo career, died Sunday at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain.[More details to come.]
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCoachella 2010After the three-day Coachella music festival finally revealed its official lineup, tickets were snatched up in a record six days! Rolling Stone looked to the headiners--Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon--for possible explanation, noting the est ... More >>
Myspace.comMaybe it's a rip-off of Kanye's brilliant idea, but Oklahoma City psych-rockers the Flaming Lips are releasing new songs each month with longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and you can hear the first one in January. Frontman Wayne Coyne announced to Rolling Stone that they ... More >>
Myspace.comEveryone loves to hate Kanye West. In fact, we were shocked when Pitchfork gave his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a 10.0, and Rolling Stone rated it a super-rare five stars out of five and named it Album of the Year. Kanyeeze is back with his Christmas gift for all: Mor ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyRolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner got to sit down and interview President Obama; they talked about the war, the Tea Party, Afghanistan and other important, state-of-the-nation things, but the most interesting part of the interview was when RS asked what Mr. Preside ... More >>
Rolling Stone/Mark Seliger; Vanity Fair/Nick KnightAt this point, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga need to get their raging narcissistic tendencies a hotel room and let them scissor each other into submission. Neither can go 72 hours without finding an 85-mm lens and a light kit to shove their cans in front ... More >>
Two more enemy combatants have entered the fray of this summer's Boob War, which was ignited by Katy Perry's frontal assaults at the MTV Movie Awards and in her video for "California Gurls." Ms. Perry, prepare to face off against Lady Gaga and Dame Helen Mirren.
[Mental Notes] Plus Weenie Roast highs and lows
Can the teenage rap duo live up to it?
Twenty year anniversary's comin' up for this one.The latest wacky, unsubstantiated Coachella rumor comes from Rolling Stone, which means it's maybe true! At least, it's something we don't feel dirty for repeating.
Emo establishers Sunny Day Real Estate planning to record first album in 15 years with original lineup. Pink Floyd win legal dispute over download royalties with EMI; label banned from selling band's music online.Madonna and daughter Lourdes are designing fashion line for teen girls. No word yet o ... More >>
We've all heard that there's an elegance in simplicity. Well, all of us except for the Orange County Register's music critic/blogger Ben Wener, apparently.Here's the opening paragraph to his nearly 900-word (!) review of U2's latest, No Line on the Horizon. Bring a bookmark:"It's been streaming free ... More >>
Are you sick of hearing about Ra Ra Riot yet? Y'know, the indie band from Syracuse that have been riding a crest of Vampire Weekend-esque buzz for the past few months. Well, you can stop hearing about them and actually hear them, tonight at Detroit Bar. Their record, The Rhumb Line, was Rolling Ston ... More >>
Highway 61 Revisited
Has-been Marilyn Manson was recently quoted about his upcoming “Rape Of The World” tour (what a charming name) on Rollingstone.com. He says “It’s going to be difficult for people to keep us from tearing our faces off.” That crazy, huh? OK, I’ll stand back and just watch you try and um, ... More >>
Robert Levine's Dec. 26 piece in Rolling Stone has been making (sine) waves in audiophile circles and the blogosphere (I will never get sick of typing that word) for its damning indictment of modern recording techniques used by many major-label artists. It's worth the substantial time investment req ... More >>
As a frequenter of the AMC 30 at the Block every Thursday night when they show all the new releases, I've also become a fan of Cafe Tu Tu Tango, the most adjacent restaurant, and bar that seems to stay open the latest. It was only last week, however, that I realized they don't serve my usual bevera ... More >>
Psychedelic Furs, the Fixx and the Alarm bask in the An-glo of nostalgia
I watched the 49th Annual Grammys just long enough to see the Police jam out an extended version of "Roxanne" and Tony Bennett throw out an awkward plug for Target. I couldn't really ask for any more. As far as the actual awards go, the Dixie Chicks were the night's big winners, taking home five awa ... More >>
Last year, the heads of the Literary Journalism Program at UCI sent out an email regarding an internship opportunity with Rolling Stone. That tempted me for about two seconds. Then I realized that it was Rolling Stone and that MTV Networks was slated to turn the whole thing into some awful reality p ... More >>