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  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Us Weekly Sued For Advertising Fraud By Orange County Company

    An Irvine-based hair style and beauty company is suing Us Weekly in Orange County Superior Court for fraud, negligence and breach of contract surrounding allegedly botched advertising plans for the publication's 2012 "Emmy's" edition. According to DreamCatchers International, Inc. attorney Christop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

    By: Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The Five Best EDM Shows in July

    If you're an electronic dance music lover, we get that you're probably just recovering after an incredible week of parties during Las Vegas' epic Electric Daisy Carnival. Though the festival ended almost 10 days ago July is now upon us and it's time to think about what kind of trouble you can get in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    I'm a 40-Year-Old White Guy Trying to Have a Rap Career. Is the World Ready For A$AP Fogey?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Food

    May 2, 2013

    Delicias Peruanas' Great Chicken Salad?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest spot wows with a simple-yet-potent Peruvian menu

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Eric Burdon to Play The Coach House Friday Night

    This Friday night, Eric Burdon, one of the last standing icons from the golden age of rock, will be hitting the stage at The Coach House, one of only a handful of shows the singer has planned in 2013. Over the past few years, Burdon has experienced a revival of sorts. At last year's South-by-Southw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2013

    No, Seriously, Is Daft Punk Playing Coachella?

    This is, so far, the burning question of this Coachella, inescapable from the campsites to the press tent. Even though performance rumors stemming from a Vevo leak were officially squashed in Rolling Stone, many Coachellans aren't buying it. And last night things got even a little more complicated. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Green Day's Billy Joe Makes a Mess of His Life, Asks Fans to Pay the Price

    Billy Joe Armstrong sat down this month with Rolling Stone to atone for his infamous mid-set rant at last September's I Heart Radio concert in Las Vegas. You may remember the gig, which featured the puerile Bay Area punkers performing along with the likes of Rihanna, Bon Jovi and Swedish House Mafia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Tuesday, January 22 Cat Power The Observatory No, it's not a feline liberation movement (although that would be rad), but rather the on-going musical project of singer/songwriter Chan Marshall that spans the musical spectrum from punk and folk to blues and electronica. Known for her unconventional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney To Play With Nirvana Tonight At The 12-12-12 Concert? Unfortunately, Yes

    For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    David Cross Lets It Slip More Arrested Development is Coming Than First Planned

    Making a fourth season of Arrested Development, the side-splitting comedy more realer about Orange County than any reality show claiming to depict the real OC, is succeeding because of Netflix, according to Mr. Tobias Fünke himself, David Cross. That's not a reference to the tens of millions of vie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2012

    Juan Flores Rides, and Falls, Again: Deanne Stillman's Desert Reckoning

    I swear this heat is messing with my sleep, so that when I woke at four the other morning it was as if the accumulated bodily discomfort of the previous day's scorching here in Modjeska Canyon had stuck around, morphing into some kind of itchy psycho-emotional discontent, a near-existential nervous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Four Reasons Lollapalooza Needs EDM

    By: Ian TraasSee Also:*[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012: The People*Justice at Lollapalooza, 8/5/12*Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youWith every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Duran Duran Speaks: John Taylor Says Twitter Helped Bring Their Fanbase Back to the '80s

    By: Liz OhanesianSee Also:*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move*Duran Duran: Still Hungry*Young the Giant are OC's Next Great BandDuran Duran had only been in Rome for an hour when we hopped on a phone call with bassist extraordinaire John Taylor. The night be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    'Rock Of Ages': Aside From All the Singing, What Makes This Thing a Musical?

    No matter what kind of musical it is, the director and charismatic cast belting out their lines in the production are beholden to certain format for it to be considered true to the genre. It doesn't matter if the music was written specifically for the stage. It doesn't matter if it is My Fair Lady ... More >>

  • Film

    June 14, 2012

    'Rock of Ages,' or 'Hair Metal: The Musical'

    Adam Shankman, et al. make you happy you missed the Sunset Strip, circa 1987

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    5 Reasons You Should Be Upset that Ween Broke Up

    It was a sad day for music fans and weirdos alike as Aaron Freeman, better known as "Gene Ween," announced that his beloved duo Ween were calling it quits. Freeman told Rolling Stone yesterday that he's retiring the character, something that was news to bandmate Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) with wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    No Doubt Is Taking Their Beef With Activision's 'Band Hero' In Front Of a Jury

    No Doubt's attorneys are getting their day in court to argue that the band's virtual likenesses in the 2009 video game Band Hero are nothing to play with. OC's seminal break-out band claim they were misled by Santa Monica-based video game giant Activision about how their avatars would be u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Top 10 Things About Covering Music for OC Weekly

    Nine years ago, I was in this wannabe new-wave band based in Santa Ana. Back then, our big goal in life was to get featured in OC Weekly. The band imploded, as bands are wont to do, way before we even got a concert listing in the Calendar section (not even a Locals Only, sob!). The funny thing was, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Warner Bros. Records Announce Exclusive Vinyl Releases For Record Store Day On Black Friday

    ​This morning Warner Bros. Records announced that they'll be releasing exclusive Record Store Day releases on Black Friday. See below for details on limited edition vinyl packages from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron and Wine, Tom Petty, The Black Keys, and Eric Clapton that'll be available this F ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    The Black Lips Go Slick

    The Atlanta garage-rock band enlist Mark Ronson's production style for their sixth album to change things up

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Fred Durst, Now with Sitcom! (Called 'Douchebag,' Cough Cough)

    ​ According to Rolling Stone, Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst is developing an autobiographical sitcom called "Douchebag," news that prompted dozens of showbiz bloggers to declare it the most accurate sitcom title ever.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Ten Musician Stamps We'd Like To See

    ​ The US Postal Service, desperate to stop 15 years of bleeding caused by email and private competitors, announced that it will soon feature living people on stamps (the post office has long had a policy of placing only the dead on postage). Of interest to this column, the USPS will consider fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Katy Perry: Cashing in on that Normal Niche

    Flickr user florencia.tomasConsider Katy Perry--who, a few years before her rapid rise to stardom, was best known as "the girlfriend of that guy from Gym Class Heroes."  Now, Perry sells out stadiums. She's gotten so popular that she's performing at the Nokia Theatre in LA for three nights in ... More >>

  • Music

    August 4, 2011

    No Irvine Stop for Kings of Leon

    [Mental Notes] Band suffering from more than exhaustion, and WonderCon may leave SF

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour--No Irvine Show in September

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyCaleb Followill at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine during healthier days​Kings of Leon just canceled their entire U.S. summer tour in the wake of a Dallas show on Friday that was cut short after lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage to vomit, Rolling Stone repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Kurt Cobain's Hometown to Consider Naming In his Honor

     Rolling Stone reported today that the  Aberdeen city council in Washington state,  is considering a proposal to name a local bridge and park in honor of late grungeman Kurt Cobain. The public works conveyance up for honor is the Young Street Bridge which according to legend is the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Michele Bachmann Ignores Tom Petty, Keeps Playing 'American Girl' at Rallies

    ​So when Tom Petty sent Tea Party candidate Michele Bachmann a cease and desist letter from asking her to refrain from playing his song "American Girl" (after which Katrina and the Waves asked her to stop playing "Walking on Sunshine") on Monday, Bachmann may not have gotten the memo.That's beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part II)

    ​Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with Jared Ball, author of I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto, where the "Funkinest Journalist" talks about the politics of hip-hop and popular culture. Read the first part of the interview with Jared Ball here; in this second installment ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Ten Years of the OC Music Awards

    The OCMAs have been pimpin' local acts since 2001

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Last Night at the OC Music Awards Best Live Band Finals

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe Steelwells​OC Music Awards Best Live BandFeb. 25, 2011Galaxy Concert TheaterThe best live band of the 10th-annual OC Music Awards was announced last Friday night at a showcase at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana. And the winner is . . . drumroll, please . . ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Coachella's Six-Day Sellout: Blame the Mexis?

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCoachella 2010​After 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Jim Morrison, Sinead O' Connor, Sting, More to Appear on New Charity Album

    ​Charity records often bring together oddball combinations of musicians (or semi-musicians; see Aykroyd, Dan and "We Are the World"). According to Rolling Stone, a brand-new anti-nuclear-weapons benefit album titled Prayer Cycles 2: Path to Zero will do just that. Artists ranging from Sting to Sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    [UPDATED: Steven Tyler Confirms Album] Long-Awaited Aerosmith Album in 2011?

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyAerosmith concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 29, 2010​​UPDATE, 2:05 P.M., Jan. 17: Steven Tyler reiterates that, even though he is a judge on American Idol, he will record an album with Aerosmith soon. He informed the public that he will head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, Dies at 69

    ​​The world has lost another mad genius today. Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, passed away at the age of 69. Best known for his groundbreaking musical work that melded blues, free jazz and art-rock lunacy. Van Vliet's career included poetry and graphic art, as well. Sadly, Rolling Stone ma ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010

    Traffic Jams

    Aloe Blacc honed his songwriting skills while stuck in traffic

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    TGIF: Wild Flag is Coming to Pomona on Sunday! (Expect a Rolling Stone Cover or Two)

    ​In this week's print feature by Billy Gil, Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein talked about the aftermath of her previous band's breakup.Most of the buzz about Wild Flag has to do with the fact that both Janet Weiss and Brownstein used to be in veteran riot grrl band Sleater-Kinney; Mary Timony (of Hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    WTF of the Week: Ron Burgundy, Hip-Hop Icon?

    The October issue of Rolling Stone Magazine recently published its annual "Hot List;" under the heading of Hot Influence, the hallowed rock rag listed none other than celluloid news buffoon Ron Burgundy. It seems the persona immortalized by Will Ferrel in 2004's Anchorman has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Come On Pilgrim: Eight Comic Book Musical Acts That Are Ready for the Big Screen

    ​Besides San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic book event to happen this week has been the release of the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's musical-video game-romantic epic, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour.(Oh, and you might've heard that the series is getting the big-screen treatment fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Train at the OC Fair Over The Weekend

    Mark Stouffer ​​TrainJuly 18, 2010OC Fair It's hard to feel sorry for Pat Monahan, lead singer for the San Francisco-based Train. Sure, the band may have peaked 10 years ago, when its Drops of Jupiter--fueled in large part by the inescapable titular song--sold more than three million copies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Cause Of Death Revealed: Avenged Sevenfold Drummer Died of Accidental Overdose

    ​[via Rolling Stone] Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal confirmed today that Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died on December 28, 2009 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. The toxicology report said Sullivan suffered "acute polydrug intoxica ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Local Natives Get Texas-Sized Buzz at SXSW

    [Mental Notes] The music press falls all over itself in praise of the LA-by-way-of-OC band

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    The 10 Greatest Journalism Stories EVER

    ​Reporter Conor Friedersdorf got quite a bit of media play last month for his roundup of the best journalism stories he heard, watched or read in 2009. Really interesting list, but what none of write-ups mentioned is that Friedersdorf is an OC native, raised in Newport Beach (if I remember correct ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 13, 2009

    Lil Wayne

    Honda Center

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 2/12

    Rock Paper Scissors Tourney, 7 p.m.The thrilling competition in which any child could partake, only gets better when you're a drunk adult.Taco Beach Cantina, 211 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA; 562-983-1337Meet the Artist: Philip Burke, 7 p.m.Meet legendary artist and Rolling Stone political illustrator ... More >>

  • Unknown

    May 9, 2002
  • Features

    November 23, 2000

    Were Bad, Were Worldwide

    The Offsprings weird, weird realm

  • Columns

    December 3, 1998

    My Life As a Glamour Cat

    No rest for the wicked

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