Christopher Jordan Dorner's infamous manifesto identifies around 40 Southern California law enforcement officers he believes have wronged him. Indeed, those passages burn most of the rambling post's 6,000 words. But Dorner also cites films, TV shows, celebrities, athletes and newsmen he likes, inclu ... More >>
Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>
14. Reel Big FishZany, wacky, ska-rooted (though they rock harder now) Reel Big Fish elevate self-deprecation to an art form, thanks to a malcontent lead singer in Aaron Barrett, who beats you to the punch with peppy lyrics like "I'll never be anything, anything at all." He lays down these anti-What ... More >>
Mayer HawthornePacific Festival: The DunesSeptember 2, 2012See Also:*Pacific Festival: The Dunes Strips Down By the Sea*Josh Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Pacific Festival, His Favorite Housewife of Orange County*Pacific Festival: The Dunes AnnouncedMayer Hawthorne had a pretty lofty task in ... More >>
Idiot Glee is a 23-year-old Kentuckian named James Friley, a one-man-band who surrounds himself with multiple keyboards and effects and a looping device. The term idiot glee, though, is something of an affliction as described by Brian Eno in his essay "Into the Abyss." Friley phones during the ho ... More >>
Mary BellFor more photos of Aloe Blacc, check out our slideshow!Aloe Blacc with Tutu Sweeney & The Brothers BandMay 21, 2011Detroit Bar, Costa MesaAloe Blacc kicked off his North American tour with Tutu Sweeney & The Brothers Band with a sold out homecoming show at the Detroit Bar. Everyo ... More >>
Over the last decade, Hollywood has pumped out an increasing number of music biopics, treating us to everything from enjoyable theatrical hits (8 Mile) to wobbly, tear-jerking cable duds (Take Me Home: The John Denver Story).
With Jeff Buckley, Sam Cooke and Clash movies in the works and rumor ... More >>
Jack and Meg White, the duo collectively known as the White Stripes are no more. They have disbanded, but the memory of their talent and musicianship will always be celebrated. Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jack White and drummer Meg White formed their band in 1997 in Detroit, and released their ... More >>
The Hype: Considering how gentle their music is, it funny--yet fitting--how loudly critics praise the tag team of She & Him, better known as Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward (that's M. Ward to you). Any skepticism about a bubbly indie actress colliding with Portland's prolifi ... More >>
(photo by Christopher Victorio)
Last Night: She & Him, Lavender Diamond at the House of Blues, Anaheim, Nov. 5, 2008.
Better Than: "The Happening," this summer's M. Night Shyamalan flick that co-starred Zooey Deschanel. But really, what isn't?
Download: The eminently likable "Why Do You Let Me S ... More >>
Better Than: Breaking up with a girl friend and writing a sappy song about it...leave that to the pros.
I didn't quite believe my eyes when I stumbled across The Grove's Oct. 16 concert listing a few weeks ago. As a perpetual sucker for hip hop bands, a chance to watch The Roots, Gym Class Heroes ... More >>
Late notice for a Long Beach appearance by brown-eyed soul star Brenton Wood, fixture at New Orleans' world-class rock & roll fest the Ponderosa Stomp and lots more. Says Ponderosa:
Brown-Eyed Soul isn't about color. It's a way of life—music that is passed from generation to generation ... More >>