Fox Theater Pomona
No Doubt Gibson Amphitheatre 12/6/12 One of my early concert claims to fame is seeing No Doubt in a warehouse in Orange back in 1994. Fast forward eighteen years and No Doubt is capping a seven night sold-out run at the Gibson Amphitheatre with roughly 40,000 people snapping up tickets. Their his ... More >>
House of Blues
How the NYC-based group belied their name to blow their horns through two decades
Aaron Barrett (center) with his band, Reel Big FishSublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago this month, left behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and the rest of Orange County. This week's cover story pays tribute to the man who put Garden Grove on the map, who ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray/Denver WestwordWhy was Westboro Baptist Church picketing punk ska band Less Than Jake's show in Pensacola, Fla. last weekend? Does God, in fact, hate ska? In a statement, drummer Vinnie Fiorello says he has no idea why the notorious religious group came out to their show with "si ... More >>
House of Blues
After a five-year hiatus, the perennially goofy Orange County ska-punk band the Aquabats will be releasing a new album. Unless you've been living under a rock in the interim, you know lead singer MC Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) has been busy creating, writing and directing the hugely succ ... More >>
For this year's Jumpin' Chupacabra Music & Arts Festival (the second ever), the two day fest that starts tomorrow in Lake Forest will feature music from over 20 local bands for just $5 a day. Bands like Flowers For Algernon, I Hate You Just Kidding and Canyons are part of the bill, but ... More >>
No band likes to be turned into a "virtual karaoke circus act." But that's exactly what No Doubt's manager Jim Guerinot is saying about the band's disapproval about having their likenesses placed in Band Hero, the latest abomination of button-pushing musicianship created by Activision. Yesterday, ... More >>
I honestly didn't know that Reel Big Fish was still together until I moved here last year. That's not a slam against them; Turn The Radio Off was one of my favorite albums as a young lad (seriously, how great is "Beer"? Both the song and the beverage). I just hadn't really heard much (OK, anything) ... More >>
In the decades since the sounds of ska infiltrated Orange County, the local music scene has definitely gone through some changes. Live music junkies have been left to fend for themselves in a sea of emo, screamo, hardcore and other intricately titled audible slop. But last night at The Grove in An ... More >>
The English Beat
Voodoo Glow Skulls blow sinister air into Ska's chipper face
Twelve years on, Vans Warped Tour goes through a difficult adolescence
How the English Beat goes on
The English Beat have another go at America
Forces of Evil gathering strength
Vocalist/guitarist of reel big fish
The Voodoo Glow Skulls are all about the horns!
Another boffo tale of neglected, embittered musicians!
Buddy insults just about everybody!
The Weekly Musical Time Capsule
The Plea for Peace Tour frees your mind
The dark side of Reel Big Fish
Even as third-wave ska tumbles to a close, the Hippos stomp
The Ska Parade at 10
Stalking the Siren Six!
O.C.s 5400 Day Revolution: 20 Years of Orange County Music & Adrian Legg
The OC Supertones, the Pope and the rise of the new Christian rock
Note to Rome: Is canonization reasonable for a living rock-club owner?
Eric Stefani relishes both worlds-and anonymity