South by Southwest Festival

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    October 7, 2014

    Wildcat! Wildcat! - Constellation Room - October 6, 2014

    By: Taylor Morgan Wildcat! Wildcat! The Constellation Room 10/6/14 High school boys stand awkwardly with collared shirts and cardigans as a girl walks by swinging her plastic and see through backpack over her shoulder. Clothes from the vintage department of American Rag are the norm in this hipste ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 18, 2014

    LA Food and Beer Dominate Coachella

    More and more each year, Los Angeles--the bands, the people, the fashion--comes to dominate Coachella's aesthetic and vibe. It has become the way the LA scene puts its best foot forward playing host for international scenesters and lookers on. This year, for the first time ever, Coachella allowed L ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2014

    Building a Better Burgerama

    Burger Records improves its scrappy indie festival by having it its way

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, April 1 The Originalites Gallagher's Pub Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene in the span of only five years. The Fou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 28, 2013

    Air Dubai

    Constellation Room at the Observatory

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    March 27, 2013

    The Big Mistake Bands Are Making With Facebook

    By: Jessica HopperAre 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Robert Jon & the Wreck Feel the Rhythm of the Road

    By: Heidi Darby [Editor's Note: Spare Notes is a Weekly music feature highlighting outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.] Robert Jon & the Wreck generate a southern-infused, classic rock sound that's both authentic and infectious. ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts Get Graphic on New Track, "Nina"

    Lakewood rapper/gun-enthusiast Aston Matthews and Long Beach's new hope Joey Fatts (two-thirds of the Cutthroat Boyz) link up once again for their brand new record, "My Nina." And no, this is not a sentimental track with someone waxing poetic about their sweet, kind-hearted "Nina," this is an a ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    How I Ended Up In He's My Brother She's My Sister's New Music Video

    Sarah Dougherty Los Angeles buzz band He's My Brother, She's My Sister joined the ranks of True Blood and Tenacious D and filmed their new music video for "Same Old Ground" at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on Tuesday. The song from their latest album "Nobody Dances In This Town" came to life thanks to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Hometown Heroes Enjambre FINALLY Return to LA this Weekend

    The last time Enjambre performed locally since leaving OC for Mexico City in 2008 was three years ago, on July 18. The band, whose move propelled them to greater success as accomplished musicians, assembled in the humble quarters of SanTana's now defunct Breath of Fire Theater space for an intimate ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2012

    Hellogoodbye Says Hello, Long Beach, Goodbye, Huntington!

    [Checking In On . . .] Singer Forrest Kline talks about moving (slightly) north and the band's upcoming album

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    January 9, 2012

    Five Local Bands Who Should Be Huge in 2012

    ​Young The Giant wins the prize for the breakout band of Orange County in 2011. Turn on an alt-rock station, google the word "young," and ask Morrissey who his favorite new band is and you'll have your answer--2011 belonged to Young the Giant. "Cough Syrup" was probably only second to Foster the P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Lovely Bad Things: 'We Almost Got Murdered In Washington'

    Facebook​The Lovely Bad Things are featured in this week's print edition in our Local's Only column. You can read the article here, but to catch you up to speed: the quartet based out of La Mirada are known for their rowdy shows and infectious surf pop sounds. They will release a 45 via Volcom Rec ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Duran Duran: Still Hungry

    For too long, John Taylor and the boys have been a pop group without a hit. They mean to change that

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Nate Dogg Funeral Service on Saturday; Snoop Announces Tribute Show on Same Day

    Elektra Records​Today, Nate Dogg's family announced that there will be a funeral service on Saturday at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, the former Spruce Goose Dome adjacent to the Queen Mary. Pamela Hale-Burns, his sister, says the 10 a.m. Saturday service will be open to the publi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: What Went Down at the Village Voice/Frank 151 SXSW Party

    Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang Clan​Village Voice/Frank 151 SXSW PartyMarch17, 2011Austin Music Hall Of course you wish you were there. According to Houston Press, the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 Showdown at SXSW  was one of the festival's most anticipate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    The Steelwells Eliminated From the 'Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone' Contest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Missives From SXSW: Exene Cervenka (of X) Blogs On the Road

    Most famous as a punk rock icon and artist, Exene Cervenka (front woman for X, Knitters and Original Sinners) is documenting her adventures for Heard Mentality on the way to Austin's South By Southwest, the country's biggest music festival. Read Day One here. Raven LorthosArizona!​I'm in Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Circa Survive's Guitarist Colin Frangicetto Shows off His Ink

    Emily ShurColin Frangicetto, far left​Circa Survive is co-headlining at tattoo and music festival MusINK, at the OC Fairgrounds this Saturday (along with Thrice, interviewed in this week's print edition). In keeping with the theme,  guitarist Colin Frangicetto sent over a couple of photos of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    The Growlers at the Detroit Bar Last Night

    Rebecca Aranda​The Growlers June 27, 2010 Detroit Bar The Hype: The Growlers specialize in summer anthems with a minor key, or as they call it, "beach goth"-perfectly suited to the recent string of hazy days and chilly nights. They might also be the greatest band named after a shit. As the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    With New, Local Bassist, The Like Do The Unexpected and Play House Parties​L.A.'s the Like have just released a brand-new video, and it's nothing like the old videos. In fact, it's nothing like the old Like, and it's at least three planets away from the big-budget Busby Berkeley routines of 2005's "What I Say And What I Mean."

  • Music

    April 8, 2010

    Beyond the Headliners

    [Coachella 2010] Nine acts that stand out from the sweaty, dusty crowd

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Watch: Local Natives Perform for Pitchfork

    Pitchfork's love for OC-turned-LA quartet Local Natives has been well-documented around here. So, too, has been the clutch of local bands who ventured to Austin last week for the South by Southwest festival. Here's a late-breaking melding of those two themes: Local Natives performing in some ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Videos: Local Bands play SXSW

    We know how much you wanted to go to SXSW last week. But for those not willing to take a week off work and spend a butt-load of cash to get there, here's an entertaining set of live videos from Austin showcasing some of our hometown talent on stage, spreading the gospel of rock & roll in a varie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Avi Buffalo to Play Free In-Store at Fingerprints, Long Beach

    Jeff AntebiSub Pop band Avi Buffalo to hold hometown record release bash at Fingerprints in Long BeachFresh off successful SXSW showcases, Avi Buffalo, led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, has booked a free in-store homecoming/record release performance at Fingerprints on Apri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Alex's Bar and John Reis Team Up For SXSW

    Flickr user BenGoettingJohn Reis performing with the Night Marchers at Alex's Bar, Long Beach, Feb. 10, 2008.​Long Beach and Orange County bands aren't the only locals headed to the cheerfully soul-trying SXSW music-biz death march in Austin this week. 562-ers Alex's Bar and owner Alex Hernandez w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Like on British TV's 'Popworld'

    Ask any fan of retro indie pop band the Like (the LA act featured in the recent Weekly Mental Notes column) and they'll probably have no problem telling you how irresistible they are. Even sleazy radio jocks can't get enough of them. Back in 2006, band members Elizabeth "Z" Berg, Tennessee T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Listen To This: "Big Foot" Soul Mix

    ​Dennis Owens has been doing funk/soul club Good Foot at Que Sera in Long Beach for almost twelve years now and I think I was lucky enough to peek inside maybe by year two. The DJs who've climbed in and out of that back booth have been some of Southern California's best, and I was pretty honored ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Show Announcement: Junior Brown and Cowboy Mouth, Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana

    Country singer-songwriter and guitar whiz Junior Brown will share the stage with New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth at Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana on Friday, January 8. Brown blew me away at SXSW in 2002 when he closed a solid set at Stubb's with an amazingly medley of rock and surf covers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    TONIGHT: Local Natives, The Growlers, The Union Line Invade LA

    The Growlers​Los Angeles! What's with that city? It claims to be all original and shiz, but look at LA's Oh My Rockness rundown for tonight. Four shows get billing. Two of them are dominated by OC bands. That's 50%!OC in LA option one: Local Natives, The Union Line, The Outline, and We Barbarians ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
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    January 8, 2009

    First Crop of SXSW Acts Announced, OC/LB Bands Conspicuously Absent

    A certain music festival and conference held annually in the sleepy hamburg of Austin, Texas announced their initial slate of performers this year, and there's not an Orange County or Long Beach band among them. We had several acts in last fall's CMJ Music Marathon, so this is kind of a bummer. Keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    OC, LB Acts Ready to Rock NYC, CMJ

    Sorry, I was trying to set a record for most abbrev. in a blog title. The schedule for NYC's CMJ Music Marathon was announced today, and Long Beach's Crystal Antlers (pictured), Costa Mesa's Japanese Motors and Laguna Beach's Donavon Frankenreiter are among the performers ready to entertain music i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Pitchfork Lavishes Love on Crystal Antlers

    Long Beach's Crystal Antlers received a coveted “Best New Music” recommendation from popular webzine Pitchfork today, along with a lofty 8.5 rating for their self-released EP (produced by Ikey Owens). Expect the stormy rock quintet to enter a new tax bracket any minute now. (Check out Erin DeWit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    A Thousand Knives At Detroit 3/5

    Review by Jeff Phifer A Thousand Knives is the band that you haven't heard yet, but you will. The group’s very first show in LA resulted in an offer to play a party at the prestigious South By Southwest festival this coming week. A Thousand Knives brings a new sound that captures what's happeni ... More >>

  • Film

    May 17, 2007

    Brothers Grim

    Wendell Baker is a dysfunctional Wilson family affair

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Gin and Chronic

    Gin Blossoms

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    June 8, 2006

    Mysterious Light

    Fortunes Flesh fed and ready

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    April 7, 2005
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    February 24, 2005
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    September 30, 2004

    Comeback Players of the Year

    The Trashcan Sinatras

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    February 5, 2004
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    November 15, 2001
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    June 21, 2001
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