Growing up in Orange, Casey Sullivan was heavily influenced by two bands: Sublime, a group he claims to listen to almost every day, and the Beatles. When an Austin-based promoter asked if his band Seedless were interested in sharing the stage with Sublime With Rome, he says, the group jumped at the ... More >>
Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>
Two decades of the greatest cult band (and Mexicans) in Orange County history
NAMM Show Anaheim Convention Center January 24, 2013 If you hear a loud buzzing sound echoing from Anaheim, it would be the thousands of exhibitors and merchants checking out the latest musical gear at the National Association of Music Merchants or NAMM in short. Closed to the public, It isn't unc ... More >>
The agony and the ecstasy of Joshua Paskowitz
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 >>
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By the late 1980s ska was tired and in need of a heart and lung transplant. Orange County would, in fact, become home to the biggest and most influential of so-called third wave of ska revivals (there was also one in New York) because it had two things vital to the development of any such trend: inv ... More >>
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 >>
As many of you know by now, Tupac performed at this year's edition of Coachella via hologram. When he appeared, the much-intoxicated crowd did not know what to do. It was as if Tupac had died and rose again (to many conspiracy theorists, that was a literal take). Now that we know how Dr. Dre and AV ... More >>
At the Vans Warped Tour official kick-off party and press conference at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles last week, creator Kevin Lyman marveled, "It's really cool--18 years and people still care!" Back in 1995, Lyman started the Warped Tour and showcased bands like No Doubt and Sublime. Today the ... More >>
Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'
In his his quest to hipsterize OC retail, Shaheen Sadeghi has built quirkily beautiful properties and gained more than a few critics
27 is rock and roll's most hazardous number.On Saturday, Amy Winehouse joined an exclusive club after the five-time Grammy winner was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. It is the age at which a number of pop stars have died from overdoses, suicides, murders, or in some cases, just ... More >>
Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States
[Mental Notes] Plus: Ikey Owens remembers Sublime's heyday.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyBradley Nowell, February 22, 1968 - May 25, 1996.Fifteen years ago today, Sublime front man Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. And every year on this day, friends and family visit his grave in Westminster Memorial Park to drink, smoke, leave memorabilia and re ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyEarly this week we caught up with Tony Kanal to talk about Sublime's Bradley Nowell (watch out for OC Weekly's 15th death anniversary tribute to the late, great frontman tomorrow). Kanal had all sorts of stories to tell, but these days, he's all about his four-month-old ba ... More >>
Rebecca ArandaKRS-OneMarch 17, 2011 Detroit Bar It seems fitting that KRS-One decided to perform on St. Patrick's Day. As one of hip-hop's true-to-life founding fathers, deviating from the cookie cutter and weeding out the OG's from the bustas is just his forte, so it makes sense KRS picked this ... More >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklySlightly puzzled by the news that emo/pop label Fueled By Ramen has signed stoner faves Sublime With Rome? Drummer Bud Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson and singer/guitarist Rome don't exactly fit the eyeliner and Justin Bieber hair aesthetic that many Fueled By Ramen labelmates ... More >>
Meg Strouse/OC WeeklyCheck out our Reel Big Fish slideshow here!Chase Long Beach, Starpool, Suburban Legends, Reel Big FishSeptember 18, 2010Grove of AnaheimThird-wave ska, that unapologetically goofy genre, was born and raised in Orange County. Turn on the radio in the mid-1990s, and there was n ... More >>
Orange County purveyors are still skankin' to the beat
The many subspecies of OC bands in their natural habitats
John GilhooleyCheck out a slideshow of the Sublime with Rome concert here!Sublime with RomeJuly 30, 2010Orange County Fair - Pacific AmphitheaterThe Show: Orange County and the rest of the world was robbed when Sublime singer Bradley Nowell overdosed in 1996 just two months shy of the b ... More >>
On over the weekend, Angels third baseman Brandon Wood hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.While that's pretty impressive, the four runs Wood drove in over the weekend represent 30 percent of his RBIs on the season. In other ... More >>
If you're sorely missing classic reggae in your life, it might be wise to plan a trip to Hermosa Beach to see Toots and the Maytals perform at Saint Rocke on Saturday, May 15. Read Drew Tewksbury's interview with the legend after the jump.
Andrew YoussefMuse at the Gibson AmphitheaterClick for a comprehensive slideshow of night one. Click here for photos from night two.The Hype: Seventeen bands in two nights at the cozy Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City served as the annual Almost Acoustic Christmas party for the staffers at me ... More >>
There is no way to sensationalize sodomizing an unconscious girl with a pool stick.