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The Aquabats are 20 this year. If that sounds crazy to you, imagine what that means to its members: That's 20 years of tights-wearing, gravity-defying, villain-fighting, rock & roll shenanigans on stage. Led by the M.C. Bat Commander, backed up by Crash McLarson, Jimmy the Robot, Ricky Fitness and ... More >>
Day two of the Vans Warped Tour brought out the masses of music fans once again to the Fairplex in Pomona for another sun-soaked day full of eclectic bands, vendors, and fans of all ages and backgrounds. This year's festival was dominated by up and coming popular emo, indie rock, metalcore bands, ... More >>
All Photos by John Gilhooley On Thursday, the The Van's Warped Tour launched it's first-ever two-day as throngs of teen punkers and skataholics converged on the Pomona Fairplex. Although all the bands setlists will probably be the same, fans can go two days in a row and either see all their favor ... More >>
Screaming and throwing stuff in a movie theater--not just for 2-year-olds anymore! At least, that's what Tyler Jacobs wants you to think. While the man is no stranger to show biz (aside from acting on TV as a child, he and his brothers work on the Aquabats! Super Show! and Yo Gabba Gabba!), his lat ... More >>
Tyler Jacobs is no stranger to show biz (aside from acting on TV as a child, he and his brothers work on the Aquabats! Super Show! and Yo Gabba Gabba!). But his latest project, CinemAttack, is all about being part of the audience. CinemAttack's goal is to essentially make people fall in love with ... More >>
How goes our favorite skankin', live-action TV superheroes? The last time we saw the Aquabats, they were performing at the Great Park for a 2012 summer season-ender, and there were suspiciously a ton of kids in the audience. (Maybe it has something to do with the first season The Aquabats! Super Sho ... More >>
After 20 years, OC's most underrated ska band release their debut album
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 >>
Starpool & The Aquabats!Chain Reaction7/23/12Word spread quickly in the ska community following the death of Chain Reaction sound man Christian Dasilva in Huntington Beach. As a result, Starpool and The Aquabats!--two seminal OC ska bands-- joined forces to put together a last-minute benefit sho ... More >>
By now, many have heard the sad news that Christian Dasilva, the sound guy who was as much of a part of the fabric at Chain Reaction in Anaheim as the bands that play there,, died after his motorcycle collided with a Lexus sedan. The outpouring of condolences for the 40-year-old's new and pregnant w ... More >>
It's hard to believe that just four months ago we were writing about MC Bat Commander getting in front of the camera with the rest of his bandmates for the first episode of The Aquabats! Super Show! Today, fans of the The Aquabats will get one last chance this season to what OC's favorite super ... More >>
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 >>
Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk, known to the real world as Ian Fowles, is the newest member of the sonic shredder and Aquabats guitarist. Fowles joined the Aquabats in 2010, and the guitarist (who, FYI, is also an author) was best known as the guitarist for the hardcore punk band Death by Stereo befor ... More >>
Why are we so into the Aquabats? It might be because their show, which airs on the Hub Saturdays at 8 a.m., is hilarious. (Have you seen it? It would do you good to record it on your DVR.) And of course there's the fact that the members of the Aquabats are really nice guys. So, yeah, after we pu ... More >>
The Aquabats and Reel Big Fish have a long history together; they started out playing the same lineups in the third-wave ska revival of the '90s, and supported each other through the years. Most recently, the two bands toured together in 2010, to the delight of many fans dying to relive 1997. Wik ... More >>
Who's who in the current lineup
An origin story
Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'
This week's cover story on the Aquabats and their new TV show for the Hub, The Aquabats! Super Show! will debut this weekend on Saturday, 8 a.m.Now, the Aquabats are no stranger to many OC fans, having been crucial part of the third-wave ska revival of th 1990s. But more than that, the band's fro ... More >>
Our upcoming cover story on the Aquabats and their new TV show for the Hub, The Aquabats! Super Show! debuting this weekend led to a ton of research on Christian Jacobs, aka MC Bat Commander, Aquabats frontman and co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba. One of the more interesting things about him (and the ... More >>
UPDATED:Yesterday we talked to the OC Music Awards about claims that the nomination process isn't exactly transparent, with some OC Music Awards Academy members also nominated as musicians in various categories (see more after the jump.) Today I got an email from Weekly reader Nathan Hoffmann, as ... More >>
Jacob Khan/OC WeeklyHappy Valentine's Day! Wondering what you may have missed this weekend? There were cougars galore at the Shark Club in Costa Mesa for the first Orange County Cougar Convention, Snoop Dogg rolled through Pomona for a performance at the Fox Theater, and one dog took the crown at ... More >>
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>
Dagha Bloom nominated for Best New AlbumFinally, the nomination ballots are in, and the 2011 nominees have been announced. Some artists are past winners, while other nominees are fresh faces to the OC scene. The OC Music Awards added two new categories for this year: Best Youth Artist and ... More >>
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 >>
The Aquabats just revealed the details of their new album, Hi-Five Soup! Set for release on Jan.18, Guess who has a cameo in it? Hip-hop rapper/comedian/Yo Gabba Gabba actor Biz Markie! He does his bit in "Radio Down," which was also in the EP Radio Down! released in November.
The AquabatsThis week's edition of news we didn't write involves our mainstays (who else?) the Local Natives, No Doubt's Adrian Young and Bayside...read on after the jump.
The press release called the event an "all-out bash of the ska punk titans," and we'd have to agree. In a previous interview with OC Weekly, Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett said they'd performed in Brazil with Goldfinger earlier this year; it was so much fun they decided to set out and do ... More >>
The Glass House
Well, how about this? A free local show tonight from two of the most prominent veteran Orange County bands. Life could be worse.It's the "Surfercross After Party," from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the OC Tavern in San Clemente, and featuring performances from the Aquabats (pictured, but you already knew ... More >>
Kristy SparrowThe Airborne Toxic Event, very clearly creating a fire hazard.As always, big things poppin' in downtown P-town.
With less than a month to go before Bamboozle Left, a whole mess of new acts have been announced for the two day festival, set for April 4 and 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Pleasantly, a couple of the acts are even from Orange County--like punk legends the Vandals (on April 5) an ... More >>
The year in music
The Aquabats at the Glass House, Jersey Boys at OCPAC, Imagine Peace Vigil in Irvine
Texas is the reason
What's Buzzing Through the Skulls of Orange County?