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Tonight at 8 at The Triangle, the Newport Beach Film Festival debuts its Music Videos program, which is part of the three-year-old Music Series of features and documentaries that focus on musicians. Confession time: I had my doubts about the video program when I first heard about it. Who wants to se ... More >>
TV-music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas talks about small bands making big dollars in primetime
The KillersThe CosmopolitanDecember 29, 2012Going to Las Vegas to party for New Year's has long been the southern Californian's go-to tactic for no-frills debauchery in a state where it pays to be a degenerate. And while most of the time ringing in the new year is reason enough to brave the traffic, ... More >>
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Cosmopolitan December 31, 2012 As tempting as it would be to hang out with Kim Kardashian at some upscale club in Las Vegas, seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Cosmopolitan seemed like a great way to usher in the New Year. The Chelsea Ballroom was packed with party r ... More >>
ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny BrownOctober 27, 2012The ObservatoryTo finish up the California portion of the "LONGLIVEA$AP" tour, a show was lined up at our favorite Santa Ana spot, the Observatory. It was sold out several weeks in advance, so before we even entered the ind ... More >>
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is a special artists, guiding our ear palettes and rhythmic intuitions into complex and undiscovered territory. This voyage into musical expansion continued on at the beginning of the month when FlyLo released his n ... More >>
Although mustachioed fuzz rock revival bands are as commonplace nowadays as black light posters and dirty bong water, every now and then we hear a group of slackers that restore our faith in the four-chord riff. Yeah, you could liken the music of JEFF the Brotherhood to the act of a caveman chiselin ... More >>
For almost three decades now, Massachusetts-bred alt-rockers Dinosaur Jr. have been pushing the limits of amplifiers, instruments, and themselves. Their signature sound -- a synthesis of heavy distortion, multifarious melody, disconnected, lethargic vocals, and blistering solos -- has acte ... More >>
The Founding Member of the Mighty Flyers continues to sail toward cult status
Hardcore, Canadians and Europeans, oh my! This week we've got a host of international bands from the top five selling records of Bionic Records, 6012 Ball Road in Buena Park, (714) 828-4225. Most of them are pretty hardcore, but nothing's sold more than American hardcore band Nile's latest record, A ... More >>
For those of you who aren't able to make the three-and-a-half hour flight to Lollapalooza in Chicago next week, there's some good news: the show will be streamed live online. Just like Coachella, Lollapalooza is making the event available to those who can't attend, which is cool that you can see thi ... More >>
See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage It couldn't all be great performances, decent recreational drugs, and pleasant weather at Coachella. Here are our writers' picks for their least favorite things from the festival's second weekend.
[Checking In On . . .] There's life after recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys
This week, Pat Carney of The Black Keys 'apologized' to Nickelback regarding his 'controversial' yet true comments about the Canadian quintet. In my eyes, the drummer of the Akron-bred band had no reason to apologize, true or not true. Over the past decade or so, rock (not hip-hop, which deserves ... More >>
Sweet Relief, the organization that helps local career musicians facing financial hardship due to illness and disability, is hosting a charity festival ticket auction for the sold-out Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2012. Coachella, as everyone knows, will be held over two weekends in April--a ... More >>
Yes, it's really been a year since Parker Macy opened Creme Tangerine, the record store in a trailer at the Lab on March 1. It's been a challenging one for the blues guitarist-turned-entrepreneur, to say the least. There was a break-in a couple of months ago, and Macy also lost his partner Jon St ... More >>
Here are the top five selling records this week from Fingerprints, 420 E. 4th Street in Long Beach, (562) 433-4996.This week's top seller is Leonard Cohen's latest release, Old Ideas.
We're expecting the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to announce its 2012 lineup this week; on Friday, organizers tweeted a pic that says "Next Week," so we're checking the feeds more compulsively than usual.
First, we told you what OC record stores are having Black Friday Record Store Day sales. Now, we're letting you know what RSD releases you should look out for. Here are 15 essential Black Friday Record Store Day releases you might be able to score this Friday. (No guarantees, though -- most of th ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Jack Grisham is writing another book, and Chris Marrs Piliero is giving away music-video mementos
Want something signed by the blink-182 drummer? Come to 2nd Floor in Huntington Beach on Friday!When you walk in to 2nd Floor Restaurant/Art Gallery in Huntington Beach, you'll see the walls lined with original artwork for sale by local artists. Many are inspired by tattoo and punk culture an all ... More >>
Record Store Day is giving fans a few limited releases to tide them over until the annual April event. The event, which saw it's 30th anniversary this year, is dedicated to independent record retailers and supported by artists and fans alike. A handful of new records will be released on Nov. 25, ... More >>
Here are the top five selling records this week from Creme Tangerine at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 932-0552.Topping the list are locals Dolphin City, whose LP came out earlier this year.
Vans Warped TourVenturaJuly 3, 2011Since its 1995 inception, the Vans Warped Tour has tried to be a youthful, day-long gritty, grimy window into festival culture, all while representing the punk rock music market. A check-in with the 2011 tour confirms that on the first front, at least, Warped h ... More >>
Dave Green of the Brit band the Filthy Souls is performing at the House of Blues in Anaheim tomorrow; he talks to OC Weekly about what his performance is like without the band and working with Bishop Lamont.
Tom MaxsonIn this week's addition of news we didn't write, you can purchase Pithy Sweet's new EP, or listen to Andrea Babinski of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band's new holiday tune.Check it out after the jump.
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPhoenix headlinedKROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night TwoDecember 12, 2010Gibson AmphitheaterNight number two of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas involved more of an alternative fare compared to the hard rock vibe of night one. Phoenix went from being an earlier opener last ... More >>
[Mental Notes] We predicted KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas lineup, and an interview with our local Justin Bieber
www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit/Frightened RabbitOct. 15, 2010House of Blues AnaheimWhen the curtains opened at the House of Blues Anaheim Friday, the audience was greeted with four spot lights on an otherwise pitch-black stage, which created a holy glow worthy of the next coming of Christ.Seein ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California, being an OC native and, of course, music.Flickr user striaticThere are certain songs that are inescapable, that ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plus, Steelwells power through multiple SoCal residencies, Thrice's drummer has a Heard Mentality column and cute girls use abrasive name for Cock Sparrer cover band
Cover art for the new self-titled Spanish Moss EP. We're told it's a photo of a piece of pizza...you be the judge Though it's been about two years since we've mentioned them on Heard Mentality, the gritty, fibrous taste of Spanish Moss is still fresh in our memory. Hailing from F ... More >>
Todd BarnesMy Pet SaddleThe Hype: On the brink of releasing their first full-length album, Fullerton's My Pet Saddle are one of those bands that have no problem drawing a flash mob of local fans to whatever stage they happen to land on. And we're always hoping they'll throw out a new ba ... More >>
A weird band name usually has one of two effects on the average, unsuspecting music buff. Either A: You hear it once and burst out laughing, and think, "They can't possibly be any good," and never give it another thought; or B: you still laugh, but you think, "They can't possibly be any good--or ... More >>
Oh gosh. It's almost here. Coachella. Three mind-melting days in the desert. Since the set times are up and all, let's look at what we're expecting to hit for suresies. Though of course, reality (fatigue, giant crowds, changing your mind, passing out from dehydration) may always get in the way.Here' ... More >>
Riding high on their pre-Coachella shows--The Black Keys wrap that up with a show on Thursday--the Glass House in Pomona has more to come in the future, don't you worry. Especially cool stuff if you like electronica, and who doesn't? (Wussies?)Swedish electro-soul troupe Little Dragon hit the place ... More >>
The Glass House in Pomona has a huge week coming up--Silversun Pickups on Sunday, Jenny Lewis on Monday, TV on the Radio on Tuesday, Conor Oberst on Wednesday and The Black Keys on Thursday--but, always looking towards the future, they've also got some shows coming up beyond that.
I review the sophomore release from The Shortwave Set in the Weekly this week, but seeing as how the album's been out for like, forever, overseas, and it's out today in the states, why wait to read it? Read it here, now! The future is now! But actually the past! Think about it. The Shortwave SetRepl ... More >>
The Glass House's pre-Coachella week--already boasting Jenny Lewis, TV on the Radio, Conor Oberst and The Black Keys--has added another Coachella artist playing a pre-festival gig, LA's Silversun Pickups on Sunday, April 12. Tickets are $12.50 and go on sale this Friday, March 13 for $22.50. Silvers ... More >>
It's getting to the point where the idea of the Coachella lineup is actually more appealing than whatever the eventual Coachella lineup will be, even if the actual lineup is really impressive. It's like Spock said, "having is not such a pleasing thing as wanting."So yeah, still no official Coachella ... More >>
LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>
Oh, the simple joys of rocking out in a garage band. Most aspiring musicians can reminisce about the countless days spent hashing out future rock classics not yet born, sweating out their angst between a dusty tool bench, crappy Christmas ornaments and a broken lawn mower. And in many respects, th ... More >>
LA's HEALTH bring their beneficial noise to SXSW. If you're down in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest conference/festival, please check out this outstanding bill and mingle with the VVM music editors (you will never encounter so much charisma in one room). The Black Keys Health The Cribs S ... More >>