More often than not, The Pike is the dark, punk-rock-slash-nautical-themed hole I wander into on blurry nights when I do not mind drinking in a crowded room of hipster egos along Fourth Street's dive-bar corridor. Once inside the piercing blue neon lighted structure, the busy decor inevitably falls ... More >>
Front man Dave Wakeling Explains how a bunch of UK punks became kings of island riddim
Lists are fun. I read a couple great ones this week, including The Progressive magazine's nine worst lobbyists. I've assembled some great ones this past week at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, where I've taken notes and share them with you here. The conference's unsavory and racist name, b ... More >>
Last year I introduced you to the wonderful delight that is Jawbreaker Day (if you forgot, click here). A synopsis: Jawbreaker was a band that released the album Dear You in 1995. On the record is a song called "Sluttering (May 4th)." Jawbreaker has a devoted fanbase and the Internet is ... More >>
Did the annual event really save the vinyl record industry?
Michael NikaSome bands devote short eternities to toiling away at their craft, playing shows wherever they can, and getting acquainted with industry folk, only for things to never really pan out. The Static Jacks aren't one of those bands. In 2007, the Westfield, NJ-based four-piece were in t ... More >>
For too long, John Taylor and the boys have been a pop group without a hit. They mean to change that
Tag, You're It is Heard Mentality's new weekly interview feature. The concept is simple: One local artist picks another local artist to interview, then the interviewee becomes the interviewer of an artist of his or her choice in the following week's issue. Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyBilly KernkampMy ... More >>
Earache RecordsGama Bomb is hell-bent on having fun. The band from Newry, Ireland, happily bangs out frenetic '80s-style thrash while tapping into their geeky side without a care. The pop culture worship of "We Respect You" off Tales from the Grave (available as a free download at Earache R ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyDamon Albarn isn't even finished touring with his other supergroup, Gorillaz (read our review of the LA show here) before he's confirming that he's almost done recording his album with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.Talk about keeping busy!
Sesame StreetSesame Street wants your kids to be cool. And not by learning the alphabet, easy addition or "good government bullshit" (sorry, it's the 20th anniversary of the release of GoodFellas).No, they're doing it through pop music.This week, The Street (I hear that's what the cool toddlers a ... More >>
So the film sort of flopped during its opening weekend, but video game fans were in for a treat with the recent release of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Considering the countless number of video game references there are in the movie, it is no surprise that comic author Bryan Lee O'Malley and movie ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyCheck out our slideshow here!Rage Against The Machine and Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley BandHollywood PalladiumJuly 23, 2010In 1992, I witnessed some band called Rage Against The Machine open for Pearl Jam at the Hollywood Palladium. It was an intensely riveting perfo ... 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.
Long Beach Art Theatre
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dr ... More >>
BY ANNIE ZALESKIPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The foll ... More >>
The Stray Cats at the Pacific Amphitheater on July 22, 2008 Better Than: any other rockabilly band on the planet. Download: "Stray Cat Strut" from the Stray Cats Myspace page [http://www.myspace.com/straycats] Grease and Greasers were in abundance at the OC fair as the mighty Stray Cats played t ... More >>
Winter Music Issue
Five bands besides Laura Lee
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