The ethereal experimental sounds of prog-rock band the Mars Volta are no more. Loyal fans are awakening to the depressing news after vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala aired out all his frustrations on Twitter last night. "I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," he ... More >>
Sublime front man Bradley Nowell, who died 15 years ago this month, left behind a legacy that is intrinsically tied to Long Beach and the rest of Orange County. This week's cover story
pays tribute to the man who put Garden Grove on the map, who sang about the perils of date rape and invented ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyAs we mentioned a few months ago, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Long Beach-based, Grammy-award-winning keyboardist for Mars Volta, is now taking some time off Mars Volta to focus on Free Moral Agents.As Ikey expanded his 2002 solo project into a full band five years ago, he corral ... More >>
If you missed their sunburned Coachella performance and want to catch the Long Beach prog rock alchemists Rx Bandits before they head off to Europe, you're in luck. Their second-to-last gig is happening tonight, at the Glass House.
Woven delicately and deft in purpose, Eugene and the 1914's Troubles EP proves that serene, no-frills songwriting will always satisfy the soul, especially in the face of a storm. And Troubles definitely qualifies as inspired rainy day music. The EP is officially released next month, but ... More >>
We're not used to hearing a whole lot out of the mouth of multi-instrumentalist/composer Omar Rodriguez Lopez (guitarist for The Mars Volta and El Groupo Nuevo). His guitar does most of the talking. With twelve studio albums worth of Latin-drenched prog jams swirling in ... More >>
Wow, what a great day to spend your disposable income (even if its not so disposable). After a quick scan of all the new albums that drop today, I have to say that this is probably one of the biggest days for summer releases that you're likely to see. I counted about 20 new sonic gems that include j ... More >>
Okay, maybe that headline was a little strong. I don't "hate" you, "envy" is a better word. Those waiting with baited breath for the next time this ravenous band of fluffy-haired art rockers would travel anywhere near OC had to swallow a bitter pill when The Mars Volta's first tour dates in support ... More >>
Finding a place that serves mind-bending psychedelics and stiff drinks in the same building on a Tuesday night is undoubtedly a fortunate find. That is of course unless your a regular at The Prospector. In that case, you know that anything's possible at the monthly event Wildest Dreams Come Tr ... More >>
Tuesday night is not usually a time for bold statements like "best ever". But regulars at The Crosby know that when it comes to a tasty, unique sonic experience in the house that DJs built, no night is off limits. So in addition to grabbing a frosty New Castle or a classy sip of Zinfandel tonight, w ... More >>
All The Colors, the latest release from Long Beach's Greater California is out today, and they're marking the occasion with a hometown in-store tonight at beloved indie record shop Fingerprints. Starts at 7 p.m. As a fun li'l bonus, if you buy the album from Fingerprints tonight, you'll get a poster ... More >>
Like any local fan, I'm always excited to see bands we've written about in the Weekly get some solid recognition elsewhere. Okay, so maybe Pomona is not too far elsewhere, but the April calendar at The Glass House has great OC/LB talent opening up for some Coachella caliber acts. The jazzy jam artis ... More >>
Free Moral Agents, 9 p.m.Assembled by Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens, this Long Beach clan
has made quite a name for themselves all over Southern California and
beyond, so you can bet they won't have any trouble drawing a massive
head-count. Get there early.Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Me ... More >>
The Mars Volta--featuring Long Beach's Ikey Owens, of Free Moral Agents and Look Daggers, on keyboards--won the "Best Hard Rock" Grammy last night for "Wax Simulacra." Since the Grammys only show a handful of the awards on the telecast (there are a lot of Grammys, like a lot) their award was accepte ... More >>
February is, of course, the shortest month of the year. But you can still expect four free shows this month from Long Beach's Free Moral Agents, the latest performers in Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa's regular residencies. Seeing as how it's the first Monday in February and all, things start tonight. Th ... More >>
Fighting your way into the center of the pit at a Mars Volta show is no easy task. Hoards of O.C. hipsters and prog-rock junkies found that out the hard way as the L.A.-based eight piece thrashed and howled on a stage erected atop a basketball court (of all places) at the UCI Bren Events Center on W ... More >>
MARK OF ZORRO, 8 p.m.
Silent film live orchestra = winning combination.
Meng Concert Hall, 800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton
THE MARS VOLTA, 7 p.m.
Long Beach prog-rock, anyone? See Doug Wallen's writeup from last week's OCW.
Bren Events Center, Mesa Rd. and W. Peltason Dr., Irvine
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Pretentious (but in a good way) purveyors of grandiose, prog-rock concept albums the Mars Volta return to the fray Jan. 29 with The Bedlam in Goliath. An online game based upon that album—called Goliath the Soothsayer—can be accessed at amazon.com/music from Jan. 2-29. You don't need to order t ... More >>
DJ Nobody: Twice as important as most OC musicians.
Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this impor ... More >>