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The Mars Volta

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Ikey Owens Was Long Beach's Ultimate Sonic Wingman

    For an interview in 2011, at 10 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens insisted on meeting for drinks at the V Room, a dive bar on 4th Street in Long Beach. As he sipped a Jim Beam neat, he talked about hanging out in the early days with pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas (who were playing the Sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

    Progressive Metal, unlike other sub genres of heavy metal borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity. ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Look Daggers

    Alex's Bar

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    June 26, 2013

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Says Bosnian Rainbows Killed His Desire to Be a Musical Dictator

    Most of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's music is defined by storminess. In the past, his creativity came in whirlwinds, thunderous opinions drenched in acid rain and an eccentric fogginess that left fans, friends and band mates no choice other than to blindly brace themselves for his next move. But that stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Free Moral Agents Exhibit Their Growing Strength on 'Chaine Infinie'

    There are plenty of people who will pick up the new Free Moral Agents record, Chaine Infinie, and remark on how the sound and style of Ikey Owen's studio project has blossomed into such an unexpected full band experience since the release 2010's sophomore album Control This. No longer a hazy collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Frustrated Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala Dissolves The Mars Volta

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2013

    Biceratops

    Detroit Bar

  • Music

    October 25, 2012

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Trades in Stormy Dictatorship for Bosnian Rainbows

    After more than a decade of controlling his solo career and the Mars Volta with an iron fist, the guitar god is in the mood to collaborate

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012

    Dead Quixote

    Prospector

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    February 9, 2012
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    December 15, 2011
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    November 24, 2011

    Los Lobos

    Coach House

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    June 2, 2011

    Peyote Players

    Commonwealth Lounge

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Free Moral Agents' Ikey Owens on Bradley Nowell: 'He Told Me I Played Too Much'

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2011

    Thy Squid

    The Prospector

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    Thy Squid Play Squid Rock City!

    [Locals Only] The LBC trio talk influences and working with Ikey Owens of the Mars Volta

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010
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    October 6, 2010

    Free Moral Agents Announce Tour to Support 'Control This'

    Mary Bell/OC Weekly​As 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 >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Ximena Sariñana

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    TONIGHT: RX Bandits and Zechs Marquise at the Glass House

    ​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. 

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    April 1, 2010
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    November 10, 2009

    Release the Sounds: Omar Rodriguez Lopez, 'Xenophanes'

    ​​​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    New Releases: The Mars Volta, Dinosaur Jr. and (gasp) Ginuwine!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Going to The Mars Volta tonight? I hate you

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Tomorrow: Blank Blue and Zech's Marquis at The Prospector

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    TONIGHT: 'Creme Soda' at The Crosby

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Greater California Release CD, Play Fingerprints

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    OC Weekly faves land Glass House gigs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 2/9

    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 Mes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Watch Ikey Owens (and the Rest of the Mars Volta) Win a Grammy

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2009

    Known Residency

    Free Moral Agents

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    TONIGHT: Free Moral Agents Kick Off February Residency

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 2, 2008
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    March 13, 2008
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    February 21, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    [Sprawl of Sound] All Excess Pass

    The problem with hipster dance DJs, plus a Mars Volta member's solo album

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Live Review: The Mars Volta at UCI on 01/30

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/30

    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 ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2008

    High Concept, Dude

    Arena prog-rockers the Mars Volta demand so much of you

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    The Mars Volta Announce New Game, Album

    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 >>

  • Features

    November 15, 2007

    The Musical Gospel According to Ikey Owens

    FEEDBACK: 10 Bands from OC/Long Beach You Need to Know

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Hits!

    Greene Records

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    August 4, 2005

    Stupidity

    Aug. 4 - Aug. 11

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    July 7, 2005

    HOT AS IN GOD

    This week in nightlife and more: July 7-14

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    April 7, 2005
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    March 24, 2005

    HiTS!

    Bionic Records, Cypress

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    February 13, 2003

    Nothing to Prove

    Ikey Owens and the sonic politics of race

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    October 10, 2002

    I Wanna Riot! Sex Riot!

    Moving Units and the punk rock poor mans aphrodisiac

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Chase Frank

    Singer and guitar player in Quiverfish, Producer of Curve and Songwriter's Supper Club, DJ Trytophan.

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    September 5, 2002
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