"World Music" has always been a strange catch-all term for American music buyers. The category lazily pits K-Pop singer Psy against French chanteuse Carla Bruni as though there were only a dozen musical genres outside of the United States. Every now and then one of those musical genres becomes tre ... More >>
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>
It's almost crunch time and Coachella line-up announcements should come about at the end of the month. Yet, this still leaves a couple of weeks of fake-line up posters, rumors, speculation and "leaks" to go around the internet and spread like wildfire. Remember when we could buy tickets at the door ... More >>
For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>
fun. The Wiltern 8/17/12 See Also: *Phish - Long Beach Arena - 8/15/12 *How Alabama Shakes Turned a Shitty Career Break Into a Major Score *Of Monsters and Men - The Observatory - 8/8/12 You have to hand it to fun. With a debut that put them on people's radar, their sophomore album took ... More >>
Holy shit, Bobby Slayton is a fast talker. When I called the 57-year-old New Yorker for an interview, he didn't answer the phone with a "hello." Instead, it was "Ali fucking Lerman. God damn could your name be anymore Jewish?" Such a warm welcome and oddly enough totally expected from the hyst ... More >>
Deke Dickerson, the lightning-throwing roots-rock guitarist and champion of those old honky-tonking tunes your grandfather boogied to, plays tomorrow night at Big's Grill in Fullerton.If you want to hear genuine hillbilly, rockabilly and rock-n-roll, check him out!
Anja Van Herle's show at JoAnne Artman Gallery makes us want to rock
Los Angeles bands Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the list of inductees for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced early Wednesday morning. Guns N' Roses, later dubbed "The World's Most Dangerous Band," emerged on L.A.'s rock scene in the mid '80s. Within a few ye ... More >>
Despite their sometimes melancholy tunes, the Swedish group have a sense of humor about their place in the musical universe
Voodoo Fix, made up of Abe Rivers, Scott P, Captain Willy, Demario Dunn and Doc Russell, mixes blues, folk, and funk in their debut, Not For Nothing. There's a record release party in Irvine's Anthill Pub (4200 Campus Dr.) today; check out how it was made and a pretty cool video after the jump.
For the last few months, a kooky religious group has been plastering North America with billboards and placards announcing that the world will end on May 21. Call us warped, but we're thrilled by the prospect of Armageddon. With millions of the faithful lifted skyward by the Rapture, their hom ... More >>
Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeath and Slayer on one bill Really.
UPDATE, JAN. 26, 2:40 P.M.: It's official--Coachella tickets have sold out. Stay tuned for details on whether more will be released. ORIGINAL ITEM, JAN. 18, 10 P.M.: Forget those fake posters; it's finally here: The official lineup for Coachella 2011. After the jump, the full flier. Be war ... More >>
Orange County dance rock trio Pop Noir closed their November residency at Detroit Bar with a gripping, good times performance that transformed this first-time attendee into a full-fledged fan. Singer/bassist/keyboardist Luke McGarry and twin brother guitarist Joe McGarry played precise, guitar po ... More >>
No band likes to be turned into a "virtual karaoke circus act." But that's exactly what No Doubt's manager Jim Guerinot is saying about the band's disapproval about having their likenesses placed in Band Hero, the latest abomination of button-pushing musicianship created by Activision. Yesterday, ... More >>
Long Beach has a lot of bands, but none of them exemplify pure rock 'n' roll as well as D-Strutters. The group--singer/guitarist Joe Roads, guitarist George Velvet, bassist Tony and drummer Heath--leave all pretense behind for a straight-ahead bombastic blast like the Stones would be writing if t ... More >>
17 Hippies mashes up the torrent of sounds that flooded West Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.If Gogol Bordello is the Rolling Stones of gypsy punk, 17 Hippies must be their more literate Beatles counterpart. Berlin's "orchester spezial" plays a dizzying, high-energy mixture of French so ... More >>
Blues Harp Blowout
Review by Andrew Youssef The Bravery, Wild Sweet Orange and The Dead Trees at Spaceland March 18, 2008 Better Than: Seeing the actual Wyld Stallons from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure since the secret show was billed as such. Download: "Believe" from their Myspace page. Fresh off an appea ... More >>
Transplanted Southerner James Harman has 46 years of blues to lay on ya
FEEDBACK: The analog-digital wars rage on as OC DJs debate their weapons of choice
John Van Hamersveld
Some of the Monkees' prefab music-by-committee attains classic status
John Wayne and the Grey, er, Wild Goose: Greg Aragon reports that John Wayne's 1942 yacht, Wild Goose, remains a work horse tour boat for Hornblower Cruises & Events in the area and that the long dead actor's spiritual presence is aboard. (If dying doesn't change bad habits, I presume he's still inh ... More >>
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Plugging the holes in your record collection: Sibylle Baier's The Colour Green
Uber-blogger/radio host Hugh Hewitt doesn't like a lot of things: liberals, liberal journalists, liberal movies, liberal societal mores--and now, liberal oldies. Hewitt tells readers on Jan. 3 that KRTH-FM 101.1's Top 300 Songs of All Time countdown over the New Year's weekend was the "Worst Top 300 ... More >>
Kill them all
Rod Stewart was brilliant, once
His crime is that hes James Brown
Fast Forward To Death
Can we kick you in the pants, too?
Motorheads Lemmy explains it all
Getting off with the Vibrators
Yes! Pearl Jam!
The Teenage Frames rescue real music
On tour with a wildly famous Orange County band
Old flames, penis sheaths and Apaches lifting my dress