There's no denying that Richard Blade is the voice of '80s music, and the torch bearer for a generation of loud synths and even louder clothes. So those who grew up watching him interviewing acts like Morrissey on KTLA's "Video One" and "MV3" or listening to him spin hours of Reagan-era classics as ... More >>
The American blues sound overtook England in the 1960s like no other. Limey guitar slingers like John Mayall, Peter Green and Jimmy Page worked up their tolerance to whiskey, mastered the blues scale and made more money than every American blues musician that came before them. In the early 1970s, tw ... More >>
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived! At around 8:30 tonight, the Coachella lineup was announced and as usual, it contains some interesting names. Headliners have a heavy dose of rock including The Stone Roses (!!!) and Blur Friday, Phoenix on Saturday, with the Sunday night he ... More >>
By: Liz Tracy The S.S. Coachella set out to sea rather unceremoniously. There weren't horns, not a streamer in sight, and no one smashed bottles against the body of the ship. But we'd all been aboard the Celebrity Silhouette for about four hours at that point, and Father John Misty was launching ... More >>
Even with the surprising, okay, VERY surprising news that Taylor Swift's latest album sold a whopping 1.2 million copies in its first week, almost everyone can agree that the music biz is in a heap of trouble. Labels and artists alike are scrambling to make a buck any way they can. Sometimes this co ... More >>
Sea Terrace Park
He may not be the most famous bluesman, but he's consistently good
It's fair to say George Thorogood has been around the music biz a little while. When he was in his 20s, the blues/rock guitarist best known for being "B-b-b-buh-bad to the bone" briefly moved to England just so he could play guitar 12 hours a day without any distractions. In 1973, the Delaware-br ... More >>
Here's what we know about Coachella 2012: It will be held over two weekends, with the same lineup at the same place. Coachella Weekend 1 will be held on April 13-15, 2012 and Coachella Weekend 2 will be held on April 20-22, 2012. The lineup will probably be revealed mid-January, as was the case l ... More >>
Seminal rock & rollers play their first West Coast shows since 1984
tacoasylum.comCosta Mesa's taco asylum welcomes independent filmmakers looking for a space to screen their projects. With productions costs being what they are, you're going to turn down a free screening room with a big HD screen? And one that serves great beers and food to watch by? There is a c ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And the securing-the-border myth! In the same week!
If you've been tuned in to the current media cycle, Jimmy Buffett took a nasty spill this week while performing in Sydney, Australia. Watching the video is baffling. It appears Buffett carelessly strolled off the front of the stage and into the photo pit. Of course, it may not be so baffling cons ... More >>
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It's all about the music, manuntil you get angry letters
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyNo, we didn't bring a real camera.Being a snazzily dressed member of a well-liked, dance-rockin' local band: Seems cool, right? But you've got to put up with some bullshit if you want to make it big. Like taking gigs at college campuses an hour south of where anyone k ... More >>
Billie Joe Armstrong inducts the Stooges--and a shirtless Iggy Pop--into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The White Stripes will return. We hope!American Idol idiots butcher Rolling Stones songs--sounds so bad almost wished I saw it.Did the Gorillaz really rip off Eddy "Electric Avenue" Grant??
La Habra freak show Nadya "Octomom" Suleman closed out 2009 as the nation's least desirable neighbor. Now, that's impressive. I spent the past decade blasting music and screaming to friends--we thought we were talking--at all hours of the night and what did I get? Nothing. No award. No mention ... More >>
Thom Yorke pulls a totally cool move and shows up at Copenhagen climate change conference "as a press person."Kid Kudi tells Lady Gaga goodbye--or was he asked to leave after punching a fan?The review collectors at Metacritic dub Spoon top overall artist of the decade.Save the jokes about wrinkles ... More >>
Say it ain't so! "Weezer's Rivers Cuomo hospitalized following bus accident."Kennedy Center honors Bruce Springsteen, jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubek, opera singer Grace Bumbry--plus Robert De Niro (seen chatting with the Boss) and Mel Brooks, who probably gave the best acceptance speech. Morriss ... More >>
Orange County Great Park
It's not often that Pearl Jam, the Rolling Stones, No Doubt, U2, the Cure, the Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen perform a free concert in Long Beach. In fact, it's never happened. Unfortunately, you can add tomorrow as just another one of those days when that dream bill won't come to fruitio ... More >>
Live music when dining can leave you cold or, worse, embarrassed (think maudlin violin players and shuffling trios of Christmas carolers).But if you enjoy the smooth sounds of 60s and 70s guitar classics, combined with a smoky voice, head down to Renaissance Bistro in Brea this Friday or Saturday ni ... More >>
OPEN JAM NIGHT, 9 p.m. More fun than closed jelly. Perq's 117 Main St. Huntington Beach CA 714-960-9996 THE WAILERS; EEK-A-MOUSE; PATO BANTON, 7 p.m. For heightened acoustics, smoke pot before entry. Pacific Amphitheatre Orange County Fairgrounds, Fair Dr. Costa Mesa CA 714-740-2000 JOBING.COM CA ... More >>
Graphic Artist John Van Hamersveld will be making an appearance and signing copies of his art at the Lab tomorrow night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Van Hamersveld's name might not ring a bell, but his artwork definitely will: concert posters and album art for Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and ... More >>
Back before they had to add “the” to their name, before they hit it big with “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (and drew the litigious attention of the Rolling Stones' former manager [Allen Klein, biggest asshole in the history of the entertainment industry] for a crucial sample in it), before lead si ... More >>
The Wildbirds With their lean, snake-hipped, bejeaned bodies, lank hair and chiseled features, the Wildbirds have the classic 1975 rock look down pat. And their music follows suit: unapologetic rock and roll that screams Ford administration Rolling Stones/Aerosmith/Tom Petty. “421” is a hit sin ... More >>
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