Monday, January 31New Year's Eve With Kendrick LamarThe ObservatoryLike Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet, Kendrick Lamar's self-explanatorily titled Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is about children lost to overmedication. A casualty of first-world comfort, Lamar raps of being strung out on pharmaceu ... More >>
Introspective, horn-filled electro-funk tribe Rubblebucket are going through changes. Mostly of the growing pain variety. One year ago, if you'd told the eight-piece Brooklyn band that they'd be on millions of televisions across the country bouncing around in a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel show, ... More >>
As many have you have likely heard in the past few days, South-by-Southwest, better known in the written form as SxSw, has descended onto Austin for its 25th rendition. What exactly is SxSw? For those of you not aware, SxSw used to be a cool event that took place in Austin every March when p ... More >>
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill A ... More >>
Time trip back to January, when Corona del Mar actor Ben York Jones was blogging for the Weekly from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (when he wasn't taking bows for the U.S. Dramatic Competition winner he co-wrote with Santa Ana-bred Drake Doremus, Like Crazy).A film that Jones caught by the fest ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Kanye kills it, Duran Duran's '80s dance party and more
Laila Derakhshanian/OC WeeklySing along, everybody...By the time Kanye West performed on Sunday night, everyone was stationed at the main stage. And by everyone, we mean that it looked like all 70,000 concertgoers had decided that Mr. West would be the cherry to their ice-cream Sunday of a weeken ... More >>
chilango.com Although the Latin Alternative offerings of this year's Coachella Music & Arts Festival are few and far between, the acts that did make it onto the roster of performing artists are diverse and definitely worthy of attention. Of course, the biggest draw is the highly touted Caifa ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, an MJ video in Tustin, Fauxchella and Young the Giant
Brandon FergusonThe New LimbAugust 4, 2010Detroit BarThe Show: Listening to The New Limb's brooding piano-infused pop rock, it's hard to shake the feeling I've heard these guys somewhere before. Then it dawns on me: Maritime, the Milwaukee-based group featuring former Promise Ring singer Davey&n ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyKings Of Leon's Caleb FollowillKings of LeonJuly 14, 2010Verizon Wireless AmphitheaterSee the slideshow here! Hot off their sold out Hollywood Bowl debut, the Kings of Leon continued on their ascension to donning the rock and roll crown with an electrifying performance at ... More >>
Andrew Youssef / OC WeeklyYo La Tengo: Charisma you can't see.What, exactly, were Yo La Tengo doing on the main stage?
Robert Pattinson vehicle begins like a vigilante movie but is DMV dull
Jack White says new Dead Weather album should be out in April. Jay Reatard died from "cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death," reports the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. Click for our Reatard obit post and interview from last year.
Last Night: Julian Casablancas at the Downtown Palace Theater (11/27/09) Better Than: Eating leftovers at home.Andrew YoussefLive at the Downtown Palace Theater The streets of Los Angeles were largely empty except for a hugh lines going in front of the Downtown Palace Theater as Julian Cas ... More >>
Chris VictorioSteve Aoki's birthday bash... Steve Aoki, not pictured Ah, yes: Collective Monday morning sadface, Orange County. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves this four day weekend and we kept ourselves really, really, really busy. And we've got the photos to prove it. First, we checked out Stev ... More >>
Beth Stirnaman(Don't be confused. This picture is from this year's Coachella.)Last Night: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yacht at the Fox Theater, Pomona; September 15, 2009.Better Than: Your third-straight in-tribute viewing of Road House.Karen O Fashion Report: Pretty conservative: a white dress with primary ... More >>
Detroit Bar is bringing some more neat stuff to town, including Little Dragon, pictured. The Swedish group is currently on tour with TV on the Radio, and once that wraps up, they'll be hitting Detroit on May 22.One week earlier (and only a little more than two months since his last Detroit appearanc ... More >>
Last Night: Raphael Saadiq at the House of BluesBetter Than: Trying to fill up a car from the 60s with today's gas prices.Download: Don't download shit, buy the damn album (The Way I See it)Toss Raphael Saadiq's latest album, The Way I See It into any CD player and most people are quick to call it a ... More >>
BY COLE HADDONOn January 26, the world celebrates Australia Day. This week, in honor of the only country we can think of with its own international holiday, we celebrate ten essentials of Aussie rock.The Living End, "Prisoner of Society": The Living End (pictured) is Australia's greatest punk-rock b ... More >>
Two bands with among the worst names in recent history are coming to the Glass House in 2009, with tickets on sale soon.
Venus Infers . . . (the white album)
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Shred Cred: You wanted the best—you got the best: Guitar Hero III
Tokyo Police Club
Queens of the Stone Age spearhead a network of hard-rock badassery
How songwriter-turned-attorney Michael Gardner fights the law. The entertainment law, that is
Black Hole Records
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Nightlife and more
Sept. 22 - Sept. 29
And: Where Is Taylor Meads Ass?
A problem with no solution
Seven for Blondie heaven
The Fever: From arty to tarty
Pampering lifes complexities during Memphis Definitely Maybe
The Willowzs positively possibly true tales
Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Chile Pepper 2003!
The Kills find that sick inch