[Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Fonda Theater 6/3/13 See photos from Tom Petty's performance here. Tom Petty's love affair with Los Angeles began nearly 40 years ago after he left his native North Florida for the allure of the big city. It proved to be an excellent decision. With that in mind, the ... More >>
Comedian Margaret Cho would like you to know something about the musical taste of the average lesbian. It's not just k.d. lang and Tori Amos shuffling around in their iPods. Their musical tastes can vary as much as anyone's. And sometimes they're looking for tunes with some serious balls. As a celeb ... More >>
For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert ... More >>
Dave Grohl and other rockers toast LA's Sound City
By John Seaborn Gray Used to be you'd have to hit bar after bar until you found just the right jukebox, which promptly became your own personal lair of alcohol consumption. Folks demanded more freedom of choice, however, so many bars have switched over to Internet jukeboxes, where you can download y ... More >>
The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet
This week, Pat Carney of The Black Keys 'apologized' to Nickelback regarding his 'controversial' yet true comments about the Canadian quintet. In my eyes, the drummer of the Akron-bred band had no reason to apologize, true or not true. Over the past decade or so, rock (not hip-hop, which deserves ... More >>
Emily CokerO.A.R. House of Blues Anaheim January 26, 2012 Only knowing one song from the band, I wasn't really sure what to expect when O.A.R. took the stage. They started off the show like a jam session full of saxophone solos and front man Marc Roberge singing "whoa, yeah" over and over. Robe ... More >>
This morning Warner Bros. Records announced that they'll be releasing exclusive Record Store Day releases on Black Friday. See below for details on limited edition vinyl packages from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron and Wine, Tom Petty, The Black Keys, and Eric Clapton that'll be available this F ... More >>
Sex, drugs and violence are fodder for all kinds of music, but there's a special class of artist that can wax poetic about the idea of corpse-fucking. From the Misfits to Tyler, the Creator, here are popular imagination's best musical translations of the ultra-taboo act.
I like internet snark as much as the next person, but sometimes there's just too much hate in the world. Take the case of Pablo Dylan, Bob's 15-year-old grandson who just wants to rap. If you listen to "I'm On One" after the jump, you'll see that it's not any different from any boy band staple, a ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTom Petty's management sent a Teapublican Michele Bachmann's campaign a cease-and-desist letter, demanding she never use his song "American Girl" at campaign events again. That was fast--she just launched her campaign yesterday!At any rate, this is just the latest i ... More >>
Christopher VictorioPetty, pleaseAnother week, another list of links to music coverage around the OC music blogosphere.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jackie Connor/OC WeeklyMore formally known as Marc Beauregard, Marc B. delivers a smooth surfy acoustic sound, sans Dick Dale's bright guitar riffs. Although his EP, The Yellow Jelly, was released in 2006, he's brought Maxx Farris on percussion and Yoni Berk on bass and ukulele to bring a variety ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklySee the slideshow here!The Hype: On the Saturday after the Weekly's 2010 Summer Guide hit the streets, it was obvious that sand, surf and sports were the three main criteria for our Liquid Aloha Festival near the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Bea ... More >>
www.myspace.com/kingsofleonLive Nation's eliminating service fees this June for all the tickets sold at all their amphitheaters throughout the country. I don't know if that's such a good idea; some of those service fees jack up the cost of a ticket by almost double sometimes. By eliminating them ... More >>
Andrew YoussefAvi Buffalo performing at an in-store at Fingerprints on 4/27. Between signing to Sub Pop, and, more recently, being picked by Wilco to play their first festival ever, Long Beach's Avi Buffalo has had a really, really, really great year. And it just got better.One of our favorite ba ... More >>
The Hype: It's not everyday that a bar calls special attention to their sound guy. Last weekend, the Prospector lined up a trio of native Long Beach acts in celebration of Zack (no one seemed to know his last name), the man running the dials for your favorite dive bar bands on a nightly basis. ... More >>
The Hype: So, it's official. The band Dios, which at one time became Dios Malos, is once again just Dios. The nearly 10-year-old band from Hawthorne with the eclectic pop-sound is readying itself for the release of their third studio album, Cosmic Rays (due out Feb. 16). Expectations were high. T ... More >>
Tonight, Alex's Bar--Long Beach's favorite hard-to-find-haunt--is packing in a lengthy lineup of innovative indie rock featuring LA band Dios (pictured) as well as local favorites Bella Novela, Forcefield ON, Triceratops (featuring members of RX Bandits) and Eugene and the 1914. Just in case you wer ... More >>
The sun finally reappeared today and I decided to play tourist. I've been promising my family pictures of where I live for the past two weeks. I'm from Florida. My parents have never been to California. Only one of my three younger siblings has visited the state. So, I got on my bicycle and clic ... More >>
Last Night: The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Vedera at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine; July 29, 2009.Alternative rockers The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Vedera paid a visit to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Wednesday; entertaining a sold-out crowd of teenyboppers, college kids, and post- ... More >>
This beach is not actually in Orange County, but it's fun to pretend.The New York Times has long held the motto "all the news that's fit to print." And you know, sometimes, even here at OC Weekly, all the news just doesn't fit.So, please to enjoy some more summer songs picked by some more local musi ... More >>
School's out. The sun poked through the "June gloom" yesterday. And most importantly, our 2009 Summer Guide was released this morning. It's official, summer has arrived... and while our guide has an abundance of information for making this summer the best one yet, we couldn't include everything. So ... More >>
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Reviewing the musical-biopic bonanza of 2007
Rock Star Karaoke at Slidebar, Christmas Tree Lighting at South Coast Plaza
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 >>
The Wildbirds' rugged-outdoorsmen rock is built to blast
Borders Books Music & Cafe
Verizon Wirelss Amphitheater, Irvine
Sunday, Aug. 14
Tom Petty and Jackson Browne: Burned out or rusted?
Hornbys latest novel finds him straining for significance
Tons of tunes for your holiday mixtape
And My Quick Exit
I see you, baby, shaking that . . .
I confess . . .
From Finland to Fullerton with Sideswipe
White-trash fever heats up as the millennium approaches