When you're totally verklempt and might challish from hunger, it's best to grab your favorite shiksa and do lunch at Brix in Belmont Shore. That's where you'll be greeted with a Soho-wine-bar interior so glossy that it almost subverts a menu that is full of so much New York deli jewishness, you'd th ... More >>
To the high-class culture hounds of OC, the Soka Performing Arts center is typically synonymous with suit-wearing symphonies, renowned jazz giants and cultural dance troupes. But duo Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin don't fall under any of those categories. In fact, their folk/Americana sound and s ... More >>
What do Sheila E., Prince and Wendy & Lisa all have in common? Aside from working together as Prince & the Revolution and playing "When Doves Cry" more times than anyone but cover band Purple Reign, all of their fathers are jazz musicians. The only active jazz dad of that group, Pete Escoved ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
Drak and John Lucero's new label counts on old-school record collectors to keep their labor of love going
New owner Jon Reiser is determined to be an OC music game changer
Taylor Hamby/OC WeeklyDustin KensrueAugust 5, 2011US Open of Surfing, Pac Sun StageDustin Kensrue's acoustic strums seem like a good soundtrack to the lively and carefree party that is the US Open of Surfing. The Huntington Beach pier and Pacific Ocean waves framed Kensrue's performance perfectly ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEddie VedderJuly 6, 2011Terrace Theater, Long BeachWhen I first heard Eddie Vedder was releasing an album composed solely of ukulele songs, I wondered if we were about to watch the venerable grungeman do a David Lee Roth-style scissor kick over the proverbial s ... More >>
In his new book, the infamous OC punk rocker describes how he exorcised 'An American Demon': Himself
Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyMost people recognize Megan Mullally as the outrageous, booze-swilling Karen Walker from the hit sitcom Will & Grace. What you may not know is that she is a genre-straddling theater actress and singer as well. On Oct. 7-10 at the Orange County Per ... More >>
Thirty years after they started, the SF punkers prepare for their busiest year in a decade
Can the teenage rap duo live up to it?
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scenes ... More >>
Though Sunday at Devil Dirt, the second collaboration between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, has been out overseas for months, it's just seeing a US release today. We've got a review in this week's Weekly, but here it is a few days early. Magical! Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Sunday at Devil D ... More >>
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The Crazy Horse is demolished, the Golden Bears Rick Babiracki passes on
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The Glory of Soloman Burke
Patty Griffin does it her way
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Let Jim show you how
Discount capital of OC
Newsflash: Clash not only band that matters!
John Lee Hookers spooky tone poetry
Primus heavy, funky kook
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