We're not sure if JD McPherson is as strait-laced as he says he is. Sure, he may have cropped, slicked-back hair, a crisp denim jacket and choirboy looks, but it's hard to imagine the gravelly soul erupting in his voice is the product of anything but hard drinking and wild living. After all, why els ... More >>
For most people, the idea of chasing dreams in the music industry while working in another job is pretty standard. But if you're doing anything more complicated than serving coffee or lugging boxes, it can get pretty tough. Try being a college English professor. For Brandon Floerke, who teach ... More >>
Yes, it's really been a year since Parker Macy opened Creme Tangerine, the record store in a trailer at the Lab on March 1. It's been a challenging one for the blues guitarist-turned-entrepreneur, to say the least. There was a break-in a couple of months ago, and Macy also lost his partner Jon St ... More >>
Mandie and Ruby, Foxxhound, Danny Maika, Parker Macy, Tully James Wilkinson Continental Room, FullertonFeb. 7, 2012The biggest criticism this curmudgeon will heap upon night six of the OC Music Awards has to do with the venue. Of all the beer bars and juke joint hosting this season's showca ... More >>
Here are the top five selling records this week from Creme Tangerine at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 932-0552.Topping the list are locals Dolphin City, whose LP came out earlier this year.
Lilledeshan BoseRolling Stone says that Bon Iver's follow up to the awesome 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago will be out in June. In the interview published today, frontman Justin Vernon says that for this set, holing up in the woods of Wisconsin to write songs of heartbreak wasn't really feasibl ... More >>
Each year, the old bastards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame invite some other old bastards to join the club. Usually, they're either obvious (this year, Tom Waits, who really should have been in about 15 years ago) or questionable (Alice Cooper is cool, but he has maybe ten truly great songs in ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyClick here to see the photos!The OC Music Awards really give new meaning to the phrase "awards season." A months-long competition like this really starts to test the resolve of even the most intrepid music blogger. Last night saw the Gypsy Den's small stage hosting p ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe phrases "family act" and "hip-hop" seem incompatible--the combination conjures images of squeaky-clean congregants waving their hands gleefully while rapping about such subjects as being down with G-O-D. But just because Orange County rap trio Blok likes to keep it i ... More >>
www.myspace.com/dannyjohnstonAustin singer, songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston's six-album box set is due on June 22 (via Munster Records). Johnston became the musical and artistic elite's best kept secret in the early '80s; he self-distributed a series of home-recorded songs embellished with ... More >>
It was another busy music weekend for us OC Weekly-ers, but who would want it any other way? We've got slideshows of Millencolin at the House of Blues, Anaheim on Sunday (pictured), photographed by Andrew Youssef, the Galaxy's Saturday reopening shot by Beth Stirnaman and Fever Dragon takin' pics Sa ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantasti ... More >>
Scarlett has Tom on her side.
Scorching-hot actor Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Ghost World, Match Point) will be releasing her debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head (I have some suggestions), May 20 on Atco/Rhino. The disc includes one original Johansson composition and 10 interpretatio ... More >>
The Parson Red Heads photo by Zach Schrock
The three bands on this bill proved that rock can be uplifting without being corny—which was an inspirational lesson on a Sunday night in a mostly empty house. Detroit Bar's desolation was a shame and maybe to be expected, as the lineup seemed to be cobb ... More >>
What: The Death Dance Tour
When: Saturday June 16
Where: The Glass House, Pomona
Maybe this should be called the Scions of Anticon Tour (although Alias still records for the Oakland underground-hip-hop label). He and anticon alumni Buck 65 and Sage Francis are now seasoned vets of the stage and the ... More >>
Longtime Guitarist of 4-Gazm, Co-owner/Body Piercer of Electric Chair in Huntington Beach. Developed Step Up Recovery Inc., which owns and operates sober living houses for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts