By: Allan Katz You've probably heard this one before: Punk band accrues a cult following. As their chops outgrow the inherent simplicity of their chosen genre discord is sown amongst their fans. Some decry expansive efforts as selling out while others applaud the growth. When you first hear One Hig ... More >>
South Coast Repertory
Friday, May 24 LA Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel Segerstrom Concert Hall Classical music isn't exactly "hot" right now as most of the original artists are long-dead. But with the talent of the Los Angeles Phil Harmonic Orchestra and the leadership of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the works of the ... More >>
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 >>
The Oklahoma singer/songwriter likes his rockabilly with a dash of Wu-Tang
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 >>
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.
[Locals Only] Hear the folk noirist pluck out tunes in the LBC
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 >>
The Helsinki-based supergroup span pretty much every alloy of metal you could dig up
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 >>
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 interpretation ... More >>
Sometimes critics forget movies are meant to be fun
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 >>
Dont be afraidthese guys are funny!
The Littlest Man Band gets sloshed
Wheres the pee?
The Ramones didnt wanna grow up
Singer and guitar player in Quiverfish, Producer of Curve and Songwriter's Supper Club, DJ Trytophan.
Binging and Purging with Nellie Bly
It crawled from Buddys mail bin
What the hell are you listening to?
A week in the life of the blues
Yes, another #%&@$* year-end list!
The great gigs of 99
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
Luther Allison smoked, died and bursts forth again on a live release
Southside Johnnys back to spill beer on your carpet, cuss in front of your parentsand play terrific blues
My mama said it's good to be natural