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    April 30, 2014

    10 Reasons Urban Outfitters is Bad For Music

    By: Jonathan Patrick Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we lurch in, grab what we ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Two OC Idiots Used Blackface to Dress Up Like Trayvon Martin and Tupac For Halloween

    It's not every day you stumble across racially offensive blog fodder in your inbox...unless you work at the Weekly. Then, of course, it's most days. As if that little UCI scandal last spring didn't remind us that racist tropes of the Jim Crow era are still in vogue around here, we bring you...OC Bla ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    "Bats Day in the Fun Park" Disneyland Revelers Targeted by Goofy Killuminati Soldiers

    According to the privacy notice on the Killuminati Soldiers' Facebook page, I am not allowed to use their profile information in any way. But it mentions nothing about not being permitted to let you know that Tupac Shakur coined the word Killuminati, that the Soldiers oppose the supposedly active in ... More >>

  • Music

    June 27, 2013

    Sublime Turn 25!

    Fans reflect on what the band means to them

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    June 24, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Greatest Hockey Moments

    Despite a long-lasting lockout that vivisected this season, hockey is hotter than ever as this year's Stanley Cup Finals have become the highest rated games in history. In anticipation of tonight's game six between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, we've assembled the five most memorable ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

    By: David Thorpe Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodie ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Snoop Dogg - Heat Ultra Lounge - May 29, 2013

    Snoop Dogg Heat Ultra Lounge 5/29/13 SEE PHOTOS FROM SNOOP DOGG'S PERFORMANCE HEREWas I supposed to know Snoop Dogg's show last night at Heat Ultra Lounge was a DJ set and not a traditional performance or did I miss the memo? I mean, I sure as hell thought Tha Doggfather would be getting on the ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Long Beach Rapper Joey Fatts Releases 'Choppa' with ASAP Rocky and Danny Brown

    If we are to take what rappers rap about even somewhat seriously, then rising Long Beach artist Joey Fatts is, like he says, "Michael Vick with clips." That's easily one of the most violent football references we've heard an emcee spit all year, and judging by the block-battering sound of Fatts' new ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Unlikely Songbird Joey Diaz Gets Up Every Morning and Tweets Random-Ass Music From His iPod

    Joey "CoCo" Diaz isn't really the guy you'd expect to go around singing songs in public. But we'll be damned if he doesn't post them on Twitter. Every day, the hefty, foul-mouthed comic wakes up his followers with a blast of noise, whether it's Tool or 2Pac. It's the kind of ritual that proves there ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Top Five Most Shocking Grammy Moments of All Time

    This weekend is the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Viewed by many as music's biggest night, the telecast has been home to lifelong icons finally getting their due, musical phenomenons explode and some of the most shocking moments in broadcast television history. As great as the former are, it's the unpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Here Is the Mixtape I Made For the Guys Who Keep Breaking Into My Car

    By: Shea SerranoThree, maybe four times in the last month, my car has been broken into. I suppose at least a portion of that is my fault, both macro and micro. Macro: I mean, if I'd have maybe paid more attention in school, I'd probably make more money than I do today, which means I wouldn't have ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    James Rivas and His Sad Puppy Eyes Held in Brutal Attack on Rossmoor Jogger

    As longtime Navel Gazers know, this blog routinely devotes a Friday post to the Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week. Well, today, we bring you instead the Saddest Puppy Dog Eyes Police Mugshot of the Week.The "honor" goes to 18-year-old James Rivas, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder T ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Datsik Firepower Tour - Yost Theater - Monday October 22, 2012 [with VIDEO]

    Datsik Firepower Tour October 22, 2012 Yost Theater Last night Canadian dubstep prodigy Datsik brought his Firepower Records Tour to the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana. Datsik, better known as Troy Beetles, has already signed famed dubstep producers like Delta Heavy, Terravita, Bare Noize, XKor ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Top 10 Black Artists Who Should Go Country

    [Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: mainstream country.]  By: Mike SeelySee Also:*Kanye West and 50 Cent's 9/11/07 Album Showdown Revisited*Five Artists (Besides Lil Wayne) Who Think New York ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    After New Report Details Police Killings of Blacks, Rapper Provocatively Asks 'Do We Need to Start a Riot?'

    Twenty years after social unrest gripped the city of Los Angeles, a new report on 2012 security force killings of Blacks in the United States has one rapper, Jasiri X, asking if no justice is done, "Do We Need to Start a Riot?" in a song and video released this week. The lyrics are provocative to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Yeezy Engineer Confirms the Making of 'Watch the Throne 2'

    It looks like rap's favorite tag-team Kanye West and Jay-z are about to HAM on us again. Thanks to some flippant confirmation (which we're more than happy to lick up) from Yeezy's long-time producer Mike Dean, the Internet buzz surrounding a sequel of the duo's Watch the Throne album is making us al ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    DJ Scotty Boy - Yost Theater - 5/5/12

    See also: DJ Scotty Boy Takes Us on a Tour of His Favorite OC Spots On Cinco de Mayo, party people pound Mexican beer and tequila shots, and sport around town in sombreros. For those that survived the BBQs and pub crawls, a night out at the club was the best way to keep the party going. We headed t ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Kai: Street Artist Painted Kanye West and Eminem How They Act -- Like Medieval Kings

    Much like rock stars and supermodels, hip hop and street art have a long history that spans decades. And never before has the relationship between street art and hip hop had more of a literal representation than with the soon-to-be-unveiled "Now Royalty" collection by Los Angeles-based street artist ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    The Best Of Coachella: Sunday, April 22, 2012

    See also: Our Complete Coachella CoverageBy the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

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    April 22, 2012

    Best of Coachella: Saturday, April 21, 2012

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage See also: *Our complete Coachella coverage*James' Tim Booth on Coachella vs. LollapaloozaSaturday at Coachella meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, some nasty partying and a little r ... More >>

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    April 22, 2012

    Coachella: Sahara Tent Sets Moved Up 20 Minutes; Nero Complains

    There were a couple of interesting changes to Coachella's set times for Weekend 2. (Compare Weekend 1's schedule here.) First, set times for outdoor stage headliners Miike Snow (Saturday) and Florence and the Machine (Sunday) had no end point marked. More noticeably, however, was the change in the S ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Avicii: "In Buddhism it means the lowest level of hell"

    See also:*Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac's Hologram*Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs*Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster*Radiohead at Coachella: No Alarms and No SurprisesAt 22, Swedish producer and DJ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, has done more in the electronic dance music ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Coachella Parties: People Raging Alone?

    See also:*Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac's Hologram*Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs*Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster*Radiohead at Coachella: No Alarms and No SurprisesYou'd think all the free swag at the invite-only Coachella parties would inspire people to rage harder, but no. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Black Star: We Break Down Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Brilliance

    ​Hip-hop's history might be strewn with many more notable groups than duos, but time and time again, a couple of guys are able to come together and blow everyone to smithereens. So many great twofers have existed in rap: Eric B. & Rakim, Outkast, Blackalicious, Atmosphere, and Gang Starr. ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    DJ Quik On Eazy-E: "I'm Living the Way I Am Because I Knew Eric Wright"

    Kevin Scanlon​DJ Quik (aka David Blake) started making great music in the early '90s, and has been pumping out hits ever since. But Quik's been controversial over the years and has gone through his share of highs and lows. Now, though, he seems more confident in his skill than ever, which only ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Escape From Wonderland at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino

    ​Escape From WonderlandOctober 29, 2011NOS Events Center If you came to the NOS Events Center looking for just another rave, you were in for a surprise. Insomniac's Inaugural self proclaimed "twisted sister," Escape From Wonderland, had carnival rides, haunted mazes and five massive stages featuri ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    James Rosemond, Rap Manager Linked to Tupac Attack, Arrested on Drug Smuggling Charges

    ​According to our sister publication LA Weekly, hip-hop manager James Rosemond, a.k.a. Jimmy Henchman, was arrested in New York this morning. He is alleged to have had a role in the 1994 attack on Tupac Shakur. Federal agents claim Rosemond is the leader an LA-to-NYC coke ring. He was collared a ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Five Lame Causes Embraced By Musicians

    ​ Last week, Queen guitarist Brian May interrupted a performance of his musical We Will Rock You to denounce the Welsh government's plan to reduce its badger population. Audience members were not only puzzled by May's lousy timing, but his passionate support of the badger, a sort of white trash w ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Too $hort at the Grove

    ​Just in case you didn't know that Too $hort had a dollar sign in his name waaaaaay before Ke$ha was even a zygote in her Auto Tuning producer's eye, we're giving away a LOT of tickets to Too $hort's concert at the Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, December 11. The rapper formerly known as Todd Anth ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Steve Aoki, ?uestlove, Kid Sister Collaborate with Artists on Hennessy Bottle Designs

    ​Hennessy V.S calls it "Blending of Art," which basically has 10 artists and hip-hop artists collaborating on bottle designs. Personally, it's about time Hennessy acknowledged all the free advertising their product has been getting from hip-hop artists since 2Pac. 

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    July 21, 2010

    The Good, The Bad, The Stereotypical, and the Strange About Eating a Burrito in Toronto

    ​A gig as the master of ceremonies for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual convention took me to Canada last week--specifically, Toronto. Dave raved about the West Indian food there, and I've long known Toronto offers one of the world's great multicultural mixes--but I was resigned ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part One

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob​When I say that The Lime Truck is the youngest of OC's new age food trucks, I mean it. It's as green to the scene as their bright lime paint job. As you read this post, the truck would've been on the road roughly a month. The two guys beh ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    To Say The Least--Odd Michael Jackson Tribute

    ​The last time Dan Lacey made the headlines, it was because he made an oil painting of Obama riding a victory unicorn. (And prior to that, he also drew Orly Taitz with a pancake. More than once.) Since then, he's moved on to the King of Pop. Since Michael Jackson's death, Lacey has made about 70 t ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    BREAKING: Michael Jackson Not Really Dead!

    Yep, it was only a matter of time: Now you can add Michael Jackson to the ranks among Elvis (still eating), Tupac (still rapping), JFK (?) and Hitler (vacationing in South America). I mean, really, check out this video from of Jackson supposedly walking out of a Los Angeles coroner's ... More >>

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    December 27, 2008

    Last Night: Snoop Dogg, Warren G, The Twins at the Glass House

    BY RYAN RITCHIELast Night: Snoop Dogg at the Glass House in Pomona, Dec. 26, 2008.Wanna know if you're old? Go see Snoop Dogg and ask yourself which category of fans you fall in to. You're either in a) the group of shaggy-haired teenagers who wouldn't mind if he played "Sensual Seduction" twice, or ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    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 >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were de ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Johnnie Cochran is Back to Right Another Alleged Injustice...Check That, It's His Law Firm

    Years after the glove didn't fit and we had to acquit, countless Larry King Live appearances and actor Phil Morris' career zenith with the Seinfeld Jackie Chiles parody, Johnnie Cochran Jr. is coming back to Orange County to right an alleged racial injustice. OK, so Mr. Cochran departed for tha ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    October 4, 2007

    Numbers by Paint

    Banyan Splatter the Aural Canvas with a Profusion of Surprising Hues

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    September 27, 2007

    A Week in the Nightlife

    Nerdy garage rock, wiseguy jazz, Binges that purge, Goodfoot turns 9 and Holy Fuck!

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    May 3, 2007

    Blasto de Mayo

    Seven ultra-violent Mexican songs to put you in a bueno spirit

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    June 29, 2006

    Get Out!

    June 29 - July 6: Handjobdrugscum

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    November 27, 2003

    Chaos Brings Order

    Music saved the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

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    October 23, 2003

    Doggy Fizzle


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    November 21, 2002

    Infomercial Junkies

    A hundred knives for, like, a hundred bucks and other gift ideas

  • Film

    October 10, 2002

    Heavenly Pairings

    Tykwer does Kieslowski

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    April 26, 2001
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