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    September 19, 2014

    U2's iPhone6 Invasion: What We Learned

    It's been nearly 200 years since anti-Irish sentiments (especially "Irish Need Not Apply" signs) became a part of American history. Now, U2, which hails from Dublin, Ireland, has become the poster child for another unwelcome invasion. Starting September 9th, Apple boasted that it would give U2's new ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2014

    Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck

    Flicks to look into on the edge of tomorrow—and the next months

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Imperial Stars To Pay Nearly $40k to Department of Transportation

    Remember the foolishness of OC's The Imperial Stars? Well, they're finally facing the consequences for their "performance" on top of a flat bed truck that caused a horrific traffic jam on the 101 by Sunset Blvd in October 2010. Adding insult to injury, the band wrote "Traffic Jam 101" to promote the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Top 10 Concert Films Every Music Writer Should Own

    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 >>

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    December 6, 2012


    Fox Pomona

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    September 19, 2012

    Advice to Every New Band: Stop Putting Out Albums

    By: Daniel Hopkins Ask a Failed Musician is a new column from our sister music blog at Dallas Observer, in which Daniel Hopkins helps struggling musicians make sense of their careers and offers advice. Whether or not it will work, who knows? It obviously didn't work for him. But then again, he ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Bird By Bird


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    November 4, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'We're Just Really Excited to Be Here' by Countless Thousands

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    U2 is Now Accepting Offers for The Claw

    ​When we first heard the news that the U2 360 stage was going to  be for sale, we joked that it could be used by places all over OC. Now it is officially on sale: you can view 3D renderings, size specifications and buyer contact info on Apparently the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    June 2011: Best Concert Shots

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly Arctic Monkeys performed at the Fox Theater Pomona on June 2, 2011. Click here to see more images! ​We've pulled together the very best concert shots from June 2011 for your viewing pleasure. After the jump: Awesome pictures from Peter Bjorn & John, Weenie Roast ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011
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    June 18, 2011

    U2 at Angel Stadium Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​U2June 17, 2011Angel StadiumIs U2 the biggest band in the world? Yes. Invading baseball stadiums across the country, their beyond massive "spaceship" stage landed centerfield at Angel Stadium. Originally scheduled a year ago, the U2 show was postponed due to Bono undergoin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Four Things to Do Instead of Seeing U2

    ​Surely you've heard of U2, which means I don't need to tell you who they are. If you don't, there's this thing called Google. Give it a shot.Anyway, this band U2 is playing tonight and Saturday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and lots of yuppies who go to one concert every four years are very excited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    20 Years Later: A Video Retrospective of 1991

    ​It may be hard to believe, but it has now been 20 years since 1991. "The Year That Punk Broke" may not have completely lived up to the eponymous documentary title, but it remains a watershed year in musical history, and not solely for the grunge-/alternative-rock breakthrough that defined the tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Six Most Anticipated Albums of 2011

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyRadiohead at the Henry Fonda Theater on Jan. 25, 2010​Last year looked like it might be bleak in terms of truly great albums, but a few artists (Beach House, the National, Yeasayer, Kanye West) managed to produce some future classics in 2010. And now that we've turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Doesn't Make Spidey Sense: What Happened to Legitimate Theater?

    Wikipedia​This week's edition of Orange Curtains has nothing to do with Orange County theater. Which is why it has everything to do with Orange County theater... It will be several years before Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark AKA "steaming pile of actor crippling shit," will debut on an Orange Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Record Stores Hold Nationwide Vinyl Sale on Black Friday; Here's a Handy List of Local Participants

    John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record Store​A few weeks ago, the people behind Record Store Day announced their plan to host "Back to Black Friday," where indie music stores will be carrying exclusive and limited vinyle and CD releases by Metallica, U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    A Gimmick From Record Stores and Slayer on Black Friday? No Way!

    ​Thanksgiving, Schanksgiving. As a music geek who lives to shop, Black Friday gimmicks are near and dear to my heart.This year has a bunch of Black Friday gimmicks that sound pretty interesting.

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    The Temper Trap: More Than 'That One Song'​The Temper TrapOct. 22, 2010Fox Theater PomonaIt's hard to find a review or interview with the Temper Trap that doesn't mention the fact that "Sweet Disposition" was on the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. This is dangerous ground for an up-and-coming band, and leaves l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Interpol's Daniel Kessler Talks About Opening for U2, Missing Carlos D and Why the Fourth Album is Self-Titled

    Lilledeshan BoseDaniel Kessler​Before Interpol goes onstage for their sold-out show at Fox Theater Pomona tonight, Daniel Kessler, the band's intrepid guitarist, answers a few questions. It's interesting that Kessler is more verbose than his stage persona lets on. But whether talking about Interpo ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010


    Honda Center

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    July 29, 2010

    Young the Giant

    Detroit Bar

  • Music

    June 3, 2010

    All Is Quiet on U2's Planned Dates

    [Mental Notes] Also, more concert cancellations, Rage against Arizona, and Minus the Bear show review

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    No U2 Means No Interpol: Interpol Tour Built Around U2 Dates Postponed

    Lilledeshan Bose​[Via Consequence of Sound]Since U2 canceled their North American tour due to Bono's back injury, Interpol also had to postpone a few headlining shows originally scheduled around the band's opening dates for U2.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    U2 Postpone North American Tour Dates

    Andrew YoussefU2 at the Rose Bowl, October 25, 2009​Well, we have good news and bad news for all you U2 fans. The good: Bono has been discharged from the Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday after a back injury. The bad: U2's North A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    "If We Don't Get On, We Don't Get On" -Liam Gallagher Talks About His Brother, Makes Beatles Movie​Liam Gallagher's newly formed film Production Company In 1 Productions has confirmed that they will develop and produce a feature film about the The Beatles' Apple Corps, adapted from the book "The Longest Cocktail Party" by Richard DeLillo. That's after Paul McCartn ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010

    Thrice Cancel Tour

    [Mental Notes] Also: Killingtons still good, Aushua come to senses and change name, Factory Records opens

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Top 5 'Auld Lang Syne' Covers

    Whether or not you ever took the time to memorize the lyrics, it's virtually impossible to escape the age-old New Year's anthem "Auld Lang Syne." First penned by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 (hooray for geeky trivia), this poem-turned tune has been sung by  scores of orchestras, guitar wieldi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Top 10: Orange County Concerts of 2010

    It's time to stop looking back and focus our attention on 2010. Sure, many more concerts will be announced in the coming months. But here are the hot ones, already scheduled, taking place in local clubs, halls, baseball stadiums and hockey arenas. These are the shows you don't dare want to miss. Unl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Christmas Video Classics: 'Christmas in Hollis,' Run-D.M.C.

    Run D.M.C. dropped this chestnut back in 1987 on the must-own A Very Special Christmas, which also features choice tracks by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and others. Two decades later, "Christmas in Hollis" remains the definitive hip-hop track to play during the holidays. Dig the golden-era-of-MTV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Local Video of the Week: Stereofix at Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    Seeing Stereofix, featured in this week's Local's Only section, is like watching an instructional video on how to be a rock star. During their current residency at Detroit Bar, this Fountain Valley four-piece have managed to put some arena-rock flair into this local haunt with a fabulous dose of fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    More U2

    ​In response to its sold-out-in-minutes show June 6 at Angel Stadium, U2 have announced a second date at the same venue June 7. Normally I'm supposed to say something about bands playing, but if you don't know U2, then you're more than likely amazed at what life has become since that icicle you've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Last Night: U2 at the Rose Bowl

    Andrew Youssef​Last Night: U2, at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena; October 25, 2009. (More photos here!) Better Than: Any other stadium tour I have witnessed.Historic. Epic. Magical. These are just a few of the words that come to mind in describing U2's performance at the Rose Bowl. Even as I watch the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    U2 Rose Bowl Show to Be Streamed Live on YouTube

    Chris SansenbachU2 in Anaheim, April 2005.​U2, YouTube. It just makes too much sense.We talked earlier this week about how massively packed the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will be for the U2 show this Sunday, with 100,000 cross-generational music fans coming from across Southern California--really, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    More U2 Info

    ​We all know U2 sucks. The songs are boring, Bono's a pompous ass and the rhythm section might be the worst in the history of rock 'n' roll. They've sold a bazillion records, yet no one I know has ever bought one of them, probably because my friends and I have good taste. But lame-os who own four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Tomorrow: Fauxchella

    It's not often that Pearl Jam, the Rolling Stones, No Doubt, U2, the Cure, the Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen perform a free concert in Long Beach. In fact, it's never happened. Unfortunately, you can add tomorrow as just another one of those days when that dream bill won't come to fruitio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Friday Night: Art Brut at the Echo

    Yeah, I haven't updated to the iPhone 3GS with the better camera yet.Friday Night: Art Brut, the Blood Arm at the Echo, Los Angeles; June 19, 2009.Better than: Listening to the bands Art Brut (playfully) criticized during their set (The Killers, Kings of Leon, U2).Best perk: Freebie show posters giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2009

    THIS WEEKEND: Taste of Ladera at Founders Park

    Now that Mark McGrath is no longer the host of daily celebrity wankfest Extra, he has time for his band Sugar Ray to play events like the 5th annual Taste of Ladera: which he is indeed doing, headlining tonight at 6:30 p.m. (headliners going on at 6:30! Bunch of party animals at Ladera Ranch!).I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    TOMORROW: The Adicts at House of Blues

    As much as some people might hate me for saying this, I've always thought of The Adicts as the U2 of the punk world. One, they have always had an established look about them (though I doubt Bono would ever have the balls to rock the joker make-up like Keith "Monkey" Warren). Two, they're live perfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Wener Watch: Compound Sentences Galore!

    We've all heard that there's an elegance in simplicity. Well, all of us except for the Orange County Register's music critic/blogger Ben Wener, apparently.Here's the opening paragraph to his nearly 900-word (!) review of U2's latest, No Line on the Horizon. Bring a bookmark:"It's been streaming free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2009

    LowBallVideoChatter: U2, "New Year's Day" (from the 1983 US Festival)

    OK, a bit too obvious, sure, but I know I'm not the only one who automatically thinks of this song every January 1. This clip is from the 1983 US Festival (I believe the day that was branded as "New Wave Day") near San Bernardino, on the site that years later would become the Blockbuster/Hyundai/San ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Funniest Video of the Day...

    ...Is undoubtedly SanTana's rosy envisioning of its grand choo-choo conspiracy. The city still hasn't discovered YouTube, so click here for some MediaPlayer-only fun! Think they paid U2 for the rights to the band's "Beautiful Day"? Also recorded for posterity's sake here is the below, older propaga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part X

    Cobra Starship landed at the Pomona Glass House Friday night for the closest-to-OC leg of their "Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking Tour." Christopher Victorio caught the main act and support band Metro Station (but missed out on We The Kings and The Cab, also on tour with Cobra). The venue was ... More >>

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