[Editor's Note: These are some last words to Ben Wener, the pop critic and music editor for the OC Register, who announced he is leaving his post this week. In honor of his lengthy compound sentence structure (lovingly dubbed "sentegraphs" by former music editor Albert Ching, we've done him one bett ... More >>
By: Darryl Smyers Hard to believe that England's Pet Shop Boys have been doing the synthpop/alternative dance thing for over three decades. During that time, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe has managed to evolve with the musical tides while maintaining a sizable audience. Although known for ... More >>
"World Music" has always been a strange catch-all term for American music buyers. The category lazily pits K-Pop singer Psy against French chanteuse Carla Bruni as though there were only a dozen musical genres outside of the United States. Every now and then one of those musical genres becomes tre ... More >>
"While my sense of humor may be South Park-ian, I am a dead serious hospitality guy. I wish all humans had to pass a course on the subject. The process of realizing and relishing the infinite range of customer needs, and developing the desire, empathy and ability to satisfy customer expectations is ... More >>
Though they're normally used to being sought after on the local level at venues like the Coach House or House of Blues Anaheim, OC native Dave Brock and his Doors tribute band Wild Child are taking the art form of playing another band's songs to a whole new level. The band have recently been selecte ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Spare Notes is a new Weekly music feature highlighting outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]Guitarist and Kettle Drivers main man Greg Johnson has every reason to feel buoyant. His band's latest release, Digital Demo ... More >>
KabongCaptured American Flag Displayed Upside DownWild WarthogCall it Orange County's history of not-quite-mainstream when it comes to politics, call it a release perfectly timed for the moment given Occupy Wall Street is happening, call it a mixture of anti-authoritarian impulses over the pas ... More >>
[Locals Only] How to properly light a piano on fire
Tomorrow and on Saturday, U2's sold-out 360 tour is stopping at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, anticipated over 50,000 people each night. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the shows will start promptly at 7 p.m. Food, beverage, and bathrooms will be available starting at 8 a.m. (no early arrivals). ... More >>
Nathan Nicholson and his group have weathered everything from ruptured appendixes to teenybopper fans
Jacob KhanBroken Social Scene's set clocked in at a robust, marathon-length two-and-a-half hours. By night's end, the nugget of wisdom once uttered by TV bufoon George Costanza rang through my mind like a gong: Leave on a high note.
Big Bad Wolf Big Bad Wolf www.soundcloud.com/bigbadwolfmusic The quintet of fellows who make up Big Bad Wolf--who'll be celebrating the release of this free EP at a Gypsy Lounge show this Thursday in Lake Forest--clearly have ambition when it comes to their work, no bad thing at all. Their self ... More >>
www.myspace.com/techn9neTonight, Tech N9ne will be making an appearance at the Grove of Anaheim, part of his Independent Grind tour featuring E-40, Jay Rock and plenty more.
House of Blues
[Mental Notes] Megan Mullally performs with TSOL keyboardist, plus five Asian-American acts to watch
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyParamore's Hayley Williams in Anaheim.This edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyBono's back is fine!U2 announced today that all their 360° tour dates in the US, which were postponed because of Bono's emergency back surgery, have all been rescheduled for 2011. All tickets for the postponed shows will be valid at the rescheduled performances. The Anahe ... More >>
Kimberly ValenzuelaThis week we go On The Line with Chef Laura De Martin of TusCA--a new Italian restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove.If you missed Part One, you can find it here. Check back tomorrow for a recipe from the chef herself!
Andrew YoussefU2 at the Rose Bowl, October 25, 2009.Speaking of cancellations, U2 just canceled their June 3 concert in Salt Lake due to Bono's emergency back surgery. Can the Anaheim dates for Sunday and Monday, June 6 and 7 be far behind?
See that old chestnut of an Aushua publicity photo up there? Take a good long look, because this might be the last time we use it.The Santa Ana band, whose knack for U2-when-U2-was-good-esque hooks won them widespread acclaim and "Best Song" at the 2009 OC Music Awards for their undeniably catchy ... More >>
Oh, so that's why the Coachella poster reads "Thom Yorke????"Coachella-headliner Jay-Z to collaborate with U2 on Swiss Beatz-produced Haiti charity track. Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, which airs Fri., 8 p.m. ET/PT, features a slew of stars playing New York, London ... More >>
Approximately 800 zillion records were released in the past 12 months, and that's just the ones issued on old-fashion CD. Like never before, definitive tallies of the year's greatest are absurd. But us music geeks still like to see what others were obsessed with--even if it's just to get a head shak ... More >>
Keith MayNewport Beach Zombie Pub CrawlOkay, so a whooooole lot of things happened this weekend. Like a lot. First up was the Zombie Pub Crawl in Newport Beach, where tons of fabulous zombies dragged themselves to Newps for the first ever undead pub crawl. Sponsored by LocalHipster.com, the all-d ... More >>
Paul Hiffmeyer/DisneylandFreeze frame!In continued protest of the Iran Election, Twitter user @GreenThumbNails has organized a flash mob event for a two-minute freeze at Disneyland Plaza on Thurs., July 30 at 6:30 p.m. If you're not familiar with the flash mob phenomenon, it was recently popular ... More >>
At this point, who hasn't covered the Phil Spector co-written classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"? Mariah Carey sang it on her 1994 Merry Christmas album, U2 on the 1987 Christmas compilation A Very Special Christmas. Original singer Darlene Love performs the tune every year on "The Late Sho ... More >>
Kanye West, Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)
The Wildbirds' rugged-outdoorsmen rock is built to blast
[photo by Marc Goldstein] Making a classic SoCal newcomer mistake, I only gave myself 45 minutes to drive from Costa Mesa to Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre, where influential public radio station KCRW was holding its sixth annual Sounds Eclectic concert; this year proceeds go to help convert ... More >>
Soweto Gospel Choir
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies
Nightlife and more: Nov. 2 - Nov. 9
DVD spotlights that music-channel rarity: the music video
Black Mountain, obscured by clouds
Kennas color-blind new wave
Congressman Rohrabacher? Meet Jan from the Vandals!
But sos Governor Gray Davis
Notes from a week at Chain Reaction