In the day of the Internet-made superstar, Andy Grammar is a rarity. The 29-year-old has made a name for himself the old fashioned way: through hard work. For every YouTube sensation, a guy like Grammar is being lost in the shuffle. The son of singer-songwriter Red Grammar, Andy started playing guit ... More >>
"Are you the foie gras motherfucker?"
Amar Santana received this greeting last week when he answered his cell phone. The caller hung up immediately after.
The owner and chef of Broadway By Amar Santana in Laguna Beach had been getting a string of calls from blocked numbers, yet no one left a voi ... More >>
After a three year layoff, Southern California punk rock pioneers Bad Religion are back with their 16th studio album, True North, which comes out today on Epitaph Records. The album has received universal praise for its focused songwriting and is considered the band's strongest material in years. In ... More >>
Happy New Year, Orange County bibliophiles! I caught up over the holidays, an impossibly futile and pleasurable losing effort, as catching up means only falling, happily, further behind, the near-infinite "to read" list added to at top, bottom and middle. But read some newish books which I'd meant t ... More >>
Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best
music writing in the country.
That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor
goes to the authors of one blog post a ... More >>
Sometimes a man o'God wants to take a Sunday off. Especially during football season. Thankfully, the Lord, who understands our frames, that we are but dust, is a gracious God who, looking down the corridor of time, has given us a Saturday option for our church-going duties--the Orange Seventh-Day Ad ... More >>
The OCeeker is not a well-endowed man. At least when it comes to sporting the sacred underwear into which members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints slip during the "Mormon Endowment", a purification and pledge ritual where Mormons dedicate themselves to the service of Heavenly Fath ... More >>
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting his wife and keeping the carcasses of dead dogs in his Tennessee home.
The arrest has astonished the public, but to insiders, Vincent (birth name Vincent Cusano) and his former colleagues in KISS are not only on ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 8:45 P.M.: Watch the Cars new video "Blue Tip" after the jump. Let us know what you think of their "new" sound.ORIGINAL ITEM, FEB. 17, 11:46 P.M.: After bassist Benjamin Orr passed away in 2000, no one thought we would hear from the Cars again. Obviously after something so t ... More >>
Now you can get some premium beer with that foot cream and bar of soap. Walgreens has rolled out a private-label brew called Big Flats 1901, available at more than 4,600 locations. The suds are being sold cheap, about $3 for a six-pack and $11.50 for a case of 24. (For those already too hammered ... More >>
I don't know where to begin. From a chatty 3 a.m. sardine car ride with indie-film gurus Greg Araki and Richard Linklater to nearly missing the premiere of Like Crazy (the film I co-wrote) to selling our film for distribution to Paramount the night of its world premiere, it has possibly been the ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comTwo, uh, small orders of wingsChicken wings are the consummate beer snack. In pubs the world over, you'll find fried chicken wings, but today, we're talking specifically about Buffalo wings. The problem with most Buffalo wings? They're puny, overcooked, and dipped in a red, fl ... More >>
mastersofreality.comUPDATE: If you missed Masters of Reality's show last night, you can also catch them at Brick by Brick in San Diego tonight, or House of Blues on Sunset Strip in LA tomorrow. For a band that's 29 years old, Masters of Reality's contemporaries in sound--Queens of the Stone Age, ... More >>
Army Lieutenant, Westpoint grad, Arabic translator, Tustin native and gay activist Dan Choi received notice
that he's been honorably discharged from the Army National Guard under
"Don't Ask Don't Tell."The Iraq war veteran, who came out more than a year ago on MSNBC's The Rachel
Maddow Show, call ... More >>
Lt. Dan Choi wants to drag President Obama into court.But the Tustin High grad, out Army officer and gay activist is not challenging the Kenyan's place of birth with his subpoena. (Sorry, Orly.) Facing the music in the case we wrote about here, when Choi was arrested for chaining himself to a Whi ... More >>
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyThe Antlers' Peter Silberman, fittingly blurry.The Hype: The trembling noise and the trembling vocals on last year's Hospice earned the Antlers major buzz as mortality-and-morality-obsessed decedents of, say, Arcade Fire and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And ... More >>
UPDATE: Details released for protest in Irvine in support of Lt. Dan Choi and other activists (see below) . . .
Clockwork is no expert on military jurisprudence, so does anyone know if getting arrested for chaining oneself to a White House gate--while in uniform, mind you--makes one just as likely t ... More >>
Republicans--possibly re-invigorated by grass-roots, ultra-conservative gadflies--are poised to sweep
off-year elections today in the Virginia and New Jersey governor races and a special congressional election in upstate New York. So, with little else to smile about, we present for those chagrined b ... More >>