By: Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>
The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder that might actually d ... More >>
The sons of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E re-imagine the sounds of West Coast rap from behind the Orange Curtain
Moving cameras are nothing new to Orange County, where countless motion pictures have been shot, movie stars have frolicked and resided and, in more recent years, reality television stars have made our Plasticland "real."But though we're a short distance/long commute from being Hollywood adjacent, w ... More >>
Adam Shankman, et al. make you happy you missed the Sunset Strip, circa 1987
Wanda Jackson has been performing for nearly 60 years. But the woman who once stole Elvis Presley's heart, and was one of rock n' roll's original bad girls, recognizes a good year when one comes around. "It's been a good ride, I'll tell yah," the 74-year-old Hall of Fame-inducted rockabilly ... More >>
The US Postal Service, desperate to stop 15 years of bleeding caused by email and private competitors, announced that it will soon feature living people on stamps (the post office has long had a policy of placing only the dead on postage). Of interest to this column, the USPS will consider fe ... More >>
Michael Rapaport observes the vibe and checks out the scenario
WikiMedia CommonsThese days, it seems the more annoying you are on reality TV, the more likely you are to score your own show. Syfy gave Marcel from Top Chef an entire hour of television with his Quantum Kitchen, despite being reviled by his peers and most of the viewing public. And now VH1 ... More >>
David Byrne celebrated a legal victory this week against former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who used Byrne's song Road To Nowhere in a campaign last year without permission. Along with pocketing an undisclosed sum of cash, Byrne's victory led to Crist releasing a stammering, videotaped apo ... More >>
A Reagan-era bacchanalia succumbs to soggy nostalgia in 'Take Me Home Tonight'
Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Katy Perry was the unquestionable Boob War victor of 2010, two dark horses decided to strut their stuff this month on magazine covers, proving once again that a Boob War never truly ends. The time between cease fires just changes.Here is Katy's app ... More >>
Guns don't kill people, only you can prevent forest fires and Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County causes crime to spike in Laguna Beach: the real Orange County city. The latter bit is wisdom comes from two Occidental College professors who crunched the crime data and now say rapes ... More >>
Not too heroic nowadays, are we?Oh, Mel Gibson. Every day this week, we've been treated to snippets of your terrible temper and your sick and twisted thoughts via your ex-girlfriend's recordings of your phone conversations. Even a New York Times columnist weighed in, saying your "guttural sounds ... More >>
Orange County Museum of Art
Too much reality for Orange County law enforcement (clockwise from top left): Ryan Alexander Jenkins, Josh Waring, Renzo Gamboa, Dennis Rodman, Jason Wahler and Matt Keough. UPDATED TO REFLECT MURDER CHARGE, CRIMINAL BATTERY COMPLAINT AGAINST JENKINS. If anyone in Orange County with a Hisp ... More >>
Lenny Kravitz puts his arms around his world
Wayne and Zac: brothers from other mothers, fo' sheezy. Have you read Ben Westhoff's “The Efron Scandal” feature yet in this week's OC Weekly? Dozens of thousands of 'net surfers have (enough—30,000 and counting—to crash our site, temporarily). Among those readers are those who work for ver ... More >>
Psychedelic Furs, the Fixx and the Alarm bask in the An-glo of nostalgia
OnDVD: Marie Antoinette
Michael Ian Black
Lennon rock doc is both poignant and topical
American Hardcore: overdue homage or underdone whitewash?
A year ago, he was just Matt Costa. Now hes a singing sensation. Can a mere man survive having his dreams come true?
2MEX 2B 4GOTTEN
Stand By Me 19 summers later
Living Legends vs. a media monster
Does my MTV want me?
The Finn Brothers in a crowded house
Stiller and Wilson resurrect ambiguously gay supercop duo
Hermosa Beach ills, the Liquid Dens 17 Seconds Thrills
Memories of a Stevie Nicks fan
Tell it to Fountains of Wayne, trend boy
Vocalist for the Co-dependents/dirty, stinking, non-tree-hugging loser
If Ray Cordovas hair were like Henry Rollins neckand could talk!