Melanie's voice is soft and raspy at the same time. If you didn't know who you were talking to, you'd have no idea that she played alongside legends at Woodstock and toured around the world. She's immediately kind and humble in her expressions. "I sense that something has got to give, I sense that p ... More >>
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 >>
By: Jessica Hopper[Editor's Note: Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers!
Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured
internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist,
and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for ... 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 >>
Imagine my surprise earlier this year when I received an email from John T. Edge, one of the best food writers in America and head of the Southern Foodways Alliance, this awesome-ass effort by the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture to preserve, document, and celebra ... More >>
For those of you who aren't able to make the three-and-a-half hour flight to Lollapalooza in Chicago next week, there's some good news: the show will be streamed live online. Just like Coachella, Lollapalooza is making the event available to those who can't attend, which is cool that you can see thi ... More >>
Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar has been an illustrious name since the mid-'60s, largely through his association with George Harrison and the Beatles, whose music was profoundly influenced by Shankar's mastery of the Indian classical raga form; his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival and at ... More >>
Invading the Long Beach Convention
Center (and our Twitter streams) today is the Technology,
Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference, the invite-only gathering
of "world-shaping minds," aka Woodstock for nerds.Astronaut
Catherine "Cady" Coleman will launch the week-long event over
a live video ... More >>
The Village Voice's cover story on the strange, strange phenom that is the Juggalos makes us jealous in the same way that you can't wait to get to the head of a traffic jam and see what all the rubbernecking is all about. In the seven-page tome, Camille Dodero's in-depth repor ... More >>
Flickr user robotography.There are publications other than Heard Mentality writing about music in Orange County. Please don't read them. Just kidding! Please do. But please also check in every Friday for our round-up of the most interesting links from the local blogosphere in the p ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Chance TheaterHair: Give peace a Chance!Blame the 40th anniversary of Woodstock this summer for the fact that the OC Weekly didn't put the Chance Theater's production of Hair on its must-review list. Just one more aromatic homage in a summer filled with Baby Boomer nostalgia ... More >>
I've been to one Coachella and that was in 2003. Although the motive behind the hellacious trek from Long Beach to Indio was to see the first Stooges gig in nearly three decades, I ended up witnessing something way cooler than a shirtless Iggy.
You heard me. I saw a train of circus elepha ... More >>
Interesting article this week in the Register about what the paper calls Orange County's Woodstock, an August 1968 two-day rock concert at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
Canned Heat, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and Tiny Tim headlined the show, which drew thousands of hippies and hundreds of cops. ... More >>
Billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III is the co-founder of Irvine computer chip powerhouse Broadcom, but judging from his indictment on drug distribution and securities fraud charges that was unsealed Thursday, he'd rather be a hard-partying rock star.
According to the indictment, Nicholas was at Woo ... More >>
Ladies and gents, believers and gentiles: Once again, it's time for the Jewlicious Fest in Long Beach, so mark Feb. 29 through March 2 on your calendars. If you haven't heard of Jewlicious, it's basically the Woodstock of Judaism, with three days of music, food and Kiddush Wine. A festival for the a ... More >>
Is that a freckle? Reporter David Haldane finds that UC Irvine used a $300,000 federal grant to build a screen 100 times more detailed than the current best high-definition television. Its 23-by-9-foot display has 200 million pixels and is called the HIPerWall, according to the Times story. Student ... More >>