The Aquabats are 20 this year. If that sounds crazy to you, imagine what that means to its members: That's 20 years of tights-wearing, gravity-defying, villain-fighting, rock & roll shenanigans on stage. Led by the M.C. Bat Commander, backed up by Crash McLarson, Jimmy the Robot, Ricky Fitness and ... More >>
Screaming and throwing stuff in a movie theater--not just for 2-year-olds anymore! At least, that's what Tyler Jacobs wants you to think. While the man is no stranger to show biz (aside from acting on TV as a child, he and his brothers work on the Aquabats! Super Show! and Yo Gabba Gabba!), his lat ... More >>
Monday, June 10Levitation RoomDetroit Bar Just as their name suggests, Levitation Room's music instills the listeners' ears with the light feeling of floating. The dreamy guitar and lo-fi projections of psychedelic rock and garage are reminiscent of deep 1960s-era rock, but still grounded in an alte ... More >>
There's no shortage of good bands playing the Ink-N-Iron festival this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Sadly, we can't pay much attention to bands that are merely "good" when the world's greatest band of all time is playing. That's right, folks -- Rocket From the Crypt is performing Saturda ... More >>
Tyler Jacobs is no stranger to show biz (aside from acting on TV as a child, he and his brothers work on the Aquabats! Super Show! and Yo Gabba Gabba!). But his latest project, CinemAttack, is all about being part of the audience. CinemAttack's goal is to essentially make people fall in love with ... More >>
How goes our favorite skankin', live-action TV superheroes? The last time we saw the Aquabats, they were performing at the Great Park for a 2012 summer season-ender, and there were suspiciously a ton of kids in the audience. (Maybe it has something to do with the first season The Aquabats! Super Sho ... More >>
After 20 years, OC's most underrated ska band release their debut album
Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>
14. Reel Big FishZany, wacky, ska-rooted (though they rock harder now) Reel Big Fish elevate self-deprecation to an art form, thanks to a malcontent lead singer in Aaron Barrett, who beats you to the punch with peppy lyrics like "I'll never be anything, anything at all." He lays down these anti-What ... More >>
It's hard to believe that just four months ago we were writing about MC Bat Commander getting in front of the camera with the rest of his bandmates for the first episode of The Aquabats! Super Show! Today, fans of the The Aquabats will get one last chance this season to what OC's favorite super ... More >>
And no, Coachella has nothing to do with it
Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'
This week's cover story on the Aquabats and their new TV show for the Hub, The Aquabats! Super Show! will debut this weekend on Saturday, 8 a.m.Now, the Aquabats are no stranger to many OC fans, having been crucial part of the third-wave ska revival of th 1990s. But more than that, the band's fro ... More >>
Our upcoming cover story on the Aquabats and their new TV show for the Hub, The Aquabats! Super Show! debuting this weekend led to a ton of research on Christian Jacobs, aka MC Bat Commander, Aquabats frontman and co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba. One of the more interesting things about him (and the ... More >>
LA Philharmonic's dashing music director Gustavo Dudamel is guesting on PBS' Sesame Street on Monday, Feb. 6 for the first time ever. Dudamel and Elmo are going to play together by "conducting a sheep playing a violin, an octopus playing the drums and a chorus of penguins singing opera."
Reigning Sound - Meg StrouseReigning Sound, The Strange Boys, Thee Carmons, & Death Hymn Number 9January 27, 2012Alex's BarCheck out more pictures in our slideshow here!Alex's Bar, LBC's favorite punk watering hole, celebrated its 12th birthday last night with an adverse lineup of punk/surf/r ... More >>
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT.If there was one good cause to reunite for--that is, other than the fans, of course--it's Yo Gabba Gabba!. Rocket From the Crypt singer John Reis posted this awesome photo on his official Facebook account Friday, along with this caption: AP-ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT REUNITE! ... More >>
OCMA's show on the legendary mobile sculptor (and his admirers) puts the kick back into kitsch, whether you like it or not
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 Ave. ... More >>
Myspace.comAtomic Punks Irvine Lake Festival July 10, 2010Friday night is New Year's Eve--we know what you'll be doing, and we know what we hope we'll be doing, at least. So out of the eight million options available, we want you to start out with Rebelution NYE at the House of Blues in Anaheim, ... More >>
After a five-year hiatus, the perennially goofy Orange County ska-punk band the Aquabats will be releasing a new album. Unless you've been living under a rock in the interim, you know lead singer MC Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) has been busy creating, writing and directing the hugely succ ... More >>
The Aquabats just revealed the details of their new album, Hi-Five Soup! Set for release on Jan.18, Guess who has a cameo in it? Hip-hop rapper/comedian/Yo Gabba Gabba actor Biz Markie! He does his bit in "Radio Down," which was also in the EP Radio Down! released in November.
These days, you can't go online without reading about Kanye West letting fans know about his latest drama, or 50 Cent on either how lonely he is or his hilarous racist rants--all on Twitter. And while no local artist is as candid as Kanye or Fitty, here are some of the best OC acts to follow on Twit ... More >>
The press release called the event an "all-out bash of the ska punk titans," and we'd have to agree. In a previous interview with OC Weekly, Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett said they'd performed in Brazil with Goldfinger earlier this year; it was so much fun they decided to set out and do ... More >>
Sesame StreetSesame Street wants your kids to be cool. And not by learning the alphabet, easy addition or "good government bullshit" (sorry, it's the 20th anniversary of the release of GoodFellas).No, they're doing it through pop music.This week, The Street (I hear that's what the cool toddlers a ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMGMT wrapped up a two-night stand at Radio City, with Tuesday's opening night documented in full by NYC Taper (download it here). Too bad they didn't tape last night's show, when, according to PopCandy, MGMT started playing Kids as the last song of their proper set. About ... More >>
Nick Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba! isn't a typical kiddie fare and anyone that's into music should know that by now, and it's not just those oddly appealing monsters and robots like the Gary Baseman-esque Muno. The show--co-created by Huntington Beach resident/Aquabats lead singer Christian Jacobs, by th ... More >>
Kristy SparrowThe Airborne Toxic Event, very clearly creating a fire hazard.As always, big things poppin' in downtown P-town.
I'm not going to lie. There isn't much going on tonight. So, here are some art exhibits that sound interesting. Mark Mothersbaugh: Postcard Diaries and Arthur Taussig: Postcards from the Edges of AmericaIn case you haven't heard of him, Mark Mothersbaugh is a composer for television, film and ... More >>
Irvine Fine Arts Center
And people think Yo Gabba Gabba makes you wanna drop acid? Check out the psychedelic opening of early-'70s cartoon Mission: Magic, which featured a young, animated Rick Springfield, still speaking with an Aussie accent. Rick performed all the extremely bubblegummy songs for the show, too . . .
NAMM 2008 came and went, with fans and music celebs flooding the Anaheim Convention Center. Weekly web photographer Christopher Victorio dropped by the madhouse on Saturday and ran into folks from Slipknot, Megadeth, Queensryche, Motley Crue and even Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood. Photos ... More >>
The year in music
Feature writer Shawn Smith has the latest on the psychedelic kiddie show scene: The gamble paid off. Yo Gabba Gabba creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz (our cover boys a few weeks back) got the news they’ve been waiting for. Yo Gabba Gabba, the frenetically fun kids show with the dancing ... More >>
The Aquabats at the Glass House, Jersey Boys at OCPAC, Imagine Peace Vigil in Irvine
It has come to our attention that the more than slightly trippy kiddie show Yo Gabba Gabba! has Orange roots. Filmed in Long Beach and produced in our fair county by the folks who brought us The Aquabats, the show is filled with funky techno beats, '70s-inspired costumes, zany characters and meaning ... More >>