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    July 10, 2014
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    July 9, 2014

    Superhero Ska Band the Aquabats Celebrate Turning 20

    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 >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Tyler Jacobs' CinemAttack Gives Scott Pilgrim the Rocky Horror Treatment

    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 >>

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    June 13, 2013


    The Observatory

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    June 10, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    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 >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Rocket From the Crypt Bassist Petey X Never Says Never When It Comes to His Band Reuniting

    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 >>

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    May 28, 2013

    CinemAttack Turns Cult Film Screenings Into Crazy Theatrical Events

    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 >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The Aquabats! Super Show! Nominated for a Daytime Emmy; Christian Jacobs Talks About Being Family Friendly

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    GOGO13 Are Right Where They Want to Be . . . Finally

    After 20 years, OC's most underrated ska band release their debut album

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    November 21, 2012
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    October 11, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: The Complete List

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: 14-6

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2012

    MC Bat Commander Reminisces About the First Season of The Aquabats Super Show!

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2012

    Hot Snakes Have Reunited

    And no, Coachella has nothing to do with it

  • Music

    March 1, 2012

    MC Bat Commander's Head Explodes!

    Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Aquabats: Watch the Original Five Minute Pilot from 1999!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Aquabats' Christian Jacobs: Five Roles He Played as a Child Actor

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Gustavo Dudamel Appearing on Sesame Street

    ​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."

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    January 30, 2012

    Alex's Bar 12 Year Anniversary Celebration with Reigning Sound and the Strange Boys

    Reigning Sound - Meg Strouse​Reigning 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 >>

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    November 3, 2011


    Glass House

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    October 17, 2011

    Rocket From the Crypt Reunites--For One Episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!

    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 >>

  • Culture

    June 2, 2011

    Get Wired With Alexander Calder!

    OCMA's show on the legendary mobile sculptor (and his admirers) puts the kick back into kitsch, whether you like it or not

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    January 31, 2011

    Local Record Review: The Aquabats

    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 >>

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    December 31, 2010

    TGIF: The New Year's Lowdown

    Myspace.comAtomic Punks Irvine Lake Festival July 10, 2010​Friday 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 >>

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    December 27, 2010

    An Interview with Aquabats Singer The MC Bat Commander

    ​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 >>

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    December 2, 2010

    The Aquabats! Reveal New Album Title and Cover Art

    ​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. 

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    November 29, 2010

    Top Five OC Artists to Follow on Twitter

    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 >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Reel Big Fish to Tour with Goldfinger and Aquabats!

    ​ 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 >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Sesame Street vs. Yo Gabba Gabba! The Musical Battle for Your Kids' Coolness

    Sesame Street​Sesame 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 >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba Party it Up with MGMT

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​MGMT 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 >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Rugs! Rugs! Rugs!

    Hibbleton Gallery

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    September 24, 2009

    Yo Gabba Gabba! Soundtrack Coming in October

    ​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 >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Incoming: The Casualties, The Aquabats, The Get Up Kids at the Glass House; Airborne Toxic Event at the Fox

    Kristy SparrowThe Airborne Toxic Event, very clearly creating a fire hazard.As always, big things poppin' in downtown P-town.

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    June 15, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 6/15

     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 >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    December 2, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: Rick Springfield, "Mission: Magic"

    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 . . .

  • Culture

    October 9, 2008
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    January 21, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part VI

    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 >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    December 27, 2007
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    December 18, 2007

    Yo Gabba Gabba contract -officially- renewed

    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 >>

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    November 29, 2007

    Friday - 11/30

    The Aquabats at the Glass House, Jersey Boys at OCPAC, Imagine Peace Vigil in Irvine

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    September 6, 2007

    Yo Gabba Gabba: Yo Smoka Smoka!

    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 >>