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RIP Koko Taylor

8 years ago by Ryan Ritchie
The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, passed away Wednesday in Chicago due to complications following a May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80 years young.The woman born Cora Walton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, was nominated for eight Grammys and...

Queer As Punk: Remembering Robert Omlit, OC's Original, Forgotten Music Madman

6 days ago by Frank John Tristan
There's OC underground punk, and then there's My Name Is Harold: I Am an Outlaw!, a 1981 tape recorded by the Omlits. It starts with heavy guitars and a man introducing himself as "Punk Harold." He begins yelling as the bass and hard-hitting drums fall in line to capture the...

Never Let Go of That Promise [Special Screenings, Feb. 16-23]

7 months ago by Matt Coker
The Warplands. Exhibition of recent work by Cauleen Smith includes a short film drawn from her current research on the influence of Alice Coltrane, the American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, swamini and second wife of John Coltrane. Activist responses were created in Chicago, where Smith has lived since...

OC Speakly Podcast, Episode 9: What Has 2016 Done For Us? A Lot!

9 months ago by Gustavo Arellano
Welcome to OC Speakly episode nine. On this week's episode, it's all about the 2016 Year in Review. We revisit some of the biggest news of the year. OC Weekly's most prolific online writer Matt Coker talks with Gustavo about some of the stories you might have missed if you...

Our Guide to This Year's OC Film Fiesta

11 months ago by Aimee Murillo
Texan singers, art docs, resistance fighters, James Dean, silent films and Juan Gabriel: These are just some of the thrilling characters and topics gracing the screen at this year's OC Film Fiesta, which kicks off Thursday, Oct. 13. This always-evolving festival runs longer than most, spanning four weekends this month...

RIP, Jesse Rich

7 years ago by Lilledeshan Bose
Jesse Rich, singer/guitarist of Orange County’s Broken Bottles, died of a drug overdose on the evening of Dec. 8. He was 32. Rich, also known as “Jess the Mess,” started the band 10 years ago. “The loss of someone who is like a brother to me is far more devastating...

Millennials Will Be Capable of Having Our Own Desert Trip One Day. But Should We?

11 months ago by Nate Jackson
Though they’ve spent the past 50 years pretending to be mortal enemies, religion and rock-n-roll actually   have a lot of similarities. The singer on the stage, the priest on the alter, the revelers in their seats on Saturday night, the penitents in their pews on Sunday morning, the promise of eternal...

100 Favorite OC Dishes, #14: Lunch Special at Two Brothers Pizza

12 months ago by Taylor Hamby
We're living in the age of wood-fired, custom-made, artisanal pizza. While bougie pizza parlors are popping up around the county at the rate of new poke restaurants, there will always be room in our stomachs for your small and simple neighborhood pizza joint. Parlors like Two Brothers in Fountain Valley...

Music Tastes Good By the Minute

12 months ago by Nate Jackson
Music Tastes Good (Day 2) Downtown Long Beach 9/24/2016 11:48 a.m. While the venue is still finishing final setup, suddenly I catch a trumpet hook from the Long Beach Blvd Stage (the main stage of the festival) for sound-check—The Specials “Ghost Town,” which is followed by a trombone doing the...

Ohana Fest Day 2 By The Minute

1 year ago by Taylor Morgan
Ohana Fest (Day 2) Doheny State Beach 8/28/2016 2:30 p.m. Dana Point Harbor drive is moving at a snails pace. A little boy carries a fishing pole while a surfer to his left rides a wave sitting down on his board. I snag a spot next to an old truck...


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