March 30, 1986 |
"If you get yourself stuck in a rut, that's it," says Adrian Remijio, 26, of the Wild Cards. "Everybody thinks you're one thing and if they like it they're not going to accept anything else from you." And for the Cypress-based Wild Cards, the "anything else" is clearly what it's all about. With a genre-bending sound the flows freely through swing, soul, jazz, funk and even a touch of rockabilly, the band is clearly playing by its own set of rules.
September 10, 1988 |
An old notion--that competition is healthy--certainly applies to local rock bands. A "Finals Showcase" earlier this week at Bogart's in Long Beach featured six bands from Orange County and Long Beach contending for a chance to perform at a music festival in Toronto. It produced nothing but good-to-excellent performances, highlighted by an outstanding set from Ann De Jarnett. National Peoples Gang and Chain Gang also were first-rate.
December 9, 1988 |
The Coach House, the leading club in Orange County for touring pop talent, will try to build an audience for home-grown music with twice-monthly bills featuring local rock groups. The first show, Dec. 23, will feature two bands from Orange County, Wood and Smoke and Imagining Yellow Suns, along with a Los Angeles group, One Day. "We'll give 'em decent days and keep the ticket prices down and see if we can make it work," said Ken Phebus, the Coach House's booking agent.
December 8, 1997 |
Thank Frosty or Rudolph or whoever oversees these seasonal things that KROQ-FM didn't follow a few other "modern rock" stations around the country and turn the second night of its "Almost Acoustic Christmas" shows into Happy Ska-nukkah. But it might as well have.
March 21, 1991 |
A cynic might say that anyone who still has a taste for punk rock at this late date must have done too much slam dancing without a helmet. The slammers will be there--in force--when four bands from Orange County's original punk rock wave convene for a show Saturday night at UC Irvine.
May 8, 1995 |
To much of the world, the connection between rock music and skateboarding begins and ends with that wistful example of perfect Southern California maidenhood floating in slow motion against a perfect Southern California sky in Tom Petty's "Free Fallin' " video. The rock-skateboarding connection made over the weekend in the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills involved nothing quite so elegant.
August 12, 1990 |
The mystery of the missing scoreboard at Olympiastadion remains unanswered, so let's stick with the questions raised by Saturday's clueless affair at American Bowl '90. Was there no scoreboard because the Rams and the Chiefs made one unnecessary? Or did the Rams and the Chiefs stop scoring because there was nowhere to put the points?
June 6, 1986 |
Either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge . . . Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community. Well, ya got trouble, my friend . . . ." --Prof.
September 29, 2006 |
It's counter-intuitive to think you can cobble together a narrative out of anarchy, but filmmaker Paul Rachman manages to pull it off with "American Hardcore," a documentary exploring the 1980-86 formative years of the American hard-core punk scene spawned primarily in suburban Southern California. Spinning off Steven Blush's 2001 book of the same name, Rachman and Blush conducted about 100 interviews with veterans of the scene, telling hard-core punk's story through their reminiscences.
November 14, 1998 |
The last time Colombian rock group Aterciopelados played at J.C. Fandango in Anaheim--the steady haven for Pan American bands in Orange County--singer Andrea Echeverri threw herself off the stage into the crowd. Fans held her above their heads like the hallowed diva, the "florecita rockera" (little rock blossom), she is for most Spanish-speaking rockers.