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January 9, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
During his three decades at the helm of Social Distortion, singer, guitarist and songwriter Mike Ness has repeatedly turned to the rich vein of his own hardscrabble life as a hell-raising teen and then a heroin-addicted rock musician. But in putting together the band's new "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" album, the Orange County punk band's first studio collection in six years, Ness seems to have reached the "enough about me" stage in his ongoing efforts to keep his long-running band supplied with fresh subject matter.
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April 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Postal Service will play its reunion set Saturday at 8:50 p.m. on the Coachella stage, Earl Sweatshirt will hit the Gobi tent Friday just after midnight, Wu Tang Clan is set to take over the Outdoor Theatre at 9:15 p.m. Sunday and Dead Can Dance will deliver the closing set for the first weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio at 11 p.m. Sunday on the Mojave Stage. Those are among the highlights of the set times for this year's festival that just went up on Coachella's official website . FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2013 Nearly 200 acts will play across six stages over each of the two three-day weekends of this year's event commencing Friday.
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December 13, 2012
The O.C. rockabilly/punk band Social Distortion aims to bring happy holidays to rockers by playing 24 shows at House of Blues locations in L.A. and Orange County through late January. Singer Mike Ness will growl his way through heart-pounding set after set, accompanied each time by a different opening lineup. House of Blues (various locations). Times and prices vary. http://www.houseofblues.com.
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December 13, 2012
The O.C. rockabilly/punk band Social Distortion aims to bring happy holidays to rockers by playing 24 shows at House of Blues locations in L.A. and Orange County through late January. Singer Mike Ness will growl his way through heart-pounding set after set, accompanied each time by a different opening lineup. House of Blues (various locations). Times and prices vary. http://www.houseofblues.com.
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January 18, 2001 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness wasted neither time nor sentiment Tuesday at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, glaring out over the capacity crowd and launching a blazing, 90-minute show by shouting "Let's get this done!" If Ness sounded like a man embarking on a necessary but not entirely enjoyable task, it's not because the veteran Orange County punk band's return after a long hiatus forces his burgeoning solo career to the back burner.
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November 21, 2007 | Chuck Mindenhall, Special to The Times
Every time Mike Ness opens his mouth it becomes a fireplace for the disenchanted, and that's one of the things that makes a Social Distortion concert -- especially in Southern California -- so happily predictable.
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July 11, 1986 | WILLIAM WILSON, Times Art Critic
One section in the exhibition "Social Distortion" is clearly not for children. The rest is clearly not for grown-ups. This appropriately limits the show's audience to stereotypic adolescents traditionally obsessed with justice, sex, violence, rebellion, conformity and virtuosity. The show, at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (to July 26), includes the slick spawn of six image-makers better known as illustrators than fine artists.
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January 12, 2002 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Social Distortion leader Mike Ness half apologized to the SRO audience at House of Blues in Anaheim this week for letting another year pass without a new album from the band. "I know we promised to have one out In 2001, but well...," Ness said from the stage, smiling as he let the thought trail off. "We're going to get something out in the spring." The veteran O.C.
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October 15, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
Social Distortion fights its rock 'n' roll battles in much the same way Gen. Grant fought the Civil War. No feinting tactics, no dashing finesse. Just a full, frontal attack and a rough, unrelenting grind that succeeds through sheer superiority of force. The Orange County band was back on the home front Saturday, playing to a full house of about 2,000 fans at UC Irvine's Crawford Hall.
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April 9, 1998 | SANDY MASUO
Social Distortion is as relevant today as it was when it formed in Fullerton back in 1979--not so much because punk has become a respectable form of music, but because the quartet has always been committed to making great rock 'n' roll. Its music remains fresh and engaging thanks to consistently pithy songwriting, powerful playing and lots of genuine feeling, all of which was in evidence at the Roxy on Tuesday when Social Distortion played the first of three sold-out shows.
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December 12, 2012 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Bowl Fleetwood Mac, May 25 (Mon.) Honda Center Fleetwood Mac, May 28 (Mon.) The Wiltern Imagine Dragons, March 20 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Gilberto Gless y La Cupitos, Feb. 2 (Fri.); Hot 92.3 MLK Jr. Holiday Festival with Cameo, Jan. 19 (Sat.) Troubadour I4AI, Jan. 5; PLaNETS, Jan. 10; the Suits, Jan. 11; Like Giants, Jan. 12; Tycho, Jan. 13-14; Wax, Jan. 15 (now)
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December 10, 2011
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December 8, 2011
For many, there's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a face-meltingly good rock show. For that, KROQ-FM's Almost Acoustic Christmas has got you covered, with a mainstream-leaning Saturday lineup headlined by Blink 182, and featuring Bush, Incubus, Social Distortion and more. Sunday boasts performances by the Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie and Jane's Addiction, among others. Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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December 7, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Walt Disney Concert Hall Willie Nelson, March 13 (Sun.) Los Angeles Theatre Wilco, Jan. 27 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Trans-Siberian Orchestra, April 1 (Fri.); Hot 92 Love Affair with the Intruders, Bloodstone and more, Feb. 10-11 (Sat.) The Wiltern Elvis Costello & the Imposters, April 17; Young the Giant, Feb. 11 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Punch Brothers, March 10; Galactic, March 29; Todd Snider, March 30 (now)
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January 16, 2011
At long last, you can talk about "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. " SoCal punkers Social Distortion ? with a music life that totals more than 30 years ? return with their seventh studio album, their first release in more than six years. Have a listen and let out your inner angst. (Tuesday) Long for a blond Ryan Reynolds? Talk about the DVD release of "Paper Man. " If you're not into watching Reynolds buried alive in "Buried" (also out on DVD), then watch his indie flick "Paper Man. " It's about a washed-up writer who develops an unlikely bond with a teenager from Long Island ?
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January 9, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
During his three decades at the helm of Social Distortion, singer, guitarist and songwriter Mike Ness has repeatedly turned to the rich vein of his own hardscrabble life as a hell-raising teen and then a heroin-addicted rock musician. But in putting together the band's new "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" album, the Orange County punk band's first studio collection in six years, Ness seems to have reached the "enough about me" stage in his ongoing efforts to keep his long-running band supplied with fresh subject matter.
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March 1, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dennis Danell, the guitarist who joined veteran Orange County punk band Social Distortion in 1979 not because of his musical ability but because front man Mike Ness wanted a friend at his side, died Tuesday, apparently of a brain aneurysm, band manager Jim Guerinot said. He was 38. "He was as healthy as a horse--he surfed or ran every day and was very much a family guy," Guerinot said.
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November 16, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
A decade ago, being loaded in the worst way nearly turned Social Distortion into an obscure footnote in punk rock's history. Now, loaded in the best way--with more top-grade material than the band could fit into an 80-minute set Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium--leader Mike Ness and his mates are mounting a strong bid to secure a penthouse suite on punk Olympus.
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November 28, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Elton John stopped in Los Angeles this month on his latest concert tour, he came in with one of the biggest storehouses of hits in pop music history. But instead of diving headlong into his catalog, he and his old friend Leon Russell devoted the centerpiece of their time together at the Hollywood Palladium to a complete performance of their new duet album, "The Union. " The performance ran counter to several bits of conventional wisdom about pop music today: Veteran artists must rely in concert on their hits to satisfy fans, the album format is dead or dying in the era of the downloadable individual track, and the ability and willingness of the pop audience to focus attention on extended musical works is shrinking by the minute, thanks to the explosion of music instantaneously available at the click of a mouse or iPhone app. The John-Russell show was by no means an isolated incident.
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April 15, 2009
In a time when it seems that only legacy rock acts can fill arena seats, hard-rocking Aerosmith, with Steven Tyler's considerable mandibles, is as reliable a bet as any. Catch it and many other acts at these upcoming shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. New Kids on the Block, July 10; Aerosmith, Aug. 23 (Sat.) Cafe Tacuba, June 24; Intocable, July 18 (Fri.
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