| Jun 11, 2012
| 11:37 AM
As lifelong fans gathered to see the reunited Beach Boys play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on June 3, there was an undeniable aura of nostalgia in the endless summer air.
After playing a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl on June 2, the...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:55 AM
Early on "That's Why God Made the Radio," the new Beach Boys album released earlier this month, comes "Isn't It Time," a breezy pop song bursting at its seams with the group's instantly recognizable vocal harmonies.
"The world is changed and yet the game...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 1:58 PM
A few years ago, two of my Canadian cousins were visiting California and stopped back at the house enthused.
The cause of their excitement? They had been driving around in their rental car when the Beach Boys' "I Get Around" came on the radio. After...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Beach Boys fans who bought tickets to see the band in Virginia Beach had reason to be excited -- and concerned -- leading up to Tuesday's concert at Farm Bureau Live amphitheater.
For the band's 50th anniversary tour, original and early members Al...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:05 AM
The dB's -- one of the greatest, most-overlooked rock bands of the 1980s -- is back together with its original lineup and a new album of fresh material.
For me, this is more exciting than the Beach Boys mending fences with Brian Wilson.
The new dB's...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 11:40 AM
The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. will hold its second annual Dunk-A-Cop fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the cobblestones at Main Beach.
Proceeds will go toward the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club.
Last year the association raised...
| Jul 14, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Family music covers a lot of territory. It can be simple nursery rhymes or musically sophisticated, inventive original songs. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, a recent entry in the “kindie rock” field, falls squarely in the latter category....
| Jul 17, 2012
| 5:35 PM
Around 400 classic cars will be on display Saturday during the 19th annual Cruise Night downtown.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take over Brand Boulevard from Lexington Drive to Broadway.
“It looks like it will be another...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 8:12 AM
When making a new album, The Raveonettes put themselves in a different state of mind ... and body.
"When you start to record a new album, people always ask you what you think it will sound like," wrote Sune Rose Wagner, who with Sharin Woo, makes up...
| Nov 23, 2012
April's Record Store Day brought forth a celebration of indie record stores across the country. Music labels released hundreds of exclusive titles to wave the flag in support of mom-and-pop vinyl shops.
There will be far fewer exclusive vinyls at Radio-...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 8:50 AM
Record Store Day is a promotional event that happens in the spring, but not to be left out of all the Black Friday-Small Business Saturday hubbub, independent music shops are getting in on the holiday shopping rush.
"Ah, Black Friday," reads a post on...