Grouplove Talk About Image, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Grouplove's creative journey to success is how we imagine Andy Warhol's Silver era in present times: 'The Factory' was an artists' colony in Greece, where band members met by happenstance during a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Fast forward past a seemingly effortless transition from obscurity to radio hits; then payoff: a secure future in the music industry, thanks to commercial exposure and incredible live performances. The combination of Grouplove's infectious pop rock songs and high-energy stage presence can turn any venue into a party atmosphere.

The band recently released the official video for their new song, "No Drama Queen" (below). The song will be included on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Paper Towns, starring model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne.


Here's what Grouplove's Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper have said about image. Quotation above via avclub.com.

Zucconi will be performing with his first band, ALOKE, at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on July 17 with GRMLN.

See also: Hannah Hooper of Grouplove Partners With Volcom for a Fashion Line


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Rudy DeAnda--See Friday
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar

Friday, July 3

John Butler Trio
The Observatory
John Butler, the driving force behind Australia's John Butler Trio, is a musician of eclectic tastes. He prefers to play his collection of twelve string guitars without the high-G, pulls electric sounds out of acoustic instruments, and embraces stylistic infidelity. His musical ADD has kept his sound evolving over the last seventeen years, which courses through reggae, blue grass, folk, funk, and rock. The group is in the final leg of touring for 2014's Flesh and Blood, which is the group's last stint before a new record. Flanked by bassist Byron Luiters and percussionist Grant Gerathy, Butler and his trio will hit the Observatory on Friday, July 3. (Heidi Darby)

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Five Essential BET UnCut Clips

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Nelly Tells Us What It Must Be
This Saturday, while The Fourth of July marks our nation's proud birthday, it sadly also commemorates nine years since the treasured block of programming BET UnCut went off the air. From 2001-2006, the 3:00 AM ET broadcasting timeslot on BET was dedicated to the clips they couldn't play at any other time of the day. While the allure for many was the loosening up about what could be shown in a video and the promise of provocative sex and violence, the hour would also lend itself to allowing independent regional stars (including Murs, Labtekwon, Madlib and Dilla) without the major label budgets to get their clips screened to a nationwide audience.

It is with the sweetest of memories that we reminisce over these five BET UnCut classics. If you've ever wanted to know what the best of 3:00 AM television was all about, look no further.

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John Butler Trio Give Us the Last of Their Flesh and Blood

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Kane Hibberd
John Butler, the driving force behind Australia's John Butler Trio, is a musician of eclectic tastes.

He prefers to play his collection of twelve string guitars without the high-G, pulls electric sounds out of acoustic instruments, and embraces stylistic infidelity. His musical ADD has kept his sound evolving over the last seventeen years, which courses through reggae, blue grass, folk, funk, and rock. The group is in the final leg of touring for 2014's Flesh and Blood, which is the group's last stint before a new record. Flanked by bassist Byron Luiters and percussionist Grant Gerathy, Butler and his trio will hit the Observatory on Friday, July 3.

"This is the last tour of Flesh and Blood. We usually get four or five tours out of every album, and this is kind of the last hurrah," Butler says. "There are so many cities we want to get to and people we want to see. I'm sure you could tour your whole life and still not see everybody."

While his collective tours in the U.S. haven't reached every major city, they've made a considerable dent. He's racked up a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, opening gigs at Madison Square Garden, and billings from nearly every major American music festival. He's done all of this despite not having a traditional "radio hit" here in the states, but he's scored a slew of hits and industry awards from down under. He's achieved all of this while maintaining a family and a passion for environmental activism.

Butler's activist nature led him to join a handful of artists on the anti-hydrofracking album, Buy This Fracking Album, released last week. The compilation featured JBT's song "Revolution" off their fifth studio effort, April Uprising, and touts tracks from several other activist/musicians including Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, and Anti Flag, among others.


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Boom Bap Project's Reprogram Turns 10

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Rhymesayers Entertainment
Boom Bap, Original Rap
While underground hip-hop fans around the country have spent much of 2015 celebrating the 20th anniversary of innovative indieground rap label Rhymesayers Entertainment, this year marks a few ten year anniversaries as well. This week marks one decade since the release of Boom Bap Project's Reprogram album. Consisting of members Destro, Karim and DJ Scene, Reprogram marked an interesting entry in the label's catalog. Released during Rhymesayers' initial wave of the Northwestern hip-hop additions to the predominantly Minneapolis roster, Boom Bap Project's upholding of traditional hip-hop particulars allow Reprogram to echo both the elements of where RSE and hip-hop was in 2005.

We spoke to Karim about the making of the album, the Seattle-Rhymesayers connection, and how he feels about the project ten years later.


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The Five Best No Limit Albums In Honor of Independence Day

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No Limit
True!
This Saturday is the day we here in America observe our nation's independence. The wonderful freedoms we have include our opportunity to sell our albums out of the trunk of our automobiles and ride that wave of success into creating a multimillion dollar multimedia empire. At least, that's what Master P did. A true independent, his releases with No Limit Records were a prime slice of the American dream. He released so many of his and his family's records on his own that made such an impact, all the labels wanted a piece. While P took full advantage of this popularity and flooded the market with what seemed like monthly releases, it made the tidal wave of No Limit music a touch challenging to navigate, especially in retrospect. That's why we suggest spending your Fourth of July with these No Limit classics. Ya heard me?

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Spare Parts For Broken Hearts Find Their Identity Through the Darkness

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Courtesy of the band
Inspired by grunge, rock gods, and powerful post-punk, Long Beach band Spare Parts for Broken Hearts have thrived on a dark, melodic sound since forming in a Downtown LA rehearsal space in 2010. Fusing heavy rock with a side of power-pop, the trio's fan base continues growing steadily as they play everywhere from dive bars to the House of Blues. The name also seems to have a significance to front woman Sarah Green, who says the formation of her band has been the key to helping her piece together who she is both on and off stage.

"People always ask me why I write dark music," the vocalist/guitarist says. "Music is the way I feel relief from darkness, it makes me feel understood when I hear it, like somebody can hear me. I've spent so much time alone listening to music and I want to be that artist for someone else."

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Why Bootsy and DJ Quik Playing Together Makes A Lot of Funkin' Sense

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The Observatory
Bootsy, Baby!
Are you ready for some surefire funk before the 4th? This Thursday, DJ Quik and Bootsy Collins play The Observatory in Santa Ana. That's right, the self-professed "Godzilla-toned high minister of the all-powerful 'one'" and the "Way 2 Fonky 1" are combining forces for a one night only megashow whose sheer funkiness may outfunk all previous foreseen funky levels of funkitude. In short, it's a night to give a funk about.

Obvious funk puns out of the way, Collins and Quik on the same bill is a pretty incredible cause for celebration. Both immortal icons in their field whose signature styles have influenced generations while still maintaining a perpetual relevancy in every era they've encountered. Collins, rightfully hailed the one who "put the bass in your face" is the go-to gentleman for sheer funk. Quik not only was one of the pioneering funk-based hip-hop producers of the west coast, but quickly (no pun intended...OK somewhat intended) built upon that G-Funk sound to incorporate elements of jazz and later whatever he could get his hands on. Quik devotees know of him taking a brief clip of a musician in the background from an episode of Andrew Zimmerman's Bizarre Foods and turning it into a collaboration with Kurupt that became one of the most memorable songs of its era. If you have the slightest shred of funk in your DVR, Quik will find it.

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Burger A-Go-Go 2015 Lineup Announced

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Aliya Naumoff
The Julie Ruin
While women dominate the charts, especially in terms of pop music, festival bills are still dominated by men. The gender gap isn't happening because there aren't enough female-fronted acts -- it's happening because rock & roll is still a boys' club that fears the power of a woman behind a guitar. A modern-day Lilith Fair may be the only way to level the playing field.

For the second year in a row, Fullerton's Burger Records has booked an all-star lineup of female-fronted acts that includes living legends like Kathleen Hanna and Kim Gordon, alongside younger garage rockers such as Cherry Glazerr.

The festival is headlined by Cat Power, U.K. pop star turned riot grrrl revivalist Kate Nash, the Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna's latest group), and Kim Gordon's new band Glitterbust, which includes Alex Knost of Tomorrow's Tulips.

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Cutty Flam Is Your New Favorite Rockabilly-Meets-Prom-Punk Band

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Cutty Flam
Since they first met as sophomores in high school deep in the San Fernando Valley, Jose Varela and Ashley Stuart were interested in playing music. Though their interest and participation in the local punk rock scene initially led them to become part of the Los Angeles Experimental Orchestra, called KILLSONIC, which played jazz and orchestral free jazz allowed the longtime friends the opportunity to collaborate. When that project reached its end, the duo were left to ponder where their next sonic journey would take. The result was an undertaking that has seen them exceed even those initial hopes and expectations.

After attending the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival and shooting a documentary surrounding the event, the duo were inspired by the scene and sound that encompassed the event. Mesmerized and smitten with the scene, Varela decided he wanted to take what he enjoyed from that festival and start a new band.

Now, a few years later, he goes by Cutty, who sings and plays guitar and Stuart by Bang Bangs, apropos due to her handling the drumming. Those alter egos properly fit their rockabilly-meets-prom punk sound. Inspired by vintage 1950s pop culture a la the diner scene in Pulp Fiction, the band goes by Cutty Flam, and has added a bassist, Chewy Lewy. They liked the idea of that era because "when you went the movie theatre, you had to dress up" and wanted to bring that vintage feeling to their live set. When it came time to come up with their theatrical show, changing their names to reflect this presence felt natural.

"The names were Bang Bangs' idea," Cutty says. "We wanted to create another world beyond ourselves and our normal life, and take the band in a different direction. We wanted to be more theatrical and came up with some fun names."

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