The Doll Hut's New Owner Survives First Year

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Rickett & Sones
Mac McGarvey: Guardian of the Doll Hut
New Year's Day might seem like a natural time of celebration for revived punk roadhouse the Doll Hut. But it's not. It's really more of a sobering day of remembrance of a narrowly avoided tragedy.

"That's actually the day the Hut officially closed," says current owner Michael "Mac" McGarvey. "I got the keys on the 2nd and we started again from there." The reopening of the Doll Hut was--and still is--one of things we remember most about 2014. One year later, it still feels surreal for the club's husky former talent buyer, who bought the place with his girlfriend Tammy Butler with nary a shred of bar owning experience.

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How to Build a Great Music Community

Categories: community

Jeremiah Toller
A music community doesn't come out of nothing; musicians must build it.
By: Henri Benard

Being an active member of the local music "community," I often contemplate what "community" actually means. I believe community to be a tightly knit place of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and focus. Living and working as a musician by day, and being a regular "night owl" in the artist world by night, I feel that the word often gets blurred by some who abuse and/or take advantage of its true essence. I am not saying I have all the answers, but having been around the Tempe/Phoenix music scenes for more than a decade now and having been blessed enough as a drummer to play shows in 42 US states and three different countries, I have become rich with experiences, both positive and negative, surrounding these words we know as "the music community."

I have been bombarded, harassed, encouraged, charmed, challenged, and very well taken care of. I myself have been guilty of these actions, at times. I have made countless acquaintances, some friends, and sadly, some enemies. However, at the end of the day, it all really boils down to your outlook on your peers if you want to be a respected, contributing member of your local/national/international music communities. The following is a list I have compiled of 10 ways you can earn the respect of your peers/fans, while actively being a positive contributor to your music community.

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Connecting With Joan Jett, In Illustrated Form

Categories: quotes

Jena Ardell
Congratulations to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who are among the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees! Other musicians and bands to be honored include Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and The "5" Royales.

"Playing 'I Love Rock and Roll' would be a lot of fun," Jett told Rolling Stone. "It would speak to what a lot of us have dedicated our lives to, this music called rock & roll. I think it would be appropriate. I've always sort of kept that song away, but I think in this instance it would be a perfect..."

The Who just announced Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be the opening act for the North American tour dates during their Who Hits 50! Tour.

Here's how Jett has been connecting with fans throughout her career. Quotation above via

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

Categories: this weekend

Andrew Youssef
The Vandals--See Friday
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Friday, December 19

The Vandals Christmas Formal
House of Blues Anaheim
This holiday season, as with every before it, you're faced with the same choice of holiday shows such as the Nutcracker or perhaps Santa on Ice. But we can think of few better ways to celebrate Christmas--like with OC's own puerile punk rock purveyors and all-around merry mischief makers, the Vandals. There is no discussion about punk rock in the land of citrus without mention of these zany pranksters and their songs about rebellious hamburgers and the love of Vietnamese pizza delivery girls. But it's been a tough year for these punk rock stalwarts as they've been sued by Daily Variety for some sort of trumped up copyright infringement. So when you're hemming and hawing about spending money on a trip to a frozen pond this year, remember all the good times the Vandals have afforded your sorry ass over the decades and give back by purchasing a ticket to their show. (Brandon Ferguson)

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Warren G Reflects on His Classic Regulate...G Funk Era Album 20 Years Later

Marv Watson
Mr. Warren G on the board
West Coast hip-hop seemed as invincible as ever when rapper/producer Warren G dropped Regulate...G Funk Era 20 years ago. Released on June 7, 1994, the debut album tapped into the strength of Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle that came before it while offering something distinctive along its path as a hip-hop classic. "Regulators! Mount up!" the title track called out before Warren G and Nate Dogg slickly traded rhymes with perfection over a smooth sample of "I Keep Forgetting" by Michael McDonald.

"Regulate" soared all the way up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list propelling the album to triple platinum status. Although the smash single detailed the gritty side of Long Beach, Warren G perfected a good times G-funk vibe throughout the album, especially with the reminiscing rhymes of "This DJ" and its eternally quotable chorus. Regulate...G Funk Era netted two Grammy nominations in creating a simply defined soundscape "where rhythm is life and life is rhythm."

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"Hooray For Santa Claus" Turns 50!

Public Domain
Santa Claus, Martian Conquerer
This holiday season, as we've all been surrounded by loved ones in front of the television, chances are someone in the room smirked when this year's T-Mobile "Hottest Holiday Gifts" commercial aired. It may have even been you. If it was you, that means you recognized the music as being a punk rock cover of the (cult?) classic kids song "Hooray for Santa Claus." It's fitting that the song is getting such huge exposure now as, this month, "Hooray for Santa Claus" turns 50!

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How Justin Willman Turned Himself Into a Comedy Magician

Elisabeth Caren
Take one part actor, one part TV host, one part comedian, a sprinkle of musical ability, and then one part magician. Now blend them together and what do you get? Poof! Justin Willman! Justin takes the term "jack of all trades" and puts it to shame and he'll show you just that with his brand of comedic magistry (is that even a word?) at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (December 18th- 21st). Before the big event with Willman the wizard of entertainment goes down, we chatted it up with him about how he got his start, what people really think about magic, and what we can expect to be enchanted by with his performances this weekend.

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Femcee WBD Tells Tales of Survival on 'Hate Me' EP

WBD: Hate only motivates
Rapper WBD invites all haters to hate on Hate Me, her latest EP. The Salvi spitfire makes sure they've got their work cut out for them. The Weekly first introduced the rhymer last year as OC's newest hip-hop outlaw when she relocated to Anaheim from LA. She came to town back then with her Words of the Wicked mixtape. WBD returns with Hate Me, a collection riding a hybrid sound of underground and Chicano Rap allowing for WBD to spin her stories of survival. The anguish is evident in her vocal inflections on the tone-setting opener "Heaven or Hell." Produced by Toks the Blue Loko, guest features on Hate Me are stocked with fellow femcees including impressive lyrical assists by Top Dime and D'Duchess.

After an album's worth of grappling with the harshness of life, WBD ends with a laid back bonus track expressing gratitude for every waking day. And if people can't kick down with that, hate can't depreciate what it's worth.

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Skinny Puppy's Sound Inspires Nightmares From Here to Gitmo

Categories: Bands We Like

Emilie Elizabeth & John Kraw
Skinny Puppy pride themselves on being the soundtrack to your nightmares. Since forming in Vancouver in 1982, the legendary band have gained and lost members (one of which was Bill Leeb, whose band Front Line Assembly have joined Skinny Puppy as a main supporting act on their current tour), as well as collaborated with renowned industrial artists such as Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and Al Jourgensen (Ministry). Through it all, though, they have maintained their status as a cutting-edge sonic leviathan.

While many people associate vocalist/lyricist Nivek Ogre (née Kevin Ogilvie) as the face of Skinny Puppy because of his grotesque and surreal performance antics, cEvin Key (born Kevin Crompton) has been behind the keyboards, guitars and drums in the studio and onstage for the past 30 years. In addition to performing with his numerous side projects, he composes music, is a sound designer and audio engineer, and tours the world as a DJ. Plus, he runs his own record label, Subconscious Records.

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ScHoolboy Q - The Observatory - December 16, 2014

By: Taylor Morgan
ScHoolboy Q
The Observatory

Class was definitely in session last night at the Observatory when West Coast gangster rap's crowned prince ScHoolboy Q took the stage for a packed crowd in Santa Ana. The LA rapper, whose album Oxymoron debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 album charts last March, strutted out from the back of a smoky stage just before 11 p.m. Appropriately, he started his set with the gun-clapping track "Gangsta," jumping up and down across the stage in his Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey with 'Kessel' monogramed across the back.

Blunts were consumed as the audience belted "crush a bit, little bit, roll it up, take a hit". Q held the mic in his right hand, leaning forward towards the audience and asked, "How many of you got Oxymoron in here?" Taken back by the response he noted, "I never thought I would be rapping. I never thought I would make an album and people would love it. I never thought my ugly, finger nail ass, would be up here." The crowd went wild and he shouted, "let's get to some Oxymoron!"

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