Rapper Cecy B's Hard 'Werk' Pays Off

Categories: Spare Notes

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Francis Bertrand
We don't see Chicana femcees like Cecy B representing OC all too often. We'd have a lot more people paying attention to us if we did. With her endless swag, speedy flow and devastating sexy appeal, it's a wonder this former San Juan Capistrano resident wasn't discovered a whole lot earlier. But thanks to new management and a big break opportunity from the legendary radio personalities/producers the Baka Boyz, her latest trap happy single, "All I Do is Werk," is working it's way onto FM airwaves from coast to coast.

Even after moving to Miami where she is preparing to blow up, Cecy B's OC roots remain steadfast (she's still got plenty of familia and fans here). On Cecy B's website, the hometown homegirl offers up her Hustle in Heels mixtape for free. The collection features Lil Rob on the brown pride anthem "Mexico." The video for the song got airplay on MTV3. The femcee is currently working on her new album hoping to drop this summer with live shows in the mix. We talked to Cecy B about her new song--which has an extremely hot video that deserves to be viewed again...and again...and again.


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Talking to U.K. Export Gareth Emery at Bob's Big Boy

Categories: Coachella

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Alejandra Loera
Gareth Emery exudes a rock-star personality, with his black leather jacket paired with jeans and chic shades as he walks out of his Burbank studio in 80-degree weather. After all, aren't DJs the rock stars of the millennial generation, with their fancy cars and private jets? But as he greets us with his English accent and charming smile, he seems unassuming. Especially since he had to ask us to pick him up because his wife and friends in town for the Coachella festivities are borrowing his car.

The U.K.-born LA resident celebrated his album Drive reaching No. 1 on the iTunes dance chart overnight just two weeks ago and made his Coachella Festival debut last Friday. This week, he's hitting Indio again as he joins the EDM crowd of tastemakers inside the Sahara Tent, manning the decks at 5 p.m. He joins us for lunch at Bob's Big Boy--a burger joint much like the diners he visited on the Route 66 road trip that inspired his new album.


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True Story: School Girl

Categories: True Story

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Jack Grisham
[Editor's Note: Jack Grisham is an author, hypnotherapist, T.S.O.L. front man and all-around troublemaker. This column, True Story, may or may not be factual, with characters who may or may not be real.]

She was standing near the corner of Harbor and Garden Grove boulevards. A young, brown-haired girl, nondescript, student type, looked like she was waiting for a bus. It was beginning to rain, and I felt for her. I did a U-turn and pulled up to the curb, rolled down the passenger window and asked if she needed a ride. She smiled--cute, not pretty, but schoolgirl cute. She put her hands on the door and leaned in. She ran her eyes over me and the car--a quick check--and then she opened the door and slid inside.

"Yes," she said. "I'd love one."

I pulled away from the curb and immediately stopped at the red light.

"Where are you heading?" I asked.

She put her small hand on my leg and squeezed--her fingernail polish was chipped and dark, metallic green.

"That depends on you, baby," she said. "Do you wanna get a room, or are you looking for something else?"

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Long Beach's The V Room Is Where Local Punks Go to Kick Off Their Creepers

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Taylor Hamby
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby stumbles into the dive bar scene every week to find crazy stories, meet random weirdos and guzzle good booze.]

If you ever find yourself bored, poor and (heaven forbid) sober, you'd better hope you're near Fourth Street in Long Beach, for here is truly heaven on Earth. This infamous drag of dives stretches for six blocks and plays host to several legendary, dank holes: Fern's, Ashley's, the Red Room. But if you need a break from that, head into the V Room, that delightful bar that's even dark in the daylight and equal parts kitschy and creepy (the Haunted Mansion kinda creepy, not the Yellow King kinda creepy, that is). Despite the alcohol pouring cheaply and steadily for tattooed ruffians and scoundrels, this bar is where otherwise-rowdy punks head to hang their hats and have a mellow time in their own element.

Sure, the bar flirts with the craft-cocktail world a bit, but it does so in its own way, with pisco sours for $6 and crafted martinis at the same price. There's also a variety of playful shots such as the Breakfast Shot--a mix of Jim Beam Maple, orange juice and a slice of bacon--and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fireball whiskey, RumChata, butterscotch schnapps and a graham cracker rim. Since the bar opens daily at 6 a.m., no other breakfast is needed for the day. No beers are on tap, but Tecate and PBR are $3 all day every day.

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Kataklysm Tell Us About the Metal Scene in Canada

Categories: Metal

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Canada isn't the first country that comes to mind when it comes to death metal. But, the country is actually home to a thriving death metal scene, and is home to such big name heavy hitters as Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Beneath the Massacre, and Kataklysm, who have been churning out a rabid, sped up hyper blast beat based brand of brutal death metal for over two decades. With nearly a dozen studio albums, and countless tours of the world, the band's latest tour is entitled Kill The Elite, 2014 and will hit Anaheim's Mirror Image Studios on April 18.

The band's guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais recently took time to speak with the Weekly about the metal scene in Canada, the craziness of touring, being able to earn a living in the music business in a death metal band, and some of the difficult parts of a lifestyle devoted to extreme metal.

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Coachella 2014: Weekend One Party Recap

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Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Guests at the Filter Magazine Kick-Off Party
Just because you didn't score a Coachella wristband this year, doesn't mean you had to miss out on the Coachella Valley fun. In fact there where are enough pool parties, day clubs, and after-hours events to keep you partying all weekend long while seeing some of your favorite acts on the Coachella bill outside of it's Empire Polo Field gates. As round two of the festival creeps up on us however, don't expect the party scene to be as grandiose as it was last weekend. Most of the lavish (and celeb-filled) soirees such as the Lacoste or Vestal Village only pop up on weekend one. Here's what we saw in the Palm Springs heat over the past weekend to give you a better idea of the Coachella party scene and maybe help you better plan your pilgrimage to the desert next year.


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An OC Guide to Record Store Day 2014

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Jena Ardell
Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19th. Not sure where to head for the best selection, sales or coolest live performances? We've got you covered. We've called every participating record store in Orange County to find out what will be going down at each location. If you wake up really early and plan accordingly, you can hit up each shop... or just cherry-pick based on your interests and this nifty list:

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Why Your Band Shouldn't Play Longer Than 20 Minutes

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Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. She's glancing at the door, bouncing her leg or messing with her hair. Does she want a cigarette? Does she need another drink to quell the anxiety?

Moments like these separate perceptive and considerate people from torturous, self-indulgent-asshole ones. The first will recognize the proper social cues and say something like, "Hey, let's grab another drink, and I'll finish this in a minute." The latter, however, will continue endlessly flapping their tight red gums, concentrating on themselves and their immediate needs.

See also: Six Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Touring Musicians

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The Top Five Pet Shop Boys Covers

Categories: Coachella

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John Wright
By: Darryl Smyers
Hard to believe that England's Pet Shop Boys have been doing the synthpop/alternative dance thing for over three decades. During that time, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe has managed to evolve with the musical tides while maintaining a sizable audience.

Although known for original songs such as "West End Girls" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" Pet Shop Boys have also carved out a successful niche with cover songs. In honor of their set on Saturday night set during weekend 2 of Coachella, here is a list of the most successful covers in the repertoire of Pet Shop Boys.

See also: Coachella 2014: Bands and Drug Pairings Guide


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Blackcraft Turned a Heavy Metal T-Shirt Operation into Big Business

Categories: Locals Only

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Chris Laughter
In the summer of 2012, sepulchral Orange-based clothing company Blackcraft Cult was just an idea, an itch burrowing through the brains of co-founders Bobby Schubenski and Jim Somers. Less than two years later, their designs appear on celebrities and musicians ranging from Slayer to Kesha, their revenues and online followers number in the millions, and the company seems to be on the cusp of total world domination.

"With Blackcraft, [our message] for kids is 'believe in yourself, and create your own future,' and that if Jim and I could meet this vision we had, then anybody can do it," Schubenski says. "We want to show kids that it's OK to be different, and to go against the norm. Be different, and stand out, get off of that rat wheel that everyone says they're on."

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