Burgerama: What Was Awesome, and What Was Meh

Categories: festivals

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Christopher Victorio
Random robot on stilts: Awesome.
By: Adam Lovinus and Lilledeshan Bose
Burgers, beer, bands and boobs--Burgerama 4 definitely brought the essentials. The sold-out two-day festival over the weekend at the Observatory also showed its ability to super-size itself with big-budget headliners while still keeping the local flavor of a packed parking lot festival filled with tie-dyed Burger ilk of all ages. Going into its fourth year, the fest wasn't short on growing pains as it continued to figure out the constraints of holding a massive festival in the middle of a business park. But a lot of what we saw throughout the weekend proved that in the cannon of OC festivals, the 'Rama definitely reigns supreme. Here's our take on what was awesome and what was just meh about Burgerama 4.

See also: Burgerama Becomes Bigger, Badder, and Beefier


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Five Things We Learned Watching the 2015 Kids Choice Awards

Categories: Awards

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Nick Cannon and Shawn Mendes
Last Saturday was the 28th Annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. The longest running celebrity-sliming blimp-giving event on television, this year's installment was actually one of the most elaborate spectacles of all award show season this year. If you didn't catch the live Nick Jonas hosted broadcast or make it out to The Forum in Inglewood, we've got you covered and covered in slime. Here's Five Things We Learned From the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

Categories: incoming

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The Parrots--See Monday
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Monday, March 30

The Parrots
Flyway at the Fox Theater
Soon to be on the top of modern garage rock enthusiasts' lists of best groups to see live are Madrid's The Parrots. This trio of rabble-rousers serve jangly guitar-soaked lo-fi rock n' roll that seems at times a cross between Back From the Grave-era '60s rock and Peruvian punk group Los Saicos. Joining them tonight are San Gabriel Valley four-piece Pool Honeys who, despite the name, are not a band formed of four buxom pin-ups who spend their time by the pool, but instead a black metal-punk-garage combo. Their lethal 2014 release Sultans of Swat features a potent combination of the aforementioned genres, with some strains of surf rock, psychedelia and blues that make for an altogether solid mixture of sounds. (Aimee Murillo)

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Santa Ana Police Arrest Immortal Technique for Robbing Bootleggers Before His Show!

Categories: Hip-Hop, WTF

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Tech's mug shot
Immortal Technique arrived at the Observatory for his "People's Champions" tour stop last night with Talib Kweli when apparently he saw something he didn't like. According to Santa Ana police, the rebel rapper and his entourage approached two people selling bootleg t-shirts with his trademarked logo outside the venue around 7:45 p.m.

Tech and crew didn't take kindly to that and confronted them about not getting a cut of the money. An altercation ensued with the bootleggers telling police that they got beat down by the group who then jacked their shirts, cell phones, and cash.

See Also: Slideshow of Immortal Technique at The Observatory

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The Beastie Boys Call It Quits in Illustrated Form

Categories: quotes

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Jena Ardell
The Beastie Boys are no more. Following founding member Adam 'MCA' Yauch's death in 2012, the remaining Beasties, Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and 'Mike D' Diamond, have announced they will not release any new music under the Beastie Boys namesake.

"Adam started the band, so we couldn't do anything without him," Ad-Rock recently told NME. However, fans should remain optimistic: there will be a Beastie Boys memoir (slated to be released in 2017) and Ad-Rock revealed to NME that there is previously unreleased material "in the vault" that he hopes to someday release, including hours of "really bad jamming" and priceless outtakes from recording. Licensed To Ill, the Beastie Boys' debut album that was released nearly 30 years ago, has now sold over 10 million copies and is certified diamond by the RIAA.

Ad-Rock and Mike D worked together with the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band for 'Bad Dancer' in 2013, but are currently pursuing non-musical interests: Mike D and his wife Tamra Davis teamed up with architects Jill and John Bouratoglou to build multi-million-dollar townhouses in Brooklyn, while Ad-Rock is pursuing acting and can be seen in Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, alongside Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Here's what Ad-Rock and Mike D have said about the bittersweet end to the Beastie Boys. Quotation above via rollingstone.com.

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Wiener Mania Offers a Sweaty Appetizer to Burgerama

Categories: live review

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Jessie Schiewe
Step Panther
By: Jessie Schiewe
The Australian band Step Panther arrived in Fullerton a few hours before their show at The Continental Room, so they decided to head to Costco. "We thought maybe they had guns there," explained singer Stephen Bourke. "Yeah, we just wanted to see some guns," the guitarist, Zach Stephenson added.

They'd flown in from a city "near Sydney" a few days earlier and were staying in an Air Bnb in Los Angeles. So far, they'd visited Santa Monica and Venice beaches and, of course, Hollywood. It was their first visit to the City of Angeles, let alone the West Coast, and it kind of reminded them of a mash-up of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, "just with more freeways and wider roads," said Bourke.

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Music Hasn't Gotten Crappy These Days, But You Have

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Photo by Aaron Thackeray
The kids are all right.
By: Gina Tron

"This music is garbage. They aren't even using real instruments," my mom said. It was 1994, and I was happy that my favorite song at the time --
"The Sign" by Ace of Base -- was on the radio. She would try to expose me to the music that she liked, which was all good music: Stevie Wonder, the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd.

All that music I love today, but I wasn't open to it then, because I already resented her for hating on my music. I felt stupid, and so I vowed to never hate on the music of the younger
generation, even if I didn't understand it.


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

Categories: this weekend

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Matt Ulfelder.
Burgerama--See Saturday
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Friday, September 27

Chief Keef
The Yost Theater
At only twenty years-old, Keith Cozart a.k.a. Chief Keef has experienced all the major highs and lows that the music industry can bestow on a young artist. After releasing his own music videos and mixtapes online, Cozart caught the attention of a certain Yeezus and skyrocketed to fame through the Interscope label with his studio debut Finally Rich in 2012. Finally Rich features a who's-who of rap royalty including 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. Legal troubles, getting dropped from Interscope, and other tensions would follow for Keef, but his recent 20-track mixtape Sorry 4 The Weight would drop on his own Glo Gang label to positive reviews. Tonight the Chicago rapper will reach for the mic once again and land back in the hearts of fans. (Aimee Murillo)


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George Benson Is Still the Crossover King of Jazz Guitar

Categories: tomorrow

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Greg Allen
George Benson's status as a living legend would be an easy laurel for him to rest on at this point in his life. But the day after turning 72 years-old, there wasn't a hint of complacency in his weathered voice. For a jazz guitarist to build a career on the progression of his craft and making genres collide, energy and dexterity have to be more than just elements of his playing. They have to be part of who he is. And after countless albums and tours, he's as spry as ever. This Friday, he brings his fiery licks and soulful voice to the Segerstrom Center for one night only. We caught up with him to get a taste where he's been and what's to come both tomorrow night and hopefully many nights after.


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How Rare is a Great Seventh Album? Here's 5 We Like.

Categories: Lists

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Capitol Records
The Beatles' Album with a Gun Title!

Great bands are called stars for a reason: once we realize how bright they're shining, they may have already burned out into a ball of gas. It's rare we get a listenable fourth album from a group or artist, let alone one who can sustain that consistency for seven whole releases. The same goes for film franchises. Only the sleekest and most inventive ever make the elusive seventh installment (James Bond, Godzilla, Air Bud) but next week we'll see if lightning strikes for the seventh time with Furious 7, the seventh Fast and the Furious film. It is with our hopes pegged on this new flick that we present five sevenths albums that are actually pretty good!


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