Free Tickets: Gateway Drugs at Maison Mar. 1

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As we finally begin to head into spring, we're glad to see a new venue in our midst. This weekend, Maison in Costa Mesa is hosting a soft opening on March 1 and they're inviting you to be a part of it. It's also technically the rebirth of a classic OC haunt known as the Lion's Den (Google it, youngsters). This new chapter for the hallowed space looks to be young and trendy enough for today's crowd. And they already seem to have some good sense when it comes to booking talent. LA band Gateway Drugs are kicking this place of with a riotous set of pounding garage pop and psychedelia with support from fellow SoCal buzz band Hunny. Making waves in the local scene for a few years now, we're betting that they're a perfect gateway to Maison's vibe. For anyone starved for a new club experience celebrating live music, you'll want to be there on Sunday. And the folks over at Maison have been good enough to give us two pairs free tickets to the event. It's first come, first served and they're gonna go fast. So how do you get them? Find out below.

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Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday Says His Band Was Never Emo

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Adam Lazzara with Taking Back Sunday at House of Blues in 2009.
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By: Corey Deiterman

Tomorrow Taking Back Sunday will grace the stage at the Observatory. Unlike their retrospective jaunt two years ago in celebration of their classic 2002 album Tell All Your Friends, this is in honor of the re-release of their newest album, Happiness Is. Though many might view them through the lens of nostalgia, Taking Back Sunday is always looking forward.

We recently spoke with front man Adam Lazzara about the reissue of Happiness Is, a deluxe edition of their 2014 record containing bonus tracks which was released this past Tuesday, the touring life, and, of course, Tell All Your Friends, in advance of the show.

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Brandon Flowers' Best Zingers, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

The title for "The Nicest Dude in Rock" may unanimously belong to Dave Grohl, but we're thinking The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers deserves second place (for being a bit of a cream puff). You will never hear Flowers talk smack about his peers in the future, so enjoy a couple of rare "zingers" from past interviews.

Flowers announced he will be releasing a new solo album by posting a handwritten note to his official site and Instagram followers. The album, titled The Desired Effect, is slated to be released May 18, 2015. This will be Flowers' sophomore solo album, a follow-up to 2010's Flamingo.

There's no sign of new material being released from The Killers, but the band will be headlining Kaaboo Festival in San Diego this September with No Doubt and Snoop Dogg.

Keep reading to find out why Flowers keeps his comments positive. Quotation above via spin.com.


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Taking Back Sunday--See Saturday
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Friday, February 27

The Beatles vs. The Stones
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So you say you've got them moves like Jagger, eh? Well, my guitar gently weeps, so suck it. These are the typical clamorings of a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones fan rivalry. While we may never come to an agreement over which British Invader shall reign supreme in our collective classic rock conscious, we can objectively analyze the music and imaging of each band during the times they were simultaneously blowing our American minds. Approach the decades-old debate of Beatles vs. Stones and develop an educated conclusion during Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts' "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones" lecture. Because before now, the showdown was always between the fans, not the bands. (Amanda Parsons)

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The 10 Best German Metal Bands

Categories: Metal

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Sure, when you think of Germany your mind conjures images of World War II, or Oktoberfest celebrations. But besides beer and sausages, one of Germany's biggest cultural exports is heavy metal music, in particular power metal and thrash. This only proves the point that metal can penetrate through any language, physical or cultural barrier, political system or geographic location on this planet. From Power Metal to Thrash, we now present our top 10 German heavy metal bands.
 
See also: The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

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LA KISS Hope to Improve on a Tough First Season

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Markee White (#8) of the L.A. Kiss makes a catch on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in a game against the Spokane Shock.
Around this time last year, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and company were gearing up for the launch of inaugural season for the L.A. KISS. The duo proclaimed their team was gunning for a berth in the Arena Bowl, which as any sports fan knows for an expansion team is a pretty lofty, if not unrealistic expectation. Needless to say, with all of the hullabaloo surrounding the team, it had a big bull's eye on its back and it failed to meet expectations. A promising 2-1 start turned into a 3-15 season that was a headache for everyone involved, which was shown on Fourth and Loud.

"You're never going to come out and think you're going to have a .500 season," team president Schuyler Hoversten says more measuredly. "You obviously start the season thinking that you have the chance to win it regardless of the guys you have in the locker room. We believed we could win but it just didn't work out."

See also: Our cover story on the L.A. KISS

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Future User: Rage Against the Machine Bassist Tim Commerford's Futuristic New Band!

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Dana Klein
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A masked man began appearing in politically charged music videos nearly half-a-year ago. The band he fronted called itself Future User. Its music mixed prog rock sounds with EDM providing a backdrop for visual critiques of police brutality, torture at Guantanamo Bay, NSA spying and GMO foods. But who was this mysterious propagandist? A fourth video, "Mountain Lion" came roaring last month when, suddenly, Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford appeared...and lit himself on fire!

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Video Premiere: Ceschi and Sage Francis are "Barely Alive"

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Dan Abernathy
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If you've heard the name Ceschi, chances are you're familiar with him as either the fearless MC/multi-instrumentalist leader of indie hip-hop label Fake Four or you may have heard tell of the Free Ceschi campaign that saw friends and fans of the artist come to his aid during the trial that subsequently saw him serve a year in prison due to a controversial alleged marijuana "Christmas Bust" which made headlines in 2010.

Released since late 2013, Ceschi's hitting the road again in support of his new album Broken Bone Ballads, and is giving us the exclusive premiere of the first single "Barely Alive" which features indie rap icon Sage Francis. On Thursday April 2nd, Ceschi hits San Clemente's OC Tavern.

We spoke to Ceschi about this new video (see below), his new album and readjusting to being a touring indie artist after being in prison.


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MOVE's Ambitious Tribute to George Harrison on His Birthday

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Jon Zell (bottom right corner) with the members of MOVE
It takes an ambitious band to recreate an ambitious album live. Especially when that album was written by a Beatle. When it came out in November of 1970, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass not only declared his independence from the Fab Four, it solidified his genius as a solo artist.

Hits like "My Sweet Lord," "What Is Life," and "Isn't It a Pity" were the bonus marks on an album that introduced Harrison's signature slide guitar, eastern religious themes, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound and other brilliantly overlayed tapestries of sonic material. The album credits include giants like Eric Clapton, Badfinger, and Billy Preston and influences from Bob Dylan. So yeah, you could say that Long Beach band MOVE had their work cut out for them when they decided they were going to perform it at Fingerprints tonight in honor of what would have been 72nd birthday. No pressure.


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Psychobillies Prepare to Take Over Knott's Berry Farm

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(Left to right): Pizza Beat Ent. is Tawney Estrella and Remy Casillas
Remy Casillas still remembers when the subculture of psychobilly grabbed him from beyond the grave and refused to let go. The allure of badass standup bass players, mosh pits, B-movie gore, hot rods, creepers and pomade made the raucous celebration of the undead seem eternally cool.

"I went to [Katella] high school, and all of the jocks listened to Sublime and Kottonmouth Kings," Casillas says. "I was this skinny, nerdy kid, and I heard songs about riding in a Batmobile or about zombies, and I knew that psychobilly was my kind of music."

Casillas is dedicated not only to the music that nurtured him, but also to the tight community of his ilk, those who live for the hellified combination of punk, rockabilly and appreciation for the undead. And there are now enough of them to take over an amusement park.

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