The Best Concerts to See in OC This Weekend

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John Gilhooley
The Growlers play their Beach Goth festival at The Observatory on Saturday

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Friday, October 24

Street Dogs
Alex's Bar
There's plenty of inspiration from legendary bands like Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69 in Boston's formidable Street Dogs, who cover Menace (with updated lyrics examining how the GOP is full of shit, shit, shit shit shit!) and Steve Earle on a never-ending mission to speak up for the man on the street, and presumably his dog, too. Started in 2002 by Mike McColgan, co-founder of the Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs released a ferocious set of Boston-ian Oi!-punk albums that led them to Hellcat Records--also famously once home of Dropkick Murphys--and now to Pirate's Press Records, where they get to be labelmates with Cock Sparrer. While there's no new full-length yet, they've put out a recent and relentless set of EPs and splits that prove they're just as rabid as ever. (Chris Ziegler)

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Anthrax's Scott Ian Talks new DVD, Knotfest and Interviewing Ozzy

Categories: Metal, festivals

Anthrax guitarist and founding member Scott Ian has become a man who wears many hats. As most artists tend to explore different realms of the spectrum, some awaken new, unfound talents while others flop. For the 1980s thrash-metal musician, becoming an author, television interviewer, spoken word performer and storyteller seems to fit well into his visionary potentiality.

In coordination with his live spoken word performances titled Speaking Words that have started in the last few years, Ian's releasing a longer and demonstrative tour DVD called Swearing Words in Glasgow that encompasses a performance in Scotland. The DVD is set to release on Nov. 13 via Megaforce Records. Ian's autobiography I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax, which was released on Oct. 14, holds similar stories told in the live performances, but in an elongated narrative.

Amid the autobiography and DVD releases lies Anthrax's final show of 2014--according to Ian--this weekend during Slipknot's Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. According to Ian, the remainder of the year will be focused on writing the new Anthrax album.

Ian spoke with the OC Weekly on his new DVD, his autobiography, Knotfest and his experience interviewing Ozzy Osbourne for Rock Show while he was dressed as Gene Simmons.

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Six Reasons To Always Stagedive

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Montecruz Foto/Flickr

By: Drew Ailes

Recently, extremely dangerous pop-punk band Joyce Manor ignited controversy among true rockers everywhere after its members stopped one of their fans from stagediving on some small women. The band even later took to Facebook to condemn the practice.

Although the move is likely motivated by positive intentions, this band is stupid and wrong. Stagediving is the most important thing that any human being could ever do at a rock & roll show. If you do not stagedive at all shows, you are probably a coward who is afraid of everything. It is important for so many reasons, which I will now list for you in a simple and readable format that also pays me money.

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Miss Char's Rap Skills Are 'Self Explanatory'

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The Queen of Juice County
Miss Char excavates the depths of her soul knowing an unexamined life ain't worth rhyming about. With that, OC's top femcee debuts with Self Explanatory, an 8-song mixtape that only pads the 18-year-old rising rhymer's resume. The title is suggestive of the subject matter as the rapper literally seeks to explain herself. All throughout, Miss Char displays an old school experimental underground rhyme style, delivering dizzying truth sermons before relaxing into a hippie haze. This dynamic is most pronounced on "Wounded," an anti-materialistic anthem extolling the virtues of a spiritually-minded life. "It might seem like a mess, kid / Just watch what you digestin' / Might just go and spread the infection," she warns before going into a slinky chorus. The wisdom from the youngster shows potential and promise for years to come.

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Poetic Affirmations From Erykah Badu, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Eccentric soul siren Erykah Badu anonymously busked for money in Times Square last week. "If you've got some initiative, you can make money," Badu said after the experience. "All you have to do is have some initiative, and a little talent."

Spoiler alert: she earned a whopping $3.60. Not very reassuring.

We're assuming Miss Badu won't need to rely on busking since she was recently named the new face of Givenchy.

Remember when Badu tried to kiss a news anchor during a live TV broadcast a few months ago?! We won't get into her lewd gestures and the fact that her actions could have been construed as sexual harassment.

Here are some recent poetic life affirmations from Badu. Quotation above via

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The Growlers' Hype Act Drag Queen DMTina is "Like American Idol on Acid"


By: Isis Madrid

Heading to Beach Goth this weekend? Been a while since you've caught the Growlers live? Well, brace yourselves because everyone's favorite jangly psych punk cowboys have a new hype act in tow and she's a full on tornado.

Read more: The Growlers and the Rise of Beach Goth

I was fortunate enough to see the already fabled DMTina in action this fall, and let me tell you, she is nothing short of a sloppy good time. Being in DMTina's presence feels something like swimming in a used ashtray full of whiskey; like barrel rolling down a beautiful green hill strewn with crushed beer cans; like picking the lint out between your toes and finding a five dollar bill.

We spoke to Alex Mars--the man behind the drag queen--about his stage persona, life on the road with the Growlers and what Beach Goth go-ers can expect this weekend.

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Army of the Pharaohs - The Observatory - October 22, 2014

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David Garcia
Vinnie Paz of Army of the Pharaohs

By: David Garcia

Army Of The Pharaohs
The Observatory

On October 22, fans of underground hip-hop had a very rare opportunity to catch Philadelphia's Army Of The Pharaohs live at The Observatory in Santa Ana. What one would assume to be a quiet Wednesday night was quite the opposite once inside the building walls of what has become known as Orange County's hotspot for live music of all genres.

Starting off the night were a couple of rhyme-spitting duos known as DMC and Children Of A Lesser Fraud. The latter of the two, made up by Anu322 and 2Mex, performed in preparation of a full-length album that they plan to release in February of 2015, with AOTP's producer featured on several tracks.

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The Great and Powerful Big Oz: Irvine's Afghan Rapper Delivers Battle-Tested Rhymes

Categories: Locals Only

Fahim Farand

It didn't take long for Omar Azizi to establish himself as the biggest presence in a room. He easily outweighed his fellow newborns in a LA hospital nursery, tipping the scales at 12 pounds.

Twenty-eight years later, the Irvine rapper known as "Big Oz" towers onstage, thanks to an imposing 6-foot-6, 285-pound frame. The Afghan-American rapper now stands poised with outsized ambitions to chart a continental reach with his rhymes.

But Azizi's pathway hasn't been without its obstacles. His father, who fled Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion, loves to sing and play accordion but didn't want his son to live a musician's life. He raised Azizi to be cultured while priming him for a future in politics.

"As a kid, I wrote a lot of poetry," 
Azizi says.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Talks Knotfest, New Album and Paranormal Experiences

Categories: Metal, festivals

M. Shawn Crahan
Despite the chaos that the Des Moines, Iowa band has gone through in the past few years, Slipknot's duality of the release of their fifth studio album .5: The Gray Chapter and eponymous three-day heavy metal festival Knotfest are noteworthy events to look forward to.

Sponsoring Knotfest and the release of their first new album in six years signifies another new chapter in the band's career, one that most would say is a positive migration after the last few years, which included the departure of drummer Joey Jordison in December 2013 and the untimely death of founding member and bassist Paul Gray in May 2010.

After both incidents, Slipknot fell silent and their future as a band was suddenly in question. However, the band channeled their blended emotions to successfully produce a traditional and deranged Slipknot compilation of music for eager and supportive fans. The full album was released on Tuesday.

We talked with Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor about all of the above, from how the dynamic changed within the band after Gray's passing to how it feels welcoming a new member to his own family.

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Little Dragon Tap Into Their Eclectic Tastes on Nabuma Rubberband

Categories: Bands We Like

Marco van Rijt

Yukimi Nagano, singer of Little Dragon, is kinda, sorta from Orange County.

The vocalist's SoCal roots is a surprising discovery, given the electronic band has been Sweden's pride and joy since its eponymous set came out in 2007. Nagano was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a Japanese father and an American mother, but as a kid, she lived in Orange County for a year with her grandparents in Santa Ana. "I don't really have Swedish blood, but I chose Sweden because that's my home and that's where I was born," she says, "but this is totally home to me, too."

It makes sense, when you consider how it all started for Little Dragon in Southern California. KCRW was the first station to play their breakthrough hit, "Twice," off their debut. It ended up getting TV air time as well, featured on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Revenge and The Vampire Diaries.

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