Farewell Tours By Rock Bands Are a Hoax in Every Way Imaginable

Categories: Metal

John Gilhooley
Vince Neil of Motley Crue
By: Andrew Bansal

In what has increasingly become a trend over the years, veteran rock bands that have existed for the past three decades announce their farewell tour, advertise it as the very last one they would ever do, and promise to deliver their best for fans one final time. But this entire ideology is flawed and wrong, for several reasons. Let's delve

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16 Stupid Hats Musicians Like to Wear

Categories: Lists

Flickr/Joel Dinda
Straw hat left off this list because obviously it sucks. You don't need my help with that.
Recently, my enemies have been accusing me of having a problem with hats. Maybe it's because I am (predictably) a bald, pale music critic, and wearing a hat makes me look like a Nosferatu vampire-creature. But personally, I think someone's choice of headwear can tell a lot about a person -- usually how they suck.

As I am fully aware that most people are not as gifted as I am when it comes to deciphering the inner-character of a human being based solely upon their appearance, I've created an exceptionally important guide. When I die, I will be remembered for my gift to the world: a list of stupid hats musicians wear and what they mean.

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Burger-A-Go-Go Shaping Up to Be a Fine Femme Fest

Categories: festivals

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Courtesy of We Get Press
Best Coast
The past few years have been kind to Lee Rickard and Sean Bohrman of Burger Records. Their Fullerton shop is a success, and Burger is becoming a sought-after label and brand. Just before the company's trademark Burgerama concert in March, though, Rickard scribbled an idea in the small notebook he uses to record passing thoughts: What if the label hosted a whole festival dedicated to female-fronted bands?

"I think it's going to be really inspiring to young people to see a ton of awesome female-dominated rock groups," Rickard says from a couch at Burger's headquarters.

Rickard and Bohrman threw out the idea to the Observatory, the site of many Burger productions. Rickard relied on his trusty notebook for his preliminary vision for the show when he spoke with Observatory personnel. The Santa Ana venue's team suggested an Aug. 2 show date; that Saturday was already slated to be headlined by one of the most recognizable female-fronted indie rock bands: Best Coast.

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Dano Forte's Bluesy, One-Man Freak Show

Categories: Locals Only

Taylor Hamby
Costa Mesa's Dano Forte has found his musical niche. Being a one-man band who serves up rompin', stompin' roadhouse blues affords him opportunities that your traditional four-piece might not get.

"You never know where they're gonna put me," Forte says. "It's great to be able to set up anywhere and go. [There were] shows at the Detroit Bar [at which] I'd sit out in the smoking area, and it was just packed out there. People would be out there dancing. It was great--a show inside the show."

He may be out on a smoking patio instead of onstage, at the risk of spilled beers and smashed gear from the crowd, but his show is hardly an afterthought. Instead, he's the glue that holds the night together, entertaining the crowds as bands set up inside.

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Meet Crown, Your New Favorite SoCal Rapper

Categories: interview

Photo provided by management.
Crown's on a mission to spread positivity and gratitude with All Rise, his debut album that transforms hip-hop into something for everyone.

While his previous work focused on beats and lyrics, Crown now draws energy through a live band. He credits his new style with having "different ideas and different sounds, with a much more positive message".

Crown's vocals evoke the confident, enunciated style of Jay Z, offset by humble originality and relatable lyrical references. Instead of rapping about bottles and bitches, Crown gives thanks to U.S. troops and encourages philanthropy in his verses.

The positive messages are subtle, as to not suck the fun out of rap music. Crown exhibits a sense of loyalty, not sanctity: there's a track titled 'Fukkit', after all.

The first track, "All Hail Now," sets the tone as a larger-than-life, Big Apple anthem; "Roam," a piano-accentuated, summer song with a beachy chorus follows. The upbeat tempo and catchy hooks of tracks like "Quicksand" and "Turnaround" echo the energy of Motown through the eyes of 90s acts like Beck and Fatboy Slim. (You'll be surprised at what this 90s music aficionado admitted was on his iPod).

Here's what the artist had to say about his time serving in the military, opening for Lil' Kim, and his goal to avoid the stigma of being a "bling bling, I-rule-it-all" hip hop artist.

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Jeff Richards' Musical Comedy is All Over the Map

Categories: Q&As, comedy

Neil Visel
That's how I kind of came out my shell.
Jeff Richards' brand of musical comedy is a little bit like taking a tour of the '80s on acid...while wearing a leotard. Watch a few seconds (or more) of his latest video for the song "Muscle Bitch" and you can see that the former MADtv and SNL cast member (remember "Drunk Girl"?) enjoys getting down on some really weird shit. But this mix of mad scientist techno pop is only one flavor that is represented in his latest comedy CD, The Shingles (out now). We talked to Jeff to find out what inspires him to keep pumping out these hilarious jams.

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Why Joe Perry of Aerosmith Never Gets Tired of Playing "Walk This Way"

Categories: interview

Ross Halfin
For the better part of the last decade, Aerosmith have stayed in the news. If not necessarily for their music, then certainly for their consistent touring and ability to stay in the news. Fortunately for Southern Californians, by the time Aerosmith hits the stage in Inglewood on Wednesday night, they should be rounding into form sonically. Though they've stuck to the same set list they ended their European tour with, Joe Perry says there's wiggle room for the band to mix things up. We caught up with the legendary guitarist during some time off in Chicago where we heard about the events that allowed for Slash to open for them, their future plans, and the story behind his upcoming autobiography.

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Babymetal - The Fonda Theater - July 27, 2014

Categories: live review

Courtesy of Baby Metal
The Fonda Theater

What the hell is Babymetal? It's a question that's been rattling around in our minds even before we officially asked it on this blog months ago. And as the all-girl Japanese trio of SuMetal, MoaMetal, and YuiMetal kept gaining momentum on YouTube, the footage of packed arenas with millions of clicks got us wondering what the hell an L.A. Babymetal fan would look like when they came to the Fonda last Sunday. Watching a melange of metalheads, tutu-wearing J-Pop vixens, Internet nerds and creepy middle-aged dudes showing up alone gave us our answer. But the crowd wasn't the only aspect of the Babymetal show that had a surprising number of layers.

See also: What the Hell is Babymetal?

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The Best Overheard Quotes From Gathering of the Juggalos 2014

Nate "Igor" Smith
Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Donavon Frankenreiter - The Observatory - July 25, 2014

Categories: live review

Taylor Morgan
By: Taylor Morgan

Donavon Frankenreiter
The Observatory

A poppy, surf-rock show is what we expect at a Donavon Frankenreiter, the perfect tune to sip a piña colada to while kicking back with a lover at the beach. Yet when he began his set with the track "Move By Yourself," the audience quickly switched gears from their dazed demeanor to a concentrated observance of his every move. The chatter came to a halt and eyes followed the movement of his fingers across guitar strings as he exhibited a legendary guitar solo. On this particular night Frankenreiter was much more than a protégé of Jack Johnson, a famous surfer who rides single fins and retro boards, he commanded the room with ease and transposed energy on the vast age group of attendees.

He moved along to "Bend In The Road" and "Call Me Papa" arriving at his most famous track yet, "Free." He performed a slowed down rendition of the song that began with the drummer lightly shaking maracas. Polka dot lights flew throughout the room as he traveled through "Heading Home," "Swing On Down," "Life, Love & Laughter," "On My Mind," and "That's Too Bad" which had an incendiary like draw from the crowd during another legendary guitar solo.

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