Bright Blue Gorilla Go With Le Flow Screening This Saturday

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Bright Blue Gorillas
Though their music may suggest a relaxed energy and mellowness, Robyn Rosencrantz and Michael Glover, aka Bright Blue Gorilla are all about hard work and ambition. Conquering the incredible feat of surviving as musicians and artists, BBG have covered the music, theater and film bases abroad in Europe and United States. The creative duo will be holding a screening of their latest film Go With Le Flo at the San Juan Regency Cinema Saturday August 31. For BBG, this film is their biggest and most successful yet, competing at Cannes in the Marché du Film.

Go With Le Flo is a romantic comedy set in Berlin about a delicatessen worker named Florian who has trouble finding romance. When he meets the lovely florist Camille, he's head over heels in love, only she is already engaged to a big movie star. While he struggles to win her over, the young baker down the street Jenny, also Florian's best friend, is coping with her own crush on Florian. The course of true love never did run smooth!

Prior to the film, audiences will get the added pleasure of being serenaded by BBG with an acoustic concert.

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Rusko Talks About Bringing UK Dubstep to Cali and Shares His New EP for Free

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Christopher Mercer aka Rusko

Born Christopher Mercer, the English 27 year-old dubstep king better known as Rusko announced that his new EP titled Kapow will be released on his website via Rusko Recordings this Sunday November 4th for free with an iTunes release on November 6th. Currently on a three-month tour to promote the EP, the outing was slightly derailed due to canceled shows in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Not to be held back however, Mercer will be here in OC November 9th at the Observatory in Santa Ana. We caught up with Chris and got some good laughs. In his charming British accent, he gave us insight on his background, what he loves about living in the states and why he's giving away his EP for free.

See Also:
*Major Lazer - The Observatory - October 18, 2012 [with VIDEO]
*Zedd Tells Us Why He Dislikes the Phrase "EDM"
*Rusko and Andy C - Hollywood Palladium - 6/1/12


OC Weekly (Alejandra Loera): A lot of people think EDM and specifically dubstep doesn't require much musical skill or knowledge. Tell us about your background coming from a degree in Music Performance from Leeds College of Music. What influenced you to become a producer and DJ?

Rusko: "I've been making music all of my life playing the piano, saxophone and guitar in various bands. I played in reggae bands too, but loved making electronic dub stuff at home on my computer. After a while and me being a control freak, I realized I couldn't play the instruments as well as I wanted. I was better off being a solo producer. I loved to write out the music first and that became what I did. The first tracks that got played and picked up were dubbed reggae tracks like "SNES Dub9." I then turned to my friend Caspa who at the time was Sub Soldiers from London. He used to play some of my old reggae tracks and it became popular on pirate radio. I moved to London with Caspa and we set up our label. I was never really a DJ and only started to DJ once people started asking me to come out and play my tracks. I had to learn to perform, but it was never the original plan. Now I can't live without it."

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Slaine Opens Up About New La Coka Nostra Record, Friendship w/ DJ Premier and La Coka Nostra Without Everlast

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Slaine gives 'em the crazy eye

Drugs and booze for years kept Boston-based rapper Slaine from shedding his reputation as a mixtape legend and taking his place among hardcore hip-hop royalty. The 34-year-old rapper admits he came late to the game, but he has redeemed the time, with a solo album hailed as one of the best true-school rap records of the new decade, and much-heralded collaborative work in Special Teamz and La Coka Nostra

The Weekly caught up Slaine this week. He's in his hometown, preparing for the July 31 drop of La Coka Nostra's latest, "Masters of the Dark Arts," the day the group hits the Constellation Room in Santa Ana. He's as cool as his Boston accent is thick.   


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New Bleeding Through Song: Listen Now!

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Orange County hardcore/metal hybrid Bleeding Through just posted a new song titled "Goodbye to Death," a track from the band's latest, The Great Fire, slated for a Jan. 31 release.

As you might expect, the song is heavy.

Recently, I interviewed Bleeding Through guitarist Dave Nassie and asked him specifically about this song, which I assumed was a reference to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (sure, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a classic, but in my humble opinion, Bogus Journey is one of the greatest and most underrated sequels in film history). I won't give away Nassie's answer, but I will say this: Sadly, it's not about that hilarious scene in which Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted "Theodore" Logan play the Grim Reaper in Battleship, Clue, electronic football and Twister.

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All the Thrice News You Need to Know Before 'Major/Minor' Drops

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Even though we did that cover story on Thrice and are getting a ton of entries to the Thrice superfan contest, we're still excited about watching them live. Or, you know, almost live.

Fans can tune in Wednesday, Sept. 21  at 2 p.m. PST to see a live performance by Thrice streaming from Red Bull Studios in LA. The band will be playing a few songs from Major/Minor (which hits streets tomorrow!) and viewers will get a chance chance to ask Thrice questions.

Fans can tweet questions to @RedBullStudioLA with the hash tag #RBStudio.


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[LISTEN] Florence and the Machine's New Song From the New Album: 'What the Water Gave Me'

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Florence and the Machine's multi-million selling, multi-award winning debut Lungs was phenomenal, and with her sophomore set (recorded at Studio 3 of Abbey Road) is set for release soon. A song off the yet untitled album called "What the Water Gave Me" was released today.

The video, which you can watch after the jump, is "a song for the water..." says Florence. "Because in music and art what I'm really interested in are the things that are overwhelming. The ocean seems to me to be nature's great overwhelmer. When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who've lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning. It's about water in all forms and all bodies. It's about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frida Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title." More »

Fall Out Boy Fail: Buddy Holly Tribute is Overproduced and Kitschy

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With what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday fast approaching, record companies are predictably shifting to tribute mode and cashing in. Late June witnessed the release of Fantasy Records' compilation Rave On Buddy Holly, which featured covers of the rock pioneers songs by Paul McCartney, She & Him and My Morning Jacket. Not to be outdone, Verve Forecast will be releasing its own compilation tribute Listen to Me: Buddy Holly featuring Ringo Starr, Chris Isaak and-- cough--Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Stump. Though Verve's choice of some of the artists seems to indicate otherwise, the label assures us this is a tribute.

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LISTEN: Feist's First Single From 'Metals,'--'How Come You Never Go There'

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Feist! We've missed you so, and it's been torture watching those little vignettes from Metals, your third full length release that took FOUR YEARS TO MAKE, without ever hearing a real song. (Waiting for an album for that long was its own form of torture, too!)
Now that you've finally released an ACTUAL song, it's been on repeat for the past hour. So, thank you. Listen to the beautiful "How Come You Never Go There" after the jump.
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Feist Reveals 'Metals' Album Cover--and Tour Dates

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Feist's latest opus--her third, called Metals, is set for an Oct. 4 release date. To promote it, she's been releasing a series of video vignettes that offer a glimpse into the record. To be honest you can't even really glean what the songs will sound like when watching the vignettes, so they're more like moving photographs of Feist.

At any rate, fans can pre-order Metals starting tomorrow, Aug. 3, as a bundle in different formats with tickets for the first round of European and North American tour dates. Check out listentofeist.com for details. Feist will be at the Wiltern on Nov. 12.

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Wu-Tang Clan Regroups for 'Legendary Weapons'

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The constant question surrounding every new Wu-Tang Clan album is whether the "Slums of Shaolin" MCs are still "nothin' to fuck wit." The deep imprint of Wu members was felt on Kanye West's ultra-hyped My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy letting hip-hop heads know where they stood among the newcomers featured on the effort. Raekwon's 2011 solo effort Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang posted strong chart positions upon its release illustrating that individual members still have staying power on their own away from the group.More »
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