Zebrahead Re-Recorded Their History on Their New Album

The first thing you need to know about Zebrahead -- an Orange County pop/rock/punk/hip-hop hybrid formed in 1996 -- is that emcee Ali Tabatabaee, guitarist Dan Palmer, drummer Ed Udhus, singer/guitarist Matty Lewis and bassist Ben Osmundson -- are the nicest musicians you'd ever want to meet. The second thing you need to know is if you don't like the band's recently released The Early Years -- Revisited, a 13-song sort-of greatest hits featuring 12 new versions of material from 1996-2003 and one new song ("Devil on My Shoulder"), then you don't like Zebrahead.

By that, I mean this record exemplifies everything the quintet is about. The album begins with "Check," originally heard on the 1998 self-titled disc and 1998's Waste of Mind, and features loud guitars and Tabatabaee sounding eerily similar to Zack de la Rocha while "Get Back" is the sort of song you need to hear only once before singing the chorus ("get back/get back/get back") in your head like you've heard it a million times before.

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Ryan Bingham Went to the Mountains to Write Songs and Find Himself

Anna Axster
When Ryan Bingham got his start performing in rowdy Texas bars at the age of 18, he never imagined that his gritty, soulful vocals would take him all the way to the Oscars. In 2010, he picked up a Best Song statuette in 2010 for co-writing "The Weary Kind" for the film Crazy Heart. Amidst his success, the singer tragically lost his parents and entered a dark period, but according to the singer, he's found a sense of peace that shines through on Fear and Saturday Night. His new album is a thoughtful collection of cowboy country that's arguably his most well rounded effort to date.

Fear and Saturday Night is healthy mix of whiskey-fueled rompers like "Top Shelf Drug" and softer folksy tunes like "Snow Falling in June," all of which expose Bingham's effortless ability to communicate a story. The musician spent several weeks writing the album in an airstream trailer in the mountains off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, and shares that the solitude and scenery were key to a more slow-paced songwriting process.

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Amusing Twitter Reviews of This Week's Major Album Releases

Jena Ardell
Flowery, contemplative album reviews are nice, but when it comes to finding amusing music criticism on the go, nothing tops Twitter. After all, when people only have 140 characters to spend, they tend to get right to the point. So we browsed through endless feeds to see what people are saying about the albums that dropped this week. Here's what the Twitterverse had to say about Black Sabbath, CSS and Beady Eye.

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HB Surround Sound Releases Full Length 'Get Your Dance On'

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Priscella Vega
HB Surround Sound perform at the Anaheim House of Blues

When they first started out, reggae band HB Surround Sound performed strictly within the Huntington Beach area for six years. They put out records and had a dedicated fan base that followed their performances for over half a decade until they stopped performing and got regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs. The rockstar life didn't turn out like they planned.

Four years later, with a lineup change and a new inspiration for creating music, HB Surround Sound regrouped and and began trying out a new, brazen take ska sound. 

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Local Record Review: 'Son del Centro' by Son del Centro


Son del Centro
Son del Centro


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Ten years ago in the city of Santa Ana, a musical project centering around the son jarocho traditions of Veracruz, Mexico began. Out of those initial workshops, Son del Centro, a community-based group, was formed. In 2006, the youthful members crystallized their talents into the debut full-length release of Mi Jarana es mi Fusil. What better way to commemorate ten years of their musical journey than by releasing a sophomore follow-up? Doing just that, Son del Centro's self-titled twelve track album is a definitive statement as to the strength, continuation and maturation of its mission born out of El Centro Cultural de Mexico.
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Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex

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Boys Noize

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Revered as one of the best electronic artists on Beatport for three years in a row, Alexander Ridha, better known as Boys Noize, is finally releasing his highly anticipated third album, Out of the Black, on October 2nd followed by a batch of tour dates were he will debut his new live show. He's come a long way from his tekkno and acid house days and provides us with some of the most solid minimal techno and disco house-inspired sounds in a while. Backstage at this years HARD Summer Music Festival in downtown LA, Ridha said the album was partly inspired by his EDM nostalgia.

"I'm always looking for new sounds and try not to re-peat myself," explains Alex. "[Out of the Black] is sort of a mix of my first and second albums. I really tried to get that feeling I had when I first started to produce music." That feeling was back in 2004 when he realized in order to keep creative freedom in his work he would have to produce music on his own record label, Boys Noize Records which was formed in 2005. "It's funny for me this album felt like in order to make a step forward I had to take a step back again and find my roots. I sounded so raw and naive in a way because I didn't really know what I was doing then."

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Local Record Review: 'Visions of the Sun' by Cham Kerem

Cham Kerem
Visions of the Sun

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The SanTana-based hip-hop collective of field warriors known as Cham Kerem are shining light on realities others would rather have remain in the dark. The five-member crew recently released their debut effort, Visions of the Sun, offering fourteen tracks (plus a bonus cut) of unrelenting, unapologetic rebel rhymes. Ghost Dance, iLLoheem, La Pavis, iLL Sal and Rethro hit up racism, police brutality and immigration interchanging bilingual lyrics all along the way.
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Local Record Review: Milo Greene, 'Milo Greene'

Milo Greene

Milo Greene
Milo Greene

Milo Greene has come a long way since a year ago, when they were being misnamed "The Milo Greene Band" on bills for local festivals. Since then, they've toured with The Civil Wars and have been playing pretty much constantly, somehow finding time to record their first album. The eponymous record, released this week, has been a long time coming -- but worth the wait for anybody who's seen them live. If nothing else, the quality of the record ensures that people will take better care in getting their name right.

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Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective

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Locally Grown Collective
We Are Locally Grown

In the city of Orange, the seeds of good hip-hop music are being sown by its hometown hustlers the Locally Grown Collective. Harvesting together their distinctive talents, Endz, DaveAllen, DeeJaeeBee, FourthBeats and Coley Cole have recently released their We Are Locally Grown mixtape on DatPiff offering listeners everything from underground hip-hop, neo-soul and spoken word poetry. 
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Local Record Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks

Yellow Red Sparks
Four Steps in Corsets

ORG Music

The pure poetry of singer-songwriter Josh Hanson is accentuated by tightly interwoven arrangements on Four Steps in Corsets, the debut EP from OC's premiere indie folk-rockers Yellow Red Sparks. Released by ORG Music, the reflective, melancholic tone of heartache throughout the album makes for a compelling listen. A trio of accomplished musicians with Goldy (drums/vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals, banjo) accompanying Hanson, Yellow Red Sparks find all the right melodies and rhythms on all of the songs. A stripped down soul emerges from intricate musical tapestries.
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