DakhaBrakha Brings Ethno Chaos to OC

Courtesy of DakhaBrakha
It's rare to discover a new classification for most bands, no mater how genre-defying they are. However, Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha challenges the norm with their self-proclaimed "ethno chaos." Their style is based on a re-envisioned form of Eastern European roots music that pays homage to the folk sounds of Ukraine, but also incorporates Arabic, Asian and African influences. Their resistance to Ukraine's mainstream music and their tendency to experiment has earned them the title of folk punks, injecting their performances with diverse instruments and oddly hypnotizing chants and harmonies. DakhaBrakha performs at the Yost on Friday, April 10 as part of the traveling art forum Santa Ana Sites, and brings a new breed of world music to downtown Santa Ana.

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Punk Rock Picnic Returns--Supposedly

John Gilhooley
Hey guys, Punk Rock Picnic is back!
That's right. It's back...supposedly. Over the weekend, while many of OC's punks were busy at Musink, the Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival quietly announced a lineup. Notice we didn't say confirmed. If you read our cover story in 2013 about how this festival and its promoter Steve Smith wound up costing ticket holders, bands and vendors thousands upon thousands of hard earned dollars when it was cancelled at the last minute, you can understand why we might be a little gun shy. But here we are. Ready to try this again?!

For what it's worth, the lineup--headlined by Cockney Rejects with support from Agent Orange, Shattered Faith, Ill Repute among others--seems solid, albeit a lot more modest than touting GWAR or Danzig. It might even be doable. And unless you've already received your personally addressed refund check (you five know who you are), then those of you who still have ticket stubs from the 2013 debacle will be allowed to trade them in at will call to get new tickets, according to Smith's Facebook invite for the event. Hope you took good care of those old tickets, guys.

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Grindcore Grandma Makes Her Official Debut

Finally, the song you've all been waiting for...
Last month, the Internet paired the words "grindcore" and "grandma" together and instantly, a star was born. Well, it was actually born the moment that Canadian band Corrupt Leaders turned the camera on the mother of vocalist RainForest to see if his ability to produce blood curdling screams was genetic. Turns out it was. What followed was a viral YouTube video of the Grindcore Grandma that got picked up by just about everyone, even this infernal rag.

Like any smart band would, Corrupt Leaders have chosen to ride Grindcore Grandma's geriatric coat tails and release their latest EP, aptly titled Grindmother, which is officially out today. And yes, they were sure to include on of her actual screams in the mix of their song "Black Cloud." As they say, a family that grinds together...

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"Macho Man" Randy Savage Had a Rap Album?

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"Macho Man" Randy Savage: WWE Hall of Famer...and rapper?
On Tuesday, the celebratory Slim Jims were snapped into, as WWE's Monday Night Raw confirmed the news that iconic wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. With the induction ceremony set for the night before Wrestlemania 31 in late March, you can expect the next few months to feature multiple retrospectives on Randy Savage (real name Randy Poffo) and his work as a sports entertainer, actor and pitchman for Slim Jim.

But you should also be reminded that "Macho Man" Randy Savage released a rap album.

The year was 2003 and "Macho Man" had fully set his sights on Hollywood. He hadn't done any wrestling promotions in over three years. After Savage's unforgettable cameo as "Bonesaw McGraw" in the 2002 Spider-Man film, the silver screen seemed primed to explode with Macho Madness.

But being a renaissance man, Savage said he also wanted to enter an avenue that nobody expected. So we wound up with his debut rap album, Be a Man.

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Queen George Breaks The Rules in Santa Ana

Photo Courtesy of Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY
Imagine for a moment that the traditional restrictions of a seated audience and stage bound performers are erased, and that spectators are given the freedom to wander about a space and take in the performance as closely as they wish. This idea of liberating an audience to engage with the artists will be tested on Saturday night at the Santora building, with the dance installment "Queen George." The event comes courtesy of the traveling art forum Santa Ana Sites (SAS), which will once again offer an artistic venture in an unlikely setting.

Allen Moon, the creative mastermind behind Santa Ana Sites, previously tapped a rock star cellist to perform in a sprawling artist compound for the last SAS event. For Queen George, his forum gives the audience a chance to explore a series of dance installments created by acclaimed choreographer, Danielle Agami. Duets will be staged throughout two levels of the Santora building, along with solo performances in separate rooms for one audience member at time. The performances will be carried out by members of Agami's Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, and will incorporate custom furniture made by carpenter Amir Raveh. The furniture designs are a curious blend of new materials and misfit leftovers and will be flown in to Santa Ana from Raveh's studio in Israel for the performance.

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Say Hello to "Grindcore Grandma"

The newest grindcore vocalist who will save us all.
By: Corey Deiterman
Grindcore fans, rejoice. Your savior has arrived in the most unlikely of forms. Have you or your friends lamented lately that there just doesn't seem to be any great grindcore left anymore, much less great vocalists? It seems like the genre has taken a real nosedive in recent years.

That's all about to change, thanks to the band Corrupt Leaders. They're an upcoming young grind band out of Canada who have finally found the messiah to lead their genre back to its rightful place atop the throne of metal subdivisions: their mom.

First, a bit on Corrupt Leaders. In all seriousness, they're definitely making themselves into a band to watch. Just this past year, they've put up three releases on their Bandcamp account that show off an impressive, burgeoning talent.

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Jack Grisham is Selling His Tooth on Ebay

Grisham's TSOL tooth in all its glory
Yes. This a real thing.

Our favorite punk rock eccentric Jack Grisham wants you to have a piece of himself. Well, he wants to sell it you but...it's worth noting that this upper left molar is fully intact and only a little bloody. Yesterday, the former Weekly columnist, author, and founding member of TSOL and The JoyKiller offered one of his choppers up for auction on Ebay. Of course, plenty of folks are biting.

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The Red-Headed Stepchildren of Scientology

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Lynsey Bartilson
By: Damian Bloor

HBO announced this month an upcoming documentary based on Lawrence Wright's bestselling expose of the Church of Scientology (COS), Going Clear. The network is said to be bracing for a round of lawsuits just as we, having merely typed the word Scientology, are anticipating a bunch of cranky comments from COS supporters.
Nearly every time the COS appears in the news, its ties to the entertainment industry are revisited by sheltered bloggers who are SHOCKED that a religion with overt science fiction elements would appeal to people essentially play make believe for a living (actors, musicians).
Sounds like a perfect match to us.
Now that we've made clear our ambivalence towards the link between the Dianetics crew and guys like John Travolta, we feel inclined not to contribute to the glut of "Scientology is zany and possibly evil" blogs but to unearth and, dare we say, celebrate the least glamorous public figures who have demonstrable ties to the church founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954.
In honor of Hubbard's hair color and our deplorable reliance on cliche, we present you with the redheaded stepchildren of Scientology.

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Jeopardy's Five Best Musical Moments

By: Rae Alexandra

Sure, selling almost 180 million records worldwide is pretty special. As is winning 17 Grammy Awards. But last week, Beyoncé's legacy was bestowed with arguably the highest of all honors: She got her own category on Jeopardy. Personally, our favorite part was Alex Trebek's delivery of the phrase "Jay-Z is featured on this Beyoncé song that mentions 'that liquor get into me.' "

In case you missed this glorious moment, you can see it here:

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Dennis Rodman Showed Up at The Gromble's Show and Sang

The beauty of the OC music scene is that its so vibrant that you never who will show up to jam with their friends. That could be on the arena or amphitheater level or in the case of Laguna Niguel's own The Gromble, sometimes that means Dennis Rodman comes on-stage and you rock out with a Basketball Hall of Famer.

Yep, that's what happened over the weekend at La Cave in Costa Mesa. A connoisseur of '90s music, the former Chicago Bulls rebounding machine grabbed the mic and growled through a version of Parliament's "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)." This was allegedly after The Worm requested the band play a Sublime because sure, why not? Rodman has a penchant for showing up at bars in the area, after all he keeps a home in these parts, but seeing him take the stage was something new.

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