Thurston Moore Lights Up the Constellation Room

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Thurston Moore Band (photo by Phil Sharp)
Thurston Moore
The Constellation Room
10/11/14

Sonic Youth has always had a cult following. Thus, it was appropriate that folks wanting to see Thurston Moore (the founder of the dormant group) perform at The Observatory had to endure $20 parking, walk a half mile, and shove through thousands of black-clad, sweaty, and drunk Latinos -- attending The Observatory's La Tocada Super Estrella Fest -- in order to cram into the venue's intimate Constellation Room, where they waited an hour and a half past the showtime for the music to begin.

Though one may think that this is not an ideal set of circumstances to experience one of the 100 greatest guitarists (according to both Rolling Stone and Spin), Moore's fans understand that when they attend one of his shows, they will have a transcendental experience which will eclipse any annoyances that may threaten to ruin their days. Moreover, the most profound moments of his art tend to occur when he and his bandmates abandon the realm of mundane existence, forgoing conventional ideas about tonality and diving into profound oceans of distortion and feedback. These excursions are difficult to qualify as anything but noise; however, emotional and spiritual communication often occur beyond the limits of human language, and it is in this domain that Moore has thrived for nearly 35 years.

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"Mars Attacks!" Exhibit Pops Out in a Sea of Boring Laguna Beach Art

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Robert Mars
Finally First Class
Walk past the numerous art galleries dotting Laguna Beach's stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, and you'll notice a theme. Ocean landscapes, be they composed of washes of watercolors or textured skeins of oil paint, feature in the windows of nearly every gallery. Blurry figures of surfers ride the watercolor waves, with beach umbrellas thrown into the paintings to remind you that this image is indeed depicting a beach. It's a bizarre redundancy when actually surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the ocean, complete with real dudes riding waves and real multi-colored beach umbrellas.

After you think you've seen the last artificial ocean that you can stomach, a 4 ft. panel hanging in the window of the JoAnne Artman Gallery stops you in your tracks. The shape of a perfume bottle dominates the mixed media piece, the iconic phrasing "No. 5, Chanel, Paris, Parfum" emblazoned across it. The bottle fills a black background with cut-off portions of ads peeking out. Inside the perfume bottle, circles filled with newspaper clippings and vintage paper ephemera run in a parallel pattern.

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Ian Anderson - Segerstrom Hall - September 18, 2014

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Ian Anderson, Southampton UK, 2014. Photo by Martin Webb
Ian Anderson
Segerstrom Hall
9/18/2014

Segerstrom Hall is not a typical venue for a rock concert. It frequently hosts musicals, classical acts, and dance extravaganzas, and the audiences it usually hosts are quintessentially the "white-hairs" of Orange County. However, Ian Anderson's show is not your everyday rock; the legendary musician's show is quite theatrical, and Segerstrom was an ideal venue for him to perform his new album, Homo Erraticus, as well as a set of Jethro Tull's greatest hits.

The show was reminiscent of Neil Young's Greendale tour in that it consisted of a multi-media presentation of a concept-album followed by a satisfying throwback to old times -- a sure way to appeal to classicists. The Homo Erraticus album consists of folksy Irish motifs, powerhouse progressive rock jams, and challenging lyrical content. [see the Weekly's interview with Ian Anderson on the creation of the album] Prior to the Homo Erraticus set, a short introductory film showed Anderson and his bandmates as a patient and his doctors, respectively, at a remote sanitarium. The doctors pull the sheet over the dormant Anderson, declaring him dead, and file out of the room. Anderson then pulls the sheet back, mutters a bit [it was hard to tell what he said due to the crowd's woots], climbs out of bed, extracts his flute from a nearby cabinet, and leaves the sanitarium.

See also: Ian Anderson's Idea of Rock-n-Roll is More Complex Than You Know


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Katy Perry - Honda Center - September 16, 2014

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Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Katy Perry
Honda Center
9/16/14

Did you ever have the feeling that you were the only 40-year-old heterosexual man at a rave-themed pep rally for seventh grade girls? On the occasion of Katy Perry's "The Prismatic World Tour," the Honda Center was filled with 14,000 of the like (by Perry's count). The only bad vibes came from a tattooed man wearing a Suicidal Tendencies t-shirt -- arguably the only other older straight guy (not counting the daddy chaperons) -- who was ejected prior to the concert for throwing punches at a couple of effeminate men. But whereas violence was not tolerated inside the stadium, the stadium itself was surrounded by a dozen or so religious protesters bearing fancy signs of intolerance towards homosexuality.

This was likely in response to the first single of Perry's [herself, the daughter of two Pentecostal pastors], "I Kissed a Girl," which was released in 2008 and reached number one on Billboard's Hot 100. Now, multiple hits, successful tours, acting roles, product endorsements, and millions of dollars later, Perry demonstrated that she knows how to put on a great show.


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Artopia - MUZEO - March 22,2014

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Photo of Paul F. Contreras's "Ticking Time Bomb" by Scott Feinblatt

Artopia
MUZEO
March 22,2014

The Muzeo stands in the heart of the city of Anaheim. Within its main gallery, the Carnegie Building, and Anaheim Heritage Center are contained artifacts and documents which tell the tale of the town's history as well as galleries which display the works of local artists and touring exhibitions. The Muzeo museum and cultural arts center are also available for hosting events, and on the evening of Saturday, March 22, OC Weekly set up shop in honor of its 2nd annual OC People issue.

As the name of the event, Artopia, indicates, this celebration highlighted the arts. Vendors of quality culinary delights as well as those of non-perishables lined the Muzeo's courtyard and occupied some of the gallery space, which was principally set up to showcase the artwork of 10 local artists, who were selected by the public. As it frequently turns out in events such as these, the overall programming can threaten to eclipse the focus on the featured artists. However, since the programming was principally made up of local musicians and vendors, the result was a well-balanced milieu in which patrons of the arts, scenesters, and locals could mill about between the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Six Legitimate Reasons to Make Art

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A factor in the decline of decent art was recently dragged onto center stage by the New York Times in an article called "Brooklyn Communal Cool: The Brand." The piece, authored by a person who spells "mic" like "mike," focuses on a communal-living quarters in Brooklyn called the Clubhouse and its ties to a "new media" company called BKLYN1834. And if you couldn't guess by the fact that somebody started a company without any vowels, it's a bunch of bullshit.

Here's a choice quote that basically sums up the article:

"For our generation of artists, we realize that we are each our own brand, but not everyone knows how to manage this," Mr. Reid said. "Our business is to equip artists with these tools, which feels like a natural, organic progression of what we already do at the Clubhouse."

Amid the swirl of eye-rolls associated with the fraud and fakery of "indie" pop-art and its interaction in a new-media marketplace, we'd like to present to you the six legitimate reasons to make art. (Hint: it has nothing to do with "branding" and everything to do with this Bill Hicks clip.

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Tenacious D Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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chuckhodi on etsy.
Tenacious D is the ultimate un-guilty pleasure. Their song lyrics are like humorous children's stories (for adults) set to rock music; which is fitting, because it was recently announced that Jack Black will be starring in a Goosebumps movie. (Yes, the series of scary children's novels by R.L. Stine).

And who doesn't love Black's partner-in-crime Kyle Gass? He's the only celebrity wearing socks and sandals court-side at the Lakers game. Together, these laissez-faire characters form the greatest parody band since Weird Al--and bonus--they're awesome musicians too.

We've collected some of the best Tenacious D fan art on etsy to satisfy your inner nerd-rocker:

JJack Black of Tenacious D Pop Art by chuckhodi on etsy.com (above). It's a little scary, but so is Jack Black.

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Joan Jett Fan Art You Really Must Own

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AaronJTurner on etsy.

Joan Jett has filed a cease and desist letter to the president and CEO of SeaWorld in Florida after learning her infamous "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" anthem is part of Seaworld's Shamu Rocks show.

Jett wrote:
"I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used I Love Rock 'n' Roll as the opening music for its cruel and abusive 'Shamu Rocks' show. I'm among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals."

Jett will be starring in (and is the executive producer of) Undateable John, a romantic comedy about a slacker surf instructor who meets a troubled love interest in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The film stars Daryl Hannah, Tom Arnold and Shannen Doherty. A release date has not been published yet.

Jett will be a guest on The Queen Latifah Show this week, with an episode air date of February 17, 2014. In the meantime, we invite you to browse some of the best Joan Jett fan art on etsy:

We're suckers for girls with attitudes. Two thumbs (and middle fingers) up for this print by AaronJTurner (above).

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Madonna Fan Art You Really Must Own

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Renato Cunha on Society6.com
Just as the clamor of Madonna's cameo performance at the Grammys was subsiding, she reappears during Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged to perform a mashup of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop."

Madonna is the Queen of legendary pop music moments; this time, clad in a bedazzled cowgirl uniform, gettin' some girl-on-girl grinding on, and line dancing, oh my! That's one way to pass the torch... or ignite another.

To celebrate Madonna's return to the masses, we found some really great fan art on Society6.com.

Madonna looks extra voluptuous in this Hung Up art print by Renato Cunha (above).

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Prince Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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theSecondFace on etsy
If you've been wondering what Prince is up to, you've come to the right place!

Essence Magazine has announced that Prince will be performing at their 20th Anniversary festival 4th of July Weekend in New Orleans in 2014.

And mark your DVRs: A rare TV appearance by Prince on the sitcom "New Girl" will air on February 2, 2014.

In the meantime, feel free to indulge in some of the finest Prince fan art found on etsy.

We're loving the wide-angle perspective of Prince in this painting by theSecondFace on etsy (above).

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