Yes - The Greek Theatre - August 24, 2014

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Yes performing at The Greek Theatre (photo by Scott Feinblatt)
Yes
The Greek Theatre
August 24, 2014

It seems to be a trend of late for legendary bands to dust off and perform their legendary albums. Last night, Yes performed two of theirs, Close to the Edge and Fragile. The band's extensive current tour began just a few days before the release of their latest album, Heaven & Earth, but it is not curious why their set only included two songs from the new album, which they played in between the vintage albums. The new album has not been receiving great praise, but perhaps this is because it has been 40 years since the progressive rockers began charting new cosmic territory.

Since that time, the band has seen numerous permutations in its line-up, and it is no surprise that it has never encapsulated so pure a manifestation of vision and virtuosity as it did on those two albums. Nevertheless, all history, drama, and art versus business speculations aside, there was something incredible happening on stage at the Greek Theatre. By taking a potent magical spell and casting it with aplomb, able magicians can easily entrance their legions and adherents.

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Why George Clinton Matters

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[Editor's Note: Kris Needs is the author of "George Clinton and the Cosmic Odyssey of the P-Funk Empire," Clinton's first in-depth biography. It was released in June on Omnibus Press. Needs wrote this essay about Clinton's cultural impact exclusively for Heard Mentality.]

By: Kris Needs

Let me tell you all about the one and only George Clinton, who can be placed alongside James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone as the most visionary and influential black music pioneer to emerge from the incendiary 1960s but is now the only one of those figureheads still taking it to the stage.

While America was embroiled in war and socio-cultural revolution during the '60s, Clinton was reinventing funk by mating it with rock and changing rock by mixing it with funk, giving birth to the influential psychedelic soul style that has made him the most sampled artist in hip-hop. His synthesized funk of the late 1970s and early '80s created a new strain of techno-soul that laid the foundations for today's electronic dance music.

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Every Year, a Swarm of Elvis Impersonators Descend On Costa Mesa

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Jill Lloyd
Kirk Wall
Legend has it, a woman once gave Elvis Presley a crown and told him he was king. His reply was something along the lines of, "No, Jesus Christ is king. I'm just a singer."

Well, Elvis was wrong because he was the king, is still the king and forever will be the king. If not, explain how next Sunday's Elvis Festival -- taking place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Orange County Market Place -- is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

The gathering includes a Cadillac car show featuring passenger vehicles from 1950 to 1977, something called the Piled High Priscilla Hair and Elevated Elvis Hair contests and food trucks serving more peanut butter and banana -inspired dishes than a Memphis diner. And, as the main event, four stages will feature male and female tribute artists and karaoke singers singing and shaking their hips. (The over/under on "Suspicious Minds" is 12.)

Kirk Wall, a 57-year-old Anaheim resident, has hosted every year, which makes him pretty much an expert on just how awesome Sunday will be, which is why we spoke to him.

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How Walter Trout Cheated Death With Help From the Blues

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Jeff Katz
Few OC-based musicians bleed the blues like Walter Trout. The soul, dexterity, heart break and elation in his voice and his guitar playing have always flowed out of him when he's on stage. But laying in a hospital bed in Nebraska, having literally lost all the blood in his body following complications from a liver transplant operation last May, his love of the blues was one of the main things his body has had to hold onto to keep him alive.

"I went into a coma for three days and when I came out of it, I had a thing called encephalopathy where I didn't know who I was and I couldn't speak English," Trout says, recalling the experience. He's been in Nebraska know for months undergoing treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center. "I'd think about my wife and kids and my desire to write and play music for people and do what I had to do and fight it with everything I have. I still am."

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If Ted Nugent Met His 30 Year-Old Self, He'd Kick His Ass

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Mary Bell
There's many things that can be said about controversial classic rocker Ted Nugent, but one thing you can't call him is dull. Having played over 6,500 shows in a nearly 50 year career, Nugent continues to maintain a rigorous schedule. This past week, he released, Shut Up & Jam, his first album in seven years. Calling himself "spiritually erect," Nugent says things couldn't be better, that is unless you count the pain he's been in since having his knees replaced in February. During the first half of our chat, there's a strange, clicking that sound, which Nugent half-heartedly jokes and says it's the NSA, calling out Attorney General Eric Holder in the process to stop listening to our call. There's never a moment that isn't interesting with the Motor City Madman, as you'll see for yourself.

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Pharoahe Monch's Artistic, Hip-Hop Approach to Dealing With P.T.S.D.

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Pharoahe Monch
After being a rapper for close to a quarter of a century, and 41-year-old rapper Pharoahe Monch still knows how to be creative and make progressive music. Late in 2013, Eminem declared his bars on 1994's "Bring It On" would "kill most rappers" and that he has "been ahead of his time since he came out," while a couple months ago Village Voice called him "The World's New Rap Therapist." His music is as critically acclaimed now as it was in the mid-'90s, and his discography is littered with Source accolades and acclaim from iconic establishments in pop culture such as Rolling Stone.

The Queens original laid the foundations for his career as one half of the revered duo Organized Konfusion before branching off on his solo career, where he has crafted four albums of his own. His latest, P.T.S.D., is an innovative, creative album based on post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The album's most remarkable feat is channeling Monch's own, personal struggles with both issues and turning into something that's compelling and entertaining. It's the hip-hop version of observing a live action therapy session like you would a play or concert.

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King Buzzo's Solo Acoustic Project Is the Work of a Devilish Dylan

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If Buzz Osborne's solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists, sounds unlike any other acoustic record in existence, that's because it is. The 17-track album (released under Osborne's stage name, King Buzzo) incorporates a dark, brooding ambiance reminiscent of early Delta blues records blended with the sort of heavy riffs associated with Osborne's band the Melvins. That said, the disc isn't merely a drummer-less Melvins album because the material was written as a solo acoustic EP that soon grew into an LP.

Osborne plays June 12 at The Constellation Room. I caught up with the 50-year-old to inquire about how his solo set will differ from a Melvins show. He answered my questions and then some. Here is the result.

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New Projects Help Paul Oakenfold Refuse to Get Old

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Walking into Paul Oakenfold's home studio in the Hollywood Hills, it's hard to not notice the vast amount of movie posters cluttering the walls. Strolling through his expansive compound, he casually points to one from the John Travolta/Halle Berry crime thriller Swordfish. "That film in the corner there is the one that made all of this happen, actually," Oakenfold says. Unable to pass up the opportunity despite his lack of experience, he remembers throwing himself into creating the score for the 2001 film. After its success, he started getting calls for more work in Hollywood, to produce scores and cues for films as varied as The Matrix and Shrek. As for his record collection, half of it still sits in "the garage," he says in his heavy British accent. Most of his wax is representative of the 50-year-old's eclectic tastes as a DJ--the thing most people know him for.

Revered as a legend in electronic music since his late-'90s album Tranceport, Oakenfold has brought the rave sound around the world, from Goa to Ibiza, through massive festival performances and by scoring hit films and video games. The three-time Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and artist is currently part of J├Ągermeister's Ultimate Summer of Music tour, which is also sponsoring Fall Out Boy and country's Eli Young on their respective tours. Oakenfold's 20 stops across the States will promote his latest masterpiece, Trance Mission, to be released June 20 on his Perfecto Records.

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How Brody Dalle Overcame Her Solo-Career Stage Fright

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Before she hit the stage at Alex's Bar in Long Beach this past February, Brody Dalle was a wreck. Despite having played at stadiums and festivals, she paced back and forth with the anxious energy of a newcomer about to play her first gig. Yet in a sense, that's exactly what the veteran singer/songwriter was doing.

"When I'm not on tour and playing every night, I get a little bit nervous," Dalle explains over the phone. "When you're on tour, you get in a rhythm and you may have some not-so-great shows but you're playing every night. The Long Beach show was terrifying and I don't remember it."

Dalle's status as a solo artist is new, but she's been in bands since she was a teen in Melbourne, Australia. Regardless, on that night at Alex's, she had the jitters. She worried she'd forget lyrics or guitar chords. She had to be cognizant of the crowd and feed them some witty stage banter to show them that she was feeling their good vibes. She claims to be shy, but when you see her plow through her set, you'd think otherwise.

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Our Top 10 Songs By Underrated Soul Legends

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Darondo--RIP
Great soul songs conjure hazy images of smoke-filled clubs, sweaty suit-and-tied horn sections shuffling through dodgy choreography, and singers so viscerally passionate you're afraid for their blood pressure. While groups like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have revived the genre, dusty stacks of record store vinyl (and the web) still contain more than six decades of emotional, evocative, energizing soul songs that have been all but ignored since the dawn of disco. These tracks are just a sample of artists that never got the attention they deserved, or were quickly forgotten after a moment in the spotlight.


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