LA KISS Hope to Improve on a Tough First Season

Markee White (#8) of the L.A. Kiss makes a catch on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in a game against the Spokane Shock.
Around this time last year, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and company were gearing up for the launch of inaugural season for the L.A. KISS. The duo proclaimed their team was gunning for a berth in the Arena Bowl, which as any sports fan knows for an expansion team is a pretty lofty, if not unrealistic expectation. Needless to say, with all of the hullabaloo surrounding the team, it had a big bull's eye on its back and it failed to meet expectations. A promising 2-1 start turned into a 3-15 season that was a headache for everyone involved, which was shown on Fourth and Loud.

"You're never going to come out and think you're going to have a .500 season," team president Schuyler Hoversten says more measuredly. "You obviously start the season thinking that you have the chance to win it regardless of the guys you have in the locker room. We believed we could win but it just didn't work out."

See also: Our cover story on the L.A. KISS

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Yes - The Greek Theatre - August 24, 2014

Yes performing at The Greek Theatre (photo by Scott Feinblatt)
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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OC Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Postponed Until Next Summer

Mayra Rodriguez
Taking its cue from the first girls rock camp started in Portland, Oregon a decade ago, organizers in Orange County were readying to replicate the model for a week of intensive music programming slated for August. The inaugural OC Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls was set to happen at Backline Studios in Garden Grove with day-long workshops, instrument instruction, band practice and a showcase finale when a letter of postponement issued yesterday put the ambitious endeavor on hold until next summer.

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Queen Latifah Is Headlining Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival

File under "How Did We Miss This?": Queen Latifah will headline the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival May 19.

This will be Latifah's first appearance at a gay pride festival. The Long Beach event, which began in 1984, is one of the country's biggest celebrations. In previous years, Jennifer Hudson has performed.

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Dillon Francis at the Observatory, April 16, 2012

Charles Lam

Dillon Francis
The Observatory, Santa Ana
April 14, 2012
LA-based producer Dillon Francis visited the Observatory last Saturday, playing to a crowd largely made up of white trash and Asian ravers. The doors, originally scheduled to open at 7, opened an hour and a half late. By the time audience members were allowed in, a drunk and stoned line had already formed.

Inside was not much better.

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Warren G Releasing an EP Featuring the Late Nate Dogg

Warren G now has a name and release date for the EP that he planned with Nate Dogg after the late crooner's death. (It's been a year now since he died, can you believe it?) Warren G says the EP will be called No One Could Do It Better, and rapper The Game will contribute to the first single, "A Party We Will Throw Now."
Of course, Nate Dogg is doing the hook. Warren G told XXL, "I might drop it April 17 right after our first Coachella show. If not, by mid-May or June. Shit...I might decide to go hard virally with it. It's that genuine G-Funk sound that we're missing. I just to give people that real music again and tell people that ain't nothing changed. Nate is still here. I got to keep my boy alive."
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Attack Attack! At the Glass House on Feb. 10, 2012

Attack Attack!
February 10, 2012
The Glass House

It's been a long time since I've been to a concert that was so heavily populated by 15-year-olds. I also don't think I've heard music that was simultaneously filled with such angsty anger and (subtly Christian) positivity. Needless to say, Attack Attack! does it well. The concert at the Glass House last Friday, featuring Attack Attack! along with Dream on, Dreamer, Sleeping with Sirens, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and The Ghost Inside, was successful at making me feel both encouraged and pissed off. 

It seems like that's what much of hardcore music is about these days, especially with the rise of straight edge culture. The Glass House is a great venue for this moshing, elbow-throwing, crowd-surfing mass. The floor was just large enough for a front fist-pumping section, a mosher's opening in the middle, and a back row and balcony for those were tired of the throng (or hesitant to enter in the first place). Glass House security has an awesome catch-and-release program for ambitious crowd-surfers that make their way to the front, filtering them right back into the mob.

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40 Hottest Girls of White Wonderland

Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Insomniac's White Wonderland, held at the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend, was a huge success, despite Kaskade's cancellation. We saw so many people in white--white bras, white boots, white masks, white tights, white bandeaus--that we just had to post the hottest of the lot. Check them out after the jump, and if you see your picture, tell us in the comments!More »

They Will Get By: Five Questionable '80s Comebacks from '60s Artists

Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector
Rock and roll is a tough and fickle business. One minute you're on top of the world and the next you're on top of a float, blowing kisses to strangers in Branson, Missouri. In between, anything goes. Tonight, Eddie Money, a singer no stranger to the ups and downs of the music business, presents a holiday show at the Grove of Anaheim alongside Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Mickey Thomas of Starship. In honor of their persistence in traveling a bumpy road we present a list of five artists who proved in the '80s that it is never too late for a second act.

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Discoveries at the San Diego Music Thing: Nico Vega, Developing a Social Media Plan and Flavors of East Africa


This year's San Diego Music Thing, held last weekend, was again an impressive gathering of trade music folks, industry experts and up-and-coming musicians. Held again at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park, there were some changes from last year's event (then called the North Park Music Thing) that were disappointing (what happened to the free shuttle?!?) and some that were welcome (hello, Casbah!). No doubt, working musicians learn a lot from conferences such as this, and it helps to network with industry types who are much more likely to hear your music if you do go. Music professionals on the other hand have an easier time hearing your music if it's all in one place.

If you weren't able to go, you can still partake of all the knowledge that was shared at the various panels; check out the video of how to make social media work for you. You can also like San Diego Music Thing on Facebook for more videos.

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