Indie Comic Book Podcast Records Live Episode at Comic Book Hideout This Saturday

The Chaos After Dark crew
Avid listeners of the Chaos After Dark podcast get an earful of talk about comic books, movies, pop culture, and everything in between, but this Saturday fans can be a part of the conversation in person as the show will record an epidsode live at Comic Book Hideout in Fullerton. Hosts Matt The Rat, Nando Calrissian and Billy the Kid will be joined by special guests and offer a big raffle prize, free food and geek conversation in honor of the podcast's two years of existence.

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Make Your Own DIY Suitcase Drum Kit

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Nina Cervantez
Here it is, in all it's finished glory
By: Candace Hansen

Working in a drum shop exposed me to a lot of gear. I have seen everything from rare vintage pieces to the newest and coolest and everything in between. Over the years I assisted many customers with a multitude of projects, but there is one that stuck out to me so much that I had to do it myself: the suitcase drum kit.

Suitcase drum kits exude cool. Legend has it that early low budget touring drummers would use these things on the road so they could travel easier and faster. These drum kits are not just cool because of hipster folklore; they're actually practical and look and sound great. With stages getting smaller, smaller kits have become very practical. They are inexpensive to make, and almost everything will fit inside of the suitcase when it's collapsed making for easy transport.

There are many ways to make these kits and many looks that can be achieved with them. I chose to construct one with a floor tom and two cymbals, but feel free to adapt to fit your own needs. Suitcase drum kits are great for a variety of people; drummers who wants to achieve a vintage look and feel but don't have the budget, singer songwriters needing something to keep a beat with, drummers who want something small and portable, and drummers who love to nerd out on their gear.

To build one of these beauties you will need...

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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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Your Guide To Taylor Swift's Most Generous Acts

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Jena Ardell

Whether you like her music or not, you have to give Swift props for her generosity. Swift notoriously goes above and beyond for her fans. We can't think of any other superstars who mail care packages to their fans. One fan (dealing with a depressing life transition) recently received a heartwarming barrage of gifts from Swift, along with a thoughtful, handwritten letter that said:

"Ally - I've been thinking about you a lot lately and all I want is for you to have a life that you love. I can't begin to understand what you're going through, but if it helps you at all to know that I'm pulling for you, you should know that I am. I check in on you all the time because you're smart and hysterically funny and beautiful. You deserve to be happy and I just hope these presents make you smile... Because you make me smile. -Tay"

Here's your guide to Swift's most generous acts of kindness this year.

See also: What It's Like to Be Taylor Swift, in Illustrated Form

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The Abigails' New Album is Coming-of-Age Satanic Outlaw Country

Mike Selsky
In the gritty underbelly of alt-country lurks sometimes-OC locals, The Abigails, a fusion of psych rock and outlaw country lead by front man and eccentric charmer, Warren Thomas. The group's rotating lineup currently includes members from Father John Misty and Douglas and The Furs, and considering Thomas spent time as a member of The Growlers, this is a cast of musicians that know their way around a stage.

The group is set to play at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa on Saturday night, where they'll celebrate the long awaited release of their sophomore effort, Tundra. Thomas makes no bones about purging his personal demons on the album, and even included an eight-page photo booklet of handwritten lyrics on old album sleeves. We caught up with an unusually introspective Thomas to hear about the delayed album release and how the album art came to fruition.

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Allen Moon Created a Genius Arts and Music Movement in Santa Ana

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Allen Moon
In the mind of an artist, drab routines are meant to be interrupted. That includes the typical concertgoing experience. Instead of buying a ticket to some stuffy club or a theater you've been to a thousand times, what if you caught a classic ensemble booming in the echoey marble foyer of SanTana's Santora Building? Or how about an avant-garde sound manipulator hypnotizing you with swells of celestial white noise on an underground racquetball court? The Santa Ana Sites (SAS) series, the brainchild of artistic director Allen Moon, combines challenging, eclectic sounds with makeshift venues in unlikely places for people who like their entertainment spontaneous, inspired and cerebral.

The next installment, Saturday's "Santa Ana Sites: Maya Beiser--Uncovered," will take over Logan Creative, a 20,000-square-foot artists' complex that originally operated as a spiral-staircase factory. Amidst an open house by Logan Creative's resident artists and artisans, cello ingénue Maya Beiser plans to include what she describes as "uncovers" of staple rock songs from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Nirvana.

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Set Your Boners to Hyperdrive: Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show Coming to Santa Ana!

Photo of Audrey Deluxe by Maarten Deboer
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, comic book geeks and science fiction nerds were among the least likely social groups to be associated with sexuality. However, anyone who has attended a comic book or sci-fi convention in the past 10 years, give or take, has observed that flesh, cosplay, and nerd chic have become as part and parcel of the cons as getting autographs from artists & celebrities, buying campy memorabilia, and geeking out over trailers to upcoming superhero movies. That being said, on Saturday, July 12, the girls of Devil's Playground Burlesque, in association with Yadi, will be taking all Orange County comers -- nerdly fetishists as well as civilians -- to the next level of galactic experience with their Star Wars-inspired show, "Star Girls."

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VIDEO: Foo Fighters Cover The Rolling Stones and Queen PLUS Exclusive Photos

Jena Ardell

"I love rock and roll just as much as the next guy," Dave Grohl said when the Foo Fighters returned to the stage at Firefly Festival in Dover, DE this weekend after their headlining performance. "Maybe even fuckin' more than the next guy. I love being in the Foo Fighters, but tonight, for the next four or five songs, we're a fuckin' bar band called the Holy Shits that plays fuckin' classic rock songs. What about that shit?!"

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Fred Armisen Brings a Live Portlandia Viewing to the Observatory

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It's hard to name one other television show that has brilliantly crystallized the humor and absurdity of contemporary lifestyle trends than Portlandia. Created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein--veteran musicians and close friends--the two pooled together their collective experiences of Portland and have generated a successful format for satirizing some of the most innocuous quirks about the city and the millenial generation as a whole.

Four seasons since their debut in 2011, Portlandia has become a cult hit with its iconic one-liners ("Put a bird on it!"), awesome guest stars, and various recurring characters played by Armisen and Brownstein, like the gender-swapping roles Lance and Nina, aging punks Spike and Iris, and of course, feminist bookstore Women & Women First owners Toni and Candace.Last Saturday night, Armisen came down to the Observatory in Santa Ana to extend to fans an exclusive first look of this season's upcoming episode 8, and engaged audiences in a hilarious Q&A session full of memorable moments and insightful answers.

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Trent Reznor's Stunning Shout Out to Andrew Youssef in Las Vegas

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At this point, we thought we'd seen just about everything Nine Inch Nails could do to show their support for beloved Weekly photographer Andrew Youssef. He's already going down in history for having one of the most legendary NIN fan experiences in history thanks to the time spent with Trent Reznor and company before their fall arena tour. Since learning about Youssef's battle with Stage IV Colon Cancer, there's no question the band and their team have formed a genuine bond with one of their biggest and most deserving fans. Youssef chronicled the experiences in his Weekly column Last Shot, which delves into his experiences fighting cancer through his love of music.

But when the veteran Weekling unexpectedly answered a FaceTime chat with Reznor on November 16, days after seeing NIN perform at the Staples Center on November 8, it turns out he got an even better seat to their show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Just before launching into their song "In This Twilight," (the title of one of Youssef's most brave and devastating posts), Reznor gave Youssef a special dedication that's probably still ringing in his ears even though he was too physically drained to be at the show. Check out the video below to see what we mean.

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