Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on Their New Arena Football Team

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Top row: L.A. Kiss co-owners Schuyler Hoversten, Doc Mcghee, Brett Bouchy; bottom row: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

This week, our cover story profiled Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS before they officially launch their new arena football team, the LA KISS inside the Honda Center this month. It's been a big year for KISS. Outside of owning their own AFL team, they've been inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, an honor they do not take lightly. This interview took place before the controversy surrounding the band's decision not to play in at the ceremony, so any of those questions weren't addressed. Not every tidbit from the interview made the main piece, so here are some of our favorite moments from the story that were left on the cutting room floor (including an episode of road rage Paul Stanley experienced while driving home from Anaheim).

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


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The Colourist Are Stamping Their Passport to Rockstardom at Coachella

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Communication between band members is one of the most important yet often-overlooked aspects of being in a band. Just ask the Colourist's Adam Castilla and Maya Tuttle. Their previous outfit, Paper Thin Walls, won a contest to play at a Led Zeppelin after-party in London in 2007. It sounded great in theory, but when Tuttle forgot to inform the band she entered them in the contest, it caused some minor problems closer to the date.
 

"We found out about the Led Zeppelin show a week before it happened," singer/guitarist Castilla recalls. "I didn't have a passport, so I had to get one in literally 24 hours and it cost $500. If nothing else, when we formed this band, we made sure everyone had a passport ready to go."



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In Print This Week: Mike Atta, Wolfgang Gartner, Well Hung Heart, Ask Exene

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Mike Atta, second from right, with The Middle Class back in the day

[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.]

1) Our lead feature this week puts the spotlight a member OC punk royalty, Mike Atta of the 70s hardcore punk band The Middle Class. This month, the guitar hero/owner of local Fullerton shop Out of Vogue is undergoing a second battle with cancer that he never saw coming. This time, fans, friends and OC punks are coming to his aid by finding all sorts of ways to donate toward the cost of his medical bills. We follow Atta's story and realize that if there's one thing musicians are good at around here when they're not on stage, it's helping a fallen brother.
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In Print This Week: Bad Brains, Henry Clay People, Shogun, Ask Exene

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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.]

1) Our lead feature this week highlights D.C.'s foundational hardcore heroes Bad Brains. If by some unfortunate circumstances you're not familiar with them, drop what you're doing and spend a few hours getting addicted. For over three decades now, few if any have come close to matching their alchemy of brutal aggression, fretboard proficiency and rastafied spirituality. Having just released their newest effort, Into the Future, bassist Darryl Jenifer speaks about why the band's motto of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) is still the only thing that stands between mankind and extinction. We also go into the band's recent documentary, A Band in D.C. that debuted at Suth By Southwest this year. You're definitely going to want to read what he has to say about it. They play the Observatory in Aanta Ana tonight.


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In Print This Week: The Original Wailers, Grouplove, Max and the Moon, Ask Exene


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Al Anderson (left) with the Original Wailers: Still Jammin'

[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.]


1) Our lead feature this week focuses on the no-so-irie side of reggae music history--specifically the story of Al Anderson, guitarist for the Original Wailers. After joining Bob Marley and the Wailers in the late 70s, the guitarist contributed some of the most iconic blues-inflected licks in Marley's song catalog. But after Marley died in 1981, legal battles between the Wailers and Island Records over rights to the band's songs introduced Anderson to the dirty side of the music business. That only got worse when he tried to keep the legacy of the band going when he started the Original Wailers, a group dedicated to playing originals while preserving some hits from the past.  The band performs on Sunday at the House of Blues.

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In Print This Week: Rusko, Municipal Waste, Time and Energy, Ask Exene

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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.]

1) Our lead feature explains Rusko's evolution from ska nerd to EDM wunderkind. For those of you embittered about the state of North American dubstep, this selector from Leeds, England is definitely your savior. For starters, he was actually lured into dubstep through dub music (what a concept!) and continues to favor irie island vibes over industrial aggression. More importantly, he talks about his process of improvising and creating his mixes on the fly. It allows him to act like he's in a band, despite being a control freak with an undying lust for orchestration. In any case, you definitely find him riding the spacebar on his laptop.
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In Print This Week: Jerome LOL, Com Truise, Sex Panther, Ask Exene

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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.]
 

1) Our lead story this week delves into the world of atmospheric blips, bleeps and beats created by Jerome LOL. After parting ways last year with Markus Garcia of LOL Boys, this L.A.-based beatsmith embarked on a solo career making beats that thrive on sonic dichotomy, from the meshing of moods to the contradictory song titles. It's all tied together by a laid-back, California flair and some well-placed sound effects from social media sites.

See Also:
*Top Five Best and Worst Moments of Escape From Wonderland
*How Unknown Ontario Band Noise of Rumors Got an Opening Slot For No Doubt at the Gibson
*10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die
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In Print This Week: Bosnian Rainbows, Slander, Something Horrible, Ask Exene

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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.]

1) Our lead lead feature this week has us sitting down with psych rock polymath Omar Rodriguez-Lopez to get the scoop on his new band Bosnian Rainbows.Widely revered for his role as guitarist and brainchild of the Mars Volta, it's clear that Rodriguez-Lopez was in the market for a more collaborative project with Bosnian--a super group of sorts that includes Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, Teri "Gender Bender" Suarez of Le Butcherettes and synth player/producer Nicci Kasper. Together, the band combines streaks of prog, pop, modern rock and convulsive energy that morphs . He plays a sold out show atthe Constellation Room on Friday.

See Also:
*Nick 13 Sparks Up Another Year of October Flame, This Time in Pomona
*Datsik - Yost Theater - October 22, 2012
*Five Porn Stars Who've Attempted Music Careers


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In Print This Week: Old-School K-Pop, Datsik, Feeding People, Ask Exene

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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]

1) Our lead feature this week might look familiar. It's the return of some of our ever-popular K-Pop coverage that attempts to school you young'ins about the 10 K-Pop pioneers of old. Yeah, their clothes were goofy, a bit crude maybe, but without bands like Fin K.L., Shinhwa and g.o.d. (yes, all lowercase--cuz they're humble like that), bands like 2NE1 and Big Bang wouldn't even exist. So, if you would, please take a few minutes to tip your hat to the old-school.

2) Our second feature stars one of the most appealing practitioners of TrapStyle, Troy Beetles (aka Datsik). Not only do we get a glimpse at life on tour for the well-known Canadian dupstep producer, we also find out how his previous hip-hop fandom helped him hone his own style of the re-invented TrapStyle sound. You also get to envy the fact that he gets up to start his day at like, 5 p.m. He plays at the Yost Theater on Monday.


See Also:
*The Five Best Shows in OC This Week:Big Business, Major Lazer
*Five Mash-Up Ideas Girl Talk Should Never Attempt (And Hear What They Sound Like!)
*Top Five Worst Places to Get Your EDM News


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In Print This Week: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Dry the River, Tini Grey, Ask Exene

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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]

1) Our lead feature this week shines a spotlight on the pop culture parody enigma "Weird Al" Yankovic. Yes folks, not only is he still around but he's probably out-selling and out-touring a lot the artists he's clowned on during his three decades as the Messiah of accordion-driven comedy. He just rolled into the City National Grove of Anaheim yesterday for yet another stop in OC this year, and it's clear that the people out here still can't get enough. So eat it, haters.

2) Our second feature on Dry the River teaches us an important lesson: not all indie folk bands from England sound like Mumford and Sons. The shimmering, vivid lyrics and emotional pull of songs like "No Rest" exemplify the sound of the band, whose recent album Shallow Bed pairs storms of emotional guitar tones, tortured poetry and some reall trippy, kick-ass music videos. Catch them on Monday at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana.

See Also:
*The World Famous Doll Hut Closes...Again. This Time For Good
*BLOK to Headline an Extra-Spooky Edition of Plugged Into Local at Alex's Bar, Oct. 24
*Top 10 Wally George Band Interviews From the Hot Seat

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