Burger Records Creates Its First Real Burger!

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Courtesy Chef Joseph Mahon
Lee Rickard and Sean Bohrman showing off their new beefy creation with chef Joseph Mahon (far right)
Some would say that international acclaim, a cassette tape revolution, fancy write ups in the New York Times and parade of sold-out festivals are sure signs that Burger Records has finally made it to the big leagues. To that we say...nay! The true sign of this OC-based label's success happened only recently and it's actually about as simple as it gets---the dudes finally created a real burger to call their own.

Last weekend, label founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard debuted their beefy new creation, dubbed the Hangover Burger, alongside chef Joseph Mahon at Burger Parlor in Fullerton. A Burger burger named after a Burger festival? That's marketing on top of marketing right there. Using Mahon's world-class chef skills, the Burger guys designed this masterpiece as the perfect cure to nurse Saturday night's PBR binge. Served as a specialty item exclusively on Sundays, it seems appropriate for a label that treats their consumption of burgers like a religion. We talked briefly with chef Mahon about what went into this tasty monstrosity. But mostly, we're just using this as an excuse to tease you with some food porn. See a close up photo of the Hangover Burger after the jump.

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The Doll Hut Lives Again! New Owners Say They're "Giving It Back to the Fans"

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Long live the Hut!
What? The Doll Hut's back?! How the hell did that happen?

In December of 2012, the Hut's tiny room full of local punks were sobbing in their beers and shouting in the streets after the Yeastie Boys ended the final gig before OC's iconic punk club would close it's doors and later re-brand itself as a Latin bar. We were sure the place was done for, a chapter in our local music history closed forever. That is until the Hut's former show promoter Michael "Mac" McGarvey basically came along and said "Psyyyyych!"

A year after the club's supposed extinction, the Doll Hut is now re-opened thanks to McGarvey and his longtime girlfriend Tammy Butler, who bought the place from the previous owners and rehabbed it back to it's former self. That just basically meant stamping out the bright colors, putting some blood and sweat back on the floor and slapping band stickers back on every wall. Ah, and suddenly the world is right again!

See also: The World Famous Doll Hut Closes it's Doors...Again. This Time For Good. (NOT!)

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Big Freedia - The Constellation Room - July 24, 2013

Hope Lee
Question: In the history of this blog, how many writers can say they got the headlining act to leave the venue, walk into the parking lot and get into a 1960 Ford Starliner on Cragars to take photographs?

Answer: One. Me.

The event in question happened with Big Freedia last night at The Constellation Room.
All week my friend Gabe had been telling me how he wanted Big Freedia (aka the Queen Diva, the Dick Eater, the Late Night Creeper -- ya besta buhleeva!) to take pictures in his car. I told him it wasn't happening. He showed up in the afternoon and was denied. At this point, I figured he'd drop it. He didn't.

See Also: Big Freedia Brings Bounce-Fueled Ass Battles to OC

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Mike Atta Returns to the Middle Class for Show With the Adolescents Tonight [UPDATED]

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[Updated: 2:30 p.m.] After placing a call to Out of Vogue to get a comment from Mike Atta about the show tonight, he gladly talked to us about how he's doing and thoughts about playing again. See his comments added to the bottom of this post.

Cancer-battling guitarist Mike Atta has a long way to go to beat his illness, but he's definitely taking one big stride tonight when he rejoins the Middle Class for a comeback show in Reseda. After recuperating from a tough round of cancer treatment, Atta is joining his band mates--along with the Adolescents, Love Canal and Glue Gun--at Webers, an all-ages venue.
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How Local Drummer Scott Devours Scored a Gig With the Who With Four Hours to Learn 'Quadrophenia'

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Brett Bixby
Scott Devours living every rock drummer's wet dream

Scott Devours' friends nearly dashed his dreams. Long Beach's 46-year-old drummer extraordinaire got a call February 5 from The Who--yes, that Who!--to ask if he could fill in THAT night for their drummer who pulled a tendon, Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey. Devours' buddies surrounding him at home advised him in no uncertain terms to politely decline.

They're not saboteurs. On the contrary, Devours' friends, fellow musicians, were terrified for him and adamantly said he should refuse because The Who--obviously one of the most famous rock bands evah--was going to hit the stage at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center in front of more than 10,000 people in merely seven hours. Impossible.

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Yeezy Engineer Confirms the Making of 'Watch the Throne 2'

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Another 'Watch the Throne' album? That shit cray.

It looks like rap's favorite tag-team Kanye West and Jay-Z are about to HAM on us again. Thanks to some flippant confirmation (which we're more than happy to lick up) from Yeezy's long-time producer Mike Dean, the Internet buzz surrounding a sequel of the duo's Watch the Throne album is making us all jittery over here. In a recent interview with online culture mag Quiet Lunch, Dean (aka the Coca-Cola Cowboy) leaked the info while discussing his regular Rolodex of earth-shattering projects. "I'm working on the G.O.O.D. Music album of course," says Dean. "I'm working on 'Watch the Thrown 2,' it's not started yet, but it's coming."

We'll be waiting with bated breath, guys. Just don't pull a Dr. Dre and have us waiting 10 years. Click the jump to catch the video of Dean's interview (which includes everything from stories about working with Tupac, Pimp C to his fascination with You Tube tutorials).

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Orange County Concert Calendar: New, Improved, Sometimes Tattooed

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Timothy Norris
Drum roll, please...

Individual results may vary.
We've just rolled out a new and improved calendar of Orange County concerts.

Our online music listings are now sortable by artist, venue and price. We've also got a raw, unadulterated, alphabetical list of upcoming shows in the drop-down menus on the righthand side of that page.

And now you can even buy concert tickets directly from our website, with more options on the way.

Take a look. Bang around a little. We're still tweaking, so let us know what you think in the comments below.

New Gillionaire Track: "Imdabes"

From the man who brought us "Rifles Burs" and "Snacks" comes a new song/video called "Imdabes." It's already blowing up Youtube, so I'm going to go head and call it now: It's an instant classic, the kind you don't take home to mother.

On the track, Gillionaire tells listeners that he "be the one that win Street Fighter tournaments," "got the highest score in the world on my SAT" and that he's in the best at "watching all them '90s videos -- Power Rangers, All That, Kenan & Kel."

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Rush Fans, Rejoice: Today is 2112

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We celebrate the dorkiest of dorky music fans by dubbing today as Rush Day, All Day: It is, after all, 2-1-12.
Both the album and the song, released in 1976, is actually about the year 2112. For many, the fact that 2112 is considered the definitive Rush album is reason enough to celebrate it. After the jump, everything you ever needed to know about the song--from gear to inspiration to art work.
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The Hall and Oates Hotline: The Future is Here

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Because I can't count the number of times I've wanted to hear "Rich Girl" and a music player was nowhere in sight, the Hall and Oates hotline (aka "Callin' Oates") is a lifesaver.  All you have to do is call and you get a choice of four (!) Hall and Oates classics to listen to in its entirety: "One on One"; "Rich Girl"; "Private Eye" and "Maneater." Try it for yourself; a demo of what happens after the jump.

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