Producer Steve Evetts Serves As Incite's Sonic Shepherd

Categories: Metal

Janice Mersiovsky
It's a humid night in Garden Grove, and Phoenix-based groove-metal band Incite are finishing a monthlong recording stint for their fourth full-length album at producer Steve Evetts' Omen Room Studios. Nestled in a business-park setting away from the cramped street traffic, Omen Room is stuffed with Marshall amps, a smattering of classic punk-rock vinyl, the smell of wooden instruments and lingering cannabis smoke trails from the quartet of metalheads taking a recording break outside.

While vocalist Richie Cavalera, bassist Christopher "EL," drummer Lennon Lopez and guitarist "Dru Tang" Rome decompress from the heavy and aggressive compositions for a few minutes, Evetts sits at the soundboard, meticulously finalizing details on the next chapter in the young band's musical discography, which includes the albums The Slaughter, All Out War and Up In Hell.

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The Skinny Puppy Cult is Alive and Well!

Skinny Puppy's Ogre and Matthew Setzer perform at The Observatory. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Skinny Puppy
The Observatory

Twenty-something, dreadlocked neophytes from San Juan Capistrano and white-haired, long-time fans from San Jose made the pilgrimage to the Observatory in order to experience the final stop on Skinny Puppy's Down the Sociopath tour. As most any Puppy fan will confirm, there's no such thing as a bad Skinny Puppy show; even unsuspecting venue employees, whether they like the music or not, will admit that the band's stage shows are uniquely mystifying, and for Saturday night's performance, the dog was in top form.

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Life Lessons From Willie Nelson

Categories: Quotes

Jena Ardell
Willie Nelson's political proclamation nearly overshadowed the two-day celebration honoring the musician at Gershwin Prize Ceremony last week. Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, performed a rendition of his 1986 song "Living In the Promised Land" for the first time since 2004.

Before playing the track, he commented on the Syrian refugee debate that's currently ongoing: "I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America. Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back."

"There was nothing overtly political in the performances," The LA Times reported. "After Nelson delivered the last lyric, "And room for everyone. Living in the Promiseland," the bipartisan crowd gave him a standing ovation."

The 82-year-old legend hasn't let a recent operation keep him 'laid up' for long. Nelson recently revealed he had undergone a stem-cell operation to improve his lung health. The operation was cited as the reason he was forced to reschedule the opening dates of his Django and Jimmie Tour with Haggard.

Here are some life lessons from Nelson. Quotation above via

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Funniest Tweets From the 2015 American Music Awards

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Chris Martin can get it.

The 43rd Annual American Music Awards was "live" from L.A. (don't get us started) and hosted by Jennifer Lopez aka J. Lo aka Jenny from the block aka I kept changing my outfit and they were all, meh. After last year's show, we made it a rule to never tune in again but as we all know, rules get broken. And plus we heard we weren't going to have to endure dancing Taylor Swift audience shots because she wasn't going to be there.

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Tim Kasher Shows the Constellation Room the Good Life

Categories: live review

Josh Chesler
Life is good when the Good Life come to town.
The Good Life
Constellation Room

There were only about a hundred people who were in the Constellation Room for the Good Life's set at 9:00 on Thursday night, but that wasn't a problem for the Midwestern four-piece.

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Seedless Prep Us For a Bite of The Orange Album

Categories: Locals Only

Matt Corkill
Though they've remained relatively quiet about their forthcoming new album 2015, OC's reggae act Seedless are gearing up to make some big noise in 2016. With the anticipation of their sophomore full-length building on the upwards of five years since releasing 2010's Twisted Roots, the band has recently given hope that their proposed Orange Album will not share the same ill fate as Dr. Dre's Detox.

Liufau explains, "We figured, it's taken this long to create it (Orange Album), let's take a little extra time and make sure it's the best it can be. We have also been busy expanding the family side of Seedless, which is what we are all about."

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New Found Glory Sets the Time Machine to 2004 at House of Blues

Categories: live review

Josh Chesler
Pretty much any show that ends with confetti is a good show.
New Found Glory
House of Blues

More than arguably anyone else (with the possible exception of the Used), New Found Glory has capitalized on the emo/pop punk revival currently happening. On Wednesday night, they demonstrated that with a sold out show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, bringing the entire venue back to the mid-2000s for a night.

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Santa Ana Noise Festival Returns to OCCCA

+DOG+ performs at SANF4. Photo by Stephen Anderson
It is a right of passage for nearly every generation to experience the music of their youth getting filed under "oldies," and to interpret the music of the following generation as a bunch of noise. While this is a general truism, some folks embrace the concept of noise in a whole other way. This Saturday, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) will host the seventh Santa Ana Noise Fest which will feature performances by 14 noise music acts.

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The Game Downs a Bottle While Discussing Charlie Sheen and Dick Pics

Categories: live review

Josh Chesler
The Game's set at the Observatory was certainly a crowd-pleaser, as short as it was.
The Game
The Observatory

Less than half an hour before the Game began performing, much of the crowd at the Observatory on Tuesday night began to boo.

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Blind Guardian Draw Their Power Metal Swords in Anaheim

Categories: Metal

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Blind Guardian
Germany's power metal sensation Blind Guardian erupted onto the metal scene in 1984, and from the beginning its musical mission was to perfect the fusion of thrash and a traditional, symphonic, more classical approaches to heaviness. With heavy and pounding bass drums, and ravaging riffs, Blind Guardian's music was inspired by tales of fantasy and science fiction. The band's albums are tales, each song a shorter story within the greater epics. The subjects are limitless but have included battles of good vs. evil, wizards, gnomes, ancient prophecies, and portals to other dimensions. Fans have loved the band's sound and story telling ability. The music is loud and, over the years has retained its melody and increased its speed and aggression, incrementally adopting more elements of thrash metal.

The band is celebrating three decades, and counting of an international following, 10 full length studio albums, including the most recent, Beyond the Red Mirror, from earlier this year. Longtime guitarist Andre Olbrich recently took time to speak with the Weekly about Blind Guardian's upcoming tour with German old school metal band Grave Digger, the popularity of heavy metal music on the world scene, the band's upcoming appearances on the big European metal festivals in 2016, the best places to play in America, and more.

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