Rules of Attraction Aren't Afraid to Get Ugly

Categories: Locals Only

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Courtesy of Alex Vincent
A rattle comes from the glass back door of TK Burger in Costa Mesa. Outside, a few cute teenage girls in short shorts and snug tank tops pull on the handle and stare inside like lost puppy dogs. During the lunch rush, they're the third or fourth group to try to get in through the locked door; on the other side of the restaurant, the front door is wide open. All the unfortunate schlubs who tried the handle before them got cold shoulders and smirks from patrons inside. But not these ladies. Within a few seconds, some tan surfer dude wearing flip-flops and a toothy grin trots over and opens it for them.

Alex Vincent observes the scene from a nearby booth. Watching this cliché act of chivalry between chomps of a juicy cheeseburger, he sighs a little and shakes his head, which is sporting a black-and-white admiral's cap with gold trim.

"You see that?" he asks under his breath, his eyes motioning toward the door. "There's a good example for you: No one ever ignores pretty girls."

It's that kind of double standard regarding society's obsession with beauty that stokes Vincent's ire. Combining hardcore aggression, orchestral layers, dark imagery and creepy surf tone guitar, his band, appropriately named Rules of Attraction, create a platypus of sounds that's unattractive on paper. Some of it sounds borrowed from his previous band, horror punk outfit Something Horrible (also featured in Locals Only).

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Paul Rodriguez and Mario Lopez: The Not So Odd Couple?

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

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NUVOtv
I knew he was going to be a big and talented star, I would have treated him better.
Comedian Paul Rodriguez has made a major success out of himself as a comedian and actor for almost 30 years. It's that longevity that spawned his newest NUVOtv special "For the Record" which tells the tale of his life. On September 18th at 10pm, he'll be talking all about both when he joins Mario Lopez on his series, "One on One." With the show coming up tomorrow night, we got Paul on the horn to see what's been going on since the last time we talked to him and to find out not just about this special, but to see what's up with his ever evolving life, get an update on his comedy camp at Laugh Factory, and to hear about his newest venture in theater.


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R.I.P. Jaws: A Memorial Playlist For Actor Richard Kiel

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Richard Kiel in Happy Gilmore
Last week the film world mourned the loss of one of its most memorable giants. Richard Kiel, best known as beloved James Bond henchman "Jaws" and more recently as nail-headed construction foreman Mr. Larsen in Happy Gilmore, died in Fresno, California at the age of 74. A big man with a heart to match, Kiel remained active in his career both acting and delighting generations of fans as conventions coast-to-coast. It is in tribute to one of our favorite actors we present our Richard Kiel memorial playlist.


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Well Hung Heart's New Documentary Captures the End of an Era

Categories: Bands We Like

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When we last caught up with Well Hung Heart, they had just put the finishing touches on their debut LP Young Enough to Know it All. Since then, they've won multiple OC Music Awards, continued building their production company, and of course, writing music. Initially, they thought they'd have some loose ideas that would be enough for an EP that would be recorded at Secret Ninja Studios. What they didn't realize was that the acclaimed studio was shutting it's doors at its current location after the building was sold. The duo knew they had a responsibility, as the last band to record at the same place as bands far ranging from Kyuss to the Righteous Brothers.

"It was a very emotional time for Ryan, the studio's engineer, since he's been at the studio for 12 years" Davey says as he and Valenti hustle around preparing to shoot a video for the band Bush on Monday. "We didn't have any songs ready to record, but we had a band, and we went in to see what we could do."

The band went in for the maximum amount of time they could afford--10 days--and ended up recording their second full-length, Go Forth and Multiply, which was released two weeks ago. Some days, they'd start with bits and pieces of songs, other days the well was dry. But the constant was the tireless days and long nights they spent putting together compositions they'd record live. On one day particular day, Well Hung Heart recorded three new songs from scratch.


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Lemur Music Proves There's Still Nothing Sexier Than An Upright Bass

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Courtesy Lemur Music
"People want to come in and play the basses. I hear this over and over, they say 'I've always wanted to come,' or 'this is the shop! I've always imagined what it looked like,'" says Toni Buffa, who has run Lemur since she and her late husband Jerry purchased the company in 1995.

Players of the upright bass - also known as the standup bass or double bass - know Lemur as the gold standard for the instrument in the western U.S. The company provides basses, bows, amplifiers and accessories to a worldwide clientele.

"When we took over the business in '95, it was the beginning of what I would call a golden age of bass. Buffa says. "It was just booming - our business tripled in less than two years."


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Nope, Godsmack Still Aren't Going Anywhere

Categories: Metal

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The rising tide of '90s nostalgia continues to prove that some bands just don't know how to quit. And that the more out of vogue they seem to get with the mainstream, the more rabid their true fans get. Although Godsmack just released their sixth full-length album over a 20-year career, the hard rock Boston, Mass. quartet is still considered a formidable force as they continue a packed year of touring, headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink's Uproar Festival. Southern California fans, including the diehards that tattooed the band's signature flaming sun emblem around their navel, can see Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate and more on two stages at the tour's stop at Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine tonight.

Godsmack's tough guy rawk hits such as "Keep Away," "Voodoo," and "Stand Alone" are sure to be the highlight of the band's Uproar set, but fans can also expect to hear tracks from the band's August, 5th release, 1000hp out via Republic Records. After a four-year hiatus, the songwriting chemistry moved the band back into the spotlight with the support of 3.9 million Facebook followers and packed live show attendance during their previous tour Mass Chaos. The band's celebrated album release and enduring music career was even recognized and applauded by the mayor of Boston, declaring August 6th "Godsmack Day." With only a few select dates left performing on Uproar Festival, vocalist Sully Erna spoke about the band's breather, the new album and Godsmack's worst touring experience ever.


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OC Death Fest - The Music Hall - September 13, 2014

Categories: Metal, live review

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Alex Distefano
The Faceless
OC Death Fest
The Music Hall
9/13/14

The blazing hot sun and triple digit heat didn't keep hundreds of faithful metal heads away from a warehouse in an industrial corner of Anaheim on Saturday for the second annual OC Death Fest, organized by Arrogant Behavior Promotions, an LA-based underground metal booking company.

With over 20 local and touring bands performing, the festival began early. Doors opened promptly at 1 p.m. and the first bands were on shortly after. The set up of the seemingly makeshift venue, known simply as The Music Hall, was an outdoor stage and an indoor stage, both of which were hot as hell. But from the onset, fans were treated to a flood of local talent throughout the entire 11-hour event.

Whether it was death metal, black metal, thrash, deathcore, grind, progressive or some kind of hybrid, this festival covered it all. From the brutal, head banging death metal of LA's female thrash band Harlequin.

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Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre- September 13, 2014

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Holy hotness! Despite the ridiculous overload of funny comics on tap at the 2nd annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, there was nothing funny about the heat. "Sweat" was the theme and it was seen on everyone from patrons, workers, and even the comics themselves. So yeah, it was hot. That aside...

While this year wasn't 100% sold out, it was certainly packed with the most eclectic mix of comedy lovers that you could imagine. Of course the line-up pretty much had something for everyone so the diverse audience was to be expected. Although, I did see two babies there and I'm not sure at all who they came out to see. Maybe they just came out for the beer and food trucks. Who knows?


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Elvis Makes a Triumphant Return to the Maverick Theater

Categories: Culture, Theater

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Courtesy of the Maverick Theater

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Maverick Theater
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It may not be completely accurate to say The King is the play that built the Maverick Theater. After all, there have been other shows at the Fullerton space since Brian Newell's homage to Elvis Presley, who wakes up after decades of cyrogenic slumber, first opened.
But since then, Newell has staged the play about 6,000 times (well, really just seven or eight or maybe it's 50) and it's continued to lure huge crowds in every incarnation.
And, now, Elvis is back at the Maverick. But there's no concern that Newell will kill any golden geese with this one. His new Elvis homage is Elvis '68, a staged version of Presley's landmark 1968 comeback concert, which re-introduced a nation of fans to the sexualized, edgy and downright interesting Elvis that years of whoring his talents in stupid movies had diluted.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

Categories: incoming

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Katy Perry--See Tuesday
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar

Monday, September 15

Let's Drive to Alaska Residency
The Continental Room
Not since 2001: A Space Odyssey have we been handed such an out-of-this-world impression of sci-fi in pop culture. The music of Let's Drive to Alaska is a majestic journey through electronic beats, jazz, and post-rock that ultimately stimulates the mind and soothes the soul. The group, composed of duo Christopher Garcia and Patrick Haag, feed off of each other's musical energies to deliver a sonic postcard from outer space, with eargasms galore. Tonight is their third night playing their residency at Continental Room, which means a chance to see LDTA more than once. Appearing with Time and Energy, Plastic Parade and Technocrat. (Aimee Murillo)

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