Kitten's Chloe Chaidez Young Career Shows Maturity and Cat-Like Reflexes

Categories: Bands We Like

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Hana Ardelean and Jennifer Szilvagyi
At an early age, Chloe Chaidez knew she was different from other kids. While her friends were playing with toys and learning how to play the recorder, Chaidez was drawn to the raw power that music afforded her. What she didn't realize when she started playing bass at 10 was that her love of this creative outlet and her ability to harness an immense talent would become a full-fledged career.

Chaidez was born to a punk-rockin' father who played drums in LA underground outfit Thee Undertakers. Her dad blared classic rock and punk, but the young Chaidez was also drawn to the sounds of David Bowie, Sigur Ros and Band of Horses.

Now 19, the singer/songwriter has a vast musical knowledge that goes beyond her years as a player. Her music has been described as fusing genres as far-ranging as new wave, R&B, and '80s dance pop. This diverse sound has allowed Kitten to open for the likes of No Doubt, Paramore and Charli XCX.

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Tommy Chong's Still Got More Weed Than He Can Smoke

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I usually take anything given to me by a naked lady.
It's almost hard to believe that iconic pot humorist and marijuana advocate Tommy Chong started off as an R&B guitarist in the 50's. Since hooking up with Cheech Marin to create the legendary duo "Cheech & Chong," everything fired up leaving him with a resume that includes box office breaking films, hit comedy albums, and even Grammy nominations and an award. Your chance to see this celebrated man is rolling up fast as he's recording his podcast "Chong & Chong" along with his son (and special guests) at the Ontario Improv July 24th. We talked to Chong before his Improv gig and quickly realized that if you like to get high on life and with the laughs, tickets need to be grabbed fast for this smoking hot evening!


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Five Unexpected Acts Playing This Year's Gathering of the Juggalos

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It's the most magical, miraculous time of the year, as this week the good people wicked clowns at Psychopathic Records bring us this year's Gathering of the Juggalos. No longer at Cave In Rock, Illinois, this year's festivities will take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, or as the 2014 commercial installment would have you believe, "Heaven." Our St. Louis sister paper, Riverfront Times will be there -- look for that coverage later this week.

In the meantime, here are the biggest head-scratchers in the event's lineup.

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Rap Metal is Back...And It's Actually Good!

Categories: Metal

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By: Corey Deiterman

Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-hop elements like rapping and turntables was a serious low point.

Except now we have a whole generation who grew up on that music and wants to give it another whirl. You can find bands like Whitechapel and Suicide Silence admitting how much their sound is indebted to Korn and Slipknot, while others are even busting out those turntables again.

There's a difference this time though. Insane as it may sound to say it, it's working this time.
I'll be the first to slam '90s rap-metal. Even those who hand in inventing it, like Mike Patton of Faith No More, came out strongly against it; he famously once said, "don't blame me for that shit." Yet his part in its creation is undeniable thanks to the massive success that was "Epic."

And "Epic," along with various other experiments in the idea like Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing" with Chuck D, Anthrax and Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise," and Run DMC's version of "Walk This Way," proved that the idea could work. It just...didn't.


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Eddie Ifft: From Altar Boy to Dirty Boy

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Christopher Victorio
I thought I was going to die I was laughing so hard.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

The Irvine Improv has opened its new location and on Friday, July 25th if you like your comedy rough, rugged, and raw, their one night only show with Eddie Ifft is not something you want to pass up. We've had the pleasure of talking to him last year so before he takes center stage this time, we decided to switch it up with some "Quick Questions" because if anyone can rule at this game, it's Eddie. Hands down. Here he is answering questions about his guilty pleasures, dealing with hecklers, and his antics as an altar boy.

See also: Eddie Ifft Specializes in Joking About Incredibly Fucked Up Shit

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Gershwin's Americana at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Pacific Symphony
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/20/14

From alt rock acts to classical orchestras, the cozy and scenic Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, formerly (and more dignifiedly) known as Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, has hosted many types of concerts and musical festivals. And although music appreciation depends upon the taste of the individual, it is difficult to imagine that the strains of George Gershwin's most popular compositions would not command respect from anyone who heard them performed -- much less all in one program. On the evening of Sunday, July 20, Carl St. Clair opened his 25th season as the Musical Director and Conductor of the Pacific Symphony with performances of An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, selections from Porgy and Bess, and the "Overture" from Strike Up the Band.

Gershwin is popularly regarded as one of the prototypical American composers. He synthesized classical music with jazz and yielded wonderfully theatrical music, which has become hallmark Americana. Gershwin referred to Rhapsody in Blue (1924) as "a musical kaleidoscope of America." It has been influential on numerous musicians and has featured prominently in many movies -- most notably as Woody Allen's theme for New York in Manhattan and in Baz Luhrmann's recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

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College Kid Marcus Haney Lived a Real-Life Version of Almost Famous

Categories: Film

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In 2010, Marcus Haney was your typical college kid with a lust to get closer to the core of any modern music-lover's dream -- the music festival. But unlike most people wanting to go to Coachella, Bonnaroo and the rest, Haney didn't save for weeks to buy his event pass, and then ride out to Indio with his buddies for a weekend of partying to Jay-Z and Muse in the audience. Instead, Haney rode out to Indio, jumped a fence when no one was looking, hid out in a Porta-Potty for 8 hours and used a homemade photo pass to enjoy Coachella not from the audience with everyone else, but rather from behind the lens as a press photographer.

And while there might be quite a few people who successfully sneak into Coachella and other big music festivals for a day or so, Haney made a career out of it. He eventually parlayed his fake photo pass and press credentials to sneak into multiple festivals over a couple of years. At one such event, he met Mumford and Sons, who took such a liking to Haney and his work they invited him to go on tour with them as their press photographer. Haney dropped out of USC film school one term before graduating so he could join one of the world's biggest rock bands on their tour.

Haney has turned his adventures into a documentary film, No Cameras Allowed. The footage he shot at festivals and on the road with Mumford and Sons has been edited into a full-length film premiering July 23 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

We sat down with Haney, now 26 and living in Venice Beach when he's not on the road, to talk about what it's like to be the badass who realized his dream one amazing concert at a time.


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Sex Aside, There is Nothing Bad About Vince Royale

Categories: Q&As, comedy

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My mom still sees me as her boy, and I want to protect that!
Comedian Vince Royale is a true well-rounded talent handling business from the stage to big screen. This year he's been blowing up by popping up in a commercial, a movie, and on Logo TV's "Bad Sex" where he puts it all out there addressing real life addictions and issues. As if all of those props weren't enough, he'll also be headlining the Brea Improv on July 24th and before he hits the stage, we hit him up to get the details on his latest ventures and to see how his family is dealing with them. Rather, if they even know about them!


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Summer Slaughter Tour - The Observatory - July 19, 2014

Categories: Metal

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Alex Distefano
Morbid Angel
Summer Slaughter Tour
The Observatory
7/19/14

Extreme metal took over the Observatory on Santa Ana Saturday, for the first date of the all day Summer Slaughter Tour, featuring headliners Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus. The parking lots around the Observatory and surrounding areas were littered with metal heads young and old, all flocking to the two stages at the Observatory for some of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal music, both from the local and national touring level. Doors opened promptly at 2 p.m., but people were arriving all day, right up until Morbid Angel appeared at 10 p.m.
 
The tour also featured heavy hitters like Origin, Goatwhore, both of whom played before 8 p.m. Even earlier, Fallujah, Decrepit Birth and Boreworm, finishing out the touring portion of the bill. Orange county local metal bands Why We Kill, and Voices of Ruin performed on the smaller, Constellation Stage, with many friends, supporters and family members of the band rocking out in the crowd, as well as lots of new fans. Other highlights included LA based bands Nihilitus, None of the Living Remain and Tormentor, all of whom showcased a tremendous amount of talent and showmanship, with many fans catching each band.


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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

Categories: incoming

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The Go-Gos--See Friday
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar

Monday, July 21

Purple Mountains Majesties
The Wayfarer
Honored with the very first Monday night residency at the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar's new incarnation after a pretty substantial facelift, is OC-native band Purple Mountains Majesties. A six-piece group, they favor folk in its primary form--sing-a-longs and story-telling make up much of their live performances. And they embrace their recycle-generation's burden by primarily focusing on a message of environmental alarm. It's a jangly, jumping mix of guitars, flutes, tambourines, keyboards, and many more instruments (with band members bouncing from one to the next mid-song) to create a sound of folk electrified. Catch them for a free show tonight with support from the Red River and Gardener's Logic. (Erin DeWitt)

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