Nick Cave's Creative Odyssey 20,000 Days on Earth Opens This Friday at The Frida

Categories: Film

Drafthouse Films
Doesn't look a day over 15,765 days old...

Nick Cave is a man who wears many hats: singer, musician, writer, screenwriter, actor and composer. But Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's latest film, 20,000 Days on Earth , tells about not only the creative genius behind all of them, but also the father, husband and friend that isn't so commonly known to fans.

That isn't to say that 20,000 Days is your run-of-the-mill documentary. In a format befitting the ex-Bad Seeds front man, the film explores the world of Cave and the influences--from his early upbringing to the everyday people in his life--that inspire his imagination. But beyond that, the film examines the spiritual themes such as mortality, and how we spend our time on Earth.

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Lido Theater Hosts It's A Dead Man's Party With Former Oingo Boingo Members

Categories: Venue News

Ed Melliza
Lido Theater
The neon lights surrounding the marquee of Newport Beach's Lido Theater will draw attention to more than movie titles in the upcoming months--they'll also illuminate the names of live music acts.

Countless films have ran in the historic theater over the last 75 years, but the shift to include live music comes from new operators, Lido Live, who took over the theater's lease from Regency last summer. In addition to running feature films, the theater will now showcase musicians whose styles range from R&B to show tunes. With Halloween just around the corner, Lido Theater is gearing up for Friday's Halloween concert, It's A Dead Man's Party, with special Oingo Boingo act, Boingo Dance Party.

Boingo Dance Party is special for the fact that it features several original members of the seminal '80s new wave band, including Sam "Sluggo" Phipps on saxophone and Johnny Vatos on drums. Boingo Dance Party is known for their upbeat live shows, making them a natural fit for the Halloween bash.

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The Growlers and the Rise of Beach Goth

Categories: Cover Story

John Gilhooley
The Growlers (left to right): Matt Taylor, Scott Montoya, Brooks Nielsen, Kyle Straka, Anthony Braun Perry
On a hot October afternoon inside Growlers keyboardist Kyle Straka's stuffy Costa Mesa apartment, all the band can manage to do is stare at one another and laugh. Rock stars are supposed to come home from tour with normal things--broken guitars, hardcore drug addictions, venereal diseases.

But seriously, scabies?

The previous night, Straka and the band's tour manager came down with a bad case of burrowing skin mites--apparently the result of trying on some less-than-sanitary threads at a San Antonio thrift store. This is unfortunate news to the band's gangly bassist Anthony "Anstonio" Braun Perry, who just realized he used one of Straka's towels to take a shower in the apartment. He gulps heavily as his skin turns pale with dread.

"Dude, I used it on my face," he moans. "Oh, my God, fucking gross!"

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Glen Benton of Deicide: Not an Angry Person, But Still Scary as Hell

Categories: Metal

Glen Benton has undeniably been one of metal's most controversial, and misunderstood front men. As a dual vocalist and bass player for Florida's pioneering death metal band Deicide, Benton has withstood religious protests and death threats, numerous line up changes and inner turmoil over the years within the band, and media hype labeling him as satanic and evil.

But, after more than a quarter of a Century since the band formed, Deicide (featuring Benton on bass and vocals as well as guitarists Jack Owen & Kevin Quirion and drummer Steve Asheim) rages on, having unleashed its unholy wrath upon the world in the form of a fast, violent blast of Hellish death metal with brutal drumming and sped up shredding riffs and inhuman, guttural vocals. Angry, violent Anti-Christian, even satanic themes have been prevalent throughout each of the bands 11 studio albums.

Recently, Benton took time to speak with the Weekly about the band's current tour, his feelings about living life with no regrets, being the father of teenagers, the nature Evil in the world, living life with no regrets, his concern about the Ebola Virus, and the bands that got him into playing heavy metal music in the first place.

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With Dark Matter, GZA Thinks Big--Really Big

Categories: festivals

Sometime in the early 1970s, Gary Grice's younger cousin did something incredibly foolish and potentially fatal: He stuck a pair of metal tweezers into an electrical outlet, which violently shocked him, burnt his hand and blackened the wall around the outlet. A doctor later told Grice's aunt her son would have died if it weren't for the rubber sneakers he was wearing. Hearing about this strange turn of events intrigued a 7-year-old Grice. "How can rubber have saved him?" the now 48-year-old says. "Why does electricity travel through some things and not through others?"

That boy would grow up to be GZA (a.k.a. the Genius), one of the original members of Wu-Tang Clan, the iconic Staten Island rap clique. After Wu-Tang forced their way into hip-hop prominence with 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), its members began to fire off solo albums. GZA's Liquid Swords (1995) quickly emerged as one of the best of the pack, owing to its gritty, barbed beats; inventive rhymes; and sordid, minutiae-heavy tales of crime and power. It was as close as we'll ever get to The Wire of hip-hop.

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Kimbra's New Album is a Personal Galaxy of Tripped Out Sound

Categories: Artists We Love

Thom Kerr
Kimbra's sophomore album, The Golden Echo, is a joyride full of punchy beats and soaring vocals that careen through funk, R&B, and electronica. The New Zealand-born songstress continues to infuse her music with soulful flavor, but on her recent album she toys with an experimental brand of pop music. The Golden Echo exposes her willingness to pursue the unexpected, and while it runs the risk of alienating fans that revere her as an indie princess, it shows a tremendous amount of creativity on Kimbra's part. If her upcoming, sold-out show at The Observatory is half as interesting as her new album, Orange County is in for one hell of a ride.

Kimbra began work on The Golden Echo in 2013 after picking up two Grammy's for her work as the female counterpart in Gotye's inescapable, multi-platinum track "Somebody That I Used To Know." During the 18 month writing process for The Golden Echo she composed more than 70 songs, and ultimately whittled the stack down to 10 tracks for the standard release and 13 for the deluxe edition. The final product not only pays homage to '90s pop and hip-hop icons, it creates a feeling of being transported into Kimbra's personal galaxy of tripped-out sound.

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Tonight is Your Last Chance to See the Mexican Spinal Tap for Free

Categories: Film

Volando Bajo
When the 5th OC Film Fiesta kicked off its series of free Latino-film screenings a month ago, it launched with a campy, musical mockumentary that crossed language barriers with its humorous glam and spot-on parody of Mexican pop music from the '80s.

Volando Bajo, a Beto Gomez film, follows the members of fictional musica romantica duo Los Jilgueros de Rosarito as they grow up besties on the beaches of Baja, rise to fame thanks to some perfectly teased hair and then crumble under the pressure of nationwide celebrity. In between, they perform their cheesy keyboard ballads in movies, music videos and televised musical performances--all dressed in outrageous polyester costumes that hark back to a long-gone era of Mexican popular culture.

Read more: OC Film Fiesta Soars High with Opening Night Film Flying Low

With the sound, look and feel of a past era, it's being hailed as the Mexican answer to This Is Spinal Tap, itself a well-produced parody of an over-the-top music scene.

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Ten Musical Projects Ikey Owens Made Great

David James Swanson
Ikey Owens on October 11 in Mexico City, performing with Jack White. More photos here.
By: Bree Davies
When Isaiah "Ikey" Owens passed away last week, the musician and producer left behind a massive legacy. Most recently the Long Beach, California native was on tour playing keyboards and piano with Jack White -- but he was also a member and founder of Free Moral Agents and was known for his role in seminal rock group the Mars Volta. Beyond his big time projects, Owens had also produced and played on dozens of records in his career, including respected local acts like Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Pocket Lent, Teen Heroes, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, and loads of others.

But still, there was so much more -- Owens had been an integral part of the third wave ska revival in the '90s, worked with hip-hop, noise and R&B artists, toured the world with pivotal rock acts, all while continuing to play with and produce up-and-coming bands. His resume is pages long, but we've compiled just ten of the pieces of music you may not know Ikey Owens contributed to for your listening pleasure.

See also: Ikey Owens Was Long Beach's Ultimate Sonic Wingman

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VIDEO: Utility Box Art in Santa Ana

Categories: amusing videos


Back in early November 2013, news of the chance for artists to display their own designs onto electrical utility boxes in Santa Ana spread like wildfire across artists networks in the city--not only for the glory of showcasing their art onto a public street with plenty of exposure, but for the stipend of $700. We'll get paid!

Artists are frequently up for producing commissioned public art, but this project was different--it became seen by the artists as a gesture by the city council towards realizing the importance of art in the community. After hundreds of submissions, seven artists were chosen to paint on their own utility box in the downtown area, in what may be the first wave of utility box art in the city. This project, after all, was an experiment, and the end results were a success.

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Why Ariana Grande is Terrifying

Categories: LOL

By: Ben Tuthill

I feel the same way about pop star Ariana Grande as I do about kittens. Like a kitten, she is small, manic, and often has furry ears. Like a kitten, everyone in the world loves her. And, like a kitten, she fills me with deep, untenable terror.

Halloween's coming up (so is her show at the Hollywood Bowl this Friday) and the ubiquity of Grande-inspired costumes should hit an all-time high this year. This is not a reason to grin. It's a reason to lock your doors.

News reports have done nothing to quiet my petrifying fear of demon-plagued potential serial killer Ariana Grande. If she turns out to be a sociopath who takes over the world and destroys us, don't act like I didn't warn you in a completely reasoned way.

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