Wiener Mania Offers a Sweaty Appetizer to Burgerama

Categories: live review

Jessie Schiewe
Step Panther
By: Jessie Schiewe
The Australian band Step Panther arrived in Fullerton a few hours before their show at The Continental Room, so they decided to head to Costco. "We thought maybe they had guns there," explained singer Stephen Bourke. "Yeah, we just wanted to see some guns," the guitarist, Zach Stephenson added.

They'd flown in from a city "near Sydney" a few days earlier and were staying in an Air Bnb in Los Angeles. So far, they'd visited Santa Monica and Venice beaches and, of course, Hollywood. It was their first visit to the City of Angeles, let alone the West Coast, and it kind of reminded them of a mash-up of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, "just with more freeways and wider roads," said Bourke.

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Music Hasn't Gotten Crappy These Days, But You Have

Photo by Aaron Thackeray
The kids are all right.
By: Gina Tron

"This music is garbage. They aren't even using real instruments," my mom said. It was 1994, and I was happy that my favorite song at the time --
"The Sign" by Ace of Base -- was on the radio. She would try to expose me to the music that she liked, which was all good music: Stevie Wonder, the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd.

All that music I love today, but I wasn't open to it then, because I already resented her for hating on my music. I felt stupid, and so I vowed to never hate on the music of the younger
generation, even if I didn't understand it.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

Categories: this weekend

Matt Ulfelder.
Burgerama--See Saturday
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Friday, September 27

Chief Keef
The Yost Theater
At only twenty years-old, Keith Cozart a.k.a. Chief Keef has experienced all the major highs and lows that the music industry can bestow on a young artist. After releasing his own music videos and mixtapes online, Cozart caught the attention of a certain Yeezus and skyrocketed to fame through the Interscope label with his studio debut Finally Rich in 2012. Finally Rich features a who's-who of rap royalty including 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. Legal troubles, getting dropped from Interscope, and other tensions would follow for Keef, but his recent 20-track mixtape Sorry 4 The Weight would drop on his own Glo Gang label to positive reviews. Tonight the Chicago rapper will reach for the mic once again and land back in the hearts of fans. (Aimee Murillo)

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George Benson Is Still the Crossover King of Jazz Guitar

Categories: tomorrow

Greg Allen
George Benson's status as a living legend would be an easy laurel for him to rest on at this point in his life. But the day after turning 72 years-old, there wasn't a hint of complacency in his weathered voice. For a jazz guitarist to build a career on the progression of his craft and making genres collide, energy and dexterity have to be more than just elements of his playing. They have to be part of who he is. And after countless albums and tours, he's as spry as ever. This Friday, he brings his fiery licks and soulful voice to the Segerstrom Center for one night only. We caught up with him to get a taste where he's been and what's to come both tomorrow night and hopefully many nights after.

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How Rare is a Great Seventh Album? Here's 5 We Like.

Categories: Lists

Capitol Records
The Beatles' Album with a Gun Title!

Great bands are called stars for a reason: once we realize how bright they're shining, they may have already burned out into a ball of gas. It's rare we get a listenable fourth album from a group or artist, let alone one who can sustain that consistency for seven whole releases. The same goes for film franchises. Only the sleekest and most inventive ever make the elusive seventh installment (James Bond, Godzilla, Air Bud) but next week we'll see if lightning strikes for the seventh time with Furious 7, the seventh Fast and the Furious film. It is with our hopes pegged on this new flick that we present five sevenths albums that are actually pretty good!

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Allen Stone's Socially Conscious Music Gives Meaning To The Microphone
Courtesy Of: Exclusive Access
When Blue Water Music Festival announced that singer/songwriter, Allen Stone, and novelty rock group, Smash Mouth, would no longer be performing this weekend, fans were in a state of disarray. Ivan Spiers the festival's largest sponsor, and owner of Mozambique, pulled headlining acts when Blue Water hadn't gained a required permit with less than a week to spare. With pleasure we announce that both Smash Mouth and Allen Stone will perform, this weekend, instead, at Laguna Beach's Mozambique. Stone is set to perform tracks from his forthcoming album Radius, slated for release May 26th. This is our interview with Chewelah, Washington's soul singing, plastic fearing musician Allen Stone.

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Burgerama Becomes Bigger, Badder, and Beefier

Categories: festivals

Julien Kelly
Fidlar performing at Burgerama III
It is dinner time at the Burger Records bunker, the back-room living quarters that founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard fashioned behind their record store in south Fullerton. Peanut butter on whole wheat and a bag of Cuties mandarins are spread out on the coffee table next to tomorrow's outgoing mail, yellow envelopes full of cassette tapes. This is crunch time for the Burger boys, who are four weeks out from the biggest Burgerama yet.

"We are malnourished and sleep-deprived," says Rickard, leaning back in a folding chair in the office next to his bed, a couch nestled in the back corner of the space. It isn't so much the festival that is putting Rickard and Bohrman through the paces at the moment as it is coordinating Burger's presence at South By Southwest (SXSW). Anyone who has ever tried to coordinate anything at that annual conference in Austin, Texas, knows it is a logistical shit show. It is hard enough for one band to be in the right time and right place during that week; this year, Burger is coordinating 77 bands there.

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Strung Out's New Album Pushes Them Forward Without Looking Back

Categories: Bands We Like

Rick Kosick
Nostalgia is something many punk bands have been embracing, especially during the past year or so, as everyone from the Offspring to Taking Back Sunday have reissued their biggest records. But if someone told Strung Out's Jason Cruz his band was veering that direction, that person would likely incur his wrath. "I don't like looking back, and I really don't care too much to listen to old stuff," the singer says as he hangs out at a dog park near his home in Ventura County. "It's like hanging out with an old girlfriend; it's just hard to do."

That said, Cruz and his band mates have spent the better part of the past six years celebrating their ferocious early material, releasing a greatest-hits package and a box set, as well as going out on a couple of album tours under terms even Cruz begrudgingly accepted.
"It made me appreciate where we came from," he says, "and I need that every once in a while."

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Tartar Control's Drummer is a Robot. He's Also Kind of a Dick.

Categories: Locals Only

Patty Courtland Photography
There's a website called devoted to nothing but slagging skinsmen; many punch lines deal with drummers' inability to keep time, their penchant for sleeping with other band mates' partners and not knowing how to read sheet music. These jokes are funny because they're kind of true, which might explain why punk duo Tartar Control doesn't have a drummer. Instead, they have a robot. And its name is Robot.

Using sampled drums since their inception six years ago might lead you to praise singer Robert Selander and guitarist/singer Sean Hart as the smartest musicians ever. However, similar to other drummers, Robot can talk, and it turns out he's kind of a dick. So much so that he stormed out of a recent phone interview after becoming upset when I asked what he did in his spare time. "I get more puss than an animal shelter. I can't help it. I have a magnetic personality--literally."

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Riding Along With Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol in Long Beach's Cambodia Town

Taylor Hamby/OC Weekly
Nimol demonstrates krama scarves
Before she became the lead singer of the internationally known rock band Dengue Fever, Chhom Nimol lived in a gritty neighborhood most people in Long Beach (not to mention the rest of Southern California) might not realize even exists. It's called Cambodia Town and it boasts the largest population of Cambodians outside Southeast Asia and France. The neighborhood is easy to miss, stretching along the north side of Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Aves.

With the recent release of the band's fifth album, the wonderfully moody and psychedelic The Deepest Lake--which finds the band at the height of their songwriting and performing prowess--we figured it'd be a great time to check out Nimol's old haunts.

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