Why Joe Perry of Aerosmith Never Gets Tired of Playing "Walk This Way"

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Ross Halfin
For the better part of the last decade, Aerosmith have stayed in the news. If not necessarily for their music, then certainly for their consistent touring and ability to stay in the news. Fortunately for Southern Californians, by the time Aerosmith hits the stage in Inglewood on Wednesday night, they should be rounding into form sonically. Though they've stuck to the same set list they ended their European tour with, Joe Perry says there's wiggle room for the band to mix things up. We caught up with the legendary guitarist during some time off in Chicago where we heard about the events that allowed for Slash to open for them, their future plans, and the story behind his upcoming autobiography.

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Babymetal - The Fonda Theater - July 27, 2014

Categories: live review

Courtesy of Baby Metal
The Fonda Theater

What the hell is Babymetal? It's a question that's been rattling around in our minds even before we officially asked it on this blog months ago. And as the all-girl Japanese trio of SuMetal, MoaMetal, and YuiMetal kept gaining momentum on YouTube, the footage of packed arenas with millions of clicks got us wondering what the hell an L.A. Babymetal fan would look like when they came to the Fonda last Sunday. Watching a melange of metalheads, tutu-wearing J-Pop vixens, Internet nerds and creepy middle-aged dudes showing up alone gave us our answer. But the crowd wasn't the only aspect of the Babymetal show that had a surprising number of layers.

See also: What the Hell is Babymetal?

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The Best Overheard Quotes From Gathering of the Juggalos 2014

Nate "Igor" Smith
Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Donavon Frankenreiter - The Observatory - July 25, 2014

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Taylor Morgan
By: Taylor Morgan

Donavon Frankenreiter
The Observatory

A poppy, surf-rock show is what we expect at a Donavon Frankenreiter, the perfect tune to sip a piña colada to while kicking back with a lover at the beach. Yet when he began his set with the track "Move By Yourself," the audience quickly switched gears from their dazed demeanor to a concentrated observance of his every move. The chatter came to a halt and eyes followed the movement of his fingers across guitar strings as he exhibited a legendary guitar solo. On this particular night Frankenreiter was much more than a protégé of Jack Johnson, a famous surfer who rides single fins and retro boards, he commanded the room with ease and transposed energy on the vast age group of attendees.

He moved along to "Bend In The Road" and "Call Me Papa" arriving at his most famous track yet, "Free." He performed a slowed down rendition of the song that began with the drummer lightly shaking maracas. Polka dot lights flew throughout the room as he traveled through "Heading Home," "Swing On Down," "Life, Love & Laughter," "On My Mind," and "That's Too Bad" which had an incendiary like draw from the crowd during another legendary guitar solo.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Echo and the Bunnymen--See Wednesday
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Monday, July 28

The Don Kubec Big Band
Steamers Jazz Cafe
There's a lot to be said about the Orange County Jazz Scene, specifically around Fullerton. Every night at Steamers Jazz Cafe, there's a new group to check out--but Monday nights are when to visit for monthly residencies. Tonight's group: the extraordinary Don Kubec Band. Just like any other big band, they play the standards you know and love, performed by some of the best musicians in all of SoCal. And with special guests every now and then, each show is guaranteed to be packed with talent and star-power for jazz lovers to enjoy. Every fourth Monday of the month! (Aimee Murillo)

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The 20 Best-Dressed Juggalos at the Gathering

All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Clearly, this man takes the top honors.
Juggalo fashion generally involves great big pants and T-shirts that were possibly purchased at truck stops. Hair is best when it is braided and aloft in the style of Coolio, and everything looks better coated in a thin layer of sticky-delicious Faygo, of course.

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Naked Aggression - Di Piazza's - July 24, 2014

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Alex Distefano
Naked Aggression
Naked Aggression
Di Piazza's

Di Piazzas was serving up pints of beer, slices of pizza and slabs of punk rock on Thursday night, thanks to Poor Kids Radio, as Long Beach welcomed underground punk bands Naked Aggression and Opposition Rising.

A crowd of around a hundred people showed up to catch Naked Aggression, who played after midnight to an all ages crowd with many younger, enthusiastic fans screaming up front with the old school punks who saw the band back in the '90s. Formed in 1990 in Wisconsin, the band's current line up is made up of founding member/vocalist Kirsten Patches, and guitarist Craig Cano, bassist Meghan Mattox and drummer Aaron Austin.

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Jared Gomes of Hed PE Jumps Off Stage and Punches Fan at the Gathering of the Juggalos

[Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times. We hope to see them again!]

While the Gathering of the Juggalos is generally known as a peaceful event filled with unity and togetherness, there are still occasional scuffles. One such incident took the form of a melee early Thursday morning when Hed PE rapper/singer Jared Gomes launched himself into the crowd to confront a rambunctious heckler.

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Viento Callejero Reinvents Cumbia Classics With Urban Sounds

Categories: Latino scene

Piero F. Giunti
Viento Callejero
Growing up messing around on the streets in Boyle Heights, guitarist Gloria Estrada remembers her mother saying "Como eres callejera!" An accomplished musician, Estrada later found herself at a crossroads after leaving the rapidly up-and-coming band La Santa Cecilia. Assembling the pieces of her new trio Viento Callejero in the aftermath almost didn't happen. "At the time, I really thought I was going to leave music altogether," Estrada says. "I was trying to take a break." Luckily for cumbia lovers, she kept on strumming!

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David Byrne Worries About Music's Future, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
If music is a form of art, are all musicians are artists? Short response: Not quite.

Some musicians have unarguably achieved higher forms of 'art' throughout their careers: David Byrne being the kingpin.

The former Talking Heads frontman dabbles in nearly every artistic genre: fine art, music, photography, writing (he contributes to The New York Times and The Guardian), theatre, film, and opera.

Bryne's artwork has been exhibited worldwide, and bike racks he's designed can be found around New York city.

It's obvious Byrne likes to surround himself with fellow creative geniuses: he had a four-year relationship with self portrait artist extraordinaire Cindy Sherman, and has collaborated with/spotlighted the lovable, eccentric musician Annie Clark, AKA: St. Vincent.

Since 2013, Byrne has been on a crusade against streaming music sites like Spotify and Pandora, who he feels are undermining artists by providing exposure, without providing worthwhile royalties.

Byrne hopes consumers will heed his warning to "stop for a moment and consider the effect these services and this technology will have, before 'selling off' all our cultural assets the way the big record companies did."

Here's what else Byrne had to say about the future of music consumption and the challenges artists face in the digital world.

Quotation above via via theguardian.com.

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