Jayceeoh is a Golfer and Hip-Hop's Go-To DJ

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Aside from masterfully laying down a track, what do The Bloody Beetroots, Borgore, A-Trak, Diplo, Bassnectar and Redman have in common? Jake Charles Osher, better known as Jayceeoh. With over 10 million streams on Soundcloud alone, the LA producer and turntablist demands the attention of Trap and Electro lovers around the world. Today he has DJed in over 30 counties, is the proud winner of VH1's "Master of The Mix," and continues to push boundaries, that in a way have redefined what a DJ is capable of, with his Super 7 Mix Series and vivacious live performances.

Tomorrow, July 16th, Jayceeoh will perform an unforgettable show at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana accompanied by Doctor P. Last week, before he took off to perform at a club in Guatemala and a festival in Haiti, we had the opportunity to hear about his new track "Turn Me Up Some" featuring Redman and Jay Psar, his EP with Redman that's slated for release in 2016, Volume 6 of his Super 7 Mix Series, as well as some amazing collaborations and remixes that he notes will take his career to the next level.

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S.A. Martinez Is The Mas Chingon, Plus An Exclusive First-Listen To A Track From Los Stellarians' New Album

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Photo by Alexander Ferzan, courtesy of Los Stellarians management.
Forget about calling Douglas 'S.A.' Martinez of 311 "Count S.A." anymore; we're appointing him "Emperor S.A. of Modern Funkadelic Soul." We're not sure when -- or if -- Martinez sleeps; over the past year, he has been laying down tracks faster than Motown.

The 311/Ghostwolf/Los Stellarians singer is especially excited for the upcoming release of Los Stellarians' sophomore album, The Mas Chingon, because the music was derived from his most formative years: the '70s and '80s. Martinez painstakingly crafted the album with bandmate Ryan Siegel to emulate a late '70s throwback (and quintessential summer album) that begins as strong as it finishes and keeps the party moving with every funky beat in between.

During our interview, Martinez's enthusiasm subtly swayed from his usual humble graciousness about his life-long journey with music to a preservative protectiveness about what is important to him (his family, his health, music, expanding horizons, language).

We spoke with Martinez about The Mas Chingon; his short-lived stint as a bassist in an AC/DC cover band; and his love for disco.

The Mas Chingon will drop via iTunes and Bandcamp on June 3. You can listen to the first track, "Primo (Is That So)," after the jump.

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Dustin Lynch is Pleasantly Surprised By Southern California's Country Scene

Justin Nolan
Dustin Lynch
Country music fans will be knee deep in tunes and twang at the inaugural ShipKicker festival, set to storm the Queen Mary's Waterfront Park May 23 - 24.

Dustin Lynch tops Saturday's lineup, and there's no mystery behind his success in the country music realm. The Nashville-based singer's velvety voice is suited for lovesick ballads and country pop anthems alike, all laced with a wise-cracking sense of humor. Lynch first garnered attention for his syrupy, down-tempo track "Cowboys and Angels" but his light-hearted nature was revealed with the fiddle-laden, jukebox charmer "She Cranks My Tractor." His down home demeanor and sing along hooks gave country fans something to cling to, and judging by his growth in popularity over the last two years, they're not letting go anytime soon.

Lynch is currently riding a wave of success from his sophomore album, Where It's At, which was inspired during his time on the road with Keith Urban and spawned his current gig touring with country music heavyweight Luke Bryan. In between dates, Lynch will mosey over to lead ShipKicker, along with the festival's day two headliners Parmalee. We caught up with Lynch over the phone to discuss his headlining gig, when to expect new material, and whether or not Southern California is prime territory for country music.

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Wordsmith Mark Gonzales Asks Us to Wage Beauty Amid Terror in New Book

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Mark Gonzales, chief storyteller
A better world begins with a better story for Mark Gonzales. The acclaimed poet, teacher, and writer has traveled the globe's five continents over the years witnessing the trauma of displacement and the human spirit of survival that defies against all odds. These experiences are folded into the pages of his new book In Times of Terror, Wage Beauty. Gonzales finely crafts prose that reads like a manifesto for the wounded warriors of the world. An elder in the making, he subversively sculpts ideas that ask us to consider anew what we thought we knew about power, language, values and healing on both an individual level as well as a collective one inherited through generations.

Gonzales recently returned to Riverside City College where he attended as a non-traditional student in his late 20s. The campus brought him back, this time as a closing keynote, to talk with youth from different community colleges about leadership. He expanded on the thoughts of his new book with the Weekly before taking the stage.

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Matt Skiba's in Another Band, But It's a Sekret

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It'd be totally understandable if Matt Skiba wanted to take on a side project to give himself a breather from his decades of singing, writing, and playing guitar for Alkaline Trio, but that's not what he's doing this time around.

If you ask the frontman, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets are here to stay, and their new album certainly doesn't sound like a side project. Kuts sounds like an album of yesteryear, more similar to a record out of the '80s than something out of the iTunes digital download era.

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Dustin Kensrue's Solo Career Finally Comes Into Focus

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Myriam Santos

As Dustin Kensrue sips his coffee in a small Santa Ana cafe, he might not be the same young man he was over 13 years ago when his voice began to win over fans and critics alike on Thrice's second album, Illusion of Safety, but one thing's remained consistent. He's always kept his music true to his own life.

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Morgan Delt Proves That Good Underground Music is Ageless

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For most of his life, Morgan Delt has been quietly making music. Unlike others, Delt has rarely let what's created out for the masses to hear. In 2013, he released Psychedelic Death Hole on cassette before the formal release in 2014 via Trouble In Mind, and the sound is exactly as kaleidoscopic and hazy as one would expect. He also caught the attention of fellow psych rockers the Flaming Lips who brought him on tour and to record with them.

"It was scary getting up in front of so many people," he recalls. "Our first show with them was like our sixth show ever."

Since then, he's signed to Sub Pop and is working on a follow-up album. But first, Delt has a few live shows upcoming, like at the Observatory this weekend for the Indigo Music Fest. We caught up with him to hear about his new album, Sub Pop and why he enjoys working as a one-man wolfpack.

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Jhené Aiko Isn't Letting Grammy Nods Go to To Her Head

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Over the past year, Jhené Aiko moved from a local PBR&B favorite to headlining her own tour with appearances at major festivals in prime slots. The 26-year-old has been around music for a while, with her first opportunity to release music coming when she was just 15. Since then, she's gone through many ups and downs, including the death of her brother several years ago. But she says the journey was a part of allowing her to grow.

"It's about what you experience that make you more colorful and I take everything as being a good thing for me, even the tragedies," she explains before a show in the Bay Area. "When something bad happens, I always know something good is around the corner and I don't think that anyone deals with anything they can't handle in the grand scheme of things."

Though we saw her earlier this year at Coachella and at a pop up show at a medical marijuana dispensary in L.A., Aiko is more excited about her local shows. Before playing the Observatory tonight, we caught up with the singer where we discussed her first L.A. show, her feelings about her Grammy nods and what the immediate future has in-store for her.

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Speaking to The Voice Behind vōx

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Vōx (pronounced wohks, and usually spelled all lowercase) is the new moniker of Los Angeles-based musician Sarah Winters, who possesses the vocal inflections of Imogen Heap with the quiet forcefulness of Lorde--minus the pseudo pop-goth vibe. Winters caught the internet's ear with her melodic covers of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools" and Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love."

"I've always felt like my music speaks for itself," Winters told us. "Either that, or it's the curse of a musician and you never really know how to sell yourself."

Winters must have been doing something right because her talent caught the ear of Yoni Wolf, the lead singer of Why?, which led to a year-long international tour with the band as their keyboardist and opening act.

Here's what the 23-year-old musician divulged about her forthcoming debut EP, Put The Poison In Me, and her mesmerizing NSFW music video for the EP's lead track, "Better".

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The Icarus Line Rise Again With One Hell of An Album

Aric Lorton
The Icarus Line
When we talk about the dividing line between music and art, The Icarus Line's 2013 full-length Slave Vows and this year's follow-up Avowed Slavery are most definitely in the latter category. That said, these records ain't meant to be hoisted on a wall because the songs are present, immediate, primal and important.

And why shouldn't they be? Since 1998, the Los Angeles group has been creating a harmonious cacophony that would make Iggy and Nick Cave proud. You'd think being placed into that sort of rock royalty would render The Icarus Line a household name, but it hasn't. Instead, the band -- led by singer Joe Cardamone and featuring bassist Alvin DeGuzman, drummer Ben Hallett, keyboardist/saxophonist Jeremy Gill and guitarist John Bennett -- have been presumed dead by many since 2004's Penance Soiree, which might explain why Slave Vows sounds like a group with its back to the wall, swinging, not going down without a fight.

Slave Vows is a challenge, an artistic peak for a group uncomfortable with familiarity. You might love it or you might hate it, but you'll definitely have an opinion. And that's what makes for great art.

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