Skapeche Mode Lead a Glowing Local Roster at Slidebar

Skapeche Mode performs at The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
The great thing about seeing local bands perform at a local venue (apart from the likelihood that the concert will be free) is that you really get to weigh the band by its musical and performance merits instead of by its popularity or any major buzz that it may have developed. Even in the case of The Radioactive Chicken Heads and Skapeche Mode, which already have developed enough of a following to pack the back room at The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen, in Fullerton, the bands must truly shine in order to cultivate, maintain, and expand their fan bases. On Friday night, Slidebar hosted the aforementioned bands as well as Tiktaalik and MELTED, and each band subsequently showed what they could do given around 30 minutes of stage time.

Tiktaalik performs at The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
The first up was Tiktaalik. This high-concept, "post-core," three-piece outfit sounded like the soundtrack of someone who was being chased through a junkyard by wind-up robots. The lyrics were not that clearly discernible, but the guitarist / lead singer's Cobainesque shouting at one point seemed to reveal something about voluntary exile into disenfranchisement. The bassist laid down the solid tracks of this roller coaster ride while the drummer's vicious percussive attacks cleared the roller coaster's path with the relentlessness of a wrecking ball.

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The 10 Best R&B Groups from the '90s

Not too hard, not too soft.
1. Short for rhythm and blues
2. A music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip-hop, and dance.

Only you know how the '90s treated you and only you can share pictures of that wardrobe you chose to lace yourself up with. The thing we all have in common when thinking back on the '90s is the music. And when it came time to set the tone to make sweet sweet love, picking the perfect "mood setting medley" was a must. Back before the word "baby" was replaced by "bitch," the variety was beyond bountiful which made it hard to narrow down what jammy jam you'd play after lighting the candles and cracking that bottle of Cisco. (The booze, not the dude.) Thank god for the mix tape, right? And there were plenty of one-hit wonders during this time but we're not going to focus on that, for now. We're looking towards R&B groups that did the most to make us sway, fall in love, sing along, gyrate...all of that. Picking this list was crazy difficult because that era was so kind to our ears with a buffet of tunes that made us feel the softer side of music. And while we gained affection (and ADD) once again while researching this idea, we also managed to line-up some stellar picks. Do these groups have a shelf life or do they stand the test of time? You be the judge and bitch to us later. We'll be here.

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Have a Hip-Hop Question for Rachel Dolezal? Just #AskRachel!

Categories: LOL, Twitter, music

Ohhh Rachel, Rachel, Rachel...
Everyone loves an outrageous news story. These stories give people a chance to join in with all walks of life online to voice their opinion and connect with others in their "outrage." Case in point, Rachel Dolezal. The revelation that Dolezal, the NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President, has been posing as a black woman while speaking on behalf of black people sparked plenty of outrage across the country. Then ironically (not really), the tweets flying around on this "taboo" topic went from "how dare she" to "let's ask her ridiculous questions." These questions soon turned into inquiring about "urban" song lyrics and at that point, we were all in.

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Relax, Ladies. Brian McKnight Says It's Okay to Pleasure Yourself

What did they think? All of the sudden I was going to forget to how to sing?

Some of us over here at the Weekly have been fans of Brian McKnight since he burst onto the scene in 1992. And with an upcoming show at City National Grove of Anaheim on February 13th, we knew there'd be zero chance that we'd be passing up the opportunity to talk to him finally 20+ years later. "BMK" has had quite a solid career with countless albums and Grammy noms under his belt so we figured before getting your Valentine's Day brownie points on by scoring tickets for your sweetie to see this soulful crooner live and up-close, we'd dig in with everything we possibly could with Mr. Brian McKnight.

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Five 2005 Pop Tunes We'll Never Escape From

Categories: Top Five, music

Don't cha wish you never had to hear this song again?
Now that we are halfway through January 2015 (time is already flying huh?) we can't help but to look back and notice that a lot of things seem so far away. One thing in particular that stands out to us is the music. Especially from let's say, 2005. You may find yourself questioning the clothes you used to rock, the hairstyle you specifically asked for at the barber, but mostly, the music you thought was the absolute shit. You can go ahead and deny that you cranked these tracks up but we know better because trust us, we did too. And yes, years later we aren't proud of it either. With this list we're going to delve into some of the hits that we all were bumping a mere ten years ago. Do these songs stand the test of time? If you're anything like us then you are cringing just imagining where you were in 2005 when you loved a few of them so much.

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The Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems

The allure of an exotic dancer can be irresistible, and nothing screams, "I want to make it last forever...or just for the night" like penning a song dedicated to the craft of poppin' that thang. Whether you make it rain with dollars or make it hail with quarters (cheap bastards), the sultry shaking of a dancer's hips can be the gateway to the champagne room for some and for others, an ode to the art. Like with this list we compiled for you. Grab your champagne for the campaign and get a little bounce in that bootie with our picks for the Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems.

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The Zombies Rise Again in Santa Monica

Colin Blunstone of The Zombies (photo by Scott Feinblatt)
It might seem ironic that the 50 year-old band The Zombies would perform at Santa Monica Pier as part of the Twilight Concert Series. However, to suggest that the band is nearing the end of its life would be inaccurate given the brilliance of its performance and the enthusiasm of its reception. Indeed, moans of disappointment rang out over the Internet as numerous people realized that The Zombies had been in town, and they had missed the opportunity to see the band. Such is the strength of their music, and the years have not diminished it.

Though the band is currently pared-down (no pun intended) to two of its original five members, those members happen to be Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. Founder / lead songwriter / keyboardist Argent spoke with the Weekly last week about his inspirations and creative process. On stage, he is simply on fire. When he's not standing up from his keyboard station to set up various songs or encourage collective hand-clapping, he is making his Hammond organ and Kurzweil keyboard sing as if their electronic lives depended on it. As he revealed in his interview, this has always been his approach to performing and recording -- to put his all into every performance so that the music has a life of its own.

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You'd Be Super Insane to Miss SuperNaked

Categories: comedy, music

We kind of learned the hard way.
The band SuperNaked is super talented, they super rock, and their funny ass lyrics would make your parents super cringe. Since we are super running out of super-puns, let's get into the interview that we had with Lee and Luke of SuperNaked. Oh wait, we thought of one more. You're going to be super bummed if you miss them (along with a super line-up of comics) at The Refinery in Huntington Beach on July 22. OK, we're done.

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Funniest Tweets From the 2014 BET Awards

Categories: LOL, Twitter, music

It's clear that all Chris Rock needs is a platform in front of an open-minded audience and he will have you at "hello." That's exactly how it went down when the 2014 BET Awards kicked off with Rock at the helm delivering a monologue that slaughtered Rick Ross, took jabs at the Solange/Jay-Z elevator fight, and hilariously defended (of sorts) Donald Sterling. Later on, he also killed with his "monster truck rally" bit and one upped Ellen DeGeneres by passing out Roscoe's chicken.

If you're wondering why we can't stop talking about him, it's because it could be argued that his presence was the best part of the whole BET Awards. Sure, there were some superb performances from Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Usher, and John Legend as well as a fantastic tribute to Lionel Richie complete with a performance by the man himself. But really, Chris Rock slayed--that is all you need to know. In all, the show did drag and probably could've omitted a few acts (such as Robin Thicke crying about how he fucked up on his marriage ONCE AGAIN) but in all, it was as T.I. would put it, "mediocre." You may disagree with our review on last night's show so let's hand it off to the fine and funny folks of Twitter to see what they had to say about the 2014 BET Awards.

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Cookie Monster Opens Up About His Addiction

Categories: music, preview

Press Photo of Sesame Street Live
The creators of Sesame Street have been entertaining and educating generations of people for 45 years. The television show's blend of humor, music, and fast-paced writing with educational goals dealing with tolerance, self-esteem, and non-violent conflict resolution has earned it numerous awards, including Peabody Awards, Parents' Choice Awards, and Emmys. Currently, the Sesame Street team is taking its act on the road, and this weekend, on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, Sesame Street Live will be performing its new show, "Make a New Friend," at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

The show revolves around a visit from Chamki, a character from Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian co-production of Sesame Street, which is based in Delhi). Evidently, Chamki's friend Grover has made a list of things to do with his friend, while she is visiting; however, with multiple friends to visit (each with his own tempting diversion - like eating cookies with Cookie Monster), it's hard to say what will become of poor Grover and his extensive list.

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