Save Ferris Ownership Battle Continues To Rage In Federal Court

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Powell: Buehler? Buehler?
Though Save Ferris has been dormant for nearly 14 years, the battle between band members and their former lead singer continues to rage inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

Save Ferris members Brian Mashburn, Eric Zamora, Bill Uechi, Brian Williams and Evan Kilbourne sued singer Monique Powell in June 2013 for stealing the band's name after she organized a 2013 "reunion concert" at the Orange County Fair without including any other member.

Powell filed a counter lawsuit, denying the allegations, ridiculing the plaintiffs input into the band and claiming they don't own the band name after "having resigned prior to 2003."

During the courthouse battle Powell has incurred a $4,000 sanction for allegedly violating discovery of records obligations.

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Chris Brown Won't Face Charges in Alleged Assault of a Woman at an Anaheim Nightclub

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Chris Brown at a Staples Center concert
A woman alleged that Chris Brown shoved her earlier this summer during a June 22 concert at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim, but the singer will not face charges stemming from that night. The city attorney's office declined to file according to a spokesperson quoted in the Los Angeles Times citing a review of evidence as a reason.

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Sean Oliu, La Voz Kids Contestant, is the Pride of Anaheim!

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Sean Oliu, pride of Anaheim!
A winner was all set to be crowned last night on Telemundo's La Voz Kids three-hour grand finale. After thirteen weeks, the singing competition--styled after hit Fox competition show "The Voice"--selected six young aspiring singers, including Anaheim's own Sean Oliu. The stakes were high as the top prize included a recording contract with Universal Music. Oliu, a dual-immersion kid from Price Elementary who recently completed the 5th grade, gave the final episode of the show's first season his best belting out Luis Fonsi's "No Me Doy Por Vencido." Would it seal the deal?

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Repeatedly Playing "Jessie's Girl" and "Ms. New Booty" Leads to $30,000 Copyright Violation Fine for Huntington Beach Restaurant

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HB restaurant gets $30,000 music copyright bill
A federal judge in Orange County has issued a permanent injunction against Ponderosa Chophouse Enterprises, Inc. and its Black Bull Chop House steak restaurant in Huntington Beach for repeatedly violating music copyright laws.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney agreed with a February 2013 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) complaint that Cesar Gabino Pena, owner of the restaurant, infringed on four copyrights for the songs "Jessie's Girl," "Show Me Love," "Snow Hey Oh" and "Ms. New Booty" in 2011 and 2012.

BMI won a default judgment against Pena, who did not fight the lawsuit and is now under orders by Carney to pay nearly $30,000 for the musical composition copyright violations, according to court records.

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Top Five Worst Places to Get Your EDM News

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The Typical "EDM Fans"

With EDM garnering so much spotlight in the music world lately, plenty of media outlets, businesses conglomerates and showbiz types have turned to EDM as if it just came out of nowhere. Popping up all over the US through music festivals, YouTube sensations, blogs and sold out amphitheaters, it's understandable why everyone (including us) seems to be vying to capture a piece of this audience nowadays. However, whenever you have an influx of reporters, bloggers, TV anchors and social media whores delivering content about the genre, there are always going to be a few attempts that really make us cringe. Whether its an out-of-touch news anchor, or a hipster blog that's long on party pics and short on content, there are some outlets that any EDM lover worth their kandi bracelets should avoid like the plague. For that reason, we've put together a quick list of the top five worst places to get your EDM news.

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What to Look for in Rage Against the Machine's 20th Anniversary Box Set

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Christopher Victorio
Reiusse Against the Machine!

On November 10, 1992, Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut assault of rap-rock radicalism upon the music world. Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford combined their collective talents together as the Epic release would eventually peak at No. 1 on the Billboard heatseekers chart. The commercial success of the uncompromising album of leftist political anthems surprised the Los Angeles band as critics hailed its blistering offerings including "Killing in the Name" and "Freedom."

Twenty years later, Legacy Recordings will commemorate the musical feat with a remastered reissue of Rage Against the Machine. When the anniversary box set is released on November 27 to the collective joy of the rebel rockers' loyal fan base, it will deliver a treasure trove in the form of a double CD, double DVD, vinyl LP, poster and 40-page booklet!

When that day arrives, here's what to look for:

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Why the Hell is Psy So Popular?

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By now, most Southern Californians, if not the entire world where there is an internet connection, should know, in one way or the other, Psy, a South-Korean rapper, and his infectious K-Pop smash, "Gangnam Style."  It's rare that a South Korean musician breaks through the American-cultural divide and finds his way into the MTV Video Music Awards, Chelsea Lately and the Ellen Degeneres Show, but Psy's music video and dance has caused a frenzy in the States.  

Right now -- and it's still changing every second -- the video for "Gangnam Style" has over 230-million views on YouTube and the search results and statistics, according to Google Insights, are off the charts.  And anyone with a camera is parodying the music video.  But who is this rapper who dresses like a flamboyant Buddy Holly?  And how did he become so popular, seemingly over night?

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MTV VMAs 2012: The Highlights and Lowlights


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By now we've all pretty much come to know what to expect out of the annual MTV Video Music Awards show. Picture the drunkest moments of your high school prom, add a shit ton of today's hottest music acts, drizzle in some dueling red carpet looks and a couple gallons of spray tan, multiply that by 20,000 commercial breaks and bam! You've pretty much got the whole show. 

 So yeah, the 2012 VMA's went off last night at  the Staples Center live here in LA, and while there was plenty of fresh commotion to report (The Bachelorette's Rebel Wilson rocked out on stage with bushels of pubes on her shirt and a bag of chips, host Kevin Hart opened the show by asking Chris Brown and Drake to squash their bitch fighting beef ), there were also some super fails on deck worth mentioning (the missing MCA tribute, Rihanna's matronly red carpet get-up that made her look less like a young pop diva and more like Gabrielle Douglas' mom-ager, One Direction beating out Frank Ocean and Fun. for the Best New Artist award). 

What's that? You're over 17, so you didn't care to catch the show because you were too busy watching President Obama explain to American voters how he needs four more years to finish fixing the clusterfuck of problems Bush left behind accomplishing his goals for the nation during the last night of the DNC? Not to worry! We've got the skinny on what you missed. Read on for a full run-down of last night's VMA's highlights and lowlights. 


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Insomniac Donates $115,000 From EDC Sales

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Courtesy of Tom Donoghue
Insomniac CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella Addresses the Crowd

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For all the crowds, freakish costumes and profits that Electric Daisy Carnival attracted during its second round in Las Vegas, we've also learned that the event's promoters at Insomniac Events did some solid good outside the EDM community when we weren't looking.

For every one of the dance music fans who attended throughout the three-day festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 8-10,  Insomniac's charitable donations gave $1 per ticket transaction and $10 per guest list attendee to charitable organizations in the Las Vegas communities for a second time in a row.

The Clark County School - Community Partnership Program, Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund, Speedway Children's Charity - Las Vegas Chapter and Injured Police Officers Fund all benefited from the $115,000 donation including an additional initiative with Rock the Vote called Spin the Vote. Representatives from all of these organizations as well as Insomniac's CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella were in attendance at the official check presentation held yesterday at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.


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Fingerprints Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With a Big Ol' Record Sale

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Fans outside a Brian Wilson album signing at Fingerprints

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For as much of a Long Beach institution as Fingerprints has become, it wasn't until the record store announced their latest weekend sale that we realized how long it's been since owner Rand Foster sold his first piece of music. Starting Friday, the store is celebrating its 20th anniversary by offering it's biggest discount ever.

For the most part, the weekend event is major boon for diggers of the bargain bin. Starting today, all used CDs are 30 percent off, progressing to a 40 percent discount on Saturday and 50 percent off on Sunday. Those of you still rocking CDs better get over there. In addition to used stuff, every other category--new CDs, LPs, DVDs, books-- are 15% off all weekend. And in case you're not completely broke next week, Monday offers a 25% discount on all used vinyl.


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