The Hawkline Monster Reminds Us That We're Still Just Animals

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Mike Vitale is an eclectic consumer, from the idiosyncratic writings of Richard Brautigan, whose book, "The Hawkline Monster" is the genesis of his bands name, to the Beach Boys he remembers singing along to in fifth grade and the classic musical that infused his days in choir. Those influences permeate the original songs he's created on his band's debut album, "We Create and We Are Created."

One musical inference that most likely isn't in Vitale's lexicon is Johnny Paycheck. But had he not followed instructions in one of Paycheck's songs--taking his job and shoving it up his boss' ass--it's quite possible his band, and its record, wouldn't exist.The 35-year-old Long Beach resident opted to jump full-title into music after chucking his job at a successful internet web hosting company in 2008.

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Arrested Development Album Release Has Bluth Fans and Mitch Hurwitz Chicken Dancing

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The Record Parlour is normally the home to 15,000 vinyl discs, but Tuesday night the Hollywood shop was taken over by just one, which isn't really a vinyl disc but a digital download: At Long Last ... Music and Songs From Arrested Development.

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Miracle Days' Debut Survives the Waiting Game

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Michael Tavarez
Miracle Days are no stranger to the waiting game. After a serendipitous opportunity to record in Dr. Dog's personal studio, L.A.-based duo Edson Choi and Dre Babinski embraced a whirlwind recording process that changed their album. Something For The Weight wrapped at the Philadelphia studio two years ago and despite a frustrating wait, drops on October 22. Their debut album offers layered instrumentals that compliment simple, yet emotional lyrics and celebrates the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of life. Choi and Babinski gained attention in Orange County thanks to their work in the locally celebrated act Dusty Rhodes and The River Band, and though the two musicians speak fondly of their previous work, are poised for the new musical journey ahead. After two stifling years, Miracle Days are ready to be heard.

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BT's New Album Aims to Put An EDM Festival in Your Stereo

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If trance music had a mafia, then BT is as close to the Godfather as they come. The Maryland native producer, composer, musician, singer, songwriter, stutter edit innovator and film composer has watched the dance music revolution grow in the states and all over the world since the early 1990s. Born Brian Wayne Transeau, BT released his ninth full studio album last Friday on the world renowned Armada Music label reaching number one in the iTunes dance chart in less than 24 hours alongside EDM super stars like Calvin Harris, Zedd and Kaskade and the number one album release on Beatport. Currently on tour to support the album, we spoke to the Grammy Award winner before his gig at the SBE Hollywood hot spot Create to chat about how dance music has changed over the years, his favorite festival and the inspiration behind A Song Across Wires.

After studying music at the Washington Conservatory of Music as a child, BT attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His involvement in music production, composing and pioneering production technologies garnered him a seat on the board of governors for The Recording Academy in the early 2000s. He spent almost three years pushing a 30- page perspective on dance music and what it's exponential growth meant fiscally. "Everybody was just like 'oh my God dude with the ridiculous hair-cut shut up please'," says Transeau. Soon, he rallied guys like Jason Bentley and Paul Oakenfold behind him until the Academy finally added a "Best Electronic/Dance Album" category - which he was later nominated for in 2011 for his studio album These Hopeful Machines.

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Local Singer Songwriter Makes Album as a Tribute to Deceased Girlfriend

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Dustin Illingworth with girlfriend Amy Cole.

We sat down with singer songwriter Dustin Illingworth of the Costa Mesa-based band Tide Pools to talk about Grief is a Wilderness, the album he considers the best thing he's ever done.


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Five Indie Breakout Bands from SoCal Worth Following in 2013

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Jena Ardell
He Met Her

Five bands worth following this year.

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Dada Life - Avalon Hollywood - October 16, 2012

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Dada Life at Avalon Hollywood

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Avalon Hollywood
October 16, 2012

Dada Life drew quite the crowd last night when they threw their free The Rules of Dada album release party at the iconic club Avalon in Hollywood. Tickets to this show sold out in less than 10 minutes and were almost as coveted as Ultra Music Festival pre-sales. Not only were we lucky enough to talk to Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom, the Swedish duo-- who met in Orange County while standing in a line at Disneyland--prior to the show, but we were also able to bear witness to their energetic two-hour set in typical Dada Land fashion with the rest of their raging fans.

"A lot of dance music producers do a lot of different kinds of songs incorporating slower songs, fast songs and maybe more vocals or instrumentals," says Cornéer when asked what inspired this album three years in the making. "We wanted to do the opposite - an album that is just a party with 11 bangers from start to finish." Known for their entertaining "live" sets, Dada Life throws large inflatable bananas and champagne bottles which have become staples at all of their shows as they splice in their bangers with their own original remixes of EDM hits. "The energy is so good in America and Canada right now," adds Engblom the other half of the duo. "People are really embracing dance music and EDM and we can really feel it on our current Dada Land tour."

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*Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z
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Zedd Tells Us Why He Dislikes the Phrase "EDM"

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Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd


Anton Zaslavski, better known by his DJ alias Zedd, is no stranger to the music world growing up in Germany with two musician parents. By age four, he'd began playing the piano and drums and receiving training in classical music. "I played classical music until I was 12 years old and realized it wasn't as cool," says Zaslavski. "Then I joined a rock metal band and played the drums with them for almost 10 years." He played in Dioramic, signed by Lifeforce Records, even once he began his electronic music producing career in 2009. "Once I started touring as a DJ I flew back to Germany to make another album with the band, but it just didn't make sense for me to stay in the band if I was always away," Anton says. With hardly any accent, you could barely tell he's only been touring the States for a year.

Zedd's interest in electronic music came from hearing Justice's "Cross" which made him want to produce electronic music and incorporate it with his band. "I knew Daft Punk and Justice but that's it," he says. "I really just did it for fun. Then one day I sent Skrillex a remix and next thing you know he brings me on tour and my life is changed." Anton went from playing a show with his band once or twice a week to DJing for three months straight after releasing songs on Dim Mak Records and OWSLA (Skrillex's label). "I do miss my family and friends from home but you kind of get used to it," says Zedd adding that when he does get a break he goes straight to the studio.

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*Slander: Two Former OC Frat Boys Help Take TrapStyle Worldwide
*Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z
*Singularity Highlights the M in EDM


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The Growlers Announce Release Date For New Album, 'Hung at Heart' [With New Song Stream]

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* Pacific Festival: The Dunes Announced
* Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex

Good news for fans of Dana Point's The Growlers. Today, the group announced that their third album, Hung at Heart, will be released on November 13 via Everloving Records. It was recorded in Nashville and was initially produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who has been involved in multiple projects in this capacity in the past year.

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Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex

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Courtesy of Michael Maier
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*Remix Exclusive: Boys Noize - XTC (MMM REMIX)
*Best of HARD Summer, Day 1 - Los Angeles State Historic Park - 8/3/12
*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move

Revered as one of the best electronic artists on Beatport for three years in a row, Alexander Ridha, better known as Boys Noize, is finally releasing his highly anticipated third album, Out of the Black, on October 2nd followed by a batch of tour dates were he will debut his new live show. He's come a long way from his tekkno and acid house days and provides us with some of the most solid minimal techno and disco house-inspired sounds in a while. Backstage at this years HARD Summer Music Festival in downtown LA, Ridha said the album was partly inspired by his EDM nostalgia.

"I'm always looking for new sounds and try not to re-peat myself," explains Alex. "[Out of the Black] is sort of a mix of my first and second albums. I really tried to get that feeling I had when I first started to produce music." That feeling was back in 2004 when he realized in order to keep creative freedom in his work he would have to produce music on his own record label, Boys Noize Records which was formed in 2005. "It's funny for me this album felt like in order to make a step forward I had to take a step back again and find my roots. I sounded so raw and naive in a way because I didn't really know what I was doing then."


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