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

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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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New Hirax Record Coming Soon

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Local thrash heroes Hirax announced last week that they are hitting the studio in June to record the band's fourth full-length album. Joining the five-piece will be producer/engineer Bill Metoyer, whose resume includes working with Slayer, Morbid Angel and Armored Saint.



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Nicki Minaj's New Single Off Her 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' is Awesome/Disturbing

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Nicki Minaj's video for her new single,"Stupid Hoe" off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (no, not a re-release) hit the internet last Friday. The album, due out next month, will feature one of Minaj's alter egos, Roman Zolanski. Zolanski is a flamboyant gay man who made an appearance on "Roman's Revenge" in Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday. Her other two music alter egos, Martha (Roman's uptight British mom) and Barbie (her cutesy, girly character) will be sitting on the sidelines.


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New Bleeding Through Song: Listen Now!

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Orange County hardcore/metal hybrid Bleeding Through just posted a new song titled "Goodbye to Death," a track from the band's latest, The Great Fire, slated for a Jan. 31 release.

As you might expect, the song is heavy.

Recently, I interviewed Bleeding Through guitarist Dave Nassie and asked him specifically about this song, which I assumed was a reference to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (sure, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a classic, but in my humble opinion, Bogus Journey is one of the greatest and most underrated sequels in film history). I won't give away Nassie's answer, but I will say this: Sadly, it's not about that hilarious scene in which Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted "Theodore" Logan play the Grim Reaper in Battleship, Clue, electronic football and Twister.

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Stream Blu and Exile's Just-Released Album, give me my flowers while i can smell them

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Blu is known for being unpredictable, so the fact that this morning he dropped -- with zero fanfare -- his and producer Exile's highly anticipated sophomore release shouldn't be surprising.

The Los Angeles duo's 2007 album and Blu's debut, Below the Heavens, made LA Weekly's "Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums of All Time."

Entitled give me my flowers while i can still smell them, the album is dedicated to Exile's mother, Blu's great great grandmother and grandmother and described as "unfinished, unmixed and unmastered."

Stream the full album below.

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James Durbin: On His Debut Album, American Idol, and Dream Collaborations

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James Durbin is a fighter with the heart of a lover. He has managed to not let personal struggles hold him back and has had success with the theater group Kids On Broadway and with American Idol. It doesn't even matter that he was voted off in the top 4 because he releases his debut Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster today, so the sky is the limit for Durbin. We spoke with the man behind the music about recording his album, American Idol, and his dream collaborations.

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Parallel Album-Release Show Friday at Rhythm Lounge


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It has been a busy few weeks for Anaheim's Parallel. They were voted Best Hip-Hop Act of 2011 by the Weekly's readers in our Best Of issue in October. Now, they're on the heels of their record release, Dont Sleep [sic], set to drop Friday. The crew will celebrate the release at the Rhythm Lounge in Long Beach.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers New Video "Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie"

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Our favorite LA boys are back! Here's the first video off of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest album I'm With You with the single "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie."

This is not the much-hyped Kreayshawn version, which, according to bassist Flea, "just didnt work out." He added, "That happens sometimes, I think Kreayshawn is awesome and a great artist."

So who says you can't recycle U2's roof performance concept as they did back in the '80s in downtown LA? It seems RHCP had the proper permits to perform atop an apartment complex in Venice. BTW we're digging the 'stache. Watch it after the jump.

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Kanye and Jay-Z Release 'Watch the Throne'; Bon Iver Surprised to Be On It

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Kanye West has always been more of the "do shit, think later" type, so Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver)'s discovery that his hook had been used on "That's My Bitch" off the newly-dropped Watch the Throne couldn't have come as too much of a surprise to the indie-rocker.

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Dustin Kensrue On New Thrice Album and Folk Music

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August 5, 2011
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Dustin Kensrue's acoustic strums seem like a good soundtrack to the lively and carefree party that is the US Open of Surfing. The Huntington Beach pier and Pacific Ocean waves framed Kensrue's performance perfectly Friday afternoon and his music just seemed to fit. 
However, those who took the time to step away from the hustle of the crowds and sit on a grass hill heard a more somber side of his songs that the casual passerby might have missed. He sang of heroin, broken women and a prodigal son through a deep, soulful voice. 

Through these tough lyrics a beauty shined through, as is often the case in folk music. "There's something about it that people can really relate to," Kensrue said of folk. "[It's] the music of the people." He's most known for his work as the singer and lyricist of Irvine's Thrice. In 2006 he released a solo album comprised of nine acoustic-driven songs carried by the weight of lyrics than Thrice's strong melodies. 

Kensrue sat down with The Weekly after his performance on the Pac Sun stage. Read more from our interview, and check out a video of a new Thrice song, after the jump.

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