Edith Crash: Gut Wrenching Blues From the South...of France

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Florencia P. Marano

Edith Crash is a traveling Frenchwoman with a case of the blues. The singer-songwriter's love affair with traditional black music actually started in the south...of France. No, it's not quite the bayou, but her passion for the music took hold of her at a young age.

"If I have to pick only one blues influence it would be Blind Willie Johnson, I love raw dirty old blues," Crash tells the Weekly.

Last year, she left France for Los Angeles where she's been exploring the city and its myriad music scenes. "Every crazy thing you can find, you can find it here," she says of LA's musical melting pot. "It's quite different from Europe."

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Brody Ryan's '15 Seconds of Fame' is Now 30 Seconds

Your 15 seconds is apparently not up!

So you thought after a week or so, you'd heard the last of #StarbucksDrakeHands. Well, not if Brody Ryan, master of the coy pose seen round the world, has anything to say about it. Lucky us. After Brody brought us the Internet phenomenon known as #StarbucksDrakeHands, the cyber world responded with countless parodies of the video. And they were ahhhmazing. This week, Ryan is back to set the record straight on what really went down. As it so happens, Ryan is a rapper of sorts, so what better way to shed some light on the situation than to record a track to do just that. And he did. And we're bringing it to you. And you're welcome. Now let the parodies begin after you enjoy "15 Seconds of Fame." See the song and the lyrics below.

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Haymaker's 'Now Now Now' Sounds Like it Was Made Long, Long Ago

Two things jump out regarding Haymaker's latest record, Now Now Now.

The first is the title accurately describes when the album was released. As in, it's a new record. As in, if someone played it for you, you might assume it was released as part of the roots/pop/Americana scene that emerged in Minnesota during the 1980s. Or perhaps you'd assume the 12-song disc (released today) was part of the then-burgeoning alt-country community of the 1990s. Either way, you'd be wrong.

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Roosterhead Conjures Up The 'California Creeps' Compilation

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So it's almost time for Halloween, and you're not eight years-old. People aren't giving away jack shit for free anymore and if you show up unannounced to someone's house wearing a mask, they'll likely just call the cops on you. But cheer up, grown up-ish people of OC--there's still some free Halloween joy to be had thanks to playful,psych-punk duo Roosterhead.

Hopefully you're familiar with these Huntington Beach-based sonic weirdos, but in case you're not, just know that these guys specialize in building and playing some of the most brilliant garage rock instruments we've ever seen--usually fabricated out of out of tennis rackets, dead computers and children's toys. So it makes sense that they'd be just as proficient in putting together a compilation album full of random pieces of homegrown talent. Last week, they gifted us with their California Creeps compilation featuring artists from all over OC, Long Beach and L.A.--it's a veritable Frankenstein of psychedelic goodness that you'll be happy to shove into your pillow case, or your ears, or wherever. Now, we're happily passing it on to you.

Featuring acts like Karl?, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Time and Energy and the Roosterhead guys, you'll definitely want to pull this one apart and take a closer look. Careful, you might find razor blades. The full compilation is available for you streaming and sharing pleasure below.

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Miracle Days' Debut Survives the Waiting Game

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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Local Rapper Kadillak Kaz Returns With 'Late Nights' EP

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Kadillak Kaz is back, officially. The two-strike Santa Ana rapper who recently faced a 23-year prison sentence for a flimsy car jacking and second degree robbery charge is finally throwing his rhymes out for public consumption with the release of his new EP, Late Nights. Read more about his crazy life story here.

Last time we caught up with Kadillak, the emcee born Deron Hollins was fresh out of jail and in the process of completing his latest full length album in several years while sleeping in a local recording studio as he worked of to finish the product.

The final result--a full length dubbed Late Nights, Early Money--emerged along with an online documentary about his life titled Down Time. The project is broken up into two EPs, with the second one--Early Money--to be released in six months before the full album comes out in 2014. Late Nights is currently available as a free download on the rapper's website as well as on iTunes. Released through his homegrown label, Sky Ballin' Entertainment and distributed through Empire Distribution, it's a project that represents a first concrete step out of the underground and into a mainstream rap career.

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Ty Segall Is Really Proud of His New Band, Fuzz. Just Don't Ask About Anything Else

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Denee Petracek
So faded

In the wake of a prolific string of solo records and collaborations that has left the Pitchfork set fawning, garage-rock prodigy Ty Segall has formed a new band, Fuzz, a hard-hitting, three-piece Stooges-meets-Sabbath project in which he sings and plays drums. The name pretty much says it all about their sound: a full-on assault of syrupy, fuzz-tone riff-rock.

Segall recently moved back to the Southland, settling in East LA on the border of Eagle Rock and Silver Lake, after spending the better part of the past decade living in the Bay Area, first attending school at the University of San Francisco, and then furiously putting out more than a dozen releases beginning in 2008 (including three last year). All while criss-crossing the U.S., constantly on tour. Now 26, he's at a creative peak, booking major festivals and time on Letterman and Conan. He even has a signature-model reverb pedal.

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Local Singer Songwriter Makes Album as a Tribute to Deceased Girlfriend

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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Bettman and Halpin Turn Folk Into Fine Art

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To the high-class culture hounds of OC, the Soka Performing Arts center is typically synonymous with suit-wearing symphonies, renowned jazz giants and cultural dance troupes. But duo Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin don't fall under any of those categories. In fact, their folk/Americana sound and spirit already make them an anomaly of the venue's concert schedule when they hit the stage on on April 11. But trust us when we tell you that their show will allow even the stuffiest classical buffs to walk away accepting the fiddle and mandolin as instruments of fine art.

Known by their fans as simply Bettman and Halpin, the two had a  vision to utilize their long list of musical talents to create a solid, historical sound throughout the years. On paper, Battman and Halpin are the quintessential opposites: Stephanie is classically trained in opera, violin and voice, and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory. She's also a former aerialist. Luke is self-taught - at the age of 8, his dad handed him a mandolin and a Mel Bay book and said "learn how to play, you're in my band." Despite their differences, once they met they became inseparable.

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Why Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Are the Dutch Version of Swedish House Mafia

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Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Sutra

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Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano @ Sutra

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have carried on the Dutch legacy as house music's elite producers and DJs, with gigs all over the world, after practically being discovered by Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello in 2011. The duo stormed through Orange County this weekend for a highly anticipated return to Sutra in Newport Beach. Thanks to the guys at the Social, Creative Source and Till Dawn Group, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano managed to transform Sutra's usual Top 40 Friday night spot into an EDM heaven (let's cross our fingers this is a trend we will see more of). We spoke to the fast rising stars who emerged on the EDM scene in 2009 after their Feb. 8 show to find out what it's like to party with the Swedes, why Chuckie is one of their biggest influence, and more about their track being released this week.

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