Lahna Turner's Recipe For Delicious, Dirty Songs

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Penning song perfection is a lot like baking an impeccable cake. You have to have just the right amount of ingredients and skill so it will end up being something that your whole audience will enjoy. Comedian Lahna Turner can relate to both but with her new one-hour special "So I Wrote a Song About It" releasing August 19th, we decided to save the cake recipe for later so we could find out the required components one would need to craft a mischievous melody. After all, some of the best songs write themselves very quickly, much like setting your oven to broil, and some tunes are more difficult to accomplish. That's why we're leaving it to Lahna to tell us exactly what is needed.

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Benjamin Booker: A Look Inside His Old Soul

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Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature 'Tent City Rivival' sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had The Boss been raised on the Bayou, not Long Branch). So you could imagine our surprise when a soft-spoken voice greeted us from New Orleans, prior to our phone interview.

Tampa, Florida-native Booker fell in love with New Orleans while working for Americorps' Hands On New Orleans program. The demo he recorded there on a shoestring budget, intended only for friends, landed in the right hands on the Internet. Now, Booker is opening for Jack White prior to even releasing a proper studio album.

Benjamin Booker will be performing on August 21 at The Echo and August 24 at FYF. His debut, self-titled album, Benjamin Booker drops August 19. We spoke with the soulful 25-year-old to discuss his red-hot career and the Plan B he'll never have to follow.

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Dr. Dre's 'Detox' is FINALLY Out! How Does it Measure Up?

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Dr. Dre Surprises Us With 'Detox!'
It's been 15 years since we've had a new Dr. Dre album, and 12 years since it was originally announced, but thankfully today we FINALLY have Dr. Dre's Detox on store shelves. While there's been some pretty lofty expectations for the record, due to both Dr. Dre's consistent reputation as well as how delayed it's been, it seems like another Chinese Democracy situation where there's no way the final product could possibly measure up. Thankfully, we can say it kind of almost does.

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MT. OSSA Streams Debut Album 'Homework Machine,' Just in Time For Echo Residency

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Since their big coming out party last spring, tripped-out indie pop outfit MT. OSSA's journey out of obscurity is coming at a much quicker pace now that their summery sound can flourish in its natural climate. Last night, the Mission Viejo quintet gained major ground as the opening act for classic rock polymath Todd Rundgren at the Coach House. And since we interviewed the band a couple months back, they've finished their debut record Homework Machine, a surf-toned, psychedelic voyage through doo-wop and 80s dance pop territories, just in time for their July residency at the Echo.

But before they hit the stage tomorrow in LA, they want you to get as familiar with songs like "Love Jam," "Whistling Season," and "Solar Skate" as you possibly can. Naturally, they've offered up a full stream of their new album for free. We suggest that you take a listen. After all, knowing the lyrics will come in handy as you're senses get bombarded by the crazy, homespun projections these guys cook up for their live show, something they'll likely be known for by the time this residency is over.

"We've always been into a lot of colors and the brightness of everything," says drummer Tony Tancredi. "We want people to feel that when they see us. We want them to see the whole picture when we're playing live."

Check out a full stream of the album below.

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Rilo Kiley Taps Too $hort For Collection of Rarities

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Rilo Kiley, back when they existed

In case you haven't heard by now, indie band Rilo Kiley released a selection of B-sides and rarities yesterday under the clever title RKives. Though some in the blogosphere are ruminating about how this collection of songs by the defunct Silverlake quartet should have remained on the cutting room floor, the band managed to cleverly trick this Feral blogger into paying for a download of the remixed song "Dejalo." Originally off the 2007 album Under the Blacklight, the song features the normally folky lead songstress Jenny Lewis pseudo-rapping about being "ready to go." (Snarf snarf.)

On RKives, "Dejalo" gets a new coat of paint thanks to rapper Too $hort who provides saucy rhymes over the remixed tune. The Oakland rapper who's enjoyed a long career stretching back to the early 90s once rhymed about his pregnant sister smoking crack in the ghetto. But in "Dejalo," he ditches the social commentary in favor of standard boasts about pimp life. 
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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 & 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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Five Indie Breakout Bands from SoCal Worth Following in 2013

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Five bands worth following this year.

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First Listen: Minaya & Vikus, Spiro "Overdrive"

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Shane Vikus and Daniel Minaya

OC's very own Minaya & Vikus will hit another milestone in their careers today as their long awaited original track "Overdrive" hits Beatport courtesy of Boiler House Records. Already having a remix released in September on INTOTHEAM Records which reached #4 on the Progressive House Top 100 Release Chart, "Overdrive" is much bigger than their Archie's "Desire" remix. They collaborated with fellow Orange County producer Spiro to create something that is a lot more electrifying with an in-your- face punch of big room progressive house sure to rock dance floors everywhere.

"It was great getting in the studio to work with Spiro," says Daniel Minaya. "Our sounds are very similar in a way so once we all got together the ideas came about naturally. We knew exactly what kind of track we wanted and just went for it." Minaya & Vikus have been on fire this year after being hand-picked from a DJ contest to open for Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello at the Hollywood Palladium. Since then they have headlined their own shows all over OC, LA and Las Vegas. Besides being recently signed to AOC Talent Agency, just last weekend Minaya & Vikus played another Insomniac Event featuring the legendary Pete Tong with Eats Everything and Audrey Napoleon at Exchange LA.

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*Steve Angello's Size Matters Party - Hollywood Palladium - 5/12/12
*Eats Everything is Pudgy, But Gets a Better Onstage Workout Than the Average DJ

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Remix Exclusive: Boys Noize - XTC (MMM REMIX)

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Today Boys Noize premiered it's remix of "XTC" by MMM in the UK a couple hours ago and now in the US here. The remix amplifies the classic Boys Noize old school disco house sound elongating the intro and allowing for a more electrifying banging in-your-face punch when the robotic "ecstasy, one for me" lyrics surface. The remix gets even more delightfully strange as it goes on and is sure to rock dance floors everywhere.

The original song "XTC" was released as a preview two days ago and will be officially released on August 6th on Boys Noize Records. The song was first heard as he opened his sets at last years Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Electric Zoo in New York and apparently at the festivals all around the world. A year later, the techno gem has finally surfaced and the German DJ/producer fans couldn't be happier.

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New Music: Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra's 'Last Odyssey'

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Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra's 'Last Odyssey'
There's something geographically astounding about a Costa Mesa-based record label putting putting out a band from France who specializes in the fiery polyrhythms of Ethio and Nigerian funk. That's pretty much the situation when it comes to Ubiquity Record's latest signee, Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra. Aside from packing every almost every awesome musical adjective they could muster into one band name, ALVO is equally adept at the kind of rhythmic alchemy that fits more flavors of the world into one one song than most bands could do in an entire album. Having already heard their debut Ubiquity release Last Odyssey (released today), we can say that those in need of hot, sticky percussion and jam band virtuosity from half way around the globe have enough conga-fied goodness here to keep them satiated for a while. 

Hatched in 2007 and directed by bandleader Masta Conga (rad name!), the  French group's been releasing music since 2008, including their previous effort, 2009's Definitely Roots.This latest project is an even more complex and groove-savvy descendant, combining all sorts of Fela Kuti-style chops with dashes of hip-hop, the tightness of James Brown's Funky Drummer days and a healthy splash of samba. We snagged the album's second track, "Onze De France" for your listening pleasure after the jump.

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