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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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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Toni Monroe Talks Big Girl Cookies Fresh Out The Oven

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Toni Monroe may claim to be the "Biggest Bitch in the Game," but she's not what we'd classify as a bitch at all. She is a woman on a mission, and that mission is to go hard. Releasing Big Girl Cookies: First Batch on January 5, this West Coast native's mixtape features DJ Crazy Toones, Kurupt, and showcases that no matter what you look like, you can still lay it down. You can catch this powerful lady at the Key Club this New Years Eve with DJ Quik serving up a performance that is sure to start 2012 off with a bang!

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): You're a more curvaceous woman and I like that you own it. You seem comfortable in your own skin.

Toni Monroe: Yeah well I've been watching it the last couple months because I feel like this is the heaviest I've ever been. So I'm like, you better slow down! I know you're the biggest bitch and you claim it, but you really have to be the biggest bitch! You'll still be the biggest bitch if you're down 50!



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Oxbow Frontman Eugene Robinson Joins Black Flag Bassist Chuck Dukowski On Black Face Project, Releases Hydra Head Debut Today

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Black Face: Milo Gonzalez, Eugene Robinson, Tom Dobrov and Chuck Dukowski
A couple months ago, we learned that Oxbow's Eugene Robinson linked up with Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski for a new project called Black Face, which features Flag's Duk on bass, Oxbow's Robinson on vocals, Insect vs. Robots' Milo Gonzalez (Duk's son) on guitar and Oxbow alum Tom Dobrov on drums.

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They've just recorded four songs that were written around My War-era Flag that nobody in the world apart from Dukowski has ever heard before: "Monster," "Leave Me Out to Rot," "Where Will We Run" and "I Want to Kill You."

Black Face release their "I Want to Kill You" b/w "Monster" 7" today on Hydra Head. (Tip: Head to Vacation Vinyl in LA to grab the record; if you're one of the first 10 to buy it you'll receive a special uncut jacket print.)

Robinson speaks here about the formation of the band and why Black Face is not Black Flag.

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Top 15 Essential Black Friday Record Store Day Releases

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First, we told you what OC record stores are having Black Friday Record Store Day sales. Now, we're letting you know what RSD releases you should look out for. Here are 15 essential Black Friday Record Store Day releases you might be able to score this Friday. (No guarantees, though -- most of these are limited editions!)

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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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LISTEN: Protest Songs For Kelly Thomas by Julian Porte and BNF

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As more information from the July beating death of Fullerton homeless man Kelly Thomas by six police officers surfaces, two new songs by local singer-songwriter Julian Porte and rapper BNF give their perspective on the subject of police brutality.

Singer-songwriter Porte, 25, a Santa Fe Springs resident who makes a living as a street musician, wrote "The Ballad of Kelly Thomas" in the wee hours of last Thursday morning. It inspired him after having a conversation with his mother about the case that has riled up many Fullerton residents for weeks. (Listen to it after the jump.)

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Alana Lee Synchronizes Her 'Butterflies' With 37 Records And An EP

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After getting butterflies and more than 10.5 million views on YouTube, Anaheim Hills resident Alana Lee, who was also an ARK Music Factory discovery, signs a contract with indie label 37 Records, gets ready to release her new single, "Synchronize," and to record an EP.

OC Weekly talks to the 14-year-old sensation about her life-changing experience and the ongoing comparisons to Rebecca Black.

OC Weekly: How did you get in touch with 37 Records? What's it like working with them?

Alana Lee: I was introduced to 37 Records by a good friend of my father's when he saw that my YouTube video, "Butterflies," had over 3 million hits. The label owner, Steven McClintock, is very easy to work with. He is very knowledgeable and makes recording a fun and enjoyable experience.


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Josh Freese's New EP My New Friends Out Today--Also: It's Already Too Late for That Tommy Lee Seance

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So the last time we checked in with Josh Freese, he'd just released a full-length, Since 1972, and was leading a self-marketing revolution by peddling experience packages to crazed fans: $20,000 got you a game of mini golf with Maynard James Keenan, Mark Mothersbaugh and Freese; $5,000 bought a private tour of Disneyland and a letter from Stone Gossard; and $500 offered an all-you-can-eat steak-and-shrimp dinner at your local Sizzler.

A feature of some of the limited-edition packages? Your own song written for you by Freese himself, which would be made available on iTunes.

Well, Freese has made good on his promise: My New Friends is a five-song EP (out today!) about the new pals he met on his strange, strange journey through the Spearmint Rhino trips and floats in a sensory-deprivation tank somewhere on the Venice Boardwalk.More »

[ UPDATED With Artest Appearance Info] Lakers' Ron Artest's New Mixtape 'BALL'N' is Dope, So Stop Hatin'!

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UPDATE, 2:30 P.M., FEB. 18: Ron Artest will make a guest appearance in Sherman Oaks to sign autographs. Find out more information after the jump.

ORIGINAL ITEM, 12 P.M., FEB. 18: Was it really so long ago that the confetti fell from the top of Staples Center as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the hated Boston Celtics in game 7 of the NBA Finals last June? Starting small forward Ron Artest was jubilant, thanking his psychologist in a post-victory interview on the hardwood before plugging his new rap single "Champions," which turned out to be a sweet head-nodding way to celebrate a long and victorious season.

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