Punk 101 With NOFX's Fat Mike

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Jena Ardell
What do Big Mike and Betty White have in common? They both attended Beverly Hills High School. And, yeah, that's where similarities between the two end. There's a fat chance Fat Mike will reach White's current age of 93--but we hope we're wrong.

Fat Mike is pure punk. "Why be sober on tour? Why play sober?" Mike told A.V. Club. "Why do a job sober if you don't have to? And being a musician is really one of the only jobs that you're really pushed into performing drunk. People expect it. People expect rock stars to be wasted, and if you're not it's a disappointment." Oi! Someone call Dr. Drew.

You can catch NOFX tomorrow, October 10, during It's Not Dead Fest at San Manuel Amphitheater at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater. Over 35 punk bands will be performing, including Bad Religion, Agent Orange, Fishbone, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, and The Vandals.

Here's what punk rock means to Fat Mike. Quotation above via billboard.com.

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Beach House On Authenticity and Inspiration

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We hope you were able to snag the limited 'Loser Edition' vinyl version of Beach House's latest album, Depression Cherry. We were so hypnotized by the clear record housed in that velvety, red flocked sleeve that we almost forgot the record played music.

Beach House is all band, no drama. Band members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally both look and act the role of chilled-out hipster superstars. Their sound is so melodic we can only assume their physical presence in the band was meticulously crafted to disappear, leaving you on a cathartic spiral of good vibes.

Here's what Legrand and Scally have said about authenticity and inspiration. Quotation above via factmag.com.

Beach House is performing four sold-out shows at the Honda theatre this December. Tickets are still available for their show at The Observatory on Dec. 7.

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Big Sean's Life Philosophies

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Jena Ardell
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It's a big year for rapper Big Sean. He and Drake lead this year's BET Hip-Hop Award nominations, with 10 and 12 nominations respectively.

He's also vying for Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Club Banger, Impact Track, and People's Champ Award.

The 27 year-old also has a chance at winning Best Hip-Hop Video, Track of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Best Featured Verse--all categories in which he is nominated not once, but twice.

Amidst the media buzz, Big Sean wasn't afraid to parody himself during his appearance on James Corden's LATE LATE SHOW last night (in this clip that's about to go viral):

Here's an glimpse at Big Sean's life philosophies. The rapper will make stops at House of Blues on the Sunset Strip (February 7) and The Forum (February 13) during his 2016 tour.

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Jess Glynne Talks About Authenticity

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Jena Ardell

Singer-songwriter Jess Glynne has conquered the charts in the UK--now she's hoping to find the same success in the U.S.

Glynne recently became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl Cole to have five number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart.

"Now, I guess, is the perfect time for me to come to the States," Glynne told The Washington Post, who described her sound as "if Adele had been the sixth Spice Girl during the band's mid-'90s heyday."

Glynne kicks off her first U.S. tour on Monday (September 14) with a concert in Washington D.C. You can catch her at the Troubadour in West Hollywood September 30.

Here's what the songstress has said about her style and influences. Quotation above via ew.com.

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Jim James Laments About the Music Industry

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Jena Ardell

James Edward Olliges, Jr., better known as Jim James is not a musician who holds back feelings. The My Morning Jacket singer-guitarist is notorious for being candid with reporters, going so far as admitting his signature look (black suit, white shirt and black tie) was partly inspired by an unlikely source: Smurfette.

"The first time I ever realized what fashion was watching the Smurfs as a kid," he told Esquire Network's How I Rock It in 2013. "Smurfette opens her closet and it's filled with nothing but white dresses because that's all you ever see her in. Ever since then, I've always wanted to be a cartoon character, to always wear the same thing every time... It's almost like a blank canvas where I can be me and that frees my mind up to worry about other things... [like] the performance and the music."

James recently shared "Take Care of You", a new solo song he recorded for No Escape, a new film directed by John Erick Dowdle starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan.

My Morning Jacket's U.S. tour begins this fall. The band will be performing at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium October 13 and SDSU's Open Air Theater October 19.

Here are some complaints James has with the music industry today. Quotation above via wsj.com.

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311 Talks About Band's Longevity

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Jena Ardell

311 celebrated their 25th year as a band earlier this month. Now that the band has reached their 'silver' milestone, they are eligible to be added to the roster of influential bands from the '90s who are possible candidates for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2016.

Here's why we think 311 should be inducted: the humble band -- best known for their lively shows, ever-changing set lists, and close-knit fan base -- has been livin' and rockin' with the same lineup for over 20 years and even has their own holiday (March 11) dubbed 311 Day. Since their early formation, the band has established themselves as a beacon of positive vibes and unity, marching to the beat of their own drum, and touring with an array of diverse opening acts to compliment their unique musical influences. Also: few bands tour more consistently than 311.

"The only time we took off was, I think, in 1998, S.A. Martinez told Weld. "We basically took that year off - we really had to. It was to the point where we were exhausted."

To commemorate their silver anniversary, 311 released their ARCHIVE Box Set, a 4-CD collection featuring 81 tracks (including unreleased songs, demos, b-sides, and pre-production recordings) and a 60-page book of rare photos and 311 memorabilia.

This spring, 311 Day returns to New Orleans for a two-night concert extravaganza at Smoothie King Center (formally New Orleans Arena). Pre-sales begin in September. More info can be found on 311's website.

Here are some reasons each band member attributes to 311's longevity in the music industry. Quotation above via browardpalmbeach.com.

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Teri Gender Bender Talks About Being An Artist

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Jena Ardell
Teresa Suárez, better known as Teri Gender Bender, is the charismatic poetess and frontwoman of the Mexican garage punk band Le Butcherettes.

She's been dubbed "The Latina Björk", but Terri Gender Bender is much more than a quirky feminist who covers herself in fake blood. Her frantic stage antics will keep you entranced, even when she begins to sing in a language you don't understand.

Le Butcherettes has opened for a laundry list of major U.S. acts including Faith No More, The Mars Volta, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Deftones.

The band's new album, A Raw Youth, will be released September 18. The record was produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and includes guest appearances by John Frusciante and Iggy Pop.

The band will be performing at the Constellation Room at The Observatory on September 20 in Santa Ana. If you're lucky, they'll perform "Stop," a Spice Girls cover, before feverishly delving into an energetic set of original songs.

Here is what Terri has said about being an artist. Quotation above via thefusionmag.com.

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Life Lessons From FKA Twigs

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Jena Ardell
Tahliah Debrett Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs (or Robert Pattinson's fiancee, to some) doesn't let fame overshadow life. The 27-year-old recently admitted she has never watched Pattinson's Twilight series.

"I don't understand what the levels [of fame] are. I'm a bit naive," FKA Twigs told UK's The Sunday Times. "I don't engage in that world, even with myself, even with my own career."

FKA Twigs demands full creative control over all her projects; she produces, directs and stars in her own music videos. The result: mesmerizing performance art set to music that is one part ethereal, two parts visceral.

Fans eagerly awaiting more from the artist were satisfied (and surprised) yesterday when FKA Twigs released her new EP M3LL155X . The album features two previously released singles, along with three new tracks. The singer also debuted a 16-minute music video to accompany the songs which showcases her dancing skills.

Here are some insightful observations by the unique artist. Quotation above via rookiemag.com

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OMI Reacts To U.S. Success

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It only takes one hit song to launch a career and worldwide publicity tour. OMI (pronounced 'oh-mee') is leading the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week as the top-selling song in the U.S. with his reggae-pop hit "Cheerleader". Amazingly, OMI has not released an album yet.

The Jamaica-born singer/songwriter's path to fame has been a long climb. "Cheerleader" was a radio favorite in Jamaica in 2012 when it was discovered by Patrick Moxey, the president of Ultra Music, a dance label partly owned by Sony Music. Ultra commissioned two remixes, including the now-popular Felix Jaehn version, that became a hit in Europe in 2014.

"There is an unfortunate tendency for radio in particular to treat all reggae projects as a summer novelty," Rob Kenner, the founder of dancehall reggae's Boomshots.com, told nytimes.com. "D.J.s pick one or maybe two records for the run-up to Labor Day, and they become a seasonal thing. People don't know the artists' names -- they just know the melody."

"Cheerleader" has more than 230 million views on YouTube and over 300 million plays on Spotify.

Here's what OMI has said about his success in the U.S. Quotation above via rollingstone.com.

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Dr. Dre Talks Legacy, In Illustrated Form

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Ice Cube may have leaked the release date of Dr. Dre's new album, the soundtrack to Straight Outta Compton, during an interview with a Philly radio station on Wednesday.

"Dre is dropping an inspired album, inspired by Compton. He's dropping something on August 1," Ice Cube told Power 99. "It's mega. It's Dr. Dre. It's what everybody has been waiting for. It's definitely a dope record, and he's dropping it all on the same day. It's crazy."

However, according to Rolling Stone, multiple sources have said the album will be released at a later date than Saturday.

"The soundtrack is insane," Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Grey told MTV. "You can hear some of his influences, with jazz and soul and a little bit of funk."

The soundtrack will mark Dre's first album release in 15 years, both good and bad news for fans still waiting for Dre's Detox to drop. (Will Detox be shelved for good?--who knows).

Straight Outta Compton hits U.S. theatres August 14. We suspect this movie is going to crush box office records.

Here's what Dr. Dre has said about himself and his legacy. Quotation above via vibe.com.

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