Radio Drama and Graphic Novelization Collide with Intergalactic Drama at Segerstrom

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Sara Bork-Hamilton
While a certain Southern California-based billion dollar company is generating cosmic buzz about the upcoming third trilogy in a well-known space opera franchise, the final installment of the innovative Intergalactic Nemesis trilogy will be landing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to pay SoCal a visit. One of the principal differences between these two sci-fi series is that the latter does not rely on millions of dollars of special effects or an epic soundtrack to tell its story.

About 20 years ago, in Austin, Texas, Jason Neulander set up shop in a coffee house to pay tribute to some old-timey entertainment forms. He wrote several serialized scripts, in the spirit of vintage cliffhanger shows like Flash Gordon, and performed in them the manner of 1930's radio drama. Before long, the show was refined, and a local NPR affiliate aired the episodes, which also featured a foley [sound effects] artist and musical accompanist.

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Current Hits That Sound Like Rip-Offs, Here's Proof

Hey, your new song sounds a lot like another band we know...
Lately our ears have been doing double-takes. The hits the radio plays are new, but the riffs sound similar to riffs we've already heard. Are the similarities found in following song pairings a coincidence or deliberate rip-off? You be the judge:

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Songs With Grammatical Errors We Just Can't Overlook

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Jena Ardell
They're coming to get you...
Yes, we are aware artists use poetic license when they are writing lyrics, but that doesn't prevent us from getting irritated when we hear grammatical errors over the radio waves. Below are ten songs with lyrics that set off our inner grammar-police sirens:

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KROQ's Curious Five: Rise Against, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars

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It's not KROQ's fault copious amounts of sonic garbage spew from their massive antenna on Tonga Peak in Glendale. No matter how cutting edge they purport to be, they're a mainstream radio station with salaried programming directors who strictly adhere to a business model. As such, they are going to play a handful of songs (or more) with mediocre (or less) artistic appeal.

And like any mainstream radio station, they're going to play those songs ad nauseum.

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Does 'Radio Chola' Have a Future? Stay Tuned

Categories: radio musings, wtf

After a chaotic week in which Ask a Chola was revealed to be a Santa Ana loft dweller named Chloe Michalopolous, those angered by the revelation turned focus to her Wednesday night internet show on

All kinds of questions abounded: Would the woman behind the green bandanna finally take to the microphone on Radio Chola to answer her detractors? In the aftermath, Michalopolous has promised a new Ask a Chola video podcast and pondered to her leftover followers on whether she should write a "Chola Manifesto," but has since produced neither.

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Uproar Festival's Headliners Charttoppers: Disturbed's 'Asylum' Hit No. 1 on Billboard Today

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Today we found out that both Rockstar's Uproar Festival headliners' albums debuted at No. 1 this summer.

Avenged Sevenfold held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart just a few weeks ago with their new CD Nightmare, and the eponymous single has also been No. 1 on rock radio for the three straight weeks.

Last week, Disturbed entered the Billboard 200 album chart at  No. 1 last week, selling 179,000 copies of their new CD Asylum.

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Today: Hindu Pirates playing live on KXLU (88.9 FM) at 5 p.m.

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This afternoon, Costa Mesa youngsters Hindu Pirates are shipping out to the KXLU (89.9 FM) studio for a live performance. They'll be pillaging LA airwaves from 5 to 6p.m. Frequently played and praised by various DJs at the station, it was probably a matter of time before the band's tubular, throwback surf tunes were tapped for an in-studio session.

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5 Great Acts That Suck Live

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The main reason Lauryn Hill's rumored Rock the Bells performance got everyone's panties up in a bunch isn't because it was untrue. It's because everyone misses The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill  Lauryn. Everyone knows her recent live sets have been harrowing--audiences were subject to two hour waits or more, unprepared songs, and just general craziness live. Maybe audiences believed that if she performed an album circa 1998, she would perform like it was she was the brilliant 23-year-old Lauryn of 1998.
That also got me thinking of acts that I love, who've made seminal albums, or albums that defined whole summers--or even years--and just didn't live up to the hype.

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From Our Inbox: Is There Such A Thing As An OC Music Scene?

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So today I got an e-mail from a band that kind of echoed more than a few people's sentiments about the music scene in Orange County. Basically it said something to the effect of, "OC doesn't really have much of a music scene at all. Long Beach has some cool bands happening but that's about it."

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Christina Aguilera Reinvents Herself ... As Lady Gaga

UPDATE: MTV gives you a rundown of all Aguilera's pop culture influences in her new video here.
Christina Aguilera's video for "Not Myself Tonight," the first single from her new album Bionic, has all the elements that would've made it controversial in 1982 -- jewelry and bondage, explicit sexual scenes with both men and women. These days, though, it's much more of a talking piece because it looks like she's pushing the crazy sexy outfit envelope -- wearing bejeweled bondage pieces, five-inch eyelashes, six-inch heels -- and co-opting  Lady Gaga's steez. (Watch it after the jump.)

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