Ghost Beach Make Waves With "Tropical Grit-Pop"

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If you're a musician hoping to get people to talk about your music, there are a few ways to help shape how people will discuss your output. The easiest way is to invent and stick to a genre of your own, which is something Ghost Beach have accomplished. Although the New York City duo of Josh Ocean and Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn are both a young band and haven't indicated any real distaste for genres in the first place, the pair have identified as "tropical grit-pop" on their Facebook page and in interviews. Along with helping them promote a distinct idea of sound, the tag is largely apropos.

On Blonde, their debut record released in March, the pair craft a 1980s-leaning, synth-driven sound along the lines of MGMT, Passion Pit and the Naked and Famous that's definitely upbeat enough to sell it as "tropical" and hook-oriented enough to click with "pop." Gritty? The production is too clean to really go with that, but when the other two components of the genre work so well, we'll let that part slide.

"I grew up basically with the beach as my backyard, so I've always been into beach culture. I grew up surfing when I came back from school," says Ocean, the group's 28-year-old lead vocalist, referencing his upbringing on Fire Island, a New York island outside of Long Island.

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Grant Cotter Is "Jerking Off" For a Living

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Stand-up comic, host, and writer Grant Cotter has been making waves in the comedy scene for a while and we're not taking any credit here BUT, since we named him one of OC Weekly's "Five Comics to Watch Out For in 2013," the work has been pouring in for Cotter like a tidal wave. Okay, it's probably because of his mad humorous stage skills but hey, we'll still take a little love! You can kick back and enjoy Grant's set that is beyond clever, sharp, and completely energetic at the Irvine Improv tonight and once you see him and want more (because you are bound to), you can catch him every Thursday night on MTV's new prank show, "Jerks With Cameras." If you haven't had the chance to watch the show before, number one: what the fuck are you waiting for? And number two: not to worry because we got the scoop just for you straight from Grant himself!

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Quick Questions With Steve Trevino

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Steve is totally relatable...

Starting off with a comedy bang by touring with Carlos Mencia to appearances on Comedy TV, The Late Late Show, Comics Unleashed, and Que Locos, Steve Trevino has been doing it big in the biggest ways possible. His set is packed full of personal and candid life experiences on matters in marriage, body issues, and all things Latino yet even if you are a skinny, unmarried, non-Latino, Trevino's material remains completely relatable. Coincidentally (although totally not coincidental), Steve's second special "Relateable" premiered on NUVOtv February 16th and with an encore airing of this specular stand-up show tonight, we decided to delve a little deeper into his off-stage life with a survey of sorts. Picking brains is what we do and with this funny man quickly rising up the popularity charts, we just had to go there with him to see is we "relate" to his choices. What we found out wasn't too shabby either. Not. Too. Shabby. Steve.


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Skinny Puppy's Rage is Still Potent 30 Years After They Started

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By: Scott Feinblatt

Skinny Puppy's music has always been inspired by the domineering view that corporations and the government are out to get us. Specifically, vocalist Kevin "Nivek Ogre" Ogilvie has said that he's always empathized with tyrannized people and animals; thus the quintessential image of the band is of a loving and sensitive creature that has been pushed to the extent that it bites back. The other principal puppy is Kevin "cEvin Key" Crompton, who performs and engineers the typically vicious and nightmarish soundscapes.

Meanwhile, their music, their philosophy, their lyrical style often reflect the social issues that grab them at the moment, though the songs still retain the same fire they've had since the early days. Together, the pair will take the stage tonight for a rare OC performance at the Observatory.


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How The Olms Brought Pete Yorn and J.D. King Together

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Pete Yorn and J.D. King's new band have nothing to do with fiery, four-chord rebellion. But if not for the wife of a punk legend, the Olms might've never existed.

Yorn first met Johnny Ramone in 2002 when the guitarist requested that Yorn contribute to We're a Happy Family, the all-star tribute album to the patron saints of CBGB's. For his part, Yorn covered the band's "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." The two became close friends over the final two years of Ramone's life, before he succumbed to cancer in 2004. Yorn continued his friendship with the iconic guitar player's wife, Linda, who a few years later, introduced him to King, a respected artist and guitarist for his own band, J.D. King and the Coachmen. The two have now been good friends for the better part of the past decade.

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Jenni Rivera Drag Show Kicks Off the Arrival of New Hamburger Mary's in Downtown Long Beach

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Though Latin songstress and Renaissance woman Jenni Rivera is no longer with us, some talented queens in Long Beach are making sure that honoring the anniversary of her death won't be such a drag. Actually, it'll be a drag show. Tonight, one year after the tragic plane crash that took the life of La de la Playa Larga, Hamburger Mary's is using a tribute to Rivera as the kick off to their new location on Pine Avenue. Recently, the iconic LGBT hot spot moved out of it's old building on Alamitos and Broadway to start fresh downtown. Given how much coverage we've given to the former Weekly cover girl over the years--rightfully so, given her status as a regional Mexican star and a local talent--we're more than happy to see this show tacked on to the number of tributes to Rivera in her home town.

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Why Prince Paul Refuses to Be "Old-School"

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Rarely do we consider the fact that not all of hip-hop's historical icons get excited about reliving the past. Sure, New York-bred producer extraordinaire Prince Paul (a.k.a. Paul Huston) knows he's done a lot of stuff in his lifetime--creating the first live hip-hop band Stetsasonic, pioneering horrorcore with the Gravediggaz, working with De La Soul, being one of the most sought after producers in rap since '89. So it should seem natural that a man who prides himself on living ahead of his time, should be more concerned with staying at least current in hip-hop's ever-changing climate.

It's part of the reason he's become such a noticeable presence on various VH1 clip shows, documentaries and of course Scion's "The All Purpose Show" and "Paul vs. Paul" two webisode programs he hosts that focus on him keeping up with music news, interviewing of-the-minute rappers. He even co-hosts the latter with his 21 year-old son, DJ PForreal. It's all part expanding his knowledge of hip-hop world far beyond the Golden Age. Paul makes a trip to OC tonight for a guest DJ set at the Crosby alongside his cohorts Mr. Len and Rhettmatic. We got a chance to speak to him before the gig.

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Jeremy Olander Is Goin' Back to Cali

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When he first discovered house-music hits such as Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction," Jeremy Olander was too young to enter clubs. "I think that's why I'm more into the dark side of house music because that's what I started to listen to first," he says.
Now 24, the Stockholm resident is part of the exclusive Pryda Records roster spearheaded by Swedish genius producer Eric Prydz. Early releases "Riots" and "Fairfax" were among the label's biggest Beatport sellers in 2011, and Olander continues to ride that momentum on his latest singles, "Petroleum" and "Let Me Feel."

Olander and his sidekick/label mate Fehrplay recently embarked on the second leg of the first Pryda Friends Tour, with 11 dates in the U.S. and Canada. They'll play Orange County on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the EDM haven Sutra; expect an intimate show of big pro-gressive hits and deep techno vibes. "I really like a small club where you can feel connected with the crowd," says Olander.


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Tapioca and the Flea's Transition From Bedroom Project to Break-Out Act

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To appreciate the recent rise of Tapioca and the Flea is to recognize the power of persistence and dedication to the idea that a bedroom project is always just a song or two away from blowing up. For Samuel Jacob-Lopez Jr., the lead vocalist and brainchild of the OC-bred outfit, years of pawing and tinkering with electronic music in between gigs as a hired gun for gritty garage bands was always just something he'd seen as a spare time outlet with no intention of gaining an audience. Fast forward to 2013 and songs like "Mellotron" and "Home" are being blasted over the airwaves and getting clicked on like crazy.

Over the last few months, Tapioca and the Flea's profile boost in the eyes of indie rock tastemakers comes on the heels of a relentless radio campaign inspired by Lopez's new and improved sound bolstered by a band full of his best friends and roommates. Right around the time stations like 89.9 FM KCRW and 98.7 ALT FM began to take notice, Lopez--along with drummer Matt McClanahan, guitarist Ronnie Knott and bassist/keyboardist Frank Alva--were already on a mission to play key gigs like Silverlake's Jubliee Fest well as packed shows at Bardot and House of Blues. Currently, the band is on the cusp of releasing their new EP in the fall. As opportunities continue to expand exponentially for TATF, they're adamant about maintaining their connection to OC, which includes a gig tomorrow at Detroit Bar alongside fellow OC/LA band Mt. Ossa as well as Gazoota and Semi Sweet. We caught up with Lopez over the phone to get a better understanding of what this whirlwind summer has been like for them.


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Maor Levi is the DJ Behind "Everything Step"

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The Israeli producer Maor Levi has been fine-tuning his talents for more than a decade after becoming fascinated by Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise at the age of 12. In 2005 he released his first single "Lital" on Anjunadeep records, the sub-label to Above & Beyond's world renowned Anjuanbeats and was named "Trance Artist of the Year" by the group. Showcasing his more progressive and deep house side he's dabbled in the many sub genres of electronic dance music through various aliases which include 123XYZ, M.A.O.R., Maori, MLV, Pillow One, Roam L and Verny. He was forced however, to take a three year break from his musical aspirations to serve in the Israeli army.

In the face of adversity Maor Levi came back stronger than ever as he redefined himself and his sound playing what he calls "everything step" an inventive genre-crossing modern take on EDM today. Now the rising star is co-headlining his own Anjunabeats "Summer USA Tour" alongside OC natives Norin & Rad. The tour makes a stop at Exchange LA tonight as part of their Insomniac "Awakening" nights before coming back to Sutra September 14th. We caught up with Levi after a special Above & Beyond show at Sutra this week to find out how life has changed for the young artist as a part of the Anjunabeats family.

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