VIDEO: An Inside Look at the Furries in Their Natural Habitat!

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The furry subculture has a certain connotation in popular culture for their, ahem, mating habits. But not much beyond this small facet of this vast culture is widely known.

We here at the Weekly enlisted the help of the world's leading television naturalist, Figgy Dobbs, to enlighten us beyond the Bloodhound Gang level of knowledge of this fascinating culture. Mr. Dobbs witnessed these creatures from afar at one of the country's largest furry conventions, located right here in Irvine.

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Video: Revisiting Fullerton's Forgotten Punk Landmarks With Steve Soto

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Steve Soto of the Adolescents shows us where the Black Hole was
We all know Fullerton is known as the epicenter of early OC punk. Probably because the first big bands to come out of the scene all happened to live there-- Social Distortion, The Adolescents, The Detours and The Middle Class. They also lived to raise hell in their hometown at places that any punk under the age of 40 has probably never heard of. Today, Fullerton's forgotten punk scene is all around us. The venues that reeked of sweat, cheap booze and vomit have new identities. They've turned into respectable establishments where people go to worship God and get 2 for $5 fish sandwiches.

In this video, we enlisted the help of Steve Soto, bassist for The Adolescents, to guide us on a ride-a-long tour to visit the buildings that housed the Casbah Recording Studio, a couple historic clubs (one is now a church for Jehovah's Witnesses, the other is a Burger King!) and the infamous Black Hole--a ramshackle apartment/drug den once inhabited by Mike Ness of Social D. It's also the subject of one the Adolescents' biggest hits "Kids of the Black Hole." Come along and get a piece of Fullerton history you can only learn from the punks who lived it.

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Watch Students Compete for Paid Tuition by Playing Video Games [VIDEO]

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It seems like just yesterday that eSports was only a gleam in some Brood War player's eye, but look where we've come. If you work hard enough and have wrists of steel, you can actually be a full-time video game player. No lie. You won't even have to move to Korea. And once competition hits this level, it snowballs as more kids actually seriously train starting at a younger age. With the young talent eSports coming out today, who knows where we'll be tomorrow.

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The Coachella Experience: In Stop Motion Form [VIDEO]

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"The Coachella Experience" is tough to define, because the behemoth annual festival means different things to different people. For some, it's all about a sunset ferris wheel ride. For others, it's about dancing your heart out in the Sahara tent all damn day. For me, it's about beer and Spicy Pie pizza.

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Riding Along With Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol in Long Beach's Cambodia Town

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Before she became the lead singer of the internationally known rock band Dengue Fever, Chhom Nimol lived in a gritty neighborhood most people in Long Beach (not to mention the rest of Southern California) might not realize even exists. It's called Cambodia Town and it boasts the largest population of Cambodians outside Southeast Asia and France. The neighborhood is easy to miss, stretching along the north side of Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Aves.

With the recent release of the band's fifth album, the wonderfully moody and psychedelic The Deepest Lake--which finds the band at the height of their songwriting and performing prowess--we figured it'd be a great time to check out Nimol's old haunts.

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Video Premiere: Kadillak Kaz Gets High on Art in "I'm In This"

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How does Santa Ana rapper Kadillak Kaz spend his downtime? Getting high on culture--and plenty of cannabis. In his latest video for the single "I'm In This" off of his recently released Downtime EP, the former OC Weekly cover boy stares at paint slathered portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X and other cultural icons, staring deep into their eyes and blowing blunt smoke in their faces. Sure, trying to give a civil rights leader a contact high might seem a little disrespectful, not to mention damaging to the artwork. But it's also symbolic of the rapper's hiatus since releasing last year's album, Late Nights, Early Money.

Taking time away from recording music prior to Downtime, which came in early 2015, Kaddy's had plenty of time to sit, smoke, and contemplate his next moves as an artist. He says the time off has been crucial since we last spoke to him after his release from jail following a near conviction on a dubious carjacking charge that almost landed him life in prison.

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Video Premiere: Ceschi and Sage Francis are "Barely Alive"

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If you've heard the name Ceschi, chances are you're familiar with him as either the fearless MC/multi-instrumentalist leader of indie hip-hop label Fake Four or you may have heard tell of the Free Ceschi campaign that saw friends and fans of the artist come to his aid during the trial that subsequently saw him serve a year in prison due to a controversial alleged marijuana "Christmas Bust" which made headlines in 2010.

Released since late 2013, Ceschi's hitting the road again in support of his new album Broken Bone Ballads, and is giving us the exclusive premiere of the first single "Barely Alive" which features indie rap icon Sage Francis. On Thursday April 2nd, Ceschi hits San Clemente's OC Tavern.

We spoke to Ceschi about this new video (see below), his new album and readjusting to being a touring indie artist after being in prison.


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Nedelle Torrisi Filmed a Music Video Illegally at Target

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Here's Nedelle Torrisi from Target.
By: Reed Fischer

Kudos to Nedelle Torrisi (Cryptacize, Sufjan Stevens, Ariel Pink) for infiltrating a Target to for her latest music video. The song showcased is "Don't Play Dumb," from the Los Angeles synth-pop vocalist's Advice From Paradise, a vinyl reissue of her 2013 self-titled LP.

Combining the detached ennui of Lana Del Rey with firmly working-class imagery, Torrisi created some guerrilla footage of herself portraying one of the tireless men and women in red working at the ubiquitous department store chain with Minnesota roots. The swirling keyboard washes paired with her muted facial expressions as she puts away paper towels and cat food are enough to stir flashbacks of retail work past, so avoid showing this to anyone whose wounds are still raw from such experiences.

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Video Premiere: ATOMS Bond Together Once Again With "Origami"

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Alaska of ATOMS
If you were a fan of the underground rap movement of the early 2000s, chances are you remember several shout-outs to "Atoms Fam." Originally a loose collective of artists who found a kinship with each other and frequently collaborated around the same east coast indie rap scenes, the late-2000s New York City rap drought quieted the Fam, as it did so many others. Now, Atoms Fam alumni have returned, rejuvenated as a trio with original members Alaska and Windnbreeze (both formerly of Hangar 18) and Cryptic One, until the name ATOMS with a new album SANDS.

We're pumped to premiere the new ATOMS video "Origami" as Alaska spoke to us about creating this new ATOMS record.


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[VIDEO]: Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Frida Cinema

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When it comes to weird cult audience favorites, Rocky Horror Picture Show seems second to none, considering of course that this musical is still going strong on the midnight movie circuit since its debut in 1975.

Character costumes, throwing items at the screen, dancing along to the "Time Warp" or yelling hilarious, often vulgar callbacks to the film's dialogue; some of the staples of the original Rocky Horror screenings from way back when are still in use today. They've also helped make this film the iconic musical that it is, and inspired the Library of Congress to name it "Culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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