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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Ceschi's Ready To Perform For You
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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Foo Fighters Ice Bucket Challenge Just Changed the Game

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The Foo Fighters, known for their humorous music videos and parodies, always know how to turn it up a notch. By now you've seen countless videos of celebrities (and non-celebrities) accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, but no one has executed their video quite like the Foos.

We can't wait to see how Grohl's pal Jack Black accepts the challenge. Grohl also called out Stephen King, whose classic horror film 'Carrie' is parodied in the Foos video, and John Travolta... interesting choice, Grohl.

The Viral Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $15.6 million for ALS, reports Time. Last year, the organization raised under $50,000 in the same period last year. Check out the Foos' video after the jump.

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10 VHS Videos That Will Always Be the Shit

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Ralph Apel, mastermind of "It Came From the VCR"
First it was vinyl records, then cassette tapes. Ralph Apel goes straight to VHS with his screening, It Came From The VCR: "Starcrash." The poorly executed "Star Wars" clone stars David Hasselhoff and Christopher Plummer, and its showing at Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, a nonprofit art house theater, on Thursday. (Tickets here.)

It sounds like a totally hipster thing, but Apel is earnestly in love with the format. He says, "VHS tapes have blown my mind ever since I first learned that I could pause Star Wars and start back up where I left off after dinner. I loved movies so much and never wanted to miss a beat. I've never been able to let go of that love of being able to stop and analyze film."

He finds all his VHS tapes from local thrift stores ("Orange County has a large variety") and his collection includes B movies, exercise videos, religious children's propaganda, DIY tapes and even discarded home movies. "Since VHS tapes are becoming obsolete, people are donating them at a feverish pace. The average tape costs about 50 cents to a dollar, so it's really easy to get lost in a shopping spree," he says.

A serendipitous meeting with Logan Crow (who runs The Frida) brought the idea of the VHS series to life. Apel says, "Since I am hitting the ground running with this, I couldn't think of a better movie to start with than StarCrash! It has everything that you could want in a B movie. It has not so epic space battles, fake Lightsabers, leather bikinis, robots, campy effects, David Hasselhoff and Academy Award winner, Christopher Plummer."

After the jump, Apel's favorite VHS movies.

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Behind the Scenes at a Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show [VIDEO]

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By Leandra Romero

Most jobs don't include standing on a stage in a wig with fireworks shooting out of a violin. For Diamondback Annie, the Star Girls burlesque show at the Yost Theater on July 12 was just another night at the office where she transformed from her petite, soft-spoken self into a Star Wars character in front of a live audience. Her character of choice? Luke Skywalker.

See Also: Set Your Boners to Hyperdrive: Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show Coming to Santa Ana!

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Top 12 Music Videos With Celebrity Cameos

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Jenny Lewis knows one way to make a music video go viral: feature a handful of celebrity starlets... disguised as dudes. Lewis debuted 'Just One Of The Guys' this week as the first single from her upcoming album, The Voyager. The song is an ode to womanly woes, like the figurative ticking of the biological clock. The music video features Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Tennessee Thomas as crossdressers who wear terrible Bieber tracksuits.

Lewis softly croons at a languid speed that channels Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval: "No matter how hard I try, to be just one of the guys / There's a little something inside that won't let me / No matter how hard I try to have an open mind / There's a little clock inside that keeps tickin'..."

The video prompted us to reminisce about other artists who have incorporated celebrity cameos into their music videos in the past.

Now, before you get all Internet-troll-like on us, please note that we refused to include "cameos" of actors who were not yet famous at the time of the video release, ie: Courteney Cox in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" or Alicia Silverstone in any video for Aerosmith. Opinions are subjective, but our list is not. These really are the best cameos, and most will put a goofy smile on your face. Drum roll please...

Here are the Top 12 Celebrity Cameos in a Music Video:

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