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Friday, October 17, 2014

Daniel Wright-Fresco - PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT CIFUENTES
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  • Daniel Wright-Fresco
This February, Daniel Wright-Fresco, the homeless man who serves as the unofficial security guard of downtown DIY venue the Smell, was arrested. He was charged with the crime of making "criminal threats" after allegedly threatening Ignacio Nava, an employee at a used car dealership nearby. Nava had claimed Wright-Fresco flashed a knife held in the waistband of his pants after verbally assaulting him.

Before the date of his trial (which was set for July 4, 2014), Wright-Fresco accepted a deal with the District Attorney's office. He pled guilty to possession of a knife, but not guilty to the charge of criminal threats — a non-strike offense. He was sentenced to serve 486 days in prison.

As of October 10, however, Wright-Fresco is a free man.

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Metal

The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:30 AM
Dream Theater
  • Dream Theater
Progressive metal, unlike other sub-genres of heavy metal, borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity.

Progressive metal (prog metal for short) is less about brutality and speed, as is the case with extreme metal or thrash. And the focus is not so much on evil or satanic themes, much like black metal. Instead, listeners can hear everything from classical music, symphonic metal, speed metal, power metal and traditional heavy metal in many "prog metal" bands. The focus has always been in the proficiency of the musicians, epic songwriting, and sounds that aren't neatly categorized into only one type of metal. As this list will show, even extreme metal bands can lean more towards the prog metal side. We now present our list of the 10 best progressive metal/hard rock bands.

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The Black Tides - JASON LEE
  • Jason Lee
  • The Black Tides

Los Angeles’ oldest tiki bar, the Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge, knows how to scare up intoxicating fun all year ’round. This time of year, its annual Monsters & Mai Tais bash takes the usual tropical-themed revelry to a terror-ific level, with a parking-lot party featuring vendors selling Halloween-themed art, tiki mugs and accessories, a costume contest, drink specials, food and music inside the bar and out.

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RADIO BROADCAST #290
10–19–14

Fanatic! we are so excited to bring you this show. A few weeks ago, I took out a stack of singles and flipped them to digital so we could get them onto the show. I thought it would be great to have a show with a lot of stuff that would be a bit more difficult to play.

I am currently in Grand Rapids. It’s a night off. I was onstage last night at the Baird Theater in Washington, DC being interviewed by Q and Not U’s Chris Richards. He is now a music writer for the Washington Post. It was part of a series the Smithsonian is doing. I thought it went very well.

I am listening to the songs as I write this and I am really digging it.

I am out in the world for another week or so but when I get back to the office, I will pull out more vinyl that might not be in the digital world and we can get more of that happening for November. I would like to do more shows with the vinyl component. It takes a lot of time but if I can get it into the schedule, I can do it.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last Night

Southern Lord Records Showcase - Los Globos - October 15, 2014

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Baptists in the blur. - PHOTO BY PAUL T. BRADLEY
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  • Baptists in the blur.
The Power of the Riff Presents: Southern Lord Showcase
Excel, Goatsnake, XIbalba, Obliterations, Baptists, Torch Runner
Los Globos
October 15, 2014

Better Than...
getting punched in the mouth with a fistful of battery acid. 

For your average workaday shred-head, Wednesday day is always full of those "Hey humpday!" / "Week's half-over!" B.S. coworker-small-talk-platitudes. So a Wednesday night of getting repeatedly kicked squarely in the eardrum by six bands worth of slash-genre metal and hardcore is a welcome relief. And Southern Lord Records did that oh-so-perfectly last night. 

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The Kokoro - PHOTO BY KOBY BEN-SHOSHAN
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  • The Kokoro
[Update: For today only (Friday, Oct. 17), Culture Collide is offering 2-day wristbands for only $10, while supplies last. Visit the ticket booth at Taix to score your tix.]

Now in its fifth year, Culture Collide continues to be a kind of international Echo Park Rising. It's still accessible at $30 dollars for a three-day pass, and like Echo Park Rising, the festival takes over Sunset Boulevard with enough music, craft beer and munchies to cause a riot. 

But Culture Collide also offers a unique element of discovery that's now missing from major music industry gatherings like SXSW. This year alone, you'll be wigging out over avante-garde EDM from Israel and Korean rock 'n' roll that doesn't sound like homogenized, plasticky K-Pop — minds blown, right? 

In all, over 60 bands from around the world will invade Echo Park for three days, October 16-18. Which means there's a lot to see when you're not getting blitzed in the beer garden — or trying to figure out what an Aussie BBQ is without missing the next set. But that won't happen, because you'll just take this list with you. Here are the five acts you simply cannot miss at this year's Culture Collide.

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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

A few days ago, I spent an afternoon with Lemmy. For the few who might not know that name, Lemmy is the bass player, vocalist and founding member of a band called Motörhead. The man has waged war on people’s hearing for decades.

Not only does Lemmy keep Motörhead alive and well, assaulting multigenerational audiences who possess brain cells yet to be obliterated, he was also in one of the greatest bands of all time, Hawkwind. They were true, visionary, sonic assassins.

Hawkwind has been around in one form or another since 1969, so not all of the band’s albums feature Lemmy, who eventually left to form Motörhead. But some of the ones he’s on, Doremi Fasol Latido, Space Ritual and Warrior on the Edge of Time, are incredible.

What makes things even better is that the new Motörhead album, Aftershock, is excellent. The riffs are ripping, the lyrics are sharp. It’s a dose of pure energy. Lemmy is almost 69 years old and still rockin’ hard.

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See Friday: Lana Del Rey - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • See Friday: Lana Del Rey
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Friday, October 17


The New Pornographers, 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
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A.C. Newman is in an ebullient mood on The New Pornographers’ sixth album, Brill Bruisers. Even when he declares a “War on the East Coast,” he’s really more interested in “blondes, brunettes, paper jets” and dreaming such surreal things as “Vancouver dressed up in the ocean” as new-wave keyboards whirl merrily around him. The title track is both an allusion to New York songwriting factory the Brill Building and an homage to those “brilliant bruisers” who love to take the wheel and go on adventures. Newman’s Canadian collective features not one but two madly charismatic backup singers who usually front their own bands — Neko Case and The Ettes’ Coco Hames — the equivalent to Patsy Cline and Dusty Springfield chiming in with Cheap Trick. New York indie-popsters The Pains of Being Pure at Heart open with their softer, Smiths-style jangle. —Falling James

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Locals Only

Ikey Owens (Jack White, The Mars Volta) Was More Than a Hired Gun

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Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM
The Holden Community Wall, on 4th St. in Long Beach near Retro Row, has become a makeshift memorial to Ikey Owens. - PHOTO BY MATT COHN
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  • The Holden Community Wall, on 4th St. in Long Beach near Retro Row, has become a makeshift memorial to Ikey Owens.
For an interview in 2011, at 10 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Isaiah “Ikey” Owens insisted on meeting for drinks at the V Room, a dive bar on 4th Street in Long Beach.

As he sipped a Jim Beam neat, he talked about hanging out in the early days with pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas (who were playing the Super Bowl halftime show that year), why he was considering leaving the behemoth prog-rock arena band The Mars Volta, and the creative inroads he was making through his new fledging career as a producer and mentor.

He also discussed at length his not-so-solo-anymore project, Free Moral Agents, which grew from a bedroom recording experiment into a psych-y, jazzy, beat-pummeling collective that was already playing places like Low End Theory. Having spent most of his time on stage as someone else's hired gun, he liked that it allowed him to do the hiring for once.

Few L.A. session musicians built out their careers by working across genres and in roles as diverse as those tackled by Owens.

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The Doors - PHOTO BY JOEL BRODSKY
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  • The Doors
You would think the last thing Los Angeles needs is another music awards show. But with rock & roll getting more and more squeezed out at the Grammys and VMAs in favor of pop, hip-hop and EDM, it might be nice to see a trophy-fest where the guitars are more important than the costume changes.

That's the idea behind the Classic Rock Roll of Honour, an awards ceremony hosted by the U.K.-based Classic Rock magazine. The awards have happened for nine straight years in the U.K. amid much ballyhoo (as the Brits like to say), attracting various and sundry rock legends: The Who, Rush, Alice Cooper, Slash, Zakk Wylde. Imagine a British version of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, only with less Rolling Stone favoritism and better jam sessions.

But they haven't yet attracted much notice in the States. So for their 10th year, to change that, Classic Rock is moving the whole shebang to Los Angeles. And fittingly, they're honoring L.A.'s favorite classic-rock-era native sons, The Doors, with the Inspiration Award.

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