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Gustafer Yellowgold Creator on Creativity and Social Media Matters

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Gustafer Yellowgold is playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend. Well, technically Gustafer isn’t – he’s a cartoon alien from the sun, after all – rather his creator Morgan Taylor will be performing. I bought a DVD/CD of Gustafer ages ago when my boys were younger and really into the kiddie rock music scene, back when Nickelodeon…

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Music Monday: Jamie Hince of The Kills’ Photo Exhibit in LA

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You probably know Jamie Hince as half of the indie rock duo “The Kills,” who went on tour with the Raconteurs, a few years ago. Or you could know him as the better (?) half of supermodel Kate Moss. Whatever. Neither of those two factoids really have anything to do with this story, except that I’m writing about Jamie’s upcoming…

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Life Advice from Young the Giant

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When I heard that one of my current favorite indie rock bands, Young the Giant, was making a surprise appearance at a local high school, I was all over it! I spent my lunch break at a Santa Ana high school, where the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens had arranged for a “surprise” at Godinez High School, as part of…

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Music Monday | Mistaken for Strangers | The National

Mistaken For Strangers and The National

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Months later and I am still thinking about it. I watched the National in concert at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As expected, the music was phenomenal. But what made the show extra special was the screening of “Mistaken for Strangers,” a documentary movie by Tom Berninger, who happens to be the younger brother of Matt, lead singer for…

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Music Monday: 1st YouTube Music Awards Misses the Mark

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The first You Tube Music Awards was held on Sunday – live from New York! – and I must say it was a bit of a let-down.  It was chaotic, to be sure, but it was also boring and contrived. The numbers don’t lie – only over 177,000 were tuned into the worldwide live stream by Eminem’s performance.  I mean,…

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Music Monday: R.I.P. Lou Reed

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Lou Reed was an American rock n’ roll icon, who influenced a generation of rock stars. He passed away on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71. Take a walk on the wild side with me this Music Monday, and enjoy this various artists’ version of “Perfect Day,” from a few years back. You may also listen to the…

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Music Monday: Indie Rock Bands from Down Under

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I’m back to posting Music on Mondays. Here’s a playlist that I’ve been working on for a while. There are only a few songs but I do enjoy them. If you haven’t figured it out yet, they are all from Australian bands. I have fond memories of visiting Australia. And I even remember friends debating the virtues of Sydney vs.…

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The Airborne Toxic Event Makes Waves with the Pacific Symphony

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It’s no secret. I’ve professed my devotion to The Airborne Toxic Event (TATE) across social media. And if you meet me in person, I’ll let you know too. So when the day finally arrived for their show in Orange County as part of the Wavelength Festival, I was ecstatic. The writer sitting next to me had shared that the Keb…

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Pacific Symphony Presents ‘Video Games Live’ Concert

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I love them. Call them musical mash ups or crossovers, if you will. When two genres of music or even two worlds of pop culture collide, I’m all over it. That’s why the forthcoming shows of the Pacific Symphony have got me all excited. Next week, Pacific Symphony gets its game on for a special summer concert featuring video game…

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