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Chelsea Girls Playing the Best Songs They Never Wrote
By Christy Buena

Combine four musically talented blond bombshells performing the best rock songs and you get the Chelsea Girls, a Los Angeles cover band that is lighting up the Hollywood scene. The Chelsea Girls deliver powerful vocals, wailing guitar riffs accompanied by intense bass lines and heart pounding drum beats. These ladies play hard with their sexy stage swagger and their ability to replicate some of the hardest rock songs performed by legendary bands including Motley Crue, AC/DC, Dio and Metallica, to name a few.
It’s no surprise these women dominate the stage given their talented backgrounds. The band consists of drummer Sam Maloney, whose performed with Peaches, Motley Crue and Hole, guitarist Allison Robertson of the Donnas, bassist Corey Parks - formerly in Nashville Pussy and vocalist Tuesdae, a world famous DJ and former Playboy model.

Opening for Motorhead at Club Nokia, the Chelsea Girls impressed a predominantly male audience as they opened their set with “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC. Fans sang along and pumped fists into their air as Tuesdae belted out lyrics using her opera trained vocals. The next song performed by the Chelsea Girls was a testosterone anthem by Judas Priest titled, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” where Robertson rocked her guitar solo and Tuesdae crawled onstage seductively. After the band’s Judas Priest cover, concert goers clapped and whistled and as soon as the intro to Danzig’s “Mother” played, fans cheered in excitement. During the band’s next cover, Blaine Cartwright joined the band onstage to perform, Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.” One of the highlights of the show was when the Chelsea Girls performed Dio’s “Holy Driver” and brought a sword onstage, reminiscent of the original music video. Next on the set list was Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” where Robertson and Parks nailed the introduction causing newfound fans to shout and cheer. Closing up their performance, the Chelsea Girls went out with a band as they performed Motley Crue’s “Live Wire” where Parks and Tuesdae gave male fans something to think about: Tuesdae licking Parks’ bass strings.

Watch one concert and you’ll witness why the foursome leaves audience members in amazement. Unlike other cover bands that exude cheesiness reminiscent of drunken Karaoke sessions, these four lovely ladies are far from the cliché delivering hair flipping action, in your face anthems and sex appeal. Between songs, male audience members profess their undying love (and lust) to the ladies by yelling, Marry me!” and “You’re fucking hot.”

We sat down with the Chelsea Girls after their performance for an interview. Here’s some footage:

To follow along, we've included the interview transcript:
Disarray Mag: We're here with the Chelsea Girls at Club Nokia. Ok, so how did you guys get together?  
AR: Well, we uh, actually haven't known each other that long. We kind of knew each other through different bands and never played together before.
SM: We just started dating recently. [laughs]
AR: But it all kinda came together really easily. Even though, you know, you'd think how do you meet other people in bands. Because I think I would have known – or you’d think we would have been good friends all our lives because I knew Corey a long time ago and you know, we all met through different things but we actually only just met really like hardcore, like last year.
SM: But we know each other through the music community, L.A. We all live in L.A.
CP: We’ve only been in bed together like eight or nine months. [laughs]
Tuesdae: And we already rule the world. It happened really fast.
SM: Now what do we do? We don’t know.
AR: And Corey just wanted to start an all girl group that was fun, and you know that was kinda like a high profile, really good cover band – not just like a crappy cover band but something was actually serious with serious musicians and all female.
SM: So, she couldn’t find it so, then this is what happened [laughs]
Tuesdae: She’s stuck with us now.
Disarray Mag: So, I was watching some of your Youtube videos and how did you get Carmen Electra to be your emcee?  
Tuesdae: She’s friends with Corey.
AR: Yeah, she’s really good friends with Corey.
Corey: Yeah, she’s awesome. She’s great and she loves Rock N’ Roll and she loves Rock N’ Roll women! So she was stoked and when she saw us, she literally … I said come down, Allison and I are in this band. I got a call like 3 o’clock in the morning when I got home from the show and she goes, “That is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen and I will slit my wrists on stage for you, I will dance for you, I’ll do anything. We haven’t asked her to go quite that far just yet.
Tuesdae: But, we will. I want to see her riding a pink pony.
Disarray Mag: What are some of your favorite songs to perform onstage?   
AR: I like doing “Holy Diver.”
Tuesdae: Right now “Holy Diver” is my favorite.
Corey: It’s always the new songs. “Live Wire”
Tuesdae: “Master of Puppets” and “Think About You” by Guns N’ Roses. “Crazy On You” by Hart is probably vocally my favorite to sing.
Disarray Mag: Ok, how do you pick your songs? How do you decide?  
Tuesdae: We fight actually. Cat fights. Whoever wins, whoever pulls the most hair out.
Corey: We always end up in our bras and panties every sing time!
Tuesdae: I know! It’s crazy.
SM: Pillow fights. [laughs] No, it’s hard. We actually want to pick the greatest cover songs that people want to hear. So, we fight about it a little bit because I might like a KISS song from the 80s and Corey might like a KISS song from the 70s. So, you know, we do rock scissors paper or stuff like that. That’s how it happens .
Corey: Or somebody will want to do a song, and another person will want to do a song. Ok, I’ll learn your song and then you’ll learn my song.
AR: Nobody let’s me pick anything. [laughter]
SM: She’s like the Kirk Hammet of the band. [laughs] Everything I pick gets declined. [laughs]
AR: I’m still pushing for a Def Leopard.
SM: I want to do a Def Leopard too.
Tuesdae: We like to pick songs that are difficult that people love. You know, we don’t do anything too easy. It has to be kind of complicated.
Corey: It’s hard too. You know, I grew up in Orange County so there’s a lot of OC punk rock. Like Circle Jerks, Black Flag…
Tuesdae: We love punk. It’s just not challenging enough [laughter]
Corey: There’s a lot to choose from. I mean if you think about the music that moves you, there’s a lot to choose from. I mean, it’s 12 songs and you really gotta make the mark.
Disarray Mag: So what are some of your goals as a band?  
Tuesdae: To be the biggest cover band in the world. Guys, just in we are officially the biggest cover band in the world.
Corey: We want to play for the prince of Dubai, at a private party,
Tuesdae: We want to do Bar Mitzvahs, we want to play the Macy’s Passport, Oh! We already played the Macy’s Passport.
Corey: We want to play on the Eiffel Tower.
SM: No, we’d like to open up for our heroes. Metallica…
Tuesdae: I would love to.
Corey: ZZ Top
SM: Axle Rose…Maybe Axle Rose will fire the rest of his band and we’ll be the next Guns N’ Roses.
Tuesdae: And I’m going to push him down the stairs and take over. That’s my plan.
Corey: Could you just imagine that? She pushes him down and she looks just like him, she’s got her hair red, cornrows.
Tuesdae: You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby and you’re going down…
Disarray Mag: OK, last question. Are there any plans for you guys to create your own songs in the future?   
Tuesdae: Money, will make us do that. [laughter]
AR: No, we don’t have any plans to do anything original right now.
Tuesdae: We’re already playing the best songs ever written right or the best songs we’ve never written?
SM: And that’s the point. We’re already playing the best songs we never wrote so how could we top that? You know, it’s really difficult.
Tuesdae: MONEY. Money will top that.
SM: Unless we get the biggest record deal in the world, we will not be writing our own songs.
Tuesdae: It has to be the biggest. Ever.
SM: Like $2 billion. Until then, we will just stick to the other hits.
Tuesdae: I’m saying a Trillion. [laughs]
Corey: With everything in the music right now, you’re going to see that everything is going back to grass roots, live shows, that’s what it’s about period. And that’s what we work on – the live show, entertaining people and providing a night for them. Amidst all the bullshit, go out, they can pay their $15 and walk out wanting to fuck or fight . Like, that was the best thing I’ve ever seen. I had the time of my life. That’s what we want to create.
SM: We want to make it a recession proof band so that kids will know that they’re getting the best bang for their buck.
Disarray Mag: Alright, thank you!  
All photos taken by Steven Buena www.stevenbuena.com   
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10 Creepy Songs for Halloween
By Crissy Done, Contributing Writer   
Get in the spirit this Halloween with these, dark, haunting songs that are a far cry from the days of “The Monster Mash.” These aren’t your typical Halloween songs, but they will definitely provide a creepy atmosphere for any occasion.
1. “Werewolf,” by Cat Power
Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, covered Michal Hurley’s original version on her album You Are Free, released back in 2003. This song, with its simple guitar and cello combination and Chan’s unique voice truly captures a dark yet lovely tone. This is a must listen on a full moon.
2. “The Artifact and the Living,” by Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)
The Donnie Darko soundtrack is truly a masterpiece for its dark and haunting tunes that seem to match perfectly with the 2001 cult favorite. “The Artifact and the Living” turns up the creep factor with only the sound of a piano that seems to hint on the movie’s theme of paranoia and insanity.
3. “#1 Crush (the remix)” by Garbage
This song was remixed and put on the 1996 Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack and instantly became a hit. Not only are the lyrics dark, Shirley Manson herself is a goddess of darkness and rock, dabbling in drugs and battling depression as a teen. Her experiences in life lead to her career as a quirky lead singer with a talent for writing creepy lyrics.
4. “Tested Dry,” by Jena Malone & Her Bloodstains
If you were wondering, yes, it is in fact Jena Malone the actress. Jena Malone, who appeared in many films such as Donnie Darko, Step Mom, and Into the Wild quietly began a music career in 2007, listing some songs on her Myspace page.
5. “Burn it to the Ground,” by Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)
Here’s another one for you Donnie Darko fans. A close second to this list was “Slipping Away,” but “Burn it to the Ground” provided a more devilish feel to it.
6. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” by Nouvelle Vague
Originally by Bauhaus, Nouvelle Vague did what they do best and covered it in their own unique way. The airy female vocals and strong musical arrangement only add to the darkness of the lyrics.
7. “Operate,” by Peaches (Mean Girls Soundtrack)
Mean Girls fans rejoice-this one is for you. This song is not only creepy but fun and easy to dance to-a nice break from most of the slow songs on this list.
8. “Wandering Star,” by Portishead
Portishead is a great listen if you’re in a chill out mood. Another one of their songs, “Scorn,” was featured on the wickedly good 90s movie The Craft soundtrack.
9. “Four o Clock in the Morning,” by Prima Donnas
The lyrics to this one are truly dark. With its references to necrophilia (look it up if you don’t know what it is), this unlisted track on their album Drugs, Sex and Discotheques is just one of the many catchy and creepy tracks. The creepiest thing about this song isn’t just the lyrics, it’s that you’ll find yourself singing and dancing along.
10. “Refur,” by Sigur Ros
This is another instrumental, but definitely one of the creepiest on the list. It’s almost childlike with its simplicity and softness, but sometimes less is more. Somehow this turns to a feeling of psychosis and suffocation, turning it into a soundtrack for madness.

About the Author
Crissy Done graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s in English and a strong desire to write. Her passions include fashion, beauty, music, food and travel. She hopes to one day become a successful and published author.
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Interview with Speaker Junkies
By Crissy Done, Contributing Writer   
If you think you don’t like the electronic-dance scene, think again: the Speaker Junkies are here to change your mind. Hollywood was electrified by the Speaker Junkies last Wednesday night at Les Deux as the tight knit foursome performed songs from their upcoming self-titled album “Speaker Junkies.” Tekno Tom (Keytar), Rezn (Synth/Vocals), Tempo (Drums) and Summer Daniels (Lead Vocals) caught everyone’s attention with their LIVE, high energy electronic/dance/pop performance. With their underground, catchy sound and mainstream appeal, the Speaker Junkies are truly a unique group to watch out for. Check out the interview conducted with all members, including guest performer Walter, AKA Kan’t Ghit Right.
1. What made you guys go into electronic/dance music?
Tom: Well we started back in 1999 when I was introduced to it by my cousin Rezn. We used to do synth-pop, but that kind of music wasn’t too popular anymore so he introduced me to trance and house music. We had all this equipment so we decided to try trance/electronic live as a band.
2. So what made you guys go live? What makes it different than just hearing a pre-recorded track?
Tempo: Being live makes us different. I mean, how many bands can say they perform live electro-dance music? We found a niche, and that makes us stand out.
3. So Summer, how did you meet up with these guys?
Summer: I actually met them through a friend. I had heard they were looking for a girl for the band so I ended up meeting with them at the studio to record some stuff. It sounded really good and it was pretty much love at first sight.
4. How would you describe your upcoming, self-titled album set you’ll be releasing in October?
Tom: It’s a blend of electro-house pop with a little twist.
Tempo: We like artists like Deadmau5 and No Doubt, so that influences our style.
Summer: I’m kind of like an electro Gwen Stefani.
Rezn: Put No Doubt, Deadmau5, and Lady Gaga in a blender and you got the Speaker Junkies.
5. I like that blend. So I was looking on your website and I saw that you performed with a lot of different artists. Which were your favorites to work with?
Tempo: Sublime, Snoop Dog-
Tom: Probably the biggest band we have performed with recently would be LMFAO. They’re the ones that are really blowing up the radio stations right now.
6. So where do you see yourselves in five years?
Rezn: Turning this into a full time career. Music is all of our passions and we love performing together. We hope to hit the mainstream crowd with our sound. Being underground trance/electronic is cool, but it’s not going to get you any radio time. Incorporating Summer as our front-woman was the edge we needed and it’s brought this band to a whole new level.
Tempo: MTV, radio, touring the world. We want to show the world that electronic music isn’t just spun by DJ’s: it can be performed live by bands like us.
7. Summer, I’ve heard you are also a model/actress. What’s going to happen to the band if you land a huge gig with your other interests?
Summer: Well I’ve done a lot of work with acting and modeling, but the band is my first priority. They are like my family, and family always comes first to me. If I have some free time from recording and performing then of course I’ll do some other gigs, but nothing that would interfere with the band.
8. Tom, how long did it take to learn the keytar?
Tom: It was pretty easy coming from my piano background. I just had to take away my left hand. Ha!
9. Love the keytar. So Walter, AKA Kan’t Ghit Right, how would you describe your style?
Walter: I usually just rap, but I’ve been doing more electro stuff since I met the Speaker Junkies.
10. What are you guys trying to accomplish with your music?
Tempo: Just do what we love: make music.
Summer: We want people to enjoy our music, play our music, dance to our music, have sex to our music…everything! We want the whole world to hear us and love us.
11. One last question: where do you guys consider the best place to perform?
Tempo: Everywhere!
Rezn: Anywhere. As long as we have each other it doesn’t matter where we are.
Tempo: If it’s a dead crowd, a full crowd, it doesn’t matter because we still have fun.
Summer: These are all my big brothers. They have my back no matter what. It’s always fun anytime I get to hang out with them, perform with them or record with them.
12. Will we be seeing any new music videos?
Summer: We are shooting a music video in October. It’s going to be a crazy shoot, lots of fun. You will be able to check it out on Youtube and other online video sites. There’s also behind the scene footage of the 944 Magazine shoot available to watch.
13. Any last words for the night?
Rezn: We have a new album that’s not released yet but we are shooting for October.
Tempo: We just hope that everyone enjoys our music, and if you do-we love you!
Tom: PLAY IT LOUD!
For more information on the Speaker Junkies, check out their Myspace page or website: www.SpeakerJunkies.com.
All photos are courtesy of EliteScene.com

About the Author
Crissy Done graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s in English and a strong desire to write. Her passions include fashion, beauty, music, food and travel. She hopes to one day become a successful and published author.
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Helsinki Is Alive and Well – Let There Be Vampires: The 69 Eyes' Los Angeles Return
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer
When it comes to concerts, what occurrences tend to happen? Well, a set of opening bands perform and then there's of course, the headliners of the entire evening who take the stage last and perform late into the night. Then, you have party goers who like to relax and share stories and drink to help them feel more at ease, whereas the more heavier crowd tend to take things to another level causing an eruption of energetic proportions known as “mosh pits” or “crowd surfing”, in this case a mosh pit made its way to the forsaken streets of Hollywood in front of the Key Club on Sunset Blvd.
But what is a “mosh pit” exactly?- Concert goers are no strangers to these two words. A mosh pit can be described as "The ultimate way to show your love for your loud, pounding music taste. Controlled violence. The thing about the Mosh Pit is NOONE will take offense at you whacking them in the face...," according to Urbandictionary.com
The 69 Eyes, performed for a solid hour and a half set that consisted of the new, old, and ancient tracks taking them back to when they first broke out into the music scene including, “Brandon Lee,” “Gothic Girl,” “Feel Berlin,” Devils,” and more newer hits “Dead and Gone,” “Dead Girls Are Easy,” and most favorite “Lost Boys,” just to name a few.
The 69 Eyes' “rock show” definitely delivered mosh pits. When the band instructed audience members to “rock out,” I did just that and my oh my, did I have the best time - minus the little complaints I received, but who cares it was worth it. I attended last night’s show which welcomed Helsinki Vampires to sunny but lately chilly California terrain.
Taking their Finland inspirations and blowing it totally out of hand - Bam Margera took the stage and caused chaos. Margera got up, said some words then walked off as the band returned to the stage and rocked out two more tunes before calling it a night. When it was all said and done, the moon outside told what was to become of that night and it was the night the Vampires had returned from the dead.
01. Back in Blood
02. Never Say Die
03. Lips Of Blood
04. Gothic Girl
05. Suspiria Snow White
06. Dance d'Amour
07. Kiss Me Undead
08. Feel Berlin
09. Dead N' Gone
10. The Chair
11. The Good, the Bad & the Undead
12. Brandon Lee
13. Dead Girls Are Easy
14. Devils
15. Perfect Skin
16. Lost Boys
17. Deuce

About the Author
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications. Her goal is to get her name out as much as possible until she becomes a well-known Music Journalist!
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Band Spotlight: The 88
By Cara Batema, Contributing Writer   
“All in all, The 88 are a great band, they’re really happy to play with each other, the shows have been fantastic, and we all consider ourselves very lucky,” says Todd O’Keefe, bass player for L.A.-based band The 88—a band you’ve probably heard, but you might not know it yet. The 88’s music has been featured on commercials and television shows such as How I Met Your Mother, 90210, and Gossip Girl, and as of last week, you can hear The 88 as the main title theme on NBC’s Community.  
The exposure on film and television is nice but more an afterthought for the band—creating music and playing shows have a more personal meaning. “We’re just really excited to play together, and we’re trying to do that as much as possible,” says Keith Slettedahl, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for The 88. Keyboard player Adam Merrin states, “I think we’ve just learned so much, especially in the last year, about what is important.”
Performing, practicing, and making music is, according to the band, what really leads to their success. Keith states, “When we get together, it’s very natural. When we do what comes naturally, good things always happen.”
The 88 has been making its mark on the music scene since 2003 with two independent releases before their major-label debut Not Only…But Also, and they recently released a new single, Love is the Thing. Keith and Adam have been playing together for eighteen years (“we started in preschool!” claims Adam), and although some members have changed, the current group has been together for about three years, “and it’s the best it’s ever been,” says Adam. Keith adds, “It’s not The 88 of the first record. This band isn’t even the same band—we could probably have changed the name.”
The 88’s unique sound is also a contributor to their success. Their catchy combination of 70s-era rock-n-roll like the Kinks, mixed with hooks of British Invasion pop-rock melodies a la Oasis or David Gray, spiced with the smart use of rock piano like Ben Folds Five, a hint of 90s alternative rock R.E.M.-style, all with an occasional swift kick from the Pixies is as addictive as heroin.
It may sound like an odd mix, but it is evident The 88 know what they are doing, and it sounds spectacular. “We’re seasoned veterans,” Todd comments. Even when they surprise you with a tune that sounds nothing like the aforementioned styles, it still seems cohesive and like an extension and evolution of what they have done before. “The music business is changed so much. I just want to change with it, or try to do something different,” says Adam. “I don’t think we’re going to be putting out albums like we used to. I want to put out a song here, three songs here, you know, just do something that’s not so like ‘this is how it has to be.’ [We want to] give people something different than they’re used to.”
Photo source: Piper Ferguson

About the Author 
Cara Batema is a fledgling Los Angeles transplant, and while by day she is a music teacher, by night she is a rock star (in her own mind). She is learning about this fabulous city and loves to share her findings with readers through her writings for Disarray Magazine.
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CD Review: Blessthefall
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer   
Blessthefall were nothing but your average high school teenagers with one thing on their mind -- music! After a series of practice sessions with guitarist Mike Frisby, drummer Matt Traynor, vocalist Craig Mabbitt and bassist Jared Warth, their founder Miles Bergsma left to attend college. The band then unleashed a three-track EP in mid-2005, adding guitarist Eric Lambert to form an out-standing solid line-up.
Once the EP was over, the next accomplishment for these youngsters was on the horizon and led them to release His Last Walk (2007) that caused vocalist Craig Mabbit to depart and leave the band to have the remaining musicians fill in as the band embarked on numerous amounts of touring routes. But this minor discharge didn't stop Blessthefall from performing yet alone recording and writing their follow-up Witness - returning with a whole new style and led front man to guide the way, Beau Boken - the band had seen the light and the 12-tracks that followed.
"God Wears Gucci," 'To Hell and Back," "We'll Sleep When We're Dead," along with "What's Left Of Me," have all been featured on the band's MySpace page causing a major uproar for all to enjoy and compare their previous achievements. But unlike the past, the present is among us and these song selections take on a whole new exposure to what Blessthefall is aiming towards, which is creating a unique but classy style molding to their much earlier works. But this newer material – expands itself further along as far as lyrics, and music compression goes.
Witness partakes in a whole new direction one being the direction they’ve been aiming towards for the longest time. When you break down this album a series of clashes occur of the band’s past and present demands. To which the music and lyrics directly speak to you as the music overwhelms the listeners causing a series of upbeat and rather catchy undertones that overlaps the music itself.

About the Author
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications. Her goal is to get her name out as much as possible until she becomes a well-known Music Journalist!
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CD Review: Atreyu's Congregation of the Damned
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer   
American metalcore has been tossed around for a while now since its formation. So out of the wide range of bands that fall into this genre, what band has proven themselves worthy enough of being known as this genre? One band that pops into my head is a small town act straight out of Orange County, California, known simply as Atreyu. Having been around for 11 years and counting - vocalist/lyricist Alex Varkatzas along with guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, bassist Marc McKnight and drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller, the band went from being originally called "Retribution" to Atreyu - named after the character from the fantasy book/movie The Neverending Story.
They then released four LP's Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, The Curse, A Death-Grip on Yesterday, and Lead Sails Paper Anchor, each of which sold more than 200,000 copies to date. Since the numerous LP releases, the band, like so many before them and surrounding them, have gone off on numerous tours ranging from the U.S. to the U.K. right back to their hometown, Atreyu has gotten their name and themselves around one way or another. But once that's all been said and done more than just once, what is left to do? Well create new material of course, which they've recently done - calling it Congregation of the Damned. The members had wanted to continue to develop musically but also wanted to return to the more aggressive side that was involved within their first creations.
For instance, through the 13 songs offered, Atreyu covers a variety of ground that includes heavy raw emotion found all over this album - "Stop! Before It’s Too Late" and "We’ve Destroyed it All,” being an enraged raw driven tune, whereas a more anthemic metal tune "Carried Away," carries the music down a much matured route by taking the music down a note just a tad, while the more brutal side-effects of cinematic rock ballad, "You Were the King Now You're Unconscious," takes Atreyu's music ability to a higher standard. At this same time, they're making various nods to the music they grew up on, still in love with it all going down the lines of sounding a lot like Black Flag, down to Pantera, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Motley Crue. While there is no shortage of euphoric sing-along melodies, the songs are more ferocious than anything since 2004’s “The Curse”.
The subject matter used here is equally intense, vocalist Varktazas explains, “The music is heavier and so I was able to write darker lyrics." “There’s personal shit on there: self-doubt, self-loathing. Bands who sing about happy things have their place, and I’m not singing about dark things to promote them, I’m singing about them so I don’t go insane. It’s pure catharsis. I make music so I don’t go crazy.” In close, having him find himself within a darker environment, or "territory" when it comes to "Storm To Pass," creates a song that has not only one meaning but a double-meaning behind it. "The storm as being the form of depression, while the storm is considered the war - You can feel that depression coming on, you can see yourself doing fucked up things but you can’t stop it,” says Varktazas. “I grew up watching the first Iraq war and the invasion of various countries and how the whole thing became one giant storm.”
As Atreyu’s follow-up to their previous release, this album is clearly nothing more, and nothing less than its title claims it to be -the Congregation of the Damned.

About the Author
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications. Her goal is to get her name out as much as possible until she becomes a well-known Music Journalist!
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CD Review: AFI's Crash Love
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer   
A Fire Inside or AFI for short, have been around for the past 18 years unleashing upon the music scene seven LPs to date with their eighth Crash Love, on the way. The deal with AFI is a simple known fact, they've never seem to stick out with the same sound for more than a couple of albums. Their first being Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. Then the band went on to release Very Proud of Ya, the following year, followed up by a third three years later, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes.
Since their earlier creations, AFI has indeed, like most bands, changed their style to blend in along with the rest of the crowd, just like today’s fads, the same routines are found in music - AFI went from the stick liking's of punk down to hardcore punk to horror punk in a matter of just a few years. In 1999's Black Sails in the Sunset, and 2000's The Art of Drowning, it wasn't until their twelfth year that the band had stuck major success when it came down to Sing The Sorrow, (2003). The successful album contained well known hits including "Girl's Not Grey" and "The Leaving Song, Pt. II," among a few. Then, the band took a brief hiatus and returned in 2006 with Decemberunderground, which featured a break-through single "Miss Murder," and second smash-up "Love Like Winter." Now, their eighth achievement is on the floor, and Crash Love, isn't all the hype that AFI has been known to establish.
Crash Love, does play to the band's strongest points to date but goes back to blending into the modern rock n' roll vibrations that they changed not so long ago. There are some "old school" influences found within the album such as "Medicate," which constantly builds up that classic punk style, galloping guitar riffs with fast racing drum tactics that get your blood pumping. Guitarist Jade Puget steps it up in a major way in "OK, I feel Better Now," showcasing his standout performance to date, starting off with a trade marking chiming chord sequence, before working into the strummed octaves and some unexpected, game-changing chord effects found within the third verse.
The other songs, make a particular marking that vocalist Davey Havok stays true to his fascination with death and self-destruction, without straying far away from those themes but encouraging them a lot more. While Crash Love, never seems to hit the lyrical highs that "Sing The Sorrow" had once struck - "Veronica Sawyer Smokes," may just be the most out-standing tune offered, written about Winona Ryder, Havok's vocal skills exemplified his best performance level to date. Havok sings a remarkable line in, "I saw you every time I closed my eyes, in the Hughes film I had scored, produced and starred in, in my mind.” Nevertheless, Havok's vocal contribution makes this song work in every way possible - laying out the voices and chorus structure in the perfect combination, letting the rest of the music fall simply into place.
"Crash Love," doesn't demand for the listener to pay attention to everything spoken. However, when played to the same chord as their previous accomplishments, it reveals a more intricate and well-constructed album, rarely lacking any proportion of quality or anything else falling out of place.

About the Author
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications. Her goal is to get her name out as much as possible until she becomes a well-known Music Journalist!
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CD Review: Three Days Grace
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer   
It's been three years since Three Days Grace released the album One X, and the band has finally made their triumphant return with their third studio album titled, Life Starts Now. With previous musical installments, the band stuck to the mainstream rock albums that all "other" bands tried to create. However, when it boils down to Three Days Grace's unique style and rhythm, the band always kicks it up a notch by adding their own flare to each album they dish out.
The band’s first self-titled album in 2004 had a more edger tone to it, pushing out an aggressive tone of rhythm that the band was focusing on at the time. When the sophomore album shot through, One X (2006), a more modern rock attitude was displayed, which took Three Days Grace down a whole different path showcasing a more mature sound. Now that the past is said and done, Life Starts Now is upon us and a repeating texture has shot up.
This album goes down the lines of sounding exactly like its previous counter-part adding a list of 12-tracks to fall back on – exhibiting simple sound effects of break-down solo attempts with overpowering riffs and repeating chorus lines that just lack the emotion and energy the band once formatted. Songs like "Break," Bully," and "Goin Down," aside from the so-called balled type tune "Last to Know," sound a lot like "Never Too Late." The selections of songs that come at you throughout the album just don’t cut it for the listener at times.
The music picks up on certain aspects during these selected tunes but just doesn’t maintain that energy that these guys once had within their grasps and let slip away. The music is more modern and takes millions of miles away from their older roots never letting the past break back through.

About the Author
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications. Her goal is to get her name out as much as possible until she becomes a well-known Music Journalist!
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A Date with a Helsinki Vampire: Jyrki 69 Interviewed
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer
Do you ever wonder about musicians and what secrets lie behind closed doors after they’ve departed the stage? Well, now the time has arisen and the secrets of the Vampire realm have been foretold and the one and only Helsinki Vampires are back from the dead, but not just back, back in blood. Front man Jyrki69 spoke to me about The 69 Eyes U.S. return along with the undead truth about the current album and his past creations.
1. Welcome back to the U.S., how does it feel to be back in California?
Jyrki 69: It’s awesome, Hollywood in general we consider this our second home. This year we spent over 3 months during the spring time recording our newest album so it’s great to finally be able to come back and play a show. It’s never frustrating to hang out in Hollywood and to have fans recognize you and come up and ask you, “What are you doing here – why aren’t you playing a show?” At that time there was no way to do anything but now it’s the time and we’re now in Hollywood, so The 69 Eyes and are back in blood!
2. Back in Blood came out last month and it's also your tenth to date, how does that make you feel - do you think your music has grown since when you first started?
Jyrki 69: Actually you’re mistaken. There is a little confusion everywhere - it’s actually our ninth album, I’m excited to do the tenth album when the time arrives, and we have of course several compilations available but this is our nine studio album. Yes and no it’s the same sources of inspiration remains, the same rock n’ roll life remains, on the other hand of course
We’re better song writers, and I myself have written better lyrics, once in a while you make songs that last a little bit longer than others, like most of the songs within our set list, there are the ones we consider “our classics”. There are so many songs that could be on the next ten year compilation, with the way we’ve grown.
3. Can you briefly tell us about the whole concept for "Dead Girls Are Easy,”?
Jyrki 69: It was pure fun with Bam Margera, it was long lost Halloween weekend, the whole idea the name of the song, I just liked the title when I put together everything it represents the dead girls, these gothic girls who want to be dead and want to be a part of the undead and want to become Vampire girls. The story line is this classic old school 80s theme with this nerdy guy working and something strange happens to him when these Vampire girls come into his life. This video is much like the videos from the 80s – having that rockin' style and positive atmosphere - all the videos of today have changed, with the bombs, bugs, a very depressing images, I’m a fan of the 80s videos so this video is just like those.
4. What was it like playing on Carson Daly back in 2006 - I'm not sure if you remember me, at that show but I was the girl in the audience who had waved to you, I had wanted to be on the bottom near the stage but couldn't get down there.
Jyrki 69: That was great that was one of those classic 69 Eyes moments that we were able to do that show, and hopefully we can return to those shows, it’s been an honor to be involved with these shows, (Carson Daly) and to have The End Records (US Label) who have done great promotion for us, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re watching T.V. that you see us performing, we’ll be able to set something up pretty soon and also the next time you wave I will know it is you.
5. In my opinion I've always pictured you guys doing a U.S. tour with H.I.M. Would you ever be able to make that happen - I know you guys toured with Cradle of Filth back in 06.
Jyrki 69: That is something the fans are always asking, but I don’t think the bands are really excited about the idea. If you haven’t noticed the Finnish bands don’t really tour together and I don’t know why but that is something that we should considering doing because the fans keep asking about it. I haven’t heard any rumors so don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. As far as I understand the H.I.M. guys are recording their new album, and there are a lot of Finnish bands around here in Hollywood recording their new albums, so every rocker act is here in Hollywood right now and are from Finland so a very busy period for everybody right now.
6. What can you tell us about your comic book "Zombie Love: Vampires, Ghosts and the 69 Eyes"?
Jyrki 69: It’s just a compilation of my old stuff that I drew in the 80s as a teenager, during the night, most teens go out and get drunk for the first time and meet the opposite sex, I was this guy that spent my nights at home watching horror movies and listening to strange rock n’ roll music, like the real nerds. Somehow these comics survived and the characters pretty much looks like our band and dressed in rocker appeal and the girls are drama queens so it’s not so far away from the world of the 69 Eyes. So I drew them and they still appear interesting so I put it altogether and that’s the book Zombie Love, and after 25 years, the kids still find this comic book amazing and it’s available at all of our shows so pick up a copy.
7. How about "Route 69," what can be said about that?
Jyrki 69: That’s a photograph book it’s done by this photographer named Ville Juurikkala, the guy who’s been taking pictures of a majority of Finnish rock bands over the years, H.I.M. Nightwish, and us, and back in 06 he traveled with us and took pictures and put out the book and it has pictures of Japan, Finland but mainly it’s about when we first traveled the states and how everything was different, a very big and exciting experience. It’s a great book filled with great memories.
8. You're known around the world as the "Helsinki Vampires", do you consider yourself a Vampire?
Jyrki 69: Well some strange reason I don’t age and I draw people’s attention to me. I drive girls crazy especially those that know me. I like to hang out with sunglasses after dark as far as that goes. I might be a Vampire but I won’t tell if I’m one or not. But don’t try old school tricks on me like holy water or garlic - that won’t kill me. If you really want to destroy me, play me some anti-rock music, Beatles, Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, if you really want to throw me out of the party and kill me just throw on some bad music - that should do it.
9. Anything else you'd like to add?
Jyrki 69: I hope people will have the chance to check out Back in Blood, because I think it’s our best record The 69 Eyes have done and we’re really proud of it. The theme involves Vampires, and the sound is awesome, and it’s interesting that The 69 Eyes have worked with American artists and producers, and a director for the video, it’s just something we’ve always wanted to do. Now that we’ve had the chance to do it, it’s become a great album but not just from The 69 Eyes but in general in the year 2009.

About the Author
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications. Her goal is to get her name out as much as possible until she becomes a well-known Music Journalist!
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West Beach Music Festival Recap 2009
By Wesley Bauman, Contributing Writer
With a thing like the West Beach Music Festival you get what you expect in many ways, and as with other festivals, there are always some surprises. You get your purveyors of funnel cake, fish tacos, Bento dishes, sno-cones, and of course beer. You find booths of cheap sunglasses, tents dedicated to spreading earth awareness, the “Endless Bummer” movie promo booth, and the likes of hand-made jewelry and henna tattoos. These things come standard with any SoCal event, as far as I can tell, in my year here. Then, you can be surprised by the giant inflatable shark slide for the children in attendance. A hula hooping tent takes a second glance, and a high priced halfway decent beer selection can cause alarm, and as always the people who attend can bring you a moment of pause. But on the beach west of Stearn’s Warf in Santa Barbara on the sand, was this third annual festival with an overall theme that I am not too fond of...Reggae.
I will pull no punches here. I am not a fan of Reggae. I don’t care for the general ilk of the people that play and most definitely not a fan of those who love it. I am a man that comes from Oregon originally with strong ties to Alaska and Wisconsin, so my musical taste tends in a very different direction than that of music with themes of marijuana, revolution, and peace/love. This vein of music that Bob Marley champions and strongly influences long after his death has been prostituted to white kids with shameful dreads and drug addiction to go with their flat brimmed hats and strict shirtless dress code. Reggae has been taken from Rastafarians and handed, like everything else in today’s culture starting so many years ago, to white and off-white suburban kids...with only a few exceptions to prove the rule. Some of those talented exceptions were at the festival, but preceding and proceeding them were a few cookie cutter kids that were all equally talented and mostly sounded the same.
When the gates opened the event was sparsely populated for some time, so navigation was easy even until the early evening, so getting my hands on a beer was an easy task at 12:30pm. Had to start the day off right and begin to nurse the buzz that makes for a great day at the beach and on assignment. After procuring a surprisingly good Newcastle Summer Ale at a painful $6 I began listening to the first band on this long and treacherous day, One Drop. They played the Bashment Stage, which was coined the ‘Reggae stage’ by the event booklet I was handed on the way in. One Drop was a very strong start and a seemingly stereotypical Reggae band from Santa Barbara, but they surprised with some great music and a friendly banter with the crowd. As previously mentioned they adhered to the dress code, especially their front man, to flip flops and no shirt. The show was a short set but they played tunes with strong overtones of peace and love, of course, and entertained the crowd with wandering bass lines backed by strong drums and electric guitars, working the reverb petal to no end. All too talented and completely independent, a label-less band of this caliber was a great way to start. I had to stop myself from swaying to the tunes because they are infectious.
I mean literally infectious. I found this throughout the day with the music played. I submit this for your approval. Reggae causes involuntary swaying and dancing of the most embarrassing level when participated in by white people. Have you seen video from Woodstock? Well then you know that white people are not known for their rhythm and smooth moves, and Reggae brings out the worst. The swaying side to side and bobbing of the dreadlocks covered head is almost hard to watch. The most difficult thing to break your stare is that odd convulsing that comes from running in a small circle and doing what looks like interpretive dance as the bass vibrates your ribcage. This was to be seen everywhere all day, and when mixed with booze in the “Heineken Extra Pale internment camps” known as beer gardens (though nothing grows there, just flows) the rhythm is sporadic, the dancing tends more to stumbling, and the more complicated dances become a ballet of keeping balance with beer in hand and dizzy head swaying, which starts to become quite impressive, especially as the day goes on and the state of intoxication deserves a “Mission Accomplished” banner on an aircraft carrier.
One Drop was a great start, nearly getting me moving, unwillingly, but when Lonesome Dub hit the main stage called “Bob’s Stage,” I began to be a bit impressed if only for what they were playing, not how they were playing it. Once again an amalgam of “SB Locs,” “Carpis,” and one guy from the Redlands, which he shouldn’t admit out loud apparently, Reggaed (I made it up, like rocked, but with Reggae) the crowd with the likes of the usual guitar, bass, drums, but then threw in some very appropriately used sax, trumpet, and even a trombone. They were younger guys, but they played a more up tempo version of Reggae which felt more fun, less revolution and more good times. I liked the creative use of instruments and the overall feel of the show. These kids, I only say that as a 24 year old because they looked even a year younger than me, brought some decent guitar riffing solos and a laid back energy that fit for the crowd at the time of day.
Before you can blink, The Kicks jump right in to it on the Bashment Stage as Lonesome Dub finished. It is hard to escape these stages right next to one another. By design these are the main show stages, one in the beer garden, one outside, so the crowd does not need to move. It is tough to pull away from the voice of The Kicks' front woman. Warm and inviting her voice is, the guitar work is bouncy and just a good show. I loved many of the baselines in this show and the songs had some substance and messages, like many Reggae songs, but they weren’t all about pot and partying obviously. A more mature, both literally and figuratively, band with sound talent who has a great time doing what they do.
After finally breaking away from the main stages and the beer garden I got to wandering and exploring the other stages and goings on. As I found near the Sandbox Stage, the one set aside “for G and PG music,” for the whole family there was henna tattoos, the hula booth, and fun family tunes in the form of Tom Freund and his ukulele. Out beyond the booze and bands were food booths lined up for blocks along the fences and the most disturbing great white shark, two story slide for kids. It was just kinda scary like when you think back to Fraggle Rock and that Puffinstuff TV show and think “this was for kids? Who let us watch this stuff?” Out there in the expansive acres of sand was the Chino’s photo booth where scantily clad girls in rubber mini-skirts would get in a photo booth with you which was right next to the loneliest place in the event...the Oasis Stage. This was the Electronica stage and there was almost no one, I mean no one, there as acts scratched and mixed house music, top 40, and Electronica beats for dancing. Yet there was no one dancing. At this hour it seemed so empty with the massive tent it was situated in and the one, yes one singular, woman dancing. I had to leave, I felt bad for the guy on stage.
Getting back to the Main Stage the likes of Still Time really start to get the rock, funk, and Reggae together for one hell of a stage show. With infectious chorus’ with blues undertones and a rocking harmonica, I enjoyed the show and so did the crowd, which had grown. I must say though, for my buck, there isn’t a bad show that includes a harmonica. If you got a guy up there who can rock a harmonica solo like Still Time did, you are going to be loved by a crowd. Their stage presence was fun, very relaxed, and with songs inspired by Nintendo, Martin Luther King, and drinking with your best friends, you’re not going to disappoint the West Beach crowd. What had begun to happen as Still Time went on was that these afternoon concert goers were starting to dig in, find a spot, and relax. One couple piled sand up in a way so that they could lie down, and the sand supported their backs and head like a pool lounger, very SoCal. This was where I got a chance, during the Still Time show, to look around at the people extensively and began to see the relaxed SoCal style that people think of when they think California, sun hats, sun tans, and some beautiful women. Still Time was a great show and the people were still coming.
What came next on the Bashment stage inside the “Alcoholic beverage agricultural area” (beer garden) was Pacific Dub. Here on the stage were a bunch of kids, young guys in tattoos, board shorts, no shirts, playing what sounded like Slightly Stupid and Sublime if they weren’t as talented as they are. These kids rocked the reverb and stuck to a theme of women, weed, and a little world peace. But they just bothered me. I felt the bass lines were simple for the most part, and...wait I got it, I felt it was too poppy! It felt like pop-Reggae. I know this is very offensive, but it sounded like a very marketable cross breed. Don’t get me wrong, it was catchy stuff, guitar solos were sick, the crowd liked them, they had crazy energy on stage, but they threw some poorly written rap in there, tried some lyricism, and as a hip-hop fan, I was really put off. Rap, hip hop is not for everyone, and with this kind of Reggae they were playing I felt hip hop was inappropriate, and unnecessary. Least favorite show of the day, but it was still a 6 out of 10.
Next came the first rock, real rock, of the day. The Bravery was the first band with a really decent crowd, the big afternoon name and a stage show that was crazy. People were clamoring for a view of the stage as the band put on an amazingly show. They played great music, and the frontman for the Bravery moves like Mick Jagger with a great voice unto himself. In the vein of the Killers and similar bands they mix electro background pieces under their rocking, live play and the almost dissonant voice of Sam Endicott. His singing is nontraditional and when mixed with the rest of the parts of this band and the energy of Moose on lead guitar they had one hit of a show. They did feel a little out of place since at one point Sam mentioned, “We need more Reggae songs...like 200 hundred Reggae bands...and us.” It was a great show, so expressive, they owned the stage using every inch to perform and move around for the crowd. Arguably the best stage performance on the day. There are contenders though...
As the crowd maxed out before G Love it became difficult to keep my photo equipment clean and everything was covered in dust. You had to waste no time drinking your beer or you were going to have a layer of dust on the head before you got it down. This is the one downside, and probably the reason beach concerts don’t happen more often, the dust. On the pacific coast we have some very steady winds, and as such, west beach became a scene out of Laurence of Arabia with port-a-potties as the sun began to set. The dust was difficult to shoot in, and you had to breathe through your nose, because you would be chewing on your air if you breathed through your mouth. Yeah, I hope there are more of these soon that way I can go listen to music in a massive kitty litter box. Between the winds and the dust I kept my sunglasses on until dark to protect my eyes. I was inappropriately dressed for this event during the day, just not enough skin. As the sun set though, the second reason for a lack of beach concerts came to light, the chill of the ocean breeze. Now, my pants didn’t seem so stupid did they?
As people increased their clothing to skin ratios G Love hit the stage at 6, and during his set the sun actually set. When he started though, the dust had one amazing effect. As the setting sun passed behind the stage the light passed through the dusty air creating this amazing backlight that a photographer can only dream about in an open stage live show like this. With great light, G Love and Special Sauce just blew the crowd’s mind. The lyricism, the intimacy with the crowd, and the playful manner he performs in, was just sucked down by the crowd like a six dollar beer. He really spoke to the audience a lot, gave the cops a hard time for busting pot smokers, and with songs about his roadies and booty calls, not directly related, the crowd got to dancing in the waning light and loved the show. I think anyone who can play a guitar and a harmonica at the same time without missing a beat should get a metal or some kind of dinner in their honor. He worked that harmonica while strumming an electric guitar as he walked around the stage, which was between appropriately playful and tongue and cheek lyrics. What I appreciate about G Love is his ability to be who he is as a rapper and mix it seamlessly with real blues and rock music while keeping the tunes very funky. His musical design is the same as his musical performance, a very careful juggling act that he pulls off on every song. It seems so effortless but nothing he does is simple and easy, just an amazing stage show and some great tunes as the sun set.
At this point the place has filled up, it is maxing out and as Rey Fresco plays the Bashment stage Shwayze is playing the Oasis Stage that, now that the sun has set, is drawing a near tent filling crowd. Rey Fresco plays his guitar as a bass is strum in time with a freaking harp. You know you are a cool band when you can pull off a harp as a Reggae show. Big props to Rey Fresco as Shwayze gets the crowd moving in what seems another world on the other side of the park. Shwayze serenades the ladies with tunes, not G-rated, and the crowd convulses under strobing lights, neon, and electronic beats. Glow sticks and rhythmic, sexually charged dancing is not too far a cry from what is going on with Rey Fresco in the “Beer Garden of Good and Evil” as Rey pumps out strong tunes, great music, and an energy that seems so appropriate for some reason between G Love and Ben Harper, as he is placed. I can’t explain it, but it seemed like the perfect transition from performer to performer.
Now, here I want to illustrate one point the designers of this event failed to realize. Sparsely placed flood lights along the walls of the event don’t help in navigating the sands of the spectator areas in the dead of night. After about 8pm, it became a very dangerous situation to navigate the crowds in the beer garden, and just getting there became a very careful dance of apologizing for stepping on and running in to people. As a man with an expensive camera it was a very scary prospect to try and navigate my way to the beer line before last call through a veritable sea of intoxicated people in the dark with dangerous fluids splashing around from boisterous conversations. I demand more light for next year! As I made it to the line for my beer I had eyes like a hawk watching for drunks with full beers and no peripheral vision. I got my beer and got to drink it is peace under a flood light by the outer wall as Rey Fresco finished before I made my way back across the event to the media pit for the final show, Ben Harper and Relentless7.
As I make my way across to the stage front, I am going to admit here that...ooh sorry about that...that I had heard of him, Ben Harper, ‘heard of’ that is. I have never heard his...ooh, sorry, was that your hand...songs. I had no idea what he looked like or what to expect. As I said before this is really...well you watch it buddy, I’m trying to walk here...not my scene. My tastes lean more toward underground Midwest hip hop and other equally...well stand up and I wouldn’t step on you...random things like Nashville rap and the like. Ok, Press, can I? Thanks. Ok, made it to the pit, and as with any other time I have covered the big names, it is combat photography. For the most part I recognize these people. In the pit you get used to seeing the same group. The husband and wife team, the Asian guy, the other Asian guy, the guy with Sammy’s rented equipment, and an assortment of others, as well as Brooks students with stars in their eyes; the type nervous and don’t know the etiquette of shooting a thing like this so, we all get a shot we can use. I won’t go in to it, but always look over your shoulder after you get a good angle on a shot, because you need to let the next guy get that shot, etiquette designed so no one gets killed by their editor for ‘not getting that shot’.
I digress, so it started...sort of. After being announced, in high fashion, to a screaming crowd there was little activity on stage- the ever unpopular last preparations and bad timing. That old ‘we need five minutes’ followed by, ‘did he just announce us?’, which creates an awkward time where chants like ‘Harper, Harper, Harper’ get started and then end - the kind of time where a little pushing and shoving in the front row can turn caddy in anticipation. You need to strike the crowd while they are hot and that five minute delay can kill a crowd’s energy after a day in the sun and soaked in beer and marijuana as some patrons were. This silence was broken by the screams of the crowd as Ben Harper took the stage and the limelight. He started the show with his bellowing voice and an Amish like hat. The show was amazing, as the crowd was drenched in the light and bluesy rock of Harper and Relentless7, the tunes and Ben’s commanding voice rang out across the cool evening sand. A writhing crowd rocked out to his amazing command of the guitar and well crafted lyrics. Ben WAS the festival on the day and the crowd new it. He played his classics and new rock and the people ate it up.
Ben Harper did not fit the motif of the day’s Reggae feel really, this was the culmination of the rock music of the day, a funky mix of rock, blues, and meandering bass that intoxicated the already intoxicated. The energy was high and peaked with this show. As I left the media pit after the third song and took in the show I thought back on the day.
What was this whole thing, this West Beach Music Festival 2009? As a newcomer to the state I realized that this was the modern day ideal of ‘manifest destiny’. This was the sun-soaked American Dream that brought people to California - a day of booze, bare skin, and bands, right on the beach on the Pacific coast. This event was the quintessential California Dream that The Mommas & The Poppas recounted which causes people to roll it all up and go for broke in the ‘sunshine state’. This event was the bastion that an amalgam of pubescent teens and suburbanite baby boomers saved to buy tickets for. They wanted to take the ride and paid handsomely to do so. This event was the culmination of what non-Californians think of when they think of this place - a Reggae and rock festival on the beach in a city like Santa Barbara; a city of affluence trying to put itself on the map as a better, cleaner LA. The winner in this was the patrons; those that participated in this well organized, three day beach festival that got to partake of a fair cross section of great music, California’s finest fish tacos, and good people with which to party the day away. As a perpetual tourist this felt like my introduction to what it is to be a Californian, and if there is a festival that screams “California” louder I just can’t hear it. Bravo and encore, one can only hope that next year can match the intense good times that this year delivered on in a most Rastafarian way.
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Are You Love Drunk Yet? An Interview with Boys Like Girls Guitarist Paul DiGiovanni
By Natalie Perez, Contributing Writer
It's been three long years since we last heard of Boys Like Girls and the wait is finally over, because the arrival of their sophomore album "Love Drunk" has arrived and the guys have come a long way since their self-titled debut in 2006, not to mention the massively positive reaction they've received to their hit single of the same name. So, if you haven't gotten your hangover from the mighty anthems of Boys Like Girl's second achievement, then it's time you've begun. Check out the interview conducted with their lead guitarist Paul DiGiovanni.
1. You just released your new album "Love Drunk," along with performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live the day of its release, how does all of that make you feel?
Paul: It’s awesome, it’s something we’ve been waiting for a while now - it’s been over three years since the last one came out. We’ve been touring forever playing these songs from our first record so now we feel so ready and pumped and excited about this release.
2. Before this album hit stores, you guys played a handful of shows this past summer, one being at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. How was that show?
Paul: It was awesome, we had just finished recording the record so we had decided to hope back out on the road, doing a more smaller imitate tour, that involved smaller clubs having all the shows being sold-out and packed was a great experience to interact with our fans in a smaller setting.
3. What can be said that hasn't been said about "Love Drunk,"?
Paul: I don’t think so…. We just want everybody to hear the record – a lot of people have been obsessing over the single. The record was written and recorded in a front to back format, the progression to every song being very important to us, just being able to listen and enjoy the whole thing.
4. When it comes to a Boys Like Girls show, is there any mosh pit action?
Paul: Yeah every night actually, sometimes out in other countries the kids will just do it automatically or sometimes out in the U.K. where we’ll be playing smaller shows the kids would get pretty crazy. Sometimes in Japan, but normally when the energy gets pretty crazy, we’d stop the show and just call everybody out and do a little mosh pitting action and just go crazy.
5. Ever get tired/annoyed by hearing the same questions asked by Journalists?
Paul: *Laughs* There is definitely a few that we get asked all the time but I think that’s changing since the second record has been out. But I think we’ve moved on from those introducing the band type questions. We all love doing press and getting our word out there it’s for the love of the game.
6. Did you find any crop circles – noticed your Twitter message.
Paul: *Laughs* No, we didn’t. We had just landed so we’ve been to just BIG cities like New York, Chicago, and we landed in Wichita, where a bunch of farm lands and stuff and I was watching that sci-fi show Fringe, so I was feeling a little nerdy but unfortunately we had not found any this time.
7. What are the upcoming plans for Boys Like Girls?
Paul: We are going to Asia in about a week, for 2 weeks and then a bunch of countries we have done and then a bunch we haven’t done, and then off to some foreign countries - we love doing that. Then do a fall tour, with Cobra Starship, The Maine, The Rock to the Moon, and Versaemerge so that’s going to be going on all fall. We've toured with most of those bands before, so it’s going to be a cool little reunion a lot of fun for the kids. The record is out now and hopes for the best, hope everyone comes out and hangs out.
8. What's your reaction when/if a fan told you a very meaningful statement such as "Your music changed my life?" Has this ever happened to you?
Paul: Yeah we've heard, we were a band that blasted off with most interacts with fans, since the beginning we got our start from the internet. So we try to do as many meet and greet just anything that involves kids as much as possible. Anytime we can talk and let the kids tell us how our music has done anything to them. Kids have told us that our music has helped them through relationships which are cool and some serious ones where they've been in the hospital and it’s helped them pull through. It’s an awesome feeling, it’s always an incredible, that something we love to do can help them through the hard times is awesome.
9. You're about to go out on tour, looking forward to any particular city/venue?
Paul: I mean there are so many places we love going, we love hometown shows in Boston, New York, Chicago, L.A. that’s the great thing about touring, you wake up in a brand new place, with a clean slate, getting to do whatever you want, meeting new people, we were off the road when we rerecorded our new record, and our lives are based around traveling - we just want to get out there.
10. Any last words?
Paul: If you haven't heard the record yet check it out all the songs are on iTunes - we took a lot of time and we're really excited about it and want everyone to check it out and just enjoy it.

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Crazy Town Reunites and Performs at Les Deux
By Christy Buena
What? Crazy Town is back in action? If you don’t remember this band, they had a hit song in the late 90's titled, “Butterfly.” Unless you've been living under a rock, you might have seen the lead singer Seth “Shifty” Binzer on the reality show Celebrity Rehab, where he battled a dangerous addiction. Luckily, he kicked the habit and is working on a new Crazy Town album with band mate Bret Mazur aka "Epic." What better way than to celebrate with a listening party at Hollywood nightclub Les Deux?
The red carpet event played host to reality TV stars Daisy DeLa Hoya and the like. Once inside, unfortunate technical difficulties took the stage when a guitar amp blew out. When the equipment was finally up and running, Crazy Town singer “Shifty” joined a group of talented kids from a band called Automatic Youth, where they performed cover songs including “Walk This Way,” by Aerosmith, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by the Clash and “Fight For Your Right,” by Beastie Boys. Here’s some footage courtesy of maxbouvrie.

These rock stars in training were a bit timid in the beginning but let loose once they played an original song, which seemed to be their confidence booster. Clearly this band has a lot of potential so keep an eye out for them.
Next up was a hip hop electro group called Broshigeez, which stands for Brothers & Sisters High In God’s Eternal Eye. The trio performed a slew of songs which sounded similar to the Black Eyed Peas. One notable song was, “Tight Body Hottie,” which consisted of bass thumping, head banging beats topped with smooth raps from Roycel Cooks, Kimala and Thomas Van Musser. Here’s a clip of the song:

Finally, Crazy Town got onstage and opened their set with, “Butterfly.” The audience members went crazy, putting their hands in the air and jumping up and down. Surprisingly, the band sounded the same as they did back in the late 90s, if not better. In between songs, "Epic" announced that they were going to “do something big in one month.” They told the crowd that they were going to perform at a different venue and invited them to come out again. Then, the band gave attendees a taste of the their new album with a track titled, “Come Inside.” The rap rock song was catchy, energetic and fans sang in unison.
To everyone’s surprise, another group called Officially Hollywood, took the stage after Crazy Town. Joining them was “Rock of Love” contestant Daisy DeLa Hoya of the reality show “Daisy of Love.” She introduced the group. The rowdy members of the group, Davin Dellosa and Imani Walker asked the audience, “If your pussy is clean, let me hear you scream.” Shocking. Then, the duo performed a song titled, “My World.” On one of the songs, Daisy started singing as well.
Overall, the night was entertaining and the music groups did good despite the weak sound system. Here are some shots from the event:
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Vans Warped Tour Recap
By Christy Buena
Thousands of teenagers flocked to the Vans Warped Tour at the Home Depot Center, which featured over 4 stages and more than 15 bands. One of the common themes at the event included crowd surfing and moshing to fast, loud music.
On the Hurley Stage, Arizona natives The Maine, covered Def Leopard's, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Lead singer John O'Callaghan told the audience to take two steps forward and dance with the person in front of them. The rowdy crowd sang along to almost every song and obliged whenever Callaghan told them to put their hands in the air and dance. Catchy songs, great vocals and an energetic stage presence made this band one of the best performers at the show. Offering good advice, Callaghan asked the crowd if they were still on vacation and told them to "stay in school."
Over on the main stage, Underoath performed a string of songs to a huge crowd and mentioned being a Christian band. Lead singer Spencer Chamberlain admitted that the band was probably not the typical band on the Warped Tour bill but urged the audience to be open minded.
Another memorable performance was by Black Tide, a band that really knows how to get a crowd amped up. Performing near a dirt field, the band combined loud wailing guitars, hair flipping with overtly animated band members. Audience members rushed to the stage as they heard the band playing. Video footage at the Home Depot Center was prohibited but here's what you missed if you weren't at the Pomona, CA show (Video courtesy of optimum5x5):


After Black Tide's set, the band threw drum sticks and guitar picks into the audience.
Next up on the Hurley stage was TAT, a band hailing from the UK fronted by Tatiana DeMaria. With fast paced beats and DeMaria's fast singing, the band drew a huge crowd. They delivered a variety of sounds including punk, metal, ska and melodic music with lots of heart. This band is honestly one of the most original ones out there today.
On another note, while walking around the venue, there was definitely no shortage of merchandise with booths selling everything including hats, purses, neon T-shirts, bikinis, booty shorts and CDs. Concertgoers even got a lesson in safe sex as they entered a giant yellow Trojan Condom tent for a chance to win prizes, leaving with free condoms.
Despite the fact that Warped Tour veterans Bad Religion, Guttermouth and Bouncing Souls did not take the stage at this event, the show was fun and fans came out in the masses to stand in the sweltering heat, mosh in a dirt bowl and crowd surf on the last day of the tour.
Without a doubt, the bands on the bill were entertaining to watch and the event was worth going home with a sunburn.
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Pennywise Lead-singer/songwriter announces his departure from band
By Christy Buena
Longtime Pennywise fans will be sad to know that lead singer and songwriter Jim Lindberg announced that he's leaving the band. He gave this statement:
“After 20 years, nine albums and thousands of shows around the world, my time in Pennywise has come to an end. Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for. There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs, and it’s your support and encouragement that’s kept me going this long. I would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success. Yours truly, Jim.”
Lindberg is currently working on a documentary based on his book titled, Punk Rock Dad, and is set to begin recording for an as yet untitled release. He is also a founder and consultant for the Video On Demand action sports and music network, Havoc TV.
Here's a fitting song:

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Black Eyed Peas Bring their Boom Boom Pow Live
By Christy Buena
The Black Eyed Peas took the stage and delivered booming sounds and dance moves, turning the sold out Pacific Amphitheater into a giant party Friday night.
The amphitheater was filled with over 8,000 diverse fans ranging from tweens, teens, 20-somethings and even parents. Everyone in the audience sang along to every Black Eyed Peas song and danced in their seats as the group exuded an energetic stage presence.
As soon as Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) belted out her lyrics, the crowd put their hands in the air and screamed in excitement. Females in the audience sang along with their female idol and without a doubt, the guys enjoyed the sight of women enjoying themselves.
Doing most of the talking in between songs, will.i.am ( William James Adams, Jr.) told fans that the Black Eyed Peas finally released their fifth record. He took fans on a journey down memory lane and explained that the group started back in 1995, overcame hardships and released their first album in 1998.
"I remember going to the store...we'd steal chicken and steak. It was tough man," will.i.am said.
He continued to reminisce about meeting Fergie for the first time, traveling around the world and most importantly, he expressed gratitude towards fans for making it possible.
"We are so blessed and out of all the years, this album is so successful. Thank you for listening. Thank you for the love," will.i.am said as he led into the song, "Where is the Love?" During the song, all the lights in the amphitheater were turned off and the crowd was instructed to take their phones out creating a sea of cell phone stars. Footage below:


Whether it was the green laser lights pointed at the crowd or the upbeat music, or the bright lights, the show took fans on an emotional rollercoaster starting off with fast paced songs, “Let’s Get It Started,” and “Boom Boom Pow,” then slow ballads by Fergie and then closing the night with “Mare,” “Imma Be,” and finally, “I Gotta Feeling.”
Other highlights include will.i.am’s tribute to Michael Jackson where he played “Thriller” and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” See footage below:

Expressing a bit of Filipino pride, apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo) sang a song in Tagalog on the track titled, "Mare," which is featured on the latest album titled The E.N.D. (The End Never Dies), in stores now.
If you're looking for a non-stop entertainment and a party atmosphere, then the Black Eyed Peas is a must-see. This show gets 5 out of 5 stars.
(Youtube videos are courtesy of users: missarstyaj and g0tmus1c).
For comments, questions or suggestions, contact christy@disarraymagazine.
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Whitesnake Still Rocking Out
By Christy Buena
Loud 80’s power ballads and wailing guitars blasted from the speakers at the Pacific Amphitheater when Whitesnake took the stage. Opening up for Judas Priest, the band performed their most famous hits from albums Saints & Sinners and Slide It In.
Sporting long hair, leather pants and opened button up shirts, the band rocked out onstage doing hair flipping, head banger movements. Signature 80’s hair band screams were widely-received with middle aged fans holding up devil hands and screaming, “Fuck yeah, Whitesnake!!”
Before performing the song, “Slow An’ Easy” lead singer David Coverdale asked fans, “We’re still sliding it in, aren’t you glad we’re still sliding it in?” Fans cheered in excitement, especially women in the audience. Surprisingly, during the band's set, security guards danced to the music as well. During the chorus where the band sang, “Take me down so easy, make love to me so easy,” women screamed louder and danced seductively to the sexual lyrics.
After the song ended, Coverdale, toasted to the crowd and had a fan pour some of his beer into his cup. He followed with, “I just got my American citizenship!” Whistles, cheers and screams filled the amphitheater in response. “Now I need to work on losing this accent," Coverdale said.
During the song, “Lay Down Your Love,” guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach rocked out playing five minute guitar solos, each taking turns to show off their skills. The two guitarists played face to face and flipped their long hair as they played their guitar riffs simultaneously.
Next, Coverdale introduced various members of the band and before presenting guitarist Beach, he said, “Where’s the fucking lights? He’s too good looking to be in the dark.” The crowd then screamed and cheered. Following the rowdiness, the band played their hit song, “Is This Love,” where fans sang along, pounded fists into the air and held up their lighters.
As soon as the band played, “Here I go Again,” fans waiting in line to get beer ran to their seats while singing along.
If you’re looking for lots of smoke, hair flipping, drum and guitar solos, definitely check out a Whitesnake concert. Here’s some footage from the show.

“Is This Love” power ballad.

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Free NYC Concerts by Trey Songz, Day 26, Doug E. Fresh & Toby Love By Christy Buena  With fall semester around the corner, the AMBER Ready Foundation is reacting by launching the AMBER Ready Back To School Safety Weekend at ABC Studios, live in Times Square August 14-16. The free event will offer back to school tips, food, prizes and family fun entertainment as well as free musical performances by Trey Songz, Day 26, Doug E. Fresh, Toby Love and others. The Times Square Plaza will play host to celebrities, athletes, civic and community leaders who plan on attending the event. Beginning at noon, attendees will enjoy the Celebrity Virtual Game On and at 6pm, music acts will take the stage. At 9pm, there will be an AMBER light vigil for missing children. Every year, over 800,000 children are reported missing and 364,000 are abducted. The AMBER Ready Program gives parents and guardians the ability to store their child's information including their photo, description and other info. on their phones and if the unfortunate where to happen, the Amber Ready subscriber can easily transfer the information to media stations, airports, law enforcement and the entire AMBER Alert network. About the Musical Acts:
Trey Songz (Tremaine Aldon Neverson) is a Grammy nominee singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor. He's signed to Atlantic/Marfontaine Records and in 2009, Songz earned a Grammy Award nomination for "Can't Help but Wait." The song also earned a nomination at the BET Awards for Best Male R&B Artist.
Day 26 of Bad Boy Records was showcased for the world to see on MTV's show Diddy's "Making the Band 4." Group members include Robert Curry, Brian Andrews, Willie Taylor, Michael McCluney, and Qwanell Mosley. The group has two albums out titled, Day 26 and Forever in a Day. In 2009, they won Best Group at the BET Awards. Doug E. Fresh (Douglas Davis) is known as the beat box king and widely recognized for hip hop classics "The Show" as well as the B-side "La Di Da Di." Davis partnered with Slick Rick back in the 80s and was the frontman of Doug E Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew. Today, Davis
Toby Love is a Latin R&B singer signed to Sony BMG. Love has three studio albums including a 2008 release titled, "Love is Back," 3007's "Toby Love Reloaded" and Toby Love released in 2006.
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Lady Gaga snags three #1 songs from her debut album 7.14.09
By Christy Buena
With her risque music videos, crazy outfits and catchy electro-pop lyrics, Lady Gaga has made Top 40 radio history by snagging three #1 songs from her debut album, The Fame. In the history of the Billboard's Top 40 chart, only two others hold this title including Ace of Base and Avril Lavigne.
So what makes Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), so fierce? I don't know, probably the fact that her singles have reached #1 in 15 countries and her album sold over three million copies around the globe. Oh and let's not forget that she's not afraid to sing, "Let's have some fun, this beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your DISCO STICK."
Surprisingly, Christina Aguilera has been accused of stealing Lady Gaga's signature look. In response, Aguilera told the LA Times:
"You know, that’s funny that you mention that. This person [Lady Gaga] was just brought to my attention not too long ago. I’m not quite sure who this person is, to be honest. I don’t know if it is a man or a woman. I just wasn’t sure. I really don’t spend any time on the Internet, so I guess I live a little under a rock in that respect."
You might remember Lady Gaga's first single which has been known as the dance floor theme song, "Just Dance." The song beckoned drunk girls to run to the dance floor at any given club. (Girls, you know who you are).
If you want to catch Lady Gaga on tour, check her out this fall as she shares the stage with Kanye West.
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Dr. Hollywood Performs @ Area in Los Angeles 6.26.09
Promoting their double album due this summer, Dr. Hollywood performed two songs to a packed house at club Area in Los Angeles Friday night. Sporting white hoodies and white shades, Louie Rubio and Lex Larson sang, "Smashing Bottles," along with their their hit song of the moment titled, "We Run L.A." You may or may not have heard this song on Power 106, which features rapper Ya Boy.
The diverse crowd consisted of girls and guys in clubbing attire, as well as those dressed in rave clothing (very circa 90s, I might add). Everyone danced and jumped around while the duo rapped and crooned. The crowded and sweaty venue was filled with 20 somethings grinding on the dance floor after the performance.
Nonetheless, the mini concert was entertaining but the crowd was a reminder as to why this venue is better during the week.
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