1) Our lead lead feature this week has us sitting down with psych rock polymath Omar Rodriguez-Lopez to get the scoop on his new band Bosnian Rainbows.Widely revered for his role as guitarist and brainchild of the Mars Volta, it's clear that Rodriguez-Lopez was in the market for a more collaborative project with Bosnian--a super group of sorts that includes Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, Teri "Gender Bender" Suarez of Le Butcherettes and synth player/producer Nicci Kasper. Together, the band combines streaks of prog, pop, modern rock and convulsive energy that morphs . He plays a sold out show atthe Constellation Room on Friday.
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2) Our second feature this week takes a look at OC-based DJ duo Slander, two former UCI frat boys who've become two unlikely practitioners of one of the grittiest movements in EDM. Before trapstyle--a mix of sticky southern rap, Roland 808 drum machines and dubstep--found a notable resurgence recently, DJs Scott Landers and Derek Andersen were pushing the music in every OC club they could. Now that the style is being picked up by major labels and DJs all over the world, the pair of local selectors are continuing their efforts as pioneers with a slew of popular releases on Beatport, national tour dates and by securing air time through FG USA, a massive radio conglomerate that now broadcasts their weekly, two-hour DJ set to 18 different stations in Europe. They play Yost Theater in Santa Ana next Wednesday on Halloween.
3) Our Locals Only column this week highlights the dark minds of Something Horrible. Fortunately, their name isn't exactly an appropriate description of the band, unless you consider lyrics about werewolves, serial killers and vampires to be offensive. Specializing in a spooky blend of teeth-gnashing hardcore, cabaret rock and punk passion a la Misfits, the band is using the scariest month of the year to their advantage by pouncing on unsuspecting indie rock fans in the mood for something frightening. We got to find out just how dark and psychotic these guys in the most perfect setting we could think of...during a game of minigolf. They play next Wednesday on Halloween at Stadium Brewing Company in Aliso Viejo.
4) Our Ask Exene column question this week comes from man who feels like his girlfriends are constantly trying to test his rage level before they fully commit to him just because he was raised with an abusive father.