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Monday, May 4
May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Metal Show The Doll Hut You may have sensed a great disturbance in the Force lately, and we're not talking about the release of a certain movie trailer--or that OTHER possibly more exciting movie trailer unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration last month in Anaheim. Those titanic psychic rumblings you've been weathering are probably just the distant indicators of the Doll Hut's May 4th (as in "May the 4th ... be with you.") installment of Metal Mondays, headlined by just-forged OC band Ewokalypse. (Will they be primitive yet unexpectedly deadly?) Support--the kind of crushing support generally provided by a squad of AT-ATs lumbering implacably across a snowfield--comes from locals and semi-locals Sungrinder, Atris, Orphan Goggles and Chain Webb. Prime those hold-out blasters because this one's gonna be a hit. (Chris Ziegler)
Tuesday, May 5 Psycho De Mayo with Psycho Realm The Observatory Since 1989, Sick Jacken and Big Duke of the Pico-Union, Los Angeles have been reporting first-hand accounts of their neighborhood with hip hop lyrics. With sound as their medium, the duo, known as The Psycho Realm, act as civilian journalists--reporting what they see on the streets to their listeners. If there are two things the group wishes to accomplish, as they've publicly stated to LA Weekly in 2012, it's to empower those who live in gang-infested neighborhoods and enlighten those who don't. For instance, in "Enemy of the State" from A War Story Book I, a couple of the lines are "Caught in a battle with crooked-ass cops / Heat we feel on crazy / Gang infested L.A. streets / We see the red concrete stains / And street platoons feel pain / Real soon times will change." The lines are reminiscent of Bob Dylan's 1964 hit "The Times They Are a Changin," which stood as an anthem for social and political overhaul. (Kristine Hoang)
Wednesday, May 6
Golden Coast The Wayfarer Of all the people who come to Los Angeles for the fame and fortune-- artists, actors, musicians, what have you-- it seems that indie pop duo Golden Coast have cracked the code and become the latest band to have broken through and garner attention. Members Denny White and Steven Mudd met in college after coming from Colorado and the San Jacinto desert, respectively, and combined their musical chemistry to produce a tremendously dance-y slew of singles. Their upbeat, synth-laden track "Dream and An MPC," encourages other like-minded artists going through the perennial outsider-coming-to-LA-to-make-it struggle to hold on to their dreams-- as they can attest, stardom is certainly possible. This positive pair certainly will bring the energy levels up every Wednesday as they begin their month-long residency tonight at the Wayfarer with support from Pop Noir and WADES. (Aimee Murillo) Thursday, May 7
Coheed and Cambria The Observatory The band name was taken from two characters, Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, from the sci-fi comic The Amory Wars, written by their frontman Claudio Sanchez. The band takes storytelling in music to a whole new level, putting people like The Boss and country music to shame with eight minute epic alt-metal narratives based on The Amory Wars. The album The Afterman: Ascension features an astronomer/scientist/astronaut/geek named Dr. Sirius Amory, who goes on a mission to investigate a cosmic energy source that keeps his universe intact. Not only are the songs stories that need hours of confusing explication far beyond this paragraph to form some semblance of understanding, but their massive album titles like Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness can frustrate writers who struggle to squeeze them into brief album reviews. But what the hell, when it comes to geeky, modern day metal bands, Coheed are still the best. (Adam Steininger)
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Friday, May 8
Deftones The Observatory Oh, Deftones. Any track from Adrenaline or Around the Fur instantly takes us back to those teenage summers in the '90s, riding in the back of a friend's Nissan Pathfinder, trying to get the older kids to buy us cigarettes. When Deftones debuted their 1995 breakout album, Adrenaline, they brought with them the next evolution in the sound of metal. By the time the group released 1999's White Pony, they were comfortably settled into metal royalty--and steady rotation in the multi-disc CD changer of every angsty kid in California. They've put out an album every few years since (unfortunately shelving Eros due to the tragic accident of bassist Chi Cheng), securing a solid fan base that has stuck with them unfailingly. (Erin DeWitt)