[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy…we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]
1) Our lead story this week focuses on San Francisco's iconic punk outfit Dead Kennedys who, despite the absence of original singer Jello Biafra, are still making quite a name for themselves decades after albums like Frankenchrist and Bedtime For Democracy. Our reporter Ryan Ritchie gives us a quick look into the band's volatile legal history that pitted three of the band's original members against Biafra in court over rights to their music. Now that DK members East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D.H. Peligro have been back in the saddle since the early 2000s and are currently fronted by singer Ron “Skip” Greer, would you consider them a pack of surviving legends or just a really good cover band? Check this piece out and judge for yourself when you see them at the Observatory on Friday.
2) Our second feature profiles ballsy English folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner. Remember that guy who sang his song “I Still Believe” in front of thousands during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London this year? For Turner, that performance became his introduction to the world. Web editor/reporter Taylor Hamby
talks to him about that gig and his struggles to shirk his image as a
“Billy Bragg-style socialist” in his home country. Read our story before
you see him at the House of Blues Anaheim tonight.
3) Our Locals Only column
this week focuses on a loveable pack of self-destructive OC weirdos
named the Shrills. They sat down to talk with yours truly about their
gear-smashing, head-gashing stage show that often leaves them bruised
and bloody. They're gearing up to play the Continental Room in Fullerton
4) Finally, this week's Ask Exene column
tells us that when it comes to a woman's true purpose in life, there
are plenty of ways to live a full life without the joys of motherhood.
Nate Jackson is the gatekeeper to your dreams of local dive bar stardom. If he writes about you, expect your band to be offered at least one more drink ticket than the rest of the bands on the bill. Get his attention with some groovy tunes and he might just do it. Then, boy will you feel special.