TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

The daytime hustle of an artist does not define them. Ask them what they do and their secondary answer may include terms like “day job” or “paycheck,” but rarely “career.” It carries too much weight. It suggests that so-called work life is fulfilling and secure. It pretends that there is only one path in a world of infinite possibilities. Small-time musicians often tend to confine their creativity to off-hours, usually …

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An Impresario For All Seasons

You might have seen Jerry Mandel playing his saxophone around town — perhaps at the annual Orange County Arts Awards Ceremony after party at Costa Mesa’s Samueli Theater. While the self-possessed gentleman is a long-time jazz musician, his expertise on his horn is the tip of the iceberg of a decades-long arts and entertainment career. The president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, former San Diego State University dean of the …

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Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon at Echo Park Lake she gives wry examples: “Tinder is the two percent milk of …

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Irvine Barclay Theatre’s Diverse Range of Performances

The new season at the Irvine Barclay Theatre will have a diverse selection of performances that all residents of Orange County are bound to appreciate. Performances include the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, the Mozart Classical Orchestra and the National Geographic Live Speaker Series. Fans can also enjoy a performance by Boy Bandz, who will sing a number of popular hits by different boy bands including New Kids on …

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Just Like Heaven Fest Arrives at Queen Mary Events Park

This festival is meant to be exactly how it sounds: Just Like Heaven. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, the biggest and hottest names in alternative and indie rock conjoin to take the stage at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach – including Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Beach House, Miike Snow, Passion Pit and more. In fact, the original date sold out so quickly, …

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The Liftoff Takes Over FivePoint Amphitheatre

Summertime is upon us! Which means Power 106 is doing it bigger than they’ve ever done in the past. Living up to their slogan of being “Los Angeles’ #1 For Hip Hop” radio station, concert-goers are blessed with an all-star lineup of both up-and-coming and mainstream artists, including Mustard & Friends, G-Eazy, Tyga, French Montana, T-Pain, O.T. Genasis, A-Track, Roddy Ricch and more. Presented by Mercury Insurance, the one-day festival …

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F0BG0D is Up Next

The way today’s music icons emerge has shifted right along with the music. Social media has become the foundation of many newer artists’ careers, along with helping established figures spread their message. Memes help too, with a fair share of artists getting their start from photos and videos that spread around Instagram and Twitter. There’s no shortage of people trying to take advantage of this phenomenon, but very few actually …

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Spring Music Preview: Third Edition

Shows not to be missed this April and May!   DILLY DALLY Fri. 4/5 A welcome throwback to the angsty grunge of Hole and early Smashing Pumpkins, Canada’s Dilly Dally is a reminder of why that genre, when done right, once ruled the airwaves. The quartet is all about whisper-to-a-scream dynamics: intimacy exploding into overt outpouring, with tiny sounds – often the textured murmur of chief songwriter Katie Monks – …

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The Young Dubliners: Live at Mozambique

“You see that woman in the wheelchair? Her and her husband flew from Arizona to watch them play.” If I was told that before the show kicked off I would’ve been confused to say the least. But hearing that after I watched The Young Dubliners perform what they called a “warm up,” it made perfect sense. Even as they approach the 31st anniversary of their formation, they bring a level of …

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