Lord of the Riffs Trilogy: A Weirdo Attempts to Leave or Explain the "Cult" of the Melvins

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Part 1: Fellowship of the Melvins

In 2010, ABC News correctly identified legendary rock group, the Melvins as a "cult band." Meanwhile, the growing "Melvins Army" presently consists of close to a million devotees worldwide. The fact is, the Melvins are not a "rock and roll band" at all. They deliberately defy any genre or scene that may claim them as their own, for reasons which we will now expose.

After more than 20 years of investigation, we have discovered that beneath their "rock star" exterior, the Melvins are, without a doubt, a dangerous cult. An ancient fraternity, if you will, dating back to the dark and medieval days of 1983. Their live show is a Druid-like séance, with band members wearing phantom-like priestly garments. Midway through their "performance," an ethereal communion and baptism takes place. Their musical shows are ritualistic initiation ceremonies, coercing the unsuspecting concert-goer into an unearthly secret society. The band's members are like undercover agents, sent by a trust of giant insects from another galaxy.

See also: The Melvins' King Buzzo: "They All Think I'm Insane"

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American Idol Winner David Cook on the Most Boring Thing in Music

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As overplayed as some may think it is, American Idol provides a great outlet for aspiring stars to really get some national attention. It also provides an outlet for wannabes to make complete asses out of themselves, but nonetheless, it's for the greater good. Take, for instance, rocker David Cook, who won season seven of the show. The man has made a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard's Digital Songs as well as released three albums and is currently on tour.

When we talked to the former Idol star, he was at home in Nashville, relaxing before going out on the road. Cook also told us he has been working on his new record and "keeping an eye on the World Series" because he is a "die hard" Kansas Royal fan (obviously we talked to him before the heart breaking loss to the Giants).

Here's a humble beginning for you -- he's a fan because he used to work in the stadium restaurant for five years waiting tables. We spoke with the modest singer/songwriter about new music, Idol, and turning tragedies into something positive.


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Judas Priest with Steel Panther - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - October 30

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In the world of heavy metal, only one band besides Black Sabbath has had an equally massive and lasting impression on the generations that followed. That band was and continues to be Judas Priest. Iconic for its introduction of leather S&M garb to the metal genre, and aside from a small hiatus in the mid '90s, Judas Priest has been a metal institution for five decades since its humble beginnings in Birmingham in 1969.

After distancing themselves from the early hippie leanings of many British metal acts of the time, Judas Priest -- or simply Priest as their fans are fond of chanting -- has gone on to deliver a remarkable recorded legacy and memorable live shows. While it's never enjoyed mainstream success like other metal acts, the band's 1980 single "Breaking the Law" is one of the enduring anthems of the genre.

Add to their metal mythos the incomparable self-parodying contemporary '80s glam metal band Steel Panther at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, and you've got the recipe for a successful evening of metal firmly in place.

See also: Judas Priest's Rob Halford Says Redeemer of Souls "Reignited Things"

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Slip and the Spinouts Is Spreading Rockabilly and Dressing as Dead Elvis at Mai Kai Tonight

Categories: Q&A

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By Michelle de Carion

Slip Mahoney has been playing rockabilly and American roots music for 15 years in South Florida, and he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. Although the Rockabilly music scene has struggled in popularity, veteran local band, Slip and the Spinouts with upright bassist Noah Hall and drummer Tony Tomei, isn't hurting for gigs. They are living the musician's dream of playing music full-time.

New clubs like the Vintage Tap in Delray Beach, as well as longstanding businesses like the 4:30 Boardroom Bar, continue to eagerly seek out Slip and the Spinouts for its incredible energy on stage and musical talent. Not only is the band's fan base growing in Florida, but it's also been picked up for shows around the country. This year, Slip and the Spinouts played a private event at the House of Blues in Boston with the Dropkick Murphy.

With an album coming out in January, we thought it was a good time to catch up with Slip Mahoney and ask him about the live music scene in Florida, what his plans are for the future, and why he just won't stop playing roots music. Slip's next performance will be at the Mai Kai on Halloween night. He'll be the dead Elvis on stage.

When we met him at Saltwater Brewery on a beautiful October afternoon, he'd left his canine companion, Saxon, at his home in Delray Beach. Slip would never leave Saxon longer than that, he stubbornly refuses to do a tour around the country. "How could I tour with a German Sheppard?" he asked. Though we never got that question answered, we did find out a bit about what the musician thinks about the future of rockabilly and touring with big instruments.

See also: The 15 Best Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Sneak Peek at Honey's Grand Opening in Delray Beach (Photos)

Categories: Nightlife

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Honey opens in downtown Delray Beach Thursday, October 30.

Here's a riddle for you: What's something that's sweet, sexy, and sophisticated that you can touch, taste, and hear?

That would be Honey, the latest nightlife concept to hit downtown Delray Beach. The newest addition to the Sub-Culture Restaurant Group opens the doors officially tonight, October 30, but we got in last night on the preview. Here's what we experienced.

See also: Photos from Honey's Grand Opening in Delray Beach

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Corey Holcomb: "If You're an Insecure Person, My Twitter Feed Will Not Be Something You Like"

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There are a few different ways to make it. You can be an overnight success, you can have the right friends, or be at the right place at the right time, or you could be an asshole, just crushing people to get to the top. The hardest but smartest way to make a name for yourself though is by putting yourself out there in every medium possible, with hard, patient work. Comedian Corey Holcomb handled his business that way.

Holcomb, a Chicago native became an active comedian in 2002. Since then, he's moved to Los Angeles, hosts his own internet radio show, The Corey Holcomb 5150 Show, had parts in major motion pictures -- Like Mike and Think Like A Man Too -- and also acts as a recurring character on television shows. He's Boonie on Black Jesus and the voice of Robert on The Cleveland Show. In addition, he's continued touring as a non-apologetic stand-up comedian with one of the most controversial Twitter feeds around.

We spoke with Holcomb recently before a string of shows at the Fort Lauderdale Improv.

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Five Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

Categories: Five Under $5

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5. Northern Soul Dance Party
9 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at Blue Front, 1132 N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth. No cover. Visit Facebook.

Soul never dies. It lives in the dancing shoes of those who twirl to the sounds of Jerry Butler in homes and hidden dance spots worldwide.

In fact, a new Northern soul scene is flourishing right here at Lake Worth's Blue Front Bar-B-Que. The monthly dance party features limited release 45s of the '60s DJed by three fans of the genre. The kitchen stays open till 5 a.m., so after you sweat like James Brown, you can curb your hangover with some drunchies.

See Also: New Beat Soul Club Brings Northern Soul Revival to Respectable Street

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Twelve Halloween Punk Rock Songs to Scare Away Trick-or-Treaters

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Horror (or rather "shock") has had a long and rather fruitful relationship with punk rock. Many of the classic bands of the genre have touched upon the topic, whether addressing human horrors, fantasy/science fiction, Reaganomics, or even All Hallow's Eve itself.

Even the Misfits made a career out of the night, before becoming a parody of itself. With so many songs to pick from, here are ten we find most appropriate to scare off those pesky trick-or-treaters, but we encourage you to add your picks in the comments below.

Now make sure you get the razor blades all the way into those chocolate bars!

See also: The 15 Best Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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Trick Or Beats Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with Two-Day EDM Halloween Festival

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You've done the impossible: You've created a sexy Rick Scott costume. But you're still not sure where to show off your relevant getup this Halloween.

You can be whatever you want in Boca at the "biggest costume party in South Florida." Yes, Trick or Beats is back, but instead of being one night at Club Cinema, it's celebrating its five-year anniversary with a full-fledged two-day EDM festival.

Packing 13 DJs, a ton of costumed performers, and host Lil John into the Sunset Cove Amphitheater for something much bigger, bolder, and a whole lot more fun.

See also: The 15 Best Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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Cavity's Dan Gorostiaga on Zinemaking and His Top Ten Records of All Time

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From left: Barge, Landrian, Gorostiaga, Norris, and Weinstein.

Dan Gorostiaga has been a key a figure in South Florida's underground. As founder and sole constant of Cavity, he put Miami on the metal map during the '90s with the band's highly imitated, stripped-down sludge. Since its split in 2001, I have personally pestered him about the band getting back together and even campaigned through County Grind's Blast From the Past columns to stir interest.

This past summer, during his former bandmates' band Black Cobra's stop at Gramps in Wynwood, Gorostiaga performed "Crawling" and "Supercollider" to a crowd that was largely unaware of this intention.

As an artist, Gorostiaga's recent inspirations have seen him become a maker of zines and artist's books that are limited-edition objects d'art. We recently had the chance to discuss Cavity, his art, and being onstage once again.

See also: Beatriz Monteavaro and Priya Ray Curate Echos Myron Exhibition with Art by Musicians

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