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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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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Gouge Away Offers Female-Fronted, Hardcore Music for Resistance, Education, and Awareness

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By: Denis Girasol of Nineteen Eighty-Nine Films

At the entrance to Pompano Beach's Solid Sound Studio, the unmistakably familiar sound of a hardened bar band slugging its way through a cover of Heart's "Crazy on You" is offered to all passersby. But back behind the main studio, down a little alleyway to another warehouse bay, something entirely different is going on.

Stacks of magazines on police brutality, animal rights, Angela Davis, Food Not Bombs, and sexual consent are piled high at a table operated by Gouge Away's vocalist, Christina Stijy. She is standing on a chair to get a better view of band Guilty Conscious' set as a packed room of punk and hardcore kids lose their collective shit -- in the best possible way. Gouge Away's members have organized the all-ages show in hopes of bringing more to the studio on a regular basis.

Guitarist Victor Skamiera jumps on the shoulders of a friend to hang up a spray-painted banner reading "Resist Oppressive Traditions," and Stijy -- a kindergarten teacher by day -- reminds the crowd to "Have fun and watch out for each other" before the band blasts through the beginning of its set with Stily's strikingly impressive howl carrying the way.

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Kyle Says, "I Actually Didn't Poop My Pants" on Ultra Music Festival's Main Stage

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At just 21 years old, hip-hop singer Kyle launched his first North American tour, appropriately titled the "Hey Kyle! Tour." He's performed at the PLUR-heavy event Ultra Music Festival in Miami, had his video for "Raining Love" featured on BET's 106 + Park, and has collaborated with electro DJ Martin Solveig on his hit "Hey Now."

In addition, he just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Beautiful Loser. Kyle enthusiastically said, as we kicked off this interview, "Let's get it!" He gave us the low on what school plays he starred in, his remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," and what it was like to perform at Ultra.


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The Devil Makes Three: Making Music From Vermont to Santa Cruz Sans Drummer

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If you'd like a trip to the past, Friday night at Culture Room might be the right setting for you. There, Santa Cruz band the Devil Makes Three will take the audience down a musical wormhole to mountain honky-tonks and country juke joints of yesteryear.

Like its name implies, the group is a trio that includes singer/guitarist Pete Bernhard, guitarist Cooper McBean, and upright bassist Lucia Turino. New Times exchanged correspondence with the succinct Bernhard to learn about the band's origins, influences, and the uniqueness of making music without drums.


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Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull: "I Planned on Being in This Band Forever When I Started It"

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Four years, three albums, and a good thousand shows later, Georgia's most roarsome quintet, Manchester Orchestra, returns to our neck of the hoods after last playing Revolution Live in 2010. But whereas it once performed back-to-back opening slots at that venue, supporting the likes of Silversun Pickups, this time, the band is heading out under the swampy stars that shine on Cruzan Amphitheatre. The occasion? The second-annual Coral Skies Music Festival, a one-state, two-date collision of crafted beer, trucked food, outsider art, and the very best indie rock has to offer today.

In addition to Manchester Orchestra, this year's edition of Coral Skies features Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, Tokyo Police Club, and the Hold Steady. But it is M.O. that concerns us here, specifically its frontman, Andy Hull, who's given voice (and credence) to the Southern-plied rock gang since its inception.

Born and bred in Atlanta (excepting a seven-year stint in Ontario), Hull formed Manchester Orchestra as a solo endeavor that would include a revolving door of co-conspirators. The concept was titled (as Hull told New Times) after the town whose sound he found most dreary. That would be Manchester, U.K., natch, home of morose outfit the Smiths, among others. After turning Northern England's joyful desperation into inspiration, Hull wrote and recorded his first full-length, recruited teenaged bandmate Chris Freeman, and set about the task of taking over the world one stage at a time.

See also: Manchester Orchestra Plays Its First Headlining Show at Revolution


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Conspirator's Marc Brownstein on Hulaween 2014, His New Act Electron, and Social Activism

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As Halloween draws nearer, so does the annual, aptly titled Hulaween Festival at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. It's four days of camping and jamming out to Medicine for the People, the String Cheese Incident, Thievery Corporation -- the lineup goes for days.

But there's only one man with the power of two bands seeking rain check redemption after last year's fest, and that man is Marc Brownstein. Opening the festival during the Thursday pre-party with Electron and guaranteed to keep your feet moving throughout the days ahead with Conspirator, the Disco Biscuits' bassist sat down with New Times to talk about what it's like to help create a genre and how the misspelling of his name lead to his proudest Halloween costume to date.


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Jeezy on Seeing "Some Justice" in Ferguson and "the New Generation" of Trap

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Believe it or not, there is a limit to how much a rapper can (or should) mention "flippin' bricks," "gettin' it for the low," or still "meeting papi at the dock." But if they stop talking about this lifestyle, will fans get bored and move on? What are they to do?

"I remember being posted up on the first and the third/Just re'ed up/Nigga got a nine piece" are the first bars Jeezy spits on "1/4 Block" off his latest album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Though, still on point with witty remarks about his pre-fame Snowman days, Jeezy has refrained from speaking as though that wild life is current, opting to take a more personal and distanced approach to his past. He's an ever evolving character.

Jeezy took some time out on the road to speak to us about trap music, the tragedy in Ferguson, Kendrick Lamar, a possible Trap Or Die 3, and he even asked us a couple of questions of his own.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Explains Death Metal

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The Black Dahlia Murder is a death metal band that will grace Revolution Live tonight with its dark presence. The band is named after one of the most infamous unsolved cases in California history and one of the most gruesome mysteries of all time. The Black Dahlia case took place in the 1940s, its victim being 22-year-old Elizabeth Short who was bisected and displayed naked in a vacant parking lot. It's all pretty horrifying.

With this in mind and just in time for Halloween season, we spoke with lead singer of the band, Trevor Strnad, right before its show in Boston. He brought up "dead baby jokes" and described death metal as a "killer" genre.

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Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White on the "Steady Progression of Getting Better and Better"

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There's very little in the music world that Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White hasn't accomplished in his 44 years as a recording artist.

He's sold hundreds of millions of records. He's played in front of mammoth festival crowds. He's widely considered one of the best bass guitarists of all time. He's genre-hopped with EW&F from jazz-rock fusion to deep funk to disco to electro pop without a peep of "sellout" being heckled from the popcorn seats.

He won the music game with a smile on his face and continues to record and perform for huge audiences worldwide.

Next week, Earth, Wind & Fire is playing Hard Rock Live in Hollywood in support of its upcoming Christmas album, Holiday. We got 15 minutes with Verdine to chat on the phone about his amazing career. It was 15 minutes well-spent. After a few pleasantries, we got way down to it.

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