PICTURED: Cola Boyy. Photo by Jack Adams, @oxnardbadboy “Sorry, you’re Cola Boyy, right? I was wondering if I could get a picture?” An excited fan has approached our table near Heritage Square and asked Oxnard native Matthew Urango, aka Cola Boyy, for a photo. He obliges and I snap the pic. “That wasn’t planned,” Cola Boyy, 29, says with a laugh. Despite growing national (he just played Coachella this year) and international (his record label, Record Makers, is based in Paris) attention and acclaim, Cola Boyy is still very much an Oxnard local. And he makes it a point...Read More
Author: Emily Savage
Way back in 2009, when Kelli Mayo was just 9 years old and her stepsister, Peyton Bighorse, was 14, they formed their spirited punky-pop band Skating Polly in Oklahoma City. Their parents took them to concerts frequently, so it makes perfect sense that music would rule their lives. “My relationship with music is so closely intertwined with my family,” said Mayo in a phone interview ahead of the band’s April 18 tour stop in Ventura at the Tavern. Now a decade in, Skating Polly has released five full-length albums, including 2018’s The Make It All Show, toured with bands...Read More
The hula dancers had just cleared the stage at the Hong Kong Inn in downtown Ventura when the announcer let everyone know that Ventura’s VNLVX (pronounced “Un-lucks”) was about to begin. This is both the opposite of whom one might expect to play the landmark Chinese-Thai restaurant-bar, and the perfectly quintessential Ventura underground thing to do. A small crowd gathered up front for VNLVX’s energetic set of post-punk rock ’n’ roll, fronted by vocalist Sasha Green. In a shredded sequined dress, she hollered a powerful melodic wail in the same spiritual vein as Poly Styrene or Alice Bag, alongside...Read More
That’s a certain strain of loud and fast music — call it hardcore, grindcore, crust punk or the like —that will always owe a bit of gratitude to late 1980s-born U.K. band Doom. The band’s doomy, black-hearted, crust-punk and metal blend of music on albums like War Crimes (1988, Peaceville Records), along with its death metal-style logo and skull-with-gasmask iconography has influenced countless bands, yet drummer Tony “Stick” Dickens says that they don’t take any of it too seriously. “I still laugh to myself that it’s happening, so no,” Dickens says when I ask if he expected Doom to...Read More
There are currently more than two male short-film directors for every one female director, and there’s at least one festival that’s actively working to change that. LUNAFEST, the first all-woman traveling film festival, has had the goal of celebrating and amplifying the voices of female directors to a wider audience since it began in 2000. In addition, it hopes to inspire more women to make short films and to get major festivals such as Sundance and South by Southwest to take notice. “We want to flip the script. We want audiences to laugh, cry and see the women’s stories...Read More
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