Cedric Bixler-Zavala
American singer
Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Cedric Bixler-Zavala is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American musician known for his work as frontman and lyricist of the progressive rock band The Mars Volta, and as frontman and occasional guitarist of the post-hardcore punk group At the Drive-In. Cedric has a High Tenor vocal range, spanning from the G above Low C to Soprano C (C6), which contrast his vocal work for At the Drive-In which consisted mainly of a screaming style.
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Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Twitterer and comedian James Malcolm was hit with a particularly bad case of FOMO while waiting for a flight at Wellington airport, recently.  But it was soon to be replaced with mass public shaming, due to his lack of ~serious music~ knowledge. SEE ALSO: Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers The 21-year-old noticed that a lot of people around him were taking selfies with a long-haired man sitting at the back. He had no idea the suited gentleman was Australian musician, author, screenwriter and all around living legend, Nick Cave. He reached out to Twitter for help identifying the mystery man, but initially didn't get much of a response. Does anyone know who this is? People keep asking him to sign their t shirt pic.twitter.com/Md4fU1uKZD — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 "I only had like two replies on that photo — both jokes," Malcolm explained to Mashable over Messenger. Undeterred, the he decided to just get a selfie with the "stranger." According ...
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Former Mars Volta frontman springs retro-rock sound on Sacramento
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
The thrill is clearly gone for Grammy Award-winning band the Mars Volta. Singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala performs with Mars Volta during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in 2009.
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The Mars Volta splitting up
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Cult rockers The Mars Volta are splitting up after the departure of singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala.
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At The Drive-In - Live At O2 Academy, Brixton
Clash - over 4 years
So here we stand in the ever reliable O2 Academy, Brixton, to catch a real moment in recent rock history – post hardcore giants At the Drive-In taking care of some unfinished business. It’s been almost twelve years since the band’s messy break up, not so hushed whispers of drug abuse, artistic conflicts and good old fashioned exhaustion amounting to the five-piece stepping down at the height of their powers. With interviews as recent as 2009 laughing off the idea of a reunion as some kind of absurd notion it’s a good feeling to find yourself standing in a sold out venue in your home town awaiting a performance you never dreamed would happen. Support MMOTHS gently warms the crowd first, his own brand of electronica neither matching nor clashing with the forthcoming onslaught. MMOTHS' minimal set happily allows the crowd to get comfortable while still absorbing the Irishman’s ambient tweak fest. Like a fine dinner MMOTHS is a good choice of starter. Laptop packed away and u ...
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45 RPM: At the Drive-In
Heave Media - almost 5 years
Hell Paso EP/¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo! EP (1994/1995) At the Drive-In were recording the same demos in 1994 that your friend’s punk band are recording now. Muddy bass, typical teenagers-in-a-garage guitar strumming and distortion, all recorded live in a domestic refrigerator. Hear those tinny tape pops over Hell Paso? Omar Rodriguez-Lopez hasn’t met these guys yet, and it shows through the demos’ simplicity. It’s all raw aggression with some tempo changes and start/stop dynamics. Both demo EPs bring the ruckus similarly to peers like Cap’n Jazz and Unwound: frantic, messy Dischord-worship. Fans of Cedric Bixler-Zavala at his most experimental will snub these, but if you like your punk lo-fi and sloppy, turn these up and have some fun. And I really mean turn them up, the levels are shit. Acrobatic Tenement (1996) Mom, You were wrong. Someone does want to listen to our “shameless racket.” Nine people came to see us at a dive bar in L.A., and half of them worked with Flipside Records ...
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Coachella 2012: At the Drive In leads the punk rock field
LATimes - almost 5 years
For all the attention paid to hip-hop and arena-sized EDM at Coachella this year, the resurgence of punk rock at the 2012 fest has received relatively little attention. Whether Goldenvoice was so successful with its three-day GV30 punk fest last December, or just needed a volatile corrective to glossed-up rave acts, punk acts were in good supply at Coachella 2012, including At the Drive In, Refused, fIREHOSE and Greg Ginn, suggesting that this furious, whip-smart rock has a past and a future. Atop the field was a reunited At the Drive In, whose Sunday set was given an incredibly high-profile placement as the band second only to the headliner. The band broke up in 2001 after achieving moderate success at the experimental fringes of post-hardcore, most notably on its 2000 album “Relationship of Command.” Their songs had the dynamics and insistence of early emo, but played with the desperation of Texas border-town punks and with the cerebral quality of budding Latin-jazz heads. The ...
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At the Drive-In Play First Show in 11 Years
Rolling Stone - almost 5 years
It took three songs for At The Drive-In singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala to get airborne at his seminal post-hardcore band’s first show in 11 years As his bandmates locked into the churning opening of "Chanbara" Bixler-Zavala shed his leather jacket jumped up and dangled from the rafters of the outdoor stage at...
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Latest music reviews, including Nicki Minaj, The Mars Volta, All The Young, Mari Wilson and Deer Tick
Goole Courier - almost 5 years
Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Deluxe Edition I’M sure many people will claim Nicki Minaj is a ‘sellout’ with this release, just as they did when she unveiled Pink Friday back in 2010. And there are a number of songs that are very poppy and accessible to a large crossover audience on this new album. But Nicki Minaj is an entertainer, not just a rapper. And she delivers a hook-filled, fun album of summer anthems on Roman Reloaded. There really is something here for everyone, and while all 22 tracks on the deluxe edition aren’t winners, there are a number of potential hit singles that will be blasting at clubs and on the radio all summer long. There are four songs right in the middle of the album that will likely be huge hits (Spaceships, Pound The Alarm, Whip It and Automatic). The first half of the album is mostly rap, which is hit or miss, to be honest. Bypassing the awful track Beez In The Trap, there are some winners with Come On A Cone and HOV Lane. The album closes ...
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Soundboard, August 25-31 - Chicago Reader
Google News - over 5 years
17+ JIM WARD When At the Drive-In split a decade ago—damn, a decade ago—my social circle's collective judgment was that, while not as out-there or (let's say) rambunctious as vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez,
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Music meltdown - Bangkok Post
Google News - over 5 years
Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala was like a man possessed. With his high tenor voice, he screeched and belted out aggression, hope, loss and fear all rolled into one. And his acrobatic moves and insane stage-maximisation antics didn't appear over-the-top
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Paradise lost, freedom restored for the West Memphis Three: What now? - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three featuring Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Kira Roessler, Iggy Pop, Lemmy Kilmister, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Exene Cervenka, Tom Araya, Ice-T, Mike Patton, Ryan Adams, and members of Rancid
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An Evening With The Mars Volta - The Marshalltown Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Instead Cedric Bixler-Zavala never gave them a chance to become indifferent as he swept up the crowd with his energy and enthusiasm. Long regarded as a compelling front man, Bixler-Zavala was in fine form as he alternated between fits of manic
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Like astral travel? You'll love The Mars Volta - Adelaide Now
Google News - over 5 years
Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta performs on stage on day two of the Splendour in the Grass music festival on July 30, 2011 in Woodford, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images YOU'VE got to hand it to Texan rock outfit
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Album Review: Jim Ward – Quiet in the Valley, On the Shores the End Begins - Consequence of Sound
Google News - over 5 years
His rhythm guitar and guttural scream created a solid foundation for Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala's drug-fueled freak-outs. After the drugs took over and the band dismantled, Ward created the above-average rock outfit Sparta
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The Mars Volta Perform Three New Songs from New "Future Punk" Album - Phoenix New Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And apparently, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala isn't opting for mystery, either. Well...no more than Mars Volta tunes usually do, anyway. It looks like the El Paso-based band -- known for their 30-minute songs, organ grinds, Spanish influences,
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Best of Splendour 2011 - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
A wall-to-wall set of furious rock energy and proggish extremes nothing came close to the visceral power of Cedric Bixler-Zavala's impassioned vocals and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's guitar theatrics all weekend. As is common practise for Mars Volta the
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Bilbao BBK Live 2011: Colosales Suede e inadvertidos Kaiser Chiefs - Rolling Stone España
Google News - over 5 years
Su directo es un auténtico mazazo en la cara, ruidoso, melódico, caótico y sexual, con la actitud de Cedric Bixler-Zavala, entre lo chamánico y lo macarra, y la forma de tocar la guitarra de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, visceral y contracturada
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cedric Bixler-Zavala
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In October 2014, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, former bandmate and keyboardist for Bixler-Zavala's previous bands DeFacto and The Mars Volta (band member from 2001-2011) was found dead due to a heart attack in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico, at age 39 while Owens was on tour with Jack White.
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  • 2010
    Age 35
    In 2010, he commented on Facebook about the recording process: Late 2011 saw the release of the first 7" record from Bixler's new project Anywhere, a collaboration with Christian Eric Beaulieu of Triclops! and Mike Watt of The Stooges/Firehose/Minutemen. Their self-titled debut album was released by ATP Records in June 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Bixler has stated that he has been working on an album with the last Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, although it remains unreleased to date. Since 2011 Bixler was working on another album, which he described as "mostly ballady type stuff a very sunday morning record. Very soft". Eventually the solo project turned into a full-fledged band named Zavalaz, which features Bixler on lead vocals and guitar, Dan Elkan on guitar, Juan Alderete on bass and Gregory Rogove on drums. The band is set to play a number of West Coast tour dates throughout June, supported by Dot Hacker and EV Kain. On June 3, 2013, a snippet from song "Blue Rose of Grand Street" off their upcoming album All the Nights We Never Met was released on YouTube. Cedric has been back into the studio after reuniting with Omar Rodriguez López due to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, wanting them to reunite. They have now formed a supergroup together called Antemasque with ex-Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. Recording new material and new a new album to be released in 2014. Fans have cited that as Flea & Dave have played with the Mars Volta prior, a Mars Volta reunion could be in the works. (Flea played bass on 2002's De-loused in the Comatorium and trumpet on 2004's Frances the Mute, Dave played with The Mars Volta from 2009-2010)
  • 2009
    Age 34
    In 2009 Bixler-Zavala married actress and model Chrissie Carnell.
    More Details Hide Details The couple reside in Los Angeles, California. They had their first children, twin boys Ulysses and Xanthus, in 2013. Cedric's life has been heavily impacted by the deaths of people who have been in close association with him, several of which have become themes for his lyrics. Jimmy Hernandez, bass player for Los Dregtones, died of cancer in 1994. Bernie Rincon, an original drummer of At The Drive-In, committed suicide. In 1996, two of his bandmates of the group The Fall on Deaf Ears, Laura Beard and Sarah Reiser, died in a car accident.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 21
    Also in 1996, a close friend and band-mate of Cedric's named Julio Venegas committed suicide.
    More Details Hide Details The story behind The Mars Volta's first album De-Loused in the Comatorium was loosely inspired by "life and death of Julio Venegas". Shortly before the release of De-Loused, in May 2003, their sound manipulator and longtime friend of Cedric and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Jeremy Michael Ward, was found dead of apparent heroin overdose. Ward coined the term Amputechture which was used as the title for The Mars Volta's third full-length album, and Frances the Mute was based on a journal Ward had discovered.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on November 4, 1974.
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