Andy Hermann has written for L.A. Weekly since 2012 and joined the staff as music editor in 2014. Previously he was the national music editor for Metromix and managing editor for ArtistDirect. His work has also appeared in XLR8R, the Daily Dot, Diffuser.fm, and the Boston Phoenix among others. He lives in Highland Park and still holds out hope for a Talking Heads reunion.
8 days ago | Festivals
In a surprise last-minute announcement, FYF Fest has dropped Frank Ocean from its lineup as Saturday's headliner and replaced him with an even bigger draw: Kanye West. The lineup change was revealed late Thursday afternoon by FYF's publicity firm,...
16 days ago | Hip-Hop
Iranian-American rapper Azad Right put himself on the hip-hop map last year, earning comparisons to Nas even before he dropped his self-released debut album, For the Hopeful, last October. Recently, the Venice-raised artist resurfaced with a new t...
25 days ago | EDM
Despite stifling heat and a Saturday marred by tragedy, HARD Summer provided plenty of highlights for its 65,000 attendees. Here were some of our favorite and least-favorite moments, along with some thoughts on HARD's future in the wake of Saturda...
26 days ago | EDM
ABC 7 News has reported that two unidentified women died of "suspected drug overdoses" at the HARD Summer Festival on Saturday. Their names were not immediately released. The deaths were separate incidents. The first woman, an 18-year-old, reporte...
1 month ago | EDM
Trance, that much-maligned EDM genre built around uplifting (aka "cheesy," to its many detractors) melodies, chugging rhythms and long, slow builds, refuses to go away. After over a decade of taking a backseat — at least here in the States — to ev...
1 month ago | Clubland
Only the biggest names get to host stages at EDC Vegas: Carl Cox. Z-Trip. Bassrush. AC Slater. (No, not the Saved by the Bell character.) "I couldn’t believe they let me do it," admits Slater, the founder of Night Bass, the L.A.-based label and mo...