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Music, West Coast Sound Pauly Shore Nearly Ruined the Beach Goth Party

Pauly Shore Nearly Ruined the Beach Goth Party

Beach Goth 3 The Observatory October 25, 2014 At a time when music festivals are a dime a dozen, it's hard to build one that stands out from the ever-growing crowd, or can compete with larger local festivals like FYF and Burgerama. Now in its third year, the Beach Goth...…
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Moon Block Party

The flagship event of Moon Block, an L.A.-based organization of artists and musicians stemming from acts such as Deap Vally and Mystic Braves, this year’s Moon Block Party boasts its biggest — and most diverse, with acts coming from everywhere from Mali to Mexico — bill to date. With local...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Smell's Homeless "Security Guard" Released From Prison

The Smell's Homeless "Security Guard" Released From Prison

This February, Daniel Wright-Fresco, the homeless man who serves as the unofficial security guard of downtown DIY venue the Smell, was arrested. He was charged with the crime of making "criminal threats" after allegedly threatening Ignacio Nava, an employee at a used car dealership nearby. Nava had claimed Wright-Fresco flashed a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way Made Me a Better Person

My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way Made Me a Better Person

Last month Gerard Way (frontman of My Chemical Romance, the reigning emo band of the 2000s) released his first solo album, Hesitant Alien. It's the first music we've heard from Way since MCR released Danger Days in 2010 and then (tragically) split in 2013. Seeing his name pop up on the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Kera and the Lesbians - Bootleg Theater - October 10, 2014

Kera and the Lesbians - Bootleg Theater - October 10, 2014

Kera and the Lesbians with Girlpool, Heathers, DJ Devendra Banhart Bootleg Theater October 10, 2014 Friday night was a momentous occasion for fans of Kera and the Lesbians, who have created quite the buzz for their seductively psychotic sound (which they humorously describe as "bipolar folk"), explosive performances, and a moniker...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Meatbodies' Chad Ubovich Got Dark on His Debut Album

Meatbodies' Chad Ubovich Got Dark on His Debut Album

Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies doesn't really know what to do with down time. He's been in basically every local garage rock band, from playing in Together Pangea (back when they were just called Pangea), to Mikal Cronin's touring band, to Fuzz.  He's been a go-to touring musician for about four...…
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Damien Rice

After an eight-year silence, Irish crooner Damien Rice revealed "I Don't Want to Change You," the first single from his highly anticipated third album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, and announced a tour of North America and Europe — including his first performance in Los Angeles in two full years. The...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Grading This Summer's L.A. Music Festivals

Grading This Summer's L.A. Music Festivals

It's a great time to live in L.A. As we've said before, our fair city is the best for music, period. But when it comes to festivals, there are perhaps too many. In fact, there were so many this summer that is was hard to keep up. And they're getting ludicrously...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Bedrocktoberfest Was Like FYF Before It Got Big

Bedrocktoberfest Was Like FYF Before It Got Big

Bedrocktoberfest Bedrock LA September 20, 2014 It was a taxing summer concert season. At various festivals there were long waits to get in, big police presences, arrests, and deaths. But Bedrocktoberfest, held at the go-to Echo Park rehearsal and recording space Bedrock LA, had none of that. Now in its...…
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Bedrocktoberfest 2014

Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner takes over Echo Park's "massive music mecca" Bedrock.LA as he curates the second annual Bedrocktoberfest. The complete lineup had yet to be revealed at press time but the few acts that have been announced are reason enough to check it out: Deap Vally and...…
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Music, West Coast Sound My Dad Explains Why He Likes Alien Ant Farm

My Dad Explains Why He Likes Alien Ant Farm

Alien Ant Farm is back, with a new single. (You can hear it below.)   Big news! At least, to a certain segment of the population. One person I knew would be particularly excited is my Dad, who is named Aragorn and has a massive sword collection. He owns the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Digital Wes Is an Amazing Dancer

Digital Wes Is an Amazing Dancer

On his song "Happy Holidays," rapper Digital Wes talks about shooting rabbits on Easter, Thanksgiving adultery, and blood under the Christmas mistletoe. He's a strange dude. Based in Antelope Valley, he got his start performing at his grandparents' church as a child, making beats on his grandmother's electric piano. Now 21,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Tulips: Two Different Perspectives, One Exciting New Band

Tulips: Two Different Perspectives, One Exciting New Band

Why does the band Tulips, who are based in the Valley, call themselves Tulips? For one thing, says vocalist-guitarist Angie Bloom, she has a favorite sweater with tulips on it. Also, “We’ve got two singers,” says Taleen Kali, who also sings and plays guitar. Not to mention, “two lips,” she...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Trends, a Bedroom Recording Project, Make "Queer Punk Trash"

Trends, a Bedroom Recording Project, Make "Queer Punk Trash"

What happens when you give a high schooler a Le Butcherettes album, a guitar, music production software Logic Express, a cheap snowball mic, and a $20 Peavey amp?  In the case of 18-year-old Duarte artist Marina Paiz, you get Queer Punk Trash. Duh. At least, that's how Paiz describes Trends,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Here's Who to See at Echo Park Rising

Here's Who to See at Echo Park Rising

Now in its fourth year, Echo Park Rising isn't held in one big corralled area; instead, it takes place in some 35 different spots, all over Echo Park. There will be great food, comedy, art, and, of course live music, 300 artists or so in total. It runs today through Sunday,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Le Butcherettes - The Roxy - August 13, 2014

Le Butcherettes - The Roxy - August 13, 2014

Le Butcherettes The Roxy August 13, 2014 Usually when a singer stage dives into the crowd and surfs on their back while playing their instrument, it's a show highlight. For Le Butcherettes, who opened for Mars Volta spin-off band Antemasque last night, it was just the beginning. Since forming in...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Arctic Monkeys - Staples Center - August 7, 2014

Arctic Monkeys - Staples Center - August 7, 2014

Arctic Monkeys Staples Center August 7, 2014 The Arctic Monkeys have basically taken over rock n' roll this year. With the release of their fifth album AM in late 2013, the group made history as the first band on an independent label (Domino) to have their first five albums debut at #1...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

Dateline, L.A. 2014: Tweeness rules. Experimental indie bands are a dime a dozen. But the Diamond Light aren't about that life. They're purveyors of good old-fashioned blues rock. And it's kind of refreshing. They've been featured in Blind Blind Tiger's Speakeasy Sessions, in Nylon Guys playing a stripped-down version on Daft Punk's "Lose...…
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Music, West Coast Sound White Fence Comes Out of the Bedroom and Into Ty Segall's Garage

White Fence Comes Out of the Bedroom and Into Ty Segall's Garage

White Fence's latest album, For the Recently Found Innocent, took Tim Presley out of the isolation of his bedroom and into the studio — well, into Ty Segall's one car garage with a foot of soundproofing on each wall, a space so tight Presley says your drink would knock over...…
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