Brian Chidester is a freelance art and music critic with the L.A. Weekly. He also writes regularly for the Village Voice, Paste, American Prospect, and the Surfer's Journal. Chidester is the author of Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Era (Santa Monica Press) and is currently the editor of The Deli magazine.
2 years ago | Art
Twentieth-century modernism and its often extreme art movements produced talented artists who inevitably fell through the cracks, and whose work curators are still rediscovering. The name Burt Shonberg is not one of them, however. The late Souther...
3 years ago | Art
On Feb. 28, 2013, Jeremy Kirby, grandson of pioneering comic book artist Jack Kirby, posted to his grandfather's Facebook site: “Have a whole box of Lord of Light/Argo stuff that has barely been sifted through in the last 30 years. Perhaps it's ti...
4 years ago
When it comes to the life of Bruce Haack, separating truth from fiction is not easy. The groundbreaking electronic music composer and inventor is said to have taught himself to play piano by age 3. By 8, he apparently was escaping his abusive moth...
4 years ago | L.A. Stories
In 1959 — as the last Victorian mansions of downtown's Bunker Hill were being flattened — an illustrator named Leo Politi drew each edifice for a self-published book he titled simply, Bunker Hill. Politi, who made his mark as the author of over 30...
4 years ago | Pop Music. Ever Heard of It?
From July 25 through August 3, the International Pop Overthrow – an annual janglefest featuring the latest in power-pop talent – returns to Los Angeles for its 17th year. IPO, as the event is affectionately known, remains the number-one showcase f...
4 years ago | Premiere
Ophelia Slowly finds Guy Blakeslee - leader of neo-psych act The Entrance Band - reflecting on Shakespeare's most tragic heroine in an artful song cycle. Produced by Chris Coady, whose credits include production for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ...